Jeep Compass: Everything you need to know

first_imgJeep India has big plans with the Compass SUV in India, as the company is building the compact SUV at Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant near Pune. With the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee SRT in its line-up, Jeep is leaving no stones unturned for the grand launch of the Compass SUV in India.With the Wrangler costing around Rs 56 lakh and the Grand Cherokee siblings costing in the range of Rs 1 crore, the Made-in-India Jeep Compass will surely and definitely be a product to beat in the premium compact SUV segment, which has the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V as its biggest rivals.2017 Jeep CompassSo, what does the Made-in-India Jeep Compass have that its competition won’t be happy to see? We tell you everything that you need to know about the upcoming Jeep Compass compact SUV.Engine:The Jeep Compass is available in both petrol and diesel guise internationally. The diesel in question is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which comes from Fiat’s MultiJet series. In the Compass, it churns out 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Jeep claims that the Compass in this spec can sprint to 100kmph in just 10 seconds and can keep going until it touches 194kmph. We also expect Jeep to offer this same engine here in India.2017 Jeep CompassAn AWD version is also expected to be offered in this spec and gearbox options will include a 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic. Details of the petrol engine are yet to be revealed but we believe that it is going to be the 1.6-litre unit.advertisementDesign:Look at it from any angle and it is unmistakably a smaller Grand Cherokee. It offers the seven slat grille which has become the identity of this American brand. The sleek pair of headlamps flanking the grille come with LED daytime running lamps. The fog lamps sit on the bumper which also has a dual tone effect to it.  In profile it is clear that the Compass has proper SUV intentions. The big wheel arches house the 18in alloys and the claddings give it that tough look.2017 Jeep CompassVariants:Jeep is offering the Compass in four variants which include the entry level Sport followed by the Limited. Then comes the Longitude and finally one can have the top of the line Trailhawk. The Trailhawk though will come with even more features which include a dual-tone paint treatment.Boot Space:The boot on the other hand offers 410 litres of cargo space which can be enhanced to a rather large 1,191 litres by folding the seats down.2017 Jeep CompassCompetition:The upcoming Jeep Compass will take on the Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V in India.  Price:We expect the Jeep Compass range to start from the Rs 20 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 30 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Jeep Compass revealed in India: See full specs and pictures hereALSO READ:Fiat to unveil Made-in-India Jeep Compass in India on April 12last_img read more

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We can change some perceptions: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza ahead of World Cup 2019

first_imgBangladesh head to the cricket World Cup 2019 to change perceptions about their potential to compete despite having consistently punched above their weight in recent 50-over tournaments.The Tigers registered their best finish at the 50-over World Cup at the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand when they reached the quarter-finals, having defeated England in the group stages.They then proved their World Cup progress was no fluke by qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy from a group that featured hosts England, Australia and New Zealand.But just days before the start of the World Cup on May 30, the side does not feature in picks among teams that are expected to make the last four at the one-day international showpiece.Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza urged his players to therefore make sure the cricketing world takes notice from the moment they start their campaign against South Africa at The Oval on June 2.”If you ask all the experts, analysts and former players about their favourites for this World Cup, none of them will pick us,” Mortaza told reporters.”I think we can change some perceptions if we can do something this time, more than how much it changed in the past. It is a great opportunity for us.”There will be no dearth of experience in the side with Mortaza, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, batting mainstay Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim all making their fourth World Cup appearances.All four also have knowledge on how to win games on the big stage, having played in the 2015 victory against England in Adelaide and also when they defeated heavyweights India at the 2007 tournament in the West Indies.advertisementThe skilful Mustafizur Rahman will lead the pace attack and is expected to be a handful with his many variations.”We must work really hard, and it is important to find out if we are prepared to do that,” said Mortaza, who will be playing his final ODI World Cup.”The best teams sometimes don’t make it to the semi-finals, let alone win the World Cup.”There’s no pressure on us to win the World Cup, or even reach the semi-finals. We just want to play well.”While the experts have not placed much hope on the South Asian side, former captain Mushfiqur believes a last-four spot could be within reach for Bangladesh, with teams needing to be consistent in the 10-team round-robin format.”Having most experienced players in the team, this is the strongest World Cup team that Bangladesh have ever had,” he said. “It’s not impossible. It’s tough, but possible.”I personally believe that we have the ability to reach the knockout stages, and anything can happen if we can reach that point.”last_img read more

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India vs England: Nasser Hussain, Sourav Ganguly slam MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav over lack of intent

