No Defense: Jays Beat Yanks, 7-6

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first_imgTORONTO — The hitters did better, but defensive miscues ensured a fourth straight defeat for the struggling New York Yankees.Jose Reyes atoned for a pair of misplays by hitting a lead-off double in the ninth inning and scoring when Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw away a bunt, lifting AL East-leading Toronto to a 7-5 win on June 24.Solarte’s errant throw was the only New York error, but reliable shortstop Derek Jeter made two costly mistakes. Toronto made three errors, two by Reyes.“It was sloppy on both sides,” New York first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “That was an ugly game to watch. If you’re a fan, you should get your money back.”Yankees Manager Joe Girardi wasn’t promising refunds, but acknowledged that his team’s defense had been a problem again.“That hurts us and at times it’s hurt us during the course of the season,” Girardi said. “It’s something that we clearly need to do a better job of.”The Yankees trailed 6-0 before tying it, then lost their fourth in a row. “It’s an extremely tough loss because we put ourselves in a bad position early on,” Girardi said.Reyes doubled off Adam Warren (1-4) into the right-field corner. Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Warren and Solarte seemed to hesitate over who would field it.Solarte picked up the ball and threw it past second baseman Brian Roberts covering at first. The ball sailed into foul territory down the right-field line and Reyes trotted home. “Difficult,” Solarte said of the decisive bunt. “Tough play.”Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the victory.New York came in having scored just four runs in its previous three defeats and fell behind 6-0 before Jeter homered in the sixth. The Yankees tied it with a five-run, 10-batter seventh.Reyes made two errors, including a wild throw that let the Yankees make it 6-all.With runners at second and third and two outs in the seventh, Teixeira hit a grounder to Reyes, who was shifted to the second base side. The shortstop bounced his throw past first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.Teixeira’s elbow appeared to strike the back of Encarnacion’s head in a collision at the bag. Encarnacion went down the ground and stayed there for a moment while a trainer tended to him. Encarnacion remained in the game.“There was really nothing I could do,” Teixeira said. “Luckily he didn’t get hurt too bad. Hopefully he’s OK.”Dioner Navarro put the Blue Jays in front with a three-run homer into the second deck in the fourth, and Toronto capitalized on a pair of defensive lapses by Jeter to double its lead in the fifth.Munenori Kawasaki and Reyes both singled to begin the inning and two outs later, Encarnacion was safe on a fielder’s choice when Jeter triple-clutched, looking at both second and third before throwing late to first.“(Encarnacion) is out if (Jeter) just goes to first,” Girardi said, while Jeter said he made “the wrong decision.”Colby Rasmus followed with a two-run double off the wall in right, and Encarnacion came home while Jeter vainly chased Rasmus back to first in a botched rundown.“When you have a guy on third base you really don’t have much time to be throwing it back and forth because the guy is creeping,” Jeter said. “I made the decision to go after him and he beat me back to the bag.”Jeter led off the sixth with his second home run and first since May 7.Roberts made it 6-3 with a two-run homer in the seventh, and Mark Buehrle left two batters later after a bloop double by Brett Gardner. Buehrle allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked none and struck out three.Toronto loaded the bases with one out against Dellin Betances in the eighth, but couldn’t score. Encarnacion was forced at home on a grounder by Anthony Gose and Kawasaki struck out on three pitches.New York’s David Phelps allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Madrid will sack the players before Zidane!’

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first_imgZinédine Zidane Real Madrid’s players will get sacked before Zidane – Domenech Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:54 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Zinédine Zidane France Primera División UEFA Champions League The former France coach thinks that Los Blancos will show faith in their legendary player turned manager despite their recent track record Raymond Domenech expects Zinedine Zidane to remain in charge of Real Madrid for a long time, as he believes the club would get rid of the players before deciding to sack the coach.Legendary former midfielder Zidane has won seven titles since taking over the senior side in January 2016, making them the first team to win back to back Champions League crowns in its current format.Madrid 11/2 to win UCL Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player This campaign has not started well for the Spanish champions, though, who drew 0-0 draw with local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday to fall 10 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, while they are currently second to Tottenham Hotspur in their European group.Such form tends to lead to a Real Madrid manager coming under pressure from the club, but Domenech believes it is the players who should fear for their futures instead.“Look at Sir Alex Ferguson he had problems,” Domenech told Goal at the Wyscout Forum at Stamford Bridge. “He may have been one or two matches from being sacked, he was at the bottom of his time at Manchester United but we saw what he did after.“Even the biggest coaches have problems, sometimes you have difficulties and then you have to build again. You can’t win in Europe in every season, champions of Spain every season. It is difficult to live with but he has to live with it.Zinedine Zidane and Raymond Domenech in the World Cup final in 2004“I think it will be different for Zidane [than other Real Madrid coaches]. He has been a great player at Madrid, he won twice in the Champions League. He won the league ahead of Barcelona. He has a long time for the fans to forget. The players will be first to be sacked, Zidane only after that.“Manchester United and Arsenal have shown patience with coaches can mean success. Money makes people think that they can have the best team in Europe overnight, no, they need time. I don’t think mentalities are going to change though.“Media now, one bad result and they say the coaches are the problem. Two bad results is a problem and after three bad results they want a new one, that’s a big problem.”Domenech managed Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux but he most famously led France into two World Cups and a European Championship with mixed results. France lost the World Cup final with Domenech in charge as Zidane famously headbutted Marco Materazzi to earn a red card. He then suffered disappointment in the next two competitions as France went out of the group stage at Euro 2006 and World Cup 2008.He now works for the Association of France coaches and he thinks that Bordeaux manager Jocelyn Gourvennec would be a good fit for any Premier League vacancies. “I don’t know, if I am ready to go back into management but when I am here at Stamford Bridge, I see this stadium. I feel something beautiful,” Domenech added. “It is a good job to be a coach in these conditions but I am the president of the association of French coaches and I love to help these coaches.“I try to explain to people that French coaches deserve a better reputation. We see all the good young French players are playing in the other countries in Europe at big clubs. We say that they are not just good players, they have had good coaches before.“I try to explain to European clubs and football agents that you can take French coaches, they are good coaches. We have many great coaches but I think Gourvennec in Bordeaux is one of the best young coaches and I would recommend him to clubs in England.”last_img read more

