Fresh landslides hit Jammu-Srinagar NH

first_imgFresh landslides struck several places along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which remained closed for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday. Authorities are hopeful of clearing the debris and making the road traffic-worthy by this afternoon. The road clearance operation is going on in full swing. The massive landslide at Maroog was cleared but fresh landslides occurred at several places between Ramsu and Panthiyal overnight and it might take another five to six hours to clear the highway provided there are no more landslides, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic, National Highway, Ramban), Suresh Sharma told PTI. Barring this problematic 12-km stretch from Ramsu to Panthiyal, he said the road is almost through and nearly two dozen oil tankers and trucks carrying LPG cylinders, which were stranded near Maroog, proceeded towards Srinagar after the clearance of the landslide Tuesday morning. The highway was closed for traffic on Wednesday following heavy snowfall and incessant rains which triggered avalanches and landslides at various places especially on Qazigund-Banihal-Ramban stretch including Jawahar Tunnel – the gateway to Kashmir Valley.Mr. Sharma said several landslides occurred overnight at Anokhi fall, Kella morh and Panthiyal and men and machinery are on the job to remove the debris.Once the operation is complete, the Kashmir-bound stranded vehicles will be allowed to move towards their destination, he said adding the decision to allow fresh traffic on the highway will be taken later in the day after reviewing the situation. Officials said the eastern tube of Jawahar Tunnel, north portal side, which was blocked by a snow avalanche on Thursday, was made traffic worthy on Monday evening. In view of the closure of the highway, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had so far airlifted over 1400 stranded passengers including students since Friday. The weatherman has predicted another spell of snowfall and rains across the state from Tuesday evening. A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the state from Tuesday evening to Friday noon. The system will move from north west to south east and again the Pirpanjal range from Gulmarg to Bhaderwah will have moderate to heavy rain or snow especially on February 13 and 14, a spokesman of the MET department said.last_img read more

Dirty dozen: Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

first_imgFrom the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after seven games and 45 minutes, eliciting some whistles and catcalls from the crowd.Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day, because of rain that jumbled the schedule. Nadal, meanwhile, entered Sunday having played just once in the previous four days.Not only that, but while Nadal dismissed Federer with relative ease in a straight-set semifinal that concluded Friday, Thiem was forced to work overtime, eliminating Djokovic in a five-setter that wrapped up less than 24 hours before the final began.Thiem showed he can play defense. Showed he can flip to offense in a blink. Showed power off both sides. Showed precision, too, making only three of the match’s first 12 unforced errors.Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand winner to earn the first break point of the final, then converting it with an overhead to cap a 20-stroke point for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where all of his supporters were on their feet, yelling and shaking fists, too, including his girlfriend, French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic, who won the women’s doubles championship earlier in the day on the same court.Not so fast.Nadal snapped to, immediately. He grabbed 13 of the set’s last 18 points, and its final four games, doing so with elan, using a drop shot to help him break Thiem for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. How couldn’t it be?To play as well as he did, for as long as he did, going toe-to-toe with — by any measure, objective or subjective — the greatest clay-court performer ever, and even taking the lead, yet end up with absolutely zero to show for it?At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. He didn’t spike a racket or kick a tennis ball. He casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing to his left at Nadal. Denzel Bowles flashes ‘vintage’ form in Rain or Shine win over Phoenix Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. It was an impressive display of athleticism, skill and will, with Thiem managing to give just as good as he got, particularly with his ferocious backhand.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP That the questions were raised at all was significant. The answers, perhaps not surprisingly, arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.“I gave everything I had,” Thiem said. “It’s amazing: 12 times here. It’s unreal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNo one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that many times. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.Looking at the bigger picture, Nadal is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spain’s Rafael Nadal clenches his fist after scoring a point against Austria’s Dominic Thiem during the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. APPARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could he make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?ADVERTISEMENT Perhaps Thiem was thinking: Is there anything I can do?The answer, it turned out, was “Yes.” But only briefly.They appeared headed for a tiebreaker in the second set when Thiem broke to take it. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal had a run in which he took 25 of 26 points on his serve, before a loss of focus, perhaps, did him in. With spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames — “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — Nadal pushed a backhand long. That gave Thiem the first set he’d managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.But Thiem, put simply, wilted a bit. He made three unforced errors in the fourth set’s first game to get broken at love. Thiem created an opening and Nadal barged through. By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.last_img read more

Putting a blemish

first_imgWhat a time to step up MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Absolutely,” said Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso in reiterating how big a role Teng played in Alaska’s first win in six games, the same record now being held by the Painters.Rain or Shine lost for the fourth straight game.“It’s clear that we lack someone like him in the small forward spot,” Cariaso said. “Someone who can defend, rebound, score.”Teng said that he still felt some tightness in his hamstring, but declared that he would be good for the long haul as Alaska tries to salvage its season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Stanley Pringle had 27 points and LA Tenorio started at the point to shoot 19. Japeth Aguilar, Jeff Chan and Art Dela Cruz combined for another 43 points.Meanwhile, Jeron Teng returned to active duty and was the key piece in helping Alaska snap a woeful start earlier in the night.Teng made some crucial plays in the endgame and helped the Aces break through in the season-closing conference with a 78-71 decision of Rain or Shine.Import Franko House accounted for 22 points that went with 23 rebounds, but it was Teng, who was sidelined because of a right hamstring injury, who proved key by shooting eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Aces keep the Elasto Painters at bay.The sophomore banger also had nine rebounds and the last of his two assists in an inbounds play to Jayvee Casio for a layup that put the game to bed for Alaska, 76-70, going into the final 17.7 seconds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments PBA ImagesJustin Brownlee had a triple double and four locals scored in twin digits for Barangay Ginebra Sunday night in a 129-124 nipping of PBA Governors’ Cup title favorite San Miguel Beer at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee scored 28 points, had 14 rebounds and the same number of assists in leading a balanced Ginebra offensive as the Gin Kings withstood a 52-point night by San Miguel import Dez Wells to improve to a level 2-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the first loss in five games for the Triple Crown sweep-seeking Beermen, leaving idle TNT as the only undefeated side in the 12-team field.Brownlee was 60 percent efficient from the field, and the Kings showed how equipped they are in their quest to win the season-closing conference for the third time in the last four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWells went 16-for-25 from two-point zone but was 2-12 from beyond the arc, and the Beermen actually were able to make it close in the end through Von Pessumal, who hit three straight triples late in the fourth.June Mar Fajardo had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Beermen.last_img read more

Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook

first_imgAs England crashed to an innings and 36-run defeat in the fourth Test, giving India the series victory, captain Alastair Cook was left ruing the missed chances by his team. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)India won the series 3-0 with one Test remaining, and have beaten England in a Test series for the first time since 2008.On what has been a dismal tour for England, they also picked up an unwelcome statistic of becoming just the third side in Test history to compile 400 in the first innings and still lose by an innings. (The world will be at Virat Kohli’s feet in a few years’ time: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”Historically on this ground, 400 is a good score in the first innings and in the second innings, we had our chances. We’ve just not taken those chances,” rued Cook.”They were 300/6 and obviously Virat Kohli played an extraordinary innings. We dropped him on 60 odd and Jayant Yadav played well too. We gave him a couple of chances as well. We were in the game for three days, but weren’t good enough to take those opportunities and that’s what cost us. Full credit to India,” he said. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)India skipper Virat Kohli, who hit 235 in the hosts’ massive first innings total of 631 for his third double century of the year, was adjudged the Man of the Match.Kohli is also the leading run-scorer in the series with 640 runs at an average of 128. (Kohli made batting a lot easier, says Jayant Yadav)advertisementCook praised Kohli for his heroics and termed his Indian counterpart as “one of the great batsmen of our generation”. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)”Kohli is in incredible form. He is having one of those years you dream of as a player and as a captain. He leads from the front, he scores a hell a lot of runs. That’s a huge amount of credit to him and clearly one of the great batsmen of our generation. Certainly it’s very hard to bowl to him in these kind of conditions when he’s in this form,” he said.last_img read more

Opening with Ajinkya Rahane a dream experience for me, says Rahul Tripathi

first_imgAhead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) this Saturday, Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) young batsman Rahul Tripathi said it’s a “dream experience” for him to open the batting with Ajinkya Rahane.On Wednesday, Tripathi’s 52-ball 93 helped the Pune side register their third win on the trot, when they beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by four wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.The young Maharashtra right-hander said the support of the senior members in the team like Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ben Stokes and Faf du Plessis has helped him convert the starts into big match-winning knocks.Commenting on his experience of opening the batting with Rahane, who himself is due for a big score after a string of starts, Tripathi said: “It’s a dream experience for me. I guess opening with Ajinkya bhai…He tells you little things like ‘you’re batting well’ or ‘you’ve got good intent’ and so on. Well, even if you don’t believe in yourself, you start believing when someone like Ajinkya Rahane is telling you these things.””Even off the field, Faf is there, Ben is there, our team is having so much fun. I’ve also been lucky to remain not out a couple of times to find MS Dhoni join me in the middle,” Tripathi added.The win against KKR helped Pune change places with Hyderabad, who have slipped to fourth in the league standings after their six wicket drubbing at the hands of Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday.The Hyderabad side will now bank on their home record of winning all the five matches so far, to set their house in order as the tournament progresses to its business end.advertisementlast_img read more

