What Does A Winning Streak Mean In MLB

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Sept. 12, 2017), we discuss an American tennis champion finally not named Williams — Sloane Stephens, ranked 957th in the world earlier this summer, won the U.S. Open last weekend. We break down what her victory may mean for U.S. tennis and whether Serena Williams’s absence from the tournament played a role in Stephens’s win. Next, we discuss two remarkable streaks in the MLB — the 20 wins in a row by the Cleveland Indians and the recent stretch of 11 losses by the Los Angeles Dodgers — and whether we should take baseball more seriously just because it’s September. Plus, a significant digit on the MLB playoffs.If you have suggestions for what we should call our new NBA podcast, please drop us a note at podcasts@fivethirtyeight.com.Here are links to things we discussed this week:For quality John Starks content, be sure to follow Kate Fagan on Instagram.Kate’s Starky Bear.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine writes that September baseball doesn’t matter more than any other month’s.Victor Mather in The New York Times tells a tale of two MLB streaks.Significant Digit: Zero, the number of teams supported by Chad, Kate and Neil — all devoted Mets fans — that will make the MLB playoffs this year. Is your favorite team out? We discuss strategies for how to choose the best bandwagon to join. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight read more

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Blast off Bucks top Rockets

Ohio State unleashed a week’s worth of frustration on Toledo, with the Rockets playing the role of punching bag in the Buckeyes’38-0 victory Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.A week after falling to No. 3 USC at home, 18-15, the Buckeyes shut down Toledo’s spread attack, which had averaged 42.5 points per game before facing OSU.“Our defense came out of the box,” Buckeye coach Jim Tressel said. “When you swarm on defense like we do, it gives your offense a few more opportunities, and we struck a couple plays that took command of the ballgame.”The Buckeyes got off to a quick start.On OSU’s third play from scrimmage, quarterback Terrelle Pryor launched a strike downfield to a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher for a 76-yard score.“It felt like it was in the air forever,” Sanzenbacher said. “We got lucky that it opened up like that, easy pitch and catch.”Sanzenbacher found open seams throughout the day, totaling 126 yards on five catches, two resulting in touchdowns. The junior receiver enjoyed excelling against his hometown team.Pryor finished with a career-high 262 passing yards, in addition to 110 yards on the ground on 12 carries. He kept Toledo’s defense off-balance all afternoon with his dual-threat approach.“I love getting the ball to my receivers,” the sophomore quarterback said. “Believe me, if I can run, I’m going to take off and run and get the ten yards or whatever. That’s a choice of mine. I could take off and get ten yards every time, but I love getting the ball into my receivers hands, and maybe they can break it for 70, 80 yards.”The Rockets, meanwhile, struggled to sustain drives against a flocking OSU defense.“We got down 21-0 early and had to throw the football a little more than we would have liked,” Toledo coach Tim Beckman said. “I thought at times we were able to run the ball, but we got into so many situations that we couldn’t continually run the football.”Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt, who racked up 742 passing yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games of the season, managed just 197 without a score in the loss. The Buckeyes held the Rockets to just 210 total yards, a far cry from Toledo’s previous average of 559 yards per game.The Buckeyes’ second series lasted 12 plays and covered 68 yards. Pryor found Sanzenbacher for another touchdown, this time slinging an 18-yard pass into tight coverage for the score. Sanzenbacher made a one-handed stretch to snag the throw.“That ball was thrown in a hurry and right at the break,” Tressel said. “Dane’s got good hands. He’s a steady guy. Nothing bothers him inside, even when there’s a lot of bodies flying around.”Each of Toledo’s first ten drives ended with a punt. The Rockets fumbled away their only glance at the end zone late in the third quarter.On its only drive lasting more than seven plays, Toledo moved the ball deep inside Buckeye territory. Opelt connected with receiver Eric Page in stride near the end zone, but he lost control of the ball when unsuccessfully spinning away from a Kurt Coleman tackle.Linebacker Ross Homan recovered the fumble for the Buckeyes, who regained possession and maintained the shutout.The victory cleanses some of the rotten taste left in the players’ mouths after losing to Southern Cal. Following a week of criticism and scrutiny, the team is ready to move forward onto Big Ten play.“Criticism doesn’t bother us,” Pryor said. “I know what I’m capable of. I know what the offensive line is capable of. We all know what each other is capable of. It comes with the territory, you just have to do your job.”The dominating performance against Toledo helped prepare Ohio State for the rigor of conference play, Sanzenbacher said.“We have to be a lot more focused,” he said. “We know that every team has us marked down on their calendars and is going to play us tough.” read more

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Breaking down NFL Championship weekend

New York Jets vs. Indianapolis ColtsThis contest resembles the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” The American soldiers that were ordered to find private Ryan captured a German soldier. The Americans could have easily executed the soldier, but the character played by Tom Hanks told his patrol to let him go.In the conclusion of the movie, that same German soldier who was set free kills one of the American soldiers in that same patrol.When the Colts and Jets originally faced each other in Week 16, Indianapolis had a lead going into the second half and looked as if it would continue its undefeated season. Also, if the Jets lost the game, they would be out of the playoff hunt altogether, their season virtually over.But instead of ending the Jets’ playoff hopes, the Colts pulled their marquee players in the second half to rest for January. The Jets went on to win the contest and they have recently gone on a miraculous run to reach the AFC Championship game against the team that gave them an extra life.After the Colts let the Jets slip right through their fingers, they now will have to face off with a team that is currently brimming with confidence. Some critics believe that Indianapolis has lost its edge after resting their starters, but they won’t take New York lightly.The Colts are the only team left in the playoff that has been in the Super Bowl in recent memory. New York hasn’t won since a quarterback named Joe Namath guaranteed a championship victory in Super Bowl III. Indy is stockpiled with playoff experience and is led by MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and receiving threats Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. The Jets have an elite running attack, but the Colts proved to the world that they could shut down the run after silencing the Baltimore Ravens’ impressive running game.Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in the first five minutes of his inaugural press conference that his team would win the Super Bowl. Sports fans around the country laughed at the cocky coach, but New York is only one win away from reaching their destination.The Jets defense was able to slow down the Chargers’ high-octane offense with a bend-but-don’t-break approach last weekend. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez is a perfect complement to his defense as he is playing mistake free football. Rookie running back Shonn Green and veteran Thomas Jones have been the key to the Jets’ playoff success, leading the league in rushing .The Colts are playing in their cozy confines in Indianapolis and have plenty of incentives to seek revenge against the Jets, but the Jets are clicking at just the right time and will fulfill Rex Ryan’s prediction.Pick: New York Jets Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans SaintsSo far, Brett Favre has dismissed some of his critics while leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game. At the age of 40, Favre has had arguably his most successful season. It seems that he has finally learned that his gunslinging mentality of the last few years won’t work against modern defenses. Favre has become a game manager this season while racking up an impressive number of touchdowns and throwing a career-low seven interceptions. But it also doesn’t hurt to have running back Adrian Peterson standing behind him.Saints running back Reggie Bush doesn’t look like the same collegiate player from USC who avoided contact and juked around defenders. To the surprise of football fans around the country, Bush ran over defenders to gain chunks of yards against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend. New Orleans possesses a three-headed monster of running backs featuring Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Bush. Along with their dynamic pass offense, led by quarterback Drew Brees and stud receiver Marques Colston, the Saints have almost a limitless arsenal on offense.Don’t discredit the Saints defense. After a week of rest in the bye week in Wildcard weekend, key defensive players had time to heal their injuries. This was surely displayed when the Saints defense made Kurt Warner look like Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Viking defense is easily the superior squad in this contest. The front four of Minnesota’s defensive line tormented Tony Romo the entire contest last weekend, not allowing the Dallas quarterback to produce anything significant. Jared Allen leads arguably the best defense line in football and the team secondary is ranked among the league’s elite.The Superdome should play a significant factor in this Conference Championship game. The Saints will ride the New Orleans crowd that is begging for their first ever Super Bowl. The No. 1 seed in the NFC should answer their call to win the high-scoring contest.Pick: New Orleans Saints read more

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Ohio State mens soccer swats injury bug

The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s soccer team is on the verge of getting healthy – finally. OSU (1-2-1) has gotten contributions from players that have recently returned from injury and, with one notable exception, more players are expected to rejoin the team. Coach John Bluem, who will start working previously injured players back into the lineup, told The Lantern he is looking forward to having a healthy team back together. “We’re not completely injury free,” Bluem said. “We’re a little bit nicked up right now. Guys are returning from injuries, but it has slowed down our ability to have everybody fit and ready to contribute at times.” Bluem is especially concerned about senior defender Ben Killian, who fractured a bone in his foot. “Ben will probably red shirt this year,” Bluem said. “He broke his fifth metatarsal . That’s a tough injury to come back from. He might be able to rejoin us for practices in late October but his fitness will not be good enough to play.” However, there are other valuable players Bluem is happy to bring off the bench, including sophomore forward Kenny Cunningham. “Kenny had some good minutes tonight and he’s just returning from an injury,” Bluem said. Cunningham returned to the lineup Aug. 24 in a game against Dayton after tearing his hip flexor. In just his third game back, Cunningham scored the game-winner in overtime against Davidson Sunday to help OSU clinch its second consecutive Bert and Iris Wolstein Clasic championship. “I’m definitely trying to come back strong and work on everything,” Cunningham said. “I know I’m not in the best shape I can be in and I just need to work on my fitness.” Senior midfielder Sebastian Rivas agrees with Bluem that there are plenty of players to bring off the bench. “Depth-wise, we have a lot of people who can start to come off the bench and start and contribute for us,” Rivas said. “Now that we’re starting to get healthy I think we can all start giving 100 percent.” Bluem said he knows rebounding from injuries can be a struggle, but he is looking forward to having most of his team back together soon. “Hopefully we can go through a stretch soon where we stop having injuries,” Bluem said. OSU continues play Friday at San Diego. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. read more

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Commentary Reds Indians managers produce same results with different styles

Courtesy of MCTBoth the Cleveland and Cincinnati baseball organizations have managers that are familiar with winning. Although the two men have different managing techniques, they both seem to know which buttons to push. Cleveland’s Terry Francona’s loose way of orchestrating seems to fit his team’s persona. On the other hand, Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker’s calm approach to guiding a team appears to work, but has not gotten his team over the hump to win a championship.It is not farfetched to believe the Indians can win a championship with Francona at the helm. The former Boston manager won two titles with the Red Sox, one where his team defeated the Tribe in the American League Championship Series before winning it all in 2007.With a little over half of his first season as the Tribe’s manager under his belt, Francona has seen a fair amount of success with his new team. The Indians are second in the division, trailing the Tigers by 2.5 games. In recent years, the Indians have been in this identical position leading up to the All-Star break, but then find themselves in the back of the pack by season’s end. With the way the season has gone so far, it’s looking more and more like Francona has a formula that will keep his team in the playoff race into September.Cleveland’s skipper has a bit of a loose approach when it comes to managing. He likes his players to have fun on the field, and his loose personality appears to be working well with the team’s character. An example of Francona’s easy going style came before the start of the season when the team took part in the nationwide craze of making a “Harlem Shake” dance video.Although Cleveland has gone through a few managers over the past ten seasons the Reds have not, as Baker is in his six straight year with the organization.Although some may want Baker out of Cincinnati, no one can complain about him leading his ball club to two division titles in the last three years. The Reds won their division both in 2010 and again in 2012. Before the 2010 season, the only time Cincinnati had won the central division was in 1995. That year also marks the last year the Reds made the playoffs prior to the Baker era. He has turned the franchise into a consistent playoff contender.As great as it is that Baker has won division titles in Cincinnati, the higher goal is to get deep into the playoffs and win a World Series. The last two playoff appearances for the Reds have been the opposite of that. In 2010, Cincinnati was swept in three games in the divisional series against Philadelphia. The 2012 squad had a 2-0 lead on San Francisco before losing the next three games at home in the divisional series. Baker has been an outstanding manager in regards to getting his teams to the playoffs, but the playoff appearances are short-lived.Baker’s managing style is mainly laid back and relaxed, though there are times where he gets intense and wears his emotions on his sleeve. How the squad is this season, he may have to be more forward than usual in order to get his team on a roll. This 2013 team appears to be the type needing a constant push, seeming to have no sense of urgency. During one of the club’s more recent hitting slumps, second baseman Brandon Phillips said they would eventually get out of it. Baker needs to be more assertive and tell his players that eventually is not good enough.Both managers have the makeup of bringing championships to their respective cities. With this being Francona’s first year in Cleveland, he has a couple seasons to prove himself. Baker does not have that luxury with this being his sixth year in Cincinnati.The rest of the season is important to both franchises and managers as each are making a playoff push. read more

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Ohio State wins game for the ages against Michigan State

Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (left), redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, Shelley Meyer, and coach Urban Meyer sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBreathe in. Breathe out. But make it quick.That’s the mindset Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had after his team topped Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.“We can’t exhale very long,” Meyer said after his Buckeyes won, 49-37, in a rematch of the 2013 Big Ten title game. “We go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa.”The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) now sit alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings after breaking a tie with the Spartans, but are scheduled to travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shellacked the Hawkeyes to the tune of a 51-14 win Saturday to move to 7-2 on the season.Despite the implications the win against the Spartans has for the Buckeyes going forward, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the most important focus for OSU has to be put on the Golden Gophers.“The biggest thing is making sure guys are ready for that game,” Bennett said after the win. “Minnesota is a really good opponent. They’ve been winning a lot of games.”Going forward, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who threw for 300 yards and ran for another 86 while scoring five total touchdowns against the Spartans — said preparation will be key for OSU going forward.“One of the main things we need to do is just make sure we practice hard,” Barrett said after the game. “We’re going to enjoy this, but knowing that we still need to play better next week.”After a run of four straight games starting at either 3:30 or 8 p.m., Bennett added it will be important to be ready to go for a noon kick against Minnesota.“It’s gonna be the first noon game or whatever it is in like four weeks, so we’re gonna have to make sure that guys are mentally ready for it and can still get the juice up that we had tonight,” he said.But even with Minnesota on the horizon, Bennett said the win against Michigan State keeps the Buckeyes’ long-term goals in the realm of possibility after the Spartans dashed OSU’s title hopes last year with a 34-24 win in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.“Like I said before, it’s not about revenge. It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” he said. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”That conversation surrounds the College Football Playoff standings, with this season being the first year of the new championship format. Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes were firmly on the outside looking in with a No. 14 ranking in the CFP poll, but they picked up a win against the Spartans — which are No. 8 in the poll — that few people expected them to have. When the new Associated Press top 25 was released Sunday, OSU was No. 8 while the Spartans fell to No. 12.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — who picked up 154 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game — said OSU came in as the underdogs looking to make a national statement.“We had no one behind our back except for Buckeye nation and ourselves,” Elliott said after the game. “We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Meyer called the win “one for the ages,” and added he felt his team showed its worth under the lights at Spartan Stadium.“We played a top-10 team and we really played our best and on the road,” he said.When it comes to his team’s standing in the playoff picture, Meyer said he still doesn’t “know enough,” but made clear his feelings on where the Buckeyes should be.“I think it is,” Meyer — who earned a $330,000 raise after the 2013 season — said as to whether OSU is a playoff-caliber team. “I love my team.”While the CFP poll will decide who has a shot at a national championship come season’s end — the top four teams earn spots in the playoff — OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the Buckeyes regained confidence in themselves with the win.“I think we earned back the belief our players have in our program, belief in how we do things at Ohio State, how coach Meyer runs his program,” Warinner said after the game. “We just got our confidence back that we can win a big game, especially on the road.”Barrett agreed with Warinner, and added the win helped to prove the Buckeyes’ doubters wrong.“It really gave us confidence that we could play with the best of them because there was talk that we could only play well against very bad teams,” he said. “This was a very good team in Michigan State, and we came out and played well.”Just like Warinner and Barrett, Bennett said the win gave OSU confidence, but he added that it showed the Buckeyes are the “real deal,” and said it should put them in consideration for a playoff spot moving forward.“It just kind of gives us confidence; it makes other people just kind of turn their heads and start considering Ohio State for the top four,” he said.But while a panel will vote the top four on, the Buckeyes can control their own destiny when it comes to the Big Ten. After sitting in a tie with Michigan State, the win firmly established OSU as tops in the conference for the time being.Senior wide receiver Devin Smith — who Meyer said had his best game in an OSU uniform against the Spartans — said he was “angry” after last year’s loss, coupled with the Buckeyes’ image as underdogs, heading into East Lansing. He said the win showed the conference and the nation what kind of team OSU is.“We came out here and (made) a statement,” Smith said after the game. “And then that shows that we are the best team in the Big Ten, and we try to play like that.”Regardless of the Big Ten standing, or even the Buckeyes’ spot in the CFP poll, Meyer said he simply knows how well his team is playing right now, and added he’ll have to wait and see what that means going forward.“This team right now is playing on a very, very high level,” Meyer said. “I’m not sure what all that means other than we got to get ready to play next week.” read more

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Ohio State womens basketball tops VCU 9686 Amy Scullion returns

OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) maneuvers around VCU freshman guard Keira Robinson (34) to attempt a layup during a game on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86. Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerRedshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion shoots a free throw against VCU on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86.Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerIn a tight contest, the Ohio State women’s basketball team defeated Virginia Commonwealth after pulling away late in the game.OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston got the action started with a quick layup in the opening seconds of the 96-86 win. Both teams shot the ball well through the first six minutes as the game was tied, 20-20. Then a jumper from freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell sparked a 19-7 run over a span of nine minutes to take a 39-27 lead for the Buckeyes.Virginia Commonwealth outscored OSU, 16-13, in the last 5:48 of the half to make the score 52-43 as the teams headed to the locker room. The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, while holding the Rams to 37 percent.The Rams opened the second half with an 8-0 run to cut the Buckeye lead to just one point. But OSU answered with an 11-2 run to bring the lead back into double digits. OSU went on to score seven unanswered points to take its largest lead of the game, 70-56.Virginia Commonwealth cut the deficit to six with less than nine minutes remaining. After an 8-2 run by OSU, the Rams hit three consecutive 3-pointers to pull the game within three with less than four minutes remaining in the half. The Buckeyes closed out the game on a 14-7 run to get the 10-point victory.OSU improved to 2-2 for the season. Alston led all scorers with 34 points while Mitchell added 29 of her own. Freshman forward Alexa Hart came off the bench to tally 12 points along with eight blocks.Alston said the team excelled in finding an offensive rhythm throughout the game.  “I think we did a pretty good job, we got a nice little pace going,” Alston said. “We kind of got stagnant for a little while but I think we did pretty good offensively.”Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion added three points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Buckeyes. Scullion was in action for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season after initially forgoing her final year of eligibility to attend medical school. Scullion said that while she had some anxiety at the start of the game, it eventually wore off. “Not going to lie, I was a little nervous, I felt like a freshman again,” Scullion said. “Once we started going up and down a little bit it wasn’t bad.”Mitchell found herself in foul trouble, earning four throughout the game. Mitchell said that she’s still making the transition from playing defense in high school to college.  “I’m in the process of learning,” she said. “I know I’m at the collegiate level so stuff I used to get away with in high school, I’m not going to get away with. I know as I grow, my fouls have to stop.”Coach Kevin McGuff said Mitchell’s fouls are a result of her effort on the court and sees them as something she’ll eventually overcome.“She’s so competitive and is always trying to make a play for her team that sometimes she gets herself in a little bit of trouble, but she’ll grow through that,” McGuff said. Up next for OSU is a trip to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Clemson on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. read more

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Opinion Braxton Miller could feature prominently in Ohio States season opener

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photoSkepticism and doubt surrounded Braxton Miller when he announced in late July via an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’d be transitioning from his original position of quarterback to H-back this upcoming season.On a roster brimming with talent, especially on offense, many wondered just how much of the field the redshirt senior would see in what will be his final season at Ohio State. On top of taking on the challenges of learning a whole new position, Miller would have to leapfrog a multitude of skilled players.Regardless of his incredible playmaking ability, it looked like it’d be an uphill climb for the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.That is, until OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, as well as wide receiver Corey Smith, would be suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener at Virginia Tech. Junior star defensive end Joey Bosa was also amongst those suspended.Outside of Bosa, all were projected to be key components in OSU’s spread offense. Marshall and Wilson are hybrid type players, and each play the role of H-back. Smith, entering his redshirt senior season, enjoyed a great spring and had firmly cemented his status as the No. 2 wideout in rotation.So, through unfortunate circumstances, a rare opportunity has been presented to Miller. With the highly anticipated “revenge game” fast approaching, he’s in line to receive significant minutes.Thus far, his move to H-back has gone pretty seamlessly and has fans eager to see what he’ll bring to the table. Miller is still capable of breaking any game wide open as his athletic ability has been all too apparent in practices, something senior linebacker Joshua Perry has become pretty familiar with.“Don’t blink, he’s got some of the crispest, most ridiculous moves,” Perry said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 30. “His footwork is amazing, he’s really fluid, and his speed is obvious.”Meyer, a former wide receiver coach, remains skeptical and is Miller’s biggest critic, going so far as to say that it’d be “uncommon” to throw the ex-quarterback straight into the fire so early in the season. Admittedly so, the three-time national champion coach can’t deny the kind of difference-maker that sits ready in his stable.“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said on July 30. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose, and he’s not going to lose.”The expectation is that Miller will be a true “impact player” on offense. Considering the suspensions that have been handed out, plan on seeing a fairly heavy dosage of him in the Buckeyes’ Sept. 7 showdown in Blacksburg, Va.Only versatile sophomore, and current backup running back, Curtis Samuel stands in Miller’s way at H-back. Time will tell, though, as to who exactly will get the majority of the work at the hybrid position.How Miller comes along in terms of the continued development of his route running is something worth keeping a close eye on. At any rate, Meyer will undoubtedly find it tough to make a case for not adequately providing OSU’s in-state product with substantial playing time come Week One. read more

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Mens Hockey Jeremy Hoy focuses on preparation in first season with Ohio

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAssociate strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Hoy joined the Ohio State men’s hockey team in early August. Long before, the Buckeyes had seen his work firsthand, even if they didn’t know his name.“When I was at Robert Morris, we played Ohio State,” Hoy said. “In talking to these guys, they’re just like ‘Man, every time we turn around you guys were there. You never got tired, you were always hitting us.’”Before joining Ohio State, Hoy worked as a strength and conditioning coach all over the country. He’s coached at his own gym in Pittsburgh, with the gold medal-winning 2018 US Under-18 Women’s National Team and most recently at Robert Morris University, where the Colonials faced off against Ohio State multiple times during Hoy’s career. Hoy said he prides himself on the way he prepares his teams for the ice. He spends his time working out players, evaluating them during practice to identify their needs and, above all, making sure the team is game ready.“I’m responsible for a lot of aspects of physical preparation,” he said. “I’m making sure the guys are ready to go, I’m working with the athletic training staff to make sure they’re healthy … I’m going to recondition them, making sure they’re ready to go and they’re game ready all the time.”One aspect of the job Hoy focuses on is the relationship he forms with the team and each individual player. He works with each player to assess where they are and ensure they are in the best possible condition when they hit the ice. With the science behind strength and conditioning improving since Hoy entered the field nearly 20 years ago, there is a greater focus on each individual player rather than assuming a strength and conditioning routine works for everyone. The lessons from Hoy and the athletic training staff, however, don’t end in the weight room, or even on the ice.“What I feel like we’re doing is not preparing them to possibly play hockey at the next level … but we want them to be able to contribute to society in a positive way beyond college,” Hoy said. “When they’re done we want them to be able to enter the real world and have a positive impact from what they do.”Once the preparation is finalized for each game, Hoy said he holds a different perspective when his team enters the rink. Coaches and players focus on running plays and optimizing their strategy on the ice to win. Hoy still wants the team to win, but he has a different set of expectations for his players than most going into their games.“I feel like I haven’t done a good enough job if our team is being out-skated, out-conditioned, even out-hustled,” Hoy said. “I want to get the guys going. I want to be the one winning in all those areas every time. I also feel like I’m not doing my job if guys aren’t game ready.”While Hoy has only been at Ohio State for about a month, head coach Steve Rohlik believes he’s already left an impression on the team.“In the small sample we’ve had, he’s made a big impact,” Rohlik said. “No. 1 because he wants to be here … his energy, his knowledge and what he brings, his history, and the work he’s done for almost 20 years. Our guys have bought into his tremendous work ethic.”As Hoy prepares for his first season with Ohio State, his message to the team is clear.“I want to be the team that we’re talented and we’re going to outwork you. We’re going to bring both those together,” he said. “That starts here on the ice. Everything we do, it’s a mentality, a mindset that were going to work hard, give 100 percent effort and we’re engaged in doing everything we do.” read more

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Google street view blurs face of cow to protect its identity

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. “This opportunity wasn’t coming around very often so Gary grabbed a pick axe handle and we ran out into the street.”Giles Street is in a U-shape so we had about a minute before it would pass us. It had to go around a car park to take various shots so that gave us some time.  People had fun making puns after the tweet gained traction.”Udderly ridiculous,” said one user in reply. “Google teat view,” said another.A spokesman for Google said: “We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it’s clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous.”Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.” Google Street View’s perhaps overzealous approach to privacy has caused mirth online after a photograph of a cow with a blurred face went viral.The cow was photographed at Coe Fen, Cambridge, and has its face blurred the same way Google does for humans.A tweet featuring the animal was retweeted 9,000 times. Dan Thomson and Gary Kerr had decided to take advantage of the Google Street View camera and posed for the picture when they saw one of the cars comingCredit:googlecenter_img google street view Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously pic.twitter.com/ACTBpDwno6— David Shariatmadari (@D_Shariatmadari) September 13, 2016 Google Street View’s cars have been photographing the world since 2007.It has been blurring out the faces of people captured on camera to protect their identity since 2008, and has partnered with numerous businesses, including British Airways, to provide a sneak peak into their premises. In August 2013 Police Scotland were called after someone spotted what appeared to be a murder on Edinburgh’s Giles Street captured by Google Street View, complete with an  image of a man holding a pick axe handle standing over an apparently lifeless body.Upon investigation they found mechanics Dan Thompson and Gary Kerr had staged the grisly scene after recognising the Google car all the way back in August 2012.”I recognised the Google car coming into the street from the camera tower on the top,” said Mr Thompson.last_img read more

