CWG: ‘Kalmadi got babu to rig deal’

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi, arrested for the irregularities in the timing scoring-result (TSR) deal, had got a key appointment made in the Organising Committee (OC) only to rig the contract in favour of a particular company.Suresh Kalmadi, arrested for the irregularities in the timing scoring-result (TSR) dealThe Shunglu Committee report indicts Kalmadi for getting Sandeep Arya, an adviser with the OC, appointed technical head. The report says since additional director general (technology) Sujith Panigrahi objected to the bias towards Swiss Timing, Arya was appointed joint DG to supersede him.Curiously, Arya worked on this post for only 33 days and resigned just a day after the OC executive board meeting ratified his decision to only consider Swiss Timing for the contract.Both Kalmadi and Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell were present at the meeting, where the OC chief had assured Timing that the contract with Swiss would be signed by December 31, 2009.The Shunglu report says Kalmadi and Arya were among the officials whose “adverse conduct” caused significant losses in the TSR deal.The report states: “The chairman (Kalmadi) approved the appointment of Sandeep Arya in a manner that appeared to be directly related to awarding of the contract to Swiss Timing.”This appointment happened at a time when Sujith Panigrahi started raising red flags and concerns around the bias towards Swiss Timing. Arya recommended the disqualification of a Swedish company, MSL, and opening of only Swiss Timing’s technical and commercial bid during his brief stint as joint DG ( technology), after which he resigned.” Panigrahi, who is now an important witness for the CBI and has deposed against Kalmadi and others, had resigned on November 24, 2009, after he was superseded by Arya.advertisementMail Today is in possession of Panigrahi’s letter, in which he makes a stinging allegation. “I sometimes wonder is it by taking a straightforward, professional stand on evaluation of TSR tender, despite internal pressures, has put me into this disadvantageous position by higher management,” he wrote in this resignation note to Kalmadi and Jarnail Singh, CEO. Panigrahi was in favour of considering the bid of MSL, too. But Arya, who was appointed as his superior on November 17, disqualified MSL from the race on November 27, within three days of Panigrahi stepping down, on technical grounds.Arya resigned on “health grounds” on December 20, 2009, after the way for Swiss Timing had been paved, the Shunglu report says. MSL and Swiss Timing were the only two vendors who submitted their bids in response to the OC’s tender.The commercial bid of MSL was ` 49 crore less than the price agreed with Swiss Timing.”The decision to disqualify MSL was taken on the basis of a note prepared by Sandeep Arya? who was designated as the technology head when the evaluation process was on,” the report says.The report states that Arya’s appointment was not incidental but was in all likelihood made to facilitate the selection of Swiss Timing because Panigrahi proved ” inconvenient to achieve the designed objective”. There could be more trouble for Kalmadi and his key men as the CBI is now studying the 5th report of the Shunglu panel, forwarded to it by the PMO earlier this week.Sources said Kalmadi could be booked in the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Overlays scams. But they ruled out indicting other OC officials such as CEO Jarnail Singh – a PM appointee – and officials of the sports ministry in the TSR scam.CBI sources said some officials present at the high- level meetings which green- lighted the deal with Swiss Timing were merely approving the proposals put forth by Kalmadi and were not a part of the ” criminal conspiracy”. ” In our opinion, the criminality aspect in the TSR deal ends with Kalmadi,” a source said.last_img

Jose Mourinho happy but faces pressure after Liverpool draw

first_imgJose Mourinho could not help sounding a little smug about denting the hype surrounding Liverpool when he said his Manchester United team had shown that Juergen Klopp’s high flyers were not “the last wonder of the world” on Monday.Yet after a 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Anfield, low on quality and high on yawns, the satisfied Special One might just as well have reflected on the lack of stardust sprinkled by his own expensive wonders, who offered just one shot on target in a game to forget.United held Klopp’s attractive side with relative comfort, thanks to the tactical excellence of his stifling set-up and a couple of blinding saves from David de Gea yet they offered precious little in attacking invention and creation.Their two mega-signings of the close season, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, combined for their best moment, only for the Swede’s close-range header from the Frenchman’s cross to bumble harmlessly across goal.’NO QUALITY’This summed up United’s blunt edge and left one of their distinguished old boys, former England fullback Gary Neville, watching from the Sky Sports studio, to opine: “I don’t think this team are ready to win the league.”They don’t have the quality to counter-attack at pace.”ADAMANT MOURINHOMourinho, though, was adamant: “We controlled the game not just tactically but the emotion of the game. That was probably the quietest Anfield I had and I was expecting it to be the other way. I think was a positive performance.”advertisementHe reckoned the British media had been swooning about Liverpool’s form and declared: “They are not the last wonder of the world like you like to say they are.”People expected us to come here and be really in trouble, which we were not.”Yet United did not create much trouble for Klopp’s side either and, still lying seventh in the league with plenty of enterprising quality above them, they will be expected to deliver something more convincing in their two other big dates this week.They host Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday before Mourinho has his fascinating return on Sunday to the Chelsea den where he was once worshipped.Pedestrian performances there could raise fresh questions about a manager who is already looking at the lowest points total he has gleaned at any new club after his first eight league games since his early days as a novice boss in Portugal.KLOPP NOT HAPPYKlopp, having to settle for his part for only the second goalless draw between the sides in the Premier League annals, conceded that Mourinho had been a master of the defensive arts again.”That kind of defence is difficult to play. The man-marking is really difficult, they are stronger than us.”I am not frustrated but I am not happy with the performance. No-one will show this game in 10 or 20 years but we could have played better.”The German was left with questions of his own as Daniel Sturridge’s disappointing performance must have made him wonder again where exactly the England striker fits into his high-pressing attack.last_img read more