first_imgIndia lost to England by 31 runs in their maiden defeat of the World Cup 2019 on Sunday at Edgbaston. Even though Rohit Sharma hit a splendid century and Virat Kohli hit his 5th successive World Cup 50, India still fell short of the 338-run target. But the aspect that was most baffling about the nature of the Indian defeat was the fact that MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav couldn’t find the boundary in the end overs when the team needed them the most and kept on taking singles nonchalantly.Dhoni finished with 42 off 31 balls while Jadhav remained unbeaten on 12(13). Commentators Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain who were on air during the last phase of the innings were baffled by the duo’s appraoach of being satisfied with singles and not going for the big shots.”I am completely baffled. What’s going on! This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air. It’s a World Cup game, top 2 sides, give it a go! Indian fans would want their side to do a little bit more. They want their side to go down with a fight. Risk it to win it,” said Hussain during the last 10 overs of India’s chase.Ganguly too seemed surprised by India’s approach and said that having 5 wickets in hand and still ending up playijng dots was strange.”I don’t have an explanation for that. You asked me the question but I can’t explain these singles. It’s also the length and the bounce that has deceived the Indian batsmen. You can’t be chasing 338 and still have 5 wickets in the end. It’s about mindset and the way you look at the game. The message had to be clear: no matter where it comes and no matter where the ball lands you have to find the boundary. A dot ball at this stage!,” said Ganguly.advertisementEven after the match, Ganguly told host host broadcaster Star Sports that the intent especially in the first 10 and last 6 overs was lacking from the Indian duo of Dhoni and Jadhav.”The first 10 overs and the last 6 overs left a lot to be desired. Hopefully they will go back and reflect because they have been in excellent form this WC. The intent was not good enough. I would have been more happy if India were 300 all-out. This situation can happen again and they will have to find different ways to succeed in the first and last 10 overs,” said Ganguly.In essence, India lost just 1 wicket in the last 10 overs while scoring just 72 runs. Social media was also abuzz with the slow appraoch from the Indian duo and many criticized Dhoni and Jadhav for the uncharacteristic end to the Indian innings. Here is a glimpse:Disappointing finish. A run-a-ball partnership can’t win games. Was exciting till Pandya was in.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 30, 2019Last 10 overs 72 /1. Would have been happier with 290 all out than 306/5. So important to analyse stats n not take them on face value. Credit to #eng for bouncing back so strongly #ENGvIND #CWC19Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) June 30, 2019Nasser Hussain on commentary about MS Dhoni’s and Kedar Jadhav’s batting – “I am completely baffled by this” #ENGvIND #CWC19Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 30, 2019Now we can’t even tell Pakistan we tried #INDvEng #cwc19Anshu Mor (@anshuMor) June 30, 2019Terrible display of spirit by MSD & Jadhav. Didn’t even look like they were attempting to win the game. Disappointed.Also, better luck next time neighbours. #INDvsENG #Pakistan #CWC19Akshaye Rathi (@akshayerathi) June 30, 2019I cannot wait to see someone turn a single down to Dhoni. It is about time.Really no other way to politely inform the great man that the bus has left.#CWC19Anand Datla (@SportaSmile) June 30, 2019India knocking around for singles and no intention of a win! ???? #CWC19 #INDvENGIsrar Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) June 30, 2019Dhoni and Jadhav doing very well on Day 4 last session of this edgbadston test. All to play for tomorrow. #CWC19 #INDvENGRahul Ganjoo (@elegantlywasted) June 30, 2019What are they even doing?They were to play this like a T20 match to win & they seem to be slipping in the test mode. #INDvENG #CWC19Parampara ? (@cinemawaali) June 30, 2019India will next face Bangladesh at the same ground on July 2.Also Read | World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finalsAlso Read | India vs England: Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record with 3rd World Cup 2019 hundredadvertisementlast_img read more

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Monaco vs PSG: Team news & TV guide

first_imgLigue 1 Monaco vs PSG: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Kylian Mbappe PSG Lyon Ligue 1 17092017 Gettyimages Ligue 1 PSG Monaco v PSG Monaco Stade Louis II is the stage for a clash between Ligue 1’s behemoths and it will also see the return of one of its former heroes Kylian Mbappe returns to face his former club on Sunday when Paris Saint-Germain take on Monaco at Stade Louis II.Both sides were in Champions League action during the week but while PSG thrashed Celtic 7-1, Monaco were well beaten 4-1 at home by RB Leipzig, which ended any hopes of progression to the knock-out stage.Leonardo Jardim’s men will be keen to put that disappointment behind them by securing a positive result against their rivals as they endeavour to cut the gap between them to three points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Monaco vs PSG Date Sunday, November 26 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Keita Balde Monaco GuingampIn the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1 and by live stream using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app In the United States (US), the match will be available to watch live on television on BeIN Sports but it can also be watched by live stream using BeIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream BeIN Sports BeIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Monaco players Goalkeepers Subasic, Benaglia, Sy, Badiashile Defenders Kongolo, Jemerson, Jorge, Sidibe, Serrano, N’Guinda, Raggi, Glik, Toure Midfielders Fabinho, Ghezzal, Moutinho, Tielemans, Meite, Lopes, Boschilia, Lemar, Traore, Sylla, N’Doram Forwards Falcao, Jovetic, Carrillo, Balde, Diakhaby, Mboula Monaco will be without the services of Thomas Lemar, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, while Djibril Sidibe is also unlikely to be involved.Potential Monaco starting XI: Subasic; Raggi, Jemerson, Glik, Jorge; Tielemans, Fabinho, Moutinho, Lopes, Balde; Falcao. Position PSG players Goalkeepers Trapp, Areola Defenders Silva, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Meunier, Berchiche, Kurzawa, Alves Midfielders Verratti, Di Maria, Draxler, Lo Celso, Rabiot, Pastore Forwards Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani Unai Emery will choose from the same panel that faced Celtic and there are unlikely to be many changes from that game. Thiago Motta remains out of action with an injury, while Lucas Moura and Hatem Ben Arfa are seemingly not in Emery’s immediate plans.Potential PSG starting XI:  Areola; Alves, Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Verratti, Rabiot, Di Maria; Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Neymar PSG Celtic Champions League 22112017PSG are favourites according to dabblebet who price them at 2/5 to win, while Monaco are considered a 17/4 bet. A draw is available at 11/2.Click here to see dabblebet’s markets for the game, including goalscorer odds, correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Unai Emery PSG Lyon Ligue 1 17092017Having spent last season in Monaco’s shadow, PSG have begun the 2017-18 campaign with renewed vigour and they have cruised to the summit of Ligue 1.The Parisiens responded to last season’s disappointment by smashing the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona and they also plucked their rivals’ star player, Kylian Mbappe.Six points separate PSG from second-placed Monaco in the table and they will be determined to stretch that gap even further on Sunday, but they will have to be wary of a backlash.Jardim’s men suffered a humiliating home defeat during the week, so their morale has taken a beating, but they will no doubt be fired up for the visit of PSG and eager to banish their continental woes.last_img read more

