What A Stunner!

first_imgThe election results in India proved quite a stunner. Everyone, we mean everyone — the political parties, exit pollsters and the media, us included — was thrown for a big, wide loop.The BJP-led ruling alliance had called early elections and even had the gall to ask the electorate to return it with a mandate for a two-third constitutional majority.They fashioned an arrogant campaign around the frivolous slogan, India Shining, with the aim of calling attention to the spectacular economic growth the country has experienced in the past few years. The moribund Congress tapped into rural resentment and the failure of the ruling alliance to focus on the agrarian agenda. The Indian electorate tossed the BJP out by their ears.       Elections are not a reward for the past, but a mandate for a plan for the future.This is democracy at its most glorious. Whatever one might feel about the outcome, one cannot but feel proud about the fact that the Indian electorate spoke as resoundingly as it did and that the transfer of power occurred without a hitch.Er, almost.The Indian democratic process is by no means perfect. It is still rife with corruption, ruled by an oligarchy of traditional parties, and chaotic. Democracy is more than voting, of course, but we need to be cheerful about the fact that we do not kill by the thousands to effect regime change.The drama that followed only decorates the distinctive process of Indian democracy. It would be more appropriate to call it a “tamasha,” in the perfect Marathi tradition of accepting the scandalous in a celebratory fashion.Sonia Gandhi’s ascendancy to prime minister, her on again, off again withdrawal, the plaintive pleas for reconsideration and the final annointing of her Highness as the Kingmaker, is worthy of the best political soap opera. Should we believe these theatrics? Perhaps if we believe in the transparency of hypocrites. Already the news from India is replete with stories about how everyone is courting Sonia, nationally and internationally, to exalt her Highness as the divinity she has maneuvered so cleverly to become.It would be unwise to read a major shift in the Congress Party’s fortunes, which the tamasha has led some to assume. In fact, Congress actually received almost 2 percent fewer votes than it did in 1999. It returned to power only because it finally gave up any illusions of securing a parliamentary majority on its own and this time sought out pre-poll alliances, something it had spurned in the past.In these alliances, it turned out luckier – and luckier more than calculating would be the term – than the BJP. Indeed, the political fortunes would have been reversed had the BJP-led alliance stuck to its 1999 election partners.Even though Sonia Gandhi’s calculated and caliberated post-election theatrics have served their purpose of elevating her stature, this election continued the public erosion of her party.India is now destined for the next few decades, atleast, to be governed by parliamentary coalitions, which are frequently messy. However, given the diversity of the country and the competing tugs and pulls on public polity, that may not altogether be a bad thing.We see the rise and fall and rise again of unseemly characters. This election witnessed the drumming of Jayalalitha and the triumph of Laloo Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh. According to published reports, the new cabinet has at least three members with criminal cases pending against them.Really, who would you rather take?Nevertheless, this election will forever remain a cautionary reminder to the powerful against arrogance and complacency. George Bush, are you listening?  Related Itemslast_img read more

Usain Bolt slams London security and its rules

first_imgUsain Bolt was in his elements on Sunday night after winning a historic 100 metres final. From joking with friends in the stands to hugging teammates, the champion was in a relaxed mood. But once he started speaking, it was pure vitriol against London.”It’s weird… some of the rules. I had my skipping rope in my bag and they [security] said I can’t bring it in, and I asked why, they just said it is the rules,” said a shocked Bolt.”So, if I have a rubber band that I need to stretch, I can’t take it in and when I asked why, they say it’s just the rules. It’s just some weird small rules that don’t make any sense to me, personally.” Bolt again brought the security hassles into focus when he said: “Like, I was in the line, we were waiting to run and the guy was telling me to line up straight. I was like, ‘Really? We’re about to run and they are going to make me stand in a straight line?’ There are just some weird rules here,” said the man from Jamaica, where freedom is unlimited.Talking about the criticism in the lead-up to the Olympics, Bolt was frank. “There were a lot of people doubting me, saying that I wasn’t going to win, that I didn’t look good. There was a lot of a talk. It is an even greater feeling now that I am No. 1, still the best,” he said.So was Bolt nervous before the race? “For me, it was a wonderful feeling. I was slightly nervous, but that cheer that I got [from the crowd] made all the jitters go away,” he said.advertisementHis next goal is winning the 200m on Thursday, but thinks Yohan Blake may have a better chance. “That was the first step to becoming a legend. I need to focus for the 200m, but I’m glad this is the first step in the door,” he said.Now that he has proved his greatness again, Bolt reflected on what American swimming great Michael Phelps has achieved.”I think Michael Phelps has made himself a legend, he has really done great for himself, he has set the stage for a lot of athletes to come,” felt Bolt. “For me it’s always a great feeling to go in there to win a gold medal and defend my title, it’s an honour.” Looking ahead at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Bolt is not ruling it out. “I hope I’m there, although I’ll be 30 but Blake will be 26, so that will be interesting. Blake did a better run than me today. I hope I’m still in great shape. I’m looking forward to it,” said the champion.last_img read more

Rahul Bheke Announced Fit as Igor Stimac Names 23-man Squad for FIFA World Cup Qualifier vs Bangladesh

