US Open Umpire’s Nick Kyrgios Visit Scrutinized

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring.The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, “I want to help you.”It all seemed like an impromptu intervention for the mercurial Kyrgios, right out there on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, and it raised questions about whether Lahyani overstepped his duties as someone who’s primarily there to keep score and keep order. Kyrgios went from trailing by a set and a break at the time to wresting control of the match — setting up a third-round showdown against Roger Federer — by coming back to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.“This was not his job,” Herbert said, adding that he thinks Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way. “I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”The U.S. Open’s referee and chief umpire were reviewing what happened, as was the Grand Slam Board. Chair umpires are never made available to the media, but tournament referee Brian Earley said Lahyani explained that he left his perch “to make sure he could communicate effectively” with Kyrgios in a noisy arena.According to Earley, the official said he wanted to check whether Kyrgios needed medical attention and to warn the player that Lahyani “would need to take action” if the “seeming lack of interest in the match continued.”During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.“I mean, like, I don’t have a coach. I haven’t had a coach for, like, years. Of course he wasn’t coaching me. Like, what are you talking about?” Kyrgios said.“He said he liked me. I’m not sure if that was encouragement. He just said that it’s not a good look,” Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. “Look. I wasn’t feeling good. I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him, but I knew it wasn’t a good look.”Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, has run into trouble in the past for not giving his all during matches, even drawing a fine and suspension from the ATP men’s tour in 2016.As Herbert put it: “Just sometimes he’s mentally not here.”What there’s never been a doubt about, however, is Kyrgios’ talent and ability to entertain — when he puts his mind to it. He burst onto the scene by stunning Rafael Nadal as a teenager at Wimbledon in 2014, and he owns a victory over 20-time major champion Federer, too.After reaching the third round by defeating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, Federer criticized Lahyani for going to talk to Kyrgios for as long as he did, and from as close as he did.Normally, a chair umpire leans over from his or her post to speak to a seated player during a changeover.“I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well.’ Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter,” Federer said. “That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”It was, to be sure, the most conversation-worthy topic on Day 4 at Flushing Meadows, where the most notable result was No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-4, 6-2 loss to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at night.Wozniacki, who won the Australian Open in January and is a two-time finalist in New York, is the third top-10 woman already out of the draw, including No. 1 Simona Halep.Past U.S. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic won at night, as did 2006 titlist Maria Sharapova, who took the last three games to beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 7-5 in a match that ended after midnight.Djokovic wasted a third-set match point and was pushed to a fourth before defeating American Tennys Sandgren 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2.“I just lost it mentally,” Djokovic said about his issues in the third set. “Those things happen, I guess. I’m not happy with the way I lost that concentration and composure there.”—By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Michael Schumacher’s family says F1 great is receiving best care ahead of 50th birthday

first_imgThe family of stricken seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher have assured fans the Ferrari great is being well cared for as they prepare to celebrate his 50th birthday on Thursday.Schumacher, who retired from racing in 2012, has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago. The German is being cared for at home in Switzerland.”You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” the family said in a statement that made a rare comment about his condition.”Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy,” it added.Schumacher app to be released on ThursdayThe family said an official Michael Schumacher app will be released on Thursday to enable fans to review all his career successes. The Keep Fighting Foundation has also created a virtual museum.”The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments,” the family said.”Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we… we want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”The family said an official Michael Schumacher app will be released on Thursday to enable fans to review all his career successes.The Keep Fighting Foundation has also created a virtual museum.advertisement”The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments,” the family said.”Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we… we want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”Schumacher won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004.He remains the sport’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins.Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, now a five-times world champion with 73 wins, has already claimed several of the German’s records and could ultimately match his title tally if he continues his current rate of success.Also Read | Ferrari plans special exhibition as stricken Michael Schumacher nears 50Also Read | Chasing Michael Schumacher’s record never been my goal: Lewis HamiltonAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgA federal appeals court has upheld a $28.1 million judgment against Gage County and two law enforcement officials for a Nebraska case involving six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overturn the jury’s 2016 verdict in a ruling issued Monday.The verdict was awarded to the group, known as the Beatrice Six, for their wrongful conviction in the 1985 rape and killing of 68-year-old Helen Wilson.When the Beatrice Police Department ended their investigation of the case without an arrest, the Gage County Sheriff’s Department took it over a couple of years after the crime occurred.John Ferak wrote a book about the case, “Failure of Justice” and described in 2016 to KSCJ’s Brian Vakulskas what happened next:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..department detectives. :23That theory was that it was a robbery gone bad that turned into a gang rape despite evidence to the contrary.The sheriff’s department investigation led to the out of state arrests of Joseph White and JoAnn Taylor along with four other people:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………North Carolina. :32The suspects were threatened with the death penalty, and some of them confessed even though they had not committed the crime:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..connected with. ;23They spent more than 75 years combined in prison until DNA evidence cleared them in 2008.The evidence instead pointed to an Oklahoma City man who died in 1992.Joseph White is now also deceased.His claim was continued by his lawyer, Norfolk Attorney Doug Stratton.The lawsuit alleged that law enforcement officials recklessly strove to close the case despite contradictory evidence.last_img read more