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Jamaica Records Most Successful Winter Tourist Season

first_img The 2018/19 Winter Tourist Season has emerged as Jamaica’s most successful based on earnings and visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said. Mr. Bartlett said the boom in visitor arrivals to Jamaica has spurred investment interests, while advising of the impending commencement of several projects to construct thousands of additional hotel rooms islandwide.Meanwhile, the Minister, who emphasised that coffee has several value-added components that are not fully exploited by local entrepreneurs, urged them to explore these and not focus solely on exporting only coffee beans.Noting that there is growing demand for volunteerism, “which will enable you to earn”, Mr. Bartlett said the Volunteer Training Programme afforded the participants an opportunity to explore this.Under the Tourism Linkages Network initiative, which is a partnership with the Tourism Product Development Company, participants are provided with Team Jamaica certification.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (centre, back row), and Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Dr. Andrew Spencer (fourth left, back row), with several participants in the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme, during an awards ceremony at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew, on Tuesday (April 16). Mr. Bartlett added that 121,000 persons directly employed in the sector, and another 375 who work indirectly, benefited from this out-turn. The 2018/19 Winter Tourist Season has emerged as Jamaica’s most successful based on earnings and visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said.He notes that over the last three months of the season, which commenced on December 15, the industry welcomed nearly 800,000 stopover visitors while generating more than $1 billion in earnings.Mr. Bartlett added that 121,000 persons directly employed in the sector, and another 375 who work indirectly, benefited from this out-turn.“Our growth has been phenomenal. This is the greatest and most productive tourism winter season that Jamaica has ever seen in its history,” the Minister said.He was addressing the gathering at an awards ceremony for the first cohort of graduates under the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme, at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on April 16.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left), converses with several of the participants in the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme, during an awards ceremony at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on Tuesday (April 16). He notes that over the last three months of the season, which commenced on December 15, the industry welcomed nearly 800,000 stopover visitors while generating more than $1 billion in earnings. Story Highlights The first cohort included 28 students from UTech and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.The programme aims to assist coffee farmers to boost production, and provide locals and visitors with experiences highlighting Jamaica’s authentic coffee culture.last_img read more

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Government Surplus Items Keep On Working

first_imgNova Scotia’s Computers for Schools Program is the chief beneficiary of the provincial government’s surplus disposal program. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of used computer equipment was refurbished and put into schools in the last fiscal year, including 1,073 desktop computers, 587 keyboards, 395 monitors and 176 laptops. This information is in the Surplus Crown Property Disposal Report tabled today, Oct. 21, in the House of Assembly. It outlines the sale of surplus materials during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Surplus materials also go to non-profit and community groups that apply for donations. The report lists thousands of items such as chairs, tables, desks, filing cabinets, and who received them. Items were given to 46 different non-profit organizations. The program also generates revenue by selling surplus items. Surplus land was the money generator, bringing in more than $1.2-million. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s public auctions brought in $228,962. All profits — $1,458,510 in 2013-14 — are put toward the province’s bottom line. Surplus items are distributed under the Surplus Crown Property Disposal Act. The nine categories listed in the report are: The full report is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/publications/SCPDR.pdf . real property, such as land and/or buildings items sold at public auction items sold through public tender items donated to non-profit, non-government agencies scrap waste material sent for recycling computer equipment for the Computer for Schools program surplus equipment used in school renovations and construction equipment transferred to public school boardslast_img read more

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Stars Join Young Voices For Nordoff Robbins

first_imgPlatinum award winning singer Katie Melua, Soprano star Laura Wright, X-Factor winner Ben Haenow and singer, songwriter and producer Lemar all took to the stage to perform at the Young Voices Gala last week, which raised £75k for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.Ben Haenow, Laura Wright, Jo Carter, Ben Lewis, Tom Miserendino, Katie Malua, LemarYoung Voices, the world’s largest Children’s choir organisation, is now celebrating its 20th year of providing unrivalled musical experiences across the UK. To mark this very special occassion, they named Nordoff Robbins Charity Partner for the 2016 concert series.Last week over 8 thousand children and their dedicated teachers came together to perform in a special gala celebration and were joined by renowned artists, friends and family, all raising awareness and funds for Nordoff Robbins.“I was delighted to perform at the Gala event to celebrate the work both Young Voices and Nordoff Robbins do,” said Katie Melua. “We all know that music can have a profound effect on people’s lives, sometimes all it takes is 3 and a half minutes to change your day for the better and there are so many incredible stories to demonstrate this from within Nordoff Robbins and Young Voices.”Ambassador Laura Wright added: “I am honoured to have taken part in the Young Voices Gala. As a long standing Ambassador for Nordoff Robbins and a dedicated believer in the power of what they do, I am thrilled to have been part of this event. To see two musically-focused organisations join together and celebrate their work in delivering music to people in their own unique ways is really special; music is such a wonderful tool, and both Young Voices and Nordoff Robbins give so much to so many through it.”Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

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UN peacekeepers involved in armed clashes with militias in DR of Congo

On Saturday morning, a UN patrol discovered 11 armed men in a house near the home of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) leader, Thomas Lubanga. Since these men were in violation of the weapons ban in Bunia the UN detained them overnight. Before being released, their weapons were seized and destroyed. Later that day, after shots were fired at a UN base, peacekeepers detained another group of UPC militia members including the group’s intelligence chief, Saba Rafiki. He remains in detention with the UN in Bunia.On Saturday afternoon, militia members from the PUSIC, a UPC splinter group, opened fire on a UN patrol in the village of Shari, just southwest of Bunia. The peacekeepers returned fire, wounding two of the assailants and arresting nine. One of the wounded, Col. Claude Aboli, later died of his wounds.Hundreds of people were killed earlier this year in the Bunia region in ethnic clashes between Lendu and Hema clans. The fighting led to the deployment of a UN-authorized, French-led Interim Emergency Multinational Force (IEMF), followed by an expansion of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to stabilize the area. read more

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Hamilton campus opens Makerspace doors to teachers and students

The curious and creative minds of today’s teachers and students will be put to the test as Brock’s Hamilton campus hosts an event in its Makerspaces.Brock’s Instructional Resource Centre will welcome 40 kids and practising teachers from the Halton Catholic School Board Wednesday, Feb. 22.Makerspaces are arenas in which students and teachers can explore, learn and create, relying on the trial and error method and learning from the entire process, rather than just individual steps.The Makerspaces in Brock’s Instructional Resource Centre have an added program focus.“We’re different in the way that we are focusing on how our teacher education students can integrate it into their teaching and how they can use Makerspace and Maker mindset within their teaching and lesson planning,” says Shannon Welbourn, IRC Library and Media Supervisor at the Hamilton campus.Participants will focus on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication, which are all considered required skills of the future learner.While students will be making and exploring, teachers will be doing the same, but from a different perspective. IRC Manager Kim Pelchat said that’s a major goal of the Faculty of Education’s Makerspace.“The IRC at Brock University is at the forefront of offering this curriculum idea for student learning,” she said. “It’s providing students in the Faculty of Education with the resources to master the Makerspace concept.Pelchat said that, in addition to the exploration and play aspects of Makerspaces, there is growing research suggesting these activities are good for mental health, creative self-discovery and learning new hands-on skills.Wednesday’s event is the third in a series of Makerspace events hosted by the IRC. On Thursday, March 2, the St. Catharines campus will host 30 Early Childhood Education students for a session and on March 25, the Makerspace in Hamilton will host an event for teacher candidates. read more

