TORONTO – Tim Hortons has seen its ranking take a hit in another study tracking Canada’s most reputable companies.Research firm Reputation Institute says the company has fallen to 67th from 13th place in one of the largest moves down of all 250 companies it analyzed this year, but the brand is still considered to have a “strong reputation.”The study is based on ratings from 27,000 Canadians, who are asked to score companies on their products, innovation, workplace governance, citizenship, leadership and financial performance.Google, Lego and Rolex topped the list, while Canadian brands MEC, Jean Coutu and Canadian Tire all cracked the top 20. Shoppers Drug Mart, Home Hardware, Cineplex, Roots and Sleep Country Canada all made appearances in the top 50.The study comes after similar rankings were released in April by research organization Leger, which ranked Tim Hortons in 50th spot, down from fourth place.The moves follow a public spat between Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International and the Great White North Franchisee Association, which claims to represent more than half of the brand’s franchisee owners.In recent months, they have fought over cost-cutting measures made at some franchisee’s locations in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hike, RBI’s alleged misuse of a national advertising fund and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up restaurants.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)
Rabat – This International Women’s Day, pause to take a look at five of Morocco’s many influential women who shaped history and showed great innovation in their fields. Fatima al-Fihri, founder of the oldest continuously-operating universityIt is worth going far back in history to look at the incredible life of Fatima al-Fihri. Al-Fihri was born in Karaouine, Tunisia, in A.D. 800, but her and family immigrated to Fez when she was just a child. Her father found success as a merchant in the city and al-Fihri married. The al-Fihra family had made a happy life for themselves in Morocco. However, her husband, father, and brother all died in a short period of time, leaving just al-Fihri and her sister behind. The family left the two girls with a sizeable inheritance though, and al-Fihri, a devout Muslim, decided to give back to the community. Al-Fihri noticed that the mosques of Fez were not large enough to accommodate the city’s growing population, so she took it upon herself to build a grand mosque with a madrasa (school) attached. When construction began during Ramadan in A.D. 859, she vowed to fast until her dream was realized. The madrasa was completed in A.D. 861 and named the University of Al Quaraouiyine after al-Fihri’s home city. She could not have imagined how long her legacy would last. To this day, students aged 13-30 attend the school to gain both high school-level diplomas and university degrees.Al-Fihri’s madrasa is the oldest university still operating. Most people would guess the answer to be Oxford or Cambridge in the UK, however, the University of Al Quaraouiyine was founded 200 years before either of the British universities. It unjustly comes as a surprise to many that the founder of the first university was not only Arab but a woman.Fatema Mernissi, influential Muslim feministFatema Mernissi was a sociologist and author that left a deep mark in the world of Islamic feminism. She was born in Fez in 1940 and grew up in a harem with her mother and grandmother. She went on to write a memoir, published in 1994, about her childhood titled “Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood.”Mernissi’s father was relatively progressive by the standards of the time, allowing her to pursue an extensive education. She studied sociology at Mohammed V University in Rabat. She then briefly worked as a journalist in Paris before getting her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1973. Later returning to Rabat, Mernissi became a sociology professor and researcher. Mernissi focused on the status of women in Islam as well as gender inequality in Morocco. She wrote several highly acclaimed books on the subject, such as “Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society” (1975), and her most famous work of all: “The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Islam” (1991).She passed away in Rabat in 2015. Mernissi’s influence as a Muslim feminist spread not only in Morocco but internationally, as she gave a voice to the women who may not otherwise have had one.Touria Chaoui, trail-blazing pilotTouria Chaoui was born in Fez in 1936 and was the first female Moroccan pilot and the second female Arab pilot after Egyptian Lotfia Elnadi. She was born to a progressive and supportive father, who encouraged her to pursue her dream of becoming a pilot in the face of rigid gender stereotypes. In 1950, when Chaoui was only 14, her father enrolled in her an aviation academy in Tit Mellil near Casablanca. The aviation academy was the only one in Morocco and mainly served French forces with very few Moroccans enrolled, let alone women. The school tried to contest her controversial enrollment, and she faced detractors at every turn. Despite the obstacles, Chaoui was determined to pursue her dream and obtained her aviation license a year later at 15. Her achievement did not go unnoticed. Sultan Mohammed V gave her an award at the royal palace, and she made headlines across the world. However, as her success grew, so did her enemies.Moroccan historian Abdul Haq Almareni wrote that there were several failed assassinations attempts against Chaoui by French colonizers. According to Almareni, one colonizer put a bomb near the door of her villa, but his attempt failed. He also wrote that two French policemen shot at her in 1955 but failed to hit their target.However, in 1956, unknown perpetrators successfully assassinated Chaoui as she was preparing to fly her private plane to Saudi Arabia. Her cruel murder at the young age of 19 broke hearts across the nation. Although her life was short, her story lives on and inspires women and girls over 60 years later.Aicha Chenna, dedicated advocateAicha Chenna dedicated her life to aiding Morocco’s disadvantaged women. Born in 1941, Chenna spent her childhood Marrakech and grew up to found the Female Solidarity Association (ASF).When she was just 3 her father died, and her mother remarried. Her step-father pressured her to discontinue her education and at the age of 12, wear a headscarf and fill the traditional gender role of the time. Her mother daringly ignored his demands and sent Chenna to Casablanca to finish her high school studies.Three years later, her mother divorced her conservative husband and joined Chenna in Casablanca, selling her jewelry to support