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  • IPE Views: The Brussels waffle

    first_imgForthright would-be leaders have expressed their noble intentions. And somehow got believed. And are now set up. The new Commission is elected. Phew!Then comes the next step … survival. That includes not making enemies. Above all, being politically correct. And, in turn, not doing anything, very much, at all. Because whatever you do do, you can be sure some interest somewhere in the far-flung European Union of 28 member states will find fault.Commissioners in their first year can get away with little more than familiarisation, assessing the facts, researching what needs to be done, and, of course, contemplation. The mid-years? Aah … discussion, with member state governments, which generally block most initiatives anyway. And the final two can be spent lining up the next job.Throughout, what matters is trying to continue being liked. Which, among other things, includes making speeches. Friendly and warm? With a sprinkling of sugar? How wise!But, can you take things too far? Too much of the honey-flavoured stuff? There is evidence that Lord Hill, Jonathan Hill, commissioner for financial services, might have thought he had.Some outsider, no doubt grubby, had put in a request to a conference organiser for a copy of his speech on the much vaunted Capital Markets Union. Oh dear!Final decision, the text of the address may be released. But only on strict condition that it may not be passed on to any journalist. That should save the day!So how did the (finally unearthed) 2,300-word script actually pan out? What’s wrong with opening with flattery? “… a sign of your influence that you have been able to attract such an impressive list of speakers and panellists today” should sweeten up the audience.And then, who’d object to being told what they surely must already know. I mean, a waffle is a waffle is a what? … a waffle?  So, for instance, we have  “… there is the importance of Europe’s local banking system in providing finance for small companies, and mortgages for people to buy their own homes  … .”Nice, of course! So, let’s continue with “… this will not change overnight and nor should it. We have strong local traditions … .”But gosh, shouldn’t I put in some facts, just a teensy bit of jam to flavour? Aah “… 94% of Europeans say they have never bought a financial product outside their own country …”Hill adds: “That is one of the reasons why I will publish a Green Paper on retail financial services later this year … I want to turn the telescope round and look at financial services from the point of view of the consumer”.Tough stuff, eh? A bit more? “And I am aware there is a problem that Solvency II rules discourage investments in some asset classes. So I have asked EIOPA [the EU authority advising rules on pensions and insurance] for advice by the end of June on the treatment of infrastructure investments”.Solid stuff, indeed! And I’ve only had less than a year since nomination for this job!But steady on, old chap! And never mind the talk of the town that the present management of the EU is being labelled (by the loathsome sceptics) as ‘No Vision, No Strategy’!  So, let’s wind up with a final spoonful of treacle: “If we ensure Europe’s markets are covered by transparency, choice and competition, I am confident they will serve all of us…”  This should help to keep the Commission party going. Until end of term. In 2019. Jeremy Woolfe laments the lack of substance in European discourseOne good reason for visiting Brussels is the waffle. Shops with counters opening on to the pavements will pour the egg and flour batter mix and quickly serve the lucky customer with the golden brown comestible. Crisp and delicious!Not hungry? Well, then, there’s always the political version, readily served in many locations! But this type is too often notable for being bland and anodyne. Sometimes even soggy.There has to be a reason for this championing of the insipid. Dig into EU history. Go back a couple of decades, even to the infamous Santer Commission, to Prodi, and to Barroso’s two terms. The five-year pattern follows a standard course.last_img read more

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  • Why a good night’s sleep could save your marriage

    first_imgMail Online (UK) 21 Jan 2013If you were thinking of turning-in a little  earlier tonight, here’s an incentive. Scientists claim that a good night’s sleep could help  your relationship by making you less selfish. They have discovered that sleep deprivation  leads to couples taking each other for granted. Often a husband or wife will be so tired they  can’t be bothered to say thank-you to their other halves which leaves them  feeling unwantedAccording to the researchers, those who slept  well worked better together in the tasks and encouraged each  other. They also recorded in their diaries that they  appreciated them more and regularly showed gratitude. Amie Gordon, a psychologist at the University  of Berkeley who lead the study, said: ‘Poor sleep may make us more selfish as we  prioritise our own needs over our partner’s. ‘You may have slept like a baby but if your  partner didn’t, you’ll probably both end up grouchy. ‘Make sure to say thanks when your partner  does something nice. Let them know you appreciate them.’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2265973/Why-good-nights-sleep-save-marriage-lack-sleep-makes-grumpy.htmllast_img read more

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  • Is eight too young for makeup?

