Teams get down to the nitty gritty

first_imgBy BEN HARRISSydney Rebels got win number 34 but only just.The three-time defending mixed open champions were pushed to the edge by ACT Pirates on day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.After racking up consecutive win number 33 by downing North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 9-4, the Rebels had to dig deep to defeat the Pirates 12-11 in round four.Rebels lead Pool A by four points and will meet second-placed Sydney Mets on day three.The Pirates and Cyclones are third and fourth followed by Hunter Western Hornets and Japan.In Pool B, Brisbane City Cobras are five from five and lead the group.South Queensland Sharks were circling the Cobras as the two teams were undefeated, however last year’s runners-up hammered their southern neighbours 12-3 to go it alone on top.Behind the Sharks are Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third and Northern Eagles in fourth. They are followed by Northern Territory, Defence Warriors and Sydney Scorpions.Five Queensland sides dominate the men’s T-League division.South Queensland Sharks (A) lead Pool A and Brisbane City Cobras are in front in Pool B.But closing the gap are Central Queensland Bulls and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – both in Pool A – and South West Queensland Swans in Pool B.Rebels and Scorpions are the only NSW sides putting up a fight to the Queenslanders while the international teams, Japan and Papua New Guinea, continued to impress.It’s tight in Pool A of the women’s T-League division with Hornets, Swans, Cobras, Victoria and Northern Territory all within eight points of each other.It is a little spread out in Pool B with Scorpions and South Australia leading the way.The Sharks remain unbeaten following six matches of the men’s 30s division.They are in front of Pineapples, Hornets and Scorpions.Scorpions have their own problems as ACT and Sydney Mets are on the same points as Scorpions but behind on percentages.Swans finished on top in the women’s 35s and will play the winner of the Hornets-Pirates preliminary final match.Cyclones and Northern Territory play in the other preliminary final with the loser eliminated from the title race.Scorpions and Sharks are equal on points in the men’s 40s but the Sydney side has a game up their sleeve.Defence Warriors are third, and Hornets and Cyclones are in a battle for fourth spot.Scorpions will be hard to beat in the women’s 40s after winning all their round matches.They will meet Hornets or Northern Eagles in a qualifying final tomorrow. Western Tigers take on ACT in the other qualifying final.Men’s 45s seems to be a two-horse race with Scorpions and Hornets undefeated.The men’s 50s is set to go down to the wire with four points separating the top four.Mets, Pineapples, Sharks and Hornets occupy the top four positions in the division.Eagles, Cyclones and Scorpions will be battling each other for the two spots in the men’s 55s.In the senior mixed, Sharks have all but confirmed their spot in the grand final but the Hornets and Cobras are going head-to-head for the last spot.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL results day twolast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.The Manchester Evening News says Pogba has still not returned to the club’s Carrington training complex, having spent over a week in Dubai during the international break for some warm weather training.Pogba, 26, has missed four of United’s last six games with an ankle injury and flew to Dubai with a protective boot on, and United sources are pessimistic about the possibility of him recovering for the Liverpool game on Sunday.United are hopeful Anthony Martial will be fit to start for the first time since he suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on August 24. last_img read more

Michigan State Board Of Trustees Member Epically Trolls Jay Harbaugh On Twitter

first_imgMichigan State Board of Trustees member Mitch Lyons.Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.last_img read more

Sindhu withdraws from Thailand Open Saina returns

first_imgBangkok: Top Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open but compatriot Saina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event here after missing out back-to-back tournaments. Sindhu, who reached the final in Indonesia Open but lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals last week, will not take the court in the Thailand Open main draw, which begins on Wednesday. She had lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in both the previous tournaments. The reasons for her withdrawal from the event here are not clear yet. Saina, seeded seventh, will open her women’s singles campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday. She was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds.last_img read more

Podcast A Premier League Preview The NFL Gets Microchips

Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 18, 2015), we follow up on the soccer metric WhoScored. Last week, we cited it as a reliable metric. This week, we talk about why so many soccer geeks don’t trust it and what it says about the state of soccer analytics. Then ESPN FC analyst Gab Marcotti discusses how he uses stats for a general audience and offers a preview of the new Premier League season. Then we take a look at how RFID tracking could change the NFL. Every player in the league will be wearing a tracking chip this season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.Mike Goodman of Grantland offers a Premier League preview.Deadspin questions the usefulness of Expected Goals (ExpG).Carl Bialik interviews Bayern Munich’s head of analytics.All NFL players are getting RFID chips this season.More on all the juicy data we’ll have from each NFL game.Significant Digit: 4. Neil Paine found that golfer Jordan Spieth’s majors run this year was the fourth-best of all time. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Video: RFID tracking comes to the NFL If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey crushed twice in Wisconsin

