Cong protests Jenas arrest

first_imgBerhampur (Odisha), Mar 11(PTI) Opposition Congress today staged a protest before the office of Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, here against the arrest of partys former MLA Ramesh Jena even as the police said the former lawnaker might have links with ponzi firms.Congress leaders alleged that the police implicated Jena in false cases due to political reasons.Party Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati alleged that police booked him in new cases every day, panicking due to his growing popularity in Ganjam, particulraly in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaiks Assembly segment of Hinjili.Senior party leader Lalatendu Bidyadhara Mohapatra also participated in the protest rally and condemned the police action against Jena and his family members.SP (Berhampur) Sarthak Sarangi said, “During interrogation, we came to know about his link with Green India, a ponzi firm. Though police did not get any document in support of it during search of his house, well investigate the matter.”CBI is now investigating the case related to Green India.Meanwhile, police have seized four vehicles, including one bearing Haryana number which was seized from Bhubaneswar, the SP said.While the owner of this vehicle was being verified, the other three vehicles were in the name of Dipu Jena and Anil Nayak, the nephew and driver of the former MLA, police said.Jena was arrested on Sunday on charges of keeping illegal firearms and harbouring criminals. He is presently on a five-day police remand.At least four revolvers, 11 rounds of live ammunition, over 100 land-related documents, cash over Rs 10.70 lakh and about 25 bank account documents were seized from the houses of Jena and his relatives. PTI COR AAM PR AARadvertisementlast_img read more

Bal Sansads to be launched by the HRD Ministry: To be modelled on Lok Sabha

first_imgSo as to promote outside textbooks and classroom knowledge to school students, the centre is planning to launch ‘Bal Sansads’, across various schools in India. According to newspaper reports, Bal sansad or children’s parliament will be based on the Lok Sabha model and will have a robust opposition and a cabinet complete with a PM to be selected by a method adopted by the school. A Bal Sansad will take up the problems of the school.Till now it is for sure that the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) affiliated schools will have Bal Sansad for sure and now even the state governments will be requested to start it in their schools with the help of the centre.Bal Sansad also weaves cultural and social plans for children. From essay competitions to annual sports, a Bal Sansad has the final word while teachers help them with inputs. If there is any problem in the school, be it teaching or facilities, the opposition will raise the same. The meeting will be held once in a month. Every year a new Bal Sansad will be in place so that more and more children get a chance to be a part of it.Jharkhand has been asked to share best practices and help the HRD ministry in fine-tuning the idea as it is considered a pioneer in having Bal Sansad in its schools. The HRD has also decided that the best Bal Sansad will be decided through a congregation of Bal Sansads in a state and a prize of Rs one lakh will be given.advertisementA senior official said, “We would also like the Bal Sansad to have gender champions who will spread the message of parity between men and women, and also programmes like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”.Read: Students indulge in violence at FDDI’s Noida campus: Want their degrees to be validated Read: 4 Indian Medical Institutes in the top ten global list: Real picture is different For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

HC moved against indirect election of Mayors in TN

first_imgChennai, Sept 7 (PTI) Madras High Court today issued notice to the Tamil Nadu Government on a PIL challenging a recent amendment to an act providing for indirect election of Mayors of city corporations and heads of other local bodies. First bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan ordered issue of notice to the Secretary of Municipal Administration and Water Supply (Elections) department and other authorities and posted the PIL to October 25 next for further hearing. Petitioner Sundar Rajan, a voter of Guindy locality in the city, challenged the Tamil NaduMunicipal Corporation Laws (Amendment) Act (Act 8 of 2016), which provided for election of Mayors, chairpersons and presidents of local bodies by the councillors and not by people as was the practice so far. A bill amending the act was passed by the assembly in June last. Praying the court to declare the Act 8 of 2016 as ultra virus of the Constitution, he also sought a direction to forbear the authorities from taking steps to conduct elections to the local bodies, which are due soon. Petitioner submitted that there was inconsistency in the provisions of the amended act and TN Act 15 of 2011. Also, the amended act would defeat the intention of Article 243-R of Constitution providing for direct election to the posts. It per se appeared to be unconstitutional and colourable exercise of power and had a hidden agenda of disturbing the secure tenure concept to the posts, the petitioner charged. He also said a councillor takes care of his/her respective wards only while the head of the institution was expected to take care of the entire local body. He cannot be expected to devote his entire time and attention to his ward after election as Mayor, the petitioner argued. Stating that the constitutional provision dealing with the election of Mayors was not similar to the Chief Minister and Ministers who serve simultaneously as MLAs, he said it was consciously decided to make the elections to the office of Mayor and Chairperson direct and not indirect. Therefore the Mayor being the face of the institution and on whom the Constitution casts certain duties, his election or continuance can be left to a handful of councillors who could decide the fate at their whims and fancies or due to extraneous reasons, he said. PTI COR VS RGadvertisementlast_img read more

Is Modric the best footballer of 2017?

