Ben Stokes was a real gentleman, Bristol incident witnesses claim

first_imgA gay couple has praised Ben Stokes for saving them from homophobic bullies on the night of the pub brawl in Bristol in September. Stokes was arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after getting into a fight but was released late in the night without charges.However, the ECB suspended Stokes and Alex Hales, who was with the English all-rounder at the time of the incident. The dashing all-rounder was also dropped from the Ashes squad pending investigation .Kai Barry and Billy O’Connell said they were “grateful” to Stokes, who stepped up to help them from getting beaten up, and also called the England all-rounder a “real hero”.”We were so grateful to Ben for stepping in to help. He was a real hero. Kai feared he could be attacked. If Ben hadn’t intervened it could have been a lot worse for us,” Billy O’Connell told Sun.”I’m not a fighter and we didn’t want a fight. We could’ve been in real trouble. Ben was a real gentleman,” Kai Barry said.The couple said they were dancing when someone called them ‘batty boys’, a derogatory term for gays.When the two left the pub around 2am, Stokes and Hales accompanied them. Kai revealed they heard more shouts of ‘batty boys’ but they ignored.”When the fight happened it came out of nowhere. I’m not a violent person. And that’s probably why Ben Stokes stood up for me. He probably knew from the way I was speaking to them that I’m a friendly person,” Kai added. “Towards the end of the fight it all got a bit scary so we walked off,” he said.advertisementSickening…Ben Stokes punching on…check out this powerful piece by @paulcochrane https://t.co/pHVkk8zU4Y pic.twitter.com/6tEcjQVQpM- Get ‘Em Onside (@GetEmOnside) September 28, 2017Stokes had claimed to both the police and to the ECB in their internal investigation that he was coming to the aid of two men who had been subjected to homophobic abuse prior to the incident.English police renewed their appeal for two men, who could be ‘key witnesses’ to the incident that has placed talismanic England all-rounder’s place in the Ashes tour in jeopardy.In Stokes’ absence, Steven Finn was roped into the squad as Stokes’ replacement for the full five-match Test series.The much-awaited Ashes series will begin at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 23.last_img read more

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Faster Processing of NHF Cards at Savanna-La-Mar Hospital

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Fund (NHF), Everton Anderson, says the processing of NHF cards at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital, in Westmoreland, will have a quicker turnaround time soon.Addressing a Rotary Club of Savanna-la-Mar meeting at Hotel Commingle in Westmoreland on October 9, Mr. Anderson said that by the end of this year, it will take just 15 minutes to process NHF cards at the hospital.“Five years ago to get an NHF card, you had to fill in your form and we send the card by mail. At that time, about 30 per cent of those cards were returned to us because many people were no longer utilising the postal service. We decided to try the same-day card printing at the NHF head office and it worked well. What that meant is that within 15 minutes of completion of the (NHF) form, you got a card,” Mr. Anderson noted.He pointed out that this process will eventually be in all parishes, as it is imperative that patients have quick access to the cards.Meanwhile, Mr. Anderson dismissed claims that the public sector is inefficient, emphasising that the NHF is “committed to not only speaking about being efficient, but demonstrating it.”He also highlighted that the NHF is committed to improving access to much-needed medication by citizens in all parts of the country.last_img read more

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Crewman Dies in Cargo Hold of Polish Boxship in Denmark

first_imgzoom One person died and three are in critical condition after being found unconscious in a cargo hold of a Polish container ship Corina which arrived to Denmark’s Hanstholm port from Gdansk on Tuesday, according to the local media.Danish police and emergency services received a call around 18:30 local time yesterday about four seemingly lifeless bodies aboard the freighter docked at the Hanstholm port.The crewmen were airlifted to hospitals in Hjørring and Aalborg, but unfortunately the help came too late for one of them.Officials suspect the men fainted after inhaling toxic gasses while unloading pellets from the cargo hold.The police officials have dismissed any notions of foul play.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Nigeria Charges Monjasa and Glencore with Illegal Bunkering

