Tension emanating from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam is “uncalled for” Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, and Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said on Sunday. He was here to attend a conference on safety of minorities and democracy.“We think that there is considerable tension in the region over this (NRC). This is totally uncalled for and unnecessary,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu on the sidelines of the conference. It was organised by the Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Centre along with civil society organisations.Peaceful South AsiaHe also said that the tension over NRC will be “harmful” to all stakeholders in the region. “If we want South Asia to remain peaceful, then all of us have to work on the issue in a dedicated manner,” said Mr. Chowdhury.The Awami League leader said no one should act in such a manner which will disrupt regional peace. “We have to be more dedicated in maintaining peace in the region,” said Mr. Chowdhury.Huge humanitarian crisisEarlier, noted rights activist Teesta Setalvad alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was causing a “humanitarian crisis of huge dimension” as it has left out a large number of people from the draft NRC list.“Over 40 lakh people have been left out of the draft NRC list. We are also looking at a process that is politically whipping up the worst kind of sentiments for us as a society,” she said at a conference on NRC in the city.She further alleged that, “Dangerous politics is being played over the NRC. The humanitarian crisis is of such a scale that the family members of a former President have been left out of the NRC,” said Ms. Setalvad pointed out.
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Monday expressed an interest in playing in Australia’s Big Bash League.The 36-year-old, who has been dumped by the national selectors, is currently plying his trade for Hampshire in England’s domestic T20 competition.”I was offered to play Big Bash League in Australia almost every season in the last two or three years but I wasn’t able to take the offer due to my international commitments,” Afridi was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”But if I am offered it this year I’ll surely give it a go.”AVAILABLE FOR NATIONAL DUTYAfridi also believes he will get a national team call back sometime soon and has also notified selector Inzamam-ul-Haq about his availability.”I’ll be available for the national team whenever it needs me. In fact before coming (to this interview) I spoke with the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and told him that it is good to have youngsters in the team but in case he needs me I will be available,” he said.Afridi added he was fit enough to play for a couple of years in different T20 competitions around the world.”I am very focused on cricket and want to continue it. I am looking after myself very well and working hard on my fitness,” he remarked.”I still feel that I can play for the next couple of years whether it is for Pakistan or PSL (Pakistan Super League), Big Bash or England (domestic) T20s.”
It was quite a night for Hyderabad Hunters, who won both the Trump matches of the night, and jumped straight from the bottom of the Premier Badminton League table to the top.Carolina Marin and B Sai Praneeth led the Hunters’ prawl as they ate up Saina Nehwal-led Awadhe Warriors 6-(1) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.An absolute turnaround for the Hunters and they now lead the table with 14 points after 20 matches whereas Awadhe, who were second on the table ahead of the tie, slipped to the third spot with 12 points after 25 matches.Awadhe, having played all their group matches, will now have to depend on other teams for semi-finals qualification.What an exceptional performance from @Hyd_Hunters tonight!The Hunters were simply rampant in their whitewash of the @awadhewarrior, who end the league stage in disappointing fashion.#HYDvAWD #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown pic.twitter.com/Wzx3MPRlov- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 7, 2018Hyderabad began the evening on a winning note as their men’s doubles pair of Markis Kido and Yoo Yeon Seong came from behind to beat Awadhe’s Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man 14-15, 15-6, 15-11.In the second match of the tie, which was a men’s singles battle between Parupalli Kashyap from Awadhe and Lee Hyun Il, the Indian went down fighting 15-13, 9-15, 14-15.Kashyap began the match well, taking Lee around and finding those hard smashes to edge Lee 15-13.However, Lee turned the match on its head from the second game and began to outwit Kashyap on the court.advertisementFinding easy gaps and leaving Kashyap stranded on the court, Lee dominated his way to a second game victory.ALSO WATCHLee dominated the decider right from the outset and reached the game point at the massive lead of 14-8.However, Kashyap pulled off an incredible comeback from there and forced Lee to make mistakes. A run of six straight points meant that the decider came to a sudden death at 14-14.Lee held his calm and his trademark light touch left Kashyap to deal with a heartbreaking defeat.B Sai Praneeth then came on for Hyderabad against Awadhe’s Trump Kidambi Srikanth.Leading the head-to-head record 5-2, Praneeth was always the favourite in the match and he proved just that by beating the world No.3 in straight games.Unable to deal with the stunning creativity and intuition of Praneeth, Srikanth slumped to a 10-15, 10-15 loss leaving his team at -1 compared to Hyderabad’s 3 and with that, Hyderabad had already won the tie.Srikanth, who is known to be a slow