Sports Wrap: Dhoni’s Hummer floors New Zealand’s cricket stars, big blow for England ahead of India tour

first_imgMS Dhoni driving Hummer in Ranchi leaves New Zealand players awestruckMahendra Singh Dhoni on his arrival in Ranchi, his hometown, for the fourth ODI decided to head to the team hotel in his Hummer.Anderson absent again as England unchanged for India tourEngland have named an unchanged squad for their tour of India with their all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson not included in the initial 16-man list for the five-Test series.Stokes can be one of all-time great all-rounders, says coach BaylissEngland coach Trevor Bayliss said that Ben Stokes could mature into one of the greatest ever all-rounder.League Cup: Sturridge brace helps Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal throughDaniel Sturridge sent Liverpool into the League Cup quarter-finals and gave his manager a reminder of his talents with two clinical goals in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.De Bruyne to miss derby clash due to injury, says GuardiolaThe 25-year-old sustained the injury during Manchester City’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton on Sunday.last_img read more

Read More

CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK SET FOR SATURDAY

first_imgSIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE AND MERCY MEDICAL CENTER WILL CONDUCT A CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS THIS SATURDAY.THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 10AM UNTIL 1PM AT FIRE STATION THREE, LOCATED AT 2630 3RD STREET.SAFETY PERSONNEL WILL INSPECT CAR SEATS AND SHOW PARENTS HOW TO PROPERLY INSTALL AND USE THEM.THE EVENT IS PART OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY “SAFE KIDS” PROGRAM.last_img

Read More

How Tite transformed Paulinho

first_imgBrazil Silencing the critics – How Brazil boss Tite transformed Paulinho Raisa Simplicio 07:36 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Paulinho Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Brazil Barcelona v Eibar Eibar Barcelona Primera División The Selecao star capped his first Barcelona start with a mightily impressive performance on Tuesday, something nobody could have foreseen one year ago Just over a year ago it was hard to imagine all that’s happened to Paulinho. After his failure at Tottenham Hotspur and a subsequent transfer to Chinese football, the Brazilian was about as far from the spotlight as he could get, completely forgotten between the odd rumour linking him with a move home.But his life has taken a dramatic turn. His journey of redemption beginning in September 2016 when he was a surprise inclusion in new coach Tite’s first Brazil squad. Having been nowhere near a single Brazil squad since World Cup 2014, unsurprisingly the watching press in Rio that afternoon were keen to hear an explanation. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing READ MORE: What did Tite learn from WCQ?  | Willian states Brazil case | Tite explains Brazil squad “Paulinho speaks for himself… his career speaks for itself,” insisted Tite. “He is a Confederations Cup champion, he participated in the Club World Cup [of 2015], he deserves his spot, looking at current form too, not only his past.”The media had endured a rocky relationship with combative former boss Dunga. Tite was charming, patient, attentive, and his willingness to engage intellectually had immediately won them back on side. The new coach, if not Paulinho himself, was given the benefit of the doubt.Paulinho started Tite’s first game in charge, against Ecuador in Quito. And he played a hugely important role in shutting down Christian Noboa, who was so vital to Ecuador’s play. Still, Paulinho drew criticism from some quarters. Paulinho, Tite, Fagner, Willain e Gil - Brasil - 23/03/2017Brazil was yet to be convinced. Tite, however, who had coached Paulinho to the Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup in 2012 with Corinthians, was unwavering. Paulinho missed just one competitive match since and was through suspension.With each game, Brazil’s no.8 has improved, shrugging aside any pressure he may have felt after so long away. The criticism stopped some time ago. Now he is universally recognised as one of the most important factors in Brazil’s total transformation under Tite. Paulinho has brought experience and organisation the midfield. He chases back, and dashes forward from his shuttling role, grabbing both goals and assists. Paulinho Philippe Coutinho Brazil World Cup qualifyingHe has also been decisive in important matches, like the clasicos versus both Argentina and Uruguay, where he netted his first career hat-trick against La Celeste at the famous Centenario. Paulinho’s performances also drew attention from elsewhere, earning him a €40 million move to Barcelona last month. But without Tite acting as a shield, the midfielder arrived at Camp Nou once again facing criticism from a fanbase underwhelmed by his signing. With the club in something of an institutional crisis following the shock departure of Neymar, however, much of the supporters’ dissatisfaction had little to do with Paulinho personally.And the script had already been written when, last weekend, Paulinho came off the bench with less than 15 minutes remaining to grab a hugely important winner in the 2-1 victory over Getafe. Lionel Messi’s embrace during the subsequent celebrations, meanwhile, provided an illustration that Paulinho had certainly won over his new colleague.Messi PaulinhoAnd on Tuesday night he was at it again, marking his first start for his new club by leaping to head home Barca’s second in the 6-1 demolition on Eibar. He also created his side’s third with an inventive dummy that released Messi, before laying Barca’s fifth as he played a quick one-two with the Argentinian.Barcelona may yet come to depend on him just as much as Tite, who won’t be in Spain to protect Paulinho this season. Though it doesn’t look like he’ll need it. “He silenced his critics,” wrote Spanish daily AS. Paulinho speaks for himself.last_img read more

