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Board Resumes Hearing Complaint Against Michelin

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry will continue hearing testimony on Monday, May 8, in a complaint filed by Dexter Halliday against Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Mr. Halliday, of Bridgewater, complained to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2002 that he was terminated from his job at the Michelin plant in Bridgewater because of a disability. He alleges that Michelin did not accommodate his anxiety disorder when applying its absentee policy. The independent board is being chaired by Gilles Deveau. The hearing will resume at 9:30 a.m. at the Wandlynn Inn, 50 North St., Bridgewater. The hearing is scheduled to continue on Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10. Further testimony will be heard on Wednesday, May 24, Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26. -30-last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality Update Highway 102 Paving Near Airport

first_img Repaving of the northbound lanes of Highway 102 may cause delays for drivers approaching the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport from Halifax. Work is taking place from south of Exit 5A (Aerotech Park) to Exit 6 (airport). Access to the airport via Bell Boulevard will be maintained at all times. To minimize traffic delays the following schedule has been developed: Wednesday, June 30 – No work on Highway 102. Two lanes will be open to traffic all day. There may be work on the Exit 5A on and off ramps from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1 – No work. Two lanes will be open to traffic. Friday, July 2 – No paving on Highway 102. Two lanes will be open to traffic. Work may be taking place on Aerotech Drive and on the Exit 5A on and off ramps. Saturday, July 3 – No work. Two lanes open to traffic. Sunday, July 4 – No work. Two lanes open to traffic. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of July. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 -30- TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL: Traffic Advisory, Update, Highway 102, Paving Near Airportlast_img read more

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Ahead of TrumpModi meeting Pompeo to visit Delhi on Jun 24

first_imgWashington: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that his upcoming visit to New Delhi will be focused on advancing America’s “incredibly important” ties with India which is a significant part of President Donald Trump’s strategy to advance the shared goal of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region, where China is flexing its muscles. Pompeo would leave for New Delhi on June 24, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters on Monday. His visit will take place ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCNew Delhi would be Pompeo’s first stop and South Korea his last during the nearly week-long visit to the Indo-Pacific region, beginning June 24, that would also take him to Sri Lanka and Japan. Before starting his trip, Pompeo will address the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council on June 12. “I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” he told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” Pompeo said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsState Department spokesperson Ortagus said that Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region from June 24 to June 30 to “broaden and deepen America’s partnership with key countries to advance their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” “The secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage,” she said. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the sea. China has expanded through reclamation or built entirely new man-made islands atop coral reefs and has equipped many of them with military installations and airfields. Prime Minister Modi during his recent visit to the Maldives underscored India’s firm commitment to make the strategic Indo-Pacific an area for shared economic growth, saying it has been “our lifeline, and also the highway for trade and prosperity.” Pompeo will preview elements of a cooperative agenda during his remarks at the India Ideas Summit at the US Chamber of Commerce, State Department spokesperson Ortagus said.last_img read more

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Residents ordered out of Williams Lake BC ahead of fire fanned by

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Thousands of Williams Lake, B.C., residents are being forced from their homes as high winds fan a wildfire burning next to the community.An evacuation order was issued Saturday evening for the entire City of Williams Lake and numerous surrounding areas including the village of 150 Mile House that have been under threat from nearby fires for almost a week.Cariboo Regional District Chairman Al Richmond said winds began to pick up Saturday afternoon, prompting an expansion of evacuation alerts.“I think basically, Mother Nature is sort of bringing forward our worst case scenario,” Richmond said.Officials previously said forecast lightning and wind gusts of up to 70 km/h starting Saturday and developing into Sunday could cause a substantial increase in wildfire activity in British Columbia’s central and southern Interior.BC Wildfire Service said Saturday there are about 161 active wildfires in the province, 14 of which pose a direct threat to communities.Raging wildfires have already displaced more than 17,000 people, while the provincial government says another 27,000 people have been told they may need to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.Many of Williams Lake’s 11,000 residents had left voluntarily in recent days, however the order means thousands more will be headed to safety in Kamloops and other cities.RCMP said road closures due to the fire means people driving out of the city must take Highways 97, 24 and 5 to get to Kamloops.People who cannot drive should meet at one of a dozen muster points located throughout the city, including at Glendale School, the Tourism Centre, and Kwaleen Elementary School where transportation is being organized.The province has reminded evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross and, if they need lodging or food, to register at emergency social services reception centres as well.MP Todd Doherty told a group of evacuees in Prince George, who left their homes earlier this week, to urge others still in Williams Lake to stay calm and get to safety.“If you are talking to your friends and family in the Williams Lake area as I am still trying to get my mom and relatives out of that area, very stubborn. It’s very stressful, we need them to evacuate, we need them to be safe,” he said.With the rise in evacuees, the provincial government said more volunteers are needed in Kamloops to help the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team, as well as a 24-hour animal shelter and runners to complete errands. Volunteers can contact 250-938-2211 for more information.Kevin Skrepnek, B.C.’s chief fire information officer, said gusty winds were expected to trigger extreme and violently aggressive fire behaviour.He said crews had been preparing for the winds by conducting controlled burns in the fire path near the communities of Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and 150 Mile House to prevent the fires from spreading.“It looks like that has worked in most of these incidents in creating a fuel-free area,” he said, adding that high wind speeds could still move embers beyond the controlled areas, spreading the fires.Fire Information Officer Melanie Morin said stronger winds in the Thompson-Nicola area Saturday afternoon were causing fires to become “more critical than in recent days.”The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order Saturday night for properties in Electoral Area “A,” while the District of Clearwater and the Central Okanagan Regional District also ordered a number of properties evacuated due to the wildfire threat.Premier-designate John Horgan released a statement late Saturday regarding the latest evacuations.“My thoughts are with families in Williams Lake and other communities issued evacuation orders today, and with the countless volunteers, emergency response workers and firefighters who have been tirelessly working to support and protect families and communities.”Horgan also reiterated a pledge of government support.“Our government will be ready to provide whatever support is needed in these difficult times,” he said. “We are working closely with the outgoing government and our federal partners to deliver the support and services that are needed.”Since April 1, the province has seen 631 fires scorching 128,000 hectares of land. An estimated $77 million has already been spent on fire suppression, and the cost of supporting evacuees has yet to be tallied.—By Linda Givetash in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Police investigating a street fight in Hamilton

Hamilton police are investigating a large street fight that happened in Hess village.Central Police say it happened around 12:40 this morning.When officers arrived a crowd of people were seen scattering in the street. Police estimate those people are in their late teens to early 20’s.Early reports suggest someone was sprayed with a substance which police say could have been dog or bear spray but they weren’t able to confirm.No one was injured but police are investigating.Earlier today, officers collected video surveillance from the restaurants and bars in the area.