starter, began the match on the attack and picked up the first point of the match.He took the shuttles early and looked to stay on his powerful strokes and led the first game 8-6 at the break.However, Praneeth made his way into the game with smart strokes and exceptional anticipation and with Srikanth making a spate of unforced errors, he took a 12-8 lead.Srikanth did try to make a comeback at 10-12 but Praneeth closed down the game with three straight points at 15-10.Praneeth began the second game with his confidence on a whole different level and Srikanth was completely down the barrel.Unable to play anything that Praneeth threw at him, Srikanth went into the break without registering a single points as Praneeth led 8-0.At one point in the game, Praneeth led Srikanth 10-2 but the world No.3 began finding his groove and his smashes started coming along as he closed down the gap to 10-8.However, Praneeth got himself back in control very soon and won the game 15-10 and trumped Srikanth to register his first win this season.Carolina Marin then took on Saina Nehwal in what was Hyderabad’s Trump match and she had no trouble whatsoever in dispatching the Indian star 15-5, 15-7.With her remarkable court coverage and delicate drop shots, she completely outplayed Saina.The Awadhe captain, who is still struggling with her movement, was unable to match up with Marin’s change of directions and slumped to a crushing defeat.While Awadhe looked to salvage their pride in the mixed doubles in the final match of the night, Hyderabad had other plans.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Pia Bernadeth combined to deflate Awadhe’s Christinna Pederson and Hendra Setiawan 15-9, 15-9. With the win, they inflicted further misery on Awadhe and took Hyderabad to a massive victory sending their team into frenzy.Hyderabad will next play Bengaluru Blasters at home on January 11.
The family of an 11-year-old Scottish boy with Down’s Syndrome, seen on a video wildly celebrating Greece’s last-second victory over the Ivory Coast, said he won’t be able to accept an invitation from the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) to go to Brazil to watch the Greeks play Costa Rica in the quarter-finals.Jay Beatty, known as Wee Jay, is a fan of Greek striker Giorgos Samaras, who scored the winning kick on a penalty and who carried the boy across the field in Scotland this year after the Celtic team the Greek star plays for won the championship there.A Facebook campaign went viral fast to get the boy invited to the game and the Greek soccer organization responded almost immediately with an invitation for him to see the game on June 29.“We were unable to take up the offer and are so gutted, but truly grateful that people would do this for Jay. We cannot believe that this has happened and are so humbled and would like to wish Greece all the best in the World Cup,” his father Martin wrote on Facebook.“Thanks Sammy I hope you win the World Cup. I am sorry I won’t be there, but I still love you very much and I hope you win. Come on Sammy!”, Jay said to Samaras in a video posted by his father on Facebook,In an interview Samaras gave on June 26, he revealed the invitation. “It was thrilling, moving. This kid gives me so much strength it is unbelievable,” confessed Samaras, who picked up Jay during Celtic’s title celebrations in May in one of that day’s most striking images.Before it was found the boy couldn’t come, Samaras said, “In talks I’ve had this morning with (EPO President Giorgos) Sarris we said if we can arrange for his tickets so that he can come to see the match with Costa Rica. We will speak with the child’s father and we’ll see, whether we get his OK.”He said that, “We’ve got a Greece shirt that I will sign now and all the lads will sign later, during lunch. It’s just a small present we can offer to him. We have set a date to meet in Belfast.”Beatty, a fervent Celtics fan, has managed to meet all the players of his favorite team and its management. He is also an avid fan of Samaras, a former Celtic star who picked up the young boy out of the crowd when Celtic lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy in May.Jay’s father recently posted the video showing his son dressed in blue and celebrating Greece’s victory over Ivory Coast. “It’s not often you see Jay in Blue but he had to get a Greece T-shirt,” he comments below the photograph posted on Facebook.The O JAY PAEI Mundial Facebook page garnered more than 50,600 “likes” when it was first posted as the scene of the boy exclaiming joy moved viewers.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ST. LOUIS — Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning for his 4,192nd career hit in the major leagues and Japan, passing Ty Cobb’s total that ranks second in history.The 41-year-old Suzuki got his 2,914th big league hit for the Miami Marlins against the Cardinals on Saturday night. He had 1,278 hits in nine seasons for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan.The combined total is not recognized as an official mark. Suzuki doffed his helmet and bowed to the crowd after the hit.Cobb held the big league mark that Pete Rose passed on his way to a record 4,256 hits.