Benitez would welcome Torres to Newcastle

first_imgTransfers Benitez would welcome Torres to Newcastle Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 22:25 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Newcastle United Atlético Madrid v Eibar Newcastle United v Chelsea Eibar Atlético Madrid Chelsea Premier League Primera División While the Spaniard admits that he would be open to a third reunion with the 34-year-old, he does not think that it is likely Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that he would love Fernando Torres to join him at the club.The 34-year-old striker is an iconic figure in the history of Atletico Madrid but will leave the Spanish side at the end of the season after helping them to win the Europa League.Benitez has worked with Torres previously at Liverpool and Chelsea, and would be eager to be reunited with his countryman once again, even if he admits that it is a long shot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It would be appealing, but I don’t think it’ll happen,” he told Marca. “I think it will be difficult to get him to come, and not because we don’t want him. I don’t know what goes on in his head, but he may be thinking about something else.”Torres netted 81 times in 142 outings for Liverpool and despite a difficult spell with Chelsea, Benitez only has positive words for the man who scored Spain’s winner at Euro 2008.“He was sensational with us at Liverpool, then he went to Chelsea and although he was at a bad moment when we arrived, he was vital for us winning the Europa League,” he said.Torres, who scored 116 times in 344 outings for Atleti over two different spells, has been most closely linked with a move to MLS or the Chinese Super League.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Said This Coach Is “In Trouble” After Missing On Kelly Bryant

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced last night that he will finish his college career at Missouri. Bryant will be immediately eligible for the Tigers next season, where he’ll likely step in for the NFL-bound Drew Lock.Arkansas and Auburn were also finalists for Bryant, along with Mississippi State and UNC. Auburn’s starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham is turning pro after the season, so the Tigers could have really used Bryant.In fact, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said this morning that AU head coach Gus Malzahn is “in trouble” after not landing Bryant. Finebaum made these remarks during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up!.“It’s really a bad look for Malzahn, who is on thin ice even though he has a $32 million buyout,” Finebaum said. “He needed this player. He didn’t get him. Malzahn is in trouble.”Auburn went 10-4 last season and won the SEC West, but the Tigers slumped to a 7-5 record this fall. That puts added pressure on Malzahn, as Finebaum explained.“They don’t have a quarterback. Gus Malzahn–who played in the national championship game in his first year–has been spiraling, even though he beat two No. 1 teams last year. Malzahn, I mentioned has a $32 million buyout. If they fire him today–and a lot of Auburn people want him out–they owe him $15 million tomorrow and have to pay the rest of it over four years. This will be a fascinating story to watch.”You can view all of Finebaum’s comments here.Malzahn and the Tigers will end the 2018 season in the Music City Bowl. They will face Purdue.last_img read more

Purdue Quarterback Likely To Miss All Of Spring Practice

first_imgA general view of play between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view of play between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The likely frontrunner for Purdue’s starting quarterback job in 2019 has suffered an injury in spring practice.Elijah Sindelar, a veteran quarterback for the Boilermakers who has dealt with injuries throughout his career, has suffered another setback.The likely starter at QB for Purdue in 2019 is dealing with a hyperextended knee. He will probably miss the rest of spring practice.“Elijah Sindelar is dealing with a hyperextended knee. He did not participate in today’s scrimmage. Most likely will be done for the rest of the spring practices,” reports Atreya Verma.Elijah Sindelar is dealing with a hyperextended knee. He did not participate in today’s scrimmage. Most likely will be done for the rest of the spring practices.— atreya verma (@atreya_verma) March 30, 2019Sindelar previously tore his ACL. He’s also dealt with injuries to his upper body.“I’m starting to feel better, I’m starting to have more velocity back on my ball again and it’s starting to become pretty close to where I feel comfortable being out there and performing well,” he said back in December.Hopefully, the quarterback will be good to go by the start of 2019.Purdue opens its 2019 season on Aug. 30 at Nevada.last_img read more

Housekeeping Amendments Reflect New Government Structure Update Department Names

first_img update the Executive Council Act and Public Service Act to be consistent with the change of name and mandates for the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Finance and Treasury Board and the Office of Planning and Priorities. remove the chair of Treasury Board from the Executive Council Act as the Treasury Board Committee and Treasury Board Office no longer exist. repeal provisions relating to Treasury Board, Policy and Priorities Committee, and Economic Investment Committee. establish the Treasury and Policy Board and set out its objects and mandate. Other housekeeping amendments will update the Executive Council Act (amended) to correct a reference to the Lieutenant Governor and amend the provision relating to acting ministers to allow for retroactive appointments to be consistent with the provision for acting ministers in the Public Service Act. The province introduced housekeeping amendments to the Executive Council Act (amended) and Public Service Act (amended) today, Dec. 5, to create the Treasury and Policy Board and update recent changes to department names and mandates. These changes had been approved by Executive Council and were previously announced. Specifically, the amendments:last_img read more

