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first_imgThe police have sought from the Aligarh Muslim University details of every student, including those from Kashmir, who left their studies midway. “We wanted to know the possible reasons for their leaving and what they are doing now. The AMU has also been asked about any criminal cases filed against their students,” said Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey.Police handling the local-level probe into the activities of AMU geology research scholar Mannan Wani, from Kashmir, are keeping an eye on almost every Kashmiri student studying in AMU. Mannan was suspended after reports emerged that he had joined a terror group. The police are trying to find out who Mannan’s friends in AMU were. They are also trying to find the dates on which Mannan visited his home town. A four-member team from Tirahgaown police station of Kupwara district, headed by sub-inspector Mohammad Zahoor Wani, is in the city. Meanwhile the university has tightened vigil in and around the campus and has completely barred the unauthorised entry of outsiders. All the guards deputed at the hostel gates have been asked to be prompt in identifying the legal occupants of the hostel and to maintain a register of all the visitors. The wardens have been asked to increase the frequency of checking in the hostelslast_img read more

first_imgMelbourne, Apr 6 (PTI) Australian Michael Hussey and Shane Watson have sent messages of congratulations to West Indies captain Darren Sammy following the announcement that the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia will be renamed as the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. Both Hussey and Watson will be taking part in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League. Hussey, who averaged 37.94 in 38 T20 internationals for Australia, said: “To win a world title for your country is the ultimate accolade and I would like to offer my congratulations to fellow Zouks man Darren Sammy, coach Phil Simmons and the West Indies team on their win last weekend in the ICC World T20. “With the government now marking this historic achievement with the re-naming of the Beausejour Cricket Ground, it indicates once more to the world the high love and esteem that the West Indies has for their local heroes. Congrats to Darren on this incredible accolade in his home nation. “It is clear to see that West Indies cricket is on the ascendancy, after the performances of the Under-19s and Womens teams, and they are to be commended for their performances over the last few weeks. I just cant wait to be a part of the action this summer with the Zouks. It promises to be the biggest and best CPL yet!” Watson, who was named in the ICC T20 Team of the Tournament and retired from the international arena as the number one all-rounder in the T20 rankings after a string of outstanding displays for Australia, added: “I knew when I first signed up for CPL how passionate the West Indies public are, but to receive this news about the St Lucia governments decision to re-name the national stadium in honour of one of their favourite sporting sons is a huge thing, especially for someone so young who has so much top level cricket ahead of him. “Darren is a great leader and a true champion in all regards, and I know how passionate he is about the Zouks. He deserves this accolade for the manner he has led the West Indies team and this is an honour for all time. It really excites me about being a part of CPL 2016 and I can?t wait to step out on the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium this summer.” PTI AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, who is ready to make a foray into the world of entertainment with an international music video, may also explore a career in Bollywood. (Russell banned for violating doping code)”Yes it is true that I’m exploring a career in the performing arts. I will be launching my first international music video with main focus in India this year and then maybe explore acting in Bollywood films,” the cricketer said in a statement on Saturday.Produced by Gemini Musiq based in Los Angeles, the production house behind Grammy winning singer Justin Bieber’s recent album “Sorry”, Russell will be launching his music this year.This comes after West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo came out with numbers like “Champion”, “Jaegerbomb” and “Trip abhi baki hai”.The cricketer was given tips and notes on how to go about his passion by Indian actress Mallika Sherawat in San Antonio, Texas. One of the projects might even see the two collaborating.Venus Entertainment Group will be taking care of Russell’s branding and management globally.In January, Russell was handed a one-year ban for a doping whereabouts rule violation.His ban started on January 31, 2017 which ruled him out of the ongoing Indian Premier League. He was part of the two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi, on Tuesday, launched an all-new variant of its ultra-affordable Redmi 4A phone in India with more RAM and more storage. The upgraded Redmi 4A with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage – keeping all the other specifics constant – will cost buyers in India Rs 6,999 which is interestingly the same price that the base model of the Redmi 4 retails at. The new variant of the Redmi 4A will be available for buying from Mi.com, Flipkart, Amazon India, Paytm, and Tata CliQ from August 31.  The Redmi 4A is currently the most affordable smartphone in Xiaomi’s Redmi-range in India. In terms of hardware specs, the phone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The base model – that costs Rs 5,999 – comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phones runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.On the camera front the Redmi 4A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is backed by a 3,120mAh battery which is non-removable.Clearly, the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage version of the Redmi 4A costs the same as the entry-level model of the Redmi 4. The Redmi 4, it should seem, would be the better choice of the two, but, Xiaomi believes that the two can co-exist, so be it.advertisementThe Redmi 4 comes with an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with curved 2.5D glass on the front and will also come in matte black finish and gold colour options. It comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood.The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI. The phone will be eligible for Android Nougat preview out-of-the-box. Furthermore, the phone is backed by  a 4,100mAh battery. The phone supports 4G LTE and is also VoLTE-ready.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: An entry-level phone never looked so goodlast_img read more

