Israeli Soldier Killed in Jerusalem Truck Attack Was US Citizen

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — One of the four Israeli soldiers killed this weekend when a Palestinian man rammed a truck into a crowd was a U.S. citizen, officials say.Erez Orbach, 20, also had Israeli citizenship, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Israel told ABC News.The other three soldiers have been identified as Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj, 22, and Shira Tzur, 20.They were getting off a bus during a sightseeing tour Sunday when the truck hopped the curb and crashed into them, killing all four. Seventeen other people were injured.The 28-year-old Palestinian attacker, Fadi Qunbar, was shot dead at the scene, officials said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Todd gets the plaudits at PAGS monthly

first_imgMyles Knowlson (centre) was the B Flight winner with 44 points.Another day dawned and golfers descended en masse on the Phoenix Gold course for the July PAGS tournament.  The day’s field of 93 players, which included 7 ladies, had an eye on the weather conditions, and with good reason too as a few storms had been experienced over the previous few days.We played the Mountain & Ocean combination, with the course being in great condition after the recent Ladies European Tour event.  Greens were running smoothly, although the recent rain softened the fairways, reducing much run.  Organisors implemented ‘lift, clean & place’ through the green to avoid the dreaded mud ball on the soft fairways.There were a couple of standout performers, with Todd Doss shooting 69 off his scratch handicap to claim the low gross award, second place in the A Flight & his maximum 2 technical prizes.  Myles Knowlson (H/cap 15) recorded the best stableford score of the day to convincingly lead the B Flight home with a spectacular 44 points, again along with the maximum 2 technicals.The ladies winner was regular PAGS participant, Prasong O’Connor (18) with a solid 37 points. A flight winner was Ken Price (13) with an impressive 42 points, to go with his long drive award on hole 9, ahead of the aforementioned Todd Doss, with Fynn Csizmadia (11) picking up third spot on 38 points.B flight silver went to last year’s PAGS overall winner Tom Thompson (17) with 40 points, while 3rd place was a tightly contested affair with a series of count backs required before Manny Defteros (14) got the nod with his 22 points on the back 9, after 4 players signed for 36 points.In the C flight, there was a clear win for 13-year old Marco Charvolin (31) with 40 points, one ahead of Bernt Boden (26) in second while the bronze again required a count back; George Okrasa (23) just getting the better of Leif Halin after both had signed for 37 points.Honourable mentions go to Todd, Myles, Ken & Wayne Soper who actually won 4 technicals, although 2 went back in to the lucky draws.We look forward to another successful PAGS tournament on August 29.  Contact Shane on 0863720084 to ensure your preferred tee time.last_img read more

Mayor stands and fights

first_imgFormer Cardinia Shire mayor Bill Pearson saw first-hand the fantastic work done by the CFA and emergency By Melissa MeehanFORMER…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

It’s Finally Happened: Women Say It’s a Turn Off If a Man Pays on the First Date

first_imgIf you needed a sign that ACTUAL progress is being made toward more gender equality, here you go. According to a new survey, one of the oldest stereotypical examples of gender roles has flipped. The survey also found the two worst things to do on a first date are talking about the weather or going to a horror movie.center_img The majority of women now say it’s a TURN OFF if a guy pays on the first date.  They’d much rather split the bill evenly.last_img