Read More

Juventus to sanction loan for €30m addition Romero

first_imgJuventus will allow Cristian Romero to spend the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Genoa despite investing €30 million (£26m/$33m) in securing his services, Goal can confirm.The 21-year-old defender is due to officially become a Bianconeri player this summer.Goal revealed back in February that the Serie A champions had a deal in place and Genoa president Enrico Preziosi then confirmed as much in May. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He said: “You all know that there is a negotiation in progress – [Romero] will go to Juventus.”The sale of Piatek and that of Romero will definitely put the club’s accounts in order. The sale of Piatek, from a corporate point of view, was a very good move.”Genoa’s finances are very healthy. We will have no debt to the treasury within this year.”Romero is considered to be a hot prospect for the future, but Juventus are prepared to let him further his development outside of Turin.A loan switch is set to be sanctioned, with only the terms of that agreement set to be thrashed out.It could be that Romero is allowed to stay on at Genoa for a single season or across a two-year spell.Juventus have a long-term contract in place with Romero so time is on their side when it comes to welcoming him into the fold.There remains intense competition for places in the ranks of the Italian title holders and there is a desire to avoid stunting Romero’s progress.The Bianconeri are also in the process of wrapping up a deal for Sassuolo loanee Merih Demiral.The Turkey international is considered to be better placed than Romero to step immediately into first-team plans in Turin, despite also being just 21 years of age.That means that an Argentine youngster will have to seek out minutes elsewhere.Romero will be allowed to complete his apprenticeship away from the glare of the spotlight at the Allianz Stadium before being given his chance to shine.Juve have no need to rush him, despite parting with a sizeable fee, as they are also strengthening their defensive options with other deals.A summer switch had been mooted for Daniele Rugani, but the 24-year-old Italy international is now poised to sign fresh terms through to the end of the 2023-24 campaign.last_img read more

Read More

5-Star OL Commit Opening Up His Recruitment

first_imgA wide-action shot of the crowd at an LSU game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)One of the top offensive linemen in the country has decided to open up his recruitment. He remains committed to his school, but he’s going to take some visits.Kardell Thomas, a five-star offensive lineman and the No. 1 offensive guard in the country, has been committed to LSU since July 2016. That’s a long time.Up until now, Thomas had reportedly planned on shutting down his recruitment completely. However, that is apparently changing.Chad Simmons of Rivals.com reports that Thomas now plans to take visits to other schools.Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and USC are believed to be in contention.The full update is behind a paywall on Rivals.com:Top #LSU commit Kardell Thomas has changed his tune. Earlier this year, he said he was done and only visiting Baton Rouge. He now plans to take visits. He knows two official visitors. #Bama #Canes @Sooners #PennState #HookEm #USCUPDATE: https://t.co/39ycnHaZen pic.twitter.com/1fS0ECIFaF— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) May 22, 2018Thomas is one of the top recruits in the country. He’s ranked the No. 20 recruit in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.It’s unclear when Thomas plans on making an official decision regarding all of his visits. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Read More