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Prince Harry visits Lovers Beach to release baby turtles – but misses

first_imgThe US holiday of Thanksgiving this Thursday is the most important time of the year for Americans to spend time with their families and loved ones. Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is no different, as she showed by posting on Instagram on Wednesday a picture of herself celebrating the occasion in a past year, next to an enormous roast turkey. She will, of course, have to celebrate the public holiday without her boyfriend, who is representing the Queen on a two-week tour of the Caribbean.The couple will, however, have plenty of new experiences to tell each other about when they catch up over the phone.While American Miss Markle, 35, will be able to tell the Prince all about her traditional family get-together, the Prince can reciprocate with stories about releasing baby turtles into the sea on the aptly-named Lovers Beach on the island of Nevis. The Prince is a passionate conservationistCredit:Tim Rooke /Rex / Shutterstock Show more He encouraged everyone to continue their hard work. Volunteer Thema Ward, 35, said: “Harry was excellent. He got right down there digging with us and we weren’t expecting that.”“He is so down to earth – like his mum was. She just blended right like a real person when she was here and Harry did the same.” He was excited when he was given some more and exclaimed: “A whole team!”As they used their flippers to flap their way down the short, steep beach to the surf, he gestured with his hands, willing them on by saying “Go, go, go!” and “That way!” He said: “Look at the energy they have as well. He’s waiting for the water to come to him – that’s really clever.”He held his sunglasses in his mouth as he handled the small animals. Prince Harry was shown a turtle nesting site Credit:Chris Radburn/PA Prince Harry was told he could keep the gloves used to handle the baby turtlesCredit:Rex Features 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. Looking concerned, he continued to dig, saying: “Are you sure there are no more? Never leave a man behind!”He had been told that stragglers from the nests tend to die because they are not strong enough to dig their way to the surface without the help of the dozens of siblings that have hatched with them. Prince Harry releases turtles on Lovers Beach in Nevis Prince Harry with a turtle Prince Harry released the turtles on Lovers BeachCredit:Tim Rooke /Rex / Shutterstockcenter_img Prince Harry's gloved hand Prince Harry was shown a turtle nesting site The Prince was then taken down to the end of the beach, to dig for any turtles still in their nests. Handed a pair of white plastic gloves, he enthusiastically began digging a deep hole with his hands, pulling out empty shells, and was shown an example of an egg that hadn’t developed. He was told about the conservation project, which aims to protect turtles and increase their population.For every 1,000 turtles in Nevis, only one of those will return to lay eggs.While it is illegal to hunt turtle eggs for consumption in Nevis, many people still do. The Prince chipped in: “It’s because they are an aphrodisiac, right?”When he had helped dig a hole roughly 2ft deep, he was told that there would not be any live turtles in there.  Prince Harry met the founder and president of the Nevis Turtle Group, Lemuel PembertonCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty After carefully handling and examining the first turtle, he gently placed him at the waters edge.  The Prince who, like Miss Markle, is a passionate conservationist, enjoyed one of the highlights of his trip to the West Indies when he met volunteers from a turtle conservation group on one of the world’s most secluded beaches.Although he arrived at the wrong time of day to see turtles hatching and burrowing their way to the surface of the sand, members of the Nevis Turtle Group had kept five baby green turtles, found earlier in the day trapped in thick vegetation, for him to release on the beach. Prince Harry released baby turtles into the sea in NevisCredit:Tim Rooke/Rex / Shutterstock Prince Harry released baby turtles into the sea in Nevis Prince Harry meets the founder and president of the Nevis Turtle Group, Lemuel Pemberton The Prince said he had never seen baby turtles before, only adults. He looked impressed when he was told the babies would eventually weigh up to 900lbs.Afterwards he took off his gloves and, when told to keep them, joked: “It’s not like they’re a souvenir!”When it was pointed out he could use them for digging in sand again, he said: “Yes, that’s what I do in my spare time!”last_img read more

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TubeStrike How people in London got to work and the funniest social

first_img Clapham Junction looks like a living nightmare  At least everyone is getting some fresh air…  At least we Brits know how to queueLook at that line! Stay clear from Liverpool Street #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/Zf5YN6ksli— Luize Lazdane (@luize_l) January 9, 2017  An endless line of walkers  Look how unhappy everyone is Loved the commuter taking to his scooter today along The Thames #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/ZHHqixS4XI— Nigel Bowles (@NigelBowles) January 9, 2017  Commuters trudged en masse to their jobs Clapham junction station was evacuated as commuters tried in vain to get to work.However, many have had a stiff upper lip about the transport woes they faced today. Clapham Junction is a very similar scene to when the Titanic is sinking & they’re trying to get everyone onto the lifeboats #TubeStrike #TfL— gabriella sylvia (@gabsylvia_) January 9, 2017  Look at all those people!  …full of Uber fumes Even comparing it to the Titanic  Who would have thought people would be so desperate to work on a Monday morning?  Some seemed to have quite a nice commute Grim humour has won the day on social media as people post pictures of their commute from hell.Got a particularly great picture of an unusual or horrifying London commute? Send it through to helena.horton@telegraph.co.uk.Think you can have a relaxing stroll to work? Think again A sign of the chaos caused by the Tube strike that @SadiqKhan is supposed to be on Radio 4 now but is stuck in traffic #TubeStrike— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) January 9, 2017center_img Spare a thought for the tourists unable to get from Leicester Square to Covent Garden without the Piccadilly line 💔 #TubeStrike— Rupert Monkhouse (@pert1993) January 9, 2017 There will be huge commuting one-upmanship on display tomorrow.’You walked? I had to take a dolphin at Greenwich.”I swam.’#TubeStrike— Dan (@ThatConnArtist) January 8, 2017  And complained about it at length when they got to work  The trains in action are empty It’s not even 7am at Clapham Junction and I already feel like Simba in the stampede scene of The Lion King #TubeStrike #london— Aisling (@aislingroseg) January 9, 2017  Don’t forget the real victims of the strike  Some were quite melodramatic  Even our Mayor isn’t immune   As long as it’s not busy, you get a better view than on the tube Leicester Square is so full of Ubers this morning it’s like a Toyota Prius convention. #TubeStrike— Chris Parsons (@ChrisParsons274) January 9, 2017 Others took the whole thing in their stride 100’s of people queueing to get into Clapham Junction which is now exit only #london #trains #TubeStrike #BORING pic.twitter.com/gDLTQYmyEx— Jodie Nicole (@jodie19lo) January 9, 2017 The tube strike has brought London to a halt as most stations in Zone 1 have no Underground services and the buses and streets are crammed with annoyed commuters and confused tourists.There was commuter chaos on Monday morning, with more expected at rush hour in the evening.  Sometimes living in London is such a treat… 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

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Teenager died of meningitis after tweeting Lol Did not expect to be rushed

first_imgA teenager who died of meningitis was discharged from hospital despite her mother showing doctors a school letter warning about the disease, an inquest heard.Isabel Gentry, 16, was released by medics and told her mother ‘”I can’t believe they’re sending me home, I feel so ill,” the hearing was told.Earlier she posted on Twitter: “Lol I knew something was up. Did not expect I’d be rushed to hospital in an ambulance, how peak.”Her frantic mother had shown hospital staff a letter they were sent from her college warning about meningitis but were told it was “just a virus”, an inquest heard.She was sent home until her condition deteriorated so badly that she was unable to communicate, an inquest heard.Izzy had been studying for her AS exams when she began complaining of a bad headache, vomiting and fainting. 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. But after being seen at the Bristol Royal Infirmary she was sent home in the early hours of the morning – only to be readmitted 24 hours later when she got worse.The teenager died in the intensive care unit on May 20, 2016, after an MRI scan showed irrecoverable brain swelling had caused brain stem death.Her mother, Claire Booty, told the inquest the family had raised concerns about meningitis with a call operator, paramedics and doctors.She said: “Given the symptoms were flu-like, I was given no guidance about what to look out for if her condition deteriorated. Izzy wasn’t given a chance.” Her mother told the inquest: “When I got home about 6pm she was complaining of a headache and took paracetamol about 7pm.”Her symptoms became worse, and during the evening my husband rang and we discussed it.”I rang 111 to seek further advice. In particular my husband and I discussed meningitis and the letter.”She looked for a rash on the teenage girl’s body, but told the inquest that the two male paramedics who attended were reluctant to examine her.Paramedics Gary White and Christian Chambers, of South West Ambulance Service, took the teenager to hospital in an ambulance.Mrs Booty said that the pair appeared “understandably reluctant” to examine Izzy as she was a teenage girl.Mrs Booty said: “They seemed fixated about an upset stomach, but this wasn’t one of the symptoms she was complaining of and this wasn’t one of the symptoms we had raised when we called 111.” Izzy's last tweet Izzy’s last tweetCredit:Twitter After being admitted at 1am, Isabel was seen by a doctor who sent her home after five hours – although she could hardly walk to her mother’s car.Mrs Booty told the inquest: “I was concerned that the examination was not particularly thorough and that the doctor was distracted.”The school letter we had seemed to make no difference to the risk assessment which was undertaken.”Nurses reassured the pair that “it was just a virus” and she would recover in a couple of days, the inquest was told.Isabel struggled to walk to the car and said: “I can’t believe they’re sending me home Mum, I feel so ill.” They seemed fixated about an upset stomach, but this wasn’t one of the symptoms she was complaining of and this wasn’t one of the symptoms we had raised when we called 111Izzy’s mother Izzy fell ill while studying for her exams, the inquest in Flax Bourton, Bristol, was told. Tributes quickly flooded in for the popular teenager with dozens describing her as a “gorgeous” and “bubbly” young woman who had an “amazing energy”.The inquest in to her death is scheduled to last for five days and presided over by senior coroner, Maria Voisin. The following day Mrs Booty phoned her GP surgery at 5.10pm but was told it was too late for a home visit that day.Due to Izzy’s worsening condition Mrs Booty called for an ambulance at 5.30pm.Ambulance staff arrived, by which time the teenager was unable to communicate and her limbs were “thrashing and flailing”.Within half an hour of arriving at A&E, Mrs Booty was told it was likely her daughter had meningitis, and she was taken to the intensive care unit.But the following day her condition worsened and an MRI scan showed irreparable brain swelling had occurred and brain stem death had taken place.Her death was recorded at 7.30pm on May 20, two days after Isabel had posted on Twitter: “Lol I knew something was up. Did not expect I’d be rushed to hospital in an ambulance, how peak.”Paramedic Pippa Bishop told the inquest she had been unable to pre-alert the hospital as she had to restrain Isabel on the stretcher.Senior coroner for Avon, Maria Voisin, said: “Would it have been preferable to pre-alert before leaving the scene?”Ms Bishop said: “With hindsight it would have been.”The inquest heard that the cause of death was “most likely meningococcal meningitis”.University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a rapid review after Izzy’s death that the assessment and treatment were “appropriate” as initial symptoms were “not typical of meningitis”.Izzy’s mother told the inquest she had told paramedics, nurses and the doctor that a fellow pupil alt St Brendan’s Sixth Form College had recently been diagnosed with meningitis and that the school had issued a warning letter to parents.last_img read more

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Pilot halts deportation of Afghan asylum seeker by refusing to fly when

first_imgIn a highly unusual move, the Turkish Airlines pilot reportedly came out of the plane and said “you’re not going to take him, I’m not flying. Someone’s life is at risk.”Under European Aviation Safety Agency regulations, pilots are responsible for the “safety of the aircraft and of all crew members, passengers and cargo on board”, giving them authority over the passengers on board an aircraft when it takes off.The Afghan came to Britain two years ago through the migrant camps at Calais in France and claimed he was at risk from the Taliban because of his job at a construction company with links to the Afghan government and US corporations.When he arrived in the UK in 2015, Mr Bigzad went to Kent to care for his father – a British citizen who claimed he was tortured by the Taliban in the 1990s. But Mr Bigzad was refused asylum and was denied permission to appeal. He was later reportedly detained during a routine immigration appointment.His family are now attempting to get the Afghan interior ministry to notify the British Government that they cannot guarantee his welfare in Afghanistan, as part of a bid for a fresh asylum claim. Afghan Samim Bigzad, 22, was due to be deported Afghan Samim Bigzad, 22 “We don’t know the name of the pilot but there are so many people who would like to thank him.” Turkish Airlines had not responded to request for comment. The Home Office said it would not comment on individual cases.  An Afghan asylum seeker’s deportation was prevented on Tuesday after the pilot of the plane on which he was supposed to be removed reportedly refused to take off.Samim Bigzad, 22, had been booked on a Turkish Airlines flight after his application for asylum failed. A petition to delay his deportation had attracted 3,000 signatures.Campaigners went to Heathrow Airport to tell passengers about Mr Bigzad’s situation, asking them to raise it with airline staff if they felt comfortable doing so.Mr Bigzad was reportedly hysterical as he was escorted on to the flight, claiming he could be beheaded by the Taliban.Kavel Rafeferty, a British woman who had been hosting Mr Bigzad in Kent, later received a message from him saying he had returned to a detention centre in the UK after “the pilot said no”, the Independent reported.“The last message I’d had from him was so sad – it just said ‘they’ve come to take me’ and then the phone was switched off,” said Ms Rafferty.“But then he rang that night and told me ‘the pilot said no’. He was happy and relieved and shocked – it was a lot to go through in one day. 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

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Police unveil advent calendar to display their most wanted suspects

first_img“Public appeals for information have previously proved successful and we’ve chosen the Christmas period to highlight those who are wanted to appeal for help in catching them before Christmas.  “If you have any information on any of the people we put out, please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” The force told The Telegraph that it will be discontinuing the festive graphic alongside the pictures for the rest of advent, but will still release photographs of people who are wanted each day of advent. A police force has unveiled an advent calendar which displays a wanted suspect each day leading up to Christmas.Essex Police, for the first time, is displaying its festive take on ‘wanted’ posters on its social media feeds.The first picture was released on Friday, of Tiras Downie, 38, who is wanted on suspicion of breaching a court order and has links to Wandsworth & Ipswich.A picture of him is illustrated with snowflakes and a glittery bauble.The initiative divided opinion on social media. 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. One person wrote sarcastically: “Nothing says Merry Christmas like the 25 most wanted in Essex.”Another said: “Whilst I understand and support the posts in social media to catch criminals I find it so very distasteful that you are using an “advent calendar” which in my mind is associated with a happy festive time, to promote your posts to catch wanted criminals!!!!!”A supporter pointed out:  “I think it gets people attention which it’s clearly done. These criminals ruin people’s Christmas so why not just support the police and share the post!!!” Can’t quite decide if this is brilliant, or hideous. https://t.co/G82MdgNiST— Stephen Leach ♣ (@SirTerenceBoot) December 1, 2017 Essex Police told The Telegraph that this is the first year they have trialed the idea.A spokesperson said: “In a bid to reduce the number of wanted people in the west of Essex, we are releasing a themed advent calendar in the run-up to Christmas, which will show a wanted person a day from the west of Essex.  Our first wanted person in the advent calendar series is Tiras Downie, 38.He’s wanted on suspicion of breaching a court order and has links to Wandsworth & Ipswich.Last known to be living in the Lambeth area.Call Pc Clare Thomas at Harlow police station on 101 with info. pic.twitter.com/kbkXEoGgSZ— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) December 1, 2017 They could have at least photoshopped a Santa hat on him as well https://t.co/RWwCTdzSjo— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) December 1, 2017 “We are appealing for the public’s help over the festive period to provide any information they have in order for us to locate these offenders.  This will start on Friday, December 1 and will run right up until Christmas Eve.”It is to give those who are wanted the chance to come forward and hand themselves in to us, rather than get arrested in a public place.”Chief Inspector Richard Baxter said, “We have a number of people wanted in the west and want to highlight what offences they have committed and why they are wanted. They will have the opportunity to come forward but if they don’t we will continue our search for them. last_img read more

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Finsbury Park terror trial Darren Osborne denies driving van and blames Dave

first_imgWhen he was asked if he had contact with Terry and Dave after the attack, Osborne told the court: “We were planning to form a group, like the Welsh far-right group. We were going to call ourselves the ‘Taffia’.”Osborne also told the court he plotted with two men to “plough through as many” people as possible at a pro-Palestinian march in central London the day before.Mr Corbyn was also believed to be attending the event but was not there, and road closures meant there was no way for the vehicle to get close to marchers, the court heard, prior to the attack that was carried out.During cross examination, Mr Rees asked Osborne: “Were you hoping that you would have an opportunity to attack Jeremy Corbyn and kill him?”Osborne replied “Oh yeah”, adding: “It would be one less terrorist off our streets.”The jury had earlier been told how witnesses described the white vehicle accelerating as it approached the group, leaving them “splattered all over the place” and killing father of six Makram Ali, 51. Metropolitan Police handout image from body worn video recorded following Darren Osborne's initial detention in the early hours of June 19 2017 The court heard that at the end of the interview, Mr Dring asked: “Finally from me, is there anything at all that you know about that could harm anyone?””Mr Osborne says ‘No’.”After a pause Osborne added “I’m flying solo”, Mr Rees told the jury. Ms Wilding said: “How was it that you ended up in the Finsbury Park area?”Osborne said: “It was Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency. That’s what gave us the idea.”He added that they were looking for the mosque.Ms Wilding said: “Did you know whether Dave or Terry were also going to be in the Finsbury Park area.”He replied: “Yes they were going to meet me there.”Osborne said the trio had originally planned to go to Rochdale, Greater Manchester, adding: “That was our intended target.”Asked if this plan had been put into effect, he said: “Unfortunately not.” Ms Wilding said: “Do you know Dave’s other name?”Osborne said: “No, I do not.”Prosecuting barrister Jonathan Rees QC, said: “Somehow he (Dave) seems to have got away even though he was the driver.”Both prosecutor and defendant agreed that this was “remarkable”. A man accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack has denied driving the van which mowed down Muslim worshippers in north London – blaming a man called “Dave” instead.Darren Osborne denied deliberately driving at people outside two mosques shortly after 12.15am on June 19 last year, leaving one dead and several injured.He said the driver of the van was a man called Dave, whose surname he did not know – and he also told a court he had hatched a plot to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.Osborne told Woolwich Crown Court he had been planning to set up a Welsh far-right group with Dave and another man, Terry Jones, to be called the Taffia.In the dock Osborne, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff,  said all he could remember of the attack was peering out the van before the moment of impact, which he said “sort of reminded me of Hungry Hippos”.Osborne admitted he had earlier been driving the van, but claimed he was in the footwell of the passenger seat removing his trousers before the moment of impact. Darren Osborne is alleged to have used a van to mow down a group of worshippers as they left a mosque in Finsbury ParkCredit:SWNS/Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury Park Makram Ali, 51, a victim of the terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuries.Credit:Metropolitan Police Metropolitan Police handout image from bodycam video recorded following Darren Osborne’s initial detention in the early hours of June 19 2017Credit:Metropolitan Police/PA Wirecenter_img Darren Osborne, 48, allegedly mowed down Makram Ali, 51, and nine other people in a north London street which was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in June last year. The court was also shown footage from the body camera of Pc David Jones, who is said to have handcuffed Mr Osborne while he was on the ground after the incident.A man the prosecution say is Osborne can be heard saying in the back of the police vehicle “I lost control of the van” and “lost control, man”.Mr Jones said: “Were you driving, yeah?”The man is heard to reply: “Yeah.”Asked if he had been drinking, the man said he had consumed a “couple of pints”.Osborne denies the murder of Mr Ali, 51, and attempted murder of “persons at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Street, London”. Makram Ali, 51, a victim of the terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuries. Defence barrister Lisa Wilding QC said: “Did you know who was the driver of the van?”Osborne replied: “A guy called Dave.” Osborne said he had met Dave in a pub in Treforest, called the Pick and Shovel, in early April or March last year. He added that together with Terry they had discussed their social and political views.Osborne had previously said said he was in contact with Terry and Dave as he travelled through London but they were not in the vehicle. Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury ParkCredit:James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock  Detective Constable Paul Dring, of the Metropolitan Police, said he was told by Osborne during an urgent safety interview conducted at University College Hospital that no-one else was involved in the attack, the court heard.According to a statement read by Mr Rees, he asked: “In terms of what happened today, is there anyone else involved? To which Mr Osborne replied ‘No’.” 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

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Bishop George Bell investigation dropped by Sussex Police

The Church was criticised for making the new investigation public, with Lord Carlile calling the decision “unwise, unnecessary and foolish”. The police statement suggests that their investigation closed more than a month ago without the public being told.It is also not known whether Bishop Bell’s niece and only surviving relative Barbara Whitley, 94, was informed. In a statement the police force said: “On Tuesday 30 January this year we received information from the Church of England concerning an allegation made against the late Bishop George Bell. “The information was assessed and a proportionate investigation has been carried out to clarify the circumstances. “This was done thoroughly and sensitively, although of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago.  “There are no current safeguarding issues. “The matter is now closed as far as Sussex Police are concerned and the Church of England have been informed of this.”Andrew Chandler, Bell’s biographer and founder of the George Bell Institute, said: “‘In October 2015 the Church authorities were prepared to devastate the name of a dead man on the basis of a wholly discreditable process. 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. “In January 2018 they were ready to do so on the basis of no process at all. I imagine they regard this as progress. “At all events, this statement reinforces a sense that the making of allegations is more important to the Church than the testing of them. “It also shows how the church authorities are prepared to exploit the arts of publicity in their own interests.”Dr Ruth Hildebrandt Grayson, the daughter of Bishop Bell’s friend Franz Hildebrandt, said: “I doubt there was any new information. I think it was probably a smokescreen or a stalling tactic.”The Carlile report did not go their way and I think they were scrabbling around for anything more which could be found which would justify the way they have tried to blacken George Bell’s name, and they have failed.”A spokeswoman for the Church of England said: “Fresh information was received regarding Bishop Bell following the publication of the Carlile Review in December. “In January the National Safeguarding Team announced that it was commissioning an independent investigation into this information and we cannot make any further comment until the investigation is completed.”A representative for the Archbishop of Canterbury has also been approached for comment.  The matter is now closed as far as Sussex Police are concerned and the Church of England have been informed of this. The Archbishop of Canterbury has also been urged to retract a statement that there remains a “significant cloud” over the name of the popular bishop, who is recognised for speaking out against Nazi Germany and saving Jews fleeing the regime.  A police investigation into former bishop of Chichester George Bell has been dropped amid criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury for smearing his name. Sussex Police told the Daily Telegraph that they were no longer investigating a new allegation which was referred to them earlier this year.A spokesman said the the investigation “was completed in March 2018” and added “of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago”. An independent review released last year by Lord Carlile found that Bishop Bell had been besmirched by the church in 2015 when officials released a statement formally apologising over allegations of abuse made by a woman who is now in her seventies. It also paid out £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, for the alleged sexual abuse over a period of four years, beginning when she was five years old.  In January this year the Church announced that it had received “fresh information” about Bell which it had passed on to the police. At the time it refused to provide details such as the date of the alleged wrongdoing, whether the complainant is a man or a woman or is still alive. read more

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Drones banned from Windsor during Royal wedding weekend due to privacy and

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. Drones have been banned over Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle A similar restriction was in force for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. Drones have been banned from flying over Windsor throughout the Royal wedding weekend due to privacy and security fears.Thames Valley Police requested a Restriction of Flying Regulation order over concerns that the newlyweds’ royal carriage procession could be filmed from above using the unmanned aerial vehicles.The order was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for both Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May to ensure that any overnight guests leaving the evening reception might also be protected.Police are concerned that if a number of drones are flown simultaneously, they could collide and fall out of the sky, injuring the royal couple or well-wishers lining the route.They could also be a danger to any police security helicopters flying overhead, providing cover for their officers protecting the royals on the ground.The force, which is responsible for the security of Prince Harry and Ms Markle on the streets of Windsor, is calling on the public to keep an eye out for drone pilots. They have asked the tens of thousands of people expected to line the route to call them urgently if they see one taking off on the wedding day.The enforcement will be monitored and enforced throughout the event and offenders will be liable for prosecution. Supt Jim Weems, tactical commander for the policing operation said: “This Restriction of Flying Regulation is a routine measure for a large scale event such as this and is part of the broad range of security measures that are in place to deliver a safe and secure day for everyone.”It involves a ban on all aircraft, as well as drones, flying below 2,500 feet in and around the Windsor Castle estate.It does not apply to commercial aircraft flying overhead to add from nearby Heathrow Airport.A Windsor Castle source said: “The Queen was notified that an order was being sought to prevent drones flying over Windsor Castle on the wedding day and she agreed to it.“They are a nuisance and intrusive and Thames Valley Police are asking the local people to report a drone if it is in the air or if they see somebody preparing to take one off.“They would be an irritation and now the CAA has officially banned them it is hopefully one less headache the security services will have to deal with on the wedding day itself.“There will be more than enough cameras on the royal couple without these flying unauthorised eyes-in-the-sky”. Drones have been banned over Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Matt Dunham read more

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UK weather Storm Hector batters Britain with winds of up to 100mph

Police officers in the West End of Glasgow deal with a fallen treeCredit:SWNS.com  A Fallen tree on the Glenavy Road near Lisburn A fallen tree on the Glenavy Road near LisburnCredit:Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker The Met Office said in a statement: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day. While the storm may dampen some outdoor plans, the Met Office is confident the hot, sunny weather should return before long, with the end of June set to be drier.  “Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations. Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.”In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.” The yellow warning remains in place until 3pm.Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Over the rest of England and Wales it will just be a strong, blustery day.”With any outdoor events planned, it may be something people are unprepared for or come as unexpected compared to the weather we have had recently.” Gale-force winds of up to 100mph have battered the UK as Storm Hector hit, with the Met Office warning of a threat to life.Much of Britain is covered by a yellow warning, but the north and west of Northern Ireland – which will see the first winds hit – was subject to a more serious amber warning.The Met Office said injuries and a danger to life was “likely” in coastal areas in Northern Ireland, with the chance of large waves and potential for beach debris to end up on roads, sea fronts and properties.It said winds had reached 100mph at the very exposed Cairngorms in Scotland.People have been advised to take care during rush hour, with potential disruption due to fallen trees. The storm follows a weeks-long spell of sunshine and warmth, as Britain basked in an unusually hot start to summer.The storm could disrupt royal proceedings; the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex are due to have their first official engagement together as they open Cheshire’s Mersey Gateway Bridge.Although there is not a weather warning yet for that area, they could face some stronger winds than usual. Winds have reached 100 mph at the very exposed Cairngorms in #Scotland. Here are some low level #wind gusts which are unseasonably high considering we’re in June #StormHector pic.twitter.com/2luXbnKMWG— Met Office (@metoffice) June 14, 2018 Travel disruption is expected, and road, rail, air and ferry services could be badly affected.It is also possible some buildings may be damaged, with a slight chance of power cuts in some parts – with the strongest winds expected in Argyll, near Oban. Weather map for Thursday and week ahead Police officers in the West End of Glasgow deal with a fallen tree 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

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Vogue embroiled in another race row after giving white model afrostyle hair

She said at the time: “These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive.” “We apologise if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”The photographs of Jenner were taken by  fashion photographer Mikael Jansson to celebrate the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund. 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. Vogue Magazine has become embroiled in another race row after being accused of giving a non-black model ‘afro-style’ hair.The magazine apologised, explaining that the stylist had tried to give model Kendall Jenner an early 20th century hairstyle, and that it was not intended to look like an afro.”The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the ’60s and the early ’70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras,” the magazine told E! News .Vogue has been criticised for its depiction of race in recent years; earlier this year, the Italian branch of the magazine apologised after being accused of darkening supermodel Gigi Hadid’s skin.Last year, supermodel Karlie Kloss apologised  after posing for a spread in a kimono, which caused a “cultural appropriation” row. She was widely criticised on social media.One angered Instagram user wrote: “We used to have our hair burned because society taught us that we were not beautiful with our afros, now they copy our afros but can’t use actual BLACK models with afros!”Another said: “For years we have been penalized about our looks and especially our hair, It is a slap in the face when non-Blacks try to imitate our look.”However, others came to the magazine’s defence, with one user commenting: “People need to calm down. This isn’t an Afro. It’s a teased hairstyle. Her hair is teased. It is not an Afro. She’s not making fun of a culture nor is she being disrespectful.”Another said: “Enough already. This isn’t even close to a afro! If you are offended by this you really need to adjust your thinking, maybe with a little more compassion and a lot more love and leave the hate out of it!” read more

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Top awards for Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo after performances in Antony

