Anuj Sharma appointed new Kolkata Police Commissioner

first_imgIn a major reshuffle in the IPS cadre in West Bengal, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma was on Tuesday appointed as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner. Rajeev Kumar, who held the post of the city police chief, was transferred as Additional Director General, Criminal Investigation Department. The West Bengal government had earlier described it as a “routine reshuffle” as Mr. Kumar had served as the Kolkata Police Commissioner for more than three years. The change of the guard in Kolkata Police also came at the suggestions of the Election Commission of India. The EC had indicated at an earlier press conference in the city that senior officers working in one position for three years ought to be shifted out.Siddhi Nath Gupta has replaced Mr. Sharma as the new ADG (Law and Order).Speaking to journalists after assuming charge, Mr. Sharma assured them that all Kashmiris residing in Kolkata are safe and their security has been stepped up.“Kashmiris are safe in the city. We have already identified the pockets where they are staying. We have interacted with them and assured them of their safety and security,” he told media persons at the Lalbazar Police Headquarters. Mr. Sharma said the Kolkata police are already doing a very good job in serving the people of the city and there is a need for some “fine-tuning”.“Our focus area will be on bringing communities closer to the police and protecting women,” he said.last_img read more

Lillard rallies Trail Blazers for tight win over Lakers

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers won their 15th consecutive game over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-103 on Monday night.Lillard scored 15 in a row for the Trail Blazers down the stretch, giving them a 104-103 with 1:08 remaining by knowing down 1 of 2 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES The Lakers led 80-73 after the third quarter, with Randle scoring nine points and Caldwell-Pope adding seven. Caldwell-Pope knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put Los Angeles up by 12, the Lakers’ largest lead of the game. Delivering on the defensive end, the Lakers held Lillard and McCollum to a combined six points on 2-of-13 shooting. Portland was 5 of 23 from the field, shooting 21.7 percent in the quarter.The Trail Blazers opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter after Ball was called for two personal fouls in the first 5:56. The short-handed Lakers responded by cutting the advantage down to three going into the second, where the trading of runs became more pronounced.McCollum had seven straight to start the quarter, helping Portland to a 17-8 scoring edge over the first 4:28 and opening up a 46-32 lead, only to see the Lakers answer with an 8-0 run that included consecutive 3s by Kuzma and Ball. The Trail Blazers were up 58-55 at the break, with McCollum scoring 14 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard was 12 of 25 for the game, including 6 of 11 from 3.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus CJ McCollum had 22 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 16 rebounds.Julius Randle had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had their five-game winning streak ended. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, and Lonzo Ball had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLillard was 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.Isaiah Thomas had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds but was stripped by Shabazz Napier, who then made two free throws. Thomas finished with 19 points. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Roger Federer dazzles in first career Bay Area appearance Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Lakers: Six Lakers finished in double figures, including 14 points for Brook Lopez and 11 for Kyle Kuzma.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host the New York Knicks on Tuesday.Lakers: Host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.last_img read more

Madrid Clubs Back on Top in European Soccer

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Madrid clubs are making a habit of succeeding in European soccer.For the third time in four seasons, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have made it to Champions League semifinals.Real Madrid reached the last four for the seventh straight time on Tuesday by eliminating Bayern Munich 6-3 on aggregate after a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo in a 4-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Atletico Madrid advanced to the semis for the third time in four years by getting past Leicester 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 second-leg draw in England.Barcelona could be the other Spanish club to join the party if it overturns a 3-0 first-leg loss against Italian champion Juventus on Wednesday at the Camp Nou. Spanish clubs have won the European competition the last three seasons.Madrid and Atletico made it all the way to the final in 2014 and 2016, with Madrid coming out on top both times. The rivals also met in the quarterfinals in 2014-15, when Madrid again succeeded but was knocked out in the next round by Juventus.A draw on Friday will determine whether there will be another matchup between the Madrid clubs right away in the semifinals or if there will be another possibility for a derby in the final in Cardiff.The other semifinalist will be either Monaco or Borussia Dortmund, which will play in France on Wednesday. Monaco won the first leg 3-2.“Let’s see what happens on Friday,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We are Real Madrid and if we want to win something we have to play against everyone. We are going to have to fight hard again over two games in the semifinals and the goal is to get to Cardiff.”Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)Madrid is going for a record 12th title in Europe’s top club competition.“It’s too early to think about that, but hopefully that’s what we will achieve in the end,” said Ronaldo, who on Tuesday became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals. He had scored twice in the first leg against Bayern in Munich.“Real Madrid was the better team,” he said. “It’s not easy to score six goals against a team like Bayern Munich. We deserved to go through.”Atletico will be trying to win its first European Cup title and put an end to an uncomfortable streak of runner-up finishes. In addition to the recent losses to Madrid, it also finished second in the 1974 final against Bayern.“It’s thrilling to make it to the semifinals again,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “There is only one way to win the Champions, which is to keep insisting, insisting and insisting again.”Atletico lost the 2014 final after conceding an injury time equalizer that extended the match into extra time. Last year, it lost in a penalty shootout.Atletico has become a steady contender in European football since the arrival of Simeone five years ago, but the coach still dismisses the notion that the team is on the same level as the continent’s powerhouses.“The big teams are Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid, especially in the financial aspect,” he said. “We are not a big team like that, but we are very competitive, that’s for sure. The first day I got here, my only goal was to turn Atletico into a competitive team that could contend in all competitions that it played.”The 2014 Spanish champion, Atletico is third in this year’s Spanish league, 10 points behind leader Madrid, which is trying to win the competition for the first time since 2012.TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

