Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time

first_imgScreengrab from UFC.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Weidman and Dennis Bermudez acknowledged the obvious.This is not a traditional fight week for either man. This is different. This is exciting.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For both Weidman and Bermudez, the card also presents opportunities to reset careers that have hit speed bumps.Weidman (13-3) headlines the card against Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) in a middleweight bout, despite coming off three straight losses, although the possibility exists that the No. 5 ranked middleweight could move up in title contention with a win. The current champion, Michael Bisping, is likely to meet interim champion Robert Whittaker in a title unification fight.Weidman, 33, wrestled collegiately at Hofstra University. He was asked this week if he wanted to avenge his Dec. 12, 2005, technical knockout loss to Luke Rockhold.“I need to win this fight” against Gastelum, he said. “Then I’ll let the people decide who they want me to fight.”In Bermudez’s case, the 30-year old has lost three of his last five fights and has dropped to 10th in the featherweight division rankings.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress This is the first chance to fight at home.“It’s Long Island, man,” Weidman said during a media availability this week, ahead of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox show originating from the Nassau Coliseum. The nationally televised card has 13 fights on it, with the four main card fights carried on Fox in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe event is the first professional mixed martial arts card that UFC has held at the onetime home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.“I love fighting and being from here. Getting to put on a show in front of my home crowd I take a lot of pride in that, so I’m excited to fill the place up,” Weidman said. “There (are) a lot of people who live (on) Long Island. To be in the main even at the first Nassau Coliseum UFC event, it’s amazing.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “My last fight didn’t go as planned,” Bermudez (17-6) said about his Feb. 4 knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung. “I want to go in there Saturday and show that wasn’t the real Dennis Bermudez, that I just had a little slip up.”To that end, Bermudez shared a bit of the philosophy he is planning on implementing against No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (23-5) in the semi-main event.“Hard work and no quit. That’s the way I’ve always trained,” Bermudez said. “I get in there and give it my all. In my practices I’m always trying to win. As I get older in my career I’m not only trying to win (but) I’m trying to learn as well. So I’ll go in there with a mind and technique that will work and I’ll get better at it and become a better overall fighter.”Both Bermudez and Weidman noted this fight week was unusual because neither had to leave their stomping grounds. While Weidman said his wife ordered him to stay at a local hotel, Bermudez is preparing at home.“The normal feel of a fight week is looking for something to do and where to go, or where I’m going to eat,” he said. “Having this fight in (my) own backyard gives me the ability to do the same things I’ve been doing throughout this entire fight camp. Nothing has changed. I sleep in my own bed. I drive my own car. I cook on my grill and it’s awesome.”Saturday’s event will be the fifth held in New York since the state legalized professional MMA on Mar. 22, 2016. UFC will run one more event in New York in 2017, the UFC 217 pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

Every rupee spent should benefit the needy: PM

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) Every purchase people make should benefit those who have made efforts and skills to produce it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday, noting that inclusive growth would be a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.He also thanked people from all walks of life for participating in ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ campaign which began on September 15 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi. He said Swachh Bharat Mission or Clean India Mission has become a success story not only in India but in the entire world. “This time India is hosting the biggest sanitation convention of the world so far, the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention. Sanitation ministers from countries across the world and experts on the subject of sanitation will converge and share their experiments and experiences,” he said in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address. The convention will conclude on October 2. Referring to Gandhi’s mantra, he said, “Can we remember Bapu for a moment while going out for shopping? … Can we spare a thought while purchasing anything as to who in my country will benefit by this purchase! Whose face will sport a smile! Who will be the fortunate one to get a direct or indirect benefit from your purchase! I will feel much happier if my purchase will benefit the poorest of the poor,” he said. The PM said if money spent by people on buying goods helps those who have made it and put in their skill and money, it would be a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.advertisement He also recalled the contribution of then prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who shares his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi. “Shastriji had a unique quality … he was very humble outwardly but he was rock solid from inside. His slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan is the hallmark of his grand personality. It was the result of his selfless service to the nation that in a brief tenure of about one and a half years he gave to our jawans and farmers the mantra to reach the pinnacle of success,” Modi said. PTI NAB NAB DVDVlast_img read more

