Surya Sharma, who recently made his debut with ‘Hostages’ seems to finally have all the reasons to rejoice. A source revealed, Surya who portrays the role of Prince in the show, experienced excruciating back pain while shooting for an intense fight sequence wearing boots that had four inch long heels and during a take it was actor Ronit Roy who came to his rescue when he collapsed on set. On touching base with Surya, he stated, “Thinking about the pain gives me chills even now, but it was all worth it, and I can’t thank Ronit sir enough for taking care of me like his own.”
Indonesia has made progress in addressing torture but the practice persists and must be criminalized, an independent United Nations expert just back from the country said today.The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, was able to hold meetings in Jakarta and visit correctional institutions, pre-trial detention houses, police and military detention facilities as well as social rehabilitation centres during his visit from 10 to 25 November.In a statement issued in Geneva, he voiced appreciation to the Government for having invited him but said in a number of instances, his unimpeded access to places of detention was compromised, including his ability to carry out private interviews with detainees. Despite this, he was able to reach the broad conclusion “that given the lack of legal and institutional safeguards and the prevailing structural impunity, persons deprived of their liberty are extremely vulnerable to torture and ill-treatment.”The Government said that the process of including the crime of torture in Indonesia’s Penal Code is under way, but Mr. Nowak voiced regret that this has not yet been done “in spite of many recommendations to this effect by both national and international observers.”He stressed that torture must be criminalized with several years of imprisonment without further delay, “as a concrete demonstration of Indonesia’s commitment to combat this problem.”Pointing out that “bringing perpetrators to justice is the strongest signal that torture and ill-treatment is absolutely unacceptable,” the Special Rapporteur said Government officials “could not cite one instance in which a public official was sentenced by a criminal court for committing torture or ill-treatment.”Legal safeguards for detainees, in particular at the pre-trial stage, “are virtually non-existent, in violation of applicable international norms and standards to which Indonesia has subscribed,” he said, voicing particular concern about the prolonged period of police custody allowed under the law – at times up to several months and during which many detainees have no or very restricted access to courts.Only very few detainees appear to have access to a defense lawyer, he said, noting that in this context, “given the lack of legal safeguards and doubts as to how confessions might have been obtained in a number of these instances,” use of the death penalty is inappropriate.He also noted that the secrecy with which executions are handled violates international human rights standards.Mr. Nowak, who serves in an unpaid, personal capacity, said he was not informed of any effective mechanism for determining the legality of detention or for evaluating a complaint about ill-treatment or torture. “On the contrary, several interlocutors from the penitentiary system, the Attorney General’s office and also medical doctors indicated to the Special Rapporteur that if persons with marks of torture or ill-treatment are transferred to their authority, they normally hand them back to the police, apparently in order to avoid any additional administrative troubles.”The Special Rapporteur commended the National Human Rights Action Plan, which foresees the ratification in 2008 of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture, which requires the establishment of an independent body to regularly monitor places of detention, with the authority to conduct unannounced visits. The expert said detainees are more vulnerable to abuse while in police custody than in prison. “The problem of police abuse appears to be sufficiently widespread as to warrant immediate attention by the Government,” he added, citing reports, corroborated by expert medical analysis, of beatings by fists, rattan or wooden sticks, cable, iron bars and hammers.In some cases, police officers had shot detainees in their legs from close range, or electrocuted them, according to the statement. Some detainees alleged to have had heavy implements placed on their feet. “In most instances, it appears that the purpose of this violence was to extract confessions,” Mr. Nowak observes.The statement does note that he received only a limited number of allegations of ill-treatment and corporal punishment in both pre-trial detention houses and prisons, but cautions that there were allegations and evidence of several cases of beatings by guards. Many of the prisons were very spacious, clean and well-maintained, and below maximum capacity. The Special Rapporteur welcomed the relative openness of detention places, most of which allow several visits per week by relatives and friends. He also commended the system for treating youth (persons between 18 and 21) as a separate category and holding them apart from adults when possible. “Another best practice is the fact that pregnant women are often temporarily released from custody to be able to deliver their baby, and that women in police custody as well as in prisons can live together with their babies and are allowed to maintain very close contact with their older children,” he said.At the same time, the Special Rapporteur said he is “extremely concerned that criminal responsibility in Indonesia starts at the age of eight and that therefore small children are put in detention facilities and prisons, very often mixed with much older children and adults.” Minors and children are at greater risk of corporal punishment and ill-treatment in detention. While recognizing that positive steps taken by Indonesia to address problems, the expert recommended a series of steps, including official public condemnation of torture and ill-treatment and its criminalization. He also called for measures against impunity and the introduction of confidential complaints mechanisms. The Government, he said, should raise the age of criminal responsibility in accordance with international standards and abolish the death penalty.The Special Rapporteur will submit a comprehensive report on the visit to the UN Human Rights Council. 23 November 2007Indonesia has made progress in addressing torture but the practice persists and must be criminalized, an independent United Nations expert just back from the country said today.
