Suresh Raina returns home to shore up Gujarat Lions against Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgSkipper Suresh Raina’s return could not have been better-timed as Gujarat Lions, jolted by the tournament’s biggest-ever defeat, seek to revive their campaign when they face off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Thursday. (Full Coverage | Points Table)Raina returned to India on Monday after being with his wife in Holland for the birth of their daughter Gracia.The hard-hitting southpaw missed Gujarat Lions’ last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore where his side was hammered by Virat Kohli and Co. by 144 runs in Bangalore .This was the first time that Raina had missed a match in the cash-rich league since its inception in 2008. The Uttar Pradesh batsman is the all-time leading run-scorer in the IPL but is being tailed closely by the rampaging Kohli.Raina, who played for Chennai Super Kings for seven years, was named skipper of the newly-formed Gujarat franchise after CSK was banned from the IPL for two seasons on charges of corruption.Under Raina, Gujarat have performed beyond expectations and are currently fourth in the points table.Against two-time champions KKR, Gujarat will be looking to boost their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. Raina’s presence should be a huge morale-boost for a team, which is hard-pressed to overcome the thrashing at the hands of Kohli and AB de Villiers.last_img read more

Former Windies batsman Seymour Nurse passes away aged 85

first_img Indo-Asian News Service BarbadosMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 16:25 IST Former Windies batsman Seymour Nurse died aged 85. (Twitter/@windiescricket)HIGHLIGHTSFormer West Indies cricketer Seymour Nurse died aged 85Nurse died on Monday after a prolonged illnessNurse made his Test debut against England in 1960 and went to score 2,523 runs in his Test careerWisden Cricketer of the Year, Seymour Nurse, Barbados National Sports Council, Seymour Nurse died, 1966 West Indies tour of EnglandFormer West Indies cricketer Seymour Nurse has died after prolonged illness. Nurse, 85, is survived by his twin daughters.Barbados cricketer Desmond Haynes shared the news of his death on Monday in a Facebook post.”My coach my mentor, we all from the holders hill area love this man, we used to walk like Seymour bat like him and try to talk like him. Thanks for everything you have done for me. May he rest in peace and rise in glory,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Haynes as saying in the post.Nurse, who made his Test debut in 1960, went on to play 29 Tests for West Indies and scored 2,523 runs with six hundreds and ten fifties. The Barbados middle-order batsman suffered from many injuries after making his debut and it was not until the 1966 West Indies tour of England that Nurse established himself in the side.In memory of West Indies Legend Seymour Nurse, both teams wore black armbands and observed a minute of silence before the game.#WIvBAN #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame Cricket (@windiescricket) May 7, 2019In that series, he scored 501 runs in five Tests, including four fifties and a hundred. In 1967, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.After retirement, he served as a Barbados selector, a team manager and was also a long-standing coach at the Barbados National Sports Council.Also Read | West Indies have X factor at 2019 ICC World Cup, says coach Floyd ReiferAlso Read | Chris Gayle named West Indies vice-captain for 2019 World CupAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Seymour NurseFollow West Indies cricketFollow Barbados National Sports Council Former Windies batsman Seymour Nurse passes away aged 85West Indies cricketer Seymour Nurse played 29 Tests for his country and scored 2,523 runs. Nurse was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967 for his 501 runs in five Tests against England.advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 105

first_imgCAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 A section of Highway 105, at Millville, will be closed forseveral hours effective immediately, today, Friday, Nov. 5 dueto an overturned tractor-trailer. A detour will be availablevia Hillside Bouldarie and St. James Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2241 Fax: 902-563-0540 -30-last_img

Australia Convicts Vatican Senior Cleric of Child Sexual Assault

Rabat – An Australian court announced on Tuesday that Australian Vatican treasurer George Pell, 77, was convicted of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys.A jury found Pell guilty on one charge of sexual abuse and four counts of an indecent assault against the two boys. The assaults occurred at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in late 1996, a few months after the cathedral church appointed Pell as archbishop of Melbourne.Pell had cornered the choirboys after a Sunday solemn mass and raped them. Through trial proceedings, the cleric had remained free on probation while he denied all charges against him. More than 20 witnesses, including clerics, choristers, and altar servers testified against Pell during trial. The court held a retrial in December during which he was convicted, but the court’s decision went unreported until today.Pell faces as many as 50 years in prison for the offences. He is currently in custody and his sentencing is due to begin on Wednesday.Read Also: King Mohammed VI to Receive Pope Francis in MarchOne of Pell’s victims—now 34—said in a statement to AFP about the assault: “Like many survivors, I have experienced shame, loneliness, depression and struggle. It has taken me years to understand the impact upon my life.”Speculations about Pell’s “unreported crimes” began to surface in 2013, following the publishing of a report by a task force called Operation Tethering. In 2015, Australian police began investigating Pell.In December, a few days after the unreported verdict, the Vatican removed Pell and other cardinals from the council of advisers. Pope Francis has yet to break his silence about Pell’s conviction. Several media reports have suggested that Pell’s verdict may tarnish Pope Francis’s reputation because the pope had previously praised Pell for his “honesty” and appointed him as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in 2014, ignoring the allegations of sexual abuse.Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Morocco March 30-31 at the request of King Mohammed VI. read more

