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October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war, stressing that those hazards prevent aid from reaching those in need, and endanger the lives of the displaced persons returning home and children going to school.“Mine action is critical for an effective humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict situations,” the UN chief said in his message on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Mine action is “an investment in humanity,” as it provides the safe space to undertake development and reconstruction activities, and lay the foundations of sustainable peace, he added.Yet in far too many places around the world, new or re-emerging conflicts are creating yet another legacy of explosive hazards, such as landmines, cluster munitions and improvised explosive devices, he said, expressing concern particularly about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.The UN is working to alleviate the suffering of affected communities in high-risk environments.In South Sudan, 14 million square meters of contaminated land have been cleared; 3,000 kilometres of road made safe; and 30,000 mines and explosive remnants of war destroyed. And more than half a million people have received risk education over the last 12 months.“This has enabled the delivery of food and water and the safe movement of those fleeing fighting,” he said.Even in Syria, mine action actors are achieving some important life-saving results. Since August 2015, 14 tonnes of unexploded ordnance have been destroyed, and last year, more than 2 million Syrians received risk education in schools and communities, and more than 5,400 people received physical rehabilitation services.But millions of Syrian people continue to face this deadly threat every day. There is an urgent need for increased support as well as full, sustained and unhindered access for all mine action activities.Mr. Ban said that his report, in advance of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held next month in Istanbul, highlighted the unacceptable impact of mines and explosive remnants of war on civilians. It also stressed the need for States to become parties to, and implement and comply with, relevant international humanitarian instruments.In December 2015, the General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution underlining the need for mine action to remain at the top of the international agenda, especially in humanitarian crises, he noted.Daniel Craig, who was appointed last year by Mr. Ban as UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, said that the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) plays a critical role in improving the immediate chances of survival of civilians and aid workers caught up in armed violence.“UNMAS provides a long-term solution to the biggest problem facing the victims of war. How to return to a normal life,” he said in his message on the Day.Best known for his role as 007 in the James Bond films, Mr. Craig said he is in awe of the men and women at UNMAS as well as their energy and courage.“I am asking you to join me to promote their work and fund their programmes, so that you, too, can make a difference in eliminating the dangers of mines and explosive hazards,” he said.On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year should be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This year’s theme is ‘Mine Action is Humanitarian Action.’last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — In the time it takes for a red light to turn green, Leonard Sciascia can get his sports bets made, turn around and head home.The 39-year-old man from New York City’s Staten Island runs his own business selling advice on which teams to bet on. But when he wants to take his own advice, he needs to leave home and cross the border into New Jersey — the only place near him where sports betting is legal.He drives across the Bayonne Bridge, stops at the first traffic light, logs in to his mobile betting account with, make his bets, turns around and drives back home. The whole process takes 25 minutes, door to door. He considers the $6.50 toll part of the price of doing business.“I’m looking at (betting) lines all day,” Sciascia said. “If I see something I like, I jump in my car and go.”Sports betting is all over the New York area — on the airwaves, billboards, train station ads and publications. But in order to actually place a legal sports bet, gamblers have to be within New Jersey’s borders. It’s the only game in, or rather near, town right now for people in New York and Pennsylvania who want to bet for the Philadelphia Eagles, against the New York Giants, or a thousand other options.So they travel into New Jersey.Some drive across bridges, or through tunnels. Some take a PATH train under the Hudson River from New York City into Jersey City or Hoboken. And some even ride their bicycles just over halfway across the George Washington Bridge, hoping the geolocation technology on their smartphones will realize they’re in New Jersey, however briefly it might be.And it’s all perfectly legal, as long as they are physically in New Jersey. They can bet in person at most Atlantic City casinos, as well as at racetracks in East Rutherford and Oceanport, New Jersey. Or they can bet anywhere in the state on their mobile devices.FanDuel says 9 per cent of its sports book customers live in New York and 4 per cent live in Pennsylvania. DraftKings has a similar breakdown, and says about 10 per cent of its active customers visit New Jersey from other states to place bets.Maurice Shalam travels each Sunday morning from Brooklyn into Manhattan, where he catches a train into New Jersey.“I’ll get off the train and stand right in the station, a few steps from where I got off, take out my phone, do my bets right there, and go back home,” he said. The 30-minute round trip across the river and back, along with the $5.50 fare, is just part of the price of playing, he said.The 23-year-old uses the FanDuel and DraftKings mobile apps, depending on whose odds are better that day.