Man Convicted of Killing Indian American Student in 2014

first_imgFour years after the death of Pravin Varughese, a jury convicted a man in the United States of first-degree murder. Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois, was convicted on June 14, and faces 20 to 60 years in prison when sentenced.The Indian-origin student, 19, was killed in February 2014, following a fight with Bethune in an inebriated state. Bethune was accused of beating up Varughese, robbing him and driving off, leading to his death from hypothermia in the single-digit temperatures, the Associated Press reported.The body of Varughese, who was a student at the Southern Illinois University, was found after being missing for five days, PTI reported. Authorities in Carbondale had initially called it a tragic accident, and the cause of death at that time was reported as environmental hypothermia, Chicago Tribune reported.However, the Varughese family was not convinced with the findings. They raised questions about the last tweet that he posted late that night: “Bloody knuckles … guess I was in a fight #backdown.”The family got an independent autopsy performed, the results of which differed from the local coroner’s report. The family then filed suit against Carbondale and its police chief, who was fired soon after, according to the Chicago Tribune.The jury found Bethune, who was also 19 years old at the time of the incident, guilty of one count of murder after the state argued that he battered Varughese and that his death was “a direct and foreseeable consequence,” the Southern Illinosian reported.Bethune told the police during investigations that he gave Varughese a ride on the night of Feb. 12, 2014 after a party, PTI reported. Both of them drove around to look for cocaine, and got into a fight.Bethune’s defense attorney, Michael Wepsiec said that he would seek a new trial, since the injuries found on Varughese’s body shouldn’t have led to a murder conviction for his client, according to the Chicago Tribune. He pointed out in his arguments that only superficial bruises were found on Varughese’s body and $24 was in his wallet.“We’re certainly going to file a motion for a new trial and see what we can do with that,” he was quoted as saying by the publication. “Right now I think we’re all in shock at the verdict of guilty on the felony murder based on the aggravated battery. The evidence does not support that.” Related ItemsIllinoisIndian Americanlast_img read more

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Longest, darkest total lunar eclipse today

first_imgThe total lunar eclipse will last for 100 minutes.The longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on Wednesday, giving sky enthusiasts all over the country an opportunity to witness the event. An unusually long lunar eclipse with the moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth will occur on Wednesday, Nehru Planetarium Director N Rathnasree said.”The total phase of this lunar eclipse will last 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000,” she said.The next such eclipse will only take place in 2141. The total lunar eclipse will begin at 00:52:30 IST and end at 02:32:42 IST. While the partial eclipse will begin at 23:52:56 IST and end at 03:32:15 IST.The eclipse will be visible completely in Africa and Central Asia. It will be visible rising over South America, Western Africa and Europe, and seen setting over Eastern Asia, and Australia, C B Devgun from Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said.The magnitude of the one of the relatively rare total lunar eclipse will be 1.70 magnitude, N Sri Raghunandan Kumar of Planetary Society of India said. The next lunar eclipse to be viewed in India will be in December this year. Also, a star named 51 Ophiuchi will be occulted during the eclipse.Sky enthusiasts can witness the whole sequence of the occultation in the zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus.At 11:29 PM on Wednesday, the moon will occult (hide) behind the star 51 Ophiuchi. The star will reappear after 90 minutes at 01:01 AM of June 16, Kumar said.advertisementA lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the moon and Sun in such a way that moon is hidden in the shadow cast by Earth. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and moon are aligned in a straight line.Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, along with the Nehru Planetarium and the Children’s Resource Center of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library will be organising an all night lunar eclipse ‘Moon Carnival’ for all interested sky enthusiasts in the capital on Wednesday.Scientific groups are gearing up students, space enthusiasts and tourists for Wednesday’s cosmic event.”The lunar eclipse on June 15 is the longest and darkest total lunar eclipse that will occur in the 21st century, and will not be surpassed in duration until 2141. So, we are trying our best to popularise the event,” Nehru Planetarium Director N Rathnasree told PTI.Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, along with the Nehru Planetarium and the Children’s Resource Center of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library will be organising an all night lunar eclipse ‘Moon Carnival’ for all interested sky enthusiasts in the capital.Moon observation will start well ahead of the eclipse, she said, adding participants will be encouraged to learn and identify lunar features. This will help them determine precise timings of the immersion of the various lunar craters in the umbral shadow of the Earth, during the eclipse, she added.The enthusiasts will also witness some of the brighter stars of the constellation Ophiuccus being occulted by the moon, before and during the eclipse, she said.Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), an NGO, is working to break the myths and superstitions associated with the celestial phenomenon.Many people still believe that eating food during eclipse harms the body. SPACE will encourage eating during the eclipse and then reporting the condition of your health before and after the phenomena. This cumulative report will be sent to UNESCO, SPACE PRO Mila Mitra told PTI.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Kolkata Knight Riders beats RCB by 5 wickets

