first_imgTORONTO – A decision by Canadian military investigators to shut down a probe into allegations that recruits were stripped and tortured during exercises decades ago will now come under independent scrutiny, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada announced Thursday.In a detailed written explanation, the chairwoman of the commission, Hilary McCormack, said the “public interest” investigation will determine whether the matter was properly handled and whether improper considerations influenced the decision to close the case.“It is in the public interest for the allegations in this complaint to be investigated in an open and transparent manner,” McCormack said. “The allegations in this complaint are serious and raise issues that can impact on confidence in the military police and its independence.”It was not immediately clear how much of the original torture allegations will be aired in the commission’s review.The complaint about the investigation was made in December 2016 by Jeffrey Beamish, a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces.Beamish had initially alleged he was “tortured” during exercises at the infantry battle school at CFB Wainwright, Alta., between October 1983 and March 1984. He alleged others among the 33 recruits were also tortured during a prisoner-of-war scenario in which they were stripped and placed in cells too small to sit down in.“The complaint alleges that over the following 24 to 48 hours, the naked recruits were sprayed through the jail door bars with cold water from a hose while the windows were left open, letting in the outside air,” McCormack said. “It is alleged that the temperature outside was between -15°C and -30°C. As the recruits did not have access to bathrooms, they had to urinate on the floor.”Beamish said the experience left him with major depressive disorder, PTSD, night terrors, paranoia and adjustment issues. He went to military police, and they turned the matter over to their investigative arm — the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.In August 2016, the lead investigator called Beamish to advise him the investigation was closed, according to McCormack. Beamish maintains he was told among other things that the courts would not punish anyone for what occurred, and that “torture” wasn’t an offence under the Criminal Code at the time of the original events. Beamish also said he was given nothing in writing and that the investigator confirmed he had not actually reviewed the file.His complaint alleges “professional negligence, incompetence, and failing to investigate serious criminal allegations.”McCormack said a professional standards investigation decided in September his complaint was unsubstantiated. Among reasons given was the initial investigator’s experience and quality of his work, but it did fault his communication skills.Beamish then turned to the military police complaints commission. After reviewing the available materials, McCormack said she decided to exercise her discretion and call for a proper review. While expressing no view on the merits of the complaint, McCormack called it important to decide whether “improper considerations” influenced the decision to close the initial investigation.The gravity of what Beamish initially alleged is “indisputable,” she said.“They involve an allegation of torture, a very serious offence, and they are also alleged to have been the result of institutional conduct by a CAF Battle School chain of command and/or persons occupying positions of power or leadership in the CAF,” McCormack said.The possibility that military police were declining to investigate serious allegations against the military brass could give rise to a perception of a lack of independence and “discourage” other complainants from coming forward, she said.As a result, she said, it would be in the public interest for the commission to conduct its own investigation and would now start that process.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Eric Racine, head of a school board east of Montreal, says it’s rarely obvious to educators which students will give up on school.So in a province that has some of the worst high school dropout rates in the country, his board has enlisted a computer algorithm to help pinpoint students at risk.Along with data specialists at accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the Val-des-Cerfs school board in Quebec’s Eastern Townships last year developed a computer calculation that has proven remarkably accurate.Racine says the new measure can find students in Grade 6 who are at significant risk of dropping out of school three years later — with 92 per cent accuracy.Many students quit school without teachers ever having considered them to be high-risk, he said.“A student would have a 75 per cent final grade one year, then 72 per cent the next year, followed by 69 per cent — they pass every year,” Racine said in an interview.“But the trajectory is downwards — and it’s these students who we realized were vulnerable.”In order to develop the profile of an at-risk student, the Val-des-Cerfs board and the accounting firm analysed more than 300 data points collected on 60,000 students since 2002.The data included academic results as well as statistics related to financial aid, absenteeism, disciplinary measures and frequent changes in home address.Looking at all students at the end of Grade 6, the model correctly identified 92 per cent of those who would drop out in Grade 9.At the end of the 2017-18 school year, the model identified about 90 students going into Grade 7 this fall considered in danger of dropping out. The factors placing each student at risk were sent to individual schools so they could develop strategies to help the children.The program cost the school board $20,000 to develop, Racine said. It runs on open-source software.Quebec’s Education Department has taken notice.Racine presented his initiative to administrators at the Education Department Tuesday. He said they were “very interested” in developing the program further to see if it can be used across the province.Representatives from Quebec’s Education Department did not immediately return a request for comment.Despite advances in education since the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s, Quebec still has the lowest high school graduation rates in the country.An April 2018 report by the Institut du Quebec — a research group formed by the Conference Board of Canada and HEC Montreal business school — found just 64 per cent of Quebec high school students graduate after five years. That is 13 percentage point below the national average and 20 points below the top performers — Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.The gap is more pronounced among boys. In Quebec, 57 per cent of boys graduate within five years, compared with 82 per cent in Ontario.Roch Chouinard, an education professor at Universite de Montreal, says graduation outcomes are not easily compared between provinces because of differences in their education systems.In Quebec, for instance, primary school is six years and high school is five years, while in Ontario primary school is eight years with four years of high school.“It’s a little like comparing apples and oranges,” he said.But Chouinard is interested in the Val-des-Cerfs model if it can help students at risk.“Students don’t wake up and decide to leave school,” he said. “It’s a process. The best prevention consists of closely following students. The (algorithm) is interesting because it can allow schools to identify kids early, and to act prompting to address issues.”last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — The blob is back — but this time, it looks a little more like a wedge.Scientists are keeping a close eye on a thin blanket of warm water off the West Coast for about three months, saying it resembles a marine heat wave nicknamed “the blob” that disrupted marine life between 2014 and 2016.“If it is the same, then it’s very concerning for marine mammals that depend on fish, for seabirds that depend on fish, but also for ocean productivity,” said Andrew Trites, the director of the marine mammal research unit at the University of British Columbia.The heat wave — which resembles a wedge, stretching from the south of Vancouver Island to Baja, Calif., and offshore towards Hawaii — has raised temperatures about three to four degrees Celsius higher than the normal longterm average for those parts of the ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“You put on a sweater, you take off a coat,” Trites said. “But for a marine life it’s a big deal. In the ocean it’s a big deal.”NOAA research scientist Nate Mantua noted that this year’s wedge is at this point less severe than the blob of 2014 to 2016, because it’s only been around for a few months.Three to five years ago, the warm water penetrated to depths of 200 to 300 metres, while right now it’s mostly between 30 and 50 metres, he said.“It’s a blanket over the ocean and that means it could go away pretty quickly if the winds start blowing in a normal way,” Mantua said. “That usually happens at this time of the year as we transition into fall.”So far, the warm expanse has been held offshore by cold water welling from the ocean depths, he said.“A lot of marine life that we interact with and we see is concentrated closer to shore in the most productive waters of the northeast Pacific,” he said. “Because it’s offshore its mostly affecting those less productive waters.”  But in addition to being able to dissipate the wedge, winds also have the power to make the heat wave worse.“Winds have a direct impact on the way heat is exchanged,” he said.And Mantua said California may already be seeing some of the effects from the warmer waters: NOAA’s surveys have recently noted higher concentration of anchovies — and the big predators that feed on them — close to shore waters.There’s also been indications that some fish stocks have changed their distribution, he added.Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TORONTO — Martha Stewart says a CBD line of products she is developing with Canopy Growth will likely hit the market in the middle of next year.The American food and lifestyle guru told a crowd at the Elevate Conference in Toronto today that she and Canopy are working on some “really good projects right now” such as for the home and food, and if all is approved they would be ready by mid-2020.In February, Stewart said she was teaming up with the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based licensed producer in an advisory role to develop a line of products containing cannabidiol or CBD.Canopy said at the time it would leverage Stewart’s knowledge of consumer products while exploring the use of CBD and other cannabinoids as they related to both humans and pets.CBD is the non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and hemp, and while pot remains illegal at the federal level south the border, the U.S. legalized hemp cultivation at the end of last year.Stewart also said during the on-stage discussion alongside Canopy’s chief executive Mark Zekulin that she hoped that cannabis would be eventually be legalized in the U.S.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)The Canadian Press read more

