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first_imgJust when the nation struggles to bring down malnutrition, some innovation in the food sector can considerably save the day. Innovations of this kind, however, coming from university laboratories secondarily point to methods of addressing the crisis. Researchers at IIT Delhi are at work developing on a honey blockchain to check the problem of adulteration. The blockchain technology records transactions at every stage where honey changes hands — right from the honey collector to the aggregator who then sells it to the processor — to make sure there is a clear record of where the product has come from. The purpose here is to help increase transparency regarding the various stages that a batch of honey goes through. Additionally, this will also help track the origin of the product and check false claims. The project is part of an initiative where private firms fund research by students and staff at IIT. In funding relevant research and adding value to higher education, a very obvious take away is to include honey as a regular component in mid-day meals and to make it available as part of the facilities for the designated section of people. Given that India’s quality and testing standards are generally not rigorous enough, this quality screening technology aims to take Indian honey more prominently to the UK and European Union markets (where they now come under the scanner for adulteration and presence of antibiotics). If contamination of honey can be checked, its nutritive value will give a major boost to the counter-malnourishment efforts the government is making. Proving that this is potentially a very good idea to uplift general health, Assam has made a mark in promoting good health and nutrition among expecting women and children in its southern districts with the very simple initiative of giving out gooseberry candies—with a twist! This is also a replacement for iron-folic acid tablets for pregnant women. As per the 2015 National Family Health Survey findings, 47.2 per cent women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. This district has the most anaemic children below 5 years of age, adolescents, and women of reproductive age in Assam. Further, as per statistics, mothers, pregnant women, and children in the district consume just about 24.3 per cent of the total iron-folic acid tablets that the district receives and distributes. The consumption of this medicine is avoided by many as it causes constipation or nausea; there are also myths about these tablets being capable of killing people when consumed or making them incapable of conceiving. In this situation, the replacement of fortified amla candies is a very welcome and necessary change. The acceptable of amla candies in jaggery with a dose of salt meet the necessary nutritional requirement of people and also boost immunity levels. Given the gravity and the extent of malnutrition, rethinking methods to address the crisis is the need of the hour. Simple innovative solutions like honey and amla candy are familiar and acceptable to people bearing the brunt of malnutrition. For children, specially, this is a good idea.last_img read more

Damian Lewis Visits Princes Trust

first_imgApril, May and June have seen The Prince’s Trust celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Enterprise programme. The Prince’s Trust has helped 80,000 young people set up in business since 1983, with support from funders including RBS.Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory Visit Prince’s TrustCredit/Copyright: Prince’s TrustAs part of the campaign we invited Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to meet a group of seven of those young people.During the hour and a half session, which took place in the new head office in Liverpool Street, Damian and Helen listened to the young people talk about their individual journeys to setting up as their own boss and shared advice on confidence and resilience.Damian took time to understand how the Enterprise programme works, saying: “The Enterprise programme gives people hope, gives people a positive experience of life and an experience of a healthy self worth, possibly for the first time in their lives.”To raise awareness of the Enterprise programme, the visit was covered by journalist Robert Crampton in his column for Times 2. After the session, Helen McCrory expressed how impressed she was with the transformation these young people had made, “To be setting up your own business, to me is the very definition of self confidence and self belief.”The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports disadvantaged young people, aged 18-30 years old, who are interested in starting a business. Young people are offered mentoring support and a low-interest loan. With three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust moving into work, education or training.Find out more about the 30th anniversary of Enterprise campaign by visiting’s Trustlast_img read more

Shooting of Dudley George remembered

first_imgAPTN National NewsThursday marked the 17th anniversary of the shooting death of Dudley George.George was an unarmed First Nation activist killed during the Ipperwash Park land dispute in Ontario.His death led to the Ipperwash inquiry.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Metis National Council takes aim at socalled Metis organizations

first_imgDennis WardFace to FaceThe president of the Métis National Council (MNC) says it is facing challenges from “the rise and proliferation of groups in eastern Canada who are falsely claiming Métis rights.”Clément Chartier says people are purchasing “bogus cards” for memberships in organizations they then use to “bilk salespeople” for purchase on items like vehicles.“It’s negative towards the Metis nation, towards the true Métis people,” Chartier told Face to Face Host Dennis Ward.“And I think it’s starting to work negative with respect to the Mi’kmaq people as well.”The MNC recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia to work collaboratively on the issue.At the recent special sitting of the Métis Nation general assembly, the MNC also passed a resolution that calls for the protection, by any means necessary including legal, of the Métis Nation flag.“These so-called Métis Nation organizations in eastern Canada, when you see them on TV they’re using our Métis Nation flag which again is giving the wrong impression to the Canadian public,” Chartier said.“They’re not us and they shouldn’t be using our flag.”The MNC also has issues with the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO).The MNO joined the MNC in 1994 and has now found itself on a one year probation.A report, presented by Chartier at the general assembly found the MNO, “has failed to apply the citizenship criteria of the historic Métis Nation.”MNO President Margaret Froh said the report presented by Chartier contained “a number of errors and omissions” and blamed “media coverage” of the event for causing confusion.A new map of the Metis Nation homeland was also approved at the General Assembly.The map received swift criticism online.“I say that the Treaty territories overlap our territory.  Which is fine, like I say it’s co-existence.  There’s no one exclusive to the other” said Chartier.“We will continue to be negotiating with respect to our land rights.”Chartier also reiterated his concerns with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.He previously said it’s unfortunate the inquiry’s final report will “not reflect the perspectives of the Métis Nation.”Chartier was also disappointed he did not have an opportunity to appear as an individual at the inquiry.“My mother was brutalized and murdered and justice still hasn’t been done but I didn’t get that chance I looked for it but the Inquiry, never contacted my office at all,” he said.Chartier said the only time he ever heard from commissioners was when they were looking for an read more

Scientists Find Oldest Bone-Knife in North Africa in Morocco

Rabat- Scientists have discovered a 90,000 year-old bone-knife made from an animal rib in Morocco.The bone tool, recovered in 2012 in the Dar es-Soltan 1 cave south of Rabat, is the oldest tool to have been shaped and used as a knife by the Aterian culture from the Middle Stone Age in North Africa, announced the Ministry of Culture and Communication on October 3.According to Natural History Museum, the bone, 13 centimeters long, came from a large mammal and had been shaped and sharpened for cutting soft material. “This find is significant because it shows how sophisticated bone tool technology was already around about 100, 000 years ago … It also shows the existence of a new type of bone tool, with no other example in the rest of Africa,” said researcher and scientist Silvia Bello from Oxford University.Moroccan scientist Abdeljalil Bouzouggar from the National Institute of Science and Technology (INSAP) suggested that “Aterians made specialised bone tools earlier than originally believed and more than 40,000 years before the Neanderthals.”According to the scientific journal PLOS One: “This tool and the technology used to create it are distinct from bone tools of similar age in southern Africa but similar to two tools known from the El Mnasra cave site in Morocco which is also of similar age.”One of the latest published scientific discoveries in Morocco came in March.Along with Bello and Bouzouggar, an international team of researchers from Rabat’s INSAP and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, including Louise Humphrey and Simon Parfitt, found the artefact.An international team of researchers sequenced the DNA from Homo sapiens in Morocco dating to approximately 15,000 years ago in Grotte des Pigeons, in northeast Morocco near Oujda.The Homo sapiens, dating to the Late Stone Age, had a genetic heritage similar to both Near Eastern populations and sub-Saharan African populations.In June 2017, 300,000 year-old fossils of the oldest-known remains of Homo sapiens were also found in Morocco, suggesting that Homo sapiens evolved in various locations across Africa. read more

