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Baby fish babble

first_imgFish larvae emit sound—much to the surprise of biologists. A common coral reef fish in Florida, the gray snapper—Lutjanus griseus (pictured above)—hatches in the open ocean and spends its juvenile years in food-rich seagrass beds hiding from predators before settling in the reefs as an adult. To study how larval snappers orient themselves in the dark, marine biologists deployed transparent acrylic chambers equipped with light and sound sensors under the water to capture the swimming schools as they travel to the seagrass beds on new-moon nights. The larval snappers make a short “knock” sound that adults also make, as well as a long “growl” sound, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. The researchers suspect that the larvae use the acoustic signals to communicate with one another and stay together in schools. If so, human noise pollution could be interrupting their communications—even adult fish have been found to “yell” to be heard above boat noises.last_img read more

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Modi showed Pakistan its place by abrogating Article 370: Amit Shah

first_imgUnion Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Pakistan its place by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and established that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.Mr. Shah also said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tell people of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana, when he goes there, whether he was with the decision to abrogate Article 370. Assembly elections are due in these States this year.Addressing a public meeting after launching the BJP’s ‘Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra’, the BJP national president said his party stood in favour of removing Article 370 ever since it had been there, and asked why the Congress felt a “stomach ache” following its annulment.Located in Santhal Paragana near Dumka, Jamtara is more than 250 km from the capital Ranchi. Johar is a tribal salutation.Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav, who is BJP’s in-charge of Jharkhand, were present on the occasion. “Removing Article 370, Modi ji showed Pakistan its place, and established that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Mr. Shah said.Making a scathing attack at the Congress, he said the party had also opposed and sought evidence after surgical strike. “They (Congress) should tell the people which direction they want to go,” he added.Mr. Shah said even while being in the opposition, his party leaders had supported the government on important issues.“Atal Bihari Vajpayee had supported former prime minister Indira Gandhi after winning the Bangladesh Liberation war.“Atalji also put India’s side at the United Nations on Kashmir issue when former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao asked him to go and put India’s side,” Shah said.With Assembly Election in Jharkhand expected shortly, the BJP president sought to know what the Congress-led UPA government had given to the State in terms of developmental initiatives.The BJP president said that the Congress had not accepted Jharkhand people’s decades-old wishes for a separate state, but it was for prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had fulfilled their dreams.“I don’t hesitate to say that Atalji created Jharkhand and Prime Minister Narendra Modiji nursed it towards development during the last five years,” Mr. Shah said.Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar and made a separate state in 2000 by the then NDA government. Referring to how the previous Arjun Munda-led governments in the State had been overthrown due to lack of majority, Mr. Shah said the people had given a stable government in 2014 under the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das and the State government worked for their development.“There is Modi government above and Raghubar Das government below. The double engine governments have changed Jharkhand, and the evidence is that the people of Jharkhand gave 12 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats to Modi government in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mr. Shah said.“Naxalism was there, but now Jharkhand is headed towards almost naxal-free state and moving forward with developmental initiatives,” he said.Mr. Shah gave an account to the people of how the central and state governments developed the sectors like electricity, housing, health care, toilet construction, free of cost gas connection and drinking water, two battalions comprising Paharia tribes and setting up nearly 70 Eklavya schools the current regime, and demanded that the Congress should also give an account what it had done during its ten years rule.“I would like to ask what has the UPA given in its ten years rule to Jharkhand? While the 13th Finance Commission had given only 55 thousand and 200 crore to Jharkhand, the 14th Finance commission under Narendra Modi gave 2.5 times more funds, giving one lakh and forty-five thousand crore,” Mr. Shah said.He said after the “Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra” of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, which he kicked off Wednesday from Jamatra, will criss-cross all the 81 assembly constituencies and when it reaches Ranchi, the BJP would once again form a majority government. “The double engine governments will make Jharkhand the number one state in the country,” Mr. Shah promised.last_img read more

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Chris Hoy to carry British flaf at London Olympics

first_imgFour-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Chris Hoy has been given the honour of carrying the British flag at his home Olympics in London, he said on Monday.Hoy was reportedly the clear winner of a poll of the 31 teams of athletes Britain is sending to the Olympics.”Delighted to be able to say that I’ll be carrying the flag at the Opening Ceremony! Massive honour!” Hoy said on Twitter.Hoy is set to participate for the team sprint and keirin at the Games, two of the three events he won in Beijing in 2008, where he carried the British flag at the closing ceremony.Winning both events would make him the most successful British Olympian in history, surpassing rower Steve Redgrave’s tally of five gold medals.Hoy also won the individual sprint in Beijing, but was not selected for the event in London, with Jason Kenny preferred instead.The British team will enter the Olympic Stadium as the last of the 204 countries, as is traditional for the host nation.last_img read more

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Kevin De Bruyne in line for Manchester City debut as David Silva sits out

