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first_imgDay one action at the National 18’s Touch Football Championships has set up an extremely tight week of competition, with several sides set to challenge for the titles. The day began with an opening ceremony to welcome players and officials, as well as to sendoff the 10 Australian Open and Senior sides, who are traveling to New Zealand in October for the All Nations Championships. Coffs Harbour Mayor the Hon Keith Rhoades and South Sydney NRL players Joe Williams and John Sutton attended the ceremony, keen to check out the action of day one at the Championships. Traditionally dominated by the combined schools sides and with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) defending champions in both divisions, the 2005 event is still proving one of the most open fields in the tournament’s history. MENS DIVISION SUMMARY: The Mens division in particular looks as though any one of six or seven sides could grab the title on their day, with the Sydney Mets, South Queensland Sharks, NQ, Southern NSW Suns and local favourites Northern NSW Eagles all expected to challenge the school sides for a finals berth. The Northern Eagles started strongly, winning 10-3 against the ACT and the Southern Suns also recorded a 6-2 win over Brisbane City. The Eagles and Suns both boast a number of players who represented their regions at the National Under 20 Championships earlier in the year, where the Suns defeated the Eagles in an extremely tight grand final. The Sydney Mets and South Queensland Sharks typified this year’s tournament as they fought it out for a 5-4 win to the Mets, while NQ recorded two wins on their first day and will face tougher sides tomorrow. NSWCHS and QSST both showed they aren’t about to let the regions end their dominance, with NSWCHS recording a first round 15-1 over the Sydney Scorpions and QSST holding back a spirited Northern Territory 12-2. WHO’S LEADING THE MEN’S POOLS? Pool one looks hot (even though that may sound corny), with the Southern Suns and QSST both recording good wins in their first two rounds. The QSST side don’t even look like they’ve really kicked into gear yet, while the Suns look like a very well drilled unit. The Brisbane City Cobras also look like they have the potential to feature come finals time, finishing day one with a strong 13-1 win over Tasmania. In Pool two NSWCHS have had two easy wins, finishing with an 11-2 win over a depleted CQ side. The Hunter Western Hornets have jumped to second in Pool two after two wins over SunCoast and SWQ. Tomorrow will see whether they can match it with more fancied sides such as NSWCHS. Pool three is definitely the pool to watch, with four good teams all capable of challenging come finals. NQ and Sydney Mets are both undefeated in pool three, with Northern Eagles and SQBD both recording a win and a loss on day one. Day two will certainly be telling for this group as NQ and the Mets face off against the Eagles and SQBD. Another addition that heats up pool three is the improvement and more consistent performances from the ACT and Crusaders, who performed well in their first day of matches. WOMENS DIVISION SUMMARY: In the Womens division NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and QSST both started well, with both teams full of Australian junior representatives and expected to be very tough to beat. NSWCHS recording an 8-2 win in their first round match and a 14-0 win over Tasmania, while QSST warmed up with a 9-0 win over the Sydney Mets and a 14-0 win over the Crusaders (SA and Victoria). NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) and Western Australia also recorded good wins in their first round matches and showed they are keen to challenge the strength of NSWCHS and QSST, perhaps indicating an upset could be on the cards as the week progresses. The ACT side started well with a 3-2 win over the Sydney Scorpions before falling 4-2 to the Sydney Mets. NSWCIS also showed they’re a team to watch with after going down 8-2 to NSWCHS and then beating TouchWest 2-0. WHO’S LEADING THE WOMEN’S POOLS? NSWCCC and QSST lead Pool one in the Womens Competition, undefeated after the first two rounds, with NSWCCC looking at their strongest in recent years. QSST have already recorded 23 touchdowns in their two matches and have not yet let the opposition cross their line…it will be interesting to see how they go against some tougher opposition. NSWCHS already look like they’ll dominate Pool two, undefeated after two rounds, with Brisbane City Cobras sitting in second. Their draw against North Queensland sets up close competition for the remaining teams in Pool two, as does the performances of TouchWest and NSWCIS. In Pool 3 the Hunter-Western Hornets have jumped to the top of their ladder, with draws being the order of the day in this pool. South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) and Southern Suns have both recorded two draws for their first two matches and will look to finish their matches off with wins tomorrow. By Rachel Moyle FOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND STORIES: has all of the latest news and stories, as well as a photo gallery, match reports and `From the Fishbowl’ reports. FOR ALL THE LATEST DRAWS AND RESULTS: The SportingPulse website has the draws, results and touchdown scorers, as well as some of the stories from and can be accessed using the following link DRAW AND RESULTS FOR 18 YEARS AND UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. ARCHIVE: Following the event all stories will be archived on the TFA website Tournaments section which can be found under the ‘Tournaments’ tab or by using this link: 2005 NATIONAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER HOMEPAGE until then though, check regularly for all the news and updates!last_img