“I’m a big ‘over’ guy,” he said, referring to a bet that the total number of points scored in by both teams in a football game will exceed a certain number. “I bet a lot on the Chiefs and the over this year, and I’m doing pretty well with that.”New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting if they choose. So far, only five do: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia and Mississippi, but others are considering it, and Pennsylvania is about to join soon.Since New Jersey began taking sports bets in mid-June, over $336 million has been wagered on spots in New Jersey.Laurence Berner lives in Philadelphia but works in a Trenton, New Jersey, rail yard for Amtrak. He places his bets during his morning rest break.Pennsylvania will begin allowing sports bets in a few weeks, but for now, New Jersey is the only option for the 31-year-old Berner, who makes $5 bets on eight-team parlay cards that pay off hundreds of dollars — providing he picks all eight games correctly. Two weeks ago he won $895 on one such bet.“It’ll definitely be easier when it comes to Pennsylvania, but for now, I’m at work in New Jersey, so I can do it there,” he said.For fellow Pennsylvania resident Anthony Tonzelli, sports betting is his job. The 44-year-old professional gambler from Bensalem crosses the Ben Franklin or Burlington-Bristol bridges over the Delaware River into New Jersey five days a week to make sports bets — lots of them. He has made $380,000 worth of sports bets since August, and is down about $3,000 since then.“This is just like going to a job for me,” he said. “Driving over the bridge and paying a toll really doesn’t matter when you’re putting $300 on a game,” said Tonzelli, who estimates he bets $5,000 a week on sports.Sometimes he’ll sit at a bar or restaurant and watch how his picks did; other times he’ll continue east to Atlantic City and play poker there. And when sports betting starts in Pennsylvania, Tonzelli still envisions himself crossing into New Jersey whenever the odds on a particular game are better.___Follow Wayne Parry at story has been corrected to show the percentage of DraftKings users crossing into New Jersey is 10 per cent, not 20 per cent.Wayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat – Head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane reiterated on Wednesday the commitment of the executive branch to mobilize all the necessary means to ensure the success of the new policy on migration and asylum, adopted by Morocco in accordance with the guidelines of HM High King Mohammed VI. The success of this policy depends on the adoption of a comprehensive and integrated approach on the economic and social integration of asylum seekers, migrants and their families, said Benkirane, responding to questions from the majority and opposition groups at the monthly meeting of the House of Advisors devoted to migration.This policy, he said, is the illustration of a social project developed based on the accumulation of experiences and reinforcement of the democratic process, as well as commitments made by Morocco to asylum seekers, migrants and their families, who have given Morocco further credibility at the regional and international fronts. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles — A British scientist and her American pilot had to make an emergency ascent from 100 metres beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean after smoke filled the cockpit of their submersible.The pair with the British-led Nekton Mission investigating climate change off the Seychelles is safe and recovering on the mother ship.An electrical fire on the sub is being investigated as the possible cause of Tuesday’s emergency.The mission says it expects to be back in the water on Wednesday.The Associated Press is the only news agency working with British scientists from the research team. Sky News is the mission’s programming partner. The seven-week expedition is expected to run until April 19.The Associated Press read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Further, the provision of dry ration has been already approved for 6 months. The REPPIA has been instructed by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs to provide compensation for those who have lost their houses and suffered loss of lives of kiths and kins and for injuries.Sivagnanasothy said that the refugees who lost their houses will be provided with houses under the housing programme of the Ministry. (Colombo Gazette) Sivagnanasothy said that of the 25 refugee returnees on Tuesday 10 are males and 15 are females. These refugee returnees will get back to Mannar, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Matale, and Kilinochchi. The UNHCR provides free air tickets, reintegration allowance of US$ 75 per person, transport allowance US$ 19 per person and monitory non-food grant of US$ 75 per family.Since 2011, 5140 refugees (1874 Families) have returned to Sri Lanka. Over 64,000 refugees are stationed in 109 welfare camps in India. The Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs initiated a livelihood assistance programme of a maximum Rs. 100,000 per refugee returnee family to support the livelihood activities. Ministry Secretary V.Sivagnanasothy said the Government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had initiated action to encourage the voluntary refugee returnee programme and the current trend of increased refugee returnees is a sign of reconciliation and moving towards permanent peace. Another 25 Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are to arrive in Sri Lanka under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme.They are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday from Madurai, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“The members of the Council express their expectation that the counting of ballots and the remaining steps in the electoral process mandated by Haitian law will continue to be transparent and meet international standards. They strongly urge all parties to respect the results of the election and refrain from violence,” the Council president for February, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States, told journalists.Haiti’s provisional electoral council, known by its French acronym CEP, said yesterday that it was waiting for the last 1,000 tally sheets to be entered into the system.The 15-member Council called on Haitian political leaders to live up to the high expectations of their people at this critical juncture by demonstrating statesmanship and moderation and remaining