Eden Hazard bids ‘goodbye’ to Chelsea after Europa League triumph

first_imgAfter scoring twice in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final, Eden Hazard said it was the moment to call time on his magnificent career with the London club to seek new challenges.The Belgian is widely expected to join Real Madrid and he capped a superb display against Premier League rivals Arsenal by converting from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 before adding the fourth to complete the rout.”My dream was to play in the Premier League and I did it for seven years. I think it’s a goodbye,” Hazard told BT Sport.Chelsea had broken the deadlock in the 49th minute through former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Hazard created the second goal for substitute Pedro.”It was good. The first half both teams had a bit of stress because it was a final. But when Olly (Giroud) scored it was the beginning of a great night,” Hazard said.”We played well in the second half. We tried to play our football and we knew we had the players to do that. It is a great trophy to win.”Hazard, 28, joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 for 32 million pounds ($40.41 million) and won the Europa League in his first season, later winning the Premier League title in 2015 and 2017 as well as one League Cup and one FA Cup.Real Madrid have not tried to hide their desire to sign Hazard, with president Florentino Perez admitting this week that he has been chasing his signature for years and expects to land the Belgian this summer.advertisementAlso Read | Europa League: Hazard’s brilliance helps Chelsea thrash Arsenal 4-1 to lift trophyAlso Read | Neymar’s injury gives Brazil Copa America scareAlso Seelast_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez: We need more in attack

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez: We need more in attackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says they need to improve their attack next month.Benitez was frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Fulham.He said, “We have to put into perspective where we were at the beginning and we are now playing against teams like Fulham and Wolves who have spent a lot of money during the summer.”But we carry on with a group of players who have been doing really well for us, fighting every game, but sometimes in these types of games you can see we need a little bit more and that is what we are looking for.” last_img read more

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Video: Softball Player Pulls Off Ridiculously Impressive Bat Trick

first_imgGirl does bat tricks in her backyard.Bat Tricks GirlSoftball, as we all know, is a game of statistics. Here’s an impressive number for you. The below Vine, posted one day ago, has nearly 8 million loops. Why? Because it features an incredible softball bat trick.The girl’s name is Marisa Arriaga, and she hails from Cedar Hill, Texas. She posted the original video back in June, but it’s gone viral the past 24 hours. In the clip, she lifts a bat off of the ground with her foot, bounces it behind her back, kicks the ball off of the tee, juggles it, and then crushes it into the woods. It’s awesome.Bat tricks? pic.twitter.com/M2JqHXR08l— marisa (@marisa_arriaga) June 24, 2015Yeah, I can’t do that. Impressive, to say the least.last_img read more

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In case you missed it

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James earned his second-consecutive league MVP award Sunday, one night after his 35 points led the Cavs to a 101-93 victory over the Boston Celtics in the first game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. James, who has a bone bruise and strain in his right elbow, took home 116 of the 123 possible first-place votes.Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship, just the sixth time in his PGA Tour career that he failed to reach weekend play. Woods shot a 7-over 79 during the second round on Friday after firing a 74 in Thursday’s opening round. The 79 marked Woods’ second-worst round as a professional, as he missed the cut by eight strokes.Floyd Mayweather topped “Sugar” Shane Mosley in a unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night. Each of the three ringside judges had Mayweather winning every round after the second, when Mosley nearly knocked Mayweather to the ground. Two of the judges scored the fight 119-109 in favor of Mayweather, who remained undefeated in 41 fights. The third judge scored it 118-110. read more

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Opinion Exclusion of Landon Donovan puts Jurgen Klinsmann on the hot seat

US men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann waves to the fans after a game against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The US won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe United States Men’s National Team’s all-time leading scorer won’t be playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the story isn’t about Landon Donovan.The story is about USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann after he decided to leave the 32-year-old forward off his 23-man roster for Rio de Janeiro.By leaving him at home, Klinsmann has placed himself firmly on the hot seat – especially in the eyes of American fans.Donovan is not the player he used to be, nobody can argue with that, but he is still more than just a shell of his former self. While he may not have the same pace and goal scoring ability as he had in the past, Donovan has played in three World Cups and could bring much needed leadership and poise to a young squad.The facts are simple; Donovan wasn’t one of the best 23 in Klinsmann’s eyes, and the coach better hope he’s right. The U.S. is set to take on a tough group that many are dubbing the “group of death.” Germany is a talented and deep team, Portugal boasts Cristiano Ronaldo among other stars and Ghana has always had the USMNT’s number.Before releasing his roster, nobody would have blamed Klinsmann if his team didn’t make it out of the group stage. Now, after making the most polarizing decision possible – save cutting captain Clint Dempsey or Everton goalie Tim Howard – the former Germany boss has increased the pressure on himself to astronomic levels.Even though Donovan was not going to be a starter for every game, there is nobody who would have been upset to see him on the team. With Donovan at home, fans have a reason to hate Klinsmann for the first time since he took over the squad in 2011.Overall Klinsmann has been wildly successful as the U.S. coach. He led the team to a 12-game winning streak – an all-time best for the USMNT. The U.S. qualified for the World Cup in spectacular fashion and boasts possibly its most talented roster of all time.Yet nobody will be talking about young stars such as Bayern Munich’s Julian Green or AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Jóhannsson. The chatter won’t even be about Dempsey, Howard or Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore. By excluding Donovan, Klinsmann took all the spotlight away from the players who will be in Brazil and put it firmly on the one who won’t.This is a make-or-break tournament for the U.S. If the team can make it out of the group stage, the talent is validated. If they don’t – especially without Donovan – it will be a failure, no matter how unfair that may be considering the draw.Regardless of Klinsmann’s contract extension that is set to keep him with the team until 2018, if this 23-man squad doesn’t deliver, he will be in a pile of trouble with the fans and, quite possibly, his bosses.Donovan’s exclusion is now an excuse to band together against the coach, while his inclusion would have had absolutely no negative implications.Klinsmann claims the players he chose are just ahead of Donovan’s current ability, but I can’t imagine 31-year-old forward Chris Wondolowski – he of just 19 international appearances – will do any better than Donovan could.I certainly hope the coach ends up looking like a genius by making it out of the group, and he should be hoping the same.By ditching Donovan, Klinsmann has placed the target firmly on his own back. read more

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Spalletti admitted that he wants to get Vrsaljko