Ramos and Ronaldo will avoid PSG penalty spat

first_imgReal Madrid ‘Cristiano takes the penalties’ – Ramos and Ronaldo will avoid Neymar-Cavani incident Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:33 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid PSG Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Ligue 1 Primera División The Real Madrid skipper says there is no chance of the Blancos enduring a similar on-field spat as PSG as their plans are clearly laid out pre-match Sergio Ramos is confident Real Madrid can avoid a Neymar-Edinson Cavani penalty spat as he and Cristiano Ronaldo have spot-kick rights.If the Blancos have their talismanic Portuguese forward on the field, then he will step up from 12 yards when required.Madrid -1 v Getafe – 4/6 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. In his absence, then the responsibility will fall to club captain Ramos.That plan is laid out before any given game, allowing Real to steer clear of the kind of on-field bickering which recently saw Paris Saint-Germain’s high-profile frontmen make unwelcome headlines.Ramos told France Football on the situation at Santiago Bernabeu: “Cristiano takes the penalties and if he is not there, I take them.“There is a third person designated before each game. It’s the best way to avoid problems, to have everything agreed and pay attention to the small details.”On September 17, PSG took in a Ligue 1 home date with Lyon. They were to collect a 2-0 victory, but the contest was marred by clashes between Neymar and Cavani.Neymar Cavani penalty PSGThe Brazilian took control of a second-half free-kick, with the assistance of countryman Dani Alves, before being waved aside as his Uruguayan colleague missed a penalty.PSG have attempted to play down the incident, but questions are being asked of the squad harmony at Parc des Princes.While confident that no such sparring will occur in the Spanish capital, Ramos believes that events in France will also sort themselves out eventually.He added: “With regards to Neymar and Cavani, two big players, I am sure that will arrive at an agreement.”Neymar, Cavani, Ronaldo and Ramos have all been included on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or.Ronaldo is the current holder of that award and has taken the prize in three of the last four years.Eternal rival Lionel Messi swept to four successive awards prior to that, with the Barcelona forward currently boasting five wins to Ronaldo’s four.Breaking that duopoly is the challenge facing the likes of Cavani and Ramos, with the latter in the running to become the first defender to claim the trophy since Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.last_img read more

