BCCI takes firm stand on S Sreesanth’s life ban

first_imgTainted Indian speedster S. Sreesanth has got a shocker from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with the apex body reiterating that the life ban imposed on him will stay.Sreesanth received the letter from the BCCI on Sunday after he submitted a review petition seeking the lifting of the life ban in view of his being exonerated by a Delhi court of the match-fixing allegations against him.In the match-fixing case, he had to cool his heels in Delhi’s Tihar jail in 2013.The BCCI’s letter, from CEO Rahul Johri, states that the Board is very particular in ensuring that discipline is maintained and there is nothing to change their September, 2013 decision of imposing a life ban on the bowler.The letter also mentions that the decision to impose the life ban was taken by a committee that had as members BCCI Vice President T.C. Mathew — who was Kerala Cricket Association President — and KCA secretary T.N. Ananthanarayanan.After Sreesanth approached the Kerala High Court in March this year with a petition seeking the lifting of the ban imposed by the BCCI, following a Delhi court exonerating him in the spot-fixing case, the court asked him to file a review petition before the BCCI.In 2015, the now 34-year-old pacer along with two other players was exonerated by the Delhi court in the case registered by the Delhi Police which invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).On account of the life ban, the pacer cannot play even league cricket nor get access even for practice to any of the cricket grounds where the BCCI or the state cricket associations have a stake.advertisementThe BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had slapped a life ban on Sreesanth.Sreesanth is just the second Keralite to represent the country and in his brief career he has played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 One-day Internationals (ODIs) and seven wickets from 10 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active spotted on Geekbench, specifications leaked

first_imgSamsung has launched rugged versions of their flagships in the past in the form of the Galaxy S6 Active and the Galaxy S7 Active. And true to form the company is planning an Active variant of their newest flagship smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S8.The Active moniker denotes a device that is more rugged and durable than its standard counterpart and has the ability to withstand shocks, drops and exposure to dust courtesy of a more rugged and bulky outer shell. The Active devices are aimed towards rough outdoor use, for people whose lifestyle is more ‘active’.The smartphone was spotted on Geekbench with the model number SM-G892A with the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM – the same specifications as that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The phone achieved a score of 1842 in the single-core test and 6394 in the multi-core test, which is fairly close to the score achieved by the standard model.Where the S8 Active will differ from the original is in terms of design and battery size. As mentioned above, the Active will have a tougher outer casing and might not look as attractive as the original. Additionally, the smartphone will come with a bigger battery than the standard S8 – the S7 Active featured a 4,000mAh battery while the original S7 housed a 3,000mAh unit.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumour roundup: Dual camera, curved 4K display and no physical home buttonLast year’s S7 Active suffered from water resistance issues. Consumer reports had claimed that it did not meet the waterproof standards promised by the company. We hope the S8 Active does not suffer the same fate.advertisementTo recap, the Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a sleek bezel-less design with an edge-to-edge 5.8′ Quad HD display, 64GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card, an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner.The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, the Adreno 540 GPU and a 3,000mAh battery. On the imaging front, the Galaxy S8 comes with a 12MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.7 alongside an 8MP front shooter for selfies.The US launch date of the S8 Active is not known as of yet and an Indian launch seems unlikely as the previous two generations of the Active line-up did not reach Indian shores. However, there is always the hope that Samsung springs a surprise.Also Read: Nokia 6 vs Moto G5 Plus: Stock Android face-offlast_img read more