Development of a cooling system for a COM carrier system

first_img Continue Reading Previous Enabling future oriented functionalities for motor control solutionsNext ST: STM32 expansion software simplifies security implementation on IoT endpoints During the development process of the Pentair Schroff COM carrier system, thermal simulations were used to optimize passive cooling through the cooling element. The result is a modular system that can be modified to meet various customer requirements through selection from a series of available cooling elements. Figure 1. The COM carrier system: 1) removable cooling element; 2) adapter plate; 3) removable front and top covers for easy access to the electronics. By Stefan Djuranec, Pentair Technical Solutions                     Download PDF version of this article Increasing electronics density and higher power dissipation require continuous improvement of heat dissipation solutions for electronic components and systems. This is why the cooling design for the Schroff COM carrier from Pentair was integrated into the development process and monitored in parallel from the start of development. Using state-of-the-art simulation methods, a wide range of solutions can be validated before actual development starts. The result is a modular set of components that makes it possible to support a wide range of customer requirements while still presenting the right solutions quickly. In the past, an iterative development process in the test lab using prototypes achieved satisfactory cooling results. However, this method is no longer practical due to the high cost and development time (time to market). The specific problem is that prototypes and samples are usually not available until very late in the development process. There is always a risk of design changes in later project phases, which may cause delays and higher costs.Computational development methods, on the other hand, have made tremendous advances in recent decades with respect to accuracy and user-friendliness. Thanks to the computing capacity of state-of-the-art hardware, these methods have become an efficient tool. This method does require that developers make a few simplifications and design assumptions, requiring in turn that the simulations be validated using measurements and trials of the physical cooling devices. Using simulations, the number of trials and versions can be significantly reduced. This is why a combined method was used for developing the cooling concept of the Schroff COM carrier. The system was designed with the aid of thermal simulations and a series of measurements were then carried out on the real parts to validate simulation results.The goal is for the Schroff COM carrier to support COM express modules up 45W using only thermal conduction and convection air flow. In this design, the exposed surface of a heat sink must not have a temperature over 50°C in order to prevent burn injuries. In addition, demand is growing for easy module replacement, which requires an easy-to-open case with simple cooling device removal. For this reason, an adapter plate is used (figure 1). This plate is permanently connected to the heat spreader of the COM module, sealing the case against the ingress of dirt, water and electromagnetic waves. In addition, the plate establishes the thermal connection between the heat spreader and the cooling element. Thermal gap fillers compensate for tolerances and unevenness.Figure 2. Measurement results for the over-temperature (measured temperature relative to the ambient temperature) for the comparison element (KK1) and the series-oriented Schroff cooling element (KK2). Figure 3. Comparison of the measurement results on the adapter plate and the fin temperature for the two cooling elements The cooling elements are specially designed for the carrier system at the beginning of the process with the help of simulations. In order to efficiently achieve a wide range of variants for the test series, additional cooling elements from standard profiles are procured from suppliers. Because the positions of the primary heat sources vary on different COM modules, dummy modules with load resistors and heat spreaders with easily adjustable thermal loads are created for the measurements. The components in the thermal conduction path (modules, heat spreaders, adapter plates and cooling elements) are equipped with temperature sensors at all four corners and on both sides. The sensors are sunk into grooves made in the surface and glued in with thermal adhesives to ensure that they do not interfere with heat transfer. The trials are carried out in a climate chamber with the option of adjusting the ambient temperature. In addition, potential disturbance variables are evaluated and minimized at the beginning of the test series. Each individual measurement is carried out for as long as it takes to achieve a steady state.At the beginning of the measurements, it was shown that the thermal inertia of the cooling element is very high and that the measurements must be prolonged over several hours before the cooling element reaches a steady state. This is due in particular to the high thermal storage capacity of the heavy cooling element in comparison to the relatively low power of 45W dissipation of the COM express module.  Even small disturbances, such as the entrance of laboratory personnel into the climate chamber, are evident on the measurement curves. The conditioning system of the climate chamber proves to be a major interference factor. This conditioning system uses multiple fans to circulate the climate chamber air, resulting in an air temperature distribution that is as homogeneous as possible. Air movements caused by this process increase the heat transfer on the cooling element, which results in trials that achieve very low temperatures for the electronic components during conditioned operation. For this reason, the additional tests are carried out in the climate chamber with protection from outside influences and with the conditioning system switched off. Measured values attained this way for the cooling system and, in particular, for the thermal resistance of the cooling element are a better match with the manufacturer specifications and simulation results. The measurement results are visualized using the example of two different cooling elements that have significantly different shapes. On one hand, clear differences in the measured values are to be expected, which simplifies the comparison with simulations. Secondly, this setup allows for observation of how well the simulation tool deals with the unique features of the various components. The Schroff-manufactured flat and wide cooling element featuring even fins is a production-oriented model that roughly meets the cooling requirements mentioned. The comparison model is a tall and short element from the market with shaped fins. Based on the manufacturer specifications, it is clear from the beginning that this model will provide substantially lower cooling performance. However, it will be interesting to use this element to learn whether the simulations are able to reproduce the cooling effect of the fins with sufficient accuracy. According to the data sheet from the manufacturer, the cooling element has a thermal resistance of approximately 0.8K/W, assuming horizontal mounting and unobstructed convection.An initial look at the test results (figure 2) for the series-oriented cooling element makes it clear that the surface temperature at the top of the fins is just over the 50°C required at an ambient temperature of 20°C,  the same result that was inferred from looking at the design calculations. The comparison cooling element very clearly exceeds this requirement. The surface temperature at the end of the fins would reach more than 65°C. It is also important to note here that the thermal resistance of the comparison cooling element is below the specified value of 0.8K/W. The measurements yielded a resistance of a little more than 0.9K/W. This is presumably due to the fact that the entire bottom side of the element is not connected to the heat source, and instead the element is connected only through the surface of the adapter plate. It is interesting to note here that the glass-fiber-reinforced gap filler between the cooling element and the adapter plate causes differences in the temperature reduction between the versions. Obviously, it is difficult to guarantee the same heat termination over the foil in all cases. Lower fluctuations can be achieved when softer foils without glass-fiber reinforcement are used. The differences for the reinforced foils, however, are reduced to a low enough level overall that the advantages of working with them outweigh the aforementioned disadvantage.Figure 3 shows a comparison of the simulation results and physical measurements for the versions described. It is easy to see that the simulations are quite capable of predicting the physical measurements. This is only possible using an adequate configuration of the material properties in the simulation model. This means that the simulation model is capable of reproducing the tendencies accurately with a maximum deviation of 1.5K, which is crucial for variant comparison. It is also capable of calculating the absolute values of the temperatures with sufficient accuracy and with an absolute deviation below 3K, which corresponds to a relative tolerance of maximum 7%. This allows for a precise design of the system to meet specific requirements.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Stats: Samuel Badree 12th bowler to take Indian Premier League hat-trick

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Samuel Badree on Friday, rocked two-time champions Mumbai Indians, taking a hat-trick inside the power-play.The West Indian removed Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) off the second, third and fourth deliveries of the third over of Mumbai’s chase. Chasing a modest 143, they slipped to 7/4.Rohit Sharma is the only player to take a hat-trick and be part of a hat-trick in the #IPL.#RCBvMI- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) April 14, 2017Here’s how the hat-trick played out:2.2 overs: OUT! GOOD TAKE BY CHRIS GAYLE! Floated delivery around off and lures Patel in an ambitious drive. He accepts the invitation and goes for a full blooded drive on the up. Chris Gayle at short cover is sharp as a hawk and takes a brilliant catch. Patel’s struggle comes to an end and Bangalore are off to a great start.2.3 overs: OUT! The ploy to send in the pinch hitter backfires! Full toss on off, McClenaghan goes for the slog but mistimes it towards Mandeep Singh at wide long on. He is calm over there and pouches it safely. What a start this has been for the hosts and Badree is on a roll. He is on a hat-trick and ruling the roost at the moment. The visitors need 136 from 105 balls.2.4 overs: OUT! BADREE, YOU BEAUTY! Gets to his hat-trick in style! Slips in a googly around off, spins in sharply. Sharma strides forward to defend but doesn’t pick up the googly. Plays down the wrong line and the ball goes through the gap between his bat and pad to dislodge the stumps. The tourists are in all sorts of trouble now.advertisement- Badree is now the 11th bowler to take a hat-trick.Here are the others: 1. Lakshmipathy Balaji: He was the first ever to take an IPL hat-trick back in 20082. Amit Mishra: The leg-spinner in fact has three hat-tricks to his name, the most by a bowler3. Makhaya Ntini: Along with Balaji, Ntini was part of the Chennai Super Kings, when he picked a hat-trick in 20084. Yuvraj Singh: The dashing all-rounder has two hat-tricks in the IPL – the second most after Mishra5. Rohit Sharma: The MI captain became Badree’s hat-trick wicket but he himself had achieved that feat in 2009, playing for Deccan Chargers vs guess who? Mumbai Indians6. Praveen Kumar: The wily bowler used to play for RCB in 2010 when he achieved the feat against Rajasthan Royals7. Ajit Chandila: He had taken a hat-trick for RR in 2012 vs Pune Warriors. Chandila was arrested and banned next year over allegations of spot-fixing8. Sunil Narine: The KKR spin ace had taken a hat-trick vs KXIP back in 20139. Pravin Tambe: Another RR bowler, the wily spinner picked a hat-trick vs KKR in 201410. Shane Watson: Watto, now a part of RCB, was a key player for RCB – he had picked a hat-trick vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.11. Axar Patel: The left-arm spinner had picked a hat-trick vs Gujarat Lions in 2016- Badree is the second bowler from RCB to take a hat-trick in the IPL- Overall, this was the 15th hat-trick in the IPLlast_img read more

