Finish works in illegal colonies in 5 months Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked officials to complete development works in unauthorised colonies within five months, here on Saturday. He said this after reviewing development works at a meeting. Kejriwal would monitor the developmental works on a weekly basis and had sought weekly report on the progress, the government said in a statement. The works included construction of roads, drains, lanes and laying of sewer lines. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Development works are continuing in 781 unauthorised colonies, spread across 20 Assemblies constituencies, like Burari, Matiala, Vikaspuri, Badli, Mundka, Kirari, Nangloi, Uttam Nagar, Najafgarh, Sangam Vihar, Okhla, Badarpur, Deoli, Rohtas Nagar, Gokulpuri, Bijwasan, Chattarpur, Karawal Nagar and Patparganj. At the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed that the work was stopped because of the election code of conduct during the Lok Sabha elections. Stating that residents of these colonies have the right to lead their lives with dignity, Kejriwal said, “The Delhi government has made a provision of Rs 1,500 crore in the budget for the development of these colonies.”last_img read more

Sai Praneeth advances to second round

first_imgTokyo: Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth stormed into the second round of the Japan Open after beating Kento Nishimoto in straight games in the men’s singles event here on Tuesday. The unseeded Praneeth recorded a comfortable 21-17 21-13 win over the Japanese shuttler in just 42 minutes at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament. He will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round. In the mixed doubles event, Satwiksairak Rankreddy and Ashwini Ponnappa started their campaign on a winning note. The duo beat the German combine of Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler in straight games 21-14 31-19. However, it was a bad day in the office for the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy, who crashed out with a 12-21 16-21 loss to Malaysia’s Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin. On Wednesday, top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will begin their campaign in the women’s and men’s singles respectively. Sindhu, who is seeded fifth, will face Yue Han, while Srikanth will take on compatriot H S Prannoy.last_img read more

TECNO launches two new budget smartphones in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Hong Kong-based Transsion Holdings’ brand TECNO Mobile on Thursday launched two entry-level smartphones in ‘SPARK’ series — Spark Go and Spark 4 Air — in India. Spark Go is priced at Rs 5,499 for 2GB RAM + 16GB storage option. Spark 4 Air is priced at Rs 6,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage option. The devices would be available at more than 35,000 offline retail stores across the country, the company said in a statement. “With TECNO SPARK, we are certain to address the pain points of our consumers related to video watching experience in the entry-level segment,” said Arijeet Talapatra, Chief Executive Officer, TRANSSION India. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In terms of specifications, both devices runs on HiOS 5 based Android Pie and features 6.1-inch HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 85 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The device also comes with an AI read mode that automatically adjusts the screen brightness and colours. The dual-SIM ‘Spark Go’ is powered by MediaTek Helio A22, 2.0GHz Quad-Core processor paired with 2GB RAM. Spark Air 4 is also powered by same processor paired with 3GB RAM. Spark Go comes with 8MP AI rear camera paired with dual flash and Spark 4 Air houses a 13MP rear camera. Up front, both the devices features a 5MP AI selfie camera with a micro-slit front flash. Both the smartphones are fueled by a 3,000mAh battery.last_img read more

96 victim impact statements entered in sentencing for killer of Winnipeg teen

first_imgWINNIPEG – A sentencing hearing for a Winnipeg man who admitted he murdered a teenager and stuffed his body in a garbage bin will go ahead with all 96 victim impact statements.Justice Glenn Joyal has ruled all the submissions are admissible, but only 16 from family and close friends will be read aloud in court.Nicholas Bell-Wright, who was 22 when he was charged, was to face a sentencing hearing last week after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of Cooper Nemeth in February 2016.But the judge delayed proceedings so he could decide what to do with the eight dozen impact statements.Bell-Wright’s hearing is to resume on Wednesday.Nemeth, who was 17, was shot in the head twice after a house party and his body was found nearly a week later after an extensive search.Investigators said at the time they believed the teen was killed somewhere else and his body moved to the garbage bin on private property — not far from where the party was held.Police also said they did not think there was any gang involvement, but that the killing was drug-related.Joyal opened court on Monday with discussions on the admissibility of all the statements. Last week, court had heard concerns that the number of submissions could have a disproportionate effect on the outcome of sentencing.The Crown had indicated it needed more time to go through all the submissions and Joyal asked that they be whittled down to prevent drawing out the hearings. However, the defence agreed to all the statements being considered.The minimum sentence for second-degree murder is life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.A memorial for Nemeth attracted hundreds of people. It was organized by the Bear Clan patrol, a group of volunteers who walk Winnipeg’s streets at night to promote safety and provide support to the inner city.(CJOB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

