MS Dhoni equals Kumar Sangakkara’s record for most stumpings in ODIs

first_imgMS Dhoni has equalled Kumar Sangakkara’s record for most stumpings in one-day internationals.The former India captain affected the 99th stumping of his career when he whipped the bails off to dismiss Sri Lankan opener Danushka Gunathilaka after he was flummoxed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the second ODI of a five-match series in Kandy.Dhoni now has 377 dismissals (278 dismissals and 99 catches) as a wicketkeeper in ODIs. He is currently fourth in the list of wicketkeepers with most ODIs. Sangakkara (482) leads the chart with Adam Gilchrist with 472 and Mark Boucher with 424 at second and third respectively.If the Indian superstar plays on till the 2019 World Cup, there is a good chance he will overtake Boucher. He would have to play a little longer if he hopes of breaking Sangakkara’s overall record.MS Dhoni – 99 ODI stumpings mostly off the bowling of 19 – Harbhajan Singh15 – Ravindra Jadeja14 – R Ashwinand 19 other bowlers!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 24, 2017Dhoni is sure to own the record for most stumpings for a long time, no matter whenever he gets there. The next best number after Dhoni and Sangakkara belong to another Sri Lankan wicketkeeper – Rumesh Kaluwitharana finished an illustrious career with 75 stumpings.The Jharkhand dasher stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain early this year and has since rediscovered his batting mojo with 386 runs from 14 matches (before the second ODI today) including a hundred and three half-centuries.While Dhoni went through a bit of a lean patch with the bat, his wicketkeeping had been phenomenal right through.advertisementDhoni was quick as lightning against New Zealand and left the cricket world awestruck with his speed.last_img read more

1st Test: Jeet Raval answers doubters as New Zealand top order pummel Bangladesh attack

first_imgOpener Jeet Raval struck his maiden Test century, while Tom Latham posted his third 150-plus score in three matches as New Zealand seized total control of the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday.The hosts were 451-4 at stumps on the second day at Seddon Park with captain Kane Williamson on 93 and nightwatchman Neil Wagner one not out, having built an imposing 217-run first innings lead.Bangladesh had been dismissed in the final session on Thursday for 234, with Tamim Iqbal scoring an aggressive 126. Wagner was the pick of New Zealand’s bowlers with 5-47.Stumps, Day 2, First Test. #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/Vldl7inKVGBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 1, 2019Raval and Latham had resumed on Friday on 86-0 and continued to grind down the Bangladeshi bowlers through the morning session.The 30-year-old Raval, who had scored seven half-centuries and begun to face questions as to when he would pass three figures, answered the doubters with successive boundaries off Ebadat Hossain about 15 minutes before lunch.The lefthander watched the ball skim across the surface to the midwicket fence and broke into a small smile and raised his bat to the crowd and his team mates.His fellow lefthander, who was dropped by Soumya Sarkar on nought on Thursday, had to wait until after lunch to bring up his ninth century when he top-edged down to fine leg for his 12th boundary.It continued a superb run of form for the 25-year-old, who was dismissed for 161 and has scored 611 runs in his four Test innings at home this summer at an average of 203. He also had scores of 264 not out and 176 against Sri Lanka last December.advertisementRaval and Latham put on 254 for the first wicket, the third-highest opening partnership for New Zealand against any opposition. Williamson brought up his 30th Test half century with a punch to deep point for a single in the final session and appeared to be on course to join Raval and Latham with a century.The surprising dismissal of Henry Nicholls, who did not play at an arm ball from Mehedy Hasan Miraz and was bowled for 53, shortly before stumps, however, saw Williamson avoid any risk to push on but looks well set for his 20th century on Saturday.last_img read more