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting the cast of Hamilton, as Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical show took home the coveted Best Musical Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Sophie Okonedo was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Hotel RwandaCredit:Johan Persson The winners of the 10 awards for the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards are as follows:BEST ACTORRalph FiennesAntony and CleopatraNational TheatreNATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESSSophie OkonedoAntony and CleopatraNational TheatreBEST PLAYThe Inheritanceby Matthew LopezYoung Vic & Noël Coward TheatreMILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTORMarianne ElliottCompanyGielgud TheatreBEST MUSICALHamiltonVictoria PalaceBEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCERosalie CraigCompanyGielgud TheatreBEST DESIGNMiriam BuetherThe Jungle, Young Vic & PlayhouseTheatreCHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHTNatasha GordonNine NightNational TheatreEMERGING TALENT AWARDJamael WestmanHamiltonVictoria PalaceLEBEDEV AWARDSir Cameron MackintoshFor his contribution to musical theatre Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo have become the first pair in 30 years to pick up the best actor and actress prize for the same production at the Evening Standard theatre awards.Playing Antony and Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy by the same name, Fiennes and Okonedo were described by judges as “at the top of their game” in Simon Godwin’s National Theatre play.This is the second time in three years that Fiennes has walked away with the ‘best actor’ prize, winning it in 2016 for his roles in The Master Builder and Richard III.The last time two lead actors in the same production won the top prizes at the awards ceremony was 1988, when Lindsay Duncan and Eric Porter were rewarded for their performances in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Time Out magazine wrote at the time: “superlative, scorching performances from Lindsay Duncan and Eric Porter” while the Guardian said it was “not to be missed”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting the cast of Hamilton, as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical show took home the coveted Best Musical Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.Credit:Dan Charity/The Sun 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. Elsewhere, a radical revision of Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s ‘Company’ won Marianne Elliott the Best Director award.She switched the gender of the leading man to a woman, giving Rosalie Craig the role of a lifetime and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Performance.The West End’s other unstoppable musical, Hamilton, also won two awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop history, which opened last December, was named Best Musical. Its London star Jamael Westman also collected the Award for Emerging Talent.At a star studded event last night at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London Phoebe Waller-Bridge was the presenter and the newspaper’s 38-year-old Russian owner Evgeny Lebedev was the host. He was joined by Anna Wintour, Claire Foy and Idris Elba.The annual awards, now in their 64th year, saw prizes handed out by Andrew Garfield, Richard Madden, Stella McCartney, Jenna Coleman and Paapa Essiedu. Sophie Okonedo on stage as Cleopatra Sophie Okonedo is best known for her Academy Award nominated role in Hotel Rwanda. Since then, she has won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun) as well as a Golden Globe for The Secret Life of Bees.In Antony and Cleopatra, “Okonedo radiates amusement, wilfulness, all the necessary push and pull of attitudes,” said Telegraph theatre critic Dominic Cavendish.“Around her, the director does much to answer the play’s equivalent tug between epic and domestic, exotic and politic, tragedy and comedy, laying out the complex action with calmness and clarity,” he added.Earlier this year, Godwin said: “Cleopatra is an iconic part, but it is vertiginous and it requires guts,” he says. “And Sophie has guts. She isn’t vain and she is willing to go to strange and dark places. “She is radiant and sexy and she can be emotionally true.”On Fiennes, he said: “Failure hangs over the play, and the trap is to play Antony like he’s a failure. Ralph will make him a man of action, of intensity and heroism, rather than a depleted figure.”Theatre goers wishing to see the play before its final show on January 19 next year could will need to hurry to buy tickets. As of last night, the only seats available before then are at 1:30 pm on Wednesday December 5. read more

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Eton College to offer 12 free places to boys from challenging backgrounds

Simon Henderson, headmaster at Eton College, said: “Eton has made places available free of charge to deserving students since our foundation in 1440 and we are very proud that there are over 80 boys currently in the school who pay no fees.”The Orwell Award will ensure that we continue this tradition by helping boys with tremendous potential but limited opportunity.”We are not targeting boys who will do well anyway.”We’re looking for applicants with vigour, talent and industry who, without proper support, will not be prepared for or even apply to the country’s top universities.” Eton College is to launch twelve free places to boys from challenging backgrounds, including refugees, even if they do not have high grades.The Orwell Award, launched today, is aimed at those who have academic ability but have not had the chance to meet their potential.The prize, named after Eton alumnus George Orwell, who received financial aid at the exclusive school, will be offered to Year 11 pupils studying in non-selective state schools.It will cover a sixth form place including boarding and allowances to enable boys to fully participate in the life of the school.Examples of hurdles a recipient could have faced include whether a boy has refugee status or is a looked-after child, if he is in the first generation of his family to go to university or if he has been in receipt of the pupil premium.Unlike previous scholarship programmes, the Orwell Award will recognise academic achievement may have been held back by circumstance.Applicants will be assessed on academic potential and against specific criteria such as attending a school Ofsted has identified as requiring improvement or special measures.The announcement comes at a time when there is increasing pressure on the sector to diversify and widen participation. 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

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Romanian man arrested for murder of Valerie Graves after his exwife tipped off

A Romanian man arrested for the 2013 murder of Valerie Graves was investigated by police after a tip-off from his ex-wife, who had discovered he was cheating on her.Cristian Sabou, 27, appeared in court on Thursday in Cluj-Napoca, northwest Romania, to face extradition back to the UK.He was arrested on Wednesday morning for the murder of Ms Graves, 55, who was beaten to death with a claw hammer in Bosham in 2013.Ms Graves was house sitting for some holidaying friends.She was found dead the morning after the attack with severe head wounds. Police interviewed more than 9,000 people and took 3,000 DNA samples in an attempt to find her killer. 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. Valerie Graves who was found bludgeoned to death in her home on December 30 2013 Valerie Graves who was found bludgeoned to death in her home on December 30 2013Credit:PA In court, Mr Sabou told of a bitter divorce from his ex-wife, who has custody of their two children, aged three and four.His ex-wife’s sister told The Telegraph their relationship ended after she discovered he was in a relationship with a woman he met on Facebook, and was “furious”.Mr Sabou left the village where he was living with his wife and children, and never returned, she said.  He alleges that after the couple’s breakup, his ex-wife told police that he had murdered Ms Graves. The pair were married and living in Britain when the grandmother’s body was discovered in 2013. Mr Sabou remained in Britain for four years after the crime took place, before returning to Romania to work in construction.He will now be extradited to the UK and face trial for murder, police said. A Romanian police source said the investigation into Mr Sabou began after a tip-off was passed to them by Sussex police in April.Mr Sabou was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant by British and Romanian police at around 6am on Wednesday, and held in custody. read more

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Boy racer destroys £500000 worth of supercars after speeding through Chelsea street

An Audi Q7, was allegedly chasing a Porsche, when it span out of control A speeding motorist has destroyed a string of supercars worth more than £500,000 in a London street after ploughing into them in scenes compared to action films The Fast and the Furious.An Audi Q7, was allegedly chasing a Porsche, when it span out of control in Moore Street, Chelsea, smashing into a row of parked cars before flipping over.One woman revealed that three of her vehicles had all been damaged; a McLaren, a Porsche and a Bentley.Resident Summer Haider rushed out of her house. She told MailOnline: “I really thought there had been some sort of explosion, like a helicopter coming down.“The driver got out. There was blood coming from his head.”Another said it was a “miracle” no one was killed.“It was very lucky no pedestrians were around,” she said. “If any other vehicle had been coming down the street they would have been history.”The woman said the Audi driver emerged from his vehicle “dazed and in shock” and covered in blood with some hair missing. 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 was clearly in shock and had no idea how badly injured he was,” she said.“He was saying he was chasing a car that had previously bashed into him. I made him sit on a bench until paramedics arrived.” Others said the street, on which the average house is worth £4.5million, was “very dangerous” with drivers racing down it often.Eyewitnesses likened the aftermath to a scene from Hollywood action films The Fast and the Furious that focus on illegal street racing.Elizabeth Neville, a vicar’s wife, said she was woken by the sound of the collision.“There was lots of shouting a swearing from guy after the crash. It was mayhem,” she told MailOnline.Viola Pemberton-Pigot, whose black railings were destroyed in the crash, added: “Luckily I was behind curtains and did not see it, but I certainly heard the crash. It was an terrible noise.“All the neighbours came out. We are all just grateful that no one was hurt. It could have been so much worse.”A police spokesman said: “Police were called to Moore Street at 0031hrs on Monday August 5 following a collision between a car and number of parked cars. “A male driver and passenger from the car involved were taken to hospital for the treatment of head injuries. “Their condition is not believed to be life threatening. The driver however continue to receive treatment for serious head injuries. All of the parked cars were empty at the time of the collision. No arrests have been made. Enquiries into the full circumstances continue.” An Audi Q7, was allegedly chasing a Porsche, when it span out of control read more

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Police want 2 in connection with murder

Keon Ashby, of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and ‘Waynie’ or ‘Shark’ of Diamond EDB are wanted by the police for questioning in relation to murder which occurred on 2017-01-23 at Kaneville, EBD. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 charged for burning to death of 8-month-oldFebruary 11, 2017In “Court”Wanted bulletin issued for murder suspectDecember 10, 2015In “Crime”Police issue wanted bulletin for ‘Brains’May 23, 2016In “Court” (L) Keon Ashby                                       (R) ‘Waynie’ or ‘Shark’Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Keon Ashby and ‘Waynie or Shark’  are asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 227-2128, 226-1389, 226-7065, 225-6411, 225-2227, 225-0575, 911 or the nearest police station. read more

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Man remanded for robbing male sex workers

Of the four men who allegedly robbed two male sex workers on Wednesday last, one was today (Friday), remanded for the crime.Twenty-four-year-old, Michael Macy appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the charges read to him.The first charge alleges that he, on December 12 2017 at Croal Street, Georgetown while being together with others and armed with guns, robbed Denzil Benjamin of a cellphone valued $45,600.A second charge against him, which he also denied, alleges that he, on the same day at the same location and being in the company of the same men, also while being armed, robbed Kevin McLean of one motorcycle valued $178,000.Both charges were made indictable and as such the accused was not allowed to plead.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris objected to bail being granted on the grounds that a firearm was used; also due to the fact that the other three accused are yet to be charged.As such Magistrate Daly remanded Macy to prison for him to return on January, 26 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo remanded to prison for robbing Royal Castle DeliverymanApril 17, 2014In “Crime”Duo charged for robbery under arms, forgeryJanuary 19, 2018In “Court”Sex workers accused of robbing Presidential guards remanded for robbing anotherOctober 30, 2017In “Court” read more

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Guyana Indonesia to explore trade investment opportunities

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana commits to working with Indonesia to ensure the survival of small statesOctober 9, 2015In “Politics”Guyana-Russian Federation to strengthen bilateral tiesMarch 28, 2018In “latest news”Guyana and Indonesia to foster closer relationsMay 30, 2019In “Business” President Granger met with the Foreign Minister of Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi at State HousePresident David Granger, on Friday received a courtesy call from the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Ms Retno Marsudi, who he assured that Guyana remains open to Indonesian investment, especially in value-added manufacturing, agro-processing and within the sugar industry. The meeting was held at State House.The Head of State highlighted the long-standing good relations between Guyana and Indonesia and said that this forms the basis for strengthening ties between the two countries, which share a common history of colonisation. He also used the opportunity to convey condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia on the loss of life resulting from a terrorist attack in that country on May 13, on behalf of the people of Guyana.Meanwhile, Minister Marsudi noted that her country is seeking to improve relations with Guyana and said that she looks forward to Guyana’s participation in the Indonesia Trade Exposition slated for later this year. The Minister was accompanied by Indonesia’s Ambassador Dominicus Supratikto.Guyana and Indonesia established diplomatic relations on August 27, 1999. However, the two countries had been involved in engagements, prior to that, within the Non-Aligned Movement, which Guyana joined in 1970. read more

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La Grange residents benefit from medical outreach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Medical Outreach conducted in Albouystown, East La PenitenceJuly 13, 2014In “Health”NEW GPC medical outreach aids Corentyne residentsOctober 15, 2017In “Health”PPP calls out SOCU for not hauling Patterson, Cabinet in for questioning over probeOctober 25, 2018In “latest news” A resident receiving medical careMore than 100 residents from the village of La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara received medical treatment as part of an outreach organised by the La Grange People’s Progressive Party Group.The medical outreach is the second of its kind organised by the PPP Group and saw numerous residents benefiting.Secretary of the Group, Anjanie Narine, told iNews that the outreach was their way of giving back to the community as well as aiding the National Blood Bank in its calls for more blood donations. Just two hours into the activity, the Group was able to secure 20 units of blood, and members hoped to collect in excess of 75 units by the end of the day.“Our outreach today so far has been very successful. Apart from the medication giving out, we are also giving a hamper to 50 senior citizens in the area and this is in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of our founder, Dr Cheddi Jagan and all year we will be having activities. So, the La Grange PPP Group did this sort of activity in remembering Dr Cheddi and he would have wanted us to do this if he was here,” Narine said.Secretary of Group, Anjanie NarineThe residents were able to benefit from regular medical check-ups, dental care as well as preliminary eye tests. Narine said that as long as the support is available, the Group intends to make the activity an annual one and on a larger scale.The team of doctors included former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony; Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo; Dr Bheri Ramsarran along with representatives from the Blood Bank.A resident donating bloodOne resident, Golyn Persaud, thanked the Group for the initiative, noting that she was able to receive her diabetes medication without visiting the clinic. In addition, she and her grandson each had a medical check-up. The Group also prepared lunch for the 50 senior citizens to whom hampers had been distributed.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Photos OT- A resident donating blood CT- Receiving medical care PT- Secretary Anjanie Narine read more

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Berbice Bridge challenge AG given more time to make submissions on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBBCI files legal proceedings against Govt takeover of Berbice BridgeNovember 29, 2018In “Court”Govt’s takeover of Berbice River Bridge unlawful – BBCINovember 7, 2018In “Business”Surendra Persaud replaced as Chairman of Berbice Bridge CompanyFebruary 21, 2019In “Business” The Berbice BridgeThe High Court has given the Attorney General’s Chambers two additional weeks to make submissions citing the legal arguments on which it opted to take over operations of the Berbice Bridge from the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI).In October, BBCI announced it was facing bankruptcy and its main investor – the National Insurance Scheme – was given no choice but to push for a toll increase.However, Government in a shocking move announced on November 5, 2018, that it would be taking control of the Bridge on November 12. The Bridge was financed through a public-private partnership.The Bridge Company thereafter challenged the Government’s takeover. Now that the matter is being heard, Justice Gino Persaud, who presided over in-chamber proceedings on Monday, outlined that the State must submit its legal arguments by December 28.This is according to BBCI representative, Senior Counsel (SC) Ralph Ramkarran, who told the press that both sides would return to court on January 21, 2019, to present arguments. Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Debra Kumar appeared on behalf of AG Basil Williams.The takeover was effected by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson under Sections 4 (1) and 11 of the Berbice River Bridge Act whereby “in the interests of public safety”, he issued an Order declaring that the functions of the concessionaire to maintain and operate the Bridge “shall be exercised by the Government of Guyana as of 5th November 2018 until the date the Minister specifies by notice on the cessation of the threat to public safety”.The Bridge Company, in its writ, petitioned the High Court to grant several orders to reverse the takeover and bar the Minister from carrying out his functions of maintaining and operating the Bridge.The Company has sought “an order of certiorari quashing paragraph 2 of the Berbice River Bridge (Public Safety) Toll Order 2018 dated the 1st November 2018, No 42 of 2018, made by the first named defendant (Minister Patterson) under the Berbice River Bridge Act Cap 51:06 ordering that the functions of the concessionaire, namely the claimant (BBCI), to maintain and operate the Bridge shall be exercised by the Government”.The Bridge Company also wants to prevent Government or its agents from exercising the functions of maintaining and operating the Berbice Bridge. The BBCI has also requested an order of certiorari to quash paragraph 3 of the Minister’s Order, which states that the tolls levied and collected, and any exemptions, shall be the same and not increased.The Company is asking the court too for an order to prohibit the Public Infrastructure Minister from stopping the increases in the tolls.The BBCI wants the court to declare that Minister Patterson has no power under the Berbice River Bridge Act, or otherwise, to approve or reject an increase in tolls by the claimant. It also wants the court to grant a declaration that this order by the Public Infrastructure Minister is unconstitutional, null, and void and of no effect in that it is tantamount to the compulsory taking of possession or compulsorily acquiring an interest in or right over the Berbice River Bridge, which is owned by the BBCI, without prompt and adequate compensation in violation of Article 142 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana.The BBCI has also requested that an order directing the Public Infrastructure Minister to supply to the Bridge Company, as a body affected by his order, a statement setting out the findings on material questions of fact referring to the evidence or other material on which those findings were based and giving the reasons for the decision. read more

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FreeportMcMoRan CEO is new ICMM Chairman

first_imgFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President and CEO Richard Adkerson has been appointed ICMM Chairman.  He has served on the ICMM Council since May 2005. In addition, Marius Kloppers, CEO of BHP Billiton has been appointed Vice Chairman. Adkerson said, “It is an honour to serve as ICMM Chairman. ICMM member companies have committed collectively to improving their performance based on sustainable development principles. I am looking forward to working with my fellow CEOs on the Council to ensure we honour that commitment.” ICMM President Tony Hodge said, “I look forward to working with Richard and Marius who will provide a wealth of experience as ICMM continues to promote good practice and improved performance across the industry.”last_img read more

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Lake Victorias new drill rig to undertake soil sampling programs on projects

first_imgLake Victoria Mining has purchased a mobile auger drill rig to provide soil sampling services over “mbuga” covered areas of its gold projects in the Lake Victoria Greenstone Gold Belt of Tanzania. Dr. Roger Newell, Chairman of Lake Victoria: “The addition of the auger rig as a cost effective exploration tool will help us rapidly evaluate our mbuga covered targets without having to rely on the availability and expensive commercial RAB rigs during this early stage of exploration. Since a large proportion of the land mass in the Lake Victoria Gold District is covered by mbuga the chances of making a new gold discovery in areas of our existing licenses is very good. [We are] committed to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the quest for targets beneath the mbuga.Much of the low-lying areas, including the drainages around Lake Victoria, in the northern part of Tanzania, are covered by a blanket of dark grey clays known as Black Cotton Soil or locally as mbuga clays. These clays, believed to be lacustrine sediments derived from periodic flooding of Lake Victoria, have masked the underlying land surface, covering both in-situ soils and rock outcrops and allowing little to no chemical dispersion from the underlying substrate to pass through to the surface. Depths of the mbuga vary between a few centimetres to in excess of 10 m thick. Exploration for mineral deposits in mbuga covered areas therefore becomes difficult, time consuming and costly as it generally requires the scheduling and contracting of a RAB drilling program.Exploration over these mbuga covered areas is largely done by various geophysical techniques conducted by the company’s own geophysical teams and equipment. Upon interpretation of the collected geophysical data, this results in the mapping out of the geophysical properties of the underlying rock sequences and the structural imprint in order to interpret potential gold targets. Follow up drilling is required to test these targets to confirm mineralisation.Using the recently acquired auger drill rig the company intends to test the geophysical targets that have already been interpreted, across many of the   mbuga covered project areas, including but not limited to the Suguti, Murangi, Kinyambwiga, Kalemela and the Tarime licenses in the Lake Victoria District. The auger rig has the capability to drill holes to depths in excess of 20 m; sufficient to reach below the mbuga cover. Using systematic sampling programs and the specially designed sampling tool Lake Victoria will sample the soil/saprock interface beneath the mbuga at the bottom of each drill hole.The auger rig has recently arrived in the country and has been deployed in testing the immediate strike extensions of the subsurface Kanunga 1 gold vein at the Kinyambwiga Prospect. A number of additional north-south sample traverses are planned further east along strike of the Kanunga 1 vein to validate previously reported soil anomalies.The drill rig will the move onto the Suguti Project where a program has been planned to trace a number of northeast-southwest trending soil and gradient IP anomalies beneath the mbuga in the vicinity of the major north-west striking Suguti Fault.The company intends to have the new auger drill constantly deployed to complete the testing of all existing geophysical targets that lie below mbuga covering.last_img read more

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Komatsus ACdrive 730E8 mining truck offers higher haul speeds simpler maintenance

first_imgKomatsu Australia has announced a new AC-drive version of its 730E-8 mine truck, “providing higher haul speeds and simpler maintenance requirements, resulting in higher productivity, reduced downtime – and industry-leading availability. With a true payload of 181 t, the 730E-8 is powered by a Tier 4 compliant 1,492 kW engine, and is designed and manufactured to the same engineering principles as Komatsu’s large Ultra-Class mining trucks.” According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s National Product Manager, Mining, not only is its AC drive system lighter than either mechanical or DC transmission systems, it provides faster acceleration and higher top speeds, while delivering more reliable performance and easier maintenance.Top speed of the 730E-8 is 64 km/h – 15% higher than its predecessor – plus it can handle effective gradients up to 12%, for higher productivity.In addition, the AC control system offers independent control of the rear wheel motors, giving outstanding traction in wet and slippery conditions, reducing tyre wear and improving operator confidence.Its GE35B AC-drive wheel motors, designed collaboratively between Komatsu and GE Mining, have no brushes, eliminating flashover, and a higher thermal capacity.A 2,760 kW retarding system provides advanced braking capacity, giving the ability to handle steep continuous descents and sharp switchbacks. This electric dynamic retarding enhances productivity and operator confidence, while eliminating the need for excessive mechanical braking effort.Hall said the increased reliability of the AC powertrain, plus its easier maintenance translated into industry-leading availability for the 730E-8.“Our 730E DC truck has delivered 90-94% availability to mines around the world, over hundreds of thousands of operating hours,” he said. “In comparison, the industry average for this class of truck is well down in the 80% range. That additional availability – which we expect to be even higher with the AC-drive 730E-8 – translates into an additional 36 weeks, or nine months, per truck over a 10-year operating life.“Overall our diesel/electric AC powertrain is more efficient, offers better operating characteristics and is more cost effective than a comparable DC powertrain,” said Hall. Our new AC drive 730E-8 has been configured for the challenges of the future, with miners frequently moving to smaller ore bodies in more remote locations. It is designed to be quickly deployed into difficult projects and then moved to the next opportunity as necessary.”Hall said the 730E-8’s ‘bolt-together’ design made field assembly and disassembly less complicated, reducing the need for large numbers of skilled technicians in the site assembly process.“The simplicity of its design makes it easier to train service technicians and complete regular maintenance tasks, with fewer hoses, bearings, pumps and wear components than most other mining trucks,” he said.The 730E-8 also incorporates an easily removable powertrain module, further reducing the time needed to complete on-site maintenance.“Maintenance requirements have also been streamlined through the use of Komatsu’s KOMTRAX Plus remote monitoring system, allowing the logging of data such as operating hours, component trends, machine utilisation (including idle time and fuel consumption) and production information for on-line analysis,” said Hall.The 730E-8 can also be fully integrated with management systems such as Modular Mining’s Dispatch and MineCare products.“In addition, the new truck’s cab brings the same comfort features and operator controls used in Komatsu’s Ultra-Class trucks, including air-ride seats, easy-to-use instrument panel with automatic speed control and fully adjustable climate controls,” he said.Brief specs of the 730E-8 are: Payload, 181 t; body capacity, 111 m3; engine, Komatsu SSDA16V159 QSK50 rated at 1,492 kW; maximum loaded speed, 2% grade, 62.6 km/h; braking system, 2,759 kW electric dynamic retarder plus dry disc brakes front and rear; turning circle diameter, 27.1 m; tyre options, 37.00 R57 (standard), 40.00 R57 or 42/90 R57 (optional).last_img read more

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Northern Minerals to cash in on EV boom for rare earths

first_imgThe following is based on an article in yesterday’s Financial Review Digital Edition. While investors scout for potential winners among lithium and nickel plays, an ASX-listed rare earths miner is on the cusp of cashing into the looming growth in the electric vehicles market. Eight years after it was first considered as a greenfield exploration venture, rare earths miner Northern Minerals’ Browns Range project in Western Australia is finally set to start production by June-end.The fully owned project, 160 km southeast of Halls Creek in the East Kimberley region, is rich in high-value, heavy rare earth element dysprosium. This is a critical additive in permanent magnet motors that are used in wind turbines, industrial robotics, and electric vehicles. “Currently, 98% of the global supply of dysprosium comes from China, which means Browns Range would be the first major non-Chinese production facility in the world,” the article reports.‘‘We plan to produce 50 t initially so we will be a small player, but what we want to do is demonstrate the security of supply outside of China,’’ Northern Minerals Managing Director George Bauk says.The company revised its plans in 2017 and decided the best way to develop the project was to first build a pilot plant. It has since taken about 13 months to complete the fabrication and installation of the facility. Northern Minerals has so far spent A$175 million on the development of the project, including the pilot plant with annual capacity of 72,000 t of ore, along with two stages of processing at site – beneficiation and hydro-metallurgy.The three-year pilot project is targeted to produce 573 t/y of total rare earth oxides, of which 50 t will be dysprosium. First shipment is due for the September quarter.Bauk says the decision to start small was one of the best choices the company has made. ‘‘OEMs and global buyers are quite cautious about the capability of small companies transitioning from early stage explorer to being a producer of an industrial mineral,’’ he says.‘‘The pilot plant is all about evaluating the technical and economic aspects of the project. It is really important in industrial minerals like rare earths to demonstrate we can provide to the market a product within specifications.’’The pilot plant has been constructed at 10% of the potential full capacity, at which point the miner is targeting an annual output of 300 t of dysprosium, or roughly between 10 and 12% of the global production at that time.But before that, it has outlined other plans for expansion. Northern Minerals is evaluating ore-sorting technology, and plans to implement this by end of the year. It also wants to move into the downstream phase by eventually implementing separation technology at the site. This will allow it to convert the mixed rare earth carbonate into separated oxides.‘‘The biggest benefit is reaching a much broader market,’’ Bauk says. ‘‘A major risk of producing mixed rare earth carbonate is you have a limited market of buyers, but separated oxides open up a lot other opportunities.’’Given the unique nature of the project, as well as the opaque markets for dysprosium, funding for Browns Range has been somewhat challenging. But the company has tackled this in rather innovative ways.It set up a debt-factoring deal with New York financier Brevet under which it has received quarterly advance payments against research and development funding support due from the Australian government in 2017/18.It also negotiated an A$11 million deal with EPC contractor Sinosteel for a deferred payment system where Sinosteel funded 20% of expenditure, and also tied up a A$10 million prepayment against a forward sales of its pilot plant output to a unit of China’s Guangdong Rare Earths group.Northern Minerals has also done several equity placements, including a convertible note issue in the US. It last raised A$12 million through a heavily oversubscribed share purchase plan in January from existing shareholders.The explorer now aims to resume drilling shortly. As per the current resource estimate spread over its six deposits, Browns Range has a mine life of 11 years, but Bauk says this has been limited by how much drilling has been done so far.Given its massive land area spread over 60 km by 30 km, and the fact that resources are open at depth and spread in many directions, he estimates there is much more life in the project. ‘‘The potential upside is significant,’’ he says.last_img read more

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Nikola Karabatic to join HC Zagreb

← Previous Story HC Meshkov Brest fined 5,000 € Next Story → HCM Constanta dismissed coach Cvetkovic According to the news from Zagreb, the president of the ’emergency board’ of Zagreb for privatization, Zoran Gobac, announced the possible arrival of Nikola Karabatic in Zagreb, at the end of the season, and prepare a strong HC Zagreb for the next season. Some are laughing at this, but some say that the privatization of the club might actually make these things happen. It will also be interesting to see how Balic-Karabatic duo would work, knowing their personalities.Regarding Balic, Gobac said that he will finish his contract, and probably end his career in Zagreb, and that the only possibility this not to happen is if someone makes a very serious offer. C.O Zagrebhandball transfersNikola KarabaticZoran Gobac read more

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IHF Super Globe Kiel and Atletico Madrid with the first victories

There were no surprises in the first matches of the IHF Super Globe in Doha.Mudhar – University of Sydney 32:27 (15:12)Amine Bannour 7, Majed Aboalraha 4; University – Diego Liorente 8, Rafael Leis 5, Oliver Junker 4, Tomasz Szklarski 3. Al Zamalek – Metodista Sao Bernardo 33:24 (12:14)Al Zamalek – Hussein Zaki 7, Ahmed Mostafa 6, Mohamed Hesham 5; Sao Bernardo – Carlos Castillo 6, Fabio Chiuffa 5, Gustavo Cardoso, Diogo Hubner – 4.BM Atletico Madryt – Al Jaish 28:23 (11:13) Atletico – Kiril Lazarov 7, Jonas Kallman, Alvaro Ferrer –  4, Mariusz Jurkiewicz 3; Al Jaish – Jure Dolenec 6, Hassan Mabrouk 4.THW Kiel – Al Sadd 29:26 (9:16) Kiel – Marko Vujin 7, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson 5, Dominik Klein 4; dla Al Sadd – Dragan Gajić 8, William Accambray, Nikola Karabatić, Christian Malmagro oraz Issam Tej – 3. ← Previous Story F.C Barcelona Intersport wins 44th “Doboj 2012” Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock wins Belgazprombank Cup in Belarus (VIDEO) atletico madridDohaDoha handballIHF Super GlobeKiel read more

