first_imgReformation Seattle Dress, $355, reformation.com Advertisement Earlier this spring, the brand flew us out to L.A. to check out their sustainable shoe launch, where we got the hush-hush details on their international expansion. “We wanted to build a space where our Canadian customers can come in and experience the brand firsthand,” Ref founder Yael Aflalo told us. “There is something nice about heading in store and trying things on IRL.” Advertisement You know a Ref girl when you see one. Probably she’s wearing a floral print and at least one piece in her outfit is linen. That wicker bag she’s carrying is *vintage*, thanks for asking. She gets everywhere by bicycle and somehow never has a bad hair day despite always wearing a helmet. In short, her personal vibe is synonymous with California: sunny, laidback, striving to be sustainable and just a little bit provocative.Reformation’s Los Angeles storeIt’s also enviable to the max. I mean, who doesn’t want to look like Zoë Kravitz as 2019 Anne of Green Gables on a coffee run (reusable mug in tow, obv)? Certainly, tons of celebs do—which is why the brand counts the likes of Ashley Graham, Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner as fans. Lucky for us Canadians dreaming of that coastal life, we can now shop Reformation easier than ever thanks to a new brick-and-mortar store opening in Toronto this month. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CONCORD, N.H. — A federal judge will hear a legal challenge from New Hampshire over a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that the state fears will threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries.A hearing is scheduled to start Thursday morning.The department in November interpreted the federal Wire Act as applying to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, not just sports betting. That raised concerns about the viability of online poker and other gambling across states, as well as state lotteries.The New Hampshire Lottery Commission sued in February, saying the opinion subjects its employees to prosecution, creates uncertainty about whether it should cease operations and could cost the state more than $90 million a year.Several states, including Michigan and New Jersey, filed friend-of-court briefs in support of the lawsuit.Michael Casey, The Associated Press read more

A Steering Committee consisting of the Prime Minister (Chairman), Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the House, the Minister of Justice, and not more than eleven other Members of the Constitutional Assembly will be appointed by the Constitutional Assembly.The Steering Committee will be responsible for the business of the Constitutional Assembly and for preparing a Draft of a new Constitution for Sri Lanka.“The proceedings of the Constitutional Assembly and its Sub-Committees shall be open to the public. The proceedings of the Constitutional Assembly and its Sub-Committees shall be documented and published forthwith. Where appropriate the Constitutional Assembly shall take steps to ensure the broadcast of the proceedings of the Constitutional Assembly and / or its Sub-Committees. For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby specifically resolved that the special leave of Parliament is specifically granted in terms of section 17 of the Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act for the publication of the aforesaid matters. For the avoidance of doubt it is further resolved that the proceedings of the Constitutional Assembly and the Sub-Committees shall be deemed to have been reported to Parliament simultaneously, and that the publication of any such proceedings, which publication is hereby specifically authorized, shall not constitute an offence in terms of the Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act,” the resolution notes. The Constitutional Assembly will be tasked with drafting a new Constitution for the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today presented a resolution on converting Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly.The resolution was presented during a special session of Parliament today which was also attended by President Maithripala Sirisena. The Constitutional Assembly will have the power to invite any person for consultation and or to make submissions before the Constitutional Assembly. While in the past a Parliament Select Committee had been tasked with proposing constitutional reforms, this time the entire Parliament will take part in the initial process. The resolution notes that there shall be a Committee of Parliament referred to as the ‘Constitutional Assembly’ which shall consist of all Members of Parliament, for the purpose of deliberating on, and seeking the views and advice of the people, on a new constitution for Sri Lanka, and preparing a draft of a Constitution Bill for the consideration of Parliament in the exercise of its powers under Article 75 of the Constitution.The resolution notes that the Speaker of Parliament shall be the Chairman of the Constitutional