Report Arsenal approach Torino star

Report Arsenal approach Torino star

first_imgTorino have reportedly had an approach from Arsenal for star forward M’Baye Niang, claims reports from ItalyThe Gunners have set their sights on a move for the Senegal international in this summer transfer window and have made contact with Torino over the prospect of signing Niang.But Tutto Mercato Web claim that an official bid has not been lodged yet and that Arsenal have just enquired for the time being.But new head coach Unai Emery may be set to step up his interest in Niang in the near future with the Premier League’s summer transfer window to close on August 9.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But the Spaniard will have to make a decision soon with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund also interested in making a move for the 23-year-old.Since replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer, Emery has already signed five new players with Ligue 2 side Lorient’s Matteo Guendouzi being his latest arrival.last_img read more

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McLeish to give Tierney welldeserved rest

McLeish to give Tierney welldeserved rest

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has revealed he plans to rest defender Kieran Tierney when the team faces European champions, Portugal on Sunday.Tierney is one of five players to have left the Scottish team since the 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday night, a game settled when the 21-year-old’s poor clearance beat Allan McGregor, who was in goal for Scotland to give the Israelis all three points.The Celtic left-back was playing his 22nd game of the season across all competitions for both club and country in Haifa, leaving him on course to match the 60-game shift he put in last term.With the game against Portugal of little or no competitive significance, McLeish has opted to grant Tierney some rest with the injured Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar, Robert Snodgrass and Scott McTominay also dropping out.“We have players who’ve played a lot of games already this season,” said McLeish, according to Daily Mail. Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“We were prepared to make a concession to Celtic in the summer over Kieran because he is a young guy growing up and has played an enormous amount of games.”“I remember back to my Aberdeen days with boys like Neale Cooper and Neil Simpson. They played a lot of games at an extremely young age, and they finished their careers relatively early.”“We don’t want that to happen to the current crop of players. That’s why Tierney is away back again. The medical team said he had a bit of fatigue, so it was right and proper that he went back to his club.”Tierney’s absence might allow McLeish to experiment with a flat back four, thus resolving one of the main criticisms of the performance in Israel, namely that the 3-5-2 formation chosen to accommodate both the Celtic man and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson does not help the team’s wide men.last_img read more

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El Clasico triumph showed our class Suarez

El Clasico triumph showed our class Suarez

first_imgLuis Suarez believes Barcelona were top class in their 5-1 drubbing of rivals Real Madrid without Lionel Messi in Sunday’s Clasico.The Catalans were in fine fettle at Camp Nou and Suarez helped himself with a hat-trick alongside goals from Coutinho and Vidal to further complicate issues for Julen Lopetegui.Injured Lionel Messi was in the stands and would surely be impressed by the performance of his teammates.“[Messi] is the best in the world, always a plus,” Suarez told FourFourTwo. “But what we’ve done is shown the level of football this team is capable of. We’re behind the manager and we love the club.”Give me 🖐 pic.twitter.com/wClG6dWjTi— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Madrid had threatened a fightback when Marcelo scored early in the second half, but Suarez delighted in taking advantage of the space as the visitors flooded forward.“They came out obviously wanting to turn the game around,” he said. “They made it 2-1, they had a couple of chances.“We thought, in general, the team played very well and were able to respond. Madrid were leaving a lot of spaces and we knew we could take advantage of that.”But Suarez is not writing off ninth-placed Madrid, adding: “Every player and every team can suffer a poor game and a poor performance.“You just have to keep trying and pulling together as a team. These are situations you can understand. They can happen to everyone.”last_img read more

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PSG president dismisses Football Leaks revelations as complete rubbish

PSG president dismisses Football Leaks revelations as complete rubbish

first_imgParis Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no interest in allegations made against him by whistleblowers Football LeaksThe Qatari businessman is at the centre of Football Leaks’ latest scandal, who accuse Al-Khelaifi of engaging in a fraudulent attempt to escape UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.PSG released a statement last week denying the claims made against their president.This comes in light of PSG and Manchester City both reaching settlements with the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in May 2014 over their FFP breaches.“Honestly, I do not look at that,” Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport after PSG’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Napoli on Tuesday.“It’s complete rubbish. Winning our next games is the most important.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Al-Khelaifi also declared his satisfaction with the UEFA’s decision to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in next season’s Champions League.However, PSG will be rueing the fact that VAR hadn’t been available on Tuesday night after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up to Napoli’s equalising penalty.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot to cancel out Juan Bernat’s 45th-minute goal for PSG, who also claimed he was denied a penalty of his own.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.“We will have to win our last two games to qualify. Of course there is, there is certainly a penalty,” added Al-Khelaifi.“But we will accept. VAR is needed as quickly as possible. We lost two points for two errors of the referee.”last_img read more

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Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

first_imgThe bill is listed as a ‘Finance Committee bill’, but according to Micciche it did not come from Finance Committee. Micciche stated that the bill is believed to have come from the finance chairs or chair. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate on Monday introduced a bill, SB 1002, that would provide for a $1,600 dividend. Senate debate on the proposal, including possible amendments, is expected as early as Tuesday. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “I want to make it clear that I do not support the bill in its current form. We agreed to separate the PFD from the budget, because we were high-centered by the House who wants a much lower PFD. The Senate has committed to a $3,000 PFD and this bill is not something I can support.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy stated that if the bill passes he will veto it: “This bill kills the Permanent Fund Dividend as we know it. The PFD is your share of Alaska’s mineral wealth, and there should be no change to the dividend without a vote of the people. That’s what I promised on the campaign and that’s the promise I intend to keep. I cannot and will not support this legislation.” Micciche: “When it comes to the floor there will be a group of us that will have amendments. We want the funding source to come from the earnings reserve and we want a full statutory PFD.” last_img read more

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OBITUARY Mario J Miani 94

OBITUARY Mario J Miani 94

first_imgNORTH READING, MA — Mario J. Miani, 94, of North Reading, formerly of Ansonia, CT, passed on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Windsor Place of Wilmington.Born in Derby, CT on August 9, 1924, son of the late Giuseppe and Giovina (DiGiovanni) Miani. He was a graduate of Derby High School, he attended 4 years at Bridgeport Engineering and 8 years of night school at Boston University.Mario was a Conceptual Design Engineer, he worked on Missile Re-entry Systems, space satellites, under sea technology and lasers. He worked for AVCO Systems Division in Wilmington for 16 years, AVCO Everett Research Division in Everett for 14 years and Science Research Lab for 5 years.Mario loved working on cars, especially Fiats and Chryslers, DIY projects and bowling. He loved the Patriots and most of all spending time with his family.He has been a resident of North Reading for over 61 years. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.Family members include his loving wife of over 66 years, Eleanor G. (Derry) Miani; He was a proud and loving father of three, Cathy Lynn Mizzell and her husband George of Birmingham, AL, Barbara A. Bochart and her husband Thomas of Tewksbury and Thomas J. Miani Sr. and his wife Joan of Methuen; he was the brother of the late Peter and Dino Miani and Hilda Testone; grandfather of 5 grandchildren, Elizabeth “Betsy” Colon, Andrew Bochart, Thomas Miani, Jr., Gina Miani, Robert Mizzell; one great grandchild, Tayla-Rae Colon; and his very close dear friend, Milan Tekula and his wife Dorothy of Saugus and many nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, May 10 from 9 to 10:30 AM, followed by an 11 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or Hospice Services of Massachusetts, 391 Broadway Street, Everett, MA 02149.Mario J. Miani(NOTE: The above obituary is from Crosswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Anthony Charles Mack, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carl J.A. Anderson, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Entertainment Industry Vet Denise Pendleton Films Doc About Pioneering Black Owned Ad