first_imgGoal 50 ‘Modric the best player in the world’ – are these the top 25 footballers of 2017? Last updated 2 years ago 20:23 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Luka Modric Real Madrid Getty Images Goal 50 Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Juventus Barcelona UEFA Champions League Primera División Serie A Opinion Goal’s chief correspondent Peter Staunton is one of 55 voters for the Goal 50 and the Real Madrid midfielder was his top pick – do you agree? Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 – those are the controversial views of Goal’s Peter Staunton.As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate – despite the fact that the release of this year’s list of the 50 finest footballing talents in the game today is still two days away.On November 14, we will unveil the latest Goal 50, our prestigious annual award that ranks the top performers in the world over the previous 12 months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chief editors and correspondents from Goal’s 37 editions around the world have cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency in 2017, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.With that in mind, it was hardly surprising, then, that Cristiano Ronaldo claimed last year’s prize, after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid before then inspiring Portugal to Euro 2016 glory.Ronaldo is the favourite to finish top of the pile this year, after he helped Los Blancos retain their European crown, but chief correspondent Peter Staunton has only deemed the forward good enough for second spot. Postion Player Club 1. Luka Modric Real Madrid 2. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 3. Marcelo Real Madrid 4. Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich 5. Toni Kroos Real Madrid 6. Neymar PSG 7. Lionel Messi Barcelona 8. Eden Hazard Chelsea 9. Kylian Mbappe PSG 10. David Luiz Chelsea 11. Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 12. Isco Real Madrid 13. Bernardo Silva Manchester City 14. Dries Mertens Napoli 15. Paul Pogba Manchester United 16. Casemiro Real Madrid 17. Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 18. Fabinho Monaco 19. Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 20. Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 21. Timo Werner RB Leipzig 22. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United 23. Harry Kane Tottenham 24. Marco Asensio Real Madrid 25. Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich Peter has instead plumped for Ronaldo’s club-mate, Modric, as his top pick, believing that the Croatia playmaker, who was sensational in the second half of Real’s 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, was the more influential figure in Zinedine Zidane’s men winning a league and European Cup double last term.In fact, four of Peter’s top five ply their trade in the Spanish capital, with Brazilian full-back Marcelo finishing third and Toni Kroos claiming fifth, with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara sandwiched in between.Despite winning the European Golden Shoe last season, Lionel Messi is only deemed good enough for seventh, behind his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar, who has excelled since leaving the Catalan club for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million during the summer.Lionel Messi BarcelonaNeymar’s new club-mate Kylian Mbappe also makes Peter’s top 10, ranking ninth as a reward for his sensational breakout year at Monaco, while Eden Hazard (eighth) and David Luiz (tenth) are recognised for the pivotal parts they played in Chelsea’s Premier League 2016-17 title triumph.Interestingly, though, Peter has completely overlooked Juventus, who, as well as reaching the final of the Champions League, also won another domestic double last term. That means no votes from him for the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.So, what do you make of Peter’s top 25? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box!The Goal 50 is an annual award that both recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the preceding 12 months. Chief editors and correspondents from Goal’s 37 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.last_img read more

Mike Leach Blasts His Former School, Texas Tech, On Twitter

first_img Texas Tech still has not paid me for 2009, after firing me based upon false allegations. Now officers at Tech are refusing to release the documents and memos. What could they possibly be afraid of?Proof of their false and slanderous smear campaign?!The Public has a right to knowTexas Tech still has not paid me for 2009, after firing me based upon false allegations. Now officers at Tech are refusing to release the documents and memos. What could they possibly be afraid of?Proof of their false and slanderous smear campaign?!The Public has a right to know— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) August 26, 2019Leach’s firing in 2009 was definitely one of the stranger sagas in college football history.In December 2009, following a diagnosed concussion to Adam James, the son of ESPN analyst Craig James, Leach allegedly ordered him to stand in an equipment room closet to avoid being in any areas with light.Texas Tech ordered Leach to apologize or face suspension later that month. But after he sought an injunction to be allowed to coach in the Alamo Bowl, they fired him.Leach was deprived of an $800,000 tenure bonus and $1.7 million in contractual guarantees.He ultimately took Texas Tech to court but failed to get recompense from the school. Mike Leach runs onto the field.PULLMAN, WA – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Leach of the Washington State Cougars takes the field prior to the start of the game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Martin Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Pullman, Washington. Eastern Washington defeated Washington State 45-42. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)Mike Leach hasn’t forgotten the heated series of events that followed his firing from Texas Tech in 2009. And he hasn’t forgiven the Red Raiders, either.In a reply to a tweet from Stewart Mandel calling his firing one of the most bizarre sports stories, Leach gave his input on what happened and how it still affects him.Leach declared that the Red Raiders still have not paid him for coaching in 2009 and fired him “based upon false allegations.” He also complained that officers at the school are hiding documents and memos relating to his firing.Leach called on the school to release all of the information and potential proof of the false allegations made against him.last_img read more

