Already in tough spot, TNT could miss 3 key cogs for 2 games

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Every game is tough this conference. You can’t take anything lightly and we learned our lesson in our previous games,” he said.“You just have to focus on the next game. Hopefully, we win the next one.” Losing to Ginebra, 78-93 on Sunday, the soft-spoken mentor accepted the realities that no matter how hard the challenge is, the KaTropa must do their best to advance to the quarterfinals and no longer think about the pressure.Things, however, won’t get any better for TNT, which sits at eighth place with a 4-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlated to battle GlobalPort and NLEX in their last two assignments, the KaTropa could also miss vital cogs namely Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario in those tiffs as the three are set to be called up for Gilas Pilipinas duty for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Racela, however, isn’t ready to surrender just yet. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next MOST READcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rockets beat Mavericks for 8th straight win LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela struggled to find the right words but at the end of the day, he knew that his team just needs to get its act together and end the slump in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just need to break the losing streak. We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice but to focus on the next game,” Racela said.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Nicolas Anelka to play for Mumbai City in Indian Super League

first_imgNicolas Anelka. Photo: APFormer France international Nicolas Anelka will be playing for Mumbai City FC in the inaugural season of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) that will be held October 12-December 20.The Mumbai franchisee announced the signing of the star, who will bring to Mumbai City FC experience of playing top-quality football in some of the best clubs of the world, in an event on Monday. In an illustrious career, the former France international has plied his trade with top clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus among others. He will be among France’s most talented players to grace Indian soil during the ISL.Anelka, whose career is packed with nearly 500 club appearances at top level, has the ability to make strong defences nervous with his attacking abilities and is acknowledged the world over for his superior technique, aerial ability, shooting, and movement off the ball. The signing will make the 35-year-old player Mumbai City FC’s star striker as it strives to build a formidable outfit with world-class football players on board.”We are delighted to announce the signing of Nicolas Anelka and thrilled that a player with a stunning pedigree such as his is part of our team. His abilities and experience are known the world over and I am certain his presence will give us the firepower required upfront. We welcome him to the Mumbai City FC squad,” said team owner Ranbir Kapoor.Anelka said he was pleased to join Mumbai City FC and through it participate in the exciting ISL.advertisement”Talented international players and top Indian talent will make matches thrilling affairs. I look forward to using my ability to do well for my team in the matches we play,” he said.Anelka has vast experience playing 69 international matches for France. He made his debut as a 16-year-old at Paris Saint Germain in February 1996. Soon, he moved to Arsenal under newly appointed manager Arsne Wenger and won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award the following season after he was Arsenal’s top scorer in the 1998-99 season with 17 Premier League goals.His first team opportunities were limited in the 1996-97 season but in the 1997-98 season, he broke into the first team, after a long-term injury to striker Ian Wright. In November 1997, Anelka scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 3-2 home win against Manchester United. Anelka was a key player in Arsenal’s “Double” win of both the Premier League and FA Cup that season. He scored the second goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United in that season’s FA Cup final. In all, he made 90 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 28 goals.Anelka moved to Real Madrid in 1999, making 19 appearances for the team before returning to Paris Saint-Germain. He spent the end of the 2001-02 season in Liverpool, helping the team finish second in the table. After this, he signed the Manchester City team and finished as the team’s top scorer in his first two seasons.After three seasons at City, in 2005, Anelka moved to Turkish professional football team Fenerbahe for two seasons where he helped the team qualify for the Champions League before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers. After two seasons there, Chelsea, where he finished the following season as the top goal scorer with 19 goals and helped the team win the FA Cup, signed the Frenchman. The next season in 2009-10, Anelka achieved the second league and FA Cup double of his career.In 2012, Anelka got his first flavour of Asian football by playing for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for a year where he played a dual role of player and coach. He moved back to Europe to play with Juventus for a six-month loan deal in 2013 following which he signed for West Bromwich Albion.last_img read more

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Suicide bomber blows himself up during police raid in Karachi

first_imgKarachi, Sep 20 (PTI) Two policemen were injured after a suspected al-Qaeda suicide bomber blew himself up following heavy exchange of fire with security forces during an early morning raid in Pakistans biggest port city. The suicide bomber detonated his explosive laden jacket when police, Rangers and intelligence officials swooped down on his hideout in a residential building in Malirs Rifa-i-Aaam Society. According to Senior Superintendent Police Malir Rao Anwar they were conducting a raid in Kehkashan Society where the suspect Farhan alias Pehlwan was believed to be in hiding. “Farhan first exchanged fire with the raiding party and injured one policeman in the leg and one in the stomach. He also threw hand grenades one of which exploded before he blew himself up,” Anwar said. He said Farhan is suspected to be linked to the al-Qaeda and was involved in attacks on policemen and Rangers personnel. “The weapon used by him has been sent to a forensics lab for inspection,” he said. Karachi, Pakistans largest city and commercial centre, has long been plagued by political and ethnic violence and organised gang-wars. The government launched Operation clean up in October 2013 to “cleanse” the city of over 23.5 million people of “anti-social” elements. Over 260 security personnel have been killed in encounters with militants and criminals since the operation started, while some 282 terrorists have also been killed. PTI CORR SUA AKJ SUAlast_img read more