Registration open for Take Our Kids to Work Day

Brock faculty and staff are invited to take their kids to work on Wednesday, Nov. 1.As it does each year, the University will welcome Grade 9 students for Take Our Kids to Work Day. Participating students will take part in an interactive morning of planned programming and will have the opportunity to learn about their parent or sponsor’s position at Brock in the afternoon.The day provides students with a meaningful experience and can assist them with understanding the importance of education, career development and employment opportunities at the University. The registration form is available now from OneBrock. Completed registration forms must be submitted to Brian Dzurban, Health, Safety and Wellness Co-ordinator by Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. at read more

The Broncos Pass Defense Is Somehow Even Better This Season

TEAMYEARNET Y/A OF OPPONENTSVS. NFL AVG.PLAYOFF RESULTNET Y/A NEXT SEASON GMS 1-8 Football studies have generally shown that offenses are more consistent from year to year than defenses, and regression to the mean is always a key part of any analysis for a historically great unit. As a result, we wouldn’t expect Denver’s 2016 pass defense to be anywhere near as good as the 2015 one. And that’s exactly what you see with most of the other teams on the list above.The other pass defenses on the top 20 list above were, on average, 1.53 net yards per attempt better than average against the pass in their dominant season; however, in their first eight games of the following season, they were just 0.52 NY/A better than average. That’s a sign of how difficult is it for dominant defenses to sustain that level of excellence over a long period. Defensive backs and pass rushers are two of football’s most health-dependent roles, and even one player losing a step or leaving in free agency can sink a unit. But so far this season, the Broncos have been even better that last season, jumping from 1.30 NY/A better than league average to 1.73.There are three main variables determine a defense’s NY/A average, and Denver is great in all three areas:1. Sack rateThis year’s Broncos have taken down opposing passers on 8.4 percent of all pass plays, the third-best rate in the NFL behind the Bills and Eagles. The Broncos blitz a lot — in fact, on a league-high 38.6 percent of passes — and the team has pressured the quarterback on a league-high 50 percent of all blitz plays. But Denver has been great when not blitzing, too: The Broncos lead the league with a 10.2 percent sack rate on passes when not sending extra pressure. Von Miller is the star, of course, and his 8.5 sacks rank second in the NFL. But Derek Wolfe and Shane Ray have combined for 8.5 sacks, too, and the defense is even scarier now that DeMarcus Ware (two sacks in the first two games) is back from injury.2. Completion percentageLast year, Denver’s pass defense allowed 60 percent of passes to be completed, which ranked eighth in the league; this season, Denver has allowed opposing passers to complete just 53.5 percent of all passes, easily the best rate in the league through eight weeks. And on passes to wide receivers, Denver’s at 49.6 percent, the only defense in the league holding opposing wideouts to a rate under 50 percent.The Broncos are blessed to have two of the best cornerbacks in the game in Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. According to Pro Football Focus (link requires subscription), those two rank as two of the best three corners in the NFL this season, both overall and in pass coverage.1The third is Houston’s A.J. Bouye. And while the loss of linebacker Danny Trevathan (and pass rusher Malik Jackson) was supposed to harm the defense, linebacker Brandon Marshall and safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart have helped mitigate any damage. Denver ranks seventh in completion percentage on passes to tight ends at 59.7 percent, which nearly matches last year’s production (59 percent, fourth).3. Yards per completionEven when opponents completed passes last year against Denver, they didn’t usually go for much, gaining only 10.3 yards on average, a hair behind Cincinnati for the league lead. The Broncos defense is again one of the leaders in this category, allowing only 10.7 yards per completion. Any decrease in this category is more than offset by the improved rate on completed passes, but another key is that the Broncos aren’t allowing opponents to do much after the catch. This season, opposing receivers have gained just 4.2 yards per catch after making the reception, fourth-best in the league. In other words, on the rare occasion when receivers do make a reception, they generally get tackled pretty quickly.The Broncos pass defense guided the team to a championship last year, helping shut down Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton in the playoffs. This year, the pass defense has been even better: With a dominant pass rush, a back seven that doesn’t allow many completions, and a strong-tackling unit that limits gains, Denver’s allowing a minuscule 4.7 net yards per pass play. And while last year the pass defense allowed 19 touchdowns against just 14 interceptions, this year those numbers have flipped, with only six touchdowns against eight interceptions. By most measures, this pass defense is even better than last year’s. That’s a very scary fact for the other 31 teams in the league. 1Minnesota19703.46-2.05Lost Div-1.48 5Minnesota19894.47-1.64Lost Div-0.19 16Seattle20134.85-1.36Won SB-0.19 The Broncos defense is good Last season, the Broncos were defined by having one of best defenses in NFL history: After a dominant regular season, Denver’s defense carried the team to a Super Bowl title. The defense was particularly dominant against the pass, allowing just 5.1 yards per pass play to opposing offenses. But this year? The defense is, remarkably, even better.Let’s begin with a refresher on just how good last year’s pass defense truly was. On average, NFL teams in 2015 gained 6.4 net yards per pass attempt (net yards includes yards lost to sacks), meaning the Broncos defense was 1.3 net yards per attempt better than average. That was the 20th-best mark of any team from 1970 to 2015, and Denver was the seventh team in that group to win a Super Bowl: 6Pittsburgh19743.75-1.60Won SB-1.25 12Tampa Bay19794.36-1.40Lost Conf0.63 7New York20094.61-1.55Lost Conf-0.37 4Miami19733.51-1.77Won SB0.74 13Minnesota19714.18-1.39Lost Div-1.19 18Atlanta19773.82-1.36—-1.08 15Oakland19754.07-1.38Lost Conf0.85 10Minnesota19753.99-1.45Lost Div-1.49 9Pittsburgh20114.87-1.45Lost WC-1.05 3Miami19824.03-1.81Lost SB-0.66 8Dallas19773.69-1.49Won SB-0.09 2Pittsburgh20084.30-1.86Won SB-0.77 14Tampa Bay20024.50-1.38Won SB-0.82 19Philadelphia19914.62-1.35—-0.32 20Denver20155.11-1.30Won SB-1.73 11New Orleans19924.35-1.43Lost WC-0.54 17Los Angeles19804.60-1.36Lost WC-0.58 read more

