Olympiacos Wins Volleyball Too

first_imgATHENS – Adding to its titles in basketball and soccer, Olympiacos has run away with Greece’s volleyball title too showing its dominance in sports.The Reds won their record 15th title on March 28, slapping aside Kifisssia, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) in less than an hour-and-a-half, making it a yawner.Olympiacos had a tougher time reaching the final, coming back from two sets down and a 24-21 deficit in the third to stun Thessaloniki’s PAOK.Olympiacos central blocker Dimitris Soultanopoulos was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Final Four that took place at Glyfada, southern Athens.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bucks Close Out Bradley Center with 102-86 Win over Magic

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe replaced the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Milwaukee Bucks’ all-purpose threat and ran circles around the Orlando Magic.Coach Joe Prunty was just as impressed with the contributions from his quick point guard that didn’t make the stat sheet.Bledsoe had his fourth career triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 102-86 win on Monday night in the final regular-season game at the Bradley Center.“For as good as he was statistically tonight, there are things you don’t see on the stat sheet and that ability to get on the ball and defense,” Prunty said, “and that’s critical for us.”Shabazz Muhammad added season-high 22 points and helped spark a 20-6 run in the third quarter for the Bucks, who leapfrogged Miami for sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Heat lost to Oklahoma City on Monday.A win on Wednesday night on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers would clinch the sixth seed for Milwaukee.“We put ourselves in a position to where we’re in a pretty position to determine where you want to be if that’s what you want to do,” center John Henson said. “But we want to be the highest seed possible, so that’s the goal.”Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo winks from the bench during a time out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Bucks won 115-102. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Bismack Biyombo had 14 points.The Magic fell to 24-57 but had reason to be confident after beating the Bucks 126-117 in their last meeting on March 14. Orlando was 18 of 34 from 3-point range that night to withstand a 38-point outburst by Antetokounmpo.The shooting touch was missing Monday, when Orlando was just 5 of 24 from behind the arc.The Magic couldn’t make up for the misses on the defensive end, especially in the third quarter.“It’s been the case all season. Our defense has never been consistent enough,” coach Frank Vogel said.Milwaukee won its second straight game without Antetokounmpo, who is resting a sore right ankle. Both victories came against 50-loss teams.They got a huge lift on Monday from Bledsoe, with help from Muhammad and Jason Terry off the bench. They helped push the Bucks on the 20-6 run over the final 5:27 of the third to build a 74-67 lead.“We stopped getting stops. We were defending really well up until that point,” Magic forward Aaron Gordon said.Terry, the savvy veteran guard, immediately gave the Bucks a spark by forcing a turnover on the inbounds play after Bledsoe’s two foul shots. Muhammad gave the Bucks a presence off the dribble to help make up for the absence of the free-wheeling Antetokounmpo.“Shabazz played a (great) game all night long, played in attack mode … got to his strengths in the paint,” forward Khris Middleton said.The Bucks led comfortably the rest of the way to close out the regular season at the Bradley Center. A new arena is scheduled to open in the fall on an adjacent lot in downtown Milwaukee.TIP INSMagic: Asked for his memories at the Bradley Center, Vogel recalled a time when then-Celtics coach Rick Pitino got into an argument with guard Dee Brown off the court while Vogel was Boston’s video coordinator. “Not a … fight but just a (verbal) flare-up,” Vogel said.Bucks: G Malcolm Brogdon (left quad) returned following a 30-game absence. The 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year scored two and played 13 minutes, all in the first half.AT THE HALFA game that had the feel of a Milwaukee blowout turned tight after a cold-shooting second quarter for the Bucks. They missed their first 12 shots in the period, with a Bledsoe-to-Middleton layup finally ending the scoreless streak with 5:07 left.The pace picked up again once facilitators Bledsoe and Middleton (18 points) re-entered the game, with Milwaukee taking a 45-42 lead at halftime.STAT LINESVucevic added 10 rebounds to pick up his 29th double-double of the season. … Biyombo was 6 of 7 from the field. … The Bucks with a regular season record of 668-536 in their 30 seasons at the Bradley Center.QUOTABLE“Complacency. I think that is kind of what happens to a young team with early wins.” — Gordon, on Orlando’s struggles after starting 8-4 this season.UP NEXTMagic: Wrap up the season by hosting the Wizards on Wednesday.Bucks: Finish the regular season with a trip to face the 76ers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Eurotech and e-Lios partner up for a coffee 4.0

