Haryana directive on flood safety

first_imgA senior Haryana bureaucrat on Sunday directed the officers concerned to complete all kinds of arrangements to avoid dangers of possible floods during the monsoon season before June 30. Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora chaired a meeting of the officers of district administration and other departments in Yamunanagar district. She directed the officers to simultaneously coordinate with the Central Ground Water Board and Meteorological Department.last_img

League Cup: Chelsea and Arsenal play out a stalemate in semi-final

first_imgChelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.The hosts Chelsea missed a host of chances in a match where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) played an important role.Despite having the majority of possession and Chelsea being able to create constant pressure on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s men held their ground to frustrate Antonio Conte’s side.Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wasted the best of the hosts’ opportunities, failing to find the target with two headers in the second half after Cesc Fabregas had also spurned a headed chance before the break.ALSO WATCHYet with limited goalmouth action, what little drama there was seemed to stem from referee Martin Atkinson referring a handful of decisions to the VAR.The VAR system was being given its second outing in English football and was called into action in the first half to confirm Atkinson’s decision to wave away a penalty appeal after Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi went down following a challenge from Victor Moses.It was called on again with two minutes remaining and once more confirmed the referee’s decision not to award a penalty, this time after Danny Welbeck got a faint touch on the ball when bringing down Fabregas.With the system still in the test phase all eyes were focused on how it would work, with Wenger voicing concerns in the aftermath about the length of time it took to confirm the referee’s decision not to award a penalty against Welbeck.advertisementHe was, however, delighted with how his side defended to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in two weeks time.”I felt there was great togetherness, we didn’t give many chances away. I am pleased with the spirit and determination,” Wenger told sky Sports.Arsenal came into the game without a win in their last three matches and nursing the wounds of a bruising third round FA Cup defeat to second tier Nottingham Forest but they were resolute from the beginning in what was a relatively cagey affair.Headed chances went begging for the hosts either side of halftime as Fabregas could only steer Cesar Azpilicueta’s diagonal ball straight at David Ospina while Christensen twice failed to find the net from close range after the break.”We tried with all our strength to win the game,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. “We created chances to score but a few times we were not so clinical.”The winners will face either Manchester City or second tier Bristol City in the final, with the Premier League leaders taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Ronaldo is Indirectly Helping Italy’s National Team