first_imgMay 03, 2016 COMMENTS cricket Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in their Indian Premier League match here today.Sent into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 185/7 in the stipulated 20 overs, and then saw KKR chase down the target of 186 with five balls to spare.Brief Scores:RCB: 185/7 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 52, Virat Kohli 52, Shane Watson 34; Morne Morkel 2/28, Piyush Chawla 2/32)KKR: 186/5 in 19.1 overs (Yusuf Pathan 60 not out, Andre Russell 39; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/27). COMMENT IPL 2016 Published oncenter_img KKR Skipper Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during the IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Monday. – PTI SHARE × KKR Skipper Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during the IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Monday. – PTI SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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Super League: Panathinaikos beats Panetolikos 4-0, Giannena-Platanias 3-3

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos waited until the 67th minute for its first goal against Panetolikos before going on to win 4-0 Sunday in the Greek league.Marcus Berg completed his hat trick in injury time — after scoring in the 67th and 80th minutes — with Robin Lod scoring in the 89th.Fourth-placed Panathinaikos is a point behind PAOK — which drew 0-0 at Xanthi — and three behind Panionios, 1-0 winner at Veria on Saturday.Olympiakos, which beat Larissa 2-0 Saturday, is 13 points ahead of Panionios and seemingly unstoppable in its quest for a 19th league title in 21 seasons.In Sunday’s most exciting game, Giannena went 2-0 up on host Platanias by the 11th. Platanias equalized before halftime and went 3-2 ahead before Giannena made the final score 3-3.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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LeBron James brings the LA Lakers what they crave the most: relevance

first_imgThe Cavaliers team James pulled to the finals earlier this year was not as gifted as these Lakers. Remember, too, the Cavs probably would have won Game 1 of the finals were it not for JR Smith’s blunder at the end of regulation.Who knows if a first-game win in Golden State’s arena would have turned the series in Cleveland’s favor but the finals would have been much closer. If James could rattle the Warriors as he did with the team he had in Cleveland last year, imagine what he can do with a young but talented group like the one he has now. The one thing everyone should know about James is to never question his ability to put a team on his back and carry it far. Magic Johnson has delivered again for the only franchise he has ever known. On Sunday, he bought the Lakers relevance, a shot at adding to the row of championship banners that line the Staples Center wall. Somehow, you have to figure, LeBron James will find a way to add at least one more. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more The Los Angeles Lakers needed to matter again, so they had no choice but to convince LeBron James to join their team. Basketball’s most glamorous franchise has never done irrelevance well. They need a name on front of the Staples Center to make the building crackle and 41 nights of LaVar and Lonzo Ball still left them miles from the Golden State Warriors.In signing James, his longtime nemesis Lance Stephenson and Warriors center JaVale McGee on Sunday, the Lakers bought themselves into contention. They didn’t purchase an NBA title but they moved a lot closer than they were two days ago. Given the make-up of the West, the Lakers probably are the conference’s third- or fourth-best team and the possibility of a Kawhi Leonard trade still lingers. At worst, Los Angeles now has a team that can go a round in the playoffs, if not two. Given the recent Lakers, marching into the lottery to then stumble to the bottom of the division, this is a massive upgrade. Play Video … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Iconic LeBron James banner comes down in Cleveland as Lakers sign NBA star – video Los Angeles Lakers Basketball NBA Share via Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter features 0:36 Maybe the Warriors win another title this coming season but maintaining a championship run will be more challenging after that. Klay Thompson, for instance, will be a free agent after next year and given that his father Mychael was a forward on the last two of Johnson and Riley’s Laker title teams as well as a current Lakers broadcast commentator, Klay could be a perfect fit alongside James in LA. Not only would he bring the Lakers a great outside shooter but his departure would remove a key piece of the Warriors core no matter how good Durant, Steph Curry and Draymond Green remain. Next season, with a bigger salary cap, the Lakers can also pursue Leonard (should they not trade for him), and maybe Durant, Jimmy Butler or Kyrie Irving – who was critical to James’s one championship in Cleveland. The coming season’s Lakers may only go a round or two deep in the playoffs but they could be legitimate championship contenders in 2019-20. There is also this. The Lakers, as they stand today without Leonard, are a good team. Stephenson gives them an edge they’ve lacked, a relentless defender who will annoy opponents’ best scorers. McGee is a skilled center. Lonzo Ball, despite his failings as a shooter, is wonderful at seeing the whole court. James will make him better. James will also be good for young, promising players like Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma – should they all remain. US sports Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp But James has been to eight straight NBA finals. He didn’t come to LA to win 48 games a year and make it past the first-round of the playoffs. He chose to be a Laker for what will probably be the four last great years of his career to win championships. Whether it’s right or not, he is constantly compared to Michael Jordan and the ultimate measure of his career for many is how close he can get to Jordan’s six titles. It’s telling that the two men who have been able to convince James to leave Cleveland are Pat Riley and Magic Johnson. Riley, the Miami Heat president, coached Magic – the current Lakers president – and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to four NBA championships in the 1980s. And while Riley has won three more of his own as a coach and executive in Miami, the roots of Riley and Johnson’s success are with the 80s Showtime Lakers and their championship machine.By leaving the NBA’s much weaker East, LeBron has entered a Western Conference loaded with talent, making it much harder for him to keep his finals streak alive. But he may not be as far from another championship as everyone thinks. While Golden State’s dynasty remain alive and Kevin Durant’s new contract ensures the Warriors will be title contenders for at least one more year, Golden State won’t be able to keep their team together for much longer. As their coach, Steve Kerr, learned when trying to motivate a listless team last fall, the will to win again and again and again is harder to find with each passing year. 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a month agoMan Utd defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe radarby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe’s radar.The Turkish club wants to secure the 29-year-old Argentinean to a loan deal in January.Rojo’s current contract with United expires in 2020 and there is no question of extending the agreement.Everton are expecting to try again midseason after an August deal fell through.The defender last season played eight matches for United in all competitions. last_img read more