first_imgEurotech announces a technical partnership with e-Lios – a company based in Camerino (Macerata, Italy) specialized in software development for small and medium-sized businesses – for a draft study on interconnection and remote control of coffee machines.The partnership has begun within an innovative project involving Simonelli Group, a company based in the Marche region which exports coffee machines worldwide. Eurotech IoT Edge Gateway family (ReliaGATE) and e-Lios customized software allowed Simonelli Group to gather data transmitted from globally-deployed coffee machines and process to them in a 4.0 perspective.IoT Edge Gateways collect and process data related to pressure, temperature and coffee supply and send them to the e-Lios software, which analyze data-related stats and turn them into valuable information to ensure flawless machine operations. The goal is to remotely monitor every significant parameter to improve performances and consumptions and to ensure quality assistance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Parasoft launches MISRA Compliance Pack and ISO-26262 Qualification KitNext Vecow: Coffee Lake based workstation-grade fanless Embedded systemlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep calm to upset England in high-scoring thriller

first_imgPakistan overcame hundreds from Joe Root and Jos Buttler to defeat England by 14 runs at Trent Bridge for their first points of World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge on Monday. Pakistan had lost their opening match to West Indies in 3-and-a-half hours and were criticized severely by the likes of Rameez Raja and Shoaib Akhtar.3 days later, it was a different Pakistan on the park. They still made mistakes. The dropped catches and the sloppy fielding left coach Mickey Arthur restless in the dressing room but a spectacular closing spell from Wahab Riaz meant Arthur had a wide smile on his face.Pakistan did not win any of their last 12 ODIs and many wondered if they had forgotten to win. In the end, it looked like Pakistan somehow remembered.Chasing 349, England were in trouble after Shadab Khan snared Jason Roy in the 3rd over of the innings. Jonny Bairstow, who was dismissed for a first-ball duck in the tournament opener against South Africa, looked good for his 32 before he was done in by Wahab Riaz’s pace.More misery awaited England when they lost skipper Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes cheaply.But over the last 4 years, England have shaped themselves into a fearsome batting unit. They feel no target is beyond them – no matter what the bowling attack and the condition. Before the World Cup started, England had said they would one day get to 500 off 50 overs.On Monday, England were tasked with chasing the highest ever target in World Cup history and they were in a huge spot of bother at 118 for 4 off 21.2 overs.advertisementAnd then Jos Buttler joined Joe Root. Two very different batsmen with a single agenda: 349 off 50 overs.England had the better of Pakistan 4 times in a recent high-scoring ODI series and were obviously confident.Pakistan had, however, every reason to believe they were on top at that stage before Buttler rattled them with some explosive strokeplay. Joe Root played second fiddle but that was only because he knew how important his wicket was at that stage.Joe Root hit the 1st hundred of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and shared a 130-run stand off 17.3 overs. When Root fell to Shadab Khan in the 39th over, England were still in the game because Buttler was playing like there was no tomorrow.Shortly after Joe Root’s exit, Jos Buttler smashed the fastest hundred by an England batsman. In mind-numbing hitting form, Buttler raced away to his 9th hundred off 75 balls. The asking rate was still pretty stiff and his dismissal to Mohammad Amir opened the doors for Pakistan to press for victory.The sharply increasing run rate was way too much for even the talented duo of Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes as Pakistan finally notched up victory after losing their last 11 completed ODIs.Earlier, Eoin Morgan won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first on a Trent Bridge pitch known to produce high scores.Pakistan were widely trolled after they folded for their shortest innings in World Cup history against West Indies in their World Cup 2019 opener on Friday. Former Pakistan cricketers fumed at the lack of fight from Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men. But it all changed on Monday against England.On a pitch famous for its high-scoring games, Pakistan’s batsmen found their groove. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman got off to a great start. Neither man was scared of playing his shots and as a result, England were a little taken aback.The introduction of off-spinner Moeen Ali changed the equation a bit. He first removed Zaman for 36 after his 82-run opening stand with Imam. Ali then proceeded to have Imam wonderfully caught by Chris Woakes.Unlike Friday, Pakistan were willing to keep coming hard at England. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez shared an 88-run stand for the 3rd wicket in quick time before Babar became Moeen Ali’s 3rd victim.Hafeez looked like he could become the first centurion of the 2019 World Cup but he was done in by Mark Wood. Sarfaraz Ahmed played timed the ball sweetly and ran well to hit 55 off 44 as Pakistan finished with 348 for 8, their second highest score in World Cup history.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Media boycotts interaction with Team IndiaAlso Read | India’s home season from September 15 with Freedom Series versus South Africalast_img read more