Lindsey Vonn: ‘I want to represent the US, not Trump’ at Winter Olympics

first_imgAmerican skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest athlete to speak out against Donald Trump.The most decorated female skier of all time told CNN in an interview that aired Thursday that she wants to “represent the people of the United States, not the president” and would turn down the invitation to the White House traditionally put forth to the entire US Olympic team. Share on Twitter Read more Share on Facebook Skier Lindsey Vonn makes bid to race against men in World Cup downhill Share on Messenger Skiing “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” Vonn said. “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.” When asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House, Vonn was to the point: “Absolutely not. Nope. I have to win to be invited so – no, actually I think every US team member is invited. So, no, I won’t go.”Vonn, who turned 33 in October, is preparing for her first Winter Olympics since 2010, when she vaulted to global stardom after capturing gold in the women’s downhill and bronze in the super-G. She missed the Sochi Games four years later while rehabilitating from knee surgery.The Minnesota native has logged a record 77 career World Cup victories, more than any other woman and second overall to Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. She is a four-time overall World Cup champion and one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined. Memo to Trump after his NFL rant: sport is, and always has been, political Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Donald Trump Vonn is not the first high-profile athlete to speak out against the Trump administration.Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama in September, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The fiery rhetoric prompted criticism from dozens of NFL players and even league commissioner Roger Goodell, who said “divisive comments like [Trump’s] demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”That same week Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who in June led the Golden State Warriors to second league title in three seasons, told reporters he supported a snub of the team’s traditional White House visit, earning a stern rebuke from Trump, who withdrew the invitation.The Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James called the president a “bum” while the Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy went further, calling Trump an “asshole”.In the CNN interview, Vonn also responded to the IOC’s unprecedented decision to ban Russia’s Olympic Committee from the Winter Olympics, which kick off in Feburary.“If even a small percentage of that is true I would think the IOC did the right thing,” she said. “Obviously, there are potential athletes that are clean but they have the option now to compete under a neutral flag, which I think is a good solution. “But doping and what the Russians did is just not acceptable and we have to make that clear. And make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”Vonn’s final preparations for Pyeongchang hit a minor snag when she crashed out of last week’s season-opening downhill event in Lake Louise, Austria. Since you’re here… Bryan Armen Graham Share via Email Winter Olympics 2018 Share on LinkedIn Read morelast_img read more

Real Madrid new boy Mendy ruled out for up to four weeks

first_imgReal Madrid defender Ferland Mendy is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks with a thigh problem, the club have confirmed.The left-back has been diagnosed with a muscular lesion that will keep him on the sidelines for the opening weeks of the new La Liga campaign. France international Mendy, who made a big-money move to Santiago Bernabeu in June from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, will likely miss his side’s first game against Celta Vigo.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Coming through the ranks at both Paris Saint-Germain and Le Havre’s youth systems, he made the leap to first-team football with the latter in 2015 before signing with Lyon in 2017 on a five-year deal. He made over 75 appearances across his two seasons at the club, with his form in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns earning him selection to the division’s Team of the Year. He has featured in both of Madrid’s International Champions Cup pre-season encounters so far, as a substitute in their defeat to Bayern Munich and starting in their penalty shoot-out victory against Arsenal. Los Blancos have already been struck by injury issues, with Marco Asensio suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against the Gunners after scoring to put his side on even terms on the night.  They have, however, bolstered their ranks alongside Mendy during the off-season, with the Frenchman just one of a number of major signings brought in by Zinedine Zidane. Former Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard headlines the cast of new faces brought into the Spanish capital, along with forward pair Rodrygo and Luka Jovic, and defender Eder Militao. They are still keen to recruit, however, with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba near the top of their wish list, though the midfielder is yet to make a move from Old Trafford. Madrid have also sold Marcos Llorente to rivals Atletico Madrid while Sergio Reguilon and Dani Ceballos have left on loan to join Sevilla and Arsenal respectively. The club are looking to rebuild following a difficult season that saw them change managers twice, with Julen Lopetegui sacked following a poor opening run of form and Santiago Solari ultimately succeeded by former coach Zidane, who previously left at the end of the 2017-18 season.last_img read more

