Solo Accuses Former FIFA President Blatter of Grabbing Her

first_imgΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚ – Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”Solo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament.For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts.By ANNE M. PETERSONTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India have a significant chance of beating Australia, feels Steve Waugh

first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh became the latest to join the “India’s best hope to win in Australia” bandwagon, saying that it is a “significant chance” to win their first Test series Down Under.”I will see this as a significant chance and they would have prepared for this tour for a long time, I think it’s going to be a really close series,” Waugh told ‘ESPNcricinfo’.The series begins with the first Test in Adelaide on December 6.India captain Virat Kohli is likely to be the biggest threat for the Australian bowlers, as they look to maintain their unbeaten record at home against the Asian giants.Asked how how does Australia tackle the Kohli threat, Waugh said, “He is a great player and loves the big moment, a bit like Tendulkar and Lara.They wait for these big series and that’s where they want to show their best. So who is the dangerman for Australia? They have got some really good batsmen, they have got a very good all-round team.”Gilchrist was of the opinion that the Australian pace attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood could pose tough questions.”Virat is clearly the best player in the world at the moment. So India will look to him to score heavily but all are going to have their challenges and as too will the Australian batting line-up,” Gilchrist said.The big-hitting batsman of yesteryears was of the opinion that the Asutralian pace attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood could pose tough questions.advertisement”I think Pat Cummins is outstanding, Hazlewood is almost McGrath like with his bowling. Those three guys and there are couple in the wings who are high quality fast bowlers.”(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Cricket Australia’s new chairman has a message before India TestsAlso Read | Murali Vijay signals his intent with quickfire hundred in Test warm-upAlso Read | I’m ready for Australia: Murali Vijay after scoring hundred in Test warm-upAlso Read | India’s Test warm-up ends with hundred for Vijay and 62 for KL RahulAlso watch –last_img read more

De Gea focused on topping Iran after gaffe

first_imgSpain De Gea ‘calm’ and focused on topping Iran after Ronaldo goal gaffe Tommy Doleman Last updated 1 year ago 10:57 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) David de Gea Spain 2018 World Cup Getty Images Spain David de Gea Portugal v Spain Portugal World Cup The Spain goalkeeper says he is calm and has the full backing of his team-mates and manager after his error in a draw with Portugal David de Gea said he had the support of his Spain team-mates after he made an uncharacteristic error in Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal at the World Cup.The Premier League Golden Glove winner failed to save Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot from long range moments before half-time on Friday, giving Portugal the ascendency in Sochi.Spain would recover and lead, only to concede a late equaliser as Ronaldo completed his hat-trick , but De Gea, 27, was relaxed about the result and his performance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “The mister [interim coach Fernando Hierro] is with me and the whole team, so I am calm,” he said.”It’s a mistake, a difficult ball, [but we] continue training to do things well in an important game against Iran because we have strong options to win.”We deserved more but football is like that, it can happen to you, only those of us who put on our gloves and go out in the field know how hard [it is].”Iran, who are surprisingly atop Group B, are Spain’s next opponents in Kazan on Wednesday. Spain will round out group play with Morocco, who suffered a late loss to the Iranians in their World Cup opener .last_img read more

Pochettino admits potential of Spurs exits

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his side may yet lose players while the European transfer window remains open.Spurs enjoyed a fruitful off-season with a handful of major new recruits brought in for only a few exits in North London, following last year’s domestic and Champions League exploits.However, with the British transfer window now concluded, the Argentine can no longer add to his squad should any of his players be poached by continental opposition, with September 2 the deadline for such purchases elsewhere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Christian Eriksen is among a clutch of big-name players who have been linked with the door at the club, as has Jan Vertonghen, with the end of their current deals on the horizon.Pochettino has accepted that the circumstances and uncertainty his side find themselves are “difficult” but he has refused to blame it as the catalyst for their underwhelming performance against Manchester City on Saturday, when they managed to scrape a 2-2 draw against the odds.”I think it’s not an excuse. I am not complaining about the situation, only explaining it,” the Argentine stated after the match. “Of course, we still need to wait to see what happens with our squad. Maybe some players are still in a situation where things can happen.”We are not a closed squad where nobody is going to move. Maybe nobody will move. The circumstances are that things are still open. The market in Europe makes things difficult in the way that we work and this type of situation doesn’t help the coaching staff to create a good dynamic.”Of course, we are going to start our sixth season at Tottenham and I think we’re world champions at adapting ourselves to different circumstances. It’s a great experience. We are going to be one of the best coaching staffs in the world at adapting to circumstances.”Today when you play against a team like Manchester City, with all the circumstances we have inside our team, I think 2-2 and a point is massive.”Credit to the team and everyone who is working hard, trying to keep going, working, trying to not be focused on the circumstances, just positive, faith and hope. That is massive.”I don’t know if people realise or not. I don’t care about that. Only that the circumstances are not the best and the challenge is massive. So happy because the will of the players, their commitment and with all the circumstances we’re trying to get a good result for the club and for our fans.”Tottenham’s next match comes against Newcastle before focus turns to a north London derby against Arsenal the following week.last_img read more