Over 100 of the world’s poorest countries will now be able to access leading food and agriculture journals for little or no cost with the launch today of the second phase of a joint United Nations-private sector initiative to provide yet one more tool in the fight against poverty and under-development. The Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) project responds to the needs of thousands of students, researchers and academics in poorer countries, who continue to face challenges in accessing up-to-date information which is vital to their work.AGORA was launched in 2003 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 37 leading science publishers and other key partners including the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Cornell University, providing access to 69 low-income countries. Under today’s expansion it will now include universities, colleges, research institutes and government ministries as well as non-governmental organizations in an additional 37 lower-middle-income countries.“We have seen from the first phase of this initiative that there is increasing demand for access to vital information by poorer countries,” FAO Library and Documentation Systems Division Director Anton Mangstl said. “In less than three years, AGORA has already helped bridge the knowledge gap by providing 850 institutions access to over 900 journals in the areas of agriculture and related subjects.” Under the second phase, 37 countries with a per capita GNP of between $1000 and $3000 will be eligible. Institutions wishing to register will have a three-month free trial period before they are asked to pay an annual subscription of $1000. FAO will invest all subscription income into local training initiatives to help increase awareness and usage of AGORA amongst librarians and scientists.“AGORA is making an important contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by providing essential information to improve the livelihoods of those who need it most,” FAO said, referring to referring to the targets of slashing a host of ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015. read more