SA musicians sing for peace

first_imgPerfomance poet Lebo Mashile is one of the South African artists who have lent their talents to the campaign.Janine ErasmusThe majority of South Africans feel deep shame and anger about the criminal acts of so-called xenophobia perpetrated by just a few. Millions of rands worth of donations and contributions have poured in to relief organisations across the country. Now a group of local musicians is taking action in the way they know best – they have come together to record a song urging South Africans to unite against violence.The Not in My Lifetime campaign launches at the end of May 2008. Recording of the title song is complete, and the song is expected to hit the airwaves within weeks. The campaign’s name alludes to the outrage that most ordinary South Africans have felt towards the brutality visited on those whose only crime was to have been born in a foreign land.The aim of Not in My Lifetime is to reinforce the positive image that South Africa has earned through years of hard work, and to project the message that constructive values and fighting injustice is the answer to achieving peace on the African continent.The campaign, co-ordinated by Ugandan-born Lee Kasumba of youth radio station YFM and Siyabonga ‘Slikour’ Metana of award-winning hip hop group Skwatta Kamp, has a multi-faceted approach that will drive home the message as effectively as possible.“I’m really excited about all these artists being on one track,” said Kasumba. “These are powerful and influential individuals and people take more notice if the person that they respect is involved in such a cause.”Not in my lifetimeKasumba revealed that the campaign came about through a conversation she had recently via text message with award-winning singer Thandiswa Mazwai. “Thandiswa was saying how really hurt she was about the xenophobic attacks, and I SMSed back to say that I can’t believe this is happening in our lifetime.” Out of that comment came the inspiration for the campaign.The likes of rappers and R&B stars Simphiwe Dana, Hip Hop Pantsula or HHP, DJ Sbu of YFM, Skwatta Kamp, MXO, Kwela Tebza and Tumi Molekane, among others, have turned their talents towards supporting victims of the violence.In addition to the artists, a host of other entertainment industry players have been enlisted to deliver a series of televised public service announcements that will be distributed to people in South Africa and internationally, through various broadcasters. These include sports broadcaster Udo Carelse, performance poet Lebo Mashile, Metro FM DJ Bad Boy T and his real-life partner Unathi of YFM, singer Thandiswa Mazwai and Swazi prince Ntsika Dlamini.Radio stations and websites will receive sound clips delivering the campaign’s message. Political science student turned successful photographer Liam Lynch is set to produce a collage. A music video is scheduled for filming in June although a release date has not been set. A range of merchandise will soon be available, with all proceeds going towards victims of the violence. Finally, a poster bearing the campaign’s slogan will be made available in different languages.A desperate situationOver the past two weeks 62 people have lost their lives, according to the latest reports, and thousands driven from their homes. It is not known exactly how many people are living in refugee camps at the moment but figures range from 35,000 to around 70,000.Mozambique has declared a national emergency as thousands of destitute citizens return home. The National Emergency Operations Centre, the operational wing of the Mozambican government’s relief agency, has initiated disaster management operations. Thousands have already poured across the border and there are many more in temporary shelters in South Africa awaiting transport. Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .Related storiesUbuntu against xenophobiaMbeki condemns attacks‘I am deeply, deeply sorry’: TutuUseful linksLevi’s Original MusicYFMSkwatta KampThe Wild Frontier – list of relief organisations702 – list of relief organisationsSA Red Cross +27 11 873 6364Doctors Without Borders +27 11 403 4440United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees South Africa +27 12 354 8300Gift of the Givers +27 33 345 0163last_img read more

