BJP lashes at CPI(M) MP over BSF shooting deaths, gives financial aid

first_imgBJP lashed out at senior CPI(M) leader and MP Jitendra Choudhury for ‘abusing’ Border Security Force (BSF) following shooting incident in south Tripura that left three tribals killed. Party vice-president Subal Bhowmik said Mr Choudhury acted like an investigation agency while making ‘false and fabricated’ statements against a disciplined force.“Image of BSF which is guarding our territory can’t be tarnished for isolated incidents. We also demand proper enquiry and punitive action against responsible security men” he told newsmen at the party office in Agartala on Friday.Mr Bhowmik stated Mr. Choudhury in his Facebook posting made ‘objectionable’ remarks against the BSF after the shooting incident at Hebratali in Sabroom subdivision on March 17 in which three tribals including a woman were killed and two injured.While BSF had insisted its personnel resorted to firing in self-defence after being attacked by cattle smugglers, the villagers gave different version. They claimed BSF soldiers resorted to indiscriminate firing after locals were protesting against a rape attempt.BJP state president Biplab Deb and vice-president Subal Bhowmik handed over cheques each containing Rs. 50,000 to three bereaved families. The injured persons got Rs 15,000 each.“This is just a token support to the poor families who lost near and dear ones. We are not doing politics out of a tragic incident”, said Biplab Deb who condemned BSF shooting and demanded a thorough probe.The party placed demand to the state government to pay Rs 5,00,000 compensation each to the victim families. It announced decision to take burden of education of children from Hebratali victim families.Top brass of BSF visited Hebratali after the MHA ordered high level prone. BSF now shifted from its initial cattle smuggling claim with assurance of measures to avoid such ‘unfortunate’ incident in future.last_img read more

Sex romps and drugs spiced Proteas cricket

first_imgHerschelle Gibbs, who underwent rehab for alcohol abuse last year, outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court in 2009 after he was charged with drink driving.A no-holds-barred autobiography by South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has revealed the dark side of Proteas cricket, providing graphic details of sexual orgies, marijuana sessions and a senior coterie dominating the team.Aptly called To The Point if only for being so direct in recording details of sexual encounters in which he and other players took part, Gibbs has perhaps realised that candour can be explosive, just like his batting in his heydays.The description of his team’s tours Down Under as shopping expeditions for “eager young Aussie lasses” is a case in point. He also relates the experience of a hotel room orgy involving three girls.”Two beds, two cricketers and three women. One of them wasn’t all that keen, though; she just lay on the bed. Which was fine — there was enough for everyone. The other two girls, however, more than made a go of it,” he writes. Extracts of the book were published by Johannesburg based The Sunday Times.”I got the ball rolling, but then I noticed that my mate was feeling a little left out. Now he’s lying on the other bed, so, big-hearted chap that I am, I say, ‘Well, you can’t leave my mate all alone there.’ And fortunately one of them was only too happy to transfer ship…. They came hunting in packs, and if they liked what they saw, you were in for the ride of your life,” he reveals.advertisementThe disclosures came on a day when South Africa were involved in a One-Day International against Pakistan in Dubai. The book, which releases on Monday, apart from highlighting the sexual exploits of the batsman who was often in trouble for late night binges and drunken driving, says leading players in smoking pot in the West Indies.”Some people aren’t going to like this chapter, but I’ve always believed you have to call it like you see it,” writes Gibbs in the book, the excerpts of which were published in The Sunday Times. Gibbs recalled his encounter with a girl on her way to a matric dance — a formal dance for high school students. “I spotted one particularly gorgeous girl, obviously dressed to the nines, walking around the hotel lobby. After a few drinks and a few words, she came upstairs with me to my room and gave me a little dance of another kind. She then left and went back to the dance proper,” recalls Gibbs, who has played in three World Cups for South Africa and is contracted to the Proteas until next April.Gibbs also wrote about how he came across a stripper during one of South Africa’s warm-up games on the 1997-98 Australia tour.Gibbs and some of his teammates noticed a “pretty girl” and asked her to join them that evening. They started drinking and she mentioned she was a stripper. “Things loosened up a lot more after that. Various items of clothing were removed in an eyebrow-raising kind of way, and one thing invariably led to another.” Gibbs also admitted that his “most expensive shag” set him back by 5000 Rand (about Rs 31,750) in a fine for poor performance on the field the next day.The autobiography of Gibbs, who has been out of the team for quite some time now, is likely to rock the cricket world and could also incur the ire of South African players after he wrote how the Proteas are dominated by a “clique” of senior players.He said even former coach Mickey Arthur had to bow to them. “The team has been criticised for being run by a group of senior players — captain Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and, more recently, AB de Villiers — and this inner circle splits the team in two and makes any chance of developing true team spirit among the Proteas impossible. “Simply put, without Graeme’s backing, Mickey didn’t have much influence over the guys. In the end, Graeme was simply too powerful,” he writes.The hard-hitting opener also revealed how the team never regained its spirit after former captain Hansie Cronje’s admission to match fixing which resulted in a life ban.”Things were never the same … I sympathised with Shaun Pollock — he had a tough time filling Hansie’s shoes and gluing the team back together. But the Proteas never had that same togetherness under Polly. He never socialised with the boys too much.advertisement”I think if we’re honest with ourselves … we’ve got to admit that the Proteas have underachieved in international cricket over the past decade.” But despite Cronje’s association in match fixing, Gibbs claims: “the cloud that hangs over his legacy, I can tell you that I’ve never played with anyone who possessed such a die-hard attitude to winning”. In the book, Gibbs discusses his failed marriage and the rehabilitation stint that he underwent.His marriage to Tenielle Povey ended in 2008 after his drunken ways got him into trouble far too often. “As you now know, I’ve managed to land myself in the kak with alarming regularity right from the start of my cricket career. A stint in rehab for alcohol abuse and a messy divorce would be more than enough controversy for most professional athletes, but, with me, that wasn’t the half of it.”We were physically fighting while I was driving … I managed to pull some of her hair out. As explosive as my batting can be, it hasn’t quite matched the pyrotechnics of my life off the field.” There have been detailed descriptions of how some of his teammates flew out waitresses from the infamous Port Elizabeth restaurant The Ranch to join them on tour and the night he spent with two “hotties” with a reputation for making their way through cricketing nations.last_img read more