Spalletti admitted that he wants to get Vrsaljko

first_imgSime Vrsaljko made it to the World Cup final against France and he has been nearing a move away from his current club, Atletico Madrid – Luciano Spalletti admitted that Inter Milan want to get him.The Croatia international was one of the brightest spots of the World Cup in Russia and it is understandable that he has become the transfer target of many clubs – and the Italian giants are working on signing him.Spalletti spoke about this possible move as he said that the situation remains unclear for him, according to Goal:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We like Vrsaljko. The directors are working, certain things will be defined once our preparations begin when our squad is more settled.”“As more days pass and we approach the deadline, the situations change.”“We’re working on the pitch, so [Piero] Ausilio [sporting director] and [Giovanni] Gardini [chief administrator] are thinking about it. You also know the positions we need covering.”last_img read more

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Aussie boss set to make changes against the UAE

Aussie boss set to make changes against the UAE

first_imgAustralia coach Graham Arnold is optimistic a squad rotation in the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-finals against the United Arab Emirates will be successful.The Socceroos scraped through to the last eight after beating Uzbekistan 4-2 on penalties in Al Ain.However, Arnold was furious with the decision to book Celtic midfielder Rogic which would rule out of the game against UAE in the quarter-finals.The Aussie boss was adamant the booking was harsh, though he is confident he has enough options and systems to keep UAE guessing on Friday.“The yellow card was a bit harsh because Tomi had no intent,” Arnold told reporters via FourFourTwo.“He just had the ball at his feet. These things happen. We have the options and I can change the system if we need to.“We’ll look at how UAE play, we’ll analyse them and, like I said, we’ve got plenty of options with different systems with these players that we can use.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“I could change play with two strikers, two number nines, we could play with a diamond midfield.“One good thing is we don’t have to travel. We’re here in Al Ain, they have to travel down here. Our boys are extremely fit and they’ll be able to back up.”SET YOUR ALARMS ⏰The @Socceroos face hosts the United Arab Emirates on Australia Day morning.#GoSocceroos #TogetherAsOne #AsianCup2019https://t.co/p0MxpiuCde— Socceroos (@Socceroos) January 21, 2019last_img read more

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Mourinho Neymar must win with Brazil to match Pele

Mourinho Neymar must win with Brazil to match Pele

first_imgJose Mourinho believes Neymar will have to win big with Brazil before he can start being compared to the likes of Pele.The 26-year-old is widely regarded among the top players in the world on the back of impressive spells at Barcelona and now Paris Saint-Germain.Aside from regularly finding the net for both clubs, Neymar has also won league titles in Spain and France along with winning the Champions League in 2015.The Brazilian superstar’s clever little tricks along with his dribbling and playmaking skills have won plenty of admirers and seen him being compared to Pele.The duo both started out their respective playing careers at Santos in Brazil with Neymar even confessing once that he views Pele as a role model.Unlike the three-time World Cup winner, however, Neymar’s sole success on the international stage has come at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.The PSG forward has come up short in Brazil’s last two World Cup campaigns, which saw them lose 7-1 to Germany at home in the semi-final stage in 2014 before being knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals at Russia last summer.Therefore, Mourinho reckons that the talented Neymar still has a long way to go before he can be put on a similar level to other Selecao greats.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…The former Manchester United boss made these comments after Brazilian football magazine, Placar, declared Neymar as Brazil’s best player since Pele.“Neymar is a fantastic talent and nobody can doubt that,” said Mourinho, according to Goal.“He came to Europe and won immediately.“But I think they forgot players that were the best of the world at some point, such as Ronaldo and Rivaldo, just citing two, and I could remember more.“They also came to Europe and were fantastic, but beyond that, they passed through this special situation in a country’s life that is succeeding on the international level.“Neymar will keep fighting to be on Europe’s elite, where he already is, and this [winning with Brazil] will continue to be a dream for him”Neymar is currently recovering from a foot injury that he sustained in PSG’s  2-0 Coupe de France win over RC Strasbourg last month.KAZAN, RUSSIA – JULY 06: Neymar Jr of Brazil goes down injured during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Week In Review 2428

Week In Review 2428

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Wednesday 2/6Audio PlayerWEDNESDAY-2619.mp3VmWEDNESDAY-2619.mp300:00RPdPresident Trump “We Need To Govern As One Nation”, Borough Assembly Request BOF Rescind Decision To Move 2020 UCI Meeting, Nikiski Student Among Alaska’s Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019,  Borough Mayor Addresses Road Clearing Concerns Monday 2/4Audio PlayerMONDAY-2419.mp3VmMONDAY-2419.mp300:00RPdConstruction Update On North Road Extension Project, Traffic Stops Leads To Chase Down Swanson River Road, City Of Kenai Looks At Amending Mobile Food Vendor Requirements, Soldotna Accepting Applications For Storefront Improvement Program Tuesday 2/5Audio PlayerTUESDAY-2519.mp3VmTUESDAY-2519.mp300:00RPdCommunity Members Donate To Kenai Animal Shelter, Alaska Takes Top Spot In Gun Related Deaths, Again, KPBSD Continues Push For More Counselors, DOT: Plowing Priorities For State Roadscenter_img Thursday 2/7Audio PlayerTHURSDAY-2719.mp3VmTHURSDAY-2719.mp300:00RPdKenai Fire Training Facility To Be Rented Out To Red Cross, Larry Persily Delivers Reality Check For AK LNG Project, Alaskans Targeted Via Phone And Text Message Scam, Kenai City Council Asks BOF To Rescind Decision To Move 2020 UCI Meeting Friday 2/8Audio PlayerFRIDAY-2819.mp3VmFRIDAY-2819.mp300:00RPdKPBSD Teachers Still Without A Contract, Knopp To Speak At A Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber Breakfast, DHSS Commissioner Assumes Management Of Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Vote Postponed On Amending Mobile Food Vendor Requirements, Soldotna PD Warns Of Scam Circulating The Local Arealast_img read more

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NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of March 3 2019