What does losing official party status mean The Canadian Press explains

first_imgTORONTO – The resounding defeat of Ontario’s Liberals in this week’s provincial election saw the party that previously held a majority slip below the number of seats required for official party status in the legislature. Here’s a look at what that means.What happened?The broad collapse of Liberal support throughout the province meant the party claimed just seven seats. Current rules dictate that a party needs to have a minimum of eight elected members in order to qualify as an officially recognized party in the legislature.Is the eight-seat threshold a hard rule?No. The threshold for official party status has changed several times in the past and can do so again at the discretion of the government of the day. Premier-designate Doug Ford and his majority Progressive Conservative government could theoretically adjust the cutoff point and allow the Liberals to enjoy the numerous benefits of official party status.What are the benefits of official party status?Money, for a start. The legislative assembly’s internal economy board sets aside funds each year to be distributed among official parties. The Legislative Assembly Act states that official parties can use those funds for research, staff salaries and other purposes the party caucus determines. As things stand now, the Liberals will not have access to any such funds.But can they still operate as usual in the house?No. Without official status, the Liberal Members of Provincial Parliament must operate as independents, which means they lose many privileges they were accustomed to in the past. The assembly’s standing orders state independent MPPs will be excluded from debates where time is supposed to be divided evenly between recognized parties. In debates without such conditions, independents may contribute if the house speaker calls on them. Participation in question period is also heavily contingent on the speaker. Independent legislators can submit requests to ask a question, and the speaker will decide whether or not to recognize that member. The standing order specifies that the speaker must make sure independent members have the same level of opportunity to participate as members of official party caucuses other than party leaders. Independents are also not entitled to reply to ministerial statements, receive copies of government notices of motion or amendments to bills and other such documents.So what can independent members still do?Standing orders state that they can be appointed to standing committees, introduce private members’ bills, make comments or ask questions on other members’ speeches, put written questions on the order paper and raise points of order.last_img read more

Workers at GMs Canada plant hold work stoppage over closure

first_imgOSHAWA, Ont. — Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, are holding another sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility that would lead to the loss of 3,000 jobs.The union confirmed Wednesday’s work stoppage following an earlier protest Tuesday.Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but were turned down.The union suggestions included extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant. GM says they’re not economically viable.GM announced in November it would cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Centre justifies law for 10 quota to economically weaker sections

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday justified in Supreme Court its recent law granting 10-per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality” by providing “equal opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status”.The government said the new law will not be covered by the Indra Sawhney versus Union of India (popularly called Mandal Commission verdict) of 1992 as provision for reservation was made after amending the Constitution. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”That the Constitution Amendment (103rd) Act 2019 was necessitated to benefit the economically weaker sections of the society who were not covered within the existing schemes of reservation, which as per statistics, constituted a considerably large segment of the Indian population,” an affidavit filed by the Centre said. It said in order to do justice across all weaker sections of the society, “it was therefore considered imperative that the Constitution be appropriately amended to enable the State to extend various benefits, including reservations in educational institutions and public employment to the EWSs of the society who are not covered by any of the existing schemes of reservation…”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe Centre’s affidavit was filed in connection with a matter where a batch of petitions have challenged the validity of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019 on the ground that it is contrary to the decision of this court in Indra Sawhney versus Union of India and violates the basic structure of the Constitution. “It is submitted that the conclusions drawn in Indra Sawhney are inapplicable to the present case as the said judgment was delivered while determining the constitutional validity of certain Office Memorandums issued by the Government of India in the year 1990, which provided for reservations for the backward classes of citizens in services under the State,” it said. The affidavit said the present challenge, however, is in relation to the validity of a constitutional amendment made wherein Article 15(6) and Article 16(6) have been inserted, which did not exist on the book when Indra Sawhney verdict was delivered. “Indra Sawhney verdict and the findings therein can therefore have no application thereafter,” the affidavit said. The Centre contended that merely affecting or impinging upon an Article embodying a feature that is part of the basic structure of the Constitution is not sufficient to declare an amendment unconstitutional. “To sustain a challenge against a constitutional amendment, it must be shown that the very identity of the Constitution has been altered,” it said. The government said the impugned amendment is in conformity with the constitutional principles and therefore does not violates the basic structure doctrine. “That in order to provide reservation to EWS without disturbing the existing reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, the constitutional amendment has provided for a maximum of 10-per cent reservation for EWSs in addition to the existing reservations. The limit of 50 per cent is only applicable to reservation made under Article 15(4), 15(5) and 16(4) and does not apply to Article 15(6),” the affidavit said. It said several committees were set up wherein quantifiable data was collected highlighting the need for having reservation for the economically weaker sections of the society. “Accordingly, the constitutional amendments were necessitated for providing opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status,” it said and added that it was essential that the EWS gets access to these facilities as mandated in the Constitution.last_img read more

