Labeling your clips with colors can streamline your workflow and help you identify metadata at a glance. Learn how to maximize them in this Premiere Pro tutorial.Top image via Shutterstock.In this quick video tutorial, I am going to show you how easy it is to use a label to color your clips separately, so you can quickly identify different types of footage in the timeline. In the tutorial, I am going to separate footage shot in 24fps and footage shot in 30fps.Here are some other ways to use color labels on your clips in Premiere Pro:Camera anglesInterview subjectsSource footage formatSource footage frame sizeSource footage frame rateVersions of visual effects shotsGraphicsBrands, titles, pieces of work (for example in a sizzle reel)Let’s take a look at this easy-to-use tool. Tips for Using Labels in Premiere ProIf you’ve been editing for a while and moved from Final Cut Pro 7 to Adobe Premiere Pro, one of the many differences in the way the two NLEs work is how they handle clip colors.In Final Cut Pro 7, if you color a clip in the project browser, that color populates out to every instance of the clip in the project.By default in Adobe Premiere Pro, however, every time you drag a clip into a timeline, it acts like a unique instance of that clip.So if your clip is blue in the project browser, and you drag it into the timeline, it will be blue in the timeline. If you subsequently change the color of the clip in the project browser, say to yellow, and drag that into the timeline, you will have two copies of the same clip but with different colors in the timeline.If you change the color of the clip in the timeline, rather than in the project browser, it can again have a different color in all other instances.There is a really simple way to change the default behavior of the color coding system in Adobe Premiere Pro. Navigate to File > Project Settings > General and tick the check box labeled “Display the project item name and label color for all instances.”Now the color of the clip in the project browser will update to all instances of the clip in the project. So if you change the color of the clip back to blue in the project browser, it will be blue everywhere.This is also true of changing the clip color of any instance of the clip in the timeline itself. (There seems to be a short delay in seeing this — you have to click into another window for it to update.)Wherever you change the colors of your clips, they will now update globally.You can toggle this behavior on and off and choose how you would like your clip colors to operate, depending on what you need to do.Being able to find a clip based on a particular piece of metadata (for example frame rate or frame size) in an already-edited project can be a huge timesaver. Examples might include trying to find all the 4K footage or all the SD footage — or if you’re using stock footage, it’s also a handy way to identify where you’ve used a stock shot and if you’ve replaced the preview version.Other situations when seeing the balance of the content of your edit can include cutting sizzle reels, when you might want to know something like How much of Brand A do I have compared to Brand B? Color coding your clips would be an easy way to determine this at a glance.There are many ways to use color coding in Premiere Pro, but this little checkbox makes them all even more helpful.How do you use clip colors? Let us know in the comments.
Somdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the SA Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday.Somdev DevvarmanSomdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking points, that helped him climb the ranking ladder up.Somdev had broken into top-100 in August last year but kept floating inside and outside that bracket in the next few months.Comeback boy Karan Rastogi is the next best Indian at number 328.Meanwhile the re-united partners Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (6) kept their rankings intact in the doubles chart.In the WTA ranking, Sania Mirza’s ranking was unchanged in both singles (135) and doubles (66).Poojashree Venkatesha was second best ranked Indian at number 514, a gain of 20 position, in the singles chart.
PHILADELPHIA — Josh Beckett transformed himself from power pitcher to deceptive hurler after a winless, injury-plagued season ended with surgery. He still dominates, but in a different way.Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on May 25.“You don’t think at this point of your career that you’re going to do that,” Beckett said. Certainly not after a miserable 2013.Beckett was nearly derailed by a nerve condition that left him unable to feel his fingertips. He even had to learn to hold the steering wheel with his left hand because he couldn’t feel his right hand.Now he’s healthy and pitching like a guy with three All-Star games, two World Series rings and a World Series MVP award on his resume.On this day, he was downright nasty.“For him to be able to do that is nice,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “Just for everything that he’s been through with us, the surgery last year, he just seemed to change himself as a pitcher and is using the breaking ball more.”Beckett stuck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars. The 34-year-old right-hander threw 128 pitches. He fanned five-time All-Star Chase Utley on a called strike three to end the game.Figuring Utley wasn’t expecting a fastball with a no-hitter on the line, Beckett fired a 94 mph heater right down the middle. “I was trying to think along with him,” Beckett said.Beckett mixed a sharp fastball with a slow curve that kept hitters off-balance while retiring 23 straight batters in one stretch. He pitched the Dodgers’ first no-hitter since Hideo Nomo beat Colorado at Coors Field in 1996, and the 21st in franchise history. Sandy Koufax threw four.“I knew he had something special going early,” catcher Drew Butera said. “I was a nervous wreck from the fourth inning on when he said he had never taken one this far. He’s a guy who is going to keep it loose and he didn’t want anybody to be thinking about it.”Beckett pitched the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami’s Henderson Alvarez did it against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season.Beckett also became the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Philadelphia since Montreal’s Bill Stoneman stopped the Phillies on April 17, 1969, at Connie Mack Stadium.All of the defensive plays behind Beckett were routine. Domonic Brown had the hardest out, a liner that left fielder Carl Crawford ran down near the warning track in the fifth.Beckett sat at the end of the bench, next to a security guard, as the Dodgers batted in the ninth inning, before taking the mound in his bid for history.“It was awesome. You think about it pretty much from the fourth on. I’m not one of those guys that carried a lot of no-hitters deep into games,” he said.Beckett’s longest previous bid was 6 2-3 innings before allowing a single to Detroit’s Curtis Granderson on June 3, 2009.Beckett retired pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. on a popup to shortstop to start the ninth. Speedy Ben Revere followed with a grounder that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fielded, and he flipped to Beckett covering the bag for the second out.“It was the most excited I’ve ever been playing defense,” Gonzalez said.Jimmy Rollins was up next, and Beckett walked him on a full-count pitch. That brought up Utley, and when the count when to 3-2, Butera went to the mound to talk to Beckett.“It was what it was, and if I threw one, great. If not, I have healthy kids and a healthy wife, and that’s the main goal,” Beckett said.A pitch before striking out, Utley took a few steps toward first base when he thought a 3-1 delivery was ball four. Instead, it was strike two. Utley left the clubhouse before reporters arrived.