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Jardim tips Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or

first_imgLeonardo Jardim declared his support for Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or race ahead of Monaco’s meeting with Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.Perennial contender and current holder Ronaldo is expected to face strong competition from Atleti star Griezmann and former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric.The latter pair excelled at the World Cup, with Griezmann scoring four goals to help France to title-winning glory, which came against Modric’s surprising Croatia in the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Monaco defender Benjamin Henrichs could be tasked with marking the 27-year-old on Tuesday and suggested the forward “deserves” the award following his performances over the 12 months.But former Sporting boss Jardim believes Ronaldo – who opened his account for Juventus on Sunday, scoring twice in a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo – should retain his crown.”I like Griezmann a lot, Modric too, but I’m Portuguese when I think of Ronaldo for the win,” he told reporters in a pre-match news conference.Containing Griezmann, Diego Costa and former Monaco player Thomas Lemar looms as a difficult prospect for a Monaco side low on confidence.They have collected just five points from as many matches in Ligue 1 and Jardim admitted his team, though Champions League semi-finalists as recently as 2017, are still a work in progress.”People who know football know the project of Monaco,” he said. “It takes a little time to reach a good level. We are working to change the situation, to grow as quickly as possible.”Last season we did not manage to perform well [in the Champions League]. I hope we will be more successful this year.”We have the ambition to play in the best competitions and to finish on the podium in the league.”Monaco’s other opponents in a tough Group A are Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge, who meet in Belgium on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Chelsea, Spurs dominate Premier League player nominations

first_imgChelsea and Tottenham Hotspur each have three players among the eight nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season, while the coaches of both teams have also been shortlisted for the Manager of the Year award.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is the favourite for the players’ prize, having already been named the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Player of the Year and the FWA (Football Writers Association) Player of the Year.Belgium international Eden Hazard and Spain full back Cesar Azpilicueta are the other Chelsea players on the list, while Tottenham are represented by striker Harry Kane, midfielder Dele Alli and defender Jan Vertonghen.Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has also been included, along with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who currently leads the league’s scoring charts with 24 goals.Chelsea secured the title on Friday and lead the table by seven points from Tottenham Hotspur going into the final games of the season.Antonio Conte, who guided Chelsea to the title in his first season in charge, faces competition from Paul Clement, who took over with Swansea City four points adrift at the bottom in January but guided them to safety with a game to spare.Mauricio Pochettino, whose Spurs team are guaranteed a second-place finish, Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and West Bromwich Albion’s Tony Pulis are the others on the Manager of the Year shortlist.last_img read more

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Stats: Rohit breaks Tendulkar and Warner’s joint record for most 150-plus ODI scores

