The Vikings And Ravens Are In For A Rude Awakening

5-411.5 Does schedule strength matter for 3-0 teams? 0-910.0 2-710.8 4-511.3 6-311.5 3-610.9 1-810.9 Opponents’ combined record is through the first three games of the seasonSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com OPPONENTS’ COMBINED RECORDTEAM’S AVERAGE TOTAL WINS The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are both 3-0 to start the year, two of just five undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. But given the way that both teams have played so far, there are a lot of questions about how sustainable their success will prove to be as the season continues.Let’s start with the Ravens. Although 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s record, I’m not sure 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s team. Being 3-0 is great, but the Ravens have managed to achieve their perfect record while racking up about as few style points as possible.All three of Baltimore’s games have been close, with the team winning by a combined total of just 13 points. And its three opponents were Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville — teams with a combined 1-8 record, all of whom ranked in the bottom six of last week’s ESPN Power Rankings. In fact, we noted back in July that the forgiving schedule should help Baltimore get off to a strong start.What does history say about 3-0 teams that feasted on bad opponents? From 1990 to 2015, 63 teams started the season 3-0 against opponents that, like Baltimore’s foes, went 1-8 through three weeks.1I filtered out teams that were 3-0 after 4 weeks because I wanted to keep opponents’ records consistent. On average, those teams finished with 10.9 wins — only a little worse than teams who had beaten better opponents: So maybe the Ravens’ easy schedule isn’t a big concern, but it is smart to be worried about their low points differential. The Ravens have the worst points differential of any 3-0 team since the 2004 Jaguars, who eventually finished the season 9-7. From 1990 to 2015, there were 119 teams that went 3-0 through three weeks, and only four of them — the 2004 Jaguars, 1999 Patriots, 1993 Eagles and 1991 Bears — had a lower points differential than Baltimore does this year.If we use a simple linear regression between a 3-0 team’s points differential through three games and its final win tally, we’d expect Baltimore (at +13) to win 10 games, implying that they’d go only 7-6 the rest of the way.2It takes about 36 additional points of differential to translate to one more projected victory. The best-fit formula to project season-ending wins among 3-0 teams was: 9.61 + 0.028 * points differential. (The R-squared was 0.22.) Things were even worse for the 10 lowest-ranked 3-0 teams by points differential: That group averaged just 6.3 wins over the rest of the season. So although Baltimore should be happy with its 3-0 record, a low points differential against a cupcake schedule is enough to fuel skepticism about the team’s chances right now.The Vikings’ success so far is based on equally unsustainable performances. They’ve compiled their 3-0 mark despite gaining only 796 yards of total offense, becoming only the fifth team since 1990 to start 3-0 with fewer than 800 offensive yards.3They joined the 2012 Cardinals (787 yards through three games), 2004 Jaguars (654), 1998 Dolphins (750) and 1990 Raiders (793). Only one other team this year has played three games4The Saints, who have 795 yards of offense, play their third game of the season tonight. and produced fewer than 800 yards of offense: Los Angeles, with 788 — and it’s never a good thing to be compared with the Rams’ lowly offense.Minnesota ranks last in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per carry, so the running game hasn’t powered the Vikings’ undefeated start. The offense is also in the hands of quarterback Sam Bradford, who hasn’t managed many long stretches of competent play over his career. So how have the Vikings raced out to 3-0?Bradford has a passer rating of 107.8 this year, far above his career rating of 81.6, but two games of solid play don’t overshadow a career of underachievement. (His 22nd-place ranking in Total QBR also suggests that his lofty passer rating will come down to earth soon.) The biggest reasons for Minnesota’s success, then, have little to do with the offense and a lot to do with a fluky scoring performance from its defense and special teams, as well as a sky-high turnover margin.In terms of fluky scoring, so far this season, Minnesota has scored as many return touchdowns5Defensive and special teams touchdowns, which come from punt and kick returns as well as from fumbles and interceptions. (three) as it has offensive touchdowns, and that trend is unlikely to continue. Even good defenses and special-teams units can’t produce return touchdowns every week. Last year, Seattle and Arizona were the only teams with at least three return touchdowns through three games, and they combined for just five more the rest of the season. Digging deeper into history, from 1990 to 2015, there were 22 teams with exactly three return touchdowns after three games, and those teams averaged only 3.3 more return touchdowns the rest of the year.As for the turnovers, the Vikings have an NFL-best +8 margin in that department through three weeks, and that trend is also unlikely to continue. From 1990 to 2015, 74 teams had a +6 or better turnover margin through three weeks. On average, those teams averaged +7.1 more takeaways than giveaways through three games, but they finished the year with a +9.5 margin. That means that over the remaining 13 games, those teams only had about 2.4 more takeaways than giveaways. Some of the Vikings’ early-season success has been built on performances that are simply not sustainable.The good news for Minnesota? Last year’s Broncos showed that a defense-driven team can still win a Super Bowl, even when paired with a below-average offense. The Vikings’ defense leads the NFL in sack rate, and the run defense is allowing a mere 3.5 yards per carry. So it would be unfair to describe Minnesota’s 3-0 start as entirely fluky, even if that’s an accurate term for how the team has scored half of its touchdowns. That said, the Vikings have just two runs of 10 or more yards this year, tied with Jacksonville for the fewest in the NFL, and zero runs of 15 or more. And with only six passing plays of at least 20 yards, Minnesota ranks among the bottom three in the NFL in that category, too.In other words, despite their 3-0 records, Minnesota and Baltimore are each playing with no margin for error right now. Eking out close victories or winning with turnovers and returns can work for a short while, but both methods are cause for plenty of doubts about the teams’ ability to be serious title contenders.CORRECTION (Sept. 26, 11:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of games that Sam Bradford has played through the first three weeks of the NFL season. It was two games, not three. read more

Oh You Won Your Ring On A Superteam Big Deal 🙄

1990s28.539.4C. Barkley (’92) • S. O’Neal (’96) • C. Barkley (’96) Despite all the advances statheads have made in how we measure NBA greatness, many fans still regard championship rings as the ultimate arbiter of a star player’s legacy. And although some scoff at such a simplistic measure, basketball is deterministic enough that the top players do generally tend to accumulate more than their share of championships. There are always anomalies — nobody thinks Robert Horry (seven rings) was better than Charles Barkley (zero) — but for the most part, ring-counting isn’t a total diversion along the path to understanding a legend’s place in the pantheon of the game. Sometimes it can even (gasp!) offer insight.The trouble is, the players began to realize how they were being judged. They saw how long a shadow Michael Jordan’s six titles cast over subsequent generations of would-be GOATs. They also saw what happened to Barkley’s and Karl Malone’s legacies after never winning a ring. “I don’t want to be 31 with bad knees and no championship,” LeBron James reportedly told friends before signing with the Miami Heat in the spectacle that was The Decision (Part 1) in 2010. He knew that, for all his individual accolades, history wouldn’t be kind if a player of his talent didn’t rack up titles. And in an era of players who increasingly control their own destinies, James took considerable steps to ensure a championship future.In economics, there’s an adage about what happens when people know they’re being evaluated on specific criteria; it’s called Goodhart’s Law. As professor Marilyn Strathern would phrase it: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” In other words, when you focus on the measurements others are using to judge you, you start altering your behavior to optimize for those measurements — and the measurements begin to lose their meaning.When that happens, there are often unintended consequences. (Such as the famous parable of a Soviet nail factory responding to production targets by making thousands of tiny, useless nails.) And when it comes to ring-chasing, NBA stars have started to run seriously afoul of Goodhart’s Law. They’ve made championships the target — and, in the process, have fundamentally changed the meaning of those championships for a player’s legacy.Moving to a contending team in pursuit of a championship used to be a last resort for a veteran star, such as when 32-year-old Clyde Drexler was dealt to the Houston Rockets in 1995, or when Kevin Garnett went to the Boston Celtics at age 31 in 2007. Each had requested a trade to a contender, but only after exhausting attempts to win with his original franchise. James flipped that paradigm on its head when, at the tender age of 25, he left Cleveland to play next to Hall of Fame talents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. That move gave prime-age Kevin Durant a precedent for joining the record-setting Warriors in 2016, and it paved the way for DeMarcus Cousins to sign with Golden State this summer on an absurdly cheap contract.1Yes, Cousins is coming back from a serious injury. But he’s also a superstar talent who was specifically brought in to boost Golden State’s chances of winning in the playoffs.Durant’s decision ended up working out (and we’re assuming Cousins’s will, too). But there are other, more dismal ring-vulturing moments, such as when the Brooklyn Nets tried to recreate the 2008 Celtics in 2013, or when Steve Nash and Dwight Howard joined Kobe Bryant on the Lakers in 2012. Either way, in recent years, good players jumping from team to team in search of rings went from a rarity to the norm. In the 2010s, the top 10 players who switched teams between seasons2As measured by a consensus of the following value metrics over their previous three seasons: Estimated Wins Added, Value Over Replacement Player and Win Shares, all scaled to wins above replacement and averaged together. have been much younger and better than their counterparts from previous decades: 1980s28.534.0M. Malone (’82) • A. Dantley (’86) • A. Gilmore (’82) 2010s26.748.4L. James (’10) • L. James (’14) • C. Paul (’11) DecadeAvg. AgeAvg. Wins CreatedTop 3 Modern team-hoppers are younger and betterAverage age for the top 10 players, by wins created,* who changed teams between seasons in each decade, 1980-2018 It’s not the players’ fault that they’ve been presented with the opportunity to pursue championships on stacked megateams. Unlike baseball, maximum contracts cap the amount of money any team, good or bad, can offer a superstar. Because of this, the decisions of NBA stars often turn on non-monetary concerns — such as the desirability of a team’s city and, yes, how much of a chance new teammates would give them to contend for titles. Add in the occasional shock to the NBA’s financial system, like the massive salary-cap spike that allowed the Warriors to sign Durant, and the league hasn’t exactly set up the right conditions to discourage its stars from trying to pad their championship tallies.3The Player’s Association does share in this blame as well. The league proposed salary-cap “smoothing” to reduce the impact of a big spike in the summer of 2016, but the players’ union turned it down. Then again, years of tough negotiating left union head Michele Roberts rightfully skeptical that the offer wasn’t going to hurt her clients’ earning potential.At the same time, it isn’t completely clear whether ring-chasing will bring modern players the boost in historical prestige they’re seeking. Although James’s legacy as an all-time great is written in stone, his disappointing NBA Finals record — particularly without the help of Wade and Bosh, as he was 1-4 in Finals appearances as a Cavalier — may hurt his pursuit of Jordan as GOAT. Durant’s two titles with the Warriors have been met with grudging respect by most hoopheads, but they’ve also launched a thousand RealGM and Reddit threads debating how much his superteam-aided rings are “really worth” relative to those of other stars. And who knows how little credit observers will give Cousins if he helps Golden State win a third straight title? In an effort to please the ring-counters, this generation of championship-seekers may have only angered them further by irrevocably changing the historical meaning of championships in every player’s record.4As another unintended consequence, perhaps pre-/nonsuperteam rings (such as Wade’s first Heat title in 2006 or Dirk Nowitzki’s championship with Dallas in 2011) will gain more value in the grand scope of NBA history.But winning is fun, and lifting trophies is even more fun. And it’s possible that, once the moment for heated online debate has passed, all that’s left is the championship count on Basketball-Reference.com. Fans who witnessed the state of the league at the time may go through their own calculations, boosting the value of some rings and devaluing others, but every title counts the same there. And if that sounds offensive, maybe that means it’s time for measures other than rings to gain weight when assessing the careers of the game’s greatest stars. * An average of the wins above replacement-scaled versions of three metrics for the three seasons prior to the player’s team change: Value Over Replacement Player (VORP), Win Shares (WS) and Estimated Wins Added (EWA).Age is as of the offseason in which the player changed teams.Source: Basketball-Reference.com, ESPN 2000s30.343.1K. Garnett (’07) • T. McGrady (’04) • S. O’Neal (’04) read more

Your Guide To The 2019 NCAA Womens Tournament

The early release of the women’s NCAA Tournament bracket on Monday afternoon actually did fans a favor: If any year merits having additional time to fill out a bracket, this year is it. Three different teams were ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll this season, and a storyline has been how open the competition was for the top spots in each region. ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel wrote on Monday night that this year’s NCAA Tournament “might be as wide open as any since 2006,” with as many as seven teams that could legitimately cut down the net on April 7.Luckily, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness prediction model is here to guide you as you make your picks. You can read about how the model works here or keep reading to learn what the model predicts for the top seeds, which teams could make an unexpected run and which squads could bow out sooner than expected. We’re also highlighting the best first-round matchups to help you schedule your Friday and Saturday around women’s hoops. Top seedsThe four No. 1 seeds are Baylor, Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. You read that right: UConn is not a top seed for the first time since 2006. But the Huskies are still a No. 2 seed, and they still got a regional nearby, in Albany, New York. The Huskies will host the first two rounds in Storrs, and their fans have packed Albany regionals for years — so they would essentially have home-court advantage until the Final Four. That’s a tough setup for the region’s No. 1 seed, Louisville, and the FiveThirtyEight model reflects that, giving UConn a 68 percent chance and Louisville a 24 percent chance of making the Final Four. But the Cardinals did beat UConn in January, as star guard Asia Durr scored a game-high 24 points. That win should give Louisville confidence as it chases its second straight Final Four appearance.The selection committee created a similar setup out west, where Mississippi State is the No. 1 seed and Oregon is the No. 2. With each team hosting the first two rounds and the regional rounds being played in Portland, Oregon could make its first Final Four without leaving the state. The model gives the Ducks a 51 percent chance of doing just that behind triple-double queen Sabrina Ionescu, who could be the first pick in the WNBA draft if she declares. Mississippi State, which secured its No. 1 seed after winning its first-ever SEC tournament title, has a 44 percent chance of making the Final Four and a 10 percent chance of winning a national title. The latter would be a storybook ending for the national runners-up in each of the past two seasons.The Greensboro, North Carolina, region is a hotbed of low-post talent, starting with the No. 1 overall seed in Baylor. The Lady Bears have had a dominant season to date, running their record to 31-1 and leading the nation in blocked shots, defensive rebounds and opponent field-goal percentage. The 6-foot-7 Kalani Brown and 6-foot-4 Lauren Cox have combined to average more than 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. Not to be outdone, No. 2 seed Iowa has espnW’s national player of the year in 6-foot-3 Megan Gustafson. According to Her Hoop Stats, Gustafson is both the nation’s top scorer, putting up 28.0 points per game, and the nation’s most efficient scorer, recording 1.44 points per scoring attempt and shooting just under 70 percent from the field. There are several low-post standouts among the lower-seeded teams as well, but Baylor projects to be the best in Greensboro, with a 76 percent chance of making the Final Four.Although Baylor is the No. 1 overall seed, it’s the top seed in the Chicago region, Notre Dame, that has the best chance of winning a national championship. The FiveThirtyEight model gives the defending champs a 30 percent chance of repeating and Baylor a 28 percent chance at its first title since 2012. The Fighting Irish returned all but one starter from last year’s team and then led the country in points per game while playing the nation’s toughest schedule. Notre Dame’s chief competition in Chicago will likely be No. 2 seed Stanford, the Pac-12 tournament champions and the only team to beat Baylor this season. Under head coach Tara VanDerveer, the Cardinal have a 56 percent chance to make the Elite Eight but just an 8 percent chance to advance to the Final Four.SleepersA pair of 4-seeds could knock off some of the favorites in the Sweet 16. In Albany, Oregon State has a 21 percent chance of making the Elite Eight, potentially displacing Louisville, while South Carolina has a 10 percent chance of doing the same to Baylor in Greensboro. Oregon State finished third in what was perhaps the nation’s deepest conference, the Pac-12, and ranks fourth in the nation in 3-point shooting at 38.8 percent. If the Beavers, particularly star guard Destiny Slocum, get hot from deep, they could extend their stay on the East Coast to the Final Four. Under head coach and former Virginia point guard Dawn Staley, South Carolina also has electric guard play, which could set up a fascinating game of contrasts against Baylor in the Sweet 16. Don’t count Staley out as she chases her second national championship in the past three seasons.Also in the Greensboro region, No. 3 North Carolina State has received relatively little attention compared with ACC rivals Louisville and Notre Dame despite starting the season 21-0. (NC State didn’t lose a game until February!) The Wolfpack would not have to leave their home state to make the Final Four, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives the team almost the same chances as No. 2 seed Iowa of advancing to the Elite Eight (40 percent versus 42 percent).BustsIt’s perhaps a sign of progress that a mid-major team can even be considered for this category, but Gonzaga, the No. 5 seed in the Albany region, probably won’t see it that way if this prediction proves true. Gonzaga is vulnerable after two players suffered season-ending leg injuries in its conference tournament semifinal. The model still gives the Bulldogs an 87 percent chance of beating Arkansas-Little Rock, but a team that was ranked in the top 25 for parts of this season and had aspirations of hosting the first two rounds as a top-4 seed surely has its sights set higher than one NCAA Tournament win.No. 4 Texas A&M has also had injury concerns, although the school recently announced that leading scorer Chennedy Carter (22.5 points per game) will play in the NCAA Tournament. She is returning from a hand injury, though, and if her shot isn’t falling, Texas A&M could struggle with a tough Wright State team that holds opponents to just 36.2 percent shooting, which ranks 24th in the nation.Speaking of tough mid-major teams, the state of Florida has a couple that will start the NCAA Tournament in Miami. No. 5 seed Arizona State can’t be happy about traveling all the way across the country to play No. 12-seed UCF in their backyard, and the Sun Devils have only a 69 percent chance of winning one game and a 26 percent chance of winning two games in the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, host and No. 4 seed Miami has an 82 percent chance of beating No. 13 seed Florida Gulf Coast, but there are signs of a potential upset here. FGCU is ranked only three spots behind Miami in the Her Hoop Stats ratings (the teams rank 28th and 25th, respectively) and is dangerous behind the arc: Nearly half of FGCU’s shot attempts are 3-pointers, which ranks second nationally, while Miami is letting teams score more than one-third of their points from three, which ranks 320th nationally.Fun first-round matchupsIf you’re looking for two senior stars trying to extend their careers, watch No. 8 seed California take on No. 9 seed North Carolina on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Kristine Anigwe has had a historic season for the Golden Bears and leads the nation in rebounding with 16.3 per game, including a 32-point, 30-rebound effort against Washington State two weeks ago. North Carolina ranks in the bottom third of teams nationally in rebounding rate, so one might predict a long afternoon for the Tar Heels, but their offensive firepower can keep them in any game. (Just ask Notre Dame and NC State, which both lost to North Carolina in the span of a week earlier this year.) Guard Paris Kea is the star (17.1 points per game), but three other players average double-figure scoring and a fourth averages 9.5 points per game.FiveThirtyEight model’s prediction: California over North Carolina (64 percent)If you’re looking for a battle between mid-major powerhouses, don’t miss No. 6 seed South Dakota State versus No. 11 seed Quinnipiac on Saturday at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Both teams have been to the tournament before: SDSU won its ninth automatic bid in 11 years this season, while QU is in for the fifth time in seven seasons and made a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017. SDSU boasts the Summit League’s all-time leading scorer in Macy Miller, who is averaging 18.1 points per game this season while shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor. But Quinnipiac could make things tough for Miller and the Jackrabbits: The Bobcats hold opponents to just 50.5 points per game, second-best in the nation, and their 11.5 steals per game rank sixth nationally. Whichever way this game goes, the winner could be a sleeper pick to knock off No. 3 Syracuse and make the Sweet 16.FiveThirtyEight model’s prediction: South Dakota State over Quinnipiac (65 percent)Finally, if you’re looking for toss-ups, the three games that our model gives the most even odds are:No. 10 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Rutgers, Friday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (Buffalo has a 51 percent chance of winning)No. 10 Auburn vs. No. 7 BYU, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time (Auburn has a 55 percent chance of winning)No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Tennessee, Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern time (UCLA has a 56 percent chance of winning)Check out our latest March Madness predictions.Neil Paine contributed research. read more

Got a Billion Dollars Buy the Clippers

UPDATE (May 29, 7:45 p.m.): The Los Angeles Times has reported that Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, will purchase the Clippers for $2 billion. Earlier this month Nate Silver wrote about team valuations in the NBA, and whether the Clippers were worth more than was commonly believed. The original piece is below.A billion dollars? For the Clippers?That’s the price my Grantland colleague Zach Lowe’s sources are saying the Los Angeles NBA team could fetch if its current owner, Donald Sterling, agrees to sell the franchise or is forced to do so. With stars from Magic Johnson to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., to Oprah Winfrey to Larry Ellison reportedly interested in a piece of the club, it’s not hard to see why league officials have starry-eyed visions about what the team could be worth.And yet, when Forbes Magazine published its valuations of the 30 NBA teams earlier this year, its figure for the Clippers was considerably more modest: $575 million.1It’s not as though the valuation doesn’t account for the Clippers’ recent on-court success. Two years ago, Forbes valued the Clippers at only $324 million. NBA officials, I’ve found in the past, aren’t fond of the Forbes figures. The league has incentives to underplay its financial performance when in the midst of a labor dispute, and to frame its finances in a more favorable light when it has a couple of franchises up for sale.In this case, however, there’s reason to think Forbes considerably undervalues the Clippers. You might describe why with the old real estate adage: location, location, location. It’s not breaking news that there are lots of people with lots of money in Los Angeles and its suburbs. What’s more interesting is that the number of billionaires in a given community historically has been a strong predictor of the degree to which its NBA franchise appreciates in value.Take a look at the annualized change in NBA franchise values from 2004 to 2014, according to the Forbes estimates. In the chart below, we’ve highlighted the teams that played in metro areas that had a gross domestic product of at least $250 billion as of 2004. You can see that there’s a relationship. The New York Knicks, despite their mostly poor play over the past decade, saw their franchise value appreciate by 13.3 percent per year, according to Forbes. The Lakers and Clippers saw theirs grow by 11.7 percent and 10.7 percent per year, respectively. Most other big-market teams, like the Chicago Bulls and the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, have also done well.There are also some exceptions to the pattern, the most obvious being the Seattle Supersonics, who saw their franchise value increase a lot after moving to Oklahoma City and becoming the Thunder.2This even though Oklahoma City is a considerably smaller and less wealthy market. The Miami Heat, despite playing in a mid-sized market, have seen a massive increase in franchise value. On the flip side, the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards have considerably underperformed the rest of the league despite playing in reasonably large markets.These differences partly reflect on-court success: Building a future around LeBron James is a much more attractive option than building one around Gilbert Arenas. But they also reflect the differences in the number of super-wealthy people in these cities. In 2004, there were 14 people from the Miami metro area3The Forbes lists do not specifically break out the list of wealthy people by metro area; I did this by hand. I tried to follow the Census Bureau’s definition of Metropolitan Statistical Areas as much as possible — however, there are some debatable cases. Those interested in using this data for rigorous research should double-check my work and ensure that it corresponds to the particular definition of urban areas that is most suitable for their project. on the Forbes 400 list of America’s wealthiest people, compared to eight from Washington and seven from Philadelphia. The differences have grown since then: On last year’s Forbes 400 list, whose threshold was about $1.3 billion in net worth, there were 26 really rich people in Miami, compared to eight in Washington and just three in Philly.4The Forbes 400 list includes data on the United States only. For Toronto, I’ve compiled data from other sources to reflect the number of Torontonians that would have made the Forbes 400 list if Toronto were in the U.S. The correlation between the rate of increase in franchise value and the number of billionaires in a metro area has been reasonably strong,5The correlation coefficient is 0.53, or 0.67 without the Sonics/Thunder included. as I’ve mentioned, with the Sonics/Thunder representing the main outlier. This helps explain why the Golden State Warriors have seen their value increase so much, for instance. The San Francisco-Oakland metro area6By the Census Bureau’s definition, this MSA does not include San Jose, Calif., or most of Silicon Valley. ranks 11th in the U.S. in population and eighth in gross domestic product. But it has ranked second or third in billionaires, behind only New York and sometimes Los Angeles, depending on the year.Why do we see this relationship? Owners of sports franchises tend to hold onto their teams for a long time — the average NBA franchise last changed hands 14 years ago. In a period that long, the player roster will completely turn over, perhaps several times. The coaching and front office staff will very likely turn over, too. A team’s uniform might change; its nickname might change; it might move into a new arena. What’s a lot more permanent is a team’s home city. Franchises can move, but that doesn’t happen often. The Clippers’ greatest asset isn’t Chris Paul or Blake Griffin. It’s the City of Los Angeles and the billionaires who live there.We’ve seen evidence in other sports that franchise values are driven less by profits and losses — many player contracts are plainly irrational from that standpoint — and more by the extent to which a team can be resold to another billionaire or multimillionaire at a higher price down the line. There aren’t that many billionaires in the United States — about 500 — but there are far fewer NBA franchises. In a city like Los Angeles or New York or San Francisco, there will be several billionaires, perhaps even dozens of them, competing for sports franchises when one comes up for sale.7The limited supply of sports franchises may also explain why we don’t see much, if any, of a valuation penalty for NBA franchises that play in multi-team markets. The Lakers and the Clippers, like the Knicks and the Nets, compete with one another to some extent for fans. However, there’s an undersupply of NBA franchises relative to the number of billionaires in these large cities. If one of the 77 billionaires in the New York metro area buys the Knicks, there are still 76 billionaires left to buy the Nets.It’s also worth contemplating whether cities that attract hedge-fund billionaires and oil barons have an intrinsic advantage in recruiting multimillionaire NBA players. Compare Miami and Philadelphia, for example. Philadelphia’s gross domestic product is about 33 percent higher. But — and meaning no offense to Philadelphia — Miami is presumably a lot more fun for a really rich person. Miami will still have South Beach long after LeBron takes his talents to the next town. It will also have no state income tax.But if NBA franchises in billionaire-rich cities can be counted on to appreciate at a higher rate, shouldn’t the market account for that? In other words, shouldn’t they be selling at a higher value to begin with?Keep in mind that we’re looking at Forbes’s estimates of franchise values and not actual sale prices. It could be that Forbes is lowballing the values of big-market clubs. We don’t get all that many data points on actual sale prices because the rate of franchise turnover is low, and because the transactions are often complicated and involve other assets that are bundled with the sports teams. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with some real estate assets) sold for $2 billion two years ago, a figure that far exceeded Forbes’s estimated value of the MLB team.Nonetheless, it’s plausible that the market will eventually catch up to the pattern, or that it already has to some degree. To check this, I ran a regression analysis that sought to explain the increase in NBA franchise values from 2004 to 2014 based on two variables: the number of people a team’s metro area had on the 2004 Forbes 400 list, and its Forbes franchise value in 2004 relative to the league average.8I included the Sonics/Thunder in the regression despite their having changed locations. Although NBA franchises change metro areas only rarely and face restrictions when seeking to do so, some of the value in purchasing an underperforming franchise consists of the potential to relocate the team. The coefficient on the 2004 franchise value variable is statistically significant and negative. What that means is that a franchise can be overvalued by Forbes, and prone to seeing its value revert to the mean, when that value is out of line with the number of billionaires in the area.We can use this regression equation to create estimates of NBA franchise values that may be more reliable than Forbes’s. (The process for this is explained in the footnotes.9To do this, I used the regression equation to determine each team’s projected rate of return over the next 10 years, based on its current Forbes franchise value and the number of billionaires in its metro area. However, I assumed that rates of return in excess of the league average would be captured immediately and reflected in a team’s potential sale price. This is how a rational market would behave, unless the higher projected rates of return were associated with higher risk.) I calibrated the estimates such that the average value of an NBA franchise is the same as what Forbes lists — about $630 million. (The NBA would probably contend that Forbes’s estimates are low across the board — based on the recent sale prices of the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks, for instance — but our interest here is mainly in seeing how franchises are valued relative to one another.) Because the estimates are not all that precise, I’ve listed them as a range based on their standard error.For the Clippers, for instance, the range runs between about $580 million and $950 million. So the billion-dollar estimate might be a little high, but the Forbes valuation of $575 million is probably too low.There are two other teams whose Forbes valuations fall outside the recalibrated range. One is the Brooklyn Nets, which our formula estimates is worth between about $900 billion and $1.5 billion, and not the $780 million that Forbes estimates. Perhaps Mikhail Prokhorov knows what he’s doing in throwing his resources behind establishing the Nets as a major brand in New York. The number of billionaires in New York continues to skyrocket — so he’ll have plenty of people to sell the franchise to at a profit down the line.The other team that falls outside of the range is the Lakers. The formula implies that their Forbes valuation, at $1.35 billion, is a little too high.I personally don’t think the Lakers would have much trouble selling for something in that range if the team were put on the market today. But the logic behind the calculation is something like this: Sure, the Lakers have a much more powerful brand than the Clippers, but they don’t have much of an advantage apart from that brand. The two teams play in the same city, in the same arena. The Clippers have the better roster and a very good coach. The brand advantage can shift over time: At various points in the past 50 years, for instance, the New York Mets have outdrawn the New York Yankees. Another couple years of Blake and CP3 making deep runs into the playoffs while the Lakers struggle with the albatross of Kobe Bryant’s contract will erode some of the Lakers’ edge.Are the Lakers still worth more? Yes, but the formula implies that they should be worth 20 or 25 percent more than the Clippers — and not 135 percent more, as the Forbes valuations say. Perhaps that means the Clippers are undervalued and not that the Lakers are overvalued. If you’d consider buying the Lakers at the Forbes price of $1.35 billion, and would require a 25 percent discount to take the Clippers instead, that implies you’d pay about $1.1 billion for the Clips.The Clippers’ other big handicap, of course, has been Donald Sterling. But that problem resolves itself the moment he sells. He may be banned from basketball. He may have embarrassed himself and his franchise. But if he sells quickly — before doing further damage to the Clippers’ brand — he could have a billion-dollar check coming his way.Correction (May 3, 11:20 a.m.): An earlier version of the NBA Team Valuations chart misstated what the range in green indicated. It signifies a team’s valuation adjusted for number of billionaires in metro area. read more