first_img 2022 FIFA World Cup QualifiersfootballIgor Stimacindia vs bangladesh First Published: October 12, 2019, 3:39 PM IST Rahul Bheke was included in the 23-man Indian squad, which was announced by head coach Igor Stimac for the upcoming 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh to be held in Kolkata on October 15.The 28-year-old defender was initially forced out of the training camp held in Guwahati, but has been named in the squad for the crucial game at Saltlake Stadium after getting medically cleared post assessment. The 28-year-old made his national team debut at the King’s Cup in Thailand in June and played in both the first two Group E matches of the World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Qatar.Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac applauded the medical team for Rahul Bheke’s fast improvement.”Credit to the Bengaluru FC and Indian National Team medical unit, Rahul (Bheke) is back on his feet. He’s a strong contender for starting the match against Bangladesh,” the 52-year-old coach said.Sandesh Jhingan’s name is missing from the squad as he was ruled out of the Bangladesh game on Thursday after picking up an injury in a friendly game against ISL side NorthEast United (which ended in a 1-1 draw).Indian National Physio Gigy George informed that “Sandesh has suffered on his left knee ACL tear and need to undergo surgery. It usually takes 6 months for return to sport. He will be monitored constantly during the rehabilitation phase so that he comes back on the field sooner.”Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who stood tall against Asian champions termed Sandesh’s absence as ‘a big loss’ for the Blue Tigers.”It’s really sad. It’s a big loss for us, especially at this moment. I could imagine how would he feel missing this game but he’s a strong guy and he’ll come back strongly soon,” Sandhu said.Adil, who has developed a strong partnership with Jhingan at the heart of the defence of late, feels Sandesh’s absence provides others with a chance to prove their worth in front of the Kolkata crowd.”He (Sandesh) plays a huge role in our team and he’s the leader in our defence. Now, the onus is on us to live up to the expectations. We want to win it for him,” Adil said.The likes of Nishu Kumar, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anwar Ali, Halicharan Narzary, Farukh Choudhary have been left out from the 29-man preliminary squad.”Halicharan, Farukh and Nishu gave others a tough run for money and the decision was not an easy one. They came very close to their competitors. It was in fact a tough decision to take,” head coach Stimac said.”Sandesh is our Iron-man. He’ll be missed in Kolkata but knowing him, I’m pretty sure, he’ll come back much stronger,” Stimac said.The Indian football team will be arriving in Kolkata on October 13, as the Bangladesh team had a practice session in Kolkata on Saturday morning.India had earlier lost 1-2 to Oman in Guwahati on September 5 while registering a commendable 0-0 draw against Asian champions Qatar on September 10 in Doha.After the match against Bangladesh in Kolkata, they play against Afghanistan and Oman on November 14 and 19 in their away matches.Here is the 23-man squad for the match against Bangladesh:GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Dessai, Subhasish Bose.MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Abdul Sahal, Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan.FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Sarri fully prepared for Chelsea’s busy month ahead

first_imgSuch is Maurizio Sarri’s influence in modern football that ‘Sarrismo’ has entered Italy’s famous Treccani Encyclopedia, a tribute built on the Italian’s unwavering passion for the sport that has made him famous.That fame was built on hard work with 12 and 13 hour working days throughout the international break, with Sarri catching up on his knowledge of English football and his upcoming Europa League opponents, as his side prepare to face the challenge of two games a week in September.Many would have returned to their home country without any football in the diary for two weeks, but Sarri remained in London as he is keen to get one over his rivals in what he expects to be a testing month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea prepare to face Cardiff City first on Saturday and Sarri’s liberal approach has helped him win over his dressing room quickly.His opposite number on Saturday will be a manager who is known for shouting at his players to instill fight in them, as Neil Warnock’s management style appears to be the opposite of Sarri’s. The Blues boss admits that he would rarely shout at his players, as he adds that his work load has barely dropped over the past fortnight.“Oh, if it’s necessary to gain points, yes. But I don’t think so,” Sarri told reporters. “No, I want only to see the team. I wanted only to study the team, the opponents and the match. Not other things [like Warnock’s team-talks].”If there is a pitch and there are 11 players, I feel at home anywhere. For me, my life is on the pitch with the players. For the moment, I’m really very happy to stay here. We have to play seven matches in 23 days, so I had to work.”I have seen a lot of matches, of Cardiff and PAOK, West Ham and Liverpool, so I had to work. Sometimes here, sometimes at my home. Usually long days, yes. But, for me, it’s a pleasure. I am not able to think about this as a job, like work. It’s 12 or 13 hours, but for me it’s not working.”Sarri has now settled into his house in Surry with his wife and his dog Ciro, who he says is enjoying his “very big garden”, as he looks relaxed ahead of what will undoubtedly be a more testing period than the one that saw him win his first four league games.The start to his Chelsea career has been a bit rushed, coming into the club a week after pre-season had started and having to take the team on a long haul friendly trip to Australia. Sarri’s time over the international break has allowed him to crunch numbers and he has fired a statistical warning to his player ahead of a match that they are expected to win comfortably.“Not really, because tomorrow is a very difficult game, a very difficult match,” Sarri said of Cardiff’s visit to Stamford Bridge. “I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think.Maurizio Sarri Napoli Chievo“But the average after the international break was only 1.31 or 1.32. So I know that the matches after the break are very, very difficult. Fortunately in the last season, the average was the same: 2.4 in the season, 2.45 after the break.”Only because after the first season the players understood the difficulty of this kind of match. I’m trying to stress this number to my players. Just telling them this number. My experience in this situation.”Away from the pitch, a report in Sport BILD said FIFA intend to limit the number of loanees at major clubs. Chelsea currently have 40 players on loan and the rules would see exemptions on under 21 homegrown talent, but then enforce a limit of eight players on loan.This would lead to Chelsea needing to offload 16 players. Sarri is unfazed by the rumours and spoke about how he overlooks the progress of his players who are away on temporary moves.“Usually I have a report every week, and then I have a report every month. But I don’t know anything about the new rules of FIFA,” Sarri continued. “I don’t know. There is something similar in Italy. For example, I think Juventus have about 45 players (out on loan).”I don’t know if the major part of the loans are in the same country, but I think not. If you have young players on loan in other countries, I think it’s normal. Maybe it’s right [to complain or change the rules], but I don’t know really. I have never thought about this problem. I don’t know.”John Terry, Aston VillaMeanwhile, Sarri has reaffirmed his offer for John Terry to have an open offer for a role to be created for him in the coaching staff at Chelsea. He thinks that he can take a job within the youth teams, or straight into the first team, due to his legendary status at the club.“It’s up to him,” Sarri said. “I think that, if John prefers to start with the young players, it’s right to start with the young players. If John wants to work with my staff, it’s right that he works with my staff.”last_img read more

