Young woman asked about kissing British sailor before alleged sex assault

first_imgHALIFAX – A defence lawyer questioned a young Halifax woman Tuesday about her decision to sleep in a room with four British sailors in the barracks of a military base, and a kiss she gave one of the men.The complainant confirmed under cross examination by defence lawyer Ian Hutchison that she felt fearful at 12 Wing Shearwater near Halifax on April 9, 2015, after she lost her friend when they returned to the barracks from a beer run.She reiterated that despite feeling uncomfortable staying the night, she did not leave the barracks because she did not want to abandon her friend there.The young woman has testified in Nova Scotia Supreme Court that she decided to sleep in the room with four men next to a sailor because she had been hanging out there earlier, and it was the only room that was familiar to her.She has told the court she gave the sailor sleeping next to her a goodnight kiss, as if to say “thank you” for letting her sleep there, and when she awoke at least three men were performing sex acts on her.Hutchison appeared to suggest Tuesday that she could have slept in the hallway of the barracks, the lobby, or on the floor of barracks room rather than in the bed.“There was nothing stopping to you from sleeping in the hallway?” the lawyer asked.The complainant responded: “There’s 22 men who could attack me in the hallway,” likely referring to the number of men on the Royal Navy hockey team, who were in the Halifax area for a tournament.As the lawyer persisted with this line of questioning, the complainant became emotional.“You’re not going to feel safe no matter what you do. You’re surrounded by a group of men. You’re terrified. You’re doing everything you can to make the best of an absolutely crappy situation,” said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.“There’s dudes no matter where you go. There is not going to be anyone you know no matter where you go… If you’re in a barrack room with four men, stupid me thought I had some sense of security.”“I thought if I was going get raped it would be by one guy.”Darren Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people at 12 Wing Shearwater. The complainant was at the barracks on the night in question because her friend had invited her on a double date after meeting a British sailor on Tinder.Hutchison also quizzed the woman about the kiss she gave the man in bed next to her, and suggested it was in fact “more than just a goodnight kiss.”“I would obviously disagree,” she said.“As an adult and a woman and someone who understands consent, (I am) fully capable of knowing if I did or did not have any intention that night of doing any further than kissing the man… I do know that my intention was not for anything more than that.”The complainant faced a flurry of questions covering an array of grounds, as she took the stand for a fifth day.Hutchison asked about her testimony that she had lost consciousness during the alleged sexual assault. She confirmed she does not have a history of losing consciousness, and confirmed she has consumed more alcohol than she did on night in question and was still coherent.The complainant was also asked bluntly if the sex acts she has testified about were taking place consensually.“No,” she replied sternly.The complainant finished her testimony. The trial resumes Wednesday morning with more Crown witnesses.The case once involved four accused, but charges against two other sailors were dropped, while charges against another man were stayed earlier in the trial because of illness.last_img read more

New tax incentives for investment could increase Canadas emissions

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition — including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies.However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

African Division of the FIFPro Rejects CAF Sanctions Against Morocco

Rabat – The African Division of African players has rejected the sanction imposed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against Morocco.The African Division of the FIFPro, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, said that the players are the primary victims of CAF’s decision to suspend Morocco from participating in continental competitions for the next four years.“Denying a nation [Morocco] the possibility of playing in three consecutive African Cup of Nations is to sacrifice an entire generation of players, the FIFPro said on Thursday. “Prevent their playing at the highest international level, and disallow their practicing an important part of their occupation as professional footballers. It is to put a brake on their development.”In November 2014, CAF decided to strip Morocco from hosting rights of the 2015 African Cup of Nations and to ban the Moroccans from playing in the continental tournament.This week, CAF also banned Morocco from the next two tournaments (in 2017 and 2019) and the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) was fined $1 Million and ordered to pay 8 million euros in compensation for damages to CAF and its partners.“It isn’t for FIFPro Division Africa to say whether Morocco acted in accordance with its rights in refusing to organize the last African Cup of Nations (CAN) – relying on the precautionary principle when confronted by the Ebola epidemic – but it is for us, on the other hand, to be astonished that the penalties imposed by the CAF should be directed above all and directly against the players,” the FIFPro said.“Why pick on the players in this way? Why make them wear a hat far too big for them, making them pay, and such a heavy price, for the errors imputed to their executives? It would have been easy to ban Morocco from organizing any continental competitions for “X” years, or further to increase the financial penalties, rather than punish the footballers, who are neither guilty nor responsible but have been heavily penalized from the outset!” it added. read more

Moroccan NASA Scientist Kamal Oudrhiri Is Hopeful for Mars InSight

Rabat – NASA’s InSight lander project is set to study the red planet if it lands successfully on Mars this evening, around 8:45 p.m. (Moroccan time).Oudrhiri told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that “landing on Mars is one of the most improbable scientific achievements in terms of global exploration, as the success rate is only 40 percent.”He added that a failure rate of 60 percent “obviously makes things complicated but also exciting if they succeed.” Oudrhiri said that the new scientific mission will study the internal composition of the red planet and that InSight has been equipped with seismometers and a heat flow sensor.Oudrhiri has worked for NASA for more than 20 years. He contributed to several key missions, including missions related to Mars exploration craft: Curiosity, Rovers, Spirit, and Opportunity.Read Also: Exclusive Interview with Kamal Oudghiri, Moroccan in Charge of Monitoring NASA’s Mission to Mars“We will be sitting anxiously at the Mission Control Center, nervous but also hopeful that all our efforts will pay off and that everything will eventually work out as planned,” he said.Oudrhiri also oversees the Cold Atom Lab (CAL) mission on behalf of the NASA space agency.The scientist has been recognized with several NASA achievement honor awards from the planetary scientific community.From Fez, Oudrhiri completed his graduate studies in space communication in the US. The scientist joined NASA in 1996. read more