first_imgManchester City playmaker David Silva will miss Saturday’s Premier League game at Crystal Palace with an ankle injury, but Kevin De Bruyne could make his debut in the Spaniard’s absence.Manager Manuel Pellegrini will not risk Silva for the clash and the midfielder has joined Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the injury list.Delph, a close-season signing from Aston Villa, is expected to be out for around six weeks, Pellegrini said, after he picked up a hamstring injury playing for England against Switzerland.”The injury list is Zabaleta, he has a problem with his knee and Gael Clichy. Also, Fabian Delph has a hamstring injury,” Pellegrini told reporters on Friday.”Those three and David Silva has a kick in his ankle.Also read: De Gea agrees new four-year United contract “Silva is out for tomorrow as I think it would be a risk for him to take another knock. I hope he will be OK for Juventus (in the Champions League on Tuesday).”Fabian worked with us before he went to his national squad — he worked without problems and he played some minutes with our team. It’s very unlucky to have that injury but it happens.”I don’t know how long Fabian will be out — we’ll see. I think at this moment it will be a month and a half.”Silva’s injury has opened the door for De Bruyne to make his City bow, following his move from VfL Wolfsburg, with Pellegrini hailing the attacking flexibility of his summer capture.advertisementAlso read: How much did Real Madrid ask PSG for Cristiano Ronaldo “Kevin is an important player, like Raheem (Sterling), he has characteristics we need,” Pellegrini said.”His position is easy to settle in our team. He will be a very important player for us. He’s in the squad list, we’ll see tomorrow whether he starts,” Pellegrini said.”I think that he can play in all three (attacking) positions, on the wings or as a striker with no problems.”City will put their 100 percent record to the test against a Palace side who are also flying high, having won three of their first four games.A remarkable 2-1 victory at Chelsea before the international break moved Palace up to second in the table behind City, who they beat 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: I don’t judge players based on auction price, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgDelhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid never judges a player on the price that he has bagged during the auction and said it is never the true reflection of a player’s ability and skill level.”I never judge players based on his price. I understand how an auction works. What one actually earns in auction is not reflection of who you are. A lot of things happen in auction. You can’t control prices. Just because someone got so much money does not mean that the franchise considers him more important player than another,” Dravid said in reference to a question on Pawan Negi being paid Rs 8.5 crore by Daredevils.”There are dynamics that is hard to explain. At what lot the player is picked, what do you have and what the other guy (rival franchise) need is hard to explain. Once the auction is done, the value (price) goes out of the window. Players are never selected on basis of what they earn. In Rajasthan (Royals), it was not done. Because of the nature of the tournament, good players don’t get to play as someone else plays a better role,” said Dravid.Similar eyebrows were raised when Carlos Brathwaite was picked for Rs 4.2 crore at the auction and Dravid said that while some criticism was justified one needed to look at the method behind the madness. (It’s the CSK effect on Gujarat Lions, says Suresh Raina )”Why was Brathwaite paid that amount at auction? Well, I am using it just as an example. It wasn’t an unjustified criticism, but teams go through process. There are lot of research behind the scenes, look at players, try and pick the right ones, in the given restriction. I have gone into lot of auction where I have had a wish list and walked out necessarily having nothing close to my wish list.advertisement”Even in picking XI of IPL teams, a lot of thought goes in. We have 7-8 international players, everyone is a certainty or performer in his international teams but they may not be in in your top four overseas players. The four foreigners have to mesh and balance with seven others you put in the park. So what are the skills you require from foreign players is something that’s important to us,” Dravid explained Brathwaite’s price.Dravid said that as a coach of the U-19 team, he has told his wards that they should think about playing all the formats as “playing for India is a gold medal and playing in IPL is a silver medal’.Dravid had a word of caution for those who only want to play IPL and nothing else.”If you look at this World T20 at Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson, they are all classical players. I used to tell my U-19 boys that why sell yourself for less when you can play all the formats. There are enough batsmen and bowlers who have done that. You don’t have to stick only to T20. That’s a dangerous trend to go down. Only two months of this cricket. (IPL no yardstick for Test, ODI selection: Zaheer Khan )”If you are actually not playing round the year, chances of you performing in these two months are difficult. You can’t just walk up and play. It is a skill based game. At U-19s they realise the value of IPL but they all want to play for India.India is the gold medal and IPL is the silver medal.”Dravid also said that one should not “begrudge” those domestic players, who play the game with an eye only on IPL.”You cannot just use it as a template but some of them may be playing for that reason. If someone knows that he can’t replace Ajinkya, Rohit and Virat in the Test team, he will say to himself, okay let me improve my T20 skills. But then they run the risk of not doing well in Ranji Trophy and dropped from their first-class teams and it can cost them their IPL contract,” Dravid observed.”So players are making those judgements and their will always be a few but why would you begrudge them? Then there might be others who can think T20 is not for me so let me do well in Ranji Trophy and try to become very good Test players,” he said.last_img read more

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Congress braces itself for a slugfest as Subramanian Swamy enters the limelight

first_imgBJP leader Subramanian Swamy is one who always relishes the limelight.  Little wonder then that he was beaming when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned within 15 seconds of his opening remarks on his comeback in Parliament after more than a decade in the wilderness.Swamy waded in on behalf of the government, directly accusing Sonia Gandhi of wrongdoing in the AgustaWestland chopper deal. It mattered little to him that his opening remarks were expunged from the Rajya Sabha’s records, perhaps a first for somebody making his debut.Swamy, however, remains unapologetic.”After all I was not nominated because I am a good boy”, he reportedly told a colleague in the Rajya Sabha. He enjoys the support of the hardliners and a section of the leadership within the party, that favours fixing the Congress leadership.The Congress views him as a pinch-hitter brought in to target the Gandhi family. For somebody who refers to late Rajiv Gandhi “as a friend”,  the former IIT professor is a trenchant critic of  Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and does not bat an eyelid in blaming the Gandhis of any and everything under the sun.If facts are a casualty, so be it.Sonia Gandhi told reporters she was “not afraid of anybody” and  will not be cowed down by “the campaign of calumny”.That the Congress has been girding itself for a bare-knuckle slugfest with Swamy, was evident from its reaction the moment he got up to speak in the Rajya Sabha. They swarmed into the Well of the House, raising full-throated slogans.advertisement”We know how to deal with elements like him, we will pay back with interest,” said a senior Congress MP of the Upper House.The Congress is the single largest party in the Upper House with more than a handful of members with enough lung power to take on Swamy. It also hopes to draw on the support of allies like the JD (U), Left parties, RJD and the NCP, who are not particularly enamoured with Swamy’s  tactics.Senior Congress leaders like A.K. Antony, Karan Singh are credited with the view that the party should remain above the fray, state facts and avoid getting into a slugfest.”He has been made an MP with a specific purpose of targeting and distracting us, we should deny him that opportunity,” stressed a party veteran.Also read: Agusta scam: Govt junks middleman’s claims, says no deal between Modi, Italian PMMaximum noise, minimum work: Who’s responsible for hooliganism in Parliament?last_img read more

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ICC remains committed to Pakistan, talks security and budget

