Srinagar: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, who has been camping here since Tuesday, talked to locals and security personnel during a quick tour of the sensitive downtown area here on Friday, officials said. The NSA, accompanied by his aides and senior police officers, visited the Eidgah locality and stopped at various places to interact with locals. He later talked to police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and thanked them for their wonderful work in maintaining law and order. The NSA has instructed the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that the common people are not harassed in any manner during the tight restrictions imposed in the wake of abrogation of the constitutional provisions that accorded special status to the state, the officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Doval went to Shopian in south Kashmir on Wednesday and talked to the locals. He also interacted with the police and paramilitary personnel on the ground to keep their morale high. Ajit Doval also met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday, an official spokesperson said. They emphasised on the importance of reaching out to people and helping them meet their daily needs, besides ensuring their safety and security, the official said. Governor Malik also discussed the arrangements made by the administration to facilitate people for observance of Eid-ul-Azha with religious fervour and gaiety, he added.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking direction to the AAP government to fix the dates and timings for kite flying, observing that there cannot be any hard and fast rule for enjoyment of a festival.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said there was no reason to entertain the petition. The bench warned that this was a case fit for imposing cost, but it refrained from doing so. “How to enjoy a festival is on the wisdom of an individual. There cannot be any hard and fast rule for enjoyment of a festival,” it said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Delhi resident Mohit Ghalyan, an engineer, who suffered an injury to his neck due to Chinese ‘manja’ (glass coated string used in kite flying) on August 15, 2012. Terming “absurd” the submission of the petitioner’s counsel, Rishi Pal Singh, that kite flying should only be allowed on occasions of Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan, the court said it could not give such a direction. It added that the court was concerned with violation of law and if anyone sustains injuries due to ‘manja’ or a kite, the victim can come to the court to seek appropriate relief.
Rabat – Morocco’s newly appointed Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani announced on Saturday evening the end of the five-long deadlock and the formation of the new coalition government.During a press conference held this evening at the Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) headquarters, Othmani said the coalition will includes six parties.In addition to the PJD, the coalition will include ministers from the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Popular Movement (MP), the Constitutional Union (UC), the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP). Surrounded by the six party leaders and his partisan colleague Mustapha Ramid, Othmani addressed the media saying: “Since King Mohammed VI appointed me as Head of Government to form the coalition government – I rushed to embark on negotiations.”“I want to pay a tribute to Abdelilah Benkirane for the efforts he had made during his [futile] mission [to form the government,]” Othmani said. “I want also to thank him for his support.”Othmani noted that during the beginning of his negotiations with other party leaders on Tuesday, he received all parties that represented in the parliament, except for the Federation of Democratic Left (FGD), which secured two seats during the legislative elections held on October 7, 2016.“I received the parties that voiced their positions and desire to participate in the government and forming the government as soon as possible,” Othmani added.The six parties included in the coalition government represent 240 seats out of 395 in the parliament.
Rabat – Faouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) confirmed that Dutch-born Moroccan footballer Sofyan Amrabat has chosen to represent the Moroccan national team instead of the Netherlands squad.Lekjaa, also the third vice president of the Confederation of African Football, told Moroccan news outlet Chouf TV that Ammrabat and his family were present during Morocco’s game against Gabon, which took place in Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca on Saturday.The president said that Ammrabat, who is Nourreddine Amrabat’s youngest brother, “will play for the Moroccan team.” In April, Moroccan media reported that Amrabat confirmed that he would play for the Moroccan team.The 21-year-old footballer made his debut for the Moroccan national football team in a 1-0 friendly win against Tunisia on March 28 after an invitation from Herve Renard, the coach of Morocco’s national football team.Renard praised the footballer for his good performance during the match.Amrabat represented the Netherlands under-15 team in 2010. He later represented the Morocco national under-17 football squad at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.Could Sofyan Ammrabat join the Moroccan national team in their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Ivory Coast? This is a question for the future.