More Mental Health Programs Get Funding

first_img $19,000 for training in psychosocial rehabilitation for staff in Southwest Health district; $37,000 to develop a consumer participation program in Annapolis Valley district; $70,000 for Dalhousie University department of psychiatry to expand a primary to Grade 6 education program called Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies to English-speaking students in Nova Scotia earlier. The program had been pilot tested with French-speaking students and their teachers in Cheticamp. The districts were informed of their approved programenhancements in August 2003. Many of the positions involved arecurrently being posted. The Cape Breton District Health Authority will not receive aportion of this funding. On Feb. 24, it was announced that thisdistrict would receive additional funding to enhance services tochildren and youth who require intensive community-basedtreatment and case management. Nova Scotians with mental illness are receiving more support intheir communities with an additional $2 million for districthealth authorities’ and IWK Health Centre mental health budgets. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac announced today, Nov. 4, theprograms and services receiving the funding, which is part of the2003-04 Department of Health budget announced earlier this year. “This government has a plan to improve mental health programsacross the province. We’re putting funding in the hands of healthdistricts, so people with mental health issues have access to theservices they need, closer to home,” said Mr. MacIsaac. District health authorities and the IWK Health Centre madeproposals to the Department of Health for the funding increase. The money is being allocated for priorities for mental health asoutlined in Your Health Matters. Those funding prioritiesinclude:– additional mental health staff for child and youth programs inseven districts; — additional staff for crisis response, emergency services andearly response programs in four districts;– new case managers for youth and adult community programs inCumberland and Pictou counties;– a new reproductive psychiatry service in the Capital region (apartnership between Capital Health and IWK Health Centre);– a new navigation service for youth mental health patients atthe IWK Health Centre;– a new youth sex offender treatment program. “It is very good news for the IWK to receive support for programsthat will make it possible for young people to receive the helpthey need. Our new programs will help young people not onlyaccess mental health services, but enable them to better navigatethe health system and the justice system as they are assessed andtreated,” said Sue Mercer, interim vice-president, IWK child andadolescent mental health. “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide additionalresources to the child and adolescent team and enhance community-based supports as well as prevention and mental health promotionprograms for children and youth,” said South Shore Health’s vice-president of community health Alice Leverman. South Shore Healthis adding two mental health professionals, a clinical socialworker or psychologist, and a child community support worker toits staff. One-time projects receiving funding include: last_img read more

Read More

Traffic Advisory HRM

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 On Friday, Nov. 27, Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will be closed for about 20 minutes, between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs.last_img

Read More

Airtel Africa plans IPO London listing may mop up 1 billion

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom czar Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel’s Africa unit plans to launch over $1 billion (around Rs 6,970 crore) IPO in London to help reduce debt. The firm plans to sell 25 per cent of new shares of Airtel Africa in the proposed initial public offering (IPO) and is looking to trade on the main market of the London Stock Exchange using its premium listing segment, Bharti Airtel said in a regulatory filing. It is also considering a listing in Nigeria, the firm added. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAirtel Africa last year raised $1.25 billion from six investors including Temasek Holdings Pte, SoftBank Group Corp and Warburg Pincus, giving it an equity value of about $4.4 billion. While the company did not divulge the amount it intends to raise from the proposed public offer, banking sources said it expects to raise over $1 billion. “In furtherance to our previous intimations in this regard, we wish to inform you that Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of the company, has announced its potential intention to undertake an initial public offering for listing its equity shares on London Stock Exchange…,” Bharti Airtel said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefIt added that related documents have been submitted for approval to the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Airtel Africa — which offers telecom services in 14 countries in Africa — plans to use the proceeds from issue of new shares, to reduce debt. It has about 98.9 million subscribers and 14.2 million mobile money customers, with Nigeria accounting for the largest single country subscriber base. As on December 31, 2018, Airtel Africa was the second largest mobile operator in Africa by number of active subscribers. Airtel Africa recently reported its first full-year profit at $412 million for 2018-19, helped by higher data consumption and Airtel Money penetration. Its revenue increased 5.73 per cent to $3,077 million in 2018-19 from $2,910 million a year ago. Commenting on the planned offer, Sunil Bharti Mittal Chairman of Airtel Africa, exuded confidence that the company is in a “strong position” to build its own capital market profile. “Since first investing in Africa almost nine years ago, we have well leveraged our expertise in emerging markets to deliver on a clearly-defined strategy to build Airtel Africa into a market leading mobile service provider, increasingly expanding beyond voice into data services and Airtel Money,” Mittal said. He further added, “with the recent equity investments into the business by globally recognised long-term investors, we believe that Airtel Africa is in a strong position to build its own capital market profile, allowing others to join us in a real business success story”. The new Board of Directors is committed to carry forward the strong legacy of corporate governance of the parent company, Mittal pointed out. Raghunath Mandava, CEO of Airtel Africa said the 14 countries that the company operates in offer strong economic growth potential with young and fast-growing populations, low customer and data penetration and inadequate banking infrastructure. These fast-growing markets provide the company a “great opportunity” to grow both telecom and payments businesses, he added. “Immediately following admission, the company intends to have a free float of at least 25 per cent of the company’s issued share capital and expects that it would be eligible for inclusion in the FTSE UK indices. “In addition, it is expected that up to a further 15 per cent of the offer will be made available pursuant to the over-allotment option,” the company said in its registration document.last_img read more