‘Only Donald Trump could stop US World Cup’

first_imgUnited States ‘Only Donald Trump could prevent US hosting 2026 World Cup’ Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 20:01 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Donald Trump Getty Images United States WC Qualification CONCACAF Honduras v United States Honduras Transfers Charlie Stillitano claims the nation hosting the finals is seen as a done deal within football and only rogue tweets of the president could stop it Only reckless action by US president Donald Trump could prevent the country from hosting the 2026 World Cup, according to International Champions Cup organiser Charlie Stillitano.The US, along with Canada and Mexico, is bidding to host the first-ever 48-team event and is facing a challenge from Morocco.Canada and Mexico would host 10 matches each at the cross-border tournament with the US hosting the remaining 60 including every game from the quarter-final stage onwards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A decision is expected at next June’s 68th FIFA Congress with the US bid overwhelmingly backed to triumph.“Every day I wake up and I see our president has made a new tweet,” Stillitano told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester.“The only thing that could possibly derail it is some crazy action on the part of our government but I can’t even imagine that.“It’s ours to lose. I can’t imagine we don’t have the World Cup. I saw Sunil Gulati – our president – was almost gleeful in talking about how this was going to be by far the most profitable World Cup.“All the stadia are done already, all the highways are done, the train stations are done. The hotels are there in the cities.“I talked to contacts within FIFA, UEFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL and I think it’s almost a given that it’s going to be in the US. I’d be shocked if they lost.”The US national team are currently facing a fight to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, facing a must-win match on Tuesday against Honduras.last_img read more

MICO Care Centre Invites Registration for Education Conference

first_img The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, is encouraging in-service teachers, teachers in training, clinicians and school administrators to register for its seventh biennial education conference.The conference is scheduled to be held October 11 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.In an interview with JIS News, Associate Clinical Psychologist at The Mico CARE Centre and Co-chairperson of the Conference, Shelleka Matthews, said the conference comes under the institution’s mandate to promote public education and drive awareness around the acceptance of children with special education needs.She pointed out that the theme of the conference, ‘Diversity in education – Raising the bar. Innovate. Motivate. Differentiate’, was strategically chosen because “we recognise that during our work at the centre, there are gaps that need to be filled in terms of what students are getting, and one way to fill that gap is to develop our teachers further”.Miss Matthews said the main focus of the conference will be on personal development, which is always important in the field of education and clinical study.She noted that in terms of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which embodies critical thinking and reasoning skills, the participants at the conference will be exposed to differentiated learning and reasoning strategies needed to begin to prepare students for the PEP curriculum.“All the presentations will be based on empirical data. However, we want to avoid a conference that is heavily theoretical. The participants should not feel that they cannot apply what they have learnt, because the content and format is too abstract,” she said.Facilitators at the conference will include international presenters such as the Chief Psychologist from the York Region District School Board in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Sue Ball; and Associate Professor of Education at Penn State College of Education in the USA, Dr. Paul Riccomini.Meanwhile, local facilitators include Head of the Clinical Department at The Mico CARE Centre, Yanique Matthews; and Lecturer in the Special Education Department at The Mico University College, Kishi Anderson Leachman,The conference is one of the main platforms used to engage with in-service teachers, in-training teachers, school administrators, parents, policymakers and even the general public, to address issues affecting learning in the classroom.It is open to anyone who works directly or indirectly in the education sector. For further information about registration, persons may call 876-929-7720-2 or send an email to care_centre@cwjamaica.com. Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Associate Clinical Psychologist at The Mico CARE Centre and Co-chairperson of the Conference, Shelleka Matthews, said the conference comes under the institution’s mandate to promote public education and drive awareness around the acceptance of children with special education needs. The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, is encouraging in-service teachers, teachers in training, clinicians and school administrators to register for its seventh biennial education conference. The conference is scheduled to be held October 11 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.last_img read more

Nautilus: Brexit Could Negatively Affect UK Seafarers

first_imgzoom Due to recent talks on whether UK should leave the European Union (EU) or stay as part of it, the trade union Nautilus International said at its meeting in April that the best interests of the maritime profession and the shipping industry would be secured by the UK remaining in the EU.The union, which represents maritime professionals in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland, confirmed that “on balance, UK maritime workers are better in Europe than out.”General secretary Mark Dickinson revealed that it remained unclear how ‘Brexit’ would impact the British shipping and seafarers.At the union’s council meeting in April he led a discussion to ascertain what was best for Britain in terms of the British seafarers working in the global shipping industry.Dickinson said that leaving the EU would mean the UK is no longer subject to EU directives, including those outlawing discrimination on race or nationality, which could enable ship owners to employ labour from lower-cost EU countries, thereby endangering British jobs.“On the other hand, the UK does apply the national minimum wage and work permit requirements in a limited and haphazard fashion to shipping, and as a Union we have on occasion been able to ensure that foreign seafarers are paid at least the correct UK minimum wages or have the required work permits,” he noted.Dickinson also said that historically no British government has ever restricted employment in UK shipping to UK nationals and therefore there would be no reason to assume this would happen if Britain withdraws from the EU.“However, EU state aid guidelines for maritime transport have led to UK support for the shipping industry through tonnage tax, the SMarT training scheme, and income tax (SED) and social security concessions,” he added.Dickinson said that whilst there are many benefits to UK shipping from being in Europe, none of the current challenges facing the industry will disappear as a result of being outside.“We will still have to deal with global competition, but instead of fighting the negative aspects of globalisation as part of the largest economic bloc in the world, we will have to fight it alone,” he said.last_img read more