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World Women’s Boxing Championships: Saweety Boora in round of 16, Neeraj Phogat ousted

first_img Next World Women’s Boxing Championships: Saweety Boora in round of 16, Neeraj Phogat oustedSaweety Boora, defeated Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0 in the opening round to set up a clash with second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price.advertisement Press Trust of India Ulan-UdeOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 19:14 IST (Saweety Boora Twitter Photo)Former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) advanced to the pre-quarters with a facile win but Neeraj Phogat (57kg) bowed out after a contentious loss on a mixed day for India at the World Women’s Boxing Championship here on Saturday.Boora, defeated Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0 in the opening round to set up a clash with second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price.However, Phogat gave it her all in the clash against China’s Qiao Jieru but didn’t find favour with the judges who ruled against her in a 2-3 split decision.Boora’s win was a convincing one in which she was showed herself to be the better boxer with more accurate punches. Even though the Mongolian clawed back in the final three minutes, it proved to be a case of too little too late.Earlier, Phogat was clearly superior and kept her composure against an opponent, who hardly showed any technique. Flinging her arms aimlessly, defending awkwardly and grunting relentlessly, Jieru even coped a warning for excessive holding.But in a stunning call, the judges gave her the nod, leaving the Indian dejected. Phogat was competing in her debut world championship.The Indian contingent officially protested against the decision as per the new norms introduced by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to ensure better judging. However, their appeal was turned down by the technical committee.According to the rules, teams are entitled to two unsuccessful protests. The coaches are required to raise a yellow card within a minute of the bout getting over and follow it up by paying USD 1000 within half an hour to seek a review of any decision.advertisementThe technical committee has the discretion to accept or reject a protest but once it chooses to accept, a decision is made only at the end of the day’s session.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Saweety BooraFollow Women’s Boxing Championshipslast_img read more