2 days agoChelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel: Ajax attack a real threat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel: Ajax attack a real threatby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel says they must be wary tonight at Champions League opponents Ajax.Still recovering from knee surgery, Van Ginkel was on-loan with PSV Eindhoven last season.He told De Telegraaf: “With the boys who can make a difference, such as Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek, who often scores in Champions League matches – Chelsea has to watch out for those three.”But collectively Ajax is good and in the back it is also fine. Although I do not know if it is as good as last year.”I have been in the Netherlands for the past ten days, not at the club. And Chelsea has a larger team of analysts than we are used to in the Netherlands. So they really have a good idea of Ajax and know how or what to do.” last_img read more

Pakistan cricket has to rise to force India to resume bilateral ties: New PCB MD

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 22:16 IST India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007 due to tensions between the two countries. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew PCB MD Wasim Khan said if Pakistan become a top team, India will ask them for bilateral seriesKhan said their focus will be on developing Pakistan cricketKhan conceded that there are no immediate chances of revival of India-Pakistan cricketing tiesPakistan has no other way than raising the standard of their game if they have to force superpower India to resume bilateral cricketing ties, feels the new PCB dispensation. India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007 owing to tense relations between the neighbouring countries. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown eagerness to resume cricketing relations but the BCCI has maintained that the Indian government calls the shots in the case.”I think when [Pakistan become a top team] that happens, it can create a situation where India asks us to play a bilateral series,” new PCB MD Wasim Khan said in a media interaction in Lahore.In the absence of bilateral series, both teams have only met in ICC and Asian Cricket Council multilateral events, most recently in the Asia Cup held in the UAE last September.In 2012, Pakistan did go to India for a short tour but it did not play Tests.Ehsan Mani, who took charge as PCB Chairman last August, has already said that Pakistan would not beg India to play.Mani supported Wasim Khan’s contention, saying that if the PCB can take the country’s cricket to a level where it is among the top three teams in the world, than India will come on their own to “play with us”.”It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level,” Khan said after taking charge last week.advertisementHe also conceded that he didn’t see any immediate chances of revival of Indo-Pak ties but things could change after the general elections in India.Mani added that Pakistan had not given up hope of bilateral ties being revived and would keep on trying to get the BCCI to the table and move things.”But we are not going to see solutions anytime soon. We will have to wait and see how things go after their elections. So no point of engaging them now.”Both Mani and Khan felt that Pakistan’s failed attempt to get BCCI to compensate it for not honouring an MoU with the ICC’s Disputes Resolution Committee had not soured relations.The Chairman disclosed that the Board’s total expenses on the compensation case, which it lost to BCCI, were about two million dollars including legal fees of the lawyers.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Posted byPTI Tags :Follow PCBFollow BCCIFollow India vs PakistanFollow Cricket Pakistan cricket has to rise to force India to resume bilateral ties: New PCB MDNew Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) MD Wasim Khan it is sad that India and Pakistan don’t play bilateral cricket but they have to move forward and carry on.advertisementlast_img read more