Read More

Fed up with Facebook Heres how to break it off

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Fed up with Facebook? You’re not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.Even before that, users have considered dumping Facebook after growing tired of political disagreements with friends and relatives. And studies have shown that the mindless scrolling that Facebook is so good for can leave us feeling depressed.While Facebook has tried to address some of these problems, it’s not enough for some users. If you are one of them, there are options. Hard as it might seem to quit, especially for those entwined with it for years, it can be done.Mostly.___GOODBYE FOREVERBefore deleting your account, rescue your posts and photos. Facebook lets you download the data you’ve shared with Facebook since you joined. This includes your posts and photos, as well as the “activity log” — the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook, such as likes and comments on posts, use of apps and searches. The download also contains your profile, messages, list of friends, ads you’ve clicked on and IP addresses you’ve used to connect to Facebook.This process should give you a good — perhaps scary — idea of what Facebook has on you.What you won’t get are photos other people shared with you, even if you’ve been tagged. You need to save those individually. And some stuff will remain, including what others have posted about you, your chats with others and your posts in Facebook groups (though your name will be greyed out). To delete all this, you’ll need to sift through your “activity log,” accessible through your profile page, and delete each item individually.Once you’ve saved everything and gone through your activity log, sign in one last time. Go to http://bit.ly/198wIoI and click on the blue button. You can’t get that from the settings page, as Facebook, it may seem, doesn’t want you to leave. Facebook says the process could take a few days. Your delete request will be cancelled if you log back in during this time. Facebook says it may take up to 90 days for all the data associated with your account to be wiped, but you can’t change your mind after the first few days are up.If you used your Facebook account for third-party apps and sites, you’ll need new usernames and passwords for each.___TRIAL SEPARATIONIf you’re not quite ready for a divorce, deactivating your account is an option. To do this, go to your account settings.Deactivating means other people won’t be able to see your profile, but if you log back in, the whole thing is cancelled and you are “active” again. Ditto if you log into an outside app or site using your Facebook account.___FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT)Depending on whether you were a full-time Facebook addict or an occasional lurker, the psychological separation could prove harder or easier than the physical one. Facebook has become a one-stop shop for so many things. You can keep up with friends and family, find out about or create local events, buy and sell stuff, keep up with the news, raise money for a cause or join groups of like-minded people such as parents, porch gardeners and people with a rare disease.There are other places to do many of these things, though likely not all at once. There’s Eventbrite for events, Letgo for buying and selling stuff, Peanut for moms to connect, Meetup to find and meet like-minded people, GoFundMe for raising money and Twitter, or, gasp, your local newspaper’s website for the news.If you find your mind wandering back to Facebook as you go through your day, thinking how you might craft a post about a thought you’ve just had or an article you came across, it’s OK. Let it go. It’s all part of the breakup process.And while you may not see updates about near-forgotten schoolmates or that random person you met six years ago, the people who matter most will stick around. For them, there’s email, the phone, and meeting in person for coffee.___ABOUT THOSE OTHER APPSIf your boycott of Facebook has more to do with your view of the company than with tiring of the Facebook service, you might consider deleting Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger as well — they are all owned by Facebook. Deleting your Facebook account won’t affect your Instagram or WhatsApp account. If you want to keep using Messenger, you can create an account using your phone number instead of your Facebook profile.last_img read more

