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AS Romas Justin Kluivert Dedicates Goal to Abdelhak Nouri

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Rabat – Justin Kluivert has not forgotten his friend, Abdelhak Nouri, who is still recovering from a coma. AS Roma’s new recruit Justin Kluivert made a beautiful gesture for his former Ajax Amsterdam teammate, Moroccan-Dutch footballer Abdelhak Nouri.During AS Roma’s game against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday (5-0) in the Champions League, 20-year-old midfielder Kluivert waved Nouri’s number 34 jersey after scoring the fourth goal of the match. Kluivert has been wearing the number 34 jersey for AS Roma in tribute to the Ajax player who has spent one year in a coma. Kluivert’s dedication to Nouri was applauded on social media. Nouri, who is suffering from irremediable brain damage, collapsed on July 8, 2017, during a friendly match between his club Ajax Amsterdam and Werder Bremen in Austria. “Appie,” as he is also called, was suffering from a heart disease.Since his accident, Nouri has received a lot of support from fans, football stars, teammates, and his club. The 21-year-old promising talent can now communicate with his family, but his condition remains serious. read more

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Alberta Energy Regulator OKs Suncors plan for managing tailings ponds

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CALGARY — Alberta’s energy regulator has approved an oilsands giant’s plans to manage its vast tailings ponds despite ongoing concerns about their reliability.“(Opponents) raised concerns with the aquatic closure outcome and uncertainties with the proposed technology,” Alberta Energy Regulator said in its decision on Suncor Energy’s (TSX:SU) Millennium mine. “The (regulator) shares those concerns.”While the regulator has added a series of reporting and monitoring requirements, Wednesday’s decision approves substantially the same plan it turned down last spring.The plan still relies on so-called end-pit lakes, in which treated tailings are pumped to the bottom of an engineered basin and capped with fresh water. The technology has often been used for other mines but never for oilsands tailings.It also proposes a reclamation timeline which will require some sort of monitoring well into the next century.“Those core issues were not addressed and they’ve kind of just evaporated now,” said Jodi McNeill of the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank.The regulator said in its ruling that the Suncor decision is not to be considered a precedent. But plans from seven other projects from six producers are being reviewed and McNeill said most of them have the same problems as Suncor.“It ultimately is (a precedent),” she said.The Millennium tailings pond holds more than 300 billion litres of water contaminated with toxins including bitumen, naphthenic acids, cyanide and heavy metals.The approval sets a number of reporting requirements to ensure Suncor meets a series of deadlines.Suncor has until 2024 to clean up all 314 billion litres of tailings produced before 2015.By that time, the mine will have produced another 281 billion litres of tailings. That total must decline to 147 billion litres by 2033, when the mine is scheduled to close.All tailings must be gone by 2043, with ongoing monitoring to ensure the site remains stable and develops a healthy ecosystem.“There are risks that Suncor will not achieve this profile,” the regulator said. “The ability of Suncor to achieve the profile is dependent on successfully implementing its (tailings management plan).”In addition to its concerns over end-pit lakes, the regulator also had questions about what Suncor means by ready-to-reclaim, a crucial standard in measuring reclamation thresholds.“The criteria proposed by Suncor may or may not adequately track the performance of a tailings deposit as expected,” the decision said. “Improvements to (ready-to-reclaim) criteria will likely be required.”Time is running out for Suncor to prove its plan will work, said the regulator.“With Suncor’s Oil Sands Base Plant approaching end-of-mine life, the (regulator) is concerned with the length of time remaining to resolve Suncor’s site-specific issues.”Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said the company is aware the site will require decades of monitoring.“Absolutely, this will be a long-term monitoring program. Our goal is to develop a self-sustaining, biodiverse, boreal forest ecosystem.”In July 2016, the regulator released a directive requiring all producers to outline how they will deal with the extensive toxic ponds that altogether cover more than 220 square kilometres and contain almost 1.2 trillion litres of contaminated water.Suncor’s initial response was rejected. The regulator agreed to reconsider it after the company said it hadn’t been able to describe some of the technology it planned to use because it had yet to be fully patented.As well, regulator spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald said a meeting in July with Suncor and groups concerned about the ponds clarified issues.“It gave us an opportunity to understand some more information in terms of what Suncor was proposing and some of the concerns that the parties had raised,” he said.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960. read more