JCDC to Host Customer Appreciation Day

first_img The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) plans to host a Customer Appreciation Day to recognise stakeholders partnering with the entity to stage the festivities commemorating the country’s 55th Independence anniversary.This was disclosed by Acting Executive Director, Orville Hill, who said following the successful staging of festival events, culminating with the Grand Gala at the National Stadium on Independence Day, Sunday, August 6, “it is only appropriate to recognise (our partners) and show appreciation”.Mr. Hill further advised that the JCDC, which he said was invited to participate in this year’s National Customer Service Week activities, has established a committee that has commenced work to develop and institute plans to improve service delivery to the agency’s internal and external clients.He was speaking at Tuesday’s (September 5) launch of activities marking National Customer Service Week 2017 by the Jamaica Customer Service Association (JaCSA), from October 1 to 6, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, where he represented Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.Mr. Hill said the Ministry and its agencies, inclusive of the JCDC, fully endorse this year’s ninth staging of customer service week by the JaCSA.This, he noted, “signals our strong commitment to service excellence and alignment with the Jamaica Customer Service Association’s quest to raise customer service standards nationally”.Deputy Chairman of JaCSA, Richard Rowe, said the JCDC’s special involvement is in recognition of its role as the nation’s purveyor of culture.“Culture plays a very important role in the development of customer-service skills. We (JaCSA) believe that it is through that cultural experience that persons are able to deliver the best customer service. We believe that the JCDC plays a critical role in shaping the mind as it regards our culture,” Mr. Rowe indicated.President of JaCSA, Gina Tomlinson-Williams, acknowledged that while there are indications that customer service has improved, there is still room for further improvement.“We are trying to bring light to improving customer service. We need to hold persons accountable for it,” she said.Mrs. Tomlinson-Williams urged more companies to acknowledge internal clients who work to serve external customers.More than 10 entities are expected to participate in the week-long celebratory activities.Among the others who will join the JCDC are the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), HEART Trust/NTA, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), Island Car Rentals and Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).Other organisations are being encouraged by the JaCSA to participate, in a bid to aid in further developing and improving customer service.During the media launch, presentations were made to the 2017 National Customer Service Week Ambassadors – DHL Jamaica Limited and the Jamaica Public Service Company. Both entities have placed emphasis on developing internal customers and services.The week of activities, which is being held under the theme ‘Service Comes Alive… Jamaica 55’, will include a church service at Webster Memorial United Church on Half-Way Tree Road; a two-day Service Excellence Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel; JaCSA Annual General Meeting; and a Service Excellence School Tour, among other activities.The Jamaica Information Service has committed to featuring individuals providing stellar customer service during the week. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) plans to host a Customer Appreciation Day to recognise stakeholders partnering with the entity to stage the festivities commemorating the country’s 55th Independence anniversary. During the media launch, presentations were made to the 2017 National Customer Service Week Ambassadors – DHL Jamaica Limited and the Jamaica Public Service Company. Both entities have placed emphasis on developing internal customers and services. This was disclosed by Acting Executive Director, Orville Hill, who said following the successful staging of festival events, culminating with the Grand Gala at the National Stadium on Independence Day, Sunday, August 6, “it is only appropriate to recognise (our partners) and show appreciation”. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. NEW WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, May 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Eager Bridge, Nictaux Eager Bridge on Route 201, Nictaux, about one kilometre east of Trunk 10, will be closed for repairs from 9 a.m. Monday, May 13 until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. A detour route begins on Trunk 10 through Trunk 1 and Byard Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road.last_img read more

Drew Barrymore Honored At ASPCA Bergh Ball

first_imgOver the weekend, guests gathered at The Plaza Hotel in New York City for the Nineteenth Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball celebrating the ASPCA’s 150thAnniversary.Nathan Lane, Drew Barrymore and Martha StewartCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesDrew Barrymore was honored with this year’s ASPCA Compassion Award which was presented to her by Martha Stewart. Nathan Lane served as the evening’s emcee, which featured music by DJ Mark Ronson.The annual event, a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts brings together hundreds of animal lovers to impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country.Additional attendees included Jessica Hart, Christian Siriano & Brad Walsh, Patina Miller, Megan Hilty, Roger Waters, Georgina Bloomberg, Selenis Leyva, Allie Rizzo, Dominic Chianese, Ariana Rockefeller, ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker among others.last_img read more