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Annan calls for sixmonth extension of UN force in Cyprus with midterm

In a new report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan notes that the situation along the ceasefire lines remains calm, while people from both sides continue to regularly pass through the crossing points.Following the referenda of 24 April – when voters failed to adopt a reunification plan – consultations have been conducted with both sides on the island and the guarantor powers, according to the report. “I remain convinced that, in the absence of a comprehensive settlement, the presence of UNFICYP on the island continues to be necessary for the maintenance of the ceasefire,” Mr. Annan asserts.Greek Cypriots rejected and Turkish Cypriots approved the plan, which would have created a United Cyprus Republic, composed of a Greek Cypriot constituent state and a Turkish Cypriot constituent state linked by federal government.Given this “watershed” event, the Secretary-General says he will conduct a review, to be completed within three months, of UNFICYP’s mandate, force levels and concept of operations, “in the light of developments on the ground, the positions of the parties and any views the Security Council might have.” Based on this exercise, he says he will make recommendations on any UNFICYP adjustments or restructuring that may be required.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General urges the Turkish Cypriot authorities to provide full freedom of movement for UNFICYP so that it can carry out its mandate more effectively. read more

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After setting iPhone record Apple forecasts rare sales drop

by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is bracing for its first sales decline in 13 years, despite selling a record 74.8 million iPhones in the final three months of 2015, in what may prove to be a turning point for the world’s most valuable company.The tech giant says revenue could fall at least 8.6 per cent during the January-March quarter, compared with a year earlier. Analysts say the latest iPhone models aren’t providing the boost Apple needs to match the massive sales growth it enjoyed last year.Apple executives painted the downturn as a momentary hiccup. But they also acknowledged the company is working to broaden its business beyond the iPhone itself, which in recent years has provided the bulk of Apple’s revenue.“We have become more and more of a platform company,” Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told The Associated Press. He said Apple has a large base of customers — with 1 billion Apple devices now in active use — who can be relied on to purchase new Apple gadgets, mobile apps and services like Apple Music.Reporting on its financial performance in the December quarter, Apple said it managed to inch past its previous record, established when it sold 74.5 million iPhones in the holiday quarter of 2014. But Tuesday’s forecast implies Apple doesn’t expect to match the 61 million iPhones sold in last year’s January-March quarter.Apple’s stock has been in a slump for months, as investors worry the company won’t be able to duplicate last year’s growth in sales, which were in the double-digit percentages. Tuesday’s report confirmed those fears.Executives blamed a strong dollar for reducing revenue from overseas sales in the December quarter. Apple is also confronting an economic downturn in China, one of its biggest markets.“We’re seeing extreme conditions, unlike anything we’ve experienced before, just about everywhere we look,” CEO Tim Cook told analysts on a conference call.But researchers also say global demand for new smartphones has been slowing over the last year. Apple relies on the iPhone for two-thirds of its revenue and a similar share of profit.The giant tech company is in no financial danger. It earned $18.4 billion in profit for the October-December quarter, ending the period with $216 billion in cash. Cook called it “the mother of all balance sheets.”Profit rose 1.8 per cent from a year earlier, while revenue increased 1.7 per cent to $75.9 billion. Earnings amounted to $3.28 a share, which beat the $3.23 average forecast among analysts surveyed by FactSet. Revenue fell short of analysts’ estimates, which averaged $76.7 billion.No one expects Apple to match those results in the current, January-March quarter, as sales traditionally drop after the holiday shopping season and the introduction of new models. But Apple’s forecast, which calls for revenue between $50 billion and $53 billion in the current period, was lower than analysts expected and a significant drop from the $58 billion in sales Apple reported a year earlier.That would be Apple’s first year-over-year sales decline since the January-March quarter of 2003 — long before the company began selling iPhones and iPads. Back then, Apple was a fraction of its current size, reporting quarterly revenue of just $1.45 billion.While the iPhone has been a phenomenal success, analysts say it’s difficult to match the sales surge that Apple enjoyed last year after it introduced the first iPhone models with significantly larger screens to compete with big-screen phones from rivals like Samsung, which were hugely popular in Asia.Analysts say last September’s release of two more big-screen phones, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, made less of a splash because they were viewed as relatively similar to the previous models, despite some new features. Analysts say the slight increase in sales for the December quarter came in part because Apple began selling the newest models several days earlier in key markets such as China.Apple is expected to release the next iPhone models, with new features, later this year. That could fuel another surge in sales. Along with first-time buyers and people who switch from competitors’ phones, analysts say Apple can count on a loyal base of iPhone owners who will buy a new model every two years or so.Maestri also cited $5.5 billion in revenue the company collected from sales of apps and services in the last quarter — a 15 per cent increase from a year earlier.Skeptics, however, note that Apple hasn’t come up with a blockbuster product to replace the iPhone. The company’s latest report showed sales of Mac computers and iPads both declined in the previous quarter.At least for now, Apple “continues to be dominated by the iPhone and that will certainly, in the near run, continue to dictate the company’s prospects,” said analyst Bill Kreher of the Edward Jones investment firm.Over the longer term, he said, revenue from apps and services, along with new products like the Apple Watch, “will be critical as the company attempts to re-ignite growth.”___You can follow Brandon Bailey at www.Twitter.com/BrandonBailey or find his reporting at www.bigstory.ap.org/journalist/brandon-bailey FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, a group of visitors to the Apple store descends a staircase to the showroom below in New York. Apple reports quarterly financial results, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) After setting iPhone record, Apple forecasts rare sales drop read more

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Andreescu defeats Wozniacki to advance to fourth round at US Open