NFL week 8 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ryan Fitzpatrick: Is there a hotter quarterback in the NFL than Fitzpatrick? Since taking over as the Bills quarterback, the Harvard grad has thrown for 969 yards with eleven touchdowns and four interceptions. Fitzpatrick should have no trouble against Kansas City, which has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick is a great sleeper and worth a waiver claim against the Chiefs. Carson Palmer: Palmer erupted last week against Atlanta with 412 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Palmer to air it out against a Dolphins defense that has allowed back-to-back 300-yard passing games. Ryan Torain: Despite two fumbles, Torain turned in a solid performance last week against Chicago with 125 rushing yards. With Clinton Portis likely out, Torain will continue to get the majority of the carries against a Detroit run defense that allows 139 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles: Jones continues to be a factor and is a must-start against Buffalo. Last week against Jacksonville, Jones and Charles combined for 196 yards with two touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Cassel seems to have found the passing game, allowing Jones and Charles to run wild. Pierre Garcon: Garcon’s role will increase with Austin Collie recovering from hand surgery and Dallas Clark out for the year with a wrist injury. Defenses will continue to focus on Reggie Wayne, which will free up Garcon. Last week, Garcon had 103 yards and a touchdown. Coming off a bye, expect the Colts to take advantage of the worst passing defense in the NFL. Kenny Britt: Another receiver having a breakout year (seven touchdowns) is Britt. Britt torched the Eagles last week, 225 yards with three touchdowns. Britt has a tough task this week against the Chargers’ top-ranked pass defense, but at this point Britt is considered a starter. He has recorded a touchdown in five straight games. Bench ‘Em Matt Hasselbeck: Don’t be fooled by the chemistry between Hasselbeck and receiver Mike Williams. Seattle’s last two games were against Chicago and Arizona respectively. This week, Hasselbeck faces an improved Raiders defense that allowed Kyle Orton to complete 12 passes last week. The Raiders rank fifth in the league with 192 passing yards allowed per game. Ryan Mathews: One of the biggest disappointments this season has been Mathews. He has yet to eclipse 100 rushing yards and is losing carries to Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles. This week, Mathews faces a Titans run defense that ranks 10th in the league. Mathews may breakout soon, but not this week. Michael Bush: Bush continues to be productive, but the problem is Darren McFadden. McFadden continues to shine and that leaves Bush playing the backup role. Last week, Bush had 52 yards and a touchdown. Expect Bush to struggle against a Seattle defense that allows 70 yards per game on the ground. Fred Jackson: Due to Fitzpatrick’s performances, Jackson has looked like an afterthought in Buffalo. Jackson carried 23 times for 73 yards against Baltimore last week. The Bills will be tested against a stellar Kansas City run defense. Consider Jackson a flex option in deeper leagues. Wes Welker: The Patriots passing game is not the same without Randy Moss, and Welker is struggling without him too. Last week, Welker had four catches for 25 yards. Defenses will continue to locate Welker and force Deion Branch or Brandon Tate to step up. Welker is considered a No. 3 Fantasy option from here on out. read more

