Netherlands finish third after 3-0 win over Brazil in FIFA World Cup

first_imgArjen Robben and Stefan de Vrij celebrate after Netherlands’ 3-0 win over Brazil Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.Fans React | Match PhotosWith the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany. After the final whistle, the team was loudly booed by the nearly 70,000 fans that attended the match at the National Stadium in Brasilia. Many had already left even before the late third goal by the Dutch.”It’s a terrible feeling, I don’t know what to say,” Oscar said. “After a huge loss to Germany, today we tried our best from the beginning to win third place but it wasn’t our day. We have to see what went wrong so we can improve for the future.”Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Arjen Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva on the edge of the area. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time with a shot inside the near post.advertisement”The most beautiful was our resilience. We were knocked out but we came back and finished third,” Wijnaldum said. “We wanted to close it out well.”Brazil looked lost from the start, making many of the same defensive mistakes that marked the historic defeat to the Germans four days ago. The Netherlands took advantage with quick passes and speed in the attack.Silva had to foul Robben after being beaten on the run, leading to van Persie’s firm left-foot shot into the right upper corner to put the Dutch ahead.The Dutch wanted a red card for Silva for a professional foul, but Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi only gave him a yellow. Silva had missed the semifinal against Germany because of a yellow card suspension.Blind added to the lead after Luiz failed to clear a cross, heading the ball right back to the Dutch defender for an easy goal.Wijnaldum closed the scoring in injury time with a goal from inside the area after a cross by Daryl Janmaat.”It is a good end,” Robben said. “You can wipe away the hangover (of the lost semifinal). I’m so proud. Compliments to this team. It’s a party to work with this team. We deserved more.”Brazil’s best chance in the first half came on a free kick taken by Oscar in the 36th, but Silva and Luiz were not able to reach the low cross in front of goal. In the second, Ramires came close with a low right-foot shot from the top of the area in the 60th.Brazil wanted a penalty when Oscar went down in the area in the 68th, but the referee instead gave a yellow card to the Brazilian for diving.”It’s frustrating,” Silva said. “We didn’t deserve to have it end like this. But unfortunately it’s football. I have to apologize to our people. The fans supported us even during the 7-1 loss and again today. They booed in the end, but it was normal. They have feelings too.”It was the fourth time Brazil played in a third-place match. It beat Sweden in 1938 and Italy in 1978, and the only other loss had come against Poland in 1974.The Netherlands had played in the third-place match one other time. It fell to Croatia 2-1 in 1998 after being beaten by Brazil in the semifinals.Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal, in his final match with the Netherlands before joining Manchester United, had to play without midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who was injured while warming up for the game.Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari made six changes from the team that started in the loss against Germany, the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar retorts, says his absence from Parliament is due to family emergency

first_imgSachin Tendulkar speaks during a felicitation programme for the Indian contingent for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in New Delhi on Friday, August 8, 2014. Photo: PTI.Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that his absence from Parliament has been discussed too much and he doesn’t mean to disrespect any institution.Sachin cleared the air and said that his absence in Parliament is due to a family emergency.”My absence in Parliament is discussed. There is an emergency in my family. My absence in Delhi was due to my brother’s surgery,” he said. Sachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit undergoes bypass surgery Speaking at a sports function in Vigyan Bhawan not far away from Parliament, he said when he was back from England he wanted to be in Delhi. In a veiled reference to the raging discussion about him in Parliament and outside by media, he said ” They are discussing everything about you in the media but I think you should be focussed on your job and nothing else”.He was addressing the medal winners of the Commonwealth Games at a function organised by the Sports Ministry.”I feel happy about my presence in Delhi”, the batting legend said.”My father once told me that there will be a lot of arms that will try to pull you down but as long as you stay in the right direction you will see that at one point of time you have gone beyond them. They will join hands to praise you” he said in his address to the athletes.”Not always everyone will like you. There will be obstructions but the energy should always be focussed on doing the right things and not get distracted”, the batting icon said. Tendulkar, Rekha questioned over Rajya Sabha absence advertisement”As sportspersons, your performance will be analysed and criticised. But one thing that outsiders can’t judge is the satisfaction that you will get when you give your 100 per cent. If you give 100 per cent and still the opposition team wins, you should not feel bad about it”, Tendulkar said.”I think it is important to accept everything with humility. Stay humble and stay grounded. Try to achieve more for India and we will all be behind you”Tendulkar and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took turns to give away the awards at the felicitation function, organised by the Sports Authority of India.A large contingent of media personnel, who had gathered at the venue were surprised to see Tendulkar on the dais as invitation letter had not mentioned anything about his presence.The batting legend, dressed in a black-and-white check shirt and black trousers was seen exchanging greetings as he handed over the awards to the medal winners, which included stars such as boxer Vijender Singh, shooters Gagan Narang and Jitu Rai and shuttlers P. Kashyap and P.V. Sindhu.Apart from Tendulkar and Sonowal, Minister of State for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, BJP leader and sports administrator Anurag Thakur, Sports Secretary Ajit Sharan and SAI DG Jiji Thomson were also on the dais.India had finished in the fifth position with a total haul of 64 medals, including 15 gold, at the Glasgow Games.Tendulkar and yesteryears Bollywood star Rekha earlier the day came under attack in the Upper House for attending the House for only three and seven days, respectively, since their nomination two years back.P. Rajeeve of CPI-M raised the issue of long-duration absence of celebrities as he wanted to know whether they have sought permission for it.Responding to this, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said Rajeeve and some other members had raised the issue earlier but there was no violation of the rules.”As per Article 104 of the Constitution, if a member is absent from either House of Parliament for a period of 60 days then the seat is considered vacant. In case of Sachin Tendulkar, he has not attended the Parliament for 40 days whereas Rekha’s absence is less than this,” he observed.Kurien said Tendulkar was nominated to the Upper House in April 2012 and has attended the session for three days. “Last time he had come to the House on December 13, 2013,” he said.last_img read more