BROWSE Bianca Andreescu | tennis | u.s. open Bianca Andreescu is into the second week in her first career U.S. Open.The 19-year-old Canadian defeated No. 19 seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to advance to the fourth round.“It means a lot, because this is my best result in a Grand Slam. I’m really, really pumped,” Andreescu said.On paper, it wasn’t technically an upset, with Andreescu the higher-ranked of the two.But Wozniacki has reached the U.S. Open singles final twice. And she has been a semifinalist on three other occasions.There was a full-circle sort of feeling to the victory, even if Andreescu may just be gathering momentum in the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.Then ranked No. 152, Andreescu made her first big splash back in January when she upset Wozniacki _ then ranked No. 3 _ in the second round of the WTA Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.Wozniacki was the first top-10 player Andreescu had ever faced, and only the second ranked inside the top 20.Eight months later, now in the top 20 herself, the 19-year-old repeated that success.“I think she played very well in January as well. I didn’t know her back then,” Wozniacki said. “Obviously she’s had a great year. A lot of the players know who she is. She’s made a mark. She’s won two big tournaments this year.“I think if anything I wish I could have served better today. It wasn’t as easy with the sun, obviously for both of us. Otherwise I think she’s playing very well. ? She has a lot of shots in her game that she can pull out. I tried my best. I fought hard. That’s it.”This was Andreescu’s first visit to cavernous Arthur Ashe Stadium. She got a half-hour warmup on it in the morning, where she ran into another teenager who was to make her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut Saturday: 15-year-old Coco Gauff.The two greeted each other warmly.“That was actually the first time we met face-to-face. I told her congrats on all the success and to keep killing it,” Andreescu said. “NextGen is here.”The first day session match on Ashe Stadium typically features a sea of empty seats at the start, and that was the case Saturday. But by the last few games of the match, the 23,771-seat stadium was about two-thirds full.There were plenty of Wozniacki supporters _ she’s well-known to the New York fans because of her history of success here.Andreescu said she had to pinch herself a little as she walked in.“I was, like, ‘Oh my God, is this actually happening right now?’ It’s a dream come true, so I prepared myself really well. I handled my emotions well today,” she said.“It was so fun. The atmosphere isn’t like playing in the evening, obviously, but I still felt the energy. ? So hopefully I can play many more matches on the court.”As Andreescu was waiting to serve at 4-3 in the second set, the giant screens in Arthur Ashe Stadium showed a flashback to the 2009 U.S. Open women’s singles final.Wozniacki, then 19, played 26-year-old Kim Clijsters, then unranked. Clijsters had retired young, become a mother, and then returned to professional tennis and won the U.S. Open.Wozniacki later evoked Clijsters as a style comparison for Andreescu.“I think because she moves well and she can stretch out and get to some balls and also play the aggressive and using the angles,” Wozniacki said. “Obviously she prefers the forehand just like Kim. But she can move around the backhand and put the angle on it.”Andreescu agreed with Wozniacki’s assessment.“I actually looked up to (Clijsters) a lot while I was just coming up,” she said. “So that’s really nice to hear from other players, because I think my game is pretty similar to hers. Not as good yet.“She’s an incredible fighter. She’s very solid all around. She can volley, she can slice, dropshot. And she’s very consistent as well. She chooses her targets and she has a very good serve and return. And she’s very strong mentally.”Andreescu’s next challenge will be one that another of her role models, Romania’s Simona Halep, was unable to solve.American Taylor Townsend serve-and-volleyed her way to an upset victory over Halep in the second round. Andreescu will have to formulate a strategy to counter a game style she rarely sees.“I’m going to work on my passing shots tomorrow and stay as aggressive as I can,” she said.Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., was ousted in the third round by No. 13 seed Gael Monfils of France.Monfils toppled Shapovalov 6-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in a match that went three hours and 34 minutes, with the Canadian committing 11 double faults and 64 unforced errors. read more

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Red zone turnover deficiencies holding back Ohio State offense

OSU redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (7) runs with the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won, 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State maintained its top ranking in the AP Top 25 Poll for the sixth straight week, but a sluggish start out of the gates has caused the Buckeyes to lose 23 of their 61 first-place votes from the preseason poll. But after getting a chance to review the game tape of the Buckeyes’ 34-27 victory over Indiana on Saturday, OSU coach Urban Meyer saw improvements. The coach was hesitant to use the word “great” to describe where the Buckeyes could be headed “because it’s all relative,” but Meyer said he thinks they might be turning the corner.Meyer said the perimeter blocking was the best it’s been this year, while noting the team played as hard as any time over the past two seasons. “I think we’re on the border of being very good,” he said on Monday. As for why the defending national champions have yet to cross that border to being very good, Meyer pointed to two areas that used to be the team’s strengths: red zone offense and turnovers. The team has put points on the board in just 75 percent of its trips inside the 20-yard line. In 16 tries, the Buckeyes have four field goals and only six touchdowns.OSU made three trips to the red zone against Indiana but came away with a measly six points on two field goals from redshirt senior Jack Willoughby. On their third trip, the Buckeyes found the end zone on a swing pass from redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, but an illegal block negated the score. The next play Jones was sacked, then two plays later a botched snap on third down moved the Buckeyes further back. Willoughby trotted out for his third field goal attempt but missed it. The mistake-ridden trip was a microcosm of the struggles inside the red zone all season long.Left guard Billy Price said he thinks the issues inside the 20-yard line actually stem from the offense’s big play ability. “As we look at our offense, we are a very explosive offense,” the redshirt sophomore said. “Given a confined space, it makes things difficult. It makes it easier for the defense because they don’t have as much ground to cover.”Price said the team needs focus on individual assignments, as well as tightening up its execution, especially for the running game.“We gotta get the running game going, that’s primary. That’s who our offense is. And then the red zone comes second nature to us,” he said. Meyer said the inefficiency inside the 20-yard line boils down to a “variety of problems,” such as turnovers and penalties.Turnovers, however, have been a major factor holding the offense back, even outside the red zone. Following the victory over the Hoosiers, in which the Buckeyes coughed up the ball three times, Meyer said the “turnovers have to change.” Redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall contributed two fumbles, while Jones threw one interception.Through five games, OSU is minus-four in turnover margin — which places them 101st in the country. In three of five games, the Buckeyes have had multiple turnovers. Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said last week that the team is working on fixing the issues. “We’ve had too many turnovers,” he said. “We’re certainly addressing that very hard.” Meyer is confident that the lack of production in the red zone and turnovers can be corrected as the season progresses. “Those are fixable,” he said. “When you start getting effort and attitude … that’s where red flags start showing up, and I don’t feel that at all. This one has the characteristics of having a great team. Last year’s obviously was a great team, 2012, great team. I didn’t say exceptional skill everywhere, but great team.”  OSU is set to continue Big Ten play on Saturday against Maryland. Kickoff is slated for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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This gif shows the spread of WWI into a global conflict