first_imgDubai, Apr 27 (PTI) The ICC is now exploring from the “security and budget perspective” the possibility of staging a T20 series involving a World XI team in Pakistan, as part of of its commitment to see international cricket return to the country. With the sole exception of Zimbabwe, no international cricket nation has toured Pakistan since the terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009. “The feasibility of further matches in Pakistan involving a World XI is now being considered from a security and budget perspective,” the ICC said in a statement. The International Cricket Council had sent a team to carry out inspection around the PSL final. “The ICC Board has considered an update following the ICC delegation to the PSL final in Lahore as part of its commitment to support the return of international bilateral cricket to Pakistan as long as it is safe for players, officials, media and fans.” The four-match series at Lahores Gaddafi Stadium is intended to continue the reintroduction of top-level cricket to the country after a near eight-year hiatus. At the end of five days of ICCs Board and Committee meetings, the principles behind a revised ICC World T20 2020 global qualification structure were endorsed by the Development Committee and ICC management will now develop a more detailed proposal for consideration at the ICC Board in June. According to the apex body, work on bringing more context to international bilateral cricket is ongoing with the matter discussed at the Chief Executives Committee and in an additional workshop. “The ICC Board noted the collective will to resolve the current calendar congestion in order to bring a clear framework to all three formats.” Noting the BCCIs commitment to reconsidering the matter in the near future, the Chief Executives Committee reconfirmed its support for crickets inclusion in the Olympics. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “It has been a very productive week. Progress has been made on a number of significant issues, in particular around international cricket structures. “Efforts to find a solution, enhancing the context of international bilateral cricket and retaining the relevance of the international game, will continue.” The ICC Board approved a new Code of Ethics in line with global best practice to join together most effective practices from sport and other industry. Among other things, the eight top ranked ODI teams competing in the second edition of the Womens Championship commencing later this year, will be required to play a fixed set of three ODI fixtures against each of the other teams. The Womens Committee has also recommended that any additional matches played (up to five) should be T20Is in recognition of the role the format can play in the growth of the game. It was agreed that a separate rankings system for Womens ODI and T20I cricket be developed with the latter being fully inclusive of all international teams playing that format. It was agreed that DRS can be used in womens televised bilateral ODIs if host Member boards choose to do so. The ICC Board also agreed to a recommendation from the Development Committee to pay the outstanding salaries to national contracted players whilst the Cricket Association of Nepal is suspended and undergoing constitutional reform and reinstatement process. The ICC Board, on the recommendation of the Audit Committee and Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee approved the unqualified audited financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2016. Following consideration of a report on ICC activities in China, the Board agreed to the development of a detailed China Growth Strategy for consideration by the ICC Board in June in consultation with the Asian Cricket Council and Hong Kong Cricket Association. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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All-Star Milt Pappas Passes Away

first_imgCHICAGO— Milt Pappas, right-handed pitcher and two-time All-Star, passed away at age 76 on Tuesday at his home in Beecher, Ill. A winner of more than 200 major league games, Pappas was perhaps best known for his unlucky legacy of having been traded for future Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson. The trade was considered one of the most lopsided in baseball history. His death was confirmed by his wife, Judi, who said she was unsure of the cause.Milton Steven (Miltiades Stergios) Papastergios was born in Detroit on May 11, 1939. His parents were Greek immigrants who shortened the family name. His father owned a drugstore and soda fountain.He graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit before signing as an amateur free agent with the Orioles. He appeared in only three minor league games. His career record was 209-164, with a 3.40 E.R.A.Pappas appeared in his first major league game with the Baltimore Orioles in 1957, when he was 18. The next season he won 10 games for a sixth-place team, becoming the first member of a young rotation known as the Baby Birds; by 1961 it included Chuck Estrada, Steve Barber and Jack Fisher, not one of them yet 24.A control pitcher without a blazing fastball, over his career Pappas struck out fewer than five batters per nine innings, but he also walked just 2.4 and gave up less than one home run. By the end of 1965, at just 26, he had already won 110 games and had twice been an All-Star.That was when the Orioles, who were pitching-rich but hitting-poor, traded him (with two less consequential players) to the Cincinnati Reds for Robinson, who had already turned 30 and was four years removed from his Most Valuable Player Award season of 1961. On the face of it, the trade seemed reasonable for both sides, perhaps even favoring the Reds.It didn’t quite turn out that way. Pappas went on to have a fine career, winning 99 more games (he came within one win of being among a handful of pitchers to win 100 games in each league) for the Reds, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs.Robinson, however, promptly led the American League with a .316 batting average, 49 home runs and 122 runs batted in, winning the triple crown and the M.V.P. Award and leading the team to its first World Series since 1944, when the franchise was still in St. Louis, and a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers.Robinson was an All-Star in four of the next five seasons, and in six years as an Oriole he averaged nearly 30 home runs a season and more than 90 R.B.I. His Orioles played in three more World Series, losing to the so-called Miracle Mets of 1969 and to Pittsburgh in 1971. They beat Cincinnati in 1970, but by then Pappas, who never pitched in a World Series, was already gone from that team.He had been traded to Atlanta in June 1968, shortly after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Several teams declined to play on June 8, the day of the burial, but the Reds’ players voted to play — reportedly by a slim margin and only after they had been pressured by management. Angered, Pappas resigned as the team’s player representative, and he was traded three days later.The Braves, in mid-1970, sold his contract to Chicago, where, in addition to winning 51 games in less than four seasons (including 17 each in 1971 and 1972), he had one more notable moment. On Sept. 2, 1972, he had a perfect game going against the San Diego Padres with two outs in the ninth inning when he walked Larry Stahl on a 3-2 count. The pitch appeared to be outside, but Pappas blew his stack at the umpire, Bruce Froemming, and though he completed his no-hitter, he was angry about the call for the rest of his life. He contended that with nothing at stake except baseball history in the making, Froemming should have given him a break on the final pitch and stretched the strike zone.“I still to this day don’t understand what Bruce Froemming was going through in his mind at that time,” Pappas told ESPN in 2007. “Why didn’t he throw up that right hand like the umpire did in the perfect game with Don Larsen?” He added: “It’s a home game in Wrigley Field. I’m pitching for the Chicago Cubs. The score is 8-0 in favor of the Cubs. What does he have to lose by not calling the last pitch a strike to call a perfect game?”Pappas’s first wife, Carole, was the subject of some mystery when the Pappas family lived in Wheaton, Ill., a Chicago suburb. On Sept. 11, 1982, she disappeared one Saturday while running errands. There was some suspicion of foul play, but five years later, in August 1987, her body was discovered inside her car at the bottom of a retention pond blocks from their home.In addition to his wife, the former Judi Bloome, whom he married in 1987, Pappas’s survivors include their daughter, Alexandria Arlis; a son from his first marriage, Steven; and five granddaughters. A daughter from his first marriage, Michelle, died in 2015.Daniel E. Slotnik contributed reporting.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Mujeeb, Moises Henriques injuries big worry for Kings XI Punjab

first_imgKings XI Punjab players Moises Henriques and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have picked up injuries, giving their team a minor scare in the second half of IPL 2019.While Henriques, who was set to make his KXIP debut, injured himself during warm-up before the game against Rajasthan Royals, Aghanistan spinner Mujeeb hurt his shoulder during the match on Tuesday.David Miller was drafted into the playing at the last moment after Henriques was ruled out.”Moises went on to take a catch during warm ups and injured his ankle while Mujeeb picked up a shoulder injury during the match. Both are awaiting further results,” said KXIP in a statement.On Tuesday, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and opener KL Rahul played pivotal roles as Kings XI Punjab produced a superb all-round performance to script a comfortable 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a second leg match at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali.Opener Rahul hit a 47-ball 52, while Ashwin (2/24) smashed 17 off four balls in the last over and then took two crucial wickets as KXIP bounced back after successive losses in the last two matches to record their fifth win in this IPL.Invited to bat, Rahul, who was named in India’s World Cup squad on Monday, and David Miller (40 off 27) shared a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position.The hosts then returned to restrict Rajasthan to 168 for seven, courtesy some superb bowling by Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin (1/24) in the middle overs after Arshdeep Singh’s maiden two IPL wickets. Mohammad Shami was expensive but came good in the final overs, scalping two wickets.advertisementAfter this win, KXIP Punjab grabbed the fourth spot in the points table with 10 points to keep play-off hopes alive.However, it was Rajasthan’s sixth loss and they will need to pull up their socks if they have to salvage any hopes of making it to the knockout stage.Also Read | Watch: R Ashwin does bhangra after starring in KXIP’s 12-run win vs RRAlso Read | The race is heating up: R Ashwin after KXIP win their 5th match of IPL 2019Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul storms past 1000 runs for KXIP in only his 23rd matchlast_img read more