2 Former CFB Stars Were Elected To Congress Last Night

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The college football world was well-represented in last night’s midterm elections, on both sides of the political aisle. Two former stars were elected to Congress.Former Ohio State standout wide receiver and NFL first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez was victorious in Ohio’s 16th congressional district. A Republican, Gonzalez defeated Democrat Susan Moran Palmer.Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten selection in 2006 before being chosen in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.He recorded 1,307 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 99 receptions during his NFL career, which was unfortunately limited by injuries.Thank you!Read full statement here: https://t.co/dDK8WBRFNS pic.twitter.com/YtKTvUTyPH— Anthony Gonzalez (@anthonygonzalez) November 7, 2018Gonzalez wasn’t the only ex-football player to claim victory on Tuesday. Down in Texas, former Baylor linebacker Colin Allred won the seat in Texas’ 32nd district.A Democrat, Allred defeated Republican Pete Sessions.This victory would not have been made possible without you. This people-powered campaign has made history tonight and North Texans made their voice heard. Now the real work begins. Thank you North Texas! #TX32— Colin Allred (@ColinAllredTX) November 7, 2018Allred starred for Baylor from 2002-05 before playing in 32 games for the Tennessee Titans from 2007-10. He recorded 41 career NFL tackles.Congrats to both men on their victories. Best of luck serving in Congress.last_img read more

There Are 7 Major Programs Without A Player At The NFL Combine

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine is set for this week and weekend in Indianapolis. Over 300 draft hopefuls will be in attendance and participating in the annual event.Some programs will be more represented than others. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia and several other elite teams are sending at least eight players to the combine.On the other end of the scale, seven Power 5 schools aren’t sending anyone. They’ve been shut out this year.The list of these schools is below.Seven Power-5 schools don’t have a single player at the @NFL Scouting Combine:ArizonaCaliforniaOregon StateIllinoisPurdueGeorgia TechTennesseeMeantime, Alabama and Clemson have 11 each.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) February 26, 2019It shouldn’t surprise you that most of the schools on this list had poor seasons and missed bowl games in 2018. If they had some more NFL talent in the junior and senior classes, perhaps things would have been different.Fortunately, this is only one year. If any of these programs become repeat offenders on this list, well, that’s a big problem.The NFL Scouting Combine will run through the weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. NFL Network has complete coverage of the event, and we’ll be updating you on all the important info here at The Spun.last_img read more

Genderfluid child actor to vie in male and female categories for BCs

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook A gender-fluid 11-year-old Vancouver actor is eligible for consideration in both male and female performance categories at British Columbia’s Leo Awards, the annual prize celebrating the province’s film and TV industry.Vancouver actor Ameko Eks Mass Carroll’s performance in the short film Limina has been accepted for consideration in male and female acting categories.“We are proud to join our colleagues at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognizing the importance of inclusivity when honouring artistic excellence” Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin, who is also chair of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, said in a statement Friday. Gender-fluid actor, comedian and musician Kelly Mantle, who appeared in the film Confessions of a Womanizer, recently became the first performer accepted for consideration in both male and female performance categories for the Oscars. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

For Canadian films to succeed put audiences first

first_imgWant to go see a great Canadian film this holiday season? Great, me too. But the movie listings will confirm that the multiplex is largely devoid of homegrown offerings, neither commercial-minded nor art. So where are the movies? They are getting made, and the national film funder Telefilm has a much-needed plan to ease the path to make many more, but most won’t be discovered by Canadians at the box office or anywhere else.I have spent my career in the business of Canadian film as a production and distribution executive and yes, I admit, lots of people think Canadian films are not for them – and many more would be hard-pressed to name one from recent memory. There is a paradox in the missing cohort of current homegrown films and filmmakers at the box office. It’s not a lack of talent. Canadians make movies for Hollywood every day. We have the best movie craftspeople on the planet. It, X Men: Apocalypse and Blade Runner 2049 are recent Hollywood releases made mostly by Canadian crews. It’s also not a lack of market. Canadians spent around a billion dollars on movie tickets last year. So why has it become so rare for an English-language Canadian film to connect with audiences?READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Officials Release Migrants From Libyan Detention Center Following Deadly Airstrikes