ONE: After string of defeats, Richard Corminal more than determined to get on track

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Corminal has made a lot of efforts and sacrifices ahead of what could be a make or break fight for him in the promotion and one of which is leaving and moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to focus on his training and martial arts career.“I want to show to everyone that I continuously improve each time I fight,” he said.“I want my family to be proud of me because all these sacrifices are for them. I will do everything to get that win in Singapore.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle misses UAAP top 2 for first time in more than a decade Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments LATEST STORIES The string of awful setbacks would’ve been a reason for most fighters to just turn their backs and walk away.But the determined Filipino sees his situation differently as he eyes to snap out of his funk against Rahul Raju in the preliminary card of ONE: Enter the Dragon on May 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I am so hungry for a win. In 2018, I tried hard, but I didn’t get a win. Now, I’ll do everything to finally get that breakthrough,” Corminal, who owns an MMA record of 4-4, said.“I have learned a lot in those losses. I know I have to work extra hard and be more determined so I can further improve.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:02Albayalde endorsed award, promotion for self and 13 Pampanga cops02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Richard “Notorious” Corminal got knocked out in first round in his ONE Championship debut in March of 2017 then, suffered an opening round submission eight months later before taking another stoppage loss last year.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

This is how ‘heartbroken’ Virat Kohli is spending time away from cricket

first_imgVirat Kohli turned on the heat during India’s limited-overs tour of Australia, slamming 381 runs in the five-match ODI series and 199 runs from three T20 Internationals. The 27-year-old was given a well-deserved break from the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka and he has so far made good use of the time away from cricket. (Also read: Top-ranked India look to dominate Sri Lanka )The calmness of your home and a double espresso shot. Have a blessed day ahead people #PerfectMorning #Grateful ??? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 9, 2016Kohli, India’s Test captain, has been one of the most busiest cricketers in the world over the last to years. Besides, he is India’s best batsman across all formats and the pressure of expectations can sometimes be telling. (Also read: Virat Kohli named BCCI’s cricketer of the year | Kohi’s secret behind run-scoring spree )The Delhi dasher posted a picture on Twitter with a coffee glass at home and seemed relaxed despite all the talk of a heartbreak. Kohli is understood to have broken up with Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma after she turned down his proposal of marriage. But far from sulking, the star cricketer has kept himself busy off the cricket field. (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma genuine superstars: Kevin Pietersen )Last week, Kohli was seen at the Auto Expo and posed alongside some cool cars. Back home from Greater Noida, the aggressive batsman donned his reading glasses to rediscover the nerd in him.Back home. Got my reading glasses on. The nerd in me is happy ??? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2016 Kohli will be back in action later this month when the Asia Cup starts in Bangladesh. He will then gear up for the ICC World T20 which starts in India in March. Given his sensational run of form, Kohli will be expected to steer India’s powerful batting line-up through the next few months.And once the World T20 comes to an end, Kohli would have little time to wind off – the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League starts in April and he will be at the helm of a star-studded Rooyal Challengers Bangalore trying to win them the tournament for the first time.Watch out for #AudiAtAutoExpo @AudiIn Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2016last_img read more

