GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks selected 6-foot-5 small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo of Greece with the 51st pick in the NBA draft.Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, comes to the Knicks from the D-League’s Delaware Sevens. The 21-year-old averaged 12points and 4.3 rebounds with the Sevens last season.The Knicks also had the 34th selection, and chose Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early in that slot. The two draft choices were acquired as part of a trade with the Dallas Mavericks.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Trevor Bayliss has sent out a clear message to the England players before they take on India in the second Test at Lord’s from Thursday. The plan from the coach is simple – step up.England are looking at the rest of the players to step up in the second Test against India in the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes.Stokes grabbed four for 40 including the prized wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli that turned the game in England’s favour in the first Test at Edgbaston which the hosts won by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.But Stokes won’t be available for the ‘Three Lions’ in the next game as he faces a court hearing in Bristol this week on charges of affray. The burly all-rounder has been replaced by Chris Woakes in the squad.Read – India vs England: Dawid Malan dropped for 2nd Test, Chris Woakes returnsHead coach Trevor Bayliss said that England players must pull together to make up for the absence of Stokes.”It means that someone else has got to take up the slack,” Bayliss told the British media after the hosts defeated India by 31 runs in the opening Test at Edgbaston to take the lead in the five-match series.Read – Always a miss whenever Ben Stokes is not playing: Joe Root”It will be interesting to see who can step up and take his place. Someone, or two or three guys, have to do the extra yards. That will be a telling factor for the next match.”advertisementThe answer to the Stokes dilemma might be Sam Curran, whose presence in the team was described by captain Joe Root as “quite like two Ben Stokes in the side.”Sam Curran, playing only his second Test, proved his credentials with both ball and bat. His crucial 63 in the second innings gave England bowlers enough on the board to fight for.READ – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and he’s a very exciting and promising cricketer. He just didn’t seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side, quite like two Ben Stokes in the side. He is only in his second Test and it is easy to get carried away, but a great prospect for us,” Root said.Read – Ian Chappell feels Hardik Pandya can benefit from watching Ben Stokes bowl”We’ve got a few guys who are not cemented in the team and that puts extra pressure on people like (Joe) Root, Jonny Bairstow and those guys to make the big scores,” Trevor Bayliss said referring to the lack of runs from the middles order.As for that, England have also called up uncapped batsman Ollie Pope to replace David Malan, who had scored 28 runs across both innings and dropped catches aplenty. Right-handed batsman Pope has been in excellent form for Surrey as they lead the County Championship Division One.Since the start of the season, Pope has scored 684 runs in the Championship, at an average of 85.50, which includes three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.(With inputs from Reuters)
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy was latest in the list of CMs sitting on a dharna as he staged a protest outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi. He was protesting what he called “scuttling” of welfare schemes of the elected government in the Union Territory.Sporting a black shirt, Narayanaswamy sat on a dharna outside Rajnivas along with his cabinet colleagues and legislators from the DMK & Congress. The Chief Minister accused Bedi of interfering in day to day affairs of the elected government.”Governor Bedi is scuttling various welfare activities of the government like free rice and Pongal Bonus to ration card holders, disbursment of salary and pensions to government staff. I am forced to stage a peaceful protest as the governor did not respond to the 39 charter demand presented by the government,” he said.Narayanaswamy criticized Governor Bedi for undermining an elected government and misusing her office. The two have been at loggerheads over the administrative powers of a union territory.The current protest by the Chief Minister comes a day after differences between him and the Governor on the implementation of the rule for wearing helmet.”The government is for implementation of the mandatory helmet rule. But it should be implemented after creating awareness about the same. However, the lieutenant governor is behaving like a police constable by trying to enforce the rule. She has caused inconvenience to motorists. Her actions do not bode well for the office she holds,” said the chief minister.advertisementRead | Puducherry: AIADMK MLAs smash helmets to protest against Kiran Bedi’s compulsory orderWatch | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM Narayanasamy
Juventus WATCH: My GOTW – the best overhead kicks in UEFA Champions League history Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Juventus Fiorentina UEFA Champions League Videos The series kicks off with a look at two of the greatest bicycle kicks the European stage has ever witnessed — but which do you think was the best? The UEFA Champions League has produced some of the greatest goals in football history.But which were the best? Goal have been putting the question to some keen observers, asking them to debate which was their Goal of the Week, brought to you by Nissan.The series kicks off with a look at two of the greatest bicycle kicks the European stage has ever witnessed — Mauro Bressan’s remarkable strike for Fiorentina versus Barcelona in 1999, and Mario Mandzukic’s stunner for Juventus versus Real Madrid in the 2017 UCL final. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Cheeky Sport Joel and Cheeky Sport Dave sat down ahead of Matchday 1 to relieve a couple of the most memorable moments from the continent’s elite club competition.Mandzukic fired his unstoppable volley on the grandest stage of all, with his side trailing the most storied team in the competition’s history, Real Madrid, in the final.But does it beat Bressan’s astonishing piece of improvisation, leaping to send a spectacular shot looping over a helpless Francesc Arnau, who ended up in the back of the net himself?All week we will be discussing what makes a great goal and you can have your say by voting for which of these two you think was the best.Don’t forget you can vote for Goal of the Week from Thursday morning with Nissan!
