Miley Cyrus Liam Hemsworth split after less than a year of marriage

first_imgLos Angeles: Pop star Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth have parted ways just seven months after they tied the knot. The on-again, off-again couple married in a private ceremony in December. A representative of Cyrus confirmed the news to People magazine. “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. “They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy” the representative said in a statement. Rumors of Cyrus, 26, and Hemsworth, 29, parting ways started doing the rounds on Saturday after the singer posted a photo of herself on Instagram in which she was not wearing her wedding ring.last_img read more

EC to retain 200 companies of Central Forces till May 27

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will retain 200 companies of Central Forces in the state till May 27, to assist counting and also to handle post-poll violence, if any. Out of the 200 companies, 82 will be deployed for the counting centres while the rest will be deployed in areas where the commission anticipates post-poll violence.”The remaining 510 companies of Central Forces that were present in the state during the last phase of elections on Sunday, will move out now,” a senior EC official said. According to the EC official, there will be 58 counting centres across the state, with at least one centre in each of the 42 parliamentary constituencies. There will be 144 observers deputed for the counting process. “There will be a three-tier security system and section 144 will be imposed around all counting centres. The first layer will be maintained by the state police to keep interested people out of the purview of the counting centres. The second layer will be managed by the state armed police, while the third layer – in and around the counting halls – will be maintained by the Central Forces,” the official said. Apart from the returning officers and the observers, none will be allowed with mobile phones and cameras within the counting halls. All the halls will be under CCTV surveillance and will be covered by webcasting so that it can be directly controlled by the Commission. The candidates will have to give detailed lists of the counting agents beforehand. All the people allowed to enter the counting halls will be closely frisked. The vehicles carrying the EVMs will be GPS-enabled, so that their movement can be tracked. According to sources in the CEO’s office in Bengal, the entire process of counting might take 14 hours or more. Only one table will be counted at a time. Once it is finished, counting will start for the next table. 5 percent of VVPATs will be counted from each Assembly constituency. VVPATs will be counted after the completion of counting the ballot units.last_img read more

US Diplomacy Explanations after Refusing Visa to Moroccan Athlete El Bakkali

Rabat – The 3000-meter steeplechase world vice-champion, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, was prevented last week from going to the United States to take part in the Eugene Diamond League. The US diplomat who refused to issue the visa has offered some explanations.“Around the world, some visa applications may require additional administrative processing that can lead to delays. The time required to perform this additional administrative treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each case,” he explained to TelQuel via email from the American Embassy in Rabat.Essentially, the denial is due to the increasingly complicated procedures for obtaining US visas imposed by the Trump administration.. Contacted by Morocco World News, the US Embassy has explained that a P-1 visa is required for anyone traveling to the US temporarily to perform in a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually, or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance. Despite a letter of invitation and promise of the special  P-1 procedure from the organizers, the athlete has still not received his passport.El Bakkali unfortunately missed the Diamond League competition, which took place May 26 in Eugene, Oregon, USA.However, Moroccan athlete Rabab El Arafi was able to compete in the 1500 meter race. She finished in fourth place, with a time of 3 minutes and 59 seconds, recording the second best women’s performance in Moroccan history.Meanwhile, El Bakkali has competed in multiple other international sporting events. In 2016, he qualified for the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the Rio Olympics and placed fourth after a personal best of 8:14:35 minutes.A year later, the sportsman won a silver medal at the IAAF London 2017 World Championship. El Bakkali claimed second place behind Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto in the 3,000-meter steeplechase race.The 22-year old Moroccan is one of several promising athletes that Morocco has pinned for greatness and  gold on the world stage. read more

UN atomic agency chief heads to Tehran for talks on Irans nuclear

10 January 2008The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency begins two days of talks with high-level Iranian officials in Tehran tomorrow in a bid to speed up a resolution of outstanding issues over the country’s nuclear programme. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei’s visit is his latest move to clarify aspects of the programme, which many countries see as an effort to produce nuclear weapons but which Iran says is solely for the peaceful purpose of producing energy. “During the trip, Dr. ElBaradei hopes to develop ways and means to enhance and accelerate implementation of safeguards in Iran, with an aim of resolving remaining outstanding issues,” the IAEA said in a news release. “Dr. ElBaradei also welcomes the visit as a chance to enable the IAEA to provide assurance about Iran’s past and present nuclear activities.” The crisis began with the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and the Security Council has since imposed a series of sanctions, with members considering further action. Mr. ElBaradei has repeatedly noted that while the IAEA has not seen any diversion of material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, it also cannot conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran. read more