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni to play charity football match against Bollywood stars

first_imgFans will witness an exciting battle between India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli-led cricket stars and Abhishek Bachchan-led Bollywood celebrities in a charity football match on Saturday.The match, termed as “Celebrity Classico 2016”, will take place at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri Sports Complex, to generate funds for charitable initiatives in which Kohli and Bachchan are involved.Virat will lead the All Heart Football Club, a property of The Virat Kohli Foundation. Bachchan is set to lead All Stars Football Club, run by his Playing for Humanity charitable organisation, in the match.Apart from Kohli and India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, some of the country’s top cricketers like Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin will also be playing in the match.Bachchan’s team will include the likes of movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and celebrated director Shoojit Sircar, among others.last_img read more

Premier League: Harry Maguire scores late as Leicester City hold Manchester United for draw

first_imgHarry Maguire scored in the last minute of the added time for Leicester City as The Foxes held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.With Manchester City earlier thrashing Bournemouth, United are now 13 points behind league leaders City, with 41 points from 18 games.Halfway through the league, as Christmas arrives, City have almost grabbed the title by the scruff of the neck. While there’s still a stiff competition for the top five, City are running away with the lead game after game.Leicester found the first goal of the night when Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez combined like the old Leicester time for the former’s 50th league goal in the 27th minute. The Algerian held up Wilfred Ndidi’s pass for Vardy to score.Juan Mata got United back into the game with his goal in the 39th minute as the teams went into the break tied at 1-1.United looked dangerous after the break, the result of which The Red Devils bore in the 61st minute when Mata once more found the net and this time with a direct free kick.Even as United got quite many more opportunities to kill the game, they failed to capitalise those chances.Leicester’s night went further downhill when Daniel Amartey was shown a red card in the 73rd minute of the game, having picked two yellow cards in quick succession.Just when it looked like United have managed to eke out a crucial win, Maquire slid in Marc Albrighton’s cross in the final minute of the added time to help Leicester hold United 2-2..advertisementUnited manager Jose Mourinho was left cursing “childish” errors at both ends of the pitch.”We didn’t win because we missed incredible chances, joke chances,” he told Sky Sports.”We made a big defensive accumulation of mistakes in an easy match to win. I told to the players at halftime when it was 1-1 that it was an easy match to win.”Half an hour after our second it is a game to finish four, five, six-one.”We were punished by our mistakes. Childish loss of possession, so easy. Childish in their box and childish in our box.”The worst of the wasted chances he referred to were set up in the second half by Romelu Lukaku but frittered away by his team mates.The Belgian put through first Martial, who fired wildly over the bar, and then Lingard, also clean through, who could only hit a post.That led to an anxious last few minutes even against 10 men.Defender Chris Smalling was injured and in no position to clear when Maguire got on the end of Albrighton’s cross to the far post.For the first goal Phil Jones had been lured out of position and could not catch Vardy as the England striker raced onto Mahrez’s pass.For Leicester it was nevertheless a spirited recovery to continue their good form under new manager Claude Puel.”The manager has come in and results have picked up,” said Maguire.”Last-minute goal to equalise, that is massive for us.”It feels like a victory but it is only a point against a good side.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Koreas to meet Asian Games officials over joint teams

first_img\R Jakarta, Jun 27 (AFP) The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said today it would meet with representatives from South and North Korea to hammer out plans to field joint teams at the Asian Games.The sit-down with members of the National Olympic Committees of both countries, and Indonesian organisers of the Games, is set for tomorrow in Jakarta, it said.”We hope to decide everything on Thursday because there is not a lot of time left,” the OCA, the Games’ governing body, said in a statement.”The South Koreans have an idea of how many sports could feature a joint team, and we need to discuss this with North Korea.” North and South Korea agreed this month to form unified teams for some sports and march together at the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, in the latest sign of thawing tensions.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s Winter Games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.”It is very exciting times on the Korean peninsula and sport is playing a major role in bringing the two Koreas together in an environment of peace and understanding,” the OCA said.The Games will be held in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and Palembang on Sumatra island from August 18-September 2.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed at an historic summit in April to jointly participate in international sports events.This month, Kim and US President Donald Trump held a summit in Singapore. (AFP) KISKISadvertisementlast_img read more