Viber’s default end-to-end encryption provides stronger security in every voice or video call, message, video and photo, in both group and one-on-one messages where not even Vibercan see, read or have access to them. Anubhav Nayyar, Head of South East Asia Viber said, “Sri Lanka is major market in South Asia for Viber and we understand privacy and security is a serious concern among our many users. While other messaging applications may require users to manually enable encryption, end-to-end encryption on Viber is on by default so users don’t have to worry about turning it on and has been standard on the app since the feature was made available.”When a Viber message is sent, whether on mobile or desktop, the data travels from the device to the recipient’s as a scrambled code so that only their device has the unique key to translate to plain text. Given the recent outcry over privacy options on social networks by users, leading global messaging and voice app, Viber says it has taken careful steps to ensure data remains secure and private in Sri Lanka.Growing concerns have also risen about certain social and messaging apps harvesting private messages and using them as valuable data for their systems’ algorithms—or for their advertisers. Given that there are over eight million Viber users in the country and the phenomenal growth of Viber stickers with more than 100 million being sent and received monthly among Sri Lankans, Viber assures all users of have automatic protection through encryption. Once the message has been delivered, none of the data is stored on Viber’s servers. In case the device is offline, Viber stores only the encrypted version of the message for a limited time, still safe and secure, until their device connects to the internet and is able to receive what has been sent.As a result users have little concernor worries about suddenly receiving a targeted ad related to the subject of their private conversation—Viber cannot and will not, in any way, share their personal messages with anyone.“Viber is all about making sure our users can enjoy better ways of communicating every day, and a big part of that is assuring that the connections made are strengthened by secure measures users can always count on,” Nayyar noted. (Colombo Gazette)
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says there is consensus among the member states of the ASEAN to accept Iran as a member of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC). Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for Colombo on Tuesday morning to hold talks with Sri Lankan officials before going to Singapore.The top Iranian diplomat is going to hold talks with Sri Lankan officials on ways to boost the bilateral relations, the Tasnim News Agency reported. Zarif will then pay an official visit to Singapore to sign a treaty between Iran and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries that promotes intergovernmental cooperation. (Colombo Gazette)
During the meeting, Dr. Samar called for the UN’s continuing support of her Ministry’s work and specifically for logistical help in setting up her office. Earlier this week, a team from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) met with another woman who was recently appointed to a senior position in the interim government — Dr. Sohila Sediq, Afghan Public Health Minister. Dr. Sediq expressed gratitude for the support WHO had provided to Afghanistan over many years and requested that the agency maintain a strong presence in the country to help strengthen national authorities.Dr. Sediq also highlighted the urgent need to rehabilitate Afghanistan’s health infrastructure, which has suffered from years of destruction and lack of maintenance, as well to ensure a regular supply of medicines and vaccines. In addition, she asked WHO, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to help reactivate medical training for female health workers, whom she described as a “crucial asset” for Afghanistan’s health system.
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 9:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Corus profits halved in fourth quarter as value of broadcast licences falls TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) says profits were nearly halved in the fourth quarter as expenses climbed higher and its radio division faced turbulence from advertisers.The media company said Thursday it expects securing more advertising dollars will remain difficult in the next financial year, a factor that was taken into consideration when it booked a charge from the lower estimated value of its radio broadcast licences.The outlook added to a growing sentiment in the media industry that early 2014 could leave companies struggling to improve their results. A similar opinion was delivered by newspaper company Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B) in its financial results on Thursday.Corus chief executive John Cassaday said advertising softness will extend into the company’s first quarter results.“To drive growth, radio has launched a focused sales initiative to secure new direct business that is gaining traction across our major markets,” he told analysts in a conference call.“Leadership changes have been made to stimulate fresh thinking and improved performance.”Radio stations have faced a new wave of competition from on-demand Internet radio stations. Over the past few years, companies like Rdio and Songza have grabbed a part of the market. Those names have joined an already crowded space that includes online and satellite radio companies like SiriusXM and CBC.ca Radio.In its overall results, Corus said net income attributable to shareholders fell to $11.9 million, or 14 cents per share, from $23.3 million or 28 cents a share in the same period last year.Revenues declined to $193.6 million from $195.6 million in the comparable period ended Aug. 31 a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, earnings per share slipped to 31 cents, falling eight cents below analyst expectations, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.During the quarter, the company booked a series of charges like a $5.7-million impairment on its broadcast licences, about $5.2 million related to recent acquisitions and restructuring costs, and another $7.1 million on investment impairments.Within its divisions, the quarterly revenue for radio operations dropped nearly eight per cent to $44 million.Revenue for Corus’ television operations increased about 1.1 per cent to $149.6 million, helped by a six per cent increase in revenues for its specialty advertising channels.Corus is controlled by the Shaw family, but operates separately from Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). The company owns a variety of television, radio and production assets, including a slate of specialty channels, including YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon Canada, ABC Spark, which cater to children and family shows.It also operates the W Network, the Canadian version of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Cosmopolitan TV.The company runs 37 radio stations, children’s book publishing, and animation assets.Despite the unpredictable advertising environment, Corus still expects a strong fiscal 2014, Cassaday said.“The recent reorganization of our leadership team will support our growth objectives and we are excited about the significant value that our pending acquisitions will bring to the business,” he noted in a release.Corus is in the process of integrating some assets that it bought from BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) to receive regulatory approval for its purchase of Astral Media. The transaction allowed Corus to buy the remaining half of Teletoon from Astral and other TV and radio interests.Shares of the company dropped more than four per cent, or $1.08, to $23.67 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
