Such a great person Funeral being held for assistant coach with Broncos

first_imgSTRASBOURG, Sask. – Mark Cross was a ferocious competitor when he played hockey, but the assistant coach for the Humboldt Broncos had a calming presence on his players, teammates and friends.“Mark was an incredibly hard worker. He was extremely bright. He was one of the most caring kids you would ever meet,” said Broncos president Kevin Garinger, who has known Cross since he was a boy.“You can’t say enough about Mark Cross as a person.”Cross, who was 27, was one of 16 people who died on April 6 when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural Saskatchewan intersection.His funeral — the last of many memorials in the last 10 days — was held Saturday at the recreation centre in his hometown of Strasbourg, Sask.He grew up in Strasbourg, where his parents, Brad and Marilyn Cross, were teachers at the school and Garinger was the principal. Garinger’s sons were friends with Mark Cross.Lucas Frison, who has known Cross since they were three years old, said Cross had many friends.“He was really easy to get along with and had a great personality that made a lot of people laugh,” he said. “Mark had a calming presence on people, which really showed his leadership ability.“He was a leader on the ice when he was a hockey player, a leader as a coach and a leader as a friend.”Frison, who was to deliver the eulogy at the funeral, said Cross was the best man at his wedding and helped calm his nerves.“He helped give me the confidence I needed that day and everything worked out beautifully.”Cross left Strasbourg in his teens to play for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before attending York University in Toronto.He played as a forward on the York Lions men’s hockey team from 2011 until 2016 when he graduated with a degree in kinesiology and health science.“Mark was an exceptional young man, an assistant captain during his time at York and the team MVP in his fifth and final season,” said Russ Herrington, who was one of Cross’s assistant coaches. “He was a ferocious competitor who had a vibrant approach to life.“There was no one in the room who commanded more respect than Mark.”Cross returned to Saskatchewan after university, with his longtime girlfriend Molly Schnell, and worked for a season as an assistant coach with a midget team near Regina.He joined the Broncos for the 2017-18 season.“In talking with the boys, they just had the utmost respect for Mark and cared for him,” said Garinger. “They just loved him as a coach. He was very knowledgeable.”He said Darcy Haugan, head coach of the Broncos who was also killed in the crash, thought the world of Cross.“The reason he was so good at his job was because he was such a great person,” said Garinger.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmontonlast_img read more

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ST JOHNS ACTOR CASSIDY LITTLE THRILLED TO LAND ROLE ON MONUMENTAL CORONATION

first_imgCassidy Little says he didn’t know how popular Coronation Street is in Newfoundland until he was on set for filming. (CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Cassidy did a tape for the audition, sent it away, and was speechless when he found out later he got the role.“What do you say when you’re going to be on something that monumental?” he said.Little 36, left St. John’s to pursue a comedy career in the United Kingdom and wound up joining the British Royal Marines. Advertisement Little, here with professional dance partner Natalie Lowe, was named the big winner of The People’s Strictly, a British TV dance competition., in 2015. (BBC One) Advertisement Facebook An actor originally from St. John’s is joining popular long-running soap opera Coronation Street.Cassidy Little said he was filming a movie in Bulgaria when his agent called to say he was up for the part.“When you get calls like that, you don’t think you’re going to get the role, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to give 100 per cent during the audition tape,” he told CBC’s Here & Now.last_img read more

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Egypt army chief Sisi promoted to field marshal presidency

first_imgCAIRO- Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, has been promoted to the rank of field marshal, the highest in the military, the presidency said Monday.“Interim president Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree promoting General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, minister of defence, to the rank of field marshal,” the presidency said.Egypt’s military rarely promotes senior officers to the rank of a field marshal. Long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, toppled by a popular uprising in 2011, and his predecessors, who all came from the military, were never promoted to the highest military rank.However, Hussein Tantawi, the former military chief who ruled Egypt between Mubarak’s ouster in February 2011 and Morsi’ election in June 2012, also holds the rank.Morsi replaced Tantawi with Sisi as army chief and defence minister in August 2012.last_img read more

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OPP gun amnesty program recovers over 250 weapons

Ontario Provincial Police say more than 260 guns have been turned over at the midway point of its gun amnesty program.OPP say they received 218 gun amnesty calls between Apr. 1. and Apr. 16.Officers have picked up 267 items, including restricted, prohibited, replica, and vintage weaponsJust over 5,200 pieces of ammunition were also surrendered during this period.The campaign runs until April 30.Any Ontario resident can voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories, or ammunition.Amnesty is not offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in a crime and no anonymous submissions will be accepted.OPP say they will make appointments to pick up the weapons and under no circumstances should anyone try to deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities. read more