They are stories often told — of seniors who have fallen while completing seemingly simple tasks around the house.It’s not uncommon for those falls to be attributed to age without a second thought of why they actually occurred.As people age, anxiety and a fear of falling influences the way they move their bodies. If they stiffen up or have poor posture, it may increase their likelihood of falling during voluntary movements.This is the focus of research conducted by Angel Phanthanourak, a Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences student and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Science, Action! competition candidate.“I became interested in the topic of anticipatory postural adjustments after I learned that adjustments we make to our posture to prevent a loss of balance become less efficient with aging,” Phanthanourak said.“The reductions in these protective adjustments may in part be a result of elevated anxiety and fear related to their balance — feelings prevalent in frail, older adults.”By observing her grandparents, Phanthanourak has witnessed firsthand how debilitating these elevated levels of anxiety and their consequences can be.The frailer her grandparents became the less willing they were to engage in social gatherings, she explained. They were nervous to complete everyday activities from a fear of falling.It is this avoidance of activities that has left her grandmother in a more fragile state than ever before and at risk of experiencing a fall.Inspired by her grandmother and the challenges she has encountered, Phanthanourak created a 60-second video on her research and submitted it to NSERC’s Science, Action! nationwide competition.Her entry, along with three others submitted by Brock students, made it into the Top 40 and is in the race to make the finals.The 25 videos with the most views on YouTube between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28 will proceed to the final round, where a panel of judges will select the winners.Phanthanourak has received scholarships throughout her academic career, which has allowed her to focus on learning and contributing to research, rather than concentrating only on her finances. “Winning the Science, Action! competition would further reduce the financial burdens associated with continuing graduate studies, allowing me to continue contributing to research in a productive manner,” she said.Throughout Phanthanourak’s undergraduate and graduate studies, Associate Professor Craig Tokuno has played an important role in developing her love of research.As her thesis supervisor, Tokuno has worked with Phanthanourak closely and recognizes the importance of her research on a larger scale. “Over the years, I have been extremely fortunate to have supervised many motivated and independent students, but Angel’s research abilities and enthusiasm toward research are unparalleled,” Tokuno said.The results of her research will “give us a better understanding of how and why an individual’s ability to maintain body stability changes or deteriorates with age,” he said.“Long term, the results of Angel’s studies may lead to new rehabilitation or balance training strategies for clinicians such as physical therapists, kinesiologists and neurologists.”To watch Phanthanourak’s video and support her in the NSERC’s Science, Action! competition, watch Fear of Falls below. The 15 competition finalists will be announced no later than April 5.Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of four stories profiling the four Brock University students in the running to win the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Science, Action! competition. All four videos are available for viewing on a recent article published in The Brock News. read more

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Deebo Samuel caught two touchdown passes and recovered a bad snap on a punt in the end zone for another score as South Carolina beat Akron 28-3 on Saturday.The Gamecocks (7-5) were playing a low-stakes game on a rainy, cold December afternoon to make up for one cancelled by Hurricane Florence against the Zips (4-8), whose opener at Nebraska was cancelled by thunderstorms.It was a sloppy game. South Carolina had four turnovers — two of them red zone interceptions by Jake Bentley — and Akron had six fumbles, losing three of them. In 17 second-half drives, 10 ended in punts, four ended on downs, two ended in lost fumbles and the last one ended at the final gun.Bentley was 14 of 27 for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Mon Denson ran 17 times for 110 yards and Bryan Edwards caught five passes for 109 yards and a TD for South Carolina.Samuel put this game away on his own. His fumble recovery on a high snap on an Akron punt put the Gamecocks up 21-3 and his 5-yard TD catch with 1:33 to go in the second quarter put South Carolina ahead 28-3. Samuel has 16 TDs receiving, seven rushing, four on kick returns and one on a fumble recovery in his career. He also has thrown two passes in college — both for touchdowns.When the Gamecocks and Zips originally agreed to play this one Nov. 2, there was a good chance both teams would be playing for bowl eligibility. But South Carolina pulled off a Southeastern Conference win over Ole Miss and Football Championship Subdivision Chattanooga to get to six wins and Akron lost its last three to stay stuck at four victories.Kato Nelson was 19 for 39 for 178 yards. Kwad Smith caught six passes for 69 yards for the Zips. Nick Gasser’s 45-yard field goal gave Akron its only points.The Zips were going after their second Power Five win. Akron beat Big Ten West Division champion Northwestern 39-34 on Sept. 15.___THE TAKEAWAYAkron: For the Zips, the biggest one might be a nice $1.3 million check for filling this hole in South Carolina’s schedule. Akron has never beaten a team from the Southeastern Conference in six tries. The Zips failed to win at least five games for the first time since going 1-11 in Terry Bowden’s first season in 2012.South Carolina: The Gamecocks have been haunted by injuries this season — at least 15 players were out hurt Saturday — and couldn’t get through this one unscathed either. Offensive lineman Zach Bailey was carted off on the last play of the third quarter. The Gamecocks have now beaten three Bowdens — Bobby at Florida State, Tommy at Clemson and Terry now at Akron. Terry Bowden was 2-0 against South Carolina at Auburn.UP NEXT:Akron: The Zips season is over.South Carolina: The Gamecocks await their bowl destination on Sunday. The most likely spots are the Gator Bowl against a Big Ten team or the Belk Bowl against someone from the Atlantic Coast Conference.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press read more