first_imgzoom Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Dubai-headquartered Monjasa DMCC, Glencore Energy UK Limited, the vessel MT Anuket Emerald, and 14 foreign nationals alleged to be involved in illegal oil bunkering on a 4-count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.The accused have been charged with conspiracy to commit an offence, as well as dealing with 1,738.087 metric tons of petroleum products without lawful authority or appropriate licence. Both offences are said to have happened on February 27, 2015.The suspects are said to include three Russians, three Ukrainians, eight Filipinos, and one Georgian.All of the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, and were granted a NGN 50 million (USD 251,324) bail each by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos.The suggestion by the defense counsel to release the accused persons to their respective embassies was refused by the court.The defense counsel told the court that since the accused persons were not Nigerians, it would be difficult to find a surety but urged the court to accept bank guarantee of the total sum. The counsel further requested the court to remand the accused persons in EFCC custody pending the perfection of their bail condition.Justice Buba granted the acceptance of a bank guarantee of NGN 750 million (USD 3.77 million) as bail bond for the accused persons, but ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail terms.The case was adjourned to June 17, 18 and 19, 2015 for commencement of trial.According to EFCC, the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft intercepted MT Anuket during a routine patrol within Nigerian waters on March 8, 2015 on suspicion of illegal oil dealing before handing over the vessel and it crew to the EFCC. Investigation by the EFCC revealed that the registered owner of the vessel is Combe Shipping Limited and the beneficial owner is Alliance Tankers Incorporated and that the ship flies Panama Flag with IMO number 9393644. Furthermore, it was discovered that Monjasa DMCC of Dubai UAE are the chatterers of the vessel.Image: EFCC/Facebooklast_img read more

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Les NéoÉcossais étaient bien préparés en vue dune situation durgence

first_imgRamona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences, a félicité les Néo-Écossais, aujourd’hui 24 août, pour avoir pris les précautions nécessaires en vue de l’ouragan Bill. « La sécurité des Néo-Écossais est notre principale priorité, et en raison de l’incertitude relative à la taille et à la force de la tempête et du caractère imprévisible de sa trajectoire, il était important que les Néo-Écossais soient prêts au pire, a dit Mme Jennex. Je veux remercier tout le monde pour leur coopération. » Les coordonnateurs provinciaux et municipaux de la gestion des urgences et les bénévoles ont fait un excellent travail et joué un rôle essentiel alors que la tempête s’approchait des provinces de l’Atlantique, a souligné Mme Jennex. Les rapports préliminaires indiquent que les dommages ont été minimes. On rappelle au public de faire attention dans les zones côtières où les vagues peuvent encore être très fortes, et de se tenir loin des lignes de transport d’électricité brisées. Les organismes de gestion des urgences ont travaillé pendant la nuit. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences de la province et les organismes locaux continuent de surveiller les rapports météorologiques et les mises à jour des municipalités.last_img read more

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Akhtar wants Sarfaraz to be removed calls for split captaincy

first_imgNew Delhi: Following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the 2019 World Cup, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Sarfaraz Ahmed should be kept in the team for his wicket-keeping and batting skills and not as a captain in any of the three formats. “He (Sarfaraz) should be used for his wicket-keeping and batting skills,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “No way should he continue as captain of the team. He should not be the captain in any format.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPakistan were knocked out in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men finished fifth in the points table — at equal points (11) with New Zealand after the round-robin stage. However, the Black Caps qualified as the fourth team for the semi-finals owing to better net run-rate. According to Akhtar, Haris Sohail should lead Pakistan in ODIs and T20Is whereas Babar Azam should be handed over the captaincy in Test cricket. “Haris Sohail should be made the captain. He should captain the side in ODIs and T20Is. They should test him (Babar Azam) in Test cricket. I wish him the best. He has scored a lot of runs,” he said. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ had earlier lashed out at Sarfaraz following Pakistan’s defeat in the round-robin stage of the World Cup and had termed the 32-year-old as a “brainless captain”.last_img read more

