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Vladimir Putin jokes go viral after Russia’s World Cup heartbreakVladimir Putin jokes go viral after Russia’s World Cup heartbreak

first_imgHosts Russia fought tooth and nail against Croatia on Saturday in the FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Sochi but in the end, it was not enough.Russia was on a high after overcoming a poor Spain in the Round of 16 and they showed immense character against Croatia too. Something, their fans were proud of.In the Fisht Stadium, it was Russia who scored first through a stunning strike by Denis Cheryshev. However, just minutes later Croatia equalised through a Kramaric header.Both the teams created chances and fought off for the rest of the game before Vida scored for Croatia to put the nation’s one foot in the semi-final.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHowever, Russia were not relenting, not on their home soil. Mario Fernandez scored with just five minutes of extra time were left to force the match into the penalty shootouts.Both those teams had been through the drama of a penalty shootout in the Round of 16 and while the pressure got the better of the Russian players, Croatia held their nerves to advance.But the Russian fans were even more unrelenting than their fans. Despite the heartbreak, Russian flag still kept flying, the fans kept singing.After all, this was their best performance since the break up of the Soviet Union.However, as the Russian empire in the World Cup fell, imminent jokes on President Vladimir Putin followed.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the semi-finalsThroughout the tournament, there were no dearth of jokes on Putin. Be it saying that he was sitting behind the Video Assistant Referee screens to keep the match in Russia’s favour or even kidnapping David de Gea’s family so that Spain would lose, Putin was the butt of many jokes.advertisementIt was a similar trail on Saturday as Twitter got flooded by jokes on the Russian President.A user by the name of Ryma shared a doctored video of Putin where he is accepting that he did the various illegal things to help Russia win the World Cup and yet the players failed him.who made this??#RUSCRO #Putin (@Ryymaaaaaa) July 7, 2018Another Twitter user lil lane said that Putin is now preparing to form Soviet Union 2 after Russia’s loss to Croatia.after Russias embarrassing loss to Croatia, Vladimir Putin introduces Soviet Union 2lil lane (@lilbunball) July 7, 2018Ricky Davila said that he was supporting Croatia only because he wanted to see an upset Putin.I cheered on the Croatian team just to see them defeat Russia and they did. Any loss that upsets Putin tickles me. That is all.Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 7, 2018If Putin was any good, Russia would still be in the Cup.ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 8, 2018Putin strikes me as the guy that will revoke visas and deport the remaining teams in the tournament after taking an L.Tito in Miami (@Tito305Sports) July 8, 2018Putin didn’t really expect to win both the #WorldCup and the American presidency.Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) July 7, 2018Its an all-NATO World Cup final four, and Russia out. Bad day for the Trump-Putin axis of ego.johnbrummett (@johnbrummett) July 8, 2018While Russia mourned the fact that they could not reach the semis, Croatia reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1998 and set up a last four clash against England.last_img read more

Watford claim first Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in 31 yearsWatford claim first Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in 31 years

first_imgWatford claimed a first win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League since 1987 as they defeated Spurs 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday to maintain their perfect start to the 2018-19 season.After winning the first three matches of the season, this was Tottenham’s first loss and it came down to their lacklustre show and wastefulness in front of the goal.Three goals were scored in the match and all of them came from Watford. After a lose first half, Tottenham received a gift of a lead when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own goal in the 53rd minute, deflecting the ball in with his chest.However, Watford came back with a perfect response and went level in the 69th minute after Troy Deeney headed home Jose Holebas’s free kick. Craig Cathcart completed the turnaround, heading home from another Holebas set piece 14 minutes from time.Harry Kane wasted a good headed chance from Kieran Trippier’s cross as Tottenham tried to salvage something but Watford were not to be denied.| The run continues. #watfordfc Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 2, 2018It is only the second time in Watford’s history that they have won their first four matches of a league campaign — the previous time in 1988 in the second tier.”I think we have played better in other games but against Tottenham you have do things differently,” Watford manager Javi Gracia said.”You have to be very demanding. We have been confident until the end and with the support of our fans we got it.”advertisementAlso read – Lukaku scores brace to help 10-man Manchester United win at BurnleyFor Tottenham it was a rapid fall from grace after their 3-0 win at Manchester United on Monday and the defeat left them in fifth place with nine points.”We were so relaxed in the first half and we made a lot of mistakes. I’m disappointed because we need to do more and play much much better,” manager Mauricio Pochettino said.Mauricio: “A very painful defeat.” Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2018″If you want to be a contender you cannot concede the type of goals we conceded. The reality is so clear. When you lose you must learn and improve.”LACAZETTE SEALS POINTS FOR ARSENAL IN THRILLERCardiff City scored their first league goals of the season but Arsenal took the points as Alexandre Lacazette struck a superb late winner to secure a 3-2 victory in a Premier League thriller in south Wales on Sunday.YES!First away win of the season FC (@Arsenal) September 2, 2018Harry Arter wasted a glorious chance to give Cardiff the lead in the opening minutes following a dreadful mistake by goalkeeper Petr Cech and shortly afterwards Arsenal went ahead when Shkodran Mustafi powered home a header from a corner.Arsenal were dominating possession but when they carelessly gave the ball away just before halftime they were punished as Victor Camarasa got the better of Nacho Monreal before firing past Cech to spark joyous scenes.Arsenal restored their lead just past the hour mark when Mesut Ozil and Lacazette combined well to tee up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to curl home from 20 yards but once again Cardiff responded with Danny Ward heading past Cech.Also read – Premier League: Chelsea, Liverpool maintain winning start to seasonLacazette sealed victory for Arsenal in the 81st minute when he was allowed to turn in the box by Sol Bamba before firing powerfully into the top corner from a tight angle.”I enjoyed the win, in the 90 minutes it was difficult. I think we controlled the match,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said.”One goal for Lacazette, one for Aubameyang, but I think every other player worked well with commitment we want. We are happy for that and we are evolving.” FC (@Arsenal) September 2, 2018Emery also defended keeper Cech whose distribution was again found wanting, passing the ball straight to Arter in the opening minutes of the game.”Petr has a big personality, experience which is what we want. We will continue working on controlling the ball, the build-up play with centre-backs,” he said.”He is also very intelligent when we needed a long ball to find the action more in the attacking third he did that.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Wigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West HamWigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West Ham

