Guardado, Reyes make El Tri’s 23-man World Cup squad

first_imgMexico Guardado, Reyes make Mexico’s 23-man World Cup squad Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 14:34 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Guardado Mexico 2018 Lachlan Cunningham Mexico World Cup The injured stars were named to El Tri’s final roster as they race to get back to 100 per cent ahead of the opening match against Germany Andres Guardado and Deigo Reyes were named to Mexico’s 23-man roster for the World Cup, the Mexican federation announced shortly after midnight local time Monday.The stars, along with center-back Hector Moreno, missed out on Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win against Scotland with injuries and are continuing to recover. Guardado underwent a procedure shortly after the end of the season with Real Betis to repair a nerve issue in his leg while Reyes is nursing a hamstring problem. Moreno has a calf knock but is expected to be fit for Saturday’s friendly against Denmark and the World Cup after.The friendly in Copenhagen has taken on large importance with three of Mexico’s most frequent starters in the Osorio era trying to get fully fit ahead of the team’s World Cup opener June 17 against Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Against Denmark, we’re going to train this week like we always, we’ll look at the opponent. We know they had a very important game Saturday. We’ll analyze that and make the best decisions,” Osorio said in a news conference after Saturday’s match. “It’s certainly a game where we’ll need to see Diego, Hector and Andres. The rest, we’ll see.”Erick Gutierrez, who fills the same role as Guardado, flew with the team to Denmark but is not registered on the roster and is in reserve if Guardado or Reyes need to be replaced.The team has 12 players that play for European clubs, the most in history for Mexico, and three more based in MLS. There also is a record number of World Cup returnees with 16 players boasting experience at a previous tournament.Mexico announced its 23-man squad Saturday, cutting Oswaldo Alanis, Jurgen Damm and Jesus Molina. Center-back Nestor Araujo was named to Osorio’s provisional roster but did not join camp because of the effects of a knee injury that ruled him out of this summer’s tournament. Full roster:Goalkeepers: 1- Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) 12- Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), 13- Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege)Defenders: 2- Hugo Ayala (Tigres), 3- Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), 5- Diego Reyes (Porto), 7- Miguel Layun (Sevilla), 15- Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), 21- Edson Alvarz (America), 23-Jesus Gallardo (Monterrrey)Midfielders: 4- Rafael Marquez (Atlas), 6- Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) 8- Marco Fabian- (Eintracht Frankfurt), 10- Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), 16- Hector Herrera (Porto), 18- Andres Guardado (Real Betis)Forwards: 9- Raul Jimenez (Benfica), 11- Carlos Vela (LAFC), 14- Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), 17- Jesus Corona (Porto) 19- Oribe Peralta- (America), 20- Javier Aquino (Tigres), 22- Hirving Lozano (PSV)last_img read more

The ACC Network Will Air A Documentary On Clemson’s 2018 Football Team Titled “Greatest Ever”

first_img The 2018 Clemson football team became the first in major college football history to amass a 15-0 record following decisive victories over Notre Dame (30-3) and Alabama (44-16) in the College Football Playoff, giving the Tigers their second national title in three seasons. The 30-minute special, Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers, follows Clemson’s journey through the College Football Playoff Semifinal and Championship games with never before seen footage and interviews with the Clemson coaching staff.There’s no doubt that Clemson’s 2018 run is one of the best in college football history. But there are fans of plenty of other programs who would dispute that the Tigers were actually the greatest team in history.Clemson and Alabama will open the season as essentially co-favorites to win the championship again this year. We could be in store for a fifth year in a row of the two teams meeting in the College Football Playoff. dabo swinney at the national title game vs. alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his teams 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide with the trophy in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers took down SEC juggernaut Alabama in the national title game this past January, capping off the first 15-0 campaign in college football history. As such, many have wondered whether it’s appropriate to call the Tigers the “greatest” team in the sport’s history. The ACC Network will air a documentary on the topic this fall.Wednesday, ESPN released a lineup of its original programming slated for the brand-new ACC Network this fall. One of the more interesting specials will be on Clemson.The documentary will be 30 minutes and it’s titled “Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers.”Here’s what ESPN had to say about it:last_img read more

