Was Lionel Messi Tired

In Argentina’s final match of the World Cup, Lionel Messi — on whom Argentine hopes have rested for over a decade — only touched the ball at a rate of once every two minutes. One of those touches was a great opportunity to win the game near the end of regulation, which he failed to even put on goal. Despite this, and despite a decrease in goals and assists as the tournament progressed (four goals in his first three games, an assist in his fourth, and nary a goal or assist since), he won the World Cup’s Golden Ball award (essentially the tournament MVP). That prompted Diego Maradona, Messi’s Argentine forefather and foil, to say, “It’s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn’t have won just because of some marketing plan.” The sharply worded op-eds, so plentiful on Sunday and Monday, are dying down — for now — but even Messi’s fans may start to wonder what was going on, and whether Messi was playing like his usual self.Before Sunday’s World Cup Final, Messi’s father, Jorge, told the media that his son was struggling with exhaustion.1Note that Messi vomited during the final, but apparently this is a normal thing for him. This dovetails nicely with another story I’d been reading about for weeks, about how Messi’s “work rate,” or the amount he has been running on the pitch per minute, has been abnormally low during this World Cup. Here’s a quote from an ESPN article that touches on both subjects:The pressure of being captain and carrying the hopes of his country appears to have taken its toll on him as he found it difficult to make an impact. “He is exhausted,” Messi’s father Jorge said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “He feels as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each.”According to FIFA statistics, however, Messi is only ranked the 30th most hard-working player at the World Cup on the basis of distance covered. He has run a total of 32 miles in the six games he has featured in, having played for 573 minutes. By contrast, the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder has covered 43 miles in 585 minutes and tops the list. Messi is also second-from-bottom on the list of players who have played in all six games of the tournament so far.These mileage stats are common these days (and seemingly flash every time someone is subbed in/out of a game), though they’re not always easy to find or interpret. Fortunately, for the World Cup, FIFA has a page devoted to players’ “distance covered” stats. I’ve compiled those stats, broken down by offense and defense, and sorted by position, like so:Indeed, over the course of the World Cup, Messi had the lowest work rate among non-goalkeepers when his team is on defense and the second-lowest among forwards when his team is on offense (among players with 150 minutes on offense/defense combined).2There’s also a surprising amount of neutral time in soccer (up to a third of all match time is neither “in possession” nor “not in possession”). I haven’t included that in this chart.After an article by Ken Early in Slate first turned me on to Messi’s stillness, I couldn’t stop noticing it. When Messi’s not “on the ball,” he’ll often appear to be leisurely strolling through the area he’s in, particularly when the other team is on offense and he has little to do except sit back and wait to see if the ball comes his way. It can seem downright bizarre and contrary to everything a soccer coach teaches about “hustling.”Could it be that Messi’s inaction had something to do with his “100 kilo” legs? If so, it’d imply that Messi was so tired he was unable to “hustle” as much as normal, taking short breaks on the field when he got the chance to recuperate. This might also help explain his performance “decline” through the tournament.But I don’t think it’s as simple as that. On the FIFA site, individual game summaries have “tracking” stats as well. Here are Messi’s, broken down by offense and defense:For nearly every game, when Messi runs more on offense, he runs more on defense, and the same is true for when he runs less. To me, that suggests that the variation is probably more systematic and dependent on the matchups Argentina faced. But that large gap in the final game offers an interesting wrinkle. That’s when the difference between offensive work rate and defensive work rate was largest. This is at least consistent with a theory that he was tired for the last game (I assume that would be more likely to be reflected during his defense). But with the defensive work rate as a baseline, it could also indicate that he was running around extra hard on offense trying to make something happen (which he had failed to do for the last couple of games). Or it could just be random variance.Overall, though, the data doesn’t suggest that Messi wore down as the tournament progressed. If this work-rate phenomenon were a result of his being tired, we might expect to see the highest work rates in games following the longest layoffs, and/or for his work rate to decline as the grueling tournament wears on. But that’s not what the data shows.3I did find it interesting that all of his peak work rates came in games with the longest scheduled rest following them (first and third games of group stage, and last game of the tournament). That would be consistent with a premeditated strategy to conserve energy for later games, though it’s too tenuous to draw conclusions.So aside from a blip in the last game, there’s not much evidence that Messi had a general exhaustion problem, but there is evidence that he had a much lower work rate than other players. What to make of that? There are some negative interpretations possible: Messi might not have been fit enough to endure a whole tournament, or he might not have been trying hard enough. But these would only makes sense if low work rates typically indicated a lack of fitness or effort.And that we can test for.I don’t have the data necessary to do a complete study of work rates and how they may or may not predict and/or impact quality of play. But for a rough outline, we can at least take a look at FIFA’s data for this World Cup to see whether working harder tends to correspond with playing better. Is there any relationship between a player’s work rate and their offensive production?The following chart compares a players work rate with their offensive production per minute (using goals plus .1*chances created, a lower variance alternative to goals plus assists):4Includes all the distance a player covered during all the minutes he played (whether on offense, defense or neutral).This chart may support the argument that Messi didn’t deserve his Golden Ball, but I’ll stay out of that debate. He certainly didn’t play poorly, as he had the fifth-best per-minute production, despite having the lowest work rate (and it’s not limited to offense, as I’ve noted elsewhere; most aspects of his game were as good or better than normal through most of the tournament).Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Mario Goetze had a great tournament (obviously) and the highest work rate. In the middle, we have James Rodriguez, who managed an insane amount of success to go with his moderate effort.The important thing is that there’s not really any relationship between a player’s work rate and their production, either for forwards or for midfielders. In fact, the trend lines for both groups (covering 119 qualifying players in this tournament) are slightly declining — though not enough to read anything into it.5Moreover, if there’s an obvious source of team-quality bias, we might expect it to go in the other direction. We would expect players for better teams to have more production (more opportunities to dish, and more chances for teammates to dish to you, etc.), and because better teams tend to hold on to the ball more often and for longer periods, and forwards and midfielders are typically more active on offense, we would also expect those players to have a slightly higher meters run per minute.So has Messi been as good as he has despite being “lazy,” or perhaps because of it? When Messi was taking the tournament by storm, at least Ken Early was willing to give Messi the benefit of the doubt:Surely it must mean something that the best player in the fastest-ever era of football hardly ever runs at all.I don’t have distance-run data for Messi outside of the World Cup, but a little Googling reveals that Messi’s on-field leisure has come up before.June 2010: A New York Times article praising Michael Bradley cited the amount of ground he covered relative to Messi.May 2011: A Bleacher Report article cited Messi’s distance covered stats at UEFA6I’ve seen a lot of reference to these stats, but all the links are broken and I’ve been unable to find them on the UEFA site. as proof that he “doesn’t play hard every minute.”August 2012: A comparison between Messi and teammate Dani Alves showed how Messi spends roughly twice as much time in an “inactive” state.February 2013: An analysis of Messi’s (lack of) running from a Barca perspective tries to make sense of the phenomenon.April 2014: An article on ESPN FC criticized Messi’s Champions League play, based largely on the distance he ran.People have cited and/or complained about the amount Messi runs since at least 2010, and it has come up every year since. Note that Messi has been pretty good in that period.When you see a bunch of super-unusual things about one player, rather than trying to explain them all separately, it’s a good idea to try figure out how they might be related. If Messi’s low work rate was a “feature” rather than a “bug,” it could help him be the dominant player that he is. Here’s a very speculative version of what that argument would look like:A lot of soccer players run around a lot when there’s not much they can do to improve their situation. They may even continue running after they’re in the ideal location. Or even if they’re making slight improvements, they may be burning energy that would have more value being spent on runs that are higher leverage. Further, not moving unnecessarily may make it easier to keep track of what’s going on in the play, which may help the player anticipate what’s coming next.OK, that may sound fanciful, but it’s the sort of crazy idea that Messi should make us consider (feel free to propose alternatives!). And it wouldn’t be the only unconventional thing about Messi’s play that probably contributes to his advantage (e.g. his aversion to crossing passes, which until recently were considered an important part of offensive soccer strategy).This may be key to what makes him as good as he is, or it might not. The bizarre spectacle of Lionel Messi strolling along lazily shouldn’t be used either to hang him or to excuse him. Let’s not let a negative outcome against an all-time-great opponent cloud the mystery.CORRECTION (July 16, 10:16 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized James Rodriguez’s success in the tournament as moderate. That is incorrect. It was insane. read more

Dolphins Richie Incognito Suspended For Sending Racist Texts to

Photo by The Associated Press.Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, known around the NFL for dirty play, added to his already sullied reputation by being suspended indefinitely by the team for sending racist and threatening text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin.Anonymous sources told The Associate Press that coach Joe Philbin suspended Incognito late Sunday night after becoming aware of the nature of the correspondence from the 319-pound Incognito, who is white, to the 312-pound Martin, a Black offensive lineman who played alongside Incognito.The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin’s representatives that he was bullied, and Philbin said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for assistance. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter.”There’s certain people out there who are just punks, and he wants to be that kind of guy,” former Seahawks and Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson said Monday. ”But because he’s a lineman, he gets away with a lot of stuff that people don’t see. . . Incognito is way worse than anybody I ever played against.”Philbin said he was unaware of hazing incidents that involved Incognito – such as hacking into a teammate’s Facebook page – as shown on the HBO series ”Hard Knocks” that chronicled the Dolphins’ training camp in 2012. Philbin said he never watched the program.”If the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is,” Philbin said. ”I have that obligation to the players that I coach on a daily basis, and I will do that.”In first four years with the St. Louis Rams, Incognito led the NFL in penalties for unnecessary roughness before the team tired of his antics and released him in 2009.David Shaw, coach at Stanford, where Martin played in college, said Martin is doing well, but he was not sure when he would return to the Dolphins.”The two behemoths strike dramatically different backgrounds: Martin is the son of Harvard graduates and grew up in California cultured on classical music and literature. Incognito is anything like his last name suggests. The New Jersey native has been at the heart of many run-ins, fights and controversies because of an overzealous nature. Some  observers wonder if Incognito has eclipsed the boundaries of permissible locker room high jinks or hazing.“A large part of this has been growing up, making a conscious effort on my end to change some ways in my life and change some of my ways on the football field,” Incognito told The Sun-Sentinel in August. He made the comment two months after receiving a trespassing warning after a suspected bar fight in Miami Beach, according to The Palm Beach Post.Giants kicker Josh Brown played with Incognito at Nebraska and in St. Louis. His view of his former teammate, expressed in The New York Times, could be telling: “A person with a tortured soul.”“He’s always been a fighter,” Brown said. “It’s just something he hadn’t been able to kick. It’s unfortunate and it’s sad, very sad.” read more

Welcome To The 2018 World Series Where Even SalevsKershaw Turns Into A

BOSTON — Tuesday night was billed as one of the greatest pitching matchups in World Series history: Clayton Kershaw versus Chris Sale — two of the elite starters of their generation. On a cool night in Boston, a sold-out Fenway Park was well-aware of the pedigree of its foe and greeted the Los Angeles Dodgers ace with chants of “Ker-Shaaawww, Ker-Shaaawww,” drawing out the last syllable of his surname as he pitched. But the lyrical taunting was short-lived as Kershaw didn’t make it far into Game 1 — and neither did Sale, for that matter.We didn’t get a classic pitching duel. Instead, we received a heavy dose of 2018 baseball. And that style of play — namely bullpenning — favored the Red Sox en route to an 8-4, series-opening victory.Six Red Sox relievers combined to allow just one run over five innings, and Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez broke the game open with a three-run homer off Dodger reliever Alex Wood in the seventh inning.That both of the starting pitchers lasted only four innings is telling of how quickly the game is changing. Tuesday marked just the fourth Game 1 — the game that often features a pair of aces — in World Series history in which neither starting pitcher recorded an out in the fifth inning. In the three previous occasions — in 1923, 1966 and 2004 — all but one of the starters allowed as many or more runs as Sale or Kershaw did in fewer innings prior to departing.1And that other starter — Baltimore’s Dave McNally in 1966 — had walked the bases loaded in the third inning before getting the hook. In other words, those starters had been battered. That wasn’t the case Tuesday. Instead, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Red Sox manager Alex Cora had their aces on short leashes.Teams have become aware of how performance typically declines the deeper a starter pitches into a game, and teams are also eager to try to gain righty/lefty platoon advantages when they can find them in the later innings. Teams also monitor fatigue, and Sale was somewhat taxed in throwing 91 pitches.During the 232-minute game Tuesday, the two clubs combined to use 12 pitchers, who threw a total of 308 pitches. Through Tuesday, relievers have accounted for 50.5 percent of innings this postseason, which would be a record. That mark is up 4 percentage points from last postseason (46.5 percent) and significantly from the 2010 playoffs (32.3 percent). While bullpens have taken on more and more work in the regular season, their usage and importance in the postseason is reaching unprecedented levels.Dodger infielder Brian Dozier said “anything goes” in the World Series. But the urgent, anything-goes practices employed Tuesday were carryovers from the regular season. In fact, the Dodgers have already faced the most extreme form of pitching game strategy this postseason.While some traditionalists have bemoaned the move toward bullpens, Red Sox reliever and Game 1 winner Matt Barnes told FiveThirtyEight in a cramped postgame clubhouse that he is all for this style of play.“I’m about whatever it takes to get wins in the World Series,” Barnes said. “How you do it? It doesn’t matter to me. You just have to win 11 games before anyone else does.”Cora began the Red Sox parade of relievers in the top of the fifth when he summoned Barnes out of the right-field bullpen to replace Sale, who had walked the lead-off batter, Dozier. Barnes, who has become a trusted setup man, allowed a single to Justin Turner, and Dozier later scored on a Manny Machado groundout to tie the score at 3.Kershaw entered the game with questions about his postseason performances and left with a career ERA of 4.28 in 145 postseason innings. He also continues to suffer from declining fastball velocity, as the pitch sat between 90 and 91 mph Tuesday. He relied heavily on his breaking pitches. Only CC Sabathia owns a worse ERA among pitchers who have made at least 15 postseason starts. While Kershaw was hit hard at times on Tuesday — including a 105.9 mph single and a 109.1 mph double off the bat of J.D. Martinez — he wasn’t helped by his surrounding cast, either. L.A.’s starting first baseman, David Freese, failed to catch a foul pop-up in the first inning. It wasn’t ruled an error but was a play that could have been made — and it might have cost the Dodgers two runs.Kershaw allowed three runs through four innings. After walking Mookie Betts and allowing a single to Andrew Benintendi to begin the fifth, he was was pulled from the game. Roberts called on Ryan Madson, who allowed both inherited runners to score to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.More innings pitched by relievers requires lineups to remain flexible as offenses try to counter the platoon advantage gained by switching the handedness of pitchers. For instance, the Brewers had left-handed starter Wade Miley throw just five pitches in a start in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series before going to a right-handed-heavy cast of relievers against the platoon-heavy Dodgers. And on Tuesday, five of the six relievers that followed the lefty Sale were right-handed.In response to pitching strategies, Dozier joked Monday that the Dodgers have begun to pull hockey-style line changes in games. Los Angeles was the first club in World Series history to start nine right-handed batters with no switch-hitters. But by the seventh inning Tuesday, three L.A. lefties and a switch-hitter had joined the game, and only three Dodgers were playing positions they had occupied on the starting lineup card: Turner (third base), Machado (shortstop) and Yasiel Puig (right field).While the two managers traded chess pieces, it was Cora who seemed to win the most strategic battles, as he has done all October. He struck a decisive blow on Tuesday by pinch-hitting Nunez for left-handed hitter Rafael Devers when Roberts called the left-handed Wood into the game in the seventh.“Cora is prepared,” Barnes said. “Tonight is another example, pinch-hitting (Nunez). It’s a lot of fun playing for him. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”The Red Sox have won 116 games under Cora this season, a year in which the game seems to be changing so quickly. They are now three wins from a fourth championship this century.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Ohio State womens basketball faces another top team No 3 Notre Dame

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Wagner on Nov. 22 at St. John Arena. Credit: Elizabeth Tzagournis | Lantern PhotographerFresh off its first win over a top-10 team this season, the No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team (4-2) enters the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to take on No. 3 Notre Dame (6-0). The Fighting Irish are the Buckeyes’ third opponent ranked in the top 3 thus far.Since opening the season with two losses — falling 88-80 against No. 2 South Carolina (7-0) and getting demolished 100-56 by No. 1 Connecticut (4-0) — OSU has bounced back with four straight wins.Although three of the four wins come against teams with a combined record of 7-9, the Buckeyes’ latest victory comes over then-No. 10 Texas A&M, 95-80, in the South Point Shootout, an early-season tournament held in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday. In the victory, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell tied OSU’s single-game record for points, scoring an eye-popping 42 points on 12-of-20 shooting. She hit 15 of 16 shots from the line, as well. OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he sees the win as a confidence-booster heading into another game against an elite team in Notre Dame. “We showed people we weren’t afraid to play these people, but at some point you’ve got to start beating them,” McGuff said. “So I think it was important to win that A&M game, and hopefully our kids took a lot of confidence from that win.”McGuff’s team’s next test, the Fighting Irish, enter Wednesday night’s showdown with an efficient, balanced team on offense. Four players average double-digit points, including freshman guard Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame’s top bench player. Last week, Mabrey broke out and was named ACC Freshman of the Week, as she averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 steals, 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over a three-game stretch. Notre Dame supplements Mabrey’s driving ability by surrounding her with 3-point shooters and post scorers. The Fighting Irish have made an astonishing 45.2 percent of their 3-point attempts. Leading the team from downtown is Mabrey’s sister, Michaela, who leads the team with 25 attempts from deep. The fans in attendance should not expect a slow-paced defensive battle. The Buckeyes’ style of utilizing the full-court press, fast-break points and quick shots has led to OSU averaging 82.7 points per game — and that includes its poor performance against UCONN. But Notre Dame tops that, averaging 88.3 points in its first six games.To complement its high-powered offense, Notre Dame boasts a plus-8.3 turnover margin, a category OSU usually thrives on due to its ball pressure and trapping. If the Buckeyes are to knock off the Fighting Irish, Mitchell and a duo of senior guards, Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft, must protect the ball on offense and force Notre Dame to turn the ball over.“We know that they’re an amazing team and they come with a lot of great players,” Mitchell said before Monday’s practice. “I think Coach McGuff and all the rest of the coaches will let us know what’s going to happen today so we can put ourselves in a good position.”OSU is looking to build of its experience in Columbia, South Carolina against No. 2 South Carolina to prepare for Notre Dame’s crowd.“Their crowd was crazy,” Mitchell said of South Carolina. “They’ve got a great atmosphere, a great environment for the fans. I know Notre Dame will have the same thing because they’re such a great team.” Student vs. teacherMcGuff said this battle of top-10 teams matters greatly to him, as he is able to face off against his mentor, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw.“She’s been so great to me and my family. You know it’s hard to play against your friends and mentors,” McGuff said. “But we’re two competitive people and when the lights come on on Wednesday night we’re both going to certainly do the best for our teams to try to win the game.”Prior to McGuff accepting the job as head coach of Xavier in 2002, he worked for six years as an assistant under McGraw at Notre Dame. During his time in South Bend, McGuff helped guide Notre Dame to two Final Fours, winning a national championship in 2001. He said he considers McGraw an important friend and mentor.“I just have great respect for her and how much success she’s had at that program and, more importantly, who she is as a person,” McGuff said.Kelsey Mitchell: On fireMitchell’s 42 points versus now-No. 12 Texas A&M tied Samantha Prahalis for OSU’s single-game scoring record. This, her fourth performance of more than 20 points in a row, led to espnW naming her its national player of the week, while the South Point Shootout selected her as the tournament’s most outstanding player.The preseason All-American is able to score from everywhere on the court. Mitchell averages 41.2 percent on 3-pointers and 85.1 percent at the free-throw line, as she is frequently rewarded for using her elite burst to drive into the lane. However, Mitchell continues to never take credit for her own success. She often brushes off comments about her record-breaking performance, preferring to talk exclusively about the team and the group’s goals.“I feel pretty normal, I don’t feel no different,” Mitchell said. “Whatever the case, whatever accolades, my coaches and my teammates put me in the right position.”Alexa Hart’s importanceSophomore forward Alexa Hart finally broke out in Friday’s 75-65 win over Liberty, when she scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds.The Buckeyes have struggled to defend and rebound in the interior, as Hart and junior forward Shayla Cooper play the majority of minutes in the paint. McGuff said he hopes Hart will pick up her game as OSU must negate its opponents’ main advantage of rebounding. The Buckeyes are being outrebounded by an average of six boards per game.“She used her speed, quickness up the court against Liberty’s bigger post players. That’s what we need out of her,” McGuff said. “She’s a really important part of what we’re trying to do here and we need that type of production on a nightly basis.” read more

Catching up with Ohio State sports played over spring break

OSU junior pitcher Tanner Tully (16) during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterStudents and faculty might be just getting back in the swing of things after being relieved of their responsibilities from March 11 to Monday for spring break, but many Ohio State athletics teams did not enjoy that same luxury.Things were business as usual for these squads, with some even using the time off from classes to pick up the pace of schedule.While details about how the OSU wrestling and women’s basketball teams fared in their NCAA tournament action over the weekend can be found elsewhere in the section, here is a rundown of how six other Buckeye units fared.BaseballOSU baseball played seven games over a nine-game stretch, starting with a four-game series in Las Vegas against University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Buckeyes split those four games, including a win in the final one before getting on the plane back to Columbus for their first home series.That series came against Hofstra, a team that came into the weekend just 5-11. That number became even worse, as OSU took care of business against the Pride with a three-game sweep.OSU allowed just four runs over the three games. The Friday home opener was marked by a 12-run offensive explosion, but things cooled down from there. The Buckeyes needed a late rally in Game 2 to grab a 4-2 win, while senior lefty John Havird tossed seven strong innings in the final game to lift the home team to a 2-1 victory and sweep.Now 11-6-1 on the year, eight of OSU’s next nine games are set to come at its home field at Bill Davis Stadium.Men’s basketballThe NCAA tournament might have been devoid of scarlet and gray this year, but that does not mean OSU didn’t have any postseason action after its quarterfinal exit from the Big Ten tournament.OSU players during a game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorCoach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes accepted a bid into the National Invitational Tournament, where they were a No. 3 seed.Their first draw came at the Schottenstein Center against Mid-American Conference runner-up Akron. In a tight game that featured 10 ties and 23 lead changes, it was fitting that regulation ended with the teams tied at 62.The overtime period was all OSU, however, as the Buckeyes outscored the Zips 10-1 in the final five minutes to take a 72-63 win and earn a second-round meeting with Florida.The matchup against the Gators proved to be a sloppy contest, with OSU shooting just 39 percent. Junior forward Marc Loving and freshman guard JaQuan Lyle combined for 39 of OSU’s 66 points, but it was not enough to top the Gators, who won 74-66, ending OSU’s tumultuous season.Men’s ice hockeyIt was Big Ten tournament time in St. Paul, Minnesota, over spring break, and the OSU men’s hockey team had as much momentum as anyone, coming in unbeaten in seven straight contests.That momentum certainly carried over to the Buckeyes’ first-round matchup with Michigan State. A third-period goal by OSU sophomore forward Matthew Weis knotted the game up at 3, which it remained until overtime.In that extra session, it was freshman forward Mason Jobst collecting a rebound and firing it into the net to keep OSU’s season alive for at least one more night.But it did prove to just be one more night, as the Buckeyes were unable to hold onto a 1-0 third-period lead over top-seeded Minnesota. The Golden Gophers came alive in the final period, getting four pucks past OSU junior goalie Christian Frey. The Buckeyes tacked on a goal late, but it was not nearly enough to avoid the 4-2 season-ending defeat to the eventual Big Ten runner-ups.OSU junior midfielder Johnny Pearson (30) during a game on March 19 in Denver. Credit: Courtesy of OSUMen’s lacrosse After a promising 5-1 start, the then-No. 20 men’s lacrosse team faced a big test over spring break, as it had three ranked opponents on the schedule. The Buckeyes, who could have asserted themselves nationally with a strong showing, instead stumbled, losing all three of those games. They opened with an 8-5 loss on the road to then-No. 14 Hofstra before coming back to Columbus, where OSU fell to then-No. 10 Towson in overtime on March 15, 10-9. At that point, the most difficult matchup still awaited the Buckeyes. OSU headed west to take on the defending national champions and top-ranked Denver. The Scarlet and Gray trailed by just one goal early on in the second half, but the Pioneers pulled away to win 15-6. OSU, however, is set to get another chance to right the ship against a premier opponent on Saturday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 2 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. inside Ohio Stadium. Softball The softball team had a successful trip to Southern California, winning four of the five games it played in San Diego, headlined by a win over then-No. 24 Fresno State. The 9-6 victory was OSU’s second over a top 25 team this season. Fueled by a quick start, OSU (14-7) took down San Diego State 4-3 on Wednesday before playing four games in the San Diego State Tournament. The Buckeyes dropped their opener against Long Beach State 5-3 after surrendering three runs to the 49ers in the bottom of the sixth inning. OSU bounced back, however, defeating San Jose State 8-3 on Friday.The crown jewel of the trip was the Buckeyes’ victory over Fresno State. OSU rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning before sealing the deal in the sixth with three more runs. OSU finished the trip off on the right note Sunday afternoon against Cal Poly. After falling behind 2-0, the Buckeyes rattled off seven unanswered runs en route to victory. In the most recent polls, OSU was unranked but it received a few votes. But following their showing in Southern California, the Buckeyes now might break into the top 25. Women’s lacrosseOf all the teams mentioned, it is hard to argue that any is playing better than the OSU women’s lacrosse team. The No. 17 Buckeyes finished off a perfect five-game homestand with three victories over the week and a half of spring break.OSU freshman attacker Avery Murphy (27) during a game against Cincinnati on March 11 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe three wins were marked by stellar defense, as OSU gave up just 17 goals in the three games.Senior midfielder Cian Dabrowski was the standout during the stretch for the Scarlet and Gray, scoring eight goals over the three contests. Senior goalie Katie Frederick came up big defensively, stopping 17 shots overall.The wins were by scores of 11-5 over Cincinnati, 10-8 over Virginia Tech and 10-4 over Canisius.Now with a three-game road trip ahead of it, OSU will look to keep its home success going elsewhere. read more

Turner needs partner in crime

Batman and Robin have been a staple of American entertainment for half a century. Everyone knows Batman is the boss and is always in control. No one would ever mistake the “Boy Wonder” for the “Caped Crusader.”Applied to the Ohio State men’s basketball team, Evan Turner would be Batman and William Buford would be Robin.But in order for the Buckeyes to make a deep NCAA Tournament run, something they are very capable of, Robin is going to have to play a more prominent role in OSU’s offense.Buford’s statistics are actually a bit puzzling. When Turner’s been in the lineup, Buford has put up 14 points a game. In Turner’s absence, Buford was good for 15 points a game — obviously not a big difference, but in order to understand Buford’s significance to the offense, one must dig deeper.The great thing about Buford is that he’s shown the potential to be a very dynamic offensive player. When his shot wasn’t falling against Wisconsin last month, Buford hit the glass and grabbed 12 rebounds. He had 10 assists in a win over Eastern Michigan earlier this season. On Jan. 31 versus Minnesota, Boy Wonder had his shot going. His form isn’t what you would call textbook, but when his high-arching jumpers are falling, it’s a thing of beauty. Buford finished with a career-high 26 points.College basketball isn’t the NBA. Teams can’t just ride a superstar player who can go one-on-five — a la LeBron James or Dwayne Wade — to the title. I’d argue the last team to win the national championship that truly rode the coattails of one player to the title would be the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks.Kansas lost 11 times that year, the most ever of any team to win the title. Entering the tournament, the Jayhawks were a No. 6 seed. But National Player of the Year Danny Manning and the “Miracles” would not be denied. In Kansas’ 83-79 victory over Oklahoma in the National Championship Game, Manning had 31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.That was nearly 22 years ago and college basketball has evolved since then.The further Ohio State advances in the tournament, the more defenses will attempt to take Turner out of the game. Opposing coaches will attempt to conjure up some of the most preposterous game plans in an attempt to neutralize “The Villain.”OSU could see something similar to the triangle and two defense Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos used to hold former Davidson star Stephen Curry scoreless last season. Patsos knew his team couldn’t stop Curry, so he double-teamed Davidson’s sweet-shooting guard the entire game. Curry only got up three shots and didn’t score, but Davidson still won by 30.Obviously, it’s preposterous to think any coach would become that desperate in an NCAA Tournament game. However, a junk defense such as a box-and-one is not out of the question. That brings me back to Buford.He’s the only other player on Ohio State’s roster besides Turner who is a complete offensive player. Buford is capable of getting his own shot and finishing at the rim, at the foul line or beyond the arc. As sports clichés go, Buford is OSU’s “X-factor.”The key for Boy Wonder is to be an efficient scorer. Ohio State is only 7-6 when he has 12 or more field goal attempts. Forced shots and quick shots usually result in fast break points for the other team.If Buford can be a solid but not necessarily spectacular Robin, OSU fans may find the Bat Signal in the skies over Indianapolis, the site of this season’s Final Four. read more

Ohio States Braxton Miller named 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year

Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was chosen Friday as the 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year. The College Football Performance Awards organization selects its honorees based on the player’s improvement to the overall effectiveness of his team. During the 2011 season, Miller, who was not made available for comment, threw for 1,159 yards and completed 54.1 percent of his passes. Thirteen passes led to touchdowns, a freshman school record. Miller closed his first 10 games as a starter for OSU with season-high records against Michigan and Florida despite losses in both games. He threw for 235 yards at Michigan Stadium and earned a 78.3 completion percentage in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. He also led the team in rushing with 715 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the season. Miller claimed team-best statistics when he ran for over 100 yards three times against Penn State, Indiana and Michigan. He also broke the record for the longest scoring run by a quarterback with 82 yards. Miller averaged 59.6 rushing yards and 96.6 passing yards per game. The award comes in the form of a crystal trophy that stands 22 inches tall and includes an eight-inch crystal football on top. Previous National Freshman Performer of the Year award winners include South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore in 2010 and Oregon’s LaMichael James in 2009. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native has been honored more than once for his efforts in the 2011 season. In December, Miller was awarded OSU football’s Archie Griffin outstanding offensive player award and voted the team’s most outstanding first-year offensive player by OSU coaches. The Big Ten Conference announced in late November that Miller would be the recipient of the 2011 Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award as well. Miller, a communication major, tweeted a simple “Thank u !!” early Saturday morning. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State loses to Iowa 31 snapping Iowas 15match losing

Freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder (7) makes a dig for the ball at the Ohio State women’s volleyball game against Michigan at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost the match 3-1. Credit: Maggie Jones | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-13, 7-9 Big Ten) lost 3-1 in a tight match against Iowa (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) on Saturday night. This game broke the Hawkeyes’ 15-match losing streak against Ohio State and gave Iowa its first win against the Buckeyes since 2008.The second set proved to be the most successful for the Buckeyes as they led the entire set with a .324 hitting percentage, their best in any set. Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz led the set with four kills, while sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin and sophomore middle blocker Madison Smeathers were responsible for two blocks each. With a total of 16 kills and three blocks, the Buckeyes won the set 25-22.The rest of the match did not go according to plan for Ohio State. Although both teams went back and forth in the first set with six ties and three lead changes, the Buckeyes fell behind 20-17. Wenz contributed eight kills on 14 error-free attempts, but Iowa came away with a 25-18 victory.The Buckeyes started the third set with a 7-1 run, but Iowa eventually caught up and tied the game at 22. Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer put away nine kills in the set, but it was not enough to match the Hawkeyes’ energy as they took the set 25-22.The fourth and final set came to a 14-14 tie with a kill by Wenz. Iowa quickly regained the lead with two kills and two attack errors from the Buckeyes. Although Ohio State caught up and tied the it at 21, Iowa won the set 25-23 with a final kill from its junior outside hitter Taylor Louis.Freshman setter Becca Mauer had a career night, recording career-highs with 51 assists and five kills. Franklin also played a strong game with a career-best three solo blocks, 11 digs and six kills.The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena at 6 p.m. Friday for a game against Nebraska. read more

Football Ohio State lands commitment of 2019 fourstar running back Steele Chambers

Ohio State added another running back to its 2019 class.Four-star running back Steele Chambers committed to the Buckeyes, announcing it via Twitter Wednesday night.The 6-foot-2, 215-pound recruit played both running back and outside linebacker at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Rosewell, Georgia. Ranked as the 340th-best recruit in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. He is also listed as the No. 29 athlete and No. 37 recruit in the state of Georgia.Chambers is the sixth member of Ohio State’s 2019 class and is one of four in the class not from Ohio. The Georgia native will join four-star running back Sampson James in the class. read more

Clean for the Queen Buckingham Palace searches for new housekeeping assistant

first_imgWould you like to live at Buckingham Palace and work for the Queen?If so, this job might just be for you. The Royals are looking for a new live-in housekeeping assistant.The housekeeper will be expected to “clean and care for interiors and items from carpets and furniture to historic vases and irreplaceable paintings”.The successful applicant will spend all day up close and personal with Queen Elizabeth’s vases and paintings.They will also look after guests and support special events. 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. The job posting states:”This is no standard housekeeping role. You’ll work, and live, in stunning historic settings, ensuring that they’re presented to their best for colleagues, guests and, of course, the Royal Family.”Qualities needed in the housekeeping assistant are someone who “takes care and pride in their work” as well as having “excellent communication and time management skills”.center_img They will also need to be “house-proud about the world’s most famous homes”.Buckingham Palace’s housekeeping assistant can expect to make almost £17,000 a year with bed and board included.No experience is required, with the website stating: “Housekeeping or hospitality experience would be an asset, but is by no means essential. We’re more interested in your outstanding team working skills.”The housekeeping assistant will get 33 days’ holiday, a comprehensive benefits package, a 15 per cent employer contribution pension scheme, as well as a range of recreational facilities. last_img read more

Nightclub under fire for Kiss Cam promotion which encourages kissing strangers without

first_imgBut one unimpressed female patron said: “It’s not really affecting anyone if nobody wants to kiss me, but it’s affecting quite a lot of people to run an event centred aroundkissing strangers without their consent for free drinks. Bit of a difference there.”The promotion was defended by a male poster who said: “Where in the advertising or promotion of the event does it say you should kiss a person WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT? Bit of a leap don’t you think?” Rules are simple – get yourself on the big screen & neck on to win some free drinks! Tag a mate who would neck a munter for a free drink! pic.twitter.com/PiJUS98cUP— Kasbah Nightclub (@KasbahCoventry) November 11, 2016 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. We would urge all students to be active bystanders and challenge this behaviour wherever possibleStudents’ Union The University of Warwick’s Students’ Union described promotion of the Kiss Camevent as a stunt.It said it also encourages non-consensual sexual contact while the advert used sexist language, in reference to the disparaging term “munter”.However, online, the promotion attracted plenty of positive comments, with one woman saying “what is the difference between this and kiss cams at American football games? It’s just banter.” The Students’ Union (SU) said: “The SU thoroughly condemns the nightclub’s KissCam stunt, which encourages non-consensual sexual contact, the use of free alcohol as an incentive and sexist language in its promotion.”Though such measures sadly shouldn’t be necessary, we would urge all students to be active bystanders and challenge this behaviour wherever possible.”The nightclub has been approached for comment. A nightclub is under fire for offering free drinks to clubbers who “neck on with a munter” on camera, as critics say it encourages “kissing strangers without their consent”.The Kasbah in Coventry advertised its Kiss Cam night on social media, calling on clubbers to “Neck on, and win free drinks. It’s a win-win situation”.Advertising its “Kinky” Friday night event on November 11, the promo read: “Rules are simple – get yourself on the big screen and neck on with anyone nearby for your chance to win some free drinks!”Look out for our camera man in the main room from midnight onwards!”Tag a mate who would neck on with a munter for a free drink!”last_img read more

European farmers benefit from money paid by shoppers for British milk

first_img 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. A carton of ‘Milk for Farmers’Credit:Aled Llywelyn/Athena Pictures It was marketed as a scheme to help consumers support British dairy farmers.But it has now emerged that more than three quarters of the proceeds from the Milk for Farmers venture are in fact destined for the pockets of foreign milk producers.The milk cartons sold under the initiative are branded with a Union flag, giving customers the impression the money they spend on their daily pint goes to supporting British producers.Morrisons and Asda both run similar ventures under which part of price paid by customers goes to producers operating with the Arla dairy farmers co-operative.Under Morrisons’ ‘Milk for Farmers’ scheme 12,000 farmers in Arla’s cooperative receive subsidies from sales of the supermarket chain’s milk.  The proceeds are divided up among farmers producing milk, butter and cheese in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.But only 2,700 of these are British. Data obtained by The Telegraph now shows sales of the Morrisons ‘Milk for farmers’ initiative saw an average of £290 paid to each of the farmers in the Arla cooperative in extra payments from its 10p per litre retail price supplement.However, they would have received a total of £1,300 had the supplement been paid only to Arla’s British farmers, according to analysis by AHDB Dairy.Arla pays its farmers 23p for every litre of milk they produce – below the farmers’ cost price of between 30p and 32p a litre.Morrisons buys all its milk from Arla, but uses only milk supplied by British farmers. A carton of 'Milk for Farmers' However, the presence of the British flag on packs appeared to have confused customers.One consumer wrote to Morrisons: “I’ve just seen Milk For Farmers on your website. Will this [the additional 23p] be all [going] to British farmers as the Union Jack on the bottle suggests?” Six months ago Morrisons modified its packaging to cover such concerns. But the milk cartons still contain a small version of the Union Jack and the front of the pack reads: “Milk for Farmers, you give back to dairy farmers”.Arla’s website states: “You give an extra 23p per bottle to Arla Foods – a dairy cooperative 100pc owned by dairy farmers for the benefit of dairy farmers. Arla distributes this premium to all its farmer owners in the UK and other European countries.”Morrisons denied its campaign is misleading, pointing out the Union flag on its milk products shows that all its milk is produced on British farms.It insisted it had never actually said all the money would go to UK farmers.The supermarket chain also disputed the Kantar Worldpanel data, saying its actual sales figures would have seen £360 go to all Arla farmers.However, this would mean each UK farmer could have taken £1,600 this year, had the money only been for them.The “For Farmers” brand, which includes cheeses, was launched after a backlash against supermarkets over the low prices paid to UK dairy farmers.AHDB Dairy said sales data for other supermarket’s Milk for Farmers schemes was not yet available as they had not yet been running for at least a year.Morrisons said: “Our customers tell us they welcome the opportunity to give extra money to dairy farmers if they so choose.“The packaging on our Milk for Farmers products is clear that this extra money is distributed by Arla to its farmers in the UK and European countries.”In a statement Asda said:  “Arla unveiled Arla Farmers Milk to give shoppers the opportunity to pay a little extra on each bottle to help Arla farmers during challenging market conditions.”The extra 25p for Arla Farmers Milk will be returned directly to Arla farmers. In line with Arla’s cooperative’s principles, this extra money will be shared amongst its 12,700 farmer owners.”Arla declined to comment. In a statement Asda said:  “Arla unveiled Arla Farmers Milk to give shoppers the opportunity to pay a little extra on each bottle to help Arla farmers during challenging market conditions.”The extra 25p for Arla Farmers Milk will be returned directly to Arla farmers. In line with Arla’s cooperative’s principles, this extra money will be shared amongst its 12,700 farmer owners.” last_img read more

Man admits ripping niqab off woman and yelling you are in our

first_imgThis incident has left me scared to go out and I don’t want to go into town again. I am disgusted my nine-year-old son had to witness thisThe victim “I have seen some documentation showing that the diagnosis is pretty bad,” the barrister said.Judge Stephen Earl said he will sentence him later, once he has heard more details about the diagnosis.The judge said: “This is a custodial band sentence, given his record and the nature of his actions.”A previous hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how Scotter left his victim terrified when he attacked her in July.Laura Lax, prosecuting, told the hearing the woman was waiting with her nine-year-old son for her husband outside a store in Sunderland’s Bridges shopping centre when a man “purposefully” walked towards her and grabbed her niqab.The force he used almost threw her to the ground, and the niqab came away from her face, exposing her and causing her pain to the neck.She remembered being scared but was so shocked she could not remember what was said, magistrates were told.The niqab was damaged, but she has since repaired it herself.Miss Lax told the court the victim said afterwards: “This incident has left me scared to go out and I don’t want to go into town again. I am disgusted my nine-year-old son had to witness this.”Another witness heard Scotter shout: “Here, take that f—–g off, you are in our country now, you stupid f—–g Muslim.”When a police officer arrived, Scotter was being spoken to by a security guard and the defendant tried to walk away.Scotter was heard to say: “Our Britain, you live by our f—–g rules” before coming out with more racist abuse.He continued to make derogatory comments when he was being interviewed after his arrest, Miss Lax said.When he attended previous hearings about the niqab offence, Scotter made a middle finger gesture to photographers outside court.He has 66 previous convictions for 157 offences, including actual bodily harm, breaching a Football Banning Order and racially aggravated criminal damage.Scotter had been due to stand trial for the niqab offences next month.The judge told Scotter he will be sentenced in three weeks and granted him conditional bail.Scotter emerged from court to stand outside the doors smoking a cigarette.He hid his face behind a scarf and made rude gestures to photographers.As Scotter left court, he declined to answer why he was covering his face with a scarf and gestured defiantly to waiting photographers. A man has admitted pulling a niqab off a woman in a shopping centre and yelling “you are in our country now, you stupid f—–g Muslim”.Peter Scotter, 55, of Roker, Sunderland, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to admit racially aggravated assault by beating and a separate charge of racially aggravated harassment.Both offences were based on Scotter’s hostility towards a particular religious group, namely Islam, the court heard.Tony Hawks, defending, said Scotter was diagnosed last week with a serious cancerous tumour under his tongue and was due to have an operation next Monday.center_img 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.last_img read more

New Maerdy Monster millipede discovered at coal mine in first find of

first_imgIt’s not every day that you find a species new to scienceScientist Liam Olds Experts have described the discovery of the creature, which is around 4cm long, as “hugely significant”Credit: Wales News Service Scientist Liam Olds said: “It’s not every day that you find a species new to science. It shows you don’t have to go to the Amazon to find new things.”Mr Olds, who studies insects, said he and his team, including millipede expert Christian Owen, were recording different life forms at the former working mine in December when they made their discovery.”Under these stones and sleepers were brown millipedes unlike anything Christian had seen before,” he said. “He made the assumption these millipedes were merely an alternative colour form of an already existing but rare species known from numerous sites in South Wales.”But after putting them under his microscope he recognised they were a completely different species.” Mr Olds, from Llantrisant, South Wales, added: “This discovery highlights the importance of conserving our colliery sites.”Over the past several decades, these sites have become increasingly important places for wildlife.” A new species of millipede has been discovered down a coal mine and nicknamed the “Maerdy Monster”, experts have revealed. The brown-coloured arthropod – believed to be the first millipede species to be found in the UK since 1993 – was discovered underneath a pile of stones by a team of naturalists who were studying Maerdy Colliery in the Rhondda Valleys of South Wales.Experts have described the discovery of the creature, which is around 4cm long, as “hugely significant”. center_img Specimens were then sent to Dr Jörg Spelda at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Germany, who confirmed the millipedes were “new to science”.Experts are now working to formally describe and name the species, which has been dubbed the “Maerdy Monster” after the coal mine it was found at. Experts have described the discovery of the creature, which is around 4cm long, as "hugely significant" 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.last_img read more

Patients in hospitals should be tagged with homing beacons to stop them

first_imgAll hospital patients should be tagged with homing beacons to prevent staff losing track of them on busy and chaotic NHS wards, experts have said.The author of a new King’s Fund report said doctors and nurses waste “extraordinary” amounts of time trying to locate patients when they should be treating them.Michael Wise, a clinician who spent months as an acute NHS patient, called on the health service to adopt tracking technologies such as those used in hospitals in Asia. “Why shouldn’t it be the same with patients or beds?” He said the current shortage of beds means patients are often placed on wards not associated with their condition, meaning staff beginning new shifts have no idea where to find them.Royal College of Physicians President Professor Jane Dacre said wasting time looking for patients was a “big problem” and that transponders “the size of a 20p piece”, taped to the thigh, can be used to track their movements.A survey of junior doctors published in the British Medical Journal in 2015 found 100 per cent had reported getting lost within their own hospital while trying to find a patient.Mr Wise said homing beacons should form part of a package of new technologies, such as pressure pad sensors that automatically alert nurses when a patient runs out of drinking water, to improve the basic comfort and efficiency of NHS hospitals.“Doctors waste an extraordinary amount of time trying to track down their patients,” he said.“If I lose my iphone, I simply look for it with an app on my ipad. Patients in hospitals should be tagged with 'homing beacons' to stop them being lost in 'chaotic' wards, King's Fund and Royal College say Patients should be tagged with ‘homing beacons’ to stop them being lost, King’s Fund and Royal College sayCredit:PA hospital bed Unveiling the new King’s Fund analysis, Organising care at the NHS front line, Mr Wise said hospital patients should be allowed to store their medical records on their own smartphone.“As a patient, you have to repeat your history time after time after time, which is wearing and a waste of time for the doctor.“Why not have the history there on the patient’s phone and then all a doctor needs to do is ask to see it?”Previous research has indicated that an acute patient is asked on average more than 1,400 questions each time they are admitted to hospital, according to consultant physician Dr Gordon Caldwell, who also contributed to the report.Professor Dacre said: “I have seen transponders in action in Singapore and you simply tape them near the femoral artery and they tell you a patient’s pulse, their rhythm, and where they are.“I think this sort of IT could be absolutely transformational in the NHS, but you go into the average hospital trust at the moment and it’s hard to find a printer that works.”Mr Wise called for establishment an NHS think tank to foster the growth of artificial intelligence in hospitals. hospital bedCredit:PA 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.last_img read more

What a load of baloney Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid press Angela

first_imgAs Ms Rayner answered, Mr Morgan shouted “What a load of baloney!” when she claimed Labour never said it would wipe historic debt because it wasn’t in the manifesto.Mr Morgan said: ” “Just to clarify, you can’t even give me say a million pounds that you might want to try to wipe out?” It’s all about inference. How’s the tuition fees situation involving @UKLabour different from the Brexit bus situation involving the Tories?— Dougie Brimson (@dougiebrimson) July 25, 2017 She replied: “I’m not just going to start trying to throw figures around like wedding confetti, that’s not the way I do things.”I costed the manifesto quite clearly and people can see that”.The Good Morning Britain presenter then asked if they were even going to wipe “one pence” of student debt. Memo to @AngelaRayner: your own Labour MPs were saying this one week before the election… https://t.co/3tJyD4fjRJ— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 25, 2017 Labour was previously accused of duping young people over Mr Corbyn’s statements on tuition debt.In June, just days before polling day, Mr Corbyn said that “first of all, we want to get rid of student fees altogether,” adding that he was exploring ways to “reduce, ameliorate…or some other means of reducing” the “massive debts” owed by graduates.He also told NME that he would “deal with” student debt.In the House of Commons earlier this month, Labour appeared to backtrack.Angela Rayner said: “I don’t know how many times I have to explain this to members opposite before they finally understand.”A cynic might say that they’re wilfully misrepresenting my party’s policies. We have never said that we would simply write off all existing debt.“I’ve said once, and I will say it again, we have no plans to write off existing student debt and we never promised to do so.” & that is why my graduate daughter voted for them— RUTH (@Xx_Ruthie) July 25, 2017 She said “You’re making yourself look silly”. Car crash interview with Labour’s Angela Rayner. Superb questioning by @piersmorgan – well done Piers!— Chris Smith (@ChrisSmith153) July 25, 2017 He replied: “I’m not the one that’s making myself look silly Angela. “Anyone can say they’re going to deal with something but when your’e actually pressed about how you’re going to deal with something but when you’re pressed on how you’re going to deal with it, and how much hope to pay off and that’s the problem with this”. Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid skewered the shadow education secretary Angela Rayner secretary over Jeremy Corbyn’s statement in the election that Labour would “deal with” tuition debt.Many, some MPs, took this to mean that Labour would write off existing student debt. However, the party is now saying it made no such promise.Susanna Reid suggested it was disingenuous to say the party would “deal with” tuition debt in NME, a magazine aimed at students.Piers Morgan also told Angela Rayner that his son voted for Jeremy Corbyn based on his statements on student debt and “accused [him] of missing the Corbyn wave”. 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.last_img read more

Finsbury Park terror trial Darren Osborne turned into ticking time bomb after watching

first_imgThe court heard that Mr Osborne had suffered from anxiety and depression for a number of years and had not worked for around a decade. Darren Osborne was detained by members of the public in Finsbury Park Mr Rees said he had also twice threatened to take his own life in the weeks before the attack.Analysis of Mr Osborne’s media devices showed that in the fortnight leading up to the attack they had connected to web pages which included: the far right Britain First group; Tommy Robinson; a fake video purportedly showing Muslims in London celebrating the Paris terror attacks; Jeremy Corbyn and why people should not vote for him and Sadiq Khan’s comments that part and parcel of living in a global city was being prepared for terror attacks.Mr Rees said it was clear that by Friday 16 June, Mr Osborne had “formulated his plan to drive a vehicle into a group of Muslims”, because he had inquired about hiring a Luton van. Mr Rees explained: “The underlying theme seems to be that the defendant felt that insufficient was being said or done to counter-terrorism and grooming gangs comprising predominantly Muslim males. A police forensic officer examines the van used by Darren Osborne But she said she had never considered him to be a racist and had not heard him making derogatory comments about Muslims, before watching the Three Girls drama.Mr Rees told the jury: “Ms Andrews noticed that the defendant became obsessed with the subject matter of the drama. He started researching associated topics on the internet, including material featuring Tommy Robinson, the co-founder and former spokesperson for the English Defence League (EDL).“The defendant started making racist comments about all Muslims raping children and being capable of blowing people up. It appeared to her that he was becoming brainwashed.“Ms Andrews pleaded with the defendant to stop, telling him that all Muslims did not behave in this manner, but he was not interested in her views. With the benefit of hindsight, she describes him as a ticking time bomb.” “Against that background, the defendant decided to take matters into this own hands. He planned to make a public statement by killing Muslims, knowing that this handwritten note would be recovered by the authorities.”The court was told that Mr Osborne’s former partner, Sarah Andrews, described him as “unpredictable”, “a loner” and a “functioning alcoholic”. 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. Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury ParkCredit:James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock  Makram Ali Makram Ali was described him as a ‘quiet, gentle man’ who ‘spent his whole life without any enemies’Credit:Metropolitan Police/PA  Finsbury Park prayerscenter_img Later that night, he got into a conversation with a serving soldier who took exception to his racist language.Mr Rees said the defendant had said words to the effect: “I’m going to kill all the Muslims, Muslims are all terrorists. Your families are all going to be Muslim. I’m going to take it into my own hands.”He also claimed to be a soldier and when asked what regiment, allegedly replied: “You will find out tomorrow.”Mr Osborne denies one count of murder and one count of attempted murder and the trial continues.  In the note he referred to Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as a “terrorist sympathiser” and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, as a “disgrace”. Darren Osborne was detained by members of the public in Finsbury ParkCredit:Universal News And Sport Witnesses, who described him as being drunk, later told the police they had heard him saying he wanted to write to Theresa May and Parliament, adding: “All Muslims are terrorists.”Mr Osborne was also allegedly overheard talking about a “Muslim march”, which the court was told was thought to be a reference to the Al Quds march, that was taking place in central London the following day. An unemployed father of four accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack became “brainwashed” and a “ticking time bomb” obsessed with Muslims after watching a BBC drama about the Rochdale grooming scandal, a court has heard.Darren Osborne, 48, from Cardiff became convinced all Muslims were rapists and belonged to paedophile gangs after watching the hard hitting Three Girls drama, which was broadcast on BBC One last May.On June 17 last year – in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge – Mr Osborne hired a van from a firm near his home in south Wales.Two days later, at just after midnight, he allegedly ploughed into a group of Muslims who had just left a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, killing 51-year-old Makram Ali and injuring several others, some of them seriously.At the opening of his trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting said: “The evidence establishes that the defendant was trying to kill as many of the group as possible.”Shortly after the deadly attack, a note was found in the van, which the court was told documented his extremist views towards members of the Muslim faith and also a number of leading politicians and public figures. A police forensic officer examines the van used by Darren OsborneCredit:Carl Court /Getty The barrister told the jury: “This was just under three months after Khalid Masood had carried out an attack on Westminster Bridge, driving a car into pedestrians, killing four and injuring many others, before fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer, who sought to prevent him entering the Palace of Westminster.”Mr Osborne hired the van the following day, paying £170, before spending the evening in the Hollybush Public House near his home in Cardiff. A man prays at the scene of the incident in Finsbury ParkCredit:NEIL HALL /Reuters Reading from the note, Mr Rees said Mr Osborne had written:“Why are there terrorists on our streets today? We’ve had three recent terror attacks, our children spattered against the walls of concerts, part and parcel by all accounts, Mr Sadiq Khan, no it isn’t how can you let this happen, terrorists marching through our capital city, you’re a disgrace, where was the public outrage after 1400 of our white British none Muslim girls?“Where were you in Rotherham, Lily Allen, Jeremy Corbyn, nowhere to be seen.”Later in the note, he wrote:”So Mr Sadiq Khan how are you this morning? I’d imagine your (sic) gonna have a hard job keeping your happy go lucky vibrant city in order, Part n parcel of living in a big city, carry on as normal, bk to ya day Jobs, what about you Jez? “Mr terrorist sympathiser, or should I call you Harold, “you dirty old man” put that in ya pipe, & have some sympathy for me, well Folkes gotta go busy day today. Remember peaceful vigils only & please dont look back in anger, God Save the Queen”. Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury Parklast_img read more

Homeless man mourned by Jeremy Corbyn was suspected migrant sex offender

first_imgThe man was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London homelessness charity The Connection.Pam Orchard, the charity’s chief executive, said: “These tragic deaths are not just statistics. Everyone who is homeless is someone’s son or brother or dad.”Scotland Yard said the death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.Scotland Yard and the Home Office were unable to comment on the allegations of child sex offences. The man was discovered in Westminster underground stationCredit:Justin Tallis/AFP The man was discovered in Westminster underground station Jeremy Corbyn tweeted about the incident The Ministry of Portuguese Communities Abroad told Portuguese daily Expresso: “In 2014 he was deported to Portugal by the British authorities and assisted on his return.“In 2016 we were made aware he had been deported again from the UK for being in the country illegally.”When news of his death emerged Mr Corbyn wrote on Twitter: “I’ve just been told about the death of a rough sleeper right by the entrance to Parliament.“The powerful can’t carry on walking by on the other side while people don’t have a home to call their own. The homeless man whose death yards from Parliament was decried by Jeremy Corbyn was a migrant sex offender, it has been disclosed.The former model from Portugal who was found in Westminster underground station has been confirmed as 35-year-old Marcos Amaral Gourgel.Flowers were left at the scene of his death by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with a note reading: “This should never have happened. As a country we must stop walking by.”But Portuguese government officials confirmed that the man, of Angolan origin, had been deported from the UK twice before in 2014 and 2016.Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha also claimed his first deportation happened after he served prison time for sexually abusing a child. “It’s time all MPs took up this moral challenge and properly housed everyone.” Jeremy Corbyn tweeted about the incident 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.last_img read more

HMRC launches internal investigation into conduct of officers involved in flawed prosecution

HMRC has launched an internal investigation into the conduct of officers involved in a flawed prosecution bought against a high-profile London restaurateur.The four-year investigation into Frank Dowling, who ran several venues in London’s O2 Arena, collapsed in 2017 and cost the tax payer over £250,000.Dowling claims the debacle cost him his business empire and affected his mental health. He faced ten years in prison during the ordeal.The internal inquiry, which was launched in May, will probe allegations of a criminal conspiracy against Mr Dowling.His multi-million-pound business was put into liquidation soon after he was arrested in 2013 for alleged non-payment of tax.All charges against Mr Dowling were eventually dropped last year and he was awarded £274,000 in costs after the prosecution admitted it had no evidence to offer in the case.HMRC internal affairs officers are now understood to be scrutinising court documents and witness statements following complaints that tax office personnel involved in the case, codenamed Operation Byword, colluded with accountants and insolvency practitioners to ruin the American businessman. All charges against Mr Dowling were eventually dropped last year All charges against Mr Dowling were eventually dropped last yearCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for the Telegraph At the time of his arrest, Mr Dowling was working with accountants to restructure his business in order to refinance and pay off debts. The three leases he owned in the O2 are believed to have been worth around £18m.Following his arrest, administrators working with HMRC seized his company and placed it into liquidation. I and my family have been through hell as they tried everything they could to ruin me In addition to the venues at the O2, which were Union Square, American Bar & Grill and Inc Club, MrDowling’s company, Greenwich Inc Trading Ltd, ran several other pubs, bars and restaurants including the Elbow Rooms pool bar chain, Trafalgar Tavern, Admiral Hardy and Bar du Musee.The collapse of the business left Greenwich Council with a £350,000 hole in its coffers through lost business rates.Mr Dowling says at times during the investigation he felt suicidal. He was charged with three counts of cheating the public purse, but investigators were unable to provide evidence to support any of the charges and a judge threw the case out on the grounds of abuse of process.After spending a year reviewing HMRC documents made available through the court disclosure process, Mr Dowling and his advisors have lodged a complaint and HMRC’s Internal Governance department are investigating.It is expected that the scope of the inquiry will extend to look at links between senior tax office investigators and several accountancy service businesses involved in the case.Following the collapse of the prosecution, Mr Dowling described the case as “ill-founded, ill-conceived and just plain wrong”.“The original accusations were made by individuals to forward their own commercial interests and accepted by authorities although they had proof to the contrary,” he said.“I and my family have been through hell as they tried everything they could to ruin me.“It has been devastating for my business interests as many third parties decided to treat me as guilty and sought illegal and immoral means to seek commercial advantage, but the truth is out there for everyone to see now.  There’s a feeling of relief that it is over but also anger at what they have put me through and how much money has been wasted.”He believes the documents disclosed to him show a web of collusion between parties and maintains that he was the target of a malicious campaign. He believes details of his arrest were leaked to the press by officials and that investigators were intent on prosecuting him before any evidence had been uncovered.He alleges a string of offences have been committed including perjury, perverting the course justice and conspiracy to defraud. The investigation is expected to take several months.An HMRC spokesperson said: “We do not comment on the affairs of individual customers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Duchess of Sussex receives Maori cloak for strength during pregnancy on final