“He had real good stuff right down to the final batter,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Our best hitter not swinging at the last two strikes is an indicator right there.”Beckett walked off the mound, pumped his fist and was mobbed by teammates. He got a standing ovation from the crowd of 36,141 at Citizens Bank Park on his way to the dugout.Beckett gave the policeman he chatted with throughout the game in the dugout one of his bats. The Phillies gave him the pitching rubber before he left the ballpark.“I’m really touched by that,” Beckett said. “The Phillies showed what a class organization they are by getting that to me.”Last July, Beckett had a rib removed in thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to fix a condition that was affecting his right arm. He went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight games in his first full year with the Dodgers following a blockbuster trade with Boston in 2012.Beckett helped the Red Sox with the 2007 World Series, but fell out of favor with fans before his departure. He was considered the ringleader after reports of players drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games surfaced following the disastrous end to 2011.Beckett (3-1) started this season on the disabled list with a thumb injury, raising more doubts about how effective he would be for a team with postseason expectations.“I just wanted to help the team,” he said. “You always want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”Beckett was the MVP of the 2003 World Series for the Marlins, capping their championship run by pitching a five-hit shutout in the clinching Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.Roy Halladay has the only other no-hitter at cozy Citizens Bank Park, doing it for the Phillies in a 4-0 playoff win over Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 2010.In 1988, Pascual Perez of the Expos held the host Phillies hitless for five innings at Veterans Stadium before the game was stopped because of rain. A Major League Baseball committee later ruled that no-hitters of less than nine innings didn’t officially count.Beckett walked Utley in the first and Marlon Byrd in the second before retiring 23 straight.Beckett threw a one-hitter for the Red Sox at Tampa Bay on June 15, 2011. He allowed an infield single to current Phillies utilityman Reid Brignac in the third inning of a 3-0 win.Phillies righty A.J. Burnett (3-4) allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in seven innings in a matchup against his former Marlins teammate. Burnett is 1-3 with a 6.26 ERA in his last four starts. “What was good for him today was he was able to throw his changeup and his hook for strikes in fastball counts,” Burnett said.Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, who caught Beckett in Florida, sort of predicted success for Beckett this season.“When we were in LA, we talked about some things and I said, ‘Man, this might be your best year because you’re just going out and enjoying it,’” Redmond said. A no-hitter sure makes it fun.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CHICAGO — Derick Brassard snapped out of a goal drought when it really mattered.Brassard connected 32 seconds into overtime to end a 14-game streak without a goal and Cam Talbot made 29 saves for his fifth shutout of the season in the New York Rangers’ 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 8.Brassard swooped in from left wing and fired a shot past Corey Crawford on the stick side after taking a cross-ice feed from Mats Zuccarello. That moved the Rangers within a point of the first-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.Brassard had 13 assists since his last goal, on Feb. 4 against Boston, but he said beating Crawford just inside the left post, was sweet — and went according to plan.“There’s no way there I could score on the glove side, so I just tried to go short side and it worked,” Brassard said. “It felt pretty good. I hadn’t scored in decades. I’m just happy we came here and won the game. We know they’re a power team in the West.”Talbot was sharp in his 15th start in 16 games since No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been sidelined with a neck injury. Talbot has eight career shutouts and backstopped the Rangers first blanking of the Blackhawks since Jan. 25, 1969, when Ed Giacomin was in nets.“I didn’t know that until right now,” Talbot said. “That says a lot about how we played tonight, coming into a tough building against one of the best teams, and really doing a good job in our zone, shutting them down, not giving them the second and third opportunities that they thrive on.”Crawford finished with 35 saves after stopping a career-high 46 shots March 6 in a 2-1 shootout win over Edmonton.“(Crawford) made some key saves at the end,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’ve had some success over the year in the overtime, not tonight.”“I thought, as far as the chances go, both ways it was a pretty even game. But (Brassard’s goal) was the game.”Chicago dropped to 12-6 in games decided in overtime, while New York improved to 8-7. In earning a point, the Blackhawks closed to within five of first-place Nashville and within three of second-place St. Louis in the Central Division.While Lundqvist has been out with the vascular injury — a condition that resulted from being hit with a shot Jan. 31 — New York has gone 11-2-3 to challenge for first place in the Metropolitan and Eastern Conference.“Though this stretch without him, we’ve found ways to win hockey games,” Brassard said.Chicago failed to convert any of four power plays, while New York couldn’t connect on its two. The Blackhawks fell to 3-2 without injured leading scorer Patrick Kane.The Blackhawks had the only two power plays in the up-tempo first, but the Rangers dominated and outshot Chicago 16-8 in the period. Crawford had to make several tough saves, including a point-blank stop on James Sheppard’s stuff-in attempt, when he cut into the crease from the side of the net.The Blackhawks picked up their pace in the second. Chicago fired eight shots at Talbot, while not allowing any in the opening 10 minutes of the frame.New York pushed back later in the period. Crawford snuffed a prime chance by Martin St. Louis, when he skated across the crease alone, with 5:35 left. Talbot then stopped Joakim Nordstrom with about 3 minutes left from a scrum at the side of the net.The teams tightened up play for much of the third, waiting to capitalize on a mistake that might decide it. Both goalies compensated for any errors.Crawford made a close-in stick save on Jesper Fast just under 3 minutes into the third following a Chicago turnover. Talbot stopped slumping Patrick Sharp’s rebound attempt at 6:05. Sharp has gone 18 games without a goal and has only two assists in his last 17.Crawford made three tough saves about 15 seconds apart with just over 7 minutes left. He dove to stop Chris Kreider, who was in alone, then denied St. Louis’s initial shot from the slot and Derek Stepan on a rebound.Chicago killed off a late New York power play in the third to send it to overtime.