Australia coach Darren Lehmann sorry for team’s poor Ashes show

first_imgAustralian coach Darren Lehmann tendered an apology on Wednesday for the team’s poor performance during the ongoing Ashes series in England.Lehman was responding to stinging criticism after the Australians lost the fourth Test at Trent Bridge cricket ground by an innings and 78 runs inside three days. The visitors had earlier lost the first and third Tests and are trailing the five-match series 1-3.”We have been poor, we have been outplayed by a superior opponent and, as coaching staff, players and selectors, we fully accept the blame for our losses at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge,” said Lehmann in a column on the Cricket Australia website.Also read: What really went wrong for Australia in Ashes”We don’t walk away from that responsibility, and we have been as up-front as we can over the past few days to explain that’s the case rather than try to find excuses. Not only do we want to be accountable for our efforts, but on behalf of our team I want to apologise for the manner in which we have lost,” he added.”We understand how disappointing the series has been, and I can reassure you we are doing our very best as a group to identify the areas in which we need to improve in order to ensure we get better as a team.”Also read: Michael Clarke retires  Lehmann has, however, dismissed suggestions that poor leadership by outgoing captain Michael Clarke and the presence of wives and girlfriends on the tour has contributed to the team’s poor show.advertisementMichael deserves respect”Michael deserves the chance to go out with the respect and dignity that he has undoubtedly earned over a fantastic career, and I want to see that career suitably celebrated,” the former batsman asserted.”As a coach and as a selection panel, we know how much pressure and scrutiny comes with the job of captaining Australia’s Test team and we want him to enjoy some time with his family who have come over to see him play his final Test.””While we’re happy to cop criticism for the way we bat, bowl, field or prepare I believe it’s unfair to suggest having families with us as a reason for our on-field efforts. Some of the guys in our squad have schedules that have meant they’ve been at home for a total of three or four days since the Boxing Day Test last December – less than a week in more than seven months,” he added.”There is no way, as coach of the Australian cricket team, that I am going to oversee a set-up that doesn’t welcome wives, girlfriends, children and other family members when our players and staff are spending that length of time travelling. Their presence also helps to provide a bit of normality during a long stint of travel.”He also said that the team could not be blamed for lack of effort in preparation and training during the tour.”Even on the occasions when we’ve lost Test matches in three days, I don’t see the value of scheduling extra training sessions,” Lehmann remarked. “There are times when you need to switch off and just relax.”The 45-year-old also stated that he continues to have great confidence in the future of Australian cricket, the coaching staff and the players.last_img read more

Fear of counterfeits stops RBI from issuing high value notes

first_imgMumbai, Sep 18 (PTI) Acknowledging that peoples wallets are thickening as they are required to carry more notes for errands, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said it is difficult to have currency notes of bigger denominations due to fear of counterfeiting. “Given that we are in a somewhat difficult neighbourhood, there is some concern on the extent of forgery that will take place if we do too large value notes,” he said addressing the fourth C K Prahlad Memorial Lecture here. “If I have a Rs 10,000 note, the value from forging it and the incentive to do all the investment that is needed to do all the forging devices increases,” he said, adding that counterfeiting a Rs 10 bill is the “foolest form of forging”. Rajan did not name any country while talking about the menace of fake currency, but investigating agencies suspect most of the counterfeit notes originate from Pakistan. The RBI chief said he has seen some “incredibly good” fakes of Rs 500 notes, but added there are a slew of security features which keep getting added. “There have been arguments that we now carry very thick wallets because we need very many notes to make ordinary payments,” he said. The real solution to this problem lies in doing transactions electronically through means like mobile payments, Rajan suggested. PTI AA RSY STS SRElast_img read more

Barcelona sign centre back Samuel Umtiti on five-year deal

first_imgBarcelona have signed centre back Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyon for 25 million euros ($27.75 million), the La Liga winners said on Tuesday.The 22-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract, came through the Lyon youth system and earned his first cap for France in the European Championship quarter-final against Iceland, which the hosts won 5-2.”FC Barcelona have signed 22-year-old French international defender Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyonnais for the next five seasons,” the Spanish club said in a statement on its website ( (Also read: Barcelona confident Lionel Messi will stay, urge fans to support him)Umtiti made 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season to help Lyon finish second in the table, behind champions Paris St Germain.($1 = 0.9011 euros)last_img read more

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli to take charge at Argentina

first_imgThe Argentine FA have identified Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli as their choice to take charge of the national team and revitalise their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, AFA President Claudio Tapia said on Thursday.Argentina, runners-up to Germany at the last World Cup, are fifth in South American qualifying with four matches to go.Only the top four — currently Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile — go through automatically while the fifth-placed team has to go through an intercontinental playoff with a side from the Oceania confederation for a berth in Russia in 2018.Tapia, who sacked coach Edgardo Bauza after his election to the AFA chair last month, told ESPN that Sampaoli was their man.”Today I can confirm that Sampaoli is the only candidate,” he said, adding that the AFA would negotiate with Sevilla for Sampaoli’s release from his contract once the league season in Spain concludes next month.Sampaoli joined the Spanish club on a two year contract last June.Tapia’s comments confirm weeks of speculation about the appointment of Sampaoli, who led Chile to the Copa America title in 2015.Argentina, who are a point behind Uruguay and Chile, face a tough away trip to Montevideo for their next qualifier on Aug. 31 and must play without captain Lionel Messi, who has been suspended four games for insulting a match official.Messi, who has already missed a 2-0 defeat away to Bolivia, is also due to miss home games against Venezuela and Peru but could return earlier if an appeal is successful.advertisementFailing that, he would return to face Ecuador in the final group game.Argentina also have friendlies lined up against Brazil, in Melbourne, and Singapore on a June tour to prepare for the qualifiers.last_img read more