Enbridge hikes dividend by 11 sets 2014 earnings targets

CALGARY — Pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. is hiking its quarterly dividend by 11% and increasing its earnings targets for 2014 from this year’s range.The company declared a dividend of 35 cents per share, payable March 1, up from its earlier rate of 31.5 cents per share.“This significant bump this year reflects confidence management and the board have in the earnings growth we expect over the five year planning horizon,” CEO Al Monaco told a conference call Wednesday.Enbridge said it expects adjusted earnings per share next year to come in at $1.84 to $2.04 per share.This year’s earnings are expected to fall within its $1.74 to $1.90 per share range.“On balance, we should be inside the original guidance range, but now toward the bottom end of that range,” said chief financial officer Richard Bird.Enbridge had already signalled during its third-quarter conference call that it would be unlikely to reach the upper end of its 2013 guidance rang.Headwinds — such as refinery issues — have intensified since then. At the same time, tailwinds — such as Enbridge’s gas distribution and energy services businesses — were “less favourable,” said Bird. read more

Kahawatte murder suspects arrested

The incident sent shockwaves in the area which was already reeling from a spate of similar murders over the past few years. Initially the police received information that a house in the area had caught fire and when the police went to investigate they found the two burnt bodies inside. The police had offered a Rs. 1 million reward for any information which could lead to a breakthrough over the investigations into the double murder in Kahawatte. (Colombo Gazette) The police said that four people were arrested today over the murder of a woman and her daughter in Kahawatte earlier this year.A woman, 63 year old L.A. Premawathi, and her 33 year old daughter were found dead in their house at Kahawatte on July 19.

Curfew reimposed in North Western Province and Gampaha

A Police curfew has been re-imposed in North Western Province and Gampaha tonight.The Police said the curfew has been declared from 7pm tonight to 4am tomorrow. A curfew declared around the island was lifted this morning.The curfew had been enforced after violence broke out in the North Western Province and Gampaha targetting Muslims.

Womens basketball Ohio State returns home to face No 18 Miami

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State women’s basketball team has returned to central Ohio after its first road trip of the season. Following two wins and a loss in the Gulf Coast Showcase this past weekend in Estero, Florida, the No. 9 Buckeyes’ tough non-conference schedule will continue with a contest against the No. 18 Miami Hurricanes.The Hurricanes will come to Columbus with a 5-1 record on the year. After falling in its season opener to then-No. 19 Kentucky, Miami has rebounded to win its last five. The Hurricanes have an average margin of victory of 23.2 in that span, although all five victories have come against unranked opponents.Miami features four players who are scoring more than 10 points per game. Senior guard Jessica Thomas leads the way with 13 points per game with senior guard Adrienne Motley, sophomore guard Laura Comelius and junior forward/center Erykah Davenport also in double digits. As a team, Miami is shooting 44.8 percent from the field and averaging 74.7 points per game.OSU also has four scorers above 10 points per game, but the Buckeyes’ leader, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell, is seventh in the nation with 23.3 points per game. Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (13.4), redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavugna (12.0) and senior forward Shayla Cooper (11.4) follow Mitchell. OSU is averaging 86 points per game, shooting 45.1 percent from the field.OSU may have a slight advantage when it comes to offensive abilities, but the Hurricanes may pose some challenges defensively. OSU’s defensive issues have been well documented this season, and it has shown in the form of 73.7 points per game from opponents. Miami has allowed just 58 points per game this season, but it should be noted that OSU has faced three ranked opponents compared to the Hurricanes’ one.The difference in this game might come down to interior play. One of OSU’s biggest advantages this season has been rebounding and the ability to get high-percentage shots. Mavunga is averaging a double-double at 12 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, and Cooper has found success inside as well. Freshman forward Tori McCoy is starting to find her way after early season struggles.But it’s not just the forwards that have seen action around the basket for the Buckeyes. Mitchell and freshman guard Kiara Lewis have a knack for driving to the hoop and converting difficult, well-covered shots.Miami has allowed opponents to grab 34.7 rebounds per game, and the Buckeyes are pulling down 46.6 per game. If the Hurricanes are able to limit OSU’s second-chance opportunities, Miami will have a great chance to leave Columbus with a victory. But if OSU continues to have its way inside, it could be a long night for the Hurricanes.Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Hurricanes is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Schottenstein Center. read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State opens season at Arizona State