New Coal Carrier Joins NYK Group

first_imgzoom Japan’s shipping company NYK Group has taken delivery of a new coal carrier, the 56,825 gross ton Isuzu Maru, from its compatriot shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding.The 249-mete-long and 43-meter-wide ship, which was handed over on April 14, will be operated by NYK Group’s Singapore-based subsidiary NYK Bulkship (Asia).NYK said that the new coal carrier will be deployed to transport coal for coal and mineral company JERA Trading Singapore, a subsidiary of the Japanese electric power company JERA.The 100,165 dwt Isuzu Maru will transport coal mainly from Australia and Indonesia to Chubu Electric Power’s Hekinan thermal power station, which is located in Hekinan city, Aichi prefecture, in Japan.Compared to the standard 70,000 dwt Panamax bulk carrier, the new Isuzu Maru has a wider beam and a shallower draft to improve transportation efficiency, according to NYK Group.last_img read more

Foster Family Appreciation Week Oct 18 to 24

first_imgThere are more than 800 foster families in Nova Scotia who provide children in need with a loving, stable home where they can deal with the challenges in their lives. Foster Family Appreciation Week is Oct. 18 to 24, and the Province of Nova Scotia wants to thank foster families for their dedication and commitment throughout the year to these children. “Children come into foster care for a variety of reasons and each one deserves a safe, supportive place to call home in times of personal family crisis,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “During Foster Family Appreciation Week we want to especially thank and recognize our foster families for their important role in the lives of foster children.” An art and poetry contest for children and youth who are part of a foster family is one of the highlights of this annual celebration. This year’s selected art entry was created by Willow, age 10, and the author of the selected poetry submission was Torie, age 14. Their entries can be viewed on the Department of Community Services website at . During celebrations across the province, certificates of recognition will be awarded to foster families for every five years they have cared for young people. “My family and I have been actively fostering for the past 16 years,” said Allan Best, a foster parent in Antigonish. “Being a foster family takes the support and love of our entire family to provide a nurturing and safe environment to the children who come to us in need. On a daily basis, we are reminded of the positive impact we have by seeing the progress of the children we have been so fortunate to meet.” Foster parents are provided with comprehensive training programs, which cover topics like sensitivity, the developmental needs of children and non-violent crisis intervention. Experienced foster-parent trainers share their knowledge and deliver the program, Parent Resource: Information, Development and Education (PRIDE), along with Community Services and the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia. Foster parents also receive assistance with the costs associated with helping children or youth in their care. The Department of Community Services is always looking for more foster families. If your family is interested in learning more or becoming a foster parent, please call the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-565-1884.last_img read more

Canadas Mikael Kingsbury wins gold medal in mens moguls

first_imgCanada’s Mikael Kingsbury has captured his first Olympic title, winning gold in the men’s moguls at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.The 25-year-old from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 86.63 in the third and final run to take top spot.Australia’s Matt Graham took silver with 82.57 while Daichi Hara captured bronze with 82.19.Kingsbury, the World Cup leader and Sochi Games silver medallist, was the top qualifier after scoring 86.07 points Friday.Kingsbury has won six straight World Cup season titles and is on track for a seventh.last_img read more

