Hudson County Community College Offers Interactive Virtual Classes in Spanish, French,…

first_imgBasic Spanish I classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 15 through October 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. The instructor is Karina Veiga. $45.Basic French I classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 5 through November 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. The instructor is Djadji Sylla-Samassa. $45.Basic Italian I classes will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays, October 6 through November 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. The instructor is Gabriela Fossati. $45.Basic Arabic I classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 12 through November 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. The instructor is Marwa Abdelaziz. $45.These courses differ from the credit-bearing language courses HCCC offers for students seeking degrees.Registration and class-specific information may be obtained at Additional information may be obtained by contacting Evening, Weekend and Off-Site Programs Coordinator Alexis Muniz at [email protected] or calling 201-360-4224. Participants will receive an email with details on how to access the live course a few days before the first class. Learning a second language can enhance communication with people of diverse cultures, enriching one’s personal and professional growth. This Fall, the Language Institute at Hudson County Community College’s (HCCC) Department of Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering introductory Spanish, French, Italian, and Arabic language classes.The live, virtual classes utilize the “Communicative Approach” that emphasizes learning and practicing language through interaction with the instructor and other students.  Upon completion of any of the 10-session courses, students will be able to understand basic vocabulary and language structure, develop pronunciation and speaking skills, gain cultural knowledge, develop confidence in initiating simple conversations, and read written material. ×last_img read more

Latin American security officials agree to strengthen cooperation to fight organized crime

