Throwback Thursday: When Barry Refused a Record at Kansas State

first_imgBarry Sanders rushed 37 times for 320 yards and three TDs in 1988 at Kansas State as Oklahoma State thrashed the Wildcats 45-27. The Cowboys have beaten KSU just once in Manhattan since that game. It was a special game, too, as Mike Gundy and Pat Jones recall.“It was another man among boys deal,” said Pat Jones. “It was always big when Barry went back to Kansas. Because more of his family was around him. He is a native of Kansas. Once it started with him, he just literally ran wild.”Barry’s numbers are astonishing no matter how you look at them, but Gundy said what left a lasting impression on him that day was something Barry didn’t do.How good was Barry Sanders?2016 #okstate team: 304 rushes for 1,091 yards1988 Barry: 373 rushes for 2,850 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2016“In the middle of the third quarter there were 8-10 minutes left,” said Gundy. “We were way ahead, and they came over and told him if he went back out he could break George Rogers rushing record at South Carolina.”Note: I don’t know what record Gundy is talking about here. Rogers didn’t even hold the single-game record at his own school much less the NCAA. And Sanders had already surpassed Rogers’ best single-game total by 80 yards. Maybe it was a single-season mark? Rogers ran for 1,894 yards in 1980, but that certainly wasn’t a NCAA record. Anyway …“We were so far ahead he said he didn’t want to go back in the game, just let the other guys play,” added Gundy. “Records didn’t mean anything to him. Individual accomplishments weren’t important to him.“All he had to do was go back out for one more series and he would have gained another 50 or 60 years because they hadn’t been able to tackle him the entire game. He didn’t even go back out or he would have broken George Rogers’ record at that time.”The highlights are amazing. The GIFs even better. Hopefully it’s a Throwback Thursday that will stir OSU’s chances in Manhattan this weekend a little bit. It is 1-8 since that day. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Cy-Ridge Offensive Lineman Tyrese Williams Commits to Oklahoma State

first_img“First of all I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunities that I have and the talent I have been given to be able to play football at the next level,” Williams posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank my wonderful family for their tremendous support throughout my recruiting process, my coaches and my trainer for mentoring me and shaping me into the player I am today, and all the recruiters, coaches and universities for giving me opportunities to play football for their programs. After talking with my parents, coaches and family members, I am truly blessed to say that I will be committing to Oklahoma State University!”Williams is the fourth verbal commitment for OSU’s offensive line class, and likely the last. More importantly, he’s the fourth high school product to join the mix — one of the biggest focuses for OSU in this cycle after striking out under Greg Adkins with high school recruits.Houston, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, California, New Mexico and Tulsa were all involved in his recruitment. He held 13 Division I offers. It’s taken less than three months for Josh Henson to fill an entire offensive line recruiting class for Oklahoma State as the line coach.He’s landed two stud offensive tackles in Hunter Anthony and Hunter Woodard, he’s grabbed a commitment from a top-10 offensive guard in Oklahoma in Bryce Bray, and now he’s got a center. Tyrese Williams, a product of Cy Ridge in Houston, committed on Tuesday morning. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

12 days agoGuivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroud

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroudby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench World Cup winner Stéphane Guivarc’h praised matchwinner Olivier Giroud yesterday.The Chelsea striker hit the only goal of their Euros qualifying win over Iceland.And ex-Newcastle forward said: “He plays little in England. 17 minutes last month and yet he gives (France coach Didier) Deschamps the confidence that he gives him. “He was great in fighting spirit and had the talent to turn the penalty. “Congratulations to him.” last_img read more

UN measures to protect civilians in eastern DR Congo bearing fruit

The UN mission, known as MONUSCO, launched the operation, dubbed Shop Window, two weeks ago as a show of force and to boost protection of residents in towns and villages around Pinga, Kibua and Walikale in North Kivu province, where members of illegal armed groups raped some 240 people between 30 July and 2 August.The peacekeeping force said that as a result of the operation, there has been a growing recognition by illegal armed groups that UN peacekeepers are well-equipped, willing and able to respond vigorously to attacks on civilians.Shop Window, MONUSCO’s first unilateral operation, involved the deployment of troops backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters in the affected areas. Despite unfavourable weather, troops from the Indian contingent and battalions from South Africa and Uruguay are continuing patrols in communities.Several sorties of helicopters overfly the localities day and night to support ground units, MONUSCO said in a press release. In addition, permanent bases have been established to reassure people, who have started to again go about their daily activities. 15 September 2010The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today reported that an operation designed to enhance the protection of civilians in the eastern areas of the country has resulted in the arrests of some suspected human rights abusers and a return of many internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes. read more