UN rushing aid to Caribbean nations hit hard by severe weather

5 September 2008The United Nations is providing assistance to a number of countries in the Caribbean that have been badly affected by recent severe weather, particularly Haiti which has been the worst hit, the world body’s top humanitarian official said today. “We are faced with a combination, once again, of severe natural disasters in a number of places which is stretching our resources,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York today.A series of tropical storms and hurricanes have been hitting, and are continuing to hit, parts of the Caribbean. The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the United States itself have all been badly affected, said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.Up to 600,000 people may need assistance in Haiti, which has been struck badly by three storms in three weeks – Faye, Gustav and Hanna, Mr. Holmes stated, adding that the damage caused by the storms has made it difficult to get around and assess the extent of the situation. “But it’s clear that the death toll is significant,” he said, noting that could be between 100 and 200 people. Nine of the 10 districts in Haiti have been seriously affected. The UN estimates there are some 250,000 people badly affected in the city of Gonaïves alone, with around 70,000 people still in waiting for help in shelters.UN agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have been responding and strengthening their presence on the ground. In addition, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has deployed a UN disaster and coordination team (UNDAC) to the country on 3 September. “This is very much the beginning of the operation and we’re still trying to establish how bad it is and build up our capacity,” said Mr. Holmes, adding the UN will announce a flash appeal for Haiti, possibly as early as tomorrow. In addition, he was ready to assist with assistance from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).Mr. Holmes added that the UN is using its peacekeeping force in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, in the aid efforts, including for evacuation and for the distribution of relief items. “It was really, really difficult even for our troops to assist the population due to the level of the water,” MINUSTAH spokesperson Sophie Boutaud de la Combe told the UN News Centre.“The situation in Gonaïves is really critical and everyone is doing the best they can to support the national authorities,” she added.So far, MINUSTAH troops have helped to evacuate more than 500 people to emergency shelters, Ms. Boutaud de la Combe said. In addition, hundreds of people have been treated by the Mission’s doctors and its helicopters have been transporting food and other emergency relief supplies from the capital, Port-au-Prince, to Gonaïves. On the way back, the same helicopters have been transporting people who require urgent medical attention to the capital because the hospital in Gonaïves is not able to treat them, she added. Cuba has also been badly affected, particularly by Hurricane Gustav, possibly the worst storm to hit the island nation in 50 years, according to the Red Cross. “We’re trying to establish the exact extent of the damage and a joint assessment will be undertaken by the Government and the United Nations today,” stated Mr. Holmes. “Cuban preparations have, as in the past, functioned well in the sense that they managed avoid any casualties, as far as we know. But obviously the damage is very significant,” he added. Elsewhere, he said, the damage is significant but a bit less severe. Jamaica had a lot of flooding following Hurricane Gustav, and the UN has already allocated a cash grant of $30,000 and is in touch with the Government about further needs.There has been some damage in the Dominican Republic, but the biggest concern there is the potential for landslides and flooding if another storm hits the already saturated areas. “We are monitoring the situation there but the Government does not seem to need any special support.” The same is true, he added, of the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. read more

Reality check Video game puts Buckeyes among nations best

Video games are intriguing to some and confusing to others, but when it comes to “NCAA Basketball 10” by EA Sports, one thing is for certain: The Buckeyes are in the game, and look good.In “NCAA Basketball 10,” the Ohio State men’s basketball team is given an overall grade of an A-, putting them near the top of all the teams in the game. Only an A grade is better, and it’s reserved for teams highly ranked in the preseason polls, including Kansas, Michigan State and Texas. Besides the Spartans, the only other Big Ten school that is given a higher grade is Purdue, also highly ranked in the preseason polls. Connor Dougan, head producer for the game, revealed that game grades are based on a scouting report given to EA by a company called Blue Ribbon, who they have a partnership with. Each year, Blue Ribbon writes an extensive review of each college basketball team in the nation by gathering information through sportswriters and scouts that cover college basketball. EA’s portrayal of the Buckeyes comes largely from this review. Evan Turner, arguably the Bucks best player in real life, is the top-rated Buckeye in the game. He is given an overall rating of 87 and also tops other rating categories such as field goal shooting (80), rebounding (91) and passing (97). Ratings range from 1 at the lowest to 100. The in-game starting five is the same starting five coach Thad Matta normally sends onto to the court, with the only difference being the position that they play. Dallas Lauderdale (79 overall) is at center, Turner and David Lighty (75) at forward, William Buford (78) and Jon Diebler (81) are at guard. After the cut-off point for in-game rosters, Matta asked Turner to handle the point guard duties, so Diebler is generally handling the ball most of the time in the game. Buford is OSU’s highest-rated 3-point shooter at 78 and free throw shooter at 85. Lauderdale is OSU’s highest rated shot blocker at 92 and defender at 89. Diebler, the Buckeyes’ most prolific 3-point marksman, is given a rating of 76 from behind the arc.There are 3 separate categories that each team receives a grade on and grades range from D (the lowest) to A (the highest). Categories are overall, offense and defense. Offensively, the digital hardwood Bucks are given an A- and primarily run a half-court set. On the other side of the ball, they received an A- as well.In comparison nationally, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 16 in the game, while Kansas, Michigan State and Texas take the top three spots in that order. Each squad is given all A’s across the board. Other meaningful non-conference games Ohio State has this season include West Virginia and Butler. Based solely on how teams are represented in “NCAA Basketball 10,” the Buckeyes should be victorious against Butler, which has a B+ in each category. On the other hand, the matchup with West Virginia could be a difficult task, considering the Mountaineers are given an A overall and the Buckeyes lost to North Carolina (also an A) in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.What about that team up north? They are given an A- overall, similar to Ohio State, but ranked No. 22, thus, giving Matta’s squad the upper hand. read more