Ryan Sheckler Announces Annual Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgProfessional Skateboarder and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation are proud to announce the 10th Annual Oakley Charity Golf Tournament and Gala, taking place September 9-10, 2017 in partnership with Monarch Beach Resort & Golf Links in Dana Point, California.Sheckler Golf 2017Year after year, the gala and tournament attract notable athletes and celebrities such as: Klay Thompson, Wilmer Valderrama, Brody Jenner, Josh Duhamel, Kendra Wilkinson, Lil Jon, Kelly Slater and many more to dine, golf and raise money to benefit the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” initiative — a web-based program designed to help injured action sports athletes and children in need. For more information, click here.The two-day event will kick off Saturday, September 9, 2017, with a gala honoring Steve Astephen, a Sheckler Foundation board member and Ryan’s agent for over 10 years known for managing the world’s top action sports athletes. The gala will welcome guests with a red carpet entrance and cocktail reception featuring a cigar lounge followed by silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and much more.The following day, guests will enjoy a vintage nautical themed golf tournament featuring a full-day of hole activations on Monarch’s one-of-a-kind golf course with views of surf breaks at every hole. Golfers can enjoy lunch and entertainment on the green, a sunset cocktail hour, 200-ft. helicopter ball drop, raffles, awards ceremony and more.last_img read more

Supporters opponents line up to make their case at Site C review

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Supporters, opponents line up to make their case at Site C review panel hearings FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Supporters of BC Hydro’s Site C hydroelectric project appear to have torn a page from the environmental strategy book, signing up in droves to participate in upcoming federal environmental review hearings.Thousands of documents had been filed by the Monday night deadline with a joint federal-provincial review panel, including dozens of applications to speak at the hearings beginning Dec. 9 in Fort St. John.That includes groups as diverse as the BC Business Council, the B.C. Roadbuilders, the Cement Association of B.C. and the New Car Dealers of British Columbia.The list also includes one-time political heavyweights Blair Lekstrom, the former provincial energy minister, and his predecessor and now Conservative senator, Richard Neufeld. Both represented the Peace River region during their time in politics.“I live in the Peace Region and have recreated in the effected area on numerous times over my lifetime and recognize that there will be a need to give and take as we move forward as a province,” Lekstrom wrote in his application.“This project will affect my interests in a way that I am supportive of as it will help ensure we electricity self-sufficient in our province.”During the hearings next month, Lekstrom said he will address the economic benefits of the project and “the misconception that some people have that this dam is being built so that our province can export the power or that all of this power will be used to run the proposed LNG projects.”Federal regulations were changed, imposing strict time limit and criteria for participation, after environmental groups encouraged followers to sign up to appear at hearings into the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.In that case, community hearings began in January 2012 and wrapped up last June. The Site C hearings are scheduled to being Dec. 9 and wrap up by the end of January.The Peace River Regional District said it will present the panel with a long list of mitigation measures that will need to be put in place. The district also questioned the business case for the project and the $8-billion price tag, favouring instead gas-generation to meet energy needs.“It is my suggestion that a moratorium be placed on this process. An overview by (B.C. Utilities Commission) is needed,” Arthur A Hadland, the area director on the regional district.The cumulative effects of Site C and the Liberal government’s liquefied natural gas plans will be like an “industrial tsunami” in the Peace River region, he said.The $7.9-billion dam would produce enough electricity to power 450,000 homes per year for 100 years. It would flood about 5,000 hectares of the Peace River Valley, creating an 83-kilometre, 9,300-hectare reservoir between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.Opponents say the cost, in dollars and to the environment, is too high. BC Hydro says the province cannot meet future energy needs without the green energy of a the massive hydro project.The dozens who have signed up to oppose the project include Ken and Arlene Boon, ranchers who will lose their home if the project proceeds, and the Treaty 8 Nations.BC Hydro has said in thousands of pages submitted to the panel that the project will result in some significant adverse environmental, social, economic and health effects.But “those effects are justified by the need for and benefits, including the benefits to sustainable development,” the Crown agency wrote.If approved, the project would take seven years to construct and would begin producing electricity in 2022 or 2023.– By Dene Moore in Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 12:46 pm MDT read more

First States supported by UN Peacebuilding Commission report substantial progress

The two countries, both recovering from years of civil war and factional fighting, were the first to be put on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when it was set up in 2006, to prevent post-conflict nations from relapsing into bloodshed.“Sierra Leone is on the threshold of transformation in its engagement with the Commission as well as its socio-economic development,” Foreign Minister Samura Kamara told the Assembly’s annual General Debate.“With support from the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Support Office, as well as other international and local development partners, Sierra Leone continues to make significant gains in the areas of good governance, human rights, gender equality and the fight against transnational organized crimes.”Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure of Burundi. UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasBurundian Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure reported that substantial progress has been made in conjunction with the PBC. “In light of the notable advances already made since our country was put on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, Burundi thinks it is time to progressively withdraw from the Commission’s agenda to leave room for other countries which have greater need,” he said. Both ministers stressed the importance of the theme of this year’s 68th Assembly, which is to set the stage for long-term sustainable development in the decades following the end of the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle, which seeks to slash extreme poverty and hunger and a host of other social ills. read more

