10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoInter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.” last_img read more

25 days agoBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move close

first_imgBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move closeby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNiklas Sule has revealed he almost joined a Premier League club before deciding on a move to Bayern Munich in 2017.The 24-year-old added that he would love to play in the English top-flight one day.“It was a thought to go to the Premier League [in 2017],” the 24-year-old exclusively told Goal and DAZN.“This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. At the time, however, I saw the change to Munich as the best step. And, as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern.“Not only because I got my way, but also because the fans and all the staff are great.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Tom Herman Gets Involved In Ohio State vs. Michigan Spat, Trashes Jedd Fisch

first_imgTom Herman Haters Gonna Hate photo.Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith, 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?last_img read more

Turkish inflation eases from 15year high as lira recovers

first_imgISTANBUL — Official figures show that Turkey’s inflation rate eased in November in the wake of a firmer currency, which kept a lid on import prices.The Turkish Statistical Institute said Monday that consumer prices in the year to November were up 21.6 per cent, down from October’s 15-year high rate of 25.2 per cent.Turkey’s national currency hit an all time low this summer over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a diplomatic and trade spat with the United States.Improved relations with the U.S. and a big 6.25 per cent interest rate hike have helped shore up the Turkish lira in recent months. Tax cuts and discounted prices have also helped rein in inflation.The Associated Presslast_img

Arnie Isberg One Pitch Tournament hopes to raise 20000 this weekend

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Seventh Annual Arnie Isberg One-Pitch Tournament will round the bases this weekend in Taylor.The tournament has been raising money for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation over the past six years, with funds going towards cancer treatment and diagnostics. Since the Arnie Isberg planning committee took over the tournament, they’ve raised $80,000 for the cause. The committee hopes to raise $20,000 this year to break that $100,000 threshold.24 teams have registered to compete at the tournament, while another 14 are on a waiting list to get in. One of the tournament’s organizers, Becky Pruden, explained that it’s a fairly exclusive tournament because everyone wants to get in to help the cause. “We have a waiting list of 14, we were able to put two of them on from last year, which was really exciting as these teams have been waiting a while to get on.” said Pruden, “It’s kind of an exclusive tournament, if you can’t make it then your down to the bottom of the lineup.”Participants are only given one pitch, so they will either walk, strikeout, foul out, or get a hit. Teams will play a round robin on Friday and Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Followed by a double-elimination playoff, with the finals taking place Sunday afternoon.Featured at the tournament will be the annual Illumination Ceremony, where residents can purchase bags and write a message to friends or loved ones who are fighting, or lost their battle to cancer. The Bags are lit up and lined around the field so residents can walk the diamond and pay their respects. Bags are $5 each, with the Illumination Ceremony starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.“Everyone walks around, takes a moment and it is really incredible, It’s really fantastic.” said Pruden, “We really encourage our players to have that moment of silence and the community to come down and really embrace what this tournament is actually about.”The first game of the tournament starts Friday at 7:00 p.m.last_img read more

Special air quality statement in effect for Northeast BC

first_imgIndividuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.The smoke is not emanating from any local wildfires, and could be coming from wildfires that erupted elsewhere in the province over the long weekend.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.last_img read more