Assembly and that there will be seven Deputy Chairmen of the Constitutional Assembly, who shall be elected by the Constitutional Assembly. If two-thirds of the Constitutional Assembly does not approve the resolution on the draft Constitution, the Constitutional Assembly and the Committees referred to in the resolution shall stand dissolved. If the Constitutional Assembly approves the resolution on the draft Constitution by a two-thirds majority, the Report and the draft Constitution shall be submitted by the Steering Committee to the Cabinet of Ministers, and thereupon the Constitutional Assembly and the Sub-Committees referred to in the resolution shall stand dissolved.The Cabinet of Ministers shall certify the draft Bill contained in such report as a Bill to repeal and replace the Constitution as a whole in terms of Article 75(b) and Article 120(b) and that such bill is intended to be passed with the special majority required by Article 83 and submitted to the people by a Referendum. (Colombo Gazette) read more

LONDON — British Airways has failed to block pilots from going on strike in a long-standing pay dispute.The airline lost a bid in the Court of Appeal on Wednesday seeking a temporary injunction to prevent strikes by pilots based at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The pilots overwhelmingly voted to back industrial action last week.The pilots have not yet announced strike dates, but the airlines’ lawyers have said it was likely to commence on or about Aug. 7.The union accuses BA of making massive profits on the expense of those who made sacrifice during hard times. The airline says the pilots have received a fair pay offer and want to inflict “the maximum in disruption,” costing the airline up to 40 million pounds ($48 million) a day.The Associated Press read more

“It is the responsibility of the local authorities to ensure the safety of all UN personnel in the country and urged them to investigate the incident, hold those responsible to account, and prevent any such incidents in the future,” said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, according to a note issued by the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.Concluding a three-day visit to the country’s capital, Sana’a, the Special Envoy indicated that the incident increased his determination to continue with his efforts to find a negotiated political settlement that serves the best interests of the Yemeni people. Prior to Sana’a, he visited Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where he met with government officials as part of his efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Yemen.In Sana’a, he met with political leaders from Ansar’Allah and the General People’s Congress and Representatives of other political parties, the note said, adding that the talks focused on possible agreements which would prevent the spread of military activities to Hudeidah and practical ways to ensure the resumption of salaries to all Yemeni civil servants nationwide. Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed also met with members of the Yemeni Women’s Pact for Peace and Security and representatives of civil society organizations to discuss current political challenges and security concerns in addition to the economic crisis and recent outbreak of cholera, the note said. In a meeting with Yemeni youth, the Special Envoy discussed mechanisms for greater youth contribution to international efforts to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict, in addition to possible solutions to reopen Sana’a International Airport and prevent further deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation. He also met with senior World Bank officials in order to support the World Bank-UN collaboration to address the growing food insecurity and economic crisis in Yemen, the note added. read more

The OSU baseball team celebrates a walk-off win on April 5 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU defeated Penn State, 7-6.Matt Wilkes / Lantern photographerThere’s no place like home.Dorothy might have said it in “The Wizard of Oz,” but that’s been the theme for the Ohio State baseball team throughout the month of March, and now into the first week of April. That stretch has seen the Buckeyes win 12 of their last 14 games at Bill Davis Stadium, and the run continued through the weekend.In a back and forth battle, OSU beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon, giving the Buckeyes their fifth walk-off win of the year.After struggling in the batters box for five at bats, sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery dug in again with a runner on base. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were tied, but Montgomery got the hit when it counted most, smashing a double to right field that allowed freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt, who had come in as a pinch runner, to score, giving the Buckeyes (21-7, 6-2) the 7-6 win.