Greenlawns edge out Swami Vivekanand in penalties

first_imgGreenlawns HS (BP Road) prevailed over Swami Vivekanand International (Borivli) winning a tense and crucial tie-breaker by a 2-1 margin in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys’s U-16 match of the Ahmed Sailor knockout inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan on Saturday. The match between two evenly matched sides turned out to be quite an exciting affair, with both teams playing an open attacking game. There were several chances created at both ends, but they failed to find the net during regulation period and the game finished in a goalless stalemate.Related News MSSA: Kimaya’s 3 does the ‘trick Schoolboy Meet Mayekar scores 338 in Harris Shield match; opposition batsmen out for ducks! Mumbai: Men’s rights activists slam gender bias, say false charges cast shadow on genuine cases In the tense penalty shootout duel, the players of both teams were visibly nervous and only three managed to score from the spot. Greenlawns muffed their first three attempts with striker Rajwardhan shooting over and then the tries from Parshva Mody and Dhearya Chandan was saved by Vivekanand goalkeeper Ayush Padekar. But, Greenlawns managed to convert the last two attempts through Vedant Lukhi and Aaman Sawla, which helped to emerge victors. Swami Vivekanand shooters were no better as only Krish Pajwani proved successful. Dhuvan Patil was unlucky to hit the horizontal bar, while Pratik Kulkarni, Anshul More and Om Narkar fired wide. Other resultsGirls U-16 Div-II:. Arya Vidya Mandir, Bandra 7 (Anisha Jani 3, Nishika Doshi 2, Dhriti Tiwari, Diya Shah) beat Podar International, Santacruz 0. GD Somani, Cuffe Parade 3 (Shreya Malkas, Antara B. and Harshika Jain) beat Fazlani, Mazgaon 0 Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

China Open: Ashwini Ponnapa-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy enter mixed doubles main draw

first_imgAshwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy qualified for to the main draw of the China Open Super Series Premier in the mixed doubles category after two battling victories in the qualification round on Tuesday.Ponnappa and Rankireddy beat Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Wu Ti Jung 24-22, 21-7 before edging out the Danish pair of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen 21-16, 19-21, 22-20.The Indians face another pair from Denmark, Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen, in the first round of the main draw on Wednesday.Leading the charge in women’s singles tomorrow will be newly crowned national champion Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.In the men’s singles, HS Prannoy, and Sourabh Verma will have their task cut out while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will be in the mixed doubles mix. French Open quarter-finalists Satwiksairaj Rankiredddy and Chirag Shetty will be competing in the men’s doubles category.MAJOR PULL-OUTSWorld number two Kidambi Srikanth announced just three days ago that he won’t be playing in the China Open due to a muscle strain.Srikanth is a former China Open champion, having won the tournament in 2014 beating the superstar Lin Dan.The French and Denmark Open winner has, however, confirmed that he will be participating in the Hong Kong Super Series next week.Singapore Open 2017 champion B Sai Praneeth confirmed to India Today that he will not be playing at the China Open.”I have pulled out (of China Open). I have played a lot continuously and I am not fit enough to compete,” Praneeth said to India Today.advertisementWith Praneeth missing the tournament, his chances of making it to the Dubai Super Series Finals are all but gone.Syed Modi International 2017 winner Sameer Verma also told India Today that he has pulled out of both the China Open and Hong Kong Open as he has not completely recupperated from the shoulder injury he has been nursing to.Sameer conceded that he is back to training since yesterday as he doesn’t want to risk injuring himself more and is focussing on getting fit for the coming year.Parupalli Kashyap has also pulled out and didn’t play the qualification round today.last_img read more

Reward your Volunteers

first_imgClubs across Australia who best describe why and how they recognise their coaches and officials could receive the Thanks recognition reward.The reward is a USB flash drive (pre-loaded with fact sheets, tools and tips, helpful hints and web links) and an engraved whistle with lanyard presented in a display box.Clubs can apply for the reward by completing the application form (see related links) on the ASC website. Clubs must be affiliated/registered with an ASC approved national sporting organisation and can nominate for a maximum of two rewards.Applications will be assessed on a first in, first served basis, unless the reward allocation is exhausted and will close on Friday 14 June 2010.Sporting clubs that recognise and support their volunteers stand the best chance of remaining successful and viable by retaining its volunteers and attracting others. Volunteer coaches and officials contribute their valuable time, effort and expertise in assisting participants to develop their skills and enjoy their sport.To enter, visit the ASC’s Thanks Reward application website – read more

ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Tonight’s Baylor-West Virginia Game

first_imgWest Virginia's mascot waving to the crowd.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 7: The West Virginia Mountaineers mascot The Mountaineer waves to the crowd during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners September 7, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 16-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Two Big 12 teams with a penchant for high-octane offense go head-to-head in a rare Thursday night game as Baylor (4-3) take on West Virginia (5-1).After suffering their first loss of the season against Iowa State two weeks ago, West Virginia have licked their wounds and are looking to get back on track. With Texas on the slate for next week, the Mountaineers need to get a win in order to keep control of their own destiny.For Baylor, losses to Oklahoma and Texas have ended their Big 12 ambitions. However, bowl eligibility is not a guarantee with the Bears’ remaining schedule, so a win against West Virginia will go a long way in ensuring Baylor get to play in December.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that West Virginia is virtually guaranteed to win. The computer model gives the Mountaineers a 83.1 percent chance to win Thursday’s game.West Virginia’s remaining schedule will determine if this is the year the Mountaineers take the next step in the Big 12. Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma all await to test them.The game will be played at 7 p.m. EST on FS1.last_img read more

Tired of Disposable Razors? Get A Closer Shave with a Single-Blade Razor Instead

first_img Give Your Dad the Gift of a Good Shave with These Razor and Shave Kits Editors’ Recommendations We Went Behind the Scenes to See How Gillette’s New SkinGuard Razor is Made How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Gillette Labs Heated Razor Is Finally Available to Order Just in Time for Father’s Day If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to your expensive multi-blade razor cartridges, look to the past. Men have been arrive at their smooth faces with single-blade razors for the past Century — and now, it’s your turn.The stouthearted spring season has arrived, bringing everything from youthful leaves, to fresh fashion styles, and the always prevalent pre-summer beard removal.Your first step to letting that baby face shine will surely be to pick up some fresh razors and blade cartridges, right? In recent years, razor manufacturers have been packing blades into their razors like no tomorrow. Hell, a company was bold enough to create a a seven-blade version.Many assume that more blades equal a “safer” and “more effective” shave. However, some multi-blade razors can end up cutting hair beneath the skin, further increasing the risk of hair becoming ingrown, especially for the thick-haired or curly-haired fellows.We’ve come a long way since the first double-edged safety razors were created by Gillette in 1901. Yet, single-blade razors reign supreme in regards to getting a closer shave with less skin irritation.You’ll certainly want to team the single-blade up with a quality pre-shave oil and after-shave, and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for reducing ingrown hairs, and preventing razor bumps and skin irritation, my friend.So, if you’re looking for a closer, more comfortable shave, come over to the dark side of single-blade shaving.First, you’ll need a manly shaving weapon. This list of single-blade razors will have something that’ll deliver, no matter what your price-range is.(Note: Make sure you’re well informed and prepared to use a single-blade razor. If used incorrectly, you increase your risk of nicks and cuts.)Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor $24If you’re looking for a cheap single-blade that’ll simply get the job done, then Merkur’s got you covered. Like most of the razors on this list, this puppy is a stainless steel concoction from Germany. Merkur is still pushing high-quality, smooth shave razors; but at a much cheaper price.Vikings Blade Chieftain Safety Razor $37Vikings Blade treats us with their truly stunning Chieftain Safety Razor, which includes five platinum blades and a travel case. Not only is this set pleasing to the eye, it brings premium Swedish metal alloys that are built to last a lifetime of war with your whiskers. And if that doesn’t get you going, Vikings Blade offers an International Lifetime Warranty for the remaining Vikings on Earth who buy their blade.The Art of Shaving Heavyweight Safety Razor $65The Art of Shaving always delivers on some of the best grooming products for men, and this one falls nothing short of expectation. It’s heavy body makes for an easy, yet enhanced shaving experience, as the razor will essentially fall on it’s own without much help. This means less pull, which leads to less irritation, razor burn…you get the gist. However, if you’re looking for something a little longer, or lighter, the grooming guru’s at the Art of Shaving offer some other designs as well.Baxter of California Safety Razor $65Baxter of California is a favorite here at The Manual, so it’s easy to see why they make our list of single-blade razors. The tool is beautifully crafted, holding up to premium priced standards for about half the price. It will take some time to get used to — as will every single-blade on this list — but once you’ve built your craft, Baxter will take care of the rest.Jack Black Double-Edged Safety Razor $125Jack Black celebrates the tradition of wet shaving well with this sumptuous single-blade razor. Solidly built and durable, this razor gives you more control in route towards a smooth shave, further convincing you to never use a multi-blade again.Hone Raw Brass Safety Razor $140Hone Shaving’s Type 15 razor comes in bold solid brass, which offers superb thermal conductivity and has a heavy, but balanced, weight for extra shaving control. They also offer a Type 15a for $85 that comes with an aluminum body in either silver or black, along with the addition of a 100 mm option. How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Fasterlast_img read more