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SCI on the Lookout for Second-Hand LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has been told by the country’s shipping minister to look for second-hand liquefied natural gas carriers (LNG) to fill in for the newbuild carriers that are to be built indigenously.“I have given orders to SCI to find second hand ships. For the transport of LNG, we can give services to them (SCI),” Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari is reported as saying by the Press Trust of India.The second-hand tankers would be hired for up to seven years until domestic shipyards develop the necessary capabilities to build their own LNG tankers.SCI and GAIL (India) Limited formed a joint venture under which GAIL promised to secure USD 3 billion for the purchase of nine LNG ships, which will be run by SCI.The third of the ships were intended to be built by domestic shipyards, which lack the necessary technological expertise.However, three India’s shipyards have scored cooperation deals with shipyards that are willing to share their know-how on construction of these complex vessels.India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd has entered into a deal with South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries on exchanging technology, L&T Shipbuilding Ltd, a unit of Larsen and Toubro Ltd, (L&T Ltd),  has partnered up with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries on the project and India’s Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering signed a cooperation deal with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.After an unsuccessful first tender round, Gail India said it would issue a new tender for the construction of nine LNG carriers which is expected to facilitate the bidding process and remove hurdles that have prolonged the project.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Trump meets with chipmakers on Huawei other economic issues

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump met with executives from several of the nation’s leading chipmakers Monday and discussed restrictions his administration has imposed on the sale of components to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei (WAH’-way).Huawei is embroiled in a trade dispute between China and the U.S.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently announced his department will issue licenses to companies to sell technology to Huawei only when there is no threat to national security.The White House says the executives requested that the Commerce Department make timely decisions when it comes to equipment sales, and the president agreed. The executives also expressed optimism about the deployment of 5G systems in the U.S.Leaders from Google, Cisco, Qualcomm, Intel and Broadcom were among those in attendance.The Associated Press read more

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Countries gather at UN meeting on treaty against desertification

The 191 countries are all party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which is the only legally binding instrument at the disposal of the international community designed to tackle that issue.“The fight against desertification is fundamentally a fight against poverty,” said Hama Arba Diallo, the treaty’s Executive Secretary. Desertification is considered potentially the most threatening ecosystem change directly impacting the poor.This year’s Conference seeks to mark a further milestone on the road to achieving sustainable development and reducing rural poverty, organizers said. It takes place against the backdrop of numerous humanitarian emergencies, such as drought in Niger, which has left 2.5 million people facing acute food shortages, and in southern Europe, where the problem has triggered devastating forest fires with staggering economic costs. read more

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PPPs GS says Party manifesto will reflect the wishes of all

Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat JagdeoThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will soon launch its election manifesto, which will comprise several programmes from its 2015 manifesto aimed at further developing Guyana.This was according to the Party’s General Secretary (GS), Bharrat Jagdeo during his address to thousands of supporters who turned up a meeting at Port Mourant on Saturday.Jagdeo stated that despite the wealth of experience and competent members within the Party, the manifesto would reflect the best for all Guyana with input from all.“Get on to the Party so that we can get your ideas included, since we believe that in the programme that we will launch before the elections, your wishes and desires must be reflected and that once we put forward that programme, unlike the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity], that will be our promise to the people of Guyana to fulfil.”Commenting on Government’s ability to see into the future, Jagdeo referred to the current Administration as a government without a vision.“When we were in government, we were talking about a green sector, a low-carbon development strategy that will bring new jobs and new wealth.”This, he added, was going to upgrade the sugar and rice industries.“That is what the vision was. You know what they have reduced it now to? When a reporter asked the President (Granger) ‘How are you going to create jobs in the future,’ he said, ‘We must do things like making pepper sauce and making cook-up to sell, and making plantain chips…’ That is where we have come from; talking about a future that will create thousands of jobs and new wealth and new infrastructure and a modern country to now selling plantain chips and cook-up rice, you can’t run a country on that…”As it relates to the Corentyne, the Party leader repeated his promise to reopen the sugar estates that were closed in December of 2017.Government closed the Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates leaving only the Albion Estate functional. In fact, 1851 workers were sacked from the Skeldon Sugar Estate, 1181 from the Rose Hall Estate, 1480 from the East Demerara Sugar Estate and 251 from the Wales Sugar Estate.In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), which had depended heavily on sugar, with the closure of two of the three sugar estates in the Region, all other sectors have been affected.“People have to earn to be able to put food on their table and send their children to school, so that is what we want to see,” the Opposition Leader stated.During his presentation, Jagdeo also addressed the no-confidence motion, which was successfully passed in the National Assembly.He explained that the Speaker of the House has already ruled on it – refusing to reverse his decision, but he allowed the court to rule on the various issues which arose.The court’s ruling will just serve as a guide for the future the Opposition Leader told his supporters.“After March 19, this Government becomes unconstitutional, illegal, illegitimate so when they come out here stop calling them Minister, President and Prime Minister after that date.They are trying to sell the sugar industry now in the few days they have remaining. We said we will not recognise any sale of the sugar industry because the Government is in a caretaker capacity,” Jagdeo added.Over 5000 PPP supporters turned up at Train Line Dam, Port Mourant, on Saturday, where they were greeted and addressed by the presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“The clock is ticking,” Jagdeo says as PPP gearing up for ElectionsJanuary 21, 2019In “latest news”Over 3000 ethnically inclusive PPP candidates to contest LGE- General SecretarySeptember 24, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: Large turnout for PPP in Linden as GS promises deliverance come 2020October 31, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Secrecy has become part of Justice Depts DNA damning report concludes