Germany’s Bosch fined $100 million over diesel scandal

BERLIN — German prosecutors have fined auto components and technology company Robert Bosch GmbH 90 million euros ($100 million) over its role in the diesel emissions scandal that erupted at Volkswagen in 2015.Prosecutors in Stuttgart said Wednesday that Bosch was fined for a negligent violation of supervisory obligations, and that the company had decided not to appeal.Bosch delivered millions of engine control systems that were installed on various manufacturers’ cars starting in 2008 and whose software, in prosecutors’ words, “contained in part prohibited strategies” — leading to cars emitting more nitrogen oxide than permitted by regulators.However, prosecutors said they believe that “the initiative to integrate and shape the prohibited strategies came from employees of the auto manufacturers.”The diesel emissions scandal has cost Volkswagen billions of euros.The Associated Press read more

Christians currently most persecuted religious group in world Holy See tells UN

“Respect for religious freedom is the fundamental path for the construction of peace, the recognition of human dignity and the safeguarding of human rights,” Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States for the Holy See, which has observer status at the UN, told the General Assembly on the final day of the annual general debate.“The particular influence of a specific religion in a nation should never imply that citizens belonging to other faiths should be discriminated against in social life or, even worse, that violence against them should be tolerated,” he said, reiterating the Holy See’s appeal to the authorities and religious leaders for the protection of religious minorities wherever they are threatened.The archbishop cited religious freedom among three challenges he raised, the other two being the duty of the international community to take care of its weakest members, and the prolonged global economic and financial crisis.On the former he mentioned the victims of the drought and famine raging in the Horn of Africa, linking it with the responsibility to protect, under which the international community has the duty to intervene if states cannot or will not guarantee that protection.He noted that the responsibility to protect was invoked in cases of conflict and warned that the use of force should be the very last resort, after all other efforts at prevention have failed.On the financial crisis the archbishop stressed that the economy cannot only function by market self-regulation, and even less in accordance with agreements limited to reconciling the interests of the most powerful.“It needs an ethical basis in order to function for humanity,” he said, calling any other non-ethical basis “ingenuous or cynical, and always fatal.” 27 September 2011Warning that Christians currently suffer more persecution because of their faith than any other religious group, the Holy See today told the United Nations the denial of religious freedom threatened peace and security and precluded integral human development. read more

Telecom Fraud on the Rise What Enterprises Need to Know

“SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide. Tags:Best PracticesPBX hackingtoll fraudRobocallssubscription fraudSecurityConsultant PerspectivesSCTC Articles You Might Like Yes, the bulk of PBX hacking still occurs the old-fashioned way. Hackers deploy scripts that look for open ports on your telecom system. Once found, they deploy standard passwords (you know, those “default passwords” or generic ones that are easy to crack?), and then control the traffic passing through the system. And it’s not just legacy PBX systems that are being compromised; IP systems are just as easily targeted. The takeover script then routes calls to premium services or uses the system to provide extensive toll calling to continue the fraud. The fix? Close the ports and change the passwords. Simple enough, yet many organizations fail to do so. Often launched through a bot attack that tests login credentials (again attempting those common, simple passwords) to look for ways to gain control of accounts to order devices and costly services, these scammers look a lot like the credit card fraudsters of five years ago. Thankfully, the carriers have taken notice of those financial protections put in place to stem the credit card fraud tide, and have begun to deploy behavioral analytics and device intelligence in the form of digital identity-based verification to detect and deter this seemingly easy target (ThreatMetrix, 2018). It comes as no surprise that scam phone calls are on the rise and scammers are becoming even more savvy in their attempts. From spoofed calls broadcasting inaccurate caller ID information and vague but believable discussions with your eldest granddaughter, or the “IRS,” there is big money to be made and the scammers are all vying to be first in line. Yet, while scammers can certainly be a threat to your family, their impact on your personal life pales in comparison to the impact they can have on your enterprise telecom. A week and a half ago, my 92-year-old father received a call from his eldest granddaughter. “Hi Grandpa, how are you feeling?” she asked. He responded that he was doing well, and that his most recent doctor appointments had gone as expected. “Was there any new news after your last hospitalization?” she went on to inquire. “No, it is the same situation, but look, I am 92 years old, so these things are to be expected. How are you doing?” Then the conversation shifted. Unlike PBX hacking’s simpler fixes, robocalling fixes are much more complex — so much so that the FCC and carriers have established a technical protocol – SHAKEN/STIR – to attempt to address it. Using a digital certificate-based public key cryptography to provide call authentication, SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using tokens) and STIR (Secure Telephony Identify Revisited) protocols are the strongest shot across the bow of robocalling spammers that the FCC and the industry have taken to date; hope is high that the carriers – through SHAKEN/STIR — will be able to stem the robotide. A lesser known but extremely costly form of telecom fraud comes in the form of subscription fraud and theft of service – especially when combined. Put simply, this involves the use of stolen identities – both individual and corporate – to take over or acquire pricey devices like smartphones for resale on secondary markets. How prevalent is this? According to ThreatMetrix, “the rate of growth in attempted fraud is outpacing legitimate transactions by 83% compared to Q1, 2016.” sctcperspective_Small.png She shared that she had been arrested for speeding, and that while the police were willing to release her, she needed money to pay the ticket before they would do so. “I’m really in trouble, Grandpa. Can you help me out? I need $750 sent right away.” Having been well prepped in telephone security and scams by his daughter (me!), he then asked “Kelly, what authorities pulled you over?” She shared that she was in Iowa and that a local constabulary had her in their offices. He immediately hung up. He has no granddaughter named Kelly. According to the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) in their 2017 survey of telecom fraud loss, organizations and carriers were hit with losses of $29.2 billion in 2017. Interestingly enough, this represents an almost 25% decrease from 2015, but it doesn’t mean the situation is improving. It simply means that, just like on the consumer side, enterprises and service providers are becoming more savvy at detecting and stopping some incidences. Finally, if my “niece” Kelly calls, hang up. Log in or register to post comments Just like that simple question asked by my father — “Kelly, what authorities pulled you over?” — the key will be to quickly identify the source, then terminate the scammer’s access. First and foremost, ensure that your passwords are changed. That’s a “duh” statement to be sure, but don’t be surprised if you find that it hasn’t been changed. Simply change it. Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. An area where organizations are focusing but feel like they are swimming upstream, is the marked increase in robocalls. According to the Washington Post, the number of robocalls in America reached the 26.3 billion mark in 2018, and these robocalls are estimated to account for 50% of all calls received in 2019. The result on the receiving end? An unanswered phone. On the surface, this seems like a “so what” moment, correct? Not necessarily, because many large enterprises, including medical providers and banks, use outbound auto-dialing protocols, and now their calls go unanswered as well. Additionally, take the time to learn about the SHAKEN/STIR protocols. Demand that your own carriers adopt this authentication protocol and adopt it quickly. Ask your mobile and landline carriers which protocols they have in place to digitally identify fraudulent orders placed on your behalf. Put SLAs around it in your contracts. These three fraud threats – PBX hacking, robocalling, and subscription fraud – account for $12 billion in fraud losses according to the CFCA. That’s a pretty hefty portion of the $29.2 billion in estimated losses for 2017. But the solution to each of the three has something in common: The fix must come from within. Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. One of the leading causes of telecom fraud at the enterprise level is PBX hacking and toll fraud. Representing greater than 13% of the reported 2017 losses, it isn’t a new scam by any means, but it does point to a very significant issue: Security of the enterprise phone system is still not a big enough priority inside the enterprise. In fact, the simplest of fixes are still often overlooked. Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. Fraudsign_774.png The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. See All in Security » read more

Israeli soldiers block UN convoys from Palestine refugee camp

The convoy of Peter Hansen, Commissioner General of the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), was blocked at a newly erected Israeli checkpoint near the Rafah refugee camp, a UN spokesman said.Mr. Hansen got out of the car and was threatened at gunpoint by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers and was told to immediately return to his vehicle. The convoy was forced to turn back and travel to Rafah by alternate roads.Earlier in the day at the same checkpoint, four UNRWA trucks were fired at and were also forced to turn back. The trucks, clearly labelled as UN vehicles, were carrying 60 tonnes of foods for distribution to special hardship cases.”UNRWA hopes that the Israeli authorities would allow UNRWA access to refugee areas in order to fulfil its humanitarian mandate,” the spokesman said. read more