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Security Council extends mandate for UN political mission in Libya through March

The Council agreed that the Mission will remain under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and will remain in full accordance with the principles of Libyan national ownership.Under paragraph 6 of Council resolution 2144 (2014) the Mission’s mandate is to support Libyan Government efforts to ensure the transition to democracy, to promote the rule of law and monitor and protect human rights, to control unsecured arms and related materiel in Libya and counter their proliferation, and to build governance capacity, as part of a coordinated international effort and drawing on the comparative advantage of the United Nations country team.The Council also decided to extend for the same duration the authorizations provided by and the measures imposed by resolution 2146 (2014) aimed at supporting Libya’s transition to democracy “as an immediate priority” by assisting a single, inclusive and transparent national dialogue, as well as electoral processes and the drafting of a new constitution. read more

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Is The NBAs SmallBall Revolution About To End

It’s rare in life that you can look back and identify the specific moment that marked the end of the way things were and the beginning of the way things are. That is not the case when it comes to the creation of the style of play that dominates the modern NBA, which now sees teams eschewing size advantages in favor of loading the floor with as much shooting as possible. It’s worth examining the origins of the small-ball revolution, even if there are indications that the trend may reverse itself — perhaps as soon as this season.Though the seeds for this shift were planted by teams like the Houston Rockets of the mid-1990s, the Phoenix Suns of the 2000s and, particularly, the 2009 Orlando Magic, everything changed for good on May 13, 2012. During the Miami Heat’s 95-86 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, Heat star Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal strain and was ruled out indefinitely.To that point in both the regular season and the playoffs, the 6-foot-11 Bosh had played almost exclusively at power forward. He’d played 2,174 minutes combined regular season and postseason minutes, spending 1,901 of them (87.4 percent) next to one of Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Ronny Turiaf, Dexter Pittman or Eddy Curry in the frontcourt.1All lineup statistics come from NBA Advanced Stats, unless otherwise noted. With Bosh sidelined for the remainder of that Pacers series and the first four games of the ensuing Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, however, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra slid the 6-foot-8 Shane Battier into the starting lineup in his place.Battier had played just 3 percent of his regular-season minutes at power forward in 2011-12, per Basketball-Reference, but he remained in the role for the rest of Miami’s run to the 2012 title. Bosh returned at first as a reserve. But when he moved back into the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, it was as a center next to Battier and LeBron James in the frontcourt. With that group providing more space in which James and Dwyane Wade could operate, the Heat blitzed the Oklahoma City Thunder with four straight wins, capturing the first of two championships of the Big Three era.After the Heat rode the same configuration to another championship in 2013, the NBA saw a massive drop in two-big lineup usage the following season. That trend may have steadily continued anyway, but it was hastened by the Golden State Warriors going even smaller, playing the 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in order to beat LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers teams. Pretty soon, damn near the whole league was reorienting around trying to compete with the Warriors’ Death Lineup.Consider the following chart, which plots regular-season “two-big” lineup usage for each of the NBA’s 30 teams, as well as the league average, from the beginning of the Heat’s Big Three era through the just-completed 2018-19 campaign. See if you can identify the turning point; it should be pretty easy.2For purposes of this analysis, we are identifying a “big” as a player who is either a) listed as a center; or b) listed as a power forward and measures at least 6-foot-8 and attempted less than one three-pointer per 36 minutes during the regular season. Such a definition allows us to see which teams played a non-shooting forward (or another center) next to their center in the frontcourt. Two-big lineup usage peaked at 58.8 percent of minutes leaguewide during the 2011-12 season, but the shift to small ball sliced that number in half within four seasons. Last season, two-big lineups played just 6.4 percent of regular-season minutes. During LeBron, Wade and Bosh’s second season together, 19 of the league’s 30 teams used two-big lineups at least 50 percent of the time. Last season, no