first_imgVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made a mockery for the West Indies’ bowling attack as India chased down 323 with 47 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. The comprehensive victory in Guwahati gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match one day international series.Kohli and Rohit put on a record 246-run stand for the second wicket at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati to help India reach their target without breaking a sweat.Their stand is the highest for India while chasing a total and second highest overall in ODI cricket. The first is between Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting versus England in 2009 in Centurion. The pair had put on 252 runs together.Always a pleasure to bat with Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli after record partnershipThis was also their fifth double century stand in ODI cricket. The most by any pair. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir and Kohli and Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga have three each.Both Kohli and Rohit also broke many records on an individual basis.1st ODI: Match Report | Highlights | Scorecard | PicsKohli smashed his 36th ODI hundred and it was his fourth in ODIs in 2018. He had earlier smashed three centuries against South Africa in January.With the century, he reached the landmark of 60 international hundreds (36 in ODIs and 24 in Tests) and became the fastest to do so. He reached the landmark in only 386 innings, taking 40 innings fewer than Sachin Tendulkar.We love this sightHow about you?@Paytm #INDvWI #KingKohli #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/UQL8wEollIadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Also Read – Rohit Sharma becomes 4th Indian batsman to smash 20 ODI hundredsThis was also Kohli’s 22nd hundred while chasing a target in ODI cricket.In the course of the innings, Kohli also made the record books. He completed 2000 runs in a calendar year for the third consecutive year when he was on 42. He became the fourth player to do so after India’s Sachin Tendulkar (1996-98), Australia’s Matthew Hayden (2002-04) and England’s Joe Root (2015-17).Also Read – Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, fastest to 60 international hundredsSri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (6) has scored 2000 plus runs the most in a calendar year and he is followed by Tendulkar (5), Mahela Jayawardene (5) and Kohli (5). However, he is the first Indian captain to score over 2000 runs in two consecutive years.Also Read – West Indies series a big one for MS Dhoni ahead of 2019 World Cup: Sourav GangulyKohli’s batting has only grown better over the last five years. Barring an odd year in 2015, Kohli has dominated with the bat in ODIs. In 2014, he scored 1054 runs from 21 matches at an average of 58.56. In 205, he scored 623 runs from 20 games at an average of 36.65. In 2016 and 2017, he smashed 739 runs from 10 games and 1460 runs from 26 matches respectively.And in 2018, he has scored 888 runs already with India yet to play ODIs more — all against vs West Indies — till the end of the year.@Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/8JXdrrpm52BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018He is currently third on the list of most runs scored in ODIs behind Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. Bairstow has 1025 runs from 22 matches while Root has 904 from equal number of games.Not only that, Kohli is just 81 runs away from completing 10000 runs in ODIs and whenever he gets there, he will be the fastest to do so and again he will beat Tendulkar to the record.Rohit on the other hand, scored his 20th ODI hundred and became the fourth Indian to do so in ODI cricket. Before him Tendulkar, Ganguly and Kohli reached the landmark.HITMANNNN @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v1E8OCwE8LBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018The Mumbaikar remained unbeaten on 152 as India crossed the finish line and he now has the most number of 150-plus scores in the 50-over format. Tendulkar and David Warner each have five while Chris Gayle, Sanath Jayasuriya and Hashim Amla have four each.The 30-year-old also went past Ganguly’s tally of sixes in ODIs. Ganguly has hit 189 sixes while Rohit now has slammed 194 maximums which puts him third in the list amongst Indians. Only Tendulkar (195) and MS Dhoni (210) are ahead of him.Rohit hit eight sixes in the match and this was the sixth time he has achieved the feat of hitting six or more sixes in a game.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle left to rue his luck after series of umpiring errors

first_imgChris Gayle was looking dangerous. He was hitting the ball well AND he had made two great DRS calls in a chase of 289 for West Indies against Australia in their second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge on Thursday.But Chris Gayle was unlucky. He was declared out LBW off Mitchell Starc on what should really have been a free-hit. Umpire Chris Gaffaney had failed to notice a no-ball in the previous delivery and Gayle, who reviewed the LBW decision, had to walk back after becoming the 3rd West Indian to score 1000 runs in World Cups.On Thursday, Chris Gayle had used the DRS twice to his advantage. He reviewed the umpire’s decision the first time in the 3rd over of the innings – Australia appealed for a catch behind the stumps off Starc.Umpire Gaffaney upheld the appeal but Gayle reviewed it and TV replays showed the ball had not touched Gayle’s bat. In the same over, Chris Gayle was given out LBW off Starc but replays showed the ball was headed down the leg side.However Chris Gayle’s luck ran out in Starc’s next over when Gaffaney failed to spot a no-ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Tweeple salute Sheldon Cottrell for his magical catchAlso Seelast_img read more

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LG W10 specs leaked ahead of India launch