Annan Blair agree on need for new Security Council resolution on Iraq

Prime Minister Blair, who heads to Washington today for talks with United States President George W. Bush, said a new Security Council resolution “will allow us to plan this way forward of political transition in Iraq.”Mr. Annan endorsed the Prime Minister’s view on the need for Security Council action, saying “I do agree with you that this resolution may be necessary as we move forward.” He added that all UN Member States realize the importance of stability of Iraq and voiced hope that they would cooperate in the effort.At a joint press conference following their meeting, the two leaders also agreed on the need to establish a stable, prosperous and democratic Iraq. Prime Minister Blair specified that Iraq must be “a sovereign State whose wealth is the wealth of the Iraqi people and whose government is the government of the Iraqi people.”Mr. Annan stressed the need to support Iraq in establishing stability and democracy. Now that his Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, has left the country after meeting with a range of groups and leaders, the challenge is to define a proper political transition that will lead to the formation of a government on 30 June. “It has not been easy but of course we are determined to do whatever we can to help,” the Secretary-General said.Asked whether the world is safer now than before the war in Iraq, Mr. Annan said the “major international divisions” introduced by the conflict were starting to heal.He also underscored the importance of galvanizing international action against the terrorist scourge. “We are seeing heightened terrorist attacks which affects all of us and we need to come together and pool our efforts to deal with them,” he said.Responding to questions on the Middle East, the Secretary-General emphasized that any initiative should not preclude the future status issues which have to be settled between the parties. “The withdrawal from Gaza should be seen as a first step because we also have to deal with the issue of the West Bank, and I would hope that what has happened does not foreclose the movement ahead and working through the Road Map and ensuring that two States living in peace side by side, Israel and Palestine, [are] established,” he said, referring to a plan outlined by the diplomatic Quartet of the UN, European Union, US and Russian Federation.The Prime Minister said recent moves do not displace the Road Map. “On the contrary, I think the Road Map is and remains the right way forward for the resolution of the Middle East peace process and we certainly strongly support it,” he said. read more

Kodak plans exit from bankruptcy this year as a different company

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Eastman Kodak plans to emerge from bankruptcy protection by the end of September after shedding most of the businesses that turned it into an American icon.The reorganized Kodak will focus instead on commercial imaging and printing, where it believes it can once become profitable, according to its bankruptcy reorganization plan.Founded in 1880, Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection at the beginning of 2012. It had survived for years on the remnants of its old business — particularly its early patents for consumer digital cameras that eventually replaced the film business.It has been selling bits of the company through most of the past year.On Monday, the Rochester, N.Y., company said it was selling its personalized and document-imaging businesses to its U.K. pension plan for $650 million. The pension plan will settle its $2.8 billion claim, and clear the way for the photography pioneer to exit bankruptcy protection between July and September.The deal also includes kiosks that consumers use to make prints of digital photos. Kodak has sold about 100,000 of those kiosks, the company said.The pension plan will be able to use the Kodak name for things like film and film cameras, and Kodak will provide the supplies and services needed to operate the consumer film business.Late last year Kodak sold some 7,500 patents to a consortium of buyers for $527 million. It sold its online photo sharing and printing business to Shutterfly in May 2012 for $23.8 million. And in October it licensed its name to be used on consumer digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and portable projectors.It will also no longer make digital picture frames, or home computer printers. Sales of ink for those printers are declining but it expects to keep selling ink profitably through next year.The reorganization plan, filed late Tuesday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, has Kodak focusing instead on commercial imaging and printing. It says it should be able to make money by supplying the electronics, chemicals, and printing surfaces used for commercial and graphics customers.It also plans to provide professional services to commercial and digital printing markets.Old shares Eastman Kodak Co. will be cancelled, which is typical in bankruptcy cases. New shares will be issued, mostly to creditors. by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2013 10:12 am MDT Kodak plans exit from bankruptcy this year as a different company AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cineplex signs partnership with Topgolf plans to open multiple venues in Canada

Cineplex signs partnership with Topgolf, plans to open multiple venues in Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 8:58 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Cineplex (TSX:CGX) has signed an exclusive partnership deal to open Topgolf entertainment complexes across the country over the next several years.Topgolf combines a driving range with other games and entertainment options including point-scoring golf games that feature microchipped balls.Locations are typically three-level venues that offer food and drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays.There are 33 Topgolf venues operating in the United States and United Kingdom.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.The agreement is the latest example of Cineplex’s efforts to diversify beyond movies.In recent years, the theatre chain has hosted video game tournaments and live entertainment in addition to expanding its concession offerings, all in a bid to attract more business. read more

And the Oscar goes to Roma Brock prof predicts Best Picture win

The Golden Globes got it wrong, says Brock University Associate Professor of Communication, Pop Culture and Film Scott Henderson. Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t better than A Star Is Born. And neither deserve a Best Picture win at the Oscars next month.“Roma is by far the best film on the list. I think it should win. I think it likely will win,” says Henderson, Executive Director of the Popular Culture Association of Canada.The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Henderson says there are no real surprises on the list. But he says having eight films nominated for Best Picture is simply too many.“That’s the Academy’s mistake. They think they’re going to get more viewers because they have more films on the list, but to me, it just waters down the category,” he says.With no obvious favourites for the Best Picture win, Henderson believes Roma, about director Alfonso Cuarón’s early days in Mexico, is the best of the bunch. If it wins, it would be the first-ever for a foreign-language film, and for one distributed primarily on Netflix.“Roma is controversial. Hollywood still has a large number of people looking backwards to old traditions,” Henderson says. “If it wins, new forms of distribution will be legitimatized.”He calls Roma a “beautiful film” that takes on big topics such as gender and class issues and the political tension between the U.S. and Mexico.“It’s thoughtful cinema,” he says. read more

OSU mens soccer embarrassed by Northwestern in 32 loss

In a game the Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem said was embarrassing, the Buckeyes fell to Northwestern, 3-2, for their first conference loss of the year. After falling behind 3-0 with 32 minutes to play, the Buckeyes scored two goals in the final 16 minutes of the game. Junior forward Chris Hegngi scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and added his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute off a crossing pass by sophomore forward Omar Vallejo. OSU had chances late to tie the game, but the Northwestern defense came up with the stops they needed to preserve the win. While OSU head coach John Bluem said he was happy to see his team rally late and score twice, he was not pleased with his team’s overall performance. “We were thoroughly outplayed today,” he said. “(Northwestern) just embarrassed us. That was one of the worst performances by an Ohio State team in my 15 years here.” The three goals scored by Northwestern tie a season high in points given up by the Buckeyes. Northwestern’s first goal came off a corner kick in the 35th minute. Sophomore forward Reed Losee received the ball to the left of the goal, headed it to junior midfielder Chris Ritter, who headed the ball past OSU’s junior goalie Matt Lampson. The Wildcats scored again in the 47th minute when senior forward Oliver Kupe took a cross from junior midfielder Kyle Schickel and headed it into the back of the net. Schickel scored their third goal in the 57th minute. The Buckeyes had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, but failed to finish. Hegngi had six shots, including two-in-a-row inside the Northwestern box that were blocked by Wildcats’ freshman goalie Tyler Miller in the 53rd minute. Hegngi said the Buckeyes left a couple goals on the field. “We know, especially with teams that work hard like Northwestern, we have to capitalize on our opportunities, and we failed to do so at the beginning of the game and the end of the second half,” he said. Chris Hegngi’s brother, senior midfielder Parnell Hegngi, also had a missed scoring opportunity. In the 14th minute, Parnell Hegngi broke free and got the ball to the top of Northwestern’s box and fired a shot, but it missed wide to the right. The loss was the first for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play this season. Senior defender David Tiemstra said the Buckeyes need to be better mentally in order to regain the momentum OSU built up during their first two Big Ten wins. “We really didn’t come out today with the intensity you need in Big Ten play,” he said. “It really let us down today.” Chris Hegngi is confident the loss won’t affect his team’s play going forward. “I don’t think we’ll lose any momentum. (Northwestern is) a good team and they had a good result today,” he said. “But as soon as the game is over, we forget about it and go back to working towards the Big Ten Championship,” The Buckeyes (7-5-1, 2-1) will travel to Indiana to play Valparaiso University (5-5-2) Oct. 16, before returning to Big Ten play to face Penn State Oct. 23 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. read more