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CLAY COUNTY SD ACCIDENT RESULTS IN FATALITY

first_imgANOTHER TRAFFIC FATALITY TO REPORT …THIS ONE ON THE EDGE OF VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA THAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY NIGHT.THE SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS A TWO VEHICLE CRASH CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A 78-YEAR OLD MAN WHOSE NAME WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY RELEASED.THE VICTIM FAILED TO STOP AT THE INTERSECTION OF STATE HIGHWAY 19 AND HIGHWAY 50 BYPASS AND COLLIDED WITH THE SEMITRAILER.THE DRIVER OF THE SEMI WAS NOT INJURED.last_img

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Uni Roundtable: The Black-White-Orange curse has been exorcised

first_imgUSATSI_8254234_154512258_lowresThe curse is broken. (USATSI)Porter: The Black-White-Orange curse has been exorcised forever! Can you believe that’s what they went with on Saturday?Cunningham: I tweeted what OSU was wearing in pregame warm ups, then tweeted this. The two responses are funny.It would be funny if #Okstate somehow wins in that combo, considering fans think it’s cursed after 2011 Iowa State.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 6, 2014I was stunned, yet I kinda liked the decision. They wore a “cursed” uni care free. They played a Bedlam game care free.But I must admit, I thought it would be the final time we ever saw the combo (I picked OU to cover -19, oops). Now it can be fully appreciated by all the superstitious fans out there.5483ae2bcbfaa.imageIt’s the most “OSU” combo there is. It was No. 1 in my OSU uni rankings before Bedlam and it’s not moving.Southwell: I was surprised to see that combo, mainly because we already saw the Phantom Pete version of it earlier this season. Is the curse gone, though?Quick comparison.2011: We were undefeated and looking to go to the national championship game.2014: We were 5-6, hoping for a Bedlam victory and the chance to go to a bowl game.I feel like the weight of 2011 requires one more solid victory in that combo before we can say the curse has been lifted. Still, I was glad to see it again, and extremely happy to see a Bedlam win.I’m anxious to see what we will wear for the bowl game now.Porter: I would agree, Justin, if that was against any team but OU.The games have canceled themselves out though and black-white-orange is free to be the best uni combo in OSU’s deep arsenal of uni combos for the rest of its existence if ceded that spot by those ranking these things.Actually, here’s a question — with the introduction of so many new helmets this season what’s No. 1 on your list of already-worn or hypothetical combos right now?I think No. 1 for me is either the Bedlam 2014 combo (we’re calling it that now instead of the Iowa State combo) or a hypothetical Bronco-White-Black look that needs to become the de facto “at Texas uni.”Also, did you guys see the Playoff unis? How would rank them?Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 7.51.15 AMI’ll go with this:1. tOSU — I’ve been really into Ohio State’s unis lately. Not sure why.2. Oregon — Don’t love the monochrome but I do love the big “O” on the helmets. I actually prefer it to the wings, I think.3. Bama — It’s TCU/Baylor close for me here with Bama and Oregon.4. FSU — Lose the tribal sleeve thing, FSU.Finally, it needs mentioning but Oregon delivered a final knockout blow to the 2014 uni season on Friday night.These things…Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 7.55.59 AMSouthwell: It’s really hard for me to move away from B-B-O as the best combo. I’ll stick with that. I’d like to see those with the black version of the striped homecoming socks.Hypothetical number one is probably the same as Carson’s: B-G-B. I think it would look best with the Black Pete helmet (surprisingly). Hypothetical No. 2 is Bronc-W-W with those socks. Too clean.As for the Payoff unis, I haven’t seen anything to confirm this, but is it going to be color vs. color? That would be awesome.1. Oregon — Like in everything else, they’re still No. 1. The O on the helmet has been missed. They could’ve gone with yellow pants and it wouldn’t be close.2. Ohio State — Are those black numbers on the shoulders?3. Florida State — Not much to say about them. I’d rather see their away jerseys.4. Alabama — It’s Bama.Oregon’s W-G-W was pretty awesome. They should have worn that the first time they played Arizona.image1 (6)I wonder how Arizona feels about that combo now. Win some, lose some.Pac-12 Championship - Arizona v OregonCunningham: Hypotheticals is where it gets tricky. The combo I’ve always wanted to see is this (thanks to this handy site).Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.54.10 AMIt’s mean and it’s a combo that’s been dangling there since 2011. Ripe for the taking. The black branded helmet is still the best helmet but if I must chose one with a new helmet I’ll go with this:Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.53.34 AMI’m a simple man with simple 1-2-1 uniform structure tastes. I don’t think it will take long to see Chrome-Black-Orange.The playoff unis are that much different than their regular uniforms. But I really liked the undershirt designs.I thought Ohio State was winning when I saw theirs. They apparently enshrined Woody Hayes’ last chalk board session and recreated it here. How cool is this?Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.16.39 AMBut, we know who wins:Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.14.22 AMOregon’s undershirt looks like a Ghostland Observatory concert. They “Win The Day”, as they like to say.Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.14.39 AMBut I will say this: It’s bad uni-karma to change from the wings this late in the season. It reminds me of the 1995 Chargers who wore the powder blues all season, then wore their traditional navy against the 49ers in the Super Bowl. (They lost 49-26).The Ghost of Natrone Means is disturbed by Oregon’s decision.1) Oregon2) tOSU3) FSU4) Bama (Zzzzz)One thing we will all agree on — The Diamond Swoosh:Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.15.41 AMPorter: That diamond swoosh is preposterous.I like what we have here. We covered the exorcism, the Playoff unis, and the best hypothetical OSU unis. Good stuff, fellas.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Notes on Mike Gundy’s Baylor Press Conference