Infrastructure Projects in Annapolis County

first_img Street Paving – Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell Street Shared total project cost – $216,000, including $72,000 federal and $72,000 provincial The street paving project for Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell streets will provide for the complete resurfacing of 1.25 kilometres of existing street base along the two South Farmington streets. Residents will see a significant reduction in the amount of dust along those two streets with the supply, placement and compaction of new shoulder gravels to complete the street cross-section. The project will also mean a reduction in annual maintenance costs for the community. Five Annapolis County infrastructure projects, worth almost$500,000, got the green light today thanks to funding by theCanada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program. A total of $309,330 in joint federal and provincial funding wasannounced today, Dec. 1, by Barry Barnet, Minister of ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Robert Thibault, Ministerof Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister ofState for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. TheMunicipality of the County of Annapolis will fund the remaining$154,670 upon formal acceptance of the agreement. “The government of Canada is committed to investing in the futureof Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Thibault. “Through the Canada-NovaScotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in projects likethese that contribute to creating a better quality of life forour communities.” These infrastructure projects are mostly water and wastewaterimprovements, which promote safer drinking water, effectivewastewater management, safer communities, and sound environmentalpractices that serve to benefit businesses, families and tourismin the province. “The infrastructure program enables the three levels ofgovernment to pool resources to address important community needssuch as the Annapolis County projects,” said Mr. Barnet. “Theseprojects will not only provide health and environment benefits,they will encourage growth in the area.” “Today’s announcement is very good news for Annapolis Countyresidents,” said Peter Terauds, warden of the Municipality of theCounty of Annapolis. “These are necessary projects, and theInfrastructure Program is enabling us to develop a higher qualityof municipal services to our community.” This is one of a series of approval announcements for projectsunder the program, which has invested over $160-million in 106projects to date. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee.Following is a list of approved projects: Cornwallis Park Residential Water Meter Program Shared total project cost – $47,000, including $15,666 federal and $15,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Residential Water Metering Program project will equip 250 households with water meters. The use of meters is expected to reduce water consumption in the Cornwallis Park area. Not only is this good news in terms of water consumption, but it also means less chemical use and lower operating costs for the water utility. Comminutors are an important part of the sewage treatment plant and are used to grind and chop raw sewage solids in order to prevent the system from clogging. A more uniform waste increases the efficiency of the treatment process. Once the upgrades are completed, about 650 households will benefit from improved sewage treatment. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Infrastructure Projects inAnnapolis County The MIOX system is safer than the current system as it allows the utility to discontinue the use of gas chlorine and thus eliminates any concerns associated with using and storing chlorine. When the project is complete, the new system will provide the 250 community households with improved water quality. Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement Shared total project cost – $35,000, including $11,666 federal and $11,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement project will provide for the replacement of the existing flow paced gas chlorine disinfection system with a MIOX (mixed oxidant) disinfection system at the Cornwallis Park water treatment facility. Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades Shared total project cost – $121,000, including $40,333 federal and $40,333 provincial The Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades project calls for the supply and installation of comminutors for Nictaux and Cornwallis Park sewage treatment plants. Sewer Extension Cape Road – Lequille Shared total project cost – $45,000, including $15,000 federal and $15,000 provincial The Sewer Extension Cape Road – Lequille project will provide for the design and construction of a sewer extension along Cape Road, where aging individual on-site sewage disposal systems are malfunctioning. With the extension in place, seven households will be connected to a municipal wastewater, collection and treatment system that will prevent raw sewage from being discharged in ditches.last_img read more

Province Ends 201011 with Surplus Reduced Net Debt

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced today, April 4, that Nova Scotia ended the 2010-11 fiscal year with a $447-million surplus, allowing the province to reduce its net debt for only the seventh time since 1951. The premier made the announcement in a speech to the House of Assembly. “Nova Scotia’s better-than-expected performance through the economic recession and deliberate efforts to control government spending resulted in a larger-than-expected surplus,” said Premier Dexter. “Rather than spend this surplus at year-end, which has been the practice of past governments, we took the view “a penny saved is a penny saved” and used the funds to reduce the provincial debt.” The difference between the estimated 2010–11 deficit ($222.1 million) and the forecasted surplus was: — $133.5 million in reduced departmental spending — $80 million in reduced debt servicing costs — $39.4 million in other savings — $220.3 million in better than estimated provincial revenue — $196.1 million in prior-year revenue adjustments With the year-end surplus, the province eliminated the need to borrow money to pay for infrastructure and reduced the provincial net debt to $13 billion as of March 31. That is $1 billion less debt than forecast. Premier Dexter also noted that this year’s surplus does not change the province’s financial challenges. “In this year’s budget, the province is forecasting a deficit, almost exactly as laid out in the multi-year Back to Balance plan,” said Premier Dexter. “The expected deficit is due largely to the return of clear, accountable annual operating grants for universities.”last_img read more

Tentative Agreement Reached in Labour Dispute

first_imgThe Halifax Herald and the Halifax Typographical Union have reached a tentative agreement after two days of mediation. “I thank both parties and the mediator, William Kaplan, for their hard work over the long weekend to reach a tentative agreement,” said Derek Mombourquette, acting Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I hope this begins the process of rebuilding the relationship between the two parties.” Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the agreement is ratified by union members. The labour dispute between the Halifax Herald and the Halifax Typographical Union has been ongoing for 18 months.last_img