Palestinians say Israel only suspect in Arafat death

first_imgRamallah (Palestinian Territories)- Palestinian investigators said on Friday that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of president Yasser Arafat, after laboratory tests suggested he died from polonium poisoning.“We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the details and all elements of the case,” Palestinian inquiry chief Tawfiq Tirawi told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Tirawi said the Palestinian inquiry had studied the findings of Swiss scientists, released Wednesday, which “moderately” supported the notion that Arafat had been poisoned. “This is the crime of the 21st century,” Tirawi said. “The fundamental (goal) is to find out who is behind the liquidation of Yasser Arafat.”Palestinian officials on Thursday demanded an international inquiry into Arafat’s “killing”.“The results prove Arafat was poisoned by polonium,” said senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official Wasel Abu Yusef.“This substance is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was committed by a state,” he told AFP, calling for an “international committee” to probe the killing along the lines of the one that investigated the murder of Lebanon’s Rafiq Hariri.Speaking to reporters in Lausanne Thursday, the Swiss team said the test results neither confirmed nor denied that polonium was the actual source of his death, although they provided “moderate” backing for the idea he was poisoned by the rare and highly radioactive element.They said the quantity of the deadly substance found on his remains pointed to the involvement of a third party.“We can’t say that polonium was the source of his death… nor can we rule it out,” said Professor Francois Bochud of the Lausanne Institute of Applied Radiophysics.Bochud’s lab measured levels of polonium up to 20 times higher than it is used to detecting.Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75 after falling sick a month earlier, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out at the time.In November 2012, his remains were exhumed and samples taken, partly to investigate whether he had been poisoned with polonium — a suspicion that grew after the assassination in that manner of Russian ex-spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.Since Arafat’s death, Palestinian society has long given currency to the rumour that he was murdered, with Israel the party most often blamed.But there has never been any proof.last_img read more

Weve Stopped Talking About Domestic Violence And The NFL

The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice. read more

Aleksandr Golovin agrees to join AS Monaco

first_imgAS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more

Paul Scholes plays for 11thtier Royton Town

first_imgRoyton Town had gone to play Stockport Georgians on Saturday without a complete squad.They had told their host they included one of their regular’s father to make up for their incomplete squad, and they spoke of no one else but Paul Scholes.No one was expecting to see someone of Scholes’ type playing in the 11th tier of English football, but it happened that the unexpected came to pass.Manchester United star Paul PogbaScholes: Paul Pogba will be forgiven at Man United Andrew Smyth – August 10, 2019 Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Paul Pogba’s comments of wanting a new challenge is nothing to fret about.Scholes played for the manager of Royton, Mark Howard after he was invited to come and fill up the team’s incomplete number.According to BBC, Howard had this to say: “We had eight or nine of our senior players missing and Paul said he’d be happy to help out if we were ever short as his son Arron plays for us.“It’s great for the league. He raises the level of those around him by 10-15% and opponents don’t want to look stupid in front of him.”last_img read more

Fletcher loved playing with Rooney and Ronaldo

first_imgManchester United’ own Darren Fletcher, revealed what it was like to play with two of the best forwards in the club’s history: Rooney and Ronaldo.The generation that won the last Champions League at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson was truly brilliant, it was filled with talented players like Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo and people like Darren Fletcher had the honor of playing alongside both players.The former Scottish player was able to give a better insight into his career with the Red Devils, he talked about many topics but he was especially excited to mention both of the best players in the modern era who also happened to play alongside him at Manchester United.When Fletcher spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Scotsman revealed that there was a sensation he would become the best player in the world from the very start of his career as the Portuguese forward was a very dedicated athlete.Fletcher first confessed that a lot of people doubted Cristiano Ronaldo’s resolve and determination, but somehow he felt that the star would get to where he wanted sooner rather than later.Out of all the players he shared a locker room with, Darren feels like Ronaldo was the biggest example of how to be a professional and he always followed that example as a player.The brilliant nickname that Cristiano Ronaldo gave Wayne Rooney at Manchester United… https://t.co/vGRHinpEPq pic.twitter.com/EC1QGVpY28— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 6, 2018It was quite evident that Cristiano was a winner from the very first day he arrived in Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, Fletcher was there almost from the very start and he recalled the first years of Ronaldo’s career on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.“He had a mindset that he was going to be the best player in the world from the day when he came into the club,” said Fletcher during the interview.“He took training to another level. At first, people loved the desire but he did get stick for it with people saying: ‘It’s easier said than done.’ But people respected it and liked that mentality of wanting to be the best.”“There were times when he was putting ankle weights on for training and doing fast feet. The lads were laughing at him but he didn’t care and it didn’t deter him.”“Ultimately people respected it. The lads saw it as a bit of banter but deep down they respect that work rate, that desire, and that sheer determination to be the best player in the world, and he went on to achieve it,” added Darren Fletcher on the Sky Sports program.Ronaldo on Wayne RooneyRomelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I miss him. The future, nobody knows, maybe we’ll play one day together again.” pic.twitter.com/eCp5WAevJM— Sánchez (@OMDItsme) November 5, 2018During the long interview about his career at Manchester United, Darren Fletcher also remembered Wayne Rooney and how both players were the youngest on the squad.Being the newcomers on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team meant that both players developed a unique connection: “Wayne was fantastic,” said Darren.“We were two of the youngest in the dressing room and we built up a good relationship very early. There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked.”“You could tell Wayne was going to go on and be a Manchester United great. The only worry was would a Real Madrid or someone like that come in for him, because that was quite possible.”“But there was no doubt that he was going to go on and win everything, go on and be club captain and end up England and Manchester United’s leading goal scorer – what an achievement.”“I don’t think he gets the appreciation he deserves. Still, people don’t realize how good Wayne Rooney was, and always was, at Manchester United. And again, he was a team player. He sacrificed himself at times for the good of the team,” he concluded.With 80 caps for @ScotlandNT and over 200 appearances for @ManUtd, Darren Fletcher has played alongside and against some of the best around! 💫🗣 Got a question for him?Tweet it to us using #MNF and it could feature on the show! pic.twitter.com/H3kbNmZNhF— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018What do you think about Darren Fletcher’s take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney during his days at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