“When you have a chance to win a ballgame, you have to win a ballgame,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “This is a series where we need to take care of business, to play good baseball.”Getting runs and coming up with big hits in crucial moments has become a trend for the Buckeyes, and redshirt-junior second baseman Nick Sergakis attributed that to the team’s resiliency.“We are overall a scrappy team, top to bottom,” Sergakis said. “We fight till the last out is made and I think that’s the biggest difference between this year and last year.“We remember last year. It’s good to go out there and when we need it, we get the hits. It’s good to know we have that ability.”OSU struggled to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the third, when senior catcher Connor Sabanosh stepped to the plate. Sabanosh continued his dominance at the batters box with the first home run of his OSU career.The catcher has impressed with a .426 slugging percentage and a .373 on-base percentage. He has also recorded six doubles this season to go along with his career-high 14 RBIs.The Buckeyes also hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since 2011 this weekend, as senior outfielder Pat Porter and junior third baseman Troy Kuhn slammed back-to-back homers in sixth inning to give OSU a two-run lead going into the seventh.“These guys just continue (to) battle, we have two outs, nobody on and we just barrel two balls and Porter and Kuhn get two big hits to get us back in the lead,” Beals said.After hitting 23 total home runs last season, OSU is on track to surpass that with 20 home runs so far in 2015. The Buckeyes swatted a total of four home runs this weekend with sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson tallying the lone homer in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Nittany Lions.“We have confidence, there’s no doubt about that. I think that ability to win, our guys feel that,” Beals said. “Winning is a learned thing and our guys have that right now. They feel like they can get hits and find ways to win games.”The Buckeyes are set to complete their third Big Ten series on Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Nittany Lions at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

first_imgImerys has signed a final agreement with the Australian group Astron for the acquisition of all its operating Chinese subsidiaries (Astron China) for an enterprise value (debt and cash free) of €121 million. Based in Shenyang, Astron China has four plants (the major one being located in Bayuqan, Liaoning Province) and eight distribution centres in China. With 580 employees and a strong management team, it is a major player in the production, marketing, trading and sale world-wide of a large range of zircon-related products, primarily zircon sand and flour, fused zirconia and zirconium chemicals. It generated for its last financial year ending June 30, 2007 total revenues of €114 million(provisional subject to final completion of audit), of which approximately 65% was sold into China, and an operating income of €12 million (provisional subject to final completion of audit).This acquisition will allow Imerys to enlarge its Fused Minerals activities, while: expanding its product range in its key refractory, ceramics and investment casting markets; substantially deepening its production presence, distribution infrastructure, and sales penetration in China; having a global production base for fused zirconia, also including UCM facility in the US.Furthermore, the Group has signed a final agreement in view of its forthcoming acquisition of The Feldspar Corp, a subsidiary of the North American group Zemex Corp comprising its feldspar and kaolin activities. In 2006, The Feldspar Corp achieved sales of over €22 million, mainly in ceramics applications. It has high-quality mineral reserves, two feldspar production units in North Carolina and Georgia and a kaolin facility in Florida. This operation, which consolidates the Group’s positions in the North American minerals for ceramics market, provides a substantial potential for industrial synergy.A world leader in industrial minerals, Imerys is active in 45 countries through over 250 locations. The Group achieved €3.3 billion in sales in 2006. Imerys mines and processes minerals from reserves worldwide and its products have many applications in everyday life, including construction, personal care, paper, paint, plastic, ceramics, telecommunications and beverage filtration.last_img read more

first_imgWilliam was bright, intelligent, ambitious and dedicated himself to his new job with great pride and energy. It was a measure of his determination and ability that he was shortly planning to further his qualifications by attending King’s College in London. William will be very deeply missed by his distraught and proud parents Pat and Abina, by his sisters Emma and Susan and by his brothers David and Paul.The family thanked the man’s employer Kentz and especially their extended family, friends and neighbours as well as his many close friends and associates for their “support and expressions of sympathy”.Related: Police in Mozambique investigate death of Irishman William Deasy> THE FAMILY OF Irishman William Deasy, who was killed in Mozambique, have released a statement to “clarify the circumstances surrounding his untimely death”.Initial reports indicated that the 32-year-old from Cork was shot while working on a project for Kentz Engineering in Moma in north-eastern Mozambique yesterday.Today the family said the autopsy revealed that Deasy died as a result of a serious assault and has “thankfully confirmed that previous reports of gunshot wounds were incorrect”.last_img read more