CCS technology uptake needs accelerating – NMA

first_imgSwift development and deployment of new technology capable of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the world’s coal-based power plants is essential for addressing climate change in an economically sustainable way, said a U.S. mining industry spokesman recently at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “Our current economic crisis reminds us all the more of the importance of structuring any actions responsibly so we can meet both our environmental and our economic goals,” said National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn.  Quinn told subcommittee members that the nation’s and the world’s increasing use of coal to fuel electricity generation makes it imperative that Congress accelerate the widespread use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Global greenhouse gas emissions are projected to grow by 57% in the next couple of decades, with most coming from large, rapidly growing developing countries, said Quinn.  “Consequently, even if the U.S. and all advanced industrial countries stopped using coal, most of the world’s CO2 emissions sources would remain untouched,” he said.Quinn has urged Congress to speed up CCS development, ensuring that global emissions are reduced and that coal can continue to provide affordable electricity for U.S. homes and businesses at a time of economic uncertainty and rising unemployment. The NMA feel greater federal support will be critical for timely deployment of CCS technology so that coal-based power plants, which provide half the nation’s electricity, will be able to reduce CO2 emissions without switching to fuels more costly for households and industries. Otherwise, warned Quinn, a sharp drop in coal consumption could have a devastating effect throughout the U.S. coal community, from which it would be very difficult to recover, even with CCS technology available in the future. This ‘valley of death’ scenario can be avoided, he said, if Congress harmonises the deadlines for reducing emissions with the commercial availability of CCS technologies.  Expediting CCS development will be costly, said Quinn, but it will be up to a third less than not making the effort, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He said climate change policy is a responsibility of our elected representatives, and pledged NMA’s continued cooperation with Congress and the administration to find solutions that result in the lowest cost to American families and businesses.  For the full statement of Quinn’s testimony, see read more

ATT adds postpaid option for tablets in wake of iPad 2

first_imgIn the wake of Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2, AT&T has announced new data plan billing options for tablets. The change by AT&T could be due to the fact that the iPad 2 brings with it new competition that AT&T has not faced before: Verizon Wireless will be getting an iPad 2 of their own as well.While Verizon began offering the iPad in October, it was simply the Wi-Fi model accompanied with a MiFi, a mobile hotspot device, allowing subscribers to utilize Verizon’s cellular network over the iPad’s native wireless connection. In comparison, AT&T has been offering a 3G version of the iPad which supports the carrier’s cellular network without the need for an additional device like the MiFi.Since 3G versions of the iPad 2 will now be identical, except for the carrier which supports it, AT&T seems to believe that the time is right to offer a new billing option to make its iPad 2 seem more competitive. AT&T tablet subscribers will now be able to choose between a prepaid billing plan and a new postpaid billing option if a customer already has an existing monthly wireless statement with AT&T. Best of all, a contract will not be required for a subscriber to utilize either option allowing for the cancellation of the service at anytime.Both prepaid and postpaid plans will offer 250MB for $14.99 a month and 2GB for $25 a month. Prepaid customers who exceed their monthly data plan limit must purchase an additional 2GB for another $25. Postpaid customers on the 2GB plan who exceed their monthly usage will be charged $10 per 1GB overage. Currently, Verizon Wireless does not offer a prepaid plan for the iPad and Mifi package. The carrier may now be forced to do so for the iPad 2 in the wake of AT&T’s announcement.Read more at AT&TBrian’s OpinionIt is refreshing to see the competition between Verizon Wireless and AT&T when it comes to Apple products. It kind of makes you wonder if at some point either company will demand some exclusive feature on future iPhone or iPad models. Probably the easiest one would be to offer exclusive colors for the devices. I could see Apple giving in on that aesthetic feature in regards to exclusivity, but I can’t say I believe Apple would ever go further than that since offering models with different functionality would only make the baseline for iOS updates more complex.last_img read more

Intel launches Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Pentium chips

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a new processor with Intel’s name on it you have a number of options to consider. It’s not as simple as just choosing the fastest processor you can afford as Intel has a few different architectures to choose from, and they overlap both on price and performance.However, the best choice is a 22nm Ivy Bridge processor using Intel’s 3D transistors. They are the fastest, most efficient x86 CPUs on the market, but they have also only been available in expensive Core i5 and Core i7 £279.98 at Amazon models. This week that changes as Intel has begun manufacturing both Core i3 and Pentium processor using the Ivy Bridge architecture.That means there’s two pieces of good news. Anyone building a system on a tight budget can now take advantage of Ivy Bridge, and Intel has dropped the price of some Sandy Bridge processors, which are still a very good option for a new machine.There are two Ivy Bridge Pentium processors being introduced carrying the model numbers G2100T and G2120. Both are dual-core chips with the G2100T running are 2.6GHz and the G2120 the faster clocked at 3.1GHz. Both come with a 3MB cache and 35 watt TDP and cost $75 and $86 respectively.Moving up to the Core i3, there’s 5 new Ivy Bridge processors being added to the line up, all of which are dual core and include a 3MB cache. Here’s the basic spec and price of the new i3s:Core i3-3220 – 3.3GHz 55w $117Core i3-3220T – 2.8GHz 35w $117Core i3-3225 – 3.3GHz 55w $134Core i3-3240 – 3.4GHz 55w $138Core i3-3240T – 2.9GHz 35w $138Both T models class as Ultra Low Voltage processors. If you’re on the fence about which one to invest in, it’s worth taking into account the GPU. All the i3s ship with Intel’s HD 2500 Graphics except the 3225, which gets the beefier HD 4000. Depending on what you intend to use your PC for, that 3225 might be the sweet spot.As for which older chips have got price cuts, the 2.6GHz Celeron G550 has dropped from $52 to $42, the 3.1GHz Pentium G870 from $86 to $75, and the 3.4GHz Core i3-2130 from $138 to $117. All three processors use the Sandy Bridge architecture.Read more at CPU Worldlast_img read more