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Starbucks to expand aggressively in India

first_imgAhmedabad: Tata Starbucks has taken up an aggressive expansion plan by adding more stores across the country in the current financialyear compared to 30 stores opened last year, said a top company official. Tata Starbucks is a 50:50 joint venture company between Tata Global Beverages and Starbucks Coffee of the US. The premium coffee chain has expanded its footprint in India by entering Gujarat with five new stores in Ahmedabad and Surat on Wednesday. “The company will open more stores in the current financial year compared to 30 last year, as it continues to look for opportunities to expand everywhere in the country,” Navin Gurnaney, the CEO of Tata Starbucks said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalWith the opening of three stores in Ahmedabad and two in Surat, we will have 157 stores in ten cities across the country, Gurnaney said. Two years ago, the company added 25 stores and last year it added 30 stores. “We will substantially exceed that number this year, and growth will continue to be very strong, Gurnaney said. He said the company will remain aggressive in terms of expanding its presence in the coming years, by adding stores even in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai where it has a significant presence. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company is also constantly adding new products and innovating in terms of beverages. We are looking at opportunities everywhere, including Gujarat. We are constantly adding new products. We have added 18 new food items in our stores in Mumbai and Pune, he said. He said Gujarat stores will offer more vegetarian options than anywhere else in the country. With coffee consumption growing in India, Tata Starbucks sees fantastic trajectory of growth, and will remain very bullish on India, he said.last_img read more

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BC court allows classaction lawsuit against Facebook to expand

first_imgVANCOUVER — A class-action lawsuit launched against Facebook by a British Columbia woman is allowed to include to residents of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador who claim their images were used without their knowledge.Deborah Douez claims the social media giant used her image and those of others without their knowledge in the “sponsored stories” advertising program that is no longer in operation.Facebook Inc. fought the certification of the class action all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and lost and now a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that Douez can expand the certification to include residents of other provinces who were unknowingly featured in the promotion.Justice Nitya Iyer also agreed with Douez that Facebook is obligated to pay any profits that it made from the unauthorized use of the class members’ names or portraits.If someone liked a product under the program, which ran from January 2011 to May 2014, Facebook generated a news feed endorsement using the person’s name and profile photo, but didn’t tell that person their image was being used.In a ruling issued Monday, Iyer said if the plaintiffs were asking for damages, she would agree with Facebook that the change should be denied, but she notes that giving up the profit made is a remedy under privacy laws in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccan Man Wrongfully Imprisoned Gets MAD 80000 in Lawsuit Against State

Rabat – A Moroccan man reportedly won a settlement of nearly MAD 80.000 in a wrongful conviction lawsuit against the State.According to daily newspaper Al Massae, the man was wrongly imprisoned while he was initially given a six-month suspended sentence in a bounced check case.The man was wrongfully convicted by the Court of First Instance of Settat to serve two months behind bars instead of the suspended sentence. The individual filed a lawsuit against the State seeking compensation. He sought at first MAD 150,000 in compensation. However, he only received MAD 80,000 after the Casablanca Administrative Court ruled in his favor.This is the first time in the history of the Moroccan justice to see a wrongly accused individual being compensated by the State.Article 122 of the Moroccan constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to seek compensation from the state if they were mistakenly convicted of something they did not commit. read more

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Leading Tamil diaspora groups in the US slam Sumanthiran

“If history is of any guide, instead of speaking up for the Tamils, Mr. Sumanthiran is going to play a second fiddle to the Sri Lankan Ambassador and as usual will be a cheer leader for the Sri Lankan Government. He will do some lip-service on Tamil issues to show his Tamil credentials. It is believed that Mr. Sumanthiran was very active in the current Prime Minister’s political party United National Party (UNP), before joining Tamil National Alliance (TNA) during former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s time. But he still maintains close ties to the UNP. Even though he is currently with the TNA his views and actions are all geared towards helping and protecting the Sri Lankan Government,” the two Tamil groups said in a joint statement. The statement said the non- official body that invited Sumanthiran to the US is called the “Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka”. This group has no influence or standing in the US Congress or with the US Government and is run by a junior Member of Congress and occasionally one other senior member shows up for a short time. Tamil diaspora groups in the US have slammed Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran alleging he is visiting Washington DC to support the Sri Lankan Government.Tamils for Obama and American Tamil Forum said Sumanthiran is going to speak at a non- official body at the US Congress along with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Prasad Kariyawasam. Tamils for Obama and American Tamil Forum claimed Sumanthiran used the group to get himself invited to Washington DC to meet other policy makers to convey to them his views on the new Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in college admissions scam