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus isn’t just helping raise the profile of Serie A. It’s also helping Italy’s national team to recover from its failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup.Indirectly at least.Moise Kean, a 19-year-old reserve forward at Juventus, has gotten the chance to observe Ronaldo up close on a daily basis.“I can only learn from him. It happens every day,” Kean said after scoring Italy’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Finland on Saturday to open the Azzurri’s European Championship qualifying campaign.Italy’s Moise Kean celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 Group J qualifying soccer match between Italy and Finland at the Friuli-Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)Kean became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century and the youngest scorer for the Azzurri in more than half a century, second only to Bruno Nicole in 1958 and one spot ahead of Italy great Gianni Rivera.Born in Italy to parents from Ivory Coast, Kean earned his spot in Italy’s squad by scoring a brace in Juve’s 4-1 win over Udinese earlier this month while Ronaldo was rested.Kean also made history in his debut season in 2016-17, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to appear in a Serie A game, score in one of Europe’s top five leagues and play in the Champions League.“I’m just trying to stay ready by training to my fullest,” Kean said. “There are a lot of records to break and I’m ready to break them.”Italy coach Roberto Mancini also made his Azzurri playing debut as a 19-year-old, so he seems well suited to handle Kean.“His prospects are huge but let’s not forget that we’re talking about a 19-year-old kid,” Mancini said. “We expect great things from him but we also need to accept the mistakes. He’s destined for greatness. He’s got a lot of skill and is always improving. But having talent isn’t enough. You’ve also got to play calmly with joy and carefreeness.”Italy’s Nicolo Barella, on ground, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Euro 2020 Group J qualifying soccer match between Italy and Finland at the Friuli-Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)Kean is one of a number of young players seeing action in Mancini’s revival project.Nicolo Barella, a 22-year-old midfielder with Cagliari, scored the opener against Finland for his first international goal, too.Italy’s last 15 goals have been scored by 15 different players — the most recent 10 of those coming since Mancini replaced the fired Gian Piero Ventura.Also earning his first international start was Valencia defender Cristiano Piccini at right back, playing for the injured Alessandro Florenzi. And midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, also 19, made his Italy debut as a second-half substitute.Then there’s 20-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma — the heir apparent to Gianluigi Buffon, who has not played a competitive match for the national team since Italy lost a World Cup qualifying playoff to Sweden in November 2017.Defenders Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli, both 24, appear to be the center back pairing of the future, while Federico Chiesa (21) and Federico Bernardeschi (24) — who often plays alongside Ronaldo at Juventus — have already established themselves on the wings of the forward line.The starting 11 Saturday featured only two players born in the 1980s: 34-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini and fellow center back Leonardo Bonucci, who is 31. They, too, play for Juventus and have seemed rejuvenated this season during the Bianconeri’s run to the Champions League quarterfinals.With Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne each out injured, Kean lined up on the wing against Finland. But he can also play center forward.“I’ll play wherever Mancini puts me,” Kean said.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a scoring chance during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Portugal and Ukraine at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Friday, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)There’s still room for veterans, too, as 36-year-old Fabio Quagliarella displayed when he nearly scored on his first touch after coming on in the second half then also hit the post.Quagliarella, the Sampdoria striker who leads Serie A with 21 goals, was making his first Italy appearance in 8 1/2 years.But expect more from the youth movement in Italy’s next match against Liechtenstein on Tuesday in Parma.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympic gold medallist Lochte banned for 14 months over anti-doping violation

first_imgSix-time Olympic champion, swimmer Ryan Lochte received a 14-month ban for anti-doping violation on Monday, the US anti-doping agency (USADA) said.Lochte has accepted the suspension and therefore, the 33-year-old’s period of ineligibility began on May 24, the date of the infusion, and will keep him from competing in Japan next month at the Pan Pacific Championships and at the world championships in South Korea next July.USADA said in a statement that Lochte was not using a banned substance but that it prohibits such infusions or injections in excess of 100 mL within a 12-hour period unless received in the course of hospital treatment, surgical procedures or clinical diagnostic investigations.Lochte is said to have cooperated with the investigation fully.USADA said intravenous infusions or injections in excess of 100mL within a 12-hour period and without a therapeutic use exemption are prohibited, unless legitimately received in the course of hospital treatment.Lochte, speaking at a news conference shortly after the USADA announcement, was quoted as saying by the website SwimSwam that he would not let his latest setback keep him from working toward his goal of earning a spot at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.”I wasn’t taking anything illegal,” said Lochte. “Everything was legal. You can get it at CVS, Walgreens, but there are rules, and you have to obey them… Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep going.”It’s devastating to my family about this because I definitely made myself a better person after Rio, and I was back in training.advertisement”I was feeling good. I was swimming fast. My son being born. Everything was happening. Everything was perfect, and then this happened. And it’s devastating.”USA Swimming did not immediately respond to a request for comment.This is not the first time that Lochte has landed himself in trouble and has been suspended by his country’s association.Back in 2016, Lochte was suspended for 10 months for his part in a scandal involving the U.S. athlete and three other swimmers at the Rio Olympics.Lochte had admitted he “over-exaggerated” a tale about being robbed and held at gunpoint after a party during the Rio Olympics.Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, James Feigen, Lochte’s swimming team mates who were involved in the incident, also received sanctions for violating the USOC’s code of conduct.At the time of the 10-month suspension, Lochte, who won gold in the 4×200 metres freestyle relay in Rio, also forfeited bonus money from the Games, the monthly funding he received from USOC and USA Swimming and was not allowed access to USOC training centers for the suspension period.Lochte was asked to perform 20 hours of community service and missed Team USA’s post-Olympics trip to the White House.Some time after that, during ‘Dancing with the Stars’ television show, Lochte was also subjected to a protest from two men.Lochte was standing on stage next to his partner, professional dancer Cheryl Burke, after their performance as judges were critiquing their moves when two men ran onto the stage in protest.Security guards then tackled the men and several protesters were escorted out of the audience.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Flights likely to start soon on Delhi-Hisar and Hisar-Chandigarh route

