Goalkeepers are Like Wine: PR Sreejesh Looks Back at His Journey in Indian Hockey

first_img Goalkeepershockeyhockey indiaIndia First Published: November 5, 2019, 6:57 PM IST New Delhi: Indian hockey star PR Sreejesh feels that goalkeepers are like wine which gets tastier if kept longer, reflecting on his illustrious career from warming the bench to becoming one of the best in the world.Sreejesh, a former captain, said the setbacks in the early part of his career taught him lessons to take failures as stepping stones to success. “The first few years were quite hard for me. It took time for me to understand what exactly is international hockey. With time the game has changed, the game has got faster, so every tournament teaches you something,” Sreejesh told PTI in an interview.”When I started my career I used to concede a lot of goals but still every one had faith in me, they kept motivating me. The best part of a goalkeeper is that when you are the second choice you get to gain a lot of experience by sitting outside and watching. I am very much grateful to my seniors for their advises and suggestions,” he said.”And this is where I am today after overcoming all the obstacles. Goalkeepers are like wine, the longer you keep it, the better it tastes.”At 33, Sreejesh is at the twilight of his career but the lanky custodian from Kerala has not planned anything yet about his future.”I am not planning anything yet because now it’s more important to focus on Olympics and after that how the circumstances will be we don’t know. So, it’s all about short-term goals,” he said, when asked about his retirement plans after Olympics.”For me the next focus is FIH Pro League where we are going to meet a lot of tough opponents. When it comes to a senior-most player you need to keep short goals all the time to sharpen yourself and perform your best,” Sreejesh added.The former captain feels that the country has left behind the lean patch of 2008-2012 and predicted a much-improved show in the Tokyo Games than any of the last few Olympics.India failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics and four years later, the team finished last in the London Games. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, India bowed out in the quarterfinals.”If you take it from 2008 till 2016, the low point for Indian hockey was 2008 when we failed to qualify. In 2012, we finished last, and in 2016 we finished eighth. I feel this time we will improve and prove ourselves.”India qualified for Tokyo Olympics after beating Russia 11-3 on aggregate in Bhubaneswar on Saturday, and Sreejesh, regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of the world, is expected to man the Indian goal in Tokyo.”It’s a great thing for us that we are going to Tokyo. After every tournament we analyse ourselves and in this tournament we got a very good lesson that we can’t underestimate any team,” said Sreejesh, known as the ‘wall of Indian hockey’.After opting out in its maiden season last year, India will make its debut in the FIH Pro League against the Netherlands in a home fixture on January 18 and 19.The Pro League involves nine teams in men’s and women’s sections, each playing on home and away basis on a two-year schedule.India will host their first six matches. After facing the Dutch, they will take on Belgium on February 8-9 followed by matches against defending champions and world No. 1 Australia on February 22-23.”In Pro League and the Olympics, our opponents will be much better and difficult. They will play more attacking hockey. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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“UTT will be learning experience for young Indian players”

first_imgChennai, July 10 (PTI) Table tennis in India is on the right track and Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), the first-ever professional league, which kicks of here July 13, will benefit the countrys players, especially youngsters, said former national champion Kamlesh Mehta. He sounded upbeat about the tournament and said it could be a great learning experience for the up-and-coming paddlers. “It is very exciting. What was a dream is about to become a reality. It is a dream come true,” he said about the league, which has been in the making for a few years now. Asked how it could benefit the sport in the country, Mehta told PTI, “It is going to benefit the game of table tennis. When it benefits the game, it is going to benefit everybody, it is going to benefit state associations, players, coaches, academies.” “Young players will gain a lot. There are 24 Indian plyers and six coaches. Their standard is going to go up. When you see top level matches live or at close quarters,it is very inspiring.The youngsters can learn several good things.It will have a spiralling effect and lead to overall improvement.” He said Tamil Nadu was always a strong state when it came to table tennis and has been producing quality players over the years, who had gone on to play at the highest level. “TN is one of the strong states. There is a huge legacy and talent pool. You had players like Thiruvengadam, G Jagannath, V Chandrasekar, Niyati… Now, we have A Sharath Kamal, A Amalraj, G Sathiyan and others. It is good to see new names coming up,” he said. Also,the country had been doing well at the international level, he said adding “the players rankings have gone up. There are seven to eight players in the top 100. The future looks very bright.” Meanwhile, players expressed their happines to be part of the inaugural UTT. Sharath Kamal said it was a good concept and would be a good exposure for the young players. “The young Indian players can learn a lot from the foreign stars, especially by playing with them. It is going to stand them in good stead,” he said. Portugals Marcos Freitas at 14, one of the top-ranked mens players to feature here, said, “it is a new concept but looks interesting. It is good that new things are being tried out in TT.” Nigerias Quadri Aruna, a quarterfinalist at the Rio Olympics last year, said he was looking forward to playing in UTT and fans would could expect some good table tennis. He would be playing Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas which also features among others Indian ace Manika Batra. The other players, including Germanys Sabine Winter, who would team up with Sharath Kamal, Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) and Pooja Sahashrabuddhe said they were happy to be part of the league and expected to feature in interesting matches. PTI SS APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