BOSTON (AP) — “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT scores, tearfully apologizing to the teenager for not trusting her to get into college on her own.“I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong,” Huffman, 56, said as she became the first parent sentenced in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy and well-connected mothers and fathers.The scandal exposed the lengths to which parents will go to get their children into the “right” schools and reinforced suspicions that the college admissions process is slanted toward the rich.In sentencing Huffman, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani noted the outrage the case has generated, adding that it “isn’t because people discovered that it isn’t a true meritocracy out there.” The outrage, she said, was because Huffman took steps “to get one more advantage” in a system “already so distorted by money and privilege.”Prosecutors had sought a month in prison for Huffman, while her lawyers said she should get probation.A total of 51 people have been charged in the scheme, the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. Prosecutors said parents schemed to manipulate test scores and bribed coaches to get their children into elite schools by having them labeled as recruited athletes for sports they didn’t even play.Huffman paid $15,000 to boost her older daughter’s SAT scores with the help of William “Rick” Singer, an admission consultant at the center of the scheme. Huffman pleaded guilty in May to a single count of conspiracy and fraud as part of a deal with prosecutors. Singer, who has pleaded guilty, allegedly bribed a test proctor to correct the teenager’s answers.The amount Huffman paid is relatively low compared with other bribes alleged in the scheme. Some parents are accused of paying up to $500,000.Huffman must report for her prison sentence in six weeks. She also must pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.“I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions,” Huffman said in an emailed statement after the sentencing hearing. “And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”In arguing for incarceration, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen told the judge that prosecutors had no reason to doubt the rationale Huffman offered — her fears and insecurities as a parent — for taking part in the scheme.“But with all due respect to the defendant, welcome to parenthood,” Rosen said. “Parenthood is terrifying, exhausting and stressful, but that’s what every parent goes through. … What parenthood does not do, it does not make you a felon, it does not make you cheat, in fact it makes you want to serve as a positive role model for your children.”Huffman’s lawyer Martin Murphy argued that her crimes were less serious than those of her co-defendants and noted that she did not enlist her daughter in the scheme. The actress has said her daughter was unaware of the arrangement.The case is seen as an indicator of what’s in store for other defendants. Over the next two months, nearly a dozen other parents are scheduled to be sentenced. Fifteen parents have pleaded guilty, while 19 are fighting the charges.Among those contesting the charges are “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake athletes.Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer is the only other person sentenced so far and received a day in prison. He admitted helping students get into Stanford as recruited athletes in exchange for $270,000 for his sailing program.Authorities said Huffman’s daughter Sophia got a bump of 400 points from her earlier score on the PSAT, a practice version of the SAT. Prosecutors have not said which colleges her daughter applied to with the fraudulent SAT score.Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged.In a letter this month asking for leniency, Huffman said she turned to the scheme after her daughter’s dreams of going to college and pursuing an acting career were jeopardized by her low math score.“I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college,” Huffman wrote. “I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor.”Prosecutors countered that Huffman was driven by “a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness, facilitated by wealth and insularity.” read more

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UN Assembly session to renew commitment to worlds children officials say