Assessing Your Risk Tolerance

By Gary Meeks, RICP®          My goal in writing this article is to get you thinking about what risk is and provide some tools to help you access your risk tolerance and make better investment decisions.Risk takes on many forms but is broadly categorized as the chance an outcome or investment’s actual return will differ from the expected outcome or return. Risk includes the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment. Different versions of risk are usually measured by calculating the standard deviation of the historical returns or average returns of a specific investment. Source: https://investopedia.com/terms/r/risk/aspI’m going to give you some important factors to consider when determining the level of risk that is appropriate for you.Investment Objective:Growth: Saving for retirement in 30 years? You may be able to bear some risk in hopes of higher returns to meet your objective of having enough saved to get you through your retirement years. Growth investments such as stocks may be appropriate to help you meet your investment objective with potentially higher returns and more volatility.Growth & Income: Just retired and need income? Now is not the time to take high levels of risk. Often, a balance between fixed income (bonds, CDs, fixed annuities) and stocks may help investors meet their objective of income with some growth.Principle Protection: You have adequate income and you’re over age 80. Money market instruments such as CDs, savings and short-term treasury securities may be most appropriate to keep your money safe and liquid if you need it for emergencies. At this point, investing in risk assets is probably not appropriate for you.The above are just three examples and is not comprehensive of all possible investment objectives or investment alternatives.Time Horizon:Short-term investors should avoid risk, and medium-to-long term investors may need to take some risk to achieve the growth they need to accomplish their financial goals. The higher the risk, the higher the potential return.Since 1928, the S&P 500 stock index has had negative returns 30 times over the last 90 years. What is the most consecutive negative years? Answer: Four, 1929-1932. Two times during the last 90 years, the index was down three years in a row. The most recent was 2000-2002. https://www.macrotrends.net/2526/sp-500-historical-annual-returns  is the source for this data.Volatility:Volatility is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given security or market index. In most cases, the higher the volatility, the riskier the investment. Volatility can either be measured by using the standard deviation or variance between returns from that same security or market index. Source: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/v/volatility.asp.If the degree of volatility in your investment keeps you awake at night, you should probably consider a less risky investment. The volatility of stocks is generally greater than the volatility of bonds or other fixed income investments.Rating:Rating agencies such as Moodys, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch rate issuers of bonds and insurance companies as to their ability to meet their financial obligations. These ratings can help you asses the risk of certain fixed income investments.The following shows Standard & Poor’s ratings and ability to meet financial obligations.AAA     Extremely StrongAA       Very StrongA          StrongBBB     AdequateAll the above ratings are considered “Investment Grade.” which means the issuer has a relatively low risk of default. The following are considered “Speculative Grade” or low quality and risk of default is greater. BB       Less vulnerable in the near-term but faces major ongoing uncertainties.B          More vulnerable but currently has the capacity to meet financial commitments.CCC     Currently vulnerable.CC       Highly vulnerable; default has not yet occurred but is expected to be a virtual certainty.C          Currently highly vulnerable to non-payment.D          In defaultSource for the above: www.spratings.comInvestment sales literature often includes ratings information, so look for it when your making an investment decision.Before investing, know your investment objective and risk tolerance. If you need help, seek advice from a competent financial advisor.Gary D. Meeks, RICP®, is a registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, a broker dealer and Registered Investment Adviser. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity. 90 W 100 N STE 6, Price, UT 84501 (435) 637-8160.  The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice.  It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. Investors can not invest directly in indexes. The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any investment and does not take into account the effects of inflation and the fees and expenses associated with investing. “The Standard & Poor’s 500 is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. Past performance does not guarantee future results.” read more

Football Bill Belichick headlines Ohio States coaches clinic

For the second time in a month, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick visited the Buckeyes football team.On Thursday, Ohio State held its 86th annual coaching clinic, allowing coaches from all levels to come and listen to other high-profile coaches. The clinics’ headliner was five-time Super Bowl champion Belichick.After being introduced by OSU coach Urban Meyer, Belichick kicked off the event by giving advice on what he does as a head coach to ensure success for his team.“Coordinators are head coaches on their respective side of the ball,” he said. “Position coaches are head coaches of the positions they coach.”The reason these coaches are given independence is due to the strict path and vision Belichick lays out for those that play and coach under him.“You have to make explicit and clear what won’t be compromised,” he said. “Make clear what won’t and will be tolerated. You know when you walk out of that facility you’ve got to be happy with what they’re trying to do for you.”He continued to break down his advice down to those that make up most of the team; the players.“The last two-thirds or three-fourth of your team are role players,” he said. “They are not the top players but are critical to the success of your team. We all want good, great players but in the end there’s a cap on that. It’s the bulk of the rest of the players that decide your scheme and style of play.”The Super Bowl winning coach said that in his system he looks for players that are tough, smart, and dependable.Belichick also touched upon preparation, which is what some consider to be what he is best known for. He looks at every single practice, walkthrough or film sessions as an opportunity to improve. “Performing well under pressure is what it’s all about,” he said. “What we try to do is be more demanding in practice on every level. For example, crowd noise is going to be much harder in practice than would be in a game.”Throughout his speech Belichick was different than what is typically seen during his press conferences. He was opening up about his strategies and elaborated on the claims and statements he would make. He even made a few jokes here and there, getting a group of hundreds to laugh with him.The clinic followed with defense and offensive coaches separating to listen to chalk talk from OSU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who dissected Xs and Os on their respective side of the ball.During Wilson’s speech, he gave talked about his methodology for creating a fast-paced offense.“Consider calling (offensive scheme) something else if you can go faster with it,” he said. “The more you have to tell and say, the slower you go. The more you have to make your players think, the slower you go.”The coaching clinic will continue on Friday starting at noon. Fridays lineup includes Meyer, OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, OSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz. read more