Datsun redi-GO with 1.0L engine to launch in India on July 19

first_imgAccording to reports, Datsun will launch a bigger 1.0L engine for the redi-Go in India, most likely on July 19. The new redi-GO will get the same 1000cc engine that is in the Renault Kwid. Moreover, the company is also mulling to launch an AMT version of the redi-GO with the 1.0L engine by end of this year.The redi-GO, launched in June this year, has proved to be a live-safer for Renault’s sister company, Datsun in India. Datsun has the Go, Go+ and redi-GO in its portfolio in India. With cumulative sales of around 2300, the redi-GO has helped Datsun make its mark in the small car segment, and with the new engine, the company is obviously going the Renault-way. Renault, too, launched the Kwid with a 1.0L engine post launch of the 800cc. Later on, the company introduced the Kwid with an AMT version for the 1.0L engine, which is also Datsun’s plan for India.Datsun redi-GOEngine:The redi-GO will get the same 999cc engine that is in the top-end model of the Kwid, minus the AMT gearbox. With a maximum power output of 67 bhp and maximum torque of 91 Nm, mated to the same 5-speed manual transmission. Like the Kwid 1.0L, the redi-GO 1.0L will also be available only for the top end version.Design:The Datsun signature grille sits proudly up front and the swept up headlamps look unique too. In profile the sharpness of the design is evident. Under the skin though the platform has been heavily modified. As a result the redi-GO sports a wheelbase of 2,430mm which is 70mm shorter than the Kwid.advertisementDatsun redi-GOAt the same time it is higher and offers marginally more ground clearance at 185mm. It is also shorter than the Kwid and overall designers inform us that the redi-GO is nine per cent smaller than its sibling, the Kwid.Features:Inside the Datsun brings a breath of fresh air. The dash is smart and offers plenty of cubby holes to place knick knacks. The dash is smart to look at and the controls are within easy reach of the driver. However thanks to the low cost, quality of plastics is not good. The instrument panel comes straight out of the Micra Active and is dominated by a large speedo.Datsun redi-GOA small digital readout tells drivers about trip, fuel level and rpm along with other tell tales. The driving position is slightly high up and view ahead is clear to the driver. At the back there is space for two and the third one is a bit of a proverbial squeeze.Competition:The Datsun redi-GO competes against the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki 800, Tata Nano and Hyundai Eon in the market.Price:We expect the Datsun redi-Go to be slightly higher than the current top-end model. It could be priced at around Rs 3.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Datsun redi-GOALSO READ:Datsun GO and GO+ special edition launched in IndiaALSO READ:Gujarat-based diamond merchant gifts 1200 Datsun redi-GOs to his employeesALSO READ:Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO Sportlast_img read more