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp highlights Krawietz influence on victory at Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp highlights Krawietz influence on victory at Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has highlighted the influence of assistant coach Peter Krawietz on victory at Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold thumped home the opener after a well-worked free-kick that involved Mohamed Salah rolling the ball into the path of the young defender.The Reds extended their advantage when Alexander-Arnold played a similar pass to Andy Robertson before his cross was met by Roberto Firmino’s header.”It’s of course from the training ground, the Robbo (Robertson) one is from the training ground,” said Klopp.“The Trent one, I really see the boys on the pitch today had the best view on the pitch. It’s their job to see the best opportunity to score.“It was a direct free-kick so could have scored directly, but this little move changed the whole angle and made it pretty impossible for Kepa (Arrizabalaga) to make a save. It was a brilliant goal.“Pete Krawietz and our analysts, they do a really good job around set-pieces, especially corner kicks.“I loved the corners in the second half where we probably should have scored twice. But it wasn’t a set-piece game, we played a lot of good stuff and in the end you have to score and that’s what we did. All good.” last_img read more


Wisconsin Paid Tribute To Purdue Superfan Tyler Trent On Friday Night

first_imgTyler Trent asks Purdue football fans to do the "Kinnick Wave" during game against Iowa.The Wisconsin basketball program paid tribute to Purdue superfan Tyler Trent on Friday night when the two programs met for a Big Ten showdown.Trent, who was diagnosed with bone cancer at a young age, passed away on New Year’s Day after a lengthy battle with cancer. His story was brought to the college football world by Tom Rinaldi and ESPN during a College GameDay segment and college football fans embraced Tyler with all their hearts.After his passing, ESPN host Scott Van Pelt gave a stirring tribute to Trent and now a rival university has done the same.On Friday night, Wisconsin’s basketball program held a moment of silence for Trent.RIP Tyler TrentOur thoughts are with the loved ones of Tyler and the entire @PurdueSports community. Tyler was an inspiration to us all.#TylerStrong #BoilerUp— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 12, 2019Trent’s impact on the sporting world will be felt for years to come.last_img read more


