Czech Broadcaster Turns to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series to Launch Cloud-Based IT Services

first_imgDownload NowČeské Radiokomunikace is a modern broadcasting and telecommunications company with nationwide operations across the Czech Republic. It was the first company in the country to offer digital TV broadcasts. Alongside its TV and radio broadcasting services, it also provides a full range of voice, data, and Internet services. Looking to develop and strengthen its market segment position by continually improving services, it recognized the value in offering cloud-based services to Czech companies and built a data center from which to launch them. To ensure top server performance, security, and energy-efficiency, it implemented the Cisco Unified Computing System* powered by Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series.“Entry into the information communications technologies services market segment was a big challenge for us,” explained Marcel Procházka, head of business development and strategy for České Radiokomunikace. “We carefully chose collaborators who could deliver cloud computing solutions. Intel, together with Cisco, offered not only an optimal technical solution in the form of the Cisco Unified Computing System equipped with Intel® processors, but also wider business cooperation and IT knowledge to help us succeed in a highly competitive market segment.”To learn more, download our new České Radiokomunikace business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and Survival Kit.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Speed, Power, and Mobility Make Creating Beautiful Content Easy

first_img“At these remote locations I’ve got to have that extended battery life,” she says. “I’m constantly multitasking, running a bunch of different programs at the same time.” Intel Thunderbolt technology brings speed to large-volume applications, which is essential for demanding image-editing tasks.Dixon also uses an Intel-based All-in-One PC in her home office, utilizing the large display and HD graphics to accurately edit photos and video. Once again, Thunderbolt enables quick image transferring from an external SSD, which means Dixon spends less time waiting and more time delivering award-winning photos.Learn more about the tools Dixon uses here‌, and be sure to read the complete case study. For more small business tips, follow @IntelSmallBiz on Twitter. Professional photography is much more than setting scenes and snapping pictures. It requires state-of-the-art programs to stream, edit, and share large files, often in remote locations with connectivity limits. Fashion and advertising photographer Dixie Dixon knows the challenges of achieving success as a content creator.“Finding a unique vision and edge in this industry really requires that I adopt new technologies very quickly,” she says. “I need speed; I need power; I need mobility. And that’s really why I choose Intel.” Share content immediately: Collaborate with clients and the creative team during a shoot to enable real-time tweaks.Multitask seamlessly: Manipulate large files and utilize multiple programs at once to edit and finalize images.Perform in all environments: Shooting in remote locations requires technology that performs without having to recharge constantly.Dixon travels around the world to shoot photo campaigns for major clients who insist on the highest quality, and they want it delivered fast. Both demands require storage and performance in Dixon’s key technology. On a shoot, Dixon uses notebooks with Intel Core i7 processors to stream images she’s shooting in real time. The hair and makeup team, as well as the client, can view the shots and make quick changes to wardrobe, setting, and more, streamlining the process and reducing post-production time.Shoot locations are often remote (below) and lack infrastructure to keep devices plugged in. Dixon is challenged to get the right shots in a short time period.center_img For Dixon (seen above in her office) and many other professional content creators, the challenge is threefold:last_img read more

Top stories: A safe arrival for Juno, ‘supersniffer’ mice, and a robotic stingray powered by light—and muscle cells

first_imgWhy knee injuries often don’t healIf you fall on the ski slopes or slip on a patch of ice, you’ll probably be better off if you break your leg than if you rip the cartilage in your knee. Unlike bones, your cartilage is never going to regrow or heal, according to a new study based in part on fallout from past nuclear explosions.Hate journal impact factors? 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In an attempt to shed some light on the metric, a group of researchers and journal editors released a data set and analysis of the citation counts used to calculate this magical number this week. And their conclusions are likely to delight the impact factor’s critics.Update: Canada’s health funder agrees to meet with researchers outraged by peer-review changesSomeday, historians might call it the Peer Uprising. Nearly 1000 Canadian researchers last week demanded that their government immediately reverse “radical” changes that the nation’s main biomedical research funder has made to its grantsmaking process, arguing that they are wreaking havoc on the science community. In response, officials at the Canadian Institute of Health Research agreed to meet with representatives of the outraged group of researchers.Robotic stingray powered by light-activated muscle cellsKevin Kit Parker wants to build a human heart. His young daughter loves the New England Aquarium in Boston. In a new report, father’s and daughter’s obsessions have combined in an unlikely creation: a nickel-sized artificial stingray whose swimming is guided by light and powered by rat heart muscle cells.Jupiter, meet Juno: NASA spacecraft settles in to begin its missionThis week, NASA controllers received confirmation that their latest planetary probe, Juno, had arrived safely at Jupiter. Juno will peer through Jupiter’s outer veil of clouds to study its structure deep into the interior to study the planet’s origin and evolution.These “supersniffer” mice could one day detect land mines, diseasesDoctors and soldiers could soon place their trust in an unusual ally: the mouse. Scientists have genetically engineered mice to be ultrasensitive to specific smells, paving the way for animals that are “tuned” to sniff out land mines or chemical signatures of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.Now that you’ve got the scoop on this week’s hottest science news, come back Monday to test your smarts on our weekly quiz!last_img read more

Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Test for India to hold on to home record win against Australia