‘Arsenal need to build around Lacazette’

first_imgArsenal need to be looking to “build around” Alexandre Lacazette after seeing the French striker return to top form, says Martin Keown.The 27-year-old managed 17 goals during his debut campaign at Emirates Stadium, but struggled to convince everybody of his worth.As a result, the Gunners also moved to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Gabonese quickly becoming their go-to frontman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lacazette has, however, enjoyed an impressive opening to the 2018-19 campaign, catching the eye off the bench and from the start, and is now considered to be a key man under Unai Emery.Former Arsenal defender Keown told the Daily Mail: “I think special mention has to go to Alexandre Lacazette.“How patient has that man been? His attitude has been impeccable.“He failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia.“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff.“So what does he do? He goes and scores the winner. Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.”Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19While calling on Emery to give Lacazette a more prominent role, Keown admits there are plenty of other issues for the new Arsenal boss to address.The Spaniard is still adjusting to life at Emirates Stadium, with a preferred starting XI yet to be settled upon.Keown added: “Emery now has his chance to reflect during the international break. This is a period of calm for the new head coach.“If I was in his staff, I’d be saying we need to consider making a change to the system.“Arsenal’s centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis aren’t really the best in possession of the ball.“Emery has very creative players who play further up the pitch but he needs a figure who can sit in deep midfield. Lucas Torreira could be that man and he could then help the back two out.“It can sometimes feel like we’re watching a youth team whose players are trying to be developed into passers. Manchester City play 4-1-2-3, with a deep midfielder and two creative players either side. That may be the way for Emery to go.”Arsenal, who have taken six points from four games so far, return to action after the international break with a trip to Newcastle on September 15.last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Juventus to bid £175m for Liverpool’s Mo Salah?

