Manipur encounters: SC raps SIT

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the CBI’s SIT, probing alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by Army, Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur, for not registering the required number of FIRs as directed by it earlier.The court. while putting searching questions to the Special Investigation Team over the issue, directed it to lodge 30 more FIRs on or before January 31, after the team said it has lodged 12 FIRs till date.The apex court is hearing a PIL seeking probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur.“FIRs have to be registered in every single case. It is the investigation that has to be carried out by you (SIT).After the investigation, you decide whether you will file the charge sheets or closure reports,” a bench comprising Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit said.The top court asked the SIT to complete its investigation in the 12 matters in which FIRs have already been registered, by February 28 this year.“We make it clear that on or before January 31, 2018, all FIRs must be registered in respect of the remaining 30 cases as mentioned in the three tables that we have mentioned in the judgement dated July 14, 2017,” the bench said.The court had on July 14 last year constituted an SIT comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and probe the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.The bench, which perused the first status report filed by the SIT, had directed that all subsequent reports to be filed before it, should have the approval of the CBI director.The bench also asked the CBI director to monitor the progress in the investigation and posted the matter for further hearing on March 12.At the outset, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for the CBI, placed before the bench the status report of SIT.Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing the petitioners, raised the question that CBI has not yet lodged the FIRs as directed by the court earlier and statement of witnesses have not been recorded so far.The ASG referred to the contents of the status report and said that out of 48 such incidents, the SIT has not received the documents related to six cases.However, the bench asked the CBI’s DIG, who is in-charge of the SIT probe and was present in the court, as to why all the FIRs were not registered yet despite ordering the team to do so by December 31 last year.“You (SIT) do not need forensic reports to register an FIR. For registering an FIR, you do not need site visit. There are orders of the Gauhati High Court and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). You can register FIRs in respect of these cases and then carry out investigation,” the bench said.When the DIG said they have to examine the voluminous records of each case before lodging FIRs and see whether a case was made out or not, the bench shot back, “that is for the courts to see if cases are made out or not. The Gauhati High Court has said about unnatural deaths. You cannot say that judgement of high court is wrong.”Meanwhile, the ASG told the bench that SIT has received the documents related to these cases in tranches.The bench told the DIG that the apex court has asked the SIT to first investigate the cases which have already been dealt with by the high court, NHRC and a commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Santosh Hegde.“Why did we picked up these cases? Because there are some foundational analysis by some judicial authorities in these matters,” the court said, adding, “you were expected to carry out investigation from there onwards“.Regarding the arguments advanced by Gonsalves, the ASG said that process of recording statement of witnesses have already began.The apex court had on January 8 said it appeared that the matter relating to probe into these cases was not being taken up seriously by the SIT.last_img read more

Kumble ‘honoured’ to be part of Indian dressing room again, ready for ‘big responsibility’

first_imgNewly-appointed Team India head coach Anil Kumble on Thursday thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for showing faith in him. (BCCI has complete faith in Kumble: Anurag Thakur)Kumble, who led India in 14 Test matches, was selected by the CAC comprising his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman, who interviewed 21 shortlisted candidates out of a total of 57 applicants.Shortly after BCCI President Anurag Thakur pronounced his name as the next head coach for a year, a jubiliant Kumble said it is time to give back to the game.”I am thankful to BCCI and cricket advisory committee for showing faith in me. It’s a huge responsibility and great honour to be coach of Indian cricket team,” Kumble told reporters. (Kumble Funfacts)”It’s time to give back to Indian cricket. It’s a great honour to be again back in the Indian dressing room and in a different role.”Kumble, who is best remembered for his 10 wickets in an innings during the second Test against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here in 1999, said his strategy will be to win games.’READY FOR BIG RESPONSIBILITY'”It’s a huge responsibility, ready to take this role. Coaches come later, it’s always players first. Strategy will be to win,” he said. (India coaches from the past | BCCI finally gets over its obsession with foreign coaches)On being asked about his first assignment with the team — the four-match Test tour to the West Indies, the legendary leg-spinner said: “Have a short and long plan for the upcoming series, but I can not plan alone… I need players to pitch in.”advertisement”It is too early to speak about plans. Strategy is to win against the West Indies. I havn’t yet spoken to players.”With 619 Test scalps, the 45-year-old is the highest Indian and third highest after Muttiah Muratharan and Shane Warne in the all-time wicket-takers list.Kumble, who spearheaded the Indian bowling attack for more than a decade, mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and was also the chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA)and BCCI’s Technical Committee.India is set to host 13 Test matches, eight One Day Internationals (ODI) and three T20 Internationals during the 2016-17 season and Kumble’s major task will be to guide the team in clinching the top rank in all three formats.last_img read more