first_imgNew Zealander all-rounder Sophie Devine expressed disappointment at the scarce turn out for the opening game of the Women’s T20 Challenge in Jaipur but was hopeful of a full house in the future.The second edition of the women’s tournament kick started in stunning fashion with some fierce hitting by two teams captains Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. In the end, Mandhana-led Trailblazers pulled-off a thrilling two-run win against Supernovas. However, like the last time, the stadium was far from full despite free entry.”It is really unfortunate that in women’s games we don’t have big crowds but hopefully after tonight’s match the people would come to the stadium and would watch us play,” Sophie said at the post match conference.”We would love to have big crowds but we know we need to put good performances. The match tonight was fantastic and next two games and the finals would get good crowd,” Sophie, who scored 32 off 22 balls for the Supernovas, said.The tournament which has three teams playing each other in the round robin format gives the opportunity to 27 domestic players to showcase their talent and the New Zealander was impressed by the standard of the domestic players.”I and all the overseas players have been really impressed with the standard of the domestic players. The catching may not have been that good but the fielding in Indian cricket has come along leaps and bounds and in last couple of series they have played they have been fantastic in the field,” Sophie said.advertisement.@ImHarmanpreet took it deep but @JhulanG10 found a way to close the game out in Match 1 of #WIPL.There was banter and friendly vibes between two of Indian cricket’s senior pros. By @tanmoym.Watch the full video – https://t.co/CB2Xn8HBEW pic.twitter.com/QslSad0MTDIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019Talking about the game, the all-rounder said the track was a bit tricky and commended Supernovas’ skipper Harmanpreet’s performance.”It is really disappointing, we were so close. We needed 30 off last three overs on a pitch that was a little bit tricky and it was probably asking for too much.”But Harmanpreet, you know can do those sort of things and she took us very close to a great win. We have to work on a few things as a team. We have a few days off.”Harmanpreet was unhappy with her batters who failed to capitalise on good starts.Here’s another guest on Jemi’s Bouncers!@mandhana_smriti talks about laughing more since @JemiRodrigues entered the Indian dressing room as they celebrate team rivalry in #WIPLBy @Moulinparikh.Watch the full video – https://t.co/TFtIvplSkX pic.twitter.com/ZNyiJLhz6HIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019″I knew if I was going to play till the end, I had the confidence to win but Sophie bowled the 19th over well and that changed it for us,” Harmanpreet said.”I think we bowled well in the first 10 overs, but we didn’t execute our plans in the last 10. When the ball comes on to the bat, it is hard to get the set batsmen out. I think we threw wickets away when we were set and that was the major problem today. Overall, I am really happy both the teams played well tonight,” she added.Meanwhile, young Harleen Deol, who was the second highest scorer for the Trailblazers with 36 runs, was happy to share the dressing room with experienced overseas players.#WIPL pic.twitter.com/SRXwfc8qp0IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 2019″It is a great experience, we are learning a lot of things from them, they are very frank with us, they share their thoughts, they share their views, so we are very grateful that we are sharing the dressing room with them,” she said.”BCCI is taking an initiative so we all are responsible for that. Even today there was a decent crowd. The progress is always slow. Women’s cricket has grown after the World Cup. The empty stands are a challenge for us but we will catch up,” Harleen added.Also Read | We threw away wickets, says Harmanpreet after Supernovas defeatAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge: Mandhana 90 powers Trailblazers to 2-run win over SupernovasAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge, Trailblazers vs Supernovas: Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgWritten By: Mirell Reyes, President of Star Clippers Americas  In 1989, Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft turned his boyhood dream into a reality when he founded Star Clippers, the only modern-day cruise line dedicated to re-creating the golden age of the tall sailing ships while providing passengers with a mega-yacht experience. Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, visiting ports often untouched by larger cruise ships. Guests enjoy delectable cuisine in one unhurried seating and pampering services in a casually elegant atmosphere. Whether climbing the mast for a better view or relaxing in the net off the bow, guests step into a world where unique experiences abound and new adventures await. THE SHIPSStar Flyer and Star Clipper entered service in the early 1990s as the tallest clipper ships ever built, with main masts rising 226 feet and a maximum sailing speed of 17 knots. In July 2000, the twin sister-ships were joined by Royal Clipper, the line’s flagship and the first fully rigged square-rigger with five masts built since Preussen in l902. The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, with a crew of 74, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106. In May 2015 the line announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers. The new vessel, will be the biggest and most ambitious project to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 square meters of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque. The new member of the fleet will be a near-replica of the impressive France II, commissioned in 1911 and the largest square rigger ever built. LIFE ONBOARDOn Star Clippers you will find that there are no rigid schedules and no overwhelming sense that there’s not enough time. For our guests, time slows down and worries are left ashore. You are free to do as you wish with your days and evenings. Fill your day with activities or nothing at all, the choices are always yours to decide. To entertain you, we bring local performers onboard to give guests an authentic taste of the local music and arts. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story telling from our enthusiastic leaders. And there are other events and activities, such as knot tying and navigation classes, that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing tradition. CULINARYWhen you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with croissants, toasted baguettes or sweet Danish pastries. Or savor a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and crisp bacon, grilled sausage and omelets cooked to perfection in the dining room. At lunch, a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites awaits your pleasure in the open-seating dining room. If the day includes a stop at one of the paradisiacal islands we frequent, you might also be treated to our festive outdoor barbecue on shore. In the afternoon, congregate in the Tropical Bar for an impressive snack buffet to tide you over until dinner. When evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room, becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations. On all three ships, you are free to dine when and with whomever you wish – including officers, who join our guests in the dining room most nights. No need for formal gowns and black tie, casual elegance is the order of the day and every single night. REST ASSUREDThere’s nothing so easy and pleasurable as falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea, unless it’s awakening refreshed the next morning to a new day. Like a fine luxury hotel, all the amenities are here: double beds or twin beds that can be converted to a king, marble bathrooms, private safes, television with in-house video, DVD player with complimentary movie rentals, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and comfortable furnishings. On Royal Clipper, 14 deluxe suites offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with private verandahs, mini bars, whirlpool tubs and 24-hour room service. All but six of the ship’s 98 cabins are outside, and for the ultimate indulgence, two 355-square-foot Owner’s Suites may be combined, to accommodate up to eight guests comfortably. HONEYMOON & SPECIAL OCCASIONSHoneymooners can celebrate their wedded bliss in the ultimate romantic setting while sailing to gorgeous and unique locales worthy of this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. There’s nothing more romantic then watching the sails inch up the mast as the ships gently glide out of port. Looking for some adventure onboard your honeymoon? Climb the mast, with the help of the sport’s department, and experience unbelievable panoramic views. If you are searching for the perfect way to begin your lives together, a Star Clippers honeymoon offers an idyllic combination of adventure and romance in a setting that inspires romance. For our honeymoon couples, there’s a complimentary bottle of champagne, plate of sweets, a special gift, and a certificate signed by the Captain for all honeymooners who have proof they married within three months of their sailing. THEMED CRUISESStar Clippers offers free daily yoga and meditation classes on select sailings. Yoga classes take place on Star Clippers’ sun warmed teak decks under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – making the experience the ultimate relaxation for the body and soul. In addition, Star Clippers also invites an exclusive list of international celebrity chefs and sommeliers with a wide range of experience to give specialized lectures and cooking demonstrations onboard. To delight our guests’ discerning palates, the chefs’ signature dishes will be featured on the menu. DESTINATIONS: CARIBBEAN AND PANAMA CANALDuring the winter the ships sails throughout the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. Royal Clipper sails from Barbados on alternating voyages to explore the Spice Islands of the Grenadines and the Windward Islands with enchanting ports like Basseterre and Terre de Haut. Aboard Star Clipper, guests sail from St Maarten on alternating itineraries that offer a fantastical sailing adventure in optimal conditions. This St. Maarten route will be available in 2017 on the Star Flyer. Star Flyer will also be offering new departures from Jamaica’s gem, Montego Bay in 2017. The Panama Canal is still considered an amazing feat of engineering that is acclaimed as one of man’s greatest triumphs—and an avid cruiser’s right of passage. With a breathtaking backdrop and tropical climate, transiting the lakes and locks of the 51-mile Panama Canal aboard the Star Flyer is an adventure unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and a sight that only a select few in the world have witnessed.  The Star Flyer will be offering numerous Panama Canal voyages in November 2016. DESTINATIONS: MEDITERRANEANThe ships reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall seasons. On Royal Clipper, guests can choose from a range of itineraries with departures from Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Malaga and Venice, which include colorful Sicily, stops throughout the volcano-dotted Aeolian Islands, routes along Italy’s ever-romantic Amalfi Coast and the alluring ports of the Croatian Archipelago and Dalmatian Coast. Star Clipper’s itineraries, range from three to nine nights, with departure from Venice exploring Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Croatia & Slovenia and Montenegr, as well as a Spring departure and disembark in the magical city of Barcelona. Star Flyer’s itineraries, range from three to nine nights, with departure from Venice and Valletta exploring Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Croatia & Slovenia and Montenegro. In Summer 2016 Star Flyer will also have Venice round trips voyages with stops in Amalfi and Sicily, and longer routes with stops in Tunisia and Malta. DESTINATIONS: GRAND VOYAGESeven countries in a single voyage. A Grand Voyage is a journey of splendid proportions, combining back-to-back itineraries to form one epic adventure. Set sail on an in-depth exploration to some of the most intimate and exclusive destinations spanning the Mediterranean. With extended itineraries ranging from 12 to 21 glorious nights and calls at an interesting collection of ports, guests are able to explore several countries in one sailing and become deeply immersed in the culture, beauty and history of the region. The three ships sail Grand Voyages from the peak of summer into the idyllic climes of fall. DESTINATIONS: NEW FOR 2016 ASIAStarting in December 2016, the Star Clipper will spend the winter and spring in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The 170-passenger Star Clipper with cruises out of Phuket, operating seven-night round trip cruises with two Thailand itineraries, northbound and southbound, as well as seven departures that either begin or end in Singapore. Star Clipper will explore the many islands scattered off the coast of Phuket, accessible only by water, with some of the most beautiful beaches and dazzling marine life in the world. There will be numerous opportunities for sunbathing, snorkeling, watersports, exploring on foot, and taking photo safaris in the ship’s Zodiacs. READY TO SELL STAR CLIPPERS?Please visit us at www.starclippers.com or call 800-442-0551 for more information and brochures.last_img read more