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team will open its season on the road against Arizona State (2-0) this weekend.Though the excitement and anticipation of getting on the ice for the first time could be distracting, players are trying to prepare themselves as they would for any other game. “We try to treat it like any other game, but there’s obviously the excitement of kind of getting things under way,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “We’ve been here for quite a while playing against each other and it’s kind of getting old, so to get some new competition is always a welcome opportunity.”The Buckeyes new competition in Arizona State, which had a challenging 2017-2018 campaign, finishing 8-21-5, good for the fourth-worst winning percentage in the nation. The Sun Devils recorded 72 goals in 34 games last season.. This season, the team returns 21 players and 84 percent of their scoring from last season.The Sun Devils enter their matchup having swept Alaska Fairbanks in their season-opening series, allowing zero goals in either game and killing all eight penalties they faced. Ohio State will have to look out for junior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk, a defenseman who led the team in points last season and who has already notched three points in the first two games. Ohio State’s strong play on offense, however, should be able to create shots against Arizona State’s defense, which led the nation in shots on goal allowed per game last season.“They’re just a hard-working team,” senior forward Brendon Kearney said. “They’ve done a good job kind of turning their program into one that’s going to compete every single night and be tough to beat and we’re kind of getting more into what they do, and as of now, right, it’s just to show up and be ready to work because that’s what they bring.”As they begin their season, the Buckeyes will try and get off to a hot start after being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls for the first time in team history. The puck drops for Ohio State at 10:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday against Arizona State. read more

How Google Glasses might change photography for good

first_img Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 Trump signed his $147-million replacement border wall with a Sharpie THE BIG COMPLAINT about Google Glass is, why would anyone want to wear them? Your phone has more functions. They don’t look great. Even people who need glasses often prefer contact lenses — or at least something stylish customised to their face.But after looking at the Google Glass photos of Trey Ratcliff, a New Zealand-based travel photographer, you might be convinced that Glass could revolutionise photography just as thoroughly as smartphones have.It’s hard to remember now, but back in the 1990s taking a decent picture required skill. Only dedicated hobbyists or professionals reliably produced images worth looking at. Now there are several phones with cameras that take pictures almost perfectly most of the time, even when used by amateurs.What Glass does is allow hands-free photos to be taken — thus removing all the shake and wobble of hand-held photography. It’s probably one of the defining advances Glass will make in photography: Humans can hold their heads almost perfectly still while taking a picture; we can’t do that with our hands.Ratcliff says the Google Glass camera is still fairly primitive. The device is in its early days and will doubtless improve over time. But look at how awesome the images are that you can already get from it: Amid Snap’s struggles as a public company, CEO Evan Spiegel gives this advice to founders: ‘Don’t go public’ (SNAP) Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO last_img read more

Noonan online tool will unlock €2 billion in funding for small business

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS taken the wraps off a new tool to help small business owners find out what financial supports are available to themThe tool is being launched by Finance Minister Michael Noonan in Limerick this morning.It covers a total of 80 government supports for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with a total budget of around €2 billion between them.The tool is going live today, having been announced in Budget 2014 last year. It will be available at the localenterprise.ie website.It follows criticism from several small and medium enterprise industry groups over the structure and organisation of government support schemes for SMEs.In particular, the Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme and the Microfinance Ireland funding package have attracted the ire of organisations like ISME and the Small Firms Association.Read: EIIS is restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explainedRead: Why isn’t the Microfinance Ireland scheme working?At the launch this morning, Noonan said that the tool is a “vital” part of an information campaign o increase the level of information available to SMEs.He said: “Over the past number of months we have collaborated with over 100 small businesses on this project and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”There are some 188,600 SMEs in Ireland, but 98 per cent of owners surveyed had little awareness of public supports available to them.The website was developed by Irish company pTools.Noonan says SME debt is being ‘sorted out’>‘SSIA for SMEs’ could unlock €90 billion funding pot>last_img read more

