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Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniors

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hire some former players as coaches and managers of the national age group teams, taking inspiration from the success that India has achieved with Rahul Dravid in a similar role.There is speculation here that former captain Younis Khan is being considered for the role of Pakistan’s under-19 coach and manager.Younis, who retired last year after becoming Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter and the first to reach 10,000 runs in the format, has expressed interest in coaching junior players if the board gave him “full freedom” to implement his program.”Australia utilised the services of their top players like Rodney Marsh, Allan Border and Ricky Pointing while India has also given Dravid the responsibility of manning their under-19 players and it has produced good results,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.Dravid has been coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams and has drawn a ot of credit for shaping the youngsters. Under his tutelage, the under-19 team won the ICC World Cup last year.In Australia, Border has served as a selector and Ponting is currently part of the national team’s coaching staff.Muhammad Yusuf as NCA coach in Lahore?The PCB, on the other hand, has constantly changed the coaches and managers of the under-19 squad, something that has been blamed for its below-par performances. It has also avoided appointing high profile former players as coaches/managers of the youth teams.Mani, while speaking to the the media in Lahore, said that the board has finally decided to utilise the services of its former senior players to work with the youth.advertisement”We also need to have classes for our players as they go on to become ambassadors for the country. They will be given grooming and education at the National Cricket Academy,” Mani said.”We should have attached our own coaches with foreign coaches just like India did so that they could have also learnt a lot more.”The PCB is also considering appointing former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf as the batting coach at its National Cricket Academy in Lahore.Also Read | Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin KhanAlso Read | Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after on-field exchange with Joe RootAlso Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso See:last_img read more

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10 Thoughts on the 2016 Sugar Bowl