Norden Cuts 2017 Outlook

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has trimmed down its expectations for the adjusted results for the year to USD -20 to 20 million.Specifically, the company said it anticipates its dry cargo business results to post a loss ranging between USD 5-25 million and its tanker segment performance to range between USD -15 million to USD 15 million.The expectations were narrowed from USD -20 to +40 million in the first quarter as the company relied on the recovery of dry cargo market.Nevertheless, the combination of high coverage and a strong spot market has resulted in a weak start to the year in the dry cargo market, making it unlikely that the higher part of the expectations range can be achieved, Norden said.For the tanker market, the outlook remains unchanged, as challenging market fundamentals prevail amid low demand for tankers and continuing pressure from strong deliveries over the past year.“Norden still expects a gradual recovery into 2018 for product tankers as supply growth continues to decrease and inventories of refined products are normalized. Strong fleet growth for crude tankers could have a negative impact on rates for product tankers, but the effect is not expected to prevent rates from improving compared to the rate levels in 2017,” the company added.However, for the rest of the year, the company said rates are expected to further weaken.“The inventories of refined products are adjusting fairly slowly, and while the delivery pace of product tankers is slowing, supply growth from the last 2 years still has to be absorbed.”In the second quarter, Norden booked a loss of USD 3 million, a somewhat smaller loss when compared to corresponding period of 2016 when the loss was USD 4 million.During the period, Norden’s tanker business stayed in the black, posting an adjusted result of USD 3 million, compared to USD 7 million in the second quarter of 2016.The generated TCE earnings for MR and Handysize stood at USD 14,871 per day and 12,800 per day, respectively.The company’s dry cargo activities generated an adjusted loss USD 7 million, also trimmed down from USD 11 million loss from Q2, 2016.During the quarter, Norden entered into 3-5 year charter agreements which include 2 MR tanker newbuildings and 3 Handysize tankers on long-term charter agreements. The 2 MR tankers are scheduled to be delivered in mid-2019 and early 2020, while the 3 Handysize tankers were delivered in July 2017. Additionally, the company took advantage of the market to acquire 2 secondhand MR tankers with delivery in the second half of 2017.At the end of the second quarter of 2017, Norden had 2 dry cargo newbuildings held for sale scheduled to be delivered in the second half of 2017 once completed at the yard.last_img read more

African nations reach compromise on ivory sales under UNbacked ban

14 June 2007Eighteen years after a United Nations-backed treaty banned the ivory trade, African ministers have for the first time achieved a regional consensus on how to address the highly charged issue. The long-running global debate over the African elephant has focused on the benefits that income from ivory sales may bring to conservation and to local communities living side by side with elephants and concerns that such sales may encourage poaching. The UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) – which aims is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival – banned the global commercial ivory trade in 1989.Under the compromise agreement reached today, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be permitted to make a single sale of all their registered and verified government stocks to countries with approved controls on ivory sales.“This African solution to an African problem marks a great step forward for wildlife conservation,” said CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers. “It is good news for the elephant, good news for the people who live alongside them and good news for regional cooperation in Africa.”The agreement also stipulates that once this sale has been completed no new proposals for further sales from these four countries are to be considered by CITES during a “resting period” of nine years. read more

