Eager to contribute to progress of Indian football

12 Oct 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Newly appointed All India Football Federation technical director Isac Doru on Monday said he is looking forward to contribute to the progress of Indian football. The Romanian was selected from a list of over 60 candidates who had applied for the post which was advertised earlier this year. The 56-year-old comes with a rich experience of almost 29 years in international football across many countries namely France, Japan, USA, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Qatar amongst others. He was last employed as the Sporting Director of three-time J-league Champions Yokohama Marinos FC. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I need to thank All India Football Federation for the opportunity. I’m eager to make a positive contribution to the progress of football in India, and to work with everyone from the AIFF family,” Doru said. “I am looking forward to starting employment immediately after obtaining the travelling visa to India,” he added. AIFF president Praful Patel also extended his best wishes to Doru. “It’s nice to have Doru on board. His vast experience will come in handy for Indian Football. I expect him to guide us to the next level,” Patel said in a statement. The post of technical director remained vacant since Australian Scott O’Donnell decided to quit in 2017. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAIFF general secretary Kushal Das said the biggest challenge is to “sustain the momentum” gained by Indian football recently. “Indian football has been experiencing a significant transition in recent years. I look up to Mr. Doru to work on, and improve on the roadmap already laid down for the youth teams, and at the same time make value addition to our coach education programme, grassroots, women’s football, and men’s football too,” Das said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Newly appointed All India Football Federation technical director Isac Doru on Monday said he is looking forward to contribute to the progress of Indian football. The Romanian was selected from a list of over 60 candidates who had applied for the post which was advertised earlier this year. The 56-year-old comes with a rich experience of almost 29 years in international football across many countries namely France, Japan, USA, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Qatar amongst others. He was last employed as the Sporting Director of three-time J-league Champions Yokohama Marinos FC. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I need to thank All India Football Federation for the opportunity. I’m eager to make a positive contribution to the progress of football in India, and to work with everyone from the AIFF family,” Doru said. “I am looking forward to starting employment immediately after obtaining the travelling visa to India,” he added. AIFF president Praful Patel also extended his best wishes to Doru. “It’s nice to have Doru on board. His vast experience will come in handy for Indian Football. I expect him to guide us to the next level,” Patel said in a statement. The post of technical director remained vacant since Australian Scott O’Donnell decided to quit in 2017. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAIFF general secretary Kushal Das said the biggest challenge is to “sustain the momentum” gained by Indian football recently. “Indian football has been experiencing a significant transition in recent years. I look up to Mr. Doru to work on, and improve on the roadmap already laid down for the youth teams, and at the same time make value addition to our coach education programme, grassroots, women’s football, and men’s football too,” Das said.last_img read more

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Boycott Saudi Arabias Almarai to Replace Centrale Danone

12 Oct 2019

Rabat- Saudi Arabia’s Almarai, the largest dairy company in the Middle East, will open a dairy factory in Morocco by 2019. As Centrale Danone, a subsidiary of the giant French dairy company Danone, has begun to count its losses with the ongoing boycott against it, the Middle East’s leading food and beverage manufacturer and distributor, Almarai, has emerged as an attractive future investor in the country.The Saudi company is expected to open its first subsidiary by the end of 2018 or early in 2019. The company has reportedly bought land belonging to the headquarters of Centrale Danone in the kingdom, according to Moroccan news site Hespress.For years, many Moroccans expressed their wish to have Almarai dairy product brands in Morocco due to their “high quality.”Founded in 1977 in Saudi Arabia, Almarai is a partnership between the Irish agri-foods pioneer, Alastair McGuckian, and Saudi prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer. Almarai is now the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company.Almarai, headquartered in Riyadh, produces dairy, yoghurt, pastries, infant formula, and more than 1.2 billion liters of milk per year. It employs more than 4,700 workers.The decision may have been within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to boost economic partnership with Morocco by increasing the volume of direct foreign investment.Will Morocco say goodbye to Centrale Danone?Almarai’s decision to invest in the dairy sector in Morocco coincides with the ongoing boycott targeting Centrale Danone, the leading dairy brand in Morocco.The decision also poses questions of whether it will be the end of an era for the dairy firm, formerly known as Centrale Laitière, which has extended its roots in the kingdom since 1949.On April 20, Moroccans launched a boycott against three major companies at once, Afriquia (gasoline), Sidi Ali (mineral and soda water), and Centrale Danone, in protest against the high prices set by these companies.The boycott campaign has caused major revenue loss for Centrale, as it recently announced that it had a net loss of MAD 150 million in the first half of 2018. read more

Rabat- Saudi Arabia’s Almarai, the largest dairy company in the Middle East, will open a dairy factory in Morocco by 2019. As Centrale Danone, a subsidiary of the giant French dairy company Danone, has begun to count its losses with the ongoing boycott against it, the Middle East’s leading food and beverage manufacturer and distributor, Almarai, has emerged as an attractive future investor in the country.The Saudi company is expected to open its first subsidiary by the end of 2018 or early in 2019. The company has reportedly bought land belonging to the headquarters of Centrale Danone in the kingdom, according to Moroccan news site Hespress.For years, many Moroccans expressed their wish to have Almarai dairy product brands in Morocco due to their “high quality.”Founded in 1977 in Saudi Arabia, Almarai is a partnership between the Irish agri-foods pioneer, Alastair McGuckian, and Saudi prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer. Almarai is now the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company.Almarai, headquartered in Riyadh, produces dairy, yoghurt, pastries, infant formula, and more than 1.2 billion liters of milk per year. It employs more than 4,700 workers.The decision may have been within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to boost economic partnership with Morocco by increasing the volume of direct foreign investment.Will Morocco say goodbye to Centrale Danone?Almarai’s decision to invest in the dairy sector in Morocco coincides with the ongoing boycott targeting Centrale Danone, the leading dairy brand in Morocco.The decision also poses questions of whether it will be the end of an era for the dairy firm, formerly known as Centrale Laitière, which has extended its roots in the kingdom since 1949.On April 20, Moroccans launched a boycott against three major companies at once, Afriquia (gasoline), Sidi Ali (mineral and soda water), and Centrale Danone, in protest against the high prices set by these companies.The boycott campaign has caused major revenue loss for Centrale, as it recently announced that it had a net loss of MAD 150 million in the first half of 2018. read more

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Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut opens factory in Japan in rare foreign

04 Oct 2019

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut opens factory in Japan in rare foreign investment coup TAKASAKI, Japan – The opening of a Swiss-owned chocolate factory northwest of Tokyo is a small but sweet milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s crusade to lure foreign investment to Japan after decades of keeping local industries protected from outside competition.Zurich-based cocoa and chocolates maker Barry Callebaut spent 18.5 million Swiss francs ($20 million) to build the factory, which opened Thursday on the site of a former brewery in Takasaki, smack in the middle of the country. The company aims to help sate the Japanese appetite for chocolate: about 2 kilograms (4 1/2 pounds) of chocolate a year for every person in lean times or fat, which makes this $11.4 billion market the biggest in Asia.Faced with Japan’s economic eclipse by China, Abe hopes to double foreign investment this decade, a goal set long ago by one of his predecessors, Junichiro Koizumi, but never reached. Foreign investment in Japan is just a fraction of the levels in other wealthy countries, a legacy of mercantilist policies that helped foster giant exporters such as Toyota.So far, both foreign and Japanese companies remain wary: deregulation and tax incentives are feeble weapons against the demographic odds of a country whose population is fast aging and already shrinking.For chocolate makers, it’s less of a hard sell. Even if Japanese continue to tighten their belts and refrain from splashing out on big ticket luxuries, people still have to eat. Moreover, older Japanese are big chocoholics, convinced of the health benefits of cacao bean flavonoids — antioxidants that can improve heart health.Though Barry Callebaut’s investment decision predates Abe’s election win last December, it illustrates some of the potential gains Japanese companies could reap from closer co-operation with foreign partners, but generally are not.Back in 2007, Barry Callebaut strengthened its alliance with Morinaga & Co., one of Japan’s biggest sweets companies with popular treats such as “Choco Balls,” doubling sales volumes here.With a purpose-built factory alongside a Morinaga plant in Takasaki, Barry Callebaut will be better placed to meet demand, said Mikael Neglen, the company’s president for chocolate in the Asia-Pacific.For Morinaga, founded in 1899, Barry Callebaut has brought a stable supply of liquid chocolate, cost reductions and improved efficiency.“We have the capacity to reduce process times by up to 25 per cent but still maintain quality standards,” said Michael Roberts, project manager for Barry Callebaut in Asia, as he gave a tour of the tantalizingly aromatic production line that transforms cacao beans into chocolate. Any reduction in manufacturing time translates into huge savings, especially in energy costs, he said.Attracting foreign capital and innovation are pivotal to reforms Abe has promised to help restore Japan’s competitiveness. So far, his efforts have focused on tax cuts and winning approval for special economic zones meant to make business easier for foreign companies that are put off by Japan’s high costs and cumbersome labour regulations.In one of the other major, though modest foreign investments announced this year, French dairy maker Danone SA has said it will spend 14 billion yen ($140 million) to double capacity at its yoghurt factory in Gunma Prefecture to 200,000 tons a year.But so far, most of the foreign investment in “Abenomics” has been in shares and real estate. Stock prices soared last spring on expectations that Abe’s stimulus policies and the weakening of the Japanese yen would be a boon to exporters, many of whom have since reported surging profits.In 2012, foreign direct investment in Japan reversed a two year decline to increase by $1.76 billion. But investment overseas by Japanese companies was $122.4 billion. Overall, Japan has a stock of more than $1 trillion in foreign investment overseas, while foreign investments in Japan total $178 billion, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.JETRO has stepped up its own campaign to attract foreign companies, while local governments also are clamouring for attention.Chiba, whose industrial districts are located just across Tokyo Bay, recently announced an “Investment Support Center” and was offering a one-third subsidy for rent to foreign companies starting up new businesses in Japan. by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 1:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut opens factory in Japan in rare foreign investment coup TAKASAKI, Japan – The opening of a Swiss-owned chocolate factory northwest of Tokyo is a small but sweet milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s crusade to lure foreign investment to Japan after decades of keeping local industries protected from outside competition.Zurich-based cocoa and chocolates maker Barry Callebaut spent 18.5 million Swiss francs ($20 million) to build the factory, which opened Thursday on the site of a former brewery in Takasaki, smack in the middle of the country. The company aims to help sate the Japanese appetite for chocolate: about 2 kilograms (4 1/2 pounds) of chocolate a year for every person in lean times or fat, which makes this $11.4 billion market the biggest in Asia.Faced with Japan’s economic eclipse by China, Abe hopes to double foreign investment this decade, a goal set long ago by one of his predecessors, Junichiro Koizumi, but never reached. Foreign investment in Japan is just a fraction of the levels in other wealthy countries, a legacy of mercantilist policies that helped foster giant exporters such as Toyota.So far, both foreign and Japanese companies remain wary: deregulation and tax incentives are feeble weapons against the demographic odds of a country whose population is fast aging and already shrinking.For chocolate makers, it’s less of a hard sell. Even if Japanese continue to tighten their belts and refrain from splashing out on big ticket luxuries, people still have to eat. Moreover, older Japanese are big chocoholics, convinced of the health benefits of cacao bean flavonoids — antioxidants that can improve heart health.Though Barry Callebaut’s investment decision predates Abe’s election win last December, it illustrates some of the potential gains Japanese companies could reap from closer co-operation with foreign partners, but generally are not.Back in 2007, Barry Callebaut strengthened its alliance with Morinaga & Co., one of Japan’s biggest sweets companies with popular treats such as “Choco Balls,” doubling sales volumes here.With a purpose-built factory alongside a Morinaga plant in Takasaki, Barry Callebaut will be better placed to meet demand, said Mikael Neglen, the company’s president for chocolate in the Asia-Pacific.For Morinaga, founded in 1899, Barry Callebaut has brought a stable supply of liquid chocolate, cost reductions and improved efficiency.“We have the capacity to reduce process times by up to 25 per cent but still maintain quality standards,” said Michael Roberts, project manager for Barry Callebaut in Asia, as he gave a tour of the tantalizingly aromatic production line that transforms cacao beans into chocolate. Any reduction in manufacturing time translates into huge savings, especially in energy costs, he said.Attracting foreign capital and innovation are pivotal to reforms Abe has promised to help restore Japan’s competitiveness. So far, his efforts have focused on tax cuts and winning approval for special economic zones meant to make business easier for foreign companies that are put off by Japan’s high costs and cumbersome labour regulations.In one of the other major, though modest foreign investments announced this year, French dairy maker Danone SA has said it will spend 14 billion yen ($140 million) to double capacity at its yoghurt factory in Gunma Prefecture to 200,000 tons a year.But so far, most of the foreign investment in “Abenomics” has been in shares and real estate. Stock prices soared last spring on expectations that Abe’s stimulus policies and the weakening of the Japanese yen would be a boon to exporters, many of whom have since reported surging profits.In 2012, foreign direct investment in Japan reversed a two year decline to increase by $1.76 billion. But investment overseas by Japanese companies was $122.4 billion. Overall, Japan has a stock of more than $1 trillion in foreign investment overseas, while foreign investments in Japan total $178 billion, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.JETRO has stepped up its own campaign to attract foreign companies, while local governments also are clamouring for attention.Chiba, whose industrial districts are located just across Tokyo Bay, recently announced an “Investment Support Center” and was offering a one-third subsidy for rent to foreign companies starting up new businesses in Japan. by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 1:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN officials in Rome Pope Francis stress absolute necessity of ending hunger