Ohio State overpowers Michigan State advances to Big Ten tournament championship

CHICAGO-The quest for a Big Ten tournament championship lives on for Ohio State. After routing tenth-seeded Nebraska by 21 points Friday night, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (25-7) used a second-half surge to eliminate No. 3-seeded Michigan State, 61-58, at the United Center in Chicago. Like he did in a Feb. 24 win against the Spartans (25-8), junior guard Aaron Craft slashed and charged his way to the basket for 20 points-18 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas added 16 and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross came off the bench and chipped in nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. It was Craft’s play, though, that ultimately guided the Buckeyes to their seventh straight win since a 22-point loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 in Madison, Wis. OSU coach Thad Matta said it’s a evidence of a team playing its best basketball at perhaps the best time. “I think that when we stay connected, both offensively and defensively, when we don’t panic, when things don’t go well-I think we can play with anybody in the country,” said Matta, who improved to 7-0 in Big Ten tournament semifinal games. “I mean, to win whatever we’ve won in a row right now in this league and some of the things we’ve had to do, I think that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of. And we’re not done yet-I know that. But as I told them when our backs were against the wall, you’ve answered the call for a while here.” And, rather coincidentally-perhaps even bizarrely-OSU will play the Badgers Sunday for the conference’s tournament championship. But it might’ve not been that way if not for Craft. “He got his shot going, really. And when he gets his shot going, he’s impossible to stop,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “He got to the middle, hit some jump shots, hit his threes. The defense couldn’t guard him after that.” But before that, the game’s first act unfolded in a manner fitting of a heavyweight bout featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. OSU and MSU traded 3-point shots before Tom Izzo’s squad mobilized its attack away from the perimeter and closer to the basket. There, the Spartans, led by senior forward Derrick Nix, bullied sophomore center Amir Williams en-route to 20 points in the paint in the first half. Nix, who finished the day with 17 points, spent the period posting up Williams before rolling past him to lay the ball in overhead. The veteran’s ability to control the glass helped the Spartans withstand a half that saw the lead change six times by no more than six points. “They’re always a physical team for us,” Scott said. “They got a lot of big athletes, so we just know we got to match their physicality.” For some time, it appeared the Buckeyes would struggle to do that. While MSU found traction underneath the basket, OSU struggled to find a similar footing and opted to continue a 3-point barrage that connected 36 percent of the time. But without a solid presence in the paint, the Buckeyes struggled to do much of anything else, as Thad Matta’s crew shot just 34 percent from the floor-including a 4:26 scoring drought to end the first half. MSU headed into the game’s intermission with a 29-28 advantage, but it didn’t last long. Behind largely the play of Craft, the Buckeyes quickly rallied past their one-point deficit and flipped the script on the Spartans in the paint, tallying a 14-6 advantage in the second half. “I think we really focused on trying to keep them out of the paint, we knew they were going to try and go in there all game like the first two times we played them,” Scott said. “We made it a part of ourselves to keep (them) out of there.” On the other end of the floor, rather than sniping from afar at MSU’s veneer, OSU started started to attack it from within. “I think we just needed to have that better understanding of what’s a good three and what’s a three we can pass down to maybe get another pass and really try to find ways to get into the lane,” Craft said. “At times we have really good spacing that really opens up avenues and lanes for myself and others to drive in, and those are good threes, kind of outside looking in type threes, and knock down some pull-ups.” That blueprint Craft articulated after the game was nearly identical to the one executed about 30 minutes earlier. After a shaky outing in the first half, OSU finished the day shooting 42 percent and 29 percent from the 3-point line. Aside from their ability to outscore the Spartans in the paint in the second half, perhaps most notable was how the Buckeyes helped force 12 MSU turnovers while limiting their own miscues to five. And in a game that ultimately came down to clock’s last seconds, OSU outscored the Spartans in points off of turnovers, 11-0. At the 11:42 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes established a lead it would not surrender. But it didn’t stop the Spartans from trying to reach their second-straight Big Ten tournament championship game. After falling behind as many as eight points down the game’s stretch, MSU would cut the Buckeyes’ advantage to four thanks to a 3-pointer from Spartan junior guard Keith Appling with 2:52 to play. A minute later, Nix would complete a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to pull within one. On the ensuing possession, though, Nix was whistled for a flagrant foul on Craft. The junior guard made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 58-56. Still with the ball, a line-drive jumper from Thomas with 18 seconds to play would all but seal OSU’s second win against MSU this year. It’s why Scott said the Buckeyes have confidence in their leading scorer-even when he’s having what could be deemed an off day. “The thing about Deshaun is like he could miss two or three shots but we know-we trust him enough to make the next shot,” he said. Now, said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU’s attention turns to the team that last defeated it. “I’m kind of mad and pissed off that we lost like that at their home,” he said. “So now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” OSU is set to play Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

Police Officers paint pedestrian crossings in Berbice

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFlyover, pedestrian overpasses for EBD highway – Minister PattersonMay 21, 2016In “latest news”Man knocked down on Pedestrian crossing by speeding minibusOctober 27, 2016In “Local News”Police say robbery with violence and aggravation up by 43% & 47% respectivelyDecember 12, 2017In “Crime” This exercise, the Guyana Police Force said in a statement, shows that it remains dedicated to supporting communities through its many community relations programs.The Force is encouraging more persons to inform them of pedestrian crossings and traffic signs which are in need of repair.“If you know of any such pedestrian crossings or other traffic signs which are in need of repairs or any such signs that may need to be replaced, please contact the Whim Police Station Traffic department on 3372222 or 3372519,” the GPF said.  A team of police officers led by Superintendent Singh painted pedestrian crossings which were in close proximity of the recently commissioned Port Mourant Secondary School, Berbice. read more