first_imgBOX SCOREFirst things first. That I even get to write that headline is a good thing. Don’t forget that. Amid the defensive disaster on Friday night, dropped passes and Laquon Treadwell heroics, don’t forget that.OK, now we can talk about the more frustrating stuff.Oklahoma State got absolutely destroyed by Ole Miss 48-20 in a Sugar Bowl that didn’t feel nearly that close. Laquon Treadwell showed us all why we recruited the hell out of him a few years ago as he put up six catches for 71 and three disgustingly easy touchdowns. I have many thoughts. Let’s get to it.1. OSU’s run game did not improveThere was talk from Mike & Mike that maybe the offensive line went back to some of the basics in the space between the OU game and the bowl game. They might have found something, we were told. What they found was an Ole Miss defensive line that looked like it couldn’t have cared less about missing its best player.OSU hovered around 0 yards for the majority of the game until a couple of late J.W. Walsh runs bumped it up to 63 yards on 30 carries (not that that’s a lot better). The fact that Walsh sitting in the backfield for three seconds and picking a hole is by far our best option on the ground is telling. It’s a borderline miracle that OSU won 10 games this season without ever finding a groove on the ground (more on this in a minute).2. Emmanuel Ogbah was good not greatOgbah was going against a top five pick on Friday night, and it felt like he held his own. I wasn’t watching No. 38 on every single play, but he was disruptive enough that I at least noticed him on pretty much every Ole Miss drive. Ogbah only finished with three total tackles, but he had a number of near sacks on Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly. In a game like this, that counts as a win.3. Mason Rudolph was great not goodOne of my favorite Twitter follows is Chris Brown of @smartfootball. He’s, well, smart and insightful. That’s why I found it odd that he wondered aloud on Twitter on Friday whether Mason Rudolph was a good QB (a tweet he has since deleted).If you look at the numbers, no, he wasn’t. But I’m pretty sure Rudolph just had the best 18/31 for 179 yards and 0 TDs game in the history of college football. He was pumping seeds all night (many of which his receivers dropped and some of which got called back because of penalty).Any dissatisfaction I had with the loss was largely overwhelmed by the fact that it truly felt like I was watching a slightly more mobile version of Brandon Weeden dicing up an Ole Miss defense only rushing three (and at times two!) defensive linemen (because why would they rush more than that?)Rudolph’s pocket presence may be his best attribute. Incredible vision. #Okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 2, 2016Get that man any semblance of an offensive line and even 150 rush yards a game and he’s going to have an All-Big 12 year in 2016.4. Did OSU watch film?There’s arrogance. There’s Baker Mayfield. And then there’s “we watched Ole Miss’ defensive line on film for a month and we’re still going to try and run it down their throats inside the red zone with a broken offensive line and J.W. Walsh.”The first few possessions (when this game was still, you know, a game) make me question OSU’s ability to put together a plan. What about anything Ole Miss and OSU have done all season made anyone on OSU’s sideline think that was going to work?5. Have Mercy, LaquonThe biggest bummer on Friday was watching Mason Rudolph’s dimes roll all over the Superdome turf while Laquon Treadwell caught balls one-handed with ease and waltzed to and fro in OSU’s secondary while thinking about how No. 1 could have been catching passes from Rudolph.https://twitter.com/tomfornelli/status/683113812267020288He was unbelievable all night. Kevin Peterson has shut down a lot of dudes. Treadwell is not a lot of dudes.Laquon Treadwell only needs one hand. https://t.co/vdaicTPpz1 #SugarBowl pic.twitter.com/8dD4iyLdgM— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 2, 2016Get that money, Quon. You deserve it.6. Maybe fatigue wasn’t OSU’s issue on defense#RealTalk time. Oklahoma State’s defense wasn’t that good this year. Glenn Spencer is a fun meme and OSU had a couple of studs, but this defense compared statistically to last year’s (yikes!) and wasn’t even on the same planet as that salty 2013 defense that was probably the best of the Mike Gundy era.Here’s a look at Ole Miss’ drive chart on Friday:INTPuntFGTDTDTDFGTDMissed FGPuntTDTDPuntTo pile on, the Rebs averaged 7.69 yards per play and I’m not sure Chad Kelly could tell you what the Superdome roof looks like. So yeah, maybe OSU’s defense was just average to maybe slightly above average and its issue wasn’t that it played like 2,000 plays this season.7. The Big 12 needs helpCarson and I have some podcasts to erase. Between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, the last week has not been pretty.More problematic for the Big 12 than these bowl results is it currently has one top-20 recruiting class: Baylor— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 2, 2016 The good news is …8. This happened to Ole Miss 366 days agoI believe this was mentioned on the telecast, but the solace here is that Ole Miss got beaten down in almost exactly the same manner by TCU in the 2014 Peach Bowl. It’s not like OSU has to revamp its entire program. You need a couple of offensive linemen and some help here and there on defense.The best news is that you already have the thing that’s most difficult to obtain (a lights out QB1).9. J.W. Walsh went out rightIt was a big night for the Walsh truthers. Why wasn’t he out there the whole dang time? But the reality is that Walsh shouldn’t have been out there until Gundy put him out there.And when he did, No. 4 went out the way he came in: ballin’ at a level he shouldn’t have been ballin’ at.Remember the mini documentary ESPN made about that 2011 season when Brandon Weeden told everybody that Walsh couldn’t go in practice because his arm was sore? Walsh thought he could roll with the big boys then just like he does now. And he did it throughout his entire career.Kyle Boone wrote nicely about this on Friday as Walsh touched off one of the more memorable careers in Oklahoma State football history.  He was never the best or the fastest or the most capable. But he always went the hardest. And that’s a hell of a thing to have said about you.10. This year was still a good oneI was texting with my buddy Amilian during the game, and he made a really good point that I think I knew deep down but haven’t expressed publicly. This is similar to what I wrote about Michigan State on Thursday night after Nick Saban exposed them.This is going to be a tough thing to swallow for some, but Oklahoma State was probably a 9-4 team that somehow managed to go 10-3. Ole Miss was a 11-2 team that somehow managed to go 10-3. That was clear on Friday night.And that’s an OK thing. Heck, it’s a great thing. It’s an enjoyable thing. This season was a blast. But our expectations were skewed by the win-loss column. Like I said after the OU loss, Oklahoma State has to start crootin better if it wants to roll with teams in these big boy games. If that wasn’t clear after OU/Baylor, it was abundantly clear after the Landsharks had their way with anyone who got in their way in New Orleans.In some ways, however, this makes me appreciate the season even more. OSU was the overachiever who landed a great job, talked the girl out of his league into marrying him and built something. Sounds like the entire career of somebody else I know. J.W. Walsh, in so many ways, was a microcosm of this season’s team.So you can look back at the final three games with angst and say, “we suck, we got some work to do” and you would be right. Or you can look at the whole season and say, “how cool that we got to play those final three games with something on the table AND we got some work to do.”Both are true. Both are probably correct ways of looking at it. It’s a matter of perspective.Speaking of perspective, that’s something you’re going to need a lot of when Oklahoma State tips conference play tomorrow in GIA against TCU.Until then …If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Santanu Basu takes charge as WBSEDCL CMD