Iranian MPs convene with ‘Death to America’ chants

first_imgTehran: Iranian lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted “Death to America” as they convened Tuesday for an open session of parliament after the White House designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a foreign terrorist organization. President Hassan Rouhani declared that the force’s popularity would only surge in the wake of the designation, saying guard members would be dearer “than any other time in the hearts of Iranian nation.” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the guard and said America’s “evil designs would not harm” the force. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe move by Washington on Monday was an unprecedented declaration against a foreign government entity one that could prompt retaliation and make it harder for Americans to work with allies in the region who have contact with members and affiliates of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC. It marks the first time the United States has designated an entire entity of another government as a terrorist organization, placing a powerful and expansive armed force with vast economic resources that answers only to Iran’s supreme leader in the same category as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIran’s rival, Saudi Arabia, welcomed the U.S. decision, describing it as a “serious and practical step to combat terrorism.” A Foreign Ministry official said the designation “translates Saudi Arabia’s repeated demands for the international community to confront terrorism supported by Iran.” Within hours of the Trump administration’s declaration, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council responded by designating the US Central Command, also known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as terrorist, and labeling the U.S. a “supporter of terrorism.”last_img read more

CSK look to consolidate position at top against MI

first_imgChennai: They might have already reached the cut-off limit of 16 points needed for the play-offs, but Chennai Super Kings would like to consolidate their position at the top when they take on an inconsistent Mumbai Indians in an IPL match here on Friday. The MS Dhoni-led side roared back to form after two losses, with a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Tuesday night, riding on Shane Watson’s big hitting. Come Friday, the hosts would be looking to continue the momentum. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe visitors, currently in third spot with 12 points from 10 games, are coming off a defeat against Rajasthan Royals and will be keen to keep themselves in the hunt for the playoffs. While CSK’s must have welcomed Watson’s return to form, the team would be hoping for Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav to get going ahead of the knockout phase. It is important for Jadhav to get his touch back with the World Cup looming. The bowlers have played a big role in CSK’s success so far, especially at home, on sluggish tracks. The much-improved Deepak Chahar will be key in the matches to come with his intelligent bowling at the start and at the death. Though Imran Tahir, who is the second highest wicket-taker with 16, went wicketless in the SRH match, the South African veteran will be expected to stymie the powerful Mumbai Indians batting line-up along with fellow spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh. Mumbai have had a roller coaster season so far and they now need to be at their best in the last lap of the preliminary phase.last_img read more

Consultation process to evaluate the performance of the President

The term of the President expires on June 30, 2011, and pursuant to Faculty Handbook I: 3.2.2, the Committee on the Presidency has been established. The Committee has confirmed that Jack Lightstone will stand for reappointment and the review process to evaluate the performance of the President has commenced.As part of the review, a consultation process is taking place in order to give the Brock community an opportunity to provide input, in confidence, about the performance of the President.Please click on the link below for the full details of the consultation process:• Brock Community Consultation Process (PDF) read more

