PhD and MPhil applications for IP University now online

first_imgNew Delhi: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has started online applications for Ph.D and M. Phil programmes at the Institute for the 2019-20 academic session. The online admission forms must be submitted by May 6. The PhD programmes will be available in over 15 disciplines ranging from Information Technology, Automation Engineering, and Computer Application to Sociology, Mass Communication, and Education. Whereas, MPhil programmes will be available in the following disciplines: English, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatric Social Work. Further details regarding admission procedures are up on the university website.last_img

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Maurizio Sarri buys time with unexpected topfour finish

first_imgLondon: After a turbulent first season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri goes into Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt savouring some much-needed breathing space. Sarri has spent most of the campaign engaged in a struggle to win over his sceptical players and fans. At one stage, it appeared the Chelsea manager was fighting a losing battle as a miserable run of results sparked reports he was on the verge of the sack. Amid reports that Chelsea’s stars were sick of Sarri’s inflexible game-plan, monotonous training sessions and habit of criticising them through the media, the nadir came in February when Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final defeat against Manchester City. Sarri has side-stepped one crisis after another just deftly enough that he has emerged from a bleak winter with his prospects of avoiding the axe looking brighter after Chelsea secured a top four finish in the Premier League last weekend. With a place in next season’s Champions League sealed with a game to spare, Chelsea can turn their attention to winning the first trophy of Sarri’s reign. A 1-1 draw in the semi-final first leg away to Eintracht has put Chelsea in a good position for the return leg at Stamford Bridge. Winning the final, against Arsenal or Valencia in Baku, would strengthen the Italian’s hopes of convincing the Chelsea hierarchy he deserves more time to impose his philosophy on a squad that has so far been unable, or unwilling, to adapt to ‘Sarri-ball’. There remain doubts in some quarters about Sarri’s ability to make his tactics work in the Premier League after the former Napoli manager’s troubled year. Chelsea supporters are still under-whelmed by Sarri, despite their team’s qualification for the Champions League, which is worth at least an estimated? 35 million. At half time of Sunday’s game against Watford they responded to a turgid display with jeers — the discordant soundtrack to Sarri’s woes.last_img read more

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Parsons Green Bombing British Police Arrest Second Suspect

Rabat – British police have made a second arrest in connection with the bomb attack on a London Underground train Friday that injured 29 people, according to Associated Press News (AP).British authorities announced on Sunday that the suspect, identified by police as Yahya Farroukh, had been arrested late Saturday night in Hounslow in West London. The 21-year-old defendant is now being held under the Terrorism Act.According to a Facebook profile believed to belong to the suspect, Farroukh comes from the Syrian capital of Damascus. The suspect’s images were published on Sunday by British news outlet The Sun.Another suspect, aged 18, was arrested Saturday morning in the port of Dover, a major ferry port for travel between Britain and France. British police called this arrest “significant.” The second suspect’s identity has not yet been identified but is believed to be an Iraqi refugee, according to CNN.The two arrested suspects had been hosted by a British elderly couple under the name of Ronald and Penelope Jones, said the American news outlet. The elderly couple had been fostering refugees, including children from Afghanistan and Iraq. The family had been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for their fostering services in 2010, awarded with Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs) “for services to children and families.According to AP, officials believe that the terror attack at the Parsons Green station “was not the act of a single person, but part of a coordinated plot.”“We are still pursing numerous lines of enquiry and at a great pace,” said Neil Basu, counter-terrorism coordinator for the London police.United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has recommended raising the terror threat to its highest level in order to prevent further attacks.British authorities have also launched an immense armed search in the southwestern London suburb of Sunbury, added AP.People were evacuated from the area and kept away for approximately 10 hours before they were allowed to return to their houses.Following Friday’s attack, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the explosion. read more