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 27 (PTI) The Hisar Civil Airport Thursday got the authorisation tooperate airlines on Delhi-Hisar and Hisar-Chandigarh routes, officials said.The selected airline is expected to start operations from November 2018 onwards, a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Department said here.”The Hisar Civil Airport has now the authorisation to operate scheduled airline operations as it has been accorded Aerodrome Licence today by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India. This licence authorizes the Airport to operate scheduled airline operations,” he said.He said the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has selected the Hisar Airport for operations on Delhi-Hisar and Hisar-Chandigarh routes under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN. The Civil Aviation Department is also going to open the Narnaul Airport for Aero Sports activities like sky diving, hot air balooning and power gliding, he said. On Independence Day, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had dedicated the state’s first civil airport at Hisar to the people of Haryana, saying it would open the possibilities of creating an economic corridor and vibrant industrial ecosystem. “Under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS)-UDAN, airline namely M/s Pinnacle Airways Limited has bid for two routes — Delhi-Hisar and Hisar-Chandigarh. Six flights a week have been planned on both the routes from here,” Khattar had said. PTI SUNHP DPBlast_img read more

Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squad

first_imgYoung wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were Wednesday named among the standbys for India’s World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side.Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event starting on May 30.Pant and Rayudu’s exclusion from the squad of 15 had created quite a stir on Monday. While Sunil Gavaskar called Pant’s omission surprising, the snub to Rayudu was questioned by Gautam Gambhir.With the ICC doing away with the practice of letting countries announce a probables’ list before the final squad, the BCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three but it is unlikely to happen.”Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.Rayudu took to Twitter to take a dig at his omission from the squad of 15 on Tuesday.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.This was after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad justified preferring Vijay Shankar over Rayudu, citing the former’s “three-dimensional qualities”.While Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will be travelling with the team purely as net bowlers, they can also be drafted in if the management feels so.advertisement”Khaleel, Avesh and Deepak are not designated standbys. In case of bowlers, that possibility is there but when it comes purely to batsmen, it will be either Rishabh or Rayudu,” the official said.In other developments, there will be no Yo-Yo Test for the World Cup-bound players as the IPL is going to end only on May 12, just a few days before India head to the UK. India are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.”The players are already in the middle of a gruelling T20 season. Once the IPL ends, they will need recovery time.”It’s not like that there is a gap between two series and you are having a test. If you are tired, the results may vary,” the official explained.Also Read | Indian selectors given data analytics presentation before World Cup squad meetingAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadlast_img read more