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a powhiri and luncheon in Their Highnesses' honour at Te Papaiouru Marae on October 31 And that’s how they say hello in Ohinemutu.(*sound on*)Meghan is matching a Stella McCartney dress with a new gifted Korowai, a cloak honouring her as a “great leader” that will protect her in pregnancy, according to custom #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/qUVOaOr4kd— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) October 30, 2018 In a morning spent visiting the community, which is based in the hot sulphur springs in the southern part of the North Island, the Duke and Duchess were introduced to the hospitality of the Maori community.Welcomed with songs from hundreds of school children, the Duke and Duchess took part in a formal powhiri – a welcome – and a tour of Te Papaiouru Marae, a traditional meeting place. The Duke and Duchess were also shown a painted bust of Queen Victoria, presented to the tribe, Ngāti Whakaue, in honour of Ōhinemutu’s first royal visitor, Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, in 1870. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend a formal powhiri welcoming ceremony and luncheon in Te Papaiouru, Rotorua After delivering a long greeting in Te Reo, the Maori language, the Duke said: “Thank you for the beautiful cloak you have so kindly gifted to myself and The Duchess. “We appreciate the skill of the weavers who made it, and the aroha that has gone into its creation. This cloak is a taonga that will be cherished in our family.”One of the joys of our visit to New Zealand has been the opportunity to meet so many young New Zealanders who are devoting their talents and energy to making a difference. “There are creative, gifted and caring Te Arawa Rangatahi young people here, who are using their talents to preserve and promote the Māori language, to support mental wellbeing, and to achieve in areas that will benefit their communities, and their country.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in RotoruaCredit:PA The wooden bust, shipped to New Zealand in 1875, has a long history in the community, and finally delivered – via temporary confiscation by police – in 1884.Placed on a pedestal, it remained on display until 1995 when protests from the Maori community against its treatment by the New Zealand establishment reached the area and the bust, considered by some a symbol of colonialism, mysteriously disappeared. A year later, after being found in a nearby lake, it was reinstated by elders. Recently kept safe in storage, it has now been repainted and has returned to her sheltered pedestal in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex holding ceremonial weapon during the formal powhiri in Te Papaiouru Marae They were greeted – with a hongi – by Masterchef New Zealand 2014 winners Kasey and Karena Bird. The sisters grew up in the beachside community of Maketu and use local produce to create dishes with a New Zealand identity.The women had created the entire menu for the occasion, having been told about it two months ago. Masterchef winners lay on royal feastKasey, 28, said:”They had just requested traditional food. They were really clear they didn’t want a separate menu they just wanted to eat what everyone else was eating.” “She has been very proactive in her positive promotion of women and this is motivating for the indigenous women of Aotearoa.” ‘Don’t take it to Twickenham!’The Duke of Sussex was handed a carved weapon during the visit to Rotorua – and warned he should not take it to Twickenham when England play New Zealand.Entered into the Tamatekapua Meeting House, he was given a Tewha Tewha, a Maori weapon with a point at one end and an axe at the other. Trevor Maxwell, of the local district council, said: “I am sure you are going to Twickenham when the All Blacks play England on November 11 – make sure you don’t take that.” The royal couple at a formal powhiri welcoming ceremony in Te PapaiouruCredit: PHIL NOBLE/Reuters The Duke spoke for around a minute in Maori, with gasps of awe and smiles when he used the word “whaiaipo”, or sweetheart.Duke doing ‘good job looking after’ MeghanThe Duke of Sussex is doing a “really good job of looking after” his wife during her pregnancy, the Duchess has said.   The Duchess told the artist who made her the Maori cloak that she was feeling well, and is managing to rest despite the demands of the tour. Rene Mitchell then gave the couple a demonstration of how to make the local dessert, using a recipe learnt from years in the kitchen alongside her mother and aunties. Rene said afterwards: “I welcomed them here, and was very happy when they greeted me with a ‘hongi’ as I wasn’t sure if they would.”They said our way of cooking food with the Hangi [geothermal oven] was so wonderful. I told them how I learnt through my mum, and that the recipe itself is very simple but over the years people have added their own variations, such as a handful of raisins.” Karena, 29, said: “We plated up their food and then went back in there – they had eaten nearly all of it so we were like oh my gosh!”Kasey added: “We tried not to be too nosy but it did look like they had eaten a lot – so either they really liked it or they were just really hungry!”Kasey and Karena then gifted the Duke and Duchess one of their own cookbooks. The couple were shown the Whakaturia (marae kitchens) by Tekariki Mitchell, 50, and his mother, Rene Mitchell, 70. They were shown how their lunch would be cooked using an outside ‘Steamed Hangi’ box, where food is cooked in geothermal steam. The Duke and Duchess smiled and appeared impressed, as Mr Mitchell showed them the rising steam and a traditional golden steamed pudding that was cooking inside.  Inside the Tamatekapua Meeting House, a building named after the chief and captain of the Te Arawa canoe and featuring carvings, the group sung folk songs, or waiata, about their history.Mr Maxwell joked in Maori that the Duchess was just like Pihanga – a mountain in the region famed for its beauty.The mood of the ceremony was light and relaxed, and Mr Maxwell stumbled slightly when introducing the Duke, accidentally referring to him as Prince A…” before adding: “It was in 2007 when we had Prince Andrew here!” rince Harry, Duke of Sussex hugs a young boys at the public walkabout at the Rotorua Government Gardens Credit:Getty The Duchess of Sussex has been presented with a Korowai, a woven Maori cloak, intended to protect her during pregnancy on her final day in New Zealand. The Duchess, visiting Ohinemutu in Rotorua with the Duke, was offered a cloak made from flax and feathers to honour her as a “great leader”.The colours are inspired by the Sussex coat of arms, using silks in blue, gold, white and red. “We see the Duchess as representing strong kaupapa (values) for women – she displays aroha (love), manaakitanga (nurturing and hospitality), mana (influence) and she is a great leader,” a spokesman from the Te Arawa people said.“The Korowai is like a protector, to wrap korowai around someone is to envelop them in strength, warmth and aroha (love).“In Maori history, Korowai were made to keep people warm as Maori came from Hawaiki. We adapted by using materials such as harakeke (flax) to keep warm.” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a powhiri and luncheon in Their Highnesses’ honour at Te Papaiouru Marae on October 31Credit:Samir Hussein Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex holding ceremonial weapon during the formal powhiri in Te Papaiouru MaraeCredit:Getty Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on the final day of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on the final day of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South PacificCredit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Sir Toby Curtis, spokesman for Te Arawa, said the royal visit was particularly significant to the tribe, in inspiring their youth.Describing the Duchess as a role model for Maori, he added: “She has shown you can succeed, make a difference and be your own person while also celebrating your heritage. This inspires us all.“The Duchess’ presence in the Royal Family makes us feel even closer to the monarchy, as she brings a fresh perspective and diversity. The ceremony was conducted in Maori – as Harry and Meghan were being treated like “one of their own” – with Monty Morrison only breaking into English once, when he looked at the Duchess and said “little bump” to laughter. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua The royal couple at a formal powhiri welcoming ceremony in Te Papaiouru rince Harry, Duke of Sussex hugs a young boys at the public walkabout at the Rotorua Government Gardens  Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend a formal powhiri welcoming ceremony and luncheon in Te Papaiouru, RotoruaCredit: PHIL NOBLE/Reuters Rene’s son then fetched a completed pudding for the couple to compare next to the raw ingredients and mixture.”They couldn’t believe how different it looked,’ Rene said. The couple then left for a traditional lunch with a seafood platter to start, followed by a duo of pork and chicken with gravy, bread stuffing and seasonal vegetables. The traditional steamed pudding was served for dessert alongside rhubarb and velvet custard.  Meghan’s Korowai was custom created for her visit by Ngati Whakaue elder Norma Sturley, 66. She learnt to weave as a child – picking up the skill from her mother and grandmother – and has had her work included in national exhibitions. Having worked on it for two months whenever she has had time, she was up all  of last night to complete the last minute touches.The robe was made from harakeke (flax) cut and stripped by her English husband, Terry. He also plucked and washed pheasant feathers to adorn it with. The colour scheme reflected the Coat of Arms for the Duke and Duchess. Sign up for our newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, and receive exclusive royal news and analysis straight to your inbox every week. Norma Sturley said: ‘I knew that the Duchess would be meeting a lot of people and I wanted to keep her warm, wrap her in strength. I had thought about what would be a good gift. “I did also talk to her about her pregnancy. I asked if she was getting much rest and if she was looking after herself. She said she was – and that Prince Harry did a really good job of looking after her.”As the Duke and Duchess entered the marae atea, the area leading up to the dining room and kitchen, the robes were removed because they are not traditionally worn around food.  read more

BA accuses its pilots of destroying travel plans of its customers after

British Airways has accused its pilots of “destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands” after a union announced they are to stage a series of strikes and demand twice the pay of the average pilot.The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) said its members will walk out on September 9, 10 and 27.The union said it put forward a number of packages during several days of talks at the conciliation service Acas that it believed would have resolved the dispute without a strike.A statement said: “BA did not accept any of these packages, and it is clear following discussions with members over the last few days that BA’s most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots.”BA, whose captains earn an average of £167,000, has offered an above-inflation deal worth 11.5 per cent over three years but pilots are demanding a bigger cut of the company’s profits.The pay rise offered would give pilots a £20,000 rise over three years.BA said: “It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.”In British Airways’ centenary year, this will be the first time its pilots will go on strike. Balpa said the strikes were a “last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run”.A ballot in favour of industrial action is valid until January, and Balpa warned more strike dates may be announced if the row is not resolved.Balpa said: “With a 93 per cent vote in favour of taking industrial action, and with no prospect of any further meaningful talks, we have no choice but to call this action.”A day of strike action will cost BA around £40 million. Three days will cost in the region of £120 million.”The gap between BA’s position and Balpa’s is about £5 million.”Our proposal remains on the table should BA wish to reach agreement prior to strike action.”British Airways is an extremely profitable and successful company, and pilots have been proud to play their part in that.”In 2018 the company announced profits of £2 billion.”Over recent years BA pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to assist the company, such as taking a pay cut, productivity increases, closing the final salary pension scheme, giving up annual leave days, a new rostering system and reducing flying pay.”BA said in a statement: “We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, Balpa has decided on this reckless course of action. “We are now making changes to our schedule. We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible.”However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights.”Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected by the strikes.BA said it was exploring options to supplement its fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines and working with its partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft.It added: “Our proposed deal of 11.5 per cent over three years is very fair and well above the UK’s current rate of inflation, and by contrast to Balpa has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff.”In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.”We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to avoid industrial action and protect our customers’ travel plans.”BA chief executive Alex Cruz said the pilots had been offered an “incredible, inflation-busting deal” which would take a captain’s pay to over £200,000 a year. 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. He said they had been “very badly served” by their union.He urged passengers to contact BA’s website as its call centres will be busy.”Passengers will be contacted in the next 24 to 30 hours,” said Mr Cruz, adding he hoped talks could resume with Balpa as soon as possible.BA has 4,311 pilots – 3,994 based at Heathrow and 317 at Gatwick. The company said 1,061 did not vote for industrial action. read more

Racist attacker who tried to kill a Bulgarian man was inspired by

A racist vowed to “kill all Muslims” before trying to murder a teenager the day after the Christchurch mosque terror attacks, a court has heard.Vincent Fuller, 50, lunged at 19-year-old Dimitar Mihaylov’s neck with a 12-inch kitchen knife through a car window in a Tesco car park in Stanwell, west London, on the night of March 16.He calmly said “you’re going to die” in an “evil way” before plunging the blade into the victim’s left hand, which he raised to defend himself, Kingston Crown Court heard on Thursday.Fuller pleaded guilty to attempted murder over the attack at a previous hearing and prosecutors say he is a far-right terrorist who, in the hours leading up to the attack, was heard shouting: “All Muslims should die. White supremacists rule. I’m going to murder a Muslim.”He also praised the actions of Brenton Tarrant, the Australian accused of carrying out the New Zealand shootings, which left 51 people dead, after watching a livestream video of the atrocity.Fuller, who sports a British Bulldog tattoo, said: “I agree with what than man did in New Zealand as we will not be brainwashed…” Vincent Fuller admitted attempted murder Vincent Fuller used a Chelsea baseball bat In another post, he wrote: “I am English, no matter what the government say kill all the non English and get them all out of our of England. We ate (sic) English.” Vincent Fuller used a Chelsea baseball bat Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said Mr Mihaylov, who is British with Bulgarian heritage, was targeted because he has lightly tanned skin and was sat next to a friend, who had a long beard and was wearing a bandana.”Fuller entered the carpark and put into effect his stated plan to ‘kill a Muslim’,” he added.Fuller, of Viola Avenue, Stanwell, also admitted carrying a knife, affray and racially aggravated threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.Mr Polnay said: “This defendant went on a rampage on the streets of Stanwell. There is no issue between the prosecution and defence that his conduct was motivated by racist and religious hatred, bolstered by the consumption of alcohol.”The prosecution go a step further, that his intention was to strike fear into the hearts of people he described as ‘non-English’, in particular Muslims.”Before the attack on Mr Mihaylov, Fuller left his upstairs maisonette armed with a Chelsea football club-branded baseball bat, which he used to bang on the door of his neighbour, Paramjit Bansal, who is of Indian heritage.Video footage from a camera in her doorbell, which was played in court, shows Fuller, hooded and wearing a cap, swinging the weapon and using racist and threatening language. Mr Mihaylov was parked in his BMW with his window down at around 11pm when Fuller approached.The prosecutor said the blade went into the victim’s hand as he tried to defend himself and clipped his neck before he was able to drive away.Roofer Mr Mihaylov missed three months of work because of his injuries.He said in a victim impact statement: “I realise how lucky I am to have made it considering how many little details could have gone wrong and ended up with a knife in my neck, which is why I now have a tattoo saying, ‘second chance’, on my neck.”Fuller was Tasered as he was arrested by armed police before he called officers “immigrant scum” and “race traitor”.Fuller tested positive for cannabis and alcohol and told police he had downed a large bottle of cider and three cans of strong special brew lager.In interviews he branded his Facebook post about the Christchurch massacre “disgusting” and claimed “I’m not racist”, telling officers he had friends from Kenya and Jamaica.Judge Peter Lodder QC said he must decide whether the attack is “terrorist connected” before sentencing him on Friday or next week.Fuller has 24 previous convictions for 59 offences, including a six-year prison sentence in 1998 for robbery after he stole handbags from elderly women. Fuller was also caught on CCTV as he wandered up and down Town Lane swinging his bat at those inside passing cars, hitting one so hard he broke his weapon. 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. Vincent Fuller admitted attempted murder read more

DJ in Haslington accident dies girlfriend hospitalised

Five days after colliding with a motor lorry along the Haslington Public Road, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), a labourer attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Kristoff Spencer, 21, of Lot 99 Charles Street, Golden Grove, ECD took his last breath in the wee hours of Sunday morning. His girlfriend, Ebony Scott who was also involved in the accident remains hospitalised.The deceased: Kristoff SpencerBased on reports received, the now dead man who was also a deejay was riding his motorcycle heading to Georgetown when he collided with a motor lorry which was heading in the opposite direction. Scott was the pillion rider.Calwin Wilson, a close friend of Spencer, said the truck was reportedly attempting to make a right turn into a street at Haslington, when the collision occurred.Spencer sustained a concussion, broken legs and injuries to his spinal cord. Since then, both Spencer and Scott have been patients at the GPHC. Wilson explained that the young man started to deejay with Real Vibes after which he joined the Gold Rock Music System. He described Spencer as a young man full of potential, who socialised with the ‘crew’ when he was not at work. He was a lover of music and a very caring young man.Several close friends took to Facebook to express shock at the passing of the young man. Former Carib Soca Monarch, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson related that Spencer was indeed a young man who was eager to learn and was versed in the ‘deejay’ business.Edmondson expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and close friends of the deejay.However, the driver of the motor lorry was arrested and released after the 72-hour detention period had expired.In light of the death of the young man, the Police are expected to institute charges against the lorry driver.Spencer leaves to mourn his parents and four siblings. An autopsy is expected to be performed today. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related55-year-old man hospitalised following Lusignan accidentFebruary 2, 2018In “Crime”Buxton dance teacher killed after struck down by speeding carApril 29, 2016In “latest news”2 killed as minibus turns turtle on ECD HighwayMarch 3, 2019In “latest news”,Five days after colliding with a motor lorry along the Haslington Public Road, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), a labourer attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Kristoff Spencer, 21, of Lot 99 Charles Street, Golden Grove, ECD took his last breath in the wee hours of Sunday morning. His girlfriend, Ebony Scott who was also involved in the accident remains hospitalised.The deceased: Kristoff SpencerBased on reports received, the now dead man who was also a deejay was riding his motorcycle heading to Georgetown when he collided with a motor lorry which was heading in the opposite direction. Scott was the pillion rider.Calwin Wilson, a close friend of Spencer, said the truck was reportedly attempting to make a right turn into a street at Haslington, when the collision occurred.Spencer sustained a concussion, broken legs and injuries to his spinal cord. Since then, both Spencer and Scott have been patients at the GPHC. Wilson explained that the young man started to deejay with Real Vibes after which he joined the Gold Rock Music System. He described Spencer as a young man full of potential, who socialised with the ‘crew’ when he was not at work. He was a lover of music and a very caring young man.Several close friends took to Facebook to express shock at the passing of the young man. Former Carib Soca Monarch, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson related that Spencer was indeed a young man who was eager to learn and was versed in the ‘deejay’ business.Edmondson expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and close friends of the deejay.However, the driver of the motor lorry was arrested and released after the 72-hour detention period had expired.In light of the death of the young man, the Police are expected to institute charges against the lorry driver.Spencer leaves to mourn his parents and four siblings. An autopsy is expected to be performed today. (Guyana Times) read more

British universities to mark abolition of Indian indentureship

…2-day conference opens FridayThe University of Warwick’s Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and the University of London will be commemorating the centenary of the abolition of Indian indentureship in a two-day International Conference on the history and culture of Indian workers from 1838 to 1917, and the contemporary reality of migration to the Americas.Some 45 scholars and writers from all parts of the world will gather at Senate House on October 6 and 7 to present papers on a variety of subjects, including the situation of Bhojpuri women in Mauritius and Suriname; Mauritian Hindi poetry and drama; Land issues in Fiji; the statutes of colonial Natal; the Indo-Caribbean Diaspora in the USA; Post-Indenture Trinidad and Tobago and Indian settlements in Guyana.Professor David DabydeenAn original aspect of the Conference will be comparative studies of Chinese migration to the Region, including to Cuba and other Spanish colonies. Two volumes of scholarship will be published from a selection of the papers given, and the Commonwealth Foundation will be funding the publication of an anthology of creative writing by descendants of Indian indentured workers, with poetry and prose from nearly 50 writers from South Africa, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, Canada, Trinidad, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the USA and Canada.“There are two distinctive aspects of the Conference,” says co-organiser Professor David Dabydeen.“Firstly, the scope of the enquiry, covering practically all countries affected by Indian indentureship. Secondly, the majority of papers are being presented by young female scholars, many of whom will place women at the centre of the indentureship experience, whereas before they were largely omitted in historical accounts. My co-organisers, Dr Maria Kaladeen (School of Advanced Studies, London University) and Professor Tina Ramnaraine (Royal Holloway College, London University) are to be thanked abundantly for the Conference’s emphasis on women, and for the enormous effort they have put in to ensure the presence of women scholars and writers globally.”A highlight of the Conference will be the inaugural Gafoor Lecture in Indian Indentureship, which will be given by the doyen of Indo-Caribbean Studies, the Trinidadian scholar, Professor Brinsley Samaroo. Funded by the Gafoor Foundation, the lecture will be on Islam in the Caribbean, and will reveal how the Holy Koran was first brought to the Caribbean by enslaved Africans who were Muslims, and Islam practised in the Region by Africans before Indian arrival.According to Dabydeen, the Universities of Warwick and London will be organising annual Gafoor Lectures for the next 15 years.“The Gafoor Lecture and the following Gafoor Lectures will be filmed and put on the social media so that anyone anywhere can access them free of charge. The International Conference itself will be similarly filmed and made available on the Internet. Our future plans are to organise joint scholarly events in all the countries affected by indentureship,” Professor Dabydeen said.Britain is an appropriate place to begin this global outreach since Britain was responsible for what has been called the “new system of slavery”, Dabydeen added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Roots…May 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”Indo Guyanese must protect their contributions to Guyana – activistsMarch 5, 2017In “Local News”GIIAA to host “Garv Aur Izzat” at NCC tonightMarch 3, 2017In “Entertainment” read more

Modern copper refining for Harjavalta and the worlds biggest acid plant

first_imgOutokumpu Technology and Boliden have agreed on the modernization of Boliden Harjavalta’s new automated full deposit stripping technology, permanent cathodes and automated crane grab technology. Outokumpu Technology will provide basic engineering, key equipment supplies, Outokumpu stainless permanent cathodes as well as installation and commissioning services.The deliveries will take place in the second half of 2007. Once operational, the new refinery will produce 153,000 t/y of high quality copper cathodes.This contract is a breakthrough for Outokumpu Technology’s new electrorefining concept, in which high quality Outokumpu Permanent Cathodes made of special stainless steel in Outokumpu’s Tornio plant are used to maximize the productivity of the refinery. Permanent cathodes simplify the production and, combined with a high degree of automation, offer better operational safety and an enhanced working environment for the tankhouse personnel.In another major contract, Outokumpu Technology will design and deliver the world’s largest sulphuric acid plant complex at Ras Az Zawr, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden) and Outokumpu Technology’s joint venture company Middle East Metals Processing Co signed the Phase 1 contract for the engineering of three sulphuric acid plants on May 1. The project will be executed in two phases with project implementation and construction starting at the end of 2006. the overall investment cost is estimated to about $240 million out of the which the core technology package directly subcontracted to Outokumpu Technology will be 50%.With a total production of 13,500 t/d of sulphuric acid the new plant complex will be the largest sulphuric acid production complex ever built in the world. Ma’aden will use the whole acid production for its manufacture of phosphate based fertilizer. The plant complex will be operational in 2009.Outokumpu Technology has entered into a joint venture with Central Mining Co Investment of Saudi Arabia in order to realize the project. The new joint venture company, Middle East Metals Processing Co, is based in Al-Khobar. Outokumpu Technology has been a major designer and supplier of sulphuric acid plants for more than 80 years, with a track record of over 600 plants installed worldwide.last_img read more

Rio Tinto focusses mining automation effort in Australia

first_imgThorne said that these latest initiatives reflected Rio Tinto’s long term commitment to the pursuit of worldclass technology in Australia. “Our Iron Ore group, headquartered in Perth, will be the first trial for automation of a range of equipment and the remote operation control of mines, processing plants and trains. Rio Tinto has always emphasized technical development. Now we are intensifying our commitment to ensure we are equipped to deal effectively with the challenges likely to face us in the next generation of mines. Australia will play a central role.”The Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney is one of the largest and most successful robotics research groups in the world. It is the lead partner in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, hosts the Defence Science and Technology Organisation Centre of Expertise for Uninhabited and Autonomous Systems, and is a partner in the Cooperative Research Centre for Mining. Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. http://www.acfr.usyd.edu.au/ Rio Tinto is to expand its technical innovation activities, committing A$21 million over five years to a new Research & Development (R&D) centre for mining automation at The University of Sydney. The group is also basing both its newly appointed Group Scientist and Global Head of Innovation in Australia. The new roles will report to Brisbane-based Grant Thorne who is Rio Tinto’s Group executive for Technology and Innovation. These initiatives complement Hydrogen Energy, a joint endeavour between Rio Tinto and BP, which is investigating a clean coal/hydrogen power project in Kwinana, Western Australia.  Rio Tinto’s technology groups are located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Bristol (UK) and Salt Lake City (US) to support global mining and processing activities. In announcing the increased funding for technical innovation, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, Tom Albanese, said “Australia is a natural base from which to support our operations with the innovative technical solutions they will need in the future. A common feature of Rio Tinto’s technical and innovation activities is their strong linkages with Australian academic and research institutions. This focus is a vote of confidence in Australia’s innovation capability.”The new R&D centre will be led by professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte and be based at The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). Grant Thorne said, “The Centre for Mine Automation aims to provide a substantial improvement in safety, predictability, precision and efficiency of mining through the development of automation and remotely operated mining processes.” The centre will support up to 30 full time staff and ten research students with funding of A$5 million a year when fully staffed. The initial agreement for five years has the potential for extension by agreement between The University of Sydney and Rio Tinto following mutually satisfactory technology and innovation outcomes. A technical management group with representatives from Rio Tinto and the ACFR will monitor the centre’s performance and guide its direction. last_img read more

Rollout of ABT failsafe brakes at Xstrata Mount Isa Mines George Fisher

first_imgFollowing a year of consultation between its engineers and staff at Xstrata Mount Isa Mines, Mount Isa has issued a formal purchase order for 96 of Advanced Braking Technology’s (ABT) SIBS fail-safe brake sets so that they may be fitted to the  entire fleet of Toyota Landcruisers used in its underground operations at the George Fisher mine. The value of the purchase order is some A$800,000 and delivery will occur prior to the end of this year.Mount Isa Mines is an established long term user of SIBS. Following a comprehensive review of its vehicle safety procedures it sought from ABT some additional product features in its SIBS brake design in order to further enhance vehicle safety and also improve operational reliability.ABT responded to the company’s requirements and has developed an upgraded brake design which it will be now offering to all its customers. The new design has been called SIBS II and incorporates a range of design improvements. These design improvements contribute to providing additional improvements in vehicle safety. An upgraded operator interface will enhance the safety and control aspects of the fail safe brake units. Other features will improve the serviceability of the brake units, extend service intervals and reduce vehicle servicing downtime.ABT’s CEO, Ken Johnsen, stated “ABT is pleased to be able to support Xstrata Mount Isa Mines as a long-term customer and one of the pioneers in adopting SIBS across its Landcruiser fleet in Australia five years ago. We have been able to respond to Xstrata’s input on areas of increased safety features and the changes implemented will be phased in as standard on ABT’s SIBS II product range. The intrinsic benefits of the SIBS design together with the new enhancements offers improved safety benefits in the reduction of uncontrolled vehicle movement through fail safe braking feature. The enclosed design minimises the risk of mal adjusted brakes and provides reliable and consistent braking in the harsh underground conditions.”last_img read more

Koniambo nickel commissioning support – control infrastructure

first_imgGary O’Connell, Project Technical Director, along with Thierry Bonnet de Larbogne, KNS Process Control Manager, requested XPS Process Control group to assist in troubleshooting of the Profibus installations when problems were experienced during pre-operations testing. The Process Control group has two certified Profibus professionals (Alan Hyde & Phil Nelson) within the group. “Koniambo Nickel’s mine is already operating with the geological integrity of our resource forecasts intact. The ore-preparation plant and overland conveyer are in operation and the team is working to ensure we have 30,000 t of on-spec ore ready for the metallurgical plant by the end of the year.” A two week visit to the Koniambo site was made in August. This visit followed a brief visit two weeks earlier by a Profibus expert from Australia. The purpose of the XPS visit was to conduct further investigations of other Profibus networks to confirm the extent of the problems, and to determine if any other issues were present within the design and installation. Troubleshooting of digital communication buses requires different tools and techniques to traditional hardwired analog and discrete signals. One of the best tools for Profibus installations is Procentec’s ProfiTrace tool. This is a combination of software and hardware that allows a connection to be made to the bus to monitor the communications traffic. An integrated digital oscilloscope allows the quality of the electrical signal and the waveform to be analysed. Using this tool, XPS along with personnel from KNS and Hatch, were able to identify issues in other networks not previously tested. A number of tests were conducted to verify the behavior of different network topologies at various communication speeds, along with the effect of individual hardware components. Xstrata Nickel’s Koniambo project in New Caledonia is commissioning as it prepares for first ore by the end of 2012. The project design relies heavily on the use of Profibus DP, a digital communications bus, to link field instrumentation and electrical motor controls to the ABB Distributed Control System that is used for control and monitoring of the facilities. Ian Pearce, Chief Executive of Xstrata Nickel, said in November: “We are very excited about the progress being made at Koniambo, including the successful delivery of Line 1. It is a testament to our dedicated project and operation teams at Koniambo Nickel that we can now focus on moving to first production. “With the completion of Line 1, the majority of our construction resources will now be devoted to the second production line, which is forecast to be complete in the second quarter of 2013. Koniambo Nickel will ramp up to a steady state annual production run rate of 60,000 t of nickel in ferronickel within two years, by the end of 2014.center_img Alan Hyde explains that digital communications buses such as Profibus have advantages in that they enable functionality such as remote configuration and diagnostics of devices from the same systems that are used to monitor the process value or status information. At the same time there are potential cost savings in installation as a single twisted-pair cable can be used to communicate to multiple devices. However the Profibus design guidelines must be adhered to, particularly with respect to communications speed and network topology, and the installation guidelines must be followed to ensure good signal quality and robustness to electromagnetic interference. Deviating from the guidelines makes communication errors very likely. At the end of the visit XPS was able to make a number of recommendations to improve the robustness of the Profibus networks and to achieve reliable communications – as intended by the design.last_img read more