Rabat – On July 2, two successive airstrikes hit the Tajoura detention center, located in the outskirts of Libya’s capital, Tripoli. Part of a large military compound, the center housed approximately 600 people at the time of the attack, including 18 Moroccans. The strikes killed at least 53 people and left 130 more injured. The survivors, still held at the center after the bombings, protested over the weekend to demand safer housing conditions.On Wednesday, July 9, officials allowed the migrants to leave the center, some relocating to temporary aid facilities.However, their safety and security remains in question. “Aid organizations don’t protect us from bombs and fear,” one teenager told Voice of America as he walked away from the center.The situation at Tajoura became so dire following the July 2 attack that hundreds of migrants went on a hunger strike to protest their conditions and demand release.Others slept outside, fearing the building could be targeted in another attack.Two and a half years after Libya and Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding to curtail illegal migration into Europe, immigrants held in Libyan detention centers continue to pay a heavy price. The agreement between the two countries, and endorsed by European leaders, aimed to “stem the influx of illegal migrants.” As a result, migrants caught by Italian authorities while trying to cross into the country by sea would be brought back to Libya and held in crowded detention centers. Libya remains one of the most common points of departure into Europe for refugees fleeing countries in Africa and the Middle East.These migrants have become victims trapped in the crossfire between the UN-backed General National Army (GNA) and General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.The violence in Tripoli increased in early April when General Haftar’s troops advanced on the GNA-controlled capital. Both sides have blamed the opposition for the deadly airstrikes on the detention center, which the UN said may constitute a war crime.The UNHCR released a statement saying “55 of the most vulnerable refugees, which included women, children, families and unaccompanied minors, were identified for relocation” elsewhere in Tripoli, then hopefully onward to a third country.  While still in Libya, the migrants remain vulnerable as the civil war continues. “Options for humanitarian evacuations out of Libya continue to be limited,” the UNHCR said. read more

Ban Kimoon pledges to press for action on Darfur

Addressing a press conference in New York following a two-week trip to Afghanistan and several European countries, Mr. Ban said Darfur dominated many of his discussions with top officials. “We have made, I think, important progress,” he said. “We must now push the pace. Hard.” Mr. Ban outlined a number of areas where he would press for decisive action. He noted that the Security Council is now considering a draft resolution on the proposed hybrid UN-African Union force for Darfur. “I sincerely hope that the Security Council will take the necessary action within this week – which will allow more than 20,000 military personnel and civilian police,” said Mr. Ban. The draft calls on Member States to finalize their contributions within 90 days, he added. “I think this is fast, by UN standards. But I want to move more rapidly. The political situation on the ground is too fragile, the humanitarian crisis too dire, to waste more precious time,” he said. The Secretary-General said the UN must work with the AU and other partners to “start preparing the ground for our peacekeepers immediately.” He noted that a preliminary reconnaissance group leaves for Sudan tomorrow, while China will soon send a contingent of military engineers to Darfur to commence communications and logistical work that must precede the mission. Mr. Ban said he had been informed that “several hundred international troops, or more, will be ready to deploy by October,” but added, “I will push for September.” With the first units of the so-called “heavy support package” slated to start deploying later this year, he said he would press for expeditious action. “I will push to accelerate our timetable to the maximum, to the extent that security and logistics allow.” The Secretary-General also vowed to “push no less hard on the political front.” Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy Jan Eliasson today completed a two-day meeting in Tripoli, Libya. Participants adopted a communiqué on laying the groundwork for negotiations, starting with a meeting from 3 to 5 August in the Tanzanian capital, Arusha, with “leading personalities” of the movements that have not signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) with a view to holding a first round of negotiations before the end of August. “Our intention is to step up the pace of political negotiations involving all parties – rebel leaders, tribal leaders, Government leaders. The goal is to get them around a table by early September,” Mr. Ban explained. He cautioned that a political accord must in turn be followed by development programmes that go to the root causes of the conflict, warning that without this, “there can be no lasting solutions.” The Tripoli meeting convened by the UN and the AU was also attended by officials from Sudan, Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Italy, Libya, the Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States, the European Union and the League of Arab States. 16 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to push for action to facilitate the speedy deployment of peacekeepers to the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, while at the same time moving decisively to foster a lasting political settlement to the conflict there. read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from 3124 Buckeye win in Minneapolis