“The special session is going to provide us with an opportunity to review the developments since the World Summit for Children in 1990,” Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, who co-chaired the preparatory committee for the session, told a press conference in New York this afternoon. The special session would allow the leaders who were coming to address the Summit’s “unfinished business,” including several goals that had remained unfulfilled in the areas of health, nutrition, education and protection. Next week’s session “will be vigorously followed-up,” she said, noting that a declaration and plan of action setting out goals to help promote a better world for children had been developed. “Within the framework of the goals and targets which we are developing, countries will be called upon to focus action on four major areas of concern: health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS,” she noted, stressing the need to involve a wide-range of partners in the process.”Children are better off today than they were 10 years ago,” Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, noting that the Summit goal of reducing under-five mortality had been reached in many countries. Meetings that came out with concrete goals – and she believed ultimately the special session’s plan of action would be one – could make a difference if leaders went back to their countries and did something about it. “That’s the reason for having this meeting,” she said.The special session, to be held from 8 to 10 May, will bring together at UN headquarters over 70 heads of State and government, as well as non-governmental organizations, children’s advocates and children themselves. The session will also feature an unprecedented number of youths serving as representatives of their official delegations – so far, 179 of the 300 young participants have registered as members of government delegations from 101 countries. The remaining children are part of accredited NGO delegations. Many more young people are expected to sign up, forming a youthful counterpoint to the heads of State and government that will attend the session. read more

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Record one billion tourists in 2012 can be force for good UN

The One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities campaign of the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) shows tourists that respecting local culture, preserving heritage or buying local goods when travelling can make a big difference.“Today, we welcome the symbolic arrival of the one-billionth tourist,” said WTO’s Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, according to a news release from the agency. “Your actions count. That is our message to the one billion tourists.”People worldwide helped prioritize the campaign’s travel tips by voting for the ones they believed would best boost local populations. ‘Buy Local’ emerged as the winning piece of advice, while a close second was ‘Respect Local Culture,’ said UNWTO. Voters were asked to pledge to follow the tips they respectively endorsed.“Through the right actions and choices, each tourist represents an opportunity for a fairer, more sustainable future,” Mr. Rifai said.The campaign is in line with Madrid-based WTO’s mandate to promote the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.As such, WTO said ‘Buy Local’ is a call for tourists to buy food and souvenirs locally, or hire local guides, to ensure their spending translates into jobs and income for host communities.It said ‘Respect Local Culture’ aims to encourage tourists to learn more about their destination’s traditions, or some words in the local language, before leaving home.WTO serves as a global forum and source of tourism know-how for its membership, which includes 155 countries. It said in its release that, despite global economic uncertainty, international tourism continued to grow in 2012, with the symbolic one-billionth tourist cementing the industry’s position as one of the world’s largest economic sectors.Tourism accounted for nine per cent of global gross domestic product when totalling its direct, indirect and induced impact, the agency said, noting that one in every 12 jobs and up to eight per cent of the total exports of the world’s UN-designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs) depend on tourism.While it was impossible to know exactly where the one-billionth tourist would arrive today, WTO said many countries were celebrating the occasion by welcoming arriving vacationers.WTO added that it was celebrating in Madrid by welcoming the symbolic one-billionth tourist in the Museo del Prado, the Spanish capital’s most-visited tourism attraction, together with the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain. read more

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Newcar buyers shift down a band or two

G226 +250,68911.3176,1417.5 A<100 g8002980 ‘There has been a noticeable shift in the new car market,’ commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan, ‘This is partly due to concerns about motoring costs and partly because reducing their climate change impact is important to more buyers. However, we should not underplay significant fuel economy and CO2 savings from technological advances in new models, including premium brands.’ Recently launched British-built models highlight this improvement. The new MINI Cooper for example, built in Oxford, is 19 per cent better on fuel economy and 16 per cent on CO2 emissions than its predecessor, Halewood’s Land Rover Freelander2 petrol boasts a 10 per cent improvement on fuel consumption and emissions over the model it replaced, while a new range of fuel-efficient diesel models has helped Jaguar cut average tailpipe CO2 by 31.5 per cent since 1997. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) C121 – 150421,15819.2747,09431.9 B101 – 1203,5190.1109,9264.7 F186 – 225533,75924.0346,34314.8 D151 – 165500,49423.8567,00724.2 E166 – 185511,22022.7398,05517.0 New car registrations by VED band 2000 v 2006 Research by economists at SMMT has revealed a dramatic shift in the new car market, with hundreds of thousands of buyers moving into cars with lower CO2 emissions. By comparing road tax bands, which are based on tailpipe CO2, the figures show 60.7 per cent of new cars sold last year fell within the cleanest bands A-D (under 165 g/km) compared with just 43.1 per cent in 2000. VED bandCO2 g/km2000 new carsMarket share %2006 new carsMarket share % read more