(MATT CARLSON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous DDC’s SBC successfully deployed on JAXA’s GOSAT-2 missionNext SECO: latest NXP-based solutions for edge computing Advantech, AMD, and Mentor, are partnering together to make AI technology more accessible and easier to implement, which is expected to create more AI-based business opportunities. AI technology will take embedded systems to the next level with higher efficiency and smarter systems designed to improve people’s lives. For instance, diagnostic errors among the 300M diagnostic radiology images that are captured in the US contain errors of up to 4%. AI-infused image recognition using machine learning can see far more detail in MRI and X-ray images than human eyes, so it can improve diagnostic accuracy and help prioritize treatment.AI technology in embedded system is often integrated in service model innovation rather than the manufactured product and it is highly sophisticated in the numerous tasks it performs including data collection, data analysis, pre-trained models, and inference. In terms of machine learning, programmed algorithms rely on powerful and reliable computing units for big data consumption. That’s why edge computing plays an important medium to satisfy the connection between the cloud and sensor devices.With the partnership of Advantech, AMD, and Mentor, we can help customers accelerate AI implementation by integrating each party’s products and services. We are each devoting resources to make edge computing easier to apply so customers can concentrate on AI application development for their hardware and middleware. Advantech offers an embedded platform (SOM-5871/AIMB-228) equipped with the latest AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processers, in combination with the Mentor Embedded Linux operating system. The AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor supports frameworks, libraries, tools, and compilers for machine vison applications that leverage the full power of the Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega GPU technology. More importantly, the three companies embrace open standards such as OpenVX, OpenCL API supported on the Linux kernel, so users can migrate machine learning across diverse hardware architectures for a variety of AI applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Ever since the motion poster and title of Rajinikanth’s upcoming film were unveiled many fans have come with theories about the story of the film.So, far it is speculated that Rajinikanth is hostel warden in some college and he has a flashback portion as well. Many such fan theories are flooding the internet. Now, the latest theory suggests that Rajinikanth is a MISA act prisoner in the movie.A picture of Rajinikanth with actor Ramachandra Durai Raj, who has acted in Jigarthanda and Naan Mahan Alla, has led in this new rumour.Here’s the photo: Rajinikanth and RamachandranIn the picture, Rajinikanth’s is seen sporting a tattoo, and fans have quickly claimed that the tattoo reads ‘MISA 109’. It is then said that Rajinikanth could be a prisoner of MISA act that was imposed during the emergency period of Indra Gandhi.It is further stated that the flashback portion of the film might be set in that period and Rajinikanth might play the role of a prisoner.Though this theory sounds farfetched, there seem to be a lot of takers for it.Directed by Karthik Subbraja, Petta stars Simran, Trisha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles.ALSO READ: PETA India requests Rajinikanth to stop goat sacrifice in his nameALSO WATCH | Rajini meets Karunanidhi: Neta Rajini seeks spirituality or identity?
Real Kashmir FC had a small but vociferous crowd behind them but had a man less on the turf as East Bengal notched a 2-1 win to keep their slender title hopes alive in the I-League in New Delhi Thursday.On the other hand, the result at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium put paid to Real Kashmir’s aspirations of winning the league on their maiden season in top-flight.Originally slated to be held in Srinagar, the match was shifted to the national capital two days ago in view of the prevailing “uncertainty” in the Kashmir valley following the Pulwama terror attack.Enrique Esqueda (20′) opened the scoring while Jaime Santos found the net in the 43rd minute, the Spanish duo giving the visitors a 2-0 buffer going into the second half.Aaron Katebe (67′) pulled one back for the ‘home’ team when he converted from the spot, but that was not enough to salvage something for the hosts.A stupendous performance by Enrique, the Man of the Match. He scored the first goal for us in 20th minute of the match!Well played Enrique!#EastBengalFC #LoveEastBengal #QuessEastBengalFC#HeroILeague pic.twitter.com/7p1JNWBCHsQuess East Bengal FC (@eastbengalfc) February 28, 2019East Bengal are second in the standings with 36 points while Real Kashmir are out of the race with 33 points. A win against Churchill Brothers on Friday, though, will be enough for Chennai City FC to claim their maiden title.While the Kolkata heavyweights controlled the first half, they seemed a bit rattled in the second, especially after Katebe hit the back of the net, Real Kashmir created a couple of clear-cut chances that went abegging.advertisementReal Kashmir’s biggest chance came in the 87th minute but Mason Robertson, son of coach David, failed to equalise despite having the entire goal at his mercy.In a last-ditch attempt, Robertson replaced Bazie Armand with Gnohore Krizo in the 82nd minute, but the sub could not get the goal the coach and his team wanted..@paletaesqueda9 #RKFCQEB #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/UIt21RmtDb Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 28, 2019These were after Real Kahsmir got a lifeline through a strike by Katebe, who was felled by the goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar.Before that, Esqueda headed home from a Laldanmawia Ralte cross to hand his team the lead, and it was no surprise considering East Bengal’s domination.Playing what was supposed to be their home game at a neutral venue, Real Kashmir were reduced to 10 men when Abednedo Kofi Tetteh was sent off as he mouthed something to the referee after committing a foul on Jhonny Acosta around the half-an-hour mark.@realkashmirfc couldn’t finish the chances in the second half or else it could have got something from this match. @eastbengalfc had a poor second half but survived to walk away with 3 points.Though crowd was negligible but there was tremendous energy#RKFCQEB 1-2 #HeroISL pic.twitter.com/bgYWShqgbSShaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) February 28, 2019East Bengal dealt Real Kashmir another blow when Jaime Santos unleashed a brilliant volley off an Esqueda pass following a good build-up.It could have been 3-0 East Bengal just before half time had it not been for a fine save by Bilal Khan following a Danmawia Ralte’s shot at the goal off Lalrindika Ralte’s cross.Robertson made two changes to his side that drew 2-2 against Indian Arrows in their last match. Krizo and Farhan Ganie were relegated to the bench as Abednego Tetteh and Vicky Metei started ahead of them.While Alejandro Menendez made three changes to the side that dropped points against Aizawl FC, bringing in Manoj Mohammad, Salam Ranjan Singh and Brandon Vanlalremdika in place of Kamalpreet Singh, Jhonny Acosta and the suspended Jobby Justin.”Obviously it is disappointing. We shook things up in the second half. My players have been fantastic. We knew we have to be strong defensively. As a new club, we didn’t lose any match by big margins. The whole season has been fantastic as we beat Mohun Bagan and Chennai City twice,” Real Kashmir gaffer Robertson said.He added, “This stadium is not like our home ground, but more like Salt Lake. It has been brilliant working with my players who never complain.”Menedez said they will wait for Chennai City’s game on Friday and then think about the next assignment.”There are many key points (in the title race). Tomorrow, Chennai have a tough fixture. If they lose, then we will see what happens next,” Menendez said.Also Read | Mesut Ozil on target as Arsenal hammer Bournemouth in Premier LeagueAlso Read | Santiago Solari curses Real Madrid wastefulness in El Clasico defeat to Barcelonaadvertisement