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Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to finish at 21,333.87. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.2% to 6,648.10. South Korea’s Kospi was also up 1.2% at 2,124.06. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 2.3% to 28,122.20, while the Shanghai Composite added nearly 1.0% to 2,917.76.Markets also got a boost after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide additional economic stimulus if necessary.The remarks put the spotlight on the U.S. Federal Reserve, which has its own decision on interest rates scheduled later in the day. Many think the U.S. central bank may be headed for its first interest rate cut in over a decade sometime later this year.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index climbed 28.08 points, or 1% to 2,917.75. The Dow gained 353.01 points, or 1.4%, to 26,465.54. The Nasdaq jumped 108.86 points, or 1.4%, to 7,953.88.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 17.48 points, or 1.1%, to 1,550.23.It was the second straight gain for the market, extending a strong rebound for stocks in June after a steep sell-off last month.The benchmark S&P 500 is now less than 1% below its all-time high set on April 30. The Dow is 1.4% below its record high set October 3. The Nasdaq is about 2.5% below its record close set on May 3.Trump stirred fresh optimism among investors when he said he will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at an international summit in Japan. U.S. businesses have implored Trump to stop escalating the trade war and refrain from expanding his tariffs to $300 billion on goods from China.Analysts acknowledged an immediate resolution to the trade conflict isn’t expected, but the confirmation that Trump and Xi plan to talk at the G-20 in Osaka was cause for some optimism while warning that risks remain.“While this certainly is a near-term boost for markets, the question as to what can be resolved by the two leader’s meeting that had not been done so despite months of discussions keeps this as a risk factor,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.Two weeks ago, Fed Chair Jerome Powell set off a rally on Wall Street after he signalled that the central bank is willing to cut interest rates to help stabilize the economy if the trade war between Washington and Beijing starts to crimp growth. Any continued escalations could put the brakes on what is poised to be the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.Investors collectively envision a Fed rate cut by July and possibly further cuts after that. Some even expect a rate cut this week. Many economists, though, think the Fed will wait until September at the earliest to announce its first drop in its benchmark short-term interest rate since 2008 and might not cut again in 2019. A few Fed watchers foresee no rate cut at all this year.ENERGY:Benchmark crude oil rose 27 cents to $54.17 a barrel. It rose 3.8% to $53.90 a barrel Tuesday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, gained 30 cents to $62.44 a barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar inched down to 108.26 yen from 108.27 yen on Tuesday. The euro rose slightly to $1.1195 from $1.1191.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

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Rising food prices highlight need to boost investment in agriculture – UN

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need to boost investment in agriculture to ensure long-term food security, while also calling for urgent structural changes to the global food system. “The food price and economic crises have had a severe impact on millions of people in all parts of the world,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in an address to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Forum on Agricultural Investment in Abu Dhabi. The global prices of most agricultural commodities have increased, many of them sharply, in recent months. In addition, FAO warned in its latest Food Outlook report that global food import bills may pass the $1 trillion mark in 2010, a level not seen since food prices peaked in 2008. “These trends can have severe implications for countries like the Gulf countries, which depend on commercial imports for a large share of their food consumption needs,” said Mr. Diouf. According to FAO, the number of hungry and malnourished people in the Near East and North Africa is currently estimated at 37 million, nearly 10 per cent of the region’s population. Mr. Diouf added that the rapid increase in hunger and malnourishment since the food crisis of 2008 reveals the inadequacy of the present global food system and the urgent need for structural changes. These could include short-term measures such as targeted safety nets and social protection programmes as well as reliable and timely information on food commodity markets. Small-scale farmers must be assured access to indispensable means of production and technologies – such as high-quality seeds, fertilizers, feed and farming tools and equipment, said FAO. Investment in agriculture is a must in the medium and longer term, the agency noted, stating that food-deficit countries must be given the necessary technical and financial solutions and policy tools to enhance their agricultural sectors in terms of productivity and resilience in the face of crises. While in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Diouf also named Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the wife of the founder and the first President of UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as Extraordinary Ambassador of FAO. Sheikha Fatima, who has been active in the fields of literacy, maternal and child care, the disabled, the elderly and orphans, has played “a pivotal role in consolidating and promoting the women’s rights movement in the Arab world,” said Mr. Diouf. In addition, Mr. Diouf and Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, announced the establishment of the UAE-financed “Sheikh Zayed Centre” at FAO headquarters in Rome. The new international multi-media conference centre will provide the live broadcasting facilities and capacity-building infrastructures necessary to continue the fight against hunger and to enhance knowledge sharing and e-learning throughout the organization. 23 November 2010The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need to boost investment in agriculture to ensure long-term food security, while also calling for urgent structural changes to the global food system. read more

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MR has several reasons to oppose budget

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today noted that there were several reasons as to why he was against the 2016 budget, the main reason being privatisation.Rajapaksa also said that the budget for 2016 is historic as several changes have been made from the day it was presented to Parliament. He said that as of now no one is sure what is in the budget and what has been omitted.