first_imgAutoMobile International Terminal, a joint venture of SAAM Puertos and Terminal Zárate, part of Argentinean group Murchison, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) to develop a Ro-Ro terminal at the Port of Mobile.This deal represents the first step in the process of sealing the USD 60 million agreement to develop a RoRO terminal in the only deepwater port in Alabama.James K. Lyons, Director and CEO of ASPA, said that the agreement represents a key step in diversifying the Alabama State Port Authority’s businesses while providing a strategic asset for automotive terminals and shipowners.“The project will allow the Murchison Group and Terminal Zárate to continue expanding into new markets and diversifying their business matrix by partnering with SAAM,” Roberto Murchison, Chairman of Terminal Zárate, said commenting on the MoU.The bids for terminal operator were launched in 2016 in order to meet the growing demand in the region for importing/exporting automobiles manufactured in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico.The terminal will have a capacity for up to 210,000 vehicles per year, according to Chilean terminal operator SAAM Puertos. The facilities will be located on a 23-hectare lot and a wharf with a draft of 12.2 meters, and are well connected to local railroads and highways.It would replace the current model of car exports in the region where the cars are loaded onto ships at ports in other states.Image Courtesy: SAAM Portslast_img read more

first_imgBiarritz: President Donald Trump signaled regret Sunday for an escalating trade war with China, as he faces a tense reception from world leaders meeting amid mounting anxiety of a global economic slowdown at the Group of Seven summit in France. Trump is trying to use the conference to rally global leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears rise of a potential slowdown in the U.S. ahead of his reelection. But Trump’s counterparts, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are trying to convince him to back off his trade wars with China and other countries, which they see as contributing to the economic weakening. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe meetings come days after President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with China, following China’s announcement Friday that it would slap new tariffs on $75 billion in American goods. Trump responded with more tariffs of his own and issued an extraordinary threat to declare a national emergency in an attempt to force US businesses to cut ties with China. But Sunday, during a breakfast meeting with Johnson, Trump suggested he has qualms about the spiraling conflict. “Yeah. For sure,” Trump told reporters when asked if he has second thoughts about escalating the trade dispute, adding he has “second thoughts about everything.”last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – A project to increase diversity in Vancouver’s news media is among seven gender-equality initiatives in British Columbia that have received a total of $2.2 million in federal funding.The Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities, or MOSAIC, says the project will address issues including discrimination, stereotyping and lack of representation of female experts.Studies have shown that male experts are interviewed by the media far more often than female experts, said Ayesha S. Chaudhry, a MOSAIC leader and a University of British Columbia associate professor in Islamic and gender studies.“It’s really important that we have a diversity of voices, not just in terms of gender, but class, sexuality and race, so that the people who are watching the news see themselves represented and their concerns and their perspectives are also captured,” she said.The project will urge media to increase female representation and train women academics on speaking with reporters, she said. It will also develop a framework on reporting on violence against women.Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the funding in Vancouver on Friday. Monsef has been travelling the country giving cash to groups working to advance the equality of girls, women and people who don’t conform to a specific gender.“The greater purpose of this tour, for me, has been to hear from organizations and leaders on the ground how as a government we can be part of your success — how we can get out of your way, but catalyze the change that you are working towards each and every single day,” Monsef said.Other groups to receive funding include the Ending Violence Association of BC, which will launch a project to improve the way workplaces respond to gender-based violence, and the Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, which will work to improve the justice system’s response to sexual violence survivors.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she and the government of Canada have been working hard to strengthen public confidence in the legal system and address gender-based violence.“We are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are accorded and treated with respect and dignity, the respect and dignity that they deserve,” she said.The Minerva Foundation for BC Women aims to increase women leaders in the technology sector, while the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology said it will work to improve gender diversity in the science, technology, engineering and math fields in Vancouver.Society president Fariba Pacheleh said the goal is for workers in these industries to be judged on the basis of their skills, not on their gender, skin colour, accent or physical appearance.The aim is for an average woman to be able to advance at the same rate as an average man, she said.“I’m not talking about brilliant women,” she said. “I’m talking about ordinary people.”last_img read more

She waited for a few months and came back again to Srinivasapur in May, when she heard that he was already married. She tried to meet his parents, but in vain. She then stayed put at a durgah in Muragmalla in Chintamani taluk and visited Srinivasapur often, but nobody helped her. Finally, she decided to end her life and consumed poison in front of Fayaz’s house, said Asif, who is taking care of things on behalf of Nasreen.Mulbagal DySP Siddaramaiah said Nasreen is out of danger, and police are on the lookout for Fayaz. Reddy said her visa had expired on Saturday, and she claimed she had no money either to go back to Sri Lanka or Kuwait, and wants to marry Fayaz Pasha and live in Srinivasapur. Since her visa had expired, he brought the matter to the notice of the higher-ups. Police said Nasreen alleged that Fayaz had promised to marry her, but returned to Srinivasapur about a year ago and married a local girl three months ago. He moved out of Srinivasapur and nobody, including his parents, know of his whereabouts, Srinivasapur PSI SLR Reddy said. A Sri Lankan woman Nasreen (name changed), aged about 23, consumed poison in front of her lover’s house in Zakir Hussain Mohalla in Srinivasapur India late on Saturday night, the Times of India reported today. She was admitted to a private hospital and later shifted to the Government Hospital in Srinivasapur, where she is recuperating.The girl, daughter of a mason from Sri Lanka, went to Kuwait five years ago in search of a job. She worked as a tailor in a garment factory when she met Fayaz Pasha, who was working as a driver. Asif Ali Khan, who runs a mobile phone shop in Srinivasapur, said he went to Kuwait 11 years ago, and later arranged for his friend Fayaz Pasha’s visa and got him a job as a driver. He said Fayaz, who was in love with Nasreen, promised he would marry her and both began saving money. Fayaz reportedly bought an Eicher Tempo with the savings, and the jewellery they bought was sent to Fayaz’s house in Srinivasapur. Meanwhile, Fayaz returned to India a year ago on the pretext of his sister’s marriage, but didn’t return to Kuwait.Nasreen waited for him for a few months, then came down to Srinivasapur in January and met Fayaz and his parents. Fayaz’s parents reportedly assured Nasreen that their marriage would be solemnized soon and that Fayaz would return to Kuwait. She returned to Kuwait, but Fayaz didn’t follow her. read more

Entering airport terminal without a valid ticket is illegal under Indian aviation rules. The man was identified as Nuwan U Fernando, a resident of Sri Lanka, he said. A Sri Lankan national has been apprehended at the Delhi airport for entering a terminal allegedly using a fake ticket, officials said today.The man was apprehended when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, deployed for the airport’s security, found him roaming suspiciously inside the terminal-III building, a senior official in airport security said, according to the Press Trust of India. The man told officials that he used a cancelled ticket to enter the airport terminal, he said.He was then handed over to the police which filed an FIR against him under various sections of IPC, he said. He told the CISF personnel that he had come to see off his mother, who was travelling to Colombo from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), the official said. read more

Abeygunawardena said that both the SLFP and the SLPP stand for the same policies. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will contest the Parliamentary elections with the Sri Lanka Freedom Alliance (SLFP) in a broad alliance, SLPP member Rohitha Abeygunawardena said.He told reporters today that talks on the broad alliance are underway and is likely to conclude this week. Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that the SLPP and SLFP will not be contesting against each other at the election.Several SLFP members joined the SLPP yesterday and obtained party membership. read more

“Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on the Day, marked around the world every year on 22 May, with the 2015 theme focusing on ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.’“The sustainable development goals and the broader post-2015 development agenda, which are under negotiation now, will provide an opportunity to mainstream biodiversity and promote transformational change in how economies and societies use and regard biodiversity,” he added. Later this year, the post-2015 development agenda will be adopted by the world’s Governments at a high-level United Nations summit taking place during the opening of the substantive session of the General Assembly this coming September. Mr. Ban said that reducing deforestation and land degradation and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, drylands, rangelands and croplands generate significant benefits and are cost-effective ways to mitigate climate change. Hence, any sustainable development framework must provide conditions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for more equitable sharing of benefits. The globally adopted Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets provide a model that Member States can use in considering how to implement the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Meeting these targets and addressing biodiversity loss more generally can contribute significantly to the post-2015 development agenda. Also speaking on the Day, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Braulio F. Souza Dias, said biodiversity serves as a critical foundation of the Earth’s life support system on which the development and welfare of current and future generations depend. “Biodiversity underpins all those ecosystem functions and benefits essential to human well-being, not only in terms of our economies, but also for our health, food security, prevention of natural hazards, and our cultural roots,” he added. Mr. Souza Dias said that in the 21st century, conserving, restoring, enhancing and using the components of biodiversity sustainably can provide solutions to a range of challenges to sustainability and human well-being, including poverty eradication, food security, sustainable production and consumption, water security, disaster risk reduction and climate change. Echoing the UN chief, Mr. Souza Dias said that reducing deforestation and ecosystem degradation, promoting ecosystem restoration and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, wetlands, drylands, rangelands and croplands are cost effective ways to mitigate climate change that generate other social and economic benefits. “We will not be able to achieve sustainable development and the goals established in the post-2015 development agenda if we do not effectively respond to the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and fail to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” he emphasised. Likewise, we will not achieve these internationally agreed goals for protecting and restoring biodiversity and using it sustainably and equitably if we fail to mainstream biodiversity firmly into the broader policies for sustainable development and in the implementation of those policies. “The time for global action is now, by Governments, businesses, civil society, indigenous peoples, and by individuals. We owe it to future generations to ensure that biodiversity will provide them with the same benefits that we enjoy. That is truly the future we want, a future of life in harmony with nature,” he added. read more

The body of a missing Carbon County man was located in the Price River on Saturday morning.Tyler Joseph Patrick, 35 years old, went missing on Sept. 18, which was brought to the attention of local authorities on Sept. 20.According to Helper City Police Chief Trent Anderson, a number of searches took place in the Helper area following the missing person report. Eventually, Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood enlisted the assistance of Carbon County Search and Rescue.Members of the search and rescue team located Patrick’s body in the Price River next the Carbon Country Club Golf Course on Saturday around 10 a.m.According to Anderson, the exact cause of death has not been released. The investigation remains active and authorities are investigated potential leads.“We are thankful for the sheriff and the men and women of the search and rescue team for helping bring closure to Mr. Patrick’s family,” Anderson concluded. read more

DENVER — Former Humboldt Broncos teammates Jacob Wassermann and Ryan Straschnitzki received a standing ovation from hockey fans at the University of Denver Friday and will likely get the same treatment at a Colorado Avalanche game Saturday evening.Both players were paralyzed April 6 when a bus carrying the Broncos was hit by a semi-trailer, killing 16 and injuring 13.The duo reunited in a exhibition sledge hockey game — their first time together on the ice since the crash.They will drop the puck Saturday at a game between the Avalanche and the Dallas Stars.Colorado head coach Jared Bednar has been a lifelong friend of Kirby Wassermann, Jacob’s father.“We grew up together and played hockey together and have stayed in touch over the years. He was a great help in getting Jacob invited down here with Dawg Nation and the guys dropping the pucks,” said Wassermann.“He was a Humboldt Bronco himself when, I believe, he was 17 so he has that connection to Humboldt and the Broncos, plus being a friend of mine with our families.”The Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation helps adult hockey players and their families in times of crisis caused by catastrophic injury or illness, and it brought the two players to Denver.Wassermann said it’s appropriate it will be the “Broncos meeting the Broncos” Sunday at the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers.Tom Straschnitzki said the two families keep in touch because of the boys’ friendship and the similarity of their injuries. Ryan is paralyzed from the chest down for Jacob it’s below the navel. He said after the months of physiotherapy it’s a real morale boost for both of them.“Those two have been non-stop smiling since we got on the plane. It’s been fantastic.”Ryan Straschnitzki was excited about getting on the ice again but is relieved he is moving from participant to spectator for the rest of the weekend.“I’m more interested in watching the hockey rather than playing it,” he said with a laugh.Both players will get a little more hockey under their belts before returning home to Canada. They will be on the ice with the Dallas Stars at a Monday practice.Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Press read more