first_imgA BREAKTHROUGH IN  investigating how cancer cells spread around the body has been reported at the annual Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland research day.The research examines how cancer cells ‘hijack’ blood cells known as platelets, enabling cancer to spread around the body and promoting the growth of new tumours.Professor Niamh Moran, Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular therapeutics explained:This is the first time that the exact molecular mechanisms at play between prostate cancer cells and platelets have been understood. It was already known that cancer patients with a higher platelet count had worse outcomes but we now know what causes this negative effect. Our study paves the way for the development of new anti-cancer treatments that may potentially prevent the spread of cancer.The research shows that cancer cells cause clusters of platelets to establish new blood vessels, and also to clot around the cancer cell, protecting it from the body’s immune system. This enables the cancer to spread to other parts of the body.The first author on the study was PhD student Annachiara Mitrugno who worked in collaboration with Professor Moran and Professor David Williams, Associate Professor in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, RCSI and Beaumont Hospital.Research dayRCSI’s annual Research Day provides scientists with the opportunity to showcase their most recent research findings.It also heard new insights into bone disease caused by multi-resistant bacteria, MRSA, which is a growing problem. Bone disease affects one in 5,000 people around the world.RCSI researchers have discovered that the ability of Staphylococcus aureus, which causes the disease, to latch onto bone cells depends on a specific protein on the bacterium’s surface called ‘Spa’.Once attached to the bone cell via Spa, the bacteria transmit signals prompting the bone to stop growing. The protein is also responsible for causing destructive inflammation in the bone. The gradual loss of bone cells leads to bone destruction and weakening of the skeletal system.Dr Steve Kerrigan, principal investigator on the research, explained that blocking bacterial attachment to cells via Spa could be a way of treating the disease, or even preventing it.Read: ‘Cancer leaves you feeling harder on the outside and softer on the inside’ – Áine Lawlor>last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The country’s private trade union federation said today that it has called a 24-hour strike on Thursday December 1 to protest against the draft 2012 austerity budget. “The strike is against this budget of austerity and social spending cuts,” said Stathis Anestis, spokesman for the General Confederation of Greek Labour (GSEE), which represents about 2.5m workers. The first major strike since a national unity government took over, it signals that labour unions will not soften their stance against austerity policies under the new coalition. The 2012 budget is scheduled to be approved by parliament on December 7. Passing the 2012 austerity budget is one of the conditions for receiving a 130bn euro bailout from the country’s international lenders. Public sector trade union ADEDY, which represents about 500,000 state employees, will decide later on Tuesday if it will join the walkout. The 2012 budget includes a series of tax increases and spending cuts to ensure the budget deficit falls to at least 6.7 per cent of GDP next year from 9 per cent in 2011. Pasok and New Democracy said they will back the budget. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

first_img An unassuming walkie-talkie app has become this summer’s unsung hero.Push-to-talk program Zello rose to prominence during Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts, and continues to serve as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.A modernized two-way radio, the application relies on a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to link crowds across the world. When Harvey hit Houston, volunteers leaned on Zello to coordinate search and rescue missions.Many folks in the path of Irma appear to be following that lead.