BCCI selectors to give final a miss

first_imgDisconcerted by the treatment meted out to them by the Taj Hotel staff in Chandigarh, the five national selectors led by K Srikkanth have decided to give the India-Sri Lanka final in Mumbai a miss.Booked at the Taj to witness the high-voltage India-Pakistan clash live at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday, the five national selectors would have been expected to be a part of Team India’s celebration when they left Shahid Afridi’s team shattered.But contrary to initial plans, they were taken aback when they found that their booking at the hotel – supposed to have a tie-up with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – had been cancelled and ICC officials had been given the rooms allocated to the selectors.Hurt by the BCCI’s refusal to look into the matter and provide them with accommodation, they immediately left for their respective homes.According to a Punjab Cricket Association official, the incident took place as there was a feud between BCCI and ICC over hotel bookings.Paid employees of the BCCI, the selectors are more often than not made to make their own arrangements when it comes to accommodations etc.But being refused accommodation even after booking their rooms well in advance seemed to be too much for them to take.As a result, the selectors have decided to stay away from the final of the ICC World Cup.While chairman of selectors Srikkanth refused to answer calls and reply to messages sent, a hurt Yashpal Sharma, representing North Zone, said that it was for Srikkanth to talk on the matter.advertisement”We are strictly barred from speaking to the media and it is for the chairman of selectors to speak on the issue. All I can say is that we are not going to Mumbai at the moment,” Sharma told MAIL TODAY over phone on Thursday.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh met Deepika’s dad, Prakash Padukone. Here’s what happened next

first_imgAnushka Sharma’s grand Tuscan wedding with Virat Kohli might have put some ideas into Ranveer Singh’s head.Just a week after the celebrations, Ranveer Singh met Deepika Padukone’s father and shared a picture in his Instagram story. After this, he wrote, “Meeting the God of badminton.”Click here to EnlargeUsually, Ranveer is known for his flamboyant, bordering on eccentric dressing sense. Well this time, much to our surprise, he was wearing a calm grey suit. All set to impress Daddy-in-law?Ranveer was attending an event at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Excellence in Bengaluru where he also met Rahul Dravid, Abhinav Bindra, Geet Sethi and Vishwanathan Anand. On his Instagram story, Ranveer added pictures with each of the sports star he met. Deepika Padukone shared a picture on her Instagram. Ranveer is still awaiting the release of his film Padmavati , directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film has attracted fire from various quarters, and has been accused of “distorting” history.ALSO WATCH| Unforgettables: Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh discuss their acting journeylast_img read more

Women’s National Boxing Championship to start December 31

first_imgVijayanagara (Karnataka), Dec 27 (PTI) The national women’s boxing championships will be held here from December 31 to January 6 and will double up as a selection trial for the camp that will follow. The tournament will be held at the JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sports, which was recently inaugurated by Olympic gold-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra. This will be the first time that a national federation will be hosting a national championship at the privately-run institute, that was formally launched on August 15 this year. The Boxing Federation of India also hosted a pre-Asian Games conditioning camp for its men’s and women’s teams here. The championship will feature more the 300 of the nation’s best female boxers, aged between 19 and 40, across 10 weight categories. Highlighting the importance of the nationals, Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh said, “As a Federation when we took charge in 2016, our vision was to first restore the lost glory of Indian boxing and work towards making India, a boxing powerhouse. The girls have paved the way for us and very soon you will see some more defining moments in Indian boxing.” The elite nationals will kick-off Sunday, December 30, with the draw ceremony followed by the competition commencing on the December 31. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

Deakin to Host Twilight Touch Weekend

first_imgMatches will begin in the twilight hours and teams will compete for a share in the prize money. It is expected that eight teams will hotly contest each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Pool games will tap-off from 2pm on Saturday 22 August 2009 with the semi-finals and final held on Sunday 23 August 2009.  Lock in this weekend and get your team together. Places are limited so to avoid disappointment contact ACT Touch on 6212 2880 or visit our website (www.acttouch.com.au) to secure your spot for the Twilight Touch Weekend.last_img read more