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first_img‘For a lad coming over from Dublin at 15 to say you’d be at Arsenal for 20 years… I got very lucky really’ Ahead of the Gunners’ League Cup final with Manchester City today, we chat to club legend David O’Leary. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,354 Views Feb 25th 2018, 9:01 AM Short URL Leeds United manager George Graham (left) with his assistant David O’Leary (right) pictured in 1997. Source: EMPICS Sport4. MentorMeanwhile, O’Leary likens Graham to Alex Ferguson in terms of his management style.“Both from Scotland, both very demanding people, they wanted things done right, and were successful,” he adds.The respect was clearly mutual. As one of the club’s senior players, the Arsenal boss sometimes sought O’Leary’s counsel on key issues. The Irish defender once told the memorable story of how Graham came to him with the news that he was strongly considering dropping Tony Adams, widely considered to be the best English defender of that era. The promising centre-back’s morale was at an all-time low, after he had been made somewhat of a scapegoat for England’s disappointing performance at the 1988 European Championships. O’Leary urged Graham not to deal what he thought would be a hammer blow to Adams’ confidence. The manager eventually came round to his way of thinking and instead opted to drop the Irishman from the team.Despite O’Leary not being too happy with the Scottish boss in that particular instance, he accepts such tough love was an inevitable facet of life at a top club.At Arsenal, you survived on competition,” he explains. “Lots of lads couldn’t cope with the pressure of it season in season out. But at Man United and all these clubs now, it’s about performing, performing, performing. That suited me, it kept you on your toes, I was always competing against somebody, because there was a big squad with good players and that was the way Arsenal was for 20 years. If you didn’t like it or couldn’t cope with the pressure, you went somewhere else.“I was very lucky and played with a lot of really top-class centre-halves and top-class players around me as well, which helps.” O’Leary won 68 Ireland caps in total. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO5. ‘Fairytale stuff really’One manager who certainly appreciated O’Leary’s quality was John Giles. During his time as Ireland boss, the Leeds legend handed the 18-year-old defender a debut at the same venue he will attend today — Wembley — with the inexperienced centre-back acquitting himself admirably under the circumstances, as the Irish team secured a creditable 1-1 draw in a place where few away teams leave with a positive result.“It was very special, because for a Saturday cup final, I’d watch it in Dublin [growing up], I’d think Wembley — amazing. To make your debut for your country, which would have been special anywhere — to make it at Wembley against England was really special.“The night went really well — we had a good team with good players and I was very lucky that I got a good result and did okay. Everybody said so and I didn’t let anybody down.”Long before players such as John Stones were even born, O’Leary was being praised as ‘a footballing centre-half’. Sure, he was well schooled in the art of defending, but he could play too. And while success on the international stage took a while, the 1980s — perhaps more so than any other decade — was a golden age when it came to producing Irish footballers of supreme natural talent and technical ability.[John Giles] was a football person, so it suited me,” he says. “You had people in that midfield like him, Gerry Daly, Liam Brady, so as a footballing centre-half, it was good to be able to pass it to people like that, and Giles was an absolutely great player.”Both better and worse times were to come for O’Leary on the international stage. He was part of the qualifying campaign for the 1982 World Cup under Eoin Hand, when Ireland narrowly missed out, with a controversial loss to Belgium (a game which O’Leary was not involved in) proving costly. Source: sp1873/YouTubeHe struggled in the demoralising 4-1 loss to Denmark — the last game of Hand’s reign and found himself ostracised from the team shortly thereafter.After initially not being selected for an end-of-season mini-tournament in Iceland at the beginning of Jack Charlton’s tenure as national coach, several withdrawals meant O’Leary was belatedly called up. By that stage, he already booked a family holiday, and opted against cancelling it, leaving the new Ireland boss furious.The falling out between the pair lasted two years. When the rest of the country was celebrating as the team achieved unprecedented feats at Euro ’88, a despondent O’Leary watched on with great sadness at the thought of what might have been.Redemption was to follow, however. O’Leary was recalled to the squad in November 1988 and went on to achieve hero status in the country, as he scored the winning spot kick in the 5-4 penalty shootout victory against Romania to book Ireland’s spot in the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup, before bowing out after a 1-0 loss to tournament hosts Italy. Stephen Kenny praises former Liverpool youngster after ‘exceptional’ debut>‘At that time in my life, I would have given everything not to play rugby’> OF THE 80,000-plus spectators who will be in attendance at today’s Carabao Cup Final, not many will have first-hand experience of what the players are going through.One exception, however, is David O’Leary. He knows full well of the agony and the ecstasy that a big day out at Wembley can create.Between 1978 and 1980 alone, the former Ireland international was part of a side that competed in four cup finals and lost three (one Cup Winners’ Cup and three FA Cup showdowns).Overall though, his career has had far more peaks than troughs. His achievements as a player with Arsenal include two league titles (1989 and 1991), two FA Cups (1979 and 1993) and two League Cups (1987 and 1993). Individually too, he stood out, featuring in the PFA First Division Team of the Year on three separate occasions — 1979, 1980 and 1982.When asked about today’s big game, he speaks with the same enthusiasm that first prompted his love for the game growing up in the streets of Dublin. Manchester City, he admits, are “a better team” than Arsenal, but he is still hopeful his beloved Gunners can pull off an upset, as they did in last season’s FA Cup final against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.“Sunday’s game is going to be very interesting,” he tells The42. “You’ve got an outstanding Man City, who are fantastic to watch, and Arsenal on their day can be the same, but they have too many off days. Man City don’t have too many of them and that’s how you win the league.”The club has come full circle in a sense since O’Leary’s time at the club. Back then, they were frequently derided as ‘boring, boring Arsenal’. They were successful, though didn’t generally please the neutrals owing to the manner in which they played. If anything, the opposite is the case now. They are often fantastic to watch going forward and filled with flair players, but all their good work is regularly undermined by a brittleness down the other end of the pitch in the big games, such as last season’s embarrassing 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.You get the sense that the current Arsenal side could do with a player like O’Leary shouting instructions at the back.Arsenal have always looked exciting going forward [under Wenger], they play really good football on their day but concede too many goals and give too many silly goals away,” he says.“That’s definitely got to be improved and that to me is where they’re vulnerable.” O’Leary currently works in an ambassadorial role with Arsenal. Source: Mike EgertonIt has been a far from perfect season for the North London side. They are currently sixth in the Premier League, eight points off the Champions League spots, with 11 games to play. Many pundits now believe a Europa League triumph is their best hope of ensuring they do not miss out on competing in Europe’s premier club competition for a second successive season — something that would provide a much-needed financial boost, particularly considering their struggles to compete with the fees that rivals such as Manchester City are continually prepared to pay.Even another cup final triumph, which would be their fourth in the past five seasons, would not entirely appease the skeptics, who feel Arsene Wenger has already outstayed his welcome at the club where he has worked for over 20 years as manager.O’Leary, though, remains a firm supporter of Wenger, given all the Frenchman has achieved at Arsenal.“They treat their managers with a bit of class here, they do things in the right way.People on the board appreciate what he’s done, but I think he’s appreciated the board as well — they’re not trigger-happy, they want to stick by their manager and that’s what Arsenal FC will do. They know how well Arsene Wenger has done.“When the time comes [for him to leave], I’m sure it’ll be mutual and suit both parties personally.” Irish players such as Liam Brady helped O’Leary adapt to life at Arsenal. Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport1. Starting outOne person who rivals Wenger for longevity at the club is O’Leary himself. As a player, he arrived from Dublin as a promising teenager in 1973. 20 years on, he finally departed for a short spell at Leeds United, as his career was nearing its end.Yet for all he achieved and on a week when another ex-Arsenal centre-back, Sol Campbell, made headlines for proclaiming himself to be “one of the greatest minds in football,” there is a refreshing sense of modesty about O’Leary.At the highest level in football, talent and endeavour are not always enough to get you by. His former Ireland international team-mate, Jim Beglin, had plenty of the latter two ingredients, but saw his career cut short prematurely owing to a gruesome leg break. Luck is a crucial aspect of the game too, and as well as a number of other great attributes, O’Leary had this quality in spades.To this day, he remains the all-time club record holder with 722 appearances for Arsenal, having largely avoided serious injuries over the course of his career. Since O’Leary left, only two Irish players, Eddie McGoldrick and Graham Barrett have represented Arsenal in the Premier League, and neither had anywhere near the success of the cultured centre-half.For a lad coming over from Dublin at 15 to say you’d be at Arsenal for 20 years, you’d play the most games and all that, you look at that and think: ‘Good God, I got very lucky really,’” he says.