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Bundesliga Round 30 Fuchse Berlin led by Igropulo win away at Wetzlar

With the away win this night, Fuchse Berlin are continuing the fight for the second place with Rhein-Neckar Loewen and SG Flensburg, with four rounds left in the Bundesliga.With 27:25 (13:13) won the “Foxes” at Wetzlar, Konstantin Igropulo leading them with 9 goals. Wetzlar’s best were the Mueller‘s with 4 goals each, while Steffen Faeth had 4 as well. This has now given them 45 points, one less than RN Loewen that have a game less as well, while SG Flensburg are third with 44 points and a game less. ← Previous Story Swedish Final: Drott against Kristianstad in “Scandinavium” Next Story → End of season for Lars Kaufmann BundesligaFlensburgFuchse Berlinigropuloloewen read more

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Nikolaj Jacobsen about black German spring Barca Kielce Veszprem and PSG favorites

Nikolaj JakobsenRhein Neckar LowenVelux EHF Champions League Rhein Neckar Lowen coach Nikolaj Jacobsen expressed his expectations that Germany could stay without a single team at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne “very easily”. The Danish coach stated for Manheimer Morgen about this:-It is possible that Germany will stay without teams in Cologne. I hope that at least one will be there, but it is much more realistic another scenario – said Jacobsen, which team was openly critized for not playing in European elite competition with full strentgh.-Barcelona, Kielce, Veszprem and PSG Handball are four favorites. PSG Handball have an unbeleavable squad – concluded Jacobsen.The “Lions” will face Croatian champions PPD Zagreb at EHF CL TOP 16 phase.  ← Previous Story KIELCE TV: “Middle-European” encounter in six minutes… Next Story → Allison Pineau to Brest Bretagne Handball! read more

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Dramatic 30 seconds in Hungary – Two screens one dream celebration in

FTC Rail Cargo handballGyori Audi ETO KCHungarian handballkezilabda ← Previous Story Győr champion for the third time in the season! Next Story → Vote for the World Young Handball Player 2017/2018 What an ending of the women’s Championship in Hungary! FTC Rail Cargo needed only a goal in the last attack to take Championship trophy ahead of reigning champions and crowned EHF CL winners – Gyori Audi ETO KC, but girls from the capital of Budapest were too confused to score in the last 30 seconds of the match.Historical drama could be seen on two screens – the second one was in Gyor, where girls, coach Martin and the fans were waiting for the conclusion…and praying… read more

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Students were put through the mill by SUSI

first_imgTHE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE has said that some third level students were “put through the mill” by the new grant-allocating body over the past year.The Ombudsman – which deals with complaints about certain public bodies – had taken on more than 50 complaints relating to problems with the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).SUSI was set up to process grant applications last year, taking over the role from local authorities. However the new system was beset with delays and problems with processing applications.Outgoing Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly took the unusual step in July of advising students affected by the delays in processing their applications that they could submit complaints to her office. Around 400 students were still waiting for their application appeals to be processed by mid-July.Speaking at the launch of the Ombudsman’s annual report yesterday, Richie Philpott, an investigator who is handling complaints against SUSI, said the most common complaint the Ombudsman’s office has received is about the long delays.Philpott said that SUSI is cooperating and are trying to work hard to solve the complaints.SUSI has repeatedly said that things will be different for students this year and that it is more prepared for dealing with applications.Read: SUSI ‘working closely’ with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints > Read: Almost 8,000 applicants turned down for grant by SUSI >Read: Ruairí Quinn considers cutting grants; students say ‘don’t even think about it’ > Read: 59,000 new grant applicants received by SUSI ahead of deadline >last_img read more

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Which government minister thought he could change the world when he had

first_img(Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)And there it is, his hair in all its glory. It’s not really that long.After years in politics, has he become a little jaded? Not really, it seems.“I still have a belief in the political system,” Minister Rabbitte told RTÉ, “but changing the world has proved a more difficult task than I thought at 19. Incremental change seems to be the best that you can get in a democratic system”.“Politics has taken a hammering, and it is true that the practice of politics has been debased by your recent history and our failure to discharge our responsibility in terms of supervising the banking system and so on… but I think it’s very important that the denigration of politics isn’t allowed to continue.Another current Labour minister appeared in the archive footage shown by RTÉ, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, seen below. (Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS Pat Rabbitte revealed this morning that when he was a young student politician, he believed the source of power was long hair… kinda.Speaking as part of a series of interviews with cabinet ministers on RTÉ’s Morning Edition, Minister Rabbitte spoke about the early days of his political career as President of the Union of Student in Ireland.When asked on whether he saw himself ending up at the highest levels of politics, he said that many of his generation who lived in “extraordinary times, when the world was young and extremely divided” ended up “prominent in politics or public affairs or the media in one fashion or another”.At that young age entering politics, he did certainly believe he could go far:“When I had the long hair, I was certainly convinced I could change the world”. (Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)Although they made an appearance on the programme, he was not questioned about his possession, at some point in the past, of fairly significant sideburns.center_img (Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)UTV IrelandThe Minister also welcomed the announcement this morning that UTV will be launching a station in the Republic of Ireland, saying that it will increase competition and create jobs.However, he said the decision on whether or not the station will definitely go on-air in 2015 is still up to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, but he believes the station has enough experience to “jump through whatever hoops are required”.WATCH: Mattie McGrath tells Rabbitte to ‘count the tits on Mrs Murphy’s cow’ >More: ‘UTV Ireland’ promises serious news and current affairs output alongside diet of UK soaps >last_img read more

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Missing teenager Rebekah Burnett found by gardaí

first_imgUpdated 6 December 9.41 pmGARDAÍ HAVE FOUND missing teenager Rebekah Burnett safe and well.The 15-year-old had been missing since she was last seen at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on Thursday 28 November.Gardaí at Blanchardstown say they would like to thank the public for their assistance in the search.Explainer: How do you search for a missing person?>Read: Gardaí to launch free Child Rescue Ireland Alert app tomorrow>last_img

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Fifty bags of heroin found in Philip Seymour Hoffmans apartment

first_img-Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York apartment > Read: Sir Ian McKellan’s touching Facebook post about Philip Seymour Hoffman > AROUND FIFTY BAGS of heroin were found in the apartment of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead on Sunday.Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death of the actor but police have been investigating it as a suspected overdose.The 46-year-old Oscar winner was found lying in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment in New York City with a needle still stuck in his arm. Police also found unused syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications in his apartment.An autopsy began on Monday but the chief medical examiner’s office in New York City said the results won’t be expected until today at the earliest.Hoffman had checked himself into rehab for drug problems in May of last year after two decades of sobriety.Since his death, it has emerged that he was living apart from his partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children.Hoffman was hailed as one of the greatest actors of his generation with a charismatic and dark presence on stage and screen.Broadway is to dim its lights for one minute on Wednesday night in honour of the actor.Many fellow actors have paid tribute to Hoffman since his death:last_img read more

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Ireland to auction off €500 million of Treasury Bills on Thursday

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) is to sell €500 million in Treasury Bills in an auction to be held on Thursday.The auction of the three month bonds will be the latest attempt to test the waters for Ireland’s eventual return to normal lending markets when the country emerges from the bailout.A similar auction in January saw €500 million worth of Treasury Bills (or T-bills) sold with a yield of 0.20 per cent.Owen Callan of Danske Bank Markets said despite the positive fallout from the promissory note deal, the NTMA may delay any long-term bond issues until next month due to events in Ireland and Europe, including the impending Italian election and the possible sale of Irish Life Assurance.“While there may have been a political hope for the NTMA to take advantage of the promissory note deal and to immediately issue long term bonds into the market, Ireland already has a huge cash buffer (€22 billion or so), and reacting too quickly to the deal could also have increased criticisms from those claiming that deal would be akin to ‘monetary financing’” said Callan.“As such, waiting a few weeks before issuing is not without justification, even if risk/reward would argue for a more imminent engagement with the bond market”.The auction will open at 9.30am on Thursday morning and close at 10.30am.Read: Draghi: ECB hasn’t yet considered whether Irish deal is legal >last_img read more

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Armstrong facing deadline to decide on full USADA confession today

first_imgLANCE ARMSTRONG IS today facing a deadline to decide whether he will meet with US Anti-Doping Agency officials and talk with them under oath about what he knows about performance-enhancing drug use in cycling.The agency has said Armstrong’s cooperation in its clean-up effort is the only path open to Armstrong if his lifetime ban from sports it to be reduced.Armstrong has given mixed signals whether he plans to talk with USADA officials. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman previously suggested Armstrong would not meet with USADA before the agency’s original 6 February deadline. The two sides then agreed to give Armstrong another two weeks to work out an interview with investigators.Armstrong previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but in January admitted doping to win the Tour de France seven times.Professional table tennis player baffles opponent with this sick behind-the-back shotChange at the top for Manchester United as Alex Ferguson hails outgoing Gilllast_img read more

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I called my teacher Mammy and other mortifying childhood memories

first_imgYouTube/sgsaBeing caught passing a note to a friend about a boy you really fancied and the teacher making you read it out to the whole class. I’m still not over it. WE’VE ALL DONE it right?We’ve all called the teacher “Mammy” in the middle of the classroom. It’s a painful memory, but it’s good to get it out there.Let’s all relive it together:The teacher asks a question. You know the answer.You want to get in there before everyone else and so you hand shoots up, and before you can stop it, it’s out of your mouth… MAMMY! Morto for your ma for having you (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)Going up to a man in the supermarket and realising it’s not your dad. C’mon lads. 20 laps (Flickr/Creative Commons/DawnPinkChick)Saying “orgasm” instead of “organism” in secondary school science. Do I HAVE to wear these? (Imgur) Forgetting PE gear and being made to play hurling in your underpants was always traumatic. Image: TumblrWe asked around TheJournal.ie and DailyEdge.ie Towers for other shame-inducing childhood memories.Prepare to pull a muscle from cringing:Coming back from the bathroom in school and realising the back of your skirt is tucked into your tights. I just want to curl up and die (Shamed kid/Shutterstock)Wetting yourself. And then you had to wear the really ugly tights that the teacher had in the press. Passing notes/ShutterstockGot any more  mortifying gems? Share them with us in the comments section below…18 albums every Irish household has owned>11 things we all did when we were kids>last_img read more

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Tornado warning issued for Ireland

first_imgA LEVEL ONE tornado warning has been issued for Ireland by a European storm forecaster – and our own Met Éireann is warning of winds gusting up to 100km per hour.According to Met Éireann, we can expect strong to gale force south to southwest winds of 50 to 60 km/h, with occasional gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr. Winds will be strongest in western coastal areas, said the forecaster.It has placed a weather warning of ‘status yellow’ on the country for today. Status yellow means there is a ‘weather alert’ and people should ‘be aware’.Tornado warningMeanwhile, the European Storm Forecast Experiment (Estofex) has issued a level 1 warning for tornadoes in Ireland. A level one warning is the lowest warning out of three, and warns of a five per cent probability of a tornado hitting Ireland.It says that the “strong vertical wind shear and very low lifting condensation level is reason to believe that one or multiple tornadoes may occur” in Ireland.The Irish Weather Network said that for the rest of today, showers will move in off the Atlantic during the morning affecting the western half of the island. They will become more widespread through the afternoon with one or two on the heavy with a risk of thunder.It also predicts gusts of 80 to 100kmh, strongest in western areas, and says tonight will be cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain across the island as winds moderate.Temperatures will remain mild, with lows of 6 or 7CThe weather for the week ahead will remain unsettled mild and windy at times.- Hat tip to Paul Martin for the Estofex linkRead: Spring has arrived but with nighttime temperatures of -11°C>last_img read more

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Illinformed comments on ODriscoll Marshall concussions Eanna Falvey

first_imgJust a few weeks after the Six Nations you saw guys like Paul O’Connell, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe coming back and doing well in the Heineken Cup. To see that must have been frustrating, in a way, for Declan because if he had even one of those against Scotland, for example, it could have made all the difference.”Amid the carnage, and queues for the treatment table, Falvey was struck by the manner in which Leinster and Ireland back Fitzgerald coped with his second major knee injury in less than a year.“Poor Luke Fitzgerald,” said Falvey, “just back after a long comeback from injury and he damages his cruciate. It must have been devastating for him.”Dr. Falvey and Ireland physio assess the injured Fitzgerald. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Falvey added, “He was unbelievable in his approach and took it on the chin. Once he learned the extent of his injury and timeframes [for a comeback] he said ‘Let’s get going’. I was greatly impressed by that, not just from a medical standpoint but as a human being. The courage he has shown in the face of that is remarkable.”The concussion conundrumThe issue of player concussions cropped up at the tail-end of Ireland’s difficult Six Nations campaign as centres Brian O’Driscoll and Luke Marshall [twice] shipped hefty blows. There was speculation from pundits, supporters, journalists and former players about O’Driscoll and Marshall being patched up and sent back into the fray.O’Driscoll was bowled over by French prop Vincent Debaty in the home draw with France and left the field only to return for the final four minutes of frantic action. Speaking to TheScore.ie after the match Irish winger Keith Earls commented, “When you see a fella who doesn’t know where he is one minute and comes back on with his head all strapped up; he’s a true warrior.”Dr. Falvey speaking at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry. (Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE)Falvey stated, “There was a lot of ill-informed commentary about Brian and Luke around that time.“From Luke’s side, it was very worrying. He’s a real good guy, honest and a good player. He recovered well after the France game. In the Italy game it was actually his own player, Paddy Jackson’s head he collided with. He came off but had fully recovered that day.”Three weeks after the defeat to Italy, Marshall returned to action for Ulster in their Heineken Cup quarter-final with Saracens. The centre was concussed again and was helped from the pitch by two of the Ulster medical staff. He was ruled out of the rest of the season and not considered for Ireland’s tour to North America.Falvey added, “When it comes to concussion, there are good, quality guidelines there. It is an evolving process. It is not perfect yet but, one would hope, over the coming seasons, that it will be.”Lions in for anxious wait on 15 players in action on finals weekendBrian O’Driscoll in for Pro12 decider but Sean O’Brien misses out AT ONE STAGE during Ireland’s Six Nations game against Italy during this year’s Six Nations, three Irish players were down with serious injuries and Dr Eanna Falvey was caught in the middle.Like a war medic, he dashed from Luke Marshall to Luke Fitzgerald and over to Peter O’Mahony and assessed the worst of the trio before working out treatments for the fallen stars.The afternoon’s of Fitzgerald [knee] and Marshall [concussion] were over while O’Mahony recovered to take his place on the wing – a position the forward has not played since his school days. Falvey, who will travel to Australia with the British & Irish Lions, earned his keep that day.He told TheScore.ie, “I felt bitterly sorry for the players. Even before the Six Nations began Ireland had lost so many frontliners. I felt sorry for Declan Kidney too as his plans were hampered in a big way by the loss of so many key players.last_img read more

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Kildare triumph against Offaly in Leinster SFC quarterfinal in Croke Park

first_imgKILDARE: Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Peter Kelly (Two Mile House), Michael Foley (Athy), Hugh McGrillen (Celbridge); Ollie Lyons (Celbridge), Eamonn Callaghan (Naas), Emmet Bolton (Eadestown); Daryl Flynn (Moorefield), Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge); Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Niall Kelly (Athy), Eoghan O’Flaherty (Carbury); Johnny Doyle (Allenwood), Tomás O’Connor (Clane), Paddy Brophy (Celbridge).Subs: Fionn Dowling (Suncroft) for Brophy (47), Seanie Johnston (St Kevin’s) for O’Connor (55), Morgan O’Flaherty (Carbury) for O’Flaherty (60), David Hyland (Athy) for Bolton (64), Robert Kelly (Straffan) for Daryl Flynn (64).OFFALY: Alan Mulhall (Walsh Island); Brian Darby (Rhode), Paul McConway (Tullamore), Daithi Brady (Ballyfore); Eoin Carroll (Cappincur), Shane Sullivan (Rhode), Michael Brazil (Tullamore); Alan McNamee (Rhode), Brian Connor (Walsh Island); Graham Guilfoyle (Clara), Johnny Brickland (St Brigid’s), David Hanlon (Edenderry); Anton Sullivan (Rhode), Niall McNamee (Rhode), Ken Casey (St Brigid’s).Subs: Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh) for Carroll (27), Niall Darby (Rhode) for Brazil (46), Johnny Moloney (Tullamore) for Connor (52), Ruairi Allen (Gracefield) for Brickland (55), Paul McPadden (Rhode) for Sullivan (60).Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)23 signs that you’re an Offaly sports fanKildare’s Doyle sad at the retirement of his ‘good buddy’ Earley Scorers for Kildare: Johnny Doyle 0-6 (0-3f), Niall Kelly, Eoghan O’Flaherty 0-4 each, Daniel Flynn 0-3, Paul Cribbin, Seanie Johnston 0-1.Scorers for Offaly: Niall McNamee, Ken Casey (0-2f) 0-4 each, David Hanlon 1-0 Alan Mulhall (0-1 ’45), Graham Guilfoyle, Alan McNamee, Niall Darby 0-1 each. Offaly’s Paul McConway with John Doyle of KildarePic: INPHO/Morgan TreacyO’Flaherty also offered good support for Kildare in the scoring stakes as he has weighed in with three first-half points while U21 star Kelly enjoyed a strong closing period to the first-half when he raised two white flags.Offaly did demonstrate a capacity to shine up front early on with Niall McNamee giving Kildare’s Michael Foley difficult moments while Graham Guilfoyle and Alan McNamee notched beautiful points from distance.Offaly were thankful for the intervention of goalkeeper Alan Mulhall in the 23rd minute when he did superbly to acrobatically tip a goal bound flick by Eoghan O’Flaherty over the bar.The second-half opened in a competitive fashion as the teams traded points but then Kildare increased the tempo midway through the half to power clear and run out winners by a four-point margin.Offaly’s Michael Brazil and Tomas O’Connor of KildarePic: INPHO/Ryan Byrnecenter_img Kildare 0-19Offaly 1-12A strong second-half display was enough to see Kildare past Offaly in their Leinster senior football quarter-final this evening at Croke Park.The game was tightly balanced for long stages and in the 44th minute Niall McNamee fired over a stylish point for Offaly to cut the gap to 0-12 to 0-10.However Kildare then took over to string together the next six points of the game without reply. By the time Offaly scored again in the 65th minute through substitute Niall Darby, they were trailing by 0-18 to 0-11.The Faithful did grab the only goal of the game late on when championship debutant David Hanlon struck a penalty to the net but substitute Seanie Johnston added the insurance point for Kildare to round off the game.The game saw history made at Croke Park when the score detection technology Hawkeye was used for the first time in a GAA match. Offaly substitute Peter Cunningham’s shot in the 47th minute required the use of Hawkeye before it was demonstrated on the big screen that the shot was wide.Kildare will have been pleased to surmount this challenge with the attacking class of Johnny Doyle and Eoghan O’Flaherty extremely important while U21′s Niall Kelly and Daniel Flynn impressed as they chalked up seven points between them on their championship debuts.Offaly will be heartened by their showing as they were highly competitive. Twelve months ago they were convincingly beaten by 13 points by Kildare at this stage of the championship but Emmet McDonnell’s side closed the gap notably here with Niall McNamee and Ken Casey impressing up front for them.Kildare had held the upper hand by three points at half-time, 0-10 to 0-7. The opening period was tightly balanced for long stages but Kildare notched three of the last four points of the half to forge ahead.The class of the experienced Doyle surfaced during the first-half for Kildare. He offered direction up front by notching some exceptional points for Kieran McGeeney’s side.last_img read more

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Doctors condemn Gaza violence as death toll rises

first_imgIn reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity. We wish to report the facts as we see them and their implications on the lives of the people.“We are appalled by the military onslaught on civilians in Gaza under the guise of punishing terrorists.“This is the third large scale military assault on Gaza since 2008. Each time the death toll is borne mainly by innocent people in Gaza, especially women and children under the unacceptable pretext of Israel eradicating political parties and resistance to the occupation and siege they impose.”The letter closes by hitting out at the 95% of Israeli academics who did not sign up to an appeal to the Israeli government to stop the violence. Source: UNOCHAAirports reopenUS airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel as Washington’s top diplomat cited progress in ending the 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians.The ban was lifted just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah and returned to Cairo to continue pushing regional efforts to ink a ceasefire.Hamas had hailed the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by US and European airlines as a “great victory for the resistance.” Israeli Captains of the Armored Corps carry the coffin of Captain Natan Cohen, platoon commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Modiin, near Jerusalem. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Israeli army said three more soldiers were killed in combat inside Gaza, raising the total number of soldiers killed since the start of a ground operation on 17 July to 32.A Thai farm labourer also died when a rocket fired from Gaza struck the greenhouse where he was working in southern Israel, police said.As the violence raged, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch a probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive, with the US the sole member to vote against as European countries abstained.A statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office said the council’s decision was “a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere”.Additional reporting AFPRead: Palestinian family finds missing son ‘by chance’ – in YouTube video of his deathRead: UN rights council launches probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive A Palestinian medic searches for dead and injured during a two-hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA GROUP OF doctors has slammed the violence in Gaza, as the death toll from the violence reaches over 700.In a letter published by The Lancet, 24 leading doctors and scientists who have all worked in Gaza denounce what they say they “witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel”.“We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called “defensive aggression”.last_img read more

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The top 5 mistakes beginner cyclists make

first_imgSO YOU’VE BEEN bitten by the cycling bug, pretended you knew more than you did when you bought the bike, and were too proud to quiz the guy in the shop about what happens next.Now you’re in rush hour traffic with a bike that’s squeaking and rattling and if you’re only answer to remedy this incessant noise is turning up the sound on your iPod, then you’re in major danger.Here are five mistakes every beginner cyclist makes. By looking after your bike you’re ensuring it works smoothly every time and by far the most important components to keep clean are the chain and the cassette (the series of toothed sprockets on the back wheel that propels the bike). A dirty chain will wear easily because think of it, you’re riding in the wet and the mud, grit and grease on the road gets picked up by the wheels and spat onto the chain.This constant friction with the cassette wears down the chain and it becomes ‘loose’, thus gear-shifting becomes hindered and before long, if untreated, the chain will start ‘skipping’ and you risk an accident. Clean the chain by spraying it with a good degreaser, working it in with a toothbrush, give the degreaser 3-4 minutes to work its magic and finally, rinse off with a sponge and warm bucket of water. Dry the chain afterwards and apply a ‘wet lube’ liberally, wiping down again afterwards. Job done in five minutes. Okay so they’re not the most stylish things you can wear and the cheaper ones can be particularly awful, resembling something out of the film Groundhog Day. But spend the money on a good helmet because it’s one of the best things you can buy for the bike. And when you buy it, make sure it fits properly. Finally, ensure the helmet is resting just above your eyebrows and it cannot rotate around your head or slip sideways.Losing weight isn’t about crash dieting, it’s about good habits — so eat regularlyTraining Tech: What’s a Burpee? Clean that chain This probably happens everyone and it’s only when it happens and after you’ve made the dreaded phone-call home that you pledge to learn how to repair your own tyre. To fix a tyre you need a spare tube, a set of tyre levers (two will suffice) to pull the punctured tube out from inside the tyre and a hand pump which fits neatly into your pack pocket, handbag, or straps nicely to some part of the frame of the bike.Fixing a tyre should take no more than seven minutes and for the best tutorial on how to do it, watch below: Source: evanscycles/YouTube This has a huge bearing on how your bike will feel when you ride. Tyre pressure is directly related to how well the bike handles on corners and how fast you can go. The correct tyre pressure also lengthens the life span of your tyre and makes them more resistant to punctures. On each tyre there will be a number (40-120psi, generally) which tells you how much pressure it can tolerate. The lower number is the minimum, higher is maximum.A lower pressure will provide less rolling resistance so you will need to pedal harder to go the same distance as someone with a tyre pressure of say 120psi. On the flipside, a harder tyre provides slightly less grip, especially in the wet and you will not get as smooth a ride. A good idea is to go softer on the back tyre than the front because you have more weight on the back, as you’re sitting down on it. You will need two types of pump as a cyclist; a track pump and a hand pump. The former is much more robust and can give the tyre the hardness the latter won’t. Though it will get you home if you puncture. Not learning how to fix a flat tyre Tyre pressure This is a crime. It looks bad and it feels bad and is the number one reason why beginner cyclists don’t go any further than the 5k commute to work.A proper bike fit is the single most important thing you can do when you buy a bike and if the shop where you bought it won’t provide one, then go seek help and advice from someone who will. Spending €100 on a bike fit might seem a complete waste of money, given you just throw the legs over the crossbar and pedal, right? Incorrect. If you’re comfortable riding the bike, that is, not feeling any pain anywhere, you’ll go further, get fitter, enjoy it more and save money.There are several ways to adjust the bike, be it changing the stem, seat height, handlebar angle or position of the saddle. So if you’re unsure, go to a bike shop and pay the money. There is a science behind it. Loose helmet Improper bike fitlast_img read more

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Put Your Data on a Light Cycle with a TRON Legacy USB

first_imgThere are TRON-themed gaming mice, TRON-themed motorcycle suits, TRON-themed 3D Glasses, and now, if you couldn’t get enough TRON: Legacy merchandise ahead of the movie’s release, you can grab one of these TRON: Legacy USB flash drives in the shape of light cycles to store your data on. Choose the model of light cycle you prefer, dump your data, and impress everyone in that business meeting by bringing up your presentation on one of these stylish USB drives. The Kevin Flynn light cycle (shown in white, from the first movie) comes in 8GB, and the Sam Flynn model (in black, from the new movie) is 4GB, and both are available from Toys R’ Us stores or online. They’ll cost you $34.99 and $24.99 retail, respectively.[via OhGizmo]AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Report Is Apple Working on an HDTV

first_imgRumors that Apple was planning to get into the HDTV business started initially back before the current Apple TV model was released. After the Apple TV hit store shelves, people resigned themselves to the likelihood that Apple had no plans to release a consumer HDTV, and moved on. Now, a new report by an analyst with Ticonderoga Securities says that it’s more than possible that Apple will launch an Internet-connected LCD HDTV before the end of 2011, retailing for close to $2,000. The report cites several “data points” that Brian White, the analyst who authored the report, picked up at a trade show in China this week, and says in essence that Apple isn’t happy with the Apple TV being its only major living room business play. Combined with Apple’s iTunes video sales and rentals and its devotion to Airplay – its technology for wirelessly streaming audio and video from iOS and Mac OS devices to one another and supported home theater equipment – White believes that Apple is well positioned to make a push into the HDTV market. [via Apple Insider]last_img read more

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Microsoft gives free month of Xbox Live after Cloud Save outage

first_imgThe most common saying by those who are against putting your whole life “in the cloud” is that if anything goes wrong on the providers end, you’re left with nothing. This was certainly the case last week as many Xbox Live users were unable to access their saved games for a couple of days. In response to the outage, Microsoft has offered a free month of service to everyone that was affected. Microsoft’s Cloud Save feature is isolated from all of their other services, offering users the ability to save their games online instead of on their HDD. This is great for users who purchased the low storage versions of the Xbox 360 consoles that came out in the last hardware refresh. When the Cloud Save feature went down, none of Microsoft’s other cloud based services were affected. Additionally, you could still download the save stated and put them on your Xbox, so long as you had room on your HDD to store the save. It would up being a minor inconvenience at best for most users, but because it was out for nearly two whole days it left many shaken in their faith that the service was something worth using. Coupled with the free month of Xbox Live Gold for anyone who was affected, XBL general manager Alex Garden assured everyone that a thorough post mortem would be done to prevent this sort of thing from happening again in the future. Xbox Live has always been a fairly sturdy service, and of the few outages that have happened since the creation of the service, never has the entire thing been down for particularly long. This two day outage for a relatively new feature is one of the longest outages that any part of Xbox Live has ever suffered, and the team at Microsoft seems to be responding in the best way possible to assure it doesn’t happen again.Via The Vergelast_img read more