first_imgMirren has described her time with Neeson as “a wonderful relationship”Credit:The Picture Library Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren were together for four year in the 1980sCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Neeson, 65, recalled: “Before I met her and we worked together, I had read somewhere that if she fancied a guy she would imitate his walk behind his back. And I turned around one day and she was doing that to me. 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. Neeson moved to Hollywood in 1987 and made his name, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1993 film Schindler’s List. At 65, he has reinvented himself as an action star.He married the actress Natasha Richardson in 1994 and they had two children. She died in a skiing accident in 2009.Dame Helen, 72, began a relationship with Taylor Hackford, a US director, a year after her split from Neeson. They married in 1997. Liam Neeson and Helen Mirrencenter_img Meeting up with an old flame can be awkward, particularly when the relationship ended in heartbreak.Not so for Dame Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. The pair were reunited on a chat show sofa, more than 30 years after their split, and shared warm memories of their love affair – with Neeson confiding that he was “smitten” from their first encounter.Many film fans are unaware that the two actors were once a couple, who met in 1980 on the set of John Boorman’s Excalibur. Neeson was in his first major role, as Sir Gawain, and Dame Helen was playing Morgana.Appearing on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show to promote their latest films – Dame Helen stars in a horror film, Winchester, and Neeson in action thriller The Commuter – the pair were asked about their dating history.“We didn’t date, we lived together for four years. We were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!” said Dame Helen. Neeson moved in to Dame Helen’s London flat but struggled to find work, as her career went from strength to strength.In a 1994 profile of Neeson, Dame Helen said: “It was difficult for him to be under my shadow. I was well known. I had the money.” Eventually, they decided it was time for Neeson “to come out from under my wing. He handled it with great elegance and grace. We loved each other. It was difficult to let go.” Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson “I remember being on the set and standing with Ciaran Hinds as Helen walked towards us dressed in her full Morgana le Fay costume, and we both went, ‘Oh f—.’ I was smitten. I think Ciaran was too, but I was very smitten.”Dame Helen laughed: “I never knew that. You’ve never told me that before – it’s amazing!”At the time, the actress was well known for her stage work and had made her film breakthrough in The Long Good Friday. Neeson, seven years her junior, was at the beginning of his career.He has said in the past that watching Dame Helen on set was “mesmeric. She was so sexy. I thought, gosh, that’s Helen Mirren! She was as beautiful up close as on stage. Just so human. I was in love with this extraordinary human being.” He told one interviewer: “Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armour, having sword fights, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that.”last_img read more

first_imgAnglo American has achieved a top three ranking out of 90 leading European companies for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance for the third time in a row. Anglo’s success in the ‘Good Company Ranking’, in third place with an overall rating of 79%, positions it as the leading mining company in the rankings. 2009 is the third time that the rankings have been produced and Anglo is the only company to have appeared in the top three on each occasion.Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American, commented, “I am delighted that we have again achieved a top three position in the ‘Good Company Ranking’ – a tribute to the excellent work that colleagues do throughout our global operations and reflecting Anglo American’s absolute commitment to safe working practices and to making a positive difference to people in the communities where we work.”The report highlights that “Anglo American sets itself apart with a superior CSR business case and the perfect strategic alignment of its social commitment. The clear human resources strategy displays impressive focus on the areas of health and safety and is ideally linked to the core business of the company. Anglo American integrates responsibility into its business processes, especially at points of critical interface with its surrounding community.”The biennial ‘Good Company Ranking’ is organised by one of Germany’s leading business magazines, Manager, and the Kirchhoff consultancy. The rankings offer an independent comparative assessment of companies’ responsibility with respect to their employees, the environment, society and the capital entrusted to them by shareholders. The report can be viewed at www.kirchhoff.de/en.htmllast_img read more