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BARCELONA, Spain – Catalonia’s secessionist parties won enough votes Thursday to regain a slim majority in the regional parliament and give new momentum to their political struggle for independence from Spain.It was hardly an emphatic victory, however, as the separatists lost support compared to the previous vote in 2015, and a pro-unity party for the first time became biggest single bloc in the Catalan parliament.The result left more questions than answers about what’s next for Catalonia, where a long-standing push for independence escalated to a full-on clash with the Spanish government two months ago.It was also a blow to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who as a result of the separatists’ defiance ousted the Catalan Cabinet and called the early election hoping to keep them out of power.Instead, the election’s outcome favoured fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who campaigned from Belgium where he is evading a Spanish judicial probe into the attempt to split from Spain. The investigation could lead to charges of rebellion and sedition that carry penalties of decades in prison.Puigdemont, who got the most votes of any separatist candidate, greeted the results with delight and called them a rebuke to Spain’s central government.“The Spanish state has been defeated,” Puigdemont said. “Mariano Rajoy has received a slap in the face from Catalonia.”In a televised appearance from Brussels, the 54 year-old former journalist didn’t make clear if he would try to return home, where an arrest warrant awaits him.The other main winner was Ines Arrimadas, the leading unionist candidate. Scoring 25 per cent of the votes, her pro-business Ciutadans (Citizens) party won 37 seats, which will be the biggest single bloc in the 135-seat regional assembly.“The pro-secession forces can never again claim they speak for all of Catalonia,” Arrimadas said, promising her party will continue to oppose the separatists. “We are going to keep fighting for a peaceful co-existence, common sense and for a Catalonia for all Catalans.”But pro-independence parties — Puigdemont’s Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia), left-republican ERC and the anti-capitalist CUP — together won 70 seats, two above a majority but two less than in the previous parliament. The three groups fell short of winning a majority of votes, though, getting 48 per cent of the total.“The election has resolved very little,” said Andrew Dowling, a specialist in Catalan history at Cardiff University in Wales. “Independence has won but in a way similar to 2015 — majority of seats but not in votes.”Dowling said that with the independence vote not reaching over half of the ballots cast, the European Union was not likely to get involved although the bloc will be keen on seeing the Spanish government actively address Catalonia’s grievances.Rajoy has said that taking over control of the region again would be something he would consider if independence is sought by a new Catalan government. Spain’s constitution bars secession.Thursday’s election saw a record turnout of nearly 82 per cent of the 5.5 million eligible voters in Catalonia.The election was held under highly unusual circumstances, with several pro-independence leaders either jailed or in self-imposed exile for their roles in staging a banned independence referendum that was declared illegal by Spain’s highest court.Eight of the absent politicians were elected as lawmakers. Unless their status changes, they will have to renounce their seats and pass them on to other party members or else the pro-independence bloc could be down a crucial share of votes.Weeks of campaigning involved little debate about regional policy on issues such as public education, widening inequality and unemployment. At the heart of the battle instead was the recent independence push that led to Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.Tensions have been high in Catalonia since an Oct. 1 referendum backed independence, when Spanish police used rubber bullets and batons against voters who tried to block them from removing ballots from polling stations. Separatist regional lawmakers made a unilateral declaration of independence Oct. 27, prompting Spain’s national government to take the dramatic step of firing the regional government and dissolving the Catalan parliament. Courts later ordered the arrest of the former Catalan leaders.No incidents were reported during voting Thursday.A new Catalan attempt to secede would also be an unwelcome development for the European Union, which is already wrestling with legal complications from Britain’s planned exit from the bloc. Senior EU officials have backed Rajoy, and no EU country has offered support for the separatists.Catalonia’s independence ambitions also have scant support in the rest of Spain.The outcome of the political battle is crucial for the region, which accounts for 19 per cent of Spain’s gross domestic product. An economic slowdown has been the most immediate consequence of the Catalan independence push. Spain’s central bank last week cut its national growth forecasts for next year and 2019 to 2.4 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, cutting a percentage point off its previous predictions and citing the conflict in Catalonia as the cause.___Associated Press writer Aritz Parra reported this story in Barcelona and AP writer Ciaran Giles reported from Madrid. AP writers Joseph Wilson and Karl Ritter in Barcelona, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal, contributed to this report.