OSU redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) chases Minnesota senior running back David Cobb (27) during a Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team braved the elements, turnovers and a powerful Minnesota running attack to come away with its second straight win on the road over a ranked opponent Saturday in Minneapolis.The Buckeyes, who moved up one spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 7, will now return to Columbus to take on an Indiana team that boasts the third-best rushing offense in the Big Ten.But before the Buckeyes take on the Hoosiers, The Lantern sports editors have come up with a list of five takeaways from the 31-24 win in Minneapolis.1. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is having unprecedented successThere’s little chance anyone expected Barrett to be even close to as successful as he’s been this season, and even less of a chance anyone expected him to break rushing records set by injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller.Against Minnesota, Barrett broke two Miller rushing records and stormed past his single-season total touchdown mark set in 11 full games played last year. Barrett’s 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter broke Miller’s previous OSU quarterback long of 81 and his 189 total rushing yards set another school mark for a signal caller.When Miller went down with a torn labrum during fall camp, many expected the Buckeyes to fall off on offense. But with the success Barrett has had, not only has OSU continued to produce, but its offense has been even better than in years past.If he continues on the same pace, Barrett will probably finish with by far the best statistical season in OSU history.2. The Buckeyes have been lucky, but must cut down on mistakesThe Golden Gophers scored three touchdowns. Each touchdown came directly after an OSU turnover.Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall fumbled twice — once on a sure touchdown — and Barrett threw an interception. Without those three plays not only would OSU have won by a wider margin, but it’s possible the Buckeyes would have pitched a shutout.The only three real breakdowns for the OSU defense came after those three turnovers as the unit was strong from start to finish. If the team cuts down on mistakes — especially turnovers — it could compete with any other program in the nation.3. OSU’s pass defense has turned a cornerMinnesota redshirt-sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner isn’t a great player, but he’s no slouch either. The Buckeyes still made him look like one.Leidner finished the day just seven of 19 on pass attempts for 85 yards while he tossed two interceptions. The number could have been even higher as the Buckeyes had multiple clear shots at picks.Part of the credit has to go to the OSU pass rush, which sacked Leidner three times, but senior cornerback Doran Grant, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and the rest of the Buckeyes’ secondary have proved themselves capable of shutting down opposing aerial attacks. 4. But the Buckeyes’ run defense will need to improveOf Minnesota’s 303 total yards of offense, 218 came on the ground. The Buckeye defense let senior running back David Cobb rush for 145 yards and all three of the Golden Gopher touchdowns Saturday afternoon. This does not bode well for the future, as the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers next week in a game that features Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman, who rushed for 307 yards in a loss to Rutgers. In addition, Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon broke the NCAA FBS record for rushing yards against Nebraska on Saturday, as he rushed for 408 yards in just three quarters of play.Assuming both the Buckeyes and Badgers win out, Gordon could be running against the OSU defense in the Big Ten title game Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. 5. The Big Ten title game is (almost) a lockUrban Meyer’s goal for his team to be playing for championships in November is almost a reality for the Buckeyes. With a Buckeye win, and/or a Michigan State loss, OSU will appear in its second straight Big Ten title game. Last season, the Buckeyes lost, 34-24, to the Spartans, ending their hopes at a national championship.This year, it appears the Buckeyes will be heading back to Indianapolis with just Indiana and Michigan remaining on the regular season schedule.Both games will be in Columbus, and neither opponent currently has a winning record.The goal is in sight for OSU — now it just needs to finish, something it could not do last season.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Saturday at noon against the Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. read more