first_imgShare on Pinterest Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics FA Cup Reuse this content Share on Facebook Wigan Athletic Read more Wigan sense repeat of history after crushing win over Bournemouth It seems safe to say Cup progress cannot have been all that important to Bournemouth either, and the same may be true of Saturday’s Premier League opponents, West Ham. David Moyes has spoken of the importance of the next two league matches against relegation rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and that was before he learned that Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini will miss the Wigan game because of injury. On paper this should be an even contest, given that both sides could be described as on the fringes of the Championship, though in the FA Cup these days one never quite knows what one is going to get until the teams are on the pitch.“We like playing against Premier League opponents because it is a break from the normal routine,” said the midfielder Sam Morsy, a scorer in the last round against Bournemouth. “Everywhere we go in League One we go as favourites, opponents pack their defences and we have to try and find a way through. In the Cup the shoe is on the other foot. Premier League teams come here expecting to win and often that can help us, because the game is more open and our style is suited to playing on the counter.”Wigan might as well enjoy it while they can for, if promotion is achieved, they will not be considered favourites for many matches next season. Things have changed a great deal since the club scorched through the Championship in 2004-05 en route to an unlikely eight years in the Premier League. Then they were backed by Dave Whelan, reckoned to have spent around £100m on the club since taking over in 1995, and for a club record £1.2m it was possible to capture a reliable goalscorer in Nathan Ellington. Not only is the Championship a much tougher and more financially challenging proposition now, the Whelan family are in the process of selling the club to overseas investors. Whelan resigned as chairman in 2015, his reputation somewhat tainted by ill-advised comments surrounding the controversial appointment of Malky Mackay as manager, and though his grandson David Sharpe has been in charge since, the family says it recognises that the level of investment necessary to compete in the Championship is best found from outside. At the AGM last week the club confirmed it was in advanced talks with a Hong Kong group with a takeover apparently imminent.All of which raises, or re-raises, the question of how far a club can go when based in a small town halfway between Liverpool and Manchester. No one sniffily dismisses Wigan as a rugby league town any more – that battle has been won – though it remains to be seen whether a takeover valued at around £20m can really lead to the stated aim of a return to the Premier League.Of rather more immediate interest is what happens to Cook and his players should promotion be achieved – both have been attracting interest from other clubs and new owners may have their own ideas – but before that the FA Cup is here to be enjoyed again – or at least embraced. “We have become embroiled in the Cup,” Cook said, choosing a word not readily associated with the supposed romance of the competition or the hallowed memories of Wembley 2013. “It’s up to us to cope with the extra fixtures and keep our momentum going.” When Wigan Athletic won 3-1 at Plymouth to go five points clear at the top of League One last Saturday Argyle’s manager, Derek Adams, described them as a Championship side in waiting. “Wigan and Blackburn stand out in this league because of the quality they still possess,” he said. “They are not League One sides, they should be in the Championship or the Premier League. Wigan are only in this division because of factors out of their control.”That may be more true of Blackburn, whose supporters can point to a hugely unpopular and woefully misjudged takeover as the cause of all the ills to befall them since Premier League status was lost. Wigan were unlucky in the season that followed their FA Cup win and relegation to the Championship, when they struggled to cope with a fixture overload brought on by Europa League involvement and another Cup run, though they slipped into League One a year later and could blame only some muddled managerial appointments of their own for that.Since then they have been up and down again, largely through gambling on an inexperienced manager in Warren Joyce, though now under Paul Cook they appear on course for another promotion. Wigan are even back to their giantkilling exploits, having disposed of Bournemouth via a replay in the last round, though supporters who turned up for the second game assumed six changes meant a Cup run was not the highest of Cook’s priorities. Share on Twitter Eight players who could light up the FA Cup fourth round Share on Messenger featureslast_img read more

Raheem Sterling hat-trick seals 5-0 win for Manchester City vs West HamRaheem Sterling hat-trick seals 5-0 win for Manchester City vs West Ham

first_img Reuters LondonAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 19:17 IST Manchester City made a dominant start to their Premier League title defence, thanks to Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRaheem Sterling’s hat-trick helped Manchester City begin their title defence on a highJesus, Aguero and Sterling scored for Manchester City vs West HamJesus opened the scoring for the defending champions on SaturdayRaheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as champions Manchester City made a convincing start to their title defence with a 5-0 win over West Ham United, in a game which saw heavy use of video review, at the London Stadium on Saturday.Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, preferred by Pep Guardiola to Sergio Aguero in attack, opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a deft close-range finish after a scorching burst and low cross from Kyle Walker.Sterling made it 2-0, six minutes after the interval, with a cool finish after Kevin De Bruyne had burst from midfield and fed the England forward.Jesus then became the first player to have a goal disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Premier League when, in the 53rd minute, he finished off Sterling’s pass following a fine move. However, the VAR adjudged that Sterling was marginally offside as he ran into the box.VAR, making its debut this season, was used again to review and eventually validate Sterling’s second, when he collected a lofted ball into the box and lobbed West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski.The video staff were busy again in the 84th minute when City were awarded a penalty for Issa Diop’s foul on Riyad Mahrez. Substitute Aguero’s penalty soft penalty was saved but VAR ruled that Declan Rice was encroaching into the box and referee Mike Dean ordered a re-take — which the Argentine scored before Sterling completed his hat-trick in stoppage time.Also Read | Neymar to miss season opener for Paris Saint-Germain: Club sourceAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Raheem SterlingFollow Premier leagueFollow VARFollow Manchester CityFollow West Ham UnitedFollow Gabriel Jesus Next Raheem Sterling hat-trick seals 5-0 win for Manchester City vs West HamWhile Raheem Sterling registered the 1st hat-trick of the season, Gabriel Jesus became the first player to have a goal disallowed by VAR in the Premier League as Manchester City completed a 5-0 rout at the London Stadium on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Judicial custody for Puri till Sep 17Judicial custody for Puri till Sep 17

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till September 17 in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud.Special judge Sanjay Garg sent Puri to judicial custody. ED had arrested Puri on August 20 in the money laundering case arising out of the bank loan fraud case. The court had on Friday extended Puri’s custodial remand by four days. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While seeking his further custody, the agency had told the court that “during probe, voluminous record of documents has been collected and due to paucity of time, the could not be confronted with them”. There is another money laundering case connected with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam in which the Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was “required for an effective investigation”. Puri was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the bank fraud case after he appeared before the central probe agency here in the chopper scam after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR.last_img read more