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IBASE: slot-in digital signage player running on Window 10 and Linux Ubuntu

first_img Continue Reading Previous A peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS: Communication and memoryNext ADI: biological and chemical sensing interface IC IBASE Technology rolls out its latest IOPS-602, a slot-in digital signage player built on the benefits and functionality of Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS). The OPS standard provides cableless and cost-effective deployment for more effective management and maintenance of media players.The IOPS-602 OPS signage player is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core QC/DC processors and runs both Window 10 and Linux Ubuntu operating systems. It uses the processor-integrated, high-definition graphics for crisp content playback with up to 4K resolution. In addition, advanced features to meet customer requirements include up to 32GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM support, four USB 3.0, one Gigabit LAN, an M.2 (KEY E) for optional WiFi/Bluetooth expansion cards, and Intel AMT for remote system control, monitoring and troubleshooting.IBASE offers a comprehensive line of digital signage players with solutions from entry-level, low power systems for one or dual FHD displays, to high-end systems that feature advanced configurations for 4K/8K/12K multi-screen video walls, hardware/software EDID emulation and wireless communications expansion options.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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What The Betting Odds Think Of Bob Stoops Replacing Urban Meyer

first_imgBob Stoops shakes hands after an epic Bedlam win vs. Oklahoma State.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 24, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)With the persistent rumors that embattled Ohio State HC Urban Meyer could be in his final year with the team, suggestions of possible replacements are ever-present. But with one huge name out of football entirely, gamblers could be ready to go all in on him.According to the betting website BetOnline.ag, former Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops has one of the five-best odds to replace Meyer at Ohio State next year.BetOnline.ag lists Stoops’ odds at 10/1.Stoops has been out of football since retiring several months before the 2017 season.If you want to bet on who Ohio State’s coach is gonna be next year apparently there are odds for that sort of thing, via (https://t.co/5OFcZAXx3c) pic.twitter.com/i0YOPW7pYK— Matt BOO-rown (@MattSBN) October 24, 2018Ohio State suffered their first loss of the season last week, an embarrassing 49-20 defeat to Purdue.Additionally, Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season and was accused of disregarding alleged domestic abuse committed by assistant Zach Smith.Should Meyer decide that 2018 is his last with the Buckeyes, Stoops has the pedigree to take over at a high level.As head coach of the Sooners from 1999 to 2016, Stoops led the team to 18-straight winning seasons, ten conference titles, nine bowl wins, two national championship game appearances, and a national championship victory in 2000.last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh ministers get portfolios, Bala Bachchan gets home, Bhanot finance