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Column Jim Harbaugh needs more time before criticism is fair

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh looks on after the last touchdown during the game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWithout question, Jim Harbaugh has repaired the weakened Michigan football program that Brady Hoke left behind.But nearing the end of his third season, carrying an 8-3 record and still without a top-two finish in the Big Ten East, Harbaugh is facing questions about the quality of his tenure beyond his golden sound bites. Yes, Michigan’s program is better than where Hoke left it. But under Harbaugh, the Wolverines are 1-4 against Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, and with a tough game against the Buckeyes set for Saturday, plus a bowl game, they could reasonably finish 8-5. Is that what Harbaugh was hired to do? No — which means some questions about Harbaugh’s tenure are fair. Still, Harbaugh deserves more patience, even if his eccentric character, illustrious arsenal of metaphors and past success, both at Stanford and in the NFL, have lent him near-mythical status. “I wasn’t consciously doing anything to be on the radar, just coaching the football team,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday at his weekly press conference.The first thing to consider when evaluating Michigan since Harbaugh has been coaching the football team is what has happened around the Big Ten. Ohio State, under Urban Meyer, has been exceptional and reasserted itself as college football royalty. With its necessary NCAA sanctions expired, Penn State has re-established itself on the field, particularly the past two seasons. One of the Wolverines’ three losses this fall came on the road against the then-No. 2 Nittany Lions. Should that be hung over Harbaugh’s head?Since 2010, Michigan State, long a bastion of mediocrity, has refashioned itself as a top program in the conference — it has won more Big Ten titles than any team over the past seven seasons — and nationally. (To be fair, the Spartans were awful in 2016, but they had won at least 11 games in five of their previous six seasons and appear to have returned to playing actual football). And this is just in the Wolverines’ division, the Big Ten East. There’s also Wisconsin turning in 10-plus-win seasons left and right and Iowa being Iowa. Harbaugh’s seven conference losses have been against these five teams. Indeed, to be considered top-notch you have to beat other top-notch teams, but no one can ignore the quality he’s competing against in the Big Ten. It’s like faulting the Beach Boys because they aren’t the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. The second thing to consider is Harbaugh has yet to completely have his hand-picked quarterback lead the offense. At Stanford, once Harbaugh’s prized recruit Andrew Luck took the reigns, the Cardinal went from 4-8 and 5-7 without him to 8-5 and 12-1. In Harbaugh’s first season at Michigan, following four seasons coaching the San Francisco 49ers, he had Iowa graduate transfer Jake Rudock under center. Rudock was surprisingly good, leading the Wolverines to 9-3 regular season and a Citrus Bowl victory against then-No. 19 Florida, but no one was going to confuse him with Luck or J.T. Barrett or former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Last year, Harbaugh had then-redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight see the bulk of the action under center. Speight, a Hoke recruit, was fine — completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns in 12 starts. While Speight also isn’t Luck or Barrett or Cook, the Wolverines looked like a championship-caliber team that throttled eventual Big Ten champion Penn State 49-10 before inexcusably losing three of their last four. This fall, Speight, who was one of Michigan’s mere five returning starters, has been sidelined due to injury since Sept. 23, leaving Harbaugh stuck with redshirt senior John O’Korn, a Houston transfer who objectively is not that good, and redshirt freshman Brandon Peters. Behind defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Wolverines’ defense is still No. 3 in the country, but the defense can only do so much when you’re throwing O’Korn out there against Penn State and an inexperienced Peters against undefeated Wisconsin on the road. Peters left the game against the Badgers with a concussion and is status for Saturday is uncertain. Harbaugh, a former Michigan quarterback himself, needs a quality signal-caller to lead his offense. He had it with Luck, mostly with Rudock, and sometimes with Speight in 2016. Next fall, with two of his talented recruits — Peters, a former four-star prospect who Harbaugh said has similarities to Luck, and fellow four-star Dylan McCaffrey, who is currently redshirting — presumably joining Speight in a three-way quarterback battle, Harbaugh will be in a better position to have the caliber player he needs under center. Then, the clock really starts ticking for Harbaugh. The lofty expectations that followed him to Ann Arbor in 2015 can start to be rigorously applied. It doesn’t mean Saturday’s game is meaningless — it’s still a huge rivalry — but it shouldn’t be used as a further indictment of Harbaugh since the Wolverines have two dinged-up quarterbacks and little to play for in the big picture. It also doesn’t mean Harbaugh is above criticism the past three seasons. But because of the quality of Big Ten competition and the quality of his quarterbacks, any of Harbaugh’s shortcomings have lacked context and haven’t all been deserved.At the least, the past three seasons have been good for sound bites. read more