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Security Council consults on Liberias compliance with sanctions regime

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In a press statement issued after closed-door consultations, the Council’s current President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, said that the 15-member body had “full and detailed discussions” centring on whether the sanctions were having the desired effect, as well as on prospects for modifications in the present regime, the possibility of additional measures, and ways of ensuring that the present embargo remained targeted.During their deliberations, Council members focused on the implementation of Council resolution 1343, which asks Liberia to end financial and military support to the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone, to expel rebel members from Liberia and to prohibit their activity on its territory. The resolution also reapplied an arms embargo against the country. As part of the discussions, the Council reviewed several reports, including the report of a committee monitoring the sanctions, the report of the Panel of Experts on Liberia (S/2001/1015), and reports by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Liberia (dated 31 October, 11 October, 5 October, and 30 April).The Council members decided to request the committee monitoring the embargo to review recommendations made by the expert panel and to “submit a report on these recommendations to the Council for consideration as soon as possible.” read more

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More than 70 government ministers expected for upcoming UN forum on refugees

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Opening on 12 December at the UN agency’s Geneva headquarters, the two-day Ministerial Meeting will be the first ever gathering of all 142 countries that have acceded to the 1951 Refugee Convention.Among the 70 government ministers who have confirmed their presence so far are 29 Ministers of the Interior and 17 Foreign Ministers, UNHCR said. Other attendees include three Deputy Prime Ministers and the President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who will deliver one of the opening addresses in her personal capacity as a former refugee, rather than as head of delegation.The meeting has so far attracted 11 ministers from the European Union and 27 from Africa, UNCHR said. The African delegates will also participate in a 14 December follow-up meeting in Geneva devoted to refugee problems on their continent.Also attending the meeting will be a number of the States that have not yet acceded to either the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol. read more

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SMMT Update – 12 December 2014

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SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.SMMT Update 348 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Ohio State mens volleyball looking to control the pace against Ball State

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Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) and freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) attempt to block the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerAfter back-to-back wins, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could be hitting its stride.The No. 13 Buckeyes (7-6, 4-2) easily dispatched the Grand Canyon Antelopes in two matches over the weekend, sweeping them 3-0 on consecutive nights.After four consecutive matches on their home court, the Buckeyes are set to finish off their five-match home stand Wednesday, hosting No. 14 Ball State (7-5, 3-2) at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.OSU junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said he and his teammates are looking to take what worked against the Antelopes and apply it to the match against the Cardinals.“We need to control the pace of the match and win or lose points on our terms. If we can dictate the way the game is played, we have a much stronger chance to win,” Henchy said.The Buckeyes beat the Cardinals once last season, a 3-1 result in Columbus. But when OSU traveled to Muncie, Ind., it was the Cardinals who dominated, winning 3-0 in a match that ended a three-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.“Last time we played them (Ball State) we were swept in their gym,” Henchy said. “We played flat and lost the game on our own side of the net.”Freshman setter Christy Blough, who tallied 77 assists in the two wins against the Antelopes, said nothing is going to come easy against Ball State because of its physicality.“Ball State is not going to give us many points off of their errors,” Blough said. “So I think the most important thing we have to do to win this match is to limit our errors attacking and from the service line.”The Buckeyes are expecting the Cardinals to come out hungry against them after dropping two matches last week to a pair of top 10 opponents in No. 1 Loyola and then-No. 10 Lewis. Henchy said Ball State plays a “scrappy” game, and is likely to look to take advantage if OSU’s offense is weak.“We are practicing being aggressive and bringing more pace in our attacks,” Henchy said. “We have also done more work in transition to improve our efficiency.” read more

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Ohio State football defense taking steps to get back to Silver Bullets