The Penguins Win Meant Redemption For The Numbers Too

The fact that Pittsburgh did it in such possession-heavy style — the Penguins outshot the Sharks 353 to 267 in the final — was just an added bit of vindication for the numbers. Hockey’s advanced analytics movement still has a long way to go in its evolution, but even in a down year for the metrics, the cup winner ended up being a team with proven statistical bona fides. 2015Blackhawks1 2011Bruins6 2009Penguins13 When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, it lifted Sidney Crosby’s standing among the game’s all-time greats and completed the redemption-story arc for once-maligned winger Phil Kessel. But it also provided some measure of atonement for hockey’s advanced statistics, which had been suffering through one of their worst seasons since hitting the scene in the mid- to late 2000s.For instance, “Corsi” — the proportion of total shot attempts (including misses and blocks) that a team amasses in its games — is a stathead favorite because it tracks well with possession time, making it a good long-term predictor of a team’s success. But Corsi also did a relatively poor job of telling us where a team would finish in the standings this season: 2014Kings1 2016Penguins2 2007Ducks8 2008Red Wings1 2010Blackhawks1 Corsi is event-, score- and venue-adjusted.Source: Puckon.net, Hockey-Reference.com SEASONCUP WINNERCORSI RANK 2013Blackhawks1 2012Kings6 2006Hurricanes15 Stanley Cup winners have great Corsi ranks And despite Corsi’s track record in the playoffs, the numbers were dealt a few early blows when the Los Angeles Kings (who ranked No. 1 in regular-season Corsi by some distance), the Anaheim Ducks (No. 5) and the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 9 this year but No. 1 last season) all bowed out in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.But things got a little better for the stats as the postseason grinded along. The Eastern Conference finals pitted the Penguins (No. 2) and the Lightning (No. 3) in an elite Corsi-off, while the sixth-ranked Blues made it to within two wins of the cup final in the West. At No. 11, the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks weren’t anyone’s idea of a possession powerhouse — they would have been the lowest-ranked champ since the Penguins, of all teams, won in 2009 — but Pittsburgh’s victory ultimately contributed to a stat that still stands out as surprising (and impressive) for a sport that, at times, seems so random: 55 percent of Cup winners since the lockout have finished either first or second in Corsi. read more