first_imgCoach spent about a half-hour on the team’s approach to being undefeated, Mason’s performance, Coach Briles vs Coach Snyder, what we call ‘Football IQ’, and quite a bit about the development and the changes we’ve seen in the offense this season.Opened with, “Obviously we’re playing a really, really good football team. It really hasn’t changed for us – we can’t miss a day, can’t miss a meeting, can’t miss a practice – we’ve got a long ways to go.”“We ran the ball a little bit better last week. We’re still a very average to below-average rushing football team. I don’t know that we can take a half off this week and be in a fog and play well enough and still be happy at the end of the game.”The Team’s Thoughts on Being Undefeated• “You know, it’s not been mentioned. They don’t say much about that. I don’t know what they talk about anymore. When they’re around us…they have matured and stayed fairly focused on what we’re doing.”• “Do they mention that when they’re over there where they live and when they’re hanging out with their buddies? That’s probably very true. But, I don’t hear anything about being undefeated.” Oh yeah, they talk about it!• Do you talk about the high level they’ve been playing at? “Usually telling them the truth is the best. They just can’t bypass a day, and that’s really the way it is. That wasn’t the same message other years we won 11, 12 games, whatever it may be.” Almost makes this team even more likeable!• Don’t they also need to have some fun with this? “They really need to embrace the moment – all of us do. I really enjoy the team. I think they’re maximizing who they are. It’s been really fun for me. (I tell the coaches) enjoy the time we’re having and embrace being with these guys and the effort they’re giving us.” Really cool!On Mason’s Game Saturday• Mason’s only had 1 INT in the last 4 weeks. What’s different? “I think he’s maturing and growing up. I think Mike’s doing a great job with him. Like most of us, when you…get more reps, whatever we do, you’re going to get better at it. I thought last week was his best game of understanding coverage and dumping the ball down and getting it in the hands of players who could make positive yards for our team.”• Considering this is the game last season when Rudolph the Redshirt lost the redshirt, do you recall that being a painful decision? (Ok – he didn’t really say all that…) “Not ‘painful’, just a decision none of us liked. We would prefer each one of the players to maximize their time in college. It doesn’t always work out that way.”On the Development of the Offense and the Running Game• Coach, talk about the expanding offense and what it’s been like in the meetings: “They’re long and involve a lot of video tape. Coach Yurcich and that staff have done a great job. I don’t know if ‘smoke and mirrors’ is a good word (not really a word…at all…), but they’re doing a lot of different things to be able to accumulate yards in ways that are somewhat different than what we’ve had here in the past based on who we are as an offensive team right now.”• “Incorporating JW into the mix and allowing him to rush the ball has allowed us to get those rush yards that we need.”• Are you surprised at your success on 3rd & long? “I’ve not been around a team that’s been that successful on 3rd and long. It’s not good to have that many 3rd and longs. We’re not a very good running football team so you get in situations that aren’t as favorable. We’d prefer to cut those numbers in half.”• How much trust did the run game earn this weekend? Specifically, from Robert Allen, the 3rd & 7 call to No. 32 (Chris Carson). Was that a check or a call? This was such a great answer! “It was a call. I couldn’t get to my button to ask if they’d completely lost their mind fast enough. I couldn’t find my ‘Talk’ button. But Mike felt like that was a time we needed to run the ball.” That seems SO great to me! “One area that was different this week was 32’s ability to run the ball hard.”• What about the plays to Jeff Carr? “Carr is a decent weapon for us when he gets the ball in space, and we need to find ways to make that happen more than we have.”• On Mike Yurcich: “He’s certainly very intelligent, very creative, and developed into what I would describe as a good teacher. He’s kind of a young and rising star.” LEGOS!!• He (Yurcich) got beat up last year. Did he need you to help him out and did you think it was unfair? “I felt it was unfair; but, that doesn’t make any difference in the world we live in today. I watched him, and I never felt like he needed anybody to pat him on the back.”• How do you make sense of the offensive line’s good pass-blocking and the not-so-much run-blocking? “We’ve been good pass-blockers, not great – but good. And we’ve been below-average run-blockers, and we were average last week. I don’t have an answer for that. I wish I knew. I’d have solved that problem 10 weeks ago. That is a position that takes time and body strength.”• Last week’s improvement – is it going to continue, or could we revert? “I don’t think we will (revert). They’ve improved. They’ve made some progress and then they’ve had a couple ugly things happen. I said this a while back – we were about a 3 on a 1-10, then we went to a 4, then we went back to a 3, and then, that game, we were probably a 5 ½ – probably the highest we been all year.” #MathOn Football IQ• Can you recruit resilience or do you just get lucky? “We’ve had this discussion. We call it, in our organization, the ‘Football IQ’ – toughness, willingness to do whatever it takes for a team, be unselfish, play with pain, football savvy, intelligence, and it’s so hard to identify.”• “Chad Whitener (#45) is from right down here in Dallas and he had to go all the way across the country for someone to give him a scholarship. I’m not saying he’s Dick Butkus (No. 51 – look it up) all I’m saying is he’s a pretty good football player.”• “Jalen McCleskey…he comes in and he has a very high football IQ. So, I’d like to say that it’s not, there’s not, but yeah, there’s some luck involved.”On Preparing for Baylor, Briles and the Rest of the Season• “You know, it’s funny, I haven’t watched OU yet. I’ve watched all of Baylor’s tape, but I haven’t watched the game on either side of the ball yet. I hadn’t got that far.”• “We can play with tempo. There’s other times we choose not to. That tempo can factor in, but we also have to have tempo on our offense in case we need to use it at any point during the game.”• “They’re going to run their plays. They have schemes on defense they believe in…(his) system’s not going to change a whole lot.”• Is Briles the new Snyder? “He’s on track to get to the position he’s been able to do, just because of the long term. I hate to quote Coach Switzer, but…when Coach Snyder went into that place, it was over! The main difference is, you know, Kansas State had a pretty long run there where they didn’t have a lot of success.”• On Briles: “I don’t know what he’s worth to that school. I can’t even put a dollar figure on the marketing he’s brought to that school.”• On the Bears’ O-Line – this was a great line: “They’re massive, and they run-block and throw passes. They’ve taken huge human beings and developed them and coached them into the scheme they believe in.”Are We Going to See Jawing against Baylor?• LOVE THIS – “We address it all the time. I tell my guys it’s just a waste of time – you’re just wasting your own oxygen.” That is SO great. (May I? I coached 5th-10th grade AAU basketball for many years. I tried SO hard to get this across to my kids! Well done, Mike!)• “If you have an issue with the other guy, you’re going to get to play the next play. All the other stuff, to me, is just a waste of time. I see it, for our team, as a distraction, and as a loss of focus and pretty much a waste of energy, if that answers your question.”Random Notes• Two weeks in a row with questions about the analysts (Bill Clay and Darrel Wyatt): “We need two more on each side of the ball for what they’ve brought to the table for us. Bill Clay’s been calling plays for 30 years. They give you your ‘Cliff’s Notes’ on what the next opponent is. They give you a short cut to preparation and you can trust them. I feel very strongly about them. Those two guys don’t give a flip about the assistants. They’re going to give you their opinion, and, like Bill said, ‘You can take this and use it, or you can throw it out the window.’”• On Todd Mays: “He went back to Mississippi. He’s not with us anymore. He never really got comfortable and then there was injuries and he just decided he wanted to go home. Sometimes that happens.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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Bo Pelini’s Brother, Carl Pelini, Just Landed A New Head Coaching Gig