US job openings jump to 14-year high in latest sign that strong hiring will continue FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2014 file photo, Jacob Robinson, left, of Epic, an electronic health record software company, speaks with students attending The Foot in the Door Career Fair at the University of Illinois Springfield in Springfield, Ill. The Labor Department issues its November report on job openings and labor turnover on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2015 8:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will continue to create more demand for their goods and services.Job openings rose 2.9 per cent to 4.97 million in November, the most since January 2001. More job vacancies generally lead to more hiring. Employers have been slow to fill their openings for most of the recovery, but that started to change last year as companies ramped up their overall hiring.A second report Tuesday from the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business group, added to the positive outlook. An NFIB monthly index of small business optimism rose in December to its highest level since October 2006. Business owners surveyed by the group were also more likely to add jobs than at any point in at least six years.“There’s no question that small business owners are feeling better about the economy,” NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said. “If they continue to feel that way 2015 could be a very good year.”Job openings have soared over the last year. The fact that they continue to rise suggests companies still want to hire even after adding a large number of jobs in 2014. With the unemployment rate lower, employers may be forced to offer higher pay in order to attract the workers they need, though there is little sign that wages have started to rise yet.“The surge in the number of job openings since last spring is nothing short of spectacular,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a note to clients. Should such increases continue, “the greater is the chance the wage pressures intensify.”Yet the job market’s improvement hasn’t yet boosted hourly pay by much. That has flummoxed economists, who generally expect pay to rise when the unemployment rate falls, as businesses compete for a smaller pool of potential employees.The two reports released Tuesday “suggest that labour market conditions are even stronger than we previously believed and leaves the slowdown in wage growth looking even odder,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.A measure of average hourly pay actually fell in December, according to Friday’s monthly jobs report. Wages have only increased 1.7 per cent in the past year. That’s barely ahead of the 1.3 per cent inflation rate.Friday’s report also showed that employers added a net total of 252,000 jobs in December, capping the best year for hiring since 1999. Nearly 3 million more people started earning paychecks in 2014. That drove the unemployment rate down to 5.6 per cent, the lowest level in more than six years.Tuesday’s data on job openings is from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, which provides a more detailed look at the job market than the monthly employment report. It includes figures for overall hiring, as well as the number of quits and layoffs. The monthly jobs figures are a net total of job gains or losses.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has cited the levels of quits and hires as key indicators of job market health. She and other Fed officials are monitoring those trends as they consider when to raise short-term interest rates from near-zero levels. Most economists forecast that won’t happen until the middle of next year.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber
Immigration, secrets and social housing: how politics touched us this week OTTAWA – Endless applause rained down on the Olympic athletes who flooded the floor of the House of Commons this week — an indication, surely, of the pride that MPs of all political stripes feel for their country and its ability to shine.It was a sustained moment of common purpose in the middle of a week that was notable for its intensity. The federal Liberals were on the defensive, both for their fundraising practices and also for blazing a fiscal path that shows no end to deficits.But they countered with some serious policy: immigration measures, a new infrastructure plan, foreign investment changes, loan guarantees for Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls project and the naming of enough independent senators to give that new group of free-thinkers a plurality in the upper house.Here are three ways politics affected Canadians this week:IMMIGRATIONThe government has announced its immigration targets for 2017. Despite extensive pressure to increase levels and indications from ministers that it would happen, Canada aims to take in 300,000 newcomers next year — the same as 2016, although slightly more than the levels we saw under the Conservative government.The mix of newcomers will be different. Ottawa foresees significantly higher numbers of economic immigrants — a seven per cent increase — and more family reunification. By bringing in more highly skilled workers and giving the provinces a bit more scope to hand-pick them, the federal Liberals are tipping their collective hat to businesses struggling to deal with skills shortages. And allowing more family reunification is always good retail politics.The increases come at the expense of refugees and protected persons. This year, with the influx of Syrians, Canada brought in 55,800 in this category. Next year, it is expected to fall to 40,000.There are two challenges holding Ottawa back from raising immigration levels right away: the financial and human-resource cost of integrating larger numbers of people, and a desire to avoid stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment.But it’s worth noting that Finance Minister Bill Morneau also this week announced new measures to dramatically speed up the processing of work visas for high-growth companies. He also eliminated the need for permits for short-term contracts.SECRETSIn a week of outrage at police forces in Quebec for spying on journalists through their smartphones, it turns out they weren’t the only authorities drawing down private data on Canadians. The Federal Court ruled late Thursday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been illegally gathering electronic information on Canadians who posed no risk whatsoever to public safety. For 10 years.The improperly retained material was metadata — information associated with a communication, such as a telephone number or email address, but not the actual messages. The court ruling raised concerns that the data trails would draw in friends and family members of surveillance targets, even if they were not under suspicion themselves.CSIS said the practice would stop immediately. But the opposition NDP is now calling for a better explanation from the government, tougher oversight of CSIS and a complete withdrawal of the Conservatives’ C-51 security legislation.SOCIAL HOUSINGIn a heftier-than-usual fall fiscal update, Morneau highlighted a longer-term, more substantive and more innovative plan for infrastructure. Instead of $60 billion over 10 years, we will see about $100 billion over 11 years. Roughly a quarter of that is for social infrastructure, for projects such as affordable housing. The government hopes to leverage that amount substantially by setting up a bank that lures in pools of private capital.But the bulk of the federal funding is set to flow towards the end of the 11-year time frame. In the meantime, Morneau argues, Canadian families will see plenty of benefits from the federal government as previous initiatives kick in — tax cuts to the middle class, enriched child benefits, and previous commitments to infrastructure.Indeed, social infrastructure will see about $1.7 billion in funding next year from measures taken in Budget 2016 — funding that Morneau argues will not only house more struggling families but also create jobs.