July 30 Is World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 24 (JIS): On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, said that the observance of the day is necessary to raise awareness of the trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.“Our intention is largely to provide the society with more information on this crime, so they can become fully aware. If every person in the society doesn’t know what is human trafficking, then we have not succeeded in our efforts,” she said.NATFATIP will observe a week of activities, beginning on July 26 with an 8:30 a.m. church service at Hope United Church, Mona, in Kingston. There will also be a national broadcast of the Prime Minister’s message to be aired on the Day of observance, supported by a supplement and inserts in the newspapers. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week will end with the Task Force’s participation in the Denbigh Show from July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon. Meanwhile, Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Ban Ki-moon, in an official statement for the Day, said that every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he said.Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.UNODOC reports that an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Related Items:last_img read more

Trusted Media Brands to Distribute Reminisce Across Newsstands

first_imgAccording to the company, the magazine, published six times a year, reaches an audience with a rate base of 725,000 and a multi-channel audience of 2.8 million. Kast explained that through heading to newsstands, the Reminisce team seeks to reach a new audience and maximize exposure.“We know our audience are big fans of the magazine,” says Kast. “We also know that there are lots of folks out there, especially the younger baby boomers, who haven’t heard about us. We see the newsstand as our best opportunity to get in front of those people.”With the expansion of Reminisce, Kast says the magazine plans to continue to work on its digital strategy through working with Reader’s Digest and on various social media platforms.“Our digital footprint is interwoven with the Readers’ Digest website, RD.com, which allows us to provide our brand of content to a much broader audience,” Kast tells Folio:. In addition, we engage users with our social media presence on a variety of platforms.”The first issue to hit newsstands will be sold for a price per issue of $4.99 in the U.S. and $5.99 in Canada, with the August/September cover featuring Marilyn Monroe. Inside, the pages will include a Hollywood Glamour photo package of famous women from previous eras such as Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Carole Lombard and more, according to the company. Trusted Media Brands, Inc. announced its newest expansion earlier this week— the distribution of magazine Reminisce to newsstands across the country.The bi-monthly magazine, slated to hit the stands in early August, launched over 25 years ago, and features content focused on previous eras.Reminisce editor Linda Kast hopes the expansion reaches multiple generations of readers with an interest in life during former eras, and feels the shift to newsstands will help get readers involved.“The DNA of Reminisce is and always will be primarily made up of reader-submitted stories and photos,” Kast tells Folio:. “A successful expansion on newsstands will allow us to provide our readers with more of that content.”last_img read more