“We have seen a large number of people signing up for Zello in preparation for Hurricane Irma,” founder and CTO Alexey Gavrilov wrote in a recent blog post.Since last Monday, more than six million new users have registered for the free service, according to BuzzFeed—pushing Zello to the top of the iTunes App Store charts.With great power comes great responsibility, and the Austin-based company has been scrambling to maintain capacity, help with customer support, and provide useful information. Powerful Hurricane Irma Strips Caribbean Islands of ColorTesla Extends Vehicle Range to Drivers in Hurricane Irma’s Path Stay on targetcenter_img We added 18 new servers this week. #prepare #irma— Zello Inc (@Zello) September 9, 2017Gavrilov on Wednesday posted tips Zello communications during and after a disaster, suggesting people use text messaging or PTT apps and avoid making phone calls “unless you have an emergency.”“Use Zello channels to coordinate group efforts of getting supplies, gas, preparing [your] house for the wind and rain,” the blog said. “Find and connect to the local search and rescue channels on Zello, or, if there [are] none, make your own.”Despite its meteoric growth in just about a week, the cross-platform social network boasts an App Store rating of only 2.5 stars.But that hasn’t stopped millions from tuning in and turning out to help those in need.Users are reminded, however, that mobile apps can only go so far.“While Zello has been helpful in Harvey relief efforts, it is not a hurricane rescue tool,” Gavrilov said, adding that the service “is only as useful as the people who use it, and as reliable as the data network available.”Zello isn’t the only standout hurricane helper: Cheap-petrol-finder app GasBuddy is in full swing, adding new features that highlight diesel availability and help motorists uncover abnormally high pump prices.“Extreme gasoline pricing in times of distress is illegal,” the company blog said. “We want to ensure that drivers who are impacted by the hurricane do not pay more than they have to.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Tags 1 Wayv Adventurer Preview • This portable microwave can heat your Hot Pockets on the go Comment Netflix Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services Screenshot of the interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, presented in a trademark lawsuit.  Screenshot by Marrian Zhou/CNET Netflix’s hit thriller Black Mirror: Bandersnatch now has another twist: a lawsuit.Chooseco, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, on Friday sued Netflix for trademark infringement over the immersive film. In the film, the protagonist is trying to adapt a fictional choose-your-own-adventure book called Bandersnatch into a video game. The lawsuit alleges that Netflix is using the phrase “choose your own adventure,” which is a registered trademark of Chooseco, without permission. The movies’ “dark and, at times, disturbing content” also tarnishes the Choose Your Own Adventure brand, the suit alleges.”The use of Choose Your Own Adventure in association with such graphic content is likely to cause significant damage, impacting our book sales and affecting our ability to work with licensing partners in the future,” said Shannon Gilligan, co-founder and publisher of Chooseco, in a release. “We have received an unprecedented amount of outreach from people who believed we were associated with the creation of this film, including parents who were concerned.”Netflix declined to comment.The popular on-demand video streaming service premiered Black Mirror: Bandersnatch in December last year. The interactive film has more than 1 trillion possible permutations of its story, but the movie has “five main endings” that viewers can end up with, according to Netflix. Chooseco printed over 620,000 copies of its Choose Your Own Adventure series for distribution across the nation last year, according to the lawsuit. The book series has also been licensed for translation and distribution in 27 other countries. Chooseco is seeking a jury trial and at least $25 million in damages.last_img read more

first_imgVijayawada: Popular theatre artiste, director and founder of Savera Arts Kadapa Alluri Venkataiah has been felicitated at the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amravati here on Tuesday, said Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, CEO, CCVA. He said that Venkataiah (83), founded Savera Arts 50 years ago and promoted theatre culture in the state and won 25 Nandi (2 gold, 2 silver and 21 bronze) awards from AP Government and received Surabhi Vanarasa Govindarao Award and Telugu University Keerthi Puraskar in recognition for his talent in histrionics. He played the roles of Sri Krishna, Markandeya, Arjuna and innumerable roles in social plays. Dr Reddy also said that he scripted and directed nine plays and won the best director award many a time. M Chimpiraiah and Balakrishna of Malaxmi Group participated in the felicitation programme.