first_img ONE HUNDRED YEARS after the start of World War I, it is still extremely difficult to comprehend just how global a phenomenon the war was. It affected people on every continent and hastened the end of the European empires.Reddit user Srirachachacha shared this map showing the amazing spread of the war across the world. The GIF does a fascinating job of distinguishing between the key Allied and Central Powers and their colonies, dominions, and territories. SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) center_img Source: i.imgur.comWorld War I started off solely as a military conflict between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia following the killing of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian assassin. Through a web of entangling defensive alliances, the conflict quickly morphed into a war that pulled in almost the entirety of the world.By the time the war ended, the Russian, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Prussian Empires had collapsed. The war claimed over 37 million lives, and large swathes of Europe lay in complete destruction.Incredibly, only two decades later the world would be poised on the brink of World War II.More: Today marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War >Read: WWI recruitment posters feature on new An Post stamps > A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

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Teen sentenced after he attacked three women in drunken rampage

first_img Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 8:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3326047 Apr 5th 2017, 8:15 PM By Sarah Jane Murphy Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia Short URL Share Tweet Email Teen sentenced after he attacked three women in ‘drunken rampage’ All three women said that they suffered psychological distress as a result of the assault. Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia 21,278 Views A JUVENILE WHO went on a “drunken rampage” has been sentenced to detention for attacking three women who had attended a Beyoncé concert.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the boy (17), who cannot be identified because of his age, consumed half a litre of vodka at home on 10 July 2016, before going to a local pub where he spent a further €90 on vodka and mixers.Maddie Grant BL, prosecuting, showed the court CCTV footage of the accused assaulting the women and another man outside his local chipper next to the pub.Garda Nathan Burke told the court that following an enjoyable evening at a Beyoncé concert, the three women travelled together to a pub where they met the accused, who they “knew vaguely”.Later outside the chipper the boy asked the women if he could accompany them back to a house “for a few drinks”. When they declined he told one woman “I’ll smash your face in”.The boy then smashed the glass window and door of the chipper and damaged the windscreen of a car parked nearby. He then began attacking the women, pushing one woman to to the ground and kicking her as she lay semi-unconscious in a ball.A man who was in the chipper tried to intervene and was knocked to the ground by the accused, sustaining a head wound.He threw another woman to the pavement. She sustained a bruised coccyx and injuries to the back of her head. A third woman was then shoved to the ground, suffering a sprained ankle and injuries to her leg from the shattered glass.The boy pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to four people and criminal damage at the location in Dublin city.Judge Melanie Greally described the incident as one filled with “terror and violence”. She sentenced the boy to five years, with the final three suspended, and instructed that he engage fully with the Probation Services on his release and deal fully with his anger and alcohol issues.All three women said in victim impact statements that they suffered acute psychological distress as a result of the assault.Ms Grant described the events as a “drunken rampage”.Eoin Lawlor BL, defending, accepted that the CCTV of the incident made for “startling watching”. However, he said that the accused had pleaded guilty, saving the victims the stress of a trial.He told the court that the accused’s family were “well regarded in the area” and noted that the boy wished to offer a sincere apology to all involved.Mr Lawlor said the accused was one of ten children, who found solace in alcohol at a young age.Judge Greally noted the “extremely serious” nature of the accused actions, knocking members of the public to the ground next to a busy road. She said that all four victims were “exposed to the risk of real injury”.The judge remarked that a significant portion of the boy’s problems could be attributed to alcohol and to having an “overburdened mother”.She said that the law required her to view the accused as a child, both at the time he committed the offences and on the date of sentence.Read: Man charged with the murder of his 74-year-old neighbour in KerryRead: ‘We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland’ – Family of tragic car crash victim 30 Comments last_img read more

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Sinn Féin motion calls for conscience vote to be allowed on abortion

first_img 63 Comments Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 2:30 PM Jun 13th 2018, 2:30 PM By Christina Finn 13,471 Views Sinn Féin motion calls for conscience vote to be allowed on abortion Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said he believes the motion will be defeated at this weekend’s Ard Fheis in Belfast. http://jrnl.ie/4068532 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share6 Tweet Email A SINN FÉIN motion calling for members to be allowed vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience is due to be voted on this weekend.Kicking off on Saturday, the party is holding a special Ard Fheis in Belfast, where two of the key motions relate to the party’s position in relation to the upcoming legislation which will give effect to the recent referendum result on the Eighth Amendment.The first motion calls on the party to recognise the referendum result and to legislate in line with the views of the Ard Comhairle, which will be informed by the “best medical advice when legislating regarding the limited gestational period”.This motion relates to the 12 weeks time limit which is proposed in the draft legislation put forward by Health Minister Simon Harris.The second motion asks that members be allowed “articulate and vote” in accordance with their conscience.On the conscience vote, Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the issue has come before the Ard Fheis on four previous occasions and it has been defeated each time.At last year’s Ard Fheis in November, members did vote down the option for elected representatives to be allowed to vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience or personal opinion.Vote of conscienceSpeaking to reporters today, Doherty said he believes the motion on a vote of conscience will be defeated again.However, he said whether the motion is passed or defeated is an issue for the party membership this weekend. The decision of party members will stand under Sinn Féin rules.He said that while many people have different views on the issue and there are “strong personal held views” within Sinn Féin, there cannot be dissent on the issue, in his view.“When it comes down to legislating and voting… members need to fulfill the will of the membership of the party,” he said.If the motion is defeated again, it will increase pressure on TDs such as Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan who both campaigned for a No vote ahead of the referendum.Nolan’s position against holding a referendum resulted in her party membership being suspended for three months. Tóibín told TheJournal.ie prior to the referendum result that he accepted that he might lose his job over his stance on abortion.Doherty said Sinn Féin rules are very clear when they state that any member that votes against party policy will face “disciplinary procedures”.Disciplinary measuresWhen pressed on what exactly the disciplinary measures are, he said that in the past members have been suspended from the party for a certain time period.He would not indicate what time period might be slapped on a member who votes against the upcoming abortion legislation, stating: “we haven’t crossed that bridge.”Doherty’s comments today hint that party members might escape expulsion from the party over their position on the abortion legislation, but could face a substantial suspension period.“The outcome is very clear. There are no surprises here, anyone that breaches the party rules as has happened in the past, where Carol Nolan has voted against the legislation where Peadar has voted in the past, there has been a suspension in their membership,” he said.The time period in which the TDs could be suspended will “be a matter for the party president and chairperson”, said Doherty.“Obviously every case would be different depending on the circumstances,” he added. Short URLlast_img read more