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of March 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of March 3, 2019:Full-Time Quality Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Buyer at Georgia-PacificFull-Time Customer Sales & Service Rep at Applied Industrial TechnologiesFull-Time Product Test Engineering Tech at Analog DevicesFull-Time Production Floor Worker at 3STEP Sports Apparel Full-Time Accounts Payable Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Corporate Credit Card Program Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Odwalla Route Sales Representative at Coca ColaFull-Time Commercial Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Customer Development Assistant Rep at PepsiFull-Time Marketing Project Manager at AmetrosFull-Time Customer Advocate Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time Production Control Assistant at TecometFull-Time General Manager at Super Service TodayFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Multi Tenant Sales Representative at SpectrumFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Floating Counselor at May InstituteFull-Time water Mitigation Technician at Response Team 1Part-Time Guest Service Team Member at TargetPart-Time Logistics Team Member at TargetFull-Time Relationship Banker at SantanderFull-Time Assistant Manager at Dollar TreeFull-Time Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time IT Information Security & Compliance Co-Op at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales Operations Specialist at Ametros FinancialFull-Time Project Estimator at American TechnologiesFull-Time Restoration Supervisor at American TechnologiesFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Speech Language Pathologist at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Buyer at Pacific Packaging Products, Inc.Full-Time Customer Service Rep at Parts4HeatingFull-Time Quality Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Receptionist at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Digital Marketing Content Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Commercial Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Warehouse Parts Administrator at Service Quick, Inc.Full-Time Teacher at May Institute Full-Time Dispatcher at Super Service TodayFull-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at Analog DevicesPart-Tme Dietary Aide at CareOne at WilmingtonPart-Time Housekeeper & Laundry at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Tme Benefit Analyst at HUB InternationalFull-Time Strategic Resource Assistant at HUB InternationalFull-Time Association Business Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Project Sales Representative at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Customer Account Representative at Serur Group Financial ServicesFull-Time Projects Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Direct Mail Quality Control Specialist at Kirkwood DirectFull-Time Optical Assembly Technician at RigakuFull-Time Sales Associate at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Home Health Aide at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Early Education & Child Care Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time Landscaping Foreman at Gallugi Landscaping Full-Time Shift Supervisor at Panera Bread(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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Lawmakers To Target Austins Worker Protections On Construction Projects

Lawmakers To Target Austins Worker Protections On Construction Projects

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneConstruction in downtown Austin’s Warehouse District on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.Cesar Ovalde has been working in the construction industry for the better part of 15 years. Most of the time, he’s working on large commercial projects, and gaps in training, he says, can cause problems.“A lot of times there are new people that arrive and they don’t know the standards. If there’s an electrician that is working as a painter or vice-versa, they don’t know each other’s work and this can frequently cause accidents,” he said in Spanish.In Austin, though, workers like Ovalde received some relief when the city council passed new regulations: Companies that went through a newly-created expedited permitting process for large commercial projects have to follow a set of “better builder” protections that require companies to pay workers at least $13.50 an hour, follow certain safety standards and offer training and worker’s compensation insurance.The requirements were a compromise — the result of years of negotiation between city officials and developers to speed up the permitting process in Austin.But with Tuesday’s beginning of a special legislative session, that compromise — launched in March — may be short-lived because of House Bill 164, which seeks to accelerate permitting processes in cities and towns across the state, and also bar cities from requiring companies to follow regulations like Austin’s “better builder” rules.The legislation has given industry groups another chance to kill the Austin regulations that they say are cumbersome and unnecessary. Some contractors are particularly irked that any job site that qualifies for the program must be monitored by the Workers Defense Project, a labor advocacy group that helped create the Austin regulations.And they’ll rely on a longtime ally: state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, one of the authors of the legislation.For Workman, who filed similar legislation during the Legislature’s regular session, the Workers Defense Project is a “union front” and the city requirements represent “wage control.”“You’re going to put someone on the project who’s just going to harass the contractor and subcontractor,” he said. “It’s just not the proper role of government to try to dictate wages.”Before he was elected to the House in 2010, Workman spent years in the contracting and construction industry. He launched Workman Commercial Construction in 1991, and the company completed dozens of projects across the state before he sold it in 2013.He donated more than $8,000 to the state and local branches of the Associated General Contractors and served as the the chairman of the board of the statewide organization in 2008.He’s no longer a member of the organization, but it has supported him in the Legislature: Since 2013, Workman has received at least $63,000 from the statewide Associated General Contractors political action committee and affiliated local chapters, according to campaign finance disclosures.Data compiled by Texans for Public Justice, a liberal watchdog group, show that Workman has received a total of $342,932 from real estate and construction interests since 2013 — 36 percent of his total campaign contributions.“He is a commercial contractor and we’re an organization of commercial contractors, so of course he’s going to get a lot of support,” said Phil Thoden, the president of the AGC’s Austin chapter, which opposed Austin’s rules. “Paul’s just been a good friend of the industry.”Workman is one of many lawmakers who have received financial support from real estate and construction interests, according to the data from Texans for Public Justice. Gifts to lawmakers from those two industries totaled more than $23 million between 2013 and 2016, the group found.Workman, who also runs a construction consulting business with his son, said that he became interested in expedited permitting legislation on his own and did not not speak with donors or interest groups about his bill. None of his consulting clients do business in Austin, he said.“It’s bad for the industry, what [Austin has] done, and so whether I had been supported by the various construction industry people or not, I would have done this,” Workman said.And while Workman and his clients may not be subject to the new Austin requirements — which are still in the pilot stage — his old company, where his daughter is the chief financial officer, would. Workman said he has not been in touch with his former company “in a while.”Workman Commercial Construction declined to comment on the expedited permitting process in Austin. Olvade said he would like to see “better builder” requirements expanded in Austin, not discarded. Sam Robles, the communications director for the Workers Defense Project, said that the group would oppose any legislation aimed at overturning the “better builder” requirements.“We look forward to having a conversation with Texas policymakers about our disagreement with legislation that cuts the pay for hardworking men and women who build our cities, roads and bridges,” she said.At a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference Monday, Workman said he’s protecting Austinites by attempting to override the city regulations.“Forty percent of my constituents live in the city of Austin. As far as I am concerned I have a duty to represent those 40 percent as well,” Workman said. “Just because I am not on the city council doesn’t mean I shouldn’t represent those people.”last_img read more

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From France with love

From France with love

first_imgFrench by nationality but an Indian at heart after spending 18 years in India, Magali Couffon de Trevros has a deep rooted connection with both countries. She has been able to develop and grow her passion for photography and travels. The ultimate for her is the ability of finding beauty everywhere and keeping her eyes open for colors, shapes, lines, textures and forms. And the Capital will have a chance to see her creativity up close in the Tribal Lights. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Tribal Lights have been created and curated for the Alliance Francaise de Delhi the past few months. The images are of Orissa tribals. They simply show faces of Orissa. I traveled there about a year and a half ago… My imagination was wild as I imagined the adventure: tribes, naxalites, music, dances… I could not ask for more,’ explains Magali.She tries to use her camera as a creative tool not only to document or show what is in front of her but to enhance it with the help of light and sometimes with paint or sculptors. This exercise can be tricky and not always successful but what is important is to have fun. She experiences depth of the knowledge from these experiments.DETAILWhen: 19th April – 11th May (11am – 7pm)Where: Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française De Delhi, Lodi Estatelast_img read more