WINNIPEG – The Opposition will not appeal a court ruling that found the Manitoba government did nothing illegal by increasing the provincial sales tax without a referendum.Tory Leader Brian Pallister said he still believes the tax hike was illegal, but it’s now up to voters to judge the NDP government. The New Democrats broke their promise not to raise taxes when they increased the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven last summer, he said.An appeal could take years and the highest court is the court of public opinion, Pallister said.“Indications we have are that this could drag out for a long time. There would be an election before that,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for the rights of people. Manitobans had those rights disrespected and they deserve to have them respected. The best way for them to demonstrate their views on this issue is to vote.”The Conservatives took the government to court this summer and argued the tax increase was illegal without a referendum. The government suspended the legal referendum requirement at the same time it introduced the tax increase.The Tories argued the government was bound by its own legislation to consult the public first and violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by not doing so. Government lawyers argued people could express their opinions through committee hearings and courts can’t dictate what the legislature chooses to discuss.Justice Kenneth Hanssen agreed and said governments have a right to make their own laws.Pallister said the Opposition has stood up for taxpayers and will continue to argue against the tax bump.“Today is not marking the end of anything,” he said. “If anything, it is marking the beginning of a greater struggle to make sure that Manitobans get what they pay for.”The government has said it had to raise the sales tax to raise money for infrastructure projects and has called the lawsuit a partisan stunt. Finance Minister Jennifer Howard has said the province might ask the court to order the Tories to pay some of the government’s legal costs.The province spent $150,000 on outside legal counsel defending the tax increase in court. The Conservatives said they funded their legal costs through party donations. by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2014 11:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba Opposition says tax increase illegal, but won’t appeal court ruling
OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Photo Credit: Lantern file photoFor the second straight season, the Ohio State football team has reached the Fiesta Bowl. Although the introduction of the College Football Playoff format in 2014 brought more prominence to the game played in the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Buckeyes have been appearing in the Fiesta Bowl since 1980.“One of the great bowl experiences I’ve ever been a part of I believe three other times,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said earlier this month. “It’s great to be here.”OSU (11-1) is ranked at No. 3 in the playoff, and has appeared in eight different Fiesta Bowls, while Clemson (12-1) has never made an appearance. With two teams that have a mutual respect for one another, and two squads that have incredible talent on both sides of the ball, the 45th edition of the Fiesta Bowl should be one for the ages.With playoff implications on the line, neither team will be willing to give an inch. The Buckeyes have been to the desert on multiple occasions, and have a 5-3 record throughout the program’s history.Here is a look back at the successes and failures of the Buckeyes in Glendale, Arizona.1980Penn State – 31Ohio State – 19With the 10th anniversary of the Fiesta Bowl came the second straight bowl appearance for the Buckeyes since Earle Bruce took over coaching duties in Columbus. Bruce, who had led the Buckeyes to a 11-1 season in his first year, earned a 9-2 mark to go to the Fiesta Bowl.After holding a 19-10 lead in the first half, running back Curt Warner from Penn State helped the Nittany Lions rack up 351 rush yards as a team, and slowly put the game away. Outscoring OSU 21-0 in the second half, Penn State earned its second Fiesta Bowl victory.1984Ohio State – 28Pittsburgh – 23Another 9-2 season for Bruce and the Buckeyes led them back to the Fiesta Bowl, this time against Pittsburgh. Led by quarterback Mike Tomczak and running back Keith Byars, both future NFL talents, the Buckeyes were able to bring home a 28-23 win.On the last drive of the game, Tomczak drove his team down the field in the final two-and-a-half minutes, tossing a 39-yard score in the closing moments for the win. The Buckeyes had picked up their first ever Fiesta Bowl win, and given Bruce his third straight bowl win with OSU.2003Ohio State – 31Miami (Fla.) – 24After being away for nearly 20 years, OSU returned to the Fiesta Bowl on the grandest stage of them all. OSU coach Jim Tressel, in just his second year at the helm, had led an underdog Buckeyes team to a perfect 13-0 record in the 2002 season. However, a Miami Hurricanes team stood in the way of the Buckeyes, with the likes of future NFL players Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow Jr., Ken Dorsey, Andrew Johnson, Jonathan Vilma and the late Sean Taylor. Most felt OSU did not have a chance to even come close to winning.The Buckeyes forced five Hurricanes’ turnovers, and benefitted from four rushing touchdowns split evenly between running back Maurice Clarett and quarterback Craig Krenzel. An injury to McGahee slowed the Miami offensive attack, and OSU denied a late Dorsey pass in the endzone for the program’s seventh national championship.2004Ohio State – 34Kansas State – 28A year removed from a national championship win, the Buckeyes returned to the desert to square off against Kansas State. After falling to Wisconsin and Michigan, OSU was denied a second straight championship bid, but would have to put up quite a fight against a scrappy Wildcats team.Krenzel, eager to prove his worth as a potential NFL quarterback, struggled to find consistency throughout the year, throwing for just 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2003. However, in Arizona, Buckeyes fans were treated to a four touchdown performance by the eventual Chicago Bears draft pick.The Buckeyes were outgained on offense, and struggled to limit Kansas State quarterback Eli Roberson, even though OSU did not allow a passing touchdown. Roberson picked up a pair of scores on the ground, while Darren Sproles and Ayo Saba each had a rushing touchdown.OSU recovered an onside kick attempt and chewed the clock before stopping a late Roberson pass to earn the win and its second straight Fiesta Bowl win.2006Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (10) buys some time and eludes Indiana’s Keith Burrus (97) in the second quarter of a football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the contest, 44-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOhio State – 34Notre Dame – 20Two losses in the 2005 season before reaching the midway point of the year kept the Buckeyes from national championship contention. Even after dropping closely contested games to Texas and Penn State, OSU rebounded with three wins over top 25 opponents in six games. Led by veteran quarterback Troy Smith, the Buckeyes proved why OSU was a potential national champion in 2005 against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes kept Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn from the endzone, and limited Notre Dame to just 62 total rushing yards on the day.Smith threw for 342 yards and a pair