UAAP: Adamson stuns UST after 16-0 closing run

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Adamson closed the game on a 16-0 run to shock University of Santo Tomas, 78-71, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Val Chauca led the Falcons’ fightback from a nine-point hole, 62-71, in the last three minutes, unleashing 11 of his 18 points in the final frame. The Fil-Peruvian guard also had eight assists and six rebounds.“This game really wasn’t about the X’s and O’s. This game was all heart,” said Chauca.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“The players just dug deep inside them. It’s an old cliché but they just refused to lose,” Adamson coach Franz Pumaren after his team rose to joint third place with UST at 3-2. “This win will boost us and make us a better team down the stretch.”Jerrick Ahanmisi also delivered down the stretch, scoring a breakaway basket and hitting a pair of free throws to seal the game, 76-71 with 15.6 seconds remaining. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical UAAP: UP averts collapse, sends NU reeling to another close loss Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ahamisi finished with a game-high 24 points, 20 through three quarters.Adamson’s comeback win also erased the memory of its painful 83-82 overtime loss to UP three days ago where the Falcons’ collapsed.Soulemane Chabi Yo had 17 points and 15 rebounds for UST, which blew a 61-48 advantage in the fourth quarter and went scoreless in the last three minutes.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola facing searching questions as Manchester City slump

first_imgPep Guardiola was hailed as the best thing to happen to English football when he swanned into Manchester City at the start of this season and immediately swept all before him with 10 cultured victories in a row.Yet if that all seemed too good to be true, City fans now know it really was. In the subsequent 15 matches in all competitions, Guardiola’s team have won just four times. One of those was a stellar night against Barcelona but they have too often flattered to deceive. (Jamie Vardy ends drought with treble as Leicester beat Manchester City)If that was all worrying enough, Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester City was positively alarming, a shambolic performance with a striking absence of the pass-and-move crispness of the best Guardiola teams and showcasing real defensive deficiencies.It left City fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Arsenal, but they could be seven points off the pace should Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.It is far from a calamity for City but as Guardiola tried to explain away the defeat afterwards, there were hints that, after his triumphs in Spain and Germany, he is finding the manic puzzles of the Premier League rather harder to solve.”I have tried to control games so we concede few goals in my career as a coach, and here I cannot do that, and I have to analyse why,” he told reporters afterwards, promising to work overtime to put things right.He has always said he would not dilute the way he goes about playing in the Premier League but asked if he would compromise on his philosophy, he said: “I have to improve to solve that, yeah, that’s true.”advertisementThere was also an intriguing exchange in light of City’s fragility about his approach to on-field duels. “I’m not a coach for the tackles, so I don’t train the tackles,” he said.As ever, though, Guardiola was protective about the performance of his players, saying: “I’m not disappointed with them.”Others are, though. Having been so far accorded in Manchester the respect his record and reputation as the world’s leading coach deserves, there were signs in the reaction to the Leicester defeat that any fawning may be well and truly over.The Manchester Evening News reckoned it had all been akin to “the worst days of (previous manager) Manuel Pellegrini last season” and made a withering observation: “It is not so much Messiah as simply mess.”last_img read more

Chelsea F.C. midfielder Nemanja Matic has medical at Manchester United F.C.

first_imgChelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has undergone a medical at Manchester United ahead of a 40-million-pound ($52.53-million)move that will reunite him with former manager Jose Mourinho, British media said.The midfielder was pictured at the club’s Carrington Road training complex on Sunday, with media reporting that a deal would be announced on Monday.It will be the second time that Matic, who turns 29 on Tuesday, has played under Mourinho. The Portuguese first signed him when he was Chelsea manager, for 21 million pounds in Jan. 2014.Matic, who had originally joined the Blues in 2009 before moving to Benfica in 2011, became an influential part of Chelsea’s title-winning side under Mourinho in 2014-15.However, the 32-times capped Serbian international was among those under-performing badly in Mourinho’s final season at Stamford Bridge before becoming a regular as new manager Antonio Conte took Chelsea to another title last season.This month Chelsea have signed Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and, probably sensing his place was under threat, Matic declined to sign an extension to his contact which had two years left to run.At Old Trafford, Matic will be reunited with another former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata and compete with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini for a first-team spot.Matic’s arrival follows Mourinho’s unsuccessful move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier as United seek to mount a serious Premier League challenge for the first time since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.United have already signed 30-million-pound defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and paid Everton 75 million pounds for striker Romelu Lukaku.advertisement($1 = 0.7614 pounds)last_img read more