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Exercising for 25 hours a week may slow Parkinsons

Exercising for 25 hours a week may slow Parkinsons

first_imgExercising for at least 150 minutes every week may improve mobility and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease, a new study claims.Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive condition that often results in mobility impairments and can lead to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQL) and death.There is evidence that physical activity can delay decline in PD patients.Researchers determined that that people who exercised regularly had significantly slower declines in HRQL and mobility over a two-year period. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We found that people with Parkinson’s disease who maintained exercise 150 minutes per week had a smaller decline in quality of life and mobility over two years compared to people who did not exercise or exercised less,” said lead investigator Miriam R Rafferty, from Northwestern University in the US.”The smaller decline was significant for people who started the study as regular exercisers, as well as for people who started to exercise 150 minutes per week after their first study-related visit,” said Rafferty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study, more than 3,400 participants provided data over two years, with infromation collected during at least three clinic visits.Although this study did not determine which type of exercise is best, it suggests that any type of exercise done with a “dose” of at least 150 minutes per week is better than not exercising.”People with PD should feel empowered to find the type of exercise they enjoy, even those with more advanced symptoms,” said Rafferty.The study was published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.last_img read more

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Cloudbased ondemand service Magine has launched

Cloudbased ondemand service Magine has launched

first_imgCloud-based on-demand service Magine has launched in Spain, with Viacom, National Geographic Channel and Chello Multicanal among those signed up.The service, which provides cloud-based live TV and catch-up programming across Apple devices and Samsung smart TVs, yesterday secured US$19 million (€15 million) in investment and today launched a Spanish beta service.“The Spanish marketplace is an ideal one for Magine, as it enjoys high broadband penetration with a relatively low pay TV penetration. When combining those two factors the Magine solution seemed an obvious one to the Spanish channels and content providers who were keen to be part of a service that offered their viewers a highly competitive subscription package,” said Mattias Hjelmstedt, CEO and co-founder, Magine.Magine first launched in Sweden just before MIPTV, as DTVE sister publication TBI revealed at the time. It has subsequently gone live in Germany and now in Spain. Plans to launch the service on more TV platforms and Android tablets are in the works.The company also says it is in “advanced negotiations with a number of major international media and entertainment groups” and predicts it will launch in “at least another four more European territories by the end of the year.”last_img read more

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BSkyBs Sky Sports has secured rights to American

BSkyBs Sky Sports has secured rights to American

first_imgBSkyB’s Sky Sports has secured rights to American football association the NFL’s Monday Night Football from 2015.Sky Sports viewers will be able to enjoy over 80 live fixtures a season, including up to five games each week of the regular season, the playoffs and Super Bowl.Sky Sports’ coverage will also include all matches from the NFL’s International Series as teams travel to the UK for regular season match ups.“We’re delighted to be awarded the rights to Monday Night Football as part of this fantastic new deal for even more live American Football.  The agreement means Sky Sports viewers can enjoy all the drama, excitement and unpredictability from the NFL until at least 2019.  Our partnership with the NFL spans two decades and we look forward to helping the sport continue its huge growth in popularity in the UK and Ireland for years to come,” said Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis.last_img read more

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Oregan Networks vicepresident of market strategy