2014 NSWTA State Conference

first_imgAffiliates from across New South Wales will take part in the 2014 New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) State Conference on Saturday, 18 October and Sunday, 19 October at Bankstown Sports Club. In a busy weekend for NSWTA, the finals series of the 2014 Vawdon Cup will commence on Friday night, with the grand finals to be played on Saturday, 2 November with the Grand Finals.The conference will see administrators learn across many areas over the weekend, from the Touch Football Australia and National Rugby League Strategic Alliance update, to Fox Sports Pulse workshops as well as volunteer topics and interactive sessions for affiliates. The 2014 NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner will be held in conjunction with the event, recognising athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers for their contribution to the sport. NRL superstar Benji Marshall will be in attendance as a guest of the NSWTA and will take part in the presentations with MC Joel Caine. For the first time, the prestigious Boland and Smith medals will also be presented at the Dinner, recognising the best players from the 2014 Vawdon Cup season.43 people will be awarded Blues Awards at the event, while the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year sees Gunnedah’s Peta Devine, Sydney Scorpions’ Tim Kitchingham, Hunter Western Hornets’ Don Green, Mudgee’s Kathy Lang, Hills Hornets’ Brad Mitchell and Leeton’s Bruce Washington in contention for the award. The dinner will also see one of Australia’s best-known and leading comic entertainers, Vince Sorrenti, take to the stage. Stay tuned to the NSWTA and TFA websites and social media pages over the weekend for all of the latest news and information from the 2014 NSWTA State Conference:Touch Football AustraliaWebsite – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaNew South Wales Touch AssociationWebsite – www.nswtouch.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch Instagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Conferencelast_img read more

PHOTOS: Minister Bartlett at Tourism Linkages Network Chef Workshop

first_imgMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left), exchanges greetings with Chairman, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Godfrey Dyer (centre), during the Tourism Linkages Network’s chef workshop at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on May 9. Sharing the moment is Executive Director, TEF, Dr. Carey Wallace. The workshop was held for junior culinary ambassadors and select members of the Culinary Federation of Jamaica, before they depart the island to compete in the annual Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami in June.last_img

Govt proposes Rs 5 lakh compensation for death in motor vehicle accident

first_imgNew Delhi: Compensation of Rs 5 lakh for death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case have been proposed by the government as it seeks to make the Motor Vehicles Act more stringent. On Monday, the government again introduced a bill to amend the Motor Vehicles Act that also provides for higher penalties for violations and protection of good samaritans, among other provisions. Amid concerns raised by some members over certain provisions in the bill, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the central government is not looking to take away the rights of states and urged the House to pass the legislation which would help in saving more lives. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The bill was passed in the previous Lok Sabha but could not get approval from the Rajya Sabha. The motor vehicle owner or the insurer would pay Rs 5 lakh compensation in case of death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous hurt, according to the bill. It seeks to increase penalties for violations, facilitate grant of online learning licence, simplified provisions for insurance to provide expeditious help to accident victims and their families, and protection of good samaritans. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty As per the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill, the period for renewal of transport licence would be increased to five years from three years and enable licensing authority to grant licence to differently-abled persons. Another provision proposed is to raise the time limit for renewal of driving licence from one month to one year before and after the expiry date. Responding to concerns flagged by some members, Gadkari said he was ready to discuss all issues and emphasised that the bill was prepared after discussions and recommendations by state transport ministers during the previous regime. The provisions in the legislation are not binding on states and it is up to them to implement it, the minister said. The bill was introduced by Minister of State for Road Transport V K Singh in the Lok Sabha. According to Gadkari, around 30 per cent of driving licences in the country are bogus. About 1.5 lakh people die and 5 lakh people get injured in road accidents every year, he added. “My department has failed to pass the bill in the last five years but the number of accidents has reduced by around 3-4 per cent in the last five years while the incidence came down by around 15 per cent in Tamil Nadu during the same period,” he noted. Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy opposed the bill, saying certain provisions would take away powers of state governments and would also infringe on their rights. Another party member Mahua Moitra also opposed some provisions of the bill. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he was opposing a few provisions of the bill and not in entirety.last_img read more

Police seek information after 100000 oysters stolen from PEI waters

first_imgMURRAY HARBOUR, P.E.I. – Someone has stolen more than 100,000 of P.E.I.’s famous oysters.Police say the theft of $30,000 worth of the mollusk was discovered Sunday in the Murray Harbour North area.RCMP Sgt. R.C. Gunn says they were illegally taken from an aquaculture operation in the waters there.He said it’s unclear if the oysters have been taken out of the province, but it’s one of the many questions that are part of the investigation.Police are asking anyone with information to call the Montague detachment of the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.last_img