Premier League and Carabao Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

first_img1) Wenger seeks carriage clockEven those in Arsenal’s “Leave” camp might indulge Arsène Wenger’s chance to tick off missing items in his résumé. Winning the Europa League would end a sorry story in European finals: Wenger holds the unenviable record of defeats in each of the three competitions he has contested. The League Cup has been almost as cruel, even if Wenger has used the competition as work placement for youngsters. A selection including teenagers Theo Walcott and Cesc Fàbregas was eventually overpowered by a full-bore Chelsea team and a Didier Drogba winner in 2007’s final, and his team were also beaten in 2011. “They are destroyed,” said Wenger aftera communication breakdown between keeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny allowed Obafemi Martins to score Birmingham City’s late winner. Beating Manchester City would bury those ghosts from Wenger’s wilderness period, during which Arsenal went nine years without silverware. And winning at Wembley on Sunday and in Lyon in May might even convince him it is finally time to pull the curtain down. JB• ‘We were too complacent,’ says Wenger after Östersund scare• Östersund, the club with ‘no history and no ideas’ that took on Europe2) The Mourinho v Conte meetingJosé Mourinho and Antonio Conte never really buried the hatchet after their big blow-up earlier in the season and with their sides clashing in a crucial showdown after a week when both were involved in taxing Champions League encounters, the managers’ interaction on the Old Trafford touchline should be fascinating. United have been criticised for their pragmatic approach in drawing with Sevilla but Mourinho will not care in the slightest as long as they come through the second leg. He may be tempted to take the same approach against his opponents on Sunday given Chelsea find themselves three points behind and clinging on to fourth place after a poor run. In the blue corner, Conte looked like he had rediscovered some of his mojo in the draw with Barcelona on Tuesday and will no doubt relish the opportunity to put one over his predecessor. Whether Eden Hazard makes way for a conventional No 9 like Álvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud after being surprisingly handed an advanced role against Barça could determine who is left smiling come Sunday teatime. EA• Chelsea forward Batshuayi accuses Atalanta fans of racism• Conte says he needs to settle differences with Chelsea board to stay Liverpool could hit the ground running on their return from a warm-weather break in Marbella Photograph: Diogo Baptista/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire/Rex/Shutterstock Read more Ten things to look out for this weekend Facebook Twitter Listen Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter features Jürgen Locadia opened the scoring against Coventry City last weekend. Photograph: DigitalSouthSHM/Rex/Shutterstock Topics Manchester United were dull but does Mourinho have a duty to entertain? Share via Email Pinterest Pinterest 9) Burnley to end their mid-season stall?By the time Burnley kick off against Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, Leicester’s earlier match against Stoke may have dropped Sean Dyche’s team to eighth. Burnley’s descent would be a long time coming; they are bottom of the form table, having collected just two points from their last six matches. They did hold Manchester City 1-1 at home, but fatigue has set in. There have been no victories since 12 December, when beating Stoke lifted them to fourth. Dyche, handed a £15m new contract last month, has been waiting to eclipse last season’s total of 40 points for too long; they have been crawling to the 36 they have now. “This is a team that have got injuries,” Dyche said this week, though the treatment room is emptying. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is back from a shoulder problem to challenge Nick Pope, revelatory since stepping in for the club captain in September. Striker Chris Wood is also fit, but the continuing absences of Robbie Brady, Jon Walters and Steven Defour, all with knee injuries, supply further reasons for the ongoing slump. JB• The Rumour Mill: Sterling to Real Madrid? Darmian to Juventus?center_img 10) Bournemouth and Newcastle looking for safetyNeither Bournemouth nor Newcastle have played for two weeks. Eddie Howe’s side have had timeto stew after a 4-1 shellacking at the hands of Huddersfield, while their visitors this Saturday are entitled to remain high on the hog following their splendid victory over Manchester United. Neither team is safe, but Newcastle have long been considered the more likely contenders for the drop. If they can build on momentum generated by the most recent and impressive of a run of three matches without defeat, they will be level on points with a Bournemouth side who seem likely to welcome Jermain Defoe back from injury. Sidelined with a fractured ankle since shortly before Christmas, the striker may well feature on the bench at the Vitality Stadium. With just three league goals from nine starts and six substitute appearances, he seems unlikely to start many games in what is left of the season. BG• The Knowledge: What is the longest acrostic spelled out in a football table? Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra Premier League Twitter 4) Evans flip-flop endemic of Pardew’s loose styleJonny Evans previously occupied a special place in West Brom supporters’ hearts. Many will tell you he is the club’s best player since those late-1970s and early-1980s days when Cyrille Regis, Tony Brown, Laurie Cunningham and Bryan Robson bestrode the Hawthorns. There have been some fallow times in the Black Country since that era, with West Brom down the divisions, but Evans’s class in possession and positional sense cast him as a thoroughbred, mature and responsible. Then came Barcelona. Last Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Southampton saw Evans stripped of the captaincy and barracked by fans in the Smethwick End yet the armband has been returned for Saturday’s home match with Huddersfield. That swift reinstatement would seem endemic of Alan Pardew’s loose, indulgent management style, which has delivered a single Premier League victory in 13 matches, and dropped the Baggies to the bottom of the table. Pardew is very probably doomed in the near future, while Evans has severe making up to do to those who previously idolised him. JB• ‘God teaches us to forgive’: Pardew reinstates Evans as captain5) A more intense Stoke City?Paul Lambert has declared himself content with the five points Stoke have garnered from four matches on his watch, but they remain in the relegation zone and, by their new(ish) manager’s own admission, dropped three points against Bournemouth and Brighton that could have lifted them higher up the table. Despite this profligacy, Lambert has every right to feel pleased with Stoke’s progress since he took over and they seem likely to kick on; without a match for two weeks, they have been able to improve their fitness and stamina, and should now be more capable of the intensity he insists will propel them to safety. Reports from Clayton Wood suggest Stoke’s players were running their legs into stumps as rivals West Brom lorded it up in Barcelona, which ought to help in the battle for survival. “They’re giving us everything that’s been in their bodies,” said Lambert of a set of players who now face two eminently winnable away fixtures against Leicester and Southampton. Taking four or more points from those would make a run of four games against Manchester City, Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham considerably less daunting. BG• Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra Share on Messenger Share on Facebook 3) Liverpool out to debunk myths and end Hammers hoodooThe football writer Andrew Beasley wrote a very good article recently in which he debunked the long-standing perception that it is “typical” of Liverpool to beat strong teams while struggling against weaker ones. Beasley drew on hard data and firm logic to make his case and ultimately it was a convincing one. Saying that, given Liverpool followed up their 4-3 win over Manchester City last month with a 1-0 defeat at Swansea City, it would not be a surprise if some supporters are anxious about how a team that hammered Porto 5-0 in their last outing performs against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday – particularly as Liverpool have failed to win any of their past three home games against the London side. Now really is the time to change that given how tight the race is for a top-four place and the opportunity that presents itself to Liverpool – a relatively straightforward fixture on the same weekend that rivals Manchester United and Chelsea are facing each other while another, Arsenal, are not in league action. A march is there to be made by Jürgen Klopp’s team and, coming off a warm-weather break in Marbella, they should be in the right shape, mentally as well as physically, to seize the chance. SN• Liverpool push past United to Uefa Youth League quarter-finals• Firmino cleared by FA over Holgate racism allegations Listen 6) The Tosun one?Temperatures are dropping again across the country, which isn’t great news for Cenk Tosun because he cannot play football when it’s cold. Not my words but those of Sam Allardyce when explaining why the striker has featured so little for Everton since joining from Besiktas in January. There have been only two starts and one 12-minute substitute appearance for the 26-year-old Turkey international, leading to bafflement among Evertonians and baffling reasoning on the part of their manager. “When it is chucking it down with rain – it is not that he is not used to it, he is – but it’s freezing,” were Allardyce’s exact words when asked why Tosun is struggling to get a look in. One wonders if a player who has scored four times in this season’s Champions League may get another opportunity to impress for Everton when they travel to Watford on Saturday. Given Javi Gracia’s side have kept only one clean sheet in their past six games, this would be the ideal moment for Tosun to get off the mark for his new side. SN• Firmino cleared by FA over Holgate racism allegations7) Spurs seek to sustain surge at PalaceThe Premier League’s form side have collected more points (15) since the turn of the year than anyone else, and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping they can maintain that as the season reaches its denouement. Spurs have ended the campaign strongly in the last two years, amassing nine successive victories between Christmas and Easter in 2016-17 as they came up short behind Chelsea, and were similarly impressive the previous season. “I don’t know what it is about this time of year but it’s probably all about how we train,” said Christian Eriksen this week. “We work hard, especially in pre-season and we really pick up this time of year.” Their recent performances in the victory over Arsenal and the 2-2 draw against Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League tie should add to Tottenham’s swagger in Sunday’s game with Crystal Palace, which has been rearranged from Monday night to accommodate the FA Cup replay against Rochdale – as should the injury-hit Eagles’ run of four matches without victory. EA• Tottenham have capacity to win the Champions League, says Moura8) Locadia to sharpen focus against SwanseaIt’s been an eventful few months in the life of Jürgen Locadia. The part-time singer and musician will be expected to focus on his day job after becoming Brighton’s record £14m signing from PSV during the January window, and made a promising debut against Coventry City in the FA Cup last weekend. His first appearance had been delayed by a hamstring injury, but he scored and hit the woodwork as he wreaked havoc in the Coventry penalty area during a lively first half, before visibly tiring after the interval. The very early signs suggest Locadia could provide the cutting edge Brighton require to maintain their Premier League status. Saturday’s opponents Swansea are likely to be tougher than Coventry, but the 24-year-old is almost certain to kick on in the wake of last weekend’s run-out, his first in more than two months. BG• What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival• Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup Facebook Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Sherpa App Creates Beautiful Travel Guides from Instagram’s Best Photos

first_imgThe days of lugging around 500-page Lonely Planet travel guides are fast becoming a distant memory for vacation-goers. Modern travelers are instead finding digital inspiration in the simplicity of Pinterest, Facebook, and Google Destinations. The new Sherpa travel app offers a unique twist by creating targeted, visual guides from Instagram’s best photos.Sherpa’s concept is a simple one. The team works with well-respected, highly skilled photographers in 90 countries to geotag photos that beautifully represent destinations around the world. Last week, the app launched with more than half-a-million photos in its database which translates to 15,000 travel guides all presented as browsable albums. Behind the scenes, the company is collaborating directly with more than 2,000 travel photographers. The travel guides reflect the diversity of these “micro-influencers,” offering travel styles that range from “broke backpacker” to adrenalin-loving adventure traveler to luxury vacationer.Users simply download the app, provide an email address, and link their Sherpa account to Instagram. From there, select a “home base” (wherever you call home), and optionally let the app organize your personal Instagram photos by location. Like the Instagram app, photos can be searched by entering a particular destination or, if you’re seeking general travel inspiration, click the “trending locations” to see what’s hot. Users can file favorited photos into a travel “suitcase.” Over time, Sherpa learns from these pinned destinations and will intelligently show you more pictures of places it thinks you’ll be interested in. This is not an app for travel planning (booking flights, hotels, car rentals); it’s all about raw inspiration.The team behind the app includes CEO Paul Aaron, former head of a professional design studio that worked with heavy-hitter brands like UNICEF and Coca-Cola. While developing a client application, he found inspiration in the clunky, non-intuitive user interfaces of many of today’s mobile apps. Figuring there had to be a better alternative, he set out to build one. Which is why Sherpa’s layout and design are straightforward and simple. Plus, because of the honesty inherent in (most) photography, it’s also less susceptible to the rampant fraud found in most crowdsourced travel review websites.After a successful six-month beta testing phase, Sherpa has finally been released into the wild. It’s available to download now for free via the Apple Store. Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other last_img read more