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Kevin Plawecki grounded a tiebreaking, two-run single through a drawn-in infield in the seventh inning, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Wednesday to stop a four-game losing streak.Logan Verrett, starting in place of injured pitcher Jacob deGrom, allowed three hits in six shutout innings, and Hansel Robles and Jerry Blevins (1-0) combined to escape a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the seventh.Miami’s Adam Conley struck out a career-high nine in six scoreless innings, but Dustin McGowan (0-1) faltered in the bottom half. Wilmer Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and third on Asdrubal Cabrera’s single. McGowan retired Juan Lagares on a comebacker, but Plawecki singled just past the outstretched glove of shortstop Miguel Rojas for his first hit this season.RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Since you’re here… South Africa rugby team The Eddie Jones era has been nothing if not educational for the Rugby Football Union. The idea was to hire the world’s most experienced coach, shower him in cash and then sit back and watch him reel in the 2019 World Cup. The only thing Jones will be catching between now and Christmas, at this rate, is a flight back to Australia.Harsh, perhaps, on the guru who steered England to 24 wins in his first 25 matches, but those halcyon days are starting to read like dog-eared fable. England have lost five Tests in succession, are in danger of unravelling as World Cup contenders and, on and off the field, seem to have had the joy and personality sucked out of them. Twitter features Topics Share on Messenger Pinterest Aside from Jonny May, how many England players would make a combined XV picked purely on the evidence of the first two Tests? Nor is Owen Farrell’s first tour as captain proving an auspicious one. Twice his team have made positive starts only to be overtaken by a Springbok side playing with appreciably more belief. The Saracens fly-half’s warrior qualities are well chronicled but schmoozing referees is not his strongest point and the past two weeks have been sobering.“When the pressure has come on we have not been as clear as we should have been,” Farrell said. “We are going to have to figure it out if we are going to start turning it round.”Switching him to his preferred No 10 shirt next season and finding an alternative captain may sound an extreme solution but England cannot afford to rule out anything.It is yet another item for Jones’s bulging in-tray, with the third and final Test in Cape Town on Saturday a dead rubber. South Africa are planning to name a reshuffled side, with Schalk Brits at hooker. Of greater relevance is what may unfold in November, just a year out from the World Cup, when England host the Springboks, New Zealand, Japan and Australia on successive Saturdays.Jones says England require only a “two or three per cent” improvement to turn things around but their descent to sixth place in the world rankings would suggest otherwise. With Billy Vunipola under another injury cloud and more question marks hanging over the front five, the back‑row balance, half-back and midfield, an instant cure is unavailable. Eddie Jones: ‘Defeat to South Africa was like a horror movie’ Share on LinkedIn England rugby union team It is reaching a point where their morale is almost as shaken as it was in the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup. Things do not feel entirely right behind the scenes, with Jones’s all-pervasive influence at risk of becoming counter-productive. The players seem caught in a fug of indecision, many of the feted Lions of 12 months ago are shadows of their old selves, assistant coaches are either leaving or communicating publicly in robot-speak and the roster of backroom staff has been allowed to become ridiculously bloated.Worse still, England are acquiring a reputation that will concern the RFU even more than recent results. In addition to a few terse media interviews and unseemly on-field spats, both the coach and a squad member have been drawn into verbal altercations with supporters immediately after games. Travelling English fans staying at the team hotel in Bloemfontein reported even polite requests for pictures were frowned on. They were similarly unimpressed when a senior player jumped a lengthy reception queue saying he had an emergency, which turned out to be requesting an extension lead for his PlayStation.Jones remains a knowledgeable rugby man with a vast repertoire of amusing soundbites but the unhealthy culture he is overseeing needs rebooting. Too few English players are demonstrating an ability to think on their feet and, for whatever reason, good players are being sucked into a tactical morass. Blaming the absence of several players from this tour is a red herring; South Africa have lost hundreds of players to overseas clubs and have been comfortably the better side in the series. England coach Eddie Jones and his methods still in favour with RFU Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Rugby union Share on Pinterest Rugby Football Union … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter The RFU also needs its cricket-loving coach to take a fresh guard. From slagging off the Welsh and Irish and comparing the Bath owner, Bruce Craig, to Donald Trump, to flogging players in training and unsuccessfully preparing in Durban for two Tests at altitude, Jones has not got a great deal off the square lately.Smashing the daylights out of an already weary squad during the Six Nations, ignoring some of the Premiership’s better players for no logical reason, conceding nine tries to the Barbarians, bringing players on tour who probably should have been rested, blooding youngsters only to humiliate them by dragging them off at half-time: it is not an edifying list.A damp forecast for Cape Town is the latest complication; a slower track should theoretically help England but without the two Vunipolas and Ellis Genge they are running short of dynamic ball-carriers. Biting the bullet and giving Danny Cipriani his first England start in a decade has to be one option, with Dan Robson also overdue a start at scrum-half.Neither is weighed down by the frustrating baggage