Whatever happened to The 65000seat Bertie Bowl stadium in west Dublin

first_img Former Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney Source: RollingNews.ieThere were still hopes in the IRFU and in government circles that the 65,000-seat centrepiece stadium could still go ahead after the report was published.In February 2002 the BBC quoted Sports Minister Jim McDaid as saying: “As long as Bertie Ahern is taoiseach, the dream of having this stadium here in this country will be a reality.”Further complicating matters was the fact that Ireland and Scotland had launched a joint bid to host the 2008 European soccer championships.Stadium Ireland was a key part of the bid, and Scottish officials were still expressing confidence that the stadium would be finished up until February 2002. But their hopes were misplaced as it became clear that the project would simply cost too much to build.The National Aquatic centre did eventually get off the ground, although this too was fraught with controversy. It was built at a cost of €74 million, more than double initial estimates.The government instead decided to redevelop Lansdowne Road as what is now the Aviva Stadium, and plans to build the Bertie Bowl were shelved in September 2002.What’s the latest?Bertie Ahern was re-elected as taoiseach in 2002, but the stadium never became a reality. It receded from the public consciousness and was rarely reported on for the next few years or so.In 2009, Fingal County Council granted planning permission to the National Sports Campus Development Authority to build a range of features on the former Bertie Bowl site. The National Sports Campus in Abbotstown Source: National Sports Campus Development AuthorityFacilities similar to many of those originally envisaged as part of the Stadium Ireland project, such as the national horse sports arena and high performance training facilities for a range of disciplines, did end up going ahead, while others, such as a velodrome, are in the works.However, a notable absentee is the Bertie Bowl itself, which looks dead and buried.It later emerged in private documents published by the Mahon Tribunal that Ahern had dismissed plans for the government to part-fund the construction of a stadium in Neilstown, Clondalkin, five years before floating his own vision for the Bertie Bowl.It also later became clear just how close the project was to the former taoiseach’s heart. On his last day in the Dáil in January 2011, Ahern was asked by RTÉ if he had any regrets. Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeAt that time, the country was in recession and the banks were in crisis, both issues which Ahern did namecheck. However, the Dubliner surprised many when he lamented the failure to go ahead with the Bertie Bowl.“I still think we didn’t get a proper national infrastructure stadium. It’s an achievement I tried hard to do, but didn’t get,” he said.A little over a year later, it emerged in the Public Accounts Committee that €43 million was spent on the never-built stadium for the repeatedly revised plans.Committee chair John McGuinness remarked at the time: “There has been too much money wasted in the past without things being properly thought out.” Good thing that would never happen again.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie 28,581 Views Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 8:00 AM Whatever happened to… The 65,000-seat ‘Bertie Bowl’ stadium in west Dublin? Sports-mad former taoiseach Bertie Ahern wanted to build a huge stadium in Abbottstown. Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3209924 Share Tweet Email 31 Comments By TheJournal.ie Team Written by Fora Staff and posted on TheJournal.ie OVER THE PAST few weeks, Fora has taken a look at some of the more notable big-ticket projects that were floated during the Celtic Tiger period – or in the aftermath of its demise.Most recently, we detailed the story behind the Point Village shopping centre, which was completed but remains a ghost town. In this installment, we’re going a bit further back to look at one of the more famous political debacles involving former taoiseach Bertie Ahern.Here’s how plans for a west Dublin sports centre, popularly referred to by its nickname the ’Bertie Bowl’, turned into a farce that would ultimately cost taxpayers tens of millions by the time it was officially scrapped.What is it?Ahern’s Fianna Fáil government pushed ahead with many big-ticket projects around the time of the Celtic Tiger, but few were as close to the then-taoiseach’s heart as the Bertie Bowl.Officially titled Stadium Ireland, the idea was to build a huge sports campus in Abbottstown in west Dublin on a 500-acre plot of land.A range of sports facilities were to be included, from a 15,000-seat indoor arena, several sports halls and tennis courts, to a sports science and medical centre.An aquatic centre with a 50m pool was later added to this already ambitious list, as well as a golf academy, velodrome and offices for sports organisations.But the flagship feature of the Bertie Bowl was to be a 65,000 all-seat stadium to replace Lansdowne Road. At the time, the old Lansdowne Road ground, which hosted both international soccer and rugby matches, was in a dilapidated state.There had been plans to replace it with a 45,000 all-seat stadium in Saggart, south Dublin, named after the then-sponsors of the Irish football team, Eircom. However, the government abandoned this idea in favour of Stadium Ireland. Ahern and former sports minister Jim McDaid (centre) Source: Joey Cleary/RollingNews.ieMany of Ahern’s opponents dismissed the stadium as a vanity project for the sports-mad, Dublin-born taoiseach. Former Labour minister Pat Rabitte was credited by the Guardian as coining the term ‘Bertie Bowl’, a label which stuck for the controversial project.When was it first suggested?One of the first serious feasibility studies for the project was carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999.What happened?The government committed to backing the Bertie Bowl in 1999, but a host of problems meant that it never saw the light of day. The major one was that cost estimates were all over the place.It was first thought that the scheme would cost about IR£280 million. Paddy Teahon, the former top civil servant who was heading up the project, claimed that it would cost IR£350 million (€444 million at the time).A later report carried out by London engineering firm High Point Rendel and published in 2002 put the price closer to €900 million.When a few other factors, such as transport infrastructure costs, were allowed for, this jumped again to a potential bill of more than €1 billion. There was also a question as to the logic of building the stadium when Dublin already had Croke Park and Lansdowne Road.The rising estimates spooked the Progressive Democrats, Fianna Fáil’s coalition partner at the time. It looked likely that, at the very least, all the additional features at the ground, such as the 15,000-seat indoor arena, would end up being scrapped. Short URL Jan 29th 2017, 8:00 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Stockdale at the double as Schmidts Ireland cling on for victory in