first_img Rahul Noronha BhopalDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 06:48 IST CM Kamal Nath with the new ministers at the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday. (Image: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSPC Sharma & Bala Bachchan have also been assigned departments retained by the CMThe portfolios were announced more than 72 hours after the ministers were sworn inThe Congress returned to power in the state after a hiatus of 15 yearsMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday allocated portfolios to the 28 cabinet ministers who were sworn in on December 25.Tribal MLA Bala Bachchan, who was a minister in the previous Digvijay Singh-led Congress government, was given home and jail, while another senior MLA, Tulsi Silawat, got health, the public relations department official said.Kamal Nath has kept the following departments — industrial policy and investment promotion, public relations, science and technology, aviation, public service management, non-resident Indian department, technical education, skill development and employment department, while the other departments that have not been allocated yet.Two cabinet ministers, PC Sharma and Bala Bachchan, besides being given the responsibility of individual departments have also been assigned departments retained by the CM.Here’s the full list:1. Vijay Laxmi Sadho: Culture, Medical Education, Ayush2. Sajjan Singh Verma: PWD, Environment3. Hukum Singh Karada: Water Resources Department4. Govind Singh: Cooperation, Parliamentary Affairs5. Bala Bachchan: Home, Jails, Departments Assigned to CM6. Arif Aqueel: Bhopal Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Department, Backward Classes and Minority Welfare, Small, Micro and Medium Industries Department7. Brajendra Singh Rathore: Commercial Taxes8. Pradip Jaiswal: Mining9. Lakhan Singh Yadav: Animal Husbandry, Fisheries10. Tulsi Silawat: Health11. Govind Singh Rajput: Revenue, Transport12. Imarti Devi: Woman and Child Development13. Omkar Singh Markam: Tribal Welfare, Nomadic Tribes Welfare14. Prabhuram Chaudhry: School Education15. Priyavrat Singh: Energy16. Sukhdeo Panse: PHE17. Umang Singhar: Forests18. Harsh Yadav: Rural Industries, New and Renewable Energy19.Jaivardhan Singh: Urban Administration and Housing20. Jitu Patwari: Sports and Youth Welfare, Higher Education21. Kamleshwar Patel: Rural Developmentadvertisement22. Lakhan Ghanghoriya: Social Justice and Physically Challenged Welfare, Scheduled Caste Welfare23. Mahendra Singh Sisodia: Labour24. PC Sharma: Law and Legislate Affairs, departments Assigned to CM25. Pradyuman Singh Tomar: Food and Civil Supplies26. Sachin Yadav: Agriculture and Horticulture, Food Processing27. Tarun Bhanot: Finance, Planning and StatisticsPortfolios allocated to ministers in Madhya Pradesh pic.twitter.com/jTWU85fXVdANI (@ANI) December 28, 2018The portfolios were announced more than 72 hours after the ministers were sworn in, indicating intense lobbying among various factions of the state Congress unit.The Congress returned to power in the state after a hiatus of 15 years by ousting the Bharatiya Janata Party.Though the Congress, with 114 seats, depends on the support of the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, which have won two seats and one, respectively, no MLA from these two smaller parties has got a berth in the cabinet.A five-day session of the newly-elected Assembly is slated to begin from January 7.ALSO READ | Madhya Pradesh: 28 legislators take oath as ministers in Kamal Nath govtALSO READ | Deliberation over cabinet formation in three states is Rahul’s message against anti-party activitiesALSO WATCH | Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan rides pillion on a bike to meet villagersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Madhya PradeshFollow Cabinet portfolios Madhya Pradesh ministers get portfolios, Bala Bachchan gets home, Bhanot financeThe portfolios were announced more than 72 hours after the ministers were sworn in, indicating intense lobbying among various factions of the state Congress unit.advertisementlast_img read more

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Province Urges Ottawa Start Cleanup Now

first_imgSYDNEY TAR PONDS AGENCY–Province Urges Ottawa: StartCleanup Now Energy Minister Cecil Clarke is urging the Government ofCanada to join the province in an immediate start to the TarPonds and Coke Ovens cleanup. Mr. Clarke is responding to a statement federal EnvironmentMinister David Anderson released Saturday, March 27, takingissue with provincial arguments for a 70-30, federal-provincial sharing of cleanup costs. “We’re confident of the evidence supporting a 70-30 costsplit,” Mr. Clarke said. “But the real question is whetherOttawa is ready to begin the cleanup now.” “Nova Scotia has put its money on the table, and we’re readyto start now,” said Mr. Clarke. “The Tar Ponds have beenstudied to death. It’s time to clean them up.” Mr. Clarke said evidence supporting a 70-30 sharing of costswas sufficient on two previous occasions –- in 1986, whenOttawa and Nova Scotia embarked on an unsuccessful project todig up Tar Ponds sediment and burn it in an incinerator, andin 1999, when the two governments signed an agreement onpreliminary cleanup projects. “Everyone agrees this is a national priority,” Mr. Clarkesaid. “If 70-30 made sense then, why doesn’t it make sensetoday?” Most of the Tar Ponds and more than 85 per cent of the mostserious contaminants they contain, belong to the federalgovernment. On the Coke Ovens site, a tar cell containing 25,000 tonnes ofconcentrated contaminants was created during the 1960s and1970s, when the Government of Canada owned and operated theCoke Ovens through its coal mining subsidiary, the Cape BretonDevelopment Corporation. In a news release, Mr. Anderson said the pollution on federalland arose from provincially owned or regulated industries. Healso disputed the origins of the tar cell. “The regulatory issue is a red herring,” Mr. Clarke said. “TheGovernment of Canada had all the regulatory authority itneeded to stop the flow of contaminants into the Tar Ponds.”Mr. Clarke said the province’s information that the tar cellwas created during the period of federal ownership in the1960s and 1970s, “comes from the men who actually ran theplant.” Mr. Clarke said Sydney’s steel industry was not exclusively aprovincial concern. He noted that the federal governmentplayed a major role in keeping the steel plant going, withseveral, multi-million-dollar capital investments, always onan 80-20 or 70-30 federal-provincial cost sharing basis. The steel plant was a major market for coal produced by thefederally owned Cape Breton Development Corporation, and muchof its rail output was purchased by the Canadian National, atthe time a federal Crown corporation. “The public doesn’t want to hear more debate,” said Mr.Clarke. “It wants to see cleanup work start.”last_img read more