← Previous Story VIDEO: No winner in Slovenian derby Next Story → DREAMS COME TRUE: RK Vardar outplay SG Flensburg for F4 Masters Handball World Cup starts on Friday in Omis, Croatia. Exactly 21 teams in three categories (male +37 and +50 and female +25) from 10 countries will compete for the trophies on the first ambitious events in two brand-new hall in beautiful atmosphere of Adriatic coast.Teams are coming from Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Austria.Happening will start on Friday at 16.00 hrs with opening ceremony and few matches.FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM OF ALL MATCHES ON OFFICIAL PAGE.MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – MALE, 37+GROUP A1. BOSNA SARAJEVO (BiH)2. TORNADO (Ukraine)3. OLD BOYS (Hungary)4. JAGODINA (Serbia)GROUP B1. TROGIR (Croatia)2. HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC (Croatia)3. VIENNA ALL-STARS (Austria)4.BRNO (Czech Republic)FRIDAY 28.04.16:00  HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC – VIENNA ALL-STARS16:30  BOSNA SARAJEVO – JAGODINA 117:30  TORNADO – OLD BOYSSATURDAY 29.04.14:00 TROGIR – BRNO14:30 JAGODINA – TORNADO14:30 OLD BOYS – BOSNA SARAJEVO16:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – TROGIR17:00 BRNO – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC17:30 OLD BOYS – JAGODINA18:00 BOSNA SARAJEVO – TORNADOSUNDAY 30.04. 12:30 TROGIR – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC12:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – BRNO15:00 SEMIFINAL 115:30 SEMIFINAL 217:00 3RD PLACE MATCH18:30  FINALMASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – MALE, 50+GROUP A1. ROMA HANDBALL2. ODESSA 3. SPLITGROUP B1. ZLATNE GODINE2. BOSNA SARAJEVO3. OLDI POLSKAFRIDAY 28.04.19:30 ZLATNE GODINE – BOSNA SARAJEVOSATURDAY 29.04.14:00 ROMA HANDBALL – ODESSA16:00 OLDI POLSKA – ZLATNE GODINE17:00 ODESSA – SPLIT19:30 BOSNA SARAJEVO – OLDI POLSKA20:00 SPLIT – ROMA HANDBALLSUNDAY 30.04.13:00 5TH PLACE MATCH13:30 SEMIFINAL 114:00 SEMIFINAL 216:00 3RD PLACE MATCH17:30 FINALMASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – WOMEN, 37+GROUP AODESSAZADARŽARK SPLITCRNA GORAGROUP BSINJŽVRK SPLITMETKOVIĆFRIDAY 28.04.17:00 SINJ – ŽVRK SPLIT 19:00  ODESSA – CRNA GORASATURDAY 29.04.15:00 ZADAR – ŽARK SPLIT15:30  ŽVRK SPLIT – METKOVIĆ18:30  CRNA GORA – ZADAR18:30  METKOVIĆ – SINJ19:00  ŽARK SPLIT – ODESSASUNDAY 30.04.12:00  ODESSA – ZADAR12:00  ŽARK SPLIT – CRNA GORA14:30  SEMIFINAL 114:30  SEMIFINAL 215:00  5TH PLACE MATCH16:30  3RD PLACE MATCH18:00 FINAL read more

first_img‘An incredibly tough conversation’: Schmidt on Toner omission The Ireland head coach has opted for Jean Kleyn in his 31-man squad for Japan. JOE SCHMIDT HAS offered little explanation for his shock omission of Devin Toner other than that Munster’s Jean Kleyn fitted into the balance the head coach sought in his 31-man World Cup squad.An ever-present in Schmidt’s second row, 33-year-old Toner didn’t make the final cut for Japan, with his place going to twice-capped Kleyn, who only made his Test debut at the start of last month.Toner has been an integral part of Ireland’s set-piece having played in 50 of Schmidt’s 67 games in charge and although the lineout has suffered in his absence in the recent past, Kleyn joins James Ryan, Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne on the plane. “I’ve coached Dev for 10 years,” Schmidt said. “And he’s not just a lineout champion for us, he’s such a good player and an absolutely quality person. That was an incredibly tough conversation yesterday.”On the selection of Kleyn, the head coach continued: “We probably don’t have a specialist tight-head second row. At the start, I talked about the balance that we’re looking for across that squad of 31. Jean Kleyn fitted that.“Tadhg Beirne gives you the versatility of both a second row and he can play in the back row. He’s teamed up really well with Jean Kleyn for Munster this year. And he also gives you the threat over the ball like a 6 or a 7 would.“You’ve got James Ryan who made an immediate impression coming into the side and Iain Henderson who’s promised so much and performed incredibly well for us at times. We’re going to very much need him to put his best foot forward.“So, it was a very tight decision around Dev.” Toner misses out. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe other headline from Schmidt’s squad announcement — which was made six days ahead of schedule — was the selection of Luke McGrath ahead of Kieran Marmion as the second scrum-half behind Conor Murray.Marmion has been one of Schmidt’s most trusted performers and starred during the win over the All Blacks last November in Murray’s absence.“The two scrum-halves, that was an incredibly tough decision,” Schmidt added. https://the42.ie/4792279 By Ryan Bailey 50,176 Views Sep 2nd 2019, 1:41 PM Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Monday 2 Sep 2019, 3:15 PM Joe Schmidt announced his World Cup squad today. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO “You’re going to have a guy who is the quintessential team member. Kieran Marmion is a guy who you’d hold up as done some fantastic stuff for us. Obviously at scrum-half but he’s so versatile.“It’s that balance of past performance. Conor Murray has been a world-leading scrum-half and Luke McGrath has been incredibly good this season. It was a very tough decision to come to.” Schmidt added that both Keith Earls and Joey Carbery trained yesterday, with the former set to make his first appearance of pre-season against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Joe Schmidt announced his World Cup squad today. 120 Comments Short URL Follow us: the42.ie Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Share3 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Former Impact Wrestling star and twotime X Division Champion DJZ signs with