first_imgThe TV Junkies: The scene in the finale where Wynonna gives birth is so powerful. It really felt as if it summed up the show for me because of the sisters’ connection, Wynonna having to make this choice and the great performances from you and Mel.Dominique Provost-Chalkley: I agree. This finale and this season is everything that Wynonna is about. It’s really cool and really exciting that Emily managed to set that bar right on up. I’m sure she will continue to do so. Every time I’m like ‘of course you managed to do that, Em because you’re a genius!’TTVJ: Except she just made me love Rosita (Tamara Duarte) and now she’s bad! Come on, Emily!DPC: I know! But also, that’s why Emily’s writing is so interesting and her storytelling is so great. It blurs the lines between good and evil constantly. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Wynonna Earp may be a show about a demon-hunting cowgirl who is the great great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, but it’s really about so much more than that, and a whole lot more grounded. That’s a fact that was especially evident in the supernatural western’s Season 2 finale last Friday, when Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) had her baby and it taken and hidden away so no evil could get it. Elsewhere, Wynonna’s sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) not only helped Wynonna deliver the baby, but she also discovered a few clues about her true identity as well.It was those human stories that really showed why Wynonna Earp is great to Provost-Chalkley. “That is the reason that Wynonna Earp is so special. It is always relatable and real despite being this fantastical world,” she told The TV Junkies in an exclusive chat about the finale. While Waverly did find out that she’s not half revenant as she suspected, there’s still plenty more questions that were raised by showrunner Emily Andras and her writing team as the show heads into Season 3. Provost-Chalkley weighed in on Waverly’s identity, as well as what Wynonna seemingly knowing where their mother has been all these years may do to the usually very strong Earp sisters relationship. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa fears admission it purposely destroyed Indian residential school files would lead

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsDespite holding evidence to the contrary within its archival vaults, the federal government refuses to admit it purposely destroyed Indian residential school documents, fearing it could face additional legal action, internal government records show.Indian residential school documents were pulped and incinerated as a result of three major rounds of government-wide document destruction directives issued between 1936 and 1973.Yet, the federal government maintains that no residential school documents were ever purposely destroyed, but fell victim to floods and fires at the schools, according to an Aboriginal Affairs analysis obtained by the National Residential School Survivors’ Society through the Access to Information Act.“The government of Canada has taken the position that there was no deliberate destruction of student records and residential school documents and that documents were destroyed as a result of institutions that burnt down or were flooded,” says a departmental analysis from 2009. “The admission of the deliberate destruction of student records and documents might spur further legal action against the government of Canada.”The analysis was triggered by a report from the National Residential School Survivors’ Society, formed in 2003 to speak on behalf of residential school survivors, which took issue with the missing paper trails that left many residential school survivors receiving far less in compensation than they initially claimed because they couldn’t prove how many years they actually attended the school.Under the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement, $1.9 billion was set aside for “Common Experience Payments” which were based on the number of years former students attended the schools. A separate “Independent Assessment Process” was created to deal with compensation for abuse suffered at the schools.The society recommended the government adopt a “reverse onus” policy where it would be up to the federal government to prove that the claimants didn’t attend the schools during the claimed years.The department concluded such a policy was fraught with problems for the department.“Adopting the ‘reverse onus policy’ would imply that the destruction of documents was deliberately undertaken by the government of Canada,” said the analysis. “Adopting a ‘reverse onus’ policy could have significant legal implications for the department, the Government of Canada, and it could set precedence for legal action against provincial governments and their involvement in their involvement in the administration of provincially run residential and day schools….There is no likelihood that the settlement agreement will be reopened in order to adopt this policy.”While it remains unclear exactly what impact the loss of the destroyed records will have on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s project to reconstruct and preserve the historical record, the ramifications have already been felt by residential school survivors under the CEP.According to Aboriginal Affairs’ own data, as of March 25, 51,188 residential school survivors have received compensation below what they claimed because their residence at a residential school could not be confirmed. The primary reason for this stems from a lack of existing documents. For example, a residential school survivor may claim they attended a certain school or schools for a number of years, but if only partial documentation exists, they would not be eligible for the full amount they claimed.The Auditor General of Canada recently found that nearly three years after the TRC and Aboriginal Affairs began the process of finding and transferring historical Indian residential school records, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the material, who will pay for it or what documents are even “relevant” for the project.The report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who could pay for it all.The TRC’s mandate ends in July 2014.The Library and Archives Canada estimates that the total cost of gathering historical Indian Residential School documents could hit at least $40 million and take 10 years to find and digitize all the material. The documents are scattered across 24 departments and agencies and, laid side by side, would stretch for about 20 kilometres or fill 69,000 boxes.However, it appears the existing documents may be the remnants of a far more extensive historical record that has since been pulped or incinerated.According to a 2006 report from The Shingwauk Project, based out of Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie, Ont., Ottawa purposely destroyed residential school records as part of government-wide purges.The first round of document destruction occurred in 1936 to free up storage space, according to the report, which is based on archival documents. The then-named Indian Affairs department provided a list of documents it planned to destroy at certain times and which would be preserved. The residential school documents slated to be destroyed after five and 10 years included school returns, monthly reports, diaries, medical accounts, reports of inspectors, accidents and assistance to former students, according to the Shingwauk Project report.The second round of document destruction came in 1944 as part of an effort to deal with a paper shortage created by the Second World War. The destroyed residential school documents included medical, hospital and drug accounts, monthly reports, diaries, salary pay lists and school returns along with requisitions.The third round of document destruction came in 1954. The Indian Affairs department created “Records Destruction Teams” which obliterated a number of residential school records, including routine correspondence, memos to council, progress reports, repairs to buildings, all school supply correspondence, all health services correspondence, teacher’s reports, admission and discharge among a host of other documents.A moratorium on records destruction was put into place in 1973 as a result of an agreement between Public Archives of Canada and Indian Affairs.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