of scores, one of which went 56 yards to Ted Ginn Jr., who finished the day with 167 yards receiving. An impressive athlete with a plethora of skills, Ginn Jr. also ran in a score from 68 yards out.OSU running back Antonio Pittman added his own score on a 60-yard scamper to seal the deal for the Buckeyes with under two minutes to go in the game.2007Florida – 41Ohio State – 14Before he was coaching for the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer’s name was not a popular one in Columbus following the 2006 season. After OSU went a perfect 12-0 that year, the Buckeyes ran into a brick wall that was the Florida Gators in the 2007 national championship.Smith had a Heisman year at the helm of OSU’s offense, while James Laurinaitis was continuing the trend of beastly linebackers produced in Columbus. A seven point favorite coming into the contest, OSU had a quick 7-0 lead after Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.However, an injury to the Buckeyes’ top receiver and returner stagnated Tressel’s offense, resulting in just 82 total yards for OSU, An offense that failed to move the ball, mixed with a defense that forced zero turnovers and gave up 370 yards was a recipe for disaster in the desert.Florida quarterback Chris Leak throw for a score, while Deshawn Wynn and Percy Harvin each ran in for a score. Tim Tebow, and eventual Heisman Trophy winner under Meyer, ran for his own touchdown late and tossed a one-yard touchdown pass.OSU trailed 34-14 at halftime, and did not score in the second half.2010Texas – 24Ohio State – 21Future NFL quarterback Colt McCoy was at the helm for the Longhorns in 2009, and had led Texas to an outstanding season. However, an early season loss to No. 6 Texas Tech ruined McCoy and company’s chances of reaching a national championship.Texas, a preseason top 10 pick in the coaches poll, came into the 2010 Fiesta Bowl as a 10-point favorite.Terrelle Pryor, who earned the starting job earlier in the year, was a freshman phenom, expected to take OSU to great heights. But, against Texas, Pryor only gained 144 total yards, and scored just once on a gadget play that saw him catching his first of two career touchdown receptions.OSU fell 24-21 after McCoy connected with Quan Cosby with under a minute left, and the Buckeyes finished the year 10-3.2016Ohio State – 44Notre Dame – 28After an improbably national championship in 2014, OSU was looking for a repeat performance. However, after playing throughout the season in lackluster fashion for a team many coaches and fans felt was one of the best in the nation, the Buckeyes dropped their second to last game against the Michigan State Spartans. A 42-13 drubbing of Michigan in the following week was not enough to sway the playoff committee, and OSU found themselves in the Fiesta Bowl. Out for vengeance, the Buckeyes picked apart an overmatched Fighting Irish team.Ezekiel Elliott ran rampant over the Notre Dame defense, picking up four touchdowns on 149 yards rushing. Then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett picked up 211 yards and a score through the air, and the OSU defense grab two turnovers en route to a 44-28 victory.
At RCT’s latest project with Newcrest Mining at Lihir mine in Papua New Guinea, RCT was asked to provide solutions to safeguard operators working at the extinct volcanic crater that was still geothermally active. It is believed to be the first time any company has remote controlled a CAT 650 (Terex RH200) hydraulic shovel and is by far the largest machine on which RCT has installed a system.The company’s ControlMaster® Teleremote solutions were installed on two CAT 6050 (Terex RH200) hydraulic shovels and two CAT D11T dozers. While RCT’s dealings with dozers are extensive, it is believed to be the first time a company has remote controlled a CAT 6050 (Terex RH200) on Teleremote.The solution removes the operator from the cab of the machine and relocates them to an air-conditioned cabin located outside of the open pit operations, enabling them to carry out work away from the mine face. Lihir is not only one of the largest gold deposits in the world; it is also located at Luise Caldera: an extinct volcanic crater that is geothermally active. Therefore Newcrest selected RCT’s technology to safeguard operators during the mining process.In this instance, Newcrest has installed a Control Centre, designed and manufactured by RCT’s Custom department. There are two operator chairs, one equipped with shovel controls and the other with dozer controls to ensure that the machines can be operated simultaneously. Providing operators with a comfortable environment to work in also reduces fatigue and increases productivity. They are still armed with all the functionality and vision they would have if they were actually in the driver’s seat.“RCT’s level of support and response to our needs during the installation phase, and then afterwards, has been impressive. This was a pioneering project with many challenges, and this technology has successfully delivered improved levels of safety for our employees,” said Newcrest’s Group Manager Mining Technology, Tony Sprague.This project is just the start of an overarching mining technology strategy for Newcrest Lihir, and RCT is excited to be part of it. “It wasn’t a standard installation by any means. It’s a great example of RCT’s extensive capabilities and flexibility when it comes to projects,” said RCT’s Account Manager, Wayne Carrington..
MGX Minerals and engineering partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions have reported a second deployment of an advanced wastewater treatment system is near completion and commissioning is expected shortly.The system is capable of processing up to 10 m³/h and will significantly reduce greenhouse gases through energy savings on steam generation, according to MGX.“The technology provides superior treatment outcomes when compared to conventional technology which requires offsite trucking and high cost (due to toxicity) disposal,” MGX said, adding the technology can treat the water in line, under temperature and pressure, without cooling water first. This is a paradigm shift advancement in waste water management and oilsands operations, according to the company.“This will result in significantly less energy use for water treatment, reduction in greenhouse gases and also eliminate a major operational challenge of a steam assisted gravity drainage facility – heat exchanger fouling.Mobilisation of a third system, capable of processing 10 m³/h to extract lithium from brine, is also being finalised, MGX said. This lithium can be extracted by the technology once the water is cleaned of oil and bitumen as result of the front-end water treatment system processing. Commencement of lithium extraction will occur as this customer comes online.MGX’s rapid lithium extraction technology eliminates or greatly reduces the physical footprint and investment in large, multi-phase, lake-sized, lined evaporation ponds, as well as enhances the quality of extraction and recovery across a complex range of brines as compared with traditional solar evaporation, the company says.It is applicable to petrolithium (oil and gas wastewater), natural brine, and other brine sources such as a lithium-rich mine and industrial plant wastewater.Back in August, after several successful pilot test results, the company signed up Hatch to advise it on the scaling up of its technology in the western US.PurLucid’s exclusively licensed and patented nanoflotation technology, meanwhile, is designed specifically for oil field environments, separating impurities from oil and gas wastewater and producing clean water as a final product.Last month, the two companies reported successful commissioning of their commercial scale 5 m³/h system.