SpursWarriors Is The Best DefenseOffense Clash In NBA History

1995-96✓Bulls1819Sonics17081763Bulls 1997-98✓Jazz1742Bulls17811761Bulls SEASONPLAYOFFNAMEELONAMEELOAVG. ELOWINNER The best opportunity we had to witness No. 1s face off in recent years came in 2005-06, when the Dallas Mavericks offense faced the Spurs defense 11 times. Offense prevailed in that case — Dallas won 55 percent of the time, scoring 11.4 more points per game than San Antonio usually gave up that season — but that’s an exception to the general trend since 1951.In 414 meetings over the past 65 NBA seasons,2Today’s Warriors-Spurs matchup will be the first No. 1-versus-No. 1 clash of the 2015-16 season, though it isn’t set in stone that these squads will finish the year No. 1 in their respective categories. the top-ranked defense has beat the top-ranked offense 55.3 percent of the time. In those games, 3Excluding the game in question if it’s a regular-season contest. the No. 1 defense gave up 4.1 more points than their average, but the No. 1 offense scored 5.3 fewer points than their average. Some of that is because the defensive teams have more often been better overall clubs — hello, Bill Russell-era Celtics! — but we can account for this using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, which set pregame odds based on the relative qualities of the teams. Elo would have expected the No. 1 defenses to beat the No. 1 offenses 54.9 percent of the time, so the defensive teams are winning slightly more than expected when they face their offensive doppelgängers.That’s the aggregate of matchups between No. 1s since 1951, though. What about since the mid-2000s, when the league finished a nearly decade-long project to overhaul its defensive rules and cut down on hand-checking? The trend is inconclusive: In the relatively small sample of 38 matchups since 2004-05, top offenses are winning less than Elo would predict — yet, they’re also taking more of a bite out of top-ranked defenses than those defenses are doing to them at the opposite end. Those recent rule changes certainly are having the intended effect at a leaguewide level (pace and offensive efficiency are up since the early 2000s); stay tuned to see if it translates to these kinds of strength-on-strength matchups as well.Those are all broader trends, though. What makes Monday’s Spurs-Warriors game historically unique is the sheer quality of each team’s dominant unit. Only four games in NBA history have ever seen an offense 8 points better than the league’s efficiency face a defense 8 points better than that same league standard, and all of those were between the Spurs and Mavericks during the 2003-04 season.4Somewhat under the radar, those Mavs had the best offense — relative to the league average — of all time, although this year’s Warriors might top them. This game will do those one better by pitting a plus-9 offense against a plus-9 defense, an NBA first. It’s practically unheard of for a matchup of this caliber to take place outside the NBA Finals, where both teams’ ratings are necessarily sky-high because they’ve made it through the notorious gauntlet that is the NBA playoffs. For it to happen during the regular season, you’d need two teams flirting with a 70-win pace — and that’s exactly what San Antonio and Golden State are doing this year.It’s fair to ask whether there’s also something bigger going on here: Three of the 10 best combined-Elo games in NBA history1After removing duplicate games from the same playoff series. have taken place in the last 10 months, and two in the last 32 days. Does the NBA suffer from an epic lack of parity these days? Is Elo itself miscalibrated? Those questions are beyond the scope of this post, but know that, by any metric, the Warriors’ and Spurs’ first meeting of the 2015-16 season makes for a titanic matchup.(Yes, we also know that ageless time lord Tim Duncan will be out tonight. Luckily, the Spurs are deep enough to cover for that.)Tonight’s game also poses a more specific question: What happens when historically great offensive and defensive units meet? The short answer is that the Spurs and Warriors are playing at such a high level that we don’t really have a good historical precedent.Here’s what we do know: Defense-oriented teams have a higher probability of winning the NBA title at a given level of (regular-season) performance than their offensive counterparts. This gap only widens as a defense (or correspondingly good offense) becomes more dominant. And great defenses also have a slight edge in head-to-head clashes against great offenses.In preparation for Monday’s tilt, we did some digging into historical battles between the league’s best teams on each side of the ball. It’s a phenomenon that occurred upward of a dozen times per season in the NBA’s first few decades, but it’s getting rarer and rarer in recent years because of expansion, scheduling constraints and a larger playoff field. 1996-97✓Bulls1798Jazz17521775Bulls HOME TEAMROAD TEAM 2011-12✓Thunder1731Spurs17401735Thunder 1995-96✓Magic1647Bulls18271737Bulls 2014-15Spurs1702Warriors17881745Spurs 2015-16Warriors1814Cavaliers16601737Warriors 2015-16Warriors1809Spurs17821796— Tonight, the unstoppable Golden State Warriors meet the immovable San Antonio Spurs in a showdown between the NBA’s No. 1 offense and its No. 1 defense, two units that aren’t merely at the top of the league, but rank among the best we’ve ever seen. It’s the game of the season — no, check that, it’s the loftiest NBA game ever played according to our in-house Elo ratings. 2014-15✓Warriors1802Cavaliers17121757Warriors 1996-97Bulls1792Sonics16781735Bulls Under such extreme circumstances, it’s tough to say which side of the ball has the advantage — we simply don’t have enough of a sample of comparable matchups. And our other bits of evidence from history are mixed; defenses hold a slight all-time edge, but that may have eroded with recent seasons. (Or not.) Monday’s matchup won’t serve as a referendum in either direction, but it should be a spectacular clash of styles featuring basketball at perhaps the highest level it’s ever been played. read more