    first_imgStuff.co.nz 13 March 2013The timetable of childhood is changing and New Zealand schoolgirls are feeling the need to be sophisticated and sexually precocious from a younger age, according to a parenting guru.     New research from the US shows girls as young as eight feel under pressure to slap on foundation, mascara and lipgloss, and experts say where America goes, New Zealand inevitably follows. The drive for young girls to follow swiftly in the footsteps of teens and adult women is being fuelled by marketing such as a Disney-inspired makeup range launched last year by British glamour model Katie Price. A recent US study by the Renfrew Centre of 600 girls aged between 8 and 18 found 58% had worn makeup. Of those makeup-wearers, 20 per cent said they experienced negative feelings when they went bare-faced, including feeling self-conscious or unattractive, and feeling they were “naked”, or that “something was missing”. Of the girls who wore makeup, 27 per cent never left home without it and more than half (58 per cent) said it was unacceptable to go to school without makeup. New Zealand sources said our situation would mirror this closely. Phil Harding, principal of Christchurch’s Paparoa Street primary school, said the objectification of young women and their need to live up to such an image was an “absolutely huge problem”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8435738/Is-eight-too-young-for-makeuplast_img read more

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  • India’s yorker specialist Bumrah reaps benefits of net practice

    first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyBIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl yorkers at will has been a key factor in his team’s progress to the Cricket World Cup semi-finals and the right-arm pacer attributes it to the long hours he spent honing the skill.Bumrah sealed India’s 28-run victory against Bangladesh yesterday with two trademark yorkers to claim the last two wickets in successive deliveries and finish with figures of 4-55.The right-arm quick’s accuracy and death-overs mastery make him a limited overs asset and the 25-year-old attributed his skill to his work in the nets.“Whenever I practise in the nets, I practise each and every situation – be it with the new ball, be it with the old ball, or bowling at the death,” the bowler with an unusual action told reporters.“I tick all the boxes in the nets. In the match, it’s all about execution and keeping a clear head.“All of that preparation helps me in the matches. If the work ethic is good, then execution becomes much easier.”Bumrah has used the yorker delivery to good effect in the tournament to claim 14 wickets from seven matches with an impressive economy rate of 4.6.His unique release point and accuracy render him nearly unplayable at times and difficult to score off otherwise.NET PRACTICE Bumrah, who likes to simulate match situations in the nets, said he did not consider himself a master of the delivery.“I do it again and again and again in the nets. The more you do it, you get decent at it.“You can’t master it but you still try to get better at it. It’s all about repetition. It’s like the length ball – you have to do it again and again (in the nets) and try and replicate it in the game.”Another aspect of his bowling is controlling his aggression according to the requirement of the team, he said.“I try to keep things simple. Reading and analysing the wicket as soon as possible is important. Sometimes you run after wickets, but I focus on team goals – what the team wants me to do right now.“Not chasing success, I want to focus on my process. If I do that, eventually everything gets sorted out.”Qualifying for the semi-finals with a match to spare affords India the luxury of resting their strike bowler for Saturday’s group clash with Sri Lanka but Bumrah does not want to put his feet up.“This is my first World Cup so I’d like to play as many games as possible …. The more matches you play, the more you enjoy.”last_img read more

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  • WJS/YEDA Announce New Date for Pele’s Visit

    first_imgActivities for the event will be spread over two days, commencing with the gala evening on Friday September 23, and culminating with the youth sports clinic and celebrity exhibition match the next day.Pele is renowned for many achievements including scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career, receiving an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, named “Athlete of the Century” and “Player of the Century,” by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively, amongst others. This is will be Pele’s second visit to Nigeria; the first in 1967, was occasioned by a 2-day cease fire during the Nigerian Civil War, which allowed the warring sides to watch the Pele and Santos team play an exhibition match in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The visit to Nigeria of Brazilian football icon, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pele, earlier scheduled for August 10 has now been rescheduled to September 21.The Brazilian football legend was earlier billed to arrive in Nigeria last month but was postponed due to ill health.The organisers of the visit- Winihin Jemide Series and Youth Experience Days Africa have now set new dates for the 2016 WJS/YEDA Legend Edition with Pelé following confirmation from him on his improved health and enthusiasm towards his visit to Nigeria.last_img read more