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Members of the Gray defense swarm Scarlet H-back Curtis Samuel (4) during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray won, 17-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith big-time players like senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and others sitting out the 2014 edition of Ohio State’s annual Spring Game, it was the defense that stole the show.The intrasquad scrimmage Saturday was one of the first chances the Buckeye coaching staff got to show off the revamped unit to the public, complete with two new coaches in defensive line coach and assistant head coach Larry Johnson and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, as the group looks to get back to a defense known as the “Silver Bullets.”“Silver Bullets” is the endearing nickname that has been given to the defense of the Ohio State football team. Looking at old tales and folklore, a silver bullet is known as the only weapon that can defeat monsters like witches and werewolves. The past two seasons, though, the Buckeyes’ silver bullet defense had a tough time stopping Hoosiers and Wolverines.While the offense has taken flight under coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, the defense has been left a little bit behind.The defensive problems didn’t seem to be too big of an issue with the offense being able to score consistently, but they reared their ugly heads in the final three games of last season, though, as they gave up 41, 34 and 40 points to Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson, respectively. The latter two games resulted in losses and left OSU with much to work on heading into the offseason.The Spring Game provided fans with their first look at the 2014 edition of the Bullets and redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said it was the start of getting back to their namesake.“I knew we were going to lose a lot of key players after last season, but coming in now after going through spring practice, I’m confident we can go out there and compete at the highest level,” Powell said after the game, a 17-7 victory by the Gray team. “We have to get better and all, but now I feel like we’re on our way to being back to the Silver Bullets that everybody watching thinks of.”The game saw both the Scarlet and Gray defensive lines dominate the opposing teams’ offensive lines throughout, putting pressure on anything and everything the offenses tried to do.The Scarlet defense scored the first points of the game when redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier had a strip sack of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.The Scarlet team didn’t score an offensive touchdown for the rest of the game, while the Gray team finished with just two.It was a small sample size to work with, but Meyer said his squad showed a vast improvement from where they ended last season.“Defense, I hope the reaction was that they looked quicker, they look faster, they trigger on the ball much better than they have in the past,” Meyer said after the game. “If that’s your perception, that’s mine as well.”The final statistics saw neither team gain 300 yards, with the Gray team earning 262 and the Scarlet team only mustering 185.Redshirt-freshman Chris Worley led the Scarlet team with nine total tackles, including a game-high six solo stops, and redshirt-freshman Tyquan Lewis paced the Gray squad with five tackles, including two sacks.Meyer is one to say that to have a great football team, you need a great defensive line. With all four starters coming back in the form of senior Michael Bennett, juniors Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence and sophomore Joey Bosa, he did not shy away from his expectations for them as a unit.“I’d be disappointed if we’re not one of the better defensive lines in America, with those four guys. They’ve had a good spring and their coach is really coaching them,” Meyer said.The coach he’s referring to is Johnson who took over for Mike Vrabel, who left for the Houston Texans of the NFL in January.Junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the transition to Johnson wasn’t easy at first, but said he has made the unit stronger.“When coach Johnson first came in it was a difficult transition, but we’ve all bought in to what he is trying to teach us and we are playing well right now,” Schutt said. “I think the unit is going to be very successful.”Outside of the four linemen, Meyer said the other players who have earned starting spots are junior Joshua Perry at linebacker, senior Doran Grant at cornerback and Powell at safety.That leaves four more spots open for the Bullets and the competition is sure to be fierce and last all the way through fall camp.No matter who fills those roles, however, Powell said they are ready to change the storyline of the offense outplaying the defense.“See, back in the day it was about the defense,” Powell said. “So that’s what we’re trying to get the theme to go back to. Everybody (saying) ‘Let’s go to the game to see their defense.’”OSU is scheduled to open the season Aug. 30 against Navy at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, with kickoff set for noon. read more

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OK Should The Cavs Start To Worry Now

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Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (April 16, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris recap the first games of the NBA playoffs. They focus on the weekend’s big storylines: The Pacers trounced the Cavs in Cleveland, the Blazers had no answer for Anthony Davis, and the Sixers looked like real contenders.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris wrote about how Ben Simmons is outsmarting his defenders.