WalMart 4Q fullyear profits may now be at or slightly below low

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wal-Mart: 4Q, full-year profits may now be at or slightly below low end of prior outlooks April Taylor buys items with her son n the opening day of a new Wal-Mart on Georgia Avenue Northwest in Washington, Dec. 4, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart said Friday that key earnings figures may come in at the low end or below its prior forecasts for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year. It also said a widely-watched sales metric for the fourth quarter which includes the holiday season will be lower than its previous forecast.The news initially sent Wal-Mart shares lower but they were up by early afternoon.The world’s biggest retailer said the lower earnings outlook reflect accounting for some Brazil-related charges and other items. Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley said in a statement that these items were not anticipated when Wal-Mart previously provided its forecasts.The lowered outlook for sales at stores open at least a year was due in part to eight winter storms that resulted in some store closings, Holley said. He added that its Sam’s Club locations were hurt by weather throughout the quarter.The sales performance was also hindered by a bigger-than-expected impact from the federal government’s reduction in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits that went into effect on Nov. 1, Holley said.Wal-Mart didn’t provide specific numbers to go with its revised forecasts.The retailer only said that its fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year adjusted earnings from continuing operations may come in at or slightly below the low end of its prior forecasts. It previously projected fourth-quarter adjusted earnings from continuing operations between $1.60 and $1.70 per share. Its 2014 guidance was for $5.11 to $5.21 per share.Analysts surveyed by FactSet predict fourth-quarter earnings of $1.65 per share and full-year earnings of $5.16 per share.It also said sales — excluding fuel — at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in the U.S. open at least a year would be slightly below its prior forecasts. The chain previously expected the key sales figure would be relatively flat at its namesake locations in the U.S. and that it would be between flat and 2 per cent at Sam’s Club. Sales at stores open at least a year is a closely-watched indicator of a retailer’s health.Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had fallen as low as $73.64 in morning trading on the news but were up 22 cents to $74.97 in afternoon trading Friday.The revisions came less than a week after Wal-Mart announced that it was eliminating 2,300 workers at its Sam’s Club division. The layoffs, which cut 2 per cent of the membership club’s U.S. employee count of about 116,000, mark the largest since 2010 when the Sam’s Club unit laid off 10,000 workers as it moved to outsource food demonstrations at its stores.Wal-Mart, which has 11,096 stores, said that it will provide detailed fourth-quarter and full-year financial results as well as guidance for fiscal 2015 on Feb. 20. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2014 6:20 am MDT read more

High prices at the pump today

High prices at the pump today You may notice gas prices are going up around the city.They’re increasing now, about 5 to 10 cents a litre at some stations because of problems at U.S. refineries last week.However, Dan McTeague with says the price spike shouldn’t last long.“The under a dollar a litre imaginary number that we keep looking will probably be realized again, likely by Friday, if not by Monday of next week,” McTeague said.The average price in Calgary right now is around $1.03 a litre, just above the national average. (Courtesy: Thinkstock) by Chris Bowen Posted Oct 27, 2015 11:28 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 11:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Women and girls in Africa being left behind in fight against HIVAIDS

In the sub-Saharan region, AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death among girls and women of reproductive age. In 2013, 74 per cent of new HIV infections among African adolescents were among adolescent girls, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a statement. Young women and adolescent girls acquire HIV on average five to seven years earlier than young men, and in some countries in the region, HIV prevalence among this population can be as much as seven times that of their male counterparts.“In the absence of a vaccine, ending gender-based violence, keeping girls in school and empowering young women and adolescent girls are the best options we have available,” Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, said. In order to guide regional and global advocacy and inform political dialogue on HIV prevention and treatment among young women and adolescent girls, UNAIDS and the African Union have launched a joint report entitled Empower young women and adolescent girls: Fast-Tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The document outlines three political commitments to advance the rights and empowerment of Africa’s young women and girls to help Fast-Track an AIDS response firmly rooted in gender equality and social justice. The commitments are to stop new HIV infections among young women and adolescent girls in order to ensure that AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death among adolescents; to empower young women and adolescent girls through comprehensive sexuality education; and to prevent HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive.“As we work with our communities, our networks, our health service providers and our governments, we must commit to demanding a comprehensive focus on young women in the AIDS response,” said Rosemary Museminali, UNAIDS Representative to the African Union. The report launched 8 June as part of the 26th Gender is My Agenda Campaign pre-summit to the African Union meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. read more