team even crossed the 40 percent mark in two-big lineup minutes.Such a stark trend might make it seem like we have reached a point of no return. But given several developments of this offseason’s free-agent period, it seems fair to wonder whether we may have actually passed Peak Small Ball and might be in for a reversal during the 2019-20 campaign.The Philadelphia 76ers, for example, signed Celtics center Al Horford to a four-year deal, and presumably plan to play him as their primary power forward alongside Joel Embiid. Contrary to popular belief, the 6-foot-10 Horford has actually been a center for the majority of his career — he’s played 83 percent of his minutes at the position, per Basketball-Reference — but Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has said that he believes a desire to return to the power forward slot — where Horford played in college — factored into his decision.Assuming Ainge is correct, Horford is not the only big who’s moved to a new team hoping to slide back to the four. New Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis expressed a firm desire to resume playing the four during his introductory press conference. According to Basketball-Reference, Davis has spent 55 percent of his career at center, peaking last season at 96 percent.Other teams’ offseason moves indicate they could potentially lean into two-big lineups as well.The Sacramento Kings signed centers Dewayne Dedmon and Richaun Holmes, who could potentially play either together or alongside Harry Giles. The Portland Trail Blazers let small-ball power forward Al-Farouq Aminu leave in free agency and traded combo forward Moe Harkless, at the same time adding former Heat center Hassan Whiteside to last season’s primary starter Jusuf Nurkić,3In fairness, Nurkić suffered a serious injury at the end of last season and figures to miss a significant portion of 2019–20. and they seemingly plan to start former backup center Zach Collins at power forward.The New York Knicks have Mitchell Robinson as their presumed starting center and should probably let 2018 lottery pick Kevin Knox play at least some of his minutes at power forward; but they still used a significant portion of their free-agent budget to sign non-shooting power forward Taj Gibson, as well as Bobby Portis, who in a 28-game stint with the Wizards last season played 77 percent of his minutes at center. Even the team’s most high-profile signing, Julius Randle, only started shooting threes last season, and he often gets treated by opposing defenses as a non-shooting big man.The Indiana Pacers let power forward Thaddeus Young and small forward Bojan Bogdanovic leave in free agency, and plan to start backup center Domantas Sabonis at power forward next to Myles Turner, who has been the starting center since midway through his rookie season. Sabonis has played 79 percent of his minutes at center with the Pacers, per Basketball-Reference, but he was primarily a power forward both in college and during his rookie season with the Thunder. The Utah Jazz — previously among the heavier users of two-big looks — pivoted smaller by signing the aforementioned Bogdanovic, but in so doing sent Derrick Favors to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he could potentially play alongside either Jaxson Hayes or Jahlil Okafor when he’s not manning the pivot next to Zion Williamson.Several additional teams may end up using two-big lineups more often due to other types of roster changes. The defending champion Toronto Raptors, after losing Kawhi Leonard to the L.A. Clippers, could use more of the Marc Gasol-Serge Ibaka frontcourt that worked so well for them in the playoffs. The Clippers figure to load-manage Leonard, as the Raptors did last season, but even when he’s in the lineup, it’s entirely possible we see Montrezl Harrell — who has played 83 percent of his career minutes at center, including 96 percent last season — playing the four next to Ivica Zubac. Even the Warriors — who took small-ball even further than the Big Three-era Heat — could end up using more two-big lineups featuring, say, Kevon Looney and free-agent signee Willie Cauley-Stein when Draymond Green has to rest, given that they lost Kevin Durant in free agency and traded away Andre Iguodala.Already, that’s a significant portion of the league seemingly preparing to devote non-trivial minutes to two-big lineups. Not even mentioned are four of the seven squads that used two-big units at least 10 percent of the time last season, and could conceivably do so again. (They are the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, in addition to the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Pacers.) With multiple contenders in the East and West seemingly planning to use two-big lineups more often, it doesn’t appear as necessary for teams to ensure that they are well-equipped to go small against the very best opponents. Much of the league appears to have reacted by returning to the comfort of using size as an advantage. read more

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OSU embarks on challenging trip to Michigan State