Rhian Brewster: England U17’s natural finisher on the fast-track at Liverpool

first_img“Rhian is a goalscorer but he is more than that. He is a fantastic character. The feeling is pride and satisfaction in the way we did it.”Brewster attended Chadwell primary school and Chadwell Heath Academy in Romford. He played for the Shield football academy before joining Chelsea as a seven-year-old under the guidance of Michael Beale, who is in his second stint at Liverpool’s academy following a brief spell as the assistant manager of São Paulo in Brazil.Beale, now Liverpool’s head of coaching for the foundation phase (the youngest new arrivals), remains a close friend of the Brewster family although it is John Barnes who unwittingly played an instrumental role in the striker’s move to Anfield. Rhian’s father, Ian, is an obsessive Liverpool fan and Barnes was his hero, ensuring there was no doubt in his mind where his son should go when he decided to leave Chelsea at the age of 14. Twenty years after leaving, Barnes is still providing assists for Liverpool. Share on Twitter England Meet the England players who have reached the under-17 World Cup final “I didn’t see a pathway to become a first-team player at Chelsea,” Brewster has said, mirroring Dominic Solanke’s decision to swap Stamford Bridge for Anfield this summer.Ian Brewster said: “When he was at Chelsea, I didn’t see anybody get through right to the top level. I asked Rhian: ‘If you got £10,000 at Chelsea or £5,000 at, let’s say, Watford but played in front of big crowds, which would you choose?’ He said ‘Watford’ straight away. That told me he wanted to play football at the highest level, no matter where. He’s loving Liverpool and everyone loves him there. People say he’s always smiling when he’s playing. That’s because I used to say to him to go and enjoy himself. Win, lose or draw, he’s done me proud, his family and friends proud and the country proud.”Brewster was 16 when he caught Klopp’s attention during an academy training session. He was immediately invited to train with the first team and scored a hat-trick in a behind‑closed‑doors friendly against Accrington Stanley last November in front of the Liverpool manager. “I got a ‘well done’ from the boss, which was amazing,” he said. “My confidence was sky-high.”An appearance as an unused substitute followed against Crystal Palace in the Premier League in April – he might have got on but for a 2-1 Liverpool defeat – and he featured in an end-of-season friendly in Australia before a foot injury delayed further senior appearances in the summer. Delayed being the operative word. Brewster has confidently handled the step up from Liverpool’s Under-18s to the Under-23s this season while also impressing for Gerrard’s team in the Uefa Youth League. “He’ll finish the season with big numbers,” the former Liverpool captain has predicted.A rare disappointment for Brewster came in the Under-17 European Championship final in May when he missed a penalty in the shootout defeat by Spain. The World Cup final offers England an opportunity to avenge that loss. For the Liverpool striker, for Manchester City’s Phil Foden and hopefully several more, there may be much more to follow.• This article was amended on 27 October 2017 to correct the name of Chadwell primary school from Chadwell Heath primary school, as an earlier version said. Share on Facebook Was this helpful? England in U17 World Cup final after Rhian Brewster hat-trick sinks Brazil Full nameRhian Joel Brewster Play Video Liverpool Share on LinkedIn Born1 April 2000, London Hide ClubLiverpool, but he started at Chelsea before leaving in 2014 Read more Share via Email They were the goals of a natural finisher and no surprise to anyone at Liverpool’s academy. The background to Rhian Brewster’s World Cup semi-final hat‑trick for England Under-17s against Brazil, however, brought extra satisfaction and encouragement to those charged with realising the striker’s potential for Jürgen Klopp.Liverpool tailor individual training programmes for their “talent group” – the academy prospects who are judged to have taken the next step and who travel weekly from Kirkby to Melwood for training sessions with the first-team development coach, Pep Lijnders. Brewster, the London-born forward whose two consecutive hat-tricks have swept England into Saturday’s under-17s World Cup final against Spain in Kolkata, has been on the fast-track since Klopp arrived at Anfield. Profile So, who is Rhian Brewster? center_img Why did he leave Chelsea?In his own words: ‘I was [there] from the age of seven to 14 but then I told them I wanted to look at my options because I didn’t see a pathway to become a first-team player there. There were a few clubs interested but once I knew Liverpool were one of them it was an easy choice’ A combination of the two explains why Klopp, Lijnders, Steven Gerrard, the academy director, Alex Inglethorpe, and many others at Liverpool are convinced they have another genuine article coming through. Not that any public proclamations will be forthcoming from Anfield, where there is patience to accompany promise such as Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Brewster.Steve Cooper, the England Under-17s manager and former Liverpool academy coach, said: “It is an amazing achievement to score a hat-trick in a quarter-final and a semi-final.“I am not normally one to talk about individuals but to do that needs a special mention. There is no doubt about that. He deserves it and the team deserves it. If you see the way Rhian speaks to the rest of the players in the dressing room about the service he is getting then it says a lot about him. And it is not just his goals but the effort he is putting in for the team. We want to win the ball back as quick as we can and we want to press and that starts with your No9. Topics Show Has he played for Liverpool’s first team?No. Brewster was moved up from the under-18s to the under-23 side earlier this year and was on the substitutes’ bench for the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield in April. He did play in a pre-season game in Australia in July, a 3-0 win over Sydney FC What does Jürgen Klopp say?’I’ve followed him for more than a year. He’s a wonderfully skilled boy, real striker, good finisher, fantastic work ethic. He’s in a very good way, he’s a very good boy’ England beat Brazil to reach Under-17 World Cup final – video highlights Jürgen Klopp features 1:05 Share on WhatsApp The 17-year-old striker’s training programme has included working with Steve McManaman. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid player is not a full-time coach at the academy but delivers specific sessions for the club’s young wingers and forwards. With Brewster’s encouragement the pair have worked on anticipating a variety of crosses and losing his marker early to find the space to finish. His first and third goals against Brazil in particular, therefore, when Brewster peeled away from defenders to convert crosses from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Emile Smith Rowe respectively, were reward for the teenager’s dedication on the training ground as well as his instinctive eye for goal. Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback.last_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodman

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodmanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is confident of keeping Freddie Woodman.Benitez has insisted England U20 World Cup winning Woodman has a “great future” – despite the youngster being in limbo over a contract wrangle.Newcastle won’t release him on loan and lose control of the players development – but he needs more senior games to improve.The Blackburn clash will be his 38th senior appearance, third for Newcastle, after loan spells at Crawley, Kilmarnock and the Dons.Benitez says he has time to fulfil his potential. He said: “We talk about keepers and they have more time to develop.“In this case we have a very good young keeper. He is focused and he is training well. Any game will be an experience for him and I think he has a great future.” last_img read more

