Manitoba childrens advocate to release report into slain Indigenous teen

first_imgSAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. — The Manitoba children’s advocate is to release a highly anticipated report today detailing the investigation into the death of a First Nations teen whose body was found in the Red River.Tina Fontaine, who was 15, left her home on the Sagkeeng First Nation to reconnect with her birth mother in Winnipeg in June 2014.Tina had interactions with child-welfare workers, police and the health system before her body was found wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous-led neighbourhood watch group.The report from children’s advocate Daphne Penrose is expected to detail Tina’s involvement with social workers, a hospital and police in the weeks before her death.Tina’s family members say while they will never get Tina back, they hope the report will make sure no other children fall through the cracks.“Every system failed her. It talks about that in the report,” said Thelma Favel, Tina’s great-aunt who raised her.Penrose delivered the report to Favel last week and she said she is happy with its recommendations.The advocate’s office said family and Sagkeeng community members asked for the report to be released on Tina’s reserve where there will be ceremonies to honour the teenager.Tina spent much of her childhood living with Favel at Sagkeeng. But she struggled to cope after her father, Eugene Fontaine, was beaten to death in 2011. Two men pleaded guilty to manslaughter and victim impact statements at their trial described how Tina drifted away from the people closest to her after his death.In 2014, the teenager went to Winnipeg to reconnect with her mother.Favel remembers Tina as kind, funny and healthy, weighing more than 100 pounds when she left for the city. Her body weighed 72 pounds when it was pulled from the river.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last year in Tina’s death — court heard details about what happened in the weeks after she left the First Nation.The teenager was placed in a hotel by social workers. She spent time on the streets and was sexually exploited. She was also treated at a hospital, interacted with police and called 911.There were still many questions about what happened to the teenager after the trial. Favel said some of those answers can be found in the advocate’s report.“I’m just happy the way they wrote it, that they investigated and everything.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberal MP in Newfoundland issues apology for eat less fish tweet

first_imgAPTN National NewsSt. John’s East Liberal MP Nick Whalen has issued an apology for a tweet he wrote Sunday stating that Labradorians should “eat less fish” if they were concerned about mercury poisoning due to the flooding of the reservoir for the Muskrat Falls dam.“I would like to apologize to the people of Labrador and all Canadians for the insensitive comments I made on social media and regret any offense I have caused,” Whalen said in the brief statement. “I am encouraged that the Premier will be visiting Happy Valley – Goose Bay and meeting with community leaders to try and make progress for the people of Labrador in the days ahead.APTN reached out to Whalen Monday morning to explain the tweet but our calls were not returned.There are concerns among Inuit and Innu people in Labrador that flooding of the reservoir for the over budget $11.4 billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project will cause the neuro-toxin methylmercury to be flushed from the vegetation and topsoil in the reservoir downstream and into fish and wildlife.The comment on social media comes at a sensitive time when Innu and Inuit groups are waging a pitched battle against the planned flood.As of this posting, 50 protectors of the land still occupy Nalcors offices at the Muskrat Falls construction site 30 kilometres west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.In Ottawa, Inuk artist Billy Gauthier is on day 11 of a water-only hunger strike. Joining him are Delilah Saunders, sister of Loretta Saunders who was murdered in 2014, and Jerry Kohlmeister. Both are consuming broth.Meetings are scheduled between Innu and Inuit leadership and Premier Dwight Ball Tuesday in Goose Bay.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination to walk free

first_imgShah Alam: A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Doan Thi Huong welcomed the “fair sentence” after the judge handed down the verdict in a Malaysian court, where she has been on trial for the murder of Kim Jong Nam with a nerve agent. Huong was sentenced her to three years and four months in jail from her arrest in February 2017. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut her legal team said that with usual sentence reductions, she would be released next month. “In the first week of May, she will go home,” lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told reporters in the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur. The decision came after authorities last month rejected a request for her murder charge to be dropped — a shock decision after the attorney-general agreed to withdraw the charge against her Indonesian co-defendant, Siti Aisyah. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBoth women had always denied murder, saying they were tricked by North Korean spies into carrying out the assassination that shocked the world, and believed it was a prank for a reality TV show. Huong then pleaded guilty to a new charge which said she had “purposely caused injury” to Kim by employing “dangerous means” in attacking him with VX at Kuala Lumpur airport, rather than the original murder charge which carries a mandatory death penalty. Huong told reporters: “I’m happy, this is a fair sentence.” “This is a fair judgement, I thank the Malaysian government and the Vietnamese government,” she added. When she is released, it will mean that no one is facing murder charges for the February 2017 killing of Kim Jong Un’s estranged relative, who was once considered heir apparent to the North Korean leadership until he fell out of favour. South Korea accuses the North of ordering the hit, a claim vehemently denied by Pyongyang. The women’s lawyers presented them as scapegoats and said the real masterminds were four North Koreans accused alongside them, who fled Malaysia shortly after the assassination. There were dramatic scenes when Huong’s initial bid for immediate release was rejected last month — she sobbed in the dock and had to be helped out of court by two police officers. Vietnam reacted angrily to the decision, and started stepping up pressure on Malaysia to free Huong. A murder conviction carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging in Malaysia. The government vowed last year to scrap capital punishment but recently indicated that it might backtrack.last_img read more