Australia fined for slow over rate in Brisbane T20I against India

Slow over rate in the first T20I against India at the Gabba in Brisbane has led to Australian players being fined.Aaron Finch’s team was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration and Jeff Crowe of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the fine.Australia had won the first T20I by 4 runs and have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the second T20I at the MCG in Melbourne was washed out on Friday.”In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” ICC said in a statement.Aaron Finch was fined 20 per cent of his match fees while the rest of the Australian team members received 10 per cent fines.Also read – India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Ben McDermott frustrated as rain plays spoilsport at MCGNow by the rule, if Australia commit another minor over-rate offence in a T20I where Finch is captain within 12 months of this offence, it will be considered a second offence and Finch will face a suspension.”Finch pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the statement added.advertisementThe charge was levelled by on-field umpires Simon Fry and Paul Wilson, third umpire Gerard Abood and fourth umpire Shawn Craig.(With PTI inputs)Also watch – read more

IPL 2019: Ravindra Jadeja reveals what it is like to bat with MS Dhoni

first_img commentary advertisement No data available! scorecard graphscenter_img IPL 2019: Ravindra Jadeja reveals what it is like to bat with MS DhoniAfter Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by a huge margin of 80 runs, spinner Ravindra Jadeja revealed talked about his bowling, hitting big sixes and MS Dhoni view more view less India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 12:39 IST Jadeja revealed that while batting, Dhoni keeps guiding him about ways to score runs (AP)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja hit 25(10) and picked up 3 wickets in Chennai Super Kings’s 80-run victory over Delhi CapitalsJadeja talked to his teammate Mohit Sharma after the matchDuring the chat, Jadeja revealed that while batting, Dhoni keeps guiding him about ways to score runsChennai Super Kings (CSK) ambushed the visiting Delhi Capitals (DC) in a top-of-the-table clash on May 1, winning the match by a huge margin of 80 runs. While CSK’s batsmen including the skipper MS Dhoni played an instrumental role in helping the side to get to a fighting 179/4, Chennai’s spinners returned to bamboozle DC’s famed batting to share 8 wickets amongst them.Ravindra Jadeja, who bagged 3 wickets for himself after playing a late cameo of 25(10) which included 2 humongous sixes, talked to his teammate Mohit Sharma after the match. Jadeja told Sharma that when he bats with Dhoni, the captain keeps guiding him on areas which the left-hander can capitalise on.”He keeps telling me how the bowler is going to bowl, predicting it according to the field placements. Also, which boundaries are big/small and therefore which side of the field to target,” said Jadeja.When asked what was the secret behind his ability to hit the big sixes with a lean body, Jadeja said that along with ‘power’ what also helps him is ‘practising according to match situations’.”Of course you need a lot of power to hit far but also practising according to the match situations you are expected to face helps so much so that I’m able to click at the crucial time when needed,” explained Jadeja.While Jadeja picked 3 wickets, senior spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir chipped in with 1 and 4 wickets apiece. Jadeja admitted that the turn on offer at the Chepauk wicket encouraged them to bowl at the stumps.advertisement”When I came on to bowl my 1st over, the ball was turning a lot. So my focus was to keep the ball onto the stumps because it is difficult to negotiate as a batsman. The reason why their middle-order collapsed was because we bowled in the right areas,” Jadeja signed off by saying.Also Read | It shows how compact he is: Suresh Raina hails MS Dhoni’s quick gloveworkAlso Read | MS Dhoni pays tribute to CSK fans: Thala is a big nickname they have given meAlso Read | MS Dhoni jokes about Imran Tahir’s wild celebrations: It’s great fun to watchFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Ravindra Jadejalast_img read more