Colorado company to bring Willie Nelsonbranded cannabis to Canada

first_imgCALGARY – A Colorado-based company plans to bring Willie Nelson-branded cannabis products to Canada through a series of business deals with two Calgary companies.LivWell Enlightened Health says it plans to combine with Calgary-based CBi2 and 51st Parallel Inc. to create what will become a Calgary-based, TSX Venture-listed company operating under the name LivWell International.The company says it will have exclusive rights to some of the flagship brands of GCH Inc., a cannabis brand holding company founded with Willie Nelson, including Willie’s Remedy and Willie’s Reserve.Calgary-based 51st Parallel says it will make a US$20-million equity investment in GCH Inc. as part of the deal for a 12.4 per cent stake in the holding company.The management of LivWell Enlightened Health will lead the restructured LivWell International, while Sonny Mottahed, Chairman, CEO of CBi2 and 51st Parallel, will join the board of directors of GCH.LivWell says it expects to produce 32,000 kilograms of dried flower and have annual extraction capacity of 10,000 kilograms. The company says it has applied for eight retail locations in Alberta and has identified two “high profile” locations in B.C.last_img read more

Some BC real estate agents insider trading and helping to money launder

VANCOUVER — The independent office charged with overseeing the British Columbia real estate market will investigate allegations of fraud and insider trading by some Metro Vancouver real estate agents, the provincial government said Monday.Superintendent of Real Estate Carolyn Rogers will work with an advisory group being set up by the Real Estate Council of B.C. to look into concerns raised by media reports and Opposition politicians, said B.C. Minister Peter Fassbender.“The reason we have an independent superintendent’s office is that they are charged with ensuring that best practices are in place,” he said in an interview.For foreign buyers, Vancouver housing is a bargain as city becomes a ‘U.S. dollar play’How crises at home are dampening wealthy Russian, Chinese appetite for luxury London propertyForget the $1 million Toronto home, it’s the $5 million market that’s on fire“Any regulatory changes that might be required will be brought forward, and so we are encouraging that any issues that come up be directed to the superintendent or to the real estate council, to make sure the public is protected on every front.”The government dismissed calls from the Opposition New Democrats to launch a formal arm’s-length inquiry. Fassbender said the superintendent is independent and the government will take “very seriously” any recommendations that are issued.Fassbender said the government will also be taking measures in the upcoming budget intended to address concerns about housing supply, pricing and affordability.NDP housing critic David Eby claimed Monday that some real estate agents have been avoiding property transfer and capital gains taxes while exploiting a clause in contracts that allows for a series of home flips, increasing the final price by hundreds of thousands.He also alleged that some real estate agents have been helping clients hide the foreign origins of money used in transactions by putting the broker’s location instead of the purchaser’s address on federal anti-money laundering forms.“Both of these independent issues would be serious enough on their own,” Eby said at a news conference. “But together, with so many widespread reports coming from different sources, they lead us to the inevitable conclusion that oversight of the real estate industry in British Columbia is woefully inadequate.”We realize that this is an urgent matter and expect to announce the members of the multi-stakeholder advisory group within the coming two weeksHe said the province has fallen “asleep at the switch” and could be losing millions in tax revenue, while allowing realtors to have an unfair advantage in insider trading and defeat anti-money laundering protections.“There are many realtors who conduct themselves professionally … and are valued members of our communities,” he said. “Their reputations are directly impugned by this kind of conduct.”Eby sent two letters in January to the Real Estate Council of B.C., which regulates licenced agents, after a real estate agent came forward as a whistleblower.He outlined allegations that some agents and investors were exploiting a clause that permits contracts to be sold multiple times before the closing date.The practice allows agents to enjoy what’s called a “lift,” or an increase in price each time the contract changes hands, as well as a commission on each sale. Only the final buyer pays the property transfer tax.The council initially declined to investigate, stating in a Jan. 19 letter to Eby that “no specifics have been provided that would suggest that your informant’s concerns are warranted.”But in a statement on Monday the council said it was deeply concerned by the allegations. An advisory group will investigate whether the so-called assignment clauses are being used appropriately and develop recommendations to increase enforcement and oversight, it said.“We realize that this is an urgent matter and expect to announce the members of the multi-stakeholder advisory group within the coming two weeks,” it said.The group will report back to the council with initial recommendations in 60 days.The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, or FINTRAC, is the federal agency responsible for policing attempts to launder money in Canada. Realtors are required to fill out a FINTRAC form for every transaction.Using the broker’s Canadian address on the form instead of the purchaser’s foreign address reduces the level of risk perceived by FINTRAC as they do their audits, Eby said.Renee Bercier, speaking for the federal agency, said it is legally barred from commenting on any information it has received or enforcement actions it has taken.“That being said, FINTRAC considers the allegations made to be serious.” read more