“We cannot reach these goals without support from the private sector,” Mr. Annan said as he introduced the co-chairs of the Commission on the Private Sector and Development, former President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and former Finance Minister Paul Martin of Canada, at UN Headquarters in New York.“Most of all, we cannot reach them without a strong private sector in the developing countries themselves, to create jobs and build prosperity,” he added of the new body, an initiative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “I very much hope that this Commission will provide both a fresh analysis of these issues and practical proposals that can have an impact on the ground.”He said the birth of the Commission was “yet another illustration of the rapidly growing partnership between the United Nations and the private sector” and underscored the importance of that partnership “in our work to reach the Millennium Development Goals – a blueprint for building a better world in the 21st century.”He noted that UNDP had taken the Global Compact – the UN’s corporate citizenship initiative bringing together companies, governments, UN agencies, labour and civil society to foster action in support of universal values – to many countries around the world, inspiring dialogue, learning and projects. Several concrete initiatives are already taking shape.UNDP has also launched strategic project partnerships and ambitious initiatives such as “Growing Sustainable Business in the Least Developed Countries,” he said.“I hope that the Commission will build on these and other successful approaches, identifying how successful ones can be scaled up, and how business in partnership with other actors can bring about positive change,” Mr. Annan declared.“There is much to be done, and it is of crucial importance that we move forward. A large part of the work for development, after all, is about preparing the ground for sufficient private sector activity to provide jobs and income needed to build a more equitable and prosperous society. I very much hope that this Commission will make a difference in that mission,” he concluded.UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said the reason he had approached the Secretary-General with the proposal to form the Commission resulted from a trip to Africa. That trip had confirmed what he had observed on many other field trips: despite the many real successes of development, a strategy of economic diversification and the development of a small and medium sized business sector was missing at the centre.The “pillar” was not there. The issue of building a private sector in developing countries was the critical next challenge in development. “It is the great mountain we need to climb together in this area,” Mr. Malloch Brown declared.The Commission would deliberately have a short writing period so that it could focus on a very “un-commission”-like second phase, namely a pilot phase where the Commission’s ideas would be tried out in the field, he added.Asked by reporters how the Commission would engage the private sector in developing countries, Mr. Martin said the small- and medium-size business sector was the most dynamic “big business” sector of any country. Enormous amounts of initiative come from the small- and medium-sized business sector and the Commission wanted to engage people in that sector, he added.For his part, Mr. Zedillo was asked what kind of results the Commission planned to deliver by the end of the year. The Commission’s mandate was very clear, he replied, and he would be happy if the Commission’s report clearly put forward the best ideas to foster the domestic private sector in poor countries. What had been done in rich, developed countries could not mechanically be repeated and the particular characteristics of developing countries would have to be taken into account.“There is no such thing as a silver bullet for development,” Mr. Zedillo said.Video of press conference
Two hundred and fifty bodies have already been identified in the northern city of Gonaïves, and the final death toll may be even higher than that, according to the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Risk and Disaster Management Unit.A delegation of senior officials from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and Government ministers led by Prime Minister Gérard Latortue witnessed the destruction first-hand during a visit to the town and surrounding areas on Sunday.As much as 80 per cent of Gonaïves, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants, is under water and mud as a result of tropical storm Jeanne, which struck the country after earlier causing death and damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The city has been declared a disaster zone by national authorities.”It’s a real catastrophe,” Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative Adama Guindo said after taking part in yesterday’s visit to the north.UN agencies are rushing emergency supplies to Gonaïves, while MINUSTAH organized 15 helicopter flights to the area yesterday to provide assistance. Inspection missions have also been sent to Port de Paix and Isle de la Tortue on the north coast.Tropical storm Jeanne is the latest in a long line of natural disasters to strike the Caribbean in the past two months, with Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan also wreaking havoc and costing dozens of lives.
by News Staff Posted May 19, 2012 1:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chrysler recalls nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers due to risk of fires DETROIT – Chrysler is recalling nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere due to a risk of fires.The recall affects only Wranglers from the 2010 model year that have automatic transmissions and were built before July 14, 2010.The recall was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its website.It says debris can get caught between a plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter, causing a fire. A catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system and uses heat and precious metals to control pollution.Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne says the recall affects about 68,000 Wranglers in the U.S., 6,000 in Canada, 1,500 in Mexico and about 11,000 in other countries.Chrysler knows of at least 14 complaints of fires caused by the problem with 2010 Wranglers.The company says it doesn’t know of any injuries. It says debris can get trapped when the SUVs are driven off-road or through tall brush.Chrysler, which makes the classic Wrangler and other Jeeps, will fix the problem free of charge by replacing the plate with a bar so debris doesn’t get caught.Chrysler will contact all the owners by mail. Recall work is expected to begin this month.The NHTSA also checked Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years and determined that only the 2010 models had the debris problem. Mayne said the 2010 Wranglers had a transmission plate and catalytic converter that were configured differently than the Wranglers from the other model years.NHTSA said in documents that it had received 14 complaints of Wrangler fires from the other model years, but Mayne said there was no pattern or common cause in those fires.