Mining company to hand over failed applicants resumes in foreign workers case

by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 5:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mining company to hand over failed applicants’ resumes in foreign workers case VANCOUVER – Two unions arguing Canadians should have been hired for a northern British Columbia mining project instead of workers from China will get their wish to review the resumes of hundreds of job applicants who were turned down.The mining company at the centre of the controversy has reluctantly agreed to turn over the documents, one day after a federal judge ordered Ottawa to try and retrieve them.HD Mining had steadfastly refused to provide about 300 Canadian resumes since last month, but announced Thursday it will reverse course in the case involving the proposed Murray River coal project near Tumbler Ridge, B.C.“The issue for us has never really been the resumes themselves,” company lawyer Alex Stojicevic said in an interview. “By putting these forward, we’re hoping to put the issue to bed.”The dispute arose during legal proceedings spearheaded by two unions challenging HD Mining’s decision to hire 201 temporary foreign workers.The unions were seeking disclosure of the plethora of documents associated with the application to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which granted the firm permits to bring the workers from China.The unions intend to use the documents at a judicial review set for April.While about 600 pages of material were initially released by HD Mining, the company had refused three times to give up other documents.It argued the move would be an invasion of privacy and that the federal department had no legal authority to force it to give up the material.In a letter to the federal government’s lawyer on the case, Stojicevic said the aim is to assemble the resumes by Monday.But he argued there are still no grounds for handing them over because department officials never reviewed them when the permits were granted and agreed with the firm that specialized miners could not be found in Canada.The unions, however, maintain the rejected resumes are crucial to the case because they will shed light on the qualifications of the Canadians who were not hired.“It’s integral because if there were qualified Canadians who weren’t selected to perform the work, then it means … the government’s granting of the 201 work visas for the Chinese workers would really come into question,” Brian Cochrane, a spokesman for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115, said in an interview.He called the development a victory.“This has been a long, expensive and painful process that frankly should have been transparent right from the very beginning.”Monday is also the deadline for the unions to make an application for leave for consideration of the judicial review. The Crown and company will have 30 days to respond.The process around granting the permits has become a subject of great scrutiny in the case.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley initially issued a statement saying the Conservative government wasn’t satisfied HD Mining followed all the rules when it sought the permits. She also announced an overall review of the temporary foreign workers program.The firm has strongly objected to her remarks, subsequently threatening legal action.The proposed underground mine site is located about 140 kilometres west of Grande Prairie, Alta. Several dozen workers from China have already arrived to begin exploration work. read more

Appeals court upholds ban on sports gambling in New Jersey says US

NEWARK, N.J. – A federal appeals court dealt another blow to New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling Tuesday, upholding a ruling that the state’s betting law conflicts with federal law and shouldn’t be implemented.The case was heard by a three-judge panel at the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, and the state could seek to have the case re-heard by the full appeals court. But Tuesday’s ruling more likely means New Jersey’s last chance to legalize sports gambling is to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.In March, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp ruled that some of the questions raised in the case were novel, but he suggested the best way to change the U.S. law was to get Congress to repeal or amend the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.Tuesday’s appellate ruling, by a 2-1 majority, reinforced Shipp’s view.“We are cognizant that certain questions related to this case — whether gambling on sporting events is harmful to the games’ integrity and whether states should be permitted to license and profit from the activity — engender strong views,” judges wrote. “But we are not asked to judge the wisdom of PASPA or of New Jersey’s law, or of the desirability of the activities they seek to regulate. We speak only to the legality of these measures as a matter of constitutional law … New Jersey’s sports wagering law conflicts with PASPA and, under our Constitution, must yield.”In a dissenting opinion, Judge Thomas Vanaskie agreed substantially with his two colleagues but differed in his interpretation of PASPA, a law that allowed state-sanctioned sports gambling only in Nevada and three other states.“PASPA attempts to implement federal policy by telling the states that they may not regulate an otherwise unregulated activity,” Vanaskie wrote. “The Constitution affords Congress no such power.”Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman on Tuesday reiterated that the administration would take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.“In the dissent, the judge agrees with New Jersey’s central argument — that the law is unconstitutional since it prevents sports betting in New Jersey against the wishes of its own elected officials and citizens,” spokesman Colin Reed said in an email. “This makes the issue all the more appropriate to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.“Two years ago, the people of New Jersey voted overwhelmingly to bring sports betting to New Jersey, and the governor agrees with his constituents. There’s no reason it should be limited to only a handful of states. It’s a fundamental issue of fairness.”Voters passed a sports betting referendum in 2011, and last year New Jersey enacted a law that limited bets to the Atlantic City casinos and the state’s horse racing tracks. Bets wouldn’t be taken on games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state. Christie said at the time that he hoped to grant sports betting licenses by early this year, but those plans were put on hold.The NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA sued the state last year and claimed the betting law would harm the integrity of their games. The NCAA moved several of its championship events out of New Jersey, though it later relented.Attorneys for the state had attacked PASPA on several constitutional levels. They argued the law unfairly “grandfathered” Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware, which each had some form of sports gambling at the time, and said the law violated state sovereignty and equal protection provisions and trampled the authority of state legislatures under the 10th Amendment. Appeals court upholds ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, says US law trumps state statute AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Porter, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2013 11:21 am MDT read more

FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer

FILE – In a Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 file photo, logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis is seen at the Novartis Korea office in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. The drug, called Kisqali, developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking two proteins that can stimulate growth and division of cancer cells. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) by By Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 4:19 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer.The drug, called Kisqali, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking two proteins that can stimulate growth and division of cancer cells. It’s for women who have metastatic breast cancer known as HR+/HER2-.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed the drug’s approval on Monday. Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, which developed the treatment, said there are no firm statistics on how many U.S. patients get this type of breast cancer.“This is an important therapy for these patients,” who have limited options, said Dr. Vas Narasimhan, chief medical officer and head of drug development at Novartis, which has its U.S. headquarters in East Hanover, New Jersey.Kisqali (KISS’-kahl-lee) is taken along with an older cancer drug called letrozole that works differently.Kisqali, part of the drug class called kinase inhibitors, is taken daily for three weeks, followed by a one-week break. Meanwhile, patients also take either letrozole or another medication in the same drug class, called aromatase inhibitors, depending on characteristics of their disease for the entire four weeks.A four-week supply of Kisqali, or 21 pills, will have a list price of $10,950 for the strongest dose — 600 milligrams. The 400- milligram dose will cost $8,760 and the 200-milligram dose $4,380, Novartis said.Patients often need to switch doses and the smaller doses will save patients and insurance companies money. Novartis said it will offer patients several types of financial assistance and many won’t have to make copayments.A study of 668 women funded by Novartis found that Kisqali and letrozeole together reduced the risk of death or the cancer worsening by 44 per cent, compared to those receiving only letrozole.Kisqali, known chemically as ribociclib, can have side effects, ranging from potentially fatal abnormal heartbeat, serious liver problems and severe infections to nausea, hair loss and fatigue. It cannot be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.__Follow Linda A. Johnson at FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer read more

Employees honoured at holiday celebration

Jack Lightstone and Geeta PowellNumerous faculty and staff were given service awards recently at the annual President’s Holiday Celebration.In the Dec. 6 event in Pond Inlet, President Jack Lightstone recognized eight employees who have worked at Brock for 35 years and 25 employees who have worked here for 25 years. He also gave out five distinguished service awards.Recipients were as follows:President’s Distinguished Staff AwardsStefan Kamendy, Centre for Digital HumanitiesWanda Fast, Human Resources, Environment Health and SafetyCharlene MacLellan, Sport ManagementAna Haljkevic, Custodial ServicesHuman Resources Distinguished Service Award for LeadershipGeeta Powell, International Services and Programs Abroad35 Years of ServiceJill DeBon, SociologySandra Felton, AccountingCarol Ann Gaspari, Liaison ServicesMarilou Iusi, AthleticsWilliam Mathie, Political ScienceKathryn Smart, Administrative Information SystemsMika Vervoort, Registrar’s Office – AdmissionsDorothy Witte, Office of the Vice-President, Finance and Administration25 Years of Service Michelle Allard, Client ServicesColleen Beard, Map LibraryKathryn Belicki, PsychologySandra Bolibruck, Registrar’s OfficeLeah Bradshaw, Political ScienceDouglas Bruce, Biological SciencesLisa Buckland, Department of ResidencesRichard Cheel, Dean’s Office – Mathematics and ScienceCarman Cullen, Marketing, International Business and StrategyDavid DiBattista, PsychologyCatherine Foreman, Collections ServicesHeather Hockridge, Registrar’s Office – AdmissionsMichael Kompf, Graduate and UndergraduateGary McDonnell, Tech Services – ElectronicsFatima Noorbhai, Librarian’s OfficeGerald Papineau, Central Utilities BuildingMary Pisiak, Project and Administrative Support OfficeWilliam Ralph, MathematicsRobert Rattew, CUB – GroundsEvelyn Smith, LibrarySharon Smith, Instructional Resource CentreSusan Smith, Custodial ServicesClara Suba, Centre for Digital HumanitiesDiane Uppal, Registrar’s Office – Advising/ProtocolRosemary Young, Graduate and UndergraduateCharlene MacLellan and Jack LightstoneAna Haljkevic and Jack LightstoneStefan Kamendy and Jack Lightstone read more