Nest Homeware’s American-Made Cast Iron Pans Are Functional Pieces of Art

first_img 1 of 3 Editors’ Recommendations Previous 1 of 3 Two words: Pot. Roast.Shop Now12-inch Skillet – $165-plusA new addition to the line-up of Nest Homeware pots and pans is also currently in the works over at the brand’s Kickstarter (which has already received twice its funding goal and still has support spots available). The 12-inch skillet is the perfect final touch to this family of finely crafted cast iron cookware.Support ItAs for Nest Homeware’s next projects? The brand hints that,”Nest will be moving into the rest of the home in the coming year – designing furniture, lighting, and other meaningful products to warm and serve your family.” We’ll be on the lookout for new additions to the Nest line and we’ll be the first to let you know about it.Now that you’ve got your sights set on this set of cast-iron cookware, take a few moments to learn how to properly maintain and care for it. Previous Previous 1 of 3 Next The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Nest brags of their classic skillet that it will “cook everything from steak & eggs to apple pie.” And it will do it perfectly, too.Shop NowDutch Oven – $250 When it comes to hardwearing, long-lasting, heirloom-quality cast-iron cookware, look no further than Providence, Rhode Island-based Nest Homeware.Founded by Matt Cavallaro, a graduate of the Industrial Design program at the Rhode Island School of Design (who has used his cast-iron design skills to work with NASA, the U.S. military, the film industry, and various start-up companies), Nest Homeware’s ultimate goal is to make “beautiful, highly functional, heirloom products.”They’ve certainly succeeded in doing so with the brand’s existing line up of cast iron cookware, including a 4.5-inch egg pan, a nine-inch skillet, and a 3.5-quart Dutch oven with lid.Each of the existing pieces in the collection is built from solid, American cast iron and are pre-seasoned with flaxseed oil, which, according to Nest Homeware, “gives [the cookware] a strong base of protection against rust, a naturally non-stick surface, and a lustrous bronzy hue. Some other cast iron cookware is seasoned with soy and vegetable oil blends and fired at very high temperatures, resulting in the black color,” we’re all familiar with.The pieces’ bronze color offer a striking contrast to the typical black, making Nest Homeware stand out even more brilliantly against neutral countertops or a black, overhead pot rack. Beyond the beauty of the color, though, lies the real star of the show: The nature-inspired, stick and twig-like structure of the cookware’s handles. Expertly designed by Cavallaro, the almost delicate looking twig handles of the Dutch Oven transform a regular old pot into a work of art that not even Le Creuset has attempted. Without changing the basic form or function of the cast iron pans, Nest Homeware was still able to create a very unique and artistic take on these kitchen workhorses by simply stepping just outside of the box when it comes to pot and pan design. For that, we applaud them.Egg Pan – $77 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware Next The 4.5-inch egg pan is great for, what else? Cooking eggs. But also excellent for cornbread, individual cakes, brownies, quiches, or pot pies.Shop Now9-inch Skillet – $155 Next The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

Danish exPM attacks Trump for comments on defence spending

first_imgCopenhagen: A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about the amount of money spent. Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s comment is the latest in an escalating spat between the US and Denmark after Trump scrapped a visit to the country, saying current Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was “nasty” when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLoekke Rasmussen, who led the country until June, tweeted Thursday to Trump: “We have had (proportionally) exactly the same numbers of casualties in Afghanistan as US. We always stands firm and ready.” Trump, who has urged NATO members to do more to meet the alliance’s goal of committing 2 per cent of gross domestic product to defense, earlier tweeted that “Denmark is only at 1.35%”. “We will not accept that our defence willingness is only about percentages,” Loekke Rasmussen tweeted. “I told you at the NATO Summit in Brussels last year.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn January, Denmark agreed to increase its long-term defense spending after a coalition in Parliament agreed to add 1.5 billion kroner (USD 223 million) to the already agreed-upon defense budget for 2023, which would put defense spending at 1.5 per cent of gross domestic product for that year. The US spends about 3.4 of its GDP on defence. Trump abruptly cancelled his planned September 2-3 visit to Denmark on Tuesday, after Frederiksen had called Trump’s idea to buy Greenland “an absurd discussion”. Trump said her comment “was nasty. I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to say was say, ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested.'” Frederiksen said the US remains one of Denmark’s close allies. The political brouhaha over the world’s largest island comes from its strategic location in the Arctic. Global warming is making Greenland more accessible to potential oil and mineral resources.last_img read more

Found cash in borrowed library book creates its own mystery story for

first_imgNORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – A library user who returned cash found in a book has drawn the RCMP into a detective whodunit.Cpl. Richard De Jong says the mystery began July 24 when the unnamed book borrower returned a significant amount of money that had been found in the pages of a library book in North Vancouver.De Jong says library records didn’t uncover any recent readers of the book who were also missing cash.The book is back in circulation but De Jong says the Mounties are hanging onto the money.Officers will return the cash to any bookworm who can name the book and the amount involved.last_img read more