Its a victory of Freedom of Expression Producer Anand Pandit

first_imgMumbai: Even as the controversy rages over the biggest biopic of 2019 – PM Narendra Modi, the makers have cleared all hurdles and announced April 11th as the new date for the release of the film. Commenting on this development, producer and distributor of the film, Anand Pandit, “Now there should be no doubt on what the film is. It is a cinematic product. Those who have questioned the film and asked for a ban on it are the ones who have tried to stifle freedom of expression. Isn’t it hypocritical that the very people who criticise when other films are banned are now calling for a ban on PM Narendra Modi.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Anand Pandit along with the rest of the team have been fighting one battle after the next – from the Election Commission to the courts but finally the film is ready for release. With a smile, Anand Pandit says, “Now the verdict will be with the people who I personally believe are interested in this inspiring film of an inspiring leader. We plan to release it across 38 countries.” The biopic PM Modi will show the journey of Narendra Damodar Modi from his humble beginnings to his years as Chief Minister onto his landmark win at the 2014 election and finally being nominated as the Prime Minister of India. The film has been shot across Gujarat, Uttarakhand and other parts of the country. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Produced by Sandip Ssingh, Anand Pandit, Acharya Manish Grover and Suresh Oberoi and directed by biopic maestro Omung Kumar, this much-anticipated biopic comprising an ensemble cast has versatile actor Vivek Anand Oberoi in and as ‘PM Narendra Modi’. Anand Pandit is a producer with a prolific list of films. Having associated with films like ‘Total Dhamaal, ‘Baazaar’. The filmmaker has also been associated with ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’, ‘Satyameva Jayate’, ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’, ‘Sarkar 3’ and ‘Missing’.last_img read more

UN providing essential health services to displaced persons in northern Yemen

6 November 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is providing vital health services to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been driven from their homes since clashes between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels resumed across Sa’dah province in northern Yemen in mid-August. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is providing vital health services to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been driven from their homes since clashes between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels resumed across Sa’dah province in northern Yemen in mid-August. The WHO-supported clinics in Al Mazrak, Al-Jawf and Amran camps have treated more than 21,000 patients since the start of the conflict, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Diarrhoea, skin infections, respiratory problems, urinary infections and malaria are among the major concerns of patients attending the clinics. WHO, in coordination with the local health office, is also conducting a vaccination campaign for measles, polio, and tetanus. Children are receiving routine vaccinations while female IDPs are being provided with reproductive health services. The agency and Yemen’s public health and population ministry undertook a visit to Al-Mazrak camp last week to monitor and supervise health activities. They reported that the clinic is fully functional, with staff on duty at all times. More than 6,500 consultations were provided in the Al-Mazrak camp throughout October, while nearly 5,000 were provided in the Amran camp and 1082 in Al-Jawf. The United Nations’ Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting the Yemen Family Care Association (YFCA), which has strengthened reproductive health services through the provision of three fully equipped mobile clinics, staffed with midwives and female doctors. Earlier this year, the WHO received surgical supplies from the Italian Government for 400 major surgical operations, as well as medical supplies for 20,000 IDPs for three months and diarrhoeal disease treatment for 1,500 victims of severe to moderate dehydration. An estimated 150,000 people have been driven from their homes since the resumption of hostilities earlier this year, and senior UN officials have voiced concerns about the humanitarian impact on civilians. read more

EPDP notes discrepancies in LLRC report

“Whilst we deny the allegations about the EPDP, we wish to state that there is wide discrepancy in what really transpired when EPDP leader gave evidence (transcript of the evidence available) and the paraphrases stated in the report as being the conversations between the commission members and EPDP leader,” the EPDP said. The EPDP says there are some discrepancies in the report of the Lesson Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) with regards to comments mentioned in the report based on the statement given to the commission by EPDP leader Douglas Devananda.The EPDP said in a statement that it also regrets to note the comments made by the commission on the EPDP in the report. ·        An additional mechanism that may be considered is the possibility of establishing a Second Chamber comprising Representatives from the Provinces.·        The constitutional and legal provisions regarding the Tamil language are in place, but there are shortcomings and failures of implementation.·        The full implementation of the language policy. It is imperative that the official languages policy is implemented in an effective manner. ·        The issues of devolution of power to the regions were dealt with in the 13th Amendment but with the extent of power devolved and implementation still remaining and unresolved. ·        Reaching a political consensus that will facilitate devolution of power to be of critical importance, to further the process of reconciliation after the ending of LTTE terrorism, which was the main obstacle against achieving such a consensus for a long time.·        Maximum possible devolution to the periphery especially at the grass roots level, as well as power sharing at the centre·        The lessons learnt from the shortcomings in the functioning of the Provincial Councils system be taken into account in devising an appropriate system of devolution that addresses the needs of the people. This includes:·        The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people. ·        There was also a clear message that the ending of LTTE terrorism and the advent of a strong and broad based Government led by an executive President has provided a great window of opportunity – an opportunity to forge a consensual way forward to address a range of governance issues in a manner that will promote reconciliation, amity and cooperation among all communities, provide political solutions to the grievances of minorities and ensure the realization of the legitimate rights of all citizens.·        What needs to be done for reconciliation and nation-building is that the State has to reach out to the minorities and the minorities, in turn must, re-position themselves in their role vis a vis the State and the country.·        In formulating land policy the proposed NLC (National Land Commission) should include Guidelines for the equitable distribution of State land. The Commission regrets to note that although this is a requirement under the 13th Amendment, and a draft Bill has been framed, successive Governments have failed to get it passed through the Parliament.·        The Commission also recommends that strict controls be applied to prevent any alienation of State land other than for IDPs, except where State land is required for other approved purposes, until the proposed Programme is implemented.The EPDP says it endorses the recommendations of the LLRC, particularly with regard to the recommendations on minority grievances, on reconciliation and Governance and request early implementation of the recommendations. The EPDP said that the LLRC report, in its observations and recommendations, has emphasized what the EPDP has been propagating for the last two decades with regard to the grievances of the Tamil people. read more