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Tennis Keeps Producing Challengers To Serenas Throne She Keeps Beating Them

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Serena Williams needs just two more wins in this year’s U.S. Open to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. The record would be impressive on its own, but it’s even more notable for the strength of her opposition: Williams has faced the best in the game, over and over, in the 20 years since she won her first major.The 37-year-old captured her first major title at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11, 1999, beating Martina Hingis. Since then, 58 different players have ascended to the top 10, according to the WTA, and Serena has played 55 of them. She’s also played almost all of the women who have made it into the top 5 since her first title, facing 36 of the 37. And more of Williams’s opponents are likely to make their top 10 debuts soon: Bianca Andreescu, whom she faced in Toronto last month, is ranked 15th and could reach the top 10 for the first time after she won Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.Some of her former adversaries — players who made it atop the rankings in the past 20 years — have already retired, while Williams continues to compete for major titles. Justine Henin, who is 6-8 all-time against Williams, retired in 2008, staged a comeback in 2010 and left the game for good in 2011. Kim Clijsters, who was 2-7 against Williams, retired in 2012.Somehow, Williams has continued to evolve despite facing a seemingly endless parade of young talent.“I think the sport has come a really long way,” Williams said in her post-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind.”Serena’s staying power has been a thing of beauty. From 1999 to 2010, she won 13 major titles. She struggled in 2011 and early in 2012, missing large swaths of time with a foot injury and blood clots in her lungs. But after she started working with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012, reworking some of her approach to the game and recovering from the injuries, Williams reversed her decline and played her best tennis yet. From 2012 to 2017, she won 10 Slams, an improbable count for her age. And, of course, Williams took a year off from the sport around the birth of her daughter in September 2017, skipping four straight Slams until last year’s French Open.At the U.S. Open, she is close to another record. After beating Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday, Williams now has 100 match wins at the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament without an opponent withdrawal, she will pass Chris Evert, who won 101 matches in her U.S. Open career.Even among her historic achievements, a record 24th major victory for Serena will be on the minds of observers on Saturday. Since her last Slam victory in 2017, Williams has come close to the mark, reaching three finals in the past two years. Tonight, she will battle Elina Svitolina, who has beaten Williams once, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Svitolina hasn’t lost a set at the Open and has looked formidable. Still, Williams has a great opportunity this week to finally tie Court’s record, as none of the three other women left in the U.S. Open — Svitolina, Andreescu and Belinda Bencic — has ever won a major.“It feels good,” Williams said. “This is what I’ve been training for.” read more

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Alevel results 2016 results from 300 state schools

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Data submitted by schools to the Telegraph on Results Day can now be viewed in our searchable table, showing the results of 327 state schools across the country.Please note that these are provisional results and do not include re-marks. Therefore, final results may be slightly higher than the figures shown here. Independent school results will be published separately, later in the month.Queen Elizabeth’s School in Hertfordshire has once again topped the league tables as the best performing school for A-levels.The north London boys’ grammar school, founded in 1573, recorded a rate of 98.84 per cent of grades at A* to B, an increase on last year’s results. Neil Enright, headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s, said: “The performance has really been stellar across all subjects and I am very grateful to the bright and capable staff who teach here.”Our boys are fun to be around and enjoyable to teach. They constantly evince a hunger for intellectual argument and for knowledge; they are keen to stretch themselves. In addition, they are involved in many pursuits outside of lessons, including sport, the performing arts and other non-academic activities.”The Henrietta Barnett School, rose from third in the table last year with 93.81 per cent to second this year, with 95.89 per cent of students achieving A* to B.KeyGender: B – Boys, G – Girls, M – MixedSchool Type: C – Comprehensive, G – Grammar, PS – Partially selective, SFC – Sixth Form College Use our searchable A-level results table below to find out the A-level results from over 320 state schools across the country, including the percentage of subject entries graded A*/A/B or equivalent.The Telegraph school league tables are created using data submitted by schools on A-level results day. A table of independent schools will be published on Saturday 27 August while official results for every school in the country appear in January.center_img On August 18, more than 300,000 pupils from England, Wales and Northern Ireland collected their A-level results.According to official figures, the gap between boys and girls achieving the top A* grades narrowed this year, with male students gaining 8.5 per cent of top A* grades compared with 7.7 per cent for females.It also emerged that the proportion of top grades (A*-A) fell by 0.1 percentage point to 25.8 per cent compared to 25.9 per cent last year.last_img read more

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13 million people in Britain have seen their local bank branch close