MICHAEL BUBLES BACK WITH NEW ALBUM TOUR AFTER SON BATTLES CANCER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “There was a time obviously when what we were going through, I just knew my (career) would have to be put aside and I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to do it. The truth is none of that really mattered at the time. But now things are good.”So good that Buble is releasing a new album, Love (or the red heart emoji), on Friday — the same day he’ll get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and has just announced 11 tour dates in Canada including July 26 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.“I can’t wait, I’m so excited,” he said of going back on the road, adding either his family will be with him or he’ll never be away from home for more than three weeks at a time.Love, meanwhile, is mostly full of American songbook standards but there is one Buble-penned original called Forever Now that seems to be addressing Noah, but he’ll only say is about fatherhood.“I wanted the song to be about the journey of parenthood,” he said. “Of that unconditional love and care for someone or something that can’t care for itself. And sort of the sentimentality of moving through time and how fast it goes. Part of it began autobiographically for me. I was writing it about my experience as a father, and as I continued to get through the song, I really wanted to try and leave it open for the interpretation of the listener.”He will admit though that being a dad to a daughter for the first time is different.“My newborn is just talking, talking, talking, talking. She’s so cute,” said Buble of Vida.“I think it’s her mom. Her mom seems to like to talk a lot. I’m more of a pensive guy (said sarcastically). I think I realized within the last few weeks that we have a new sheriff in town already … I think she’s the boss of my boys. She’s the boss of us. Whatever she says, goes. And my wife (Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato) keeps laughing at me because I (tell) her — it sounds so weird — I can’t wait for Barbie parties. It’s been five years of Spider-Man and Thor and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and now it’s time for some red lipstick and princess parties.”The retirement rumours started when The Daily Mail reported Buble as saying Love would be his final album; that he wanted to go out on top; and that he would no longer do interviews or tour.“They took a two-year-old story when I wrote the statement that I would be stepping away from music to take care of my family, my son, and then they added out of context quotes to make the story seem like it would be better for clickbait,” Buble explained.“I can’t really express to you how disappointed I was about it. I thought it was really low. They just lied. It’s funny because it’s been kind of rotten because every time I go down the street someone says to me, ‘Congratulations on your retirement.’ ” Twitter Juno host Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato attend the red carpet arrivals at the 2018 Juno Awards at Rogers Arena on March 25, 2018 in Vancouver. (Phillip Chin/Getty Images) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Michael Buble is hardly retiring, contrary to what you might have read.In fact, the Vancouver crooner is back with a new perspective after his five-year-son Noah battled liver cancer the last two years and is currently in remission.“Listen, I didn’t think about anything but my son (since his 2016 diagnosis),” said Buble, 43, down the line from his Vancouver home where he’s watching his other son, Elias, 2 (who he puts on the phone a few times), and daughter, Vida, born in late July, while Noah’s at kindergarten. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Feds Nearly 1700 arrested in child porn abuse crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says nearly 1,700 people have been arrested following a two-month crackdown aimed at targeting suspected child predators.Tuesday’s announcement caps the nationwide investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies around the U.S.Prosecutors said they identified more than 300 people suspected of producing child pornography or committing sexual abuse involving children.The investigation, nicknamed “Broken Heart,” was conducted in April and May. Officials said they investigated more than 18,500 complaints of crimes against children.Attorney General William Barr vowed to bring “the full force of the law against sexual predators.”Officials say the crackdown targeted suspects who produced or possessed child pornography, who tried to entice children online for sex, travelled to other states or countries to abuse children or engaged in sex trafficking.The Associated Press read more

India Sri Lanka discuss issues regarding railway network development

India and Sri Lanka have discussed various issues regarding the overall development of the railway network in Sri Lanka, including upgrading the signalling and telecommunication systems, The New Indian Express reported.India’s Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama discussed a range of issues regarding the development of railway network. India has been extending concessional Line of Credit (LoC) to Sri Lanka to support various projects in the infrastructure sector including Railways. Till date, more than USD 1 billion of LoC has been extended to Sri Lanka for various railway projects. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Colombo in March 2015, a fresh Line of Credit of US $ 318 million for railway sector projects was announced. read more

President signs gazette to establish commission on SriLankan Mihin

Hashim had said that action must be taken against some former and current SriLankan Airlines officials based on the J.C. Weliamuna Report on the National airline. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has signed a gazette notification to establish a Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate corrupt practices at SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka.The President said that the names of corrupt politicians and officials will be exposed once the commission begins its work. The Minister had also said that his hands were tied in some aspects and so he was unable to do what he wanted to do. Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim had last year called for strict action to be taken against a “mafia” at SriLankan Airlines. read more