College Football Expert Reveals Score Predictions For Week 1 Games

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football is finally back, and this weekend will feature a handful of marquee matchups. With Week 1 officially upon us, there are a plethora of predictions being made around the country.Florida and Miami kicked off the 2019 on Saturday with an intense showdown that went down to the wire. Ultimately, Dan Mullen and the Gators were able to get past the Hurricanes.We’ll see more non-conference games this weekend, including an important game between Auburn and Oregon. It’s crucial for the Pac-12 to land an early victory over the SEC.In honor of Week 1 of the regular season, Associated Press national college football writer Ralph D. Russo revealed his score predictions for all the big games.Here are the main predictions from Russo:Clemson wins 35-3 over Georgia TechWisconsin wins 31-21 over South FloridaAlabama wins 42-10 over DukeGeorgia wins 42-14 over VanderbiltOhio State wins 51-21 over Florida AtlanticLSU wins 38-14 over Georgia SouthernMichigan wins 48-10 over Middle Tennessee Texas wins 35-13 over Louisiana TechAuburn wins 24-21 over OregonIowa wins 42-14 over Miami (OH)Nebraska wins 56-24 over South AlabamaOklahoma wins 59-28 over Houston Notre Dame wins 42-14 over Louisville Russo didn’t have many upsets to share for this weekend, but he does have Liberty narrowly defeating Syracuse.You can see all of Russo’s predictions involving for Week 1 here.last_img read more

Pedro urges out-of-form Chelsea to stay calm and recover their best football

first_img Next Reuters LondonFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 15:12 IST Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)Chelsea’s season hangs in the balance after Monday’s FA Cup exit but they must stay calm and recapture their best form in the next two games to turn things around, winger Pedro has said.The FA Cup holders were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the fifth round, piling the pressure on under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri.With a Europa League clash against Malmo and the League Cup final against Manchester City up next, there is no time to dwell on the disappointment, the Spaniard said.”The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling, because if not we are in trouble,” Pedro told Chelsea’s website.”There is an important game in the Europa League for us and, after, the final against City.”Chelsea lead Malmo 2-1 from the first leg of their Europa last 32 tie and host the Swedes on Thursday in the return.Cesar Azpilicueta, who has captained the team in Gary Cahill’s absence, also called for calm.”At Chelsea we are used to winning a lot of trophies and we have been the most successful team in England for the last couple of years,” Azpilicueta said.”We know we have the Europa League game coming up on Thursday. We will then play a final… Hopefully we can keep calm from Thursday and then win that trophy on Sunday.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow PedroFollow Chelsea FCFollow Europa League Pedro urges out-of-form Chelsea to stay calm and recover their best footballChelsea lead Malmo 2-1 from the first leg of their Europa last 32 tie and host the Swedes on Thursday in the return.advertisementlast_img read more

Conservation deal halts commercial salmon fishing in Greenland for 12 years

first_imgFREDERICTON – A deal has been reached that will halt commercial salmon fishing in Greenland and the Faroe Islands for the next 12 years to allow adult wild Atlantic salmon to return to rivers in Canada, the United States, and Europe.The coastal waters of Greenland and the Faroe Islands are critical feeding grounds for the salmon, and many come from endangered populations in rivers like the Saint John in New Brunswick and the Penobscot in Maine.“Significantly reducing the harvest of wild Atlantic salmon on their ocean feeding grounds is meaningful and decisive,” said Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.In exchange for commercial fishermen not setting their nets, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund will financially support alternative economic development in Greenland, scientific research, and education projects focused on marine conservation.The financial details are being kept confidential, but Atlantic Salmon Federation spokesman Neville Crabbe said no government money is involved.He said all funding for the initiative will be raised through donors and fund raising by the two private groups.Greenland fishermen will still be able to catch up to 20 metric tonnes each year for personal and family consumption.Officials estimate the change will mean that more than 11,000 mature salmon that would otherwise be caught in commercial nets will begin returning to their home rivers in the spring of 2019.“The best way to save North Atlantic salmon is to stop killing them. This deal does that in meaningful numbers, said Chad Pike, chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.“The alarming decline of the arctic indicator species provides insight into challenges being faced by both ocean and freshwater inhabitants,” he said.The 12-year commercial fishing hiatus will provide relief for two entire generations of wild Atlantic salmon and officials say they expect the population benefits to be significant.Declining wild salmon stocks have been a concern for years, with both overfishing and global warming being blamed.The size of salmon runs across North America in 2016 were down 30 to 50 per cent from the year before.According to figures from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the salmon population in New Brunswick’s famous Miramichi River has declined by 26 per cent over the last 12 years.Last year, the federation said it was the first time ever that no wild Atlantic salmon returned to spawn in New Brunswick’s Magaguadavic River.Despite a stocking program going back to 2002, the Fisheries department said the population in the Magaguadavic had been dropping steadily since an estimate of 900 wild salmon in 1983.Delegations from Greenland and the Faroe Islands will declare the zero commercial quotas at next month’s international summit in Portland, Maine, but they are retroactive to April 31.last_img read more