Wasike Adds Another AllAmerican Honor to Her Accolades

first_imgMakenli Forrest will compete in weight throw tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to wrap up the indoor season for Louisville. Print Friendly Version Live Results ” Dorcas lined up against the best women in the country today and gave a tremendous effort,” said head coach Dale Cowper. “While it’s not the result she was hoping for, we are proud of the way she represents our program and the university.  I don’t know many college students that can be competitive at an All-American level for 10 months out of the year while pursuing a nursing degree, but that’s what she has been able to do.” Wasike clocked a time of 15:55.84 to finish ninth, wrapping up her second career indoor season.   Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson won the race with a time of 15:31.26. Story Links Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78.  She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race.  Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of  9:24.05.  She earned first team All-ACC honors in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters.  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, University of Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike earned second team All-American honors in the 5,000 meters.  The redshirt sophomore is now a two-time Cross Country All-American, an Outdoor Track All-American, and now an Indoor Track All-American. last_img read more

A porn director worries that young adults think se

first_imgA porn director worries that young adults think sex is what they’ve seen on-screen.A young man worries that the ubiquity of porn creates unrealistic expectations for everyone.A porn performer worries that young viewers might think her videos are instructional.They all wish people talked about it more. Millions of people in the United States watch pornography, thanks largely in part to the Internet and free sites like Pornhub. A majority of those people are under 34 years old. They’ve grown up in a world where online porn is free and, with the rise of smartphones, where viewers can watch it pretty much whenever — and wherever — they want. But while porn may be easy to view, it’s still hard to discuss — even for those with the easiest access to it — and it creates a host of worries and misconceptions.”My students are often immersed in it but don’t often have an opportunity to … learn about it with tools for critical analysis,” says Shira Tarrant, a professor at California State University, Long Beach.NPR is exploring how people talk about sex — or don’t — and why it matters. And regardless of whether you think it’s good or bad, pornography is everywhere and it’s shaping the way people, especially young people, think about sex.As part of the series, NPR visited a porn film set to hear the conversations that happen behind the scenes. (Listen to the audio story above for more on that.) On set, it’s clear that pornography is performance — like a TV show or choreographed dance. But that’s not obvious for many people, especially for those who’ve never had sex before. Here are six perspectives on how the fantasy of pornography affects our attitudes toward the reality of sex. The DirectorJacky St. James is a pornography director and writer who has hundred of credits to her name. She has been in the business since 2011, when, on a whim, she wrote a script for a porn-writing contest — and won. When her script was made into a film, she was blown away by how professional the process was, and she left her job in online advertising to join the industry full time.St. James, 42, says she thinks there’s a lot of good that comes from porn — for example, creating sex positivity and normalizing a healthy sex life. But she hates the thought of minors viewing her work and recognizes there are downsides to the easy access so many young people — even those over 18 — have to porn these days.”I think where it’s a disservice is that a lot of people … that are growing up on porn somehow feel that what they’re seeing is what they should be doing, instead of really discovering what they want,” she says. “When I grew up, you know, porn was so hard to get — I mean, I saw porn, but I couldn’t watch it every day if I wanted to.”She says she worries about how that could affect young people.”Pornography is not sex education, and it should never be looked at that way. … And I don’t think the onus of responsibility is on us to educate the public — I think that should be done in the school system and with parents, but certainly it’s not our responsibility. And I don’t think a lot of people are willing to accept that,” she says. “They want to blame us for everything, and I’m not going to be blamed, because it’s a fantasy — that’s what we’re creating at the end of the day.” The StudentsDavid Cruz has tried to talk to friends about porn but has had little success.”That’s maybe the appeal that porn has, is the fact that it’s supposed to be a secret, it’s supposed to be something that we don’t talk about,” the 26-year-old college student says. Like many others, Cruz assumed that what he saw in pornography reflected reality and had to recalibrate his expectations once he started having sex.”As a male, you see the performer acting a certain way, and giving pleasure a certain way, and you absorb that, and you expect that, and you want that from your partner,” Cruz says. “But I quickly learned that it takes connection-building and all kinds of other factors that lead into what works for specific people and certain couples.”Porn definitely affects how a person interacts with the world, Cruz says, adding that it is only going to get easier and easier to access. “This conversation is long overdue. Because there’s no going back, it’s only getting bigger, and we have to adapt.”Millennials may be talking about sex more, Danielle Brinkley says, but she doesn’t think they’re talking about porn more — and that can lead to miscommunication and unspoken expectations.”It means when they watch porn, they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, that girl is doing all these circus tricks,’ then when they go to the bedroom with their boyfriend or girlfriend [and] they’re expected, or they expect themselves to be able to do that, and I don’t think that’s necessarily fair,” she says.Brinkley, 23, says she hasn’t watched porn much herself and she wasn’t sure if her boyfriend had, but she did feel like he might have been bringing unrealistic expectations into the bedroom. She says she was nervous to ask him about it, mainly because she was worried the conversation might make her feel inadequate. After she spoke with NPR, Brinkley brought up the subject with her boyfriend, and they ended up having a long discussion about it. “Once we started talking about it, I was wanting to ask him more and more questions,” she says. “It actually reassured me in our relationship.” The AcademicShira Tarrant, a 56-year-old professor, has given a lecture on pornography for 12 years as part of her class on pop culture, gender and media, and is the author of The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs to Know. She says her students are at least exposed to — and often immersed in — pornography, but have never really thought about how to analyze it critically. She refers to it as “porn literacy” — understanding how porn is made, where it comes from and how it shapes society’s views on sex and sexuality. “When people are watching stunt performers, they know it’s a stunt. When you go to the movies, you know that the movie was edited,” she says. But people tend to not make the same connections when they watch pornography.”It gets into our private desires, and people don’t want to talk about that out loud, even though it’s so important if we’re concerned about both sexual pleasure and sexual safety,” she says.Tarrant is neither pro- nor anti-porn but thinks that we should recognize that it’s here to stay — and then figure out how to talk about it. “We’re not going to get rid of porn any more than we’re going to get rid of Disneyland even if we don’t like the princess trope and the happily-ever-after motif,” she says.The PerformersNow 30, Isiah Maxwell began performing in porn films in his 20s, and sex off camera, he says, is very different from the sex he has on camera.”The better male performers are great at having sex uncomfortably,” Maxwell says. “You need to get yourself in uncomfortable positions, because it disconnects you from the scene. And it allows the audience to put themselves in.”Creating that disconnect, he says, often means leaning back, physically distancing himself from his partner and opening out toward the camera — which is not how ordinary people have sex. And he worries that less sexually experienced viewers don’t understand how manufactured the final product is and think that’s how they’re supposed to act.Maxwell thinks a lot about peeling back the mystique around the content the porn industry produces, even though his job depends on the fantasy.”For me, I see the conundrum,” he says. “Porn magic is what makes porn great. But an open dialogue instead of being closed off about it would help bring more of an understanding how much actually goes into this product. I mean, I could see how it kills the fantasy, but I think it would be beneficial.”Lisey Sweet, 29, was a research scientist before she got into the pornography industry. She says she has found it freeing — but she also worries that some viewers don’t understand it’s not reality.”What they don’t see is that we laid out all of positions, and anytime something didn’t look natural, we would cut it out. So it really is like a perfectly choreographed dance,” she says. “It’s not a reflection of what they should be doing in their bedroom — it’s supposed to be entertainment.”She thinks that’s why the conversation about porn should start early — because as much as she doesn’t want minors to see pornography, she also realizes it’s inevitable.”I know that our society is not quite there yet, but the discussion about pornography should be part of sex ed in high schools and in middle schools,” Sweet says. “What do you think is more likely, that they’re going to come across porn first or they’re going to come across actual sex first? And it’s probably more likely porn.”The audio story was edited by Jolie Myers; the Web story was edited by Maureen Pao. 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Over 12000 people visit Nature reserves in 8 months