Belfast couple shot in legs after refusing to hand over son to

first_imgA man and woman have been shot in Northern Ireland while attempting to protect their son from paramilitaries.The couple, in their 50s, are in a stable condition in hospital after they were shot in the legs by gunmen when they refused to hand over their son in Belfast.It is understood republican paramilitaries in the west of the city ordered the attack on the boy.Gunmen arrived at a house in the Turf Lodge area of the city on Thursday evening to carry out the attack, but the child’s parents fought them off. A police source said: “The parents wouldn’t give the son over so they were shot instead. There are a number of other lads in Belfast under similar threat at the minute.”The shooting happened at around 6.15pm on Thursday and the couple were taken to the nearby Royal Victoria Hospital.Pat Sheehan, Sinn Fein MLA for the area, said none of the family were involved in criminality.”The shooting of a man and woman in their 50s in Turf Lodge was wrong and I condemn it,” he said. “There can be absolutely no justification for these type of actions. “Whoever is responsible needs to stop these barbaric attacks immediately. I would call on anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI.” .@AlexAttwoodMLA condemns latest act of ‘tyranny’ in West Belfast following shootings.Anyone with information should assist @PSNIBelfastW.— SDLP (@SDLPlive) January 12, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The shooting took place in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast on Thursday eveningAlliance Party justice spokesman Trevor Lunn also condemned the shootings.”Yet again we see guns on the streets of Belfast,” he said. “There can be no justification for this type of attack and whoever was behind it needs to be condemned without equivocation.” Alex Attwood, a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the area, described the double shooting as “the latest act of tyranny in west Belfast”.”The fact that two people, a man and a woman and both in their 50s, have been injured confirms that no one is off limits to those who are now using the gun,” he said.Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said: “Both the man and the woman have been taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries.” There can be no justification for this type of attack and whoever was behind it needs to be condemned without equivocationTrevor Lunn, Alliance Partylast_img read more

Doctor knocked out medic friend who wouldnt let him stay night in

first_img“While they were returning to Dr A’s flat Dr A stated that he was no longer permitted to stay there and that is something that angered Dr Arundel.”Dr A stated that on the way back to the flat he allegedly punched him multiple times to the face and head and it was an attack that was unprovoked. He recalls falling to the ground and Dr Arundel continued to punch him in the head and and he fell unconscious.”He said that the attack lasted for 25-30 seconds and when he woke up Dr Arundel was not present. He walked back to town and proceeded to call the police. Dr A was taken to A&E and had to have stitches in a laceration in his top lip.”The tribunal continues. “He was very agitated and he was angry and he said he wanted to leave.”As Arundel listened at the Manchester hearing, Dr A told him: “We had been in a bar and you had gone away from the group and came back very agitated.”You wanted to leave immediately. I only had one key for the flat so we both went back so I could let you in and I was going to go back afterwards.You were very agitated and angry and I didn’t know what to do and you said you wanted to go home.”It was over two years ago that this happened and I have said my statement is what I remember that night. When I spoke to the triage nurse I had alcohol, I had been assaulted and I was distressed. I can’t exactly remember the events exactly but I was punched multiple times.”Dr A said he discovered a video on his mobile phone which had somehow captured footage of the assault itself, which he later handed to North Yorkshire Police.When asked at the hearing what was on the video he explained: “You were saying: ‘just f..king take it’ and I said: ‘stop hitting me.’ Then there’s a thud when you hit me again and that was all I can remember. There was no conversation, you assaulted me.”I said to you to stop and then there was a thud and then it goes quiet. I didn’t mean to start recording I don’t know how it happened. Dr A told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: “We were both on a night out and we had mutual friends. I think that it happened different as we were a group. He was away from the group for a period of time. When he came back he was very agitated. Dr Arundel is accused of assaulting another doctor after a night out in YorkCredit: Cavendish Press/Pat Isaacs I was brutally punched in the head and face multiple times. I fell to the ground and was punched in the face while I was on the floorDoctor A “In my statement I said I was brutally punched in the head and face multiple times. I fell to the ground and was punched in the face while I was on the floor. When I came into the flat with the police you said: ‘Are you actually doing this.'”And then the police officer said Dr Arundel was trying to intimidate me and that they would write it in his pocket notebook.”Dr A added: “About three years ago there was an end of year ball. We were there with friends and he came back over and said he just wanted to leave and wanted to go home.”He was agitated again. I just gave him the keys and he went back. When I came home later a picture frame was smashed and when I asked about it he said that he had slipped and it fell. I thought it was odd at the time as it was quite high up. I have seen him get angry before.The hearing was told Arundel had to pay £200 compensation to Dr A and had to write a formal letter of apology after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.Suzanna Kitzing counsel for the GMC told the tribunal: “Dr Arundel had a friendship with Dr A and had been invited to stay at Dr A’s flat after a night out in York. At some point in the night Dr Arundel got separated from Dr A and his group of friends.”When Dr Arundel returned to the group he said he wished to return to Dr A’s flat and because there was only one key Dr A had to return to the flat with him to let him into the flat.center_img A senior doctor with a “history of temper tantrums” knocked out a medic after being told he couldn’t stay at his flat, a tribunal was told.Dr David Arundel, 40, a consultant in emergency medicine, lost his temper and rained multiple punches on the other doctor’s head after being told he was no longer permitted to stay over in his city centre apartment.The unnamed victim known only as Dr A fell to the ground and lost consciousness as Arundel continued with his beating and told him: “Just f—–g take it.”The senior consultant who works at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, Lincs then vanished into the night leaving Dr A lying at the roadside. Dr Arundel is accused of assaulting another doctor after a night out in York Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The victim suffered cuts to his lip which needed 10 stitches and a graize to his leg. He later discovered the assault was inadvertently captured on his mobile phone.Police traced Arundel to the victim’s flat but he escaped with a police caution and the matter was referred to the General Medical Council for a hearing to determine whether he will be struck off.A disciplinary panel was told he had a history of temper tantrums and had previously smashed up the same doctor’s picture frame in a fit of rage when he decided to go home early from a black tie ball.The assault took place on January 25 2015 after the two doctors had been out with friends in York. Arundel had been invited to stay over his colleague’s flat but trouble began after he became separated from the group and tried to phone his friend 12 times to find out where they were.last_img read more