Entertainment Industry Vet Denise Pendleton Films Doc About Pioneering Black Owned Ad

first_imgBy Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFROIn second grade, Denise Pendleton was hit by a car. She ended up in a full body cast for a year and went to an elementary school for disabled children. By the time she was in high school though, she was a Soul Train dancer, and the winner of innumerable dance contests that were so popular back in the sixties and early seventies. “My mother thought I was doing something nefarious when I would come home with two or three thousand dollars but [me and my dance partners] were winning all the dance contests!”Pendleton though, who attended Chicago’s High School for Metropolitan Studies, the first alternative high school in America, had overcome the trials of her childhood to become much more than just a dancer. At just fifteen years old, she had the ear of the founder and producer of Soul Train, Don Cornelius in its earliest days when it still filmed in Chicago. She recalls, “I used to book talent, was assistant to the producer, dance choreographer. I did a lot!”It was around this time that one of the teachers at her high school introduced her to some of the staff at Burrell Communications. Founded in 1971 by Tom Burrell and Ed McBain, it was the leading Black owned advertising agency and revolutionized the way Blacks were depicted in commercial advertising as well as how the Black demographic was targeted by advertisers. Pendleton recalls one of her first visits to Burrell. “They were doing a Coca-Cola commercial with Bill Cosby and Betty Carter. There were all these amazing Black people!”Natalie Cole, who had just married Pendleton’s minister, exposed her to the music industry via her connections to Capitol Records. “I got to see how a record is made, from the ground up. In my mind, I said I want more people to see that!” Pendleton ended up at Motown where she worked as a film and television producer, artist management, tour coordinator and image consultant. She subsequently oversaw the concert tours for such artists as El Debarge, Jennifer Holiday, Deniece Williams, The Temptations and Luther Vandross.Pendleton leveraged her knowledge and contacts in the entertainment industry and her relationship with Burrell Communications where she says, “I always kept my relationship with Burrell even when I went to Motown. They were like my second family.” She spearheaded Burrell’s signature use of musical talent in its commercials. She explains, “I used to tell them who was hot and who they should look to use in their ads especially for Coca-Cola since Coca Cola was grounded in the music industry.” Her proudest moment was producing the 1995 Super bowl commercial hit ‘Big Mac Scat” featuring Al Jarreau and Vesta. “That ended up being in the Superbowl and the Special Olympics. It was the first black commercial to have that prominence.” Pendleton explains. So iconic and historic were the Burrell Agency’s commercials that many of them are catalogued in the Library of Congress archives.It was a no brainer that Pendleton would choose the Burrell agency as the subject of her first documentary. First, there was her intimate personal and professional history with the company. Burrell Communications also launched the careers of many pioneering Black television and film talent and has won multiple CLEO Awards; the equivalent of an Oscar for the advertising industry. Pendleton also has tremendous respect for Tom Burrell, the agency’s founder. “I think Tom’s story is so inspiring! He’s been legally blind since the age of 27 so he really had to trust his instincts and trust the people around him. It’s one thing when you have one hundred percent vision and another when you only have five.” Indeed Pendleton’s film documents not just the triumph of a Black man, “Inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements,” overcoming all of the odds, it is also the story of a disabled person refusing to limit himself.Called Burrell: Advertising Revolution the film is about an hour long and features a treasure trove of archival footage from the seventies forward. It’s important American history wrapped in a delightful walk down memory lane. Pendleton had full access to the library at Burrell Communications and was able to get much of the footage for the film that way. Now in the midst of trying to raise funds to expand to a full length feature documentary, she was also the recipient of a lot of people’s largesse. She laughs, “There were just people sending me stuff and not telling me where it was coming from!”last_img read more

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For the love of poetry

For the love of poetry

first_imgFor the lovers of the poetic tradition, the week promises to be an experience of a lifetime as over 38 poets from 20 Indian languages come together for a unique festival to celebrate Indian poetry.Presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Hindi Academy, the ‘Bhartiya Kavita Bimb’ will be inaugurated by Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on 6 September, in the presence of Prof Kiran Walia, Minister for Education, Social Welfare, Women & Child Department, Languages and Prof Ashok Chakradhar, eminent Hindi poet and Vice President, Hindi Academy. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ‘Festival of Indian poetry’ is an attempt to celebrate the richness of Indian languages and the compositions they are producing in an era of globalization and exchange when the West has had a major impact on the culture of the world.Eminent Hindi poets like Shri Arun Kamal, Shri Mohan Singh, Shri Rajkumar ‘Krishak’, Dr Prabha Pant, will share the festival stage with poets of all Indian languages including the likes of Dr Madan Gopal Ladha (Rajasthani), R Meenakshi (Tamil), Shri Shoaib Eaza (Urdu), Dr Kamini Kamayani (Maithili) and Sadhna Sanyal (Assamese), among several others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival will be held over two days and four sessions during which the poets will come together and recite some of their best works.The festival is a twin celebration of poetry and the emotions it evokes as well as the poetic evolution of various Indian languages and how they complement each other.’Be it in Hindi, English, Urdu or Tamil, poetry evokes a sea of emotions. With greater interactions and exchanges between different languages, poetic traditions also evolve over time and grow richer and more beautiful. It has been a tradition of our composite culture that every segment of it has imbibed values from parallel traditions.  Put in a nutshell, the different languages and cultures in India are so different, yet in a way they are also reflections of each other. This is what we are celebrating,’ says Dr Harisuman Bisht, renowned author and Secretary of Hindi Academy.In a way, the festival is also an attempt to present Indian poetry as a collective unit, rather than classify it into categories of Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Manipuri or Bhojpuri languages. In the opening session of the festival, noted critic Dr. Devendra Chaubey will also present his reading and vision of what Indian poetry as a collective will evolve into over the coming years.So, if you love the poetic traditions of India, do not miss the festival. It is a rare confluence of diversity and richness.last_img read more