All-Stars McNeil, Alonso Rally Mets Past Braves to Snap Skid (Pictures,Video)

first_imgAfter a day off Monday, the Mets host the crosstown-rival Yankees for two Subway Series games at Citi Field.“We’ve got to carry this momentum on into Tuesday,” Alonso said.All-Star starter Ronald Acuña Jr. homered for the Braves and scored three times. Acuña and Dansby Swanson each had a second consecutive three-hit game. Josh Donaldson delivered an early RBI double.Disgruntled New York Mets fans express their sentiments with a sign for Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Hours earlier, Alonso became the first Mets rookie position player to make the All-Star team. His buddy McNeil — in his first full big league season — also was selected as a reserve on the National League squad for the July 9 game in Cleveland.“They breed confidence,” Frazier said. “Sky’s the limit for those two.”Frazier trimmed it to 5-4 with a leadoff homer in the eighth into the second deck in left field on an 0-2 pitch from Sean Newcomb (2-1).New York loaded the bases with two outs when A.J. Minter walked Michael Conforto, and McNeil looped a two-run single into shallow right field to put the Mets ahead.“I guess maybe got a little lucky. It was a good pitch. He did what he wanted to. He jammed me. It just happened to fall in,” McNeil said. “It’s a great team win.”Alonso followed with a two-run double inside third base to provide some breathing room.New York Mets’ Pete Alonso hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)“I don’t know how you get them out,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “McNeil, I just sat back the whole series and hoped he’d hit it at somebody. I don’t know what you do. The kid’s something else. He puts the bat on the ball about as good as anybody you’ll see and you’ve really got to make pitches and hope he hits it at somebody. Alonso, too. They’re two good young hitters.”Struggling reliever Edwin Díaz finally closed one out for New York’s beleaguered bullpen, striking out two in a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 21 tries.“I just stay positive every time,” Díaz said through a translator. “I know last Thursday I had a bad outing in Philadelphia, but I leave that in the past.”New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz reacts after closing out the Mets’ 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Wilmer Font (2-2) retired all six batters he faced for his first win with the Mets. Noah Syndergaard came off the injured list and allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.Freddie Freeman gave Atlanta a 5-3 lead in the seventh with a two-run double off the left field fence against Chris Flexen.Acuña, who plans to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby, took a long look at his 437-foot solo shot to right-center off Syndergaard in the third.Atlanta tied it at 3 on Johan Camargo’s run-scoring single in the sixth off Syndergaard, who walked three batters in one inning for the first time in his career.Braves starter Max Fried yielded three runs and eight hits in five innings.POWER SUPPLYAtlanta set a franchise record for home runs in one month with 56, two shy of the major league mark shared by Baltimore (May 1987) and Seattle (May 1999). … Freeman had 33 RBIs in June, most by a Braves player in any month since the club moved to Atlanta in 1966.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: RHP Anthony Swarzak was placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The team hopes the right-hander will be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break on July 12. … 2B Ozzie Albies sat out but was available off the bench, Snitker said. Albies exited Saturday’s game after getting hit by a pitch on the inside of his left elbow.Mets: Syndergaard was reinstated from the IL after being sidelined since June 16 with a strained right hamstring. Veteran outfielder Carlos Gómez was designated for assignment. … Three injured members of New York’s bullpen had minor league rehab outings: RHP Jeurys Familia (shoulder) struck out two in a scoreless inning for Triple-A Syracuse; LHP Luis Avilán (sore elbow) whiffed three in 1 1/3 hitless innings at Syracuse; and LHP Justin Wilson (sore elbow) fanned two in a scoreless inning with Class A Brooklyn. … 2B Robinson Canó was hit on the right hand by a 96 mph fastball in the eighth. He was checked by a trainer but stayed in the game.WHO’S HUNGRY?Hot dog eating king Joey Chestnut threw out a ceremonial first pitch from the mound. Considering he had a large Nathan’s Famous championship belt slung over his shoulder — and was scarfing down a frankfurter at the time — Chestnut made a pretty accurate toss to home plate. McNeil is set to be a judge for Thursday’s annual contest at Nathan’s on Coney Island, where Chestnut downed a record 74 dogs last year. He was wearing a No. 74 Mets jersey in the stands when Mr. Met brought a tray of franks to Chestnut and dozens of fans in hot dog costumes between innings.UP NEXTBraves: LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 5.06) makes his third start for Atlanta on Tuesday night at home against second-place Philadelphia.Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (6-5, 4.51 ERA) starts Tuesday night against Yankees LHP James Paxton (5-3, 4.34).By: Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — What began as a thrilling day for Mets youngsters Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso got even better by the time the night was over.The freshly minted All-Stars had the big hits in a five-run eighth inning that rallied New York past the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Sunday, snapping its seven-game losing streak.“Me and him kind of feed off each other,” Alonso said. “He’s a sparkplug. We just have really good chemistry. I love him hitting in front of me.”Todd Frazier launched a long homer to begin the comeback and finished with three hits and two RBIs.McNeil, batting a major league-best .348, and J.D. Davis also had three hits apiece for the Mets (38-47). They prevented a three-game sweep by the NL East leaders and won for only the fifth time in 18 games.“Felt good,” Frazier said. “It had to happen sometime.”last_img read more

Sajid Khan was rude, vulgar to Lara Dutta’s Housefull co-actor: Mahesh Bhupathi

first_imgTennis champion Mahesh Bhupathi has revealed his actor wife Lara Dutta had complained to him that her co-star was being subjected to “rude, vulgar” behaviour on the sets of Housefull by director Sajid Khan.Bhupathi said she had opened up about the incident before their marriage.”When we were dating she was shooting for Housefull and we were in London at that time. She would come home and her closest friend was her hair dresser and they both would be complaining about how one of her co-stars was being treated by the director. Rude, vulgar,” he said.Bhupathi was in conversation with journalist Barkha Dutt at We The Women event on Sunday night.The 2010 romantic comedy, directed by Sajid, featured an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan and Arjun Rampal.Bhupathi recalled he told the actor how “all four of you,” who were working in the film, were complicit in enabling Sajid’s behaviour.”I told her you guys are all complicit, all the four of you who were in the film (and) were listening to what he was saying and not telling him it’s not ok. So at some level you guys are complicit and she agreed,” he said.To which, Barkha said it would have been difficult to take on Sajid as people’s work depended on him and that is a coercive environment which makes it difficult for women, to speak up as they would lose work.Bhupathi said he understands the film fraternity functions in a different way but it does not justify one brushing off something as serious as indecent behaviour.advertisement”I come from the sports industry where we think differently. In sports, the cream always rises to the top. If you’re good at what you do, you are going to win matches and get results.”Obviously the film industry is different. If the fraternity decides to ostracise you, you don’t get work. But I don’t think it’s good enough reason to let things like these slide,” he said.ALSO READ | Dia Mirza on Sajid Khan: I knew he was obnoxious, sexist and ridiculousALSO READ | Sajid Khan quits Housefull 4 after sexual harassment allegationsALSO WATCH | Sajid Khan accused of sexual harassment by three womenlast_img read more

Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revitalised Manchester United’s attack

first_imgManchester United have rediscovered their attacking verve under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, midfielder Paul Pogba has said.Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and has made the most successful start by any manager in the club’s history, winning his first six games in all competitions.The 45-year-old has abandoned the stifling defensive approach favoured by Mourinho and tried to reinstate the free-flowing football that was the hallmark of United’s most successful sides under Alex Ferguson.”The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go,” Pogba told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game against Brighton and Hove Albion.”We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure. That makes it easier for everyone.”Pogba, who was often asked to fill an unfamiliar defensive midfield role under Mourinho, has been granted greater attacking freedom by the Portuguese’s successor and has responded with four goals and four assists in his last five matches.Pogba also credited the form of goalkeeper David de Gea for their recent run.”He’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in the world and when we need him he is there,” Pogba said.Also Watch:last_img read more