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Credit: BirdlifeCredit: Birdlife Birdlife’s Nature Reserves saw an increase of nearly 2,000 visitors for a record number of more than 12,030 people in the past eight months.The reserves are ecologically important areas in which biodiversity and nature are given priority, and they are primarily meant to provide shelter and rest to migratory birds.Birdlife plans that it will continue upgrading with new information panels planned for visitors, as well within the wetland areas to create new areas for feeding and sheltering for migratory birds.Credit BirdlifeThe past season was a particularly busy one for BirdLife Malta’s reserves, with visits from 4,813 students, a large number of private and public events, and the introduction of new extended opening hours.Read: Watch: 200 Girl Guides welcomed at BirdLife Malta’s nature reservesFurthermore, this year the reserves will be reopening to the public with the existing schedule earlier than usual, at the beginning of September, instead of November.As from the beginning of September, Għadira Nature Reserve and Simar Nature Reserve will reopen, while Foresta 2000 is open all year round and is accessible 24 hours a day. Salina Nature Reserve is open for visits on all days with visitors able to walk through part of the park freely between Monday and Sunday. In addition the visitors’ centre at the reserve will remain open in summer from 8:00am to 12:00pm Monday to Friday.Entry to all the reserves will remain free of charge and no booking is needed to visit.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Woman livestreams her drunk driving on Periscope gets arrested