02 Oct 2019

“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” Pope Francis said during an audience at the Vatican with members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and delegates attending the agency’s 38th Conference.Pope Francis underlined that countries must “must move beyond indifference” and change policies that exclude the most vulnerable populations, exacerbating hunger and poverty.Saying the global economic crisis could not “continue to be used as an alibi,” the pontiff added that “the crisis will not be completely over until situations and living conditions are examined in terms of the human person and human dignity.”The Pope received the FAO delegates representing countries from every region of the world, including Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Chairperson of the FAO Conference, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, as well as hundreds of representatives of FAO member countries.“The fight against hunger must have no colour, no religion, no political affiliation,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. “Ending hunger is absolutely necessary if we want a truly sustainable and more secure future. It makes political and economic sense, but morally and ethically, it is also the right thing to do.”Mr. Graziano da Silva recalled that Pope Francis had spoken out on World Environment Day, observed earlier this month, against the culture of waste that leads to the loss of 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year. “The pontiff said that it was ‘like stealing food from poor people,’ and he was right. But we are also squandering entire generations of lives to starvation, inadequate nutrition and poor health. And this is hurting us all,” he said.Mr. Rahimi said the Pope’s message was inspiring, and noted that leaders of all religious faiths can mobilize governments, organizations, companies and communities to take action and defend the right to food of those who are most vulnerable. read more

“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” Pope Francis said during an audience at the Vatican with members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and delegates attending the agency’s 38th Conference.Pope Francis underlined that countries must “must move beyond indifference” and change policies that exclude the most vulnerable populations, exacerbating hunger and poverty.Saying the global economic crisis could not “continue to be used as an alibi,” the pontiff added that “the crisis will not be completely over until situations and living conditions are examined in terms of the human person and human dignity.”The Pope received the FAO delegates representing countries from every region of the world, including Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Chairperson of the FAO Conference, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, as well as hundreds of representatives of FAO member countries.“The fight against hunger must have no colour, no religion, no political affiliation,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. “Ending hunger is absolutely necessary if we want a truly sustainable and more secure future. It makes political and economic sense, but morally and ethically, it is also the right thing to do.”Mr. Graziano da Silva recalled that Pope Francis had spoken out on World Environment Day, observed earlier this month, against the culture of waste that leads to the loss of 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year. “The pontiff said that it was ‘like stealing food from poor people,’ and he was right. But we are also squandering entire generations of lives to starvation, inadequate nutrition and poor health. And this is hurting us all,” he said.Mr. Rahimi said the Pope’s message was inspiring, and noted that leaders of all religious faiths can mobilize governments, organizations, companies and communities to take action and defend the right to food of those who are most vulnerable. read more

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Graduate students research aims to help people living with epilepsy

02 Oct 2019

Suzanne McGuireA Brock MA student in Applied Health Sciences hopes to help people living with epilepsy “remove themselves from the shadows.”Suzanne McGuire is a young researcher who is trying to understand the essence of what it means for young women, ages 20 to 35, to live with and to disclose their epilepsy in society.McGuire was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago while in the midst of completing her undergraduate honours degree at Brock.“That’s what led me to my graduate studies at Brock,” she says. “For my research, I will be comparing my experiences with epilepsy to that of other young women’s experiences. My research participants will actually be my co-researchers through this study.”In Canada, more than 300,000 people battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition. Epilepsy Canada, a national non-profit organization that supports research into all aspects of epilepsy, has designated March as epilepsy awareness month.“Through this study, I really want to shed light on the injustices that people with epilepsy share in our society, so that we can work towards better epilepsy awareness and reduce stigma in society,” says McGuire.She says some of these injustices include patchwork or inappropriate medical treatments, being excluded from activities out of fear that a person might have a seizure, or discrimination in the hiring process.?“People living with epilepsy should live healthier lives and feel comfortable disclosing their epilepsy in public,” says McGuire. “I consider myself to be an epilepsy advocate. My goals are to try to raise awareness, work towards positive change in society, and to help other people cope with their medical condition.”McGuire is working with Jarold Cosby, associate professor of Kinesiology, who studies physician and patient behaviors in his Qualitative Research Interview Laboratory at Brock. His research looks at how and why physicians and patients choose to use or ignore scientific evidence. Cosby was McGuire’s supervisor for her Fourth Year thesis, which gave her the opportunity to study her illness.“The work she did was fabulous, so she decided to carry her work forward in my lab,” says Cosby. “Through her scientific work, and her advocacy with various epilepsy organizations, she is already having an impact on the illness in the community.”McGuire’s advocacy work includes serving on the board of directors of Epilepsy Niagara. The organization is part of a global grassroots movement to mark March 26 as Purple Day and increase epilepsy awareness through community campaigns. McGuire will do her part for the campaign on March 25 and 26 by setting up an information table in Brock’s Walker Complex, near the change rooms.She will also present her research on April 10 at Brock as part of the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. The conference will be held in Plaza building from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more

Suzanne McGuireA Brock MA student in Applied Health Sciences hopes to help people living with epilepsy “remove themselves from the shadows.”Suzanne McGuire is a young researcher who is trying to understand the essence of what it means for young women, ages 20 to 35, to live with and to disclose their epilepsy in society.McGuire was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago while in the midst of completing her undergraduate honours degree at Brock.“That’s what led me to my graduate studies at Brock,” she says. “For my research, I will be comparing my experiences with epilepsy to that of other young women’s experiences. My research participants will actually be my co-researchers through this study.”In Canada, more than 300,000 people battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition. Epilepsy Canada, a national non-profit organization that supports research into all aspects of epilepsy, has designated March as epilepsy awareness month.“Through this study, I really want to shed light on the injustices that people with epilepsy share in our society, so that we can work towards better epilepsy awareness and reduce stigma in society,” says McGuire.She says some of these injustices include patchwork or inappropriate medical treatments, being excluded from activities out of fear that a person might have a seizure, or discrimination in the hiring process.?“People living with epilepsy should live healthier lives and feel comfortable disclosing their epilepsy in public,” says McGuire. “I consider myself to be an epilepsy advocate. My goals are to try to raise awareness, work towards positive change in society, and to help other people cope with their medical condition.”McGuire is working with Jarold Cosby, associate professor of Kinesiology, who studies physician and patient behaviors in his Qualitative Research Interview Laboratory at Brock. His research looks at how and why physicians and patients choose to use or ignore scientific evidence. Cosby was McGuire’s supervisor for her Fourth Year thesis, which gave her the opportunity to study her illness.“The work she did was fabulous, so she decided to carry her work forward in my lab,” says Cosby. “Through her scientific work, and her advocacy with various epilepsy organizations, she is already having an impact on the illness in the community.”McGuire’s advocacy work includes serving on the board of directors of Epilepsy Niagara. The organization is part of a global grassroots movement to mark March 26 as Purple Day and increase epilepsy awareness through community campaigns. McGuire will do her part for the campaign on March 25 and 26 by setting up an information table in Brock’s Walker Complex, near the change rooms.She will also present her research on April 10 at Brock as part of the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. The conference will be held in Plaza building from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more

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Men who eat two portions of yoghurt are less likely to develop