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Feds sued for shortchanging disabled veterans and alleged coverup

first_imgTORONTO — The federal government knowingly short-changed hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and RCMP members about $165 million in benefits, a proposed class action filed in Federal Court on Friday asserts.The unproven claim, which seeks $600 million in damages, accuses the government of negligence and breach of contract among other things. It also wants the court to order the government to pay the owed benefits with interest.“Canada’s calculation error has resulted in loss to vulnerable eligible members who rely on benefits to survive,” the suit alleges. “Canada has known about the calculation error for years but it has not taken appropriate steps to rectify its conduct.”The lawsuit, which has yet to be certified as a class action, follows a calculation error the government admits making in 2002. As a result, as many as 270,000 veterans and others receiving a disability pension or benefits were shortchanged until 2010, when the mistake was discovered.However, according to the statement of claim, Ottawa allegedly hid the error until this past November — disclosing it only after veterans ombudsman Guy Parent said his team had stumbled upon the problem while looking at another issue and flagged it to the government.“In 2010, the defendant discovered the calculation error (but) failed to announce this error,” the claim asserts. “The defendant chose not to disclose or rectify the error.”In a statement, Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she was committed to ensuring those affected would receive their rightful entitlement.“When the ombudsman brought this to our attention in 2018, we did a detailed review and worked to secure up to $165 million for those retroactive payments,” Wilson-Raybould said Friday. She said she could not comment further given the legal action.As many as 120,000 people affected may have died without receiving any of the owed money. The government has said their estates would be entitled to the backpay.In November, the government said it would only begin the repayments in 2020.“Most individuals will receive a few hundred dollars, while the maximum amount to be paid would be a couple of thousand dollars,” Seamus O’Regan, then the veterans minister, said at the time.The proposed representative plaintiff is Jean-Francois Pelletier, of Dartmouth, N.S., who served with the navy from 1986 to 2005 and was deployed to the Gulf region in 2002, according to the court filing. Pelletier had injured his foot early in his career and he was ultimately given a monthly, indexed disability pension of about $2,000.“To date, Mr. Pelletier has not received any of the money owed to him,” his claim says. “He suffered financial harm as a result of the (error).”Last week, a Calgary-based law firm filed a similar claim in Federal Court on behalf of another former soldier, CBC News reported.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccan Singer Cancels Participation in Festival to Avoid Dirtying Passport With

Rabat – Moroccan Rai singer Hafid Douzi has canceled his participation in the 16th annual International Festival for Palestine in Ramallah, to avoid “dirtying” his passport with an Israeli stamp.Hafid Douzi made the decision after he learned from the Festival administration that he and his band would have to enter Ramallah via the Tel Aviv airport.Speaking to Daily Alquds, Douzi said he was very delighted when he received the invitation to perform for the Palestinian people in Ramallah. He added that initially the agreement was to enter the Palestinian city via Jordan’s capital of Amman. “However, recently the organizers contacted us saying the entry should be via TelAviv airport.”Douzi negotiated with the organizers in an attempt to avoid getting Israeli stamps on the band members’ passports.After long negotiations with the organizers, the festival director promised his manager, Kader Douzi, who is also his brother, that none of the passports of the band’s members will have the Israeli stamp.“Yet, three days before the date of our flights, we received notice from the director that Israeli authorities insist on stamping our passports,” Hafid Douzi said.Douzi stressed that he firmly refused “dirtying” his passport with the stamp of an occupying country, adding that accepting such stamp “is just like accepting normalization with Israeli.”“And I announce that I am against normalization with Israel,” he concluded.Some Arab countries refuse entry to travelers with any Israeli stamp in their passport. The stamp may be a visa stamp, or a stamp on entry or departure. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, and Lebanon will refuse entry.Last June, Adham Nabulsi, a Jordanian singer of Palestinian origin, was barred from entering Lebanon because he visited the Occupied Territories.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Final Four bound womens soccer shuts out Georgetown