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New center to benefit NE MiamiDade community

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials broke ground in Northeast Miami-Dade on a building meant to benefit the community.Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime dug in the first shovel for the construction of the new Father Gerard Jean-Juste Community Center.The 20,000 square foot center is being built near Northeast 159th Street and Seventh Avenue and will feature multi-purpose rooms for special events, after school programs and more.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Analysis Can Texas Politicians Police Themselves

first_imgAustin Price / The Texas TribuneThe Texas Capitol in Austin on June 20, 2017.It’s not going to be any easier to police sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol than it is to police ethics violations; the difference, at the moment, is that lawmakers have spent more time regulating ethical transgressions.It’s not easy to get arms-length enforcement of elected state officials. They don’t have bosses, the way the rest of us have bosses. The human resources departments in the House and the Senate can handle a lot of employee issues, but not a lot of officeholder issues.And when lawmakers try to outsource enforcement of bad behavior, their efforts often fall short. Just ask state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, an Austin Democrat who was indicted on misuse-of-office charges — since dropped by embarrassed Travis County prosecutors who had followed a flawed investigative map assembled by the Texas Department of Public Safety.Dukes is up for re-election next year and is waiting to see what becomes of the line of opponents that formed up while she was in apparent legal trouble. Her legal problems are in the rearview mirror now; the question is whether others who covet her position in the House will stick around.She might be justified in thinking that a quiet and thorough investigation could have been done before the charges were brought to a grand jury, before the allegations against her were paraded before the media and the public. Or maybe that the whole thing should have been handled by lawmakers who understand how legislators are supposed to be reimbursed for their expenses, the better to avoid what turned out to be bogus charges that she had broken the law.What about the employees who turned her in, though? If lawmakers were in charge of enforcing their own ethics laws, wouldn’t they naturally form protective circles around their own? Wouldn’t it be risky for employees (or lobbyists and other supplicants) to report lawmakers who get out of line?Leaving the members of this particular gang in charge of gang discipline might be good for the members, but it can endanger everybody else.Just look at the way sexual harassment is handled. While officials in the House and Senate say they haven’t had any cases reported since at least 2011, they’d be handling any such cases themselves.Legislators are working on new policies as you read this, concerned that they and their staffers aren’t getting proper training on what is and is not proper, what is and is not allowed. They’ve pointed out that, under current law, representatives and senators can’t be forced to take the classes.They’re still wrestling with how to handle complaints, if they get any, and how to protect those who report powerful politicians who sexually harass employees and others. A draft House policy suggests ways to report complaints internally, to other state agencies like the Texas Workforce Commission or to law enforcement. Internal reports, the draft says, might be subject to public information laws — a signal that reporting misbehavior in the Capitol might be traced back to the victims.It’s going to be hard to balance. This is crime, and it’s also politics. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hit on that in a recent and well-traveled tweet on Alabama’s Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting minors: “Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections.”Politicians are concerned with both — a pretty good reason to take criminal complaints out of their hands. It’s a pretty good reason to be circumspect, too, since a false accusation on an inflammatory subject like sexual assault can wreck a reputation — and reputation is the currency of a public life.The current system doesn’t work. Victims of sexual harassment aren’t protected. They find themselves reporting to legislators who are, in turn, asked to go after legislators whose favors and friendships they need in their work. It’s a conflict. Handing enforcement over to a third party — other agencies, local prosecutors, whoever — would remove that conflict. But you can see why some legislators might want to keep things close — even (or especially) if they haven’t done anything wrong.Look at what happened to Dukes. Sharelast_img read more

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We have to be influential enough to create jobs

first_imgSabyasachi Mukherjee just wanted to earn money to get on an airplane and travel the world when he entered the fashion industry, and went on to make a special place for himself by weaving traditional stories with threads of Indian culture through his creations. India’s ace couturier says he wants to make sure that he “comes up with something that the copy market can copy” that in turn creates jobs in the market. In an interview , the designer looked back to the time when he entered the industry and how a sense of responsibility towards the country and people who work for him has seeped in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When I first started out, I wanted to make enough money so that I could get on an airplane and travel to any part of the world that I wanted to. That was a selfish motivation because I was young and I could not think of anybody but myself; today I have 1,900 people working under me, I have to pay salaries every month, their children are going to school, it’s a big responsibility,” Sabyasachi told.He continued: “And I also look at the social responsibility of what we are doing in the country. We are one of the largest brands in the country; so I have to make sure that every year I come up with something that the copy market can copy, because every time that the copy market copies something, you’re creating jobs – and for me the responsibility of Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivebeing able to do something that drives an economy, whether the economy panders to us or whether it panders to somebody else’s wallet, it doesn’t matter, but we have to be influential enough to be able to create jobs in this country.”For me that’s very important.”So is that his biggest challenge as a designer?”My biggest challenge is to make sure that I’m proud of the work that I do and I also create enough business for art and craft to survive.”After graduating from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sabyasachi started an eponymous label in 1999 and went on to make waves in the international fashion scene by using Indian textiles with a contemporary twist. He is one of the few names in Indian fashion to participate at fashion weeks in Milan, New York and London. The designer, whose creations have been flaunted by the likes of actresses Shabana Azmi, Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tabu, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor Khan, hails from Kolkata. He has lent his creativity in fashion to films such as Black, Guzaarish and Paa.Sabyasachi works closely with artisans to tell stories with his sartorial creations.”What’s good about the artisans right now is they are not being treated as artisans any more; they are treated as artists and there is a lot of respect, there is a lot of social and cultural respect that’s coming.”They are buying homes, their children are going to school, they have technology aiding them, they have business managers and accountants, they have CAs looking into their books. I think what they are doing is they are shaping themselves from fragile, small companies into strong robust businesses.”Sabyasachi has put in his creativity to use by creating ensembles for women, men and children. He says the chance to design wall coverings came at the right time.”I wanted to do something in interiors, but I also wanted to do it with one of the largest companies in the country .”What is he working on at the moment?”On a speech that I’m going to give at Harvard (University). I don’t know what I’m going to say; so that’s my big fear as I’m going to represent my country.”last_img read more