Competing well is more important for me than winning: Rafael Nadal

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal, who recently lost in the men’s singles semi-finals of Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic, on Wednesday said that competing well at the highest level is more important for him than winning.Nadal endured an almost three-year long Grand Slam drought from 2014 to 2017 due to lack of form and injuries but returned to his best with the French Open win in 2017. He also won the US Open the same year.This year, the Spaniard won his 11th Roland Garros title in June.On Wednesday, the 17-time Grand Slam champion presented a new tournament bearing his name: the Rafa Nadal Open, part of the ATP Challenger tour, to be held in his home city Manacor on the island of Mallorca from August 25 to September 2, reports Efe.”My goal has never been to win everything,” Nadal said, insisting he prefers “to be competitive every week, and if I win, all the better”.Our 2017 #USOpen Champ is getting ready to defend his title…: @RafaelNadal Open Tennis (@usopen) July 25, 2018″At this point in my career, winning is the essence of the sport, but competing well and enjoying at highest level is what makes me really happy,” the 32-year-old added.Nadal said it was “an exceptional circumstance” that he has remained on top of the tennis world after turning 30, alongside Swiss legend Roger Federer, 36, and Serbian great Novak Djokovic, 31.”There are two options to explain the fact that three players are dominating the (tennis) circuit for so many years, and that we are in the top positions in the ranking for so many years,” Nadal said.advertisement”Either we have been special, or the emerging players have not been special enough,” he said, adding “I cannot say which is correct”.However, Nadal believed “a generation with special players” would replace him “either because they will be better than us in a short time, or because of our age.”Nadal was upbeat about his new tournament on the Challenger tour, the second-tier professional tennis circuit, saying “Everyone has gone through a Challenger, and competing in one of them is very important for tennis players.””I played for half a year in Challenger tournaments before turning professional, and it was a very interesting experience, I enjoyed it a lot.”(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Vivo Y81 4GB RAM, 32GB storage variant launched in India for Rs 13,490

first_imgVivo on Thursday launched a 4GB RAM variant of the Y81. Vivo had launched the Y81 back in the month of August this year. At that time, the Y81 was launched with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The new variant of the smartphone comes packed with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and is priced at Rs 13,490. The Vivo Y81 will be available in two colour variants — Black and Gold. With a commitment to the ‘Make in India’ program, Vivo has announced that the Y81 along with all the other Y-series phone including the Y83 and Y71i have been manufactured at its Greater Noida facility.As a part of launch offer, Vivo has also announced to offer exclusive discounts to customers buying the Vivo Y81 this festive season. The offers include 5 per cent cashback on HDFC Bank credit & debit card, Rs 1,000 cashback coupon on shopping with Paytm, instant benefits of Rs 4,050 from Reliance Jio which includes Jio vouchers worth Rs 1,950, Jio Platinum Device Security and more. Vivo is also offering a No Cost EMI option available starting from Rs 916/month.Commenting on the launch of the Vivo Y81 4GB variant, Jerome Chen, CMO of Vivo India said, “2018 has been a very successful year for Vivo owing to great consumer response for our breakthrough and innovative smartphones. We want to continue the momentum and further enhance the customer experience by kick-starting the festive season with attractive offers that add to the happiness to our consumers.”advertisementVivo Y81 comes with notched display and aspect ratio of 19:9. The smartphone comes with a big 6.22-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with a 1520×720 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The smartphone now comes in two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the second one with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card.ALSO READ: Vivo V9 Pro to go sale in India for the first time during Amazon Great Indian sale on Oct 10The Vivo Y81 comes with dual-SIM support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based FunTouch OS 4.0. On the camera front, the Vivo phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash and a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and screen flash on the front. Both the front and rear cameras are capable of capturing portrait shots. The phone comes with a 3,260mAh battery and charges over micro-USB.last_img read more

What is going on with Tyreek Hill?

first_imgOn Friday Tyreek Hill posted the photo above to his Instagram account with the caption “#ThaComeback.”Of course fans of OSU things freaked out and his tweet a day later didn’t do anything to put the questions to rest.the future is bright— Ty Hill (@cheetah) January 24, 2015I have no idea what this means, but given that Hill has hired Cheryl Ramsey — someone who has a reputation for getting folks off the hook in Stillwater — I wouldn’t be surprised if he played somewhere again.There was actually a pretty wild rumor going around recently from an assistant coach for a SEC team about Hill transferring to…Tallahassee.[1. You know they’d gladly find a way to make that happen.]My reaction to that:No matter what happens I would be astonished if No. 24 ever took the field on orange, black and white again. No matter what his Instagram page seems to imply.That bridge has been napalmed and Gundy isn’t going to be re-building it no matter how badly he needs a running back (and he badly needs a running back).I reached out to the athletic department for a comment but they declined.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. 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

2015 NYC Memo – 10.08.2015

first_img38 teams have nominated to participate in the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 16 September to Saturday, 19 September 2015. Please find more information in the documents below in relation to the event. NYC UpdateNYC Team CodesNYC Draft Tent MapNYC TFO Tour Leaders OverviewKeep up-to-date with the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – and – – – – Related LinksNYC Memolast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd, Joel Klatt Explain Why They Believe Michigan State Can Win It All

first_imgColin Cowherd previews the Big 10 Championship on The Herd.colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.last_img read more