first_img Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Rafael Benítez backs Miguel Almirón to make instant impact at Newcastle Read more Mohamed Salah Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool Topics Share on Messenger Hide Share on Facebook Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Rumour Mill And finally, in the slightly less glamorous environs of Boundary Park, Oldham are preparing to announce the appointment of Ole’s former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes as their new gaffer. Despite Scholes being a 10% shareholder in Salford City, the Football League have decided there is no conflict of interest as long as Oldham under Scholes don’t buy or sell players from or to the National League club.center_img Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Out on loan at Sampdoria and Sassuolo, Juve goalkeeper Emil Audero and defender Rogério are wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, but seem more likely to stay in Italy and make their current situations a little more permanent come season’s end. Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin also remains a person of interest to Arsenal, who tried to sign him from the Bundesliga club last summer only to have their overtures rejected by the German club. Arsenal also sent scouts to monitor Norwich City starlet Ben Godfrey as his side piled the hurt on Ipswich Town in the Old Farm Derby at Carrow Road yesterday. The 21-year-old is also being scouted by Manchester United, Lyon and RB Leipzig.Chelsea are being linked with Everton winger Richarlison, but will have to pay almost double the £40m everyone thought the Toffees were bonkers to shell out for the Brazilian when they bought him from Watford. Wolves are favourites to add 19-year-old Benfica midfielder João Félix to their Portuguese enclave, while Brighton have made a bid for Bolton teenager Luca Connell.Manchester United’s owners have shelved their fiendish plan to lure Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford as they have already decided Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the right man to for the job, according to The Sun. While Solskjær is about to face seriously stiff tests in the form of potentially season-defining matches against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Liverpool, the United hierarchy have apparently seen enough to convince them to appoint him but will make no announcement until the end of the season. Thank you for your feedback. Juventus With their nerves already jangling thanks to the white-knuckle ride that is the title race, Liverpool fans will be further traumatised by rumours suggesting Juventus have their beady eye on Mohamed Salah. Word on the outer reaches of cyberspace suggests the Italian champions have earmarked the Egyptian as a potential £175m replacement for Paolo Dybala, who has scored just twice in 20 appearances for the club this season. In more heartwarming news for Liverpool, the Old Lady may decide to hitch her skirts at Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio instead. Show Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Rooney: Pep’s City matching Barca

first_imgManchester City Guardiola’s Man City could match Barcelona – Rooney Dom Farrell 04:42 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) WayneRooneyPepGuardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Burnley v Manchester City Burnley Premier League Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer grudgingly admits that he enjoys watching the Red Devils’ arch-rivals under their current manager Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United will struggle to catch Manchester City this season.Pep Guardiola’s City are firmly in control of the Premier League title race, holding a 13-point advantage over United despite drawing 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday.Rooney played as United were beaten by Guardiola’s great Barcelona side in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals – scoring in the latter defeat at Wembley – and he grudgingly concedes his old rivals are a pleasure to watch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In terms of catching Manchester City, certainly not this season and, if I’m honest, next season it will be very difficult,” he told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme when assessing United’s prospects in the Manchester rivalry.”It’s not nice to say but if you can’t enjoy that style of play you won’t enjoy football. It’s great to watch, the movement, the confidence on the ball, the goalkeeper [Ederson]. It’s almost perfect football at times.”I think Guardiola is putting the foundations in place of trying to emulate that Barcelona team and you can see they’re certainly on the way to doing that.”Maybe in the summer, if they bring one or two players in, they’re not that far off. Obviously they have to win the trophies.”City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on February 25 and are into the last 16 of both the Champions League and the FA Cup.last_img read more

Navigator Scorpio’s Grounding Caused by Distraction

first_imgzoom The grounding of the Liberia registered liquefied gas carrier, Navigator Scorpio, from January 2014, was caused by distraction of the officer of the watch, investigation into the accident found.On 3 January 2014 Navigator Scorpio ran aground on Haisborough Sand in the North Sea.The vessel was undamaged by the grounding and there were no injuries or pollution; 2.5 hours later, it refloated on the rising tide.The investigation conducted by the UK Transport Ministry’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB)  found that the vessel ran aground in restricted waters “after the officer of the watch had become distracted and lost positional awareness. The passage plan was incomplete and the significant effects of wind and strong tidal streams had not been properly taken into account.”MAIB said that given the proximity to danger, appropriate navigational techniques were not applied and the bridge manning was insufficient.Additionally, weaknesses in the crew’s navigation capability had been identified during an audit of the vessel, however, follow up actions were not sufficient to prevent the grounding.According to MAIB, the vessel’s managers, Bernhard Shulte Shipmanagement, have conducted a thorough investigation into the grounding and taken action to prevent recurrence.“This includes additional assessments and training for the crew of Navigator Scorpio as well as improvements to the safety management system. As a result, no safety recommendations are made in this report.”Press Releaselast_img read more