IT’S AN EXCITING time for women’s soccer in Ireland. The Women’s National League is still in its infancy, and while it’s early days yet, the initial signs have been encouraging.Stephanie Roche produced the best advertisement possible for the league with a now-iconic goal that was seemingly tweeted about by pretty much everybody in football from Gary Lineker to Matt Le Tissier ans Steven Reid.And only last month, the Irish under-19s exceeded expectations at the European Championships, getting as far as the semi-finals and beating sides of the calibre of England, Spain and Sweden along the way.One person more influential than most in this spectacular renaissance has been Dave Connell — the former Shamrock Rovers players and ex-Limerick and Galway United manager who coached the women under-19s to their various successes.And while the tournament ultimately ended in a disappointing 4-0 semi-final defeat against Holland, Connell says he is immensely proud of the girls regardless.“We’re very pleased with how we did, and getting nine points from the three games against three teams with good pedigrees in women’s football in particular,” he tells TheScore.ie. “We’re a little bit disappointed with the manner in which we went out. The occasion probably got to a few of the players. But overall, it was a very good campaign for us.“We feel we could’ve done a bit better against Holland, but we certainly would have settled for a semi-final place before we went out there. But in saying that, they played very well against us. They were really up for it. I don’t think they played as well in the final [which the Dutch won 1-0 against Spain], but that’s the way football goes. They played very well and we underperformed. When you get that scenario, there’s only one result.” Source: faiofficial/YouTubeThe Holland loss was a particularly bitter pill to swallow for two reasons — the Irish had to watch Spain, a team who they had already beaten in the competition, progress to the final, while the Dutch coach’s provocative pre-game comments also exacerbated the subsequent sense of disappointment, after he derided the Irish side as a “kick-and-rush” team.“I don’t like that part of the game,” Connell says. “There were a couple of managers at it. I don’t like people making comparisons to the Irish girls and GAA. I don’t think that has anything whatsoever to do with us playing soccer. Getting stuck in is in our DNA. But in saying that, I don’t know what he was talking about really, because the Dutch had a hell of a lot more physical players than us. When we played them in April, they had five bookings, we had one. So he’d want to practice what he preaches.“It was disrespectful, and it was more hurtful that we didn’t perform in the semis, because we wanted to put up a good show against the Dutch. And again, they were physical. We had two players going off injured — one with suspected concussion from an off-the-ball elbow and another went over on their ankle ligaments after a heavy tackle.“I think it comes down to coaches trying to get in referees’ ears before games and I don’t like that. We’re a very fair team that play within the rules of the game, unlike some countries. So our girls are, if anything, too honest.” Source: Anders Hoven/INPHO(Ireland’s Savannah McCarthy [right] is consoled by Shannon Carson after the game)Yet Connell insists he would never let such cynicism creep into the Irish team’s play. It would go against the unremittingly positive mindset that he encourages his players to adhere to. When TheScore.ie spoke to him prior to the tournament, the former Shamrock Rovers player’s confidence was palpable, as he maintained that the Irish team were going into the tournament with genuine hopes of winning the competition outright.“I think it’s part of my philosophy,” he says. “When we go into a competition, we’re going in it to win it. I knew that we would do well and I knew that we would surprise a few people. Were we confident to the extent of expecting to win the group on nine points? Maybe not. We were probably targeting the runners-up spot to be honest.“But some of the girls in that squad have worked with no other international manager, so they know the philosophy of myself and my fellow coaches, and that philosophy is that we can compete at a high level, but we must be in the physical and mental condition to compete with those countries, so we’ve always had good players in the past, but the physical and the mental end of things wouldn’t have been as good before.”Indeed, Connell and his colleagues have overseen somewhat of a mini-revolution and complete change in the structure of the women’s game, which has been partly necessitated as a result of the dwindling finances devoted to the sport in recent times.“We’d all love a magic rainbow and a pot of gold at the end of it, because we know what we could do with more money, but it’s just not there at the moment.“But sometimes, when your backs are against the wall and you don’t have the finances that other countries have, you start thinking outside the box, and that’s what we’ve done with the emerging talent programme, where we concentrate on our elite players. Whereas we used to concentrate on 300 or 400, we’ve narrowed that down to about 30 now, because of finance and value for money. And I’m glad it’s worked for us, because this qualification has been knocking on the door and I’m glad the girls did really well. Source: Anders Hoven/INPHO(Dave Connell watches his side from the bench)“We weren’t in a position a couple of years ago where we could say to somebody: ‘You’re not working hard enough, I’m leaving you out,’ whereas now, we can. We have better structures now, and better volumes of players, albeit nothing near what other countries have.“So we do work hard with our elite players and our coaches in the league to coach all our players. We’re working hard on trying to upgrade coaches and we’re working hard on trying to upgrade the players. We want to make them think that they can compete at a high level in Europe, and we’ve proven that we can do that, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.”And with this in mind, does Connell have any advice for up-and-coming Irish coaches hoping to enjoy similar levels of success at major tournaments some day?“I’ve had my dark days as well as a manager — when you’re sacked, you feel you’re sacked unfairly. But that’s people’s opinion — they’re telling you you’re not good enough and you just have to knuckle down and keep believing and it’s a tough road. But I’ve kept with it, I’ve kept my philosophy and learned along the way.“So I’d say to young coaches — always hang in there and never stop believing that you can do it. That was my attitude when I was sacked by Limerick and Galway. So you just keep trying to improve as a coach, which is what I tried to do. And if you’re an open coach and you’re willing to learn, then you’ll succeed. Source: faiofficial/YouTube“And I even learned with the girls about how to qualify for tournaments, because we were playing some lovely stuff, but we weren’t winning games. It’s about learning to win matches at group level and learning with the players on that belief that we can do it. We instilled that into the players — even when we were 4-0 down against Holland, there was a never-say-die attitude.”Yet although this admirable mentality is one of countless positives that the under-19s can take from this invaluable experience, there is still bound to be a level of skepticism about women’s football in certain quarters. Is Connell, for instance, somewhat disheartened by the inevitable tailoring off of interest in women’s soccer among the public at large now that this big event has ended?