Ohio State defender Lauren Beachy’s first collegiate goal was a historic one for the Buckeyes. Beachy connected on a penalty shot in the 21st minute of play for a game-winning shot that sent the OSU women’s soccer team to its first Final Four appearance in program history after a 2-0 victory against Georgetown at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I knew that it was my role to step up and do what I had to do,” Beachy said. “I knew it was my time.” Tiffany Cameron tacked on an insurance goal in the 53rd minute of play when she sprinted down the left side of the field and floated a long ball over Georgetown goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin. Forwards Lauren Granberg and Paige Maxwell both assisted on the goal, which was Cameron’s seventh of the season. “Georgetown was a tough team to prepare for,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “They didn’t get here by accident. It was amazing to kind of watch as that second goal went in, you could see kind of a change.” The No. 3-seeded Buckeyes held on to their 2-0 lead for the final 37 minutes of action by dominating the ball throughout the second half, out-shooting the No. 4-seeded Hoyas 17-8. OSU goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner and the Buckeye defense recorded their third NCAA Tournament shutout. “Our defense comes to play every game,” Beachy said. “It’s a team concept. There’s not one of us who is an all-star. We all work together and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” The Buckeyes will head to Cary, N.C., to play Notre Dame on Friday, with the winner advancing to the national championship game against the winner of Stanford and Boston College. Walker, who won a national championship as North Carolina’s starting goalkeeper in 1989, will focus on preparing her team to play on the biggest stage in collegiate women’s soccer. “I’m not going to lie. I mean, to go back to Cary and to be the first Tar Heel alum to make the Final Four is pretty special,” Walker said. “We’re going to do exactly what we’ve been doing. It really is just about being in the moment, and all we’ve got to do is be one goal better than the team we play on Friday night.” read more

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SILENCE IN FLENS ARENA MT Melsungen beat Flensburg

MT Melsungen are the new DKB Bundesliga leader! Team from Kassel beat SG Flensburg 33:32 in great away match in front of FLENS Arena and overtook the position No. 1 in German handball.SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Eggert 8/5, Mogensen 8, Glandorf 5, Radivojevic 5, Djordjic 2, Jakobsson 2, Gottfridsson 1, Toft Hansen 1MT Melsungen: Maric 9, Rnic 5/1, Sellin 5, Boomhouwer 4, Michael Müller 4, Schneider 3, Forstbauer 2, Philipp Müller 1Results:TVB Stuttgart 28 – 26 LeipzigGoppingen 31 – 19 BergischerEisenach 28 – 40 Fuchse BerlinLemgo 23 – 23 HSG WetzlarFlensburg-H. 32 – 33 MT MelsungenSTANDING:1. MT Melsungen 5 5 0 0 148:126 102. Rhein-Neckar 4 4 0 0 120:88 83. Flensburg-H. 5 4 0 1 145:123 84. Fuchse Berlin 4 3 0 1 127:105 65. Goppingen 5 3 0 2 127:113 66. Kiel 4 3 0 1 120:108 67. HSG Wetzlar 5 2 1 2 133:140 58. Hamburg 4 2 0 2 116:108 49. Gummersbach 3 2 0 1 86:81 410. SC Magdeburg 4 2 0 2 105:103 411. Hannover-Burgdorf 4 2 0 2 112:111 412. Leipzig 5 2 0 3 131:146 413. Lemgo 5 1 1 3 130:152 314. TVB Stuttgart 4 1 0 3 108:115 215. HBW Balingen 4 1 0 3 109:118 216. Bergischer 5 1 0 4 120:139 217. Eisenach 6 1 0 5 154:200 218. N-Lübbecke 4 0 0 4 105:120 0 ← Previous Story LNH 2015/2016 begins good for PSG and Montpellier Next Story → Gyor and Baia Mare join Women’s EHF Champions League read more