Croydon tram crash Teenager on his way to work among seven killed

first_imgA teenager on his way to work was one of seven people killed in the Croydon tram crash, it has emerged as the driver arrested over the tragedy is bailed by police.Dane Chinnery, 19, died after the two-car tram came off the rails and flipped onto its side while travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted”. Martin Bamford, 30, from Croydon, said he recalled the tram “speeding up”, adding: “Everyone just literally went flying.”Speaking outside Croydon University Hospital, where he was being treated for fractured or broken ribs, he said people were screaming and there was “blood everywhere”, describing the scene as “like something out of a film”. The tram was operating from New Addington to Wimbledon via Croydon when the accident happened at 6.10am.Scenes in the wake of the crash were described as “total carnage” and “like something out of a film” after the two-carriage tram tipped over in heavy rain next to an underpass.Survivors rescued from the wreckage said they recalled the tram failing to brake in its usual place at a bend on the track after speeding up. One said the driver told them he thought he had “blacked out”. Dane Chinnery Asked what he had seen, Mr Bamford added: “There was a woman that was on top of me … I don’t think she made it at all. She wasn’t responsive. There was blood everywhere.”Asked about the driver, he said: “I asked him if he was okay. He said ‘yeah’. I said to him ‘what happened?’ He said he thinks he blacked out.”The 42-year-old man, from Beckenham, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and taken into custody for questioning. His friend Sid Richardson told the Croydon Advertiser: “Dane was a young gentleman who made friends not enemies, peace not war and created love where there was hate.”The way he lived is a life lesson to many of us that knew Dane.”London mayor Sadiq Khan, who visited the scene on Wednesday, warned the death toll “may well increase”. Tram crash victim Martin Bamford outside Croydon University HospitalCredit:Catherine Wylie/PA Investigators are probing if the driver might have fallen asleep amid suggestions the vehicle failed to brake before taking a corner at speed.With six other deaths confirmed so far and 51 other passengers injured, the crash in south London during the Wednesday morning rush-hour was the first fatal tram crash in Britain for nearly 60 years. British Transport Police(BTP) said forensics teams are expected to stay at the crash site until Thursday evening at the earliest and identifying the dead might be a “complex and lengthy process”.A spokesman said: “A 42-year-old man arrested in connection with a derailment in Croydon yesterday has been released on police bail.”The man from Beckenham has been bailed until May while investigations continue at the scene and officers work to establish the circumstances of the incident.” Dane Chinnery, a Crystal Palace fan, was killed while on his way to work at a flood response firmCredit:Facebook Royal Navy veteran Kevin Snow, 57, was on his way to work in central London when the busy service overturned.The father of seven, from Barnsley, south Yorkshire, said the service, which he had been using regularly while working in London, failed to slow down at its usual point coming out of a tunnel between the Lloyd Park and Sandilands stops. Initial findings of the RAIB show that the tram came off the tracks as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12mph.An RAIB spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.”The last known death of a tram passenger in an accident is believed to have been in 1959. Two passengers and the driver died after a tram collided with a lorry and caught fire in Glasgow.The Croydon derailment is the biggest loss of life on the British tram system since 1917, when a tram running down a hill in Dover killed 11. The tragedy is being probed by BTP and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).BTP assistant chief constable Robin Smith said officers were investigating if the driver of the Wimbledon-bound tram fell asleep at the wheel, alongside “a number of factors”. The scene after the tram overturned, leading to the deaths of seven peopleCredit:Steve Parsons/PA The tram reportedly slid for up to 10 seconds before coming to a haltCredit:RAIB/PA Croydon tram Croydon tram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Investigators at the scene of the Croydon tram crashCredit:Jim Bennett for The Telegraph Rescuers at the scene of the disaster on Wednesday morningCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Croydon tram Tram crash victim Martin Bamford outside Croydon University Hospital Mr Chinnery was from Addington, an area in the south-east of the borough of Croydon. When the train derailed at about 6.10am, he was on his way to work at Hydro Cleansing Ltd, a Croydon flood response firm.Said to be a keen football fan who followed Crystal Palace, Mr Chinnery had previously attended Addington High School. He said: “Usually as you come out the tunnel you feel the brakes, but I didn’t seem to at all. I thought, he should be braking in a minute.”The next thing I knew we were on our side. Everyone was screaming and shouting, a lot of people were injured – lots couldn’t move.”He said the tram slid for between eight and 10 seconds before coming to a halt. Investigators at the scene of the Croydon tram crashlast_img read more