Total silver investment may increase by 1000 Moz over the next decade

first_imgInvestors are likely to increase their net silver purchases in the years ahead, largely due to an ongoing weak global economy, for capital preservation and silver’s pedigree as a leading industrial metal, according to a report released today by the Silver Institute. The report, entitled Silver Investment Demand, suggests that investors may accumulate as much as 1,000 million additional ounces of silver in various investment instruments over the next decade. This is on top of the more than 860 Moz of silver purchased as an investment since 2006. Other significant points of the report include:Investment demand remains the single most important driver of prices in the silver marketThe silver market is the second largest of the precious metals markets, behind only gold in terms of the value of metal flowing through the market on an annual basisThe dollar value of the silver market, which includes trading volumes on the major futures and options exchanges and clearing volumes of the London over the counter market, combined with newly refined silver supply, stood at $5.1 billion in 2013At the close of 2013, at least 2,300 Moz of silver were held in bars and coins around the worldWith silver producer mining costs declining, there are strong reasons to expect mining company equities to rise in the near term. In the long term, investors are likely to benefit from buying silver mining equitiesThe silver market, when compared to the gold market, is a much more volatile market and investors are able to receive a much bigger response in the price of silver than that of gold.The report, produced by the CPM Group, a New York-based metals consultancy, takes a broad look into the components making up silver investment demand, including bullion & coins, futures and options, exchange traded products and silver mining equities. It also examines other important areas of the investment complex and contains an outlook for silver investment demand.“This timely publication underscores silver’s important role as a trusted investment,” stated Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director of the Silver Institute. “Even in these days of precious metal price volatility, we are seeing areas of growth within the silver investment arena. This year’s progression in silver exchange traded funds, for example, suggests that investors are very keen to acquire and hold the white metal.”last_img read more

Recent large mobile equipment market activity

first_imgEurope, Middle East516221% TOTAL1,2801,142-11% According to industry research specialists The Parker Bay Company, the market for the largest mobile equipment used by the world’s highest-producing surface miners retraced modest gains achieved at the end of last year and fell below the lowest levels recorded for the current market contraction.Parker Bay’s Surface Mining Equipment Index fell more than 10 points from 4Q2014 and now stands at just 48.3 (1Q2007 = 100), a decline of more than 70% from the peak achieved in the first quarter of 2012.  The index measures manufacturers’ shipments of the largest mining trucks, excavating/loading equipment and several other production and support products used at the largest surface mines in more than 100 countries worldwide.  At the peak, equipment covered by the Index were valued at more than $3.5 billion.  But those shipped during the first three months of 2015 garnered suppliers little more than $1 billion.Parker Bay calls attention to the fact that supplemental reporting by manufacturers and other sources has in the past raised initial accounting of shipments by as much as 6% and if 1Q2015 shipments are revised upward by a similar amount, the Index would read 51-52 but still the lowest recording in more than a decade.Shipments by Product and RegionDuring the first three months of the year, manufacturers delivered just 551 machines vs. more than 700 over the last three months of 2014.  Mining Trucks accounted for the majority of these deliveries and also declined by a disproportionately larger percentage (-27%).  During 2012, shipments of these largest haul trucks averaged more than 1,000/quarter vs. fewer than 400 during 1Q2015.  The value of these units declined by a lesser percentage compared to 4Q2014 because a somewhat higher proportion of larger trucks were delivered in early-2015. The number of large excavators/loaders delivered during 1Q2015 declined by a comparable degree (-23%) but the units shipped in early 2015 were substantially larger than the ones delivered in late-2014 and thus their value declined by just 8%.  Because roughly four trucks are matched with each excavator/loader in operation, and the largest shovels and excavators have longer service lives, the number of units required is typically only a fifth or less than the number of trucks. Electric/Rope Shovels5740% Hydraulic Shovels/Excavators3734-8% Wheel Loaders4526-42% Latin America2372433% Dozers (Crawler & Wheel)135127-6% 4Q141Q15Δ % The number of crawler and wheel dozers declined by only a modest percentage in early 2015, reflecting perhaps the shorter service lives of these machines and the lower capital expense for replacement of physically obsolete units.  While accounting for roughly one-fourth of units delivered, they represent only 11-12% of shipments value. Total Excavators/Loaders8767-23% Australasia196147-25% 4Q141Q15Δ % TOTAL (mm$)²1,2741,134-11% 1 Excludes incomplete accounting of drills & graders Russia, CIS220165-25% Regional Distribution of ShipmentsThere were significant shifts in the geographic destination of machine shipments between 4Q2014 and 1Q2015.  The value of units delivered to mines in Asia increased by 25% but this was entirely accounted for by a single large dragline. Such units are rare and their value ranges from USD40MM to USD100 MM or more.  Note: Because of the very irregular delivery of these draglines, they have been excluded from Parker Bay’s Index. TOTAL (units)¹712551-23% Shipments by Region Deliveries to both North and Latin America increased marginally during early 2015 while Australasia, Africa and Russia/CIS all registered substantial declines.  Based on past quarter over quarter comparisons, it is hazardous to attribute such shifts between regions to any significant underlying factors.  Offsetting changes may well reverse the gains/losses between hemispheres in subsequent quarterly shipments. Africa240133-44% North America1811852% Shipments by Product Line 2 Includes value of single dragline final shipped in 1Q15 Mining Trucks490356-27% Asia15520633%last_img read more

Father of LHDs inducted into International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgEddie Wagner is the 2015 inductee in the underground production category of the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. The panel of judges from around the world voted Hermann Paus into second place and Dale Elphinstone third. Better luck to those gentlemen next year.Eddie and his brother Elmer had begun to experiment with four-wheel-drive wheel loaders in the late 1940s. In 1949 Elmer invented the four-wheel drive articulated vehicle. In 1958, Hidden Splendor Mining in Moab, Utah, asked Wagner to build a front-end loader for underground mining.  At that time, rail loaders were widely used but Hidden Splendor management was looking for a more manoeuvrable vehicle that could successfully travel the narrow and twisting drifts in underground mines.After hearing about Hidden Splendor’s new trackless loader, Phillips Petroleum approached Edie, then vice president of Wagner Tractor, to build a similar vehicle for its mine in New Mexico.  Working nights and weekends, he completed and shipped the first articulated, rubber-tyred, front-end loader mining scoop, the MS-1, in the summer of 1958.  In October that year, Wagner, his wife Mary and their son Richard founded Wagner Mining Scoop Co.Success and other innovations quickly followed the MS-1: the MT-10, the first rear dump truck capable of hauling a 10-t capacity-only 8 feet wide, 22 feet long and 60 inches high; a Teletram® (the MTT-425), the first underground 4-wheel drive horizontal discharge telescopic dump mine truck; and the ST-5 Scooptram®, the first LHD a full reversing, 4-speed power transmission and side seating operator position. SAHR® (Spring Applied Hydraulic Released) fail-safe brakes were another Wagner innovation.Wagner continued the tradition of excellence set by Eddie Wagner and soon became a world leader in mining vehicle development, serving the load and haul needs of mines around the world. In 1970, the first public offering of stock was made and the company’s name was changed to Wagner Mining Equipment.In 1971, PACCAR, a corporation comprising several divisions of transport vehicle manufacturing operations, gained controlling interest of Wagner, acquiring complete control by 1973. In 1989, Wagner Mining Equipment was purchased by Atlas Copco. In 1990, its name was changed to Wagner Mining and Construction Equipment, reflecting its additional development and manufacture of equipment for the above-ground construction equipment market.In March 1995, Wagner Mining and Construction Equipment became Atlas Copco Wagner. Today the Wagner name has gone, but the Scooptram brand rides on!Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to john@im-mining.com) for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:ExplorationUnderground developmentUnderground ProductionSurface miningComminutionConcentrationMining softwareSafetyBulk handlingMetallurgyEnvironmental management and stewardshipOutstanding innovatorlast_img read more

New tool for systematic mineral identification and near realtime analysis in exploration

first_imgAn Australian technology that provides new knowledge on orebodies and associated alteration rapidly and cost-effectively could soon benefit the global mining industry, thanks to a commercialisation deal that will open doors to international markets.CSIRO’s advanced mineral analysis and logging technology – HyLogger – has been licensed to Australian Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) company Corescan, who operate a network of hyperspectral mineralogy labs across Australia, Southeast Asia, North America, Peru, Chile and Argentina.HyLogger uses the spectra of reflected light from mineral surfaces to interpret the mineralogy of the material. It is far more reliable for systematic mineral identification than visual techniques used in most drilling programs.It also provides near real time analysis so that costs and delays associated with laboratory analysis are greatly reduced.CSIRO Research Director, Dr Rob Hough, said commercialising the technology with Corescan opened the way for the industry to truly take advantage of hyperspectral analysis of drill materials for exploration and mining and further reinforces Australia’s place as a global leader in the provision of mineral exploration and mining technology.“Through our partnership with the Australian state geological surveys, the National Virtual Core Library and AuScope, hyperspectral data is now routinely acquired at government core repositories and is generating new knowledge on mineral systems,” Hough said.“Transferring the technology and ongoing development to Corescan, an Australian SME, will enable CSIRO to focus on the application and integration of hyperspectral information with other data sets to support mineral exploration through cover and for rapid resource characterisation in deposits.”Managing Director, Neil Goodey, said Corescan plans to integrate HyLogger into its existing suite of advanced hyperspectral imaging equipment, giving the company a broader range of solutions to accommodate different commodities and better meet customer requirements at different stages of the exploration and mining cycle.“Corescan will also be offering support services to the existing HyLogger community and will leverage its global reach to bring the technology to new international markets,” Goodey said.“Corescan will be working closely with the Australian geological surveys and the National Virtual Core Library to continue on the great work that CSIRO has done in this area over the last decade.”The Australian exploration industry spends close to A$600 million per year drilling holes to locate economic mineral resources.Detailed knowledge of the mineralogy and alteration patterns associated with prospective mineral regions is crucial to guide exploration success and attract further international investment into Australia.Operating on an automated scanning platform, HyLogger uses visible and infrared light to characterise selected minerals from drill cores, chips and pulps that are often difficult or impossible for human observers to interpret correctly. Reflected light from the samples is broken into hundreds of different wavelengths by several spectrometers, allowing the recognition of unique spectral signatures for each mineral.Corescan is global services company specialising in the scanning, analysis and interpretation of drill core, rock chips and other geological samples.last_img read more

Total gets four year lubricants contract with Newcrest Lihir gold mine

first_imgTotal, the 4th largest international oil and gas company, has been awarded a four year contract with Newcrest’s Lihir gold mine in Papua New-Guinea (PNG), following a competitive tender process that began last November. During the term of the contract, Total will be supplying 14 million litres of lubricants to the 6th largest gold mine in the world with a production of more than 900,000 oz of gold per annum.Premium lubricants and greases as well as personalised services linked to the bulk facilities, the onsite management of lubricants and the oil analysis management were offered. Andrew Morton, Total PNG’s General Manager said: “This contract with one of the largest gold mines in PNG helps to reaffirm TOTAL’s position as the leading lubricant supplier to the mining industry in PNG. It is also a recognition for the team’s work and their mind-set to continue todrive long-term client value.”Jean Lescure, Total Mining Director Asia Pacific and Middle East said that the contract strengthens Total’s existing global working relationship with Newcrest. “We believe our local presence in PNG and our track record of transitioning complex sites in remote environments were key in Newcrest’s decision of awarding this business to Total.” Total has been in PNG since 2012 and has a large portfolio of businesses that includes upstream activities, retail and lubricants.last_img read more

Ivan Lapcevic joins Puerto Sagunto

← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 5): Easy job for Ciudad Real, Barca and Montpellier Next Story → Viborg out of Champions League! Ivan Lapcevic Puerto Sagunto, the team that joined the elite ASOBAL league this season, will be reinforced with Ivan Lapcevic. The fact that they need any help they can get, the best proof is that they are currently on the 15th place out of 16 teams, so every help will be welcome in order to improve the performance.The former Napredak Krusevac player, signed a contract with the Spanish team until the end of the season, with a possibility that the contract is prolonged. Will Lapcevic help the team that managed to get only 4 points so far in the ASOBAL league is yet to see. In his rich career he played for Zupa Aleksandrovac (home team), Zeleznicar Nis, F.C Barcelona, Vfl Gummersbach and MKB Veszprem. read more

Wenta on the match against Serbia Our first final

Bogdan Wenta finally expressed his opinion on the first match that his team will play at the EURO 2012 in Serbia, against the host team, the representation of Serbia.– I watched them a lot, and now I know what I can expect from them, and the probable play minute by minute. The game will be spontaneous. I’m sure that the Serbs will play with heart, and also try to use the referees on their side. The first match is very important, it’s our first final. If we win, we will not win only two points, but also we will have wind in our back – said Wenta. ← Previous Story Hungary is ready, Mocsai chose 18 players – Katzirz stays at home! Next Story → Onesta presents 16 “Experts” for Serbia read more

Hapoel Rishon Lezion is the new Israeli handball Champion

← Previous Story Ferenc Ilyés to Pick Szeged – Muhamed Toromanovic new line-player? Next Story → Morten Soubak is the new Hypo NO coach! After fantastic Championship ending and extra-time in fifth match between two city rivals – Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon Lezion, Israel got new handball champion! At the end 31:31 was enough that Hapoel wins Championship after five years of Maccabi domination (two wins had both rivals and one tie with the equal goal difference). The MVP of the Final was goalkeeper Bojan Ljubisic (BiH) with 25 saves (45%). He signed a new contract with the team for the upcoming season immediately after the outstanding performance in the final.photo credit: Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon Lezion website – Gabby Alaluf. Hapoel Rishon Le ZionIsraeli handballIsraeli handball champion read more

Oli Roggisch to end career and become DHB Teammanager

Another great career is coming to end. The big man in defence, 35-year old Oliver Roggisch, announced that he is definitely putting an end to his playing career, citing health reasons.“For me, it’s been very hard after injuries and it gets only harder to play. Therefore, it’s the right time to end the career in summer” – said Roggisch in joint press-conference between DHB and RN Lowen.He will continue in handball. It’s been announced that he will assist Jakobsson next season at the “Lions”, and will take a role as team-manager of the national team, within the German Handball Federation (DHB).His final games for the German national teams is the two-legged playoff against Poland in the qualification for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. jakobssonoli roggischOliver RoggischRhein Neckar Lowenrn lowenStormtorsten storm ← Previous Story Alvaro Ferrer joins TSV Hannover Burgdorf Next Story → Montpellier deducted two points in LNH read more

Carlos Viver is new leader of Guerreras

Carlos Viver ← Previous Story Pukhouski leader of Motor until 2020 – Babichev comes to Zaporozhye Next Story → Over 400 Danes are supporting Bjerringbro-Silkeborg in Kiel The women’s Spanish national team has a new coach. The successor of successful Jorge Duenas is Carlos Viver. the 43-year-old coach signed three-years contract with Spanish Handball Federation with the clear aim to build the roster ready to fight for the gold at IHF World Championship 2021 at home.Duenas led Spain between 2007 and 2016. Spain won EHF EURO silver in 2008 and 2014 as well as bronze at the World Championship 2011 and the Olympic Games 2012.source: www.rfebm.net read more

RK Vardar Skopje win Macedonian Super Cup

← Previous Story Hungarian Handball Federation to make registration for player’s agents Next Story → IHF-s tender global media rights for WCh 2021 and 2023 The new established Super Cup competition in Macedonia ended with victory of the reigning VELUX EHF Champions League winners – RK Vardar Skopje. The best European team of the summer 2017, had easy job to win the first trophy in new season. RK Eurofarm Rabotnik, the finalists of the domestic CUp 2017, couldn’t give serious resistance to Raul Gonzales boys. At the end was 30:25 (19:12) with +10 23:13 in the middle of the second half.Kristopans, Shishkarev and Canellas netted four goals each for the winners, while on the other side Oljeski scored seven.RK Vardar Skopje will start defending EHF Champions League title in Plock against Orlen Wisla PLock on Sunday, September 17. read more

Four arrested as nine million cigarettes seized in Louth

first_imgAPPROXIMATELY 9 MILLION cigarettes with a retail value of €4.3 million were seized by Gardaí and customs officials in Co. Louth this morning.The seizure was made when officers from the Revenue’s Customs Service, in conjunction with the Criminal Assest Bureau and An Garda Síochána, stopped a truck and a 4 x 4 vehicle at a service station on the M1 motorway near Castlebellingham.Officials believe the cigarettes had arrived into the state through Dublin Port from Malaysia and had a potential loss to the exchequer of €3.7 million.Four men aged between 36 and 44 were arrested at the scene and are currently detained at Drogheda and Dundalk garda stations.A number of business premises and private residences were searched following the seizure and officials say investigations are continuing.The Revenue Custom’s Service say ongoing invetigations have led to the seizure of 35 million cigarettes so far this year.Read: 1.2 million cigarettes seized in Dublin Port >Read: Cigarettes, tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €1.5 million sting operation >last_img read more

Aaron McKenna Marriage is nothing more than a contract – bring on

first_imgTHE DIVORCE REFERENDUM passed by the slimmest of margins in 1996, about a single vote per ballot box. It was a wrenching national argument of epic proportions. Family, the life of the nation and the rights of individuals all engaged in an orgy of vitriolic debate. Politicians have done well to avoid the issue ever since. As the abortion debate has reminded us, it’s difficult to talk about and get anything else done once one of these national social issues kicks off.This government is now looking seriously at two major proposals to liberalise our marriage laws: one reform on the way in, and another on the way out. We will vote on legalising gay marriage in 2015, and early polls show strong support. With less triumphal fanfare the government has also announced its intention to consider legislating for prenuptial agreements.At present prenups carry no real legal weight in Ireland. Depending on the judge you get there might be some consideration given to the existence of such an agreement, but no guarantees. Previous governments have looked at the topic of legislating to provide a basis on which the agreements would become enforceable, but very little progress has been made beyond the production of reports on which to store dust in the national archives.Marriage is nothing more than a contractAt the risk of having the women (and soon, men) beating down my door, I must say that marriage is nothing more than a contract between two people who decide to spend their lives together. Whatever religious connotations you want to add atop that is your own business, but as far as the State is concerned marriage is a convenient tax and inheritance arrangement.You can live with your significant other without marriage. You can have kids without marriage. If you break up, the kids will be provisioned for regardless of marital status. You can pretty much do as you wish with someone else without being married.The marriage itself is a formal contract binding one person to another. It is also one of the most heavily regulated types of contract: if you decide to dissolve it, you do so in a fashion at the whim of courts, you can’t have any binding say in the terms of dissolution at the time of entering the contract; and it takes half a decade by the time all is said and done to get out of it.Now, in general, divorce is a sad and a bad thing. Not many people get married to get divorced. Relationships matter, and a society that devalues them is a devalued society. But the fact is that breakups happen, and it seems that in Ireland we have laws designed to extract penance from the sinners who don’t stick it out.That goes back to the tumultuous arguments around divorce when we so narrowly passed it into our constitution. In a sense we have another of what Haughey called “An Irish solution to an Irish problem,” when he was referring to the now ridiculous provision of contraception by way of doctors’ prescription to married couples.Divorce in Ireland is a fudge. The lengthy period of time it takes to get a divorce exists in the hopes that after two or three years of separation a couple will see the light and get back together. Maybe that does happen. And when it does, a couple could always just get married again if they liked. They pay for their marriage license like everyone else.Prenups are not provisioned for despite it being wholly logical to do so when we introduced divorce, because it would be another offence to the idea that marriage is for life as mandated by society, God, the good book and whatever else you’re having yourself if you’d just vote Yes in the 1996 referendum.Big boys and girls should be able to make their own decisionsWhy exactly is it the business of society, 166 TDs and a number of judges to decide to how people can go about their marriage…? People are big boys and girls and should be able to make their own decisions and protect their own financial interests in divorce. This is not a one way street, with a rich woman being able to provision for a less well-off man in an equitable way at the outset of a marriage in the event it breaks down. After all, it takes two parties to sign the agreement and both spouses can negotiate for a better deal that, in the end, leaves them both with peace of mind.Or a prenup might help forestall a divorce, if one has to consider in financial terms just how far someone is willing to go for the other in the event things go sour in the relationship.Now, I’ve just been discussing married couples. What of kids, says you?A prenuptial agreement is between two parties who are getting married. Children are provisioned for by family courts regardless of any contracts or agreements as is, and that would remain the same. The beneficiary of, say, a house or monies provisioned for the care and welfare of children following a divorce is the children themselves. It so happens that one of the former spouses will likely become their primary carer, so benefitting indirectly from this in ways that might go beyond what a prenup provisions for strictly between the two parties.Prenups won’t be for everyone. Broaching the topic before marriage is certainly a gamey exercise. But there should be no reason that society prevents people from entering into an agreement that allows them to protect their respective assets that they’ve built over time or will build regardless of the marriage.I’ll start accepting proposals from fellow romantics immediately…Read: Laws recognising prenups to be considered by GovernmentRead: First poll finds large majority in favour of same sex marriagelast_img read more

Couple who ran London prostitution ring to be sentenced today

first_imgA POLISH COUPLE who forced women into prostitution and ran a string of brothels across London are to be sentenced today.Polish nationals Kamil Niewiadomski, 31, and Ewa Nosal, 30, posted adverts for escorts on a Polish website.When applicants came to work for the pair, their photos were posted on adult services websites in the UK.The women were fined for being late and encouraged to engage in unprotected sex with customers.Bookings for the women were taken at a call centre based at a flat, with the £120 an hour sessions taking place at a number of brothels.Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Human Trafficking Unit began investigating the pair after several victims rang the unit’s 24-hour helpline.This culminated in a series of search warrants being executed in January at the brothels and Niewiadomski and Nosal’s home address, which they shared with their child and Niewiadomski’s parents.Detectives seized around £24,000 in cash found beside Niewiadomski’s bed and within a safe hidden in his wardrobe. They also recovered almost 50 identity cards for Polish men and women, suggesting that all these had been exploited or worked for the defendants.Police believe the actual number of victims are far in excess of the numbers of cards found.Officers recovered 120 mobile phones used to take bookings for the different men at the call centre.Both have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced today.Read: France passes law to ban the purchase of sex, ICI calls on Ireland to follow suitColumn: We have glimpsed the human misery which fills the pockets of Europe’s pimps and traffickerslast_img read more

LoveHates Fran Colin Farrell and Katie Taylor rally support for Merryn

first_imgRead: Crumlin Children’s Hospital contacts families after contamination scare> A LITTLE GIRL in Dublin who has been diagnosed with a rare form of children’s cancer is getting support from some of Ireland’s best known actors and sportspeople.Colin Farrell, Peter Coogan and Katie Taylor have all wished Merryn Lacy well and donated prizes that are up for auction to raise funds for Merryn.At the end of July, Merryn and her family were in London for a few days visiting friends. Her parents said that Merryn “just wasn’t herself” and that she was unusually tired and was complaining of a sore tummy.Cancer When they returned home they went to the doctor and didn’t expect to end up in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin at 2am that Saturday morning.Following scans, Merryn was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.So far, Merryn has had eight treatments and is currently undergoing front line treatment which will last approximately 18 months.However, her family say that the fight will not stop there, as there is a possibility of relapse. Their hope is to travel to Europe or the US where there are more treatment options, but this comes at a sizable cost.Just like any little girl her age, her parents said that Merryn loves her dolls and to dress up like a princess. “She knows she has a lump on her kidney and will ask questions and listen intently when doctors or nurses are talking to us. How do you explain these things to someone so young? Although it’s unfair and we’ve been angry, we know that we owe it to Merryn to give this battle everything we’ve got,” they said.Love/Hate’s Fran wished Merryn and her family well with this message while Colin Farrell said he was sending all his love to Merryn from a “chilly California” but said he knew that she was up for the fight ahead of her.Colin Farrell sends a video to Merryn to wish her all the best. (Via Robbie Doyle)A charity night was orgnanised by family friend, Robbie Doyle last week. However, fundraising is still ongoing and items are still up for auction which include Katie Taylor’s boxing gloves which are signed and a signed Leinster jersey.Last week, the Aer Lingus Regional Santa Express, operated by Aer Arann, departed Dublin Airport with Merryn and over 60 passengers including including children, parents and hospital staff from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to visit Santa.(Maxwell Photography)For more information on fundraising for Merryn, visit her Facebook page here and here is the online auction page.Read: Celebs bring Christmas cheer to sick kids at Crumlin hospital>last_img read more

Arafats death was natural and not caused by radiation says Russian expert

first_imgTHE CHIEF OF Russia’s medical and biological agency says its probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no indication of radioactive poisoning.Russia’s state news agencies quote Vladimir Uiba, the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency, saying that its research has found that Arafat’s death nine years ago was “natural and not caused by radiation”.ScientistsTeams of scientists from France, Switzerland and Russia were asked to determine whether polonium, a rare and extremely lethal substance, played a role in Arafat’s death in a French military hospital in 2004.French doctors were unable to say what killed him and an autopsy was never performed, at the request of his widow.Palestinians have long suspected Israel of poisoning him, which Israel denies.A Swiss lab report said that Arafat was probably poisoned by polonium, but a French study has ruled it out.However, the Palestinian authorities said they will press on with their probe into his death, despite the recent finding.“I can only say that there is already a decision to continue the investigation,” Faed Mustafa, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia told the state RIA Novosti news agency.“We respect their position, we highly value their work but there is a decision to continue work.”Additional reporting © AFP 2013Read: French experts rule out Arafat poisoning> Read: Palestinians say there’s only one suspect in Arafat death>last_img read more

Column The way some people view African countries is inherently racist –

first_imgKevin McPartlan works with Glenevin, an Irish consultancy which spent most of 2012 on a project with the Government of Uganda to improve the country’s international reputation. He was in charge of the communications team that coordinated Uganda’s official response to the Kony2012 viral video. He says:We were hired to help improve the global perception of Uganda. We began by analysing news and social media content and comment concerning the country. With the help of Irish media analysis firm O’Leary Analytics; we were able to identify the most common reasons for which the government was criticized. Then we looked at which were fair and which were not.Improving engagement by the authoritiesIt was clear the vast majority of negative coverage in the international media related to the Uganda Police Force (UPF) and, in particular, to failings in the way it managed public order situations. We told the government the only way to improve how the global press reported on UPF was to improve the behaviour and performance of its officers.We brought a team of police trainers out from Ireland and worked with the UPF’s public order units to give them the skills to de-escalate situations and to respond in a measured and restrained manner.To respond to unfair criticism, it was necessary to improve the way in which the government engaged with the media. We improved Ministers and officials’ interviews skills and trained press officers to operate in way that would be more effective with international audiences.A grave threat to Uganda’s reputationWe had been working on the project for about four months when Invisible Children launched Kony2012 on YouTube. It seemed to explode across social media but, in truth, our media monitoring alerted us to it well before the likes of Oprah Winfrey got involved. We had a bit of a head start but it was clear to us it was going to get very big, very quickly.We watched the video and realised immediately that it posed a grave threat to the reputation of Uganda. It suggested the government was ignoring Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); that it was standing idly by while young boys were being forced to take up arms and girls were forced into sex-slavery. It also painted the country as war-torn and unstable. None of this is true.In fact, the Ugandan military (UPDF) has been fighting the LRA for many years and has reduced the fighting force from upwards of 30,000 to its current strength of about 200. Joseph Kony has not set foot in Uganda since 2006 because UPDF troops forced the LRA to flee across the border into what was then southern Sudan. Since then, they have commanded an African Union task force that has continued to pursue Kony across international borders. It was the current Prime Minister of Uganda, Amama Mbabazi who sought the indictment of Joseph Kony by the International Criminal Court.The enormous power of social mediaI alerted the Prime Minister to the Kony2012 campaign and advised him to use the same social media channels to respond. It was a tough sell initially. He considered the claims of Invisible Children to be so inaccurate as to be unworthy of response. I argued that this campaign had the potential to define the reputation of Uganda for an entire generation of people in Europe and North America. Ultimately, Mr Mbabazi agreed to reply through YouTube.The Prime Minister recorded a video in his Kampala office soon after Kony2012 went viral. He thanked the people who had watched Kony2012 for their interest in, and concern for, Uganda and corrected the false impression which it created.He recognised that many younger people receive “news” not through traditional print or broadcast media but on YouTube, Facebook and other social networks. He is very aware of the power of social media – regularly engaging critics and supporters through Twitter. Mr Mbabazi personally tweeted celebrities involved in Kony2012 including George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Jay Z and invited them to visit Uganda and see the facts for themselves.Within a couple of days the Prime Minister’s video had been watched over 200,000 times. His decision to use social media to directly connect with young people was reported in more than 2,500 news reports across the world.The only real criticism of the video related to the poor production values. What people didn’t realise was that due to poor ICT infrastructure in Africa, it took over 27 hours to upload it even in such a compressed form and low resolution.Kony 2012: deeply racist and politically motivatedI found Kony 2012 deeply racist and very politically motivated. It was tied up in a particular branch of American right-wing Christian fundamentalism, and played on the negative ideas we often have of Africa and suggested Africans need the “good oul’ US of A” of to point out right from wrong.It was deeply patronising. Offensive, actually.The release of the Kony 2012 video was not the first time the Government of Uganda had heard about Kony. They didn’t need a slick, well-produced viral video to inform them this man was evil. They had been fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army for years in an effort to bring Kony and his lieutenants to justice. They have had remarkable successes and continue to be engaged in the long process of rebuilding the villages and communities the LRA decimated.The ‘West’ must be more respectfulIt is important African nations are represented accurately to the western world. I consider the way some people view African countries to be inherently racist. The different ways in which Africans communicate or behave are not in any way inferior. I believe we in “the West” must be more respectful and willing to compromise.There are issues in Uganda that need to be dealt with. But, while it is essential to address the fair criticisms by raising standards and addressing abuses of power, the Ugandan’s have a right to point out when criticism is unfair too.Many reports about Uganda are grossly distorted or simply not true. An excellent example is the way The Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before the Ugandan parliament is being reported. It is widely described in very reputable news media as the Kill-the-Gays Bill. While it does outlaw homosexual acts, it does not make provision for the death penalty.Don’t get me wrong, I strongly oppose this Bill but surely our distaste for the proposed legislation does not excuse the media from its obligation to tell the truth?Cultural differences lead to misunderstanding and suspicionThe Government of Uganda hired Glenevin because there is a very different style of communicating in Africa. Africans can be extremely direct but the style of debate – especially in politics, is not what we are used to.Serious politicians often will not defend or argue their point of view if challenged. Rather they will personally attack their critic or question their bona fides. That looks shifty to us; as though the politician has something to hide, but it is simply a cultural difference.As the world changes, the key audiences for African leaders now include their international counterparts. We taught Ugandan Ministers and officials how to communicate with audiences in Europe and in the US more effectively and persuasively.Joseph Kony’s global profile may have waned over the last year, but the victims cannot forget the suffering caused by the LRA. In recent weeks the UPDF has made significant arrests of Kony’s lieutenants. His troops have diminished in number; a terrorist gang rather than an army, but they haven’t gone away. Some say Kony may be dead already, but the Government of Uganda will not stop fighting until the LRA has been entirely defeated and its leaders brought to justice.Kevin McPartlan works with Glenevin, an Irish risk and security consultancy which primarily works with governments and multinationals. He was in charge of the communications team that coordinated Uganda’s official response to the Kony2012 viral video. You can contact Kevin by email kevin.mcpartlan@managingreputation.ie or on Twitter @kevmcp.last_img read more