herself and her daughter.At just 16, Chenna left school and took a job at a prestigious hospital as a social-medical assistant, wanting to provide for herself and her mother. One of her colleagues, noticing how bright and competent she was, heavily encouraged her to take nursing exams, even offering to pay the school fees if she passed.After receiving her nursing diploma, Chenna began working for the Ministry of Public Health giving hygiene workshops. While giving the workshops at orphanages, she became touched by the plight of abandoned children and decided to become a social worker with a focus on family planning—which was controversial at the time, unwed mothers, and other disadvantaged women. Hearing the tragic stories of the women whose lives had been riddled by violence and inequality every day took a toll on Chenna, so she decided to dedicate her life and everything she had to their cause. In 1985, she founded the Female Solidarity Association (ASF.)The association aimed to help disadvantaged, abused women and unwed mothers by training them in accounting, sewing, and whatever other skills they would need to become employable and independent.Despite the good she was doing for the world, Chenna had no shortage of conservative critics, who claimed her work “legitimized immoral behavior.” One government official even said Chenna should be stoned, and she received an assassination threat in 2000.Chenna’s work also garnered praise. That same year, King Mohammed VI gave her both an award and financial support. In 2009, she received the Opus award, becoming the first Muslim to ever receive the faith-based humanitarian award. Chenna pledged that the $1 million prize money would be used to ensure the foundation would live on after her death.She is currently 78 years old, living in Casablanca, and still advocating for the rights’ of those most disadvantaged. Chenna’s lifelong dedication for the cause she believed in makes her one of the most admirable Moroccan women.Leila SlimaniLeila Slimani is a writer and journalist born in 1983 in Rabat. She grew up in a French-speaking household and attended French-speaking schools, so when she was 17, she left Rabat for Paris, where she studied political science and media studies at the Sciences Po and ESCP Europe. After graduating, Slimani began working as a journalist for Jeune Afrique and married a French banker. The job required her to travel a lot, and in 2011, after having given birth to a son and getting arrested in Tunisia for reporting on the Arab Spring, she quit her journalism job and decided to write a novel.Slimani struggled initially and had her first novel rejected by publishers, but through persistence and writing courses, she released her first published novel, “In the Garden of the Ogre,” in 2014 with Gallimard, France’s most prestigious publisher. The novel received La Mamounia’s Literary Award. Slimani was the first woman to ever win the award, and from there, her international acclaim only grew.Just two years later, Slimani published the psychological thriller “The Perfect Nanny,” which won the extremely prestigious Goncourt Prize, solidifying her place as an internationally renowned author. The book was also the most read book in France that year.In 2017, Slimani published the incredibly controversial book “Sex and Lies: Sexual Life in Morocco.” She wrote the book based off of interviews with women she conducted while on a book tour in Morocco, when they shared their most intimate daily struggles with her.Despite the controversial nature of her books, Slimani’s influence is clear. In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron named the Moroccan-born author France’s top emissary for Francophone affairs. A year later, she was ranked second on Vanity Fair’s 2018 top 50 list of influential people in France, while the French president himself only ranked fifth.Slimani is a shining example of what can happen when you pursue your passion and are not afraid of breaking the norms.Read also: “Moroccan Feminisms: New Perspectives” Tackles the Development of Feminism in Morocco
The two-day training held by the African regional office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) in Rift Valley Province drew dozens of participants from several African nations.Based on the feedback from the pilot training, a toolkit will be created to be used in Kenya and beyond.“The outcome of this training will create a super-highway for spreading hazard and disaster risk reduction information to local communities, thereby increasing their knowledge base and consequently their resilience to natural disasters,” said Pedro Basabe, who heads the ISDR’s Africa office.At the request Kenya’s National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the agency has also developed a factsheet to help emergency responders and others prepare for catastrophes more effectively.Both the workshop and factsheet are part of efforts to educate trainers at the grassroots level, with communities set to be trained on how to use local means and resources to adapt, mitigate and cope with hazards to prevent them from turning into disasters.Recent events in Kenya have shown that the country is becoming ever more predisposed to both natural and man-made disasters, such as floods, droughts, landslides, fires and the consequences of climate change.Such events have threatened efforts to promote sustainable development and curb poverty, and ISDR noted that the greatest obstacle to Kenya’s moves to implement disaster risk reduction programmes is that catastrophes are little understood and have not been given the appropriate attention.Compared to industrialized nations, developing countries experience greater loss of life and livelihoods when disasters strike because more people have too little knowledge of hazards.With extreme weather becoming increasingly intense and frequent, the Kenyan Government is recognizing the need to understand and prepare for disasters, ISDR noted. 25 August 2010A United Nations workshop to “train trainers” on disaster risk reduction kicked off today in Kenya with the hope that participants apply the lessons learned elsewhere in Africa.
The 50th annual Brock Invitational Rowing Regatta took place in St. Catharines on Saturday.More than 650 rowers from a dozen universities competed in the event.Brock University’s rowing coach, Peter Somerwil, challenged all coaches and athletes to fill a pickup truck with canned goods.The perishable items will be donated to the local non-profit organization ‘Community Care.’He says they’re trying to collect as much as they can.Other than canned goods, they’re also collecting cash donations.Somerwil says Thanksgiving is a great time to help and he hopes that this can become an annual tradition.