Stars Attend Farrah Fawcett Foundation TexMex Fiesta

first_imgThe Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) held its highly-anticipated fundraising event, Tex-Mex Fiesta, on Saturday, September 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.Alana Stewart, Dr Piro and Shannen DohertyTex-Mex Fiesta was first held in 2015, and has raised close to $1 million to date, with proceeds benefitting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Award-winning restaurant El Cholo catered the fiesta-style event, a theme inspired by the late Farrah Fawcett and her home state of Texas. Proceeds from this year’s Tex-Mex Fiesta once again benefited Stand Up To Cancer.Among the attendees were Shannen Doherty, Heather Locklear, Chantelle Albers, Hart Bochner, Dyan Cannon, Barbara Davis, Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner, Kate Flannery, George Hamilton, Mary Hart, Nigel Lythgoe, Jessica Morris, Ryan O’Neal, Stefanie Powers, Joe Roth and Irene Roth, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Kimberly Stewart, Sean Stewart, Cheryl Tiegs, Ann Turkel, Fred Willard, and moreFarrah Fawcett established the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007 shortly after her own cancer diagnosis, with the goal of finding a cure by supporting cutting-edge research. Since Fawcett’s passing in 2009 from anal cancer, the Foundation’s President and CEO Alana Stewart has fought to carry out Farrah’s wishes. Anal cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in up to ninety percent of cases. In 2013, The Farrah Fawcett Foundation joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer to create the SU2C-FFF Translational Research Team for HPV-related cancers, headed by Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad at Dana Farber in Boston. The Team is now conducting a clinical trial with a therapeutic vaccine for those patients that have no other treatment options. The FFF is also committed to creating patient assistance funds, and supports prevention and awareness programs.FFF President and CEO Alana Stewart welcomed guests to the 2017 Tex-Mex Fiesta with a special tribute video, asking guests to take a moment to remember the organization’s founder and namesake, Farrah Fawcett. Guests then turned their attention to the screens to watch a moving video tribute to Fawcett. Stewart spoke of Fawcett’s courage and spirit, emphasizing that “cancer could never beat her.” She also took the time to thank many of the foundation’s generous supporters, including co-chair Jaclyn Smith who was unable attend the event, but whose contributions to the cause have been invaluable.Event co-chair and FFF Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Lawrence Piro, introduced Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett Jr., who is a two-time cancer survivor himself, thanked both the FFF and SU2C for all that they’ve done for the cause. He presented the Angel Award for excellence in innovative cancer research to SU2C’s Sherry Lansing, who accepted on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer’s Council of Founders and Advisors. SU2C’s Kathleen Lobb, Sung Poblete, Sue Schwartz, and Pamela O. Williams, and were also on-hand for the special evening. Lansing spoke about Fawcett’s courageous move to publicly announce her disease and the incredible impact it had in terms of erasing the stigma surrounding anal cancer. Dr. Piro returned to the stage to present Merck & Co. with the Medical Visionary Award for their incredible work in the medical field, which led to the development of Gardasil and the Gardasil 9 vaccine. Gardasil 9 revolutionized options for HPV related cancers and disease prevention. Stephen Wozny accepted on behalf of the organization.Guests also enjoyed a live auction led by George Hamilton that had them bidding on coveted items such as a 10-person dinner at The Palm, and a sculpture made by Fawcett herself, before country musician Stephanie Quayle closed out the evening with a special musical performance. Quayle captivated guests with a set that included “Selfish,” and “I’ve Got Your Six” from her newly released album. Alana Stewart then took the stage one last time to thank everyone for coming, and invited guests to stick around and enjoy music by DJ Ashlee Williss.last_img read more