Sreejesh likely to get a reprieve for playing in charity match

first_img(Eds: Making correction in para 5)By Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryBhubaneswar, Dec 3 (PTI) PR Sreejeshs decision to play in Virat Kohlis charity football match might have raised a few eyebrows but Indias premier hockey goalkeeper might well just get away with a reprieve, at least this time.Indian hockey teams regular captain Sreejesh played a Celebrity Clasico in October this year in Mumbai, featuring the countrys top sports and Bollywood stars, including India cricket captain Virat and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.During that period Srejeesh was on a break but what went against him was that he was recuperating from a serious injury that time after being sidelined from the national team following the Azlan Shah Cup in May earlier this year.There were reports that Sreejeshs action didnt go down well with the team management but he might just get away as Hockey India is yet to initiate any disciplinary action against him.”Yes, it came to our notice but we didnt initiate any disciplinary action as yet. We are currently busy with the Hockey World League Final and no disciplinary meeting has been called,” Hockey India CEO Elena Norman, who is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee, told PTI.Another member of the Disciplinary Committee is completely in dark about the issue and said he only came to know about the matter when contacted today.”Its news to me. I only came to know about the matter today. I am not aware of any Disciplinary Committee meeting. I havent been told anything by Hockey India as yet. Any progress on this matter will take place, if it has to, only after the Hockey World League Final,” said the senior member of the committee.advertisementConsidered as the best in his business, Sreejesh has been the backbone of Indian hockey since his debut and his brilliance under the bar won India many matches, which includes the 2014 Asian Games gold in Incheon.In May this year, Sreejesh had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia and since then he has been out of the side. India is desperately hoping for Sreejesh to recover soon especially with a busy 2018 lined up.But Sreejeshs action is in serious breach of Hockey Indias Code of Conduct and he faces the risk of four months suspension.”Sreejesh is a role model for young hockey players and his actions will leave an impact on them. Even though I dont know whose permission he took to play in the match just when he was recovering an injury, I feel he should have avoided it thinking about his own and nations cause,” the Disciplinary Committee member, said.”Having said that he never had any disciplinary issues in the past, so I feel he will escape with a warning. India need Sreejesh services.”But the big question which is making round is that just whose permission did Indias premier goalkeeper take to play in the Celebrity Classico.”Sreejesh didnt ask Hockey India before playing in the match. We dont have anything on record,” the HI CEO said.”He might have taken permission from his coaches, physio or the High Performance Manager,” she said.High Performance Manager David John, however, said he was not approached by Sreejesh.”I was not asked. During that period I was not in India. I was with the team in Dhaka for the Asia Cup,” John said.When contacted, Sreejesh refused to comment on the issue.”I wont like to comment anything on the issue. We will talk later,” he said before disconnecting the phone. PTI SSC ATK ATKlast_img read more