Then-sophomore forward Katie Matheny (23) skates down the ice during a game against New Hampshire on Oct. 4, 2014 at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU won, 4-3. Credit: Lantern file photoAgainst the high-scoring Wisconsin Badgers, the Ohio State women’s hockey team failed to sustain momentum after its opening-weekend victories against Lindenwood, getting dismantled twice.The Buckeyes allowed 15 goals on 102 shots in the two games, including a combined five first-period goals. Conversely, the Scarlet and Gray only took a combined 29 shots of its own in the two games.The third-ranked Badgers’ goal scoring opened early on Saturday when sophomore forward Emily Clark tallied a point 30 seconds into the game. The Badgers would proceed to score three goals on the power play in the third period of the first game, en route to topping the Buckeyes 7-0.Special teams play had been an emerging strength for OSU early in the season, but the series against Wisconsin demonstrated that there is still plenty of work to be done. In addition to the three goals the Buckeyes allowed with a player in the box, the Badgers scored a goal while on the penalty kill on Saturday. The Buckeyes went 0-of-4 in power-play opportunities on Sunday, which ended as another lopsided loss by the final score of 8-0.The squad’s strongest period of play from the weekend was the second period on Sunday, when OSU recorded nine shots on goal and successfully killed two penalties, and despite the penalties was able to control the pace of play for much of the period. The Buckeyes will look to get back on track when they return to Columbus for their first home series of the season against Minnesota beginning on Friday. The puck is set to drop in the first game at 6:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m. the following day. read more

Manchester in agreement to sign Jorginho

first_imgIt seems Manchester City are out to sign a deal with Napoli midfielder Jorginho as his agent claims they now have a verbal agreement in place.The Italy international appears to be one of the topmost attractive players in the transfer list this summer, as manager Pep Guardiola moves to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Agent Joao Santos has now claimed that the transfer is still well on course to completion despite no documents having been signed by either party.“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation,” Santos is quoted by CalcioNapoli24 via City Watch.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little.“We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one.”Jorginho has represented Napoli more than 130 times since joining from Italian rivals Hellas Verona in 2014.last_img read more

Nuno insists Wolves still have to work harder against Newcastle

first_imgWolves coach Nuno Espirito declares side will still have to work harder against Newcastle despite amazing comeback against Chelsea.He adds that the Chelsea thrill last Wednesday where they scored two goals to defeat The Blues will count for nothing when they travel to Newcastle on Super Sunday.“We were doing things pretty well against Chelsea, we were well organized,” head coach Nuno told Sky Sports.“Suddenly there was a deflection and we went behind against a big team.”We start from zero: Nuno Espirito Santo Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his team to forget its 3-2 first-leg victory over Torino in the UEFA Europa League.“The team felt it, but the reaction was very, very good. If you say this is character, I would agree.”“This is the building of a team that wants to compete against any opponent and has to be ready for all circumstances in the game.”“We still have a long way to go but the way we reacted was very good. We have to be brave and believe that until the final whistle goes there is a moment to compete.”last_img read more

Rudiger HudsonOdoi has asked me about Germany

first_imgGerman defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.last_img read more

Magnetic Media Boundless Borderless

first_img CEO goes on Maternity Leave; now Shorrell Dames is reporting Magnetic Media recommended Valentine’s Day Events Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:instant media, magnetic media, podcast Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2014 – Magnetic Media is really on the move! The Gateway of the Caribbean! We are giving audiences an Instant Media (IM) experience and growing our digital fan and follower base! All major social media! Up to date on new media platforms! Expanding on traditional media! And for the first time in the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas; our TV and Radio news is available on i Tunes! Podcast! This is just the beginning… stay tuned; November and December 2014 will bring even more multi-media & multi-market breakthroughs as we enhance ways to see our Clients, our Content, our Culture and our Caribbean! We believe in ONE Caribbean!SUBSCIBE HERE!https://itunes.apple.com/tc/podcast/magnetic-media-caribbean-news/id928762719?mt=2last_img read more