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How AI is transforming the Smart Cities IoT Tutorial

first_imgAccording to techopedia, a smart city is a city that utilizes information and communication technologies so that it enhances the quality and performance of urban services (such as energy and transportation) so that there’s a reduction in resource consumption, wastage, and overall costs. In this article, we will look at components of a smart city and its AI-powered- IoT use cases, how AI helps with the adaption of IoT in Smart cities, and an example of AI-powered-IoT solution. Deakin and AI Waer list four factors that contribute to the definition of a smart city: Using a wide range of electronic and digital technologies in the city infrastructure Employing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to transform living and working environment Embedding ICT in government systems Implementing practices and policies that bring people and ICT together to promote innovation and enhance the knowledge that they offer Hence, a smart city would be a city that not only possesses ICT but also employs technology in a way that positively impacts the inhabitants. This article is an excerpt taken from the book ‘Hands-On Artificial Intelligence for IoT’ written by  Amita Kapoor.  The book explores building smarter systems by combining artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things—two of the most talked about topics today. Artificial Intelligence (AI), together with IoT, has the potential to address the key challenges posed by excessive urban population; they can help with traffic management, healthcare, energy crisis, and many other issues. IoT data and AI technology can improve the lives of the citizens and businesses that inhabit a smart city.  Let’s see how. Smart city and its AI-powered-IoT use cases A smart city has lots of use cases for AI-powered IoT-enabled technology, from maintaining a healthier environment to enhancing public transport and safety. In the following diagram, you can see some the of use cases for a smart city: Smart city components Let’s have a look at some of the most popular use cases that have already been implemented in smart cities across the world. Smart traffic management AI and IoT can implement smart traffic solutions to ensure that inhabitants of a smart city get from one point to another in the city as safely and efficiently as possible. Los Angeles, one of the most congested cities in the world, has implemented a smart traffic solution to control the flow of traffic. It has installed road-surface sensors and closed-circuit television cameras that send real-time updates about the traffic flow to a central traffic management system. The data feed from the sensors and cameras is analyzed, and it notifies the users of congestion and traffic signal malfunctions. In July 2018, the city further installed Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) cabinets at each intersection. Enabled with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications and 5G connectivity, this allows them to communicate with cars that have the traffic light information feature, such as Audi A4 or Q7. You can learn more about the Los Angeles smart transportation system from their website. The launch of automated vehicles embedded with sensors can provide both the location and speed of the vehicle; they can directly communicate with the smart traffic lights and prevent congestion. Additionally, using historical data, future traffic could be predicted and used to prevent any possible congestion. Smart parking Anyone living in a city must have felt the struggle of finding a parking spot, especially during the holiday time. Smart parking can ease the struggle. With road surface sensors embedded in the ground on parking spots, smart parking solutions can determine whether the parking spots are free or occupied and create a real-time parking map. The city of Adelaide installed a smart parking system in February 2018, they are also launching a mobile app: Park Adelaide, which will provide the user with accurate and real-time parking information. The app can provide users with the ability to locate, pay for, and even extend the parking session remotely. The smart parking system of the city of Adelaide aims to also improve traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and decrease carbon emissions. The details of the smart parking system are available in the city of Adelaide website. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SAFTA) implemented SFpark a smart parking system. They use wireless sensors to detect real-time parking-space occupancy in metered spaces. Launched in the year 2013, SFpark has reduced weekday greenhouse gas emissions by 25%, the traffic volume has gone down, and drivers’ search time has reduced by 50%. In London, the city of Westminster also established a smart parking system in the year 2014 in association with Machina Research. Earlier, drivers had to wait an average of 12 minutes, resulting in congestion and pollution, but since the installation of the smart parking system, there’s no need to wait; drivers can find an available parking spot using the mobile. These are some of the use-cases mentioned. Other use-cases include smart waste management, smart policing, smart lighting, and smart governance. What can AI do for IoT adaption in smart cities? Building a smart city is not a one-day business, neither is it the work of one person or organization. It requires the collaboration of many strategic partners, leaders, and even citizens. Let’s explore what the AI community can do, what are the areas that provide us with a career or entrepreneurship opportunity. Any IoT platform will necessarily require the following: A network of smart things (sensors, cameras, actuators, and so on) for gathering data Field (cloud) gateways that can gather the data from low power IoT devices, store it, and forward it securely to the cloud Streaming data processor for aggregating numerous data streams and distributing them to a data lake and control applications A data lake for storing all the raw data, even the ones that seem of no value yet A data warehouse that can clean and structure the collected data Tools for analyzing and visualizing the data collected by sensors AI algorithms and techniques for automating city services based on long-term data analysis and finding ways to improve the performance of control applications Control applications for sending commands to the IoT actuators User applications for connecting smart things and citizens Besides this, there will be issues regarding security and privacy, and the service provider will have to ensure that these smart services do not pose any threat to citizens’ wellbeing. The services themselves should be easy to use and employ so that citizens can adopt them. As you can see, this offers a range of job opportunities, specifically for AI engineers. The IoT-generated data needs to be processed, and to benefit from it truly, we will need to go beyond monitoring and basic analysis. The AI tools will be required to identify patterns and hidden correlations in the sensor data. Analysis of historical sensor data using ML/AI tools can help in identifying trends and create predictive models based on them. These models can then be used by control applications that send commands to IoT devices’ actuators. The process of building a smart city will be an iterative process, with more processing and analysis added at each iteration. Let’s now have a look at an example of AI-powered-IoT solution. Detecting crime using San Francisco crime data The San Francisco city also has an open data portal providing data from different departments online. In this section, we take the dataset providing about 12 years (from January 2003 to May 2015) of crime reports from across all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and train a model to predict the category of crime that occurred. There are 39 discreet crime categories, thus it’s a multi-class classification problem. We will use make use of Apache’s PySpark and use its easy to use text processing features for this dataset. So the first step will be to create a Spark session: The first step is to import the necessary modules and create a Spark session: from pyspark.ml.classification import LogisticRegression as LRfrom pyspark.ml.feature import RegexTokenizer as RTfrom pyspark.ml.feature import StopWordsRemover as SWRfrom pyspark.ml.feature import CountVectorizerfrom pyspark.ml.feature import OneHotEncoder, StringIndexer, VectorAssemblerfrom pyspark.ml import Pipelinefrom pyspark.sql.functions import colfrom pyspark.sql import SparkSessionspark = SparkSession.builder \.appName(“Crime Category Prediction”) \.config(“spark.executor.memory”, “70g”) \.config(“spark.driver.memory”, “50g”) \.config(“spark.memory.offHeap.enabled”,True) \.config(“spark.memory.offHeap.size”,”16g”) \.getOrCreate() We load the dataset available in a csv file: data = spark.read.format(“csv”). \ options(header=”true”, inferschema=”true”). \ load(“sf_crime_dataset.csv”)data.columns The data contains nine columns: [Dates, Category, Descript, DayOfWeek, PdDistrict, Resolution, Address, X, Y], we will need only Category and Descript fields for training and testing dataset: drop_data = [‘Dates’, ‘DayOfWeek’, ‘PdDistrict’, ‘Resolution’, ‘Address’, ‘X’, ‘Y’]data = data.select([column for column in data.columns if column not in drop_data])data.show(5) Now the dataset we have has textual data, so we will need to perform text processing. The three important text processing steps are: tokenizing the data, remove the stop words and vectorize the words into vectors. We will use RegexTokenizer which will uses regex to tokenize the sentence into a list of words, since punctuation or special characters do not add anything to the meaning, we retain only the words containing alphanumeric content. There are some words like the, which will be very commonly present in the text, but not add any meaning to context. We can remove these words (also called stop words) using the inbuilt StopWordsRemover class. We use standard stop words [“http”,”https”,”amp”,”rt”,”t”,”c”,”the”]. And finally using the CountVectorizer, we convert the words to numeric vector (features). It’s these numeric features that will be used as input to train the model. The output for our data is the Category column, but it’s also textual with 36 distinct categories, and so, we need to convert it to one hot encoded vector; the PySpark’s StringIndexer can be easily used for it. We add all these transformations into our data Pipeline: # regular expression tokenizerre_Tokenizer = RT(inputCol=”Descript”, outputCol=”words”, pattern=”\\W”)# stop wordsstop_words = [“http”,”https”,”amp”,”rt”,”t”,”c”,”the”] stop_words_remover = SWR(inputCol=”words”, outputCol=”filtered”).setStopWords(stop_words)# bag of words countcount_vectors = CountVectorizer(inputCol=”filtered”,outputCol=”features”, vocabSize=10000, minDF=5)#One hot encoding the labellabel_string_Idx = StringIndexer(inputCol = “Category”, outputCol = “label”)# Create the pipelinepipeline = Pipeline(stages=[re_Tokenizer, stop_words_remover,count_vectors, label_string_Idx])# Fit the pipeline to data.pipeline_fit = pipeline.fit(data)dataset = pipeline_fit.transform(data)dataset.show(5) Now, the data is ready, we split it into training and test dataset: # Split the data randomly into training and test data sets.(trainingData, testData) = dataset.randomSplit([0.7, 0.3], seed = 100)print(“Training Dataset Size: ” + str(trainingData.count()))print(“Test Dataset Size: ” + str(testData.count())) Let’s fit a simple logistic regression model for it. On the test dataset, it provides a 97% accuracy. Yahoo!: # Build the modellogistic_regrssor = LR(maxIter=20, regParam=0.3, elasticNetParam=0)# Train model with Training Datamodel = logistic_regrssor.fit(trainingData)# Make predictions on Test Datapredictions = model.transform(testData)# evaluate the model on test data setevaluator = MulticlassClassificationEvaluator(predictionCol=”prediction”)evaluator.evaluate(predictions) AI is changing the way cities operate, deliver, and maintain public amenities, from lighting and transportation to connectivity and health services. However, the adoption can be obstructed by the selection of technology that doesn’t efficiently work together or integrate with other city services. For cities to truly benefit from the potential that smart cities offer, a change in mindset is required. The authorities should plan longer and across multiple departments. The city of Barcelona is a prime example where the implementation of IoT systems created an estimated 47,000 jobs, saved €42.5 million on water, and generated an extra €36.5 million a year through smart parking. We can easily see that cities can benefit tremendously from the technological advances that utilize AI-powered IoT solutions. AI-powered IoT solutions can help connect cities and manage multiple infrastructure, and public services. In this article, we looked at use-cases of smart-cities from smart lighting and road traffic to connected public transport, and waste management. We also learned to use tools that can help categorize the data from the San Francisco crime reports done in a period of 12 years. If you want to explore more topics in the book, be sure to check out the book ‘Hands-On Artificial Intelligence for IoT’. 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Japan set to host its traditional festivals