The Vikings Are Mediocre And Thats Confusing

TEN46.519.0WSH11.010.859.71495 NO69NO72NO 12, CAR 9-0.6– 2018Kirk Cousins7-6-1124100103109105111105 DET51BUF50BUF 14, DET 13-0.9– Minnesota7.313L.A. Rams3.741 HOU64HOU72HOU 29, NYJ 22+3.2– SEA71SEA75SF 26, SEA 23-8.2– Atlanta5.329Minnesota6.704 * Excluding games against the team in question.Source: ESPN.com JAX60JAX63WSH 16, JAX 13-5.3– Cousins has held the Vikings’ passing stats steadyAdvanced passing index numbers for Minnesota Vikings starting QBs from 2017 (Case Keenum) and 2018 (Kirk Cousins) OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION PIT51NE56PIT 17, NE 10-9.7– DAL95.27.2TB0.00.014.91493 IND34.06.4NYG0.00.013.61477 2018Case Keenum6-8-09592851001049092 MIN72MIN66MIN 41, MIA 17-6.2– And that’s to say nothing of Keenum’s own nosedive in performance after leaving Minnesota for Denver, where he has strongly reverted back to the form he’d shown in four seasons leading up to 2017 as a mediocre spot-starter. Keenum’s passer rating this season (82.1) has a lot more in common with his 78.4 career mark before 2017 than the out-of-nowhere 98.3 rating he posted last season. Had the Vikings brought Keenum back, their offense would likely be in even worse straits than it has actually been this season.Instead, Minnesota paid the going rate to Cousins, easily the best available option on the QB market,2Especially considering that Drew Brees returned to New Orleans and the 49ers backed up the Brinks truck for Jimmy Garoppolo. in order to keep the passing game afloat — and in the big picture, that plan basically worked. But Cousins and the Vikings haven’t been able to convert those raw numbers into points as readily as they did last season. Minnesota already has six more turnovers this year than last; it’s also fallen from the league’s third-best third-down conversion rate to 19th, and from the ninth-best red-zone scoring percentage to 21st. (Cousins’s own penchant for taking ill-timed red zone sacks — he’s tied for the third-most in the NFL — hasn’t helped there.)The offense boasts plenty of talent between Cousins, running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray — a pair collectively averaging more yards per carry this year (4.4) than last (4.1) — and wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who are on pace to become the 68th teammates in NFL history to each average at least 70 receiving yards per game in a season.3Minimum 13 games played in a season by each player. Yet the moments of excellence have been few and far between. In Weeks 11 through 14, Minnesota averaged just 15.3 points per game, culminating in a 7-point disaster against the Seahawks that ultimately cost DeFilippo his job.It wouldn’t be a Vikings season without a hint of hope, however — this time in the form of that 41-point outburst against Miami under new play-caller Kevin Stefanski. Tasked with running the ball more, Stefanski had Cousins hand off 40 times and throw just 21 passes, a reversal of the team’s tendency toward the pass on nearly 70 percent of plays under DeFilippo. Some of the newfound run-heavy game plan owes to the quick 21-0 lead Minnesota jumped out to over the Dolphins, but it also represents a change in offensive philosophy for a team generally built to pass the ball.Said tight end David Morgan after the Miami game: “In days leading up, [Stefanski] was talking about kind of the identify we wanted to be and be physical and kind of run the ball really well and kind of just set it how we used to run it.”We’ll find out over the next two weeks how much the Vikings’ new identity sticks — and, perhaps more importantly, how well it works. Their next game, against Detroit, carries plenty of playoff implications not just for fans in Minnesota but also those in Philadelphia and Washington. That’s a big part of why, according to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),4Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. Vikings-Lions is the fourth-best game of Week 16: The best matchups of Week 16Week 16 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com GB0.00.0NYJ0.00.01.81402 CHI100.00.0SF0.00.03.01492 YearPlayerRecordCmp%Y/ATD%Int%Sack%QB RtgANY/A BAL76BAL74BAL 20, TB 12-2.6– MIN57.525.9DET0.00.052.91510 2017Case Keenum11-3-0115104102115114111111 PHI38.918.6HOU99.70.238.31569 Seattle8.331Seattle6.679 Washington7.329L.A. Chargers3.718 * Advanced passing indices are scaled where 100 is league average, and 15 points in either direction represents 1 standard deviation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Adv. Passing Index* NE99.50.9BUF0.00.02.61505 DEN69%DEN57%CLE 17, DEN 16+12.4– TeamWinsOpp. WPctTeamLossesOpp. WPct CIN0.00.0CLE0.00.04.41415 That will set up what might be an even more crucial matchup in Week 17 against the Bears, where the fate of this baffling Vikings squad could be decided once and for all. In a way, the Vikings were always primed to regress in 2018 — it was just a question of how much. Their defense was unusually great last year, and it has fallen from first in points allowed last season to 12th this year.5Even as it continues to rank as the game’s stingiest on third down, where it figured to lose a lot of its performance this season due to regression. The offense was going to need to sustain its efficiency despite breaking in a new QB and coordinator. The expectations might have been unrealistically high; either way, they haven’t been consistently met. But despite everything, the Vikings have still given themselves a chance to play their way into the postseason. Although their destiny could be redemption or it could be doom — at least they control it.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersFor up-to-date playoff probabilities and Super Bowl odds, Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive. It simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s chances of winning it all. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game, so give it a shot and try to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PIT74.711.6NO100.00.024.11664 BAL40.7%+/-29.2LAC100.0%+/-0.058.61614 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CIN66CIN59CIN 30, OAK 16-7.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 15Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 15 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game SEA96.43.3KC100.00.07.61624 CAR1.00.8ATL0.00.02.51492 KC66KC62LAC 29, KC 28+2.8– DEN0.00.0OAK0.00.01.61398 Arizona3.269Kansas City3.795 A vaguely above-average team that can only beat inferior opponents is not what the Vikings were envisioning when they signed Cousins to that massive contract — which, of course, the 2018 Vikings’ entire season will ultimately be viewed as a referendum on. Though it was later surpassed by a number of other deals, Cousins’ three-year, $84 million contract was the largest in NFL history when he put pen to paper in March. With it came the weight of the franchise and the responsibility to improve on last year’s offense, which was seen as the team’s weakness relative to its top-ranked defense. And by that standard, Cousins has failed. This season, Minnesota is down from 10th in points per game to 17th; from tied for 11th in yards per play to a tie for 14th; from eighth in expected points added to 23rd.Cousins’ individual passing numbers aren’t so different from Keenum’s a year ago, though. In fact, Cousins beats his predecessor’s 2017 stats in terms of completion percentage (70.5 percent to 67.6), touchdown percentage (4.8 percent to 4.6) and passer rating (99.0 to 98.3), while