Residents express concern over toxic gas levels

The hydrogen sulphide emanating from a natural gas vent in Silver Hill occasionally peaks at levels well beyond what is dangerous to human health.No amount of hydrogen sulphide gas is considered safe. However, industrial safety experts consider 100 parts per million or higher as immediately dangerous to human health.Gas monitoring devices posted in a county wetland at 1925 Forestry Farm Road occasionally register levels in the range of 180 parts per million. Nearby residents are worried.“That’s really high,” Brian Craig of Langton told Norfolk council Tuesday. “We’re really concerned about this.”The Ministry of Natural Resources has told Norfolk County it may qualify for $500,000 in funding to research solutions and a long-term strategy for dealing with problem wells.A total of 2,600 gas wells have been registered in Norfolk over the decades. Some are abandoned and have no traceable ownership. Toxic gas emissions are considered a serious public health issue.Norfolk County issued emergency evacuation orders in Silver Hill in 2017 after dangerous levels of hydrogen sulphide gas were detected in the area of North Walsingham Road 10. With so many orphaned wells in the county, the Haldimand-Norfolk health unit is preparing for the likelihood that toxic gas emissions will be a chronic problem.Mayor Kristal Chopp welcomes the $500,000 in funding if Norfolk qualifies for it.However – with regard to the situation on Forestry Farm Road – Chopp said the time for collecting data is over. Chopp wants to see expert advice on an approach that might bring the situation to a conclusion.Motorists on Forestry Farm Road will notice a strong smell of rotten eggs in the area of McDowell Road. Norfolk has posted skull-and-cross bones signage in the area warning that the odour is a potential threat.The source of the gas is in the middle of swamp in a low-lying area next to the road. Capping the vent like the two wells on North Walsingham Road 10 were capped two years ago is complicated because no one knows the geography beneath the surface or how to calculate an engineered solution.Craig and his neighbours want the health unit to fit their properties with hydrogen sulphide detectors so they can determine, at a glance, the levels of gas encroaching on their properties. Marlene Miranda, Haldimand and Norfolk’s general manager of health and social services, said these meters cost about $8,000 each.Hydrogen sulphide gas is corrosive, toxic and flammable. It is a common byproduct of natural gas production.“Prolonged exposure for several hours or days with concentrations as low as 50 (to) 100 parts per million can cause a runny nose, cough, hoarseness and shortness of breath,” Miranda said in a report to council.“Prolonged exposure to higher concentrations can produce bronchitis, pneumonia and a potentially fatal build-up of fluid in the lungs (known as) pulmonary edema.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

List of shortterm judges for Rwanda tribunal forwarded to General Assembly

Contained in a unanimously adopted resolution 1477, the list is to be used for selection of a pool of 18 ad litem judges, which was established last year by the Council to help expedite the Tribunal’s caseload towards completion by 2008.The Council created the Tribunal, located in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 1994 to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda throughout that year. The Tribunal is also empowered to deal with the prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in neighbouring States over the same period. read more

Womens Lacrosse Jillian Rizzo providing Ohio State with foundation for programs future

Ohio State sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo prepares to pass the ball to a teammate during Ohio State’s 20-5 loss to Maryland on April 15, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterJillian Rizzo is not used to sitting on the bench. She joined her high school varsity women’s lacrosse team in seventh grade. For the next six years, she was the starter in net for her team. Then she came to Ohio State and started 16 of the Buckeyes’ 17 games in net as a freshman before starting all 15 as a sophomore.Though her team did not find much success in 2018, finishing with just a 5-10 overall record, Rizzo has provided the Buckeyes with a consistent presence in net. She finished the year second in saves per game at 12.5 per game, giving her team a chance to win every time she started a game.Having just finished her second season as a starter and never having played for a contender, Rizzo is exactly the type of foundation block the Buckeyes need to start to turn their fortunes around. And Rizzo feels the rest of the team is getting ready to join her in that turnaround.“Our culture is changing in a way where we are going to be back on top again soon,” Rizzo said. “I look forward to that and I have fun every day trying to help us get there. We got a new strength coach this year who has helped us tremendously and we are all setting the bar higher each day.”Rizzo was not always going to be a goaltender, however. Lacrosse was not a big sport in her town and when no one else stepped up to play goalie on her high school team, the middle-schooler was thrust into the role. Though a starter, Rizzo was still one of the younger players on the team. As one of two middle schoolers on the team, older teammates were always jokingly shoving the dirty work onto her like getting water for the team.But this never seemed to bother Rizzo. “I had older siblings and I knew all the older kids already,” Rizzo said. “It wasn’t an issue being the youngest, I really liked it. We were all there to play lacrosse so that’s what we did, I was never considered to be the youngest on the field.”Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos said she views Rizzo’s experiences during middle school as part of her success in college. “She is a confident goalie and she’s always had that maturity from the start,” Venechanos said. “Maybe that came from middle school where she was always playing up. I really think that has shaped her into the type of teammate, person, and player that she is now.”As she got older, her passion for the sport outgrew most of her high-school teammates. When she came to Ohio State, she was finally given the opportunity to play with others who shared her passion for the sport.However, with passionate players came a higher standard of performance. Although Rizzo said her self-imposed standards did not change, she immediately needed to adjust to the speed at which she was playing, her daily workouts, all while adjusting to a new team as well. These constant changes never seemed to phase her. “This is exactly what I was looking for so I thrived upon the challenge. Everyone here wants to be the best they can be and competes to win games whereas in high school, people were there to stay in shape or had nothing else to do in the spring,” Rizzo said. “It’s refreshing to be on a team where everyone cares so much.”Though that passion has been a pleasant change of scenery for Rizzo, she said she feels the players often get overly emotional on the field, which has a negative impact on their game. “We love playing and we tend to get a little bit emotional on the field, which is a good thing,” Rizzo said. “But sometimes I think we need to stick to our game plan, and stick to putting our noses down and grinding during the game.”Venechanos and Rizzo both believe in the group that the team will take into next season and think a turnaround could be coming.And with Rizzo being one of the team’s leaders, there is at least that steady presence in net for Ohio State to lean on moving forward. read more