Council of Europe’s North South Prize Awarded to André Azoulay

Strasbourg – The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe awarded its 2014 prize to André Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI and outgoing President of the Anna Lindh Foundation.The Lisbon-based centre also awarded the prize to Sister Doctor Maura Lynch, Irish surgeon and obstetrician of the Medical Missionaries of Mary.The Prize will be presented by the Portuguese President at Portugal’s parliament in May 2015, Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the Centre told MAP. The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity.The candidates are usually distinguished for their contribution to promoting human rights, defense of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity as well as strengthening North-South partnership.Azoulay is the second Moroccan personality to receive this distinction after former Prime Minister Abderrahman Youssfi in 1999. read more

Sundance: Documentary dives deep into the fraud of Theranos

PARK CITY, Utah — Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has premiered his latest documentary on the fraudulent tech startup Theranos at the Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.“The Inventor: Out for Blood In Silicon Valley” is among a handful of films that kicked off the annual independent festival. It looks at the rise and fall of the blood-testing company and its founder Elizabeth Holmes.Gibney says the most difficult thing about making the film was that at first nobody would talk to them. But a breakthrough came later in the process when someone inside the company sent a motherlode of never-before-seen footage.“The Inventor” will air on HBO later this year.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Police take over probe into Avant Garde

The vessel was said to have been carrying 816 T-56 weapons and over 200,000 bullets at the time it was seized by the Navy when it entered Sri Lankan waters off Galle. He said that as a result of the complaint the Galle DIG has initiated investigations over the vessel. The police have taken over investigations into the Avant Garde vessel after the Navy filed a complaint in Galle today.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Navy had filed the complaint with the Galle harbour police. Gunasekera said that according to the Navy complaint, the ship did not have authorization to carry weapons and had three foreigners among the 36 member crew.Earlier, yesterday, the Defence Ministry said it had decided to appoint a team to investigate the Avant Garde vessel based on a report submitted by the Navy. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN honours poet Tagore for messages of tolerance and harmony

The United Nations today honoured the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, whose collection of poetry, Gitanjali, and its universal message of harmony are the focus of an event at the Headquarters in New York aimed at promoting mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding.“Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life,” sang in Bangali Rizwana Chowdhury Bonnya, singer and associate professor at Dhaka University, in an interpretive presentation of Mr. Tagore’s poem, “Endless, you have made me.” Hers was one of a dozen lingual expressions of Mr. Tagore’s poems that included representatives from Argentina, China, France, Japan and South Korean, among others. “His poems and music are like prayers for one’s self enrichment, purification and salvation,” said Vice-President of the General Assembly, Abulkalam Abdul Momen. Also from South Asia, Mr. Momen praised Mr. Tagore as a role model, “His firm stance against communalism and all forms of fanaticism serves us as a constant reminder of the need to remain vigilant and united in our total rejection of all forms of violence, bigotry and injustice.” Mr. Tagore’s poems were honoured with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first time an Asian poet was awarded the prize. The Nobel is presented “for lasting literary merit and for evidence of consistent idealism.”At the time of his selection, the Nobel committee praised Mr. Tagore’s “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.”The event was part of an ongoing series organized by the UN Department of Public Information’s Academic Impact initiative, which brings together experts from leading think tanks and academic institutions in the New York area to exchange ideas with senior UN officials. “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy,” Mr. Momen said quoting Mr. Tagore. In addition to artistic endeavours, Mr. Tagore started the Visva-Bharati University in the town of Shantiniketan which is described as “his life’s work.”“Instead of any clash of civilization, it was to be a place where students and teachers from the East and the West would sit together and learn from each other in a common pursuit of truth,” said Mr. Momen.Also today, the second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue opened in Baku, Azerbaijan. Speaking in the opening ceremony, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, urged participants to take an active role in creating a peaceful, diverse environment. “There are many people around the world who stand for diversity and inclusion, and who know that it is indispensable to live in peace and prosperity,” he said. “As leaders from Governments, corporate sector, civil society, our role and responsibility is to hear their voice and expectations and to empower them to counter the forces of polarization and hatred.”He noted that while the whole world will not automatically change after the conclusion of this forum, “I am convinced that through our joint efforts we can do our part to promote the noble goals of the Baku Forum, foster international peace and security and strengthen relations between nations and cultures.”In his speech, given alongside Irina Bokova, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Mr. Al-Nasser quoted from Mahatma Gandhi, who is considered a close friend of Mr. Tagore’s, “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” read more