first_img While organized crime groups in Latin America engage in a variety of illicit enterprises, drug trafficking is their largest source of revenue, according to Nestor Rosania, the director of the Center for Studies in Security, Defense, and International Affairs (CESDAI), in Colombia. Nations should confront transnational criminal organizations on a cooperative basis, Rosania said. Coordination and cooperation among Ameripol member countries in the fight against organized crime groups is good but needs to be strengthened, Rosania said. An ongoing dialogue to give continuity to the police models is necessary, he added. The Ameripol conference and other events like it help foster dialogue and a spirit of cooperation, Rosania said. Such meetings allow police officials from different countries to share their experience fighting transnational crime, he said. Street gangs and international drug traffickers During the Ameripol conference, security officials also agreed to promote the consolidation of the Inter-American Network for Police Development and Professionalization, a virtual education model for police which is led by the Public Security Department of the Organization of American States (OAS). for A led by the OAS Public Security Department, which is a strategic partner in obtaining a virtual education model for agents. The Ameripol Board of Directors elected Commissioner Juan José Andrade Morales, head of Costa Rica’s Police Force, to serve as president during the 2014-2015 sessions . In addition to trafficking humans, drugs, and firearms, organized crime groups in Central America engage in extortion, kidnapping, domestic drug sales, and bribery. Up to 90 percent of the more than 700 tons of cocaine which enters the United States from Colombia each year passes through Central America, according to U.S. officials. Drug traffickers generate annual profits of more than $320 billion (USD) throughout the world, according to a recent report by the Colombian National Police, which was released at the 82nd Interpol General Assembly in Cartagena, Colombia. The security officials who attended the conference focused on strengthening cooperation among law enforcement agencies of different countries in the fight against transnational criminal organizations, according to written statement from Ameripol. Latin American security officials who attended the conference, including police chiefs, agreed to engage in higher levels of cooperation to strengthen the Regional Security Plan. The goal is to generate higher levels of coordination between law enforcement institutions of different countries in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking. The security officials at the conference also agreed to promote initiatives and cooperation mechanisms with “intergovernmental, regional, and global organizations, allowing to generate a synergy between police agencies.” Security officials representing the 20 Latin American countries which are part of the American Police Community (Ameripol) recently agreed to strengthen international cooperation in the battle against transnational organized crime. Representatives from the 20 countries, as well as officials from seven other nations, reached the agreement at the end of the 6th Ameripol Summit, which was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Nov. 12-13, 2013. The 20 Latin American countries which are part of Ameripol are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. The United States is also a member nation. The conference was inaugurated by Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla, who urged police forces to combat organized crime “with strategies that seek to go beyond the mere reaction of law enforcement agencies.” Attention on Central America Focus on strengthening police cooperation Central America in particular requires a high level of attention from security forces battling drug trafficking, firearms smuggling, and human trafficking, Enrique Galindo, the executive director of Ameripol and the commissioner general of the Mexican Federal Police, told Notimex. “It is very important to give Central America full attention and to take care of what is going on with trafficking, all types of trafficking,” Galindo said. Transnational criminal organizations, like the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, transport large amounts of cocaine through Central America to Mexico, the United States, Central America, Europe, and Africa. Facing a transnational threat The members of Ameripol also approved exchanges between law enforcement agencies to promote the improvement of skills and technological capabilities. Law enforcement agents must continue to improve their capabilities to face the evolving threat posed by transnational criminal organizations, said Rodolfo Palomino, the president of Ameripol and the director of Colombia’s National Police. “The big cartels have turned into criminal gangs or mini-cartels,” Palomino said. “Security forces are facing these smaller groups. These criminals do not respect borders or the law.” International cooperation is crucial in the fight against drug traffickers, Palomino said. The need for cooperation In addition to fighting transnational criminal organizations, security forces in Central America are also battling more than 900 local gangs, which have more than 70,000 members, according to the International Control Board’s 2012 Annual Report. Two of the biggest gangs are Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18, which is also known as 18th Street. Security forces throughout Latin America face different challenges from international drug traffickers, according to an Ameripol report, “Situational Analysis of Drug Trafficking.” The report detailed the threats faced by different countries: • Brazil has become a haven for fugitive drug traffickers and a bridge for the distribution of drugs to Europe and West Africa. Three organized crime groups control drug trafficking in Brazil: The First Capital Command (PCC), the Red Command, and the Pure Third Command. • Bolivia is one of the largest producers of cocaine hydrochloride, which is trafficked to different parts of the world through Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Paraguay. • Ecuador is a transshipment and storage point for drug traffickers. Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel transport drugs through Ecuador. • Peru is one of the largest producers of cocaine in the world. About 800 tons of cocaine are produced worldwide every year, and most of the production occurs in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. • Panama is a transit country for transnational criminal organizations which smuggle drugs north from South and Central America to Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Support for an educational model By Dialogo December 22, 2013last_img read more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Re-elected, Beating GOP Challenger Rob Astorino, Reports Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly won re-election Tuesday night to a second term, handily defeating Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, his Republican closest rival.That’s according to unofficial early projections from The Associated Press and other news outlets who based the estimates on exit polls. His reported win makes him the first Democratic governor to be re-elected since his father, Mario Cuomo, accomplished that feat in 1986.“Our efforts were all about unifying people and growing the state,” the governor told cheering supporters at his campaign headquarters in Manhattan, noting that his opponent called to concede. “While other states are putting up walls, we’re inviting people in.”The 56-year-old Mount Kisco resident also drew votes on the Working Families Party, Women’s Equality Party and the Independence Party lines. Astorino, 47, who’s been county exec since 2003, also ran on the Conservative Party and Stop Common Core lines.Cuomo’s lieutenant governor will be Kathy Hochul, a 56-year-old former Democratic Congresswoman from the Buffalo area, who joined the ticket after Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy declined to run again.Throughout his campaign, Astorino said that Cuomo has made New York lose ground economically by perpetuating “the highest taxes in the country, the worst business climate and the most corrupt government.” He vowed to cut income taxes drastically, reduce state spending and stop the unfunded mandates from the state Legislature that drive up property taxes. But Astorino never could overcome polls that showed him consistently trailing the incumbent governor by a two-digit margin.Cuomo drew support across party lines, as shown by Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s recent endorsement, not to mention bipartisan praise from state Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). As governor, Cuomo passed same sex marriage in New York, passed medical marijuana, ushered in the SAFE Act gun-control measure in wake of the Newtown massacre and approved a 2-percent property tax cap.The next closest candidate on the night’s losing end was Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s nominee, who was making his second bid for governor. The 61-year-old Syracuse resident proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and making tuition free at CUNY and SUNY. He would have funded that initiative with a more progressive state income tax system.Hawkins’ campaign was hoping to benefit from liberal voters disenchanted with the Cuomo administration’s centrist record who might have supported Zephyr Teachout’s third party bid on the Working Families Party line, until Cuomo out-maneuvered her at her party’s convention in the spring and gotten the WFP’s backing. In the September Democratic primary, Cuomo got almost 62 percent of the vote, and Teachout ended up with 34 percent. Both the Green Party and the WFP needed 50,000 votes minimum to retain their position on future ballots.Astorino, in his concession speech, said: “We have planted a flag and we will be back to reclaim it and advance it further.”last_img read more