Using found materials and traditional instruments to create his music, Brock instructor Devon Fornelli will perform percussion improv outside the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Saturday, Sept. 30.The skilled percussionist will converse in real time with the city soundscape during the outdoor performance on the Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP Pathway, between the MIWSFPA and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.The free community event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. In the event of rain, the performance will be relocated to the school’s lobby.Fornelli has extensive experience as a soloist, orchestral percussionist and chamber instrumentalist, showcasing his talent with a range of music from orchestral percussion to contemporary art. This is his third improv performance in the pathway beside the school.More information is available on the ExperienceBU website.
The Buckeyes take the field for the 2017 Ohio State-Army game on Sep. 16 in Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorSaturday night, No. 8 Ohio State (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) defeated the Army Black Knights (2-1), 38-7 at Ohio Stadium in front of more than 108,000 fans. Here are our takeaways from the Buckeyes’ third win of the season.Long drives: The keyThe Buckeyes’ offense did not run smoothly against Oklahoma in Week 2 and in the first half of the game versus Indiana in Week 1. But that wasn’t the case for an Ohio State offense that put up 586 yards, 270 coming on the ground and 316 through the air, against Army. The offense succeeded due to slow, methodical marches down the field, something it failed at in the first two games of the season.Against the Sooners, Ohio State either punted or turned the ball over in three or fewer plays three times. Against the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes gave up possession in three or fewer plays on four occasions. But against Army, the Scarlet and Gray did not punt the ball after a three-and-out or turn the ball over a single time. This led to longer drives, which allowed Ohio State to get into the rhythm it has searched for.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass to junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett said the offense’s success came due to the team getting back to the basis of what it does best.“Just playing fast, having an O-line controlling the line of scrimmage, blowing them off the ball. Myself getting the ball out there to our playmakers on the perimeter,” Barrett said.Tight end Marcus Baugh caught a 31-yard pass, but no wideout caught a pass longer than Terry McLaurin’s 20-yard touchdown. Instead, co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day relied on short passes into the flats.“I think a lot of those quick bubbles that we threw definitely opened up a lot of more stuff, whether it’s the running game or intermediate passing,” redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell said. “I just think defenses worry too much when you get seven, eight yards a pop on the bubble. They get kind of nervous about that.”The offensive gameplanners also used Barrett’s running ability to open up opportunities for wideouts to get extra space.“The run-pass options a lot of times where you see J.T. pull the ball and kick it out there and get really plus yards. We’ve got to really keep going with that,” coach Urban Meyer said.Of course, the Buckeyes did not face a defensive juggernaut in Army. And with UNLV coming to Columbus next week and the Buckeyes heading to Piscataway, New Jersey, the week after to take on Rutgers, questions will remain as to whether the offense can sustain its performance against superior opponents.Chris Worley injury leads to Tuf Borland’s team-leading 12 tacklesEntering Saturday night, redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland did not expect to play more than a rotation with redshirt senior middle linebacker Chris Worley and junior weakside linebacker Jerome Baker. Ohio State redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32) waits for a snap in the fourth quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut Worley suffered a sprained foot during the first half which forced Borland into action. The Bolingbrook, Illinois, native answered the call, finishing the night with a team-high 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss.Borland said he was not surprised he played well.“We pride ourselves on being ready when our numbers are called,” Borland said. “I just got the opportunity tonight. I’m just thankful.”After the game, Meyer, unprompted, mentioned that Borland did “a heck of a job” filling in. The head coach also said that though Worley is a lead, anyone who plays well deserves an opportunity, leaving the door open for Borland to earn more playing time even when Worley returns. In the first two games of the season, sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison rotated with the starters more than any other linebacker. But after Borland’s team-leading performance, that might change.“Coach told him earlier in the week, ‘Get ready to play a lot more this week’ because he’s been doing so well in practice,” redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “He’s an instinctive player and he got his opportunity, and he made the most of it.”How difficult was bouncing back from the loss to Oklahoma?Losing is never easy. That is especially true when referencing Ohio State.“I mean, we don’t lose a lot of games here,” Barrett said. “So, when we lose, I mean, we wasn’t going to be happy. I was pretty down.”The only three-time team captain in program history has lost just five games in his college career. Barrett never lost more than one regular-season game in his three prior years at Ohio State. “Losing is awful. And it was the typical — it’s not the first time. I hope it’s the last time. But sometimes those things happen,” Meyer said. “You work really hard not to allow it to happen, and you go through the discomfort of being crushed, to extremely angry and self-reflection — what could you have done better? And then you have to somehow pull yourself off the canvas and get going.”Barrett said the mood changed Tuesday when the Buckeyes began to focus solely on Army, the team they would have to beat to avoid losing a second game in a row.“At the beginning of the week it was rough. You’ve got guys walking around. We had a bad taste in our mouth,” Campbell said. “As the week progressed, our mindsets were just an angry football team. We had to get that bad taste out of our mouth.”Parris Campbell: Primary playmaker?Without an overwhelmingly successful downfield passing game, Ohio State has attempted to get the ball to Campbell and fellow outside playmakers in space. Given his speed and athleticism, the redshirt junior from Akron has been one of the major beneficiaries of the tactic.Ohio State junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) catches a pass in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEntering Saturday’s game versus Army, Campbell led the team with nine catches for 163 yards, including an explosive 79-yard touchdown reception in the second half of the Buckeyes’ season opener against Indiana. Though he didn’t lead Ohio State in any category, he caught six passes for 54 yards. He also provided the Buckeyes a spark in a different, unexpected way.In the second quarter, Campbell lined up beside Barrett, took a handoff and raced 59 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately for him, it was called back due to a holding penalty.