25 Sep 2019

Men who have two portions of yoghurt a week could cut the risk of precancerous growths by a fifth, a study suggests.Research by the University of Washington found those eating plenty of it had a significantly lower chance of developing adenoma which can lead to bowel cancer.The study, published in Gut, which tracked more than 32,000 men for 25 years, found that those consuming at least two portions of yoghurt a week had 19 per cent fewer growths – and 26 per cent fewer of the most high-risk type.The study was observational, and could not demonstrate why the foodstuff might have such an impact.But scientists said that Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, two bacteria commonly found in live yogurt, may lower the number of cancer causing chemicals in the gut.The anti-inflammatory properties might also reduce gut leakiness, which could also protect against disease, they said. The study tracked a total of 32,606 men and 55,743 women, all of whom had a lower bowel endoscopy, which enables medics to view the inside of their gut. Every four years they provided detailed information on lifestyle and diet – including how much yoghurt they ate. During the study period, 5,811 pre-cancerous growths developed in the men, and 8,116 in the women.While men who ate yoghurt had a far lower risk of developing the growths, called adenoma, no association was seen in women.Katie Patrick, health information officer, from Cancer Research UK, said: “The colon is home to trillions of microbes and how the bacteria in our gut might affect bowel cancer risk is a fascinating area of research. Lots of things affect the types of bugs in our gut and our overall gut health, including the foods we eat.“But men don’t need to fill their shopping trolleys with yoghurt because it’s too early to say from this study whether eating more yoghurt could reduce the risk of bowel cancer. However, there is good evidence that you can reduce your risk by eating more foods high in fibre, like wholegrain bread or brown rice, and cutting down on processed and red meat.”Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 diagnoses annually. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Men who have two portions of yoghurt a week could cut the risk of precancerous growths by a fifth, a study suggests.Research by the University of Washington found those eating plenty of it had a significantly lower chance of developing adenoma which can lead to bowel cancer.The study, published in Gut, which tracked more than 32,000 men for 25 years, found that those consuming at least two portions of yoghurt a week had 19 per cent fewer growths – and 26 per cent fewer of the most high-risk type.The study was observational, and could not demonstrate why the foodstuff might have such an impact.But scientists said that Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, two bacteria commonly found in live yogurt, may lower the number of cancer causing chemicals in the gut.The anti-inflammatory properties might also reduce gut leakiness, which could also protect against disease, they said. The study tracked a total of 32,606 men and 55,743 women, all of whom had a lower bowel endoscopy, which enables medics to view the inside of their gut. Every four years they provided detailed information on lifestyle and diet – including how much yoghurt they ate. During the study period, 5,811 pre-cancerous growths developed in the men, and 8,116 in the women.While men who ate yoghurt had a far lower risk of developing the growths, called adenoma, no association was seen in women.Katie Patrick, health information officer, from Cancer Research UK, said: “The colon is home to trillions of microbes and how the bacteria in our gut might affect bowel cancer risk is a fascinating area of research. Lots of things affect the types of bugs in our gut and our overall gut health, including the foods we eat.“But men don’t need to fill their shopping trolleys with yoghurt because it’s too early to say from this study whether eating more yoghurt could reduce the risk of bowel cancer. However, there is good evidence that you can reduce your risk by eating more foods high in fibre, like wholegrain bread or brown rice, and cutting down on processed and red meat.”Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 diagnoses annually. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Cristina Varzaru is leaving Viborg after 7 years

22 Sep 2019

← Previous Story Nenad Puljezevic stays in TSV Hannover-Burgdorf Next Story → Zarko Sesum about his injury: “I was affraid of Bielecki’s fate” Cristina VarzaruRomanian handballViborg HKWomen’s handball Romanian right wing, Cristina Varzaru decided to leave Viborg HK and Danish Handball after 7 successful years.Varzaru was a part of the squad, who won the EHF Champions League 2009/2010, now ready for a new challenge in Romanian second division team from city of Jasi.– I always made decision with my heart and she told me that this is a moment for a change – says Varzaru.Cristina’s official website

← Previous Story Nenad Puljezevic stays in TSV Hannover-Burgdorf Next Story → Zarko Sesum about his injury: “I was affraid of Bielecki’s fate” Cristina VarzaruRomanian handballViborg HKWomen’s handball Romanian right wing, Cristina Varzaru decided to leave Viborg HK and Danish Handball after 7 successful years.Varzaru was a part of the squad, who won the EHF Champions League 2009/2010, now ready for a new challenge in Romanian second division team from city of Jasi.– I always made decision with my heart and she told me that this is a moment for a change – says Varzaru.Cristina’s official website

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STRUGA 2015 Besiktas and Cesson win openers

22 Sep 2019

The 43th international handball tournament in Struga began. In first game we saw hard game between HC Besiktas Mogaz and HC Strumica. At the end, Turkish champion won 19:18 (10:8), even the underdogs had last chance for the draw. New Besiktas player, Nemanja Pribak, scored four goals, three at the beginning and the decisive one, for the victory. Large audience at ” Zenska plaza” in Struga also saw great performance by goalkeeper Miroslav Kocic, who saved 18 balls.At the second game, HC Cesson Rennes won against Portuguese Benfica 24:21 (13:10). The man of the match was outstanding French goalkeeper Bonnefoit, who made 18 saves. French team was better side during the match, they had five goal advantage, but Portuguesse foun strentgh to come back, 15:15 and 18:18. Never the less, Bonnefoit made some decisive saves nad gave oppurtunity to his team mates, line player Lafranch and right back Derbier to score at the end.The last two teams, Egyptian Al Zamalek and Romanian SC Dinamo Bucuresti will start today. Struga handball ← Previous Story Nemanja Zelenović to SC Magdeburg in 2016? Next Story → VIDEO: Zamalek win point against Cesson with the buzzer read more

The 43th international handball tournament in Struga began. In first game we saw hard game between HC Besiktas Mogaz and HC Strumica. At the end, Turkish champion won 19:18 (10:8), even the underdogs had last chance for the draw. New Besiktas player, Nemanja Pribak, scored four goals, three at the beginning and the decisive one, for the victory. Large audience at ” Zenska plaza” in Struga also saw great performance by goalkeeper Miroslav Kocic, who saved 18 balls.At the second game, HC Cesson Rennes won against Portuguese Benfica 24:21 (13:10). The man of the match was outstanding French goalkeeper Bonnefoit, who made 18 saves. French team was better side during the match, they had five goal advantage, but Portuguesse foun strentgh to come back, 15:15 and 18:18. Never the less, Bonnefoit made some decisive saves nad gave oppurtunity to his team mates, line player Lafranch and right back Derbier to score at the end.The last two teams, Egyptian Al Zamalek and Romanian SC Dinamo Bucuresti will start today. Struga handball ← Previous Story Nemanja Zelenović to SC Magdeburg in 2016? Next Story → VIDEO: Zamalek win point against Cesson with the buzzer read more

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apen A5 le dessin confortable pour Ipad

20 Sep 2019

first_imgapen A5, le dessin confortable pour Ipad La firme Apen lance un stylo très spécial, dédié à tous ceux qui utiliseraient leur ipad comme planche à dessins personnelle ou professionnelle.Utile en présentation ou comme simple périphérique de loisir, le stylo apen A5 de la firme eFun va vite vous devenir indispensable.Il utilise plusieurs types de pointes qui, associée avec un récepteur placé en haut de l’Ipad (sur le connecteur 30 broches), les logiciels inclus et votre agilité, donne des rendus spectaculaires à l’écran. Il peut également servir à créer des banderolles et autres frises “évènements” pour ensuite les imprimer.Mais comme un dessin vaut mieux qu’une longue explication, regardez cette vidéo pour vous faire un avis.L’apen A5 devrait débarquer l’année prochaine pour un prix avoisinant les 70 euros.Le 23 octobre 2011 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgapen A5, le dessin confortable pour Ipad La firme Apen lance un stylo très spécial, dédié à tous ceux qui utiliseraient leur ipad comme planche à dessins personnelle ou professionnelle.Utile en présentation ou comme simple périphérique de loisir, le stylo apen A5 de la firme eFun va vite vous devenir indispensable.Il utilise plusieurs types de pointes qui, associée avec un récepteur placé en haut de l’Ipad (sur le connecteur 30 broches), les logiciels inclus et votre agilité, donne des rendus spectaculaires à l’écran. Il peut également servir à créer des banderolles et autres frises “évènements” pour ensuite les imprimer.Mais comme un dessin vaut mieux qu’une longue explication, regardez cette vidéo pour vous faire un avis.L’apen A5 devrait débarquer l’année prochaine pour un prix avoisinant les 70 euros.Le 23 octobre 2011 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Man sentenced to 30 Years to life for robbing pregnant woman at

17 Sep 2019

first_img Jonathan Halvorson Man sentenced to 30 Years to life for robbing pregnant woman at PB apartment Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 26, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, April 26, 2019 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who robbed a mother-to-be in her Pacific Beach apartment while his accomplice blocked the front door to keep the victim from fleeing was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in state prison, prompting a courtroom outburst by the defendant.James Lee Graham, 41, was convicted last month of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment and resisting arrest for the Dec. 14, 2017, home invasion. The victim was seven months pregnant at the time.Graham and his accomplice, Stephanie Majsterski, 26, entered the woman’s third-story apartment about 9 p.m. when her husband left to go to the laundry room on the first floor, leaving the apartment door closed but unlocked, according to Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde.Upon entering, Graham asked the victim for money and her car, while gesturing with his hand inside his jacket sleeve, as though concealing a knife, while Majsterski blocked the door.The victim testified that she told Graham she did not have any money or a car, but said he could take whatever he wanted from the apartment.Some of the couple’s property, including two laptops, a cell phone and a wallet, were found strewn along the area where Graham was eventually found and arrested, Yturralde said. More of the victims’ items were found inside a backpack Graham was carrying, according to the prosecutor.Graham’s attorney, Denis Lainez, said his client and Majsterski went to the apartment complex to meet another person who lived on the third floor, but wandered into the victim’s unit by mistake.Graham was under the influence of methamphetamine and had consumed “an entire bottle of vodka” prior to arriving at the apartment complex, according to his attorney, who said his client had no memory of the incident.San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert F. O’Neill declined to stay sentences on multiple prior convictions in Graham’s case, saying he was “a poster child for the three strikes law.”Lainez asked for leniency, arguing that Graham’s crimes, while classified as violent under the law, were “not inherently violent,” stressing that no weapon was actually used and the victim was not physically harmed. The defense attorney said a sentence exceeding just over 19 years would be more appropriate.O’ Neill was not swayed, citing Graham’s extensive criminal history, which includes 10 robbery convictions dating back to 2008.As the sentence was being delivered, Graham interrupted the judge and asked “Why don’t you just give me the death penalty? This is ridiculous. There’s people who kill people and get less time than this.”He voiced similar protests through the conclusion of the hearing, but his last words to a few family members in attendance were “Love you guys,” before he was escorted out of the courtroom.Majsterski pleaded guilty last year to burglary, false imprisonment and vehicle theft for taking part in the robbery, then stealing a San Diego police cruiser. She was sentenced to five years in prison last September.Both defendants fled the apartment on foot, then split up. Graham was quickly arrested, while Majsterski briefly absconded with the police vehicle. She was arrested a short time after crashing the SUV into the water at Fiesta Island, as she tried to sneak off the island as a passenger in another car. last_img read more