first_imgThe Japan National Tourism Organisation is all set to host the festivals which are scheduled during August and September.The event Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is held in the Tohoku District on July 7 according to the lunar calendar. Bamboo and wooden frames are covered with paper illustrated with historic figures and pictures of samurai warriors along with birds and beasts. These are illuminated from inside and set up on yatai floats and cars which proceed in the Aomori Nebuta (Neputa in Hirosaki) parade. The festivals organised in Aomori and Hirosaki are especially well known, attracting tourists from all areas of Japan.The Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima features folk dances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon season, from July to August. It is well known throughout Japan and this festival draws tourists from all parts of the world.The Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival which is a traditional folk event to appease the wind and pray for a bountiful crop is held every year for three days from September 1. It used to be a local folk festival for the inhabitants of the town. However, word about the unique melancholic melodies and mysterious dance has spread, and in recent years it has been drawing large numbers of spectators from all over the country.The Reitaisai of the 800-year old Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine consists of numerous events such as a tea-offering ceremony to the gods and classical Japanese dance. Yet the greatest attraction is Yabusame, a contest combining equestrian skills and Japanese-style archery which was popular among the samurai warriors.last_img read more

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Its hard to imagine Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

first_img It’s hard to imagine Cardinals coach Bruce Arians turning to Blaine Gabbert in an emergency before he turns to Drew Stanton. Stanton has five years of experience in Arians’ offense; Gabbert has three months of experience under Arians and no regular season games.Gabbert’s signing this offseason is more likely about next year and beyond. He will have to wow Arians in the preseason to beat out Stanton for the backup spot behind Carson Palmer. 37 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Preseason qualifiers aside, it’s hard to imagine Gabbert impressing his coach more than he did Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Three months after the seventh-year pro signed a one-year deal for third-string QB money ($775,000), he led the Cardinals to touchdowns on their first two drives against the Dallas Cowboys.Gabbert completed all six pass attempts on those drives, including a perfectly placed ball over the middle to receiver Brittan Golden for a 35-yard, third-down gain on the first drive, a 20-yard, third-down pass to tight end Troy Niklas and a 26-yard completion to tight end Ifeanyi Momah on the second drive to the Dallas 16-yard line. After a pass interference call on the Cowboys, Gabbert capped the second drive with a sneak for a two-point conversion, giving Arizona a 15-0 lead.“Blaine was really efficient, calm in the pocket, guys gave him good protection,” coach Bruce Arians said after Arizona’s 20-18 loss. “I love the start. You want to start fast and get a three-and-out and go back and score again. It couldn’t have been any better. A lot of those throws were second and third reads so he went through his progressions extremely well, especially those balls across the middle. That’s what you want to see. Stand calm in the pocket and play football.” – / 38 Gabbert’s most impressive pass of the day may have come on the Cardinals’ third drive when he completed a back-shoulder throw to receiver Jeremy Ross with a defender tight in coverage on the other shoulder and a defender closing from the opposite side. It was literally the only place Gabbert could have put the ball safely; the kind of tight-window throw that quarterbacks must have the guts to make and the skills to execute in order to succeed in the NFL.“I think the third downs were huge,” Gabbert told Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi. “Any time you can keep drives alive — and there were some big third downs — any time you can convert on those your percentage of scoring on those drives increases tremendously. We were executing at a high level there.”About the only gaffe in Gabbert’s night came when he faced pressure up the middle by linebacker Damien Wilson, was sacked and appeared to fumble the ball. The Cardinals recovered and were forced to punt on their third drive. Official stats did not saddle Gabbert with a fumble, however.Gabbert completed his first eight passes for 140 yards. On the Cardinals’ fourth drive, Marquis Bundy and Andre Ellington dropped consecutive pass (the throw to Ellington was slightly low) to force a second consecutive punt. Top Stories center_img Gabbert got an opportunity to practice the two-minute offense late in the half. Starting with 54 seconds on the clock, he completed four of five passes: to Momah for 14 yards, to Bundy for 18 yards, to Ellington for 11 yards and to Bundy for 16 yards. His final pass attempt to get the Cardinals in field goal range fell incomplete when he threw it a bit too far inside to receiver Krishawn Hogan, allowing a pass break-up.Richie Leone missed a 51-yard field goal just before halftime.In all, Gabbert completed 11 of 14 passes for 184 yards with a passer rating of 118.8. He displayed both zip and touch on his passes, athleticism in the pocket, and an understanding of the offense.It was an impressive debut.“Going into my seventh year, it’s all about execution, especially in the preseason,” Gabbert told Calvisi. “There’s going to be a lot of good film to learn off of and the mistakes that we made, we can correct easily and get ready to roll next week.”He went 11/14 for 185 yards & led 2 TD drives. @BlaineGabbert Hall of Fame Game Highlights pic.twitter.com/j3UbTi4Vlx— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 4, 2017Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Mar 16 2019 1

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2019 1:15 pm PDT Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.___NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a Democratic candidate for president; Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.___CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.___CNN’s “State of the Union” — Klobuchar; Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Jim Banks, R-Ind.___“Fox News Sunday” — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, a Democratic candidate for president.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Early poll sees AnastasiadesPapadopoulos runoff in 2018

first_imgIn a first presidential election poll published on Sigmalive on Sunday, as things stand today, a run-off second round would see a battle between President Nicos Anastasiades and Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos who has the support of the ‘centre-space’ parties.Even without yet announcing his candidacy, the poll carried out by LS Prime Market Research & Consulting Ltd, showed that Anastasiades would receive 70 per cent of the vote from ruling Disy, 15 per cent of the Diko vote, around 5 per cent of the Edek vote and even 1-2 per cent of Akel voters.Papadopoulos has 65 per cent support within his own party, 50 per cent of the Edek vote, 20 per cent of the vote from Giorgos Lillikas’ Citizans Alliance – Lillikas is also running. Papadopoulos could also have 10 per cent of the Disy vote and 5 per cent from Akel.Akel, which is running its own candidate though no names have been announced other than Mike Spanos who, according to the poll would secure 63 per cent of Akel voters, 5 per cent of Edek votes, 5 per cent of Diko voters and 1 per cent of Disy voters.In the poll, Lillikas was supported by 60 per cent of his own party. Many of whom did not want him to be the candidate and some have left the party. Elswhere the polls suggested he could take as much as 15 per cent of the Edek vote and 10 per cent from Akel, the party of which he is a former member. Lillikas could also secure around 7 per cent of Diko voters.The pollsters acknowledge that at this point in time, with the election some nine months away, that the scenarios are somewhat hypothetical and only a description of some trends at this moment in time. It was conducted between May 17 and 22 nationwide, polling 800 people over 18 by phone.It found that Anastasiades popularity stood 43 per cent with 35 per cent having a negative view of the president. He has an 80 per cent popularity rating within Disy and appears set to end his first term in office with a higher rating than Demetris Christofias in 2013, whose popularity stood at around 20 per cent.On the Cyprus issue, in February 2016, some 45 per cent of those polled at the time agreed with Anastasiades’ handling of the negotiations while 36 per cent disagreed. This month 45 per cent disagreed and 43 per cent agreed. The same applied when it came to the economy where 52 per cent now disagree with his positions compared with 45 per cent early last year. Most of his detractors predictably came from an Akel background and the ‘centre space’.The poll also highlighted significant trends in voter abstention. Around 11 per cent as things stand said they would definitely not be voting compared with 12 per cent who said they had not decided yet whether to vote or not. Pollsters point out that abstention in presidential elections is usually much lower than in other elections.In the 2013 presidential race, the abstention rate was 16.86 per cent (91,957 voters) in the first round and 18.42 per cent (100,484 voters) in the second.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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