Brock in the News — April 29May 5

Brock hosts cider industry boot campBrock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute recently hosted Canada’s first and only internationally accredited apple and pear cider production program, earning widespread media attention this week from the St. Catharines Standard, Cogeco TV and Fruit and Vegetable Magazine.A St. Catharines family’s legacy becomes the centre-piece of a new art exhibitA collection of photographs from Brock’s Special Collections and Archives are being featured in a pair of high-profile exhibits at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum, including a collection donated by Rick Bell, who’s family name is well-known in Niagara: AGO Art Matters, Toronto Star, CHCH NewsPaula Gardner: Brock’s mindful professorFor National Mental Health Awareness Week, the St. Catharines Standard profiled Health Sciences professor Paula Gardner on the benefits of integrating a meditation practice into the classroom and in your own daily routine.We’ve read all President Trump’s tweets, so you don’t have toU.S. President Trump is well-known for his active presence on Twitter, putting his personality on full display online. Tony Volk, a Child and Youth Studies professor at Brock, provides his in-depth analysis of Trump’s tweets on CTV News this week. read more

20 days till Beach Handbal WcH 2014 in Brazil Friendlies in Qatar

Only 20 days left until the start of the Beach Handball World Championship in Brazilian city of Resife (July 22-27). Twelve best teams prepare for the biggest event on the beach this season. Serbian “Eagles” are in Qatar, where they played friendly match against host team.Look an insert from the match.. Beach handballresife beach handball ← Previous Story DANISH BROTHERS STRIKE AGAIN: Younger Markussen to Swiss TV Birsfelden Next Story → RK Borac Banja Luka looking for a new head-coach

Momir Ilic stays the European goalscorer No1

← Previous Story CONQUISTADOR – Nikola Karabatic: We beat pressure! Next Story → Bronze goes to Kielce: Our dream stayed in the final MKB MVM Veszprem star Momir Ilic stayed at the TOP of the European Goalscorers! He won the Adidas “Golden Ball” for the second year in a row with 114 goals, 11 more than in the season before, when experienced left back netted 103. Serbian NT captain secured the title in the last 60 minutes of the season ahead of the Macedonian lefthander Kiril Lazarov, who finished with 106 after “no goal performance” in the final.TOP 5:1. Momir Ilić (Veszprem ) 1142. Kire Lazarov (FC Barcelona) 1063. Mikkel Hansen (PSG Handball) 1034. Karol Bielecki (Vive Tauron Kielce) 925. Timur Dibirov (RK Vardar) 78 Momir Ilic read more

Man killed in Limerick motorbike crash

first_imgA MAN WAS killed yesterday evening after his motorcycle collided with a wall.Gardaí are investigating the collision, which occurred around 5.10pm yesterday.The crash happened on the Bruff to Knockainey Road after the motorcycle collided with a wall.The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later removed to the Mid Western Hospital in Limerick.Witnesses are asked to contact Bruff Garda station on 061 382940, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.last_img read more