first_imgTo kick-off what some call “probably the biggest series ever played”, Australia, cricket’s wandering bully-boys, made their opening remarks in a Mumbai disco. Called Insomnia. So do they expect to have a good time? Or a bad one?Stupid question, matey, because this is India. For no reason, the good times,To kick-off what some call “probably the biggest series ever played”, Australia, cricket’s wandering bully-boys, made their opening remarks in a Mumbai disco. Called Insomnia. So do they expect to have a good time? Or a bad one?Stupid question, matey, because this is India. For no reason, the good times can go bad and the bad times rendered rosy. Somewhere, somehow circumstances collide, a switch is thrown and everything changes. Like 2001. Remember it?Matt the bat does, a little mournfully, “Australia probably lost in about 10 minutes of that series. Ten minutes.” In 2001, Matthew Hayden found himself as a Test cricketer scoring 549 runs at 109.8 an innings in India and has not stopped since. “That was almost the perfect Test series,” he says.Almost. In the critical 10 minutes on the third day of the Kolkata Test, India up to their eyebrows in trouble, Rahul Dravid arrived and settled in with V.V.S. Laxman. A week later in Chennai, the series finished 2-1 to India. DVDs of the three Tests are sold under the title The Greatest Series Ever.Dravid on WarneMATCH-UP: Rampant Rahul Dravid (left) up against a fit Shane WarneClick here to EnlargeWarne is a great bowler and he has it all-variety, guile, accuracy and a big heart which is how he has taken 500 wickets. He has had his successes against me and I have had successes against him. To be considered his target is a back-handed compliment in some ways. He has had successes everywhere except in India and we will see how he goes. He had a lot of wickets in Sri Lanka but the conditions are different here.Dravid vs Australia: Tests 12 Runs 1313 Avg 57.09 100s 2 50s 7Warne on DravidI have enjoyed success against Rahul Dravid but I have always respected him. He has developed into a quality player since I first played against him. The main change that I have noticed in Rahul over the past few years is that he has realised how good a player he really is. He is the rock of the Indian batting line-up and at the moment he is on a roll. He is the man to get because all the others, all the stroke players, they bat around him.Warne vs India: Tests 11 Wkts 29 Avg 55.45 The Biggest Series Ever Played,The Greatest Series Ever; when India play Australia, the only sure thing, it seems, is hyperbolic hardsell-and the unpredictable. “In India momentum can switch like that,” Hayden snaps his fingers. “When it is gone, you can never get it back.”advertisementActually, don’t remember 2001 because it is gone too. India and Australia are older, stronger, er… balder and, it must be hoped, smarter. India, whimsical, watchable, seem to be Australia’s natural adversary.Not only were they World Cup finalists, but when they met last in a Test series on Australian soil 10 months ago, India didn’t go down under, squaring four Tests 1-1. Now Australia come ashore on a land where they have not won a Test series since 1969.Steve Waugh called India the Final Frontier. It remains unfinished business. With three tours in eight years, it seems they won’t leave India alone until the resistance breaks.In 2001, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had provided the magic series taking 32 of 50 Australian wickets. In Kolkata, as India trailed by 276, Laxman’s 281 and a partnership of 376 with Dravid provided the miracle.But October will mark the end of all miracles. The Australians will take Harbhajan into account and factor in Laxman. However strong the temptation, captain Sourav Ganguly will not be dismissed in lazy cliche.Sachin Tendulkar, stricken by tennis elbow, may not be able to strike early blows. Besides, India is not unknown to the Aussies any more; most of the current players have toured here as juniors or seniors. “The mystique of India is not there any more,” says their coach John Buchanan. During the Champions Trophy they trained wearing three layers of clothing and woolly hats to get their bodies used to “Indian” degrees of heat. A yoga instructor, Kate Turner, has joined the touring party. They talk about stretching time and seizing the moment. In March, they swept three Tests in Sri Lanka, their most dominant Asian performance in a decade.The Indians were watching. “They are probably a better team than the one that came here last time, when they had a lot of batting first-timers,” says Indian vice-captain Dravid. “But since then we have developed as a side too.”Ten months ago when the Indians toured Australia, the openers blunted the new ball and gave the middle order a platform to succeed. “The Indians played better than we thought they would,” says pace-man Glenn McGrath, adding helpfully, “but those were batsmen-friendly wickets.” Pre-series jousting dictates that all compliments given with one hand must be of the kind that can be taken away with the other.In truth, Australia did little wrong in 2001. The flaws are probably noted down in some secret Not To Do list. They could not save the Kolkata Test, but after Sri Lanka, they think they have got that sorted. The Indian top six in Australia showed them the way, batting, in Justin Langer words, “like they were in a meditative state”.advertisementCONFIDENCE BUILDERS: Ricky Ponting’s men win in Sri LankaStand-in captain Adam Gilchrist looks inward, “Maybe we celebrated our success too early. We had won 16 Tests in a row and in Kolkata, India were following on and Sachin was out. We were on an absolute high.” Moral of the story? “You can’t get too far ahead of yourself,” he says. Buchanan agrees that the Australians might have wanted victory almost too much and that “it became a bit of a crusade for some players”. The Final Frontiersman probably wore everyone out.In 2004, they choose to open the verbals in India at a nightclub only because all other conference venues at their Mumbai hotel are taken. But it is clear the Aussies are trying a lower pitch. “It is an important tour,” says Gilchrist, “but not the be-allandend-all of our cricketing lives.” So just calm down everybody. If you can when you see a storm is coming.”You are talking it up too much,” says a deep, bass voice that is not known to register a higher decibel- unless, of course, Anil Kumble, for it is his voice, wants to appeal for lbw. Kumble hopes he will do so with success and frequency; he is only three Test wickets away from 400. Only one other Indian, Kapil Dev, has got this far. As the senior most bowler in world cricket, the Bangalore leg spinner has seen it all. Instead of the freaky chakra talk from the Australians, his series is surveyed in succinct bits and bytes. Enough runs on the board to give the bowlers a good crack. And no cheap shots about how taking wickets at home is no big deal.Saurav Ganguly holds off Australia at homeIn 2001, Kumble turned up at a pre-series camp in Chennai after a major surgery, his bowling arm in a sling. He stood in the sun and didn’t stop talking to a bunch of slow bowling rookies. Now, he will be the man to lead the bowlers, and Harbhajan, on the mend from surgery himself, is glad. “Nobody else has what we have-two good spinners bowling in tandem,” says the man whom the Aussies first nicknamed the Turbanator. “Australia has one great leg spinner in Shane Warne but not another one to play with him.”It is not just the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the line but a home record stretching back 18 seasons in which India have lost only one full series. It is poetic justice for Kumble: every wicket he takes in October will not only be precious to his team but also take him, the much-mocked-spinner-who-cannot-spin-it, closer to becoming India’s most successful bowler ever. The world fears the ferocious Aussie batsmen. Kumble fears nothing, he merely knows what he must do. “They take more chances than anyone else. They like to take the initiative away from the bowler early, whether it is seamers or spinners.Runs on the board are important because they knock them off quickly. You have to think and bowl differently,” he says.Kumble’s art like the man himself has developed quietly-in Australia he became India’s main strike bowler when injury ruled Harbhajan out. In his most successful overseas series he picked up 24 wickets, variations in pace his key weapon. A line graph of his bowling speeds during the series looked like the ECG of a heart patient with palpitations. advertisementOddly enough, that could actually be a visual representation of the condition of the Indian batsmen. The same whose patience and discipline were borrowed by the Australians have struggled in one-day cricket all season. They have fallen victim to unexplained flashes of uncontrolled impulse.In the heat of the short game, the form and confidence from last season have melted away. The Indians will have to start all over-against the game’s most relentless team. Nothing like a little crisis to focus the mind.Ricky PontingSachin TendulkarBREAK IN PLAY: Aussie captain Ponting and Tendulkar may not feature in early action  As one of two crisis management specialists in the batting lineup, Laxman has a higher average against Australia than even Tendulkar and was part of three triple-century partnerships versus the world champs. A team that turns perfectly decent batsmen into bunnies has been forced to admit that no one makes them look more like pie-chuckers.Brett Lee has been quick in distributing a Waugh witticism to the world: “If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it is a miracle.” Laxman said his thank yous but knows fast bowlers donot dish out compliments from the goodness of their hearts.The issue at hand is Indian form. “We haven’t transformed our starts this season,” says Laxman. “Hopefully we will compensate against Australia. Watch every ball and don’t think about who is bowling. Names don’t matter.” In a series like this, nor do reputations on either side.For all their success in Sri Lanka, Australia know that this is a different land, large and boisterous, each Test venue with its own rules set usually by eccentric curators.Wickets in India are neither as slow nor as variable as in Lanka and lend themselves to a sharper bounce and turn.Both camps know what to expect but knowing and preparing means nothing. All the positives from previous tours, from Sri Lanka, from wins over the Indians in one-day cricket will last, says Gilchrist, “only until the first ball is bowled in Bangalore”. Like Helmuth von Moltke, a 19th century Prussian general, once said, no plan survives contact with the enemy.SERIES STALWARTS: Opener Matthew Hayden and Harbhajan Singh (right)Plans may not work but mindsets do. One of Indian cricket’s forgotten men believes Australia demands a man to be “bull-headed”. Samir Dighe kept wickets in the deciding 2001 Chennai Test. As wickets toppled around him, he scored 22 to see India home. He chuckles at one memory: remarking loudly to new man Zaheer Khan that off spinner Colin Mille was looking bloody dangerous. Whether Dighe’s remarks had anything to do with Waugh’s decision to keep bowling Miller (who had taken two wickets) will not be known. But why leave anything to chance? In Miller’s next over, Dighe crashed two boundaries and the Indians inched closer to victory. Today Dighe does long hauls as a flight purser on Air-India and says, “The only way to win against the Aussies is not to be afraid of failure.”The contest has already seized the two teams: Australians are learning to do pranayam and Indians are trying to be cold-eyed. The two nations are not scheduled to meet again until 2007-8 and an Australian side is not likely to return to India before 2010. This is the last time two streams of skill and nerve will rush headlong into each other, a violent, churning rapid which will drown weak men.For one final time, as the world watches, Mc Grath will calibrate the air outside Dravid’s off-stump, two stoics going at each other in silent, bitter conflict. Hayden will wind up that massive log of a bat to try and sweep Kumble, who will be wearing his annoyed accountant’s face. Gillespie will give nothing to no one and Ganguly will let it all hang out.And, if the Gods are kinder still, a short, square man will do his quarter-squat, open up his stance and challenge the chubby pink-faced fella with spiky blond hair to bend that leg-break. India vs Australia is white-knuckle cricket. Insomnia has everything to do with it.last_img read more