Council closes cemetery car park due to staffing issues and antisocial behaviour

first_imgFINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL has decided to go ahead with plans to close the car park in Mulhuddart Cemetery in the evenings and all day Sunday, despite opposition from visitors.The council said it was closing vehicular access to “reduce the level of littering, flytipping, vandalism and anti-social behavior taking place within the cemetery outside of normal working hours”.It also said that, due to “staffing issues”, access will remain closed in Sundays.The new arrangements were met with anger from those visiting the cemetery who have called on the county manager to reverse the decision.A Facebook page urging the council to keep parking open on Sundays, when there is a high volume of visitors, set up by Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly has over 1,000 likes. Donnelly also arranged silent protest at the weekend which he said was attended by up to 80 people.He told that the decision was “very strange and unacceptable”. “We don’t have a problem with it being closed in the evenings, people are not really going up there at those times because it’s quite isolated so that’s not really a problem but Sunday is a huge problem for people.”Donnelly said he did not accept the council’s reasoning about the closure of the car park on one of the busiest days of the week.“We have parks and playgrounds all over the area that have to be opened and closed on a Sunday so why should this be any different?” he said. “There would be about a hundred people visiting on a Sunday and it’s a very busy dangerous road with just a few parking spots.”The Sinn Féin representative said the move will cause significant difficulties for the many elderly and disabled people who have loved ones buried in the graveyard.“”There just isn’t the space for a mobility van to park or for people who are in wheelchairs to have the space to get in and out on that road,” he said. “At the end of the day, there is a car park there and the council are there to provide a service.”The council said adequate parking is available in the parking bay on Church Road for persons wishing to visit the cemetery outside of peak times. It also said that arrangements will be made to facilitate Cemetery Sunday and blessing of grave ceremonies.However the Sunday closures will start this week which Donnelly said is “very upsetting” as Mothers’ Day is one of the busiest days for cemeteries. He urged the council to at least postpone the move until after this weekend.Read: Hidden Ireland: The capital’s oldest graveyard>last_img read more

16 children die in Pakistan school bus fire

first_imgSIXTEEN CHILDREN AND a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, police said.Seven other children were injured in the blaze which destroyed the vehicle.The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat, about 112 kilometres north of the eastern city on Lahore, when it caught fire, local police chief Dar Ali Khattak told AFP.“The fire erupted in the vehicle when the children were only a few kilometres from their school,” he said.The blaze was apparently caused by a spark when the driver of the dual-fuel van switched from gas to petrol, he said, adding that the fuel gas cylinder was intact.The children were aged between five and 15 years old, he said, adding that a female teacher also died.Another police official, Abid Khan, said the driver fled after the fire.Five of the injured children were in serious condition, hospital officials said.Vehicles in Pakistan mostly run on both petrol and natural gas.Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.- © AFP, 2013How would Ireland’s hospitals cope with a mass casualty incident?last_img read more