Neymar & Hazard will win Champions League with Madrid – Hagi

first_imgReal Madrid would be among the favourites for this season’s Champions League if they signed Neymar, according to Gheorghe Hagi.The Brazil superstar has been linked to the Spanish giants, as well as former club Barcelona, and he was absent as Paris Saint-Germain opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.Madrid are prepared to swoop in with a bid in excess of €100 million  (£92m/$112m) for him, though  Goal  understands Barca could convince PSG to sell with an offer of €50m plus Philippe Coutinho and Nelson Semedo .  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG’s sporting director Leonardo hinted Neymar could be close to leaving the French capital, saying negotiations over his exit were “more advanced” but says no agreement has been made .Madrid have already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea during the off-season and Hagi – who played for Los Blancos between 1990 and 1992 – says the addition of Neymar would make them a formidable force in the 2019-20 campaign.”They can win easier,” he told Super Deportivo Radio . “Without a doubt. If they sign Neymar and with the Hazard signing, they can win the Champions League again.”[Zinedine] Zidane will then have to find a place for each one, but it’s the best thing that can happen to a coach. You just have to motivate them.”Neymar has struggled to hit the heights of his time at Barca following his move to France, but Hagi is confident that he would rekindle his best form back in Spain.”There are times that he is good and sometimes he is not,” he added. “The value of the player is the same. He is a player who would do well for all the teams in the world.”Hagi was also drawn on the age-old debate of whether he prefers Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, with the 54-year-old opting for the Barca star.”I would love to be his coach, but I confess that I choose Messi because I have a small weakness for him being left-footed,” he explained.”I was a left-footed footballer myself. I can’t choose another one, it’s my style.”last_img read more

BC schools scrambling to hire teachers to meet new classsize standards

first_imgVANCOUVER – School districts in British Columbia are scrambling to hire thousands of teachers ahead of the new school year to satisfy a court decision that reinstates standards on class size.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last November that legislation implemented by the province’s previous Liberal government in 2002 that prevented teachers from negotiating class size and composition related to special needs students was unconstitutional, resulting in a need for 3,000 to 3,500 more teachers.“It’s a massive undertaking,” said Glen Hansman, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, adding the bulk of the positions are being filled in the final weeks before classes begin.The hirings mean students can expect more support when they return to school, but Hansman said the rush to post and fill vacancies could have been avoided if more had been done before May’s provincial election.“The previous government didn’t do enough before the election … to actually get a lot of this work done before the end of the last school year,” he said.The Education Ministry said in a statement “there were no substantial delays in the hiring process as a result of the election.”The Liberals earmarked $50 million in January to start hiring teachers while negotiations to reinstate class sizes were underway.A deal was reached in March to restore language from previous contracts that called for smaller class sizes, ending the union’s 15-year battle over bargaining rights and resulting in a $330 million funding boost for public schools.Premier John Horgan, whose New Democrats formed a government in July, included education in his list of priorities for the legislature in September.Hansman said the new government has eased lingering funding concerns for school districts, but attracting enough recruits remains a challenge for some jurisdictions, partly because of the cost of living in B.C.“Unfortunately, because of the affordability issues in this province and the fact that teachers in B.C. are paid significantly less than teachers in other parts of the country, it is really a difficult pitch to make to people who are graduating from teacher education programs to come out to B.C.,” Hansman said.Northern and rural communities have long struggled to bring in teachers, particularly specialty and secondary school teachers, he added.The Education Ministry said to help rural schools a $2 million fund was created to offer incentives, such as moving allowances or housing supports.For districts unable to meet the new standards, the ministry said remedies were built into the agreement so existing teachers could receive “more prep time, additional teaching supports, or some other form of assistance” to make up for the shortfall.Maintaining an adequate pool of on-call teachers has also been a challenge as they take full-time jobs and Hansman said the supply will need to be replenished.Gordon Swan, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, said the coming school year is a transitional one and long-term planning involving the province, school boards, union and teachers education programs will be needed to meet the demands of growing communities.In the province’s largest school district, there is also a demand for more physical space.Doug Strachan of the Surrey School District said about 50 portables had to be purchased for new classroom space, adding to the existing 275 portables.Portables were first installed at schools that have no alternative spaces, he said. There may be a shortfall of roughly a dozen portables, but those are expected to be in place by the second or third week of the school year.The district has also worked aggressively to fill positions for 168 new classrooms this fall — representing five years of normal class growth, Strachan said.“There may be some positions still being filled getting into the school year but we expected that they will be hired quickly and it won’t have impact on startup,” he said.Swan said most districts have shared similar sentiments, and he’s confident everything will be in place by the end of September.“My thought to parents is that they shouldn’t be worried about the situation this fall,” he said. “There will be additional teachers in the schools and their child will have a classroom to go to.”— Follow @Givetash on Twitterlast_img read more