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Now Playing Up Next PWInsider and F4WOnline.com have reported that former Impact Wrestling star DJZ has signed a deal with WWE and will be reporting to the NXT brand imminently.The deal was signed at the end of February.DJZ signed with Impact Wrestling in 2011 under the name Zema Ion. Ion would later adopt a DJ gimmick and change his name to DJZ.DJZ is a former two-time Impact X-Division Champion and a one-time Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champion with Andrew Everett. DJZ announced his departure from Impact Wrestling on December 31, 2018 and has been wrestling on the independent scene since.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Kurt Anglecenter_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Pinterest Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Cesarolast_img read more

Lichtsteiner happy that Juventus did their job

first_imgJuventus managed to beat Bologna 3-1 despite not performing at their peak – but Stephan Lichtsteiner insisted that it is not possible to always beat everyone 4-0 and the only important thing is the three points.Juventus were struggling with a weaker opponent but the Switzerland international claimed that it is not possible to win every single game without nerves and he is just happy that his team got the job done.The full-back spoke about this game and he also mentioned his future plans, according to juventus.com:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We did what we had to do tonight and we’re three points away from the title now. It’s been a very tiring season because Napoli are having a magnificent campaign. We have to focus on Wednesday now because we have another trophy to win.”“I’m used to it by now but it’s still a bit strange to hear the crowd booing at the end of the first half – this is a team that’s fighting for a seventh straight Scudetto, after all.”“This will be my last season at Juventus. There comes a time for everyone to seek pastures new. For now, though, I’m focused solely on achieving our end-of-season targets at Juventus.”last_img read more

Jonathan Leko signs a new and improved contract at The Hawthorns

first_imgJonathan Leko is celebrating a new Albion deal while having a renewed ambition to bag a first-team spot in the 2018-19 campaign. The Albion striker penned a deal which extends his stay with Albion until the summer of 2021 with improvement.The 19-year-old forward joined the Baggies at the age of 11. He also made his debut for the Club as a 16-year-old in a League Cup tie away at Norwich City in September 2015. From then, he went on to make his first Premier League appearance later that season in April, coming off the bench after 78 minutes during Albion’s goalless draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.The England youth international spent the first half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, where he made 11 appearances but in Albion, Jonathan has made 16 appearances in total.Review: Belgium – JapanChadli leaves West Brom for Monaco Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 31, 2018 Nacer Chadli has joined AS Monaco after West Bromwich Albion was relegated to the second division of the English league.The fee paid for his…He admitted the rush of games caught him by surprise and that has prepared him for next season.“There wasn’t as much rest as I would have liked – it was game after game in the Championship,” he told club’s website.“Now that I know that I’m looking forward to it because I just want to play. The more games the better.last_img read more

James denies feud with Kovac and analyzes Colombia

first_imgBayern’s James Rodriguez insisted that he doesn’t have any problems with manager Niko Kovac, he also hopes for a great Colombia manager.The whole situation between Colombia international James Rodriguez and Bayern manager Niko Kovac, has had its ups and downs throughout the season.Things for the German giants haven’t gone so well this season, there is a sensation that the whole squad needs a profound renovation and there are even rumors of new players making deals under the table to reinforce the squad next season.In James‘ case, he hasn’t really clicked with the current manager and is effectively waiting for the season to end so he can make a decision with his future.One of the options for him is Real Madrid, the club where he was rejected by Zinedine Zidane and the same place that could welcome him back with open arms.While next summer comes, all James needs to do is remain diplomatic when he is questioned about any problems he’s had in the club and he will be fine.During an event for Hublot watches in Bogota, AS Colombia asked him about his relationship with the manager and James responded in a very relaxed manner but also leaving some doubts about his future.“There is absolutely no problem with Kovac, Bayern is a club where the people are good on the inside, it’s a healthy group and I have no problems with him what so ever.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Right now, my immediate present is Bayern München and I have a contract with them until June.”“I’m actually very comfortable here, I’m calmed. When June arrives, we’ll see what happens.”“All I’m thinking about right now is Bayern, I am recovering well from my injury and I’m eager to start playing again next year,” he added.When pressed about which manager he would like to take over the Colombian National Team, James Rodriguez was short but clear about his desire.“Whoever comes has to do things right, we have a generation of players with many young talents who can accomplish very important things for the country,” he concluded.#CentralFOX | James Rodríguez: “Con Kovac no pasa nada. En el camerino del Bayern München no hay división” pic.twitter.com/QgbHssckDi— FOX Sports Colombia (@FOXSportsCo) December 20, 2018last_img read more

