KELOWNA, B.C. – A gymnastics coach who secretly filmed his young athletes using the toilet has received a two-year sentence for making and possessing child pornography.Angelo Despotas, 48, betrayed the trust of the students he was supposed to be teaching, guiding and inspiring, provincial court Judge Jim Threlfall told a sentencing hearing in Kelowna, B.C.“The damage done to the victims is incalculable,” Threlfall said.“Many of the victims had trained with him for years.”Despotas earlier pleaded guilty to the charges and received two consecutive sentences, of 14 months for making child pornography and 10 months for possessing it.Before he was sentenced, Despotas turned to face the courtroom gallery, where many of his former students were sitting, to apologize for his actions.“The crimes I committed were a gross intrusion and violation of personal privacy,” he said Monday. “My actions were inexcusable. I wish to express sincere regret and apologize to all those I’ve hurt and embarrassed.”Many spectators wept as one of his young victims read a victim impact statement that described the profound distress she experienced since learning she’d been filmed for sexual purposes by a man she considered a mentor.“He was looking to exploit me in ways I could not imagine,” said the victim, who has given up gymnastics. “Because of him, that whole part of my life feels dirty and uncomfortable.”In another impact statement, a parent said her daughter, a once-promising gymnast, had attempted suicide.“In her mind, her whole life was over,” the parent said.Another parent told Despotas: “The pain you caused is more than a video. It’s a betrayal (with) nightmares, tears, and long days of sadness. … You left your scar on our family.”Court heard Despotas, a short, slight man, was a highly regarded gymnastics coach with 20 years’ experience when he moved to Kelowna in 2002. Students came from as far away as Mexico and Germany to train under him.But he came to police attention after the breakup of a child pornography ring in Ontario in 2012. Some of the files were eventually traced to Despotas, and Kelowna police began investigating him in 2015.They found videos he’d made using a small camera placed in a trash bin 1.5 metres from a toilet in a female washroom at a gymnastics facility. The video shows the genitalia of girls as young as 12.Police also found 2,040 images of child pornography, not involving his students, on a laptop he owned. Threlfall said the images were “beyond disturbing.” (Kelowna Daily Courier)
Eyewear brand Revo has debuted a new capsule collection of sunglasses in collaboration with U2 lead singer and activist Bono as part of the Buy Vision, Give Sight campaign to prevent vision impairment and blindness in more than 5 million people by 2020.Video: Buy Vision Give SightRevo will donate $10 from the sale of every pair of Revo sunglasses, including Bono’s “Vision over Visibility” collection, up to a total of $10 million to the “Buy Vision, Give Sight” initiative. These funds will go to the Brien Holden Vision Institute who work around the world to provide eye care to those who cannot access or afford it.“This is personal for me. I’ve been dealing with glaucoma for 20 years,” says Bono in an exclusive video released today. “The Brien Holden Vision Institute is leading the fight to end the kind of blindness and vision problems that can be prevented or cured. They now have an ally in Revo, and me.” He goes on to explain that without the medical care he has received, he would be blind.An estimated 625 million people worldwide are blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot afford, or access basic eye exams and a pair of glasses. According to the Brien Holden Vision Institute, almost 75 percent of all vision impairments can be prevented or cured with proper access to preventative eye care and treatment.Yehuda Shmidman, CEO of Sequential Brands Group, the owner of the Revo brand, comments, “Revo’s pioneering lens technology has always put eye health as a central focus and Bono’s new collection is no exception. Our partnership with Bono and the Brien Holden Vision Institute supercharges our efforts and will help reach more people, in more places, much faster.”A leader in expanding access to eye care in the developing world, Brien Holden Vision Institute will use the funds to provide eye care services, including eye tests and prescription glasses, and to build sustainable eye care services where they currently do not exist by training local people to provide eye care and detect eye diseases.“Most of us take basic eye exams for granted but millions of people around the world cannot access or afford them,” says Kovin Naidoo, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. “We are committed to changing that.”“The scope of the problem is huge, but the path to progress is also in plain sight. We know we can end vision impairment and unnecessary blindness for millions of people. We also know that you can help,” says Bono in the video.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The government’s top official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned in protest on Monday, citing what he says is the White House’s open hostility toward protecting the nation’s millions of student loan borrowers.Seth Frotman will be stepping down as student loan ombudsman at the end of the week, according to his resignation letter , which was obtained by The Associated Press. He held that position since 2016, but has been with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since its inception in 2011.Frotman is the latest high-level departure from the CFPB since Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget director, took over in late November. But Frotman’s departure is especially noteworthy, since his non-partisan office is one of the few parts of the U.S. government that was tasked with handling student loan issues.The office was at the centre of the lawsuits against for-profit colleges like Corinthian Colleges and is currently heading up a lawsuit between the CFPB and Navient, one of the nation’s largest student lenders. The Navient lawsuit has been mired in bureaucratic red tape as the Department of Education, headed by Betsy DeVos, has been unwilling to help the CFPB with their lawsuit . Since its creation, the student loan office has returned $750 million to harmed borrowers.“You have used the bureau to serve the wishes of the most powerful financial companies in America,” Frotman wrote, addressing his letter to Mulvaney. “The damage you have done to the bureau betrays these families and sacrifices the financial futures of millions of Americans in communities across the country.”Congress created the student loan ombudsman office when it established the CFPB, citing a need for a go-to person to handle student loan complaints nationwide. One previous occupant of that position is Rohit Chopra , who was appointed by President Trump to be a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.The ombudsman’s office is quite powerful, able to work with the bureau’s enforcement staff to target bad behaviour in the student loan market as well as act as a voice inside the government on behalf of student loan borrowers. The office processed tens of thousands of complaints from student loan borrowers and was among the first major government offices to raise alarms about the growing issue of students being unable to afford repaying their loans.But despite its work, Mulvaney downgraded the mission of Frotman’s student loan office earlier this summer and moved it under the umbrella of consumer education instead of enforcement. While at the time Mulvaney’s office said it was a minor organizational shake-up, consumer advocates saw the change as a move to downplay the CFPB’s mission when it came to student loans.Frotman also accused Mulvaney and his staff of deliberately hiding a report from the public that raised alarms that banks were overcharging student loan borrowers.“When new evidence came to light showing that the nation’s largest banks were ripping off students on campuses across the country by saddling them with legally dubious account fees, bureau leadership suppressed the publication of a report prepared by bureau staff,” Frotman wrote.The student loan office is not alone. Under Mulvaney, the bureau has scaled back its enforcement work and has proposed revising or rescinding all of the rules and regulations it put into place under the Obama administration.“Seth Frotman is a public servant who treated every student loan complaint with the seriousness it deserved,” said Debbie Goldstein, executive vice-president at the Center for Responsible Lending. “His departure raises concerns about the priorities of Mulvaney and CFPB leadership and whether they are fulfilling the mission of the CFPB to focus on protecting consumers from financial abuse.”In a statement, a CFPB spokesman said it does not “comment on specific personnel matters” but also said “we hope that all of our departing employees find fulfilment in other pursuits and we thank them for their service.”___Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet .
She was arrested together with two others over allegations they assaulted a man in Borella.However when contacted by the Colombo Gazette at the time, Hirunika Premachandra had rejected the claims. Premachandra said that the police had asked her to apologize to the man over the incident, which she refused to do. She was then arrested and released on police bail. (Colombo Gazette) The Additional Magistrate today forwarded the case to a mediation board. Hirunika appeared in court today over an incident a couple of weeks ago where she was arrested by the Borella police and then freed on police bail. Colombo Additional Magistrate Praharsha Ranasinghe today advised Hirunika Premachandra to wear appropriate clothes in court.The Additional Magistrate gave the advice after noting the dress Hirunika Premachandra wore to court today. She had said that when she had gone to meet the man with her bodyguards over a private dispute the man had stormed at her.She said her bodyguards had come in-between the man and her and pushed the man behind.He had then lodged a complaint with the police saying the bodyguards had assaulted him.
Some doctors of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) are practicing at private hospitals during a strike today, the Government alleged today.Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera alleged that one GMOA doctor has already accepted consultation requests at the Nawaloka hospital. He said that the GMOA doctor was practicing at a private hospital while launching a protest at Government hospitals.The GMOA had launched a 24 hour strike today over the SAITM issue. (Colombo Gazette)
Blind hatred of strangers is the product of fear, rage and incomprehension, Mr. Tharoor told a conference on promoting tolerance and human rights through education and the media, held in Nürnberg, Germany. “If terrorism is to be tackled and ended, we will have to deal with each of these three factors by attacking the ignorance that sustains them,” he said. “We will have to know each other better, learn to see ourselves as others see us, learn to recognize hatred and deal with its causes, learn to dispel fear, and above all just learn about each other.”Mr. Tharoor stressed that the media can help remedy the inequalities, corruption, ethnic tensions and human rights abuses that form the root causes of many conflicts by giving voice and visibility to all people, especially the poor, the marginalized and members of minorities. This endeavour is all the more pressing in today’s world which, following last year’s terrorist attacks against the United States, had come to realize that “a fire that starts in a remote thatched hut or dusty tent in one corner of [a] village can melt the steel girders of the tallest skyscrapers in the opposite corner of the global village,” he added.Setting the stage for discussions during the two-day conference, the Under-Secretary-General urged participants to consider the question of how to combat and prevent terrorist attacks without simultaneously eroding human rights. He also called for attention to the need to respond to the growing incidence of Islamaphobia in the West, stressing the vital contribution of the media in this effort.On the broader issue of the challenges presented by globalization, Mr. Tharoor took issue with the argument advanced by Samuel Huntington, who coined the phrase the “clash of civilizations.” The Under-Secretary-General said this vision can and must be replaced with a “dialogue among civilizations.” Civilizations, he pointed out, are not monoliths, and religion or culture are merely some among the many variables governing the actions and policies of States.A large part of today’s intercultural conflicts are a result of perceived cultural humiliation, he noted. As such, the need for tolerance and effective protection of minorities and other vulnerable groups has never been stronger.”A world in which it is easier than ever before to meet strangers must also become a world in which it is easier than ever before to see strangers as no different from ourselves,” he said. “There has been many a terrible night in the century that has just passed; let us preserve the diversity of the human spirit to ensure that we will all have a new dawn in the century that has just begun.”