The top transfer targets in Brazil & Argentina

first_imgTransfers Lautaro Martinez, Arthur & 15 summer transfer targets in Brazil & Argentina Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 17:55 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lautaro Martinez Luan Getty/Goal Transfers Superliga Serie A The two South American giants have a rich pool of talent, and plenty of young stars will be followed by Europe’s biggest clubs in the summerlast_img

18 days agoPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyol

first_imgPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin has been named new head coach of Espanyol.The former Girona and Sevilla boss takes over from David Gallego, who was sacked on Monday.Machin had been out of a job since leaving Sevilla in March and will be presented at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday morning.Espanyol are currently in 19th position in LaLiga Santander and haven’t won a home game all season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

BC protesters look to get creative with demonstrations

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver the years people fighting for a cause have found ways of getting their voice heard.However, in British Columbia a group calling themselves Nations United Against Pipelines are taking their right to protest to new levels.They say by changing their tactics their message will be loud and clear.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

Security Council urges global cooperation to bring terrorist actors to justice

Reiterating its strong condemnation of recent terrorist incidents, from the deadly attacks which rocked London’s transport system to assassination of Egypt’s ambassador-designate in Iraq, the United Nations Security Council today urged all States to work together to bring to justice, extradite or prosecute, the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of acts of terrorism.“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism…constitutes one of the most serious threats to global peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” said Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, which holds the Council’s Presidency for the month of July, following an open briefing by the Chairmen of its three anti-terrorism committees.Reading out a statement at the close of the meeting, Ambassador Vassilakis said recent incidents highlighted the urgency and necessity of redoubling efforts to combat the scourge and reiterated the 15-nation body’s condemnation of the Al-Qaida network and other terrorist groups for ongoing and multiple criminal terrorist acts, aimed at causing death, destruction of property and undermining stability.The Council also expressed its “grave concern” at the risks posed by non-State actors who attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery.Ambassador Vassilakis also stressed the three different mandates of the Committees – dealing with, respectively, sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, counter-terrorism and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) – and reaffirmed the Council’s call for enhanced cooperation between the bodies and their respective experts in monitoring implementation of relevant Council resolutions.Ambassador César Mayoral of Argentina, Chairman of the Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions committee said that, sadly, it seemed that whenever he briefed the Council, he had to start by mourning the losses caused by new heinous acts of terrorism. The attacks on London on 7 July had brought new evidence of the threat to peace and security caused by terrorist acts. He added that the world was faced with a threat from Al-Qaida that was radically different from the threat posed when the sanctions regime had first been imposed.It was believed that Al-Qaida terrorism now comprised three distinct but interlinked groups, namely, the old leadership whose names were well known, the fighters who had attended the camps in Afghanistan and had graduated as experienced terrorists, and a new and growing generation of supporters who might never have left their countries of residence but had embraced the core elements of the Al-Qaida message.The Committee was increasing its focus on the third group, and he encouraged the Council to make clear to Member States that the term “associate with” must cover such groups also to ensure that the sanctions regime adapted to new threats. The Council was currently considering a new resolution to further enhance the sanctions measures, providing the Council with an opportunity to strengthen a number of elements.Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), said the fact that the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) was not fully staffed had continued to have an impact on the Committee’s capacity to deliver an ambitious work programme. She expected the Directorate to be at full capacity before the end of the upcoming 90-day period.She said the CTC, through CTED, had conducted three visits to States, with their consent – Kenya, Albania and Thailand. The visits had provided the Committee with a more thorough understanding of the situation in those countries, as well as further insight into what difficulties States might face while seeking to ensure full implementation. Proper follow-up to those visits was important, and the CTC was committed to ensuring that technical assistance needs identified during the visits were met.Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, Chairman of the Committee dealing with weapons of mass destruction, said the panel had already examined more than 50 national reports and was confident that the goal of completing the examination of first-round country reports could be attained by October 2005.As of today, 118 States had submitted reports to the Committee. The majority of Member States had presented information about their domestic non-proliferation provisions, including their contributions to international cooperation in the field. However, 74 Member States had yet to report, and he called on those who had not yet done so to submit reports without delay. read more