Overhaul Ontario corrections system to emphasize human rights adviser

first_imgTORONTO – Most people in Ontario’s jails are held in maximum security, subject to regular and possibly unconstitutional strip searches, and without access to rehabilitation programming, according to an independent corrections adviser.Howard Sapers released a report Tuesday painting a picture of a system in need of an overhaul to emphasize human rights, and that lacks the proper tools to address Indigenous overrepresentation and full oversight when inmates die in custody.Sapers’ 62 recommendations include calling for a new Corrections Act to address legal gaps in Ontario’s system.“Dignity, respect and legality are integral to the delivery of correctional services,” Sapers said. “When paired with evidence-based correctional practice and the principles such as restraint in the use of state authority and a default to the least restrictive measure, the outcome is safe, effective corrections.”Corrections Minister Marie-France Lalonde said the government will address all of Sapers’ recommendations and will introduce new corrections legislation this fall.“We recognize that the current legislative framework contains little direction on many of the issues that Mr. Sapers has raised, issues such as how and when searches take place, who responds to inmates’ complaints and the conditions of confinement within our institutions,” she said. “These issues are of fundamental importance to both inmates and staff.”Ontario is one of the only provinces without a law curbing the use of strip searches in jails, despite the charter strictly limiting the “degrading” practice, Sapers said.Not only does the province have no law to address it, but government policy actually requires Ontario’s jails to carry out regular, routine strip searches of all inmates on a biweekly basis and daily for inmates in segregation, he found. Nearly all other provinces and the federal system place limitations on strip searches, he said.About two-thirds of the people in Ontario’s correctional institutions are on remand, meaning they are legally innocent, but the conditions under which they are held don’t reflect that, Sapers found. Almost all are held under maximum security conditions, which leads to limited access to programs, Sapers said.Ontario has no minimum security provincial jails.The province should explore non-institutional forms of pre-trial detention and establish minimum and medium institutions, Sapers recommended.Lalonde has previously announced that new jails will be built to replace existing facilities in Ottawa and Thunder Bay that have come under fire in recent years for overcrowding and infrastructure concerns. She suggested Tuesday that the new facilities won’t be maximum security by default.Sapers said the “vast majority” of inmates in Ontario don’t have access to effective discharge planning or supported gradual release. Discharge plans are only directed for inmates serving between 30 days and six months, leaving out people serving more or less time or on remand.As well, temporary absences can be powerful reintegration tools, but Ontario has dramatically decreased its usage of them over the last few decades, Sapers said. The vast majority of such passes for rehabilitative purposes — for work, education or community programming — go to people serving intermittent sentences, who already spend weekdays in the community, he found.New corrections legislation should expand the use of temporary absences, Sapers recommended.More than 150 people have died in Ontario’s correctional institutions over the last decade, but Sapers’ team couldn’t find definitive figures, he said. Most deaths were due to natural causes and therefore not subject to a full, arm’s-length review, because in 2009, the government removed a requirement for a mandatory coroner’s inquest for such deaths, Sapers said.All in-custody natural deaths should require an inquest, he recommended.Sapers also found there is almost no law in Ontario directing how inmate complaints should be handled. Most institutions don’t have dedicated complaint forms, inmates generally aren’t given a copy of their complaint, and the vast majority are not centrally collected or tracked.Indigenous people make up about two per cent of Ontario’s population but 13 per cent of provincial inmates, Sapers said. The ministry should establish a separate Indigenous policy and programs division, he recommended.“It is questionable whether, in the absence of a central and permanent Indigenous division with dedicated, high-ranking leadership and decision-making authority, the necessary fundamental change will occur,” Sapers wrote.last_img read more

JK Rowling Lights Up Empire State Building To Launch Lumos USA

first_imgJK Rowling today (April 9) lit up the iconic Empire State Building in New York to mark the launch of Lumos USA as part of the NGO’s global mission to bring light to the lives of eight million children living in orphanages and institutions around the world.J.K. Rowling lights up the Empire State BuildingCredit/Copyright: Lumos/Stuart RamsonThe world famous author came to America this week with the messages at the heart of Lumos’ work – that 80% of children in orphanages are not orphans but have been separated from their families due to poverty, disability, conflict and disasters; and that families are the best place for them to grow up. And in a bid to help shed light on this issue, has written a personal and thought-provoking article on the subject, which is available at“Lumos has a single, simple goal: to end the institutionalization of children worldwide by 2050,” wrote Rowling. “This is ambitious, but achievable. It is also essential. Eight million voiceless children are currently suffering globally under a system that, according to all credible research, is indefensible. We owe them far, far better. We owe them families.”Named after the light-giving spell in the Harry Potter books, Lumos is an international non-profit organization that helps countries reform their services for disadvantaged children, moving from systems based on residential institutions and orphanages that separate children from families to services which support them to stay together in the community.Lumos’ mission draws on decades of scientific evidence, including recently published work by Harvard University, showing that institutions have a negative impact on children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development by depriving them of the close, individual care and attention parents provide within a family.In launching Lumos USA, Patron J.K. Rowling said: “Children need families, and families need their children and I believe it is entirely possible, with concerted effort, to help to transform the way the world cares for disadvantaged children. We owe this to the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, most of whom do have parents and families who, given the right level of support, could care for them at home.”After a decade working with governments in Central and Eastern Europe to help them to close down State-run institutions for children and create new services that support vulnerable children stay with families, Lumos is now also working to address the use of largely privately-funded orphanages, which is increasing in many parts of the world. Lumos has recently begun to work in the Latin America and Caribbean region, focusing on Haiti, where more than 30,000 children live in orphanages, but at least 80% of them NOT orphans.Encouraging reform of the funding that supports orphanages is a key part of Lumos’ work. It has played an important role in influencing the way that European Union aid is now spent – to support community services for children and families, not to build or renovate institutions and orphanages. Lumos USA will build on this advocacy activity by working with US Government departments – including the US Agency for International Development – and bodies such as the World Bank to promote a similar funding principle. The right of children to live in families is one of the core principles of the US Government’s Action Plan on Children in Adversity.Georgette Mulheir, the Chief Executive of Lumos – who last year was named by a prestigious US academic website as one of the world’s 30 most influential social workers – said: “The USA, its citizens and, indeed, the international community have a huge role to play to influence the agenda on children outside of family care. Foreign policy, development aid and individual giving can help shape the future for vulnerable children and their families in a sustainable way, ensuring that no child is denied the right to family life.”The United Nations is currently creating a set of post-2015 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) – a set of aspirations and principles, which will influence how billions of dollars in aid are used around the world. Early drafts have stressed the importance of child health, development, education, and protection, but does not recognize that a family is the only effective way of providing those vital elements.In order to support Lumos’ campaign to draw attention to the omission of families within the SDGs, J.K. Rowling wrote privately in March to leading figures in the United Nations, urging them to recognize the vital role of families and include targets for a significant reduction of numbers of children outside family care in the SDGs.To celebrate the launch of Lumos Foundation USA, Lumos is raising funds to reunite children with families. For the next month, Lumos USA will run an online sweepstakes giving every eligible US resident who donates over $10, the opportunity to win one of four generously donated prizes: two signed copies of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Very Good Lives’ ; a VIP trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and tickets to Comic Con in San Diego in July 2015.One hundred percent of all donations to Lumos go directly towards their projects on the ground.Lumos USA Sweepstakes – to raise funds for reuniting children with familiesBetween now and May 10th Lumos USA is giving all donors of $10 or more the chance to win some fantastic prizes, all kindly donated in support of Lumos’ work to reunite families. Prizes include: • Two signed copies of the Very Good Lives book – the new release from Patron of Lumos USA J.K. Rowling, signed by the author herself. This brand new print version of her 2008 Harvard commencement speech deals with the issues of failure, and why imagination is so important, and contains anecdotes from the author’s own years as an undergraduate. • A trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the newly opened Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley, plus Hogsmeade. This trip of a lifetime includes 4 days’ park to park admission at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, an exclusive VIP tour of both parks plus early bird admission, for the complete VIP experience. This includes Business class flights if available for (4) people to Orlando from anywhere in the Continental U.S. • Two tickets and 3 nights accommodation to Comic-Con International in San Diego on 9-12 July 2015 where you can meet-and-greet with some of the top name artists, writers and visionaries who bring DC Entertainment comic books to life.For full terms and conditions visit read more