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Teenage girl allegedly sexually assaulted at disco in Limerick

first_imgTeenage girl allegedly sexually assaulted at disco in Limerick The alleged attack is said to have taken place at a disco for secondary school students. 27,667 Views File photo of a Garda File photo of a Garda Image: Leah Farrell By David Raleigh Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3117385 18 Comments center_img Image: Leah Farrell Friday 2 Dec 2016, 10:15 PM Share53 Tweet Email Dec 2nd 2016, 10:15 PM GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an alleged sexual assault on a teenage girl at a disco in Limerick which was billed as “Munster’s biggest disco for third year and transition year students”.Gardaí confirmed they are looking into an allegation of an assault on a 17-year old.The alleged attack is said to have taken place at Limerick Racecourse last Friday night.A spokesperson said: “No arrests have been made.”The source added: “We have spoken to the girl. The incident is alleged to have occurred in the premises of the racecourse on Friday night.The disco took place between 9pm and midnight and there would have been up to 1,500 young people in attendance.A poster advertising the Sinbin Teen Events disco offers attendees “three floors and six massive parties”. Alcohol is not served at the event.Gardaí did not disclose details of the alleged assault. Detectives at Roxboro Road garda station Limerick have appealed for people with information to contact them on 061 214 340.Read: Europe raises concerns about lack of housing in IrelandRead: Man shot dead in west Dublin gun attack Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gregoire considers new options for state budget process

first_imgOLYMPIA – Privatizing the state’s ferry system and selling naming rights to highways or rest stops are among the ideas Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering as she prepares the next state budget.The state is looking at another budget cycle of major deficits, as tax collections continue to drag following the Great Recession.Gregoire and Democratic legislative leaders cut about $12 billion from the current two-year budget to balance the books. But the next two-year budget is already facing a projected shortfall of about $3 billion.Gregoire says it’s time to rethink the way government operates, because it could be a long time before tax streams rebound to pre-recession levels. She’s also convening a big panel of expert advisers to help work out budget problems.last_img

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Coop launches resilience programme for 300 staff

first_imgRetailer and funeral home operator Co-op has launched a resilience programme for 300 staff employed in its customer service centre, to support employees who converse with bereaved customers of its Co-op Funeralcare business.The Heart programme, provided by Let’s Get Healthy, launched for customer service centre staff in April 2019 after a successful six-week pilot in November 2018. The programme aims to support employees who speak to vulnerable and bereaved customers on a daily basis, which could lead to personal stress and anxiety. Co-op implement the resilience programme in order to attract and retain talent as well as support staff wellbeing.Claire Carroll, head of member and customer services at Co-op, said: “Investing in our people is critical to ensuring we retain and attract great talent and provide the very best service possible to our customers. Heart has helped my team be brave hearted and resilient when coping with the pressure of this critical role.”Heart uses evidence-based techniques to improve employees’ resilience through education on the stages of grief and how to be sensitive when speaking to bereaved customers. The programme includes briefing sessions with senior managers, a one-day face-to-face course and a seven-week activity plan to further embed learnings; this will be led by team leaders and operations managers.Both new and existing employees will be able to participate in the programme, and it will also form part of leadership development moving forwards.Carroll added: “We want to make sure that [employees] are not only skilled at their job, but that they can go home, switch off and have brilliant times with their friends and family.“We know providing a campaign that improves resilience is what both new and existing [employees] demand. We are asked in interviews what provisions we make for health and wellbeing, and Heart demonstrates we can increase skill levels and resilience at the same time.”last_img read more

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VIDEO WCTV Spotlights Nearly 20 Community Groups In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television held an “Organization Night” last Wednesday, November 28, 2018, highlighting nearly 20 community organizations that serve the residents of Wilmington. Learn about the good these groups are doing in town and how you can lend a hand.Participating organizations who sent a reprsesentative to be interviewed includes:WCTVWilmington Rotary ClubFriends of the Wilmington LibraryBookstore Next DoorWilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of CommerceWilmington Recreation DepartmentWilmington DonatesBuzzell Senior CenterWilmington Educational FoundationWilmington Knights of ColumbusWilmington Community FundWilmington Relay for LifeWilmington Farmer’s MarketWOW (We’re One Wilmington)Wilmington Cultural Council (Art Center)Brady’s FoundationTown MuseumSCOREMasons / Friendship Lodge—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/e/a/9/d/2/7ea9d216-bcec-4f92-a373-01c8df0648761543514568.306%2B48297267.349%40castus4-wilmington%2B15435190811543515360548440.vod.720p.20181128_Organization_Night_2018.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/e/a/9/d/2/7ea9d216-bcec-4f92-a373-01c8df0648761543514568.306%2B48297267.349%40castus4-wilmington%2B15435190811543515360548440.vod.720p.20181128_Organization_Night_2018.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WCTV Releases “Wilmington Remembers”: A Documentary About Mid-20th Century WilmingtonIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Residents Share Their Memories Of The Moon LandingIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Protesters in Canada demand Pakistan to stop forced conversion