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What to expect from Battlefield 4s Frostbite 3 engine

first_imgRegardless of your feelings toward shooters or Electronic Arts, Battlefield 4 has looked mighty impressive every time it’s been shown off. The E3 Microsoft Xbox One keynote may have tricked you into thinking BF4 was a first-person boat shooter, but this spotlight trailer for the Frostbite 3 engine shows you that, yes, while there is plenty of FPBS to go around, the game can handle much more than that.Among Frostbite 3’s impressive features — networked water simulation, which essentially creates the same body of water for every player to see. If a wave is moving in a certain pattern, it’s moving that way for everyone on the map, and at the exact same time. Rather than just be pretty tech, though, the networked water sim provides the boat-heavy combat with a dynamic environment in which players can use to their advantage — be it via using a wave for cover, or battling a current while swimming.Frostbite 3 doesn’t just up the water ante, though, as it attempts to upgrade character emotions in order to help games convey better narratives. The eyes are portals to one’s soul, but in the land of video games, the eyes are one of the main determining factors as to whether or not a character can climb out of the uncanny valley. Nothing is more disruptive to a narrative than jarring characters, and Frostbite 3 has a focus on characters’ eyes in order to soften that uncanny valley blow — complete with parallax animation in the iris. No longer will parallax animation be confined to grassy backgrounds in old Sega side-scroller beat-em-ups.If pretty eyes and using dynamic waves as ocean-based cover isn’t impressive, Frostbite 3 is why huge buildings can crumble to the ground in the middle of a BF4 match.Battlefield 4 will release in North America on October 29 of this year, so watch the above video, get pumped for first-person boat shooting, and then find something else to do for four months while you wait, we guess. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Battlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_1 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_1 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_2 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_3 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_4 WMBattlefield 4 Commander Mode ScreensBattlefield 4 Commander Mode Screens9Battlefield 4 – Angry Sea Single Player Screens_4 WMBattlefield 4 – Angry Sea Single Player Screens_5 WMBattlefield 4Battlefield 4 – Angry Sea Single Player Screens_7 WMlast_img read more

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Your crash course in Why a crackdown on black money has left

first_img Share7 Tweet Email “The Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes hoarded by anti-national and anti-social elements will become just worthless pieces of paper.”Ordinary citizensHowever, it is not just India’s criminals that like to deal in cash. The country has a largely cash economy with an overwhelming majority of transactions being completed through physical tender.Law-abiding citizens were bound to get caught in the crossfire, but Modi reckoned they wouldn’t mind.“Experience tells us that ordinary citizens are always ready to make sacrifices and face difficulties for the benefit of the nation,” he said. “I have full confidence that every citizen will stand up and participate.” 15 Comments Your crash course in… Why a crackdown on ‘black money’ has left Indians queuing for cash A ban on 500 and 1,000 rupee notes has rocked the economy – but it might only be a short-term sting. 20,777 Views Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 9:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3115959 Take me to Fora By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Altaf Qadri/AP/Press Association Images Dec 4th 2016, 9:00 PM Short URL Bank queues in India Source: Altaf Qadri/AP/Press Association ImagesPeople have been given until 30 December to exchange invalid notes for the new ones or to deposit leftover cash into their bank accounts.However, there is a daily Rs2,000 (€27.50) cap on ATM withdrawals, while only Rs4,000 (€55) can be exchanged at banks. There is a Rs250,000 (€3,550) limit on the amount of money that can be lodged to an account.Farmers with crop loans and families with upcoming weddings – which are big in India – were given larger withdrawal limits of Rs25,000 (€345) and Rs250,000 per week respectively.‘Day of rage’ Unsurprisingly, demonetisation has put an enormous strain on the country’s banking system.News outlets published images of huge queues of people anxious to exchange their worthless cash for new currency and there was chaos across the country with some banks running out of the new notes.There were also reports of people becoming ill from exhaustion after standing in line for hours.India’s opposition parties accused the government of mismanaging the situation and invited frustrated citizens to protest in a “day of rage”. Source: Bikas Das/AP/Press Association ImagesThousands took to the streets across various cities this week, but the BBC questioned whether there was a genuine groundswell of opposition to Modi’s ban.The broadcaster’s Asian correspondents said despite the inconvenience – particularly for poorer citizens – the majority of Indian people are in favour of the rupee cull.‘Black money’As well as dismantling criminal activity, the ban promised to rid India of ‘black money’ stashed away by otherwise law-abiding citizens.‘Black money’ is code for tax evasion, naturally a big problem in such a cash-centred economy.According to official government figures, only 1% of Indians paid income tax in 2013 – in a nation of 1.3 billion people. The majority of revenue is currently collected indirectly through sales and VAT.As well as the cap on how much cash can be withdrawn and exchanged at banks, the government warned that deposits above Rs250,000 will be investigated by tax authorities.If a citizen is found to have evaded tax, they will be charged the full bill on top of a fine worth up to 200% of the tax owed.Earlier this week, the finance minister relaxed this rule as part of a new scheme, according to a Reuters report. In a bid to encourage tax dodgers to come clean, they can now pay half their tax bill and put another quarter of it into a trust account for four years. India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley Source: Mark Schiefelbein/AP/Press Association ImagesHow has it worked so far?Unsurprisingly, Indian businesses have been badly hurt by the rupee ban.Pundits have warned that the country – which recently overtook China as the world’s fastest-growing major economy – will see a major slowdown in its boom because of it.CNN reported that the ban will take at least 1% off India’s current 7.1% GDP growth rate. One commentator told the American news outlet he wouldn’t be surprised if it lost 3% by the end of the current financial year.That said, Modi was elected with a mandate to eliminate widespread tax evasion, and a wider tax base would allow for more spending in public services which would stimulate the economy.Some economists have questioned the decision to introduce the Rs2,000 note – arguing that the larger denomination note would surely make it easier for illegal transactions.After a long silence, the Reserve Bank of India’s chairman Urijit Patel said the new currency “has been designed to make it hard to counterfeit” because they are smaller and thicker.The downside of the new shape, however, is that it doesn’t fit ATMs. The machines have to be reconfigured to cater for the new notes which has added to the backlog. It wouldn’t be surprising if the 30 December deadline was extended as a result.Time will tell whether Modi’s gamble was worth it. But if the policy manages to fatten up the country’s tax-to-GDP ratio, a measure of tax raised against economic output, from 17% to the OECD average of 34%, the short-term sting could propel India’s economic boom even further.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Image: Altaf Qadri/AP/Press Association Images INDIA’S PREMIER DROPPED a bombshell a few weeks ago when he announced an overnight ban on 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.In an address to the nation, prime minister Narendra Modi said culling the country’s largest denomination notes – which are worth the equivalent of about €7 and €14 respectively – would “strengthen the hands of the common man in the fight against corruption”.The invalid currency will be swapped for new Rs500 and Rs2,000 notes with a limit on how many old notes can be deposited and exchanged.Criminals with wads of ill-gotten and counterfeit cash are the target of the ban, but regular citizens have also felt the pain – which is actually part of the government’s plan.With that in mind, let’s look at why India has dumped the bulk of its cash in a bid to clamp down on corruption – and ‘black money’.CorruptionWhen Modi announced that Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes were invalid from 8 November, he said the bulk of India’s cash was tainted by criminal activity.“The magnitude of cash in circulation is directly linked to the level of corruption,” he said.“Inflation becomes worse through the deployment of cash earned in corrupt ways. The poor have to bear the brunt of this. It has a direct effect on the purchasing power of the poor and the middle class.” Indian prime minister Narendra Modi Source: Hau Dinh/AP/Press Association ImagesThe old notes are easy to counterfeit, he said, and widely used to buy weapons by criminal groups.They were also “stashed under the beds of government officers”, he said, and used by land buyers to bribe housing officials.A ban on the commonly used notes would have a major impact on illegal activity, Modi promised. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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New poll shows that support for Sinn Féin is at its highest

first_img Short URL 133 Comments Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 5:48 PM New poll shows that support for Sinn Féin is at its highest level in a year Fianna Fáil’s support has dipped, albeit slightly. http://jrnl.ie/3259268 By Aoife Barry A NEW POLL shows that support for Sinn Féin is up, with the party at its highest level of support in over a year.That’s according to the latest Sunday Business Post/Red poll, which shows that Sinn Féin’s support is up 5 points to 19%. Meanwhile, AAA-PBP’s support is up two points to 6%.Last week, a poll published in the Sunday Independent showed that Fine Gael’s support had dipped by four points since October.According to this latest poll, Fianna Fáil is now down one point to 26%, while Fine Gael is still at 24%. Fianna Fáil remains the party with the greatest support in the country.Labour is down one point, to 4%, the Independent Alliance stays at 3%, the Soc Dems are down one point to 3%, and the Green Party (4%) and Renua (1%) also have seen no change.Fine Gael has been at the centre of weeks of speculation about the future of its leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently – resulting in a crunch meeting last Wednesday. After facing pressure to go in the wake of his handling of the Garda whistleblower revelations, Kenny told parliamentary party members that he will deal with the issue of his leadership after he returns from his St Patrick’s Day visit to the USA.The meeting led to a sense of relative calm after weeks of speculation. But that doesn’t mean that everything’s A-OK in Leinster House.Earlier today, Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy told Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1 that “there is a sense of dis-functionality, instability and incoherence at the very heart of government”. Meanwhile, AAA-PBP TD for Dublin South Central, Brid Smith, said on the same show that the leadership contest “has been an absolute distraction from very serious issues”.The Red C poll of around 1,000 adult took place between Monday and Thursday of last week.Read: The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, ranked from most to least likely> Share Tweet Email1 Image: Leah Farrell Feb 25th 2017, 5:48 PM 19,849 Views Image: Leah Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Poll Will you be watching President Donald Trumps inauguration

first_img Jan 20th 2017, 8:19 AM YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote Poll: Will you be watching President Donald Trump’s inauguration? Trump is set to be sworn in at 5pm Irish time today. 93 Comments Share32 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Poll Results: http://jrnl.ie/3195663 center_img SO, TODAY’S THE day.Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.The event itself goes on for a while but you’ll be able to catch Trump getting sworn in at around 5pm Irish time, after which he will deliver his inaugural address.He’s promised his address will be “shorter than usual” and “philosophical in tone”.There’s plenty of protests planned in Washington for today, but it is expected that up to 900,000 people will attend the ceremony.So, what do you think? Will you be watching Donald Trump’s inauguration? No (8642) Friday 20 Jan 2017, 8:19 AM No interest/No opinion (782) 23,598 Views Short URL Yes (4673)last_img read more

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Love Parade organisers to face trial over stampede deaths

first_imgLove Parade organisers to face trial over stampede deaths A stampede at the music festival killed 21 people and injured over 650 others. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,020 Views Apr 24th 2017, 9:26 PM Candles near the site where 21 people died and some 650 were injured in a stampede during the Love Parade Image: Associated Press Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3356682 center_img A GERMAN COURT today ruled that 10 people will face trial accused of negligently causing a catastrophic stampede at a 2010 Love Parade techno music festival that killed 21 people.Overturning a year-old ruling, the court decided that four event organisers and six officials of the city of Duisburg will face charges including negligent manslaughter and causing bodily harm.Prosecutors, victims’ relatives and survivors have pointed to chaotic crowd management as the cause of the disaster in which revellers were crushed, trampled to death and suffocated.More than 650 people were injured in the mass panic as pressure from a heaving sea of hundreds of thousands of young people squashed the victims against fences and walls.A Duisburg court dismissed the criminal case last year, casting doubt on an expert report on the disaster, in a ruling that angered victims’ groups.But now, after an appeal, a higher panel in Duesseldorf overturned that ruling, saying there was a “sufficiently” high chance of convicting those responsible.It said in a statement there was “cause to believe” that shortcomings in organisers’ duty of care caused the deaths and injuries.The court did not set a starting date for the trial. Negligent manslaughter carries up to five years in prison.Victims Prosecutors blamed serious planning errors for the 24 July, 2010 tragedy at the site, a former cargo rail depot in the western industrial city.Eight men and 13 women were killed — included seven foreigners, from Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.The city mayor at the time, Adolf Sauerland, became the prime target of public anger, accused of having ignored warnings that the summer festival was a disaster waiting to happen, and was forced to resign by a 2012 city referendum.The Love Parade started as an underground event in the former West Berlin in 1989 and was held there most years until 2006, at times drawing over one million people.Following wrangling over permits and arguments over the mountains of rubbish left behind, the festival moved from Berlin to cities in western Germany’s industrial Ruhr region until the tragedy of 2010.The deadly disaster led organisers to declare that the Love Parade would never be held again “out of respect for the victims”.Comments are closed for legal reasons. – © AFP 2017Read: ‘He ended up in an induced coma’: Matt Dawson on his son’s meningitis battleRead: Marine Le Pen steps down as leader of her party No Comments Image: Associated Press Candles near the site where 21 people died and some 650 were injured in a stampede during the Love Parade Monday 24 Apr 2017, 9:26 PM Share3 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Adi Roche Im asking world leaders to help removing and storing Chernobyls

first_img Founder and voluntary CEO, Chernobyl Children International Share130 Tweet Email1 242 Views Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM 31 YEARS AGO today, at exactly 01:23 on the morning of April 26 1986, a chain of events in Reactor No 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine led to an explosion spewing deadly radioactive contamination into the night sky.The blowing winds scattered it far and wide, unfolding at terrifying speed and triggering the world’s worst nuclear disaster.ChernobylA new word, “Chernobyl”, entered into the history of language, the history of world disasters and the history of the world.The sun shone, the wind blew, rain fell down and so did the deadly radioactive poison with it. The “war” that has been waged by Chernobyl has and continues to be a silent, invisible but deadly one. No smell, no sight, nothing to forewarn you of danger.On this day of worldwide remembrance and reflection on the tragedy that is Chernobyl we call to mind the suffering, the silence, the sacrifice and the neglect that Chernobyl’s victims faced on the “front line” of this radioactive horror story.A beacon of hopeHowever, this year, for the first time, we have a global beacon of hope that shines bright. The United Nations has listened to our plea for action and has declared April 26 forevermore as “United Nations Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day”.This special UN Chernobyl Day provides us with the opportunity to reflect on both the human and environmental impact of the disaster which is of enormous significance. These developments are the culmination of 30 years’ advocacy work.It will tell the victims of Chernobyl that they will not be forgotten, that we understand that Chernobyl remains an unfolding tragedy.Nuclear accidents can never be undoneThere may be an impression that 31 years on Chernobyl is something which happened a very long time ago and no longer poses a threat to the world. But the reality of the situation is very, very different.The impact of that single shocking nuclear accident can never be undone. Its radioactive footprint is embedded in our world until the end of time and countless millions of people are still being affected by its deadly legacy on a daily basis.We may never know the full extent of that contamination, we may never be able to prove it, but the tragedy that is Chernobyl is very, very real.I cannot speak with the authority of a scientist or doctor. I cannot prove my statements with laboratory or field test experiments. I have no medical or scientific academic qualifications to endorse my remarks. I can only offer my witness, my evidence of the heart for what I have seen and heard for the last 31 years.I’m haunted by people’s storiesI have visited and worked in the Chernobyl affected regions for three decades and I am haunted by the stories of people I have met. Thousands of people have tragically and forever lost their earth, their soul, their community and their history.This time last year, I returned to the highly contaminated “zone of alienation” that surrounds the Chernobyl plant on a fact finding mission and whilst there, I was asked by some of the men, who heroically fought for months to contain the spreading radioactive fire, to bring their stories and their voices to the global stage.The highly radioactive fire at Chernobyl was their “Ground Zero”I wear on this day a Chernobyl Service medal with great honour, deep respect and a deep sense of responsibility. It was given to me by a Liquidator Officer called Valerii Zaitsev, one of the 700,000 “Liquidators” – the soldiers and civilians,  the helicopter pilots, the firemen, the miners and the engineers who were sent into the Chernobyl nuclear conflagration.For Valerii and his gallant comrades fighting the highly radioactive fire at Chernobyl was their “Ground Zero”.Like the brave rescue service heroes of New York’s 9/11 the Chernobyl Liquidators, these noble and self-sacrificing men, ought to be rightly honoured and recognised today as the heroes who saved Europe and indeed the world from even greater catastrophe.The new sarcophagusA new sarcophagus was moved into place over the exploded reactor in November, however we still do not have the science or technology to progress with the next phase.I respectfully ask that world leaders urgently use their power and influence to propel forward the vital work that needs to be carried out at the exploded No 4 Reactor and move swiftly to the next phase of dismantling and safely removing and storing hundreds of tons of radioactive material.This is a project never done before and requiring new thinking and new expertise. This project requires international guidance and we, as citizens of the world, must be vigilant that the safe disposal of this waste is the highest priority.Let’s show the people of Chernobyl that they are not forgotten, that they are not alone, that they are among friends and neighbours who care and who want to share in their plight and despair. Not just with fine words but with positive and life changing initiatives of action.Adi Roche is the founder and voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International (CCI). For nearly 40 years she has been passionately campaigning for, and is publicly active in, issues relating to the environment, peace and social justice.Drugs: ‘How is arresting someone for something that they are addicted to helping?’>Column: ‘The time has come. We demand the opportunity to live our lives through Irish’> https://jrnl.ie/3357446 Apr 26th 2017, 6:30 AM By Adi Roche 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Adi Roche Short URL Adi Roche: ‘I’m asking world leaders to help removing and storing Chernobyl’s radioactive material’ Let’s show the people of Chernobyl that they are not forgotten, writes Adi Roche.last_img read more

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I never enjoyed life outside of football Theres not much you can

first_img‘I never enjoyed life outside of football… There’s not much you can do’ Keith Fahey on feeling homesick in England, thriving at St Pat’s and life with Giovanni Trapattoni’s Irish side. Share84 Tweet Email1 “I joined mid-season, the lads were in a cup final and I lost interest. I wasn’t interested really in going into training. I had a falling out. He played me on the left side, which I wasn’t too happy about. I was more of a defensive left-sided midfielder.I did take a lot from the training up there, about set up and shape. Defensively on the left side, I took in a lot of information. But I didn’t like travelling up, I didn’t like being up there, I didn’t like where we were training, the whole thing. I don’t think I even lasted a year up there.“It wasn’t right for them, it wasn’t right for me, I just didn’t fit.”A return to Pat’s was the obvious next move and it was in this second spell where Fahey played arguably the best football of his career. Between 2006 and 2008, he became an integral player for the Dublin side. Keith Fahey and Andriy Voronin of Hertha Berlin. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOPat’s played in the Uefa Cup against a Hertha Berline side that included experienced Germany international Arne Friedrich, Łukasz Piszczek, who has since gone on to become an important player for both Poland and Borussia Dortmund, and Andriy Voronin, on loan from Liverpool at the time. Yet while Pat’s lost the tie, Fahey earned rave reviews and eclipsed many of his more reputed counterparts.The 2008 campaign also saw Fahey score 11 goals in all competitions, while picking up the PFAI Player of the Year award. His team, however, were left trophyless as they finished the league runners-up to Bohs, while also being dumped out of the FAI Cup by their bitter rivals. Source: MarkCallanan1985/YouTubeIt was clear that Fahey was ready to play at a higher level and in October 2008, he made public his plans to leave the Saints.I’d seen players getting moves away at that stage and was thinking to myself ‘have I done something wrong? Am I ever going to get a chance again?’ A couple of players I didn’t think could lace my boots I saw going away.“The last season (in Ireland), I said: ‘I’m going to give this a right good go’. The season went well for me. I got some great assists and cracking goals. We went on a European run.“I was just thinking: ‘Am I actually getting good or is the league going backwards or what?’”A sense of regret and unfinished business was also spurring Fahey on.I was a little bit older. I was probably, looking back, going: ‘Jesus, I’m after throwing away a chance here’. When you’re younger, coaches tell you: ‘You don’t want to look back in five or 10 years’ time and say I could have done this or I could have done that.’ That drove me on a little bit. I had more determination. I was more settled at home. I saw players going away and it bugged me, it really bugged me.“I ended up being more determined every game and was quite disappointed I didn’t win anything (with Pat’s) that season.”Both West Ham and Sunderland, who were managed by Roy Keane at the time, were linked with moves for Fahey.In the end, Birmingham were the only club making a firm offer and Pat’s reluctantly agreed to let their star man leaveI said ‘look, I’m going’. I was worried it wasn’t going to happen. Then when I went over to negotiate, I was disappointed with what I was being offered. You hear about what you’re going to be getting, but I was on nearly the same money at Pat’s. That was disappointing. But I just said it’s a start again in England and you have to take it.“If you do well, you can make an increase on it. I’d just turned 26. I felt I’d a good few years left in me.”Fahey would urge any young Irish player in a similar position to do likewise. “If you stay here, you might never get that chance again, you might never develop,” he adds. Source: Birmingham City Football Club/YouTubeJoining the club in January 2009, Birmingham were going well in the Championship at the time. The Dubliner made a swift impact in his new surroundings, scoring four goals in 19 appearances as his team gained promotion to the Premier League after finishing second in the table. Fahey was immediately a regular fixture in the side despite competition from loan signings Scott Sinclair and Hameur Bouazza.“It was a massive step up in standard (playing in the Championship),” he says. “I remember my first few days, I was starting to shine. I enjoyed it because players were quicker with their head, quicker with their touch. It was just a lot sharper.I was probably a better trainer than I was a player when I was over there, because there’s more at stake at that level and you have to adjust your game. You can’t be flicking balls over people’s heads, pinning 60 or 70-yard passes.“There’s sometimes 30,000 people watching games in the Championship, so I was quite aware of that without wanting to be aware of it. I was quite safe over there. I played a lot on the left side of midfield as well. I didn’t give much away. It wasn’t until my second last season there that I played in centre mid with Chris Hughton, where I felt comfortable again playing, I was playing with confidence.” Fahey made his Premier League debut against Man United at Old Trafford. Source: EMPICS SportHis Premier League debut the following season couldn’t have seemed more daunting — a trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford — a game the visitors ended up narrowly losing 1-0.I was nervous but a good nervous,” Fahey recalls. “We didn’t win but we played reasonably well. I played the full 90 minutes. I was happy with my game. I surprised myself. I was just delighted to get there. My dad, god rest him, he died soon after, but he was out there (watching).“That was a big thing for myself and my father that he got see me playing at the top level.People ask a lot now (about the best player I played against). Ones that would stand out would be Gareth Bale, Steven Gerrard, I played (for Ireland) against Messi in the Aviva. But when I played them, they never really ran amok against us, but you could see they were good players.“I don’t remember playing against one player over there that absolutely killed us. It was more coming up against strong teams.The way (Birmingham manager) Alex McLeish had us playing, we were a team that were hard to beat. We worked hard for each other. We had a couple of hidings, but there weren’t many massively outstanding players (that did damage).”In his first season in the top flight, Fahey made 18 starts and 34 appearances overall, helping Birmingham secure their highest-ever Premier League finish as they came ninth.At the end of campaign, he was rewarded with a contract extension having proved his worth for the club. Keith Fahey pictured playing in the 2011 League Cup final. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe following season, the highlight and lowlight of his time in England came within a couple of months of each. In February 2011, he started for the Birmingham side that stunned Arsenal 2-1 in the League Cup final. Though Fahey didn’t score in the game, he came desperately close, as his powerful shot hit the woodward.“I know what people think of the League Cup, but everyone competes in that now as much as the FA Cup,” he says“It was great. 90,000 at Wembley. Nobody expected us to win. I had family and friends over and all. I could have scored the winner but hit the post.“I was nervous in the week leading up to the game, whether I’d be picked, I was just hoping he’d put me in. But I made the starting XI. I made a contribution in the game as well, so I was delighted.“Having a few pints afterwards, it felt very surreal.”Yet within months of this fantastic achievement, the Blues were relegated. How did a team good enough to beat Arsenal descend into such a dramatic slump all of a sudden?We missed (team captain) Barry Ferguson, our main playmaker and screen in front of the back four. He got an injury. There were a couple of older players we lost near the end of the season and I think the wheels came off for the last few games. We went on a bad run of form. I’m not sure what the exact points tally was, but you could kind of sense it was happening. It went down to the last day of the season and it was devastating.“Everyone at the start of the season was saying ‘you’ll be safe’. I’d watch out for that season by season. There’s always one team that surprises everyone and just has a fall.I wouldn’t say it was complacency. We’d just put so much into the season before to stay up.”Around this period, Fahey was also starting to make an impact for Ireland at international level.He had been involved from a young age at underage level, and was part of the squad that reached the last-16 of the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship squads, with other notable names including Glenn Whelan, Kevin Doyle and Stephen Elliot also part of that group.It was surreal, because I was after being out all weekend. I got a phone call saying ‘you’re going into the squad’ and I was like ‘oh my God’. My head was wrecked. I think Sean Thornton got injured and I ended up filling in.”After making his debut for the senior side in a May 2010 friendly against Paraguay, Fahey went on to become a vital squad player during the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, scoring the winner after coming on as a substitute in the tricky away tie against Armenia. Fahey is a big admirer of former Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesTo this day, Fahey remains a big fan of the man he describes as “very eccentric” — former Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.“I enjoyed it and I wouldn’t have a bad word to say about him, because he gave me my debut, he always picked me when I was fit.It was just disappointing how quickly the fans turned on him. He was a hero, but that’s football. A few bad results and he’s the villain straight away, (people were saying) ‘the football’s bad’. The football was always bad. It was just, we got away with it, we got results.”With other technical gifted, creative players such as Andy Reid and Wes Hoolahan effectively ostracised from the team, was Fahey surprised that Trap had so much time for him?When I went away I kind of switched on a defensive part of my brain where I would always think safe. At that level, managers pick a lot of players that they trust not to make a mistake.“There’s different kinds of managers that would pick gamewinners over players that are safe and it’s just his mentality to pick a safe player. Fortunately enough, I got a bit of game time out of him.“I started a few games and I scored. I came on in most of the games in that (Euro 2012) qualifying campaign, which is a proud memory to look back on.” Source: dinadangdong/YouTubeSadly, though, despite making the initial Euro 2012 squad, a last-minute injury aggravated in training forced Fahey to withdraw — a moment, he feels, in hindsight, was the beginning of the end of his career.“I wouldn’t have made a difference (for Ireland at the Euros). I think I dodged a bullet. But it was very disappointing with the build-up in the hotel. I had all my gear and was packed. It was devastating, I don’t think I ever really recovered from that in football. It was a slow decline from that day.I had a hip operation only after I left Birmingham, but it should have been done earlier. I had groin problems because of it and I had an underlying knee problem as well. It just seemed after that it was a downward spiral.“It was wear and tear from over the years. My groin took a battering from my hip.I was taking injections into my hip, which I regret now. The hip one was the main one, the cartilage was wearing away. So there’s nothing you can do. If you keep pounding on it, you’ll be needing hip replacements fairly soon.”Following their relegation, Fahey played just one more full season at Birmingham. The following campaign, however, injuries continued to take their toll and restricted him to just nine appearances in the Championship.Once Birmingham decided not to renew his contract at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, he took a few months out of the game, before moving back to the team he knew and loved best — St Pat’s.“I scored two crackers in my first two games, I thought ‘Jesus I’m back here,’” he recalls. “But I just never got going personally after that.” Keith Fahey celebrates with The FAI Cup in 2014. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThere was at least one positive note to end on, however, as Fahey and St Pat’s finally got their hands on the FAI Cup in 2014, after beating Derry City 2-0 in the finalIn the second half of the season, after we got knocked out of Europe, we went on a good run of form. I personally played well — I felt sharper, I felt fitter. And it was nice to go back and win the cup, after being sent off (in the final against Longford) years ago.“I know what it means to the fans. How long it took to win. Would they ever win it again? It was like there was a hoodoo every year. But it was important for myself personally coming back and giving something back to them. I knew I was leaving even before the cup final. I was promised this and that at Pat’s. I just went with my gut instinct (to leave).”I signed for (Shamrock) Rovers with Pat Fenlon, who was straight up and no bullshit. I enjoyed just speaking to him about what he was doing at the club. When I went to Rovers I actually didn’t have one moan about things.“There had been a lot of investment (at Pat’s). Before I went away, Andrew O’Callaghan had just taken over the club. There were sports scientists, the food, the training and all that, the kitman, the gym, it was as close to what you’d get in England over here. And it was great.But when I came back, where we were training was poor, we had to do pre-season on astro-turf. I felt it had gone backwards and I felt the league as a whole had gone backwards.”His spell at final club Shamrock Rovers was similarly short-lived, as his continuing battle with injuries prompted his retirement in 2015.At the time I was a little bit relieved after the injuries and the whole thing. I was disappointed with how my career had ended up.“When I retired, I was going ‘happy days,’ but after a while, you’re looking back and gong ‘jaysus I probably should have played as a bit-part player, just going into training, because it’s hard now.”Aged 34, Fahey is currently undertaking an online strength and conditioning course as he adjusts to life after playing.I was doing a bit of personal training. I kind of rushed into doing that course and once I had it, I started doing a little bit of it. I didn’t stick it out and assumed it wasn’t for me.“I haven’t figured out what I want to do yet so I’m still very much in transition to be honest.I’m trying to find something to do and it’s not easy. I’m going to give myself a bit of time and just see what I want to do. I don’t want to rush into something and I’m not under any pressure.”And does he still harbour hopes that his future will involve football in some form?There are a lot of things personally that I dislike about football. It ruffles my feathers. I couldn’t carve out a living being dishonest and a lot of (people involved) do. The main part that I like about it is playing it and I can’t do that. It’s something that I have to look at. I couldn’t tell you if I’ll be involved.“I need to do a lot of work on myself and just see where I can be happy.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Keith Fahey is best known for his stints at St Pat’s and Birmingham. Keith Fahey is best known for his stints at St Pat’s and Birmingham. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO By Paul Fennessy Short URL KEITH FAHEY HAS a love-hate relationship with football.Playing the game itself is his passion. In a senior career spanning 13 years, he excelled in the game at various levels, with high points including a League Cup triumph with Birmingham in 2011 and an FAI Cup victory with St Pat’s in 2014, in addition to scoring three goals in 16 caps for Ireland.On the other hand, it’s everything in and around football rather than the game itself that he often finds difficult. The greed of certain individuals, the long periods spent far away from family and friends, the toll it can take on your body — basically, the stuff you didn’t read about in Shoot Magazine when you were younger.Before it was complex though, it was simple. Growing up in Tallaght, he began playing locally, often on his brother’s team against older players from the age of five. Seven years later, he moved to top Dublin schoolboy side Cherry Orchard and it was there that he caught the eye of Arsenal.It is virtually every young Irish footballer’s dream to earn a big move to England, and Fahey was no different. However, as if often the case, the move did not exactly work out as the young midfielder had imagined. Just 15 at the time of his switch to living in London, homesickness — a common issue for young Irish footballers who move across the water — made life incredibly difficult.“I was never very confident when I was younger,” he tells The42. “I didn’t realise that I was that good. I got a chance to go to Arsenal and went without having to think about it. I never settled when I was there. I always wanted to be somewhere else. I wanted to be at home to be honest, in the early stages of my career.I didn’t really want to be in England. My friends were at home. My family was at home. I never wanted to be away living in someone’s digs. A stranger’s house was very strange for me. When young lads go away now, it’s a struggle for some of them, and some of them take to it.”Fahey was part of a youth team that included Steve Sidwell. Jeremy Alliadiere, Jermaine Pennant and Graham Stack, all of whom went on to make a good living in the game, albeit away from Arsenal where competition for places was extremely intense.It was a very talented age group. The year I left, we went on to win the League Cup. There were some very good players there.” Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 9:25 PM http://the42.ie/3305885 center_img 30 Comments Mar 26th 2017, 9:25 PM Liam Brady was instrumental in bringing Fahey to Arsenal. Source: EMPICS SportAt the time, Liam Brady — the former Irish international and noted RTÉ soccer pundit — was in charge of youth development at Arsenal. While he never reached the same heights, Fahey was a similar type of player to Brady — a technically gifted footballer who was extremely comfortable on the ball. Perhaps the former Juventus star saw elements in himself in Fahey.“He understood where I was coming from, coming away on your own,” Fahey says. “He was helping as much as he could. But I don’t think anyone could have helped me when I was younger. My mindset was just I didn’t want to be there.I enjoyed parts of it. I enjoyed playing with some of the players — seeing them go on to do things and seeing a lot of them not going on to do things.“It makes me think, after I finished, how lucky I was to get a second chance when I was older.“I was told like every other kid was told that if you’re good and doing well, you’ll get your chance. I think Liam Brady really did believe that in me, but again, I just didn’t settle.”Fahey attributes the impressive technical ability he acquired to some unconventional footballing habits as well as an innate obsession with the game from a young age — a mindset he suggests is not so common in aspiring footballers nowadays.I was technically very good and always was. I put it down to playing a lot with a tennis ball when I was younger. I was as comfortable playing with a tennis ball as I was with a football.“Kids don’t play enough football these days.  I wouldn’t have much of a say on the coaching side of it, what they’re doing, what they’re not doing.I just notice the fields round the estates aren’t as busy. There used to be loads of young fellas playing football, you just don’t see it any more.“There’s an awful lot of pressure on kids’ shoulders from what I’ve seen. There are little things said – ‘if you don’t do this, you won’t go to England’. I just think a lot of it is so, so wrong.” Keith Fahey pictured during an U16 friendly in 2000 for Ireland. Source: Tom Honan/INPHOIndeed, football in England, as Fahey discovered, was a world away from the game he knew and loved.“It just got very serious,” he says. “Football was friends in schoolyards, tennis balls, and playing it around the field, training and playing games with Cherry Orchard.It went from that into (people being) very strict about tracking runners. It just got very technical and very serious all of a sudden. I was like ‘what is going on here? This isn’t how I remember playing football. I just never enjoyed it.’“I never enjoyed life outside of football as well. There’s not much you can do. Especially at 14 or 15 years of age. There was nobody around that I knew. It was just very lonely, very long days. I was very isolated… I’d isolate myself from people I didn’t really know.”“You’re just trying to fill in hours really. It was the same when I went over later in my career. It was just about putting in hours until you go training… But the second time was different. It was a lot easier but it was similar trying to put in hours.There’s not a lot you can do and not a lot you want to do other than play football. People tell you to do things and get interested in something else, but when you’re that young or even when you’re older, you’re thinking ‘no, my football’s more important’ and you’re just concentrating on the football.”After two largely miserable years at Arsenal, Fahey wanted a new start and joined Aston Villa in April 2000 for a fee of £250,000 — an eyebrow-raising figure for an untested youngster, particularly back then. He spent three more years in Birmingham but not much changed in terms of his restlessness.The same thing happened again. I ended up spending a year at home in between my three-and-a-half-year contract. I went back (to England) and then got released.”Like the majority of teenage Irish footballers who go over to England with big dreams, Fahey was returning to Ireland having not made a single first-team experience.Without any obvious pathway following this failure, Fahey joined a team that a friend of his happened to play for — Bluebell United.Yet the young Dubliner was far too good for the Leinster Senior League and it wasn’t long before St Patrick’s Athletic came calling — the side he would ultimately enjoy three spells with. Fahey thrived after joining Pat’s in 2003. Source: INPHOThe Pat’s manager at the time, Eamonn Collins, immediately identified Fahey’s immense potential and gave him license to play with the sense of freedom he craved.He saw great belief in me, put me in the team, so it just went from there,” Fahey recalls. “I established myself in the team and that’s when I really started enjoying playing football.“He put confidence in me by telling me how good I was all the time. Sometimes he was probably blowing smoke up my ass, but to me, it was nice to be welcomed, it was nice to be playing in front of the fans. I used to love playing down in Richmond Park as well. I played my best football there. Just travelling from home, going to games, it wasn’t really a job for me. I was not getting paid a lot of money, but I was back enjoying playing football and that’s what I always wanted to do.I played a lot of my football on the right-side of midfield… Sometimes I used to like a little shift out on the right. There’s less pressure out there. Sometimes you’d come up against a full-back where you’d have the beating of him and knock it by him.“I don’t think I was every really 100% developed as a central midfielder. I ended up playing in there, but from a younger age, I probably could have got a lot more coaching as to knowing the position and that.”With family and friends in close proximity again, Fahey felt more at ease. He helped St Pat’s win the League of Ireland Cup in 2003 while that same year, he was pivotal in the team’s run to the FAI Cup final. It ended in big disappointment, however, as the Saints lost 2-0 to Longford Town, and Fahey received a 77th-minute red card for a two-footed lunge on Sean Prunty.Shortly thereafter, following two-and-half largely impressive seasons with Pat’s, Fahey was on the move again in what would turn out to be another unhappy experience.Midway through the 2005 season, he joined Drogheda United. However, a failure to see eye to eye with manager Paul Doolin meant he was released having made just 22 appearances for the club.I learnt a lot from Paul Doolin. Not that you have to be best friends, but from day one, we didn’t click. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO 48,604 Views Follow us: the42.ie What can you say? This is a nightmare – Robben blasts Netherlands defeat>‘I thought ‘I’ve had enough of this” – Brian Carey on volatile owners, Big Jack and a fresh start>last_img read more