ICC Test rankings: India retain 4th spot, England look to move up

first_imgIndia have retained the fourth position in the ICC Test team rankings but England, currently placed just a spot behind the Asian cricketing giant, have a chance to move up the ladder during the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.When the series starts in Cardiff on Wednesday, both England and Australia would bid to hold possession of the prestigious Urn and also climb up the rankings table.England are on fifth position on 97 points, trailing India, and ahead of Pakistan by a fraction of a point, while Australia are in second spot on 111 points.England have an opportunity to move to as high as second if they win the series by 3-0 margin or better, but will drop to as low as seventh if Australia win all five Tests.In contrast, Australia will jump to 118 points to reduce the gap with number-one ranked South Africa to 12 points but will drop to fourth if England win all the five Tests irrespective of how the Pallekele Test ends.In fact, a 3-0 or 4-1 result in favour of England will mean Australia will drop behind England in third position.In the Test batsmen’s chart, Australia vice-captain Steven Smith would look to defend his number-one spot as he holds a five-point advantage over South Africa’s AB de Villiers.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is the lone Indian batsman to be figuring in the top-10 list, sitting at number 10th position.None of the Indian bowlers, however, could get a place in the top-10 chart for Test bowlers, which is headed by Dale Steyn of South Africa.advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona gear up for clasico with Inter Milan win

first_imgLa Liga’s Real Betis footballer Marc Bartra on the ‘worst 15 minutes of his life’ Rafinha insists Barcelona’s 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan was the perfect preparation for their encounter with Real Madrid. The midfielder, who was on loan at Inter last season, and Jordi Alba scored to maintain Barca’s 100 per cent start to the competition. Lionel Messi – out with a broken arm – watched from the stands at the Nou Camp as Barca dominated the Group B tie on Wednesday. Barca remain top of the group ahead of El Clasico on Sunday, with Rafinha ready to face Madrid.Related News Rafinha “This result is a great confidence boost for all of us and when Sunday brings the Clasico we’ll be so up for it,” Rafinha told Movistar, with Ernesto Valverde’s side one point clear at the top of LaLiga. “We are very happy for the match, against a team that was going to make things very difficult for us, we played very well. The Champions League is special for us, although the other competitions are also very important. But also for the win, for the goal and for the intense motivation a night like this gives me. We did very well against a team we knew would cause us difficulties all night. To win like this, Barca had to produce very good football.” Rafinha volleyed in Luis Suarez’s cross after 32 minutes and Alba wrapped up the win with seven minutes left. Inter are now three points behind Barca in Group B following their first defeat in the competition this season. They host Barcelona in two weeks needing to win to ensure they have a better chance of topping the group. Nerazzurri coach Luciano Spalletti told a post-match press conference: “We didn’t show as much character compared to our first two Champions League games. We weren’t courageous enough… We should’ve been more aggressive in winning the ball back and then more precise in possession. You can’t just play on the counter-attack when you come to Camp Nou.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years See Photos: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez celebrates wife Sofia’s 30th birthdaylast_img read more