New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided

WASHINGTON — On the ground, climate change is hitting us where it counts: the stomach — not to mention the forests, plants and animals.A new United Nations scientific report examines how global warming and land interact in a vicious cycle. Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the land, while the way people use the land is making global warming worse.Thursday’s science-laden report says the combination is already making food more expensive, scarcer and even less nutritious.“The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a report co-author. “The threat of climate change affecting people’s food on their dinner table is increasing.”But if people change the way they eat, grow food and manage forests, it could help save the planet from a far warmer future, scientists saidEarth’s land masses, which are only 30% of the globe, are warming twice as fast as the planet as a whole. While heat-trapping gases are causing problems in the atmosphere, the land has been less talked about as part of climate change. A special report, written by more than 100 scientists and unanimously approved by diplomats from nations around the world at a meeting in Geneva, proposed possible fixes and made more dire warnings.“The way we use land is both part of the problem and also part of the solution,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a French climate scientist who co-chairs one of the panel’s working groups. “Sustainable land management can help secure a future that is comfortable.”The report said climate change already has worsened land degradation, caused deserts to grow, permafrost to thaw and made forests more vulnerable to drought, fire, pests and disease. That’s happened even as much of the globe has gotten greener because of extra carbon dioxide in the air. Climate change has also added to other forces that have reduced the number of species on Earth.“Climate change is really slamming the land,” said World Resources Institute researcher Kelly Levin, who wasn’t part of the study but praised it.And the future could be worse.“The stability of food supply is projected to decrease as the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events that disrupt food chains increases,” the report said.In the worst case scenario, food security problems change from moderate to high risk with just a few more tenths of a degree of warming from now. They go from high to “very high” risk with just another 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) of warming from now.Scientists had long thought one of the few benefits of higher levels of carbon dioxide, the major heat-trapping gas, was that it made plants grow more and the world greener, Rosenzweig said. But numerous studies show that the high levels of carbon dioxide reduce protein and nutrients in many crops.For example, high levels of carbon in the air in experiments show wheat has 6 to 13% less protein, 4 to 7% less zinc and 5 to 8% less iron, she said.But better farming practices — such as no-till agricultural and better targeted fertilizer application — have the potential to fight global warming too, reducing carbon pollution up to 18% of current emissions levels by 2050, the report said.If people change their diets, reducing red meat and increasing plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and seeds, the world can save as much as another 15% of current emissions by mid-century. It would also make people more healthy, Rosenzweig said.Reducing food waste can fight climate change even more. The report said that between 2010 and 2016 global food waste accounted for 8 to 10% of heat-trapping emissions.“Currently 25-30% of total food produced is lost or wasted,” the report said. Fixing that would free up millions of square miles of land.With just another 0.9 degrees of warming (0.5 degrees Celsius), which could happen in the next 10 to 30 years, the risk of unstable food supplies, wildfire damage, thawing permafrost and water shortages in dry areas “are projected to be high,” the report said.At another 1.8 degrees of warming from now (1 degree Celsius), which could happen in about 50 years, it said those risks “are projected to be very high.”Most scenarios predict the world’s tropical regions will have “unprecedented climatic conditions by the mid to late 20th century,” the report noted.Agriculture and forestry together account for about 23% of the heat-trapping gases that are warming the Earth, slightly less than from cars, trucks, boats and planes. Add in transporting food, energy costs, packaging and that grows to 37%, the report said.But the land is also a great carbon “sink,” which sucks heat-trapping gases out of the air.From about 2007 to 2016, agriculture and forestry every year put 5.7 billion tons (5.2 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air, but pulled 12.3 billion tons (11.2 billion metric tons) of it out.“This additional gift from nature is limited. It’s not going to continue forever,” said study co-author Luis Verchot , a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia. “If we continue to degrade ecosystems, if we continue to convert natural ecosystems, we continue to deforest and we continued to destroy our soils, we’re going to lose this natural subsidy…”Overall land emissions are increasing, especially because of cutting down forests in the Amazon in places such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru, Verchot said.Stanford University environmental sciences chief Chris Field, who wasn’t part of the report, said the bottom line is “we ought to recognize that we have profound limits on the amount of land available and we have to be careful about how we utilize it.”___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter: @borenbears7/87/8___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press read more

Shortfall in donations to 2003 UN appeal for North Korea threatens 38

Quoting a food aid assessment by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), OCHA said the appeal for $225 million is only half funded and, at times this year, up to 3 million people in need of food assistance in the DPRK had to be dropped from WFP distributions.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 42 per cent of the DPRK’s young children are chronically malnourished and 70,000 at high risk of dying if they do not receive critical hospital treatment, OCHA said.In the northeast DPRK, water is available for only three to four hours a day because electricity is only provided for that period of time, while fuel for heating and cooling is also in short supply, it added.Due to an industrial decline, people in the provinces of Ryanggang and North and South Hamgyong have been forced into heavy dependence on limited land, resulting in massive deforestation, it said.The target for next year’s Consolidated Appeal for the DPRK will be $221 million, it said. read more

