Seven Side Effects of Successful Savings

first_imgAbility to Drop Insurance Policies– A good example here is term life insurance. As people grow older, it becomes move expensive. Diligent savers, however, may not need a policy anymore, after a certain point, if their accumulated savings is sufficient to protect their loved ones. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduDuring January, many military families make resolutions to save money. Some people set up an automatic savings plan with a bank or employer while others follow the guidelines suggested by one of many available savings challenges (see this presentation).Find more info at http://militarysaves.org/The most important result of saving is having a sum of money available to use for emergencies or to fund future financial goals such as a vacation, new car, or retirement. With savings also comes peace of mind in knowing that you’re not on the “financial edge” with little or no money in reserve to handle negative life events.Having an accumulated sum of money and freedom from financial worries are not the only benefits of saving money, however. Rather, savings can enhance your personal finances in a variety of beneficial ways. Below is a description of seven positive side effects that can occur when people save money on a regular basis over time:Ability to Earn “Free Money”- Savers can take advantage of retirement plans that their employer offers. Deposits come right out of their paycheck, making it easy to save. Some employers match workers’ savings 25 cents, 50 cents, or even a dollar for each dollar saved. This is “free money” that should not be passed up. Ability to Self-Insure– Some people self-insure to cover the risk of needing long-term care (LTC) in later life instead of buying LTC insurance. Savings is earmarked for a nursing home or assisted living, if needed. Ability to Raise Insurance Deductibles and Increase Elimination Periods- With sufficient money in the bank, you can cut insurance premiums by taking on more of the risk of a loss. Examples include raising a car insurance deductible from $250 to $750 or a disability insurance elimination period (i.e., the time between an accident or illness and receipt of benefits) from 30 days to 90 days. Ability to Pay Cash for “Big Ticket” Items and Avoid Interest- When you save money for furniture, appliances, electronics, and even a car, you own it completely from Day 1. Use this worksheet to calculate what you need to save to reach your goals. Ability to Avoid Fees– People with ample savings can avoid pesky money-draining expenses such as fees for low bank account balances, late payments, and private mortgage insurance (PMI). Ability to Reach the “Crossover Point”- Savings provides “seed money” for long-term investing. Savings provides interest and investments produce dividends and capital gains. Eventually a crossover point can occur where savings and investments earn more money per year than the sum of annual living expenses.The only sure-fire way to get ahead financially is to spend less than you earn. Counting on a big inheritance or a settlement, or winning a big prize or the lottery cannot be guaranteed. Every successful financial plan includes some type of savings, which requires living below your means.In summary, saving money has many valuable side effects besides the actual dollar amount that is saved. It gives people freedom and options. For more savings information, see America Saves.last_img read more

Cop books BJP leader, transferred in 24 hours

first_imgNAGPUR: A police inspector from Nagpur was transferred on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after he booked a BJP leader for allegedly abusing policemen.Senior Inspector M.K. Chavan, who was posted in Ganeshpeth police station, was transferred to the special branch on Wednesday. On Tuesday, he had booked BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari, who was caught on camera hurling abuses at officers of the police station, under Sections 143, 145, 186, 294 and 353 of the IPC for threatening police officials, unlawful assembly and obstructing public servants.Nagpur Commissioner of Police K.Venkateshan said the transfer was “credit to merit and seniority”.last_img read more

Four naxals killed encounter in Chhattisgarh: Police

first_imgFour naxals, including a woman, were killed on Sunday in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, around 350 kilometers from here, police said. The gunfight took place at around 2:30 p.m. in the Gumiyabeda village forest when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla told PTI. The ultras fled the spot and entered the dense forest after a brief exchange of fire, he said. The bodies of four naxals and weapons were found at the spot, the SP said. The combing operation is underway in the area, he added.last_img read more

Hong Kong Open Golf Tournament Postponed as Protests Grip City

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. citygolfhong konghong kong open First Published: November 20, 2019, 4:01 PM IST Hong Kong: Next week’s Hong Kong Open, one of the biggest and oldest golf tournaments in Asia, was postponed on Wednesday following months of anti-government protests in the city.It ends a 60-year run for the venerable event, won by luminaries from Peter Thomson to Rory McIlroy, which has been an annual fixture at the colonial-era Fanling course since 1959. “Regretfully the European Tour, in conjunction with our tournament co-sanctioning partner at the Asian Tour, has taken the decision to postpone next week’s Hong Kong Open,” a European Tour statement said.The $1.5 million tournament is the most high-profile sports event to be affected by the disruptive and increasingly violent protests, which also forced the postponement of the WTA Hong Kong Open tennis in September.The Hong Kong Open had stood alone with the Masters at Augusta as the only professional tournaments to be held continuously at the same venue for more than half-a-century, according to the Hong Kong Golf Club website.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley called the postponement “correct, but unfortunate” and said he hoped the event could be rescheduled for early next year.”The decision has been taken due to the ongoing level of social unrest in Hong Kong,” Pelley said.”As the safety of our players, staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the correct, but unfortunate, course of action.”Asian Tour commissioner and CEO Cho Minn Thant said: “It is regrettable that the Hong Kong Open has to be postponed due to the ongoing unrest in the city.”The unpredictability of the current situation in Hong Kong makes it very challenging to sanction the tournament especially with the safety of everyone of utmost importance.”However, we are optimistic that once the situation in Hong Kong stabilises, we will be in a better position to sanction the 61st edition of the Hong Kong Open in the very near future.”Parts of Hong Kong have been brought to a standstill by protests demanding greater democracy and an end to the erosion of freedoms since the territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997.The chaos has affected several other sports events including Formula E’s Hong Kong ePrix, horse racing and the annual cross-harbour swim.The Hong Kong Open, Asia’s second oldest national golf open after the Philippine Open, is a known favourite of top players and consistently attracts a strong field.Former British Open champion Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed were among the big names who were scheduled to play next week.Other players on the role of honour include Justin Rose, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Poulter and Jose Maria Olazabal. last_img read more