Prime Minister highlights impact of Climate Change

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 26, 2017 – Montego Bay – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says climate change is real and presents a clear and present danger to countries across the world.“We must mention our sister islands that were devastated by hurricanes. In some cases, tourism was the single industry and in many cases the major industry in those islands, and they must and will rebuild,” Mr. Holness said.“However, this time they must factor in disaster resilience, recovery and adaptation in a systematic and institutional way.   The world has been forced to acknowledge that there is urgent need for responsibility, adaptation and resilience as we recognize our changing realities.   Climate change is real, and it will disproportionately affect those of us who are least prepared to respond,” he said.The Prime Minister was giving the keynote address at the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on September 24.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference will be another opportunity for Jamaica to be showcased on the world stage.   The Prime Minister said it is only fitting, with 2017 being designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, that Jamaica will proudly host such a prestigious conference.Mr. Holness pointed out that sustainability is a core feature of Jamaica’s growth agenda, adding that “we must find the right balance so that we have growth”, but not at the expense of the environment.He noted that Jamaica has a well-known and well-loved brand, and that through events like JAPEX, “we harness our collective capabilities and build on our strengths.”“Our brand is a fusion of our music, our hospitality, our culture, our food, our entertainment, our creativity and our innovativeness, all coming together to create a distinct meaning of a Jamaican product or service,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister welcomed the participants and urged them to “take advantage of the world of business opportunities all in one place”.Released: JISPhoto credit: NASA Related Items:last_img read more

Big money making in illegal marijuana industry low grade babbit prices astronomical

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos – January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Selling ‘weed’ in the Turks and Caicos is an illegal but lucrative business as prices for a gram of marijuana in the TCI, far surpass many nations in the region including Jamaica, Mexico and Colombia.   It seems that like most things in the Turks and  Caicos, ‘weed’ just costs more; significantly more.TCI Police on Monday in Five Cays made a significant drug bust where some 15 pounds of marijuana was seized and two men – a Bahamian and an American – were arrested.  The street value of the drugs, legally identified as cannabis in this jurisdiction, is a staggering $68,000 for the fifteen pounds.  This equates to $10 per gram or over $4,533 per pound.    Comparatively, the Drug Enforcement Unit of The Bahamas and Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States consistently in 2017 put the street value of marijuana per pound at $1,000 following drug arrests in The Bahamas.  The price per pound of the contraband often accompanied Police reports on drug seizures.A 2015 news report on the rising cost of marijuana was among the online posts we reviewed to check and double check the going rates for marijuana per gram and per pound around the world.  Price ranges on the marijuana were revealed for six countries, including the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Colombia, Thailand and Mexico and spanned from $600 to $6,000 per pound.  California, in 2015 had the most expensive marijuana price tag per pound, getting up to as much as $6,000.  However, this price is the top value for top of the line ‘weed’.In the Turks and Caicos, those familiar with the price of a gram of ‘ganja’ told Magnetic Media that the local weed is low grade, nicknamed, ‘babbit’ and costs between $10 to $30 per gram.  That figure is staggering, and actually is five times more expensive than even the finest quality of marijuana.“The dope here is garbage mostly, as from what I was told but some pushers do get their hand on good dope sometimes.”Another said, “…the weed ain’t no high grade or Kush.  Kush is the highest.  (Here) it is low grade and it is called Babbit.  Haitian weed don’t be too expensive, Jamaican and American weed is the killer.”What Magnetic Media uncovered in under an hour was concerning and it may answer at least a part of the question of why some young men resist getting a regular job in the Turks and Caicos.  If there is that option of peddling marijuana, we can tally up pretty easily that there is far more money to be made, likely in a shorter span of time, though illicitly.The two men arrested during a stop and search on Monday were not only found to be with the illegal drugs, but were found to have entered the Turks and Caicos illegally.  Perhaps word is already getting out that one gets more bang for the buck in the TCI for mediocre marijuana and the law must be ready.“The quantity and the quality is important in any case because depending on the type of weed it is, that tells you what the street value is.  The highest gets to $20 a gram, the lowest is $5 or $10 a gram.”The explanations to Magnetic Media about the contrasts and street savvy on the illegal trade lends to new ideas about what could be fueling and funding the illegal sloop landings in the Turks and Caicos, for example.  The realities also ramp up the pressure upon leaders from all sectors to do more to discourage illegal behavior among our boys in particular.It will be difficult though, as we are awakened even further to the fact that one could illegally earn some $22,665 with the sale of marijuana, equating to a 5lbs bag of rice.  This earning reality means that the corner drug dealer is making considerably more than the country’s leaders per month.   On the other hand, the punishment for breaking the law is also weighty; one could spend up to five or 14 years in Turks and Caicos prison for illegal drug possession and drug trafficking.Photo credit: Westwordlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo sells stunning Cheshire mansion where he lived