Protesters end Mikmaw moose harvest in Cape Breton Highlands

first_imgDuring the confrontation, Parks Canada announced that it was suspending the harvest which sent the protesters away declaring victory.Frustrated, the Mi’kmaw hunters were left to pack up camp.“What’s happening now?” asked hunter Vernon Googoo. “The peace officer guy told them, ‘you got your way, you got your way, now you can go.’”“That’s only for now,” answered Danny Paul, a Mi’kmaw hunter and traditionalist. “This isn’t over yet. They fail to realize that they’re in unceded territory to begin with. And that’s the hillbilly or bully mentality that they had.”The Mi’kmaq felt the protesters lacked an understanding of both treaty rights, and of the science behind the reasons for the harvest. And questioned the group’s concern over the moose population.The protesters held signs that read ‘Save the Moose,” and “Stop the Slaughter,” yet another read, “Let’s hunt together.”“They have no comprehension about what we do and how we do it,” said Paul. “They refuse to hear how and why we hunt. All they’re looking at is the ability to fill their own freezers by poaching or bringing in people to guide and bring down and moose and they call that their livelihood.”Hunting guide Dennis Day organized the protest. Day has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, voicing his opposition to the harvest.“Some are protesting the hunt,” said Day. “And some protesting that they’re not involved.”Day contends that the moose population in the highlands is declining and the harvest is unnecessary. He said it hasn’t impacted his business, “We just had to work harder for them.”Day admits he doesn’t know much about the history of the treaties and why the Mi’kmaq have been given first access to the moose harvest in the park.“No I don’t know the background to all that. But I would enjoy hunting with them and that’s the way it should be,” said Day. “This isn’t a racism thing. Like, I’m against Parks Canada. Not Clifford Paul, not for one second.”Clifford Paul is the Moose Management Coordinator for the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources.He said, there’s a misunderstanding of why the Mi’kmaq are harvesting moose in a national park.“We know there’s a problem of hyper-abundance in the park, we know that the ecosystem is damaged,” said Paul. “We’re still willing to work together despite the thing you saw today. These heated voices? We’re still willing to work together.”But he added, “The future of moose and the future of moose management jurisdiction lies with the Mi’kmaq people.”In 2012, Parks Canada signed an agreement with the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. It provides that if there’s too much wildlife in a park, the Mi’kmaq have the first opportunity to harvest the animal.This moose harvest is a first; a pilot project by Parks Canada to bring back the boreal forest. Too many moose throw the ecosystem out of balance.“One third of the boreal forest in Cape Breton Park is severely degraded,” said Derek Quann, the park’s resource conservation manager.  “Eleven per cent of the forest has transformed to grassland.”Quann called the protest peaceful, but says charges are possible for entering a restricted area where the hunt was being carried out.Mi’kmaw leaders, the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, and Parks Canada now will come back to the table to figure out next steps.Though the moose harvest has been put on hold, it will happen, and next time with more security.“No one expected what happened today,” said Clifford Paul. “We still want this to be a successful harvest.”Allison Bernard hopes the Mi’kmaq don’t lose faith in the process.He works for the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, a negotiating body for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Bernard has been involved with the Moose Working Group and helped organize this harvest.“The people that came up here today didn’t care about breaching protocol or breaching park guidelines by going through the gates that they shouldn’t have gone through,” said Bernard. “They endangered a lot of people here, even their own, by coming in here and storming and almost causing a riot here.”Bernard points out that while the local non-Mi’kmaq have the privilege of hunting and using the resources, the Mi’kmaq have an inherent right. “And nobody can take that away.” (Protesters trying to stop a Mi’kmaw moose harvest confront Parks Canada wardens Sunday in the Cape Breton Highlands. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN)Trina Roache APTN National NewsCAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS, NOVA SCOTIA — Tempers flared as close to 30 protesters confronted Mi’kmaw hunters who were taking part in a Parks Canada project to harvest moose in the Cape Breton Highlands.“We don’t see it being productive to kill moose in our national park,” said local businessman Wesley Timmons.“Productive?” asked Mi’kmaw hunter Fred Sylliboy. “The whole mountain is crown land. You’re the ones trespassing on our land.”“I’m not against natives, buddy,” said one local guide who joined the protest. “I got lots of native friends. We want to hunt as much as you want to hunt. Let’s just make it fair. It’s not your fault, it’s the park, and you guys got the right to hunt here, right? I just want to get a share of it.”A handful of armed park wardens were on hand but the RCMP were more than a half hour away.The group demanded to speak with the Mi’kmaw hunters, to ask them “give up on this hunt.”When a warden agreed to escort two of the protesters to meet with the Mi’kmaq, the rest of the group followed and a tense confrontation followed.The project to harvest eleven moose in the park was initiated by Parks Canada and was four years in the making.[wooslider slideshow_speed=”5.0″ pause_on_hover=”true” slider_type=”attachments” limit=”6″]last_img read more