Geography prof named Chancellors Chair for Research Excellence

Assistant Prof. Michael Pisaric in the Department of Geography is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence for 2013-2016. The award consists of an annual research grant of $20,000 over three years.Up to $7,000 per annum may be taken as a release-time stipend.Recipients of the award present a public lecture as a way of sharing their contributions to scholarship with the University and wider community. They often receive invitations to present at other universities and events.Offered since 2001 by Brock University to recognize the excellence of the scholarship of faculty, the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence award is intended to encourage and sustain high levels of scholarly performance of faculty and to retain high quality faculty who have made or will make exceptional contributions to scholarship in their field. read more

In Berlin Annan discusses regional hotspots with German Foreign Minister

Speaking to the press after the 45-minute encounter, the Secretary-General stressed that Germany and the international community could contribute to addressing the situation in the Middle East. “The US, the EU [European Union] and the UN – all of us have a role to play,” he said.Mr. Annan arrived a few minutes early for his meeting with Mr. Fischer, who was addressing some 500 French and German graduate students at the time. The Foreign Minister invited the Secretary-General to join him on stage, to the delight of the students. The audience gave a standing ovation to Mr. Annan, who addressed them briefly.Later, the Secretary-General, along with the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and the President of the Parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, viewed a segment of the Berlin Wall which will come to the UN in October as part of an exhibit.The Secretary-General began his day in Munich, where he visited a police training centre and addressed former and future participants in UN peacekeeping missions. “As one peacekeeper to another,” he told the Bavarian police, “let me say ‘danke schön.'”He then met with the Minister President of Bavaria, Edmund Stoiber, for about an hour. In remarks after that meeting, Mr. Annan stressed the need to work in partnership in order to fight against HIV/AIDS.Tomorrow, the Secretary-General is scheduled to hold more high-level meetings with German officials, including Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Mr. Annan will also be awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin. read more

Lydian signs deal with Cat Financial for Amulsar gold mine equipment

first_imgLydian International Ltd’s wholly owned Armenian operating subsidiary has entered into a secured credit facility with Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) for a maximum principal amount of $42 million. Proceeds of the Cat Term Facility will be used to purchase Cat® mobile mining equipment for Lydian’s 100%-owned Amulsar gold project in Armenia.Construction at Amulsar started in October 2016; first gold production is expected during the first quarter of 2018.This is just one of dozens of projects to be covered in the first issue of 2017 of International Mining Project News (published fortnightly) – ask for more information on a subscription.Howard Stevenson, Lydian’s President and CEO: “We have crossed another major milestone in the development of the Amulsar gold mine and are extremely pleased to have Cat Financial support our future mining operations.The Cat Term Facility is available to be drawn in multiple advances through June 2018. Each advance will be repayable over a 75-month term, inclusive of a six-month initial repayment grace period. The Cat Term Facility bears an interest rate of Libor plus 4.5%. Principal security consists of specific equipment financed by Cat Financial. In addition, Lydian has provided an unsecured guarantee in favour of Cat Financial. All advances under the Cat Term Facility are subject to satisfaction of certain conditions. Endeavour Financial is acting as financial advisor to Lydian.Lydian is a gold developer, focusing on construction at its 100%-owned Amulsar Gold Project, located in south-central Armenia. Amulsar presents an opportunity for a large scale, low cost operation with production expected to begin in 2018. Open pit mining and conventional heap leach processing contribute to excellent scale and economic potential. Amulsar will be Armenia’s largest gold mine, with estimated mineral resources containing 3 Moz (Measured and Indicated) and 2 Moz (Inferred). Gold production is targeted to average greater than 200,000 oz annually over an initial 10-year mine life. Existing mineral resources and open extensions provide opportunities to improve average annual production and extend the life of mine.last_img read more