Roscommon county manager will take all necessary steps to protect name after

first_imgTHE COUNTY MANAGER of Roscommon County Council has ‘utterly rejected’ allegations that he ‘sorted out’ an incident where local TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan had two penalty points removed from his driving licence.Frank Dawson said he assumed he was the official to which Flanagan was referring to in the Dáil last night when he explained the circumstances under which two offences, for using his mobile phone while on Oireachtas business, including one occasion when he was travelling to a council meeting in December 2011.Flanagan said he had mentioned his incident to a ‘senior council official’, who later called him to say he had “sorted out my penalty points issue for me”.In a statement this afternoon, Dawson said he assumed he was the official involved “as he did mention in a conversation with me in December 2010 [sic] that he was stopped by An Garda Siochana for using a mobile phone whilst driving, outside the Council offices.”“I utterly reject his allegations that I ‘sorted out his penalty points issue for him’,” Dawson said, saying he would “take all necessary steps to protect my good name and reputation”.Today I am forwarding my account of this matter to the Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Siochana in charge of the investigation. In this context it would not be appropriate to comment any further at this time.Dawson had been due to travel to the United States for the St Patrick’s Day festivities, as part of a council delegation, but is understood to now be remaining in Ireland.Column: ‘Ming’ case demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of parliamentary privilegeRead: Ming: I want my penalty points backMore: Wallace: Ming should have accepted quashed penalty pointslast_img read more

9 of the most depressing book titles ever

first_img1. Source: Amazon.co.ukThe single glass of wine. Sob.2. Source: Amazon.co.uk Brings to mind this: Source: StrangePaul.com/Ben Cameron3. Source: ImgurRonery.4. Source: WordPressHow is she going to eat all that grub? And she doesn’t even have a glass of wine. SOB.5. Source: Amazon.co.ukThey’re just gone to a farm, right? RIGHT?6. Source: Amazon.co.ukJust one solitary egg.7. Source: Amazon.co.uk“Second edition” makes this somehow sadder.8. Source: Amazon.co.ukYes, it’s sad when they go to the farm. Grieve away.9. Source: TrendhunterstaticWell, that’s us told.7 ways your phone is making you sad>17 toys that might make you cry with nostalgia>last_img read more

Remember Sensible Soccer Heres how some of Irelands most famous goals would

first_imgREMEMBER SENSIBLE SOCCER? If you like football and you owned an Amiga, chances are you will never forget it.It looked something like this:YouTube Credit: mingo870Call us nerds, but we’re big fans of retro computer games around here. So it’s no surprise that we fell in love with Pixel Replay.com, a new website set up to re-create classic goals as though they happened in Sensible Soccer.Cantona against Liverpool in the 1996 FA Cup Final? Bergkamp against Newcastle? Yeboah against Wimbledon? They’ve got them all — and more.The men behind the magic have specially designed three of Ireland’s most famous goals for us. There’s Liam Brady showing the Brazilians how to play in 1987:YouTube Credit: FatherTed2006(PixelReplay.com)Ray Houghton’s winner against Italy at the USA 1994 World Cup, complete with Pagliuca in no man’s land:YouTube Credit: illumin(PixelReplay.com)And Robbie Keane’s last-gasp equaliser against Germany in Ibaraki in 2002. Quinny’s header still looks every bit as good:YouTube Credit: Aodhancfc92(PixelReplay.com)If you’re desperate to see your favourite goal immortalised in all its pixellated glory — we’re thinking Dave Barry v Bayern Munich or Pat Sullivan v Partizan Belgrade — you’ll find more details on that here.VIDEO: Dubliner Graham Carey scored an absolute thronker for St Mirren last nightlast_img read more

Murphs Sideline Cut Top teams dominance makes for invariably dour viewing

first_imgIT HAS NOT been an easy start to the All-Ireland football championship for Division 2 sides.  Westmeath, Derry and Laois were the top 3 – and all three of them have been well beaten already in this championship season; Galway received a once-in-a-generation humiliation, and Armagh and Longford lost to Cavan and Wicklow, from the bottom half of Division 3.The only two teams to emerge in credit thus far are Louth, who beat Laois, and Wexford, who haven’t played yet – they are Louth’s next opponents this coming Sunday in their opening game of the championship.We have the teams in Division 1 competing for the All-Ireland championship, and the other 24 teams are liable to take a hiding from any of those in the top table.  It used to be that you had two or three really good teams, and then a pretty well spaced out system of groups of ten or so counties, that you could pick out pretty plainly.Now the farther away the top teams move, the more the rest of the pack gets concertina-ed.  I can say with authority that if Galway are drawn away to anyone (ANYONE!) in the qualifiers, I would really fear for them.  That wasn’t always the case, but it surely is now.(London celebrate victory over Sligo – INPHO/Jim Keogh) Take for example the championship experiences of the two teams at opposite ends of Division 4.  London were, according to the league tables, the worst team in the country, and yet they were able to go and beat Sligo, a team who stayed up in Division 3. Limerick moved through the league serenely, and won the Division 4 title, only to go out and get utterly trounced by Cork last weekend.The only trimmings now are being handed out by Division 1 teams.  Everyone else has to fight for their lives for anything.  This of course makes it all very interesting, but leads one to ask – could we not engineer a few more games between the top 6 or 8 teams, rather than leaving it all ‘til the start of August?There were quite a few people getting worried about championship mismatches this weekend.  In fairness Kerry have been hammering Waterford since Pat Spillane bought the first of his many bad suits, and probably before then, if we care to look that far back.  And Westmeath might have been quietly fancied to put it up to Dublin for a while, but no-one really believed they were going to cause a shock. What I’m trying to say is that Division 1 is a state of mind, not a furnace of white-hot competitive action where decent teams can be forged into something stronger.  The fact was that this year, the best eight teams in the country were in the top division, and that meant the rest of the league was pretty much a turkey-shoot, where anyone could pretty much beat anyone else.  Donegal will be in Division 2 next year, and they’ll probably lose a game or two, or forget to turn up for one more likely.  It doesn’t mean Galway or Wexford or anyone else is capable of competing – it just means they won a league game.There’s every chance Mayo will get to an All-Ireland semi-final without having to play a Division 1 team.  I don’t think that’s necessarily unfair, on the scale of things that are unfair with the GAA championship structure.  I do, however, think that’s unfair on us – the paying public.  If we have six or eight good teams, we should make them play each other as often as possible.  And that’s what makes the league such a monumental waste of time – imagine what a great competition it would be if anyone actually CARED about it?This week Murph was – reminiscing on the first time I ever saw Down play in the flesh.  It was 1991, and it was my first ever All-Ireland final.  As a result of that day I’ve always held a soft spot for Down.  I know there are counties that people just like to root for – and although it shouldn’t, it always annoys me that Galway appears to be one of those counties.  I think I speak for both my own native county, and Down, when I say ‘if we won a bit more often, maybe people would be less inclined to like us.’3 reasons why Clare can be cheerful and Waterford can be fearful>Davy Fitz: My Clare side are the real deal> The really interesting game was on in the North, where Derry, as we’ve discussed, failed to strike a blow for the lower divisions against Down.  To be honest, having seen Derry in the flesh in their first league game against Galway, I was surprised they’d managed to stay in Division 2, let alone win it.  They were so bad that day it was untrue, but they regrouped expertly and had played some pretty good stuff on the way to winning that title against Westmeath at the start of May.But when it came down to it, Down were able to carve them apart for the key goals, two in seven minutes, in the second half. I’ve heard a few people saying that’s the difference between playing in Division 1 and not, but really, isn’t that assigning too much importance to the league?Do you think Derry would’ve learnt a lot from playing Cork, who finally got embarrassed of winning the damn thing; Donegal, who treated it with the level of disdain it deserves; or Kerry, who probably can’t even remember themselves how they got on in the accursed league, three months after the obituaries for their entire footballing culture were being written?last_img read more

Heres how much your county manager earned between 2008 and 2011

first_imgTHE COUNTY MANAGERS of 34 local authorities in Ireland made a combined €4.6 million per year up until the end of 2009.The figures are laid out in a parliamentary question submitted by independent TD Stephen Donnelly, which shows that up until January 2010, the head of Dublin City Council was paid €202,461.In keeping with public sector pay cuts, all county managers took cuts at the start of 2010.This move saw the salary in Dublin City cut to €189,000 and the pay in Cork County, Fingal and South Dublin cut from €171,000 to €162,000.The County or City Manager performs the executive functions of the County or City Council.Appointed through the Public Appointments System, he or she supervises, co-ordinates, manages and pays the employees and officers of the council. He or she also makes contracts on behalf of the council and affixes the official seal of the council on documents.They generally have seven-year terms.From 1 June, the title changed to Chief Executive and there are now just 31 local authorities.In his response to Donnelly’s question, Environment Minister Phil Hogan outlined the other allowances paid to CEOs.“County and City Managers, Local Authority Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), formally are entitled to claim for travel and subsistence costs incurred as part of their official duties, in accordance with the relevant travel and subsistence circulars. All local authorities are obliged to ensure that only essential travel is undertaken and that related expenditure is critically appraised and monitored. A CEO may claim up to 7.5% of their salary in substitution of motor mileage rates contained in the travel and subsistence circulars, where a local authority considers that those allowances do not adequately recompense the CEO for the extent to which their car is used for official business.The response added that CEOs are paid between €2,095 and €6,858 in allowances for entertainment every year.Read: Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 millionlast_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 6 things you need to know

first_img Naval Service responding to request for assistance in #SAR Operation near #Glandore #Cork Specialist Dive Team & LE Aisling en route— Óglaigh na hÉireann (@defenceforces) July 2, 2014 Bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn becomes emotional during a rally in support of Quinn and his family in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan in 2012. Source: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images4. A huge search operation is underway off the south coast where one diver remains missing. A second diver was taken from the water earlier today and brought to a Cork hospital. 5. Broadband in 50 Irish towns is set to get much, much faster as ESB and Vodafone announce a joint investment of €450 million for its fibre network. [RTÉ News]6. A South African court has heard that Oscar Pistorius could be at risk of suicide if he doesn’t continue mental health treatment. However, psychologists said he did not suffer from any mental disorder or defect when he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. [The Guardian] Source: eNCAnews/YouTubeRead the rest of the day’s news> Source: Irish Defence Forces/Twitter WHAT’S THE STORY?1. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet and will not be seeking re-election to the Dáil.He was emotional – but a little jovial – as he outlined his plans for the future at Leinster House in the last hour.http://vine.co/v/MUWIUHJIYtV2. It’s bad news today for young people in the workforce as new figures show there are 2,932 more of them on the Live Register. And loads of companies say they can’t find the talent they need. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland3. Seán Quinn has said that Anglo is using his money to make them the most hated family in Ireland. He also revealed that local people in Derrylin were helping to finance his court actions.last_img read more

Are You Being Extradited

first_imgBritish comedy fans and anyone who watched PBS during the 90s know what we’re talking about here. As if things weren’t already tough enough for Julian Assange. The resemblance is uncanny. Thanks BoingBoing.last_img

Geek deals All Verizon phones on sale for a penny at Amazon

first_imgAndroid fans, prepare yourself for a deal of epic proportions. Amazon Wireless, in an attempt to steer customers away from the iPhone 4S (which they don’t carry), is offering every single Verizon phone that they carry for a penny. Yep, just one copperhead is all they’re asking. We aren’t talking flip-phones from another era either. This includes the current “Best Android Phone (until the next one comes out),” the Droid Bionic.While the LTE-powered Bionic is obviously the big draw here, the HTC Thunderbolt and Droid Charge, which also pack LTE, are also up for grabs. The Droid Incredible 2, Droid 3, and Droid X2 are all options as well. Even the female-marketed HTC Rhyme and the (Windows Phone) HTC Trophy get in on the action. If it’s on Verizon, and it isn’t called “iPhone,” Amazon Wireless carries it, and will sell it for the price of one shiny penny.The aim is obviously to sway customers away from the iPhone. So, if you’ve been eyeing the iPhone 4S, is this Amazon deal a good idea? If you know you prefer Android, then of course it is. If you want the fastest 4G speeds (LTE), then add that Bionic to your cart and call it a day.There are a few things to think about before taking the plunge though. First, don’t put too much stock in the one penny up-front price. Sure, it’s $200 less than you will spend on an iPhone, but over the course of a two-year contract, your initial purchase price is a relatively small part of the total investment.Also, as great as the Droid Bionic is, the Ice Cream Sandwich-running Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus?), is probably just around the corner. Though all we know about it comes from rumors, most expect it to soon take the title of “(current) Cream of the Android Crop” away from the Bionic.With all of that said, however, you rarely find a wireless deal as good as this.More at Amazon Wireless, via Slashgearlast_img read more

Piracydependent Siri port fully working on iPhone 4

first_imgAfter learning that Apple was tying Siri exclusively to the iPhone 4S, we wondered whether the jailbreak community would be able to change that. Within a day or two, Siri’s user interface was successfully ported to the iPhone 4, but Apple’s servers weren’t responding, rendering it non-functional. The same developer now has Siri fully working on other devices. However, piracy will be required if the port is ever publicly available.The port, by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, is seen working 100% on both the iPhone 4 and on an iPod touch. As it required licensed files and a live validation token from a 4S in order to communicate with Apple’s servers, it’s considered to be pirated content. It was made possible because of a preliminary (not yet public) jailbreak for the iPhone 4S. The developer says he did it to understand the technology that makes it work, and has no intention of distributing the pirated content. He did add that he has no doubt that others will package and distribute it “quasi-legally.”Whatever your thoughts are on the eventual distribution of the port, this further narrows down the possible reasons for Apple’s keeping Siri off of other devices. As you can see in the video below, Siri appears to work just as well on the iPhone 4 as it does on the 4S. This rules out performance concerns as a reason for the exclusivity:The two most likely remaining motives for Apple’s snubbing of older devices are: wanting to spare the Siri servers from millions of older devices, and having a sexy ‘killer feature’ to help sell the 4S.So will Apple be able to identify and block the older devices from accessing their servers? I would imagine that they will do anything in their power, including sending lawyers after the distributors. But, as they haven’t exactly been able to squash the distribution of cracked App Store apps for jailbroken devices, we’ll see how successful they are in that. If nothing else, we may see jailbreak exploits patched quicker than ever by the Cupertino company.Below is one more video, showing the port working on an iPod touch:via 9to5Maclast_img read more

The OVO4 takes home flight simulation to a new level

first_imgIn October last year I reported on what had to be the ultimate in home flight simulation. It was a custom build consisting of 6 displays,realistic cockpit controls and a seat straight out of a real plane. The only thing it didn’t do was simulate movement, but I don’t think that would really break the feeling of realism.Today, I may have found a successor to the custom build. It doesn’t use as many displays, but it does fully enclose the player in an egg-shaped cockpit, and most importantly, it moves, meaning that decent to the runway will feel all the more real.The OVO-04 is made by Virtual Fly who advertise it as a plug&play flight simulator that is very quiet and free of the need for a keyboard and mouse inside. It even has the PC shipped with it as a separate module containing the FSX software required to make it function.Serious flight simulation fans are most likely drooling right about now. Inside you’ll find 3 24-inch widescreen displays above an array of cockpit controls, instruments, and pedals. As it’s an enclosed unit, the integrated speaker system should make for a realistic sound experience too. It even has a light intensity system to match the lighting inside the cockpit with the time of day or night you are flying.The OVO-4 ships with Microsoft Flight Simulator X, so we assume its going to work with other flight simulation software too because it must be running Windows.If you want one, you had better start saving. The OVO-04 is listed for pre-order in the UK at Firebox for £35,995. That’s around $57,500, or $46,000 before sales tax. Yes, it’s a lot, but if you go home every night and sit playing on a flight sim for hours, it might actually be worth the investment, right?More at Virtual Fly, via Thinqlast_img read more

Official Kinect dev kit comes to Windows on February 1st

first_imgThe popularity of Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller has surprised pretty much everyone. It has managed to sell 18 million units in the 13 months it has been on sale, plus it has been popular with hackers eager to see what they can get it to do away from the Xbox 360.Microsoft responded to that inquisitive bunch by releasing a Kinect for Windows development kit last June. It was free to download and use, and a temporary solution while an official, and commercial game development-friendly version was developed.Yesterday, Microsoft made the official announcement that Kinect for Windows is ready to go and will be released on February 1st. It will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and of course the US. The launch of Kinect for Windows comes with both good and bad news. The bad is the fact it will cost $250 and isn’t compatible with the Xbox 360 version of Kinect. So you can’t just buy the development kit and use it with your existing motion sensor, or vice-versa, your development Kinect can’t be used to play 360 motion games. The good news is Microsoft will be offering academic pricing ($149) for students and education establishments that want to use the kit. Microsoft’s argument for the high price and lack of compatibility between the two versions is two-fold. Apparently Kinect on 360 only works financially as it relies on consumers buying the Kinect games too. Kinect for Windows is also including more functionality so as to create “a platform that is optimized for scenarios beyond the living room.”The additional features Microsoft is pushing as part of the kit include support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Embedded systems. There’s also a new dongle included in the kit to ensure Kinect works alongside other USB peripherals you may have attached to your machine. The one new feature everyone will welcome is called “Near Mode” and allows the Kinect to see objects as close as 50cm perfectly, and 40cm with degradation. If nothing else, Near Mode should open up the Kinect to new uses not possible on the 360.If you are happy using the Xbox Kinect and beta SDK you can continue doing so. Microsoft has even extended the license for existing non-commercial deployments using the beta SDK by 3 years, however new deployments won’t be allowed with the 360 kit using the new SDK.Read more at the Kinect for Windows Bloglast_img read more

Woman controls robot arm with only her thoughts

first_imgRobots are pretty cool, and for all our subconscious fears that they will one day rise up against us, the robots are pretty firmly under our control. In fact, the technology is emerging to allow robots to be controlled directly with the human brain. In this video from the scientific journal Nature, a paralyzed woman uses a brain-machine interface to control a robot arm, and it’s really fantastic.Scientists have been working on bridging the gap between flesh and machine for years, but this is the first time a human has been able to use a robot arm to manipulate a 3-dimensional object by thought alone. Past experiments went so far as controlling a computer cursor. The key is the BrainGate interface, which consists of a small electrode connected to a bundle of gold wires. The electrode is implanted in the patient’s brain (in the motor cortex to be exact). The signal is then transmitted up the wires, and read by a computer.The patient will have to train the software to understand what each pattern of thought means. To make the robotic arm open its hand, the computer has to learn to identify what that brain wave pattern looks like in an individual’s brain. This is a potential boon for paralysis patients because the damage that causes paralysis is usually in the spinal cord. Getting the data directly from the brain bypasses any nerve damage further out in the nervous system.What you see in this video is just the beginning. Researchers hope to make the BrainGate chip implant smaller and develop wireless connections rather than have wires snaking out of people’s skulls. Even at this early stage, it’s pretty wonderful to watch.via ExtremeTechlast_img read more

Intel releases x86 system image for Android 40

first_imgWhen developing Android apps, or just evaluating the features of a new software build, it doesn’t always make sense to load the bits onto a physical device. That’s what desktop emulators are good for. Because mobile devices and desktop PCs are running such different hardware, emulation has been sluggish until now. Intel has, at long last, released an x86 system image for the emulator. That far-off cheer you’re hearing is the sound of every Android developer on Earth celebrating.The bottom line here is that with a real x86 system image, the emulator will no longer be dog slow. Android devices run on the ARM architecture with chips from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Nvidia. Your desktop PC, however, uses the x86 architecture with an Intel or AMD chip. The overhead in emulating the ARM environment on x86 causes numerous bugs.As devices have scaled up to 720p and beyond, it has become near impossible to use the emulator. The more pixels you need to push, the slower things are. This has made developing for tablets extremely slow. In fact, many developers have just taken to installing test builds on physical devices instead of emulating.The new system image is available in the Android SDK Manager and is based on Android 4.0.3, which is the version of Ice Cream Sandwich Google has seeded to OEMs. Just refresh the SDK packages if you have it installed, and the Intel system image should be under API level 15. Anyone that’s looking to do some development for one of the upcoming Intel-based Android devices will also have an easier time working out the kinks with this system image.via Android Centrallast_img read more

Microsoft Worldwide Telescope brings the universe to your computer

first_imgMicrosoft doesn’t get a lot of credit for being innovative, but its Microsoft Research lab actually develops a ton of awesome technology. Of particular interest to readers of Geek, is sure to be the Worldwide Telescope project, which Microsoft is undertaking with the help of telescopes all around the world, and even orbiting it. New content is added frequently, most recently data from NASA’s Planck mission. If you’ve never taken a look at this project, now is a great time.The Worldwide Telescope is an effort to construct a massive map of the universe. Microsoft Research has assembled astronomical data from scientists all over the world to build a 3D model that users can actually fly through. NASA’s Hubble Images are used liberally, and Microsoft hopes to incorporate data from the James Webb Telescope when it launches in a few years. You’ll be able to do flybys of any star, nebula, or planet astronomers have gathered data on.This is more than just a bunch of pretty images, though. There is real data backing this simulation that makes it useful from the elementary school level, all the way up to graduate studies. It has support for visible light, but also X-ray and infrared observations.Microsoft Research has also built The Worldwide Telescope with touch interactions in mind. Desktop mouse controls aren’t forgotten, but pinch-zooming is being held up as the best way to use the maps. The product is currently limited to desktops, but a mobile version is expected soon.Microsoft has created an API that will allow developers and educators to build custom “stellar tours” entirely within The Worldwide Telescope. It can run in a web browser on PC or Mac, but Silverlight is required. There is also a Windows client that can be installed. Maybe not ideal for everyone, but you can’t argue with a free trip across the universe.last_img read more

Poll Do you leave appliances running when you are not at home

first_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto By Fora Staff Feb 12th 2018, 12:46 PM Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto Yes, routinely (4823) https://jrnl.ie/3847737 THE ADVENT OF modern household appliances was intended to free us up from excessive time at home watching the laundry go round.But do you – with the exception of the fridge – routinely put on appliances to complete their run after you have left the house? Or perhaps you feel the need to be there the entire time, for safety or some other reasons. (If that’s the case, we’d like to hear your reasoning in the comments.)Do you leave household appliances running when you leave the home? Poll Results: Yes, routinelySometimesPrefer not toDepends on the applianceVote Depends on the appliance (1291) Monday 12 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM 36,883 Views Prefer not to (3739) Share1 Tweet Email Sometimes (3168) 41 Comments Poll: Do you leave appliances running when you are not at home? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition as it

first_imgThe minister should stop interfering in the work of the Committee. He should adhere to the process he set up and respect the outcome of the Committee.He said the minister will have plenty of time to respond to the committee’s final report when it is debated by the Dáil and Seanad later this month.O’Broin said Coveney’s attempts to influence the outcome of the committee’s deliberations is “wrong and smacks of desperation”.The committee of 20 TDs is expected to finalise its report either tomorrow or next week ahead of a Dáil vote which is due to take place by the end of March.Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate?>Read: Innocent motorists in serious road accidents 5 years ago still ‘haven’t seen a cent’> By Christina Finn Breaching confidence and supply agreementCoveney said Fine Gael were not breaching the confidence and supply agreement (the deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael which essentially keeps the government in power).The agreement was never intended to instruct a minister to act contrary to the advice of the Attorney General, he said.We will continue to abide by it and I hope Fianna Fáil will too.The agreement states that the government will “facilitate the passage of legislation” for the implementation of the recommendations in relation to domestic water charging (whether it be abolition, a reformed charging regime or other options).This line was put to the minister this evening and he was asked what would happen if the Oireachtas approved and voted in favour of the abolition of the water charges regime.“Facilitating is not the same as introducing,” he clarified.“What I am saying is I cannot introduce legislation that I regard as effectively illegal.”‘Bullying’ the committeeSinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin has accused the minister of “trying to bully the Oireachtas Water Committee”.Tonight’s intervention by Minister Coveney prior to the Committee concluding our business is wholly inappropriate. He is trying to bully the Committee with exaggerated claims on the supposed illegality of complete abolition of water charges. Simon Coveney speaking to reporters at Leinster House this evening. http://jrnl.ie/3264314 139 Comments Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Feb 28th 2017, 10:00 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Coveney said Fine Gael is willing to compromise, but added that other parties have to be prepared to follow suit. Share158 Tweet Email1 Coveney says he will not introduce water charges legislation that will incur penalties from the EU pic.twitter.com/uNnsnt5XP1— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 28, 2017 Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition ‘as it would be illegal’ The Housing Minister was talking tough tonight, but said Fine Gael were not in breach of confidence and supply agreement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,471 Views Coveney is digging in tonight – he won’t legislate water committee agreement if it doesn’t include excessive water charge use pic.twitter.com/Btykj1IZo5— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 28, 2017 We have compromised on the Fine Gael view very significantly, and we’re asking other parties seeking a working solution to do the same.“If that compromise involves exposing the State to legal action, I don’t think as an office holder I can facilitate that,” said the minister.Fianna Fáil’s positionHe said Fianna Fáil had hardened its position on the issue, and accused the party of altering its stance on charges in recent days.“What Fianna Fáil seem to be saying today is that it is okay by them for the general taxpayer to waste water – that wasn’t the Fianna Fáil position until a few days ago.”Coveney insisted tonight that the work of the committee isn’t finished, adding that he still wants consensus.When asked what the outcome would be if the committee’s final recommendation was for the total abolition of all water charges, he said:I would be very surprised if Fianna Fáil asked a government minister to introduce something that was against the AG’s [Attorney General’s] advice. Short URL While a final decision is expected tomorrow or next week it is clear that the Government is losing the argument. We cannot ignore independent legal advice… it is hugely irresponsible to ask us to do that. HOUSING MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said he will not legislate for the water committee’s agreement if it doesn’t include a charge for excessive usage.The majority of those on the Oireachtas joint committee on the future funding of water services have indicated that they are in favour of abolishing domestic charges and are opposed to charging for the excessive use of water.In a private meeting, TDs discussed the committee’s draft report with Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and AAA-PBP agreeing that there should be no re-introduction of charges.“I will not introduce legislation that potentially exposes the country to very severe penalties and fines from the European Commission – I won’t do that,” Coveney told reporters tonight.EU lawLast year, the European Commission said Ireland will be in breach of European law should it remove the charges completely.“We have clear advice from Attorney General’s Office, I have legal advice from my own department and the expert commission’s advice that was very clear – and we have a European Commission that has shown flexibility and willingness to work with Ireland, but are also clear that there has to be some consequences for households wasting large amounts of water,” he said. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Simon Coveney speaking to reporters at Leinster House this evening.last_img read more

Publicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modern

first_img Share223 Tweet Email EVERY YEAR, BEMUSED tourists stand outside closed pubs in Temple Bar in Dublin on Good Friday.They don’t understand or haven’t heard that there are two days in the calendar year that Irish pubs close – and one of them is around Easter time. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubePublicans have long campaigned for the law to be scrapped. Every year, the Minister for Justice of the day is asked if it will happen on their watch.Today, the two main representative groups, the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) have called on the government to immediately introduce legislation to treat Good Friday as an ordinary trading day for pubs, restaurants and hotels.Last year, they made a similar call, arguing that there was a particular impetus to lift the ban due to the 1916 centenary celebrations and the Ireland versus Switzerland friendly soccer international.However, the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald didn’t budge on the issue and ruled out any changes.Speaking at the launch of their campaign, Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA said the rationale for a change to the law was compelling. Deirdre Devitt, President, LVA and Pat Crotty, President, VFI. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyHe said the law hasn’t been changed in 90 years, stating that it is “no longer appropriate for a modern era”. Last year, O’Keeffe said tourists were dumbstruck to find that after paying for flights to Ireland, they could not buy a drink in an Irish bar.“One man from the United States pointed out that in his country there was a separation of Church and State and that’s what one would expect in a modern democracy. Others pointed out the negative effect on local business. So this shows the fallacy of the government’s claim to be pro-business,” said O’Keeffe.The group’s estimate businesses lose between €30 and €40 million by closing on Good Friday.Padraig Cribben CEO of the VFI said the public view the law as being completely out-of-date and publicans believe there is broad support for the law to be amended. Feb 6th 2017, 6:00 PM Publicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modern Ireland Publicans have made a fresh appeal for the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday to be lifted. In 2017, consumers should have the option to go out for a drink on Good Friday if they so choose. Indeed many are choosing to drink at home or organise house parties on the day. Friday itself is a very important trading day – for many publicans it accounts for 30% of their weekly business – and this is especially true of bank holiday weekends.“Publicans have been engaging with politicians on this issue for the last six years but the constant response is the issue will be addressed as part of a new Sale of Alcohol Bill. It’s as if ministers are living in never-never land while the rest of us have to live in the real world,” he said. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyCribbens said now is the time for politicians to show the political will to make the change, and made an appeal to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to introduce the necessary legislation in time for Easter 2017. O’Keeffe said the groups have not received any negative feedback from either the unions or from health lobbyists on the issue.He added that publicans are only campaigning for pubs to be allowed serve on Good Friday and said they were happy to remain closed on Christmas Day.Read: Where can I get a drink today?Read: As the off-licences were closing, we hit the streets to ask about the alcohol ban There is no case for the licensed trade to be treated differently to other retail businesses. Easter is a huge tourism weekend right across the country. Forcing pubs and all licensed hospitality businesses to close sends a very negative signal to tourists and visitors who are left baffled and disappointed by the measure. https://jrnl.ie/3224777 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 20,176 Views By Christina Finn 145 Comments Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:00 PMlast_img read more

May and Sturgeon discuss future of UK moronic Daily Mail headline focuses

first_img Mar 28th 2017, 7:49 AM It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail. pic.twitter.com/V3RpFSgfnO— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3310317 The 1950s called and asked for their headline back.#everydaysexism https://t.co/s1W1XfhrhN— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) March 27, 2017 40,812 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter Source: Ed Miliband/Twitter Source: Yvette Cooper/Twitter Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said that the headline was something from the 1950s while current leader Jeremy Corbyn said such attitudes should be consigned to history.center_img Share349 Tweet Email3 93 Comments May and Sturgeon discuss future of UK – ‘moronic’ Daily Mail headline focuses on their legs “The 1950s called and asked for the headline back,” said former Labour leader Ed Miliband. THE UK EDITION of the Daily Mail has come in for sharp criticism over its front page headline today, covering yesterday’s meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The future of the union was a topic for debate yesterday ahead of May triggering Article 50 to get the Brexit ball rolling, and the Mail ran with the headline: “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” alongside a picture of the pair sitting while facing the cameras.Inside, a column from Sarah Vine dissects the issue of the pair’s legs in great detail, claiming that Sturgeon positioned her legs in a “more flirty, tantalisingly crossed” way, in a “direct attempt at seduction” towards the Scottish electorate.Labour MPs led the criticism against the Daily Mail, calling it sexist, moronic and offensive.MP Yvette Cooper said that these women would help to determine in the union continues to exist, and ironically said that the headline would “obviously” be about their legs in 2017, while MP Harriet Harman echoed this sentiment. Short URL It’s 2017. Two women’s decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously pic.twitter.com/AMp0YvtISa— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) March 27, 2017 The Scottish edition of the Mail led with the same picture but an altogether different headline: “Oh so frosty! Secrets of Nicola and PM’s talk-in”. The Irish edition focused on May’s decision not to visit Northern Ireland before Wednesday.There was further condemnation across social media for the headline from members of the public.Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, which will begin Brexit negotiations with the EU.Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, has asked colleagues to support a vote to hold another referendum on Scottish independence, after a majority in the country voted to remain in the EU.Last week, the Irish and UK editions of the Daily Mail ran very different stories on the death of Martin McGuinness.Read: Over half of people don’t support the Bus Éireann strikeRead: Tánaiste to brief cabinet today on latest garda controversies with no-confidence vote looming Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:49 AM Source: Harriet Harman/Twitter Moronic! And we are in 2017! pic.twitter.com/LTGEZdtNo3— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) March 27, 2017last_img read more

Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of

first_img 32,934 Views http://jrnl.ie/3448649 No Comments Jun 16th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URL A WOMAN WHO sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter cried as the judge explained his reasoning but remained stoic when the verdict was read.Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.The judge ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and she can’t leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.Carter was 17 when she sent Roy dozens of messages urging him to take his own life in July 2014. Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. In one message Carter wrote:I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!Prosecutors said that in addition to bombarding Roy with text messages, Carter also gave Roy advice when he got out of the truck as he was inhaling the gas and told her he was scared. “Get back in,” she told him, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.‘You just have to do it’An involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought in Massachusetts when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm.Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, said Carter was a “very troubled youngster” who suffered from depression. At the time of Roy’s death, Carter was taking Celexa, an antidepressant Breggin said targets the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls empathy and decision-making. Source: Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffBreggin said Carter was in the grips of a “grandiose” delusion that she alone could help Roy find his way to heaven and she would care for his family.Prosecutors focused on a series of text messages Carter sent Roy in the days before he killed himself.  On the day of his suicide, Carter wrote to Roy:You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.Prosecutors have argued the text messages support their claim that Carter caused Roy’s death by recklessly helping him poison himself.Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely consisted of text messages and emails.Read: Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself via texts goes on trial> By Associated Press Image: Faith Ninivaggi Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of manslaughter Michelle Carter faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison. Image: Faith Ninivaggi Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:47 PM Share19 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Judge rules that Brendan Dasseys confession was coerced and he should be

first_img Share1180 Tweet Email11 By Sean Murray Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 10:05 PM Image: Morry Gash AP/Press Association Images 71,562 Views Image: Morry Gash AP/Press Association Images Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3459198 Judge rules that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced and he should be freed The only option left to authorities is to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court. A THREE-JUDGE Federal appeals panel in the US has ruled that the confession of Brendan Dassey to a murder in 2005 was improperly obtained, and he should be released from prison.Dassey was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007. He had told investigators that he had helped his uncle Steven Avery rape and kill the photographer in the family’s scrap yard in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.The story of Avery and Dassey gained a global audience with the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer.A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and overturned his conviction.The state Justice Department appealed the ruling in a move that kept Dassey, now 27, behind bars pending the outcome.With the latest ruling from the three-judge Federal panel, the only option for the State of Wisconsin if they wish to keep Dassey incarcerated is to appeal to the US Supreme Court.Johnny Koremenos, a spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office expects to seek review by the full 7th Circuit or the US Supreme Court, and hopes “that today’s erroneous decision will be reversed.”“We continue to send our condolences to the Halbach family as they have to suffer through another attempt by Mr Dassey to re-litigate his guilty verdict and sentence,” Koremenos said.Laura Nirider, a lawyer who aided Dassey’s defense, called it “a victory for Brendan.”Avery and Dassey contend they were framed by police angry with Avery for suing Manitowoc County over his wrongful conviction for sexual assault.Avery spent 18 years in prison in that case before DNA tests showed he didn’t commit the crime. He’s pursuing his own appeal in state court.Following the airing of Making a Murderer on Netflix, a massive following on social media began pushing for the pair’s release.Authorities who worked on the cases insisted the documentary is biased. Ken Kratz, the prosecutor, wrote in his book “Avery” that Dassey was “a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut” who could have saved Halbach’s life but instead involved himself in her rape and murder and Avery is “by any measure of the evidence, stone guilty.”With reporting from the Associated PressRead: Dean Strang on Steven Avery: ‘I’m very hopeful that they will discover new evidence and get him back in court’Read: Nearly 24 hours from freedom, Brendan Dassey’s release from prison has been blocked Jun 22nd 2017, 10:05 PM 55 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31

first_imgNo one eligible for status will be barred from re-entering the UK when free movement ends.They encouraged EU citizens and their families to apply to the scheme as soon as possible, but added: “For those who haven’t applied when free movement ends, they will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services and will be able to prove these in the same way as they do now.”Employment rights In terms of employment rights, the spokesperson said: The law is absolutely clear that employers must not discriminate on the grounds of nationality both as a current and a prospective employer. “Employers should continue to conduct right-to-work checks in the same way as they do now in compliance with the current statutory codes of practice,” they added, referencing the December 2020 deadline to apply to the scheme. The spokesperson said arrangements for EU citizens and their families who arrive in the UK after free movement ends will be outlined by the Home Office soon.Of the one million-plus people who have been granted status through the resettlement scheme by 31 July, two-thirds received settled status, generally as they had been resident in the UK for five years or more, with one-third being granted pre-settled status.Up to the end of last month, 958,000 applications had been received from England, 51,600 from Scotland, 15,600 from Wales and 12,900 from Northern Ireland.Pre-settled status is granted to people who confirm that they been in the country for less than five years. This aligns with EU law whereby someone receives permanent residence status after five years.Once EU citizens and their families have five years’ residence in Britain, they can apply for settled status, which grants them leave on an indefinite basis.“Nobody has been granted pre-settled status without first being offered, and declining, the opportunity to submit evidence that they qualify for settled status,” the Home Office spokesperson said. They added that, up to at least the end of June, no one who applied for status had been refused. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: File photo Sep 1st 2019, 7:31 AM Source: Nora Mulready/Twitter Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 7:30 AM Mulready said she was also told that if an EU citizen is out of the country if and when a no-deal scenario happens, “it will not be easy for them to come back into Britain”.When asked about these claims, a Home Office spokesperson said “some inaccurate reporting has suggested that, once freedom of movement ends after Brexit, EU citizens resident in the UK will be left in ‘legal limbo’”.“EU citizens and their families are welcome to stay and there are no changes to the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme,” a statement noted.The spokesperson said an EU citizen who already lives in the UK but is abroad if and when free movement ends, “would still be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme” (as would their family). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Image: Shutterstock/Fasttailwind Image: Shutterstock/Fasttailwind 35 Comments By Órla Ryan Short URL Share40 Tweet Email5 52,801 Views What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31 October? Concerns have been raised about the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the status of European citizens living in Britain. THE HOME OFFICE has denied claims that the deadline for EU citizens who live in the UK to apply to remain there post-Brexit has changed.Britain is due to leave the European Union on 31 October, with or without a deal.Concerns have been raised in recent days about the impact a no-deal scenario could have on the future status of European citizens living in the UK. Through the EU Settlement Scheme, EU, EEA (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Swiss citizens can apply to remain in the UK after Brexit. People who were born in the UK but are not a British citizen can also apply.Irish citizens, individuals with ‘indefinite leave to remain’ status, and people who are exempt from immigration control such as foreign diplomats, do not need to apply.More than one million of the 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK have applied to the scheme to date and been granted settled or pre-settled status. This means their rights are secured under UK law. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the British government has said. The scheme made headlines during the week after a government ad was banned from the airwaves because the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled that it was “misleading”.The radio ad stated in April that in order to apply to the scheme people just required a passport or an ID card.As part of the application process, people need to prove their identity and address, show how long they have lived in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.‘Legal limbo’ Meanwhile, some people seeking information about the scheme say they have been given conflicting information about deadlines and their right-to-work post-Brexit. A spokesperson for the Home Office told TheJournal.ie the above deadlines remain in effect.Nora Mulready, a former Change UK MEP candidate for London, said she was recently told by the EU Settlement Scheme office that the rights of EU citizens who had not applied to the scheme before 31 October “could not be guaranteed” from 1 November onwards.Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier this month said that freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will end overnight on 31 October, despite previous plans for a transition period, in the event of a no-deal scenario.Mulready said she was told all EU citizens should aim to apply to the scheme by 31 October as, if freedom of movement is ended, “they’ll find themselves in difficulty”. https://jrnl.ie/4786991 .@ukhomeoffice response to me was essentially ‘everything will be fine’, but they’ve *still* (10 days later) not said *how.* How will EU citizens who have not applied for Settled Status by 31st Oct prove they are entitled to live & work in Britain if FOM ends on 1st Nov. How? https://t.co/WUwUMpwuys— Nora Mulready (@NoraMulready) August 29, 2019last_img read more

Tragedy strikes as Greek murdered on dancefloor

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An 18-year-old man has been remanded in custody over the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Phillip Halipilias at Brisbane nightclub, Alexandra Hills Hotel. Callam Keys, 18, was charged on Thursday with the murder of Mr Halipilias and will reappear in court on July 21. According to Detective Superintendent Tony Cross who is investigating the case, Mr Halipilias died following an argument last Saturday between two small groups of men. Police alleged that he was stabbed in the upper body and although  paramedics were called to the scene, they were unable to revive him. Mr Halipilias and his parents, Sophie and Steve, and brother Spiro, only moved from Melbourne 18 months ago. His family described him as cheeky, honest and fun-loving, and someone who loved music and dancing. Spiro Halipilias said of his younger brother that “there’s always been scuffles and fist-fights but I never felt in danger when I was with my brother.Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there for him this time.”Halipilias’ father called for the introduction of metal detectors, not just at the Alexandra Hills Hotel, but all venues which were known for unruly patrons. “I honestly believe there should be something done about it,” he said. “Why can you bring weapons into a place you go to?  Who would want to have what happened to Phil to happen to someone else?” Alexandra Hills Hotel owner Tom McGuire said that if metal detectors were deemed necessary, he would introduce them.last_img read more

Greeces unemployment rises to 207 per cent

first_imgGreece’s jobless rate rose to a fresh quarterly record of 20.7 percent in the last three months of 2012, reflecting the country’s deep economic malaise, exacerbated by austerity to repair public finances and emerge from a debt crisis. Greece secured a new 130 billion euro bailout from its euro zone partners and the IMF this week, after agreeing further painful budget cuts. But the labour market’s sharp deterioration is feeding public discontent and hurting consumer confidence. On Thursday, statistics agency ELSTAT data showed jobs being shed at a fast pace as unemployment rose from 17.7 percent in the third quarter and 14.2 percent in the last quarter of 2010.“The quarterly unemployment data reflect the deepening pace of the domestic economic contraction. Considering that unemployment is a lagging indicator, we should not rule out a further rise in the jobless rate in the months ahead,» said EFG Eurobank economist Platon Monokroussos. Young people have been hardest hit by the country’s protracted economic recession. Almost four in ten people in the 15-to-29 age group were out of work, data showed, up from 28 percent in the same period a year earlier. One of the worst affected economic sectors is construction, where employment dropped 19 percent year-on-year. Greece’s 215 billion euro economy slumped by 7 percent in 2011 and is projected to remain in recession for a fifth consecutive year in 2012. The economic downturn is making it harder for the government to meet revenue targets and cut the budget gap, raising the risk that further belt-tightening may be necessary.“It will be difficult to stabilise the trend in the first half of 2012. The main hopes for a slowdown in the trend rest on the summer months when there may be an improved picture because of tourism and exports,» said National Bank economist Nikos Magginas. ELSTAT said the number officially unemployed reached 1,025,877 in the fourth quarter, an increase of 44.1 percent year-on-year and of 16.8 percent from the third quarter. Greece’s December unemployment rate was almost double the 17-country euro zone’s seasonally adjusted average of 10.6 percent, but is still lower than 22.9 percent seen in Spain in the fourth quarter. Greek unemployment figures are not seasonally adjusted.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Govt neglects seniors claims Mikakos

first_imgThe rising cost of living is causing extra strain on our most vulnerable, says MP Jenny Mikakos. The Shadow Minister for Seniors has accused the Napthine Government for avoiding it’s responsibilities with seniors and cutting funding where it’s needed most. “Premier Napthine, just like Ted Baillieu, has left senior Victorians and those on fixed incomes off the list of government priorities,” Ms Mikakos said. Ms Mikakos has accused the government of “making life harder” by seeking to privatise public aged care facilities, cutting state bill concessions for pensioners and cutting $75 million from the public sector residential aged care budget. Recently during the Federal Election, many pensioners took to State Parliament to protest over being ignored by the government. The group was made up of many ethnically diverse pensioners rallying for a rise in the fortnightly pension. The pension rate is currently $808.40 for singles, and $1,218.80 for couples per fortnight. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Arthur G keeping it local

first_imgSince Arthur G’s humble beginnings in a suburban garage in 1979, the furniture company has come a long way. What started as a mere hobby for Greek migrant Arthur Georgopoulos has developed into an upmarket brand now recognised worldwide. “He would spend some time in his garage when he had spare time making and designing furniture. “For a few weeks he hit the road and drove around with the station wagon, showing retailers. One decided to try it on consignment, they sold one and it was a flow-on effect,” explains Leonard Georgopoulos, who came aboard the family business 10 years ago as managing director.Now in his 60s, although Arthur continues to play a significant role in the design process, the overall aesthetic has admittedly changed, evolving with global trends. “Our products have become more contemporary. Most pieces are quite timeless, so they’re designed to still look good after 10 or so years. With our end of the market you are investing in quality and well-made furniture,” Leonard tells Neos Kosmos.Along with the brand’s core range of sofas, chairs, beds and shelving, the company, endeavouring to cater to each customer’s need, also offer the service of custom and bespoke pieces.More recently, the company joined forces with some of the world’s best designers and interior architects, including Diane Bergeron and Alexander Lotersztain, to create exclusive and limited edition collections. Passionate about continuing his father’s work, while endeavouring to leave a mark of his own on the company, the managing director has maintained the quality of the brand while expanding its presence. Predominantly a wholesaler, the 35-year-old has given Arthur G a greater retail presence, now with showrooms around the country in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.“When I came in I decided that we needed to control our own destiny and that Arthur G the brand was a manufacturer but could also become a retailer. “This way we control the entire chain of events, and deal with the end user as well.”An important step for the company has been its environmental certification, having received the GECA Environmental Choice Award in 2008. Using only the best quality raw materials and exquisite fabrics and natural leathers from around the world, customers can rest assured that all aspects of the manufacturing process are eco-friendly. This has also made their product appealing for a number of commercial projects, including Hamilton Island Airport, Hayman Island Resort, Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, and Village Cinemas. But the real key to success for Arthur G appears to be in staying true to their roots.While evolving with the times and catering to the consumer’s needs and wants, they have remained true to themselves, careful not to steer away from where the passion stems: Australian quality craftsmanship. “What plays an important role in our aesthetic is the craftsmanship, the way we bring it all together. When we design something we also have in mind that the build and workmanship have to be right. You could say it’s contemporary design, but at the same time it’s got classic and timeless ties and is suitable for any setting.”Despite the trade liberalisation of the 1980s, when the bulk of manufacturing started its transition offshore, Arthur G has held its ground, designed and constructed from start to finish in the Victorian suburb of Huntingdale, as it was some 35 years ago.“To manufacture and design furniture here in Australia is quite niche, especially at our end of the market – there’s not many of us and to be honest, in the last few years there’s probably been a shift back and a real appreciation for a good Australian-made product.”Which is precisely what Arthur G is all about.Having gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years, Leonard’s passion for the brand and the industry as a whole is unquestionable. “We believe people should be embracing an Australian-made product as opposed to products that are made in South East Asia.“We have some very skilled tradespeople in Australia. The talent’s there, so we’re going to continue to nurture that and continue to expand and grow the Australian market.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Athens International Airport profits €14005m in 2017

first_imgAthens International Airport (ΑΙΑ) Eleftherios Venizelos has reportedly reached a net profit of 140.05 million euros in 2017, over eight million euros more than 2016’s 132.4 million.Moreover, operational revenues reached 433.5 million euros, up by 6.61 per cent compared to 2016, attributed mainly to the increase in passenger traffic and improved commercial sales.A dividend to shareholders will not be issued, however, citing an extension of the current concession contract with the Greek state binding AIA over €1.35bn, Naftemporiki reports.Greece’s busiest airport still needs to make up for the €79.9m fee the Greek state imposed on 2016 for “airport improvement and development”.Meanwhile, profits from duty-free shopping across Greece are also seeing an increase. Most purchases linked with a return of VAT for consumers visiting from non-EU countries – continued to post an annual growth rate of roughly 20 per cent, in terms of value of transactions, and up to 30 per cent  over the Jan-July 2018 period.Surprisingly, even though profits from the tax-free shopping sector in Greece are increasing year-round, the same does not happen to the average daily spending per tourist which has dropped a whopping 25 per cent, compared to 2016. On average, a tourist woulds spend €50 in 2017, €70 down from the previous year.Based on a report released by Global Blue Hellas, Chinese and US nationals comprise nearly half of the total number of tax free shopping sales in the country. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greeces sex tourism gets boost with Cretes annual swingers convention

first_imgHundreds of swingers have arrived on Crete for the 5th annual 6-day swingers’ event taking place on the island.The swingers holiday will be attended by 177 couples who will descend to a 5-star luxury hotel in Stalida, a village between the coastal mecca of Malia and Hersonissos on the north coast of Crete.The inaugural event that took place five years ago, drew a lot of controversy as locals were worried about the type of tourism they were drawing as swingers  indulged in their sexual fantasies.The erotic event, however, is very discreet and the orgies and sexual feasting take place far from prying eyes.Locals have benefited from the boost in the local economy with restaurants, bars, lingerie shops and even hair salons profiting from the affluent visitors that hail from Canada, the United States, Latin America, interspersed with a few local couples.Below is a video reportage by Proto Thema:  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La plus grande réserve marine du monde créée par la GrandeBretagne dans

first_imgLa plus grande réserve marine du monde créée par la Grande-Bretagne dans l’océan Indien, découvrez les imagesArchipel des Chagos – Le Royaume-Uni vient de donner son feu vert pour la création de la plus grande réserve naturelle marine du monde. C’est autour des îles Chagos, dans l’océan Indien, que cette réserve s’étendra sur 400.000 km2.Comparée à la Grande barrière de corail d’Australie par les écologistes, la réserve sera située à l’ouest des Seychelles, au sud des Maldives. Comme l’a précisé le secrétaire d’État aux Affaires étrangères David Miliband, elle comprendra une zone interdite à la pêche à des fins commerciales.Les 55 îles Chagos appartiennent à la Grande-Bretagne depuis 1814 et sont célèbres pour leurs récifs de corail comme pour leurs populations de thons jaunes, de tortues ou de crabes de cocotier. D’après le gouvernement britannique, les eaux de l’archipel abritent une soixantaine d’espèces protégées. S’étendant sur quelque 400.000 km², cette zone marine préservée “doublera la surface des océans placés sous protection dans le monde”, a souligné David Miliband.Une seule île de l’archipel est aujourd’hui habitée, Diego Garcia. Grande de 27 km², elle est devenue une base militaire sur laquelle vivent environ 1.700 soldats américains, 1.500 employés civils et une cinquantaine de Britanniques. Pour ce faire, la Grande-Bretagne a expulsé dans les années 1960 et 1970, les 2.000 habitants de l’île.Aujourd’hui, les Chagossiens expulsés se battent toujours pour récupérer leurs terres et voient d’un très mauvais œil la création de la réserve marine. Ils accusent le Royaume-Uni de lancer ce projet pour les empêcher de revenir sur leur île.Découvrir la faune des Chagos en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/archipel-de-chagos/la-faune-des-les-chagos_art5550.html#Le 6 avril 2010 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Grenelle des ondes dévoile son premier état des lieux

first_imgLe Grenelle des ondes dévoile son premier état des lieuxUn rapport publié hier et faisant suite au Grenelle des ondes établit un premier état des lieux de l’exposition aux ondes dans neuf quartiers pilotes. Il donne également certaines recommandations concernant l’implantation de nouvelles antennes relais. Publié hier, le rapport a été rédigé par le député de l’Isère François Brottes, président du Comité opérationnel (Comop), installé après la table ronde du Grenelle des ondes organisée en 2009. Cet état des lieux “a montré des niveaux d’exposition entre 0,1 et 5 Volt/mètre alors que les valeurs limites réglementaires sont de 41V/m”, ont relevé les ministères de l’Ecologie et de l’Industrie où le rapport a été déposé.Les ministères reconnaissent toutefois l’existence de quelques zones “atypiques, où l’exposition est sensiblement plus élevée que la moyenne, tout en restant inférieure aux valeurs limites”. Ils précisent que “ces points atypiques doivent justifier un traitement spécifique”, en relevant que des simulations montrent qu’il est possible de réduire l’exposition “sans dégradation significative de la couverture”.A Paris, dans le XIVème arrondissement, le niveau d’exposition maximal mesuré “sur un des points les plus exposés” est de 5,86 volts par mètre et à Courbevoie, il atteint 8,01 volts par mètre, indique le rapport. Les autres mesures ont été effectuées dans le XVème arrondissement parisien et dans les villes de Grenoble (Isère), de Thiers (Puy-de-Dôme), de Kruth (Haut-Rhin), de Grand Champ (Morbihan), de Brest (Finistère) et de Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes), rapporte TV5monde.Un réseau moins bien couvert À lire aussi3G dans le métro, un danger pour la santé ?Pourtant, contrairement à ce qu’affirment les ministères, les simulations d’abaissement de puissance des antennes relais jusqu’à 0,6 volts par mètre qui ont été effectuées à Paris XIVème, à Grenoble et à Grand Champ, ont entraîné la détérioration de la couverture du réseau respectivement de 82%, de 44% et de 37% à l’intérieur des bâtiments. D’autres expérimentations doivent néanmoins être menées dans certains des quartiers pilotes cet automne.M. Brottes recommande ainsi dans le rapport de mettre à disposition des villes pilotes, la “boîte à outils” élaborée par le Comop pour améliorer la concertation autour des projets d’implantation d’antennes relais. Il est également recommandé de mettre “effectivement en place, dès 2012”, le dispositif instauré par les lois de Grenelle permettant à toute personne de faire mesurer gratuitement “le niveau des champs magnétiques dans son logement à proximité d’une antenne relais”. Autre recommandation importante : “engager des travaux de simulation sur l’impact d’antennes 4G”.Le 1 septembre 2011 à 13:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Microsoft SharePoint RIM lance une application pour BlackBerry

first_imgMicrosoft SharePoint : RIM lance une application pour BlackBerryLa suite logicielle professionnelle Microsoft SharePoint est désormais disponible sur les BlackBerry. L’application vient d’être mise en ligne par la firme canadienne Research in Motion (RIM).Sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) dédié à ses smartphones BlackBerry, RIM annonce l’arrivée de l’application Microsfoft SharePoint pour ses clients professionnels. Jusqu’alors, les utilisateurs des terminaux de RIM étaient contraints de passer par un site web pour pouvoir se connecter au service. À lire aussiPour Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, il y a 4 fois plus de Windows Phone vendus en 2012 qu’en 2011L’intérêt premier des Sharepoint 2007 et 2011 est le partage entre utilisateurs de divers documents qu’elle rend possible, et ce via l’utilisation de la passerelle du serveur d’entreprise sécurisé BlackBerry Enterprise Server.L’application offre, en outre, l’accès aux e-mails, au moteur de recherche, ainsi qu’au navigateur et au calendrier. Elle permet aussi de créer des documents Office et PDF,  modifiables grâce à l’application Documents To Go, intégrée nativement dans les smartphones BlackBerry. Enfin, la suite permet d’accéder et de mettre à jours ses blogs et wikis depuis son BlackBerry, ou de mener des recherches de contenus dans les sites SharePoint.Le 6 octobre 2011 à 20:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sida La prévention recule et lépidémie progresse en Europe

first_imgSida : La prévention recule et l’épidémie progresse en EuropeSelon le rapport annuel 2012 de l’Onusida, le monde connaît un net recul des décès dus au Sida et des nouvelles infections. Mais si effectivement le rythme des progrès s’accélère en Afrique subsaharienne et en Asie, l’Europe elle n’est pas à féliciter. Un rapport publié par l’ECDC et l’OMS met en évidence l’augmentation de la transmission du virus en Europe. En cette journée mondiale du Sida, rien de plus important que de redonner un coup de fouet à la lutte contre le VIH et de rappeler les mesures de prévention. Car le combat contre cette épidémie est loin d’être terminé, et ce aussi bien en Afrique, en Asie, qu’en Europe. C’est d’ailleurs peut-être dans cette dernière partie du globe qu’il faut faire le plus attention à ne pas baisser sa garde. En effet, si le rapport annuel 2012 de l’Onusida a révélé une diminution significative du nombre de morts et de nouvelles infections au niveau mondial, et si le nombre de nouvelles infections a baissé de plus de 50% en Afrique subsaharienne, l’Europe a elle enregistré une augmentation du nombre de personnes infectées. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerter”Le nombre de personnes vivant avec le VIH en Europe est en augmentation” a annoncé un rapport publié vendredi 30 novembre dernier par le Centre européen de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (ECDC) et l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). “Seul un patient sur quatre reçoit le traitement antirétroviral nécessaire dans la partie orientale de la région, c’est un des taux les plus bas du monde” a constaté la directrice régionale de l’OMS Europe. De plus, la moitié des européens séropositifs seraient dépistés tardivement, ce qui réduit l’efficacité des traitements et augmente les risques de transmission du virus.  “Si nous voulons réduire et prévenir la transmission du VIH à travers l’Europe, nous avons besoin d’investir et de promouvoir le conseil et le dépistage” a expliqué Marc Sprenger, le directeur de l’ECDC. Le 1 décembre 2012 à 13:35 • Amandine Demangelast_img read more