Wenger: January window ‘more disturbing than ever’

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first_imgTransfers Wenger: January window ‘more disturbing than ever’ Tom Webber 08:06 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mkhi - cropped Transfers Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League Manchester United The Gunners boss is pleased with Alexis’ replacement, but made it clear he will be even happier when the winter window is closed Arsene Wenger is pleased to have replaced Alexis Sanchez with another ‘world-class’ player in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but admits the January tranfer window has been ‘more disturbing than ever’.Arsenal allowed Sanchez to join Manchester United on Monday to avoid losing the Chile international on a free transfer when his contract expired at the end of the season.The Gunners received Mkhitaryan in exchange, with Wenger confirming the Armenia international has signed a contract running until June 2021. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Adding a dedicated professional to the squad provided some joy for Wenger, although he admits that he will be even more happy with the January window comes to an end.”The thinking behind the deal is that we have player who has four months contract basically and we move [him] out for free and in exchange we have a player in Mkhitaryan who has a three-and-a-half-year contract,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.”So first it makes sense on a negotiations point of view and secondly we’re replacing a very good player with a very good player, a world-class player with a world-class player. That’s what it’s about, to keep our strength in the team.”I’m very excited to get a player in who will be committed and focused. That is of course as well very important, where we go into a very important period in the season where every game is basically a very important game so it’s important to have players who are focused.”I must say this transfer period has been a bit more disturbing than ever in the middle of the season, and I’m quite happy when the period is over.”Overjoyed and honoured to sign for the club I supported as a boy @Arsenal #WeAreTheArsenal — Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) January 22, 2018 Arsenal have been heavily linked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Borussia Dortmund claiming the Gunners made a bid over the weekend.Wenger hopes Mkhitaryan, who scored five goals in 39 Premier League appearances for United, can find the net frequently and add creativity alongside Mesut Ozil, another player whose future at Emirates Stadium is uncertain amid protracted contract negotiations.”Mkhitaryan can play on the wing or in midfield, so I believe he can play very well in many positions,” said Wenger.”That can help us as well because he can play together with Ozil as well as playmaker, so overall it’s a good move.”Maybe where he’s a bit short is on goalscoring but he has improved that. If you look at the number of goals he’s scored in his career, it’s quite impressive overall.”It is vital as well to have players who have experience, because we have a very good bunch of young players but we know that it’s not sufficient in the Premier League today to put them all in together. You also need a good weight of experience in your team and he will contribute to that.”this if you the fact these two are on the same side now — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 22, 2018last_img read more

Coastal Sells Vessels for $54 mln

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first_imgcoastal, March 28, 2014 zoom Coastal Group today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Coastal Offshore, Thaumas Marine and Pleasant Engineering have collectively secured contracts for the sales of three offshore support vessels (OSVs) and two low-end vessels for an aggregate value of approx $54 million.Apart from the two OSVs which were sold to a repeat customer, the third OSV and two low-end vessels were sold to a new customers. With these latest orders, the total value of the Group’s vessel sales stood at approx $366 million.Mr Ng Chin Heng, the Executive Chairman of Coastal, commented: “Current crude oil price remains stable underpinned by the recovery momentum in the United States and the anticipated shift out of recession in the Eurozone. We are quite optimistic with the current OSV market as stable oil price will continue to spur oil majors to increase capex spending on exploration and production activities, especially for drilling activities. We believe there are more OSV needed to support the 2015-delivery rigs.”Mr Ng further added: “With the current strong vessel sales order book and the recent win of jack-up gas compression service unit charter contract, FY2014 shall be a busy year to Coastal Group. In addition, currently we are in the progress of clinching a contract for our maiden jack-up rig which is scheduled for delivery in quarter three this year. We are quite optimistic on clinching our first jack-up rig contract this year.”All of these vessels are expected to be delivered in 2014 and 2015.last_img read more

