Britain PM Boris loses waferthin majority as MP defects over Brexit

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday lost his already wafer-thin working majority of one in Parliament as one of the Conservative Party MPs defected to the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat party over an ongoing showdown over his strategy for the country’s impending exit from the European Union (EU). Philip Lee defected just minutes before Johnson took to the despatch box at the House of Commons for his first parliamentary confrontation with MPs after a long summer recess. The MP for Bracknell conspicuously took his seat on the Opposition benches as Johnson began addressing the Commons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The party I joined in 1992 is not the party I am leaving today,” he said in a statement, accusing his former party of “political manipulation, bullying and lies”. The former justice minister said the government was “pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways”, putting lives and livelihoods at risk. In a letter to Johnson, Lee said the Conservative Party “had become a narrow faction in which one’s Conservatism is measured by how recklessly one wants to leave the European Union”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAddressing the Commons after days of verbal clashes over his do or die Brexit pledge by the October 31 deadline, Johnson told MPs he wanted a negotiated exit from the EU and insisted there was “real momentum” behind the talks. But he warned that plans by rebel Tory MPs to pass legislation effectively blocking a no-deal exit would “destroy any chance of negotiating a new deal”. “It is Jeremy Corbyn’s surrender bill. It means running up the white flag,” said Johnson, in reference to a motion that is set to be voted on later on Tuesday night. If rebel MPs from his own Tory party and Opposition benches succeed in uniting and seeing the motion through, it would force Johnson’s hand on seeking an extension to the Brexit deadline from the EU at least until January 31, 2020, in the event that no withdrawal agreement is agreed between both sides by the middle of October. However, Downing Street has indicated that Johnson is prepared to go for a motion for a general election around October 14 in retaliation and would rather let the government fold and go back to the voters than seek another extension from the EU. Earlier, the Commons Speaker accepted an application for an emergency debate on the issue of Britain’s exit from the 28-member economic bloc. It will go for on to be debated by MPs before a vote on Tuesday night, which if passed would then be tabled as a bill on Wednesday. The so-called SO24, signed by 18 MPs, states that the Commons has “considered the matter of the need to take all necessary steps to ensure that the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement”. Downing Street branded the rebel motion a “blueprint for legislative purgatory”. “The Prime Minister does not want to hold an election. If, by destroying his negotiating position, MPs force an election, then that would take place before the October European Council [October 17],” Johnson’s official spokesperson said. Brexit is set to dominate proceedings throughout the week in Parliament, with Opposition MPs on overdrive to block Johnson from pushing through what they believe would be a damaging forced divorce from the EU without a deal in place just to meet the October 31 deadline.last_img read more


Tickets On Sale For Michael Jordan Charity Golf

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the third consecutive year, April 4 –7, 2013.Tickets are now on sale for one of celebrity golf’s most popular events, giving spectators access to the acclaimed Shadow Creek Golf Course as the biggest names in sports and entertainment gather for four days of competitive golf and special events, while raising money for several worthy charitable organizations.Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity. This year, the event beneficiaries include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm, as well as the participating celebrities’ charities of choice.“ARIA and Shadow Creek are proud to host the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational for the tournament’s third year in Las Vegas,” said Bobby Baldwin , President and CEO of CityCenter. “Opening Shadow Creek to the public for such a great cause is something we look forward to every year, and we’re excited to see Michael, his celebrity invitees and fans once again as they gather to raise funds and awareness for these important charities.”The four-day tournament and celebration boasts incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf. MJCI has attracted celebrity and sports-star appearances by Michael Jordan, Aaron Rodgers, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Brandi Chastain, Stuart Scott, Roger Clemens, Brian Baumgartner, Drew Brees, Cedric the Entertainer, among dozens of other notable figures in previous years.Michael Jordan said, “2012’s event was an amazing weekend for the tournament’s guests, partners and fans. As always, the hospitality at ARIA exceeded all expectations, and Shadow Creek proved as beautiful and challenging as ever. I’m excited for yet another successful tournament and look forward to spending time with friends while raising funds for some great causes.”The first of two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur Competition, which pair one celebrity golfer with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 at Shadow Creek. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament begins Saturday, April 6 and includes only the competing celebrities. The second and final round of the MJCI will be played Sunday, April 7. Additional festivities and events surrounding the Saturday and Sunday competition, as well as celebrity participants and guests, will be announced in the near future.Tickets are on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at arialasvegas.com, mjcigolf.com and shadowcreek.com.Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP guests will enjoy added perks including free general admission parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from multiple open-air VIP hospitality decks, complimentary food and full-service bars.last_img read more