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Playing Summertime Jazz

Playing Summertime Jazz

first_imgThat is exactly what  the 4th  Delhi International Jazz Festival had in store for the city’s music lovers as they flocked to Nehru Park braving rain and wind to witness the jazz extravaganza.The first day of the three-day long festival saw jazz lovers gathering together at the venue defying the rain-gods who failed to dampen their spirits. The highlight of the day was the performance by  Ari Roland Jazz Quarte, an accomplished jazz quartet from the USA. Inspired by jazz music from 1930’s to 1950’s, this group played their interpretation of pieces by jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ensemble had the crown singing to the famous song Summertime and also played a rendition of a jazz version of Lata mangeshkar’s Ae mere dil-e-nadaan. Hungary’s Smarton Trio and Delhi’s Black Slade also played their own interesting pieces.The second and the third day only saw the crowd pleasantly germination on the grounds with some spectacular pieces played by the Columbian band Tres Butacas, Poland’s Obara Quartet , France’s Mina Agossi Trio, Joe Alvarez / Trident Jazz Trio from Mumbai, Canada’s PJ Perry, Korea’s Modern Han and Spain’s Ximo Tebar and IVAM Jazz Ensemble.Executed in an excellent manner by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with pleasant lightings and availability of barbecue and a dozen food carts, this year’s annual Jazz Festival has only heightened our exceptions for the coming year’s jazz festivities.last_img read more

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Loneliness makes people more selfish

Loneliness makes people more selfish

first_imgLoneliness can trigger a vicious cycle by making people more selfish which in turn leads to further social isolation, say scientists.The findings show that such effects create a positive feedback loop between the two traits.As increased loneliness heightens self-centredness, the latter then contributes further to enhanced loneliness.”If you get more self-centred, you run the risk of staying locked in to feeling socially isolated,” said John Cacioppo, professor at the University of Chicago in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Targeting self-centredness as part of an intervention to lessen loneliness may help break a positive feedback loop that maintains or worsens loneliness over time,” researchers said.The outcome that loneliness increases self-centredness was expected, but the data showing that self-centredness also affected loneliness was a surprise, said Stephanie Cacioppo, assistant professor at University of Chicago. In previous researches, scientists had reviewed rates of loneliness in young to older adults across the globe. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFive to 10 per cent of this population complained of feeling lonely constantly, frequently or all the time. Another 30 to 40 per cent complained of feeling lonely constantly.The new findings published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, are based on 11 years of data taken from 229 individuals who ranged from 50 to 68 years of age at the start of the study.They were a diverse sample of randomly selected individuals drawn from the general population who varied in age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Early psychological research treated loneliness as an anomalous or temporary feeling of distress that had no redeeming value or adaptive purpose. In 2006, researchers proposed an evolutionary theory of loneliness based on a neuroscientific or biological approach.In this view, evolution has shaped the brain to incline humans toward certain emotions, thoughts and behaviour.”A variety of biological mechanisms have evolved that capitalise on aversive signals to motivate us to act in ways that are essential for our reproduction or survival,” researchers said.From that perspective, loneliness serves as the psychological counterpart of physical pain.”Physical pain is an aversive signal that alerts us of potential tissue damage and motivates us to take care of our physical body,” researchers said.Loneliness, meanwhile, is part of a warning system that motivates people to repair or replace their deficient social relationships. “Humans evolved to become such a powerful species, in large part due to mutual aid and protection and the changes in the brain that proved adaptive in social interactions,” John Cacioppo said. “When we don’t have mutual aid and protection, we are more likely to become focused on our own interests and welfare. That is, we become more self-centred,” he said.last_img read more

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Highspeed Internet coming to Air Canada Rouge

Highspeed Internet coming to Air Canada Rouge

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada Rouge is adding high-speed satellite Internet service aboard its A319 aircraft.Roll out of the new Gogo 2KU Internet service on all 20 Air Canada Rouge narrow-body A319s will be completed this month. To coincide with the launch, on these aircraft Air Canada Rouge is also updating its wireless in-flight entertainment experience to the next generation of gate to gate, on-demand entertainment and information.Air Canada plans to complete installation of satellite Internet service on all Air Canada Rouge A321 and B767-300ER aircraft by the end of 2018. Pricing packages will be available so customers can choose a level of service that suits their needs.Air Canada was the first Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight connectivity, said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Today we are pleased to extend this service on Air Canada Rouge. High-speed Internet is another great on-board entertainment option for our customers and strengthens Air Canada Rouge’s promise to provide a wonderful beginning and ending to any vacation.” High-speed Internet coming to Air Canada Rouge Friday, May 12, 2017 Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada rouge << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Yuliana Slashcheva The target audience shares of C

Yuliana Slashcheva The target audience shares of C

first_imgYuliana SlashchevaThe target audience shares of CTC Media’s Russian TV networks were affected by overall audience fragmentation and increased competition from news broadcasts in the third quarter, causing the firm to mull changes to its output.Announcing its latest results, CTC Media said it was evaluating a “potential transformation” of its Peretz network, making it a “more cutting edge and dynamic channel, with a focus on edgy action content.”It also said it was considering changing its audience demographic for its female-skewing Domashny network from women aged 25-59 to women aged 25-50, with an updated programming and content policy attracting “significantly younger audiences to this channel.”CTC Media CEO Yuliana Slashcheva said that its flagship CTC Channel, which targets an audience of young adults, experienced “strong pressure from news channels throughout the third quarter” due to the “political turbulence” from the situation in the Ukraine. Slashcheva added that there was also a shift in the type of entertainment shows  that consumers wanted to watch.“The demand is shifting from humour and sitcoms to drama and happy-ending dramedy shows. We took this trend into consideration for content production, and CTC Media came up with a series of new projects in these genres that we are expecting to launch across our channels in the coming months,” she said.Peretz, which has traditionally focused on humour and reality TV, saw its target audience share fall year-on-year from 2.3% to 2.1%. CTC attributed this to increased competition from channels that broadcast political news on the situation in Ukraine, audience fragmentation and the “relative underperformance of certain programming.”Domashny channel’s target audience share decreased year-on-year in Q3 from 3.9% to 3.7%, again because of fragmentation and competition from news broadcasts – though this was partially offset by changes in the programming schedule in daytime and primetime slots.The CTC Channel maintained its place as the third most-watched broadcaster in Russia in its target demographic of 10 to 45 year old viewers. However, its target audience share was down year-on-year from 11.6% to 10.3%.Overall, CTC Media said that it outperformed the Russian TV advertising market in both Q3 and the nine months ended September 30, 2014. However, its operating revenue grew more slowly due to “weakening content sales in Ukraine.”Devaluation of the ruble, which lost 15% against the dollar during the third quarter and declined 17% year-on-year, also “significantly affected” CTC’s third-quarter performance.In the quarter, operating revenues came to US$158.6 million (€124.6 million) – up 3% year-on-year in ruble terms, but down 7% in dollar terms. Net income came to US$31.6 million, down 24% in rubles and 32% year-on-year in dollar terms.At the same time CTC Media has appointed two international firms – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne – and a Russian firm, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, to provide legal and tax advice ahead of planned changes to Russian media law. This will reduce the permitted level of foreign ownership in Russian media firms from 50% direct ownership to 20%.last_img read more

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In This Issue   Dollar bias is changed to buy