Conscripting children under-15 into an armed group Sexual slavery Rape Intentionally directing attacks against civilians. Forcible transfer Persecution Destroying the adversary’s property,”Some bodies were found naked, some had hands tied up, some had their heads crushed”, said Judge Fremr. “Several bodies were disembowelled or otherwise mutilated”.The Chamber found the commander directly liable for perpetrating acts of murder, as a crime against humanity and a war crime as well as bearing indirect responsibility in other instances. A total of 2,129 victims were represented through legal counsel. The Trial Chamber issued 347 written decisions and 257 oral decisions during the trial, receiving some 1,400 pages of written closing submissions, and entering 1,791 separate pieces of evidence. Next stepsAccording to news reports, Mr. Ntaganda, who was first indicted in 2006, became a symbol of impunity in Africa, even serving as a general in the Congolese Army before turning himself in 2013, at the UN embassy in neighbouring Rwanda, as his power base crumbled.To determine Mr. Ntaganda’s sentence, the Chamber will schedule a separate hearing, for which it will receive and review evidence, during which time the former warlord will continue to be held in detention.Known by the nickname “Terminator”, Mr. Ntaganda is the fourth person to be convicted by the ICC since its inception in 2002, and the first to be convicted of sexual slavery. The 46-year-old now has 30 days to appeal the convictions. Ordering the displacement of civilians War crimes Deportation Attempted murder Sexual slavery Rape Monday, 8 July, at 10:00: #ICC Judges to announce whether they find #Ntaganda innocent or guilty of the war crimes and crimes against humanity. More about the case ➡ https://t.co/TtFhiv740J pic.twitter.com/PMH5fzfQAq— Int’l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) July 7, 2019 Intentionally directing attacks against protected objects Attempted murder Using children under-15 to participate actively in hostilities Crimes against humanity Murder Murder The judgement was made during a public hearing in The Hague, Netherlands, after the Chamber reviewed all the evidence submitted during the trial, including documents and eye witness testimony.Along with Mr. Ntaganda, the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and its military wing, the Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), were found to be “at all times involved in at least one non-international armed conflict” in the north-eastern DRC district.While the evidence did not sustain a guilty verdict in all the instances outlined by the prosecutor, it did demonstrate in relation to each count, that at least part of each charge was proven “beyond any reasonable doubt”.Prosecutors considered him crucial in planning and running UCP and FPLC operations, and in the ruling, Judge Robert Fremr described the warlord as a “key leader” who gave orders to “target and kill civilians”.According to the judge, 102 witnesses gave testimony, including a woman whose throat was slit by members of his forces. The judges also ruled that Mr. Ntaganda had shot dead an elderly Catholic priest.In one attack, fighters killed 49 captured people in a banana field behind a village using “sticks and batons as well as knives and machetes”.Judge Fremr elaborated, saying that “men, women and children and babies were found in the field”.,Bosco Ntaganda convicted of:
Bruce Croxon (left), star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den, was a judge at last week’s Monster Pitch, a business pitch event hosted by Brock University’s Entrepreneurship Club. It all started with some chart paper, a Sharpie and brainstorming session.What came next was a business plan that impressed one of the country’s most famous business minds and aims to help city slickers get in touch with nature.And the story of Physis Outdoors, a fledgling online camping trip planner thought up by Brock business co-op students Christian Di Vincenzo, Kris Luey and Matthew Grootjen, is really on just beginning, thanks to winning last week’s Monster Pitch, the Brock University Entrepreneurship Club’s annual business plan competition.The trio’s prize is $30,000-worth of consulting services to help them brand, build, market and launch Physis, a business that will rent camping equipment to folks who have never staked a tent – or are a little rusty at it – book a campground for them and even rent them a car to get them to the great outdoors.“It’s one of the proudest things – we’re all proud of it,” Di Vincenzo said of the win. “It all started from scratch.”And a passion for roughing it.Earlier this year, Di Vincenzo and Luey put pen to paper to come up with ideas for an entrepreneurial venture. The two avid campers, who have backpacked in far-flung places, were doing co-op placements with Canadian Tire in Toronto – Di Vincenzo in sports merchandising and Luey in the company’s automotive division – when they began talking about turning their interests into business ideas.Kris Luey, Christian Di Vincenzo and Matthew Grootjen are Physis Outdoors, an online camping trip planner startup business. Physis means nature in Greek.By the time their brainstorming session was done, Di Vincenzo had drawn the Toronto skyline, some trees and an arrow between the two, pointing the way to Physis and the realization there’s no easy way for newbies to the outdoors to co-ordinate a camping trip.“It’s camping. It’s been around for ages but hasn’t really been brought to people in the city,” Di Vincenzo said.Last week, the trio brought the idea to Monster Pitch where it competed against three other shortlisted business plans by students. Initially, they figured at most they might win $500, the prize in the last edition of Monster Pitch.But thanks to the work of the entrepreneurship club and its president Naveen Khan, the pot grew to $30,000-worth of services that will connect the Physis crew with eight firms to help them launch a pilot next year.Naveen Khan is president of the Brock University Entrepreneurship ClubKhan also helped land one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian business to help judge the competition – Bruce Croxon, star of the CBC’s Dragon’s Den.Given Croxon’s history as a digital pioneer, having co-founded the online dating site, Lavalife, his recent ventures into health and wellness and a love for the outdoors, Di Vincenzo said the pressure to woo and wow was even greater.“We knew this was our chance,” he said. “This was our shot to get his attention for our company.”Croxon wasn’t just impressed with the Physis pitch, he was also struck by the types of businesses being dreamed up by participants.“I was pleasantly surprised by not only the quality of presentation and business idea but by the fact that all of them except one were essentially digital offerings,” Croxon wrote in an email. “I believe we are entering an excellent time for technology companies in Canada and our future is in good hands given the high quality I witnessed at the Goodman School (of Business).”The prize and a judging panel with star power – Croxon was joined by Jason Sparaga of Spara Capital and David Anyon, former president and CEO of commercial fabric manufacturer Vintex – already have people clamouring to be involved with the next Monster Pitch, Khan said.“We have people approaching us to be monsters for next year. I’m excited to see how it will be next year. Let’s see what happens,” Khan said. “The event ran smoothly this year and I hope the trend continues.”In the meantime, Di Vincenzo, Luey and Grootjen will be ramping up activity at Physis.“When we first started, it was a fun idea but now it’s a viable business plan,” Di Vincenzo said. “It’s definitely something we’re excited for and passionate about.”