first_img Jonathan Halvorson Man sentenced to 30 Years to life for robbing pregnant woman at PB apartment Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 26, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, April 26, 2019 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who robbed a mother-to-be in her Pacific Beach apartment while his accomplice blocked the front door to keep the victim from fleeing was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in state prison, prompting a courtroom outburst by the defendant.James Lee Graham, 41, was convicted last month of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment and resisting arrest for the Dec. 14, 2017, home invasion. The victim was seven months pregnant at the time.Graham and his accomplice, Stephanie Majsterski, 26, entered the woman’s third-story apartment about 9 p.m. when her husband left to go to the laundry room on the first floor, leaving the apartment door closed but unlocked, according to Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde.Upon entering, Graham asked the victim for money and her car, while gesturing with his hand inside his jacket sleeve, as though concealing a knife, while Majsterski blocked the door.The victim testified that she told Graham she did not have any money or a car, but said he could take whatever he wanted from the apartment.Some of the couple’s property, including two laptops, a cell phone and a wallet, were found strewn along the area where Graham was eventually found and arrested, Yturralde said. More of the victims’ items were found inside a backpack Graham was carrying, according to the prosecutor.Graham’s attorney, Denis Lainez, said his client and Majsterski went to the apartment complex to meet another person who lived on the third floor, but wandered into the victim’s unit by mistake.Graham was under the influence of methamphetamine and had consumed “an entire bottle of vodka” prior to arriving at the apartment complex, according to his attorney, who said his client had no memory of the incident.San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert F. O’Neill declined to stay sentences on multiple prior convictions in Graham’s case, saying he was “a poster child for the three strikes law.”Lainez asked for leniency, arguing that Graham’s crimes, while classified as violent under the law, were “not inherently violent,” stressing that no weapon was actually used and the victim was not physically harmed. The defense attorney said a sentence exceeding just over 19 years would be more appropriate.O’ Neill was not swayed, citing Graham’s extensive criminal history, which includes 10 robbery convictions dating back to 2008.As the sentence was being delivered, Graham interrupted the judge and asked “Why don’t you just give me the death penalty? This is ridiculous. There’s people who kill people and get less time than this.”He voiced similar protests through the conclusion of the hearing, but his last words to a few family members in attendance were “Love you guys,” before he was escorted out of the courtroom.Majsterski pleaded guilty last year to burglary, false imprisonment and vehicle theft for taking part in the robbery, then stealing a San Diego police cruiser. She was sentenced to five years in prison last September.Both defendants fled the apartment on foot, then split up. Graham was quickly arrested, while Majsterski briefly absconded with the police vehicle. She was arrested a short time after crashing the SUV into the water at Fiesta Island, as she tried to sneak off the island as a passenger in another car. last_img read more

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Washougalarea bears looking for easy eats

16 Sep 2019

first_imgLiving With Wildlife – Learn more about bears from the Washington Department of Fish & WildlifeHeard what’s been happening out in the country north of Washougal? Let’s look at it from the bear’s point of view.You’re lumbering around in your natural habitat and it’s fall, so you’re eating as much as you can to store up fat for those long, relaxing months of hibernation in your cave. And could you use a rest!But it was a lousy summer for wild berries, your sweet favorite, maybe due to the wet weather. It’s been mostly grubs, ants and acorns, so you’re especially hungry, maybe even a little grouchy.Then your amazingly keen sense of smell detects something wafting up the hill.As you plod toward the tantalizing smell in the rural area, you realize it’s coming from those big boxes where the scary beings live.last_img read more

first_imgLiving With Wildlife – Learn more about bears from the Washington Department of Fish & WildlifeHeard what’s been happening out in the country north of Washougal? Let’s look at it from the bear’s point of view.You’re lumbering around in your natural habitat and it’s fall, so you’re eating as much as you can to store up fat for those long, relaxing months of hibernation in your cave. And could you use a rest!But it was a lousy summer for wild berries, your sweet favorite, maybe due to the wet weather. It’s been mostly grubs, ants and acorns, so you’re especially hungry, maybe even a little grouchy.Then your amazingly keen sense of smell detects something wafting up the hill.As you plod toward the tantalizing smell in the rural area, you realize it’s coming from those big boxes where the scary beings live.last_img read more

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Authorities searching for missing Vancouver teen

16 Sep 2019

first_img Vancouver police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who went missing more than a month ago near the Clark County juvenile court center.Kourtney Cox was last seen on March 14 at the Robert L. Harris Juvenile Justice Center, 500 W. 11th St., Vancouver. In addition to working with police, Cox’s family and friends also have commissioned a Seattle-area private investigator and the Center for Search & Investigations for Missing Children in hopes of bringing her home.Cox is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, with brown and blond hair and brown eyes. She has pierced ears, a scar on the bridge of her nose and a small scar from a piercing on the right side of her lower lip.Authorities urge anyone with information about Cox’s whereabouts to contact Vancouver Police Officer Richard Rich, 360-487-7500; private investigator Alexis Montgomery, 253-804-0263; or the Center for Search & Investigations, 512-644-9856. Kourtney Coxlast_img read more

first_img Vancouver police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who went missing more than a month ago near the Clark County juvenile court center.Kourtney Cox was last seen on March 14 at the Robert L. Harris Juvenile Justice Center, 500 W. 11th St., Vancouver. In addition to working with police, Cox’s family and friends also have commissioned a Seattle-area private investigator and the Center for Search & Investigations for Missing Children in hopes of bringing her home.Cox is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, with brown and blond hair and brown eyes. She has pierced ears, a scar on the bridge of her nose and a small scar from a piercing on the right side of her lower lip.Authorities urge anyone with information about Cox’s whereabouts to contact Vancouver Police Officer Richard Rich, 360-487-7500; private investigator Alexis Montgomery, 253-804-0263; or the Center for Search & Investigations, 512-644-9856. Kourtney Coxlast_img read more

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Trump team worried about his fitness for office author

03 Sep 2019

first_imgDonald TrumpThe author of a bombshell book about Donald Trump’s White House Friday defended his scathing portrayal of the US president and said “one hundred per cent” of those around him questioned his fitness for office.Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” said he spent three hours with Trump during the presidential campaign and in the White House, rebutting Trump’s claim he never spoke with the writer for the book.Wolff said his account was drawn from interviews with those in close contact with Trump and all described him in the same terms.”They all say he is like a child. And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him,” Wolff told NBC’s “Today” show.”Let me put a marker in the sand here. One hundred per cent of the people around him” question Trump’s fitness for office, Wolff continued.”They say he’s a moron, idiot. Actually, there’s a competition to sort of get to the bottom line here of who this man is. Let’s remember, this man does not read. Does not listen. So he’s like a pinball. Just shooting off the sides.”Trump’s lawyer is demanding a halt to publication of the book, which goes on sale Friday, and the president insisted in a tweet he had granted Wolff “Zero access” to the White House and denied he ever spoke to him for the book.”Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” the tweet said.But Wolff confidently defended himself against attacks on his credibility.”My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth at this point,” Wolff said.Wolff said he spoke with Trump about three hours during the presidential campaign and after he took office nearly a year ago.”So my window into Donald Trump is pretty significant, but even more to the point… I spoke to people who spoke to the president on a daily, sometimes minute-by-minute basis,” Wolff added, saying he had notes and recordings of the interviews.”I am certainly absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I’ve reported in this book.”last_img read more

first_imgDonald TrumpThe author of a bombshell book about Donald Trump’s White House Friday defended his scathing portrayal of the US president and said “one hundred per cent” of those around him questioned his fitness for office.Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” said he spent three hours with Trump during the presidential campaign and in the White House, rebutting Trump’s claim he never spoke with the writer for the book.Wolff said his account was drawn from interviews with those in close contact with Trump and all described him in the same terms.”They all say he is like a child. And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him,” Wolff told NBC’s “Today” show.”Let me put a marker in the sand here. One hundred per cent of the people around him” question Trump’s fitness for office, Wolff continued.”They say he’s a moron, idiot. Actually, there’s a competition to sort of get to the bottom line here of who this man is. Let’s remember, this man does not read. Does not listen. So he’s like a pinball. Just shooting off the sides.”Trump’s lawyer is demanding a halt to publication of the book, which goes on sale Friday, and the president insisted in a tweet he had granted Wolff “Zero access” to the White House and denied he ever spoke to him for the book.”Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” the tweet said.But Wolff confidently defended himself against attacks on his credibility.”My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth at this point,” Wolff said.Wolff said he spoke with Trump about three hours during the presidential campaign and after he took office nearly a year ago.”So my window into Donald Trump is pretty significant, but even more to the point… I spoke to people who spoke to the president on a daily, sometimes minute-by-minute basis,” Wolff added, saying he had notes and recordings of the interviews.”I am certainly absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I’ve reported in this book.”last_img read more

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Telling the Passover story in the shadow of the Pittsburgh massacre