10 years on from manic aggression Behind the dressing room door on

first_img Android Share49 Tweet Email I never felt that we needed to go deep into the politics of it and, at the time, there were many other programmes and documentaries being made about the opening of the Croke Park doors.” Feb 11th 2017, 10:00 AM iTunes “There’s no end of people, be they politicians and academics who can talk at length on these things. There’s always a danger of elevating what is essentially just a rugby match to something else. You try and strike a balance between (it being a sporting event and) ‘this is a significant moment, because it encapsulates a lot of things for a lot of different people’.” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOStanding in Croke Park on 11 February 2007, it was impossible to think of it as just another game. Even La Marseillaise took a back seat to the novelty of playing on Jones’ Road. And the large tracts of space around the pitch that made it extremely tough to judge how close Ronan O’Gara came to the touchline as he scampered in for Ireland’s first try at the venue.O’Connell would dominate memories when the full footage was unveiled in future months, and he was buried at the heart of the game’s defining late moments. Namely the late 25-metre, energy-sapping, 70-second rolling maul that drove a feeling of pride and relief as the green pack rumbled out of their half and earned a penalty which O’Gara duly slotted to put Ireland 17 – 13 ahead.Soon, the delight would turn to anguish personified by O’Connell as he desperately reached for Vincent Clerc’s leg as the wing poached a last-gasp winning try.The next day out at Croke Park, the must-win encounter with England was by some distance the fondest memory Irish rugby fans were able to take from 2007. The defining moments of the Six Nations, unfortunately, were those last five minutes against Les Bleus.By time the music slows and the film approaches its end, Irish players sit in the reflection of the screen. It’s six weeks on from the tournament and they are straddling mixed emotions. On one hand, there are reasons to be positive about the World Cup ahead. On the other, the memory of Clerc in Croker still stings and casts a haunting look on some faces.“I don’t think it’s going to leave us,” said Shane Horgan as he and Gordon D’Arcy watched the footage back.“In the grand scheme of your life it’s not that important, but within your sporting life, it’s the most important thing. It will always be there.” Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHONugent picks out the ‘classically Irish’ sentiment of Tony Ward that the outcome of the Championship and the absence of a Grand Slam can’t be down to a mere bounce of the ball, but that Ireland must look within for why the game wasn’t closed out.“It’s almost like Shakepeare, the Julius Caesar quote,” points out the director: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves…”It rings a bell, sure, but it’s the words of O’Connell, not The Bard, which resonate for sport-loving Irish people 10 years on from that gut-wrenching day.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: http://the42.ie/3232955 ‘I’m more of a realist now’ – Ryan returns to lead Ireland with his actionsForget the bus, Schmidt’s Ireland have a point to prove after ‘wake-up call’ By Sean Farrell If someone’s walking, if someone isn’t filling a gap you get on his case. If I’m fucking walking I want to hear about it…center_img The visceral shock and awe imagery:I want them standing back going: ‘what the fuck is going on here?And everyone who’s paid even a fleeting glance at an Ireland international this century knows the chorus:… fucking manic aggression! Did you scare anyone? Did you fuckin’ put the fear of God into anyone?Maybe Paul O’Connell has delivered better speeches than his effort as stand-in captain that day. There are unquestionably inspirational deeds he has performed ahead of more pleasing results. Yet still, the sight and the sound of him demanding everything and more from his team-mates before the first rugby match to be played at Croke Park struck a chord with more than a nation, but rugby fans everywhere. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOO’Connell himself may have preferred if we never heard that speech before Ireland took on France at the home of the GAA, but the rest of us have Nathan Nugent and Dave Berry to thank. Even if the phrases have become so ubiquitous that we often forget where the credit is due.“It’s just part of the lore. Everybody feels they were there,” Nugent, co-director of Reaching for Glory, told The42 this week.“That’s when you know something has transcended being a documentary or anything. People own it. I’m sure he’s got that thrown back to him many many times, but that was just him in the moment.”As is so often the case with the very finest quotable lines, it wasn’t designed to enter the rugby lexicon as smoothly as it did. Berry and Nugent weren’t quite sure of the golden nugget they had until they pumped up the volume back in the editing room. It wasn’t a perfect clip, but that’s what made people listen all the more intently.“After the France game (Dave Berry) said: ‘they seemed to be animated, but I couldn’t really hear them’. Then I watched it back and said: ‘there’s definitely stuff we can use there, it’s pretty good’.“But when we brought it back to an edit suite and watched it we went: ‘yeah, definitely!’“As an editor by trade, I always think: ‘is there a way to condense this or cut it down?’And I just had to go: it’s going to be messy, because the moment is authentic. People don’t care that it’s not pretty, they just care that they’re seeing something real.”Even then, the Manic Aggression speech didn’t even rank as Nugent’s favourite O’Connell line in the doc. That came at the half-time interval a fortnight later.“The one that struck me most was during the England game when O’Connell says: ‘No one here is tired. I feel like I haven’t played yet… we should be going bananas for 40 minutes!’“Dave showed me that straight after half-time and I just went: ‘that is pretty brilliant!’ There are moments here that are purely authentic.”Catching golden moments like that don’t come easy. It takes years of trust-building to develop the camouflage needed to blend into an Ireland camp.Nugent and Berry worked together on similar behind-the-scenes productions for RTÉ, first turning their clips into footage for recaps and promos before deciding to stretch the reel out to make a documentary.They made a number of fly-on-the-wall films for both rugby and GAA under the title ‘Final Words’, which included Ireland’s 2004 Triple Crown win, and would go on to deliver ‘Ireland’s Grand Slam journey’ and ‘ROG’ to our screens in 2009 and 2014 respectively.By 2007, the pair were part of the furniture in the Irish camp to such an extent that the camera just wasn’t noticed in the minutes before and after taking the field. The only acknowledgement of the hot mic and red recording light seemed to come between meetings and sessions or during gym work in quips like Donncha O’Callaghan’s mention of ‘Gaillimh’ when he was enticing O’Connell to pummel a punching bag with even more gusto. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“Dave was better at embedding himself in the dressing room situation than I ever was – he had more of a brass neck! I would look after the outside a bit more and he would quietly sit inside the dressing room until he was told to get out.“It was mainly Dave embedding himself into the dressing room and Eddie O’Sullivan being okay with it initially, then over time he was just used to seeing him.”The result was a Reaching for Glory: a perfect snapshot of Ireland’s national team at a time when a golden generation were growing in confidence thanks to their provincial exploits in Europe, but were still falling agonisingly short of outright Championships on the international front. Source: Mark Conroy/YouTubeIt spanned a forgettable opener in Cardiff through a heartbreaking late defeat to France in Croke Park. Onwards to the euphoric redemption of beating England in an atmosphere thick with burden at the same venue and then back down to earth with a truly scary finish in Murrayfield until the title was eventually snagged away by France on points difference on the last day.Watching the film back this week, there is one element of the story that is conspicuous by its absence. Politics, the history that weighed on Croke Park in February 2007, the easy targets of Bloody Sunday, Michael Hogan and the long resistance from the GAA to changing Rule 42. It’s not a decision Nugent regrets in the slightest. This film followed a rugby team that unites an island.“You want to just approach something like that only through the prism of the players’ perspective,” says Nugent, who is currently in London working on a film by the name of Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.“If it affects them deeply then let them talk about it. They were aware of it, but they obviously knew how to manage the weight of it. If they let things get out of hand then they’d spend the week talking about politics and they’re not thinking about the game. 12 Comments TODAY MARKS A full decade since the most famous speech in Irish rugby history was roared out within the sanctity of the dressing room.We all know at least parts of it: whether it be the rousing call to arms. Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM 10 years on from ‘manic aggression’: Behind the dressing room door on rugby’s Croke Park debut ‘Everybody feels they were there,’ but O’Connell’s famous speech would only emerge much later. Short URL 18,477 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek Australian business community unites