LeBron Is Learning That Turning Cavs Into Winners Harder

LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been a flop. . . so far. The Cavaliers, consensus choice by NBA pundits to make it to the NBA Finals, are 5-6. The Miami Heat, the team James abandoned to return home, have a better record.So does Milwaukee. And Atlanta. And . . . getting the picture?It’s a portrait hardly anyone expected when James signed as a free agent to join the immensely talented Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love was acquired from Minnesota.What was not taken into account is this: Irving and Love were good players on bad teams. There is a process to transform into a winner, and neither Love nor Irving—or the remainder of the Cleveland roster—are grasping it well.And neither is first-year coach David Blatt, who has to adjust to the NBA game and working with a dominant figure like James.More than that, Friday night was so exasperating that James was uncharacteristically lackluster in his effort in a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards. He did not hustle back on defense more than once, and that kind of display came from the player brought in to teach the players how to win.James called his lack of effort “never a good example.” His teammates followed his lead, and the Wizards had fun at their expense in a 91-78 victory.“It’s something we’ve got to work on,” James said of his and his team’s effort and body language. “We understand that. It starts with me, for sure. It’s something I’ll always work on, too,” James said. “It trickles down to everyone else.”The lack of effort by James was disappointing, but also telling. The game’s top player is frustrated. When he arrived in Miami for his first season, Dwyane Wade had won a championship and knew how to win. He actually showed James what it took, and Chris Bosh had the acumen and common sense to embrace the role as the third component.The Heat made the NBA Finals James’ first year in Miami and won it the second. By April, the Cavaliers might have reversed themselves and this point will be long-forgotten in an interminable season.To get there, though, is going to take more work than James thought. Love seems lost, uncertain of where to get his offense—in the post or on the perimeter. Irving is used to dominating the ball and wants to display his enormous gifts.James is the key. He is impeding progress more than he is facilitating it. He and Irving have to come to an understanding about how the offense is run, who’s running it and how it should be run. James also has to find ways to get Love some love on the offensive end. Right now, he’s flounder.Above all, the Cavaliers have to make an effort on defense. James cannot jog as players sprint. He has to lead by example, with hustle and heart. If James struggles, surely Cleveland will, too.The bet is that James will inspire his team and the Cavs will emerge as a threat in the Eastern Conference. But it will take more time and effort than James—or anyone—expects. read more

Plumber robbed in Campbell Avenue by bicycle bandits

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Deaf Mission Director trailed from bank to office, robbedMarch 1, 2018In “Crime”Bus driver trailed from bank, robbed of over $5MDecember 20, 2017In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” A Plumber who was making his way home in the wee hours of Friday morning was accosted and robbed of his plumbing tools and other items by two men, one armed with a gun.According to reports received, Kenyata Sampson, 30, of Lot 43 Williams Street Kitty was robbed at around 00:30hrs.Inews understands that Sampson was walking along Campbell Avenue, Kitty when he was confronted by two males who rode up from the opposite direction on a bicycle.The armed bandit reportedly pulled out a gun from his waist and pointed it at the Plumber requesting that he hand over his valuables.Sampson reportedly handed over his haversack after which the men made good their escape. The haversack contained plumbing tools valued $11,000 along with $35,000 and a quantity of documents.The matter was reported to the Police.This publication was informed by law enforcement officials that CCTV footage in the area is being reviewed as investigations continue. read more