Decades Before Moneyball The Dallas Cowboys Used Advanced Stats To Win Super

A. Salam Qureishi grew up in India and knew nothing about football — or America. And yet in the early 1960s, Qureishi, a computer programmer and statistician, helped the Dallas Cowboys overhaul their scouting system, replacing hunches with hard numbers.The result: five Super Bowl appearances and two titles. FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films present “The Cowboys and the Indian,” directed by Mark Polish. It’s the second film in our short series “Signals.” (Watch our first “Signals” film, “The Man vs. the Machine,” here.) read more

The Islanders Shouldnt Be This Good

New York/New Jersey preeminence notwithstanding, the Islanders still have major problems on the business end of their operation. The team has the worst attendance in the NHL. The Devils and the Rangers might both be bad (and they are), but at least their fans are still showing up to watch hockey games (attrition can be fascinating, after all). Islanders fans have been notoriously absent for the last 20 seasons, but that’s because they were constantly given a reason to be absent. The team is good now, yet still the Barclays Center in Brooklyn had thousands of empty seats whenever they played there. (Attendance at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale has been far better, suggesting the Isles should probably play every game at that arena — and they will the rest of the regular season.)It’s hard to predict what the Islanders are capable of in the playoffs. They’re currently ranked 3rd in PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage, which might suggest they’re in the position they’re in because they’ve been more lucky than good. Puck luck is real, and it might be favoring the Islanders so far this season. But that doesn’t mean it’ll hold for the playoffs.Lucky or otherwise, if they continue winning at their current rate they’ll amass 102 points. That would be the franchise’s best total since the 1983-84 season, which is also the last time the Isles reached the Stanley Cup final. That team lost to some 23 year-old kid named Gretzky.Neil Paine contributed research to this article. It’s been a long time since the New York Islanders were any good. Despite a few playoff berths here and there, the Islanders’ past decade has been defined more by venue changes, managerial shakeups, another venue change, and losing John Tavares, its franchise player and captain to free agency. From the middle of the 1970s through the middle of the 1980s, the Islanders were among the NHL’s elite franchises, but they’ve mostly been a punchline since. But that narrative could be shifting this season.The Islanders currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan division, two points behind the Washington Capitals with a game in hand and a superior goal differential. In fact, they’ve already gained more points in 65 games this season than they did during all of last season. Any team would be expected to struggle immediately after failing to re-sign a player of Tavares’s caliber — only five players have scored more points than Tavares since his rookie season in 2009-10 — but the Islanders have somehow flourished.Goaltending has been key to that success: Isles netminders Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss have split time almost equally and boast the NHL’s third and fourth best save percentages, respectively, while their combined save percentage paces the league. Goaltending is as bad as it’s been in a decade across the NHL, but apparently no one sent the memo to Lehner or Greiss.The exceptional play between the pipes has been bolstered by an emphasis on improving the defense by new coach Barry Trotz — who was hired fresh off a Stanley Cup win with the Capitals — and new president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello, who won three Stanley Cups in New Jersey with a similar, defense-first philosophy. In 2017-18, the Isles gave up a league-high 296 goals. So far in 2018-19, they’ve given up a league-low 157. At their current rate, the Isles will surrender nearly 100 fewer goals in 2018-19 than they did just a season ago.But Tavares is missed on offense: The Islanders rank in the bottom third of the league for goals scored, and none of their players rank among the top 65 point getters. Last season’s rookie of the year Mathew Barzal is having a solid second season, leading the Islanders with 52 points.This doesn’t necessarily rule out the Islanders from winning the biggest prize: Defense can still be enough to prevail in this sport. The 2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks ranked 17th in goals scored and second in goals allowed during the regular season, and things ended up working out pretty well for them.Whether the Islanders finish the season as Stanley Cup champions remains to be seen, but what is clear is that for the first time in a very long time, they’re at the very least the kings of the New York metro area (yes, New Jersey Devils, we’re counting you). This isn’t exactly unfamiliar territory — the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1979-80 to 1982-83 — but it’s territory they haven’t set foot in for a while. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,1Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. the Islanders haven’t been the outright best team in New York/New Jersey since 1992-93. read more

Pryor simply not Buckeye caliber

Terrelle Pryor has not lived up to all the hype he had coming into the 2008 season as the most sought after high school recruit in the country.Ohio State’s football messiah has thrown eight interceptions so far this season. That is more than any OSU starting quarterback at this point in the season since before 2003.His completion percentage is the lowest of any OSU quarterback since 2004, at 51 percent. That was the year Troy Smith and Justin Zwick shared starting duties and accumulated the worst season record this decade.Pryor’s passing yardage isn’t impressive either, sitting at 1169 through seven games. OSU hasn’t had that low of a mark since 2003, when Craig Krenzel and Scott McMullen shared the starting spot.Pryor isn’t even the top performer from his 2007 high school recruiting class. Most members of the college football world know the names Jacory Harris of Miami (Fla.), Jordan Jefferson of LSU and Andrew Luck of Stanford.Two of those three players’ teams boast better records than OSU and none of them have thrown for more interceptions than Pryor.Pryor also has the lowest completion percentage among the group and it’s not because he is used more. He’s third in attempts among the four.Two of the three other also have more passing yards than Pryor.All Ohio State fans remember where they were when Pryor signed, as if it were the second coming of Troy Smith. Looking back now, the signing of Harris, Jefferson or Luck may have been the better choice.Harris even has his name on most Heisman voters’ radars. Pryor hasn’t even sniffed that territory.This historic of a bust is only comparable to one instance in Ohio football history, in the professional ranks. It happened in 1999 when a quarterback named Tim Couch was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 NFL draft.Cleveland fans were excited for Couch coming into the league to be their savior, but it was not to be. Couch only mustered one playoff appearance and sunk into mediocrity.Couch was picked ahead of Pro-Bowlers Donovan McNabb and Dante Culpepper who have had success since they were drafted into the league, McNabb more than Culpepper.Pryor had his one great season last year behind a strong defense and a superior quarterback, who Pryor somehow started ahead of.He is destined to ride off into the NFL draft after next season to try to prove himself at the professional level.Having accomplished next to nothing as a college quarterback, Pryor will leave Ohio State to rebuild itself after one of the worst recruiting choices in our program’s history.Terrelle Pryor, prove me wrong. read more

Baseball team falls in 10th to Spartans

The Ohio State baseball team (13-15, 3-4 Big Ten) took conference-leading Michigan State (22-8, 6-1 Big Ten) all nine innings and then some, but a lead-off home run in the top of the 10th was the decider as the Spartans beat OSU, 5-4. Even after the home run, OSU did not go down without a fight, as it had a chance to tie or win the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. After singles by senior and freshman outfielders Brian DeLucia and Tim Wetzel, freshman first baseman Josh Dezse was intentionally walked. Two consecutive strikeouts by sophomore catcher Greg Solomon and junior DH Brad Hutton ended the game. Coach Greg Beals said OSU left too many opportunities on base. “The story was our inability to execute when we had guys in scoring position,” he said. “Our hitters could have done a better job, obviously, but you have to give their pitchers credit.” OSU looked in trouble after a three-run seventh put the Spartans up, 4-2, but Dezse responded in the eighth with a two-run home run. Dezse said he thought the home run was a turning point in the game but that his team came up just a little bit short. “We fought as a team, we lost as a team and we are going to come back tomorrow and fight back,” Dezse said. Relief pitcher Tony Wieber (4-0) picked up the win for MSU, and senior pitcher Jared Strayer (1-2) picked up his second loss on the season. Rucinski versus Wunderlich The game featured top starting pitchers for each team, and both went deep into the game. Michigan State’s Kurt Wunderlich went eight innings and gave up four runs while OSU senior pitcher Drew Rucinski went seven and a third, and also gave up four runs. It was a pitcher’s duel early before Rucinski gave up three in the seventh followed up by Wunderlich giving up a two-run home run to Dezse in the eighth. Both pitchers earned a no decision. A 1-2 punch OSU’s one and two hitters, DeLucia and Wetzel, had a combined six hits and three runs. Wetzel now has a nine-game hitting streak and has been hitting .395 since the Big Ten season started. “We got a lot of young guys that can come through,” DeLucia said. “Wetzel and Dezse are both just incredible.” Game 2 The second of the three-game series will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday. OSU will be looking to rebound from the loss and come back strong. “We are obviously going to take our emotion out on the field tomorrow,” Dezse said. “We still have two more games this weekend and we still have a chance to get that two out of three like we want.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball routs Jackson State 8541

The No. 3 Ohio State men’s basketball team kept on rolling Friday as the Buckeyes beat Jackson State, 85-41. Jackson State hung around with the Buckeyes to start the game and even led, 11-10, six minutes into the contest. An 18-0 OSU run gave the Buckeyes a commanding lead they would not relinquish. Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said the Buckeyes had no weaknesses and were every bit as good as the University of North Carolina, who is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. “They have a very good basketball team,” Anderson said. “I think this team has a chance to get back to the Final Four. I don’t see any weakness at all.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger led the way for the Buckeyes, scoring 20 points and adding 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of playing time. Friday featured more than just OSU’s preseason All-American, something Sullinger didn’t seem to mind. “I love watching this team play,” Sullinger said. “Especially the young guys that don’t get to play a lot. It was pretty awesome to kind of sit the bench a little bit.” Coach Thad Matta, known for not using many players off the bench, used 10 players before the five-minute mark in the first half. Matta said it was important to get more players some game experience. “We’ve got to continue as much as we can to develop all those guys,” Matta said. “It’s different with the game uniform on and against an opponent. It was good to get the young guys as many minutes as we did.” With 3:30 remaining in the first half, sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon caught an alley-oop from sophomore guard Aaron Craft and completed a two-handed dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. “For a split second, I thought I threw the ball too far away,” Craft said. “But he shut me up pretty fast. “I’m pretty sure his shoulder was somewhere close to the rim. It was pretty awesome.” Weatherspoon finished with eight points. OSU continued to extend its lead with a flurry of fast breaks and dunks as the Buckeyes took a 46-17 lead into the half. The margin only widened after the intermission. The OSU defense stifled the Tigers all night. They forced 26 turnovers, which led to 41 Buckeye points on the other end of the floor. Overall, OSU held JSU to 35 percent shooting from the field including 22 percent from behind the arc. The Buckeyes shot 48 percent and 20 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Jordan Sibert notched his first double-digit scoring performance of the season, finishing with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. “That’s what I’ve been working on all spring and summer,” Sibert said. “I think I got a lot of confidence from my teammates and my coaches to take and make wide-open shots.” Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas and senior guard William Buford also scored in double figures, both finishing with 11 points. The Buckeyes are next in action Monday against North Florida. The opening tip is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

The skys the limit for Ohio State wide receivers

Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) scores a touchdown during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton broke the Ohio State record for most touchdown passes in a game against Florida A&M, but he didn’t do it alone.He had to have someone to throw to.Through four games, four Buckeye wide receivers have at least two touchdowns and 75 yards receiving. At this point in 2012, only two players on the team had reached these numbers.Junior Devin Smith (281 yards and four touchdowns), senior Corey “Philly” Brown (169 yards and three touchdowns), senior Chris Fields (82 yards and four touchdowns) and junior Evan Spencer (78 yards and two touchdowns) have helped the Buckeyes passing attack average 36.5 yards more through the air than it did all of last season.Guiton, who filled in for injured junior quarterback Braxton Miller for the last two games, has had the help of a more mature receiving corps than No. 4 OSU (4-0) had last year, wide receivers coach Zach Smith said.“It’s probably the biggest thing we needed to do coming into this year, is not just have Philly Brown and Devin Smith running vertical. We needed to establish a wider arsenal of skill players to use,” Zach Smith said. “So that was critical for us, because defenses can take away one guy, one position. But if they have to worry about across the board five skill players at every snap, everything opens up. That was something we really needed to do this year and fortunately, it’s happening so far.”Another option for the Buckeye quarterbacks this season has been junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who is third on the team with 88 yards receiving and a touchdown this year. Heuerman said it will be hard to stop OSU with the amount of depth they have on offense.“We got so much depth on our team. We have so much depth from the receivers, running backs, to our tight ends, everybody,” Heuerman said. “We’re so skilled all around that we can make plays. We’re an up-tempo offense and that combined with all the talent we have on offense really does well for us.”Zach Smith said Devin Smith in particular has developed particularly well from 2012, becoming more of an all-around player this season.“He’s improved, but he’s been a dynamic vertical threat since I got here,” Zach Smith said. “He can run, he can run (a) straight line, and the steps he’s made have been more at becoming a receiver as opposed to just a deep threat guy.”Devin Smith’s main improvement has come in widening his knowledge of the defense and working on his ability to catch shorter passes, Zach Smith said.“Where his development has really came has been in the throws that are more intermediate throws; the routes that are more intermediate routes.  He’s really taken steps in doing that,” Zach Smith said. “As far as the deep routes, he has a better understanding of how to lock a corner’s hips or turn a guy opposite of where he’s trying to go.”But still, Devin Smith’s deep play ability is appreciated by the offense because it helps the other players, Zach Smith said.“A guy like that with vertical threat, where corners really have to honor him vertically, like you said, 41 yards a touchdown catch is kind of astounding,” Zach Smith said. “They see that on film, so once he has that threat, there is that fear of getting beat deep; everything else opens up.”Another receiver who has stepped up this season is Spencer, who already has surpassed his career high in touchdowns in the first four games of the season and is on pace for a career high in receiving yards.The recipient of two of Guiton’s touchdown passes against Florida A&M, including the record-breaker, Spencer said with the number of skilled receivers OSU has, it will be difficult for opposing defenses to stop them all.“The sky’s (the) limit for our offense,” Spencer said. “We have so many weapons and we can do so many different things, I mean, like I said, I can’t even imagine all the things we can do.”Zach Smith said he was excited for Spencer, who before Saturday only had one touchdown reception in his career, to get in the end zone.“It was great to see him go out and finally get in the end zone and (much) of that has had a lot to do with kind of the situation we’ve been in and what defenses were giving us as to why he didn’t beforehand,” Zach Smith said. “But he’s very, very capable and it was good to see him do that.”He said Spencer has grown from an average player that worked hard to a good receiver for the Buckeyes.“Every aspect of his game has improved,” Zach Smith said. “He was always a very good kid who worked hard, but he’s taken steps to improve the details of being a receiver, and that’s in blocking on the perimeter. That’s in running routes. That’s in getting open on one on one coverage. He’s improved every aspect of his game.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play host to Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener, and Zach Smith said he isn’t worried about the Badgers changing their defensive game plan against the OSU receivers.“Obviously, they are going to play to their personnel, so I don’t know what their philosophy will be down the road, but it’s a little different, a little different than it was last year,” Zach Smith said. “Probably a little more man coverage, more press man, a little more challenging for the wide receivers, but nothing dramatic.”Guiton agreed it will be a struggle for the Badgers to slow down a Buckeye offense that averages 529 yards a game.“That’s a problem for them. They need to figure out what they want to do and we’ll come out prepared and ready to go,” Guiton said.Kickoff against No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football JK Dobbins announced as starting running back for game against Oklahoma

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the second straight game, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins will be the starting running back for Ohio State Saturday, when the team hosts Oklahoma Saturday at 7:30 p.m in Ohio Stadium.Last season’s starting running back Mike Weber was held out of last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but is healthy and will play this weekend as well, according to coach Urban Meyer.“J.K. will start, and then we’ll see as we move forward,” Meyer said on his 97.1 The Fan radio show.Meyer said earlier in the week the two would operate in a rotation against the Sooners. During the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday, Meyer said the pairing offers the Buckeyes a couple of different style running backs and both will be used, even if he was still unsure in what capacity the two will be deployed.Dobbins set a record for an Ohio State freshman running back in his debut game as he rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries. The first-year starter also added 24 yards on two receptions, including an 18-yard reception on a wheel route on the second play of his career.reer. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State falls to Northwestern 6850 in worst shooting performance

Midway through the second half, the offenses began to heat up. Ohio State and Northwestern exchanged baskets between a pair of layups by sophomore forward Kyle Young and a 3 by senior guard C.J. Jackson to bring the game to 43-35 in favor of the Wildcats.Young had to leave the game at the end of the first half after aggravating a knee injury, but he returned to finish with seven points and four rebounds in 26 minutes of play.The Wildcats relied on their two leading scorers down the stretch. Redshirt senior forward Vic Law and senior center Dererk Pardon led the way for Northwestern with 10 and 20 points, respectively, also combining for 19 rebounds.Pardon scored 18 of his points in the second half.Ohio State will finish the regular season against No. 21 Wisconsin at home at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) looks to pass the ball during the second half of the game against Northwestern on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 63-49. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State had a rollercoaster of a recent stretch coming into tonight.Eight days ago, the Buckeyes had their biggest win of the season: a 20-point victory against then-No. 22 Iowa. Four days later, and Ohio State had its most emphatic defeat with a 86-51 demolition to then-No. 14 Purdue.The difference: an indefinite suspension to sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer and rebounder.Against Northwestern, Wesson sat out again. Against Northwestern, Ohio State (18-12, 8-11 Big Ten) lost again, falling to the Wildcats (13-17, 4-15 Big Ten) 68-50. It was Northwestern’s first win against the Buckeyes at home since Feb. 18, 2009. After an abysmal start for Ohio State offensively, the Buckeyes brought the game to within five in the second half following a 3 by freshman guard Duane Washington.But Northwestern remained in control from there, going on a 10-0 run after the Washington 3 on the way to securing its first win in its past 11 games.The Buckeyes shot 26.6 percent overall on the night, their worst shooting percentage in any game since shooting 26.2 percent from the field against Michigan State in 2012. The loss to the Wildcats is Ohio State’s second game shooting less than 30 percent from the field in the past 10 seasons.It took 14 attempts and 8:51 for Ohio State to make its first field goal of the game, and the Buckeyes never got much hotter from there.Other than redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, who hit 2-of-5 from the field, Ohio State made 8.6 percent of shot attempts in the first half, making 1-of-12 from 3. Woods finished as Ohio State’s leading scorer with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting.Northwestern did not take advantage of the Buckeyes’ poor shooting, hitting 39.3 percent of its shots and taking only an 11-point lead into halftime. The Wildcats also had 11 first-half fouls, giving Ohio State eight makes in 12 tries from the foul line. Junior guard Andre Wesson struggled mightily in the game, missing all eight attempts from the field, finishing with two points on a pair of free throws. read more

Husband claims his wife drowned at Spanish beach after lifeguards didnt help

first_imgSpanish lifeguards claimed a British woman was fine as she drowned at sea because she “wasn’t waving hard enough”, her husband told an inquest. Julie Dudhill, 57, drowned despite husband Andy pleading with four lifeguards that she needed help.The couple were on holiday in Alicante, Spain, when Mrs Dudhill was “overcome” by the current during a swim.Mr Dudhill, 51, told an inquest he ran out of the sea to seek help from lifeguards on the busy beach – only for them to dismiss claims that she was struggling in the water.Despite Mr Dudhill pleading with the four lifeguards and Julie calling for their help from the sea, they still didn’t react and even “suggested that if she was having difficulties she would be waving her arms about more”.He said the Spanish lifeguards “were under the impression she was okay” and “seemed to think she was not in danger” even though Julie, a project manager, was calling for help.It wasn’t until Mr Dudhill, from Fleet, Hants, attempted to rescue his wife by entering the water that one lifeguard “leisurely” swam out to her.By then it was too late and her body was brought back to shore.Electrician Mr Dudhill today criticised the lifeguards at an inquest at Basingstoke Coroner’s Court, Hants.He recalled the incident at the popular Spanish destination, where they had holidayed before. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They didn’t react and stayed on the shore line, they suggested to me that if she was having difficulties she would be waving her arms about moreMr Dudhillcenter_img Mr Dudhill told the inquest: “We are keen beach-goers and surfers, and have been for 18 years or so.”It’s always been a choppy beach with a few waves but nothing that we felt was too dangerous.”About 4pm or 4.30pm we went down for one more swim, we usually go where people are swimming and after about 20 minutes we decided to get out.”I turned around and literally she was just behind me as we were getting out but in that short space of time afterwards she had difficulties getting back to the shore line and she said to me she was having difficulties.”She was calling out and luckily in front of me were two lifeguards and I was nearly out so I quickly went up to them and told them she was getting into difficulty.”They asked if she was a good swimmer and I told them ‘yes she’s a good swimmer but would not be calling out if she didn’t need help’.”They didn’t react and stayed on the shore line, they suggested to me that if she was having difficulties she would be waving her arms about more.”By that time, which felt like five minutes later, two more lifeguards turned up and she was waving at them but they were under the impression she was okay.”They seemed to think she was not in danger despite what I was saying to them. She was calling out to them, I can’t understand why they didn’t react faster.”I could see the lifeguards were not doing anything so I went in but one of them called me back.”Then one of the lifeguards took a leisurely swim out to her and then the next thing I know the lifeguard is saying she needs oxygen.”By the time they brought her back I just knew it was too late.”She was brought back to the shore line, they gave her CPR and an ambulance was called but it seemed to take an age to turn up and they worked on her for about half an a hour or 45 minutes – by then it was already over.”He added: “It’s dreadful from the lifeguards, especially when it’s on a crowded beach.”Coroner Andrew Bradley, recording a verdict of accidental death, said: “Julie Dudhill was swimming in the sea when she got into difficulty and was overcome by the current and died.”It’s an incredibly sad situation which I can only express my deepest sympathies for.”It’s an irreversible loss which is sadly not going to change.”last_img read more

Former boyfriend of Holby City stars daughter is charged with her manslaughter

first_imgLouella Michie John Montague, senior district Crown prosecutor for the CPS in Wessex, said: “Following a careful review of the evidence provided to me by Dorset Police I have today authorised the charge of Ceon Broughton with an offence of manslaughter by gross negligence, following the death of Louella Fletcher-Mitchie on September 11 2017 at Bestival, which was held in Dorset. Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s major crime investigation team, said: “Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has this evening authorised a charge of manslaughter.”It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial.”It is also important that nothing is published online or on social media that could affect a future criminal case. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”Louella’s family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time.” “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Broughton are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial.”It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.” Louelle Michie was 25 years oldcenter_img The former boyfriend of the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie has been charged with her manslaughter.Louella Eve Fletcher-Michie, 25, died at the Bestival music festival. She was found dead in a wooded area on the edge of the Bestival site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset just before 1am on September 11 last year.Ceon Broughton, 28, of Enfield, north London, is due to appear before Poole Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, Dorset Police said.An initial post-mortem examination carried out shortly after her death showed no clear signs of an assault, and further examinations have been carried out, including toxicology tests. Louella Michie Louella Michie died at BestivalCredit:Zoe Barling /PAlast_img read more

Royal wedding cake Fitting tribute to the big day a break from

Ms Ptak, left, said Harry and Meghan had enjoyed trying several different samples of cake The layers are sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd.Some 200 Amalfi lemons were used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen’s Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk. Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: “The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. The chef, who owns Violet Bakery in east London, has been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace.”You’ll have to wait and see on the day. It’s an installation of the way that we’re putting it out. It’s the last thing that we’ll reveal. It’s a non-traditional layout,” Ms Ptak said yesterday. “It’s of this moment. It’s May so they’re just opening this week.”It’s a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding.”Slices of the cake were to be served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George’s Hall after the ceremony, all decorated with rose petals. The royal bakers yesterday revealed they were abandoning the tradition of a tiered wedding cake – and teased at a surprise unveiling.Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece, said the layered lemon and elderflower cake will be in three parts of varying sizes.The final design was unveiled on the big day, with the couple in on the plans, but it will be unveiled in a non-traditional way, she said. “It’s a slight shift from tradition.”She revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle loved trying a number of different cake samples before settling on lemon and elderflower for their big day.She said: “They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness.”Ms Ptak described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with “ethereal” elderflower.The cake, which is being decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, is made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The royal wedding cake is a mirror image of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony – a break from the tradition but with British custom at its heart. Kensington Palace shared a picture of the much-anticipated cake on Twitter and, as expected, it was not tiered.Instead, the centerpiece was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne.The picture was accompanied with the caption: “The wedding cake is to be served at the reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple.”A filling made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream ties all the elements together. The cake is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Claire Ptak and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake Credit:HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured leaving Windsor Castle after their day of rehearsals, are said to be in on the idea for the grand unveiling Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured leaving Windsor Castle after their day of rehearsals, are said to be in on the idea for the grand unveilingCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph That appears to have been the announcement on Twitter.  Ms Ptak, left, said Harry and Meghan had enjoyed trying several different samples of cakeCredit:HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS Claire Ptak and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake  read more

What is Novichok The Salisbury poisoning nerve agent thats more potent than

One of Novichok’s developers – a Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov who fled to the US after turning whistle-blower – has said one of the variants had no known cure. Variants of the nerve agent Novichok are reported to be up to eight times more effective than VX nerve gas, that was deployed in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February 2017. The nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and now a couple in Amesbury is one of the most deadly chemical weapons ever developed and was produced in secret by the former Soviet Union. Scientists at the defence laboratory at Porton Down, just seven miles from Salisbury,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Police chief reveals he lost £4000 to Nigerian scammers as he calls