Injuries leave Colts shorthanded for possible playoff push

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck might be playing the best football of his career.He’s still going to need help reaching the playoffs with mounting injuries threatening to derail the Indianapolis Colts’ late post-season push.One week after starting centre Ryan Kelly went down with a left knee injury and one day after coach Frank Reich announced tight end Jack Doyle would miss the rest of the season with an injured kidney, Luck and his teammates started preparing for the closing five-game stretch that will determine whether they end a three-year playoff drought.“We’ve done it before,” tight end Eric Ebron said Tuesday said when asked about the adjustments. “Everybody has to take on a heavier workload.”Doyle was injured late in the third quarter or early in the fourth, returned for two plays before leaving for good and then wound up in the hospital Sunday night for what Reich called a “procedure.”The team provided no immediate update on whether Doyle had been released from the hospital during Tuesday’s availability.The adaptations start with Ebron, the lone remaining healthy tight end among the five listed on last week’s depth chart. He’s already caught 11 touchdown passes this season, matching his previous four-year total and tying Dallas Clark’s single-season franchise record by a tight end and has played the way Detroit envisioned when it made Ebron a first-round draft pick in 2014.It’s unclear whether Mo Alie-Cox, Ryan Hewitt or Erik Swoope could return from injuries this week. All three were inactive last weekend, and Reich’s offence has benefited from creating mismatches among the tight ends.“We are hopeful and optimistic that some of those guys — one or two or all three of those guys — will be ready,” Reich said Monday. “They have been making good progress.”But the hits have come hard and fast for Indy (6-5), which has won five straight to jump back into the playoff conversation.Kelly missed last week’s game with a sprained medial collateral ligament and without him, the Colts allowed their first sack in six games. Luck went 249 consecutive drop-backs without being sacked, the longest streak of his pro career.Kelly’s status for this week is still to be determined though he said Tuesday he felt much better and was running on the treadmill.“It’s been progressing pretty well,” said Kelly, who was replaced in the lineup by midseason signee Evan Boehm. “The brace has helped.”Not enough?Running back Marlon Mack entered the concussion protocol during the fourth quarter Sunday, did not return and now his status also is in doubt this weekend.If he can’t go, the Colts will be down to their two rookies — Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins — and possibly Jonathan Williams, presuming nobody else is signed. Williams hasn’t played since Indy signed him to the practice squad Oct. 2. He was promoted to the active roster last week.One saving grace for Indy: Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard escaped a serious knee injury that briefly knocked him out of Sunday’s game after the first offensive play. Leonard returned and finished the game and continues to lead the NFL with 114 tackles despite missing one game in October.But losing Doyle may create the most damaging impact for Indy.He followed his first Pro Bowl selection with 26 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns in six games. The Colts went 1-4 when he missed five games earlier this season with a bad hip and they had won all four since his Week 8 return against Oakland.Doyle’s absence leaves a big hole on the field — and in the locker room.“It hurts,” Ebron said. “I’m more hurt because of the type of player he is and what he means to the team and to me. But we’ve done it before. We just have to adjust a few things.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMichael Marot, The Associated Press read more

No 6 Tennessee routs Texas AMCorpus Christi 7951

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Admiral Schofield scored 16 points, Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds and No. 6 Tennessee breezed to a 79-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.Grant Williams added 14 points and nine rebounds for Tennessee (6-1) in its last tuneup before a Dec. 9 showdown with No. 1 Gonzaga in the Jerry Colangelo Classic in Phoenix.Jordan Bowden also scored 14 points.Myles Smith scored 16 points for Texas A&M-CC (4-4).NO. 16 OHIO STATE 79, MINNESOTA 59COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15 and Ohio State beat Minnesotain the Big Ten opener for both teams.C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 points, and Duane Washington Jr., and Kyle Young had 10 apiece to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-1.Amir Coffey led Minnesota (6-2) with 19 points, and Dupree McBrayer added 13.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