first_imgMISSISSAUGA (Canada): Scores of protesters, mostly Hindus from Sindh who have made Canada their home, on Saturday gathered at the Mississauga Celebration Square here, demanding Pakistan to stop forced religious conversion of minor Hindu girls and justice for those who have been forcibly converted. The protests were held to pressurise the Pakistani government to take action against criminals who are using religion as a tool to kidnap and rape innocent girls, according to the organisers. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “As you know Sindhi Hindus are in pain because many cases of forced conversions of girls are happening in Pakistan nowadays,” an official release calling for the protest stated. The agitators could be seen holding placards which read, “stop forced conversion of minor Hindu girls in Pakistan,” “Stop persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan,” “Pakistan stop kidnapping of Hindu girls, stop forced conversion of Hindu girls,” amongst others. They also chanted slogans like “we need justice.”last_img read more

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Kerala health minister Shailaja praised for helping newborn girl with heart defect

first_imgIn his post, Jiyas asked the health minister to intervene in the matter and help them. “We have shifted the baby from Edakkara village of Malappuram district to KIMS Al Shifa Hospital in Perinthalmanna. After conducting a series of tests the doctors have asked us to take the baby to Amrita Institue of Medical Sciences in Kochi or Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram. But when contacted, the hospital authorities said that there are no beds available. If not shifted to the mentioned hospitals the baby’s life will be in danger. I request you to kindly intervene in this matter and help us find a solution for this,” read the post.Shailaja responded to the post within two hours and said that she has taken all the necessary steps to help the baby. She said that the baby’s treatment will be taken care of by the government under its ‘Hridyam’ programme, an initiative to support children with congenital heart disease.”After seeing your comment, Health Department director and coordinator of Hridayam project were asked to submit a report. Hridyam project will cover the child’s medical expenses. Arrangements have been made for her surgery at Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam. An ambulance has left from Edappal to Perinthalmanna hospital. We will shift the child to the hospital tonight itself,” read the comment by Shailaja. KK ShailajaTwitter [Representational Image]Kerala’s Health Minister KK Shailaja is being showered with praises after she helped save the life of a newborn baby who suffered heart problems. The minister came to know about the baby’s condition after her uncle Jiyas Madasseri took to Facebook to seek help.”Dear Teacher, I am writing this because I am unable to find another option. My younger sister delivered a baby girl this morning, but unfortunately, the baby has some problems with her heart valves,” said Jiyas Madasseri’s post made at 7.40 pm.last_img read more

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SBI Buddy vs Paytm SBIs desi Buddy takes on somewhat Chinese Paytm

first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) is taking on mobile wallet Paytm with its own app Buddy, and the competition is set to heat up with India’s largest lender putting up banners in several places across the country on how its own app is better than the rival. And patriotism seems to play a big part in the strategy.Paytm has been in news ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 8 that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in circulation at the time would no longer be considered legal tender from midnight that day. The very next day, mobile wallet Paytm put out front-page advertisements on newspapers about how it could be of help.Since then, the app has seen much wider acceptance among users, as compared to rivals such as Freecharge. During this time, it has also seen outages and experienced growth pangs that seem to have disenchanted some of its users.What the banners sayNow, SBI has promised its own Buddy — described on its website as a semi-closed prepaid wallet which can be used to transfer money to other wallet users and bank accounts, anytime, anywhere — will not be anything like Paytm. What is more, the lender is banking on patriotism, among other things, to push the app, which is available in 13 languages: Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.In banners that are popping up at some SBI branches and subsequently their images on social media, SBI compares its Buddy app to Paytm and highlights the fact that Paytm is partly owned by Chinese company Alibaba, which has Jack Ma at its helm. It also claims on people’s scepticism, saying that while Paytm is not secure, Buddy is “fully secure as owned by State Bank of India.”The banners also compare the amount the two apps charge for transfers. They say while Paytm charges 4 percent of the transfer amount for transactions below Rs 10,000, SBI Buddy charges only Rs 2.SBI Buddy is available for Android in the Google Play Store as well as for iOS in the Apple App Store.last_img read more