Federal budget promises money for education water and legislation introducing private property

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The federal Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development department will cut millions of dollars in spending, according to the federal budget unveiled Thursday that also committed $275 million toward improving First Nation education and $330.8 million for replacing and fixing water infrastructure on reserves.The money for education and water, however, falls far short of the numbers recommended by two federal reports on the issues released this year. The investments will cover the gap left by funding delivered through Ottawa’s economic stimulus package which has since expired.The federal budget, which included more First Nations specific initiatives than previous Conservative spending plans, also highlighted commitments from the federal government to pursue legislation on education and introduce private property ownership on reserves.“Some First Nations have expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of legislation that would allow private property ownership within current reserve boundaries,” said the budget document. “Economic Action Plan 2012 announces the government’s intent to explore with interested First Nations the option of moving forward with legislation that would allow for this.”Aboriginal Affairs will see cuts of $26 million this fiscal year, $60 million the next and $165 million the year after for a total 2.7 per cent reduction of the $6.22 billion that was put on the table for review, according to the budget.The cuts will mean the end to the First Nations Statistical Institute, a Crown corporation, which will have all its $5 million in funding cut by 2014-2015. The department had prepared scenarios to deal with five and 10 per cent cuts to its spending as part of a government-wide belt tightening exercise.This year’s $276 billion federal budget aims to begin a process that will see spending cut by a little over $5 billion and in the process erase the current $25 billion deficit by 2015-2016. Cuts to department spending across government will grow from $1.5 billion this fiscal year, to $3 billion the next and $5.1 billion the year afterAboriginal Affairs faced one of the smallest cuts based on percentage, second only to Veterans Affairs, which saw a 1.1 per cent reduction.It remains unclear exactly what programming will be erased or substantially impacted as a result of the millions of dollars in total cuts to the department. The budget document says that the department will find its savings through “restructuring, operational efficiencies and changes to business process.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said he wanted the department to focus their cuts internally, instead of on programming.“If they are going to make cuts, they have to…have internal cuts,” said Atleo. “That they not be cuts to services that they deliver to First Nations, that are important basic needs that our poeple need that are already underfunded.”The department also says it would simplify the application process for funding, agreements and reporting requirements along with reducing the specific claims backlog and continue devolution with the Northwest Territories.Expectations were high among First Nations leaders for major funding commitments to emerge from the federal budget following the high-profile Crown-First Nations gathering in January and the release of an Ottawa-Assembly of First Nations sponsored report on reserve K-12 education.The education report called on Ottawa to invest immediately to close the gap between education on reserve and in provincial schools. The report found that at least 100 schools were in desperate need of renovation or replacement and failed to provide students with a safe learning environment.The AFN estimate it would cost at least $500 million to begin closing that gap.While the budget committed the Conservative government to passing education legislation to set and govern standards for reserve schools by September 2014, it fell far short of expected investments.The current budget has set aside $175 million over three years to build and improve schools.But the actual money available for reserves schools has decreased. In 2009, under its stimulus package, the government committed $200 million over two years to spend on schools, but only spent $173 million. The rest was diverted for water projects, a federal official said.The Conservatives, however, introduced new money into the education equation promising to invest $100 million over three years into early literacy programming and support services for reserve schools. The budget also said that money would also be used to “strengthen their relationship with provincial school systems.”Roberta Jaimeson, president of Indspire, said the investment was a “good first step,” but not enough.“There is a lot of work to be done,” said Jaimeson, whose organization works to improve First Nations education and training opportunities.On the water front, the government is committing to investing $165 million a year over the next two years to build and renovate existing water and wastewater infrastructure on reserves. This is an increase over the $138 million per year commitment made in 2010.The investment, however, falls short according to the needs outlined by a department commissioned report which found that the department needed to invest at least $1 billion to upgrade all water and wastewater systems on reserves to meet the department’s own standards.The budget also contains a $33.5 million commitment to help First Nations fishing businesses on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts integrate into existing commercial fisheries. There is also a $27 million, two year commitment to continue the Urban Aboriginal Strategy job training projects and skills development initiatives.The government is also putting an additional $11.9 million top up into an on-reserve family violence prevention program that will bring its total budget up to $30.4 million this year.last_img read more