Oregan Networks vicepresident of market strategy

first_imgOregan Networks vice-president of market strategy, Milya Timergaleyeva, talks to DTVE about the challenges facing the pay TV industry and the future of interactive services.What are the main challenges that the pay TV industry is facing today?Following the initial wave of IP-connected deployments and large-scale vendor consolidation, operators are in the process of re-assessing the fundamentals of their approach to service delivery. Business models, network architectures, vendor relations and product definitions are being challenged for long-term sustainability, alignment with overall corporate objectives and return on investment. The strategy for subscriber retention, which is intrinsically linked to the vast real estate of legacy STB devices and head end infrastructures, is probably the most technically and financially challenging in this increasingly competitive space.Oregan’s media delivery platform and architecture design expertise have crucially contributed to the industry’s first IPTV system upgrade cycle which substitutes the Microsoft Mediaroom platform. The move gave a second lease of life to approximately 80%, or nearly 0.5 million, pre-deployed STBs, through incorporation of substantial new features on five-years-old legacy hardware units. These new features include an enhanced EPG and personal video recording, multicast IPTV capabilities and a conditional access security uplift. We are pleased to see successful fruition of this complex end-to-end transformation initiative that ultimately yields synchronisation of capabilities between legacy and next generation hybrid IPTV CPE, whilst harmonising around a single head-end platform for OTT and managed IPTV service delivery.The pay TV market is still divided into two distinct camps defined by the choice of the dominant media delivery infrastructure: the incumbent broadcast MSO and the telco-led IPTV deployments.The Cable and Satellite segment is currently ahead of the telecom operators in terms of content purchasing power due to subscriber critical mass, strong relationships with the studios, favorable regulatory conditions and well-established and trusted positioning with consumers. On the other hand, the quality and pre-existing IP connectivity of IPTV legacy platforms naturally renders them more future-proof and capable to run next generation features – an advantage that is even more tangible in emerging markets.Has the digital TV industry experienced any trend-forming shifts in 2013?As the digital media industry is going mobile, the most affluent wireless segment of the telecoms market is showing a strong intent to lead with “TV Everywhere” style products. Oregan is embracing this trend by offering new software features for second screen viewing, companion screen applications and remote connectivity to the host entertainment device. Convenience and consistent cross-platform user experience are at the heart of this innovation which is planned to power new 4G and home-tethered operator products in the mobile telecoms market in early 2014.Secondly, the CPE product development cycles have shortened. This is the effect of increased standardisation for content authoring and metadata delivery, sophistication of SOC – system on a chip – designs available in the market, and the increased proliferation and acceptance of software based, card-less conditional access.And finally, as a complete middleware provider and device system integration specialist, we’ve witnessed the operator’s preferences shifting to simplified blueprint designs and focusing their development efforts on the overall user account management workflow and UX as key points of differentiation.Overall, recent consolidation has sent ripples through the ecosystem. The answers have changed for many of the tier 1 and 2 operators globally, forcing them to become more involved in system design, ensuring sustainable, internally managed long-term roadmaps for services and features.What are free-to-air broadcasters’ priorities when selecting an interactive platform and how well-aligned are they with TV and device manufacturers?The free-to-air broadcasters in the UK see additional platforms as a way to achieve greater reach and engagement with audiences. Since the introduction of catch up services on tablets, mobile phones and PC, the viewer numbers have been growing exponentially, very much in line with industry expectations. Broadcasters are primarily guided by the simple maths:  high adoption numbers justify the investment into customizing, deployment and support of a service version for a specific platform.How much convergence is there between the vertically integrated pay TV market and the horizontal free-to-air retail market when it comes to technology to enable interactive services?In the UK, the two markets co-exist symbiotically. Consumers have come to expect to be able to access free and subscription based catch-up services, as well as a good selection of premium Hollywood content on the same device or service. When it comes to technology, we see vertical operators starting to seriously look into the reduced level of complexity of the off-the shelf standards-based designs that are increasingly employed in the retail space.In some cases, operators are willing to take this a step further by tapping into a retail-based distribution model and revenue-share commercials with the manufacturers.As a technology platform vendor catering for both categories of connected devices, we see that today’s main distinction between the horizontal OTT and vertical IPTV markets lies in utilisation of traffic shaping, QoS-related modules, as well as remote diagnostics and service monitoring. These capabilities, if harnessed to their full extent, continue to provide telecom operators with a well-defined advantage over the retail consumer electronics model.Over time, however, the boundaries between OTT and managed services, are bound to become blurred as both segments start working together to reach subscribers on any device and any network.What are the main benefits of standards such as HTML5 and HbbTV for interactive TV service providers?We believe that applications and UX authoring cycles for multiple platforms can be reduced as the app community embraces the efficiencies and richness of HTML 5. In particular, a standardised approach to media playback functionalities via the HTML 5 video tag property removes the challenge of bespoke media player integration.HbbTV holds the promise of linking broadcast and broadband worlds of content, offering the means of simultaneous, unicast-style, one-to-one media communication in conjunction with linear broadcast content.  Data mining and bespoke application delivery capabilities linked to this scenario create new revenue generation opportunities for internet publishers and broadcasters alike.From the point of view of the web application developer’s community, HbbTV’s main drawback is its current prescription of the now-legacy CE-HTML – currently based on HTML 4.01 version – standard, whereas most of the newly deployed content is well progressed on the path of HTML 5. The future combination of the HbbTV and HTML 5 standards provides a solid technology platform for expanding entertainment and interactivity options.How important is content search and discovery to service providers and what are the big technical challenges in delivering it?With ever expanding libraries of content available as linear, on-demand, and personally aggregated assets, content discovery is not simply a method of selling additional content to the end consumer – it is one of the defining attributes of perceived quality of the service overall.Thankfully, technology powering video search engines is mature and borrows heavily on the internet’s extensive history of collecting personal browsing data. The challenge rather appears to be in designing the application front end and devising back office data analytics engines that translate such data into meaningful content suggestions.Oregan offers its media client software APIs that allow for extensive data mining and usage pattern extrapolation, which can power a highly personalised content discovery UX, as well as video-based promotion of new releases and recommended content.What was Oregan highlighting at IBC and what further plans do you have for the year ahead?Oregan’s main theme during the show was the demonstration of connected features across a range of platforms with varying capabilities that are defined by the amount of processing power, physical memory and storage capabilities. We have developed a proven and simple process of porting Oregan Media Browser 5 middleware on both legacy and next generation STBs, empowering operators to run POC services in a matter of weeks.We expect the year ahead to be underscored with further industry consolidation and technology alliances. Some of the headline trends, such as the increasing appearance of ARM-based CPE in the pay TV market, the entrance of mobile operators into the pay TV video market with any time  – any device movie streaming services and applications, capitalising on newly deployed 4G networks, as well as tighter association of cable and satellite operators with the internet ecosystem – will continue gaining momentum. Oregan’s focus will be shared across further core technology development carrying those trends to fruition, and further strengthening the platform integration and consultancy services that will enable operators to benefit from the depth and diversity of Oregan’s expertise in the pay TV market.last_img read more

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So I finally did it I went and took a goat yoga

So I finally did it I went and took a goat yoga

first_imgSo I finally did it. I went and took a goat yoga class. As the editor of the Goats and Soda blog, I felt it was my duty.Goat yoga is one of those things that sound like a joke. But it is very real.The idea is pretty simple: A yoga teacher leads a class of humans while goats interact with the yogis.Preferably the goats are kids because, really, you wouldn’t want a 30-pound goat climbing on you. Or butting heads with you.Here’s how our Yoga With Goats class worked in Howard County, Md.About seven goats, all of them born this past spring, joined a dozen or so humans in a pen. The fee was $35 per human.The kids were … adorable! As yoga instructor Janice Ingson deftly led us through various poses, the goats nuzzled us and nibbled on our clothes and belongings. One goat tried to eat a woman’s ponytail, which was quickly discouraged because the goat could have given her a haircut.We were forewarned not to stick our fingers in the goats’ mouths because their bottom teeth could draw blood.We were also forewarned that goats might poop and pee on yoga mats. Which did happen. But the goat wranglers had spray bottles of disinfectant on hand, so no worries!Ingson freely admits that the whole thing is a bit “preposterous.” But she had a big grin even as she told her students, “There’s a lot going on here. Can you bring your awareness back to your body?”Sorry, that’s hard to do when you’re surrounded by cute little kids.In one magical moment, a goat climbed on the back of Don Kim while he held a hands-and-knees pose. It was “a little uncomfortable,” says Kim, who lives in Germantown, Md. “But the fun outweighed the discomfort.”It was also perfectly in line with what goats do. “It’s just natural behavior,” says goat specialist Susan Schoenian of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “They love to climb.”Now, you may be wondering, who had this bright idea to bring goats and yoga together? Yoga Journal credits Lainey Morse, who has a farm in Albany, Ore., as an early adopter: “A cute idea to host a yoga class at her farm … while baby goats pranced around the mats has turned into a phenomenon with a more than 500-person wait list.”Aside from the fun factor, what’s the benefit of doing yoga with goats (or cats or llamas or horses, to name some other animals that have been brought into the yoga circle)?I couldn’t find any research on goat yoga. As for the therapeutic benefit of interacting with animals … well, there’s not much definitive research on that either. A comprehensive Washington Post article on “therapy animals” notes that research “sometimes has shown positive short-term effects, often found no effect and occasionally identified higher rates of distress.”The article also points out that people who hang out with animals often say it makes them feel better. And how can you argue with that?Even without research on goat-human interactions, different institutions are willing to give goats a try for the sake of the betterment of humanity. In Maryland this past May, Albert Einstein High School brought in 10 goats for students to pet as a way to cope with the stress of standardized tests.There’s also a business side to all of this. For folks who own a small group of goats, renting them out for a goat yoga class is a good way to increase their income stream, Schoenian notes.In the low-income countries that we cover in this blog, goats are valuable for another reason. They can provide a family with milk or meat — and a source of revenue.I could not find any reports of goat yoga in non-Western countries. Although a newspaper in India has posed the question: “Goat Yoga is the latest craze in the U.S.; do you think it would work in India?”Goats and Soda readers, if you’ve run across goat yoga in the developing world, let us know! Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Six new cases in which disabled people have been t