“Now is the historic political moment for world leaders to give WHO new relevance and empower it to lead in global health,” said the panel’s first report, commissioned by WHO’s Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan and shared today with member States in advance of next week’s World Health Assembly, the world’s highest-level health setting body.“A strengthened, well-funded WHO can support all countries as they prepare to meet the challenges of increasing global interdependence and shared vulnerability,” the report said. “In response, the [WHO] Secretariat needs to take serious steps to earn this leadership role in relation to outbreaks and emergency response and to regain the trust of the international community.” The panel will present its final report after visiting and consulting with the affected countries, currently set for June 2015.WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarevic told the UN News Centre that the agency appreciated the work done by the panel to have the report ready ahead of the World Health Assembly so that member States could assess the committee’s findings and make recommendations based on those findings. “We can then take forward the recommendations endorsed by our member States,” Mr. Jašarevic said.The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak on record, and to date has affected more than 26,000 people including over 11,000 deaths, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Retracing the timeline of the epidemic, the report said that “although WHO drew attention to the ‘unprecedented outbreak’ at a press conference in April 2014, this was not followed by international mobilization and a consistent communication strategy.”“The countries most affected, other WHO Member States, the WHO Secretariat, and the wider global community were all “behind the curve” of the rapid spread of the Ebola virus,” it said. “Further, in this emergency, before August 2014 WHO did not appropriately seek support from other United Nations agencies and humanitarian actors in the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee system,” it said. “ At an earlier stage these resources could have been made available and known systems put in place; these might have averted the crisis that led to the need to establish the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).”And “given WHO’s extensive experience with outbreaks, health promotion and social mobilization,” the panel noted, “it is surprising that it took until August or September 2014 to recognize that Ebola transmission would be brought under control only when surveillance, community mobilization and the delivery of appropriate health care to affected communities were all put in place simultaneously.”The panel, chaired by Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge of the United Kingdom and former chief executive of Oxfam GB, concluded that “there is a strong, if not complete, consensus that WHO does not have a robust emergency operations capacity or culture.”The report says that each global health crisis has shown the tragic consequences, including those in the social and economic spheres, of the failure of countries to invest in global public goods for health. Those failures are then mirrored as weaknesses in WHO, as the agency suffers from a lack of political and financial commitment by its Member States despite the global health risks they face.“The Ebola outbreak might have looked very different had the same political will and significant resources that were spent in responding to it been made available to member States and the WHO Secretariat over the past five years in order to support three key areas of action: ensuring global health preparedness at country level in implementing the International Health Regulations (2005); supporting countries to establish or strengthen primary health care systems; and developing diagnostics, vaccines, and medicines for neglected tropical diseases.”Turning to the number of options that have been suggested by different organizations and individuals regarding the way forward for WHO, the report listed three: a new agency should be established for health emergencies; the emergency part of the health response should be led by another United Nations agency; or investments should be made so that the operational capacity of WHO for emergency response is fully in place. The panel said it recommends that the third option “be pursued with vigour.”“As WHO already has the mandate to deliver on operational response, it would be a far more effective and efficient use of resources to make WHO fit for purpose,” the report concluded. “This will require the resources and political will of the Member States.”In addition to Ms. Stocking, the other members of the panel are: Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfun, Director-General of the National Institute for Biomedical Research, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Dr Faisal Shuaib, Head of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Center, Nigeria; Dr Carmencita Alberto-Banatin, independent consultant and advisor on health emergencies and disasters, Philippines; Professor Julio Frenk, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; and Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
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TomTom has joined forces with LucasArts to introduce a line of Star Wars-branded GPS devices. The navigation systems let the user chose from three Star Wars voices, including Darth Vader, C-3PO, Yoda, and Han Solo.The voices can also be downloaded to other non-Star Wars-branded TomTom devices for $12.95, exclusively at the company’s site. Over there you’ll find samples from all of the aforementioned characters, free Star Wars content (including startup screens, icons, and sounds), and a contest featuring a customized Yoda voice.On Monday, TomTom will be offering a special Cyber Monday deal on the devices at $5 off their normal price, plus a free Star Wars voice. Footage from Darth Vader in the recording studio, after the jump.