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New political party cannot be registered now says polls chief

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says new political parties cannot be registered at this moment since elections have been declared in the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradaeshiya Sabha divisions.Deshapriya said that a group of former and current Parliamentarians met him today and discussed the barricades in place to register a new political party. Deshapriya said that the major barricade is that since elections have been declared in the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradaeshiya Sabha divisions a new political party cannot be registered. Deshapriya said that a new political party can register only when the Department of Elections calls for applications.However he said applications cannot be called for now since elections have been declared in Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu. Among those who attended the discussion are former Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and G.L Peiris and Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila. Asked if the joint opposition is recognised by the Department of Elections, Deshapriya said that the joint opposition is not listed with the Department of Elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN chief congratulates US Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts urges further disarmament

“The Secretary-General stresses that at a time when global anxieties about nuclear weapons are higher than at any time since the Cold War, efforts in nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control are more vital than ever,” said a statement issued by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.“These endeavors can play significant roles in building trust and confidence, and preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts,” the statement added.Known as “New START,” the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms reduces deployed nuclear weapons to 700 delivery vehicles and 1,550 warheads.It is a part of a series of bilateral nuclear arms control agreements between the two nations that “have significantly reduced the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and are steps towards the common aspiration of a world free of nuclear weapons,” the statement noted.Mr. Guterres called on them “to engage in the necessary dialogue that will lead to further arsenal reductions” and “to continue to display the historic leadership across the multilateral disarmament agenda that has proven so valuable to our collective security,” the statement said.The new Treaty was signed in Prague on 8 April, 2010 and came into force on 5 February, 2011. read more

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Crew shuts down Galaxys stars

“The Strength of the Pack Is the Wolf. The Strength of the Wolf Is the Pack.”  A sign bearing this mantra hangs just inside the entrance to the Columbus Crew locker room. Never has its meaning been more on display than in the 2-0 Crew victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night.With the Galaxy’s lone wolf, David Beckham, not making the trip to Columbus with his team because of an ankle injury, the Crew cruised to victory with a starting lineup devoid of its top scorer, Guillermo Barros Schelotto.Following the victory, Crew coach Robert Warzycha summed up his “no man is above the team” mentality.  “We don’t have reserves,” he said. “We have 23 players right now that can step up anytime.”On a dark and rainy night, less than an hour after the Buckeyes’ victory over Illinois, the conditions were prime for a subdued crowd. The raucous fans in Crew Stadium’s Nordecke, however, would not let that be.As pyrotechnics erupted, the Crew players made their way onto the field through a tunnel of supporters while black-and-gold-clad fans cheered wildly from the northeast corner of the stadium.  This particular section of the crowd brought the energy to a fever pitch early with a variety of chants, cheers and songs that reverberated throughout the stadium from start to finish.Less than five minutes into the match, the fans in the Nordecke were chanting, “Where’s the Spice Boy?” in reference to the absent Beckham, husband of Posh Spice.Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven kicked off the scoring in the 33rd minute with a slick header off a pass from Emmanuel Ekpo following a free kick.Forward Steven Lenhart, who spent much of the match being knocked to the ground, made the last goal for the Crew with a soft shot off a rebound that Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts couldn’t handle.The only significant scoring opportunity for the Galaxy came off a free kick, which was tapped by Galaxy star Landon Donovan to Chris Birchall.  Birchall’s shot took a hard bounce off the left post and the follow-up shot sailed high above the goal. It was a chippy, physical game in which eight yellow cards were issued. Crew team captain Frankie Hejduk received one for a reckless tackle in which he and another Crew player sandwiched Donovan. The yellow card will result in Hejduk’s suspension for the Crew’s next match.At one point, during a free kick for the Crew, the referee stopped play to admonish players from both teams who were roughly jockeying for position.When asked about the scrappy game and the physical play of Lenhart in particular, Warzycha said, “I don’t think there were any cheap fouls. I think this guy (Lenhart), he likes this kind of game.”With the victory, the Crew (12-4-10) remains atop the Eastern conference and pushes its home unbeaten streak in the MLS to 22. The Galaxy (10-6-11) also holds steady in its second-place position in the Western conference.Following the game, the Crew players saluted the ‘blackout’ effort of the announced, sellout crowd of 20,966 by joining hands and taking a bow. Several players also tossed jerseys to eager fans. read more

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Ohio State Cincinnati football connection runs deep

