Asensio credits Zidane for Madrid comeback

November 14, 2019

first_imgReal Madrid Asensio credits Zidane for Madrid’s thrilling Betis comeback Jamie Smith 07:13 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marco Asensio Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Real Betis v Real Madrid Real Betis The coach’s half-time tactical adjustments were the key reason for a thrilling Merengue comeback in Seville, according to their two-goal hero Marco Asensio believes Zinedine Zidane’s team talk at half-time of a La Liga thriller at Real Betis was key to Real Madrid’s comeback in a 5-3 victory.Asensio gave Madrid an early lead but, inspired by veteran winger Joaquin, Betis struck twice in four minutes to take a 2-1 advantage into the break.AdChoices广告But Madrid, on the back of a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, roared back with three goals in a 15-minute salvo after the break to take control. 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 Sergio Ramos headed home the leveller before Asensio and Cristiano Ronaldo struck, with Karim Benzema wrapping up the win in stoppage time after Sergio Leon hit a third for Betis.It was a breathless encounter but Asensio believes the adjustments made by Zidane during the interval were key to Madrid’s victory.”We took advantage of the break to talk in the dressing room and correct some things,” said Asensio, whose second strike was Madrid’s 6,000th goal in LaLiga history. “The changes have been seen, we have countered the spaces and we have regained control of the match.”In the last few matches, I think there has been an improvement, sincerely. Let’s just say it was a very very interesting game #RMLiga #HalaMadrid #23 #TheTeam— Mateo Kovačić (@Mateo_Kova23) February 18, 2018″I think we have entered into a good dynamic that makes us optimistic about what is still to come.”That’s goal number for Real Madrid in #LaLigaSantander! #RealBetisRealMadrid #LaLigaHistory— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 18, 2018Zidane opted not to go into detail about what he told Madrid’s players at the break.”Things stay in the dressing-room,” Zidane said. “But it’s true I spoke with them, to explain some things, and we did much better in the second half.”But they also wanted to do more. They knew that at the end of first half we were not too good, and we had to change. And we did change.”last_img read more

Singapore Charges Bunker Supplier Staff with Cheating

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoom Singapore’s bunkering company, and three of its executives, have been charged with cheating and criminal breach as part of the country’s strict measures on deliveries of bunkering fuel.The company, Vermont Bunkering, its directors Poh Fu Tek and Koh Seng Lee, and the former bunker manager Lee Kok Leong, were charged on November 16, 2017, according to Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).CPIB said that the company was in breach of trust offences under the Penal Code, including 150 counts of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat customers by delivering invoices indicating a higher quantity of marine fuel had been delivered, as well as one count of engaging in a conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust by dishonestly misappropriating approximately 250 metric tons of marine fuel oil entrusted to Vermont Bunkering.CPIB informed that, through the alleged fraudulent transactions, Vermont Bunkering had induced its customers to make excess payments totaling over USD 8 million.In addition, Vermont Bunkering and Poh Fu Tek were charged with 18 counts of abetment by engaging in a conspiracy to disguise property representing benefits from criminal conduct. This was done using invoices falsely purporting that various quantities of fuel oil had been sold to Vermont Bunkering.In connection with this case, Lee Kok Leong, together with former cargo officers of Vermont Bunkering Lee Peck Yong and Loh Cheok San, were each charged in court on 10 October 2017 with one count of criminal conspiracy to commit cheating by deceiving Vermont Bunkering into paying them even larger commissions than the sum being used to facilitate the illegal marine fuel oil buy-back transactions.CPIB said this was the first time that a company would be prosecuted for offences under the Act. If convicted, an individual faces a maximum fine of USD 500,000, or up to 10 years prison, or both, while a company faces a fine up to USD 1 million.Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) revoked the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences of Vermont Bunkering in late April 2016.MPA’s checks conducted on the company in 2016 revealed discrepancies and wrongful declarations in the records kept on board bunker tankers. There were also separate incidences of transfers of bunkers between bunker tankers that were conducted without MPA’s approval.last_img read more

NSLC Announces Price Adjustments

October 22, 2019

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, April 3, adjusted prices on 1,590 of its 2,162 general list products. A detailed news release on the price adjustments can be found by following the About NSLC and Corporate News links on the NSLC website at . -30-last_img