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Freeport McMoRan using drones to monitor mine environment

first_imgFreeport-McMoRan was recently recognized with an award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for its innovative approach to monitoring mine operations using drones. Rather than send workers into hazardous areas to survey mine sites, Freeport-McMoRan uses a drone to capture a bird’s eye view of the mine environment.The military-grade drone was modified to allow it to carry technology capable of recording high-quality images and streaming live video. The drone is used to inspect highwalls, tailings, large mill buildings, power lines, traffic flows and several other aspects of the operations, including providing an additional aerial safety check in advance of blasting and documenting blast sequencing.The use of the drone reduces the risk of falls from heights, electrocutions, injury or death from highwall failures, and provides an extra measure of safety for mine operators who no longer must venture out to hazardous locations for a first look. The drone’s imaging system can transmit streaming video, and take very clear pictures for mapping purposes.last_img read more

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Passenger removed from Ryanair flight from Dublin says reports of disturbance are

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4076993 Jun 18th 2018, 3:04 PM Monday 18 Jun 2018, 3:04 PM By Paul Hosford 100,077 Views 92 Comments Share190 Tweet Email1 Passenger removed from Ryanair flight from Dublin says reports of disturbance are ‘fake news’ Niall Harrington and his friends were on their way to Ibiza for a stag party.center_img ONE OF THREE men taken off a Ryanair flight on Saturday has said the move was an over-reaction by the airline.Niall Harrington from Cork spoke to Neil Prendeville on the city’s Red FM this morning and said reports that his group had caused havoc were “fake news”.Niall and his friends were on their way to Ibiza for a stag party when they became involved in what the airline claimed was a disturbance, which led to the flight being diverted to Paris Beauvais Airport. Three passengers were removed and detained by French police on arrival at Paris Beauvais.Speaking to Prendeville this morning, Harrington said a friend of his had opened a naggin of vodka on the flight but put it away when asked. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie Later on he opened it again and before we knew it, we were told we were being diverted.He said that reports of an “unruly, drink-fuelled disturbance” were “fake news”.There was nothing like that, it was just good fun – people going on a stag, people going on holiday – everyone was in good form. We’ve met people over here who were on the flight who couldn’t believe it – it was a total over-reaction.“Everyone was in total shock.”Harrington says that he has since received an email telling him that he is prohibited from flying Ryanair in future. This came after armed police had taken the trio from the plane in Paris.He said he and his friends had two drinks in the airport, but said any idea that the three were a security risk was wrong.From there, they were questioned before being released without charge. They made their way to Charles de Gaulle Airport where they flew to Palma in Majorca. From there, they flew to Ibiza and will fly back to Ireland via Belfast.A Ryanair spokesperson yesterday said that the diversion had been necessary.“The aircraft landed normally and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to Ibiza.We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.Ryanair has responded by calling for significant changes to limit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am.The airline said:“It is incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”An email to the show from Niall’s wife Grace said the family is due to fly with Ryanair on a family holiday next month. Short URL Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Luka Modric I wanted them to be here