Lindo Creek CoI Slain prison escapee Varswyck was part of team

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFineman’s gang was responsible for the Lindo Creek Massacre -Top CopMarch 13, 2018In “Crime”15-y-o ‘Fine Man’ gang member told Police that gang killed miners- Lindo Creek CoI hearsMay 8, 2018In “Crime”Lindo Creek COI ‘turning out to be an assault on the GDF’- JagdeoMay 17, 2018In “latest news” As the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre continued today (Wednesday) attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes, who was retained by Leonard Arokium to aid in the investigation of the murders, took the stand and related, among other things, that he was provided with information on the identity of some of the members that were part of the police team that went into the Lindo Creek.Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes appearing before the CoIHughes posited that ex-policeman Urie Varswyck, who had escaped from the Georgetown Prison and was slain in 2017, was part of a Joint services team that went into Lindo Creek when the police force had been in search of the ‘Fine Man’ gang.“I do have information that I received in a professional capacity, that I cannot disclose, that actually indicated the identify of some of the members of the team, one of them is now deceased, Mr Varswyck was part of the police force” Hughes said.He added that Varswyck was under the command of a serving member of the Guyana Police Force. When asked by the Commission’s chairman Justice Donald Trotman to reveal the name of that serving officer, Hughes declined citing fear of the officer’s life.During the last CoI hearing retired Assistant Commissioner Heeralall Mackanlall, whose was at the time of the tragedy the Deputy Head of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), said that he investigated the massacre upon request from late former Police Commissioner Henry Greene and was unable to find evidence implicating joint services in the killings.At the same time, it was determined that a police, army and Special Forces team were in the general Lindo Creek area.Meanwhile, Hughes also said that after he was retained by Leonard Arokium he wrote to then Commissioner Greene indicating that they retain the services of United Kingdom’s Forensic Science Service to aid the police in their investigation of the incident. Then Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Gary Best, was also copied in the correspondence.However, the CoI heard that, Greene acknowledged receipt of the letter but never took up the offer. Instead they relied on the United States for help which never materialized and then settled for assistance from Jamaica and Trinidad to identify the remains.Hughes also recounted that in August of 2008 they received information that the cellular phone of victim, Dax Arokium was still being used. He said they then got a print out of the calls made using the number and furnished it to the police.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #UNLAWFUL ARREST: The Independent TD Mick Wallace has said he was the victim of an unlawful arrest. At a press conference earlier, Wallace was quizzed about being arrested for directing traffic while working on a construction site in Dublin in September 2000 and a subsequent settlement that was reported in the Irish Independent recently. In a heated exchange, Wallace said the story was false, he did not break any law but that he was not permitted to talk about the case as there is a “pending legal battle on it”.2. #APRIL JONES: Mark Bridger has been found guilty today of abducting and murdering five-year-old girl April Jones. Bridger, 47, had denied murdering the girl, who vanished while playing near her home in the market town of Machynlleth last October.3. #RE-OFFENDERS: Sixty-two per cent of people leaving Irish prisons re-offended within three years, with 80 per cent of that number committing a crime within the first year of their release. The Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that the figures showed that the state must develop a model of change, while Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said the prison system was “not delivering across the board”.4. #JOBBRIDGE: Sinn Féin’s Mary-Lou McDonald launched an attack on the government earlier over 30 positions for childcare interns advertised on JobBridge that say no experience is required. McDonald referenced an ad placed on the site by Giraffe, one of the creches featured in RTÉ’s recent programme which has since been removed.5. #JOBS: A call centre which will deal with queries from customers about Irish Water is to create 400 jobs in Cork. The centre will be run by Abtran and will open in Bishopstown in July.last_img read more