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F1 master Fernando Alonso geared up for rookie Indy run

first_imgTwice Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso surprised himself with his qualifying success for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, but the Spaniard knows his biggest challenge will come on race day.Alonso, racing on an oval for the first time, averaged more than 230 miles per hour (370 kph) to qualify fifth fastest for a place in the second row in the 33-car field at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”I was a bit surprised,” the 35-year-old Alonso told Reuters on Tuesday. “When we announced to come here one month ago, we did it without knowing how competitive we could be, if I was able to adapt to oval racing, to these cars.”A lack of experience may cost him on the biggest day of U.S. racing when a champion will be crowned after 200 laps of the massive 2.5-mile oval, but Alonso is geared up for the chance.”You respect the place, respect the speed. You respect your colleagues out there but at the end of the day, when you are in your car and close the visor, you would like to have one mile per hour more. It’s never enough,” he said.While Alonso passed the entrance exam with flying colors in qualifying, he knows the hardest test is to come.”The biggest challenge I will face is in the race when you are running in traffic, those groups of cars that form in the race. It changes completely the behavior of the car.”You feel the car very loose… we’ve been practising that with the team, trying to create our own groups because we are six cars,” Alonso said.advertisement”I still lack experience in important moments of the race. I will try to compensate with the speed, with motivation and we will see what happens.”GUESSING GAMESAlonso said timing his moves may be a guessing game.”Taking the opportunity to overtake and to pass will be a difficult decision to make,” he said. “There are many factors you need to address while you are driving 230 miles per hour.”You have to stay calm, be ready for the last one-third of the race. That is where it comes.”Alonso said the race demands a balance between pushing the limit and not crossing the line into recklessness.”With no experience, for me you’re not sure sometimes where you are with that line – if you are over the limits of the car, or over the limits of running with the traffic. Just guessing what the car will do, what you are doing.”Yet there is no place Alonso would rather be on race day.”On Sunday when race time arrives, 300,000, 400,000 people at a sport event has no comparison to any other sport event in the world,” he said. “The Olympic Games and Super Bowl cannot put 400,000 people in one place on one Sunday.”The Indy rookie does not rule himself out for a win that would make him the first F1 champion to triumph since Jacques Villeneuve 22 years ago.”I think anyone can win the Indy 500 of the 33 drivers because it is an unpredictable race,” he said.”There is not a plan that you think in advance. You need to keep improvising. I go there knowing that the race is going to be difficult and I will lack experience in critical moments.”But I want to live the moment, I want to live the experience.”last_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan coach Conte: We must stay grounded

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Conte: We must stay groundedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte says they’re not getting carried away with their start to the season.Inter meet Lazio tonight.He said, “Tomorrow will be a very difficult match against a very strong team with a clear identity.“They’ve been protagonists in recent years and their Coppa Italia victory is a testament to the work done by the club and the Coach. For us, that’s more proof.“I see proclamations and easy situations. After only four games, we’re already talking about this and that.“I have the right experience to say that this was done deliberately to give us some stab wounds.“We’ll have to be good at keeping our feet on the ground because it won’t be easy. There are two teams: Napoli weren’t backed but are very strong.“Juventus are very, very strong. After that, we begin to consider the others, including Inter.” last_img read more

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Draxler lifts lid on PSG’s ‘big egos’

first_imgJulian Draxler has suggested that there are big egos within the front three at Paris Saint-Germain, claiming that they all want to be the club’s top goalscorer.The Germany international has found himself in and out of the starting XI in the 2018-19 campaign, and has explained how he has often been used in a more defensive role to compensate for the attacking desires of some of his team-mates.The midfielder scored three goals in 31 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, and he has suggested that the likes of Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria have big egos and all want to finish with the most goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “They [Cavani, Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria] have big egos, everyone wants to be the top scorer,” he told Kicker . “In this case you need someone who plays behind them in the build-up and thinks more defensively.”Draxler has suggested that his role was impacted by such a scenario, saying head coach Thomas Tuchel had struggled to find the German’s best position in the team.”At the beginning, he maybe did not know where to put me. I had the most games, but not the most minutes.”Draxler was also the centre of attention earlier this year after a supposed falling out with Neymar, with reports suggesting that the pair had to be separated following a dressing-room argument.Both Tuchel and sporting director Antero Henrique reportedly had to come between the two, but Draxler has since played down the incident.”We had a disagreement, that happens, but when it’s with Neymar, it’s in the media.”Despite a somewhat disappointing season for PSG, in which they won yet another Ligue 1 title but fell short in the Champions League round of 16 at the hands of Manchester United, Draxler has insisted that his future remains very much at the club.”I am far from saying I cannot stand it anymore or I have to go away, on the contrary, I feel very well, I have a super coach and I’m in a super club. I start training on July 8 and prepare for the new season and if I’m offered a contract extension, I’ll listen to that.”The midfielder also spoke about the national team on both a personal and collective level, claiming that he has much more to give on the pitch for Germany in the near future.”I have to admit, that I did not reach my highest level during the World Cup. The most important thing is to never give up and start a new approach.”We won’t be the favourite at Euro 2020, but we have the potential to play for one of the first places.”last_img read more