Formula for determining dues of UN Member States needs reform – BahamasFormula for determining dues of UN Member States needs reform – Bahamas

25 September 2009The Bahamas called today for the United Nations to overhaul the scale of assessments that determines how much each Member State must pay to fund the running of the Organization, saying the current system is based on an unjust formula that punishes some countries. T. Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, told the General Assembly’s high-level segment that the per capita gross national income (GNI) should not be given too much weight when determining the formula to be used for the period between 2010 and 2012.The 192-member Assembly is in the process of devising the formula for dues-paying for that period for both the regular expenses of the UN and for the Organization’s peacekeeping operations worldwide.Placing too much emphasis on per capita GNI leads to distortions, Mr. Symonette said, particularly concerning the payment of dues for peacekeeping operations.“The current scale places the Bahamas, a small island developing State, in the same category as the most developed economies of the world, with the exception of the permanent members of the Security Council,” he said.“This unjust formula creates an onerous burden and we call upon this body to address this inequity, which seriously undermines the development objectives of the Bahamas and other developing countries.Mr. Symonette stressed that the GNI criterion did not accurately reflect the vulnerability of the Bahamian economy, “or the extraordinary costs associated with the duplication of infrastructure required because of our archipelagic configuration.”The Deputy Prime Minister said his country had never wavered from its responsibilities as a member of the international community and would continue to meet its obligations to the UN in the manner prescribed and agreed.“While my Government is committed to paying its assessed contributions, in full and in a timely manner, we believe that the proposed scale of assessments is unfairly and unduly burdensome for countries such as the Bahamas and should therefore be reconsidered and adjusted, taking into account those considerations that reflect our vulnerabilities.” read more

PPM led by outgoing Maldivian President says supporters threatenedPPM led by outgoing Maldivian President says supporters threatened

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) today said that there has been a spike in threats, cases of assault and bodily harm as well as intimidation against the party’s nationwide support base, including civil service and politically-appointed Government and corporate employees.In a press statement the PPM said that during the days following the presidential elections the party, led by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has been working on a smooth transition of all Government responsibilities to the winning opposition coalition, as well as the Party’s immediate assumption of the important role and responsibility as the country’s only opposition party. PPM is receiving credible information from different islands from the concerned employees that lists are being compiled and staff are receiving threats of dismissal as soon as the new Government resumes office on 17th November 2018.“We call on the incoming regime to assure Constitutionally-guaranteed job security and a conducive work environment for all public employees, regardless of political persuasion,” PPM said.PPM recalls the gross violations of workers’ rights throughout the 2008-2012 MDP regime, and urged the incoming regime to refrain from repeating the same abuses. The recent wave of harassment has been targeted at public servants who have been working loyally and diligently for the Government in the past five years, the PPM said. Prior to the Maldivian Presidential elections just over a week ago the Maldivian opposition had accused Yameen of intimidating opposition members and supporters and the Maldivian media. (Colombo Gazette) PPM said it was alarmed at opposition coalition activists issuing threats of job termination, largely in violation of employment laws and regulations, to tens of thousands of white collar workers, whose families depend solely on their earnings.Employees of State corporation WAMCO, FENAKA, STELCO, MPL, Regional Airports and STO have been sharing their concerns with the Party Head Office. As a key pledge of the PPM Government, thousands of Maldivians were employed across the public and private sector as a measure to improve the livelihood of the population. read more

DPR of Korea UN food agencies predict good harvest but say aidDPR of Korea UN food agencies predict good harvest but say aid

In a new report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) say harvests are likely to improve thanks to favourable weather, greater investments in agriculture, improved farm machinery and increased supplies of fertilizer.Despite this expected recovery, “domestic production will fall well below the minimum food needs and the country will again have to depend on substantial external food assistance next year as its capacity to import commercially remains highly constrained,” the report states.The report recommends that about 610,000 tonnes of food aid be mobilized for at-risk population groups, including children, pregnant and nursing women, and the elderly. It warns that in the absence of this aid, millions of people in the DPR Korea “will face hunger over prolonged periods with severe consequences for their health and welfare.” According to the report, cereal production is expected to reach some 3.54 million tonnes during the 2001-02 season – up 38 per cent from the previous year. Rice production will reach 1.34 million tonnes in 2001 – 22 per cent more than last year, while the maize harvest is projected to rise by 42 per cent to 1.48 million tonnes. read more

UN has duty to speak out against antiSemitism Ban tells General AssemblyUN has duty to speak out against antiSemitism Ban tells General Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the meeting via video message, expressing solidarity in the worldwide fight against anti-Semitism and noting that Jews have experienced “insidious bias” and “overt violence” throughout the course of history. The event was initiatied by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN and convened by the President of the General Assembly, at the request of several UN Members delegations, including Israel, the United States and Canada.“The systematic murder of millions of European Jews in the Holocaust showed anti-Semitism at its most monstrous,” said Mr. Ban. “A United Nations that wants to be true to its founding aims and ideals has a duty to speak out against anti-Semitism.”Noting that extremism is on the rise worldwide, he said responses to it had to avoid perpetuating cycles of demonization and playing into the hands of those who seek to divide. One particular trap related to the Middle East conflict.“Grievances about Israeli actions must never be used as an excuse to attack Jews,” he said. “In the same vein, criticisms of Israeli actions should not be summarily dismissed as anti-Semitism.”Acting President of the General Assembly Alvaro Mendonca e Moura looked ahead to the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust next week, underlining not only the need to remember the tragedies but to learn from the ‘unspeakable atrocities’ committed. The international community also had an obligation to prevent acts of intolerance and hate from happening again.Anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and prejudice were on the rise despite the prohibition of religious and racial discrimination enshrined in many of the international community’s most important foundational documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“As we witness the shadow of intolerance permeating so many segments of public and private life, it is of utmost importance that all stakeholders be actively involved in our efforts to fight against prejudice, while also promoting and strengthening tolerance, mutual understanding, dialogue and respect,” added Mr. Mendonca e Moura.Many tools were available to do so, he said, underlining the importance of education and pointing out that he would convene a high-level thematic debate on 6 April, on ‘Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation.’Keynote speaker Bernard-Henri Lévy said the General Assembly was given the ‘sacred task’ of preventing the spirits of anti-Semitism from awakening. They had awoken, though, he said, and that was why this meeting was taking place.He sought to refute modern analysis of anti-Semitism, including the idea that it was just variety of racism, saying that looking the evil ‘squarely in the face’ required better understanding and the abandonment of old clichés about anti-Semitism and how it operates.Today, he continued, anti-Semitism stemmed from an ‘anti-Zionist delirium’ in those opposing the re-establishment of Jews in their historic homeland, from Holocaust denial and from the perceived use by Jews of the memory of their suffering to ‘overshadow’ other martyrs.“Anti-Semitism needs those three formulations, which are like the three vital components of a moral atomic bomb,” Mr. Lévy said. “Each alone would be enough to discredit a people but when the three are combined, we can be pretty sure of facing an explosion in which all Jews everywhere in the world will be the designated targets.” read more