C. GaileyNFL.563112010BUF.250-.313 P. SilasNBA.317161999CHH.629+.312 F. RobinsonMLB.475112002MON.512+.037 Prev. CareerGapReturn Season Among coaches who spent at least two years as a team’s primary coach (coaching at least half a season’s games) before leaving the league.Source: Sports-Reference.com J. PardeeNFL.489101990HOU.563+.074 T. MarchibrodaNFL.554131992IND.563+.009 P. CarrollNFL.516112010SEA.438-.078 J. GrudenNFL.540102018OAK?? B. ValentineMLB.510102012BOS.426-.084 J. GibbsNFL.674122004WAS.375-.299 CoachSportWPctYearsYearTeamWPctChange in WPct -.087 J. McKeonMLB.480101988SD.583+.103 B. RussellNBA.565111988SAC.293-.272 A. ShellNFL.587122006OAK.125-.462 In the past four-plus decades, only 15 other coaches have even tried what Gruden is attempting — and their success rate has been spotty at best. In their first seasons back, this group of returning coaches saw an average drop in winning percentage of about 90 points, compared with their career marks before their long layoffs. Only a third managed a winning record in their return season, and 20 percent only lasted one season before retiring (or being fired) again for good.Not that there aren’t any success stories in the bunch. Dick Vermeil and Pete Carroll both recovered from mediocre starts to visit three total Super Bowls in their next NFL acts, winning two titles. (Carroll, it should be said, had also established himself as a very successful college coach during his time away from the NFL.) Terry Collins weathered the Mets’ Madoff crisis to put in six seasons with the club, guiding it to the World Series in 2015, while Paul Silas2Who was initially the Charlotte Hornets’ interim coach in 1999 but qualifies for our list because he coached more than half the team’s games — and he was eventually made the team’s permanent coach anyway. coached three separate franchises over nine seasons upon his return to the NBA. And Jack McKeon — who was 57 when he returned to managing with the 1988 Padres after a 10-year absence — stuck around for parts of 10 MLB campaigns over the next 17 years, winning the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins. After initially re-retiring in 2005, McKeon returned to the Marlins again in 2011, at age 80, for 90 games before finally hanging up the uniform for good.But more frequently, these Gruden-esque returns have failed to recapture the glories of the initial run. (The Raiders know about these declines firsthand: Art Shell’s coaching stint in Oakland went from a success in the early 1990s to a total disaster after he returned to the club in 2006.) Among our group of coaches above, fewer than half had a better winning percentage in Round 2 than they had the first time around,3Fun note: Frank Robinson had exactly the same .475 winning percentage both before and after his 11-year layoff from managing. with the average coach winning at a percentage 65 points lower over the remainder of his career than he’d done before his long absence.For Gruden, such a dip would take his record just below .500 — and while that wouldn’t be terrible by recent Raiders standards, it’s also not what the team was envisioning when it signed that $100 million deal, with a franchise relocation looming on the horizon as well. Of course, there are some reasons to think Gruden can do better than his peers from the returning-after-a-decade-away club. Quarterback Derek Carr is in his prime and should have more weapons to work with in the form of newly acquired receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant (plus two-time 1,400-yard rusher Doug Martin).4Who, granted, has been injured and/or terrible every year other than those seasons. A defense that ranked among the worst in football last season has a completely overhauled linebacking corps around star edge-rusher Khalil Mack. Overall, enough of the roster that won 12 games two years ago remains that a bid for the AFC West crown wouldn’t be totally crazy in Gruden’s first year back.Even so, the Raiders deserved every bit of their 6-10 record last year, and they did it with better-than-average injury luck. Meanwhile, Gruden didn’t exactly spend the offseason assuaging concerns that his thinking was stuck in the early-2000s era during which he’d been most successful. And maybe that’s the biggest reason that some of these coaching retreads end up going flat: The game evolves much faster than those on the outside can imagine, even if they’re observing it from the announcing booth. Tactics and ideas that worked a decade ago are now passé, and you might not know it until the games begin.Gruden will get his very first taste of that Friday night, and we’ll begin to see whether the time away sharpened his focus or simply left him out of touch with the modern game. Bringing noteworthiness to an otherwise insignificant exhibition, the Oakland Raiders’ preseason debut Friday night against the Detroit Lions will officially mark the beginning of the franchise’s second Jon Gruden Era. Gruden coached in the Bay Area from 1998 to 2001, and he remains the franchise’s top coach by winning percentage since Tom Flores left the team in the late 1980s. The Raiders are desperate for Gruden to replicate that success for them now, so much so that they lured him away from his gig at ESPN with a bewildering 10-year, $100 million contract in January.Gruden’s track record speaks for itself, with the 44th-most wins of any coach in pro football history. But it also bears mentioning that Gruden hasn’t roamed an NFL sideline in almost 10 years, since being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season. He spent most of the intervening years broadcasting, and the time away might be the biggest obstacle to Gruden restoring Oakland to glory. Across multiple sports, history tells us that coaches who return to the game after a decade away are usually unable to improve upon their records from before they left.By coming back to the NFL 10 years after his last season, Gruden joins a pretty peculiar group of do-over coaches. It isn’t as though these kinds of coaches are sitting around doing nothing during their years off — in addition to broadcasting like Gruden, many serve as high-level assistant coaches after their first head-coaching stints — but it’s still rare to get another shot at the big chair after so much time away. Here’s the full list of NFL, NBA and MLB coaches/managers since 1977 (the year after the NBA-ABA merger) who had a gap of at least 10 years in their coaching resumes,1And a minimum of two full seasons coaching before the layoff — just to filter out guys who may have been interim coaches earlier in their careers before getting a legitimate shot later. along with how they did in their first season back relative to their previous career: Average H. BrownNBA.484162003MEM.378-.106 D. VermeilNFL.535151997STL.313-.222 Coaching returns like Jon Gruden’s usually fall flatChange in win percentage from previous career mark for coaches who returned to the NFL, NBA or MLB after at least 10 years away, 1977-2018 T. CollinsMLB.506122011NYM.475-.031 R. MillerMLB.456121998BAL.488+.032