“I did see the replay. I don’t necessarily think it was holding. Might need the NCAA to review that,” Campbell joked.Despsite his run, which had been the longest play of the game by either offense, not ultimately counting, he tallied 26 rushing yards on two carries. Though Campbell was a running back in high school, he said he understands why he isn’t called upon to rush from the backfield more often and will just take his touches where he can get them.Back to normal preparationWhen teams begin to prepare for Army, nothing comes easy, especially for the defense. The Silver Bullets had to dial up defensive schemes specifically to slow down the Black Knights’ triple-option attack. “They’re very disciplined,” Borland said. “You have to be in the right spots all the time. You have to have everything covered in every situation.”Urban Meyer sings Carmen Ohio at the end of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorSince the Buckeyes had to implement schemes that will only be used once this season, they were not able to re-watch their entire game against Oklahoma yet.“It’s such a different animal moving forward that we’ll deal more with regular football corrections a week from now on Sunday when we get done with the Army game, then we’ll get back to playing regular football,” Schiano said after practice Tuesday evening.Prior to the game, defensive end Tyquan Lewis said there was nothing fun about going against Army’s rushing attack, as he said he prefered to face that pass-heavy Indiana offense.“It’s definitely not ideal to play a triple-option team, but it’s something that you can learn from and grow from when everyone does their job,” Hubbard said.With UNLV coming to town next Saturday, Ohio State will finally have a chance to rewatch its film against Oklahoma and learn from the multitude of mistakes it made.
OSU sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (9-17-2, 4-8-2) is preparing for its final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center and is looking to take advantage of a struggling Wisconsin (6-15-7, 1-10-3) team.The last-place Badgers arrive in Columbus on a four-game winless streak; their last win was back on Jan. 30 in Madison, Wisconsin, against Alaska. Their lone Big Ten victory was a 3-0 result against Michigan State in December.The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Badgers this season. In their two games at the Kohl Center in early January, the Scarlet and Gray grabbed a win and a tie.“We’ve got a ton of respect for Wisconsin. They’re as good as anybody. Their record doesn’t show it, neither does ours, but at times people like as us say, ‘Jeez, they play some really quality games,’” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Wisconsin’s kind of in that same boat. Watching the video over last weekend, they probably deserved to win two games and ended up not winning either one.”Rohlik played for Wisconsin from 1987 to 1990, where he was a two-time captain and hoisted the 1990 NCAA championship trophy with the “C” on his jersey. He was also an assistant coach for the Badgers during the 1990-91 season.Senior forward Tyler Lundey, a Wisconsin native, said he is hoping to carry the momentum from last Saturday’s victory over Penn State and look past the blowout loss the night before.“It was definitely a big win Saturday night at Penn State. We learned our lesson Friday night. Wisconsin is one of those teams that are always going to come at you. They’re going to work hard,” Lundey said. “It’s kind of our game plan too. Work hard, stick together, play as a team, and get ready to play some playoff hockey.”Tale of two goaliesRohlik might have a bit of a decision to make between the pipes this weekend. His junior goaltenders, Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins, started Friday’s and Saturday’s games, respectively, against Penn State. While Tomkins fared much better against the Nittany Lions, Rohlik said he remains confident in both of his netminders heading into the series.“We always talk as a staff like today here after practice and kind of put our whole lineup together for the games. (Pulling Frey) I did more or less that just to get our team spark going there on Friday night. Wasn’t really necessarily his fault,” Rohlik said. “I just figured (Tomkins) has been practicing hard and deserved a chance to get in there and play, so we’ll evaluate and see what happens here.”Frey leads the Buckeyes’ shot stoppers in save percentage with .920 in 17 games played, while Tomkins has posted a .892 percentage in 13 games.“We score a lot of goals”The Buckeye offense will have to pile on the shots against a determined Badgers defense. Coach Mike Eaves’ men continue to be one of the top teams in the nations in blocked shots. Wisconsin ranks 16th in the country with 14.07 blocks per outing. Senior defensemen Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze are ranked nationally at sixth and 13th, respectively.“They do a really good job blocking shots,” Lundey said. “We score a lot of goals from the hash marks and ends, so our goal is to score relatively close. A big part is getting shots on net initially, getting pucks through, and then cleaning them up.” Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple said he isn’t too worried about the defense having to contribute more on offense, but rather playing to each position’s strengths.“As a defenseman, and all the other defensemen on the team, we kind of always want to chip in on the scoresheet at the end of the day, which is always nice. I don’t think we’re really going to change our type of play,” Dalrymple said. “When there are chances, the defensemen are going to jump up into the play. If we kind of go out of our element, we can run into trouble.”The Scarlet and Gray will look to junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey to continue his fine form. Schilkey was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Tuesday after a conference-best five-point performance last week, with a goal and four assists against Penn State.The Buckeyes will also face another staunch penalty-killing opponent in the Badgers. Wisconsin sits 14th in the nation with a kill ratio of .849. OSU, on the other hand, is one of the country’s best power-play converters, coming in at 12th nationally with a .214 conversion rate.Senior night at the SchottWith the team entering the final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center, Saturday’s game will mark its senior night. Dalrymple, Lundey and forward and co-captain Anthony Greco will be recognized prior to the matchup.“Every year, you know it’s coming. It’ll be fun. It’ll be important to enjoy it and have fun and hopefully get the win,” Greco said.Rohlik hailed his senior members and said he hopes the rest of the squad can follow their examples.“Find me anybody in that locker room, you want to play for each other, but you also want to give a little extra for those three guys,” Rohlik said. “Someday, some of those other guys will be sitting in those same shoes, and you want everybody to give their best effort.”Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and at 7 p.m. the following evening.