KISS To Headline AllStar Concert For Children Worldwide

first_imgAXS TV will broadcast MENDING KIDS.ORG – ALL-STAR CONCERT FOR CHILDREN WORLDWIDE live from the world-famous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Friday, February 14.Acclaimed illusionist and “Celebrity Apprentice” fan-favorite Penn Jillette will host this intimate evening, with performances and appearances from a star-studded lineup of legendary musicians and entertainers, headlined by 2014 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, KISS.Featuring pop crooner Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah”); pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield (“Unwritten,” “Pocketful of Sunshine”); blues rockers Vintage Trouble (“Nobody Told Me,” “Strike Your Light”); and jazz artist Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band will provide music throughout the evening, with guest appearances including country guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Late-night TV host Arsenio Hall will also be on hand, appearing before the invitation-only audience. More guests will be announced shortly.In the last eight years, has provided over 1,500 children from 54 countries, including the United States, with life-changing surgical care to correct serious medical issues such as congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Additionally, offers training and research to assist surgeons in developing countries to create self-sustaining surgical programs providing access for more children to longer, healthier and happier lives.“MENDING KIDS.ORG – ALL-STAR CONCERT FOR CHILDREN WORLDWIDE is an incredible event that will bring some much-needed awareness to a truly worthwhile organization,” said Mark Cuban, AXS TV Founder. “ does unbelievable work for children all around the globe, and it’s inspiring to see these larger-than-life personalities gather together to lend their support to this cause. AXS TV is proud to be able to share this momentous event with our audience.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Sears to close another 46 unprofitable stores in November

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow.The ailing company said Thursday that liquidation sales at the 46 unprofitable stores marked for closure will start Aug. 30, and the stores will close in November. The company said it informed its workers.The move comes as Sears is considering a bid from CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments to acquire its jewel Kenmore appliances from the company for $400 million. The company has put others of its famous brands on the block before.In January, Sears had said it was closing 100 stores. It announced in May that it was closing another 100. As of May 5, it had about 894 stores, down from about 1,000 at the end of last year. The number of stores peaked in 2012 at 4,000, which included the Sears Canada division that was later spun off. In 2005, when Sears merged with Kmart, it operated 2,200 stores.The latest closings underscore the deep-rooted problems at Sears, a onetime powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression but has been calving off pieces of itself as it burns through money.last_img read more

President Maithripala Sirisena heads to New York for UN meet

The President will also brief the world leaders regarding the consensual politics in Sri Lanka as well as regarding the reconciliation and peace, and the initiatives taken by the government after declaring the year 2017 as the Year for Poverty Alleviation and also regarding the programme for the concept of Green Development.The President is also scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with several world leaders participating in the sessions. During his visit to the U.S.A President Sirisena will participate for a series of programmes including a meeting with the Sri Lankan Community. (Colombo Gazette) The President is due to address the General Assembly in the evening of September 19. President Maithripala Sirisena left for New York today to attend the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).This is the third time that President Maithripala Sirisena is addressing the UN General Assembly. The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) convened at UN Headquarters on September 12. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’. read more

UN health agency publishes firstever global reference guide for essential medicines

The WHO Model Formulary, which is the first-ever publication to give comprehensive information on all 325 medicines contained in the UN agency’s Model List of Essential Drugs, aims to improve patient safety and limit superfluous medical spending. It presents information on the recommended use, dosage, adverse effects, contra-indications and warnings of these medicines.According to WHO, bad prescribing habits are very common in all countries, leading to ineffective and unsafe treatment, exacerbation or prolongation of illness and harm to the patient. Inappropriate treatment also increases the costs to the patient, the insurance system or the government.The new formulary is intended primarily as a model for national governments and institutions, to be used as a basis for developing their own national formularies. It is particularly relevant for developing countries, where commercial and promotional materials are often the only available source of drug information to health workers, prescribers and patients. The WHO formulary may also be useful for individual prescribers.”Unfortunately, developing countries do not always have access to unbiased information about medicines,” said Dr. Hans Hogerzeil, from the WHO Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy department. “The formulary aims to address that problem and provide a service based solely on scientific evidence.” read more

Hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya will go hungry without urgent

Warning that hundreds of thousands of mainly Sudanese and Somali refugees in Kenya will go hungry without immediate donations of cash or food commodities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent appeal for $9 million to tide them over for the next six months. “Less and less food has been reaching refugee families,” WFP Country Director Tesema Negash said. “Instead of 26 kilos of food for two weeks, a family of three now has to make do with 23 kilos. It will get continually worse unless contributions come forward urgently.” WFP urgently needs the donations to avoid further reductions in food aid for the 224,000 refugees living in Kenya. Food rations were already cut by 12 per cent in November, when the agency ran out of wheat flour, a staple. Other food supplies will start to run out by mid-March, and by April, WFP will have exhausted all available commodities for the refugees. “Each time we reduce food rations in the camps, we see the level of malnutrition increase and the refugees become more vulnerable to disease. We do not want to see this happen again,” Mr. Negash said. Refugees in Kenya are mainly from war-torn Sudan and Somalia. By law they are confined to camps in Kakuma and Dadaab, in northern and eastern Kenya, which are areas of chronic poverty. The harsh and impoverished environment around the camps means they are highly unlikely to find jobs or any other means of feeding themselves. read more

Safety reminders for start of school

With the new school year now underway, Health, Safety and Wellness is reminding the Brock community of important safety information.EmergenciesIn the event of an emergency, call 911 or Campus Security Services at 905-688-5550 x3200. There are numerous emergency phones, automated external defibrillators (AED) and first-aid stations located across campus that can be used when assistance is required. Campus Security recommends that faculty, staff and students download the Brock Mobile App, which offers quick access to campus and local resources 24-7.Mobile device distractionWalking while using mobile devices is distracting and could lead to trips, falls and collisions. To avoid injuries and incidents, Health, Safety and Wellness recommends staying alert of surroundings by checking traffic when crossing roads and keeping headphone volume low to hear surroundings. Do not walk and talk or text at the same time. Instead, move out of the way of the stream of pedestrians and then make the call or text. Pedestrian safety is top of mind as students return to campus.Slips, trips and fallsSlips, trips and falls are the most reported incidents at Brock University. Health, Safety and Wellness suggests being aware of circumstances, both indoor and outdoor, by scanning the path ahead and avoiding materials or walking surfaces that could contribute to a slip, trip or fall. Wearing appropriate footwear for the weather, not rushing and avoiding shortcuts will also help prevent slip, trip and fall incidents.Reporting health and safety incidentsIf an incident, injury, near miss or health and safety hazard is observed, report the circumstances to a person of authority such as an area supervisor or Brock employee. Circumstances should be reported through an injury/incident report. Completed reports and questions can be directed to the Health, Safety and Wellness office via or x7233.Employee health and safety trainingAll Brock employees have access to — and must complete — online health and safety training via Isaak, Brock’s Sakai-based learning management system. Additional details are available online.DronesA drone is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Recreational use of drones is prohibited on Brock University property. read more

Rat spotted running around Primark Christmas window display

first_imgHe added: “That’s just wrong. You have to get it out, especially over the Christmas period. That’s just nasty.“I definitely won’t be going back there again.” Media outlets suggested the rat, filmed by a stunned Martin Peaple, was ‘running amok’ inside the Primark branch after-hours.The 28-year-old, from Bexley, posted the footage on social media, explaining: “Rat running loose in Primark, Bexleyheath, and turns out that staff [knew] it was there and just left it.”He joked that others should “check their shopping” as they “might find a surprise”.Mr Peaple told This Is Local London he was enjoying a Christmas drink with friends in a pub opposite the store when he went outside for a cigarette and saw the rat.“In the pub we heard there was a giant rat outside in Primark,” he said.“So we went and there it was, running up and down. The shop was shut and it was there all night.” A rat was spotted inside Primark Credit:Reuters  Primark  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. A rat apparently decided on a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping after it was spotted running around a Primark store in south-east London.The bargain-hunting rodent was seen scurrying around a window display after the budget retailer had apparently locked its doors in Bexleyheath on Christmas Eve. Facebook user Connie Smith responded to the video: “That rat looks very ill and will obviously be very stressed and scared in that situation. Perhaps people should have a little sympathy for the animal as there’s blatantly something wrong with it.”Another wrote: “A wild rat should run away, not with you. I think it’s someone’s pet that has got out.”A spokesperson for Primark said: “We can confirm that pest control were called on-site and following an investigation, have stated this was an isolate incident which has now been dealt with.”Meanwhile, this McDonald’s customer was left horrified about what he allegedly found at the bottom of his coffee. last_img read more