Left: OSU junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) makes a tackle during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight: OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs celebrates during a game against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, 2012 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. OSU won, 21-14, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile 109 miles of interstate and city streets separate Ohio Stadium from Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, there are deep ties connecting the programs that play in each arena.From Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, there are numerous Buckeye coaches and players who have, or could have, spent time on the Bearcats’ sidelines.After a brief stint in minor league baseball, Meyer played defensive back at Cincinnati before graduating in 1986. OSU cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs was on the Cincinnati staff from 2007-11, tight ends coach Tim Hinton was an assistant with the Bearcats from 2004-09 and Washington — one of four Cincinnati natives on the team — received his first collegiate scholarship offer from the Bearcats as a freshman in high school.Meyer described his ongoing connection to Cincinnati as a “very strong, emotional attachment,” even beyond his own experience at the school.“My sister is associate provost at Cincinnati, my other sister was a homecoming queen there,” he said Monday. “Obviously my dad, my grandfather, just a strong history at UC.”While he played college ball at Nippert Stadium, Meyer never spent time on the sidelines as a coach like Coombs and Hinton.Coombs said the personal and professional connections he and his wife have to Cincinnati led to his turning down offers from other major college football programs before Meyer came calling.“When we had the opportunity to go to Notre Dame, we were staying in Cincinnati,” Coombs said. “Cincinnati is our home.”The Colerain, Ohio, native said he and his wife, Holly, grew up within miles of each other and added the draw of coaching at OSU under Meyer was the only thing that could have torn him away from Cincinnati.“When Urban called, I called my wife and said ‘Hey, I just wanted to let you know I got this phone call today, and kind of before I tell him no I just wanted to let you know that,’” Coombs said. “She said ‘Don’t you tell him no,’ and I said ‘Is that right?’”Coombs said his wife told him “let’s go do this, we can make it work,” with the simple reasoning that Columbus is less than two hours away from their lifelong home in Cincinnati.While his wife made the decision easier, Coombs called the conversation “terrible” that he had with then-Cincinnati coach Butch Jones to tell him he was leaving for OSU. He said conversations with others were just as bad.“It was hard for me to tell anybody,” he said. “I mean, that’s my hometown, and I grew up on the Reds and the Bengals and the Bearcats.”Coombs said growing up with exposure to the Buckeyes made his transition easier, but added that telling the players he recruited to Cincinnati was the hardest part about leaving. He said some of the players he recruited still play for the Bearcats, but one player he tried to get to Cincinnati is set to be on the OSU sidelines when the two teams play on Saturday.Washington said he took an official visit to Cincinnati and had the Bearcats just behind the Buckeyes on his final list.“It actually was my second choice,” he said. “Coach Coombs, when he was there, did a great job of recruiting me, but I just felt like Ohio State was the best place for me.”Like Meyer and others around the OSU program, Washington’s connection to Cincinnati goes beyond recruiting letters and official visits.“I went to basketball games (at Cincinnati), because my granddad worked there for like 35, 40 years,” Washington said. “He was a janitor and he would get tickets and we would go to basketball games there.”Just like Coombs said the draw of coaching under Meyer was a key to his decision to move to OSU, Washington said the chance to play for the two-time national champion was too much to pass up.“Didn’t know a lot about him (Meyer), but I knew he had won two national championships (at Florida),” Washington said. “So I figured I could probably get one under my belt in the four years he was there.”While the draw of potentially winning titles contributed to Washington’s decision to pick OSU, Hinton said he was fortunate to be at Cincinnati — which has yet to win a national championship — for some of the program’s most successful seasons.“It was a phenomenal run, you’ve got an Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl,” Hinton said of his time with the Bearcats. “And how special was that when you’re a UC guy? It was very, very special.”Whether Washington will win the national championship he hoped for is yet to be seen, but he is set to at least have a shot to win one game against the school he nearly attended on Saturday.Coombs said the matchup will be fun for him, but because of his deep-lying connections with the Bearcats, he said the game will be more difficult than his average Saturday on the sidelines.“Football is always fun, I don’t have any days that aren’t fun,” Coombs said. “But it’s harder, for all those reasons, I think it’s harder.”The Buckeyes and Bearcats are set to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Miriam Margolyes joins Mark Rylances boycott of Royal Shakespeare Company over BP

Miriam Margolyes has joined Sir Mark Rylance’s boycott of the Royal Shakespeare Company over their sponsorship deal with BP.The Bafta winning actress, who has starred in Harry Potter, Call the Midwife and The Real Marigold Hotel has said she will not appear in any RSC productions while the company kept its sponsorship deal with the oil giant.“Mark Rylance is absolutely right in his stance and I support it,” she told the BBC.“I would turn them down as long as they are supporting something that is doing harm to the world.”Sir Mark, the Academy Award winning actor, told The Guardian that BP’s sponsorship deal allowed the firm to “obscure the destructive reality of its activities” and said he did not wish to be associated with BP any more than with “an arms dealer or a tobacco salesman”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In his resignation letter, Sir Mark, who was the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London said: “I do not write this in anger or righteousness. We are all together in this crisis and we all must change.”BP sponsors subsidised £5 tickets for 16-25 year olds at the RSC, in a joint deal with the Royal Opera House, British Museum and National Portrait Gallery worth £7.5m over eight years. Sir Mark Rylance quit the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) over its receipt of sponsorship from BP, citing environmental concerns Credit: Ian West/PA  Sir Mark Rylance But the increasing concern for the damage that is being done to the planet by climate change has sharpened the minds of many prominent actors and actresses, including Dame Emma Thompson, who climbed on board a pink boat in the middle of Oxford circus and rallied Extinction Rebellion protestors.Dame Emma has been a prominent Left-wing and environmental campaigner for many years. The Greenpeace supporter helped buy land near Heathrow Airport in an attempt to deter the building of a third runway. In 2015 she joined activists outside Shell headquarters as part of a campaign to stop drilling in the Arctic. read more