Company Announced to Modernize the Registry of Joint Stock Companies

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first_img most transactions will be able to be submitted online 24/7; no need to mail in or deliver in person smart forms and online help will let the user know if anything is missing before they submit, thus avoiding further back-and-forth delays users will be able to track the progress of their transaction, rather than needing to call to find out when it will be completed user data entry will enable staff to focus on adding value and adjudication of complex filings, rather than answering status calls or entering data, greatly reducing wait times. Nova Scotia businesses can expect a new and improved Registry of Joint Stock Companies IT system by fall 2019. After a competitive selection process, Enterprise Registry Solutions Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland, has been identified as the selected vendor. It will begin work to modernize the new IT system immediately. Since 2002, the company has been developing and implementing business and corporate registry solutions around the world. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of ISC, a leading Canadian provider of registry and information management services for public data and records. “We’re looking forward to the expertise this company can bring to the project,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “A new, modern system will better meet the needs of Nova Scotia’s business community and reduce red tape allowing businesses to dedicate their time and finances on what’s most important, which is growing their businesses, creating opportunities for Nova Scotians and serving their customers.” The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness has estimated that modernizing the Registry of Joint Stock Companies system will save businesses about $7 million annually. It contributes to government’s red tape reduction initiative. Efficiencies include: This is one of many initiatives Service Nova Scotia is leading to better serve the business community and Nova Scotians. The contract is valued at about $7.1 million, over a 10-year period. Representatives from the business and legal communities have already been involved in this project, and will be invited to provide further feedback along the way. Law requires all businesses operating in Nova Scotia to register with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies, with a few exceptions. The current IT system is more than 20 years old.In April 2016, government announced that a government-led approach would be undertaken to modernize the land, vital statistics, joint stock companies and motor vehicle registries and transform client service at Service Nova Scotia. It is estimated that this transformation will take six to eight years to complete.last_img read more

Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48day oil pipeline leak

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – A Calgary-based company has been fined over a pipeline breach that spilled 537,000 litres of oil emulsion in northern Alberta over 48 days.The Alberta Energy Regulator says Pengrowth Energy Corporation failed to properly detect, report and deal with the spill near Red Earth Creek.The regulator says the mixture of oil and oilwell salt water leaked between Dec. 1, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2014, before the company became aware of the spill.Pengrowth (TSX:PGF) has been fined $250,000 for breaching Alberta environment and public lands laws.Rob Borth, the regulator’s director of enforcement, says in a report that Pengrowth lacked knowledge, training and management oversite of the pipeline.He says those shortcomings included being able to detect leaks.“Aggravating factors include indicators of the poor performance and operation of the pipeline were not well understood, incorrect assumptions were made by field staff and procedures were not followed,” says the report posted on the regulator’s website Thursday.“I find Pengrowth lacked diligence concerning the failure to report the release, failure to remediate and for the loss or damage to public lands.”Officials at Pengrowth were not immediately available for comment.The company’s website says Pengrowth is an intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer with more than 27 years of operating history.The regulator says the company has since cleaned up the area affected by the spill.In 2013 the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the regulator’s predecessor, issued an enforcement action against Pengrowth over a 2011 pipeline spill near Swan Hills that sent about 117,000 litres of oily water into a creek.The company was cited for operating the pipeline for more than a year under faulty construction practices before it failed.The ERCB directed the company to immediately modify its construction management system to include clear definitions of roles, responsibilities, experience, and expectations of anyone involved in pipeline design, construction and inspection. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2016 3:01 pm MDT Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48-day oil pipeline leak read more

Steve Nash Returns to Lakers Lineup in Overtime Win

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Steve Nash made his return to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup Saturday night to help the Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in overtime.Nash, who finished with 12 points and nine assists, stated Friday that he was eyeing the Christmas day match against the New York Knicks as a definite return. He said that there was a low probability that would actually play against the Warriors, but that changed Saturday.The 38-year-old Nash had missed the last 24 games after fracturing his left fibula against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 31, but felt good after Saturday’s win.“To play 40 minutes after seven weeks was more than I could ask for,” Nash said. “I felt in a decent rhythm. I feel positive about it. We’ll see (Sunday). I’ll have to keep working on it. I know it will be sore and painful but I’m used to that.”Nash did not appear to be out of shape as he broke down the Warriors defense and created shots for his teammates. Kobe Bryant thrived in Nash’s return to the lineup, finishing with 34 points and 10 rebounds.“You put two guys together who can do opposite things and it fits extremely well,” Bryant said about playing with Nash. “When I get a rebound, I look to get the ball in his hands because I know I will be getting an easy shot.”The Lakers managed to rally from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to carry the game into overtime behind Metta World Peace and Nash. Nash hit a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes of regulation before the Warriors came storming back. World Peace scored 20 points, and Nash nailed a step-back shot for the final basket in overtime to push the Lakers winning streak to four games.“The guy is a winner,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said of Nash. “There was a difference before the game. He changes everything. He changes the whole perspective.”Before the game D’Antoni said that with Nash in the lineup this is the blueprint that he had in mind after replacing Mike Brown. Brown was fired in November after a 1-4 start in his second season.The Lakers and D’Antoni hope that Nash can continue to orchestrate the offense as they head into their Christmas day match against the Knicks. read more