first_imgJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has sold the Cheshire mansion he lived in while playing for English side Manchester United – for £3.25 million.The amount is – £645,000 less than he bought it for in 2008 as he reportedly paid £3,895,000 for the five-bedroom property in Alderley Edge.Ronaldo who now lives in Turin following his arrival at Juventus last summer bought the three-floor house just a year before signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid. There were reports the former Madrid player first tried to sell the mansion in 2009, but was unable to find a buyer hence the decision to lease it.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Manchester United and England defender Luke Shaw rented the property since 2014, paying £7,000-a-month.However, Daily Mail reports that the house which was put up for sale in last Christmas has now been bought, ‘subject to contract’.Ronaldo played for Manchester United before signing for Real Madrid in 2009.last_img read more

Musk Teslas selfdriving tech is vastly ahead of everyone

first_imgHow does Tesla CEO Elon Musk compare his company’s still-under-development self-driving systems to the competition from Waymo, Cruise Automation and the like? Easy. He believes his company his “vastly ahead of everyone.” This quote comes from Musk’s recent appearance on Lex Friedman’s Artificial Intelligence Podcast, where Musk spoke about topics ranging from how much longer people will need to keep their hands on the wheel (“At least six months from here”) to what question would you ask of a truly sentient artificial agent (“What’s outside the simulation?”).  More From Roadshow 18 Photos Outside of a rare few desirable collector machines and seemingly every Porsche more than 20 years old, few cars actually do wind up appreciating in value significantly. And, very few manufacturers would be bold enough to make that a promise of their new cars. But back to autonomy, when will the cars start driving themselves? Musk believes you’ll need to keep your hands on the wheel for “at least six months from here,” raising the question: “How much safer than a person does Autopilot need to be before it’s OK to not monitor the car?” Musk’s basic thesis is that, once Autopilot is proven far safer (perhaps by 200%, he notes), then letting a human take over actually becomes risky behavior. He references the early days of elevators, where a human pilot manually directed them to go up or down with a lever. Now, Musk says, “Nobody wants an elevator operator, because the automated elevator that stops at the floors is much safer.” And what about the competition developing their own self-driving technologies? “To me, right now this seems like game, set and match. I don’t want to be complacent or overconfident, but that is literally how it appears right now. I could be wrong, but it appears to be the case that Tesla is vastly ahead of everyone.” With competitors like Waymo racking up real-world miles for its self-driving systems, that’s an awfully confident statement to make. As ever, the proof will be in the pudding.  Auto Tech 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tags Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 4center_img Share your voice Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim But the bulk of the conversation centered around Tesla’s pursuit of self-driving vehicles. Tesla has long offered a $5,000 “Full Self-Driving Capability” package for its vehicles, promising access to an eventual software update enabling the company’s cars to drive themselves. Musk reiterated this promise, saying: “The hardware currently being produced is capable of full self-driving.” However, autonomy won’t be an overnight thing where you drive yourself home from work one day and the next morning, after a little OTA action, enjoy a fully automated commute. “As we refine the software, the capabilities will increase dramatically, and then the reliability will increase dramatically, and then it will receive regulatory approval.” This, however, is where Musk’s position took an interesting turn. Musk believes autonomy will make a car significantly more valuable, perhaps five times more than a normal, human-driven machine. His conclusion? “If you buy a Tesla today I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.”  If you buy a Tesla today I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.   Elon Musk Tesla Waymo’s autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