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State of emergency declared as Egypt is warned of long and painful

first_img 14,245 Views State of emergency declared as Egypt is warned of ‘long and painful’ war against jihadists At least 44 people were killed in two church bombings yesterday. Share113 Tweet Email1 Relatives cry at funeral of victims in Tanta city Image: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3332358 Image: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images Monday 10 Apr 2017, 7:13 AM UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice after a Security Council statement condemned the bombings as “heinous” and “cowardly”.Áras an Uachtaráin released this statement last night: “Following the attack on churches in Tanta and Alexandria, President Michael D Higgins has conveyed his sympathies to the people of Egypt, saying that his thoughts are with the families of the victims and wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.”- © AFP 2017Read: “I just felt fire grabbing my face” – Isis claims Palm Sunday bombings in Egypt which killed at least 44Read: Second suspect arrested as Briton confirmed among Stockholm dead By AFPcenter_img Source: Twitter Relatives cry at funeral of victims in Tanta city EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT ABDEL Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the so-called Islamic State group that killed dozens of people yesterday.The Palm Sunday blasts are among the deadliest attacks on the Coptic Christian minority in recent memory.The attacks in the Nile Delta cities of Tanta and Alexandria followed a Cairo church bombing in December and came weeks before a planned visit by Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt’s Christian minority.Sisi declared the three-month state of emergency, which he must present to parliament within a week, during a defiant speech warning that the war against the jihadists “will be long and painful”.The first bombing at the Mar Girgis church in Tanta city north of Cairo killed 27 people, the health ministry said.Emergency services had scrambled to the scene when another blast rocked St Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a Palm Sunday service.Seventeen people including at least four police officers were killed in that attack, which the interior ministry said was caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself up when prevented from entering the church.The ministry said Tawadros was unharmed and a church official said he left before the explosion.The private CBC Extra TV channel aired footage of the Alexandria blast, with CCTV showing what appeared to be the church entrance engulfed in flames and flying concrete moments after a guard turned a man away.Eyewitnesses said a police officer detected the bomber before he blew himself up. At least 78 people were wounded in Tanta and 40 in Alexandria, the health ministry said.‘Deep condolences’ Egyptian officials denounced the violence as an attempt to sow divisions, and Francis sent his “deep condolences” to Tawadros. The IS claimed two Egyptian suicide bombers carried out both attacks and threatened further attacks in a statement published on social media.After the bombings, Sisi ordered military deployments to guard “vital and important infrastructure”, his office said.State television reported that the interior minister sacked the provincial head of security and replaced him after the attack.“I heard the blast and came running. I found people torn up … some people, only half of their bodies remained,” Nabil Nader, who lives in front of the Tanta church, said.At St Mark’s in Alexandria, at night the bodies were brought in wooden coffins decorated with golden crosses to the church yard where hundreds of Copts gathered and a priest was saying prayers.A Muslim funeral was also held in El Behira province for one of the four policemen killed in the St Mark’s attack.Worshippers had been celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem.Egypt had been ruled under emergency law — which allows police expanded powers of arrest and surveillance — for decades before 2012.Pope prays for victims Pope Francis, who is due in Cairo on 28 and 29 April, offered prayers for the victims. “Let us pray for the victims of the attack unfortunately carried out today,” he said.May the Lord convert the heart of those who sow terror, violence and death and also the heart of those who make weapons and trade in them.Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt’s population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Easter next weekend, have been targeted by several attacks in recent months.Jihadists and Islamists accuse Copts of supporting the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which ushered in a deadly crackdown on his supporters.In December, a suicide bombing claimed by IS killed 29 worshippers in a Cairo church. The group later released a video threatening Egypt’s Christians with more attacks.A spate of jihadist-linked attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula, including the murder of a Copt in the city of El Arish, led some Coptic families to flee.US President Donald Trump led international condemnation of yesterday’s attacks.“So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. US strongly condemns. I have great confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly,” he tweeted. Short URL Apr 10th 2017, 7:13 AM 29 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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A hard Brexit could hit Irelands budget to the tune €500 million

first_img A puppet of UK PM Theresa May outside Westminster. Image: PA Images Share1 Tweet Email2 THE FIRST THREE years of a ‘hard Brexit’ could cost the Irish exchequer up to €500 million, according to new projections by the ESRI.In its latest economic commentary, the Economic and Social Research Institute has said that the government’s fiscal space will be severely dented by Brexit.Simply put, fiscal space is the amount of money the government can afford to spend over and above what it is already spending on public services.The ESRI says Ireland’s economic output would be greatly affected by a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ and that it would hit fiscal space by up to €500 million over three years.The term ‘hard Brexit’ is used as a shorthand for a British exit from the EU that would see it make a clean break from EU institutions like the customs union.Overall, the ESRI says Ireland’s economy is continuing to grow owing to strong domestic demand and declining unemployment.Brexit, however, poses a “substantial risk for the Irish economy”.“The results indicate that a ‘hard Brexit’ would reduce Irish potential output by more than 3% over the medium term,” the report states.While this has a number of important policy implications, it has specific relevance for the public finances as it is central to the expenditure rule in the Stability and Growth Pact. It essentially means that there will be less fiscal space available to the government than would otherwise be the case. Our estimates indicate that the fiscal space available could be reduced by over half a billion euro for the first three years of a ‘hard Brexit’.As regards the short-term, the ESRI is maintaining its growth forecasts for the Irish economy for 2017 and 2018 at 3.8% and 3.5% respectively.The current unemployment rate is at 6.4% and the ESRI predicts next year it will average 5.4%.Read: What is the ‘fiscal space’ and why does it matter? >Read; Queen Elizabeth might have given a subtle nod to the EU with her hat > As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM Short URL 26 Comments Jun 22nd 2017, 12:00 PM A puppet of UK PM Theresa May outside Westminster. Image: PA Images A ‘hard Brexit’ could hit Ireland’s budget to the tune €500 million over three years The ESRI has sounded a warning over the impact on the economy. By Rónán Duffy 7,141 Views http://jrnl.ie/3457378 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gardaí appeal for information on Tipperary pub assault that left two men

first_img Monday 25 Mar 2019, 7:45 PM Share2 Tweet Email1 By Adam Daly 16,585 Views Mar 25th 2019, 7:46 PM No Comments Gardaí appeal for information on Tipperary pub assault that left two men with head injuries The two men were taken to South Tipperary Hospital. https://jrnl.ie/4560678 GARDAÍ IN TIPPERARY are appealing to the public for information in relation to an assault in Cashel last night, in which two men received head injuries. At approximately 11pm, two men aged in their 20s and 30s received head injuries during the assault in a pub in the New Inn area of Cashel.The two men were taken to South Tipperary Hospital.Gardaí are now looking to speak with anyone who was present in New Inn village or passed through the village between 9pm and 11.30pm on last night. Anyone who has information or who can assist are asked to contact the incident room at Cahir Garda Station on 052 7445630. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greek research scholarship

first_imgThe ANU (Canberra) and Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens are offering a scholarship for a student or other scholar from the ACT to spend between two and 12 months working on a research project in Greece. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a local scholar whose research requires a period in Greece. The successful applicant can research in these five areas: the archaeology, history, and literature of Ancient Greece; Byzantine archaeology, history, and literature; post-Byzantine Greece; Modern Greek studies including history, literature, and art; areas of research providing assistance to the AIAA’s archaeological expedition to Greece. While the main purpose of the scholarship is to assist the recipient in conducting research in Greece, the Institute expects that the successful candidate will in turn assist the Institute by joining in activities in Greece. The basic grant shall be the equivalent of a return excursion airfare Canberra-Athens, plus a contribution up to a maximum of $4,000 towards living and research expenses. An applicant should have a university degree at Honours level, or equivalent. More senior scholars are not excluded provided they can show that research time in Greece is essential to their studies. To apply, contact AAIA on (02) 9351 4759 or visit aaia.chass.usyd.edu.au. The deadline for applications is 15 October. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Priest asked to give evidence over Facebook claims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide priest, the Reverend Prokopios Kanavas, has been asked by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia to give evidence over claims he posted on his Facebook wall. Reverend Prokopios, from St Nicholas Parish in Thebarton, South Australia, claimed that he has completed a degree in Theology and International Law at Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem, represented the Patriarchate of Jerusalem at conferences, and restored a monastery at his own expense.However, the university has stated that they have no record of him studying there, and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem has denied these claims in a letter sent to Bishop Nikandros, the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in SA. The chairman of the Federation of Greek Communities in Australia, property developer Theo Maras, told Adelaide Now he was “concerned” about the allegations. He called on the council to “deal with this quickly and ensure that the communities’ concerns are allayed”.The letter sent by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem made serious allegations about the priest – which can’t be stated due to legal reasons – that subsequently led to his defrocking in 2008. It said Reverend Prokopios, who represents himself in Adelaide as an Archimandrite, was ordained and served within the Jerusalem patriarchate as a deacon and that the Synod of the patriarchate deliberated on July 24, 2008, and defrocked him, at which time he reverted back to a lay person. He then joined the Greek Army, later joining another faction of the church, was again ordained and made his way to Adelaide in 2010.last_img read more

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Dockworkers extend their strike

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek dockworkers have extended their strike, leaving ferries tied up in port until Wednesday morning.The strike, which began Thursday, is demanding back pay for the workers from ship owners, a collective wage agreement, and an end to undocumented and uninsured employees. The workers also want the government to cancel a plan to regulate the minimum number of dock workers required in each crew, saying that would lead to layoffs.The strike has been hard on the many Greek islands that have no airports and rely on ferries to deliver their basic supplies.Greek media reported Sunday that the government is considering using emergency powers to force the dock employees back to work. Source: APlast_img read more

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Kotsiras promoted in cabinet reshuffle

first_imgNicholas Kotsiras was appointed Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources this week in Premier Denis Napthine’s sweeping cabinet reshuffle. He will retain his Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship portfolio. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Kotsiras described his new responsibilities as “an exciting and important portfolio where he would be continuing ‘the good work of Minister Michael O’Brien’. “I look forward to working with industry and with all Victorians to ensure consumers have access to energy that is affordable, reliable and more sustainable,” said Mr Kotsiras. The minister’s new duties will include managing the state’s powers in regard to energy sustainability, safety and affordability, regulatory controls and relations with the energy industries. His predecessor Michael O’Brien was moved to Treasurer as Denis Napthine shored up his frontbench team. The reshuffle cost Victorian Police Minister Peter Ryan his portfolio as the new Premier demoted two of the most powerful members of the cabinet, putting some clear blue water between his administration and that of Ted Baillieu. As well as taking police from Mr Ryan – a portfolio that inevitably proved toxic after the Simon Overland affair, Kim Wells was dumped as Treasurer and Industrial Relations Minister Richard Dalla-Riva was sacked from the frontbench. Denying accusations of factionalism within the Liberal Parliamentary Party, Dr Napthine said he had selected his frontbench on his own and had chosen what he said was the best line-up from the available talent. Speculation continues that there was considerably more behind Ted Baillieu’s resignation than has been reported. Political analyst Nick Economou told Neos Kosmos that Napthine’s reshuffle had “forced a reality check on the Nationals”. “It’s clever politics. Ryan had to be removed from the Police portfolio – he should never have had that portfolio in the first place. “National Party MPs should only hold agriculture and rural-interest oriented portfolios,” said the Monash University lecturer in political science. “O’Brien is a good appointment as Treasurer. It’s a circuit breaker appointment that will please the business community at least in the short term. “The Liberal Party denies it has factions but factionalism is a reality of party politics,” said Dr Economou. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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What does Cyprus mean for your portfolio

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A couple of weeks ago, well-known conservative columnist Gerard Henderson said on the ABC’s Insiders that one of the biggest issues facing Europe that had “implications” for Australia was the “economic basket case” of Crete.We are sure that after he had his morning croissant and coffee, Henderson would have reflected that he meant Cyprus.The implications of Cyprus’ financial difficulties, stemming from too much money swishing around and too little productivity, are far reaching, to be sure. But some believe the market’s selling in response has been an over-reaction and instead look at it as a buying opportunity, particularly for the most beleaguered of all sectors, resources.One of the fund managers spoken to – who has been buying small miners in the past weeks – has a track record of consistent performance, having returned about 13 per cent a year to investors in his fund in the past 10 years.“I would say that all the negative news is in the price of most miners,” he said. “It wouldn’t take much positive news to see a significant bounce in the next six weeks.“Even if Europe is a write-off, the two largest economies in the world are promoting expansion and Japan is now stepping up. It’s far from doom and gloom.”Our bullish fund manager’s argument is that Cyprus is a poor indicator for Europe, but that is just one part of the global economic puzzle which, overall, is looking increasingly positive when you consider the amount of economic stimulus going on, both in money being pumped into big economies and in direct government spending.We saw some progress in ‘Abenomics’, where the Japanese are about to use aggressive monetary policy to kick-start their economy in the wake of 15 years of deflation and four recessions since 2000. Japan’s central bank said yesterday that it would buy 7 trillion yen ($69.4 billion) worth of bonds a month.Then you have the United States, where unemployment remains a big concern, underpinning the continuation of quantitative easing, where the central bank prints money to buy low-rated mortgage bonds at the rate of $US40 billion ($38.4 billion) a month.Recent manufacturing data out of China was not as positive as expected but still indicates its economy is growing at a rate of about 6 or 7 per cent, according to some economists. Its government continues to pump trillions of yuan into infrastructure and education. Companies whose share prices are linked to demand in commodities have the most to gain from global economic growth continuing. There are still about 3 billion people in the world who would like to live the way many Australians do, and the world needs more commodities for this to be the case.The time to buy is often when sentiment is at its worst, and professional investors are supposed to be more dispassionate about these things. Time will tell.Radar spoke to another fund manager who was less sanguine about resources, but more bullish about small caps.David Lamm previously managed money for one of the richest families in Australia, the Alters, and has set up his own shop and managed to return more than 25 per cent a year in the past three years.“Cyprus means nothing more than increased risk in the global financial system,” he said. “Because the small end is so undervalued it’s not as vulnerable to a sell off.“I don’t think it’s the end of the world, but when the world comes through this, there is more potential to make money from undervalued small caps, which is why we’re buying them.”Interestingly, some of the small caps that Lamm likes definitely have an international flavour.For example, eServGlobal has a technology called HomeSend, which allows the diaspora of the world to send money back home via their mobile phones. Radar has tipped this stock and so far it has delivered a return of almost 50 per cent to investors. It’s a technology many expatriate Cypriots might consider using.*This article was first published in The Age.last_img read more

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Strong showers cause Athens flooding

first_imgStrong showers that hit the Greek capital at intervals from the early hours of Sunday and were expected to persist throughout the day caused flooding on major thoroughfares and in homes and stores.The section of Pireos Street between Petrou Ralli and Hamosternas was closed off for a few hours midday Sunday as storm drains proved unable to manage downpours that caused extensive flooding, while the turning off Kifissou Avenue into Iera Odos toward Piraeus was also shut off to traffic until around 2 p.m.The Fire Service reported that it has received dozens of calls to remove trees and branches that had fallen in Patissia, Halandri, Neo Irakleio and Filothei, as well as to pump water from properties on Mount Parnitha, in Kypseli, Nea Smyrni and other Athenian suburbs.The Hellenic National Meteorological Service warned that heavy showers will continue throughout the day in most parts of Greece, while some flurries of snow are expected on the mountains of central and northern Greece.Winds on Sunday were coming in from the south at speeds of 6 to 7 Beaufort, strengthening to 8 Beaufort in the Aegean Sea.Downpours are forecast to continue in Athens and Thessaloniki through Sunday and to start easing off in the early hours of Monday, only to return later in the day.Similar conditions are expected in most other parts of Greece, though the southern and eastern Aegean will see more heavy showers coming in from the west on Monday.Temperatures on Sunday are expected to remain at moderate levels with daytime highs ranging between 14-17 degrees Celsius, though a significant drop is forecast on Monday and through Tuesday, starting in the north and gradually spreading south.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek professionals Newly arrived and facing challenges

first_imgYoung, highly-skilled, with quality educational and professional backgrounds; the three women who talked to Neos Kosmos fit the “modern migrant” profile, as depicted by the recently released research report of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS). Despite their skills and qualifications, their transition to the Australian job market has not been smooth. Dora Lakoumenta is a University of Melbourne graduate, holding a BSc in Genetics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She left her birthplace, Melbourne, to live in the city of Patras. There, she managed the family business, an English language school, while teaching English as a second language for almost 20 years. Since returning to Melbourne in 2012, she has been working in a call centre. “The role is a combination of customer service and tele-sales,” says Mrs Lakoumenta. “A high-stress, low paid job, really. But seeing the high cost of Melbourne living, upon my return, I thought that I should start working as soon as possible. I sent out many applications. There was no response. When an acquaintance informed me about this job, I took it. Today, I am not as stressed as in the beginning and yes, I would like to look for a better job. However, I have absolutely no experience or knowledge on how to write a professional resume or prepare for a job interview. Up until this stage, I never had to look for a job and I really do not know where to start.” Alkmini Balda, on the other hand, was a fairly experienced job hunter. At least, that is what she thought. “I had to forget all I knew about looking for a job. Things work differently here, recruiters and employers follow different rules,” she points out. She came to Melbourne with her two daughters, looking forward to a new, better life. She was optimistic and confident; the confidence of a professional with 20 years of international experience in high-profile organisations, who possesses impressive qualifications acquired from reputable universities in Switzerland and London.“While waiting for my visa to be issued, I tried to come in direct contact with local head hunters; a very common practice in Europe. Those whom I managed to meet made it seem quite easy to find a job, possibly because they knew they didn’t have to find me a job until my visa was sorted out. This worked against me, as I could have benefited from working as a volunteer to build connections and Australian work experience”.Right after her visa was issued, Mrs Balda was unpleasantly surprised with the level of response to her job applications. “I was only offered a few contract positions and I soon understood that any work experience outside Australia was either underplayed or not considered at all by human resource professionals. This might not be true for individuals with work experience in Coca Cola, Deloitte, PwC and the likes, I suppose. “My understanding was that in order to minimise the risk, they would only consider candidates that were an exact fit to the job description, leaving out of the selection process candidates with transferable skills and future potential. A few of them also had a very negative perception of Greece. Finally, I felt that any qualifications I had did not matter much either.” Mrs Balda soon came to the realisation that she had to adapt to the new conditions. So she set out to ‘re-package’ herself and her professional offering. With the help of a career consultant, she came to understand what recruiters were looking for and made a consistent effort to respond appropriately. Soon after she had a revamped resume, refreshed interview skills and a newly-learned technique to address ‘key selection criteria’, often requested as part of the selection process. There is a $1,500 price tag attached to all that. However, she highly recommends the investment, noting that “people need to be careful when selecting their career consultant; the professionalism, knowledge and quality of service varies”. Meanwhile, she took on a number of contract jobs, acquiring the much sought-after local work experience. Her structured approach finally brought results. She currently holds a suitable RMIT University position that she greatly enjoys. “It is easy to be discouraged, even depressed by recurring rejection. You need to be persistent. Learn to promote yourself and be prepared to justify the exact reasons why you are the best fit for the role. I believe this is an area for the Greek community to provide support and enriched services, acknowledging the evolving needs of the population they serve,” Mrs Balda stresses. “People need to be properly informed,” she adds. “The way that the Greek media presented Australia a few years ago was misleading. They would talk about families who relocated with all expenses paid by employers, failing to mention that this was only applicable within specific industries, e.g. mining or when attracting employers with a rare skills set.” Tina Nikiforaki is a love migrant. She left New York and a promising career in the fashion industry and came to Melbourne to live with her Australian husband. Despite having worked with brands such as Calvin Klein and John Varvatos, and with a Masters in Global Fashion Management and a degree in Economics, she had to go back to square one. Starting as a sales consultant, she never stopped looking for the next step in her career and is now a deputy manager in a high-profile chain store. “I feel that I took many steps back,” she says about her personal experience of the local job market. “Recruiters started to respond to my application only after I added some local job experience at the top of my resume. But again, they would only offer me casual jobs in sales.” Her advice to newcomers would be: “Network! My current employer found me on LinkedIn, while I got my first job in Australia through a HACCI networking event. It’s also very important to be open to any job,” she adds. “It might be easier to first enter the job market and then, once you are in, look for your dream job.” In our human capital-driven economy, the issue in question is not only about hurt feelings, stress management and working harder or smarter until you get noticed by an employer and get a suitable, quality job. It’s about a non-affordable luxury – letting talented individuals get lost in translation, stuck in unsuitable, low-skilled, low-paid jobs, when their skills, experience and knowledge could be major growth and prosperity contributors to the local economy, the Greek diaspora and society as a whole. Fortunately, the people at AGWS are well aware of the issue and are already taking concrete action to resolve it. The organisation is seeking funds from the Australian government to implement their proposed Career Transition Program, which will operate along the same principles as those of their already successful Referral and Legal Information Services. The organisation’s CEO, Voula Messimeri, explains that the program will include seminars to assist newcomers in writing winning resumes and cover letters and developing essential job search and interview skills, non-technical skills such as communication and presentation and effective networking techniques and finally, to provide information on employment rights. Another important component of the program will be “an annual careers expo, organised in partnership with other Greek community organisations” aiming to assist newcomers, and young people in particular, with career planning, issues related to skills and qualifications recognition and improvement. Additionally, according to Mrs Messimeri, through this event people will be linked to “volunteering and internship opportunities as pathways to employment”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lonsdale Street Greek Festival a celebration of Greek culture is on its