Listening to understand

first_imgA few weeks back I was doing a morning meditation on Insight Timer (thank you to Leo Ardine for the referral). During a 30 day meditation (that Jill recommended) there was a course on listening. This resonated with me. Not because I’m a good listener, but because it is something I struggle with. The idea was listening to understand and not listening to respond.It made me think of many of the thought leaders who have been on The CUInsight Experience podcast. So many have spoken about listening more and talking less. Many have said it was something they wished they had earlier in their career.Listening more to understand was something that I started working on. It was harder than you may think. I found myself coming up with my responses to what people were saying while they were still talking. And even worse I was coming up with answers to questions they weren’t even asking. I started to realize this was true at home with Jill and Crosby, on the phone with my sister, mom and dad, in conversation with colleagues at CUInsight, and even while having conversations with the guests on the podcast. And then the murder of George Floyd happened. The protests and conversation about racism in our country were front and center. I am aware of the privilege I have. I am aware that I will never completely understand the fear so many Americans live with everyday. Over the past week I have kept coming back to that meditation on listening to understand. When I hear the family of Mr. Floyd, I try to intentionally listen to understand. When I watch the protests on the news, I try to intentionally listen to understand. When I have a conversation with a friend or colleague about the state of our country and systematic racism, I intentionally try to listen to understand.I may be a slow learner. I’ve said many times I’m the guy who touches the stove and then needs to touch it one more time before I learn that it’s hot. I now hear so many of the voices of past guests on the podcast who have said listening is one of the traits of strong leadership. To be a better leader and maybe even a better human, try on that intentionality. Listen to understand, not to respond. See how it feels.I think you’ll be surprised what you learn. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Restaurant owners say unemployment benefits may be hurting hiring process

first_imgJust like The Old Union, Pisculli said they are having trouble finding enough applicants. “Some of our employees have moved on or graduated and left town so we’re hiring and looking for new faces,” Pisculli said. Kipp says they have many available jobs but haven’t seen much interest in them. Owner Andy Kipp says the restaurant is operating at about 50 percent capacity. Before they open to more guests, Kipp says he needs more staff. “We need employees and people don’t want to work because they are getting paid more in unemployment, it is not good for anybody,” Kipp told 12 News. “We’re looking to open for outdoor dining on Friday and then if everything goes well we’ve heard we’ll be able to serve 50 percent capacity indoors on Saturday,” said Social on State partner Jay Pisculli. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Old Union Hotel is in the process of once again putting customers in their restaurant. center_img Pisuclli said they are looking for new employees with days until customers are back at the restaurant. Americans who have been laid off from their jobs because of the coronavirus have been able to collect an additional $600 a week. Kipp says this has hurt his hiring process. Social on State in Binghamton is dealing with similar issues. When the coronavirus started, the restaurant had to make a few difficult moves such as furloughing staff. “It makes more sense to get a job now, because what are you going to do in a month when unemployment runs [out]?,” he asks.last_img read more

“Gift from Krk” is a great project for encouraging and developing local authentic souvenirs

first_imgA gift from Krk is a stamp awarded to a souvenir as a kind of present of the city, thus reflecting the continuity of its artistic, cultural, cultural-historical or cultural heritage, while presenting its tangible, intangible and natural heritage. Take a look at all previous souvenirs with the “Gift from Krk” stamp HERE, while more details about the competition find out HERE Guided by the most recent Krk event Camino Week, which in early October last year, following the medieval pilgrimage routes of the island of Krk, began marking the official Croatian Camino route as part of the European network of pilgrimage routes of St. Jakov, the emphasis is on accepting creative challenges that can stimulate the lives of saints who touch the city and the island of Krk, their specific iconography and related symbolism, emphasize the Tourist Board of Krk. “Gift from Krk” is a project of the Tourist Board of Krka, which has proven to be the most successful in our market when we talk about defining and encouraging the production of our own souvenirs of a tourist destination. It is important to emphasize that this is a selection of all applications and that the focus is on quality, not on plastic souvenirs from China. Registered souvenirs can be works of art and art objects, arts and crafts and gastronomic products, clothing and utility items, as well as graphic materials and multimedia [photographs and video materials]. When it comes to works of art, art objects and handicrafts, it is important that there are solutions quality workmanship made of environmentally friendly, ie characteristic of the island climate materials, is emphasized in the tender. This year’s competition will give priority to souvenirs that interpret the cultural, cultural and tourist values ​​of the city of Krk in different ways, taking into account its historical heritage, richness of architectural, sculptural, painting and archaeological heritage and special natural environments.  This year, the Tourist Board of the City of Krk announced the ninth competition for the application of the official souvenir solution, which will be marked with a stamp A gift from Krk.last_img read more