first_imgRio Tinto, through its Mine of the FutureTM program has joined us to be the premier sponsor of the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame, which will recognise the technical innovators of our industry – past and present. The first gala dinner is to be held in the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 22, 2014. Please email your nominations (with a full explanation, maximum 500 words, of why this person or team of developers should be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame) to Those who do not win an induction for 2014 will automatically be re-entered for 2015. There are hundreds of unrecognised innovators out there – help us to have them widely recognised for their innovations.The mining equipment and technology sector usually makes advances thanks to the dedication and expertise of individuals or small groups that have pushed the boundaries of innovation and R&D to bring new solutions to the industry. Sometimes initially facing internal and external scepticism or funding shortages, these leaps of progress have gone on to help make major increases in productivity and efficiency in mining, as well as in some cases making operations safer through helping to remove operators and miners from high risk roles.The International Mining Technology Hall of Fame will recognise these pioneers across a range of categories, and perhaps going back many years. Nominees could be as varied as the developer of a fundamental improvement in crusher or drill rig design, to the introduction of a new process or mining method. Nominations should be individuals or small teams rather than companies.Please let us have your nominations for people who should be considered.  We will be looking to induct 14 people (and it can be a posthumous award) into this hall of fame at a gala dinner at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, February 22, 2014; just before the SME Annual Meeting starts. International Mining has people who have been in the mining industry for some 40 years each and we can think of many worthy recipients, you can think of many more around the world.This is the only Hall of Fame recognising the global innovators in our industry – some have been forgotten already, let’s honour those who so deserve the accolades before too much more time passes. Nominations that fail this year will automatically pass into the 2015 voting.Once the nominations are in, the voting will be undertaken by a college of some 200 experts and leaders in the fields of exploration, mining and processing. To ensure impartiality, none of them will be employees of supplier companies (but their nominations are very welcome).The inventors of seismic imaging technology, the diamond drill, RC drilling, is it Tony Barringer or Danie Krige, or someone else for you in exploration?Who invented the boom that is so important to drill jumbos? Who do we credit with the first use of the LHD? Is it autonomous trucks, despatch systems, emulsion explosives, or some other mining innovation?Maybe you think it should be the brothers Frank and Stanley Elmore – credited with the first successful application of mineral flotation, or is it mineral sizing, or SAG milling, SX-EW, ore sorting, or……?As there has been nothing like these awards in the international arena since the World Mining Blue Ribbon award of the 1980s, it is recognised that awards may be nominated (by the readers of International Mining) and chosen (by the voting college) for developments going back many years – for new machines or techniques that were truly ‘game changing’ – like Eddie Wagner’s first LHD delivery in 1958, Jeff Whittle and his origins of optimisation software, the first use of hydraulic breakers and service vehicles in mines, major changes in crushing and grinding, bioleaching. etc.  Among International Mining’s many thousands of readers there will be many other ideas. We look forward to seeing the suggestions and the subsequent voting results – this promises to be an exciting process. It will also be a very important contribution to the collection of mining history. It will be a memorial to the men and women who have made a significant contribution to the technology, science and safety of the mining industry.There are 14 categories for awards:Exploration Underground Development Underground Production Underground Load and haulUnderground SupportSurface Mine ProductionSurface Mine Load and haulMining softwareSafetyComminutionConcentrationBulk handlingTailings managementOutstanding innovatorOver the next months we will be accepting nominations from readers, sponsors and suppliers across the industry worldwide, followed by voting by our college of experts. If you would like to be considered for membership of the college, please email John.Please send your nomination with reasoning (maximum  500 words) why this person should be in the hall of fame – what did the technology/idea achieve? And please convince us that this person is the one that should be honoured for this specific technology or technique. Nominations will close at the end of September 2013; the selection college will then vote before the end of the year.last_img read more