first_imgLuka Modric has opened up on the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the FIFA Best award ceremony.Modric, 33, who ended the duopoly of Messi and Ronaldo, said he would have liked them to be present. The Croatia skipper took the accolade ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in London.Modric helped Madrid win the Champions League before leading Croatia to the World Cup final.“Everyone has their own reasons,” he said.“Obviously, I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Asked if he had spoken to his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Modric said: “No.”“He sent me a message the day of the UEFA prize but nothing yet,” he added. “I don’t have my phone with me now so maybe he has [sent a message].”The 33-year-old Modric had no interest in discussing whether he deserved the honour.“I don’t want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not,” he said.“I just want to thank all the people that voted for me for their support and continue as I have until now.”last_img read more

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Woman in Carlsbad fatally stabbed in home invasion

first_imgWoman in Carlsbad fatally stabbed in home invasion Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 11, 2019 Posted: March 11, 2019 Updated: 1:48 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 64-year-old woman was fatally stabbed early this morning inside her Carlsbad home, police said.Dispatchers received a call from a woman around 12:30 a.m. reporting that she had been stabbed in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, just north of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Carlsbad Police Lt. Jason Jackowski said.Officers responded to the home and found the 64-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m., Jackowski said, adding that her name was withheld pending family notification.Investigators believe a man and a woman broke into the woman’s home then fled in the victim’s vehicle, the lieutenant said. A K9 unit from the Oceanside Police Department and a San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter were called in to search for the suspects.Deputies found the victim’s vehicle abandoned in the 800 block of Grand Avenue in San Marcos shortly after 5:30 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. David Buether said.In the late morning, officers took a man and woman into custody at gunpoint in an open area near the site of the home-invasion slaying, but police had no other immediate information about the arrests.Carlsbad police were investigating the circumstances leading up to the stabbing. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Excess water released from 5 Maha dams

first_imgMumbai: Water was released from five dams in North and Western Maharashtra over Monday and Tuesday thanks to reservoirs getting full due to heavy rains in catchment areas, government officials said. A warning was also issued to villages on the banks of the Mutha and Godavari rivers as their levels were likely to rise with the release of water. Also Read – Kamal Nath states that there is no struggle over leader’s post in MP Advertise With Us The release of water will help arid regions of South-Central Maharashtra and parts of Marathwada, said an official of the Water Resources Department. “All gates of Hatnur dam in Jalgaon and Gangapur dam in Nashik district (both in North Maharashtra) have been opened to release excess water into the Tapi and Godavari rivers (respectively),” he said. Also Read – Swami Chinmayanand case: Law student to be produced before Supreme Court today Advertise With Us Rains in Madhya Pradesh led to Hatnur dam filling up, he said. “The water from Gangapur dam (across the Godavari) would flow downstream into Jayakwadi dam near Aurangabad, so it will ease water scarcity in Marathwada,” he said. “Veer and Khadakwasla dams in Pune district too have started releasing water into the Neera and Mutha (respectively), which would reach the Ujani dam on Pune- Solapur border,” the official said. Advertise With Us “Ujani has a capacity of 117 TMC (one thousand million cubic feet) and its entire live (usable) stock was exhausted in the summer to supply drinking water to Solapur district,” he added. Solapur has not received good rainfall so far. In Nashik district, heavy rains forced the irrigation department to release 8,833 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from Gangapur dam. The water touched the Saykheda bridge in the district while the idol of famous Dutondya Maruti in Nashik city was half-submerged. The temple stands in the river Godavari. With the water almost touching the Ramsetu bridge in Nashik city, the administration urged people not to gather on the bridges to watch the floodwaters. The level of the Darna river in the district also rose after water was released from Darna dam following continuous downpour in Igatpuri tehsil.last_img read more

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