How The Warriors Should Adjust Their Offense Without Steph Curry

Curry’s impact on the DubsEffective field goal percentage of Warriors with at least 30 shots taken in each scenario below, 2017-18 The Warriors are hurting. The latest bad news came over the weekend, when the team learned that superstar Stephen Curry, who was just returning from a six-game absence because of a tweaked right ankle, sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee. He joins three other hurt Golden State stars who are currently riding the bench: Kevin Durant has a rib fracture, Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and Draymond Green has a pelvic contusion.Coach Steve Kerr has already ruled out the idea of Curry returning for the first round of the postseason. But these other guys will be back. So, how will the Warriors’ offense function without Curry when the postseason starts up? And how should it?To some, these questions might seem pointless, considering that Durant, a fellow superstar, is also on the roster. After all, the possibility of a Curry injury was among the best arguments for signing Durant: Even if Curry goes down, there’d be two other stars (Durant and four-time All-Star Thompson) to count on.1This doesn’t even include Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, who logged a dominant 32-point, 15-rebound, 9-assist outing during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But any changes to a powerhouse lineup like the Warriors’ has some impact: Defenses now will have more resources to clamp down on Durant. The challenge then for Golden State is to navigate the increased attention on Durant while not making any wholesale changes to the offensive plan with only nine games left in the regular season. After all, the Warriors want Curry to hit the ground running when he returns, using the same pass-happy system that was in place when he left.There are a handful of things we can likely expect once the other banged-up Warriors rejoin the lineup as expected. The most important: It’s a safe bet that most of the key role players will shoot at least slightly worse without Curry in the picture — a majority of them have performed worse on offense in times when Curry’s been out and Durant’s been playing (compared with their performance when sharing the court with both Curry and Durant). PlayerWith Curry, w/o DurantWith Curry and DurantWith Durant, w/o Curry Effective field goal percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than 2-pointers.Sources: Second Spectrum, NBA Advanced Stats Effective FG% JaVale McGee64.570.472.7 Draymond Green48.755.550.5 Zaza Pachulia44.763.358.3 Klay Thompson63.067.549.0 Stephen Curry62.261.7— Kevin Durant—63.055.5 Andre Iguodala61.344.539.2 Nick Young51.674.048.6 Durant’s offensive performance has also suffered when Curry isn’t playing. Despite being a top-three player in the world, Durant occasionally finds easy looks as a result of the fear that defenses have of Curry getting open along the arc. One indication of the boost Durant gets: Green has completed 16 alley-oops to him over the past two seasons — many of which were sprung while Curry was distracting defenses with fake backscreens. But those were all with Curry on the floor. Without Curry, Green hasn’t found Durant for a single lob during that time period, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/draykd.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Durant is still a dynamite scorer without Curry, though — as evidenced by his 45 points per 100 possessions (on 48 percent shooting and 42 percent from 3-point range) in the four games he played mostly without Curry recently. But the downside without Curry is that the free-flowing offense grows more stagnant as Durant isolates more to find his shots. The Warriors go from having 106.0 possessions per 48 minutes when Curry orchestrates the offense to 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes when Durant is on the floor without Curry. And the total number of isolations per 100 plays increases 43 percent, from 10.1 to 14.4, when Durant spearheads the attack without Curry, according to Second Spectrum. The high-octane club goes from scoring almost 122 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Durant to 108 when Durant plays without Curry.A few caveats: Those pace and offensive efficiency numbers, while down considerably, would still rank among the highest in the league. If anything, this merely speaks to how otherworldly the Warriors are at full strength, or at least when Curry is running their offense. Without Curry playing, they would still be favored against just about any team out West, perhaps except for Houston.The Warriors know that, too, and based on their recent history with knee sprains, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll take things slowly with Curry’s rehabilitation. Curry of course missed two weeks of the postseason in 2016 after suffering a less severe Grade 1 MCL sprain. He had a 40-point game in his return against Portland but then struggled in the finals (he later suggested that he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent that postseason after the injury). The team took a different approach with Durant last season — and saw different results. He returned from a nearly six-week absence and Grade 2 MCL sprain to outplay LeBron James and earn the finals MVP.While Durant and the rest of the Warriors await Curry’s return, there are several tactics they could take to both take advantage of the line-ups they will have on the floor and to make sure that Curry can re-enter the offense seamlessly. For one, Golden State would be smart to push the tempo and to screen more on the ball using either Green or Andre Iguodala to set picks for Durant. (The Warriors set about 10 fewer on-ball screens per 100 possessions when Durant is running the offense without Curry.) Both Green and Iguodala are playmakers and are more likely to keep the ball moving than Durant. He’s a good passer but calls his own number for 1-on-1 scenarios far more often than most players do.This is why running more simple screen-and-roll sets could help Durant: Such plays give him a clearer opening for an occasional jumper when he wants one. But they also allow him to share the ball with confidence that he can get it back in perhaps his most lethal position: off the catch, where he shoots a far-higher percentage than when he dribbles several times before launching an attempt.It’s worth noting that the Warriors have generated more points per play out of Durant pick-and-rolls with Green setting the screen this season (1.18) than they have with Curry pick-and-rolls in which Green is the screen-setter (1.08), according to Second Spectrum.2Among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls — meaning that the player associated with the play either shot the ball, was fouled, turned it over or passed to a shooter within one dribble of receiving the ball.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/p.mp400:0000:0001:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For context, the Durant and Green combo ranks second in efficiency among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls, trailing only the unstoppable duo of Curry and Durant.So, no — there’s obviously no true way to replace everything Curry brings on offense. But playing a style that isn’t far removed from what he’s used to could help keep the team in rhythm for when he returns.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Golden coach Ambros Martin I am speechless…

Ambros Martin Spanish coach Ambros Martin celebrates the winning trophy with the Hungarian Gyor, who beat Buducnost 27:21 in the final…– I want to congratulate to our rivals, but from the heart, that isn’t just a formal answer. Buducnost was the best team during the whole season, we were better tonight, which wasnt a case during the year. I don’t have enough words in English to express myself, but it was great pleasure to stand here as a winner. This is big success… ← Previous Story Hungarian Gyor new-old Women’s EHF CL winner! Next Story → Copa del Rey: Barcelona win Cup after four years!