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s time to dust off those linking books, Myst is heading to Hulu. Legendary TV announced plans to translate the game into a series last year. Hulu won a bidding war for the project and has ordered a script that will then lead to the presumed straight-to-series order.A kind of pre-Lost story, Myst comes packed with intrigue, mysteries, and the kinds of puzzles that make you want to smash your keyboard against the wall, but we’re guessing that last part will be omitted as the franchise moves to TV.The show is being shepherded along by Amazing Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach and screenwriter Evan Daugherty. Daugherty’s credits include Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is also working on the Tomb Raider film.Myst burst forth from the minds of Robyn and Rand Miller in 1993. The Cyan game hit computers and drove players crazy as they controlled the Stranger, a character who discovers the puzzle-filled island of Myst. While there, he discovers that linking books transport him to different Ages, as well as the fractured family history of the island’s previous inhabitants.At this point, nothing is known about how closely the series will follow the game. Myst offered players a variety of choices as the story progressed that changed the game’s outcome, so there’s plenty of story material there — and that’s not even taking into consideration the game’s sequels, spinoffs, and novels.last_img read more

first_imgHere is what is new and changed in Firefox 58.0.2 by Martin Brinkmann on February 07, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: February 08, 2018 – 45 commentsMozilla plans to release Firefox 58.0.2 to the stable channel in the next 24-hour period. The new version of the browser fixes two crash issues, a signature issue on Mac OS X devices, and issues on Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook web mail service.The new version of Firefox updates the release channel of the web browser. It is the second minor update following the release of Firefox 58.0 which was released on January 22, 2018.Firefox 58.0.1 patched a critical security issue in version 58.0 and a blank page load issue on Windows for certain security configurations.Firefox users can run a manual check for updates in the browser with a click on Menu > Help > About Firefox. Firefox should pick up the release (as soon as it is released officially), and download and install the update automatically on the system.Update: The official release notes are up!Firefox 58.0.2Firefox 58.0.2 is another minor release for the release channel. It fixes two crash issues in the browser:Blocklisted graphics drivers related to off main thread painting crashesTab crash during printingFirefox users who ran into these issues may want to update the browser asap to resolve the issues.The new stable version of Firefox addresses two additional issues. The first addresses an issue on Mac OS X systems where updates to the browser may lead to signature issues sometimes.The second fixes “clicking links and scrolling emails” on Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook web mail services.It is not uncommon to release minor updates after major browser updates. Two common purposes of minor updates are to fix security issues and stability issues in the browser.We will update the article when the official release notes are published by Mozilla. It is not uncommon that they list other changes that preliminary release notes don’t cover.The next major Firefox stable release is expected on March 13, 2018 according to the current Firefox release schedule.Now You: What is your main browser?Related articlesFirefox 59: security info and address bar suggestion changesFirefox Tab Warming explainedFirefox Temporary Containers extensionThe best Firefox add-ons (slow loading because it is huge!)The Firefox Hardware ReportSummaryArticle NameHere is what is new and changed in Firefox 58.0.2DescriptionMozilla plans to release Firefox 58.0.2 to the stable channel in the next 24-hour period. The new version of the browser fixes two crash issues, a signature issue on Mac OS X devices, and issues on Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook web mail service. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEver since the article that was run about prostitutes making a mess in our Ladysmith streets, many people have shared their comments on our Facebook page regarding this matter.This after pedestrians and motorists complained about the mess they believe “ladies of the night” are making in Princess Street and other areas in Ladysmith.Read initial story: Prostitutes make a mess in Ladysmith streets?People say they often see sex workers in the area at night, “prowling” for business. What is shocking is that young girls are seen “flashing” motorists as they drive past, in the hopes of luring customers.Residents say that prostitutes not only make a mess in Princess Street, but in Lyell and Forbes Street as well.A Ladysmith Gazette journalist went out to Princess Street recently to see if there was any improvement, but there was no change. The area is still in a terrible mess.Burned paper, bottles and other rubbish is all over the place.