John Humphrys interrupts less than his fellow Today presenters analysis findsJohn Humphrys interrupts less than his fellow Today presenters analysis finds

John Humphrys regularly falls foul of listeners for continually interrupting interviewees on Radio 4’s Today show but his critics’ venom may be misplaced.A data analysis of BBC political interviews found Emily Maitlis and Mishal Husain are the worst culprits when it comes to cutting off guests in mid-flow.Newsnight’s Ms Maitlis averaged 28 seconds before interjecting during grillings, according to The Sunday Times’ scrutiny of 10 interviews over the last month.Her colleague, regular Today presenter Mishal Husain, waited a mere 46 seconds before wading in compared to Mr Humphrys who took 51 seconds.Ms Husain was most likely of all Today presenters to interrupt but her figures also accounted for her occasional stints presenting The Andrew Marr Show.Slightly lower down the list were Today’s Nick Robinson at 65 seconds, following by Andrew Marrs – 73 seconds – and Sarah Montague on World at One at 97 seconds.Radio 4’s PM presenter Evan Davis, and former Newsnight host, trailed the pack waiting an extremely polite 173 seconds before daring to interrupt his interviewees. The BBC stalwart, who will be leaving Today after 32 years in autumn, was accused of “hectoring” Mr Miliband after interjecting 20 times during a seven-minute interview.His combative approach, followed by his famous “Can I stop you there” line, is regularly mimicked but until now both Ms Maitlis and Ms Husain have largely escaped any public berating.Ms Maitlis was applauded for capturing “the mood of the nation” after making an eye-roll in response to International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner’s failure to clarify Labour’s stance on Brexit in March.Sarah Sands, editor of the Today programme, told The Sunday Times: “The fundamental purpose of a news interview is pursuit of truth.  “Is our understanding advanced by the end of the interview? If not, why not? If it is the fault of the interviewee, the interruption is one way of tackling this. But interruptions because the interviewer is thinking of themselves . . . play badly with audiences.”The BBC declined to comment. The discovery may come as a surprise to Mr Humphry’s detractors who recently lampooned him on social media for his brusque style when quizzing former Labour leader Ed Miliband. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Freebox Revolution des retards de livraison constatésFreebox Revolution des retards de livraison constatés

first_imgFreebox Revolution : des retards de livraison constatésLes internautes ayant commandé une Freebox Revolution devront attendre encore. L’opérateur, qui qui semble dépassé par la situation, essaie de répondre au mieux aux commandes et a établi un ordre de livraison. Un sondage issu d’un blog non officiel consacré à la Freebox V6, révèle que 60% des freenautes ayant commandé la Freebox V6 n’ont pas encore été servis, rapporte L’Expansion. Pour remédier à ces retards, l’opérateur a choisi d’opérer un ordre de livraison. Et le hasard n’a rien à voir là-dedans. Tout d’abord, ce seront les nouveaux abonnés qui seront satisfaits ainsi que ceux qui ont choisi de passer par une livraison express. Les abonnés à la fibre, eux, ont commencé à être livrés seulement à partir de début février, en raison d’un retard d’approvisionnement concernant des éléments spécifiques du colis.Par ailleurs, les manettes de jeu, qui n’étaient pas encore livrées en janvier, pour ceux qui ont reçu les premiers la Freebox Revolution, devraient arriver en mars ou en avril, par envoi séparé. Le 7 février 2011 à 11:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE officially announces Rey Mysterio for Smackdown 1000 special on October 16WWE officially announces Rey Mysterio for Smackdown 1000 special on October 16

first_img Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img WWE officially announced on Sunday on the company’s Twitter page that former three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio has been added to the names being advertised for Smackdown 1000 on October 16 in Washington, DC.Mysterio last appeared for WWE earlier this year as a surprise entrant in the 50-man over the top battle royal as part of the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudia Arabia.Mysterio also headlined the recent sold out ALL IN event in Chicago, teaming with Fenix and Bandido against The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi in the main event.WWE’s announcement can be viewed below.BREAKING: @reymysterio will return at #SD1000.— WWE (@WWE) October 7, 2018 Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

NXT TakeOver: Blackpool sells out in three hours, WWE reworks NXT UK contractsNXT TakeOver: Blackpool sells out in three hours, WWE reworks NXT UK contracts

first_imgFacebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp Pinterest NXT UK Results – 9/4/19 (Rhea Ripley takes on Piper Niven, Ohno against Sid Scala) Twittercenter_img NXT UK Results – 9/11/19 (NXT UK Tag Team Championships rematch, Tegan Nox in action) Triple H announced that NXT TakeOver: Blackpool has sold out in less than three hours.The event, which was first announced over the weekend at NXT UK tapings in Liverpool, will take place on January 12 from the Empress Ballroom and will stream live on the WWE Network. WWE will also hold NXT UK tapings the following day on January 13.The @WWENXT fans in the UK are a force to be reckoned with. #NXTUKTakeOver is SOLD OUT — and it took less than 3 hours.You can still be part of this historic weekend. Get your tickets to #NXTUKBlackpool on Sunday, Jan. 13 … NOW. #WeAreNXTUK @NXTUK— Triple H (@TripleH) November 26, 2018WWE reworks NXT UK contractsWrestleTalk is reporting that WWE approached talent at the NXT UK tapings this past weekend in Liverpool with new contracts as part of the brand.The deals, which come with a pay raise, restricted talent from working for promotions that WWE currently isn’t affiliated with overseas. These partner groups include PROGRESS, ICW, Fight Club Pro, Attack! Pro Wrestling, Futureshock, Over the Top Wrestling and wXw.Any talent who have committed to bookings through the end of the year are being allowed to fulfill those dates. PWInsider is reporting that while talent is allowed to work for specific partner groups, they must be dark matches and nothing filmed for TV, DVD or streaming. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