Veterans on the Ohio State men’s hockey team are excited to head to East Lansing, Mich., to face off with No. 10 Michigan State.Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Zac Dalpe are both ready for a return trip to Munn Ice Arena.“It’s supposed to be a tough atmosphere, but I think we as a team like it. We like getting amped up,” Bartkowski said. “It’s fun to play in a smaller, high-energy atmosphere.”Dalpe echoed Bartkowski’s assessment and added, “Michigan State is probably one of the top two or three places to play. I don’t know what it is about it but it’s kind of an older rink and a playoff atmosphere that I like playing at.”Munn Ice Arena is regarded as one of the best facilities for collegiate hockey in the nation and has a reputation for drawing large crowds. While the players are excited for the trip, they understand victories will not be easy to come by as Michigan State has only lost three home games all season.“We’re going to have to have a road warrior mentality,” coach John Markell said. “It’s going to be a tough grind. Michigan State is playing really well this year. They’re in second [in the CCHA] for a reason.”The power play and penalty kill have been the main focus for the Buckeyes in 2010 and could be the key to success this weekend.“Our special teams [in] our first half [of the season] were deplorable,” Bartkowski said.When the Buckeyes returned from break, they revamped the power play and worked on it constantly in practice.“Obviously there are more guys in front of the net,” Markell said, while trying not to reveal too much about the team’s new strategy. “We watched a lot of tape of NHL teams and that’s what they’re doing and there is good reason why they’re doing that. Hopefully we can take advantage of that.”So far the Buckeyes have been taking advantage of the new system, scoring five power play goals in their weekend sweep of Bowling Green on Jan. 8 and Jan 9. The Buckeyes also tallied another power play goal in an exhibition victory over the U.S. Under-18 National Team last weekend.Players also noted that they’ve seen an increased effort on the penalty kill as of late.“Special teams are huge,” Dalpe said. “I know we’ve got guys on the penalty kill that are blocking shots and putting their bodies on the line and that is good to see.”Ohio State will need to execute in both the power play and penalty kill in order to knock off Michigan State this weekend. The games will be played Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 5:05 p.m. read more

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Dogs Daisy Mitch and Rascal slowly cooked alive after being left in

first_imgA dog owner has admitted leaving his three pets, all of which later died, in his car for hours on a warm day while he went to the gym.Jonathan Theobald pleaded guilty to causing the Staffordshire bull terrier-type dogs unnecessary suffering after being charged under the Animal Welfare Act.The 65-year-old left Daisy, Mitch and Rascal in the vehicle for a number of hours on June 16, with temperatures peaking at around 19C (66F), the RSPCA said.Two of the dogs had already died by the time he returned to the car and he tried to save the third, the animal charity said.”The dogs had been in the car alone for a number of hours,” RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said.”They will have undoubtedly suffered before they died.”The dogs would have overheated. They may have had fits, they may have slowly cooked essentially, they would have been terrified, trapped. [It was] probably more of a emotional thing rather than a physical for those dogs.” 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. Preliminary post-mortem examinations showed the dogs died of heat exposure, the charity said, as it warned owners that conditions do not need to be overly hot to be fatal for an animal.Mr Stubbs said: “The weather was warm and it was humid but it wasn’t hot that day. Met Office records show it was between 16 and 19C for the period of time these dogs were left.”No-one leaves their dog to die in a car on purpose. But there is no good reason to even risk it by taking your dog in your car in warm weather and leaving it while you just pop into the shop or just pop into your doctor’s appointment. ‘Not long’ is still too long.”Theobald appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, where he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs by confining them in an environment which was detrimental to their well-being and led to their death.He is due to be sentenced on September 28.last_img read more

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Plan approved to accelerate implementation of CSME CARICOM Chairman

Incumbent Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell says that a plan has been approved to accelerate the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which came in for harsh criticisms from Member States who essentially said that progress in this area had become stagnated.Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith MitchellThe CARICOM Chairman touched on CSME during his end of year message where he spoke highly of the resilience and togetherness of member countries following the devastating category five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that ravaged the Caribbean.“During the year, we also took a hard look at the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and approved an Implementation Plan for 2017-2019 to accelerate the use of the measures under the regime” said Mitchell.He continued “a lot has been achieved in implementing the CSME, including legal and institutional measures and mechanisms to support the free movement of goods, services, skills, and cross-border establishment of businesses. However, we will continue to review progress regularly to ensure that the benefits of this important aspect of our integration are accruing to our citizens.”According to the CARICOM Chairman, one of the most important drivers of the Community’s economy, tourism, received special attention “as we sought to address both immediate and long-term initiatives aimed at stimulating sustainable growth in tourism. We focused on marketing strategies and agreed to support various Public-Private Sector initiatives, which would entail engagement with other Caribbean countries, companies and multilateral organizations.”At the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting held in Guyana earlier this year, President David Granger, who was Chairman at the time, underscored the need to expedite the full implementation of the CSME in order for the Caribbean to escape the economic downfall in today’s global environment.President David Granger“The CSME has the potential to enhance Private Sector growth and competitiveness by providing access to a larger pool of resources, facilitating the movement of human capital, catalysing the establishment of regional businesses and encouraging the free movement of goods. The CSME must not be allowed to become a victim of equivocation and procrastination,” the Guyanese Leader had noted.Moreover, Secretary General (SG) for CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, at the same meeting, posited that sustained economic development requires a cohesive response by working collectively and pooling resources.“With all that is before us, it is relevant and timely for this meeting to consider a comprehensive review of the CSME, as agreed to last July. Ideally, a review of the CSME must not only be about what has been done, or not done, and what might have been the constraining factors; it should also be about the impact and how it has measured up to intent and expectations, and therefore how the shortcomings might be addressed,” Ambassador LaRocque had stated.Former CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, had decried the slothfulness of progress particularly in carrying out the mandate of the Heads of Government Meeting.Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt SkerritHe recalled urging Member States to use powers at their disposal to work towards the speedy and effective implementation of matters that were long agreed upon.“Today many of these matters are still pending, as they languish in our Ministerial Councils, Committees, Commissions and Working Groups. Whether this is due to them being inquorate or Member States asking for time to consult, or even officials not being adequately prepared, the effect is the same – a hindrance to progress,” the former Chairman opined. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM agrees to Venezuela missionJuly 7, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meetingMay 16, 2018In “latest news”CSME running out of time, must get ‘buy in’ from the people – Barbados PMJuly 5, 2018In “Regional” read more