first_imgAdvertisement A woman who decided to livestream her drunk driving  ended up behind the coolers!Whitney Beall, aged 23, decided to film herself driving and post the footage to the livestreaming app Periscope. This live show was noticed by a few people whose reaction was to call 911.One police officer decided to download Periscope to try to glean as much information as possible. – Advertisement – Sgt. Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department told me that it took 20 minutes from when the first 911 alert was received for the police to track Beall down.He said that they followed her from “landmarks from her Periscope as she moved it around, such as shopping centers and buildings.”The police finally caught up with her, and they say she appeared “highly intoxicated.” Police say she failed the field sobriety tests. She was bonded out the next day, has been charged with DUI.Via Cnetlast_img read more

How to Build Philanthropy Into Your Budget Even If Youre Not Google

first_img CEO of MEBO International and Skingenix How to Build Philanthropy Into Your Budget — Even If You’re Not Google Big-name companies like Google are doubling down on corporate philanthropy. Here’s how you can follow suit, no matter what your size. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Google has changed the way businesses look at email, word processing and file storage. But in addition, the search giant has taken steps to leave its mark on something outside the commercial world, something that can potentially save lives.That something is philanthropy. Google.org — the company’s nonprofit arm — donates 1 percent of Google’s total equity and profits to charity. Recently, moreover, the initiative has furthered its efforts in that sphere by focusing on actions, not just investments.With the Google.org Fellowship, employees will be able to spend up to six months offering their full-time expertise to nonprofits. In 2019 alone, Google will deploy between 40 and 60 people to nonprofit offices in numerous cities, offering 50,000 hours of skilled labor in fields like computer engineering, data analysis and artificial intelligence.Such deeply embedded philanthropy is something more and more customers have come to expect from the organizations they buy from and do business with. Philanthropy is not merely some hurdle to clear, however — it’s an invaluable enhancement that can be achieved by any company, regardless of its size or prestige.Related: Corporate Philanthropy: It’s Not Just Money That Changes The WorldNope, you’re not Google; but that’s okay.Even on a smaller scale, the impact of nonprofit pursuits can be immense. At my company, we’ve focused first on those modest efforts that provide hands-on experience and deepen understanding for our employees. For example, we’ve implemented a “day of action” that involves employees spending a day at a neighborhood school to plant trees, paint and otherwise beautify the school grounds.Projects like those build a sense of social responsibility and foster collaboration within your team. But without a clear vision of what will work for your organization’s long-term philanthropic goals, you won’t be able to clearly define end goals and measurable objectives — an all-too-common trap for many organizations.In truth, you don’t need Google’s resources or reach to bring this mindset to your company. You just need to keep these four approaches in mind:1. Don’t run from yourself.Philanthropy is more than throwing cash at random causes. You might make some headway with that approach, but it’s not the way to work social responsibility into your business model organically. When plotting a nonprofit journey, look at what your company can do or already does well. Once you’ve determined those strengths, figure out how philanthropy fits into that.Warby Parker and TOMS both meshed their desire to do good with their core business offerings, to create one-for-one initiatives for eyeglasses and shoes, respectively. Each company’s philanthropy model shows that it isn’t always necessary for businesses to think outside the box to make a social impact. Sometimes, whatever a company already does well can end up doing good for others.Related: 5 Easy Ways to Make Philanthropy Part of Your Company Culture2. Grow your efforts from the ground.Philanthropic causes often involve work in far-flung areas. And because you (usually) can’t move your company to the community you’re serving, you need to find ways to connect with organizations that are embedded in those communities.The University of Chicago employed this strategy by partnering with India-based Tata Trusts to address health, water sanitation and energy issues in that East Asian nation. With the university’s research prowess and Tata Trusts’s ground-level access and innovative approach to intervention, the union has allowed policymakers, academics, students and practitioners to make a difference in ways they otherwise could not.These kinds of ground-level partnerships can be invaluable. They smooth out the lines of communication, iron out logistics and generally enable your work to take root — no matter how far removed you might be.3. Lock arms for longer reach.If you work alone in your philanthropic endeavors, your potential impact is only as deep as your own expertise and resources. For greater reach, it’s critical to leverage strategic partnerships with others. Look for mutually beneficial relationships that can stimulate long-term results.One of my own nonprofits, the Human Heritage Project, recently partnered with Project Angel Food. That organization’s years of experience bringing food security to vulnerable people proved invaluable to our project goals. Collaborations like this make our mission to help the underserved possible. Partnerships also can lessen the financial and operational load a smaller company must carry with a nonprofit endeavor.Related: How You Can Identify and Optimize Nonprofit Partnerships4. Capture hearts by getting your hands dirty.Amid the busy nature of day-to-day operations, it can be tempting to outsource your corporate social responsiblity (CSR) work. But when you take a hands-off approach, you miss an opportunity to get your employees involved in the effort. Nothing can capture your team members’ hearts for the mission like getting their hands dirty.This need not involve sending employees overseas on a project, either. Computing company AMD recruits “Green Teams” among its staff to reduce cafeteria waste, save on energy consumption and curb water misuse across its own company. This internal effort allows employees to see the fruits of their labor and feel a sense of ownership in their corporate philanthropy — and AMD doesn’t have to break the bank to do it.If Google’s moves are any indication, corporate philanthropy initiatives increasingly are calling for these hands-on efforts. The good news? You don’t have to be Google to make a difference. You just have to be willing, able and patient enough to find the approach that works for your company. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Philanthropy Kevin Xu Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 22, 2019 5 min read Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images Register Now »last_img read more