ICC To Deliver Judgment On Ntaganda Case

first_imgTrial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its Judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda during a public hearing on 8 July 2019, at 10:00 (The Hague local time) at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands).At the hearing, the Trial Chamber will announce whether it finds the accused innocent or guilty of the charges, beyond reasonable doubt. Trial Chamber VI is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding Judge, Judge Kuniko Ozaki and Judge Chang-ho Chung.Background: Bosco Ntaganda, former alleged Deputy Chief of Staff of the Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), is accused of 13 counts of war crimes (murder and attempted murder; attacking civilians; rape; sexual slavery of civilians; pillaging; displacement of civilians; attacking protected objects; destroying the adversary’s property; and rape, sexual slavery, enlistment and conscription of children under the age of fifteen years and using them to participate actively in hostilities) and five crimes against humanity (murder and attempted murder; rape; sexual slavery; persecution; forcible transfer of population) allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003. His trial opened on 2 September 2015 and closing statements from 28 to 30 August 2018. Mr Ntaganda is in the Court’s custody.Over the course of 248 hearings, the Chamber heard 80 witnesses and experts called by the Office of the ICC Prosecutor, Ms Fatou Bensouda, 19 witnesses called by the Defence team lead by Mr Stéphane Bourgon and three witnesses called by the legal representatives of the victims participating in the proceedings, as well as five victims who presented their views and concerns.A total of 2,123 victims, represented by their legal counsel, Ms Sarah Pellet and Mr Dmytro Suprun from the ICC Office for Public Counsel for the Victims, participated in the trial after having been authorised by the Chamber to do so. The Trial Chamber issued 257 oral decisions, and 347 written decisions. The total case record, consisting of the filings of the parties and participants and the Chamber’s decision, currently includes more than 2,300 filings.last_img read more

New Scorpion Boy Kante Returns to French Football

first_imgBy Sulayman BahFrance-born Gambian Aboubakary Kanteh has sealed a return to Ligue 2 football after quitting Belgium’s Cercle Brugge temporarily.The 25-year-old found playing time a bit hard to come by at Brugge leading to his return to the French Ligue 1 on loan.An attacking midfielder, Kante arrived at Brugge a sort of a marquee but that tagging seems to have been blown out a bit owing to his lack of plying minutes.Le Mans started out the season stuttering and hope the landing of Aboubakry’s services will get them competing for promotion to the French Ligue 1.Both clubs agreed to sanction the Gambian’s move until end of the current campaign.last_img

Hurricane Rosa to bring high surf thunderstorms to San Diego County

first_img Posted: September 29, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Hurricane Rosa to bring high surf, thunderstorms to San Diego County KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A swell from Hurricane Rosa were expected to bring high surf and rip currents to Southern California beaches Saturday, and rain from the remnants of the storm will likely fall in the region early this week.Surf will begin rising Saturday night, and it’s expected to peak Sunday evening through Monday evening before decreasing into Tuesday, National Weather Service forecaster Noel Isla said.Waves of three to five feet with sets to seven feet were predicted for San Diego County beaches, he said.The swell direction was expected to give south-facing beaches the highest surf, and sets as high as 10 feet were predicted for some Orange County beaches.Rip currents caused by the swell could make conditions dangerous for inexperienced swimmers and surfers, who could be pulled out to sea.Rain also was expected to begin rolling into the San Diego area late Sunday, with most of it expected on Tuesday, Isla said. Thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday and Wednesday.“For the San Diego area, we’re looking at maybe a quarter to three quarters of an inch (of rain),” Isla said.San Diego County will miss the brunt of the moisture, which could bring up to a year’s worth of rain to the arid Imperial Valley and parts of Arizona. September 29, 2018last_img read more

McCrackens Technologizer Theres Almost Nothing that Can Knock Us Out of Business

first_imgMcCracken said August is also on track to be Technologizer’s biggest month in terms of revenue (he said monthly ad revenues are “currently in the five digits”). McCracken monetizes the site primarily through display advertising and, more recently, through online products like Webinars. The site’s only full-time staffer, McCracken said he’s worked with advertisers including Adobe, Microsoft and Sprint.“My strategy for the site has been to grow traffic while keeping costs extremely low and thereby make the site self-sustaining quickly without having to seek outside funding,” McCracken said. “We’re profitable based on advertising revenue, and I’ve never had reason to regret giving up the generous salary I got as the editor-in-chief of the largest computer magazine in existence.”McCracken took the post of vice president and editor-in-chief of IDG’s PC World in March 2004. During his time as top editor, the magazine pulled in more than 60 awards, including numerous Jesse H. Neal editorial awards and FOLIO:’s annual Eddie awards.After leaving PC World, McCracken launched Technologizer last summer in an advertising partnership with Federated Media. In May, McCracken founded TWTRCON, a one-day conference in San Francisco focused on the business use and value of Twitter. The event, produced by Modern Media Partners, attracted “several hundred” attendees. McCracken is planning the second TWTRCON in Washington D.C. in October.And, even as the online tech news market gets more crowded, McCracken said Technologizer is increasingly relevant. “Technologizer’s model—an ambitious site that occasionally does 500,000 page views in one day, but which comes from a one-person company—remains fairly unusual,” he said. “I’ve intentionally kept overhead to a minimum so the bar of success is not high and there’s almost nothing that can knock us out of business.” Last summer, about a month after leaving PC World as top editor, Harry McCracken moved online and launched, a tech news and analysis site. Now, about a year after going live, Technologizer has found its rhythm. In fact, according to McCracken, August is shaping up to be Technologizer’s biggest month so far. The site is on track to hit two million page views and about 400,000 unique visitors.“Technologizer is the best job I’ve ever had,” McCracken said in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “The best part is simply doing it from scratch—starting a new brand, starting with no readers and finding them one-by-one, and building a community and a sustainable business.”last_img read more