What Ontario renters need to know about the provinces new lease agreements

TORONTO — Ontarians fed up with battling their landlord over contentious terms they didn’t realize were hidden in the fine print of their lease will soon be getting some reprieve.On April 30, it will become mandatory for most residential landlords to use a 13-page standardized lease agreement, recently unveiled by the provincial government in hopes of protecting tenants from being tricked by lengthy agreements rife with illegal clauses and language that is hard to understand and often winds up in litigation.What can $500,000 get you in Toronto’s property market? A one-bedroom condo half the size of a badminton courtGot $2,166 a month? — you’ll need it to rent a condo in Toronto, if you can find oneDevelopers are building more condos in Canada than ever before — and that has economists scratching their headsAdvocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario lawyer Dania Majid breaks down the basics of the new lease and what renters should be aware of:——–WHY HAS THE PROVINCE INTRODUCED A NEW STANDARDIZED AGREEMENT?Before the new agreement, a lease would look drastically different from one landlord to another. There was a huge range of what was included and excluded. Even with corporate or professional landlords, their leases contained several illegal clauses that tenants were signing in these long, legalese-type documents. The hope was that by creating a standard form lease that excluded all of these illegal clauses and harmonized what a big landlord and a small landlord would put in front of a tenant, it would be simpler, clearer to read, easier to understand, and both parties would know what the rent was and what was being offered or included in that rent.Right now most major cities, including Toronto, have low vacancy rates, extremely high rent and an affordable housing crisis. The agreement is trying to level a very unbalanced playing field for tenants and landlords, and close a gap in negotiating power between the two parties.——–WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR IF I’M A TENANT SIGNING THE NEW LEASE?There is a section at the end of the new lease that allows a landlord to attach a document with additional terms not already in the lease. The standard form lease is comprehensive enough, so a landlord should not need to add any terms. But what we might see creep in — which is what we were trying to get rid of — is things like regulating guests and how many you can have and how long they can stay, and clauses around maintenance like requiring a tenant to do work around the premises like mowing the lawn, shovelling the driveway and undertaking minor repairs inside the unit.Other things that could slip in there are issues around privacy and when the landlord can have access to the unit, penalty fees, additional processing fees or application fees. A tenant shouldn’t be paying damage deposits, more than one month’s rent in advance, interest on arrears or penalties on missed rental payments, and they shouldn’t be expected to waive their liability or their landlord’s liability for maintenance and repair issues.——–WHAT ENHANCED RIGHTS DO TENANTS HAVE WITH THE LEASE?There is a provision that if a tenant requests a copy of their lease and doesn’t get it within 21 days, they can withhold one month’s rent. If the landlord doesn’t produce it after that month, the tenant wouldn’t be required to repay it. It is a small enforcement method built into the agreement to ensure tenants get a copy of their leases and know what they sign. If they never get a copy of their lease, they get 60 days’ notice to terminate the tenancy early.——–WHAT KINDS OF PROPERTIES DOES THE LEASE APPLY TO?This will apply to residential tenant properties, but not care homes, mobile home parks, land lease communities and most social housing. There might be some exclusions under co-operative housing as well.——–IF I HAVE A LEASE SIGNED BEFORE APRIL 30, DO I NEED TO SIGN A NEW ONE?All old leases remain valid. The only thing that remains to be void is any illegal clause that might have been contained in them.——–WHERE CAN I RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW LEASE?Visit’s tenant resources page. If you’re in Toronto, the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations has a hotline for questions, and if you are low income, you can contact your community legal clinic.——–The interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. read more

Russian organization wins UN refugee award

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, announced that the Memorial Human Rights Centre is this year’s recipient of the Nansen Refugee Award, given annually to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in work on behalf of refugees. “Last year, the Centre provided legal counselling to more than 21,300 people, including forced migrants, internally displaced people and asylum seekers,” Mr. Lubbers said, noting that many of them came from outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Africa, Asia and the Middle East.The Centre, one of the first non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the then-Soviet Union, “has carried out its work in often very difficult situations – including in the North Caucasus – and has earned the respect of all of us in the international humanitarian community,” he said. The Centre emerged during the former Soviet Union’s “perestroika” period, becoming independent in 1993 and responsible for monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in the former USSR. Its network of 150 staff members now work in more than 45 regions in the Russian Federation. The Centre will receive the award on 20 June – World Refugee Day – in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the city’s Universal Forum of Cultures. The $100,000 Award, instituted in1954, is named after Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, the world’s first international refugee official, who was appointed in 1921 at the League of Nations. It has been awarded to US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Médecins Sans Frontières, the late Tanzanian President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the people of Canada, former Mozambican First Lady Graça Machel and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Last year’s award went to Dr. Annalena Tonelli, who was shot to death in October outside the hospital she has founded in Borama, northwest Somalia. read more

Industry growth provides positive backdrop to SMMT Open Forum

Representatives from the UK automotive supply chain were given an insight into the opportunities presented by the industry’s continued growth at the SMMT Open Forum this week.Around 250 delegates from both OEMs and UK supply chain companies turned out at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club on Wednesday 18 September for a day of presentations from leading industry figures, and to take advantage of what has become a valuable networking opportunity.The Automotive Sector Strategy provided the main focus of the talks, with Phil Davies from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills keen to highlight the need for greater supply chain presence in the UK to support the strategy.“The UK currently has a strong supply chain, but with £7.5 billion invested into the automotive sector in the last two years, there is potential for greater market share,” said Davies.Both vehicle manufacturer and supplier perspectives were provided with James Thompson, Purchasing Manager, Ford of Europe outlining the main criteria for a successful supplier, while Andrew Young, Key Account Manager at successful Tier-two supplier Southco Manufacturing, stressed the importance of communication between suppliers and OEMs.Young said, “It is vital for any supplier to understand the philosophy and USP of its customer. How individual parts work is critical to the impression of the car as a whole.”The industry’s feel-good factor was illustrated by Gamil Magal, Chief Executive of Tier-one supplier Magal Engineering. Hit hard by the recession, his company is now on the road to recovery with annual turnover predicted to overtake pre-recession levels next year.“In 2008, we had to restructure the company very quickly,” said Magal. “It was a difficult time, but now we are growing again by £27.6 million per annum in terms of sales.”He added, “The SMMT Open Forum really helps us to plan for the future. It’s a great platform for suppliers to share experiences with each other, not to mention communicate with customers.”Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, rounded off the day’s presentations by welcoming the renaissance in the UK automotive industry and stressing the need for a prosperous supply chain.SMMT’s next supply chain events will be the Open Access series, where engineering and purchasing teams at UK vehicle manufacturers will have the chance to meet a number of UK suppliers. The first of the invite-only events will be Open Access: Ford at Dunton Technical Centre on Tuesday 19 November, with full details of the series to be announced in the coming weeks.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