Nicolas Cage Attends Caftan Show 2015 in Marrakech

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat- The 19th edition of the flagship event of Moroccan high couture “Caftan 2015”, was organized Saturday night in Marrakesh.Indicative of future trends in high Moroccan couture, this year’s edition of the Caftan show alternated, as in previous years, artistic fashion shows and highlights inspired by different musical tastes. A beautiful array of artists took part in the show, among whom were Moroccan Khansa Batma, Salma Rashid, Fnaïre group, Adil Kaghat, and Lebanese Ghazi El Amir. Artist Hamid Daoussi composed and performed the soundtrack for Caftan 2015. American movie start Nicolas Cage was also in attendance.At the show, organized under the theme “Musically yours”, each of the 17 designers who participated in the event presented to the public caftans inspired by different influences, enhanced by the creative genius of the fashion designers. Abdelhanine Raouh, Meryem Boussikouk, Khadija El Houjouji, Siham El Habti, Amal Belcaid, Kacem Sahl, Nabila Shihab, Amina Boussayri, Radia Harmouchi, Meriem Belkhayat, Samira Mhaidi Knouzi, Nisreen Ezzaki Bakkali, Safae Ibrahimi, Meriam Bouafi, Naddia Boutaleb, Salima Boussouni El Houda, and Meriam Kissi all tried to meet the challenge of creating a collection of caftans that honor music.The fashion designers competed to surprise the audience and highlight both the beauty of caftan and Morocco’s cultural richness.17 Moroccan artists, including 4 young talents, were honored at this 19th edition. The guest of honor was Lebanese designer Antoine El Kareh, creator of several collections that have earned him positive reviews in world of fashion.As one of the most important venues of Moroccan high couture, the Caftan show presents the world with the new trends in this traditional Moroccan dress and pays tribute to the genius and creativity of Moroccan stylists, fashion designers, weavers, and tailors.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more


Caribbean must improve identification of health needs UN regional health agency says

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

Addressing Ministers of Health visiting the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional arm, the 35-member Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC, Mirta Roses said: “Some of the programmes and activities PAHO is working on in the Caribbean would have been unthinkable just five or 10 years ago. Most of this has to do with improvements in transportation and telecommunications infrastructure.”On the other hand, “the Caribbean remains weak in terms of information in a region where services in vital statistics were strong 40 years ago and have now practically disappeared,” she said.Meanwhile, it was imperative that PAHO reinforce the strategy of global technical cooperation with the Caribbean as a whole, as well as with individual Caribbean nations, she said.”We have much more to do, particularly in terms of infrastructure, which is still vulnerable,” she said of a region always at risk of devastation by summer hurricanes.Veta Brown, Barbadian-based Caribbean Program Coordinator at the 100-year-old PAHO, stressed the importance of the integration and coordination of human resources and available financing. “Either because of size or economic capacity, these nations cannot by themselves confront the public health challenges ahead of them,” she said.The ministers making the two-day visit to the world’s oldest international public health organization were John Maginley of Antigua and Barbuda, Ann David Antoine of Grenada and Rupert Emmanuel Herbert of St. Kitts and Nevis. read more


Quebec construction strike premier promises backtowork legislation next week

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

Quebec construction strike: premier promises back-to-work legislation next week by The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2017 6:48 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he will begin the process of adopting back-to-work legislation Monday if there is no agreement in the province’s construction strike.Couillard told reporters in Jerusalem on Thursday he’s giving the sides the weekend to hammer out a deal.“I have asked that the government take measures to be ready to act Monday,” he said following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.He did not want to say whether he will call back the legislature on Monday or whether the process would begin that day for the law to be tabled Tuesday.“We won’t allow the economy to be bled $45 million a day,” he said, referring to the amount the strike is estimated to cost the province daily.Word of legislation came as various marches took place across Quebec in support of the strike as it entered Day 2.About 175,000 workers launched the unlimited general strike on Wednesday, crippling activity on major projects such as the Champlain Bridge and a Montreal superhospital.The two sides were expected to resume negotiations later Thursday after union officials had a meeting with Labour Minister Dominique Vien in Quebec City, giving her a schedule of new meetings.“The minister had asked us to provide her with a schedule and a game plan for the negotiations, that’s what we did,” Michel Trepanier, a spokesman for the union alliance, said in an interview.Work schedules, overtime and salaries are some of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.“Our jobs, our families are not negotiable and never will be,” said Yves Ouellet, head of the Quebec Federation of Labour’s construction wing, told a crowd of 3,000 in Montreal. read more


Kenya UN says uptick in violence linked to rising intercommunal tensions

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“Violent conflicts involving pastoralists have become widespread and increasingly severe in the northern Rift Valley and north-eastern regions of Kenya,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned in its most recent assessment of the humanitarian situation in Eastern Africa.“The reasons given for the inter-communal conflicts,” the UN’s relief arm continued, “are revenge attacks, competition over land and water resources, cattle rustling, and struggles over political representation.” According to OCHA, 310 people had lost their lives, 214 had been injured and 220,177 had fled their homes by the end of October amid a growing number of attacks on civilians and an upsurge in terrorist activity, particularly in areas adjacent to the Kenya-Somalia border, such as Garissa, Lamu, Mandera and Wajir. “Mandera County has particularly suffered from struggles over political representation and its proximity to both the Somali and Ethiopian borders,” OCHA said. Most recently, the town of Mandera in Mandera County, has suffered two brutal terrorist attacks committed by extremist Al-Shabaab fighters, resulting in the deaths of almost 60 civilians. OCHA noted that humanitarian efforts coordinated by local partners were working to deliver food and non-food assistance to those displaced or affected by the clashes but had been hampered in some regions due to poor roads, hilly terrain and high levels of insecurity. read more