first_imgTHE GREEK-AUSTRALIAN community’s two peak business groups have merged to form a united business-networking front. “We have probably not done enough to try and capitalize or build some bridges to other English-speaking countries, which happen to have very vibrant and very strong populations of Greeks” Nick Mylonas – HACCI PresidentThe Hellenic Business Forum and Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) will from now on be united under the HACCI banner. The new-look HACCI was launched at Parliament House last week. Speaking with Neos Kosmos, incoming HACCI President Nick Mylonas outlined the Chamber’s goals for the immediate future. The first step, he said, is to reestablish HACCI within the local community. “We want to make sure that we rejuvenate and reengage with the business community, because the reality is that the two organisations have been focused on bringing the merger to fruition so much, that for the last couple of years they’ve really been dormant.” During the period of the merger both organizations virtually ceased recruitment operations, which has seen numbers drop to below 500, though Mr Mylonas is confident that the situation can be rectified quickly. “If the other night is anything to go by, they’ll see that there’s a different smell, there’s a different ring, there’s a different tone,” he said. One of HACCI’s major new initiatives is the establishment of an internship program, aimed at giving young Greek-Australians a helping hand at the beginning of their careers. “I remember growing up myself thinking, ‘if only I could have someone in my family who was connected and could open up some doors for me, the world is my oyster’,” he said. “Well here we are, we’ve grown up, we’ve matured, we’ve established ourselves in different ways. We are now those people who hold those opportunities in our hands.” Also high on the new HACCI’s agenda is looking beyond Greece to establish international business partnerships, in particular targeting other Greek diasporic communities. “We have probably not done enough to try and capitalize or build some bridges to other English-speaking countries, which happen to have very vibrant and very strong populations of Greeks,” Mr Mylonas said. He intends to focus on the USA and the UK, but is also aware that countries like Sweden and South Africa also have very active Greek populations. There is also the possibility that engaging with Greeks in these countries will lead to greater opportunities in Greece. “I think that through them could possibly be the key for us to fast-track links back to politicians and government and people of influence in Greece. The opportunity’s enormous and we certainly want to pursue it, and mine it, and see what we can come away with,” he said. HACCI is calling for anyone interested in getting involved, either on the board of management or any sub-committees, to come forward and make their interest known. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australias richest Hellenes revealed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seven Australians of Greek descent feature in the BRW 200 Rich List published this week, the annual inventory of Australia’s two hundred wealthiest individuals and families.Leading the charge is veteran South Australian property developer Con Makris and family, ranked at 47, with an estimated worth of $1.03bn, up from $940m in 2014.Former barrister and founder of Jubilee Mines, Perth’s Kerry Harmanis, is Australia’s second wealthiest Greek, coming in at 83 with $617m, up $7m from last year.Sydney car king Nick Politis, owner of WFM Motors and chairman of Sydney’s Roosters NRL club, is valued at $594m; a cool $184m increase on his 2014 standing.Fellow Sydneysider Theo Karedis comes in at 91. The principal of Arkadia Property Services, who made a fortune in the liquor sector and diversified into property, saw his stock rise from $500m a year ago to $559m this year.Meanwhile, Melbourne’s own Harry Stamoulis fared more modestly over the same period, with his 2014 estimated wealth of $540m increasing by just $1m. Mr Stamoulis, whose new mansion in Toorak said to be worth $60m is nearing completion, drops from his previous number 86 position on the Rich List to 95.Victorian Spiros Alysandratos, chief executive of Consolidated Travel Services is estimated to have seen his net worth grow to $332m in 2015. Mr Alysandratos, who is ranked 174, down from his 163 ($320m) ranking last year, was reportedly inspired to start his wholesale air ticketing services in the 1960s after having trouble booking a flight to Europe.Geneva-based George Koukis, who migrated from Greece to Australia in 1971, is in 175th spot. Mr Koukis’ wealth – estimated at $332m – is derived from his banking software company Temenos, a business which he bought for less than $1 million in 1993.Named in the BRW Rich Families List, the Paspaley family ranked no. 15 with $891 million.last_img read more