Jamie Oliver Takes His Food Revolution To Canada

first_imgCalling on Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep the promise he made last autumn to “tackle childhood obesity”, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver created this short video in the lead up to his visit to Canada, where he says 20 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 17 are overweight or obese.Video: Jamie’s message to Justin TrudeauAfter Trudeau’s October 2015 election, Oliver was pleased to see the following March a National Campaign to Combat Obesity by Canada’s Senate Committee on Social Affairs. The Committee’s report put forth 21 recommendations, including “a complete revision of Canada’s food guide to better reflect scientific evidence, a ban on advertising food and drink to children, a possible tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, a review of nutrition food labeling to make it easier to understand, and a plan for making healthy food more affordable.”The Senate’s recommendations are not incongruous from the six main goals stated on Oliver’s website: Sugary Drinks Tax, Sugar Reformulation, Fair Marketing, Clearer Labels, School Food and Education.Buoyed by such like-minded messaging, Oliver went to Canada last week to promote his Food Revolution campaign among politicians, supermarkets and influencers to try to ensure that the positive words are followed by real action.“It’s crazy that we live in a world where millions of children get too much of the wrong food, while millions more get too little good food,” says Oliver. “There are 41 million children under the age of five that are overweight or obese, while 159 million under-fives are stunted. Let’s put an end to obesity and undernourishment the world over.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Urban Meyer Truth is Ohio States new mantra

The first question for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer probably wasn’t what you’d expect it to be. It wasn’t about who the team’s leaders would be after losing former captains John Simon, Zach Boren, Garrett Goebel and Etienne Sabino. It wasn’t about sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, or about the return of running back Jordan Hall after being granted a medical redshirt for 2012. It wasn’t even about how Meyer and the Buckeyes’ defense would replace seven starters, including four-of-five captains, and junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who chose to forgo his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. No – the first question aimed at Meyer in his first press conference in more than a month was about Bowl Championship Series National Champion Alabama and if OSU could raise itself to the Crimson Tide’s level next year. After the program’s first undefeated campaign since 2002, an appearance on the sport’s highest stage might be a plausible in 2013. But Meyer isn’t buying it. “For me to say we have to get (to the national championship) next year, that’s like me talking about we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said Friday. “We’re nowhere near even having that conversation.” Meyer, who witnessed Alabama’s 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game for himself as a guest analyst for ESPN, lauded coach Nick Saban’s squad as the most fundamentally sound group he’s seen all year. Meyer couldn’t say the same for OSU. “Fundamentally we are not where we need to be,” Meyer said. At least not this early in January. In part, the team’s pursuit of fundamentals is why Meyer said he installed a new team mantra: “Truth.” “Truth means … you have a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that really shouldn’t be discussed because it’s not true,” Meyer said. Such noise could be the buzz surrounding OSU as early national title contenders next season. Meyer, though, maintained the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them – particularly when it pertains to elite teams like Alabama. “To say that we could roll in there and beat a team like that, I don’t know,” he said. “Honest answer, right now, (we have) too many holes to fill.” But don’t mistake Meyer’s stance as a lack of confidence in his squad. He said OSU can play with anyone. “I think we’re a very good team that could compete with any team in the country. I didn’t feel that way early in the year, even in the middle of the year,” he said. “But the last game, I even said that after the season, that’s where I believe we are.” read more