The 5 Best Spring Bags for Your Everyday Carry

first_img The Best Messenger Bags for Men to Lug Around Your Stuff in Style You’ve got your plane ticket all set. The itinerary’s locked in. What’s next? Packing your bag with crisp menswear travel essentials, of course. And it starts with none other than a super sturdy, dependable bag — the same is equally true whether you’re heading to the office then hopping on a flight, or just packing up and going. The best bags (that is, pieces that are stylish, functional and durable) can even pull double-duty when you’ve got extra gear to bring as you navigate everyday life — the office, happy hour and back home, repeat. None of the below are terribly cheap, but all of these picks are tough, sturdy, ready for anything .. oh, and they look great. Book your next flight, grab one of our 5 best spring bags, and hit road. There’ll be nobody reaching for your duffel at baggage claim — they’re one-of-a-kind.Owen & Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender in Charcoal  ($275)Owen & Fred excels at making pieces that add a dash of unique, rugged style to everyday life — be it a sturdy brass bottle opener, a simple tote bag or this beastly waxed weekender bag (a new addition to the American-made brand’s roster). Finished off with 7 oz. harness leather straps and crafted from 10.10 oz. Martexin Original Waxed canvas, it’s a positively stunning weekender that’ll age extraordinarily over time.Troubadour Fabric & Leather Weekender ($850)Troubadour is working to find its foothold in the leather goods market, and with pieces like these, they’re knocking it out of the park. A blend of black nylon and natural, vegetable-tanned Italian leather creates a sleek, on-trend mixed-media look that’s cool enough to fit in as you navigate the city, and sleek enough to stow away sharply in overhead compartment. The bespoke hardware and rivet-reinforced straps add durability to key pressure points — worth every penny extra.Related: Travel to One of the World’s “Greenest Hotels” this SpringHerschel Day-to-Night Packable Day Pack ($49.99)If much quicker jaunts or day trips are in order and something to carry the smaller parts of your daily haul is needed, snag a day pack that can do a bit of everything. The price is more than agreeable, the glow-in-the-dark reflectivity works quite well for nightly commutes or bike rides, and details like an internal self-storage pocket and comfortable adjustable webbing straps make it easy to toss this bag on and go.United By Blue Mt. Drew Duffle ($228)If you want the durability and space of a weekender bag without the price point of some of the other options on this list, United By Blue has you set. The brand crafts its bags sustainably and also removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways when you purchase it — that’s enough of a story on its own, even if this piece wasn’t finished off with antique brass hardware and waxed canvas set to break in as you use it.Shinola E/W Messenger ($795)Again, if a tough daily commute is in order, it pays to reach for a handsome leather messenger direct from the same brand who likely makes that sharp timepiece on your wrist. Shinola doesn’t skimp on quality or space, with stainless steel hardware and enough room to store a 15” laptop. Interior zipper and card pockets provide extra storage space, and the rich Deep Brown color provides stunning looks (and likely lots of compliments). 5 Best Weekender Bags for Men to Take on Their Next Getaway Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men last_img read more

Newly Renovated Sydney Access Nova Scotia Centre Officially Opens

first_imgThe newly renovated Sydney Access Nova Scotia Centre officially opened today, Oct. 3. The centre now offers land registration services. “I am confident that we will meet the needs of our customers by offering Access Centre and land registration services under one roof,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “By continuing to provide quality and convenient service to our clients in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and to clients in all Access Nova Scotia Centres, we are making life better for families across the province.” Combining the Access Centre and land the registration office makes the facility the largest fully co-located centre in the province. Since late June, the centre has been offering information and services to people and businesses, including driver licensing, motor vehicle registration, business licensing and registration, debtor assistance, consumer protection, residential tenancies and land registration.last_img read more

A timeline of Aeroplans history

first_imgTORONTO – Aimia Inc. has been looking to diversify its Aeroplan loyalty program ever since Air Canada announced plans to set up an in-house loyalty program. But the airline recently changed tactics and offered to buy Aeroplan with partners. They haven’t been able to reach a deal on price and Aimia is in talks with other partners. Here’s a look at Aeroplan’s history.——1984: Air Canada creates the frequent flyers loyalty program Aeroplan1991: The CIBC Aerogold Visa card is launched2000: Rupert Duchesne becomes CEO of Aeroplan2002: Aeroplan operates as a subsidiary of Air Canada2004: Aeroplan adds non-flight rewards2005: Air Canada spins off Aeroplan and completes a public offering as an income trust2006: Aeroplan launches program allowing members to donate miles to charities2007: Aeroplan launches carbon offset program, allowing members to use miles to offset their carbon footprint2007: Aeroplan says miles will expire after seven years effective in January 20142008: Air Canada sells its remaining stake in Aeroplan, which becomes a corporation operating as Groupe Aeroplan2011: Groupe Aeroplan changes name to Aimia Inc., as its strategy shifts to include loyalty programs operating outside of Canada2013: TD Bank becomes Aeroplan’s main financial partner after assuming about half of CIBC’s Visa Aeroplan card customers2013: Aeroplan backtracks and cancels seven-year mileage redemption policy after angry customers launch class-action lawsuitMay 11, 2017: Duchesne leaves the company after four-month medical leave of absenceMay 11, 2017: Air Canada announces that it will not renew its Aeroplan partnership in 2020 as it starts its own rewards program. Aimia shares plunge 63 per cent on the dayApril 2018: Aimia announces the resignation of CEO David JohnstonMay 2018: Jeremy Rabe appointed president and CEOJuly 19, 2018: Aimia announces plans to relaunch the Aeroplan program with charter flights and use of miles for any seats on any airlineJuly 25, 2018: Air Canada, CIBC, TD Bank and Visa Canada offer to acquire Aeroplan for $2.25 billion, including $250 million cashJuly 27, 2018: Air Canada says it would restart talks with credit card partners to create its own loyalty program if Aimia fails to accept its offer within six daysAug. 2, 2018: Aimia confirms talks with Oneworld airline alliance; talks with Air Canada fail despite higher $325 million offerAug. 3, 2018: Aimia announces deal with Porter Airlines to become an Aeroplan preferred Canadian airline as of July 2020last_img read more