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Norden Signs Scrubber Installation Deal with Besiktas

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has signed an agreement for scrubber installations with Turkey’s Besiktas Shipyard.The deal comes on the back of Norden’s thorough analysis of the effect of the sulphur directive, when it takes effect on January 1, 2020, on both the shipping and bunker markets.“The price difference between low sulphur and high sulphur fuel is expected to be substantial for some time, which makes scrubbers an attractive method of complying with the sulphur regulations,” Jens Christensen, Head of Technical Department, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S, said.“In practice, this means that vessels equipped with a scrubber are expected to have a significant competitive advantage as of 2020, and we therefore see scrubbers as an investment which is both economically attractive and technically viable,” he added.In mid-August 2018, Norden revealed plans to install scrubbers on up to 31 vessels from its owned and chartered fleet. During 2018, the company secured installation of 26 scrubbers with options for 5 more.Of these, 2 scrubbers would be installed on newbuildings, 16 retrofitted on selected, owned vessels, and the remaining 8 would be fitted on long-term chartered tonnage.last_img read more

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Manchester United’s Stars Revolt against Van Gaal Training Methods

Rabat – Manchester United’s Manager Loui Van Gaal is under fire as it was revealed that senior players have apparently revolted against him over his training methods.The Times reported on Thursday that a delegation of United’s senior players have confronted the Dutchman over what they believe are “stifling methods”.The seasoned stars report dissatisfaction since according to them Van Gaal’s approach to training is too “rigid” and does not allow to “express” themselves enough. The players said they no longer enjoy the game, adding that the squad felt they were being turned into “robots”.A separate report by the Daily Mail claimed the unhappy delegation was led by the United’s Captain Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.The Times said that, after dressing-room talks, senior figures had approached the Dutchman several weeks ago “to raise complaints about a lack of creativity” and to express their concern that “training orders have become so inflexible that they are hampering performances.”This confrontation is reportedly linked to United’s stuttering start to the domestic campaign, in which the English club has scored three goals in four matches in the Barclays Premier League.Multiple British media reports said although Van Gaal listened to the players’ concerns, nothing has changed so far.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Steps are needed to speed up work of UN tribunals Security Council

Judge Navanethem Pillay of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said the UN court might not complete the trials of current detainees before the year 2007 if its present capacity of nine judges remained unchanged. It might be able to reach that goal, she said, if the judicial capacity was increased through the use of ad litem judges, and if the Prosecutor drastically revised her investigative programme. Judge Pillay also expressed concern that the passage of time might affect the quality of evidence and that long delays raised human rights concerns. Noting that international judicial proceedings were far more complicated than those at the national level, Judge Pillay said that because of the alleged rank, status and roles of the accused, the trials took longer than those of lower-level suspects. Other factors, she said, were the voluminous documents, translation, the large number of witnesses, interpretation of testimonies into French and English, ongoing investigations, and the availability of witnesses and defence counsel. Judge Claude Jorda, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, said States must participate more in arresting and transferring major leaders indicted by the Tribunal so that it could go on prosecuting and trying them. Some military leaders and high-ranking officials still resided with total impunity in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, while others had taken refuge in the Republika Srpska, he said.The President outlined recent reforms which had sped up the court’s judicial activity. The Tribunal, already capable of hearing four trials at once, would add three new ad litem judges early next year, making it possible to hold six simultaneous trials daily. “This increase in judicial activity would not have been possible had it not been for the Member States’ closer cooperation with the International Tribunal and their increased participation in arresting the accused and gathering evidence,” he said, stressing that such cooperation “which is still too inconsistent, must continue.”Also addressing the Council, the Prosecutor of the two Tribunals, Carla del Ponte, outlined possible “exit strategies” to wrap up the work of each of the courts in the coming years. She also made a special appeal with regard to the former Yugoslavia for the Council “to insist upon the arrest of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, whose continuing liberty is an affront to the authority of this Council, and mocks the entire process of international criminal justice.”Representatives of over a dozen countries took part in a subsequent interactive dialogue with the Tribunal officials. read more