first_imgLG is all set to launch a new afforable smartphone specific to the Indian market soon. The phone is already listed on Amazon India’s website and the company has already confirmed that the phone will come with a triple rear camera setup, a jazzy design with a gradient back and notch that can inself based on user’s wishes. However, aside from the design, other details about LG’s upcoming W-series smartphone are scarce at the moment. Not anymore. As more details about the technical specifications have emerged all thanks to the phone’s Android Enterprise listing.As per the details available on the Android Enterprise website, LG’s mysterious new W-series smartphone will be called the LG W10 and it would sport a 6.2-inch display. While there is no mention of the processor that will be powering LG’s upcoming smartphone, the listing provides details about the phone’s memory capacity. The LG W10, as per the listing, would come with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space. However, LG’s India website says that the LG’s upcoming W series smartphone will come with an Octa-core processor with an operating frequency of 2.0 GHz. GSM Arena believes the LG W10 could be powered by the MediaTek Helio P60. However, there is no confirmation so far.On the software front, it will run on Android 9.0 Pie and, as we have already seen in the images, come with support for a fingerprint sensor. However, if you were hoping to get NFC support, W10 will be missing out on that.Notably, processor details are not the only thing missing from the Android Enterprise listing. In addition to not knowing which processor the Korean smartphone giant’s W-series smartphone would run on, we also don’t know the camera specifications of the phone’s front and rear cameras. However, thanks to the listing on Amazon India’s page, we do know that the LG W10 will come with a wide-angle lens and offer its users five camera modes, which includes normal, front camera selfie, night mode, portrait mode and bokeh mode. We also know the details about the phone’s battery capacity.advertisementThe LG W10, as both LG India and Amazon India teased would be available in three colour variants – green black and blue. While LG and Amazon have already shared the image of the blue colour variant of the phone, thanks to a tweet by tipster C4Etech, we now know, how the green colour variant of the phone would look like. Take a peek:One More Exclusive LG W Series Leak – Seems they have a green variant – reminds me of the S6 emerald green! The color’s nice – now I just hope they do well with the price! That said …I really don’t wanna see optimus UI again! Maybe go stock @LGIndia ??? pic.twitter.com/dMSNTWGMS8C4ETech (@C4ETech) June 20, 2019ALSO READ: | LG to launch a W-series smartphone with triple rear camera setup exclusive to Amazon in India soonALSO READ: | LG to launch budget smartphone with triple rear camera setup in IndiaALSO READ: | Image of LG’s W series smartphone leaked online ahead of India launchlast_img read more

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100 Days of Summer: Mason Rudolph’s Top Five Plays

first_imgAnd this cool-under-pressure throw also to Seales.Let’s just ignore how much pressure the Lions were able to get on Rudolph in the first place.Rudolph’s onslaught against TCU in 2015We could do a post just on the five best touchdowns Rudolph threw on Gary Patterson’s crew in Boone Pickens Stadium that evening. Those five scores went for 48, 50, 82, 74 and 12 yards. That’s an average of 53.2 yards per score. There was the pair of halfcourt shots to Washington on the right sideline or the 74-yarder to the Prez.But let’s just go big on this 82-yard bomb that pretty much set the Pokes on cruise control halfway through the second quarter. He was standing on the 10-yard line when he slung that thing and it went 50 yards in the air.This play also ties for the ninth-longest passing play in OSU history. Rudolph has five of the top 10 in that category.Rudolph-to-Washington for 82 yards against Texas Tech in 2016This is similar to the pass against TCU shown above but it travels nearly 55 yards before it falls to James Washington in-stride. The Cowboys were only up three at the time and would end up needing every bit of Rudolph’s 395 yards to hold on and win this one.There’s nothing quite like a perfectly timed and executed deep ball and Rudolph has been one of the best in the nation at producing those over the last three years. Here’s to more plays that negate starting field position.A quick strike against Pitt in 2016This one is going to end up on a lot lists for a lot of reasons. It’s the second-longest passing play in OSU history. It set the tone for both Rudolph’s and Washington’s record-setting nights. Most importantly, it was an answer to the OSU faithful to keep their collective chin up one week after an officials/unknown rules/not-putting-down-a-MAC-team-when-you-should-have fiasco left a bruise there.And, it’s just fun to watch. The good news is that with the NFC’s Pro Bowl receiving corps taking the field every Saturday, this type of single coverage is going to be a common look from opposing defenses.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We’re just two days away from the start of college football and No. 2 on our countdown is arguably the most important player to OSU’s success this year.Since I don’t think I can tell you much about Mason Rudolph that you don’t already know, let’s take a look at five of the best plays from the record-setting quarterback’s career.While selecting these I didn’t start with a particular stat line or matchup. I simply sat down and thought about the plays that were most memorable to me. Some were based on straight SportsCenter top-10 potential and some based on their overall significance.Rudolph’s 39-yard one-shoe TD to Brandon Shepherd (Bedlam 2014)AdChoices广告This was the first of Rudolph’s two touchdowns in the game but it came on a crucial third down. Oklahoma State needed to score here to keep up with the Sooners. The game was far from over but this helped OSU hang around for the late comeback win that helped change the program’s trajectory for the better.Elusive Scramble-then-scores against Southeastern Louisiana in 2016Okay, it may be a Southland Conference opponent. And it may have been a game that John Kolar could have started and won. But that doesn’t take anything away from Rudolph’s two elusive scoring plays. They’re just too good not to show both.There was this impressive toss on the run after the pocket had collapsed which was facilitated by an equally impressive high-point grab by Jhajuan Seales.last_img read more