Nabila Mounib Islamist Parties Manipulate Religion for Political Gains

Rabat – Morocco’s Islamist parties, which include the recently re-elected Justice and Development Party (PJD), use the nation’s religious identity for electoral gains, according to Nabila Mounib, the Secretary-General of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU), on Thursday.“The Islamists manipulate religion, which makes up the foundation of our society, for political purposes,” she said, during an event on women in the Moroccan political scene in Tanger at the HEM business school.The PJD won the most seats during the October 7th national elections, with the secular Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), taking second place. The PSU had boycotted the 2011 elections, which took place after the adoption of the post-Arab Spring constitution, sue to concerns that the new framework did not do enough to embrace democratic values.During Thursday’s event, Mounib said the Democratic Left Federation (FGD), which comprises of the PSU and two other far left parties, would continue the movement to make Morocco a parliamentary monarchy, akin to the United Kingdom, where the monarch holds limited powers.The PJD’s government has overseen domestic issues over the past five years, but Morocco’s foreign policy has largely been under the control of King Mohammed VI, who has opened up trade and tourism to foreigners and their companies.Mounib, who leads the only Moroccan political party with a female leader, added that leftist parties would win national legislative elections, were they held today, due to the unpopularity of ongoing discussions to tamper with the tuition-free nature of public education.On Wednesday, Mounib said talks to implement tuition fees, even if just for students from families in the upper socioeconomic classes or for post-secondary education, should merit “a revolution on a national scale.” read more

Factory orders drop in Germany in sign of economic weakness

BERLIN — German factory orders, a leading indicator of the health of Europe’s biggest economy, dropped sharply in July, erasing the previous month’s gains.The Federal Statistical Office reported Thursday that industrial orders dropped 2.7% in July from June when adjusted for seasonal and calendar factors, wiping out a 2.7% June increase.Domestic orders dropped 0.5% while foreign orders fell 4.2% compared with June.The Economy Ministry says “ongoing growing international trade conflicts and restrained expectations from manufacturing businesses indicate no fundamental improvement in industrial growth in the coming months.”Germany’s economy contracted by 0.1% in the April-June period. It’s expected to decline again this quarter, placing it in a technical recession.ING economist Carsten Brzeski says the drop in orders “doesn’t bode well at all” for the third quarter.The Associated Press read more

July 2019 new car preregistration figures

SMMT released figures for July pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in July 2019 that were defined as pre-registrations.Download the July 2019 releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

MNK research conference continues to grow

The diversity of Brock University’s graduate student research projects was on full display at the 14th annual Mapping the New Knowledges Conference Thursday, April 11.Hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the trans-disciplinary conference featured presentations from 160 graduate students and 18 undergrads.For Michelle Lesley Annett, a second-year master’s student in Critical Sociology, presenting for a second year was the next step in her research.“My research has come a long way,” she said. “I spoke with a few people who remembered my project from last year and it was exciting to share the direction my research has taken with them.”She said the supportive nature of everyone in attendance is part of what makes graduate studies at Brock special.“The environment at MNK is so encouraging. Everyone is happy to see you succeed,” she said.The conference kicked off with a keynote address from Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Tek Thongpapanl from the Goodman School of Business. Thongpapanl is a past recipient of the Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Award, which was once again presented Thursday along with the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, and the Jack M. Miller Excellent in Research Awards.Allison Flynn-Bowman, a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, was honoured to receive the Marilyn Rose award, given out to someone who contributes “vision and leadership in a variety of areas such as administration, academic programming, research and scholarship, student services and student experience initiatives.”Flynn-Bowman has been a member of the Brock community for years and has strived to improve the student experience for herself and those around her. Among other initiatives, Flynn-Bowman co-founded the Baby Friendly Brock program, which provides resources and information to parents who are transitioning back to Brock as a student or staff member. She also works part-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies as Social Media and Marketing Assistant, where she launched a creative social media campaign giving grad students the opportunity to share their research and reasons for choosing Brock as a graduate school.“To receive this award means the world to me,” said Flynn-Bowman. “It is recognition of the hard work I have put into making Brock’s graduate community supportive and inclusive for everyone.”Biology Professor Michael Bidochka and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Craig Tokunowith were honoured with the Michael Plyley awards, which recognize faculty members for exceptional mentorship of graduate students.“This award isn’t about me, it’s about the students,” Tokuno said. “I’m pleased to receive it, but my students are what make my job special. They have as much of an effect on me as I do on them.”“This is the little conference that grew,” said Plyley, past Dean of Graduate Studies and conference co-chair. “In our first year, we had presentations from faculty and students, and over the years it has grown to feature graduate student research. Now we also include undergraduates to give them a taste of grad school. We constantly look for feedback from our students to make this the conference they want it to be.” read more