first_imgUpdated at 6.26pmAN INDEPENDENT REVIEW of the Department of Justice published this afternoon has found that the organisation is driven by a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture” — leading to an announcement from the ministry’s Secretary General that he is to step aside from his position.The review, published on the justice.ie website shortly before 4.30pm, was commissioned in the wake of the Guerin Report into claims of malpractice made by garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.Amongst the other top five issues highlighted by the review group were:Significant leadership and management problems.Ineffective management processes and structures to provide strong strategic oversight of the key agencies both to hold them accountable and to ensure their effectiveness is maximised.A Management Advisory Committee (MAC) that is neither sufficiently focused on key strategic priorities that impact on the Department and its key agencies nor ensuring that emerging issues with agencies or with political consequence are identified and managed proactively.Relationships with key agencies tend to be informal and unstructured without strong central management from the Department.Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald asked for the review to be carried out on the 3 June — in the wake of the report into McCabe’s claims by senior counsel Sean Guerin, which ultimately cost her predecessor, Alan Shatter, his job.Chaired by CEO of the Dublin Airport Authority, Kevin Toland, it was tasked with examining Guerin’s concerns about how the Department is run, and with assessing the effectiveness of current management structures.‘Reassigned’In a statement released shortly after the report’s publication, the Department said that Secretary General Brian Purcell had offered to be “reassigned” to elsewhere in the civil service.The Minister thanked Purcell “for his contribution to the State” over the last 28 years; he has also worked as Director General of the Irish Prison Service, and was previously with the Department of Social Protection.What did Frances Fitzgerald have to say about Brian Purcell at a press conference this afternoon? Details here> The Department “needs to transform the way in which it does its business” according to the review.It also found that the Department’s dealings with the Gardaí had influenced the way it handles other responsibilities…The culture of confidentiality in the Department’s dealings with An Garda Síochána has influenced the leadership style, management practices and relationships with other agencies.In short, it determined:The need for secrecy in particularly sensitive areas has not been restricted to those areas. It permeates much of the Department’s remit and has become part of its DNA, to the detriment of other areas that should be open.ManagementThe report identifies a raft of shortcomings in the management of the Department, including: The six person group that carried out the review, which also included former Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, convened seven times between early June and mid-July, and met with over internal 20 staff members from the Department.Three interviews were carried out with Purcell as part of that process.It also interviewed 25 additional people, and received feedback and submissions from 30 staff. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandBrian Purcell, pictured alongside former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.Key weaknessesIn the section of its report detailing what it described as “significant weaknesses” within the Department, the review group found the culture of the Department “to be closed and unnecessarily secretive (even taking into account the important and confidential nature of some of the work)“.It found that this had resulted in “an inward looking organisation with limited learning capacity and reduced openness to new ideas“.…the Review Group found that although there has been a challenging expansion of work, the overall Departmental culture has not changed or adapted to the world in which it now operates. No clear ownership of issues – A lack of responsibility and accountability.Ineffective systems and practices and a lack of co-ordination or planning to deal with issues as they arise.Poor political antennae for issues with serious potential impact.No focus on learnings or areas for improvement.These shortcomings led to a number of serious failures recently, the report concluded, particularly in the Garda Division of the Department “regarding how briefings between the Minister and senior management were handled“.The failings are summarised as follows:No one person in charge of the overall issue.No overall plan to deal with the issues as they unfolded.No recognition of the serious potential impact of the issues.Unable to see where things went wrong.Communications There is “no coherent, structured communications strategy” within the Department of Justice, the report concluded.In addition “the communications area is inadequately resourced” the panel found, and “there would appear to have been inadequate constructive relationships” with the media, which it says are……vital in a world where the pace and nature of media interactions are growing exponentially.TechnologyIn a conclusion which perhaps shines some light on why’s Martin Callinan’s letter to Alan Shatter about the taping of phonecalls at garda stations didn’t get to the Minister for two weeks, the report states:The Department has very poor document tracking and IT systems that are old and are causing inefficiency.There is a serious lack of integrated and timely data. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandMinister Fitzgerald speaks to the media this evening.The way forward…The independent review makes a number of recommendations, and says the Department should start by……focusing on changing closed and secretive cultural model to being as open and inclusive as possible considering appropriate confidentiality…It says a change in “leadership and management routines” needs to happen and that there needs to be a more “structured approach to how agencies and key relationships are managed” in order to hold them more accountable.Speaking this evening, Minister Fitzgerald said she had confidence in the current staff in her department to implement the recommendations of the report.Additional reporting Hugh O’Connell & Nicky Ryan.Read: After refusing to back him for 80 days, Frances Fitzgerald is now looking for a new secretary generalRead our full coverage of the Guerin Report and its fallout here >last_img read more