Minimum wage increases bite into funding boost for Canada Summer Jobs program

first_imgOTTAWA – Rising provincial minimum wages have cut into the reach of the Liberal government’s oft-touted increase to summer jobs spending by reducing the number of weekly hours being funded this year.The Liberals have doubled spending on the politically popular program to approximately $220 million in order to boost the number of available jobs to 70,000 from about 35,000.Newly released documents show the government was aware in late winter that there would be a drop in the number of hours funded through the program to meet the Liberal government’s summer jobs target.A mid-March briefing note to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu warned of the planned reduction in the average hours per job funded through the program, moving to a national average of 30 hours a week in 2018 from 35 in 2017.Officials wrote that the plan could raise concerns from MPs who like to promote the spending, as well as from employers — particularly organizations that need help paying and attracting seasonal workers.“The reduction is expected to affect organizations that require more weeks in order to sustain their operations (e.g. summer camp) and to attract enough potential applicants,” reads the briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law.Figures provided by the department suggest officials have eased some of the effects, but there has still been a decline in hours across all 10 provinces. There has been no reduction in funded hours in the territories.A spokeswoman for Hajdu said the government stands by its decision to double the number of jobs through the program, and is “continually looking at ways to improve the program” for students needing “quality summer job experience.”The annual program provides wage subsidies, targeting mostly not-for-profit groups and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.The program helps small businesses and organizations manage cash flow in the early stages of a summer placement because students may need time to learn the job before they contribute to an organization’s bottom line, said Ted Mallett, vice-president and chief economist at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“That’s why these government programs are helpful in overcoming those kinds of start-up difficulties for small firms.”Demand for funding always exceeds the amount the government spends on the program and this year was no different. The total value of all the applications this year was $68.9 million more than last year, a figure the briefing note chalked up to rising minimum wages, particularly in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. Hajdu was told the increases in minimum wage nationally averaged out to a 13.7 per cent bump in wages.At a kickoff event for the program in late April, one non-profit group pressed Hajdu about the government’s plan to deal with the effects of minimum wage increases on the program.Hajdu responded that officials were working with provinces and territories. She added that employers approved for funding would make “decisions and determinations accordingly” about hours and duration of summer jobs.The department overseeing the program recommended 85,000 jobs for funding this year out of the more than 153,500 requests. Officials recommended more jobs than the expected 70,000 because some employers drop out of the program, while others end up being unable to fill the jobs.Final Canada Summer Jobs figures won’t be known until later this year.The Liberals have faced criticism this year from faith-based groups over new funding criteria that required groups to say neither their core mandate nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.Many faith-based groups refused to sign the declaration and the government is facing legal challenges to the anti-abortion requirements.Employment and Social Development Canada said officials have not revoked any group’s funding this year for being in violation of the declaration.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Charlie Lake Elementary student raises over 13k for cancer patients in Fort

first_imgLandon said he was inspired to raise the money after his grandmother Suzanne Sutherland shaved her head while undergoing chemotherapy treatment last fall. Sutherland was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago. Landon’s mom Jackie Tolsma said that Landon’s inspiration for the fundraiser came while his family was shopping for scarves for his grandmother.Though he might not have his hair at the moment, Landon will be continuing the fundraiser until March 31st. To donate to the campaign, contact Jackie Tolsma by phone at (250) 262-6224, or email jackiesutherlandtolsma@yahoo.ca.All of the donations received will be posted on the Landon’s Wish Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1862574167149041/about/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — 10 year-old Charlie Lake Elementary School student Landon Tolsma had probably one of his most exciting and nerve-wracking lunch hours today.Tolsma, who turns 11 on Sunday, had the close to seven inches of hair that he’s been growing since October shaved off today to raise money for cancer patients in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. A fundraiser that was launched by his family almost three weeks ago brought in over $13,000 from an initial goal to raise $1,500 to buy scarves and other essentials for those battling with cancer. A bake sale at Charlie Lake Elementary brought in over $700 of the total on Wednesday and Thursday. Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Jackie and Landon Tolsma show off his new Charlie Lake Elementary Lakers toque. Photo by Chris Newton Jackie and Landon Tolsma show off his new Charlie Lake Elementary Lakers toque. Photo by Chris Newton last_img read more

IT officials seize cash gold worth over Rs 4cr

first_imgKolkata: After conducting reconnaissance in disguise for several days, Income Tax officials seized Rs 1.5 crore of unaccounted cash and 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.63 crore from hawala operators in Bengal, an official said on Thursday. “Based on credible inputs regarding suspicious activities of unaccounted cash and gold trading activities being carried out at Burra Bazar area and nearby places, our officials seized more than Rs 1.5 crore in cash and 8 kg of gold biscuits worth Rs 2.63 crore in two days from hawala operators and unaccounted gold traders,” an IT official said. During the search and seizure operation, several incriminating physical and electronic evidences were seized, the official said. IT officials have so far seized over Rs 28.77 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from the state after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the official said.last_img read more