Read More

Morocco to Return to GMT on Saturday

Rabat- Morocco will go back to GMT time on Saturday, October 26 at 3.00 a.m., the ministry of Public Service and Administration Modernization announced. “The clock will be put back 60 minutes at 3:00 Sunday, October 26, 2014”, the ministry said in a statement.Morocco has been enforcing daylight saving time during summer with an interruption in the fasting month of Ramadan.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.

Read More

Senegal added to UN list of least developed countries

Least developed countries (LDCs) are the poorest countries in the world, and are designated as such by the General Assembly on the basis of a per capita annual gross domestic product of less than $800, weak human resources, and a low level of economic diversification. According to the UN Committee for Development Policy — the body which reviews the status of LDCs — Senegal meets all three criteria for inclusion.The combined population of the 49 LDCs is 610.5 million – equivalent to 10.5 per cent of world population. In the development efforts of the United Nations, they receive particular attention, since their needs are even greater than those of other developing countries.The European Union will host the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries from 14 to 20 May in Brussels to assess the results of the programme of action adopted at the Second Conference on LDCs held in Paris in 1990 and to lay out a programme for the decade 2001-2010. The meeting will also review international support measures for the sustainable development of those countries and their integration into the world economy. read more

Read More

Ohio State womens gymnastics takes 4th at NCAA Regionals

The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team lost the battle for the gold this past weekend after four months of preparation. After a season filled with great victories and humbling falls, the women’s gymnastics team’s 2013 season came to a bittersweet close as it took fourth place at the NCAA Regional Championships Saturday evening at St. John Arena. “I really thought we had a chance,” said junior all-around specialist Sarah Miller. “Other teams did better and scores show for it … I thought we had a chance, I really did.” The Buckeyes finished with a 196.050 after competing with No. 5 LSU, No. 6 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona, Central Michigan and North Carolina State along with individual competitors. LSU took the first-place title with 197.275, UCLA came in second with 196.950 and Arizona took third with 196.100. “Coming in as a fourth-seeded team, we really had nothing to lose,” said junior all-around gymnast Melanie Shaffer. “We didn’t have a ranking to defend and we were at home in our own arena so we just used the energy all around us.” The season hasn’t ended for all of the Buckeyes, though, as Miller and Shaffer will go on to represent OSU at the NCAA Nationals. “It was a really good beat for us,” said OSU women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan. “Obviously we would have liked to be top two, but UCLA and LSU are really great teams, so we are really excited to be taking two individuals to nationals and looking forward to hopefully getting some All-Americans out there.” Shaffer qualified with a fourth-place finish in the all-around after earning a score of 39.325. “I’m really excited (about) making it individually,” Shaffer said. “It would have been better if our whole team would have went, but I’m still looking at the positives and excited about going to California, and I have another teammate that will be going with me, so it’s a really fun and cool experience to look forward to.” Miller excelled at the balance beam, tying with LSU’s Jessie Jordan for first-place and career-best with a 9.950 and qualifying her to move forward to nationals. “I’m excited,” said Miller, smiling while catching her breath fresh off the floor. “It stinks to be going without your team because the first time I ever went was with my team, so it’s disappointing, but at the same time it’s a learning experience for everybody.” In 2012, the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Nationals for the first time since 1990. This season alone, Miller earned five Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week awards and snagged a first-place title on the balance beam at the Big Ten Championships in March, a title she tied for with senior teammate Aly Marohn. “They are the first Big Ten champions we have had on any of the four events since 1999,” assistant coach Meredith Yonushonis said in an email. Marohn, a senior balance beam specialist, received 28th place for balance beam at the NCAA regionals, but said she understands that the past is in the past. “I’m not going to lie, I’m really disappointed,” Marohn said. “That was the best routine of my career and I couldn’t have done anything different.” Marohn was shy of advancing to nationals by 0.025. “Aly had the best routine of her life. I mean, it was amazing, so I’m extremely proud of her for ending her career on that,” Miller said. For the 2014 season, the Buckeyes will be losing two seniors off of their roster of 15, but Fagan said the five current juniors will move up in their places. “Next year, the senior class is going to be really strong, season-wise and athletically as well,” Fagan said. “We have to be sharp.” Fagan said she was satisfied with the way the team’s season ended. “One of our mottos this season was to be undeniable, and you have to be undeniably good,” Fagan said. “Which we did.” The NCAA Championships are scheduled for April 19-21 in Los Angeles. read more