sticking relatively close on interception percentage (1.8 percent vs. 1.5). The only area in which Cousins hasn’t really matched Keenum is sack rate — Minnesota’s 2018 starter has hit the deck on 5.9 percent of his dropbacks (compared with 4.4 percent for Keenum in 2017). Even granting that passing standards have gotten higher since last year, Cousins has done a good job of roughly approximating Keenum’s 2017 output according to Pro-Football-Reference’s advanced passing indices, which scale everything relative to a league average of 100 (where 15 points in either direction equals one standard deviation of performance): LAR70LAR76PHI 30, LAR 23-10.2– MIA5.03.9JAX0.00.09.01421 ATL73ATL71ATL 40, ARI 14-2.7– Minnesota beats the bad teams, loses to the good onesAverage opponent winning percentage* for 2018 NFL teams, by team’s outcome in game CHI74CHI69CHI 24, GB 17-5.4– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS ARI0.00.0LAR100.00.01.71464 TEN51TEN51TEN 17, NYG 0-2.5– If it feels like we still don’t know how good the Minnesota Vikings are after 15 weeks of football, it’s probably because … we still don’t. With their playoff hopes on the line Sunday, the Vikings cruised past the Miami Dolphins — a team whose own playoff future was in flux — in a 41-17 rout. According to the FiveThirtyEight Elo prediction model, Minnesota now has a 58 percent chance of making the postseason, giving the Vikings an edge in playoff odds over Philadelphia (39 percent), Washington (11 percent) and Carolina (less than 1 percent) in the battle for the NFC’s second and final wild card spot.1Despite losing Sunday, the 8-6 Seattle Seahawks have all but clinched the playoffs, with a strong probability of owning the No. 5 seed in the NFC.And yet, the Vikings have been one of the tougher teams to figure out this season. (As if they would have it any other way.) Surprise Super Bowl contenders last year, they pre-emptively moved on from journeyman quarterback Case Keenum to the highly paid Kirk Cousins — a move that seems to get second-guessed on a weekly basis. But every time this team is written off, Minnesota has responded with a performance like Sunday’s win. So why have these Vikings been so mystifying? Did the recent firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo do anything to fix the team’s malaise? And is Minnesota still in a position to realistically contend for that elusive first Super Bowl ring in franchise history?One reason the Vikings have seemed so disappointing is that expectations were very high after last season’s miraculous run to the NFC title game. This time last year, Minnesota’s Elo rating was 1639, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. And before the 2018 season began, its Elo was 1602 — the highest it had been before any season since 1999. (That year, the Vikings went 10-6 and lost in the divisional round, which was also disappointing relative to expectations.) Compared with either lofty standard, the Vikings’ current rating of 1560 — 11th-best in football — hasn’t really hit the mark. Among teams that are still above a 1500 (i.e., average) Elo right now, only Philadelphia has fallen short of its preseason rating by a wider margin than the Vikings have.Minnesota hasn’t been able to gain much ground in Elo in part because it only ever beats the opponents it’s supposed to. (Except when it loses to them as 16½-point favorites.) The Vikings’ wins have come against a group that has a combined .313 winning percentage in games against other opponents, which is second only to the Cardinals (.269) for lowest in the league in terms of opponents a team has beaten. Meanwhile, the teams who have beaten the Vikings have a combined winning percentage of .704, fourth-highest in the league. (Their tie was against a Packers team with a .385 winning percentage in other games.) Playoff %Playoff % DAL53DAL52IND 23, DAL 0-1.1– Just when readers pulled closer to the Elo model in Week 14, our algorithm struck back in Week 15, winning by an average of 44.4 points over the typical reader. The field picked up points for believing in the Browns against the Broncos — or at least considering Cleveland less of an underdog. (Cleveland won, continuing its incredible turnaround season.) But that was one of the week’s few bright spots for readers, as Elo had the better pick on average in 13 of 16 matchups, including Pittsburgh’s upset win over New England and the Eagles’ victory at the L.A. Rams.Despite the carnage, congrats are in order to James Hare, who won Week 15 with a tally of +123.9 points. And let’s give yet another round of applause to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who stayed at No. 1 for the season with +960.2 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair impasse: President brushes aside CJ’s ruling, says will continue to act with his ‘perception’July 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Court ruling: State should abide by CJ’s declaratory orders- Bar CouncilJuly 22, 2017In “Court”GECOM Chair Ruling: Plaintiff to appeal, says Chief Justice ‘extended herself beyond case requirement’July 18, 2017In “Court” The High Court, on Monday, ruled against the Government’s interpretation of Guyana’s Constitution with regards to the appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.Marcel GaskinThe decision was taken by Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire as she noted that persons within the Judicial system hold no precedence over others for the position of the Chairman.The Chief Justice further explained that the arguments presented by Attorneys on behalf of President David Granger’s case proved to be irrational, highlighting that while the Constitution states that nominees for the post should fall into the categories of judge, former judge or someone eligible to be a judge, the first two categories are not compulsory.Furthermore, she noted that the term “any other fit and proper person” allowed more space to select the six candidates, while highlighting that “there is no mandatory category.”According to the Chief Justice, Granger should provide reasons for rejecting nominees presented by Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo for the position of the GECOM Chairman in accordance with Article 161 (2) of the Constitution which refers to the need for communication and negotiation. However, the President is not obligated to provide reasons.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David GrangerThe case was called before Chief Justice George-Wiltshire on June 27 2017, with submissions from a representative of the State; the plaintiff, businessman Marcel Gaskin’s attorney; Glenn Hanoman and the Guyana Bar Association representative; Attorney-at-Law Teni Housty.Gaskin, a businessman and engineer, had moved to the High Court in March of this year to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of six nominees.Gaskin, also the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, had wanted the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by President Granger.Granger has maintained that the list of nominees must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge. On the other hand, Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be judge-type as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.The most recent GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally was not a judge or qualified to be a judge and neither were most of the past chairpersons. Granger had also accepted the nomination to serve as GECOM Chairman several years ago. read more