9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity 1. Fortress Spike Island, Cork/Facebook 2. Fortress Spike Island, Cork/Facebook 3. Fortress Spike Island, Cork/Facebook Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The prison hosts tours year-round — all include stops at the cell blocks and the site of one of the prison’s most famous riots in 1985. However, the Spike Island After Dark tour is an exceptionally unique way to experience the island as it explores the darkest, seediest aspects of the prison’s sordid past. Over the centuries, many prisoners attempted to take their own lives, many were tortured, and even more spent years in solitary confinement, largely forgotten about.In the 1850s, it was the largest prison in the world and overcrowding fueled much of the mistreatment and foul conditions. This all earned Spike Island the moniker of “Ireland’s hell.” Today, mass graves dot the grounds, and ghost stories abound of prisoners who still haunt its cell blocks. It’s also become a requisite stop on the tours of paranormal television shows like Ghost Hunter International, Cork Paranormal Investigators, and GhostEire. Spike Island was ranked “Leading Tourist Attraction” at the 2017 Europe Travel Awards, topping out even the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, and the Colosseum in Rome. The win completes a hat-trick for Ireland, who also won last year and the year prior for the Titanic in Belfast and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin respectively. The island will now move to the Grand World Final in Vietnam to represent all of Europe.Feature image courtesy of Fortress Spike Island, Cork/Facebook Fortress Spike Island, Cork/FacebookIreland’s beauty — vast rolling hills, impossibly green valleys, and dramatic sea cliffs — can be found in every corner of the country. While that beauty extends to Spike Island off the coast of Cork, beneath the surface lies a sinister past that dates back centuries. The Spike Island prison has been dubbed “the Alcatraz of Europe,” and has been the site of some of Ireland’s most heinous acts of humanity. However, this dark history only fuels visitors’ morbid curiosity, which is why it’s now one of the most visited (and most fascinating) tourist sites in all of Europe.The history of Spike Island dates back more than 1,300 years to the 7th century, when it was founded as a monastery. After British occupation in the 18th century, it was subsequently used as a military fortress and eventually a detention center for prisoners destined to serve out their sentences in Australia. The 103-acre island functioned as a prison through 2004 before being closed due to deplorable living conditions. After recognizing its potential as a tourist site, the country spent more than €5 million ($5.8 million) to upgrade its infrastructure. It reopened for tours in the summer of 2016, and today visitors can reach the island by boat via Cobh port. This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway
zoom Dry bulk transporter Scorpio Bulkers Inc. revealed plans yesterday to raise USD 150 million through private placement of its shares of common stock. An aggregate of 40,000,000 common shares will be sold at a price of USD 3.75 per share, according to Scorpio.Scorpio said it intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to fund installment payments due under its newbuilding program, and the remaining amount,for general corporate purposes and working capital.The shares are due on or about November 20, 2014, with RS Platou Markets, Inc. and RS Platou Markets AS acting as placement agents for the private placement.Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has contracted for 78 dry bulk vessels consisting of 29 Ultramax, 21 Kamsarmax and 28 Capesize vessels, from shipyards in Japan, South Korea, China and Romania. Upon final delivery of all of the vessels, the company’s owned fleet is expected to have a total carrying capacity of approximately 8.7 million deadweight tonnes. Press Release
OTTAWA – A first-of-its-kind study in Canada has painted a national picture of homeless youth and drawn a link to the foster care system that researchers say could be playing a more active role in keeping young people off the streets.The study found nearly three out of every five homeless youth were part of the child welfare system at some point in their lives, a rate almost 200 times greater than that of the general population.Of those with a history in the child welfare system, almost two of every five respondents eventually “aged out” of provincial or territorial care, losing access to the sort of support that could have kept them from becoming homeless, the study found.The result is that Canada is creating a group of young people who are at higher risk of becoming homeless because they lack resources when coming out of foster care, said Stephen Gaetz, the study’s co-author and director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.The study released Wednesday comes months before dozens of cities will take part in the second, federally organized point-in-time count of the homeless population that will include a focus on young people.The first federal point-in-time count last year asked respondents for their ages, but changes to the questionnaire are coming for the 2018 count to help communities that choose to put extra attention on targeting the youth homeless population including when someone first became homeless.The survey also will now includes questions about immigrants and refugees, as well as gender identity to better help cities co-ordinate and plan services or, in the case of newcomers to Canada, whether there may be “an issue that can be addressed upstream.”The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the updated questionnaire under the Access to Information Act.The first count last year included 32 cities. More cities have suggested they are interested in taking part in next year’s count.All of the data will feed into the Liberal government’s anti-poverty strategy that will target vulnerable populations like youth. Mathieu Filion, a spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, said the government will look at the youth homeless study released Wednesday to see how its recommendations can be worked into the national anti-poverty plan.The study is based on a survey of 1,103 young people who were homeless in 42 different communities in nine provinces and Nunavut.There are about 6,500 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 homeless on any given night.The report urges the federal government to focus on preventing youth homelessness — particularly among Indigenous youth — and on provinces and territories to focus on “after care” by providing support as needed until age 25.“We’re not calling out child protection services,” Gaetz said. “We’re not pointing fingers going, ‘It’s horrible what you’re doing.’“Rather, we’re saying this is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, but it’s something that we can identify as leading to bad outcomes when young people leave care.”New census data released last week reported some 43,880 youth in foster care in 2016, a decline of about 4,000 from the 47,890 young people Statistics Canada counted in 2011, the first time such data was collected for the census.The problem is particularly acute for Indigenous youth, who in 2011 made up nearly half of the children in care nationally. Statistics Canada is set to release more census details about Canada’s Aboriginal population later this fall.The study says that the problems with Indigenous child welfare, which governments have vowed to tackle, highlight the need for structural reforms to the system.“None of these approaches can be a one-size-fits-all approach,” said study co-author David French, director of policy and planning with A Way Home, a national, anti-youth-homelessness coalition.“So when you speak about Indigenous young people or young people who identify as LGBTQ2S, or new immigrant young people, each of them does require a targeted response underneath a specific strategy.”LGBTQ2S stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit, the latter term referring specifically to members of the Indigenous community.— Follow @jpress on Twitter
APTN National NewsIs prohibition improving the way of life for the Vuntut Gwitchin?Some residents of Yukon’s most northern community are hoping changes to a 25 year-old law will help curb bootlegging and other social ills in Old Crow.APTN’s Shirley McLean has more.