Samsons 2nd IPL ton powers RR to 1982

first_imgHyderabad: Sanju Samson smashed the first century of the ongoing Indian Premier League and together with skipper Ajinkya Rahane stitched a century stand to guide Rajasthan Royals to a mammoth 198 for two against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Friday. Samson didn’t spare a single Sunrisers’ bowler and remained unbeaten on 102 that came off just 55 balls with the help of 10 fours and four hits over the fence. It was Samson’s second IPL ton. His first century in the T20 tournament came in 2017. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOpening the batting after winning the toss, Rahane led from the front with 49-ball 70 and together with Samson shared 119 runs for the second wicket to set the base for the total after the early dismissal of Jos Buttler. Introduced into the attack in the fourth over, Rashid Khan (1/24) struck with only his second ball, cleaning up dangerman Buttler around his legs. Rajasthan’s decision to bat first didn’t go according to plan, at least, in the powerplay as the visitors struggled against Sunrisers’ disciplined bowling to garner just 35 runs in the first six overs. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAfter Buttler’s dismissal, skipper Rahane was joined at the crease by Samson and the duo played cautiously without taking any undue risk to take Rajasthan forward. While Rahane played the anchor’s role, Samson opened up his arms soon and smashed two sixes in consecutive overs of Shabaz Nadeem and Siddharth Kaul to give some momentum to Rajasthan’s innings. Rahane soon joined his junior colleague and clobbered Nadeem straight over his head as Rajasthan reached 75 for one at the halfway stage. After a slow start, Rahane stepped on the accelerator and welcomed Vijay Shankar with six over deep square leg boundary. Both Rahane and Samson paced their innings to perfection, as after playing cautiously initially, they broke their shackles when needed and notched up the team’s 100 in 11.5 overs. Rahane registered his first fifty of the ongoing IPL in 38 balls while Samson brought up his half-century in 34 deliveries as the duo raised 100-run stand for the second wicket in 65 balls. Rahane finally departed in the 16th over bowled by Nadeem, holed out by Manish Pandey at long-on as he went for a big shot. He struck four boundaries and three sixes during his knock. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s torrid time at the death overs continued. If it was Andre Russell in the last match, it was Samson Friday as the young Kerala batsman too the senior pacer to cleaners, hitting him for four boundaries and one six to pick up 24 runs from the 18th over. As if that was not enough, Bhuvneshwar witnessed yet another forgettable day as he leaked 21 runs in the last over. Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 198/2 (Sanju Samson 102 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 70) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Malian PM quits as anger mounts over massacre

first_imgBamako: Mali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead. A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation, along with those of his ministers, two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties had submitted a motion of no confidence against the government on Wednesday, blaming Maiga and his administration for failing to clamp down on the unrest. “A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces” from both the ruling and opposition sides, the statement from Keita’s office said. The president had on Tuesday said in a televised address that he had “heard the anger”, without explicitly naming the prime minister. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe government had come under mounting pressure over its handling of violence in the restive Mopti region and especially a massacre on March 23 in which 160 people were killed in the village of Ogossagou near the border with Burkina Faso. Members of the Dogon ethnic group — a hunting and farming community with a long history of tension with the nomadic Fulani people over access to land — were accused of being behind the mass killing.last_img read more

Empire CEO says grocer can win back loyalty of Safeway customers after

TORONTO — Supermarket owner Empire Co. Ltd. has a lot of work to do before it can regain customer loyalty lost due to mistakes made after its purchase of Safeway Canada, its new chief executive said on Wednesday.Focus groups suggest “we really did let them down” but there’s still loyalty to Safeway in the West that can be recaptured, Michael Medline told analysts. It was his first conference call since becoming the head of Canada’s second-largest grocery chain, which also owns Sobeys.“You’ve got to be priced right and that’s pretty basic. But I think we strayed away about talking about our overall value proposition,” Medline said.“Canadians should shop (with) us for a variety of reasons . . . and we got focused on talking only about price.”The former Canadian Tire executive said investors would likely only see incremental improvements in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter.How Sobeys screwed up Safeway in a messy takeover that left empty shelves, massive losses, and drove customers awayEmpire (TSX:EMP.A) reported a modest profit on Wednesday after recovering from a huge loss in last year’s third quarter, when its previous CEO oversaw a writedown involving its businesses in Western Canada.Excluding the writedowns, Empire’s earnings in this year’s third quarter fell by 58 per cent to $34.6 million. Its revenue dropped by $137.4 million to $5.89 billion.Medline said that company management has made progress on getting product pricing right and stabilizing the profit margins.But it needs to cut out costs further to improve margins and make the organization easier to manage, he said, without disclosing exactly how those goals will be achieved. He did, however, point to the company’s “highly regionalized” structure.“I can tell you, every single day that goes by, I realize that the current regional structure we have is very, very difficult to get things done,” he said.Based in Stellarton, N.S., Empire had $30.5 million of net income for the company’s fiscal third quarter ended Feb. 4, or 11 cents per share under generally accepted accounting principles.Irene Nattel, who covers Canadian retailers for RBC Dominion Securities, said in a brief note that Empire’s third-quarter results were “no worse than expected” and that earnings per share were above her forecast of seven cents per share.The stock closed up 4.7 per cent at $17.32 in Toronto.But the grocer was also hit with a downgrade by debt ratings agency DBRS, which lowered it to BB (high) from BBB (low) and maintained its negative trend, suggesting it could be cut even further. DBRS said the change reflected Sobeys’ underperformance relative to its peers, resulting in lost market share.A year earlier, Empire had a loss of $1.37 billion or $5.03 per share, mostly due to a writedown of the Safeway chain — which Sobeys purchased for $5.8 billion in cash in November 2013 to expand its presence in Western Canada.Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter.17:42ET 15-03-17 read more