Geoffrey Waters named Director of Research Services

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

It was late spring in Ottawa. Geoffrey Waters was having lunch with his Federation of Canadian Municipalities colleague, discussing the ‘next step’ each of them wanted to take in their lives.Waters shared his desire to return to Niagara. He fondly recalled his senior high school days collecting soil samples for a Brock University professor who was studying the midge fly.That early research experience set him on a path that took him all across Canada, first as a researcher and then as a research administrator.“My former colleague asked me, ‘‘What would be your ideal job?’ and I said ‘You know what I would like? I would like to land in a research services job at a university; that would be a great fusion for me given my experience,’” Waters recalls.Literally the next day, Waters came across the job posting for the Director of Research Services at Brock University.Fast forward to late summer. Waters is settling into his new role in the Office of Research Services, meeting with faculty from all corners of campus.“I’m amazed at the breadth of research here and how quickly the University has grown in the last decade,” says Waters. “There’s a lot of passion around the research. I’m excited to be seen as being a part of it and helping to facilitate that research activity.”Critical to Brock’s strategic research plan is “strengthening and updating administrative and procedural support,” says Michelle McGinn, Interim Associate Vice-President, Research. “Geoffrey brings an amazing wealth of experience to lead the Office of Research Services team as we implement this plan.”Waters is well grounded in both the research and administration worlds.He began his career at the University of Guelph in 1996 researching controlled environment systems, with the goal of developing artificial ecosystems for space applications.“The idea is, if you’re going to go on a long duration mission to Mars, you need to be able to grow your own food, produce your oxygen and remove your carbon dioxide, which plants and other organisms do naturally on Earth,” says Waters.His research involved setting up technology transfer and commercialization projects with agricultural and aerospace industries through funders such as the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Just before leaving Guelph, Waters was working on a pilot project for the European Space Agency.The next step took Waters to Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Environment in 2008. There, he administered a program that piloted a range of environmental technologies in the province, creating partnerships with universities and colleges in Saskatchewan, research councils and industries in Saskatchewan.In 2014, Waters moved to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to oversee a $625-million endowment from three federal government departments for a program that implemented environmental technologies in Canadian municipalities. He managed a team that carried out application intake, a peer review process for approval, contracting and fund dispersal.In his new role as Director of the Office of Research Services (ORS), Waters wants to continue to gather feedback from faculty about their research needs and how ORS staff can best work with faculty.“Getting out to meet researchers to learn about their work and their future plans is key to gauging and enhancing the support ORS can provide,” McGinn says. “At the same time, meeting those researchers in their offices and laboratory spaces has shown Geoffrey just how much Brock has grown since he was here as a high school summer student.”Waters is confident he has joined a “fantastic team.”“Staff have a detailed knowledge of the major funding lines’ program requirements and we have a commercialization and a tech transfer team with some great expertise.”Waters says areas he’s looking at include: coaching and other “tailored” application support for new researchers; revising timelines; building up digital record-keeping and workflow management; and creating more partnerships with non-government and non-academic institutions.Another major goal is to expand Brock’s research funding from federal government Tri-Agencies to include lesser-tapped funds from groups such as Genome Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, says Waters.“I think we can build and develop our support for those researchers accessing non-traditional types of funding and really advance the tools to help faculty deal with things like non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property concerns and agreements with the private sector,” says Waters.“What I hope to achieve in the next six months is build the visibility and profile of the Office of Research Services and make sure that researchers who haven’t worked with us before know of our service offerings and know that we’re here to help their research programming.” read more


Buckeyes jump to No 2 in BCS rankings

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

After surviving their closest game of the season, a 42-41 victory against Michigan (7-5, 3-5), the Ohio State Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 2 in the most recent BCS rankings. The Buckeyes are behind only No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) in the rankings.If the Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0) can hold onto a top two ranking in the final BCS Standings, released next Sunday, they will earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Jan. 6.OSU rose after then-No. 4 Auburn (11-1, 7-1) took down undefeated and then-No. 1 Alabama (11-1, 7-1), 34-28, Saturday.The Buckeyes are .027 points ahead of No. 3 Auburn in the standings.The Tigers are on OSU’s heels with one game remaining for each team next week. The Buckeyes are just 25 and 66 points ahead of Auburn in the USA TODAY and Harris Polls respectively.Auburn pulled off one of the most thrilling victories in college football history after Tigers senior cornerback Chris Davis returned an Alabama missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.Next Saturday the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 7-1) in the Big Ten Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m.The Tigers are set to finish their season earlier in the day against No. 5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1) at 4 p.m. in the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. read more