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar bias is changed to buy. *  Lawmakers to extend negotiations? *  China signs swap agreement with Eurozone! *  Aussie labor prints weaker than expected And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! China Takes Another Step. Good day.  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! We were doing some Tub Thumpin’ here in St. Louis last night, as our Cardinals won Game 5 and move on to the next round of the playoffs! Our Blues beat the rival Blackhawks too, so that was worth an extra round of Tub Thumpin’! My kids made me feel guilty about going to bed before the end of the game, so I stayed up way past my bedtime. Thus I’m getting started a little later than usual this morning, but I think you’ll forgive me for that! The dollar bias to sell dollars that has held a tight grip on the currencies since the Gov’t announced their partial shutdown (PS), finally loosened up yesterday, and has moved to a “buy” bias overnight. It’s not a strong buy bias, for most of the currencies that we follow are flat to down just a smidgen. But the Dollar Index has climbed back above 80, so the dollar has that going for it! The dollar sure doesn’t have the news from the Eurozone going for it! OK, let me set this up for you. Recall, that I’ve kept you abreast of the moves that China takes to replace the dollar standard, which includes signing currency swap agreements with countries around the world that removes the dollar from the middle of the terms of trade between the two countries.  What China achieves by signing these currency swap agreements is two-fold. 1. They get to gain a wider distribution for their currency, and 2. The remove one more block in the dollar’s foundation as a reserve currency. So. Guess who is the newest member on the roster that makes up countries that have signed a currency swap agreement with China? Well, I kind of gave it away above, but it’s the Eurozone!  The European Central Bank (ECB) announced this morning that they have signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with China to bolster trade financing.  Now, Eurozone companies don’t have to change their euros to dollars first to settle the terms of trade with China, they just deliver euros, or receive renminbi.  This is HUGE folks!  China now has nearly all of Asia on their roster, along with Australia, and New Zealand, Russia, Argentina, Brazil and now the Eurozone! Talk about gaining a wider distribution of their currency! This will strengthen the international use of the renminbi/ yuan. And that’s what China wants! They want to keep removing the dollar’s relevancy in the terms of trade throughout the world, one country at a time. But the Eurozone is HUGE, folks. Remember, the recent (June 28th) talk by People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Gov. Zhou, where he pledged to expand cross-border use of the renminbi / yuan, and he encouraged multinational companies to include the Chinese currency in their asset portfolios.  When China decides to all direct trading between their currency and other foreign currencies, convertibility will occur, and when all that happens, it’s game over for the dollar as the reserve currency folks. I don’t know how else I can say this to make it any clearer. I told you earlier this week that we would see the color of the latest jobs report from Australia later in the week, and last night it printed. The Headline Employment report was weaker than expected, as only 9,000 jobs were created in September, while 15,000 were expected.  And much like the goings on with the U.S. Unemployment Rate, The Aussie Unemployment Rate fell from 5.8% to 5.6%, but the move was tied to a drop in the participation rate, which fell to  a 2006 low.  None of this signaled to the markets that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has put the last nail in the rate cut coffin, and so the pressure returned to the Aussie dollar (A$). In New Zealand, their latest manufacturing index dropped from 57.1 to 54.3, still above 50, but a significant drop nonetheless. Given the weakness in the A$ that carried over to kiwi, this data made things even worse for kiwi.  Give it a day, and all will be forgotten. Well, I guess all the focus and the reason the bias has switched to dollar buying is tied to the news that there could be an agreement on a short-term extension so that negotiations can continue here in the U.S. I find this to be just plain ridiculous. These guys have had plenty of time leading up to this to “negotiate” and now they will move the goal posts to give them some extra time? Simply ridiculous! But. It is what it is, right?  And if it means that the negotiations bring about major deficit spending cuts it might turn out to be OK. But you and me and the guy down the street that gets mad when someone parks their car in front of his house, know that’s not going to happen. That in the end, they make up some story about how what they did was significant, but no one will be able to figure it out, and they’ll raise the Debt Ceiling, and the National Debt will continue to move toward $20 Trillion.. We only have one more week to the 17th, when the extraordinary measures to keep paying the bills (read take money from some other place in hopes of paying it back)  run dry.  I think these lawmakers love all the attention they get on this PS and Debt Ceiling. Why else would this be such a big deal?  I’m telling you this so you can hear me now, so you can listen to me later. (in my best Arnold voice) We will not default (now that is) and the Debt Ceiling will be raised, and we will go merrily down the road to ruin. So. I’m sitting here this morning, listening to a CD that was burned by a Pfennig reader a year or so ago, with songs that he liked, and thought would be good tunes to write the Pfennig each day. I have to say that the music taste is bang on with me, but needing more variety on a daily basis, I only play it every once in a while, and. some of the songs on the CD are on my IPod anyway! But one of the songs got me thinking. The song is Freedom Rider by Traffic.  For the longest time when I was a young man, and the internet was galaxies away, for me to look up the lyrics. I used to think that Steve Winwood was saying Freedom Writer.  And so when I hear the song, I think about a Freedom Writer! Which is what I believe I am! I talk about our freedom to invest in currencies outside the dollar! OK, I know that’s stretching it a bit, but that’s how my mind works, always stretching things a bit.  Shoot Rudy, just ask the people that cringe at everything I write or say! The Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes printed yesterday. I didn’t see any sign of the infighting over whether or not to taper occurred, which was reported at first to have happened. What I mostly saw was a group of Fed Heads that are straining their eyes to find “economic growth”  they all did admit that the “economic activity expanded at a moderate pace, albeit somewhat more slowly than earlier anticipated.”   Now tell me, does this validate my call a few months ago, that the Fed Heads were being overly optimistic about the economy? Why yes, Chuck it does! So, tell me Chuck, how did you know that they were being overly optimistic about the economy 6 months ago?  Ahhh grasshopper, it was easy. The Fed Heads have been wrong about the economy 4 years in a row. Why would I think that they would be right this time?  And now with this PS going on here in the U.S. what will the Fed Heads think about their call for 2nd Half of the year economic growth pick-up?  I know what I think, and you know all too well, that when I think something, I’m going to share it with you, whether you want to hear it or not! This PS is going to play hell with the economy’s attempt to grow. But in the end, and I’ll say this now for probably the 100th time. Whatever growth the economy has, is all stimulus driven. Take the stimulus away, and let’s see what we have then. Frankly, I would prefer this to be our choice of swords to fall on, for at least 6 months to a year later, it would all be in our rear-view mirror and we would be on our way to real economic growth! And then before I head to the Big Finish today. Brazil’s Central Bank raised interest rates again yesterday, pushing their internal rate up 50 Basis points to 9.5%… The Central Bank Gov. Tombini, also signaled that he will continue to keep raising interest rates higher to combat inflation.  You see, the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) is a prime example of what I always complain about with Central Banks. They arbitrarily move interest rates in one direction to achieve an internal goal, but don’t consider the unintended consequences. Remember when the BCB and the Brazilian Gov’t was going hog wild with their attempts to weaken the real? They made huge cuts in their interest rates to make the real less attractive, but once the real was very weak, the weak currency invited inflation into the Brazilian economy. And before the BCB could say “rate hike” inflation was everywhere in Brazil.  So the BCB had to break from the Brazilian Gov’t who still wanted to play the Currency Wars game and keep the real weak, and the BCB decided that inflation was a more bitter pill to swallow than currency appreciation. So, now the BCB has been frantically raising interest rates to combat the inflation that they, themselves invited into the Brazilian economy!   Stupid Central Bank pet tricks. They ought to go on Letterman! And here’s a line, sent to me from my good friend Rick, that’s from one of my fave comedians, Ron White. “I tried on the tux from my high school prom and found a $20 bill in the pocket. I was excited until I realized it’s now only worth $4.25..   For What It’s Worth. Well. You know how I carry on and yell at the walls and all that, when it comes to price manipulation. We’ve seen it in LIBOR. We’ve seen it in Treasuries (with QE). We’ve seen it elsewhere, and most obvious is the price manipulation in commodities, namely Gold and Silver.  