first_img By Murray Kinsella Stockdale at the double as Schmidt’s Ireland cling on for victory in Cardiff Dave Kilcoyne was monstrous for Ireland as Joe Schmidt’s side made positive strides forward. Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Aug 31st 2019, 4:32 PM 54,369 Views Short URL Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 4:32 PM Share5 Tweet Email1 117 Comments Best made a big turnover on the Irish tryline soon after as Wales attempted to finally muster a response, but Gatland’s men kept the pressure on until some sharp handling spread the ball right to Lane, who stepped inside Carty and sub scrum-half Luke McGrath to finish for a try on his debut.Rhys Patchell, on at out-half at half-time, converted from out wide for 22-10 and suddenly Wales had momentum. Replacement hooker Elliot Dee looked certain to score from a close-range maul as he darted down the blindside but stand-in wing Garry Ringrose – on for Addison – made a wonderful try-saving tackle and Dee knocked-on as he attempted to stretch out and dot down.Ringrose had a possible try chalked off in the 72nd minute as the TMO review showed that Bundee Aki had tackled James Davies in the air, with plenty of Welsh boos directed the Ireland centre’s way. The Welsh continued to fight back and the impressive Patchell darted over for their second try with five minutes remaining, converting himself to make it a five-point game.The Cardiff crowd came to life in the closing minute, urging Gatland’s side to complete a comeback with Ireland out on their feet, but Schmidt’s side clung on.Wales scorers:Tries: Owen Lane, Rhys PatchellConversions: Rhys Patchell [2 from 2]Penalties: Jarrod Evans [1 from 2]Ireland scorers:Tries: Jacob Stockdale [2], Penalty TryConversions: Jack Carty [1 from 2]Penalties: Jack Carty [1 from 2]WALES: Hallam Amos; Owen Lane, Scott Williams, Owen Watkin, Steff Evans (Jonah Holmes ’52); Jarrod Evans (Rhys Patchell ‘HT), Aled Davies (Tomos Williams ’47); Rhys Carré (Rob Evans ‘HT), Ryan Elias (Elliot Dee ’63), Samson Lee (Leon Brown ‘HT (yellow card ’52)); Adam Beard, Bradley Davies (Jake Ball ’47); Aaron Shingler (Aaron Wainright ’63), James Davies (Samson Lee ’52 to ’62), Josh Navidi (captain).IRELAND: Will Addison (Blood – Garry Ringrose ’43 to ’52, permanent ’58)); Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale (Dave Kearney ‘HT); Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion (Luke McGrath ’60); Dave Kilcoyne (HIA – Andrew Porter ’45), Niall Scannell (Rory Best ’52), John Ryan (Tadhg Furlong ’52); James Ryan (Devin Toner ’52), Iain Henderson; Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony (captain) (Jordi Murphy ’60), Jack Conan.Referee: Romain Poite [France].  Wales 17Ireland 22Murray Kinsella reports from Principality StadiumIRELAND AREN’T QUITE there yet, but this was a step forward for Joe Schmidt’s men.Much fresher, much more positive and far more accurate than last time out at Twickenham, Schmidt’s much-changed team delivered a much-improved performance to beat Wales in Cardiff in their third World Cup warm-up game.In doing so, Ireland ensured Gatland’s final game at the Principality Stadium was a defeat, something Schmidt is sure to have enjoyed after the Welsh boss’ jibes at the Irish camp this week. Dave Kilcoyne was a dominant figure for Ireland. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWhile Wales did mount a fightback in the closing 25 minutes of this contest to slightly sully a positive day for Ireland, a win on the road in Cardiff after making 12 changes to their team will be satisfying for Schmidt and co.Ireland’s intermittent issue of poor last quarters cropped up again but there was much to like before that, with a superb scrum dominating the Welsh pack, while Jacob Stockdale ran in two first-half tries for a 15-3 break at the lead. Ireland’s lineout improved too.Schmidt naturally would have liked more than another seven points after half-time, but many individuals stood out at Principality Stadium to put their hand up for selection in his 31-man World Cup squad and perhaps even his first-choice XV.Dave Kilcoyne was monstrous at loosehead prop, making two big linebreaks and hammering into nine massive tackles in a deeply impressive 45-minute outing before he departed with a head injury.Encouragingly, replacement loosehead Andrew Porter – who has been converted from loose to tighthead in recent years – was also dominant, driving Schmidt’s men towards a second-half penalty try, showing he can cover both sides.With Cian Healy still to return from an ankle injury, the loosehead stocks look strong, although Jack McGrath now looks likely to miss out on Japan.James Ryan, making his first appearance of the season like Kilcoyne, was superb and underlined just how important a player he is for Ireland, with his incessant linespeed and physicality standing out. Will Addison looked very sharp for Ireland. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAt fullback, Will Addison made his return from injury in impressive fashion, mixing some strong aerial takes with his probing running game and clever touches with ball in hand. The versatile Ulster man made a strong case for going to the World Cup before being forced off with a cut to the head.Andrew Conway, who started on the right wing, shifted to fullback as a result and it was an excellent performance from the Munster man too. His energetic and hard-working running game was prominent and he teed up a first-half try for Jacob Stockdale.As for Stockdale, Schmidt’s decision to start him again this weekend paid dividends as he scored two tries and boosted his confidence before being replaced at half-time, while captain Rory Best and tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong had valuable 28-minute stints off the bench as they look to find full match fitness.At number eight, Jack Conan was lively and impactful, as skipper-for-the-day Peter O’Mahony impressed at openside in a balanced-looking Irish back row.Tying everything together, man of the match Jack Carty delivered a tidy and creative performance at out-half, benefitting from having Connacht team-mates Kieran Marmion and Aki either side of him, with his intelligent and varied attacking play allowing Ireland to attack from deep.The Welsh effort was disappointing for the first 55 minutes or so and the quality of opposition was certainly nowhere near what Ireland encountered at Twickenham a week ago, but this performance and win will lift spirits and belief in Schmidt’s squad.Importantly, it also highlights that there is real competition for places in his group.  Jack Carty watches on as Ireland’s scrum dominates. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIreland made a strong start under the closed roof, with a choke tackle turnover from Conan and Iain Henderson setting the defensive tone early on, while Kilcoyne and O’Mahony showed physicality in some of Ireland’s opening carries.A sharp lineout play led to the visitors first three points, Wales captain Josh Navidi pinged for going off his feet at the breakdown and Carty calmly slotting the ninth-minute penalty.Gatland’s men showed some quality in response, as a Jarrod Evans cross-kick to Owen Lane stretched Ireland, but Addison tackled him strongly in a one-on-one just before O’Mahony was penalised for not rolling away and Evans levelled the game at 3-3.Addison was instrumental in Ireland’s opening try, too, as he showed composure under the high ball near the halfway line to gather a Welsh box kick.The barnstorming Kilcoyne then made a huge bust of the Welsh defence on a direct carry through them, before Carty darted for a half-break and offloaded inside to the support-running Conway, who took off on a clever slaloming line from right to left, before firing a pass out to Stockdale for the left wing to finish a superb team score.Carty converted and, after a bad Evans penalty miss, Ireland soon had a second try as Stockdale showed his poaching instincts to pounce on a loose Aaron Shingler offload just inside the Welsh half.  Stockdale, sporting a fresh haircut, scored two first-half tries. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe Ulsterman nudged the bobbling ball ahead with his consistently-impactful left foot, gathering it up as he moved towards top speed and beat the despairing Lane and Hallam Amos to score his second.Ireland were flowing with confidence now and their attack – with the creative Carty and Addison prompting – looked punchy and fluid, while Kilcoyne and James Ryan continued to set an eye-wateringly physical standard in defence.Kilcoyne made a second linebreak after Tadhg Beirne snaffled scraps on the deck, but it came to nothing, while Carty was wide with a last-minute penalty after a huge scrum effort from the Irish pack.A 15-3 lead at the break was pleasing for Schmidt, however, and he would have felt delight at the scrum dominance picking up even further in the third quarter, even after Porter came on at loosehead as Kilcoyne made way with a head injury.Porter applied huge pressure to Wales replacement tighthead Leon Brown, resulting in referee Romain Poite binning him just 11 minutes into the second half, with the series of penalty wins continuing even after that.Ireland missed chances off the back of those scrums – Chris Farrell knocking on and then Carty unlucky to have a floated pass to Conway ruled forward – before Poite finally headed under the posts for a penalty try on the fifth consecutive Welsh scrum infringement. Andrew Conway was lively for Schmidt’s side. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOJust on the pitch off the bench, Best and Furlong would have taken pleasure in that penalty try too, but Porter’s impact was immense. https://the42.ie/4790446 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Santino Marella undergoes semi-emergency surgery on neck