Nouvelle exposition mettant en vedette les animaux du désert

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais pourront oublier temporairement le froid hivernal en visitant une nouvelle exposition sur la vie dans le désert au Musée d’histoire naturelle. Le musée accueillera la plus récente exposition de Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo sur les animaux qui vivent dans le désert, du 19 janvier au 14 avril. « Le Musée d’histoire naturelle est bien connu pour offrir aux Néo-Écossais de tout âge l’occasion d’apprendre au sujet des habitats naturels de la faune et de la flore dans d’autres régions du monde, a dit Leonard Preyra, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Cette exposition intéressante offre aux Néo-Écossais la chance de voir des animaux vivants et la façon dont ils s’adaptent à des conditions qui sont très différentes de celles auxquelles nous sommes habitués dans cette province. » Les visiteurs peuvent interagir avec différents animaux du désert, y compris des tortues, des caméléons, des serpents, des scorpions, des perruches ondulées, et plus encore. « Nous sommes ravis d’offrir cette exposition au Musée d’histoire naturelle, a dit Paul “Little Ray” Goulet, de Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. Il s’agit de l’exposition la plus remarquable du point de vue visuel avec nos 11 expositions animales composées de panneaux illustrant d’incroyables paysages désertiques. Comme toujours, cette exposition sera interactive et éducative. » « Ne manquez pas cette merveilleuse occasion d’apprendre au sujet de la vie dans le désert et d’interagir avec de magnifiques animaux tout en apprenant leurs stratégies de survie dans certaines des conditions les plus dures sur la planète. » Les visiteurs peuvent également assister à des spectacles présentés par Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo et poser des questions sur les animaux. Les spectacles débuteront à 11 h et à 14 h 30, du mardi au vendredi, et à 10 h, 11 h, 13 h 30 et 14 h 30 le samedi et le dimanche. L’entrée est incluse avec l’entrée au musée. Le Musée d’histoire naturelle est situé au 1747, rue Summer, à Halifax. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Woman found dead at home in Malda

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found inside her residence in Malda’s Gajol on Sunday morning.According to the preliminary investigation, the police suspect that the woman had committed suicide by consuming poison. The family members of the victim found her lying unconscious on her bed in the morning. She was immediately taken to Malda Medical College and Hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to the doctors, the victim had consumed insecticides which eventually led to her death. The body of the woman has been sent for the postmortem examination. The police are waiting for the postmortem examination which might throw some light on the cause of her death. The family members of the deceased told the police that the girl’s boyfriend had threatened her that he would upload some of her personal photographs on the social media. The family members also claimed that the girl recently refused to continue the relationship with him. The girl had been under mental depression following prolonged threats by her boyfriend, alleged the family members. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident and they are verifying the statement of the deceased’s family members. The victim’s boy friend will also be interrogated in this connection.last_img read more

Ian McKellen Narrates Homeless Charity TV Campaign

first_imgSir Ian McKellen has narrated the first ever Crisis at Christmas TV advert.The advert – which was made with professional actors and homeless clients from Crisis Skylight London – is accompanied by a radio advert also narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.Sir Ian McKellen said: “Please support this year’s Crisis at Christmas Appeal. In these troublesome times of rising homelessness, you can reserve a place at the Crisis at Christmas table for someone to whom it will make a real difference. Without your generosity, people living on the streets would have nowhere to go over the festive season and would not have this life-changing opportunity to take those first, very difficult steps out of homelessness.”This year Crisis at Christmas will run from 23-30 December across ten centres in central London. The target for the TV Campaign is to raise £50,000 to help pay for Crisis at Christmas and year-round Crisis Skylight Services.Leslie Morphy, Crisis chief executive, said: “For the first time we are taking our Crisis at Christmas Appeal directly into people’s homes via their TV screens. We expect to be busier than ever this year, as homelessness continues to rise. We really appreciate Sir Ian McKellen giving his time to support our first television advertisement.” read more