Six new cases in which disabled people have been t

first_imgSix new cases in which disabled people have been the victims of brutal and degrading assaults have cast fresh doubt on the criminal justice system’s ability to recognise, punish and prevent disability hate crime.It is 10 years this month since journalist Katharine Quarmby and colleagues at Disability Now magazine drew public attention to the failure to deal with disability hate crime by highlighting five horrific murders of disabled people, and asking, “If these are not hate crimes, what are?”Now Disability News Service (DNS) has had to ask that question again, in the wake of repeated failings by police, prosecutors, judges… and politicians.Three of the six new cases, spread across England and Wales, were murders, another saw the offender jailed for manslaughter, while two victims survived the violent assaults.One case saw a man with learning difficulties tortured for a month in a “prolonged period of sadistic torture and humiliation”, including having his teeth knocked out with a hammer and chisel, and being forced to eat one of his own testicles, before his body was dumped on wasteland.Another saw a man, again with learning difficulties, stripped and tortured over 24 hours, in a prolonged, sadistic assault described by a judge as “gratuitous degradation”.But in neither case did the police treat what happened as disability hate crime*.All but one of the six cases were dealt with by the courts in the last two months, with the other crime sentenced last December.In all of the six cases, which all led to convictions, the offences involved violent, repeated assaults on the disabled person.Four of the victims were people with learning difficulties, while the others had long-term health conditions and physical impairments.But in all six cases, the attacks were not treated as hate crimes by the police officers investigating the crimes, although in one of them the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) disagreed and asked the judge to increase the sentence because prosecutors believed the crime was motivated by disability-related hostility.Apart from this one exception, in case after case the CPS has told DNS that the offences could not be treated as hate crimes because “there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people”.These cases appear to highlight how difficult it is to prove an offence is a disability hate crime under current legislation, particularly if police officers have not collected the necessary evidence.The courts have a legal duty** to increase sentences for offences found to be motivated by disability-related hostility, under Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.But even in the one case in which CPS disagreed with the police, and treated the offences as disability hate crime, the judge is believed to have refused to increase the sentence.The six cases suggest yet again – following many other horrific offences reported by DNS over the last eight years – that there are enduring and troubling flaws in the way the criminal justice system, particularly within the police and judiciary, deals with the most serious disability hate crimes.The failure to acknowledge that offences were caused by disability-related hostility –described nine years ago by a director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken [now Lord] Macdonald, as “a scar on the conscience of criminal justice” – means that sentences are not increased, so there is no deterrent effect, and no public recognition of the problem.This is likely to mean there is less pressure placed on the government and wider society to reduce the widespread incidence of disability hate crime.Here are brief details of the six cases.Case one: Jimmy Prout, who had learning difficulties, was found dead on wasteland near his home in North Shields in March 2016.For months, he had been tortured by a group of people he considered his friends. He was even forced to eat his own testicle.Two of his attackers were jailed for murder, and the other two for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, with sentences ranging from nine years to a minimum of 33 years in prison for the ringleader.Northumbria police said the circumstances of the murder “did not meet criteria to be considered a disability hate crime”, and that Prout had not been targeted “because of any disabilities”.A CPS spokesman said: “The possibility of this case being a hate crime was considered, but there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation.”Case two: Craig Eade, who also had learning difficulties, was attacked in his own home, in Gateshead, over false rumours that he was a sex offender.He was attacked with a hammer, kicked and stamped on, and strangled, and then finally had his throat cut when his killer realised he was still alive. His body was dumped in a wheelie bin.His attacker, 36-year-old Paul Watkins, from Gateshead, admitted murdering Eade and was jailed for life and must serve at least 18 years in prison.Northumbria Police said this case, too, “did not meet criteria to be considered a disability hate crime” because Eade was not “targeted because of any disabilities”.A CPS spokesman said: “The possibility of this case being a hate crime was considered, but there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation.”Detective chief inspector Andy Fairlamb, of Northumbria Police, said of the Prout and Eade cases: “We take hate crime extremely seriously and in any death, a routine line of enquiry is to establish if the death is related to any disability or vulnerability or is believed to be hate-related.”Case three: An unnamed disabled man with muscular dystrophy was subjected to a “sustained and prolonged attack” by a teenager from Rhyl, north Wales, who stamped on his head, hit him with a radiator, and then smashed his head through a window.The teenager was jailed for 32 months.A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: “North Wales Police can confirm that this occurrence was not tagged as a hate crime, and inquiries are underway to determine why this happened.”She said the court was aware of the victim’s “vulnerability”, and so could have increased the sentence on those grounds – although not on the grounds of it being a hate crime – “had the judge seen fit to do so”.Asked if the case showed that the force needed to review its procedures and policies on recognising and dealing with disability hate crime, the spokeswoman had declined to respond by noon today (Thursday).A CPS spokesman said: “The possibility of this case being a hate crime was considered, but there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation.”Case four: Wheelchair-user Manfred Jaedke, 61, from Boston, Lincolnshire, was found in July 2016 in his bungalow with 65 injuries on his body, after being savagely beaten to death by a neighbour he had been drinking with.His killer, Vidmantas Svedarauskas, was given a life sentence, and must serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said the motivation for the murder was “thoroughly explored during the murder investigation, including extensive enquiries into Svedarauskas’ background in Lithuania. “There was no evidence to support the murder having been motivated by hate and was therefore not recorded as such.”She said the judge had been “very robust” in his sentencing, “stating that one of the main aggravating factors in the case was that Manfred was extremely vulnerable”.She added: “He was elderly, a very unwell man because of his previous strokes, his heart condition was bad and he was disabled and wheelchair bound.“He was unable to defend himself, therefore Manfred’s disability was taken into account upon sentencing.”A CPS spokesman said: “There was no evidence to determine to a criminal standard the motive for this attack.