of recent months, both are desperate for a proper chance to alter Jones’s perception of them. England need all the renewed energy and bright ideas they can muster. Facebook Share on WhatsApp Owen Farrell’s first tour as the England captain is not proving an auspicious one. Photograph: Gerhard Steenkamp/Rex/Shutterstock Eddie Jones Owen Farrell Reuse this content Read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Gallardo deserved FIFA nominationby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is full of praise for Marcelo Gallardo.The River Plate coach is being linked with Ernesto Valverde’s job at Barcelona.And Pep told TNT: “What Gallardo has done with River is incredible, at the level of results, giving them consistency every year despite the fact that players leave and he continues to be … there are things that I cannot explain much, we are nominated as three coaches for the best of the year and he is not there. “It seems that there is only Europe, I do not understand how he is not nominated and not only for a year also for what he has done, I hope one day I can face one of his teams, it would be very nice.”
Work on the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project in Kingston has been completed within budget, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has announced.He made the disclosure during Friday’s, February 15, media briefing at the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry’s offices in Kingston, where he updated journalists on a range of projects and developments, being spearheaded by the Ministry. The Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project, which commenced in September 2010, was completed by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), within a 15-month period. The development entailed significant upgrading works along the corridor preceding the roadway leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.“I believe we all have seen it and realize it is an excellent job; and it was completed in December of last year (2012) at the initial contracted price of US$65.4 million,” Dr. Davies said.The Minister also indicated that additional work may need to be effected on an area beyond the airport’s round-a-bout, along the corridor leading to Port Royal. This undertaking, he pointed out, was not in the original scope of the project, but is the focus of concern due to erosion.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies advised that the deadline for the completion of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) has been extended to June 2013 to facilitate the conclusion of several projects.He informed that JDIP was originally scheduled for completion at the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year in March, but has been pushed back due to delays in the completion of work on some of the programme’s original projects.These include: the Cassia Park and Queensborough bridges in the Corporate Area, where work is 88 per cent and 95 per cent complete respectively; and the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, where 83 per cent of the work is done. Dr. Davies disclosed that approximately US$50 million remains to be spent under the project.He pointed out that the Government’s 15 per cent input, totalling some $800 million, which is reflected in the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure as savings in the Budget, will be carried forward to the 2013/14 financial year to complement the equivalent of 85 per cent of the financing being provided by the China EXIM Bank.The JDIP, which is being carried out by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is a major Government of Jamaica undertaking, which began in 2010 to significantly improve the island’s road network.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – 16th Annual Natural Resource Forum is set to take place January 22nd to the 24th, 2019.The 2019 Program will focus on innovation and collaboration in the resources sector. The event will host moderators, panellists and keynote speakers that are covering a range of topics such as;Innovation and TechnologyUnlocking Potential Within Indigenous CommunitiesMining: Excellence in InnovationsCharting Forestry’s FutureThe Future of Energy – Canada’s OpportunityTransformative Influences in the Resource Sectorand more!The Tradeshow Forum will also include a diverse range of speakers offering informed perspectives on innovation in BC’s resource sector. This is an opportunity to connect with; natural resource delegates interested in developing resource projects; resource companies active in northern BC; consultants; engineering firms; equipment suppliers and service companies; First Nations and communities; government representatives; and labour, trade, and safety professionals. The event includes an opening Banquet on Tuesday evening, the Resource Ministers Breakfast on Wednesday, two Keynote Luncheon, networking breaks and receptions, high-profile speakers and a 72-booth tradeshow.For more information on the forum CLICK HERE
Abid Hussain, the UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, noted with great concern that the 28 September assassination of Martin O’Hagan had raised to 14 the number of journalists killed worldwide since the beginning of 2001 while carrying out their professional duties.According to the Rapporteur, the 51-year-old Mr. O’Hagan, a journalist for The Sunday World newspaper, was murdered near his home, in front of his wife, in Lurgan County Armagh, becoming the first journalist to be killed in the past 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland.The Red Hand Defenders, a loyalist paramilitary group, has claimed responsibility for his murder, the Rapporteur said.
TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is to meet Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in Armagh this morning at a conference about sport and reconciliation.Gilmore is to address a conference being organised by the three largest sports bodies in Northern Ireland to talk about the positive role sport can play in improving relations within and between communities in the North.The Tánaiste said community-based groups have a big role to play in the reconciliation process.“Sporting organisations are amongst the best placed to break down barriers at the local level,” he said.He praised the GAA, the IFA and the IRFU for their work in Northern Ireland, saying that they have “enormous potential to change community relations for the better”.The Tánaiste will remain in Northern Ireland until Sunday. He is due to attend the SDLP conference in Armagh on Saturday and the Remembrance Day Ceremony at Belfast City Hall on Sunday.Read: Adams calls for information in response to documentary on ‘The Disappeared’ > Column: The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland, so why are NI politicians trying to mimic it? >
Early Wednesday, astronomers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa reported that they found a young planet floating through the void of space without a star to call its own. The planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is estimated to be about 12 million years old, making it much younger than our planet Earth.The planet was discovered thanks to its faint heat signature, by the Pan-STARRS 1, a wide-field survey telescope located on the island of Maui. The light emanating from PSO J318.5-22 is 100 billion times more faint than the light emanating from Venus. Astronomers noticed the planet while examining data on brown dwarfs collected by Pan-STARRS, and saw that the rogue planet glowed much brighter than the dwarfs.Before the discovery of this planet — which is located eighty light years from Earth — astronomers had not yet seen a planet with a similar age and mass traveling through space alone, not tethered to a star. Planets traveling without a star have been seen in the past, but it was never clear whether or not they were a failed star, or planet without a sun.There is a bit of a discrepancy regarding what to call the planet, as some astronomers demand that the definition of “planet” be considered a mass that is tethered to a sun. So, if the planet isn’t orbiting a star, then technically it isn’t a planet, and rather, a planetary-mass object.The discovery of the planet — rather than filling our heads with the dream of it actually being an enormous space ship disguised as a planet — will allow us to better study how gas giants work in their early years, as this star is an infant in the eyes of the universe.
I’m not taking that option because I am innocent and because An Garda Síochána, under my leadership, has been making significant progress, with the help of our people, the Government, the Policing Authority and Garda Inspectorate, in becoming a beacon of twenty-first century policing.‘Assess where she stands’Earlier today, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin took to the airwaves on Cork’s 96FM and said “the commissioner herself should assess where she stands”.This is a slight deviation from the party’s stance over the weekend, when it refused to call for her to step aside.It’s understood that Martin will be meeting with garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe today, with McCabe expected to release a statement later today.Here’s what the main players are saying about the Maurice McCabe scandalTwo versions of the same event A full-scale political storm is also brewing between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael over reports about a Tusla file which had false information about Maurice McCabe in it due to an “administrative error”.Both Jim O’Callaghan and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald have completely separate accounts of their conversation which took place on Wednesday evening.O’Callaghan claims he raised the Tusla file regarding Maurice McCabe a number of times during their conversation, while Fitzgerald definitively stated that she first heard the details of the file when she saw the RTÉ Prime Time programme of Thursday night.O’Callaghan said he raised the issue of the Tusla file regarding Maurice McCabe a number of times during his conversation with Fitzgerald.McCabe has rejected an apology from the HSE in relation to the file which contained false allegations stating that the organisation’s apology to his family had false information contained in it.While Fine Gael are battling it out with Fianna Fáil (who they have a confidence and supply agreement with) they are also facing down a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in the government.Fianna Fáil are set to abstain from the vote.Meanwhile, the Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, who has been the central focus of the Tusla false allegation affair over the weekend, is returning from the United States today.Zappone says she met Maurice McCabe over false Tusla file>Due to the seriousness of the situation, Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has also been summoned home to Ireland from Colombia, and all absentee requests from party members have been suspended.Read: Sinn Féin to publish motion of no confidence in government today>Read: Here’s what the main players are saying about the Maurice McCabe scandal> By Christina Finn Monday 13 Feb 2017, 12:14 PM The easiest option for me would be to step aside until the Commission finishes its work. https://jrnl.ie/3237245 ‘I am innocent’: Nóirín O’Sullivan says she won’t step aside The commissioner says her position remains the same as it did before this weekend. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I have made it clear that I was not part of any campaign to spread rumours about Sergeant McCabe and didn’t know it was happening at the time it was happening. I have repeatedly refuted that claim and do so again. 214 Comments Nothing has emerged in the last three weeks which in any way changes that situation. A campaign of false accusations, repeated and multiplied, do not make me guilty of anything. Share1073 Tweet Email2 Feb 13th 2017, 12:14 PM GARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRÍN O’Sullivan has released a statement saying her position “remains unchanged”.Following a raft of allegations and calls for her to step aside while a commission of investigation into the garda whistleblower controversy gets underway, the commissioner has said she will not vacate her position.In an unexpected move last week, Labour TD Brendan Howlin made use of his Dáil privilege to make serious allegations about how the Garda Commissioner treated Maurice McCabe.Based on Judge Iarfhlaith O’Neill’s report, which centres on allegations that a smear campaign against whistleblower Maurice McCabe was initiated by senior gardaí, a commission of investigation was approved by Cabinet last week.McCabe had himself previously made allegations that senior gardaí had tried to tarnish his reputation.In a statement today, Commissioner O’Sullivan refuted the allegations against her and said in strong terms that she would not be stepping down. Short URL 28,688 Views
Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari backed the struggling Marcelo and insisted he’s a “Madridista through and through”.The Brazil international has struggled to hold on to his left-back position at Real this season following Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances.This has restricted Marcelo to just 12 appearances in La Liga this season, which has renewed talk of a possible summer transfer to Juventus to reunite with his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo.The 30-year-old did start though in Real’s first leg 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie and helped them secure a valuable away goal.“Our second captain is a Madridista through and through, he always puts Real Madrid first and we work to give our all,” said Solari on the club website.Meanwhile, Marcelo’s fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior continues to shine at Real after another impressive performance in his Clasico debut on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old kept Gareth Bale benched and repaid Solari’s faith in him by tormenting the Barcelona defence throughout the game with his pace and dribbling skills.“I’m not surprised [about his development], I know him, and I know his way of playing football,” Solari said on Vinicius.“It’s amazing that a boy of 18 years of age is progressing the way he is. Some credit also has to go to his team-mates, who support him and allow him to play.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…As for the match itself at Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez had given Real a sixth-minute lead before Malcom smashed in an equaliser for Barcelona to settle the game at 1-1 at Camp Nou.Solari added: “It was a beautiful game, with real quality and regular shifts in momentum. It was great to watch for all the fans of any club.“We had chances to score in both halves, with Vinicius Junior’s effort or Gareth Bale’s attempt. It’s hard to talk about justice in football.“Making comparisons is pointless. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well. It’s an open-ended result, there’s a lot of quality out on the pitch and anything can happen at any time.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.🏁 FT: @FCBarcelona 1-1 @realmadrid⚽ Malcom 57′; @Lucasvazquez91 6’#Emirates | #RMClasico pic.twitter.com/ms5nPlnPdE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 6, 2019
ReutersBinny Bansal has sold 5,39,912 equity shares amounting to Rs 531 crore to FIT Holdings SARL, a Luxembourg entity of Walmart. Bansal is monetising his shares to invest in start-ups. With the latest deal he is left with only 3.52 percent of Flipkart shares, down from 3.85 percent during the Walmart takeover. He had sold about 11,22,433 shares to Walmart for about $159 million in 2018. Walmart is the owns 77 percent in Flipkart.As per the Walmart contract, Bansal is slowly cutting his stake in Flipkart even as he turns into a prolific investor in the startup ecosystem. He invested in start-up Acko, an online insurance startup, by writing a cheque of $25 million. He also supported artificial ventures like Spotdraft, invested in health-tech company NIRAMAI and in learning platforms like Crio. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIn May 2018, Walmart had bought Flipkart for about $16 billion for an initial stake purchase of 77 percent. Binny Bansal stepped down from his chairman’s post after he was investigated on an allegation of personal misconduct. He holds a board seat in Flipkart and is a co-founder of xto10x Technologies.Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder of Flipkart, had sold all his shares to Walmart for $800 million to $1 billion.