Image: RTE/Claire Byrne Live By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 26th 2019, 3:56 PM REVIEWS INTO MURDERS that occur in the home should take on a multi-agency response, according to Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald. The Dáil also heard calls today for research to be carried out into familicide in Ireland. A number of TDs spoke during Leaders’ Questions about last night’s Claire Byrne Live programme on the murder of Clodagh Hawe and her three sons in 2016.The family of Clodagh Hawe have said they are still seeking answers as to why her husband, Alan, murdered his wife and three sons in 2016.Clodagh’s mother Mary and her sister Jacqueline have told RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live that they owe it to Clodagh and the boys to seek the full truth in the hopes they can protect other women who may be in danger. Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children – Liam, 14, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan – were found dead in their Cavan home in August 2016.An inquest the following year concluded that Clodagh and her three sons were unlawfully killed by Alan who took his own life after the murders at their home at Oakdene, Balcony, Ballyjamesduff. The jury returned verdicts of unlawful killing, due to head and neck injuries caused by a knife and an axe to Clodagh while in the case of Niall, Liam and Ryan, unlawful killing was recorded and the cause of death was stab wounds to their necks.Garda reviewsMcDonald questioned the Taoiseach about the roll out of specialist gardaí undertaking reviews of murders that take place in a domestic setting in an effort to identify how they might have been prevented.She said that in other countries, such as the UK, and shortly Northern Ireland, a multi-agency approach is preferred, meaning it would involve other agencies such as the HSE, Tusla and local authorities. Under the new scheme, the reviews are being carried out solely by specialist gardaí.A multi-agency approach is preferred by groups such as Women’s Aid, who have spoken out about not being consulted about the new review programme.Under the new system, specialist gardaí from the National Protective Services Bureau will examine domestic homicides. It will involve the examining of any abusive history that led up to the killing as well as any interactions between the family and gardaí before the death.‘Heartbreaking tragedy’Responding, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the case was a “heartbreaking and horrific tragedy for the family and for the wider community in Virginia and County Cavan. What happened must be beyond anyone’s worst nightmares and it was truly a terrible crime”. He said the Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan has indicated he would be very happy to receive a submission from the family with their suggestions on how to better deal with family annihilation and family homicide.“It is acknowledged that the Garda can learn from awful cases such as this, and indeed from other family homicides that have occurred in recent years. I am informed that the Garda is carrying out a review of cases of domestic homicide to better inform its approach to domestic violence generally. That review is ongoing,” he said.Varadkar added that the Garda National Protective Services Bureau is now responsible for ensuring that front-line gardaí have a solid understanding of our new laws around domestic violence.“Major changes to policing are taking place within six new divisional protective services units. They went live across six Garda divisions in the first week of January. Some ten divisional units have now been established across nine Garda divisions and DPSUs will go live in the remaining 19 divisions throughout 2019,” he said.Speaking about the ‘Her Name is Clodagh’ programme last night, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin said there are many disturbing elements in this story and many of their questions have remained unanswered for far too long.“Their loss was devastating. The manner of their loss was horrifying and savage and stretches our human capacity to understand.“When a mother and her three sons are murdered by their father, it demands a comprehensive response from the State’s agencies and that needs to be reflected upon. The family wants basic answers,” he said.FamilicideMartin said that unfortunately, familicide is not new to Ireland.“There is a sense that it is occurring far more frequently in modern times than in the past. There are serious child protection issues at stake. How robust are these protections? There are profound issues relating to mental health and psychiatry,” he said, questioning how much serious indigenous research on this issue has been commissioned by the Departments of Justice and Equality and Health. He said both departments need to co-ordinate strongly on this issue, and called for “genuine indigenous research” into familicide be commissioned in order to guide State agencies in terms of a response to any such events in the future.If you need to talk, contact: Samaritans: 116 123 or text 087 2609090Aware: 1800 80 48 48 (for depression and anxiety)Pieta House: 1800 247 247 or email email@example.com (for suicide and self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland: 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline: 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)Domestic violence support: Safe Ireland Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4514050 Share8 Tweet Email1 20,528 Views Photo of Clodagh Hawe and her mother Mary . Photo of Clodagh Hawe and her mother Mary . Image: RTE/Claire Byrne Live 17 Comments Dáil hears calls for research to be carried out into familicide in Ireland There were also calls for the HSE and Tusla to be included in the new garda review of murders in the home. Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 3:56 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to change the focus of his election campaign on Saturday, when he is due to present his party’s economic strategy after concentrating on Wednesday on SYRIZA’s stance on law and order as well as immigration.Samaras is expected to talk about plans to attract investment and the completion of market reforms. “From now on we will enter a period of real change, with growth, investment, exports, privatization and use of public property,” he said in a speech in Halkida on the island of Evia.His appearance came as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated clearly that she wants Greece to keep the euro. “I, as German chancellor, and also the German government have always pursued a policy of Greece staying in the eurozone,” Merkel said during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London.She said she had “no doubts whatsoever” that the Greek situation would be brought to a “successful conclusion,” but stressed Athens needed to continue to respect its commitments if it wanted its partners to show solidarity.The Greek premier, however, spent much of his address on Wednesday accusing SYRIZA of being soft on key national issues, such as the leftist party’s opposition to maximum-security prisons. “Why don’t they want them?” he said. “So the convicts can escape? It is their public position that they want to disband the police.”In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead, Samaras also raised questions about SYRIZA’s immigration policy. “You see what is happening in Europe: Everything is changing dramatically,” he said. “In France, the Socialist [Prime Minister Francois] Hollande has sent the army onto the streets.“There was a massacre in Paris today and here some people are inviting over illegal immigrants and handing out citizenships.”Leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras sought to reassure skeptics about the repercussions of a likely victory by his party in upcoming snap elections in an article published in Wednesday’s edition of Italy’s Corriere della Sera titled “My Greece will not harm Europe.” In the article, Tsipras maintains that SYRIZA is no longer regarded as a risk, as in 2012, but as a challenge that could bring change.In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 meanwhile, Tsipras said that a SYRIZA government would seek war reparations from Germany and the return of the Parthenon Marbles along with a writedown of Greece’s debt. “We are going to demand debt reduction, and the money Germany owes us from World War Two, including reparations, but we also want the Marbles, which don’t belong to us but to everybody, and which need to come back to their home,” Tsipras is quoted as saying.In an interview with the Financial Times meanwhile, prominent SYRIZA MP Giorgos Stathakis said a SYRIZA administration would crack down on Greek oligarchs.Two opinion polls whose results were made public on Wednesday showed that SYRIZA maintained a lead over New Democracy though the difference has narrowed to just over 3 percent. A poll by GPO for Mega TV put SYRIZA at 28.5 percent, ahead of ND with 25.3 percent, while another poll by Alco for To Pontiki put the leftists on 33.8 percent and ND on 30.5 percent.In a related development, the Interior Ministry announced that the existing electoral register will be used in the elections on January 25. As the electoral roll is updated every February, this means that about 100,000 18-year-olds will not be able to vote in the elections as some had hoped. SYRIZA responded to the ministry’s announcement by accusing the government of attempting to distort the outcome of elections.Source: Kathimerini
Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Pocket Edition is a condensed version of the original Final Fantasy XV. The story is shortened, the open-road sections are streamlined into linear zones, there are fewer quests, and the characters themselves have a simplified chibi look. But an impressive amount of the full game is maintained here.Hearing the audio production value of a AAA game, with its serious writing and voice-acting set to epic orchestral music, shoved inside this adorable exterior is a really fascinating kind of tension. Octopath Traveler was similar. And in a way, completely redoing FFXV in order to shrink it down ends up removing a bunch of tedious bits that surely just had to stay in the main release after years in the making.Pocket Edition HD also makes some great changes compared to the original mobile release. You get all ten cheap episodes at once instead of paying piecemeal. A controller is a way better way to experience the real-time combat including the main game’s warp strike abilities. And it even looks a little nicer, almost a modern nostalgic take on the cute and blocky polygon character models of Final Fantasy VII. However, the surely less-taxing visuals do make the less-than-stellar performance a bit tougher to swallow.Demakes are such a rare thing in gaming it’s just nifty to actually see one. Remember Dark Void Zero? So if you’re curious about what the heck Final Fantasy XV even is but don’t want to commit to the full-blown thing, give Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD a shot on your Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4.For more Final Fantasy check out our gift guide and our review of the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Final Fantasy XV is such a ridiculous thing, both the game itself and everything outside of it. Originally announced in 2006(!) as Final Fantasy Versus XIII(!) the game’s torturous development process came to an end ten years later in 2016. The end result was… interesting, combining FF’s traditional Japanese role-playing ideas and aesthetic with a more realistic western open-world and action-based combat. But any game that spends a decade in development can’t help but be a bit of a Frankenstein.Any game that spends a decade in development also can’t help but build up a costly tab. So to break even as much as possible Square Enix created a whole multimedia project surrounding FFXV and its absurd lore and characters, including animated movies and an amazing noodles tie-in. But one of the more intriguing results of this desperation was the mobile spin-off/remake/demake Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. We first played this last year, but now that it’s on Nintendo Switch, we decided to have another go with pocket Prompto and friends. Stay on target
Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Eddie Hearn Google+ Videos Articles WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Twitter Sonya Deville Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 The following was taped on Thursday night from Full Sail University.Dark match:* Daria Berenato def. Billie Kay.8/25 WWE NXT TV tapings:* Tye Dillinger def. Buddy Murphy.* Steve Cutler def. Kenneth Crawford.* No Way Jose def. Angelo Dawkins.* Liv Morgan def. Aliyah.* New NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura cut a promo about this being the new era of strong style in NXT.* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka def. Danielle Kamela.* TM61 def. Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese.* Ember Moon def. Leah Vaughn.* NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura def. Steve Cutler.* Austin Aries def. Andrade Cien Almas.* Oney Lorcan def. Tino Sabbatelli.* Samoa Joe came out to cut a promo saying he wants to see Nakamura face-to-face. Joe said he has a rematch clause and plans to use it when he is ready. Nakamura agrees and shakes hands with Joe. Joe then attacks Nakamura on the ramp. Joe gave Nakamura his standing Rock Bottom over the steel ring steps.* Liv Morgan def. Rachel Ellering.* Hideo Itami def. Drew Gulak.* The Authors of Pain def. an unknown tag team.* Bobby Roode def. No Way Jose.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 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 Shinsuke Nakamura Will Reportedly Return From His Dog Bite Injury Soon Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Braun Strowman Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. These riots were caused after police raided The Stonewall Inn, a hotel where many LGBT people lodged. The Stonewall riots was a defining point in the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, considered by most to be the most important event leading to the modern-day fight for LGBT rights in this country.(Photo credit: Flickr/Stock Photo)The city of Baltimore will celebrate Pride Month June 17-18. The Parade & Block Party will be on Saturday, June 17 in the Charles North neighborhood and the festival will be held on Sunday, June 18 in Druid Hill Park. People of color will be represented at the parade and festival this weekend, organizers said.The president of Baltimore Pride and The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) is an African-American man, Jabari M. Lyles, who said in a statement concerning the GLCCB and Baltimore Pride: “Our work will always be centered on the needs and experiences of Black people, brown people, transgender, and gender-diverse people, young people, people with disabilities, seniors, and those living with HIV/AIDS.” The master of ceremony for both days are also African American. Lucky is Saturday’s emcee and Kevin Lai will host on Sunday. Activities geared for the African-American LGBT community are:2nd Annual Baltimore Pride and Open Mic which will take place Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at The Impact Hub (10 E North Avenue). Big Freedia, a New Orleans rapper and “Queen of Bounce” music will headline the Baltimore Pride Block Party on Saturday, June 17 at 9 p.m. Baltimore has been celebrating Pride Month with a parade and festival since 1975. Baltimore Pride has grown from a small gathering of few dozen activists to a huge festival welcoming over 30,000 revelers at Baltimore’s largest LGBTQ visibility event.
Traditional Khadi, it seems, has grabbed the calling card of future i.e. innovation in the recent past. And, it is the effect of innovation and consequent quality maintenance, that Khadi has been bagging many bulk orders from PSUs and government organisations.The flagship store of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Khadi Bhawan at Connaught Place in New Delhi has bagged order worth over Rs 7.03 crore from the Oil India Limited (OIL), in the form of Khadi gift coupons for its 14,064 employees. The OIL agreed to gift Khadi coupons of Rs 5,000 to each of its 14,064 employees in its all units across the nation. The employees, however, would be able to purchase Khadi and Village Industries products worth Rs 6,500 from the coupon of Rs 5,000. The coupons, which had already been delivered, could be redeemed throughout the year at all Departmental Sales Outlets. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn another order, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) had also ordered 800 gift coupons in the denomination of Rs 1,000 for its 800 staff. These coupons have already been delivered and the 800 BEE staff could also purchase Khadi and Village Industries products worth Rs 1,300 from the coupon of Rs 1,000. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that such huge orders from government and PSUs not only increase the income of the artisans – pivotal in the growth of Khadi sector but also inspire new entrepreneurs to associate with Khadi with better job avenues. “Such orders from OIL and BEE will certainly make a compounding effect on the livelihood of Khadi artisans and will certainly create more jobs by adding thousands of new artisans in KVIC’s kitty,” he said, adding, “These orders will certainly create more employment and subsequently raise the income of the existing artisans. It would also pave the way for KVIC for more convergence with different ministries and Public Sector Units.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt may be noted that many government organisations in the recent past, had shown its keen interest in promoting eco-friendly Khadi products. In January this year, in a quick response to the instructions issued by the Ministry of Railways to procure linen items from the KVIC – the North Western Railways (Jaipur), North Central Railways (Allahabad) and Northern Railways (Delhi) had given order of approximately Rs 12.40 crore to the KVIC, for supply of Khadi duster and green/red flags. Later, on March 25, 2019, the KVIC further bagged order to supply DT and duster worth Rs 1.25 crore from Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala. On the same day, the KVIC received the order to supply duster worth Rs 1.65 crore from North-West Railways Jaipur. In what may be a trendsetter for educational institutions, on March 5, 2019, KVIC had bagged order of different varieties of Khadi Silk’s robe with Angawastram from Indira Gandhi National Open University worth over Rs 21 lakh.