The Week 17 Games That Actually Matter

Tampa Bay 8-7<1 Oakland 12-316 Detroit 9-671% Green Bay 9-670 Technically four teams are alive in the NFC playoff hunt. But putting Tampa Bay aside for a moment — their path to the playoffs requires a tie and is thus hugely unlikely — the Week 17 picture is actually pretty simple. N.Y. Giants (41 percent to win) at Washington (59 percent) kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. Washington is in with a win, as long as Green Bay (49 percent) at Detroit (51 percent) doesn’t end in a tie in the evening game. Both the Packers and Lions advance on a win, a tie or a Washington loss.So what’s Tampa Bay’s deal? The Buccaneers can make the playoffs in a tiebreaker against Washington and Green Bay, which means they need to beat Carolina, have Green Bay lose to Detroit, and have Washington tie the Giants. This isn’t quite enough, though; in order to actually win the tiebreaker they also need San Francisco to beat Seattle, Dallas to beat Philadelphia, Tennessee to beat Houston, and Indianapolis to beat Jacksonville to gain a narrow strength of victory edge over Green Bay.2Washington would get eliminated first from the tiebreak on conference record. So why, savvy fans might ask, is Tampa Bay eliminated with a Washington loss? It’s actually the Giants’ record that matters here: Green Bay beat the Giants earlier in the season, so if the Giants beat Washington instead of tying them then Green Bay’s strength of victory will be too high for Tampa Bay to catch. You can check out their path using the game selection feature in our NFL predictions. Good luck, Bucs fans!An NFC first-round bye Atlanta 10-578% Oakland is a game up here, but Kansas City has the tiebreak and the easier week 17 matchup. Relevant games are Oakland (47 percent) at Denver (53 percent) and Kansas City (75 percent) at San Diego (25 percent). The Raiders clinch with a win or a tie, Kansas City needs a win and an Oakland loss.We currently give Oakland a 60 percent chance of getting the bye, but there’s a twist. Raiders QB Derek Carr is now out for the season with a broken leg, a fact that our Elo ratings — which are based only on game results — doesn’t “know.” This may seem like a big blind spot, and in many ways it is, but it’s easy to overestimate the impact that even the top QBs can make on game probabilities.4Remember when we were wondering how the Patriots would survive their first-four Brady-less games? By Elo we have the Raiders as one-point underdogs in Denver, which is very close to the Vegas line.AFC home field advantage TEAMCHANCE Week 16 was a decisive one for the NFL, with six teams clinching playoff spots and eight getting eliminated. Many of the results that would have added chaos to the playoff race — Minnesota over Green Bay, Buffalo over Miami, Baltimore over Pittsburgh, Denver over Kansas City — fell through. This makes Week 17, unfortunately, a bit of a drag.For the last several weeks, we’ve used our NFL predictions model to generate a “playoff swing” for every game, based on how different outcomes would affect the playoff chances of every team in the league. These calculations are useful when the playoff scenarios are complicated, as they invariably are with several weeks to go in the season. But Week 17’s outcomes are a lot simpler; you don’t need to run 100,000 simulations to learn that Washington will get eliminated with a loss on Sunday.So for this final week we’ll abandon our usual format.1If you’re curious, N.Y. Giants-Washington is the biggest game of the week, with a playoff swing of 200 points spread between Washington, Detroit and Green Bay. It’s bigger than Packers-Lions because that game, unless it ends in a tie, does not affect Washington’s chances. Instead of measuring which games matter the most we’ll look which games matter at all, based on the major postseason outcomes that are still undecided.Two NFC playoff spots Dallas has already locked up a bye and home field advantage, leaving a three-team race for bye No. 2. New Orleans (24 percent) at Atlanta (76 percent), Seattle (82 percent) at San Francisco (18 percent) and the aforementioned Green Bay at Detroit are the games that matter here. Ignoring unlikely (and tedious) tie scenarios, Atlanta clinches a first-round bye if they win, or if both Seattle and Detroit lose. Seattle needs a win and an Atlanta loss, and Detroit needs a win and both of its rivals to lose.3Play around with some ties yourself on our NFL predictions page! Green Bay-Detroit is probably more likely to end in a tie than your typical game, because both teams are guaranteed to advance on a tie, which could hypothetically lead to some extremely silly and low-risk overtime strategy. TEAMCHANCE Detroit 9-62 An AFC first-round bye Washington 8-6-158 Oakland 12-360% New England 13-284% TEAMCHANCE Seattle 9-5-120 TEAMCHANCE Kansas City 11-440 AFC home field advantage is New England’s to lose. New England (65 percent) at Miami (35 percent) and Oakland at Denver are the games to watch; the Patriots clinch the top seed with a win or tie, or an Oakland loss or tie. If they lose and Oakland wins, the Raiders take the top spot on tiebreak with a 5-0 record against common opponents (Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Houston).Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Mens basketball 2018 recruit Dane Goodwin remains committed waiting for new coach