NAT Orders Suezmax Duo

first_imgzoom Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has entered into a preliminary agreement with Korean yard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., to build two Suezmax tankers of 158,000 deadweight tons.The newbuilds are slated for delivery to NAT in the third quarter 2016 and the first quarter 2017 respectively.NAT said that the purchase price of the two newbuilding vessels was in the region of USD 65 million each, which is expected to be financed by the company’s resources.“This is an important step forward for Nordic American,” said Herbjørn Hansson, NAT’s Chairman & CEO.“By adding two more ships, we increase the dividend capacity and bolster our earnings potential. We believe that our solid balance sheet as well as our well-defined and transparent operating model are elements supporting the competitive position of the company.”The company took delivery of the acquisitions Nordic Sprinter and Nordic Skier in July and August, increasing the fleet to 22 vessels.The latest order will see NAT’s tanker increase to 24 vessels.last_img read more

Apple Watch Series 5 to use OLED display

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple Watch Series 5 model is expected to use OLED screens supplied by Japan Display, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Japan Display would gradually increase its proportion of OLED display orders for the Apple Watch, starting with 15-20 per cent of orders in 2019 and reaching 70-80 per cent in 2021. He believes that Apple would also gradually increase the proportion of LG’s supply of OLED displays for iPhones and tap Chinese manufacturer BOE as an additional supplier, in a bid to diversify its supply chain, MacRumors reported on Friday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year As per the report, the Apple Watch 5 is also rumoured to come with sleep tracking, a larger battery and more health features. The 2020 version of the smartwatch is expected to come with a MicroLED display. Kuo had previously predicted that the Apple Watch would get a new ceramic casing design. In addition, Apple iPhone 11 would reportedly come with the same OLED displays used for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10. The move is likely to assist Samsung Display in a number of ways, including reducing the list of suppliers it uses to acquire materials, and buying more from a smaller supplier pool. Ever since the Cupertino-based company introduced OLED displays in the iPhone, it has used Samsung panels, but this could be the first time it uses the same panels found in Samsung’s own phones.last_img read more

Devolution battle heats up in NWT

first_imgBy Cullen CrozierAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE-The legislative assembly of the Northwest Territories has reconvened for a dog-fight of a session and the devolution deal signed between Ottawa and the territorial government is sure to be front and centre.The majority of Aboriginal groups in the territory have yet to sign on to the deal and Premier Floyd Roland is taking hits from both Aboriginal leaders and regular MLAs.Roland is being accused of failing to consult enough with First Nations before entering into the agreement.The premier insists that the agreement will have no impact on current land claim negotiations and self government agreements.Only two of seven First Nations asked to sign the agreement are on board and now it falls on the premier and his cabinet to find a way to bring everyone else to the table.ccrozier@aptn.calast_img read more

Fisher River Cree Nation lighting the solar farm path for other communities

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsCandice Sinclair is used to hands-on work.The mother of three calls herself a ‘jack of all trades.’“I always enjoyed working around Fisher River. I did a lot of work here at home. I was with housing. I was at the hotel. Just helping out wherever I can,” said Sinclair.“I love working and doing different things.”Sinclair can now add another skill set to her tool belt. She’s part of a group from Fisher River Cree Nation, located about 200 km north of Winnipeg, who is building a solar farm in the community.A month ago Sinclair knew next to nothing about renewable energy.“It’s pretty amazing just learning and asking questions as I go along every day. You learn something new every day,” she said.Sinclair is not alone. Much of the 10-person crew has spent the past four weeks learning the technical aspects of building a solar farm- everything from installation to operation.Nine out of the 10 people employed to build the farm are members of the community. Recruitment began in spring of this year with a band meeting and advertising posted in the band office.“It’s a global thing,” Daniel Monias told APTN News. “It’s going to be big in Canada so I thought why not.”For Monias, the opportunity to learn something new prompted him to sign up for the training course. He’s now ready to take his skills elsewhere.“It’s all new to me. This is my first year. I’m going to try and keep on it after this too. Do it wherever I can go,” he said.The project began seven years ago with the community started looking at different green energy projects they could invest in.“What communities really need to look at is becoming self-sufficient [and] self-sustaining,” said Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate.Fisher River teamed up with W Dusk Energy Group, an Indigenous-owned firm based out of Vancouver, to facilitate the project. The group works exclusively with Indigenous communities including Haida Gwaii and Lubicon Lake Band in Alberta.Company owner David Isaac who is also Mi’kmaq, says other First Nations should look at what Fisher River is doing if they want to explore ways to create economic opportunities within the community.“Strictly from an economic development perspective this project will look to create an annual source of income for at least 20 years at a time, but these [panels] will probably be running north of 50 years,” he said.Nearly 3,000 panels make up the solar farm- generating enough energy to power up to 400 homes- making it the largest solar farm in Manitoba. Installation isn’t complete yet but the community is already looking to expand, according to Crate.“There’s already discussions underway to look at expansion of this new solar farm where we may bump it up to a two to three [megawatt] maybe four…which will generate more revenue for the community,” said Crate.Construction is slated to end by August with an official launch scheduled for September. Once up and running the farm can generate anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 per year, which will go right back into the community.The community has an agreement with Manitoba Hydro that will see the company purchase power generated from the solar farm, according to Crate. He adds they may look at exporting the energy to the United States and Ontario.But Isaac says it’s not all about the money- green energy projects can align with First Nations ideologies.“When you’re involved with this type of technology where it resonates with cultural values and philosophies, it doesn’t harm the land, there’s something beyond just electrons that occurs in the community,” said Isaac. “That’s the magic that we love to witness and be a part of.”For Sinclair, being a part of the project goes beyond money. It means much more.“I love it. I love giving back because my community gave me so much,” she read more