Ohio State football to face tough questions at B1G Media Days

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Shelby Lum / Photo editorThere is little doubt that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will be squarely in the spotlight at Big Ten Media Days on Wednesday and Thursday. This is especially true on the heels of Monday’s announcement by OSU that four players, including starting senior running back Carlos Hyde and starting redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby, are facing suspensions and other disciplinary action following separate off-field incidents.Meyer is certainly going to be asked to address the Buckeyes’ recent off-field troubles, but that will not be the only topic of discussion for OSU. Meyer is also expected to face questions about one of his former players being charged with murder, OSU turning in Florida for alleged recruiting violations and about the Buckeyes’ chances of playing for a national championship.Joining Meyer at the annual media event in Chicago will be junior quarterback Braxton Miller, redshirt senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and senior safety Christian Bryant. Roby was originally scheduled to be among the players present, but is no longer attending the event after an arrest for misdemeanor battery in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday.Coaches and three player representatives from each of the other 11 Big Ten football programs will also be present.Trouble for the BuckeyesHyde and Roby were expected to be among the key figures in a potential title run for the Buckeyes this season, but following separate off-field incidents last weekend, the status of both players is uncertain.OSU announced Monday that Hyde has been suspended from all football team activities pending the outcome of student code of conduct and criminal investigations. Hyde has been named as a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, according to a Columbus Division of Police report.Roby has not yet been suspended by the Buckeyes, but could face additional discipline from the team “as more information becomes available,” according to an OSU athletics spokesman.Discipline for two incoming freshmen on the team was also announced on Monday. Defensive lineman Tim Gardner was sent home and removed from the team for the 2013 season after being charged with obstruction of official business in Columbus on Saturday. Tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended from football team activities and the team’s Aug. 31 season opener versus Buffalo, following a July 14 arrest for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification.These are not the only incidents involving OSU football players this summer. Former linebacker David Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green May 25, a few days before OSU announced that Perkins would no longer be part of the football program.Meyer may not be ready at media days to provide more clarity on whether Hyde or Roby will be suspended for any games this season, but he will certainly be asked about it. Furthermore, he should face questions about how much he responsibility he takes for the off-field actions of his players.Are coaches responsible for their players’ off-field activity?Meyer has been oft-criticized in recent years for the number of former players he coached at Florida who have gotten into off-field trouble either during or since Meyer’s tenure with the Gators. With a recent string of off-field incidents from his Buckeyes, that criticism is not likely to subside anytime soon.Meyer has recently taken flak for the behavior of former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested and charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez was also involved in multiple off-field incidents during his three years as a Gator.Meyer has already addressed this criticism once, in a text message to the Gainesville Sun.“Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him,” Meyer told the Sun. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”Wednesday will be Meyer’s first scheduled media appearance since Hernandez’s arrest, so he will almost certainly be asked about it again. The potential for Meyer to make comments on Hernandez, and furthermore his take on whether he handled Hernandez’s behavior properly while at Florida, will be among the most anticipated moments of Big Ten media days.Unsurprisingly, Florida coach Will Muschamp was asked at SEC Media Days about the responsibility of a coach for his players’ behavior.“You’re 100 percent responsible,” Muschamp said, according to the Florida Times-Union. “I can’t possibly know everything that happens every single night with our football team. But you also can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is okay, either.”Meyer will likely be prompted to respond to Muschamp’s comments as well.OSU turned in recruiting violations by FloridaMeyer is also likely to be asked about a recent story, first reported by Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, that OSU reported Florida running backs coach Brian White for an alleged secondary violation. White was hired by Florida in 2009, and his first two years as a Gators assistant coach came during Meyer’s tenure as coach.There have been conflicting reports on Meyer’s knowledge of the situation. Meyer denied that he was involved in reporting the allegation in a text message to multiple media outlets. However, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that a source told him that “Urban was aware of it and he endorsed it.”“It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida,” Meyer said in the text message, according to the Gainesville Sun. “Weeks after, I learned our compliance guy (without any coach involvement) forwarded an article to the conference office. This is standard procedure. Once again, zero coach involvement.”’It is almost certain that Meyer will be asked again about these reports, especially after comments made about the allegations by Muschamp at SEC Media Days.“That’s really a dead issue with me,” Muschamp said. “In both situations, we were turned in by Ohio. We didn’t do anything wrong. The University of Florida didn’t do anything wrong. And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that subject.”High expectations for the BuckeyesComing off of a 12-0 season, OSU is considered to be among the favorites to play in the final BCS National Championship Game at the end of the season. Miller, Mewhort and Bryant are among the players who will lead that charge, and they will certainly be asked about their expectations for the season.For Miller, the expectations will be more than just winning a national championship. After being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, the junior quarterback ranks among the favorites to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.Miller will likely be asked about what he thinks his chances are of winning the Heisman, along with the team’s chances of winning the national championship. He should also be asked about how he has continue to develop as a passer and leader since last season.Mewhort was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s best lineman. Bryant was named to watch lists for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back, and the Nagurski Award, given to the nation’s best defensive players. Both players were second-team all-Big Ten selections last season.The Buckeyes did not face major expectations last year coming off of a losing season, but still went undefeated. This year, the Buckeyes will have to learn to play with the pressure of being a national championship favorite, and they will get their first taste of that pressure with the questions they will have to answer at media day.For the rest of the Big Ten, the goal will be to stop the Buckeyes from realizing those expectations. There should be no shortage of questions to representatives from other teams regarding Ohio State’s potential, especially for Michigan coach Brady Hoke and their players in attendance (quarterback Devin Gardner, safety Thomas Gordon, left tackle Taylor Lewan).State of the Big TenOutside of the Buckeyes, one of the most anticipated parts of media days will be Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany’s address to the media on the state of the conference.The Big Ten remains a 12-team conference consisting of Leaders and Legends divisions this year, but will expand to a 14-team conference with East and West divisions in 2014. Additionally, the Big Ten is slated to expand to a nine-game conference football schedule in 2016.Delany will likely address the conference’s new set of bowl agreements, which have been coming together over the course of the summer and are also set to begin in 2014.The Big Ten will remain aligned with the Rose Bowl as college football shifts to a playoff format in 2014, while they have also announced partnerships with the CapitalOne Bowl, Outback Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl and New Detroit Bowl. The Big Ten also announced a shared tie-in with the Atlantic Coast Conference between the Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl.Commissioner Delany is also likely to be asked about the newest developments in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Penn State’s board of trustees has authorized approximately $60 million in payments from the university to victims of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse during his time at State College.Another topic of discussion could focus on the lawsuit being brought against the NCAA by former college basketball player Ed O’Bannon, which is attempting to force the NCAA to pay revenues to players for their usage of their likenesses.Last week, the NCAA announced that they would not renew their video game partnership with EA Sports for “NCAA Football 14,” citing litigation costs. Additionally, two Minnesota players (tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise) are among the first six active NCAA athletes to join the lawsuit as plaintiffs. Both Delany and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill are expected to face questions about the impact of having Golden Gophers athletes involved in the lawsuit. read more