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Functional hard drive built in unmodded Minecraft

first_imgEver wonder how your friends can kill hours on end playing Minecraft? Well, it turns out they’re not just roaming around sniping skeletons and trying to find one more block of diamond ore. Sometimes they’re building incredibly complex contraptions like this functional hard drive.Yes, it really is an actual working hard drive created in an unmodified Minecraft world. It was created by Imgur user smellytring, and it’s an absolute marvel of virtual construction.The hard drive is powered by redstone, just like the basic sliding doors and traps most Minecraft players eventually get around to tinkering with. It really can store data, too, and it does so in binary just like a real hard drive. The drive mechanism pushes opaque blocks in front of the redstone circuitry when it needs to transmit a 1 and slides a clear block back into place to transmit a 0 (redstone signals don’t pass through clear blocks in Minecraft).To read or write data, a player just has to stroll over to the correct wall-mounted controls. You’ll have to first toggle a series of ten switches to specify the address you want to read from or write to. To write data, toggle a second set of switches — again, this is all done in binary by turning blocks on and off.Deep within the drive’s complex pathways is a section that checks to see what state the control blocks are in. It then records those values into non-volatile storage. Close down your Minecraft session, open it up three days later, and you’ll still be able to recall the bits that you stored.The drive’s total capacity is an impressive 1KB and throughput is rated at 1 byte per 8 redstone ticks. That’s .8 of a second, so you could fill the entire drive in around 13 minutes. That is, of course, not counting the time it takes to convert your data to binary and walk around setting all the switches.Have you seen (or built!) another crazy Minecraft creation like this? Share it with us in the comments. We’d love to see it!last_img read more

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A Smarter Way to Grow Graphene

first_img Producing graphene from carbon dioxide The current methods of isolating graphene each have problems. The most common, known as micromechanical cleavage, in which sheets are sheared off of a larger crystal, doesn’t reliably produce graphene samples that are large enough for applications.Another method, in which the atomic structure of a substrate is used to seed the growth of the graphene, known as epitaxial growth, doesn’t yield a sample with a uniform thickness of graphene layers, and bonding between the bottom graphene layer and the substrate may affect the properties of the carbon layers.The Brookhaven group based their technique on this second method, except that they were able to grow the graphene in a controlled, layer-by-layer manner. The substrate they chose is the rare metal ruthenium, and while the bottom graphene layer does interact strongly with it, the next layer up is almost completely detached, only weakly electrically coupled to it, and behaves much like free-standing graphene.“This second layer retains the inherent electronic structure of graphene,” Brookhaven physicist Peter Sutter, who led the work, told PhysOrg.com. “Thus, our findings may represent a long-sought route toward rational graphene synthesis and the creation of high-quality graphene for applications in electronic devices and sensors.”Graphene has several properties that make it desirable for electronics, including its very high carrier mobility—that is, electrons in graphene can roam rather freely. Graphene can respond to a single gas molecule, making it very attractive as a detector material for sensors.The Brookaven group’s growth process takes place at high temperatures. To start, the researchers caused carbon atoms to become absorbed within the ruthenium by heating the entire sample to 1150 degrees Celsius (ºC). The sample was then cooled to about 850 ºC, which caused large amounts of the absorbed carbon to rise to the surface of the ruthenium. The carbon formed single-layer lens-shaped islands about 100 micrometers (millionths of a meter) in width, dotting the entire substrate surface.Eventually, the islands grew into a complete first graphene layer. And at about 80 percent coverage, the growth of the second layer began.Sutter and his group observed the growth and studied the graphene’s properties using various instruments, including a scanning electron microscope and a low-energy electron microscope.Citation: Peter W. Sutter, Jan-Ingo Flege and Eli A. Sutter Nature Physics advance online publication, 6 April 2008 (DOI:10.1038/nmat2166)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: A Smarter Way to Grow Graphene (2008, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-smarter-graphene.html Graphene, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick, has many potential uses in the electronics industry, but producing these ideal two-dimensional carbon sheets is very difficult and, as a result, their use has been stifled so far. But scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory may have finally found a way around the issue, devising a method to yield high-quality graphene sheets. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A schematic rendering of the first graphene layer (G) grown on the ruthenium substrate (Ru). Image courtesy Peter Sutter, Brookhaven National Laboratorylast_img read more

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