She then climbed up on the desk in front of Stewart, often creeping into his shot, for the remainder of the piece.As the toddler got up to run around, Stewart said that she “will do whatever she chooses to do for the next couple of minutes”, before continuing with the interview. I think that may be my favourite interview on ITV News. Well done Alistair Stewart 👏🏼👏🏼😂 #ITVNews #ITVLunchtimeNews #Hilarious— Kim (@MiSsKiMbo_) August 23, 2017 News anchor Alastair Stewart has been praised for keeping his cool as a toddler hilariously took over his live news broadcast.Stewart was conducting a segment about milk allergies on the ITV Lunchtime News with a mother and her young son and daughter, when the little girl got up and ran around the desk. But his attempts fail – the girl is fully on the studio desk Alastair Stewart shares the TV frame with the little girl Credit: ITV/PA 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. Alastair Stewart tries to gently coax the girl off the desk Child casually clambering all over the news desk whilst Alistair Stewart gets on with it 😂 #itvnews #pro #neverworkwithchildrenoranimals— Ashley Newsham (@tickydinky) August 23, 2017 Having stifled laughter while continuing the broadcast, the veteran newscaster joked at the end of the segment: “Mary Nightingale, I think, will have a more peaceful time at 6.30.”From all of us, a very good afternoon to you.” Responding to Ship’s message, BBC’s Today presenter Nick Robinson quipped: Tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks! Feel ITV 1 +1 coming on!!— Julia SlingsbyBreach (@SlingsbyBreachJ) August 23, 2017 The little girl tries to climb the ITV News desk @alstewitn @itvnews dealt with that lunchtime news V well, if anyone needs their day cheering up get on @itvhub now 😂😂😂😂😂— Sophie Sweeney (@Sophiaelle19) August 23, 2017 Many hailed Stewart for his on-air professionalism: Nice. One of my kids licked the desk when they came in— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) August 23, 2017 Tremendous chaos – @alstewitn being thoroughly upstaged by kids in his studio pic.twitter.com/NchkDxLrtS— Ross Hawkins (@rosschawkins) August 23, 2017 Stewart’s contemporaries and colleagues were among those talking about the unexpected TV moment: After failing to scale the front of the desk, she tries an alternative plan What happens when mum comes into the studio with the kids. Live on @itvnews. Top work by @alstewitn pic.twitter.com/v8q8InVbTT— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) August 23, 2017 TODDLER TAKEOVER! Best lunchtime news ever. Well done @alstewitn for holding fort! pic.twitter.com/w4pAmnVtN7— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) August 23, 2017 Viewers were highly amused to see the unlikely takeover of the lunchtime news broadcast, with many taking to Twitter to laugh at the incident: What a professional Alistair Stewart on @itvnews is… carrying on presenting with a toddler climbing all over his desk 😂#hilarious #itvnews— Nick Duke (@nickduke) August 23, 2017
Almost a fifth said they would leave or retire within the next two years, with those who were older more likely to say so. More than a quarter of GPs said they had already cut their hours, with most blaming the intensity of their workload.Lead author Professor Jeremy Dale, from Warwick Medical School, said: “There’s a worsening crisis in general practice. The situation is bad, it is getting worse and GPs are feeling increasingly overworked and increasingly negative about the future.”He said many GPs saw video consultations as an addition to their workload, not something that would reduce the strain on them.“I think for a lot of GPs this just seems like yet another thing to fit into the working day,” he said. “GPs are sceptical about whether this will reduce their workload, and fear it will add to it, and they feel they are already working at full capacity.”“If the extra capacity was there they might feel differently,” he added.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs are under intense strain – our workload has escalated in recent years, both in terms of volume and complexity, but we have fewer GPs than we did two years ago.” The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, involved more than 900 GPs in the Wessex region of England. Overall, 42 per cent of GPs said they intended to leave or retire within the next five years, compared with 32 per cent in 2014. And 49 per cent said they had brought forward their plans to leave the profession. 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. Almost half of GPs say they plan to quit the NHS within five years, amid complaints about the rise of Skype consultations.Research by the University of Warwick suggests the number of family doctors intending to retire or leave the health service has risen by almost a third since 2014.The study found that complaints about the intensity and volume of work, and time wasted on trivial tasks, were the strongest factors influencing the desire to resign.The rise of video and email consultations for patients was singled out by GPs as the policy they disliked most, with the study suggesting such methods could add to workload and costs.The Health Secretary has said every patient should be able to have “virtual” consultations with their doctor, with promises to roll out such appointments nationally by 2021.