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The Patriots Dynasty Just Wont Die

Len Dawson19754Doug Flutie20035Warren Moon*20001 5Miami1972-74321739+138.5 9Washington1982-921131653+99.1 6Dallas1968-831621667+125.7 12Green Bay1995-152121619+81.7 This Super Bowl might rank among the most satisfying for Belichick, who originally made his reputation as a football genius with defensive game plans designed to shut down high-powered offenses. A year after his defense gave up 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup QB in Super Bowl LII, New England held the Rams — who had averaged 32.9 points per game during the regular season — to a mere 3 points Sunday. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff had nobody to throw to and faced unrelenting pressure all night, recording a ghastly 57.9 passer rating.Belichick’s defenses had tended to be surprisingly mediocre over the back half of New England’s dynasty era, garnering an average seasonal rank of 15th of out 32 teams in ESPN’s Expected Points Added metric from 2008 to 2017. (Instead, they tended to rely on Brady and the offense to carry the load.) But this year’s Patriots were different, ranking seventh in defensive EPA, which made for one of the most well-rounded Patriots teams in a while. And in a year when seemingly anybody who ever met Rams offensive prodigy Sean McVay got hired as an NFL head coach on the spot, Belichick badly outcoached the wunderkind (by McVay’s own admission), unveiling a zone-coverage concept that the Rams hadn’t seen on tape and were completely unprepared for.That defensive master plan helped paper over a mediocre passing game for Brady, who at age 41 had his worst statistical Super Bowl performance, on the heels of a regular season that — while still good — was one of his least impressive of the past decade. There are mitigating factors, of course, including a vastly diminished set of targets as compared with his Randy Moss heyday. And by now, Brady is used to people wondering if he’s about to fall off a cliff every time he has an uninspired game. But he will also be sailing into uncharted territory at age 42 next season, playing at an age when literally no QB in football history has had an effective season: Tom Brady201719Tom Brady201814Warren Moon19985 Brett Favre200916Warren Moon199712Doug Flutie20042 8Denver1996-98321704+103.9 Age 40Age 41Ages 42+ Mean Elo is the harmonic mean of a team’s seasonal blended Elo ratings (which mix the average, final and peak Elo during the season) over the span of the seasons in question.Expected Elo is the mean Elo we’d expect for a generic Super Bowl contender (from a starting Elo of 1617) over the span of the seasons in question. Teams are ranked by how much they exceeded this expectation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com * DeBerg and Moon were 44 in 1998 and 2000, respectively.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 7Oakland/L.A. Raiders1967-851931654+115.3 V. Testaverde20035Brett Favre20105Steve DeBerg*19981 There are simply no comparisons for what Brady will try to do next year. (Although, to be fair, no quarterback had won six Super Bowls before Brady, either.)And for all of the Pats’ improvement on defense in 2018, they shouldn’t count on it being quite as good next season — defenses tend to regress to the mean much more strongly than offenses between seasons. Add in what (for now) looks a like a relative lack of cap space; several important players (such as Stephen Gostkowski, Malcom Brown, Trent Brown and Trey Flowers) hitting free agency; and speculation about the possible retirement of future Hall of Fame TE Rob Gronkowski,2Which would generate some cap savings but not enough to move New England into the top half of the league in space. and the Pats haters will have plenty to occupy themselves with over the next seven months.But as Sunday proved, the Patriots usually find a way to overcome the mechanisms that are supposed to make dynasties like theirs impossible to sustain. According to futures odds that sportsbooks have already released for next season, the Pats are, at worst, slightly behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race to win Super Bowl LIV — if not outright favorites. So although there are, as always, plenty of logical reasons to think New England’s dynasty days are numbered, and 31 fan bases hoping we’ll look back at Sunday night as one of their final moments of glory, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, Patriots fans should enjoy what they have: We’ve never seen something like this before and probably never will again. 3Dallas1992-95431740+150.7 TeamSpanSeasonsTitlesMean Elovs. Expected 2San Francisco1984-951241706+155.1 13Baltimore2000-141521599+54.6 Brady is headed for uncharted territoryBest seasons (by Approximate Value) for quarterbacks at ages 40, 41 and 42 (or older), 1960-2018 11Green Bay1966-68321688+87.7 1New England2003-181651712+170.5 The Pats are (still) the NFL’s greatest modern dynastyAmong franchises with at least two Super Bowl titles, the most impressive (nonoverlapping) spans of seasons, according to Elo ratings, since 1966 14N.Y. Giants1985-90621627+54.3 S. Jurgensen19747V. Testaverde200410V. Testaverde20052 From ABC News: 10Pittsburgh2004-11821656+93.9 3 others tied4Earl Morrall19752Earl Morrall19761 The 2018 NFL season will be remembered in part for its regular-season offensive explosion and the breakout performances of exciting young players such as MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. But in the end, all of that new stuff faded away. The Patriots won, just like they have six times in the past 18 seasons, and they did it with defense, just like in the very beginning. It was yet another affirmation of a dynasty that continues to reach unprecedented levels of dominance in a sport we keep pretending is designed to produce parity. The only question now is: How much longer can Tom Brady and Bill Belichick keep doing this?Sunday’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was not the prettiest for New England, even if it was the team’s widest margin of victory in a Super Bowl (somehow). Brady had a 71.4 passer rating in the lowest-scoring title game on record. And yet, it counted the same in the legacy column. I recalculated the numbers from my story measuring the most difficult-to-replicate multiseason runs by any franchise, and the Patriots’ stretch from 2003 through 2018 is easily the most dominant in the NFL’s Super Bowl era.1Moving up the list to officially pass … the Pats’ own run from 2003 through 2017. 4Pittsburgh1974-79641712+139.0 PlayerYearAVPlayerYearAVPlayerYearAV read more