first_imgKolkata: Santanu Basu, a senior and dynamic IAS officer of Bengal cadre, has taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), replacing Rajesh Pandey.Earlier, Basu had been the Chairman and Managing Director of the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL). The WBSEDCL has increased its consumer base up to 1.88 crore from 70 lakh, which was the figure when the Mamata Banerjee government came to power in 2011. An economic review for 2018-19 presented by the state government says around 5 lakh new consumers have been added during the last financial year. As many as 5,390 new industrial connections having a capacity of 266 MVA, 1,52,956 new commercial connections and 26,188 new agriculture connections have been provided by the state Power department. It may be mentioned here that the department has almost completed rural electrification drive across the state. The economic review also says rural electrification of households has increased from 55 percent in 2011 to 99.81 percent in March 2018. When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, there was no electricity coverage in 45 percent of the entire area of the state but in the past few years, almost all the villages have been brought under the coverage of electricity. The state has taken steps to collect the dues which were lying with various government and non-government organisations throughout the state. It has been learnt that a total Rs 1,200 crore remained outstanding, with Rs 600 crore lying with various state agencies. Even after the completion of rural electrification project covering all the villages in the state, there have been some incidents of load-shedding caused due to unknown demands in some pockets. It occurs mainly because of incidents of power theft. It will be a challenge for Basu, the new CMD of WBSDECL, to chalk out plans to address the lapses. The WBSEDCL has been cracking down on the illegal tapping of power. In some places there have been repeated incidents of low voltage. The economic review also says that the government has ensured 24×7 power supply to all the consumers, with uninterrupted power supply for 24 hours a day in the urban areas. In case of rural areas, supply of power for more than 23 hours a day has been achieved. Presently, the staff strength of the WBSEDCL is around 18,000. Among the other achievements, the WBSEDCL has also been exporting power to Bangladesh continuously since December 2013. In a major infrastructural development, the WBSEDCL has set up 25 new 33/11 KV sub-stations (having transformation capacity of 356 MVA) during the last financial year, taking the total number of 33/11 KV sub-stations to 616, with transformation capacity of 10,455.45 MVA.last_img read more

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Naked truth Calgary naturist group criticized for public pool tradition

first_imgCALGARY – Swimming in the buff in a public pool is creating waves in Calgary.Naturist groups across Canada say it’s nothing new. They’ve been renting public pool time for family-friendly swimming events for years, if not decades.“We are everyday people … who just prefer and are more comfortable living as much as possible in the nude lifestyle — and using a city pool nude,” said Ray Jorritsma with the Edmonton Naturists Swim Group.The group is one of two in Edmonton that regularly holds nude swims at public pools and has been doing so for about 30 years. Jorritsma is at a loss to explain why the issue is causing controversy in the southern Alberta city.The Calgary Nude Recreation club has sold out tickets for a swim night on Sunday at the Southland Leisure Centre. The club describes the private, after-hours event on its Facebook page as a way of snubbing winter — in the nude and on a waterslide.An online petition is calling for the club to cancel the swim or ban children from attending because of potential pedophiles.“Sexual predators will be on the prowl — having an event like that is just like Christmas to them,” says the petition posted by April Parker. By Monday afternoon, 10,000 people had signed.The Calgary club did not respond to a request for comment, but has posted replies on its Facebook page.“The suggestion that our events should be marketed as ‘adult only’ entertainment illustrates the disconnect between what people THINK social nudity is about versus what social nudity is ACTUALLY about,” it said.A spokesperson for the City of Calgary would not comment on the swim night, but said the attention the event is getting has prompted staff to meet with organizers “to ensure the privacy and security of participants can be maintained.”In 2013, the Surrey Skinnydippers in British Columbia were told they could no longer rent out the Newton Wave pool after a community newspaper published a story about their swims and people phoned in with complaints. The group took the city to court and four years later won the right to keep on swimming.Perry Fulop with the City of Surrey said the group continues to rent the pool once a month, covering windows with paper for privacy, and there have been no issues or complaints.Nude swimming parties in public pools are more popular than people know, he said.Ron Schout, president of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, said groups in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver have long held swim events at public facilities. In Toronto, he’s been organizing such swims for 30 years.Most swimmers are club members, he said, and include parents who bring their children. Some also invite friends, but all have to register with photo identification. Other clubs also do interviews.Ward King with the Sunny Chinooks group out of Sundre, Alta., said its swim events are kept quiet. Events aren’t publicized and the group doesn’t have a Facebook page.They’ve been swimming naked in a Calgary public pool for at least 10 years.“We’re low key and we do that for a reason,” he said. “People don’t know — they think the worst — and it’s all taboo. And it’s really not that at all.“It’s actually a really fun time.”— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

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Postquake recovery in Haiti begins with farmers UN agency says