With LeBron Back, Lakers outlast Clippers in OT 123-120

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James looked like his old self, even if he wasn’t feeling like it after his first game since Christmas.James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime Thursday night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.“Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys,” he said, “but being out five weeks, I’m feeling it right now. I wish I could click my shoes together right now and be home in my bed.”James came up one assist shy of a triple-double. He made 5 of 7 free throws, had four turnovers and no fouls in 40 minutes of his first game since Dec. 25 at Golden State, when he strained his left groin.“I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow,” he said. “That’s going to be the telltale sign of all the rehabbing and the working and everything I’ve been putting in these last five weeks.”The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of his 16-year career.“He looked good,” said Tobias Harris, who guarded James much of the game.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James stands on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 123-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tied 118-all, James scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Lance Stephenson drove for a flailing layup, hitting Boban Marjanovic in the nose with his left elbow while getting fouled. After a review by the officials, no additional penalty was called.The review was for “a possible or potential hostile act,” crew chief John Goble told a pool reporter after the game.Goble said the on-court ruling was a defensive foul and there was no additional contact.Stephenson completed the three-point play that kept the Lakers ahead 123-118.“I don’t know how you can come to that call,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You make contact with the head, it’s a flagrant. It was too obvious. It was an elbow to the face. Why put in those rules if you’re not going to call it?”Marjanovic’s teammate Lou Williams added, “Boban gets penalized so much for being big. If you elbow a guy away from the basket, it should be an offensive foul.”Avery Bradley and Williams missed on the same possession, and Williams missed a free throw when Stephenson got called for a technical in a tussle with Bradley. The Clippers were 14 of 26 from the foul line.Williams couldn’t get a potential tying 3-pointer off in the right corner before the final buzzer.Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler, left, and Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic battle for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 123-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Stephenson added 20 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 13 rebounds. They enjoyed strong support from the Staples Center crowd as the visiting team.Williams led the Clippers with 24 points. Patrick Beverley added 17.Harris hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in regulation, tying it at 112-all after the Clippers fought back after trailing by 14 early in the fourth.“The good thing is we kept fighting all night,” Harris said.The Lakers led by seven with just under two minutes to play, but the Clippers erased the deficit on baskets by Williams and Marjanovic before Harris scored from near the right baseline.James scored five of the Lakers’ first seven points in the fourth for a 94-85 lead.The Clippers made 5 of 7 free throws to close to 103-101.The Lakers gained a 14-point lead near the end of the third quarter on Stephenson’s 3-pointer. They outscored the Clippers 33-22 in the period.Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)TIP-INSLakers: They improved to 11-13 on the road. … James is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, where he will captain the Western Conference team. … Kyle Kuzma (left hip strain) and Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) also returned.Clippers: Bradley played with a sore right knee and then strained his right quad during the game. … Longtime fan Billy Crystal joined retiring play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler to call the game. … F Danilo Gallinari (low back spasms) missed his seventh straight game. He will join the team on its upcoming road trip and likely return either Sunday at Toronto or Tuesday at Charlotte.NO ALL-STARHarris’ bid to make the All-Star team for the first time in his eight-year career failed. Rivers said he texted and emailed his fellow coaches to no avail. He believed Harris had made a solid case by being the leading scorer on a winning team in the rugged Western Conference.UP NEXTLakers: At Golden State on Saturday in the second game of their six-stop Grammy road trip.Clippers: At Detroit on Saturday to start a six-game Grammy trip.___By BETH HARRIS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Blackhawk: low-cost isolation adapter

first_imgBlackhawk announced a new, low-cost JTAG isolation adapter for use with the TI XDS110 debug probe. The Blackhawk XDS110 Isolation Adapter (ISO110) provides 5k VRMS isolation protecting not only the XDS110 debug probe, but also the development computer and target board.The ISO110 supports target boards with IO voltages ranging from 1.8 to 5.0 volts and utilizes the XDS110 AUX port’s power output to minimize the current draw from the target side.The ISO110 supports the XDS110 2.5 MHz test clock and includes two LEDs to indicate power supplied from the debug probe and target. The XDS110 handles a target I/O voltage range from 1.8V to 3.6V, but when used with our ISO110, it will be capable of debugging 5V targets such as older F28x boards.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Open-source software meets broad needs of robot-vision developersNext Aegis Software announces new integration with OMRON for superior data collectionlast_img read more

Lionel Messi fan in Kolkata dies while trying to emulate his moves

first_imgA 20-year-old Lionel Messi fan in Kolkata breathed his last on Tuesday evening while trying to emulate some of his moves.The upcoming football player Sagar Das was playing a local football match at Belgharia’s Deshapriyanagar Byamagar when the unfortunate incident happened.Sagar while trying to play the ball and emulate a Messi move, lost his balance and fell and the ball hit his chest. He got unconscious and even though his fellow players attempted to help, it did not work.He was then taken to Kamarhati Sagar Dutta Medical College Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAccording to report in Latestly, Sagar’s cousin Samar Koyal described him as an ardent fan of Messi and said he was watching each and every match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.”He watched each and every match till late at night during this World Cup. He was a die-hard fan of Messi. He was so obsessed with the World Cup that he forgot studies. During Tuesday’s match between two local teams, he was trying to perform some moves and passes imitating Messi’s style,” Koyal said.On the other hand, Pranab Bhattacharya, a member of the club Sagar used to represent, said that the boy was a sriker and described how he was dealt the fatal injury.”He played as a striker. During the match, he was trying to imitate moves performed by Messi and other players at the ongoing World Cup. When he tried to imitate Messi’s style while trying to convert a pass from a team member into a goal, he lost balance and fell. The ball hit him hard on the chest. Under the impact of the hit, he lost consciousness,” Bhattacharya told Times of India.advertisementAlso read – World Cup fans explore underground Josef Stalin’s bunker of Nazi eraSagar’s neighbour Pritam Dey was in absolute shock. He described Sagar as a simple and lovable boy.”Das was awell-known in the locality for his simplicity. He was loved by everybody as a good footballer. We can’t still believe he is not more.”An official of the local club said, “We are shocked. We’ve lost a rising footballer.”As for Messi, he has returned to Barcelona after Argentina’s exit from the World Cup in the Round of 16.Also read – World Cup 2018: How visiting fans are handling language barriersThroughout the four matches Argentina played in Russia, Messi was able to score only one goal and that came in La Albiceleste’s group stage victory against Nigeria.In the Round of 16 against France, Argentina were unable to cope up with the speed of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and on the whole, Argentine defence was ripped apart by the attack of France.Messi has never won the World Cup. He steered Argentina to the World Cup final in 2014 and they have made it to two Copa America finals.last_img read more