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He told The Telegraph: “I believe that we need a fundamental rethink. “At the moment the default position on cyber crime is that it should be done at local or regional level, with the National Crime Agency, City of London Police and so on being called in if it becomes really complex and expensive.”I think that puts local police forces under unfair pressure, and although they do the best job they can, fundamentally they are outgunned by these international fraudsters. A police chief revealed that he lost £4,000 to Nigerian scammers as he called for Britain to rethink its approach to tackling cyber crime. David Munro fell victim to online fraudsters when he was running a software company before he was elected as Surrey’s police and crime commissioner in 2016.They emailed him a bogus £12,000 invoice made to look like it was from a contractor he was working with at the time.His bank noticed that the account details were different to the contractor’s and raised the alarm once he had paid the bill.Mr Munro was only able to recover £8,000 and lost the rest to criminals operating in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city.Last week he said he believes that Britain’s approach to cyber crime is “wrong” and puts too much pressure on local police forces. “We need a rethink, it has to come right from the top, and cyber fraud must be tackled nationally, and then of course local police forces can be called in to assist.”Mr Munro said he will appeal to whoever becomes the next Home Secretary to change cyber crime policy.The latest police figures show that more than £190,000 a day is lost by victims in the UK.More than a third fall prey to the hacking of social media and email accounts.Nearly £35 million was reported stolen between April and September last year – a 24% increase on the previous six months. read more

CPL 2018 Botha appointed Guyana Amazon Warriors Coach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Warriors’ Head Coach hails consistency of Guyana franchiseAugust 3, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Guyana Amazon Warriors poised ahead of opener at ProvidenceAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”Guyana Amazon Warriors set for 2 practice matchesAugust 5, 2018In “latest news” …West Indies Rayon Griffith appointed as Assistant CoachJohan BothaThe Guyana Amazon Warriors have appointed South African Johan Botha as their Head Coach and current Guyana and West Indies A Team Manager Rayon Griffith as his Assistant Coach. They will take charge for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which runs on 8 August to 16 September.Botha has had previous coaching experience at the Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United and Multan Sultans.Botha has also played at the Hero CPL, winning the title with the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2015.As a player Botha represented South Africa in Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals, claiming 126 wickets for his country.Rayon Griffith (GCB image)Griffith has represented the Guyana national team and the West Indies B side in regional tournaments and has had a very successful stint as the current Assistant Coach/Manager of the Guyana Jaguars, contributing to them winning the West Indies Four-Day Professional League for four consecutive years.Speaking of his appointment on cplt20.com, Botha expressed his excitement about the challenge ahead. “I really enjoyed my time with the Hero CPL as a player, and I can’t wait to get underway as a coach. The squad that the Amazon Warriors have put together for this year is really impressive and I am sure we will be challenging for the title at the end of the season.”File photo: Omar KhanTeam and Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan, expressed optimism on Botha’s and Griffith’s appointments. “The management of the franchise puts in continuous effort to do things differently with the aim of winning the title. After getting so close over the years we are delighted to have Johan and Rayon at the helm of our coaching staff this year. They are both very professional and are very much involved in cricket coaching and development and are expected to bring new ideas and initiatives to the team set-up.” read more

Treat with teachers concerns as an urgent issue Opposition Leader

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo urges Govt to respect commitments made by previous administration with GTUJanuary 27, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo chides Govt over its sloth regarding teachers’ benefitsAugust 6, 2018In “latest news”Yes, it was a sell out! -Jagdeo on MoU inked between Guyana, T&TSeptember 20, 2018In “Business” Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“I would urge the Government to treat with the concerns of teachers as an urgent issue and don’t drag them along in a never-ending issue of negotiations.”These were the words of Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo who, in his most recent weekly press conference, said that the move by Government to now hire a consultant to sort the issues related to salary increases was another ploy to stall for time.The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), after meeting for nearly three hours with Government and labour officials, said on Thursday that since the situation remained unchanged, their plans remain intact, meaning that an imminent nationwide strike will go ahead as planned.Jagdeo, pointed out that “for too long”, the nation’s teachers have been dragged out with the hope that their demands would be addressed.“It seems as though the Government never had any anything to accede on those demands…when we asked the minister what was happening with the report of the task force, and when the Government intends to pursue the recommendations, she practically gave zero answer,” he stressed.Jagdeo said, too, that when Government has matters of similar nature, it should include in the delegations persons who have the authority to makes commitments of the Government.“Another meeting with the minister, who always claims that ‘I can’t make any final determinations as to what we were hoping,’ is a waste of time,” Jagdeo opined.Union President Mark Lyte said on Thursday that the August 27 countrywide strike will go ahead as planned.Immediately following the Union’s announcement outside the Education Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, subject Minister, Nicolette Henry held an emergency press conference where she signalled that Government is already considering alternative measures to deal with the fallout from any strike action.Meanwhile, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which forms part of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Government, on Friday said it was perturbed at the Administration for its inability to reach consensus with the GTU on wage increases.The party noted that, from a political standpoint, it feels that the Government is committing “political suicide by picking a fight with teachers, most of whom voted for the Coalition. It is bad politics to alienate your supporters on a matter that could be easily solved.”The GTU envisions that 90 per cent of teachers in the public schools were ready to support their Union’s move to strike. read more

Sandvik at AIMEX

first_imgSandvik, a world leader in equipment, tools and services across hard and soft rock underground mining and open-pit mining, as well as construction and quarrying, will be showcasing its range of integrated solutions on Stands 208 and 5211 at AIMEX 2007 – Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, to be held at Sydney’s Olympic Park from September 4 to 7, 2007.The company’s focus at AIMEX will be to highlight its integrated solutions approach to the mining sector – which adds value through innovation, applications advice, product selection, through to risk management services, training, and product life-cycle support and service. This will include presentations and information on its unique Automine™ system, an automated underground ore transportation system allowing operators to control and supervise semi-automated LHDs and automated dump trucks from a control room on the surface. Automating the extraction and hauling processes through Automine improves the performance and productivity of a mine, mainly through increased utilisation, process control and optimisation of equipment – as well as significantly increasing mine safety.Sandvik’s displays at AIMEX will feature several pieces of equipment, including its Series 2500 Roof Bolter and DD530-S60C Cabin hydraulic jumbo, which are designed to increase productivity, safety and ability for mining and construction operations.The Series 2500 Roof Bolter is designed as a high-performance solution for coal mining operations, incorporating custom-designed mounting systems tailored to customer needs. It can be mounted to any make or model of new or used underground hydraulic equipment, including continuous miners, road headers, shuttle cars, mobile bolters and multi-purpose vehicles.Sandvik’s DD530-S60C Cabin jumbo is a three-boom electro-hydraulic unit designed for fast and accurate drilling in tunnelling and cavern excavation of 12-75 m2 cross sections. It is designed to reduce maintenance time, improve performance and increase safety. Applications include drilling for tunnelling and cavern excavation, cross-cutting, bolt hole drilling and extension drilling applications.Other Sandvik products on display at AIMEX include:Sandvik dust suppression systems, designed to control dust emissions at conveyor loading and transfer points. These systems use less than 500 W of electricity to capture around 95% of airborne dust particles, which then rejoins the product, adding value to the process.Sandvik telescopic chutes, designed to encapsulate dust during the last step in mineral processing from conveyor belt to stockpile. The company will be displaying its latest telescopic chute featuring a patented design, optimised safety features, and an improved conveyor chute interface.Also at AIMEX, Sandvik will have representatives from its HR team as it looks to recruit people seeking a career with a fast-growing, innovative company. The exhibition will provide an opportunity for Sandvik to demonstrate its wide range of products and services – and the opportunities it can offer to potential employees, as well as highlighting its training processes and capabilities.Sandvik’s  DD530-S60C jumbo is a 3-boom electro-hydraulic unit designed for fast and accurate drilling in tunnelling and cavern excavation of 12-75 m2 cross section �last_img read more

Increasing the safety of lone workers on mine sites

first_imgAny responsible Mine Manager knows it is vital to protect the health and safety of lone workers on their site. In Touch has developed a new Lone Worker Alert System that monitors personnel at operations. It is offered as a ‘bolt-on’ feature to existing radio systems. The worker carries a two way radio programmed to emit a continuous tone every 20 minutes or so. If he/she is ok, they press a button to cancel out the signal. Should the worker not respond, due to accident or illness, then the radio sends a pre-recorded message to up to four pre-programmed numbers to identify that the lone worker alarm has been triggered.The system is not designed to give an absolute emergency response, however it substantially reduces the health and safety risks associated with lone working. In Touch will be exhibiting on stand P107 at Hillhead in the UK in June.last_img read more

Awards from BHP Billiton for execution of the Iron Ore Expansion Program

first_imgThe Fluor SKM Joint Venture (FAST JV) has received new awards from BHP Billiton to execute the company’s Iron Ore Expansion Program in Western Australia. The focus of new awards will be primarily the expansion of the Jimblebar mine. Fluor booked approximately $3 billion for the Jimblebar Project and additional work in the company’s first quarter of 2011. BHP Billiton’s Rapid Growth Project 6 (RGP6) is expected to increase installed capacity for BHP Billiton Iron Ore Western Australia assets to 240 Mt/y. Jimblebar is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, approximately 40 km east of Newman.“Fluor and the FAST JV have been part of this project from the very beginning and we are honoured to be chosen to support the next stage of this strategic initiative,” said Dwayne Wilson, Group Executive of Fluor’s Industrial business line. “Fluor’s long-term presence in Australia combined with our substantial global mining experience positioned us well to support this project.”The FAST JV is a joint venture between Fluor Australia Pty Ltd. and Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM). Fluor is the majority partner in the FAST JV. Fluor and SKM have provided engineering, procurement, construction management, and commissioning services to BHP Billiton Iron Ore since 2001. Work is already underway on the Jimblebar Project. The FAST JV office in Perth, Australia, will continue to lead this project.last_img read more

Indonesian coal mine output still climbing strongly

first_imgRanjeet Sundher, President, Challenger Deep Resources says Reuters Recorder reported thermal coal output in the world’s top exporter, Indonesia, expected to rise 8.3% in 2012 as miners increase production to take advantage of strong prices. Bob Kamandanu chairman of the Indonesian Coal Mining Association said that Indonesia’s thermal coal production will be 390 Mt in 2012 versus 360 Mt in 2011. He had previously estimated 2011 coal output at 354 Mt, up from 320 Mt in 2010. Meanwhile, Australian thermal coal on the globalCOAL Newcastle index, the benchmark for Asian coal, closed at A$116.55/t on March 2 2012.Weaker demand has kept a lid on thermal coal prices in recent months, after prices plummeted from a high of over $125/t (US) seen in the first quarter of 2011. Most Indonesian coal is mined in East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and South Sumatra. The archipelago of 17,000 Islands produces mainly low grade coal, used predominantly in emerging markets, with top importers being China, India and South Korea.Both India and China have launched aggressive and ambitious plans to ramp up power supplies in the coming years.Challenger has established its Tabang project area in Indonesia with the intention of blending coal from multiple properties to achieve a product tailored for anticipated market demand sweet-spots while leveraging common production and transportation infrastructure.last_img read more

Lucky Friday silver mine is back in production

first_imgThis week, Hecla Mining Co announced that its Lucky Friday mine in Idaho’s Silver Valley has resumed operations and production, and expects to produce some 2 Moz of silver in 2013. “Hecla is pleased to report that with rehabilitation work complete on the Silver Shaft, and with necessary clearance from MSHA, the mine has resumed operations, with initial production of silver concentrates expected in February. Production levels are expected to ramp up during the first half of the year, and we expect to reach normal production levels by mid-year,” said Hecla’s President and Chief Executive Officer Phillips S. Baker, Jr. “The 12 months of down time at Lucky Friday allowed work crews to improve many aspects of the mine’s operations. Besides cleaning and improving the efficiency of the main Silver Shaft, we upgraded mining methods; conducted supplementary training; hired additional safety experts, mine management and engineering staff; and purchased $2.3 million in new equipment, including mechanised rock bolters, which will be used to implement new ground control measures. In all Lucky Friday working areas, as well as at all of Hecla’s other operations, we strive to meet or exceed the National Mining Association’s CORESafety Program, which is the industry benchmark for operations and safety implemented in 2009, as well as all MSHA-approved guidelines. I’d like to thank everyone who played a role in the Lucky Friday rehabilitation for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail,” Baker added.The company has recalled all employees necessary for Lucky Friday to reach full production. All employees, both returning and new, have received supplemental safety training, with enhanced procedures for risk assessment and accident prevention designed to improve existing safe work practices. Work crews have completed the bypass drift at the 1,800 m level, around an area impacted by a rock burst in December 2011. Ground support has been upgraded for over 12 km of underground workings; these upgrades include, in appropriate areas, the incorporation of recently developed ground support bolting products. Current production is coming from #10 stope and #11 stope, located on the intermediate-vein package and 30-vein, respectively.Hecla has spent a total of $29.8 million on the rehabilitation of the Silver Shaft and an additional $26.2 million on other Lucky Friday capital projects unrelated to the shaft renovation.Crews at Lucky Friday resumed work in the first quarter on the #4 Shaft project, designed to access extensions to reserves, resources and additional exploration targets with a goal to increase annual silver production to approximately 5 Moz from Lucky Friday. To date, $90 million has been invested on the estimated $200 million project, with completion estimated in early 2016.As previously reported in December, the Lucky Friday mine was notified of potential PPOV (Potential Pattern of Violations) status by MSHA for citations issued in late 2011 and early 2012, prior to the Silver Shaft rehabilitation and other work done at the mine in the past year. The Company continues to work with MSHA and expects to work through the PPOV process.Hecla is a leading low-cost US silver producer with operating mines in Alaska and Idaho and exploration and pre-development properties in four worldclass silver mining districts in the US and Mexico.last_img read more

Mintec releases new Minesight Schedule Optimiser

first_imgMintec has released an improved MineSight Schedule Optimiser (MSSO). Mine engineers around the world have been using the MSSO for their short, medium, and long-term planning needs. It determines the most productive mining sequence to achieve the highest project profitability and then generates practical short-to medium-term project schedules.NPV and cash flow are integral to enhancements in Version 7.2 of MSSO. Costs associated with mining, processing, reclaim, hauling, loading, and capital can now be managed and presented with the addition of reports.  New tables and graphs allow MSSO users to present their cumulative cash flow and NPV data without the need for third-party spreadsheets.  Also new is a cycle-time report to display the raw cycle-time data imported from MineSight Planning Database. Constraint grids have also been redesigned for ease of use.Today’s enhancements are the latest in a long line of new functionalities added to MSSO over the last year. An improved calculation engine, integrated workflow, better reporting, charting and visualization, and a more user-friendly graphic interface are among the upgrades. MSSO can work together with MineSight Haulage and the soon-to-be released MineSight Atlas.last_img read more

SKM recognised for integrated Air Quality Control System

first_imgAn innovative approach to manage air quality and noise issues in the coal fields in the Hunter Valley and Western regions of New South Wales has won the NSW Minerals Council 2013 Environment Excellence Award. Glencore Xstrata and Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) were recognised for the development of an integrated Air Quality Control System (AQCS) now in use at mines across New South Wales. A key feature of the project is that it increases awareness of environmental management amongst employees and allows them to plan their operations to minimise impacts.The awards were independently judged by an expert panel, including senior representatives from the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the NSW Department of Planning, the Department of Trade and Investment, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and engineering firm Umwelt. NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee announced the award as part of the industry’s annual Environment and Community Conference, attended by around 300 delegates who had gathered to discuss topics such as sustainability, mine rehabilitation and air quality.The initial objective of the project was to develop a process that encompassed both a reactive and predictive component to assist Glencore operations in minimising impacts from blasting, air quality and noise management activities. SKM Project Manager, Shane Lakmaker said one of the key objectives of the initiative was to raise awareness of environmental issues at all levels of Glencore’s NSW open cut mine sites. “To achieve this objective, Glencore initiated the development of the AQCS so as to provide site personnel with information on daily environmental risks associated with air quality, noise and blasting,” Lakmaker said. “The AQCS was developed based on daily, automated modelling of meteorological conditions, dust emissions and noise attenuation.”The final system consisted of: an environmental forecast summary report emailed to site personnel each morning; a website that allows users to garner a better understanding of the detailed information used to support the environmental forecast summary report, and a tool to assist sites in predicting blast plume paths for any time of day within the next 48 hours. SKM advised on the modelling approaches and developed the system using the inputs from Glencore and site representatives. Initial system development commenced in November 2011 and was followed by consultation at various sites, with feedback collected on usage and improvements.The system is now in place at Mangoola, Bulga Complex, Mt Owen Complex, Liddell, Ravensworth Surface Operations and Ulan. For each site, the system makes use of detailed mine plans, equipment inventories and material handling quantities in order to calculate dust emissions. Meteorology is predicted from synoptic scale forecasts (NCEP), nested down to the site and taking account of local topography and landuse, while dispersion calculations are made using the CALPUFF model. “The early involvement of mine staff meant that the final system was more easily understood by end users, resulting in a greater acceptance of the intent and implementation,” Lakmaker said. “Similarly, the involvement of Glencore was important to address the higher level compliance objectives, and to review transferability to other sites.” Implementation of the system has contributed the following benefits:• Higher employee awareness of potential environmental issues• An increase in the number of employees empowered with responsibility for environmental management (from 10 to 120+ people receiving the daily environmental forecasts)• Productivity improvements due to the identification of favourable environmental conditions• No exceedances of project specific air quality criteria at sites• Provides the community and regulator additional confidence that Glencore is proactively managing impactslast_img read more

Maptek ISite Studio 50 boosts survey workflow and productivity

first_imgMaptek says itsI-Site Studio 5.0 “delivers new features and improvements to existing software tools to further boost survey efficiency and productivity. The I-Site laser scan technology features familiar workflow and integration with site survey practices. I-Site Studio software brings out the real value in the scan data – superb accuracy and flexible reporting.”“Less time in the field. Less time at your desk, is our mantra,” said Maptek Manager of Laser Imaging Systems, Athy Kalatzis. “Automating processes helps surveyors generate timely and accurate survey reports for planning and production, with positive impacts on site productivity.”I-Site laser imaging systems capture incredible detail from scenes, with software that can handle large data without the hassle. Studio 5.0 applies a new Level of Detail tool to object data, allowing a manageable amount of data to be loaded and viewed at once.The new Workflow Manager saves a series of transactions which are then shared and adapted within survey teams. This enables standard work processes to be implemented across an organisation – driving productivity, efficiency and accuracy. Workflows can be launched from custom toolbars, and the status of the current process is conveniently highlighted. The result is efficient handover between crews for routine site applications.“In addition to being a valuable training tool, standardised workflows improve quality and consistency of results,” said Kalatzis.Tolerance ellipsoids and smart sampling in I-Site Studio 5.0 deliver a more streamlined global registration process. Multiple scans from the same location can be moved together as a group. It is now possible to register two scans unlevelled, but constrained to a GPS point.The Combination surface tool allows a new surface to be outside the original surface, which is often the case when mining operations expand. The function will generate a new solid even without completely closed intersections between surfaces.Additions to the Geotechnical Module allow easier analysis of different failure modes and more intuitive display of results. A maximum discontinuity area can now be specified when extracting discontinuities and users can run kinematic analysis for potential failure types such as wedge, planar and toppling.Stereonet display improvements include type, grid style and scalable pole size. The great circle tool now auto-populates from a stereonet selection, saving time and effort. A new wizard-style interface for filtering vegetation makes it easy to remove objects above evenly distributed low points in a selection. A distance from ground slider dynamically updates the view of what is to be removed.Advanced visualisation is a hallmark of Maptek software systems. A 360º panoramic image captured with any digital device can now be draped over an I-Site point cloud and up to 7 images can be rendered to a single surface.Usability enhancements include more import/export options; a new Maptek file format supports transfer of any object between Maptek applications; default legends for colouring objects; saving views; licence borrowing; and new reporting formats.“The right tools are an important part of the mine productivity matrix. What surveyors need is an integrated, systematic approach to data capture and processing. This is what I-Site Studio 5.0 delivers to produce the results they need even quicker,” concluded Kalatzis.last_img read more

HP WCh 2013 qual prognosis Only Poland and Iceland with easy tasks

← Previous Story French women’s champion Arvor 29 expelled to second division! Next Story → Katarina Bulatovic joins Oltchim Valcea! Handball qualificationSpain handballWCh 2013 qualification It is time for World Championship 2013 qualification. In the next two weekends, we will get all competitors WCh 2013 in Spain. Handball-Planet.com makes prognosis of the qualification’s clashes:Lithuania – Poland (10% – 90%)Russia – Czech Republic (55% – 45%)Slovakia – Belarus (50% – 50%)Hungary – Norway (55% – 45%)Iceland – Netherlands (90% – 10%)Macedonia – Austria (51% – 49%)Germany – Bosnia and Herzegovina (65% – 35%)Slovenia – Portugal (60% – 40%)Sweden – Montenegro (75% – 25%) read more

Jakov Gojun to PSG

French champion Paris Saint German has found a replacement for legendary Didier Dinart who finished proffesional career this summer. His name is Jakov Gojun, well known Croatian “heart of defense” who is coming to France from BM Atletico Madrid. Spanish vice-champion has a lot of financial problems due many players left the team this summer. Next one will be Ivano Balic, who is between Macedonia and Germany…Gojun will be the third Croatian player in French champions jersey after Marko Kopljar and Igor Vori, but maybe won’t be the last one for the upcoming season…photo: 24sata.hr ← Previous Story AEK Athens much stronger in the upcoming season Next Story → Sead Hasanefendic again Tunisian head-coach? Jakov GojunPSG Handball read more

Zlatko Saracevic after the sensation We must not fall asleep on the

← Previous Story VIDEO: EHF CL BEST 7 – Round 1 Next Story → The new one from “Slovenian playmakers’ factory” – Miha Zarabec RK Zagreb made a sensation by beating THW Kiel, and another victory was celebrating as acting coach Zlatko Saracevic. He was in the shadow of Boris Dvorsek, until the time Veselin Vujovic was appointed coach, who after the suspension of Vujovic, led the Zagreb to boys to another triumph after the one in Brest in SEHA:– The boys believed they can win and thats the first precondition for a victory. We had problems with our attack in the first half, but after the half time talk we managed to release our too-high respect for THW Kiel. We had a good guess that they won’t like our 5-1 defence, but we failed in the attack in the first 30 minutes. In the remaining part of the match we played according to what we agreed, and deservedly celebrated the victory. As Vujovic said we have to build on this now, and we can’t let ourselfs sleep on the laurels of this victory. Defeat the worlds’ best team is not a small thing, but we are a young team that has to prove itself match after match – said at the conference for media the assistant coach of RK Zagreb Zlatko Saracevic.Domagoj Duvnjak found the causes for the defeat…– Congratulations to the whole Zagreb team for the absolutely deserved victory. We had too many technical errors, but that doesn’t nullify Zagreb’s win. They played great handball from the beginning to the end, and when the crowd recognized that they because loud and it was difficult for us to get back in the game. rk zagrebTHW KielVeselin Vujovićzlatko saracevic read more

Over 40 teams apply for 4th Koper Handball Cup – Dont wait

http://kopercup.eurofest.si/ FACEBOOK PAGE ← Previous Story Hungary win Olympic Hopes U17 Tournament in Prague Next Story → HBC Nantes smash PSG Handball in front of 11.000 fans The 4th Koper Handball Cup 2017 will be held between April 14 and 16 in beautiful atmosphere of Slovenian coast in city of Koper, the famous one for it’s handball club Cimos Koper, which played a few years ago at VELUX EHF Champions League 1/4 finals.Tournament set a new record of 92 teams in edition 2016, but organizers announced expectations that 110 teams will compete in 2017! For now, over 40 teams from Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Germany applied for the tournament.As every year, Koper Handball Cup working on some improvements and providing new ideas. All the guests of Slovenian seaside will have a chance to see demonstration of handball in wheelchairs, but also coaching seminar with topic “Inovations in handball” on which all the coaches can participate and sent their suggestions.kopercup@gmail.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgonts5_KjwOrganizers limited number of teams on 10 per category, so hurry up to find your place!Categories: 2007 ( mini ), 2006 ( mini ), 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1997. Koper Handball Cup read more

CRISIS IN PLOCK IFK Kristianstad take a point home

8.PPD Zagreb8026196:2322 EHF Champions LeagueOrlen Wisla PlockRK PPD Zagreb ← Previous Story PASTOR HAS A KEY: PICK Szeged beat FC Barcelona Lassa Next Story → THE END OF ADZIC ERA: Per Johansson to lead Montenegro! 6.Kristianstad8125204:2394 4.Barcelona8422240:22110 2.Rhein-Neckar8431240:21711 1.Vardar8710219:18815 Crisis in Plock! Orlen Wisla Plock only played 25:25 (13:13) against direct rival in the race for VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 – IFK Kristianstad. This was only the second draw in eight matches in current season alongside six defeats which put Polish vice-champions at the bottom of the Group A.Orlen Wisła Płock – IFK Kristianstad 25:25 (13:13)Wisła: Borbely, Wichary – De Toledo 5, Duarte 2, Ivić 2, Mihić, Daszek 7 (3/3), Ghionea 1, Obradović 1, Żabić, Krajewski 2, Racotea 2, Tarabochia 2, T. Gębala, M. Gębala 1IFK: Kappelin – Henningsson 3, Gudmundsson 2, Lagergren 6, Sorensen 7, Freiman 3, Hallen 1, Nilsen, Lipovac 2, Arnarsson 1, J. Larsson, Persson, Chrintz, Jonsson, EriksenSTANDINGS: 7.Wisla Plock8026213:2372 PHOTO: RK PPD Zagreb Facebook 3.Nantes8512231:22211 5.Szeged8413241:2289 read more

FC Barcelona Lassa with 19 from Kristianstad

FC Barcelona handball FC Barcelona showed outstanding performance in Sweden against IFK Kristianstad 44:25. It looks that “Orange Army” won’t be able to play some important role and endanger favorites like they did in previous season.25 – Kristianstad: Kappelin (L. Larsson); Chrintz (1), Nilsen (6), Cañellas (1), Arnarsson (1), Gudmundsson (4), Ehn (3); Einarsson (1), J.Larsson (2), Freiman (1), Jurmala (1), Hansson (4) and Henningsson.44 – FC Barcelona : Möller (Pérez de Vargas); Áleix Gómez (4), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Fábregas, Thiagus Petrus (1), N ‘Guessan (3), Mortensen (4); Andersson (3), Víctor Tomás (4), Sorhaindo (1), Palmarsson, Ariño (6), Mem (6), Syprzak (1), Dolenec (7, 3p).Result: 3-2, 4-5, 8-9, 11-12, 12-16, 14-19 (rest), 14-24, 16-28, 19-33, 19-36, 22- 38 and 25-44. ← Previous Story Vranjes after defeat against Vardar: Many strange decisions of two men in black Next Story → VIDEO: RK Vardar clean Veszprem Arena read more

PSNI appeal for witnesses after shots fired at police station

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have appealed for information from the public after shots were fired at a police station in Fermanagh.The incident happened on Monday 23 December when a number of bullets hit the back of Lisnakea Police Station at around 8.10pm that evening.The PSNI said no-one was injured in the shooting.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore condemned what he described as a ‘vile attack’ and said that an attack on ‘one of us is an attack on all who support peace and the rule of law’.A grey or green Volkswagen Passet is believed to have been used by the people who carried out the attack. A saloon-type car was found on fire around 11 kilometres away one hour afterwards and officers are investigating a link between the car and the shooting.Detectives have called on anyone with any information about the shooting or the Volkswagen Passet to contact the PSNI.Read: ‘Today is the last day in Belfast. Hope leaders seize it’ – Haass urges progress as deadline looms >Read: Iran’s ‘championing’ of Bobby Sands in the 1980s was concerning to the Irish government >last_img read more