El Mocambo to reopen this year thanks to Dragons Den star and

October 15, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement El Mocambo’s revival is getting a boost from a Toronto clubbing giant, with a slated reopening set for summer 2017.INK Entertainment — the same group that operates nightclubs like REBEL, Uniun and CUBE — has partnered with El Mocambo owner Michael Wekerle for the iconic but long-defunct venue’s revitalization.“We have been looking for a manager or management company to oversee the day-to-day operations of the El Mocambo, and we could not be more pleased to have enlisted the help of . . . INK Entertainment,” Wekerle, of CBC’s Dragons’ Den fame, said in a news release announcing the partnership Wednesday. The new El Mocambo interior is being designed by New-York based architectural acoustic design firm Walters Storyk Design Group and will feature “a state-of-the-art live music venue, event space, and recording and production facility, offering great music, food, beverages and merchandise, as well as live streaming capabilities for shows and events,” according to the release. Twitter Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

SiriusXMs Top Comic returns with 8th annual search for Canadas best in

October 15, 2019

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, April 4, 2017 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced the return of the highly anticipated SiriusXM’s Top Comic competition with a $25,000 grand prize and a guaranteed spot at three of Canada’s biggest comedy festivals in 2018: JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), Just For Laughs Montreal and inclusion in JFL: All Access, airing on The Comedy Network.Travel grants are offered to the 60 comics from across Canada selected to audition in either Toronto or Vancouver. This will be the eighth year the contest will scan the country in search of Canada’s best comedian – THE Top Comic.“We’re excited to kick off Top Comic again this year, which has become a tentpole in the Canadian comedy landscape and the biggest competition in the industry,” said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs. “Canada is known for producing comedy greats and we’re excited to shine a light on this year’s competitors.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter As of today, and until April 24, Canadian comics can register at Once SiriusXM selects the 60 best, auditions will be held before a live audience and a panel of industry judges over six nights. Auditions will be hosted by Miner and recorded for broadcast throughout North America on SiriusXM’s uncensored comedy channel, Canada Laughs (ch. 168).The 2017 auditions will take place on the following dates:May 29 – Yuk Yuk’s, TorontoMay 30 – The Drake Underground, TorontoMay 31 – Absolute Comedy, TorontoJune 6 – The Comedy Mix, VancouverJune 6 – The Comedy Mix (late show), VancouverJune 7 – Yuk Yuk’s, VancouverJudges will select three comics from each audition to move on as Semi-Finalists where their videos will be placed online and Canadians will have the chance to vote for their favourite. The six comics with the most votes will move on as Finalists, as well as two additional comics as chosen by a panel of industry judges. The eight Finalists will compete in the Top Comic Finale in Toronto during JFL42, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM.Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Toronto’s Chris Robinson took home the title and grand prize, with Sophie Buddle of Vancouver and Che Durena of Toronto placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Faisal Butt, Derek Seguin, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O’Brien and Brian Stollery.Canada Laughs (ch. 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM’s hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy, The Foxxhole, Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Streaming access to their subscription can also listen to Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM App, On-Demand and online.To learn more visit SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with more than 2.8 million subscribers, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 130 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news, entertainment and major sports brands including the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, CNN, CBC, FOX, BBC, Howard Stern, Disney, Comedy Central and more.SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available online at and on Apple and Android-powered mobile devices.SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 2,500 retail locations nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), visit our website at Canada has been designated one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies eight years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member, in addition to 2013, 2014 and 2015 rankings in PROFIT 500’s list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Youtube at read more

Head of UN agency defending press freedom deplores killing of Pakistani journalist

October 11, 2019

26 February 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the press today deplored the killing of Pakistani journalist, Ashiq Ali Mangi, who may have been targeted for his coverage of a local feud between two ethnic groups. “Attacks against journalists constitute a serious and unacceptable threat to democracy, which is based on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“I welcome the statement by Pakistani authorities that the murder would be investigated thoroughly with the culprits brought to justice,” Ms. Bokova, added noting that for such crimes to go unpunished undermines respect for human rights and the rule of law. The 30-year-old Mr. Mangi, who was murdered on 17 February, was a reporter for the private television channel Mehran TV. He was reportedly riding his motorcycle on the way to the Khairpur Press Club in the town of Gambat, north of Karachi, when two unidentified men shot him and then fled the scene, according to local news reports. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Pakistan was the fourth deadliest country in the world for journalists in 2009. read more