Gulags were compassionate educational institutions say trans rights campaigners

In its Tweets, Goldsmith LGBTQ said: “The ideas of TERFS and anti-trans bigots literally *kill* and must be eradicated through re-education.”Ms Graham said: “I said that I thought their choice of language, in talking about lists and purging people was intended to shut down debate about trans people and the law. I then received unpleasant and dehumanising threats about being sent to the Gulag. I feel bad for other trans people because this kind of response by some makes them seem so extreme and intolerant.”Goldsmith LGBTQ subsequently attempted to justify the threat to send Ms Graham to the Gulag by stating that “sending a bigot to one is actually a compassionate, non-violent course of action.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, who survived eight years imprisoned in a Gulag incarceration, brought its horrors to the world’s attention in his 1973 book The Gulag Archipelago.Soviet files show that 1,053,829 people died in the camps between 1934 and 1953, mostly as a result of deliberate starvation.The historian Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History, said: “It was an incredibly brutal system designed to eliminate Stalin’s’ enemies and terrorise the wider population. Most of the inmates were innocent of anything we would regard as a crime.”Ms Graham said: “The LGBTQ group’s interpretation of the history of the Gulag system is madness.”Goldsmiths Students’ Union has now suspended the group and withdrawn its support for its activities, saying the Gulag threat – and subsequent refusal by the group to apologise for it – clearly breached the students’ union code of conduct. The original Twitter thread from Goldsmith LGBTQ, since removed In a statement backed by Goldsmiths University the students’ union said: “We condemn the abhorrent content of the tweets and they are in complete opposition to the views and values of the Students’ Union.”Members of Goldsmiths LGBTQ refused to comment when approached by The Daily Telegraph. The rest of Goldsmith LGBTQ's Twitter thread justifying the Gulag system 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. Students at a leading London university have been condemned as blind to reality after defending the system of Soviet Gulag labour camps where thousands perished as “compassionate” places of rehabilitation.Trans rights campaigners at Goldsmiths University described the Gulags as benign places where inmates received education, training and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in clubs, sports and theatre groups.In fact most historians agree they were a brutal network of labour camps used by Stalin’s Soviet dictatorship to incarcerate internal opponents and so-called “enemies of the state”, resulting in the death of more than an estimated 1.05 million people.During a bizarre exchange on Twitter the LGBTQ group at Goldsmiths Student Union described life in the Gulags as “rehabilitatory” and “educational”.Paradoxically the thread was written as an apparent justification for an earlier post by the same group which threatened to send a political opponent “to the gulag”.The threat was made against Claire Graham, a special education needs teacher, who wrote objecting to LGBTQ Goldsmith’s threat to target feminist academics who they claimed were prejudiced against transgender individuals.Tans activists refer to these women by the derogatory term TERFS, claiming they are guilty of hate crimes for their opposition to allowing men undergoing gender transition to use women’s toilets and other female only spaces. The Twitter thread went on to state that the CIA had spread “lies” about the Gulag system, adding: “First myth to debunk: ‘u work until u die in gulags!’ The Soviets did away with life sentences and the longest sentence was 10 years. Capital punishment was reserved for the most heinous, serious crimes.“The penal system was a rehabilitatory one. The aim was to correct and change the ways of criminals.”It added: “Much like wider Soviet society, everyone who was ‘able’ to work did so at a wage proportionate to those who weren’t incapacitated and, as they gained skills, were able to move up the ranks and work under less supervision. The rest of Goldsmith LGBTQ’s Twitter thread justifying the Gulag systemCredit:archive.today “Educational work was also a prominent feature of the Soviet penal system. There were regular classes, book clubs, newspaper editorial teams, sports theatre and performance groups.”In contrast, mainstream historians have concluded that the gulag system, which reached its peak under Joseph Stalin’s rule, was a system of forced labour camps used to incarcerate a wide range of convicts, from petty criminals to political prisoners – including Stalin’s left-wing, Trotskyist opponents and gay men and women. The original Twitter thread from Goldsmith LGBTQ, since removedCredit:archive.today read more

Verizon Wireless LTE network goes down

first_imgVerizon Wireless has been making a big deal of their 4G LTE network lately, and for good reason: it’s already one of the nation’s fastest and most widespread 4G networks. Unfortunately, that network took a dive last night, and as of this writing is still down. The worst part is that customers who own the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon Wireless’ flagship 4G LTE device, were left not just without 4G service, but also without 3G service thanks to a known issue with the phone. Ouch.Verizon Wireless’ corporate Twitter feed has confirmed the 4G outage, and has been providing updates on it as the day goes on. Unfortunately, they haven’t provided an estimate as far as when 4G service will be restored. The company’s 3G network is operating normally, so most customers aren’t feeling the pinch.AdChoices广告Considering the number of devices that support Verizon’s 4G network is still pretty slim, the number of people hurting from the outage is still relatively small. After all, aside from a number of cellular modems and a MiFi device, the only available handset that supports LTE is the Thunderbolt. The upcoming Droid Charge by Samsung will also be a 4G device, and Motorola Xoom users will be able to update their devices to 4G later this spring, but other than that there are no 4G devices with release dates just yet.Even so, it’s a bit of a black eye for Verizon Wireless, who’s been aggressively advertising its 4G speed, rolling out LTE in new cities, and pushing handset manufacturers to roll out new devices as quickly as possible. It’s also not good news for a company that prides itself on its network reliability. In the meanwhile, 3G customers won’t notice a difference, and those users with a MiFi or a 4G modem will default to 3G connectivity until 4G access is restored.Read more at Twitter (@VerizonWireless) via Engadgetlast_img read more