US economy grew at robust 42 percent rate in Q2

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade.The performance of the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, was unchanged from an estimate the Commerce Department made last month, the government reported Thursday.The strong GDP performance has been cited by Trump as proof that his economic program is working.“We’re doing much better than anybody thought possible,” Trump said at a Wednesday news conference.However, a big part of that growth reflected a temporary rush to ship soybeans and other U.S. exports out before penalty tariffs triggered by Trump’s get-tough trade policies took effect.Economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter to between 3 percent and 3.5 percent, still a solid pace. While trade boosted GDP by 1.2 percentage point in the second quarter, due to a surge in exports, it is expected to trim growth by around 1 percentage point in the third quarter.Still, economists believe the country is on track for annual growth this year of around 3 percent. That would be the best performance since 2005, three years before the 2008 financial crisis pushed the country into the worst recession since the 1930s. The country is currently in the 10th year of an economic expansion, the second longest in history. But growth has averaged a lackluster 2.2 percent, making this the weakest recovery in the post-World War II period.last_img read more

How to prepare for the next earthquake

first_img KUSI Newsroom, AP July 8, 2019 Posted: July 8, 2019 Updated: 3:13 PM KUSI Newsroom, AP, center_img How to prepare for the next earthquake 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast.The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and overall is about 55% complete, with much of the remaining installation of seismic sensor stations to be done in the Pacific Northwest, said Robert de Groot of the U.S. Geological Survey.Areas that have the appropriate number of sensors include Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area and the Seattle-Tacoma region, de Groot said.The system does not predict earthquakes. Rather, it detects that an earthquake is occurring, rapidly calculates expected intensity levels and sends out alerts that may give warnings ranging from several seconds to perhaps a minute before potentially damaging shaking hits locations away from the epicenter.Depending on the distance, that could be enough time to automatically slow trains, stop industrial machines, start generators, pull a surgical knife away from a patient or tell students to put the “drop, cover and hold” drill into action.For alerts to be useful, delivery has to be timely, and that’s a problem with current cellphone technology. For cellphone delivery, the USGS ultimately intends to use the same system that delivers Amber Alerts, sending signals to everyone in reach of cellphone towers in defined areas where damaging shaking is expected.Pilot programs involving select users have been underway for several years. In October, the USGS announced the system was ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities following a software update that reduced problems such as false alerts typically caused by a big quake somewhere in the world being misidentified as a local quake.Currently, the only mass public notification is possible through a mobile app developed for the city of Los Angeles and functional only within Los Angeles County.The ShakeAlertLA app did not send alerts for last week’s two big quakes, but officials said it functioned as designed because the expected level of shaking in the LA area — more than 100 miles from the epicenters— was below a trigger threshold.Thresholds for alerting are important because California has daily earthquakes.“Imagine getting 10 ShakeAlerts on your phone for really small earthquakes that may not affect you,” de Groot said. “If people get saturated with these messages it’s going to make people not care as much.”In the Mojave Desert on Monday, rattled residents cleaned up and officials assessed damage in the aftermath of Thursday’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake and Friday’s magnitude 7.1 quake centered near Ridgecrest.It could be several more days before water service is restored to the small town of Trona, where officials trucked in portable toilets and showers, said San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert.Ten residences in Trona were red-tagged as uninhabitable and officials expect that number to increase as inspectors complete surveys. Wert said he’s seen homes that shifted 6 feet (nearly 2 meters) off their foundations.Electricity was restored to Trona over the weekend, allowing people to use much-needed air conditioners as daytime temperatures approached 100 degrees (38 Celsius).Teams will need several more days to finish assessments in nearby Ridgecrest, where the number of damaged buildings will likely be in the dozens, Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person said.Person says officials are bringing in counselors to help residents still on edge as aftershocks rattle the area.“You can’t feel every single one, but you can feel a lot of them,” she said. “Those poor people have been dealing with shaking ground non-stop since Thursday.”In studio with tips on how you can make sure you and your family is ready is Emily Cox from the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sensex Tanks 350 Points Consumer Durable Automobile Stocks Plunge

first_imgA benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday provisionally closed the day’s trade 350 points or 1.33 percent down, as consumer durables, automobile, capital goods, metal and banks stocks plunged.All sector-based indices of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ended in red.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P BSE, which opened at 26,260.35 points, ended at 25,999.34 points, down 349.99 points or 1.33 percent from the previous day’s close at 26,349.33 points.The Sensex touched a high of 26,462.08 points and a low of 25,933.98 points in the intra-trade.Sector-wise the S&P BSE consumer durables index was down 405.05 points, followed by automobile index which was lower by 359.91 points. Capital goods index plunged 294.66 points, metal index fell by 253.38 points, bank index decreased by 223.85 points, oil and gas index declined by 202.55 points and healthcare index slipped 197.92 points.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also provisionally closed in red. It fell 115.80 points or 1.47 percent at 7,748.20 points.last_img read more