Winners & losers of Zidane’s return

first_imgZinedine Zidane’s sensational return to the bench at Real Madrid has largely been hailed as a shrewd move for all involved, but for some players at the club it merely raises doubts over their futures.Santiago Solari’s appointment saw a raft of new names drafted into the squad and upset others who had been long-standing starters, but the reappointment of Zidane will see things shaken up yet again.From Gareth Bale, Marcelo all the way through to skipper Sergio Ramos, Goal looks at the players who are likely to be affected most by the Frenchman’s return. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! WinnersMarcelo, Isco - Real MadridRamos, Marcelo, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema and Luca Zidane should all be the main beneficiaries of the three-time Champions League-winning coach. Isco, too, could be forgiven for getting his hopes up, having fallen into oblivion under Solari.With Madrid having successfully convinced Zidane to come back, there is now no room for Jose Mourinho – a Florentino Perez favourite – at the club. Ramos in particular will be beaming in the wake of the news, with the captain’s dressing room disputes with the Portuguese well documented.For Marcelo’s part, the Brazilian had fallen down the pecking order under Solari and, as a favourite of Zidane, looks likely to return to the starting XI under the Frenchman.Asensio and Benzema did feature under Scolari, but the latter – without Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence – is sure to flourish under the guidance of his countryman, while Asensio will be keen to show he can help improve Madrid’s goal tally after the Portugal captain’s absence.Being the son of the coach, young Luca Zidane could be given a more prominent role at the club, but potentially the most interesting case if that of Isco, whose time in the Spanish capital has been patchy at best.The Spain international did have ups and downs under Zidane, but was never frozen out in the same manner he was under Solari. As a result, fans could be treated to a revitalised attacking midfielder keen on starting afresh under the iconic coach.LosersGareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19With the good, as the saying goes, you also have to take the bad, and the likes of Bale, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente are likely to feel they fall into the losers column of this scenario.Bale is another who endured ups and downs during Zidane’s reign, but the Welshman’s stunning Champions League final-winning goal went some way to showing just what he can offer.Under Lopetegui and Solari, however, the attacker was expected to step up in the absence of Ronaldo, though things haven’t gone quite to plan.A poor relationship with Solari in particular was well known, while Bale’s failure to learn Spanish during his six years in the capital – among other things – has seemingly unsettled his team-mates.Bale does have some time to regain Zidane’s trust before an end-of-season overhaul, but whether that happens rests in the hands of both the player in terms of performance in training and whether Zidane is willing to give the player yet another shot to prove he can fill Ronaldo’s boots.Elsewhere, Ceballos and Llorente had played well under Solari, with Llorente in particular proving an able understudy to Casemiro at the heart of midfield. Ceballos had operated in several different positions in midfield, but Zidane could well opt to stick to tried and tested first-teamers Toni Kroos and Luca Modric.Of course, it remains to be seen how Zidane will shake up the pack upon his return, and Ceballos and Llorente may feel that their performances under Solari puts them in good stead for game time under the new boss, but Bale will have his work cut out for him if he is to establish himself as Madrid’s great hope.What happens next, Zidane’s homecoming is sure to provide an interesting new episode to the ongoing drama at the Santiago Bernabeu.last_img read more

RFYS football tournament kicks off in Ahmedabad a week ahead of FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgJust seven days ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Ahmedabad leg of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports school and college football championship kicked off.International Olympic committee member and RF chairperson Nita Ambani lauded the strides that the Indian national team has taken in the past year or so and said she was proud of the boys who are going to represent India at the U-17 World Cup.”These are wonderful times for Indian football. We have recently seen the Indian national team break into the Top 100 in world rankings after a gap of two decades. And now for the first time in the history of the game, India is not only participating in a FIFA World Cup but also hosting a full-fledged world football event.”I am sure our boys are proud of what they are about to achieve and so are we for them, as well as for the nation to be represented in the World Cup,” she said.Along with RF Youth Sports, Nita Ambani overlooks the Indian Super League, which is set to be an extended league this year.RFYS football tournament is being played in four categories: Junior Boys, Senior Boys, Senior Girls and College Boys. City winner of each category will further compete at the Zonal Qualifiers followed by the National Finals to be held in January 2018.last_img read more

HC asks MCA if it would demand additional water during IPL

first_imgMumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today asked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) if it would seek additional water supply from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to the Wankhede Stadium during the IPL cricket tournament.The T20 Indian Premier League (IPL) is slated to start from tomorrow at the Wankhede Stadium in south Mumbai.A division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO Loksatta Movement in 2016, raising concerns over water usage for ground management during the IPL when Maharashtra was reeling under a drought.The petitioners demanded that considering the water situation in Maharashtra, no additional water be supplied to any stadium in the state for the IPL.Last week, the court had asked the BMC if it would stick to its decision to not supply additional water to the Wankhede Stadium during the IPL.BMC lawyer Suresh Pakale today sought more time to file an affidavit.The bench then asked the MCA if it planned to seek additional water for the tournament.”Does the MCA intend to ask for water supply additional to what is supplied to the Wankhede Stadium by the BMC?” Justice Oka asked.MCA counsel A S Khandeparkar said he would seek instructions from the cricket body, but also reiterated that the stadium does not use potable water for other than drinking purposes.The court also asked the Maharashtra government to submit its current water policy on April 14, the next date of hearing.As per the states water policy, water supply is divided in four categories. The supply for drinking purpose gets priority, while that for events such as Shahi Snaan during Kumbh Mela falls in the last category in terms of priority.advertisementWhile the petitioners claimed that the IPL also falls in the last category, the BCCI and the MCA said it was a sports event, and hence fell in the recreation category.In April 2016, the high court had directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift all IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra post-April 30 that year outside the state as Maharashtra was facing a severe drought. PTI SP KRK IJT IJTlast_img read more

Chelsea v Leicester: match preview

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Messenger Leicester City Premier League Match previews Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Topics Chelsea Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter The pressure is slowly mounting again on Claude Puel after one win in six league games and after Chelsea there is the tricky test of a visit by Manchester City on Boxing Day. Leicester will need to be more incisive than they were in defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend but they are facing a Chelsea side who have rediscovered their rhythm. Eden Hazard, his ankles recovered for another week, is back at his early season best and is likely to start in the No 9 role again. This could be an awkward occasion for the visitors. Dominic FifieldSaturday 3pmVenue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 0 Leicester 0Referee Lee ProbertThis season G8 Y23 R3 3.25 cards/gameOdds H 1-3 A 10-1 D 9-2CHELSEASubs from Caballero, Green, Palmieri, Cahill, Ampadu, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Barkley, Kovacic, Fàbregas, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, PiazonDoubtful Moses (back)Injured Morata (match fitness, 26 Dec), Christensen (hamstring, 30 Dec)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y26 R0Form DLWLWWLeading scorer Hazard 8LEICESTERSubs from Ward, Jakupovic, Iheanacho, Simpson, Evans, Silva, Iborra, Ghezzal, Söyüncü, Diabaté, Okazaki, Choudhury, Fuchs, JamesDoubtful Ndidi (knee)Injured Amartey (ankle, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y27 R4Form DDWDLLLeading scorers Maddison, Vardy 5 resources Share via Emaillast_img read more