Upper Arlington four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin goes up for a shot against Westerville South on Jan. 24, 2017 at Upper Arlington High School. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorAn anxious state of uncertainty flows through the Schottenstein Center and anyone affiliated with the Ohio State men’s basketball team after Monday’s firing of coach Thad Matta.Before OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith announced with Matta that the program would be heading in a different direction, the two commitments for the 2018 class, Justin Ahrens and Dane Goodwin, each received a call from OSU assistant coach Greg Paulus informing them of the news.Tuesday, the three-star forward Ahrens from Versailles, Ohio, decommitted from the Buckeyes 2018 class, making Goodwin, a four-star shooting guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio, the lone commitment in the class as he awaits the hiring of a new head coach at OSU for the 2017-18 season.Damon Goodwin, Dane’s father and coach of Capital University’s men’s basketball team, told The Lantern that when the two returned home from Damon’s basketball camp at Capital Monday, the family discussed what they wanted to do. He said that Dane still wants to be a Buckeye, if he feels that the program is a good fit.“He’s kept his commitment (to OSU),” Damon said. “In Dane’s mindset, I think he wants to lay low for the next few days and see what happens and see who this guy is going to be and hopefully they do it fairly quickly.“Dane committed two-and-a-half years ago and we certainly didn’t foresee this happening at the time. We knew a little bit before it happened. But did we expect it? No. Did I expect it? Certainly not.”Dane committed to OSU on Dec. 1, 2014 as he was beginning his freshman season at Upper Arlington High School. Having committed so early in the process, Dane’s family never had to worry about going through the recruiting process with him, which Damon said he was thankful for. Now, a wrench has been thrown into that seamlessly easy recruiting cycle raising lots of questions that not only he has to find an answer to, but also other Columbus-area prospects like 2019 guard Jeremiah Francis and 2019 forward Jordan Mitchell.“The reality is this: (Dane) committed to Ohio State two-and-a-half years ago, but he also committed to Thad Matta. One of those variable is gone now,” Damon said. “Ohio State is a special place and Dane knows that. And he knows how special it can be for him. But there’s just so many question marks as of today.”Damon said that some of those question are regarding who OSU decides to bring in. Dane and Damon will evaluate the new coach’s style, what type of players he will be looking for among other factors. Damon said he has no doubt OSU will find a very good coach — one who he hopes has a lot of the same qualities Matta had.“With Dane being a 17-year-old, the last few years he kind of had it planned out where he was going to be and who he was going to be playing for,” he said. “That world has been rocked a little bit right now. It’s tough for him and tough on us as parents. There’s really nothing to do until they decide who is going to lead the program.”As of now, Dane has not had any other schools directly reach out to him, his father said.Matta’s departure was especially hard on Dane and their family given the profound impact the former coach had on them from the start of Dane’s recruitment.“I never knew (Matta) before he recruited Dane,” Damon Goodwin said. “I think Dane and I and our whole family were just kind of blown away by his sincerity. He offered Dane — you know, he hadn’t played a high school game. (Matta) saw him play in the summers. He saw him work out in the fall and when a guy like that makes a commitment to your son, that’s impressive.“As a father, I don’t know what else you would want out of a coach for your son. He’s a good man. That’s certainly the toughest part.”Jacob Myers: and Twitter @Jacob _Myers_25 read more