RUNA: Clean Energy

first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now In 2009, two Brown University graduates moved temporarily to Ecuador where they worked on a plan to bring the health of the Amazon to the rest of the world. In 2010, they did it by introducing RUNA infusers, followed by bottled beverages in the spring of 2012. Today, you can find RUNA nationwide in more than 10,000 stores including Whole Foods, Safeway, GNC Vitamin Shop, and many others.The difference in their products, says co-founder Dan MacCombie, is due to what he calls their “special sauce”—the guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-sa) leaf.“Guayusa is different than any other leaf and unique to the Amazonian jungle,” said MacCombie. “We’ve created the world’s first supply chain for guayusa.”This super leaf is packed with the same amount of caffeine as coffee and twice the antioxidants of green tea, yet lacks the tannins that gives some black and green teas a bitter taste. The result is a smooth, naturally sweet taste that MacCombie and business partner Tyler Gage refer to as “clean energy.”“All of our products are made from guayusa and products that fit remarkably well into people’s lives,” said MacCombie. “It’s a calm, clean beverage and great for that 2 p.m. time period when you don’t want another cup of coffee.”RUNA offers a variety of flavors in their bottles, energy drinks and loose leaf tins. The Hibiscus Berry is the top seller in the bottled variety, but Guava Zero Unsweeted Guayusa is a close second.Related: Bet We Can Make a Tea Drinker Out of YouGuayusa tea has been brewed for thousands of years in the Ecuadorian Amazon with native hunters saying it gives them mental strength and courage. RUNA by definition means “fully alive” and that’s why Gage and MacCombie picked this name for their healthy products.MacCombie says their business model is based on core values of introducing products the world has never seen before while offering support to Ecuadorian farmers, which ultimately helps protect the rainforest.Actor Channing Tatum is just one of the many devoted RUNA fans. On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he said, “We found this tea called RUNA that basically gave us the energy of the gods.” The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

More Information on Daily Foreign Exchange Transactions on BOJ Website

first_imgThe Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has announced that, effective today (Monday, May 20), additional information on daily foreign exchange market transactions will be posted on its website.This decision, according to the BOJ, is intended to foster “greater transparency” in relation to large US-dollar transactions by authorised foreign exchange dealers and cambios and improve public access to market information.“The additional information being provided will be the volume and price for each US-dollar transaction (buy and sell) of US$100,000 or more, as reported by authorised foreign exchange dealers and cambios, and will be available… at the end of each day’s trading,” the statement outlined.These transactions, according to the BOJ, “do not represent all of the trading on that day but only the individual trades of US$100,000 or more”.The Bank further stated that while the information will not identify the counterparties to each transaction, the public will be able to view historical data on this, starting May 20.The information may be accessed at: http://boj.org.jm/foreign_exchange/LargeTransactions.php.last_img read more

Saiyami Kher to star in Anurag Kashyaps next

first_imgMumbai: Actor Saiyami Kher has bagged filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s next directorial, which is currently in production. Saiyami, who made her debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Mirzya”, will feature alongside Malayalam actor Roshan Mathew in the film. “It has still not sunk in that I am in an Anurag Kashapy film. Its an understatement to say that I am extremely excited to be a part of this project. Can’t really talk too much about the film right now,” the actor said in a statement. Last week, the filmmaker had announced his new company and a new film without giving any details. The project is being shot in Mumbai and will be filmed within 3 months. Saiyami was last seen in the hit Marathi film “Mauli” opposite Riteish Deshmukh. She recently wrapped shoot on her digital debut in the Amazon prime series “Breathe” opposite Abishek Bachchan.last_img read more

Ottawa say Fairfax Financial Holdings interested in broken Churchill rail line

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government says a Toronto-based holding company is interested in becoming a new partner in a possible deal for a takeover of the broken rail line that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Fairfax Financial Holdings Inc. has expressed interest in the Hudson Bay Rail line, the Port of Churchill and other associated assets.Carr says Fairfax is considering partnering with Missinippi Rail and One North to acquire the line from Omnitrax.Severe flooding damaged the rail line last spring, cutting the only land link to Churchill, a town of 900 on the west coast of Hudson Bay.The situation is hurting the region’s tourism industry and raising the price of food and fuel.Carr, the MP for Winnipeg South Centre, says having Fairfax involved is an important step toward a positive solution for the people of Churchill.“This development has the potential to contribute to an arrangement supported by First Nations and communities in northern Manitoba,” he said Thursday in a release.“This would enable a sustainable business approach that results in a safe and reliable rail line.”Fairfax president Paul Rivett said the company is optimistic about the north. He said the Churchill rail corridor and the Port of Churchill are important pieces of infrastructure for northern communities and Canada’s economy.“Partnering with First Nations and communities is the right model for this investment,” he said in a release.“We have deep experience in infrastructure projects and have the necessary operational expertise to run shortline railways in partnership with our investee company AGT Foods. The key is that the plan has to be viable and profitable in the long term as a business.”Carr’s comments come only days after Ottawa filed a lawsuit against Denver-based Omnitrax.The lawsuit alleges Omnitrax has failed to repair and maintain the rail line in violation of a 2008 agreement that saw the company receive $18.8 million in federal aid for maintenance and upgrades. The lawsuit seeks repayment of the money.Omnitrax has said it plans to file a complaint against the federal government under the North American Free Trade Agreement.The company has said the federal government’s decision to end the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western grain in 2012 drastically cut grain shipments along the rail line and through the Port of Churchill.last_img read more