Risk Consulting Booming in the UK

first_imgRisk and regulatory work is now the fastest-growing consulting service in the UK, breaking the £500 million (~ $735 million) barrier for the first time. Helping today’s organizations comply with regulations, address cyber threats and manage the fall-out from major corporate scandals has led to double-digit growth in regulatory and risk consulting, which was up 11.8 percent to reach a total of £507 million (~ $745 million) last year.Analysis from Source Global Research (Source) has also found that the ‘Big Four’ advisory firms are well situated to win work here as big names carry a lot of weight with the regulators. Indeed, this is one important reason why the ‘Big Four’ soundly dominate the risk consulting market.Risk work has a much wider reach than just regulatory compliance, though. The Volkswagen emissions scandal, outrage over how some supermarkets treat their suppliers and fallout from the TalkTalk hacking episode have all helped to place reputational risk front of mind for many consulting clients.- Sponsor – The latest Source report notes that social media makes wrong moves in this area far costlier than they once were, as bad news can go viral in seconds.The report also finds that retail cyber security is having a huge impact on risk consulting, with some consulting firms telling Source they hit 40 percent growth for this type of work during 2015. The work here is high-profile and tends to touch on all areas of an organization, as the last few years have proven that threats come from a variety of sources.Fiona Czerniawska, director and founder of Source Global Research, said: “Consulting firms are eager to invest in risk and regulatory matters in order to take advantage of all the growth that’s available, but many of the skill sets required are deeply specialized and rather hard to come by. Firms may find this restrains their growth prospects more than any other factor.”Heavily Regulated Industries Drive GrowthIn particular, those industries with heavy regulations, such as financial services and pharmaceuticals, are driving much compliance work for consulting businesses.A managing director from the financial services sector has explained to the Source report authors why the ‘Big Four’ firms are favored for helping with this compliance work.“Sometimes,” said the managing director, “we’re engaging consultants as a result of a direct suggestion from the regulators, who might tell us that we need to go out and generate an independent view on X, Y or Z. We’ll definitely go to a name-brand firm in that instance so that we can show the regulator we’ve been responsive and engaged with the right people.”However, the Source report does point out that, although regulation remains a big driver of consulting firm revenues in the financial services sector, it’s now starting to look a bit less of a cash cow. Source says that there’s less pure regulatory work around as regulation volumes start to fall and banks begin to emerge from the post-crisis compliance pressure that’s wiped out all hope of pursuing other types of projects.In turn, this shift away from huge volumes of pure compliance work threatens to hit the ‘Big Four’ firms the hardest, but growth in cyber crime could help fill this gap.Stephen Vinnicombe, UK CEO at Capco, explained: “Cyber crime changes the products and services we’ll offer. It’s not really a one-time consulting service. Rather, you need a repeat approach, simply because the risk doesn’t go away. It just evolves. You cannot apply a single solution and be confident that you’ve taken care of it for a while.”This article was published in LP Magazine EU in 2015. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton eyeing win at Indian Grand Prix

first_imgVodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button said on Thursday they want to win the inaugural Indian Grand Prix so that they can make a strong start next season.With three races left, Red Bull have already assured themselves of the championship title as they have 558 points while second placed McLaren Mercedes have 418 points.The British drivers, both former World Champions, said they want to make the most of the last three races and hope to make a strong start in 2012.”Red Bull has already won the championship this year but we were pretty close to them. We would be looking at winning the last couple of races so that in the next season we can have a good base,” said Hamilton.”We are working very hard and always pushing ourselves. We are the second best team in the last two years. I hope we would be able do well in the last few races. We are looking to win here as well,” he added.Button said it was important for McLaren-Mercedes to finish the season on a high.”There is no reason why we can’t take the fight to Red Bull. We’ve matched them at the last few races and I hope that trend continues until the end of the year. Although the world titles are settled, we’re incredibly motivated to win every race and if you win a Grand Prix in F1, you know you’ve done a great job. That’s what we’re aiming for in India,” said Button.advertisementHamilton, a 2008 World Champion, said he was quite surprised with the hype around the inaugural Formula One race in the country.”Cricket is the most popular sport in this country as the team has done well but I don’t think we ever expected there to be such a great following from Formula One fans, and now I am sure that even F1 will achieve that kind of a popularity,” Hamilton said.Button said the presence of Force India and Narain Karthikeyan, who will be driving for Hispania, should attract fans.”Formula One has been a hit in some venues where there is no local connection. But here we have Force India and Narain Karthikeyan and I think these two local connections are enough to popularise the sport,” he said.last_img read more