“It was a fantastic club to play for all those years, it really was. It’s great that some of the same people are still there, getting older, like myself. And it’s nice to share lots of things with them still.” O’Leary pictured during his younger days at Arsenal. Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport2. London IrishThe son of Irish parents, on 5 May, 1958, he was rather fittingly born in Stoke Newington, less than a mile from Highbury, Arsenal’s much-missed old ground.O’Leary always considered himself Irish though, and his family moved back to Dublin shortly after his birth, as his Arsenal-supporting father got a job there.“It was just unique that I ended up back [in London], which they were delighted about.“I could have gone to Manchester United and thought they were really tremendous, but when I came to Arsenal on trial, I really liked them and just felt it was the right place, and it proved to be.”His younger brother Pierce was a talented centre-back in his own right, enjoying successful stints at Shamrock Rovers and Celtic, while his nephew Ryan, also a defender, is a former Scotland U21 international and has lined out with a number of clubs including Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.“I played football with [Pierce] growing up, playing around Dublin, it was fantastic watching football on TV,” O’Leary recalls.“On the odd occasion, an English team would come over for a pre-season friendly and you’d get a chance to watch them. We just fell in love with the game, I got lucky and the dream happened for me. I got scouted playing for an Irish schoolboy international team, I was invited across.”These days, O’Leary lives in Yorkshire and works in an ambassadorial role for Arsenal, travelling to various games with the club’s directors.Last November, he was part of the travelling contingent who saw the Gunners secure a hard-fought 1-0 Premier League victory over Burnley at Turf Moor. During this trip, O’Leary felt a tinge of nostalgia. He was, after all, back at the place where he made his English top-flight debut, over 40 years previously (16 August 1975 to be precise), with the nerve-ridden 17-year-old featuring primarily due to an injury crisis at the club.I was sitting there thinking: ‘Good God, I’m sitting having lunch with the Arsenal directors and the Burnley directors,’ and I thought to myself: ‘If anyone told me years and years ago I’d still be around the place, I’d shake my head a little bit,’ because nothing’s really changed much at Burnley.“I was out with [former Arsenal and Northern Ireland player] Pat Rice a couple of weeks ago for the Tottenham game at Wembley. The night before, him and the club secretary were out with the wives. We were just talking about ‘how long ago,’ just talking about the Burnley game and being up there and saying: ‘Jeez, after all these years…’ And Pat was a great help on that day. I was a young kid coming in from Dublin and he was a senior player at right-back. He was a great help in those early days particularly.“Everybody thought because of the injuries you got in, they were thinking maybe of myself potentially getting in at the end of the season for the odd game, but I got in [early on]. I was nervous, I had a great bunch of people [around me] — Alan Ball, Terry Mancini, Sammy Nelson, Pat Rice and Liam Brady would have been in the team.“We played 42 games in the league and I think I played 40 games that season. I stayed in, I couldn’t believe it, they couldn’t believe it. But I felt fine and I enjoyed it. Nobody could believe I played 40 games before my 18th birthday really.“From playing at Burnley, then thinking, the players [who were out injured] will be back. I think we were playing Sheffield United on the Tuesday night away, I played in that, I think my debut for the home game was against Stoke the following Saturday, stayed in for that, and it just went on and on like that really.” Source: MrFandefoot/YouTube3. GloryIn addition to the cup successes, the two league triumphs stand out as great moments in O’Leary’s career, and both were made all the sweeter due to the fact that they came as he was approaching the twilight of his time at the North London club.For the famous 2-0 defeat of Liverpool at Anfield, arguably still the most dramatic end to an English top-flight season ever as Michael Thomas’ last-minute winner won the Gunners the league, O’Leary played a pivotal role. The Dubliner featured as a sweeper behind Tony Adams and Steve Bould, back when Arsenal had an embarrassment of riches in defence. Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon were given license to burst forward in the wing-back positions and these tactics proved astute, as George Graham’s team produced a considerable upset to stun the home crowd. Source: Tribesmen Hurling/YouTube“’89 was unique,” he says. “As a kid growing up, I used to watch games at Anfield on the box in Dublin. To go there and to say we had to win by two clear goals, I thought it was asking a bit too much. To go to Anfield in those days and get any sort of result with the great players they had [was difficult].I knew we were in a good team, but it was a special, special night. Michael Thomas, the goal he scored, my brother and my dad were behind that goal. It was fantastic when we won it to see them there afterwards. It was a very special night in a very special ground against a very special club.” Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 9:01 AMcenter_img Image: Allsport/INPHO 18 Comments Share63 Tweet Email David O’Leary appeared a record 722 times for Arsenal. David O’Leary appeared a record 722 times for Arsenal. Image: Allsport/INPHO Follow us: O’Leary celebrates his winning penalty against Romania at the 1990 World Cup. Source: EMPICS Sport6. A moment to last a lifetimeThis famous penalty, which has come to define O’Leary’s career, was last December voted Ireland’s greatest sporting moment. I am almost reluctant to ask about it, given that O’Leary has inevitably been providing a variation of the same answer on countless occasions for close to 30 years now. Yet unexpectedly, there is still a genuine sense of enthusiasm as he speaks about it for the umpteenth time.I more think now: ‘Thank God I didn’t miss it,’ because I probably wouldn’t have been allowed back in the country. I’m reminded, and bought drinks, coffees, this, that and the other, the amount of places in the world I’ve been and an Irish person has come up and said: ‘Well done, I was in such a place when you were taking that.’“It’s still amazing that I’m still reminded about it, but it really does shake me up when I think ‘thank God I scored that,’ because I’d have been carrying it around with me if I hadn’t: ‘That’s the fella that missed it.’“I’d got into [a falling out] with Jack [before]. Arsenal were involved with it and it was stupid really at the end of the day. Jack was stupid and stubborn, but that’s life, we move on.“I got picked again and to say you scored a penalty in a dream place for your country, it was fairytale stuff really.How I ended up on the fifth penalty, everyone on the day said ‘I want to take one, I want to take two, three…’ It didn’t bother me which one and I ended up taking the fifth one, which was the glory one really. There was no intention, just everybody else wanted to take a certain penalty. The fifth one was left and I was delighted for my mum and dad at home.“Everybody says ‘back in Ireland, the whole place just went mad for that World Cup,’ there was nobody on the streets when we were playing the matches — it was a unique time.“I still remember sometimes sitting in the taxi going into Dublin going through a line of people welcoming us back. It was fabulous, they’re great memories.” Leeds United players line up ahead of their 2001 Champions League semi-final against Valencia. Source: EMPICS Sport7. Leading LeedsYet a whole generation of people now exist who weren’t around for ‘Timofte against Bonner’ and all the ensuing shenanigans it prompted. Younger Irish football fans including this author remember O’Leary primarily as a manager of the brilliant young Leeds side that came to prominence around the turn of the century.In a manner reminiscent to how O’Leary came to make his Arsenal debut at 17, there was an element of fate or fortune to how the whole saga transpired depending on your perspective.Just as he had been during his playing days, O’Leary was working under ex-Arsenal boss Graham, offering him advice this time in the role of assistant manager. After two years performing this job, in 1998, the Scottish coach did the unthinkable — he left his position at Leeds and took over as manager of the Gunners’ most bitter rivals, Tottenham. He even asked O’Leary to join him, but unlike his mentor, the Dubliner could not bring himself to make the switch to Spurs, which was probably a wise move, as the Scot was never fully accepted at White Hart Lane despite overseeing a rare 1999 League Cup triumph during his time there. Source: Filbert Street/YouTubeFollowing Graham’s departure, Martin O’Neill, who had been working minor miracles as a manager at Leicester City, was heavily linked with the Leeds job.O’Leary was appointed as caretaker boss, but the speculation was so intense that even he believed O’Neill would eventually succeed him in the hotseat.What felt like a pivotal moment was Leicester City’s match with Tottenham. Thousands of impassioned fans turned out with banners that read: ‘Don’t go Martin.’A late Muzzy Izzet winner in that game prompted jubilant scenes at Filbert Street, and whether it made any difference has never been confirmed, but ultimately, O’Neill did not take over at Leeds.Instead, having impressed in the temporary role, a 40-year-old O’Leary was given the job on a permanent basis, and he proceeded to oversee one of the most exciting periods in the club’s history.I thought: ‘Right, George is going to Tottenham,’ the way people were talking, Martin O’Neill was the one Leeds wanted. I was asked to take charge of the team for a few weeks and I thought: ‘I’ll be there for a couple of weeks until Martin O’Neill and his staff come in.’“Then, I don’t know why, but Martin O’Neill changed his mind and stayed with Leicester. In the few weeks, people felt: ‘You’re popular, you’re doing a good job there,’ they kind of asked this rookie: ‘Do you want to be the Leeds manager?’ It shocked me, but I had no doubt that: ‘Yes, I’d like to do it.’“Working under George Graham, in the reserve team, I’d seen a bunch of young lads, who I felt like myself when I was being put in young, I thought they could handle it.” Source: WOODDDDDDDYALUFC/YouTube8. ‘Babies’In four seasons at the club under O’Leary, Leeds never finished outside the top five — an impressive feat given the number of inexperienced players he had put faith in. But it was in Europe where they enjoyed their most memorable nights. In the manager’s first full season in charge, they reached the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup, before bowing out to a talented Galatasaray side that included Brazil’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Taffarel as well as other top-class players at the time, including Gheorghe Popescu, Gheorghe Hagi, Emre Belozoglu and Hakan Sukur. The game, which the English side lost 4-2 on aggregate, was marred by off-field violence involving the two clubs’ fans.It was the Champions League during the following season, however, that was to provide O’Leary and his so-called ‘babies’ with their finest hour.With a team of individuals who were largely untried at that level, Leeds improbably managed to get all the way to the semi-finals of the competition. After beating 1860 Munich in the preliminary stages, they finished second to Milan in a group that also included Barcelona and Besiktas, before overcoming Deportivo 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.Eventually though, they were outclassed by a Valencia side that included world-class stars of the era, such as Pablo Aimar and Gaizka Mendieta.“We went to places like Milan. Barcelona,” O’Leary recalls. “And there were a group of lads, young lads, and they weren’t in awe when we went to warm up on the pitch and all that. They didn’t freeze over. They relished the occasion and went out and did their best.“We went on this adventure and ran into Valencia, who were a better team than us. They were probably more experienced in terms of how they could handle the occasion over two legs. We were so near and the same thing the year before in the [Uefa Cup]. We got to the semi-final, ran into a very good Galatasaray team, who over two legs had much more experience than us.” Disappointed Leeds United players Olivier Dacourt (l), Mark Viduka (c) and Rio Ferdinand (r) walk off the pitch following defeat to Valencia. Source: EMPICS SportWhat was special about that Leeds team also was the fact that it was one of the last great English sides to be filled with a solid core of British and Irish players, with Gary Kelly, Stephen McPhail and Ian Harte part of their squad. O’Leary had also bought Robbie Keane for £12 million from Inter in December 2000, though the Irish striker was ineligible for their Champions League run, as he had represented the Italian side in the competition earlier that season.Funny enough, I just spoke to Ian Harte a few weeks ago,” O’Leary says. “It was nice to hear from him again, but I’m planning to play a bit of golf with him soon, because I haven’t seen him in a while.“Stephen McPhail, a lovely midfield player, probably I don’t know the reasons after I left, he didn’t go on again. But he was a really good midfield player. Gary Kelly was a really good attacking full-back.“So there was a really good mixture of Irish lads there, which was great.“We had a really good group. Lee Bowyer was an outstanding midfield player in my time there. Mark Viduka was [excellent] up front at the time, we had a young Alan Smith. Jonathan Woodgate was special. He suffered with injuries throughout his career, but a fit Woodgate was an outstanding centre back.But the outstanding one of them all was Rio Ferdinand, without a doubt. He proved it. He went on, played for Man United and won loads of things with them. He was very classy and could have played for any team, he was that good.“One thing I do know about is centre-halves, and he was a top-class centre half. He went on to Manchester United and there was absolutely no doubt he was going to be outstanding for them.“He could handle the pressure, he was a top-class player, was good in the air, quick and great on the ground, could pass the ball, the right build, everything about him was classy.” Terry Venables replaced O’Leary as Leeds manager, but could not reverse the club’s decline. Source: Neal Simpson9. Falling slowlyUnfortunately, it was as good as it got for O’Leary and his side. Players such as Seth Johnson and Robbie Fowler were brought in for big money but struggled to justify their price tags. After spending close to £100 million on new players during his time in charge, a fifth-place finish, which meant no Champions League football, ultimately cost O’Leary his job.In the summer of 2002, the Irish coach was replaced as manager by Terry Venables. The club were by then in dire straits financially, as the heavy spending proved unsustainable, and they have not really recovered since. As it stands, they are battling to regain their place in the Premier League amid 13 seasons and counting out of the top flight.Primarily because of what happened afterwards and its inextricable links with the O’Leary era, recollections of that period tend to be bittersweet. The Irishman, however, can hardly be blamed for these off-field mishaps, and he says the fans at the club still treat him with great respect.“I go to the odd Leeds game now and I can’t believe how well received by the supporters [I am]. It amazes me [the esteem in which] you’re held by them, which I really appreciate.“They’re a team I look at and think hopefully they’ll come back up into the Premier League because for the city and for the Premier League, it would be great. They’re unique in a way that they’re not sharing the city with any other football club, so if a Leeds United is doing well, the whole city comes and watches it.”O’Leary has managed in the Premier League just once since then, taking over another club who have since fallen on hard times — Aston Villa.It started off well, with O’Leary guiding the club to a sixth-place finish in his first season there. Their form declined thereafter though, coming 10th the following season before finding themselves 16th at the culmination of the 2005-06 campaign. It was then that O’Leary was replaced as manager by O’Neill, nearly a decade after the Derry native had almost taken over from him at Leeds.While the Villa experience ended in disappointing fashion, O’Leary’s managerial record overall is not bad by any means. In seven seasons as a coach in the English top-flight, he has finished outside the top 10 just once. Given that he has not had a high-profile job in more than 10 years now, does he feel underappreciated to a degree?I don’t really know and to be perfectly honest, I don’t really care,” he says. “I know the record’s there and can’t be taken away from you.“That’s down to [other] people to judge. It’s the way it is, [but] the records don’t lie.” The entrance to Al Ahli Club, Dubai. Source: EMPICS Sport10. Arabian nightsNevertheless, he has landed one managerial role since Villa. In June 2010, he took charge of United Arab Emirates club Al-Ahli Dubai, where the players he worked with included legendary Italian World Cup-winning defender, Fabio Cannavaro.The experience ended badly. O’Leary was sacked less than 12 months into a three-year term. A dispute was eventually settled by Fifa’s players’ status committee in May 2013, when the former defender received over £3 million in compensation for the early termination of his contract.“It was a fantastic project, which really interested me, [offered by] a man who said that he’d heard I’d been good with young kids, developing them. He wanted to develop a club out there that if we developed it right, other clubs around UAE would copy it years after I’ve gone.“I went there with great intentions and a three-year project, and that’s the way it was sold. After a year, because of the people who he was working for, they grew impatient and I think they wanted ultimate success straight away, which was never going to happen.“I’d have loved to have stayed for the three years to see could we have laid down something for the future years, and that was a disappointment, but I actually enjoyed the adventure.“It was dealing with a completely different culture, different players, their mentality, and even the heat and playing games late at night that you’d never thought you’d dream [of playing]. You had to immerse yourself into all those ways.” The Arsenal team celebrate with the 1979 FA Cup: (back row, l-r) Steve Walford, David Price, Pat Jennings, Willie Young, Alan Sunderland, David O’Leary; (front row, l-r) Liam Brady, Pat Rice, Sammy Nelson, Brian Talbot, Frank Stapleton, Graham Rix. Source: EMPICS Sport11. The next chapterIt is coming up to seven years since O’Leary, who turns 60 in May, last worked as a manager. Could he ever see himself taking on such a challenge again?“I never had an agent, so I probably should have put myself out there much more, looking for jobs, but I’ve never ruled it out.“I have been approached for jobs, quietly I’ve turned them down, because I didn’t think they were the right ones for me“Some days you do miss it, some days you don’t miss the aggravation of it.I enjoy going to games now, I enjoy listening to the experts on TV — some are very good, some talk the biggest load of bunkum, they’re good wafflers, it sounds good on TV. You’d love them to put it into practicality, put them on a pitch, have 20 players, ‘you look after them,’ and say the same thing. But they’re good at talking a good game on the TV. There are other pundits who are excellent and know what they are talking about without a doubt.“But believe you me, there’s knowing what you’re talking about, but to actually be in charge of a group is a hard thing. Managing is a hard thing, without a doubt. It’s getting harder. The people who you work for are more demanding and it’s a massive results-business, because the money is just phenomenal in it now.”But even if O’Leary never takes charge of a club again, he can have few regrets about his time in football at the end of the day.“When I go to the stadium [the Emirates], they’ve put big things up for famous Arsenal players, there’s one there of myself, a massive mural and I think: ‘Jeez, I’d never think a lad from Dublin would have this,’ so you think: ‘I must have done alright.’”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Paul Fennessylast_img read more