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PC Black Ops II disc contains Mass Effect 2

first_imgThousands of Call of Duty fans were standing in the freezing cold last night for the midnight launch of Black Ops II, but it seems a few were a bit disappointed when they got home.Some PC gamers installed disc one of Black Ops II and then, when it came time to insert the second disc, they got quite a nasty shock. Their PCs told them the disc they had inserted was in fact for Mass Effect 2. It is unclear how many users are affected by this, but many have taken to YouTube, the Steam Forums, and the Black Ops II forums to complain about the mess up.The games are published and developed by different companies, so they shouldn’t share any links that would allow this to happen. The most likely explanation is that the discs were produced in the same factory and someone, somewhere has put the wrong labels on them. However, there is a way around the problem. Apparently you can still download the full game directly from Steam by selecting the “+ add a game” option from the game library page and inputting the serial code from your copy of Black Ops II. Steam will then download and install it.Of course, this solution is likely little comfort for the people who queued up at midnight to get their hands on the game, but at least there is a way they can play without waiting for a disc replacement. In the meantime, we hope to see an official explanation from Activision as to why this happened and how they’re going to fix it.via Black Ops II communitylast_img read more

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Pixels pricey LTE plans surface no special treatment for Chromebook users this

first_imgIf you didn’t already think Google’s Chromebook Pixel was a status symbol that is designed to prove the theory that Chrome OS will get better in real-time and one day make the hardware worth it, the LTE version (which ships April 8th) is sure to push you in that direction. Data plans for the LTE Pixel have been uncovered and they will bash your wallet almost as cruelly as the $1450 laptop. Day rates will start at $10, but after that you’ll be treated just like any prepaid data user.When the Cr-48 was released, one of the most important features was the inclusion of Verizon Wireless 3G data. As if it wasn’t amazing enough that this free laptop was going around to create buzz for Chrome OS, to be able to access mobile data for free (or for a daily rate if you had a greater demand) was incredible. The Cr-48 program gave users 100MB per month for two years, with the ability to purchase unlimited data for $10 per day.For the first Chromebook — again, which was free — that was pretty amazing. 100MB is just enough to grab a refresh of your RSS feeds or email while you were out, and if you found yourself in a place without WiFi you could pay the extra if you wanted. Two years ago on 3G, 100MB might last you a month but on the Chromebook Pixel, that’s obviously not going to be enough. Fortunately, Verizon Wireless is here to make sure your wallet is nice and thin while you enjoy the equally svelte Pixel.The LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel starts out with the same deal as the Cr-48: you can access 100MB of Internet each month for free on LTE, or you can pay for unlimited LTE for $10 per day. Two years later, on LTE, 100MB does not get you much, but again it’s enough for short updates when you absolutely need them. The daily unlimited rate is very good as well, and would be perfect for someone who is only using LTE a few times a month.If you’d rather purchase a block of data and just use it throughout the week, there’s a few options available to you. You can pay $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, or $50 for 5GB. These prices fall right in between what Verizon currently charges for contract and prepaid hotspot service, which allows you to connect other devices and use them as you wish. These prices are for a singe device, and unless Verizon Wireless is the only game in town you’ll find cheaper plans through either hotspot service built into your phone or through a dedicated line.So there you have it. If you’ve absolutely got to have LTE in your Chrombook Pixel you’ll be shelling out an extra $150 for the privilege, and then Verizon will be sure to treat you like a prepaid customer while offering you just over 2GB of free data during their two year agreement with Google. You can’t share your data, you can’t add your Chromebook Pixel to your Verizon Wireless account if you’re already a customer. I suppose if you’re ready to spend almost $1,500 on a Chrome OS laptop, you don’t mind the monthly rates as much.last_img read more