People on the Move 112310

first_imgJack Bamberger, former senior vice president of Meredith 360, was named to the new position of chief client officer with appsavvy, a social media marketer focusing on apps, Web and mobile. Bamberger joined appsavvy from Katalyst, a studio for social media founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. Financial Times named Richard McGregor as Washington bureau chief. McGregor most recently served as deputy news editor for the FT in London, and replaces Edward Luce, who is leaving to write a book. Former Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine was promoted to editor of Men’s Journal, replacing Brad Wieners. Mark Stach takes over as publisher and general manager, strategic business media for Business Insurance, which includes a weekly magazine and online news operation covering corporate risk, employee benefit and managed health care news. Previously, Stach served as chief operating officer-consulting at Hewitt Associates. Stephen Bass has joined Air Age Media’s RC Car Action magazine as senior West Coast editor. last_img read more

After public testimony House committee rejects proposal to cut school bond reimbursements

first_imgThe Haines Borough has taken out more than $18 million in bonds to pay for a new school and renovations. (Emily Files)On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee changed course on a proposal to cut school bond debt reimbursements. The proposal would have left municipalities from Fairbanks to Wrangell with significant funding deficits.Listen nowHaines is one of the municipalities that would have been affected by the proposal.In 2005, Haines built a new school. The borough took out more than $17 million in bonds to pay for construction with the understanding that the state would help with the bill. The agreement was the state would fund 70 percent of the annual bond payments and the municipality would pay 30 percent. The proposal to reduce state payments by about half would mean a $450,000 loss for Haines.“That decrease will severely impact our local municipality,” Haines School Board Member Jeanne Kitayama said.Kitayama was one of many who testified to the House Finance Committee over the weekend against the proposed reduction. So did Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. The reduction to state payments would have cost his municipality about $18 million.“There is a moral obligation to honor the bond debt reimbursement,” Berkowitz said. “The state made a promise. The state should keep it.”“I think the testimony was convincing that we should restore the full amount of school debt reimbursement,” Rep. Les Gara of Anchorage said.Gara introduced an amendment that would cancel out the previous proposal and restore school debt reimbursement to the full amount.“This is one that would hit local communities harder than I would like to hit them,” Gara said.Some of the other finance committee members were opposed to Gara’s amendment, including North Pole Rep. Tammie Wilson, who introduced more than 200 budget-cutting amendments this week.“Any time you make cuts it’s gonna be hard,” Wilson said. “And unfortunately the state can’t keep taking on responsibility.”Wilson said when municipalities took out these bonds, they knew there was a caveat that state payments were subject to annual appropriation.“That’s one thing that was in the comment was that it was a promise that we are breaking,” Wilson said. “And it is not a promise that we broke.”Rep. Gara’s amendment to restore full bond reimbursements passed 7-4. That takes the proposal that alarmed municipalities out of the finance committee’s operating budget bill. But the legislature still has a ways to go before adopting a final budget. And there may still be cuts to state education funding on the way.Multiple House Finance Committee members said they were more supportive of a reduction to the state’s base student allocation than a cut to the bond reimbursements. A five percent reduction to the BSA did not make it out of the House committee. But it may be on the table for the Senate Finance Committee, which is developing its budget amendment proposals this week.last_img read more