OSU’s Two-Headed Running Game Helps Seal the Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgOn senior night a true freshman made Cowboy history but a weathered, journeyman back punctuated his big night by taking a knee. The Cowboys once again lived up to their “cardiac” moniker. It took a late-game special teams snafu to set up the dramatic final drive.After James Washington fielded the more-anticipated onside kick, OSU had a shortened field, 1:44 on the clock and a one-point lead. Kliff Kingsbury had all three timeouts and a hope that OSU would score quick.If you’re Mike Gundy you know this. You know that if you get seven, Tech can still tie it with eight.On the first play, senior Chris Carson barreled out left for 17 yards forcing Kingsbury to use a timeout. A couple plays later and the Cowboys are looking at 2nd and 4 and still need to get one more first down to seal it.Then this happened.The amount of self control that Carson had to have mustered to take that knee? I can’t even. He lays the defender out and then takes a knee, four yards away from the only three-touchdown rushing game of his career… On senior night!Poetic.For a guy who didn’t live up to lofty expectations last year. A guy who has had injury issues since arriving in Stillwater. This was Carson’s game. The man of imposing stature punctuated his final game at Boone Pickens Stadium with a passive, yet strong period. This will probably be the play for which I remember him most.“Oh man,” said Rennie Childs. “It was crazy. I was just hoping that Chris [Carson] would do what he did and kneel or slide to a knee. It was so smart of him to take a knee.”Two-Headed MonsterSince returning from injury, Chris Carson has become the perfect complement to star true freshman Justice Hill. Hill finished with 126 yards and a score, making him the first freshman in OSU history to log four 100-plus yard games.Chris Carson added 73 yards and two touchdowns. They both combined for over seven yards per carry. In fact, since returning from the hand injury that kept him sidelined for four games, Carson has averaged 7.2 yards per carry and run for five touchdowns in four games.“It’s fun to be able to run the ball well,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich after the game. “It gives you a tremendous balance. It takes the stress off the quarterback. It alleviates a lot of different pressures. We were able to call a couple of different looks. The guys in the box did a good job communicating. Whenever you’re able to have balance it makes it harder to defend. It was good control.”A Tale of Two HalvesAlthough the Cowboys were moving the ball through the air, the first half rushing attack was an embarrassment.122nd ranked rush off #TexasTech – 124 rushing yards, #okstate – just 55 rushing yards on the 115th ranked rushing defense in the country.— Kyle Cox (@KyleCoxPFB) November 12, 2016But that’s what makes the second half so impressive. The Cowboys had rushed for 55 yards on 3.3 yards per carry at halftime and finished the game with 210 yards and 5.5 yards per carry as a team. This was only their third 200-plus yard rushing game this season.Hats off to Mike Yurcich for relying on the ground game late and to the running backs and offensive line for executing down the stretch.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Buffon ‘an alien’ and all-time great – Morata

first_imgGianluigi Buffon Buffon ‘an alien’ and all-time great, says Morata Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 14:37 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GianluigiBuffon - Cropped Getty Images Spain v Italy Spain Italy Juventus Serie A WC Qualification Europe Morata The shot-stopper’s former Juventus team-mate has hailed the experience and quality of the man, even at 39 Gianluigi Buffon is “an alien” and one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, according to Alvaro Morata.Morata is set to face his former Juventus team-mate on Saturday when Spain host Italy in World Cup qualifying.Morata FGS vs Italy 7/2 with dabblebet  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Chelsea forward spent two seasons with Buffon at Juve and said the 39-year-old and Iker Casillas were the best shot-stoppers of all time.”He’s an alien,” Morata told El Pais.”He and Casillas for me have been the two best goalkeepers in history. It’s hard to repeat two guys like that.”Even if they don’t have the strength or agility they had before, they impose on you one-on-one.”Buffon always anticipates. After more than 20 years as a professional, he knows the movements and thoughts of the forwards.”Another former team-mate Morata praised was Giorgio Chiellini, the star Juve centre-back who will miss Italy’s clashes with Spain and Israel due to injury.Morata described just how difficult it was to get the better of the 33-year-old defender.”It’s like you’re being put in a cage with a gorilla and you have to steal his food,” he said.”I think that the few times I have scored against him have been inside the area. It is impossible to win a one-on-one with Chiellini, or he’s holding you.”last_img read more