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Calls for protection of earths climate heard at UN conference on global

“In my discussions with countries from around the world over the past eight months, it has become clear that there is a growing sense of the need for action,” said Canadian Environment Minister Stéphane Dion, President of the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) told delegates to its 11-day meeting yesterday in Montreal, Canada.The UNFCCC is the189-party framework convention that includes the signatories of the Kyoto agreement, the pact that requires 35 industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.”Individual citizens and their Governments have underlined their concerns about rising energy prices, energy security, and the growing scientific evidence of the impact of climate change,” Mr. Dion continued.He said that the thousands of delegates to the Convention, along with observers from environmental groups, scientific organizations, the business community and representatives of municipal, provincial and state governments will discuss ways to raise awareness and share best practices on reducing climate change.They will also, he said, explore new business opportunities from sustainable technologies and consider how to better prepare for the devastating impacts of climate change on human security, infrastructure, and natural resources. Richard Kinley, acting head of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, called on Governments to give the 1997 Kyoto Protocol the necessary backing to generate more investment in climate-friendly technology.”The launch of the carbon market has provided effective incentive to the private sector and governments at all levels to reduce their environmental footprint,” Mr. Kinley said. “The Montreal Conference will help solidify those opportunities.””Alluding to the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol in February 2005, he said, “It is a pleasure to celebrate the fact that the Protocol is up and running.”Around 100 ministers will attend the high-level segment of the Conference, beginning on Wednesday, which will be opened by the Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin, and the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette. read more

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Security Council extends for another year mandate of UN office in Burundi

In a resolution adopted today, the 15-member Council authorized the mandate of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), consistent with the views of the Government of Burundi, to be extended until 15 February 2014.The Council called on BNUB to support the Government in fostering inclusive elections in 2015 by continuing “to improve dialogue between all national actors, including civil society, and to guarantee a space for all political parties.” In a recent visit to Burundi, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman discussed the upcoming electoral process with senior Burundian officials, including President Pierre Nkurunziza“We also talked about the way ahead, the role the UN can play, the role SRSG [Special Representative of the Secretary-General] Parfait Onanga-Anyanga and his team can play in helping the President, the Government and the people of Burundi achieve their aspirations for free, fair and inclusive elections,” Mr. Feltman had stated during the visit. The resolution stressed that the Government of the small Great Lakes country, with support from BNUB, must “redouble its efforts to pursue structural reforms aimed at improving political, economic and administrative governance and tackling corruption.” Council members emphasized that more action is needed to prevent human rights violations, in particular ongoing extrajudicial killings, politically-motivated killings, mistreatment of detainees and torture, and restrictions on civil liberties, and urged that those responsible are swiftly arrested and brought to justice. They noted the importance of enhancing capacity among national security services and the police through training on human rights and sexual and gender-based violence.The Council also urged the Government to work with its international partners to support the National Independent Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Ombudsmen, and to strengthen national civil society. The current UN political office in Burundi was set up in 2006 to assist efforts towards peace and stability after decades of factional and ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis killed hundreds of thousands of people. The resolution urged the Government, with BNUB and partners, to establish transitional justice mechanisms, “including a credible and consensual Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help foster an effective reconciliation of all Burundians” in accordance with the 2009 national consultations, as well as the 2000 Arusha agreement. The Council has also requested a briefing on the situation in the country by the end of July. In the meantime, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he intends to field a strategic assessment mission to enable further consideration of the future UN presence in Burundi. read more

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UN sanctions what they are how they work and who uses them