Three men still in custody in relation to body recovered from River

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a body was found in Athlone.The man, believed to be a Polish national, was taken from the river some time before 9pm last night.The body was recovered near the Athlone bypass bridge along the M6 Dublin to Galway road.The body of the man was discovered partially submerged in water at the River Shannon in an area known as Bogginfin. The area has been sealed off pending a full Garda technical examinationIn a follow up operation three men have been arrested in connection with the incident in the Westmeath area. They are detained at Athlone and Mullingar Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.The three men are still in custody and an extension to their detention is being sought in court.A post mortem examination will be carried out on the deceased at University Hospital, Galway later today.RTÉ reports that gardaí are also investigating reports that a man was seen being bundled into a car earlier in the day in the town.However, gardaí could not confirm this.The man was in his early 20s and gardaí say that they are investigating the full circumstances of the death, which is believed to be suspicious.Gardaí have also said they are investigating a second serious assault that took place in the town last night.Superintendent Noreen Hegarty has appealed to the public for information relating to both incidents.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or to anyone who can assist with the investigation to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.First published 7.30amlast_img read more

Geek deals Cyber Monday edition

first_imgWelcome back, fellow Geek deal lovers, to another round of the hottest holiday deals from across the web. Today we present to you the best of Cyber Monday. While many retailers have participated in the Black Friday discounts with online sales as well, they still saved some great offers for the online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday.Keep in mind that we expect all of these deals to end by midnight and some may end earlier. There will also be very limited time deals going on throughout the deal which we cannot cover here, as they would expire too quickly, but you can find them all at LogicBuy’s Cyber Monday deals center.Laptops and tablets:Toshiba Excite Tablet for just $249 with free shipping at Toshiba Direct (normally $529).15.6-inch Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core Laptop w/1080p, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD + 32GB SSD for $849.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,049.99 – use coupon code: G0LN9LD3FT8RB$ ).15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite S850-BT3N22 Core i7 Quad Laptop w/6GB RAM for $599.99 with free shipping at Toshiba Direct (normally $939.99).14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 (95232FU) 3rd Gen Core i7 Gaming Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD & GeForce GT 650M for $799 with free shipping at Lenovo (normally $1,349.99 – use $500 coupon code: CMDOORBUSTER).14-inch Alienware m14x 3rd Gen Core i5 Gaming Laptop w/GeForce GT 650M for $849 with free shipping at Dell (normally $999.99 – use $500 coupon code: 1BBBZLJSCTPSS3).14-inch HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15t-b000 Core i3 Dual-core Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & Windows 8 for $429.99 with free shipping at HP (normally $579.99 – use coupon code 20LOGICBUY ).Desktops:Dell Inspiron 660s Core i5 Quad-core Slim Tower w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & Windows 8 for $499.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $699.99).Dell Vostro 270s 2.9Ghz Dual-Core Slim Desktop + 20″ Dell LED Backlit LCD Monitor for $349 with free shipping (normally $558).Storage, hardware, monitors30-inch Dell UltraSharp U3011 IPS-panel LCD monitor w/PremierColor for $999 with free shipping (normally $1,399).24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2410 IPS-panel LCD monitor w/3-years warranty for $399 with free shipping (normally $549).24-inch Dell P2412H Professional LED Monitor w.3-years warranty for $199 with free shipping (normally $299 – use coupon code: WN1V$D153FDTT5).23-inch Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-panel LCD monitor for $199.99 with free shipping (normally $299 – use coupon code: 8PQWRM3N6QDF2D).21.5-inch Dell E2211H LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $109 with free shipping (normally $179.99 – use coupon code: BG9GVTRTTJ620Q).2TB Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STBV2000100) for $79.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $119.99).Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for $84.99 with free shipping (normally $99.99 – use coupon code: P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R).Gadgets and Portables:Cisco WVC210 Wireless-G Security IP Camera for $94.99 with free shipping at Cisco (normally $299.99 – use coupon code: HSDISH5).Sphero App Controlled Robotic Ball for $99.99 with free + $20 Brookstone Bucks & Free Shipping (normally $129.99).Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank for $89.99 with free shipping at Brookstone (normally $149.99).Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone (AT&T) for $24.99 (new contract) or $89.99 (upgrade) with free shipping at Amazon (normally $199.99).HDTV and Blu-ray:82-inch Mitsubishi WD-82C12 1080P DLP Home Cinema TV for $1,299 with free shipping (normally $1,499 – use coupon code: V1PRFJQVG626MH).60-inch Samsung UN60ES6003 1080p 120Hz LED Slim HDTV for $1,299.99 with free shipping (normally $1,499.99).60-inch Samsung PN60E530 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $847.99 with free shipping (normally $1,199.99).50-inch Vizio E500I-A1 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV for $649.99 with free shipping (normally $699.99).Samsung BD-E5400 Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player for $67.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $99.99).Gaming:Gears of War Triple Pack (360) for $9.99 at Microsoft Store (normally $29.99).Fable The Journey (360) for $14.99 at Microsoft Store (normally $49.99).last_img read more

Arsenals Bernd Leno called up by Germany

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been drafted into the German squad for the UEFA Nations League games against the Netherlands and France.Leno was called up to replace injured goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been ruled out of both matches due to muscle problems.The Arsenal shot-stopper has made five appearances for the Gunners since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and has deputized for Petr Cech since he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.Germany equally confirmed the unavailability of Leon Goretzka due to muscle tightness. He is replaced by Bayern Munich team-mate Serge Gnabry.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The Oranje boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he would field a strong squad when they trade tackles with Germany and World Champions France.“We will play to get results because these things matter and I’ve told my players so,” Koeman added.The Germans fired blank at home to France in last month’s Nations League opener.They travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Saturday before taking on France in Paris on Tuesday,last_img read more