RIM could face shareholder backlash over dismal year at annual meeting

TORONTO — Shareholders of Research In Motion, perhaps some of the most staunch supporters of the BlackBerry smartphone, are expected to take a far more critical view of the embattled company at its annual meeting on Tuesday.The meeting in RIM’s hometown of Waterloo, Ont., will be the first time many of them will meet new chief executive Thorsten Heins and the numerous other executives who have come aboard in recent months.It will also be a prime chance for them to grill Heins about the state of the company awash in technical delays, financial underperformance and an eroding stock price.“This is the one time when shareholders can actually get their voice heard,” said Sameet Kanade, a technology analyst at Northern Securities.“I’d be surprised if there weren’t any backlash.”Much has changed since former co-CEO Jim Balsillie stood before RIM’s stakeholders last July and assured them that RIM’s deteriorating stock price — which had just fallen below $30 a share — was merely in a temporary dip. It has since fallen to well below $10 per share.Last year, Balsillie offered up a series of assurances and timelines that have fallen by the wayside. He told the audience that RIM’s foundation was strong and it was on the verge of its biggest product launch in the company’s history — one that would help it meet its financial guidance for the year.As history has it, RIM didn’t launch those products, and still hasn’t. The BlackBerry 10 operating system and its new line of smartphones have proven to be the biggest hurdle the company has ever faced, with delays pushing the release date until early next year.[np-related]The company’s share of the U.S. smartphone market has also eroded to around 10%.Earlier this year, Balsillie left the company, while co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has also stepped aside and taken a lesser position on the company’s board.RIM’s new leadership has been hurriedly trying to rescue the company’s reputation in hopes that consumers will consider buying another BlackBerry instead of the array of alternatives on the market, such as Apple’s iPhone and a flurry of devices operating on the Android system.The company is also in the midst of an international tour intended to convince application developers to make their software available on the new BB10 system, while CEO Heins has made a few media appearances to answer questions from customers.The annual meeting will be a rare opportunity to connect directly with investors, said Carmi Levy, an independent technology analyst based in London, Ont.“From that perspective it is an important event, especially given the turmoil that the company has incurred over the past year,” he said.However, the meeting is unlikely to result in major changes for RIM, especially since any efforts from shareholders to push for a takeover or other significant changes must be submitted ahead of time.What shareholders should expect, however, is some sort of road map for the next six to eight months as RIM tries to survive through the key smartphone selling period that runs from back-to-school season to the start of holiday shopping.“What people are going to be looking for, at least from the investors, is a short-term and a long-term strategic plan that is credible and that they can achieve,” said Zeus Kerravala, a telecom equipment analyst at ZK Research in Boston.“What I’d be asking for is, give me some indicators to look for in the next few quarters that they’re moving in the right direction.” read more

Oil prices surge as attack on Saudi facility disrupts output

An attack on a critical Saudi Arabia oil plant has pushed crude prices sharply higher, though its longer-term impact depends on how long production is disrupted and what this weekend’s attack presages for the future.U.S. crude oil jumped $5.61 per barrel, or 10.2%, to $60.46 per barrel early Monday in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the international standard, surged $7.84 per barrel, or 13%, to $68.06 per barrel.Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Saudi Aramco facility, Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant. It halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production. Most output goes to Asia.The Associated Press read more

Libya UN announces political initiative as concern deepens over violence in the

In the political initiative announced by Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Libyan parties will meet in the week before parliamentary elections scheduled for 25 June to work out a binding declaration of principles.“It will feature discussions on urgent and divisive issues in order to reach an agreement, or to narrow the rift, which will pave the way towards concluding the transitional period, beginning with elections,” UNSMIL said in a press release.Many issues, including regional representation and the continued existence of revolutionary militias, remain unresolved in Libya following the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, and this year has seen some of the worst violence since that struggle, according to Mr. Mitri.On Wednesday, UNSMIL urged the country’s officials to agree on precise means to counter terrorism and other challenges to security and state authority, as fighting raged in Benghazi and elsewhere in the east.Today, during the press conference in which he announced the dialogue initiative, Mr. Mitri said that it has already gained the support of several Libyan actors, chief among them the National Dialogue Preparatory Committee, which includes in its advisory council representatives of all national forces.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed deep concern over the toll on civilians due to the armed clashes in eastern Libya.“We urge all sides to exercise the utmost restraint to avoid further escalation and engage in peaceful dialogue and we call upon the authorities to renew their efforts to meet their obligations under international human rights law, specifically with respect to protecting the right to life,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said at a press briefing in Geneva.Mr. Colville strongly condemned the 4 June murder in Sirte of Michael Greub, an official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and deplored the detention of four UNSMIL staff members in recent weeks.“We are concerned that space to operate for human rights defenders, humanitarian workers, media professionals, and all those engaged in efforts to support Libya is shrinking by the day,” he said. “We call on all parties in Libya to ensure that UN officials and aid workers can perform their impartial human rights and other work without harassment or intimidation,” he added. read more

Brock funds additional Daughters for Life scholarships

Brock will provide additional opportunities for women in the Middle East to seek higher education through an expanded partnership with the Daughters for Life (DFL) Foundation.During the charitable organization’s fifth annual gala dinner in Toronto Nov. 17, the University announced it will fund two new scholarships.Daughters for Life is led by Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician and renowned peace activist who created the organization after three of his daughters were killed by tank shells in Gaza in 2009. Abuelaish was given an honorary doctorate from Brock in 2016.Brock will grow its connection with DFL by funding scholarships for one master’s and one PhD student starting in 2018. This will provide women who face socio-economic hardship in challenging regions in the Middle East with an opportunity for higher education.Brock University President Gervan Fearon, former President Jack Lightstone and several other members of Brock’s senior administration attended the gala in support of the cause.The additional funding to support new graduate students was made possible by a contribution from Lightstone and his wife Dorothy.“Recognizing education’s role to foster global peace is at the heart of the Daughters for Life Foundation,” said James Mandigo, Vice-Provost Enrolment Management and International. “It is an honour for Brock University to be partnered with DFL to support young women from around the world in a united cause to make the world a better place to live.”Lightstone signed the initial agreement with DFL in 2016, when Brock agreed to provide one full scholarship to a potential candidate for an undergraduate program.Yousra Benradi, of Morocco, was selected for the opportunity. She is now in her level four of ESL, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences.“Brock University has not just given me an education, it has given me a beautiful life and a hope and vision for the future,” Benradi said in front of the gala’s sold-out crowd.The foundation aims to help young women of all religions from the Middle East and regional countries pursue studies otherwise inaccessible to them, in the belief that lasting peace in the region depends on empowering girls and young women through education. read more