Corsair offers overclockers Vengeance DDR3 modules

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgIf you thought Corsair already catered for the overclocking market with its Dominator ranges, think again. Today the performance memory specialists have unveiled a new line of DDR3 modules with the menacing name of Vengeance.Corsair is offering Vengeance modules in single, dual, and triple channel kits offering between 4-16GB of system memory. The voltage is set at 1.5v and each module comes with a distinctive Vengeance aluminium heat spreader as standard.AdChoices广告According to Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair, these modules are both affordable and ripe for overclocking:Customers have been asking for outstanding overclocking memory with a lower price tag, and we have been listening. I believe that our users will love both the exciting new look and the overclocking results they are able to achieve with our new Vengeance memory. As for the different kits on offer, there are 7 in total:16GB (4x4GB) @ 1,600MHz CAS-9 – 9-9-9-24 ($305.99)12GB (3x4GB) @ 1,600MHz CAS-9 – 9-9-9-24 ($225.99)8GB (2x4GB) @ 1,866MHz CAS-9 – 9-9-9-24 ($155.99)8GB (2x4GB) @ 1,600MHz CAS-8 – 8-8-8-24 ($155.99)8GB (2x4GB) @ 1,600MHz CAS-9 – 9-9-9-24 ($149.99)6GB (3x2GB) @ 1,600MHz CAS-8 – 8-8-8-24 ($149.99)4GB (1x4GB) @ 1,600MHz CAS-9 – 9-9-9-24 ($74.99)The kits are already listed as available online, but out of stock, suggesting Corsair has yet to ship out the first batch of Vengeance modules to retailers.Read more at HotHardware and TechConnect Magazinelast_img read more


Love at first like Facebook to add secret crush feature as part

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4614007 Wednesday 1 May 2019, 8:21 AM Image: Shutterstock/Wachiwit 17,271 Views May 1st 2019, 8:21 AM Love at first like: Facebook to add ‘secret crush’ feature as part of revamp of social network The company is planning an overhaul of its app and website. Short URL FACEBOOK HAS ANNOUNCED it will add new dating and friend-making features to the social network as part of an overhaul of its service.The company announced yesterday that it will focus more on smaller groups and on allowing users to take part in communities of people with common interests.The head of Facebook’s new app Fidji Simo told AFP ahead that the redesign was part of founder Mark Zuckerberg’s “bigger vision” for the social network.According to the company, the new design will give users more options for private and group connections, and potentially bring people with opposing political viewpoints together rather than separating them in “filter bubbles”.“We are seeing that groups can bridge people across dividing lines,” Simo said.“If you are a dog lover, you will find people who are dog lovers across all divides, political or otherwise,” she added.Among the new features on the network will be an option to “Meet New Friends”, which will let users opt-in to get acquainted with others interested in making new connections.An “Events” tab will also aim to make real-world plans with online friends easier, while the company also said it will expand its dating feature to 14 countries, including the Philippines, Singapore, Brazil and Chile.A new feature called “Secret Crush” will let people signal which friends they are interested in romantically on a private list, only letting the object of their fancy know if the feeling is mutual.“We think there is a lot of potential in developing these relationships,” Simo said.“It’s all built with privacy in mind, and with the goal of building meaningfully long-term relationships and not just hookups.”The ability for people in small groups to be able to communicate securely and privately is seen as essential to making the social network more intimate.“As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever,” Zuckerberg said as he opened the F8 developer conference for the social networking giant.“That’s why I believe the future is private.”The shift appears to be a response to criticism over the company’s failure to prevent misinformation and missteps on how it handles private user data.“It can be hard to find your sense of purpose when you are connected to billions of people at the same time,” Zuckerberg said.“Privacy gives us the freedom to be ourselves.”The redesigned app, which will be followed by a new Facebook website, will symbolise changes in how Facebook runs its business, Zuckerberg said.“I know we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly,” he added. “But I am committed to starting a new chapter for our product.”With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019 Share21 Tweet Email 20 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Wachiwit By Stephen McDermott Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Word heritage country