03 Sep 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! This year Marnie Fienberg will do Passover differently. She has envisioned an ambitious project called “2 for Seder” that has caught on as a way to overcome anti-Semitism by better acquainting non-Jews with the Passover  story of the biblical flight from slavery to freedom.Using her communications expertise, she partnered with trusted Jewish groups that liked the idea, from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to the Anti-Defamation League.So far, nearly 700 Jewish families in the U.S. and Canada have signed up, pledging to invite two non-Jews to the Passover feast, which begins April 19.The idea began a few months after Joyce’s death as a way to honor her memory. The 75-year-old Fienberg was a member of Tree of Life for at least three decades. Her daughter-in-law knew she was there that Saturday, Oct. 27,  as soon as she heard the news that a white supremacist barged into the sanctuary with an assault rifle and handguns and shot dead 11 Jews.“I was thinking, ‘What can I say to help people do something?’” said Fienberg, who is married to Joyce Fienberg’s son, Howard. “And it evolved into, ‘Invite someone to your seder.’ This is something Joyce did. She encouraged people who didn’t have a place to go. This is what she would have done, and did do for many years.”“2 For Seder” is a project to overcome anti-Semitism. Courtesy imageOf course, American Jews have long invited non-Jews to their seders. The meal, at which people read from a liturgy called a Haggadah that tells the story of God’s redemption of the Israelites, is familiar to many.Over the past several decades, many Christian churches have undertaken seders — some to learn about the Jewish tradition and others as a way of teaching about Jesus’ Last Supper (though historians say Jesus did not attend a seder as it is celebrated today; the Jewish ritual evolved several centuries later.)But with anti-Semitism on the rise and ignorance about Judaism and Jews growing, Fienberg considered the seder to be a perfect opportunity to discuss how the same fear of outsiders that drove Egyptians to enslave the ancient Israelites may have driven the Pittsburgh shooter as well.“The seder is meant to inspire us to ask questions, to look at our lives, to look at what it means to be slaves and the struggles involved in that journey,” said Rabbi Evan Ravski, who serves as assistant rabbi at Fienberg’s Congregation Olam Tikvah, a large Conservative synagogue in Fairfax, Va.When Fienberg shared her idea with him, Ravski quickly signed on to the campaign and offered some guiding questions for the 14-page “2 for Seder” kit that hosts can use to prepare for the evening discussion. He, too, will be attending a seder for 40, including many non-Jews, at his parents’ Connecticut home. That kit also includes a warm greeting from Jeffrey Myers, the Tree of Life rabbi.This year, Fienberg has decided she can’t cook the seder meal without Joyce.Instead, she will attend a seder in Chicago hosted by her cousins who have invited their entire neighborhood — including many non-Jews — to join in.The seder plate. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker/Creative CommonsFienberg is still mourning her mother-in-law, whom she described as a “woman of valor,” referring to the Book of Proverbs’ description of a good wife.A native of Toronto who moved to Pittsburgh when her husband got a job as a professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, Joyce Fienberg was the kind of person who formed deep and long-lasting friendships.“If you were meeting her for the first time, she stayed in touch with you forever,” Fienberg said. “If she knew you were coming to Pittsburgh, you’d have a place to stay and a wonderful dinner. She made every single person, no matter their background, feel very comfortable.”It was this quality that made Joyce one of Tree of Life’s greeters. After her husband died of cancer, she started attending daily and joined the synagogue’s board. Knowing the congregation was older and declining, Joyce wanted to make an effort to welcome newcomers.It’s that ability to reach out to others that Marnie Fienberg wants to emulate — beginning with 2 for Seder.She recently met with parents and students from last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and after the white supremacist attack at two Christchurch mosques last month, she felt called to write a commentary for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.“To the families that are reeling, I want to say that we in the Jewish community are your siblings,” she wrote.Now she is searching for a way to do more.I don’t know how to make this transition to being an activist,” she said. “I’m feeling my way through.” But she added: “We as Jews have a say in trying to stop these tragedies. We have an obligation, a religious obligation, to do so.”To participate in 2 for Seder, visit the website. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsAnti-Defamation League Haggadah homepage featured Joyce Fienberg Marnie Fienberg Passover Pittsburgh shooting seder Tree of Life Congregation,You may also like Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ravaged by fire center_img News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — After losing her mother-in-law in last October’s Pittsburgh massacre, Marnie Fienberg quit her job.A federal contractor in communications strategy who lives in northern Virginia, Fienberg couldn’t go back to work after the shiva, or seven days of Jewish mourning, were up.Later she realized she couldn’t cook a Passover seder either.For a dozen years before the shooting, Fienberg and her mother-in-law, Joyce, had prepared the meal at the heart of the holiday together. Joyce Fienberg was used to cooking the seder meal — a ritual reenactment of the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt — for as many as 25 guests. She always made matzoh ball soup, sometimes three different kinds — her regular recipe, a heartier whole-wheat version, and a gluten-free version.That was typical Joyce. She doted on her guests and their dietary choices, wanting each and every person at her table to feel cared for and loved. Marnie Fienberg. Courtesy photo Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Joyce Fienberg. Courtesy photo By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Notre Dame Cathedral: A place of worship, history, art Share This! Share This!last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! This year Marnie Fienberg will do Passover differently. She has envisioned an ambitious project called “2 for Seder” that has caught on as a way to overcome anti-Semitism by better acquainting non-Jews with the Passover  story of the biblical flight from slavery to freedom.Using her communications expertise, she partnered with trusted Jewish groups that liked the idea, from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to the Anti-Defamation League.So far, nearly 700 Jewish families in the U.S. and Canada have signed up, pledging to invite two non-Jews to the Passover feast, which begins April 19.The idea began a few months after Joyce’s death as a way to honor her memory. The 75-year-old Fienberg was a member of Tree of Life for at least three decades. Her daughter-in-law knew she was there that Saturday, Oct. 27,  as soon as she heard the news that a white supremacist barged into the sanctuary with an assault rifle and handguns and shot dead 11 Jews.“I was thinking, ‘What can I say to help people do something?’” said Fienberg, who is married to Joyce Fienberg’s son, Howard. “And it evolved into, ‘Invite someone to your seder.’ This is something Joyce did. She encouraged people who didn’t have a place to go. This is what she would have done, and did do for many years.”“2 For Seder” is a project to overcome anti-Semitism. Courtesy imageOf course, American Jews have long invited non-Jews to their seders. The meal, at which people read from a liturgy called a Haggadah that tells the story of God’s redemption of the Israelites, is familiar to many.Over the past several decades, many Christian churches have undertaken seders — some to learn about the Jewish tradition and others as a way of teaching about Jesus’ Last Supper (though historians say Jesus did not attend a seder as it is celebrated today; the Jewish ritual evolved several centuries later.)But with anti-Semitism on the rise and ignorance about Judaism and Jews growing, Fienberg considered the seder to be a perfect opportunity to discuss how the same fear of outsiders that drove Egyptians to enslave the ancient Israelites may have driven the Pittsburgh shooter as well.“The seder is meant to inspire us to ask questions, to look at our lives, to look at what it means to be slaves and the struggles involved in that journey,” said Rabbi Evan Ravski, who serves as assistant rabbi at Fienberg’s Congregation Olam Tikvah, a large Conservative synagogue in Fairfax, Va.When Fienberg shared her idea with him, Ravski quickly signed on to the campaign and offered some guiding questions for the 14-page “2 for Seder” kit that hosts can use to prepare for the evening discussion. He, too, will be attending a seder for 40, including many non-Jews, at his parents’ Connecticut home. That kit also includes a warm greeting from Jeffrey Myers, the Tree of Life rabbi.This year, Fienberg has decided she can’t cook the seder meal without Joyce.Instead, she will attend a seder in Chicago hosted by her cousins who have invited their entire neighborhood — including many non-Jews — to join in.The seder plate. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker/Creative CommonsFienberg is still mourning her mother-in-law, whom she described as a “woman of valor,” referring to the Book of Proverbs’ description of a good wife.A native of Toronto who moved to Pittsburgh when her husband got a job as a professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, Joyce Fienberg was the kind of person who formed deep and long-lasting friendships.“If you were meeting her for the first time, she stayed in touch with you forever,” Fienberg said. “If she knew you were coming to Pittsburgh, you’d have a place to stay and a wonderful dinner. She made every single person, no matter their background, feel very comfortable.”It was this quality that made Joyce one of Tree of Life’s greeters. After her husband died of cancer, she started attending daily and joined the synagogue’s board. Knowing the congregation was older and declining, Joyce wanted to make an effort to welcome newcomers.It’s that ability to reach out to others that Marnie Fienberg wants to emulate — beginning with 2 for Seder.She recently met with parents and students from last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and after the white supremacist attack at two Christchurch mosques last month, she felt called to write a commentary for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.“To the families that are reeling, I want to say that we in the Jewish community are your siblings,” she wrote.Now she is searching for a way to do more.I don’t know how to make this transition to being an activist,” she said. “I’m feeling my way through.” But she added: “We as Jews have a say in trying to stop these tragedies. We have an obligation, a religious obligation, to do so.”To participate in 2 for Seder, visit the website. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsAnti-Defamation League Haggadah homepage featured Joyce Fienberg Marnie Fienberg Passover Pittsburgh shooting seder Tree of Life Congregation,You may also like Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ravaged by fire center_img News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — After losing her mother-in-law in last October’s Pittsburgh massacre, Marnie Fienberg quit her job.A federal contractor in communications strategy who lives in northern Virginia, Fienberg couldn’t go back to work after the shiva, or seven days of Jewish mourning, were up.Later she realized she couldn’t cook a Passover seder either.For a dozen years before the shooting, Fienberg and her mother-in-law, Joyce, had prepared the meal at the heart of the holiday together. Joyce Fienberg was used to cooking the seder meal — a ritual reenactment of the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt — for as many as 25 guests. She always made matzoh ball soup, sometimes three different kinds — her regular recipe, a heartier whole-wheat version, and a gluten-free version.That was typical Joyce. She doted on her guests and their dietary choices, wanting each and every person at her table to feel cared for and loved. Marnie Fienberg. Courtesy photo Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Joyce Fienberg. Courtesy photo By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Notre Dame Cathedral: A place of worship, history, art Share This! Share This!last_img read more

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Loan sanction for MSME in 59 mins a big scam says Mitra

31 Aug 2019

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra called the Centre’s announcement of sanctioning of loans up to Rs 1 crore for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in 59 minutes another ‘big scam’.While speaking to the media outside the Assembly, Mitra said that this could be another big scam by the Centre after demonetisation and GST. He also demanded that the details of company that has been assigned to carry out the project be made public. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that acting Finance minister Piyush Goyal in his Budget speech on Friday, announced that a new scheme would be introduced through which entrepreneurs can apply for a new start-up in the MSME sector by providing some data and the loans up to Rs 1 crore may be sanctioned in 59 minutes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”This is one of the biggest scams after demonetisation and GST. What you need to find out is where the company has come from. What we have come to know is that ‘Capita World’, a company floated by two Gujarat-based youths, has been assigned to carry out the project. This company was formed in 2015 and a website had been created. It had a subsequent loss of Rs 38,000 in the next year,” Mitra said. He further added: “This company will take all your data – GST identification number, Income Tax return, bank statements for last six months, director owner’s details and personal education ownership details, within 59 minutes. This entity from Gujarat has been selected to collect all your data. They will use the data in future. It’s a massive scam.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseReferring to GST, Mitra once again reiterated that the Centre has made a mess out of GST and the unpreparedness of the Narendra Modi government to handle GST has already caused harm to businessmen across the country. There is no proper matching of invoice and as a result, one can put up anything on the internet. The Centre has failed to introduce a GST that is transparent and devoid of faults. “Through demonetisation, all the money came to the banks. Some people converted their black money into white, while some others did it through Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. Why didn’t the Centre publish a white paper in this regard? We have categorically mentioned that a hawala has been happening in the name of demonetisation,” Mitra added. Taking a dig at the Centre, Mitra said that non-performing assets (NPA) had remained at Rs 2 lakh crore in 2014 and now the figure has jumped over Rs 10 lakh crore. “Is it a reform when the NPA increases five times? Every major institution is under threat today,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra called the Centre’s announcement of sanctioning of loans up to Rs 1 crore for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in 59 minutes another ‘big scam’.While speaking to the media outside the Assembly, Mitra said that this could be another big scam by the Centre after demonetisation and GST. He also demanded that the details of company that has been assigned to carry out the project be made public. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that acting Finance minister Piyush Goyal in his Budget speech on Friday, announced that a new scheme would be introduced through which entrepreneurs can apply for a new start-up in the MSME sector by providing some data and the loans up to Rs 1 crore may be sanctioned in 59 minutes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”This is one of the biggest scams after demonetisation and GST. What you need to find out is where the company has come from. What we have come to know is that ‘Capita World’, a company floated by two Gujarat-based youths, has been assigned to carry out the project. This company was formed in 2015 and a website had been created. It had a subsequent loss of Rs 38,000 in the next year,” Mitra said. He further added: “This company will take all your data – GST identification number, Income Tax return, bank statements for last six months, director owner’s details and personal education ownership details, within 59 minutes. This entity from Gujarat has been selected to collect all your data. They will use the data in future. It’s a massive scam.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseReferring to GST, Mitra once again reiterated that the Centre has made a mess out of GST and the unpreparedness of the Narendra Modi government to handle GST has already caused harm to businessmen across the country. There is no proper matching of invoice and as a result, one can put up anything on the internet. The Centre has failed to introduce a GST that is transparent and devoid of faults. “Through demonetisation, all the money came to the banks. Some people converted their black money into white, while some others did it through Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. Why didn’t the Centre publish a white paper in this regard? We have categorically mentioned that a hawala has been happening in the name of demonetisation,” Mitra added. Taking a dig at the Centre, Mitra said that non-performing assets (NPA) had remained at Rs 2 lakh crore in 2014 and now the figure has jumped over Rs 10 lakh crore. “Is it a reform when the NPA increases five times? Every major institution is under threat today,” he added.last_img read more