Weinsteins Impact List of men accused of sexual misconduct

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behaviour to forced sexual misconduct to rape.To be sure, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before. But the accusations against Weinstein have opened a floodgate, sparked an international conversation and put new pressure on companies, industries, and political leaders to respond. President Donald Trump has condemned some of the accused, been more muted about others, and found himself again being asked about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations levelled against him during last year’s presidential campaign. The Republican says they’re fake.The #Metoo moment is also prompting re-examination of past sexual misconduct claims against powerful men, including Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He was impeached and then acquitted of perjury and obstruction of lawmakers’ investigation into his sexual encounters with a White House intern, and he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit stemming from his time as Arkansas governor.A look at some of the men accused since the Weinstein accusations emerged:Entertainment:— Producer Harvey Weinstein— Accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or sexual assaults, including rape. Fired by The Weinstein Co. and expelled from various professional guilds. Under investigation by police departments in New York, London, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, but he has apologized for causing “a lot of pain” with “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past.”— Celebrity chef John Besh — Accused by 25 women of sexual harassment. He has stepped down from the company he founded.— Comedian Louis C.K. — Accused by five women of sexual misconduct. Planned release of film “I Love You, Daddy” halted. Netflix special cancelled. He says the allegations are true and has apologized.— Cinefamily executives Hadrian Belove and Shadie Elnashai — Accused of sexual misconduct. Movie theatre shut down in the wake of allegations due to crippling debt.— Actor Richard Dreyfuss — One woman alleges sexual harassment. He denies the allegation.— Director-producer Gary Goddard — Accused by one man of sexually molesting him when the man was 12. He denies the allegation.—Casting employee Andy Henry — Admitted to urging women to take off their clothes during coaching sessions in 2008 while working on the “CSI” series. He was fired by his current employer.— Actor Dustin Hoffman — Accused by woman of sexual harassing when she was 17. He has apologized for his behaviour.— Actor Robert Knepper — Accused by one woman of sexual assault. He denies the allegations.— Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg — Accused by 19 women of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. The “Supergirl” and “Arrow” showrunner has been suspended by Warner Bros. Television Group. He told Variety he has made comments on women’s appearances and clothes “but they were not sexualized.”— Actor Jeremy Piven — Accused by three women of sexual misconduct. He denies all allegations.— Filmmaker Brett Ratner — Accused by at least six women of sexual harassment. Playboy shelved projects with Ratner and Ratner stepped away from Warner Bros. related activities. He denies the allegations.— Comedy festival organizer Gilbert Rozon — Accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them. Rozon stepped down as president of Montreal’s renowned “Just for Laughs” festival and apologized “to all those I have offended during my life.”— Producer Chris Savino — Accused of harassing up to 12 women. Fired from Nickelodeon. He has apologized for his behaviour.— Actor Steven Seagal — Accused by two women of rape. He denies the allegations.— Actor Tom Sizemore — Accused of groping an 11-year-old actress in 2003. Utah prosecutors declined to file charges, citing witness and evidence problems. He denies the allegation.— Actor Kevin Spacey — Accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault. London police reportedly investigating a sexual assault. Fired from “House of Cards” and replaced in Ridley Scott’s completed film “All the Money in the World.” Massachusetts prosecutors are investigating one allegation. His former publicist has said he is seeking unspecified treatment.— Actor Jeffrey Tambor — Two women — an actress on his show “Transparent” and his assistant — allege sexual misconduct. He denies the allegation, saying in a statement that he has “never been a predator — ever.”— Actor George Takei — One man alleges sexual assault. He denies the allegation.— Writer-director James Toback — Accused by hundreds of women of sexual harassment. Beverly Hills police investigating complaints. He has denied the allegations to the Los Angeles Times.— “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner — Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. He denies the allegation.— Actor Ed Westwick — Accused by two women of sexual assault. The BBC pulled an Agatha Christie adaptation from its television schedule and halted production on a second sitcom starring the former “Gossip Girl’ actor. Los Angeles police are investigating. He denies the allegations.___Media, publishing and business:— Billboard magazine executive Stephen Blackwell — Accused of sexual harassment by one woman. He has resigned from the magazine.— Penguin Random House art director Giuseppe Castellano — Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. Penguin Random House is investigating. Castellano has not commented.— New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish— Multiple sexual harassment allegations. He has resigned from the magazine.— Journalist Mark Halperin — Accused of harassing about 12 women while at ABC News. Book contract terminated. Fired from job at NBC News. He has denied some of the allegations.— Artforum publisher Knight Landesman — Accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and sued by one woman. He has resigned from the magazine.— NPR news chief Michael Oreskes — Accused of inappropriate behaviour or sexual harassment by at least four women while at The New York Times, NPR and The Associated Press. He has been ousted from NPR.— Amazon executive Roy Price — Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. He resigned from Amazon.— Webster Public Relations CEO Kirt Webster — Accused of sexual assault by one woman. Firm renamed and Webster is “taking time away.”— Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner — Accused by one man of sexual harassment. He says he did not intend to make the accuser uncomfortable.— New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier — Accused of sexually harassing numerous women. Removed from the masthead of The Atlantic magazine. He has apologized for his behaviour.— NBC News booker Matt Zimmerman — Accused of inappropriate conduct by multiple women at the network. He was fired from NBC.___Politics:— U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — Accused of forcibly kissing a woman while rehearsing for a 2006 USO tour; Franken also was photographed with his hands over her breasts as she slept. Franken has apologized, while maintaining that he remembered the rehearsal differently. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.— U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R.-Ala.) —Accused of sexually assaulting two women decades ago when they were teenagers; about a half-dozen other women have accused Moore of inappropriate conduct. The former state Supreme Court chief justice denies the allegations. He has rebuffed pressure from national Republican leaders to step aside; the state GOP is standing by him.— Former President George H.W. Bush — Accused of patting seven women below the waist while posing for photos with them in recent years, well after he left office. The 93-year-old Republican has issued repeated apologies through a spokesman “to anyone he has offended,” with the spokesman noting that the former president uses a wheelchair and that his arm sinks below people’s waists when they take photos with him.— Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel — Accused of sexually inappropriate comments and behaviour toward a number of women, Bittel resigned. Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens resigned after a report that he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist, and Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala is being investigated by the Senate over allegations of harassment and groping. Latvala has denied the allegations.— Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover — Stepped down as speaker this month after news surfaced that the Republican had settled a sexual harassment claim from a GOP caucus staffer. Hoover denied the harassment allegation but said he sent consensual yet inappropriate text messages. He remains in the Legislature.— British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon — Accused of inappropriate advances on two women, the Conservative resigned. Sexual harassment and assault allegations have also emerged against a number of other U.K. political figures. Labour Party legislator Carl Sargeant is believed to have taken his own life after harassment allegations cost him his post as the Welsh government’s Cabinet secretary for communities and children. He had asked for an independent inquiry to clear his name.___Sports:— International Olympic Committee member Alex Gilady — Accused by two women of rape and by two others of inappropriate conduct. Gilady denied the rape accusations, said he didn’t recall one of the other allegations, but acknowledged a claim he’d propositioned a woman during a job interview 25 years ago was “mainly correct.” He stepped down as president of an Israeli broadcasting company he founded. The IOC has said it is looking into the allegations.— Former South African soccer association president Danny Jordaan — Accused by former member of parliament Jennifer Ferguson of raping her in 1993. Jordaan denies the accusation.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Sends Message to Participants in 3rd Parliamentary Forum

Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message to the third parliamentary forum on social justice, which opened Monday in Rabat, under the theme “The challenges of social and spatial justice and the components of the new development model.”Here follows the full text of the message read out by the King’s advisor Abdellatif Menouni:“Praise be to God,May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin Ladies and Gentlemen,It gives me great pleasure to send you this message at the opening of the third session of your Parliamentary Forum. Since I ascended the throne of my glorious ancestors, I have taken a keen interest in social justice issues and have, therefore, always granted your Forum my patronage.I commend you on choosing “the desired development model and the stakes of social and inter-regional justice” as the theme for this session. Your choice reflects a keen awareness of this topical subject which involves many interrelated issues that call for an innovative, holistic approach. The aim, ultimately, is to find practical, applicable solutions to citizens’ real and pressing problems and to achieve balanced, equitable development for all, in a serene, stable environment.As I have pointed out, what we need to do today is to solve problems and refrain from stopping at the diagnosis phase, however important it may be.Ladies and Gentlemen,In my last address to Parliament, I mentioned the factors hindering our development model and called for it to be revisited, using a collective approach.It has become clear that our model, which contributed to countless tangible economic and social achievements, is no longer able to respond to citizens’ growing demands and needs, nor can it reduce social and inter-regional disparities. It cannot, therefore, help achieve social justice.By calling for a review of that model, we are seeking more than just isolated sectoral reforms, or a reshuffle of certain economic projects and social programs.In fact, we are aiming for an integrated vision to shape not only a model for the achievement of the country’s political, economic and social development, but also a system for full-fledged central and local governance, including the legal system underpinning it. This vision should provide strong impetus for the new model, help overcome obstacles hindering its development and address weaknesses and gaps revealed by past experience.In this regard, all stakeholders should take into account the societal changes occurring in Morocco and, as a result, place the youth issue at the heart of the desired development model. Concurrently, we should ponder the most effective ways to improve the situation of our young people, who are our real asset and the country’s everlasting wealth.I firmly believe that the success of any vision hinges upon a change in mentalities. This is the only way to continue promoting the development the country is witnessing in various sectors and at the same time to set the stage for a new culture based on entrepreneurship, self-reliance and accountability.With the same resolve, we need to focus on reforming public administration. No meaningful economic and social development is possible if public service institutions do not discharge their mission properly in terms of serving the citizen and promoting investment, especially as regions, local governments, investment centers and other parties are playing a growing role in spurring development.At the same time, we should strive harder to engage the public and private sectors in innovative, effective partnerships to promote comprehensive development.I must insist, once again, that revisiting the Moroccan development model is an issue which concerns all Moroccans and all of the nation’s forces – individuals, institutions, political parties, trade unions, civil society and professional institutions.By the grace of the Almighty, Morocco has highly skilled human resources as well as solid, well-established institutions. This means we can embark, in a bold, responsible manner, on a constructive dialogue regarding a development model that satisfies all Moroccans.I want to tell all the stakeholders concerned that they are free to contribute objective ideas and proposals. There are neither limits nor conditions to this broad national debate, provided it is in keeping with the Constitution and with the nation’s immutable values enshrined in it.I expect this collective effort to bring about a profound shift in modes of thinking and in the way we address development issues and manage public affairs. It should signal a real break with practices in which time is wasted, development opportunities are lost, reforms impeded and creativity and innovation stifled.Let us keep in mind that Morocco went through difficult times in the past, as with the structural adjustment programs in the 1980s. Throughout its long history, and building on a sovereign will, our country has always managed to overcome obstacles and rise to the various development challenges facing it, thanks to national mobilization and to the sacrifices and combined efforts made by all Moroccans.Ladies and Gentlemen,By turning the spotlight on a key aspect of the question of social and inter-regional justice, this important forum has touched on an essential dimension of the development model we aspire to craft, namely the social and local dimension.As you know, achieving justice between groups and regions has always been at the heart of my political, economic and social policy. It is the ultimate goal of the initiatives and large-scale projects I have launched. The main objective is to improve the daily life of our citizens, in an environment characterized by justice, equity, human dignity and equal opportunity.These values and principles are enshrined in the Constitution. The aim is to help bring about a society committed to solidarity, in which all citizens enjoy security, freedom, dignity, equality and social justice – one in which rights and obligations go hand in hand.However grand ambitions may be, and whatever commitment one may show, the achievement of social and inter-regional justice remains a long, arduous process in all countries. It requires regular evaluation of outcomes and continuous updating of long-term objectives, as well as the development of implementation means and mechanisms.During its first session, the Forum sought to contribute to this objective through the adoption of the Rabat Declaration on Social Justice. In the same vein, the House of Councilors continued to be engaged in the preparation, on a participatory basis, of the Moroccan model for social and inter-regional justice.I am sure you realize that the achievement of social justice requires that a number of key factors be kept in mind. They need to be addressed in a serious, objective and innovative way, particularly the following:the problem of social and inter-regional disparities and the link with the constraints weighing on the management of tax and social security systems;the issue of universal access to basic social services and facilities, this being one of the pillars of social justice;the need to have institutions that are imbued with the values of solidarity and social justice and that contribute to solving citizens’ real problems and responding to their concerns and urgent demands.Ladies and Gentlemen,These are some of the challenges to be tackled in order to achieve social justice – a goal closely related to the development model used. We are aware of the close correlation between the promotion of development and the efficiency of the administrative system.I am sure you will address these and other issues in a wise, clear-sighted, objective and impartial manner, while being invariably guided by the desire to serve the common good.I hope this session of your Forum will lead to practical proposals and recommendations which will contribute to the formulation of an efficient, effective development model that fulfills the needs of Moroccans, achieves the desired social justice and helps us keep abreast of the changes unfolding in Morocco and the world at large.I wish your conference every success.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.” read more

Government to decide on Vishwaroopam following censor board ruling

The decision was taken amidst fears the movie may incite religious tensions in Sri Lanka.The Tamil Nadu government had also imposed a temporary ban on the movie which was directed by popular Tamil actor Kamal Hassan. He confirmed that the local censor board had cleared the movie to be screened in Sri Lanka after censoring some controversial scenes. The government had earlier decided to temporarily ban the screening of the Tamil movie in Sri Lanka. The government will make a final decision on the suspension on the screening of the film ‘Vishwaroopam’ in Sri Lanka after the local censor board cleared the movie after removing some scenes.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the Colombo Gazette that the government still has some concern about the movie and will take a final decision on the movie this week. The Tamil Nadu government banned the release of the multi-starrer movie, citing ‘law and order’ reasons, following the demand of various Muslim organisations in the state.The Hindi version of the film titled Vishwaroop was premiered in Los Angeles for the international audience. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Jamila Najmuddin read more

Japanese defense Minister to visit Sri Lanka to counter China

Onodera will also visit a strategically located port in the town of Hambantota, operated by a Chinese firm. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will visit India and Sri Lanka from Sunday to discuss military cooperation with those two countries, the Japanese Defence Ministry said Friday, in an apparent effort to counter China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean.On the first leg of the five-day trip, Onodera will meet with Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, with the aim of reaching an agreement to hold the first joint exercise — as soon as this fall — of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force and the Indian army. In Sri Lanka, Onodera will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, who doubles as defense minister, to discuss further Japan assistance to the navy of the Indian Ocean island country, located near sea lanes that are vital to transporting crude oil from the Middle East to East Asia. Japan is striving to bolster cooperation with Asian and African countries based on the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” promoted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and endorsed by the United States, in an effort to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China. read more