The Latest In NYC Arlington not everyone Amazon thrilled

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Amazon’s second headquarters (all times local):12:55 p.m.Not everyone in New York and Virginia is happy about being chosen to become the spot for new Amazon headquarter locations.Some see the billions in tax breaks as corporate welfare while others are worried about home values and school overcrowding in areas where it’s already a problem for many residents.New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a joint statement asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world.In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers. He also raised the issue of overcrowded schools and traffic.___11:50 a.m.New York officials are cheering Amazon’s decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city.Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he’d be willing to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.”The state offered Amazon more than $1.5 billion in incentives if it creates 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens.One-time mayor Michael Bloomberg said Amazon’s arrival affirms New York City’s long-term push to attract the nation’s top tech talent. Bloomberg pushed aggressive development in Long Island City while he was mayor. The neighbourhood is a jumble of massive construction cranes and work sites and brand new high-rises have reshaped the skyline.___11:15 a.m.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cheered Amazon’s choice of Arlington as one of two new headquarters locations for Amazon. He says the state will continue to invest in infrastructure and education as a key part of the partnership.Northam is calling the state’s proposal to land the headquarters a “new model of economic development for the 21st century.”Amazon is set to invest about $2.5 billion in its new Virginia headquarters and the state has promised a raft of incentives, including infrastructure investment and tax breaks.Virginia plans to invest in college-level computer science and related fields along with investing $50 million over 20 years in tech education for grammar and high school students.___10:15 a.m.Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___6:40 a.m.A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.The decision will end an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants.Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___Alan Suderman reported from Richmond, Virginia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Storm causes power outage in Rose Prairie

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A thunderstorm moving through the North Peace has caused a power outage in Rose Prairie.The power outage is affecting 371 customers in an area West of Rose Prairie road and North of the 277 road.The outage happened just after 7 p.m. and there is no estimate on when power will be restored. For updates, visit www.bchydro.com/outagesA severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for the North Peace.  At 7:32 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The cluster is over Fort St. John and tracking southeastward along Highway 97 at approximately 60 km/h.It will impact communities along Highway 97 from Fort St. John to Taylor, as well as along communities along Highway 29 as far south Farrell Creek.last_img read more

India will carefully decide on Lanka Krishna

Mr. Krishana’s comments come days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa shot off two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking India’s support to the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations during the civil war. Mr. Krishna also said India was providing a number of humanitarian aids to the internally displaced “Tamil—speaking brothers and sisters” in the island nation. He himself had seen renovation of schools and other works undertaken by New Delhi, he added. India’s stand at the ongoing U.N. Human Rights Council meet in Geneva on the resolution against Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes would be taken based on the overall ties between the two neighbours and the sentiments in the country, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said on Thursday.“Certainly we will take into account the overall relationship between India and Sri Lanka and the sentiments that are prevalent in our country. We will take every factor into consideration before we take a final call on our stand in Geneva,” he said. On concerns expressed by Ms. Jayalalithaa in another letter to Prime Minister over frequent ‘unannounced’ visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Krishna said the Centre would take her opinion into account.“We are a federal state, we have the greatest respect for the rights of States. Whatever is the assessment of the State governments, we will certainly take it into account… we will see how we can reconcile the issue,” he said. “I would like to assure the Chief Minister that her opinion will certainly be factored in the decision we are going to take,” he said. (PTI) read more

Sri Lanka hopeful of Indian backing at UNHRC

“India is not yet aware about the contents in the new U.S. resolution on Sri Lanka. First of all, we have to study it properly,” India’s Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office, V. Narayanaswamy had said.Commenting further on India’s stance, Narayanaswamy added that India would approach the Sri Lankan Lankan issue in a manner similar to which it handled the issue last year. “It is too early to say what sort of stance India will take on the U.S. resolution. The country will take the right decision at the right time,” he stressed. Meanwhile the Sri Lankan government will on Friday give its official response to the U.S. resolution when Minister Mahinda Samarasingha addresses the Council.The Sri Lankan government last week vehemently rejected the new resolution saying that the resolution is “substantive, intrusive and political in nature.”The government had appointed a committee to study and make recommendations on the draft resolution on Sri Lanka that has been tabled by the United States in Geneva. India had earlier this month stated that it had not yet decided on its stance on the U.S.-sponsored resolution against its neighboring country and added that India was monitoring the developments in Geneva carefully. “Of course we will remain hopeful that India will back us. Even we are waiting to see what their response is,” Amunugama said. Sri Lanka said it remained hopeful of India’s backing against a U.S. sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Xinhua Chinese news agency reported.Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama told Xinhua that India is likely to make its decision however at the very last minute when the final document is presented. read more

QatarSri Lanka trade volume reaches 73 million in 2017

The total trade volume between Qatar and Sri Lanka stood at $73 mn in 2017, according to Qatar Chamber vice chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari, the Gulf Times reported.Speaking at the ‘Employment Promotion in Qatar,’ organised by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Qatar and the Chamber, al-Kuwari said Qatar considers Sri Lanka as a “strategic partner” in South Asia. “Meanwhile, we urge Qatari businessmen to explore the abundant investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and to establish business partnerships and alliances with their Sri Lankan counterparts,” al-Kuwari said.He said there are around 120,000 Sri Lankans employed in Qatar, and added that the “distinguished relations” between Qatar and Sri Lanka “are reflected in the presence of a large number of Sri Lankan expatriates who contribute to the development of Qatar.”“I will seize this opportunity to emphasise Qatar’s great efforts to strengthen and ensure the rights of the expatriate labourers through the applied laws and procedures. The achievements of Qatar regarding the care of expatriate labourers included the building high-quality labour camps and creating labour dispute resolution committees to facilitate litigation for labourers in need of care,” al-Kuwari said. (Colombo Gazette) “The state of Qatar is attaching great importance to developing co-operation relations in South Asia. There are many Qatari investments in this vital region and there is room for more in the near future,” al-Kuwari said in his speech. In 2017, al-Kuwari said the Chamber met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who, according to the Qatar Chamber official, “was very keen to meet Qatari businessmen whom he encouraged to invest in Sri Lanka.”Al-Kuwari noted that there are around 210 Sri Lankan companies operating in Qatar with a capital of about QR45.5mn.“On behalf of Qatar Chamber, I’d like to invite more Sri Lankan companies to take part in the renaissance taking place in Qatar and to establish joint ventures with Qataris in all sectors. He said both countries signed various agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to enhance economic relations, “but what has been achieved so far does not reflect the capabilities both countries have.” read more