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2017 Municipal Equality Index LGBTQ equality in Hawaii below national average

29 Aug 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… State Equality Index: How Does Your State Score?Traveling to Hawaii? How LGBTQ friendly is the Aloha State?Equal treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most statesMore articles on eTurboNews click here eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including five in Hawaii.The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in Hawaii, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBTQ people and workers — even in face of renewed attacks this year on the LGBTQ community by federal and state officials.center_img “Our movement is stronger and more united than ever, and we stand in resistance to the unprecedented attacks on all our communities,” said Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of the Equality Federation Institute. “This report is a proven, powerful tool for local advocates to leverage in their efforts to win full equality at the local level, and serves as a reminder that we aren’t going back, despite a most hostile federal administration and organized opposition.”Since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased by more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.Progress on transgender equality has been particularly noteworthy in cities across America this year, continuing a positive trend that the MEI has tracked — and encouraged — since 2012. Transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits are offered to employees of 111 municipalities this year — up from 86 in 2016, 66 in 2015 and just five in 2012. The MEI’s Issue Brief on Transgender-Inclusive Health Benefits is available here.Other key findings from the 2017 Municipal Equality Index include:• 86 cities from states without comprehensive nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people scored above the overall nationwide average of 57 points. These cities averaged 84-point scores; 28 scored a perfect 100.• Cities continue to excel even in the absence of inclusive state laws: 41“All Star” cities in states lacking comprehensive non-discrimination laws scored above 85 points, up from 37 last year, 31 in 2016, 15 in 2014, eight in 2013, and just two in 2012.• The national city score average increased from 55 to 57 points. 68 cities scored 100 points; 25 percent scored over 79 points; 50 percent scored over 59 points; 25 percent scored less than 36; and 11 cities scored zero points.The MEI rated 506 cities including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters. It assesses each city on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. Starting in 2018, the MEI will introduce new criteria including protecting youth from “conversion therapy” and will deduct points for religious exemptions that allow discrimination by singling out LGBTQ people.Currently reading:17Share this: For LGBTQ Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely depending on location — states and cities have markedly different laws governing discrimination. 20 states have non-discrimination laws that include protections for LGBTQ people in employment, and 19 states have laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in places of public accommodation. But cities are leading the way: since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.The average score for cities in Hawaii is 47 out of 100 points, which falls below the national average of 57.Hawaii Co. 55Honolulu 45Kalawao 36Kauai 44Maui 54“This year’s MEI paints a vivid picture: cities big and small, in red and blue states alike, are continuing our progress toward full equality, regardless of the political drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Today, the MEI serves as a vital tool for business leaders and municipal officials alike when it comes to economic development. CEOs know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. The MEI is the best tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming — or unwelcoming — nature of towns and cities across the nation.”last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… State Equality Index: How Does Your State Score?Traveling to Hawaii? How LGBTQ friendly is the Aloha State?Equal treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most statesMore articles on eTurboNews click here eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including five in Hawaii.The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in Hawaii, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBTQ people and workers — even in face of renewed attacks this year on the LGBTQ community by federal and state officials.center_img “Our movement is stronger and more united than ever, and we stand in resistance to the unprecedented attacks on all our communities,” said Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of the Equality Federation Institute. “This report is a proven, powerful tool for local advocates to leverage in their efforts to win full equality at the local level, and serves as a reminder that we aren’t going back, despite a most hostile federal administration and organized opposition.”Since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased by more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.Progress on transgender equality has been particularly noteworthy in cities across America this year, continuing a positive trend that the MEI has tracked — and encouraged — since 2012. Transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits are offered to employees of 111 municipalities this year — up from 86 in 2016, 66 in 2015 and just five in 2012. The MEI’s Issue Brief on Transgender-Inclusive Health Benefits is available here.Other key findings from the 2017 Municipal Equality Index include:• 86 cities from states without comprehensive nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people scored above the overall nationwide average of 57 points. These cities averaged 84-point scores; 28 scored a perfect 100.• Cities continue to excel even in the absence of inclusive state laws: 41“All Star” cities in states lacking comprehensive non-discrimination laws scored above 85 points, up from 37 last year, 31 in 2016, 15 in 2014, eight in 2013, and just two in 2012.• The national city score average increased from 55 to 57 points. 68 cities scored 100 points; 25 percent scored over 79 points; 50 percent scored over 59 points; 25 percent scored less than 36; and 11 cities scored zero points.The MEI rated 506 cities including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters. It assesses each city on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. Starting in 2018, the MEI will introduce new criteria including protecting youth from “conversion therapy” and will deduct points for religious exemptions that allow discrimination by singling out LGBTQ people.Currently reading:17Share this: For LGBTQ Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely depending on location — states and cities have markedly different laws governing discrimination. 20 states have non-discrimination laws that include protections for LGBTQ people in employment, and 19 states have laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in places of public accommodation. But cities are leading the way: since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.The average score for cities in Hawaii is 47 out of 100 points, which falls below the national average of 57.Hawaii Co. 55Honolulu 45Kalawao 36Kauai 44Maui 54“This year’s MEI paints a vivid picture: cities big and small, in red and blue states alike, are continuing our progress toward full equality, regardless of the political drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Today, the MEI serves as a vital tool for business leaders and municipal officials alike when it comes to economic development. CEOs know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. The MEI is the best tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming — or unwelcoming — nature of towns and cities across the nation.”last_img read more

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Incumbent declared winner in Montenegro election

18 Aug 2019

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   The tight election results also are a blow to the long-serving governing coalition led by the left-leaning Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been in power for more than two decades. Lekic’s strong election result amounted to the first serious challenge to the ruling party’s grip on power.Lekic, a former diplomat, has had the support of the country’s otherwise divided opposition parties. He has accused the government of widespread corruption and crime and demanded that NATO apologize for the bombing in 1999 of Montenegro, which was part of the Serb-led Yugoslavia at the time.Political analyst Drasko Djuranovic predicted that “we are probably entering a period of tension and crisis during which the opposition will deny the legitimacy of the president and the ruling coalition.”Opposition official Danilovic alleged irregularities in the final hours of voting on Sunday. He said that “we will demand full insight into the election material and full vote count.”International monitors who observed the vote refused Monday to comment on the opposition claims. The monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that “from a technical standpoint the election was administered in an efficient manner and fundamental rights were mostly respected.” “At the same time, allegations of irregularities and an atmosphere of mistrust in the lead up to the vote had a negative effect,” said Boris Frlec, the mission head._____Jovana Gec contributed from Serbia.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Opposition official Goran Danilovic insisted that the opposition candidate, Miodrag Lekic, won the vote for the influential but ceremonial position.Danilovic told The Associated Press that “our victory is as clear as a day.” He said, “None of us have the right to recognize election fraud.”But the election commission said Vujanovic won 51.21 percent of the votes, compared to 48.29 percent for Lekic.Drazen Medojevic, an opposition representative in the election commission, said Lekic’s camp “has disputed in full the election results and filed a request for a recount in all Montenegrin municipalities.”“We cannot accept the results until we determine all the irregularities,” Medojevic said. They include alleged irregularities with invalid ballots and voting by mail, he said.Vujanovic, who is backed by the government, is seeking his second presidential term since Montenegro gained independence in 2006. The 59-year-old law expert is a close ally of Montenegro’s powerful prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, and a strong advocate of Montenegro’s accession into the European Union and NATO.Montenegro, a nation of more than 600,000 people, is striving to join the European Union and opened entry talks last year. Any political instability in the country could slow the legislative and other reforms often required as a condition for membership in the regional bloc. Quick workouts for men PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Incumbent Filip Vujanovic has won Montenegro’s presidential election, despite opposition claims that their candidate was the winner, election authorities said Monday.Opposition members have said they will not recognize Vujanovic’s victory in Sunday’s ballot, even if confirmed by the official election commission. If the opposition does that, it could throw this small Balkan nation into political turmoil and hinder its efforts of joining the EU. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   The tight election results also are a blow to the long-serving governing coalition led by the left-leaning Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been in power for more than two decades. Lekic’s strong election result amounted to the first serious challenge to the ruling party’s grip on power.Lekic, a former diplomat, has had the support of the country’s otherwise divided opposition parties. He has accused the government of widespread corruption and crime and demanded that NATO apologize for the bombing in 1999 of Montenegro, which was part of the Serb-led Yugoslavia at the time.Political analyst Drasko Djuranovic predicted that “we are probably entering a period of tension and crisis during which the opposition will deny the legitimacy of the president and the ruling coalition.”Opposition official Danilovic alleged irregularities in the final hours of voting on Sunday. He said that “we will demand full insight into the election material and full vote count.”International monitors who observed the vote refused Monday to comment on the opposition claims. The monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that “from a technical standpoint the election was administered in an efficient manner and fundamental rights were mostly respected.” “At the same time, allegations of irregularities and an atmosphere of mistrust in the lead up to the vote had a negative effect,” said Boris Frlec, the mission head._____Jovana Gec contributed from Serbia.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Opposition official Goran Danilovic insisted that the opposition candidate, Miodrag Lekic, won the vote for the influential but ceremonial position.Danilovic told The Associated Press that “our victory is as clear as a day.” He said, “None of us have the right to recognize election fraud.”But the election commission said Vujanovic won 51.21 percent of the votes, compared to 48.29 percent for Lekic.Drazen Medojevic, an opposition representative in the election commission, said Lekic’s camp “has disputed in full the election results and filed a request for a recount in all Montenegrin municipalities.”“We cannot accept the results until we determine all the irregularities,” Medojevic said. They include alleged irregularities with invalid ballots and voting by mail, he said.Vujanovic, who is backed by the government, is seeking his second presidential term since Montenegro gained independence in 2006. The 59-year-old law expert is a close ally of Montenegro’s powerful prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, and a strong advocate of Montenegro’s accession into the European Union and NATO.Montenegro, a nation of more than 600,000 people, is striving to join the European Union and opened entry talks last year. Any political instability in the country could slow the legislative and other reforms often required as a condition for membership in the regional bloc. Quick workouts for men PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Incumbent Filip Vujanovic has won Montenegro’s presidential election, despite opposition claims that their candidate was the winner, election authorities said Monday.Opposition members have said they will not recognize Vujanovic’s victory in Sunday’s ballot, even if confirmed by the official election commission. If the opposition does that, it could throw this small Balkan nation into political turmoil and hinder its efforts of joining the EU. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