Kirk Herbstreit talks Ohio State football College GameDay

Fans play corn hole on The Oval during ESPN’s College Gameday on Nov. 21. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor On Saturday, the statue of William Oxley Thompson will have some company, as ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live on the Oval in anticipation of the game between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. Despite all of OSU’s success on the gridiron, it has been years since College GameDay has come to Columbus for a game. “I can’t believe that we have not been here since 2010,” College GameDay analyst and OSU alumnus Kirk Herbstreit said. “We used to come here, kind of like what we are doing right now with Alabama where we would come once or twice a year.”Every week, College GameDay picks a highly touted game where it will broadcast its show live on Saturday morning. The show typically is on the particular campus from Thursday to Saturday.Regardless of whether or not ESPN is broadcasting the game, the show will go wherever the week’s most anticipated matchup is. “We do tend to travel no matter where the game is … we just travel to what we think is the best game,” Herbstreit said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see the fanbases when we show up. It’s like that that campus will become the face of the sport for 48 hours.”With such a popular show finally making a pitstop in at OSU, many students are excited for the chance to witness it in person.Jarrett Forkey, a fourth-year in chemical engineering, students are planning on arriving the Oval, where the set is placed, early in the morning to get hyped for the game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.“It will be a lot more rambunctious than people think,” Forkey said. “It’s been awhile since GameDay’s been here. It’s been awhile since Michigan State’s been here. There are a lot of seniors playing their last game.“There is a lot of excitement here at Ohio State.”Herbstreit agrees that the students will be ready for the game come kickoff.“I expect to see that typical Ohio Stadium nutty atmosphere,” Herbstreit said. “You have one or two games a year where Ohio State feels (the Buckeyes could be upset), and then it’s a proactive atmosphere. It’s where you are creating the sacks or you are creating the interceptions. My guess is that’s the kind of crowd it will be and it will help Ohio State’s defense and their cause.”The hype for College GameDay and for the game that afternoon, according to Herbstreit, really shows the growth of college football as a sport.“Fans get crazier and crazier. That just speaks volumes about college football,” Herbstreit said. “The sport has never been more popular and there’s never been more buzz. The passion is universal and we embrace it. That’s what makes this sport so special.” read more

Tony McCoy named RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year

first_imgAP MCCOY HAS been named the RTÉ Sportsperson of the year this evening.The legendary jockey rode the 4,000th winner of his career on November 7 this year when he piloted Mountain Tunes to victory in Towcester.“It’s great, it’s a fantastic honour,” said McCoy after it was announced before going on to tell Darragh Maloney and the assembled audience he will aim to pass 5,000 winners before his career comes to an end.McCoy beat the likes of athletics world champion Rob Heffernan, cycling world scratch champion Martyn Irvine and European gold medalist sailor Annalise Murphy to the award.Team of the Year went to the Clare hurlers who won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship after two enthralling finals with Cork. It was the Banner’s first senior title since 1997.It was double success for Clare as manager Davy Fitzgerald also won Sports Manager of the Year after leading the county to All-Ireland hurling success. Fitzgerald took over as Clare boss in 2011 and has been credited with bringing in fresh faces to the the panel, many of whom played a pivotal role in both finals.Earlier in the evening former Ireland defender Paul McGrath was voted into the Sports Awards Hall of Fame. McGrath made 83 appearances for Ireland, playing in two World Cups despite a career plagued by persistent injury.Munster leave it late to overcome 13-man ScarletsDeja vu as Reve De Sivola wins Long Walk Hurdle for second year runninglast_img read more