PREMIUMIDX, BI cushion virus-battered financial markets as investors dump Indonesian assets

first_imgGoogle LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Facebook Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ? bank-indonesia BI Indonesia-Stock-Exchange IDX jakarta-composite-index JCI Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia China foreign-net-sell rupiah US-dollar bonds An hour after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first two COVID-19 positive cases on the country’s soil on Monday, Bank Indonesia (BI) and the Indonesia Stock Exchange were quick to call for separate emergency press conferences as investors dumped Indonesian assets.BI announced five measures to stabilize the rupiah while the bourse halted short selling transactions and prepared other measures if the stock market fell deeper in the future.The central bank decided to lower the requirement for banks to store their dollar funds at BI, called the US dollar reserve requirement ratio (RRR), to 4 percent from 8 percent at present starting March 16. The rupiah RRR is also being lowered by 50 basis points (bps), but only for banks with clients engaged in export and import activities, starting April 1.“Lowering the foreign exchange RRR will boost banks…last_img read more

Deputy attorney general dies in car accident on Jagorawi toll road

first_imgJakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. at kilometer 13 of the Jagorawi toll road heading toward Cawang.“There were two victims. The driver, deputy attorney general Arminsyah, passed away at the location, while another passenger was injured and was taken to Bina Husada Hospital,” he said as quoted by”The white Nissan GT-R sports car was coming from the south in the fourth lane when it hit a roadblock and caught fire,” he explained. “After the fire was put out, the car was taken to the East Jakarta police station.”Arminsyah was a senior official at the AGO. He had served as the junior attorney for special crimes (jampidsus) before being appointed deputy attorney general in November 2017. He also served as acting attorney general for three months in 2019 after being appointed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to occupy the post until a new attorney general was named. (aly)Topics : Deputy Attorney General Arminsyah, died in a car crash on the Jagorawi toll road in Cibubur, East Jakarta, on Saturday afternoon. He was 59 years old.The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed the death. AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono said Arminsyah had been officially pronounced dead at Kramat Jati Police Hospital in Pasar Rebo.His remains have been returned to his family home in Tanjung Barat, South Jakarta, and he will be laid to rest on Sunday.last_img read more