first_imgTHE CHAIRMAN OF union claiming to represent over half of Dublin’s firefighters says he has been barred from entering all fire stations in the capital as of this morning.John Kidd, the chair of the Irish Firefighters and Emergency Services Association (IFESA), has been barred from entering all stations effective from this morning amid ongoing dispute with management over cuts to resources in Dublin Fire Brigade.A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade was unable to confirm that Kidd had indeed been barred.Kidd, who retired from active fire service duty two years ago, told TheJournal.ie this afternoon that management “did not want me talking about inefficiencies”.“They are trying to instigate 20 per cent operational cuts in Dublin,” he said adding that he did not know specifically why he had been barred having only found about it this afternoon.A recent policy document published by the Department of Environment has caused outrage among many rank-and-file firefighters.The ‘Keeping Communities Safe’ policy document proposes to reduce the manning of fire engines by a fifth.It also proposes that certain automatic fire calls would be replaced with manual calls with union representatives warning that the planned changes will increase the risk to the safety of firefighters and the general public.IFESA claims to represent around 380 of the 700 firefighters working in Dublin and says it has 120 more who want to join the association. But it is not recognised by Dublin City Council and fire brigade management who only negotiate with SIPTU and IMPACT.IFESA claims that it is entitled to negotiating rights under its affiliation with the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), which is part of the 24/7 Alliance of frontline, emergency services alliance.Kidd said that being barred from fire stations in Dublin would “make me even more popular”.Earlier this month firefighters in SIPTU were reported to be undertaking a national ballot for industrial action in response to the DoE policy document.Read: GRA national executive meeting to ‘consider all options’ following votes for industrial actionlast_img read more

first_imgThe PlayStation Network has slowly been stumbling back online. First developers started to see signs of life, then Sony turned parts back on for gamers. Two days after doing so an issue was found with the password reset that allowed anyone with your email address and date of birth to take control of your account. In response, Sony took access to some of its websites and the password reset page offline again.The good news is, PSN is coming back slowly, and now we have found out we can expect to get the PlayStation Store back online come May 24.That news comes via a memo Sony sent to developers and publishers explaining its plans. The date is still tentative as it will only be honored if no more issues occur. If it does go ahead, expect a lot of new content to appear over the coming weeks.Being offline for three weeks has meant new content planned for release has built up. So Sony is going to release it in batches a couple of times a week for a few weeks. When they have caught up we will go back to a regular schedule.The planned batch releases will occur on May 24 and 27, then May 31 and June 3. The release schedule will be the same as was originally intended, but publishers can ask for it to be changed if there is a good reason for doing so.The PlayStation Store is one of the most important areas of PSN. Sony, develoeprs, and publishers count on it for revenue, while gamers use it to purchase digital games and get DLC. Having it come back online should help calm angry gamers, but it should also allow Sony to start saying sorry by offering free games to everyone.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more