Swiss singer DJ BOBO joins UN campaign against hunger

Swiss winner of some 10 ‘World Music Awards’ DJ BOBO today joined Brazilian football superstar Ronaldinho, Cape-Verdian singer Cesaria Evora and world record breaking marathon runner Paul Tergat, among others, as a National Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). “Travelling around the world has made me sensitive to human suffering,” DJ BOBO, the first Swiss to take up this role, said. “It is a privilege to be able to help. The advantage of fame is that I can be heard and I have to seize this opportunity.” As WFP Ambassador, the singer from the Swiss Canton of Aargau will use his fame by seeking to increase public awareness of the problem of hunger and child hunger, in particular, focusing on school feeding programmes. Every five seconds a child dies of hunger somewhere in the world. Some 400 million children know what it is like to go to bed at night on an empty stomach. For 40 years, WFP has been running school feeding programmes which increase school attendance and enrolment. By providing free meals at school, it encourages parents to send their children to learn. “I was captivated by the school feeding programmes,” DJ BOBO said. “The idea behind them is very clever. In order to eat, these kids must go to school. Later on in life, these same children in turn send their kids to school because they have understood how important it is.”He will embark on his first field visit to Ethiopia in January, where he will become familiar with food aid operations in favour of malnourished Ethiopians.“We are thrilled that a singer as talented and as credible as DJ BOBO has decided to lend his talent to reduce the spectre of hunger in the world,” the Director of the WFP Geneva Office said. read more

UN officials strongly condemn attack on Iranian exile camp in Iraq

According to media reports two people were killed and dozens injured in a mortar attack to the camp, which is located near western Baghdad.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler and the country representative for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Claire Bourgeois, said they are “deeply concerned that today’s tragic violence has occurred despite their repeated requests to the Government of Iraq to provide Camp Liberty and its residents with protective measures, including T-Walls.”More than 3,000 residents, most of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran, are temporarily housed in Camp Liberty – a transit facility also know as Camp Hurriya – while UNHCR carries out a process to determine their refugee status.The camp had previously been attacked in February while most of the residents were sleeping. The attack resulted in six deaths and various injuries.Camp residents were previously situated at Camp Ashraf in eastern Iraq, but were relocated last year, in line with an agreement signed in December 2011 between the UN and the Iraqi Government.Mr. Kobler reminded the Government of its responsibility to guarantee the security and safety of Camp Liberty as well as Camp Ashraf’s residents, throughout the relocation process.He also called on authorities to do everything possible to provide immediate assistance to the injured.“Today’s second terror attack on camp Liberty is a reminder to third countries to come forward with serious offers to resettle Camp Liberty residents outside Iraq,” Mr. Kobler said. “Third countries must step forward and open their doors to relocation.” read more

Syria UN condemns camp bombing underlines political solution more urgent than ever

In a statement, Mr. Ban reiterated his call on the Security Council to send a strong message to all warring parties that there will be “serious consequences” for grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. “Those responsible for yesterday’s seemingly calculated attack against civilians in the camp in Idlib, which could constitute a war crime, must be held accountable,” he said, urging the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. Also calling the attacks “a flagrant violation of international humanitarian and human rights law,” the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the strikes demonstrate once again the “extreme difficulty” confronting civilians fleeing violence in Syria as they try to find safety. According to UNHCR, the informal settlement of Ghita Al-Rahmeh, near the village of Al-Kamoneh, was hosting around 2,500 people—approximately 450 families—who had already fled their homes in western and northern rural Aleppo since late last year. Reports indicate that many people have since fled to surrounding hills, fearing further attacks. The victims of the strikes are among some 6.5 million internally displaced people in Syria, many of whom have been uprooted several times as the frontlines of conflict have shifted over the last five years. “It is an unacceptable tragedy that civilians who had already fled for their lives have been targeted in this way; the strikes demonstrate shameful scorn for the sanctity of the civilian nature of camps for internally displaced people,” the agency’s statement stressed. “A political solution to the Syrian conflict is more urgent than ever.” Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, stated that given these tent settlements have been in these locations for several weeks and can be clearly viewed from the air, “it is extremely unlikely that these murderous attacks were an accident.” “It is far more likely they were deliberate and amount to a war crime,” Mr. Zeid underscored. “My staff, along with other organizations, will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to research and record evidence of what appears to be a particularly despicable and calculated crime against an extremely vulnerable group of people.” The UN human rights chief also indicated that initial reports suggest the attacks were carried out by Syrian Government aircraft, “but this remains to be verified.” “It is hard to find any more words to describe the horror facing civilians in Syria: bombed and slaughtered in their homes, shot in the streets and tortured in prisons; bombed in their hospital beds; bombed in the camps they flee to; facing immense difficulties crossing borders to escape the horror that has engulfed their country for five long years; and finally – if they somehow manage to get there – facing rejection and xenophobia in Europe,” he stated. In addition, the High Commissioner said he is alarmed about developments in Hama Central Prison where a riot took place on 1 May after the authorities reportedly tried to extract five detainees and take them to the notorious Sidnaya prison where they were allegedly going to be executed. “Detainees took control of a section of the prison and are holding some guards hostage, and the authorities have cut off water and electricity supplies,” Mr. Zeid reported. “Heavily armed security forces are surrounding the prison and we fear that a possibly lethal assault is imminent. Hundreds of lives are at stake, and I call on the authorities to resort to mediation, or other alternatives to force.” read more