first_imgbowling greenAfter falling to 1-6 on the season, Bowling Green finally made a change at head coach, firing Mike Jinks.In three years with the Falcons, Jinks lead the team to just seven victories in 31 games. While the coach of the future hasn’t been decided yet, Carl Pelini will lead the team for the remainder of the season.Pelini is the defensive coordinator for Bowling Green and the brother of Bo Pelini, who was the head coach for Nebraska from 2008-2014. He’s currently leading Youngstown State in the Missouri Valley Conference.This will be the first time Carl Pelini will be a head coach, since his days at Florida Atlantic.People are excited:Bowling Green announces it has fired head coach Mike Jinks.The interim coach: Carl Pelini (!!)— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 14, 2018MY GOD.Carl Pelini is a head coach once again. https://t.co/plIWUoYmK8— Sym (@symmering) October 14, 2018Carl Pelini is Bowling Green’s interim head coach. Finally, change I can believe in.— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) October 14, 2018During his two seasons as the head coach of the Owls, Pelini was 5-15. He also spent time with Ohio University and Minnesota State.If Carl Pelini can change Bowling Green’s culture in the final five games, he could possibly keep the job.With the Falcons struggling to find success for years, it’ll be one tall task for Pelini.last_img read more

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Subventions pour lapprentissage au profit des aînés

first_img Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton et Cape Breton Council of Senior Citizens and Pensioners. Ce programme de 12 semaines débutera en mars et sera offert à 12 à 15 aînés. Les sujets abordés mettront l’accent sur le guide d’alphabétisation en santé, et des conférenciers invités seront présents occasionnellement. Huit réseaux communautaires d’apprentissage en Nouvelle-Écosse font la promotion de l’alphabétisation en santé auprès des aînés grâce à des contributions et à un financement de 60 000 $ du ministère des Aînés et du ministère de l’Éducation. Les subventions pour l’apprentissage et l’alphabétisation des aînés visent à développer la confiance en soi et les compétences dont de nombreux aînés ont besoin lorsqu’ils tentent de comprendre l’information sur la santé. « Cette initiative cible les Néo-Écossais plus âgés qui souhaitent améliorer leur santé, comprendre les directives des médecins ou utiliser de façon plus efficace les services de santé et les services sociaux, » a dit Len Goucher, ministre par intérim des Aînés. « Nous savons que lorsque la capacité d’une personne d’apprendre au sujet de la santé est améliorée, sa santé sera également améliorée. » L’alphabétisation en santé établit un lien entre le niveau d’alphabétisation d’une personne et sa capacité d’agir en fonction de l’information sur la santé et, en fin de compte, d’exercer un certain contrôle sur sa santé. L’alphabétisation en santé est essentielle à un style de vie sain puisqu’il faut être en mesure de comprendre des choses telles que les étiquettes alimentaires, les directives médicales, l’importance de la bonne condition physique, les examens médicaux de routine et l’alimentation saine. « Les résultats de l’Enquête internationale sur l’alphabétisation et les compétences des adultes de 2005 démontrent que de nombreux aînés néo-écossais ont des problèmes au niveau de l’alphabétisation, » a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Ces subventions constituent notre réponse à ces résultats, et nous sommes confiants qu’elles permettront aux aînés d’acquérir les connaissances nécessaires pour prendre des décisions éclairées. » Les huit récipiendaires du financement sont dirigés par le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé à l’intention des adultes âgés, élaboré par le ministère des Aînés. Le guide offre des leçons pratiques aux aînés, qui les aident à mieux discuter avec leur médecin ou à mieux comprendre les étiquettes alimentaires. Certains groupes inviteront également des conférenciers invités, par exemple des pharmaciens, des instructeurs de conditionnement physique ou des diététistes, qui aideront à offrir les programmes. « Notre organisme prévoit tenir des ateliers sur les enjeux importants en santé et, de plus, nos aînés ont découvert qu’ils ont des ressources qui doivent être partagées avec d’autres, » a dit Alma Johnston, présidente de l’organisme Lake Loon Cherry Brook Senior Citizens. « Ceci nous a incité à continuer d’écrire nos histoires dans un livre qui paraîtra bientôt et qui sera intitulé Living Libraries II, Stories & Tips for Seniors Health. Grâce à de tels projets, nos aînés croient maintenant en l’apprentissage permanent. » Les récipiendaires des subventions et les projets financés sont les suivants : — Club acadien de Chezzetcook et Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le programme mettra l’accent sur le rôle du gouvernement dans les soins de santé, l’histoire acadienne et l’alphabétisation en français. — Community Learning Association North of Smokey et Bay of St. Lawrence Community Centre Seniors. Un programme de 12 semaines à l’intention de 10 à 15 aînés qui utilisera le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé et le manuel intitulé « Enhancing the Basic Skills of Older Nova Scotians ». — Dartmouth Learning Network et Lake Loon Cherry Brook Senior Citizens Group. Ce programme de 15 semaines à l’intention de 20 aînés utilisera le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé, ainsi que des ressources de la Halifax African Health Association, des pharmaciens et de la Société canadienne du cancer. — Guysborough County Adult Learning Association et Shamrock Seniors Club. Ce programme de 15 semaines utilisera le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé et accueillera des conférenciers invités. — Guysborough County Adult Learning Association et Seniors Along the Bay. Ce programme de 15 semaines utilisera le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé et accueillera des conférenciers invités. — Hants Learning Network Association et Gladys Manning Memorial Retirement Residence, Kings County Grandparents International Storytelling Group, et Seniors Safety and Falls Prevention Coalition. Ce programme de 26 semaines à l’intention de 50 aînés utilisera le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé et accueillera des conférenciers invités. — Inverness County Literacy Council organisera 12 sessions basées sur le guide sur l’alphabétisation en santé et le manuel intitulé « Enhancing Basic Skills of Older Nova Scotians » avec le Port Hood Knitters and Stitchers Seniors Club, et le North East Margaree Senior Citizens and Pensioners Club.last_img read more