Conservative MP urges feds to respond to nonstate torture in Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian government has to answer the findings of two nurses who told a United Nations committee this week that women and girls in Canada are facing abuse so extreme it amounts to torture, Conservative MP Arnold Viersen says.Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson, nurses and human-rights advocates from Nova Scotia, appeared before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva earlier this week in hopes of pressuring Canada to amend the Criminal Code to include “non-state torture” as a distinct crime.“What they’re seeing demands a response from the government,” said Viersen.MacDonald said she read the committee an account from a woman who reported having been trafficked by her parents to friends and strangers from the time she was a child.“On the boat he would get the shock things out (electric shocking), throw you down … hits you, make all kinds of bruises with tools like whips, chains, knives, and guns (physical torture). He blindfolds you so you don’t know what he’s doing (psychological torture). He sticks a broken bottle in your ribs and sucks the blood. He says ‘smile’,” the woman’s story said.The abuse they’re talking about is protracted and often perpetrated by victims’ relatives, friends of family members, human traffickers, and johns who want very violent sex. MacDonald said that because non-state torture is not identified as a separate crime, there is no data to show how widespread the problem is.Some cases have been heard in court: an Ottawa public servant who died after her husband poured boiling water over her after months of physical and emotional abuse; a teenage boy shackled and starved in a basement by his father; a woman trafficked for the sex trade in Winnipeg, locked in a freezer repeatedly until she passed out.Felice Gaer, an independent expert member of the UN committee and an American human-rights activist, told Canadian officials appearing in Geneva that the committee had heard “rather gripping information” from MacDonald and Sarson about the forms of abuse that children have endured and questioned whether anyone is responsible for collecting formal data.Viersen, an Alberta MP, said he supports the nurses’ work and that what they have witnessed among victims is the result of a “lack of value in humanity.”The federal government’s position is that expanding the Criminal Code to include “non-state torture” would conflict with Canada’s obligations under international laws that specify that torture is a crime carried out by a government.Viersen said the argument has merit, but he’s not convinced that MacDonald and Sarson are dogmatic about exactly how the law changes.“As long as we can get the idea of what they’re trying to grapple with — that there is something that goes beyond assault that is torture,” he said.Viersen has been pushing for legislation to control violent pornography and advocates say the issues are related: perpetrators of extreme long-term abuse are often consumers of violent porn.Viersen said if the government is opposed to expanding the Criminal Code to include “non-state torture,” it should consider an alternative word that would capture what women say they experience.“I like the word ‘torture’ in the fact that it elicits a response — we all know what that means. Every time you get the lawyers involved they’ll tell you that a particular word that you think means one thing actually means something else,” he said. “But I applaud these ladies and I would like to see the government have a response to them.”Celia Canon, a spokeswoman for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said her office had nothing to say following the nurses’ testimony.Earlier this week Canon said creating the offence of private torture could “seriously weaken” Canada’s contribution to the international effort to prevent torture under the Convention against Torture, because it could confuse the existing definition of torture as an act carried out by someone working for a government.She also said the Criminal Code already contains numerous crimes of assault, including sexual assault.“In other words, the Criminal Code already contains crimes that capture the kind of conduct associated with private torture, most notably the crimes of aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault, while existing sentencing provisions already provide a range of aggravating factors that could apply in a case of private torture,” Canon said.Janice Dickson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Arms probe in Iraq continues as UN inspectors visit munitions depots and

According to a spokesman for the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Baghdad, a biological team inspected the Al Rabia Centre for Agricultural Research, which conducts research on seeds, plants and plant by-products for specific agricultural or industrial applications.Another UNMOVIC biological team, meanwhile, together with a member of the multidisciplinary team, inspected the Technical Military Depot for the Air Force at Al Taji, according to Hiro Ueki.An UNMOVIC missile team visited the Al Mutaseem site to tag Al Fatah missiles in support of the team’s effort to account for all Al Fatah missiles. Another team inspected the Inskandariya Explosives Research and Development facility, which is now split into the Al Kudus Company and the Al Numan Company. A third team went to the Zaafaraniya Rocket Motor Test Stand to verify that the site remains ineffective.Mr. Ueki added that an UNMOVIC chemical team inspected a munitions depot outside Baghdad.Meanwhile, the IAEA inspected four sites: the Tho Al Fukar Mechanical Plant, a mechanical manufacturing engineering plant; the Sumood Factory and the Nassr State Establishment, both of which operate foundries; and the Qa Qaa Stores, which is used to store high explosives.In other news, the UN office overseeing the humanitarian oil-for-food programme said that Iraqi exports for the week ending 10 January totalled 6.7 million barrels, with the total value of exports for the week estimated at $174 million at current prices and exchange rates. The average price of Iraqi crude for the reporting period was $26.70 a barrel. read more