The Void is coming to San Francisco: The location-based VR startup is getting ready to open a new outpost in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall on the city’s busy Market street this summer, Variety has learned. There’s no word on the exact launch date; The Void didn’t immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.The Void hasn’t officially announced the planned San Francisco location yet, but its future outpost near the Westfield food court already features posters teasing a summer launch.The Void is one of a number of startups operating ticketed VR experiences in malls and movie theaters around the world. The company currently operates 11 such locations, with VR centers in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Calif. and Toronto. It has announced plans to launch additional locations in Hollywood, New York, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The company has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab on a number of location-based VR experiences, including “Ralph Breaks VR” and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” In addition, it has also produced some original content in-house, like its horror-themed “Nicodemus” experience. All three were featured in posters at its future SF location.
Stay on target The roots of the U.S. Postal Service date all the way back to 1775. Numerous technological advancements have transformed its operations over the years, and there’s another big shift coming.Next week the USPS will kick off its first autonomous vehicle trial. You won’t see the self-driving trucks they’re testing going door-to-door to make rural deliveries.These are high-tech tractor trailers, built for hauling massive loads of mail across state lines. For the initial trial, the state lines of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona — their duties will be limited to runs from Dallas to Phoenix for now.AdChoices广告The trucks are being supplied by TuSimple, a startup whose mission is to bring the first truly self-driving semis to market. The company’s AI is reportedly capable of analyzing up to 1000 meters of roadway at a time, which TuSimple says allows for up to 35 seconds of reaction time.The thousand-mile route they’ve been assigned will take about 22 hours to complete. It will allow the Postal Service to test TuSimple’s Level 4 systems in both daytime and nighttime traffic.Level 4 vehicles are “designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip” according to the D.O.T. Nevertheless, during the trials there will still be humans on board. A driver will sit behind the wheel in case of emergencies and a safety engineer will ride shotgun to monitor and assess the trucks’ performance.One of the reasons the Postal Service is kicking the tires on TuSimple’s trucks is that there’s a shortage of drivers in the U.S. right now. Finding drivers for a route like Dallas to Phoenix can be even trickier since the overnight round-trip typically requires a team of two.There are other advantages, too. TuSimple also says the trucks can reduce a run’s carbon footprint and cost. They’re confident that their autonomous rigs will also be safer, since things like driver fatigue don’t come into play.More on Geek.com:World’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in FinlandWatch: This Parade of Autonomous Cars Set a World RecordYandex’s Self-Driving Car Is a High-Tech Ride Scania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle ConceptWorld’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in Finland
March 19, 2019 Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read James Bond movies tend to be a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist, and that might be reflected in his choice of whip next time around. The Sun sources have claimed that the director of the next Bond movie, Cary Joji Fukanaga, wants 007 to drive Aston Martin’s electric Rapide E (above) instead of one of its gas-powered coupes. It may seem like blasphemy for Bond’s flashiest vehicle to be a sedan, but Fukanaga, lead actor Daniel Craig and the producers reportedly believed “the time was right” for the secret agent to use an emissions-free ride.There’s no guarantee this will happen. If it does, though, it’ll represent a milestone for the spy thriller series as the first actual environmentally-friendly Bond car. While the agent was supposed to be driving a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Edge in Quantum of Solace, that was just a conventional model gussied up as the then-unavailable Edge HySeries. Here, Bond could drive the real deal.It’d be up to the job, too. The Rapide E’s dual motors will make it getaway-ready with the equivalent output of 602 horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph, and it should stay cool enough at speed to last for a entire chase scene. Let’s just hope Bond doesn’t need to drive too far. The Rapide E does have an estimated 200-mile-plus range and a very fast charging system, but it wouldn’t be much fun to watch Bond twiddling his thumbs at a charging station. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now