One in ten people over 40 in the UK has Type 2

first_imgMillions of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it. Even though the older people get the more likely they are to have Type 2 diabetes, it is never too early to know your risk so that you can make changes to prevent or delay it.The signs of Type 2 diabetes are often not obvious, that’s why spotting them early can be life-changing. Early diagnosis means that fewer people will experience diabetes-related complications such as sight loss, amputation, kidney failure, stroke and heart disease, because they could seek support to manage their condition effectively as soon as possible.We urge people over 40 to get an NHS Health Check and we advise everyone to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with the Know your Risk tool.” Feb 26 2019One in ten people over 40 in the UK is now living with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, according to new analysis released today by Diabetes UK. The new figures show that there are 3.8 million people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK, and 90 per cent of those with Type 2.There are almost 1 million more people living with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed, bringing the total number up to 4.7 million. By 2030 it is predicted this number will rise to 5.5 million.The dramatic increase in obesity rates is the main driver behind so many more people living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK. Three in five adults in England are overweight or obese, and while not every case of Type 2 diabetes is caused by excessive weight, it is the single greatest risk factor for developing the condition. Age, family history, and ethnicity can also contribute to someone’s risk, with people of African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian descent two to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than white people.Related StoriesObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesMany cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed by healthy eating, being more active, and losing weight if overweight.The symptoms, which involve going to the toilet a lot, being really thirsty, feeling more tired than usual and losing weight without trying, can be easy to miss especially in the early stages. The condition can go undetected for many years, and by the time they’re diagnosed one in three people already have complications with their eyes, feet, kidneys or nerves.With 12.3 million people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the charity wants to raise awareness of the risk factors so that people can take steps to look after their health and prevent or delay the onset of the condition and its serious complications.Diabetes UK is recommending that everyone use the free Know Your Risk online tool to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and is urging people aged 40 or over to take up a free NHS health check.Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: Source:https://www.diabetes.org.uk/last_img read more