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Thirteen million people in Britain have seen their local bank branch shut down in the last ten years, ONS figures show.Over 6,000 branches have shut since 2010, which is a fall of a third.Experts have said that banks and buildings societies have been shutting as more people use online banking, and fewer visit branches.As more people use contactless cards, cash machines have disappeared from local high streets.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Cash points across the country are also closing; Figures from Link show that between January and August of this year 1,400 free to use cash machines closed across Great Britain.”There are many people still reliant on traditional banking services who are at risk being financially excluded by this alarming rate of branch closures” Gareth Shaw, from consumer group Which?, told the BBC.”While banks should ensure there are alternative banking facilities in the area, we’re told by consumers that these options simply do not offer the full range of services or convenience that a dedicated branch does.”A UK Finance spokesman said: “Bank branches play an important role in local communities which is why decisions to close them are only ever taken after all other options, like reducing opening hours and staff numbers, have been exhausted.” Fewer people are visiting banks; visits have fallen by a quarter since 2012 as people do more banking online from home and on their phones, the spokesman added.UK Finance has promised investment in “ATMs and mobile bank branches to reach out to more communities.”Analysis by the BBC of Link data found that there are 63 parliamentary constituencies with fewer than five ATMs per 10,000 people. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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On to Hammerhead as Exxons drillship aiming for 9th strike

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With another successful oil discovery under its belt the ExxonMobil contracted drillship Stena Carron is off to a new target, Hammerhead-1, located nine miles southwest of Liza 1.The news comes on the heels of ExxonMobil announcing on Wednesday its eight discovery at its latest target Longtail and revealed that combined with the nearby Turbot this would amount to an additional 500 Million barrels of reserves.ExxonMobil is now accelerating exploration activity with an additional drill rig expected in the next few months. This would mean two engaged in exploration while another rig develops the Lisa (1) field set to start production in early 2020.According to a Department of Public Information (DPI) release, ExxonMobil’s success rate in the Stabroek Block at 80 per cent is the envy of an industry that averages 20-25 per cent.It currently holds proven reserves of 3.2 Billion barrels and this is sure to climb with the additional discoveries including Ranger where ExxonMobil has signaled its intention to drill an additional well to establish its size.The eight discoveries to date are as follows Liza, Payara, Liza Deep, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger and Pacora.The Stena Carron harsh environment drillshipThe Stabroek Block is 6.6 Million acres (26,800 square kilometres) and located approximately 120 miles (193 kilometres) offshore Guyana.Oil production is planned to begin in early 2020 with revenues for the country expected to be used for transformative development projects soon after.Local operator ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) is the operator of the Stabroek Block, holding a 45 per cent interest, while Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 2 to produce over 200,000 barrels of oil per dayMay 3, 2019In “Business”9th oil discovery announced as Hess hits Hammerhead-1 wellAugust 30, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil strikes more oil offshore GuyanaOctober 27, 2016In “Local News” read more

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Varadkar Right thing for Ombudsman to investigate penalty points LAST year

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first_imgHAVING THE GARDA Ombudsman Commission investigate the penalty points controversy a year ago would have been the ‘right thing’ to do, Minister Leo Varadkar has said.He said this evening that he doesn’t want to “get into a conflict with the Garda Commissioner or with my colleagues in government”.However, he went on:the record does show and I was asked this question on radio probably about a year ago now, as to whether I thought that the investigation should go to the Garda Ombudsman commission and I said at the time that I did, and I really do think that would have been the right thing to do in the first instance.He made the comments on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Today FM.WhistleblowerThe minister spoke about his feelings on the evidence that Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe gave the Public Accounts Committee last week on the penalty points issues.“I’m happy that things have definitely changed,” said Varakdar.He went on to say that one of the things that he knows was discussed in the PAC hearing when McCabe spoke “was what his view was on how the system is operating – the new revised system – and from what I’ve been told anyway the indications are that he’s very happy that the new system is working and the practices that were happening in the past are not happening anymore”.McCabe’s interview with the PAC was heard in private, and audio was kept of the proceedings.On 28 January, it emerged that Justice Minister Alan Shatter had written to the PAC requesting that they supply the Garda Ombudsman with any relevant documents they hold on the penalty points controversy.The previous day, Shatter had asked the Ombudsman to investigate the controversy surrounding the penalty points system.Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said at the time that he looked forward to “co-operating fully” with the Garda Ombudsman investigation.Varadkar said on the radio show that in today’s Ireland, “nobody trusts people to investigate themselves”.“That’s going to require a bit of a change and a culture shift but more and more if there is an issue people expect an investigation to be independent,” he said.Read: ‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’>Read: Government tells PAC to cooperate with Garda Ombudsman investigation>last_img read more