HandinHand supports Table Tennis Association athlete for 2018 Championships

In a simple presentation at the company’s Head Office, Ms Shafeena Juman, Marketing Coordinator proudly hands over sponsorship cheque to Ms Thuraia Thomas.Once again, The Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd showed why they are the leading insurance company that supports the talent of our young sportsmen and women.On Tuesday last, the company continued their support to the Guyana Table Tennis Association by sponsoring Guyana’s 2018 National Girls 13 and 15 years Champion, Ms Thuraia Thomas.Ms Thomas will be participating and representing Guyana at the Caribbean Pre Cadet Table Tennis Championships scheduled for the 24-1 September, 2018 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.The Caribbean Cadet and Junior Championships engage girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 13 years and under players in the Caribbean region and forms as the basis for regional table tennis supremacy.It is the incubator for the development of young emerging table tennis talents and a platform from which all regional table tennis stars commence their journey.Ms Thomas is also the winner of the US Open and Caribbean titles and is trained under the tutelage of Coach Dwain Dick, Colin France and Linden Johnson.In a simple presentation at the company’s Head Office, Ms Shafeena Juman, Hand-in-Hand’s Marketing Coordinator expressed delight in once again being able to support the bright and talented athlete and assures that the company will always continue to support the development of sports, especially in the future generations.She also wished Ms Thomas success at the event.Thomas also thanked the company for their longstanding support and promised to bring home the prize. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHand-in-Hand Insurance sponsors GTTA’s Thuria ThomasApril 15, 2019In “latest news”GTTA looking to cash in on 2014 promisesJanuary 12, 2014In “Sports”GTTA to host Cadet/Junior Championships  January 17, 2015In “Sports” read more

Do you have the oldest mine plan in Great Britain

first_imgAs part of ongoing work to create a national Mining Plans Portal, the British Geological Survey (BGS) is asking: do you have the oldest mine plan in Great Britain? Mining has occurred in Great Britain for around 5,000 years. However, despite this, the earliest detailed maps (mine plans) are only as recent as the 18th century. One of the earliest mine plans on record is from the Esgair-Hir lead/silver mine in Cardiganshire, dated 1704.Richard Shaw, BGS Geologist said, “It is only since 1872 that mine owners have been obliged to deposit plans of abandoned workings with the Mining Records Office. There are more mine plans in existence than have ever been officially deposited and the BGS is actively seeking information on mine plans for minerals other than coal, such as lead and zinc, which may exist in these private collections. The BGS is particularly keen to discover mine plans that are older than those held in official collections.”The voids caused by underground mining activity may pose a potential hazard, to both life and assets and the risk of ground movement can reduce property values. Further, mineral workings and associated spoil can frequently cause a pollution hazard. Mining records can also provide important cultural information on the distribution and past extraction of mineral resources and are a key source of information for geological surveying and scientific research.A variety of official collections, catalogues and indexes of non-coal mine plans exist in public hands but these, individually, cover only part of the total holdings thought to be in excess of 40,000 documents. The majority of coal plans are held by the Coal Authority.In 2002 the Mining Information Group was formed; the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The National Archives, The Coal Authority, the BGS, the Mineral Valuer, and the Camborne School of Mines agreed to create a national database of non-coal mine plans and sections. This led to the creation of the Mining Plans Portal ( Mining Plans Portal provides information on mines via both a searchable online map and database. The portal is regularly updated and mine plans are actively sought. Mine plans exist whose location has not been identified; information on the location of these plans is also welcomed.Neville Hill of the HSE Mines Inspectorate, Mining operations Policy said: “HSE endorses continued work by the Mining Information Group to update and increase information and knowledge about our mining legacy. We remain committed to supporting development of the Mining Plans Portal, having the best possible information assists the safety of all possible future mine workings and other developments”.last_img read more

Grupo Mexico lowest cost copper producer in the world

first_imgMinerAndina reports that Southern Copper Corp (SCC), a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, and operator of Minera Mexico and Southern Peru Copper, has among its approved plans to start up the Tia Maria copper project in Peru (Arequipa) for the second quarter of 2020, at a production of 120,000 t/y and an investment of $1,480 million, according to Raul Jacobs, the company’s Financial Manager, during his presentation to the CRU’s 16th World Copper Conference.The additional production from Tia Maria will allow Grupo Mexico to achieve its goal to reach a total copper production of 1.2 Mt for 2021, alongside the other projects such as the Toquepala expansion (100,000 t/y refined metal) in the south of Peru and El Pilar and Pilares projects (Mexico).Other projects in portfolio are 1) Los Chancas (concentration and SX/EW in southern Peru) which will produce 134,000 t of copper and 7,600 t of molybdenum with a projected investment of $2,800 million; 2) Cuajone’s expansion (Peru) with an estimated investment of $500 million and 3) the expansion of Ilo Smelter and Refinery.In 2016, the company had a copper production record of 900,000 t, a 21% increase. This was mainly due to the expansion of its Mexican mine Buenavista, which produced 447,000 t of copper, a 150% increase as compared to the 150,000 t produced in 2012.Jacobs presented the achievements of SCC, the copper company with the largest reserves (71.4 Mt and 63 years of production) and lowest costs in the world copper industry ($0.95/lb, cash cost), which projects for 2017 to lower it to $0.85/lb.“This year, with US$2.5/lb in copper price, we expect to produce 900,000 t; sales of around $6 billion and $2.5 billion of EBITDA equivalent of around 47% EBITDA / Sales. Last year, it was 42% and this will improve as the year goes on”, said adding that alongside Antofagasta Minerals and Rio Tinto.Grupo Mexico has two open-pit mines in Mexico: Buenavista and La Caridad, which deliver their production to its Metallurgical Complex in La Caridad, where all ore is processed to produce refined copper, precious metals, sulfuric acid and rot, which are then sold in the industrial complexes in Mexico and the USA.The company also has five zinc-silver mines in Mexico, with production processed in the zinc-silver metallurgical complex in San Luis Potosí, which production is around 100,000 t of refined zinc per year.In Peru, SCC has two open-pit mines: Cuajone and Toquepala, which send 100% of their production to the Ilo Metallurgical Complex.last_img read more