Day 5 Results – Finals Day

first_imgRolling coverage of the 2015 Touch World Cup Grand Finals. 9.00am – Men’s 50’s Grand FinalAustralia (7) defeated Italy (2) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j1pS1Kefi0 Italy opened the scoring in the Men’s 50 Division final but Australia hit back to level. Italy scored again to take the lead but it was all Australia from there. Australia led at half time 3-2. Australia extended their lead throughout the second and didn’t give Italy a chance to get back into the game.Player of the Final – John SaminTouchdown Scorers: Amir Ayoub 2, Leonard Ryan 2, David Cheung, Brett Gillard and Peter Wandl.10.10am – Men’s 40’s Grand FinalAustralia (7) defeated New Zealand (6) – Drop off – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzQIn5RLWRQ New Zealand scored two quick touchdowns to take an early lead. But Australia weren’t done scoring 2 touchdowns through Lars Hanson to level it back at 2-al. New Zealand led at Half Time 3-2. New Zealand scored straight after half time and then another one moments later to lead by 3, 5-2. Australia scored to reduce the difference to 2 but NZ hit straight back to extend the lead again. Australia were not done though, scoring the next three touchdowns to take it into a drop off. Neither team scored in their first set. Troy Morgan was Australia’s hero hitting a superb gap to win the match.Player of the Final – Tony EltakchiTouchdown Scorers: Troy Morgan 3, Lars Hanson 2, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi11.20am – Men’s 35’s Grand FinalAustralia (5) defeated by New Zealand (6) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jLv1eUSTGsNew Zealand opened the scoring after 20 seconds to start the game strong. Both teams scored another first half touchdown each and New Zealand led at half time 2-1. Australia levelled scores early in the second half but NZ scored straight back to regain the lead. Australia then scored two touchdowns to take the lead for the first time in the game. New Zealand scored to level and then the next two to take a commanding lead with only 3mins lefty on the clock. Australia scored with 2mins to go but ran out of time to force the game into the drop off.Touchdown Scorers: Brad Mitchell 2, Drew Davies, Lucas Feldman, Nathan Martin.12.30pm – Men’s 30’s Grand FinalAustralia (9) defeated Cook Islands (1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuhwBVd4qe0 Australia started the match strong with touchdowns to Tervor Moran, David Zanette, Graeme Clancy and Tom Eyles to take a 4-0 lead before Cook Islands got onto the scoreboard in the 14th min. Australia put on another two touchdowns before the half time break to lead 6-1. Willie Bishop scores quickly after half time to increase Australia’s lead. Australia kept their dominance in the second half not letting Cook Islands score. Australia finished the game winning 9-1.Player of the Final: Willie BishopTouchdown scorers: Willie Bishop 2, Graeme Clancy 2, Anthony Ziade 2, Tom Eyles, Trevor Moran and David Zanette.1.40pm – Women’s 27’s Grand FinalAustralia (6) defeated New Zealand (1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRXAsbhqdR4Australia has won the Women’s 27’s World Cup title 6-1 over New Zealand.New Zealand scored first in the Women’s 27’s, but Australia sprung to life and scored the next four touchdowns, two of which went to Carlie Bevan. The home side went into the break with a 4-1 lead. The Australians further extended their lead after the break, with another touchdown to Bevan and one to Renee Fraser, to take a solid five touchdown lead and run away with the game, 6-1. Player of the Final: Kirstie JenkinsTouchdown scorers: Carlie Bevan (3), Carly Walsh, Melissa McCall, Renee Fraser2.50pm – Senior Mixed Grand FinalAustralia 11 defeated New Zealand 7 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvrhYhbO2GAAustralia has won its first Senior Mixed World Cup title over New Zealand in close to two decades.  After years of coming agonisingly close, the home side proved too strong in the final, winning by four touchdowns, 11-7.Australia suffered an early blow when Brad Lugg was injured in the opening minute of the game. Rohit Prasad opened the scoring for Australia in the third minute, giving his side an early lead. Australia got out to a 4-1 lead before NewZealand hit back. The sides traded touchdowns throughout the rest of the half, with Australia going to the half-time break leading 6-5. The half-time break proved positive for the Australians, coming back from the break in impressive style, scoring  three touchdowns early, including a hat-trick to Davina Galetto. Australia further extended its lead, to run away with a four touchdown win, 11-7. Players of the Final: Christian Frost and Davina GalettoTouchdown scorers: Davina Galetto 3, Rohit Prasad 2, Christian Frost 2, Michelle Evans 2, Amanda Burdett, Kirstie Wakely4.20pm – Mixed Open Grand FinalAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 5Australia won their sixth World Cup crown in the Mixed Open division with a come-from-behind victory over New Zealand at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Sunday.Down 5-4 with six minutes to go, Australia piled on four unanswered touchdowns to defeat their trans-Tasman rivals 8-5.Dylan Thompson was the star for the Aussies, setting up touchdowns and scoring a double himself.Australia skipper Kylie Hilder, who has likely played her last match in the opens division for Australia, could not hide her excitement.“Words can’t explain. It was a tough match, we were always behind there but the game plan was to come out on top and we did. We finished so strong,” Hilder said.“We had to get in the fight and stay in the fight. We knew we could come out at the other end. It was a freaking awesome effort from our guys and it just shows you the character of the team.”It took 28 seconds for New Zealand to get on the scoreboard through Mackenzie Haugh.Australia’s Jayden Benbow scored to level the scores and Elin Mortimer’s first touchdown put Australia up.The Kiwis took back the lead with five minute to go and then extended their lead to 5-3 just after half-time.Cameron Nicholls scored for Australia to put his team one behind.But in a pivotal moment of the match, New Zealand’s Connah Pamatatau was sent for time for a professional foul.It changed the momentum of the match as Scott Bundy scored a few seconds later.Australia then scored three more touchdowns to skip away and cement their place in history.Mixed openAUSTRALIA 8 (Elin Mortimer 2, Scott Bundy 2, Dylan Thompson 2, Cameron Nicholls, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 5 (Tiwi Davies 2, Jeremy Locke 2, Mackenzie Haugh touchdowns).Players of the final: Dylan Thompson (Australia) and Tina Ashworth (New Zealand).Watch the replay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC6qIKfXOy4 5.30pm – Women’s Open Grand Final Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 4There might have been a hiccup on day four but Australia went back to their dominating best in the final of the women’s open division of the 2015 Touch World Cup.Australia defeated New Zealand 8-4 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Sunday.The Kiwis stunned the touch world on Saturday when they defeated Australia.It was the first loss for Australia in 73 matches of the Touch World Cup.That defeat was the electric shock Australia needed as it was a different-looking team who played in the final.They completed dominated the match and did not give the Kiwis an inch.Marikki Watego scored four touchdowns and Ashleigh Quinlan took home a double.Captain Louise Winchester, a stalwart of the Australia women’s open team in 2001, became emotional after the match.“It means the world. I could not be any prouder of my girls, they stood up and they stood so tall today,” Winchester said holding back tears.“To do it in front of our family and friends in Australia, it means the world.“We were expecting a tough game and we prepared for that.“New Zealand is just a quality side and they have showed that in the last three years, especially this year.”Australia scored four touchdowns to the Kiwis’ one in the first half.Emily Hennessey and Peta Rogerson created plenty of opportunities for Australia.The offensive blitz continued in the second half when Australia jumped to an 8-2 lead.New Zealand scored twice late in the match but it had little effect.Women’s OpenAUSTRALIA 8 (Marikki Watego 4, Ashleigh Quinlan 2, Sarah Spacie, Kristin Boss touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 4 (Tara Mohi, Dayna Turnbull, Destiny Grace, Jessica Drummond touchdowns).Player of the final: Emily Hennessey (Australia).Watch the replay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSmH1Q0KTCU 6.40pm – Men’s Open Grand FinalAustralia 11 defeated New Zealand 2Australia’s record in the men’s open at Touch World Cup is a dominant one. Much like their performance in Sunday’s final of the 2015 event.The boys in the gold and green put on a masterclass for their home fans to make it a phenomenal day for Australia.Australia won eight of the nine divisions at the 2015 Touch World Cup.None was probably more domineering than the men’s open victory.Australia defeated New Zealand in the final 11-2 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium – the highest winning margin in the history of the men’s open division at the Touch World Cup.It took Steve Roberts’ men five minutes to stamp their authority on the match as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead.They maintained that advantage for the entire match.Peter Norman had a hand in nearly everything.He scored four touchdowns, set-up several more and also found himself in trouble with the referees following an altercation with the Kiwis.Australia captain Steve Roberts said the win was a huge one for his team.“It was on the back of a solid defence. To hold an outfit like that to two tries; we were always going to score tries, we have too much strike power across the park. Defence was the key and it certainly delivered for us,” Roberts said.Norman was instrumental, Stuart Brierty was solid and Jonathan Palau was at his high-flying best.But Roberts couldn’t pick an individual out.“Everyone did their role. Tony Trad, our coach, ticks all the boxes and he makes sure everyone knows their role in the team. Everyone did it and we got the result,” Roberts said.“We are a quality outfit and I don’t want to take anything away from that.”Australia started in fifth gear and never let up.The match was good as over by half-time when Australia was up 6-1.Twenty seconds into the second half, the home nation had their seventh.New Zealand’s Ruamai Erueti scored a few minutes later to give his side a glimmer of hope.But that hope was soon dashed when Norman scored his third and it was followed on by Scott Buckley’s second.You knew it was Australia’s night when Dylan Hennessey’s tap-on found the hands of Matthew Prowse who strolled over the line.Norman put icing on the cake with his fourth touchdown.Men’s openAUSTRALIA 11 (Peter Norman 4, Jonathan Palau 2, Scott Buckley 2, Matthew Prowse 2, Robert Nakhla touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 2 (Michael Cavanagh, Ruamai Erueti touchdowns).Player of the final: Stuart Brierty (Australia).Watch the replay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IQezLFaWTU For full match reports, please visit www.touchworldcup.com. 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Star WR To Enter NFL Draft, Will Skip Bowl Game