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Serko Incharge of new business

17 Aug 2019

first_imgOnline corporate travel booking company, Serko, has acquired Australasian expense management software provider Incharge, integrating its SaaS-based solution. The business purchase entitles Serko to access all of Incharge’s assets and customers, while there are plans to rename the company ‘Serko Incharge’, enhancing the product family brand. Serko has plans to launch a range of initiatives in 2014, including mobile products which incorporate patented technology that will assist organisations to simplify their expense management processes. “Travel makes up a third of the expense budget for corporations, and although Serko integrates with all the major expense management platforms such as SAP, Incharge have demonstrated to us that tight integration between the two tools can save travellers significant amounts of time and provide finance teams with near-real time visibility of spending,” Serko chief executive Darrin Grafton said.center_img From its base in Australia, Incharge supplies corporations in more than 26 countries with online expense controlling capabilities and will now work alongside Serko’s sales team and reseller base to expand market reach. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_imgOnline corporate travel booking company, Serko, has acquired Australasian expense management software provider Incharge, integrating its SaaS-based solution. The business purchase entitles Serko to access all of Incharge’s assets and customers, while there are plans to rename the company ‘Serko Incharge’, enhancing the product family brand. Serko has plans to launch a range of initiatives in 2014, including mobile products which incorporate patented technology that will assist organisations to simplify their expense management processes. “Travel makes up a third of the expense budget for corporations, and although Serko integrates with all the major expense management platforms such as SAP, Incharge have demonstrated to us that tight integration between the two tools can save travellers significant amounts of time and provide finance teams with near-real time visibility of spending,” Serko chief executive Darrin Grafton said.center_img From its base in Australia, Incharge supplies corporations in more than 26 countries with online expense controlling capabilities and will now work alongside Serko’s sales team and reseller base to expand market reach. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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Another reason to be cheerful its autumn – our US

10 Aug 2019

first_imgAnother reason to be cheerful it’s autumn – our US writer Sara says football fans across America are in pigskin heaven now the football season gets underway again. So if NFL is your thing, grab a beer and a hot dog and take a tour with her round some famous football landmarks throughout the United States. RelatedFootball hater’s guide to the South Africa World CupFootball hater’s guide to the South Africa World Cup2012 Sports Calendar: 10 exciting sporting eventsHere are 10 of the best budget picks for top sporting events you should attend in 201210 top places to eat, drink and party in Glasgow: a local’s guideOur local’s pick of 10 of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Glasgow – ideal for football fans. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OhioThe mother lode for NFL history buffs can be found at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This is the place that players and coaches strive to get inducted into, and only the best of the best get in. Revel in football greatness as you stroll through the hall, and take part in the many ongoing events that are put on there. You can even host your own gathering there if you’re a truly hardcore fan. Find cheap flights to OhioRose Bowl, Pasadena, CaliforniaEvery New Year’s Day, two teamsfrom some of the nation’s largest universities play in the Rose Bowl, which is considered the top dog of all the bowl games that take place on this day. The historic stadium, which dates back to the early 1920s, has hosted football games since the very beginning, and is the current home field of the UCLA Bruins. Find cheap flights to LAPermian High School, Odessa, TexasMany football movies are about teams, people, or events of the past, but on Friday nights at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, fans can still cheer on the notorious Permian Panthers, the football team that inspired the book, movie and television series “Friday Night Lights”. Even though the storyline is about their achievements in the late 1980s, today’s games are just as exhilarating to watch. Find cheap flights to TexasMetrodome, Minneapolis, MinnesotaAs if the longtime rivals, the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers, being based in neighboring states wasn’t already enough to fuel the fire, the Vikings acquisition this season of legendary quarterback Brett Favre, who played for the Packers for sixteen seasons, will surely make for even more bitterness, but hopefully all in good fun. Catch the highly anticipated match-up between the two on Monday Night Football October 5th, at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, or at any nearby bars, because they’ll all be jammed with more fans than ever that night. Find cheap flights to MinneapolisLambeau Field, Green Bay, WisconsinSpeaking of the Green Bay Packers, their home field is a place that’s a tourist attraction in itself. Lambeau Field, with its sod field and sometimes freezing cold outdoor setting, dates from the 1950s, and houses a team Hall of Fame, which not all NFL teams have. Stadium tours are available year-round, and great on-site themed restaurants and sports shops add to the experience. Across the street, fans can get up close and personal with their favorite players during summer training camp at the Don Hutson Center. Find cheap flights to Green BayHuntington, West VirginiaThis next destination revolves around the story of the Marshall University football squad, coaches and some of their fans that were killed in a plane crash in 1970, and the 2006 film “We Are Marshall” that is about that tragedy. A fountain at Marshall University is dedicated to the people that lost their lives that day, and a memorial also stands in their remembrance at Spring Hill Cemetery in the town of Huntington, West Virginia, the location of the university. Find cheap flights to West VirginiaCollege Football Hall of Fame, South Bend, IndianaThe College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana is where NCAA college football greats end up after breaking records and instilling a sense of awe in onlookers.Students can participate in their sportsmanship education program, and anyone can stop by their gift shop to pick up memorabilia from favorite college teams. The Hall’s RV Road Show is a traveling mini museum that brings a taste of the real thing to college football enthusiasts all over the country. Find cheap flights to OhioDolphin Stadium, Miami, FloridaThe Pro Bowl, on January 31st, and the Super Bowl, on February 7th, are both descending upon south Florida this coming winter. And even though it can be difficult and expensive to get tickets to these two major events, just being in hot and sunny Miami in the middle of winter, with so many other diehard football fans, can be quite fulfilling in itself. Find cheap flights to MiamiSoldier Field, Chicago, IllinoisConstructed in 1924, Soldier Field in Chicago is the oldest stadium being used at this time in the NFL. Its name is to honor American soldiers who have died in battles throughout history, and its architecture is rather unusual for a stadium, with regal Doric-style columns lining the exterior of the structure. This lakeside marvel is home of the Chicago Bears, which is also one of the oldest continuously operating teams in pro football, and one of only a few modern teams that pre-date the NFL. Find cheap flights to ChicagoDallas, TexasWhen one thinks of the sport of football, the thought of peppy cheerleaders on the sidelines dancing around and shouting in skimpy yet elaborate costumes may also come to mind. The Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleading squad has been around for as long as the team has, and has built a reputation as being one of the best troupes in the entire NFL. Witness these talented gals in action at a home game or at events and appearances throughout the season. Find cheap flights to DallasReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgAnother reason to be cheerful it’s autumn – our US writer Sara says football fans across America are in pigskin heaven now the football season gets underway again. So if NFL is your thing, grab a beer and a hot dog and take a tour with her round some famous football landmarks throughout the United States. RelatedFootball hater’s guide to the South Africa World CupFootball hater’s guide to the South Africa World Cup2012 Sports Calendar: 10 exciting sporting eventsHere are 10 of the best budget picks for top sporting events you should attend in 201210 top places to eat, drink and party in Glasgow: a local’s guideOur local’s pick of 10 of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Glasgow – ideal for football fans. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OhioThe mother lode for NFL history buffs can be found at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This is the place that players and coaches strive to get inducted into, and only the best of the best get in. Revel in football greatness as you stroll through the hall, and take part in the many ongoing events that are put on there. You can even host your own gathering there if you’re a truly hardcore fan. Find cheap flights to OhioRose Bowl, Pasadena, CaliforniaEvery New Year’s Day, two teamsfrom some of the nation’s largest universities play in the Rose Bowl, which is considered the top dog of all the bowl games that take place on this day. The historic stadium, which dates back to the early 1920s, has hosted football games since the very beginning, and is the current home field of the UCLA Bruins. Find cheap flights to LAPermian High School, Odessa, TexasMany football movies are about teams, people, or events of the past, but on Friday nights at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, fans can still cheer on the notorious Permian Panthers, the football team that inspired the book, movie and television series “Friday Night Lights”. Even though the storyline is about their achievements in the late 1980s, today’s games are just as exhilarating to watch. Find cheap flights to TexasMetrodome, Minneapolis, MinnesotaAs if the longtime rivals, the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers, being based in neighboring states wasn’t already enough to fuel the fire, the Vikings acquisition this season of legendary quarterback Brett Favre, who played for the Packers for sixteen seasons, will surely make for even more bitterness, but hopefully all in good fun. Catch the highly anticipated match-up between the two on Monday Night Football October 5th, at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, or at any nearby bars, because they’ll all be jammed with more fans than ever that night. Find cheap flights to MinneapolisLambeau Field, Green Bay, WisconsinSpeaking of the Green Bay Packers, their home field is a place that’s a tourist attraction in itself. Lambeau Field, with its sod field and sometimes freezing cold outdoor setting, dates from the 1950s, and houses a team Hall of Fame, which not all NFL teams have. Stadium tours are available year-round, and great on-site themed restaurants and sports shops add to the experience. Across the street, fans can get up close and personal with their favorite players during summer training camp at the Don Hutson Center. Find cheap flights to Green BayHuntington, West VirginiaThis next destination revolves around the story of the Marshall University football squad, coaches and some of their fans that were killed in a plane crash in 1970, and the 2006 film “We Are Marshall” that is about that tragedy. A fountain at Marshall University is dedicated to the people that lost their lives that day, and a memorial also stands in their remembrance at Spring Hill Cemetery in the town of Huntington, West Virginia, the location of the university. Find cheap flights to West VirginiaCollege Football Hall of Fame, South Bend, IndianaThe College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana is where NCAA college football greats end up after breaking records and instilling a sense of awe in onlookers.Students can participate in their sportsmanship education program, and anyone can stop by their gift shop to pick up memorabilia from favorite college teams. The Hall’s RV Road Show is a traveling mini museum that brings a taste of the real thing to college football enthusiasts all over the country. Find cheap flights to OhioDolphin Stadium, Miami, FloridaThe Pro Bowl, on January 31st, and the Super Bowl, on February 7th, are both descending upon south Florida this coming winter. And even though it can be difficult and expensive to get tickets to these two major events, just being in hot and sunny Miami in the middle of winter, with so many other diehard football fans, can be quite fulfilling in itself. Find cheap flights to MiamiSoldier Field, Chicago, IllinoisConstructed in 1924, Soldier Field in Chicago is the oldest stadium being used at this time in the NFL. Its name is to honor American soldiers who have died in battles throughout history, and its architecture is rather unusual for a stadium, with regal Doric-style columns lining the exterior of the structure. This lakeside marvel is home of the Chicago Bears, which is also one of the oldest continuously operating teams in pro football, and one of only a few modern teams that pre-date the NFL. Find cheap flights to ChicagoDallas, TexasWhen one thinks of the sport of football, the thought of peppy cheerleaders on the sidelines dancing around and shouting in skimpy yet elaborate costumes may also come to mind. The Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleading squad has been around for as long as the team has, and has built a reputation as being one of the best troupes in the entire NFL. Witness these talented gals in action at a home game or at events and appearances throughout the season. Find cheap flights to DallasReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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10 Aug 2019