“It’s understandable,” he says. “Women’s football doesn’t have an awful lot of media coverage in Ireland. So when we start doing well, the public are going to buy into it. We understand that and it’s up to ourselves to give the girls a higher profile. The national league is still in its infancy, so if we could get more coverage in that league, it would help matters.“The Irish are obviously very proud of their own when they’re doing well against other countries, particularly other countries that are supposed to be better than us. So it’s great for the girls, as they [usually] get very little publicity. They put a lot of effort into it too, and they don’t get paid for it unlike some of the other countries we’re up against, so it’s great that they got that publicity.” Source: faiofficial/YouTube“It was part of the criteria for competing in the finals that every country had to have a press officer, so Gareth Maher was with us, and that helped us out immensely. We were probably getting a lot of attention on social media, yet we didn’t really fully realise what was going on even though the girls were getting a lot of publicity.“But I made sure that every girl got publicity, because I’ve seen in my playing days where players get jealous of other players getting interviewed. So I asked Gareth to do a piece with every player and that happened, so it makes everybody feel part of the squad, and I thought the girls handled the media very well. We’ve a lot of bright players on and off the park, and they all conducted themselves very well.”And having experienced such highs, Connell is determined to replicate them in years to come. Moreover, with a seemingly successful formula already in place, he is understandably optimistic about the future of women’s soccer in Ireland.“The other countries won’t like us. We haven’t been around before, but I can guarantee we’re here to stay. And it can only do great things for the game in Ireland. It’ll hopefully inspire more young girls to take up the game and it’ll hopefully inspire girls who are already playing the game to try to get a piece of the action. And we will certainly instill the belief that the 19s had that we can do it again and hopefully go further.“We took Europe and the competition by storm last month. We were all together — the eight countries competing — in the one hotel. You knew the other countries wanted to beat Ireland. UEFA bought into us — they wanted to do interview after interview with the girls, and they were obviously happy that a country had a story, and our performances at the Euros was the story for UEFA as much as it was at home, and rightly so.“But we want to taste it every year if we can. We’ve made the breakthrough now, so long may it continue.” Source: faiofficial/YouTubeA view from outside: Does LOI need to be stronger for Ireland to thrive at international level?>All the goals as Manchester United beat Real Madrid in Michigan>
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Two test cases will today (20 July 2016) be brought against taxi-app organisation Uber at the Central London Employment Tribunal, in order to determine whether drivers are entitled to employment rights such as holiday pay and a guaranteed minimum wage.The legal action, brought by law firm Leigh Day and supported by trade union GMB, seeks to establish whether Uber drivers should be classified as workers or as self-employed.As workers, the drivers would be entitled to be paid at least the minimum wage and would also be able to receive employment rights such as holiday pay.Lawyers representing the drivers also claim that Uber has frequently deducted sums from drivers’ pay without informing the individual in advance.This is the first time that Uber has faced legal action of this kind in the UK. The results of today’s hearing are expected to have an impact on a further 17 claims that have been brought against the organisation.Jo Bertram, regional general manager at Uber UK, said: “More than 30,000 people in London drive with our app and this case only involves a very small number. The main reason people choose to partner with Uber is so they can become their own boss, pick their own hours and work completely flexibly. Many partner-drivers have left other lines of work and chosen to partner with Uber for this very reason. In fact, two-thirds of new partner-drivers joining the Uber platform have been referred by another partner.”Annie Powell, a lawyer in the employment team at Leigh Day who is representing the drivers, said: “Uber currently denies that its drivers are entitled to the most basic of workers’ rights. Uber’s defence is that it is just a technology [organisation], not a taxi [organisation], and that Uber drivers do not work for Uber but instead work for themselves as self-employed business men and women.“On behalf of our clients, we will claim that Uber is wrongly classifying its drivers as self-employed with the result that drivers are denied the rights and protections that Parliament intended them to have.”Sean Nesbitt, partner in the employment team at law firm Taylor Wessing, said: “This is the case of the year in UK employment law for three reasons. First, Uber is battling a wave of litigation around the world. A US class action settlement worth between US$84-US$100million is having trouble getting judicial approval, with criticism that it is too cheap a price. The UK case will further fuel litigation in other industries, and other countries. It will be followed in the UK by cases involving cycle couriers and Pimlico Plumbers.“Second, unlike the US and many other countries, the UK has a third way between costly employee status and low-rights self-employment status. This “worker” label is valuable because it gives some basic protections on working time and pay, and includes the right to litigate, which Uber tries to avoid with arbitration clauses. The case could highlight the advantages of the “light touch” regulated worker status unique to the UK, and serve as a model for the flexible employment solutions, which the UK may need to explore post-Brexit.“Third, it highlights the growing opportunities for unions to regroup and reverse years of decline, by organising among the fragmented “gig economy” workforce. The case is supported by the GMB just as the couriers are supported by a union. Uber does not recognise unions in the US, and the planned settlement there involves a concession to work with a lesser drivers’ association.”
Moran resides in Kenai and works in Soldotna, reports say she did not make it work on Thursday, at 4:30 p.m., for her scheduled shift. Her family has made multiple attempts to contact her, and say her phone is turned off. Anyone with information on Mornans whereabouts are asked to contact Soldotna Post Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update- Jennifer Bush was located this evening by the Homer Police Department. According to family she has been returned home safe. Jennifer Bush, is 45 years old and 5 foot 6 inches, and roughly 135 lbs. According to family she was last seen driving to work in her 2011 red Ford Mustang. Original Story:Alaska State Troopers are searching for a woman that went missing on Thursday, January 18, from Kenai.