EA Laying Off 350 People About 4 of StaffEA Laying Off 350 People About 4 of Staff

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Electronic Arts is laying off about 350 of its 9,000-person staff, CEO Andrew Wilson announced in a blog post on its website Tuesday.In the brief, open letter, Wilson noted that the move was made to “address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead,” and to “better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players.”Specifically, Wilson said changes are being made to its marketing and publishing organization, operations teams and that the company is “ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia.”“These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we appreciate and value everyone’s contributions, and we are doing everything we can to ensure we are looking after our people to help them through this period to find their next opportunity. This is our top priority.” You can read the full letter at the bottom of this story.The news comes about a bit more than a month after Activision Blizzard announced it was laying off about 800 people as part of a major restructuring.Activision called the move a de-prioritizing of initiatives that didn’t meet expectations. CEO Bobby Kotick said that the cuts would come from support staff while the company consolidates its commercial operations and reorganizes its marketing initiatives. Activision will be instead investing more in live services,, eSports, and advertising efforts. More than 200 of those impacted worked at Blizzard.“While our financial results for 2018 were the best in our history, we didn’t realize our full potential,” Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard said in an earnings report statement.Electronic Arts own earnings call in February was bleak, with Wilson noting that the “Battlefield 5” missed its third-quarter prediction by about a million, something he blamed on bad marketing and the need to delay the game to make it better.“If I think about ‘Battlefield 5’ more holistically, I think we did not do a great job of building momentum early in the project,” he said at the time. “And I think about this not just in the context of development but I think about this in the context about broader execution against the entire campaign. Our launch didn’t resonate strongly as we would have liked it to with players and we were never truly able to catch-up and as our competitors continued to build momentum whether that was ‘Fortnite’ or ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ or ‘Call of Duty.’”While the demo for EA’s massive space opera game “Anthem” exceeded expectations, the game didn’t do well at launch, running into launch day issues, poor reviews, and lots of fan pushback about the way loot worked in the game.The massive layoffs hitting EA Tuesday are sure to stoke the continued debate around unions and the video game industry.The Activision Blizzard layoffs led to some calling for Kotick’s dismissal, and just a month ago, the annual list of “overpaid CEOs” by As You Sow included both Kotick and Wilson. UPDATING OUR ORGANIZATION AND ADDRESSING OUR CHALLENGES“Today we took some important steps as a company to address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead.  As we look across a changing world around us, it’s clear that we must change with it.  We’re making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players.  As part of this, we have made changes to our marketing and publishing organization, our operations teams, and we are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets.  In addition to organizational changes, we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services.  Great games will continue to be at the core of everything we do, and we are thinking differently about how to amaze and inspire our players.“This is a difficult day.  The changes we’re making today will impact about 350 roles in our 9,000-person company.  These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we appreciate and value everyone’s contributions, and we are doing everything we can to ensure we are looking after our people to help them through this period to find their next opportunity. This is our top priority.”last_img read more

Steam to start offering other software from SeptemberSteam to start offering other software from September

first_imgLast month it was discovered that the Steam app for Android included a number of categories not related to gaming. This was followed by speculation that Valve was going to expand the Steam service to include other software such as productivity apps, photo editing, utilities, etc.Today, Valve has confirmed this is exactly what it is about to do. From September 5th new software categories will appear covering a whole range of different tools and apps. Valve hasn’t announced what we can expect to see yet, other than to say it will include everything from “creativity to productivity” software. The categories I’ve seen include racing, sports, accounting, animation & modeling, audio production, design & illustration, education, photo editing, software training, and utilities.By purchasing such software through Steam, Valve is promising to let it utilize the same features games enjoy, such as applying updates automatically and having access to the software on any machine you care to install Steam on. You will also be able to save any work created in the Steam Cloud.Just like games, software titles will have to go through the Steam Greenlight process in order to make it on to the store. It’s also likely we’ll see sales regularly like we do with games, meaning you should be able to pick up some cheap utilities at key times throughout the year.As Steam is already up and running for Mac and PC users, and soon coming to Linux, there’s certainly opportunity here for software developers. Steam will also be in direct competition with the Mac App Store, which should be interesting when it comes to pricing and sales.Read more at Steamlast_img read more

SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode play any game on a massive virtual displaySteamVR Desktop Theater Mode play any game on a massive virtual display

first_imgIn order for virtual reality to realize its full potential, it needs games and experiences to be designed and developed specifically for it. That means there’s thousands of games already available and releasing in the near future that won’t be virtual reality-friendly. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from VR.Valve has made this clear by confirming a feature called SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode exists. What this mode allows is for any game on Steam to be played using a virtual reality headset. You may think there’s no benefit to such a feature if the game doesn’t support VR, but you’d be wrong. What Desktop Theater Mode does is create a virtual location for you to play your non-VR games within, and that includes a huge display.So you may be sitting at your desk staring at a 24-inch monitor with your hands on a keyboard and mouse (or game pad) ready to play a Steam game. If you then put on a VR headset with Desktop Theater Mode enabled, you could instantly be transported to a virtual room of your choosing and be staring at the same game on a massive display (think movie theater size).SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode is still in an early beta stage of development, but will be compatible with any Steam-friendly virtual reality headsets. That means the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Razer OSVR, and more will surely follow. We should get our first glimpse of the mode in action during the Game Developer Conference, which starts today in San Francisco.This mode has a lot of potential to promote the use of a VR headset. It’s not just the ability to play games on a massive virtual screen, but the room design itself. Changing the theme on your Xbox One or PS4 is popular, but this mode should allow you to tweak the look of an entire room. You can setup your own gaming den that only exists in virtual space. Very cool.last_img read more