Forget The Suns Goran Dragic Needs Teammates Who Will Give Him The

The Phoenix Suns are in a bit of a bind. The NBA’s trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday (Eastern time), so Suns general manager Ryan McDonough must quickly pursue trades that would send 2014 All-NBA guard — and potential free-agent-to-be1Goran Dragic has the option to extend his deal with Phoenix for the 2015-16 season at a price of $7.5 million, but he can also opt out in search of a longer-term contract. — Goran Dragic to a team he’s interested in for the long haul, lest Dragic walk away in the summer without Phoenix receiving any reimbursement. (Dragic reportedly told the Suns on Tuesday that he does not plan to re-sign with the club after the season.)How did things reach this point? Dragic was once looked to as the Suns’ franchise player.People close to the situation told USA Today’s Sam Amick that Dragic has chafed under the three-guard system created when the Suns executed a sign-and-trade deal for Isaiah Thomas last summer. Thomas was brought to Phoenix, in part, as insurance against the departure of Eric Bledsoe, whose restricted free agency hung over the team all summer. But the Suns found themselves with three top-flight (ball-dominant) guards once the Bledsoe drama was resolved in September. Naturally, sacrifices have been required: Dragic’s usage rate this season is the lowest it’s been since 2009-10, his second year in the NBA.The hope would be that, as a player bears less responsibility in his team’s offense, he would be freed up to perform with greater efficiency. This idea of a trade-off between usage rate and efficiency was advanced by Dean Oliver (the current Sacramento Kings director of player personnel and analytics), who called it the “skill curve” effect more than a decade ago. And it has been demonstrated empirically across the entire population of NBA players. However, the devil is always in the details, and those details are why Dragic’s wins above replacement (WAR) tally has fallen; it was 8.8 a season ago but is on pace for 3.72Pro-rated to 82 team games. this year.Although a general trade-off might hold for the average player, changes in a player’s efficiency also depend heavily on his teammates and overall style of play. When Dragic was at his best — he ranked as the NBA’s ninth-best guard by value over replacement player (VORP) between 2011-12 and 2013-14 — he had the ball in his hands a lot, penetrating and dishing. But a full season alongside Bledsoe (the duo only suited up for 38 games together in 2013-14) and the addition of Thomas have taken a toll on Dragic’s stats. His assist percentage is 19.5 percent this season, down from 28.1 percent a season ago and a high of 35.7 percent in 2012-13; his free-throw attempt rate is down to .191 from .381 last year; his true shooting percentage is down to .573 from .604 last season.Using the player-tracking numbers at NBA.com, we see that Dragic’s touches per 36 minutes are down to 67.3 from 80.1 last season, and his drives per 36 minutes are down to 7.8 from 9.8 a year ago. Perhaps most telling, Dragic is only creating 10.3 points per 36 minutes with his passing, down from 15.1 last season. And according to Synergy numbers, isolations and pick-and-roll plays went from composing 49.4 percent of Dragic’s offensive game a year ago to 34.2 percent this season. Although skill curve theory might predict an uptick in efficiency with such a change, the reality is that Dragic’s effectiveness has cratered on the plays that were once his bread-and-butter. In 2013-14, he ranked in Synergy’s 91st percentile on pick-and-rolls and isolations; this season he ranks in the 43rd percentile.In retrospect, there were signs that Dragic would need to adapt his playing style even if Thomas hadn’t joined the fold. Looking at his numbers with and without Bledsoe last season, Dragic’s usage rate, assist percentage, shooting efficiency and fouls drawn per possession were significantly higher when he wasn’t sharing the floor — and the ball — with Bledsoe. It was possible that some degree of regression in Dragic’s numbers was inevitable.(And for what it’s worth, Thomas is still working out his place in the Suns’ puzzle. His offensive box plus/minus and assist percentage are down from a year ago, although he’s retained his shooting efficiency and even improved his foul-drawing numbers.)An overlooked aspect of NBA perimeter play is whether a player can function with the ball in his hands or, conversely, whether he can adapt to contribute without constant touches. Most players’ skills are better suited to one category or the other, and a player will naturally be less effective when asked to play outside that role. Something to watch this week will be whether Dragic’s possible trade destinations would allow him to play on-ball the way the Suns did before this season, when he was at peak production. read more