Faf du Plessis concedes AB de Villiers called him breaks silence on

first_imgAfter dropping their first three matches, South Africa’s backs were against the wall. They needed to win all their six matches and were in a spot of bother against West Indies. They were reduced to 29/2 in the eighth over when rain intervened and the umpires had to call off the match.This now leaves South Africa in a precarious position and their chances of making it to semi-finals look very grim. This comes after news broke about AB de Villiers wanting to come out of retirement and play in the World Cup.Captain Faf du Plessis has finally broken his silence on this issue. He conceded that he did receive a call from de Villiers, who is also his very close friend, but had to turn down the offer since it was too late for any adjustments.Speaking to reporters at the press conference after the rain washed out the tie against West Indies, the 34-year-old said: “It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced. It was just a ‘this is what I’m feeling’ [phone call].”‘Way too late to change the squad’ Faf du Plessis, AB de VilliersGetty Images”I said to him, ‘I think it is too late but I will check in with the coach and the selectors the next morning.’ When I spoke to the coach and the selectors, they all agreed that it was way, way too late to change the team on 99.99 percent,” Faf added.It has not been a happy dressing room for South Africa, they have lost matches, players have dropped out due to injury and then this AB de Villiers newsbreak. However, the skipper believes that this development had no effect on the South African dressing room. AB de VilliersReuters”We do feel like the news came in and went through the team. It didn’t have a huge impact. There was just a discussion on clarity and on making sure everyone knows what’s going on and then it was moving on,” he said.So will this incident and the subsequent results have any bearing on the friendship they share? Not according to Faf as he believes their friendship goes back a long way and such small incidents will not have any effect on it.last_img read more

EC gives scandalhit co second chance

first_imgElection Commission building file photoThe company that made 9.3 million sub-standard national identity cards for the election commission (EC) has been given a second chance.The EC signed a new deal with Smart Technologies (BD) Limited on 15 July, asking it to deliver quality cards by the next three months.”They made a mistake. We’ve recommended the fine be realised from the security deposit. However, we’ve signed a new deal with them considering the fact that they had incurred some losses,” said Md Saidul Islam, director general of national identity card registration cell.The EC had wanted to give youths who became voters after 2012 these identity cards and appointed Smart Technologies to deliver the cards. The company won the tender despite bidding the highest, Tk 90 million, and yet they produced cards printed on paper.As per the contract, this company was to deliver the cards by December 2017, a deadline it failed to meet as well.Smart Tech finished the job in February this year, but the EC investigations found that the printed cards were of low quality.The cards were not printed using the best machinaries, rather at different shops in Agargaon area, where the EC office is located.To this end, a report was published in the online edition of Prothom Alo on 19 June, which led to the steps.Joint secretary of EC secretariat Abdul Baten said the whole course of the task will now be carried out under the EC supervision and necessary equipment will be set on the 11th floor of the EC building to facilitate the process.The low quality cards Smart Technologies had produced will be destroyed in presence of the top EC officials while 60 skilled staff of the company will regularly be at the EC office to supervise the work, the official said.The managing director of Smart Technologies Zahirul Islam said, “We did a mistake last time, which affected the goodwill of our company. This time we will be very professional and we will not produce any card without the EC’s permission.”last_img read more

Harveys Impact on Houstons Homeless Community

first_img Listen Al OrtizFile Photo – Tents set up at a homeless encampment at the intersection of Highway 59 and Caroline Street on April 21, 2017. 00:00 /00:50 A year after Hurricane Harvey, we’re still learning more about the impact of the storm on local communities.While a new study further suggests recovery remains slow for many in hard-hit areas in the region, Houston’s unsheltered homeless population also received its first uptick, since 2011. The unsheltered homeless rate was declining for years, prior to Harvey, according to the Coalition for the Homeless.Marliyn Brown, the Coalition’s President and CEO, said the group’s annual survey at the beginning of the year revealed an additional 500 unsheltered homeless people.“When we asked people, ‘What caused your homelessness,’ 18 percent said it was a result of Hurricane Harvey,” said Brown. The Coalition found 258 unsheltered homeless people in the Houston region were homeless as a direct result from Hurricane Harvey.Brown believes they will be able to catch back up with the downward trend, because their housing units weren’t as affected by the storm as they originally feared. She said they’re now back on track, to housing about 100 people per month. But, she said, long-term ramifications of the storm remain unclear.“I’m not really sure when we’ll ever know,” said Brown. “It’s not just a one-time, ‘We’ll get you back on your feet and you’ll do well.’ So, I think as far as our system, and our inventory of units, and being able to identify and help people: we’re back on track. But, I think we have a new set of conditions that are affecting people in a different way that will continue to stay with us… This is a new trauma that adds to the lack of ability to stabilize.”Brown said every large city in Texas had an increase in homelessness this year.The Texas Homeless Network estimates about 590 people in the state experienced homelessness, as a direct result from Harvey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share X last_img read more