Gone With the Wind How Olivia de Havilland helped Clark Gable CryGone With the Wind How Olivia de Havilland helped Clark Gable Cry

first_imgIn July 2018, Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 102nd birthday. The retired actress has been living in Paris ever since the 1950s, but today is rather more widely noted not as a resident of the French capital, but as the Classic Hollywood’s grande dame. Among her best-praised roles is that of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, in Gone with the Wind (1939). Of the four leading actors and actresses in this timeless classic, which also include the now late Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Clark Gable, only de Havilland, is still among us — her star shining on.Olivia de Havilland, 1940s.The star was born in Tokyo, on a summer’s day of July 1, 1916, in a world torn by an ongoing war. Her parents were Walter de Havilland and Lillian Fontaine. Walter de Havilland, a Cambridge graduate, had relocated with his spouse in Japan due to his studies and both of the couple’s daughters were born there.Olivia’s sister was Joan Fontaine, also a famous actress. Although the pair is remembered for a lasting feud between each other, they are also the only pair of siblings to have both grabbed an Academy Award for a leading role in a movie.Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind.De Havilland was largely influenced by her mother, a stage actress herself. She had her first big year in 1933 when she took the role of Hermia in Shakespeare’s best-known comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The piece was produced by Austrian film and theater director Max Reinhardt and it showed at the Hollywood Bowl.It was this performance that brought de Havilland a full-time contract with Warner Brothers. Her career had just jump-started.In the following years, the actress would recurrently co-star alongside her Australian counterpart, Errol Flynn. The pair first appeared together on the big screen in 1935 in Captain Blood. Three years later, again siding next to Flynn, de Havilland played Maid Marian in one of the top 10 box-office hits of the year, The Adventures of Robin Hood.Studio publicity portrait for Gone with the Wind, 1939.However, the real fame for Dame Olivia came once she accepted the role in Gone with the Wind, the film that deeply moved audiences at the end of the 1930s, and ever after. A drama set in the days of the American Civil War, based on the novel penned by Margaret Mitchell, proved a classic as the years went by.In a 2004 interview for the New York Times, de Havilland remarked that she never gets bored of discussing the movie again and again, and that she herself has enjoyed watching it 26 times in total.Olivia de Havilland, publicity photo for Captain Blood, 1935.De Havilland depicts the amiable character of Melanie Hamilton in the 1939 classic, in a striking contrast to the blazing Vivien Leigh who takes on the character of Scarlett O’Hara. While both the women in the film initially have a love interest in Ashley Wilkes, played by Leslie Howard, it is Hamilton who wins him in the end. The flamboyant character of Rhett Butler, played by Gable, who couples with O’Hara.Over interviews, de Havilland has also talked about difficulties some of the cast faced while filming. For instance, Clark Gable was faced with a scene in which his character was heartbroken due to the loss of his daughter Bonnie. According to de Havilland, Gable struggled with this particular scene, one which he shared with de Havilland, as he was supposed cry in front of the camera.Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind.“He was worried: you see, he had never cried on the screen before. He thought it was not masculine to cry. He was so worried about it,” the actress reportedly said.Glamorous Hollywood leading Ladies Quotes.However, de Havilland also encouraged him: “I remember I said, ‘Tears denote strength of character, not weakness. Crying makes you intensely human.’ He agreed, rehearsed it, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable scenes in the movie.”Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh, publicity photo for Gone with the Wind, 1939.For her role in Gone with the Wind, de Havilland earned her first Academy Award nomination. She did’t win this one but did scoop the Oscar for her role as Josephine Norris in Each His Own (1946), and for playing Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (1949).During her decades-spanning career, de Havilland worked on about 50 movies, remaining active until the 1980s. With an empire of motion pictures behind her, as well as the well-deserved recognition and awards, the last-standing true star of the 1930s has indeed made a lasting mark in the history of the film industry.Olivia de Havilland, publicity photo for Santa Fe Trail, 1940.And if you are wondering what de Havilland is doing at 102 — she is just past a recently filed lawsuit. The reason? Remember that feud between her and her sister? According to de Havilland, the TV show Feud took it a step too far.Read another story from us: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Set to Portray Actress-Inventor Hedy Lamarr“The creators of Feud used my identity without my consent and put false words in my mouth, including having me publicly calling my sister, Joan Fontaine, a ‘bitch’,” she wrote to The Guardian in March this year. Later that same month, the lawsuit was thrown out.Stefan is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Vintage News. He is a graduate in Literature. He also runs the blog This City Knowslast_img read more

Costa Rica govt minister dismisses Vanderbilt as some university in TennesseeCosta Rica govt minister dismisses Vanderbilt as some university in Tennessee

first_imgNo related posts. It looks like Presidency Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides isn’t a fan of the Commodores.During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Benavides and Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi were asked to comment on a report about slumping support in Costa Rica for the political system, according to Vanderbilt University’s 2012 Latin American Public Opinion Project.According to LAPOP, Ticos in 2012 were the most dissatisfied with their system of government since the start of the hemisphere-wide survey that takes place every two years. Costa Rica ranked 10th out of the 26 Latin American countries surveyed for the 2012 report, down from 4th in 2006. Granted, the news was old (the report came out in April after all) but with elections fast approaching on Feb. 2, 2014, the daily La Nación tried to breathe new life into the story over the weekend by asking how the low morale would affect voter turnout.Benavides responded that the survey was an “irresponsible, isolated” study from “some university in Tennessee” that he had never heard of, and dismissed the study’s findings.“It seems to me that this is a game institutions play with specific figures to misrepresent the country’s image,” Benavides said.For those who follow Latin American political science, however, LAPOP is hardly an “isolated” study. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States, Vanderbilt University has been collecting public opinion data in the region since 1978 when it started with just one country: Costa Rica.The minister said that there were other studies that disputed this assessment, but he did not name them.According to LAPOP’s website, 43,000 people were surveyed in 2010 in 26 countries. For the 2012 report, 1,500 Ticos offered their opinions.LAPOP has received funding from USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and the Inter-American Development Bank since its launch.The aggressive response from Benavides seemed out of place, but perhaps the administration is still stinging from the public opinion project’s assessment that dissatisfaction with Laura Chinchilla’s government played a role in the historically low ratings, along with the corrosive effects of corruption. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Palmar Sur squatters say theyre ready to die for the landPalmar Sur squatters say theyre ready to die for the land