The Odds Of Winning The Indianapolis Colts Weather Challenge

Football season is nearly here, which for many of us means that weekend productivity is about to hit an annual low. Every so often teams will put on contests for tickets or merchandise, but one NFL team is engaging fans in a different way this year. The Indianapolis Colts are offering half a million dollars to whoever can accurately predict the outdoor kickoff temperature for the team’s 20 games, from the preseason through the end of the regular season.Entries are due Thursday at 12:01 p.m. EDT. On top of submitting temperatures, you also need to correctly predict whether the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be open for each home game. And if one of the Colts’ late-season Sunday games is “flexed” to a different time slot, the forecasted temperature you submit needs to reflect that changed kickoff time. Get a single temperature or roof position wrong, and you’re eliminated from contention.My initial reaction to this contest was similar to Carl Reiner’s character’s expression of overwhelming doubt about a plan to rob a casino in “Ocean’s Eleven.” The best public example of a foray into long-range weather forecasting has been done by AccuWeather, which provides 45-day forecasts. However, according to more than one accuracy test, these forecasts have struggled and certainly wouldn’t win AccuWeather $500,000 from the Colts.So is it even possible for anyone to do this perfectly? And if so, just how lucky would that person have to be?One of the best ways to forecast weather far into the future is to use climatology as a guide. Unfortunately, in a contest where you need to be perfect, not just close, climatology can only help so much. But you can at least narrow down the possibilities. Using the weather data archive on Weather Underground, as well as from the Midwest Regional Climate Center, I collected the temperatures at kickoff time from 1984 to 2013 for the dates and sites of the 20 Colts games this season.1The stadiums and the nearest weather observation stations are below:Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) – Indianapolis International AirportMetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) – Newark Liberty AirportPaul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati) – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportMile High Stadium (Denver) – Buckley Air Force Base (Aurora, Colorado) for 1984-1995 and Denver International Airport for 1996-2013EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Florida) – Jacksonville International AirportNRG Stadium (Houston) – Hobby AirportHeinz Field (Pittsburgh) – Pittsburgh International AirportFirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland) – Cleveland Hopkins AirportAT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) – Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportLP Field (Nashville, Tennessee) – Nashville International Airport Let’s start by addressing temperatures: How much volatility and variability are we dealing with?We can look at each week to see what the spread in observed temperatures has been since 1984. Then, assuming we want to avoid forecasting extreme temperatures as a way to improve our odds, we can also look at the 25th, 50th (or median) and 75th percentiles to narrow down our choices to a more realistic range:A few things stand out: Both the ranges and the boxes tend to get larger as you go deeper into the football season. Temperatures in the summer tend to be a bit more stable than in the fall and winter. Because the jet stream has retreated far enough north in the warm season, you have fewer cold fronts to contend with, and there’s more moisture in the atmosphere. All of this can generally reduce the range of temperatures in the summertime. As the season progresses, the spread in observed temperatures expands. The games on Sept. 21 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Oct. 9 in Houston are the most notable exceptions. Thanks to their southern latitude, those cities still tend to be in a summer-type pattern in early fall, keeping local temperatures a little more stable.Dallas, the site of the Dec. 21 game, has the most volatility at kickoff time of any place where the Colts will play this season. The High Plains tend to see some incredible temperature swings in the fall and winter.So what are the odds of a perfect temperature forecast? The best approach is to guess that this year’s temperature will match the historical average from our 30-year sample. By looking at the standard deviation in the historical sample, we can estimate how likely this year’s temperature is to exactly match the historical average, rounded to the nearest whole number.Getting even one day’s temperature exactly right is quite challenging. Even for the Sept. 21 game in Jacksonville, Florida, which historically has a relatively narrow temperature range, your chances are only about 10 percent. And for the Dec. 21 game in Dallas, which has volatile temperatures that time of year, the chances are just 3 percent. And, of course, it’s even more difficult to get the kickoff temperatures right for all 20 games. The chances are just 1 in 248 septillion.2An alternative method is to narrow things down to the most common outcomes, between the 25th and 75th percentiles of temperatures for our dates, and assume that the temperature will fall at some random integer between those numbers half of the time (the other half of the time, by definition, it will fall outside the 25th to 75th percentile range). This yields an almost identical estimate: one chance in 261 septillion of getting all 20 temperatures right.)By comparison, you have a much greater chance — 1 in 9.2 quintillion — of predicting a perfect bracket for the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and that’s before you improve your odds with the statistics and knowledge of each matchup.Oh, wait. You also have to forecast the Lucas Oil Stadium roof position for each Colts home game. The basic rules are that the roof is closed when precipitation is in the area, wind gusts exceed 40 mph, or the temperature drops below 40 degrees.3To calculate the odds of whether the roof would be closed, I looked at the weather data going back to 1984 to see whether it was raining or snowing in the two to three hours before kickoff, and the three to four hours after kickoff. I also looked at the historical temperatures and reviewed whether the roof — had it existed all these years — would have been closed that day. I then calculated the percentage of times the roof would have been closed over the 30 years. This, of course, is all subject to weather forecasts and a human element. In other words, even if the forecast is wrong, it may be enough to justify keeping the roof closed.And if you haven’t had enough by now, let’s answer this question about flex scheduling. Is it worth it to even bother trying to figure that out? The NFL can “flex” a Sunday game into a different time slot, starting at week five.Since the Dallas Cowboys have already punched their playoff ticket, let’s look at both flexing scenarios for their game with the Colts on Dec. 21. While it’s unlikely the 3:25 p.m. start time will be flexed to 12:00 p.m., the chart at left shows the possibilities.Because the variation in temperature is so small, it probably doesn’t benefit you much to worry about the flex scheduling aspect. At best, you’ll improve your odds a minute fraction.Given the immense number of options that exist in this contest, Colts fans will need more than Andrew Luck on their side if they wish to win. Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar NCAA bracket challenge looks easy by comparison, and offers a much better payoff!My entry in the Colts’ Half A Million Dollar Weather Challenge is below:4The entry I submitted to the contest is different from the one presented here. In this one, I made a few minor tweaks based on better data, but unfortunately I was limited to one entry so I couldn’t resubmit this. read more