There has been a revival in the interest of major long-term investment funds in Greek privatisations, which will now gain fresh momentum through the promotion of sell-offs via the stock market, according to Yiannis Emiris, managing director of state privatisation fund TAIPED.Yiannis Emiris told Reuters this week that the drawing of some 11 billion euros of cash from the international markets by the state as well as a number of enterprises has rekindled and boosted investor interest.Emiris cited investors such as Canada’s PSP, which are interested in sell-off projects including the Thessaloniki Water Company (EYATH) and Athens International Airport.The TAIPED chief also said that his fund will utilise the Athens stock exchange in order to generate revenue from assets sales. This revenue will be used for the promotion of privatisations, he stated, and stressed that this option would be used carefully and would be taken up only on very few occasions. Asset sales have lagged behind original targets set in the country’s European Union/International Monetary Fund 237 billion euro bailout after the financial crisis.However, the sale of Piraeus Port (OLPr.AT), Greece’s biggest, has attracted six suitors recently, including China’s Cosco [COSCO.UL] and Ports America Hldg Inc., the largest port operator in the United States.This was the first time in Greece’s four-year bailout that a sale has attracted the interest of leading companies from across the world. Since its 2010 bailout, Greece has signed privatisation deals worth 4.9 billion euros. It raised upfront about 2.7 billion euros in cash, with more than half of that amount coming from gambling sales and licenses.The money raised so far is less than an initial target for 22 billion euros in 2010-2013 set by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The biggest sales have been the sale of gambling firm OPAP (OPAr.AT) and a landmark, 915-million-euro property lease at the site of the former Athens airport. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
“Love can bring this country back together,” said local pastor Daniel Fusco.His message of love and unity in the wake of the contentious presidential election is resonating with thousands of people.“Let’s be like God and let’s love people even if we don’t agree with them,” Fusco said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday morning.Fusco, the lead pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Clark County’s Walnut Grove neighborhood, records daily two-minute sermons that he posts on social media called #2minutemessage. After watching the fallout of the election results, he knew he had to preach about it. In Wednesday morning’s video Fusco noted that no matter who got elected, half of the country was going to be upset.“It really got me thinking, so what do we do now?” Fusco said. “Our country needs healing and wholeness more now than it ever did. What we have in our world is we have a division. Our country is deeply divided. The Bible teaches, in effect, that pride divides but grace brings together.”The video garnered 92,000 views by early Wednesday evening. Fusco doesn’t typically get that many hits on his #2minutemessage videos. He also recorded a popular pre-election video promoting a similar message; in that video he encouraged people not to put their trust in a single presidential candidate, but in Jesus Christ.In Wednesday’s message he talked about Jesus as the “repairer of the breached, the one who brings people back together” and called for a movement of the love of Jesus.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon scored an important success Tuesday in a test of its oft-criticized missile defense program, destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack.Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the Pentagon agency in charge of developing the missile defense system, called the test result “an incredible accomplishment” and a critical milestone for a program hampered by setbacks over the years.“This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat,” Syring said in a written statement announcing the test result.Despite the success, the $244 million test didn’t confirm that under wartime conditions the U.S. could intercept an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea. Pyongyang is understood to be moving closer to the capability of putting a nuclear warhead on such an ICBM and could develop decoys sophisticated enough to trick an interceptor into missing the real warhead.Syring’s agency sounded a note of caution.“Initial indications are that the test met its primary objective, but program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test,” his statement said.Philip E. Coyle, a former head of the Pentagon’s test and evaluation office and a senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said Tuesday’s outcome was a significant success for a test that was three years in preparation, but he noted that it was only the second success in the last five intercept attempts since 2010.
PORTLAND — Police say the suspicious object that led to the shutdown of Portland’s Steel Bridge during rush hour turned out to be a fare box that fell out of a TriMet transit agency maintenance vehicle.KATU-TV reports police got a 911 call Tuesday that said a bicyclist left a toolbox on the bridge and quickly left.The bridge over the Willamette River carries light-rail, bus and vehicular traffic. The report came in about 4:20 p.m. Police reopened the bridge about 6 p.m.Police say the bicyclist found the fare box on the bridge and got it out of the way, setting it on a railing.Police said the caller was justified in making the report, and they are prepared for more such reports in the jittery aftermath of the explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon.