Sony secures iron grip on indie games market with many PS4 exclusives

first_imgEarlier today at Gamescom, Sony revealed the PS4’s release date, which is November 15 of this year. It will launch at the price Sony announced back at E3, which is $399. The eighth console generation is just a few months away, and now that Microsoft has more or less removed everything we all hated about the Xbox One, the consoles should be able to better compete with one another.Aside from the PS4 being $100 cheaper for somewhat more powerful hardware, Sony’s greatest strength so far for this upcoming generation would have to be its dedication to indie games, and the games it has already secured. Now, Sony has announced a multitude of other popular, anticipated indie games coming to the console — some of which being console exclusives.ExclusivesThe “exclusive console debut” phrase that Sony is tossing around could mean anything thanks to the careful wording, but in all likelihood, it means “timed exclusive.” And here’s the ones we know about:Rogue Legacy: Console debut on PS4, and will also release on the PS3 and PS Vita. This appears to be a timed exclusivity.The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth: A remake with a load of extra content over the original. Console debut on the PS4, also coming to PS Vita. Will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.N++: Complete with a new art style, multiplayer modes, and many new levels, this action platformer will debut exclusively on PS4.Guns of Icarus Online: The team deathmatch game in which you work together to pilot airships through a battlefield will be debuting exclusively on PS4.Wasteland Kings: From the team that brought us mobile hit Ridiculous Fishing, comes this mutant-based action rogue-like. Again, exclusive console debut on PS4, and coming to the PS Vita as well.Hotline Miami 2: The trippy top-down Scarface with a great soundtrack will be making a return, and will have its exclusive console debut on the PS4 and hit the PS Vita next year.Volume: From the maker of Thomas Was Alone, Volume looks like a more colorful version of the Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions. It’ll hit the PS4 as an exclusive console debut, and land on the Vita as well.Resogun: A shmup from the guys who brought us Super Stardust HD. Along with those, Sony also ensured Starbound — a game we can’t wait for — will be releasing on the PS4 and Vita, though the exclusivity (even if timed) appears to be up in the air. Fez will also make its way to the PS4.Once again, Sony has shown that it not only knows what’s going on in the indie scene, but that the indie scene has more or less become mainstream in terms of popularity. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Rogue LegacyRogue LegacyRogue Legacy is the perfect console port, as it is best played with a controller.Binding of Isaac: RebirthThe Binding of Isaac: Rebirth sadly won’t look like this, but it will probably look great anyway.N++This isn’t a Magic Eye illustration, but instead from N++.Guns of Icarus OnlineA steampunk, team airship deathmatch.Wasteland KingsWasteland Kings is an action rogue-like from the makers of Ridiculous Fishing.Hotline MiamiMore Miami mayhem.VolumeVolume, by the creator of Thomas Was Alone.ResogunIf Resogun can harness the fun of Super Stardust HD, then we can’t wait.StarboundStarbound is essentially Space Terraria, as it was created by original members of the Terraria team.Rogue Legacy is the perfect console port, as it is best played with a controller.last_img read more

A horrific ordeal Masked men with pitchforks and metal poles rob Tyrone

first_img‘A horrific ordeal’: Masked men with pitchforks and metal poles rob Tyrone home There were three occupants in the house at the time of the attack. Short URL Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 8:37 AM Corgary Road, Castlederg Image: Google Maps 14,622 Views By Hayley Halpin 8 Comments Image: Google Maps We know when a person’s home or property has been targeted it can be an extremely traumatising experience for victims and their families. “I want to reassure the public we’re doing everything we can to identify criminals involved in this type of crime and bring them to justice, but we also need the public’s help, so we are appealing to people to watch out for their neighbours,” Jack said. “Please, report any suspicious activity you see in your area, whether it’s a strange vehicle or people in the area. Every piece of information is vital as it could be the key to catching the perpetrators.”  Share35 Tweet Email DETECTIVES IN TYRONE are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary involving three masked men armed with a pitchfork and metal poles. PSNI detectives received a report at around 10.50pm on Tuesday that three masked men entered a property in the Corgary Road area of Castlederg, which is about 28 kilometres from Omagh, at around 9.45pm, armed with a pitchfork and metal poles. There were three occupants in the house at the time – two men aged in their 60s and 70s, and a woman aged in her 60s. Both men were forced to lie down on the floor on their stomachs as one of the suspects stood over them with a metal pole. “However, they managed to take the pole off the suspect who then fled along with the other two suspects,” PSNI detective sergeant Jack said. A sum of money and three phones were reported stolen. Two of the suspects are described as being of skinny build and one is described as being of heavy build. One of the male occupants sustained minor injuries to his leg and face and was treated at the scene. “This must have been a horrific ordeal for the victims. This happened … in their home, somewhere they deserve to feel safe and they have understandably been left shaken,” Jack said. The PSNI is appealing to anyone who was in the Corgary Road area on Tuesday night and saw any suspicious activity, any strange vehicles in the area, or anyone who offered mobile phones for sale in suspicious circumstances to get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1386 of 19/02/19. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Corgary Road, Castlederg Feb 21st 2019, 8:37 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pour ses 60 ans Le Grand Robert est disponible en ligne