Norfolk staff told to tighten belts

October 7, 2019

Norfolk staff have been asked to bring a sharp pencil to bear on catering plans for the coming year.Norfolk County incurs a fair amount of hospitality expenses related to public events, open houses, council and committee meetings, and the like.This includes not only food and drink but also hall rentals and other overhead that private businesses would write off as client entertainment.The county’s senior leadership team suggested a budget of $152,000 in this area for 2019. However, near the end of its operating budget deliberations Wednesday, Norfolk council cut this to $120,000.Mayor Kristal Chopp says minding pennies is the order of the day given the state of county finances. Chopp had a conversation recently with the head of a major local institution who commented that cookies are no longer offered at their board meetings because money is so tight.From what she’s seen, Chopp says there is room for more careful planning of Norfolk functions.“I’ve been to meetings where a lot of food is thrown out,” Chopp said.Late Wednesday afternoon, council approved an operating budget for 2019 with a nearly 3.2 per cent increase in the residential levy.This means a home in Norfolk with an assessed value of $233,250 will pay $2,786 in property taxes this year. This is an $83 increase over what the same home paid in 2018.The draft budget came in with a proposed increase of 4.7 per cent in the residential levy. All in, the draft budget would have raised $91.5 million in property taxes this year. The budget approved this week will raise $89.9 million across all property classes.Other highlights from this week’s budget deliberations include:As a cost-cutting measure, staff proposed holding the county’s bulky waste item collection program every four years instead of the current three-year rotation. As a service enhancement, council decided instead to stage the large-item pickup every two years. The proposed budget for feral cat control was reduced by $20,000 this year. The spring collection of leaves and garden waste in Norfolk’s urban areas has been scaled back. Council cut $25,000 this week from this budget. The fall collection remains unchanged. Norfolk formally ended its involvement with a hydro-electric generation project at the Quance dam in Delhi. Struck from the budget was $23,000 for this purpose. Council received good news this week with word that the general provincial operating grant this year is $200,000 higher than expected in December. More good news arrived with word that revenue from the county’s recycling program will be about $200,000 higher this year than expected. Council cut a $60,000 pilot program for the introduction of electric vehicles to the county fleet. A tar-and-chip upgrade to a municipal parking lot in Langton was deferred to 2020. Total savings: $50,000. Norfolk’s public works department has been asked to figure out a way to do more engineering work in-house. The goal is to reduce the annual cost of engineering consulting fees. Chris Baird, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, says this could be a challenge. Public works has two engineers on staff plus four technicians for annual construction and maintenance work worth about $80 million a year. read more

Texas Tech hires Wells after success at alma mater Utah St

October 2, 2019

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech has hired Matt Wells as its new football coach after he was part of an impressive turnaround at Utah State, his alma mater.The hiring was announced by Texas Tech on Thursday night.Wells had a 44-34 record in six seasons as coach of the Aggies, who are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span. He was an assistant at Utah State the previous two years, going to bowls both times, including a school-record 11 wins in 2012 when he was offensive co-ordinator.The 45-year-old Wells replaces Kliff Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech quarterback who was fired after his third consecutive losing season and a 35-40 overall record in six seasons as head coach.The Red Raiders were 5-7 this year, losing their finale 35-24 to Baylor last Saturday with a chance to become bowl eligible.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Depth Chart Week 5 versus Rutgers

September 28, 2019

Week 5 special teams versus Rutgers CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. WLB33 Dante BookerOR17 Jerome Baker48 Joe BurgerJr.So.Rs. Sr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Members of the Ohio State defense bring down Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine during a game on Sept. 17, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State Buckeyes sit at 3-0, staring down its first Big Ten matchup of 2016 versus the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The rest over the bye week was earned by the Buckeyes after throttling the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma, a week and a half ago, but that rest came at a price.Redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Hilliard tore his bicep, underwent surgery and will sit out the remainder of the season. Redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill also suffered an injury that required surgery. Hill went down with a high ankle sprain and will miss three-to-four weeks.Junior linebacker Dante Booker is expected back in the rotation at linebacker after missing the last two games with an MCL issue.Week 5 offense versus Rutgers LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.So. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. Week 5 defense versus Rutgers H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So.Jr.Fr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. read more