Ohio State mens basketball welcomes No 6 Michigan State in need of

OSU freshman guard A.J. Harris (12) gets low to defend Michigan junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerThe door to the NCAA tournament remains ajar for the Ohio State men’s basketball team after grinding out a road win over Nebraska on Saturday, but it could be slammed shut if things don’t go well Tuesday night.That’s when the Buckeyes (18-10, 10-5) are set to welcome sixth-ranked Michigan State (22-5, 9-5) to the Schottenstein Center for a must-win matchup amid OSU’s quest to salvage a seemingly lost year after a tumultuous beginning. “Every game is critical,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “You don’t go into a game thinking, ‘We can afford to lose this game,’ or anything like that. We’re a very confident team and we feel like we have a chance to beat anybody when we’re on our A-game.”Putting forth their “A-game” is something that hasn’t always been easy for the youthful Buckeyes. The inconsistency that has stained their season has been heavily discussed. It’s hard to have a conversation about this team without mentioning how up and down its season has been. Yet, OSU coach Thad Matta said he has seen his team developing, even if sometimes his players revert to their old ways, namely stagnant offensive sets and high volumes of turnovers.“We were treading water late November, early season. I like the progress that this team has made,” he said, later adding, “We’ve won some basketball games where earlier I don’t think we could’ve won those games.” Why a win matters On the surface, OSU’s 10 wins in the Big Ten appears to be an impressive mark, but a deeper inquiry reveals that only one of them has come against a team with a conference record .500 or above — a Feb. 16 victory over Michigan. Other than that lone game, the Buckeyes have bolstered their resume by beating teams they should beat. OSU needs a marquee win within its conference, hence why Tuesday’s game is paramount.Frankly, two wins over Rutgers, and victories versus Penn State and Minnesota aren’t what the selection committee will use to determine if the Buckeyes belong in the Big Dance. Beating the Spartans wouldn’t punch their ticket — in fact, far from it — but a late-season victory over a top 10 team will cause the committee to start taking notes.  Players are aware that they could send a message if they pull off the upset. All season long, the Scarlet and Gray have “had to go longer, go harder than in the past,” Matta said. After all that extra effort to tighten up loose screws, Bates-Diop said the country would finally be able to see if the Buckeyes are able to “compete with a team of their caliber.” They have the confidence to make it happen, he said, but avoiding a pitiful start like against Nebraska is of utmost importance. On Saturday, OSU had only two points at the 11:36 mark in the first half. That slow of a start might result in an insurmountable deficit versus the Spartans.   “We gotta have the right mindset from the beginning to even be competitive in a situation like this,” Bates-Diop said.Spartan spotlight The situation that Bates-Diop was referring to is a primetime game against a team that, when healthy, “is as good as anybody,” Matta said. Senior guard Denzel Valentine is the catalyst of it all for coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans. The 6-foot-5 Lansing, Michigan, native is one of the country’s premier talents, as many experts have him in the discussion for player of the year. OSU coach Thad Matta yells out a play from the sidelines during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerThe high praise stems from Valentine’s ability to leave his fingerprint on nearly every aspect of the game. He leads the Big Ten in scoring per game, with 19.7, and assists, dishing out 7.3 a night. He’s also second on the team in 3-point percentage, connecting on 44.6 percent of his attempts, and rebounding, averaging 7.7 per contest.  Within a one-minute sequence, Matta compared him to two of his former players, Evan Turner and D’Angelo Russell, for the seemingly infinite ways he impacts the game. “He does everything,” Matta said.  As a team, the Spartans are third in the conference in field-goal percentage, making just below 50 percent of their attempts. But they are the top 3-point shooting team, aided by Valentine and fellow senior guard — and high school teammate — Bryn Forbes, who connects on a conference-leading 48 percent of his 3-pointers. Michigan State’s ability to shoot the basketball with such success is “alarming,” Matta said. Even though OSU will be playing host to one of the nation’s top teams, Matta said the “focus has to be on us.” “I just want to go out and play well (Tuesday) night,” he said. Up next Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the road doesn’t get any easier following Tuesday’s tough test. Their next game is set to come against No. 8 Iowa (20-6, 11-3) on Sunday at home.Tipoff against the Hawkeyes is slated for 4 p.m. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State beats Michigan State 10 in double overtime