GM transformation makes it the latest auto giant to pivot towards technology

first_imgTORONTO — When General Motors Canada workers in Oshawa put down their tools and headed home Monday morning after being told their plant will shut down next year, the automaker billed the closure and impending layoffs as part of a transformation towards a more tech-savvy future.GM said it was doubling resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs with a focus on “virtual tools” that will lower development time and costs and improve quality and the speed it takes to get a product to market.Experts say the move puts GM in a growing group of vehicle-makers revving up their technology-based efforts in a bid to conquer the crowded auto market, where consumers expect the latest in innovation.Long before GM announced its pivot, Tesla was already disrupting the auto world with cutting-edge battery and powertrain technology and the first ever premium all-electric sedan. Meanwhile, Ford was focused on the transportation services market, investing in an on-demand transportation service for non-emergency needs called GoRide and driverless car start-up Argo AI. Even Volkswagen got in on the action, toying with on-board WiFi hotspots and fingerprint readers for added security, while some Mercedes Benz and Jaguar models were produced with seats that offer a massage.“More and more companies have been paying attention to the notion of a connected car,” said Mahmood Nanji, the director of Western University’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management and one of Ontario’s negotiators for the bailout of GM and Chrysler following the 2008 financial crisis.“We are seeing the emergence of all of these different technologies from simple things like sensors on vehicles to pretty sophisticated things that tell you what is happening with your engine or that have the ability to navigate you.”Nanji said many of the auto companies pivoting towards technology are doing so because they want to remain competitive, but also because they are reacting to demand.He didn’t find GM’s Monday announcement surprising because he said the company was forced to re-evaluate its strategies when it fell on hard times during the financial crisis and governments that bailed it out were clear that if they helped GM, the brand would have to get it right and not come crawling back for more. Now, Nanji said, “they are looking at where is the market going and thinking where can we go.”Speaking to reporters on Monday, GM chief executive and chairwoman Mary Barra conceded that the industry is “changing very rapidly” and innovations in propulsion, autonomous driving and connectivity are pushing the company to ensure it is “well-positioned.”“The vehicle has become much more software-oriented, when you think of that hundreds of millions of lines of code that are in a vehicle that operates today,” she said. “That’s only going to increase, so we need to make sure we have the right skill sets as a part of the General Motors workforce, not only for today, but for the future.”Barrie Kirk, the president of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Institute, said he doesn’t expect the industry — or GM — to hit the brakes on its tech push any time soon.“If you look at a typical new car today the percentage of technology is maybe five or six per cent, but by the mid 2020s between 40 and 50 per cent of a new car’s value will be technology,” Kirk said. “That’s going to be a huge change.”He’s predicting the future will be “autonomous, connected and electric” and will do wonders for reducing accidents and cutting down on greenhouse gases. People who are elderly or living with impairments but still have mobility needs will also be well-served by the technology, he believes.He attributes much of the tech-auto boom that is currently being seen to Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo venture, which he calls a “pioneer” because it unveiled a driverless car prototype without a steering wheel or gas or brake pedals in 2014.Kirk recalls Waymo wasn’t taken seriously at first, but other brands quickly awoke to the intersection of tech and auto and started to innovate.Now, everyone from ride-sharing platform Uber to Chinese internet services company Baidu are working on driverless vehicles, joining automakers in the race to profit from the integration of tech and cars.While they haven’t rolled out the technology for daily consumer use yet, Kirk said he is encouraged by the speed brands are moving at and the importance they are putting on innovation and its potential. “It’s amazing look back at the last five years how much the whole sector has gathered momentum.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon leaves Madrid after attending UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum

Before taking off for New York, Mr. Ban met with the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio, and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. Last night he met with Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem of Algeria. Ms. Montas announced that Mr. Ban is scheduled to travel again next week for Geneva where on Tuesday he will visit the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The world body is launching a series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.He will also address the Conference on Disarmament and launch the UN’s Consolidated Appeal for 2008 to aid global emergencies. While in Geneva, the Secretary-General will also attend a memorial service for the 17 UN staff members killed in the terrorist attack in Algiers on 11 December. He will then leave for Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum. 16 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today wrapped up his visit to Madrid, where he opened a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations forum with a call to translate into action lofty pledges of tolerance and cross-cultural friendship to combat extremism and terrorism. read more

Football JT Barrett leaves behind complicated legacy at Ohio State

J.T Barrett and the Buckeyes gather for one last victory singing of Carmen Ohio following the end of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — J.T. Barrett began to walk to the locker room after Ohio State beat USC in the Cotton Bowl 24-7 and handed his gloves off to a young fan just above. Before he made it the rest of the way in the tunnel, some players called him back to the field so he could sing “Carmen Ohio” one last time.He just wanted to fast-forward to the official end of his career.When it was finally time for him to head into that locker room, he left with his legacy, four years in the making.He started off his career as an injury replacement to Braxton Miller, considered one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in college football and a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. Barrett put together a standout redshirt freshman campaign, was injured in the final game of that regular season, lost the starting job in 2015 only to reclaim it later in the year and never looked back the rest of his career despite persistent calls for replacement.Barrett’s legacy is one of major accomplishments and missed opportunity. He has often been criticized by the fanbase for having his worst games in the worst situations. But what he has done at the helm of Ohio State is compile a list of accolades and numbers that will be challenging for any quarterback to follow.The first three-time captain in school history. The holder of more Big Ten and Ohio State records than any quarterback in program history. The only quarterback with a 4-0 record against Michigan. A Big Ten Championship, two bowl wins and an asterisk by a national championship. As he has for nearly every game this season, Barrett set two more records in the Cotton Bowl: one surpassing his own program record of total touchdowns responsible for in a season and another surpassing former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees for total yardage in a Big Ten career. “I mean, since I was little, I looked up to Drew Brees,” Barrett said after the game. “To be able to pass a record like that, just very grateful the people that were around me, coaches that have been part of my journey, O-line, receivers, tight end, running backs, receivers, everybody that helped me achieve that.”To surpass one of the best quarterbacks the Big Ten has ever produced and a future NFL Hall-of-Famer would seem to warrant more attention. Barrett has more passing touchdowns, total yards and touchdowns responsible for than Brees.Yet his legacy is far from spotless. Though he led the team during the 2014 regular season, it was his backup Cardale Jones who was under center for the wins in the 2014 Big Ten championship game and the national championship.He has several key losses throughout his career. He lost to Michigan State in 2015 that prevented the Buckeyes from returning to the College Football Playoff. He was shut out by Clemson in 2016 in Barrett’s lone playoff appearance. And a 55-24 blowout loss to Iowa in 2017 proved a key factor in the Buckeyes’ omission from the playoff.Even in the Cotton Bowl, Barrett was far from perfect. He completed 11-of-17 passes for 114 yards and rushed 16 times for 66 yards and scored twice on the ground. Still, it is challenging to judge his career by a small sample size. He lost just six games in a career spanning four years and 45 starts.And it is not like he never won big games. In 2014, Barrett beat then-No. 7 Michigan State, 49-37, in a game that essentially clinched the Big Ten East title. He took the Buckeyes into Norman, Oklahoma, and throttled then-No. 5 Oklahoma in 2016. He later grabbed two overtime victories later that year against then-No. 8 Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, and then-No. 3 Michigan in Columbus.In 2017, he led the Buckeyes to a dramatic come-from-behind 39-38 victory against then-No. 2 Penn State, stomped No. 13 Michigan State 48-3 and won the Big Ten 27-21 in the championship game against No. 4 Wisconsin.Barrett has big wins in his career. He has the stats to make a case for one of the best statistical college quarterbacks to play the game. He was considered the consummate leader in the locker room according to his coaches and teammates and stayed out of trouble — with one exception — during his career.His teammates and coaches will remember Barrett the leader. Many fans will remember Barrett the starter for a seemingly endless amount of time who failed to come through with wins in pivotal games. Others will remember Barrett as one of the greatest quarterbacks to don the Scarlet and Gray. That young fan might just remember Barrett for that time in Dallas he gave him his playing gloves after his final game as a Buckeye.Barrett has never cared what others thought of how he played. His focus was always on his team. Now he’s onto the next chapter of his life, leaving behind a confetti-filled field in Dallas and a legacy that might be the subject of debate throughout the Ohio State fanbase. But none of that matters to Barrett. He’s just ready for it all to end. read more