BJP says Sri Lanka expected to release 42 seized boats

The Sri Lankan authorities plan to return 42 seized boats belonging to Tamil Nadu fishermen within a week, BJP State unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan said, according to The Hindu newspaper.She said she was given a list of the seized boats by members of a legal team of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs during her four-day visit to the country. She added that she had informed the appropriate authorities in her party and the government ahead of the meeting. According to her, Karunanayake had instructed his team to hand over the list. “We recently formed an Overseas Tamils Cell within our State unit. This trip is intended to be the first in a series of visits to countries where Tamils live,” she said. The legal team compiled the list of seized boats after Ms. Soundararajan met Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake. “Meeting him was not on my schedule. I intended to attend cultural and social events in the country,” said Ms. Soundararajan. read more

Annan appeals to Iraq to disarm and cooperate says war not inevitable

In a speech to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, delivered by Lakhdar Brahimi, his Special Representative in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General also warned that the legitimacy of, and support for, action in Iraq would be seriously impaired if taken without the authority of the Security Council.“Iraq must disarm,” said Mr. Annan, currently visiting Europe. “For the sake of its own people, and for the sake of world security and world order – I urge the Iraqi leadership to choose full transparency and cooperation with the inspectors to help avoid conflict.”The Secretary-General also stressed that if the Security Council manages this crisis effectively and successfully, its credibility and influence will be considerably enhanced. “States and peoples around the world attach fundamental importance to such legitimacy, and to the international rule of law,” he said.Thanking the NAM for its help in efforts to find a peaceful solution in Iraq, Mr. Annan warned of the potentially very serious humanitarian implications of the crisis. “Already, the humanitarian situation in Iraq is of great concern. The population is highly vulnerable, with one million children under five chronically malnourished, and five million Iraqis lacking access to safe water and sanitation.”Turning to the Middle East, Mr. Annan said the road map drawn up by the diplomatic Quartet – United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia – for a two-state solution provided the best hope for ending the crisis. “The human and material losses sustained by the Palestinian people in the last two years have been nothing short of catastrophic,” he said. “Hundreds of lives have been lost, mostly among Palestinians, but also among Israelis. Tragically, and unacceptably, many of the victims have been children.”In Africa, the Secretary-General called on all Ivoirians to support the recent multi-party agreement signed in France to end the fighting. He said the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remained of deep concern but that in Sudan prospects for peace seemed brighter today than at any time in the past three decades.Finally he appealed to all to be guided by the “noble aims” of the Millennium Summit of 2000 not only in eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, fighting terrorism and AIDS, and providing education for children, but also in upholding human rights, promoting democracy, the rule of law and good governance. read more

GPS for underground operations – great potential for controlling block caves saving

first_imgToday at the MassMin conference in Lulea, Sweden, Greg Baiden of Laurentian University, Canada (also Chief Technology Officer of Penguin Automated Systems) presented on a newly developed Underground Positioning System (UPS). The UPS has a range of some 2 km through rock and accuracy better than 3%. Mine trials are to be undertaken later this year and in 2009. Going forward, this has tremendous potential for finding trapped miners, for equipment mechanisation and mine wide asset management. The system employs VLF and would rely on a network of ‘satellites’ placed to surround an orebody or underground workings. The system has been developed in block cave mining research. In such mines, determining the rock breakage characteristics is of paramount importance to placing drawbells and accurately controlling the pull of the ore. Gathering rock flow information is difficult as the cave, once started, is completely independent inside the rock mass. Only gross controls such as drawbell pulling can be used to attempt to change the pull characteristics, but typically results are significantly after the fact and correlation with changes are difficult to measure.Several attempts have been made to study flow using markers injected in the cave from above and retrieving them as they exit the cave. This approach provides the entry and exit positions with the assumption that the markers travel in a straight line between the points. This method has several deficiencies with the most notable being losing the markers in the cave. Several other groups have approached the problem using computer modelling. These models are difficult to validate and therefore the results are based on empirical evidence. Both approaches suffer from the lack of real field data.The ongoing research is between Penguin Automated Systems and Rio Tinto with funding partners including the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and Laurentian University.The concept behind the work is based on creating synthetic rocks (Smart RocksTM) with embedded computational, networking and positioning systems that can be injected into the cave. Positioning of each synthetic rock in real time is the result of using large scale VLF transmission systems embedded in the mine acting like satellites. Each rock keeps track of time-of-flight from each satellite at a known position. The position and time-of-flight information is then used to triangulate the synthetic rock position. As the cave moves all of the synthetic rocks move and are plotted using an animated display that accurately emulates the movement of the cave front determined by the synthetic rock movements.last_img read more