Dhoni not part of T20I squad to face West Indies and

MS Dhoni has been dropped for the first time since he established himself as a heavyweight in Indian cricket. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman will not be part of the T20I series against West Indies and Australia in November.However, chief selector MSK Prasad made it a point to say “it is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is” and added that they are looking to firm up back-up options behind the stumps. To that end, both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have been picked for these six matches.Dhoni has been part of 93 of the 104 T20Is that India have played since his debut in December 2006. In that time, he’s made 1487 runs at a strke-rate of 127, alongside 54 catches and 33 stumpings. He has also been one of the most recognisable figures in IPL cricket, having played each of the 11 seasons. Having gone through a slump with Rising Pune Supergiant, he scored 455 runs at a strike-rate of 150 for Chennai Super Kings in their title-winning run earlier this year. Since then, he travelled to England as part of the T20I squads, although he got a chance to bat in only one of the three matches.“The T20Is here and in Australia, he [Dhoni] is not going to play, because we are also looking at a second wicketkeeper,” Prasad said at a press conference on Friday. “That will be between Rishabh and Dinesh Karthik. So they will be getting a chance to keep and bat.”Hardik Pandya was also missing from both squads. The allrounder has not recovered from a back injury that he suffered during the Asia Cup in September. “As of now, he won’t be ready till November 15. After that, we will take a call,” Prasad said.Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was named captain of India for the three-match series against West Indies, which begins on November 4. Virat Kohli will return to take the reins when the team begins its tour of Australia three weeks later.India have also called up Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer into their squads for both series. The 23-year old last played a T20I in December 2017 but has since then become an important figure in the A team and also took over captaincy of the Delhi Daredevils. His IPL team-mate Shahbaz Nadeem earned an India call-up as well, soon after a world record performance, albeit in 50-over cricket. The left-arm spinner picked up 8 for 10 in September and is part of five spin options that India have chosen to play West Indies, alongside the incumbents Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, and allrounders Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar. The seam attack will be led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, which now includes additional variation in the form of left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed. Fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Siddharth Kaul, who were part of India’s previous T20I squad on the tour of England, were left out.In ODI news, Kedar Jadhav, who was ignored for the third game against West Indies despite his saying he was fully fit, has been recalled to play the final two matches of the series. “He is coming back from an injury which is why we asked him to play in the Duleep Trophy,” Prasad said. “We expected their team to go on to play the final which is why he’s not a part of the third ODI but is part of the fourth and fifth ODIs.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDhoni opts out of West Indies tour, Hardik rested, Bumrah only for TestsJuly 22, 2019In “latest news”West Indies stun India in low-scoring thrillerJuly 2, 2017In “Sports”MS Dhoni gives up India’s ODI and T20 captaincyJanuary 4, 2017In “latest news” read more

Complete Immersive mine operator training system

first_imgImmersive Technologies will display what it describes as “the world’s first complete mine operator training system” at AIMEX. “This is the mining industry’s most advanced, complete and scalable solution for mining equipment operator development,” said Ashley Mullaney, Global Events Manager with Immersive. “AIMEX attendees will be able to experience the results of years of dedicated R&D, collaboration with hundreds of users of the industry’s largest installed fleet of advanced equipment simulators, and exclusive partnerships with leading OEMs, including Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu, Liebherr and P&H Mining.” Features of the new system, which incorporates the company’s advanced equipment simulators, include: A training model blending eLearning, instructor-led training, and medium and high fidelity simulators with a customised content and curriculum – designed to ensure high levels of staff readiness, operational improvement and trainee output in a cost-effective mannerSimCloud technology offering operations complete visibility of local or global simulation training programs via a secure websiteGlobal operator benchmarking tools so operations can benchmark their equipment operators against global norms based on data captured from more than 23,000 operatorsA trainer productivity station designed to alleviate the industry shortage of experienced trainersSimDesktop, allowing trainers and managers to use, anywhere and anytime, their Immersive Technologies’ simulator data analysis and scenario configuration toolsSimMentor facilities for briefing before simulation training sessions, and debriefing afterwards to help increase training effectiveness and free up simulator timelast_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_imgRottenTomatoes: 5.7/10IMDB: 6.9/10Which one would you go see first? Lady BirdI, TonyaFinding Your FeetNone of themVote Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 8:30 PM I, Tonya (1219) Share2 Tweet Email Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowThis takes on the true story of what happened to Tonya Harding, and stars Margot Robbie in her first truly meaty role.What the critics say“Taking the form of a mock, mocking documentary, one that disjointedly swings between heehaw comedy and wincing agony, the movie establishes its raised-eyebrow tone with a title card stating it’s “Based on irony-free, wildly contradictory and totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly,” her former husband.” – New York Times“Robbie’s performance is undoubtedly sympathetic to Harding as she experiences widespread shaming in the aftermath of the Kerrigan attack.” – The Atlantic  PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid? We take a look.Lady Bird Source: A24/YouTubeWhat we knowIt’s the movie we’ve all been waiting for – Greta Gerwig’s editorial debut, about a young girl (played by our own Saoirse Ronan) and her last year in high school in Sacramento. We’ve seen it, and it’s just great.What the critics say“… a gloriously funny and wistfully autobiographical coming-of-age comedy.” – The Guardian“…an absolute sunrise of a movie, the kind of thing that makes your heart leap and gives you hope, brings you as much joy as your best friend’s wedding, and makes people like me write over elaborate opening sentences to praise it.” – GQ Finding Your Feet (237) Poll Results: 44 Comments What’s it rated?center_img By Aoife Barry What’s it rated? None of them (1331) RottenTomatoes: 8.7/10IMDB: 7.7/10I, Tonya Lady Bird (2455) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 22nd 2018, 8:31 PM RottenTomatoes: 7.8/10IMDB: 7.6/10Finding Your Feet Source: Entertainment One UK/YouTubeWhat we knowImelda Staunton plays a woman who’s forced to go live with her hippy sister after her marriage collapses. And when she joins a dance class, things start looking up.What the critics say“No movie with these excellent actors can be a complete dead loss, of course, but it’s the kind of feelgood film that somehow always manages to set a keynote of feel-bad, feel-sad gentility. ” – The Guardian“It’s a treat to see the likes of Imrie, Staunton and Spall combine for something a little more frothier, although the tale isn’t without a healthy dose of Mike Leigh-realism.” – Stuff 22,529 Views Short URL What’s it rated?last_img read more