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85yearold elderly woman raped in Corentyne home

An 85-year-old Corentyne, Berbice woman, who is said to be visually impaired and has difficulty hearing, was reportedly raped in her home.The incident which occured sometime at about 04:00h on Sunday morning reportedly left the elderly woman in an unconscious state.This publication was informed that the woman lives alone in her Corentyne home but one of her children lives close by.Following the incident, a relative said the perpetrator gained access to the house by breaking a window to the bedroom where the elderly woman was asleep.This publication was told that when the elderly woman regained consciousness, she was heard screaming by her son.Speaking to this media group the elderly woman recalled “I lie down on the bed; I cover from head to foot. I wasn’t asleep and suddenly somebody come and pull the coverlet and pull out the pampers and jump on me… ah feel like ah suffocating and ah say a can’t do that thing.”According to the woman’s son, when he went to the Police station, he was told the Police will respond promptly and he should go and wait on them. However, according to the young man, it was not until midday on Sunday that the officers arrived.“She was in pain and really wanted to go to the hospital but I said the Police have to come first and they have to take her to the hospital because her eyes were swollen; blood was in her eyes. Her entire body was in pain. If we go to move her she start screaming because of the pain. The whole place was with blood; all on the pampers and on the bed,” he said.When the Police finally arrived, they took her to the Port Mourant Hospital where it was confirmed that she was sexually assaulted.The woman’s son further related that when he inquired form the Police Officers at the hospital what was the next step, he was told that the matter is now in the hands of the Police and they were going to take it from there.However, he said that he was told on Monday that he would have to take his mother to the station in order for them to take a report.The woman was eventually taken to the Police station on Tuesday where statements were taken from both the elderly woman and her son at the Whim Police Station.Investigations are said to be ongoing. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice family robbed, young mother of 2 abducted, rapedOctober 11, 2018In “Crime”Two women homeless following early morning fire; arson suspectedFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news”Elderly Corentyne couple assaulted, robbed of millions by armed bandits in home invasionOctober 27, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Family of Gary Douch plead for closure in Mountjoy death probe

first_imgTHE MOTHER OF Gary Douch has criticised the prison services and the State for failing to provide adequate support to the inquiry into the circumstances of his death almost seven years ago.The 21-year-old was killed at Mountjoy Prison in August 2006 after being placed in an overcrowded cell with a mentally ill inmate. He was beaten, kicked and strangled to death in an unprovoked attack before being left overnight under a mattress or duvet. Media reports at the time indicated that the other people in the cell were too frightened of the killer to raise the alarm or call for a guard.“We’d like closure,” Margaret Rafter told RTÉ’s This Week. “It’s six years going on. It should have been finished within two years after Gary’s death.”Although she was highly critical of the process, Rafter praised Grainne McMorrow SC on her work leading the current commission.RTÉ reports that new hearings will be held shortly because of fresh evidence that came to light after McMorrow published her draft report last April.In the aftermath of the shocking death, Justice Minister Michael McDowell launched an investigation, asking a civil servant to produce a preliminary report on the matter. That document revealed that systems failures that may have contributed to the tragedy.In 2007, an official commission of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death was launched. So far, McMorrow has dealt with up to 240 witnesses but has not been paid for three years of work.Stephen Egan has since been convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility. A month before the killing, he was transferred from the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum to Mountjoy.“The person that done it shouldn’t have been there in the first place. He should have been somewhere to get proper treatment. My Gary would still be here today,” Rafter told RTÉ today.“It’s like he didn’t exist. He’s not an important person. But to me and his family, he was very, very important. He was a much-loved person, child, son, uncle, brother. They don’t care really. If they could have swept it under the carpet, they could have.”Man admits threats to kill Britain’s Prince HarryWoman (62) arrested in attempted murder investigationUpdate: Man and 15-year-old boy drowned in Down quarrylast_img read more