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  • Solar panels installed at campus center

    first_imgGetting some Vitamin D · Solar paneled umbrellas are placed at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center as part of the iniative to maintain the Campus Cetner’s status as an LEED certified building. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanThe Ronald Tutor Campus Center installed 10 of 12 new umbrellas in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Plaza over winter break. These new umbrellas are outfitted with solar-powered charging systems.The umbrellas are part of an initiative on the part of the Environmental Student Assembly explained Olivia Pearson, an ESA member and freshman majoring in environmental engineering.“One of our members submitted an application for the Green Engagement Fund, which is a fund that gives out grants for the environmental projects of students,” Pearson said. “The solar panels are on the umbrellas in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and near the accounting buildings, and there are power outlets at the base of the umbrella so students can charge their phones and laptops using free energy.”Five years ago, the Campus Center was recognized as the University’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building.According to USC Sustainability, “LEED certification not only focuses on increasing the efficiency and minimizing the waste from buildings but also on the health and well-being of that building’s occupants.”Currently, the Campus Center has a high solar reflectance index roof and high performance windows to maintain a constant temperature; fluorescent lights that utilize less energy; ultraviolet exhaust hoods that lower the amount of air pollutants; and a food-pulping system that effectively uses food products.Alexandria Bauer, a freshman majoring in environmental studies, said she’s excited with the strides the University is making toward clean energy.“I think it’s really great that USC is heading towards the directions of alternative energy,” Bauer said. “It’s a huge step in the right direction, and hopefully this use of solar energy will inspire larger scale uses.”last_img read more

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  • Ryan says he used restrictions to get Uthoff to talk

    first_imgJarrod Uthoff redshirted his freshman season and was expected to be a key player off the bench next season for the Badgers before deciding to transfer schools, officially, last week.[/media-credit]Amid a rising tide of negative reactions across the national media, Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan defended his decision to place restrictions on Jarrod Uthoff’s transfer requests Thursday, saying he used them as a means to get Uthoff to speak with athletics administrators.Earlier Thursday, the UW Athletic Department announced in a statement that Uthoff had been cleared to contact any schools outside the Big Ten, a decision reached by Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty and Ryan.In media reports prior to the statement’s release, it had been reported that Ryan blocked Uthoff from contacting 25 schools. According to UW’s statement, Uthoff originally requested permission to contact 16 schools, to which four were denied. He appealed three of the four blocks.Uthoff, a 6-foot-8 freshman who redshirted last season, informed Ryan he wanted to leave UW’s program last week. He was expected to be a key player off the bench next year and a starting forward by the 2013-14 season. He was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year while in high school.Ryan said he never intended to prevent Uthoff from joining any school outside the Big Ten, but wanted Uthoff to first explain his reasoning for wanting to talk to such schools. To do that, Ryan said he placed the blocks on Uthoff figuring he would appeal, thereby forcing him to speak to UW administrators.“If somebody wants to transfer, my thought process has always been, ‘Can you tell us [why]?’ That’s all I would ask,” Ryan said. “That is the only way a coach could get somebody to say ‘This is why I want to go to this school.’“By blocking, you get the athlete to talk to somebody at the university.”Ryan has frequently been charged as “petty” by sports commentators over the past two days. After being involved in a heated interview on ESPN’s radio show, “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” earlier Thursday, Ryan expressed frustration with the media’s apparent lack of understanding of his explanation for the blocks.“The block is not, and never was, meant to say you cannot go to that school,” Ryan said, before addressing a reporter directly, “and you will not ever seem to get that point across. I can’t get it across to people.”As part of the appeal process, Uthoff met with Alvarez and Doherty Thursday morning. Ryan later met with the latter two, whereupon it was decided to lift the block on schools outside the Big Ten.According to the statement, Uthoff has been notified of the decisions.“If Uthoff wishes to further appeal the ‘permission to contact’ denial to any Big Ten university, he may request a hearing to the Chair of the Athletic Board within eight business days,” the statement reads.Because the appeal process remains confidential between administrators and the appellant, Ryan said he does not know what was said between Uthoff, Alvarez and Doherty.Speaking in general terms, Ryan said he would want to know why a player would transfer in case it was for personal matters or if, perhaps, that player had been “tampered with” by another school prior to the release of their scholarship.Uthoff originally told the Wisconsin State Journal he felt that he didn’t fit well in Wisconsin’s system. He has scheduled a visit with Creighton at the end of April.last_img read more

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  • Clubs gear up for Mid Senior Hurling Semi Finals this weekend

    first_imgThis weekend sees the highly anticipated Mid Senior Hurling semi finals take place.This evening at 6pm Upperchurch Drombane take on reigning Mid champions Loughmore Castleiney in The Ragg.While tomorrow at 6pm its county champions Thurles Sarsfields who will meet Holycross Ballycahill in the other semi final, in Boherlahan.last_img