Using the ‘threat’ of sanctions A sanction’s life-cycle often starts with the Security Council taking up a situation of concern. The Council or the UN Secretary-General and his representatives will usually employ peaceful means to prevent the escalation, or outbreak of, conflict. At this stage, even the hint of Security Council sanctions may be enough to encourage conflict parties to enter into dialogue. This is sometimes what the Council means when it signals that it will “consider all measures at the Council’s disposal, including the use of enforcement measures.” Sanctions are meant to be a last resort when it comes to addressing massive human rights violations, curbing illegal smuggling or stopping extremism groups. Increasingly, sanctions are also being used to support peace efforts, to ensure that elections are held, or to demobilize armed groups. This ability stems from the UN Charter. Under Article 41 of Chapter VII, the Council can use enforcement measures not including weapons, such as “complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations.” The first sanctions regime (or set of measures) was imposed in 1966 on Southern Rhodesia, today known as Zimbabwe.Imposing sanctions – the what, who and how Sometimes the threat of sanctions does not work, and it is up to the Security Council to decide to impose sanctions on individuals, entities or States who bear responsibility for conflict. At this stage, the Security Council adopts a resolution establishing a new sanctions regime, where it determines the precise sanctions measure – such as arms embargoes, assets freezes or travel bans, for example – that it is imposing on the situation. In some cases, the Council decides to also identify the individuals or entities that are subject to these ‘targeted’ sanctions measures. In other cases, the relevant Sanctions Committee, established as part of a sanctions resolution, will do so. The individuals or entities sanctioned can change – with new names being added or removed from the list.Implementing sanctions Sanctions Committees are subsidiary organs of the Council and are composed of all 15 of the Council’s members. Their role is to implement, monitor and provide recommendations to the Council on particular sanctions regimes. They meet regularly to consider reports from expert panels and to hold meetings with Member States, UN actors and international organizations. In some cases, an expert panel is created to assist the sanctions committee. An expert panel monitors the implementation of the sanctions measures and reports its findings to the committee, or in some cases directly to the Council. Expert panels are usually comprised of between five to eight technical experts, all of whom are appointed by the Secretary-General. Expertise in these panels depends on the sanctions imposed, but may include arms, natural resources or human rights/humanitarian experts. Of central concern to the Council is that sanctions are implemented with due regard for human rights. De-listing requests from the other sanctions committee are managed by the Focal Point for De-Listing. The post of Focal Point, which was established by resolution 1730 (2006), is based in the UN Department of Political Affairs.Ending a sanctions regime The Security Council can remove UN sanctions once a conflict situation improves. UN sanctions have been lifted in different ways. In some cases, benchmarks contained in sanctions resolutions have been achieved; in others, peace processes have achieved the desired outcome. Adapted from UN DPA’s Politically Speaking read more

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Football The quarter that defined JT Barretts career

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe score was 35-20, and there was just 13:13 left in the game. At seemingly the worst time, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the football. It was an unlucky play at an unlucky time that nearly resulted in the game-sealing drive as Penn State began its drive with the ball at the Ohio State 42-yard line. Then something happened.Barrett was handed the football trailing by five points after leading his team on back-to-back touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. After four plays and with 1:48 remaining in the game, he found redshirt senior Marcus Baugh open in the end zone and hit him with a perfect pass over leaping linebackers Manny Bowen and Jason Cabinda to put Ohio State on top 39-38.Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn 12 minutes, Barrett went from being the goat of the game to having his Heisman-candidate moment and leading the Buckeyes to a miraculous comeback victory.And as head coach Urban Meyer stood answering questions at his postgame press conference with fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” in the background as they exited the stadium, Meyer had nothing but the highest praise to levy on his three-time captain.“I don’t know if I’ve ever had more respect for a human being and as a person, because you earn respect and you witness people in very dire straits at times, tough situations,” he said. “I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn, he was close tonight.”The fourth quarter proved a tumultuous one for the Ohio State quarterback. In an attempt to hand the football off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, Barrett mishandled the snap, losing his grip on the football and costing his team possession. The fumble could have changed the narrative of this story entirely. Penn State could have capitalized on the opportunity, scoring a touchdown to make the game 42-27 and putting Ohio State’s championship hopes in the rearview mirror. “It’s one of those things, like, really J.T.? Right now? That’s not the best timing,” Barrett said after the game.At that moment, doubt began to creep into Meyer’s mind as the game was getting late and the Buckeyes were still down two scores.“The one fumble, I kind of thought, ‘uh-oh,’” Meyer said. That moment could have defined Barrett’s performance in one of the most important games of his career. He did not let that happen.Just after fumbling the football, Barrett was aided by Ohio State’s special teams, as cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a punt and linebacker Dante Booker recovered it at the Penn State 41-yard line. One play later, Barrett turned the excellent field position into seven points with a 38-yard pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The next Penn State drive saw the Nittany Lions march 64 yards down the field before being held to a field goal. Barrett responded by leading his team down the field for a 76-yard drive that resulted in seven points. A three-and-out by Penn State forced a punt, setting Barrett up for his game-winning drive.On the play, Baugh found himself wide open in the end zone with only a linebacker several yards away standing between him and his quarterback. Barrett delivered a perfect pass just over the leaping hands of the defenders to find his man and redefine his performance in the game.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I was like, ‘Just put it over the linebacker and we score.’ And so I was able to do that,” Barrett said.Barrett made it sound easy, and throughout the game, he made his success look easy. He completed 33-of-39 passes, threw for 328 yards — including four touchdowns — and had rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries against a defense Meyer called, “the No. 1 defense in America.”Though the fourth quarter was Barrett’s shining moment, his teammates saw the same player all throughout the game — a leader, just as calm and composed trailing by 14 as he was ahead by one.“J.T. is the same all four quarters. He’s a smooth dude and he has a lot of confidence in us as playmakers and in himself,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “He’s the epitome of a leader. He never got too high, never got too low. Even when we scored a touchdown and we needed another stop to score another touchdown, it was the same demeanor from him and that’s what made him great.”This game will prompt many superlatives to be lauded on him, and early award predictions to be made. Heisman Trophy candidate was thrown out by Meyer, Barrett’s teammates and Barrett himself. Meyer went so far as to call Barrett’s performance “one of the best I’ve ever seen a quarterback play.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett celebrates with fans in Ohio Stadium after the Buckeyes beat No. 2 Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn the team’s loss Week 2 against Oklahoma, fans were calling for Barrett to be replaced and questions arose as to whether he was capable of winning a big game. Behind closed doors, there was never any doubt to the players about whom their leader was. “With all due respect, people who had that opinion, in the Woody Hayes facility there wasn’t any opinion. There was zero conversation about that topic,” Meyer said. “When I hear people say, ‘Oh, there’s a lot of people thought —’ that’s not one time I’ve walked into a staff meeting saying, what do you guys think? What do the fans and media think about J.T.? We don’t talk about that.”Seven weeks ago, those fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” were calling for Barrett to be benched. Now those same fans might be calling for him to win the Heisman Trophy. read more