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Justin Welby I have learned to be ashamed of the Church of

first_img“I think what one saw in Chichester was that meetings were dysfunctional, relationships were poor, and where we allow that to happen you will then get all other kinds of horrors, terrible things, because people have already got antagonisms and then the blame culture, the way of laying off responsibility is easy.”The inquiry has focused on the diocese of Chichester, where a series of priests were found to have sexually abused children and young people, including Peter Ball, former bishop of Gloucester, who was found in an independent report last year to have been protected by then-Archbishop Carey.  Lead counsel to the Inquiry, Fiona Scolding QC, also asked the Archbishop about the influence of gender and sexuality on attitudes to abuse.He said that changes in the church such as the ordination of women had caused some groups to become “inward-looking”.”That is very prone to covering up all kinds of faults, and particularly the most egregious ones, [of] which safeguarding has got to be at the top of the list. “I think there has been a culture where some groups felt besieged and threatened and therefore there was a loyalty to one another, but I’m not sure it’s about gender. I think it’s about power and a loss of power and a loss of respect,” he said. He added the inquiry had led him to “be ashamed again of the Church”. “I don’t know how to express it adequately how appalled and how ashamed I am of the Church for what it did to those who are survivors and are coping with this,” he added.  I don’t know how to express to adequately how appalled and how ashamed I am of the church for what it did to those who are survivors and are coping with this Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Justin Welby has said he is “ashamed” of the Church of England as he admitted he had a “sense of failure” over the Church’s treatment of abuse victims.Giving evidence at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church’s discipline process for accused priests was “not fit for purpose” and needed reform. “The damage it does to victims and survivors, the damage it does to people against whom a complaint is made, is extraordinary,”  he said. Asked about the lack of responsibility taken by individuals for failings in the church, he warned that tribalism in the Church of England had allowed paedophile clerics to thrive. “Factionalism” leads to a “failure to deal with atrocious behaviour, because it becomes ‘my cause right or wrong’,” he said.  Citing a letter sent earlier this month to this newspaper by a group of conservative Church of England figures defending former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, he said: “A lot of it goes down to tribalism, within the Church. Different groups who felt the liberty of defending their own position, right or wrong.”It’s exemplified by a comment that was made recently by a group of people from a particular part of the church, who said ‘if you attack any of us you attack all of us’ in connection with safeguarding. Carey was asked to step aside from his role as an honorary bishop by the Archbishop following the publication of the report. Ball accepted a caution for gross indecency in 1993 and resigned as Bishop of Gloucester but was allowed to officiate as a priest in the Church of England until 2010. He was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing 18 teenagers and young men between 1977 and 1992.The group’s letter suggested that Carey, who may face a criminal investigation for his role in the Ball case, was being targeted because of “what he represents of biblically faithful Christianity”. last_img read more

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Local elections Bricklayer and former community centre manager among independents who stormed

A bricklayer incensed by his local council’s destruction of a memorial tree and a former community centre manager inspired into politics by watching Question Time are among candidates who stormed the local elections as independents.Labour councillors were ousted from their heartlands and Conservatives lost some 1,300 seats yesterday – the party’s worst local election result since 1995.More than 900 independent councillors were elected and six councils are now controlled by independents and other parties.The Telegraph spoke to two politicians who secured big wins at the ballot box about what inspired them to take a stand.The Labour heartland of Bolsover in Derbyshire was taken over by independent councillors in an unprecedented victory.Ross Walker is one of the newly-elected independents in the district, which has been a Labour stronghold for the past 40 years.The 48-year-old bricklayer got into politics after the council cut down a sycamore tree which had been planted as a tribute to his late grandfather.He was so outraged that he decided to stand as a councillor.Mr Walker told The Telegraph about his previous run-ins with the local authorities – notably his bitter fight to get a park bench erected so his elderly father had somewhere to sit while he was babysitting his daughters. “We have twin girls and there was nowhere for him to sit while he was looking after them,” he said. “So I went to the council to request a bench – and it took four months to get one.”He added: “And we planted a memorial tree for my grandfather and only found out the council were removing it when they nailed a sign to it saying ‘we are removing this tree’. They didn’t contact us.”Addressing the independent election storm in Bolsover, he said: “I was expecting to get a seat but not what has actually happened. I’m in shock and it is absolutely fantastic.”I think the Labour Party has treated people disrespectfully and there has been no line of communication.”The majority of people are disgusted because nobody is listening to their concerns.”But things are going to change now. I’m hoping this is the first step People will see what a council can do and what can be achieved. They will see what they have been missing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Zadrozny said he was “delighted” with Ashfield Independent’s substantial gains.He said: “Obviously it is incredible for us and we are over the moon.  Ashfield Independents celebrate their win at the ballot box Ashfield Independents celebrate their win at the ballot box The party was able to capitalise on what they saw as local MP Gloria de Piero’s “flip-flopping” on Brexit. Nearly 70 per cent of Ashfield voters opted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum.Jason Zadrozny, 38, who has led Ashfield Independents for a year, told The Telegraph he first knew he wanted to get into politics after watching BBC’s political discussion show Question Time.”I have been a councillor for 12 years and was first elected in March 2007, but I was a community centre manager for the first three years after I left university,” he said.”Ashfield has very high areas of deprivation and I saw there was a gap between the council and the local support offered.”At the time I was more interested in what I was doing – talking to people who felt unsupported.”But I was watching Question Time on the TV one night and realised that practically no one was talking any sense or answering the questions.”That was what ultimately got me into politics. It sort of snowballed from there.” “We were expecting a good night but not that many seats, and we weren’t expecting to win by such a huge majority. My own majority was bigger than my entire result in the last local election.”He said Ashfield Independents reached out to voters and fought the “huge Labour machine” by returning to “old-fashioned politics”.”Yes we pushed leaflets through doors, but we also spoke to thousands of people. There are about 120,000 residents in Ashfield and between January 1 2018 and January 1 2019 we spoke to 75,000 people in face-to-face conversations.”There was enormous anger about Brexit. People were very, very upset and the mood was strange. I think we almost created a perfect storm.”People are incredibly annoyed and distrustful of the national parties now. I think we have been able to regain trust locally that has been lost nationally. We offered a positive alternative.” In Nottinghamshire, the Ashfield Independents – a party which didn’t exist four years ago – took 30 of the 35 available seats, leaving just three Conservative and two Labour councillors in office. read more