2 critical following 3vehicle smashup

September 25, 2019

Two motorists remain in serious condition following a three-vehicle collision in the vicinity of Baroon Bar, Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Saturday evening.The identities of the two men were unavailable, but they are referred to as “Fishman son” of Parika, EBE and “Elle or Jesus” attached to the Big Kiss Taxi Service.Based on reports received, “Fishman son”, who was driving a Carina AT 192, was about to make a turn into a street when the allegedly speeding Toyota Spacio, which was heading to Parika, slammed into his car.After the collision, one of the cars then crashed into a parked Toyota Premio owned by a young man of Salem, Parika.The damaged Carina AT 192 vehicle after the accidentThere were reportedly no passengers in the Premio. However, as a result of the impact, the drivers of the mangled AT 192 and Toyota Spacio sustained severe injuries.Both men were taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where they were treated before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention.It was reported that the Toyota Spacio and the AT 192 received the most damage, with the latter being damaged beyond repair.An investigation is underway. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Miracle escapes The kidnapped children who returned home

September 22, 2019

first_imgThe missing child flier for Elizabeth Smart hangs next to the one for Shawn Hornbeck. Hornbeck and Smart were both found alive. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)THIS WEEK SAW the incredible rescue of three women who had been kidnapped and held in a home in Cleveland, Ohio, for almost 10 years.The families of Amanda Berry (27), Georgina ‘Gina’ DeJesus (23) and Michelle Knight (32) might not have given up hope, but the chance that they would see the three young women again were slim.Against all odds, Berry was able to attract the attention of a neighbour on the Cleveland street where she had been held captive, through a gap in a locked door. That one brave action led to her fellow captives being found, and released into the arms of their families.A man, Ariel Castro – a school bus-driver and father – has been charged in connection with the women’s kidnap and rape.But the Cleveland trio are not the only kidnap victims to have defied the odds and managed to escape from confinement. Here are five stories of others who made miraculous escapes.Jaycee DugardJaycee Lee Dugard, who went missing in 1991. Pic: AP Photo/Nick Ut,FileEighteen years. That’s how long Jaycee Lee Dugard was missing and held captive for. Her kidnappers were a couple, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who kept her locked up in their home after zapping her with a stun gun and whisking her off a South Lake Tahoe street.What made her 1991 abduction even more shocking was that it happened in front of her stepfather, as she walked to a school bus at age 11.Nancy and Phillip Garrido before the start of their hearing in court. Pic: AP Photo/Rich PedroncelliUnder the couple’s watch, she was raped, kept trapped and locked inside a back garden studio. Dugard gave birth to two daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido, the first when she was just 14.A tent is set up in the far backyard of a home in Antioch, California, where authorities say Dugard lived. Pic: AP Photo/Paul SakumaDugard was discovered after the behaviour of the Garridos while on the UC Berkeley campus raised the suspicions of police. On a subsequent visit to a parole office, Phillip brought Dugard with him. She was questioned by police, and after some time, told the authorities her true identity.Phillip Garrido, 60, a serial sex offender, was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison and his wife, Nancy, 55, was given a 36-year sentence.March 9, 2012, Oprah Winfrey presents Jaycee Dugard with a DVF Award at The Third Annual DVF Awards held at the United Nations in New York. Pic: AP Photo/Charles Sykes(ABCNews/YouTube)Elizabeth SmartElizabeth Smart earlier this month. Pic: AP Photo/Rick BowmerThis is Elizabeth Smart, a young Utah woman who was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14.Pic: AP Photo/Douglas C PizacShe was taken from the home she lived in with her parents, Ed and Lois Smart (pictured above), and five siblings in a well-to-do neighbourhood.That night, the alarm hadn’t been set in their home, and hours after the family went to bed Brian David Mitchell broke in.Brian David Mitchell arrives at the federal court house in Salt Lake City. Pic: AP Photo/Colin E BraleyThe black-clad and polite Mitchell abducted Smart from the room she shared with her sister Mary Katherine (9), who pretended to be asleep and remembered details of the abduction that helped the police in their investigation.Mitchell took Smart back to the camp he shared with Wanda Barzee in a woods, where the young teen was forced to “marry” the older man in a ceremony. During her captivity, Smart was raped, forced to drink alcohol and abused.Elizabeth Smart arrives at the federal court house for the closing arguments in the trial of Brian David Mitchell. Pic: AP Photo/Colin E BraleyThousands of volunteers scoured the area near the Smart home in an effort to find the young girl.After some time, Mary Katherine identified Mitchell as ‘Emmanuel’, a homeless man who been given odd jobs at the Smart home. The police did not follow up this lead thoroughly, the parents argued, but after a drawing of ‘Emmanuel’ appeared on America’s Most Wanted, Mitchell’s family recognised his face and contacted the authorities.Nine months after the abduction, Mitchell was spotted in Sandy, Utah, by a biker who had seen America’s Most Wanted. He alerted police, and Smart (who was wearing a disguise), was found while walking with Mitchell, and reunited with her family.Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison in 2011. Barzee is serving a 15-year sentence in Texas. Smart, now an activist and contributor to ABC News, got married last year on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu.(BridgewaterCollege/YouTube)Shawn HornbeckShawn Hornbeck. Pic: AP Photo/Tom Gannam, FileWith his hoodie and piercings, Shawn Hornbeck looks like a pretty average teenage boy. But in 2002, at 11 years old, he was out riding his bicycle not far from his home in Richwoods, Missouri when he was kidnapped.The entrance to the apartment where Hornbeck and Ownby were held. Pic: AP Photo/Kyle EricsonHe was held for more than four years by his kidnapper Michael J Devlin, and kept at his home.Hornbeck’s discovery came somewhat by accident – police were searching for William Benjamin Ownby (13), who had gone missing four days earlier, when they discovered both boys in Devlin’s Missouri apartment.The police had been led to the apartment following a tip-off from teenager Mitchell Hults.Michael Devlin appearing before the court by video link. Pic: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, FileDevlin was charged with 78 counts in the abduction and molestation of both Ownby and Hornbeck, and pleaded guilty to them all. He is serving a life sentence for his crime.(Mrtodayvideos2/YouTube)Steven StaynerSteven Stayner testifies about his abduction in 1972 by Kenneth Parnell and his seven years in captivity in this 1981 photo. Pic: AP PhotoSteven Stayner was seven years old when he was abducted by Kenneth Eugene Parnell, a 40-year-old drifter, who used his friend Ervin Edward Murphy to help him entice the boy into their company.Stayner was ordered by the sexually abusive Parnell to call him Dad, and was told his own parents had abandoned him.That was 1972, and by 1980 the abuse and captivity was still continuing.But when Parnell abducted another young boy, Timmy White (5), Stayner did not want to see him become another long-term victim of the abuser.At just 14, he took White and hitch-hiked to the nearest police station, which was 40 miles away.Five year old Timothy Lee White gets a piggy back ride from 14 year-old Steven Stayner into a press conference March 2, 1980. Pic: AP PhotoParnell was not tried for the sexual abuse perpetrated against Stayner, but was sentenced to seven years for kidnap.The ending to this particular tale is one of tragedy.Steven Stayner died at just 24 when his motorcyle was hit by a car. He was married and had two children. Timmy White, also married and a father of two, died from a pulmonary embolism at age 35.(babygirl11500/YouTube)Natasha KampuschThe entrance to the cellar where Natascha Kampusch was held. AP Photo/Austrian Police, handout)The world was shocked when news emerged about a young woman found in an Austrian cellar, who had been held by a kidnapper for eight years.Her name was Natascha Kampusch, and she had last been seen at the age of 10 in 1998, on her way to school. Witnesses reported seeing her being dragged into a white minibus.Despite extensive investigations – and the fact that police searched a minivan owned by Wolfgang Přiklopil, who was her captor – she was not found.A police photo of Austrian, Wolfgang Přiklopil. Pic: AP Photo/Hans PunzKept in a small cellar with a reinforced steel door, Kampusch initially led a life of frightening seclusion, aside from visits from her kidnapper. Gradually, she was given more and more freedom, even being able to go into the garden and at one point going on a skiing trip that lasted a few hours.At the age of 18, in 2006, Kampusch was vacuuming Přiklopil’s BMW when he took a phone call – and she took her chance to make an escape.Kampusch is escorted by police after she was found in Deutsch Wagram north of Vienna, 23 August 2006. Pic: AP Photo/Helmut StambergPřiklopil (44) took his own life after Kampusch’s escape, before police were able to arrest him and bring him to justice.The house where Kampusch was confined still stands, and she is now its owner.(modicus2008/YouTube)Read: Ariel Castro in court, charged with rape and kidnapping>last_img read more

Not foil containers but in fact 11 million illegal cigarettes

September 22, 2019

first_imgMORE THAN A million illegally smuggled cigarettes were seized at Dublin Port yesterday.Revenue estimate that the value of the haul is €516,000 with a potential loss to the exchequer of €430,000 in taxes.The ‘Benson & Hedges’ branded cigarettes were concealed in a roll-on roll-off container that arrived into Dublin Port from the United Arab Emirates and were falsely declared as ‘foil containers’.Revenue say that they are working with agencies both in Ireland and abroad to following the seizure which came as part of ongoing investigations into the organised crime gangs involved in smuggling.Read: Illegal cigarette consumption rose by almost a third in Ireland last year >Read: Ireland has the third highest rate in the EU of non duty tobacco >last_img read more