If tourists choose not to come then Malapascua will slowly go back

first_imgDAVID JOYCE RUNS Evolution Diving  on the tiny island of Malapascua, part of Cebu Province, which was in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan when the massive storm hit the Philippines at the start of November.In the days and weeks that followed, David, along with other staff members at the resort, spearheaded the relief and rebuild effort on the island — raising thousands of euro to help those left homeless.We checked in for an initial update from David the week after the storm hit. He said that Malapascau had been “completely cut off” in the wake of the typhoon. Even at that stage, however, the effort to get supplies to those most in need was already well under way.In tandem with the effort to help the community, staff at Evolution have also been hard at work rebuilding the resort. Tourism is the main source of income on the island; around 80 per cent of its inhabitants rely on the sector for their income — either directly or has been back in contact with via email in the last few weeks. David took us through the stages of the initial response, and outlined his hopes for 2014 — and beyond. The rebuild — both in the resort and the wider community — has been continuing at an impressive pace.As he puts it:We went though the various phases of remorse but now its about determination not to be beaten down by this event. The staff at ‘Evolution’ return from a clean-up operation at the dive sites [via Facebook]Find out more about Rebuild Malapascau at their website > Another home/store rebuilt with the ‘Rebuild’ funds [Facebook/Evolution Diving]HOLIDAYMAKERS As the storm passed everyone stayed in what they felt to be a safe place.  For many this proved inaccurate as whole structures tore apart. Somehow there were no fatalities, mainly due to the fact that it was daylight and everyone simply spent the time dodging the debris flying everywhere.Most of our staff were absent to deal with their own homes and we had a core staff at the resort with our remaining guests.  Everyone stayed indoors until after. Once people came out, there was a sense of shock. The island was unrecognisable.The first thing was to try and get temporary shelter. Evolution staff had five days off to get what shelter they could for their families. I was off the island for the storm and my house was not a good place to be during it.  The roof blew off and windows blew in — I had some people there trying to help, but they ended up spending several ours hiding in the bathroom.  With two young kids, it’s certainly lucky they were not there for that. The Philippines is very dependent on tourism and it employs a huge number of people. In remote areas such as Malapascua it is the only source of meaningful income with approximately 80 per cent of the island directly or indirectly relying on tourist income. If tourists choose not to come then Malapascua will slowly go back into the dark ages.For example we have a private power company selling electricity here, and its main customers are resorts. If resorts start to close due to no customers then the company will withdraw and the island will go back in time and be without electricity again — there are so many things interconnected in this way.We are fighting to keep an income for the 34 employees we have, and they understand that things have changed but hopefully not for long. The Philippines is not effected by mass commercial tourism.  It’s still a place of smaller, independent businesses offering a great, personalised experience — businesses are open and the island remains magical as does the region. People should certainly consider booking as this year there will be less tourists — so what a great time to visit!Ireland and The Philippines have an amazing parallel history of colonialism, Catholicism and emigration, and have a lot in common. The people are friendly and charming and very resilient — so come and see for yourself… Damage to boats in the immediate aftermath of the storm [Image: Facebook/Evolution Diving]THE INITIAL RESPONSE As Malapascua has several foreign owned business, some of them quickly became focal points. Our isolated location means we tend to stock good quantities of food and water so staff were able to get these. I arrived back about 48 hours later with a boat load of relief goods — mainly water, tinned goods and rice. By day seven we already had several lorry-loads of building materials on the island, and that effort still underway today.By the second week outside help started to appear — aid from the Red Cross and others arrived. It was generally enough food for a family for three days so very short term. Eventually medical aid came. No one was seriously injured in the storm, but many people had wounds from nails and corrugated sheets after the storm so tetanus was in demand.As donations began to grown the main recipients came together to co ordinate and now work together on ‘Rebuild Malapascua’  ( supplies were hard to get in the first month after the storm, but a steady supply is now coming and homes are being completed every week. In fact we have already built 100 homes — and a lot of that has come from Irish donors. We had a few guests in the resort during the storm — they mainly holed up in our rooms as no one could step outside.After the storm it took 48 hours before a boat could get some off the island to make flights.  We had two steely Scots who had just arrived with us and they were damned if they were leaving so they stayed for a further ten days and helped us clear up, even though we had no electricity and ate nothing but noodles and sardines. They plan to come back next year as they enjoyed it so much this time.However — we have had a massive amount of cancellations.  People are afraid, based on the media coverage. The fact is that in my area things are getting back to normal, and we are open for business.  We have had a steady stream of intrepid customers coming through over the last two weeks and more, and they are pleasantly surprised by the air of optimism and energy.This is not a miserable place.  People just want to get back to work, earn some income and do their jobs.  Of course customers are being very patient, everything is still being fixed and it will still be a while before we operate as smoothly as before but maybe that is part of the current charm.Ultimately we are offering the same product as before – great diving, food and accommodation on a warm and hospitable tropical island.  It just has the added caché now of being a disaster zone! The resort’s ‘Craic House’ bar & restaurant, around a week after the storm hit [via Facebook]PUBLICITY One of the homes rebuilt with the help of ‘Rebuild Malapascua’ [Facebook/Evolution Diving]RESPONDING & REBUILDING We were aware that the storm was going to be big and it was clearly tracking straight over Malapascua island, even from 5 days out.  As we are in the business of diving, weather is key so we are always consulting pertinent websites and have learned that they are pretty good at predicting major weather events.Malapascua was hit by a relatively small storm a year before, but as the eye also passed over the island the wind directions changed very suddenly so quite a few boats were sunk.This time people were much more cautious.  Of the hundreds of boats on the island — big and small — every one of them was either pulled high onto the beach or hidden in what was expected to be the safest bay. It turned out nothing was safe and huge multi-tonne boats on the beach were literally flipped over by the wind.In the resort we boarded up windows with plywood, only to see it ripped right off.  Things were stored indoors — but again the storm ripped the roofing off several buildings, leaving all contents destroyed from the deluge and vast volume of sand what was being blown around.  In fact one of our newly painted boats had its entire livery sanded off so that it was again a blank hull. Our main target, and what I believe our donors wanted most, was to rebuild the homes of the local people.  Homes are simple on the island, usually plywood, concrete and metal roofing.  This has made it somewhat easier for us to achieve as there are enough local carpenters to turn materials into a simple home in about a week.Both the primary and secondary schools were badly damaged, so we are also involved in a rebuild of the elementary school which is currently operating a half schedule and mainly outdoors.  We are also looking at establishing one of the first proper clinics on the island.The communities are working with us to get things back on track but for sure they need assistance. People have limited means and income here, so solutions are immediate, simple and final.  Most people’s reaction is to find debris roofing and damaged wood and erect a temporary shelter and that’s about it.Assistance should really be from the Government or NGOs, but we are here so are able to work with them on getting better homes and considering more long term projects such as getting proper sanitation into some areas and maintaining a permanent medical clinic on the island.We’ve basically cut out the local political structure and are working directly with the people themselves — the fewer committees the better! Local houses in the immediate aftermath of the storm [Facebook/Evolution Diving]THE AFTERMATH Almost there — Craic House 2.0 [Evolution Diving/Facebook]THE FUTURE We went though various phases on remorse but now its about determination not to be beaten down by this event. We are doing what we can to get things back to what they were. We have achieved a massive amount already and in early January our completely rebuilt restaurant should open.What is harder to undo is the month of the worst publicity imaginable. We are set to have a record number of visitors this year but we have probably seen it go back five years or more in terms of numbers.This is difficult in terms of investment or effort, but that’s the way it is.  It has been draining — an emotional roller-coaster really, and between us we have had some very low moments. But on Malapascua we are lucky —nobody died, so you remember that and work back up from there. The tiny island is just 2.5km long [Google Maps]PREPARATIONS Read: ‘Cash, not second-hand clothes please,’ Irish NGOs appeal to donorsRelated: Column from the Philippines: ‘Driving through the city, I saw approximately 100 dead bodies’last_img read more