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Bulkan revokes Linden Town Clerks appointment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: An evil act of major proportionsMarch 29, 2017In “Letters”‘Intimidation, bullyism, abuse’ being faced by women in the workplace must end- WPOApril 4, 2017In “Business”Audit of Linden Town Council placed on holdFebruary 7, 2017In “Local News” Linden Town Clerk Jonellor Bowen, today received from the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan a letter revoking her appointment for a position she held since the previous Administration was in office.Bowen told sections of the media that the revocation letter was dated today and did not cite any grounds for her dismissal other than the Minister’s authority to act which in enshrined in Sections 118(1) and 326 (4) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01.Jonellor BowenShe noted that while she could not ascertain why her appointment was revoked, she had cause to dispatch several letters that complained about the alleged abuse of officials by the Linden Mayor.Those dispatched letters were reportedly sent to the Linden Mayor, the Linden Town Counicllors and to Bulkan and his Permanent Secretary (PS), Emil McGarrel.Bowen was only recently reinstated to her position of Town Clerk after she was sent on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged wrongdoings within the Council.Councillors of the municipality had passed a No-Confidence Motion against Bowen on July 27, 2016, and she was sent on administrative leave in October 2016, following a Commission of Inquiry into alleged wrongdoings within the Council.The Commission of Inquiry which released its findings a few weeks ago, found that the Motion brought against the Town Clerk was “in contravention with the procedures set out in Section 8 of Chapter 28:01 of the Municipal and District Councils Act of the Laws of Guyana and was also in contravention of the Standing Order rules under Section 9.”PS McGarrel, wrote to the Council in a letter dated January 26, 2017, advising the Council to reinstate Bowen. McGarrel noted in the letter that arising from the findings of this Committee, the Ministry is not in a position to endorse the No-Confidence Motion as it currently stands due to its procedural irregularities. He further advised that the Town Clerk shall be called upon to resume her functions as Town Clerk forthwith.Local Government CommissionMeanwhile, observers have raised concerns that the body which was constituted to address situations such as these, the Local Government Commission (LGC), has yet to become  operational, even though its eight members from the State and Opposition among others were chosen several months ago.Opposition Member of Parliament Juan Edghill was quoted in sections of the media today saying that “in absence of a Commission, this officer is left in the cold at the discretion of the sole politician…what we are seeing is not an administrative decision. It is a political decision.”Mentioning the findings of the COI into the Town Clerk’s investigation, Edghill posited “if there was an Investigative Committee and a report was submitted and the officer was cleared, then on what basis was her appointment revoked…no cause for the revocation was stated and no notice was given. This was a purely political decision.”Communities Minister Ronald BulkanBulkan had said- after promising the establishment of the LGC on multiple occasions prior and failing to deliver- that the Commission would be established this year.The LGC is provided for in Guyana’s Constitution via Article 78 (a).The Bill to enable the establishing of the Commission was passed in the National Assembly in August 2013 and in November that year received Presidential assent.The Commission’s functions, outlined at clause 13. (1) of the Act, says that the Commission shall have power to deal with all matters relating to the regulation and staffing of local government organs including employment and dismissal of staff and with dispute resolution within and between local government organs, and in particular, shall monitor and review the performance and implementation of policies of all local government organs, including policies of taxation and protection of the environment, among other powers. read more