The community of Adak depends on its fish processing plant for jobs and tax revenue. But they’ve struggled to keep the lights on over the years.Now, the plant’s latest operator is looking for new partners to help shoulder the financial burden.Download AudioThe Adak Cod Cooperative formed in 2013, when two businessmen with experience in salmon fisheries decided to branch out.Adak’s processing plant opened in 1999 — two years after the Navy closed down operations on the island. (Photo via KUCB)They signed a 20-year lease for the facility on Adak. And they agreed to pay more than $2 million to the city government for the equipment inside.But after one season processing Pacific cod, the owners decided they couldn’t continue on their own.Rudy Tsukada is the president for Aleut Enterprise, which owns the factory building. He says it presents a lot of financial challenges.“From our perspective, that facility — I would not say it’s a huge moneymaker, if any,” Tsukada says. “It’s more of an economic driver for the entire community. And of course that includes fuel sales for my subsidiary [Adak Petroleum] as well.”The high cost of energy has been a stumbling block for some tenants at the fish plant. When Icicle Seafoods walked away from their lease after just two years, the company cited concerns about the Pacific cod stock.But Adak Cod Cooperative is still in the picture. Tsukada says they’ve been negotiating with large processing conglomerates and smaller businesses to take over operations.As far as the landlord is concerned, Tsukada says Aleut Enterprise would prefer to have both.“We have 15 to 20 million pounds of potential cod landings for the Tridents, the Icicles of the world,” he says. “But we also have room for things like specialty live crab, a decent halibut fishery, as well as a black cod fishery.”Those products could be packaged up fresh and flown off the island, generating revenue from air freight. Adak city manager Layton Lockett says that’s especially important now that the community’s federal flight subsidies are up for renewal.Alaska Airlines has been flying jets to Adak under a two-year, $4 million Essential Air Service agreement. Before it expires in October, the Department of Transportation is taking proposalsfrom interested airlines.In the meantime, Lockett and Tsukada say the deal to operate Adak’s fish plant could be finished by the end of January.
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Sitting against a large work-in-progress canvas in his East Delhi studio, he jovially says, ‘ I started out as a young and angry man almost 50 years ago but now I am a happy artist.’ That contentment is writ large on the 78-year-old world renowned painter-sculptor’s work. A. Ramachandran started out with portraying urban angst through his paintings before he shifted his glance towards the intricate Kerala mural arts and simple and joyous Rajasthani tribe- Bhils. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Millennium Post speaks to the Padam Bhushan-winning artist ahead of his first ever mini-retrospective in his native state, Kerala. The grand spectacle that starts from 11 August in Kochi will showcase 100 of his celebrated works.You have been bestowed with great honours such as the Padma Bhushan for your artistic excellence. As an artist what was the most fulfilling moment for you over the last 50 years?I am happy when I paint. No other honour can be equated to this feeling; the happiness I get is a spiritual experience in itself. When I put a blank canvas in front of me, I am struck with a terrifying state of mind; my first stroke creates ripples on the surface that make me rhythmically carry forward the painting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou studied Malayalam literature before being initiated into art. How did this interest develop. As a serious medium of expression I understood art only when I went to study at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. There I saw the great masters at work and realized it’s a life search. Rabindranath Tagore once told my teacher, Ramkinkar Baij that whatever you see in life, catch it by the throat and don’t leave it till you get it. Once you get it, never look back. I carry forward these teachings as I capture the throbbing elements of life in my work and block them out of my vision once the work is complete.Your work seems to carry a continuity with an element, a creature peeking out from a corner. Who is it?That creature represents me. It is what I call Ramdev- a form that Bhils in Rajasthan worship. When I am gone and people look at my work, if they say something bad, you will see tears running down my face. When they say something good, you may trace a smile.
Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, is a talented songwriter, mesmerizing performer, and a fashion icon. Together with her fellow band members, Harry made a seminal impact on the music scene of the 1970s and 1980s, capturing the spirit of an era. With her cool pout and punk swagger, Harry paved the way for a generation of strong female artists, inspiring diverse acts such as Madonna, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Elastica, Cyndi Lauper, and Garbage’s Shirley Manson. However, according to the BBC, Blondie are also credited with launching the emerging genre of rap into the mainstream, by releasing the first original rap song ever to chart at number one in the United States.Blondie, 1977Debbie Harry was born in Miami, Florida in 1945, and moved to New York in the late 1960s in order to launch her singing career. According to Rolling Stone, she initially found work as a waitress, a go-go dancer, and a PB bunny, before joining folk-rock group The Wind In The Willows as a backing singer.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsBlondie was eventually formed in 1974 by Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, who were later joined by drummer Clem Burke and bassist Gary Valentine. By the late 1970s they were enjoying significant commercial and international success, and according to the BBC, were known as pioneers of the emerging new wave music scene.Debbie Harry performing with Blondie in Toronto, 1977. Photo by Jean-Luc CC BY-SA 2.0As Blondie’s frontwoman, Harry soon became known for her cool image, slick vocals, and punk attitude. The band’s third album, Parallel Lines, enjoyed huge mainstream success and catapulted Blondie to international stardom. Despite their rise to fame as a pop sensation, however, the band members never forgot their punk roots, and were constantly seeking ways to innovate and push boundaries within their music.Sable Starr and Blondie singer Debbie Harry. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImagePerhaps the best example of this experimentation with genre and style may be found in the 1981 single ‘Rapture’, the final track to be released from their 1980 album Autoamerican. ‘Rapture’ topped the US singles chart for two weeks and was a huge international success.Related Video: How a Prince Song Resulted in the Infamous ‘Parental Advisory’ Sticker‘Rapture’ represented a significant departure from Blondie’s earlier work, combining elements of disco, punk, and hip hop. Most notably, it included an extended rap section, performed by Harry, and was thus the first rap song ever to chart at number one in the United States.Blondie in 2017. Photo by Raph_PH CC BY 2.0According to the BBC, Blondie was born in the underground music scene of 1970s New York, and it was here that Harry and Stein encountered many of the early pioneers of American rap and hip hop. They were keen supporters of this emerging genre, and developed friendships with many early rap artists, including Fab Five Freddie and Grandmaster Flash, who Harry would later explicitly reference in ‘Rapture’.Marky Ramone of the Ramones and Debbie Harry of Blondie attend a screening of Burning Down the House, a documentary on CBGB’s heyday, at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Photo by David Shankbone CC BY 3.0‘Rapture’ was not the first rap song to experience commercial success, and Blondie were not the inventors of the genre. In fact, as Harry has acknowledged, she is not a particularly skilled rapper, and to contemporary ears, the rap section in ‘Rapture’ appears somewhat clumsy. However, by introducing an extended rap as part of an original pop song, Blondie brought this new musical genre more into the mainstream, rendering it accessible to a whole new audience.Debbie Harry in 2006During the early 1980s, rap was still an underground movement and rarely featured on mainstream radio. This meant that ‘Rapture’ allowed rap artists to find entirely new audiences, sparking widespread interest and curiosity about their work. Indeed, later hip hop artists such as Wu Tang Clan and Mobb Deep are said to have first encountered rap through Blondie.Read another story from us: Where Punk Rock Lived – How the Notorious Club CBGB’s Changed Music HistoryWhile Blondie may not have invented rap music, they were instrumental in facilitating its transition from the periphery to the mainstream. By bridging genres and styles, Blondie carved out a space and an audience for rap music in the American mainstream music scene, laying the groundwork for the hip hop revolution in the later 1980s.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major road is shut after a lorry hit a disused railway bridge. The HGV collided with the bridge on Leek Road, Abbey Hulton , at around 11.50am today (June 6). Two fire crews from Hanley and one from Longton were called to the scene and police officers are controlling the flow of traffic in the area. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.51am to Leek Road, in Abbey Hulton, to reports of a collision with a HGV and a low bridge. It is a disused railway bridge. “We have two crews from Hanley and one from Longton in attendance and have requested that the police attend for traffic management purposes. “A crew from Hanley were travelling behind the lorry and and a refrigeration unit caught fire. The firefighter used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. The scene has now been left with the police.” Read MoreWarning issued after cigarette sparks garden fire A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 12.05pm and Staffordshire Fire were on the scene. An articulated vehicle had collided with a railway bridge. There was a fire but that was extinguished. “Recovery has been requested as has a structural engineer. Network Rail has been notified but it is a disused railway bridge.” Read MoreIncreased police presence after fires started behind shops Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here .
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Related posts:Top US sponsors of FIFA urge football body to enact reforms Football: Day of FIFA reckoning for Blatter, Platini Platini deal was ‘gentleman’s agreement’ – FIFA’s Blatter Platini withdraws bid for FIFA presidency LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday backed a 90-day FIFA ban against Michel Platini, in a new blow to the Frenchman’s hopes of entering the FIFA’s presidential race.The decision means Platini will not be allowed to attend Saturday’s draw for the 2016 European Championship in his native France which he helped to organize as UEFA president.Platini, also a FIFA vice president, had been the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president until he was named in a Swiss criminal investigation in September.FIFA suspended Platini and Blatter in October while an investigation was held into a two million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment from FIFA.In its appeal to CAS, Platini’s lawyers insisted the football legend had done nothing wrong and was being unfairly blocked from campaigning for FIFA’s presidency. But the three CAS judges unanimously decided that no irreparable damage had been caused.The judges urged FIFA to quickly reach a final decision and also said there should be no extension to the suspension.Blatter and Platini now face hearings before FIFA’s ethics watchdog court on December 17 and 18 to answer for the payment made for work as an advisor. According to Platini’s lawyers, FIFA’s ethics investigators recommended Platini should be banned for life. Blatter also faces further punishment.FIFA’s verdict could be given as early as December 21.The provisional suspension of Blatter and Platini ends on January 5.SidelinedThe UEFA executive committee, which met in Paris on Friday, said it “took note of the CAS decision relating to the provisional suspension of its president Michel Platini and requests a swift disciplinary process by the relevant FIFA bodies on the merits of the case.