Google is the least open part of Android

first_imgI have been an Android user since the release of the G1. I was a Linux server admin at the time, and the idea of an open source environment on my phone was something I had been thinking about for awhile. Before the release of the G1, I was even considering diving into the OpenMOKO project, which nobody remembers (as a result of the G1 launch). For me, open source meant that, like my computer, I could adjust things at will that I wasn’t happy with. I followed the Android Open Source Project with eager anticipation, and watched as this community of developers modify and build and bolt on features to the Android that we know today.In many ways, Android 4.0 was made less amazing as a result of already having many of the new features on my heavily modified Nexus S. Still, to this day there is one part of Android that is decidedly closed source, and it doesn’t seem like that is likely to change. Google is the least open part of Android.As the steward of Android, a project Google acquired some time ago, the company has done their best to stay out of everyone’s way. Manufacturers can take Android, modify it to their liking, and release in under considerably few restrictions. Unfortunately, unless you are Amazon, manufacturers didn’t come to Android for the openness of the platform. Rather, they came to Android to compete with Apple and, by extension, each other.But to compete in this fast-paced, app-driven world you need Google. Specifically, you need Google’s apps. The Play Store, Gmail, Google Music, YouTube… none of these are allowed to go on an Android device without Google’s stamp of approval. To get that stamp, your device has to meet a set of standards and pass a series of tests for things like software vulnerabilities and stability. When the device has passed through this gauntlet unscathed, you are approved to have Google apps installed on your device. Even then, however, you aren’t allowed to modify or even see the source code to those apps, you are only allowed to run the programs.At this point, most people shrug it off and say “that’s not so bad, sounds like the cost of doing business with Google”. The issue here is not the process to which Google Apps are made available. Truth be told, in a world with such variety in terms of hardware quality, I find the notion of some stability reassuring. However, I do find it surprising, to say the least, that no one can interact with those apps at all.Let’s take a look at Google Voice. I use Google Voice because, at the time, it was the only game in town that offered me the ability to access my SMS messages from my computer, and the ability to route calls to multiple numbers. As someone who reviews phones for a living, the ability to install an app and have my phone number temporarily on that phone was a huge deal. If you take a look in the Google Play Store, there’s a dozen SMS apps that all offer interesting new features to their users. My personal favorite is the Vlingo personal assistant, which allows me to wake the phone and send an SMS using just my voice. Unfortunately, none of these apps work with Google Voice. According to the app developers, Google has never and possibly never will release APIs for Voice.This doesn’t stop at apps either. The lack of publicly available APIs makes using something like a MetaWatch awkward, since the Android-powered watch doesn’t have the ability to grab Google Voice notifications and display them the same way it can standard SMS.Google’s apps are a critical part of the Android ecosystem. It is clear that, unless you can replace them (like Amazon did), your device is going to fail. The Google apps are great — all of the ones that I use work well and new features are rolled out all the time — unfortunately, they are not able to benefit from the open source ecosystem these apps are built on. This was clearly done by design.At Google I/O this past year the room erupted into applause when Google announced that they would be releasing source to the I/O app to help developers understand what Google felt was the right way to being apps for Android. Unfortunately, that applause wasn’t enough to encourage Google to do the same with some of their other apps.last_img read more

Adobe une faille constatée sur Flash Acrobat et Reader

first_imgAdobe : une faille constatée sur Flash, Acrobat et ReaderÉtats-Unis – Adobe affirme qu’une faille a aujourd’hui infecté plusieurs versions de ses logiciels Flash, Acrobat et Reader. Des attaques Dos sont ainsi possibles, pouvant permettre le contrôle à distance de la machine infectée.La semaine dernière, Adobe a averti via un bulletin d’alerte qu’une faille n’était pas encore résolue concernant plusieurs versions de ses logiciels Flash, Acrobat 9 ainsi que Reader 9 et 10. Cette vulnérabilité permet à un hacker de faire planter les logiciels et de prendre ensuite le contrôle de l’ordinateur. Pour l’instant, la firme n’a pas encore annoncé de date concernant la publication d’un correctif pour combler cette faille critique.Le 7 juin 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Synergy Students Visit ALIV

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7, 2017 – Nassau – Students attending the 4th Annual Career Studio Summer Camp put on by Synergy Bahamas visited ALIV Headquarters on Thursday, July 7.   The junior and senior high school students are mostly interested in marketing, graphics and web design, and decided to visit ALIV as it is one of the newest and most innovative companies in The Bahamas.The group toured the Petersfield Street facility and met with staff in several departments including Information Technology, Engineering, Finance, Marketing, and Corporate Sales among others.  The team met several managers and had the opportunity to meet Valeria Gardiner, Executive ALIV Assistant to the company’s CAO.The students also received ALIV giftbags. ALIV believes in empowering youth through education and welcomed the students who were enthusiastic about learning more about the company.Press Release: ALIV Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