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BC government promises to tackle affordability changing fixed election date

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority New Democrat government released an ambitious list of affordability-focused pledges in its throne speech Friday, and the possibility of delivering those promises grew stronger when a Liberal member “betrayed” his party to become the Speaker.The surprise acclamation of Darryl Plecas as Speaker added more breathing room to the razor-thin NDP minority government led by Premier John Horgan, who has an agreement with the Green party to combine votes for a one-seat majority in the 87-seat legislature.“Certainly, it does give us more flexibility. I’m not going to deny that,” Horgan said, referring to the Liberal Speaker.“I’m excited about the next number of years,” he said.Plecas’s acclamation ends months of speculation on how Horgan would manage a government with such a narrow minority had he followed protocol and offered up a New Democrat member as Speaker.Interim Liberal Leader Rich Coleman said he was disappointed with Plecas. He accused him of betrayal, saying the Abbotsford South Liberal assured him he was not interested in the Speaker’s job.“Basically, when you tell your colleagues you are not going to do something, they take you at your word,” he said. “You break your word. You go do it and become the Speaker. You have de facto already went and joined the NDP.”Green leader Andrew Weaver said the Liberals reacted poorly to Plecas’s decision when they should have congratulated him on stepping forward.“I thought the Liberals did themselves a lot of damage in the public eye today based on their almost, ‘pick up my baseball bat and go home kind of approach,’ ” he said.No party was able to win a majority following the May 9 provincial election, which gave the Liberals 43 seats, the New Democrats 41 and the Greens three.The NDP and Greens used their voting agreement to oust the Liberals last June in a non-confidence vote.The pressure on the NDP minority eased when former Liberal premier Christy Clark resigned last month, leaving her seat open until filled in a byelection. Plecas’s move into the Speaker’s chair has given the government even more room because he has been effectively removed from the Liberal voting pool.Coleman said Plecas technically remains a member of the Liberal party for now, but he will not be attending caucus meetings.The throne speech, read by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, said British Columbians can expect reforms to provincial campaign finance laws that “eliminate corporate and union donations, put strict limits on individual contributions and make sure that only people living in B.C. can donate to our political parties.”It said the government will set the terms for an electoral reform referendum and change the current fixed election date from the spring to the fall every four years starting in 2021.The speech highlighted affordability for British Columbians, mentioning a $100 monthly increase to income assistance and disability rates and the removal of tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.Protection from hefty increases for renters and annual bus passes to people with disabilities as of next January were part of the list of promises.Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the throne speech paid scant attention to economic and job creation issues that produce the revenues that pay for government spending programs.“I heard very little today about how we’re going to do that,” he said.The speech cited homelessness and noted the devastation from the worst wildfire season in the province’s history.“The circumstances that bring a person to homelessness can be as arbitrary and unexpected as a wildfire but it is no less devastating. Those without homes need and deserve our help,” Guichon read from the speech.The speech said the government will take on the issue of overdoses that killed 876 people between January and July, many of them as they were alone because they weren’t aware of the risks of fentanyl-laced substances or couldn’t get treatment.It highlighted education as a high priority and said next week’s update to the budget will restore funding for classrooms, a key plank for the New Democrats after the Liberals stripped cash and provisions from teachers’ contracts, leading to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that called for reinstatement of funding.last_img read more

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On video accused killer says women police lied to get him sent

first_imgOTTAWA – Women and law enforcement had been conspiring to ruin Basil Borutski’s life for decades, the accused killer told police the day after three of his female Ottawa Valley acquaintances were found dead in 2015.“The whole judicial system sucks the big one,” Borutski is heard saying on a videotaped police interview from Sept. 23, 2015.The interview — the first piece of evidence submitted by prosecutors in Borutski’s trial — came after 66-year-old Carol Culleton, 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam were found slain at their homes in three different locations in Renfrew County, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa.Culleton was strangled with a television cord, and Kuzyk and Warmerdam were both shot. Borutski had relationships with all three women and lived with both Warmerdam and Kuzyk. In 2012 he was convicted and sent to jail briefly for offences against Warmerdam and her son and in 2014 he was convicted and sent to jail for offences against Kuzyk.Throughout the first 90 minutes of the videotaped interview, Borutski sits with his arms crossed, often with his eyes closed, and constantly accuses police of “malicious prosecution” in previous criminal cases — including the two that involved Kuzyk and Warmerdam.He says he talked to a lawyer overnight but doesn’t want any “crooks” to talk to anymore and accuses the police who arrested him of refusing to give him food or water, or let him take his medication.“That wasn’t nice,” Borutski said.He told police he was on oxycodone for chronic pain and was also being treated for depression, a hernia, leg cramps and athlete’s foot.In the video, Borutski takes Ontario Provincial Police Det. Sgt. Caley O’Neill through a convoluted tale of relatives, friends, his ex-wife and former girlfriends who all conspired to accuse him of things he didn’t do and police officers who engaged in corrupt investigations that landed him in jail.“The most horrible thing you can do is put an innocent person in jail,” he’s heard to say.Borutski said a 2011 conviction for drunk driving was the result of being framed by police who saw his fake criminal record, decided he was guilty, and put alcohol into the breathalyzer before he blew into it.His ex-wife accused him of raping her and assaulting her only because she wanted custody of their kids, he said.Warmerdam accused him of threatening her son only after she realized he wasn’t going to come into a lot of money because a judge sided with his ex-wife and didn’t give him a penny.Kuzyk,. he said, was mad because she wanted more from their relationship; he didn’t because she was 20 years younger than him and he saw her more as a daughter than a lover.“Women use the system to their advantage financially, for every reason they can,” he said.Throughout the interrogation, O’Neill makes an effort to befriend Borutski, but at times his patience is clearly tested — particularly after the accused complains repeatedly that the lies of women had sent him to jail.“You going to jail for a while kind of pales in comparison to being dead, don’t you think?” O’Neill says at one point.After about 90 minutes of the video, the judge stopped it to break for the day. Borutski does not directly reply when O’Neill tries to get him to explain why he killed the women, though he doesn’t correct his assertion that he did kill them.Borutski only corrects O’Neill when he refers to their deaths as “murder.”“I didn’t murder anybody,” he said.He says he is in custody “for killing, not murder.”Borutski, who is representing himself, has refused to participate in the trial. He does not speak when spoken to and doesn’t look at any of the documents given to him, although on Thursday he could be seen looking up at the video screen, watching intently.— follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

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Lanka wants greater attention