I saw this story on Bloomberg yesterday and thought it played well with these thoughts that I’ve shared with you these past years. “In a Bloomberg News survey conducted during the past eight weeks, 85 traders and analysts said they have little confidence in the assessed prices of crude, metals and iron ore. Regulators, including European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, may examine commodities markets, having already increased investigations of manipulation of benchmarks for interest rates, derivatives, foreign exchange and oil. Five years after the global credit crisis prompted more regulation of banks, benchmark prices for hundreds of commodities are determined through surveys of anonymous traders who may have a stake in the outcome of the assessments. Unlike stock prices, available in real time at regulated exchanges for all investors to see, many raw materials that go into food, clothing and power are bought and sold in private. “There will be growing pressure for more regulation,” David Wilson, director of metals research and strategy at Citigroup Inc. in London, said by phone Sept. 3. “Commodities markets have traditionally been a backwater that only specialists would have been involved with. Clearly these markets haven’t changed with the times.” Chuck again. I’ve got a novel idea. how about we don’t make more regulations, but instead enforce the regulation that exist? To recap. The bias to sell dollars shifted to a buy dollars bias albeit a muted one, all because there are rumors that the lawmakers will announce an extension so that we don’t default and they can continue to negotiate. Now? Really? They’re going to negotiate now? Oh well, we carry on despite our lawmakers. Aussie labor was weaker than expected, and China took another step toward removing the dollar standard by signing a currency swap agreement with the Eurozone. Currencies today 10/10/13. American Style: A$ .9435, kiwi .8255, C$ .9625, euro 1.3535, sterling 1.5955, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 9.9625, krone 6.0515, SEK 6.5185, forint 218.25, zloty 3.1005, koruna 18.8570, RUB 32.28, yen 97.80, sing 1.2500, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.36, China 6.1452, pesos 13.14, BRL 2.1975, Dollar Index 80.39, Oil $102.06, 10-year 2.71%, Silver $21.96, Platinum $1,385.38, Palladium $707.38 That’s it for today. So, hooray for my beloved Cardinals! I had a friend in Toronto and on in Carlsbad Ca, texting me last night during the game. It was a nail biter for awhile, but then the Cardinals finally blew it open, late. The Cardinals now face the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Dodgers have all that pitching. UGH! Alex got his results from the ACT the other day, he scored big time on it! I sure hope that helps with the college costs! He only has 1 more month to fill out his applications. Chris just told me that he’s going to be on the Street.com this morning, so look for that.  Watching the parade pass me by. Oh well, he’s got a tie on, and I don’t! HA! Now let’s go have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_imgIt was the second day in a row where the dollar index didn’t do much, as it traded sideways in a very tight range once again.  It closed in New York at 79.21, which was down 7 basis points from Wednesday’s close.The gold stocks gapped up about 3% at the open, and then climbed to their high of the day shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York, which was gold’s high tick. After that they chopped sideways for the remainder of the New York trading session.  The HUI finished up 4.11%.As has been the case all week, the silver shares have underperformed their golden cousins.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 3.33%, and it didn’t even gain back all of Tuesday’s losses.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 29 gold and 11 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday.  JPMorgan was the only long/stopper of note in both.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.For whatever reason there was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time it was 57,909 troy ounces.  And as of 9:21 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” posted his weekly commentary on the in/out action for the week that was in SLV.  Here’s what he had to say.  “Analysis of the 23 October 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  3,661,880.2 troy ounces was removed (all from Brinks London), and none had a serial number change.  The bars removed were from: Solar Applied Materials (1.3M oz), Aurubis AG (0.6M oz), Nordeutsche (0.6M oz), Inner Mongolia Qiankun (0.2M oz), and 17 others.As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 68.6 troy oz.  There was a withdrawal of 770,883.6 oz on Tuesday and deposit of 2,408,785.0 oz on Wednesday (that nets to +1,637,901.4 oz) that have not yet been reflected on the bar list, that should appear on the next bar list (as it normally takes a day or two for the bar list to get updated).”  The link to his Web site is here.I also noted that the folks over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated their Web site with the latest changes in the short positions for both GLD and SLV for mid-October.  The short position in SLV rose by 7.19%, and the total number of shares/ounces sold short now stands at 17,775,400.  GLD‘s short position increased by 8.90%, and it’s short position is up to 2.40 million troy ounces.  In tonnes, that’s 553 tonnes of silver and 74.5 tonnes of gold.  One can only imagine what the prices of gold and silver would be if those holding short positions in both these ETFs were required to purchase the metal on the open market to cover them.The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report yesterday.  They sold 500 ounce of gold eagles, and that was it.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 32,075 troy ounces of gold, and shipped 64,009 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.As is always the case, it was much busier in silver, as 639,533 troy ounces were shipped in and 235,623 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here.It was another slow news day again yesterday, and I hope you find something of interest in what I did manage to cobble together.In a nutshell, the coming influence of monetary expansion on gold and silver prices will be due to the great inflation already witnessed in other asset classes. At some point, it is inevitable that there will be some switching of funds from bonds, stocks and real estate to precious metals. There always is such switching as asset classes come in and go out of favor on a recurring basis. Someday, something will spook the bond, stock or currency markets and there will be some rush to precious metals. Because the growth of other asset classes has been so monumental, even the smallest amount of switching to precious metals will have a profound impact on gold and, especially, on silver prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 23 October 2013There’s not much to add to my comments at the top of this column regarding yesterday’s price action in both gold and silver.  It was nice to see the rallies in both metals, along with the commensurate rallies in their associated equities.  One can only hope that this trend will continue.As of yesterday’s close, both gold and silver are slightly above their respective 50-day moving averages.  It will be interesting to see whether prices power higher from here as the technical funds move to cover their short positions, or will prices “fail” at this point, as they have done in the past at this juncture?Today we get the October Bank Participation Report, along with some sort of Commitment of Traders Report.  The only thing I know for sure is that the COT Report won’t contain data up to the last cut-off date, which was Tuesday, October 22.  Even before I check the numbers, I’ll be looking for the cut-off date at the top of the web page.  And in some respects, without the data being current, it won’t mean a lot.  The Bank Participation Report data will also be a month out of date as well, and in some ways what it contains will be of more importance than the COT Report itself.But whatever they show, I’ll be commenting on it at length in Saturday’s missive.All four precious metals were under a little selling pressure during Far East trading on their Friday, but it was silver that really got clubbed going into the 8 a.m. BST London open.  The CME low print was $22.325, which was down 40 cents from yesterday’s New York close.  Obviously there was nothing free market about that.  Gold volume [as of 3:56 a.m. EDT] was pretty light, but silver’s volume was [not surprisingly] very decent.  And also not surprisingly, it was mostly of the HFT variety.The dollar index took a 20 basis point nose dive around lunchtime in Hong Kong, but there was a buyer in the wings waiting to catch that particular falling knife at the 79.02 mark.  There was no sign of that currency move in any of the precious metal prices at the time.And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, three of the four precious metals have recovered off their lows at the London open, and are rallying unsteadily higher, but none are back above their New York closes from yesterday.  Volumes are about average in gold, and still slightly elevated in silver.  The dollar index is down about 11 basis points.Since today is Friday, I’m wide open to any price scenario that presents itself when I power up my computer later this morning.Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it, and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Both gold and silver are slightly above their respective 50-day moving averagesAs has been the case for what seems like forever now, there was no price activity worthy of the name during the Far East trading session on their Thursday.  But a rally commenced at 11 a.m. BST in London which ran into the obligatory not-for-profit seller at the Comex open in New York, and this sliced ten bucks off the price in about 30 minutes.  But the rally continued shortly before 9 a.m. EDT, and topped out a few minutes after 12 o’clock noon.  After that it traded more or less sideways until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  Then it got sold down a bit into the close of electronic trading.The CME reported the low and high price ticks at $1,330.20 and $1,352.30 in the December contract.Gold closed in New York at $1,347.30 spot, which was up $13.60 from Wednesday’s close.  Volume, net of October and November, was decent at 148,000 contracts.The price pattern in silver was pretty much the same as the price pattern in gold.  The only two differences were the fact that the high tick came shortly after 11:30 a.m. in New York, and the sell-off in electronic trading was a little more pronounced than it was in gold.The CME recorded the low and high ticks as $22.51 and $22.91 in the December contract.Silver closed at $22.72 spot, which was well off its high, and up only 16 cents from Thursday’s close in New York.  Volume, net of October and November, was on the lighter side at 34,000 contracts.Platinum closed back above its Tuesday close, and palladium finished the day flat.  Here are the charts.last_img read more