EHF CL Flensburg demolish Kiel

5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …11416280:286(-6)9 ← Previous Story TOP HANDBALL IN ROMANIAN CAPITAL: Five stars extend in CSM Bucharest! Next Story → Easy job for Barca in Montpellier 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…11902340:307(33)18 6. Orlen Wisla Plock11326301:317(-16)8 4. THW Kiel11515311:308(3)11 SG FlensburgTHW Kiel 3. MVM Veszprém11812319:286(33)17 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko11218293:315(-22)5 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu111010298:372(-74)2 1. SG Flensburg-Handewitt11902339:290(49)18 PHOTO: Benjamin Nolte, SG Flensburg SG Flensburg demolished Kiel 37:27 (17:14) in EHF Champions League derby match on Sunday. Ljubomir Vranješ has a lot of reasons to be satisfied with his team performance, but also two come-backs of Jim Gottfridson and Jacob Heinl, who made the night in “Flens arena” perfect…Moreover, Flensburg are currently on TOP position in Preliminary Group, which leads directly to the quarter-finals ahead of such teams like Veszprem and Paris Saint Germain.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – THW Kiel  37:27 (17:14)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (22/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (5/3), Glandorf (2), Mogensen (4), Svan (6/1), Wanne (2), Djordjic (1), Jakobsson (3), Heinl (1), Toft Hansen (1), Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (9), Kozina (1)THW Kiel: Landin (6/2 saves), Katsigiannis (9 saves) – Duvnjak (8), Ferreira (2), Mamelund, Sprenger, Ekberg (2), Anic (2), Canellas (4), Dahmke, Jaanimaa (3), Williams (1), Klein (2), Brozovic (1), Vujin (2/1)STANDINGS: read more

Column I petitioned to stop politicians promising the moon and stars

first_imgI EXERCISE MY democratic right a few months back. I submitted a petition to the Houses of the Oireachtas. It didn’t take too long. There was a scan through some explanatory notes, a couple of check boxes and a form to fill in with three sections. It was easier than many government forms and I felt strongly enough about the whole thing to spend a little time getting the wording just right.If you didn’t know about this petition thing, you can find out about it here.My petition was a simple enough proposition, something that most folk wouldn’t have too much of a problem with if it came to pass. I proposed that a new law be entered on the statute books making it an offence to commit perjury to gain elected office.Politicians promising the moon and the starsYes, it was that simple. Now I know that perjury is an offence already, but I wanted to make sure that the next time your friendly, neighbourhood TD came knocking at your door and promised you the moon, the stars and some bright shiny tax reliefs, they’d have to make damn sure that they could deliver all three without any mis-speaking, mental reservation or Programme for Government fudge. I wanted our aspiring political classes to have a bit of cop-on and not be guaranteeing new hospitals, GAA pitches and town-bypasses in the hopes of getting your first preference.I wasn’t singling out any particular party. I wasn’t asking them to do much more that speak plainly and without guile. All I wanted was this, that any candidate for elected office should be honest and straight with us and that the fibs and falsehoods that have dominated elections for too many years could finally be arrested or the fibber would be… arrested that is.You’re probably thinking that I was far too idealistic, that I had no sense of the way things are done and maybe you’re right. Maybe I didn’t think the whole thing through, for how could a political aspirant know what was coming down the track if the incumbent government were to secretive or incompetent to show us all the big picture.Maybe you’re thinking I was naïve and that the culture of elections and of the political class would simply ignore this simple proposition and carry on as normal. In my defence I would have to say that I’ve seen a great many elections and a great many broken promises. Sometimes childlike naivety isn’t such a bad thing, as it allows us to look with fresh eyes.There are also probably a few who are thinking that this was a cynical attempt to slur the good name of politicians who do so much for us, both at local and national level. That maybe so, but have a look at the local papers and see how many councillors are quoted, with mentions of street lights to be fixed and potholes to be filled, only for their words to be forgotten in a week’s time as we trip over loose pavements in the dark.The responseAnd what of my petition? What happened to this proposition to sneak a dose of old-fashioned honesty back into the politics of this State?Well, a couple of months or so after I submitted it, I got an email from someone on the staff of the Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions. There was a request to change the title of the petition to the ‘Introduction of legislation to criminalise non-delivery of commitments made during election/referendum campaigns.’ Furthermore they wanted to alter the wording of the petition… to replace the words ‘commit, support or by omission fail to refute an act of perjury’ with ‘make a public promise or commitment which they do not deliver on for reasons that could reasonably have been foreseen at the time’.Ah yes, the smell of fudge is already pervasive, even before it gets to the Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions. I acceded to the request, playing for time and hoping that perhaps the politicians on the said sub-Committee (their capitalization, not mine) might see the benefit of such legislation as it pertained to their prospective electoral opponents.Sadly and not surprisingly my petition failed. I received a very polite letter from the sub-Committee, which you can see below, and I feel it is only fair to quote from the letter, to illuminate the Committee’s views on my petition.‘The Committee also considered that it is a matter of judgment for each individual when casting their vote to determine the credibility of their candidate at election time. While it may be a disappointment to an individual to feel their candidate had reneged on an election promise the Committee considered that it would not be appropriate to make this a criminal offence.’In addition the Committee were of the view that there was adequate legislation already enacted to monitor politician’s behavior and the Standards in Public Office Commission has been established to ‘underpin compliance.’So there you have it. Half a pound of finest butter fudge for us all to share. The politicians police themselves and it’s up to us to spot the ones who are barefaced liars come election time.It does beg the question though… What if our local TD, councillor or MEP tells a porky to get themselves elected and we fall for it. Who do we complain to when the fabrication is finally exposed? Do we have to wait until the next election and hope that we’ve remembered the broken promises from the last ballot-box fiction? Or do we naively stand and speak out, petition the Oireachtas and mark a few political cards?As for me, I’m thinking about Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank Redemption. You know the bit where he writes to the Prison Board and gets no response… yes, that bit.Read: “There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James ReillyRead: OECD approves of Irish tax rate, but change is coming says Noonanlast_img read more