Joy as iconic Taylor commits to Olympic defence

first_imgIt’s not an easy decision for anyone and you need some space and you need some time to reflect. The nature of who she is and the status that she has in world boxing, she was going to attract some of the biggest names. IRELAND’S OLYMPIC HERO Katie Taylor put months of will-she-or-won’t-she speculation to bed yesterday by announcing that she will stay amateur in the hope of defending her boxing gold in Rio.With ten-time world champion Oscar de la Hoya leading the list of major promoters queuing up for her signature, the Bray star turned down a lucrative move to the professional ranks.Taylor’s decision comes as a huge boost to the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and the Irish Sports Council (ISC) who were in danger of losing a second star talent in the space of a few weeks. John Joe Nevin, bantamweight silver medallist in London, announced this month that he intends to turn professional in the new year.“We’re delighted for Katie and for Irish sport that she’s on the road to Rio,” Paul McDermott, communications manager with the ISC, told“She’s an icon in Irish sport.” Speaking on Today FM yesterday, Taylor estimated that the professional deals on the table could have netted her a six-figure sum. Her father and coach Peter led the negotiations with Irish boxing bosses and her professional suitors before she faced up to the fact that her heart is set on four more years as an amateur.“Boxing for my country, there’s nothing better than that really and bringing home medals for my country,” she said.Taylor’s decision will also be celebrated by amateur boxing’s global governing body, the AIBA. The 26-year-old was instrumental in lobbying for women’s boxing to be introduced as an Olympic sport in London and wowed senior decision-makers with her performances at exhibition events in 2007.“When she goes to tournaments she’s the number one draw and I’m sure the international federation and anyone involved in women’s boxing — bar maybe her direct opponents — will be delighted that she’s staying,” McDermott added.“I know that the international federation, certainly since just before Beijing and through the Beijing cycle, were very keen that the major names stay associated with Olympic boxing. They want that.“In the past, historically, that may not have been the case but certainly it very much is the case now so I’m sure they’re happy.”Rio, here we come! Katie Taylor confirms that she will stay amateurlast_img read more