Insulin pump therapy for children put on hold for six months at

September 22, 2019

first_imgThe organisation said that the suspension is causing “great distress to the 600 families attending OLCH who are living 24 hours a day with Type 1 diabetes”.Dr Anna Clarke said that it could result in an increased workload on higher paid staff, in turn resulting in more costs.Conventional therapyThe hospital stressed that patients currently awaiting pump therapy are instead being supported on conventional insulin therapy plans.“One [nurse] has been replaced and one is in the process of being replaced,” a spokesperson for the hospital said, but it may take up to six months for the nurses to be become proficient in the therapy.One parent of a child due to receive the treatment said this latest delay adds to the two years they have been waiting for the treatment.“They keep moving the goalposts when it comes to her blood-sugar levels,” the mother told, “We’re being told the same things all the time. We have to make a seven-hour round-trip to the hospital just to be told we have to come back again in six months.”“Two years”“This has been going on for two years now. We also understood that we had been on the waiting list this entire time, but they only said during the last visit that [my daughter] has only just been added to it.”She added that they “haven’t heard anything” about the service being suspended while training took place.At present, one-in-20 people has diabetes in Ireland, while one-in-eight of people over 60 has diabetes.There are between 3,000 and 4,000 children, adolescents and young adults living with diabetes in Ireland, Diabetes Ireland explains on its website.Read: Portable insulin pumps prove better than insulin injections for type 2 diabetes >More: ‘I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face’ > PARENTS OF CHILDREN with diabetes have expressed frustration over the suspension of insulin pump therapy at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.Three nurses are required to operate the service, but the hospital said there has been an “unprecedented absence” of two them.Dr Stephen O’Riordan, clinical lead in Paediatric Diabetes at the hospital, said this shortage of nurses is a crisis.“Mainstay”“Crumlin has been the mainstay of pump therapy nationally for decades,” he explained.“If these centres are not adequately staffed, then any other National initiatives will not succeed.”Diabetes Ireland has described the case of one of the children receiving treatment:The Mulready family planned their year so that their son Darragh could get his pump on July 22nd and be able to self-manage his diabetes for returning to school in September.His mother Trish says “Darragh was devastated that his pump is sitting in a press gathering dust instead of been fitted to him making his life that bit more normal and helping keep his blood glucose levels a lot more stable”.last_img read more

Control Your Roomba With IFTTT Commands

September 20, 2019

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain When the humans are away, the Roomba will play: Keep a closer eye on your iRobot vacuum with new IFTTT functionality.Using If This Then That applets, owners can trigger the autonomous cleaner to start before a specific calendar event and tweet once it finishes.“Roomba Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuums give you the flexibility of anytime, anywhere control of your clean,” according to the IFTTT website.It currently works with social media (“When Roomba finishes cleaning, post on Facebook”), smartphones (“When Roomba finishes cleaning, play music on Android device”), Philips Hue lights (“When Roomba finishes cleaning, blink Hue lights”), and Google Calendar.Plus, the device can conspire with Android-based location, phone, and email services to pause when you answer a call and start or stop when you leave or arrive home.Connect with IFTTT to suggest your own applets—like scheduling an extra cleaning when pollen is forecast, logging vacuum usage into Evernote, or starting a job via voice command. And sign up to receive automatic emails when iRobot publishes new triggers (“this”) and actions (“that”).The latest update has a lot of Roomba owners excited for the future of cleaning. Wow totally amazing!! — It’s Just Me (@Summrluver) November 21, 2017 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target This is pretty cool. Thanks for adding this.— Curtis Paradis (@CurtisParadis) November 20, 2017 You’ve come a long way baby! Getting more and more amazing every day!— Dawn W. (@Roscoe1679) November 21, 2017This marks the latest addition to iRobot’s arsenal of high-tech features: Its robot vacuums are already compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But mapping remains the biggest piece of the puzzle.In June, CEO Colin Angle discussed his plans to share collected data with smart home device manufacturers like Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet.The company initially came under fire due to reports that iRobot wanted to sell the information—a distinction later cleared up when Angle clarified customers will retain control over if and how their data is used.The Roomba 980 has been mapping homes since 2015 in an effort to maximize efficiency (and avoid face-planting down the stairs).last_img read more