Emmanuel Petit urges Unai Emery to settle on Arsenal’s strongest starting eleven

first_img Comment Lacazette was benched against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘Some have pointed to a lack of leadership, a lack of strength, but I don’t think this is the problem.‘The problem is that he does not know his first eleven. You have to stick with your ideas. It takes time for players to adapt.‘If you change every single weekend what you’re asking from them, that’s difficult.‘Klopp has put his vision and his personality on his Liverpool team, and so has Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – and it works.‘With Emery, I don’t know. I’m wondering what he wants to do with his players.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Why Granit Xhaka is emerging as Unai Emery’s biggest problem at ArsenalMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal v Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:49FullscreenArsenal v Tottenham: Unai Emery press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It was a big test against ­Liverpool and the players would have been ­expecting to know ­exactly what they could look forward to this season.’Emery is yet to settle on his best side, with summer signing Nicolas Pepe starting just one Premier League game so far and Alexandre Lacazette also regularly on the bench.Petit insists Arsenal do not have the players to cope with constant tactical switches.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emery is still tinkering his Arsenal side (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has urged Unai Emery to stick to one starting eleven ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Tottenham.Arsenal take on their bitter rivals on the back of a demoralising loss to Liverpool in their last game and Petit slammed his former side’s start to the new season.Liverpool were the first side to beat Arsenal, but Petit said the performance against the Reds exposed the Gunners’ biggest weaknesses – including Emery’s ‘bad tactics’.‘I’ve not been impressed with what I’ve seen from Unai Emery in Arsenal ’s opening games of this season,’ Petit said.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 41:42FullscreenArsenal v Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’ve watched every Arsenal match in ­2019-20, though they’re definitely better than last year.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They’ve done a good job in the transfer market, but they have requirements in defence, which has been the case for years now.‘We saw evidence of that against Liverpool where they were poor and short on confidence. Petit thinks Emery needs to decide his first eleven (Picture: Getty)‘Emery is trying different ­tactical systems all the time, moving players around ­different positions. I can see the sense in this, but only a small percentage of footballers are intelligent enough to be comfortable in different positions and tactical set-ups,’ he said.‘I worked on the Liverpool game and I thought to myself, if I was Emery, I would play ­4-3-3 – with Alex Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in the forward line. As soon as he did this, with 20 minutes to go, the game changed. It was frustrating.‘I try to support Emery ­because people have been ­killing him in the Press since he was in Paris. 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Sep 2019 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link752Shares PLAY center_img About Connatix V67539 Arsenal take on Tottenham on Sunday (Picture: Getty)‘There was a lack of ­communication, bad ­movement, bad tactics ­sometimes and a shortage of cover for the defence.‘When you keep making the same mistakes over and over, then they stop being mistakes.‘A good start should have given them the confidence they lacked last season. Video Settings Full Screen Emmanuel Petit urges Unai Emery to settle on Arsenal’s strongest starting eleven Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mike Ross try sees Leinster end Scarlets’ winning run

first_img Aided by a strong bench that included Jonathan Sexton, Leo Cullen’s men turned the screw after the break with Ross’ 44th-minute effort converted by Madigan who added the final points via a 59th-minute penalty. The Scarlets finished on the attack, pressing for a match-winning try, but Leinster replacement Dan Leavy forced a knock-on in a tackle to confirm a hard-fought victory ahead of next week’s Champions Cup visit of Wasps to Dublin. James Tracy, making his first start, won an excellent turnover to break up a threatening early Scarlets attack, but the visitors quickly threatened from a third-minute penalty and Parkes took a hard line to get over under the posts past Noel Reid and Garry Ringrose. After Dan Jones’ conversion, Leinster stormed back downfield with a terrific 30-metre maul. Scarlets lock Jake Ball saw yellow for collapsing it and the league leaders were content to leak three points rather than a try, with Madigan punishing an offside. Although the Leinster fly-half slotted his second kick in the 19th minute, the hosts then lost Rob Kearney to a suspected hamstring injury and barely a minute later, Owen was over for his try. The Llanelli outfit, who exerted plenty of pressure at the breakdown, showed their class in attack with a cracking five-pointer, returning scrum-half Gareth Davies sniping through initially before captain John Barclay’s precise pass released Owen for the left corner. Jones missed the conversion from wide out. Madigan snapped back three points in the 28th minute, only for Cian Healy to be penalised for not rolling away and allow Jones to split the posts from the left wing. The latter had a last-minute attempt from just inside the Leinster half, but nudged his kick just wide. Cullen’s side hit the front just four minutes after the restart. A lineout maul in the 22 did the initial damage, Healy was hauled down short before fellow prop Ross, with support from Tracy, burrowed over for only his second ever try for the province. Returning from Rugby World Cup duty, veteran prop Ross crossed the whitewash for the first time in two and a half years as Leinster took control with 10 unanswered points in the second half. Centre duo Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth Owen had struck for tries inside the opening 24 minutes as the table-topping Welsh side built a deserved 15-9 interval lead. The returning Ian Madigan kicked three penalties for Leinster. Press Association Madigan converted for 16-15 and as Leinster upped the physicality – and Sexton was sprung from the bench to a big ovation – an increasing amount of possession and territory came their way. Jones was penalised for offside and his opposite number mopped up with the three points on the hour mark. That proved to be the final score of the night, with defences on top for the remainder. Sexton, who was guilty of some loose kicking, almost settled the issue with a wraparound try but it was ruled out for a block by Reid on Owen in the build-up, and Leinster relied on some solid defence in their 22 to close out the contest. Scarlets’ six-match winning run in the Guinness PRO12 was ended by Leinster at the RDS as a very rare Mike Ross try proved crucial in a 19-15 win for the hosts. last_img read more