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp WWE star Santino Marella posted the following on Twitter:“Well folks bad news, we had semi-emergency surgery today, had to remove all the hardware in my neck, not sure what recovery will entail.”Marella had retired in July from the ring due to neck injuries, but had since been looking to make a return to the ring.  Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Facebook Google+center_img Twitter WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this December Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events last_img read more

Women robbed by armed men in Provo

first_img Related Items:#2womenmuggedwithintwodays, #2womenrobbedinProvo, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Two unsuspecting women were mugged within two days of each other here in Providenciales, and while there is no evidence that the crimes are linked, it does signal a continuing and concerning trend that armed robberies are still too rampant.Residents express grave concern at the report of a woman being robbed in a busy parking lot at Alice and Alice Plaza on Thursday evening where gunman held the woman up and took cash.  On Saturday, we received a report of a  woman who was robbed on her door step on Millennium Highway as she prepared to entered her home.  A man, with a shirt covering his face threw the woman to the ground, held the gun to her face, grabbed her handbag and made off.   Both women are described as shaken, but are thankfully unhurt physically.#MagneticMediaNews#2womenrobbedinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #2womenmuggedwithintwodayslast_img read more

Average contribution rate for DC schemes is 42 of pensionable earnings

first_imgThe average total contribution rate for occupational defined contribution (DC) pension schemes in the private sector was 4.2% of pensionable earnings for 2016, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Occupational pension schemes survey: UK, 2016, also found that for private workplace DC pension schemes, average total contributions in 2016, showed a drop in the member contribution from 1.5% in 2015 to 1%.For private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, the average total contribution rate for 2016, including career average schemes, was 22.7% of pensionable earnings, with members contributing 5.8% of their pensionable pay and employers contributing 16.9%.In 2016, the average contribution rate for private sector career average schemes was 17.4%, with average member contribution rates recorded at 7.5% of pensionable earnings.The figures include rates for open, closed and frozen private sector pension schemes, excluding arrangements that have less than 12 members.Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “More and more people are saving for retirement, which is great news but the data also shows how much work there is still to do. Average contribution rates will have to rise, and that isn’t going to be popular; more work also needs to be done on making it easy for people to take control of their retirement savings.”Chris Noon, partner at Hymans Robertson, added: “Auto-enrolment has clearly been a success in increasing the number of people saving for retirement. The challenge now is to ensure that we don’t see significant numbers opting out over the next couple of years as minimum contributions increase to 8% of pay in April 2019. Even if we can avoid high levels of opt-out, at 8% of pay, minimum contributions will not be sufficient to provide adequate incomes in retirement. Ideally, we need to see overall saving rates in excess of 15% of pay and begin to set expectations of working lifetimes.”last_img read more

Best Way To Save Wildlife Babies Leave Them Alone

first_img“Newborn moose calves aren’t able to run from pets or people on bicycles,” Battle said. “Mothers are likely to stand their ground, even when they hear you coming.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reminding residents of one important thing, a newborn animal found alone in the woods – or even in your backyard – can appear helpless and abandoned. But don’t be fooled. Destitute as those big-eyed babies may seem, a protective mother is almost always nearby. If a moose calf or bear cub is encountered without its mother immediately in view, be alert in case you’ve walked between them. The best course of action is usually to back away and leave from the direction you came. Also, do not assume young animals found alone are orphaned. Mother moose and bears frequently walk out of sight, cache their young, or become separated from them by fences or roads. Sow bears often send cubs up trees to wait before leaving to find food. In nearly all cases, the mothers return to their young. Bicyclists and runners should be especially alert as they can swiftly top hills or round corners and run into moose, bears and other wildlife. Making noise to alert wildlife to your presence is always a good precaution, but may not be enough to avoid clashes with moose cows with calves. Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle says attacks on people and pets by cows aggressively defending calves are reported each spring: “You’ll want to give moose calves plenty of space.” If you observe a young animal that appears to have been left alone for more than 48 hours, contact the nearest Alaska Department of Fish and Game office during regular business hours, or use the department’s smartphone-friendly link to file a report online by visiting http://www.adfg.alaska.gov and clicking the “Report a Wildlife Encounter” button.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Erin Trodden Awarded Scholarship From Middlesex Community College Foundation

first_imgLOWELL, MA — The Middlesex Community College Foundation awarded $43,000 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 21 Middlesex students as part of its 2019 spring fundraiser, “Piano Men,” held recently in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.Pranay Rai, of Lowell, was awarded the James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship. This award was established at the inauguration of MCC President James Mabry in 2015. The scholarship is awarded to assist a worthy student with the completion of an associate degree at Middlesex.Michelle Davis, of Lowell, was awarded the Dr. Carole A. Cowan Scholarship. Established in honor of Cowan, former MCC President, this award provides financial assistance to a deserving Middlesex student who is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program.Kaitlin Fung, of Acton, was awarded the Debra Chemelli-Evans Scholarship. This award was established in memory of the daughter of William Chemelli, former chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, and member of the MCC Foundation Board.Eight students were awarded Commonwealth Honors Program Scholarships:Juan Breton (Lowell)Brittany Brown (Westford)Adam Goulet (Waltham)Joseph Ivers (Bedford)Genesis Martinez (Lawrence)Isabel Pagano (Peterborough, N.H.)Connor Powell (Andover)Abigail Zegowitz (Westford)Ten students were awarded Lowell Connections Scholarships:Thearith Chhom (Lowell)Trevor Dumais (Lowell)Ari Primak (Andover)Kiss Quick (Lowell)Leang Sam, LowellNatalia Silva (Nashua, N.H.)Eliza Slocum (Haverhill)Theara Sok (Lowell)Vilyratna Sok (Lowell)Erin Trodden (Wilmington)Since 1988, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, proceeds from the college’s spring fundraiser, the Middlesex Fund, and other programs and campaigns.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Tavares Receives Scholarship At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”Middlesex Community College Offers To Help Wilmington’s ITT Tech StudentsIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katie McManus Receives Scholarship From New England Parenteral Drug AssociationIn “Education”last_img read more