Ireland v France Well take 30 in Dublin says beleaguered French boss

first_imgFRANCE COACH Philippe Saint-Andre today said that he would take any victory against Ireland — no matter what the score — to salvage the country’s disastrous Six Nations campaign.France, rooted to the bottom of the table in their worst start to the tournament since 1982 and in danger of landing their first wooden spoon since 1957, travel to Dublin to play Ireland on Saturday.Les Bleus, however, have the psychological advantage of knowing that they have only lost once to Ireland in their last 13 Tests — the Irish’s Grand Slam victory in 2009 — which could help them avoid a damaging fourth consecutive defeat.“The French team’s role is to win and win well but in our situation, we’d take a 3-0 victory,” Saint-Andre told a news conference after announcing the starting XV for the match at Landsdowne Road.“You’ve got to make your own luck. We didn’t face up to the situation in the first three matches. We’ve got to score when we’re playing well, concede fewer points when we’re not (and) be better defensively.“Against England, when we scored, we weren’t aggressive enough in the first line of defence. We missed a lot of first tackles. We’ve worked on that to be tighter against Ireland. We’ve got to learn to win matches again.”Saint-Andre, who has made three changes from the 23-13 defeat against England, said a victory would lift the team, French rugby and the public back home and the team had worked hard in the last week.Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra and Toulon’s Frederic Michalak will start, while Florian Fritz returns to centre ahead of Mathieu Bastareaud. Toulouse fullback-cum-wing Maxime Medard returns on the wing in place of Benjamin Fall.- © AFP, 2013Ireland v France: Saint-Andre keeps faith with Parra, Michalaklast_img read more

New EU Law May Make All Cookies OptIn

first_imgCookies – those small files that Web sites deposit on your computer when you visit and use to track your browsing habits in order to target advertising to your location, your preferences, and the types of sites that you browse – could change forever thanks to a new law going into effect in the European Union this May. The law states that Web sites must obtain “explicit consent” from their visitors prior to dropping cookies on their computers, which means that each time a Web site wants to leave one (or several, in the case of most sites) behind; they’ll have to ask you permission or come up with a mechanism for remembering your consent. The goal of the law is to limit the number of companies that work with advertisers and site owners to collect data on your browsing habits both on and off the site that dropped the cookie on your system – a tactic called “behavioral advertising.”Ultimately, the law could mean one of two things: either Web site owners around the globe change the way they currently handle cookies to prompt users once or upon every visit for their permission to drop the tracking cookie on their site, or site owners just block EU visitors altogether because of the ruling. It’s also possible that they’ll come up with a way to prompt just EU users and then lock them out if they decline. The fallout from e-commerce companies, blogs, and virtually every site on the Web remains to be seen, but if it’s adopted in more regions than the EU it can ultimately mean that surfing the Web will be more private than it’s ever been. [via CrunchGear]last_img read more

Drew Harris says that extra gardaí to tackle Drogheda gang violence are

first_img May 2nd 2019, 10:26 PM Image: Gardai Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Drew Harris says that extra gardaí to tackle Drogheda gang violence are not ‘a flash in the pan’ There have been 74 feud incidents since June last year and in the last week there have been five petrol bomb attacks. 15,844 Views Share32 Tweet Email By Cormac Fitzgerald 25 Comments Image: Gardai GARDA COMMISSIONER DREW Harris has said gardaí are committed to putting an end to the gang violence in Drogheda, Co Louth,Speaking to media alongside Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Drogheda Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan today outside of Drogheda Garda Station, Harris committed that the recent increase in garda numbers in the town wasn’t just “a flash in the pan”.“We are the many, they are the few, if we band together, we can bring them to justice and end this,” he said, RTÉ reports. There have been 74 feud incidents since June last year and in the last week there have been five petrol bomb attacks. A man was also shot last Thursday afternoon.Harris committed said on Tuesday that 25 new recruits from the training college in Templemore will be sent to Drogheda in June as part of a crackdown on the gang feud.Speaking today, Christy Mangan said that gardaí would “deal forcibly with the crime gangs and dismantle their criminal networks”.“I ask that the community in Drogheda continue to support us and I reassure them that we have a very comprehensive Operational plan in place to deal with the criminals involved,” he said. Operation StratusGardaí also today provided stats for Operation Stratus, which began in Drogheda in October of last year.Gardaí said a number of incidents have been reported since the operation launched, including firearms offences, possession of drugs, petrol bomb incidents, criminal damage offences and general road traffic offences.Among other successes, gardaí said that, to date, the operation has resulted in:Four people appearing before the courts on false imprisonment charges. Four people arrested in connection with attempted murder in February. The recovery of firearms at different times; the seizure of drugs; €270,000 in cash seized.Gardaí said that 319 proactive searches have been carried out along with 870 Armed Support Unit / Roads Policing checkpoints and 1,253 proactive uniform & plainclothes patrols. Short URL Thursday 2 May 2019, 10:26 PMlast_img read more