The priority must be to provide farmers with seeds, fertilizers, livestock feed, animal vaccines and agricultural tools ahead of the cereal planting season, which kicks off in March and accounts for 60 per cent of Haiti’s agricultural production, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).Haiti consumes around 1 million tons of cereals annually, of which two-thirds are imported.“To prevent this urban disaster [from] becoming a rural tragedy… it is crucial that we save the upcoming planting season,” said Mr. Diouf.“It is urgent that we do this in light of thousands of people fleeing the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, for the rural areas,” he stressed. Port-au-Prince was the hardest-hit city in last week’s 7.0 magnitude quake.With food prices also soaring due to food and fuel shortages, those leaving the capital must be given assistance, Mr. Diouf noted.FAO has nearly $50 million worth of projects to boost food production in Haiti, including the distribution of high-quality seeds. The agency helped increase agricultural production in the country by 15 per cent, helping to alleviate poverty.FAO has dozens of experts and staff on the ground, with those numbers expected to swell in the coming days to assist the Government and the agriculture ministry, which lost personnel in the quake. 21 January 2010As rescue operations continue after last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, simultaneous efforts are needed to support agriculture in the poor Caribbean country as the spring planting season approaches, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today. read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 9 December 2011

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Opinion The Michigan Daily reporters should not be punished for doing their

Michigan coach Brady Hoke. Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily recently broke a story about former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons violating the Student Sexual Misconduct policy. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorAs a journalist, it is your duty to report the news. The real news. Not a fabricated story, not leaving important details out, but the honest to God news.That is all the writers at The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s independent student newspaper, were doing, and now they are being punished for it.Sports writer Matt Slovin and staff reporter Adam Rubenfire broke the story on former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons being separated from the university for violating the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.This in turn saw the paper’s reporters not invited by the school to a press conference Monday where coach Brady Hoke discussed the violations, according to Slovin and Detroit News writer Tony Paul.In a day and age where people will go out of their way to defend the free speech rights of just about anyone that speaks, seeing the school turn away their own paper because they were doing their jobs is outrageous.What would have happened if The Associated Press had broken the report, or ESPN? Would the school have been as keen to block their reporters from attending the press conference?The report from the paper is well written, well reported and factually correct. There have been no corrections issued for this story, they didn’t flat out lie — these journalists were just doing what they had been trained to do.According to the paper’s website, they are financially independent from the school, but that didn’t stop Michigan from making a statement about the content that was being run.As an editor for The Lantern, a rival Big Ten paper, I have immeasurable respect for these journalists. This story had to be reported on whether it made Michigan happy or not.In the end, I’m not sure what the program gained by blocking these reporters from entering. With the speed that news is reported in today’s world, it was guaranteed this story would get out. Michigan comes out as the bad guy and The Michigan Daily ends up having more power than it did before.The school failed in what it did and should be questioned for the decision. But more importantly we should celebrate the newspaper. Not for doing something extraordinary, but for simply doing their job: reporting the news. read more

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Candlelit vigils wearing black and crying how Remainers are spending Article 50

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ignore the pointless piece of theatre from May re the Article 50 trigger letter. #Brexit will be stopped.— A C Grayling (@acgrayling) March 28, 2017 Must admit to a sense of mourning today as #Brexit is formally triggered. An awful decision based upon a flawed campaign.— Simon Owen (@CalibreSimon) March 29, 2017 Every time my 9 year old asks a question about Brexit I start crying when I explain. Which isn’t helpful.— The_Grownup (@The_Grownup) March 29, 2017 I’ve just been with James Sheerin from Gosforth who is posting back his British passport on the day Theresa May triggers #Article50 pic.twitter.com/60mLzprMrg— Philippa Goymer (@journopippa) March 29, 2017 Tomorrow when #Article50 is triggered please light a candle and post the pic to show our sadness and sense of loss #candles4EU #NotInOurName pic.twitter.com/LFOIfEMJ8M— LabourAgainstBrexit (@Labour4EU) March 28, 2017 In mourning, this morning #brexit Can only hope that they’re right and I’m wrong 😥😥— sue williamson (@librarychampion) March 29, 2017 Feel like crying as I listen to the news this morning. Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger #Brexit https://t.co/qGKkrRGsVM— Jane Labous (@janelabous) March 29, 2017 Wearing black today and grieving the loss of my European citizenship. So pointlessly self-harming to leave. History will judge those guilty— Tom Shakespeare (@TommyShakes) March 29, 2017 .@exeterlabour members will be mourning #Article50 triggering tomorrow by lighting #candles4EU outside the Guildhall 6pm. Do come along. https://t.co/gzbMaDkjE2— Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) March 28, 2017 While many are celebrating today – including Nigel Farage, who intends to spend it in the pub – some people are in mourning.Brexit has split the opinion of the UK, as almost half voted to remain.Some Remainers have decided to move on and hope for the best, while others are staunchly in mourning. Labour members, including the MP for Exeter, are to light candles throughout the day and hold a vigil in mourning of our membership of the EU, proclaiming this decision is not in their name.Ben Bradshaw MP claimed Exeter Labour members will be gathering together in mourning when Article 50 is triggered, tweeting:  “@exeterlabour members will be mourning #Article50 triggering tomorrow by lighting #candles4EU outside the Guildhall 6pm. Do come along.”Others have said they have cried already today and some are even wearing black for the occasion.One man has posted back his passport in response to Brexit.Here is how some Remainers are reacting to Article 50 being triggered:last_img read more