Justice Minister Tables Reports on Supreme and Parish Courts

first_img The Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has tabled the 2017 annual statistical reports for the Supreme Court and the Parish Courts in the House of Representatives.The reports, tabled today (April 3), provide information on the number of cases in the courts; the disposal rates; distribution of cases among the courts; disaggregation of the types of matter in the courts; rates for trial readiness and completion; performance rates; case load; and the length of time it takes for matters to be completed in the various courts.Minister Chuck informed that in 2016, the Ministry engaged Dr. Denarto Dennis, a senior statistician, on a full-time basis at the Supreme Court to develop and expand a data capture process in the Courts across the island.He noted that the work of the Statistician is being funded by the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, and that the preliminary work on the data capture system was done by the Department of Justice Canada.“This then enabled the statistician to immediately modify and implement the work of analysing and reporting his statistical findings. Further, the statistical personnel of the Ministry were reassigned to the Supreme Court to provide support to Dr Dennis,” the Justice Minister said.Mr. Chuck informed that a report on the Court of Appeal was soon prepared and published.He said a pilot was, thereafter, launched in the Parish Courts to capture information on criminal matters, and then extended to all other criminal courts by the end of 2016, then to the civil and family courts.The Minister noted that by the end of 2017, quarterly reports were being prepared on the treatment and disposition of matters in the Supreme Court.“The report generated reveals that in 2017, 12,604 new Supreme Court matters were started across the six divisions (High Court Civil, Probate, Matrimonial, Commercial, Home Circuit and Gun Court). The major finding of the study was that, on average, the disposal or clearance rate of cases is 49.70 per cent. This rate ranges from 24.18 per cent in the High Court to 97.86 per cent in the Gun Court,” he pointed out.He noted further that in the Matrimonial Court, 12.6 per cent of the cases remained in the system over four years before conclusion; while in the Home Circuit Court disposal of cases took between 16 days and 153 months or 12 years and nine months.“There have been improvements in this division since. For the cases filed in 2017, 41.14 per cent of those cases were disposed of in 2017. Albeit unfortunate, exception is a matter in the Probate Division that was completed after 39 years,” Mr. Chuck said.Meanwhile, the Minister said among the impeding factors causing the inordinate delays are the high incidence of adjournments, uncertainty as it relates to trial and hearing dates and requisitions.Mr. Chuck noted that 69 per cent of matters across the divisions go according to schedule. Of note is the fact that 80.5 per cent of criminal matters go as scheduled while 54 per cent of the Probate matters are on schedule.“The number of adjournments in the Home Circuit and High Court Civil Divisions is a cause of concern. 30 per cent of these adjournments are owing to missing files, non-attendance of parties, issues with service, wrong listings and outstanding documents. These contribute to the non-productive use of judicial time and slower rates of case disposal,” he informed.In the Parish Courts, 32,266 new matters were started in 2017. The average disposal rate was 69.75 per cent, as against the international standard of 80 per cent.“In order to forge ahead, it is recommended that the system allow for enhanced case and records management, a more robust system of scheduling and stronger stakeholder engagements,” Mr. Chuck said.“Additionally, increasing the complement of judges and support staff in the High Court would lessen the case load and positively impact the clearance and disposal rates. However, more emphasis must be placed in alternative methods of disposal, such as mediation, plea bargaining, diversion and dispute resolution,” he added.The annual reports have been published for 2017 on the Supreme Court website at The Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has tabled the 2017 annual statistical reports for the Supreme Court and the Parish Courts in the House of Representatives. Minister Chuck informed that in 2016, the Ministry engaged Dr. Denarto Dennis, a senior statistician, on a full-time basis at the Supreme Court to develop and expand a data capture process in the Courts across the island.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more


Changes Coming to the Incompetent Persons Act

first_imgLast December, Nova Scotians raised concerns about a young man who had court ordered restrictions placed on his freedom. They said the Incompetent Persons Act fails to protect the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. Upon hearing the concerns, I made the commitment to review the legislation. I also said I would examine what other jurisdictions are doing across the country. Our review is still underway, but it is clear we need to improve the current legislation. People with varying degrees of capacity, provided with a range of supports, can still make decisions for themselves. The current act does not acknowledge this fact. The province has many options, which could include amending the act or repealing and replacing. We will continue to explore all our options. Any changes will ensure we protect the rights of Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities. All Nova Scotians have a right to self-determination. The law must protect and support their decision-making. This is important legislation that has real impact. It will take time, but it is critical we take the time to consult with Nova Scotians to make sure we get it right. I have also instructed my department not to oppose an upcoming constitutional challenge of the act scheduled for April 29th. Government will protect the rights and freedom of its citizens. We are here to empower our people – that is how we move Nova Scotia forward. -30-last_img read more


Pussy Riots Maria Alyokhina takes the Toronto stage in the urgent Burning

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Burning Doors, a production by the Belarus Free Theatre playing at the Luminato Festival this week, has always been topical. But suddenly it’s taken on a new level of urgency.Created in the belief that “the Russian empire is coming back,” in the words of BFT’s co-artistic director Natalia Kaliada, the production is based on testimonies by three activist artists: the Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky, who famously nailed his scrotum to Red Square; Maria Alyokhina, one of the original members of the punk band Pussy Riot (who appears live in the production); and Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who has been imprisoned in Siberia since 2014.In the two years that BFT has been touring the show, Sentsov’s situation has escalated: He began a hunger strike on May 14 and, according to Kaliada, “is ready to die for Putin to release 70 Ukrainian political prisoners from Russian jails.” The hunger strike has drawn worldwide attention, with writer Stephen King and others tweeting the hashtag #FreeSentsov, and western arts organizations including Luminato and the Toronto International Film Festival calling for the release of Sentsov and other political prisoners. Advertisement Advertisement The outcry comes at a moment when the world’s attention is focused on Russia for other reasons. Twitterlast_img read more