engaged in the process of national reconciliation, Mr. Bolton said.The members of the Council reiterated their full support for the efforts of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the Transitional Government to ensure a secure and stable environment in Haiti, he added.The peacekeeping MINUSTAH itself urged Haitians yesterday to remain calm and await final election results, as many of the supporters of leading presidential candidate René Préval demonstrated on the streets of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, for the third consecutive day, demanding a declaration that he was the winner.MINUSTAH said demonstrators have erected roadblocks in several parts of the capital and the mission’s formed police units have been deployed to manage the demonstrations, which have disrupted the city’s functioning.Meanwhile, the Council unanimously passed a resolution that extended MINUSTAH’s mandate until 15 August, “with the intention to renew for further periods.” It also supported Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recommendations in his recent report on Haiti and asked him to report to the Council on “whether to restructure MINUSTAH’s mandate after the new Government takes office, including recommendations for ways in which MINUSTAH can support reform and strengthening of key institutions.” read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

François Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, made his remarks at an emergency regional meeting of African countries, called by Kenya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to “address the unfolding crisis in Somalia,” the UN said in a press release.“The Security Council has repeatedly emphasized the need to establish a comprehensive and verifiable ceasefire,” Mr. Fall said. “It is necessary to have the agreement of all parties not to engage in hostilities in any form and for their forces to remain in place and not make any move that could be seen by others to be provocative.”“Once an agreement has been negotiated, there may be a role for the peace support mission, as a neutral third party, to observe and possibly monitor the ceasefire through the deployment of a relatively small, unarmed observer force.”Mr. Fall told the meeting, comprised of ministers from member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), that such an initial force could then become “the first phase in a staggered approach” to the deployment of a peace support mission. IGAD groups together Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.He also told the ministers that the Security Council had expressed its willingness to consider a request from the African Union for a partial lifting of the UN arms embargo, to pave the way for the possible deployment of such a mission. But he emphasized that any deployment depended on the Transitional Federal Government and the Union of Islamic Courts, which recently took over the Somali capital Mogadishu, reaching a peace agreement by continuing their dialogue. Mr. Fall also stressed the importance of wider diplomacy in dealing with what he described as a “critical stage” in the political process of Somalia, which has not had a functioning Government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.“Every step that we as the international community takes can either improve or worsen the situation on the ground. Any decision we take can make all the difference between the consolidation of peace or its unravelling. It is therefore very important to take each step with due consideration and extreme care and to refrain from any action that could exacerbate the tense situation in Somalia.” read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee steps into the end zone for a score during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorWhile the defense has kept Ohio State No. 1 in the country and undefeated through three games, team members have made it clear that its current pace will not work throughout the season.“We have to play better, we have to coach better, we have to play better. We have to execute. We have to do a better job as an offensive unit,” running backs coach Tony Alford said Monday.In OSU’s first two home games — victories against Hawaii and Northern Illinois — the Buckeyes’ two quarterbacks, redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, combined to go just 35-of-61 for 314 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.Jones’ 4-of-9 start against Northern Illinois caused coach Urban Meyer to pull the plug on him for that game early in the second quarter. However, Meyer said on Wednesday that Barrett has not done enough to unseat Jones as the starter, and Jones will make his seventh consecutive start on Saturday.After the Northern Illinois game, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said that a more aggressive mindset is required to be successful regardless of which player is under center.“The thing is, we’re just really not starting drives well,” Elliott said. “So we get behind and behind, and we’re the type of offense that’s always running, so that’s a problem.”On Saturday, OSU is gearing up to welcome the Western Michigan Broncos for its fourth and final nonconference game, and third consecutive home contest. The Broncos are paced by redshirt junior quarterback Zach Terrell, who ranks 10th in the nation with 947 passing yards through three games.“I’m very excited for this matchup,” redshirt sophomore cornerback Eli Apple said. “They’re a very good receiving corps, for sure, and have a good quarterback as well, so I’m ready, I can’t wait.”Missing in actionWhile the core of the Buckeyes is still mostly intact heading into the fourth game of the season, there are a few players who serve as valuable depth that OSU will likely be without on Saturday.Redshirt freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell has started each of the Buckeyes’ three games this season opposite redshirt junior Michael Thomas but is still seeking his first collegiate reception.That appears to be on hold for at least one more week, as the Akron, Ohio, product was not listed in the depth chart for the WMU game. Campbell left Saturday’s game during the first quarter with a left knee bruise and did not return. Taking his place at the second starting wideout spot on the depth chart is sophomore Curtis Samuel, who leads the team with 11 receptions.Also away from the field on Saturday will be sophomore cornerback Damon Webb, who is  suspended indefinitely from the team for an undisclosed violation of an athletics department policy.