Sweets no longer seen as treats because ads tell children they deserve

Current regulations introduced by the Advertising Standards Authority restrict adverts for high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) products being directed at children.In March this year, Cadbury’s was banned from advertising its Freddo chocolate bars next to a school after being accused by the of using their frog mascot to promote junk food to children.“Growing up, I used to wait until Friday and that’s when you got sweets. But now children are eating sweets on their break time, lunchtime and when they get home,” Conservative MP Damien Moore told the committee.Dame Sally was also questioned on plans to treat sweet foods like tobacco and introduce plain packaging.“That would be an approach,” she said. “Do we really need all the crisp packets?“Should cereals be standardised?“I am not saying I am going to recommend this, but we are going to have to think about this, or we will look back at the young generation and regret that we didn’t take action.” Sweets are no longer seen as “treats” because adverts tell children and women that they deserve to eat chocolate, the Chief Medical Officer has said.Giving evidence to the Science and Technology Committee, Professor Dame Sally Davies said Britain has “lost the concept” of what constitutes a rare treat and that “we all need to eat less”.Her comments came during a discussion with MPs on the nation’s “obesity crisis” as she was probed on how to tackle it.“I remember Sunday roasts as a child. There was one or two pieces of meat. Now you see the large portions that people have,” Dame Sally said.“We do seem to have lost the concept of treats. I think the advertising is very interesting, a lot of it is aimed at children or women in particular. ‘You deserve this’ – when did I deserve sweets?” she added.Dame Sally’s latest comments come one week after she announced that she is considering a tax on all unhealthy foods in a bid to reduce the levels of childhood obesity, after more than 20,000 primary school children were classed as obese when they left primary school last year. 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. read more

Liebherr autonomous trucks to adopt ASIs MOBIUS platform

first_imgAutonomous Solutions, Inc (ASI) and Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co (Liebherr) have announced that Liebherr’s new autonomous ready haul trucks will be compatible with ASI’s autonomous command and control platform, MOBIUS. Liebherr’s vision of an autonomous haul truck includes an open interface that enables the truck to integrate to ASI’s Mobius platform. Liebherr’s autonomous vehicles can be controlled under an OEM agnostic command system for autonomous vehicles, providing maximum flexibility for their customers.“By adopting the Mobius platform, Liebherr is poised to differentiate its autonomous vehicles by addressing the market need for interoperability and openness,” explains ASI’s Drew Larsen, Director of Business Development over Mining. “I believe the market will welcome Liebherr’s decision.”Liebherr has integrated with the Mobius protocols for its vehicle control interface, rather than establishing a proprietary command and control platform on its own. This move to an open platform will provide much needed flexibility to their customers when integrating different autonomous vehicle types throughout a mine site.Liebherr stated:last_img read more

UN report argues Internet access is a human right

first_imgBack in March of last year, we reported that a BBC World Service global poll found that 79% of people believe that Internet access is a fundamental right. Within the same poll, 87% of Internet users went even further and said that Internet access should be a “fundamental right of all people.” A recent United Nations report seems to agree with that sentiment.The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression has submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council which makes the case that Internet access is also a human right. The report states that the Internet has become an important medium upon which human expression occurs. Limitation of that expression via the arbitrary blocking or filtering of content with the exception of child pornography, criminalization of legitimate expression, cyber-attacks, and disconnection of Internet access are all highlighted in the report as areas of concern. Disconnection of Internet access and the blocking or filtering of content has drawn increasing attention due to uprisings in the Middle East that were met with such limitations on human expression.AdChoices广告One point made in the report that may have some intellectual property right lawyers a bit concerned is the notion that a person’s Internet access should not be limited even if that limitation is the result of violations of intellectual property law. It is not uncommon for hackers and those who have been found to offer copyrighted music and video online to have a sentence imposed upon them which limits their Internet access. Such limitations on access could span months or even years.The Special Rapporteur went on to highlight in the report the need for better protections on intermediaries, which includes Internet access providers, and a person’s right to privacy with the inclusion of data protection.Read more at the UN report (PDF)Brian’s OpinionIt is clear that governments and the legal system still struggle when it comes to the Internet and how far a person’s right to access the Internet must be balanced against the use of the Internet for criminal purposes. While it may seem like a pretty black and white decision to cut off Internet access to someone who violates the law using the Internet as a medium, more thought needs to go into such actions considering how much the Internet is used as a medium of expression. Of course, I’ll be the first to point out that we must at times limit expression for the greater good.For example, the freedom of expression does not protect someone who runs into a public building and screams “fire” to cause a panic. Yet, such action, even though it is deemed as criminal, shouldn’t lead to a person being forced to having their mouth sown shut. On the other hand, we are pretty quick to shut someone up when it comes to their ability to get on the Internet and speak out.I am not naive enough to sit here and say there are no scenarios where in order to protect the public someone should be cut off from the Internet. What I am saying though, which I believe is also the point the report is making, is that special consideration needs to be given before limiting a person’s Internet access.last_img read more