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Son of Invictus Games competitor killed himself after being bullied for being

first_img“He had been rejected a number of times. He had been in a bad place – he had not been able to get out of this mindset.”He said there had been a minor argument at home on the morning of the tragedy. Text messages from Sam’s phone showed that he told his classmates he nearly killed himself on New Year’s Eve. Sam Roach, Tudor Grange Academy School principal, described the pupil as “sweet and bright”, excelling in a variety of subjects. She also said the school was working towards a culture of openness and defended how the school dealt with bullying.Mrs Roach said: “We were unaware what was going on. We have a zero tolerance of bullying, once we are aware of issues.”Children are sanctioned. We have had assemblies. We have a school counsellor, holding sessions at lunchtime and evenings. We did not know what was happening, when children knew. We have a place for children to go to staff and report it.”Worcestershire coroner Geraint Williams recorded a verdict of suicide.He said he was satisfied there was compelling evidence the teenager had intended to kill himself, and offered his condolences to the family. “I just hope these bullies can live with the regret. They’ve torn this family apart.”I don’t think people know the effect it has on the people it leaves behind.”We want to express our thanks to the paramedics, the police for their investigation, the support of the school and his friends.”I was abroad on a Paralympic ski meeting at the time I found out. I got a phone call just after I landed from my daughter, Sophie.”He went out after having a minor argument with his mum. His mum told him to be mindful and be back for one for lunch. Anita rang his mobile and a paramedic answered and said that he had been involved in an accident.”We used to go skiing as a family, because obviously I can’t go skiing by myself so Sam used to come out and guide me. I will miss him dearly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 14-year-old son of a former army corporal who competed in last year’s Invictus Games killed himself after being bullied on a school ski trip for being too clever, an inquest has heard. Sam Abel, 14, jumped from the roof of a supermarket on January 8 and was pronounced dead in hospital.Worcestershire Coroners’ Court heard how the intelligent pupil at Tudor Grange Academy School had been relentlessly bullied in the lead up to his death.The coroner was told how cruel schoolmates taunted him on a school skiing trip and also punctured the tyres on his bicycle.His heartbroken parents said they were not sure why he was bullied – but that it could have been because he was successful at school. Dad Mark Abel, 50, who served in the British Army for 14 years, lost his sight five years ago after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and competed in last years Invictus Games as a swimmer. He said: “It could have been because he was successful at school.”Sometimes other pupils are jealous and this can breed bullying.”But we’ll never be entirely sure because he only really spoke to his friends about it. but I know pranks were pulled on him that were particularly cruel. Sam’s mum, Anita, 47, said after the hearing: “Our beautiful boy has gone. Our lives are never going to be the same again. We were such a close family, he was even his dad’s private skiing partner. On a school skiing trip he was bullied so much. He was looking forward to that trip so much.center_img Flags of some of the participating nations are displayed during the opening ceremony for the Invictus GamesCredit:AP Photo/John Raoux “He was meant to be going to see his dad get a gold medal this year. He did so many things, like abseiling and zip-wiring. He went into high-school and was bullied again. He kept telling us he was fine.”From the age of 13 he was product reviewing for companies like Amazon. We found out he was very clever and he was often busy studying. He wanted to be the next Alan Sugar.”He was just amazing, he could make movies and all sorts. Our lives are just never ever going to be the same again.”We are just one of the most unluckiest families. My husband is registered as blind and on the day of Sam’s funeral I was diagnosed with an illness. Luckily, he didn’t know I was ill before he died. He’s in a happy place now. We miss him so much and our lives will never be the same again.”PC Christopher McManus, of West Mercia Police, said officers spoke to Mrs Abel after he son’s death and she told them her son had been bullied.PC McManus said: “He had a number of friends, but no real best friends. Clearly he had suicidal thoughts for some time. Our beautiful boy has gone. Our lives are never going to be the same againSam’s mother Flags of some of the participating nations are displayed during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Gameslast_img read more