Urgent action is needed Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains

first_img Part of the judge’s letter to Zappone Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsTHE NEWS THAT a significant number of human remains were discovered at the site of a former mother and baby home in Co Galway shocked people in Ireland and beyond when it emerged last month.On 3 March, the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes said the remains were discovered in a structure that appeared to be “related to the treatment/containment of sewerage and/or wastewater” at the former site of a Bon Secours property in Tuam.At the time, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said the “sad and disturbing news” confirmed rumours about the possibility of a mass grave at the site. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone Source: orla“Today is about remembering and respecting the dignity of the children who lived their short lives in this Home. We will honour their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately,” she has, under the Freedom of Information Act, obtained the correspondence between the commission and Zappone in the days before the news was made public.‘The decisions need to be made urgently’On 1 March, two days before the official announcement, commission chair Judge Yvonne Murphy wrote to the minister about the shocking discovery.“The Commission members are shocked by what has been discovered and recognise that there are many family members and local residents who will also be very shocked.The site has now been made secure but has not been restored to its previous condition as the Commission considers that decisions need to be made by the relevant State authorities about the future of the site. The decisions need to be made urgently.“The Commission is not in a position to submit an interim report to you on the issues involved as it would be required to consult with a range of parties and the urgent decisions required cannot await the completion of this process.” 38 Comments Apr 10th 2017, 6:10 AM ‘Urgent action is needed’: Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke. A section of Judge Murphy’s letter Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsThe letter notes that the remains “involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years”.The letter continues: “As already stated, the Commission is shocked by this discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way. Meanwhile, the Commission is asking that the relevant state authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains. The Coroner has been informed.The Commission is acutely aware of the concerns of the family members and local residents and considers that they ought to be informed of these developments without delay.Catherine Corless The mother and baby home at the site operated from 1925 to 1961.In October 2015, the commission conducted a geophysical survey of the site which identified a particular area of interest “worthy of further investigation”.A test excavation of this area was carried out in November and December 2016, and in January and February 2017. Source: excavations at the site were as a result of long-running research carried out by local amateur historian Catherine Corless, who obtained death certificates for each child who died there. Zappone’s response Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsIn her response to Judge Murphy, Zappone thanked the commission for its work.The minister wrote: “I think that the Commission has done useful work in confirming what were previously unsubstantiated claims about human remains and, importantly, in tracing them by way of carbon dating to the period during which the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam was in operation.I understand that your work in this area will continue, including the question of whether the burials in Tuam were in accordance with the laws and practices of the time, as issue on which I note that you have made no finding to date.“I also understand that you will continue your wider work including the investigation of post-mortem practices and procedures, burial arrangements and related matters under your terms of reference.”Read: She was right: How Catherine Corless uncovered what happened in TuamRead: Catherine Corless says more human remains are likely to be buried under Tuam playgroundColumn: ‘After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home’ Short URLcenter_img 21,289 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Share42 Tweet Email18 Monday 10 Apr 2017, 6:10 AMlast_img read more

38 people have died so far this flu season as hospitalisations rise

first_img THE NUMBER OF hospitalisations in Ireland related to flu has risen in the past week, with the HSE confirming in excess of 2,000 people presenting to hospital so far this season.The highest hospitalisation rates have been seen in those aged under 5, with a further 13 outbreaks of flu in the last seven days bringing the total number this season to 40.The HSE also confirmed that 38 flu-related deaths had been reported this season, with the majority of these aged 65 and older.In all, 112 confirmed flu cases have been admitted to critical care units, with the majority due to the influenza A strain. This strain (H1N1) remains the dominant virus in circulation, and influenza is expected to circulate in the community for at least the next three weeks. It still isn’t too late to get the vaccine, and those who are at high risk are still being urged to do so. People who are considered at risk if they are 65 and over, are pregnant, have a long-term health condition, work in healthcare, are a carer, live in a nursing home or are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director in the Health Protection unit, said: “Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms. Anyone in one of the high-risk groups should contact their GP if they develop influenza symptoms. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 7:30 PM 19 Comments By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen If you need to visit your GP or the Emergency Department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu.  Advice, tips, information and videos on getting over flu and other common illnesses are available at the HSE website, Share24 Tweet Email center_img 12,278 Views 38 people have died so far this flu season as hospitalisations rise There are 112 confirmed cases where people were admitted to critical care units over the flu. Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen Feb 21st 2019, 7:31 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Police makeover set to toughen image

first_imgVictoria Police have gotten a tougher new look following a recent uniform overhaul.Gone are the approachable, powder-blue shirts to be replaced by darker, more structured shirts for both the men and women in the force. Fashion designer Alex Perry has commented on the fashion overhaul, claiming the new uniform is more “aligned with more cosmopolitan and progressive societies such as New York and London”, both of which are incidentally two of the world’s fashion capitals. However, among recent unrest in Victoria Police leadership, Perry made a good point by asking, “Is this what we need?” The change in colour has not been done purely from a fashion perspective. Psychologists said the darker colour would give the officers a stronger, tougher image. In a bid to retain a consistent image, the trademark blue and white checkered hat band, an international police symbol, will remain. The new outfits is the first overhaul since 1979. Trials and roll-out of the new look will commence next year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Neural Network Ruins Disney Songs Forever