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: The North Carolina State University Wolfpack kicks off to the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 18, 2004 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)NC State star wide receiver Kelvin Harmon’s college career is over. Harmon will enter the 2019 NFL Draft and skip his team’s bowl game.The junior standout announced the news this afternoon. He will sit out NC State’s Gator Bowl matchup with Texas A&M on Dec. 31.“Having been a member of the Wolfpack the past three years has been the greatest experience of my life,” Harmon tweeted. “When I was recruited by Coach Doeren and Coach McDonald, I was a shy New Jersey kid. Through their nurturing, teaching and support, and the entire NC State Coaching and Support staff, I feel I have grown into a man.”God is In Control ?? pic.twitter.com/UMiUHyin2k— Kelvin Harmon (@Wide_Receiver3) December 3, 2018Harmon, a three-star recruit out of Palmyra (N.J.) in the 2016 class, had a solid freshman season before exploding as a sophomore. In 2017, he hauled in 69 receptions for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns.This season, Harmon went off for 81 receptions, 1,186 yards and seven scores. He will likely be an early-round pick in April’s NFL Draft.NC State will cap off its 2018 season against Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 31.The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

Boost for Sligoville Pig Farmers

first_imgPig farmers in the community of Sligoville and its environs in St. Catherine are to benefit from a donation of 100 bags of animal feed, valued at approximately $500,000.The donation, from Caribbean Foods Limited, came out of discussion between Minister with responsibility for Sports and Member of Parliament for North Central St. Catherine, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, and Operations Manager at the food processing company, Christopher Ramson.It forms part of inputs to support the newly formed North Central St. Catherine Pig Farmers Association, which the Minister has initiated as part of an agricultural enablement project for the area.Some 15 farmers, all members of the association, will benefit initially, with others expected to do so as soon as their operations come on stream. Mrs. Neita Headley, who spoke to JIS News after formally receiving the feed at Caribbean Foods’ Twickenham Park factory on Wednesday (April 3), said the donation should provide a boost for the beneficiaries. “It is more than I could have asked for,” she said, adding that “we are going to benefit tremendously from it…we are truly grateful.”She expressed confidence that the pig farmers association “is going to do well for our young people, especially in the area of Sligoville, where it is deep rural and is primarily focused on agriculture.”Mrs. Neita Headley advised that she would seek to establish an arrangement with Caribbean Foods for the continued provision of animal feed, among other inputs.“We are having those discussions now…we further hope that once we have (assisted) one group of farmers who are able to help themselves, that we can start a new group and move on from there,” she stated.Mr. Ramson, in the meantime, explained that the feed is the end product from the manufacturing of Caribbean Foods’ flagship Foska Oats breakfast cereal brand.He pointed out that while the product is sold to farmers islandwide, the company welcomes the opportunity to assist the fledgling association and farmers. “The product is something that we hope we can provide for them on an ongoing basis. This is the first of many donations…half of what we produce, we will sell, and the other half, I’m going to give to her (Mrs. Neita Headley) association to help launch and get it going,” Mr. Ramson said.President of the North Central St. Catherine Pig Farmers Association, Elizabeth Green, in welcoming the gesture, said it is expected to significantly reduce some of the costs associated with sourcing animal feed.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Africa must take bold and swift action to tackle financial crisis –

The ministerial statement issued at the end of the gathering in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, reaffirms commitments to proceed with economic reforms, boost regulation of financial institutions and improve debt management, among other steps, said Abdoulie Janneh, Executive of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).The 6-7 June ECA and African Union (AU) event was attended by representatives of more than 40 African countries, mostly at the ministerial level.Mr. Janneh acknowledged that the economic crisis is a setback, but also provides an opportunity for innovation, self-reliance and practical solutions. 10 June 2009Africa must act swiftly and boldly to mitigate the impact of the current financial and economic crises impacting the continent, according to Government ministers at a United Nations-backed meeting. read more

DR Congo Children suffer abuses while perpetrators largely enjoy impunity – Annan