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Thousands pay tribute to teen warrior and inspiration Donal Walsh

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first_imgDONAL WALSH, THE teenager with terminal cancer who called on teens not to take their own lives, has died.The Tralee teen had inspired many when he went public with his thoughts about the rate of teen suicides in Ireland.He had been fighting cancer for the third time at the age of just 16, and passed away peacefully at home in Blennerville yesterday.After writing an article on the issue of teen suicide, he spoke frankly on The Saturday Night Show about his thoughts.“I just didn’t want them to see suicide as a solution to any of life’s problems,” he said.It hurts me to see them think about it, to see it among their friends. But it kills me because I’m here fighting for my life for the third time, I’ve no say in anything, and I’m still here waking up every day and then they think they have a problem and this might be a solution. That makes me angry.He said that people have to realise that there is help for them.Here, Donal speaks about his illness and about why he wants teens not to consider taking their own lives:(RTÉ/YouTube)On Twitter, where he had in excess of 14,000 followers, Donal was candid about his illness – and showed that he had defied the odds after being told he might not make it to last Christmas:TributesMore than 76,000 people have liked a Facebook page, Rest In Peace Donal Walsh, that pays tribute to the teen.Local parish priest Fr Francis Nolan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Donal “has become an inspiration” and said that “never once did he show bitterness about being ill”.While speaking to Brendan O’Connor on the Saturday Night Show, Walsh was touchingly honest about the fact he faced an early death, and said he hoped that it might inspire others to appreciate their lives:If I am meant to be a symbol for people to appreciate life, it mightn’t be suicide in particular, but just to appreciate life more in general, then I will be happy to die, if that is what I am dying for.A requiem mass for Donal will take place on Wednesday at 12 noon in St John’s Church, Tralee, and he will be buried afterwards in Rath Cemetery.His family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Palliative Care Unit, Kerry General Hospital and Care 4 Kids, care of the Gleasure Funeral Home.(Donal Walsh/YouTube)last_img read more

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Body discovered in Cork city centre

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first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a man in Cork city centre yesterday evening.Officers in Bridewell were alerted to Garden City Apartments on North Main Street shortly after 5.30 on Monday following the discovery of the man’s body.The age of the deceased is unknown.Gardaí say the scene has been preserved for technical examination. The state pathologist is due to carry out a post mortem examination today.Gardaí are examining all possibilities surrounding the incident.Read: Gardaí appeal for help tracing 17-year-old not seen since FridayRead: Shots fired through window of Sligo houseRead: Five arrests after gang armed with hammers rob Dublin jewellery shoplast_img

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Windows 8 la lecture des DVD pas inclus dans le package

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first_imgWindows 8 : la lecture des DVD pas inclus dans le packageLes DVD de données, par exemple ceux avec les fichiers sauvegardés, seront toujours parfaitement lus par Windows 8, mais plus les films.Microsoft a récemment relâché au goutte à goutte des informations sur les fonctionnalités multimédias de son prochain système d’exploitation, Windows 8. Rien de très surprenant n’avait filtré… du moins jusqu’à cet instant. On apprend avec stupéfaction que le nouveau Windows ne lira pas les films sur DVD, à moins d’acheter en plus le Media Center.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une décision qui est sans doute lié à la facilité, de nos jours, à trouver des logiciels gratuits pour lire les disques optiques, notamment le fameux VLC. Toutefois il est toujours surprenant de voir disparaître une fonctionnalité qui habituellement est livrée d’office. Les développeurs justifient ce choix sur leur blog, où a été faite l’annonce : ils considèrent que l’utilisation des DVDs sur les ordinateurs est “en déclin rapide”. La licence à payer pour cette fonctionnalité étant couteuse, ils ont estimé qu’elle n’en valait pas la peine. Ils se concentreront plutôt sur la compatibilité avec les formats utilisés en ligne : H.264, VC-1, MP4, AAC, WMA, MP3, et d’autres. Si cette décision sera sans doute royalement indifférente aux utilisateurs avertis, elle risque de surprendre et de gêner les utilisateurs déjà plus ou moins réfractaires à l’informatique.Le 6 mai 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La lune de Saturne Téthys prend la forme de PacMan