Mick Jagger welcomes eighth child at age of 73

first_img Share Tweet Email By AFP 26,807 Views Dec 8th 2016, 10:28 PM Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 10:28 PM Image: Evan Agostini AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3129246 71 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Evan Agostini AP/Press Association Images BRITISH ROCKER MICK Jagger became a father for the eighth time today, at the age of 73.The singer’s 29-year-old ballerina partner Melanie Hamrick gave birth to a son in New York, according to a statement released on behalf the singer.“Melanie Hamrick and Mick Jagger’s son was born today in New York and they are both delighted,” publicist Bernard Doherty said.“Mick was at the hospital for the arrival. Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”Jagger’s new son is some two-and-a-half years younger than the singer’s great-granddaughter, who was born in May 2014.Jagger already has seven children ranging in age from 17 to 46 from four previous relationships: Karis, Jade, Elizabeth, James, Georgia, Gabriel and Lucas.He has five grandchildren and, since May 2014, a great-grandchild after his granddaughter Assisi gave birth to a baby girl.Jagger began dating Hamrick shortly after the suicide in 2014 of L’Wren Scott, his partner of 13 years.New album On Sunday, The Rolling Stones’ new studio album Blue & Lonesome is expected to hit the top of Britain’s album chart – the first time they’ve held that position in almost 20 years.The band’s first studio release in more than a decade — a collection of blues covers — was by far the top selling album in the midweek chart.Jagger’s new son comes six months after bandmate Ronnie Wood’s wife Sally Humphreys gave birth to twin girls.Wood, 69, told Hello! magazine that Jagger was one of the first people to see the twins.“Mick popped in on the third day. He couldn’t wait to see them, I put one in each arm and took a photo.”© AFP 2016Read: The Rolling Stones are planning to record their first album in a decade Short URL Mick Jagger welcomes eighth child at age of 73 Jagger already has seven children ranging in age from 17 to 46, from four previous relationshipslast_img read more

I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting

first_img Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Affleck said he was lucky to have the love of family and friends who had supported him through his addiction.“I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do,” he said.The famous actor and director – who shot to fame with 1997′s Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting which he acted in and co-write with Matt Damon – has been separated from his spouse Jennifer Garner since the pair announced their plans to divorce in 2015.Affleck previously entered rehab for alcohol addiction in 2001.Recently, he has stepped away from directing The Batman after almost a year in the job. He’ll still star in the film.With APRead: Maths has never been so dangerous: watch the trailer for new movie The AccountantRead: Take a break and watch Ben Affleck smuggle Matt Damon onto a chat show 23,389 Views Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 9:39 AM Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3288300 Image: Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP Mar 15th 2017, 9:39 AM I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help’: Ben Affleck speaks out about his alcohol addiction The Hollywood star said he had recently completed treatment. ACTOR AND DIRECTOR Ben Affleck has spoken out about recently completing treatment for alcohol addiction.The Hollywood star posted on his public Facebook page that he had recently finished the treatment, calling it the “first step being taken towards a positive recovery”.Affleck said that he wanted to be a source of strength for anyone “who needs help but is afraid to take the first step”.“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” Affleck said in the post.“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. Image: Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP 29 Comments last_img read more