Utor le typhon sest abattu sur les Philippines

first_imgUtor : le typhon s’est abattu sur les PhilippinesLe typhon Utor a frappé les Philippines ce matin en provoquant des inondations et des glissements de terrain. A l’heure actuelle, 23 personnes sont portées disparus ont indiqué les autorités.Le typhon baptisé Utor qui s’est abattu sur les Philippines à 3h du matin (dimanche à 19H00 GMT) a causé la disparition de 23 personnes dont neuf pêcheurs qui ne sont toujours pas rentrés au port. Les vents qui pouvaient atteindre jusqu’à 200 km/h ont entraîné des inondations et des glissements de terrain, notamment dans la ville côtière de Casiguran, dans la province d’Aurora. La route principale qui mène à la ville s’étant effondrée, il est extrêmement difficile de s’y rendre.La télévision philippine a livré des images sur lesquelles on peut voir des maisons détruites, des arbres arrachés et des lignes électriques endommagées. Des pluies torrentielles ont également frappé la capitale, Manille, qui, par mesure de précaution a préféré garder la plupart des écoles de la ville fermées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Malheureusement, Utor risque de n’être que le premier typhon d’une longue série comme les Philippines en connaissent une vingtaine chaque année. Pour rappel, en décembre 2012, le typhon Bopha avait causé la mort de près de 2.000 personnes.Typhon : un phénomène localisé et destructeur Le typhon est un cyclone tropical, localisé en Asie de l’Est, par opposition aux dépressions semblables existant sur le globe comme les cyclones et les ouragans (Atlantique Nord et Pacifique Nord-Est). Ces trois phénomènes météorologiques naissent sur les océans de zones intertropicales et sont constitués de vents violents. Il s’agit, à l’origine, d’une dépression tropicale ayant évoluée en tempête puis en typhon selon la force des vents accompagnant le phénomène. Selon l’agence météorologique japonaise, il s’agit de la troisième catégorie pouvant atteindre ce type de perturbation dans cette partie du globe. L’autre institut de vigilance mesurant les phénomènes dans cette région, la Joint Typhoon Warning Center, lui ajoutant une quatrième catégorie, celle de Super Typhon, avec des vents pouvant atteindre les 120 nœuds, soit plus de 220 Km/heure.Le 12 août 2013 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Césarienne définition comment cela se passe et y atil des risques

first_imgCésarienne : définition, comment cela se passe, et y a-t-il des risques ?La césarienne est une technique chirurgicale permettant d’extraire le bébé lorsque l’accouchement par voie basse n’est pas possible.Qu’est-ce qu’une césarienne ?Pratiquée sous anesthésie péridurale ou rachianesthésique, cette intervention chirurgicale est réalisée par un obstétricien. Elle peut être programmée à l’avance dans certains cas précis : grossesse multiple, utérus cicatriciel, présentation non céphalique (siège), macrosomie fœtale, retard de croissance intra-utérin (RCIU), diabète gestationnel… En revanche, la césarienne peut s’inscrire dans le cadre d’un protocole d’urgence lorsque le travail naturel ne donne pas de résultats satisfaisants et qu’une souffrance fœtale, une procidence du cordon ou une rupture utérine sont observées. Dans tous les cas, l’extraction du bébé, effectuée dans un bloc opératoire répondant aux règles d’asepsie, nécessite une incision abdominale pour atteindre l’utérus.Comment se déroule une césarienne ?Lorsque la césarienne a fait l’objet d’une programmation, la patiente se présente le matin même dans l’établissement hospitalier. Elle aura pris soin, selon les instructions reçues, de prendre une douche avec un savon antiseptique et de retirer l’ensemble de ses bijoux. Un médecin anesthésiste va alors procéder à la réalisation de l’anesthésie locale. Une sonde urinaire est ensuite mise en place afin de faciliter la vidange de la vessie. Une fois cette phase préparatoire achevée, le chirurgien-obstétricien va procéder à l’incision de l’abdomen, juste au-dessus du pubis, sur 12 à 14 centimètres.Après avoir écarté les couches graisseuse et musculaire, il pratique ce que l’on appelle une hystérotomie, c’est-à-dire une incision de l’utérus, avant de rompre la poche des eaux. Il peut alors libérer le bébé et recoudre l’ensemble des tissus incisés en ayant préalablement pris soin de retirer entièrement le placenta.Césarienne : quels sont les risques et contre-indications ?À lire aussiDécouverte d’un gène lié aux naissances prématuréesSi la césarienne est une opération chirurgicale parfaitement maîtrisée par les obstétriciens, elle comporte néanmoins certains risques qui méritent d’être pris en compte dans le processus de décision menant à la réalisation d’un accouchement par voie haute. Parmi les principaux risques susceptibles d’affecter la future mère, on peut citer, entre autres, la thrombose, l’hémorragie, les lésions organiques (vessie, intestins…) ou encore l’infection. Le bébé, de son côté, peut présenter des difficultés respiratoires, ou être victime d’une lésion provoquée par l’incision de l’utérus. Il n’existe pas de véritables contre-indications à la pratique d’une césarienne à partir du moment où les risques encourus par la mère, le bébé ou les deux sont supérieurs en cas d’accouchement par voie basse à ceux potentiellement engendrés par une intervention chirurgicale.Le 29 mars 2017 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fautil faire pipi sur une piqûre de méduse

first_imgFaut-il faire pipi sur une piqûre de méduse ?Alors que l’Aquarium de Paris, qui compte déjà la plus grande collection de méduses en France s’apprête à accueillir six nouvelles espèces, en janvier 2019, une piqûre de ce cnidaire peut rapidement gâcher les vacances.  On préfère donc les observer derrière une vitre ! Et lorsque le mal est fait, certains prétendent qu’il faut faire pipi sur la zone touchée. MaxiSciences fait le point sur cette idée saugrenue.  Ceux qui n’ont jamais vu l’épisode de Friends dans lequel Monica se fait piquer par une méduse, doivent absolument le voir. Non seulement pour s’offrir un grand fou rire mais aussi pour comprendre que l’idée reçue selon laquelle il faut uriner sur la plaie est répandue jusqu’à la pop culture… mais surtout qu’elle est complètement fausse ! C’est grave docteur ? A moins d’être allergique ou d’avoir été touché par uneespèce mortelle (absente des côtes françaises), la  piqure d’une méduse navigant dans les eaux européennes n’est pas grave mais reste néanmoins très douloureuse selon divers degrés d’urtication. Dans un document consacré aux envenimations par piqûres d’animaux marins, publié sur le site du Collège de Médecine d’Urgence de la Région PACA, le Professeur François Bertrand explique comment fonctionne cet animal redouté des baigneurs et des plagistes : « Quelle que soit l’espèce, le venin est contenu dans des nématocystes (capsules équipées de crochets, ndlr) incrustés à la surface des tentacules ; il est libéré lors du contact entre les tentacules et la peau ».Les réactions après une piqûre légère : on ressent immédiatement une douleur qui s’apparente à celle d’une décharge électrique ou à une brûlure. Elle va augmenter les 30-40 minutes qui suivent la mauvaise rencontre et s’accompagne de paresthésies (fourmillements, engourdissements, picotements…). Puis un étonnant érythème s’installe et reproduit la forme des coupables tentacules et arbore une couleur rouge violacé. Comme le précise le Professeur Bertrand «  dans certains cas, peuvent ensuite apparaître des bulles pouvant laisser place à des cicatrices pigmentées définitives »… Sympa, le souvenir de vacances ! On fait quoi ? Comme le rappelle un article de BFMTV, lorsque survient la piqûre, seuls 10 % des nématocystes qui ont touché la peau libèrent leur venin. Le but du jeu est alors de neutraliser les 90% qui restent afin qu’ils ne libèrent pas à leur tour leur poison. Mais comment ? On urine sur la zone ?NON ! Comme l’ont montré les travaux menés, en 2016, par une équipe de l’Institut flamand de la mer et nommés non sans humour et en référence à Hamlet : « faire pipi ou ne pas faire pipi : étude sur l’envenimation et le traitement des espèces européennes de méduses », l’urine ne soulage pas les piqûres de méduses.  Pire, selon son pH, elle pourrait même empirer la situation et faire éclater les capsules venimeuses restantes. On met du vinaigre ?NON PLUS ! S’il peut soulager les douleurs et démangeaisons provoquées par quelques piqûres d’insectes, notamment celles des moustiques et de certaines espèces de méduses, il peut aussi participer à l’aggravation de la situation en libérant le venin des nématocystes. Le traitement recommandéIl faut idéalement procéder ainsi : 1- Avec une main protégée (un gant) ou une pince à épiler, on retire les fragments des tentacules. À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de mer2-  On peut enduire de sable mouillée la zone touchée pour piéger les nématocystes qui n’ont pas encore rompu et les retirer en grattant mais en prenant garde à ne pas casser les filaments 3- On rince alors abondamment à l’eau de mer. Jamais d’eau douce qui raviverait la douleur. 4- On peut aussi rincer à l’eau chaude (une 40aine de degrés) pendant une trentaine de minutes. Le venin de méduse étant thermolabile, il sera grâce à la chaleur désactivé. 5- On prend du paracétamol pour atténuer la douleur et on applique une compresse d’antiseptique une fois de retour chez soi. 6- On consulte au plus vite si l’on a été piqué au visage ou en cas de réaction allergique7- Si la sensation de brulure persiste au-delà de 48 heures, on consulte également un médecinLe 14 août 2018 à 17:43 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

The best ways to troll your coworkers on Slack

first_imgSlack is so ingrained into my social well-being at the office I literally can’t imagine coming into work without it. Lots of other companies are also adopting the service. Do you work in a Slack-powered office? Have you developed your own Slack coworker trolling tips? Share them in a comment! Today I did what I do pretty much every weekday. No, not try to take over the world, Pinky. I went to work here at the fabulous Geek.com office in the heart of New York City. And when I sat at my desk did I immediately start creating the best dang content you’ve ever read? No, of course not. Instead, I opened up Slack, the hip, new online corporate communication tool.Whether you’re hating Monday mornings like a lasagna cat, getting over Wednesday hump days at lunch, or riding out the last few minutes of a Friday afternoon, Slack is there to improve your experience as a loyal thrall of capitalism. The service has been picking up so much steam it’s even advertising on Vice’s TV channel, which doesn’t make much sense since Slack is built for businesses not individuals but whatever.Slack’s actual purpose is for helping employees, both in an office and working remotely, communicate and coordinate more easily and efficiently on projects. But plenty of other software, from Trello to Basecamp to Asana, offers similar and some might say better functionality. The true value of Slack is more intangible, and it took me some time to realize it. What really makes Slack so essential to me, the thing about it that arguably lowers productivity while objectively raising enough morale to be worth it, is simple. Slack is perfect for trolling your coworkers.Here are some of my favorite methods for trolling coworkers on Slack. Slackbot Responses1/6 Being funny on Slack can take some effort, effort you may not have time for if you’re busy actually working. Lame. But don’t despair, you can outsource your sense of humor to Slack itself. Slackbot is the automated member of every Slack team there to assist users with the program. But Slackbot can do more than just keep track of how many Props an employee receives for cool accomplishments. Take your trolling to the next level by programming Slackbot responses. Whenever someone types in a certain phrase Slackbot will respond according to your wishes. Mention millennials? Slackbot will correct you with “Snake People.” GIFs and links work as well. Whenever someone here types Kingdom Hearts or Tetsuya Nomura, Slackbot will activate this appropriate Goofy/Evanescence music video. I don’t even need to be online anymore to troll.<><>last_img read more

Gullible iPhone 7 users drill holes into their phones

first_imgAfter being tricked into microwaving their phones in order to recharge them and believing an update made their phones waterproof, one would think that iPhone users would have wised up to insane pranks involving their phones. Apparently, this isn’t the case as a new video is making people drill holes into their iPhone 7s in order to get a headphone jack. You cannot make this stuff up.The prank video was created by a YouTuber called Taras Maksimuk (TechRax) who is known for making videos where he destroys technology. In fact, Maksimuk has several videos where he destroys iPhone 7s but it appears that those who drilled holes into their expensive new phones never bothered to look at this man’s previous uploads.The video below shows Taras drilling a 3.5mm hole into the bottom left edge of the iPhone 7 in order to reveal a hidden headphone jack. After conducting this mad surgery, Maksimuk is seen plugging headphones into the iPhone 7 which now play music through the earbuds.As of the time of this writing, the prank video has over ten million views. As you would expect, the comment section is filled with people who are livid over having destroyed their phones. Astonishingly, the video has gathered more likes than dislikes (137,231 likes, 88,355 dislikes). It is hard to say for sure how many of these folks legitimately drilled holes into their phones (and in the process voided their warranties), but we have to assume that a good chunk of them went ahead and performed this grisly operation.The lesson here? Don’t take everything you see on the internet at face value, especially if it asks you to destroy something that you paid a lot of money for. Instead of destroying their phones, perhaps it would be wiser for folks to (respectfully) let Apple know they want a headphone jack in the next iteration of the iPhone.last_img read more

Samsung is Offering to Help Note Users Buy Another Samsung

first_img Samsung has tried everything when it came to its explosive Galaxy Note 7, but now it’s moving on to Plan Z: offering to buy consumers who don’t want to leave the brand another Samsung phone up to a $100 total bill credit.The electronics giant also said it would offer customers who want to exchange their Note 7s for a refund or smartphone from another manufacturer a $25 total bill credit.The company expanded the original recall issued on Sept. 15 on Thursday, which was voluntary, to all owners, including those who already received replacement devices. This followed a permanent cancellation of the phablets after a new round of alleged fires, which the company is still investigating.“We are committed to doing everything we can to make this right,” Tim Baxter, president and COO of Samsung Electronics America, said.It was thought at first that the phone fires were due to a faulty battery, so Samsung shipped a round of replacements. However, when reports surfaced that those were causing fires as well, the company decided to halt manufacturing altogether. There may have still been hope for the phone, but the reputation was too tarnished for Samsung to continue.So customers who stick with the Samsung brand are offered greater incentives. Samsung’s other flagship phones, the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, haven’t been recalled yet and older Note models are still on sale. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyGalaxy Note 7, Fan Edition ‘Same Phone’ with Different Batte… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geek Deals Save 30 on Shirts from Teepublic

first_imgFor a limited time, Teepublic is offering up a 30% discount on a wide selection of awesome tees. With designs inspired by DC Comics, Star Wars, Alien, and much more, there are shirts here for geeks of all stripes. • Save 30% on Shirts from TeepublicSo, what exactly can you expect to find? Like the image above, there’s modern pop culture tees like Rick and Morty. But there’s plenty of classic nerd fare as well — like Simpsons shirts, Batman tees, Wonder Woman shirts, Zelda tees, a WWE/Wu-Tang parody, and even a Star Wars/Winnie the Pooh mash-up. There’s also a fair amount of politically aware tees. For example, you can find a shirt about strong women characters and feminism, an antifa Smokey the Bear parody, and a Nevertheless She Persisted tee. So if that’s your jam, you can make a statement with what you wear, and do it on the cheap.While most of these shirts typically sell for about 20 bucks a pop, you can save 30% when you buy now. So instead of paying $20, you’ll only have to pay $14. This sale ends May 24th though, so act fast, and be sure to let your friends know before it’s too late.Note: Larger sizes may cost more. Terms and conditions apply. See the Teepublic site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

Man Spent 36Plus Hours Painting in VR to Break Guinness World Record

first_img Everyone has goals. Jack McNee’s was to earn the Guinness World Record for longest videogame marathon on a virtual reality game system.Congratulations, Jack.On April 2, McNee broke the world record (and then some) during a 36-hour stint inside the virtual world of Tilt Brush.(via VR Designers/YouTube)The 3D painting program from Google lets users paint life-size, three-dimensional masterpieces using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.Holed up at Sydney-based arcade VR Corner, McNee strapped on a virtual reality headset and proceeded to spend the next day and a half drawing everything from the famed Simpsons couch gag and Wilson the volleyball to Adventure Time and Pokemon characters.(It is unclear whether his bill—which, according to the online price list, should have totaled $2,448—was waived for the event.)Jack live-streamed the whole event (via VR Designers/YouTube)One of the requirements for the record is to use a single VR app: McNee wisely chose Tilt Brush for its freedom; during the event’s live-stream, he was able to play rounds of Hangman and Pictionary with viewers.Aside from a few quick bathroom breaks, gameplay continued for a whopping 36 hours, two minutes, and 16 seconds; dedicated friends and volunteers hand-fed McNee pizza and other food while he composed in thin air.The brains behind YouTube account LPVR, McNee handily stole the Guinness title from UK tech journalist Georgie Barrat, who previously held the record of 25 hours, 24 minutes, and 18 seconds.McNee beat her by roughly 11 hours. Because why not?36 hours later… (via VR Designers/YouTube)Aside from breaking a world record, a secondary goal of collecting donations for local youth non-profit The Reach Foundation resulted in A$400 (US$305).It’s going to be hard to beat McNee’s impressive (if not completely bonkers) maximum. But Guinness has plenty of untested titles: Why not try for the largest virtual reality cave tour? Or, if you’re a real go-getter, you can attempt to outdo Facebook for the most expensive VR acquisition. Stay on target British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class Flights’Doctor Who’ Returns This Fall With Interactive VR Game center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

How The Last Jedi Restored My Faith in Star Wars Tons of

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. I love Mark Hamill’s whole career, but I’ve been pretty Luke-warm (Ahh? Ahhhhh?) on Star Wars‘ Disney-run, annual cinematic return. I was soured by the prequels, I didn’t get into the CG shows, and as a long-time Star Wars nerd the Disney obliteration of the EU turned me off from it. I enjoyed The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but they both felt desperately derivative of previous movies, focused on echoing what made the original trilogy work and pouring on the fanservice to get attention. I didn’t think we were going to get anything really worthwhile in this new, more active Star Wars world.Then I saw The Last Jedi and my faith was restored. I understand why the movie is polarizing, and it certainly isn’t perfect, but the nay-sayers demanding it be stricken from Star Wars canon are wrong. It’s the step forward Star Wars has needed for the past few years to prove that there’s more to the franchise than mimicking trench runs.This is going to be completely filled with spoilers. It assumes you know what happened in The Last Jedi as well. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading this and go see it.We Know How Much the Galaxy SucksHey, you know what was really downplayed weirdly in The Force Awakens? Everything about the Republic and how the Starkiller base wiped out an entire system. You know what the opening crawl in The Last Jedi does? Explain exactly how screwed the galaxy is. The Republic has been decimated. The First Order are in control. The Resistance are basically the Rebels now, and the First Order is the Empire. It’s as simple as that.I would have liked to see a post-ROTJ galaxy closer to the EU, with the fledgling New Republic and the remnants of the Empire still causing problems, but we aren’t getting that. But now it’s no longer a question. After the confusing presence of the Resistance while the Republic presumably still existed in The Force Awakens, and the completely undefined relationship of those powers and the size and scope of the First Order, now we know. The First Order has taken control and whatever remains of the Resistance is on the ropes. The Republic is shattered.My biggest complaint about The Force Awakens wasn’t the slavish adherence to A New Hope in structure, but how it completely glossed over what exactly happened to the galaxy in the decades since Return of the Jedi. Why was Leia a general and not a Senator? Why was there a Resistance to begin with? What’s wrong with the Republic? The Last Jedi establishes all of that without prequel levels of exposition.We’re Facing How Much the Jedi SuckedLet’s be real. The Jedi are cool ideas. Space knights with laser swords and magic powers who keep the peace throughout the galaxy. And in the EU they were. But in the movies, the Jedi were garbage. They were complacent, easily manipulated non-enforcers of a corrupt and idiotic Old Republic in the prequels, and all we saw of them in the original trilogy were a few cool guys who died and a dumb farm kid who fought with his own teenage whininess to become the last Jedi master.Again, I would have liked an EU-style galaxy where Master Luke founded a new Jedi praxeum and taught a new generation of Jedi. I would have loved some shout-outs to Kyle Katarn and Kyp Durron. But they’ve been wiped away by Disney, and have been replaced by the harsh realization of just how garbage the Jedi were throughout the movies. They were good guys only by contrast, built on legends and ignoring the dysfunction their traditions demonstrated.The Last Jedi recognized that. Luke tried to train a new generation of Jedi, but he wasn’t equipped to do it and was easily manipulated, himself. His fear of Ben Solo was used to turn him toward the dark side and become Kylo Ren just like the Jedi Council’s fear of Anakin Skywalker was used to turn him toward the dark side and become Darth Vader. The Sith performed evil acts and enabled the new Dark Lords to rise, but it was the Jedi and their rigidity and fear that provided the push the Sith needed for their plans to work.Luke recognized it, which is why he wanted the Jedi to end. And Yoda recognized it, which is why he brought the ghost lightning and called Luke a dumbass. If the new Jedi kept to the teachings and traditions of the old Jedi, they would have repeated the same mistakes just like Luke did. And now Rey, as the true last Jedi, won’t. Because she sees beyond the reflexive fear and worship of dark and light. She’ll make mistakes, as any good character will, but now she won’t make the same mistakes as her predecessors.The Jedi needed to die. Now the Jedi can begin, and be more effective and interesting by shedding meaningless platitudes and habitual condemnation.Snoke Was Imposing, and Now He’s DeadSupreme Leader Snoke was never going to live up to your expectations, and his elimination was a brilliant move. Yes, his existence was weird and mysterious, and his incredible Force powers weren’t explained. Some side material explaining why he’s as strong as Palpatine would be great. But it isn’t necessary, and wiping him off the board makes the future of Star Wars much more interesting.You know how the Jedi suck? The Sith suck too. They’re paper-thin Bad Guys whose entire ethos is that of being an edgelord. Hate, fear, anger, meanness, cruelty, they’re all pretty ridiculous concepts to base your religion off of. And while Snoke had some pretty good moments of yelling at Kylo Ren, that’s all he had to offer. The same platitudes Palpatine had to offer. He was a copy of Palpatine, possibly a straight-up clone of him (also something the EU did). And he simply wasn’t interesting outside of the vague promise that his origin had something more compelling than his character traits as presented.So Kylo Ren cut him in half with a lightsaber when he was in the middle of an evil villain monologue about the power of the dark side. In the original trilogy this type of gesture redeemed Darth Vader, who still died the necessary death of redeemed villains because he had done too many evil things. And in the prequel trilogy this type of gesture condemned Darth Vader, betraying Mace Windu and saving Palpatine. The cycle of betrayal, condemnation, and redemption was finished by Darth Vader, who came back around to Anakin Skywalker. And that cycle would have been boring to see play out again.Kylo Ren killing Snoke and fighting alongside Rey could have easily been his redemption and return to the light side. It was the most obvious path. Ren blindly taking up the mantle of Supreme Leader and declaring himself the new Dark Lord of the Sith would have been the second most obvious path. He did neither, and became Supreme Leader not to carry on the legacy of the Sith, but to destroy it all.Snoke gave us a second Emperor spouting the same tired junk about the power of the dark side. We’ve been there before. Now the First Order is commanded by an angry man disillusioned with the Jedi and the Sith, looking to carve his own bloody place in the galaxy by burning all the old orders down. And Rey understands and recognizes that. She sees where he’s coming from, and just like he is to us, to her he’s a much more complex and tragic figure than a big evil bald guy.Rey’s Parents Were NobodyThe revelation that Rey’s parents were just drunks on Jakku who abandoned her and not some legendary Jedi figures or secretly someone from the original trilogy disappointed a lot of people. It certainly didn’t help tone down the screaming from enraged incel MRAs that she was a Mary Sue. However, it makes her much more interesting as a character.If Rey was secretly Ben Solo’s brother or had some heritage that tied back to the Jedi, she would have been tied down to the paths others had already taken. It would have only fed into the The Force Awakens feeling of new characters doing the same things the old characters had done. A new generation following in the steps of the older generation.Rey isn’t secretly the daughter of Jedi masters. She doesn’t share blood with the Skywalkers. She has no genetic or filial connection to the legends of the past. She’s just the abandoned daughter of drunks left to fend for herself on a desert planet. And at heart, she already knew that, and the revelation to the audience wasn’t a revelation to her but a reminder that what she was seeking from Luke in a father figure wasn’t in the cards and wasn’t necessary to begin with.Rey grew up alone under terrible conditions and became a capable salvager who could fight with her own strength and pilot anything. And she’s a Force user for reasons that aren’t explained, just like Snoke’s powers weren’t explained. Because not everything has to go back to the Skywalkers or previous generations. Rey isn’t a Mary Sue. She’s a survivor who’s carving her own place in the world, and her entire training with Luke was about that.She’s the last Jedi, and she’s the new Jedi. And she isn’t held back by connections to the past that are beyond her control. She had no choice in her upbringing or her Force powers, but everything after that was entirely her decision. Her choices define the Jedi now, and in spite of all she went through she has a strong enough moral compass that her choices will hopefully be mostly the right ones.Yoda himself said it best. Rey had all she needed to carry on the legacy of the Jedi, because making the right choices from your heart is so much more important to being a good Jedi, or a good hero, or a good person, than blindly following someone else’s teachings like Luke did with the Jedi and like Anakin did with the Sith. And like Kylo Ren did, until he came to the same conclusion as Rey, from the opposite angle.Star Wars is Moving Forward, Instead of Running in CirclesThe inevitable confrontation between Rey and Kylo Ren will be a new fight between Jedi that we haven’t seen before. The sides of light and dark, Jedi and Sith, aren’t nearly as important now as simple good and evil. And now the faces of those fights are much more complex and interesting than their predecessors were.Rey isn’t Luke. She wasn’t a bored farmboy who found out his uncle and dad were important people and jumped onto ideology. She was a survivor who struggled to find her place in the galaxy, and who heard the calls of both the Jedi and the Sith and made her own choice instead of blindly following rhetoric.Kylo Ren isn’t Darth Vader or Sheev Palpatine. He isn’t a poor boy rescued by the Jedi and then feared and confounded by them for years, and he isn’t a big bald evil head who wants to be mean and cruel to everyone for no reason. He was tempted, and betrayed, and finally made his own choice on what path to take. He has the power of the Sith without the empty edgelord attitude, and while he’s committing evil, he’s committing it with his own agency as his own attempt to carve out a place for himself in the galaxy.The First Order is basically just the Empire now and the Resistance is basically just the Rebellion now. You have a powerful galactic government menacing everyone and a scrappy band of heroes fighting them. There’s a nice purity in that. But the fact that the head of this new Empire is now conflicted and disillusioned by the Sith, and that the last Jedi fighting for the Resistance has defined her ideals and paths through her own choices and not Jedi rhetoric, means that the coming fight will be much more interesting.last_img read more