MDPD 6 people killed in bridge collapse near FIU recovery efforts underway

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The death toll in a pedestrian bridge collapse near Florida International University has risen to six people, according to Miami-Dade Police.Search and rescue efforts went late into the night Thursday, as crews held out hope, looking and listening for signs of life. However officials have now began their recovery efforts. “None have been removed as of yet,” said MDPD Detective Alberto Zabaleta, “again only the six that we’ve been able to confirm are the only ones that we’ve been able to reach out to. However, they’re saying ‘at least’, because there is a possibility, the sad possibility, that under the concrete there may be additional vehicles.”Ten other victims were removed and transported to area hospitals. None of the victims have been identified at this point.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to reports of the bridge collapse at approximately 1:30 p.m., Thursday. Video posted to Twitter showed the bridge on top of several cars on Southwest Eighth Street near 109th Avenue, as police first responded to the scene. THE FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSED OH MY GOD— Gabriela Collazo (@GabrielaRose12) March 15, 2018MDFR Division Chief Paul Estopinan said, “Our units responded to find eight trapped vehicles under the bridge.” Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU – so tragic. Many brave First Responders rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all who are affected.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018 Just after 5:45 p.m., heavy-lifting cranes arrived to assist with the search and rescue.Estopinan said MDFR has scores of technical rescue personnel on the scene. “We have over 100 technically trained TRT, technical rescue specialist and our urban search and rescue team working on the bridge to find viable victims,” he said.More than 100 firefighters, police officers and paramedics rushed to help, despite the danger.“I saw several construction workers on the top of the bridge that were very badly injured,” said Sweetwater Police Sgt. Jenna Mendez. “I climbed up, and we had two that were unconscious — one that had a major laceration to his head, and one that was not breathing … I was doing chest compressions with one arm, trying to pull him onto the board just so he would survive, and, supposedly, rescue told us he has made it.”One man at the scene, identified as Mario, said his friend was walking underneath the bridge the moment it collapsed. “My childhood friend, he was crossing as the bridge was coming down, and it hit him,” the man said in tears. “He was rushed to the hospital. I don’t know. I’m just so worried.”The man said he is unsure if his friend is OK.Another witness, Giovanni Hernandez, described the collapse. “Like an explosion. It was loud. It sounded like a bomb, like multiple bombs in one. It was terrible,” he said. “It was super loud. It sounded like the world was ending, and when you look back, all you see is the bridge on the floor. It was awful.” At first, many people nearby didn’t realize what had happened.“We were at my friend’s house when we heard it fall, but we didn’t know what it was,” said student Stephanie Ayerdi, “and then we started walking to where all the ambulances were ’cause we saw helicopters, and then we saw that it had fallen.”“I saw the black car first, and there was a young lady in pink, and she got out, and she was screaming,” said a witness. “I think someone must have been in the back of her car.”Some people driving through the area helped others get to safety.“I ran to see if they needed help, and I saw cops carrying people and people injured,” said a man, “and then when I looked closely, it was cars are just squished.”People who pass under the bridge on a daily basis were in disbelief.“I was shocked. That was the last thing I would expect to happen,” said witness Jessica Castillo. “I pass under there every single day, mostly when I get off the turnpike right there, I always get caught in the red light under the bridge. So to think that that happened to people is just crazy.” “There will clearly be an investigation to find out exactly what happened, and why this happened,” said Scott at a press conference after he was debriefed. “We will hold anybody accountable if anybody has done anything wrong. But the most important thing we can do now is pray for the individuals that ended up in the hospital for their full recovery.”Sen. Marco Rubio also spoke at the press conference. “These people that are doing these engineering studies will tell us what went wrong,” said Rubio, “and that won’t provide any comfort to the families who lost a loved one, but it will prevent something like this from ever happening again.”FIGG Engineering, the company that designed the bridge, said this is the first time something like this has happened in their company’s history.“We are stunned by today’s tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami,” the company said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this accident. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.”President Trump tweeted about the incident.center_img “I’m traumatized ’cause we were in the light, we turned a left, and that’s when it happened, when we were around here,” said witness Rosa Gonzalez. “I start crying and crying ’cause there’s people there — it could be our family, it could be … it’s human.”The main part of the 174-foot span was assembled at the side of the road while support towers were built at either end. The 950-ton bridge was meant to connect the City of Sweetwater directly with FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus and help people get across Eighth Street safely.“Students have been killed crossing the road, so they were trying to prevent stuff by putting up the bridge,” said one student. “You can’t really expect for something like this to happen, and I think that’s all that it is. Everyone was trying to do their best part, and it was really a bold move for FIU.”“The fact that they were putting this bridge up, it gave me and gave my friends and classmates so much hope that, you know, we weren’t gonna have to deal with this mess anymore of having our lives threatened every time we wanna cross a street,” said witness Corinne Frankel, “and now that this happened, it’s just such a tragic setback.”According to FIU police, family reunification will be at the FIU Student Academic Success Center. Pedestrians entering the campus should come in through the entrance at Southwest 107th Avenue and 16th Street. For more information on reuniting with family members at FIU, call 305-348-3481.The university released a statement in response to the collapse, which reads, “We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge. At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information. We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene. We will share updates as we have them.” The National Transportation Safety Board have a team on scene investigating the incident.Southwest Eighth Street between 107th Avenue and 117th Avenue will remain shutdown indefinitely as crews work on the clean up and recovery efforts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. — FIU (@FIU) March 15, 2018FIU President Mark Rosenberg confirmed that a stress test was performed on the bridge before it collapsed. It remains unknown whether the stress test had anything to do with the bridge’s collapse.“This bridge was about goodness, not sadness,” said Rosenberg. “Now we’re feeling immense sadness.”The company constructing the bridge, Munilla Construction Management, also issued a statement on Facebook.“Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life. MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.Gov. Rick Scott also said he is following the situation. “I have spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the pedestrian bridge collapse at FIU,” he wrote in a tweet. “I will be in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day.”Scott also visited FIU Thursday evening to be debriefed by law enforcement. last_img read more