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Surveillance photos show Russian intelligence officers plotting Montenegro coup

first_imgThe Russian pair are alleged to have appointed Aleksandar Sindjelic, a veteran anti-Western activist who had in the past boasted to associates of his ties with the Russian defence ministry.After the plot was wound up, Sindjelic turned prosecution witness and his testimony will be a key part of the trial.Surveillance pictures show Shishmakov and Popov together in a park and also Shishmakov talking to Sindjelic.European intelligence agencies are understood to have helped the Montenegrins amass a wealth of evidence for what is the biggest trial the tiny Balkan nation has ever seen.Shishmakov and Popov gave Sindjelic large sums for weapons and equipment and he was also given a lie detector test to check he was not a Western intelligence agent, it is claimed.A lengthy indictment against the plotters alleges the network was given sophisticated encrypted phones set up from Moscow, while at least one money transfer to the conspirators was made from the same street as GRU headquarters in the Russian capital. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, second from right, poses for photos with members of a far-right pro-Russian group of which Nemanja Ristic, first from left, is a member, at the grave of Belgrade's liberators from Nazi occupation in World War II, in Belgrade, Serbia Eduard Shishamkov (1) and Vladimir Popov (2), both GRU military intelligence officers, are accused of orchestrating the plot The photographs are believed to have been taken in a Belgrade park around the time of the foiled coup and are a key part of evidence prosecutors say links the plot to Russian “state bodies”.The Kremlin has strongly denied any involvement and two pro-Russian opposition leaders among the defendants claim the plot is fake and confected to discredit them.However British and US officials believe the conspiracy had high-level backing from Russia and was one of the most audacious examples of the Kremlin’s attempts to undermine European democracies.The plot was only foiled when a conspirator turned himself in days before Serb nationalists disguised as police were to fire on election day protesters outside Parliament, kill Mr Djukanovic and plunge the country into turmoil. These are the covert surveillance photographs said to offer key proof Russian intelligence officers plotted a violent coup that would have ended in the assassination of a European leader.The pictures obtained by European intelligence agencies allegedly show two officers of Russia’s GRU military spy service visiting the Balkans and overseeing the man they hired to orchestrate the bloody overthrow of Montenegro’s government.Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov are to stand trial next month with 13 others for their part in an election day plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill Milo Djukanovic, the pro-Western leader. Shishmakov and Popov, who are being tried in their absence, are said to have begun plotting several months earlier, traveling to neighbouring Serbia to search for a suitable organiser on the ground. Another of the alleged plotters, Nemanja Ristic (pictured first from left), was photographed in December with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, (second from right)Credit:APcenter_img Dr Igor Sutyagin, a Russian military expert at the Royal United Services Institute, said the GRU was adept at recruiting and organising groups of insurgents and paramilitaries.The military intelligence service has become emboldened after running successful operations in eastern Ukraine, but the exposure of GRU officers in Montenegro would have embarrassed it in Moscow, he said.He said: “It’s embarrassing for everybody. You are not guilty if you fail. You are guilty if you fail and get caught.” Photos obtained from European intelligence sources show Eduard Shishamkov and Vladimir Popov, both GRU military intelligence officers, meeting the Serb nationalist they are accused of hiring to orchestrate the plot. The pictures are set to be key evidence in a politically charged trial of the plotters early next month. Picture shows: 1=Shishmakov 2=Popov You are not guilty if you fail. You are guilty if you fail and get caughtDr Igor Sutyagin Shishmakov had in 2014 been expelled from his post as Russian Deputy Military Attaché in Poland after the Poles caught him spying, according to the charges against him.He travelled to the Balkans on a genuine passport made out under the alias Shirokov, which prosecutors claim could only have been issued with official Russian authority. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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eReaders Go Solar In Japan

first_imgeReaders like the Kindle are a great way to reduce clutter and paper usage. And now, thanks to a new device from Toshiba and Japanese telecommunications company KDDI, they can also utilize solar energy for charging..The new gadget is called the Biblio Leaf, and it features a solar panel mounted on the front so that the device can be charged even when you’re away from an electrical outlet. It also features both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, a six inch black-and-white e-ink screen, and two gigabytes of memory. It even comes with a stylus for note taking.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, at least as of right now, it doesn’t look like the Biblio Leaf will be making its way outside of Japan.Via DVICElast_img read more

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Space X blasts off for another space station run today

first_imgAs NASA continues to creep along with a limited budget and no launch vehicle of its own, the role of private space companies is sure to increase. We looked on with understandable respect when Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully docked the Dragon orbital capsule at the International Space Station (ISS) back in May. Now SpaceX is preparing to do it again, but this time it’s all business.The last launch in May was mostly a test run. The unmanned Dragon capsule was run through its paces, simulating mission aborts and testing its various systems. It carried some cargo, but not a full load. This time, it will be filled with about 1,000 lbs of much needed supplies for the ISS crew. This is the first flight in a contract SpaceX has entered into with NASA after the success of the last mission. There will be 12 flights in all under this contract, with the option for more if all goes well.The Dragon capsule will be loaded into SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket just like last time, and like last time, the entire mission is going to be remotely controlled. There is a single launch window available at 8:35pm tonight, October 7 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. If SpaceX cannot lift off at that time, there are backup timeslots planned on October 8 and 9.SpaceX won’t just be delivering supplies, though. For its return trip, Dragon will be loaded up with 504 lbs of scientific materials from experiments performed on the station. We might not have the Space Shuttle anymore, but it’s looking like SpaceX might be standing in quite well for cargo runs. The company has plans to send people up in the Dragon at some point in the future.via NASAlast_img read more