NHS heart test is a poorly executed gimmick that will frighten millions

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Prof Jamie Waterall, national lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at PHE, said: “The heart age test is a simple way of helping people think about their heart health.“It does not ­create any extra demand on GP services and there is no evidence to suggest this will happen. What we have seen is a big increase in people ­accessing lifestyle information, which is fantastic.” A government health ­adviser has criticised an NHS calculator which ­predicts when people will have a heart attack or stroke, saying the science behind it is “ridiculous”.Dr Ben Goldacre, who has just been appointed by the health secretary as chairman of the new Health Tech ­Advisory Board, suggested the test would needlessly frighten millions of healthy people.He said the online quiz, offered by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS website, was a “poorly executed gimmick” which would heap pressure on GPs  by instructing everyone over the age of 30 to ­demand cholesterol checks.PHE says almost two million people have completed the quiz, which found that four in five had a “heart age” older than their actual age, meaning they are at risk of a stroke or heart attack.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, Dr Goldacre is among a number of doctors questioning the accuracy of their methods. The online tool asks individuals aged 30 and over a series of questions, including age, weight, family history of heart disease and readings of blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, if readings are unknown, the calculator provides estimates based on the national average. This typically adds between one and five years to the biological age.Critics said those using the calculator are likely to be healthier than those that do not, meaning the “worried well” would be rushing to book GP ­appointments, on the basis of flawed science.And a number of patients trying the quiz this week were bemused when given advice to lose weight, or to cut blood pressure levels, only to find that revising the figures to “ideal” levels made no difference to their estimates. This test is ridiculous…There are 8.7 million people in the UK in their 30s. This PHE ‘heart age’ tool seems to be incorrectly telling them ALL to go to their GP to get their cholesterol checked.Dr Ben Goldacre, chairman of the new Health Tech ­Advisory Board Dr Goldacre, director of the ­Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab at Oxford University, has just been appointed by health secretary Matt Hancock to lead a new advisory board which will highlight the best ways to use technology and data in health.“This test is ridiculous,” he said. “There are 8.7 million people in the UK in their 30s. This PHE ‘heart age’ tool seems to be incorrectly telling them ALL to go to their GP to get their cholesterol checked.“If only one in 100 do so, that’s 87,000 pointless GP consultations,” he tweeted just hours before his appointment as Mr Hancock’s adviser was announced, later describing the plans as “just silly”.Earlier this week, Mr Hancock heaped praise on the quiz, tweeting a video of him trying the test as PHE published its latest findings. He said: “Today I used the terrific NHS Heart Age tool from @PHE_UK to find out how old my heart is. Says my heart is 40 – a month older than me. Must do more exercise!”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Israel approves 296 West Bank settler homes

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first_imgISRAEL HAS GIVEN the go-ahead to build nearly 300 homes in the settlement of Beit El near Ramallah, a spokesman said, in a move likely to spark tensions as Washington seeks to rekindle peace talks.“The Civil Administration has given the green light for 296 housing units at Beit El, but this is only the first stage of a process before actual construction can begin,” he said, speaking on behalf of a unit within the defence ministry which administers the West Bank.He explained that the construction plans were part of a compensatory measure for settlers who were evicted last year from Ulpana, an unauthorised outpost on the outskirts of Beit El which was evacuated following a High Court ruling.The announcement came just two days after a report said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had quietly ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler homes in a bid to give a chance to US-led efforts to revive moribund peace talks with the Palestinians.Hagit Ofran of Israel’s Peace Now settlement watchdog denounced the move.“This initiative proves Netanyahu is deceiving the world,” she told AFP.“On the one hand, he lets us believe that he is putting the brakes on settlement and on the other, he gives the go-ahead for an enormous building project.”Direct peace talks broke down shortly after they were launched in September 2010 because of an intractable dispute over Israel’s settlement building, which is widely accepted as a violation of international law.The Palestinians say they will not return to negotiations unless Israel freezes construction on land they want for a future state.- © AFP, 2013Read: Israel PM freezes tenders for new West Bank settler homeslast_img read more

Three missing parrots and stolen washing powder found during police searches

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first_imgTHREE PARROTS THAT were stolen from a tropical butterfly house have now been recovered.The PSNI said this evening that a parrot recovered by police during a search of a property in the Burnreagh Drive area of Newtownards on 14 May is one of the parrots stolen earlier this month.The burglary was at Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House in the Seaforde Road area of Downpatrick on 12 May.Today’s find means that all three parrots have now been located and returned.During the search of the property in the Newtownards area, a number of other items, including boxes of washing powder which are believed to have been stolen during burglaries in the Down area, were recovered.A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of four counts of burglary, handling stolen goods and possession of Class B and Class C drugs. He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.Read: Police issue appeal after burglars steal three rare parrots and five terrapins>last_img read more