Michigan State senior goalie Savanna Wojtanowski collides with Ohio State senior defender Morgan Wolcott as she attempts a header in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 1-0 win in double overtime Oct. 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Lantern ReporterIt took two overtimes, but the Ohio State women’s soccer team (10-2-1, 5-1-0 Big Ten) defeated the Michigan State Spartans (5-9-0, 1-6-0 Big Ten) 1-0 Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeye fans packing the stands finally got their chance to cheer in the 100th minute as a cross from freshman defender Izzy Rodriguez found senior midfielder Nikki Walts, who smashed the ball along the ground, driving it into the right side of the net to give her team the win.“It was a great feeling,” Walts said. “I think just for the fact that we dominated a lot of the game and didn’t get our chances, so when we finally did off of that beautiful cross by Izzy and it went in … It was so exciting. We deserved it.”Ohio State spent the first overtime pushing the ball deep into Michigan State territory, not content to take a draw in the Big Ten matchup. But the Buckeyes couldn’t capitalize on any of its chances in the 10-minute period as the Spartans held strong.There was a thick tension in the stands as the second overtime began as many former Buckeyes players returned for alumni night and were anxiously hoping for a reason to rise from their seats.Walts’ game-winner turned the anxiety into jubilation as Ohio State launched itself into first place in the conference with the victory.Both teams spent the first few minutes of the match looking for a quick goal, as they pushed the ball to the end line and sent crosses into the box without much resistance. Ohio State then looked to take control of the game as it maintained possession on the Michigan State half of the field for the next 10 minutes.Michigan State responded with two quick attacks that were handled by the Ohio State defense. The Spartans struggled to get the ball back to midfield for the remainder of the half. As the Spartan defense labored, Ohio State maintained pressure on the Michigan State goal, earning multiple shots on goal in its search to put the Spartans away early. Headers in the 37th and 39th minute by senior defender Morgan Wolcott placed pressure on goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski, but didn’t result in a goal for the Buckeyes.“We got a little frustrated with not being able to score. We talked about staying calm and collected as a team and our time will come, and just focusing on what we do best which is getting end-line and getting the ball across to get a goal.” Walts said.The offensive pace continued in the second half with an added dose of physicality, and as the game wore on, added tension. “When we saw someone getting frustrated just letting them know ‘Hey, calm down. Your time is coming,’” Walts said. “Just get them back with your soccer, I think our team really showed that.” Michigan State built some momentum in the offensive zone before Ohio State regained possession and held onto the ball for much of the remainder of the half, preventing any additional major scoring threats from the Spartans.The Buckeyes earned seven corners compared to Michigan State’s two.Ohio State next faces off against Michigan Sunday at noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

CRUNCH TIME VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 action in next three days

← Previous Story New problem for Gudmundsson – Eggert won’t play for Denmark until end of the season! Next Story → Pastorisation of Germany – Amazing PICK Szeged win in Mannheim It’s a crunch time in European handball! The best 16 teams in Europe start to fight for the glory in the VELUX EHF Champions League. The first on the court will be Rhein Neckar Lowen and PICK Szeged, but a lot of TOP action will be seen this weekend.FRIDAYRhein Neckar Lowen – Pick Szeged – 19:00SATURDAY:Naturhouse la Rioja – Veszprem 16:15Dunkerque – PSG Handball 17:00PPD Zagreb – KIF Kolding 18:00Wisla Plock – RK Vardar 20:45SUNDAY:Aalborg – FC Barcelona 16:50Montpellier – Vive Tauron Kielce 17:00SG Flensburg – THW Kiel 19:30 read more

Man jumps from roof to escape as gardaí uncover cannabis operation

first_imgA garda at the Tralee locationDURING THREE SEARCHES in three different parts of the country, gardaí have uncovered €2.1 million worth of cannabis.During one of the searches this afternoon, a man jumped from the roof in an attempt to escape.The searches were undertaken as part of Operation Nitrogen, an operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) targeting the cultivation of cannabis.Three locations were identified and searched today:Unit 6B, Clash Industrial Estate, Tralee, Co. KerryHouse at Falty, Oldtown, Athlone, Co Roscommon.House and sheds at Carrigaloon, Virginia, Co Cavan.Al of the locations were searched simultaneously with the assistance of local units.Co KerryThe unit in Tralee. Pic: Garda Press OfficeAt Unit 6B, Clash Industrial Estate, Tralee, Co Kerry they discovered a large cannabis cultivation operation.Two Vietnamese males were arrested inside the premises and approximately 1,800 cannabis plants were recovered.One male was arrested and a second received injuries when he jumped from the roof of the building in an attempt to escape, said gardaí. This man is currently in Tralee General Hospital.Both are detained under the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.The value of the drugs seized is €1.3 million, subject to analysis.RoscommonRoscommon. Pic: Garda Press OfficeAt a house at Falty, Oldtown, Athlone, Co Roscommon, searches uncovered the fact that the location had been converted for use as a cannabis growing facility.There, they found one Chinese male in his late twenties, who was arrested and is now detained at Roscommon Garda Station under the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.In total, the drugs found here were valued at €240,000, subject to analysis.Co CavanFinally, a house and sheds at Carrigaloon, Virginia, Co Cavan, were searched and a large cannabis cultivation operation was discovered inside.In total, 700 cannabis plants were recovered and one Chinese male in his 50s was arrested.He is detained at Bailieboro Garda Station under the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.Gardaí said the drugs found here were valued at €560,000 (subject to analysis).The total value of the cannabis plants seized over the course of the three searches is approximately €2.1 million.Read: Two held after €1 million cannabis growhouse raided in Kerry>last_img read more