Na tree planted to mark IndonesiaSri Lanka diplomatic relations

For several centuries, na tree has been used as a traditional herbal plant and its wood has been widely used to construct temples and bridges. The tree’s flowers are also used in religious rituals in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN Dharshana Perera planted a na tree at Indonesia’s Bogor Botanical Gardens on Monday to mark the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations, the Jakarta Post reported.Perera said na tree, also known as Sri Lankan ironwood, was special to Sri Lankan people. The Sri Lankan ironwood had been brought in directly from the Royal Botanic Gardens Paradeniya, Sri Lanka.“We hope the na tree can become a symbol of long-term friendship and good relations between Indonesian and the Sri Lankan people, and can help expand and deepen  relations between Paradeniya and Bogor Botanical Gardens,” said Ambassador Perera. “Na tree is a rare plant in Sri Lanka,” said Perera, adding that na tree had been officiated as the Sri Lankan national tree in 1986. Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) deputy chairman for biodiversity sciences Enny Sudarmonowati mentioned that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had wished for stronger partnership between Indonesia and Sri  Lanka in his state visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January.“We expect support from Sri Lanka, especially the Paradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens, in the effort to achieve UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Bogor Botanical Gardens,” said Enny. (Colombo Gazette) read more


NPC passes resolution calling for UN monitored referendum

Wherefore the Northern Provincial Council resolves that: The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has passed a resolution calling upon member countries of the UN to conduct a UN monitored referendum in the North-East region of the island to determine the political preference of the Tamil speaking people towards finding a permanent political solution.The resolution was tabled by council member M.K. Shivajilingam, seconded by opposition leader S. Thavarajah and council member Ayub Asmin, and unanimously adopted by the Northern Provincial Council. Noting that as of March 2017, Sri Lanka had failed to take any significant measures to implement its commitments to Resolution 30/1, and at Sri Lanka’s request at the UNHRC Session in March 2017, the Resolution 34/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka and adopted unanimously, giving 2-year extension until March 2019 for Sri Lanka to implement the Resolution 30/1;Emphasizing that the Government of Sri Lanka has not only failed to take any meaningful steps towards implementing the Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, but also the President, the Prime Minister, and the senior members of the government are on record to have stated that they will not fully implement the Resolutions;Recalling that the political conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamil speaking peoples in Sri Lanka has been escalating since the independence of the Island from the Great Britain in 1948, and the root cause of the war was the political conflict which has so far not been addressed properly despite numerous attempts; Emphasizing that according to the November 2012 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka, over 70,000 people were unaccounted for during the final phase of the war in 2009;Recalling that the Government of Sri Lanka was a cosponsor and signatory to the Resolution 30/1 titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and Human rights in Sri Lanka” at the UNHRC session in Geneva in September 2015, inter-alia proposing the establishment of a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; and affirmed that a credible justice process to include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality; and also affirmed in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defense lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators; Since Sri Lanka is still unwilling to fully implement the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, and if Sri Lanka fails to fully implement the said Resolutions before March 2019, this Council calls upon the Member Countries of the UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly and to the UN Security Council to be referred to the International Criminal Court or to a specially created international criminal tribunal set up by the UN;This Council calls upon the UNHRC to appoint a UN Special Rapporteur for Sri Lanka, to monitor the plight of the war affected Tamil speaking people, disappeared persons, political prisoners, continued arbitrary detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, presence of large un-proportionate number of Sri Lankan security forces in Tamil areas, and the occupation of private lands by the Sri Lankan security forces in the North-East region of the Island;This Councils calls upon the UNHRC to urge UN to impose military sanctions on Sri Lanka, until substantial progress is made in this regard; The resolution states: This Council calls upon all member countries of the UN to deny entry visa to Sri Lankan military personnel implicated in the war crime, and explore other avenues, including the application of universal jurisdiction as proposed by UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights in his Annual Report dated 26 February – 23 March 2018;Since Sri Lanka has failed, and is unwilling to offer an equitable political solution to the Tamil speaking people, and failed to take adequate measures to prevent the recurrence of the past violence, this Council calls upon the member countries of the UN to conduct a UN monitored referendum in the North-East region of the Island to determine the political preference of the Tamil speaking people towards finding a permanent political solution. (Colombo Gazette) Recalling that the March 2011 Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka stated that there were credible allegations that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed during the final stages of the armed conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and there could have been as many as 40,000 Tamil civilian deaths; read more