“Damon was playing well for us, and he’ll be missed,” co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said on Monday. “But we’ve got enough people that will fill in, and we’ll continue to get the production that we need.”Finally, the date of freshman running back Mike Weber’s return from a meniscus tear is still not clear. OSU coaches have mentioned for a few weeks that he is near a return to make his debut.“We’ll see. That’s a day-to-day deal as he works through with the trainers,” Alford said. The coach said the team doesn’t plan to redshirt the Detroit native.Previously for Western MichiganThe first three games of the season for WMU were marked by inconsistency.The Broncos began the season by putting somewhat of a scare into now-No. 2 Michigan State in a home game, falling 37-24 after cutting the deficit to 10 early in the fourth quarter. Terrell had a big game, completing 33 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions and seven sacks marred the effort.The next game was not as encouraging for WMU, as it was crushed by Georgia Southern 43-17. Terrell threw three more interceptions, and the Broncos allowed 413 rushing yards.Finally, in last week’s game they allowed 367 total yards to Football Championship Subdivision opponent Murray State, but won 52-20 to grab its first win. Terrell had a huge game, going 25-of-30 for 355 yards and four scores, without throwing a pick.MACtionAgainst teams currently in Western Michigan’s Mid-American Conference, the Buckeyes hold a 31-1 record. The one loss? Just 111 years ago against Akron — known then as Buchtel College and coached by trophy-namesake John Heisman.Northern Illinois had a chance to end that streak last week but came up seven points short. Now, the Broncos will get a crack at it Saturday. WMU has never faced the Buckeyes.Up nextAfter wrapping up its nonconference schedule against the Broncos, OSU is set to travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to open up Big Ten play against the Hoosiers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin Prosecutor Dave MacKay told the court Calvert and two accomplices broke into the 22-year-old player’s apartment in Bradford city centre.One kept watch outside while Calvert took £500 in cash and another robber picked up the PlayStation.Mr MacKay said that Mr Magrin arrived home and saw Calvert coming out of his door. Ken Green, mitigating, told the court Calvert had discovered the body of his mother who had committed suicide and described his head as all over the place at the time of the offence.Judge Rose told Calvert he had made a living out of crime and had been happy to use violence.He said: “When that happened, you used a screwdriver as a weapon to strike against him [Mr Magrin] to make your escape.”It’s extremely fortunate that serious injury was not caused to him, because a screwdriver can be a potent weapon and you were prepared to use it.” As Calvert ran off, the rugby player pulled off the burglar’s jacket and his phone fell to the ground.Calvert, of Bradford, was arrested four days later with a black eye. DNA linked him to the offence.Mr Magrin’s PlayStation was damaged and it cost £200 to repair his smashed-in door. Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin runs with the ballCredit:Thomas Pearson / Bradford Bulls As I was trying to restrain him he tried to fight back and and I got angry and started beating him up.Jon Magrin Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon MagrinCredit:Telegraph and Argus / Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin (with ball) Speaking at the Bulls’ training ground after the sentencing, Mr Magrin said he was “pleased” with the punishment handed to Calvert.Recalling the incident last November, Mr Magrin said: “I got out of training, and as I was driving past my apartment to park up I saw my lights were on. I’d left them off, so obviously alarm bells were ringing.center_img The defendant then tried to run away. Using his day-to-day playing skills, Mr Magrin rugby-tackled him to the floor.Prosecutor Dave MacKay “I got out the car and saw one guy outside keeping watch. I ran straight in and saw the door had been kicked in.”One guy was inside the flat trying to steal my PlayStation. He saw me and bottled it, throwing the PlayStation at my head.”That disoriented me, and then the other one has tried to get away so I grabbed him. “At first I was just trying to restrain him, I wasn’t trying to beat him up or anything. I was probably being too nice.”I was waiting for the police to arrive as a few people in the street had called the police.”But initially they had called the police on me, because they thought I was assaulting him for no reason.”As I was trying to restrain him he tried to fight back and and I got angry and started beating him up.”The passersby were having a go at me and I was explaining what I was doing, he pulled out some sort of weapon like a screwdriver and went for me.”I let him go because my safety was more important that keeping him there but in the struggle I got his phone and jacket.” As I was driving past my apartment to park up I saw my lights were on. I’d left them off, so obviously alarm bells were ringing.Jon Magrin A burglar picked the wrong  target and was left with a black eye after breaking into the home of a burly professional rugby player.John Calvert, 23, tried to steal a PlayStation games console and cash belonging to Bradford Bulls star Jon Magrin.The 16-stone prop forward confronted Calvert as he tried to flee his property in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and rugby tackled the habitual criminal.Judge Jonathan Rose told Bradford Crown Court it was the defendant’s “misfortune” that his victim was a professional rugby league player. He jailed Calvert, a “three-strike” burglar, for three years.  The prop punched the defendant square in the face which knocked him to the ground and provoked a violent struggle.Mr Mackay told the court: “The defendant then tried to run away. Using his day-to-day playing skills, Mr Magrin rugby-tackled him to the floor.”The court heard Mr Magrin punched the defendant in the face again, but Calvert struck him in the head with a screwdriver – causing a small cut to his ear which forced Mr Magrin to let go. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFive new IZ-KARTEX shovels started working at the mining enterprises of Russia in the spring of 2017. On March 4, EKG-10 №538 was launched in operation at the gold mining pit of AO Polyus Gold in Krasnoyarsk kray. The installation was performed by the regional service company OMZ-Gortekhmash-Service.On March 31 at JSC Stoilensky GOK, excavator EKG-12K № 13 started working. The installation was performed by the regional service company GMK with the participation of IZ-KARTEX in the chief installation and acceptance tests. About 39 IZ-KARTEX shovels have been delivered to Stoilensky GOK. This is the third EKG-12K delivered to the enterprise to boost the capacities of mining works.On April 7 at AO Uzbekugol, excavator EKG-8US № 13 was launched into operation. The installation was performed by the enterprise itself with the participation of IZ-KARTEX in the acceptance tests.On April 14 at TOO Bakyrchik mining enterprise in Kazakhstan excavator EKG-15M № 27 started working. The installation was performed by the regional service company IZ-KARTEX KAZAKHSTAN-SERVICE with the participation of IZ-KARTEX in the chief installation, lubricant system installation and acceptance tests. This is the fourth EKG-15M launched at the Bakyrchik in the frame of the contract to supply 5 EKG-15M.Most recently on May 31 at JSC Pavlovsk Nerud, excavator EKG-8US № 64 was launched. The installation was performed by the regional service company GMK with the participation of IZ-KARTEX in the chief installation and acceptance tests. This shovel opened a new chapter of partnership between the companies in the past 20 years.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Carlos RuesgaMKB Veszprem As we wrote already, Spanish playmaker Carlos Ruesga (28) joined Hungarian TOP side, MKB Veszprem. He is coming as replacement for Gabor Csaszar, who left Hungary in direction Paris Saint German. Spaniard is coming as the best Ademar Leon player this season with five years experience of playing in even stronger Portland SAn Antonio (2005-2010).Ruesga was a member of golden Spanish squad from World Championship 2013.MKB Veszprem has signed also deal with Serbian star Momir Ilic. ← Previous Story Women’s WCh 2013: 24 teams are ready – Russia, Sweden and Croatia didn’t qualify! Next Story → Peric, Perez, Dinart, Koksharov, Metlicic: The legends said “goodbye” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn all there are 19 nominees on the list who were also nominated last year while there are 27 players who will be bidding for their first All-Star award. There is guaranteed to be a first-time winner in the goalkeeping position with Cork’s Anthony Nash, Limerick’s Nickie Quaid and Galway’s James Skehill all bidding for their maiden award. LAST SUNDAY’S BEATEN All-Ireland finalists Galway top the list with 14 nominees for the 2012 GAA-GPA Hurling All-Stars awards sponsored by Opel.The Tribesmen, who were crowned Leinster champions in July, have two more than the Kilkenny side that defeated them to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup last Sunday. Galway’s James Regan along with Kilkenny trio David Herity, Cillian Buckley and Walter Walsh are the only four players who started last Sunday’s final that are not nominated on the 45-player list.Beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists Tipperary are next in line with six nominees while Cork and Waterford have four apiece. Munster counties Limerick and Clare both have two nominations while Danny Sutcliffe is the solitary Dublin nominee.Ten members of last year’s All-Star winning team are nominated for their efforts this season – Paul Murphy, Michael Cahill, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Padraic Maher, Michael Fennelly, Richie Power, Henry Shefflin, John Mullane and Richie Hogan. The Hurler of the Year will be contested by Kilkenny duo Henry Shefflin and Paul Murphy while Galway’s Joe Canning is also in the running. The nominees for the Young Hurler of the Year are Galway’s Johnny Coen and Niall Burke, and Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe.The All-Star team will be announced live on RTÉ television on Friday October 26th while the awards for Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year – which was selected by the inter-county playing body – will be announced on the same night.The full list is:Goalkeepers: Anthony Nash (Cork), Nickie Quaid (Limerick), James Skehill (Galway).Full Backs: Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Johnny Coen (Galway), Fergal Moore (Galway), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Kevin Hynes (Galway), Shane O’Neill (Cork).Half Backs: Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Brendan Bugler (Clare), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), David Collins (Galway), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Tony Óg Regan (Galway), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Niall Donoghue (Galway), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny).Midfielders: Andy Smith (Galway), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), Pa Cronin (Cork), Iarla Tannian (Galway), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny).Half Forwards: Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Cyril Donnellan (Galway), Niall Burke (Galway), Patrick Bonnar Maher (Tipperary), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Pa Burke (Tipperary), Damien Hayes (Galway), Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), Richie Power (Kilkenny).Full Forwards: Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Joe Canning (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork), John Mullane (Waterford), Brian O’Meara (Tipperary), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), John Conlon (Clare), David Burke (Galway).What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below…Senior final hero Walsh amongst nominees for U21 awardlast_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF an Irish man, who died suddenly in Las Vegas yesterday, is being provided with consular assistance, the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.The 24-year-old man was originally from Sligo and died suddenly in the Nevada city yesterday, it is understood.The circumstances of the young man’s death are not believed to be suspicious but local law enforcement authorities are investigating the matter.The DFA confirmed that consular assistance is being provided to the man’s family but declined to comment further.