STEMGuyana to launch Reading Robotics program in 13 libraries

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSTEM Guyana team ready to participate in inaugural Robotic Olympics in the USAMay 2, 2017In “latest news”First agricultural census in 65 years to be conductedMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”“Guyana means business” – Gaskin outlines 5- year planJune 29, 2015In “Business” STEMGuyana and the Guyana National Library, in association with the Office of the First Lady, the Ministry Of The Presidency, Ministry Of Public Telecommunications and private sector partners will be launching a nationwide “Reading & Robotics” programme which aims to encourage students to read more, while creating opportunities for them to learn about robotics, coding and Mathematics.The programme will be launched in thirteen libraries, representing five main branches and eight rural centres in five regions of Guyana.The coalition of organizers is inviting representatives from the Diaspora and the Guyana private sector to join “this first of its kind programme” by sponsoring at least one library.Sponsorship will include the purchase of three robot kits, five tablets and training for two trainers for the use of the youth of each community library.Minister Cathy Hughes has pledge to make internet connectivity available in each of the participating libraries.STEMGuyana Co-Founder Karen Abrams, in a statement, said that, “we firmly believe that talent is equally distributed in every community of Guyana, but unfortunately opportunity is not. To that end, our partnership with the National Library will enable us to bring opportunities for STEM education to children who wouldn’t normally have access to such programs and we are hoping that our corporate partners join us on this mission.”The five main libraries included in the launch of the national “Reading & Robotics” program will be branches at Georgetown, Bagotville, New Amsterdam, Corriverton, Ruimveldt and Linden.The eight rural centres will include branches at Buxton, Golden Grove, Hague, Mahaicony, Mocha, Stanleytown, Stewartville, Lichfield, Kuru Kururu and Salem will be included in the first round of libraries.The “Reading & Robotics” program will require all participants to obtain a library membership, and all students will also be encouraged to read for fifteen minutes before they begin work on their robot building and programming and Scratch coding sessions.After three months of learning and preparation, students will compete in the International Youth Robotics Competition qualifier national tournament in 2019 and make themselves eligible to represent Guyana in the international robotics competition.In addition to joining the developing world in early preparation of our youth for a technological future, STEM club youth will also learn the very important soft skills of collaboration, communication, conflict resolution and critical thinking.“Our young people will also be able to compete equitably with students from around the world and will use their technology and soft skills to contribute to the rapid development of Guyana”, said STEMGuyana Co-Founder, Ima Christian.The “Reading & Robotics” programme will be launched at 9:00h on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Racquet Centre, Thomas Lands (opposite GTI), after which more than fifteen library representatives will be trained to be STEM club coaches. read more

Calls for Sisters of Charity to detail exactly what procedures will be

first_img Share Tweet Email1 124 Comments 22,696 Views Updated 1.50pmTHE SISTERS OF Charity must clarify exactly what will and won’t be possible at the new maternity hospital if it is built on the St Vincent’s Hospital site, said a charitable group that campaigns for improvements to maternity services.AIMS Ireland said the new hospital should be free from any religious ethos, adding there needs to be a complete separation of State maternity services and the Church.The chair of AIMS, Krysia Lynch today called on the religious order to tell the public what will and won’t be allowed at the hospital.“We want definitive answers to the following questions from the owners… if the Eighth [Amendment] is repealed and abortion legalised, will this medical procedure be carried out on the Elm Park site?“If a woman wishes to have a medical sterilisation through choice, can that procedure be carried out on the Elm Park site under the current agreement? Will IVF and other advanced medical fertilisation therapies take place on the site under the current agreement? In short, what will and will not be vetoed at this hospital?” she said.Mired in controversy  The decision to relocate the National Maternity Hospital has been mired in controversy since it was revealed that the Sisters of Charity, the principal shareholder in the St Vincent’s Hospital Group, would be given ownership of the hospital in return for providing the site.The board of St Vincent’s Hospital Group yesterday reaffirmed its support of the plans to build the the new hospital on the Elm Park site. Meanwhile Dr Peter Boylan resigned from the Holles Street hospital board as the row over the control of the hospital deepens.Lynch said her group had been inundated with concerns from members of the public in the last number of days as the dispute rages on. Pictured (LtoR) Chief Operating Officer Kay Connolly , Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Dr Rhona Mahony Master, National Maternity Hospital looking at a model of St Vincents University Hospital Source: Sam BoalUntil the Minister for Health Simon Harris has clarity from the owners of the hospital as to what procedures can be carried out at the hospital, he cannot be expected to put a cent of public money towards funding it, said Lynch.She went on to say that the Sisters of Charity can take “the heat” out of the current situation very quickly by providing the answers to the above questions and by publishing the ethos they are duty bound to impose on the new national maternity hospital.“If there is nothing to hide there should be no issue in making a statement” she added‘Confidence is gone’Sinn Féin Councillor, Mícheál MacDonncha, who sits on the current board of the National Maternity Hospital and who voted against the affirmation of the plans, said any confidence he had in the agreement is gone.He said a succession of statements from religious figures fail to guarantee clinical independence at the hospital and means the project must not go ahead, in his opinion.Both Lynch and MacDonncha said the hospital must “absolutely not go ahead” until the ownership issue is dealt with.Lynch said the former master of the Coombe Dr Chris Fitzpatrick is 100% behind their calls for the Sisters of Charity to intervene and shine some light on what procedures they are willing to allow take place in the proposed hospital.Dr Fitzpatrick has resigned from the project board of the new national maternity hospital in support of Dr Boylan.Resignation He was part of the HSE project board on obstetrics and gynaecology for the new hospital, but speaking on RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke show today, he said he felt that he had to resign.I felt that I had no other option.“I registered my concerns on this issue a year ago – my concerns were around ownership and control. My viewpoint is that the hospital board should control its own hospital.”Dr Fitzpatrick added that he didn’t believe the row should slow down the building of the new hospital.It’s essential that the hospital collocates on St Vincent’s Hospital site. The relationship between both hospitals has a national significance. But this will be the first maternity hospital built in Ireland this century. There must be a separation between church and medicine – particularly when it comes to female reproductive health.“I would have found it difficult to operate with independence under the board as it is proposed. They way it is planned is not the way to appoint a board.“There is sufficient ambiguity, sufficient division, to create a problem.”Fitzpatrick added that he had concerns about whether or not medical procedures would be carried out if the hospital’s board contains members of religious orders or other hospitals.I believe that having a board that is constituted like this is planned is like a poor coalition cabinet.“What will happen down the line is that there will be changes in obstetric and gynecological practices and I would not have confidence that services that have to be provided in the state, might not be performed.”Additional reporting Christina FinnRead: Ex-Holles Street master resigns from board in maternity hospital rowRead: St Vincent’s board remains ‘totally supportive’ of plans for new National Maternity Hospital By Paul Hosford Calls for Sisters of Charity to detail exactly what procedures will be possible at new maternity hospital AIMS Ireland has said the new hospital should be free from any religious ethos. 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Cutting Through the Mire of Tablet Issue Production