THE HEAD OF the Irish Kidney Association has said the government is doing “the bare minimum” to improve organ donor rates in the country.CEO Mark Murphy said the approach of Health Minister James Reilly “hasn’t been good enough” and criticised the government’s approach to organ donation, saying that “Ireland was the last country to bring in legislation [regarding organ donation] and was forced to do it.”He is also sceptical of the government’s plans to legislate for opt-out organ donation, describing it as “the last thing on the agenda that needs to be done”, before adding that “it doesn’t need to be done at all in my view. I see the consent issue as a distraction”.While Minister Reilly was unavailable for comment, a spokesman from the Department of Health said that changing the system of consent is “just one aspect in a package of measures that will be required to increase organ donation rates”.“In this regard, the Department… is considering what practices and organisational changes, along with the change to the consent system, could further improve donation rates in this country,” the spokesperson said.Opt-out organ donation is where consent for donations after death is presumed, unless someone explicitly states that they do not wish to be a donor. Currently, where a potential donor is identified, their family is asked for consent for donation. The system being proposed is a ‘soft’ opt-out system, whereby organs would not be removed against the wishes of the next of kin.The Department of Heath asked for public consultation on the issue in July. Individuals and groups were asked to submit their views on opt-out by 23 September.Murphy claims that opt-out is ineffective, and has had little impact on donor rates in counties where it has been brought in, saying that “it is not used in practise” and that opt-out could actually lead to problems, citing the negative reaction to presumed consent laws introduced in Brazil where the law was repealed following a public backlash against organ donation.However, it should be noted that this was a ‘hard’ opt-out system, which did not require family consent.“It’s the practice that changes things,” said Murphy. Changing consent by law doesn’t change anything. In Europe they are all seeking the consent of the next of kin, presuming it is impossible. You cannot presume something of a bereaved family.Regarding what could be done instead of opt-out to increase donor rates, Murphy identified donor coordinators, those responsible for seeking consent from the families, as being crucial, as well as the establishment of an organ donor registry of those who have given consent.It’s all about the way you ask. It is much stronger if a donor coordinator can go to a registry, and see that they said yes, and then go to the family and say that we’re looking for you to salute their wish to donate organs after their death.The spokesman from the Department of Health stated that:We will legislate to change the organ donation to an opt-out system for organ transplantation, rather than an opt in system so as to improve the availability of organs for patients in desperate need. The overall objective is to increase organ availability and to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of transplantation systems.They also added that the Department plans to host a focused workshop on the findings of the consultation, which will “inform the next steps in the legislative process”.Read: More than 650 people waiting on organ transplants > Transplant patient: My sister gave me a kidney – and my life back > Read: “Taidhg, my beloved, was an organ donor”: Mother of musician killed in car crash in heartfelt appeal >
YouTube/PauseTheMoment 4. Ergo, less pollution and less road rageImgur5. Fewer sick daysIf people are only in work four days a week, they might be less likely to take a day off because of sickness, or “sickness”.6. More family timePsst… we know some of you (and some of us in here) have to work on Bank Holiday Mondays, or on weekends, so here’s something extra special for you:Via The Chive10 tips for working effectively from home>9 office perks we all need: a DailyEdge.ie manifesto> Shutterstock.com3. One less day to deal with trafficIs there anything worse than Monday morning traffic… IN THE RAIN?If you had one less day to sit in the car or on the bus, chances are your life would just be that little bit brighter. WE’RE IN THE midst of a four-day week for a lot of working people, and there’s another one of the way soon.Earlier this year in The Gambia in Africa the whole country was gifted with a shorter working week.We like their style over there in The Gambia, so let us tell you why it’s is a marvelous idea.1. Happier workersYou would only be in work for four days, so it’s a bit of a no brainer, right?A whole extra day to stay in bed, get stuff done, go out and about. Bliss.ImgurOn the flip side, a Bank Holiday does make the Sunday night fear that little bit worse on a Monday night.Does that mean that if we had a four-day week the fear would just be intensified every Monday night?2. More productivityHappier workers = more productivity, surely.Also a four-day week would likely mean longer working days, meaning just as much, IF NOT MORE, work would get done.
The migration to a free-to-play model continues as yet another high-profile MMO has this week announced it will be offering a free account from February next year.The game in question is Aion, developed by NCSoft, which has been available since 2009 outside of South Korea. The 38-strong team behind the online game have been quite open as to why the switch is being made. It basically comes down to player numbers, which have been decreasing steadily over the past several months. The word “deserted” is actually used to describe the lands of Atreia in the game.Unusually, Aion will not retain monthly subscriptions. When February comes around all subscription payments will end, and the game is also being handed over to Gameforge who will handle operations going forward. However, there will be a Gold Pack you can purchase that opens up more features including shorter wait times for instances and bonuses, and in-game transactions will continue.If the recent switch to free-to-play by DC Universe is anything to go by, this is the right decision for Aion. DC has seen revenue increase 700% since adding a free account. With Aion there will be no subscription option anymore, so it will be interesting to see if that benefits the game even more.With so many online games switching to a free model, you have to wonder how sustainable the MMO business is going forward. These games require a huge investment of time to play, meaning if you are playing one it’s highly unlikely you will play another seriously. Will there be enough players to keep all these games earning revenue, or is this just a short term solution to the WoW phenomenon?The paid-for model is set to be tested once again later this month when Star Wars: The Old Republic sees a release. The game will require an upfront payment and then $14.99 per month to continue playing. Will it attract players beyond early adopters and manage to grow, or is free-to-play inevitably in its future too?Read more at Aion, via Eurogamer.net
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is hoping that Philippe Coutinho will receive a boost in confidence following his brace against Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarter-final win.After losing the first leg 2-0 at Sevilla last week, Barcelona were ruthless in the return leg at Camp Nou with Coutinho’s double helping them to a 6-1 victory.Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were the other scorers on the night as Barcelona sealed their semi-final spot in the Copa del Rey with a 6-3 aggregate win over Sevilla.But, for Valverde, a big factor to take from the game was Coutinho’s brace at Camp Nou after the Brazilian playmaker’s form had been put into question following a lacklustre campaign so far.Blaugrana captain Messi even selflessly gave up a chance to score an early penalty for the team by instead allowing Coutinho to slot it home instead.“Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” said Valverde, according to Fox Sports.“I hope the success gives him more confidence.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Speaking after the game, Coutinho thanked Messi for allowing him to take a confidence-boosting penalty.“The penalty has come naturally,” said Coutinho. “Leo’s gesture shows how great it is.“Thanks to Leo, for letting me kick the penalty, that’s good for the confidence of the group.“We knew that to overcome, we had to be involved from the beginning.”Although the most pleasing factor for Valverde was the way Barcelona responded by rising to the challenge when it was necessary after losing the first leg of their quarter-final tie to Sevilla 2-0.“The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Next up for Barcelona is another home game against Valencia on Saturday in La Liga.