We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland Family of

first_img Apr 5th 2017, 5:55 PM Updated 5.55pm THE MOTHER OF a man whose death was caused by his best friend’s dangerous driving has said she is disgusted with the sentence handed down to him.Kevin McCarthy (23) was driving at around twice the speed limit when he entered a bend in the road near Brittas, Co. Dublin. He lost control of the car and hit trees and a pole before the car flipped over and travelled 115 metres on its roof.Thomas Carroll was a back seat passenger in the car. Family and friends, who were present during the hearing today, walked out en masse when Judge Pauline Codd imposed a sentence of four years with two and a half years suspended.McCarthy of Rossfield Park, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty on a previous date at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of dangerous driving causing the death of 21-year-old Carroll on the N81 near Brittas, Co Dublin on 29 May, 2014.McCarthy has 73 previous convictions. They include one for careless driving and offences of driving a car with no NCT, driving without insurance. The majority of his other convictions are for documentary road traffic offences.McCarthy took the stand to make a tearful apology to the victim’s family, telling them:I’m very very sorry for all that happened.NegligentJudge Codd said that Carroll’s death was caused by a negligent act as opposed to an intentional act and that the court must assess the degree of criminal recklessness involved. She said that sentencing was not an exercise in vengeance or an act of retaliation.She said that any sentence must contain a sufficient element of general deterrence to the public and McCarthy not to drive at excessive speed. She said McCarthy’s previous record indicated a lack of respect on his part for road traffic law.She said that McCarthy had acknowledged fully his responsibility and his remorse was great. She said the sense of loss had deeply affected him and noted that he had said he would never forgive himself.“He now has to live with that guilt and he’ll carry that burden for the rest of his life,” she said.DisgustedSpeaking outside the courthouse the victim’s mother Nicola Carroll said:We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland. A year and a half is simply not enough for our beloved son, brother and daddy to our granddaughter Kayla who will grow up without her daddy. By Declan Brennan and Isabel Hayes Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 5:55 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie 61 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3325291 Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.iecenter_img “Kevin McCarthy will walk free in 18 months and live his life as normal while we will suffer a life sentence.”McCarthy’s sister Sinead McCarthy told the court that she didn’t intend to take away from grief of the victim’s family but said her brother’s life had been ripped apart.She said her brother “absolutely loved” the victim. Since the crash he had withdrawn from contact with friends and family and locks himself in his room.She said he disappeared for days and the family found out recently that he was going to the crash scene to talk to the victim.Judge Codd said she was taking into consideration the impact of McCarthy’s action on the victim’s family. She said the harrowing and extremely distressing head injuries sustained meant they had to consider having a closed coffin at his funeral.In victim impact statements read out in court, Carroll’s mother, brother and two sisters described the pain of losing their son and brother in such horrific circumstances that they were advised to hold his funeral in a closed casket.The funeral directors worked for 12 hours to ensure they could see his body and hold his hand one last time, the court heard.His mother, Nicola Carroll, said she was “distraught” at how he died and often thinks of how terrified he must have been in his final moments in the car. She said her son Glen, who was called to the scene by Carroll’s friends, was still traumatised by what he saw that night.‘I miss him terribly’McCarthy told gardaí he had been hanging out with his group of friends that evening like they usually did. He said he was driving the group back to Tallaght and Carroll was sitting in the back passenger seat when the car spun out of control into some trees.It flipped over twice and spun around about 10 times before coming to rest on the wrong side of the road.The court heard McCarthy had not been drinking on the night of the crash.McCarthy told gardaí he was travelling at around 100-120 km/h at the time, which he said was the speed limit on the road. However, the court heard the speed limit was 60km/h and this was signposted on the road about 300 metres before the crash site.“I never went out that night planning on hurting anyone,” McCarthy told gardaí.Tom was one of my best friends. I miss him terribly.McCarthy sat with his head bowed and wiped his eyes several times during the sentence hearing.He wore a necklace with a picture of his friend “to remind him every day”, Garda Maria Dolan said.Read: Man to appear in court charged with death of elderly Kerry farmer >Read: Judge dismisses Go Safe speeding cases, calling them a ‘charade’ and ‘embarrassing’ > ‘We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland’ – Family of tragic car crash victim Kevin McCarthy has been jailed for the manner of his driving in a crash that killed his friend Thomas Carroll. Short URL Share Tweet Email 43,231 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bowen honours Calwell biography

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 300 people crammed into the Museo Italiano in Melbourne’s Carlton district last week for the launch of I am Bound to be True: the life and legacy of Arthur A Calwell. Written by Calwell’s daughter Mary Elizabeth, the book tells the story of Australia’s first Minister for Immigration, and the man widely regarded as the father of Australian multiculturalism. Arthur Calwell (1896-1973) entered Federal Parliament as ALP member for Melbourne in 1940. During WWII he served as Minister for Information in the Curtin government, and at war’s end became Australia’s first Immigration Minister in Ben Chifley’s Labor administration. As the architect of Australia’s post-war immigration program, Calwell ensured hundreds of thousands of European refugees were able to find a better life, far from their war-torn homelands. With his strong links to the trade union movement and his skillful presentation of the need for immigration to drive Australia’s industrial growth, he overcame resistance to mass immigration by promoting it under the slogan “populate or perish”. Officially launching the biography, current Immigration Minister Chris Bowen described Calwell as “one of the most substantial figures of the second half of the 20th century in Australian politics,” as well as being a misunderstood figure. “This is a substantial book about a substantial man. He is justifiably recognised as the father of Australia’s immigration, not just as the first immigration minister, but as the intellectual driving force behind that program,” said Mr Bowen. In homage to his predecessor, Mr Bowen described many of Calwell’s initiatives that created today’s multicultural society, including how Calwell, as early as 1941, had argued that people of Chinese heritage in Australia should be offered full naturalisation rights. Bowen reminded the audience that it was Calwell in 1947 who had first chipped-away at the White Australia Policy, moving amendments to the restrictive Immigration Act of 1901. “His argument for a generous program of resettlement to Jewish refugees after the war, means that Australia is the host to more Holocaust survivors – and descendants of Holocaust survivors – than any nation in the world other than Israel”, said Mr Bowen. Most widely known for his remark, “two Wongs don’t make a White” made in Parliament in 1947, Bowen said that it was “intellectually lazy” for Calwell’s detractors to define him by that one comment. “How many people know that when Arthur Calwell said [that], he was actually answering a question from a Mr White?” said Mr Bowen. “It may not have been the best-judged comment he ever made, but look at his actions and not just his words.” Also in the audience to celebrate the book’s launch were Federal Members Simon Crean and Maria Vamvakinou. Mr Crean said that it was important to reflect that post-war Australia had a population of seven million people, which had trebled within 50 years, due to the policy foundations laid by Arthur Calwell. “Immigration has been great for this country, economically, socially and culturally,” said Mr Crean. “Calwell’s values were developed through his Catholicism – values that went to the issues of fairness, equality and social justice – and that all people were created equal before God.” Maria Vamvakinou spoke on behalf of Prime Minister Julia Gillard who described Arthur Calwell as a great Australian whose contribution to the nation was substantial and enduring. The PM added that “no one could be more suited to writing the biography than his daughter, who writes from a close personal perspective but who writes as an author and scholar in her own right: no father could wish for a more faithful daughter.” I Am Bound to be True: The Life and Legacy of Arthur A Calwell by Mary Elizabeth Calwell is published by Mosaic Press. ISBN 9781743241400.last_img read more