Read More

Most domestic abusers not checked up on at home damning probation inspection

Domestic abusers aren’t being checked up on at home after release, a damning report by HM Inspectorate of Probation has found. Inspections found that in most cases where offenders should have been visited at home this had not been done, and that they were instead being met by often overstretched probation officers in public settings such as libraries and cafes. They found that private community rehabilitation companies, which deal with low to-medium risk offenders, were not putting enough of them on the only accredited domestic abuse programme, Building Better Relationships, and in many areas “enthusiastic” officers were delivering courses they had found or devised themselves but without any evidence that they actually worked. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said that the results of the inspections were of “grave concern”. “There are, without a doubt, more women and children afeared and at risk here than should be the case,” she said. The audit of five areas in England and Wales, which took place in April and May this year, found that a home visit had only taken place in 19 per cent of cases where this should have been done. Dame Glenys warned that the public meetings could limit probation officers’ ability to work with offenders.  Home visits allow probation officers to assess the offender’s living environment, meet his partner, and see if any children are living there, she added.CRCs were introduced to the justice system in 2014, and have faced criticism for poor standards of work. An inspection report released last year found that in some cases violent offenders were being supervised by telephone.Prisons and Probation Minister Rory Stewart said: “We are taking decisive action to improve CRCs by ending current contracts early, investing £22m in through the gate services, and we have consulted on how best to deliver probation services in the future. “This report highlights pockets of good practice to build on, but more must be done. By putting in place new arrangements we will heed the lessons from what has and hasn’t worked, so probation plays its full part in tackling domestic abuse and protecting victims.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It’s not the sort of environment where the individual under supervision is likely to be at their most candid,” she said.”Equally, it’s difficult for the probation worker to be challenging as well as supportive in an environment where you’re busy buying a coffee.” read more

Read More

Children rescued from abusive home in States care …father remains in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChild care agency rescues 3 children from abusive home …father being questioned by CopsAugust 29, 2017In “Crime”Sexually abused 5 – Y- O allegedly kidnapped from SchoolSeptember 15, 2014In “Crime”Kidnapped 5 – Year – old spotted in Berbice with motherSeptember 19, 2014In “Crime” The Department of Public Information has said that the three children who were rescued from their allegedly abusive home in Region Nine on Monday have been brought to Georgetown.Medically examined, results have proven that the two girls have been sexually molested, but their male sibling was not sexually abused. Additionally, a 14-year-old female sibling who had relocated earlier in the year was also examined and found to have been sexually abused.The children’s father has also been brought to Georgetown to further assist with investigations. The four children will remain in the state’s custody, but their 49-year-old father is in police custody.The Child Care & Protection Agency (CCPA) rescued the three children — two girls respectively aged 12 and eight, and one boy aged eight — from a home in which they had allegedly been sexually abused by their father.Acting on reports made by village leaders, including school teachers in Quarrie, a satellite of St Ignatius Village in Region Nine, CCPA officials on Monday took the children from the home in which they resided with their 49-year-old father and carried them to the Lethem Police Station in an effort to have that entity assist with investigations.The children allegedly told the Police that they had been abused physically. However, they did not say anything about being abused sexually. The father continues to be questioned by Police, and investigations are ongoing. read more