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Perus Lagunas Norte gold mine cuts costs with new SONARtrac processing monitoring

first_imgBarrick Peru has selected the CiDRA SONARtrac system for a critical chemical reagent line within the Lagunas Norte gold mine. CiDRA’s non-invasive SONARtrac system is a new class of industrial flowmeter, utilising measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating in the mining industry, and will measure flow on a collector discharge line running from the filter presses to the barren solution tank. The SONARtrac flowmeter is capable of operating on pipes with or without internal linings, and is completely insensitive to internal pressure, making it easy to install in the most desirable locations for flow measurements.An invasive meter would require Barrick to stop the line and change the meter, incurring considerable cost and time as it may take a day or more to stop a line and drain it in preparation for opening the line for service. The installation of the SONARtrac meter also saved time and money as it did not require the use of a crane, despite the large size of the meter.The mine is located on the Alto Chicama of north-central Peru and lies on the western flank of the Peruvian Andes at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,260 m above sea level. The Lagunas Norte mine is an open-pit, crush, valley-fill leach operation.last_img read more

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TOP 16 PLACES DECIDED Who against whom

Only the last match day of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase determined the seeding of all teams qualified for the Last 16 stage.The draw of the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 will take place on Tuesday, 25 February, at 12:00 hrs local time at the EHF Office in Vienna and it will be live streamed on ehfTV.com with commentary from Tom O Brannagain.While three participants of the last VELUX EHF FINAL4 – defending champions HSV Hamburg, runners-up FC Barcelona and THW Kiel will be seeded in the Pot 1 together with MKB-MVM Veszprem, the third team of the previous season Vive Targi Kielce will enter the draw from the Pot 3.A fourth ranked team of the group phase will play the first match at home against a first ranked team except against the winner of its own group of the Group Phase.A third ranked team of the Group Phase will play the first match at home against the second ranked team except against the second ranked team of its own group of the Group Phase.The first leg is scheduled for 19-23 March, the second leg will be played 26-30 March. The winning  teams of the Last 16 qualify for the quarter-finals.Overview of pots for the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 draw:Pot 1MKB Veszprém KC (HUN)THW Kiel (GER)FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP)HSV Hamburg (GER)Pot 2Rhein Neckar Löwen (GER)KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)PSG Handball (MKD)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Pot 3Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Vive Targi Kielce (POL)HC Metalurg (MKD)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Pot 4HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD)Aalborg Handball (DEN)Additional informationOn ehfTV.com there will be live streaming of the draw followed by interviews and reactions from the various team representatives, a live ticker of the draw will go live on Tuesday morning on eurohandball.com and the event will also be extensively covered on the official Twitter channel of the VELUX EHF Champions League @ehfcl.TEXT: EHF CL EHF Champions Leaguehandball ← Previous Story Kielce smash Wisla at the end! Next Story → VELUX EHF CL: Magnus Persson is the Preliminary Round TOP scorer! read more