Definite line of inquiry being followed into source of Tolka pollution

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is following a definite line of inquiry in their investigations into a significant pollution incident yesterday on the River Tolka.Hundreds of fish were killed after a foam-like substance spread down the river from Finglas Road Bridge down as far as Griffith Park.The full extent of the environmental impact of the incident is not yet known, but the fish kill is being described as “extensive”.Testing of the substance is ongoing.A barrier had been installed to prevent the contamination from spreading further down the waterway, but this has since been removed as it is no longer needed.The council confirmed in a statement released this evening that a ‘definite line of inquiry is being followed’ in relation to the source of the pollutant.Members of the public can report incidents illegal fishing and water pollution, and also the presence of invasive, on the Inland Fisheries Ireland confidential hotline, 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.Background: Emergency response under way after “extensive fish kill” on the Tolka >last_img read more

Apple exploring smaller cheaper iPhone model

first_imgApple is getting eaten alive by Google’s mobile operating system, Android, when it comes to global market share. In the fourth quarter, Android market share tripled to 32.9%, which is more than double Apple’s market share of 16%, to make it the world’s leading smartphone OS according to Canalys. As we all know, Apple and its leader Steve Jobs doesn’t like to settle for second place.That’s why there may be some truth to the Bloomberg report that Apple is looking to offer a cheaper and smaller version of the iPhone to apply pricing pressure to Android smartphones. Besides being one-third smaller, the new iPhone would be priced cheaper since it would use the same parts contained in current iPhone models instead of the more expensive parts that would be put into new iPhone models. Apple has even considered selling the smaller iPhone for $200 without a two-year agreement.To gain a competitive advantage Apple is also working on other technologies including a dual-mode iPhone which would work on GSM and CDMA networks and something called a Universal SIM which would let owners switch between GSM networks without having to swap out SIM cards.An unsubsidized iPhone, would allow owners to easily switch between carriers without any concern over termination fees.  Unfortunately, just because Apple is looking at these technologies and the smaller iPhone model it doesn’t mean that they will ever see the light of day since all prototypes don’t make it to market.Read more at Bloomberglast_img read more