He lit up a room when he entered Teenagers who died at

first_imgMorgan had a strong personality and didn’t care too much about the opinion of others revealed in his various hair styles or indeed lack of hair, hair colours and his flamboyant choice of shirts.“He was constantly breaking his glasses and his mother was constantly having to buy him new school shoes as he wore them out playing football. He was also a humble young man who would always listen and be there for somebody if they needed him.”‘Energetic and full of life’ Father David Moore, Parish Priest of Pomeroy, was the chief celebrant at Lauren’s mass. He told the congregation one thing that can never be taken away from her family and the wider community are their “precious memories”. The coffin of Lauren Bullock arriving for funeral at St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore. Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images“Lauren has been the essence of a wonderful and caring daughter, sister, grand-daughter, niece to her family and a loyal and caring friend to so many others.“So many people have been touched by the events of Sunday night. Take consolation in that, a sign of what people in the community and local area truly thought of her and yourselves as a family. The funeral cortege makes its way to St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore for the funeral of of Lauren Bullock. Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images“Aged only 17, Lauren was well in the process of making her mark on her home, her school, this community, her circle of friends. She was ‘living the dream’, energetic and full of life, doing and enjoying all the things that made her happy.She was a girl who was happiest when she was doing things to help others and gave of herself and her time to do a good deed whenever and wherever she could. Lauren’s many friends have described her to me as having ‘a warm and bubbly personality with a very infectious smile’, that’s a lovely picture for all of us to have of her in our minds today.“Lauren was getting on so well in Saint Patrick’s College in Dungannon, and her teachers there can attest to how eager and very able a student Lauren was. She had a bright future in front of her and we know she still had so much more to contribute to our community.”‘His infectious smile warmed everyone’s hearts’Fr Kevin Donaghy, parish priest of Dungannon, was the chief celebrant at Connor’s funeral mass.He told those present that Connor’s parents and close family “have been greatly comforted by the good memories shared with them by Connor’s classmates and team-mates and teachers and friends” in recent days. Members of the Edendork St Malachy’s GAA club formed a guard of honour at the funeral of Connor Currie at St Malachy’s Church. Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images“Friends have recalled how he lit up a room as he entered it and his infectious smile warmed everyone’s hearts.Teachers remember him as a courteous and appreciative young student, always in the habit of saying thank you as he left the classroom – though he maybe let that be the passport that got him through an odd bit of mischief as well! At home that ‘thank you’ was a constant habit as well – he always spoke those words as he left the kitchen table.“Unlike the usual reputation of teenage boys he was quite fussy about the tidiness of his room, the wardrobe hangers well used and clothes neatly folded in the drawer, no clutter in the room and everything in its place. He knew he was loved at home – as his parents said to me ‘he was a gem’.“Away from home he was a star as well, a conscientious student who had his sights set on doing accountancy, the office desk and computer set-up in his bedroom a sure sign that he was preparing for a life of paperwork, computers and figures.” The coffin arrives for the funeral of Connor Currie at St Malachy’s Church, Edendork. Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA ImagesFr Donaghy also praised Connor’s football and dance skills, noting that friends had this week “shared with his parents some video shots on their phones of Connor practising his dance moves”.Speaking about the tragic events, Archbishop Eamon Martin said: “In the days ahead, we will cherish the memories of these precious and gifted young people whose lives have been so suddenly wrenched from among us; we will continue to hold their families, and each other, close in love and faith.”Witness appeal Tributes have been flooding in for the teenagers in recent days and yesterday PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said: “My thoughts and the thoughts of all my officers are very much with the families.Our job is to get them answers as to why they have lost their children.On Tuesday, detectives from the PSNI Major Investigation Team arrested two men on suspicion of manslaughter. A 