The language of music unites all

first_imgA big name in the Hindustani classical music, Pandit Bhajan Lal Sopori, who has enthralled the world with his mesmerising Santoor, is now all set to steal the show with his son Abhay Rustum Sopori on the occasion of ‘Delhi Classical Music Festival’ being held in the Capital today. Millennium Post chronicles the stories of the ‘King of Strings’ and his early life musical journey with son Abhay Rustum Sopori, his live performances worldwide and his music academy SaMaPa, which works as a catalyst to healing many people. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow did your musical journey begin?The saga began from the year 1953 when I was only five years. I was invited to give my first live performance in Srinagar auditorium. Later, in 1954, I was delighted to be a part of a children’s show which was aired on the radio in Srinagar. Performing at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar in 1959 was also a memorable moment. Gradually, I delved into the technicalities and nuances of Santoor. And eventually, I was able to introduce my own style – Sopori Baaj. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYou were 10-year-old when you gave your first performance at a conference? How did you manage to create magic at such a tender age?(Smiles)… I belong to a family of music. My family has played santoor for over six generations. In addition to inheriting the quality from my father and grandfather, blessings of my loved ones especially Kashmiris was bestowed upon me. How does it feel to perform alongside your son?It brings tears of joy along with pride when you see your child blossom as an artist. It was absolutely an out-of-the-world experience to give a live performance with my son Abhay in the year 1995 at Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi. Over the years, Abhay has grown in stature as an artist. You are both, a santoor maestro and a Guru. How would you differentiate yourself in two roles?As a Guru, my teachings to my students are always imbued with a sense of honesty and dedication towards one’s work. Above all, one must have faith in God. Never give up. Sacrifice your life if required to accomplish your mission. My grandfather and father ingrained such values in me. On the other hand, I find myself in paradise while I perform.Your music academy SaMaPa aims at healing jail inmates through music; creating a bonding between them and the society. How does your academy meet these objectives?SaMaPa is just not a music school, but a relaxing agent as well. It was established keeping in mind the active promotion of classical music, especially among jail inmates. I remember the memorable moments spent with the prisoners. The bright smiling faces of the prisoners the moment we begin music is all I can see. Therefore, music is the best healer of pain. I have attempted to break the stigma attached to prisoners in society, through music. My son and I decided to bring out their musical side. I was amazed to see them composing ghazals of Sufi tradition and have always tried to encourage them to realise their untapped potential, pursue their interests and showcase their talent to society. You are considered as the ‘cultural bridge’ between Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India. How do you think music links all cultures?I firmly believe in the fact that India stands as a unified nation when we talk about its own culture and music. The language of music unites all regardless of regional differences as our culture is our pride. Which nation you think is most welcoming in terms of music?I have taught music to students of Washington University in the US. Also, I was invited to perform in European Parliament in Brussels. My performances have been broadcast in India which was seen by Indians and audiences of Belgium, Norway, Egypt, England, Germany, Syria and the US. I have noticed that music has no language and knows no boundaries. Most importantly, respect, love and devotion are the three prime factors needed to appreciate music. If you love and feel the music, it can be understood by everyone irrespective of their nationality.last_img read more

Taking to the road for Ladysmith Cycle Challenge

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Siegetown Wheelers Cycling Club hosted the Ladysmith Cycle Challenge today (September 11). Those taking part either registered online or signed up at the beginning of the race.The event started at the corner of Barrack Road in the Hospital Park area, with the riders heading off to De Beers Pass. There were various distances the participants could tackle, namely 18km, 40km, 80km and 100km.Young and old cyclists took to the road and gave it their all, with medals for participation being awarded to all those who finished the race.DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us therelast_img read more