Legislators offer 325 million for Anchorage LIO

first_imgThe state government would buy the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage for $32.5 million, under a recommendation made Thursday night by the Legislative Council.Download AudioThe sign outside the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)But it’s not a done deal. The council’s final offer is more than a million dollars less than what building’s owners 716 West Fourth Avenue LLC have said they’d accept.Council Chairman Kodiak Republican Senator Gary Stevens says the offer is similar to the cost to move the office to the state-owned Atwood Building.“The council said 32.5 is the fair price, and we won’t go any higher than that, so it’s really now in the owner’s hands and he has to make that decision. Either he accepts that price or he doesn’t. That’s where we are.”The council voted 13 to one for the recommendation. It’s the midpoint of two estimates that a consulting group prepared for the state. Big Lake Republican Representative Mark Neuman was the only no vote.Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, was the only no vote on the recommendation to buy the LIO building. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)LIO co-owner Mark Pfeffer says the building cost nearly 37 million. But he adds the owners would accept three million less.Before the council met privately for two hours, Pfeffer said the owners have accommodated the state.“Every time we have those requests, we try to solve the problem. And so far, we think we have every time. So, if we can help achieve savings, we’re willing to do it. “The owners recently turned down an offer similar to the council’s final recommendation. But ownership representative Amy Slinker says they’re glad the council came to a decision.Slinker said in a statement: “Now we have something to talk about. We are going to analyze it and get back to them soon.”A Superior Court judge recently ruled the state lease for the building is illegal, because the state didn’t open it up to competitive bidding.Under the lease terms, the state would have paid twice as much for the LIO over the next 20 years as it would for the Atwood Building space.Stevens says that if the owners don’t accept the recommended offer, the state would move to Atwood. But he says buying the LIO would save the cost of moving. And it would end the litigation.“This could wind up as very long, long litigation. And they’re to appeal the decision of the Superior Court, and that could really wind up being quite costly for all of us.”The state will pay through July based on the terms of the invalidated lease.last_img read more

Mindtree declares 11 bonus revenues up 23 in Q3 Bagchi steps down

first_imgUpdateThe board of directors of Mindtree have recommended bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1, subject to requisite approvals from regulatory authorities and shareholders.This will be the second bonus issue in two years.However, the stock ended with a loss of 4.51% on Monday at Rs 1,469.60 on the BSE. The directors at their meeting on 18 January to review the third quarter results, also recommended an interim dividend of 40% for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015.Mindtree reported a 2.3% growth in its dollar revenues on a sequential basis at $184.4 million for the third quarter ended December 2015. However, net profit declined 3% q-o-q to $22.8 million, the company said in a regulatory filing on Monday.The company said it has acquired Magnet 360, a salesforce platinum consulting partner, to increase its presence in the cloud-based services market.The company also announced changes at the top. The current CEO & MD Krishnakumar Natarajan has been elevated to the post of Executive Chairman to replace Subroto Bagchi, who has stepped down from his position.Rostow Ravanan will be the new MD& CEO.”This is the culmination of a year-long succession planning exercise that the Board had undertaken after carefully considering several candidates. All the changes announced today will be effective April 1, 2016,” said Apurva Purohit, independent director and chairperson of the nomination and remuneration committee of the company’s board of directors.Original storyThe shares of mid-category IT services company Mindtree were trading with a loss of 2% on Monday afternoon, ahead of the company’s board deciding on a bonus issue of shares along with its third quarter results.On 13 January, the company had informed the BSE that it will be considering a bonus issue on 18 January. The company’s previous bonus issue was in June 2014 in the ratio of 1:1.The stock was trading at Rs 1504.90 at about 1 pm, down 2.22%.For the quarter ended 30 September, 2015, Mindtree had reported revenues of $180 million, 22.6% growth on year-on-year (YoY) basis and net profit of $24.3 million, up 6.8% YoY.For the second quarter, Mindtree had declared an interim dividend of 40% or Rs 4 per share.Earlier in the day, Wipro declared its third quarter results, missing its IT revenue guidance marginally. The revenues were $1,838.1 million, as against the guidance of $1,841 million to $1,878 million. For the fourth quarter, the Bangalore-based company issued a guidance range of $1,875 million to $1,912 million, an increase of 2 to 4% over its third quarter IT revenues.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading with a loss of 100 points at 24,355. BHEL, Tata Steel, Axis Bank and GAIL (India) were gaining, while Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, ONGC and Reliance Industries were dragging the Sensex down.last_img read more