She is not a US citizen Trump requests block on USborn woman

first_img Image: Associated Press By AFP Image: Associated Press We cannot get to a point where we simply strip citizenship from those who break the law. That’s not what America is about. We have one of the greatest legal systems in the world, and we have to abide by it. Short URL Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 10:12 AM Feb 21st 2019, 10:12 AM Share143 Tweet Email1 US-born and radicalizedJust this weekend, Trump took to Twitter to chastise European allies that have not taken back hundreds of Islamic State prisoners caught in Syria, where Trump plans to withdraw US troops.Comparatively few Americans have embraced radical Islam, with the Counter Extremism Project at George Washington University identifying 64 who went to join the Islamic State group in Syria or Iraq.Muthana, raised in a strict household in Hoover, Alabama, said she was brainwashed by social media messages and headed to Syria without her parents’ knowledge in 2014.Shortly afterward, Muthana posted on Twitter a picture of herself and three other women who appeared to torch their Western passports, including an American one.She went on to post vivid calls on social media to kill Americans, glorifying the ruthless extremist group notorious for its beheadings that for a time ruled vast swathes of Syria and Iraq.But with the Islamic State group down to its last stretch of land, Muthana said she has renounced extremism and wants to return home with her toddler son, born to one of her three jihadist husbands.“To say that I regret my past words, any pain that I caused my family and any concerns I would cause my country would be hard for me to really express properly,” she said in a handwritten note to her lawyer.Tough to lose US citizenshipThe US decision on Muthana comes amid rising debate in Europe on the nationality of extremists. Britain recently revoked the citizenship of Shamina Begum, who similarly traveled to Syria and wants to return to her country of birth.Britain asserted that she was entitled to Bangladeshi citizenship due to her heritage, but the Dhaka government on Wednesday denied that she was eligible, leading her to become effectively stateless.US citizenship is significantly more difficult to lose. The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, ratified in 1868 after the Civil War as slavery was abolished, establishes that anyone born in the country is a citizen with full rights.The US Supreme Court in the landmark 1967 Afroyim decision rejected the government’s attempt to revoke the nationality of a Polish-born naturalised American after he voted in Israel.And last year a federal judge rejected a bid to strip the nationality of a Pakistani-born naturalized American who was convicted in a plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge.But Trump has campaigned on a hard line over immigration and raised the prospect of ending birthright citizenship ahead of last year’s congressional elections.In 2011, President Barack Obama ordered drone strikes that killed two Americans in Yemen – prominent Al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son – but did not believe it was possible to revoke citizenship.- © AFP 2019 ‘She is not a US citizen’: Trump requests block on US-born woman who joined IS from returning The US generally grants citizenship to everyone born on its soil; Hoda Muthana was born in the US and raised in Alabama. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP said that he’s barring a US-born former Islamic State propagandist from returning home, making the highly unusual case that she is not a US citizen.Trump’s refusal to admit 24-year-old Hoda Muthana comes just as he is pressing Europeans to repatriate their own Islamic State fighters and will likely face legal challenges, with US citizenship extremely difficult to lose.Trump said on Twitter he has “instructed” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the country” – a break with usual US protocol not to comment on individuals’ immigration issues.“Ms Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States,” Pompeo said in a terse statement. Source: Donald Trump“She does not have any legal basis, no valid US passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States,” he added.The US generally grants citizenship to everyone born on its soil and the Alabama-raised Muthana is believed to have traveled to Syria on a US passport.But a US official said a later investigation showed that she had not been entitled to her passport, adding: “Ms Muthana’s citizenship has not been revoked because she was never a citizen.”Officials declined further comment but in a loophole that could boost the government case, Muthana’s father had been a diplomat from Yemen – and children of diplomats are not automatically given citizenship. Hassan Shibly, attorney for Hoda Muthana. Source: Chris O’MearaMuthana’s lawyer, Hassan Shilby, showed a birth certificate that demonstrated she was born in New Jersey in 1994 and said her father had ceased being a diplomat “months and months” before her birth.“She is a US citizen. She had a valid passport. She may have broken the law and, if she has, she’s willing to pay the price,” Shilby told AFP at his office in Tampa.He said Muthana wanted due process and was willing to go to prison if convicted. 147 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4505085 57,704 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_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

Oregon bill would let teens register to vote at 16

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House on Tuesday approved a measure backed by Democrats that would allow teenagers to register to vote when they turn 16 and get their driver’s license.The teens wouldn’t be able to cast a ballot until their 18th birthday, but proponents hope the measure would increase participation among younger voters. As registered voters, they’d automatically get a ballot in the mail before the first election in which they’re eligible to vote.“This bill would greatly enhance our ability to engage the young people who we so desperately need in our democracy,” said Rep. Ben Unger, of Hillsboro, a freshman Democrat and political consultant who was one the measure’s chief sponsors.Lawmakers rejected a Republican counter-proposal that would have prohibited minors from joining political parties. It also would have kept their contact information private from campaigns, political parties and others that collect data from voter rolls.Political parties would begin reaching out to 15-year-olds trying to persuade them to join on their 16th birthday when they get their driver’s license and register to vote, said Rep. Wally Hicks, R-Grants Pass.last_img read more

North Miami Beach officer fired after allegedly kicking pregnant woman in the

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A North Miami Beach Police officer has been fired, two days after she was arrested for allegedly kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach.“Due to Ms. Ambar Pacheco’s recent off-duty actions, her employment with the City of North Miami Beach has been terminated effective immediately,” Police Chief William Hernandez said in a statement. OFFICIAL STATEMENT from @myNMBPolice regarding the arrest of Ms. Ambar Pacheco:”Due to Ms. Ambar Pacheco’s recent off-duty actions, her employment with the City of North Miami Beach has been terminated effective immediately”Chief William Hernandez— North Miami Beach PD (@myNMBPolice) July 27, 2018According to Miami Beach Police, North Miami Beach officer Ambar Pacheco was off duty when she was arrested in Miami Beach, Wednesday night.Police said Pacheco was off duty and allegedly drunk when she got into an argument with the victim’s boyfriend, Joseph Predelus, along Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. That led to Pacheco attacking and kicking the victim, Evoni Murray, in the stomach.“It was stressful, but luckily we got her to Mount Sinai [Medical Center] just in the nick of time,” said Predelus. The expecting mother was eight months pregnant and had a due date of Aug. 4. Police said the victim went into premature labor following the beating.Predulus welcomed his child alongside his girlfriend Evoni and described the birth.“It was stressful because I had to go through it,” said Predelus. “Luckily, we had got her to Mount Sinai just in time because it only took seven minutes for the labor.”Despite the brutal attack, Evoni and baby Joe are healthy.Although this wasn’t the way he wanted to welcome his son into the world, Predelus said she’s just thankful mother and child are OK.“When he was born, it put a smile on my face,” he said. “All my concern is that he was happy.”Evoni and her son have since been released from the hospital, and the family is back home at their Liberty City residence. center_img Pacheco is now facing aggravated battery charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Giant Stumbles Closes Print Edition