Dengue les deux patients métropolitains se portent bien

first_imgDengue : les deux patients métropolitains se portent bienFrance – Alors que l’épidémie de dengue connaît en ce moment un fort développement dans le monde, deux individus ont été touchés en métropole, sans avoir importé la maladie de l’extérieur. Soulagement : alors que l’infection s’est parfois révélée mortelle en Outre-mer, les deux patients se portent bien.La dengue est une maladie virale, autrement appelée “grippe tropicale”. Si l’on en croit l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, le développement de cette maladie ne cesse de croître dans le monde, et 2/5e de la population mondiale y seraient désormais exposés. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le Dr Malfait explique à l’AFP : “Le moustique tigre (Aedes albopictus) qui a transmis le virus (…) est très présent en Italie, et a progressé doucement dans le sud de la France (Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches du Rhône, PACA et Corse depuis 2006. L’insecte s’est implanté en 2005 dans la ville de Nice et fin 2009 dans une partie de Marseille”. Aujourd’hui, ces deux cas de dengue autochtone sont isolés, et les personnes touchées vont bien. Pour le ministère de la Santé, il n’y a pas de quoi s’affoler :  “Il s’agit pour l’instant uniquement d’un nombre limité de cas situés dans une zone géographique bien circonscrite. Néanmoins, les services de l’Etat sont mobilisés afin de prévenir la dissémination du virus, qui seule pourrait être à l’origine d’une épidémie.”Le 20 septembre 2010 à 11:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clark Public Utilities wins new water right to serve growth for decades

first_imgThe Washington Department of Ecology has approved significant new sources of water for Southwest Washington communities served by Clark Public Utilities and the city of Ridgefield, the state agency said today.The Ecology department issued a water right permit this week for Clark Public Utilities to develop a new well field near the south end of Lake Vancouver. The water supply secured under the permit is equal to 20,000 acre-feet, roughly equivalent to 6.52 billion gallons of water, or the amount used by 60,000 homes in a year.It’s enough water to accommodate planned growth throughout the utility’s service area in Clark County for the next 40 years. Clark Public Utilities provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lake Shore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas.In a news release issued by the Ecology department, Wayne Nelson, general manager of Clark Public Utilities, said the utility’s new water right is “a critical piece for the future sustainability of our system and will ensure safe, reliable water supply for our customers for decades into the future.”He continued: “Securing access to this water source is a significant achievement and was made possible only through ongoing collaboration with the Department of Ecology and the Port of Vancouver over many years.”last_img read more