Gareth Bale injured as Real and Atlético play out Madrid derby stalemate

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn La Liga Share on Pinterest match reports The Observer European club football Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics That was to prove the first of two decisive saves, as Atlético sped up, the ball moved swiftly – although Real too had their moments. Saúl bent a shot just wide; then Koke’s cross hit Casemiro on the arm, Atlético appealing for a penalty; next Diego Costa got away, Griezmann sending him running through ahead of Raphaël Varane and towards the six-yard box. He travelled a similar path to Griezmann and with the same outcome. Courtois slid out, his body wide, and saved with his left hand.Two superb saves from the former Atlético loanee kept Real in it and then an error from the man who replaced him almost gifted the hosts the opening goal. With Marco Asensio chasing down, Oblak tried to play the ball beyond the Madrid winger, only for the pass to hit him. There were echoes of Loris Karius but rather than rebound into the net, the ball looped back up into the goalkeeper’s arms.Bale’s removal at half-time was driven by injury, but it also meant Real shifting from 4-3-3 to match Atlético’s 4-4-2, and Real felt the benefit. Immediately, Casemiro shot over, then Asensio’s effort was stopped at the near post by Oblak. And with Dani Ceballos nominally on the left but drifting across to up Real’s numbers inside, the balance had certainly shifted; the ball was Real’s now, even if chances were few.The best came when Real opened Atlético up on the left, Toni Kroos slipping the ball across for Asensio running into the area. He was clean through with the game’s best opportunity, but Oblak was out fast to deny him with an excellent save.Diego Simeone sought protection, sending on Thomas Partey to replace Diego Costa, but it was not so simple. Diego Godín gave the ball away to Asensio on the halfway line and the entire pitch was suddenly before him, fans standing and roaring at him to run. He did, but José Giménez ran too, Atlético’s other Uruguayan centre-back sprinting across to clear. In the next two attacks, neither Asensio nor Nacho could find the right pass, but Atlético were ever deeper and ever more concerned.Not that Real’s chances were plentiful. And as the substitutions came, there were moments when the visitors broke. When Luka Modric found Dani Carvajal, his shot was beaten away by Oblak, and the noise and the expectation rose, yet it was rarely met. For Atlético, the aim had become to resist, something at which they are experts. The 18-year-old Brazilian Vinícius Júnior was sent on for his debut, Lopetegui admitting his need for speed, and in the last minute he was brought down, giving Real a free-kick. A familiar face headed up for the dead ball, just as he had against Atlético in the Champions League final in Lisbon four years ago. “And Sergio Ramos scores a goal!” the fans chanted. This time, though, he didn’t. Nor did anyone else. Before this game began, Real Madrid’s players were handed the trophies they had collected at The Best gala last Monday, and there were two World Cup winners on the other side, but for all the talent on the pitch it was the men wearing gloves who decided the derby. For the sixth successive year, Atlético Madrid left the Santiago Bernabéu unbeaten in the league. Above all, Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois departed undefeated: in a game of few chances there were three one-on-ones, but the goalkeepers stood tall. And so a game Atlético edged in the first half and Real dominated in the second finished goalless.This was the second successive game in which Real have failed to score – the first time that had happened in seven years – and a third may be more likely now after Gareth Bale was withdrawn at half-time. He may yet be ruled out of Real’s trip to Russia in the Champions League with tests due on Sunday, before the team travels east. “He had discomfort in his abductor muscle [in the groin] and it made sense to take him off as a precaution,” Real’s coach Julen Lopetegui said. “We will do tests tomorrow and then we’ll see what he really has.”In Bale’s absence, Real took a step up after a first half in which they might have found themselves behind and which had been difficult from the start, Saúl Ñíguez bringing a save from Courtois after just two minutes and Antoine Griezmann’s overhead kick slicing wide three minutes later. Griezmann probably should have put Atlético ahead on 18 minutes. Released by Koke, dashing behind the Madrid defence, he ran into the area, where Courtois came to meet him. With the outside of his left foot, Griezmann tried to flick the ball beyond the Belgian but it came back off his head. Share on Messenger Read more Crowd trouble and collapsed gate mars Montpellier’s derby win over Nîmes Share on Twitterlast_img read more

St. Catherine Parish Council Launches Drive to Build Safer Communities

first_imgThe St. Catherine Parish Council has begun a drive to build safer communities and enhance public order across the parish.The Council has officially launched the Parish Safety and Security Committee, which will spearhead a campaign to increase the citizens’ participation in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of actions to improve their safety and security.Speaking at the launch, in Spanish Town, on February 14, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, congratulated the Council and its key partners for taking on the leadership role to address safety and security in the parish.The Minister said that for far too long there has been the feeling that security is the sole responsibility of the police. He noted that it is only when people act together to find solutions for sustainable peace and harmony, will there be a real decline in acts of violence and other contributing factors that minimize safety at the community level.“It is due to the measureable interventions of this project and other major initiatives from the Ministry of National Security, the hard working members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and brave commitment of the St. Catherine Parish Development Committee and other partners, that this parish is boasting a lower rate of major crimes over the past 12-18 months,” Mr. Arscott said.Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott, outlined several initiatives that the committee has spearheaded since its formation, including a Safety and Security Symposium which saw over 250 community members from Old Harbour, Linstead and Spanish Town getting together to share concerns and ideas that will promote safety and security for all. “The concerns were documented, prioritised, and will therefore determine which issues will be addressed in the short, medium and long term,” Mayor Scott said.He said the message of safety and security will be taken around the parish with public education events slated for February 27 in Old Harbour; February 28 in Linstead and March 11 for Spanish Town.Mr. Scott also informed that a safety audit has been done in selected communities to document existing safety hazards.Mayor Scott also addressed the issue of sexual assault and handed out posters and flyers at the official launch.The flyer depicted the message: ‘Real Men Don’t Rape’; encouraging respect for females, many of whom have been victims of abuse. “We believe that this positive message will result in behavioural change, one man at a time. This message will be taken to all our major townships as well as our rural areas,” Mayor Scott said.Among those participating in the launch were United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap; Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Novelette Grant; Representative of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Robert Hill and Head of the Parish Development Committee, Earl Hyde.last_img read more