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Judicial appointments President Opposition Leader to meet again in February

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident, Opposition Leader meet on acting appointments for Chancellor, CJMarch 1, 2017In “Politics”President, Opposition Leader meet again on judicial, GECOM appointmentsMarch 9, 2017In “Politics”Judicial appointments: President says Courts should not be “paralysed,” awaiting legal adviceFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news” The Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, met with President David Granger this morning at 10:00 a.m. at State House to discuss the appointment of a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice.President David Granger greets Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo upon his arrival at State HouseThe Leader of the Opposition was accompanied by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-Law, Priya Manickchand, while the President was accompanied by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams, and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.In a short release Teixeira detailed that, “in keeping with article 127 (1) which states that ‘the Chancellor and the Chief Justice shall each be appointed by the President, acting after obtaining the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition’, the meeting agreed that the two leaders will meet again on February 7th, 2018 to follow up on the proposed names for appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice.”The two sides during the meeting at State HouseThe Ministry of the Presidency also detailed that in addition to discussing the appointment of a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice, nominees for the Teaching and Judicial Service Commissions were discussed.The meeting was organised after President David Granger announced at his first press conference in two years, that he has accepted a proposal from a Committee that had been set up to review and interview applicants interested in the top judicial post after it was advertised locally, regionally and internationally.Granger said on that occasion, that he had already contacted the recommended individual who later accepted the nomination. It was later revealed that the person, the President favoured, was Justice Kenneth Benjamin, who currently serves as the Chief Justice of Belize.Proposed Chancellor, Kenneth BenjaminWhile Jagdeo would not offer any other comments on his initial position on the suitability of the proposed candidate or whether he felt the process to arrive at a nominee was transparent and fair, he did say that even though the President has to make the first move to resolve the decade-long delay in appointing a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice, he will not allow himself to be coerced into accepting nominees just to fix the situation. read more

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Now Emma you know enough to bring me down an Irish aides

first_imgAN IRISHWOMAN who formerly worked for the cycling team of Lance Armstrong has revealed that the team flushed $25,000 of doping down a toilet, and then dumped its contents in a field, during the 1998 Tour de France which began in Ireland.Emma O’Reilly worked as a ‘soigneur’ – an assistant responsible for arranging cyclists’ food, clothing, transport as well as administering massages – for the US Postal Service (USPS) team between 1996 and 2000.Her affidavit to the US Anti-Doping Agency – reported on by the Irish Times this morning – reveals frustrations among some of the team’s riders in 1997 (not including Armstrong at the time).The team’s riders believed their then-doctor was not supplying them with enough legitimate recovery products to help them recover from particularly tough events.However, she remembers “being aware that some riders on the team were on doping programs in 1997″, adding: “Everyone knew what was happening but I never had a conversation with with a rider in which the doping program was openly discussed”. I remember saying to one of the other staff members that $25,000 worth of doping products probably does not make very good fertiliser, and that the team should come back to the field in a few years to check out the grass.The affidavit reveals, however, that a single Thermos flask was overlooked during this dump and was kept in a fridge for the remainder of the Tour. When O’Reilly shook this flask, she “could hear vials rattling inside of it”. When she finally mentioned it to another member of staff the following month, during a separate tour, that person’s face “went pale”. The following day the Thermos had been removed.Celaya stepped down as team doctor at the end of that season, moving to the ONCE team. He was played by Luis Garcia del Moral.The affidavit continues, and sees O’Reilly recall being asked by Lance Armstrong to dump a package which he did not want to dispose of at his team hotel.“From Lance’s explanation and the shape and feel of the package I assumed that the package contained syringes that had been used by Lance during the Tour of the Netherlands,” an event that had just concluded.“If they had been used to administer legitimate recovery products then there is no reason they could not have been disposed of by a doctor or trainer at the team hotel.”A promotion – on one condition – and a cross-border journeyThe following year O’Reilly was made head soigneur, a position she accepted on the explicit condition that “it would not require me to become involved in the team’s doping program.” This was an accepted condition of her promotion.That May, during a pre-season training session in the French Pyrenees, Armstrong asked O’Reilly to drive to the team base in Valencia, Spain “to collect something from the team doctor”. He requested that O’Reilly’s then-boyfriend not be told about the purpose of her trip, though she told him anyway.They stayed in one of two houses in the suburb of Piles which were rented by USPS. While she was there, packing things for the team, team director Johan Bruynell came to the house and “discretely [sic] handed me a small pill bottle” containing “about twenty small white tablets”.These were brought back across the French border without incident, and was dropped off to Armstrong in a McDonald’s car park in Nice.When Lance reached my vehicle I discretely handed him the pill bottle so that Kristin or anybody else who happened to be observing our interaction would not be able to tell that a handoff that occurred. […]To this day, Lance and I have never discussed the trip to Spain, the pills, or what the pills were for. Armstrong won his first Tour de France that month. It was the first of Armstrong’s seven consecutive victories on Le Tour.That season saw O’Reilly’s relationship with team director Bruynell break down, and she only worked on the events in the 2000 season where Bruynell was absent – meaning she missed the 2000 Tour de France and other major events.She quit USPS entirely at the end of the 2000 season, and has not worked in cycling since then. She is now a self-employed massage therapist based in Manchester, England.Read:  Lance Armstrong case: Ally admits dopingPlus: What next for Armstrong after devastating report? I did not discuss the doping programme with any of the staff members during the 1997 season, but in April of that year I did observe [an unnamed doctor] as he prepared syringes that were to be administered to the riders during the Circuit de la Sarthe [an early-season short race in France].I recall that [the doctor] used a syringe to pull a substance out of a glass vial but do not remember the name or appearance of the substance because I had made a deliberate choice to avoid all conversations about, and involvement with, the doping activities on the team.center_img A month later, during a race in France, O’Reilly was giving Armstrong a massage when he mentioned having a low level of hematocrit (the volume of red blood cells in the blood). This would be problematic because red blood cells are necessary to carry oxygen around the body.When I asked him what he was going to do about his low hematocrit, Lance just laughed and said, “You know, Emma. What everybody does.” I understood Lance’s response to mean that he intended to use EPO in order to raise his hematocrit levels.A syringe, a bruise, a positive test, and a ‘saddle sore’Three weeks later, and just days before the start of that year’s Tour de France, Armstrong asked O’Reilly if he could borrow her makeup to cover a bruise in his left arm. He said this bruise had been caused by a syringe. O’Reilly would not let him use her own make-up, but bought a variety of concealers for him to use.The ruse worked – the bruising was not spotted by doctors doing a pre-Tour medical exam.A few days later, Armstrong tested positive for a corticosteroid. There was “no sense of panic” about this on the part of the USPS team until they received word that reporters from the French newspaper Le Monde were going to break the story.O’Reilly was giving Armstrong a massage when he was talking to two unnamed others and came up with an explanation for a positive sample. They agreed to claim that Armstrong was suffering from saddle sores and needed a corticosteroid cream for this.The affidavit says a backdated prescription was needed for this story, and one was obtained from Dr del Moral, the new team doctor.It was clear to me after the meeting that Lance’s positive sample was not caused by the medical treatment of a saddle sore, and that the only reason he obtained a prescription was to excuse his improper use of a prohibited substance.Lance acknowledged that I had been present for a significant moment in his cycling career when he told me, “Now, Emma, you enough to bring me down.” That season, she recalled, was the first time USPS had entered the Tour de France. All nine of its riders completed the tour, with one mechanic from another team telling O’Reilly: “You’ve got a good doctor”. The implication, she says, was that the doctor was not only supplying recovery products but banned performance enhancers.Lance joins USPS as Le Tour comes to DublinThe following year, 1998, was when Lance Armstrong signed for USPS – making his comeback in professional cycling shortly after beating cancer that had spread to his brain, lungs, abdomen and testicles.It was also the year in which the Tour de France included two stages in Dublin, and a road stage between Enniscorthy and Cork. The Tour began in Dublin on July 11, though Armstrong – who was only beginning his comeback after his battle with cancer – did not participate in that year’s Tour.One or two months previously, US cyclist George Hincapie – a member of the team – learned that O’Reilly was travelling to Belgium and asked her to pick up a package from another unnamed individual.Upon collection she was told the package included testosterone – which “gives a rider enough energy to finish a sprint” – and that there were other prohibited substances used to regulate a cyclist’s temperature during a race.She then travelled back to Ireland, and made arrangements to meet the USPS team when they arrived on a ferry from Belgium ahead of the beginning of the Tour de France.The ferry was scheduled to arrive at the port after midnight, so I was surprised when customs agents showed up to meet the ferry to carry out searches of the team’s vehicles. I convinced the customs agents to leave by explaining that they would have a riot on their hands if they tried to search the trucks at 2:00am and that any search they felt was necessary could just as easily occur in the morning.That morning word got out that Festina rider Willy Voet had been arrested while trying to carry doping products in to France from Belgium. That arrest prompted major public outcry, many police raids, and ultimately led to so many doping accusations that the 1998 Tour has since been referred to as the ‘Tour du Dopage’.O’Reilly reported that the team doctor, Dr Pedro Celaya, was “frantic” about these developments, and remained so until the decision was taken to dump the team’s entire stock of doping products after the second time trial. By this stage the tour had left Ireland.‘Doping products probably don’t make good fertiliser’By this time a USPS camper van was parked in a large field close to the course at Meyrignac-l’Église, where the second time trial stage was beginning.[An unnamed woman] who was working as a host for the US Postal Service team told me that $25,000 worth of doping products were flushed down the toilet of the team bus, and discharged into the field.[The woman’s partner, a team mechanic,] told her that Dr Celaya was terrified and wanted all of the doping products to be removed from the bus in case it was searched by the French police.last_img read more