— Follow @hscoffield on Twitter by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2016 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) states that more than half of 635 conflict-related detainees interviewed experienced ill-treatment and torture, particularly in 34 facilities of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) between October 2011 and October 2012. Torture took the form of abusive interrogation techniques in which Afghan officials inflicted severe pain and suffering on detainees during interrogations aimed mainly at obtaining a confession or information, UNAMA stated in a news release. Fourteen methods of torture and ill-treatment were described similar to practices previously documented by the Mission. “The Government’s attention and efforts to address these abusive practices are visible and encouraging, and have produced some positive results but the system isn’t robust enough to eliminate ill-treatment of detainees,” said Jan Kubis, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA. “Clearly, more needs to be done to end and prevent torture.” Among other measures to improve detention practices, the Government carried out training programmes on prevention of the ill-treatment of detainees, issued policy directives, increased the number of inspections and reassigned personnel. The Mission noted that while both the NDS and the Ministry of Interior stated that they investigated allegations of ill-treatment, it is unclear whether any of these internal probes resulted in the prosecution or loss of jobs of Afghan officials for involvement in torturing detainees or for having failed to prevent torture. “UNAMA found a persistent lack of accountability for perpetrators of torture with few investigations and no prosecutions for those responsible,” said Georgette Gagnon, Director of Human Rights for UNAMA. “The findings highlight that torture cannot be addressed by training, inspections and directives alone but requires sound accountability measures to stop and prevent its use. Without deterrents and disincentives to use torture, including a robust, independent investigation process, criminal prosecutions and courts’ consistent refusal to accept confessions gained through torture, Afghan officials have no incentive to stop torture.” Over the reporting period, the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) implemented a detention facility monitoring programme to support Afghan authorities in reforming their interrogation and detainee treatment practices prior to resuming international transfers of detainees to several facilities. In October 2012, following new reports of torture at several NDS and ANP facilities, including locations where ISAF had transferred detainees, ISAF suspended transfers for a second time. ISAF subsequently stopped transferring detainees to several Afghan facilities and implemented a process limiting transfer to a reduced number of Afghan facilities and increasing monitoring and accountability. UNAMA stated that its findings reinforce the urgent and long-term need for reforms in the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement sectors and offers 64 recommendations to the Government and international partners. In addition to other measures, UNAMA recommends the creation of an independent national preventive mechanism on torture described in the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. “Such a dedicated mechanism could be located within the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission with the authority and enhanced capacity and expertise to inspect all detention facilities, conduct follow-up investigations and make detailed technical recommendations on prosecution of perpetrators and remedial measures,” said the Mission. “Establishing such a mechanism would require concerted and sustained support from the Afghan Government and the international community. UNAMA continues to observe the treatment of detainees and is working closely with Afghan authorities and international partners to bring positive change.” The recommendations strengthen proposals in UNAMA’s October 2011 report which have not been fully implemented, the Mission added.
The world’s anti-doping authorities are launching a focused investigation in Jamaica following allegations that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission was not testing their own athletes thoroughly.According to The Associated Press:“The world’s anti-doping authority is launching an “extraordinary” audit of Jamaica’s drug-testing agency following allegations that its policing of the island’s sprinting superstars led by Usain Bolt all but collapsed in the months before they dazzled at the London Games.”Since London 2012 though, high-profile Jamaican sprinters including Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown have tested positive for banned substances.Former executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission, Renee Anne Shirley, alleges that athletes were not tested outside of competitions for years leading up to the 2012 Olympics.“There was a period of — and forgive me if I don’t have the number of months right — but maybe five to six months during the beginning part of 2012 where there was no effective operation,” Shirley told The Gleaner. “No testing. There might have been one or two, but there was no testing. So we were worried about it, obviously.”Those allegations didn’t go without push back.A spokesman from the International Association of Athletics Federations insists that Jamaican athletes are not only tested by Jamaican drug testing agencies, but its own out-of-competition testing of the athletes was “robust and comprehensive” with tests carried out at Jamaican training camps.When questioned how much he gets tested, Usain Bolt replied, “Sometimes they will come like six times in one month and then you won’t see them for two months and then they come three times in one week. So I don’t really keep track. I just get drug tested when I do.”