Le Japon va brûler la viande de boeuf radioactive

first_imgLe Japon va brûler la viande de boeuf radioactiveCe matin, le Japon a annoncé qu’il allait racheter et brûler la viande de bœuf contaminée par la radioactivité de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima. En éliminant les 3.000 bœufs soupçonnés d’avoir été alimentés avec du fourrage radioactif, les autorités espèrent rétablir la confiance des consommateurs.Racheter la viande de boeuf radioactive et la brûler. C’est le plan décidé par le gouvernement japonais face à la crise qui frappe aujourd’hui les boeufs japonais. Jusqu’ici, près de 3.000 animaux, soupçonnés d’avoir été alimentés avec du foin ou de la paille de riz radioactifs, ont été vendus et livrés dans tout l’archipel, rapporte le Monde. Aujourd’hui, le ministre de l’Agriculture japonais, Michihiko Kano a ainsi indiqué que le groupe Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power) qui gérait la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima Daiichi paierait la facture concernant le rachat de viande de bœufs soupçonnés radioactifs. Selon les médias japonais, le montant pourrait alors s’élever à deux milliards de yens, soit 17 millions d’euros. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéEn rachetant la viande radioactive, le Japon souhaite en fait “supprimer les inquiétudes des consommateurs et rétablir leur confiance dans le bœuf” comme l’a expliqué à l’AFP un responsable du bureau de la viande et de la volaille au ministère. En effet, comme le rappelle Le Monde,  la psychose s’est emparée de tout le pays lorsque les Japonais se sont aperçus, début juillet, que le bœuf provenant d’une ferme située à la limite de la zone d’exclusion de 20 kilomètres fixée autour de la centrale de Fukushima était radioactif.Des taux de césium supérieurs à 500 becquerels par kilo Plus en détail, le gouvernement prévoit de faire racheter par les industriels de la viande celle qui se trouve encore chez les grossistes et les détaillants, du moment que son taux de césium dépasse les 500 becquerels par kilo. Pour cela, les industriels se verront contraints d’emprunter auprès des banques puis, selon le même responsable ministériel, “ils devront ensuite exiger de Tepco, responsable de l’accident, le remboursement des prêts et des intérêts”. La viande rachetée sera ensuite brûlée.Le 26 juillet 2011 à 19:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Luyster denies killing three in shooting near Woodland

first_imgBrent Luyster shed tears as he recalled seeing a news report in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016, stating that his best friend and two others were fatally shot and a fourth person was wounded the night before. The report named Luyster as the shooting suspect.“It was a very surreal moment. I didn’t, it didn’t seem real,” he testified Tuesday morning.Luyster, 37, took the stand in Clark County Superior Court to deny shooting and killing his best friend Zachary David Thompson, 36; his friend Joseph Mark LaMar, 38; and LaMar’s partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43, on July 15, 2016, at LaMar’s home southeast of Woodland. Thompson’s partner, Breanne Leigh, then 32, was wounded but escaped. She testified earlier in Luyster’s triple aggravated murder trial that he was the shooter.When asked by his defense attorney if he shot Thompson, LaMar, Knight and Leigh, Luyster said, “I did not.”last_img read more