White iPhone 4 available to buy in China for 828

first_imgEven though the white iPhone 4 has not been released, an increasing number of people seem to be in possession of or offering an opportunity to have one in your pocket.One enterprising teenager managed to import official white iPhone 4 cases direct from Foxconn and then offered a conversion kit. Now genuine white iPhone 4s are appearing on the market in China, but expect to pay through the nose for them.The handsets being sold are complete in the official Apple packaging, but the sticker you see over the cellophane in the image below states, “meant for internal company use and not for sale!” That may not stop some people buying the unit, but the price being demanded definitely could.The 8GB model is listed at $828. The 16GB model is a cool $1,204, and the 32GB is thought to be astronomical, but isn’t listed with a price. If you really want a white iPhone 4 then this looks to be the only way to get one other than waiting until the sketchy launch window of Spring 2011.Read more at GizchinaMatthew’s opinionPurchasing one of these phones is not advisable at any price. As they are marked for internal use only these may not be final hardware and therefore could be slow or missing some key internal components. It’s unlikely, but you won’t know until the box has been opened and your money taken.There’s also the issue of Apple potentially blocking or killing the phone. It may not happen, but if they know some handsets have gone missing they may have the kill switch prepared as soon as the phone shows up on AT&T. Do you want to take that risk after spending $800-$1200? No, didn’t think so.One thing this does show is that a white iPhone 4 is clearly possible, but Apple can’t release it yet. It must be down to an issue with the final color or a discoloration problem over time. Either that or they can’t produce white cases anywhere near as fast as black one making full production unworkable.last_img read more

The42 Rugby Show Irish frustrations test teams taking shape and Stuart Hoggs

first_img By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh Share Tweet Email The42 Rugby Show: Irish frustrations, test teams taking shape and Stuart Hogg’s replacement Murray Kinsella joined Sean Farrell from Dunedin with reaction to the Lions’ loss against the Highlanders. Brains and brawn in Henshaw display and more talking points after the Highlanders see off LionsHenderson makes impact felt for Lions as Payne has mixed night Subscribe for more videos 5 Comments http://the42.ie/3441789 IT’S BEEN A mixed tour so far for the Lions in New Zealand.With the first test against the All Blacks just 11 days away, the Lions recorded their second loss this morning, this time against the Highlanders in Dunedin.Murray Kinsella was there for The42 and we spoke to him live on our Rugby Show just after the game to get the immediate reaction, as well as the views from Warren Gatland and the players in the post-match press conferences. Source: The42.ie/YouTube Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 1:45 PM 12,328 Views Jun 13th 2017, 1:45 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hutch family member jailed for breaking into Revenue offices and assaulting man

first_img Share1 Tweet Email By Fiona Ferguson Criminal Courts of Justice Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 7:46 PM Short URL No Comments A MEMBER OF the Hutch family living in fear for his safety has been jailed for breaking into the Offices of the Revenue Commissioners and assaulting a man who tried to prevent him leaving.Alan Hutch (36) was confronted by a staff member who found him in his office as he returned from a tea break. The man was punched several times by Hutch during violent scuffles as he tried to prevent him leaving with a stolen mobile phone. Gardaí were alerted and all property recovered.The prosecuting garda told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the Hutch name had been involved in a feud in the Dublin area.“It’s an understatement, to put it mildly, that people are aware of the Hutch name,” said Derek Cooney BL, defending. He said there had been an orchestrated targeting of people bearing the Hutch name.He said his client did not like to hear the phrase “dead man walking” but said it was something all members of the Hutch family had been faced with and it was something Hutch had to live with. He outlined that Hutch’s father, taxi driver Eddie Hutch, had been killed on the doorstep of his family home. Hutch received the news of his father’s murder through a phone call while in custody.Hutch, of Portland Place, Dublin has 73 previous convictions including assault, robbery, burglary, threats to kill, endangerment, obstruction, production of article and road traffic offences.Hutch pleaded guilty to burglary and assault causing harm to Karl Higgins at the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Hammam buildings, Upper O’Connell Street on 7 March 2018.Violent struggleJudge Melanie Greally noted the burglary had developed into a violent struggle when Hutch was interrupted and his escape prevented. Higgins suffered a number of blows during two scuffles.Two of Higgins’ colleagues came to his assistance and subdued Hutch until gardaí arrived.Judge Greally noted Hutch has been in custody since the date of his arrest and is very isolated in prison, where he has become “paranoid” in relation to others including prison staff. She said he is “extremely fearful for his own safety and has substantial cause for that fear”.She took into account his drug addiction and efforts to deal with it, as well as a psychological report which outlined he had been exposed to violence and criminality from a very young age.The judge noted his guilty pleas were valuable as witnesses may have been fearful if required to give evidence in a case against him. She noted the circumstances associated with the current “feud” and said it was an “unimaginable situation for anyone to be living with on an ongoing basis”.SentencingJudge Greally imposed a four year sentence and suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions. She backdated the sentence to the date of the offence when he went into custody.During the sentence hearing, Cooney said Hutch was on protection in custody in a single cell and had formed certain views that the prison authorities were contaminating his food and water.He handed a psychological report into court outlining his family circumstances. His upbringing was described as challenging, with Hutch witnessing violence inflicted on his mother, brothers and himself by his father.He said that despite this Hutch described missing his father and wishing he was around to “steady the ship” and get him back on the right path. Cooney said his client began using cannabis at a young age, later progressing to heroin. He also became involved with criminality from a young age.Counsel said Hutch has been addressing his addiction while in custody and when he gets out of prison he wants to assist his mother who cares for a younger brother with special needs.He said that Hutch’s release will in effect be a “house arrest” as he cannot go out and walk the streets of Dublin.Additional evidence Garda Gavin Feeley told Aoife McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that at about mid day on 7 March 2018 Hutch got into the Eir building through an unlocked door as maintenance was taking place.He walked around the building for a time before going through another door into the adjacent Offices of the Revenue Commissioners. He walked upstairs and into the unoccupied office of Karl Higgins, who was on his tea break.When Higgins returned to his office he found Hutch in his office holding a white box containing his mobile phone and accessories. He shouted at Hutch, who put the box in his pocket and tried to leave the office.Hutch ran at Higgins who was in the doorway and a scuffle began in which they both fell to the ground. Hutch punched Higgins in the face as they fell. Hutch got up and ran away.Higgins raised the alarm and followed Hutch who was attempting to open an inner door that was kept permanently closed. Hutch turned and ran back towards Higgins, who shouted at him to drop the phone.Hutch punched him in the face on at least two occasions in the course of another scuffle, during which Hutch grabbed a steel pole and pushed it onto “the neck or chest area” of Higgins.Two of Higgins’ colleagues came to his assistance and they managed to subdue Hutch on the ground until security arrived. The phone in the white box was recovered as well as a second phone and a camera. Garda Feely was on duty nearby and was alerted by a staff member.Hutch was arrested and answered “no comment” to all questions in garda interview. He has been in custody since his arrest.The court heard Higgins suffered bruising and tenderness to his cheekbone. There was no victim impact report.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. 26,893 Views center_img Criminal Courts of Justice Mar 21st 2019, 7:46 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Hutch family member jailed for breaking into Revenue offices and assaulting man Judge Greally imposed a four year sentence and suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions. https://jrnl.ie/4554869 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