Savar road crash kills 2

first_imgTwo people were killed and three others inured in a road accident in Pakija area on Dhaka-Aricha highway on Saturday midnight, reports news agency UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police and witnesses said the accident took place when a Dhaka-bound sand-laden truck hit a rickshaw and overturned as its driver lost control over the steering while giving side to a human hauler around 12:00 am, leaving two rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were admitted to different local clinics.Driver and helper of the truck, however, managed to flee the spot.A case was filed.last_img read more

Rapist BCL leader arrested finally

first_imgArif Hossain HawladerPolice finally on Tuesday arrested a local leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing, Bangladesh Chhatra League, on charges of raping six women and releasing the videos of rape scenes on internet.The arrestee, Arif Hossain Howlader, was the general secretary of Narayanpur union unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Bhedorganj upazila in Shariatpur.BCL expelled Arif on 11 November after one of rape victims filed a case with Bhedorganj police station against him.Allegations have it that Arif, a bachelor student at a local college, secretly installed video cameras in bathrooms to shoot videos of housewives’ bathing, and used them to blackmail the women. This is how he raped at least six women, according to allegations.He released videos containing scenes of rape since 15 October.Police said they have arrested Arif from Joyontika river in Saikka Bridge area of Gosairhat upazila of the district.Police’s assistant police super (ASP) for Shariatpur’s Gosairhat circle Thandar Khairul Hasan told Prothom Alo that police arrested Arif while he was returning to Gosairhat from Chandpur by a trawler.He said police tracked down Arif by tapping his phone.Read more: Accused of six rapes, BCL leader yet to be arrestedlast_img read more

Gamified CAPTCHAs dispense with distorted text

first_imgThe CAPTCHA is perhaps a necessary evil in our world. After all, how else are we supposed to know if someone is a robot or not? Now a new take on these human tests might save us from squinting at blurry squiggles, trying to determine if that’s a ‘3’ or a ‘B.’ Instead, you’ll just play a minigame.The gamified CAPTCHA would consist of a small interactive web element that has you complete some sort of simple task. You might have to click on different locations, or drag something across the screen. Whether you’re putting salad cream on a sandwich, per the example, or feeding a virtual fish, the goal is still to prove that you’re a flesh and blood human that can follow instructions better than a machine.A computer might not be great at recognizing distorted text, but the new CAPTCHAs developed by UK-based Future Ad Labs have another layer. Even if a computer can decypher and input text, it might not have the capacity to interact properly with a game, which requires much more complicated pattern recognition. That’s just a bonus, of course. The main benefit is that gamified CAPTCHAs are not as annoying for real people to use.Gamified CAPTCHAs might have a better chance of catching on thanks to the potential for product placement. Heinz is one of the first companies to sign up for the CAPTCHA games, thus the salad cream. Some companies are sure to jump at the chance to better imprint their products and name on your brain. And the poor souls being paid by spammers to complete CAPTCHAs will have a little more enjoyment in their lives too.last_img read more

Sanitation workers go on strike again

first_imgStandoff between Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government and BJP ruled three Municipal Corporations in the Capital region may halt civic services such as garbage disposal and sanitisation works again as thousands of safaikarmis(sanitation workers) of East Corporation who went on indefinite strike from Monday while employees of North Corporations are expected to join in a couple of days. Notably, the Capital had witnessed a similar situation inend of March when nearly 70,000 sanitation workers, who are fourth grade employees, had gone on strike demanding release of their salaries. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe move of sanitation workers had resulted in garbage pile-ups in every nook and corner of the city and the crisis, in all probability, will deepen this time as the workers are reluctant to resume work. On Monday morning, nearly 13,000 sanitation workers stopped collecting garbage from their respective areas and cleaning streets demanding immediate release of their salaries along with fulfilment of other promises. The workers claim their salaries have not been paid since April and demand full payment of dues. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“We need to be paid two months’ wages. We are hungry, we don’t have anything to feed our children with, which is why we are here on the streets protesting. During the earlier strike, we were assured that we would get our salaries on time but the Corporations have failed to do fulfil their promise. In one or two days, employees of other Corporations will also join us as they have also not received salaries for the past two months,” said Rajendra Mewati, leader of sanitation workers. Like the earlier strike, sanitation workers not only refused to clean up the streets, but gathered at various locations and dumped rotting garbage on the streets. “The EDMC is responsible for paralysing civic services as it is not willing to pay our salaries. We want the government to take notice and give us our dues. If they pay us our wages, we are willing to return to work tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Mewati.last_img read more