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HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit

first_img Feb 17th 2017, 7:38 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/sylv1rob1 Image: Shutterstock/sylv1rob1 HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit for purpose The facility at Drumcar has been the subject of a number of HIQA inspections in the past. 17 Comments Share Tweet Email2 CONCERNS HAVE BEEN expressed over the quality of care received by those at a State-run residential facility after HIQA ordered that half of the units were not fit for purpose.The John of God facility in Louth has been the subject of a number of unannounced inspections in recent years where assessors have found a number of failings. And in a move to address serious issues at the facility, HIQA will now close half of its living facilities.A statement given to RTÉ by HIQA said the move was taken because of “ongoing serious concerns for the safety and care of residents”. It said it had taken the action in a bid to “safeguard the residents”.Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said he is “gravely concerned” following the HIQA decision to close half the units at the premises at Drumcar.Speaking following an RTE report which highlighted the consistent difficulties, Adams said that, in recent years, he had raised concerns about what he had described as “the inappropriate use of residents’ money for medical aids and examinations and the suspension of respite services on the site last summer”. The latter had caused great distress, he added.center_img By Garreth MacNamee Friday 17 Feb 2017, 7:38 AM http://jrnl.ie/3244401 Short URL 10,328 Views Once again, St John of God has failed people with disabilities in county Louth. The HSE must act to ensure that the safety and comfort of residents is guaranteed.A number of failings had been identified by HIQA over the course of a number of inspections with the last one occurring in May 2016.The centre, which is run by St John of God Services, is home to 22 adult male residents with intellectual disabilities. Over the course of the inspection, the centre failed 14 out of 18 tests.In the case of the man whose money was used to buy furnishings for the centre, the report said he had no independent representative or next of kin. It said his finances had not been managed appropriately.Inspectors were informed during feedback that a review would be completed with a view to repaying the resident for the items.Another major concern identified was free access, through unlocked interconnecting doors, from the adult centre to an adjoining respite service where children were accommodated. HIQA said this posed a risk to vulnerable persons. The issue was addressed by the person in charge during the inspection.Back in 2015, HIQA published a report into the facility which detailed a litany of failures which could mostly be attributed to staffing levels.There were concerns about a resident who had sustained a number of falls. An assessment found they required a sit-stand hoist but this never materialised and the resident had another fall this year. Again, there was no suitable intervention put in place.In another instance, where a resident was assessed as requiring a hoist for safe transfer, documentation stated that “four attempts were made to assist a resident off the floor.”Incidents of injury and harm between residents, including hitting out and biting,occurred on an almost daily basis and was observed by staff, one inspection report found.Read: Is everything ok with the government’s proposed regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city?>last_img read more

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San Marcos City Council voted to send letter to SANDAG opposing new

first_img May 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN MARCOS (KUSI) – Tuesday night the San Marcos City Council voted to send a letter to SANDAG to prevent the use of TransNet money for mass transit.Mayor of San Marcos, Rebecca Jones, joins KUSI to discuss this further. San Marcos City Council voted to send letter to SANDAG opposing new plan KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Miami Mayor unveils road map for 12K affordable housing units

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez presented a road map for 12,000 new affordable housing units.Monday morning, Suarez said the focus of the project is to set up the units in areas close to transit.The project is funded by the General Obligation Fund, which voters approved in 2018.“I think every resident in the city of Miami deserves to live in dignity, and we have the third most expensive rental market in the United States,” Suarez said. “As mayor, one of the things I’m focused on is making sure that everyone has an opportunity to live in pride and dignity, so that they can focus on the things that are gonna make them happy, which is focusing on their family and providing for their family.”Residents should expect construction to be completed by 2024.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Guest lecture at Vignans Institute of Information Technology

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Vignan’s Institute of Information Technology (Autonomous) hosted a guest lecture on ‘Born to Conquer’ on Tuesday. Motivational speaker Ajit Kumar delivered a guest lecture on the topic and stated that success is possible for those who try for it seriously. He said that India will make a mark in various fields by 2030. He laid emphasis on ‘each one, teach one to reach one’. A training-cum- interactive session was also held for teachers. Principal of the institution B Arundathi, Vice-Principal K Madhusudhana Rao, Deans and HoDs of various departments and students attended the event.last_img read more