As tension between Greece and Turkey simmers down Athens adopts cautious stance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Nikos Kotzias omitted to brief journalists after his lengthy meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday, his omission did not go unnoticed.The meeting took place during the NATO summit in Brussels and it had the promise of a ‘cool change’ in the Greece-Turkey relationships, after weeks, if not months of tension which nearly led to conflict a number of times.The Greek Foreign Minister’s recent stance marks a departure from that of his cabinet colleague, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, but also from his own sharp remarks towards his counterpart during this recent period.The reason for this change of attitude lies in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey, which are to be held on 24 June. The Greek government expects the nationalist rhetoric to continue dominating the Turkish public discourse up until the elections. Adopting a more cautious approach towards Ankara, Athens aims to avoid conflict, while waiting to see the result of the elections.One of the major points of concern for Athens is the possibility of Turkish election rallies being held in Thrace, where a sizable Muslim population resides, particularly Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his decision to deliver a campaign speech in Sarajevo, Bosnia on May 20.Moreover, Greece believes that behind Turkey’s bellicose stance hides a strategy to divert attention from the refugee crisis, which should be the primary focus of both countries at the moment.The Greek foreign ministry also decided to take a step back, after the US threatened to impose sanctions on Ankara over its planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems.last_img read more

HandsOn Ori and the Will of the Wisps Takes Us on Another

first_img One of 2015’s best and most imaginative games is Ori and the Blind Forest. The Xbox One and PC exclusive managed to stand out from the flood of similar “Metroidvania” titles thanks to its gorgeous graphics and challenging gameplay. The sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, is taking things to the next level by adding new skills and expanding the size of the world. Based on the short demo I played last week after the Xbox E3 briefing, I believe Moon Studios is set to deliver another awe-inspiring platforming experience.The demo I played was set in an area called the Windswept Wastes, which is about four to five hours into the main story. The barren desert environment was a great place to test out Ori’s new moves. Chief among these is a new swinging mechanic that serves as a way to traverse the world faster and to avoid dangerous traps. Given all of the nasty dangers before Ori, the Grapple came in extremely handy. Another new ability gained near the end of the demo allowed Ori to burrow under the sand. This is another move that’s essential for getting around the world quickly.AdChoices广告Ori and the Blind Forest emphasized platforming over combat. The sequel seeks to strike a finer balance between the two. To help fend off the vicious creatures of the world, Ori has three different attacks he can employ. The first is a sword called Spirit Edge. This weapon is perfect for close-range combat. Another melee attack is the Spirit Smash. This hammer strikes slowly but hits hard. Lastly, the Spirit Arc is a bow that’s ideal for long-range encounters. Players can upgrade and modify each of these abilities to make them more effective.The world of the original game was beautiful, but it was also lonely. The only company Ori had were the monsters trying to kill him. That isn’t the case with the sequel, as various NPCs litter the map. These characters offer Ori side quests to complete or sell him useful items like maps and upgrades. In the demo, an NPC named Tokki asks Ori to retrieve a needle for him. Completing the quest rewards our hero with an upgrade. While NPCs aren’t necessarily crucial to the game, they do make the world feel more alive.Speaking about the game world, Moon Studios has somehow managed to make Ori and the Will of the Wisps more visually stunning than Blind Forest. That’s impressive considering how the demo takes place in an uninviting desert environment. Everything seen on screen, from Ori, his enemies, and the world, are brilliantly realized. The lighting effects give everything a decidedly otherworldly feel. Playing this level makes me yearn to see how welcoming environments like forests look. My words cannot do the visuals justice. This is a breathtakingly gorgeous game.Blind Forest is one of the most challenging games released in recent years and Will of the Wisps is no different. If you want to proceed, you’re going to need to sharpen your platforming skills. For example, the demo featured sections where you had to bounce off sand walls and then quickly use the Grapple to get across a gap. The tricky part is that the sand walls disintegrate upon touch. You have to move quickly or end up falling into a pit of spikes. As before, you’ll receive certain upgrades that make platforming easier. Even then, you’ll need to master certain basic moves like double jumping and wall jumping in order to survive. Expect another tough (but fair) experience.Since I only played a small portion of the game, I didn’t get a feel for the full scope of the world. Like with other Metroidvania titles, this game contains numerous routes one can unlock with the correct ability or power up. I expect the world of Will of the Wisps to be every bit as expansive and intertwined as that of the original. Perhaps more so. Even in the demo, I located a number of secret items and passages. I’m looking forward to exploring every nook and cranny in the final game.The original Ori was (criminally) overlooked by many gamers. Hopefully, people will take the time to check out the sequel. While I realize players are no doubt suffering from Metroidvania fatigue at this point, this is a must-play title if you’re a fan of challenging platformers. Don’t miss out on Ori and the Will of the Wisps when it releases for Xbox One and PC in 2019.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Stay on targetlast_img read more