Grave rights abuses against children continue largely with impunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report, calling for stepped-up measures to protect young Congolese at risk of being killed, maimed, recruited in armed forces and groups, abducted, and subject to sexual violence.In a report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan documents these abuses in Katanga, Ituri and North Kivu Provinces, and says among those engaged in the violations are Mai-Mai groups, Rwandan elements with close links to the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) but not under FDLR command, members of Congolese security forces and dissident or nonaligned groups that have refused to join the army integration process and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration including militia groups such as the coalition of the Mouvement révolutionnaire congolais (MRC).The report does point to some progress thanks to joint national and international efforts that have resulted in “great strides in the fight against impunity for those who recruit and use children.” The report cites the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a former leader of the Union des patriotes congolais active in Ituri Province, who was handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, accused of the war crime of recruitment and use of children.The report documents in detail grave rights abuses against children, including incidents when they were killed during clashes by armed groups. It also warns that upcoming polls could exacerbate the plight of these youngsters. “As elections approach, children are at risk of being utilized for political purposes and thus exposed to related violence,” the Secretary-General warns.Attacks on schools and hospitals have compounded the already abysmal humanitarian conditions faced by children in the DRC, where around half are excluded from health services and millions out of school.The Secretary-General strongly urges the release of all children present in the DRC armed forces and armed groups operating in the country. He calls on the Government to train and instruct security forces to prevent any excessive or illegal use of force that may result in arbitrary killings or other serious violations against children.“I also call on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and armed groups to fully respect applicable international law concerning the protection of schools. Attacks on schools and the occupation of school premises, with special attention to affected schools in Katanga Province, must cease without delay,” Mr. Annan writes.He also encourages the Government and international donors to include child protection within security sector reform efforts. read more

Robust action required to assist growing number of refugees on Greek islands

“In August, there have been 3,695 sea arrivals compared to 2,249 in July,” said Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at a press briefing in Geneva. “While there has been progress to date, UNHCR is calling for robust action to improve conditions in reception facilities. We are also calling for the urgent deployment of additional national services staff, especially in the areas of health, psychosocial support and protection of unaccompanied children,” she added. According to UNHCR, the situation is most worrying on Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Leros, which have received the largest number of arrivals, including many children. More than half come from conflict-hit Syria and Iraq. The full management of the response to the refugee situation on the islands is being transferred from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations to the Greek authorities. Calling it “a challenging period,” Ms. Pouilly said that arrivals on Lesvos, Samos and Leros have outpaced the rate at which people are being authorized by the authorities to transfer to the mainland – further worsening already very challenging living conditions. “Estimated departures for the mainland last month were 2,561 against 3,695 arrivals, based on data from the authorities,” she flagged. In addition, conditions have affected the physical and mental health of many of the people who have been staying on the islands for months. The threat of violence, self-harm and sexual assault is extremely worrying and more security is needed, said the agency. “The situation is most critical in Samos,” she said. “Despite the recent transfer of some 640 people to the mainland from the island, more than 1,900 people remain crammed into an area meant for 700 at the Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Vathy. Among them there are more than 600 children – as well as pregnant women, serious medical cases and people with disabilities.” UNHCR voiced concern at the growing risks to their health and welfare, due to water shortages and poor hygienic conditions. The agency has been providing aid, such as blankets, mats, sleeping bags, hygiene kits, baby care and female dignity kits. “On Chios,” Ms. Pouilly said, “there were more than 500 arrivals in August. The Vial RIC has over 1,100 people, including over 100 people without proper accommodation. Most are staying in containers and some new arrivals are in 12 tents recently installed by UNHCR.” Some 180 people also remain at the municipality-run Souda site, which has long been earmarked for closure. Speaking about Lesvos, she maintained that “tension remains high at the Moria RIC, which has been twice rocked by riots in recent weeks in protest at the slow pace of registration and asylum processing for certain nationalities, as well as the crowded conditions.” In August, there were 1,052 arrivals on Lesvos, and over 700 in the first week of September. Lesvos hosts some 5,000 people. Turning to Leros, Ms. Pouilly pointed out that “more than 290 arrivals were recorded in August, and the number of people on the island stood on Friday at 649. This puts a strain on capacity in understaffed Government-run sites, including Lepida RIC.” UNHCR is helping the Greek Government to identify gaps in the transition period and continues providing targeted services in child protection, support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, relief items, transportation, and interpretation with a recent grant from the European Commission. read more

Facebook is a tool for evil says judge as mother trolled over

first_imgShauna Stanway’s lawyer said ‘the same vitriol’ that was used against the victim was then used against his clientCredit:Pat Isaacs/Cavendish A judge has criticised Facebook and other social media sites as a “tool for evil” following the death of an innocent mother after she was trolled online over false allegations she tried to kill a baby.Jayne Pearce, 23, suffered “vitriol” at the hands of an online “pitchfork mob” after two other mothers hacked into her Facebook page and falsely alleged she had tried to smother one of their children.During her ordeal, the warehouse worker was charged with attempted murder and in prison for three months while awaiting trial after one of the women planted a “fake confession” on her timeline.Although Miss Pearce was eventually cleared of wrongdoing and her accusers arrested, she turned to drink to block out the memories of her incarceration, a court heard. 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. People find it to be a tool for evil, a tool for wrong and a tool for criticising each otherJudge Angela Nield Two days before the women were due in court, Miss Pearce was found dead in her flat in Royton, Oldham, Greater Manchester after ingesting a fatal combination of vodka, cocaine and the anti-depressant fluoxetine.At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Judge Angela Nield condemned the “artillery” of social media as she jailed mother of two Leonie Hampson-Ogden, 24, and 21-year old Shauna Stanway, who has one child, for ten months each after they pleaded guilty to perverting justice. Both women claim they had been severely trolled since the tragedy.Passing sentence, Judge Nield said: “Social media has a great deal to answer for. It does do a great deal of good for bringing together friends who have not met each other for many years – but sadly as is often the case now, people find it to be a tool for evil, a tool for wrong and a tool for criticising each other.”In this case it was a tool to bring down upon the head of an innocent person the wrath of social media by way of public opinion. Your victim was released – but only from custody.  In a statement, the victim’s mother, Patricia, said: “She turned to drink and drugs to block out what had happened. When she came out of prison she was a different person.”It broke my heart to hear her screaming and shouting during the night, from nightmares that she never had before she went to prison. She was dogged by the allegation and labelled as harming a child.”In mitigation for Hampson-Ogden, Daniel Prowers said his client has suffered from post-natal depression and added: “Even now she is struggling with the enormity of what she has done. She has said to me ‘every day I regret what I have done’.”She herself has been vilified, particularly a backlash from members of the community and as a consequence has suffered physical thread to her safety and to her children. The vitriol on Facebook has caused her to close her account and report it to the police.”She has repeatedly been accused of being a murderer. She had all of the windows in her house broken by bricks. The police advised her for her own safety to leave her home. She cannot even take her own children to school because of the threats.”Defending Stanway, Jon Close said: “The second that it was posted on Facebook it spiralled out if controlled and the mob came to life. But the mob mentality was let loose on this defendant too. The same vitriol that was used with Miss Pearce has now been used on her.”People see things and grab their pitchforks and torches and she has been confronted in a taxi by a complete stranger. She says she is acutely sorry for that which she did. Her mother has said she has seen a dramatic change in her from the immature teenager who used that social media.”Last month, a coroner recorded a misadventure conclusion into Miss Pearce’s death saying she believed the victim had not intended to kill herself.center_img “She was not released from the consequences of what had happened to her. She became a changed person. Her mother and sister noted a significant change in her and the tragedy of this case was yet to come.”Jayne Pearce was only 23 and her life was cut short and in her last year she was dogged by the allegations that she harmed a child and being labelled as such. The tragedy in this case is that whatever this court decides to do it will not bring her back in their lives nor can it compensate what they have lost.”The message of deterrence has to be a strong one. Social media is a process which is easily abused by users. The weapon of choice was Facebook and it was a weapon whose artillery was eventually turned on you. It was first used on Jayne Pearce who had done nothing wrong, but its heavy weaponry was then turned on those who had first fired it.”There are members of the public who believe that the death of the victim in this case was your fault. Each of you have personally experienced the barrage of abuse via social media, much the same as the victim and her family did.”The drastic impact of what you did brings into stark awareness by the loss of the complainant in this matter. Social media is a powerful and effective tool and at times it is an evil tool when it is abused in this way. This was a serious and wicked thing to do.” Shauna Stanway Leonie Hampson-Ogden Leonie Hampson-Ogden leaving Manchester Minshull Street Crown CourtCredit:Pat Isaacs/Cavendish last_img read more