Funeral held for victim of Muzik nightclub shooting

Updated:A funeral service was held this morning for one of the victims in the Muzik nightclub shooting last week.26-year-old Ariela Navarro-Fenoy was hit by a bullet on Dufferin Street just north of the Dufferin gates of the Exhibition grounds during an after party for Drake’s OVO Fest.A friend of Navarro-Fenoy says they got caught up in the gun exchange after several taxis refused to accept their fare because it was too small.The shooting also claimed the life of 23-year-old Duvel Hibbert, who was gunned down at the venue’s outdoor patio.There have been no arrests in the case and police are still looking to identify two persons of interest. read more


Split no more SpiderMan gets another swing with Marvel

LOS ANGELES — Spider-Man won’t be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon.After a public fallout last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios have found a way to work together. The studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to produce a third “Spider-Man” film starring Tom Holland.Disputes over the profit-sharing structure put Spidey’s future in the MCU in doubt, much to the chagrin of many fans who had enjoyed seeing Spider-Man fighting alongside The Avengers.Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement that he’s thrilled that the character’s journey in the MCU is continuing. Producer Amy Pascal added that it has been a “winning partnership” for both studios.The next Spidey film will hit theatres on July 16, 2021.The Associated Press read more


UN meeting says AsiaPacific needs stronger alliances to meet Millennium Goals

Governments and civil society organizations need to cooperate better if the Asia-Pacific region is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a senior United Nations official has told a two-day workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. “We have a long way to go and we will need years of hard and dedicated work at all levels,” Kim Hak-su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), said on Sunday. The MDGs, adopted by a UN summit in New York in 2000, are a set of time-specific targets for tackling the world’s ills. They include pledges to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. Mr. Kim said stronger alliances and partnerships between stakeholders are essential if the region is to make progress. “Unless that partnership is in place, our quest for equity and justice will remain illusive,” he said. The Kathmandu workshop, which finished yesterday, was organized by UNESCAP and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Participants also agreed on how a second phase for promoting the MDGs would work. read more


With starvation looming in Niger UN launches emergency food airlift

With the international humanitarian response to looming starvation in Niger gathering pace, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today a series of airlifts to deliver life-saving emergency rations to 80,000 victims of the impoverished West African country’s intensifying emergency. “Whether it’s by air, land or sea, the food cannot arrive a moment too soon. We are working flat out to deliver rations and help provide relief for some of the worst hunger I have ever witnessed,” said Giancarlo Cirri, WFP Country Director for Niger, which has suffered the double blow of a poor rainy season and devastation to its crops and grazing land from the worst locust invasion in 15 years. With 1.2 million people at risk of starvation and food stocks dwindling, WFP’s logistics operation has five weeks to deliver 23,000 tons of food to 19 districts on the frontline of the country’s second-worst hunger crisis in history. As Niger’s food shortages stretch traditional coping mechanisms to their limit, these numbers could grow even bigger. The first aircraft will take off Thursday morning from WFP’s humanitarian response depot in Brindisi, Italy, delivering 44 tons of high-energy biscuits to Niger’s capital Niamey, the first of three that WFP is sending to Niamey over the coming days. The cargo will also include mobile warehouses, generators and 4×4 vehicles. From Niamey a convoy of trucks will carry the biscuits along the 660-kilometre desert road to Maradi in the south, one of the hardest hit areas of the country. Starting 1, WFP is also planning a series of airlifts to shift 200 tons of Corn Soya Blend, used in supplementary feeding, direct from Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire to Niamey. WFP alerted donors to the growing need for emergency aid as far back as November 2004, but until recently the international community failed to heed warnings from humanitarian organizations that the prolonged drought and locust infestation had left some 2.5 million people on the brink of starvation. In the past week, media images of the devastating human consequences of what was earlier called Niger’s “Silent Emergency” have finally galvanized the donor community. WFP’s logistics operation is intensifying efforts to deliver the growing influx of emergency food aid to the landlocked country. Earlier this week, a 25-strong convoy of lorries loaded with 996 tons of rice and 550 tons of pulses – vital components in WFP’s food rations – set-off along the 800-kilometre road from the port of Lome in Togo to Niamey – a five-day journey. In total, over 2,000 tons of food is currently on the road to WFP’s non-governmental organization partners (NGOs) who are distributing the food to the worst-affected areas. “We’re talking about huge distances but the transport network is relatively good. The real problem has not been getting the food to the hungry but getting the donations to pay for the food,” WFP’s chief logistics officer Pierre Carrasse said. read more