“The UEFA executive committee once again supported Michel Platini’s right to a due process and the opportunity to clear his name.”Platini’s camp voiced optimism after the ruling. “Michel Platini knows he will ultimately be exonerated,” his lawyer Thibaud d’Ales told AFP.He said that given the emergence of new evidence — a 1998 UEFA document indicating that UEFA knew Platini had been made an advisor to Blatter — FIFA’s judges would not be able to issue a ruling before January 5.FIFA opened an investigation after Swiss prosecutors questioned a million Swiss franc payment Platini received from FIFA in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.Blatter and Platini acknowledge there was no contract for the fee, but insist that their “oral contract” is valid under Swiss law. Each insists there was no wrongdoing.Platini’s lawyers are particularly relying on the 1998 document. Switzerland’s attorney general confirmed Friday that it had taken possession of the UEFA document and other material.With the possibility of a lifetime suspension pending, a victory on Thursday would not have marked the end of Platini’s problems. But it would have been a symbolic win for the man who seemed on track to become the most powerful figure in the world’s most popular sport.It also would have left him free to take part in Saturday’s Euro 2016 draw in Paris. Organizers said Platini was not even in Paris on Friday.Blatter’s replacement will be decided by a vote of FIFA’s 209-member associations on February 26.Blatter’s 17-year tenure as FIFA’s president culminated with a major corruption scandal, which has seen 39 people within world football charged with corruption by the U.S. justice department.The Swiss national on Friday told Japan’s Nikkei business daily that he would be back in office in time for the February congress, but the impending verdict from FIFA’s ethics court could rule that out.In the meantime, the five confirmed presidential candidates continue to make their case to FIFA voters.They include France’s Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, South African business tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, Asia’s football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Gianni Infantino, Platini’s deputy at UEFA.Op-Ed: Soccer needs new guardians, not Old Guard Facebook Comments
More women accuse Rose; some say they alerted CBS managers FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, Charlie Rose attends New York Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York. More than two dozen additional women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against former CBS News anchor Rose, and the Washington Post says that on at least three occasions, managers were alerted about his questionable behavior. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2018 8:32 am PDT Last Updated May 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – With 27 more women accusing former news anchor Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, a report Thursday calls into question CBS News’ claims that his behaviour was a surprise before he was fired last November.The Washington Post said that on least three occasions prior to that, women reported discomfort about Rose’s actions to superiors. Rose was fired as “CBS This Morning” anchor and PBS cancelled his interview show after an earlier Post report on women who said he groped them, made lewd remarks or walked around naked around them.In one new allegation, a former research assistant said Rose exposed his penis and touched her breasts when they worked at NBC News’ Washington bureau in 1976.The Post said Rose, 76, told the newspaper in an email that its story was inaccurate and unfair.Since Rose was fired, CBS News said it has taken steps to ensure a safer workplace, including mandatory misconduct training. Network news President David Rhodes and other key managers have said they were unaware of Rose’s actions. Yet the Post outlined three episodes where word had reportedly spread:—Annmarie Parr was a 22-year-old news clerk in 1986 when she handed Rose a script and he asked whether she enjoyed sex and how often she liked to have it. She told a senior producer about it and said she didn’t want to be alone with Rose, and said her boss laughed and said, “Fine, you don’t have to be alone with him anymore.”—In 2011, a woman who worked at “CBS This Morning” said Rose forcibly kissed her at a holiday party. She complained to the show’s top producer, Chris Licht, but asked him not to tell human resources about it. Licht told the newspaper he followed her wishes and also talked to Rose about the incident.—A 24-year-old woman who worked the night shift was noticed by Rose last year. He began taking her to expensive restaurants and talked about other jobs. The executive assistant to the show’s new producer, Ryan Kadro, said she told her boss about the attention Rose was paying to the young woman, and said he did not seem alarmed. Kadro disputed that she told him about inappropriate behaviour.Some of the women told the Post they feared reporting bad behaviour to their bosses because the network was more concerned about the male TV personalities. “I had been there long enough to know that it was just the way things went,” said Sophie Gayter, 27, who said Rose groped her while they walked down a hall. “People said what they wanted to you. People did what they wanted to you.”Eleanor McManus, co-founder of Press Forward, a group of women who have been victims of sexual misconduct in newsrooms, said the Post report illustrated a systematic problem across news organizations that needed to be addressed.“It’s pretty clear that there were people in management who were aware that there was a problem, and nothing was done,” McManus told The Associated Press on Thursday. With the stories that have come out about the likes of Rose, Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin, the networks are making strides but women need to know they can report wrongdoings without repercussions, she said.Marcy McGinnis, who was senior vice-president of newsgathering at CBS News when she left in 2005, said she didn’t know Rose but knew he had a reputation as a “ladies man.” His behaviour never came up at senior staff meetings, she said, and she was surprised as others when she read about Rose’s behaviour.“This just proves how important it is for people in positions of authority to believe people when they come forward with complaints, instead of brushing them off (by saying) ‘boys will be boys’ or ‘that’s just Charlie,’” McGinnis said.CBS News said it could not confirm or corroborate many of the stories told by The Post.“We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us,” the network said.The network recently appointed a working group led by Karen Raffensberger, CBS standards director, to look at the structure of how CBS handles complaints of inappropriate behaviour.For many years, Rose did his PBS interview show at the same time he worked for CBS, and the Post story also examined his behaviour there. In 2003, a then-20-year-old intern was brought by Rose on a trip to California, where she alleged that he squeezed her breast while on a car ride. The woman said she complained to PBS management and was told that Rose was harmless.
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