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With two weeks to go, planning for Melbourne’s largest celebration of Greek culture – the Lonsdale St Greek Festival (LSGF) – is well and truly underway.On the weekend of 23 and 24 February, the historical Greek precinct will be filled with 80 stalls, four free entertainment stages, two bars, cooking demonstrations, children’s rides and activities from 11am onward at Lonsdale Street (between Swanston Street and Exhibition Street).ENTERTAINMENTWith so much Greek Australian talent on offer, the LSGF has expanded the number of stages to four.The Delphi Stage will showcase a range of traditional and modern dance performances, a highlight being the emotional Anatolian Awakenings performance which will celebrate the connection between the Pontian, Armenia and Assyrian communities. It will also be the stage for Eleonora Zouganeli’s first Australian outdoor concert. The crowd will also get the opportunity to take a turn on the dance floor, with popular Melbourne band Anagenissi to play the best in ‘xorifitika’ on Sunday night.The A&A Holdings Stage and the new #lovelonsdale Stage will play host to some the best bands Melbourne has to offer, with Cats and the Canary, Agapi & Friends, The Phillhellens and The haBiBis just some of the acts set to perform over the weekend.The Procal Greek Kitchen will host a range of cooking demonstrations, with fan favourites Helena and Vikki Moursellas, chefs and authors of Taking You Home – Simple Greek Food, hosting some of Australia’s best Greek chefs and cooks.COMPETITONSIt’s time to prep the rolling pin, because we are on the hunt for Melbourne’s best Baklava and Pita. Contestants will be required to bring along a tray of their famous flaky creation to be judged by a panel of expert foodies. Judging will take place a week before the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, with the winner of each category will be not only be walking away with the title but will have the opportunity to share their winning recipe at the Procal Greek Kitchen during the weekend.Festival favourite, Zorba ‘til you Drop, is back and once again rewarding the winner with a return flight to Greece.Magic Mic will see amateur singers of all ages take on songs by Greek performers or composers to see who the voice of the 2019 Lonsdale Street Festival will be.Applications for all the competitions are still open at www.lonsdalestfestival.com.auLONSDALE STREET SING A LONGEveryone loves to sing and we are ready to prove it. At 5pm on Sunday, the entire festival will stop and thousands of voices will belt out the the classic Greek song ‘Ta Paidia You Pirea’ (Never on a Sunday).FOOD AND DRINKThere will be plenty to eat and drink over the two days. In addition to Lonsdale St icons Stalactites and Tsindos, there will be over 20 food stalls and trucks offering the best in Greek cuisine. You can even grab a drink at one of the bars across the street, with festival bar ‘Mythology’ offering a great view of the Delphi Stage.HOW TO GET THERELeave the car at home, take any city bound train, tram or bus to the CBD and head toward the historic Greek Precinct (between Swanston and Exhibition Streets, Melbourne).last_img read more

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Les tarsiers de minuscules primates aux allures de Gremlins à découvrir en

first_imgLes tarsiers, de minuscules primates aux allures de Gremlins à découvrir en imagesAsie – Les tarsiers, de petits primates peuplant le sud-est de l’Asie, ont de quoi surprendre ceux qui croisent leur chemin : ne mesurant pas plus de 18 cm et pesant à peine une centaine de grammes en général, ils possèdent d’immenses yeux brillants qui rendent leur regard difficile à oublier. Les tarsiers ont hérité leur nom de genre (en latin, Tarsius) des os du pied, les tarses, qui chez eux sont très développés. Ils possèdent de gros yeux, occupant la moitié de la surface de leur face, une longue queue d’une vingtaine de centimètres et mesurent 15 à 18 cm, pour un poids de 80 à 160 grammes.Ce sont des animaux dotés de caractéristiques étonnantes : ils ne se déplacent qu’en sautant, étant incapables de marcher, leurs oreilles peuvent tourner dans toutes les directions et surtout, leur tête peut pivoter à 360°.Ils sortent rarement de l’arbre qui leur sert de logement, leurs “excursions” étant généralement réservées à la recherche de leur nourriture, essentiellement constituée d’insectes. Si le tarsier est principalement insectivore, il peut occasionnellement chasser des serpents ou des oiseaux.Il se déplace d’une branche à l’autre avec une grande agilité grâce aux “disques” de ses doigts et orteils qui lui permettent de rester accroché aux branches. Sa queue plus longue que son corps lui est aussi utile pour garder l’équilibre, en servant de balancier. Pour découvrir les images de ces surprenantes créatures : https://www.maxisciences.com/tarsier/le-tarsier-un-minuscule-primate-au-physique-hors-du-commun_art7607.htmlLe 6 juin 2010 à 13:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Parc national des Calanques son périmètre et sa charte validés

first_imgParc national des Calanques : son périmètre et sa charte validésVendredi, lors de l’assemblée générale du groupement d’intérêt public (GIP) portant le projet, le périmètre et la charte du parc national des Calanques ont été adoptés. D’ici à la fin de l’année, le premier parc périurbain européen devrait enfin être créé.Le périmètre du “coeur marin” du parc, s’étendant sur près de 42.000 hectares, ainsi que celui du “coeur terrestre”, soit 16.000 hectares environ, ont été adoptés avec 79% des voix. La charte a quant à elle été votée avec une large majorité de 82%.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiComme le rapporte Le Parisien, le périmètre du “cœur marin” n’inclut finalement pas la rade sud ni l’archipel du Frioul. Un projet qui avait fait l’objet de débats houleux, plaisanciers et pêcheurs s’y opposant fermement. Cette nouvelle version de l’avant-projet du parc des Calanques, qui va désormais être soumise à deux consultations nationales, prévoit la création de zones de non-prélèvement s’étendant sur 4.500 hectares, soit 11 % du cœur du parc marin. A l’issue des consultations, une troisième version du projet sera proposée, vers le mois d’avril. Une enquête publique sera ensuite lancée au cours de l’été, a indiqué Guy Teissier, le président du GIP. Une fois finalisé, le projet sera présenté devant le Conseil d’Etat par le ministère de l’Environnement, dernière étape avant que le parc ne puisse enfin voir le jour. Une création prévue avant la fin de l’année. Visant à préserver la biodiversité, la quiétude des lieux et le patrimoine culturel des Calanques, le site deviendra alors le troisième parc périurbain du monde après ceux du Cap, en Afrique du Sud, et de Sydney en Australie. Le 14 février 2011 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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CocaCola ne va pas abandonner le bisphénol A

first_imgCoca-Cola ne va pas abandonner le bisphénol ALors de son meeting annuel à Atlanta, Coca-Cola a décidé de ne pas suivre l’avis de 26% de ses actionnaires, qui réclament l’abandon du bisphénol A dans la fabrication des canettes. Une substance qui préoccupe de plus en plus les consommateurs et qui a récemment été interdite en Europe dans la fabrication des biberons.Chez Coca-Cola un actionnaire sur quatre ne souhaite plus que les canettes du célèbre soda contiennent du bisphénol A. Et pour cause, si les études épidémiologiques disponibles ne sont pas suffisantes à ce jour pour permettre de confirmer ou d’infirmer des effets à long terme sur la santé de l’Homme, le principe de précaution est jugé très important. De plus, l’Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) se disait préoccupé le mois dernier par l’impact possible sur la reproduction du bisphénol A (BPA), récemment interdit dans la fabrication des biberons en Europe, aux Etats-Unis et au Canada. À lire aussiVoici l’oiseau le plus dangereux au mondeCe qui rend ces premières observations préoccupantes, c’est le fait que le bisphénol A soit utilisé comme revêtement interne des boîtes de conserve, dans des bouteilles en plastique ou encore dans des canettes comme chez Coca-Cola. Des produits utilisés par des millions de personnes au quotidien. Le danger serait que la substance se retrouve dans les aliments et boissons contenus dans ces récipients.Pourtant, Muhtar Kent, PDG de Coca-Cola depuis 2008, refuse de faire prévaloir le principe de précaution. Il a répondu à ses actionnaires que la science ne permettait pas encore de justifier une telle décision et qu’il était donc prématuré d’arrêter d’utiliser le BPA, rapporte le Vancouver Sun. Le responsable ajoute :  “Si la compagnie avait le moindre doute au sujet de la sécurité de ses emballages, elle arrêterait de s’en servir”. Pourtant, des associations ainsi qu’un nombre grandissant de consommateurs ne cessent d’élever le ton pour que cette substance soit bannie de notre quotidien. Coca-Cola reste l’une des boissons les plus populaires au monde et il est fort probable que cette décision concernant le bisphénol A n’ait pas de réel impact sur ses ventes. Il sera très difficile dans ce cas de faire plier le géant américain si la législation, aux Etats-Unis ou en Europe, ne bouge pas concernant les canettes.Le 3 mai 2011 à 11:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Une planète naine couverte de cristaux de glace

first_imgUne planète naine couverte de cristaux de glace Des astronomes européens viennent d’annoncer avoir découvert qu’Haumea, la cinquième planète naine de notre système solaire, est couverte de cristaux de glace.   La petite planète Haumea, située à 5 milliards de kilomètres du Soleil, est la cinquième planète naine du système solaire. De forme ovale et de 2.000 kilomètres de long, elle tourne à une telle vitesse qu’elle effectue une rotation complète en moins de quatre heures. Pour les astronomes, cette vitesse de rotation et cette forme pourraient s’expliquer par l’entrée en collision avec un autre objet céleste.  À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Cependant, la découverte qui vient d’être faite grâce au Very Large Telescope de l’ESO concerne la structure d’Haumea et d’Hi’iaka, un de ses satellites de 200 à 300 kilomètres de diamètre. La première serait recouverte de glace aux trois-quarts et le second en totalité.Benoît Carry, co-auteur de l’étude qui vient d’être publiée dans la revue Astronomy and Astrophysics explique dans un communiqué que “comme les rayonnements solaires détruisent constamment la structure cristalline de la surface de glace, il faut des sources d’énergie pour la conserver”. Selon les chercheurs, cette énergie pourrait provenir de l’intérieur même de la planète avec la présence d’éléments radioactifs (le potassium-40, le thorium-232 et l’uranium-238) et de la force des marées causées par les deux satellites d’Hauméa : Hi’iaka et Namaka.Le 13 mai 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Behringer Soundscape Air Speakers des hautparleurs sans fil pour iPod

first_imgBehringer Soundscape Air Speakers: des haut-parleurs sans fil pour iPodEn plus d’être sans fil, ces nouvelles enceintes se rechargent par induction, donc plus besoin de câbles! Le spécialiste allemand de l’audio professionnelle Behringer s’est lancé dans des gammes de produits accessibles à tous et utiles quotidiennement (notamment les docks audio pour iPhone ou iPod…). Encore une fois, la firme présente un produit comptabile avec un terminal iOs. Le Soundscape Air Speakers ressemble à un dock, dont les enceintes sont détachables et sans fil, chargées par des batteries internes. Vous pourrez donc les transporter n’importe où dans votre maison. De plus, le tout se recharge par un chargeur induction (procédé électromagnétique qui recharge la batterie par le courant porté dans l’air). Ceci évitera de rebrancher votre enceinte que vous aurez déjà déplacé par exemple.Il faudra encore attendre pour en connaître les spécifications techniques, mais quoi qu’il en soit, Behringer vendra ses haut-parleurs aux alentours de 129 dollars (une centaine d’euros). Le 10 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Lumia Coffee Tab une tablette inspirée des Windows Phone de Nokia

first_imgLumia Coffee Tab : une tablette inspirée des Windows Phone de NokiaLes smartphones Lumia de Nokia ont inspiré à des graphistes l’idée d’une tablette tactile. Baptisée Lumia Coffee Tab, elle reprend la forme du Lumia 800 et fonctionne avec Windows 8. Un concept qui s’il était développé, rencontrerait sans aucun doute un certain succès.Des images d’une tablette baptisée Lumia Coffee Tab circulent sur la toile. Si la rumeur évoque depuis un moment la prochaine arrivée d’une tablette Nokia sur le marché, ces photos n’émanent pas de la firme finlandaise, mais de l’imagination de graphistes, qui se sont inspirés des Windows Phone Lumia pour donner naissance à une concept de tablette tactile.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le terminal imaginé reprend les bases esthétiques du Lumia 800. Dotée d’un écran AMOLED 9.7 pouces d’une résolution 1280 x 800 pixels, la tablette embarquerait Windows 8. Elle serait équipée d’un processeur cadencé à 1.4GHz, de 512Mo de RAM, et offrirait de 16 Go de mémoire interne. Avec un capteur 8 megapixels au dos, et un autre frontal de 2 megapixels, mais aussi ses connectivités WiFi, Bluetooth et 3G : le concept de la Lumia Coffee Tab, présenté sur le site Mynokiablog, à de quoi séduire.Il nous donne une idée de ce que pourrait être la première tablette tactile de Nokia si la firme finlandaise entend, comme la rumeur l’affirme, se lancer à son tour sur le marché, pour l’heure dominé par Apple et Samsung.Le 13 février 2012 à 10:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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AudiOffice un dock avec hautparleurs et combiné téléphonique

first_imgAudiOffice : un dock avec haut-parleurs et combiné téléphoniqueLa société Invoxia propose un dock pour iPhone/iPad/iPod équipé de quatre haut parleurs et deux microphones, pour des appels de meilleure qualité.Invoxia avait autrefois sorti un téléphone fixe utilisant la VoIP. Un iPad ou iPhone pouvait y être posé pour utiliser les écrans. Ici, c’est tout à fait la même chose qu’ils sortent, mais à l’inverse. Plus de VoiP, mais des haut-parleurs et un combiné téléphonique : le but de l’AudiOffice est de permettre de mieux entendre les appels reçus sur votre téléphone/tablette Apple. Selon Invoxia, la qualité sonore de l’AudiOffice est très élevée, avec un travail sur les graves et un processeur Cortex A8 processor qui s’occupe entre autres d’éliminer les échos et le bruit qui nuirait à la discussion.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sur les tablettes, les applications utiles avec AudiOffice sont donc Facetime ou encore Skype, Bria, Google talk ou Vibe. Il est également possible d’y connecter d’autres appareils, grâce au Bluetooth. Comme son nom l’indique, l’AudiOffice sera sans doute un instrument appréciable pour les professionnels adeptes de longues visioconférences pendant leurs déplacements. Un simple iPhone devient capable de soutenir une réunion de plusieurs personnes, utilisant les 4 haut-parleurs pour recréer dans l’espace la position des interlocuteurs. Un bémol de taille : l’AudiOffice est proposé au prix Apple-esque de 299 dollars, soit un peu plus de 220 euros. Le 27 février 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Séisme à Barcelonnette le plus fort jamais ressenti depuis 1997

first_imgSéisme à Barcelonnette, le plus fort jamais ressenti depuis 1997Le séisme qui s’est produit dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi dans les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, à proximité de Barcelonnette, a secoué les habitants en pleine nuit mais continue de surprendre les scientifiques.Le séisme de magnitude 4,9 qui a secoué les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi était, selon le journal La Provence, le plus fort jamais ressenti depuis 1997. A Barcelonnette, sous-préfecture du département, le tremblement de terre dont l’épicentre se trouvait à 13 kilomètres a été sévèrement ressenti. Un habitant de la ville souligne même avoir été réveillé en pleine nuit en étant secoué. A proximité de l’épicentre, c’est le grondement qui s’est fait entendre le premier, vers 23h30, rapidement suivi d’une secousse qui a duré plusieurs secondes. Certains Barcelonnettes se sont réveillés en sursaut et d’autres ont eu du mal à aller se coucher par la suite.Les deux répliques qui ont suivi le séisme sont intervenues quelques heures plus tard, en fin de nuit et dans la journée, toujours dans la vallée de l’Ubaye. D’amplitude très réduite, elles ont été beaucoup moins remarquées que la première qui avait fait vibrer les murs et les fenêtres. Bien que n’ayant occasionné aucun dégât matériel sévère, certains habitants ont retrouvé des objets placés sur des étagères par terre. Les vibrations ont en effet été suffisamment importantes pour amener des dossiers placés en hauteur à chuter sur le sol et des statuettes à se briser.Ce séisme est assez marquant pour les Provençaux dans la mesure où ils ne sont que très peu habitués à ce type de manifestations. Si pour beaucoup cet événement a été aussi vite oublié, pour d’autres il reste assez inquiétant. Il n’a pourtant rien de comparable à ce que peuvent vivre certains Japonais ou Californiens qui résident au-dessus de plaques tectoniques très actives. En revanches, les sismologues se disent assez surpris de ce tremblement de terre qu’ils ont du mal à expliquer comme le souligne wikistrike.com. Une activité sismique mystérieuse À lire aussiSéisme de glace, trou noir et drone, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 févrierSi, comme l’explique François Thouvenot de l’Institut des sciences de la terre de Grenoble, la vallée de l’Ubaye est une des régions françaises les plus actives sismiquement et parcourue de très nombreux microséismes (plus de 16.000 séismes de magnitudes comprises entre 1,3 et 2,7 ont été enregistrés entre 2003 et 2004), les raisons de cette activité reste un véritable mystère. La plupart des scientifiques ont un temps pensé que la tectonique des plaques amenait la plaque africaine contre la plaque eurasiatique et que cela se ressentait au niveau des Alpes, mais cette explication a depuis été réfutée. En effet, on a constaté que les plus importantes déformations avaient lieu en Afrique du Nord. Toutefois, pour M. Thouvenot, un séisme de magnitude 7 n’est pas du tout impossible dans la région…Le 29 février 2012 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La migration record des jeunes tortues marines

first_imgLa migration record des jeunes tortues marines Les tortues de mers, déjà réputées pour parcourir de très longues distances vers leurs lieux de pontes, effectueraient également au début de leur vie une migration des plus impressionnantes, selon une nouvelle étude. Si les tortues de mers adultes sont des championnes de la nage sur longue distance, leurs prouesses restent toutefois bien moindre à côté du périlleux parcours qu’elles effectuent au stade juvénile. Peter Meylan, professeur de sciences naturelles au collège Eckerd en Floride, a récemment découvert que les petites tortues effectuaient après leur naissance une migration qu’il décrit comme bien “plus étonnante” que celles accomplies par les adultes pour rejoindre le lieu de ponte.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?
Cet exode n’est entrepris qu’une seule fois au cours de la vie des tortues. “Il peut représenter des dizaines de milliers de kilomètres” souligne le chercheur dans un communiqué. Pour en arriver à une telle découverte, Peter Meylan et sa femme Ann Meylan, de l’institut de recherche sur la vie sauvage de Floride, ont analysé les données de suivi des tortues marines du Costa Rica récoltées sur de nombreuses années.Les résultats de leur étude, publiées dans le Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, mettent en évidence une série de longues distances parcourues de façon récurrente chez les jeunes tortues avant que celles-ci ne soient complètement développées. La migration débute du Costa Rica pour finir vers des contrées lointaines telles que les Bermudes. A ce point, les jeunes accomplissent leur croissance. “Ils arrivent avec la taille d’une assiette et repartent avec la taille d’une baignoire”, précise Peter Meylan.Mais selon les chercheurs, ces migrations juvéniles représentent un danger pour les tortues marines, suggérant un renforcement de la protection des couloirs océaniques empruntés lors de leurs périlleux parcours. 

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De leau froide pour comprendre les migraines

first_imgDe l’eau froide pour comprendre les migraines Qui n’a jamais ressenti cette “barre” vous assaillant le front à la suite d’une ingestion un peu précipitée de glace ou d’eau froide ? Selon les scientifiques, ces douleurs aiguës et les fameuses migraines pourraient avoir des origines communes.Afin de comprendre les causes des douleurs crâniennes, des chercheurs américains sous la houlette du Dr Jorge Serrador de l’Harvard Medical School, ont fait appel à 13 adultes volontaires pour subir une “froide” expérience. Au cours de celle-ci, ils ont fait ingéré aux participants à l’aide d’une paille collée au palais de l’eau glacée puis de l’eau à température ambiante. Il était alors demandé aux bénévoles d’indiquer par des gestes de la main lorsqu’une douleur apparaissait puis s’atténuait. Dans le même temps, les chercheurs ont suivi via plusieurs Doppler trans-crâniens les variations de circulation sanguine du cerveau. Une corrélation a ainsi pu être émise entre la survenue de la douleur et la dilatation de certaines artères et notamment les artères cérébrales. Au moment de l’ingestion d’eau froide, les artères du cerveau se gorgent de sang chaud de manière à le faire affluer vers la tête. La pression intra-crânienne augmente alors brutalement, et une douleur intense survient. En réponse à cette “surpression” qui peut être dommageable pour le cerveau, les vaisseaux se contractent aussitôt afin de rétablir la pression mettant par conséquent un terme à la gène. Cette réaction physiologique serait alors simplement un mécanisme de défense de l’organisme qui, afin de garder l’organe prioritaire – le cerveau – à température optimale de fonctionnement, augmente la circulation sanguine en son sein.À lire aussiChien : l’Homme aurait impacté la structure du cerveau du chienOr, selon les scientifiques, il se pourrait que des phénomènes similaires soient à l’origine des migraines ou du moins de certains types de maux de tête. On pourrait donc très bien imaginer dans ces cas précis des traitements “vasodilatateurs” régulant la pression dans le cerveau et donc agir sur la douleur occasionnée. Néanmoins, les scientifiques doivent encore continuer les recherches avant de pouvoir confirmer un tel phénomène et donc mettre au point un éventuel traitement.En France, la migraine toucherait 6 à 10 millions de personnes et la moitié d’entre elles espèrent y remédier grâce à un traitement efficace.Le 9 mai 2012 à 15:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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LiPhone 5 auratil des objectifs interchangeables

first_imgL’iPhone 5 aura-t-il des objectifs interchangeables ?Un écran de 4 pouces, in-cell, des capteurs APN déplacés et plus fins…L’iPhone 5 continue d’être la source d’un imaginaire semblant intarissable. Mais quelquefois, il est des informations dont on ne peut nier la crédibilité…Comme ce brevet, déposé par Apple, lui-même, et concernant l’obectif du module APN de son futur smartphone.L’information provient du site américain Cnet, et porte sur un brevet déposé par Apple et portant sur une modification sur “panneau arrière pour un dispositif électronique portable avec différentes possibilités de lentilles optiques”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?C’est donc à la manière des dernières grandes familles d’appareils photo compacts, les COI ou Compacts à Objectifs Interchangeables, que les prochains iPhones pourraient voir leurs modules APN prendre des photos en grand angle, en panoramique, en oeil de chat et bien d’autres possibilités.Dans un souci de compréhension, le site a même dessiné à partir des données du brevet (notre photo). On y voit très clairement le dispositif “additionnel”, intégré à la coque arrière, venant se clipser à l’arrière de l’appareil.Un nouvel élément qui donnera du grain à moudre à tous ceux qui continuent de rêver sur l’iPhone 5 !Le 18 juin 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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iPhone 8 might be made from zirconia ceramic

first_imgThe iPhone 7 body is made from aluminum, as are many other high-end smartphones. What’s Apple’s next step, though? The new high-end variant of the Apple Watch might offer some clues.The Apple Watch Edition Series 2 isn’t made of gold like the last one, it’s zirconia ceramic. This watch “only” costs $1,250, about a tenth of the last Apple Watch Edition, but this fancy material might become the default for Apple in future iPhones.When the iPhone 8 comes out in about two years (there’s always a revamped S generation in between the big redesigns), it might drop the aluminum for zirconia ceramic for several reasons. Watch nerds can certainly tell you about one of them — durability. Stainless steel and aluminum are strong materials, but they’re also what material scientists call “ductile.” That means they can deform when struck. That’s why aluminum devices can scratch, dent, and even bend (remember Bendgate?).Ceramics have the potential to be considerably more durable and resistant to scratching, if they’re formulated right. Zirconia ceramic in particular possesses extremely high mechanical strength, toughness, and fracture resistance. For this reason, Apple has submitted a number of patents on ceramic case designs.For smartphones (and smartwatches), zirconia ceramic could be even more useful. Ceramics are extremely efficient at dissipating heat with the right treatment. The Apple Watch has alumina mixed with the zirconia powder, allowing it to far surpass the heat dissipation of aluminum alone. The most relevant benefit in the iPhone would be that zirconia ceramic is transparent to radio frequencies. There are antenna lines on the back of the iPhone allowing the signal to escape from the aluminum case. That wouldn’t be necessary with a ceramic phone.Right now, the zirconia ceramic Apple Watch is the uber-expensive model. With two more years of design and manufacturing refinements, Apple might be able to lower the cost of zirconia ceramic to a similar point as current aluminum processes. It may even be more efficient on a large scale than aluminum. Of course, a few years ago we were all but sure Apple would use sapphire glass in its iPhone screens, and look how that turned out. Anything can happen.last_img read more