HEART Assists Persons with Mild Intellectual Disabilities

first_imgStory Highlights The goal of the programme is to improve the personal, professional and social capacity of persons with mild intellectual disabilities, through profiling participants’ skills, developing their potential, supporting them with a job coach, and guiding their progression into employment. Some 152 young persons with mild intellectual disabilities are being assisted with personal and professional development skills, through the Empowerment Programme of the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA. Since 2014, over 300 persons have benefitted from the programme. Persons who are interested in being a part of the programme in 2018 can contact the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA at 754-9816-8. Some 152 young persons with mild intellectual disabilities are being assisted with personal and professional development skills, through the Empowerment Programme of the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA.The programme which started in 2014, is a seven-month initiative consisting of a three week non-residential camp, followed by six months of supported work experience.The goal of the programme is to improve the personal, professional and social capacity of persons with mild intellectual disabilities, through profiling participants’ skills, developing their potential, supporting them with a job coach, and guiding their progression into employment.Director of Communications and Marketing at the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA, Julia Smiley Green, tells JIS News that the target group is between 17 and 35 years of age.She points out that the programme arose out of a need to cater more specifically to persons in the community who are living with disabilities.“We believe that all young people should be empowered regardless of their status. Once they fall within the age cohort that we cater to, then we believe that we should be generating programmes that can meet their needs in a targeted way,” Mrs. Smiley Green says.She notes that many in society do not readily accept persons with disabilities, particularly in the world of work.“So, the idea behind the programme is to get members of the general public as well as our employers specifically, to understand that even though these persons might have a disability, they too have a contribution to make productively to our society,” the Director says.Mrs. Smiley Green tells JIS News that the Division encourages persons to have an open mind, and not to come to the programme with a perception that persons with disabilities are not able to contribute.“Yes, they may need a little more guidance and attention than the average person, but what we find is that in working with them, we realise that they too have their meaningful contribution to make. They may not contribute in the same way as other persons, but once they are exposed, once they are given the opportunity and of course with the training and support we provide, they are able to effectively contribute in the organisations,” she argues.Mrs. Smiley Green notes that the programme has received positive reviews from employers who have engaged the participants.“They would admit that initially, they would have been hesitant but they are very impressed with the performance of our participants so far. Because they have come in, they have performed well and they have not shied away from any duty. If they need assistance they are always willing to ask for it, and they adapt well to the task they are given to complete,” she says.“Even so, we find that some of the employers are even considering whether at the end of the six-month placement period they could engage them, maybe not on a fulltime basis, based on the scope of the organisation. But consideration is being given to engage some of them on a part-time basis, because that is how valuable their contribution has been,” Mrs Smiley Green adds.Even though there is an application process for the programme, consultations are also held with schools and organisations that target persons with disabilities, to assist in identifying some of these persons.When applying to take part in the programme, persons are required to bring along one passport size photo, copy of their Tax Registration Number (TRN), copy of their birth certificate, a Valid ID and a copy of their NIS number.During the training phase of the programme, areas such as employability skills, employee rights and interpersonal skills are explored.Participants are also given a stipend of $5,600 per week during the work experience component of programme, which is paid fortnightly.Meanwhile, Mrs. Smiley Green tells JIS News that the programme has been receiving support from both the private and public sectors.“We find that in terms of placement, more private sector companies are offering to take our participants. But generally speaking, we find that once the participants go into these companies, they are usually very impressive in what they do and that has aided our partners in realising how important it is to partner with us for that programme,” she says.She adds that the programme is always looking for additional partners to “come on board to assist us with not only engaging these persons, but to have them making worthwhile contributions to their organisations.”Since 2014, over 300 persons have benefitted from the programme. Persons who are interested in being a part of the programme in 2018 can contact the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA at 754-9816-8.last_img read more