Syrian father and son buried in first funeral after New Zealand shooting

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first_img 9 Comments Share57 Tweet Email Short URL Mar 20th 2019, 7:12 AM Mourners at the funeral of Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza. Source: Mark Baker/PA ImagesA SYRIAN REFUGEE and his son have been buried in New Zealand in the first funerals of last week’s twin mosque attacks in Christchurch. Hundreds of mourners gathered in the morning at a cemetery near Linwood Mosque, one of two places of worship targeted, to lay Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza to rest.The family arrived last year as refugees from the Syria. Khalid (44) and Hamza (15) were shot dead on at the Al Noor Mosque, the first attack site.Jamil El-Biza, who came from the Sydney area to attend the funerals, said at the graves of his brother and father: “I shouldn’t be standing in front of you. I should be lying beside you.”Also attending was Abdul Aziz, an Afghan refugee who confronted the gunman at Linwood Mosque. He was embraced by many mourners.A total of six burials are expected to take place today. Speaking of the Mustafa family, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “I cannot tell you how gutting it is to know that a family came here for safety and for refuge, and they should have been safe here.”Islamic custom dictates that people have to be buried as soon as possible after death – but the scale and devastation of Friday’s massacre of 50 people in Christchurch has delayed the handover of bodies to next of kin.Police said yesterday that just six bodies have been released so far, and a total of 12 victims identified. Waves of volunteers have driven or flown in to Christchurch to help ease the burden on exhausted locals.“We are a Muslim community, regardless of where we are situated through the country and the world, there is always going to be a connection with other Muslims when tragedy occurs,” Javed Dadabhai, a volunteer from Auckland, told AFP. By AFP Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 7:12 AMcenter_img 9,328 Views Syrian father and son buried in first funeral after New Zealand shooting A total of six burials are expected to take place today. Quite specifically, Christchurch is a small community, so… when you see a loss of 50 people, you really need to come down and help in whichever you can.While there has been no figures on the number of volunteers who have travelled to Christchurch, large numbers have been walking in and out of a family support centre near the Al Noor Mosque where dozens were killed by a white supremacist.Ardern said today that the world needs to confront the dangers posed by social media.“There is an argument there to be made for us to take a united front on what is a global issue,” she said at a press conference in Christchurch.“This is not just an issue for New Zealand, the fact that social media platforms have been used to spread violence (and) material that incites violence.”She has also called on New Zealanders to not utter gunman Brenton Tarrant’s name. “He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless,” she said.The 28-year-old was arrested after the shootings and is expected to spend his life in prison as New Zealand has no death penalty.- © AFP, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greece and Cyprus pressure Turks

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first_imgPrime Minister George Papandreou and Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias last week agreed to coordinate their efforts to convince Turkey to respect its obligations as a European Union candidate state, and recognise the Republic of Cyprus as an existing member, ahead of a scheduled EU report on the progress of Ankara’s accession talks in December.Speaking on his first trip to Nicosia as Prime Minister, Papandreou remarked that “Greece is once again at Cyprus’s side.” He stressed the importance of the divided island being reunified and to this end called on Turkish troops to withdraw from its occupied north. “Certainly occupying troops cannot be allowed to remain deployed in an EU member state, especially by an EU candidate country,” Papandreou said.Christofias who has been in United Nations-mediated talks with Turkish-Cypriot community leader Mehmet Ali Talat for the past year, said the time was more than ripe for a solution.“We do not just want a settlement, we are pushing for one,” Christofias said. But he added, “We are not masochists; we cannot accept Turkey acquiring full EU membership without first achieving a Cyprus settlement.”Although the two leaders agreed to harmonise their initiatives ahead of the EU’s summit in December, they avoided providing details about what their next moves would be. Sources said it was likely that they would set up joint committees to orchestrate a series of concerted actions over the coming weeks.Diplomatic sources said that the first initiative was likely to be a joint diplomatic offensive aimed at EU member states. The objective will be to increase pressure on Ankara to conform to EU demands by recognizing the Republic of Cyprus and opening up its air and sea ports to Cypriot aircraft and vessels. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Facebook Cracks Down on White Nationalism White Separatism