52-year-old man was released on bail on Wednesday and a 40-year-old man remains in custody.To date, detectives involved in the investigation have identified 400 young people who were in the queue or car park on Sunday evening. Eighty-two people have now been interviewed and arrangements have been made to interview 106 others in the coming days. Over 70 people have availed of the facility at the local Burnavon Centre to speak with detectives.Murray appealed to anyone who has not yet contacted police to come forward, noting that the three victims’ families “have made clear they wish that witnesses come forward and talk to police”. Detectives would again reassure anyone with concerns, they focus of our investigation is not the age of people who were at the event – it is about trying to find answers for the families of the three teenagers who tragically died. “I would urge parents to talk with your children, support them and encourage them to come forward and tell their story to police so we can get an accurate picture of events that night.“Their accounts of events on Sunday night could be crucial to establishing how Connor, Lauren and Morgan died,” Murray said. Detectives can be contacted at the dedicated incident room at Dungannon Police Station by calling 101, extension 53055. Alternatively, people can visit the dedicated room at the Burnavon Arts Centre in Cookstown. Anyone with any information, images or footage can send it to police via this link. Comments are closed for legal reasons By Órla Ryan Mar 22nd 2019, 7:25 AM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘He lit up a room when he entered’: Teenagers who died at Tyrone disco laid to rest Tributes have been pouring in for the three “wonderful” young people who tragically lost their lives on Sunday. center_img Share1786 Tweet Email Updated Mar 22nd 2019, 2:46 PM Lauren, Connor (top right) and Morgan (bottom right). Source: Euphoria Allstar Chearleading/Edendork Gac/FacebookTHREE TEEANGERS WHO died at a St Patrick’s Day disco in Co Tyrone were laid to rest today.Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) were killed in an apparent crush outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Sunday night.Morgan Barnard’s funeral mass was held in Saint Patrick’s Church, Dungannon, at 10am, while Lauren Bullock was laid to rest following an 11am mass in Saint Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore.Connor Currie’s funeral mass took place in Saint Malachy’s Church, Edendork, at 2pm. The funeral cortege arriving at St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon for the funeral of Morgan Barnard. Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA ImagesFather Aidan McCann, curate of Dungannon, was the chief celebrant at Morgan’s funeral mass.In his homily, Fr McCann said: “In these days of tragedy and deep sorrow, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many people about Morgan and they all agree on what they say about him.“To say that Morgan was well liked would be an understatement. He was a vivacious, charismatic and energetic young man who nobody had a bad word to say about. The funeral cortege arriving at St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon for the funeral of Morgan Barnard. Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images“Morgan was a person of character who had a great sense of humour with an abundance of wit; always a smile on his face.“You could never pass him on the corridor in school and no doubt anywhere else without getting a warm look or a quick joke as he passed. Friday 22 Mar 2019, 2:46 PM Short URL 29,684 Views last_img read more

An offender could get 14 years in jail for handling stolen goods

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe police force is prepared to press charges which could land an offender in jail for as many as 14 years for handling stolen goods. The Royal Turks and Caicos Police asking the public to be cautious of the goods you buy by avoiding purchases from unlicensed individuals. The warning comes on the heels of the recent influx of burglaries and police is asking everyone to be on the look-out for anyone suspiciously selling jewellery, laptops, flat screen TVs and smartphones. Related Items:last_img read more

State Rep Ken Gordon Provides Updates On Legalizing Sports Betting Opioid Crisis

first_imgBEDFORD, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, along with all of Burlington and Bedford, recently published his latest email newsletter, Catching Up With Ken: Rep Reports From Beacon Hill, in which he discussed his work on legalizing sports betting, the opioid crisis, Paid Family & Medical Leave, and more. You can read the newsletter HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours At As Good As It Gets On September 7In “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