Stricter Enforcement to Keep Dogs on a Leash in Parks

first_imgWith most provincially-run parks and trails open, Nova Scotians are reminded that it is illegal, under the Provincial Parks Act, to allow a dog to run off leash in these areas. Off-leash dogs continue to be a problem despite efforts to educate the public through pamphlets, park signs and verbal or written warnings. In order to bring more attention to the law, conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources will step up patrols June 25-26 at 15 provincial parks in the Halifax Regional Municipality where off-leash dogs have been a concern. “It’s important that people feel safe while enjoying our parks and wildlife,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “The leash law is designed to protect both the public and the dog.” The act states that dogs must be on a leash at all times in Nova Scotia’s provincial parks and complaints are taken seriously. “In recent years, park staff and visitors have been knocked down, intimidated and bitten by off-leash dogs,” said conservation officer Chris MacLean. “We hope our increased presence will help to reduce the number of incidents so everyone can enjoy our parks.” During the increased patrols this weekend, officers will be out in force educating dog owners, issuing warnings and, where warranted, issuing tickets. A first-time offense will result in a fine of $167.71.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement VANCOUVER, Jan. 3, 2019 – Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV : TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce it has reached a distribution deal for the first three seasons of Kim’s Convenience with distributor Yoon & Company, who have already confirmed a Cable TV release in Korea early 2019. This high-profile partnership follows other major distribution deals for the award-winning Canadian series, including with Netflix for global streaming rights, and with Amazon for VOD rights in the United States and United Kingdom.Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. It’s a comedy that is real, colourful and urban—a diverse landscape of people and places, with the Kim family at the heart of it all.  The series stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa, Jean Yoon as Umma, Simu Liu as Jung, Andrea Bang as Janet, Andrew Phung as Kimchee and Nicole Power as Shannon.“If you miss when Modern Family was good, try this” – New York Times“All of us at Thunderbird are thrilled by the continued international interest and acclaim that Kim’s Convenience has been receiving – with our Yoon & Company distribution deal being the latest example,” remarked Jhod Cardinal, Director of Distribution, Thunderbird Entertainment. “The wit, charm and heart of the series is connecting with audiences regardless of where they live, or what language they speak.” Season three of Kim’s Convenience is scheduled to premiere in Canada on CBC Television on January 8, 2019. A fourth season has also been green-lit. The series is based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, who co-created the series with Kevin White. The series is produced by Ivan Fecan, who is also the executive producer along with Choi and White.“Kim’s Convenience has proven popular with fans at home in Canada and now around the world through our successful global streaming partnership with Netflix,” says Fecan, who is Thunderbird’s Executive Chair of the Board. “We are thrilled that this new agreement will enable Thunderbird to share this heart-warming, character-driven comedy with new audiences in Asia.”About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place.  The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.Thunderbird Social Media LinksFacebook:  www.facebook.com/tbirdent Twitter: @tbirdentInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/tbirdent/ Website:  www.thunderbird.tv LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Waywayseecappo rebuilds after tornado damages 10 homes displaces 50 people

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsThe community of Waywayseecappo First Nation is still in shock after a tornado landed in the community Monday night.Waywayseecappo is located 320 kilometres west of Winnipeg.10 homes were damaged and 50 people displaced.Now, community members are picking up the pieces.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

NZs new gun laws get final assent to take effect

first_imgWellington: New Zealand’s governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a gun buyback program will be announced to collect the now-banned weapons. The weapons will be illegal starting at midnight, but police said a brief amnesty program will be in effect until details of the buyback are announced. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”For people who find themselves now in possession of a prohibited firearm, we ask you to please notify us,” Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Clement said. “The collection of firearms will occur at a later stage. ” He added that “for now, there is an amnesty in place and we ask people to please notify us,” he added. Anyone who retains such a weapon now faces a penalty of up to five years in prison. Exemptions allow heirloom weapons held by collectors or weapons used for professional pest control. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe House of Representatives on Wednesday passed by a final vote of 119 to 1 legislation banning the weapons after an accelerated process of debate and public submission. “The Government acted quickly to change New Zealand’s firearms laws and Police is now responsible for implementing and enforcing these new laws,” Clement said. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder. The royal commission set up to investigate issues surrounding the massacre is examining how he obtained a gun license in New Zealand and purchased weapons and ammunition. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke emotionally during the bill’s final reading of the traumatic injuries suffered by victims of the March 15 attack.last_img read more

UNICEF launches drive against measles polio in Darfur Sudan

UNICEF will provide Vitamin A supplements and vaccinations to more than 2 million children across Darfur in a bid to prevent measles, which is a leading killer in the developing world. At least 100,000 children, living mainly near the border with Chad, will also be immunized against polio, UNICEF announced in a statement issued today. The children’s health schemes have begun as the UN and aid agencies warn of a humanitarian crisis engulfing Darfur. Civilians have been killed or forcibly moved, villages destroyed or abandoned and livestock stolen during months of attacks by the Janjaweed militias, which were recruited and armed by the Sudanese Government in its battle with two rebel groups. Since early last year more than 1 million people are estimated to have left their homes and at least 150,000 have fled into neighbouring Chad. Today the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said hundreds of new refugees have arrived in the Chadian border town of Adre since Tuesday, fleeing reported fighting in three districts of Darfur. UNHCR staff are trying to relocate as many refugees as possible away from the border and into its camps as the rainy season begins this month. So far more than 81,000 refugees have been moved. Spokesman Ron Redmond said the agency was sending additional staff and trucks to Adre to help handle this week’s influx. Meanwhile, UNICEF is attempting to improve the quality of nutrition, education and drinking water for children still living inside Darfur. About 25 feeding centres have been established to provide food for malnourished children, and UNICEF is supplying food to other areas across Darfur. Over the next three months the agency is also helping to construct or renovate 158 temporary classrooms, and is providing teaching materials and school supplies for 34,000 pupils. read more

Afghanistan Security Council mission stresses need for security but remains optimistic