Defence Force thanks Tropical Shipping for use of equipment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), Bahamas, October 13, 2016 –  Sometimes the hard work performed by committed nation builders goes unnoticed. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force however, wishes to pause and acknowledge the unwavering support that the CEO of Tropical Shipping, Mr. Mike Maura, who has provided support for our team since the recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin last year.  Mr. Maura says he believes that people are trying to help themselves and for him it was an easy task to commit too.The company assisted in the past, working with NEMA and in particular, loaning equipment and operating personnel to assist in loading the self-sustaining 17-piece containerized mobile base, onto the Lady Rosalind enroute for the devastated Crooked Island in 2015.Incidentally on National Heroes Day, they continue their support, this time going further.  Mr. Shervin Rolle, a native of Exuma and employee of Tropical Shipping, skillfully operated the forklift he endearingly refers to as the ‘BIG RED’ to hoist the 17 piece base onto HMBS Lawrence Major.   Additionally, Mr. Rolle will make the journey with the vessel and help them to set up the Base, in Mastic Point Andros, using the BIG RED, before his return to New Providence later in this week.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is committed to ensuring its mandates and extensive missions are carried out.  However, as succinctly said by Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting), “these encouraging acts of goodwill carried out by concerned citizens of our country, in tandem with our own duties, make our job easier and help restore our country faster and more efficiently”. Captain Bethel extends deepest gratitude on behalf of the Minister of National Security and members of the Defence Force to the many private individuals, nongovernmental organizations and members of Corporate Bahamas who continue to cultivate the spirit of a united Bahamian people, moving this small nation forward, upward and onward through progress.” Related Items:  RBDF Photo one shows: The “BIG RED” forklift and its operator assisting with the loading on of the Defence Force’s mobile bases onto HMBS Lawrence Major on Monday afternoon. Those containers were taken to Morgan’s Bluff, Andros to assist the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.RBDF Photo two shows: Forklift operator, Shervin Rolle as he prepares to assist with the loading of the Defence Force’s mobile bases onto HMBS Lawrence Major on Monday afternoon. The forklift, which is owned by Tropical Shipping Company, was also taken to Morgan’s Bluff to assist with the offloading of containers. (RBDF Photos by Sub Lieutenant Desiree Corneille and Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle)last_img read more