Jury fails to reach verdict in case where man alleged he was

first_img Share8 Tweet Email His actions afterwards were remorseful and guilty. He went to his GP and a rape crisis centre in order to try and find out what had happened. He didn’t try to cover it up, which is a typical reaction from someone with sexsomnia, because they’ve no awareness and no consciousness.“If he had been a sexual predator it would be unusual, with being both sleep-deprived and having taken alcohol, to be able to stay awake to rape someone,” the doctor saidThe prosecution said alcohol intake was a more likely factor in the incident than sexsomnia and that the accused’s actions were not consistent with the condition.Dr Harry Kennedy, a forensic psychologist, gave evidence for the prosecution that he questioned whether it was possible for a male to get an erection during non-REM sleep, the stage of sleep in which sleepwalking occurs.“This is not the normal physiology,” the doctor said. He added that it might be possible for someone to have an erection while transitioning into non-REM sleep but that he would need to see a demonstration of this.Dr Kennedy said actions during sleep were generally “very very simple” and directionless. Speech was incoherent and meaningless, he said.He said the accused’s alleged actions, including pulling up the woman’s skirt and pulling aside her underwear, demonstrated “intact mental ability and therefore consciousness”.Comments are disabled for legal reasonsRead: Renaming a street after Savita Halappanavar “wouldn’t be possible” under current rulesRead: Man stabbed to death in Longford town Source: William MurphyJURY HAS failed to reach a verdict in the case of a man who claimed he was acting in his sleep when he allegedly raped his friend.The 29-year-old man conceded he might have had sex with the woman, but claimed he was suffering from sexsomnia at the time, a rare condition that causes people to carry out sexual acts while asleep.After deliberating for eight hours and 15 minutes over a three-day period, the jury foreman indicated that jurors were deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.“We’re fairly far apart, I don’t believe we’re going to have an agreement,” the foreman told Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy at the Central Criminal Court. He added that he was “absolutely” sure they would not be able to agree, given more time.Mr Justice McCarthy thanked the jurors for their time and excused them from further service for a period of ten years. The case was adjourned until 28 November when the prosecution will indicate whether it intends to seek another trial.The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to one count of raping the woman at an apartment in Dublin in the early hours of 28 September 2008.Second trialThis was the man’s second trial. A trial collapsed last year due to legal issues just before the jury was due to start deliberating.The trial, which lasted four weeks, heard the man and woman were childhood friends and were in Dublin attending a career fair.On the night of the incident, the man and woman had been at Copperface Jacks nightclub and he had consumed several drinks and a naggin of whiskey before they returned to a friend’s house to sleep.During the night, she said she awoke to find the man having sex with her. She said there was a conversation about contraception in which he was responsive to her. He told her he would go with her in the morning to get the morning-after pillShe said he later admitted he had raped her and they both agreed he would get help from a Rape Crisis Centre. Several months later, she made a complaint to gardaí.The man’s defence team presented evidence from two expert witnesses who said it was likely that he was suffering from sexsomnia at the time. Witnesses also said he had a family history of sleepwalking and he had groped or ground against people in the past while asleep.Sleepwalking“He was in automatism due to his sleep disorder. He was unaware of what he had done,” Dr John Michael Shneerson, former director of a UK sleep clinic and author of The Handbook of Sleep Medicine, told Hugh Hartnett SC, defending.He said that it was personal opinion that the accused “fits very well with sexsomnia”.He jumps through the hoops and fits the template very well… it doesn’t fit in very well with someone who was drunk, awakes and has sex with someone. Nov 1st 2016, 4:31 PM 14,510 Views By Conor Gallaghercenter_img Jury fails to reach verdict in case where man alleged he was asleep when he had sex with friend The accused man’s defence had claimed he had no knowledge of his actions. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL No Comments Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 4:31 PMlast_img read more

Head of the OCIs Crisis Management Committee resigns

first_img 13,720 Views No Comments Share19 Tweet Email1 Ciarán Ó Catháin. Source: James Crombie/INPHOANOTHER MEMBER OF The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Executive Committee has departed with Ciarán Ó Catháin resigning from his position.Ó Catháin, who is a former president of Athletics Ireland and current president at Athlone Institute of Technology, revealed at last night’s meeting that he is stepping down from his roles as chair of the Crisis Management Committee and OCI director.It follows on from the departure of John Delaney as vice-president last month, and there are plans to elect a new Executive Committee at an EGM in January.The OCI also announced on Wednesday night that a probe into the Rio Olympics ticketing scandal has been postponed due to the threat of a High Court injunction from the legal team of former president Pat Hickey, who is facing trial in Brazil.Comments are closed as an investigation is ongoing.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! By Ben Blake Nov 3rd 2016, 3:02 PM Head of the OCI’s Crisis Management Committee resigns Ciarán Ó Catháin stepped down after last night’s meeting. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL OCI postpones Rio ticket probe after threat of court injunction from Pat Hickey’s lawyers‘We’ve got to get it right’: Promoters given list of 12 potential opponents for Taylor’s pro debut Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 3:02 PM Add us: the42.ielast_img read more