Column Gaeilge is a part of our culture – how its taught

first_imgPrimary LevelWe need to take the language out of the classroom with more focus on it being a language as opposed to just a subject. To this effect, a second subject should be taught through Irish in every primary school in the country – Art, Physical Education or Drama are some examples of subjects which could help give people a more enjoyable experience of the language.Twenty-five per cent of adults surveyed say they would prefer to send their children to Irish-medium education, yet currently just over 4 per cent of all primary schools in Ireland are Gaelscoileanna. Irish-medium education has been incredibly successful – all studies show how Irish medium schools do better in English, Maths and Irish than English speaking schools when socioeconomically matched. We need to fix this imbalance where supply is currently far less than demand. CAN YOU SPEAK Irish? If not, then why not? The generic response I get from people who can’t speak Irish these days is simply “Well, It’s the way it is taught in school”. Let’s do something about that then! Ninety-three per cent of the country say they would like to see the Irish language preserved or revived (ESRI 2008 research). So it’s safe to say the majority of the country has good will towards the language – then why don’t we do anything to fix what most people identify as the main problem with it – our education system?Just over two years ago there was huge controversy when Fine Gael proposed making Irish optional for the Leaving Certificate. This proposal gets dragged up any time people talk about the language in our education system. The proposal frustrated me, due both to the lack of research into the damage this could do to the Irish language, and the short-sightedness of such an approach as a solution to a much bigger problem. Fine Gael have since shelved this proposal but what frustrates me more than the proposal itself is the complete lack of action to fix the basic problem. We need to radically reform the way the Irish language is taught in school.Irish for the Junior & Leaving CertificateA two-subject approach is needed for the state examinations. Take the poetry, prose and history of the Irish language out of the current course and expand it into a separate, optional subject for advanced students, something akin to Applied Maths. “Irish Language” as a main subject would be taught to every student as a core subject with a renewed emphasis on understanding, speaking and writing the language. This subject would also cover language awareness and should be taught and assessed using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.The effects of simply making Irish optional would be hugely detrimental to the language. The approach of making languages optional is now recognised as a massive mistake in the UK where numbers taking foreign languages halved within 10 years of being made optional. I believe the effect would be even worse here in Ireland. Languages are currently harder to study for at Leaving Certificate level and making it optional will leave Irish competing with subjects which people consider easier, less work or maybe need for college (eg Biology for medicine). At present, Irish is a much longer course with 2 papers, aural and oral exams totalling almost 6 hours of exams compared to most other subjects which are 2 or 3-hour exams. Students would be deterred from learning Irish at a younger age if they knew it was optional later in the curriculum, with a knock-on effect the whole way through the education system. This could lead to Irish no longer being available in every school and people not even having the option to learn their national language if numbers are too low. AttitudesFinally it’s not all about the way Irish is taught in school. Regularly people tell me they “can’t string a sentence of Irish together.” If you cannot put a sentence together after learning Irish for 14 years in school, you are to blame as much as the education system. There is a mental block where people don’t want to learn the language and blame the education system. However bad your teacher was, it is pretty hard to go through 14 years of any subject and not remember anything at all. As an Irish speaker, I see it every day where so many people have an attitude against the language, where people will call me rude or ignorant for speaking my language in public. What I have found is that people do have Irish- with a small bit of practice it comes back very fast. There are hundreds of courses, conversation circles and events all around the country to help you along. Our own attitude towards the language needs to change as much as our education system.Last week was Seachtain na Gaeilge – a week where thousands of events are organised all over the country to promote the Irish language. There are lots of new and exciting things happening for the language – particularly at third level – where I learnt most of my own Irish socially. We have seen a huge growth in interest in the language with 26 Irish societies at third level organising weekly events and campaigns. You may be surprised to find out that 1 in 3 people in this country can speak Irish at some level – get out and give it a go! Whether you like the language or not – it is part of who we are. The only language out of 6,700 in the world that we can claim is uniquely ours.Tá cóip den alt seo ar fáil as Gaeilge ar mo bhlag ag www.aodhanodea.ieAodhán Ó Deá works to promote the Irish language at second and third level. His job is co-funded by five different Irish-language organisations and he spends most of his time on the road talking to schools or organising events and campaigns for the language at third level. He blogs at read more

TMobile unveils new unlimited plans

first_imgWhile other carriers are killing their unlimited plans, T-Mobile today took the wraps off of it’s new “value” plan, which offers unlimited texts, unlimited voice and tiered 4G data at prices the company says are much less than their competitors. Part of the big news is that the plans are available to new and existing customers and can be paired with hardware payments if you choose.T-Mobile says that the data is “unlimited,” but what they mean is “unlimited up to your data cap,” after which you’ll get hit with overage fees. Regardless, the new plans can be used by individuals or families, and families can opt to share data or not all under the same plan.Additionally, you can combine the monthly plan payment with a interest-free payment towards the hardware you want to use, meaning you’re contract-free and paying for your hardware outright along with your monthly data plan. Alternatively, you can still use the plan to buy subsidized hardware and lock into a contract for a lower price on your smartphones.The new plans are optional, and both new and existing users can opt to sign on or stay on their current plans. The chart of pricing that T-Mobile published is based on the costs for their (and their competitors’) 2GB data plans, and shows that a customer on their new value plan can save up to $70-$80/month when compared to AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or Sprint.Consumers and analysts alike praised T-Mobile’s new plans. The problem though is that AT&T has an open bid to buy T-Mobile pending regulatory approval, and many people have already speculated that AT&T will shut the new plans down if they’re allowed to acquire the company. That remains to be seen, but AT&T’s data plans are very different, and largely more expensive than the new T-Mobile offering.via T-Mobilelast_img read more

HTC admits its Android phones have a major security issue

first_imgOver the weekend Android Police went public with details of a major security flaw present on HTC phones running Android. The culprit was HTC’s very own data collection app called Tell HTC.It turns out that any app you give Internet permissions to on a HTC Android phone can access the data Tell HTC collects. That data can be several megabytes in size and includes lots of personal information. It therefore should not be accessible to anyone but HTC, and then only if you give the company permission to do collect it. As it currently stands, regardless of permission being given, the data is collected and accessible to lots of third-party apps.HTC was given several days notice as to the issue before the security hole was made public. The company never responded. After the weekend release and YouTube video clearly demonstrating the issue, HTC did finally decide to look into the claims, and has now agreed with the fact there is a security issue.A patch is now in the works that will be distributed as an over the air update. We don’t know exactly when it will be ready, but HTC has stated it doesn’t know of any app that grabs the data being actively distributed.The advice given at the weekend still stands for the moment. Be careful what new apps you download to your HTC Android phone until the patch is available and applied. If you want to be extra cautious until that time you can delete the HtcLogger.apk manually from your phone.via Engadgetlast_img read more