8 Comments Get used to it… Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Mar 15th 2019, 7:06 AM https://the42.ie/4543109 ‘There were times when I didn’t even ask how much I was getting for the fights – I’d just find out afterwards’ 33,807 Views Taylor moving the dial in USA whether critics like it or not Katie Taylor is on the verge of a major breakthrough for women’s pro boxing. Subscribe Get used to it… Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO Gavan Casey reports from PhiladelphiaWHEN YOU ASK Katie Taylor about women’s boxing’s detractors, it can go one of two ways.If criticism has been particularly prevalent as it was following her three-round blow-out of IBF mandatory challenger Kimberly Connor in July of last year, she’ll sound off in her own way. The annoyance, of course, is evident more in her intonation than the substance of what she actually says, most of which is magnanimous enough.But last Wednesday, Taylor dismissed that same criticism in far fewer words.She made the point that she pays attention only to people who actually cover boxing, and not those looking to fill space in Irish newspapers. She made a rather more telling point, too, that these criticisms don’t hold much credence across the Atlantic Ocean, on the other side of which she is legitimately moving the dial.And never was that more accentuated than it was at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Thursday. Katie Taylor and Rose Volante square off in Philly. Source: Jeff Fusco/INPHOMoments after Taylor tipped the scales ahead of her world-title unification bout with Rose Volante, she approached the team belonging to US broadcasters DAZN, manager Brian Peters in tow, for an obligatory pre-fight chat. She cut the figure of someone who’d been through this rigmarole before — which she has.I find Taylor to be more than generous with her time, generally speaking, but on weigh-in days there is always a trepidation on behalf of the writer. You find yourself caught between trying to justify your employers’ — or your own — investment of your being there in the first place. You’re acutely aware that Taylor had a press conference literally yesterday, and she probably hasn’t eaten much if at all since, and she doesn’t like interviews anyway so she’s probably not all that keen for a yap.You’ll always get from Taylor the fist-bump, the smile, the sense of appreciation that you’re there from Ireland to cover her fight. But you’re never sure whether or not to ask for a quick natter. Obviously, whether you’re sure or not, you ask.No sooner than I did ask — and I’d picked up a decent anecdote regarding Volante’s words for Taylor during the fighters’ staredown in any case — a woman leant across the barrier and asked Taylor: ‘Katie, would you mind if we get a picture?’Taylor was instantaneous in her acceptance, already in position for the picture before the woman in question took a backward step and poised her phone.And then in came Sugar Ray Leonard for his picture with the champ.It was watching Taylor and this literal deity of boxing embrace arm-in-arm which made this writer re-examine what she had said during that actual interview last week:I am getting the credit from people over here [in America], people who are knowledgeable about the sport. The people who follow the sport, the actual boxing journalists — they realise how big some of these fights are. They recognise the credentials of some of these opponents.That’s all that matters, really. The real boxing purists know exactly what’s happening, and I don’t really take much notice of anyone else.There can be few more knowledgeable than Leonard who, from the mouth of literally any boxing fan, and in the eyes of all, is one of the five greatest ever to lace up the mitts.And funnily enough, this was his second time to ask for — and receive — a picture with the Irish sporting icon, the first being a few months back in Boston.They have a phrase in America: ‘Real recognise real’.And while Taylor is not the type to truly denigrate the naysayers of the women’s game — even if she’d probably like to — a quick pic with Sugar Ray must go a long way toward forcing the talking heads’ notions to the bowels of her subconscious. Major fights lie in wait for Katie Taylor if she can see past Rose Volante on Friday night. Source: Jeff Fusco/INPHOIt would be wrong to overdo it: I’d love to tell you that when I asked my taxi driver if he knew who was fighting at Liacouras Center on Friday night, he leant back and said to me: ‘Well everybody knows Katie Taylor’. He did not. More of an MMA fan, he said, costing me some serious colour.But I’ll balance that with the following: as I stood atop the photographers’ platform to phone-record Taylor and Volante’s weigh-in, an American gentleman from a local publication turned to me and said: “Dude, that Irish girl is going to fuck her up.”What makes you say that? I asked.“Bro”, he goes, “I was in Boston for her fight against that Spanish girl who has the sister [Cindy Serrano, Puerto Rican], and that girl is no joke, but this girl from Ireland made her life a fucking misery for 10 rounds.”It might be the Spanish girl’s sister, Amanda Serrano, also from Puerto Rico by way of Brooklyn, who eventually silences Taylor’s detractors. She’s a seven-weight world champion. Albeit, five of those titles have been vacant, and the title fights in question have been sanctioned by the Puerto Rico-based WBO who refuse to publish women’s rankings, and whose belt — the lightweight version of which is currently held by Taylor’s opponent on Friday, Rose Volante — is a Lidl Ladyball-coloured pink.But Serrano is a significant threat to any fighter operating within the realm of lightweight, and she spurs something in Taylor that few others do. Rivals Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano are due to face off later this year.Serrano has said repeatedly that she intends to put an end to the Taylor hype train. She says she has the power to knock Taylor out. She has declined on several occasions to be interviewed by this publication, at the same time.In an October interview with The42, Taylor said of Serrano:She’s good enough that she shouldn’t need to fight for all those vacant titles. She’s good enough to go after some of those big names, and I don’t know why she hasn’t done that. I think she’s mentally fragile at times — that’s what her biggest problem is, really. I don’t think she wants the big fights. Maybe she’s afraid to lose.That’s just my thoughts on it. I don’t know if that’s the way it is. But a fight between us is one people have been talking about for the last year or so, and the fight has to happen. I’m definitely open to it, and she has claimed that she’s open to it. Whether she actually wants the fight or not, I’m not too sure.It could be argued that Taylor was breaking from character in making such an assessment. Equally, it could be argued that she had assumed character