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Lonely Planet names Skellig Ring as top destination for 2017

first_img By Órla Ryan Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 9:46 AM Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Lonely Planet names Skellig Ring as top destination for 2017 The popular travel guide describes the area as “perhaps Ireland’s most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline”. 20,589 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3044753 center_img THE SKELLIG RING in Co Kerry has been named one of the top ten regions travellers should visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet.It is the gateway to Skellig Michael and the Little Skellig and is located close to the famous Ring of Kerry.Here’s what Lonely Planet has to say about the destination:“A long time ago, far, far away… a small band of monks established a hidden base on a remote, wave-pounded hunk of rock rising out of the Atlantic like a giant triangle. With a setting like this, it’s no wonder Skellig Michael made the new Star Wars location list. Oct 25th 2016, 9:46 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article To get to this far-flung isle, a boat trip is necessary from the Skellig Ring, perhaps Ireland’s most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline. Glimpsed at the end of The Force Awakens, Skellig Michael will play a bigger role in this year’s sequel and local businesses are gearing up for the expected visitor bump.Nóirín Hegarty, operations director with Lonely Planet in Ireland, told Morning Ireland Skellig Michael’s appearance in Star Wars is not the only reason the location was chosen for the list, but said the film will open “this part of the world to a whole new generation of cinemagoers”.Hegarty said the area’s untouched landscape is relatively unique, noting it has been “pretty much untouched since the sixth century when the monks lived there”.Over 13,000 people visited Skellig Michael this year. It is closed to the public from October to April.Hegarty said Lonely Planet is “very much about sustainable tourism” and uses its travel lists to “identify places that people haven’t thought of or have perhaps overlooked”.The top 10 regions in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 are:1. Choquequirao, Peru2. Taranaki, New Zealand3. The Azores, Portugal4. North Wales, UK5. South Australia6. Aysén, Chile7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia8. Coastal Georgia, USA9. Perak, Malaysia10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland Lonely Planet’s Nórín Hegarty, Minister Shane Ross and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the launch Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyTourism Minister Shane Ross welcomed the news, saying: “I am delighted that The Skellig Ring is being internationally recognised as a place of rugged and ethereal beauty.“An integral part of our Wild Atlantic Way, it is a place both wild and majestic. The early monks who settled in this area believed they had reached the edge of the world and anyone who has travelled The Skellig Ring can appreciate the co-existing impressions of timelessness and mortality the landscape evokes.”Read: A US news network just paid a visit to Skellig Michael and it was looking wellRead: The Irish Air Corps just perfectly captured the beauty of the Skellig Islands Share796 Tweet Email6 23 Comments last_img read more

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Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire

first_imgWoman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire A woman and a young boy were also seriously injured in the blaze at a temporary housing unit. Taoiseach begins speech at press conference by extending his sympathies to the mother and children who lost their lives in Clonalkin fire— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 8, 2017 My thoughts and prayers with all affected by Clondalkin fire…— Katherine Zappone (@KZapponeTD) March 8, 2017 Source: Katherine Zappone/Twitter Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 9:35 AM Garda forensic teams are due on the scene this morning, and will liaise with Dublin Fire Brigade as they investigate what caused the blaze.Cluain Cronin is a small estate off Kilcronan Avenue close to the Grange Castle Business Park and the Grand Canal.Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to contact them at:Clondalkin Garda Station 01 666 7600The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111Or any garda station- With reporting from Cliodhna Russell and Daragh Brophy Read: ‘We’ve been forced into this’: Dublin Fire Brigade to go on strike for two days Source: Cliódhna Russell/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3276108 By Cormac Fitzgerald 49 Comments center_img A woman (27) and two girls, 2 and 3, lost their lives after a fire in this Clondalkin apartment early this morning pic.twitter.com/p0HGd1NysE— Cliódhna Russell (@CliodhnaRussell) March 8, 2017 111,365 Views Share1247 Tweet Email Mar 8th 2017, 9:35 AM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUpdated at 10.45amGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the apartment where a woman and two young children died in a fire overnight in Clondalkin, west Dublin, was being used as temporary housing by a domestic violence agency.Another two people – a woman in her 30s and a four-year-old boy – were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of the morning.Gardaí and fire services attended the fire in Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin at about 2.30am this morning.Five injured people were taken from the scene.A 27-year-old woman and two young girls taken to Tallaght Hospital were declared dead a short time later. The children were aged two and three.The other woman and young boy aged four were taken to St James’ Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, respectively. Both are in a critical condition. Source: Cliodhna Russell/TheJournal.ieInspector Ken McLoughlin of Clondalkin Garda Station described the fire as a “terrible tragedy”, telling reporters:I would like to express our sincere sympathies to the families of those that are involved in this incident.A full investigation had been launched, he said – noting that gardaí were keeping an “open mind” on the incident. “There will be a further briefing at a later stage.”He said gardaí were unable to confirm the relationship between the woman and the two children who died. Gardaí were still working to confirm the nationalities of those involved, he said. The two women and three children were all in the same apartment on the first floor, he said.Several other people were evacuated from their homes. Two were taken to hospital for treatment to smoke inhalation.There were four apartments in the block, and the entire block was evacuated.The apartment where the fire broke out was being used as short-term accommodation, where women and children can stay for up to two years.Local TD Eoin O Broin of Sinn Féin described it as a step-down facility for women and children who had come into contact with services and were seeking longer-term accommodation.He said the estate was mixed-tenure and also included council and private houses. O Broin described the fire as “heartbreaking”. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone also expressed their condolences.Neighbours at the estate said they had been shocked by the news. Short URL Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s the news as you start your day Get the 9 at 9 News audio Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 8:01 AM Share2 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4516909 By Ceimin Burke Image: Shutterstock/Joe Gough Feb 28th 2019, 8:01 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #NO DEAL: A summit on nuclear disarmament between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has ended without agreement.2. #COLLISION: A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car in Co Westmeath overnight. The incident took place on the N4 close to Mullingar at around 12.30am. 3. #WHISTLEBLOWER: A garda whistleblower has resigned from the force over three years since she submitted a protected disclosure about malpractice which has yet to be addressed.4. #DROGHEDA: Community activists and politicians are calling for significant investment in garda resources in the north-east of the country following the daylight shooting of a man connected to a gang feud in Drogheda.5. #KASHMIR: India is demanding that Pakistan release a fighter pilot that was taken into custody after his plane was shot down by Pakistan warplanes in a major escalation of the Kashmir crisis. 6. #RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS: A government report suggests that patients should be able to seek the removal of crucifixes or other religious symbols from hospital wards run by the Catholic Church, The Irish Independent reports.7. #STRIKE: Ambulances services face industrial disruption today as members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association hold the first of a two-day strike over union recognition.8. #BUS CONNECTS: Residents in a number of south Dublin areas are protesting against plans to create a bus corridor which they say will destroy communities. 9. #FROST: The recent sunny spell is coming to an end as frosty spring conditions look set to return before the weekend. Relatively warm weather will continue today but Met Éireann has forecast misty cloudy conditions across the country, with just a few bright spells.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. 8,216 Views Image: Shutterstock/Joe Gough No Comments last_img read more