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMICHEÁL MARTIN HAS hit back at the Environment Minister Phil Hogan in an escalating row over accusations that the terms of reference for the Boundary Commission were skewed to protect Fine Gael and Labour seats in May’s local elections.The Fianna Fáil leader made the claim in interviews with the media and during his speech at the party’s Ard Fheis last night, saying that the manner in which the boundaries for local councils were changed “probably represents the biggest gerrymander in the last 35 years”.Hogan hit back in a statement last night and told KCLR earlier, that Martin was “playing the man and not the ball”. He said that the comments where made “in order to distract from his own inadequacies”.“It’s effectively accusing the membership of the commission of political corruption which is a very low blow for those honourable people who have done a good job for local government in drawing up new boundaries for the first time in many, many years,” Hogan told the local radio station. Responding today, Martin insisted that he was referring to the terms of reference and not the members of the commission. He said that increasing the size of the local electoral areas from 6 to 10 seats in some areas was “designed to ensure safety for some of his [Hogan’s] own councillors and Labour councillors”.“He altered county boundaries in a very unnatural way,” Martin said, rejecting the suggestion that he was accusing the commission of ‘political corruption’ Martin insisted that he never used that phrase, repeating that it was “a good, old-fashioned gerry mander”.He added: “I think Phil Hogan has some nerve really… I don’t take any lectures from him.”Read: Phil Hogan accused of a ‘good old-fashioned gerrymander’Read: Here are the boundaries for this year’s local electionslast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgStay on target Video games, at least these days, really value immersion. They spend millions of dollars and countless hours of exploited labor to create the most realistic and detailed virtual environments for you to goof around in for a couple minutes. It’s why virtual reality keeps being a thing, it’s the ultimate escapist fantasy of literally living in another world you strap around your eyes.But you don’t need a VR headset or the most powerful computing hardware to have an immersive gaming experience. You don’t even need a full playable game. Noclip.Website’s browser-based explorations of beloved gaming worlds is the most immersive video game experience we’ve had in, an idiot: “yes, turn on all animations and put them on loop, that’ll look cool”video games:— Jasper (@JasperRLZ) February 21, 2019Not to be confused with video game documentary production company Noclip, Noclip.Website is a really nifty little tool that recently sprang up on the internet with basically no notice. The premise is simple. Pick a game and level from the list and freely explore its 3D space right in your browser. More elaborate levels may take longer to load, but most PCs should have no problem accessing this interactive archive.Race through every track from Mario Kart Wii. Explore the dungeons and Great Sea landmarks of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Hop through the lush jungles of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Nintendo games get a lot of love as the the site highlights games from platforms like the Wii, GameCube, and Nintendo 3DS. But other games are torn apart here as well like Dark Souls, Sonic Mania, and some classic Tony Hawk titles. And we expect the library to grow from here.Wind Waker is a game with a lot of characters. In order to save on production costs, a lot of characters have the same body model, but with a different head and different clothes. Here’s all the NPCs in Windfall Island for comparison. Spot the ones that are the same!— Jasper (@JasperRLZ) February 19, 2019Any gaming fan should appreciate the novelty of gliding through their favorite imported video game levels, seeing familiar locations from new angles now that your perspective is totally free and customizable. You can share some nifty screenshots. But all of this raw technical asset data can also be a great resource for anyone studying game design. Fortunately, Jasper St. Pierre, the person behind Noclip.Website, has the whole site available for free on GitHub for academic (not piracy) purposes..@kokorogensou gave me the wonderful idea of an option to make the vertex colors grayscale. This removes the “paintball” effect but keeps the shadow and alpha, so you can see just how the colors affect the scenes.— Jasper (@JasperRLZ) February 11, 2019For more on immersive gaming here’s the latest on new Vive VR headsets and Pokemon Go’s upcoming AR photography functionality. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez has found a new lease of life and will soon prove himself when the time comes.Sanchez hasn’t been impressive since joining United last January scoring a paltry three goals last season. He has only appeared 14 times in all competitions this term due to a hamstring injury.“He’s got high standards himself that you demand from yourself,” Solskjaer told reporters as obtained by Goal. Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“When it doesn’t work for you, as it clearly hasn’t and he’s had some injuries, then it’s difficult to suddenly click and put that confidence on.“So [we’ve had] individual chats but, of course, it’s a fresh start for him with me and Mike [Phelan] coming in – it’s a new lease of life for him maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him because he’s a top, top player.”Manchester United face Tottenham today in a Premier League encounter.last_img read more