The new Modi NITI how to take on China with AIM

first_imgPM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues on the domestic front.IANSEyeing the global revolution in tech-innovations, the Modi government, in its second avatar, is all set to redefine the scope of ‘Knowledge and Innovation’ at NITI Aayog. Before leaving for his foreign visit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings with technocrats, top officials and key cabinet colleagues, discussing how to radically redefine innovations and technology on manufacturing front to compete with China.Overall, the prime focus of the government, as well as NITI Aayog, remains on accelerating the pace of the manufacturing sector in India. On the domestic front, PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues and he would likely underline his priorities once he chairs the first big meeting of NITI Aayog, on June 15.In the wake of sharp criticism from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the alleged failure of NITI Aayog, the government now seems more determined to take the Aayog to a new height, inducting domain specialists at the rank of Joint Secretary and above.”The PM’s dream project is the success of the Atal Innovation Mission,(AIM) the flagship project of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. If AIM takes off well, the country would soon be a substitute for China as a global manufacturing hub. In fact, AIM complements Make In India, Digital India and Startup India mega projects,” said a senior NITI Aayog official.To provide impetus to the industrial growth, the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar recently told media that a slew of big-bang economic reforms are being pursued by the Modi government. These include a change in labour laws, privatization moves and land banks for new industrial development. Once the stage is set for a positive industrial environment, the innovation mission will finally accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector.Global tech giants such as Adobe, Amazon, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are already partnering with Atal Innovation Mission. The AIM project serves as a platform for promotion of world-class innovation hubs, and self-employment activities in technology-driven areas.Through AIM, the government expects a radical change in the country’s MSME industry.Earlier in Modi’s first tenure as PM, his Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra and later Minister for State (Independent Charge) Giriraj Singh did not impress the business fraternity while running the ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In an afterthought, Modi in his second innings gave the charge of this crucial ministry to Nitin Gadkari, known for delivering the goods on time.”Modi ji had spoken about the project to Gadkari ji. He (Gadkari) was more than willing to take up this challenge. I am sure MSME would now be one of the most important ministries in the government as it also addresses the problem of unemployment and lack of fast-paced industrial growth,” said a BJP leader close to Gadkari.Another big change on the scene is the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). It is Modi’s long-term plan for revolutionizing the young Indian minds. The ATLs are innovation workplaces where do-it-yourself kits on latest technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, Internet of Things, are installed at schools using the government grant. The mission director of AIMs, R. Ramanan, an IITian, says that by next year 10,000 ATL workplaces in the Indian schools will bring radical change in the near future in the field of innovation.The objective of PM Modi through mega ATL project is to enable India to become a global leader in technology and innovations, the key to ruling the modern-day industries.last_img read more

Mosque shooting suspect surrenders to Canadian police

first_imgPeople come to show their support after a shooting occurred in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on 29 January, 2017. Photo: AFPOne of the two suspects held over a mosque shooting in Quebec City that left six people dead called police to surrender, authorities said Monday as they tried to piece together the gunmen’s motive.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has condemned as a “terrorist attack” the deadly assault Sunday night on the Islamic Cultural Center, one of the worst attacks ever to have targeted Muslims in a western country.But it remained unclear what prompted the attack.The suspects have been identified by local media as French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, and Mohamed Khadir, a Canadian of Moroccan descent.Police declined to release the suspects’ identities at a nationally-televised news conference on Monday, saying only that both were Canadian nationals with no apparent foreign links.“It is a domestic investigation at this time,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Martin Plante, while shedding no light on the suspects’ motives.Six people were killed and eight were wounded in the attack. One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the other surrendered without incident after calling police to tell them where he was, police said.Police said they responded to the initial reports of the shooting at 7:55 pm local time (0055 GMT), arriving within minutes at the mosque where they arrested one of the suspects.About 15 minutes later, emergency services received a call from a man identifying himself as one of the assailants, and telling police where they could find him.He was apprehended in his car at 9:00 pm about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of Quebec City. He is between 25 and 30 years old, said Denis Turcotte of the Quebec City police.Monday morning, police searched a residence near the mosque, which is not far from Laval University and the historic heart of the four-centuries-old city.Denis Briere, rector of the university, condemned the “odious, inhuman terrorist act.” Local media said the two suspects may have been students at the school, but officials would not confirm this.Of the eight wounded in the shooting, five remain in critical condition, said hospital spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis.last_img read more