Vandals destroy Dublin community garden and steal Christmas lights

first_imgVANDALS BROKE INTO a community garden in Dublin overnight and stole everything in it – including the Christmas lights.Tables, ornaments, decorations and gardening equipment were all taken from the garden in Clondalkin, which was set up by people living in the area on a plot of land which had been left derelict.All of the items which were taken had been donated to the garden.“They cleared everything out,” said Stephanie Gorman, who runs the St Mark’s Community Garden. “It’s tough seeing it all like this. The kids in the area keep knocking in, telling us that the garden’s after being robbed. It’s their garden, really. They love it”.Stephanie had a Christmas tree in her home which she had been planning to bring down to the garden on Sunday. “We still have the Christmas tree but no Christmas lights now,” she said.The garden was surrounded by high railings and was locked when the theft took place. The thieves cut the railings in order to gain access.Children watering plants in the garden (Pic: St Mark’s Environmental Group/Facebook) The community had planned to start a men’s shed initiative next year, with local men getting together to work on gardening, but Gorman said that this will now have to be postponed indefinitely.The garden project last month came second in the all-Ireland Pride of Place awards which recognise improvements by local communities to create civic pride in their area.Gorman said she is not optimistic about any of the items being recovered, but said that the garden will remain open. “I’d say it’s all gone for good, but it’s not going to stop us,” she said. “We’re going to keep on going”.Read: Over 12,000 mobile phones have been stolen in the last year > Read: Canadian woman steals back stolen bicycle >last_img read more

Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from football at 36

first_img 148 Comments By Paul Dollery Short URL Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from football at 36 The former Liverpool midfielder has brought an end to an illustrious 19-year playing career. “I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me. After 18 years with Liverpool, Gerrard spent the final 18 months of his career with LA Galaxy. Source: AP/Press Association Images“I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at Liverpool and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams.“Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world.“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”Ireland have achieved their highest Fifa ranking since 2012Wanderers interested in bringing Robbie Keane to Australia 18,312 Views Steven Gerrard kisses the silverware after captaining Liverpool to victory in the 2005 Champions League final. Steven Gerrard kisses the silverware after captaining Liverpool to victory in the 2005 Champions League final. Image: AP/Press Association Images Nov 24th 2016, 11:39 AM Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 11:39 AM STEVEN GERRARD HAS announced his retirement from professional football.The 36-year-old has brought the curtain down on a 19-year career, during which he played 710 times for Liverpool before moving to LA Galaxy in 2015.His 114 international appearances made him England’s fourth-most capped player ever. Gerrard scored 21 goals for his country, 186 for Liverpool and five for LA Galaxy.The Merseyside native, who was the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2006, never managed to taste Premier League success during his time with Liverpool. However, he did win a Uefa Cup, a European Super Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and a Community Shield.But the highlight came in Istanbul in 2005 when Gerrard captained the Reds to Champions League glory after they came from 3-0 down to defeat AC Milan on penalties in the final.In a statement released this morning, the legendary midfielder said there will be an announcement “very soon” on what the future will hold. Gerrard had been linked with the vacant managerial role at MK Dons but ruled himself out of the running last night.“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future, I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,” Gerrard said. Gerrard won 114 England caps. Source: AP/Press Association Images“As a teenager, I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998, I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years.“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul.“At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt. I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people.“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Football Club. I am proud to have played for and captained Liverpool for so many years and to have achieved what we achieved during my time at the club. Share16 Tweet Email last_img read more