Microsoft wont offer a full retail boxed Windows 8 DVD

first_imgMicrosoft has already made it known that they wanted to streamline their Windows 8 product offerings. Gone are Ultimate edition, Starter, and Basic. In retail stores, only two flavors will be offered when the new OS ships this October: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. But in the past there’s been added confusion for shoppers when it came to retail boxed copies.With previous versions, shoppers could choose from either the full version DVD, the upgrade, or the money-saving OEM/system builder edition. The difference being the upgrade was meant to install on a system that already had a valid Windows installation, but that’s never been a strict requirement. Upgrade discs could be used to perform a full install, too, so long as you could provide a valid product key for a previous version of Windows.Then there’s the OEM version. Plenty of places sell this flat-packed, shrink-wrapped version, and it’s aimed at DIY enthusiasts who want to build a machine from scratch. It’s almost exactly the same as the full retail version of Windows, except that it doesn’t come with 90 days of free tech support and the license is meant to stay on a single computer — so you might have to call in and reactivate with Microsoft if you replace a hard drive or mainboard in your computer if you used a system builder disc.With all this crossover, it’s easy to see why Microsoft would choose to not produce a full retail boxed Windows 8 DVD. Instead the choice will be between upgrade and OEM editions. By doing this, they’ll save money not only by producing fewer varieties, but also by not having to provide tech support to quite as many people.The real winner here is shoppers and sales associates, who won’t have to spend hours sorting out which version is the right one to take home… as long they are clear on the differences between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.More at Insiderislast_img read more

Man convicted of murdering friend who was bludgeoned to death with a

first_img By Peter Doyle Mar 8th 2017, 4:56 PM Man convicted of murdering friend who was bludgeoned to death with a rock Thomas O’Connor claimed he was acting in self-defence. Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 4:56 PM 15,347 Views Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia Short URL Share17 Tweet Email A MAN WHO claimed he was acting in self-defence when he bludgeoned his friend to death with a rock weighing 1.6 kilos has been convicted of murder.Thomas O’Connor (29) of Burnaby Court, Greystones had been charged with murdering John O’Brien, who was from Burnaby Lawns in Greystones on June 4, 2010.The father of one had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to the 22-year-old’s manslaughter at Farrankelly Road, Delgany, Co Wicklow.O’Connor had admitted hitting John O’Brien over the head with the boulder “two or three times” but said he only did so to protect himself after his friend attacked him.A post-mortem later revealed John O’Brien died from “catastrophic injuries” as a result of blunt force trauma to the headToday, a jury at the Central Criminal Court took just under four hours to find him guilty of murdering John O’Brien.O’Connor now faces a mandatory life sentence.During their deliberations, the jury of six men and six women asked to re-examine the murder weapon.They returned less than half-an-hour later to say they had found the accused guilty of murderDressed casually in a grey windcheater and blue jeans. O’Connor kept his head bowed and did not react when the verdict was read out.Trial judge Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan remanded the accused in custody for sentencing on 23 March and exempt the jury from service for 10 years.Read: ‘Dangerous’ prisoner on the run after being released by mistake> 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Evasion at 100m euros

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A sweep by the Financial Crimes Squad SDOE of 32 businesses, such as real estate offices, hotels, construction companies, advertising agencies, law firms and doctors offices, discovered more than 100 million euros in undeclared taxes, the Finance Ministry announced this week. The audit of the 32 businesses found them to be in debt to the Greek state for amounts in excess of 150,000 on average, which means that unless they arrange a settlement soon, the owners of the businesses will be arrested. Meanwhile, a businessman in Halkidiki in northern Greece was arrested for a second time on Tuesday for owing money to the state. The 41-year-old, who presents himself as the owner of a number of different businesses, was first arrested last Thursday for owing 395,317 euros in unpaid taxes from his profession as a diver, while the Financial Crimes Squad tracked him down again on Tuesday for owing 1,297, 356 euros through a stationary store that is in his name. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Sony le PSN enfin rétabli au Japon