first_imgStay on target MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too In humans, short-term memory allows unrehearsed recall for a period of several seconds to a minute. In neural networks, it introduces hilarious effects.In her latest AI experiment, research scientist Janelle Shane adjusted the length of her computer’s memory, making it “really, really short.”Therefore, when the network looks back over generated content, it sees only a couple of words at a time, instead of full phrases.“Here’s how this plays out when I train a neural network to write lyrics to Disney songs,” Shane teased in a blog post.Starting with a list of 224 tunes (about 8,200 lines), the system displayed a “modest” memory length of 50 letters, which looks a little something like this:“ow you the worldShining, shimmering, splendidTel”Children of the ’90s will instantly recognize those choppy sentences as the opening lyrics of “A Whole New World,” the beautiful ballad sung on high (from a magic carpet) in Aladdin.And just like you’re now singing along with Jasmine and her prince, the neural network can memorize whole lines of songs. Though, with a degree of randomness built into the system, it doesn’t always land on the right chord.“A whole new world (A whole new world)A new fantastic point of viewNo one to tell us noOr where we will live”I personally like the rebellious twist on Tim Rice’s lyrics.The song continues, launching into a repetitive chorus of “let it snow” (the original tune written in 1945, and recorded for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites album), before eventually settling into a Pocahontas theme:“With the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the wi”Repeating lines in the original dataset (as Pocahontas does as she and John Smith frolic through the forest) creates a broken-record effect: the neural network simply learns that one line is followed by the same line.“What it doesn’t know, however, is how many ‘colors of the wind’ lines it’s already seen at a given point,” Shane explained.With limited hindsight, the network doesn’t know whether to move on to the next line, or keep singing the same one.“Usually, like Dory, it just keeps singing,” she said.With each trim of characters—from 50 to 20 to 10 to five—the network’s functionality begins to dwindle.Sign up online to relive your childhood and get more bastardized versions of Disney songs from Shane’s neural network. And, help an AI out by entering the first line of a novel to help beef up the NaNoWriMo dataset attempted earlier this month.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Gambia Government Signs 925Million OIC Funding Agreement

first_imgThe Minister of Finance Mambureh Njie and the Vice Chairperson of the Saudi Fund for Development, Dr. Khalid S. Alkhudairy, signed a $92.5million funding agreement for the OIC, at a ceremony presided over by President Adama Barrow on 20th June 2019. The sum of 92.5 million dollars is availed to the Government of the Gambia by the Saudi Government and the Saudi Fund for Development, to embark on the following priority infrastructure projects:                      a) construction of a 50 KM road network within the OIC concentrated area;                      b) enhancement of the transmission and distribution network for the electricity grid;                      c) enhancement of water production, treatment, and distribution; and                     d) the construction of a new VIP Lounge at the Banjul International Airport.According to a press statement from the Statehouse, the funding is meant for several priority infrastructure and energy projects that will facilitate the Gambia’s hosting of the OIC Summit in 2022; that among these projects is the construction of a 50 kilometre road network within the OIC concentrated areas; enhancement of the transmission and distribution network for the electricity grid; enhancement of water production, treatment and distribution; and the Construction of a new VVIP Lounge at the Banjul International Airport.Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray who is also the Chairperson of the OIC Gambia Board, expressed profound thanks and appreciation for the generous support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the King Salman Bin Faisal.“Today’s signing ceremony is a milestone in the Gambia’s development strides to usher in a better public infrastructure portfolio, as we prepare to host the largest gathering of the Muslim Ummah, the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC),” she said. Dr. Khalid S. Alkhudairy, the Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, explained that the fund is in four fold: two soft loans and two grants. He said the aim of the fund is to improve the living conditions of the beneficiary population of the Gambia.Mamboury Njie, Gambia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs said within the thirty two years of the country’s membership of the Saudi Fund for Development, the bank has invested nearly $200 million in the areas of health, education, and infrastructure in the Gambia, amongst others. “Our membership has paid dividend today as the Fund impacts on the lowest of our population over the years. Social investment, Energy and infrastructure are priority areas of President Barrow’s National Development Plan (NDP),” Njie said, describing the current Managing Director as a true friend of the Gambia who helped facilitated in the country’s debt restructuring recently. He thanked the Bank for standing up for the country, by guiding it through stormy weather and providing resources when the country needed it most.According to the OIC Gambia secretariat the occasion is a milestone in the Gambia’s development strides as it will usher in a better public infrastructure portfolio as we prepare to host the largest gathering of the Muslim Ummah.The Procurement process is on course for the construction and execution of the projects indicated above.last_img read more