President Barack Obama has found an industry ally in his call to reduce income inequality: warehouse retailer Costco Wholesale Corp.On Wednesday, in the wake of his State of the Union address, in which he called for lifting the minimum wage for working Americans, the president chose to speak at a Costco in Maryland.The Issaquah-based company, he said, is proof that higher wages are “a smart way to boost productivity and to reduce turnover.”Chief Executive Craig Jelinek said the president understands the way of business pioneered by Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford in the early 20th century, when the car industry tycoon chose to pay workers a fair salary.“He knows that Costco is going to do better, all our businesses do better, when customers have money to spend,” Obama said.In the State of the Union address, Obama said he would issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay at least $10.10 an hour.The presidential visit underscores how Costco is gaining an increasingly prominent role in the growing national debate about income inequality.The company is knownfor paying its workers well — an average of $20.89 per hour for its hourly employees. Starting salaries at its warehouses amount to $11.50 an hour, said Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.Costco’s executives are also famous for taking home less than those in competing companies at a time when executive salaries have skyrocketed and average wages have stagnated in the face of global competition.
A “Super Sucker” truck helps with spill cleanup in July. Caelus first reported the spill in June. (photo by Wes Ghormley, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)The state reports that over 7,000 gallons of oil leaked from a North Slope well owned by Caelus Energy.Listen nowTom DeRuyter is overseeing the response to the leak with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He said DEC thinks most of the spill was contained to a gravel pad, but about three gallons of oil made it out to the tundra.“I don’t want to minimize the size of this spill — that was a lot of oil that came out of this well,” DeRuyter said. “It was something that happened without notice and it took a long time to really understand what had happened and for everybody to react accordingly. And that is very unusual.”Caelus first reported the spill in mid-June. Then, the company thought just five gallons had escaped a cellar surrounding the well.“The spill itself was significantly larger than anybody had thought up front, and that led to the migration outside of the gravel pad,” DeRuyter said.According to Caelus, the spill came from a well that was drilled and plugged in 2013.The oil that leaked is not crude. Rather, it’s a mixture of fluids Caelus put in the well, described by the state as mineral oil and “diesel freeze protect fluid.”The state thinks the incident happened after water filled the cellar and froze. Ice damaged a valve and allowed the oil to escape.The state also reports that plugs in the bottom of the cellar were not in place, allowing the water to flow in. But DeRuyter said until the investigation is complete, he can’t say if human error was a factor.Cleanup on the spill is ongoing.Caelus did not agree to an interview for this story. In a statement, the company said it is working with DEC to minimize damage.“We appreciate the hard work of our employees, contractors and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on this incident,” spokesman Casey Sullivan said in a text message.Caelus Energy is a small, private company based in Texas. It’s the company behind the potentially massive Smith Bay oil discovery announced in October.
Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterRam Gopal Varma’s Lakshmi’s NTR is set for a grand premiere in the US and Australia on March 28, a day before it hits the screens and it is set to make a huge collection at the box office.Ram Gopal Varma had suffered a severe setback with back-to-back failures in recent years. The collections of his movies have been pathetic in the US, Australia and other international markets. But there are a lot of hopes on Lakshmi’s NTR, as it is a political biopic on the controversial life of late NT Rama Rao, who had a huge fan following in some foreign markets.Lakshmi’s NTR has received a U certificate from Indian censor board with some minor cuts and beeps. Weekend Cinema, which has backed its overseas theatrical rights, set to premiere it in over 125 screens in the US, where the viewers will get to watch its uncut and uncensored version on Thursday night. RGV tweeted, “The real truth of #LakshmisNTR is on its way to America to reach the real NTR fans.”Weekend Cinema also tweeted, “#LakshmIsNTR is going to be our biggest release in USA . Theatre list will be out very soon. Grand Usa premieres on 28th March. Uncut & uncensored Version for USA & Canada . No Beeps, No cuts only Action 125+ theatres in USA and premieres in all the locations. #LakshmisNTR Book your tickets Now!!”The distributors opened the advance booking for the premiere show of Lakshmi’s NTR in the US on March 25. The curiosity and hype surrounding it made its ticket sell like hot cakes. Weekend Cinema tweeted, “Newark,Delaware two premieres soldout in no time.Hurry up book your tickets now#LakshmisNTR @kalyanimalik31 @RGVzoomin #LakshmIsNTRUSA.”Lakshmi’s NTR is also getting a superb response for advance ticket booking in Australia. Weekend Cinema confirmed it on Twitter, “Soldout in Melbourne. Heavy demand for #LakshmisNTR Pre Bookings in Australia OverseasBox office on Fire @SouthernStarInt @RGVzoomin.”This pre-response for Lakshmi’s NTR has thrilled Ram Gopal Varma, who does not have single in the international markets for his credit in recent years. The elated director tweeted, “Shows sold out in overseas of #LakshmisNTR means people want TRUTH and nothing but TRUTH @WeekendCinemaUS.”