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Primary assistant teachers postpone hunger strike

first_img.Assistant teachers of government primary schools have postponed their indefinite hunger strike.The trained assistant teachers came up with the decision to postpone the strike on Monday after a meeting with primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman.On 23 December, an alliance of eight organisations of primary school assistant teachers launched the hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital city demanding their salary to be upgraded to the 12th grade from the 14th grade.Meanwhile, 40 teachers fell sick during the hunger strike.last_img read more

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BNP leader Amir Khosru sent to jail

first_imgBNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury. File PhotoA Chattogram court on Sunday scrapped the bail of BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in a case filed under the ICT Act and sent him to jail, reports UNB.Chattogram metropolitan session judge Akbar Hossain Mridha passed the order after rejecting his bail petition, said public prosecutor (PP) Md Fakhruddin Chowdhury.Earlier, the High Court granted anticipatory bail to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Amir Khosru in two separate cases filed in Dhaka and Chattogram.After expiry of bail on 7 October, the Chattogram court extended his bail until 21 October.He was sued on charges of hatching conspiracy against state and plotting subversive activities.Chattogram city unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) acting general secretary Zakaria Dastagir filed the case under sections 57 (2) of ICT Act and 15 (3) of Special Power Act with Kotwali police station on 4 August.A reported audio clip of telephonic conversation between the BNP leader and an unknown boy for intensifying the student movement, erupted after the death of two students in a road accident in the capital, went viral on Facebook and YouTube.last_img read more

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Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgGunfight. A Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Delpara village of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Deceased Nurul Islam, 32, son of a certain Abdul Gafur of Teknaf municipality was a drug trader, the BGB claimed.Acting on tip off, a team of BGB-2 conducted a drive in the area around 4:00am, said Shariful Islam Chamakdar, acting commanding officer of BGB-2.Sensing presence of the border guards, the criminals opened fire on the law enforcement, leaving one dead on the spot.The BGB team also recovered 7,000 yaba pills and two sharp weapons from the spot.The body was sent to sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.The law enforcement’s version of the incident, however, could not be verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witness or from the victim’s family.According to the human rights group, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January 2019, the number of such killing was 23, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

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BNPs shillyshallies over oath taking

first_imgHarun Ur Rashid, Mosharraf Hossain, Abdus Sattar, Aminul Islam, Zahidur Rahman.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) decided not to take oath and join the 11th parliament as the party alleged the 30 December election was not an election at all.  The principal opposition BNP won only six seats while the ruling Awami League won most seats out of 300 constituencies. Gono Forum won only two seats. Kamal Hossain-led Gono Forum along with BNP forged an electoral alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on different ocassions said BNP MPs-elect would not take oath, terming the election ‘farcical’.   Moreover, it was a decision of the alliance that none of their MP-elects would take oath. But after four months, the decision was changed. But Gono Forum’s two MPs-elect took oath. On 29 April, the last day for being sworn in, the BNP MPs-elect took oath. They are Aminul Islam elected from Chapainawabganj-2, Harunur Rashid from Chapainawabganj-3, Ukil Abdus Sattar from Brahmanbaria-2 and Mosharraf Hossain from Bogura-4.After taking oath, the BNP MPs claimed they took oath as per instruction of party acting chairman Tarique Rahman who is now living in London.Refraining from taking oath, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a programme said this was a political strategy of the party. “The party’s decision is final to me and time will say whether it is right or wrong,” Mirza Fakhrul told Prothom Alo.He also confirmed that BNP MPs-elect took oath following orders of Tarique Rahman. Fakhrul’s Bogura-6 constituency has already been declared vacant.However, BNP expelled Zahidur Rahman Zahid as he took oath on 25 April, ignoring the party decision. He has been elected from Thakurgaon-3 constituency.  “I wanted BNP to join parliament and talk. But the way BNP joined parliament was a mistake. The decision was right but the way was wrong,” Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee physician Zafrullah Chowdhury told Prothom Alo.He is sympathetic towards BNP.BNP could have joined parliament after after informing all including the standing committee memebers, Zafarullah argued.He also observed that BNP should have taken a concrete decision on taking oath and joining parliament.BNP insiders said the party was compelled to take such a decision. The four MP-elects would anyway have joined the parliament no matter whether the party had allowed them or not. The party might have split and the weakness of leadership would have been exposed, they added. Although Mirza Fakhrul defended the party decision saying it was a political strategy, but politicians and analysts differ.They see BNP’s irresolute decisions as a sign of the party’s weakness. BNP is losing control over its leaders and activists, analysts viewed.An educationist, who is indirectly involved with BNP politics, said this was inappropriate that there were different decisions for different persons on oath taking. It is confusing, the educationist said adding that there were no alternatives either at the last moment.last_img read more

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