Can an Aggressive Russia Remain Our Nice Arctic Neighbor

first_imgRussia watchers in Washington say there are signs that, whatever its intentions in Ukraine, Russia might remain a good neighbor in the Arctic. The best sign is the meeting of the Arctic Council late last month in Canada. The Russian delegation came as scheduled, even as Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper was criticizing Russian aggression in Crimea and demanding Russia’s expulsion from the G8.Charles Ebinger, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, says his contacts within the U.S. Coast Guard told him last week they were still talking to their counterparts across the Bering Strait.“I think everybody realizes it’s in our own mutual interests to cooperate and not run the risk of some disastrous sea accident just because of the broader international difficulties,” he said.”In the big picture, Ebinger says Putin must realize he can’t develop his petroleum assets in the Arctic without the help of American or Western European oil companies. On the other hand, Ebinger says he expects an emboldened Putin will press for territory beyond Ukraine. That, he says, will trigger tougher sanctions against Russia and the spirit of cooperation in the Arctic is likely to be crushed by a grimmer mood in Moscow.Heather Conley, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says it’s unclear if cooperation will continue in the Arctic.“I think right now everyone is walking very carefully,” she said.Conley says Russia and the other Arctic nations still have a strong interest in maintaining their good working relationships.“But, I think we do recognize that should the Ukraine crisis escalate I think it’s clear there will be some spillover effect which will impact the Arctic,” she said.Already, the U.S. and Norway have called off a naval exercise with Russia in the Arctic. That’s outside the realm of the Arctic Council, but such exercises do help the countries develop the integration needed for multinational rescues and pollution control operations as envisioned by the council.Robert Huebert, associate director of the Center for Military and Strategic Studies  in Calgary, says he expects the Russians to continue to play nice in the Arctic for the time being, either because they still believe in the cooperative alliance, or because they want to make their actions in Crimea look like an isolated incident. Huebert says figuring out Russia’s true motivation is a puzzle for Western nations.“On the one hand it’s also in their interest to have the Arctic remain outside all of this, but if the Russians have become more assertive, more aggressive, there’s a requirement to stand up to it,” he said.As Huebert sees it, Russia has touched off a national security chain reaction that is likely to spread north, because Putin’s takeover of Crimea has both Sweden and Finland feeling they might be next. That has revived their interest in joining NATO. If either country becomes a full member, Huebert says Russia would take it as a direct military threat, an attempt by NATO to encircle the Arctic.“The Russians, since about 2004, 2005, have always listed one of their core security threats … is an expansion of NATO onto its doorsteps,” he said.Huebert acknowledges his perspective on Russia tends to be darker than most, but he never really believed in Russia the nice Arctic neighbor. Huebert says the Arctic Council experience only proves the countries can cooperate to set up a framework for cooperation.” I don’t know if you have kids, but it’s always easy to get the kids to agree to all the rules about sharing toys until the actual toy shows up,’ he said.The real test, Huebert says, comes when the Arctic Council stands between Russia and something it wants. Pro-Russian activists seized public buildings in eastern Ukraine this week, and U.S. officials say they suspect the actions were not spontaneous but engineered by Russia. That, combined with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s recent annexation of Crimea has Arctic experts wondering what this means for international relations in the Arctic and whether the era of cooperation with Russia is over.Download AudioSo far, despite occasional fears from the West of a Russian land grab in the Arctic, Russia has behaved as a good neighbor in its dealings with other countries in the Arctic Council. It led the way to treaties on pollution control and search-and-rescue, for instance, in effect pledging its mighty fleet of icebreakers to help its neighbors. But sometimes Russia shows a harsher face. Like in December, when Putin told his top military officers they should pay special attention to building their forces in the Arctic. He told them Russia will be stepping up development in the region and must “have all the levers for the protection of its security and national interests.” This week Putin also instructed his security forces to beef up the Arctic frontier.last_img read more

Sara Ali Khan addresses Shah Rukh Khan as uncle fans engage in

first_imgSara Ali Khan calls Shah Rukh Khan “uncle”, leaving fans angry.Varinder Chawla/ Ben Pruchnie/Getty ImagesSara Ali Khan has apparently irked a lot of Shah Rukh Khan fans by addressing the superstar as “uncle” at a recent award show.At the recently held Filmfare Awards, Sara apparently called Shah Rukh “uncle”, which has left SRK fans highly miffed. A number of tweets have been made, expressing discontent at the star kid’s gesture.This incident has triggered a debate on Twitter as some extended support to Sara, and some others opined that it was inappropriate for the young actress to call Shah Rukh as “uncle”. Some said that SRK is more than double the age of Sara, and there is nothing wrong in she calling him “uncle”.However, there are others who are of the view that though calling “uncle” is not disrespectful, “sir” would have been a more appropriate word.One of the netizens, who commented in support of Sara, received a lot of responses on the tweet. “Sara Ali Khan called SRK uncle at Filmfare and people are trolling her. What do you expect a 23 YO to call a 50 plus man who is in real life, older than her father? Stupid fans need to accept their hero has aged enough to be called uncle [sic],” the tweet read.This tweet started off a debate with series of comments, both in favour and against Saif Ali Khan’s daughter. Some even made tweets wondering if Shah Rukh himself had any issue with Sara calling him “uncle” or it is just the fans who are furious about it. Sara Ali Khan in KedarnathInstagramNonetheless, International Business Times India could not independently verify if Sara actually called Shah Rukh “uncle” at any recent award function.Meanwhile, Sara has been busy shooting for her upcoming movie Love Aaj Kal 2 that features Kartik Aaryan as male lead. The film is getting a lot of attention as Sara and Kartik are rumoured to be dating each other.last_img read more

Blast at London underground station

first_imgArmed policemen stand by cordon outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. Photo: ReutersPolice and ambulance services said they were responding to an “incident” at an underground station in west London on Friday, following media reports of an explosion.“We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green tube station. Officers are in attendance,” London’s Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.last_img