Short video le phénomène de la vidéo courte débarque

first_imgShort video : le phénomène de la vidéo courte débarqueAprès l’écrit et la photo, la vidéo s’adapte au format du réseau social. La short vidéo débarque donc pour tenter de supplanter sa grande sœur le GIF. Ce sont des films de quelques secondes spécialement adaptés à une diffusion large et simplifiée sur le Web. Flairant la bonne piste, certains éditeurs proposent déjà des applications qui feront vite adopter le format à de nombreux utilisateurs. La short vidéo fait le Buzz ! Le mini-métrage à la sauce Twitter est en train de devenir un véritable phénomène sur Internet, à un tel point que de nombreux éditeurs s’empressent de lui emboîter le pas.Mais savez-vous ce qu’est une short vidéo ? Il s’agit de films d’une durée située entre 5 et 15 secondes, pris avec son smartphone, à charger simplement sur un compte de réseau social via l’application qui a permis de prendre la vidéo.Michael Downing, qui dès avril 2012 avait senti la bonne affaire, a déjà lancé sa plateforme nommée Tout, permettant de partager de nombreuses vidéos courtes, ou “short vidéos”. Sur le site Mediatrend, il explique que “certains moments dans la vie ne peuvent être expliqué par le texte. Tout raconte la vie telle qu’elle est, en couleur et en son, et s’oppose ainsi à la vie ‘telle qu’elle est écrite en 140 signes ou moins’ (…) Tout le monde n’a pas l’esprit ni les compétences pour s’exprimer dans des blogs ou des tweets, mais nous avons chacun un regard qui nous est propre et ces regards constitueront la base d’une nouvelle forme de conversation et de narration”.Un phénomène qui prend de l’ampleur Depuis Tout, d’autres éditeurs ont également franchi le cap de la short vidéo, comme Capture de Google, fruit d’un partenariat opéré entre le géant de Montain View et Youtube. Lancé en décembre 2012, il est disponible sur iPhone et propose un déclenchement de film original (il suffit de positionner son smartphone en position paysage pour que l’enregistrement s’enclenche), une interface simple et une mise en ligne de la même teneur avec passage intermédiaire sur la plateforme Youtube, pour arriver sur les principaux réseaux sociaux comme Facebook ou Twitter. Via cette application, il est même possible d’ajouter des titres à son œuvre de façon basique, de la stabiliser ou de la couper.Mais si l’étape transitoire sur le site de Youtube peut paraître contraignante pour ce type d’opérations, Twitter lui aussi a décidé de s’engouffrer dans la brèche “short video” avec sa propre application, Vine, qui permet de poster directement ses chefs d’œuvres sur le réseau social. Avec lui, l’enregistrement s’effectue de façon horizontale ou verticale, en 4/3, avec la possibilité de prendre une vidéo par séquence.Du reportage collaboratif ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’une nouvelle manière de s’exprimer, la short video, du fait de son format, peut également faire évoluer d’autres sphères du Web comme le reportage journalistique. En effet, le partage social peut également être collaboratif, avec des minis vidéos qui, ajoutées à d’autres sur le même sujet, permettent d’élaborer de véritables petits reportages, comme le souligne Michael Downing, lors de son passage à l’École de journalisme de Sciences-Po, en décembre 2012, sur la thématique “Nouvelles pratiques du Journalisme”.On pourra également adosser à la pratique de la short video le secteur de la publicité, avec des possibilité de campagnes virales.Alors la short vidéo, effet de mode transitoire ou phénomène social s’inscrivant dans le temps ? Il semblerait que vu les enjeux naissant autour d’elle, elle prendrait plutôt la seconde direction. Le 28 janvier 2013 à 16:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Brikama Nawettan in full swing

first_imgBy Sulayman BahThe Brikama Youth and Sports Committee nawettan is in full flow after the supercup final episode over the weekend which marked the official start of things.Chimo won the bragging rights against Newtown thanks to two unanswered goals. It was a curtain-raiser that didn’t fell short of being a crowd-puller cracking duel certainly marking beginning of a football fever that wouldn’t last until in coming months.Unarguably, it sets the pattern with a plethora of games to be played this week into the weekend.Dertusa graced week one with a duel against Tally Bu Bess. That would be followed by another scintillating showdown between Amasa and Spare Bank with Gidda Arrow crossing daggers with 1st Infantry Battalion.Headquarters/Borderline takes aim at Real de Missira on Friday. Sealight takes on Nema Youths and Sky Power up against Gidda Youth. This will be one of the games to be played on the same day.BRIKAMA YOUTHS AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION NAWATTAN FIXTURESWEEK 1Tue 26/08/14 ml Dertusavs Tally Bu BessWed 27/08/14 Amasavs Spare bankThurs 28/0814 Gidda Arrow vs 1st infantry BattalionFri 29/08/14 HeadQuaters/Borderline vs Real de Missira at 3pmfri29/08/14 Sear light vsNema Youths at 5pmsat 30/08/14 Sky Power vsGidda Youths 3pmsat 30/08/14 Berewullengvs Soccer startsun 31/08/14 Real de BusmbalavsYarabamba at 3pmsun 31/08/14 Newtown vs Conge-bi 5pm ]]>last_img read more