first_img“Suspending the print vehicle marks the end of an era, but I am thrilled with the opportunity to bring more celebrity, style and culture to our audiences through my exclusive video series, and other integrated rich media opportunities,” Fontaine said in a statement. “In the coming months consumers can look forward to more exclusive content from trend-setter and celebrity bloggers and active user participation and dialogue.”It wasn’t immediately clear how many layoffs might be associated with the closing. A Radio One spokesperson couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.Radio One acquired Giant in 2007 for $275,000. Founder Jamie Hooper launched the publication in 2004 with a $10 million investment.Radio One, which also owns BlackPlanet.com, said it will notify Giant subscribers of the changes over the next few weeks. African-American-focused radio broadcasting company Radio One has suspended publication of the bi-monthly print edition of Giant, the magazine it acquired three years ago. The final issue will hit newsstands December 15.The Giant brand, however, will continue online with the launch of GIANTLife.com, Radio One said Monday afternoon. Former editor-in-chief-turned-chief content officer Smokey Fontaine will remain with Radio One.Tom Newman, president of Radio One’s digital arm Interactive One, attributed Giant’s shuttering in print to the “economic downturn” but said the company views this as “an opportunity to leverage our existing robust online platform to better serve Giant consumers and advertisers through our interactive medium.”last_img read more

South Korean Trawler Sinks in Russian Far East

first_imgThe Oryong 501. (via Korea Times)At least one person has died and dozens more are missing after a South Korean trawler sank in the western Bering Sea early Monday morning.The Oryong 501 was fishing for pollock off Chukotka in the Russian Far East, with about 60 crew members aboard.They were reportedly hit by a wave while hauling in fish in bad weather, and began taking on water. There was no report of a distress call before the vessel sank.Seven people aboard were rescued from a life raft, and one has since died of hypothermia, according to reports. Russian search crews and nearby fishing vessels are still looking for at least 50 missing crew members in the cold waters nearby.last_img read more

Whats the impact of Steph Currys Finals disappearing act

first_imgThe flip side of the Cavs historic comeback and LeBron’s performance for the ages, is Golden State’s collapse. The record setting 73 – 9 juggernaut from the regular season turned out to be an NBA version of Mike Tyson. They didn’t know how to react when they got punched in the mouth.It’s been an awful week for Curry. He followed up his temper tantrum in Game 6 that ended with him hitting a fan with his mouthpiece with a 17 point, Game 7 disappearing act that would make Criss Angel jealous.For the first time in the Warriors insane two year run, Curry is having a career crisis where the path to NBA championships aren’t paved in gold and lined with gumdrops.Today on Speak for Yourself, Colin and Jason discussed whether Curry’s Finals meltdown will ruin his image as basketball’s beautiful mind. Colin thinks Curry may take a hit, but compared his Finals performance to an A-list actor who has a box office bomb, but eventually makes a comeback. Advertisement “Remember the bomb, Gigli, Ben Affleck. It bombed. It didn’t help his brand, but he did just play Batman, and he was part of the Oscars group for Argo. I didn’t do him any favors. He had to dig his way out of it. Agent had to use PR.”Whitlock sees the Curry Finals dumpster fire as a serious image and PR crisis.“He’s less relateable today than he was a week ago. He’s less likeable today than he was a week ago. This has damaged his image. If I’m Under Armour I’ve got emergency meetings going on right now.”Most NBA champions face their adversity on their way to their first title, Steph Curry is facing his first career crisis after already winning one.Check out the video below of Whitlock continuing the discussion of the Finals impact on Steph Curry’s image with NBA veteran and Curry family friend Rex Chapman.“This Kid’s an assassin, he’s a killer & he rarely let’s people down.” – @RexChapman on if Curry damaged his legacyhttps://t.co/SkoVJbVOCz— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) June 20, 2016last_img read more