Guaido supporters square up to Venezuelan police amid electricity blackout

first_imgToday, more than ever, we’re anti-imperialists. We will never surrender!‘Forceful response’The mounting political pressure comes as services slowly returned to normal in Caracas and the states of Miranda and Vargas, home to the country’s international airport and main port.“The US empire once again underestimates the conscience and determination of Venezuela’s people,” tweeted Maduro, who has not been seen in public since the blackout began late Thursday afternoon. Image: Eduardo Verdugo Mar 9th 2019, 6:10 PM 9,173 Views Share154 Tweet Email Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 6:10 PM 33 Comments Guaido supporters square up to Venezuelan police amid electricity blackout It’s not known what caused the blackout, which is one of the worst and longest in recent memory in Venezuela. Image: Eduardo Verdugo Short URL By AFP I assure them that every attempt at imperial aggression will be met with a forceful response from the patriots who love and valiantly defend our homeland.Who’s to blame?The western regions of Barinas, Tachira and Zulia remained without electricity while in other states the supply was proving unstable.It was one of the worst and longest blackouts in recent memory in Venezuela and paralyzed most of the country. Its cause is still unknown.Hospitals had reported terrible problems and those with generators were using them only in emergencies.Flights were canceled, leaving hundreds of travelers stranded at airports.The Caracas subway, which transports two million people a day, remained suspended early this morning and shops were closed, but internet and telecommunications services were returning to normal.“The problem is food, I’d bought meat and it’s going bad. I’m going to the march because we need change. We’re fed up,” Luis Alvarez, a 51-year-old truck driver, told AFP.Maduro had blamed the blackout on US sabotage and shut down offices and schools yesterday.Venezuela has suffered more than four years of recession that has seen poverty soar as citizens struggle with food and medicine shortages.Critics blame the government for failing to invest in maintaining the electrical grid, although the government often points the finger at external factors when the lights go out.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro was wrong to blame the US or any other country for Venezuela’s woes.“Power shortages and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence,” he tweeted.- © AFP 2019   RIOT POLICE BLOCKED protesters as thousands of people took to the streets with tensions rising between opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro after crisis-wracked Venezuela emerged from the chaos of an electricity blackout.Both Guaido and Maduro, who are locked in a bitter power struggle for the right to lead the oil-rich South American nation, had asked their supporters to fill the streets of Caracas and other cities in rival demonstrations.“We want to march! Yes we can!” shouted opposition protesters as riot police prevented them from accessing the street in east Caracas where their demonstration was due to take place.Overnight, security services had stopped the opposition from setting up a stage in an avenue where their protest was due to take place.“They think they can scare us but they will get a surprise form the people in the street,” Guaido tweeted. University students walk to a meeting point for a march against the government of President Nicolas Maduro today. Source: AP/PA Images“They think they can wear us down, but there’s no way they can contain a population that has decided to end the usurpation,” added the leader of the opposition-controlled legislature, who is recognised as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 countries.Guaido is trying to force out Maduro – whose May re-election he deems illegitimate – in order to set up new elections. Ireland and other EU nations backed Guaido’s succession if it meant that fresh elections are called.Opposition lawmakers denounced the overnight arrest of three people who were setting up a stage at the opposition rally site. Maduro has asked his backers to march against “imperialism.”“We’re continuing the battle and victory over the permanent and brutal aggression against our people,” Maduro wrote on Twitter. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sciences sur Seine la science sous tous ses angles dès le 10

first_img“Sciences sur Seine” : la science sous tous ses angles dès le 10 maiNotre capitale se met sous le signe de la science les mois de mai et juin. Le programme “Sciences sur Seine” organisée à l’initiative de la ville de Paris nous emmène à la découverte des sciences et du patrimoine scientifique parisien.Pendant deux mois, de nombreux films, spectacles, expositions, promenades, animations, conférences et débats seront proposés dans des lieux aussi divers que variés comme les jardins, les rues et lieux culturels. Afin de promouvoir les sciences au grand public désireux de découvrir son patrimoine et sa culture, les visiteurs auront également l’opportunité de rencontrer plusieurs acteurs associatifs, instituts, professionnels qui font vivre la science à Paris. Cette semaine, l’espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ouvre ainsi ses portes avec le Quartier des Sciences de printemps qui se déroulera du 10 au 12 mai. Au programme : ateliers, projections, démonstrations & manipulations, conférences, rencontres avec les chercheurs… Des ateliers de créativité technique vous attendent également à l’espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. Le concept est simple : l’atelier repose sur votre créativité et votre ingéniosité. Vous devez relever un défi à la fois technique et créatif en construisant vos propres objets à partir du matériel mis à disposition. Outre cet atelier, Irstea propose une animation autour des bassins versants à l’aide d’une maquette et d’un quizz. Mais vous pourrez, également, assister aux projections exceptionnelles des films de l’Association Science Télévision (AST) primés lors du festival Pariscience 2011. Des conférences et des ateliers vous permettront de rencontrer des chercheurs dans une ambiance conviviale et de visiter leurs laboratoires. Mieux encore : une soirée spéciale sur le thème de l’humour et la science attend tous les curieux le jeudi 10 mai. L’espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes À lire aussiLes rats envahissent les pelouses du Louvre à ParisSitué en plein milieu du 5ème arrondissement, l’espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, est à la fois un espace d’animation grand public et un laboratoire d’innovation pour la médiation et la communication des sciences. A l’interface entre science, culture, école et société, cet espace se veut un lieu ouvert, dédié aux rencontres et aux échanges entre chercheurs, enseignants, étudiants, journalistes, artistes et curieux de tous âges. Il se situe au : ESPCI ParisTech – 10 rue Vauquelin – 75005 ParisPour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de l’espace : www.espgg.orget pour avoir le programme complet du festival Sciences sur Seine, c’est par ici : (lien non disponible)Le 8 mai 2012 à 19:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pour se retrouver les dauphins sappellent par leurs noms

first_imgPour se retrouver, les dauphins s’appellent par leurs nomsUne nouvelle étude suggère que deux dauphins, fortement liés socialement, sont capables de s’appeler entre eux en imitant la signature vocale de l’autre.Sifflements, claquements, grincements… Que peuvent bien vouloir signifier ces sons produits par les dauphins ? Une nouvelle étude menée par des biologistes de l’Université de St. Andrews, en Écosse, et de Walt Disney World Resort en Floride, suggère qu’il s’agit de signatures vocales permettant aux mammifères marins de s’identifier et se retrouver entre eux. Selon les chercheurs, les animaux ont l’habitude d’appeler par leur nom, un de leur proche lorsqu’ils se retrouvent éloignés de celui-ci. Le nom d’un dauphin, caractérisé par un sifflement distinctif dont celui-ci fait habituellement usage, est alors appris puis imité par son entourage chaque fois que le besoin de se rassembler se présente. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont analysé les enregistrements récupérés auprès de dauphins et ont identifié les passages au cours desquels les animaux appellent un de leurs semblables en copiant sa signature vocale. Les séquences analysées ont été réalisées au cours d’un programme de surveillance établi depuis 1970 dans la baie de Sarasota. L’initiative nécessite chaque année de capturer durant quelques heures deux dauphins séparés par des filets afin de mener une série de tests médicaux. Au cours de cette intervention, les deux sujets ne peuvent se voir mais continuent à communiquer entre eux. Les résultats, parus dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggère que l’imitation de la signature vocale d’un autre dauphin se fait seulement dans le cas d’une séparation entre une mère et son petit ou encore entre deux mâles adultes restés longtemps en contact l’un de l’autre. Une imitation symbole d’un fort lien social À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, lorsqu’un dauphin imite le son de l’autre, il introduit de petites variations afin d’éviter toutes confusions avec son interlocuteur. “Il est intéressant de noter que cette imitation ne se produit que chez les animaux qui ont de forts liens sociaux. En outre celle-ci ne survient que lorsqu’ils sont séparés les uns des autres, ce qui renforce l’idée qu’ils veulent se réunir” explique Stephanie King, principale auteur de l’étude dans un communiqué. Citée par, elle poursuit ainsi : “La prochaine étape de notre recherche consistera à faire quelques expériences consistant à reproduire les appels pour voir s’ils réussissent à l’identifier”.Le 21 février 2013 à 13:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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