first_imgRelated posts:Public Security minister says he’ll resign if not given more funds for policing Police evict squatters from U.S. investor’s property in Esterillos Oeste Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Eduardo Li wins lawsuit against insurance company over defense costs in FIFA corruption case PALMAR SUR, Puntarenas — Past the kicked-up dust that spirals over these rock-laced roads and beyond the banana leaves that wave under the wind, the faint echoes of voices and cheers spill from an old packing house.The sign over the open gate that leads to the gutted-out tin shelter reads in Spanish: “Chánguena and Térraba banana plantation. Private Property.”More than 50 squatters from Chánguena and other neighboring plantations in Palmar Sur met at the packing house on Friday, the day they were supposed to be evicted from the parcels where landowner Oscar Echeverría says they’re trespassing — some of them for 14 years.The campesino squatters have managed to stave off evictions for more than a decade, but recently the government’s attempts to kick people off the plantation have gotten more serious.After an initial, largely unsuccessful eviction in July of last year, a second eviction was scheduled to take place last Friday. But it was suspended a few days prior by the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court, known as Sala IV, so that judges could evaluate several requests for an injunction.Then, on Tuesday, Sala IV ruled against one of the injunctions, removing one of several hurdles blocking another eviction.It’s just the latest chapter in a long and complicated land dispute which has various branches of the government at odds and fumbling in the search for a solution. Besides the government’s problem-solving reputation, at stake are the lives of dozens of families, the land rights of a prominent businessman and a piece of earth whose value could swell if tourism takes off in the region.Banana RepublicThough escalating tensions have brought the Palmar Sur land conflict into the media recently, the dispute actually dates back to the 1980s. Large banana plantations, including some owned by the United Fruit Company, sprung up in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region starting in the late 1930s.These plantations traditionally provided housing for workers onsite. When workers staged a major strike in 1984, many banana companies abandoned the region, leaving workers without jobs or a place to live.In the fallout, several cooperatives formed to continue farming the area, including COOPALCA, which owns the Chánguena farm. COOPALCA farmed bananas and cocoa in the area but was largely unprofitable. In 1991, the cooperative leased the Chánguena property to businessman Oscar Echeverría Heigold for 20 years.Echeverría — who owns Motores Brítanicos, the exclusive distributor of Land Rovers in Costa Rica — started two banana companies on the land. Workers and their families lived in homes on the property in an area known as “Cuadrante 3.”The venture was a bust, however, and in 2001 the companies went the way of other banana plantations in the area and closed.According to campesino organizer Daniel Villalobos, workers were fired and received no pay for their last month and a half (three quincenas, or pay periods) on the job. In protest, the workers continued to occupy the homes in Cuadrante 3 and eventually started their own cooperative, COOTRAOSA.Villalobos, who is a member of COOTRAOSA, said many families who had worked the banana fields had nowhere to go when the work dried up, so they stayed on the land, farming and raising livestock.The former workers eventually recovered their back wages from Echeverría in 2009, Villalobos said. And they stayed on the land, even though Echeverría had filed court papers to expel them years earlier, in 2001, the same year his banana operations closed. Protesters set up tents on the Térraba bridge, Aug. 14, 2015. (Courtesy Sean Davis co-ops; Disputed landFor more than a decade, with the eviction tied up in the courts, the squatters lived and farmed the land while Echeverría grazed cattle on it — a relatively peaceful coexistence. José Mora, an instructor with Kioscos Ambientales, a social action arm of the University of Costa Rica, said the campesinos were waiting until Echeverría’s concession ended in 2011 to organize a legal attempt to formalize their claim on the land.But COOPALCA, the legal landowner, has not taken any action to remove Echeverría, leaving the property in a legal limbo where the only people not making a claim on the land are the actual owners of it.“COOPALCA is like a phantom co-op,” Mora said, “They don’t really do anything.”Echeverría’s eviction case against the campesinos was tied up in the courts until 2014, when a San José court ruled in favor of Echeverría and ordered the government to remove the squatters.In recent years, campesinos have erected shacks on the farm, separate from the more formal homes in Cuadrante 3. Mora said it’s unclear whether the new squatters are associated with the residents of Cuadrante 3.The Tico Times spoke with several squatters participating in last week’s protest who said they had come to Chánguena at varying times within the last decade.In the meantime, Mora said campesinos living in the disputed area started to meet regularly to discuss an approach to legalize their right to the land.The evictionOn June 24, 2015, an administrative court sided with Echeverría and ordered the families removed by Aug. 5.According to Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga, the Solís administration asked the Government Attorney’s Office to suspend the eviction and clarify whether Echeverría had a right to request it. But the administration’s request was denied and it ordered the Public Security Ministry to remove the squatters in July.At the time, there were 119 families living on the disputed land, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.“It’s difficult,” Villalobos, the campesino leader, told The Tico Times last year. “We work in the fields but no one has [deeds to the land]. Without those papers we’re open to eviction at any time.”Villalobos said that the families in Chánguena understood their position was precarious, but in the past they had always been able to appeal any order to evict them, therefore delaying an actual order.This time, however, the eviction date came as a surprise to community organizers, and Villalobos said there was no time to appeal. Instead, police arrived and told squatters they had two hours to leave the Chánguena and Cuadrante 3 properties.When campesinos could not reach an agreement with the police, they blocked the bridge on the Inter-American Highway that spans the Río Grande de Térraba bridge, on July 30.Mora, from the University of Costa Rica, said he was troubled by the fact that families living in the long-standing homes in Cuadrante 3 — not just those who had set up shacks on the farm — had been targeted by the eviction. Homes were damaged and windows broken during the eviction.There have been conflicting reports about who was responsible for this damage. Campesinos blame the National Police who were tasked with the expulsion order, while officials have denied officers were responsible for property damage.Failed talksAfter taking the bridge and setting up camps last July, campesino leaders demanded the government find a lasting solution that would allow the families to stay on the Chánguena property. Villalobos said they want the government to legalize their ownership of the land.Several rounds of negotiations between the Presidency Ministry and the campesinos have started and stalled since the July 30 eviction. The Solís administration offered to resettle 60 of the families on a 6-hectare property owned by the National Housing Mortgage Bank in Palmar, with potable water, wastewater and electricity. Most have refused to leave Chánguena.Campesino protesters and university students took the bridge again on Aug. 14 to pressure the government to give the Chánguena residents title to the land, a move that derailed talks with Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro.Families began rebuilding and repairing their homes on the property.An airport and an uncertain futureRunning parallel to these land disputes and, some say, influencing them, is a proposal to build a $40 million international airport. The site of the proposed project lies near the the Chánguena property, 5 kilometers from the town of Palmar Sur.The newspaper El Financiero reported in 2013 that the Environment Ministry had received environmental impact studies for the project. Mora, the university instructor, said the project is still making its way through the initial studies, but if it were to move forward, it would transform the rural canton of Osa and drive up land values across the region.Campesino leader Daniel Villalobos said he was wary of the potential airport project.Presidency Vice Minister Zúñiga told The Tico Times last year that the government was open to dialogue with the families “within the bounds of what is possible.” At the time, Zúñiga said that expropriation was not on the table and that the government was obligated to execute the court’s ruling.The administration’s handling of the Chánguena eviction last year was criticized by the Ombudsman’s Office. Ombudswoman Monserrat Solano told Channel 7 TV News on Aug. 19 that the displaced families’ human rights were violated in the court-ordered expulsion.President Luis Guillermo Solís met with campesino leaders in the wake of an Aug. 20 demonstration in front of his home in the San José neighborhood of Escalante. Both sides again agreed to negotiate, but talks quickly broke down.A second eviction, ordered in September, was supposed to be completed within three months, but still has not been executed. One of the protesters injured during a confrontation with police in Palmar Sur, Feb. 16, 2016. (Facebook)Looking for trouble?After new demonstrations on the Térraba bridge earlier this month, including a bloody protest on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in which seven workers got arrested, the squatters say they’re more unified than ever.Other unions and university groups have come to Palmar Sur to lend their support to the squatters’ cause.“This requires a revolution,” Guillermo Keith of the National Employees Union told the squatters at a meeting last week. “This is your land. You have to defend it.”President Luis Guillermo Solís told the daily La Nación last week that outsiders had been visiting Palmar Sur in recent days to stir up trouble.“They go there looking for a fight and to see how the police will react,” Solís told reporters Wednesday.Solis has continually told the Palmar Sur squatters that his administration will not negotiate deals under perceived threats, like blockades on the bridge.The campesinos maintain that their demonstration last week was peaceful until police showed up, and that they weren’t blocking traffic on the bridge. According to multiple protesters on the bridge that day, police told the 50-some demonstrators that they had five minutes to leave or else they would be arrested.Eddy Morales, a community leader and one of the seven arrested, said that when police detained fellow squatter Daniel Villalobos, the other protesters rushed to defend him. Those who got close enough were met with unwarranted violence, he said.Morales said he was kicked in the ribs and dragged by the neck by officers. He was then thrown into jail for a day and given a month’s probation from protesting on the bridge, he said.“If defending the land is a crime, then you’re going to have to punish a lot more than just me,” Morales said. “Here, the land issue isn’t just ours, it’s one that thousands of people have.”Squatters like Morales and Carlos Vargas say that Echeverría has no claim to the land because his lease expired years ago. La Nación has reported that the Government Attorney’s Office made a court-sanctioned deal with Echeverría to evict the squatters in exchange for Echeverría’s promise not to sue the government for failing to evict them during the more than a decade since he first made the request.Echeverría’s lawyer, Allan Garro, declined comment and said his client has been instructed not to speak of the matter to the media. Guillermo Keith of the National Labor Union (UNDECA) lends his support to the Palmar Sur squatters in a meeting at the contested Chánguena property. Associations like UNDECA and the National Association of Educators (ANDE) have been vocal in their solidarity with the farmers. Michael Krumholtz/The Tico TimesA possible solutionLast week, the National Rural Development Institute (INDER), an autonomous government entity, asked the Public Security Ministry to suspend the eviction while it tries to mediate the conflict. Representatives from INDER, which was created, in part, to resolve land conflicts, argue that they must first bring together Echeverría and the campesinos, who say they have not been in direct contact with Echeverría or anyone from COOPALCA, the cooperative that owns the land.“Before there is any judicial or administrative action, INDER must be allowed to mediate between both parties,” INDER President Ricardo Rodríguez said. The request is still pending.Broad Front Party legislator Edgar Araya Sibaja has been vocal in his defense of the squatters, and has expressed an equal measure of criticism towards the Solís administration for failing to resolve the conflict peacefully.“This is an easy conflict to solve,” he said in a video published recently on his Facebook page. “Have INDER acquire the land and divide it among the qualifying campesinos.”If that solution panned out, however, determining which families do and don’t qualify for land could be complicated.The government recently donated 38 houses on nearby land to squatters from Chánguena, but Carlos Vargas, one of the squatters, said the houses were small and inadequate and that it was “an erroneous solution.” The government says the homes are temporary.Vargas admitted, as did many other squatters, that emotions are running high among the community and that any attempt by police to forcefully remove them from the land could provoke violence.Marcelino Ramírez, who says he came to the Chánguena farm in 2003 from Pérez Zeledón, said the squatters will respect the law as long as the law respects them.“What we don’t want is blood,” he said. “But if the government wants that, then unfortunately we’re going to die for this, if we have to die for this.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Radian Revamps Its IdentityRadian Revamps Its Identity