first_imgEach publisher has approached tablets at its own pace, with its own purpose. The result has left a scattered set of protocols across the industry.The International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance), an association serving players across the digital media supply chain, is attempting to simplify the process of tablet issue production by eliminating many of the competing formats and workflows. The goal is an industry standard called OpenEFT—guidelines to direct the packaging, delivery and display of digital magazines for everyone in the ecosystem. OpenEFT’s final draft was unveiled late last month.“We, as publishers, would like to be able to provide a designed-for-tablet, interactive edition to all the newsstands,” says Sean Keefe, executive director of publishing technology for Hearst Magazines. “But right now, not all of them take the same file formats.”The benefits for publishers are two-fold. Tablet issue production would become a more efficient process, while the barriers to third-party innovation would be lowered. Tablet issue production can be convoluted now. Hearst currently produces up to three formats (and several variants) of its magazines, depending on the brand and the newsstand they’re working with; Next Issue Media, a digital newsstand, is forced to adapt about six formats for its storefront. Many of those conversions are labor intensive and require quality assurance testing at multiple points.Ideally, says Keith Barraclough, CTO and vice president of products for Next Issue, the exchange of files would be simplified, QA would only be needed once and the process could be automated.“Whether OpenEFT can do all this as it goes through its standardization process and tools and manufacturers come along and adopt, that’s all a big ‘TBD,’” he says. “But that’s the nirvana we’re looking for.”An open specification already exists, called ePub, but it was built to handle books, not magazines.“The orientation toward imagery, layout and the subtlety of the navigation of a magazine is something that’s evolved more,” Barraclough says.While Dianne Kennedy, vice president of emerging technologies for IDEAlliance, says OpenEFT is closely modeled after ePub, she adds that the need for tablet-optimized ad units is another major reason the book-centric format needed to be tweaked for digital magazines.Magazine staff have to manipulate the units from the agency, often without being exactly sure of how the final product was supposed to render. The costs and confusion make their use rare.“Magazines, unlike books, rely a lot on the ad model,” Kennedy says. “There is no specification for the exchange and rendering of this interactive content, so the magazines have been limiting the number of interactive ads they will accept.”Regardless of how or why they started with tablet editions, publishers will agree that improving production efficiency is beneficial.Now, it’s up to them to adopt the standard.last_img read more

A Descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte Founded the FBI

first_imgIf, at the height of his power in 1810, someone had approached Emperor Napoleon and told him that in about one hundred years, his great-nephew would be the Secretary of the United States Navy and be responsible for setting up arguably the most successful law enforcement agency in the world in the new country of America, he probably would have laughed, or had you sent to an asylum. But sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and indeed, the great Napoleon’s grand-nephew was Secretary of the Navy under Theodore Roosevelt and laid the foundations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, better known as the FBI. How did that happen?Portrait of Napoleon in his forties, in high-ranking white and dark blue military dress uniform.That grand-nephew of Napoleon I, whose name was Charles Joseph Bonaparte, was the grandson of Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome. In 1807, Napoleon made Jerome King of Westphalia (today a region in Germany, then a separate principality).When Napoleon was defeated, Jerome lived for a time in the German state, and also Italy and the United States. When Jerome’s nephew, Napoleon III, took power as emperor, he was given a princely title and died a rich man in 1860.Charles Bonaparte.His son by his first wife, an American named Elizabeth Patterson, was also Jerome, but known as “Bo.” When Napoleon forced his brother to end his marriage to the American, she and her son returned to Baltimore, where her father was one of the wealthiest men in the state.Bo, married Susan May Williams in 1829. The next year, his son Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II was born, followed by another son, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, who was born much later, in 1851. None of this branch of the Bonaparte line ever attempted to claim a royal title, but Charles did make his own coat of arms.Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II.His brother made a career in the armed forces of both the U.S.A. and France and died childless in 1893.Charles was sent to Harvard, and then Harvard Law. He became a prominent man in Baltimore where he practiced. He was a progressive Republican and championed many of the progressive causes of the day, including greater rights for African-Americans and women.Group portrait of the cabinet of President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt (at far left). Left to right in back of table: George B. Cortelyou, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, x, James Wilson, Truman Handy Newberry. Left to right in front of table: x, Luke Edward Wright, George von Lengerke Meyer, James Rudolph GarfieldHe also was a dedicated fighter of corruption in both municipal and state government. Baltimore, like many American cities of the time, was in the hands of crooked machine politicians, who thrived by taking and giving bribes, favors and sometimes threats (and more than threats). His fight against corruption earned him the nickname “Charlie the Crook Chaser.”“The Crook Chaser” began his career in politics at the turn of the century. When he and other progressive Republicans swept corrupt Democrats out of office all through the state. He filled a number of posts which involved reform and became was chosen by voters in Maryland as a presidential elector in 1904.When Theodore Roosevelt was elected in his own right in 1904 after having served part of a term following the assassination of McKinley, he won on a platform of reform, trust-busting and anti-corruption. Charles Bonaparte was a known and respected politician despite some personal quirks – he did not take to the new technology of the time, and did not use telegraphs, have electricity in his very large house, or use cars, preferring to travel by horse or horse-drawn carriage until he died in 1920.Bonaparte was Roosevelt’s third Secretary of the Navy. In this position, he continued the work of his predecessors and president, helping to make the United States Navy a two-ocean navy and a world power.Bella Vista in 1907.Impressed by his work and his stance on corruption, Roosevelt made Bonaparte Attorney General of the United States in 1906. He held this position until the election of Taft in 1908. As Attorney General, Bonaparte (believe me, as a historian, it is strange to write that!), established the “Bureau of Investigation,” or “BOI.” Bonaparte wished to incorporate the Secret Service into the BOI (it was and is part of the Treasury Department), but Congress refused, fearing the establishment of a large secret police.Bonaparte did recruit some Secret Service agents for his original force of thirty-four special agents, along with new recruits and other law enforcement professionals. The first operation undertaken by the BOI was an investigation of interstate prostitution. This resulted in the passage of the Mann Act by Congress in 1910. This organization was briefly renamed in 1932 to the “Division of Investigation,” but within three years, became known as the “Federal Bureau of Investigation” – the FBI.Read another story from us: The Bizarre Journey of Napoleon Bonaparte’s PenisBonaparte returned to Maryland after his time in Washington, D.C. and practiced law. He died in 1920, of Sydenham’s chorea, a nervous disorder. A street in Baltimore is called Bonaparte Avenue, which most people believe is a reference to Charles’ famous uncle.last_img read more