Happy Mother’s Day! | Photos: supplied Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) For this all-important day, we asked a group of LBTQ mothers what makes their family special.Myeshia and Beth Price-Feeney, with baby LanstonBeth and Myeshia Price-Feeney. | Photo: suppliedBoth Beth and Myeshia identify as queer and absolutely love their new baby Lanston.On what makes their family special, the moms said: ‘We are constantly on the go. Whether it’s traveling out of state, going on a road trip to nearby cities, or exploring beaches and brunches right here in San Diego.‘Our pups have always been along for the ride and now our newest member is already fitting in nicely,’ they added.Chloe Davies and Hamish Jackson, with kids Miles and TheoHamish Jackson, Chloe Davies, and kids Theo and Miles. | Photo: suppliedChloe Davies lives in London with her partner Hamish and their two children Miles and Theo. She identifies as bisexual and works as a volunteer for Pride in London as Deputy Director of Community Engagement.When asked what makes her family special, she enthusiastically exclaimed: ‘Music!‘We both met while studying music degrees many many moons ago. It is the universal language that defines our household and our first loves, so it only seems natural to pass it on to our boys.‘[Two year old] Miles is music-mad already and is the house DJ. [7 month old] Theo is in love with the piano – he loves to bash the keys and hear sound,’ she said.Ori and Shani Kesari, with kids Belle and TomOri and Shani Kesari with kids Belle and Tom. | Photo: suppliedThe Kesari family live in Ashkelon, Israel and both identify as lesbians.They like to spend quality time together by taking a cheeky day off work so the streets are quiet. It’s Mother’s Day in the US and Australia today (13 May) so we’re celebrating amazing lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer mothers. They said: ‘We take the day off from work and kindergarten and just enjoy one with another.’Mya and Kennedy Power, with kids Carson and MasonTrans parents Mya and Kennedy Power with their two sons. | Photo: suppliedKennedy identifies as a trans man and Mya identifies as a trans woman. They live in Washington DC together with their sons Carson and Mason.Their story is incredible, with both Mya and Kennedy creating children before physically transitioning.Mya said: ‘I fell in love with him [Kennedy] harder than I have ever fell for anyone. Kennedy and my children saved my life. I love them more than life itself.’On being trans parents, Mya said: ‘In any household, there are challenges with parenting. But don’t allow being transgender to scare you from creating a family of your own.‘Lots of stigma comes with it, but don’t get upset with the world – educate!’Juliette Meaney and Shelby McMillan, with kids Eleanor and BenJuliette Meaney and Shelby McMillan with Eleanor and Ben marching with Rainbow Families at the Sydney Mardi Gras this year. | Photo: suppliedShelby (in the top hat) and Juliette have been together for 15 years. They fought hard for marriage equality in Australia last year and plan on marrying ‘sometime soon.’Both identifying as lesbians, the couple said they share a beautiful relationship with their donor family, John and Dean – who are gay.They live in Sydney’s west in the Blue Mountains and say it’s a ‘rich experience.’Juliette said: ‘Our kids go to a school where they climb trees, rather than learn about iPads. They call their teachers by the first names, and can wear whatever they like. Our kids ride bikes together on the street and play cricket every afternoon.‘It really is an amazing community, where we all look after each other’s kids and animals. Speaking of which, we have two dogs, 14 chickens and a turtle,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- These trans dads want you know you can be trans and start a familyWomen all over are sharing their best selfies for Lesbian Visibility DayThese are the best LGBTI movies at this year’s Venice Film FestivalRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-bi-trans-and-queer-mothers-share-what-makes-their-families-special/
The latest version of GNOME 3 has been released today. GNOME 3.30 features many significant performance improvements. In total, the release incorporates 24845 changes, made by approximately 801 contributors. GNOME is a desktop environment composed of free and open-source software that runs on Linux and most BSD derivatives. Fun Fact: 3.30 has been named “Almería” in recognition of this year’s GUADEC organizing team. GUADEC is GNOME’s primary annual conference which was held in Almería, Spain this year. Improvements to Desktop performance The entire desktop now uses fewer system resources. Users can now run multiple apps at once without encountering performance issues. Improved Screen Sharing With GNOME 3.30, it is now easier than ever to control screen sharing and remote desktop sessions. A newly added system menu displays an indicator when a remote connection is active, making it easy to stop the session when finished. Update Flatpaks Automatically Flatpak is an emerging technology that makes getting apps fast and secure. Many new apps are already available on Flathub which is a repository of curated Flatpaks. GNOME software manager, can now automatically update installed Flatpaks. Focus on Content Web, the GNOME browser, now comes with a new minimal reader view. Web can toggle between the normal view and the clean, minimal reader view when viewing a compatible web page. The minimal reader view removes irrelevant menus, images, and content not related to the article or document. Updates to GNOME Virtual machine application Boxes, the GNOME virtual machine application, can now connect to remote Windows servers using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Boxes also now has the ability to import OVA files, making sharing virtual machines even easier. Gaming Application changes Games, the retro gaming application can now be navigated by gamepad making it faster to use: The keyboard is mappable to gamepad inputs. Additional details about each available game is displayed in the collection view. The Flatpak bundles 4 more emulator cores. GNOME 3.30 introduces a new podcast app called Podcasts that lets you subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts, right from your desktop. These are just a select few updates. For a complete list of updates, read the GNOME Blog. Read Next Deploying HTML5 Applications with GNOME. Install GNOME-Shell on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”. Is Linux hard to learn?