Some new-age travel options

first_imgWith the routines of city life inevitably taking a toll on us all, a getaway can sometimes be as much of a routine as work itself. It doesn’t need to be this way though, with many new (and some old) alternative travel options coming up, promising not only a trip,With the routines of city life inevitably taking a toll onus all, a getaway can sometimes be as much of a routine as work itself.It doesn’t need to be this way though, with many new (and some old)alternative travel options coming up, promising not only a trip you’llnever forget, but possibly an experience of a lifetime. Read on as webring you some new-age travel options.Couchsurfing.org, startedin 2003, is now regarded as the granddaddy of alternative travel. Ifyou’re on a budget, looking for cheap accommodation and a chance tosample the local flavour of your destination, couchsurfing.org might bethe answer to your prayers. The site provides a platform for travellersfrom across the world to meet, and even stay at each other’s homes. Thewebsite currently has over three million members from 246 countries.Once registered on the site, you can look for people in different locationsaround the world, who are willing to host you for the duration of yourtrip. You even get to choose your host on the basis of his profile.Since couchsurfing.org has members from many Indian cities and secondtier towns, the site makes travelling around the country on a tightbudget that much easier. However, while we advise you to becareful while choosing your host, the site does provide you with theoption to get in touch with them either over the internet, or on thephone. References from other users can be found on people’sprofiles-which often serve as a reassurance of the particular host’scredibility.Ditch your package tours to Europe thisyear and head down to raft in Uganda or trek through the Attacamadesert, because with this travel company based in Delhi, holidays abroad will never be the same again.Fleetfoot Journeys, a travelcompany specialising in tailormade trips to 17 countries in Africa,Latin America and Southeast Asia is for the discerning traveller.A Fleetfoot trip can be anything from a photo-journey where travellersare accompanied by experienced wildlife photographers through privatesafaris in Africa to custom trips (where the length of the trip numberof activities are decided by the traveller) to locals such as Masai Mara in Kenya, known for scuba diving apart from wildlife safaris. There isno typical travel experience with Fleetfoot and each trip is one of akind. They help you plan your holiday, sitting with you for aslong as required to know what kind of experience you’d like andsuggesting options across the world that would fit your needs andpurposes. advertisementA week long trip can cost anythingbetween Rs 35,000 to two lakh (excluding flight charges), depending onthe location. They also arrange group treks and have a 10-night Namibian camping safari trip coming up in May. Get more information at:fleetfootjourneys. inIn times when city lives have becomeimpossibly fast, these Bengaluru-based graduates decided to take itslow, at least when they were travelling. It was with this idea thatChiraag Jain, Hitesh Kataria and Sumedhas R set up their travel venture, Nirvana Nomads. They organise trips to offbeat locales in and aroundvarious cities that can easily be packed into a weekend.On a typical Nomad trip, expect to visit places that you have never heardof or see a different side to popular tourist destinations. Travellersspend their time in one particular locale, either trekking or takingpart in the activities which vary according to the destination.The activity can be anything from extreme sports such as rafting inRishikesh or observing a king cobra in it’s habitat at Agumbe-or justgazing at the wonders of sheer natural beauty. The group size is alsorestricted to a maximum of 20 people.They have organised over 16 trips so far and a weekend trip can cost between Rs 4,000-Rs 7,000,depending on the destination. Get in touch with them through theirwebsite: nirvananomads.comlast_img read more

Hall of Famer Gary Payton Called on to Tutor

The Washington Wizard franchise is banking heavily on John Wall– re-signing him to a max-level contract extension of $80 million over five years. But to minimize risk, the ball club has called on Hall of Famer Gary Paton to tutor the point guard.Wall has suffered injuries that made him miss about half the games in the season, but on top of that, he has shot only 24.4 percent from three-point range and 42.3 percent from the field in his professional career.Wall might now have the perfect tutor, J. Michael of CSNwashington.com states:“Wall still plans to hook up with Gary Payton, a Hall of Fame point guard who was one of the best of his generation, in Seattle before returning to train with the Wizards on Aug. 20. Plus, he had ample time to watch the nuances of Tony Parker as he led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley, who helped his team advance to the Western Conference finals.“‘Footwork also, just like catching the ball and working on pivots and stuff,’ Wall said about what he has done this offseason, in addition to refining his jump shot. ‘Floaters. Watched a lot of Tony Parker throughout the playoffs and I see how Mike Conley added to his game after I went to two of his playoff series.’“Wall also is going to lobby coach Randy Wittman to allow him to do something else.‘Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to post up this year,’ he said.“That’s where Payton, who also stood 6-4 and could be too physical for opposing point guards, could help most. Like Wall, he wasn’t the best jump shooter to start his career but became a solid one.“By his fourth season, Payton shot better than 50 percent from the field. He only was a career 31.7 percent shooter from three.”Time will tell if Payton’s lessons will have any effect on Wall. If they are noticeable there might be life after the NBA for many retired NBA ballers. read more