Survey finds majority of Irish beaches and rivers are polluted these are

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4781596 Survey finds majority of Irish beaches and rivers are polluted: these are the biggest blackspots The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were food wrappers, plastic bottles, cans and cigarette butts. Monday 26 Aug 2019, 6:00 AM Image: Shutterstock.com 44,861 Views 37 Comments Share35 Tweet Email By Stephen McDermott Image: Shutterstock.com Aug 26th 2019, 6:01 AM Short URL FIVE IN SIX beaches and waterways inspected as part of a nationwide litter survey are not considered clean enough to meet European standards.A study of 42 areas across the country by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has found that only 1 in 6 were deemed “clean to European norms”A further 14% were classified as ‘littered’ or ‘heavily littered’, when beaches, harbours, rivers and their immediate environs were monitored by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce this summer.The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were food wrappers, plastic bottles, cans and cigarette butts.Fishing industry-related litter, such as nets, ropes, strapping bands, and floats, were also found throughout almost all marine sites.Salthill was found to be one of the cleanest beaches in the country, with the report praising the strand as a “well used and cared for environment” where a previous issue around dog fouling has been successfully tackled.Curracloe beach in Wexford also made the ‘clean’ list for having “a virtual absence of litter”, while Seapoint in Dublin was the only other beach considered clean by inspectors.Lough Rea, the River Shannon at Carrick-on-Shannon, the Nore in Kilkenny were also clean, as well as KiImore Quay harbour in Wexford.However, the Barrow in Carlow town and the Tolka in Dublin were both heavily littered, along with Cork Harbour near Midleton.The harbour, one of the the worst areas surveyed by the group, was “subject to dumping, with heavy levels of land-based food related items and large numbers of traffic cones and household appliances discarded in the water”.There were over a dozen tyres dumped at Tolka River at Annesley Bridge in Fairview in Dublin, as well as bicycles, a shopping trolley and child’s tricycle.The River Barrow at Carlow had “a very definite heavy litter presence … with a wide variety of regular litter, both land- and water-based”, inspectors said.Blackrock Castle also had “heavy levels of plastic bottles, plastic bags, cans, food / sweet wrappers and large pieces of plastic … several plastic bags of rubbish and other miscellaneous items were dumped adjacent to the coast.”Popular tourist destinations of Bundoran, Dingle, Kinsale and Lahinch were among those considered “moderately littered”, as were Brittas Bay beach in Co Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire harbour and Portmarnock beach in Dublin, and Tramore beach in Waterford.Conor Horgan of IBAL said the group sought to protect tourism and recreational assets, and said the need for action on plastic pollution in aquatic environments was pressing.“Our regular surveys consistently show 80% of our towns to be clean; we cannot say the same for our beaches and waterways,” he said.“Litter as we know it has acquired a wholly new importance for society. This is especially true for an island like Ireland, where litter can readily wind its way to the sea irrespective of where it is dropped.“When it comes to marine litter the sea starts at every household, street, green space and workplace.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nadia Tass wins Best Director in Milan

first_imgGreek Australian director Nadia Tass has won the award for Best Director at the Milan International Film Festival for her film Matching Jack. Tass was in Paris last week, where she screened Matching Jack for an invited audience at the Australian Embassy and received a wonderful response. From there, she travelled to London for Matching Jack’s screening at The Barbican Centre as part of the London Australian Film Festival, where the film again received an enthusiastic response, a representative from Cascade Films told Neos Kosmos. This week Matching Jack screened at the 64th Cannes Film Festival as part of Cannes Cinephile hosted by Cannes Antipodes. In the last couple of months Matching Jack has also played at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival Internationales Filmwochenende Wurzburg (Germany), Tiburon International Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. Leonard Maltin, who recently viewed the film described it as “a deeply emotional film, clearly made with tender loving care. Kodi Smit-McPhee gives an utterly remarkable performance in a cast full of fine actors”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more