Rep Young Lobbies To Offer Land Allotments For Alaska Native Nam Vets

first_imgCongressman Don Young’s subcommittee on Native affairs took testimony today on a bill to re-open land allotment selections for Alaska Natives who served in the military during the Vietnam War. The right of Alaska Natives to acquire allotments of up to 160 acres comes from a 1906 law. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act ended that opportunity for most in 1971. But Native leaders have said for years that many Vietnam-era vets missed out because they were serving elsewhere when the application period closed.Download Audio:Young’s been making that argument in Congress for years, too.“I mean how many time have I introduced this bill? I think five times. Passed it twice, or some crazy thing.”In 1998 Congress passed a bill to re-open the selection period, giving certain Vietnam vets 18 months to apply. Young says, in hindsight, that bill was too restrictive; It only covered those serving for three years of the war.Nelson Angapak, an Army vet and long-time Native leader, testified Thursday in favor of another open period for vets, this time with more land to choose from.“Our research indicated that 49 of our veterans living in Southeast Alaska applied for our Native allotments and every one of those applications were denied, primarily because of the existence of the Tongass National Forest.”Ditto, Angapak says, for applicants in the Cook Inlet, Chugach and Arctic Slope regions.Young’s bill is sure to be controversial because it would allow selections within the state’s two national forests and in wildlife refuges.last_img read more

AP CM YS Jagan meets CM KCR at Pragati Bhavan

first_imgAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao kick started two day official talks to resolve the long pending bifurcation issues between the two Telugu states. KCR welcomed Jagan,who arrived the Telangana CM’s official residence this morning at Pragati Bhavan.Jagan is accompanied by his cabinet colleagues Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, K Kanna Babu, Irrigation officials and Advisor Sajjala Ramachandra Reddy were part of the AP delegation. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us From Telangana,Roads and Building minister V Prashant Reddy, Agriculture minister N Niranjan reddy,Chief secretary SK Joshi and irrigation officials are participating in the meeting. Water sharing disputes, division of assets and repatriation of employees to their native states are part of the main agenda in the meeting between the two CMs.The meeting will be held in two levels – pre and post lunch sessions.last_img read more

Oyo Rooms to invest 50 million to expand its operations in the

first_imgOYO RoomsReutersOne of India’s leading startups, Oyo rooms has planned to invest $50 million to enter into the Philippines.The company is on an expansion spree where it has already started its operations in other South Asian markets, including Indonesia and Malaysia. In the last 18 months, the Gurugram based startup has launched its operations in countries like Nepal, the United Kingdom, the UAE, and Indonesia.As per the company’s own calculations, India and China remain its biggest markets. The Oravel Stays Pvt Ltd, who run Oyo is also geared up to begin its operations in Japan ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Japan is expected to witness a fierce hotel industry war, especially in the budget segment ahead of the 2020 Olympics.The Ritesh Aggarwal run company secured $1 billion in funding from Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund last September and since then the company has channelized these funds into expanding its overseas business. The investment has provided the hotel aggregator with necessary space to explore the international markets at a rapid pace.Regarding the expansion, Abhinav Sinha, chief operating officer at Oyo said, “We believe that by setting foot in the Philippines, we are advancing our vision of strengthening our foothold in Southeast Asia. Our growth in the country will be fueled by strong local leadership and a team of young hospitality enthusiasts.”Financial daily, Mint has reported that, at the moment, Oyo is expected to start its operations in Manila, Tagaytay, and Cebu with 21 hotels and expand to 10 cities by 2020.Ankit Arya would be the country head for the unicorn startup in the Philippines. The startup has been consolidating its international leadership with top senior executives hires for the Chinese markets and country heads for UK and Malaysia. OYO Rooms founder Ritesh AgarwalMoreover, it has also set aside over $100 million to expand its operations in Indonesia over the next five years. As per the company, it would explore both the franchise and lease models in the Philippines for its business there. The country has a considerable market and mobile penetration which Oyo is willing to exploit.However, the entry into the Philippines markets is not going to be easy for Oyo. A similar startup, RedDoorz, an Indonesian based company has also launched its operations in the country in July 2018. This is the third Southeast Asian market RedDoorz entered after Singapore and Indonesia. Notably, it is funded by the World Bank Group’s private investment arm International Finance Corporation, InnoVen Capital and Asia Investment Fund including others.last_img read more