“Consequently, it would not have been possible to prove that it was motivated by hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person.”Case five: A man with learning difficulties was forced into a cold bath and had his head pushed under water, was strangled with an electrical cord, and threatened with an electric drill, by two women who stripped and tortured him, in an attack that lasted 24 hours.The man had met one of the women through an online dating site, and had thought they were in a relationship, but when he arrived at her flat, she locked the door and told him: “You’re going to die today,” before calling a friend to join her in what became a prolonged and violent assault.He was knocked unconscious with a pole, threatened with a knife, punched, kicked and hit with a hammer and a bottle, and only escaped when an unexpected visitor saw him covered with blood and called the police.The judge described the assault as “gratuitous degradation”. He jailed both women to two years and four months in jail.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the offences were “initially recorded as domestic violence due to the relationship between the victim and one of the convicted women.“At no point did the victim or anyone else state that the attack on the victim was targeted or motivated because of his learning difficulties.“We do however recognise that the victim’s learning difficulties made him particularly vulnerable in the prolonged attack.“The investigation was also subject to review and this did not change the recording of the offence.”Despite the police refusal, prosecutors did treat the attack as a disability hate crime.A CPS spokesman said: “This offence was recognised as a hate crime motivated by hostility to the victim because of his disability and at sentencing a submission was made by the CPS to treat that hostility as an aggravating factor.”The CPS has not been able to confirm whether the judge agreed to increase the sentence.Case six: Paul Sandford was attacked and punched to death while he was hooked up to a dialysis machine.Again, his attacker had made unfounded allegations that the victim was a paedophile.After the attack, Sandford was rushed to hospital with a bleed on the brain, a fractured eye socket and severe cuts and bruising to his face and hands. He died in hospital five days later.His attacker was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 12 years.A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “This case was not recorded as a disability hate crime by South Yorkshire Police due to the clear wishes of the victim and statements given by him, prior to his death.”A CPS spokeswoman said: “There was no evidence presented to us by the police of the defendant being motivated by hostility towards the victim’s disability. “Nor was there any evidence that the defendant demonstrated any such hostility at any point. For these reasons, there was no application for an uplift [in the sentence].”Stephen Brookes, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said the cases made “further grim reading”, 10 years on from Quarmby’s first story, while the “total inconsistency” across the criminal justice system was “appalling”.He said he would like to see new “tighter and understandably clear” legislation that focused solely on disability hate crime, but was not convinced that that would be politically achievable.What can be done, he said, is for MPs and ministers to “force the whole criminal justice system to comply with the current disability hate crime requirements.”He added: “Where communities, disabled people, CPS and police work together on training and implementation and have effective and closely-monitored reporting processes then results are good, as we have generally experienced across Lancashire.”But he said that too many parts of the country had seen “substantial reductions in diversity policing and the proper training input using the knowledge of disabled people”, and in these areas disability hate crime was “still a massive issue, as cases aren’t charged correctly”.He said the reaction of the CPS in some regions was “still too much by the old book with clear failures to identify and promote section 146**”.He added: “The court system in terms of disability hate crime is still a mockery and if section 146 is even mentioned, too many of the judiciary just don’t get it, or don’t want the complication, thereby creating a double whammy for the victim – that of being victim of the crime and ultimately being a victim of sloppy justice.“Where communities, disabled people, CPS and police work together on training and implementation and have effective and closely monitored reporting processes, then results are good. “It can be done, but it depends on the inclusion of disabled people to create a mindset change in police, CPS and the judiciary practice, and this is where the sieve of justice is far too leaky to be of any practical use to disabled people in their seeking their legal rights.”Anne Novis, a disability hate crime expert and chair of Inclusion London, said: “We will never give up on fighting for equality of justice for victims of any sort of disability hate crime.“We will challenge the statutory agencies that still have not integrated the learning from too many awful murders of disabled people and the underlying perception that we are not as ‘worthy’ or ‘valued’, that pervades society and government polices at this time.“All who deny the perception of our communities and organisations that such cases are hate crime, need to realise, we, Deaf and disabled people, are the experts, no one else!”A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have one of the strongest legal frameworks in the world to protect those who become a victim of hate crime.“This has resulted in more prosecutions than ever before.“The government will give careful consideration to whether the current legislation requires change following the views of the home affairs select committee in its hate crime report.***”A Home Office spokesman said: “All forms of hate crime are unacceptable and those who commit these awful crimes should be prosecuted.“We have some of the strongest laws in the world to tackle hate crime but it is not just about legislation.“That is why last year the home secretary published a comprehensive new hate crime action plan that is driving forward action to tackle hate crime across government and the criminal justice system.”Last year, DNS reported that angry campaigners had attacked that action plan for its “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability hate crime.The Home Office spokesman added: “Disability hate crime is significantly under-reported by victims, and that is why the government is working with community groups to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it amongst disabled people, their carers and families.“We have also asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services to assess the police response to ensure it is dealt with effectively and efficiently, and we are working with the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service to ensure that all those who commit hate crimes receive heavier sentences.”He also pointed to new joint training between the police and CPS staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime, and a national strategy and operational guidance published by the College of Policing to ensure that police deal with hate crime effectively.And he said CPS was working on a policy statement covering crimes against disabled people, setting out service standards expected when disabled victims and witnesses seek prosecution and attend court.Neither the CPS nor any of the police forces involved in the six cases raised any concerns about the way the criminal justice system deals with disability hate crime in their responses to questions from DNS.But a CPS spokesman said: “Wherever there is evidence a crime was motivated by hatred based on a victim’s disability, we will always treat it as a hate crime.“In some cases, disabled people may be the victims of offences which do not amount to hate crime.“In these cases, prosecutors will still present evidence of aggravating factors in court, as these will have an impact on the seriousness of the offence and any possible sentence.”*The Crown Prosecution Service defines a disability hate crime as “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability”**Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murders***This inquiry looked at the violent consequences of online hate crime and mentioned disability hate crime only in passinglast_img read more