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But Why Does Star Trek Need to be RRated

first_img CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone, speaking on a recent episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, talked about why Star Trek: Discovery was put on the new digital-only platform.“Sci-fi is not something that has traditionally done really well on broadcast,” he said. “It’s not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out. But historically, a show like Star Trek wouldn’t necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point.”And because it’s not a broadcast show, Lanzone hinted that they might want to go further than no man has gone before with the franchise. He mentioned conversations between higher-ups that discussed whether the new show could have more R-rated content, including nudity and swear words.Lanzone said that the showrunners were okay with the idea. “Of course, the response is, ‘As long as it serves the story.’”“Naked aliens, and humans?” Kafka asked.“Theoretically.”“And swearing?”“Whatever future swearing, 300 years in the future, would be.”The current plan is to have the first two episodes debut on normal TV before going purely digital. Once it goes online, it won’t be restricted by typical FCC rules, which means there’s more freedom regarding what you can show. However, does Star Trek need it?Star Trek hasn’t been exactly known for its adult themes, but it had pushed a few boundaries, especially when it came to the original series. Just not sure why having an R-rated version of Star Trek matters, minus the parents who probably won’t be watching it with their children. I appreciate the emphasis on having it be for the story instead of for fanservice, but every other Star Trek has gotten along just fine without any swearing or nudity.Besides, Star Trek has presented fanservice and sex without showing any nudity. Depending on who was responsible, it was either harmless or egregiously stupid (looking at you Into Darkness), so it’s not necessary.As for cursing, sci-fi such as Battlestar Galactica and Firefly has gotten around censors by making up their own slang. It’s another thing that’s not even needed.Networks like HBO and Showtime take advantage of the lax FCC restrictions all the time, so I understand that there’s the temptation. Just, CBS be careful. ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Good News A Series of Unfortunate Events Is Just Like the Books

first_img What to Look Forward to in Entertainment in 2017The First Full A Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer Stay on target It’s tough to write a proper review of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Netflix show that debuted last weekend, without wondering what made the original book series so memorable.So here’s the TL;DR version: if you liked the young adult book series by Lemony Snicket (a pen name for Daniel Handler), you’ll probably enjoy the show. If you think you’ll like a series that combines incredibly dark humor, the titular series of unfortunate events, and an assortment of gags based on wordplay and literary conventions, you’ll like the show. It’s a faithful adaptation of the books, with careful attention given to set design–which makes use of color and curves to create an unsettling atmosphere for the audience–and to the aforementioned wordplay.Neil Patrick Harris plays the villain Count Olaf, and revels in the part (even if he seems to enjoy the disguises a lot more than the character itself). The three child actors that play the Baudelaire orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny (Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith respectively), all fall into their roles overtime and bring a sense of calm to the chaotic, quirky events of the show. Every supporting actor is perfect: from Alfre Woodward to K. Todd Freeman to Catherine O’Hara, Cobie Smulders, Will Arnett, and everybody else. They all understand the source material and either ham up the intricacies of their characters or play them down in crazy situations.Special attention should be given to Patrick Warburton, who plays the author and injects himself into the story at opportune moments. His deadpan, monotone delivery works to give the Baudelaire orphans’ story an extra shot of woe, and his own narrative, which involves mourning over the love of his life and finding the pieces of the conspiracy that tie up the story, doesn’t overwhelm the plot and makes for an added element of tension. Plus, his costumes are delightful.All of this is just padding as the show mostly focuses on the source material and how to deliver it to a television/streaming/Netflix/whatever you call this nowadays audience. The story is chronological but never streamlined. At some points, it feels like it’s filled with more anecdotes by Snicket and narration than with actual plot. The Baudelaire orphans themselves are not complete characters. They become more fleshed out as the books continue, but they have the exact traits needed to get out of every situation, but none of the agency to do it themselves. They’re mostly placeholders for Snicket’s goals, which is to revel in wordplay, create logic puzzles, and teach common literary techniques to children.And it’s something I forgot about. I read the series back when it first came out, getting each book as it was released. I was the perfect age for it: just old enough to begin to understand story structure and long for challenging narratives but not mature enough to want complicated characters or ambiguous endings. A Series of Unfortunate Events is dark and foreboding, and there are no happy endings in sight for the characters, but it never pretended to be anything else.As the years went on, I remembered some obvious elements: the outlandish evil of Count Olaf, how Violet ties her hair up in a ribbon before she tackles a problem, how you shouldn’t go swimming up to an hour after eating. But what I failed to remember was the dedication it had to educating its young audience, to make them more like Violet, Klaus, and Sunny.For example, there’s a moment in episode three of A Series of Unfortunate Events where the camera pans over from the central action to Lemony Snicket, sitting in a plush, gaudy chair. This in itself isn’t astounding–it happens quite often–but this occurred after Dr. Montgomery Montgomery told the three Baudelaire orphans that no harm would come to them in the Reptile Room.Snicket knows otherwise and points to this as an example of a technique that is utilized throughout the book series and now, the Netflix show: dramatic irony.“Dramatic irony is when a person makes a remark and someone who hears it knows something, which makes the remark have a different, usually unpleasant, meaning… For that reason when we hear Uncle Monty tell the children [see quote above], we should be on guard for the unpleasant arrival of dramatic irony.”Joe Lederer / NetflixSo we know that Uncle Monty, who provides relief for both the audience and the children after the first two episodes, is going to die. Those episodes, based off the first book “The Bad Beginning,” has the three orphans whisked away from their lives and into the home of Count Olaf, who abuses them and will stop at nothing to get possession of their family fortune. His mansion is bleak and coated in what looks like a thick layer of dust and mold. Compared to the house across the street–a landscaped lawn, a white picket fence, a mahogany library–we were met with a visual nightmare, and that was before Olaf started in on his scheme to marry an underage girl to get her money. This is all just another day in the Baudelaires’ lives, which is just full of dramatic irony. And evil. Olaf is obviously evil, and a happy life is just out of reach.The episode itself loves to play with the audience’s’ expectations, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the source material. Monty–played delightfully by Aasif Mandvi–is on the verge of death for his entire appearance. He’s around snake venom, Count Olaf in disguise drops a pot on his head, and he gets kidnapped by henchmen. He does eventually die, by the way, as do most of the adults in the children’s lives except for, of course, Count Olaf and anybody else who would want to cause them pain.Dramatic irony is storytelling 101, even if we don’t realize it. So, we the audience know that the Baudelaires are doomed. We just don’t know when it’ll hit and what shape that gloom will take. You can guess, based on Snicket’s constant warnings to watch something more pleasant, that it’ll be consistent and smothering. Regardless, when the show introduces a glimmer of hope for the children, your knowledge of events tells you that it’s going to disappear soon. People looking out for it can see it immediately.Joe Lederer / NetflixThat means the show can then play around with your expectations. You know things are going to go horribly, but what if they put in this element that built up the tension and made you feel hopeful? There’s one running sequence that I won’t spoil here, but its inclusion feels like emotional manipulation at its finest. It’s like watching somebody slowly wrap a gift and place it under a tree, only to find out that it really doesn’t matter because the tree is on Mars and Earth doesn’t exist anymore, so you’ll never find out what’s in the box anyway.But that’s the point. A Series of Unfortunate Events has always been less about story and more about playing around with conventions. Snicket (the character) will introduce a word, tell the audience what it means, and that word will then pop up throughout the dialogue. He’ll drop in foreshadowing as a way for the audience to pay extra attention to it, only to not be straightforward in how it plays out.A lot of us may know what dramatic irony is, but children who are reading or watching the show now understand too. This goes for all the concepts, vocabulary words, and quirky set pieces that make up A Series of Unfortunate Events. The joy in picking apart the material here is finding the repetitious elements that Handler has carefully placed and how they shape the writing and the narrative itself. What has been most delightful, if you can say that, about watching the show after all this time is remembering how that all went down.last_img read more

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Samsung Promises Fix to Nintendo Switch Smart TV Issue

first_img The latest video game hardware craze isn’t called the Nintendo Switch for nothing. The device’s entire gimmick is about switching between playing it on the go as a tablet and playing it at home as a console docked to your TV. And performing that switching is very seamless and cool.What isn’t so seamless and cool is an issue Switch owners have been experiencing when plugging the machine into their new Samsung Smart TVs. One of the features that make these recent televisions so smart is their ability to change HDMI inputs on their own. So in theory, if you have multiple devices plugged in, the TV will automatically and conveniently switch to that device when you turn it on.The only problem is, even when it sleep mode, it appears a docked Switch still sends a signal to a Samsung TV, causing it to unexpectedly switch even when there’s nothing on the screen. Since it’s out of players’ control, this could be pretty annoying, especially if the TV is switching away from whatever they were actually watching or playing. Imagine preparing to finish off a tough Dark Souls battle only for the TV to decide it’s time for you to die. Affected customers sent in their complaints to Samsung since similar issues involving devices like Apple TV demonstrate this isn’t a Nintendo-exclusive problem.Fortunately, Samsung has listened. In a statement given to The Verge, the company said, “we will be issuing a Firmware update early this summer that will address this behavior and provide the level of convenience that was intended.”Good news! Soon enough you can enjoy Zelda, and all the other Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda hooked up to your Samsung Smart TV without fear. Your home electronics should only switch when you say so.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Wet Hot American Summers Coming to BOOM Studios

first_imgStay on target Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Summer may almost be over, but BOOM! Studios want to give us more goodies before we send this summer off. The comic publisher that has great hits like Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Brave Chef Brianna, and more, adds another fantastic title to their ever growing collection.BOOM! Studios in collaboration with Enter These Dark Woods and Creative Licensing take on Wet Hot American Summer as an original graphic novel! The new graphic novel is set for release June 2018 and follows the journey of the characters between the adventures of the 2001 film and Netflix prequel series. The Wet Hot American Summer OGN will follow our favorite characters from Camp Firewood and give more details on their stories. We have our first look at the cover for the OGN drawn by Joe Quinones (America, Howard the Duck, Star Wars).via BOOM! StudiosIf you’re not familiar with Wet Hot American Summer, let me break it down for you. Wet Hot American Summer (2001), directed by David Wain and written by Wain and Michael Showalter, is a cult comedy detailing the last day for the counselors at Camp Firewood. They try to get some last minute affairs in order. You know what that means, fall in love, get the girl (or boy) and live happily ever after. However, they also have to participate in the talent show, and that’s a WHOLE other can of vegetables. This hysterically funny film stars Janeane Garofalo, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Marguerite Moreau and more.Wet Hot American Summer was a bit of a flop in box office standards, but, like most unappreciated pieces of gold, it gained a cult following. The film has taken on a life of its own, giving many of the big names from the movie a tremendous start. Netflix continued the legacy of the film. They adapted it into an eight episode prequel called Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp in 2015. In August, Camp Firewood reunited once again for another eight episode sequel, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.Wet Hot American Summer (2001)Now, we have another piece of Camp Firewood to bring home with this new OGN. Howard Bernstein, the producer for the original film and series, couldn’t be more thrilled about the new partnership with BOOM! Studios. “It’s exciting for us to bring to the billions of Wet Hot fans across the globe another way to enjoy the characters.” Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing for BOOM! Studios states, “We’re excited to reveal more story details and the full creative team of this brand-new addition to the world of Wet Hot American Summer…” It seems like there’s no better time than now to be a Wet Hot American Summer fan. If you’re not one, I suggest you start your binge-watching now.Do you want to catch up with Wet Hot American Summer before the June 2018 release? You can find the original film on Amazon Video and the two original Netflix series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Ten Years Later.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Alzheimers Disease is Whole Body Problem

first_imgStay on target Indestructible Poop Parasites May Be Lurking In Your PoolWHO Adds ‘Gaming Disorder’ To List of Official Diseases Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Brain-based Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by breakdowns elsewhere in the body, according to a new study.The neurodegenerative disease is linked to the beta-amyloid protein (or an amyloid-related mechanism), which forms plaques that smother brain cells and often cause dementia.Besides soft nervous tissue, though, the toxic protein is also produced in blood platelets, blood vessels, and muscles.And while it was previously unclear whether amyloid beta from outside the brain could contribute to Alzheimer’s, this study, published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows it can.“Alzheimer’s disease is clearly a disease of the brain, but our research shows that we need to pay attention to the whole body to understand where it comes from, and how to stop it,” University of British Columbia psychiatry professor Weihong Song said in a statement.Song and Yan-Jiang Wang, a neurology professor at the Third Military Medical University in China, demonstrated the theory through parabiosis.That is, they surgically attached two mice—one healthy, one modified to carry a gene that produces high levels of amyloid beta—so they share the same blood supply.After a year, scientists found that the normal mouse had “contracted” Alzheimer’s, presumably due to the spread of amyloid beta from its mutated twin.Now unable to remember where it left its cheese and prone to mood swings, the previously undiseased rodent suffers a number of Alzheimer’s-like effects: plaques, twisted protein strands (which slowly kill brain cells from the inside out), inflammation, microbleeds.Learning and memory loss—signs of a healthy brain—were also impaired, even in those mice joined for as few as four months.“The blood-brain barrier weakens as we age,” Song said. “That might allow more amyloid beta to infiltrate the brain, supplementing what is produced by the brain itself and accelerating the deterioration.”Head of UBC’s Townsend Family Laboratories and a Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease, Song envisions future drug therapies that could target the kidney or liver, ridding the blood of the beta-amyloid protein before it reaches the brain.Some reports suggest blood transfusions and surgical equipment may pose a risk, as well.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews LOVING VINCENT

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Loving Vincent good?Very good.What’s it about?A loose semi-speculative biopic about the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh, specifically his last few years and the semi-suspicious circumstances of his death. The story takes place a year after Van Gogh has supposedly died by suicide, and follows a postman’s son who’s been tasked by his father with delivering a newly-recovered letter from the artist to his brother Theo after several attempts to do so by conventional means had failed. Retracing Vincent’s travels and activities over the last few months of his life, connecting with various people he’d met and interacted with, the hero soon begins to suspect that someone (or perhaps multiple people) are covering something up about how and why Van Gogh died. It’s a mystery that he becomes compelled to solve – or at least understand.So like Citizen Kane but for a painter (and a real person?)Sort of. But that’s not what makes it an interesting must-see movie.What does?The conceit here is that the whole film has been animated to look like it’s taking place in “living” versions of Van Gogh’s paintings with everything from the backgrounds to the characters rendered in his signature style. And to achieve this effect… they painted it.Come again?It’s a process called “rotoscoping,” where you shoot film with real actors on mostly bare sets, then take each frame of film and trace drawings over it, then film every drawing individually so that when you play them all back as a film you’ve got animation. What they did for Loving Vincent was that… but with oil-paintings. They turned every individual frame of the movie into 65,000 individual full-blown oil paintings created by 125 artists over a six-year production cycle and then strung them together with the original actor’s audio and music to create the finished movie. This makes it technically the first fully-painted feature-film ever made… OUT OF 65,000 INDIVIDUAL PAINTINGS.That’s… pretty wild.Right? I mean, have you ever tried to paint one oil painting? It’s not easy! Even that abstract stuff where it doesn’t have to LOOK like anything takes forever. So the sheer scale and scope of this production alone is a reason to see, just to prove to yourself that “holy shit, somebody decided to do this and then actually pulled it off!?”How is it aside from the technical achievement?The story and performances are solid if not necessarily as spectacular as the production itself – but then maybe that’s part of the charm: Seeing such a mammoth yet meticulous undertaking executed in service of such a subdued and intimate story. Besides, I’m not sure what else you’d do given the subject matter – Vincent Van Gogh didn’t exactly pain car chases, y’know? It’s interesting when it needs to be, heartfelt when it has to be and utterly charming even in the intermittent moments where you get caught up and forget just how amazing it is that this thing EXISTS in the first place.Do I need to know much about Van Gogh or art history to appreciate it?It doesn’t hurt, since there are some subtle extra layers regarding which paintings are being referenced in individual scenes and why, but overall the plot catches you up to who Van Gogh was, why he was a controversial figure in his day and why he’s considered important now pretty efficiently.So you recommend it?I do. Even if the storyline doesn’t necessarily grab you, the sheer one-of-a-kind novelty of how it was made is an event in and of itself – easily the most technically impressive animated film released in quite some time.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Astronomers Finally Understand 170YearOld Stellar Eruption

first_img Data collected from the Gemini South telescope in Chile has shed light on a nearly-200-year-old stellar eruption.Gemini spectroscopy shows that ejected material from the blast was the fastest ever seen from a star that remained intact.Imagine traveling from Earth to the Moon in 20 seconds. That is how quickly material from the 170-year-old explosion scurried away from unstable star Eta Carinae, according to the Gemini Observatory.A team of astronomers—led by Nathan Smith of the University of Arizona and Armin Rest from the Space Telescope Science Institute—spent seven years studying the outburst.They were able to determine its degree of intensity by observing “light echoes” from the star and its surroundings.These so-called echoes occur when light from bright, short-lived events is reflected off dust clouds, which act as distant mirrors; like audio echoes, luminescence also returns with a delay (due to the finite speed of light).In the case of the Eta Carinae, that bright, short-lived event was a major flare-up of the star in the mid-1800s, during what is known as the “Great Eruption.”An artist’s conception of the expanding blast wave from Eta Carinae’s 1843 eruption (via Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF/Lynette Cook)We’ve come a long way in terms of technological advancements since then. And scientists were able to use modern tools to decode light echoes from the 19th-century episode.“A light echo is the next best thing to time travel. That’s why [they] are so beautiful,” Smith said in a statement. “They give us a chance to unravel the mysteries of a rare stellar eruption that was witness 170 years ago, but using our modern telescopes and cameras.“This was a behemoth stellar explosion from a very rare monster star,” he added, “the likes of which has not happened since in our Milky Way.”Eta Carinae is a type of star known as a Luminous Blue Variable (LBV), located some 7,500 light years from Earth. One of the intrinsically brightest stars in our galaxy, it shines 5 million times brighter than our Sun, with a mass about 100 times greater.In its heyday, Eta Carinae was the second brightest star visible in the night sky, outshining every other burning ball of light in the galaxy.“We see these really high velocities all the time in supernova explosions where the star is obliterated,” Smith said, revealing that Eta Carinae’s miraculous survival led researchers into uncharted territory.“Something must have dumped a lot of energy into the star in a short amount of time,” he added.The most straightforward way to explain the situation, according to the group, is with an interaction of three stars—including a dramatic event where two merged into one monster astronomical object.Eta Carinae will likely undergo a true supernova explosion sometime in the next half-million years, the Observatory reported, suggesting that it could blow sooner rather than later.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Spinning Neutron Stars Help Scientists Set Atomic Clocks

first_img The European Space Agency is running a pulsar-based atomic clock.While most atomic clocks, as their name suggests, are based on atoms, the ESA has taken a different approach to time-telling.Operating since the end of November, the so-called “PulChron” system measures the passing of time using millisecond-frequency radio pulses from multiple fast-spinning neutron stars.The densest form of observable matter in the cosmos, neutron stars are formed out of the collapsed core of exploding stars. Though tiny in cosmic terms (typically less than 10 miles in diameter), they have a higher mass than Earth’s Sun.Rapidly rotating neutron stars are known as pulsars, with a magnetic field that emits a beam of radiation from its pole. Because of their speedy spin, pulsars as seen from Earth appear to emit highly regular radio bursts.(So much so that in 1967, their discoverer, astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, initially believed the whirling stars might be evidence of “little green men.”)Atomic clocks at ESTEC’s Navigation Laboratory (via Anneke Le Floc’h/ESA)“PulChron aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of a pulsar-based timescale for the generation and monitoring of satellite navigation timing in general, and Galileo System Time in particular,” navigation engineer Stefano Binda, who oversees the PulChron project, said in a statement.PulChron sources data from five radio telescopes comprising the European Pulsar Timing Array, which monitors 18 “highly precise pulsars.”Scientists use those measurements to perfectly tune a laser to excite an atom, then translate the laser’s frequency into a usable interval to tell time.“A timescale based on pulsar measurements is typically less stable than one using atomic or optical clocks in the short term,” Binda explained. “But it could be competitive in the very long term, over several decades or more, beyond the working life of any individual atomic clock.“In addition, this pulsar time scale works quite independently of whatever atomic clock technology is employed,” he continued. “It doesn’t rely on switches between atomic energy states but the rotation of neutron stars.”PulChron’s accuracy is being monitored down to a few billionths of a second, allowing the gradual diversion of pulsar time from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to be tracked. Scientists anticipate deviation at a rate of about 200 trillionths of a second daily.More on Geek.com:Astronomers Catch Young Star in Rare Growth SpurtWatch: This Is the Longest Continuous Time-Lapse Shot From SpaceSatellite Data Helps Uncover Milky Way’s ‘Ghost’ Galaxy Astronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped OrbitChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Owens vs Ziggler on tonights 1217 WWE Smackdown

first_img The following is scheduled for tonight’s 12/17 WWE Smackdown on Syfy:* New WWE World Heavyweight champion Roman Reigns’ first appearance as champion.* Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens.* WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Ryback* Titus O’Neil vs. Tyler Breeze* WWE Tag Team champions The New Day vs. Lucha Dragons* Becky Lynch vs. Brie BellaCheck back later tonight for a recap of Smackdown on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Seth Rollins Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downcenter_img Twitter WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament WhatsApp Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Now Playing Up Nextlast_img
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WWE says Paige tested positive for an illegal substance responding to allegations

first_img Randy Torkkola October 12, 2016 at 10:51 am What a trainwreck… get a clue girl Aaron David Harwood b d WhatsApp Wouldn’t it be more “a second suspension (60 days)?” The way it reads it sounds like she’s had two 60 days as opposed to a 30 day and a (now) 60 day. Twitter The way I see, Paige is trying to get her fans to believe that the WWE is trying to railroad her with these suspensions. It seems to me that if the WWE wanted to be rid of her, they could just release her or send her home to ride out her contract, since I’m sure she’s on the lower end of the WWE’s pay scale. Glenn Wolf 6 COMMENTS Hart Guile Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations i didn’t realise sore throat lozenges were illegal. October 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm Tre Zencenter_img Google+ WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test October 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances The New York Post is featuring an article with an official statement from WWE responding to recent allegations about Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) and her second 60 day suspension from the company for violating the wellness policy.The article referenced comments from Paige’s family claiming she did not fail a drug test and instead tested positive for painkillers that she was prescribed to help treat her current neck problems. Her family also alleged she was not receiving proper medical care.WWE, in responding to the allegations, issued this statement.“Saraya-Jade Bevis tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug. In addition, WWE is providing world-class medical care for her in-ring injury.”We reported yesterday that Paige had issued a series of tweets responding to news about her second suspension where she stated “rules apply depending on your status.” October 12, 2016 at 7:22 am an “illegal substance” doesn’t necessarily mean cocaine, heroin, marijuana, etc… it could mean nyquil, tylenol, sore throat lozenges, etc. those tests will find EVERYTHING, and if you didn’t clear it with the wwe first, you’re screwed (unless you’re one of their top stars, then you can do whatever drug you want). Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR If it was one of those I reckon WWE would’ve said banned, not illegal, their lawyers would’ve made sure of it. And your comment about stars doesn’t hold up either when you consider other bans that have been handed out in the past. Comments are closed. October 12, 2016 at 10:23 am October 15, 2016 at 6:58 am Pinterestlast_img read more

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WWE Smackdown Live Ratings Bad news SD Live scores lowest rating of

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournamentcenter_img FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 WWE Smackdown Live Ratings are in for June 5, 2018.This week’s episode from Corpus Christi drew an average of 2.14 million viewers on Tuesday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is the lowest rating for an episode of Smackdown Live so far in 2018. Last week’s show from Raleigh drew 2.20 million viewers.Despite the drop in overall viewers, WWE won Tuesday night on cable without competition from the NBA Playoffs, coming in at No. 1 in the 18-49 demographics.Demographic ratings for Smackdown LiveSmackdown, headlined by The New Day vs. Rusev, Samoa Joe and The Miz, averaged a 0.67 rating among adults 18-49. This is a slight increase from last week’s 0.66 rating. Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Pinterestlast_img read more

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Nikki Bella gives update on relationship with John Cena WWE stars talk

first_img In the video seen above, Nikki Bella posted an update on what her current relationship status is with John Cena on her Bella Twins YouTube channel. Nikki noted that they are just friends right now, but talk everyday. A new episode of “Total Bellas” on E! airs tonight at 9:00 PM ET. WWE stars talk wrestling in TaipeiWWE posted the following, featuring comments from Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella and Sin Cara talking about competing in Taipei for the first time. .@CarmellaWWE comments on her first time competing in #Taipei. #WWETaipei pic.twitter.com/9E2CgH6vYz— WWE (@WWE) July 1, 2018 Videos Articles Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split Now Playing Up Next WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Facebook Twitter Videos Articles Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Videos Articles WhatsApp .@SinCaraWWE comments on competing in #Taipei for the very first time in his career! #WWETaipei pic.twitter.com/1tr9tBI1uD— WWE (@WWE) July 1, 2018 Pinterest Brie Bella Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Google+ John Cena John Cena Happy Nikki Bella Has Moved On ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella thinks shes embarrassed John Cena over their split WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion showlast_img read more

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Jayne World Series gives needed lift during election season

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor With the election two days away, an election that will help determine the direction of the nation and the entire world while serving as a declaration of the United States’ values — in other words, a vitally important statement on behalf of all Americans — it is absolutely essential that we carefully, diligently, seriously assess the candidates and dispense with all frivolity before recognizing that the only reasonable choice is a vote for …We interrupt this column to bring you a news alert: The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.Wait. What? The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series? For the first time since 1908? In a scintillating Game 7 that went into extra innings and rightly has been declared one of the greatest games in baseball history?The Cubs? The lovable losers who have legions of fans, none of whom can remember the last time the franchise won the World Series? Playing against the Cleveland Indians, who for their own part have not won a championship since 1948? Only one player from Cleveland’s last championship team — 95-year-old Eddie Robinson — is still alive. We’re guessing none of the 1908 Cubs are still around.Millions upon millions of people have longed for the Chicago Cubs to win a World Series, and the odds are that most of them cannot remember the last time the franchise was even in the series — considering that was 71 years ago. The odds are, also, that at least half them are friends of mine on Facebook. Or so it seems.So, this is kind of a big deal, and it serves as a brief but welcome respite from a cockamamie election season that has exposed our differences and highlighted the things that are wrong with the United States.last_img read more

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Trump taps Israel envoy eyes moving embassy to Jerusalem

first_imgWASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s selection of a hard-line pro-Israel advocate as his U.S. ambassador to the Jewish state could signal the end of decades of American support for the establishment of an independent Palestine.Body justified: The president-elect’s transition team already has asked the State Department to assess how to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, according to one official, underscoring Trump’s commitment to back Israel in ways no American leader has before.Trump isn’t the first incoming president to promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv. But his team’s State Department request and comments from aides and advisers suggest he will be the first to charge into what promises to be a diplomatic and political minefield.The ambassador-designate, David Friedman, has long ties to Israel’s settler movement and has supported stances on the far-right of Israel’s political spectrum, well beyond those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Orthodox Jewish lawyer from New York has suggested Trump would support Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, effectively eliminating the possibility of a Palestinian state. He has served as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, which supports a settlement.“This is about as sharp a break with past policy as I’ve seen in the last 25 years,” said Aaron David Miller, a Mideast adviser under five American presidents of both parties.last_img read more

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Police arrest two in apartment burglary

first_imgOfficers quickly arrested two suspects in a burglary that occurred at an occupied apartment in Vancouver Saturday afternoon.A resident of the Fisher’s Mill Apartments, 1000 S.E. 160th Ave., called 911 just before 4 p.m. to report that two people had broken the back sliding glass door and entered the unit, Vancouver Police Cpl. Brent Donaldson said.The suspects, a man and a woman, were armed with a large knives and a bat and got into an altercation with the resident, Donaldson said. The victim suffered minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital.The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, and responding officers quickly located the involved vehicle, apprehending the two suspects within five minutes on Southeast 164th Avenue near the state Highway 14 onramp, Donaldson said.The two suspects, Vaughn Miller and Leeanna Doster, both 26 and from Vancouver, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary. Miller was additionally found with heroin and methamphetamine and was arrested for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, Donaldson said.A third person in the vehicle was determined to not be involved in the crime, Donaldson said.last_img read more

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Hazel Dell man 18 faces assault charge after victim found lying in

first_imgClark County deputies say an 18-year-old Hazel Dell man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after his alleged victim was found lying unconscious in the road.Gage Allen Kiser appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday morning. Judge John Fairgrieve appointed a defense attorney to represent Kiser after hearing about his finances.A 50-year-old resident of the 8600 block of Old Orchard Drive in Hazel Dell was found lying in the road Monday around 11:40 a.m., according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office press release. A probable cause affidavit said he was taken to a hospital and admitted into an intensive care unit with potentially life-threatening injuries, including several skull fractures. He was comatose for two days.The injuries were initially believed to be the result of a hit-and-run collision, but traffic investigators determined there was no vehicle involved.last_img read more

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