Leaked Nexus 4 with Android 43 reveals new features coming

first_imgIt looks like Samsung isn’t the only one with slippery fingers when it comes to the next version of Android. A new Nexus 4 build have been leaked that contains features not seen yet.The Android 4.3 build for the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 gave us plenty to think about for the next version of Android. Instead of a new UI, feature overhaul, or mind blowing performance increases, Android 4.3 looks like an attempt to refine and polish the Android we already know and love. An improved WiFi and Bluetooth stack, with minor feature improvements to make the overall experience better, is a great example. The goal is to make the OS work harder for the developers, so new experiences can be delivered from other places. With this new leak, it looks like we’ll also see improvements to the multi-user system and at least one new app included with the Nexus line.As much as one leak can confirm another, the matching build numbers between the Galaxy S4 GPe and the Nexus 4 leaks seem to heavily suggest that we’re looking at legitimate builds of the next version of Android. The same basic changes exist in this Nexus 4 build, including the WiFi scanning when the radio is technically off and Bluetooth 4.0 LE profiles. New in this Nexus 4 leak is the inclusion of Google Keep, the digital Post-it note app that was released earlier this year. Keep will likely be preloaded on all Nexus devices moving forward, syncing to Google Drive as you login for the first time.The Google Play Store for this version is slightly different as well, according to Android Police. On devices with multiple accounts, it looks like there will be a master user who will have control over the additional users on a given device. This new feature allows the master user to control the Play Store access of the limited access users, possibly by limiting by rating or just denying access altogether. Either way, it’s clear Google plans to continue enhancing the multi-user experience on Android with this next version.last_img read more

Sipo finds against two councillors over contraventions of the Ethics in Public

first_img Image: Sipo Share80 Tweet Email3 23 Comments Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 12:30 PM 12,161 Views Mar 26th 2019, 12:30 PM Short URL THE STANDARDS IN Public Office Commission (Sipo) has found against two county councillors over alleged contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995. Sipo today published two separate reports following investigation hearings into the conduct of Sligo County Councillor Joe Queenan and Donegal County Councillor John O’Donnell.The investigations were conducted on 10 September 2018 and 11 September 2018, respectively.The Commission has found against Councillor Queenan in respect of three of the four alleged contraventions.The Commission has also found against Councillor O’Donnell in respect of all three of the alleged contraventions.Councillor O’DonnellThe report said that the Commission is satisfied, on the evidence before it, that Councillor O’Donnell contravened section 168 of the Local Government Act by failing to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest by meeting with a representative of a fictitious UK investment company interested in developing wind farms in Co Donegal, in respect of which the company was looking for information and assistance in dealing with issues such as planning permission and local opposition.It said O’Donnell offered to provide assistance in return for financial reward.The Commission is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the contravention was committed intentionally and that it was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter.Sipo is also satisfied that O’Donnell contravened section 170 of the Local Government Act by seeking assurances of payment and indicating a willingness to provide assistance to the company as a member of the local authority in return for payment.Thirdly, the Commission is satisfied that O’Donnell contravened section 169(3) of the Local Government Act by failing to have regard to and be guided by the Code of Conduct for councillors by indicating a willingness to provide assistance with local landowners and with the planning application in the local authority on behalf of the company in return for financial reward.The report said: center_img Image: Sipo Sipo finds against two councillors over contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act Sipo today published two separate reports following investigation hearings. By Hayley Halpin The Commission finds that Councillor O’Donnell did not act in good faith when he intentionally engaged in conduct in contravention of various provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors.Councillor Queenen In relation to Councillor Queenen, the Commission said it is satisfied that he contravened the provisions of Section 168 of the Local Government Act, 2001 by failing to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.It said this was done by Queenen meeting with a representative of a fictitious UK investment company interested in developing wind farms in Co Sligo, in respect of which the company was looking for information and assistance in dealing with issues such as planning permission and local opposition.The report said Queenen offered to provide assistance in return for financial reward.Sipo said it is not satisfied that Queenen contravened Section 170 of the Local Government Act by seeking assurances of payment and indicating a willingness to provide assistance to the company as a member of the local authority in return for payment.It said: The Commission is also of the opinion that there is no evidence to demonstrate that the complaint made was frivolous or vexatious or that there were no reasonable grounds for it.Thirdly, Sipo said it is satisfied that Queenen contravened section 169(3) of the Local Government Act by failing to have regard to and be guided by the Code of Conduct for Councillors by indicating a willingness to provide assistance with local landowners and with the planning application in the local authority on behalf of the company in return for financial reward.Finally, the Commission said it is satisfied that Queenen contravened section 171 of the Local Government Act by failing in the Annual Declaration form prepared and furnished by him to the Ethics Registrar of Sligo County Council for the year 2014 to set out full particulars of him declarable interests within the meaning of Section 175 of the Local Government Act 2001.Sipo has furnished copies of its reports to both councillors, the Cathaoirleach and Chief Executive of each council and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.The investigation reports, together with full details of Sipo’s findings and determinations can be found here.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