Chernobyl miniseries on HBOHBO(@hbo/Instagram)HBO’s Chernobyl has finally ended and it won’t be wrong to say that this miniseries is far better than other ongoing shows for several reasons.To begin with, Chernobyl is based on a real tragedy and with mere five episodes, the creators and actors showed the horror everyone endured during that time. It also made us believe that the world in which we currently live has grown since that time. People are better and so is the use of power.Chernobyl is a depiction of an infected political system and it represents that era where everything was out of control. There are several instances in the show which will make you clutch your sheets. It is extra hard for animal lovers as it shows the tragedy animals had to face during the time of the nuclear disaster.Meanwhile, after Chernobyl’s finale, fans are buzzing that the star Jared Harris should get Emmy Awards for his work in the series. In the series, Jared Harris played the role of Valery Legasov. In the last and final episode, we saw Harris’ Valery Legasov testifying at the trial of three men. His powerful speech about the flaws in the system and men’s shortcoming was appreciated by several fans.Check out a couple of tweets from the fans about Jared Harris’ performance in HBO’s Chernobyl:Give Actor Jared Harris an Emmy!!! Bravo!!!! Bravo!!! #ChernobylHBO pic.twitter.com/ATVB1uv25n— Keith M. Cordero Jr. (@kmcorder) June 4, 2019@clmazin THREE CHEERS for @JaredHarris’s Brilliant performance in #ChernobylHBO ?????????????one of my favorite actors who delivered the goods episode after episode bravo,my friend ‼️if I wore a hat to bed, I’d take it off to you .@HBO— Timothy Omundson (@Omundson) June 4, 2019Other actors in the series like Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson have also won praise for their respective roles of Boris Shcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk. Emmy Award nominations will be announced next month and we just have to wait if Chernobyl will get some nominations or not.The dramatization of a national tragedy with such an intelligent dissection of the system is something which everyone likes to watch. Chernobyl has given the world what we longed to see from a very long time. A gripping narrative, some hard-hitting facts, a stellar cast, and haunting music. If you have not yet seen the show, then this should be on your top priority to binge-watch this weekend.All the episodes of Chernobyl broadcast on HBO and Indian fans can stream them legally on Hotstar.
The Appellate Division on Thursday stayed the High Court order for six weeks that stayed an order of the government to deduct five marks for second time medical admission seekers, reports news agency UNB.The vacation chamber bench of Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order after hearing the appeal filed by the state seeking a stay order on HC order.Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, who moved for the state, said following this order, there is no bar to deduct five marks of second-time admission seekers in medical and dental colleges.Besides, the chamber judges also set 3 October for further hearing in the regular Appellate Division bench on the appeal filed by the state.Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court stayed an order on the government’s decision to deduct five marks for second time medical admission seekers.Besides, the court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why the government’s decision to deduct marks from second time admission seekers would not be declared as ‘illegal’ and ‘unlawful’.Health Secretary, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and four others have been asked to reply the rule within four weeks.The HC on Monday set today to deliver the order on the government’s decision after hearing of the writ.Advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the petition with the HC on 27 August against the government’s ‘discriminatory’ decision.The entry tests for MBBS and BDS courses under 2017-18 academic session will be held on October 6 and November 10 respectively.
US president Donald Trump walks out to talk to reporters as he departs for travel to Alabama and Florida from the White House in Washington, US on 8 March. Photo: ReutersWhen president Donald Trump proposes his 2020 federal budget on Monday, officials in Washington will likely have a quick look, shrug and move on, marking another stage in the quiet decay of the US government’s traditional policy-making processes.There was a time when the release of the president’s budget was a red-letter day on the calendar of Washington wonkery, with policy experts and fiscal hawks delving into spreadsheets and expounding upon new spending plans and the national debt.But the hoopla of budget day is gone, a relic of a time when politics were less polarized, the federal deficit drove political decisions and the White House and Congress still took the budget process seriously.”It has seemed to me that budget day ain’t what it used to be,” said Robert Bixby, who has pored over the budget for more than 25 years at the Concord Coalition, a fiscal responsibility advocacy group.Last year’s budget weighed in at a whopping $4.4 trillion. It was not balanced and was panned for relying on rosy economic projections and for not doing enough to cut the federal deficit.The 2020 Trump budget will land a month after a deadline established in law, a lag blamed on the recent five-week partial shutdown of the federal government over a funding dispute.Congress, which controls federal spending, is likely to dismiss Trump’s proposal, if recent history is any guide.The Democratic-ruled House of Representatives and Republican-majority Senate also are unlikely to agree on a joint budget resolution of their own. Instead, they probably will stumble forward until fiscal 2019 ends and a spending deadline arrives on 1 October, forcing them to produce a last-minute deal or face another government shutdown.”The entire process has become one of missed deadlines, make-believe budgets filled with gimmicks and magic asterisks,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who said the process has gradually deteriorated into something that is neither serious nor effective.”I think it feels like a bit of kabuki theater at this point, for everybody,” MacGuineas said.The White House disagreed. The budget process helps the administration set priorities for agencies for the year ahead and lays down a marker on issues, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.”Of course, Congress has the power of the purse but the president’s budget plants a flag to define terms of the tax and spending debate in Washington,” the official said.Budget on a StretcherThe traditional budget and appropriations process was limping along well before Trump took office.One of former president Ronald Reagan’s budgets in the 1980s was brought out on a stretcher as a stunt to show the document was alive and well, ahead of it being declared dead-on-arrival in Congress, recalled Stephen Moore, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.”What we have right now is essentially government by automatic pilot and that’s not healthy,” Moore said, describing the cycle of last-minute massive omnibus spending bills agreed on only when deadlines loom.The budget and spending process has been further hobbled by lawmakers’ unwillingness to compromise and tendency to put off hard decisions while hoping for a shift in the next election cycle, said Kenneth Baer, an associate director in the Office of Management and Budget under former President Barack Obama.Trump’s budget office has accelerated the downward slide of the process by using more gimmicks to make up for shortfalls in its budgets, Baer said. “All the normal ways of operating the government have just been thrown out of the window,” he said.Trump’s acting budget director, Russell Vought, has said the budget aims to cut non-defence spending and cap spending under levels set in the 2011 Budget Control Act – a feat made possible only with an increase in an emergency account called the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund to cover Trump’s plan to increase defence spending.The tactic makes a mockery of the budget process, said Bixby of the Concord Coalition.”It’s nothing but an astronomical gimmick! It’s over the top! It’s so over the top, it’s clownish!” Bixby said.With the national debt now topping $22 trillion and the deficit at $900 million in 2019, it is unlikely that Washington will find its way to fiscal discipline without an overhaul of the budget process, Bixby said.He said he is frustrated and worried that it could take a crisis to jolt change, like a recession or a failure to raise the government’s debt limit – something that needs to happen in coming months to avoid stumbling into a first-ever default.”If they act as dysfunctionally this fall as they did last fall and throw the debt limit into the mix, it’s very, very toxic,” Bixby said.