Al OrtizThe City wants to boost Mayor Sylvester Turner’s plan to fight homelessness in Houston this summer.The City wants to boost up Mayor Sylvester Turner’s plan to combat homelessness in Houston this summer and they have devised a creative way to use a federal funding stream.The City Council recently approved using close to $2.4 million to provide rental housing for chronically homeless individuals.Those federal funds are typically used to build affordable housing and apartment complexes, but the Council approved redirecting them because the feds cut funding for housing vouchers earlier this year.“The next biggest issue is finding available units and that’s why we are working with landlords across the region,” says Marc Eichenbaum, who is Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives.Meanwhile, City workers continue cleaning up encampments as part of the Mayor’s plan and Turner says they are cooperating with homeless people on how to clean up those sites.“So we can go and when we say: “You can’t be here”, we’re not gonna throw people’s stuff away. If they want those items stored, we have now a storage facility that is available to do that,” the Mayor noted during the customary press conference held after Wednesdays’ Council meeting.Turner’s goal is housing 500 homeless people by the end of the year. Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:06
The Packers and Aaron Rodgers are the hottest team in the NFL right now, and head into Dallas to face the Cowboys this week. But, Jordy Nelson has been a key component to the Packers late season surge, and will miss this week due to an injury he suffered against the Giants. How much will Nelson’s loss affect Rodgers and the Packer offense, and how can they attempt to replace him in the short term?Nelson’s presence as a deep threat allows the Packers to work the outside effectively. His absence will limit what Green Bay is able to do from a scheme and pass concept standpoint. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Cowboys force Rodgers to work the ball outside, where the other Packer receivers are not as effective as Nelson.Right now, Rodgers is playing with almost a perfect balance of within the offense, and creating on his own later in the down.Defensively, in the first meeting of the teams this year, Ezekiel Elliott ran 28 times for 157 yards, and the Cowboys had success running out of 2 and 3 tight end formations. The Cowboys are predictable with their weekly commitment to the run, but it’s established their offensive identity. Don’t expect to see Dallas stray form their commitment to the run, or shift their philosophy.Rodgers to Cobb AGAIN! #Packers lead, 21-13. #GoPackGo #NYGvsGB #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/5PJs05qCOB— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 8, 2017 Most people think the Houston/New England game will be a blowout, but Colin thinks there is a good chance the Texans keep it close. Can the elite Houston defense keep the game within striking distance despite Brock Osweiler’s expected sub par performance?Cosell:Offensively, the Texans need to be proactive throwing the ball on first down because they aren’t a very good running team. If you look at Lamar Miller’s last five games, he has 62 first down carries and is averaging less than 3 yards per rush attempt. First down is the best down to throw, and the New England coverages will be more predictable because every team has defined coverages on first. For the Texans and Osweiler, first down is the best chance to create big plays in the passing game. They won’t be able to throw effectively if they are behind the chains on third-and-long.Defensively, the Texans are very good, and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennell is good at changing the defensive looks up front. The Patriots run the ball more than people realize because Brady garners most of the attention. LeGarrette Blount gets a large majority of his carries on first down. It wouldn’t be surprising to see New England come out in base personnel and spread the field to keep the Texans in their base personnel.That should seal it. Connor Cook misses Amari Copper and it’s picked off by Corey Moore. #wearetexans #HOUvsOAK pic.twitter.com/vxxN5B5uc2— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 8, 2017 Every week, Senior Producer of NFL Matchup and NFL Films, Greg Cosell, stops by the show to take the audience inside the Herd Film Room to break down the tape from the most talked about performances from the past week.Today, he’s breaking down the film and looking ahead to this weekend’s matchups in the NFL Playoffs Divisional Round.Roll the tape. Most people see the Atlanta offense versus the Seattle defense as the matchup to watch in this weekend’s matchup. Colin is more interested to see if the Seahawks inconsistent offense can sustain drives against the Falcon defense. What does the film say about Seattle’s offense heading into this game?Cosell:The question for Seattle is philosophical in terms of how many points they will need to score to win. If Pete Carroll thinks they need to score 30 to win, their game plan will need to change from last week’s strategy against Detroit. Against the Lions, Seattle relied heavily on the run game, including lining up in I-formation with fullback Marcel Reese. Russell Wilson was a complimentary piece. This worked against Detroit to shorten the game, but it’s hard to put up a lot of points.If Seattle thinks they need to put up 27 to 30 points to win, they will have to throw the ball more and make Russell Wilson the focal point of the game plan.The #Seahawks ground game is ???right now. Bonus points for the Wilson block although Rawls did leave after the play. #SEAvsDET pic.twitter.com/mzwMACKQKA— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 8, 2017 Advertisement Over the previous three seasons Matt Ryan had 75 touchdowns and 47 picks. This year, his second with offensive coordinator Brendan Shanahan, he has put up MVP numbers. How much of Ryan’s success this year is due to Shanahan or his weapons, and how much is it just him elevating his level of play?Cosell:There is always a connection between offensive philosophy and quarterback play. The running back tandem of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman has helped Ryan because the Falcons often line up in two-back sets, a formation out which they’ve run the ball more than any other team in the NFL. Atlanta’s “run/pass fusion” may be the best in the NFL. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Tevin Coleman could make an impact on this game as a receiver.#iufb Tevin Coleman long td run .. RT @crimsonquarry: this looks familiar pic.twitter.com/RfRZS0Tz50— Paul Roberts (@MisterRoberts) December 24, 2016 Kansas City is the best team in the NFL at grinding out wins in close, low scoring games. This weekend against Pittsburgh, with Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, it looks like the Chiefs will need to put up points to win. What does the film say about how Kansas City will approach this game from an offensive standpoint? And how will they approach the game in terms of defensive philosophy?Cosell:Weather could be an issue in this game, which could help keep the scoring down. The Steelers offensive has gradually evolved into Le’Veon Bell’s offense over the course of the season. The Chiefs are much more effective in stopping the run when they line up in their Base 3-4 personnel, as opposed to when they line up in their Nickel (5 DB’s), or Dime (6 DB’s).Last week the Steelers ran the ball 10 straight times with Bell, and used 6 offensive linemen on 7 of those plays. The biggest question offensively for Pittsburgh, is how they can take advantage of favorable matchups in the run game when Kansas City is playing Nickel and Dime.Offensively, the Chiefs have more explosive weapons than people might think. Everyone knows about Tyreek Hill’s explosiveness, but Travis Kelce has been the best tight end in the NFL this season, and Jeremy Maclin is a quality wide receiver. Kansas City has pieces. They don’t have an elite running back like Le’Veon Bell, but Spencer Ware is a solid running back.The Chiefs also feature a multi-dimensional pass game in terms of their pass game concepts. Most people assume they won’t score enough points to win because they believe the narrative that Alex Smith is not a Super Bowl winning quarterback, but they are better offensively than they get credit for.Don’t forget that #Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill did this the last time against the #Steelers. It was fortunately negated by a BITB on LB L.J. Fort. pic.twitter.com/rtr6qUp8Kt— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) January 11, 2017