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first_img Facebook and Instagram are taking a stand against white nationalism and white separatism.Starting next week, the social networks will ban praise, support, and representation of such bigoted content.“It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place in our services,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.Long-standing policies that prohibit hateful treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, and religion have “always included” white supremacy.But the firm had not extended the same rationale to white nationalism and white separatism—the beliefs that Caucasian people are the preeminent race, and should exist separately from other ethnicities.In fact, Facebook’s content moderators were explicitly directed to allow such subject matter, according to a leaked document published last year by Motherboard.Add to that a bit of civil rights backlash, and Facebook appears to have been scared straight.“Going forward, while people will still be able to demonstrate pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism,” the blog said.Searches for terms associated with white supremacy will surface a link to Life After Hate’s Page (via Facebook)Phrases like “I am a proud white nationalist” or “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” are now prohibited, Mashable reported, citing two members of Facebook’s content policy team.Implicit and coded messages, meanwhile, may take longer for the social network’s algorithms to suss out.Continuing its effort to make the world better, one like at a time, Facebook will connect people searching for white supremacy-related terms with resources focused on crisis intervention, education, support, and outreach.“People exiting far-right extremist groups need ample support to reintegrate into a society that they once attacked,” according to Life After Hate, an organization working with Facebook to help people quit hate groups.There will always be someone who tries to game the system and carry on propagating prejudice.“Our challenge,” Facebook said, “is to stay ahead by continuing to improve our technologies, evolve our policies, and work with experts who can bolster our own efforts.”More on AI Proactively Removes ‘Bad Content’AI Identifies Coded Hate Speech on Social MediaTwitter Hopes New Rules Can Reduce Hateful, Abusive Behavior Stay on target Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service last_img read more

McLeish rallies home support for match with Isreal

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first_imgScotland manager Alex McLeish has called on fans and supporters to fill Hampden Park for their UEFA Nations League decider against Israel on Tuesday.Despite nine players dropping out of Scotland squad, they defeated Albania 4-0 in Shkoder and now need to a win against Israel to head to the playoffs of the UEFA Nations League.Scotland prepare to host Israel on Tuesday night and a win will see them secure a playoff spot for the 2020 European Championship and McLeish wants to count on the home support at Hampden Park to help them finish top spot in Group C1.“We always try to win so we have set ourselves up as have Israel and it should be a good game,” McLeish told Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“We are at home so let’s hope there is a response from the Tartan Army. We’d like the supporters to come to cheer the guys to victory.“If we play to that level again then we have a good chance.”last_img read more

Marijuana legalized Now what

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first_imgJudging by the microfilm, Vancouver wasn’t overwhelmed by intoxicated hordes when the walls finally fell and legal sales began for what had once been a forbidden drug.Despite months of arguing over how to tax it, who should be licensed to sell it and what levels of potency would be allowed, the end of alcohol prohibition on Dec. 5, 1933 was a relatively calm affair.Fast forward 81 years, and we find ourselves in an oddly similar situation, this time with marijuana.The economy is sluggish at best, state and local governments are strapped for cash and, in two states at least, legal walls are dropping on a drug that’s been prohibited federally for a long stretch — 85 years instead of the 13 years for alcohol.While possession of certain amounts of marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than a year, there still are no stores where adults can buy it. Colorado opened its first recreational markets on Jan. 1, in what was an overwhelmingly smooth launch with no arrests or serious problems — and $5 million worth of sales in the first week.So what will happen when retail marijuana sales begin in Washington later this year? And where will Clark County find itself in the mix?last_img read more

People on the Move 120309

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first_imgTodd Anderman, senior vice president of digital media at Hachette Filipacchi, has accepted the position of chief media and revenue officer at Jumptap, a mobile advertising network. Anderman will continue in his current role at Hachette through the end of the year and start at Jumptap on Jan. 1. Before joining Hachette, Anderman served as president of Dennis Digital, where he built online and mobile business for Maxim and other Dennis brands. National Geographic has tapped Jenifer Berman as vice president of marketing for the Global Media advertising and marketing group. Berman most recently served as executive director of creative services at The New Yorker, where she ran integrated marketing activities as well as events, including The New Yorker Festival. Therese Mageau is taking over as editorial director of 1105 Media’s Campus Technology and T.H.E Journal. She is former editor-in-chief of Scholastic’s Electronic Learning.Dick Barnett has joined Lucky as design director. He most recently served as creative director of Maxim and has also been creative director for Blender, Premier and Popular Science, for which he won a National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2004. Traditional Home Magazine named Jon Walker as home furnishings manager. Previously, Walker was direct account manager for Traditional Home and Midwest Living. Robin Shallow, executive vice president of communications at Rodale, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Her last day at Rodale is Friday, Nov. 19. Forbes Media promoted Ann Marinovich to Chicago sales director. Since joining Forbes in 2003, Marinovich has served as account executives at Forbes, business development and integrated sales executive at ForbesLife, and most recently Los Angeles manager at Forbes Media.last_img read more