CareerZone temporarily relocated

The CareerZone Resource Centre has found a new home — temporarily. Due to ongoing construction on campus, CareerZone has temporarily relocated to ST 211, across from the elevators in the James A. Gibson Library.All of CareerZone’s services are still available, and hours of operation will remain the same — Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on CareerZone, visit


Castello Housing Scheme man remanded for armed robbery

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinibus Conductor charged with armed robberyDecember 22, 2014In “Crime”East La Penitence youth remanded on Robbery ChargeAugust 25, 2014In “Crime”Man charged with armed robbery refused bailJune 28, 2014In “Crime” Thirty-two-year-old Quinton Bourne of Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown was earlier today (Thursday) arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman on two counts of armed robbery, allegedly committed on Shawn Anthony and Leon Bentam at Sherriff Street, Campbellville Georgetown on August 22, 2017.Represented by Attorney-at-law Dexter Todd, Bourne pleaded not guilty to the charges, which allege that, while in the company of others, and armed with a gun, he robbed Anthony of one Samsung smartphone and relieved Bentam of a cellular phone and some $2 million in cash before escaping in a waiting motorcar.In making submissions for reasonable bail for his client, Attorney-at-law Todd attested that his client is a father of two, has no previous or pending matters before the courts, was never fingered in an identification (ID) parade in regard to these matters, and at no point in time had submitted any oral or written statements under caution. Todd thus concluded that the Police have no case against the accused.But the Prosecutor strongly opposed the defendant being placed on bail. Citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence, and mentioning the penalty attached to such a felony, the prosecutor informed the court that the defendant had refused to participate in an ID parade. He also disclosed that the motor vehicle allegedly used in commission of the crime was found abandoned on Middle Road, West La Penitence, Georgetown.The defendant was refused bail, and has to return to court on Friday, when his cases would come up before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for assignment. read more


How Irish lifeboats rescued 10 animals including a cow last year

first_imgAN AVERAGE OF 25 people a week were rescued by RNLI lifeboats around Ireland in the past year – and ten animals too.New figures released today show that 1,278 people were rescued by lifeboats in 2013, the majority of whom were on pleasure crafts when they got into difficulty.RNLI lifeboats also rescued ten animals over the course of the year, including four dogs, two sheep, a cow, two whales and a dolphin.The Dún Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat was the busiest of the 44 lifeboat stations around the country, rescuing 67 people from 58 separate call outs.More than ten per cent of the people who were rescued by lifeboats were ashore, meaning that they were ill or injured on an island, cliff or the shoreline, and a lifeboat was the fastest or safest way to reach them.Overall there was a significant increase both in the number of times a lifeboat had to be launched – up from 955 to 1,087 – and also in the number of people rescued (up by 221 on the previous year), which the RNLI said was partly because of the hot summer.The RNLI said that there had been tragedy in 2013 too. “A number of our call outs involved searches for missing people and in some incidents, they involved bringing home loved ones who were lost at sea,” said operations manager Martyn Smith.He called on the public to be careful around water, irrespective of weather conditions.Video: Lifeboat launches search in rough seas – but it was a hoax call > Read: Coast Guard warns people to get away from the sea as man injured at Howth pier >last_img read more


Google not rolling Orkut into Google

first_imgRemember Orkut? Well, Google certainly does, and it looks like the social blast from the internet’s past is here to stay for the time being. According to a faceless Google rep, the company has no plans at the moment to either retire Orkut or to roll its functionality into Google+ (despite the immediate success of the younger project).Nobody would blame you if you don’t remember Orkut. While it’s been around for over seven years, it never really took off to the extent that contemporaries like MySpace and Facebook did. At least, not in English-speaking countries, anyway. While the web-savvy social generation of Westerners has all but shunned Orkut as a social network, people in countries like India and Estonia have flocked to it year after year, bringing its home page to an Alexa rank of 102 (an extremely big ranking for something people tend to forget ever existed).Meanwhile, feedback to Google’s Vic Gundotra Google+ post today detailed the lessons his company is learning from the Google+ rollout, along with their plans to change it in the immediate future. User feedback has apparently played an enormous role in the changes, which leads many to wonder why Orkut has been laying nearly stagnant for half a decade.Among the desired plans for Google+ tweaks from users are revamps for Google Reader and Google Chat that would tie them into the new social network. There’s no mention of Orkut.If you log into Orkut right now, you won’t see the new black “Google bar” across the top of your browser window. In fact, you won’t see anything remotely like any other Google product currently offered today. It hasn’t received the same attention from Google’s developers over the years that services like Gmail, YouTube, Google Chat, and Google Reader have. But despite the perceived neglect, Google seems intent on keeping Orkut in the mix–they just don’t want it mixing with anything else.via IDG Newslast_img read more