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North Korean general should be hanged in the streets not going to

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Friday 23 Feb 2018, 6:28 PM Feb 23rd 2018, 6:28 PM 33,471 Views Kim Yong Chol pictured in 2007. Image: Ahn Young-joon/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3869022 Short URL 23 Comments Kim Yong Chol pictured in 2007. Share24 Tweet Email Even if the heavens split in two, we cannot allow such a heinous criminal — who must be sliced to death — to be invited to the Olympics closing ceremony.Unification ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said the South Korean government was aware of widespread misgivings about Kim Yong Chol’s visit to the South, but accepted it as the “chances for improving inter-Korean ties and a peace settlement might be improved”.IvankaAt a Blue House dinner this evening with the South Korean president, Ivanka Trump — who is special advisor to her father — said she was there to “reaffirm our commitment to our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean peninsula is denuclearised”.Moon however stressed that engagement with the North had defused tensions between the neighbours.“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,” Moon said.“I also believe that such developments are thanks to President Trump’s strong support for inter-Korean dialogue,” he added.The president also told Ivanka Trump in a separate meeting that the US and South Korea “must seize this hard-earned opportunity” to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, Yonhap news agency quoted Moon’s chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan as saying.© – AFP 2018Read: US vice president had secret plan to meet the North Koreans – but they cancelled last minute >Read: US warns against falling for North Korea’s charm offensive as Kim offers olive branch to South > Image: Ahn Young-joon/PA Images North Korean general should be ‘hanged in the streets’ not going to Olympics, says S. Korean politician Kim Yong Chol is heading to the closing ceremony but is accused of war crimes. SOUTH KOREAN LAWMAKERS have protested a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to arrive on Sunday for the Games’ closing ceremony — which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, creating protocol headaches for Seoul officials.Kim is widely blamed for a spate of attacks against the South including the torpedoing nearly eight years ago of the Seoul’s Cheonan corvette, with the loss of 46 lives.Some 70 lawmakers of the conservative Liberty Korea Party staged a protest outside the presidential Blue House, urging President Moon Jae-in to scrap the visit.“Kim Yong Chol is a diabolical war criminal who attacked the South… He deserves death by hanging in the street,” the party’s parliamentary floor leader Kim Sung-tae said in a statement.last_img read more

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Comment les oiseaux ont obtenu leurs ailes

first_imgComment les oiseaux ont obtenu leurs ailesDes chercheurs canadiens se sont penchés sur l’histoire évolutive des oiseaux depuis les dinosaures, et notamment sur l’apparition de leurs ailes.Les paléontologues savent que les oiseaux ont évolué à partir d’un groupe de dinosaure appelés Maniraptoriens, il y a quelque 150 millions d’années. Toutefois, les détails de cette transition sont encore mal connus. Depuis une dizaine d’années, les découvertes, principalement en Chine, de dinosaures à plumes, dont beaucoup juste de Maniraptoriens, ont permis d’apporter de nombreuses d’informations sur ce sujet. Mais la question du passage de pattes supérieures à des ailes restait encore en suspend.Des chercheurs de l’Université McGill au Québec se sont penchés sur le problème, et publient leurs résultats dans la revue Evolution. Au cours de leurs travaux, ils ont analysé de nombreux fossiles datant de la période d’apparition des oiseaux jusqu’à quelques millions d’années après. Chez tous les dinosaures carnivores, la taille des os des membres est relativement constante par rapport à celle de leur corps. Et même si le T-rex est 5.000 fois plus gros que le plus petit des Théropodes (dinosaures carnivores), les proportions sont équivalentes.Néanmoins, les scientifiques ont trouvé qu’à partir de l’apparition des premiers oiseaux, ce ratio a commencé à changer. Les “bras” et les “jambes” ont commencé à se développer de façon très importante, un changement essentiel qui leur a permis de maîtriser le vol.AérodynamismeCar avoir des plumes ne suffit, il faut surtout des membres puissants pour pouvoir voler, comme viennent de le démontrer des chercheurs dans une autre étude. Ces travaux ont permis d’établir que le Microraptor, appartenant à un sous-groupe de Maniraptoriens, n’était peut-être pas de voler en tant que tel mais pouvait planer sur des distances allant jusqu’à 100 mètres.  D’après les scientifiques, les avant-bras des Maniraptoriens se sont développés et allongés, alors qu’après une première phase de croissance, les jambes ont, elles, diminué de taille. En effet, des jambes courtes permettent un meilleur aérodynamisme, et la plupart des oiseaux d’aujourd’hui rabattent leurs pattes sous leur corps quand ils sont en vol. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette combinaison gagnante a été cruciale, soulignent les chercheurs, pour survivre face à l’autre grand groupe de dinosaures volants, les ptérosaures, les fameux ptérodactyles.Succès évolutif “Notre étude suggère que les oiseaux ont subi un changement brutal dans leurs mécanismes de développement, avec le changement de taille de leurs membres” explique dans un communiqué Hans Larsson, auteur de l’étude. “Cette évolution a été fondamentale pour le succès des oiseaux, le plus diversifié des groupes de vertébrés que la Terre porte aujourd’hui”.Le Dr. Dececchi, co-auteur de l’étude, commente également ; “Ce travail, couplé à nos précédents travaux révélant que les ancêtres des oiseaux n’étaient pas des espèces arboricoles, illumine beaucoup la compréhension de l’écologie des premiers oiseaux. Comprendre d’où ils viennent, comment ils ont évolué vers ce qu’ils sont aujourd’hui, est crucial pour comprendre le monde moderne et pourquoi la planète ressemble à ce qu’elle est aujourd’hui.”Le 21 septembre 2013 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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RAW Highlights Superstars switch to the RAW brand following the Superstar Shakeup