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Jamaica Part II: Will Costa Rica’s La Sele find its killer instinct? Costa Rica’s La Sele throttles Jamaica 3-0 Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United States Costa Rica took the lead in Group B of this round’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying last November with a 2-1 win over Panama, although they nearly lost it in Kingston, where they trailed the Jamaicans 1-0 for much of the game. By holding on for the tie, Costa Rica now has seven points in group play, remaining in first place above Jamaica and Panama, who both have four points.La Sele will meet Jamaica again on Tuesday in San José’s National Stadium where it will try to solidify its hold on the group on the path towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.After the game, Navas told television reporters that the team feels fortunate to get off the island with a tie, but that the early goal was a disappointing lapse by the defense.“We weren’t really well organized and it’s an error that sometimes comes of misjudging the field,” Navas said. “We know now that going home it can’t happen and we’ll be more focused.” Facebook Comments 66′ ¡Gol, Gol, Goooool!¡GOL DE @JhonnyAcosta03!@ItsTheJFF1-1#LaSele pic.twitter.com/vIPdhuTrS8— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) March 26, 2016center_img It’s been four long months since “La Sele’s” top squad has played together. But at the outset of Costa Rica’s 1-1 tie against Jamaica in Friday’s World Cup Qualifier , it looked as if they hadn’t played together in four years.The national team came out lackadaisical on defense and were unable to sustain significant possessions on the other side of the field for much of the game played at the Independence Park in Kingston. Jamaica scored in the 15th minute off a goal from Je-Vaughn Watson when defenders Ronald Matarrita and Giancarlo González were beaten to their spot on a long valley that ended with a diving header from Watson getting past goalie Keylor Navas.Not long after, Jamaica outran Costa Rica’s defense again and nearly scored when Clayton Donaldson was fed the ball right in front of Navas but missed the goal wide left.Coach Óscar Ramírez said when he announced his lineup last week that he wanted to exploit Jamaica’s speed by opening up the field. The plan, at least initially, seemed to backfire as Costa Rica’s normally stout defense looked slow to react to Jamaica’s constant movements.Those first half mistakes became a moot point in the second half when, in the 66th minute, Johnny Acosta chipped in an easy equalizer after Jamaican goalie Andre Blake was unable to corral a shot from Cristian Bolaños. Before the score, the Ticos had two solid opportunities on goal when captain Bryan Ruíz had near identical chances on goal that were denied by a diving Blake both times.last_img read more

first_imgGSE Status Quo No Longer an Option crapo Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae GSE Reform 2017-06-29 Aly J. Yale Keeping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as-is? That’s no longer an option according to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Crapo, who currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, said as much in his opening remarks at the committee’s Principles of Housing Finance Reform hearing earlier today.According to Crapo, the “status quo is not a viable option.”“Fannie and Freddie are currently earning profits, but if the housing market experiences a downturn, and at some point, it will, taxpayers could again be on the hook for many billions of dollars,” Crapo said during his remarks. “Reform is urgently needed, and the Committee is actively exploring a variety of options.”There are several principles, according to Crapo, that will guide the committee’s path toward reforming the GSEs. These include preserving an affordable 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, creating multiple levels of taxpayer protection, attracting strong capital, ensuring a level playing field for smaller lenders, and utilizing the existing infrastructure whenever possible.“We need multiple levels of taxpayer protection standing in front of any government guarantee, including down payments, loan-level private insurance, and substantial, robust, loss-absorbing private capital at guarantors comparable to the amount of capital maintained by global systemically important banks,” Crapo said. “Strong capital is essential to ensure that guarantors and other market participants can withstand market downturns. We must ensure that small lenders have a level playing field when accessing the secondary market.”Additionally, Crapo said the Committee will work to preserve Fannie and Freddie’s existing multifamily programs in some form. These, he said “performed well through the crisis and already involve meaningful risk-sharing with the private sector.”The Committee is also considering other concepts, including “securitiz[ing] conventional mortgages with a Ginnie Mae wrap,” Crapo said.Edward J. DeMarco, President of the Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable and one of three witnesses who addresses the Committee today, recently co-authored a paper detailing how that would be done.