Sidebyside video makes Microsofts Siri gaffe look even worse

first_imgLast week a Microsoft exec made headlines by dismissing Apple’s Siri as good marketing, claiming that Windows Phone has had the same functionality for over a year. The statement is easy fodder for flocks of Apple fanboys, but even the Android faithful and mobile agnostics agree that it’s an inaccurate statement. Now, pouring salt on Microsoft’s wounds, a side-by-side video has been made that makes the remark look even more foolish.As you’ll see below, the result is a brutal humiliation for Windows Phone. Not only does Siri have many more tasks it can perform, but Microsoft’s Tellme can’t even recognize basic speech.You can’t blame Microsoft chief strategy and research officer Craig Mundie for endorsing his company’s services over Apple’s. He works for Microsoft; his job is to say that Windows Phone is better.What makes Mundie look ridiculous is how he went about doing that. Siri is a more advanced service than Tellme; to say otherwise is either foolishness or a lie. Siri’s advantages are numerous and significant: much greater speech recognition, the ability to comprehend casual language, the ability to build commands into a conversation, Wolfram Alpha incorporation, and the integration of stock iOS apps.What would have been a more effective response from Mundie? Last month, Android head Andy Rubin was asked what he thought of Siri. He complimented Apple’s timing, but added that he didn’t think a phone should be an assistant. Whether you agree with this point or not, Rubin shows rhetorical skill: by acknowledging Siri’s strengths, his ultimate dismissal of it has more power.Mundie’s comment, on the other hand, reveals an amateur communicator. He is gung-ho about promoting Microsoft, but ignores major differences between its service and Apple’s. There are many ways to argue that Seattle is better than L.A., but he who says that L.A.’s weather is merely marketed better will get laughed out of a room.A gaffe by one employee isn’t going to bankrupt Microsoft, but the company is sorely in need of an image overhaul. This is particularly true in the mobile market. It got blindsided by the iPod and iPhone, and took too long to offer quality competitors. Then the iPad murdered their clunky Windows tablets overnight. Microsoft needs a mobile branding message that will excite consumers; it needs to be sexy. Is Mundie’s clumsy ignorance the best it can do?Here’s the brutal side-by-side:via Techau, Daring Fireballlast_img read more


Doctors warn parents after boy burned due to spark from aerosol soap

first_img 23 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Chayut Thanaponchoochoung 51,309 Views By Aoife Barry Worryingly, the empty can released a spark which ignited the surface layer of bath water, causing a flash burn to the child’s torso, face and airway. Share71 Tweet Email3 Doctors warn parents after boy burned due to spark from aerosol soap can The doctors said that face paint the boy was wearing might have been oil-based, which would have reacted with the spark. THE DOCTORS WHO treated a young boy after he sustained burns when an aerosol can of branded foam soap sparked have given a warning to parents.In a letter to the Irish Medical Journal, plastic surgeons Rebekah Long and Serena Martin and consultant Claire Black explained that in October 2017, it was reported that a boy aged three was hospitalised after a canister of Paw Patrol soap product “exploded” while he was having a bath.The product was subsequently subject to a recall.The plastic surgeons said they wanted to highlight a number of issues which put this child and potentially other children at risk of severe injuries – and that the case is “particularly relevant to emergency department staff, anaesthetists, paediatricians and plastic surgeons”.In their letter, they say that the boy – who was being bathed by his parents – was playing with an empty aerosol can of the soap when he “continued to shake the bottle and squeeze the release button hoping to discharge further foam”. The boy was taken to the emergency department by his parents, and was estimated to have burns on up to 20% of his body surface area.He also had evidence of an airway burn with singed nasal hairs, swollen lips and a hoarse voice.He was transferred to the regional burns unit and paediatric intensive care (PICU).The doctors said that aerosol cans can contain butane, isobutane and propane, which are all highly flammable gases.The boy had face paint on when he was bathed. The doctors said:For the top layer of bath water to ignite there must have been a flammable substance present. This was most likely an emulsion layer on the surface of the bath water. Image: Shutterstock/Chayut Thanaponchoochoung These seemingly innocent childhood activities led to a potentially lethal bath time combination.They said that this case “highlights potential hazardous interactions of common childhood activities which can cause life threatening airway and cutaneous burns”.The boy “continues to have management of his cutaneous burns”.Read: Filmmakers apologise after complaints over allergy scene in Peter Rabbit movie> Feb 18th 2018, 9:01 PM Short URL Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 9:00 PM Although we do not know the exact ingredients of the face paint, we have to consider the possibility that this emulsion was from an oil based face paint. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Greek National Day honoured