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Kildare farmer Thomas Reid lodges fresh objection in ongoing battle with Intel

first_img 67,951 Views No Comments Short URL Mar 6th 2019, 7:42 PM Thomas Reid Thomas Reid Image: FSE FILMS https://jrnl.ie/4527582 Share652 Tweet Email7 center_img THE COUNTY KILDARE farmer who took on the IDA – and won – is now seeking to prevent the go-ahead for a planned new $4 billion (€3.5bn) facility at Intel’s Leixlip plant.This follows farmer Thomas Reid lodging an objection with Kildare County Council against the new application by the US micro-chip giant for an extended and revised manufacturing fabrication facility, known as a “Fab”.Reid has long been a thorn in the side of the US multinational in the planning arena and this is the seventh Intel Leixlip application the farmer has objected to since 2012 with six previous Intel applications brought before An Bord Pleanála by Mr Reid.In 2016, Intel secured planning permission for the first phase of the ‘fab’ facility valued at $4 billion and the new application, which is an extension of the original plan, represents an additional investment of $4 billion.In total, the $8 billion (€7bn) investment – which will employ 6,000 construction workers at peak and 1,600 full time jobs on completion – will represent the largest single private investment in the history of the State on one project if given the go-ahead by Intel globally.Consultants for Intel have told Kildare County Council that the firm has already invested $12.5 billion (€11bn) on its site at Leixlip and the firm is seeking a 10 year planning permission for its new application.However, Reid of Hedsor House, Blakestown, Carton, Maynooth, is seeking to frustrate the multi-national’s plans after lodging a two page hand-written objection against the new application.The objection will now entitle Reid to appeal any decision to grant permission by Kildare County Council to An Bord Pleanála.‘Centre of excellence’ In his objection, Reid claims that the planning application is contrary to the proper planning and development of the area. In the objection, Reid – subject of a award-winning documentary last year over his successful Supreme Court battle with the IDA – stated that he is calling on Kildare County Council to refuse the application outright.Former Labour TD, Emmet Stagg has lodged a submission, but in favour of the Intel application stating that the proposed development will reinforce the Leixlip site as a centre of world class excellence in the knowledge based economy.Reid unsuccessfully opposed the $4 billion first phase of the ‘fab’ plan in 2017 when lodging an objection against the application and then appealing the Council decision to An Bord Pleanála.In 2015, Reid emerged victorious in his battle with the IDA where a unanimous Supreme Court found that the IDA making of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Reid’s 72-acre farm adjacent to the Intel campus had been in excess of the IDA’s powers.The five-judge court overturned an earlier High Court decision, which would have cleared the way for IDA to purchase the site, for development, against Reid’s wishes.The costs associated with the case left the IDA with a bill of €1.375 million.Kildare County Council is due to make a decision on the Intel application before the end of this month. Image: FSE FILMS By Gordon Deegan Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 7:42 PM Kildare farmer Thomas Reid lodges fresh objection in ongoing battle with Intel Reid has long been a thorn in the side of the US multinational in the planning arena. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Parents threaten High Court action against school over reduction of subjects taught