Apple met à jour sa mise à jour diOS 5

first_imgApple met à jour sa mise à jour d’iOS 5 !La société à découvert un bug handicapant d’iOS 5 sur les iPhones 4S. La carte SIM n’était pas reconnue par le terminal. Apple fait donc un correctif de sa mise à jour 5.0.1.Apple n’avait pas habitué à une telle urgence dans son planning de correctifs. Pourtant, en fin de semaine, l’entreprise avait publié une mise à jour d’iOS 5. Baptisée iOS 5.0.1 9A406, elle n’apporte absolument aucune nouvelle fonctionnalité, où la tant attendue correction du problème de batterie, mais résout un récent bug très handicapant pour quelques utilisateurs.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Certains possesseurs de l’iPhone 4S ont eu la très désagréable surprise de voir leur terminal leur refuser l’accès à leur carte SIM. Un problème gênant qui fait de leur terminal une brique de luxe. Seuls quelques terminaux ont reçu la mise à jour, et Apple s’est expliqué sur ce correctif du correctif, encore jamais vu dans l’historique de l’entreprise.Si cette méthode a été choisie, au lieu d’un iOS 5.0.2, c’est que le problème touchait une minorité d’utilisateurs repérée. Pas besoin de faire réinstaller l’intégralité du logiciel à toute sa population de consommateurs. Tout n’est pas rose pour autant. Comme l’explique MacPlus, certains utilisateurs se plaignent sur les forums d’Apple que le patch n’a rien changé à leur situation. Ceci ne fait qu’allonger la liste des problèmes plutôt préoccupants que rencontre l’iPhone 4S en cette fin d’année.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 17:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Variant Covers to Grab This Week 81518

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 8/15/18Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #30 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jordan Gibson –@gibsoncomicsPublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist: Kyle Higgins/Daniele NicuoloThor #4 (Cover A)Variant Artist:  Michael Del Mundo –@deadlymikePublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Jason Aaron/Michael Del MundoVagrant Queen #3 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Natasha Alterici –@AltericiPublisher: Vault ComicsWriter/Artist:  Magdalene Visaggio/Jason SmithArchie Meets Batman 66 #2 (Cover F)Variant Artist: Michael Walsh – @Mister_Walsh Publisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Jeff Parker/Dan ParentAnalog #5 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jason Latour –@jasonlatourPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Gerry Duggan/David O’SullivanBatgirl Vol 5 #25  (Cover A)Variant Artist: Rafael Albuquerque – @rafaalbuquerquePublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Mairghread Scott, Paul Dini, Marguerite Bennett/ VariousBebop Rocksteady Hit the Road #3  (Cover B)Variant Artist: Ryan Browne – @RyanBrowneArtPublisher: IDWWriter/Artist: Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver/Dustin WeaverJughead the Hunger #7 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Adam Gorham – @AdamTGorham Publisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Frank Tieri/Pat KennedyBatwoman #18 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Michael Cho – @Michael_ChoPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Marguerite Bennett/ Fernando BlancoWicked & Divine #38 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Cliff Chiang – @cliffchiangPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Kieron Gillen/ Jamie McKelvie, Matt WilsonLooking for our favorite books we read last week? Head over to the NCBD section and find out.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

UEFA to introduce VAR into the Champions League knockout stages

first_imgUEFA have announced that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in the Champions League in FebruaryFollowing a successful period across the last few months, UEFA have decided to fast-track the introduction of VAR for the last-16 stage of this season’s Champions League.The technology was used at the 2018 World Cup and had been scheduled to be used in the Champions League next season.“We are ready to use VAR earlier than initially planned and we are convinced that it will be beneficial for our competitions as it will provide valuable help to match officials and will allow a reduction in wrong decisions,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin on the UEFA website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Video reviews enable the referees to make changes to clear errors in regards to goals, penalties, straight red cards and mistaken identity.VAR will also be used in the 2019 Europa League final and is already used in La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.The Premier League will also use VAR from the start of the 2019/20 campaign.last_img read more

My players deserve respect – Gattuso demands

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso insists his players deserve more respect following backlash from their disappointing UEFA Europa League exit.The Rossoneri go to the Stadio Dall’Ara to take on Bologna on Wednesday and speaking at the pre-match conference ahead of the game, Gattuso said, according to Gianlucadimarzio:“I want to see the same performance as in Athens but without the mistakes, we gave the game away.”Rumour: Gattuso to Beckham’s Miami George Patchias – August 5, 2019 Gennaro Gattuso turns down Nantes for Miami.According to Football Italia, Walter Senga’s has been appointed as their new manager. This, however, was due to Gattuso’s…“It is too easy to look for faults from the referee, when you are not determined enough you get bad results.“My players deserve respect, I keep hearing that a player or two or on the verge of leaving. The Olimpyakos game has to be a scar that we have to remember, but I don’t doubt this group in the slightest, we have to improve.”“When you concede two goals against Dudelange or you arrive at the last Europa League game with everything at stake it means mistakes were made. We had all to play for at Athens but we also made crucial errors in the previous 5 games.”last_img read more