TV Wrap The Sunday Game returns with a new approach and an

first_img Share16 Tweet Email 44,893 Views The general tenor surrounding the lumpen game at the moment was reflected in a report on Louth/Wexford, which seemed to share a narrator with one of Ken Burns’ ten-hour war epics. Elsewhere, the elevated touch screen disappeared as the show wore on – presumably for losing its war with The Brolly Slouch – and a dip in the archives pulled out Tyrone’s 2003 All-Ireland win and Pat Spillane’s lashing it as “puke football.”This dig through the vaults will be a recurring theme this year, given the show is now in its 40th year. There was a great amount of moaning after the broadcast, with social media feeds filled with objections to either the amount of time given to their county; the incidents that were analysed when their county was given time; or to the amount of time given to games that had been live on the same channel hours earlier. To read all of this is to know why the show is still around. It is a mass, communal vehicle of complaint that has been bringing disparate souls together for 40 years. Had it left everyone satisfied, it would have been off-air years ago. So while the pundits and their analysis and their gadgets will change, the necessity of leaving something out will not.And it is for that reason that The Sunday Game will persist, its imperfect and exasperating genius intact. – Originally published at 13.30Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: TV Wrap: The Sunday Game returns with a new approach and an age-old trait For all of its new gadgets and approach, the show still left lots of people annoyed. 48 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 13th 2019, 1:29 PM Monday 13 May 2019, 5:00 PM Subscribe By Gavin Cooney CÚ CHULAINN WAS, among other things, one of the first great men of advertising.‘This thing they call ‘hurling’…ram it down their throats!’ Dónal Óg Cusack and Henry Shefflin, with added tech.Hence we spent 2018 listening to how truly magnificent this sport is, while football’s heart hung ever-more humble; forced to retreat ever deeper into its lonely tower, given nothing but time to consider its hideous appearance.This was, you’ll remember, the year which rounded off an astonishing championship with a documentary proclaiming hurling as a “game for the Gods.”So will 2019 be any different? Can this be football’s year? Will hurling be displaced from the nation’s affections by this rudimentary, democratic art?TV Wrap tuned into The Sunday Game to find out.Des Cahill appeared at the top of the show, promising heroic and surprising football deeds from all four provinces…”but we’ll start with hurling.”Wuh-wuh-wuhhhhhhhhhhh.It is a measure of hurling’s blithe, outrageous self-assurance that Henry Shefflin appeared wearing an aqua jumper and a mad shirt decorated with birds, one of which might have been a (round?) Robin. [You’re fired – Ed.] Henry with shirt.“Part of the Summer; part of what we love every year!”, roared Ger Canning on commentary of Waterford/Clare in deference to this new structure.Hurling analysis is often derided for its reverence, often consisting of dazzled and satisfied men whispering odes loyal to the Codyism that “the game takes on a life of its own.”That’s not necessarily something this column is bothered by, given it once led to Anthony Daly delivering a profound truth.Sure look, hurling. A thousand mad things and then someone comes out on top.Last night’s Sunday Game, however, began demystifying the whole hazy art.Henry and Dónal Óg Cusack sat in front of an elevated touch screen, armed with a blizzard of statistics and numbers and proven trends, all the while pausing and un-pausing key moments with expertise. Explaining the drop-off in Dublin’s second-half performance against Kilkenny, for example, Dónal Óg told us that the Dubs averaged 5.71 scores per 10 possessions in the first-half, and this then dropped to a measly 2.96 in the second-half.You couldn’t but be impressed.The motivation for this evolution may have been on show during an ad-break, as Sky plugged their GAA coverage with Peter Canavan prodding an even bigger touchscreen,declaring that “the game has changed, so has the way we watch it.”It seems that RTÉ are competing with Sky’s clinical interrogations of games by introducing a bit of scientific rigour of their own.So whereas once much of RTÉ’s analysis was the meditating of men on a series of shared and understood truths, now it looks like they will have to show their workings.Nonetheless, the hurling weekend wasn’t free of a bit of madness, as Tomás O’Sé addressed later on in the show when it was time for football to limp into action.“We saw a Maor Foirne catching a sliotar, what chance have we got?”, said O’Sé, before giving thanks he had Limerick’s remarkable upset of Tipperary to talk about.That incident, said Dónal Óg, went against the spirit of the game.Football can surely only be jealous for such a defined spirit, as it remains in the midst of its existential crisis.We almost got through the first bit of football analysis without a mention of C**********p S********s, until Joe Brolly called for a three-tier championship to give teams a fighting chance and eliminate the kind of pragmatic but dreary football that blighted Clare’s low-scoring win over Waterford.’Two tiers is not enough’ – .@JoeBrolly1993 says the GAA needs to follow the example of .@LadiesFootball with a tiered system. #rtegaa #sundaygame— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) May 12, 2019last_img read more