first_img PARENTS OF PUPILS at a school in Dundalk, Co Louth, have threatened High Court action over a decision to reduce the number of subjects taught through Irish.Last week students at Coláiste Lú staged a walk-out over the decision.Coláiste Lú is an aonad at Coláiste Chú Chulainn, which is an English medium school. It has about 60 pupils. An aonad caters for students who wish to be educated mainly through Irish in areas where it is not feasible to have a stand-alone Irish medium secondary school. Today parents of pupils attending Coláiste Lú said they have been “left with no choice but to file an application to the High Court to fight for the rights of students”. They said they were contacted by the school’s patron body, Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) after they sent the board a High Court warning letter this week and expect a meeting early next week. Aidan Kinsella, Coláise Lú parents council secretary, said a decision was taken last week that no further protests or walk-outs would take place to give “breathing space” to meetings organised by TDs in relation to the issue. “The current disruption to our children’s education should not be exacerbated by missing school days protesting. This, however, is contingent on genuine and honest engagement by LMETB and [the] principal to swiftly provide the necessary resources to re-establish the aonad as it used to be run.”The LMETB has said teacher shortages led to the decision this year to have most subjects taught through English. Teachers at Irish medium units are drawn from the main school’s allocation. Last week LMETB said it was not in a position to commit resources sanctioned for other students to meet expectations of the parents of pupils at the aonad.  29 Comments Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 5:27 PM https://jrnl.ie/4806164 Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Share7 Tweet Email1 20,866 Views Thu 5:27 PM Image: Shutterstock Parents threaten High Court action against school over reduction of subjects taught in Irish The board has said teacher shortages led to the decision to have most subjects taught in English. last_img read more

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Woman dog killed at least 3 airlifted after wrongway crash in Southwest

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A young woman and her dog were killed after they were involved in a crash while the woman was driving against traffic in Southwest Ranches, officials said.Davie Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the wreck on the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 near Stirling Road, just before 6:30 p.m., Saturday.Cameras captured an overturned and a dark colored SUV with heavy front-end damage.Police said the woman was behind the wheel of the car heading the wrong way. The dog was also inside that vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.Officials said at least three other victims were airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center in unknown conditions. Officers shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 near Stirling Road while they investigated. They have since reopened to traffic.Police have not released the victims’ identities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NB lanes are now open at Stirling Rd and US-27 Hwy— Davie Police Dept. (@DaviePolice) April 28, 2019 last_img read more

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Plan to Reform Fourth Estate Remains Largely Intact

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The crux of House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry’s plan to streamline Pentagon bureaucracy largely survived House-Senate negotiations over the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, with defense support agencies and field activities remaining a target for cost-cutting reforms. The conference agreement requires the chief management officer (CMO) to certify that spending by support agencies on civilian resources management, logistics management, services contracting and real estate management will be cut by 25 percent by Jan. 1, 2020, by reducing or eliminating duplicative functions. If the CMO determines that reaching savings of 25 percent will create “overall inefficiencies” for DOD, the department must notify Congress and specify a lower savings goal. Section 921 also requires the CMO to continue reviewing defense agencies and field activities every five years to identify opportunities “to increase effectiveness and efficiency of mission execution.”A related provision, section 923, calls for the CMO to review defense agencies and field activities and submit a list to lawmakers of the agencies which operate “efficiently and effectively,” and do not carry out any function that is duplicative of activities carried out by other defense elements. The CMO then would be required to develop a plan for “rationalizing the functions” or agencies not included on that list, or transferring some or all of their functions to another organization.The conference agreement offers a reprieve for two agencies — Washington Headquarters Services, which would have been eliminated under the House plan; and the Defense Information Systems Agency, which would have seen many of its functions transferred elsewhere. The section also requires DOD to provide Congress 30 days notice before terminating an agency or activity.last_img read more

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources tracks bear that killed Anchorage teenager

first_imgBlack bear. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game)Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is still searching for the black bear that killed 16-year-old Patrick Cooper on Sunday. Meanwhile, another bear attack has claimed the life of a worker and injured another in a gold mine near Delta.Listen nowIn Anchorage, Cooper encountered a bear during the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on the Bird Ridge trail inside Chugach State Park.After a search of the trail, Cooper was found pinned to the ground by a black bear. The bear ran away after a park ranger shot it.According to Ken Marsh of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the last fatal bear mauling in the Anchorage area occurred in 1995.“In this situation, this is a very, very rare occurrence,” Marsh said. “This appears to be a predatory attack. This is a situation where a bear may not have been surprised, where in fact a bear actually targeted an individual.”Two Fish and Game officers and one park ranger tracked the bear into Monday afternoon. After an initial ground search, trackers found traces of blood from the bear and believe it has moved deeper into the mountains. Marsh said, if the bear is found alive it will be put down.Matt Wedeking from Alaska State Parks said investigators are just trying to gather information at this point. He said if the Department of Fish and Game is able to recover the bear carcass, it will perform a necropsy to determine if there was anything wrong with the bear. Wedeking reminded Alaskans to stay safe on the trails.“Travel in groups, make a lot of noise, carry bear spray or an air horn,” Wedeking said. “Bear incidents happen everywhere in Chugach State Park and any of the state parks, so be aware and plan for it.”Wedeking said the Bird Ridge trail can reopen if the bear is found.Another fatal bear attack happened early Monday, June 19 at the Pogo mine, 38 miles from Delta Junction. Employees were taking geological samples several miles from camp when the bear attacked. The bear was shot and killed after Alaska Wildlife Troopers directed the mine to have it “dispatched.”last_img read more

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