Marrakech – President of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD/based in Rome) Kanayo Nwanze, commended the development dynamism going on in rural areas in Morocco and the synergy of efforts between local authorities and recipient populations of socio-economic projects.The IFAD president told MAP after visiting some of the IFAD-funded projects he is satisfied with the results of these projects and with their impact on the target populations’ living conditions.The Fund, which started cooperating with Morocco in 1980, has financed 13 projects in addition to 5 ongoing ones. Results achieved so far are leading the Fund to intensify its cooperation with Morocco and start new projects, together with other fund-donors, he said.“I have met rural women and they confirmed the improvement of their living conditions thanks to the socio-economic projects”, he said noting that the construction of a kindergarten or a drinking water supply facility alleviates the burden on women and enables them to have income-generating activities.Cooperation between the IFAD and Morocco is based on financial assistance in the form of grants or easy loans for farming and rural development projects.
The Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it, improve vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. WHO says $56 million is required to implement the strategy, of which $25 million would fund the WHO/AMRO/PAHO (Regional Office foe the Americas/Pan American Health Organization) response and $31 million would fund the work of key partners. In the interim, WHO has tapped a recently established emergency contingency fund to finance its initial operations.As part of WHO’s new emergency programme, the agency’s headquarters activated an Incident Management System to oversee the global response and leverage expertise from across the organization to address the crisis. WHO is tapping a recently established emergency contingency fund to finance its initial operations.Meanwhile, Dr. Natela Menabde, the Executive Director of the WHO Office in New York, told Member during a briefing to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that currently 34 countries have reported the Zika virus, mostly in the Americas and Caribbean, and seven reported an increase in cases of microcephaly.She said that Brazil has registered more than 4,700 suspected cases of microcephaly, a quarter were only studied for the moment, while the average number of microcephaly every year until then was of 163 cases. “The increase we see now is definitely a source of serious concern,” she added. In his remarks, ECOSOC President Oh Joon recalled that on 1 February, based on recommendations of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, WHO declared the increasing cases of neonatal and neurological disorders, amid the growing Zika outbreak in the Americas, a public health emergency.“We know that Zika is a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. It was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda. The health threat associated with the Zika Virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean is very real,” he said, adding that the rise of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders in the affected regions is extremely worrying.All this raises the question of preparedness of health systems and institutions to respond to the needs of infected women and men, children born with microcephaly, and their families, especially their mothers, he underscored. Recalling that over the years, ECOSOC convened special meetings to address global public health emergencies and promote a coordinated strategic response to, among others the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, avian flu in 2005 and Ebola in 2014, Mr. Oh said: We have learned from the past outbreaks that health emergencies have economic and social implications.” Indeed, he continued, governments can experience fiscal deficits due to increased expenditures on healthcare and social protection programmes. Labour productivity can decrease if workers fall sick or need to care for sick family members. Women, who are the most vulnerable, shoulder the caregiving for sick family members, he added.“Responding to the Zika virus requires a strong coordinated and integrated response from the international community, including the UN system. This ‘international public health emergency’ needs our utmost attention,” said Mr. Oh, assuring the international community that the Council will continue its efforts on tackling emerging global issues and mobilizing coordinated response from the UN System in timely manner.
Central to the KTN is its web portal. The partners hope to encourage active participation in the exchange of ideas between industry and academia through the new site. Speaking via video link from Japan Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex, said, ‘KTNs will play a vital role in making the necessary connections between various players, from academia, industry, customers and the investor community, necessary to encourage innovation growth.’ http://www.low-carbon-fuel-cell-ktn.org.uk/Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Dr Sir David King, the government’s chief scientific advisor, was guest speaker at the launch of the low carbon and fuel cell KnowledgeTransfer Network (KTN) in central London yesterday. In his address, Dr King warned of the consequences of climate change but pointed to the potential of technology solutions. ‘Investment in science and innovation is the most important step government can take’, he said before calling for a new culture to ensure home-grown talent remains in the UK. Dr King praised the KTN, describing it as an integral part of the process to promote innovation, by creating a forum for discussion and ideas among academia and industry. This should help turn world-class innovation into competitive advantage for companies based here in the UK. The launch took place simultaneously in London and Yokohama, and was led by Cenex, the centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel technolgies.Three other partners are involved – SMMT Foresight Vehicle, Fuel Cells Today and Fuel Cells UK.