UN chief encourages consolidation of democracy in Nigeria ahead of elections

Nigerians will tomorrow begin three successive weekends of nationwide elections when they will cast ballots for a new house of representatives and the senate, a national president and state assemblies and governors. The elections are Nigeria’s fourth since the restoration of constitutional rule in 1999. Mr. Ban noted that bold electoral reforms have been undertaken in Nigeria, including significant investments in a new voter registry and other measures designed to promote credible and transparent elections. “The Secretary-General calls on Nigeria’s authorities to uphold their commitment to violence-free elections and to a level playing field that enhances public trust in the electoral process,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. He encouraged the political parties to respect the electoral code of conduct they willingly adopted, and to uphold their commitment to tolerance, inclusiveness and peace during the electoral process. Mr. Ban stressed that the successful conduct of the elections will strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, advance its socio-economic development, and enable the country to continue to play its leading role in the promotion of regional peace, security and economic integration. 1 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the progress achieved by Nigeria in consolidating democracy and expressed hope that the forthcoming elections will meet the high expectations of the people of the West African country and the international community. read more

BC posts 15B surplus as tax revenue increases and real estate market

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government ended its fiscal year in an operating surplus of $1.5 billion with the collection of more revenue from taxation and less money from a softening real estate market.The 2018-19 public accounts released today by Finance Minister Carole James show that the province has eliminated its operating debt for the first time in 40 years.The higher-than-expected surplus is primarily due to $2.9 billion in increased revenue, largely driven by higher personal and corporate income tax and new taxes including a speculation tax and employer health tax.James says she isn’t concerned about a $315-million reduction in property transfer tax revenue, saying the previous Liberal government relied on a speculative real estate market to grow resources while her NDP government has a long-term economic plan.She says her budget in 2018 put B.C. on a different path with a record $1-billion investment in child care and $7 billion for affordable housing, and the surplus puts B.C. in a stable position amid signs of global economic insecurity.James also says her government has chosen to confront financial challenges at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and BC Hydro, and both Crown corporations are now on a more sustainable path.The Canadian Press read more

Man charged over pipe bomb found under prison officers car

first_imgMan charged over pipe bomb found under prison officer’s car Legal aid has been granted to Mark O’Shea, who appeared before Dublin District Court today. Short URL Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie By Tom Tuite 13,551 Views Friday 16 Jun 2017, 2:19 PM http://jrnl.ie/3448093 Share9 Tweet Email2 Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Jun 16th 2017, 2:19 PM A 31-YEAR-old man been remanded in custody after he was charged over a pipe-bomb which was found under a prison officer’s car in Dublin.An army bomb disposal unit was called out to remove a suspicious device found under a vehicle at St Aidan’s Park in Marino on Sunday morning. Gardaí arrested a man on Wednesday afternoon and detained him under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Act at Clontarf Garda Station.Mark O’Shea, who is of no fixed abode, but originally from Cork, made no application for bail when he appeared before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court today.He is charged with unlawful possession of explosives at St Aidan’s Park.Dressed in a blue hooded top and brown chords, he remained silent during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he will plead.Garda Sergeant Liam Donoghue told Judge Halpin that O’Shea “made no reply” when charged.The offence is contrary to the Explosive Act as amended by the Offences Against the State Act.There was an application for a remand in custody, the judge noted.Defence counsel Henry Kelly told the court that there was no application for bail at this stage however, there may be at a later point. Garda Sergeant Donoghue confirmed that there would be an objection to bail.Judge Halpin heard that directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions were not available. He remanded O’Shea in custody to appear again at the same court next Thursday. Legal aid was granted.Comments on this story are closed for legal reasons.last_img read more