9 lies youve already told yourself today

first_img Source: Imgur4. “I’m not buying any lunches this week. Sure I have all this lovely soup”If you’ve already done the big shop and bought all the vegetables, chances are you’ve already boiled them all to within an inch of their lives to make a delicious*, nutritious soup that will last the whole week.You’ll crack by Wednesday and buy a chicken fillet roll. It’s ok, you’re only human. Source: stevendamron*tastes and smells like old, old cabbage5. “It doesn’t count if I eat it standing up”It does. Broken biscuits and cereal eaten straight from the box also counts. Source: Thefrisky6. “This new running app on my phone is going to change my life”You actually have to get off the couch for it to count. Source: Shutterstock.com7. “I’m taking down the Christmas tree this evening”No you’re not. Close the curtains, turn on the fairy lights and choke down the last of the crap Double Centres. Just one more day of Christmas. Just one more. Source: Flickr8. “No more looking at my phone in bed”We’ll remind you of this one later, when you’re browsing Twitter at 1.13am.9. “Just one more episode”You more than likely told this lie at 1.30am this morning, before allowing Netflix to deliciously transition into your 7th hour of The Killing. Source: Whicdn7 staggering similarities between ‘drunk Sherlock’ and drunk YOU>The one true sign that Christmas is really over> 16 reasons to hate doing the big shop> NEW YEAR, NEW you, right?WRONG!More exercise, less beige food, more family time, less booze, more charitable works, less binge-watching Downton Abbey under a duvet on the couch… these are just a sample of the resolutions that some of you have no doubt pledged to keep in 2014.You can’t do them all at once though, and you certainly can’t do them all today, aka The Worst Monday Of The Year.Sure haven’t you done enough by just getting out of bed, you heroes?Here are some of the little lies you’ve probably already told yourself today…1. “I’m going to bed at 8.45pm tonight”You no doubt spent most of last night thrashing around, plagued by nightmares of showing up at the bus stop in the nip.Breaking the Christmas habit of staying up until 4am eating Toffifee isn’t going to be as easy as you think. Source: Tumblr2. “I’m doing a Big Shop this evening”There’s a packet of leftover Christmas mini quiches and samosas in the freezer with your name on it. Tesco can wait.3. “I’m definitely going to eat all the fruit and vegetables that I buy during the Big Shop. I’m definitely not going to let them go mouldy in that little drawer in the fridge”Sure you are pet. Sure you are.last_img read more

Your Facebook news feed is going to get busier as autoplay video

first_imgAFTER THREE MONTHS of testing, Facebook is bringing 15-second video ads that auto-play in the news feed.The new ads, called Premium Video Ads, were originally announced back in December as part of a trial run, but the company says it will be rolling out the service to both web and mobile users over the next few months.Video ads play without sound when they appear on the screen, allowing users to either scroll past if they don’t want to watch it. If they do, they can tap on the video where it will expand into a full-screen video with sound.Facebook says it will be rolling out the ads slowly, mainly due to fears that seeing them would put off users. It’s working with a small number of advertisers and monitoring how people interact with them before it expands the service.The introduction of video ads is Facebook’s attempt to tap into TV budgets. The ads reportedly cost between $1 million to $2.5 million a day and will be similar to a TV commercial, with targeting limited to age and gender.Recently, the company’s photo app, Instagram, recently announced a $100 million deal with agency Omnicom, as part of its own paid advertising program.Read: In a bad mood? Chances are your social networks are to blame >Read: Spot the difference: Facebook rolls out updated news feed >last_img read more

Tracing The Blood Line Heres what to expect when you give blood

first_imgDO YOU GIVE blood? Have you ever considered it and have you ever wondered how the whole thing works?Over 150,000 donations are needed every year in Ireland, that’s over 3,000 per week.I started giving blood a couple of years ago after I saw a movie that showed people doing good deeds for others and while it sounds corny, I thought that giving blood would be a good way to do something for others.There was one problem, my fear of needles. However, I thought, what better way to finally get over this irrational fear than to start regularly getting pricked with a needle.Blood transfusionHowever, when you think about the facts that one in four of us will need a blood transfusion at some point, it is difficult to give much power to an irrational fear like that.I really didn’t know what to expect when I went along to my local blood donation clinic that was run out of a hotel function room on particular days. When I walked in, the place was bustling with donors, people filling in forms, people eating the goodies and of course nurses there administering it all.Since that day, I have tried to go as often as I can, but I often wondered about the whole process. How do they know what blood they need, how important are the blood types and where does the blood go after it has been donated?So, I decided to follow the blood line, from the donor to the labs and see what it’s all about. My plan was to give some blood and follow it through, but I soon found out that it’s not always that simple.DonatingFirst thing’s first – how do you go about giving blood?There is information on the Irish Blood Transfusion Service website which should help you determine if you are eligible to donate blood, if you are, then you can pop into a clinic and donate.The day I turned up to give blood at D’Olier Street clinic in Dublin, I hadn’t donated in some time, so I was given a detailed form to fill out about my health.This form is also given to people when they first donate blood. You might be shocked by some of the questions as many are quite personal – see below – but as Barry Doyle, the Senior Medical Scientist with the IBTS later told me, they have to be picky about their donors, in the interest of their patients.When you see the extent of the science behind the whole process and ultimately who the blood is going to, very ill people and babies in hospital, you can understand why the questions are asked.ConfidentialOnce the form is filled out, a nurse will go through your answers to ensure you have filled it out correctly. There is no need to be embarrassed – they do this all day long and it is all confidential.Next your Haemoglobin level will be tested, which requires a tiny prick on your finger and a small drop of blood is tested. If your blood passes this test, your donation should  be accepted straight away, however, many people’s level can be too low, as was mine.Why? I have given blood before and there’s been no problem before, I said, but I was told that under new EU rules, the level that can be accepted has risen, so while over the last few years, they were allowed to accept people a little below the specified level, now they cannot.TestBasically, if they took blood from me that day, then I would not have what a certain amount of blood in my body that they would prefer when I was leaving. It is not harmful, as I would build it up again over the next few days.Stephen Cousins from the IBTS explained that the new rules introduced last year meant that ten per cent of all their current donors were ineligible, meaning that 1,000 donations per month needed to be filled.He added that up to 35 per cent of first time donors cannot donate for a variety of reasons.Cousins said:One of most common reasons is if someone has lived in the UK from 1980 to 1996 for over a year, they are excluded, as it is based on Variant CJD, it’s just unfortunate that we can’t do anything about that.He added  that there can be temporary deferrals too if people have been away on holidays, in places like America, where the West Nile virus might be in an area they went to.AppealsSteven Cousins explains here how they appeal to people to donate: (click here)He said that the profile of donors is getting that little bit older, stating that emigration has had a big impact.“Because we collect all over the country, there are some parts of the country which have really been hit hard by emigration, so that’s an important group we are just not getting anymore, so we are making an effort to attract more younger people to donate,” he said.Why donate?However, many people can donate over and over and have no problem at all. While I could not donate on the day, Peader Laighléis, who has been donating blood since he was 18, told us why he donates: (click here)Most people give blood and then get on with their lives, without realising or thinking about the people their donations helps.The majority of blood transfusions are given during surgical procedures and to cancer patients, but it is also given to patients with terminal illnesses so as to improve their quality of life.Here Peader explains a heartwarming moment he experienced at a ceremony for blood donors: (click here)ApheresisPeople may not be aware that there are two types of blood donations, whole blood and apheresis. Whole blood donation, like that given in D’Olier Street and in other mobile clinics around the country, while apheresis donation, which involves removing the blood from someone, separating the component that is needed, such as platelets and then putting the blood back into the donor.This sort of donation is only done in fixed clinics in Cork and Dublin. The platelets go on to help patients with illnesses such as cancer and leukemia.Once you have given your donation, that’s it, you’re done. You can go enjoy the treats and goodies for free, but sadly Guinness is no longer given.Yum…If you would like to find out about giving blood visit the Irish Blood Transfusion Service website here.What happens to your blood next? Click here to find out>>>>>last_img read more

Why you cant see the black book that was never used for

first_imgNEITHER THE DEPARTMENT of Finance nor the Central Bank will release the so-called ‘Black Book’, a crisis management manual intended to assist officials during financial crises, which was never used during the bank crisis five years ago.The ‘Black Book’ is referred to in the Nyberg report into the causes of the banking crisis which led to the fateful guarantee of Irish banks in September 2008. The report notes: “In the actual crisis no use was made of the Black Book procedures.”The manual lays out procedures for emergency funding from a Central Bank or emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), guidance on legal issues related to insolvency processes and providing state aid to industry, and information on how to contact the responsible persons in a crisis.It has been in existence since 2001 when it was prepared by the Central Bank of Ireland to provide for a set of processes and procedures to refer to during the management of financial crises.But it was never used when Ireland’s banks were plunged into crisis at the back end of the last decade resulting in the eventual guarantee of all liabilities of Irish banks at an eventual cost of €64 billion, a move which later resulted in Ireland needing an international bailout.The manual was referenced in a parliamentary question from independent TD Stephen Donnelly this week. ‘Strictest confidence’Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan if he would release a copy of the ‘Black Book’ as it existed at the end of 2006 or as it was redrafted in the crucial period leading up to the banking crisis between August 2007 and September 2008.Noonan said the manual was passed to the Department of Finance “on the understanding it would be treated in strictest confidence given the nature of the matters treated in the document”.He described the ‘Black Book’ as a document which lays out a “set of processes and procedures to assist it in the management of a financial crisis situation”.“I do not therefore propose to provide a copy of the document,” Noonan said.Contacted this week, the Central Bank declined to answer a series of questions about the document including the content in it, how many times it has been updated and when it was last updated.A spokesperson said that the document laid out “the principles under which the Central Bank would operate during a crisis; operational procedures and terms and conditions for ELA; legal issues relating to insolvency laws and state aid to industry; and information and logistic issues such as arrangements for contacting the responsible persons in a crisis.”The spokesperson declined to comment any further.Read: No more consultations on salary waivers for NAMA/NTMA staff on over €200kRead: NTMA paid PR company €630,000 to “keep taxpayers in the dark”last_img read more

Freetoplay games coming soon to Xbox Live

first_imgIt’s a counterintuitive idea, but free is now one of the most lucrative business models in gaming.On one side of things, you have the freemium gaming movement. The idea here is to release a free game to rope players in, then promise them faster development, more gold, different weapons or better abilities if they agree to pay a marginal micro-transaction. These microtransactions are rarely very expensive, but they add up.AdChoices广告On the other side, you’ve got the gradual shift in MMOs to adopt free-to-play business models. Unable to compete with the World of Warcraft juggernaut, smaller MMO companies began to release their MMOs for free, charging players for access to higher levels, more character slots and new areas. Several MMOs previously on life support have managed to become successful and financially profitable by adopting free.In many ways, what we’re seeing now is a return to the shareware business model embraced by game companies in the early 90s: the first slice of a game was free, but the rest of the episodes would cost you.Need more proof that free is now big gaming business? The latest rumor has it that Microsoft is about to launch a free-to-play initiative for their Xbox Live online gaming service.According to IGN, certain games will be released for free “where users can then purchase additional content, such as weapons, experience points, in-game currency, and perks.” It’s all set to happen sometime in the next year.Obviously, not everyone is fond of the sudden rise in popularity of free-to-play games. A lot of people feel nickel-and-dimed, worrying that in order to compete, they’ll need to spend serious amounts of cash. The thing to remember, though, is that most games will never go free-to-play… and you only ever have to pay into a game as much as you want to take out.At the end of the day, I think free-to-play is a good thing for consumers, who are effectively being given the opportunity to pay what they think a game is worth, not just blindly pay the sticker price.Read more at Xbox Livelast_img read more

Sony hacker has stolen PSN user account data

first_imgSony has been silent on the cause of the long PSN outage other than to say there was an external intrusion. But now the company has decided to admit the breach experienced wasn’t without consequence.The PlayStation Network was hacked on or just before April 17. Then from April 17-19 user account information was accessed by the hacker. The information taken included user names, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdates, and PSN & Qriocity login IDs and passwords as well as your password security answers.The fact login details have been compromised explains why Sony took the decision to take PSN offline completely. Sony don’t believe credit card details were accessed, but Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for SCEA is advising your credit card number and expiration may have been accessed in some instances.Sony is advising everyone with an account check their bank statements and be very cautious of any communications received as it may be a scam. When PSN and Qriocity are restored Sony also advises we all change our account passwords immediately to stop any further problems.As for who breached the system, Sony has yet to track them down, but an external security firm has been employed to help find out who did this.Read more at PlayStation.Blog, via Kotakulast_img read more

What is the Samsung Galaxy R

first_imgWhile many here in the States have been sitting impatiently and waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S2 to come to our carriers in their slightly mutated forms, it would appear as though the UK has been treated to yet another high end Samsung phone.  While already available in Sweden (known there as the “Z”) the UK will be home to the Samsung Galaxy R in about a month. Nvidia has paired up with Samsung to announce the phone and show off its brilliance. Other than the fact that the R is powered by nVidia, what do we know about this new phone?ProcessorOnce again, Samsung has opted to go to nVidia’s Tegra 2 chipset. The 1GHz dual core setup has been seen in nearly every Android tablet that has come to market so far, and is now showing up on phones as well. The GeForce GPU paired with the Tegra 2 will also allow the device to record and playback video in HD, as well as take full advantage of the Tegra Zone games suite. There’s little more than speculation as to why Samsung hasn’t been turning to their new Exynos line of processors, such as the one seen in the UK Galaxy S2 aside from some speculation that Apple somebody out there might be buying them all up.4.19-inch Super Clear LCD TFT displayIt would appear as though Samsung has taken a liking to the notion of putting tiny TV’s in our hands. In a move away from their globally loved Super Amoled Plus displays, Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy R with a new kind of phone screen, which Samsung has dubbed “Super Clear LCD”. This TFT display is enhanced by the same DNIe (digital natural image engine) used in Samsung’s televisions. Early reports about this screen technology show that while the whites are less offensive, the colors are much more realistic and is generally considered better than Super Amoled with the exception that Super Clear consumes more power.4.19″ sounds like a massive number for the screen size on a mobile phone, but consider that the Galaxy S phones were all 4″ screens except for the Epic 4G, which was 4.3, and the recent Infuse 4G on AT&T sports a 4.5″ screen. This has been a growing trend in many of the Android handset manufacturers, though it’s frustrating to see the screen size increase, but not the resolution to compete with the recent incursion of qHD phones.The New TouchwizThe Galaxy R will come with Samsung’s Android UI Enhancement “TouchWiz 4.0” on top of Android 2.3. Touchwiz 4 is a significant visual improvement over its predecessor, allowing for some really unique use of the home screen. Reports so far only indicate that it’s Android 2.3 on board, so no indicator as to whether or not you’ll have access to video chat via Google Talk, as was enabled in 2.3.4. You will, however, have access to Google Music Beta as well as the upcoming Android @ Home and Open Accessories API’s.Among the list of unanswered questions remains how this phone will update to future versions of Android, which has been a problem for Samsung in the past. This is an issue that has been hopefully resolved by the fragmentation initiative Google announced at I/O, though as of yet we’ve not seen any additional information about those initiatives. If the past is any indicator, The Galaxy R will get the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich when Samsung gets TouchWiz ready for it.Final thoughtsThe Galaxy R looks like a solid phone, and at the moment it is cool in all the right places. As carriers and countries become known we will be talking a lot more about this phone and its potential as a dominant player in the UK market. Although, with the Galaxy S2 already on sale with the Exynos processor, which phone would you choose?last_img read more

Google celebrates 13th birthday with Google Doodle birthday party photo

first_imgGoogle is turning 13 years old today. As the company says goodbye to its childhood and enters its formative teen years, it’s hard to remember what life was like without Google.As with other major events, like deaths, birthdays, and important dates in history, Google has posted a celebratory Google Doodle showing the Google logo at its 13th birthday party. The image looks like something you’d see out of your own photo album of your 13th birthday: homey, simple, and with lots of colorful balloons and streamers. Google is known for making elaborate and interactive doodles, but the one it chose for its own birthday is uncomplicated and charming.Google was incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998 by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin who had been working on the search engine since 1996. Google’s mission from the get-go was “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Google now has dipped its toes in just about every pool: Email (Gmail) maps (Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth), mobile operating system (Android,) mobile payment system (Google Wallet), and social networking (Google+), to name a few.The word “Google” is commonly used today, and was even added as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary back in 2006, but few of us know where the name Google even comes from. The duo chose the name Google as a play on the word “googol,” which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.The company now has almost 30,000 employees and is reported to have achieved $9.03 billion in revenue during its last quarter (32% up on last year). Clearly, Google has come a long way from its early childhood. Happy Birthday, Google!Watch the video below to see all of Google’s birthday doodles starting in 2002 when the company was only four years old.last_img read more

Sony Ericsson reached out to Android developers out of desperation or for

first_imgThere seems to be this strange sort of back and forth in the underbelly of the Android ecosystem between the hackers and the manufacturers. When HTC was caught locking bootloaders, the hacker community struck out against them, burning negativity across the social networks in a unified public outcry against the action. Now, months later, HTCDEV.com exists as a bastion for developer support and a safe way to unlock your HTC bootloader.During the fight with HTC, Sony Ericsson paid very close attention and did something similar with their devices. The response from groups interested in Sony phones was extremely positive. It wasn’t long before the group FreeExperia started to make some real noise in the hacker community, eventually gaining the attention of the CyanogenMod developer team.Now, it seems, Sony Ericsson has decided to take things one step further, by publicly announcing their intention to work with these developer groups to better couple their ROMs with the SE hardware. Curiously, I am left to wonder if this is the act of a company who is seeing the light and agreeing that it is better to be open with their platform, or a desperate attempt to remain relevant in the swarm of Android phones.Sony Ericsson and AndroidTraditionally, the Xperia line of phones are very heavily modified. The user interface barely resembles Android. The exception to this was the Experia Play, which except for the obvious hardware requirements was stock Android 2.3, or Gingerbread. Much of these visual elements are not open source, the proprietary bits remaining in the hands of Sony Ericsson. Whether the Xperia Play is a sign of change or not will only show with time, but we do know that Sony has been making serious strides in participating in the Open Source part of android.Jean-Baptiste Queru, a Googler on the Android Open Source Project, noted that Sony Ericsson has been a regular contributor to the AOSP and their contributions have been significant. On many occasions, it has been noted that the CyanogenMod team makes routine contributions to AOSP, but the changes they submit are often rejected. It has been speculated that one of the more symbiotic parts of this relationship will be SE’s encouragement behind any contributions that they support from the CyanogenMod team.For the time being, it will not be difficult to put CyanogenMod, or any other rom for that matter, on your phone. It is noted by Sony Ericsson, however, that this action “may” void your warranty. For the moment, there’s little clarity on where the line between “may” and “will” lies, but my suspicion is that the placement of that line is not at the discretion of Sony Ericsson, but rather their carrier partners.Developers to the rescueWith this step, it will be increasingly easy to put a custom ROM on a Sony Ericsson phone. Combine that with the impressive lineup of devices that are planned for launch over the next six months, and it is a sure fire bet that when asked what to buy for their next phone, users of custom ROMs will be told to go Sony. At least, that’s what the Sony Ericsson people are hoping will happen.While this act of support for developers and for the core of Android is really great, it leads me to ask why. A look at any mobile marketing report answers that question swiftly; Sony Ericssons Android devices don’t sell. In fact, the July  2011 Mobile Mix report put out by Millenial Media ranks Sony Ericsson 11th in their list of the top 15 mobile manufacturers. This report puts them behind Huawei, Sanyo, Kyocera, and other manufacturers who have succeeded by releasing inexpensive Android devices or devices on local only mobile carriers.Sony Ericsson clearly needs a niche market that will allow growth and creative positive organic commentary about their devices. The Android hackers and modders have proven both against HTC and Motorola that their voices carry the weight of tens of thousands of users. If SE can convince those users that their phones are the way to go, it’s likely we will start to see a whole lot more Sony Ericsson devices in circulation, running CyanogenMod no less.last_img read more

Try Chrome OS on a USB stick with Lime

first_imgGoogle is slowly trying to change the way we access the web and use online service by replacing the more typical operating systems we mainly rely on today with Chrome OS. The only official way to start using Chrome OS at the moment is to purchase a Chromebook, but they are a few hundred dollars.Instead, you could download the open source project and attempt to build it yourself, but there is an easier way. Liam McLoughlin, otherwise known as Hexxeh, a hacker who has already had Chrome OS running on an iPad, and ported Android to Google’s Cr-48, maintains a version of Chromium OS that you can run directly from a USB stick.The latest version of his version of the OS is called Lime, and it can be run from a Windows PC, Mac, or Linux machine. All you need do is download the image, load it on to a USB stick, and boot your machine from that stick.Lime is actually the latest in a string of releases Hexxeh has made, with the last being called Vanilla. Lime is a much improved version though, adding a lot of extra hardware support. The OS is now compatible with a range of Wi-Fi solutions (various Broadcom, Ralink, Realtek chips), and introduces support for Nvidia GPUs series 6 and beyond. The need to have support for a PAE kernel has also been removed opening it up to significantly more machines, and Java is now fully supported meaning many more plug-ins will be made available.Hexxeh admits that Lime has seen significant delays, but is the better because of it. A new image will be built every day that includes the latest hardware support, meaning staying up to date should be just a case of putting the latest image on your USB stick.The best feature of Lime is the fact it’s completely free to use, and doesn’t require investment in new hardware. If you’re curious about Chrome OS, this is one of the easiest ways to give it a try.Read more at Hexxeh, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Posthoneymoon with the Galaxy Nexus

first_imgAt some point or another, nearly every smartphone that was released in 2011 has crossed my desk. I’ve been able to experience the mobile ecosystem to its fullest extent, with one unfortunate result: I find it extremely difficult to purchase a smartphone and be happy with it for very long. I don’t know many people who can afford to buy a new phone every couple of weeks, so this has been a real problem for me. I had an HTC Thunderbolt for almost a year, deciding that having access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network was more important then the latest shiny bauble from another manufacturer.When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced, however, I resigned myself immediately to be in line, on launch day, for the phone. As with any gadget you buy, there’s a honeymoon period where it is the perfect gadget. After six weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as my exclusive daily driver, I feel like the honeymoon is over and I am able to truly judge this phone.HardwareThe Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes at an interesting time in the technical evolution in the mobile space. In many ways, this phone is likely the last “superphone” before quad-core phones start to hit the market. Also, Samsung has been flirting with several different screen sizes for phones, but I feel very comfortable with the 4.65-inch one on the Galaxy Nexus. It’s just big enough that I can truly enjoy a video on a long flight, but not so big that I can’t reach the whole screen with one hand. The phone is light but solid feeling. The only part of the phone that feels “plasticy” is the hyperskin cover to the battery compartment, which doesn’t affect the rest of the phone, whether it is attached or not. The screen is nice and bright in any situation, and the power and volume buttons are well placed for quick access.Every phone should have NFC moving forward. Period. I never realized how useful something so simple could be until I really started playing with it on my Galaxy Nexus. There are NFC apps that allow you to automate so many basic tasks that most people don’t even realize they do every day on their phones. For example I have an NFC tag sitting in the dock in my car, so when I put my phone in the dock it disables WiFi, enables Bluetooth and verifies that is is pairing to my vehicle, and sets the volume to a reasonable level. When I sit at my desk there is a tag that disables Bluetooth, mutes my phone, enables WiFi, and connects it to my home network. I don’t have to think about these tasks, they just happen when I set the phone down.Of course, this is completely aside from Google Wallet, which I use daily to pay for as many things as possible. This just scratched the surface to what could be done with NFC on a daily basis.The battery could be bigger. If Samsung had included the extended life battery they are selling separately with the Galaxy Nexus and just taken the hit for the phone having a little junk in the trunk, the difference it would have made would be significant. Not only is it a great phone, but I can get two days on a single charge without curtailing my usage? Sign me up today.The Verizon version doesn’t get bad battery life compared to the initial burst of 4G LTE devices, but it is still limited to about an 8 hour day under my work load. Under the most stressful situation I was able to come up with, which was broadcasting a WiFi hotspot to a laptop streaming a movie via Netflix with the screen left on the phone the whole time, the battery died in two hours. That’s clearly a worst case scenario, but with the extended battery it would have taken that hit and kept going for the rest of the day.The camera is pretty bad. With a trained hand, or in perfect conditions, the phone does an OK job. Instant shutter is an amazing tool to have, but it is only worth it if you don’t have to take the shot two or three times to make sure its not blurry or poorly taken. A better camera would have made the hardware nearly perfect, in my opinion. When you are recording video, the experience is actually quite good, and the Galaxy Nexus is certainly capable of capturing good video, but taking pictures on the fly is not nearly as enjoyable as it is with something like the HTC Rezound.Ice Cream SandwichBeing the only phone with Android 4.0 on it, the Galaxy Nexus needs to be the shining example of how amazing this version of Android really is. As someone who has been using Android since 1.5, I can safely say the Android 4.0 makes me feel like I live in the future. As soon as you login, everything from your mobile life syncs to the phone. The universal search bar works almost as good as the omnibar in Chrome, but it’s specifically built for your phone. The OS is fast, its smooth, and it is an improvement on Android in every way.The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first Android phone I have ever had that I didn’t feel the need to modify in some way. I don’t feel the need to root the phone, or install a custom launcher, no real changes from the stock experience is necessary. The only change I have made was installing an app that pulses the notification light a specific color to let me know how charged it is.I may not want to change anything, but it is far from perfect. Once every couple of weeks I need to reboot the phone because, for some reason, Android has lost my camera. When I load the camera app, it tells me that it cannot connect to the camera, and the only way to restore it is to reboot. After doing some research and consulting with developers from Samsung, Google, and other developers the consensus was that an app I was using or had installed had used the camera at one point and not given it back, so it was inaccessible by the system. That answer felt a whole lot like a violent flashback to the “The action can’t be completed because the file is open in Windows Explorer.” error messages.Final ThoughtsDespite the honeymoon being over, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still my device of choice — out of both the devices available right now, and anything I have seen announced for the near-future. The phone looks and feels great, and exceeds my expectations often enough to still be a lot of fun to use. I am a continued supporter of the direction Google is trying to take the market. The button-less user interface, NFC, even storing everything in “the cloud” and relying on a strong data connection to access my world. These things together make the Samsung Galaxy Nexus a great device that makes it very difficult to compare other devices to.For further reading check out Geek.com’s superphone shootout: Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S vs. Lumia 900last_img read more

Google iOS app gets beautiful redesign Android update missing

first_imgGoogle’s social network, the oft maligned Google+, is coming up on its one-year anniversary in just a few weeks and Mountain View is looking to give its mobile apps a fresh coat of paint in celebration. In a blog post, the search giant has unveiled its new iOS app, which is a complete redesign. Subjectively, it’s also quite attractive.The entire interface is cleaner and has less white space. If there is an opportunity for the app to blow up a picture, it’s going to happen. Profile pics, images in your stream, and photo albums are shown in more detail now. The fonts used in the app are also much, much better now. The app is easier to use for long periods with its use of overlays, gradients, and other elements that complement the Retina Display on the iPhone.There aren’t really any new features to speak of, but the app moves around some functions to make them easier to use. For example, the +1 button floats at the top of the stream as you’re browsing. This update is in the App Store right now; it was a smart move not to announce this until Apple had approved it.Android users might be wondering what’s going on, and do have a reason to be a little jealous. Throughout the blog post, there is almost no mention of the Android app, which is similarly in need of an update. That app still feels very much like the old Google+ before the recent web redesign. Google says a refreshed Android app is coming in a few weeks, but also hinted that it will have some added features.via Google Mobile Bloglast_img read more