September 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Port Trust has bagged the 19th annual Greentech Environment Award – 2019 for its continued efforts towards minimising air pollution and developing greenery in and around port area. End-to-end mechanisation of coal and iron ore cargo handling through PPP mode at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore, development of green belt at stack yards, massive plantation drive and mechanical dust suppression system were among the eco-friendly steps taken by the VPT. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us This apart, the VPT is using treated water for industrial purpose and thereby conserving 80 per cent of fresh water. Installation of mechanical truck tyre cleaning facility at a cost of Rs 85 lakh, purchase of two fog canons, use of mechanical sweeping machine, installation of 10 MW solar plant at a cost of Rs 60 crore form a part of the environment-friendly initiatives taken by the VPT. Also Read – Anti-ragging laws stringent: VC PVGD Prasada Reddy Advertise With Us VPT was adjudged as the second cleanest port among major ports on sanitation parameters in the country and bagged Swachh Survekshan award for three consecutive years.VPT will receive the 19th Annual Greentech Environment Award (gold) 2019 to be presented on July 11 in New Delhi. Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh of Visakhapatnam Port Trust expressed happiness for its latest achievement and commended the team for their strenuous efforts.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Sensex closed 260 points higher at 26,626 while the 50-scrip Nifty ended with gains of 82 points at 8,1,86.The benchmark indices ended calendar year 2017 trading with gains of 1.94 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Top Sensex gainers were GAIL, Sun Pharma and ITC.The Indian rupee closed at 67.93 to the US dollar.”Every single sector index ended in the green. FMCG led from the front with a 1.73% gain. IT, Media, Pharma, PSU Banks, Realty, and Energy gained 1.00 to 1.50% each. Banks, Financial Services, Private Banks, Commodity, Infra added 0.50 to 1.00% each. Auto, Metal and Energy followed with a gain of less than 0.50% each. Auro Pharma led the gainers with an over 3% rise. Bosch, GAIL, Sun Pharma and ITC followed with a 2 to 2.75% gain each. PowerGrid, Grasim, Infosys, BHEL and Idea Cellular followed with a 1.75% to 2% gain. BPCL and Bajaj Auto led the losers with a loss of less than 1.00% each,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.At around 12.15 pm, the BSE Sensex was up 253 points at 26,619; the rally being led by ITC (up 2.55 percent) ICICI Bank (up 1.83 percent) and Adani Ports (up 1.89 percent).The death toll in the Jharkhand coal mine tragedy has been put at nine by the union coal ministry.The tragedy occured about 200 feet below the ground in the Lalmatia mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) in Godda district of Jharkhand.”CMD, Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) has reported that a total of 9 bodies of workmen have been recovered from the accident site so far. The company has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the family of the deceased, in addition to the amount to be paid under the Workmen’s Compensation Act. All the necessary help to the families of the deceased is being extended by ECL. Two persons have met with injuries and treated in the Area Hospital. One of them has been sent to Durgapur for further treatment,” the ministry said on Friday.Benchmark stock market indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty opened on a bullish note on the last trading of calendar year 2016, though the mood is likely to be dampened by a tragedy in Jharkhand where a coal mine belonging to Coal India subsidiary Eastern Coalfields caved in on Thursday night.Read: Domestic car, two wheeler sales in December likely to be weak, say analystsThe 30-scrip Sensex was up 135 points and was trading at 26,501 at around 9.25 am, while the NSE Nifty was up 40 points at 8,143. Asian Paints (up 1.14 percent), GAIL (up 1.13 percent) and Maruti Suzuki (up 1.12 percent)  were leading the index rally. Coal India shares were trading flat at Rs 298.On Thursday, FPIs were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 662 crore according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange.Coal tragedyThe incident happened about 200 feet below the ground in the Lalmatia mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) in Godda district of Jharkhand.”The exact number of people and vehicle trapped inside is not known. This could only become clear after the rescue operation starts,” Harilal Chauhan, Godda superintendent of police, told IANS.Rupee gainsThe rupee opened at 67.95 to the US dollar on Friday, consolidating its previous day’s gains.”Breaking its two-day losing streak, the rupee on Thursday rose by 14 paise to close at 68.10 against the US currency on selling of the greenback by exporters in view of a weak dollar amid strong revival in the domestic equities,” Amit Gupta, co-founder and CEO TradingBells, said.December auto sales forecastIn a note, brokerage house Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said Indian automobile companies are likely to report significant fall in December volume sales on a year-on-year basis.”Automobile sales in December 2016 are expected to be subdued with a sharp double-digit YoY decline expected across original equipment manufacturers or OEMs. December is usually a weak month because of the year-end and most OEMs go for annual maintenance shutdown,” it said.”However, because of demonetisation, plant shutdown this time is a bit longer than usual and hence the despatches are expected to be weak. In the two-wheeler space, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India or HMSI have gone for a 10-day plant shutdown while others like Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and TVS Motor Company have opted for a 2-7 day plant shutdown. In the car segment, Maruti Suzuki India or MSIL has gone for its usual week-long plant shutdown,” the brokerage added.Unlisted entities in India’s auto industry include Renault India, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Ford Motors and NissanFIPB approvals”Inter-ministerial body FIPB approved six investment proposals, including that of Sanofi Synthelabo India, Star Den Media Services and Idea Cellular Infrastructure Services, envisaging foreign investment of Rs12 billion,” Nirmal Bang said.