The 15-member body discussed the final report of last month’s Council mission to Afghanistan and Pakistan, led by Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, which held high-level talks with Government officials in Islamabad before travelling on to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials in the capital Kabul and elsewhere.“The mission found that the spread of insurgency, and terrorist activity by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups, linked with the illegal drug trade, coupled with corruption and failures of governance and the rule of law, collectively pose a grave threat to reconstruction and nation-building,” the report stated.“However, the mission is convinced that the Government of Afghanistan and the international community have established a sound strategy to overcome these challenges,” it added, referring to the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year all-inclusive development blueprint for cooperation with donors that was launched in February.Nevertheless, the report noted that progress this year toward realizing the vision of the Compact had not been as rapid as hoped, adding that the “security situation in general remained precarious throughout the country” and urging the Government and donor community to urgently reform this sector.“The mission affirms the importance of establishing a strong and sustainable Afghan National Army and urges donors and the Government of Afghanistan to redouble their collective efforts to establish a trusted and effective Afghan National Police throughout the country.”The report also recommended priority attention to establishing the rule of law and good governance throughout the country. “To this end, the mission encourages the Government to take immediate steps to strengthen justice sector institutions.”The report also pointed out that security issues depended on “regional cooperation,” noting that many officials who spoke to the Council mission highlighted “the existence of sanctuaries in Pakistan for the Taliban” and other insurgent groups. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan told the mission his country was doing its best to improve security in the border area, adding also that a stable Afghanistan was essential to this effort.The mission’s report further called on the Afghan authorities and donors to “sharpen their focus on human rights and protection of civilians,” noting that along with the insecurity, corruption and impunity for criminals, all these factors have “tempered the legitimate hopes of Afghans with signs of despondency and disillusionment.”The UN’s top envoy in Afghanistan, speaking at a press conference in Kabul to present the mission’s report, also acknowledged the challenges ahead, particularly in reforming the security sector, but he echoed the belief that the Afghan Compact is the correct strategy and called for both the Afghans and the world community to do more.“The Security Council stresses that the Afghanistan Compact is the way forward because the Afghanistan Compact is not only led by Afghans but provides a strategic framework for the international community’s and Afghanistan’s cooperation with each other,” said Tom Koenigs, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan.“We don’t have a strategy problem we have an implementation problem,” he added.At the end of last month, the 192-member General Assembly also fully backed the Compact, by adopting an 11-page resolution pledging to help implement the five-year development strategy that covers politics, security, economics, human rights, crime and judicial reform. read more

UC Santa Barbara beats Portland State 7669

BOISE, Idaho — Ar’mond Davis had 20 points and six rebounds to help UC Santa Barbara beat Portland State 76-69 in the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase on Friday night.The Gauchos (4-1) pulled away for good with an 11-4 run to lead 70-58 on JaQuori McLaughlin’s 3-point play with 2:37 left in the game.UC Santa Barbara led 38-34 at halftime and went on a 12-3 run to extend to 50-37 on Robinson Idehen’s dunk with 13:11 left in the second half. The Vikings (2-2) cut the deficit to 59-54 but didn’t get closer.Sekou Toure added 11 points, and Jarriesse Blackmon and McLaughlin scored 10 each. Blackmon grabbed nine boards and blocked three shots.Michael Nuga scored 13, and Holland Woods, Jamie Orme and Sal Nuhu added 11 each for Portland State.The Associated Press

Cluxton off injured while McCaffrey and OSullivan return as Dublin crush Longford