for the purpose of this prospective fight. The truth, as it tends to in these cases, probably lies somewhere in between, but Taylor is well able to trade verbal barbs when needs be.Here’s another truth, though: provided all goes to plan before then, Taylor-Serrano will headline at the Theater in Madison Square Garden in September, and it’ll be the biggest women’s boxing match of all time, bar none.Absolutely, that points to a void in quality in the women’s game throughout history. But equally, it points to a changing sport: three years ago, the idea that two women could headline pretty much anywhere, live on TV, would have been dismissed off-hand. That’s the Taylor effect Stateside in a nutshell.Now, proceed with caution. I personally don’t think Serrano will take that fight, even though she has signed with Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom, with a precise view to making it.It wasn’t lip service when Taylor described her as ‘mentally fragile’. Veteran Serrano, as super a fighter as she is, titles or no titles, clearly can’t bear the thought of losing to a relative newcomer to the pro ranks: for years she’s fought tirelessly for recognition, and to be soundly beaten by a three-year pro is likely too much for her to bear. We’ll see on that front. Amanda Serrano should lie in wait for Katie Taylor down the line… Source: Joel PlummerBut even before then, Taylor will partake in a women’s fight that changes the game, probably as the co-main event to Anthony Joshua in New York on 1 June.Delfine Persoon, the WBC lightweight champion, is no joke. She dispatched of a fine opponent in Melissa St Vil last weekend with minimal fuss. She fought in front of what could be best described as acoustic atmosphere in her native land — and honestly, God knows how bad her management team are when she’s not a star even at home — but she walked through the game St Vil with the swagger of a long-reigning champion.She issued a statement to Taylor in her TKO6 — ‘I’ve held up my end of the bargain’.Now, it’s over to Taylor to get the job done against Volante in what is the last of her roadblock fights.Yes, Volante is unbeaten and yes, ‘unification clash’ has got a ring to it, but this is another opponent Taylor should deal with. It’s the last of those hold-up fights — the bridge between ‘just another fight’ and the truly significant fights in and around her division.Persoon offers a legitimate challenge, as does Serrano, as does undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus — the latter being first million-dollar fight for Taylor, or any female boxer — beyond that. Taylor has women’s superfights on her horizon. Source: AP/PA ImagesBut it’s a testament to her impact on the sport, and perhaps the boxing fan or journalist’s understanding of what it takes to build a career, that the questions asked in columns or by talking heads in Ireland aren’t asked in the States.Here, there is a collective cognisance that she’s onto something.And while Taylor will never say it, that’s where manager Brian Peters’ remarks regarding billion-dollar US broadcasters DAZN ring true:Now, as nice as Katie is, I don’t think DAZN and these guys are giving her that money because she’s a nice person. I think they’re giving it to her because she’s a star. She moves the dial. That’s why.By the end of 2019 or the start of 2020, I’d be interested to hear the thoughts of those who claim Taylor’s professional career, and the sport within she operates, aren’t worth much.It’s a big ‘if’ but victories pending, a series of fights with Persoon, Serrano and Braekhus would be unprecedented — in both the male or female ranks. They’ll be wildly celebrated in the States.Perhaps then, it’ll hit home.Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey on The42 Rugby Weekly as Ireland bid to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff, and the U20s target their own piece of history. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 7:05 AM By Gavan Casey Short URL Share381 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Aug 28th 2019, 1:32 PM https://jrnl.ie/4785649 5 Comments Garda forensics examine a car which it is believed to have been hit by a stray bullet. Source: Eamonn FarrellGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE shooting dead of a man in a caravan park in county Louth yesterday have said it was not a drive by shooting.Instead they said the gunman arrived and left the busy park in a red Lexus car.At a press conference in Clogherhead, county Louth this afternoon, GardaÍ confirmed the deceased was Keith Brannigan (29) from Drogheda.He was working on decking at the front of one of the caravans when he was shot dead yesterday just before 2.50pm.Garda Superintendent Andrew Watters, Drogheda, today said it was “a particularly indiscriminate and callous act carried out in a very busy caravan park. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 1:32 PM Share5 Tweet Email1 Short URL ‘Lot of young children were close’: Gardaí make appeal over ‘indiscriminate’ Louth shooting Keith Brannigan was shot dead while working on decking at the front a caravan in Clogherhead. I would like to reassure the public of Drogheda and surrounding areas, we made a number of very significant detections, arrests, prosecutions and we have people before the courts on some very serious charges and strict bail conditions.“I would like to reassure the public that that operation is ongoing. Indeed yesterday at the same time that this callous indiscriminate murder took place, we had four people detained in Drogheda Garda station for a serious arson attack which we classify as an attempted murder.”He said he had received additional resources in Drogheda Garda Station in the last two months and also has the support of regional units and the armed support units as well as national units.“I would like to reassure the public that every effort is being made to protect the people of Drogheda through this operation.”Anyone with information on the shooting can contact Drogheda Gardaí on 041-9874200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station or any Garda they know. By Elaine Keogh 9,038 Views There were a lot of families, women with young children in particular close to the area of the shooting.“Indeed some of these children enjoying the last days of the Summer holidays, some were back to school today,” he added.He then said, “I want to clarify that this was not a drive-by shooting.”“From our investigation to date we are satisfied a red Lexus car 05 C 24473 entered the caravan park, the gunman approached the deceased and fired a number of shots at him.”“A number of stray shots caused damage to two cars in the vicinity in the car park as well.”“The gunman then returned to the red Lexus car and we are satisfied that car turned left when it left the caravan park and travelled in the direction of Termonfeckin.”An incident room has been established in Drogheda Garda station and the Superintendent said Gardaí are following a number of lines of investigation. Source: Eamonn FarrellToday he appealed for the public’s assistance in three areas.