Read More

Thousands of US troops could be headed for Afghanistan after Trump decision

first_img Image: Brian Harris/AP Photo Jun 14th 2017, 7:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,139 Views 40 Comments Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 7:33 AM Under Barack Obama, troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were closely managed by the White House. Thousands of US troops could be headed for Afghanistan after Trump decision By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3442897 A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade in Kunduz. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has granted the Pentagon authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a US official said last night, a move that could lead to the deployment of thousands more soldiers.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told AFP that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis can now directly adjust troop numbers, though the official would not confirm whether a new “force management level” — currently at around 8,400 — had been finalised.“The White House has done the same that it did with Iraq and Syria, which is to grant the secretary of defense the authority to set troop levels,” the official said, referring to recent adjustments Trump has approved for the fight against the Islamic State group in those two countries.Under Barack Obama, troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were closely managed by the White House and commanders complained they felt shackled by the strictures.The development came just hours after Mattis gave lengthy testimony to lawmakers, some of whom were exasperated at how long it has taken for Trump to come up with a new strategy in Afghanistan.The official said the final decision to give Mattis the power to adjust troop levels actually came during his testimony, at which he said America still is “not winning” in Afghanistan.The “Taliban had a good year last year, they are trying to have a good one this year,” Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing about the Pentagon’s budget.“Right now, I believe the enemy is surging.”InvasionMattis’s latest assessment comes nearly 16 years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and amid a war that continues to claim the lives of US troops each year — and those of thousands of local forces and civilians.US military commanders, who saw fragile security gains eroded under Obama-era troop drawdowns, have been pushing for a new strategy that could see thousands of additional soldiers deploy to Afghanistan to help train and advise beleaguered Afghan partners.Media reports have said Mattis is considering asking for 3,000 to 5,000 additional US and NATO troops, but the defense chief has said little on the matter.In February, General John Nicholson, who commands NATO forces in Afghanistan, warned that he needs “a few thousand” more troops to reverse what he called a stalemate.Despite months of expectation that a full Afghanistan strategy announcement is imminent, Mattis said the new plans not be ready before mid-July.Republican Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, voiced his “palpable” frustration.“We’re now six months into this administration, we still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan,” McCain said, noting it was difficult to get behind an Afghanistan budget request without knowing what the plan is.“We know what the strategy was for the last eight years: Don’t lose. That hasn’t worked.”Mattis acknowledged the reality on the ground.“We are not winning in Afghanistan right now. We will correct this as soon as possible,” he said.- © AFP 2017Read: At least 30 injured as massive fire engulfs west London tower block A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade in Kunduz. Image: Brian Harris/AP Photo Short URL Share19 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Read More