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Irish Prison Service honoured with new commemorative stamps

first_imgAN POST HAS issued a new set of stamps to celebrate the Irish Prison Service.The stamps, which look at different aspects of agency’s work, were unveiled by Minister of Justice Frances Fitzgerald. The stamps,designed by Zinc Design Consultants, depict work in care and custody, rehabilitation restorative justice and education.Fitzgerald said the stamps are “worthy recognition of the work and service provided by all of you who work behind the walls of our prison”.Also speaking at the launch, director general of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, said: This collection honours every member of staff of the Irish Prison Service and highlights that [it] is not simply a collection of institutions made up of high walls and secure doors but is made up of the men and women of the Service. Each year An Post issue a programme of commemorative stamps on behalf of the Irish Government. The programme typically comprises of around 35 stamps covering 18 different topics. The run of stamps for 2014 has so far honoured the Irish Citizens Army, playwright Brendan Behan, the Home Rule Act of 1914 and Irish viking heritage.Later this month, a run of stamps will be issued to honour the late Derry poet Seamus Heaney who passed away last year. An Post are currently accepting suggestions from the public on stamps to be issued during 2016.Read: Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying finesRead: WWI recruitment posters feature on new An Post stampslast_img read more

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Internet nouvelle censure pour les Biélorusses

first_imgInternet: nouvelle censure pour les BiélorussesUne nouvelle législation sur l’accès à internet est entrée en vigueur aujourd’hui en Biélorussie. Publiée le 21 décembre dernier, c’est une prolongation du décret présidentiel d’Alexander Lukashenko de juillet 2010. Cette deuxième vague de censure vise à restreindre l’accès au réseau pour tous les habitants. Le premier texte obligeait les fournisseurs d’accès à internet (FAI) biélorusses à détailler toutes les spécifiques techniques de leur réseau et à identifier toutes les machines se connectant au réseau. Le Centre d’opérations et d’analyses, qui surveille le réseau depuis 2010, peut ordonner le blocage de n’importe quel site sous 24 heures. Et si la première partie du décret n’était déjà pas favorable aux utilisateurs d’internet, la nouvelle législation, intitulée “amélioration de la partie nationale de l’internet”, resserre encore la vis. Elle pourrait même couper la Biélorussie du réseau internet mondial. Désormais, seuls les domaines internet nationaux peuvent être utilisés pour fournir des services en ligne. L’interaction avec tous les sites étrangers est donc devenue impossible. La loi dispose aussi que les propriétaires et administrateurs de points d’utilisation collective d’internet peuvent être poursuivis si leurs clients visitent des sites étrangers ou bien si leurs données personnelles ne sont pas enregistrées. Cela concerne notamment les cyber-cafés, les hôtels, mais aussi les certains immeubles. En plus de ne pas pouvoir accéder à des sites étrangers, les Biélorusses seront bloqués d’accès pour certains sites dont la liste doit encore être définie par le pouvoir. Quelques uns y figurent d’ores et déjà comme Charter97, Belarupartisan, ou le blog de l’humoriste Yauhen Lipkovich. Tous les contenus jugés pornographiques, incitant à la violence ou extrémistes seront immédiatement ajoutés à cette black list. Selon Libération, Reporters Sans Frontières s’inquiète de plus en plus car “ces mesures créent une censure depuis le plus haut niveau du pouvoir”. Le 6 janvier 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Shred day at Spanky’s Legendary Consignment in Vancouver to benefit food banks

first_imgSpanky’s Legendary Consignment in Vancouver will have a shred day April 7 that benefits the Clark County and Oregon food banks. In exchange for getting documents securely destroyed, people are asked to bring a donation of food or $5 for every box of documents.This is the seventh annual shred day for the store, which has locations in Vancouver and Beaverton, Ore. Spanky’s Vancouver location is at 13503 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. People can shred documents between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.Last year’s shred day yielded the largest turnout so far. Over the years it’s raised more than $4,000 and 2,800 pounds of food for the Clark County Food Bank, according to a news release.last_img read more

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US court rules Yelp reviewers are not employees