Medic testifies that he killed ISIS prisoner of war not Navy SEAL

first_img 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 SettingsNavy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s defense speak to reporters after bombshell testimony from Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott who said he asphyxiated the ISIS fighter. KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries talked to Defense Attorney Tim Parlatore further about what happened in trial today. Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 11:24 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher Show Caption Hide Caption 12 Ginger Jeffries, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 20, 2019 Ginger Jeffries, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Shocking news coming out of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s trial in San Diego.Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott said Thursday that he asphyxiated the teenage Islamic State fighter after Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed him.Scott was in the same deployment as Edward Gallagher in Mosul and had heard radio chatter about an ISIS prisoner. Scott said he arrived on scene, 2 medics already there, Gallagher and Burn. Scott said the prisoner was ‘unconscious but breathing normally with a wound on his leg.” Someone had already performed a tracheotomy, a tube was in his neck.  Scott said Burn left the scene and Scott saw “Gallagher pull out his knife and stab the ISIS prisoner underneath the collar bone at least once.” He said he did not see any blood.Scott froze, was not sure what to do, said he “stayed with the prisoner until he asphyxiated.”Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in San Diego. More former SEALs were expected to testify on Thursday in the case against Gallagher, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder stemming from his 2017 tour of duty in Iraq. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)Prosecution cross-examined Scott. He told the prosecution that he never saw any blood after the stabbing. Lawyers asked about asphyxiation and how that happened. Scott said, “I suffocated him. I held my thumb over his trach tube until he asphyxiated.” Prosecution asked “Did Gallagher kill this ISIS terrorist?” Scott answered “no.” Prosecution asked “why did you kill him?” and Scott replied, “Because I knew he was going to die anyway.” Prosecution said, he was a prisoner of the Iraqi forces, not the US forces, so US would treat the prisoner and hand him over. Scott justified that the prisoner was going to be taken to the Iraqis as a prisoner and expressed concern because he said they torture their prisoners.Scott was not concerned by what Gallagher did to the prisoner, only what the Iraqis would do.During prosecution re-direct, Scott testified that in none of the previous interviews with NCIS or prosecution, did he say that he asphyxiated the prisoner.Prosecution said “now that you have testimonial immunity, you know that you cannot be prosecuted for killing this prisoner; you can only be prosecuted for perjury. And now you’re saying that you asphyxiated the prisoner?” Scott acknowledged it in the affirmative.He also said he does not want to see Gallagher prosecuted and he does not want to see him go to jail.The defense said, “Did nobody ever ask you what you meant by asphyxiation?” with no follow up; Scott answered no. Defense attorney asked “you had a motivation not to tell the NCIS the whole truth, correct?” Scott agreed, “Correct.” He said he didn’t want to see an innocent man go to jail, Gallagher has a wife and a family.Scott finished his testimony this morning.The defense has said Gallagher only treated the prisoner for a collapsed lung and that disgruntled sailors fabricated the murder accusations because he was a demanding leader and they didn’t want him promoted.Gallagher’s case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who ordered him moved from the brig to Navy hospital earlier this year and is reportedly considering a pardon.The case has been mired with news leaks of investigative documents that are under court order only to be shared among lawyers.The judge recently removed the lead prosecutor from the case over a bungled effort to track emails sent to defense lawyers in order to find the source of the leaks.Rugh determined that the effort, which was quickly discovered by the defense, violated Gallagher’s constitutional rights against illegal searches and the right to counsel by interfering with attorney-client privilege.He declined to dismiss the case but freed Gallagher, reduced the maximum possible punishment from life in prison without parole to the possibility of parole, and made it easier for the defense to get a more favorable jury.The seven-man jury is made up of five Marines and two sailors — all veterans of war zones. A two-thirds majority — at least five — is needed to convict. Anything less ends in acquittal. Medic testifies that he killed ISIS prisoner of war, not Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher June 20, 2019 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Refuge Hosting Free Avalanche Preparedness Workshop

first_imgCall the Refuge Visitor Center to pre-register and hold your seat: 907-260-2820. The class will be an interactive course led by US Forest Service Avalanche Specialist Alex McLain, that will cover human factors, weather/snowpack, terrain and rescue. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Refuge-to-hold-avlanche-awareness-workshop-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Refuge-to-hold-avlanche-awareness-workshop-.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a free Avalanche Awareness Class at the Refuge on January 6. Each person who ventures into the snow is responsible for his or her own safety. Many snow travelers find that education, information, and experience can increase their safety when they are on snow. According to the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Alaska ranks number one in the nation per capita for avalanche fatalities. As snow begins to pile up on the mountain slopes across Alaska, so does our excitement to break out the snowmachines, skis, boards and sleds and prepare for the season. To ensure you have fun, safe winter adventures, remember to be prepared and aware of avalanches.last_img read more

Public Hearing On Proposed FY2019 Borough Budget

first_imgOrdinance 2018-19 will be put before the assembly at their meeting on May 15. The ordinance reads: “appropriates the money necessary to fund the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s annual budget for fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (FY2019).” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The first of two public hearings on the proposed FY2019 budget for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, is scheduled for tomorrow, May 15. The amounts included in the ordinance correspond with those appearing in the FY2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposed Budget that was presented to the assembly on May 1. Pierce continues to push for a balanced budget with no new taxes for the current fiscal year, but in order to accomplish that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will need to approve his proposal to draw $4.5 million from the borough’s Land Trust Fund.center_img KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce: “2019 is a budget plan, that I believe helps gets us to the 2020 year. It’s no new taxation, it balances the General Fund, and utilizes some of the money we have retained in the Land Trust Fund.”  Public hearings are scheduled for May 15 and June 5 during the Borough Assembly meetings.last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested After Tip To Crimestoppers

first_imgOn December 11, David Oder, 27, of Soldotna was arrested as a result of the tip. Oder had two outstanding warrants one for PTPR with a bail amount of $250 and the other for misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second with the bail amount of $2,500. The Peninsula Crimes Stoppers is a partnership between law enforcement, the media, and the community to obtain anonymous tips related to crimes on the Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received a Crimestoppers Tip about a Soldotna man with two outstanding warrants.center_img You can submit a tip online www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com or on their hotline 907-283-TIPS. You can also download the App P3 Tips. The Troopers located and remanded Oder into Wildwood Pretrial Facility.last_img read more