Someone New Wants to Chat With You Your Refrigerator

first_img Who among us hasn’t shouted at an ornery inanimate object in the privacy of our home? Well, thanks to LG, now some of those objects might just talk back. The South Korea-based electronics giant announced today they are rolling out a new line of smart refrigerators, ovens and washing machines that promise to make consumers lives even more interconnected.Related: Samsung’s Gesture-Operated TVs May Soon Switch On Your Living Room LightsThe products are the first to utilize the company’s HomeChat service. Through social messaging app Line, a popular WhatsApp and Viber competitor with some 400 million users, LG customers can remotely operate and get information from their appliances when they aren’t at home.The company likens connecting with the smart appliances to “chatting with a close friend,” and while you wouldn’t necessarily go that far, the smart refrigerator does feature an internal camera (that takes pictures in case you forget your shopping list) and a “freshness tracker” that tells you when something is expired, while the smart oven can recommend new recipes.Related: Get This: A Smart Toilet That Aims to Correct Poor Posture, and Even Detect Pregnancy and Disease Depending on your perspective, the prospect of a totally outfitted home may seem cool or creepy, but it is a bit concerning nonetheless, especially when as recently as January, smart refrigerators were part of the cause of sizable hack attack. With more connection comes the necessity for increased security. But the “Internet of Things” marches on — the LG appliances are currently only available for purchase in Korea, with the company aiming to expand to other markets like the U.S. at a later date. Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 7, 2014last_img read more

Google Pulls the Plug on Helpouts

first_imgFebruary 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Say sayonara to Helpouts, Google’s live video-discussion tool. The tech giant is pulling the plug on Helpouts on April 20.Google launched Helpouts in 2013 as a way for entrepreneurs and topic experts to share information and connect with customers online. A sort of cross between YouTube and Google Hangouts, the tool allowed people to host or attend live video demonstrations and conversations, where experts could provide one-on-one advice in real time.Related: Google Is Giving Away 2GB of Permanent Storage to Users Who Perform Security ChecksUnlike Hangouts, business owners and experts who used Helpouts were able to charge a fee for each video session, with Google taking a percentage of that, of course. “The Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors, but unfortunately, it hasn’t grown at the pace we had expected,” Google said in a post announcing the shutdown. No word on exactly how many experts were utilizing Helpouts or on how many people in general were on the platform. A Google spokesperson did not immediately return an email seeking comment.Google says people will be able to use Google Takeout to download their Helpouts history between April 20 and November 1.Related: 26 Little-Known Facts About Google (Infographic)last_img read more

Home Builders Proceed With Cautious Optimism

first_imgHome Builders Proceed With Cautious Optimism Confidence Home Builders Housing Market Optimism 2016-04-18 Staff Writer Confidence among home builders has held firm over the last few months, showing slow, but continued progression in the single-family sector. However, builders are still faced with concerns about labor and lot shortages.Home builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes was flat for the month of April at 58, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).In March and February, builder confidence came in at 58, down from January’s 61 and seven points lower than its recent peak of 65 in October. That said, the index is still well above the tipping point of 50 and three points above last February’s number.“Builder confidence has held firm at 58 for three consecutive months, showing that the single-family housing sector continues to recover at a slow but consistent pace,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Illinois. “As we enter the spring home buying season, we should see the market move forward.”The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.According to the NAHB, the HMI components gauging sales expectations and buyer traffic both rose one point to 62 and 44, respectively. Meanwhile, the sales conditions indicator decreased two points to 63.Regionally, in terms of three-month moving averages for regional HMI, all four regions saw slight declines. The West and Northeast decereased two points to 44 and 67, respectively. The South and Midwest regions posted one-point losses to 57 and 58.Robert Dietz, Ph.D., Chief Economist and SVP for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB stated, “Builders remain cautiously optimistic about housing market growth. NAHB is forecasting faster single-family construction growth for 2016 than the 10 percent gain recorded in 2015. However, difficulties associated with access to labor and building lots are restraining growth in many local markets. Nonetheless, healthy levels of job creation, low mortgage interest rates and lack of existing home inventory will support increased construction of single-family homes. The residential construction sector will be a bright spot for an economy that slowed during the first quarter of 2016.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Share April 18, 2016 546 Views last_img read more