ENO bans audience bringing food and drink to musical theatre shows but

Some West End Theatres ban hot food but allow cold food and soft drinks, while others, such as the Really Useful Theatres, which owns venues including the Palladium, does not allow any food or drink. Wow! Ban on noisy food? Great! Audiences having to throw away food & bottles of water? Just wrong!!! English National Opera imposes ‘humiliating’ food and drink ban on musical theatre audiences https://t.co/Nxc0VjB8xA via @TheStage— Frank Loman 📎 (@frank_loman) May 5, 2018 One of the country’s leading theatre companies is facing accusations of elitism after banning audiences from bringing food and drink into the venue to stop them replacing water with gin and vodka.The ban by the English National Opera extends only to musical shows, rock and pop concerts, with opera, ballet and classical music patrons still allowed to take in soft drinks and snacks.The ENO said the ban had been introduced after it found some of those attending shows at the London Coliseum in St. Martin’s Lane were smuggling vodka and gin into the venue in water bottles, leading to rowdy scenes inside the auditorium.Gary England, head of commercial operations at the ENO said:  “There is a small minority of audiences that have been known to replace water with gin or vodka and it has caused problems. We did a consultation and this was the case for musical theatre audiences.”He added:  “We have catering partners within the building that sell food and drink. People were coming in and picnicking and taking up the spaces where other people have purchased food.”But the ban has led to claims the ENO is discriminating against audiences for more commercial shows such as Bat Out of Hell and its new production of Chess. A member of the ENO’s front of house staff told The Stage: “We have recently re-implemented a scheme in which we are forced to make the public bin any food or drink before entering the premises – this includes packets of sweets and unopened bottles of water. 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. “This means in the height of summer, patrons are asked to chuck away unopened bottles of water and are expected to refill it with tap water inside, or purchase something else. Myself and other front of house find it a disgusting and humiliating procedure, but we are told this is standard practice.”The ban has been criticised by performers and theatregoers.Frank Loman, a London based stage singer, wrote on Twitter: “Ban on noisy food? Great! Audiences having to throw away food & bottles of water? Just wrong!”Ian Morton said: “I had a 3 hour train journey directly after last Saturday’s matinee, so to save time bought a sandwich and drink in Covent Garden, 5 minutes later I was forced to bin them. I tried to explain the situation but was treated like I was trying to smuggle semtex in to the auditorium.”The ENO defended the ban, first piloted during Carousel in April 2017. A spokeswoman said: “It certainly doesn’t represent any elitism towards music theatre, but puts us in line with other venues presenting similar work.“With the extremely wide range of work presented at the theatre, we’ve adopted these tailored security measures that are in line with different performance venues in the West End and Greater London.” read more

Body fished out of Carifesta Avenue trench still to be identified

The body of a male which was found in a canal along Carifesta Avenue, in the vicinity of Camp Ayangana, on Monday last is yet to be identified.File photo: The body being removedThe Police have said the body is that of a male of African descent who apparently was in his late 30s. At time of the discovery, last Monday at about 06:00hrs, the body was shirtless and clad in black jeans.‘A’ Division (Georgetown) Commander Leslie James said last Monday that the body bore marks of violence, which suggest that foul play was involved in the man’s demise.The Police had sent out a notice seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the dead man. The body remains at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting identification and a post mortem examination.Anyone with information that could lead to identification of the corpse is urged to contact the Guyana Police Force on telephone numbers 227-1611, 227-1149, 227-1270, 227-6940-9, 226-6221, 225-2694, 911, or the nearest Police Station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops seeking help in identifying body found in Carifesta Avenue canalApril 10, 2018In “latest news”Body found in Carifesta Avenue trench awaiting identification- PoliceApril 9, 2018In “Crime”Body of man, 60, fished out of Friendship trenchJuly 31, 2018In “Crime” read more

Drone permits necessary for drone owners importers GCAA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAviation boss announces drone rules in effect from todayFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news”Roraima Drone loses signal; found after major searchOctober 7, 2014In “Local News”GCAA says with immediate effect all passengers travelling to the US will face increased security screeningJuly 27, 2017In “Business” A drone in flightImporter, owners and operators of drones are now being cautioned by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of using the aerial device without a permit.According to the Authority, Guyanese are not permitted to use any such devices once it has a camera or provision for a camera unless a permit is obtained.Further, anyone desirous of using such a device must submit a request in writing to the Authority.“Said request must include the name and address of the applicant and the name of the company for whom he is working, if applicable. The request must also include details of the aircraft to be used, including the make, model, serial number and dimensions of the aircraft, as well as the type of power plant installed on the aircraft, and any other information requested by the Authority” said the GCAA.Moreover, the Aviation Authority said that it is sending out the reminder since for the Christmas season, the Customs and Trade Administration of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has detained a large number of recreational Drones imported into the country without the required permit.Additionally, the Authority said that using a Drone without a permit is a crime punishable by the laws of Guyana.Application for the Drone Permit must be made to the Director General, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, 73, High Street Kingston, Georgetown.The application process, which includes the required security clearance from the Guyana Police Force, can take up to a minimum of thirty (30) working days. read more