Before scrolling down and peeking at the table, take a guess: Which team has the highest projected end-of-season win total according to FiveThirtyEight’s latest NFL Elo ratings and playoff odds?While you’re thinking, let me briefly explain what these numbers are all about. A team’s Elo rating represents its current strength — or at least an estimate thereof using a simple method that incorporates margin of victory, home-field advantage, strength of schedule and team quality in previous seasons. (For the really gory details of how the ratings work, click here.) To give you a sense of the scale, the average NFL team always has an Elo rating of 1500, and the ratings usually range from 1700 on the high side to 1300 on the low end of the spectrum.Anyway, once computed, they can be used to derive win probabilities for each game and even point spreads. That’s how we’re able to simulate the remainder of the NFL schedule thousands of times and track each team’s chances of winning the division or making the playoffs, right down to using the NFL’s actual, highly arcane tiebreaker rules.OK, so now that the explanation is out of the way, which team has the most predicted wins?Perhaps you’re thinking of the Seattle Seahawks, who won their Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. You’d be close; Seattle once again checks in with the top Elo rating this week (see left), but their schedule is difficult enough — eighth-toughest in the league, to be exact — that they don’t have the league’s highest expected win total. Speaking of the Broncos, they had the most predicted wins in last week’s column, but their loss to the Seahawks was damaging — both because it took away about 0.38 expected wins for the Seattle game itself, and because their Elo rating was downgraded by 14 (or the equivalent of a little more than a half a point of victory margin per game), reducing their win probabilities in future games as well.New England, then? The Patriots did manage to win last week but only marginally improved their Elo rating after a seven-point victory over the Oakland Raiders in a game Elo thought they should have won by more than two touchdowns. They currently rank fourth in expected wins. And the Carolina Panthers, who had been pegged for 10.7 wins after a 2-0 start, dropped to a 9.1-win expectation in the wake of an 18-point home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.The answer you were looking for was actually the Cincinnati Bengals, who project to win a league-high 11.2 games, according to our simulations. The Bengals moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006 (don’t ask what happened that year) by drubbing the Tennessee Titans 33-7, and they now have the NFL’s best point differential. They also have an easier remaining schedule than the teams above them in the Elo pecking order. Based on Elo, an average team would be expected to beat Cincinnati’s remaining opponents by about 0.1 points per game (taking into account where the games are being played), while an average team would lose by 0.6 PPG against Seattle’s slate, 0.4 PPG against Denver’s and 0.2 PPG against New England’s.The Bengals also have the league’s best playoff odds at 78 percent and its second-best shot at winning the Super Bowl. Cincinnati does not have the best division odds, thanks to the re-emergence of Pittsburgh and Baltimore (sorry, Cleveland). Before the season, we thought the AFC North would be up for grabs, and three of its teams had preseason Elo ratings above 1500, but they were all bunched at the fringe of the top 12. Now Elo’s fourth-, ninth- and 12th-best teams hail from the AFC North, making it the NFL’s second-best division (in terms of its members’ average rating) behind the fearsome NFC West.Either way, Bengals fans should enjoy their team’s newfound success. They’re in a relatively prosperous cycle of the franchise’s history; including the end of last season, the team is consistently producing its best Elo ratings since the end of the 2005 season. Let’s hope there isn’t another Kimo von Oelhoffen moment waiting to derail the momentum this time around.Here are the projected standings and playoff odds for every NFL team:Some other observations:After briefly pulling themselves up to a 1503 Elo with a win over the New York Jets in Week 2, the Green Bay Packers dropped below 1500 again and now have their worst rating since the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era. It’s a far cry from the Packers team that boasted a 1780 Elo late in the 2011 season, just 145 short weeks ago.Like Cincinnati, the Arizona Cardinals are zooming up the expected-win charts. Our simulations have them winning an average of 10.6 games by the end of the season, which ranks third in the league. Interestingly, by Elo they aren’t even the second-best team in the NFC West — San Francisco is barely ahead despite losing to Arizona last week — but they are expected to win 1.8 more games than the 49ers because they are already two games up in the standings (though they play the fourth-hardest schedule in football from now on).San Diego shouldn’t be forgotten in the Super Bowl derby. Although the Seahawks are the clear favorites, with a 14 percent chance of winning it all, the Chargers are at the periphery of the next tier of contenders — a group that also includes Cincinnati, New England, Arizona, Denver and possibly the Philadelphia Eagles. And along with the Bengals and Cardinals, the Chargers have added the most to their Elo score since the preseason ratings, improving from a 1555 to their current 1602 mark over the course of three straight victories.Although their 1999 incarnation was pretty extraordinary, the 2014 St. Louis Rams — along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars — seem to be deteriorating. No teams have shed more points off of their Elo ratings since the season began, with each losing in excess of 49 points (the equivalent of about two points per game of expected scoring margin) compared to their preseason ratings.As I mentioned, Elo ratings can also be used to generate point spreads for future games. It is our staunch recommendation, however, that these be used for “entertainment purposes only” — especially after a performance like last week. Going up against the point spreads listed at Pro-Football-Reference.com, Elo’s picks were a dreadful 4-11-1 in Week 3. (They did have a 12-4 straight-up record.) But we’ll soldier on anyway and list the matchups for this week, along with their predicted win probabilities and point spreads:The best matchup of the week in Elo’s eyes is Philadelphia at San Francisco, which matches Nos. 6 and 10 in our rankings. But as far as marquee games go (measured by the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame ratings after adding half the home-field advantage to each side), it’s the worst week-leading matchup of the season yet.Even so, there are some interesting pairings to be had, in addition to Eagles-Niners. Elo considers Washington and the New York Football Giants to be a classic “pick ’em“, while Vegas sees Washington as three-and-a-half point favorites, perhaps underestimating just how bad of a period this is in the franchise’s history. Likewise, Green Bay is a one-and-a-half point favorite at Chicago despite Elo pegging the Bears as five-point favorites. How much of that is owed to the Bears’ banged-up defense, and how much simply stems from a refusal to believe the Packers aren’t the same team they were several years ago, is tough to say.Finally, a couple of NFC South teams are getting a lot more love in Vegas than the ratings say they deserve. The books have both Atlanta and New Orleans favored by 3 on the road this week (the Falcons visit Minnesota; the Saints go to Dallas), while Elo thinks Vegas is off by about 5 points in each matchup — enough to swing the expected winner of both games. In general, Elo has the NFC South as the fifth-best division in football, but if both teams buck the odds and live up to those spreads on the road, our computer might have to change its tune.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Urban Meyer isn’t an especially large man, but he casts an especially big shadow. So big, it almost overshadowed the Ohio State-Michigan game. Some say “The Game” is the most important part of the season every year. Toss the records out and forget about last week because it’s a one-game season. I could feel the hatred in Ann Arbor during OSU’s 40-34 loss to Michigan. I could feel the passion. But no matter what the outcome was, the biggest story in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday morning is going to be Meyer becoming OSU’s next football coach. In a way, “The Game” was trumped by Meyer’s impending arrival. Sure, it’s not official yet, but Meyer coming to OSU is the worst kept secret in college football. Even during Michigan week, it’s all anyone wanted to talk about. As much as coach Luke Fickell can talk about his program being in a “bubble” and ignoring the outside world, everyone was listening to the rumors — players and coaches included. I’m sure the university didn’t want the news to break until after the end of the regular season out of respect for Fickell and everyone else on this year’s team, but the fact that it did couldn’t have helped the Buckeyes. As a coach, how can you concentrate on the task at hand when, in all likelihood, you won’t have a job the following week? I’m sure they all wanted to beat Michigan and cared about the players enough to prepare to the best of their ability, but in the back of their minds, they have to be thinking about supporting their family. Any sane person would be at least considering future coaching options. As a player, how likely are you to listen to a coach that you only have to deal with for a couple more games — especially a coach that has already led you to five losses? The bottom line is, the Meyer rumors didn’t just excite the fans. They affected the internal program’s focus and at least partially distracted them from the Michigan game. The defense was porous, giving up a season-high 40 points and junior quarterback Denard Robinson had his way with the Silver Bullets, scoring a total of five touchdowns. Fickell did what he could, but what does it say about “the greatest rivalry in all of sports,” when the focus during game-week isn’t on the game?