Kellogg plans to trim 7 per cent of workforce as part of

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kellogg is planning to cut its global workforce by 7 per cent as the maker of Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies and Special K struggles to convince Americans to eat more cereal.The company, which also makes Pop Tarts and Eggo waffles, also said Monday it expects earnings per share for the year to be toward the lower end of its previous projection as a result of weaker-than-expected sales. According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.“Some employee notifications will take place this week,” the company said in a statement. The company would not confirm the total number of job cuts or specify how many would occur when.Kellogg says the workforce reductions will take place by the end of 2017, along with plant consolidations and other cost-cutting measures it’s dubbing “Project K.”Kellogg, based in Battle Creek, Mich., has been struggling to boost cereal sales in its flagship North American market. Although cereal remains a huge business, Americans have a growing number of options in the morning and are increasingly reaching for foods that they can eat on the go.In the latest quarter, Kellogg said sales in its U.S. Morning Foods segment fell by 2.2 per cent. The company has been trying to find new ways to get people to eat cereal, including a breakfast drink positioned as an alternative way to get the nutrients of a bowl of cereal. But it’s still too early to tell whether those efforts will catch on.To expand into the salty snacks business, Kellogg last year bought Pringles chips. The company is hoping that the chips will also give it a bigger presence overseas as well. But in the latest period, Kellogg said sales in the U.S. Snacks segment also fell by 2.5 per cent.For the quarter, Kellogg Co. said earned $326 million, or 90 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned 95 cents per share, which was above the 89 cents per share Wall Street expected.A year ago, the company earned $318 million, or 89 cents per share.Revenue slipped to $3.72 billion and was short of the $3.73 billion analysts expected.Kellogg’s shares rose 1.5 per cent to $63.25 in premarket trading. Over the past year, its stock is up more than 15 per cent.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi Kellogg plans to trim 7 per cent of workforce as part of cost-cutting program AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 6:29 am MDT read more

EYEWITNESS End game

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Getting on…October 4, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Breaking…April 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …in Venezuela?We know the end game in Venezuela’s been taking some time. But “this time na lang time” – even for the lone superpower standing. Time there was when the Marines would’ve long been dispatched after President Trump did a Henry II and exclaimed “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome Maduro?” Maduro, after all — like Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket — just didn’t get it that the old order had to go.It’s not just a clash of ideologies any longer – socialism versus capitalism — that argument had long been settled after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Trouble was, Maduro’s mentor Hugo Chavez didn’t look next door to Guyana, where Burnham, another leader on horseback (literally!), decided he’d “mould” Guyana’s destiny along “socialist” lines. Hey!! Burnham might’ve been well intentioned and all that, but fact of the matter is he completely destroyed his country and scattered his people like a rice farmer broadcasting paddy for the next crop!!Every country in the vicinity, including Venezuela – but mostly the US and Canada — was invaded by hordes of Guyanese refugees. It’s a good thing our population was small, or the fallout would’ve been catastrophic. But that isn’t the case in the ongoing Chavez/Maduro socialist experiment that is careening towards its inevitable collapse. The international community has to do something before the present 3 million who’ve fled Venezuela become 30 million!!The 40,000 Guyanese who ended up in Venezuela was a drop in their bucket – but can you imagine if the 3,000 presently in Reg 1 swells to 30,000? For one, they won’t remain in Reg 1!! Anyhow, Maduro gave Trump the opening he needed when he called snap elections last year – which the Carter Center, the UN and OAS etc refused to observe. After concededly the lowest turnout in Venezuelan history, Maduro was declared the winner by the Maduro-controlled National Electoral Council (CNE). The US refused to recognise the elections, and declared Maduro persona non grata.After Maduro’s inauguration last month, US VP Mike Pence made a call to the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, who constitutionally becomes the interim president in the event the office is vacant. He assured Guaido that if he declared himself president, the US would recognise him. So said, so done, and the endgame was in sight. Since then, most European and Latin American states have followed the US lead. Guaido has promised “free and fair elections” once Maduro departs.Mike Pence informed the Lima Group of SA states – in the presence of Guaido – of the final US moves.The lesson is that the US is still ready to defend democratic practices!!…in Guyana?And the above recitation obviously is relevant for us in Guyana, where the PNC-led Government has been playing ducks and drakes with democracy in general and our constitution in particular. Specifically, as it relates to the stipulation that the President and his Cabinet SHALL resign immediately after the NCM of Dec 21 and elections should have been scheduled by March 19.With the PNC Government working in tandem with GECOM, which it controls with the “unilateralised” James Patterson, who is refusing to hold the constitutionally mandated elections, comes March 19, when a new president should have been declared and the incumbent will have to go! What then? According to Art 95, “During any period when the Office of the president is vacant, the office shall be assumed by (1) (a) the PM; and if there’s none, according to (b), another Minister elected by Cabinet”.But Art 95 (c) says if there’s no PM or Cabinet – as is the case — then the Chancellor of the Judiciary becomes the interim President!!We hope the visiting US War College Professor passed on the message to the PNC!!…for East Bank highwayThe humongous 3-hour traffic pile-up occasioned by the toppled flatbed transporting an oil-related rig is a warning of what lies ahead with oil-support companies soon to be lining the entire Demerara River bank!! read more

Developers can disable the PS4s Share button functionality

first_imgSony recently highlighted its five favorite features of the new PS4 DualShock 4 controller. One of those is the Share button, which allows gamers to instantly share key events in the game they are playing either through video footage or captured screenshots.How popular this feature will be is unknown, but it turns out the sharing functionality could be quite limited because developers retain control over it. Rather than letting you record anything and everything, a developer can limit when the Share button is functional during a game. So if they don’t want you recording and sharing a boss fight, for example, they can block it.Such a limitation has been confirmed by Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida and is sure to impact how popular sharing is by gamers on the PS4. It seems unlikely there would be a visual indication of when you can and cannot share, so gamers will be left to guess and probably get a “sorry” message displayed if they press the button when they aren’t allowed to use it. This also suggests Sony may intend to use the feature to limit content sharing. For example, maybe they won’t let you share any adult rated content in 18+ games.This also throws up the question of whether game updates can impose new limits on sharing. For example, if someone finds an exploit in a game, will the developer be able to send out a quick update stopping people sharing it? I’m guessing this is probably going to be an option.last_img read more