first_imgPour ses 60 ans, Le Grand Robert est disponible en ligneLe célèbre dictionnaire s’offre une version en ligne pour son soixantième anniversaire.Pour son 60e anniversaire, Le Grand Robert s’est offert un cadeau dans l’ère du temps. Le dictionnaire est désormais disponible en ligne dans une version “enrichie et innovante”, relaye L’Express. Equivalent de 6 volumes du dictionnaire papier, ce Grand Robert en ligne s’est étoffé de 1.500 nouveaux mots et de 1.000 citations littéraires d’auteurs contemporains. Disponible sur n’importe quel support, dont les iPhone et iPad, la nouvelle version en ligne apporte plusieurs fonctionnalités propres dont la recherche multicritère ou l’hypertexte généralisé qui permet de passer d’un mot à un autre en un simple clic. Pour 48 euros d’abonnement annuel, ce Grand Robert là a bien des atouts dans sa manche.Le 8 avril 2011 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Robert Snodgrass determined to continue strong 2018 form at West Ham

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass aims to carry over his promising form into 2019 ahead of today’s game against BrightonThe 31-year-old arrived at West Ham in 2017 from Hull City but struggled to make an impact.After spending last season on loan at English Championship side Aston Villa, Snodgrass returned in the summer upon Pellegrini’s appointment as manager.The Chilean then advised Snodgrass to lose weight and he has since been left impressed by what he’s seen.The Scotsman has now started 14 of their 20 Premier League games along with adding two goals and three assists in the process.“I don’t think I had to win anyone over,” said Snodgrass on the club website.“Everybody started with a clean slate and it was a case that the manager said he was going to give everybody a fair chance.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If you looked at our squad, everybody has been used this season on numerous occasions so it’s one of those ones where I believed in myself.“Football is up and down, but you’ve just got to be doing the best you can to take the chances when they come.“For me, the biggest thing is trying to get in the team and then try to kick on and contribute and show why the club bought me in the first place, which was to assist in goals.“I am doing that and working hard to continue to do that. That’s the biggest thing for me.“It’s nothing about that first season or anything; it’s this season and I feel as if I have proven that with goals and assists.“That’s what you want to be doing, you want to be trying to help your forwards and I’m doing that right now. Long may it continue.”The West Ham and Brighton match will begin at 20:45 (CET) at the London Stadium.last_img read more

McKenna Inslee spar in first debate in governors campaign

first_imgSPOKANE — Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee offered predictable partisan answers but displayed little fire on Tuesday in the first debate of the 2012 race for governor in Washington, a desultory affair in which neither candidate come out a clear winner.McKenna, the state attorney general, spent much of the debate complaining that Inslee was not answering the questions. Inslee, a former congressman from the Seattle area, often avoided offering specific proposals.“The congressman has never met a regulation he couldn’t like or which couldn’t be stricter,” McKenna said at one point.“The Romney-McKenna view of life is that the reason we have (the housing crisis) is because of homeowners and not Wall Street,” Inslee said, tying his opponent to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.Without a dominant issue dividing the campaigns, the candidates mostly broke down along ideological lines. They did agree on the need to spend more money on higher education.Inslee highlighted his calls for getting more Washingtonians into the workplace in his opening statements, saying government assistance would help Washington companies innovate and grow the economy out of recession.last_img read more