first_img 40,971 Views Short URL Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 5:46 PM Dublin 2-25Longford 0-12Kevin O’Brien reports from Croke ParkAS EXPECTED LONGFORD offered little resistance as Dublin cruised into their eighth consecutive Leinster SFC final with a 19-point win. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHODublin ran up an impressive tally of 2-25 with all six starting forwards scoring from play, although they never moved out of second gear all afternoon. For the second straight tie they beat the handicap set by the bookies by a single point.Such is the long shadow Dublin cast over the rest of the province, they don’t need to start thinking about peaking until the Super 8s in late July.Longford played with a man less from the 22nd minute when James McGivney was red-carded for a reckless challenge on Stephen Cluxton, while talisman Michael Quinn was black-carded midway through the second period.Denis Connerton’s outfit battled gamely for three-quarters of the game but had Paddy Collum to thank for four fine second-half saves on Paul Mannion, Michael Darragh Macauley and Colm Basquel, while Dean Rock rattled a strike off the crossbar. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOThe All-Ireland champions were boosted by the returns from injury of Jack McCaffrey and Cian O’Sullivan, while Paul Flynn arrived off the bench for the second straight game.Remarkably, McCaffrey missed just one championship game after the torn ACL he suffered in last year’s All-Ireland final. A burst he made down the left flank in the early stages of the second-half showed he has lost none of his pace following the surgery.Given the one-sided nature of this contest, one of the more interesting aspects of the game was Evan Comerford making his championship debut after Cluxton was forced off following a heavy bang to the mid-section of his body in the 21st minute.Cluxton climbed into the air to fist away a long delivery inside and while he was still airborne he was taken out with a dangerous hit from Longford full-forward McGivney. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOThe pair had clashed earlier in the half and McGivney clearly had revenge on his mind, but it was a reckless challenge on the 36-year-old who was defenceless. Cluxton was replaced by his understudy Comerford and gingerly made his way into the dressing rooms under the Hogan Stand.It was the first time in 14 years Dublin had a keeper other than Cluxton between the posts in a championship game. The last one was Brian Murphy against Westmeath in 2004, when Cluxton was suspended after his red card against Armagh the previous summer.Comerford had a shaky moment early on when his fisted clearance landed to a Longford forward, but otherwise had little to trouble him throughout.Dublin quickly clicked into gear and raced into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead with seven different scorers hitting the target inside the opening quarter. In the 18th minute, Michael Darragh Macauley barrelled through and fed Rock for an easy palmed finish into the net.Shortly after McGivney was sent-off, Longford had a mishap from a short kick-out when Liam Connerton was caught in possession inside his own 21. Rock and Mannion doubled up on the wing-forward, with the latter winning possession and drilling it past Paddy Collum into the net. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOJonny Cooper was lucky to stay on the field shortly before half-time when his forearm made contact with Dessie Reynolds’s face as he broke through on goal. Cooper was already on a yellow and somehow escaped caution, but was duly replaced by McCaffrey at the interval.Michael Fitzsimons, taken for two points from play by Robbie Smyth, was also whipped off at half-time by Gavin.Longford hit three of the four scores after half-time, before Gavin ran the bench. Basquel had two points on the board shortly after arriving on the field, while Collum made several saves to deny Dublin a third goal.Rock brought his tally to 1-6 with four second-half frees while Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny were able to finish with 0-4 apiece as Dublin coasted home.Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 1-5 (0-1f), Paul Mannion 1-2, Brian Fenton 0-4, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-4, Colm Basquel 0-2,  Con O’Callaghan 0-2, Philly McMahon 0-1, Brian Howard 0-1, James McCarthy 0-1, Paddy Andrews 0-1, Niall Scully 0-1.Scorers for Longford: Robbie Smyth 0-5 (0-3f), Michael Quinn 0-1, Donal McElligott 0-1, Paddy Collum 0-1 (0-1 45), Dessie Reynolds 0-1, David McGivney 0-1 (0-1f), Rian Brady 0-1, Sean McCormack 0-1.Dublin1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s)2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)4. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)5. Brian Howard (Raheny)6. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)7. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)11. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)12. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)14. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)15. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)Subs 16. Evan Comerford (Ballymun Kickhams) for Cluxton (22)21. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf) for Cooper (ht)19. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens) for Fitzsimons (ht)17. Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St Enda’s) for Mannion (52)22. Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s) for Andrews (52)25. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes) for McCarthy (54)20. Paul Flynn (Fingallians) for Macauley (57)Longford1. Paddy Collum (Fr Manning Gaels)2. Patrick Fox (St Columbas Mullinalaghta)3. Padraig McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)4. Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard)5. Michael Quinn (Kiloe Young Emmets)6. Donal McElligott (St Columbas Mullinalaghta)7. Daniel Mimnagh (Kiloe Young Emmets)8. Darren Gallagher (St Mary’s)9. Conor Berry (Abbeylara)10. Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connollys)11. David McGivney (St Columbas Mullinalaghta)12. Liam Connerton (Rathcline)13. Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara)14. James McGivney (St Columbas Mullinalaghta)15. Rian Brady (St Columbas Mullinalaghta)Subs23. Sean McCormack (Kiloe Young Emmets) for Connerton (27)18. Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers) for Quinn (black-card, 56)20. Mark Nally (Roscommon Gaels) for McGivney (64)17. Peter Foy (Longford Slashers) for Reynolds (65)24. Darren Quinn (Clonguish) for Masterson (65)22. Shane Donohoe (Rathcline) for Mimnagh (71)Black card: Michael Quinn (56)Red card: James McGivney (21)Shane Dowling hits 15 points as Limerick overcome WaterfordLaois survive stern Carlow challenge to book first Leinster final in 11 years https://the42.ie/4063506 By Kevin O’Brien Share83 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 10th 2018, 5:46 PM 54 Comments Cluxton off injured while McCaffrey and O’Sullivan return as Dublin crush Longford Dublin are into their eighth Leinster SFC final in succession.last_img read more