I didnt have an Irish accent or the heritage the boys had

first_img‘I didn’t have an Irish accent or the heritage the boys had, but I’ve got to say they were very welcoming’ Although he was forced to retire at an early age, former Ireland striker Jon Goodman has had a fascinating career in the game. ‘We had a lot of good memories together’ – New Ireland boss hoping to channel Klopp’s influenceIreland U19s striker scores cracking individual goal in win over Portugal Image: © INPHO/Tom Honan Feb 15th 2017, 7:15 AM Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/3238265 Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 7:15 AM 32,292 Views Share31 Tweet Email1 center_img Jon Goodman alongside the late Gary Speed on his Ireland debut against Wales. Jon Goodman alongside the late Gary Speed on his Ireland debut against Wales. Image: © INPHO/Tom Honan THIS WEEK MARKS 20 years since Ireland faced Wales in a rarely-revisited friendly at the old Cardiff Arms Park.Having started the 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign with seven points from their first three matches, Mick McCarthy’s side played out a scoreless draw with few talking points to take from the 90 minutes of football.It was a significant night for Jon Goodman, however, as the then Wimbledon striker made his international debut along with goalkeeper Keith Branagan.“I remember that game really well because it did not stop raining all day,” recalls Goodman. “Vinnie Jones and Gary Speed were playing for Wales and it was like a Premier League game.“Gary played at centre-back that day. I had marked him for Wimbledon before when he was playing wide left and I was out on the right. I remember thinking ‘Jesus, this boy can run’. He was fit and I just remember chasing after him in that game.“I think I played well that night and had a few chances. I probably should have scored one but the keeper Mark Crossley made some good saves. It’s amazing how vivid that is 20 years on.”Goodman’s path to international football was “quite a complicated one”. Born and raised in London by English parents, the possibility of donning the green jersey wouldn’t arise until he was in his mid-20s.“My dad had an Irish heritage that he was aware of, but he had been adopted at a young age,” he explains. “He didn’t really pursue it while his adopted mother was alive.“When she passed away, he did a little bit more research and found family in Galway. He began to take a keen interest in his Irish history and off the back of that, moved to Wexford to build his relationships back with them and seek a different way of life.“Then he got an Irish passport and I realised I could qualify for Ireland. I knew Mick (McCarthy) and Ian (Evans) and I asked them ‘what do you think I should do?’. They said if I could get a passport then they would have a look at me.” Goodman (centre) training with the Ireland squad. Source: © Lorraine O’SullivanINPHOIt wouldn’t take Goodman long to settle in and he was made feel right at home by the group as soon as he met up for that first training session in Dublin.“I didn’t have an Irish accent or the Irish heritage that the boys had, but I’ve got to say that they were very welcoming and supportive of me,” he remembers.After the highs of Italia ’90 and USA ’94, the Irish squad was going through a transitional period with several players who had been first team regulars for so long coming to the end of their careers.The Boys in Green were expected to make light work of Macedonia when they travelled to Skopje that April but it would turn out to be one of the most embarrassing results in Irish history.Goodman played from start to finish but couldn’t prevent an infamous 3-2 defeat.“I played okay but I wasn’t playing regularly for Wimbledon and it was hard for Mick because it was a poor result and compromised qualification for the World Cup.So it wasn’t all roses. It was difficult for Mick trying to evolve the squad and he was fighting a few fires there.”The striker was then named as a substitute in Ireland’s next two qualifiers — coming on in the defeat to Romania and in a comfortable 5-0 win at home to minnows Liechtenstein.Sadly, his fourth senior cap would also be his last as Goodman never fully recovered from a bad knee injury picked up later that year.“We finished against Liechtenstein, then there was the summer break and pre-season with Wimbledon and I had a chance to sign for Reading. Literally that day, I busted my knee and rang Mick to tell him I was out for six months.“He wished me good luck and said keep in touch but I never came back. The regret would be not scoring, but it was a real pleasure to represent Ireland.”Forced to retire when most players are coming into their prime at the age of 28, some would say Goodman was desperately unlucky but he begs to differ.As a youngster, he wasn’t picked up by the academy of a professional club and played Sunday football before joining non-league side Leyton Windgate.Jon’s mother had always pushed to make sure he obtained the best education he could despite coming from a working class family with no history of attending third level and she was pleased when he earned a place studying computer science at university.In spite of the fact that he was a late developer physically, Goodman broke into Windgate’s first team at 17 as a midfielder converted to striker and balanced his football commitments with studies.When the manager joined South London outfit Bromley Town, he and many of the players followed suit, but the stint there would be short-lived. After impressing in a pre-season friendly against Millwall, he got a call the following day to say they were interested in signing the raw teenager.“Bob Pearson was the chief scout at Millwall and he sat me down and discussed a contract,” Goodman says. “I was desperate to be a footballer so it wasn’t a complicated contract to negotiate.“He was very insightful and said he thought I would be in the Millwall team by Christmas. I was full of self-doubt coming from non-league and with Millwall just relegated from the First Division or the Premier League, as it is now.“I was just keen to sign and as luck would have it they didn’t have many strikers.” Jon with team-mate Alex Rae during his Millwall days. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe college course was put on hold and Goodman made his Lions debut on St Stephen’s Day of 1990. He enjoyed a bright first season under manager Bruce Rioch, playing up front with a young Teddy Sheringham at times, and Millwall got to the play-offs but missed out on promotion.Sheringham was sold to Nottingham Forest, but Goodman found himself further down the pecking order as Chris Armstong, Mark Falco and John Calqhoun all came in. It was a step backwards but he learned a lot from them and developed himself as a player during that period.Mick McCarthy succeeded Rioch in March 1992 as he was handed the role of player/manager and the young forward was re-installed to the starting line-up.“Mick put me back in the team and probably gave me my confidence back. He was a good man-manager straight away. He understood players and was brutally honest but fair as well. He created a good, young side.“It was a pleasure to play in (that team). Mick had us playing a good style of football and we got close. We reached the play-offs a few times but just didn’t quite get over the line into the Premier League.”Goodman enjoyed his time at Millwall but it was a club of limited financial resources and interest from Wimbledon signalled another move — although he wasn’t sold on the idea initially.“I had scored a few goals and there was an agent that looked after most of the players who met me for a coffee and said Wimbledon are going to make a bid so would I be interested in going?“I thought ‘well of course I would, it’s a Premier League club’. I didn’t really give it too much more thought and he said there might be a double deal with another player coming as well. Millwall needed as much money as possible.“I got a phone call after training on the Monday from Mick who said they’d agreed a fee with Wimbledon so myself and Kenny (Cunningham) went to (owner) Sam Hammam’s house in St John’s Wood.“We were sitting in his loft and they were having discussions about the terms of the contract and whatever else. To be honest with you, neither myself nor Kenny were mad on the move. We didn’t really want to go.“We didn’t agree anything that evening and went back into training the next day, where Mick was a bit surprised to see us.“Funnily enough, I went out and trained but then twisted my ankle. So I come in mid-training and I’m sitting on the treatment bed when Mick arrives in and says ‘what are you doing? Are you trying to pull a fast one?’. ‘No Mick, seriously I’ve just wobbled my ankle,’ I told him.So he took me into the office and said ‘listen Jon, the club is skint and you and Kenny have got to go’.