“I wish to appeal to anybody in Clogherhead and surrounding areas who may have noticed any unusual behaviour in the 48 hours leading up to this shooting, and indeed in the immediate run up to 2.50pm yesterday, (such as) any unusual cars or people.”In relation to the red Lexus, Gardaí are trying to established the exact route it took before being found burnt out at Whiteriver, on the Dunleer to Clogherhead road.“I am appealing to anybody with information on this car, or who may have seen the suspects abandoning this car to contact us.”The suspects, believed to be at least 2 males, are then believed to have transferred to a black Toyota Avensis registration 04WH 8024.It was later located in the Clonmore estate in Ardee and Gardai want to hear from anybody with information on that car or who saw from the time it was on the Collon to Dunleer road.In relation to the reassuring people who are concerned about the safety of the public, Superintendent Watters said, “We have an operation in place in the Drogheda district to deal with serious organised crime.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will have to ask for an extension on its bailout program before parliaments in eurozone nations close for Christmas because a new credit line will not be ready in time, a senior euro zone official said this weekAfter two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($300 billion) since 2010, Greece wants to switch back to market financing from the start of next year but disagreement over Greece’s funding needs next year means the euro zone cannot sign off on a back-up credit line.“I’m willing to work on Dec. 24 but parliaments are not around,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity, setting Dec. 15 as the cut-off date for prolonging Greece’s existing program into January so that lenders can make a final 1.8 billion euro payment.All eurozone parliaments must approve that extension.Greece and its lenders aimed to get a deal on a credit line – which Athens would only tap in an emergency – by next Monday when the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, or troika, report back to euro zone finance ministers in Brussels.The official said that ideally Greece should formally request the credit line and the technical extension at the same time, although he saw this as unlikely to happen on Monday.Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has staked his government’s political survival on exiting the deeply reviled bailout by the end of the year, but a deal on Monday is now looking out of reach.“Is it my central expectation that a staff-level agreement (on a credit line) is reached by Monday? No, it is not,” the euro zone official said.The main sticking point is a potential budget gap next year.The troika has asked for more information on pension reform, a Greek government official said. Athens has offered to raise value-added tax on hotels and implement pension reform to satisfy lenders’ concerns of a potential shortfall next year.The lenders say Athens faces a shortfall of over 2 billion euros unless it waters down a generous state arrears payback plan for austerity-hit Greeks or takes other measures.Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi confirmed that Greece received a response from lenders early on Wednesday. A labor ministry official said the lenders had sought more information on pension reform proposed by the government.The lenders did not specify any date for returning to Athens to complete the review, Adonis Georgiadis, an official from Samaras’s conservative party told Greek television.The lenders have demanded additional measures to make up for the expected budget shortfall next year but Samaras said on Tuesday that the government refused to raise taxes and cut incomes, arguing it would hurt a nascent economic recovery.Source: Reuters
La NASA met un télescope spatial à la retraiteLe télescope spatial GALEX a été mis hors service vendredi par la NASA après une décennie en orbite. Spécialisé dans la cartographie des cieux par ultra-violets, il avait permis d’identifier la plus grande galaxie connue en début d’année. Il devrait tomber de lui même dans l’atmosphère et se désintégrer dans 65 ans.Quelques jours après l’annonce de la mise hors service prochaine de CoRoT [Convection, Rotation des étoiles et Transit des planètes extrasolaires] par le CNES, la NASA met à son tour un de ses télescopes spatiaux au placard. Galaxy Evolution Explorer, GALEX, a ainsi été éteint vendredi après un décennie de bons et loyaux services.Ce télescope orbital était spécialisé dans la cartographie des cieux par les ultra-violets. “GALEX est un accomplissement remarquable, déclare au Wall Street Journal Jeff Hayes de la NASA. Cette petite mission Explorer a permis de cartographier et d’étudier les galaxies dans le domaine des ultraviolets, une lumière que nous ne pouvons pas observer à l’œil nu, à travers la majorité de notre ciel.” Un satellite en location GALEX avait déjà vu sa mission être rallongée à trois reprises. D’ailleurs, c’était une première dans le milieu, la NASA avait loué le télescope en mai 2012 à Caltech avait qu’il continue de fonctionner, mais uniquement sur des fonds privés. Le satellite est à présent hors service mais il devrait rester encore 65 ans en orbite avant de tomber de lui-même dans l’atmosphère terrestre. Il se désintègrera de lui-même à ce moment-là.Galex avait récemment permis la découverte de la plus grande galaxie connue et d’un trou noir en pleine action de dévorer une étoile.Le 30 juin 2013 à 19:16 • Maxime Lambert
Just try one. It’s way better than you think.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017 Stay on target They are so underappreciated— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017He starts in sating they will never let you down. Which… is broadly true, provided you’re not walking on any rotting wood floors, I suppose. But I think you’re missing the point Elo-… oh boy…They will never let you down— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017 SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter While Elon Musk’s new venture, The Boring Company seems to be doing quite well for itself, it seems Musk has gone a little off his rocker. Yesterday he was publicly professing his love of floors, saying that he “loved floors,” “but not as much as tunnels.” That alone would be within the general realm of Musk’s eccentricity, but he just had to take it a couple steps further. Because of course, he did.I love floors— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017 Because it’s off the wall— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017As you can see, he just keeps that ridiculous train rolling. “And I don’t care who knows it. Our love will never die… Because it’s off the wall.” Elon… are you dating a floor and a tunnel? Are you polyamorous with architecture and infrastructure? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, MAN. Dude. If you’re not alright, you can tell us. We know you’re under a lot of stress. Being the world’s most badass entrepreneur is hard. We know. Just let us and let us help you, Elon! We only want to help!Nah, but for real. He’s not… wrong? I guess? Floors probably won’t let you down. And tunnels are pretty rad — they can do all kinds of things for the infrastructure of an area. And neither are on the wall. So if he wants to get weird about it on Twitter, that’s okay, I guess. Elon Musk does what he wants, and it’s always… well it’s always something.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. And I don’t care who knows it. Our love will never die.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017 Not as much as tunnels though— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017