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Father of SEAL killed in Yemen refuses to meet with Donald Trump

first_img Feb 27th 2017, 7:35 AM Short URL Father of SEAL killed in Yemen refuses to meet with Donald Trump Bill Owens refused to speak with Trump when his son’s flag-draped casket was brought home. By AFP 23,853 Views Monday 27 Feb 2017, 7:35 AM Image: US Navy William “Ryan” Owens Image: US Navycenter_img Share5 Tweet Email William “Ryan” Owens 61 Comments THE FATHER OF a US Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen criticised President Donald Trump’s decision to give the go-ahead and called for an investigation into his son’s death.Bill Owens, the father of slain SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, told the Miami Herald he refused to speak with Trump when his son’s flag-draped casket was brought home to Dover Air Force Base aboard a C-17 transport plane.“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens said, speaking out for the first time in the interview with the Herald.Launched 29 January, six days into Trump’s presidency, the raid quickly ran into trouble.The Navy SEALs received fire from all sides as they attacked the objective,  an Al-Qaeda camp in the Arabian Peninsula.KilledAir cover was called in and a V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft crash-landed during the fight and had to be destroyed on the ground.By the time it was over, the 36-year-old Owens was dead along with as many as 16 civilians, eight women and eight children, a Yemeni provincial official said. Three other SEALs were wounded and three more US troops were injured in the V-22 crash.Republican Senator John McCain called the operation a failure, but the White House hailed it as a success and said its detractors dishonoured Owens’ memory.“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” William Owens told the Herald. “I want an investigation. The government owes my son an investigation.”The White House has said Trump was briefed about the operation over dinner by former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and signed the memo authorising it the following day, 26 January.“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why?” Owens said. “For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?”Asked on ABC’s “This Week” about Owens’ call for an investigation, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had not spoken directly with Trump about it “but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that.”- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump warned ‘don’t get too happy’ after poking fun at Democrats’ new chair> http://jrnl.ie/3260910 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Police Investigates latest robberies issues tips

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are seeking information about incidents reported between Tuesday of this week and yesterday where a large sum of cash and electronics were stolen. The police in continuing its investigations into crimes committee has laid four charges against a 17-year old male of Kew Town on Providenciales namely Malicious Damage to Property, Using an Offensive Weapon to cause fear, Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting arrest. The charges are related to an incident which took place between October 30 and November 15, 2013. The 17-year old was offered bail and was set to appear before the Magistrate’s court.And more from the Police… with the festive season fast approaching, officers say and there is a trend for increased robberies and criminal events during this time. The Police Force is suggesting measures be taken by businesses and individuals to safe guard themselves. Some of which are: Stay calm and don’t attempt to be heroic if approached; never assume a firearm is fake or a toy; follow the instructions of the offender; make observations of the assailant and following the incident one should immediately call 911. Related Items:last_img read more

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State Ferry Columbias Return To Service Is Delayed

first_imgThe state ferry Columbia will not be returning to service in Southeast Alaska this week as expected.A problem with one of the newly-installed engines on the 418-foot ship means the Columbia will remain in Bellingham awaiting a replacement part.Columbia in dry dock. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation)“When it was leaving the shipyard in Portland and transiting toward Bellingham, they experienced an unexpected mechanical issue with the port engine and for that we have to wait for a part to be shipped in actually from Finland to deal with the repair of the damage done to the engine before it can return to service,” Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow explains. “So that will delay it a few days for that. We’ve also had to revise the schedule for the LeConte, the Malaspina and the Fairweather moving out for the next week.”The Columbia was in a Portland shipyard for nearly nine months having its engines, propellers and lifeboats replaced. Woodrow says a faulty part caused problems after the ship sailed from Portland.“There was a part that didn’t work properly after it was installed in the brand new engine,” Woodrow said. “They were able to catch it in time before it made major damage to the whole engine but because the part is built and made in Finland, we have to wait I think it takes four days or longer for it to actually get to the U.S.”Woodrow describes the problematic part as a gear-driven pump. That will be replaced in Bellingham before the Columbia returns to service.The new scheduled return date is now Wednesday, June 18. The ship was originally scheduled to be back in service in April but more time was needed to complete the engine replacement.last_img read more

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The 90s Called And Said To Tell You Zima Is Making A

first_imgPeg your jeans and get ready to start Livin’ On The Edge, 90s geeks! A blast from your boozy beverage past is making a comeback. They’re bottling Zima again.Yes, Zima… The drink that made Greendale Community College alumnus Luis Guzman “dude, I wouldn’t clean my floor with this” will soon be heading to your favorite beer vendors. Not everyone feels the same way about Zima as Luis, of course.Like so many 90s trends, Zima had a pretty loyal following back in the day. MadTV fans might remember it being the preferred drink of Rusty Miller. And, hey, if Crystal Pepsi is worth bringing back for round two then clearly Zima deserves another shot.AdChoices广告Zima had a pretty good run. Coors started bottling it way back in 1993 and it was popular enough to stick around on store shelves until 2008. What ended Zima’s 15-year run? Pete Coors himself told Ad Age how things went down.“We decided to do Zima Gold, which was a huge disaster,” he said. They also made the decision to nix Zima’s trademark fluted bottle with a smooth, generic one which, Coors said “killed the brand, frankly.”Like a lot of trendy American products, Zima remained big in Japan. And now that innumerable other 90s fads are making a comeback, Molson-Coors decided that the time was right to bring the lightly carbonated malt beverage that offered “Zomething different” back for the “one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima.”If you count yourself among them, you’ll have to move quickly. It’s reportedly only being offered for a limited time. Of course, you could say the original Zima was, too, so you may be able to buy it until 2032 for all we know.last_img read more