Heres what posh Irish toilets looked like 700 years ago

first_imgThere are two gardrobe chutes at the base of the tower in the centre of this picture taken at Ballymoon castle. With defence being the primary concern, the garderobe chutes were often covered right down to ground level with access barred by a metal grid. This was designed to stop an attacker climbing up the garderobe chute. However some simply dumped their contents high on the castle wall.This was the system employed at Liscarroll Castle, Co Cork. The platform to sit on was supported by a stone frame, the remains of which can be seen on the right of the picture below.There was no chute – instead the waste was dumped directly onto the castle wall through the slit in the bottom right. Aside from displaying faeces right beside the entrance to the castle, this toilet must have been freezing in winter. Situated at least 10 metres above ground level, wind still gusts through the slit:The garderobe slit  is the horizontal window-like opening on the right of the gatehouse, below the two arrow loops.The wall below must have been covered with decaying faeces while the aroma in summer can only have been awful.All images from historian and archaologist Fin Dwyer.Read more from Fin at IrishHistoryPodcast.ie, on Twitter at @irishhistory, or on Facebook. THE MEDIEVAL TOILET was an experience many today would struggle with.The most common medieval privy was the cesspit; just a hole in  the ground which was sometimes lined with stone or wooden staves. In castles, things weren’t much better. While the powerful and wealthy could afford a somewhat more sophisticated toilet – the garderobe – this was still a far cry from the most basic modern toilet. The garderobe was a small chamber with a platform over a hole in the floor.This is what remains of the garderobe at Ballyloughan castle in Co Carlow:The garderobe would not have been this grim five hundred years ago. There was almost certainly a platform above the hole and the walls would most likely have been white-washed.This restored garderobe at Barryscourt Castle, Co Cork, was designed to facilitate two people at the same time, privacy was clearly not a concern:Below the platform, the hole lead to a chute which dumped waste outside the castle walls.This is the view looking up a garderobe chute at Ballymoon Castle, Co Carlow:last_img read more

Biodiversité toujours aussi menacée en Europe

first_imgBiodiversité : toujours aussi menacée en EuropeFrance – Un nouveau rapport concernant l’état de la biodiversité dans l’Union européenne vient d’être publié par BirdLife International. Bilan : l’Europe n’a pas réussi à enrayer la perte de la biodiversité prévue pour 2010.Le rapport, intitulé “2010, un tournant pour la faune et la flore sauvages en Europe ?”, a été établi en coopération avec les représentants de BirdLife International dans les 27 pays membres de l’Union européenne. En se basant sur dix grands groupes d’indicateurs, il analyse les progrès de l’UE pour atteindre l’objectif 2010 en matière de biodiversité. Le bilan n’est pas très réjouissant : trois indicateurs ont été évalués comme “très insuffisants”, et les sept autres comme “insuffisants”.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeL’Europe n’a donc pas réussi à atteindre son objectif 2010 et la biodiversité continue de s’appauvrir en l’absence de réponses appropriées pour sa protection. Le chemin semble encore long avant que les 27 ne soient capables d’empêcher de nouvelles pertes pour leur faune et leur flore sauvages. Malgré ce constat d’échec, l’Union européenne dispose d’outils de conservation performants, comme les directives “Oiseaux et habitats” qui ont permis de freiner le déclin de certaines espèces parmi les plus menacées. La désignation d’aires protégées Natura 2000 a également fait de gros progrès. Elle a abouti à ce jour à un réseau écologique unique qui, pour sa partie terrestre, couvre 17% de la surface de l’UE.La France, conformément à la directive Oiseaux, a désigné 381 Zones de protection spéciale pour les oiseaux (ZPS). Ces sites ornithologiques remarquables hébergent les oiseaux protégés en Europe et doivent faire l’objet d’une gestion conservatoire. Ces mesures de conservation portent leurs fruits, puisque de manière générale, les espèces protégées se portent mieux que celles qui ne sont pas classées dans l’Annexe I. C’est notamment le cas de la cigogne blanche, de la spatule et du balbuzard, dont les populations progressent sensiblement dans l’Hexagone. L’UE doit prendre des mesures décisives pour inverser la tendance et honorer l’engagement pris en mars dernier par les chefs d’État européens : enrayer la perte de biodiversité dans l’Union européenne d’ici à 2020, assurer son rétablissement et renforcer la contribution de l’Europe dans la prévention de la perte de biodiversité à l’échelle de la planète. Le 6 juin 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Véhicules polluants des zones réglementées qui inquiètent

first_imgVéhicules polluants : des zones réglementées qui inquiètentLes Zapa, zones réglementées pour améliorer la qualité de l’air, doivent être expérimentées à partir de 2012. Une association s’inquiète des conséquences sociales que peut entraîner cette classification, susceptible d’interdire l’accès au centre-ville à certains véhicules.Huit agglomérations françaises (Paris, Saint-Denis, Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux, Nice et Aix-en-Provence), volontaires, vont expérimenter dès cette année des zones réglementées pour améliorer la qualité de l’air : les Zapa. Pour cela, l’arrêté publié mardi au Journal Officiel stipule que les véhicules seront classés dans cinq groupes en fonction de leur niveau réglementaire d’émission de gaz polluants et de particules. Les communes participant à l’opération décideront ainsi elles-mêmes les véhicules qu’elles autorisent à pénétrer ou non dans leur centre-ville.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueMais dès hier, un communiqué de l’association 40 millions d’automobilistes a dénoncé la mise en place de ces Zapa. Ils craignent en effet les conséquences sociales de ce dispositif sur les personnes les plus modestes, estimant que “le projet Zapa donne une trop grande liberté aux huit communes souhaitant restreindre l’accès à leur centre-ville”. Cité par l’AFP, le président de l’association, Louis Derboulle, fait les comptes : “Si les communes concernées choisissaient le scénario le moins contraignant, toutes les voitures particulières immatriculées avant le 1er janvier 1997 seraient interdites de circulation, cela représente plus de 3 millions de véhicules au niveau national”.”Les collectivités pourront cependant aller beaucoup plus loin puisque l’arrêté leur donne la possibilité d’étendre le dispositif à tous les véhicules aux normes Euro IV et antérieures, soit plus de 17 millions de véhicules”, ajoute 40 millions d’automobilistes. Pour cette association, il serait plus sage d’aider les propriétaires de véhicules anciens à s’équiper en matériel anti-pollution.Le 10 mai 2012 à 16:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Grippe aviaire le virus H7N9 vient de faire son apparition à Pékin