Different Views On Additional Staffing For The Houston Police Department

first_img 00:00 /03:36 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The fact the Houston Police Department (HPD) could use more officers is one that practically everybody acknowledges, including the recently appointed Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner.“I said early on we needed about another five or six hundred and we still need about another five to six hundred,” Turner said when asked about this topic after a recent meeting of the Houston City Council.Currently, HPD has roughly 5,200 officers and Turner wants to add approximately 540 by 2020.That makes sense to Acevedo, who says he is “hopeful in the next couple of years we’ll get that done.”However, some experts like Larry Hoover, who directs the Police Research Center at the Sam Houston State University, think having around 6,000 officers isn’t enough.Hoover worked on a study about staffing levels for HPD in 2014 and thinks the department should aim for goals like response times to 911 calls that are not greater than five minutes.In order to achieve that, Hoover says they would need more officers than what the mayor and the chief have in mind.“To reach what I would deem to be reasonable performance levels would require 1,174 additional sworn officers,” Hoover notes.That number is consistent with what former HPD Chief Charles McClelland indicated in a 2014 report about staffing improvements for the department.That report was partly based on Hoover’s study, which was co-authored by the Police Executive Research Forum.Hoover also addresses how HPD fares compared to the police department in Chicago, a city Houston is frequently compared to because it is currently the third largest in the United States, while Houston is the fourth.With the Windy City having approximately only half a million more residents than Houston, its police department currently has 12,400 patrol officers.That is more than double the size of HPD’s.– / 9However, Hoover says the population density is higher in Chicago and, therefore, the comparison isn’t totally logical.He explains it makes more sense to compare Houston with cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle, which also have very spread out populations.In that sense, Hoover considers Houston’s police force numbers in the middle range but, still, understaffed.One point on which everyone agrees is that, with more patrol officers, HPD would improve its community policing.That is a concept Acevedo wants to continue and grow at HPD.“Community policing is about what I call relational policing and we make about 1.5 million calls per year for service and that’s 1.5 million opportunities we have as a police department to establish a relationship,” says the chief.Jasmine Gutierrez, an HPD officer who has just graduated from the Houston Police Academy, thinks the practice of interacting in a more friendly and frequent way with the public can be very productive.“By doing that,” Gutierrez said after being sworn in on January 11th,  “we can always create that bond with other people that makes them want to tell us stuff and, who knows, maybe they could help us solve crimes down the road that are really hard to crack.” Sharelast_img read more