Friends Supporters Celebrate NC Man Freed From Wrongful Imprisonment

first_imgBy The Associated PressFriends and supporters of North Carolina man freed after spending more than half his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit are holding a celebration.Friends of Dontae Sharpe planned to gather the afternoon of Aug. 23 at Philippi Church of Christ in Greenville. Various advocacy groups are holding the event for the 44-year-old Sharpe, who was freed Aug. 23. Dontae Sharpe breathes the air outside the Pitt County Courthouse after a judge determined he could be set free, Aug. 22, 2019 in Greenville, N.C. Sharpe, a North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. (Deborah Griffin/The Daily Reflector via AP)Sharpe was serving a life sentence for the 1994 murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe during a drug deal in Greenville. A judge ordered a new trial after an evidentiary hearing Aug. 22 in Pitt County Court. Prosecutors then said they wouldn’t pursue a retrial, and Sharpe was released.The NAACP advocated for the release of Sharpe, who says he rejected lighter sentences that required him to admit guilt.last_img read more

ACB to probe graft charges against its chief

first_imgAccording to sources, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed Directorate of Vigilance, the administrative department of ACB, to take further action on a complaint of embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh against Meena lodged by a retired inspector of Delhi police on Thursday.In the complaint Meena has been accused of purchasing curtains and curtain rods during his tenure as Principal of Police Training College, Jharoda Kalan between May 11 and July 25, 2005. “The items were purchased without requirement, without approval from higher authorities and without tender. Three local suppliers were selected for tenders and payment was made on fake bills,” said  Jawahar Lal, the complainant. The complainant has also alleged that as the Principal, Meena did not have the power to purchase items worth over Rs 5,000, fake bills were created with amounts less than Rs 5,000. “The records indicate that the quotations were obtained from a single source and in a similar handwriting as if a single person supplied the material on the name of three different firms. Curtains were procured at an exorbitant price that too of inferior quality,” added Lal.Interestingly, the then Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal in 2008 had recommended ‘disciplinary action’ against Meena and also referred the matter to Delhi government for further probe and action but it was silently buried in 2011. “Disciplinary action will also have to be taken against Meena now posted as Additional CP (Security). We may make a reference in this regard to the Delhi government,” wrote Dadwal on January 15, 2008. According to sources former Delhi CP R K Paul had also recommended action against Meena but in 2011 then Chief Secretary of Delhi Government ordered not to proceed further into the matter.last_img read more

Kin sprays acid at woman in Howrah

first_imgKolkata: A woman suffered serious injuries after one of his relatives threw acid on her at Tikiapara in Howrah on Sunday afternoon.Local residents nabbed the accused while he was trying to escape. According to one of them, the woman was walking along the Belilious Road at Tikiapara when the accused, who is her brother-in-law, threw acid on her. The woman suffered injuries on her face and right hand. She is at present undergoing treatment at Howrah District Hospital. Hospital sources informed that her injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLocal residents handed the accused to officers of Howrah police station. The woman alleged that her brother-in-law used to regularly torture her. He used return home in drunken state. As the victim objected to his drinking habits, they had arguments regularly. The same happened few days ago when the woman warned him that he would take legal step if he continues to torture her and other family members. It is suspected that due to conflict in their family, the accused threw acid on her. Police are interrogating the accused to know from where he procured the acid as it is mandatory to produce an identity proof before the seller to buy acid. Sleuths may question the shopkeeper as well.last_img read more

photo by Matteo di Michele l text by Mary Hoadley

first_img[photo by Matteo di Michele l text by Mary Hoadley] August 22, 2014On Monday, August 18, 2014, Art Allsworth, lawyer, mentor, friend to Cosanti Foundation for over 40 years, died unexpectedly in his sleep. During a long legal career, Art gave ardent support to the many challenges faced by Paolo Soleri and Cosanti, pro bono. He had a deep appreciation for Paolo’s genius and commitment, and for the contributions of Arcosanti Alumni and residents that have kept this improbable project going. His keen understanding of law, his special talent for word smithing, his powerful penchant for storytelling to illustrate legal points will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family, all his children of whom he was so proud.A Memorial Gathering for family and friends will be held at 11 am, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries Bethany Chapel, 710 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 249-2111last_img read more