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5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking

first_img 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking Restrictions Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Add to Queue Next Article March 27, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis States that have legalized marijuana are working on regulatory fixes to allow the cannabis industry the access to banks that it needs to grow. Guest Writer Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends Andre Bourque 7 min read Federal banking regulations effectively trap the legal marijuana industry in its cash-only, black-market history. Current rules keep cannabis-related businesses in a regulatory gray area that discourages the investment necessary to grow.The current problem dates to the 2013 Cole Memo, written by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and directing Federal prosecutors on how to interpret the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in states that have legalized marijuana. The Cole Memo reiterated that, “Congress’s determination that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime that provides a significant source of revenue to large-scale criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.” In general, the guidelines established a hands-off federal enforcement policy toward businesses that were in compliance with state law.The U.S. Department of Treasury’s 2014 statement on Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) took the logic from there. FinCEN puts the burden on the bank to perform due diligence on marijuana-related business customers to see if that investigation “implicates one of the Cole Memo priorities or violates state law. This is a particularly important factor for a financial institution to consider when assessing the risk of providing financial services to a marijuana-related business.”Such financial services include checking, deposits, savings, credit card administration, funds transfers, lending and all the services necessary to running a business. For practical purposes, this largely limits cannabis businesses to operating on a cash-only basis, complicates recordkeeping, taxes and security.Businesses that work with legal marijuana businesses should not be frozen out of traditional banking services. Our letter: pic.twitter.com/qcW9dIeZXu— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) December 14, 2016The statement from FinCEN lists what banks must do to avoid working with businesses posing as legitimate but acting as fronts for criminal enterprise in need of money laundering.What’s a cannabis biz to do?Banks can smell the lucrative potential of the cannabis industry in the states that decriminalized medical marijuana and/or adult-use recreational cannabis. Here are the big banking changes in the works to bring the cannabis industry in from its cash-only pariah status.Related: Cryptic Warnings From the Trump Administration Shake Recreational Marijuana Industry1. Look for state solutions.States eager for the economic growth expected from legalized cannabis businesses will collaborate on state banking solutions. Having passed legislation giving the cannabis economy a presence, it’s in their interest to resolve the related problems.Brooke Edwards Staggs, writing for the Orange County Register, quoted California State Treasurer John Chiang, leader of the Cannabis Banking Working Group, who said, “We need quick action and practical solutions.” He added that, “California is willing to assume a leadership role nationally to effectively achieve this goal.”The working group met in Sacramento in December 2016 and has solicited President Trump and California’s congressional leaders to clarify the industry’s banking situation. Treasurer Chiang sees the opportunity to “to gain ever more clarity on precisely what should be done and how.”Related: Here’s Where Colorado Spends Its Skyrocketing Pot Tax Revenue2. Look to local banking.Most national and international depository institutions won’t work with cannabis companies because of the compliance burden. These larger depository organizations must follow strict compliance guidelines, including the regular filing of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) per FinCEN regulations, to legally bank cannabis companies.Cautious big banks, always the last ship to change course, don’t see the potential business from legalized cannabis as offsetting compliance risks. They will continue to refuse cannabis business. With the support of maturing state banking regulations, cannabis-related businesses will seek safe harbor in credit unions and community banks.The cannabis industry is in its infancy but already has $7 billion in yearly sales and is growing rapidly. Local banks and credit unions have less access to deposits than do larger institutions but they are located near cannabis businesses and have the resources for the due diligence FinCEN mandates. They’re better positioned to make on-site checks, listen to local customers and closely analyze cash flow. These smaller banking institutions have a powerful economic incentive manage the compliance risk of working with marijuana businesses. “Because larger banks tend to have significant assets in their accounts, the marginal benefit to taking on clients in the cannabis industry is usually far outweighed by the marginal cost of maintaining compliance,” remarks Scott L. Greiper, President, Viridian Capital Advisors, a cannabis strategic and financial advisory firm.Related: Microsoft to Offer Software for Local Governments to Regulate and Tax Legal Cannabis3. Look to best practices.If lending and investing become more common, owners and managers can expect specifically marijuana-business targeted Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). Such practices will, of course, police the business. But, they’ll also help and support owners who lack a full financial background.GAAP principles and procedures will educate and secure good business performance. They will list dos and don’ts, and they’ll create self-audits that owners and managers can follow to maintain consistently positive behavior. They’ll establish a transparent performance behavior that is meaningful to banks.Currently, the extensive use of cash in the industry makes financial analysis and reporting very difficult to vet. Much of the business is off of the books and lacks the standard paper trail of companies that are properly banked.Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?4. Look to the Treasury Department.President Donald Trump hasn’t staked out a firm position on the cannabis industry. It’s not likely to become a priority for him, one way or the other. States’ rights concerns give him something to hide behind.But, Justin Strekal reports that Trump’s new Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, “indicated that he is open to the idea of working with financial regulatory agencies to level the playing field for local marijuana businesses.” On the other hand, he will have to work with the very conservative new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.The best scenario, and one consistent with President Trump’s general ideology, would be if the administration just pursued a hands-off policy allowing the states to determine the best administrative path for the new above ground economy. Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Angus King (ME) are specifically supporting easing of banking restrictions on vendors doing business with cannabis businesses. The outcome could establish a path and format for additional moves.Related: Congressional Cannabis Caucus Unites to Protect Marijuana Industry5. Look to the market.Right now, the term “cannabis market” refers to the number of citizens and users. It also refers to the economic and tax impact. Over 50 percent of Americans nationwide favor access to medical marijuana and/or adult-use recreational use. That constituency represents a real lobbying force.The economic and tax potential will become real and impressive enough to swing votes. It will empower or hurt candidates for state offices, and their experiences will read as trends and directions in public opinion.Related: Will the ‘Entrepreneur’ President Embrace the Cannabis Economy?The cannabis industry moving forward.Mark Malone, executive director of the Cannabis Business Association, indicates, “the industry hopes to see more uniform regulation.” It is believed that, “in turn, [it] will help the industry grow and aid law enforcement in policing the legal cannabis industry.” He is levelheaded enough to see that states need time to find a footing in their respective constituencies.Colorado will be surrendering its market size leadership to the power of the California market. The Trump administration will reveal some inclination on cannabis policy.You may see cannabis business mergers and buyouts. You’ll probably see some break in banking for suppliers to marijuana stores and dispensaries. And, you will start to see individual states coming to terms with decisions by the various commissions and working groups now underway.You won’t see changes in the immediate future but important and lasting banking changes are in the works for the cannabis industry. –shares Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now Image credit: Israel_Patterson | Getty Imageslast_img read more

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