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Shark week Aunt Flo Carrie at the prom — t

Shark week Aunt Flo Carrie at the prom — t

first_img“Shark week,” “Aunt Flo,” “Carrie at the prom” — these are a few common nicknames for periods, according to Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity. But the list is far from exhaustive: “There are something like 5,000 euphemisms for periods,” she says.Why all the code words? Society has become more open to talking about menstruation in recent years (in fact, NPR declared 2015 the “year of the period”), but periods are still a topic more often talked around than talked about. That can have consequences — like shame, undiagnosed medical conditions and lack of product innovation, to name a few.Hear five people who are fighting the taboo share their thoughts and experiences about periods — from leaks to the “tampon tax” to what it means to bleed when you don’t identify as a woman — all out in the open. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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A new study shows that North Carolina continues to

A new study shows that North Carolina continues to

first_imgA new study shows that North Carolina continues to perform below average when it comes to overall child health conditions.The 2019 report by the nonprofit groups N.C. Child and the N.C Institute of Medicine was released in February.The state received an “F” grade for housing and economic security for the third consecutive report. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, this reflects a high percentage of children living in low-income homes and neighborhoods.The study also points to an increase in youth suicides over the past 10 years. Black high school students in 2017 were twice as likely to have attempted suicide in the past year, and much less likely to receive treatment for depression.The study did show progress in breastfeeding, oral health, HPV vaccinations for teens, and decreasing the number of teen births.While the state earned top marks for insurance coverage, the report says many more children could be covered with an expansion of the Medicaid program.last_img read more

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A group launched last year to represent people wit

A group launched last year to represent people wit

first_imgA group launched last year to represent people with learning difficulties across England has been scrapped and replaced by a non-user-led organisation that will be partly controlled by service-providers.People First England (PFE) was set up last year by Gary Bourlet, who founded Britain’s first People First self-advocacy organisation in London in 1984 and fellow disabled activist Kaliya Franklin.They joined forces in a bid to set up the first national user-led organisation for people with learning difficulties to cover just England, which they hoped would develop into an umbrella organisation for self-advocacy groups across the country.In the first few weeks of the project they raised nearly £30,000, but it later struggled to raise further funds and they have now been forced into a merger that will leave people with learning difficulties in a minority on the new organisation’s board.At the time of its launch, concerns were raised by other self-advocacy campaigners that PFE’s plans to work closely with families, carers and groups not led by disabled people could eventually see it become a non-user-led organisation that would have more in common with service-provider charities like Mencap.A year on, some disabled activists fear that those concerns have been born out.PFE has now merged with the charity the Housing and Support Alliance – which had been supporting PFE – to create Learning Disability England (LDE), which was launched at the House of Lords this week.Instead of LDE being run by disabled people, power will instead be shared between “people with learning disabilities, families and friends, and organisations”, with a nine-strong board having three family representatives, three people from disability organisations and three self-advocates.LDE is likely to replace campaigning work previously done by the Learning Disability Alliance – which itself was made up of service-providers, the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities and the National Valuing Families Forum – and the Learning Disability Coalition, which had a similar make-up to the alliance.But concerns have been raised that LDE’s funders include a string of organisations that earn money by providing services to people with learning difficulties, including Care Management Group, Brandon Trust, Advance Housing and Support, United Response and MacIntyre.Andrew Lee, director of policy and campaigns at People First Self-Advocacy, who raised concerns last year about PFE, said he was “very worried” about the new organisation and “not surprised that my concerns have actually become a reality”.He said he feared that LDE would lead to the voices of people with learning difficulties being “sidelined”, while he was also concerned about the risk of “tokenism”.He said: “Unless people with learning difficulties are in complete control of an organisation, then their voices will always be pushed aside.“I am very worried that the voices of people with learning difficulties are being trampled on in such a way.“Obviously the views of family members, although they are important, are not the actual views of people with learning difficulties.“They will always be different because people with learning difficulties will be saying, ‘I want choice and control, I want to live on my own, I want to get married, I want to have children and have aspiration,’ but they are being told, ‘you can’t,’ or ‘you can, with conditions’.”He said the creation of LDE highlighted the need for genuine, properly-funded self-advocacy organisations.Lee said he heard only last week that another local People First organisation had lost its funding, which he said came “at the very time when we need a strong voice”.LDE said that its immediate priorities would be to develop projects to support people with learning difficulties to speak to the media, and to be more involved in the political process, something PFE had focused on.It will also bring together “experts in various fields to help make policy stronger and effective”, work with a “network of academics to strengthen the effect of research”, set up a “fighting fund” to “help people challenge prejudice and discrimination”, and provide members with advice and support.Bourlet (pictured) told Disability News Service that there had not been enough funding to continue with PFE.Asked about replacing a user-led organisation with one that was partly controlled by the big service-provider organisations, which make money by providing services to people with learning difficulties, he said: “We are stuck in a hard place and people have to understand that money does not grow on trees.“They put the biggest amount of money in, but it doesn’t mean they will have the majority voting.”He said that the new organisation was about “all coming together” and “strength in numbers”.He said: “There are lots of good self-advocacy organisations and others saying the right things but it is easy to ignore because they are all doing it individually.“A lot of these local groups have been too wrapped up in getting local funding from local authorities.”He said there had been a mixed reaction to LDE from other self-advocates and self-advocacy groups.Bourlet said: “Some self-advocacy groups think you shouldn’t mix with families and professionals because families and professionals sometimes speak for us. Many self-advocates liked the idea that we had strength in numbers.”He said he hoped that PFE might be resurrected one day when there was more funding, and that they would look again at the idea in three years’ time.Bourlet said earlier in a statement that the new organisation would be “steered by people, families and organisations”.He said: “We are creating this now because for far too long services have been bad and self-advocates are tired of fighting a lone battle.“By coming together we can fight for better changes in our lives.”He added: “We are not equal in our society. If you have a learning disability, you’re more likely to die at a younger age than a non-disabled person.“Learning Disability England will bring people together to fight all these bad things that are happening and to campaign for the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families”.The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell spoke at the LDE launch event, and offered her support to the new organisation.She said: “For too long, people with learning disabilities have been consistently let down, sometimes at great cost.“The time is right for the voice of people with learning disabilities to be heard loud and clear.”After DNS asked her afterwards about concerns with the change from PFE to LDE, she said she had been impressed by the number of people with learning difficulties with enthusiasm for self-advocacy at the LDE launch event.But she said that most of what she knew about LDE was what she had learned at the launch, and she would now “have a good look” at the new organisation and how it was run.last_img read more