Greater Reliance on Reserve Components Could Offset Army Downsizing Milley Says

first_imgArmy Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley wants to increase the service’s reliance on its reserve elements as a way of compensating for its declining active-duty end strength.Milley’s embrace of the National Guard and Army Reserve would echo many of the recommendations in the recent report issued by the National Commission on the Future of the Army, while marking a turn from his predecessor, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette.“The Army is a million-plus, it’s not 450,000,” Milley said, citing the strength of the combined force of the Army vs. its shrinking active-duty roster. “I think of the Army as a single entity that comes in three forms.”To overcome the prolonged amount of time needed to prepare National Guard units for combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army chief wants to increase their training and integrate active-duty soldiers into their ranks.“We’re really taking a page out of the Air Force book,” Milley said.The service previously attempted to combine active forces with part-time units, but dropped the experiment after problems arose during the Gulf War, according to the story. Milley would rekindle the experiment by adding a reserve contingent to active-duty units.To succeed, Guard troops would need a level of training similar to their full-time counterparts. That could include more deployments for reserve units and more month-long rotations for intensive training at combat training centers, he said. Milley also wants to increase the existing 39-day training standard for National Guard and Reserve troops.“I want to make sure we are operationally using the Guard,” Milley said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Tips to avoid deception while buying gold

first_imgWhen you step out to buy gold jewellery, be wary of getting duped. Check for purity and hallmark besides buy-back policy, says an expert.Here are a few tips form an expert that can help consumers avoid getting tricked:Gold purity: When it comes to purity, most gold jewellery has markings inside that indicate its Caratage. Pure gold is too soft to use for jewellery. The most common ‘Carat’ options are 18K, 22K or 24K.Hallmarkings: The hallmark is usually found on the inside part of each piece, and will indicate the gold content. Every piece of gold should have a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) hallmark. The value of your jewellery is determined by the certification it carries.   Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWeight: Gold jewellery is usually weighed in grams. The higher the gram weight, the more expensive the piece. Buy-back policies: Ask the jeweller or salesperson about return policies as to what amount of labour wastage percentage they deduct when you come back to return the piece and if there are some other ways to reinvent the old piece of jewellery and by not selling it off.Certificate of authenticity: If you are buying gold studded with diamonds, having a certificate of authenticity ensures that you are purchasing a quality piece of jewellery. It should also indicate the briefing about the piece you purchase, so every detail regarding the product is given on the authenticity card.Bills: Retaining a record of purchase is important while buying and selling gold jewellery. The invoice doubles as a record of gold purity.last_img read more

Most Americans Say Theyre Not Interested in Buying an Apple Watch

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 16, 2015 3 min read Apple Inc’s new smartwatch may be a tough sell, with 69 percent of Americans indicating they are not interested in buying the gadget, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.However, the survey also showed limited awareness of the watch. The poll was taken after Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook rolled out the product on Monday, and only about half of respondents said they had heard news of the timepiece in the last few days.Also, in an encouraging sign for Apple, roughly 13 percent of survey respondents who did not own an iPhone said that they would consider buying one in order to buy an Apple Watch, which needs an iPhone to work fully.Apple overcame skepticism about the iPad and iPod when they first debuted, but the survey suggests that the world’s largest technology company has work to do to make the watch ubiquitous.The new watch, a test of Cook’s leadership, is the company’s first new product in five years, and it hits stores on April 24.It allows users to check email, listen to music and make phone calls from their wrist. Apple will sell various versions, from a $349 ‘sport’ edition to a $17,000 18-karat gold timepiece.Ipsos surveyed 1,245 Americans online between March 9 and March 13. The data was weighted to reflect the U.S. population and has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the poll.More than half of respondents, 52 percent, agreed with the statement that smartwatches are a “passing fad.”One-quarter of respondents said they were interested in purchasing the Apple Watch, but 69 percent said they had no desire, and 6 percent said they were unsure.Initial demand for the watch is expected to come primarily from existing iPhone users, but its wider success is seen depending on whether developers create enticing apps tailored to the device, so-called killer apps.Apple is among several large tech companies looking to jumpstart a new market for “wearable” electronic devices. Samsung Electronics, Sony Corp and LG Electronics have all released their own smartwatches, many of them powered by software developed by Internet company Google Inc.But consumers have yet to cotton to the notion of wearable devices. Google recently halted sales to consumers of Glass, a $1,500 screen attached to glasses which were routinely mocked for their awkward appearance.Roughly 4.6 million smartwatches were sold globally in 2014, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, a fraction of the more than 1 billion smartphones sold worldwide.Many in the tech industry hope that Apple, famous for its marketing savvy and loyal fans, will have the power to transform the smartwatches into a product that appeals to the general public. Some 46 percent of respondents said that the Apple Watch had a “cool factor.” But only 29 percent said they were more interested in purchasing an Apple Watch than another brand of smartwatch.Analysts expect that Apple will sell between 10 million and 32 million watches in 2015.(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic, editing by Peter Henderson, Bernard Orr) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more