Darko Stanic withdraws from the Serbian team for the WC in Spain

According to the handball website handballspain2013.com, Serbia’s “No. 1” goalkeeper – Darko Stanic, will not be taking part of the upcoming World Championship in Spain. This he has announced to some team colleagues of RK Metalurg. He is 34 years old, and he believes that it’s time to step back.“I’ve spent years playing with this rhytm, and I think that it’s time to step back. Serbia needs to think about the future and prepare for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio, and therefore my participation at the World Championship seems illogical. – Stanic.source: handballspain2013.com ← Previous Story Biegler names the players for the Polish national team upcoming qualifiers Next Story → Montpellier has lost one of the biggest sponsors Stanic read more

Revenue seize €40000 in cash at Dublin Airport

first_imgOFFICERS FROM REVENUE’S Customs Service at Dublin Airport yesterday seized €40,000 when they stopped and searched two men from Northern Ireland.The 29-year-old and 30-year-old men were stopped and searched as they were about to board a flight to Malaga yesterday morning.  The discovery was made on foot of an intelligence-led operation.The cash was concealed in the men’s carry on baggage.The money was seized by Revenue and in Dublin Circuit Court yesterday afternoon officers were granted a three month detention order in both cases in order to carry out further investigations.Read:Suspect fuel laundering plant uncovered in Armagh>€3.1 million worth of contraband cigarettes seized at Dublin Port>last_img read more

Rural hackney licences to be given out for €50

first_imgRURAL HACKNEY LICENCES will be given out at a cost of €50 per vehicle to help people living in rural areas with problems of isolation.Regulations passed by the National Transport Authority will see Local Area Hackney Licences introduced to facilitate low-cost entry into the taxi sector.The scheme is open from today on a pilot basis on the request of junior minister Alan Kelly following a government review of taxi regulation.Prior to the change in rules, hackney licences were only given to wheelchair accessible vehicles.Kelly said it is crucial to come up with “creative solutions” to improve transport connections in rural areas.“Access to transport is a major problem in rural Ireland and we needed to think creatively about how to solve it.“We are all only too well area aware of many isolated people in rural communities that are unable to access their local services,” he added. “The taxi regulation system has not been designed for isolated areas of rural Ireland and this is a way it may do so.”“What I hope is that the rural transport groups, working with the local authorities, will be able to identify the area’s most in need of access to transport and licenses can be granted on that basis.  It will be done on a pilot basis initially. The aim is to provide people with social mobility and give people a way of accessing shops, health services and local events.”Applicants will be required to have sanction from a local business or community group. They will also need to demonstrate that their area has a deficit of public transport and taxi services.Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins todaylast_img read more

Free under 6s GP care dubbed trojan horse to change doctor conditions

first_imgSignificantly increase clinical workload;Increase the number and complexity of consultations;Seriously undermine the clinical independence of General Practitioners;Require additional resources in infrastructure, staffing levels (both medical and administrative);Impose a range of new responsibilities on GPs.Over the coming weeks the IMO will provide an analysis of the proposals to members so they can assess the impact it will have on them.“The manner in which the government is seeking to impose these significant changes is neither acceptable nor practical and there are serious issues about the sustainability of the current model of General Practice which is the cornerstone of our health services,” Walley said. “We can and want to do more but only with planning and adequate resources. We call upon government to immediately commence real negotiations.”Read: IMO accuses Government of pushing ‘spin over substance’ after meeting>Read: Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of that> THE IRISH MEDICAL ORGANISATION has accused the government of using the extension of GP cards to children under the age of six to push through radical reform.Following an initial review of the draft contract proposed by the government in relation to the initiative, the organisation said it has “serious concerns”.Ahead of the publication of the contract, government officials met with GP representatives but the IMO accused the government of pushing “spin over substances” afterwards.Today, Dr Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO claimed the initiative was a “trojan horse” aimed at reforming the terms and conditions of doctors dealing with public patients without any negotiation.Speaking today, Walley suggested that the proposals will:last_img read more