Steam ending support for Windows XP SP1

first_imgDigital games services haven’t really been around long enough to have to deal with the phasing out of older operating systems. However, Steam looks to be one of the first to start limiting the support it offers to users still relying on decade-old versions of Windows.Valve has decided to stop supporting Steam running on Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1) after August 31. A decision the company says will only impact 1% of its 40 million Steam users.The good news is, it’s a simple case of applying a free Microsoft update to SP2 in order to continue getting Steam support and updates for your machine. And when SP2 stops being supported, there’s always SP3 to install, so you’re covered for a while yet.Inevitably Windows XP support will stop completely eventually, but the way in which Steam functions means it shouldn’t really impact your ability to play the games you already own. If you have a working version of Steam on an old machine now, it isn’t going to suddenly stop working for your existing games. If you want to keep that machine for playing games, you can always install Steam on another, more modern OS and access the same games when your old hardware eventually stops working.In fact, you’ll probably face the issue of not being able to play new games long before Steam support ends for your OS. Remember, Microsoft didn’t implement support for more recent versions of DirectX on Windows XP, so if you want to play a game that uses DirectX 11 for example, you’re going to have to upgrade anyway.Valve’s Steam team isn’t going to get any less busy in the near future even if older operating system versions are losing support. Steam for Mac has been up and running for a couple of years now, and it looks likely to be joined by Steam for Linux before 2012 is over.via CVGlast_img read more

Tethered ingestible pillsized 3D camera used to diagnose cancer

first_imgIn order to diagnose various ailments — irritable bowel syndrome being one of them — doctors must shove an endoscope down a patient’s esophagus. Considering that an endoscope is a tube with a camera attached to the end, the patient must be put under before the tube can be inserted into his or her body. Now, however, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have created an ingestible pill-sized camera that doesn’t require a patient to be put under, making the process a lot more convenient for both parties.Along with being able to be awake, using the pill-camera reportedly doesn’t cause any pain, but considering the unit is tethered, it has to be somewhat uncomfortable being awake with a little wire down your throat. MGH pathologist Gary Tearney noted that a lot of patients experience reflux, but without experiencing heartburn, which makes it so they don’t feel the need to get examined. This could lead to a high risk of developing cancer. With a much simpler endoscopy process using this pill-camera, people have less of a reason to avoid getting an examination.Once patients swallow the pill (the standard glass of water practice is the preferred method), doctors can move the camera up and down the esophagus using the tether so the camera can take a more cohesive look.The camera uses optical frequency domain imaging to get its shots. The doctors use mirrors to split a beam of light in two, then one beam is focused onto the tissue, while the other beam is sent to a detector for use as a reference point. The beam focusing on the tissue is then axially spun around at a rate of 20 rotations per second, then reflective light can be measured. The gathered measurements are then compared to the reference light, and a cross section can then be constructed. If the cross sections are combined, a 3D representation of the area can be created.Tearney says that this pill method will be the way doctors can diagnose internal structures, and that they’ll be building pills that can also perform the functions of a colonoscopy — making every IBS sufferer rejoice that they can just swallow a pill-camera or two, rather than deal with the uncomfortable inconvenience of getting tubes and cameras shoved into various entry points.last_img read more

AMD will start selling ARM chips next year

first_imgIntel’s holding its annual Developers Forum, but rival AMD is keeping busy, too. In addition to passing out potato chips at the competition’s expo, AMD also announced that its first ARM chips (called Hierofalcon) will go on sale late next year.These SoCs aren’t going to be heading to smartphones or tablets, however. AMD’s first ARM chips are designed for use in high-density servers and demanding embedded setups. They’re going to feature as many as eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores. With clock speeds reaching 2GHz and support for two DDR3 or DDR4 channels, Hierofalcon should be capable of tackling some pretty intense computing tasks.AMD says the new chips will “fulfill the company’s vision of creating an ambidextrous ecosystem,” and that seems to be the nature of the beast in 2013. ARM is everywhere now, and if you’ve got a chip fab you probably ought to be pumping out some ARM chips.Intel doesn’t think so, obviously — it’s been years since Intel produced any ARM processors. Its latest processors have really turned the corner in terms of efficiency. They’re good enough, in fact, that Lenovo doesn’t see any reason for manufacturers to bother with Windows RT.Again, AMD isn’t producing these chips so that it can attack the portable devices market. Hierofalcon is a response to Intel’s own low-power Atom server chips, not its Haswell or Silvermont mobile processors.Nevertheless, it opens the door for chips that compete with the likes of Snapdragon and Exynos. Once AMD proves that it can churn out quality ARM chips for high-demand applications, it may start looking for device partners for a more consumer-oriented SoC.last_img read more

Gardaí given extra €55 million to help fight threat of international terrorism

first_imgWe are very careful in the alertness of our security forces – gardaí and defence forces – who make every effort possible to see that people are protected and that lives are protected in that regard.Read: Dublin Fire Brigade to be balloted on industrial action >Read: Australian firm responsible for Irishwoman’s scalping injuries fined > Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 7:10 AM 10,195 Views Short URL By Garreth MacNamee The level of threat from this source is kept under constant review by An Garda Síochána, particularly in the light of ongoing developments and the current international situation.“I secured additional funding of €55 million which included additional sums specifically to support the force’s capabilities and actions to counter international terrorism, including equipment and training.”Fitzgerald also said there is concern about a number of people who have sympathies with international terror groups. TheJournal.ie understands that these people are being monitored by a number of different garda intelliegenec units and all information is being shared with the relevant organisations.She added: “While there are a number of persons here whose activities in support of extremism give rise to concern they will continue to be monitored closely by the garda authorities and all appropriate measures will be taken in this regard.” The money is being allocated for additional resources. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieLast month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said gardaí and defence forces are doing everything in their power to prevent an attack in Ireland similar to the recent attack in Berlin.Twelve people were killed when a 40-tonne lorry, driven by a Tunisian asylum seeker, rammed through a crowded Christmas market.Kenny told reporters he hopes “nothing like that would happen here”. However, he said “these things can happen”.“You can ever rule anything out, but we like to think that in this country people are vigilant that we’re careful and that we’ll do everything we can to protect our citizens,” he said. 69 Comments Jan 15th 2017, 7:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/3185570 Share Tweet Email AN ADDITIONAL €55 million has been allocated to specifically address the threat of international terrorism.Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the money will be used so specialist garda units can receive the training required. The money would also be used to procure more equipment.Fitzgerald said that Ireland is “not immune” to the threat of terrorism but that an attack was “unlikely”.She said: “The current assessment of the threat is that while an international terrorist attack on Ireland is possible, it is not considered likely. Nor is there at present any specific information that an attack on Ireland is planned. Gardaí given extra €55 million to help fight threat of international terrorism Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says Ireland “is not immune” from the threat of terrorism. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Court of Appeal dismisses Slab Murphys appeal against tax conviction

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3212655 Court of Appeal dismisses ‘Slab’ Murphy’s appeal against tax conviction Murphy was sentenced to 18 months in prison last February. 170 Comments Share70 Tweet Email By Ruaidhrí Giblin Monday 30 Jan 2017, 1:59 PM Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy, pictured in February 2016 Source: RollingNews.ieUpdated 13.59THE COURT OF Appeal has dismissed prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy’s appeal against conviction for evading tax on profits from farming.Lawyers for the 67-year-old, whose farm at Hackballscross, Co Louth, straddles the border with Northern Ireland, had told the Court of Appeal that Murphy had “nothing to do with cattle farming” and that the authorities “went after” Thomas Murphy for tax his brother, Patrick, had already paid.Murphy had pleaded not guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to nine charges of failing to comply with tax laws in the Irish Republic for the years 1996/97 to 2004.The three-judge Special Criminal Court found Murphy guilty on all counts and he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on 26 February last.Murphy brought an appeal against his conviction last November. However, having considered the matter “carefully” and “thoroughly”, President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Seán Ryan said the court had concluded that the appeal be dismissed on all grounds.In a 94-page judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Ryan said the written submissions in the appeal were “daunting” extending to over 350 pages. He said some of Murphy’s 53 grounds of appeal were general and “repetitious”.Mr Justice Ryan said the appeal was not a “reconsideration of the entire trial”. Rather, the Court of Appeal approached the case on the basis of asking whether the Special Criminal Court was entitled to come to the conclusions it did and find Thomas Murphy guilty; whether the defence established reasonable doubt generally or on any of the elements that the prosecution relied on; and whether the judgment of the Special Criminal Court was a satisfactory one which complied with obligations to explain its reasoning.EvidenceMr Justice Ryan said the evidence included a herd number registered to Thomas Murphy; evidence from a vet of Murphy’s involvement in cattle farming; evidence that a farmer rented land to Thomas Murphy “for cattle farming”; sales and purchases of cattle in relation to the herd; a bank account in Thomas Murphy’s name; payment orders by the Paymaster General in respect of the herd made payable to Thomas Murphy lodged into the Thomas Murphy bank account; evidence from an accountant in the Criminal Assets Bureau in respect of books and records showing Thomas Murphy’s involvement in a farming business and evidence from an Inspector of Taxes that Thomas Murphy was a chargeable person and that he had not made returns.The prosecution submitted that the case was a “straightforward one”, Mr Justice Ryan said, that it was not disputed that a substantial cattle trade was carried out in the name of Thomas Murphy; that monies generated from that trade went into a bank account in Thomas Murphy’s name and that a pension policy “personally incepted by him” was funded from that bank account.Ultimately the case came down to whether or not the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Thomas Murphy was a chargeable person in respect of that trade, Mr Justice Ryan said.The defence case was that “forgery was afoot” – that documents in Thomas Murphy’s name were created by others, particularly, his brother, Patrick Murphy.Counsel for Murphy, John Kearney QC, submitted that the trial court had to have reasonable doubt because of the documentary material they put forward and their “hypothesis” which placed Patrick Murphy as the “mastermind behind the entire affair”.Much of that was based on the evidence of a defence handwriting expert whose evidence in respect of certain documents “actually tends to confirm the prosecution evidence and the presumptions,” Mr Justice Ryan said.SubmissionsThe defence submissions contained a “serious misunderstanding” of the effect of his evidence, Mr Justice Ryan said. It was “mistaken” to say his opinion mandated a finding of reasonable doubt in respect of certain documents.Taking the handwriting expert’s evidence at face value, he established that a number of documents purportedly signed by Thomas Murphy were not signed by him. However, “that is just what the Special Criminal Court said in its judgement”.His evidence alone was insufficient to raise a reasonable doubt as to the authenticity of all the documents on which the prosecution relied to make its case. His testimony was restricted to a “limited number of documents”. It “validated some” and “expressed neutrality about a large number of others”.It was worth noting that the defence handwriting expert was of the opinion that “on the balance of probabilities” the signature on the application for a herd number was that of Thomas Murphy, Mr Justice Ryan said.The evidence of the operation of the bank account, as accepted by the Special Criminal Court, was evidence that Thomas Murphy was a chargeable person, Mr Justice Ryan said. The Court noted that the defence handwriting expert did not give evidence questioning the authenticity of those signatures.Furthermore, Mr Justice Ryan said there was no basis for contending that the trial court did not give reasons for its verdict.He said the Special Criminal Court’s verdict reflected the “fundamental simplicity of the issue before the court in regard to the counts on the indictment, the strength of the prosecution case and the essentially hypothetical nature of the defence”.The particular criticism of the brevity of the court’s judgement “perhaps is that the court did not engage in a detailed analysis of the handwriting evidence on which the defence based so much of its case”.However, that evidence, as already mentioned, fell “far short of undermining the prosecution case”.Mr Justice Ryan, who sat with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice John Edwards, said the court accordingly dismissed the appeal on all grounds.Murphy’s barrister, Tony McGillicuddy BL, asked the court for time to allow instructions be taken to see whether an appeal against sentence was being pursued.The matter was listed for mention on Monday next.Read: Woman who threatened gardaí with blood-filled syringes in Dublin city centre avoids jail timeRead: Dozens ordered to leave Cabinteely hostel due to ‘fire and health risk’ Short URL Jan 30th 2017, 1:59 PM 15,625 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

75yearold dies a happy man after exwife tells him Trump has been

first_img Share Tweet Email1 By AFP 75-year-old ‘dies a happy man’ after ex-wife tells him Trump has been impeached Michael Garland Elliott died earlier this month after his ex-wife and best friend broke the false news to him. Short URL Image: Andrew Harrer DPA/PA Images 43 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Andrew Harrer DPA/PA Images Apr 19th 2017, 10:55 PM 65,878 Views A 75-YEAR-OLD man died “peacefully” at his home in the US state of Oregon after his ex-wife led him to believe that President Donald Trump had been impeached.Michael Garland Elliott died earlier this month after Teresa Elliott, his ex-wife and best friend, broke the false news to him, according to his obituary published in The Oregonian.“Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded,” the obituary said.Teresa Elliott told several US media outlets that her ex-husband was appalled by Trump’s election and she wrongly told him he had been impeached so he could die happy.Elliott, who was born in Virginia and later moved to California, was a Porsche enthusiast and was passionate about golf, the humorous obituary says.On moving to California after college, he joined a semi-professional basketball team that toured the country dressed as women, it added.“At such times Mike was called Skaggy Maggie and continued round-ball domination, albeit with a different uniform,” the obit says.It said that though his marriage to Elliott ended, the pair had remained friends after their divorce “and hers was the last voice Mike heard”.Dozens of tributes have been posted on The Oregonian’s “guest book” to honor Elliott.“This was the best dang obituary I’ve ever read,” one person wrote. “May its words be prophecy.”- © AFP 2017Read: A 30-year-old first-time politician almost upset Donald Trump (even more)Read: Sean Spicer used to have another job in the White House… as the Easter Bunny http://jrnl.ie/3348323 Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 10:55 PMlast_img read more

Man 60s who was injured in farm accident dies in hospital

first_img By Daragh Brophy Short URL A MAN INJURED in a workplace accident on a farm in Co Roscommon on Friday has died in hospital.The farmer, aged in his 60s, suffered serious head injuries on the farm near the village of Arigna – around 25km from Boyle – on Friday morning.Emergency services were called and the man was airlifted to Galway University Hospital.He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, which specialises in treating head injuries.A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that he died at the Dublin hospital.Separate Garda and the Health and Safety Authority investigations are under way.Read: Shauntelle Tynan starts chemotherapy in US after raising €600k for treatment > 16,411 Views Share Tweet Email Arigna, Co Roscommon. 1 Comment Mar 13th 2017, 12:00 PM center_img Arigna, Co Roscommon. Image: Google Streetview Man (60s) who was injured in farm accident dies in hospital The farmer suffered serious head injuries on Friday morning. Image: Google Streetview http://jrnl.ie/3284610 Monday 13 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Melania and Barron Trump finally swap New York penthouse for the White

first_img“Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday” she wrote.Melania is the first First Lady in modern history to delay her arrival in Washington after an election win.During the week at least, Trump had been living alone in the vast, private quarters of the White House as he fends off the flood of reporting over Russia having allegedly meddled in the 2016 US election with the aim of helping him defeat Hillary Clinton.The first lady has mostly kept a low profile since her real estate mogul husband became president.Arguably, her biggest public outing came last month when she and Trump visited the Middle East and Europe on a trip that the White House later praised as a resounding success.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘Getting what we’re owed’: New York to recover the millions it spent to protect the TrumpsRead: Costing the city over $100k a day, New Yorkers are desperate to get Melania Trump to move out By AFP AS OF LAST night, the White House has two new occupants: US First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron have finally moved in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.Six months after President Donald Trump arrived, the Slovenia-born former model and the couple’s 11-year-old son joined him, an aide to the First Lady told AFP.The pair had previously stayed in New York so that Barron could complete the school year. He is expected to attend St. Andrews Episcopal school, just outside Washington, in the 2017-2018 session.The Trump’s living arrangements had drawn the ire of the people of New York, after it emerged that security arrangements for Melania and Barron cost the city around €100,000 a day.Before reaching the capital Melania and Barron descended the steps of Air Force One alongside President Trump at Joint Base Andrews, with the youngster – decked in a tee-shirt that read ‘The Expert’ – playing with a fidget spinner.Melania’s parents had joined them for the short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump had spent the weekend at his golf course.After arriving at the White House Melania tweeted a picture from a window looking on to the South Lawn and the Washington Monument. 43 Comments 44,277 Views Source: Melania Trump/Twitter Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday pic.twitter.com/R5DtdV1Hnv— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 12, 2017 Short URL Share169 Tweet Email1 center_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Jun 12th 2017, 7:38 AM http://jrnl.ie/3439131 Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:38 AM Melania and Barron Trump finally swap New York penthouse for the White House The Trump’s living arrangements were criticised due to the high cost of security at their New York address. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Missing Dublin man found alive and well

first_imgMissing Dublin man found alive and well Martin Whelan had been missing since Tuesday. 3 Comments Mar 20th 2019, 7:18 PM File Photo Short URL 31,373 Views File Photo Image: RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4552902 center_img Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 7:18 PM By Hayley Halpin Image: RollingNews.ie A DUBLIN MAN missing since Tuesday has been located safe and well, gardaí have said. 45-year-old Martin Whelan had been missing since Tuesday morning and was last seen  at Harmonstown Dart Station.The gardaí have said Martin has been found safe and well and have thanked the public and the media for their assistance.  Share186 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND  Border Communities Against Brexit holding protests on Old Belfast Road in Carrickcarnon on the northern side of the Irish border, between Newry and Dundalk. The day of protest is against a hard border in Ireland. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireA new opinion poll showed some slight gains in popularity for Fianna Fáil and others, but a significant drop in popularity for Sinn Féin.The heartbroken family of Marie Downey (36), and her infant son Darragh, who both died at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) last week, have “two special angels” watching over them, mourners were told at their funeral mass today. The FAI said it was taking steps to get to the bottom of recent revelations about the Association’s finances. Concerns were raised locally over plans to build 299 apartments in buildings up to nine storeys in height in Glasnevin, north Dublin.Five men arrested by specialist gardaí in relation to an apparent attempt on the life of a Hutch family member were all released without charge. Gardaí and Revenue raided a suspected cigarette and alcohol processing plant in Knockbridge, Louth. It was revealed that the NTA awarded a contract worth €3.6 million for the development of a new mobile ticketing app that’ll allow public transport users to purchase and have their tickets on their phone.The Irish Coast Guard is to lift its controversial ban on blue light and siren driving for some volunteers as it rolls out training. A local newspaper stated that it had made a complaint to gardaí after delivery workers for its rival damaged a bundle of its papers. Traffic restrictions kicked in this morning on the M7. WORLD  A protester with a flag seen throwing back a tear gas can fired by Israeli forces during clashes at the Israel-Gaza border. Source: Yousef Masoud/Zuma Press/PA Images#GAZA: Tens of thousands of Gazans gathered at the Israeli border to mark a year since protests and clashes erupted there, with three Palestinians being killed by Israeli fire. #FRANCE: French ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators staged their 20th week of anti-government protests.#NEW YORK: A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the “right path” after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days.PARTING SHOTDon’t forget! The clocks are going forward by one hour tonight. This means one less hour in bed (noooo), BUT also one extra hour of sunlight in the evening” (yaaaaay).After a vote in the European Parliament during the week, we may be set to scrap the twice yearly practice of changing the clocks in the near future.But the clocks most definitely ARE going forward tonight so do make sure to get a good sleep in you have to get up early tomorrow. Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 7:54 PM 2 Comments Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Support for Sinn Féin drops, clashes at Gaza-Israel border and Marie Downey and son laid to rest – Today’s top stories. https://jrnl.ie/4569142 center_img 9,877 Views Get our daily news round up: Mar 30th 2019, 7:54 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share7 Tweet Email last_img read more

Poll Should Ireland mark the anniversary of the day it became a

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Claudio Divizia 125 Comments 54,848 Views Short URL Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 9:53 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Claudio Divizia Share51 Tweet Email1 Poll Results: Poll: Should Ireland mark the anniversary of the day it became a Republic? Ireland officially left the Commonwealth on 18 April 1948. https://jrnl.ie/4597896 TODAY MARKS 70 years since Ireland officially became a republic.At midnight on 18 April 1949, Ireland officially left the British Commonwealth and became a Republic.But while a number of countries around the world celebrate the anniversaries on which they gained independence or became a republic, Ireland doesn’t do either.Leo Varadkar has previously raised the possibility of having a Republic Day, while it’s also been suggested that the day would not even need to be a public holiday.So today we’re asking: Should Ireland mark the anniversary of the day when it became a Republic? Yes (14035) I don’t know/No opinion (363) No (1907) Yes, but not as a public holiday (2320) YesYes, but not as a public holidayNoI don’t know/No opinionVote By Stephen McDermott Apr 18th 2019, 9:53 AM last_img read more

An incredible talent Tributes paid to rising star Lyra McKee journalist shot

first_imgWe are all poor for the loss of Lyra. Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act. By Stephen McDermott Source: Michelle O’Neill/Twitter My heart goes out to the family of the young woman shot dead by so-called dissidents. This was an attack on the community, an attack on the peace process and an attack on the Good Friday Agreement. I appeal for calm and for anyone with information to bring it to the PSNI https://t.co/m8O43RkuRI— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) April 19, 2019 TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to Lyra McKee, the 29 year-old journalist shot dead during rioting in Derry.PSNI have launched a murder investigation following her killing in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan last night.They believe the shooting, which followed searches of a number of properties in the area, was carried out by a dissident republican and are appealing for witnesses.Speaking to the media, her partner Sara Canning said: 50,826 Views Friday 19 Apr 2019, 8:25 AM Share Tweet Email Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life, and her legacy will live on in the light that she has left behind.Father Joseph Gormley told BBC Radio Foyle that Lyra’s partner and family were “heartbroken” and described the moment that he met them in hospital last night.“They just thought it was somebody else, they really thought it had to be somebody else, [that] it wasn’t Lyra. But unfortunately it was,” he said.Gormley also condemned those responsible for the killing and said the community would stand beside Lyra’s family in the coming days and weeks.“I would love if those people who had fired those shots came over and saw what they did last night,” he said.“If they came over and saw that scene of a young woman and her family… This is their Good Friday, and we have to stand beside them on this terrible cross that has been visited on them by such an evil, evil act.”‘Rising star’At the time of her death, Lyra was working on two books: Angels with Blue Faces, to be published this year with Excalibur Press, and The Lost Boys to be published by Faber, who described her as a “rising star”, next year.She also appeared in Forbes magazine’s European edition of ’30 under 30′ when she was 25; the magazine said it was Lyra’s “passion… to dig into topics that others don’t care about”.Paying tribute, President Michael D Higgins described Lyra as a “woman of talent and commitment” and extended his sympathies to those close to her.“Sabina and I send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends and to all those who knew her and worked with her,” he said.Matthew Hughes, who described Lyra as one of his closest friends, said he was devastated by the news.“She was my mentor. She was a groomswoman at my wedding. I can’t imagine life without her, and yet now I must. I’m devastated,” he wrote on Twitter.The Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, Seamus Dooley described Lyra’s death as “a loss to journalism” and said it was “a dark day”. The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a great aunt, has left so many friends without their confident, victims in the LGBTQIA community are left without a tireless advocate and activist, and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with. This cannot stand. Source: Séamus Dooley/TwitterIn a statement issued later this afternoon, Dooley called Lyra a journalist of “courage, style and integrity”.“She was a woman of great commitment and passion,” he said.“I have no doubt that it was that commitment which led to her presence on the streets of the Creggan last night, observing a riot situation in the city.”NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet also paid tribute to Lyra, calling her death “a major loss to journalism”.“A young, vibrant life has been destroyed in a senseless act of violence,” she said.“Our thoughts are with her partner, family and many friends and colleagues. A bright light has been quenched and that plunges all of us in to darkness.”SolidarityTaoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney also expressed their sympathies to Lyra’s loved ones.“I would like to express my sincere condolences to Lyra’s family, her partner Sara and her friends,” Varadkar said.“Our solidarity also goes out to the people of Derry and to the entire journalism community.”Meanwhile, Coveney called on anyone with information about Lyra’s death to report it to the PSNI.“The news from Derry is shocking and tragic…There is no justification for this tragic loss of life and I call on those intent on violence and disturbances to stop,” he said in a statement.Lyra’s death was also condemned across the political divide in Northern Ireland.Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said her heart went out to the 29 year-old’s family and condemned those responsible for her killing.“I am shocked and saddened at the tragic news that a young woman has been shot dead by so-called dissidents in the Creggan estate tonight,” she said in a statement.“My first thoughts and that of my party are with the family of the woman killed. This is a senseless loss of life.” Apr 19th 2019, 8:25 AM ‘An incredible talent’: Tributes paid to ‘rising star’ Lyra McKee, journalist shot dead during rioting in Derry PSNI have launched a murder investigation following the 29 year-old’s killing. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4599716 SDLP leader Colum Eastwood also extended his thoughts to Lyra’s family, saying they were experiencing an “unthinkable loss” in the most heartbreaking circumstances.“We have all lost an incredible young talent,” he said.“She had a passionate thirst for the truth and for telling the stories of people who had been forgotten or abandoned.”DUP leader Arlene Foster also condemned the killing, which she described as “heartbreaking”.Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton described Lyra’s death as an attack on the people of Derry.“It has had horrendous consequences, and will affect people for many years,” he said.British Prime Minister Theresa May called Lyra’s killing “shocking and senseless”, and paid tribute to the 29 year-old as “a journalist who died doing her job with courage”.Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan 44 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Athens arsonists destroy city train

first_imgMasked arsonists forced passengers off an Athens subway train and then set it alight last week. Several carriages of two trains were destroyed, but nobody was injured.The attack occurred at the subway station in Kifissia shortly after 1 a.m last Tuesday morningA group of around 30 arsonists wearing masks torched six wagons of a train on the ISAP line at Kifissia. Police said the masked arsonists forced a group of about eight passengers on one train car to get off and then doused the carriage, along with another five, with gasoline before using Molotov cocktail bombs to set them alight. Witnesses said the assailants grabbed the train driver and locked him up with the female station master in the station master’s cabin.They also attacked a second, empty train.Thirty firefighters with 10 fire trucks eventually extinguished the blaze, but the attack destroyed six carriages on one train and damaged three on the second train, authorities said.A group calling itself Gangs of Conscience claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was avenging the attack on Constantina Kuneva, the head of the cleaners unions in Attiki, who was seriously injured when assailants threw acid on her in December.“Sabotage will regain the place it deserves,” said the statement issued by the group, believed to be behind arson attacks on two Attica police stations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Young Greek of the week George Nicolacopoulos

first_imgYour greatest achievement? To date, my greatest achievement has been flying to Hamilton Island/ Gold Coast and Canberra with two mates to clock up our flying hours. This took lots of planning and lots of partying when we got there.Goal for the future? To fly for Virgin Blue as a CaptainBest moment of your life? Celebrating my 18th birthday and getting my car license.One word that describes you the best: PersistentPersons you most admire and why? My two brothers, James and Tom, they always make me laugh.Most embarrassing moment? Trying to learn snowboarding tricks for the first time and misjudging my landing and falling on my backside in front of everyone.If I could say anything to the Greek community… *In Greek accent* Hey mate, you speak Greek…?Favourite place to go or hang out at? Snowboarding at Falls Creek Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment? Calvin Harris – ‘You used to hold me’Favourite Greek food? Souvlaki from Souvlaki House in OakleighI can’t live without… My yiayia’s cookingIf I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Keep the drinking age at 18 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Petrol set to go up 3 cents