“Sure, it was a step up to a Premier League club. It was a different style of football and the money wasn’t a significant change to what we were earning at Millwall so there wasn’t a financial motivation to move and from a football perspective there wasn’t one either because I was really enjoying my time there.“But I probably did need to make the step to test myself. In the end, me and Kenny duly went and signed for Wimbledon before making our debuts together against Newcastle two weeks later.” Celebrating a Wimbledon goal with Robbie Earle, Mick Harford, Dean Holdsworth and Efan Ekoku. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesGoodman remembers Lebanese businessman Hammam taking him to Selhurst Park, a stadium he describes as “bare” and “disjointed” for the first time to meet manager Joe Kinnear and his new team-mates ahead of an evening kick-off against Aston Villa.The Dons still had the ‘Crazy Gang’ image at that time, and the result epitomised what they were all about.“They went 3-1 down to Aston Villa but somehow turned it around to win 4-3,” he says. “Ron Atkinson (the Villa boss) gets sacked the following day and it was just a typical Wimbledon performance on a horrible night. They were amazingly difficult to play against and very resilient.“In the first few days training there I felt the players weren’t as good as we had at Millwall in terms of the style of play, the build-up and the quality of the movement. But as time went on, you realise that everyone knew their job really well.“Robbie Earle knows he’s got to make runs into the box and get on the end of crosses. The wide players know they’ve got to cross it for Robbie to head in. Dean Holdsworth knows he’s got to get onto the flicks. Throughout the team, everyone knew their job.“Set pieces were really well-drilled. It improved me and I became a better finisher. I was told to forget all the pretty stuff and that when that ball lands in the box I’ve got to be there sticking it in the net. That was my job. Forget linking up play and nice touches on the ball. The brutal reality is we create, we score and we stop goals.“It was pretty harsh off the field. The lads were tough-talking but great fun as well. They had a great spirit and there was a tremendous togetherness from Sam Hammam down to Joe, (assistant manager) Terry Burton, Ernie the youth team coach and everybody there.”Goodman made 59 Premier League appearances in his first three seasons with the Dons — scoring ten goals — before sustaining the injury that would ultimately call a halt to his playing days.There were a couple of attempted comebacks, but they all ended in vain.“I made it onto the bench a couple of times but my knee was killing me and I was thinking ‘why am I doing this? This is ridiculous. I’m trying to play football at a high level, but I don’t want the ball, I can’t run and I don’t feel confident’. It was horrendous.I had to keep going back for surgery and the more operations I had the more distant the chance of coming back was getting as it was creating further complications. I was 28, I had a two-year crack at trying to get back to full fitness, but it wasn’t right.“It wasn’t a hasty decision and it was a relief really that I could start the next stage of my life.”Rather than dwell on the uncertainty that retirement might bring, Jon took motivation and a sense of optimism from a number of opportunities that had arisen.During his rehab, he began an accountancy course with the idea of helping footballers manage their finances, but switched to a sports science degree being run by the PFA after he was informed of it by the Wimbledon physio. Jon spent some time on the backroom staff at Northern Ireland. Source: DARREN KIDDThat whole area captured his imagination and he attended classes two days-a-week with Terry Burton, who then became the Dons manager and offered him a role once it was completed.He enjoyed three years back there as a sports scientist but it was a difficult period as a result of administration, the move to Milton Keynes and fans boycotting the club.Thanks to his decent networks in the game, similar positions at Crystal Palace, Watford, Reading, Leeds and Northern Ireland would follow.I worked at Reading with Shane Long, Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt. I loved those three lads,” he says of his time under Steve Coppell with the Royals.At one stage, Goodman also “got a little bit restless and bored” and spent a couple of years developing a business and doing some consultancy work.And it was through a friend that he first heard about the Nike Academy. One of the world’s biggest sports brands was looking to set up a football training camp on a part-time basis for youngsters who had been released from Premier League clubs, and asked him to help get it off the ground.Current Brentford manager Dean Smith was brought in as a coach and the course quickly evolved from part-time to full-time due to the success.“We trained them well and in that first year a lad signed professionally for Stockport County and we thought ‘wow, we can get players into the professional game’.“I was only a consultant at that time but I was a reflection of the type of football they were looking for — a lad that has been missed by the system like myself, possibly coming from non-league, who is willing to work and learn.”Goodman came on board as head coach with former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray his assistant, and it has grown from strength-to-strength. There’s also a performance analyst, physio, strength and conditioning coach and sports scientist currently working full-time.The programme is now based out of the home of English football — St George’s Park — and caters for a squad of 24 boys between the ages of 16-20 from an array of different countries who eat, sleep, live, train and play together. Jon with France boss Didier Deschamps. Source: Facebook/NikeAcademyThe hopefuls are picked from an international competition called Most Wanted, which is held by Nike every six months in several cities around the world. Ireland does not host the trials, however.“We’ve got a lovely programme that is really well-run, well-supported and funded by Nike,” says Goodman. “There have been some amazing experiences as well and it’s very pure football coaching. It suits my needs to develop as a coach.“The challenge is that we lose our best players along the way but it gives us an opportunity for the next ones to come in. You develop them up and hopefully they move onto clubs.”Last season, 12 of their players went on to sign for professional clubs and this year the number is already up to six. The academy’s most famous graduate to-date is current Celtic and Australia attacking midfielder Tom Rogic.https://www.facebook.com/NikeAcademy/videos/1584328878261135/While there’s a weekly commute from London to Burton-upon-Trent involved for Jon and it means he often has to be away from his wife and 17-year-old twins from Monday to Friday, he is thriving in the role and hopes to stick with it for the foreseeable future.“This is probably the longest I’ve worked in a football environment since Wimbledon,” he adds. “I feel very comfortable within the set-up. Nike is a great organisation to work for and we’ve got a lot of stability. They are forever pushing us to improve the programme and achieve greater things.“While that is going on, I would like to spend more time doing it and it has enabled me to develop as a coach and a manager.I’ve seen so many friends in and out of work. I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to experience that again but it’s an emotional rollercoaster working in football.“The manager is different because they are paid relatively well and get compensation when they move on but say if I’m support staff like an assistant coach, you put your family through a lot chasing the job you enjoy doing.“This one is great and I do enjoy it. I’d like to continue for a long time but as much as it’s my decision it’s Nike’s as well.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Ben Blake 12 Comments last_img read more

Oil spill cleanup impedes major Texas ship channel

first_imgTEXAS CITY, Texas — A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the waterway.Coast Guard officials said that up to 168,000 gallons were dumped after one of the barge’s tanks ruptured and that oil had been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico as of Sunday afternoon.“This is a significant spill,” Capt. Brian Penoyer, commander of the Coast Guard at Houston-Galveston, said.But he said the emptying of the barge Sunday, a process known as lightering as contents are transferred to other vessels, was an important step as it had eliminated the risk of additional oil spilling.The channel, one of the world’s busiest waterways for moving petrochemicals, was shut for a second day Sunday. As many as 60 vessels were backed up both trying to get out and get in.Over 380 people — “and we’ve ordered more,” Penoyer said — plus a fleet of oil-retrieving skimmers and other vessels deploying some 60,000 feet of containment booms around environmentally sensitive areas worked to mitigate the damage.last_img read more