first_imgSony : le PSN enfin rétabli au JaponComme promis par Sony, les réseaux Playstation Network et Qriocity sont entièrement rétablis au Japon ce mercredi 6 juillet, soit un mois après l’Europe et les Etats-Unis. Les services de jeux, de vidéos et de musique en ligne de Sony étaient suspendus depuis le mois d’avril, suite à un important piratage. Après deux mois et demi de suspension, les joueurs japonais vont enfin pour avoir accéder aux réseaux PSN et Qriocity. Comme les utilisateurs américains et européens, ils se verront offrir un lot de compensation, l’offre “Welcome back”, à savoir des contenus gratuits et un mois de souscription gratuite au PSN.Les réseaux de jeux en ligne et de musique et vidéos à la demande de Sony ont été arrêtés le 20 avril dernier, après une attaque informatique visant les serveurs de la firme japonaise. Les hackers avaient réussi à dérober les données de quelque 77 millions de comptes d’utilisateurs, et notamment leur nom, adresse, identifiant et mot de passe. Si le rétablissement des réseaux a été beaucoup plus longue au Japon que dans les autres pays, c’est parce que les autorités japonaises ont exigé de la firme une vaste révision de la sécurité de ses serveurs, afin que ce genre d’attaques ne puissent plus se reproduire. Au total, le coup de ce vaste piratage est estimé par Sony à quelque 14 milliards de yens, soit 119 millions d’euros environ.Pour faire oublier cet épisode à peine achevé à ces utilisateurs, la firme japonaise devrait prochainement offrir une importante refonte au PSN. D’après le site RegHardware, l’ergonomie du réseau pourrait ainsi être revue pour s’inspirer du Xbox Live de Microsoft, et de la plateforme Steam.Le 6 juillet 2011 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Astronomers May Soon Reveal the First Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Astronomers might have taken the first direct picture of a black hole in the Milky Way and now, science fanatics around the world are waiting for more details on this groundbreaking image.Direct observations of black holes haven’t been captured before, however, researchers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Germany might have snapped evidence of one of these enormous bodies in space, the Daily Mail reported. On April 10, the ESO is expected to discuss the “first result from the Event Horizon Telescope” and the black hole picture announcement at a press conference that will be streamed on YouTube.Astronomers worldwide have been observing two primary targets: Sagittarius A*, a supermassive black hole  in the middle of the Milky Way, and another spot, M87, a gigantic elliptical galaxy that’s home to trillions of stars.NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured this photo of the Milky Way’s center, which is believed to be the location of Sagittarius A*, a supermassive black hole. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an international project that involves a network of telescopes across Earth, has conducted observations on these large black holes. The EHT is currently studying the results from the first full run of data from two years ago, which is planned to be revealed at the press conference.ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) made its “First Light” 30 years ago today, “completely satisfying the high expectations towards this revolutionary high-tech telescope, the first of its kind in the world”.— ESO (@ESO) March 22, 2019Peter Galison, a professor who works on the project, said if EHT is successful, the black hole picture will become one of the most, “iconic images of science.” Furthermore, the image would be a major astronomy milestone as well, since astronomers and scientists have been working for many years to capture photographic evidence of a black hole.Capturing a black hole image is challenging, since a telescope the size of our planet would be needed to snap an image of the closest one to Earth. Thankfully, the EHT uses between 15 and 20 telescopic dishes worldwide to help collectively spot black holes. All of these telescopes would need to be pointed towards the black hole and measure radio waves, which are kept on hard disk drives. Then, all of this data is collectively stored on a supercomputer, where it will be studied by EHT.‘If the project succeeds in making an image of a black hole, it would be a really big deal for the fields of physics and astrophysics,” Sera Markoff,  a professor at the University of Amsterdam who co-runs the EHT’s Multiwavelength Working Group, told the Daily Mail. “Scientists have been working towards this goal for over 20 years.”Even though this black hole update is exciting, the EHT first has to conduct a peer review process on data from Sagittarius A* before the image is released to the public. Professor Markoff told the Daily Mail that she couldn’t confirm if the observations had developed the first picture of a black hole’s shape.More on Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Florida, Stuns WitnessesWhy Haven’t We Found Aliens Yet? NASA’s Cassini Reveals Secrets of Saturn’s Mini ‘Ravioli’ Moonslast_img read more

Trump administration plans immigration enforcement operation

first_imgCHICAGO — The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation this weekend targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it’s the best use of resources given the crisis at the border.The operation had been postponed by President Donald Trump late last month and would target people with final deportation orders, including families whose immigration cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.It has sparked outrage and concern among immigrant-rights advocates and lawmakers.“Our communities have been in constant fear,” Estela Vara, a Chicago-area organizer said Thursday at a rally outside the city’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement offices where some activists chanted “Immigration Not Deportation!”The sweep remains in flux and could begin this weekend or later, according to two administration officials, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Still, the American Civil Liberties Union pre-emptively filed a lawsuit Thursday in an attempt to protect asylum seekers.Meanwhile, activists ramped up efforts to prepare by bolstering know-your-rights pocket guides, circulating information about hotlines and planning public demonstrations. Vigils outside of detention centers and other hundreds of locations nationwide were set for Friday evening, to be followed by protests Saturday in Miami and Chicago.last_img read more