first_img WWE posted these highlights after last night’s RAW from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next Twitter Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Cesaro Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Kurt Angle Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The American Academy Of Pediatrics Recommends Teaching Babies To Swim Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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Fires damage two homes in same neighborhood

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department responded to two different house fires in the same neighborhood that started within about five minutes of one-another. “We could see one from the other,” said Drew Tracy, battalion chief of the Vancouver Fire Department.Although the timing and locations of the two incidents were very close, Tracy said the two events were unrelated and were responded to separately. At 3:23 p.m. fire crews received a report of an attic fire single-family home in the 200 block of Southeast 103rd Avenue in Vancouver. The cause is still under investigation.Minutes later, fire crews took a call about a fire in the 800 block of Southeast 105th Avenue. Tracy said the cause is believed to be a wood stove, but it’s still under investigation as of Saturday night. No one was injured in either fire, though both houses were significantly damaged.last_img read more

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Port Northwest Packing reach lease deal

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver and Northwest Packing Co. have reached an agreement on a 25-year extension of the company’s lease on its fruit packing plant at the port, ending three years of sometimes tense negotiations over a new lease.The port did not disclose terms of the deal, which still requires a stamp of approval from its board of commissioners. The company’s previous lease, established in 1987, expired in 2011 but was extended by the port through the end of this year as negotiations continued. That lease included a stipulation that the port would adjust rent to fair market value upon renewal, and rent adjustment became the major sticking point between the port and the fruit packing company.Abbi Russell, the port’s communications manager, said the tentative lease covers a 10-year period with three five-year options. She said the port has been sensitive during talks to Northwest Packing’s importance in providing hundreds of jobs and bringing investment to the community. “We feel comfortable with an agreement that moves them toward a market rate in a way that works for the company,” she said. As recently as September, Northwest Packing representatives urged the port’s board of commissioners to maintain the current annual lease payment of about $150,000 as part of the 25-year contract renewal. The company faces stiff global competition and narrow profit margins and would have difficulty absorbing higher costs, said Matt Jones, president and CEO of Northwest Packing’s parent, The Neil Jones Food Co. At the time of that September commission meeting, the port said an adjustment to market rate would establish an annual lease payment of $372,021 by the company. Todd Coleman, the port’s CEO, said the port was pleased with the outcome of the long negotiations. “Northwest Packing has operated at the port for more than 40 years and provides a significant number of jobs for our community. Our goal throughout negotiations was to reach an agreement that worked for both parties, and it looks like that’s where we’ve landed,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For November 6 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, November 6, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Election: Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. Not sure where to vote? Click HERE.In The Community: The Abundant Life Christian School will be holding a Middle School Open House, from 6pm to 8pm, for families with students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 for the 2019-2020 school year.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Cookin’ The Books at noon. Great Graphic Novels at 2pm. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. World Languages Film Night at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For November 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 31, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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