Amy was found at 8.15pm and taken to hospital by 11pm but died the following day after life support was withdrawn.Ms Le Fevre told the court she had a “known and recent history of ligature attempts (which) continued during her time there”.But she was left with unsupervised access and the means to carry out another suicide attempt, the court heard.The Health and Safety Executive investigation concluded “procedures for the management of ligature risk had not resulted in effective measures”, Ms Le Fevre said.An inquest in 2016 heard neglect contributed to Amy’s death, finding she died accidentally of unintended consequences of a deliberate act.The jury’s findings were highly critical of the Priory, ruling staff failed to dial 999 quickly enough, failed to call a doctor promptly and were not trained in CPR.Staffing levels were inadequate, Amy was not resuscitated properly by staff, and had to be removed from the hospital on a body board because the ambulance stretcher could not fit in the lift, it found.The response of staff was so inadequate the jury agreed there was a possibility that Amy may have lived if she had received proper care.Inquest, the charity supporting her family, said this was thought to be the first prosecution of its kind and a “historic moment in accountability” after the deaths of children in private mental health care. She said the case was “bitter” but a “huge step forward” and “long awaited”, adding: “Amy was my dearly loved youngest daughter, a sister, niece and granddaughter with her whole life ahead of her.”She had the warmest heart and a great sense of humour. She never liked to see people treated unfairly.”The packed courtroom heard the company would be admitting the offence formally at a Crown Court sentencing hearing next month in front of a judge with the power to impose an unlimited fine.The company had a turnover of £134 million for the year ending 2016 and the starting point for the fine would be £2.4 million, Sarah Le Fevre, prosecuting, said.The teenager was an NHS-funded patient in the Priory’s care at the East Sussex hospital’s children’s unit near Tunbridge Wells.On August 23 2012, she was admitted to the hospital’s high dependency unit and on November 11 that year she tied a scarf around her neck in her bedroom, the court heard. “Every day my family have to suffer her absence. The only thing that has kept me going is to achieve justice for Amy and to stop other families going through the torture we have endured.” A private mental health care group is facing a fine of millions of pounds for breaching health and safety laws after a 14-year-old girl with a history of suicide attempts died in its care.A criminal investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive into The Priory after the death of Amy El-Keria, who was treated at its Ticehurst House psychiatric hospital in 2012, Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard.The London-based company indicated a guilty plea after being charged under health and safety laws with being an employer failing to discharge its duty to ensure people were not exposed to risk, in what is thought to be the first prosecution of its kind.Outside court, Amy’s mother Tania El-Keria wept as she told reporters her daughter’s welfare should never have been “in the hands of a company whose priority was placing profit over her safety” and called on mental health minister Jackie Doyle-Price for a meeting to discuss the failings in the care system.Demanding more transparency in the private hospitals, she said: “For 14 years we kept her safe but within three months with the Priory she was dead.”Six long years it has taken for the Priory to be brought to court. Every day I have to live with the heartbreak of my child’s death. Caseworker Victoria McNally called on the Government to review whether the Priory is fit to receive “such significant public expenditure” for the provision of children’s specialist mental health care after the family had been “failed by the system”.LMK The Priory Group said in a statement: “We are truly sorry that this very sad incident occurred and extend our deepest sympathies to Amy’s family.”We continue to invest significantly in improving patient safety at Ticehurst. LMK Ends The hospital is making strong progress under new leadership and continues to be rated ‘good’ in all areas by the CQC.”The company is expected to be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on February 6. 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. Tania El-Keria , mother of Amy El-Keria who died whilst in the care of The Priory hospitalCredit:Brighton Pictures
SIX NATIONS MINNOWS Italy produced a breathtaking display to hand Ireland a 22-15 defeat at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.Italy had started this campaign with a 23-18 victory over France and after defeats to Scotland, England and Wales sealed it with another deserved win over another of the pre-tournament favourites.Italy have now won twice in the Six Nations for only the second time, the last being in 2007.Ireland, missing fly-half Jonathan Sexton to a foot injury, had the early momentum and Paddy Jackson put the first of his 15 points on the board with a sixth-minute penalty after Leonardo Ghiraldini was whistled for a tackle on Conor Murray.However the visitors’ luck soon ran out in a half which saw several of their players come off injured and iconic centre Brian O’Driscoll, possibly playing his last Ireland international, sent to the sin-bin.Ireland were robbed several times at their own lineout and it was after Sergio Parisse outjumped Donnacha Ryan deep in Irish territory that the referee whistled for a penalty which Orquera fired over to level on 13 minutes. With Parisse still sidelined, Ireland began to push deep into Italian territory and came close to making the breakthrough after a dominant 20-phase spell in which they finally had to settle for a penalty. Jackson converted for 16-15.Parisse returned, but moments later it was to say farewell to a tearful Andrea Lo Cicero who ended his Italy career in the 64th minute and was replaced by Michele Rizzo.Another chance to extend the lead was spurned when Garcia’s penalty effort was short and wide. But when Orquera was restored to kicking duties minutes later he sent Italy 19-15 in front with another low effort 10 minutes from the final whistle.After Parisse was brought down by several green shirts as he charged down the left Murray was sin-binned for a tripping offence.Italy won yet another lineout and a subsequent penalty, with Orquera sealing victory in the final minute.- © AFP, 2013Out of 10: How we rated Ireland’s players against France Parisse immenseItaly resumed in positive fashion, Edoardo Gori dancing through several green shirts before offloading to Parisse at the halfway line where a lineout was called after he failed to release the ball quickly enough.When Sean O’Brien failed to get up quickly enough after a tackle, Italy were awarded another penalty but Orquera’s effort from 40 metres came off the upright.It failed to faze the hosts, who went 6-3 up thanks to Orquera’s penalty after Cian Healy failed to roll away after tackling Parisse.Ireland suffered further setback when Keith Earls was brought down and forced off after appearing to injure his shoulder. Luke Marshall was then forced off holding his arm and O’Driscoll was sin-binned for a needless stamp on the chest of Favaro.Italy ultimately failed to capitalise and it took a penalty from Gonzalo Garcia just before half-time to bring up their lead to 9-3, only for Ireland to reduce the arrears through another Jackson penalty on the stroke of half-time.Italy had Ireland on the ropes in the opening few minutes of the second half and were finally rewarded with their only try of the game thanks to Giovambattista Venditti, who squeezed the ball over on the right.Orquera, from 35 metres out, converted to give Italy a 16-6 lead which had the crowd in raptures.FightbackIreland, however, came fighting back and cut the deficit through a Jackson penalty after Parisse was sent to the sin-bin for a trip on Madigan.Jackson was spot-on again from over 40 metres moments later after Italy had failed to release, taking the score to 16-12 just before the hour.