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img• They had one job. • To proof-read three simple words, making sure that a commemorative plate would be ready in time for the ceremony. • The ceremony in question was for the official inclusion of the archaeological site of Philippi in eastern Macedonia (near Kavala), famous for its ancient theatre and for being the place where St Paul launched Christianity in Europe, to be considered among the World Heritage sites of UNESCO. • The Greek Minister of Culture, acclaimed actress and theatre director, Lydia Koniordou, proudly lifted the white sheet draped over a large piece of concrete, revealing the plate affirming that Philippi was indeed a UNESCO “WORD” Heritage Site. • Oops. • They had one job. • As is customary in Greece, whenever such a gaffe occurs – actually, whenever a government official does anything – backlash ensued, particularly in the form of hilarious social media memes. • The Ministry issued an official statement, claiming pretty much that ‘to err is human’ and that the plate was, in fact, proof-read, but then the wrong plate was sent to the site, because, apparently, the dog ate their homework and there’s no reason for the media to make such a fuss and be such mean bullies. • Maybe so. • But maybe the Greek government should just let go and actually embrace this mishap, if not brazenly move forward to own the phrase. • Because few phrases can describe the Greek government better than “Word Heritage”. • Playing with words is part of the Greek political legacy, the essence of the political cultural heritage bestowed upon the current ‘leftist’ SYRIZA government. • Taking words and giving them a different meaning is what Greek politics is all about – even the word ‘Left’, when used to describe SYRIZA seems a ‘newspeak-y’ version of itself. • Of course, this came in a week in which the Tsipras government – finally – managed to reach an agreement with the country’s creditors, basically caving in to their demands for further ‘measures’ and ‘reforms’ to ensure more funding coming towards Greece. • And by ‘measures’ and ‘reforms’, we mean welfare cuts, pension cuts, further dismantling of the welfare state and throwing worker rights into the bin. • Specifically, the latest draft agreement between Athens and the creditors is forecast to lead to a weighted average decrease of up to 22 per cent for currently allocated monthly pensions, something that will affect 850,000 beneficiaries.• The Greek government insists that implementation of these measures is tied to an agreement on debt relief; a viewpoint that the country’s creditors do not share. • Trying to pass off this turn of events as positive, the government started talking about ‘countermeasures’ to tackle juvenile poverty and youth unemployment. • It even used the phrasing ‘positive measures’ – these will weigh in on the side of tax (relief), with changes in ENFIA (property tax) and primarily in income tax (but not before 2020). • Anyone trying to understand the true sentiment of the government after this agreement should look no further than the words of the Minister of Finance, Euclid Tsakalotos: “We have an agreement over the primary taxes. There are many compromises; there are things that don’t satisfy us, and things that satisfy us. It’s in the nature of every agreement to have compromise; for [the agreement] to include things that disappoint us, not the negotiating team, per se, but the Greek people”. • Someone should write it on a Plexiglass plate and screw it on the door of the Greek Parliament.• But make sure to proof-read it first. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


WWE adds new stipulation to Universal Title match at SummerSlam

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img During RAW on Monday night in Pittsburgh, WWE revealed a SummerSlam added stipulation for the scheduled fatal four way for the Universal Championship.Brock Lesnar, the current champion making a special appearance, was joined by Paul Heyman in the opening segment where Heyman revealed that if Lesnar was to lose his title at SummerSlam in three weeks that he would leave WWE.Whether or not WWE would actually follow through with this stipulation remains to been. Lesnar remains under a deal with the company until next April, although he has continued to hint a possible return to the UFC including the latest Jon Jones call out on Saturday.If you missed the segment on RAW, you can check it out below courtesy of WWE. Richard Jenkins Richard Jenkins August 1, 2017 at 11:43 am Facebook Videos Articles Google+ Bobby Lashley Videos Articles Paul Heyman August 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm Videos Articles And nothing of importance would be lost. All he does is make a few appearances on RAW,wrestle at PPVs and house shows. Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? August 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm August 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm August 1, 2017 at 8:59 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 1, 2017 at 8:36 am Richard Jenkins Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam August 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm Any thoughts on how they are planning to play this if Lesnar loses? i.e. perhaps Angle, or Step or someone will say sorry Brock, you can’t leave until you finish out your signed contract and then it builds some sort of Brock against the system storyline. Other ideas? WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Peter Dolly Twitter Colby Alexander Kahrs (July9 2016) Brock Lesnar Was Suspended For 1 Year & Was Given A $250,000 fineHis Suspension Was Up Last Month Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto His suspension effectively froze when he announced his retirement earlier this year. If he decides to begin testing under USADA again, his suspension will continue and he’d be available to fight in 2018. Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin How can Lesner return to UFC, I thought he was suspended for the next year or 2 for steroid violation??? But anyway he should drop the title to one of the 3 rival’s at SS. Honestly anyone of them would make a better champion and the title would be seen on TV each week like it should be not once every 2 months! Brock is the worst, and worst “reigning”, ” defending “, ” champion” in the history of WWE EVER!!! Let him drop the belt and either have a WM match vs a UFC guy or just leave for an MMA fight elsewhere! Pinterest It Will Probably Be John Cena Or Roman Reigns To Set Up A Match John Cena vs. Roman Reigns For The Universal Championship Because Of Their Twitter Beef August 1, 2017 at 9:17 am Honestly, the way they play things like this up, it’s beginning to look more like a sure bet that Brock will retain the title at Summerslam. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up holding it all the way up until Wrestlemania, when (insert hero here) finally “vanquishes the Beast” to win the title. Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next 8 COMMENTS WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Brock Lesnar Suspension Was Up Last Month Since He Was Only Given A 1 Year Suspension & A $250,000 fine Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Brock Lesnarlast_img read more


Landslide closes main forest road

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgThe rainstorm that clobbered Mount Hood, causing landslides and flooding, also raked Washington’s south Cascades.However, officials with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest reported Tuesday that damage appeared to be relatively minor on the 1.3 million-acre forest.One recurring slide did prompt forest officials to close Forest Road 25 at Benham Creek, 13½ miles south of the road’s junction with state Highway 12 in Randle. A recurring landslide has bedeviled forest officials at that location since 1996, when a massive landslide wiped out a culvert five miles north of the road’s junction to the Windy Ridge viewpoint on the east side of Mount St. Helens. At that time, the forest spent $1 million on a two-lane bridge.Then, over the winter of 2008-09, a landslide wiped it out. Forest officials replaced it with a temporary one-lane bridge, but the latest mudslide has covered the road on both sides. The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District on Tuesday closed the road from the north, cutting off access to the Wakepish Sno Park. The forest had already imposed its normal wintertime closure from the south with a gate near the Muddy River viewpoint north of Swift Reservoir.Officials are working with the Federal Highway Administration, which provides funding for flood-damaged roads. A permanent fix could entail a boxed culvert or a much larger bridge that spans the valley. The road is the forest’s major north-south thoroughfare.“That’s one of our most popular roads,” forest spokesman Chris Strebig said.last_img read more


Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of July 22 2018

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 22, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Rocco V. “Chuck” DePasquale, Jr., 59Previously Lived In Wilmington:Gail (Wilson) Smith, 74Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more


Harris County Approves Funding To Study Detention Along Buffalo Bayou

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_imgThe location of the project along Terry Hershey Park is on public land, so in that regard Chadwick is probably right.  She blames development may accurately describe the reason for flooding, particularly in the past few years. But according to Emmett, stopping growth isn’t a solution.“When somebody makes a comment that ‘all of this is because of development upstream,’ we’re not going to go in and undo that development,” he said.According to Emmett, this is simply implementing his 15-point flood prevention plan. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /13:00 X Share 00:00 /00:56 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved negotiating contracts to study storm water detention on the bayou.A water detention project may soon begin along Buffalo Bayou. The Harris County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved negotiating contracts to study storm water detention on the bayou between Highway 6 and Beltway 8.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett thinks the study should go quickly. “I think the public really expects us to move forward with flood control projects,” said Emmett who believes the vote was a step in that direction.Gail Delaughter Cleanup continues along Buffalo Bayou following Hurricane Harvey.He also realizes that with every project, there will be supporters and detractors. Susan Chadwick is the Executive Director of Save Buffalo Bayou. She doesn’t want the proposed detention along the bayou.“People need to take responsibility for runoff from their homes, and sidewalks, and driveways, and in the streets and clearing the drains. It’s just easier for them to take our public land, our public parks and use that. It’s free.” she said.MORE: What Flooding Experts Think Of Bayou Detention Projectlast_img read more


A year of Chrome updates gifts laptop users over 2 hours of

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgJust a couple months ago, Microsoft told you that Edge was the browser to beat when it came to battery life. Seems like Google found that test a little suspect.Big G pumps out Chrome updates on a regular (and rather rapid) cadence, and over the past twelve months  they’ve put a lot of effort into making it more efficient. According to a blog post they just published, those efforts have really paid off.The version of Chrome that its users are browsing with today is about 25% easier on laptop batteries than the one they used last year. Google’s comparison video shows two Surface Books running Chrome side-by-side, one with version 46 and the other running the current stable build (53).At the 8:27 mark, the older version packs it in. The latest Chrome keeps the good times rolling for another 2 hours and 25 minutes. That’s a very different result than the one we saw from Microsoft’s tests.In case you missed their browser battery rundown, Microsoft’s setup looked a lot like Google’s except with a big digital time clock perched on top. In the Microsoft test, the Surface Book running Chrome only lasted a little over 4 hours. Edge — which won the contest handily — squeezed out another 3 hours.But even Edge fell well short of the 10-plus hours Chrome managed in Google’s test. Either there are some major differences in the two testing methods, or Microsoft has done some terrific work on the Surface Book’s overall battery life. Any way you slice it, it’s great to know that everybody seems very intent on making our laptops last as long as possible between charges.last_img read more


3 Tech Startups That Are Reinventing K12 Education

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_img Back-to-school means books, backpacks, and these days, mobile devices.From social networks to smartphones, schools are opening up to the technologies they once banned, embracing them as valuable tools for both students and teachers. This is thanks in part to a new wave of educational startups that offer innovative ways for school districts and teachers to engage with technology in the classroom.“Tech has radically shifted how we think about productivity and learning, yet we’re still teaching our children the same way we taught them 100 years ago,” says Geoff Ralston, founder of 2-year-old education technology incubator Imagine K12. “But there’s a gravitational force to change that.”Related: Tips for Launching an Ed-Tech StartupEntrepreneurs are hungry to effect change, and investors see an opportunity to create scalable companies that make a difference. Ralston believes we’re only seeing the tip of iceberg of what’s possible from ed-tech, which boasts some of the fastest growing mobile startups.Here are three startups to watch:EdmodoJeff O’Hara and Nicolas Borg were working as IT professionals for the Chicago school district in 2008 when they decided to start Edmodo, a free Facebook-style platform that allows teachers and students to connect and collaborate securely. Edmodo has grown to over 100 employees and built up a base of over 21 million registered teachers and students, largely through word of mouth. Last year, Edmodo launched a third-party developer platform, and the Edmodo App Store now offers over 550 free and premium education apps. The company created an annual professional global development conference, EdmodoCon, and recently launched a revamped iPad app. As for the future, look for an initiative with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation.Class DojoAfter graduating from the first Imagine K12 incubator class in 2011, Class Dojo co-founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don were armed with a background in education, seed capital, and interviews with thousands of teachers about the biggest time-suck they faced at school – behavior management. The result? A free online tool that helps teachers improve classroom behavior through positive reinforcement (with the help of fuzzy monster avatars). Class Dojo has nine employees and approximately 15 million registered teachers and students worldwide. Looking ahead, the company is focused on beefing up mobile offerings, helping teachers share information within schools, and creating ways for students take ownership of their behavior.Teachers Pay TeachersLast year, TeachersPayTeachers.com (TpT) made headlines when a teacher earned a million dollars selling her lesson plans through the website. Paul Edelman, a former New York City schoolteacher, founded the company in 2006 as a way for teachers to share lesson plans and make a little extra cash. These days, TpT has nearly 1.9 million registered users, sellers, and buyers. The company generated over $30 million in sales last year, with 80 percent of profits going to teacher-sellers. What next? Edelman recently stepped down as CEO, allowing former Head of Product John Yoo to step into the role. Expect to see new ways for teachers to share expertise, including professional development plans and mentoring programs. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » August 19, 2013center_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Related: Why Everyone Wants a Piece of Ed Techlast_img read more


Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

Posted On Aug 28 2019 by

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, June 3. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like!   Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 20:35One lane shut on M6 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. 19:52Police on scene after car collides with wall on A53The accident has taken place this evening. More here. 19:01Anti-Donald Trump campaigners hold demo in Hanley… but were met with counter protesters The rally took place by the Blue Clock. More here. 18:54Princess Anne makes special journey to North Staffordshire – and is full of praise for medics!HRH Princess Royal arrived to promote the work done to help patients with motor neurone disease. More here.18:18Police update after man and woman found unconscious in car on streetThe pair were taken to hospital – with the vehicle checked over by the fire service and the ambulance service’s Hazardous Area Response Team sent to the scene. More here.16:36Heavy traffic on A500 Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 16:33Roads busy in city centreBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.16:03Council and police to enforce eviction order – as travellers move to new sitePolice and the council are due to attend both sites later this afternoon. More here.15:33One lane shut due to broken down van One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down van on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The cameras show that the van is straddling the verge and lane one. 15:22Firefighters spend more than nine hours tackling large grass fireAt one point eight fire engines were tackling the grass fire – which quickly spread due to strong winds. More here.15:20Slow traffic on A34 in Trent ValeUsual slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is five minutes. 15:06Accident on A51 in Woore A51 in both directions partially blocked due to accident near Gravenhunger Lane.Affecting traffic between Woore and Pipe Gate. 15:06One lane shut on M6 due to broken down carOne lane closed due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.15:01Accident reported on Scotia Road in BurslemReports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 Scotia Road near Chatterley Street.The accident is reported to be near to Scotia Stores.14:59Busy road remains closed due to diesel spillage in town Around 250 litres of diesel have spilled onto the road – with the road set to be shut overnight. More here. 12:55Lane blocked on M6Lane 1 (of 3) is currently blocked #M6 Northbound between J2 #Coventry and J3 #Nuneaton due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers and recovery are en route. Please drive carefully within the roadworks— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) June 4, 201912:06Diesel spill in CongletonA34 Rood Hill in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to spillage of diesel from A54 Rood Hill to Giantswood Lane.Following a large diesel spillage from a vehicle, the road has been closed. 12:06Lane closure on M6 One lane closed due to recovery work and broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. 11:56Busy at Cobridge lightsA53 Elder Road busy but moving around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 09:56Leek Road busyA52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 09:23There’s now a Knutton youth clubThere is now a youth club for those aged between 9-14 years in #Knutton ���� come along every Tuesday from 6.30pm-8.30pm ���� entry is only £1.50 and this covers lots of different activities! #knuttoncommunitycentre #knutton #communities @Staffscyp pic.twitter.com/FOLa2oC3bu— Newcastle Police (@NewcastlePolice) June 4, 201909:20Busy traffic through A500 roadworksHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 09:14Heavy traffic in Baddeley GreenHeavy traffic on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. Travel time is four minutes. 08:47For anyone heading towards Telford this morning…Lane 1 of (2) closed #M54 #J4 #Telford East to #J3 #Tong Village for vehicle repair. #Trafficofficers on scene please drive carefully.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) June 4, 201908:46Stop-start traffic on D RoadStop-start traffic on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is nine minutes. 08:40Busy on Vicky Road Usual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 08:40Accident in WolstantonReports of accident on A527 Church Lane at B5370. 08:21Breakdown in FroghallA52 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to broken down lorry from B5053 Froghall Road (Froghall) to Whiston Eaves Lane (Whiston).Police on site, awaiting recovery. 08:21Queues in Weston CoyneyQueuing traffic on A520 Weston Road in both directions at Weston Coyney Road. 08:06And at Moorland RoadUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more


Brazil court convicts 2 firefighters in nightclub fire

Posted On Aug 18 2019 by

first_imgLawyers for the convicted men said they would appeal.The fire in January 2013 at the Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state, killed 242 young men and women, all suffocated by toxic smoke that filled a windowless building with no emergency exits.Soundproofing foam on the ceiling caught fire in the overcrowded nightclub when the lead singer of a country band onstage lit a flare as part of an illegal indoor pyrotechnics show.Investigators said the burning foam released cyanide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide that quickly killed those attending a university party. Dozens of bodies were piled in twisted knots inside the club as hundreds of people stampeded through darkness, trying to reach a single row of four doors that served as both entry and exit. Aside from the dead, 630 people were injured.The nightclub’s two owners and two band members blamed for starting the fire face homicide charges, but are free pending trial. A guilty verdict could bring a prison sentence of up to 30 years, although the complexity of Brazil’s legal system and the ability to present numerous appeals means several years can elapse before someone convicted of a crime is put behind bars. Check your body, save your life Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories SAO PAULO (AP) — A court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced two firefighters to a year behind bars in connection with a 2013 nightclub fire that killed more than 200 people in southern Brazil.The two and six other firefighters had been charged with negligence and falsifying public documents related to the club’s fire permit. Prosecutor Joel Dutra successfully argued that the court should drop charges against the other six, saying they had been “induced to error by unclear norms that gave room to different interpretations.” Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more