Bruce Arians shakes Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan

first_imgBruce Arians shakes Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s hand after the Arizona Cardinals’ 38-19 loss on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (Associated Press) Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes from his session, which comes after the team’s 38-19 loss against the Atlanta Falcons that dropped Arizona to 4-6-1. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On facing a situation like this as a head coach and what it is doing to him:“Those six years at Temple, they got me accustomed to a hell of a lot of stuff. So, I’ve been addressing people about this for a really long time. It really doesn’t change. As a coordinator, you are still responsible for half of the team, and when you go through rough spots, it’s your half. This is my whole team, and if there is one thing that’s disheartening is that we are not as physical as I wish we were.”On how disappointing is it that guys are trying to get on the stat sheet instead of doing their job:“That’s the selfishness instead of selflessness that has crept in.”On what allows selfishness to creep in:“That’s an individual thing.”On if the lack of physical play can translate into the team not being as tough as he wants them:“Yes and no. It’s a matter of running balls on you in goal line defense. You just don’t allow people to run the ball. You let them throw it in, but you just don’t allow them to run it in, and they ran it in twice. That’s where we set the tempo in training camp.”On if it is disturbing that they got to Matt Ryan at the beginning of the third quarter and that was it: On the road games being difficult:“Really good first half in three of them, and not coming out and finishing or playing well in the second half has been a common theme.”On the message to the team being to focus on one game at a time:“Just win this week and we’ll keep adding them up. You can’t look at big pictures right now. It is just too crazy of a season for everybody. You just have to win this week, and this is a hell of an opponent.”On his thoughts on the Washington Redskins:“Right now, they are probably playing as well offensively as anybody in the league. Kirk (Cousins) is playing at a high level. They’ve got (Robert) Kelley, the young back, looks awesome, those two tight ends and the three wideouts. They have an arsenal of weapons. I don’t know about (Jordan) Reed’s availability yet, but I’d imagine he will play. It’s too big of a game.”On if downfield accuracy is the biggest development in Kirk Cousins:“I think he’s always had that. I think it’s getting the ball out of his hand and not getting sacked. He sees the field extremely well. He’s a football junkie.”On how Carson Palmer is feeling:“Probably like he got hit by a truck. That’s two weeks in a row he got hit too many times.” ErrorOK ErrorOK“Yeah, we were close. They were doing a very, very good job of doing a lot of play action, getting him out of the pocket and throwing it very quick. When they tried to throw it down the field, we normally either got to him or broke it up. They had a really nice designed play to get him out on the deep comeback that they got on Pat (Peterson). That was probably the only ball Pat gave up over 10 yards.”On if Atlanta reminds him of the Cardinals last year:“Yes and no. We never have (bootlegged) that much, but they have some really good weapons. Matty (Ryan) is playing extremely well.”On David Johnson not factoring as much in the second half and if it has to do with changing the game plan:“We started the second half with the same plays. They just didn’t work. The first bootleg we don’t block properly and we have to throw it away. We ran the same play and we got nothing, so as you fall behind, he is going to catch a lot of passes.”On his mindset for the rest of the season:“Really it is just this week. You just take them one at a time. I think once we win one, we’ll be fine. I think we’ll add them up at nine and I think you have a great shot still because we’re going to be playing some of those teams that are going to be in the same spot we’re in. We just have to win one. I don’t look at big pictures until the whole season is over. To think we would try to lose games to get a better draft choice is absolutely asinine. I don’t know who would ever do that.” He began with an opening statement:“After reviewing the film, it’s probably just like yesterday when we talked. It’s always four or five plays that determine outcomes of games. We didn’t make those four or five plays again. The best start we’ve had offensively followed up by allowing them to score right behind you. That’s very disheartening, to be able to get off to the type of start we want to get off to and then let them answer. The second drive should have been a touchdown — one of those plays, we just don’t catch the snap from center and we don’t walk in on a running play for a touchdown. We end up with a 3rd and 15 instead of a touchdown, so we kick a field goal. When you’re on the road, those four points always matter, and it was just a matter of catching the snap and handing it off. Same thing defensively, we had the interception; D.J. (Swearinger) catches balls one-handed every day and tried to take off running with it. I thought defensively we had some guys get out of their lane again and try to do too much, tried to get on the stat sheet instead of just doing their job. Corey Peters was outstanding. He played 35 plays and had 35 pluses and four tackles, whatever his stat line was. That was the example I used to the rest of them; if you do your job, you’ll be on the stat sheet. The only stat that matters is winning and losing, and right now we’re not making the critical plays to win games and it’s got to be corrected soon. Injury-wise there is nothing to report.” On Carson Palmer playing better when he’s not under pressure:“I thought he played great. The last interception, he just had to throw the damn thing somewhere.”On Patrick Peterson’s knee:“It’s sore. There is nothing structurally damaged. So we’ll see how it goes.”On David Johnson’s hand:“He just dislocated a finger. It’s OK.” – / 24 On if he’s surprised that players are still not doing their job:“I’m very surprised. We’ve been talking about it for four weeks and the veterans obviously haven’t done anything about it, so maybe young guys will step up and make the opportunity they need.”On what corrections can be made that have not already been tried:“Biggest thing is to catch the ball. Me, personally, I don’t think there is anything, because we’ve been in position – after reviewing it, you always start with the coaching. Why we weren’t as physical as I thought we should’ve been is a question, because we did not hit last week, but we need to be more physical. The penalties, they are what they are. A.Q. Shipley got a huge holding penalty when he could’ve just blocked the guy. Just block him; you don’t throw him on the ground. That’s an 18-yard run and we are off and running again, and those are the kind of silly mistakes we have to stop.”On why the great preparation and practice hasn’t carried over to the games:“I would probably make a million if I could answer that because I could sell it to a bunch of coaches. I don’t know because preparation is usually the key to success, and we have had a month of great practices, preparation, guys pass tests. They do everything that they are asked to do. But it’s not translating on those four or five plays. It is throughout the game, and right now we’ve got ourselves behind the eight ball in the fourth quarter having to throw, and our offensive line cannot handle that.” 0 Comments   Share   On if he senses that there is a lack of intensity or urgency:“No. I would say that if we were having poor practices. I think if anything it’s the reverse of trying too hard, pressing, trying, especially defensively, trying to make a play. Offensively, it is just a matter of throwing it and catching it. But, then when you get behind you have to protect your quarterback better.”On his thoughts on the offensive line:“I thought for three quarters they were very, very good for their first start out. D.J. (Humphries) played extremely well. I think both the right side guys, (Ulrick) John – that’s probably the first time John has played a game since Georgia State — I thought they got tired. I thought Ulrick got tired and John Wetzel got tired and it showed up out there, so we have to do something about that.”On if he is going to stick with the same offensive line:“Yes.”On if D.J. Humphries at left tackle is something he would consider long term:“We’ll just see how that goes.”On what the biggest problems on defense were:“It was a combination. The two screen passes were just getting them turned back inside — fundamentals, get it turned back inside and guys getting there. We turned the one back inside and missed the tackle, and the other we do not get it turned back inside and let it outside. The last run for a touchdown, there shouldn’t have been anywhere to go. We pushed the whole side back, and the running back made a great cut outside and Junk (Markus Golden) just lost contain.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe world’s elite travellers have a new secret hideaway to call home in Dubai, with the launch of Desert Palm PER AQUUM‘s Villa LAYALI.The just-unveiled villa takes Arabian luxury into strikingly imaginative territory. Villa LAYALI welcomes guests to a world where designer geometries and sensory pleasures await behind closed doors and patterns of light shift across courtyard walls and panes of water. The three-bedroom 845-square-metre villa hides amongst tall palm trees in a location some jet-setters will recognise as the site of the hotel’s original royal villa. The property’s original award-winning designer Isabelle Miaja brings her artistry to the new Villa LAYALI, evoking the Arabian avant-garde aesthetic that has set Desert Palm PER AQUUM apart since its opening in 2008.Just 15 minutes from the spires of Downtown Dubai, Desert Palm PER AQUUM is one of the UAE’s better-kept secrets. The verdant resort hotel feels a world away from the urban energy and bustle. Set in a 6.4-hectare polo estate, nature prevails and sophisticated design attracts the discerning. Travellers and in-the-know locals lounge amidst the peaceful grounds and rarefied surrounds. Guests arrive via a private entrance, strolling a Jordanian stone pathway adorned by water features and manicured hedges.The large courtyard evokes the sanctuary of a modern riad. Mashrabiya screens over the pool and all around the walls of the courtyard cast intricate shadows onto the pool blue and courtyard’s white tiled expanse. Across the courtyard, the glass-enclosed Great Room entreats with its solid oak floor, private palm enclave, elevated terrace and impressive views of the championship polo field. The long oval marble table of the dining area sets a chic tableau, perfect for dinners created by a private chef.During Dubai’s October to April polo season, the equestrian action takes place just metres from the villa. Its guests enjoy a VIP viewing platform from the Great Room’s balcony. Luxury on Reserve Villa LAYALI guests enjoy complimentary limousine transfer on airport arrival and departure, 24-hour stays (subject to availability), priority reservations for fine dining restaurant RARE and the acclaimed treatments at LIME Spa, as well as a private six-seat buggy for their own use to traverse the estate. Upon booking Villa LAYALI, guests are contacted to select the wines and Champagnes they desire to have stocked in their private wine fridge, to prepare any personalised luxuries and to pre-book butler service and other exclusive on-request indulgences.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more