Ah, the Ultrabook. Sure, they’re really just skinny Windows laptops designed to compete against the MacBook Air, but Intel’s sure they’re the next big thing. Provided, of course, manufacturers can get them built at the right price.The “right price” used to be anywhere under $1,000. Intel has now revised that figure to a much more miserly $699.Intel is hoping that Ultrabooks can capture around 40% of the laptop market by the end of 2012, but that it’s going to be tough if prices don’t come down. The chip giant’s own Navin Shenoy said that the company wants to make that drop happen, but that it’s going to require help from “the ecosystem” to succeed.Shenoy said that “even if [Intel is] giving the chips away for free” the $699 mark can’t be reached without involving OEMs and manufacturers. An Intel price cut would certainly be a good catalyst. Acer president Scott Lin and Compal’s Ray Chen petitioned the chip maker for Ultrabook chip subsidies earlier this year, noting that the Intel guts account for as much as 33% of an Ultrabook’s price.Intel, however, wanted to maintain its estimated 60% gross profit margin. They did create a $300 million fund to help foster Ultrabook-related innovations in hardware and software and to help market the machines, but straight-up subsidies or price reductions weren’t part of the plan.Manufacturers have already started looking elsewhere for ways to reduced Ultrabook costs. Acer and Asus are planning to replace expensive, difficult-to-source aluminum shells with less costly fiberglass housings, for example.Shenoy also mentioned in his comments that Ultrabook prices wouldn’t rise due to the flooding in Thailand. The reason? Because Ultrabooks don’t use hard drives, they use SSDs.There are two obvious problems with that statement. First, the Acer Aspire 3951 is currently the least expensive Ultrabook on the planet at $899. It’s the closest to Intel’s $699 target today… and the base model ships with a 320GB HDD. Second, SSDs aren’t immune to supply shortage issues. Apple has caused one or two runs on flash components before, and rumor has it that they’re getting ready to pump out the iPad 3 early next year. That flood of iPads could put a strain on SSDs — and subsequently drive up Ultrabook prices.That said, gadget prices always slide as they mature. By the end of next year, someone will have figured out how to get an Ultrabook on the market for $200 less than the Aspire 3951. Intel might have to make some pricing concessions after all, what with those AMD Ultrabook chips on the way.More at Reuters
By Sean Murray Monday 6 Feb 2017, 1:16 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Feb 6th 2017, 1:16 PM Minister Leo Varadkar Image: Rollingnews.ie Leo Varadkar is the first minister to say Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland “I’m not sure what purpose it would serve,” Leo told Sean O’Rourke. 17,686 Views Minister Leo Varadkar Image: Rollingnews.ie Taoiseach says he has a lot he wants to talk to Trump about. He’ll make a decision about inviting him to Ireland when he meets him— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 6, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article MINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Leo Varadkar has said that he ‘wouldn’t be keen’ on inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland.Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, the Minister for Social Protection said the decision rests with Enda Kenny on whether or not to extend an offer when the Taoiseach visits the White House next month.He also criticised UK Prime Minister Theresa May for talking in “sound bites” and expressed his fears concerning her rhetoric on a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview Varadkar touched on issues such as changes to PRSI, which has reformed to protect pension entitlements, the national children’s hospital and ruled out charging people for their free travel pass.He was pressed on when Enda may step down as Taoiseach, but responded that it was a matter for Kenny to address, himself. He then gave the same answer when asked if he would invited Trump to Ireland.When the Taoiseach was asked about the issue today, he said he would wait until he met Trump before deciding whether or not to invite him to Ireland. On what he would personally do in the situation, Varadkar was clear.“I wouldn’t [invite Trump],” he said. “I’m not sure what purpose it would serve.”He talked about the reception Barack Obama received when he came to Ireland, and diplomatically said that “you wouldn’t necessarily assume” that Trump would receive a similar welcome.When asked about Brexit’s implications, he was clear in his desire to protect the “common citizenship, free trade between Ireland and Britain, as well as to get the right arrangements in place in the North”.This, however, would be contingent on the type of Brexit that eventually happens when the UK triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which they plan to do by the end of March.If it goes our way, I don’t think it’ll impact us that badly. If it goes the other way, then of course it could.On Prime Minister May’s penchant for repeating the mantra of “no return to the borders of the past”, Varadkar said: “It annoys me when I hear that sound bite, since she loves talking in slogans and sound bites, that you know she always has this line.That implies we’re going to have some sort of ‘border of the future’ and you know I don’t want to have any borders on our island.“We got rid of them and the peace process has been a success in part because there is no physical border of any sort.”He said that there was no reason why Northern Ireland couldn’t opt in for some beneficial EU programmes, and even said it may be possible for the North to stay in the single market, even if the rest of Britain opted out.“The North voted to remain in the EU,” he said. “It’ll be difficult, but I think it could be possible.”Speaking on the idea of having a Minister for Brexit, in the wake of Fianna Fáil appointing new recruit Stephen Donnelly as its Brexit spokesperson, Varadkar said former-Taoiseach John Bruton’s rationale for not having such a Minister made sense.If you have a Minister for Brexit, then other Ministers with a key role in this can take their eye off the ball.Read: Poll: Should Enda Kenny invite Donald Trump to visit Ireland?Read: US court denies request to immediately reinstate travel ban http://jrnl.ie/3225270 Share697 Tweet Email1 77 Comments