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first_imgLa lune de Saturne, Téthys, prend la forme de… Pac-ManLes données recueillies par la sonde Cassini montrent les variations de températures à la surface de Téthys, la lune de Saturne. Curieusement, ces images prennent la forme de Pac-Man, le célèbre personnage de jeu vidéo.Qui n’a jamais entendu parler de Pac-Man, ce mythique personnage de jeu vidéo des années 80 ? Ce petit héros jaune en forme de camembert qui se déplace en ouvrant et en fermant la bouche ? Eh bien, Pac-Man vient tout juste d’être observé dans un lieu incongru : l’espace ! En effet, des chercheurs de la NASA ont observé la deuxième lune de Saturne, Téthys en utilisant le spectromètre infrarouge de la sonde Cassini. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont constaté que les régions étudiées prenaient la fameuse forme de Pac-Man.  Les couleurs observées sur Téthys grâce à l’infrarouge traduisent en fait les températures rencontrées à la surface de la lune. Néanmoins, ce n’est en vérité pas la première fois que cela arrive puisque les chercheurs avaient observé le même phénomène en 2010 en étudiant une autre lune de Saturne, Mimas (comme le montre la photo ci-contre de la NASA) “Trouver un second Pac-Man dans le système de Saturne nous dit que les processus qui créent ces Pac-Men sont plus répandus que ce que l’on pensait auparavant. Le système de Saturne – et même le système de Jupiter pourrait s’avérer être une véritable galerie de ces personnages”, a commenté Carly Howett, le principal auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue Icarus. Les chercheurs ont ainsi émis différentes hypothèses pour expliquer ce drôle de motif des températures : chaudes sur l’un des côtés de la lune et froides en son coeur et de l’autre côté. Ceci pourrait être dû, selon eux, aux électrons de haute énergie qui bombardent les côtés des lunes durant leur voyage autour de Saturne. Ces impacts auraient pour effet de changer cette partie de la surface “duveteuse” en une couche de glace plus compacte. La surface altérée ne se réchaufferait alors plus aussi vite lorsqu’elle est face au Soleil ou se refroidirait beaucoup plus vite dès que la nuit arrive, tandis que le reste de la lune continuerait de se réchauffer et de se refroidir normalement. Des températures qui ne dépassent pas -184°C À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLe Pac-Man a été observé sur Téthys à partir de données collectées le 14 septembre 2011. Ce jour-là, les températures se sont avérées plus basses de 17°C à l’intérieur de la bouche du Pac-Man comparé aux régions environnantes. La plus haute température mesurée avoisinait elle les -184°C. C’est un peu plus froid que celle trouvée à la surface de Mimas de -178°C. “L’étude des ondes infrarouges donne une quantité importante d’informations sur les processus impliqués dans la formation de planètes et de lunes. Un résultat comme celui-ci souligne à quel point ces observations peuvent être puissantes”, a indiqué Mike Flasar, principal responsable du spectromètre au Goddard Space Flight Center de la NASA.Les chercheurs comptent donc bien poursuivre leurs travaux avec la sonde Cassini. De son coté, Linda Spilker du Jet Propulsion Laboratory a ainsi précisé : “Les observations futures de Cassini peuvent révéler d’autres nouveaux phénomènes qui nous surprendront et nous aideront à mieux comprendre l’évolution des lunes dans le système de Saturne et au-delà”.Le 28 novembre 2012 à 19:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Del Mar City Leaders aim to ban gun shows at the Fairgrounds