To get a count on bowhead whales North Slope scientists head out

first_imgThis spring, the North Slope Borough conducted a census — not of people, but of the Western Arctic bowhead whale population. They do the count with their own eyes out on the sea ice off Utqiaġvik, where surveyors have to remain on high alert for polar bears and shifts in weather and current that might break up the ice under their feet. “Yeah let’s start counting seals,” George joked dryly. So far this shift, he’s seen exactly zero whales. “One out of 3 of these counts actually works,” George said. “The force transmitted through the ice, and then suddenly this big pan we were on — I don’t know, quarter-mile wide — it started breaking up,” George remembered. “And it shattered, broke down the middle. … It kept breaking up more and more, and then it started folding and water was rushing up between the pieces.” Scientists learned about that and other whale behaviors from Iñupiaq whalers. And they documented it by putting hydrophones down in the water — which meant they could show that whales were going by, even when they couldn’t see them. “That was a real eye-opener,” George said, “realizing that there’s times when we only see a small fraction of the whales.” The view of the ice and the ocean from the “perch,” April 16, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) It’s one of the best ways scientists have to get a whale count that helps forms the basis of Alaska Native hunters’ subsistence quota. If things get dicey, the group pulls back. That, along with weather and ice conditions that sometimes get in the way of seeing whales, means that some census years they don’t get a good estimate out on the ice. Subsistence hunters have a quota, and even though they only harvest an average of 40 whales out of a population that was estimated at around 17,000 the last time they did the count, the quota is dependent on a good population estimate every decade. Craig George stands high up on a mound of sea ice overlooking the Chukchi Sea, his back to a moonscape of white and blue shards of ice. He’s scanning the horizon with a pair of binoculars and using a small wooden podium to write down weather conditions and whale sightings. The “perch,” which from which rotating shifts of observers look for whales as part of the North Slope Borough’s bowhead whale census, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) “Seeing some seals,” Darren Kayotuk said. Kate Stafford climbs down to the water edge to put a hydrophone into the water and listen for whales, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) In those early days, there were a lot of things scientists didn’t know about how the whales behaved. That made it hard for them to get an accurate count. The census started back in the 1970s, when the international commission that regulates whaling was concerned that there weren’t enough whales to support a traditional subsistence hunt. They still use those techniques today. As George stands looking out at whale-free water, Kate Stafford, an oceanographer at the University of Washington, clamors down to the edge of the ice and drops a microphone below the surface. Sure enough, she can hear bowheads off in the distance. “There’s not like a formal Iñupiaq classroom, you sit down, ‘Today we’re going to discuss the principles of sea ice and sea ice safety,’” he said. “That doesn’t happen. It’s like, ‘Malik,’ you know? ‘You follow.’” For example, says George, they didn’t know that whales could swim under heavy ice cover and would also travel far offshore where they couldn’t be seen. “You don’t learn anything unless something goes wrong,” he said. “I mean, that’s not entirely true, but that’s where you really learn.” The ice is changing as temperatures warm in Utqiaġvik, and George says he doesn’t know exactly what the census will look like in the years ahead. They may shift to using more aerial techniques as the ice gets less stable, or maybe they’ll figure out how to do a count using satellite images. Over the decades, George has spent many, many hours out on the ice learning from whaling captains about how the ice forms, how it moves, how to recognize when it’s safe, and when it’s about to get dangerous. The view of the ice looking back toward shore, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) But the estimate plays a critical role in northern Alaska communities’ continued ability to whale. But for now at least, the census remains part of the “community on the ice.” In addition to whale behavior, there was a whole other set of lessons the census takers needed to learn — namely, how to stay safe on the ice. And that, George says, is almost impossible to figure out anywhere but out on it. Plus, despite the fact that being out here requires some vigilance, it’s also really beautiful. And for George, it’s the best part of the job. He loves watching bowhead whales. “Pretty quiet guys, I’m surprised,” George said to the other two men standing next to him at the perch. Scary as that sounds, they did make it to safety. George refers to this event pretty nonchalantly — he says it was a good learning experience. There are other ways to do that count, like aerial surveys. One is actually being done independently by the federal government this summer. It was planned as sort of insurance — in case the ice-based census didn’t yield a good count. But the ice-based method is more precise, so they’d like to have both. “If we see something happening, we get on the radio, on the whalers’ channel … or they call us,” George said. “We become part of the community on the ice when we’re out here.” “They’re just so graceful and beautiful. Every time I see a whale I get excited,” he said. “I’ve seen thousands and thousands,” he goes on, “it’s always like seeing a bowhead for the first time.” George is a wildlife biologist with the North Slope Borough, and the census coordinator. He’s been participating in the census a long time — the first one he helped with was all the way back in 1980. Craig George has been working out on the ice as part of the whale census since 1980. April 16, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) He’s seen plenty of things go wrong. The most memorable, he says, was back in 1985, when a heavy piece of ice floating out on the ocean hit the shore-fast ice a considerable distance from where they were camped. It also helps that they stay in regular communication with the whalers who are out on the ice doing their spring hunt.last_img read more

30 jail inmates get degrees in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: It was a proud moment for 30 inmates of the Warangal Central Prison. Their months of hard work paid off on Wednesday when they received degree certificates.Greater Warangal Mayor Gunda Prakash Rao, who presented the degree certificates to the inmates, heaped praise on Telangana State Prisons Department for its efforts to channelize the lives of prisoners. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us “The Telangana State Prisons Department has become a beacon for other States in the country by implementing several reformative besides taking proactive measures for the welfare of the inmates,” he said. No one is born criminal. It is the circumstances that make one so, the Mayor said, stating that prisons in the State have been working hard to correct them. Make use of all the facilities provided by the jail authorities, he said, referring to the Unnati scheme aimed at curtailing recidivism. “Script a new chapter in your lives,” Prakash Rao told the inmates. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Warangal Central Prison Deputy Superintendent D Kalidasu said that their efforts to correct the prisoners are yielding results. The number of ex-inmates coming back to jail has decreased considerably, he added. District Child Welfare Committee chairman Mandala Parashuramulu said that there is no need for prisoners to feel inferior. The prisoners have facilities to learn and earn in the jail, he said. Jailor Sakru Naik, Rama Krishna Reddy, Deputy jailor Ramesh, M Srinivas, Local corporator Elagam Leelavathi, Citizen Forum State committee member G Raj Kumar, social worker S Praveen Kumar and T Purnachander Rao were among others present.last_img read more

