Immigration into Germany in 2014 at highest level for two decades

Migrants wait in front of the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo), in BerlinNet immigration into Germany last year hit its highest level since 1992 and the number of people claiming asylum benefits jumped by 61 percent, the Statistics Office said on Thursday, with expectations that figure will rise this year to 800,000. Roughly 550,000 more people moved to Germany last year than left and the majority were from Europe, mostly from Poland. Economic migrants from southeastern Europe, included 13 percent more from Italy last year while arrivals from Spain and Greece fell 26 percent and 29 percent respectively.


Gilas Pilipinas vs. Iran: Score and Reaction from 2015 William Jones Cup

Gilas Pilipinas’ chances of winning the 2015 William Jones Cup took a major hit Thursday as they fell to first-place Iran 74-65 in Taiwan.  

The Philippines entered the match with a record of 3-1, and a victory would have both vaulted it past Iran and tied it with Russia. Instead, Gilas fell to 3-2 by virtue of a monstrous effort from Iranian center Hamed Haddadi.

Iran rested Haddadi in a loss to the United States on Wednesday, and it showed, as the former Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns big man exploded for 22 points and 15 rebounds against a Filipino team that didn’t have an answer in the paint.

The continued absence of former NBA standout Andray Blatche—who stayed in the United States to attend a funeral—may have been extremely costly to the Philippines’ chances Thursday.

With that said, Filipino head coach Tab Baldwin isn’t making any excuses for why his team fell short against a tough Iranian squad, according to Musong R. Castillo of Inquirer.net:

Even so, TJ Manotoc of ABS-CBN couldn’t help but wonder how things might have been different if Blatche was available to Gilas:

Despite the fact the Philippines played Iran tougher than any team other than the United States, Baldwin didn’t feel as though his players put their best foot forward in Thursday’s pivotal contest, per Dodo Catacutan of Spin.ph: “We’re still some ways to go as far as being a team is concerned. I thought we lost our discipline out there.”

Baldwin’s comment may have been in reference to the fact his team committed 27 personal fouls. Iran only made 54 percent of its free throws, but the 13 points Gilas gifted it ended up being the difference in the game.

The loss was a disappointing one for Gilas and their supporters as it may have dashed their hopes of winning the William Jones Cup for a fifth time, but it didn’t stop the fans from showing their appreciation for the players, as seen in this video, courtesy of Castillo:

J.C. Intal and Jayson Castro put up 10 points each in a losing effort, but the Philippines’ most impressive performer was 42-year-old center Asi Taulava, who led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds despite having to go up against Haddadi.

Taulava was able to hold his own for much of the game, but the younger, taller and more athletic Haddadi imposed his will in the latter stages as Iran improved to 5-1.

Gilas aren’t entirely out of it as they could still technically win the tournament if they win out and get some help, but the odds are clearly stacked against them.

Iran showed why it has won the William Jones Cup in four of the past six years, and it firmly established itself as the favorite once again Thursday with an emphatic performance against a previously red-hot Philippines side.

 

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Police: Man Arrested After Pedestrian Hurt Following Crash On The Long Island Expressway

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A man has been arrested after a sequence of events that police said led to a pedestrian being seriously hurt on Long Island.

It happened Wednesday night on the Long Island Expressway South Service Road near Morris Avenue in Holtsville.

Police said 26-year-old Jonathan Moore fled on foot after getting into a minor, three-vehicle crash in the express lanes of the LIE around 11:45 p.m.

A good Samaritan then chased after Moore and as the two crossed the South Service Road of the expressway, the man was hit by a passing van, police said. He was taken to the hospital with a serious injury to his leg, police said.

According to sources, the suspect then broke into a truck yard and took off in a tractor-trailer, driving seven miles before crashing the truck in Patchogue, where police caught up with him, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

Moore was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, DWI and other charges, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sixth Squad of Suffolk County Police at 631-854-8652.

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First 10 Minutes Of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Season 2 Premiere [Video]

Hazel-E is back, along with the rest of the band. Ray-J is trying to get Princess back after getting her put in jail, but is she having it? Also, Teairra Mari is “making new alliances.”

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If Companies Want to Stand out They Need to Conform.

New research has found that conforming to industry expectations can help organisations increase their visibility and recognition.

The study, carried out at HEC Paris Business School, explains how aligning with industry expectations can protect organizations from negative judgement. Likewise adopting a conventional approach can increase an organisation’s exposure and recognition.

Researchers analysed the concert programming decisions of 27 of the top 30 US symphony orchestras over a period of 90 years, using the status of the orchestra and the musical director to identify how an organisation becomes more successful by conforming.

Professor Pierre-Antoine Kremp and Rodolphe Durand found that there are two methods of conforming – alignment and conventinality – that organisations can use to distinguish themselves from competitors.

Orchestras that choose to align themselves with market expectations blend into the industry, avoiding unfavourable reviews and building on their authority in the process.

However other orchestras may strive for conventional repertoires, consistently choosing the same few well-regarded musical pieces to excel at.

The outcome of either tactic, according to the research, will be an organisation that stands out for its ability to conform.

Durand explains, “Audiences usually blame an orchestra for its flops while attributing its successes to the conductor. Consequently musical directors tend to link their name to recognised composers in an attempt to attract public acclaim.”

Kremp adds, “Organizations conform to pressures by aligning themselves with their competitors and end up blending into the crowd. On the other hand individual leaders respond to the same pressures by demonstrating their commitment to conventionality, making themselves stand out by displaying their capabilities in the process. It is possible that the behaviour of corporate executives has something in common with that of conductors, who succeed in complying with the norms of their industry while underscoring their individual uniqueness.”

The research also found that highly reputable orchestras and musical directors are an exception with the freedom to be unconventional due to their acceptance in the industry. Those new to the industry have equal amounts of freedom due to there being little at stake should they receive negative criticism.

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