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Robot snake automatically wraps around an object when thrown w Video

first_imgThe researchers were able to give the snake such an ability by making use of accelerometers embedded in its body. It’s able to detect the sudden stop that occurs when it strikes an object—after that, it was simply a matter of taking advantage of programming that had already been done by the team to get it to wrap itself around the object that it had struck. The team at CMU is engaged in research involving robot snakes as part of an overall initiative to develop robots that can be used in medical applications, to help manufacture things, as part of archeology efforts, and perhaps most specifically to assist with search and rescue operations.It’s important to note that there is a difference between wrapping and constricting—this robot snake does the former, but not the latter—it doesn’t squeeze the target, it simply wraps itself around it to allow it to hold on. Though, it’s not beyond the pale to consider that constricting could also be added to the snakes’ abilities, especially when noting that the U.S. Army Research Lab is paying for the research. The researchers on the project don’t divulge what sort of objectives the Army may have in mind for the snakes and thus any theories on their use (such as, as a weapon) at this time would be purely speculative. Citation: Robot snake automatically wraps around an object when thrown (w/ Video) (2013, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-robot-snake-automatically-thrown-video.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Biorobotics laboratory have adapted one of their robotic snakes to cause it to automatically wrap itself around an object after being thrown. Upon impact, the snake immediately wraps its body around the target—in the test cases, a light pole and tree branch, and holds on, supporting itself. © 2013 Phys.org 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. Explore further Robot snakes have been developed in recent years to mimic the actions of their real life counterparts. Scientists believe their leg and feet-free mode of locomotion might be ideal for use in hard to reach places, such as buildings that have been knocked down by an earthquake. Thus far, researchers have developed such snakes that are able to travel over terrain in ways very similar to a real snake, and even to climb up objects such as a person’s arm. Now, in this new effort, the researchers have extended the capability of a robot snake to include wrapping and holding on to an object when thrown at it. Credit: Biorobotics Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University Robot snake ‘Uncle Sam’ now climbs trees (w/ Video)last_img read more

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The One Certainty About the Future Is the Pace of Change Will

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A new generation with new way of doing business is now upon us. It’s the most rapid time of technological transformation ever, as far as information goes. The Chinese developed the printing press many centuries before Johannes Gutenberg created the European printing press within the middle of the 1400s and came out with his first Bibles. Few could afford these printed books made available by presses for an additional several centuries. In contrast, the adoption and invention of digital technologies by over a billion individuals around the world has happened in a couple of decades. In spite of this digital technology saturation in multiple cultures, no generation has yet to live from cradle to grave within the digital age.No major element of modern-day life is untouched by the method in which most of us currently utilize information technologies. For instance, business may be done over greater distances and more quickly, oftentimes with a lot less capital needed to start running. Politicians email constituents, provide video presentations to campaigns upon their websites and give volunteers sophisticated digital tools to organize events. Even religion now has been transformed: Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, gurus and Buddhist monks reach their audiences through weblogs.With this generation on the scene, how are businesses going to be running for the next five years?Faster innovation.Successful businesses often are well-known for innovating, but a new addition to this might be how quickly you’re able to innovate. It’s because innovation oftentimes takes a big cost. Not all businesses, particularly the small-to-medium enterprises, are able to afford the cost. However, you can’t say “no” to innovation. According to Steve Jobs, if we don’t cannibalize our products, somebody else will. Therefore, you must innovate. Most importantly, you must innovate quicker to save money.Related: Act Now, Assess Later: One Company’s Real-Time TransformationTransparency.It might be a huge game changer within the coming years. Whether you’re planning your strategy for marketing or strategy for employee management, in 2015 and beyond, transparency must be provided the highest priory. The upcoming generation like to work with smart managers who are transparent and honest. Similarly, consumers want honesty and transparency.In 2015, real time data in marketing will out compete fictional stories. As it’ll come to engaging Gen Z workers born from 1994 to 2010, the ideal method of making things run smoothly includes making friends with them.Customer engagement.More and more businesses in 2015 and beyond will be open to feedback from their employees and customers. As an employer, you must understand that you can’t be right all the time. Likewise, as a marketer, you must listen to the consumers’ voice. As a matter of fact, requesting feedback might be a critical strategy for business for 2015 and beyond, according to the experts. Some businesses might utilize their digital marketing platforms, like email marketing and social media, to gain precious feedback from customers. Most importantly, companies must utilize this feedback to identify their drawbacks and then take the appropriate measures to rectify them.Related: Why Big Data Is Your Key to Beefing Up Customer EngagementDigital technology.More businesses are investing in digital technologies to improve profitability and productivity. Some more popular technologies include collaboration and virtual meeting technologies, data mining and analysis, private cloud, mobile application, public cloud infrastructure and data visualization.This trend will increase within the next year. With a boost in laptop and smartphone use, most employers are encouraging the concept of “bring your own device” (BYOD). Organizations will utilize mobile technology to engage and educate their customers, gather data about consumers, promote and sell services and products. The usage of analytics for various business functions, like making a strategy, managing risks, and marketing also is expected to further increase in the coming years.Lastly, with the skill gap widening, it might be challenging to find qualified and trained individuals for high profile jobs. Some companies, as a result, might think about working with colleges to develop new talents.Digital Natives will move marketplaces and transform global politics, education and industries. Changes they bring about while moving into the work place may have a positive effect upon the world in which we live. The digital revolution, by and large, already has made the world a better place. Digital Natives possess every opportunity of propelling society further ahead in many ways — if we allow them to.Related: Don’t Ignore the Cultural Perks Millennials Crave on the Job January 9, 2015last_img read more