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Petrol prices in Australia are set to jump an extra 3 cents a litre in the next fortnight following a $5 rise in Singapore unleaded price. Last week, the average price of unleaded petrol fell 2.7 c to 142.2c and the national weekly average metropolitcan price fell 3.9c to 140.9c. Australia’s fuel prices are dependant on the Singapore benchmark as it has the regional refining and distribution centre there. While Adelaide had the cheapest unleaded petrol last week, prices fell in all major cities except Darwin and Hobart.last_img read more

Learn Ancient Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Learn about the origins and rich history of everything from philosophy to mathematics and modern English while learning Ancient Greek. The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria has announced that they will be holding Ancient Greek lessons for students in years 7, 8 and 9. Classes will cover a wide range of interesting and relevant topics such as uncovering the origins of philosophy, science and politics, develop a better understanding of the English language, as well as improve students’ ATAR in VCE. Classes will commence in Term 3 of 2012 and will take place at St. Gregory the Great Primary in Doncaster every Saturday mornings. Each class will run for three hours. For more information contact the Greek Community offices on 9662 2722 or education@greekcommunity.com.aulast_img read more

Communist Party sells its own broadcaster

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) announced on Monday that it sold its privately owned 902 broadcaster, which employees 48 people.In a statement, the party said that it was left with no option than to sell the 20-year-old station, which operates a national TV and radio channel, in order to pay off the company’s debts. KKE claimed that the sale will enable 902 to pay money owed to employees and to social security funds.The party did not reveal the identity of the new owner, who, according to reports, will not be taking on any of the 48 staff at the station. It is understood that only four of the 48 staff will be kept on in order to keep the 902.gr website, which the KKE uses as a news portal. The remainder will be transferred to other party companies, on new contracts and reduced wages, before being laid off. Source: EnetEnglish, ANA-MPAlast_img read more

Our deadly drug

first_imgShe was 19; she was only 19. She was Greek Australian. She was someone’s daughter. She had loving, supportive parents. She started taking ice a year and a half ago. She mixed with the wrong crowd, she had low self-esteem, she met the wrong man who involved her in the world of sex work to aid her addiction. She went to jail and got clean. The future looked good, she was going to stay clean, go back to school, she left jail positive and confident she had kicked ice out of her life, she had supports in place to do so. Not two weeks out of jail she was found dead with a needle still in her arm. She was ice’s victim – the cruel, highly addictive drug took her young life. As sad as this story is, of a wasted life caused through a drug that is as cruel as it is predatory on lost souls, who unwillingly find themselves the victims, it is not uncommon in the Greek Australian community. In 2012, the Greek community was shocked when a 25-year-old Greek Australian boy gunned down his grandparents in their Yarraville home just three days before Christmas. The young man was on a cocktail of drugs including methamphetamines. Before the shootings, he was convinced he had to kill his grandparents after becoming obsessed with a “paranoid fantasy”.This year, three people, including Inimi and Savvas Menelaou, died in an Oakleigh car crash caused by 30-year-old driver who was on ice. Their son Menalaos Menelaou was in a critical condition in the Royal Alfred Hospital following the crash. And another Greek Australian was impacted by the same car crash. Passenger Elias Mesiridis was in a stable condition and 29-year-old Maria Mesiridis was in a stable but serious condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Greek community was rocked following this car crash that impacted the lives of more than the two families who suffered at the hands of the driver – an ice user. Helen Andrianakis, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Petitioner, psychiatric nurse, Mental Health Services, was the nurse who found the young 19-year-old Greek Australian girl dead, alone in her house. It’s her job to follow up on drug users after their release from prison. When the young victim wasn’t answering her phone, Ms Andrianakis called the police and together they broke into her house to find that she had overdosed. For her this was a sad case, but not uncommon in the Greek Australian community. She gives another example, of a 48-year-old family man who proves once again, this drug does not discriminate.“He was 48, and had never used drugs in his life,” she starts.“He was a successful businessman, father of three, he started chatting to this woman on Facebook; she was 25-years-old, worked as a prostitute and was on ice.” She says he began using ice because of her and within three months he was hooked. He destroyed his family, his business, his wife kicked him out and when he got caught dealing in ice, he was incarcerated.“It’s an unpleasant drug,” says Ms Andrianakis matter-of-factly. The destruction this drug has caused, and the destruction that is yet to come as warned following the release of a report by the Australian Crime Commission, is unparalleled. According to the report, the number of national Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) arrests continued to increase, with 22,189 arrests in 2012-13 – the highest on record. Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) stimulate the central nervous system and speed up messages travelling between the brain and the rest of the body. Made in illegal clandestine laboratories, ATS pose a serious health risk to users due to their unknown content and purity.“You see things completely differently, you are hot and cold, it’s like you have a split personality,” Ms Andrianakis tells Neos Kosmos of the effects of ice. “One minute you are okay, then the next minute you are neurotic, anxious and nervous.” The drug ice affects a user’s brain, memory, so they feel as though they are “constantly scattered”.“They have aggressive outbursts, their kidneys fail, their heart fails, they are at high risk of having seizures, they get depressed, they get anxious, they are constantly paranoid. “Their brain is damaged severely; there is evidence that ice damages the brain cells,” she says. Not only this, but it also affects your appearance as you begin to develop scabs on your face and body, it damages your teeth and you lose a lot of weight, and she says, you see all these changes in a person within only a few months of use. But it’s the impact this drug has on families, friends, on day-to-day relationships that seems to impact the Greek community the most. Being a Greek Australian, Ms Andrianakis says she gets a lot of parents contact her who are suspicious that their children may be taking drugs, specifically ice. “You can’t maintain a relationship [with an ice user],” says Ms Andrianakis. From the Greek Australian point of view, she says simply “it destroys families”. *Mary (whose name has been withheld for anonymity) says her family has been destroyed by her brother’s addiction to ice. When he started using ice, his family suffered due to his violent outbursts and mood swings. He also nearly sent his parents’ business bankrupt as “he took everything from [his parents’] business”. The ice addiction made him become a chronic liar and she says the family is unsure of what to believe and they question everything he says. And now her relationship with her brother is non-existent – all because of ice. In some cases, Ms Andrianakis sees ice users turn to criminal activity to fund their habit, but in other cases she sees parents being abused, bashed, left bankrupt by their children using ice, and parents who accept these behaviours as they don’t want to be seen as “giving up on their child”.“What a family member should do is try and engage with family services; in the community parents can go to local community health centres, their local GPs, there are drug and alcohol clinicians,” she says, adding if the user is incarcerated then they have other channels of support. Ms Andrianakis has observed an element of denial in the Greek community, adding “mental health and drug and alcohol addiction are not a sexy topic to the community” and that the community needs to be more aware.In some cases, the parents can’t understand why it’s happened to them, why their child is on drugs when they’ve given them a good home and education, but Ms Andrianakis says they need to understand that drug addiction is not about them and they need to be supportive to their child. She has noticed that it may be difficult for first generations to understand mental illness that can be the result of ice addiction. The reason this drug is so addictive is because it gives users a “sense of power”, with Ms Andrianakis adding she’s seen clients who haven’t slept for weeks. Because it’s a relatively new drug on the market, she says the full impact is yet to be seen and has gathered momentum in the last eight or so years. “It’s getting worse,” says the psychiatric nurse, “a lot of people think it’s a party drug and you stay up and dance all night, and you do … but you also destroy your life.” Australia has been warned by the report that the ice problem is reaching “pandemic” proportions. Victoria Police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton revealed to the media that bikie gangs and overseas criminal syndicates were taking advantage of the highly addictive aspect of ice “to actively hook thousands of young Victorians”.One of those was the 19-year-old Greek Australian girl, who died alone, with a needle in her arm. She could have been your sister, your cousin, your daughter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Israël feu vert pour la construction de la plus grande station de

first_imgIsraël : feu vert pour la construction de la plus grande station de dessalement au mondeIsraël – Le Conseil des ministres israéliens a donné son feu vert pour la construction de la plus grande usine de dessalement d’eau de mer jamais construite dans le monde. Un projet qui devrait permettre au pays de combler en grande partie ses besoins en eau potable.La construction de ce site qui prendra place à Sorek, au sud de Tel-Aviv, s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un plan visant à extraire de la mer 40% de l’eau potable consommée en Israël. À terme, l’usine devrait produire quelque 300 millions de m3 d’eau potable par an. D’ici à 2013, ce sont déjà 150 millions de m3 qui devraient être traités.”Depuis quelques années, l’économie de l’eau vit une crise profonde en Israël (…) Il y a un déficit annuel de centaines de millions de m3 entre nos besoins et nos ressources en eau, et cet ouvrage va contribuer à le combler”, a expliqué Benyamin Nétanyahou, le Premier ministre israélien. Le projet doit permettre à Israël de réduire sensiblement sa dépendance envers les eaux puisées dans l’aquifère, le Jourdain et le lac de Tibériade.Cette usine, qui sera le quatrième site de transformation d’eau de mer en eau potable d’Israël après Hadéra, Ashkelon et Palmahim, deviendra la plus grande installation de dessalement du monde. Un projet auquel les associations environnementales étaient opposées, demandant à ce que l’usine soit construite sur un autre site pour ne pas défigurer les plages du pays.Le 27 juin 2010 à 17:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un réseau de télescopes pour observer la naissance des premières étoiles

first_imgUn réseau de télescopes pour observer la naissance des premières étoiles Un nouveau réseau de télescopes qui est actuellement en train de se mettre en place permettra aux astronomes de remonter dans le temps afin d’observer comment sont nées les premières étoiles et les premières galaxies.   Un réseau de 77 nouveaux télescopes est en train d’être créé à travers l’Europe. Combinés à deux autres radio-télescopes situés dans l’hémisphère sud, cet ensemble, baptisé Lofar (pour low-frequency array) devrait permettre d’observer le ciel comme jamais auparavant. Grâce à ces outils, les astronomes espèrent découvrir des indices qui pourront les aider à mieux comprendre la façon dont les premières étoiles et les galaxies se sont formées après le Big Bang.  À lire aussiUn time-lapse époustouflant dévoile le ciel nocturne du désert des MojavesLes premières étoiles et les premières galaxies sont apparues dans les premiers milliards d’années qui ont suivi le Big Bang. Un astronome de l’université de Southampton explique qu’en observant aussi loin en arrière, les études auront peut-être l’opportunité d’en apprendre davantage sur la façon dont les choses se sont passées et sur ce à quoi ressemblait l’Univers à ses débuts. Grâce aux ondes radio de basses fréquences que peuvent capter les nouveaux télescopes, il devient possible de voir à travers les gaz interstellaires qui, jusque là, empêchaient de voir les zones les plus éloignées de l’Univers. Les astronomes sont donc désormais à même de détecter les galaxies les plus distantes de nous. Le réseau Lofar rassemblera les données collectées à travers toute l’Europe et les redirigera vers le nord des Pays-Bas où des astrophysiciens les analyseront. Quant aux deux télescopes situés dans l’hémisphère sud, ils pourront suppléer le réseau en continuant à capter de hautes fréquences et permettront d’observer en détails les éléments trouvés grâce à Lofar.Le 3 janvier 2011 à 14:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple va verser des royalties à Nokia

first_imgApple va verser des royalties à NokiaLe constructeur finlandais a affirmé qu’Apple allait payer pour solder les conflits qui opposent les deux géants.Nokia semble avoir eu gain de cause dans les conflits concernant l’utilisation de ses technologies brevetées par Apple. Le groupe finlandais a affirmé lundi que la firme de Steve Jobs avait accepté de lui verser des royalties pour solder cette affaire. “La structure financière de l’accord consiste en un versement unique par Apple et en des royalties qui seront payées par Apple à Nokia durant toute la durée de l’accord”, a ainsi expliqué un communiqué de Nokia relayé par l’AFP.Stephen Elop, le directeur exécutif de Nokia s’est réjoui de cette décision, non sans une certaine ironie : “Nous sommes heureux qu’Apple rejoigne le nombre grandissant de personnes adoptant les technologies Nokia… Cet accord démontre la valeur du portefeuille de brevets de Nokia”. Néanmoins, le montant de la somme qu’Apple versera dans le cadre de cet accord n’a pas été publiquement communiqué.Le 14 juin 2011 à 18:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Autisme un documentaire révèle lapproche inadaptée de la psychanalyse

first_imgAutisme : un documentaire révèle l’approche inadaptée de la psychanalyseL’association Autistes sans frontières présente le documentaire “Le mur” qui permet de constater à quel point les conceptions des différents psychiatres et psychanalystes français s’opposent à celles de nombreux scientifiques et des familles.Le documentaire de 52 minutes intitulé “Le mur” et sous-titré “la psychanalyse à l’épreuve de l’autisme” a été projeté hier soir à Paris. Cette première présentation de l’association Autistes sans frontières intervient au moment où se termine la consultation publique ouverte en juillet par la Haute autorité de santé et qui visait à mettre au point des recommandations de bonne pratique de l’accompagnement et du suivi de l’autisme.Ce documentaire, essentiellement basé sur des entretiens avec des psychanalystes et des rencontres de familles d’enfants autistes, se veut une “véritable démonstration par l’absurde de l’inefficacité de l’approche psychanalytique de l’autisme”. L’association commence par rappeler qu’en 2000 la chercheuse de l’Inserm Monica Zilbovicius a vu dans l’autisme “un trouble neurologique entraînant un handicap dans l’interaction sociale”, correspondant à “des anomalies dans le sillon temporal supérieur” du cerveau.Par ailleurs, dans le film, la réalisatrice Sophie Robert rencontre une vingtaine de pédopsychiatres et psychanalystes français, pour qui “il y a beaucoup à voir entre autisme et psychose”, rapporte TV5monde. Même si certains d’entre eux ont estimé à d’autres occasions que l’autisme a des causes “multiples et variables” nécessitant des approches multidimensionnelles, incluant certaines techniques éducatives spécialisées.Des découvertes niées par les psychiatresÀ lire aussiLe festival Pariscience et Ushuaïa TV lancent la 3e édition du Prix du premier film scientifiqueAinsi, pour les psychanalystes interrogés, l’autisme pourrait être la conséquence d’un problème mère-enfant. Selon eux, cette maladie découlerait d’une dépression maternelle, d’une mauvaise relation avec l’enfant, voire d’un refus de l’apport masculin pour la conception. Certains parlent de mère “psychogène”, de “stade de folie transitoire” de la mère, voire de “désir incestueux”.La réponse de ces médecins face à ce type de pathologie est alors inquiétante. “J’en fais très peu, j’attends qu’il se passe quelque chose”, dit l’un. “J’essaie d’apprivoiser l’enfant, je me tiens en retrait”, dit un autre. En parallèle, des familles avec enfants autistes montrent les progrès réalisés en utilisant des méthodes éducatives et comportementales. Guillaume par exemple, autrefois diagnostiqué autiste profond, est aujourd’hui au collège, en 6ème, uniquement accompagné par une auxiliaire de vie.Le film sera disponible dès le 8 septembre sur le site de l’association Autistes sans frontières.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 16:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Grande Bretagne Facebook évoqué dans un tiers des divorces

first_imgGrande Bretagne : Facebook évoqué dans un tiers des divorces !Facebook serait-il devenu un accélérateur de divorces ? Le réseau social est en tout cas évoqué dans de nombreuses procédures de séparations, au Royaume-Uni notamment, où le site de Mark Zuckerberg serait cité comme témoin dans 33% des dossiers de divorces.Facebook semble jouer un rôle important dans la séparation des couples. Le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg est présenté comme un accélérateur de divorces par le blog Divorce Online, qui affirme que dans 33% des procédures de séparations au Royaume-Uni, le nom de Facebook est cité comme “témoin”.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteUne estimation basée sur l’étude de 5.000 dossiers de divorces, qui annonce un chiffre en augmentation de 13% en deux ans seulement. A l’origine de ces séparations ? “Des messages inappropriés aux personnes de sexes opposés, un ex-conjoint qui poste des commentaires désagréables sur l’autre ou encore des messages d’amis décrivant le comportement inadapté de son ancien compagnon”, explique le blog. Principal rival de Facebook, Twitter n’est, quant à lui, cité que dans une vingtaine des 5.000 procédures de divorces étudiées. Dans la majorité des cas, des critiques à l’encontre de l’ex-femme ou de l’ex-mari sont évoquées.Pour Mark Keenan, un porte-parole de Divorce Online, ce phénomène est avant tout le signe de la banalisation des réseaux sociaux et de l’usage insuffisamment contrôlé qu’en font les internautes. “Les gens doivent faire attention à ce que ce qu’ils écrivent sur leur mur ne soit pas visibles par les tribunaux, qui peuvent utiliser ces messages comme preuves dans des conflits financiers ou de gardes d’enfants” souligne-t-il. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Windows perd du terrain dans les résultats financiers de Microsoft

first_imgWindows perd du terrain dans les résultats financiers de MicrosoftAncienne poule aux œufs d’or de Microsoft, le système d’exploitation Windows se voit relégué à la troisième place dans les résultats financiers de l’entreprise. Conséquence de l’ère post-PC ?Microsoft a dévoilé ses résultats trimestriels et ceux-ci sont globalement très bons. L’entreprise a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 20,89 milliards de dollars (15,6 milliards d’euros), en progression de 5% par rapport à l’an dernier, pour un bénéfice opérationnel de 8 milliards de dollars (6 milliards d’euros) et un bénéfice net de 6,62 milliards de dollars (5,1 milliards d’euros). La baisse des ventes de PC affecte peu l’éditeur, ses résultats étant désormais répartis sur d’autres secteurs d’activité, notamment sa branche divertissement avec en tête la Xbox 360, qui continue à se vendre malgré ses six bougies.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le chiffre à retenir de cette longue série de chiffres, c’est la baisse du poids de Windows dans les revenus de l’entreprise. Autrefois, Windows était systématiquement le produit phare de Microsoft mais aujourd’hui, la situation du parc informatique a considérablement changé. Avec l’essor des smartphones et des tablettes, de nombreux consommateurs se suffisent de ces appareils pour leurs besoins informatiques et délaissent Windows, pas encore présent sur le créneau de la mobilité.C’est ainsi que pour ce trimestre, Windows n’est que troisième avec 4,74 milliards de dollars (3,6 milliards d’euros) de revenus supplanté par la branche Outils et Serveur (3,7 milliards d’euros) et l’autre segment indissociable de Microsoft, la division Business, avec les ventes d’Office qui rapportent 6,3 milliards de dollars (4,8 milliards d’euros) en trois mois. Pire encore pour le vénérable Windows, il se retrouve talonné par la branche Divertissement qui rapporte 4,2 milliards de dollars (3,2 milliards d’euros), indique 01 Net.Chez Microsoft, on croit encore à un rebond des ventes de Windows 7, même s’il ne fait pas mystère que tous attendent la sortie de Windows 8. Ce dernier devrait apporter une nouvelle approche de l’interface dans un ordinateur, mais surtout pourra aussi équiper des tablettes tactiles et viendra affronter un marché clairement dominé aujourd’hui par l’iPad. Microsoft pourra t-il trouver un nouveau souffle dans cette ère Post-PC ? Le 22 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Airtime ou quand Facebook rencontre Chatroulette

first_imgAirtime, ou quand Facebook rencontre Chatroulette !Les créateurs de Napster, pionnier du téléchargement en Peer to Peer (P2P), viennent de mettre au monde un tout nouveau service. Baptisé Airtime, il s’agit d’un chat vidéo permettant de discuter avec ses amis, mais aussi avec des anonymes, et ce via Facebook. Onze ans après la fermeture de Napster dans sa version originale, l’un des tous premiers sites de partage de musique en P2P, ses créateurs Sean Parker et Shawn Fanning ont développé un tout nouveau concept : Airtime. Celui-ci pourrait être simplement résumé en la rencontre de Facebook avec Chatroulette, un service qui permet de discuter en vidéo sur Internet avec des inconnus. Ce dernier avait créé le buzz, durant l’été 2010, accompagné d’une polémique : nombre de personnes inscrites utilisait le chat comme un outil d’exhibitionnisme, alors que le but premier du service était de permettre de nouvelles rencontres.Airtime vise le même but, tout en évitant les mêmes dérives. Le service propose une messagerie instantanée grâce à laquelle les internautes pourront discuter avec leurs amis sur Facebook et, surtout, avec des utilisateurs qu’ils ne connaissant pas. Il permet alors de connecter des personnes en fonction du lieu où ils se trouvent et de leurs intérêts, indiqués sur le réseau social, tout en leur laissant la possibilité de ne pas révéler leur identité.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sean Parker, qui fut le premier président du réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg, a expliqué comment lui était venue cette idée lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par Bloomberg. “Facebook ne vous aide pas à créer de nouvelles connexions, Facebook ne permet pas de développer de nouvelles relations, a-t-il souligné. Une partie de moi-même se sent quelque peu ennuyée par tout cela. Il n’y a pas de place pour la sérendipité”.Cettefois, a promis Sean Parker, une “tolérance zéro contre les comportements inappropriés” seraappliquée. Mais voilà que cet engagement pose déjà problème. Car pour interdire ces “comportementsinappropriés”, il faut les surveiller. Chose qui n’a pas échappée à la journaliste Kashmir Hill. Sur le site de Forbes, elle indique que la chat Airtime pourra enregistrer les discussions de ses utilisateurs. “En utilisant notre service, vous consentez à avoir votre image et vos conversations enregistrées par Airtime. Airtime prend des instantanés de contenus utilisateurs et peut le vérifier pour maintenir la sureté du site et assurer une bonne expérience utilisateur” lit-oneneffetdans les règles de confidentialité du service.Le 6 juin 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nokia Juggernaut Semaphore un prototype qui ne sortirait jamais

first_imgNokia Juggernaut Semaphore : un prototype qui ne sortirait jamais ?Des photos “fuitées” sont apparues sur la toile en fin de week end. Elles montrent un smartphone Nokia de grande taille fonctionnant sous Windows Phone 8. Futur modèle du constructeur finlandais ou référence destinée à n’être utilisée que pour des tests internes, la question reste en suspens.Les internautes avides de nouveautés technologiques auront de quoi se poser des questions pendant un petit moment…Des photos, montrant un étrange smartphone Nokia ont “fuitées” sur la Toile. Il dispose d’un grand écran et fonctionnerait, selon toutes vraisemblances, sous Windows Phone 8.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon le site monwindowsphone.com, il ne s’agirait pas ici d’un prochain modèle haut de gamme de la firme finlandaise, mais d’un prototype de test, nommé Juggernaut Semaphore, fonctionnant avec l’avant-dernière version de Windows Phone 8 et dont l’écran affiche une résolution de 480 par 800 pixels, photo à l’appui. On serait donc loin, ici, d’un modèle haut de gamme, mais plutôt d’un milieu de gamme dont la forme ne ressemblerait pas à celle des derniers Lumia de la marque.Mais selon d’autres sites, l’écran de ce smartphone, qui dépasserait les 5 pouces, pourrait également afficher une résolution bien supérieure. À l’époque de la présentation de ce prototype, en juin dernier, le Nokia Juggernaut était comparé à l’HTC Titan, ce qui, pour le site generation-nt, indiquerait que ce smartphone pourrait embarquer un processeur double cœurs, et devenir, en puissance, l’un des prochains modèles phares de la marque. Le fait qu’il n’arbore pas les mêmes lignes que les modèles actuels de Nokia pouvant également signifier qu’il s’agirait d’un modèle à part, ce qui pourrait également aller dans le même sens de la remarque du site.Alors, modèle prototype ou futur porte-étendard ? Pour l’heure, Nokia n’a pas commenté cette fuite bien mystérieuse.Le 17 décembre 2012 à 12:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Aphasie symptômes définition traitement de quoi sagitil

first_imgAphasie : symptômes, définition, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’aphasie est un trouble grave du langage. Elle se manifeste par la perte totale ou partielle de la capacité de communiquer. Ses formes les plus répandues sont l’aphasie de Wernicke et l’aphasie de Broca. Définition : qu’est ce que l’aphasie ?L’aphasie correspond à la perte totale ou partielle de la capacité de communiquer (parler et comprendre). Elle est généralement due à une mauvaise irrigation du cerveau. Les spécialistes du langage distinguent les troubles de la parole, qui regroupent les difficultés de prononciation et d’articulation, et les troubles du langage, qui se manifestent par des difficultés à trouver ses mots et à formuler des phrases. L’aphasie réunit ces deux troubles. Différents types d’aphasieLes zones du langage sont généralement situées dans l’hémisphère gauche du cerveau. Celui-ci est traversé par l’une des trois principales artères du cerveau, l’artère sylvienne. On parle d’aphasie lorsque celle-ci subit un dommage. On distingue cependant différents types d’aphasie en fonction de la partie touchée. L’aire de Broca se situe au niveau du lobe frontal. Lorsqu’elle est atteinte, on parle d’aphasie motrice ou aphasie de Broca. Elle touche principalement à l’expression : style télégraphique, débit réduit, problèmes de syntaxe et de grammaire, vocabulaire réduit, difficulté à trouver les mots justes, problèmes d’articulation… L’aphasie de Wernicke résulte d’une atteinte de la zone de Wernicke, proche du cortex auditif primaire. La personne touchée n’a pas de mal à s’exprimer mais utilise des mots inappropriés et sans construction logique à un débit élevé, ce qui rend ses propos incompréhensibles. Sa compréhension orale et écrite est également perturbée. Elle n’a pourtant aucune conscience de son trouble.Il existe d’autres types d’aphasie, plus rares, comme l’aphasie mixte, l’aphasie globale (il s’agit de la forme la plus grave), l’aphasie de conduction, l’aphasie transcorticale motrice et l’aphasie transcorticale sensorielle.Causes de l’aphasieL’aphasie résulte le plus souvent d’un accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC) dû à une mauvaise irrigation du cerveau causée par une hémorragie (lorsque qu’un vaisseau sanguin saigne) ou une ischémie (lorsqu’un vaisseau sanguin se bouche).  À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Parmi les origines possibles de l’aphasie, on retrouve également un traumatisme crânien (suite à un choc violent ou un coma), une tumeur au cerveau ou une maladie dégénérative comme la maladie d’Alzheimer. Traitement de l’aphasieLa prise en charge de l’aphasie s’appuie sur une rééducation orthophonique. Elle doit être entamée le plus tôt possible, dès l’apparition des symptômes, et suivie de façon intensive (4 ou 5 séances par semaine) pour pouvoir espérer retrouver des capacités de langage et de compréhension proche de la normale.Des activités comme le théâtre ou le chant sont également de bons moyens complémentaires pour travailler la communication et l’expression. Le 18 novembre 2015 à 14:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dengue traitement maladie symptômes définition ce quil faut savoir sur cette maladie