San Diego City Council committee to begin proposed budget review

first_imgSan Diego City Council committee to begin proposed budget review 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Echoing concerns from several of her Budget Review Committee colleagues, San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez said today there needs to be more transparency regarding several facilities projects estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars more than when originally approved.“We have some work to do, so I’ll leave it at that,” she said.Gomez’s worries sprang from an Independent Budget Analyst report delivered during the first in a series of committee hearings on Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s $3.8 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The IBA report called the proposed budget “balanced, sensible and responsible,” but identified several caveats, including delays and cost increases to three city facilities projects.In 2017, the council approved — on the advice of a consultant — a 10-year, $10.4 million lease for a facility to improve fire equipment maintenance. Necessary improvements were originally estimated to cost $6.5 million, but have since risen to $17 million.The project is now on hold, and the building is being used as a warehouse and workplace for city employees. Gomez said she didn’t find out about the delay until reading the IBA’s report.IBA Analyst Andrea Tevlin also expressed concern over an office building at 101 Ash St. intended to accommodate city employees currently working in rental spaces. The city signed a 20-year lease-to-own agreement for the building in 2016; at that time officials planned to renovate five floors for around $5 million, then move employees into the building last July.Following council approval, city staff began working with planners and determined all 19 floors of the building should be renovated to increase the number of work stations from 800 to 1,150. A round of project bids were rejected; the project is now included in the proposed budget at an estimated cost of $27 million.The city in 2015 also entered into a lease-to-own agreement for the Civic Center Plaza building, where city employees work. Up to an estimated $21.4 million in improvements were anticipated within the first five operation years.Reconfigurations have been put on hold, however, because plaza employees would temporarily move to the City Operations Building during construction. That cannot happen until Development Services Department employees in the Operations Building can permanently move to the renovated Ash Street building.Committee member David Alvarez questioned city staff on how current circumstances have strayed so far from expectations, particularly for the Ash Street building.City Assistant Chief Operating Officer Stacey LoMedico said staff determined a 19-floor renovation is more cost effective in a 15- or 20-year context.“That’s not what the council was told when we approved this. We were told it was ready to move into and that five floors need to be worked on,” Alvarez said. “The cost of this is just astronomical … I would caution the administration moving forward on grand plans that go beyond council approval.”Tevlin’s office recommended possibly scaling back renovations to the Ash Street building closer to original plans. Tevlin also encouraged the creation of financing plans for the three  forementioned buildings, a recommendation backed by committee president Barbara Bry.“It’s clear the city needs a comprehensive real estate strategy going forward, and that we shouldn’t make any large expenditures before we have that,” she said.The IBA report noted several other potential problems with Faulconer’s budget.Nearly $13 million, mainly from Housing Commission reserves, was allocated to operate three large tent shelters and a transitional storage center for the homeless, but no sustainable funding was identified for later years.“As the need for these facilities is likely to continue, we recommend that the council requests that an ongoing funding plan be identified,” IBA Deputy Director Jeff Kawar said.The IBA report also highlighted maintenance reductions across several departments.The budget includes a $882,000 reduction in tree-trimming funds, which is similar to a proposal that was suggested by the mayor’s office, then rejected by the council last year. If the reduction stays in place, the amount of trees trimmed in fiscal year 2019 would fall from 20,000 to 10,000. Trees trimmed once every nine years would instead be maintained once every 21 years,which gave committee member Lorie Zapf pause.“We’ve been having some issues with trees as they become mature and need trimming, and branches fall on people and cause us huge liability,” she said.Faulconer’s budget also proposes a $355,000 reduction in facilities maintenance, a $300,000 reduction in graffiti abatement and a $267,000 reduction in citywide park maintenance.Such reductions likely would result in diminished services at a practical level, Tevlin said. The Facilities Division has for two consecutive years requested funds to hire 21 additional employees.“They feel very strongly they cannot keep up with service levels that have been adopted by the council for those facilities,” Tevlin said.  “It’s something to keep talking about with them to see what the real need is.”Budget hearings are expected to continue through May 9. A final budget will likely be adopted in June. Elizabeth Alvarez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez center_img Posted: May 2, 2018 May 2, 2018 Updated: 2:48 PMlast_img read more

Owner of derelict barge Davy Crockett pleads guilty

first_imgThe owner of a derelict barge that buckled and leaked oil into the Columbia River has pleaded guilty to two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act.Bret A. Simpson entered his plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. He admitted to unlawfully spilling oil into the Columbia River near Camas, and failing to report that spill to authorities. Simpson now faces possible prison time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines as a result of his botched attempt to scrap the 430-foot vessel Davy Crockett.Simpson’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.The failure to report the offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Simpson’s plea agreement. The illegal spill could carry a penalty of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.Simpson purchased the Davy Crockett in 2010, and federal prosecutors allege he then began to scrap the barge without first removing thousands of gallons of oil and fuel he knew was on board. The converted World War II Liberty Ship broke apart in December 2010, releasing oil into the river where it lay near Camas. Simpson halted the scrapping operation, but never reported the incident to authorities.Additional oil spilled into the river in January 2011, which authorities traced back to the Davy Crockett. That’s when the U.S. Coast Guard stepped in to orchestrate a massive cleanup that spanned 10 months and cost close to $22 million.last_img read more