Watch a blowtorch reveal a pearls incredible structure

first_imgJust because you don’t have permission to set random things on fire to see what happens to them doesn’t mean your friends on the internet don’t have your back. For example, who among us hasn’t wondered what would happen if we fried a pearl with a oxyhydrogen water torch for a few minutes? Well, look no further, because your inquiry has been answered in video form.Pearls are one of the more curious objects on our planet. These calcium carbonate orbs can be created when a foreign irritant is introduced into a oyster, and they secrete a nacre around the irritant to try and get rid of it and eventually something beautiful forms. Pearls can also be created artificially, and in fact frequently are, thanks to the value we as a society place on them. It’s the only precious material found on a necklace that can be completely dissolved in vinegar though.Obviously the big question on everyone’s mind when they see one of these brilliant white spheres is what happens when you set them on fire.From the video, you see that the pearl burns away in layers, with each layer peeling off and disintegrating right on the table. Because of the way natural pearls are formed, with the substance being secreted over and over again in layers around the foreign irritant, damage like this would occur one layer at a time. Cultured pearls don’t form this way, so the end result would be significantly different. Cultured pearls are the result of applying a thin layer of nacre over a larger object, instead of dozens of layers over a much smaller object. Burning away a cultured pearl would start out very similarly, but then you’d be incinerating whatever substance was used under that first layer, which probably won’t be anywhere near as interesting.last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_imgTrailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Short URL Source: The Buffalo International Film Festival/YouTubeWhat we knowThis film by Danny HIller is based on the true story of the Kerry Babies case. It stars veteran Irish actor Fiona Shaw. A young girl confesses to a crime she didn’t commit and is charged with murder.What the critics say“Out of Innocence gives voice to the young women who have been abused and ostracised by the Catholic Church and the Irish state in its empathetic portrayal of Sarah and her family.” – Film Ireland Share5 Tweet Email Mid90sOut of InnocenceHellboyNone of themVote Hellboy (520) PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Mid90s Source: MovieAccessTrailers/YouTubeWhat we knowFor his directorial debut, Jonah Hill explores the lives of teen skateboards in 1990s LA.What the critics say“mid90s is about as spiky and unsentimental as a youth-rebellion movie can get. Hill makes it feel like a documentary, and by that I don’t just mean that it’s shot in a mode of unvarnished simulated vérite. – Variety“Written and directed by Jonah Hill, this film wants to be less a period piece than a time capsule, an immersion in the sights and sound of a pop-cultural moment.” – New York Times Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article RottenTomatoes: None yetIMDB: 6.5/10Which one would you go see first? What’s it rated? Apr 11th 2019, 8:31 PM Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM What’s it rated?center_img RottenTomatoes: None yetIMDB: 8.9/10Hellboy Source: Lionsgate Movies/YouTubeWhat we knowDavid Harbour (Stranger Things) stars as Hellboy, What the critics say“Harbour makes for a formidable Hellboy in a visually snappy milieu that, like del Toro’s earlier entries, takes its cues from Mignola’s sardonic horror-fantasy universe.” – Indiewire“But just because a movie is ridiculous and knows it’s ridiculous, that doesn’t automatically make its ridiculousness work. “Hellboy” stops being fun when it stops being funny—when it abruptly shifts gears into a more relentlessly bloody, violent mood.” – What’s it rated? By Aoife Barry Poll Results: None of them (1463) 17,978 Views RottenTomatoes: 79%IMDB: 7.4/10Out of Innocence 27 Comments Out of Innocence (739) Mid90s (393)last_img read more

Festival Hellenika is back

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Festival Hellenika, Adelaide’s annual multidisciplinary arts festival, is dedicated to the maintenance, development, promotion and celebration of Hellenic links in the arts, and their rich and diverse Australian manifestations. The Festival is facilitated, coordinated and presented by the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Inc (SACGCM). Hellenic links are part of the legacy of Australia’s fabulous Multicultural social fabric, making Festival Hellenika a celebration and an affirmation of these wonderful links striving to: be an open platform supporting community cultural events as well as artistic endeavours of the highest quality; build on Hellenic / Australian cultural and artistic heritage as part of the mainstream arts world; pursue links with other communities and engage with participants and audiences from any background; provide opportunities for local artists interested in Hellenic connections to express themselves; encourage young people to engage in the arts and provide opportunities for them to understand their origins; and develop partnerships with mainstream arts organisations and make the festival accessible to the broader community.For more information visit read more

Another championship match official for WWEs Hell in a Cell PPV this

first_img Nikki Bella Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WhatsApp Twitter Ronda Rousey “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Drew Mcintyre WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Rusev and Nakamura rewatch Fastlane 2018 match, Tommaso Ciampa undergoes surgery Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Following tonight’s Smackdown Live in Lafayette, a new championship match is now official for the Hell in a Cell PPV this Sunday night on the WWE Network.The New Day will defend the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against new No. 1 Contenders Rusev and Aiden English on Sunday from San Antonio.Rusev and English earned the title shot by defeating The Bar on Tuesday night.Here is the updated card for Hell in a Cell this Sunday from San Antonio:WWE Universal ChampionshipHell in a Cell MatchSpecial Guest Referee: Mick FoleyRoman Reigns (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa JoeRAW Women’s ChampionshipRonda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa BlissSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipCharlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky LynchHell in a Cell MatchJeff Hardy vs. Randy OrtonRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsDolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (c’s) vs. Seth Rollins and Dean AmbroseSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe New Day (c’s) vs. Rusev and Aiden EnglishDaniel Bryan and Brie Bella vs. The Miz and will have live coverage of WWE Hell in a Cell this Sunday night.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining 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 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles New tag team match added to WWE Fastlane PPV, Updated card for this Sundaylast_img read more