Watch Newly Restored Footage of Terrifying 1953 Nuclear Tests

September 20, 2019

first_img Bird Strike Causes Plane To Drop Dummy Bombs on FloridaWWII Bomb Explodes in German Barley Field, Creates Giant Crater Newly restored video clips of bomb tests conducted in Nevada in 1953 are providing a glimpse of the terrifying force of a nuclear bomb blast up-close and in high definition.YouTube account atomcentral shared footage from the Federal Civil Defense Administration’s Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series, which showed the blast of a 15-kiloton Grable bomb melting and stripping the paint off automobiles, which were also later blown away by the bomb’s shockwave.The tests were carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nevada test site in southeastern Nye County from March 17 to June 4 in 1953, according to the Daily Mail.The clips show the moment the heat blast from the bombs melted the paint on two classic sedans and a bus, and another clip shows a tent bursting into flames before being obliterated.A bus is seen being blown away by the nuclear blast. (Photo Credit: atomcentral/YouTube)According to the New York Times, the Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series included several ”dirty” blasts that deposited radioactive debris on the downwind towns. Between May and July of 1953, thousands of sheep — approximately 25 percent of the herds in southern Utah and Nevada — died. The Atomic Energy Commission (A.E.C.), however, issued a press release attributing the deaths to ”unprecedented cold weather.”Between 1951 and 1992 U.S. conducted 928 atmospheric and underground nuclear tests in Nevada, 100 of which were atmospheric, and thus more likely to spread radiation to nearby areas.More on Man Fishes Out WWII Grenade, Drives It to a Taco BellWatch: Sinkhole the Size of Football Field Shuts Down ZooWatch: Avalanche Swallows Cars on Colorado Highway Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hong Kong airport blockade didnt hurt Macau GGR say analysts

September 16, 2019

first_imgMacau’s gross gaming revenue reached MOP$14.8 billion for the first 18 days of August, including a daily rate of around MOP$870 million in the seven days from 12 to 18 August, according to analysts.That figure represents a significant increase on the MOP$750 million to MOP$790 million recorded over the first two weeks of the month, with JP Morgan’s DS Kim, Jeremy An and Christine Wang noting this was “despite ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong, hence supporting our view that it’s probably more bark than bite when it comes to actual GGR impact.” JP Morgan said volumes in both VIP and mass improved last week, although soft VIP luck keeps its August GGR forecast at a year-on-year decline of between 4% and 6%.Sanford C Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu also note that “GGR came back strong last week just before summer holidays are about to wrap up,” pushing the average daily rate for the month back up to MOP$822 million – down 4% on August 2018 but 4% better sequentially.“For August, we are estimating GGR growth to be -2% to -4% year-on-year,” they added.“VIP volume is estimated to have improved by mid-to-high single digits % while hold was slightly lighter than normal. Mass also grew at mid-single digits % month-on-month.“Delivering positive growth in August would need to rely on outsized VIP volumes and higher hold – something not in our forecast at this time.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Big trouble in little China Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

September 14, 2019

Retiring Superintendent Reflects On Time With The District

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board voted 8-0 to approve John O’Brien as Dusek’s replacement. The board issued an FY20 contract to officially place O’Brien as the KPBSD Interim Superintendent on July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020. Dusek has worked with the district for 27 years, and has been in the Superintendent role for the past 4 1/2 years.  Dusek: “We had a great run and I think things are doing well. I think our graduation rate is a testament to that, and our Alaskan native students are definitely moving on up with their achievement. I am very proud with how our staff has been focused on those positive relationships with each kid.”  O’Brien: “I humbly accept this appointment as Interim Superintendent and am 100% committed to work on behalf of the entire Kenai Peninsula community to achieve positive educational outcomes for our students . The Board of Education asked me to step up to help our school district through this challenging transition period in our state.” After some much needed time off, Dusek said he plans to continue working around the state: “I’m going to take a little bit of time off, but I’m also going to support new superintendents around the state. That should be fun, but I’m looking forward to a little bit of time off.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The man, the myth, the legend, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek is officially in his final days with the district. Dusek announced back in January his plans to retire effective June 30. Dusek: “I anticipate that the start of school is going to be another excellent start. Our staff is definitely committed to that, the district is definitely committed, and it’s all about the kids when we get to the first day of school. I’m look forward to seeing that, because I know that our staff loves our kids and they want to take care of them first and foremost.” last_img read more