Stay on target As we’ve demonstrated before, the Raspberry Pi is an extremely flexible and awesome piece of equipment, and you can make some amazing creations with it if you’ve got the technical know-how. One of the latest projects someone has put together is an arcade joystick with a 3D-printed enclosure.PinShaped user keganholtzhausen created the Raspberry Pi arcade joystick by embedding the small computer inside the casing, which is capable of running its own emulator with input from the arcade buttons and joystick. He summed up the project like this:“This Arcade Joystick is printable on printers with at least 150x150x80 print beds. It houses 7 28mm buttons, a standard arcade joystick and still has space for a RaspberryPi and Joystick Controller.”He went on to also describe the rest of what goes into bringing the joystick to life, including the type of buttons and switches, and controller parts. You can take all of this information posted up via PinShape and create your own with the design files. It probably isn’t the greatest project for beginner creators, but there’s a great challenge here for intermediate techies who want to make something with the little computer that could.If you check out the arcade stick itself, you’ll see it’s also quite colorful and attractive, with a cover that looks quite awesome. It’s encouraging to think there are official-looking arcade sticks like these out there made by fans alone. There’s a whole wealth of other projects you can take on if you have some time, and the Raspberry Pi itself isn’t an expensive construct or anything like it. You can check out many of them on Geek.com as we’ve covered a good portion of what’s out there, but it’s worth Googling around for other ideas if you don’t dig what we’ve already written about. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data
Scientists have been working steadily toward building quantum computers and networks, and have made strides in both areas in recent years. But one inhibiting factor is the construction of quantum memory devices. Such devices have been built, but until now, they have been too large to put on a chip, a requirement for practical applications. In this new effort, the researchers report developing a quantum memory device that is not only small enough to fit on a chip, but is also able to retrieve data on demand.The device is very small, approximately 10 by 0.7 micrometers and has an odd shape, like a Toblerone candy bar—long and thin with a notched triangular shape, with mirrors on either end. It is made of yttrium orthovanadate with small amounts of neodymium, which form a cavity. These cavities in turn hold a crystal cavity that traps single photons encoding data information (zero, one or both).To operate the device, the researchers fired laser pulses at it, causing photons to assemble in the comb, which forced them to be absorbed—the configuration also caused the photons to emerge from the comb after 75 nanoseconds. During the time period when the photons were absorbed, the researchers fired dual laser pulses at the comb to delay the reemergence of the photons for 10 nanoseconds, which allowed for on-demand retrieval of data. During the time period when the photons were held, they existed as dual pulses—early and late. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S. and Italy has built a quantum memory device that is approximately 1000 times smaller than similar devices—small enough to install on a chip. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes building the memory device and their plans for adding to its functionality. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Tian Zhong et al. Nanophotonic rare-earth quantum memory with optically controlled retrieval, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5959AbstractOptical quantum memories are essential elements in quantum networks for long distance distribution of quantum entanglement. Scalable development of quantum network nodes requires on-chip qubit storage functionality with control of its readout time. We demonstrate a high-fidelity nanophotonic quantum memory based on a mesoscopic neodymium ensemble coupled to a photonic crystal cavity. The nanocavity enables >95% spin polarization for efficient initialization of the atomic frequency comb memory, and time-bin-selective readout via enhanced optical Stark shift of the comb frequencies. Our solid-state memory is integrable with other chip-scale photon source and detector devices for multiplexed quantum and classical information processing at the network nodes.Press release Journal information: Science Play Video abstract where some of the authors describe the work. Credit: Dr. Tian Zhong, Dr. Andrei Faraon, Jonathan Kindem, Jake Rochman To show that the device was actually storing data information, the team compared the wavefunction of the photons both before and after storage and found them to be virtually unchanged, meaning they still held their zero, one or both state—it had not been destroyed, which meant the device was truly a quantum memory device. Explore further Citation: New quantum memory device small enough to fit on a chip (2017, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-quantum-memory-device-small-chip.html Physicists use quantum memory to demonstrate quantum secure direct communication PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Scanning electron microscope image showing the nano-scale optical quantum memory fabricated in yttrium orthovanadate (YVO). The schematic shows that this device is an optical cavity that contains Nd atoms. Credit: Dr. Tian Zhong This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.