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The disabled chair of the organisation that will m

The disabled chair of the organisation that will m

first_imgThe disabled chair of the organisation that will manage Britain’s team at September’s Paralympic Games in Brazil has explained how it plans to use their sporting performances in Rio and beyond to “inspire a better world for disabled people”.Tim Reddish, who himself has five Paralympic swimming medals, was talking to Disability News Service (DNS) after the publication of Inspiring Excellence, the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA) new strategic plan.The five-year plan will take the organisation – which prepares, selects and manages the ParalympicsGB team – through the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, and it outlines BPA’s “vision, mission, values, strategic priorities, organisational structure and planning”.The aim, as was with the previous plan, is to “deliver real and lasting change in society through the inspirational impact of Paralympic athletes on the field of play”.But Reddish suggested that the strategy was more about showing how similar the athletes are to the viewing public than setting them up as inspirational “Superhumans”.He said he hoped that the performances of Paralympic athletes would demonstrate that they are “first and foremost human beings”.He said: “Yes, they may be seen as role models, but take that athletic performance away and they are still human beings with some kind of impairment that stops them doing things the same as someone who is non-disabled.”The hope, he said, is that non-disabled people will be more likely to “engage” with disabled people after watching the medal-winning exploits of Britain’s Paralympians, something that he says he has experienced himself as a blind person when out in public in recent years.Reddish said he could not understand the suggestion by many disabled activists that Channel 4’s new We’re The Superhumans advert (pictured), promoting the broadcaster’s upcoming coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympics – with its “Yes I Can” message – could have unintended consequences by suggesting that disabled people do not need support and do not face barriers in society and only need to try harder to succeed in life.He said: “It’s to get people to watch the Paralympic Games on Channel 4, that’s the primary objective.“I don’t think it’s doing anything more than that or anything less.”Reddish said he accepted that disabled people need support, but when asked whether BPA could speak out on rights issues and emphasise that the team’s athletes and other disabled people also rely on government support and services, he said: “We can’t do everything for everybody, and our primary focus and objective is to prepare and take the team to the games.“We can’t take that away. It’s like saying to Nissan: ‘We want you to start making Vauxhalls.’”Even so, the strategic plan says BPA’s status as a National Paralympic Committee gives it “a mandate to engage in the development of both sport and disability policy at a domestic level”, but Reddish says it is too early to say what those disability policies might be.BPA’s previous plan, published in 2012, spoke of engaging more closely with non-sports disability groups, but Reddish said this area was still “new ground for us”, although it had “started developing a relationship” with the disability charity Scope.The new plan again speaks of seeking to “build relationships across the wider disability community in the UK and understand how their broader agenda can positively be served by the Paralympics without distracting us from our core purpose or losing sight of our primary role within the sporting landscape”.Reddish said: “I wouldn’t say it’s been slow-moving but it has been about laying the foundation.“We haven’t engaged with every disability rights group. We don’t have the capacity and that’s not our job, our job is sport.”But he added: “I don’t think we managed to get to as many areas as some people or [we] would have liked to have done.”The BPA plan points to results from the latest Sport England Active People survey, which showed that fewer than one in five (17 per cent) disabled people were playing sport at least once a week, but it fails to mention that this has fallen by one percentage point since 2011-12.Reddish said: “If the figures are accurate then I am disappointed that we have not got more people with an impairment getting physically active.”He said he did not know why the figures had fallen but he was confident that disability sports governing bodies “do everything they can with the resources that they have”.Reddish also defended BPA’s decision earlier this year to link up with Cadbury, which released a special edition of its chocolate mini eggs to raise money for the ParalympicsGB team at Rio.He said: “It’s about a partnership, it’s not just about the money.“There’s no evidence to say that because BPA and ParalympicsGB are involved that more people are eating more chocolate.”He said the company wanted to be “part of what we are trying to achieve, inspiring through sport”, and to help BPA inspire more people to be physically active, “not to sell more bars of chocolate”, while he said Cadbury’s staff were also raising money for the team.Asked why there was no reference in the strategic plan to the need to increase the number of disabled staff working for BPA or the number of disabled people on its board – following a DNS survey which found just one disabled board member out of nine, and just three disabled people among its 33 paid staff – he said: “I would love to see more and more people with an impairment on our board and other boards.“I want to see them come through and I want them to have the skills, knowledge and experience, but there’s no automatic entry anywhere just because they are a disabled person because that’s not fair to the organisation, and it’s not fair to the athletes.“It’s about having the best people in the right place at the right time.”He added: “I was elected as chairman not because of my impairment but because I was the most appropriate person the membership looked at to move the organisation forward over a period of time.“To get more people on the board with an impairment, we have got to give them the opportunities to learn the trade.“I would encourage our membership to identify people with an impairment suitable to be nominated and then they get voted on at the election meeting next year.”Looking ahead to Rio, he said the ParalympicsGB team would be “prepared well” and that he was sure the athletes would “deliver on the field of play”.He said he was “optimistic” that the team could achieve the target of winning one more medal than at the home games of London 2012, something that had never been done before by a host nation in the next Paralympic Games.But he said he was curious to see how much impact the much-praised London 2012 Paralympic Games has had on Brazil.He said: “I think we have to take London 2012 at the moment, until we have experienced Rio, as a bit of an outlier, in a positive way, because not everybody in every nation around the world will be the same as what we did in London.”And he warned that there could be “some teething problems” for Paralympians because Rio would be putting on the Olympic Games and then transforming its facilities to host the Paralympics.He contrasted that with London 2012, which had asked “What do we need for the Paralympic Games?” and had then worked backwards from there, avoiding such a difficult transition between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics.But he said: “I am sure they will be ready. There are always teething problems at every single Paralympic Games and our athletes are used to it and will go with the flow.”last_img read more