Discovery Flexibles Limited chief executive banned from being a trustee

first_imgThomas Christopher Wrigley, chief executive officer and major shareholder at flexible printed packaging manufacturer Discovery Flexibles Limited, has been convicted of refusing to give information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR).TPR launched an investigation when it was contacted by a whistle-blower who alleged that Wrigley, who was also chair of trustees for the Dundee-based organisation’s pension scheme, Danapak Flexibles Retirement Benefits Scheme, was considering investing £1.2 million of funds in the sponsoring employer.As there are restrictions on the proportion of an occupational pension scheme’s funds that trustees may invest in the sponsoring employer, this could potentially constitute a breach of the Pensions Act 1995 and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005.TPR wrote to Wrigley in January 2017 to request documentation relating to the proposed investment. Wrigley refused to provide the information, despite warnings that non-compliance amounted to a criminal offence.When pressed for a response, Wrigley is reported to have threatened to take legal action against the case manager involved.The case was referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), the Scottish equivalent to the Crown Prosecution Service. The COPFS launched a prosecution, and Wrigley pleaded guilty at Dundee Sherriff Court to a charge of failing or refusing to provide information to TPR without good excuse, for which he was fined £400. The maximum sentence available for this offence in the Scottish courts is £5,000.In December 2017, TPR’s Determinations Panel issued a standard procedure determination notice, stating that Wrigley was prohibited from acting as a pension scheme trustee under Section 3 of the Pensions Act 1995. It also appointed Pi Consulting as an independent trustee to Discovery Flexibles Limited’s pension scheme.The decision to ban Wrigley from acting as a trustee was based on concerns regarding his inability to manage the conflict of interest arising from his being both chairman of the pension scheme trustees and chief executive officer of the sponsoring employer. In addition, the Determinations Panel stated that his inappropriate and non-cooperative behaviour during the investigation showed that he was not a fit and proper choice as a trustee.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “Wrigley earned himself a criminal record by refusing to give us the information he was legally required to. His behaviour towards TPR staff doing their job was intolerable, so I welcome the fact that the Determination Panel took this into consideration when it decided to prohibit him.“Complying with [TPR’s] powers is not optional, if we ask you for information under Section 72, you must provide it. If you fail to give us information we’ve asked for, you should prepare to be prosecuted and convicted.”Discovery Flexibles Limited was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

India and France to hold largest ever Varuna naval exercise off Goa

first_imgSoviet-built Kiev-class Indian carrier INS Vikramaditya.Indian NavyWith the objective of expanding their strategic partnership in the Indian Ocean region (IOR), India and France will conduct their largest ever naval exercise ‘Varuna’. As per English daily, The Times of India, the exercise will be conducted early next month and will witness the participation of aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters. Sources have confirmed that India will deploy its aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya with its MiG-29K fighters. Similarly, the French Navy will send its aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle with its Rafale-M naval jets, and other warships for the “Varuna” exercise.One of the people close to the development said, “It will be a top-level naval exercise, with intensive dual carrier task group operations and anti-submarine warfare manoeuvres. India and France are also working to implement their action-oriented joint strategic vision for cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), which was finalised in March 2018.”Notably, the reciprocal military logistics support agreement between the two nations is now operationalized with French anti-aircraft destroyer FNS Cassard docking at the Mumbai naval port. As per the agreement, Indian Navy can access French bases located in the India ocean region including the Reunion Islands near Madagascar and Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Furthermore, France also has a naval air station in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and a military base at Mayotte in the Comoros archipelago off the coast of south-east Africa which can be accessed by Indian defence forces. Indian Navy personnel attend the decommissioning ceremony of India’s first indigenously designed and built warship, the INS Godavari, at a naval base in Mumbai, India, December 23, 2015.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiIndia has inked a similar agreement with the United States. The two countries have signed Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that will enable both countries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of defence supplies. India, with the help of this mutual logistical agreement, is planning to contain China who is aggressively expanding its strategic footprint in the IOR with tits debt-trap policy.France will be dispatching its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, destroyers, FNS Forbin, FNS Provence and FNS Latouche Treville, nuclear attack submarine FNS Amethyste and tanker FNS Marne for the Exercise “Varuna”. On the other hand, Indian Navy will send INS Vikramaditya, with MiG-29K fighters on board and helicopters, diesel-electric submarine INS Shankul, guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai, stealth frigate INS Tarkash, tanker INS Deepak, P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft and Dornier-228 planes.last_img read more