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Time to make the switch to 64bit Firefox on Windows

first_imgTime to make the switch to 64-bit Firefox on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on January 27, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: January 28, 2017 – 69 commentsThe story of 64-bit Firefox on Windows is a long and complex one, and it is just about to end with Mozilla moving from offering 32-bit Firefox as the default download option to offering 64-bit Firefox on Windows by default.Mozilla Firefox is offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit version on Windows, with 32-bit still the default right now when it comes to downloads.While the 32-bit version works well, and it is the only option for systems without a 64-bit processor, it is the 64-bit version that users should consider using if their device is equipped with a 64-bit cpu.The reason is simple: more RAM becomes available per process that Firefox uses, and 64-bit applications benefit from security features that 32-bit applications don’t.The one downside that may have kept Firefox users from switching to 64-bit was limited plugin support in the 64-bit version of the browser. It only supports Flash and Silverlight. That restriction is still there, but with Mozilla throwing out NPAPI plugin support soon — with the exception of Flash — that is no longer an argument if you want to stay with a recent build of the browser.Chance is, that you are still running a 32-bit version of Firefox as you’d have to get out of your way to grab the 64-bit installer from the Mozilla website.Back in July 2016, only 1.7% of Firefox users on Windows used a 64-bit version of the browser. That’s not much. The number has probably gone up til then, but it is likely still low due to Mozilla prioritizing the 32-bit installer over the 64-bit currently.I explained how to upgrade from Firefox 32-bit to Firefox 64-bit here, and suggest you check out the guide for a full rundown on how to do that.Good news is that it is super easy to upgrade Firefox from 32-bit to 64-bit. All that is usually required is to download the dedicated 64-bit installer from Mozilla, and run it. All your shortcuts, profiles, bookmarks, modifications and so on will continue to work.Note: The 32-bit version is not uninstalled automatically. I suggest you keep it around until you have worked with the 64-bit version for a while. Once you are confident that there are not any issues, you may remove the 32-bit installation of Firefox from your system.Check the CPUFirst thing you do, is check if you can update Firefox to 64-bit. USe Windows-Pause to open the System Control Panel applet. Find the “system type” listing on the page, and check whether it says 32-bit or 64-bit.You need a 64-bit processor. If your system does not have one, you are stuck with 32-bit Firefox. Don’t worry though, Mozilla won’t end support for 32-bit, but will just focus on distributing 64-bit Firefox over 32-bit in 2017 and later.BackupSecond thing that you do is back up the Firefox profile folder. Type about:support, click on the show folder link to open it on your system.Note that this opens the profile that is in use at the moment. Go up two directories, so that you are in the main Firefox directory under the user folder.Select profiles, press Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard. Now browse to another folder on your computer, and use Ctrl-V to place a copy of it in it.The 64-bit upgradeThis is without doubt the easiest part. Download Firefox Stable, Firefox ESR, Beta, Developer or Nightly from Mozilla.Make sure you pick the 64-bit version for Windows. It is indicated by a 64-bit icon on the download icon.Make sure you close Firefox before you continue.Run the installer afterwards, and follow it through to the end. Firefox will be upgraded to 64-bit.  You can verify that using the method mentioned above.Now You: Do you run a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Firefox?SummaryArticle NameTime to make the switch to 64-bit Firefox on WindowsDescriptionWith Mozilla retiring NPAPI plugin support in 2017, it is time to upgrade 32-bit versions of the Firefox web browser to 64-bit versions.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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