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first_img Updated: 10:53 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe City of Del Mar is looking to discontinue its popular gun show at the fairgrounds. This of course comes as debates continue around the country over gun regulations and safety after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.Del Mar Mayor Dwight Worden joined us on Good Morning San Diego to explain why.What do you think about the Del Mar Fairgrounds hosting gun shows? Leave a comment on our Facebook post. KUSI Newsroom Del Mar City Leaders aim to ban gun shows at the Fairgrounds March 22, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Sportsmen feud over wild summer chinook release in Columbia

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first_imgSportsmen feuded Wednesday before the Columbia River Compact whether anglers should be required to release wild summer chinook salmon in the season opening on Monday.June 16 marks the start of the summer salmon management period. The lower Columbia will be open Monday through June 30 for six salmon, although only two adult hatchery summer chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Any sockeye can be retained, but count against the two-adult limit.However, an eight-hour commercial fishery is scheduled Monday night in the lower Columbia and the gillnetters can keep any summer chinook — wild or hatchery.Tribal commercial fishing begins at 6 a.m. Monday in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools — again with wild or hatchery fish able to be retained.Beginning Saturday, any chinook — hatchery or wild — can be kept off the Washington coast.Hatchery fish are marked with a clipped adipose fin.Kevin Kuhel of Milwaukie, Ore., a member of the bistate Columbia River Recreational Advisor Group, said sportsmen are getting a raw deal.“I like to fish and I want to put fish on my table,” Kuhel testified at a hearing on Wednesday.Robert Moxley, an advisory group member from Dundee, Ore., told Washington and Oregon officials “the customer base is not happy.”“I know a lot of sport fishermen who are really ticked off having to throw fish back with a 40 percent mark rate,” said Bruce Crookshanks, a commercial fisherman from Lewis County. “Six out of 10 is a lot to throw back.”last_img read more

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YouTube recommendations for altright videos have dropped dramatically study shows

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first_imgSOPA Images Google has made “major changes” to its recommendations system on YouTube that have reduced the amount of “alt-right” videos recommended to users, according to a study led by Nicolas Suzor, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology.During the first two weeks of February, alt-right videos appeared in YouTube’s “Up Next” recommendations sidebar 7.8 percent of the time (roughly one in 13). From Feb. 15 onward, that number dropped to 0.4 percent (roughly one in 250).Suzor’s study took random samples of 3.6 million videos, and used 81 channels listed on a recent study by Rebecca Lewis as a starting point. That list includes voices like Richard Spencer, an American white supremacist, but also includes more mainstream voices like Joe Rogan, who does not self-identify as alt-right but often plays host to more extremist voices on his podcast (including alt-right figures such as Alex Jones).The drop appears significant, but it’s difficult to figure precisely how that drop occurred. We don’t know if YouTube is targeting ‘alt-right’ videos specifically or if the drop off is part of broader changes to YouTube’s recommendation system.YouTube has long spoken about making changes to recommendations. As early as two weeks ago, YouTube was criticised for allowing the flat-Earth movement to flourish using its platform.In response, YouTube has attempted to curtail what it refers to as false information. YouTube says freedom of speech is central to its core tenets, even when people express controversial beliefs, but has been working to reduce the spread of misinformation on its platform.YouTube has also been investing in surfacing credible voices on its platform. “In the last year alone,” said one recent YouTube blog post, “we’ve made hundreds of changes to improve the quality of recommendations for users on YouTube.”In that same blog post, YouTube said it was planning to reduce “recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways — such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the Earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”YouTube stated it would be a gradual change, and apply to less than 1 percent of the content uploaded on YouTube.In a statement sent to CNET, a YouTube spokesperson said the platform wasn’t targeting alt-right videos.”We announced in January that we are reducing recommendations of borderline content or videos that could misinform users in harmful ways. We have not had a chance to thoroughly review this study, however, our recommendation systems are not designed to favor or demote specific misinformation based on specific political perspectives.”Speaking to CNET, Nicolas Suzor is looking for more transparency from YouTube regarding how and why certain videos are recommended.”It’s not good enough that we have to guess about how well these systems are working,” he said, “and our research can only observe from the outside. YouTube has done a lot to improve transparency about its terms of service enforcement on a high level over the last year, but they still need to do more to help people understand how their algorithms are operating.” YouTube 0 Post a comment Tags Digital Media Culture Share your voicelast_img read more

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