first_imgGrippe aviaire : le virus H7N9 vient de faire son apparition à PékinAprès avoir été observé depuis ce début d’année dans la province de Zhejiang, du Henan ainsi qu’à Shanghai, la grippe aviaire viendrait visiblement ces dernières heures de faire également son apparition à Pékin. De nouveaux cas qui inquiètent fortement la commission de la santé chinoise.Depuis le début de l’épidémie qui a fait son apparition en Chine au mois de février de cette année, la grippe aviaire viendrait à présent d’être observée à Pékin, là où une fillette de 7 ans aurait vraisemblablement contracté le virus ces dernières 72 heures. Un nouveau cas qui aurait été confirmé par le Centre chinois de contrôle et de prévention des maladies ce samedi 13 avril 2013.À lire aussiInquiétudes autour du virus H3N8 Actuellement suivie et en traitement dans le centre hospitalier de Ditan à Pékin, la fillette aurait donné les premiers symptômes de la grippe aviaire ce jeudi après s’être plaint de maux de tête, de toux ainsi que de fièvre. Fille de commerçants spécialisés dans la volaille, la fillette actuellement sous perfusion a déjà reçu de fortes doses de Tamiflu, un traitement indiqué dans le cas de la grippe. Sur le qui-vive depuis l’apparition de la maladie à Shanghai, les responsables de l’hôpital de Ditan expliquent pour leur part s’être préparés de longue date à recevoir des patients comme ce nouveau cas. “Nous nous préparons depuis l’apparition de la maladie à Shanghai”, a expliqué le docteur Cheng Jun, également directeur adjoint de l’hôpital.Par mesure de prévention, 500 volailles auraient aussi été déjà abattues dans la banlieue de Pékin, là où les premiers cas du virus H7N9 ont été observés. Si ce nouveau cas inquiète L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, l’OMS aime à rappeler toutefois qu’aucune transmission possible du virus H7N9 d’homme à homme n’est possible. En d’autres termes, celle-ci réfute donc tous risques de pandémie.Le 14 avril 2013 à 20:37 • Guichaoua Virginielast_img read more

Sowe signs in Albanias top tier

first_imgBy Sulayman BahAli Sowe has chosen to pursue his football career to Albania with Super Liga club Skënderbeu Korçë.The 23-year-old striker completed his transfer yesterday on a loan deal from Serie A club Chievo Verona.The attacker passed a mandatory medical in the Southeastern European country and will be the first Gambian player to trade his services there when the season gets started.Already the club has set the ground running with their involvement in the Europa League third round qualifiers. The club faces Czech Republic’s Mlada Boleslav tomorrow.It’s unclear whether Sowe will immediately feature in Thursday tie as they aim to fend off Boleslav after the first-leg ended in a 2-1defeat in Czech.The new development is expected to aid the Gambian’s progress after spending the past three years in Italy’s lower division.last_img read more

Wynn Macau to present development proposal for Cotai land parcel in 4Q18

first_imgWynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox says the company’s Macau subsidiary, Wynn Macau Limited, will present plans for its empty seven-acre parcel of land located alongside Wynn Palace in Cotai to the Macau government before the end of 2018.Releasing extensive details of the project for the first time during the company’s second quarter earnings call on Thursday, Maddox stipulated that the new property would be an entertainment-focused development with a number of innovative theater and dining concepts as well as “gaming attractions.” Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts “I’ve assembled a team of some of the most creative people on the planet and we’re in full swing planning our entertainment-focused development,” Maddox said.“The entertainment center will have various whimsical, immersive features taking into account what we’ve learned from our Prosperity Tree in Macau in the Lake of Dreams here in Las Vegas and amplifying it.“The project is going to have indoor gardens, it’s going to have waterfalls, we’re working on a theater concept and a new food hall that’s going to focus on seafood, the best seafood that anyone can find in that region and it will be a culinary destination for Macau.”Maddox named leading theatrical designer Michael Curry – whose work includes Cirque de Soleil and multiple Olympics opening and closing ceremonies – and famed Hollywood director Kenny Ortega among those currently working with Wynn on development of its entertainment concepts.“We know that our premium customers like these attractions,” he said.“We’re really excited to continue to develop this and we plan on completing the proposal in the fourth quarter to show to the Macau government. We’re excited about adding world renowned gaming attractions to Macau.”Wynn’s Cotai expansion plans were boosted by the company’s 2Q18 results, released early Thursday Macau-time, which saw Wynn Palace notch a 56.6% year-on-year increase in revenue to US$620.6 million. RelatedPosts Load More Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing planlast_img read more