first_imgDengue : traitement, maladie, symptômes, définition, ce qu’il faut savoir sur cette maladieLa dengue est une maladie à laquelle est exposée plus de la moitié de la population mondiale. Cette maladie qui commence avec de simples symptômes grippaux peut amener des complications potentiellement mortelles.Qu’est-ce que la dengue ?Cette une infection virale qui se transmet par la piqûre d’un moustique. Les effets grippaux peuvent rapidement amener des complications, on parle alors de dengue sévère. Ces dernières années, la progression de la dengue se fait de manière alarmante dans les régions tropicales du monde. C’est une maladie particulièrement développée dans les environnements urbains. Aucun traitement spécifique n’existe pour cette maladie mais une détection précoce permet de faire baisser le taux de mortalité en dessous de 1%. Un vaccin contre la dengue a récemment été proposé à des pays touché par l’épidémie mais fait pour l’instant scandale aux Philippines.Comment la maladie se transmet-elle ?La dengue se transmet par la piqûre des moustiques femelles, des espèces Aedes aegypti et Aedes albopictus. Après 4 à 10 jours d’incubation, le moustique peut infecter des gens le reste de sa vie. L’être humain est lui-même une source de contamination pour les moustiques qui ne sont pas encore infectés. Plusieurs sérotypes Il existe 4 sérotypes , le DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 et DEN-4. Lorsque l’on en attrape un et que l’on se soigne, on devient immunisé à vie contre ce sérotype.  Une épidémie en progressionSelon l’OMS , 390 millions de cas sont recensés tous les ans.  Une propagation en France possibleToujours selon l’OMS, rien que sur le continent Américain, 10 200 cas de dengue sévère ont provoqué 1181 décès. En France et en Croatie, une transmission locale a été rapportée en 2010. SymptômesLa dengue déclenche une forte fièvre chez le malade et d’autres symptômes peuvent suivre comme des nausées et des vomissements, des éruptions cutanées ou encore des douleurs musculaires. La période d’incubation est de 4 à 10 jours et les symptômes durent de 2 à 7 jours. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La dengue sévère est une complication qui peut être mortelle : elle est due à une accumulation liquidienne, une détresse respiratoire ou encore à une insuffisance organique. Le premier symptôme qui doit alerter est la baisse de la température corporelle en dessous de 38 degrés.  Les symptômes de la dengue sévère peuvent être des vomissements, une grande fatigue, du sang dans les vomissures ou un saignement des gencives. On peut mourrir sous 1 à 2 jours de cette complication. TraitementAucun traitement spécifique n’existe pour l’instant pour soigner la dengue. Un premier vaccin sorti en 2015 n’aurait pas encore fait ses preuves. Le 16 janvier 2018 à 17:03 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 30 mars

first_imgLes 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 30 marsUne galaxie qui intrigue les astronomes, un anticorps contre Alzheimer et le vrai visage de Toutânkhamon, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 30 mars. – Les astronomes ont découvert une galaxie surprenante. Nommée NGC 1052-DF2, elle est aussi grande que notre Voie lactée. Le problème est qu’elle est quasiment voire totalement dépourvue de matière noire. Une particularité que les spécialistes ne parviennent pas à expliquer et qui bouscule les théories sur la matière noire, cette substance mystérieuse normalement considérée comme un ingrédient essentiel des galaxies.- Un simple petit bonjour peut sembler anodin. Et pourtant, ça en dit long sur votre personnalité. C’est ce que révèle une étude menée par des chercheurs français. Grâce à un logiciel, ils ont démontré que nous utilisons, hommes comme femmes, des sortes de “codes” pour juger de la voix d’autrui.   – Une équipe chinoise pense avoir conçu le papier du futur. Leur invention est un écran à cristaux liquides aussi fin et léger qu’une feuille, flexible mais résistant. Grâce à ces capacités, il serait par exemple possible d’y télécharger quotidiennement le journal et de le mettre à jour autant que nécessaire. Le tout pour un coût modique : à peine 4 euros pour 13 centimètres d’écran. – De nouvelles espèces de grenouilles viennent d’être identifiées. S’ils sont restés si longtemps inconnus, c’est que ces batraciens vivent en un seul endroit sur Terre : une grotte calcaire de Thaïlande. Mais la découverte d’un spécimen a suffi aux chercheurs pour se rendre compte du caractère unique de l’animal. Une découverte qui amène à repenser l’histoire évolutive de ces amphibiens. – Un anticorps pourrait aider à lutter contre la maladie d’Alzheimer. Des chercheurs ont développé un anticorps capable d’éliminer les plaques amyloïdes caractéristiques de la pathologie chez des souris. Si les premiers résultats sont prometteurs, les recherches doivent être poursuivies avant d’envisager un potentiel traitement chez l’homme.À lire aussiInfection, gaspillage et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 août- Toutânkhamon n’était peut-être pas l’enfant chétif et maladif qu’on pensait. L’analyse d’une cuirasse ayant appartenu au pharaon a révélé des traces d’érosion et de combat. Des marques qui bousculent les théories et suggèrent que le souverain était plutôt un combattant aguerri.  – La mort subite du nourrisson pourrait être en partie d’origine génétique. Une étude britannique a mis en évidence chez des enfants décédés une mutation génétique rare d’un gène appelé SCN4A. Cette mutation serait associée à des problèmes neuromusculaires et des difficultés à respirer. Rare, elle n’expliquerait toutefois pas à elle seule tous les cas de mort subite du nourrisson. – Face à la pénurie de poissons, les dauphins ont trouvé la solution : ils déchirent les filets. Au nord de Chypre, des chercheurs ont constaté que ces équipements souffraient six fois plus de dommages lorsque ces cétacés étaient dans les parages. Un phénomène qui serait une conséquence directe de la surpêche menée en Méditerranée. Le 30 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gordon is Finally Back Where He Belongs on Gotham

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Sorry to all Gordon/Valerie fans out there, it looks like their relationship is over. As this week’s Gotham begins, Jim is watching over Valerie in the hospital, feeling guilty that he got her shot. She wakes up and immediately breaks up with Jim. When he told the Hatter to kill Lee, she says, he knew he would do the opposite. He proved to her that he still loves Lee and because of that the two can’t be together. It’s too bad, really. We all knew this relationship wouldn’t last, but they had such great chemistry together, I was hoping it wouldn’t end just yet.Before we can lament what could have been, we cut to the Hatter. Oh yes, he’s still around, and he’s gotten his hands on a virus called the Red Queen. He says the city took someone he loves from him, so he’s going to make it go insane. Hatter breaks into the morgue and steals his sister’s body. The police investigate the crime scene, and Jim tries to help. Barnes tells Jim that only cops are allowed to be there, and for once, Bullock agrees with him.Gordon visits Lee at the hospital to apologize and sees the Hatter there. He gives chase, and Hatter surprises him with a face-full of Red Queen. Gordon lies on the ground and has hallucinations of being trapped in an elevator with Barbara. He gets off the elevator imagines searching for Bruce. When he finds him, Bruce shows him a pile of dead bodies and saying it’s all because of him.Gordon has the trippiest hallucinations. (Erin Richards as Barbara Kean) (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)He wakes up back in the elevator and Barbara brings him to the next floor. He imagines himself married to Lee with two kids. After promising them a dog, the lights flicker, his family disappears, and he’s back in the elevator. He demands to be taken back to them, and Barbara asks why he’s playing at being a private detective if he wants them so much. She gives him a key, saying it’s up to him whether he uses it or not. Gordon finds himself on the street with his father, who invites him into his car. Gordon talks to his father about why he’s afraid to be a cop.Luscious visits Barnes and gives him the results of the tests on Alice’s blood. In every case, the rats went insane, turned violent and died. When Luscious says a cure could take years, Barnes says they only have a few hours. Hatter has bottled Alice’s blood and planned to release it on the city. Barnes interrogates a hospital employee and, through a little infected blood-induced rage, learns that Hatter and his goons were driving a catering van. He figures out that Hatter plans to release the virus at the state dinner that evening.Meanwhile, Nygma has spent twelve hours with Isabelle, the riddle-loving woman from the end of last week’s episode. He returns to Penguin, who is devastated to find out that Nygma is in love with someone else. While Nygma prepares him for the state dinner, the Penguin finds out where Isabelle works and sends Nygma off to prepare for his date. In the meantime, Penguin visits Isabelle at the library where she works. He casually mentions that Nygma spent time in Arkham for murder. To make sure she’s scared away from him, Penguin tells Isabelle how much she looks like the woman Nygma killed.The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) Tells Isabella (Chelsea Spack) about Nygma’s past. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)At the state dinner, Penguin meets Katherine from the Court of Owls who says she’ll contact him when the time is right. Before he can learn anymore about her, Hatter runs in with a gun and hijacks the dinner. He’s about to force them to drink the wine, but the police arrive and capture him. Hatter laughs when he sees that Barnes is infected with his sister’s blood.Nygma is on his date with Isabelle and confesses to her what he did to Ms. Kringle. She reveals she knows what he did and came on the date anyway. He’s the only man, she says, whose measured up to the great romantic heroes she’s read about. The Penguin walks in just as they share a kiss. He excuses himself to go to bed, obviously not happy that his plan to break them up failed.We also check in with Bruce, as it’s been a while since we’ve seen him. Selena is coming over at 6:00 and Bruce are making dinner for her. Alfred promises to make himself scarce when the young lady arrives. It’s as adorable as it sounds. It almost seems like Selena isn’t going to show up, but she climbs in the window just as Alfred is about to pack the food up. Bruce is initially angry that Selena stood him up, but she admits she was late because them dating is weird for her. Bruce admits it’s weird for him too and they sit down for cake.Bruce and Selina (Camren Bicondova) have their first date. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)A nurse finds Gordon lying on the hospital floor and brings Mario to him. Mario revives him just as his father tells him the answers he seeks are in his ring. Once home, Gordon digs through his father’s old things and finds the ring. On it is the insignia “while we breath, we shall defend.” Gordon meets with Barnes and asks to rejoin the GCPD. Barnes happily welcomes him back. As the episode ends, Katherine meets with her boss. We don’t see his face, but he wears the same ring Gordon’s father wore.By the end of this episode, we’re finally at the point we knew we’d arrive at all season. Gordon and Vale are over, and he’s rejoined the GCPD. We still don’t know a ton about the Court of Owls. Usually dragging a mystery like this out over so many episodes would get tiresome, but the Hatter was such a great villain, the Court didn’t matter the last few weeks. Now that his story seems to be drawing to a close, perhaps we’ll learn more about the Court of Owls in the coming weeks. I can’t help but think it isn’t completely over, though. This season is called “Mad City,” after all. Alice’s blood is still out there. And who better to make Gotham go mad than the Hatter?last_img read more

Resident Evil 7s 4D VR Candle Will Let You Smell the Horror

first_imgI don’t even know where to begin with this one, so I’ll just dive right in. Retailer Merchoid will be releasing an officially-licensed Resident Evil 7 candle to coincide with the game’s launch. The purpose of the candle is to help immerse those who play Resident Evil 7 in VR even more by scaring their olfactory senses.This 4D candle (I thought time, not smell, was the fourth dimension) is supposed to smell like old timer and blood. Appropriate given how the game takes place in an old wooden home filled with bloodthirsty maniacs, but that sounds like something that’ll linger in the air long after the candle has been extinguished. How do you explain that smell to your friends, significant other, or kids?“The 4D candle is 100 percent officially licensed Resident Evil merchandise; this means Capcom have smelt the candle and found it scary to enough to give their seal of approval,” said Merchoid. “We’d even suggest that using the Blood, Sweat and Fears 4D Candle is the definitive way to experience the game. Be careful, though, with an experience this horrifying, the candle might not be the only smell you notice in the room…”Well, I did say that the game should be played while wearing diapers. At least I agree with Merchoid on that.While this idea is pretty ridiculous, I have to give these guys props for thinking outside of the box. However, I would caution anyone burning one of these candles to keep it as far away as possible. If you’re supposed to burn this while playing the game in VR, there is a risk of accidentally hitting the candle during a frightening moment. Then you’ll be left with a smelly, burnt home. You don’t want that.The Blood, Sweat, and Fears 4D candle will soon become available to pre-order from Merchoid.com for $15. If you buy one of them, we won’t judge. Promise.last_img read more

Turn Any Helmet Into a Smart Helmet With Ahead

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target Whether you’re cycling to work, tearing up the half-pipe, or operating heavy machinery, Ahead keeps you connected and safe.The wearable gadget snaps onto any helmet and syncs with a smartphone so you can make calls, listen to music, talk to Siri, get directions, and track activity with the touch of a button.“When you’re moving fast, headphones are dangerous and holding a phone is impossible,” maker Analogue Plus said. “Ahead keeps your ears open so you can tune into your music, phone calls or navigation without tuning out the world.”via KickstarterEarly bird customers can pre-order the palm-sized device in blue, white, or black for $89; each specially packaged box comes with three mounts: Velcro strap and curved for helmets, and flat for smooth surfaces at home or the office. The New York-based startup promises innovative technology like a built-in oscillator, which uses vibrations to pass sound directly into your helmet. Slap Ahead onto any head protector—open, closed, padded or not—to clearly hear music, conversations, route guidance, etc.Plus, Clear Voice Capture (i.e. two narrow-angle mics) pick up your voice, even with distractions like wind noise and city sounds.Weighing in at just 63 grams, Ahead is lighter than a wristwatch and fits easily in your hand, pocket, or backpack. The companion mobile app, meanwhile, lets users customize the wearable’s buttons and settings.via Kickstarter“We originally developed Ahead to allow construction workers to communicate safely and seamlessly on job sites,” the company’s Kickstarter page said. “Ahead supports the push-to-talk standards that many construction pros already use on their phones.”Boasting a battery life of three days on standby or eight hours with regular use, the gadget takes 1.5 hours to recharge and can be used as a speaker when plugged in.“It’s also built to high durability IP45 standards, so it can stand up against splashes and sharp objects,” according to Analogue Plus.The project has already earned more than $45,745 from 311 backers; Ahead has 25 days to reach its $50,000 all-or-nothing goal.last_img read more

Nokia Vodafone To Install 4G on the Moon

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img There are parts of the world still without mobile service. But Nokia and Vodafone are bringing 4G coverage to the moon.The first cosmic cellular network will support a planned lunar landing by private space company PTScientists.Celebrating 50 years since Neil Armstrong’s small steps, the Berlin-based firm is scheduled to launch its Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) in 2019 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.The capsule—designed to transport and land two Audi lunar quattro rovers—will also serve as an LTE base-station, allowing the smooth transfer of data and video back to Earth.“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system,” according to PTScientists CEO Robert Böhme. “In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet.”The base station, fitted with Nokia Bell Labs’ space-grade ultra compact network, is expected to broadcast 4G using the 1,800 MHz frequency band. A live HD video stream of NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle landing site will be broadcast to the world.“This important mission is supporting, among other things, the development of new space-grade technologies for future data networking, processing, and storage,” Marcus Weldon, Nokia chief technology officer and Bell Labs president, said in a statement. “[It] will help advance the communications infrastructure required for academics, industry, and educational institutions in conducting lunar research.”A 4G network, according to Nokia, is far more efficient than the analogue radio signals currently in use.“The great thing about this LTE solution is that it saves so much power, and the less energy we use sending data, the more we have to do science,” Böhme said.Late last year, Donald Trump announced plans to send U.S. astronauts back to Earth’s satellite. Tech heavyweights Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, meanwhile, are fighting their way to the moon via privately funded space firms.For more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.last_img read more

Study Majority of Facebook Users Dont Understand Targeted Ads

first_imgStay on target A surprising number of Facebook users remain clueless about how their personal information is used for targeted advertising.A Pew Research Center survey found that 74 percent of U.S. adult Facebook users were unaware the site maintains a list of interest and traits.While most websites and apps track how consumers use digital services and turn that data into targeted advertisements, their proprietary algorithms are usually kept under lock and key.As part of its “transparency” narrative, however, Facebook allows users to view at least some of how it classifies them—based on engagement with content on the site—via the “Your ad preferences” page.Unique to each user, the dossier displays various pieces of personal information, including a list of purported interests.When directed to the page, 59 percent of Pew survey participants said the generated categories do reflect their real-life interests; another 27 percent claim they are not very, or not at all, accurate.I can see where they’re coming from.While I do enjoy photography, Star Wars, and IKEA, I have no idea how or why Facebook decided drag racing, towels, veganism, and Jesus are some of my personal passions. (They’re not.)So whether you like it or not, ads for horror fiction, YouTube, women’s rights, and nail polish will probably appear on your Facebook feed.But even if Facebook were spot-on with its assessments of user interests, targeted ads still feel, for many, like an invasion of privacy.According to Pew, about half of those surveyed (51 percent) are not comfortable with Facebook creating lists about their hobbies and traits. Conversely, a handful of folks (5 percent) are “very comfortable” with their leisure pursuits being aired for the world to see.“We want people to understand how our ad settings and controls work. That means better ads for people,” Facebook said in a statement to The Verge.“While we and the rest of the online ad industry need to do more to educate people on how interest-based advertising works and how we protect people’s information,” it continued, “we welcome conversations about transparency and control.”The social network did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:10 Interesting Details In My Facebook Data DownloadFacebook Tests Event Sharing Features for StoriesD.C. Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica BreachFacebook Dating Expands to Canada and Thailand, Adds New Features Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service last_img read more

Netflix Renews Haunting of Hill House as Horror Anthology Series

first_img The Haunting of Hill House is returning to Netflix, however, it will be a horror anthology series with a chilling new plot.On Thursday, Netflix unveiled that it ordered a new installment dubbed The Haunting anthology, meaning that the next chapter of the horror series (Season 2) will feature a different story and characters, Variety reported. According to a Haunting of Hill House teaser tweet, The Haunting of Bly Manor will debut on Netflix in 2020.You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019Fans won’t see the Crain family next year, but The Haunting of Bly Manor is expected to be just as eerie as The Haunting of Hill House. Based on The Turn of the Screw, a gothic novella by Henry James, The Haunting of Bly Manor follows a governess who’s hired to look after two siblings. When she moves to the secluded mansion, she realizes that the home’s ghosts have creepy bonds with the kids.Netflix didn’t reveal any details about casting or a premiere date, but Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Hill House’s creator, and Trevor Macy, the executive producer of the creepy show, will be leading creative efforts for The Haunting of Bly Manor. So, fans once again might be sleeping with their lights on.More on Geek.com:Netflix Cancels Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ New ‘Transformers’ Animated Origin Series Is Coming to Netflix in 2020‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and Netflix Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

New MIT Robot Sorts Recycling By Giving It a Squeeze

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS The US produces some 68 million tons of recycling every year (a number that should, frankly, be much higher).That’s a lot of paper, plastic, metal, and glass (and, sometimes, actual trash) for human workers to sift through and sort.It’s a dull, dirty, and often unsafe job, but someone’s gotta do it. So why not a robot?Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) developed a robotic system that can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.The “RoCycle” system’s soft Teflon hand uses tactile sensors on its fingertips to detect an object’s size and stiffness. Basically, it squeezes cups, boxes, and cans to determine their makeup.No visual cues necessary.“Our robot’s sensorized skin provides haptic feedback that allows it to differentiate between a wide range of objects, from the rigid to the squishy,” senior study author and MIT professor Daniela Rus said in a statement.A collaboration with Yale University, RoCycle demonstrates the limits of sight-based sorting; it can distinguish between two identical-looking Starbucks cups made of paper and plastic that would give vision systems (and the human eye) trouble.“Computer vision alone will not be able to solve the problem of giving machines human-like perception,” Rus said. “So being able to use tactile input is of vital importance.”For decades, the US sent the bulk of its recycling to China, to be converted into shoes and bags and other new products. But last year, the country raised its standards, restricting imports on mixed paper and most plastics—which means a majority of our single-stream recycling now ends up in landfills.“If a system like RoCycle could be deployed on a wide scale, we’d potentially be able to have the convenience of single-stream recycling with the lower contamination rates of multi-stream recycling,” according to PhD student Lillian Chin, lead author on the MIT paper.RoCycle is a robot that can sort recycling (via Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL)Designing a machine to do our dirty work, though, is not easy. While humans can hold an object and immediately recognize many of its qualities—even with our eyes closed—robot hands are not yet that advanced.That’s where Rus & Co. come in.Using a motor-driven hand made of a relatively new material called “auxetics,” the team created a component that, when cut, twists to enable dynamic movement.An attached set of sensors help estimate an item’s size and stiffness, able to tell the difference between “hard” and “soft” objects with 78 percent accuracy.Compatible with any robotic arm, RoCycle was found to be 85 percent accurate at detecting materials when stationary, and 63 percent accurate on an actual simulated conveyer belt.Its most common error, according to MIT, was identifying paper-covered metal tins as paper, which the team says would be improved by adding more sensors along the contact surface.More on Geek.com:Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made From Recycled DevicesThese Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee GroundsThe Netherlands Now Has the World’s First Recycled Plastic Bike Path10 Things You Shouldn’t Be Putting in Your Recycle Binlast_img read more

Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your Fear

first_imgStay on target We hope you had a good Prime Day because it’s getting pretty tough to be jazzed about a fake holiday created solely to benefit a company as increasingly dystopian as Amazon. From employee exploitation to brutal crackdowns of unions that fight back, maybe it’s not so great that famous divorced dad Jeff Bezos has more money than god, a stranglehold on modern retail, and a major newspaper to boot.There are plenty of ways for Amazon to soften its image, even without really changing its behavior. But a great way to creep everyone out even more is proudly talk about your new fear detection tech.Amazon Rekognition is the company’s controversial face detection and analysis technology. The name alone sounds like it comes from a Paul Verhoeven movie. Since its launch in 2016, critics have decried the potential racial biases of the “objective” invasive software, which is especially dangerous if its profiling functionality is being used by the police, a group known for sensitivity towards marginalized groups.But despite this, Amazon Rekognition is still a thing. And Amazon just announced the ways in which it is now even more accurate. The big new feature is detecting certain facial emotions in videos. Amazon can now determine if you are happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm, and confused. If I know Amazon is profiling my face, I’m already pretty sure which of these emotions I’ll be feeling. Rekognition also now does a better job at estimating gender and age range.If you’re still skeptical about the rise of facial recognition software you aren’t alone. London police’s facial recognition system has an 81 percent error rate and the recent Facial Recognition Privacy Act aims to protect your ID. But as this tech spread, even coming into our schools, we have to make sure responsible groups are in charge. Amazon isn’t one of those groups. If you could see my face now, you’d see it’s sad. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Watch: Captain Sees Rare Whale Shark Swim By Boat in Atlantic

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida A boat captain recently spotted a rare whale shark swimming by his boat and he called the beautiful creature “an angel of the sea.”Capt. Brian Esteppe and two customers were on his charter boat about five miles off the coast of Virginia, when they noticed a big dark shadow in the water on Saturday, The Virginian-Pilot reported. When the animal swam to the side of the boat, Esteppe recognized it as a whale shark, since it had gray and white specks all over its body. Esteppe captured a video of the creature, which has gone viral on Facebook. “You would not believe this folks. This whale shark is 16 feet,” Esteppe said in the video. “Man, this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen…so cool. Oh my God, that’s so wild.”The whale shark stayed around Esteppe’s boat for a couple of minutes, then swam away.Esteppe recently lost a family member and said that “as crazy as it sounds,” the whale shark could have been a positive sign from a higher power. Stay on targetcenter_img “I believe it was almost sent from above somehow, there just to make sure I was OK,” Esteppe told The Virginian-Pilot. “Almost like an angel of the sea.”According to National Geographic, the whale shark is known as the largest fish in the sea and it could reach lengths of 40 feet or more. As a filter feeder, its favorite food is plankton, since a “barrier” in its mouth has to sift through any meals it would like to eat. Whale sharks prefer warmer waters and typically populate tropical areas. More on Geek.com:Watch: Great White Sharks Swim Yards Away From Oblivious SurfersWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii BayWatch: Big Hammerhead Shark Snatches Catch From Captain’s Handslast_img read more

Bayley appears on tonight’s 9/16 NXT on WWE Network

first_img WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Pinterest Ucraina: test anti-droga per i candidati alla presidenza Bobby Lashley Officially Replaces John Cena at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next The following is scheduled for tonight’s 9/16 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* An appearance by new NXT Women’s Champion Bayley* DRTTC Second Round Match: Baron Corbin & Rhyno vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa* Apollo Crews vs. Solomon Crowe* Tye Dillinger vs. Martin StoneCheck back later tonight for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCalcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie AVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:15/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 77.08%0:04Remaining Time -1:12 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Has John Cena Left WrestleMania? Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Calcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie Acenter_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

WWE attendance figures (11/4-11/10, UK tour, TV tapings)

first_img Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Twitter Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 WWE attendance figures from November 4 to November 10, 2015.* 11/4 live event in Dublin, Ireland: 8,500 fans.* 11/5 NXT live event in Lakeland, Florida: 275 fans.* 11/5 live event in Cardiff, Wales: 4,500 fans (sellout).* 11/5 live event in Glasgow, Scotland: 10,500 fans.* 11/6 live event in London, England: 8,400 fans.* 11/6 live event in Barcelona, Spain: 12,300 fans (sellout).* 11/7 live event in Leeds, England: 8,000 fans.* 11/7 live event in Madrid, Spain: 15,000 fans (sellout).* 11/8 live event in Birmingham, England: 10,500 fans.* 11/8 live event in Liverpool, England: 8,000 fans.* 11/9 RAW TV tapings in Manchester, England: 11,500 fans (sellout).* 11/10 Smackdown TV tapings in Manchester, England: 6,000 fans.* 11/10 live event in Belfast, Northern Ireland: 6,500 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles WhatsApp Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Adam Rose and Konnor suspended for 60 days by WWE for second violation of…

first_img April 17, 2016 at 2:54 am Facebook brought me here. Also,what were theses Adam Rose and Konnor thinking?! Google+ Facebook WWE issued the following press release on Saturday afternoon confirming 60 day suspensions for Adam Rose (Raymond Leppan) and Konnor (Ryan Parmeter) for a second violation of the company’s Talent Wellness Program.WWE SUSPENDS RAYMOND LEPPAN AND RYAN PARMETERSTAMFORD, Conn., April 16, 2016 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE has suspended Raymond Leppan (Adam Rose) and Ryan Parmeter (Konnor) each for 60 days effective immediately for a second violation of the company’s policy.About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff Videos Articles Velvet Sky April 17, 2016 at 3:14 am Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Thomas Costello Dear! This is terrible! Poor kid. WhatsApp April 17, 2016 at 1:41 am Pinterest April 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte April 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm They only keep Adam around because of his kid. Twitter Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next April 17, 2016 at 11:42 am April 18, 2016 at 10:00 am Matt Demarle Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Glen Värîs Glen Värîs Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemscenter_img OH NO! With all your stars down with injury you suspended two more top tier talents??? Aaron Rose and Konnan fow two months? I mean, how are you going to expect Joe Everyfan to continue watching Raw and such without main eventer’s like this? Oh well maybe the other demolition warrior/Kevin Sullivan dude can have a decent singles run… Vince Matt Demarle Oh well there goes their pushes. He was born with his liver and intestines outside of his abdomen and needed corrective surgery. https://youtu.be/s3MFI21wqss?t=12m14s Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Matt Demarle April 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm Now when they get back there careers will be buried. Oh wait!!! TheCyberZon 12 COMMENTS yes….ironic really…. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR April 17, 2016 at 2:55 am Looks like there is going to be need for another Social Outcast. If Crush was still around they could put him in as the third Ascension member like they did back in the Demolition days. I think they should have kept Connor until Monday an had Anderson and Gallows destroy them to get them off TV. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Comments are closed. Vince April 17, 2016 at 10:31 am Too much irony spoils the irony… April 16, 2016 at 5:41 pm Cedric Anthony Now Playing Up Next Whassup with his kid? Roman Reigns is in Remission April 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm Mat Thompson Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