first_img This images provided by 1997 SOFTGARAGE Inc./ SHOCHIKU BROADCASTING. Co., Ltd. / KENMEDIA. Co.Ltd shows Koji Yakusyo, rear center, in a scene from “The Eel.” Yakusho has played a range of roles in Japanese films and Hollywood offerings like “Babel” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” And he’s being honored at the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival. (©1997 SOFTGARAGE Inc./ SHOCHIKU BROADCASTING. Co., Ltd. / KENMEDIA. Co.Ltd via AP) TOKYO – His film roles range from police officer to serial killer, dashing characters to self-destructive losers, a samurai warrior to an ordinary “salaryman,” as Japanese office workers are called. But through all his work in Japan and Hollywood, Koji Yakusho has found what he must do as an actor remains surprisingly the same.“It’s lonely,” he said recently. “You’re before a camera, and you have to do something, and you can’t make mistakes.“You can’t ever totally become a character, but you must get as close to that person as possible, and that moment you feel you are him — you make sure you don’t lose that moment.”Yakusho, who is being honoured at the Tokyo International Film Festival next month, has worked with the legends of Japanese film and starred in Shohei Imamura’s “The Eel,” which won the 1997 Palme d’Or at Cannes. He also appeared in “Babel” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”“Koji Yakusho is Japan’s leading international actor, demonstrating unparalleled versatility in wide-ranging roles across every genre,” said the festival’s program adviser Kohei Ando on why Yakusho was being honoured at the festival.“He has indelibly played dozens of characters, and imbued them with humanism.”Ando pointed as an example to one of Yakusho’s well-known roles, as a salaryman who becomes obsessed with ballroom dancing in “Shall We Dance?” directed by Masayuki Suo. It became a 2004 Hollywood remake, starring Richard Gere.He learned to dance for his role in the heart-warming film.In a recent interview with The Associated Press at Toho Studios in Tokyo, Yakusho said with a laugh it’s true his professional surname was picked years ago by his mentor, Tatsuya Nakadai. He was working at a “yakusho,” or local government office, when he joined a theatre group Nakadai ran.Nakadai had hoped the civil servant-turned-actor would go on to play many roles. “Yaku” means role; the first character in Koji, his real name, has the meaning for “wide.”Yakusho, 62, is being honoured at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, which opens Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 3.“We are all aware of the perspective of extremely regular people. That’s something we are always thinking about and trying to observe,” said Yakusho, noting he is one movie star with the regular-person experience of catching a rush-hour commuter train.The hardest roles to play are the noble, honourable characters, he said, like the samurai in his next movie, whose tentative English title is “Touge: The Last Samurai,” set for release in 2020.The work requires memorizing long, complex lines because of the way samurai talk, he added.Yakusho has directed one film, “Toad’s Oil,” a pensive story about coping with a young man’s death. He plays the lead, the father of the man. He wants to direct more. He promised to be gentle with his actors so they feel free and natural, since he knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end.“I want to create a film that’s like those images in my head,” he said of the work he wants to direct, stressing it’s about the ideas, while declining to go into specifics.“That kind of special film,” he said.Yakusho watches his films only once. Each time, it’s a bit embarrassing, and being objective may not be possible “for a lifetime,” he said.Yakusho seems to excel at evoking that strange mix of good and evil.In one of his latest films, “The Third Murder,” Yakusho plays a mysterious killer. The 2017 film was directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or this year. In another recent film, “The Blood of Wolves,” he plays a wild-spirited police officer, who starts to resemble the criminals he is trying to arrest.The protagonist in “The Eel” murders his wife when he catches her having an affair. After serving time as a model convict, he starts a barbershop. An eel, which he keeps in a tank, is his only friend at the start. But he gradually begins to open up and form relationships with people around him.Like many of Yakusho’s movies, it’s a bleak story of a normal life that goes awry, the daily challenge of trying to live in search for meaning amid betrayal, loneliness and abuse.“The complexity of Koji Yakusho’s acting is illustrated by his unique interpretation of flawed but intriguing humanity,” says Maggie Lee, film critic specializing in Asian cinema at entertainment magazine Variety.“He is a master at portraying characters who retain a dignified core.”___Trailers:“The Third Murder” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plr3V4TYBQE“The Blood of Wolves” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hv1yAnFfjE___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=en by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2018 6:07 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Japanese actor Koji Yakusho says his is a solitary craftlast_img read more

first_img This images provided by 1997 SOFTGARAGE Inc./ SHOCHIKU BROADCASTING. Co., Ltd. / KENMEDIA. Co.Ltd shows Koji Yakusyo, rear center, in a scene from “The Eel.” Yakusho has played a range of roles in Japanese films and Hollywood offerings like “Babel” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” And he’s being honored at the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival. (©1997 SOFTGARAGE Inc./ SHOCHIKU BROADCASTING. Co., Ltd. / KENMEDIA. Co.Ltd via AP) TOKYO – His film roles range from police officer to serial killer, dashing characters to self-destructive losers, a samurai warrior to an ordinary “salaryman,” as Japanese office workers are called. But through all his work in Japan and Hollywood, Koji Yakusho has found what he must do as an actor remains surprisingly the same.“It’s lonely,” he said recently. “You’re before a camera, and you have to do something, and you can’t make mistakes.“You can’t ever totally become a character, but you must get as close to that person as possible, and that moment you feel you are him — you make sure you don’t lose that moment.”Yakusho, who is being honoured at the Tokyo International Film Festival next month, has worked with the legends of Japanese film and starred in Shohei Imamura’s “The Eel,” which won the 1997 Palme d’Or at Cannes. He also appeared in “Babel” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”“Koji Yakusho is Japan’s leading international actor, demonstrating unparalleled versatility in wide-ranging roles across every genre,” said the festival’s program adviser Kohei Ando on why Yakusho was being honoured at the festival.“He has indelibly played dozens of characters, and imbued them with humanism.”Ando pointed as an example to one of Yakusho’s well-known roles, as a salaryman who becomes obsessed with ballroom dancing in “Shall We Dance?” directed by Masayuki Suo. It became a 2004 Hollywood remake, starring Richard Gere.He learned to dance for his role in the heart-warming film.In a recent interview with The Associated Press at Toho Studios in Tokyo, Yakusho said with a laugh it’s true his professional surname was picked years ago by his mentor, Tatsuya Nakadai. He was working at a “yakusho,” or local government office, when he joined a theatre group Nakadai ran.Nakadai had hoped the civil servant-turned-actor would go on to play many roles. “Yaku” means role; the first character in Koji, his real name, has the meaning for “wide.”Yakusho, 62, is being honoured at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, which opens Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 3.“We are all aware of the perspective of extremely regular people. That’s something we are always thinking about and trying to observe,” said Yakusho, noting he is one movie star with the regular-person experience of catching a rush-hour commuter train.The hardest roles to play are the noble, honourable characters, he said, like the samurai in his next movie, whose tentative English title is “Touge: The Last Samurai,” set for release in 2020.The work requires memorizing long, complex lines because of the way samurai talk, he added.Yakusho has directed one film, “Toad’s Oil,” a pensive story about coping with a young man’s death. He plays the lead, the father of the man. He wants to direct more. He promised to be gentle with his actors so they feel free and natural, since he knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end.“I want to create a film that’s like those images in my head,” he said of the work he wants to direct, stressing it’s about the ideas, while declining to go into specifics.“That kind of special film,” he said.Yakusho watches his films only once. Each time, it’s a bit embarrassing, and being objective may not be possible “for a lifetime,” he said.Yakusho seems to excel at evoking that strange mix of good and evil.In one of his latest films, “The Third Murder,” Yakusho plays a mysterious killer. The 2017 film was directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or this year. In another recent film, “The Blood of Wolves,” he plays a wild-spirited police officer, who starts to resemble the criminals he is trying to arrest.The protagonist in “The Eel” murders his wife when he catches her having an affair. After serving time as a model convict, he starts a barbershop. An eel, which he keeps in a tank, is his only friend at the start. But he gradually begins to open up and form relationships with people around him.Like many of Yakusho’s movies, it’s a bleak story of a normal life that goes awry, the daily challenge of trying to live in search for meaning amid betrayal, loneliness and abuse.“The complexity of Koji Yakusho’s acting is illustrated by his unique interpretation of flawed but intriguing humanity,” says Maggie Lee, film critic specializing in Asian cinema at entertainment magazine Variety.“He is a master at portraying characters who retain a dignified core.”___Trailers:“The Third Murder” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plr3V4TYBQE“The Blood of Wolves” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hv1yAnFfjE___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=en by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2018 6:07 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Japanese actor Koji Yakusho says his is a solitary craftlast_img read more

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