Man wronglyaccused of child porn learns to passwordprotect WiFi the hard way

first_imgIt started as something that many of us have probably done at one point in our lives. We get a new wireless router, have some trouble setting up the password, and decide we’ll deal with password-protecting our WiFi another day. Days go by, and you figure what’s the worse that could happen if you leave your WiFi unsecured? One Buffalo, N.Y.-based man learned the importance of password-protecting his wireless signal the hard way when a team of law enforcements stormed his house.The sound of his door being broken down awoken the man at 6:20 a.m. on March 7. Seven armed officers greeted the homeowner, whose name has not been released. He was forced to lie down on the floor while the officers pointed guns at him while calling him a pedophile and a pornographer. According to the Associated Press, the officers had the initials of I.C.E. on their jackets, which the man didn’t know stood for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and we don’t blame him.The agents searched the man’s desktop for about two hours that morning looking for evidence, and eventually confiscated the computer, as well as his and his wife’s iPads and iPhones. It took three days for investigators to realize the man, who had told the officers at the time of the intrusion that they had the wrong guy, was actually telling the truth and was indeed not the kiddie-porn downloader. A week later, investigators arrested a 25-year-old neighbor and charged him with distribution of child pornography. However, he did not get in trouble for piggybacking off the man’s WiFi signal.So how did they find this child-porn-downloading router in the first place? Back in February, an investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, signed into a peer-to-peer file sharing network and connected with someone named “Doldrum.” The agent looked at his shared files and saw images and videos of children doing sex acts. The agent was able to identify the IP address of the router and then got the service provider to identify the subscriber, which they thought was the man they had targeted.When they figured out they had indeed accused the wrong guy, investigators went back to the peer-to-peer site and looked at logs to see the other IP addresses the user “Doldrum” had connected from. They were then able to target the right perpetrator.Law enforcement officials say that people should take this as a cautionary tale and make sure to password-protect their wireless router. The man later got an apology from U.S Attorney William Hochul, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Lev Kubiak. He’s apparently not pressing charges.We can’t stress enough how important it is to protect your wireless router. This isn’t the first or the last time someone will be wrongly accused for pirating music, movies, or downloading child pornography because someone else is doing these things on their WiFi signal.Read more at AOL News via APlast_img read more