first_img Radian Group Inc. announced that they are unveiling “bold, new visual identity” for the company. CEO Rick Thornberry explained, “Our new brand identity better communicates what Radian stands for today and what we aspire to be in the future.  It reflects our strong heritage and emphasizes our forward-thinking mindset.”Radian and its subsidiaries offer a full spectrum of residential mortgage and real estate products and services, including mortgage and title insurance, appraisal products, non-agency securitization reviews, secondary marketing support, and custom insurance products for investors seeking to participate in emerging risk-sharing opportunities.Thornberry added, “The new Radian is dedicated to disrupting existing business models to enable our customers to better transact and manage risk across the mortgage and real estate spectrum. Unlike traditional mortgage insurance companies, we’re able to offer a much broader, more diversified set of products and services to our customers.  That puts us in a unique position to deliver on the mortgage industry’s need for innovation as it adapts to new expectations for speed, transparency, and accountability.”“In today’s market, particularly in financial services and mortgage finance, standing still is not an option,” Radian CFO Frank Hall noted. “Our One Radian model uniquely blends many decades of risk management expertise with the power of data, technology, and analytics to disrupt the landscape.  It allows us to be insightful, as well as agile, as we bring new and needed solutions to the mortgage and real estate industries.”Radian currently operates as a family of companies that includes Radian Guaranty, Radian Reinsurance, Clayton Holdings, Green River Capital, ValuAmerica, Entitle Direct, and Red Bell Real Estate, LLC.  Over time, Radian’s new logo will unite all of its businesses under one brand.  A dedicated website has been established at to showcase the company’s business strategy and brand identity, and to keep customers informed with updates as Radian transitions its businesses to its new brand. October 12, 2018 604 Views in Headlines, News Appraisal Clayton Holdings Entitle Direct Frank Hall Green River Capital mortgage Radian Red Bell Real Estate residential real estate Rick Thornberry Title Insurance ValuAmerica 2018-10-12 Rachel Williamscenter_img Radian Revamps Its Identity Sharelast_img read more