Un quotidien dédié aux tablettes devrait voir le jour

first_imgUn quotidien dédié aux tablettes devrait voir le jourLe magnat de la presse australien, Rupert Murdoch, qui possède le groupe News Corp, songe à créer un quotidien dédié exclusivement aux tablettes, en collaboration avec Apple. Il n’y aurait aucune version papier ni web de ce quotidien, qui doit voir le jour sur tablette tactile. D’après The Guardian, il serait baptisé “The Daily” et serait ainsi disponible avant tout sur l’iPad. Le nouveau quotidien sera présenté conjointement à la fin du mois par Rupert Murdoch et Steve Jobs, le PDG d’Apple. Il s’agira d’un journal généraliste, vendu au prix de 0,99 dollar (0,72 euro par semaine).Une équipe de cent personnes, dirigée par Jesse Angelo, ancien directeur de la rédaction du “New York Post”, travaillerait déjà sur ce projet. Si celui-ci aboutit, le lancement du “Daily” serait alors prévu pour début 2011 aux Etats-Unis.Apple a, de son côté, ouvert des négociations avec plusieurs groupes de presse pour proposer prochainement un kiosque numérique sur l’iPad. Le 22 novembre 2010 à 09:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gun control debate intensifies with possibility of arming school teachers

first_img KUSI Newsroom The debate on gun control has been intensifying across the nation following the deadly shooting in Florida last week.Now, President Trump and others are calling for teachers to be armed with weapons at schools for added protection.KUSI was joined by Chris Holmberg, a teacher from the Poway Unified School District. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 23, 2018 February 23, 2018 Gun control debate intensifies with possibility of arming school teachers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

2 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo people, including a child, were killed and seven others injured when a bus overturned after hitting a roadside tree on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Palongpara of Sadullapur upazila in Gaibandha on Friday.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately, reports UNB.Abul Bashar, in-charge of Gobindaganj highway police camp, said the accident took place around 7:00am, leaving the two people killed on the spot and seven others injured.The injured were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, he added.last_img

New study suggests more and longer atmospheric stagnation events due to global

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Characteristic change in air stagnation components. Credit: Nature Climate Change (2014) doi:10.1038/nclimate2272 Stagnation is an atmospheric phenomenon where an air mass remains in place over a geographic region for an extended period of time. They tend to happen due to the convergence of specific weather conditions—light wind patterns near the surface, other light wind patterns occurring higher up, and a lack of rain. During normal weather periods, wind and rain combine to clean the air around metropolitan areas—when rain fails to fall and there is little wind to push pollution away from an area, particulates and other types of pollution levels climb, putting those that live in the area at risk of health problems.The collection of computer models run by the team at Stanford also suggest that stagnation events are likely to last longer—increasing by an average of 40 days a year. The result the team notes, is likely to be an increase in heart and lung complications in people in those areas, contributing to an associated climb in the number of premature deaths due to air pollutants—numbering perhaps in the millions. They also note that Mexico, India and parts of the western U.S. are likely to be most at risk of health impacts from an increase in stagnation events, as all three will have more and longer such events and all three are heavily populated.The researchers suggest that at some point, the entire planet will be impacted by stagnation events. That means governments and health workers will need to make plans on how to handle the problems as they begin to occur. They add that the only real solution to the problem is to begin curbing greenhouse gas emissions now, preventing the events from occurring in the first place. Journal information: Nature Climate Change Researchers predict global warming will cause an increase in frequency of Indian Ocean Dipole events More information: Occurrence and persistence of future atmospheric stagnation events, Nature Climate Change (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2272AbstractPoor air quality causes an estimated 2.6–4.4 million premature deaths per year. Hazardous conditions form when meteorological components allow the accumulation of pollutants in the near-surface atmosphere. Global-warming-driven changes to atmospheric circulation and the hydrological cycle are expected to alter the meteorological components that control pollutant build-up and dispersal, but the magnitude, direction, geographic footprint and public health impact of this alteration remain unclear. We used an air stagnation index and an ensemble of bias-corrected climate model simulations to quantify the response of stagnation occurrence and persistence to global warming. Our analysis projects increases in stagnation occurrence that cover 55% of the current global population, with areas of increase affecting ten times more people than areas of decrease. By the late twenty-first century, robust increases of up to 40 days per year are projected throughout the majority of the tropics and subtropics, as well as within isolated mid-latitude regions. Potential impacts over India, Mexico and the western US are particularly acute owing to the intersection of large populations and increases in the persistence of stagnation events, including those of extreme duration. These results indicate that anthropogenic climate change is likely to alter the level of pollutant management required to meet future air quality targets.center_img Explore further (Phys.org) —A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University has led to findings indicating that much of the world can expect to have more atmospheric stagnation events as the future unfolds. In their paper published in Nature Climate Change, the researchers describe how they ran a variety of computer models that took into account a continued increase in greenhouse gas emissions—they report that taken together, the models predict that approximately 55 percent of the world’s population can expect to be impacted by future stagnation events. Citation: New study suggests more and longer atmospheric stagnation events due to global warming (2014, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-longer-atmospheric-stagnation-events-due.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more