“The approach to reform that HPC supports, and that is reflected across most reform proposals, provides for a single MBS that has an explicit catastrophic backstop federal guarantee to replace the separate MBS issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that carried an ‘implied’ guarantee,” DeMarco said in his testimony. “A common platform would be used to issue these securities and place the federal guarantee. Multiple private entities would be able to add loans to the common pool. This is how the Ginnie Mae securitization process works today.”Michael D. Calhoun, President of the Center for Responsible Lending was also in attendance.According to Crapo, the Committee may also examine the Federal Housing Administration, as well as its role in the overall housing finance system. The FHA may need reform in order to establish a new system, he said.“A housing finance system dependent on two government-sponsored enterprises in perpetual conservatorship is not the solution,” Crapo said. “Recapitalizing the enterprises and releasing them back into the market without significant reforms is also not a solution. The current system is not in the best interest of consumers, taxpayers, investors, lenders, and the broader economy.” June 29, 2017 808 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines Sharelast_img read more

first_imgLabour issues in the public health sector should be resolved before hospital autonomy comes into play, state doctors’ and nurse’s unions, Pasyki and Pasyno said on Monday.The two unions said in a joint announcement that they had met last week to discuss the problems the public health sector was facing and the “negative effects which are daily faced by healthcare professionals and patients”.At the meeting both unions agreed that public hospitals, which are to be turned into administratively and financially autonomous organisations as a prerequisite of the National Health Scheme (NHS), should remain government organisations even after autonomy.In addition, they said, public hospitals should be staffed directly within the framework of a comprehensive reform and restructuring, pre-autonomy. This would “ensure their viability once they were within an autonomy and NHS setting”.“The motivation and empowerment of health professionals must begin promptly,” the announcement said.The two unions again rejected the government’s contention that all employment issues would  be resolved once state hospitals became autonomous organisations.“The phrase ‘autonomy is the magic formula to solve all problems and labour disputes’ is a void one and is in itself a risk to the sustainability not only of public hospitals, … but of health in general,” the unions said.Keeping the autonomous hospital organisations as state-run and resolving all labour issues before autonomy kicks in has been a standing request of unions, especially Pasyki.Despite repeated government reassurances that no one would lose their job because of hospital autonomy, both doctors and nurses want to secure that under the new system they would keep their status as civil servants and the benefits that go with that.After numerous date push-backs spanning years, Health Minister Giorgos Pamporidis announced earlier in the month that June 2020  was the final date set for the full implementation of the NHS.The announcement came after a meeting at the presidential palace with President Nicos Anastasiades and the heads of the parliamentary political parties, where a consensus has been achieved as to the “character of the organisation that will oversee [hospital] autonomy”.He added that the meeting was along the same lines as that of July 21, when all heads of the parliamentary parties agreed during another meeting with the president as to how to proceed with the NHS, which is a requirement of Cyprus’ bailout programme.According to Pamboridis, by June 2017 a public organisation will be set up which will oversee hospital autonomy, while by June 2019 outpatient care will be introduced.The ultimate date for the full implementation of the NHS is June 1, 2020, Pamboridis said.At the moment, the government is trying to hire doctors of various specialties in state hospitals as they face serious understaffing problems. Government officials had admitted that they are having difficulty in finding doctors willing to work in state hospitals as both the salaries and the working conditions are off-putting.Meanwhile state doctors are to stage a three-hour work stoppage on Wednesday from noon to 3pm after Pamboridis threw Pasyki out of a meeting that discussed the possibility of collaboration between the Makarios children’s hospital and the University of Cyprus medical school.in a statement, Pasyki said its board decided to stage the strike as a “response to the humiliating act by the health minister towards the competent union of state doctors”.Pamboridis had justified his decision to ask the union to leave the meeting by saying  they had not even been invited as the agenda did not concern them. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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