According to Callum Wilson’s former Coventry manager Mark Robins, he has shown ‘character and determination’ to bounce back from injuries and score on his England debut.Wilson was on target on his England debut as they defeated the United States 3-0 in Wayne Rooney’s 120th and final cap.The Bournemouth striker started his football career at Coventry and despite series of injuries, scored 22 goals in 49 appearances between 2009 and 2014.Robins, who managed Wilson at Coventry says his debut is a proud moment for the West Midlands club.“When I was here the first time around Callum had quite a few lengthy injuries and to come through that and get back to playing, never mind to the level he’s performing at, shows character and determination,” Robins told Sky Sports.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Eddie Howe takes a lot of credit for that because he has molded him and developed him again and obviously he deserves his opportunity in the England shirt because of his performances for Bournemouth.“He’s taken that well and I was delighted for him, I was willing him on to score last night.“I would have liked to see Wayne Rooney score a goal as well with the stick he’s taken for playing in a game like that.“These players who have been stalwarts for England, who have been top, top players and who have broken records for goal scoring deserve that recognition.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists injury-prone Adam Lallana still has a role to play for the Anfield side despite his fitness issues.The England international has suffered injury woes at Anfield as he only made 3 starts in all competitions last season and same number this season.Amid speculation of a possible exit, Manager Jurgen Klopp has now come out to dismiss such adding that the player still has a role to play for his side.“It’s brilliant to have him around as he can cool games down, he can be creative between the lines, he still has speed and all these things,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo as obtained by FourFourTwo.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s not cool to lose him in a session, we didn’t have many training injuries this season. He stretched to get the ball and it happened. Nothing else to say about it.“Could he be in a better place mentally? Yes, if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games.“But everything is fine. Adam knows that we need him.”
Cairns targeting up to 500,000 tourists a year with Global Tourism Hub RelatedPosts Slot-machine manufacturer Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd has warned that it expects a year-on-year decline in revenue and profit for the first six months of the 2019 financial year through 31 December 2018 due to challenges in its domestic Australian market.Providing a trading update in an ASX filing on Friday, Ainsworth said it anticipates a 29.2% fall in profit before tax from AU$11.3 million in 1H18 to around AU$8 million in 1H19, explaining that “highly competitive conditions in the Australian market are continuing in FY19.” As such, “revenues and profit before tax for the Australian segment are expected to be materially lower for 1H19 compared to the 1H18.“Overall industry demand has fallen by around 10%,” the company said. “Furthermore, timing issues around the approval of more complex new products and the strategic decision to defer product launches into 2H19 to maximize market impact and total returns have affected short term financial results.”On a more positive note, Ainsworth said it is expecting significant year-on-year improvement in 2H19, excluding the benefit gained earlier this year from the sales of 900 units to Churchill Downs Incorporated in the US and 800 kits to Novomatic. The current estimate is for an increase of at least 75% on the AU$8 million it is estimating for the current half.“While Ainsworth continues to make progress in driving growth in the key Americas markets, our performance in the highly challenging domestic markets is adversely impacting our overall results,” said CEO Danny Gladstone.“With our investments in technology and increased R&D, and the release of newly developed gaming products, we expect to deliver improved results in both domestic and international markets in the second half of the year compared to 1H19.” Load More Aristocrat releases new MarsX cabinet to Asia-Pacific venues Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline
DHL Express, Orange and Saint-Gobain are among eight organisations to be certified as a Top Employer Global 2016 for their forward-thinking HR practices and employee benefits offerings.The certification recognises employers that create a workplace environment that promotes the personal and professional development of their employees, that offer exceptional benefits to their staff and align their business practices to the advantage of both their employees and operations.The eight organisations certified by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer Global 2016 are:DHL Express.Dimension Data.JT International.Orange.Saint-Gobain.Tata Consultancy Services.Technip.Valeo.Claire Pedini, senior vice president, human resources at Saint-Gobain, said: “The Top Employer certification is part of our open and continuous improvement approach. The audit enables us to identify innovative human resources practices outside the [organisation] and to discuss our short- and long-term challenges. The label also strengthens our employer brand.”Ajoy Mukherjee, executive vice president and global head of human resources at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), added: “We feel delighted and privileged to have been certified as Global Top Employer by the Top Employer Institute.“This is a re-affirmation of our commitment to our people, in creating an exceptional environment and a nurturing platform that helps TCS staff around the world to realise their potential.”