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Embraced by the Corinthian columns of Queen’s Hall in Victoria’s Parliament building – politicians, dignitaries, eminent church leaders along with a cross-section of high-achieving Greek Australians came together on Monday to celebrate Greek National Day. The evening reception began with a passionate address from state Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras. Now with his added portfolio of Energy and Resources, the minister told the audience that commemoration of Greece’s independence not only marked the sacrifice of the Greek people at the birth of the nation, but was an anniversary that helped ensure new generations of Greek Australians understood the culture of their ancestry. “It’s important that you know who you are,” said Mr Kotsiras, who added that marking the significance of 25 March 1821 also helped “educate the wider community about what it means to be a multicultural society”. Mr Kotsiras, who was recently promoted in a major cabinet reshuffle under Premier Denis Napthine, expressed warm thanks in particular to one member of the audience – former Premier Ted Baillieu. To the loudest applause of the evening, Mr Kotsiras praised his former boss for supporting Victoria’s Greek community during his Premiership and reflected on Mr Baillieu’s staunch advocacy of multiculturalism. In a powerful and poignant speech, Mr Kotsiras related one occasion when the two former cabinet colleagues undertook a parliamentary tour to Athens. “For Ted Baillieu, meeting ministers wasn’t enough,” said Mr Kotsiras, “he wanted to walk through Plaka and talk to Greeks to find out first hand what it means to be Greek”. Ms Eleni Lianidou, Greek Consul General for Victoria told the audience the celebration of Greece’s national day and remembering those who fought the Greek War of Independence “fell in the field of honour for freedom, national dignity and respect for human rights”, and that a belief in the same values united Victoria and Greece today. Ms Lianidou described the Greek Australian community as a strong bridge which bound two cultures together, and that she was “blessed” to be working with the community. “Greece and Victoria are standing united today and our friendship and partnership are solid, because they are built on our common shared values and aspirations for democracy, equality, freedom and human dignity.” Alluding to Greece’s ongoing economic problems, Ms Lianidou was upbeat, saying that Greece’s tripartite government has contributed to “solid solutions” and that in 2013 the country would begin to emerge from crisis. Links with Victoria would aid that process, she said. “Through its robust and booming economy, [Victoria] can constitute a reliable partner in taking advantages of investment opportunities offered in the energy sector, in port operations, in trade, tourism and cultural exchanges.” Jenny Mikakos MP, deputising for Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, reminded the audience that Greece experienced more than 400 years of continual foreign occupation until its independence, and that since, its modern history had been one of struggle and sacrifice. “All these events are remembered on the 25th of March. All in their own way have shaped the modern Greek state,” she said, before adding: “I am so proud of the Greek community’s contribution to Victoria and Australia. “With our values of hard work, respect for family and the importance of education, our community is making its mark in every field and occupation and contributing to this state’s society, culture and economy.” With each speaker making generous references to Ted Baillieu – each warmly received by an appreciative audience – if the former Premier has lost his support in the ranks of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, no such sentiment was present in Queens Hall. As attendees mingled after the formal speeches, when asked his reaction to the glowing tributes made to him from the podium, Mr Baillieu told Neos Kosmos: “They’re generous remarks and I have to say I’ve enjoyed very much my relationship with the multicultural community. I think it’s so important to this state, so important to everything that’s good about Victoria. “No one does it better than the Greek community. with its history, its traditions and that engagement and it’s a pleasure to be here.”last_img read more