Ouragan Paula il se dirige droit sur le Yucatan

first_imgOuragan Paula : il se dirige droit sur le YucatanMexique – Mardi 12 octobre, les autorités mexicaines mettaient en alerte les populations de la péninsule du Yucatan, menacées par l’approche de l’ouragan Paula. Ce dernier est passé en force 2, après avoir déjà frappé le Honduras.Mardi, le Centre national américain des ouragans de Miami (NHC) annonçait que l’ouragan Paula, passé en niveau 2 sur 5 sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson, s’était renforcé. Avec des vents à 160 km/h, il se dirigeait vers la péninsule mexicaine du Yucatan à 17 km/h. À 17H45 GMT, Paula se trouvait à 220 km au sud-sud-est de l’île de Cozumel, au large de ces côtes, avec des pointes à 195 km/h, selon le Service météorologique national mexicain (SMN).À lire aussiQuand des météorologues affrontent l’ouragan Irma en FlorideLa situation, jugée “dangereuse” par les services météorologiques en raison des fortes pluies à venir, a décidé les autorités à mettre en alerte la région, notamment la ville touristique de Cancun. Les habitants sont invités à rester chez eux et à se conformer aux directives de la protection civile, qui pourrait choisir de renforcer l’alerte. De fortes précipitations pourraient également affecter le centre et l’ouest de Cuba.Paula est le neuvième ouragan de cette saison des pluies exceptionnellement dure qui, depuis le mois de mai, a tué 131 personnes au Mexique et 400 dans les autres pays d’Amérique centrale.Le 13 octobre 2010 à 11:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

10 Geeky Charities to Donate to Through Humble Bundle

first_imgHumble Bundle is a great digital store for books and products from game developers. But their beauty lies in “bundling” items together and allowing the consumer to pay what they want. Past bundles have included music, books, games, and comic books. Once the purchaser decides on a price, they also get to choose a charity that a portion of their funds go to. Humble Bundle has raised well over $65 million for more than 50 charities. Here are 10 charities you can currently donate to through your Humble Bundle purchase.Comic Book Legal Defense FundOne of my favorite non-profits, I’ve even volunteered for them both in their office and at conventions. I always say their role in the world is “Fighting Censorship and Protecting Free Speech.”  CBLDF doesn’t just protect creators but also protects readers, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators. Basically, they stand up for the First Amendment and fight against all who want to limit it.Child’s PlayThis is a really cool charity that lets sick kids in the hospital try to have a little fun while they are stuck there. Child’s Play provides games and toys to over 100 hospitals. They give out consoles and accessories to help these children interact with friends and family who can’t visit them.Anime Art MuseumThe Anime Art Museum is a great nonprofit that prides itself on forwarding the art of Japanese anime and showing it’s beauty and wonder. The Museum pushes for legitimizing this art as a magnificent expression of Far East culture. As their executive director states, “There is no better way to promote intercultural understanding than to nurture this contemporary form of personal expression and give its artists a voice.”Wikimedia FoundationBecause we’ve all used their sources! Time to pay it forward for the luxury of using license free and easily accessible information in the public domain. Wikimedia overseas all the networks we constantly search every day: Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, and Wikimedia Commons.Alliance for Climate EducationACE (or Alliance for Climate Education) is a charity that helps bring the knowledge of climate change to young people. Through ACE they learn the science of the issue and even how to take action against it. Their policy is one of being proactive: first, we learn, then we act! ACE’s teaches students small lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change.American Wind Wildlife InstituteThis organization takes a three-tiered approach to the responsible development of wind energy that helps protect wildlife and their habitats. AWWI researches solutions in technological innovation, science for policy & practice, and credible data that reduces the impact wind farms have on wildlife.Comic Task ForceCTF Is a really great nonprofit that provides deployed service members and their family members with graphic novels, comic books, and table top game supplies.Association for Women in ScienceThe Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in STEM. The AWIS pushes for STEM greatness through the complete participation of women in all its disciplines. Equality and visibility for all is important in the pursuit of furthering each of STEM’s categories.Academy of Television Arts & Sciences FoundationYou’ve probably heard of the Academy before, but they do so much more than throw a fancy gala around Emmy time. Not only do they preserve and celebrate television through the ages but they also educate and help the next generation contribute to their already rich history.Art With ImpactArt With Impact is a charity that helps get mental health resources to young people who need them. They do this through film and other artistic mediums.  AWI wants to aid people in fearlessly talking about their mental health issues just as other artists do. Carrie Fisher helped normalize the stigma of living with a mental illness and was transparent when talking about her own struggles. AWI wants to do just that with voices like hers in the arts.last_img read more