Central America benefits from generosity of Seattlebased Gates Foundation

first_imgSEATTLE, Washington – The world’s largest private charity – established by the richest but arguably the most generous man in U.S. history – is pouring billions of dollars into improving health care in Central America and throughout the developing world.In late June, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a panel discussion and lunch for 29 ambassadors visiting Seattle as part of a three-day “Experience America” visit organized by the State Department. The panel’s theme: “Seattle as a Global Health Hub” and “How Ambassadors Can Be Partners Abroad.”The diplomats listened intently as topics ranged from the role of animals in food security to the development of vaccines to fight tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria.Projects funded by the Gates Foundation include a $2 million grant to Oxfam Central America and its local partner, Pro-Vida – an NGO based in El Salvador – to “reduce human suffering and material losses in the face of natural disasters” in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.The foundation also has given $875,000 to Managua-based Federación Red NicaSalud to improve child survival indicators in those four countries, as well as $200,000 to CARE and World Vision following the 2007 devastation of Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua, and another $500,000 to Oxfam after a magnitude-7.4 earthquake struck southern Guatemala in November 2012.In 2010, the Gates Foundation – along with Mexico’s Carlos Slim Health Institute and the government of Spain – announced they would each kick in $50 million to establish the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative to slash health inequities affecting the poorest 20 percent of the population of Central America and southern Mexico. The Inter-American Development Bank is the executing agency responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring projects funded by the $150 million initiative.Expected results for the region include a significant drop in the mortality rate of children under 5 years old, a reduction in chronic malnutrition among children and pregnant women, and a boost in the coverage and quality of childhood vaccination, pre- and post-natal care, and access to family planning.“We’ve already seen the world cut extreme poverty in half, so progress is possible,” Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation, said during a welcome lunch for the ambassadors. “We’re inspired by that, but the past is no guarantee we’ll be effective in the future. We know that progress depends on thousands of NGOs doing work on the ground, and on the private sector investing in the poorest. And that depends on you – the representatives of governments around the world – making that happen.” Jenny Lizzeth holds her daughter, Bikky Shijan, at a clinic in Ojojona, Honduras, as she receives a vaccine from health worker Johana Sosa, left. (Courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)The Gates Foundation was established in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. That same year, it announced an $800,000 grant to the University of Costa Rica’s Population Studies and Training Program.“For the first time, students and researchers studying population issues at the University of Costa Rica will have a place to share ideas and resources, and begin applying what they learn to help improve the lives of women and children throughout Central America,” said program director Luis Rosero when the grant was announced.In October 2011, UCR received another $100,000 from the foundation “to scale up sustainable seaweed farming ventures in Costa Rica, characterize nutritional values of various crops, and formulate them into a nutritious seaweed meal that can be marketed as a low-cost standalone food or as a supplement.”The Gates Foundation’s primary aim overseas is to enhance health care and reduce extreme poverty, and in the United States to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. With an endowment of $38.3 billion, the foundation now ranks as the largest of its kind worldwide. As of May 2013, Bill Gates (who tops this year’s Forbes list of the globe’s wealthiest people, with a net worth of $78.8 billion) had personally donated $28 billion to the Seattle-based foundation.“Through the Gates Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates decided to devote their energies to achieving global health equity,” said Lisa Cohen, executive director of the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), one of the many nonprofits that receive funding from the charity. “What they’ve done is shine a light and inspire people to tackle these long-term, often astonishingly complicated problems.”Cohen said WGHA received a $1 million, three-year startup grant from the Gates Foundation, and is currently in the third year of a $250,000 grant. Her organization – operating on an annual budget of $600,000 – partners with World Vision, PATH, Washington State University, the University of Washington and other entities to “leverage the collective expertise of our 60-plus members” on global health issues.“We’ve got 33 global health organizations within walking distance from where we are now. There are more than 200 global health organizations in this state, working in 156 countries on more than 2,500 projects,” explained Cohen, a former journalism professor. “There’s a culture of compassion in this state, and a can-do sort of attitude that we want to address problems and that we want to do it together. But it has to be done with the countries as partners. It can’t just be lip service.” Seattle headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose endowment of $38.3 billion makes it the world’s largest private charity. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesBesides Cohen, the panelists included Anita K.M. Zaidi, director of enteric and diarrheal diseases at the Gates Foundation, Steve Davis, president and CEO of Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Christopher J.L. Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Alan Aderem, president of the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and Guy Palmer, director of Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.“We’re an NGO, though we operate like a large and complex business,” Davis told the panel. “We do a lot of work on vaccines and drugs in order to get at addressing the health inequities that exist in so many parts of the world.”Palmer, who leads disease control programs in Latin America and East Africa, told diplomats that the health of animals and livestock is directly related to food and economic security throughout the developing world.“Women and children need a good protein supply, and for most people, the best sources of these are animal protein – whether it’s milk, eggs or meat. The ability of children to make an immune response is based on the ability to make protein,” he said.Guyana’s ambassador, Bayney Karran, asked the panel of experts what the Gates Foundation was doing to combat the spread of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) throughout the Caribbean and Central America.It’s a concern shared by Ambassador Neil Parsan of Trinidad and Tobago, who noted that 45 percent of his country’s 1.2 million people suffer from hypertension.“The foundation is investing in areas where we feel we can make the most difference,” Zaidi replied. “NCDs are preventable through tobacco control and diet. We’re taking baby steps toward tobacco control as a global issue, but it’s currently not our focus.”Davis, who worked on human rights, global health and refugee issues in the United States, Africa and Asia before becoming PATH’s president and CEO in 2012, said the issue is of tremendous importance.“Chris [Murray] and I are on a Council on Foreign Relations task force on what American policy should be toward NCDs,” he told the ambassadors. “A lot of organizations are funding NCD work, and we’re doing work on low-cost diabetes treatment in poor countries. But in general, funding is way behind.”Added Murray, a former top official at the World Health Organization: “In Central America, there’s a huge upswing in chronic kidney diseases. But that shift in non-communicable diseases in 20 or 30 years took more than a century to happen in high-income countries. Most governments aren’t really prepared to deal with it. You see this in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and China.”Among other things, Murray is a founder of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach – described as a systematic effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries and risk factors by age, sex and geography over time.Several years ago, Murray launched a collaborative effort by 500 researchers from 50 countries that resulted in the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010). This latest iteration of the effort – which is funded by the Gates Foundation – generated nearly one billion estimates of health outcomes for 187 countries and 21 regions, and was published in the December 2012 issue of The Lancet.“Next year we’ll be tracking where the money goes. The underlying belief there is that richer debate in each country about what’s important, and that will actually change the way we go about improving health,” Murray said. “You can’t capture the world’s data and synthesize it in a meaningful way without it being a very broad undertaking.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Number of chikungunya cases in El Salvador tops 16,000 Costa Rica’s President Solís to meet with leaders of Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti and Ecuador The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016last_img read more