Bungie Says it Betrayed Players With Destiny 2s Secret XP System

first_img As if the recent controversy surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront II wasn’t enough, there’s even more drama  surrounding another big game: Destiny 2.This week, players on Reddit discovered that Destiny 2 reduces the amount of XP earned if one levels up too quickly. After reaching level 20, players earn bright engrams whenever they fill their XP bar. Bright engrams are purchasable with real-world money — leading some to believe earning XP is slowed to encourage players to buy them. Developer Bungie fully acknowledged this XP scaling system and quickly disabled it. Now, the studio has issued a statement where it apologizes for betraying players’ trust.“With Destiny 2’s console and PC launches behind us, we want to take some time to talk with you about Destiny 2 – specifically where it’s at today, and where it’s going,” said Bungie on its website. “Our team has been reading feedback and working on updates to improve the game. We’ve also been reading some tough criticism about our lack of communication, and we agree we need to be more open.“Going forward, Destiny 2’s post-launch game systems, features, and updates are being designed specifically to focus on and support players who want Destiny to be their hobby – the game they return to, and a game where friendships are made. We want Destiny to be a game that fits into your life, providing you with reasons to log in and play with your friends, clans, and families. We want Destiny to be a world you want to be a part of.”Bungie ended the post by saying: “We know it’s frustrating when there isn’t enough of a dialog with the development team. You have our commitment that we’re going to do a better job going forward.”Hopefully, this update will bring lapsed players back into the fold. I personally dropped Destiny 2 once I hit a wall after reaching level 270. With XP scaling fixed, I’ll consider going back to see if I can hit 280 or 290 and try the raid. The Curse of Osiris expansion is just around the corner, so this XP fix certainly hits at an opportune time. Destiny 2: Warmind is More of the SameThe Current State of Destiny 2 Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Most Incredible Art Ever Made With MS Paint

first_imgStay on target New Zealand’s Giant Hand Sculpture Is the Stuff of Nightmares’Hidden’ Angel and Christ Found Beneath Leonardo da Vinci Painting Microsoft has discontinued Paint, the free art program that has come with every copy of Windows since 1985, is a tragedy. The humble graphics program was the first digital art program for thousands of people, and although it was primitive at best, skilled technicians could do wonderful things with it. But with the Fall Creator’s Update, Paint is no longer bundled with Windows.Yes, the app will still be available to download from the Windows Store – as this blog post makes clear – but part of the magic of Paint was that it came by default. You didn’t choose it – it chose you. And if you were willing to put in the work, it could accomplish miracles.As Paint gets put out to pasture, we wanted to celebrate the artists who made the most out of Microsoft’s software. From the early days, when it could only generate monochrome images, to the latest iteration that included primitive 3D modeling and other fun stuff, clever creators have been stretching Paint’s limitations to produce all kinds of crazy artwork. Here’s some of our favorite from MS Paint’s 32-year lifespan.AdChoices广告View as: One Page Slides1. Hal LaskoHal Lasko spent most of his life as a traditional painter, but when his eyesight degenerated too much to accurately place his brush he switched to the digital medium at the age of 90! He quickly became one of the most accomplished and inventive MS Paint artists in the world, depicting a variety of subjects in a visual style that takes cues from French impressionism. Hal died at the age of 98, so at least he didn’t have to say goodbye to Paint as well.2. SonofjayThe spray paint function in MS Paint was one of the program’s best tools, a way to add pixel texture to drawings that, if used correctly, could lead to incredible depth even with just a few colors. Redditor Sonofjay posted several incredibly impressive illustrations made with Paint in 2012, including this shot of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.3. Jim MurrayWorking under the Tumblr name “Jim’ll Paint It,” James Murray might be one of the most accomplished MS Paint artists in the world – and he takes requests. All you need to do is ask and a few times a month he kicks out a bizarre and quirky image, like this one featuring Fox McCloud, Miles “Tails” Prower and Grey Fox hunting down Theresa May while Queen’s Brian May and some badgers cheer.4. DiamonsterMaking delicate blended color in Microsoft Paint is a tricky proposition, but DeviantArt user Diamonster pulls it off with aplomb in this lovely Venetian cityscape. The artist documented their process with multiple shots, showing just how complex it is to do digital painting with software so primitive.5. KhanstantThe r/MSPaint subreddit is a place where Redditors go to show off their workplace doodles, and the top-scoring submission of all time by a guy named “Khanstant” perfectly sums up the Paint aesthetic. Because the program let you create canvases of massive size, it was easy to doodle on it like you would a piece of paper and create bizarre landscapes full of goony creatures.6. Lucas Gomes DeSouzaTruly great MS Paint artists lean in hard to the program’s limitations, using the small color palette and grubby brushes to add texture and character to their images. This evocative portrait of the Joker by Lucas Gomes DeSouza stretches Paint to its limit. We’d kill to see a whole story drawn this way.7. ToweringhorizonRedditor Toweringhorizon is one of the most popular posters on the MSPaint subreddit, and this recent piece is a great illustration why. So many things that are difficult to to in Paint – surface reflections, gradients, et cetera – are on display in this quirky and compelling image. He’s truly making the most out of the tools in the program.8. Dan JacksonMany artists got their start dabbling with MS Paint before moving on to more advanced programs. Florida animator Dan Jackson recently shared this fan art of Sam Keith’s cult classic Image comic The Maxx that he made in 1988, painstakingly laying down dots in Paint one mouse click at a time.9. KronomaticThis is slightly cheating because artist Kronomatic did use Photoshop for a little bit of the blur around the green displays (you can’t do that in Paint) but the sheer artistry and attention to detail in the rest of the image is out of control. Look at those fabric wrinkles! That’s some of the best MS Paint figure drawing we’ve ever seen.10. Pat HinesAuthor and illustrator Pat Hines had a devil of a time getting used to Adobe Photoshop, so to illustrate his novel Camp Redblood And The Essential Revenge he stuck with MS Paint, which he’d been using for ten years while slacking off at a hospital reception desk. Hines’s compositions are incredibly detailed and his perspective is off the chain.11. Pat HinesHines’ work is so remarkable – and so purely MS Paint – that we broke the rules and put in a second piece of his. This one depicts the frenzied combat between Mad Eye Moody and Voldemort during the Battle of the Seven Potters.12. CottoncritterThe fiddly nature of MS Paint makes it perfect for drawing fantastical landscapes with lots of organic detail. DeviantArt user Cottoncritter is well known for their richly textured vistas, executed in a minimalist color palette, and this image is one of my favorites.13. Shukei20Artist Shukei20 embraces the limitations of MS Paint by rendering beautiful portraits in grayscale. The gradients that he gets out of this primitive program are seriously amazing, especially when you consider how limited the tool is. This is one of his more impressive works.14. Bilgehan ErdoğanTurkish artist Bilgehan Erdoğan is an incredible talent, capable of rendering exceptionally detailed and accurate shading and reflection on the vehicles he creates in Microsoft Paint. He often documents the 20+ hours each image takes him with time-lapse YouTube videos.15. WizyakuzaI really love the soft tones of this portrait of cyborg ninja Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series. Because MS Paint doesn’t let you select colors with real granularity, the artist had to use careful crosshatching and interlacing to pull off the skin tone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