Market Experts say RBI keeping repo rate unchanged at 8 expected due

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first_imgMarket Experts say RBI keeping repo rate unchanged at 8% expected due to inflation16K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Market Experts say RBI keeping repo rate unchanged at 8% expected due to inflation16K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Sep 30 (ANI): After Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan left repo rate unchanged at 8 per cent, Market Experts on Tuesday said that the decision was expected due to risk of inflation. Rajan has decided to keep the interest rate unchanged and said that 2016 CPI target of 6% is at risk. Akash Jindal said that RBI seems to be giving importance on reduction of inflation as interest rates are not changed. Market Expert Nirav Vakharia also supported the decision over the aforesaid risk. Rajan on uesday issued his fourth bi-monthly credit policy review.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Sep 30 (ANI): After Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan left repo rate unchanged at 8 per cent, Market Experts on Tuesday said that the decision was expected due to risk of inflation. Rajan has decided to keep the interest rate unchanged and said that 2016 CPI target of 6% is at risk. Akash Jindal said that RBI seems to be giving importance on reduction of inflation as interest rates are not changed. Market Expert Nirav Vakharia also supported the decision over the aforesaid risk. Rajan on uesday issued his fourth bi-monthly credit policy review.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant to replace Shikhar Dhawan Young wicketkeeper asked to join Indian

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first_imgIndia have dealt a huge blow with the injury to Shikhar Dhawan as the opener found form in the match against Australia. His century propelled India to 352, but now the southpaw has been sidelined for a minimum of three weeks. Although, the BCCI has not sent him back home and they have also not asked for a replacement, reports have emerged that young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been asked to join the squad. Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesPant, however, will not be named as an official replacement of Dhawan as the Indian team management has decided to keep the opener under observation. He was not included in India’s original World Cup squad as the Indian selectors decided to opt for the experienced Dinesh Karthik as the backup wicket-keeper. However, along with Pant, Ambati Rayudu was identified as standby players, and now with the injury to Dhawan, Pant could get the nod as the provides the left-hand option at the top of the order.Rahul will open the innings in Dhawan’s absence Shikhar DhawanISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty ImagesAlso, in Dhawan’s absence, KL Rahul will be bumped up the order to open the innings along with KL Rahul. Also, Vijay Shankar will be slotted in at the number four position and his bowling will give Virat Kohli a good viable option as the fifth seamer. India play New Zealand on Thursday, June 13 followed by the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday, June 16.As far as Dhawan’s injury is concerned, the official statement released by the BCCI read: “The team management has decided that Shikhar Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored”.Various reports, right through the day, said that the left-hander could well be ruled out of India’s campaign, but such is his importance to this Indian team, that the BCCI is willing to wait and assess him.Dhawan, who scored 117 off 109 balls against Australia and helped India to a massive total of 352 on the board, went through precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury on his swollen left thumb.”…it has to be Rishabh Pant. He has been in cracking hot form in the IPL. He would probably want to show that he deserved to be in the team in the first place,” former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar told ‘India Today’ when asked about his pick for a replacement if Dhawan is ruled out.last_img read more

Girl Gets 25 Years In Mental Hospital In Slender Man Case

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first_img Share Photo via Twitter @cathyrussonAnissa Weier, 16, pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide.One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named Slender Man has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital, the maximum punishment possible.Anissa Weier, 16, pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but she claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. In September, a jury agreed.Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Thursday sentenced Weier to 25 years in a psychiatric institution, retroactive to the date of the crime. That means she would be institutionalized until age 37.Weier and Morgan Geyser lured Payton Leutner into a wooded park in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb, in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. Leutner survived after she crawled out of the woods to a path where a passing bicyclist found her.Both Weier and Geyser told detectives they felt they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man’s “proxies,” or servants, and protect their families from him. All three girls were 12 years old at the time.Weier apologized in brief comments before her sentencing.“I do hold myself accountable for this and that I will do whatever I have to do to make sure I don’t get any sort of delusion or whatever again,” Weier told the judge, as she sat next to her attorney. “I want everybody involved to know I deeply regret everything that happened that day. I know that nothing I say is going to make this right and nothing I say is going to fix what I broke.”Leutner family spokesman Steve Lyons said they were pleased with the sentence.“They believe that justice was served,” Lyons said. “The sentence today allows for some additional closure for Payton and her family and it also keeps both Payton, her family and the community safe.”Leutner’s mother, Stacie Leutner, sent the judge a letter this week in which she wrote that the trauma of the attack “has defined our lives” and that her daughter still fears for her life. For months, Payton slept with scissors under her pillow for protection, and she still keeps her bedroom windows closed and locked.“She will struggle with the events of that day and physical and emotional scars it left for the rest of her life,” her mother wrote.In her letter, Leutner did not ask the judge to sentence Weier to a specific length of time in the mental hospital, but she said her daughter wouldn’t feel safe if either of her attackers is released back into the community unsupervised.“Payton has a lifetime of healing ahead of her and she deserves to be allowed to heal in an environment where she feels safe,” her mother wrote.No one from the victim’s family addressed the court during the sentencing hearing, deferring instead to the letter from her mother. Prosecutor Kevin Osborne argued for the maximum 25-year confinement, which the judge granted citing ongoing concerns about Weier’s mental stability.“Considering the nature and gravity of this offense, being supervised until the age of 37 is not all that long … in terms of the fact that Payton is looking at a lifetime of scars, physical scars and psychological scarring,” Osborne said.Weier’s attorney, Maura McMahon, argued that she should not be hospitalized beyond her 25th birthday. She played a video in court with Weier’s father, sister and grandparents speaking on her behalf.“She’s grown mentally and physically,” her father, William Weier, said. “She knows what she did was wrong.”He asked for forgiveness from the Leutner family.In a deal with prosecutors, Geyser, who did the stabbing, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide with the agreement that she isn’t criminally responsible and shouldn’t go to prison. She will be sentenced in February, and prosecutors have asked that she be given at least 40 years in a mental hospital.Slender Man started with an online post in 2009, as a mysterious specter whose image people edit into everyday scenes of children at play. He is typically depicted as a spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. He was regarded by his devotees as alternately a sinister force and an avenging angel.last_img read more