GenosTVs new Cyclops remote would be perfect for your Google TV

first_imgAs televisions and set-top boxes become more computer-like, and people start using them more like home-theater PCs than just dumb displays, gadget makers are increasingly wrestling with the problem of remotes. People want their remotes to be small and uncomplicated, but you can’t easily cram a QWERTY keyboard into a small form-factor remote while maintaining both attractive design and a minimal footprint… as Sony discovered to their peril with their Google TV controller, an unsightly monstrosity.GenosTV’s Cyclops universal remote looks like it has a better take on the concept: a futuristic looking puck with an attractive, inlaid QWERTY design. Sure, it’s still probably going to confuse your grampa, and we suspect it’s not really very ergonomic to use, but even so… this certainly beats the pants off of some of the remotes we’ve been seeing lately.The Cyclops isn’t available yet, and there’s no price attached, but GenosTV will be showing it off at CES in January. Can’t wait to see how this one reviews.last_img read more


Sandals Foundation Delivering Emergency Relief In Turks Caicos

first_imgVideo Playerhttp://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WhatsApp-Video-2017-09-13-at-11.29.37-AM.mp400:0000:0001:03Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Responding to the utter devastation in Turks & Caicos as a result of Hurricane Irma, the Sandals Foundation began delivering emergency relief on Providenciales on Monday September 11. Sandals Foundation and the team from Beaches Turks & Caicos partnered with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross to deliver desperately needed food items to victims of one of the most powerful hurricanes in history.“Our priority is to give those in shelters immediate relief with perishable and non-perishable food items and water,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, who flew into Turks & Caicos with a senior team to assess the damage this week. “So many people have lost everything; it is hard to imagine how devastated these islands are.”Clarke added that in coming days the Foundation will launch a drive to collect tinned food, diapers and baby formula through their group’s locations in Jamaica for the benefit of Turks & Caicos victims. This is in addition to an international online drive through the Foundation’s website (sandalsfoundation.org) to collect donations for ongoing disaster relief work.“We are doing multiple assessments in Turks to also look at long term projects that will need our assistance,” added Clarke. “We need to get kids back to school to provide some normalcy and stability again in their lives as well as to get these distressed communities back on their feet.”Clarke said the Foundation will be working with the Turks & Caicos Ministry of Education and the principals and staff of both the Clement Howell High School and Enid Capron School to assist in their rebuilding efforts as both schools have suffered extensive damage.Over the years, Sandals Foundation has been involved with multiple disaster first response relief programs and several redevelopment projects throughout the Caribbean including on the islands of Haiti, Bahamas, Dominica and St Lucia. After both earthquake and hurricane destruction in Haiti, Sandals Foundation supported various partners including Population Services with 205,000 Aqua Tabs; Global Orphan with clothing; the Salesian Missions with recovery kits for 400 families; and All Hands Volunteers with the recovery of six schools and health clinics. Other projects include: the restoration of the Cancer Society Centre, Senior Citizen Centre and St. Andrew’s Kirk Elderly Home in the Bahamas; the construction of a new Multipurpose Room at the Petite Savanne Primary School in Dominica; and the provision of school supplies to children in St Lucia. At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Sandals Foundation Partners With The Salvation Army & Red Cross to Assist With Hurricane Relief Related Items:Beaches TCI, Hurricane Irma, The Sandals Foundationlast_img read more


Natural gas leak prompts road closures in Santee

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:30 PM Posted: September 18, 2018 Natural gas leak prompts road closures in Santee KUSI Newsroom, center_img September 18, 2018 SANTEE (KUSI) – A construction accident caused a natural gas leak that forced street closures at a busy East County intersection Tuesday, authorities reported.A worker with a private contractor inadvertently ruptured a 1-inch- diameter utility pipeline about 10 a.m. while digging in front of a home at Cottonwood Avenue and Mission Gorge Road in Santee, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.Deputies shut down traffic lanes at the road crossing, as well as along nearby Buena Vista Avenue and Cottonwood Avenue, sheriff’s Lt. Amber Baggs said.Officials evacuated a single home close to the broken line as utility personnel worked to get the leak under control, a process that took about an hour, SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton said.No injuries were reported.To prevent such mishaps, SDG&E officials urge anyone planning excavation work in the county to first notify the utility company, which sends personnel to mark the location of underground gas lines, Britton noted. Those wishing to take advantage of the free service are asked to call 811. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more