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Lenovo C325 le PC toutenun abordable

first_imgLenovo C325, le PC tout-en-un abordableLe constructeur chinois Lenovo propose un ordinateur tout-en-un à un prix qui défie toute concurrence.Le Lenovo C325 est un ordinateur tout-en-un, c’est à dire que les composants de la machine sont intégrés directement dans l’écran, à l’instar de l’iMac d’Apple. Élégantes, prenant peu de place sur un bureau, ces machines sont aussi les plus onéreuses, étant donné l’ingénierie nécessaire pour faire rentrer toutes les pièces de l’écran dans un simple écran. Ainsi, ces machines ne passent d’ordinaire jamais sous la barre des 1.000 euros.À lire aussiAlphaGo : un ordinateur remporte une victoire historique contre un champion du jeu de goMais Gizmodo rapporte que le constructeur chinois Lenovo se propose de faire exploser cette barrière du prix en présentant son tout-en-un, le C325, à un tarif record de 699 dollars, soit près de 500 euros sans pour autant sacrifier drastiquement les performances pour un ordinateur avant tout familial. On trouvera dans cette machine un processeur AMD double-cœur, cadencé à 1,65 GHz, une webcam 0,3 megapixels pour la vidéo-conférence, et sa mémoire vive peut être étendue jusqu’à 8 Go et le disque dur à 1 To. Le tout dans un écran LCD de 20 pouces, qui peut être agrémentée en option de la technologie tactile.Évidemment, il ne sera pas possible de jouer au jeu vidéo du moment sur cette machine mais celle-ci pourrait s’avérer très utile pour une utilisation familiale de bureautique, consultation web et lecture et envoi d’e-mails. Elle sortira d’abord aux États-Unis, puis ensuite en Europe à une date encore non-indiquée. Le 25 octobre 2011 à 18:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Burglar strikes Mighty Bowl food truck at Clark College

first_imgMighty Bowl, one of Vancouver’s few food trucks, was burglarized late Wednesday or early Thursday at its location on the Clark College campus.Co-owner Steve Valenta said someone broke into the trailer and stole about $1,500, plus an iPad worth about $400 that is used as the company’s point-of-sale system.“It’s disappointing,” Valenta said. “It’s just a weird experience.”The truck is parked east of Hanna Hall and south of the library on the campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman, said Mighty Bowl operators were asked to contact police to make a phone report to one of the department’s police service technicians.The company dishes out hundreds of bowls daily of piping hot brown rice and black beans topped with a variety of sauces at its Clark College location and from its original food truck. The company started serving its signature bowls more than a year ago and was billed as downtown’s first mobile food truck. This was the first time the business has been burglarized, Valenta said. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call 911.last_img read more

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