Istanbul vote to be rerun after Erdogan party loses

first_imgTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at North Atlantic Council Mediterranean Dialogue Meeting in Ankara, Turkey on 6 May. Photo: ReutersTurkey’s top election body ordered a re-run of Istanbul’s mayoral election on Monday after the party of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained about its shock defeat in the vote, the state news agency reported.The winner of the election, Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said it was a “treacherous decision” and vowed to fight on.”They are trying to take back the election we won. Maybe you are upset but never lose your hope,” he told thousands of supporters on the outskirts of Istanbul following the ruling.Imamoglu narrowly defeated the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the 31 March local elections to take control of Turkey’s biggest city.It was a rare electoral defeat for Erdogan, himself a former mayor of the city, which has been in the hands of the AKP and its predecessors for 25 years.But the AKP has refused to accept defeat, saying there were “irregularities and corruption” in the vote.Imamoglu won by just 13,000 votes but was confirmed after two weeks of recounts in April.The soft-spoken former district mayor had vowed to heal political divisions and reach across party lines.But Istanbul, with 16 million residents, is Turkey’s economic engine and controls a major chunk of public spending.Erdogan once said winning Istanbul was like winning the entire country.The loss of the mayorship in Istanbul, along with a more resounding defeat in the capital Ankara, reflected widespread concern over the deteriorating economy.Downright dictatorshipThe CHP, which had previously called Erdogan a “bad loser”, said it was holding an emergency meeting after the election body’s announcement.The party’s deputy chair, Onursal Adiguzel, who represents Istanbul in the national assembly, said the ruling was “neither democratic nor legitimate”.”Going to the polls against the AKP is allowed, but winning is forbidden… This is downright dictatorship,” he tweeted.Imamoglu said he would travel to Ankara on Tuesday to meet with party leaders.”I dont even know what to say. The lawlessness is so obvious,” a female supporter told AFP ahead of his speech in Istanbul.”If there is no rule of law… they will trigger a civil war.”The defeated mayoral candidate, former prime minister Binali Yildirim, said he hoped the re-run would “be beneficial for our city”.Erdogan presented the local elections as a matter of national survival, campaigning heavily even though he was not running himself.For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader that Turkey needs as it faces internal and international security threats — while also speaking for religiously conservative Turks who have felt sidelined.His critics say he has undermined the rule of law with a sweeping crackdown on dissent and sewn division by portraying his opponents as enemies of the state.The AKP still won the most seats nationwide in the local elections, but it has been damaged by Turkey’s first recession in a decade, as well as record-high inflation and a currency that has lost more than 12 per cent of its value against the dollar this year alone.The party did not request a re-run of the election for the Istanbul local assembly, in which it won a majority of seats.last_img read more

Its An Amazing World Of Discovery Up Here NASA Kate Rubins To

first_img Share – / 4NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins talked to cancer kid patients at the MD Anderson Cancer Center today about space, what does it take to become an astronaut and working hard to pursue one’s dreams.Rubins, who is based at the International Space Station, was wearing the astronaut suit that several children patients co-designed and painted with her within the  Space Suit Art Project, an MD Anderson and NASA partnership to help kids with cancer cope through art and technology. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Johnson Space Center director Ellen Ochoa greeted Rubins from Houston, surrounded by three of the children who participated in the space suit art project and their families, in addition to MD Anderson doctors and others.The kids, already familiar with Rubins through their experience creating the astronaut suit along with her, awaited expectantly their turn to pick the phone and talk to the flight engineer, who was donning their piece of art and had a big smile on her face as she greeted them one by one.Each of them, introduced by their first name only, were visibly excited and  had a question ready.Tatiana, the youngest, asked Rubins if she had to work a lot to become an astronaut.” We need to learn a whole lot of things”, Rubins said as she described the many disciplines that she had to learn to become a flight engineer. And sometimes is a little bit hard, she added,” but that makes it even more interesting”.“That’s kind of reassuring” to know that others also have to work a lot to achieve things,  Tatiana replied as she explained that she has projects of her own in mind.As the kids took turns to talk to her, Rubins had special greetings for each of them, including Jacob, whom she saluted.Jacob asked Rubins what does it take to become an astronaut and told her that he is interested in becoming a researcher.“You need to be curious and motivated for discovery and for research. There’s so much to discover up  here”, the astronaut responded.  “It you are curious about research is an amazing world of discovery up here.”The astronaut wrapped up with a very special message for the kids. “This project has really inspired me”, she said . “It’s been an amazing opportunity to paint with you guys.”last_img read more