first_imgUS District Judge Richard Seeborg has dismissed a class action against Yelp in which a group of reviewers sought to be considered employees and therefore be compensated as such.In the case of Lily Jeung, et al., vs Yelp. the claimants alleged that they were ‘directed how to write reviews and given other such employee direction’ from Yelp, which also controlled their ‘work schedule and conditions’.Two of the three claimants bringing the class action also claimed to have been ‘fired’ by the organisation.In the judgement, Seeborg said it could be inferred that the term ‘hired’ referred to the process by which members of the public could sign up to Yelp to leave reviews, while ‘fired’ referred to user accounts being involuntarily closed.While the plaintiffs claimed that Yelp had a legal duty to treat them as employees under the Fair Labour Standards Act, the judge found that submitting reviews could not be characterised as performing a service for Yelp, or at best could be viewed as acts of volunteerism.It was also noted that even if Yelp profited financially from reviews written by the plaintiffs, for example through third-party advertising on the website, this did not necessarily mean that the writers are performing a service for the organisation.The claimants also raised a motion for sanctions against Yelp and its counsel on the basis that they did not engage in court-ordered mediation sessions in good faith.This motion has been dismissed on the grounds that the plintiffs failed ‘to make a persuasive showing’ that the defendant or its counsel engaged in sanctionable misconduct.The judgement stated: ‘Portions of plaintiffs’ complaint, and much of their briefing, focus on the legal distinctions between employees and independent contractors. Those allegations and arguments are misdirected. The issue is not whether Yelp is treating as independent contractors individuals who actually qualify as employees.‘The relevant questions are whether plaintiffs can be seen as working for Yelp at all, and, if so, whether they are employees as opposed to volunteers, not employees as opposed to independent contractors.’last_img read more

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Justin Roiland Has His Szechuan Sauce so Rick and Morty Visit a

first_imgHoly shit. pic.twitter.com/vNEIfHTmNU— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 30, 2017Yes, a McDonald’s chef (what? They have those.) got the company to make a special batch of the Mulan Szechuan sauce, and sent Roiland a gallon of it. And it sounds like they’re planning a giveaway of the stuff to Rick and Morty fans. So it appears a few more people will get to experience what Rick has been obsessing over since 1998. Mmm. I can taste the high-fructose corn syrup already.So now that the sauce once again exists in our universe, the Smith/Sanchez family can get back to dealing with the parents’ impending divorce. How are they taking it? Not well. Jerry, rather than do anything to fight for his family, is putting all his faith into his wife’s lawyer. For now, he’s just accepting the every-other-weekend thing. Beth’s abandonment issues are worse than ever now that her father has broken up her marriage, and the kids are doing everything they can to avoid dealing with it. And this is one of the funniest shows on TV.To avoid dealing with their emotions, Morty and Summer follow Rick through a portal to a post-apocalyptic Mad Max parody world. Rick is on the hunt for a powerful element called Isotope-22. Exactly what he intends to use it for, we don’t know, but it serves its purpose as a MacGuffin that keeps the family in the wasteland. The episode does a surprisingly good job of portraying a family dealing with divorce. It’s an emotionally fraught subject, and Rick and Morty approaches it with nuance and sensitivity in addition to the malfunctioning robots and post-apocalyptic violence. It’s part of what makes the show so great. Its silliness, gross-out humor and high-concept sci-fi stories all serve an emotional core.(Via Adult Swim)As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that both Summer and Morty are using the wasteland to deal with their feelings about their parents’ divorce. Summer is more overtly acting out, taking every opportunity to kill and maim in the wasteland. When she’s offered a chance to join the tribe of murderers, she happily accepts. It’s clear to Morty that she’s trying to hide from her problems at home, but it doesn’t occur to him that he’s doing the same thing. By pretending everything’s normal, he’s unhealthily suppressing his emotions. It’s not until Rick, to steal a bigger rock of Isotope-22, enters Morty in the Blood Dome (along with muscle memory stolen from a dead warrior’s arm) that his rage can come out. We learn that he’s angry at his father for giving up so easily, and he uses the Blood Dome to take out his feelings on any challengers.Even Rick isn’t handling the divorce well, despite causing it. He admits as much in this episode, which was already full of great character-building. Even though he constantly lets his grandkids know they’re replaceable, he goes out of his way to bring them back. He says it’s because building convincing robots would take too much work, but it’s clear he does care about them at least a little. (He does try to build those robots, though. Twice. Both times, they begin to gain sentience and are murdered. It’s hilarious both times.) He even helps Morty deal with his anger (by helping him drown a man in his bathtub), and cures Summer’s nihilism by turning the apocalyptic wasteland into a boring suburb. In the end, Morty accepts that he has to live his life even if his dad is too spineless to fight to be a part of it. Summer accepts the situation enough to give her dad a housewarming gift. (It’s a skull.)(Via Adult Swim)While it wasn’t quite as insane as April’s premiere, this episode was Rick and Morty at its best. I loved the use of the wasteland to explore how kids deal with divorce. Each character (even Jerry) saw some amount of growth, which is rare for an animated comedy. This show’s use of insane science fiction, dirty jokes and hilarious violence to explore real character drama continues to be astounding. Rick and Morty is back on TV, and it’s the best it’s ever been. Absolutely worth the two-year wait.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The third season of Rick and Morty premiered on April 1 this year, and creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland made us wait nearly four months for the second episode. Finally, after months of waiting and McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce jokes, season three began in earnest last night. Despite all the fuss about the sauce being Rick’s series arc, there was no mention of it at all last night. Whether Rick’s quest for the Mulan Szechuan sauce will come back at all this season is yet to be seen. We do know that Roiland’s quest is over, though. Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Colins Super Bowl LII game preview and pick Video