Puffco and Pax brought weed to CES 2019

September 10, 2019

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Enlarge ImagePuffco’s Peak base has created a standardized hardware platform for glass artists. Justin Jaffe/CNET After making a splash at its inaugural appearance in 2018, Puffco is back at CES this year, promoting the burgeoning community of glass artists and bong makers that’s sprung up around its elegant “smart rig” for consuming cannabis concentrate. The company says that there are now more than 1,000 different compatible glass accessories available from third-party sellers. The company’s Peak base, which starts at $380 (roughly converting to £300, AU$530), offers a handful of features that you won’t find in your standard glass-blown apparatus. Anxious that the temperature won’t be hot enough when it’s your turn to take a hit? Puffco says the Peak’s intelligent temperature calibration ensures that everyone will get baked equitably.  Read: The highs and lows of weed vaporizersCEO Roger Volodarsky told me that the company does not make any revenue from sales of the third-party attachments. He has plans to open up a glass studio and bring artists in house, however, in an effort to develop “a middle of the road solution between them and us, something more artistic than what we do and more scalable than what they do.” img-2779Enlarge ImagePax’s growing portfolio of vaping tech. Justin Jaffe/CNET Perhaps the most well-known vaporizer company, Pax, was also at CES, showing off its lineup of hardware and its mobile app. The app, which works on both iOS and Android devices, lets you set the temperature for every puff — which can impact dosage, an important consideration for people using the device medicinally. In addition to giving you control over vapor and flavor output, the app can also digitally lock the device to prevent it from being used by unauthorized parties.Though he wouldn’t provide specifics about new products planned for later this year, Pax CEO Bharat Vasan affirmed that the company’s forthcoming hardware and software will support its mission to bring quality, transparency and predictability to every vaping session. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 0 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 4:46center_img 85 Photos Post a comment Gadgets Mobile CES 2019 The Impossible Burger gets a beefy upgrade at CES 2019 Weed techlast_img read more

September 2, 2019

Party Politics National Edition Ep 20 Charlottesville

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X center_img 00:00 /17:18 Fibonacci BlueAround 1000 people gathered in Minneapolis, MN to stand in solidarity with the city of Charlottesville, VA and to speak out against white nationalists who held a rally there. Similar vigils took place across the US this week.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about these tumultuous topics in the week’s political news:Is there no choice for Trump with regard to Obamacare? The Congressional Budget Office estimates premiums will sour if the president ends insurance subsidiesNAFTA gets a renegotiation—not a repealExecutive order regarding Chinese trade practicesInternational Roundup: North Korea deescalates, while Venezuela is still in crisisThen the profs talk about what happened this week in Charlottesville, Virginia at the rally held by white nationalists, the aftermath of violent clashes there, and what this means politically and socially for the country. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Flappy Bird is now a competitve MMO

September 1, 2019

first_imgIn the wake of Flappy Bird being taken down from the App Store in a fit of what appeared to be unnecessary drama, roughly one billion clones and variations on the simple game — which in itself is a clone of roughly one billion games that came before it — have sprung up. A new variation on the game is FlapMMO, an online, competitive iteration of suddenly popular game.The basic — and only — mechanic in Flappy Bird is you tap the screen in order to raise the height of a little pixelated bird that automatically moves along a horizontal plane. Navigating the bird through gaps in vertical pipe columns — heavily resembling the warp pipes in Mario games — nets you one point per pipe. The game is quite difficult, but moves and resets quickly enough so the difficulty isn’t a deterrent to trying again.In FlapMMO, you’re in the familiar setting of the mobile game, but you aren’t the only bird. The game is more or less the same, but you’re competing against many other people controlling their own bird, represented all over the map as their own ghostly sprite.The game displays how many people are playing at any given time, as well as the maximum distance (pipes cleared) achieved. FlapMMO still appears to be a work in progress, as the load time is a little unbearable — just open it in a tab, and check back a few minutes later — and the gaps in the pipes were increased to make the game more fun than the difficult mobile progenitor. The server is also being upgraded, so the game may be inaccessible for a little while.You can play the game here, and due to the bigger gaps, see if Flappy Bird is any fun when it’s not based on difficulty.Some users in the comments below are suggesting the game is malware, but we just tested it out again (for science), and also perused the internet a bit in search of the malware claims, but have not turned up anything. The game seems to be malware-free, but this is the internet, so as always: click at your own risk.last_img read more