Pocket Mortys might be continuing the Rick and Morty cliffhanger

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first_imgThere isn’t an official Nintendo Pokémon game that exists to play on a mobile platform. Sure, you can buy a 3DS and get the classic Pokémon games to catch all the pocket monsters, but phones and mobile gaming are everywhere, and who wants to carrying around two devices?The solution to this problem dropped this month on Android and iOS through branded Adult Swim content on in the form or Pocket Mortys, a game based on the sci-fi sitcom cartoon Rick and Morty. You play Rick as he travels through different dimensions collecting and battling Mortys against other Ricks. Catch more Mortys, craft the items you find in the randomly generated worlds, and take on the Council of Ricks! It’s a mobile game worth obsessing over (and we did).Now that Pocket Mortys has been out for over a week, we’ve had a chance to beat the game and investigate the mysteries and bugs. This game is a lot more than a Pokémon clone, and has a great amount of content from Rick and Morty’s second television season. As the game progresses, signs (literally) start to point to Pocket Mortys possibly bridging the narrative gap between season two and the still-upcoming third season of Rick and Morty. Early suggestive evidence that the game would eventually include more Mortys has also been confirmed, which will fix a Morty bug and likely add a quest for a currently-pointless quest item.Beating the game in its first iteration requires 42 badges from defeating Ricks in other dimensions before you can take on the sixth member of the Council of Ricks. You’re going to need some high-level Mortys to beat the final Rick (Mysterious Rick) to get your portal gun back. The easiest way to quickly level up Mortys is to catch wild Mortys in later levels (badge 40 or higher) and combine them in the Morty daycare to make higher-level Mortys. It’s best to catch Mortys you want to evolve on your own and not combine with your leveled Mortys, as combining them will delete any buffs you added to their attack, defense, and speed with seeds earlier in the game. After you beat Mysterious Rick, all that’s left to do is complete the crafting quests (if you haven’t already) and catch all the Mortys.This is where the game runs into the biggest bug and the biggest hint that more Mortys and crafting quests are on the way. First, there is the Roy VR Headset crafting recipe (Interdimensional Goggles plus IQ Enhancing Helmet), which isn’t used for one of the games’ existing nineteen quests. That suggests more quests, as does having a three-numbered Morty classification system suggest there will be more Mortys in the future (right now there are 82, but each Morty is labeled with three digits: 082).The big bug is that you cannot actually catch all 82 Mortys in the game as of now. The final Morty you face in the game proper, Mysterious Rick’s last Morty, doesn’t get randomly generated in the wild. It’s currently impossible to catch Mascot Morty. This has been confirmed by the official Twitter account and will be fixed in an update where they will also be adding more Mortys .Can’t get Mascot Morty? It’s a bug that’ll be fixed in an update soon. Plus: Even. More. Mortys. #PocketMortys— Pocket Mortys (@PocketMortys) January 18, 2016The most interesting hidden layer in the game is the possible connection Pocket Mortys could have to the plot of Rick and Morty the series. The last episode broadcast, “The Wedding Squanchers,” ended with Rick giving himself up to the Galactic Federation, a governing body that wanted Rick for numerous crimes against the galaxy. Rick became a prisoner so Morty and the Smith family could return to Earth without being bothered by the newly arrived Federation on their home planet. Rick is placed into some sort of space supermax prison and the season ends on a cliffhanger. Is it possible that Pocket Mortys is what Rick’s mind is doing to keep itself sane?In the show itself, there are scenes that suggest Rick loves Morty, his grandson, more than his callous attitude would let on. In Pocket Mortys, signs placed randomly throughout worlds where you battle trainers start by giving you helpful advice (like a tutorial), then progress to be weirder and weirder. Some players have decided this is the show’s reality seeping through into Rick’s fantasy of collecting all the Mortys.This isn’t Rick and Morty’s first mobile game, but if it ends up being referenced in the plot of season three, it will set a new bar for Rick and Morty fans hungry for (apples?) more content as the long production process of season three drags on. Even if we just have more Mortys coming in Pokémon fashion, the game seems to have more depth than the PokéClone we initially thought it was, especially for Rick and Morty fans.As a bonus, if you also liked Alex Hirsch’s show Gravity Falls, check this crazy Pocket Mortys easter egg out.last_img read more