Full Show Lessons From Harvey And Political Roundup Oct 11 2017

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /49:50 Share On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: Emergency officials and health care experts are meeting in Galveston to talk about lessons learned from Harvey. The storm is one of a few disasters that will be discussed at today’s 2017 Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Symposium. The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council is hosting this event. Lori Upton, the organization’s regional director of emergency management operations, talks with Houston Matters about what action she wants to see come out of this gathering.Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly roundup of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas. Our panel of political experts this week includes: Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University, Jeremi Suri from UT-Austin, and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7.Plus: We discuss what we can learn from Houston’s sister cities. Then, we talk with investigative reporter Melissa Del Bosque about her book Bloodlines, based on the true story about how two FBI agents investigated a dangerous criminal organization in Mexico by tracking money laundering through horse racing in the U.S.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img read more

A fourth Denisovan fossil has been identified

first_imgPhotographs of the Denisova 2 lower second molar in (A) occlusal, (B) mesial, (C) buccal, (D) lingual, (E) distal, and (F) apical views. Scientists estimate the molar found in the Denisova Cave in Siberia is older than previously studied Denisovan fossils. Credit: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186 Explore further The Denisovans are believed to be extinct relatives of Neanderthal. The newly identified fossil brings to just four the number of Denisovan fossils that have been found and identified—one finger and three teeth. Because of the location of Denisova cave, which is located in Siberia, researchers believe the hominins lived in eastern parts of Eurasia, whereas Neanderthal are believed to have lived in western Eurasia.The Denisovans first came to light back in 2010 when a team of researchers studying a finger bone found in Denisova cave managed to extract a small bit of DNA. Analysis of the sample showed that it was not Neanderthal as had been suspected but was instead from a different early hominn. They called it Denisova after the cave in which it was found. An even closer look at the DNA samples conducted later on showed that the Denisovans split away from Neanderthals during the time frame 470,000 to 190,00 years ago. Subsequent digging in the cave led to the discovery of two teeth that were also identified as Denisovan. The newly identified fourth fossil is believed to have come from a girl approximately 10 to 12 years old. Photographs of the Denisova 2 lower second molar in (A) occlusal, (B) mesial, (C) buccal, (D) lingual, (E) distal, and (F) apical views. The scale for all panels is 2.5 millimeters. The area sampled for ancient DNA analyses is marked by a gray circle in panel C. Credit: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186 Phylogenetic tree relating the Denisova 2 mitochondrial DNA with other Denisovan mitochondrial DNA sequences. The mitochondrial DNA from Sima de los Huesos was used as an outgroup. The schematic representations of the specimens are drawn to scale, shown in the lower right corner. Credit: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186 DNA analysis of Denisovan molars offers more clues about ancient human relative Citation: A fourth Denisovan fossil has been identified (2017, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Viviane Slon et al. A fourth Denisovan individual, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700186AbstractThe presence of Neandertals in Europe and Western Eurasia before the arrival of anatomically modern humans is well supported by archaeological and paleontological data. In contrast, fossil evidence for Denisovans, a sister group of Neandertals recently identified on the basis of DNA sequences, is limited to three specimens, all of which originate from Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains (Siberia, Russia). We report the retrieval of DNA from a deciduous lower second molar (Denisova 2), discovered in a deep stratigraphic layer in Denisova Cave, and show that this tooth comes from a female Denisovan individual. On the basis of the number of “missing substitutions” in the mitochondrial DNA determined from the specimen, we find that Denisova 2 is substantially older than two of the other Denisovans, reinforcing the view that Denisovans were likely to have been present in the vicinity of Denisova Cave over an extended time period. We show that the level of nuclear DNA sequence diversity found among Denisovans is within the lower range of that of present-day human populations. © 2017 (—A team of researchers with members from Russia, Germany, Canada and Italy studying a tooth found in Denisova cave back in 1984 has found that it belonged to a young Denisovan girl and that it was a baby tooth. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the team also notes that DNA evidence suggests the girl lived approximately 20,000 years before other Denisovans living in the same cave who also left behind fossils that have been found and identified. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers suggest the tooth fossil might be even older than initial study has suggested—it was found in a layer in the cave where other material has been dated as far back as 227,000 years ago. The mutation rate of the DNA, on the other hand, suggests the child likely lived sometime between 20,000 and 40,000 years earlier than the Denisovans that left behind the other fossils that have been found. The researchers also note that the DNA of the newly identified fossil and that of the others are a very close match, suggesting (because of the time difference) they were all likely from a small group with limited opportunities for breeding with others. Journal information: Science Advanceslast_img read more