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has asked that greater attention be paid in the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, to the role of terrorist support networks that take the form of front organizations, the challenge posed by the abuse of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and the propriety of the use or display of terrorist group emblems, insignia and symbols.He emphasized that they communicate the message, purpose, history, and goals of terrorist organizations and as such contribute to the creation of an organizational culture of incitement, hatred, and radicalization, that is  encouraged to be emulated. Noting that while conscious that there remains a tension between the concepts of ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘counter terrorism’ with respect to these issues, it was nevertheless important that these challenges also be addressed squarely in earnest, in order that we arrive at a consensus as to where freedom of expression ends and supporting or glorification of terrorism begins. He added that our failure to do so, will seriously erode the fight against terrorism, and permit the perpetuation of the sense that double standards were being applied with respect to these issues, which turns a blind eye to the actions of some groups, while pursuing those of others. Ambassador Aryasinha said the challenge terrorism poses and the necessity for international cooperation to eradicate it was fully understood by Sri Lanka well before the events of 9/11 and the UN Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1267, and that notwithstanding the Government of Sri Lanka eradicating terrorism in the country a little over 4 years ago, Sri Lanka had not forgotten the damage terrorism causes. Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations when he addressed the International Counter-Terrorism Focal Points Conference on ‘Addressing Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism and Promoting Regional Cooperation’, held in Geneva on 13-14 June 2013. The conference organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force was part of the CTITF Global Initiative on implementing the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. In his address he drew attention to Sri Lanka’s experience in successfully defeating the LTTE which was one of the world’s most ruthless terrorist groups, and the manner in which the Government of Sri Lanka had domestically, regionally and internationally contributed to the building of the evolving international legal regime relating to countering terrorism and in meeting its international obligations in this regard. Ambassador Aryasinha said since the military defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka in May 2009, besides the radicalized activism of LTTE front organizations in several European capitals, the arrest of 32 LTTE activists in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland and the conviction of a further 28 in France, the Netherlands and Belgium, known activists  continue to advocate mono-ethnic separatism in Sri Lanka while espousing the ideology of the LTTE, using its money and being manipulated by its surviving military leaders, who are primarily domiciled in Europe. The continuance of the LTTE’s activities and its network of front organizations in Europe was also manifest in an appeal filed on behalf of the LTTE to the European Court of Justice on 11 April 2011 for the de-listing of the LTTE from the EU list of terrorist entities. While the TE-SAT 2011 report of Europol noted that “Separatist terrorist groups such as the PKK/KONGRA-GEL and LTTE are involved in the trafficking of drugs and human beings to raise funds for their terrorism activities”, the US Global Terrorism Report of 2012 confirms continuing concerns regarding the LTTE, noting that the “the LTTE’s financial network of support continued to operate throughout 2011” and that “the group employed charities as fronts to collect and divert funds for their activities”. Recent incidents in Tamil Nadu too are indications of the continuing attempts by the LTTE to regroup overseas. read more

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Concerned for judicial independence in Ecuador UN legal expert seeks early visit

In a statement in Geneva, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, said the Government had suggested the first week of May, due to reasons of availability, in response to the request he made on 1 February to visit the country next week. “Considering the gravity of the situation and recent developments, the Special Rapporteur has made it known to the Government his interest in undertaking a visit at an earlier date and is currently taking steps towards that goal,” the statement added. Mr. Despouy noted that the Congressional move appeared to constitute “grave interference by the executive and legislative into the judicial sphere and hence a violation of the independence of the judiciary,” a principle recognized by the country’s constitution and an essential requirement of the rule of law and of democracy, guaranteed also by international instruments to which Ecuador is a party. “The crisis has worsened since, with the resignation of the President of the Supreme Court, Ramón Rodríguez, over his disagreement concerning the nomination of the members of the National Council of the Judiciary, a body which exercises such essential functions as the establishment of a shortlist of three candidates from which the Congress must choose the country’s Chief Prosecutor,” he said. “These urgent concerns are of significant magnitude and could affect, in an irreversible way, the independence of the judiciary in Ecuador,” he added. The proposed visit is intended to provide an opportunity to assess the situation on the ground and to then convey to the Human Rights Commission accurate information on the issues. In another human rights development, Yakin Ertürk, Special UN Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, will begin on Sunday a weeklong visit to Mexico to gather first-hand information on the question of violence against women in the country. She will meet with representatives of the Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights workers, as well as UN officials, visiting several cities including Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua State, where the human rights NGO Amnesty International USA reports that over 370 women have been murdered, at least 137 of them after being sexually assaulted, since 1993. read more

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Swedish schoolchildren to plant diversity trees as gift for Annan

The three trees, to be planted by the children in the school garden of the village of Tällberg in the name of the Secretary-General, each produce four different varieties of apples on the same plant.“This gift can be seen to represent the ideals of the UN,” said Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor, who accepted the gift on behalf of Mr. Annan in Tällberg, where he is attending an environmental forum. “The harmony of different types of apples on the same tree symbolizes unity in diversity.”The children expressed the hope that the Secretary-General would visit the school next year to see “his” trees.In a video message to the Forum, Mr. Annan said that the questions the schoolchildren of Tällberg have written to him – ranging from what can be done about the lack of clean to who will assume responsibility for ending poverty and starvation – “cut right to the core of what affects us most as human beings.”They were also the kind of questions the UN is focusing on in this, its 60th anniversary year. “To address them, we must accept that development, security and human rights are not only ends in themselves – they reinforce each other, and depend on each other,” said Mr. Annan. read more

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NIS employee charged for causing death by dangerous driving

A 47-year-old father of four appeared before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Monday morning in the company of his lawyer where he denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.It is alleged that Dwayne Gonsalves, on November 3, 2017, at Barr and James Street, Albouystown, drove motor pickup GVV 8249 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Ronaldo Jaundoo.Dead: Ronaldo JaundooAccording to the lawyer, the accused who is an employee of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), suffers from hypertension and his blood pressure was at the time of the accident, beyond elevated.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on the day in question the accused was proceeding north along Barr Street approaching James Street when he failed to adhere to a stop light, subsequently colliding with a motorcycle which was at the time proceeding east on the northern side of James Street.The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to the head and various parts of his body and was pronounced dead by medical experts upon arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).A breathalyzer test conducted on Gonsalves proved negative for alcohol consumption.The court prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that a life was lost as a result of the defendant’s alleged recklessness, however the Magistrate was inclined to grant bail fixed to the sum of $600,000.Gonsalves will return to court on November, 27, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI employee granted $2M bail for causing road deathMarch 6, 2014In “Crime”$1M bail for man accused of killing UG Employee in road accidentAugust 26, 2014In “Crime”Businessman placed on $1M bail for Houston fatal accidentOctober 28, 2014In “Crime” read more

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