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A disabled grandmother has described how the flawe

A disabled grandmother has described how the flawe

first_imgA disabled grandmother has described how the flawed disability benefit assessment system and back-to-work harassment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) forced her into employment as a webcam sex worker.A*, who has had chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for the last 10 years, has been left £25,000 in debt after having to survive without the benefits she needs.She turned to sex work as a “cam girl” – performing for clients on the internet through live webcam footage – five years ago, after jokingly asking on Facebook (which she no longer uses): “What job can I do without getting out of bed?”She knows at least 15 other disabled sex workers who are in similar situations because they have been unable to secure the benefits they need to pay their bills.A, who is in her 40s, says that every time she has tried to work outside the home it has left her “absolutely ruined healthwise”.She says she prefers working as a cam girl and having to deal with some “really quite unpleasant” men who seek her services rather than trying to, yet again, claim employment and support allowance (ESA), which she tried for several years until 2011.“I can’t cope with ESA,” she said. “I would prefer to be self-employed and not have them pester me all the damned time. It’s more depressing on ESA than off it.”During her years in the work-related activity group of ESA she had to cope with lengthy delays with her application, “many lost medical certificates”, a string of failed interactions with government back-to-work programmes, and being sanctioned for being too ill to show up for appointments.She said: “I feel frustrated with my situation. I don’t actually hate my work, but I don’t like it much either.“I would like to carry on doing it as it suits my particular conditions, and I can stay in work, away from ESA-style benefits, but I need extra financial help – I blame the DWP for not letting me have the extra help I need.”An attempt in 2014 to claim the disability element of working tax credits – on the advice of HMRC – left her in even deeper financial trouble, after an Atos healthcare professional visited her at home 18 months later to assess her for PIP.She had been claiming disability living allowance (DLA) but was one of the thousands caught up in the PIP reassessment programme, after the government started introducing the new benefit in 2013.A DWP decision-maker concluded that she was ineligible for PIP after the retired paramedic who visited her on one of her better days – she has chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, which are both fluctuating conditions – decided that she had “picked up a cup of tea without obvious discomfort” and “had no problems communicating”.Like many other DLA and PIP claimants, she didn’t have the physical or mental energy to appeal.The PIP decision led to HMRC demanding that she pay back £5,000 in tax credits that she had been receiving for claiming the disability element of tax credits, which drove her further into debt.She is now in the middle of a fresh claim for PIP.Having previously twice been found ineligible for disability benefits – once for ESA and once for DLA – and on both occasions having appealed successfully, she believes the assessment system and the software used by the assessment companies are “flawed”.She said: “None of my assessors have had any idea about my conditions. The first one was a doctor who was forced into resignation after botching an operation.”Because she lost her DLA/PIP, and had to pay back £20 a month to HMRC, she resorted to using credit cards to eat and pay her bills – she no longer has any credit and is being chased by debt collectors.The anxiety caused by such a large debt – in total she owes about £25,000 – caused a “complete mental breakdown” last November.Her mental health is currently so poor that she is phoning Samaritans and the local NHS mental health crisis team at least three times a week.She said: “I am now on Mirtazapine [an anti-depressant] to stop me going off the rails, although it’s impossible to actually treat the depression and anxiety and occasional suicidal thoughts because it’s the debt that’s mostly responsible for those feelings.“That and being housebound and having no other option than to cater for really quite unpleasant men on the internet to get any money (I do have some nice customers on there, just not many).“I have a grandchild now and another on the way, but I do not have time or energy to see the family as I am having to spend all my waking hours at work, and then the rest of the time trying to feel less terrible from having worked.”She said she was “fairly naïve” when she began working as a cam girl. “Many people assume this is an easy earner, thousands of pounds, for taking your clothes off.“This is an absolute fallacy. I can sometimes sit poised for webcam for days on end and only make £10.“That’s me putting in 12 hours of trying to work per day, on my good days. I do occasionally get a big spender, and get £300 in an hour, but this is not often the case.”Her average monthly income is about £500.But A said she was privileged that she could be “out” with her family and friends about the work she does.She said: “They all fully support me, although my parents like to imagine that what I do is much more genteel than it actually is.“Many sex workers are not able to confide in anyone about this, so it’s not to be assumed everyone is as fortunate as I am or has any support at all.“Sex work can be a very lonely business, no matter what sort is being conducted.”She added: “Do not think sex work is bad, it’s just not necessarily right for a lot of people.“It is very important to point out that the majority of sex work isn’t conducted by disabled people or addicts, as the media may portray – most people in the business are perfectly normal, everyday people who chose this because it suited them.“This is just a personal account of one disabled person who found it to be their last option.” *She has asked for her name not to be usedPicture: Red Umbrella by Sonny Abesamis is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licencelast_img read more

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Apple Partner Files for Bankruptcy

first_img GT Advanced Technologies Inc, a partner with Apple Inc in a sapphire glass plant in Arizona, said it had filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection.Shares of the company fell more than 90 percent to 96 cents after a trading halt was lifted on the Nasdaq.The company suffered a major setback last month when its scratch-resistant sapphire glass was left out of Apple’s new large-screen iPhones.”It would appear that something very fundamentally broke down in the relationship between Apple and GT Advanced,” Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov said in an email.Up to Friday’s close, GT Advanced shares had slumped 36 percent since Sept. 9 when Apple unveiled its latest iPhones.GT Advanced , whose subsidiaries also filed for bankruptcy, said it had $85 million of cash as of Sept. 29.The company listed assets and liabilities in excess of $1 billion in its Chapter 11 petition.The company, which filed for bankruptcy in a U.S. bankruptcy court in the District of New Hampshire, said it was seeking debtor-in-possession financing to get access to additional funds.GT Advanced said it expected the court to authorize it to continue to conduct business as usual while it reorganized.The company’s shares had more than doubled in the nine months between last month’s unveiling of the new iphones and Nov. 4, when the Arizona plan was first announced.The stock traded as high as $20.54 in early July.(Reporting by Swetha Gopinath in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) Next Article Register Now » Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Bankruptcy Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue October 6, 2014 –shares Apple Partner Files for Bankruptcylast_img read more

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