Handson with Qualcomms Toq the digital sixth sense smartwatch

first_imgOne thing Qualcomm wanted to make perfectly clear after their smartwatch announcement was that Toq was not about the company — classicly a component supplier — getting into the consumer technology.During the Uplinq 2013 keynote speech, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs ended a long speech about his vision of a “digital sixth sense” by sliding up a sleeve on his dress shirt and revealing a new smartwatch. As a totally wireless digital companion, Toq is an impressive combination of technologies geared towards offloading a bit of your smartphone experience to your wrist. Qualcomm isn’t approaching this project with the end goal of filling the shelves of Best Buy with their product, however. For Qualcomm, Toq is about showing the rest of the world the direction they think smartwatches should be headed in.The rubberized watch band features a pair of touch zones with the battery powering the device on the clasp, so you won’t ever be swapping the bands on this watch. Available in black or white, the Toq is either going to be just what you’re looking for or not your cup of tea — there’s not a lot of room for middle ground here. Toq is cut to fit you when you take it out of the box and, while that decreases the likelihood that you’ll be able to sell it later on, the personal experience there makes the watch truly yours after you fit it to your wrist. The clasp mechanism is a folding lock, and holding the water resistant device tight to your wrist.Instead of trying to re-create your Android phone on your wrist, as we’ve seen some do recently, Qualcomm has created smartwatch designed to act as accessory for your phone. The Mirasol display on the Toq gives the watch a color touch interface that is built to work in sunlight. There’s a front light for when you need to check your watch in the dark, meaning it will consume a great deal less power than a regular color display. Under that display is a generic Cortex M3 processor with a battery life that is expected to go for a couple of days without needing to charge.When you do need to charge Toq, you place it on the wireless charging pad and you’re done. The pad is collapsible like a carrying case, but easily setup to look nice sitting on a desk or a bedside table. The charging pad has two additional sections for the bluetooth stereo headphones that come with the premium audio version of the Toq kit. The wireless charging technology being used is a new standard Qualcomm has designated “WiPower LE” which they claim is built for wirelessly charging smaller objects. This will be available through the WiPower Alliance, in which Qualcomm is currently an active member.If you have an Android phone, you can pair with Toq. The watch uses Bluetooth 4 (Low Energy) to connect and work with your phone to deliver you information. The homescreen of the Toq offers you a glance at notifications as well as the time, and you can swipe through and either look at more notifications or jump into a few apps.The UI is blocky, a series of colorful squares with very basic tones and controls. Most of the apps are designed to work directly with your phone, like the calendar or music app. You can control your music from the watch, and even direct the audio to the bluetooth earbuds. It’s all very simple, and the addition of Alljoyn support means developers will be able to quickly support the watch if they are already familiar with the platform.Ultimately, Toq is a response to the mass of smartwatches and smartwatch concepts that Qualcomm feels are misguided. Like BREW before it, Toq is Qualcomm’s attempt to steer the ship by showing everyone what is possible and hoping that one of their hardware partners will take the hint and deliver to a broader audience.Toq is being made on a small scale, with no plans to sell internationally or to approach other form factors. Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms, made it clear that this is a small scale production with no intention to compete directly with their partners in stores. With a target price of $300 and a likely release date of October 10, Qualcomm hopes that Toq will show what is possible with a smartwatch and help create their digital sixth sense for users. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Toq MirasolToq MirasolOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToq InsideToq outsideToq Backlast_img read more

Greek government cracks down on fare evasion adding pressure on bus drivers

first_imgAs part of a new initiative by the Greek government, bus drivers are being requested to only open the front door of the bus to let passengers in, in a bid to crack down on fare evaders. By doing so, drivers will be able to check each individual’s ticket.While a simple concept, in doing so, an extra layer of pressure is being placed upon the underpaid employees, who are already faced with difficult working conditions.Of late, bus schedules have been cut back, resulting in large crowds waiting at certain stops. There is concern that the rule will only mean even further delays for commuters who are in a hurry to get to their destination.With that in mind, it makes sense that some drivers still insist on opening the middle and back doors for the public to get on the bus.To create greater incentive for drivers in the attempt to crack down on stowaways, the government is offering financial incentives to those drivers that actually comply with the new rules.Regardless, it is difficult to imagine such a rule having much longevity. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google et Hachette signent un protocole daccord

first_imgGoogle et Hachette signent un protocole d’accordGoogle et Hachette Livre annoncent aujourd’hui avoir signé un protocole d’accord, visant à fixer les conditions de numérisation par le géant américain des oeuvres dont le premier éditeur français a les droits.C’est une première dans le monde de l’édition en France. Aucun accord de ce type n’avait été signé auparavant. Le géant américain aura bientôt le droit de numériser les livres en langue française épuisés dont les droits sont contrôlés par Hachette Livre. Au total, 40.000 à 50.000 ouvrages désormais indisponibles sont concernés. C’est l’éditeur français qui décidera des oeuvres qui pourront être numérisées par Google et de leur prix en format électronique. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Lors d’un point presse, Arnaud Nourry, PDG de Hachette Livre, a indiqué que “les dispositions principales prévues au protocole d’accord ont vocation à être étendues à tous les éditeurs français qui le souhaitent”. Il ajoute que les oeuvres “pourront être proposées sous forme de livre numérique via Google Livres, soit être exploitées sous d’autres formes commerciales telles que l’impression à la demande”.L’AFP rappelle que Google a déjà numérisé en six ans plus de 12 millions d’ouvrages sans l’autorisation des éditeurs et contre l’avis des ayant-droits. Le géant américain a fait plusieurs fois l’objet de poursuites judiciaires, notamment de la part des éditions La Martinière et du Syndical national de l’édition. Le 17 novembre 2010 à 16:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kylian Mbappés 2018 gets crowned with the Kopa Award