Student Group Scans Skies for Signs of Alien Life

first_imgStay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet That there is indeed a civilization out there of “similar or higher class than ours” trying to broadcast their presence using an optical beam (“perhaps of the ‘directed energy’ arrayed-type currently being developed here on Earth,” Stewart suggested). That the transmission wavelength of said beam is one, we can detect. That said beacon has been left on long enough for us to detect its light. Astronomers are keen to find intelligent extraterrestrial life.And while we’ve not yet met our alien neighbors, there is there is plenty of evidence of Earth analogues beyond our Milky Way.“That is, I think, one of the amazing discoveries of the last century or so—that planets are common,” according to Philip Lubin, an experimental cosmologist and professor of physics at the University of California Santa Barbara.Which begs the question: Are we looking hard enough for extraterrestrial life?That’s the driving force behind the Trillion Planet Survey, an ambitious experiment run almost entirely by Lubin’s student researchers.Using a suite of telescopes aimed at nearby galaxies, a “pipeline” of software to process images, and a bit of game theory, the team hopes to make that big discovery we’ve all been waiting for.A lofty goal that requires three assumptions, as explained by lead researcher Andrew Stewart, a student at Emory University and a member of Lubin’s group: “If these requirements are met and the extraterrestrial intelligence’s beam power and diameter are consistent with an Earth-type civilization class, our system will detect this signal,” he said in a statement.New technology in the form of optical and infrared wavelengths is paving the way for vastly longer range detection and, subsequently, more opportunities to hunt for aliens.But not everyone is comfortable with advertising our location to potentially advanced civilizations.“Broadcasting our presence to the universe, believe it or not, turns out to be a very controversial topic,” Stewart said, citing bureaucratic issues and difficulty in obtaining necessary equipment.That, unfortunately, leaves scientists with only a few, tentative direct signals—including the famed Voyager 1 probe, which launched in 1977 with a message-in-a-bottle gold-plated record of human existence.Lubin’s group is currently working to get its “pipeline”—a single-image collection of telescopic photos capturing the Andromeda Galaxy—up and running.That one picture will be compared to a more pristine image with no known interfering signals from satellites or spacecraft.The two images should have the same signal value—a difference of zero. Anything higher could indicate a transient signal source, which must be further processed to rule out false positives.All discrepancies would be easily spotted and eliminated by the software pipeline.This search, as any ET hunter knows, is an exercise in patience and optimism.Andromeda—the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way—is 2.5 million light-years away from Earth. So any detected signal would have been sent at least 2.5 million years ago, according to Lubin group project scientist Jatila van der Veen.That’s more than enough time for the civilization that sent it to have been wiped out by the time the light reaches Earth.“That does not mean we should not look,” van der Veen said. “After all, we look for archaeological relics and fossils, which tell us about the history of Earth. Finding ancient signals will definitely give us information about the history of evolution of life in the cosmos, and that would be amazing.”The latest UC Santa Barbara data was presented at last month’s NASA Technosignatures workshop in Houston.Dust storms have been spotted on Saturn’s moon Titan and jets ejected from neutron stars stunned astronomers. Learn more about what’s going on in outer space here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Read More

Mohegan appoints former Landing International executive Christian Block to oversee Korea Canada

first_img Scientific Games partners with Jumbo Technology Load More Korea’s Kangwon Land enjoys first positive revenue, profit growth in 10 quarters RelatedPosts Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced the appointment of Christian Block as Regional President, overseeing the company’s international properties in Korea, Canada and Niagara Falls.Block, whose tasks include ensuring day-to-day compliance and regulatory controls are met within Mohegan’s properties, is no stranger to Korea, having previously served as Executive Vice President at Landing Entertainment Korea where he led the opening of Landing Casino at Jeju Shinhwa World and was responsible for all operational and marketing departments within the company. He was also CEO of Les Ambassadeurs Casino in London – which Landing sold in October 2017 – for nearly five years before his time in Jeju. Genting Malaysia, Caesars said to have lost interest in Greek casino bid amid ongoing delays Mohegan is set to break ground on its US$1.6 billion Korean integrated resort Inspire in the coming months.News of Block’s appointment came as Mohegan took over gaming operations at Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara on Wednesday, having won a competitive bid by the properties’ owner, the Ontario Lottery Corp, last year. Mohegan will also operate the 5,000-seat Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre when it opens.last_img read more

Read More

Coral Springs high school pays tribute to 911 first responders

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida high school gave a touching tribute to first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks.J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs held its fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, Saturday. Participants climbed 110 stories in honor of the firefighters and other first responders lost during the attacks.John Napolitano, who lost his son that day, spoke at the event. “First responders that served before that day, and all the first responders that are serving now, that they’re recognized, for their sacrifice, for what they do,” he said. “It’s not about how they died; it’s about how they lived.”Photos, presentations and memorials lining the stairwells recognized local firefighters as well as those lost in the line of duty on Sept. 11.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Read More

MLC Mahender Reddy takes part in membership drive

first_imgChevella: MLC Mahender Reddy said the state government under the leadership of K Chandrashekar Rao has been striving for development and welfare of poor for six years. He participated in the membership drive held here on Wednesday. He urged the activities to enrol themselves into the party fold, which strengthens the party. He called upon the activities to enrol at least 50, 000 members per constituency. MLA Kale Yadaiah, ZPTC K Srikanth, Ananth Reddy, mandal party president Mahneder Reddy, MPP Nakshatra Jeevanth, vice-MPP Mamatha, district women wing president Swapna, senior leader Narotham, Jaganmohan Reddy were also present.last_img

Read More