WWE attendance 626630 TV tapings live events

first_img Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Cesaro Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ring of Honor announces Pacific Northwest debut with two events this June Now Playing Up Next WWE attendance figures from June 26 to June 30, 2015.* 6/26 NXT live event in Cocoa Beach, Florida: 200 fans (sellout).* 6/27 live event in Boston, Massachusetts: 7,000 fans.* 6/28 live event in Roanoke, Virginia: 3,500 fans.* 6/29 RAW TV tapings in Washington, DC: 8,600 fans.* 6/30 Smackdown TV tapings in Hershey, Pennsylvania: 4,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 listcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook Google+ Twitter Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015last_img read more

Florida survivors lawmakers on collision course over guns

first_imgPARKLAND, Fla.  — Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack.The legislative action further energized the teens as they prepared to confront legislators who have quashed gun-control efforts for decades in a state where 1.3 million people have concealed carry permits.“They’re voting to have shootings continually happen. These people who voted down the bill haven’t experienced what we did. I want to say to them, ‘It could be you,’ ” Noah Kaufman, 16, said as he made the 400-mile trip to Tallahassee.Three buses carried 100 students who, in the aftermath of the attack that killed 17 people, want to revive the gun-control movement. As the grieving Florida students demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre.last_img read more

Del Mar father pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 21, 2019 Del Mar father pleads guilty in college admissions scandal KUSI Newsroom June 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDE MAR ( KUSI) – A Del Mar man has pleaded guilty for paying bribes to facilitate the admission of his children to the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit, federal officials said Friday.Toby Macfarlane, 56, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the U.S. Justice Department.U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for Nov. 13, 2019.According to court documents, Macfarlane agreed to pay Newport Beach businessman William Rick Singer, the admitted ringleader of the cheating scandal, $450,000 to participate in the college recruitment scheme for his children.According to the terms of the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $95,000, restitution and forfeiture.The charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.Dozens of parents and college athletic coaches were implicated in the nationwide bribery scandal, in which wealthy parents paid Singer thousands of dollars to have their children’s entrance-exam scores doctored. In other cases, students were falsely admitted to elite universities as athletic recruits, even though they never had any experience in the sports for which they were being recruited, prosecutors said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Teen fatally shot in Miami neighborhood

first_imgDiaz said Alvarez’s family had been rocked by another tragic loss last year. “The dad of the kid died of a heart attack this past July. I think it was the 17th,” she said, “and now the kid. It’s heartbreaking; it’s very hard.”Alvarez’s loved ones, too distraught to speak on camera, said the teen was very athletic and a loving person.“Very quiet, very nice, very friendly,” said Diaz. “It’s hard. It’s very hard.”Police took to Twitter to ask for the public’s help in finding the shooter. We need your help with information on the murder of 17-year-old Danny Alvarez who died as a result of a shooting that took place today, at SW 31 Ave & 4 St., shortly after 1 am. @MDCrimeStoppers— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) January 6, 2018As investigators work to determine the circumstances behind the shooting and continue to search for the gunman, neighbors are hoping the violence comes to an end. “I walk my dog every night, sometimes at 3 o’clock in the morning, sometimes at 12 o’clock, so I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Diaz. “I mean, a shooting, close to my house? I think it was at the corner.” MIAMI (WSVN) – A family is devastated and a community is reeling after, police said, a 17-year-old male was fatally gunned down in a residential neighborhood in Miami, early Saturday morning.According to City of Miami Police, the shooting took place in the area of Southwest Fourth Street and 31st Avenue, at around 1 a.m.“I woke up to the sound of what I thought were firecrackers,” said a neighbor who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera.That neighbor, a longtime resident, said she is in disbelief about the shooting. “I’ve been here about 18 years, and something like this is just overwhelming,” she said.Officials said the young victim was rushed to Coral Gables Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.“I’m in shock, couldn’t believe it,” said area resident Merlis Diaz, who knew the victim.The teen’s family identified him as Danny Alvarez. center_img “It gets to us, and then we’re afraid that something might happen to us,” said the neighbor who asked not to be identified.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more