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  • Complaint filed against unlawful payment blocking scheme in Norway

    first_img Share StumbleUpon David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is seeking for an investigation to be conducted in Norway, “for serious breaches of the privacy of Norwegian citizens when conducting online payments.”The EGBA, who represent Europe’s leading online gambling operators, has asked the Norwegian Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) to investigate a payment blocking scheme, established in 2010 by the Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA).Since its inception, the scheme prohibits businesses from carrying out payments of bets and prizes in online gambling services, which do not have a licence in Norway. An investigation request follows a sudden imposition placed on Norwegian banks to block transactions to 7 identified account numbers, which the EGBA says was carried out following NGA analysis deeming the payment blocking regulation to be ineffective.According to the EGBA, privacy protection rules of Norwegian citizens, including those that do not have any financial relation with online gambling service providers, were breached by the manner in which the NGA obtained the account information.It details a belief that the information is obtained from the Foreign Exchange Register, “to which the NGA has no right to access according to Norwegian law.”Stating “to obtain the account information the NGA would have scanned and obtained login data of payment details belonging to Norwegians citizens that may or may not be not related to online gambling services – and this contravenes Norwegian citizens’ privacy rights as laid down by the European Convention of Human Rights.”Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, comments: “Online data protection and the right to privacy are a major concern to all Norwegian and European citizens and rightly so. As more and more of our information goes online, we must be able to trust that our online data is protected.“The data protection rules for online gambling companies are very stringent, and these companies are rightly expected and forced to comply with those rules – but the law requires the same from public authorities like the NGA. “In this case we believe the NGA has made a clear breach of data protection rules which the Norwegian DPI should investigate and take appropriate action if necessary.Haijer added: “The underlying issue is that the current Norwegian online gambling law does not fit with today’s digital reality. “Rather than focusing on keeping the Monopoly model in place with increasingly repressive but ineffective enforcement measures, the regulation should focus on the actual needs of Norwegian consumers and provide a safe and competitive offer which enables consumers to play online in a secure and highly regulated environment based on Norwegian law.” EGBA – Black market looms on Spain if government proceeds with its advertising blackout July 14, 2020last_img read more

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  • Lasse ‘Kongen’ Bækkelund – Team Liquid – Going pro in FIFA

    first_imgLasse ‘Kongen’ Bækkelund became Team Liquid’s first FIFA professional last month. With the current growth of FIFA’s esports scene and the forthcoming 2018 edition of the EA title, we caught up with Kongen ahead of the FIWC finals. Find out his tip to win below. Esports Insider: Lasse so congratulations on becoming Liquid’s first FIFA player – what do you think the involvement in the scene by an organization like this says about FIFA’s esports potential?Kongen: The competitive FIFA landscape, until now, has been dominated by players backed by traditional soccer teams. Team Liquid is one of the first global esports franchises to enter this realm and I’m super excited to help make its mark in the space. Esports Insider: EA and FIFA announced major plans at E3 to expand the game’s esports presence with the 2018 edition of the title. Thoughts on the details of the announcement?Kongen: I‘m very excited by FIFA 18! FIFA just keeps getting bigger, and I’m so happy to be a part of it, and proud to have the right team with me!“I think Wolfsburg might be the club that leads the way  because they were first movers and they have a great team”I really like that EA has added icons (legends) for PS4 – previously they were only available on XBOX and this provides us Playstation players a more equal playing field. EA has done a really good job of building a community around the competitive aspects of FIFA so I’m very excited to see what additions they make in the 2018 edition. Esports Insider: Bad luck on the FIWC qualification this time around – who is your pick to win in London this year?Kongen: Since the ESWC in October and the Paris regionals, I have been saying that TimoX will win it!“It excites me that there is a possibility that there might somehow be a Champions League one day” But at this level with 32 of the best players in the world, everyone has earned their spot and if they play their best, they all have a chance to win.Esports Insider: When it comes to the various league and tournament formats, for example there is the E-Divisie in which games are organised to shadow the Eredivisie’s fixture schedule, which do you think works best for FIFA?Kongen: I think the leagues are a good thing for the growth and mainstream appeal of the sport, and it excites me that there is a possibility that there might somehow be a Champions League one day. It all looks very promising and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Esports Insider: Which football clubs do you think are leading the way in esports right now?Kongen: I think Wolfsburg might be the club that leads the way  because they were first movers and they have a great team. PSG also has a lineup with a lot of talent and a really good work ethic. I think those are the two clubs that are excelling at FIFA esports.last_img read more

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