first_imgAfter two weeks of hype, the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, and today in The Herd Colin broke down the matchup and made his game pick.The Patriots come in as 4.5 point favorites and, not surprisingly, Colin gives the edge to New England because of their clear cut advantages at coach, quarterback, and experience dealing with the emotion and hype surrounding the game.The Eagles are on an emotional high of their blowout win against Minnesota, but since 2000, teams that have won the NFC Championship Game by 20 or more points are 0-5 in the Super Bowl. Philly is also missing starting quarterback Carson Wentz, starting tackle Jason Peters, and starting linebacker Jordan Hicks. Also, Belichick and Brady versus Foles and Pederson. Say it out loud.Colin thinks New England will grab an early lead which will make Nick Foles less effective playing from behind. It should be close in the first half, but look for Brady and Belichick to take control late. Advertisement Patriots win and cover the 4.5. 31-21.“31-21. New England beats Philadelphia soundly on Sunday.” — @ColinCowherd makes his #SBLII pick pic.twitter.com/P9LgPPMl6a— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 2, 2018last_img read more

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Can a robot teach kids coding This one can

first_imgTwo little robots called Dash and Dot, from toymaker Wonder Workshop, are designed to teach kids the fundamentals of coding, through play.Unlike most educational toys, where whimsy tends to be rammed in as an afterthought, Dash and Dot actually feel fun, even to someone who’s not so much of a kid anymore.Wonder created an accompanying app meant to entice children to learn how Dash and Dot were created: Behind the cartoon cutscenes is a challenge-based game designed to show kids how programming works.Each level shows a bit more about the concepts of programming. You can make Dash or Dot say something, or make Dash say something to Dot after it has wandered around the room looking for Dot.Dash and Dot are meant for young children, so Gupta says for now at least, the actual code behind what kids are doing in the app won’t be available for them to check out.Gupta says he wants to get kids thinking at an early age about how things in the digital age actually work.Although I’m not the target demographic, I liked building little programs to make Dash and Dot terrorize my coworkers, or annoy my roommates.While I’m not entirely convinced that a five-year-old would be able to appreciate the coding aspect of Dash and Dot yet, Gupta said it’s a toy that’s meant to grow with kids.Wonder has released a bunch of add-ons for the robots, like connectors that let kids build programmable LEGO structures on top of Dash.Gupta showed me how to use Dash to fire little projectiles at someone, which will be a surefire hit with kids looking to terrorize their siblings or parents.Dash costs $150 on his own, which seems to be the going rate for robot toys.Bundled with the much smaller Dot, the pair cost $200 together. Source – QZlast_img read more

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Medical Mobility Scooters Market to Exhibit Impressive Growth by 2023

first_imgRelated Report:MEDICAL IMPLANTS MARKET By Type (Orthopedic Implants, Cardiac Implants, Stents, Spinal Implants, Neurostimulators, Dental Implants, Breast Implants, Facial Implants) And By Materials (Metallic, Ceramic, Polymers, Natural) – Global Opportunity Analysis And Industry Forecast, 2014 – 2022Medical implants are permanent devices such as pacemakers or temporary devices such as fracture plates which are removed once their function is completed. These implants are made up of bone, tissue, skin, ceramics, metals, plastics, and other natural materials. The world medical implants market is estimated to reach $116,300 million by 2022……..Read More https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/medical-implants-marketAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research25933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com The Medical Mobility Scooters Market report offers the global market potential rates of the Medical Mobility Scooters market along with various product segments.A Mobility Scooter is a mobility aid equivalent to a wheelchair but configured like a motorscooter. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Medical Mobility Scooters Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).In this report, the global Medical Mobility Scooters market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3198854?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikThe report firstly introduced the Medical Mobility Scooters basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:AcemeSolaxSdomaGolden TechnologiesPrideHoveroundVan Os MedicalElectric MobilityQuingo……The end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-4-wheeler5-wheelerGet Discount Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3198854?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Medical Mobility Scooters for each application, including-HospitalClinicNursing Institution MEDICAL MOBILITY SCOOTERSlast_img read more

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