The Rock on cover of National Review, Eric Bischoff talks WWE Hall of Fame

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter April 29, 2017 at 2:18 am Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Now Playing Up Next Tyrese Gibson Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Kevin Hart The Rock on cover of National ReviewNational Review is featuring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock on the cover of the latest issue focusing on the partnership between celebrity and politics.An excerpt from the issue reads as follows.“Part of the legend of The Rock is this May 1, 2011, tweet: ‘Just got word that will shock the world — Land of the free . . . home of the brave DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!’ He tweeted this at 10:24 p.m. It was not for another 45 minutes that major networks began reporting Osama bin Laden’s death, and it was 11:35 p.m. that night when Barack Obama formally announced the successful raid. How did The Rock know in advance? He had a cousin in the SEALs, but he won’t confirm his source.”Eric Bischoff talks WWE Hall of FameRyan Rider of Main Event Radio passed along a recap of Eric Bischoff discussing his return to WWE to take part in the Class of 2017 Hall of Fame ceremony earlier this month.“It was a lot of fun. You get to meet so many people who are behind the camera. They have such a hard-working loyal, professional and dedicated staff. I was probably just as excited to see people who work behind the scenes as those in front of the camera. The woman who handles travel who has been there for 31 years. The production team, they all know who they are and they’re a great staff of people.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul WalkerVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:41 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Golly Eric, you’re such a grounded, salt-of-the-Earth guy… Is that the gimmick? WhatsApp Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Paul Walker Comments are closed. Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Videos Articles 1 COMMENT Facebook Glen Värîs Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Reports: Paige’s in-ring career with WWE could be over after suffering injury weeks ago

first_img well done sasha >:-( Cameron Huff If this is true, I feel very sorry for her. and hope her loved ones take good care of her.I remember reading she contemplated taking her life after the leak scandals.Now she tries to make her big return and get back on track only to near immediately have her career ended.I really hope her loved ones have her back.And her fans show their love.Because this has not been a good run for this young woman. between the leaks, this injury and the seeming chaos that was her relationship with Alberto. Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury it always sucks to see a career end like this. I seriously hope WWE makes her a manager. I don’t like the prospect of the Rumble because of things like this. Looked like Banks’ fault. And now 29 women are going over the top rope? Yikes! What a shame. Now Playing Up Next Facebook Anonymous WhatsApp According to multiple wrestling media reports on Friday, Paige has not been cleared by WWE to make a return to the ring and could likely be done as a performer for the company.PWInsider.com first reported the story early Friday evening noting that Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) was informed at the RAW taping hits past Monday in Memphis that she would not be cleared to return after suffering an injury at a live event in late December.For those who may recall, footage made the rounds showing Sasha Banks dropkicking Paige in the back/neck area at a WWE live event in Uniondale, New York. She went down immediately, made an attempt to recover and then fall back down.The match was immediately stopped and thrown out. While a stretcher was brought out to the ring, Paige was able to get to her feet and as helped to the back by WWE officials. She was then immediately pulled from the ring and hadn’t wrestled since at any live events.Paige, 25, remains advertised for the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match in two weeks in Philadelphia, but will likely be pulled based on these new reports. Her situation was described to be very similar to what Adam “Edge” Copeland faced where he was not medically cleared to make a return to the ring after WrestleMania 27.The report by Mike Johnson over at PWInsider indicated that testing had been done on Paige in the weeks following her injury at the live event in New York. She had just made a return to the company last November, her first appearance on WWE since June of 2016. While out of action, she underwent surgery to repair a badly damaged neck.Neither Paige or WWE have commented on the stories as of 7:00 p.m. ET this evening.Additional Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Sasha Banks Return To The WWE?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:35/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list JD Storm Have her still be the mouthpiece of Absolution. Agreed. Jeffery Adam Phillips January 12, 2018 at 10:43 pm Al79 Say it ain’t so! J™ Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Videos Articles Pinterest Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss January 13, 2018 at 9:00 am Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Nasty… That kick to the back of Paige’s head looked like Sasha wanted to separate the head from her shoulders. Austen Allen Well shit. Regardless of what went down with her & Del Rio she was a breath of fresh air in the women’s division & I hope her injury is not as serious as it appears. Watch it again. Kick was to the top of her spine. Probably affected her vertebrae well this sucks. lets hope this isn’t the case. Kevin Murphy Colby Now Playing Up Next WWE SummerSlam 2020 Coming To TD Garden In Boston Xavier Woods Google+ Very very nasty kick with so much power. Considering Paige’s medical history banks should have been very much careful. Damn. One good faction was just picking up and got flushed down the toilet! Banks should be warned strongly!! She’s good on the mic so at least now they can use her as a mouthpiece. January 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm January 12, 2018 at 9:07 pm Also agree – was Diggin the new stable. January 13, 2018 at 12:25 am WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Snoop Dogg January 12, 2018 at 8:22 pm January 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR January 12, 2018 at 11:48 pm January 13, 2018 at 7:52 am January 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm January 12, 2018 at 7:56 pm January 13, 2018 at 7:49 am Kevin Murphy Videos Articles J™ January 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm January 13, 2018 at 1:52 am January 13, 2018 at 5:12 am Iwastiredofher unknown Comments are closed. daryl joe January 13, 2018 at 4:56 am January 13, 2018 at 2:52 am Sasha Banks CG Glenn Wolf Steven Herrera Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back A dropkick that can be done a thousand times and never hurt anyone. Similar to when El Perro died after a 619. Just a freak accident. 20 COMMENTS SteelCity1981 January 13, 2018 at 11:10 am Steven Herrera Twitter 72mike72 Yes… like I said, nasty. January 12, 2018 at 11:49 pm It’s sad to see a career end so soon. And while I see a lot of people blaming Sasha, unfortunately, this is the kind of thing that can happen in the ring. We’ve seen it countless times. Could she have been more careful? Maybe. Would it have happened anyway? Again, maybe. There’s no way to know. Except not in the position it was done in especially considering her recent history with her neck. January 12, 2018 at 11:36 pm Now Playing Up Next Austen Allenlast_img read more

Amboy woman convicted again of vehicular assault

first_imgShaun Johnson sat with her head in her hands Friday as a jury once again convicted her of vehicular assault stemming from a 2013 crash that resulted in the amputation of a Battle Ground teen’s lower leg.The Clark County Superior Court jury deliberated seven hours before handing down its decision shortly after 2 p.m. Friday in the June 10, 2013, crash. The conviction was based on prosecution claims that Johnson was under the influence of methamphetamine when she struck then-16-year-old Justin Carey as he waited for a school bus beside Northeast 82nd Avenue in Battle Ground. He was found later, lying in the bushes, by a tow truck driver.Johnson, 50, of Amboy was convicted in spring 2015 of the same charge and others, and was sentenced to three years in prison. However, a state appeals court in July overturned her convictions for vehicular assault and methamphetamine possession after finding that the Clark County sheriff’s deputy who found the drug in her purse had searched it illegally.The prosecution had used the methamphetamine as evidence in her first trial to prove she was under the influence. The appeals court ruled that the drug evidence was erroneously allowed during Johnson’s trial. It was not introduced in the new trial.Similar to her first trial, jurors also found there was an aggravating factor — Carey’s injuries substantially exceeded the level of bodily harm necessary to satisfy the elements of the crime. The aggravator allows for a sentence up to 10 years in prison; the standard sentencing range is nine to 12 months.last_img read more

Inslee signs bridge bill

first_imgWith a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Wednesday: Southwest Washington legislators will renew conversations around how to ease traffic on the congested Interstate 5 Bridge.With the implosion of the Columbia River Crossing project still fresh in legislators’ minds, Senate Bill 5806 treads lightly.As Inslee stated while signing the measure into law, it launches a process to start planning how to replace the 100-year-old bridge. The governor said he’s hopeful it will be a process that includes both Washington and Oregon.“I believe it’s important for both states to come together to figure out the next bridge across the river,” Inslee said.While Oregon lawmakers’ reaction to the bill has been tepid, the majority of the Southwest Washington delegation was pleased they were finally able to find common ground on one of the region’s most divisive issues.The measure calls on the Washington State Department of Transportation to take an inventory of what’s left of the Columbia River Crossing project, to see if anything is salvageable.It doesn’t name a project and lawmakers tried to avoid even uttering “Columbia River Crossing” while working on the bill.The measure also calls for creating a legislative action committee with Oregon and creates a regional bridge authority to consider the possibility of third or fourth crossings. It avoids any specific language about mass transit, averting discussions about light rail, which was a major reason behind why the original project proposal died.last_img read more

Scientists listen in on volcano’s inner workings

first_imgScientists have been listening to Mount St. Helens for decades, and yet the rumbling volcano still holds many secrets about its subterranean activities. However, a recent experiment using a new generation of highly sensitive seismometers might reveal more about what’s happening beneath the surface.Last month, a team of seismologists from the USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory, University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell and Northwestern universities placed 140 temporary seismometers around the Loowit Trail, which circumambulates the volcano, at the lava dome that erupted in 2004 until 2008, the lava dome that erupted in 1980 until 1986, and the 1980 crater floor.“That’s the area we’d like to focus on to understand better the structure of the volcano there and the different processes in the new dome and the old dome,” said Wes Thelen, a seismologist with the USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory.Mount St. Helens, already one of the world’s the most studied volcanos, is now host to the largest number of seismometers ever placed on a U.S. volcano.Scientists hope that after sitting on the volcano and collecting data for about a month the seismometers will gather details about small-magnitude earthquakes and offer insights on the shallow plumbing network beneath the surface.last_img read more

Two ex-Portland civic leaders indicted in alleged sex assault

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — The co-founder of the Black Parent Initiative and a former chairman of Oregon’s Housing Stability Council have been indicted on charges related to an alleged 2012 sexual assault.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports nonprofit founder Charles A. McGee was accused Tuesday of first- and second-degree sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration and sodomy stemming from an incident in May 2012, court records show.Aubre Dickson faces accusations of first- and second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration from the alleged attack.The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says both men have been ordered to turn themselves in to the county jail by 5 p.m. Thursday.McGee and Dickson are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at McGee’s home in 2012, according to Willamette Week. Naito-Campbell detailed the encounter to the newspaper in February.last_img read more

Man accused of possessing child porn now faces allegations of voyeurism

first_imgAn Amboy man already accused of possessing child pornography now faces additional allegations of voyeurism, after investigators say they found he snapped photos of a sleeping 12-year-old girl.Jordan Andrew Moorman, 25, was first arrested in May, after the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit received a tip in July 2016 from the blog site Tumblr, which said it detected a user had uploaded possible child pornography, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The online postings appeared to originate near La Center, according to court records, and over the months, investigators were able to trace the Tumblr account and associated email address back to Moorman. Investigators searched his home, and arrested Moorman in late May.He was initially booked on suspicion of 10 counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and three counts of first-degree dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.According to court records, Moorman told officers the Tumblr account and email belonged to him. He said he shared child pornography and believed there was child pornography on his cellphone, a computer in his room and a thumb drive. Moorman also said he had deleted child pornography from other devices.last_img read more

Klineline Pond levels of E. coli elevated

first_imgKlineline Pond is the latest Clark County body of water to be hit with warning signs from the Clark County Health Department, after a testing sample returned with elevated levels of E. coli.Last Friday, Battle Ground Lake posted warning signs because it might be a source of two cases of shigellosis bacteria. On Monday, Vancouver Lake was given warning signs for a possible bloom of cyanobacteria, a blue-green toxic algae, that has prompted a delay of this weekend’s planned Row for the Cure event.Klineline Pond was flagged Tuesday after one of five pond test samples came back with elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The other four samples came back with bacteria levels within acceptable water quality standards, according to a department press release. The samples were collected Monday.E. coli bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal illness if the water is swallowed.“One of the best ways to reduce the spread of E.coli in swimming areas is to ensure that children who are not potty trained stay out of the water,” Clark County Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said in a press release. “Swim diapers are not reliable, and we discourage their use.”Salmon Creek Regional Park and the splash pad remain open to the public. Water in the restrooms and shelters isn’t affected by the pond water and remains safe to drink, the press release stated.last_img read more

Washington House hires outside firm to investigate Rep. Matt Shea

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington state House on Monday hired a firm to investigate whether a member has engaged in, planned or promoted political violence and to determine the extent of his involvement with groups or people involved with such activities.The chief clerk of the House, Bernard Dean, signed a contract with Kathy Leodler, a former FBI agent who is head of the Rampart Group, to investigate Rep. Matt Shea. The firm will produce a preliminary report by Sept. 30 and a final report to the House by Dec. 1. The contract notes that the report will also “assess the level of threat of political violence posed by these individuals and groups.”Shea, a Republican from Spokane Valley who rarely speaks to the press, did not respond to a request for comment sent through a spokesman.He came under fire earlier this year following reports in The Guardian on contents of internet chats from 2017 involving Shea and three other men proposing to confront “leftists” with a variety of tactics, including violence, surveillance and intimidation.In the chats, Shea appeared to offer to perform background checks on political opponents.The texts came after Shea, a lawyer who was first elected to the House in 2008, attracted international attention after a document he wrote laid out a “biblical basis for war” against people who practiced same-sex marriage and abortion. He later said that the document was taken out of context.last_img read more

Francesco Totti was Salahs boyhood idol

first_imgAS Roma legend Francesco Totti was Mohamed Salah’s boyhood idol with the star forward having also admired Brazil icon Ronaldo during his youth daysRoma’s “Golden Boy” spent his entire 25-year playing at the Italian capital and scored 307 goals in his 786 appearances in all competitions and was named as the Serie A Footballer of the Year in both 2000 and 2003.Salah, who managed to have the rare opportunity to play alongside the former forward at Roma, revealed that he had been a big fan of Totti’s ever since his formative years in Eygpt.“I’ve said it before many times. The Brazilian Ronaldo and [Francesco] Totti,” revealed Salah, according to Liverpool Echo.“He’s unbelievable. He’s quality – both as a person and a player. He’s calm, which is great but has a very quiet confidence. I learnt a lot from him.”Since joining Liverpool last summer, Salah has netted an outstanding 43 goals across all competitions this season and has been touted as a potential candidate to end both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or award.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The Egyptian forward will face Ronaldo in this month’s Champions League final with Liverpool hoping to upset the odds and defeat Real Madrid at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.But a modest Salah has dismissed the recent comparisons that have been made between himself and the Portuguese star.“No, not for me,” said the 25-year-old.“I knew from the beginning of the season that I had a target [for goals] in my mind.“I will keep it until the end of the season and then I will say what it is. I’m happy about what I did until now, and I want to keep doing that until the last game, so yeah, we’re going to see. We will do another interview at the end of the season! It’s fine.”last_img read more

Gylfi makes Iceland proud

first_imgFormer Bolton Wanderers defender Gretar Steinsson says Gylfi Sigurdsson was the “leader” of the Iceland national team whose performances at this summer’s World Cup filled the Scandinavian country with pride.Steinsson continued by insisting it would be remiss to overlook Sigurdsson’s selfless attitude when he plays for his country today.“Gylfi, in my opinion, is the leader of the group,” Steinsson told evertonfc.com.“He is the biggest footballer in Iceland. But what is underestimated, is what he sacrifices for the good of the team: for the group dynamics and how the team is set up.“He can play as one of two up front, in the hole behind the striker, which I think is his best position, from the left, or in a midfield two.“He just does the job. And he does it with extreme professionalism.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“His qualities are more on display in the Premier League. For Iceland, he will play wherever he needs to and bring others into the game.“I would personally want to see him higher up the pitch but we have a lot of players who can do that. With him being behind them, he can make them better and, in turn, the whole team better.“Then he has his set pieces, his runs into the box and, when he has the opportunity, he can pull the trigger at the edge of the area.“Gylfi sacrificing himself and understanding what is needed for that football team to function at its best and allowing the team to shine ahead of himself – and he is the star – is very rarely spoken about.”last_img read more

Rebic discusses Bayern link

first_imgAnte Rebic says he will decide his future after the World Cup, according to Goal.The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions to reunite with former boss, Niko Kovac who replaced Juup Hynckes as the new manager of Bayern Munich.The Croatian star praised his former boss for the success he brought to Eintracht Frankfurt as he led them to a German cup final win over his current employers but refused to discuss rumors linking him with a move to Allianz Arena.Rebic who scored twice during the DFB-Pokal final told reporters: “He (Niko Kovac) was very successful in Frankfurt, and that earned him a move to Bayern”Ante Rebic, AC MilanBobic praises “unstoppable” Ante Rebic Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director is delighted that AC Milan has finally found their left winger in Ante Rebic.Ante Rebic joined AC Milan this…“I’m still under contract at Eintracht and right now my focus is on the World Cup. After the World Cup, I will talk about my future”.Rebic has been one of the standout players for Croatia so far at the World Cup and Zlatko Dalic would be hoping there’s more to come from the forward.“20 years is a long time ago, and football was different then, but we (Croatia) believe we can achieve something similar.” He told reporters.last_img read more

Rabiot would be a great signing for Barcelona – Xavi

first_imgFormer Barca star Xavi believes Adrien Rabiot would make a great addition to Barcelona’s midfield, yet stating he hardly takes rumours seriously.There have been reports in Spain this week that Barca officials met with Paris Saint-Germain Rabiot to agree personal terms ahead of a transfer as PSG were also reported to be willing to allow the midfielder leave for a fee in the region of €40million.“He’s a player of an excellent level technically,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo quoted in FourFourTwo when asked about Rabiot.“He could play perfectly as a central midfielder at Barca. He could contribute a lot, but that’s already entering the realms of speculation.“I’ve been asked a lot about Griezmann this summer and, in the end, he stayed at Atletico. But if Rabiot comes, he’d be a great signing.”Xavi also believes that Arthur from Gremio – a new arrival – has the “DNA”  of the Catalans while admitting that having to compare the Brazilian with himself or former captain Andres Iniesta will mount so much pressure on Arthur.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’ve seen a few videos of him. There are a lot of Brazilians here at the Aspire academy who have spoken very well of him,” said the Al Sadd midfielder.“I think he’s a player who is perfectly adaptable to Barca. He has what we call the Barca DNA, that technical quality, that talent you need. After that, it depends on him, his mentality and whether he is ready to play for a good team.”When asked about the comparisons between himself and Arthur, he added:“I don’t like it. I didn’t like being compared with [Pep] Guardiola or anyone, it’s not easy to digest, it’s a weight on top of you and that’s not good.“He has to make his own career, show his own personality. If we leave him in peace, he’ll succeed, but it’s very difficult at Barca, very difficult.”last_img read more

Jose complains about United transfer activity

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is currently irked by the club’s lack of transfer activity, according to Sky Sports.The Manchester United manager has voiced his frustrations over his club’s lack of transfer dealings so far this summer.Mourinho has signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and Lee Grant from Stoke City during this transfer window and he has confirmed he wants two more additions but says he’s expecting only one at best.United have made an approach to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City and the club are considering Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina as alternatives should Leicester refuse to sell.“I would like to have two more signings join us.” Mourinho said after his team were dismantled 4-1 by Liverpool on Saturday night in the United States.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think it’s possible I’ve one, I don’t think I’ll have two.”“I gave a list of five names to the board some months ago and I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.”“If it’s possible, it’s possible. If it’s not possible it’s not possible. If it is possible, good for us, if it’s not possible, we’ll keep working hard and believing in the players we’re at the club at this moment.”Matteo Darmian has revealed his intentions to leave the club this summer with Napoli interested in his services whilst Anthony Martial has told Jose he wants out of United with Chelsea and Dortmund rumored to be interested in his services.Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Valverde praises Barcelonas youngsters despite teams performance

first_imgBarcelona only won one of three matches at the International Champions Cup, but Coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with the performance of his young playersDespite leaving fans with many doubts after their United States tour, Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde reported happy with the performance of the teams’ young players.“Today against Milan we dominated the game but they scored the only goal, but I liked what I saw from a number of the young players,” he reportedly said to the Football España and the media after their last match in U.S. soil.“Ricard Puig, Juan Miranda and other players from the B-team all impressed me against very strong opposition,” he added.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I trust that not only will they form part of the future for Barcelona, but also part of the present,” Valverde concluded.But the Barça boss is not letting the performance of his team in the International Champions Cup interfere with his work, as the team has “a lot of positives to take from the three matches themselves.”Barcelona will play against Sevilla on Sunday, for a chance to win the Spanish Super Cup trophy.last_img read more

Son HeungMin opens up about military service drama

first_imgSpurs forward Son Heung-Min, finally opened up about the drama he lived during the summer with the possibility of doing military service for his country.It was a very complicated summer for Son Heung-Min as he played both the World Cup and the Asian Cup for South Korea, he was really close to staying back there to complete mandatory military service and miss out on two of his best years for Tottenham Hotspur.At only 26-years old, we saw the striker shed some tears after getting eliminated from the World Cup because he had missed his last chance to avoid the service.However, he was fortunate enough to help his national team win its second Asian Cup in a row and he was finally passed that possible professional hell.Now that some time has passed and the player is back playing for Tottenham Hotspur, he finally opened up about the whole drama and said that he would’ve had to play for the Korean army squad in order to stay in form during those two years.“Of course I am in a better position now because I have won the Asian Games, but if not then there was the Korean army team for me,” said Son to The Mirror. “Winning the Asian Games is about the most important thing I have achieved for my country and seeing the delight on the faces of the people back home is something that will last with me forever.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“No country has won it twice on the spin and we have been able to do it so I am happy for my country and very proud of South Korea and my teammates.”“Pochettino has been unbelievable for me in the small things and also the big things. He has helped me a lot, even the decision to bring me in from Germany and give me a chance.”“He took a big risk on me to go for the Asian Games and when I returned he takes me in as if I never left. His attention to detail is unbelievable and that is why he is one of the best in the world,” added Son about how important Pochettino was during this process.Exclusive interview: Son Heung-Min reacts to avoiding military service and names former Manchester United star as his role model | @Rahmanosmanhttps://t.co/HVottDg9QZ pic.twitter.com/d9O0UxLFGH— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 5, 2018last_img read more

Klopp unconcerned over Liverpools away from

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels that their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Red Red Star Belgrade had nothing to do with being away from homeThe Reds surrendered their lead in Group C on Tuesday night after Milan Pavkov’s superb double earn Red Star a shock victory.It means Liverpool drop to second in the group table with another tricky trip in the Champions League awaiting them in Paris Saint-Germain on November 28.Liverpool have lost both of their away games in Europe this season, but Klopp insists it had nothing to do with the team’s display.“It made sense to make a few changes, a few we had to make and a few we wanted to,” Klopp told the club website. “In the end, it’s easy to say it didn’t work out.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: 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.“Of course, we need to make sure it will not happen again otherwise it will be difficult because the next game is already an away game again and the last one is a very difficult home game against Napoli.“We have to make sure in Paris we do better. There were a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn’t do it, we made the wrong decisions.“I don’t think that’s anything to do with [playing] away or home, it just happened.“We will talk about that and will do it better 100 per cent, but for tonight we can’t change it anymore, unfortunately.”In the meantime, Liverpool will host Fulham in the Premier League this Sunday.last_img read more

VillasBoas regrets not taking the PSG offer

first_imgBack in his days at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas was offered a chance to become the PSG coach but he declined as he wanted to stay at his current club – but he was fired later on and now, he regrets his decision.After declining this offer, his downfall at London began – and now, he admitted that it might have been a mistake to say a strict “no” to the French giants. However, it is not anything that the Portuguese can change and he knows about it as he reflected in the latest interview.The former Spurs coach spoke about this crucial decision as he claimed, according to Goal:PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“The first season was magnificent in all aspects. We had a ‘short’ squad in terms of depth, but a great spirit and so much will.”“We picked up the most points in Spurs’ history with an incredible Bale who played behind Adebayor where he was free to move, but also with Lennon and Walker who allowed us to have a good counter-attacking 4-4-2.”“I got an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted me, but I said no out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake.”last_img read more

Report Ralph Hasenhuttl favourite to replace Hughes at Southampton

first_imgFormer RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has emerged as the reported favourite to succeed the ousted Mark Hughes at SouthamptonThe Austrian ended a two-year spell in charge of Leipzig in May after guiding them into the Champions League for the first time in their history in his first campaign.However, Leipzig only managed a sixth-place finish last season and exited the Champions League at the group stages.Despite that though, Hasenhuttl remains highly-rated in Germany with the Telegraph claiming that he’s at the top of Southampton’s managerial shortlist.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Saints announced the dismissal of head coach Hughes this morning following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.With Southampton only 18th in the Premier League with one win in 14 games, the board allegedly view Hasenhuttl as the right man to lead them to safety.Former Atletico Madrid and Valencia manager Quique Sanchez Flores is another candidate under consideration.last_img read more

Liverpool Danny Murphy questions United players effort

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has questioned the effort of Manchester United players under Jose Mourinho.Murphy insists United’s players must take responsibility for their performances when Mourinho was in charge.United sacked the Portuguese gaffer in December with the Red Devils 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after their 3-1 loss to the Reds at Anfield.Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season and has led the club to six wins on the bounce following their 1-0 win over Spurs on Sunday afternoon.Speaking in the aftermath of the victory against Tottenham, Murphy questioned the efforts of the United players, saying, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “They are putting a shift in and putting the effort in, that’s the biggest part of it.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“However disgruntled you are with the manager it is your duty to go out and give your everything.”“You have to give 100 per cent effort in every training session and every single match.”“Can those players say they did that for Jose Mourinho? Aside from the Juventus win, I never saw that kind of performance from every single Manchester United player.”“So they have to hold their hands up, whatever reason that was.”“But all credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s come here with a clear plan to play on the counter-attack and he’s done incredibly well.”last_img read more

GOSPEL MISSIONARY TOURISM BOOM

first_img North Carolina Preacher holds services in Turks & Caicos Healing Services begin tonight in Provo Related Items:Community fellowship center, kansas, maps Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Youth in focus for Natl Leadership conference Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2014 – Comnunity Fellowship Center Assemblies of God has drawn nearly 200 guests to the TCI from across the US over the past year.The MAPS programme of The Assemblies of God sends helpers all over the world for projects. CFC and its Community Christian Academy school has benefitted from no less than four visits to assist completion of the school building. Last October there was a free clinic where thousands got medical care and glasses from our visitors.A group of 18 from Kansas is here now. Another group is coming later in the month, October 21 to further construction at the school on Leeward Highway, Providenciales.last_img read more

Family talks tough puts up REWARD in Galmo Williams shooting

first_img BIG REWARD FOR ARMED ROBBERY THUGS, Friends enraged Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIlovesGilley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 7, 2017 – A $20,000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of Galmo Williams; Williams, the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands was shot in the left knee and was airlifted yesterday to Florida for work on that knee.Businessman and Philanthropist are other hats Mr. Williams who owns the Wine Cellar and Gilley’s Café wears and friends believe the three thugs who robbed him are strangers in this town, they say anyone who knows their dear friend Gilley, knows he would have gladly given the guys money.The long time residents, now Belongers are fuming over the audacity of anyone to harm Galmo.  We distorted the voice by request of the donor who is concerned about the thugs themselves retaliating.  “He would have given it anyway, and then they take his money, and then they shot him, this man works for every single community, organizations with our communities, from South Caicos to Salt Cay, to Blue Hills, Blue Hills is his home, they don’t get any better than the people from Blue Hills.  This man is kind, gold, sweet, passionate, this man gives everything to everybody.  This man I love, how could you do this to this man.  You people out there, whoever you are, you’re gonna pay.”  The $20,000 reward of their own money is for information going to the Police that leads to an arrest and conviction.Police report that Williams cooperated with the three masked, armed men on Superbowl Sunday night as he was headed toward Ricky’s Flamingo Cafe – the trio got away with Gilley’s wallet and his wedding ring.#MagneticMediaNews #TCIlovesGilley Galmo Williams in physical therapy nowlast_img read more