Access Intelligence Buys Cynopsis Media

first_img“Right now we’re 40 percent events, 20 percent subscriptions, 20 percent e-media and 20 percent magazines,” says Pazour. “Broadly, I’d like to see e-media a bit bigger and see events and subscriptions continue to grow. I feel print magazines are really important in our larger markets as the marketing vehicle for everything else we have. We used to see magazines as the center point from which we develop ancillaries. Now we have online communities that we monetize–selling subscriptions, selling events–and magazines are part of that.”The acquisition is the third in the past six months for Access Intelligence, including OR Manager, which serves the hospital market, and FOLIO: Alert publisher Red 7 Media. Access Intelligence, publisher of CableFAX, announced today that it has acquired Cynopsis Media, which produces daily and weekly eletters for the television, digital media, kids marketing and sports media markets.Founded by TV business veteran Cynthia Turner in 1997, Cynopsis Media publishes daily flagship Cynopsis, which covers the TV industry, Cynopsis Digital, Cynopsis Kids and Cynopsis Sports, boasting nearly 150,000 subscribers in 53 countries. Turner will join AI as publisher ofthe Cynopsis Group, reporting to Diane Schwartz, senior vice president of AI’s Media and Communications Group.”This is very much like the FierceMarkets model,” says AI CEO Don Pazour. “It features aggregated content, no HTML and ads are text. The main product has 57,000 opt-in requests with high open rates. We were surprised at how well the aggregation and curation model performs from an advertising standpoint. It fits our market and it’s nicely profitable. We’ve been in the cable market for a while, and in 2009/2010 when everybody else dropped, Cynopsis just kept growing.” [FierceMarkets developed targeted eletters such as FierceWireless and Fierce BioTech to generate advertising and event sponsorships, as well as asignificant lead generation business. FierceMarkets sold to Questex Media in 2008, and was generating more than $5 million in revenue at the time.] While he wouldn’t reveal specific revenue figures for Cynopsis, Pazour says the acquisition helps push digital revenue to about 20 percent of AI’s overall revenue.last_img read more

Students exhorted to keep off social media

first_imgNampally: Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanar advised students not to spoil their bright future by getting addicted to social media sites. He was speaking at merit awards presentation programme organised by the state Veerashaiva Lingayat – Linga Balija Association, here at Indira Priyadarshini stadium on Sunday. President of BC association R Krishnaiah and CP VC Sajjanar were chief guests of the programme. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Addressing the students, the Commissioner said students can play a key role in developing a good society, and cited Swamy Vivekananda exhortations to the youth. Congratulating the organisers for providing cash incentives to meritorious students, he said that such encouragement would propel students to greater heights of excellence. He advised the students to follow the teachings of Basaweshwar, a 12th century social reformer who fought for equality in the society. He thanked the state government for installing a statue of Lord Basweshwar. Speaking on the occasion, Krishnaiah said that he would strive to bring Lingayats, who are currently in BC-D category into OBC category. Later, the Commissioner of Police handed over cash prizes along with certifications of appreciation to 130 meritorious students who excelled in 10th exams.last_img read more

Popular Malayalam singer and anchor Rimi Tomy heading for divorce

first_imgRimi Tomy and Joyce KizhakoodanFacebookRimi Tomy, one of the most popular faces in the Malayalam entertainment industry, is getting divorced, reports say. The television anchor and singer has moved the divorce papers in the Ernakulam Family Court, the reports added. She has moved a mutual divorce petition alongside her husband, it is learnt. Close sources to the family revealed that the couple filed the mutual divorce petition on April 14, 2019. It should be noted that Rimi Tomy and Royce Kizhakoodan were considered the most envied couple in the Malayalam film industry. This news would go down as a real shock for the Mollywood audiences.As the couple has now filed a mutual divorce petition, it is expected that both of them will be separated in the next six months. Even though the news has been leaked online, neither Rimi nor Royce has reacted to this development.It should be noted that Rimi Tomy was very active on social media platforms, and she used to share her pictures with Royce on her Facebook page regularly. However, since 2018, she had not shared any pictures with her husband, and it made many believe that something was not right with the couple.Rimi Tomy entered the entertainment industry as a television anchor. However, her fame reached sky high when she rendered the voice for the hit number ‘Chinga Maasam Vannu Chernnal’ for the movie ‘Meesa Madhavan’ in 2002.After making her presence felt as a singer, she later hosted several television shows including ‘Onnum Onnum Moonnu’ in Mazhavil Manorama, and ‘Comedy Stars’ in Asianet.She made her acting debut with the movie ‘Balram VS Tharadas’ in 2006, and later appeared in the lead role alongside Jayaram in the movie ‘Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare’.last_img read more

Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help

first_imgSearch and rescue team members and soldiers operate near a mudslide site and damaged building near Freetown on 15 August, 2017, after landslides struck the capital of the west African state of Sierra Leone. Photo: AFPSierra Leone’s president appealed Tuesday for urgent help for the flood-hit capital of Freetown where more than 300 people have died, as rescue workers resumed the grim search for bodies.The Red Cross says it is struggling to excavate families buried deep in the mud that engulfed their homes, although several bodies were pulled up by machines in the devastated hilltop community of Regent on Tuesday, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.Addressing the media in Regent, one of the areas hit hardest by the flooding, President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation “was overwhelming us”.“Entire communities have been wiped out,” Koroma said at the disaster site, where heavy rains streaming down the hill caused a landslide and engulfed homes three or four storeys high on Monday, many of them built illegally.“We need urgent support now.”The government has promised relief to the more than 3,000 people left homeless, opening an emergency response centre in Regent and four registration centres, while Interior Minister Paolo Conteh told Sierra Leone’s state broadcaster that thousands of people remained missing.Israel and Britain said they were sending aid as quickly as possible to the stricken west African city of around one million people.Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP on Monday that the death toll was 312, but another Red Cross official, Abu Bakarr Tarrawallie, put the death toll at 245 in an email to AFP on Tuesday, while local media and officials all gave different tolls.‘Sprawling shacks all gone’ -At the Regent site, residents told AFP that boulders and rocks had killed many as they rolled onto homes in the early hours of Monday, while a hill partially collapsed as floodwaters streamed down the slopes.Resident Abubakar Mansaray said it took just two minutes for the mudslide to suffocate families in the darkness.“Many unfinished buildings were at the hilltop, with those sprawling shacks all gone,” he told AFP.Abibatu Kamara, a mother of three who spent the night on her neighbours’ veranda, said the government response so far had been absent.“We have not received any food or blankets since the disaster occurred yesterday,” she told AFP.Survivors required immediate shelter, medical and food assistance, he added, and dozens of injured people were receiving treatment, the Red Cross’s Tarawallie told AFP.Stagnant water -“There is a challenge of expertise in search and excavation and inadequate machines to excavate the submerged houses,” Tarawallie added. “Registration of affected people is ongoing now to ascertain total number of affected people later on.”Three days of torrential rain culminated on Monday in the Regent mudslide and massive flooding elsewhere in the city, one of the world’s wettest urban areas.Makeshift settlements that clung to the hills and shores were swept away or torn apart.The city’s drainage system was quickly overwhelmed, leaving stagnant water pooling in some areas while creating dangerous churning waterways down steep streets.Sierra Leone’s meteorological department issued no warning ahead of the torrential rains, which might have allowed for swifter evacuations from the disaster zones, AFP’s correspondent based in Freetown said.Foreign donors mobilise -At the city’s military hospital, community health officer Wilberforce Mohammed Rogers said he had treated several children with multiple injuries, including a six-month old baby. Many had lost their parents, Rogers said.An AFP journalist met victims sleeping in schools, community centres and out in the open, while others squeezed into homes of relatives.Foreign governments meanwhile began mobilising aid to Freetown.Israel’s foreign ministry said it would provide “assistance immediately and in every way possible” including clean water, medicines and blankets.British International Development Secretary Priti Patel said she was “deeply saddened” by the devastation and the loss of life.London was “already working with the government of Sierra Leone to coordinate the rescue efforts and are ready to provide further assistance to those in need”.Annual ordeal -Freetown is hit each year by flooding during several months of rain, raising the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera.Flooding in the capital in 2015 killed 10 people and left thousands homeless.Sierra Leone was one of the west African nations hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 that left more than 4,000 people dead in the country, and it has struggled to revive its economy since the crisis.The country ranked 179th out of 188 countries on the UNDP’s 2016 Human Development Index, a basket of data combining life expectancy, education and income and other factors.last_img read more

Somalia hotel attack kills 25

first_imgSomali security officers secure the scene of a suicide car bomb explosion, at the gate of Naso Hablod Two Hotel in Hamarweyne district of Mogadishu, Somalia 28 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersAn Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital ended on Sunday after 25 people had been killed in a near 12-hour siege, police said, underlining the insurgents’ ability to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the city.”The death toll rises to 25 people including police, hotel guards and residents. The death toll may rise. We suspect some other militants disguised themselves and escaped with the residents who were rescued,” police officer Major Mohamed Hussein told Reuters.”Three militants were captured alive and two others blew up themselves after they were shot,” he added.The attack began around at 5 p.m. on Saturday with a car bomb. Gunmen then stormed the building after the bomb had destroyed its defences. The siege ended on Sunday morning.A Reuters witness saw seven bodies lying inside the hotel.The explosion destroyed the front of the three-storey hotel and a next door hotel was also damaged. Many Somali officials live in fortified hotels because they offer better security from attack.Islamist group al Shabaab claimed the attack on Saturday. They want to overthrow the weak, U.N.-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law.last_img read more