Basheerbagh: The Hyderabad City Police on Monday decided to auction the 2,981 abandoned or unclaimed vehicles of various types. It is proposed to dispose of these vehicles by way of public auction as empowered under section 7 of Hyderabad (Metropolitan area) Police Act 2004 r/w Section 40 of Hyderabad City Police Act.The city police said that any person having any objection or ownership interest in any of these vehicles may file an application before the Commissioner of Police in Basheerbagh and claim the vehicle within a period of 15 days from the date of notification, failing which the vehicles will be auctioned. The particulars of vehicles are available with I Narasimha Murthy, Reserve Sub Inspector of Police, Goshamahal (Cell No. 9490616637 and on the official website of Hyderabad www.hyderabadpolice.gov.in .
When Arvind was addressing At CII … All industrialists was just amazed to listen him #ArvindAtCII pic.twitter.com/49dTPnaTNq— AAP Activists’ Group (@JoinAAP) February 17, 2014 Well said @ArvindKejriwal “Youth of our Country should be JOB creators rather than JOB seeker” #ArvindAtCII @parulbajaj @Garg11Mayank— rawan (@rawantokpam) February 18, 2014 Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday tried to explain the dynamics of his political vision, popularly known as ‘Aapnomics’, by asserting that his party is “not against business”.”We are not against capitalism, we’re against crony capitalism… It’s a wrong perception that AAP is against business. Of course we need businesses,” Kejriwal said, addressing top industrialists at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) meet in Delhi.The former Delhi CM, who has been maintaining a confrontational stance against the corporate sector, spoke about his party’s take on economic policies and insisted that corporate India has no reason to be scared of his party. This comes after some of the controversial decisions the Kejriwal government took during its 49-day rule in Delhi.During his party’s brief term at the helm, Kejriwal increased subsidies for power and water – a decision many felt was an example of the government’s ‘overspending’. The Delhi government also overturned the pervious government’s decision on FDI, preventing Walmart from opening shop in the capital city.The most controversial and talked-about decision of the Kejrial government, however, has been his call to file an FIR against Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani and petroleum minister Veerappa Moily. He accused them of creating a ‘fake’ shortage of gas in the country and raising its price.”The government has no business to be in business, it should be left with the private players. License and inspector raj has to end… A small section of industrialists who are not industrialists but are looting the country,” he said.Kejriwal also said that creating jobs is the most important part in developing private sector. He, however, insisted that privatisation is not the solution to all issues related to corruption. He said that the government must play the role to make private players act according to the “rules of the game”.”We think of privatization as a religion. But governance is bigger issue. Only with good governance can there be good business,” he said.Being mindful of all the criticisms surrounding his failure on the economic front, he reached out to the India Inc., seeking cooperation from them.”We want to create a new India. Please join us, help us. Come inside the inner circle. I invite you all. Become a part of the revolution. Don’t just criticize us from outside,” he said.Following are some of most interesting reactions on Twitter:#ArvindAtCII RT “@IacShail ..whole India believes that @ArvindKejriwal is d most honest politician of this nation…pic.twitter.com/QKfsdsrPfe”— Anil Mahajan (@AMahajn) February 18, 2014 Q: How does Arvind Kejriwal sleep? A: First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other. #ArvindAtCII — Pakhi Shukla (@pakhishukla21) February 18, 2014 AAP calls Reliance corrupt while giving them hundreds of crores of subsidy and drama played out on Reliance owned TVs #ArvindAtCII #Ferjiwal — Anish Mangal (@m_anish) February 18, 2014
A recently sanctioned Russian oligarch has been questioned by FBI agents over hundreds of thousands of dollars his company’s US affiliate paid to President Donald Trump’s long-time personal attorney, CNN reported Tuesday.CNN said Renova Group chairman Viktor Vekselberg was questioned along with his cousin Andrew Intrater, who heads the firm’s US affiliate Columbus Nova, by agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election.The payments were made after the election but while Michael Cohen was still Trump’s personal attorney.Vekselberg was among seven Kremlin-linked oligarchs the Trump administration slapped with sanctions in April.The report came as Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn actress Stormy Daniels released a dossier alleging that Vekselberg and his cousin transferred “approximately $500,000″ to Cohen in eight payments.”Mr Cohen inexplicably accepted these payments while he was the personal attorney to the president,” the document said.Daniels, born as Stephanie Clifford, was paid $130,000 by Cohen as part of a non-disclosure agreement over an alleged affair with Trump.She is suing Trump for defamation, and has also sought to be released from the non-disclosure agreement. Cohen insists Clifford has repeatedly violated the accord, but she argues it is invalid because Trump did not sign the document.Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators is probing whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, and whether he illegally tried to obstruct the investigation.