Geek Pick Casper Glow Is a HighTech Night Light With Soothing Vibes

first_img Unwinding before bedtime could be challenging: There are phone notifications to check, TV shows to binge-watch, and late night snacks to eat. However, Casper is here to help with its high-tech “night light” called the Casper Glow.Our sister site PCMag.com says the Casper Glow is a smart device that can help improve your sleep cycle. Even though it’s a bit more pricey at $89, it has a high-efficiency LED that can help lull you to sleep at night and gently wake you up in the morning, and it doubles up as a night light that you can easily carry around your home if you wake-up at 3 a.m. and need to use the bathroom.The Casper Glow is 5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and weighs slightly over 11 ounces, so it easily fits on a nightstand or dresser. Another plus is its sleek shape, which blends in with most home decor setups.If the thought of a “smart night light” is bugging you, no worries: The Casper Glow is very easy to use with simple gestures. Flip it to turn it on or shut it off, rotate it to increase or decrease the amount of light it’s casting in your space, and gently wiggle it if you want a tiny glow before you head to sleep. The device’s battery can last up to one week without charging, however, you might have to recharge it sooner if you plan to use it frequently.The Casper Glow gives off different color hues when you’re getting ready for bed. It transitions from a bright white to a yellow tone, and then to an orange phone before turning off. When you wake up in the morning, it slowly gets brighter with the orange color and ends with the white color by your exact wake-up time, so it’s like experiencing a sunrise. The Casper Glow doesn’t have a snooze button, so you might want to set a backup alarm on your phone if you have trouble getting up.One more cool feature to note is the Casper Glow app: Available for Android or iOS, the app includes customization options to schedule its dimming and brightening activity, so you’ll be able to go to sleep and wake-up according to your schedule. Plus, it’s also Bluetooth-friendly, so you can program multiple Casper Glows for the ultimate sleep ritual.For more specs on the Casper Glow, head over to PCMag.com to read the device’s extensive review. And, if you still need some sleep assistance or want to access other health vitals, check out our Geek Picks for the Fitbit Charge 3 and the Nokia Sleep device.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Fitbit Charge 3 Makes It Easy to Track Health StatsGeek Pick: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone Geek Pick: ‘Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit Is #GameNightGoals Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the Franchise

first_img Not that I think critics need to be intimately familiar with a franchise to write a meaningful review, but since we’re talking about the fifth Gears of War game here it’s probably worth telling you some of my thoughts on the other four. I played through the original after it was remastered for Xbox One, and I saw a tournament for the fourth one at Microsoft’s swanky Mixer eSports arena. But that’s it. So for much of my Gears 5 playthrough I was pretty confused about what was going on with these Starship Troopers and their space gasoline. And as a solo player, I can’t tell you much about multiplayer like the upgraded Horde mode and new Escape mode with map builder.What I can tell you though is that even for a relatively casual player like me Gears 5 offers an appreciated fresh take on the franchise that makes it far more fascinating than I was expecting. Don’t let the shorter name fool you. This is a much bigger game.Gears 5 is book-ended with levels that give you what you’ve come to know from this series, especially after Gears of War 4. Barrel through war-tron sci-fi streets, beautiful but desolate lands perfect for sad pop song covers. Frequently you’ll need to slide behind walls and shoot enemies that would tear you apart in the open. These mechanics are refined rather than fully reinvented. You still actively reload and fluidly swap between different cover points. Grab enemies out of cover and counter them with melee kills. Heal your squadmates when they go down. The guns still have chainsaws attached to them.While I recognize this cover-based third-person shooting was revolutionary in its day, I found “stop and pop” a little boring and repetitive when playing the remake of the original. Fortunately, Gears 5 keeps combat exciting with different enemy types that force you to vary your playstyle tactics and actually get out of cover. Most notable are robots hijacked by alien slugs that swarm you like cyborg zombies or infest huge moving turrets. Even during the campaign the game essentially turns into Horde mode, and key to survival is just recognizing the right creative strategy for each enemy. Shoot out support robots providing shields for Scions and their Gatling guns. Knock the helmet off of a Warden’s head while dodging its dual-hammer strikes. Use your own support robot to shield yourself, become invisible, or scan the area.That combat is consistent throughout, but the middle of the Gears 5 campaign dramatically changes the context in which combat is presented. This largely linear shooter decides to basically become a light open-world game, or at least greatly open up its possibility for exploration. Between the structure, snow setting, and focus on tough but vulnerably leading lady Kait Diaz, it reminds me of Rise of the Tomb Raider.And it’s great! Hopping on your cute little skiff and sailing across the expansive wastelands is a haunting yet oddly relaxing ritual I never expected from a Gears of War game. Your objectives are never unclear. And once you get to a location you’ll play through more typical Gears firefights. But now you can take detours and scavenge through outposts, set waypoints on your map, and actually exist in this world you’re trying to save. These open-world sections tend to have one macro goal, like building a rocket, and the new sense of scale makes victory more satisfying.There are some growing pains. I got a bit lost a few times during some inelegant bits of exploration while my brain was adjusting to the paradigm shift. But even when you can’t find the path you’ll likely stumble across upgrade pieces for your robot so it’s worth it. Ultimately the lengthy middle chunk of Gears 5 is like a whole new game unto itself.It helps that by far the most worthwhile story material, the material all the marketing revolves around, is in this part. In this world full of tree trunk boys, playing as a woman just means playing as a person with normal proportions. And I enjoyed getting to know Kait Diaz as she got away from Marcus Fenix’s boring son to learn the conspiratorial truth of her origins. The Locust had always confused me. Why did these monster men also need guns? So I’ve felt seen when the game shared my confusion.And while there are still plenty of meatheads (hello, Fahz) overall the tone is less obnoxious. There’s a whole section in a theater that’s low-key hilarious, complete with Hamilton jokes. That said, it’s still wild that Microsoft seems to view Gears is its more artistic AAA game when it comes to tone.Gears 5 isn’t The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or anything like that. But I got a tiny bit of that same buzz when I realized that I could take out enemies walking across the wide frozen lakes by shooting the ice beneath their feet, a concept I taught myself before applying it to a boss fight. It’s awesome, one of my favorite surprises of the year. If this is what happens when Gears of War goes a little open-world, we can’t wait to see how Halo: Infinite turns out. Finally, Dave Bautista Is In ‘Gears of War’Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rainier Springs Hospital construction to begin in March

first_imgConstruction of a 72-bed psychiatric hospital is set to begin in Salmon Creek next month, with the facility slated to open next summer.Springstone LLC of Louisville, Ky., will build Rainier Springs Hospital on a 12.5-acre site near the Interstate 205 interchange at Northeast 134th Street. Once operational in 2018, the hospital will provide a range of inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction services for adults. “We’re excited about going out to that community,” said Jill Force, Springstone co-founder and chief administrative officer. “It’s a wonderful state, and we’re excited to be entering.”Springstone was founded seven years ago with the goal of treating mental illness and addiction in an attractive and therapeutic environment, Force said. “Within the industry, there’s a lot of people buying and selling the same buildings,” she said. “We wanted to do it with a fresh start and build a place that’s nice and healing for our patients.”last_img read more

Vancouver USA Singers present Mozart’s Requiem

first_imgIt’s one of the tastiest mash-ups of myth in all musical history: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart either was poisoned, impoverished or simply overworked to death at the tragically young age of 35. Aware he was dying, he struggled but failed to finish a monumental Requiem Mass in time for his own funeral.In the movie “Amadeus,” it’s Mozart’s musical rival, the insanely jealous Antonio Salieri, who drives the young genius to an exhausted grave through labor on the Mass — pushing him to compose himself literally to death in 1791. It’s the perfect artistic crime.It’s also fiction. But the actual facts are also pretty mysterious: a Viennese aristocrat whose wife died young secretly commissioned the Mass, meaning to pass it off as his own work. Mozart’s health was already failing — an actual malady has never been identified, but it’s known he had a high fever — and after he died, his widow hired a pupil to finish the Mass in its original style. She also hid the fact that the final product wasn’t entirely her late husband’s, because that would have hurt publication and concert ticket sales; while she was at it, apparently, she also invented other myths that have surrounded Mozart’s final work, and final end, ever since.Despite all that, you can shrug off any reservations about the piece’s provenance. Even the ghost-written music in the Requiem very likely originated in Mozart’s own brain; while the plot of “Amadeus” is fiction, what’s known fact is that the composer really did finish and polish vast quantities of music inside his head before ever bothering to write it down. Any wonder that he’d inspire jealous rage, whether fictional or real, in other musicians?Choir steps upYou can consider these mysteries while hearing the Vancouver USA Singers and a 21-piece orchestra perform this true masterpiece of choral music March 11 and 12.last_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools teaching special ed students how to code

first_imgHunched over an iPad, Joe Ballard watched as pixelated storm troopers surrounded a tiny R2-D2.With deft fingers, the 10-year-old boy dragged together what look like small puzzle pieces on the screen. They changed the scenery, the type of obstacles and the number of enemies in the game he built Thursday.Joe, a fourth-grader at Felida Elementary School, is among 60 students enrolled in Vancouver Public Schools’ special education classes who is learning how to write computer code.“It feels satisfying. It’s also challenging,” said Joe, who has written hundreds of lines of code, according to a chart on the classroom wall. “It’s a lot of puzzles.”Vancouver Public Schools last year received a $5,000 grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to launch a pilot computer science program for students in structured communication programs and structured learning centers. In other words, these are classrooms whose students demonstrate developmental delays in social awareness, communication skills and appropriate social behavior.The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools donated a matching $5,000 to the program, allowing the district to pay for training for teachers, purchase iPads for kindergarten through second-grade classrooms, and buy robots the students can program to move around their classrooms.last_img read more

Christmas Eve Mass draws hundreds, despite vandalism to Our Lady of Lavang Church

first_imgPORTLAND — Our Lady of Lavang’s Christmas Eve Mass went on as scheduled with more than 500 families crowding into the large sanctuary, hours after a driver plowed through the entrance, damaging the doors and wooden pews.“We have a very strong community and support here,” said Henry Tran, as more than a dozen young musicians from the Lavang Youth Chamber Orchestra took to the stage, playing a jolly rendition of “Sleigh Ride.”Tran said he was shocked when he heard that a man plowed his Acura MDX through the church doors around 12:15 a.m. Monday.“Stunning for us at this Christmas season,” Tran said.Yet as soon as the pastor alerted parishioners, at least a hundred members showed up to help mop up the mess, bring in folding chairs to replace the pews and place plywood over the entrances.Jessica Nguyen said that by the time she came to help earlier Monday morning there already were many people present working.“One message from our priest,” she said, “and everyone responded.” Monday night, the 23-year-old posed for photos with relatives beside the lit-up Nativity Scene, thankful the service could be held.Some of the congregants said they recognized the man accused of ramming his car through the church, Hieu John Phung, 35.Kiet To, a member who also provides security at the church, said Phung’s children learn Vietnamese at the church school.Phung was booked into the downtown Portland jail at 4:05 a.m., but later released on his own recognizance. He’s due to be arraigned on a first-degree criminal mischief allegation on Wednesday.last_img read more

Oregon man gets 14 years for Vancouver bank robberies

first_imgMarx Wayne Coonrod denied robbing the same Vancouver Umpqua Bank branch twice and trying a third time over a three-month span in 2016 through the very end of his criminal case.“My right to a fair trial was taken from me. I’m sorry about what happened to these people, but it wasn’t me,” Coonrod said during sentencing Friday.“You’re a bank robber,” Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke replied, moments before he handed down a more than 14-year prison sentence.Coonrod, a 62-year-old from Scappoose, Ore., robbed the bank Feb. 1, 2016, and March 16, 2016, and tried to do it again April 22 of that year, court records say.The first robbery was carried out by a man wearing a dark-colored, hooded jacket, a dark beanie and scarf. He walked into the bank shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause. Witnesses described the robber as being an average height, with a heavy build and distinctive, almost limping walk, Senior Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said. The robber demanded bills in $50 and $100 denominations. He didn’t show a firearm.last_img read more

DPP’s Engagement at Court Martial Delays Ousman Badjie’s trial

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama State counsel A.M. Yusuf intimated to the court that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is presently engaged at the court martial andthat he did not leave Ousman Badjie’s Case file with him for the caseto proceed.He said this before Justice Simon A. Abi of the Banjul High Court onTuesday, 17th February, 2015.Lamin S. Camara, counsel for the accused, said that since the file isnot with the state counsel they cannot do anything about it. Hetherefore asked the court to take multiple dates for the subsequentsittings of the case.The case was then adjourned to 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of March respectively.Mr. Badjie, the former Minister of Works, Transport and Construction,is facing two counts of negligence of duty and one count of economiccrime.The particulars of offence on Count One states that Ousman Badjiebetween 14 and 30 June 2014 in Banjul and diverse places, whilst beingThe Gambia’s Head of Mission in France, intentionally failed to pursuethe case of a stolen Twenty Seven Thousand Euros equivalent to D1,134,000, involving one Faisal Bojang, with the French Government, anomission which was shown to be detrimental to the economy of TheGambia, and thereby committed an offence.Count Two alleges that whilst serving as the Head of Mission inFrance, the accused willfully neglected to perform his duty for theFrench Government to pursue Faisal Bojang, to recover the amount of€27,000 embezzled (equivalent to D1, 134,000).On Count Three, it is alleged that in the same month and year, Mr.Badjie, whilst being The Gambia’s Head of Mission in France, willfullyneglected to perform his duty to pursue the police declaration thatthe signature of the Deputy Head of Mission was forged.]]>last_img read more

Hazard happy to help Gladbach to get a crucial win

first_imgThorgan Hazard was a key figure in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin as he managed to score a brace and helped his team to come from behind after trailing 1-0.The Belgian knows that his side are in the crucial part of the season and they need every single point to gain a better spot in the Bundesliga table as they are still fighting to secure the European football for the season to come.The former Chelsea player spoke about this win as he said, according to borussia.de:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We weren’t at our best today and it wasn’t easy to turn the game around. After trailing 1-0, we scored but it wasn’t given and we kept going. We scored twice and won.”“If I’m honest, playing like we did and winning is far better than playing well and losing. At this stage of the season, it’s crucial. It means a lot for our confidence. I hope we can push on.”“I was happy once more yesterday. I hope I keep smiling but football is a team sport. Scoring goals is great but you have to win the game. When both happen, it’s even better.”last_img read more

NGolo Kante To win the World Cup was beyond my dreams

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed that winning the World Cup with France this summer was something way beyond his dreamsThe 27-year-old started in all seven of France’s World Cup games this summer at Russia to help the national side lift the famous trophy for the first time in 20 years after defeating Croatia 4-2 in last month’s final.While Kante now has his eyes firmly set on a third Premier League crown in four years, he will never take his day job for granted.“We are lucky to be playing football for a living. For me, this is what I have always wanted to do. To get to this level is all down to Allah’s blessing,” he told the Daily Mirror.“There are millions of ­people out there, who every day want to get the opportunity to do the work we are doing and it’s a short career.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“That is why I give it my all at every given opportunity. I am lucky to get the ­opportunity to play for France and that alone is a huge motivation for me, whenever I go on the pitch. To represent one’s own country is one of the biggest achievements a ­footballer can get.“To play for your nation on the world stage is worth more than money can ever buy, and I get to do that, so I am very ­fortunate. To win the World Cup in our colours was beyond my dreams and something I will never, ever forget.“To be able to be part of that group will stay with us until the end of our lives ­because we know what ­winning the World Cup means to us.”Kante scored a rare goal for Chelsea in their 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.last_img read more

Milojevic Red Star cannot switch off against Liverpool

first_imgRed Star Belgrade boss Vladan Milojevic believes it’s essential his players maintain full concentration for their entire Champions League game against LiverpoolThe Serbian side will host Liverpool for their fourth fixture of Group C at the Rajko Mitic Stadium this evening.So far, Red Star have only collected a single point from three games and lie bottom of the group table.Therefore, defeat today will almost certainly ensure their elimination from the competition – depending on the outcome of the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain game.“In every game, it is important that for 90 minutes you have concentration both in defense and in attack,” said Milojevic, according to Tribalfootball.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Our opponent is a team that has been selected to win the Champions League. We have to do our best.“They use every moment. Their players punish even the smallest detail.“Simply, at this moment, all the teams in our group in the Champions League play in the three best leagues in the world.“And they are much stronger. This is our reality. We’ll do our best. We will fight for each ball.”The game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more

Baines Bernards high football IQ makes him a potential matchwinner

first_imgEverton’s Leighton Baines believes that new team-mate Bernard’s intelligence can win them matchesThe Brazil international joined Everton on a free transfer last summer after his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk expired in June.Bernard has since featured in 18 of Everton’s 21 Premier League games this season and scored his first goal for the club in their 2-1 FA Cup win over Lincoln City on Saturday.But the 26-year-old’s most eye-catching asset at Goodison Park is his creativity and vision in the midfield with Bernard matching Gylfi Sigurdsson as Everton’s leading assists provider with three.“Bernard is definitely someone who can win us matches,” said Baines on the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He is a guy who can link things together.“It is a very difficult thing in football sometimes to get space between the lines and link the midfield to the forwards but he does it with ease because he is such an intelligent footballer.“I am sure coming to England is not easy given the places where he has played his football before but he has settled really well and shows his unbelievable quality on a daily basis.”The Toffees will take on Bournemouth this Sunday in the Premier League.last_img read more

Todibo reveals why he joined Barca

first_imgNew Barcelona recruit Jean-Clair Todibo claims that he chose the club because of their ‘history’ after turning down so many offers.Reports had suggested Manchester City had made an approach for the player, to whom Juventus and Real Madrid were also linked before his deal to Barca was announced.Todibo will wrap up his deal with Toulouse before moving to the Camp Nou in July.“Jean-Clair is very happy with his choice, it all came down to the history of the club,” agent Bruno Satin told Sports News, as cited by Football Espana.“Barca are a massive club and were a dream of his since his childhood, so this move was all about his feelings rather than the financial package.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“There was also the career aspect, we felt he has a better chance of breaking into Barca’s first-team as opposed to other sides who were interested, such as Juventus.“He is a player like Marcel Desailly, he can play in midfield too, is physically very strong and athletic, he can be adaptable.”📋 The complete lowdown on @jctodibo 🇫🇷🔙 His background, his role models and much more…👉 https://t.co/aSdp2VQVsf— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2019last_img read more

MARINE FORECAST FOR BAHAMAS TURKS AND CAICOS

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecast Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6:00AM TUESDAY 06TH JANUARY 2015, ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 1030 UTC.NO WARNINGS…HOWEVER, BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM OR LESSGENERAL SITUATION: A FRONTAL BOUNDARY ACROSS THE EXTREME NORTHERN ISLANDS WILL STALL AND MERGE WITH ANOTHER FRONT MOVING INTO THE ISLANDS BY TOMORROWFOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMASWINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS, FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMESSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEANWEATHER: FEW ISOLATED SHOWERSFOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 4 TO 7 FEETWEATHER: BREEZYMOONSET: 07:44 AM HIGH TIDE: 08:23 AMMOONRISE: 07:10 PM LOW TIDE: 02:50 PM HIGH TIDE: 08:41 PM LOW TIDE: 02:44 AM WED.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: FEW SCATTERED SHOWERSFORECAST FOR THURSDAYWINDS: NORTHERLY AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 7 TO 10 FEET ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: WINDY WITH FEW ISOLATED SHOWERSlast_img read more

Montego Bay company presents gifts to 3000 children

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – Some 3,000 children were presented with gifts on December 25 (Christmas Day) by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited of Montego Bay.   The event was facilitated by the St. James Municipal Corporation at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, in the city.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, praised the efforts of the local company for providing the gifts for the children.  “The city really needed something as beautiful as this for a change,” he said.   “There are many good and decent law-abiding persons throughout the parish of  St. James, and we saw a lot of that on display here today.   The parish council is indeed happy to have been a part of it,” the Mayor said.Originally billed to cater for 2,000 children, the event well exceeded the amount, forcing the organizers to resort to a contingency plan.   Fortunately, there was enough staff on hand to keep things in order, so that every single child inside the venue was able to receive a gift.   Earlier, they were treated to a live concert where the steel band Tropical Vibes was a huge hit, playing a number of popular Christmas songs.For his part, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, said he was impressed with the event.   “The JHTA took some 60 kids from the SOS Children’s Village to the event, and they all had smiles on their faces. It is really nice to see an organization taking this time to put in such a tremendous effort.   This is a beautiful thing for Montego Bay and the adjoining communities, and the organizers must really and truly be commended,” he said.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Entertainment Director of Hah-R-Mony, Ho-Chi-Min Castillo Rolffot, said his company is very happy to have been able to put on the event, noting that “it was worth every penny that we spent”.   “We are fully committed to do this again next year. We are going to try our best to get more sponsors involved, so we can have even more gifts for the children,” he said.Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited is a promotional company that was established in 2009, and which currently operates in 29 hotels and employs more than 100 workers. #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Jamaica poised to become regions Top Cruise Destination

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, February 8, 2017 – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s hosting of the six largest ships in the world is proof that the island is poised to become the region’s number one cruise destination.Mr. Bartlett, who recently returned from a five-day trip to Nassau, Bahamas, where he attended an important meeting of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Council of Tourism Ministers and Commissioners, said having the world’s largest cruise vessels simultaneously calling on a single destination is a rarity and something of which Jamaicans should be proud.“This speaks of the unwavering support the cruise lines have for Jamaica and our tourism product,” he told JIS News.  “We have to remember that we are in a very competitive region where these ships can go anywhere. There is nothing in the rule book that says they have to come to Jamaica. The fact that we have these large and expensive mega liners calling at our ports should tell us that we have come a long way and should continue to build on our tourism offerings,” he noted further.Currently, the Port of Falmouth is hosting the three largest cruise ships in the world – Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, which are all Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) vessels.  Ocho Rios is hosting the Norwegian Epic, the Norwegian Pearl and the Carnival Vista.  A fourth ship in the RCCL’s Oasis luxury fleet, which is under construction and set to replace Harmony of the Seas as the biggest ship in the world, could be added to Jamaica’s itinerary in November 2018.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Falmouth Port, which is easily the largest in the region, has the capacity to accommodate all the Oasis class vessels.  “Popular destinations like the Cayman Islands, where at best the ships would have to be tendered, can make no such claim.  The onus is now on us to create the kind of environment where we can fully capitalize on having these large vessels calling on our ports,” he pointed out.The Tourism Minister said the beautification work being carried out in Falmouth is very important, adding that “we have to ensure that the people of Falmouth also benefit from what is happening in the town.  We also have to ensure that when the visitors get off the ships their expectations of a day in Jamaica are fully realized,” he added.  “We want to see them walking the streets and interacting freely. It is very important that we make their stay as enjoyable as possible where they can become future stopover visitors,” he said.The work in Falmouth, being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), includes cleaning, landscaping, planting of flowers, social and community outreach, and the enforcement of public-order statutes.  Minister Bartlett noted the recent meeting with cruise line owners in Miami, led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “a turning point” for the island’s cruise sector.“That was the meeting where Mickey Arison, the owner of Carnival Cruises, the biggest cruise line in the world, made the point that it was the first time he could recall having a Jamaican Prime Minister attending one of their meetings and also the importance of having discussions at that level,” Mr. Bartlett explained.   “I personally left that meeting knowing that the onus is now on us to deliver and not to disappoint,” he added. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Foundation stages event to promote Heart Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 30, 2017 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica launched its annual PROVEN Run for Your Heart on September 27 as part of efforts to promote heart health.   The lapathon and fun day event will be staged at Stadium East in Kingston on November 26 from at 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.    Activities include running, walking, aerobics sessions, rock wall climbing, football and netball as well as demonstrations by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Now in its 38th year, Run for Your Heart aims to raise funds to maintain its subsidised heart healthcare services.    Proceeds from the event are also used to educate primary and secondary students on healthy lifestyle choices.   The event is geared towards all members of the public, including primary, secondary and tertiary students, companies and sport clubs.Speaking with JIS News at the launch of the event at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Allie McNab, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the Government fully endorses the initiative.“Healthy lifestyle is important right across the board. The Ministries of Culture and Health fully endorse this initiative.   [A] healthy lifestyle extends your life and gives you a good quality of life.   We want persons to take up the challenge of living a healthier life in terms of diet and exercise and, hopefully, this will combat some of the illnesses common in society,” he said.For her part, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, said that the event is an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, adding that 25 per cent of the population suffer from high blood pressure with another 33 per cent being pre-hypertensive.“Exercise is one of the activities that we can use to try and prevent ourselves from becoming overweight, along with healthy eating.   Healthy eating means avoiding foods with too much salt, sugar and trans fats.   What we are trying to do at this event is to encourage persons to start or continue a healthy lifestyle,” she said.Interested persons can register for the event by contacting the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at 906-9407 or email 5krace@heartfoundationja.org. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police force investigation updates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Traffic Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a fatal accident that occurred last night (Tuesday 14th November 2017) around 6:18 pm on South Dock Road, Providenciales where a 23-year-old female lone passenger of a Silver Nissan Murano succumbed to injuries after the vehicle collided into a wall.Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances that caused the accident and the exact cause of the death.The RT&CIPF are appealing for any witnesses to this accident to contact them.ArrestsDetectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing investigations into a number of reports and have successfully arrested and charged numerous persons.As a result of investigations, On Thursday 5th October 2017, an 18-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Cannabis, Handling Stolen Goods, Burglary and Taking Motor Vehicle without Authority.   He was taken to court and is remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).Also on Friday 20th October, a 40 year old male of Grand Turk was arrested and given 30 charges (10 counts of Forgery, 10 counts of Theft of a Chose in action and 10 counts of Uttering Forged document) in connection with reports made on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 19th October 2017 by two different complainants. He was taken to court and given bail.On Tuesday 7th November 2017, two males of Providenciales, ages 17 and 22 years old were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs namely Cannabis. Both were taken to court and given bail.A 25-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with Burglary in connection with a report made on Friday 13th October 2017.   He was taken to court and also given bail.Two (2) males of Providenciales, ages 22 and 26 years old were arrested for numerous serious offences after a report was made on Tuesday 18th July 2017. On Monday 6th November, The twenty-two year old was arrested and later charged with three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.   He was taken to court and later remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.   The twenty-six year old was arrested on Thursday 9th October 2017 on suspicion of Robbery, Kidnapping and rape.   He is remanded in police custody for fourteen (14 days) orders of the court.Also, a 34-year-old male of Providenciales is presently in Police custody after he was arrested on Tuesday 14th November 2017 on suspicion of Robbery and Attempted Murder in connection with a report made on 11th October 2010.On Friday 10th November 2017, Financial Crimes Detectives arrested a male of Nassau Bahamas for Uttering Forged in connection with a report made on the 4th August 2017.   He is presently on $50,000 police bail.Press Release: RT&CIPf Related Items:last_img read more

BAHAMAS NHI Authority Appoints a Managing Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – The Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announces the appointment of Mr. Graham Whitmarsh who assumes the position of Interim Managing Director effective 19th of February 2018.  Mr. Whitmarsh will report to the NHIA Board of Directors and lead the expanded and accelerate implementation of NHI in the Bahamas.  The Board expects a permanent Bahamian Managing Director will be appointed to lead NHI within 2 to 3 years.  Mr. Whitmarsh previously worked on NHI with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is familiar with the opportunity and challenges associated with expanding and improving health care in the Bahamas.Mr. Whitmarsh has an exceptional breadth of experience in healthcare, finance, aviation and technology at the CEO level in both the public and private sectors.  Mr. Whitmarsh has held two of the most senior positions in the Government of British Columbia: Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board.  Prior to his stint in the public sector both in Canada and the USA.  He also served as Director of First Nations Health Authority.Mr. Whitmarsh is a graduate of the University of Leeds, UK, and Dartmouth Royal Naval College.  He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Public Companies, Not for Profits and Government Committees.  Mr. Whitmarsh began his career as a Submarine Officer in the Royal Navy.The Board recognizes the contributions of the NHI Implementation Team who played a pivotal role in the launching of the Primary Care phase of the NHI program.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

CWC 2018 Espérance takes the Fifth Place

first_imgEsperánce de Tunis defeated Club Deportivo Guadalajara in penalty kicks to take the Fifth Place of the FIFA Club World CupEspérance Sportif de Tunis took home the Fifth Place of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup after beating Club Deportivo Guadalajara in penalty kicks.The match was played before 5,883 fans in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the city of Al Ain, in the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman.Chivas Guadalajara took advantage very early in the match after Sameh Derbali fouled Angel Zaldivar in the area for a penalty kick, three minutes after kick-off.Walter Sandoval took the ball and scored the first goal of the match for Guadalajara.The game continued until Franck Kom shot in direction of the Mexican goal and Josecarlos Van Ranking deflected the ball with his hand for a new penalty kick, now against Guadalajara.Mohamed Belaili took the shot and tied things up 1-1.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…The second half was an awful display of football, and after 90 minutes and two players less for Esperance, they were sent-off after various fouls, the game went into penalty kicks.Here the Tunisian club was smarter and ended up winning after eight shots from both teams.This is the first time Esperance ends up in Fifth Place, after losing to Mexican club Monterrey in 2011 and staying in Sixth.Meanwhile, Club Deportivo Guadalajara had the worst participation by a Mexican team by ending up in sixth place out of seven teams.#CWC18: @ESTuniscom took home Fifth Place and their fans couldn’t be happier. pic.twitter.com/pNBGrwshJc— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Shaw praises the big impact Solskjaers had at Man United

first_imgManchester United full-back Luke Shaw believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made huge strides since he replaced Jose MourinhoThe Red Devils named Solskjaer as interim coach for the remainder of this season following Mourinho’s dismissal this month.Under the Norwegian, United have secured convincing wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town over the past week.Now Shaw, who himself had a difficult relationship with Mourinho at times, believes Solskjaer has made an instant impact on the squad.“I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.“He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”As for how he found out about Solskjaer’s appointment, Shaw said: “The truth? My girlfriend told me.“I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.“I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”Solskjaer will take charge of his third game on Sunday when United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside

first_img Posted: June 13, 2018 LAKESIDE (KUSI) — A spate of small vegetation fires blackened patches of open land near El Capitan High School Wednesday.As many as four blazes erupted in close proximity to each other off the 13000 block of Willow Road in Lakeside at about 10 a.m., according to Cal Fire.Authorities shut down Ashwood Street between Mapleview Street and Willow Road while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, the state agency reported.It took crews about an hour to halt the spread of the non-injury fires, which scorched a total of roughly two acres.It was not immediately clear what sparked the blazes, which posed no structural threats and necessitated no evacuations. KUSI Newsroom, Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Juan Hidalgo Jr on his fight for the 51st District

first_imgJuan Hidalgo Jr. on his fight for the 51st. District September 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The two people running for the congressional seat in 51st District are incumbent Juan Vargas and Juan Hidalgo Jr.The Republican candidate Juan Hidalgo Jr. joined us in-studio with more on his campaign. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

DMV building in Hillcrest renovations to get pushed back

first_imgDMV building in Hillcrest renovations to get pushed back 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHILLCREST (KUSI)- The Department of Motor Vehicles pushed back the plans to renovate the Hillcrest office.Originally the DMV was planning on building a smaller new facility to replace the old one.Now after the community persuaded the DMV to reconsider the plans the building will be renovated into a new, vibrant center to reflect the Hillcrest community.“The DMV is going to back to the drawing board and draw up some proposals and what i believe will actually result in a better project.” said State Assembly Member Todd Gloria.The new plan is expected to improve user experience at the DMV and save tax payers money.Demolition on the building has been pushed back so city officials can perfect the new plan. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom December 5, 2018 Updated: 1:53 PMlast_img read more