first_imgFrench sensation Kylian Mbappé, was the first ever young player to receive the brand new Kopa Award during the Ballon d’Or gala last Monday.The world of football journalism is learning that they have to be more inclusive in order to evolve, they didn’t only give the first ever Ballon d’Or to the best female player of 2018 but they also gave the new Kopa Award to Kylian Mbappé.Created in the name of football legend Raymond Kopa, this prize is delivered to the best under 21 player in the world and the PSG forward was the obvious choice.Kylian Mbappé had already started his career two years ago when he mesmerized the whole world after making his official debut for AS Monaco, two years later he is already a World Cup champion with France and one of the most expensive football players in history after PSG paid a staggering €180 million for his services.His already impressive numbers from the first year as a professional have done nothing but grow since he moved to the French giants, he has even eclipsed Neymar during his time there and has even managed to earn a better spot in this year’s Ballon d’Or selection.Mbappé already is the future of world football, the true heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.I just want to follow my dreams…🖤— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 4, 2018We would advise you to not confuse this new award with the Golden Boy prize, which is also delivered by the press but it was actually created by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.The France Football Kopa Award is brand new and Mbappé is the first-ever player to receive it, he was right there next to Luka Modric and Ada Hererberg taking all the pictures that confirm he is the best young player in the world right now.But Kylian Mbappé’s year is even more impressive by a few other factors, one being that he even beat Lionel Messi on the list of player voted by the press to be the best in the world this year.While Leo was ranked fifth with 280 points received, the French youngster was fourth with 347 votes in his name.Kylian was only 67 points behind the third place in the podium, which was his compatriot Antoine Griezmann and 131 points behind the second-placed Cristiano Ronaldo.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Mbappé’s credit is huge given that he is still very young and his career is only getting started.Always together 😍..— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 4, 2018With this position inside the list for the adult players, it was pretty obvious that Kylian Mbappé would be the first-ever Kopa Award winner as he stepped on stage to receive the huge honor.This young talent is the one who is leading the brand new generation of very talented footballers to the new era, but he is not the only one who is performing at an alarmingly high level as there are many other great players who have the skill to deliver results and trophies for their club or country.However, despite how impressive the new generations of talented players appear to be right now, Mbappé still seems like the very best star inside a whole constellation of truly amazing talents.We are all in awe with the potentially dominating career that he will have in the next decade, we are also eager to know if he will decide to remain at PSG for his whole career or if he will choose to make the jump to one of the biggest clubs in the world such as FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.We saw him cross paths with president Florentino Perez during the ceremony, maybe they spoke about the future, maybe not.Trophée KOPA 🏆✅— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 3, 2018How long do you think it will take Kylian Mbappé to win his first Ballon d’Or? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Facebook is creating a cryptocurrency to use on WhatsApp says report

first_img 0 See how much time you’re wasting on Facebook In May, news site Cheddar reported that Facebook was “very serious” about the possibility of building its own digital currency for secure online payments. Facebook said at the time it had a small team looking into applications for blockchain — the encryption technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin — but didn’t offer specifics.Facebook still has a ways to go before its cryptocurrency is ready, according to Bloomberg. The company plans to develop a stablecoin that’s pegged to the US dollar, unnamed sources told Bloomberg, but is still working on strategy and ways to protect the value of its coin.Facebook bought encrypted messaging app WhatsApp back in 2014 for $22 billion. Bitcoin Facebook Cryptocurrency WhatsApp Post a comment Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1:31 Tags Facebook may be getting into the cryptocurrency game.The social network is reportedly developing a digital currency that will let users transfer money on its WhatsApp messaging service, according to a report Friday from Bloomberg. The effort will focus first on the remittances market in India, according to Bloomberg.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Mobile Mobile Appslast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | February 27, 2013 Oncology Information Systems’ Reporting and Alerts Leave Providers Wanting More As meaningful use and ACOs pick up steam, oncology providers contend with regulatory pressures with or without help from their vendors News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD February 27, 2013 — Alerts and reporting are two of the most challenging aspects of medical oncology, in addition to being the tools providers are least happy with overall. This is according to a new report from KLAS titled Oncology 2012: Pulling the Curtain Back.Study findings reveal that oncology information system vendors struggle with alerts. Specifically, Epic, Varian and Elekta seem to perform below average. Reporting is also an area for improvement. Providers report that Varian and Elekta’s canned reports are not robust enough to meet their needs, and the customized reports are difficult to use. Epic’s customized reports are not as user friendly as providers would like them to be.Meaningful use (MU) is another hot button for providers. The vast majority of oncology providers interviewed indicate that they are planning to attest for MU, but according to the report, vendors differ in their ability to partner with providers in that effort. Altos and BMSi are the best reported MU partners because they are more hands on and appear to be more focused on customer needs.Though Varian is one of the dominant players in the oncology IT market, the report indicates that they are not the best MU partner. The MU version of Varian ARIA did not come out on the promised timeline, and some providers report that Varian seems out of touch with customers. Additionally, Epic is identified as a vendor that could improve due to the fact that the system is not designed for all the needs of oncology providers.With MU Stage 2 bearing down, patient portals are also identified as an important consideration for oncology providers. Only 30 percent of those surveyed said they are currently using a patient portal, and many still need to make that decision.”Most of the Epic and Altos customers in the study said they are using patient portals; however, we spoke with only a small number of those customers,” said Monique Rasband, oncology research director and author of the report. “The majority of Elekta and Varian customers have not yet adopted a portal. Most Varian and Elekta customers said they are looking to their current oncology IT vendor to supply a portal, in spite of most portals being rudimentary at this point.”This study includes ratings on medical and radiation oncology IS vendors. Vendors rated in radiation oncology are BMSi, Elekta and Varian. Vendors rated in medical oncology are Altos (early data), Elekta, Epic, IntrinsiQ and Varian. To learn more about the oncology IS market and the vendors in this study, providers and vendors can review the full report Oncology IT: Pulling the Curtain Back. This report is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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