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgYeni Maricela Gonzalez Garcia (center) stands with Janey Pearl and Democratic Congressman Adriano Espaillat as she speaks with the news media following a visit with her children at the East Harlem Cayuga Centers on 3 July 2018 in New York City. Photo: AFPYeni Gonzalez sobbed as she clutched the lollipop given to her Tuesday by one of her three children, whom she had not seen since being arrested and separated from them by US border police six weeks ago.The 29-year-old Guatemalan mother drove across the country to be reunited with her kids — aged 10, eight and five — in the New York City facility where they are being held under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented migrants.Only the efforts of hundreds of well-wishers helped her find them in the confusion triggered by the administration’s now-suspended decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally. The decision overwhelmed detention centres and courts and led to kids being sent to facilities across the country, sometimes thousands of miles away.The mobilization to help Gonzalez started eight days earlier when a New York journalist, herself a mother of three, heard a lawyer on the radio describing how the family had been detained on May 19 on the border in Arizona, then separated and the children sent to a holding centre in New York.Julie Schwietert Collazo, a resident of the borough of Queens — home to a large immigrant population — quickly launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the distraught mother, whose case is the latest to be thrust under the spotlight as a bitter debate rages over Trump’s immigration policy.Collazo told AFP she soon had the $7,500 needed to bail Gonzalez out of detention in Eloy, Arizona — but there remained the challenge of getting her back to her kids, 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) away in New York City.- 2,500 miles -The epic cross-country road trip was made possible by a series of volunteer drivers — some of them migrants or refugees themselves — who organized the four-day relay from Arizona to New York. A family in Queens offered to put Gonzalez up until her case had been processed.Social media played a key role in organizing the journey, helped by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who has taken a fiercely anti-Trump stance on her nightly news show. Her intervention helped swell financial donations to $40,000 by Tuesday morning, Collazo said.In the muggy heat, around 20 camera crews waited to greet Gonzalez as she arrived at the Cayuga Centers in Harlem, accompanied by her lawyer and Democratic lawmaker Adriano Espaillat, who arrived as a child from the Dominican Republic and is the first ever formerly undocumented migrant to serve in Congress.An hour and a half later Gonzalez, a slight woman in jeans and sneakers, emerged from the facility, tears in her eyes.”I am very happy, my heart is filled with joy because they let me see them,” she said in Spanish, holding up a lollipop her daughter had given her.”I hope all this will soon be over because all I want is to be with them and never be separated again,” she said in a voice cracking with emotion and barely audible, as she hugged Espaillat and thanked everyone who had helped her.But her lawyer Jose Xavier Orochena warned that her battle was far from over. She cannot take custody of her children until the authorities have taken her digital fingerprints, a process that will “best case scenario… take a month,” said her lawyer.And then there is no guarantee that her demand for asylum will not ultimately be rejected, and the whole family be deported.In the meantime, Gonzalez can make regular visits to her children, “every day if she wants to,” said Orochena.- 400 mothers in detention -“This is a horrible time in America where women like her are separated from their children,” said Espaillat. “We have to make sure the process is expedited.”Gonzalez said that 400 other mothers were being held in the detention center that she had been released from.”We shared a great sadness… If this message gets to them, I pray to God that they get out of that place soon,” she said.Her lawyer Orochena, who has volunteered his services to 12 detained mothers, said most migrants cannot spend thousands of dollars on bail to get out of detention centers.The crowd-funding system used by Collazo may be able to help with that however.While thousands of people joined rallies across the country at the weekend to protest the separation of families at the border, she hopes her actions can provide concrete support to detained migrants.”We are working on setting up a replication tool kit so that people who would like to do something similar can basically learn from what we would like to be an open source model,” she said.last_img read more

September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgYesterday we discussed the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken crossover game that should be making its way to consoles and PCs next year. If you weren’t excited already, this 8-minute gameplay video featuring some of your favorite characters from both games should get your motor running in anticipation.You can see that most of the Street Fighter characters retain the graphics and design from Street Fighter IV, but the Tekken characters have more of a comic-like style to them that fits in with the overall look and feel of the game. The stage backgrounds are rich and active, and feature plenty of nods to various Capcom and Namco games that will keep fans of both titles happy.The gameplay also shows us how some of the characters moves and techniques will work. One thing developers worried about was how to balance the number of projectile attacks Street Fighter characters had when Tekken characters had so few. In the video, we can clearly see Kazuya canceling and interrupting Ryu’s Hadouken, and being quite capable of bringing him down when necessary. He even sports a ranged attack of his own. Still, most of the action in the video shows off physical attacks and special moves, where the characters from each game appear well matched.The game even retains some of the “ink brush” visual effects from Street Fighter IV, and the dramatic camera movements when you pull off a special move or attack. All of the gameplay is straight from the Capcom Captivate 2011 event held earlier in the week.last_img read more