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Palmeto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply Project Commissioned into Service

first_img The Pipeline construction work for the project was completed at a cost to the NWC of $38 million, representing a savings of $12 million to the Commission on the original project cost. Story Highlights The Palmeto Pen/ Breadnut Bottom/ Rosewell Water Supply Project was officially commissioned into service, during a ceremony held at the Rosewell Primary School in Clarendon on Friday (August 11). In his remarks at the event, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said the Government will continue to invest in the development of the water sector. The Palmeto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply Project was officially commissioned into service during a ceremony held at the Rosewell Primary School in Clarendon on Friday (August 11).This joint venture between the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Rural Water Supply Limited has resulted in residents from the communities of Breadnut and Rosewell receiving water in their homes for the first time in 30 years.The pipeline construction work for the project was completed at a cost to the NWC of $38 million, representing a savings of $12 million to the Commission on the original project cost.In his remarks at the event, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said the Government will continue to invest in the development of the water sector.“I will ensure that whatever budget there is…that we spend it in a strategic way,” Mr. Holness said.He noted that while there are engineering challenges to deliver water to some communities, all methods will be used to ensure that Jamaicans have potable water at their disposal.Mr. Holness also informed that the Government is looking at developing a legislative framework for rainwater harvesting in Jamaica.Rainwater harvesting is the harnessing or gathering of rainwater, storing and using it later for domestic, agricultural or industrial purposes.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness encouraged the residents to make the necessary payments for the water they use, noting that this will enable the NWC to implement other projects to provide water to communities.“Make it a priority and pay something for your water,” Mr. Holness said.last_img read more

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Department Launches New and Improved Website

first_img A new highway camera page and enhanced travel information are allpart of a new and improved website from the Department ofTransportation and Public Works. The new site can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . “More people are using the Internet as an information source, soit’s important that the department website is user-friendly andinformative,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “The changes will make it easier for people to findthe information they need, and it also provides new informationfor the public.” The department’s highway cameras page is popular with the public,and this section has been updated. It now includes information onair temperature, humidity and wind speed, as well as images ofthe highway. “People see the highway cameras as a valuable safety tool inmonitoring weather and road conditions before embarking ontravels,” said the minister. “This new information will provideadditional information for the travelling public.” The department has 20 highway cameras around the province, withanother 12 expected to be installed this summer. The new website will also make it easier for people travelling inNova Scotia. There are links to travel information, tips on roadsafety and an updated road construction page. Plant lovers can find information on roadside vegetation, alongwith an extensive photo gallery of Nova Scotia’s plant life. On average 148,000 visitors a month go to the department’swebsite, with more visits in the winter months. Staff hope thatthese and other improvements will encourage more residents andvisitors to Nova Scotia to use the site as an essential resource. In February of this year, Nova Scotians were asked for input onthe content and layout of the department website. The valuablefeedback gained from this survey has been used to makeimprovements to the site. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Department Launches New and ImprovedWebsitelast_img read more

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New Tools to Deter Criminals

first_imgJUSTICE–New Tools to Deter Criminals—————————————————————–People who use a motor vehicle in the commission of an offence or who steal gas will lose their drivers’ licences, under legislation that takes effect on Saturday, July 1. “This legislation helps ensure that people convicted under the Criminal Code are held accountable for their actions,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Those who steal gas or use a vehicle to commit a crime will now face the suspension of their licence and other penalties.” Under An Act to Further Discourage Criminal Offences Involving the Use of a Motor Vehicle, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles will be notified when someone convicted of a crime has used a motor vehicle to commit the offence, leading to the suspension of the person’s licence. The act also requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to revoke the licence of a driver convicted under the Criminal Code for stealing gasoline or diesel fuel. “This legislation enhances the penalties and should serve as a deterrent to anyone contemplating similar crimes,” said Mr. Scott.last_img read more

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Special Christmas Tree Honours Military

first_img For Broadcast Use: A theme-decorated Christmas tree, donated by Blaise Morrison, general manager of the Halifax Shopping Centre, will stand in the Veterans Room in Province House, in honour of Canadian Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and overseas over the holidays. The tree was decorated by festival angel ornaments, designed by Halifax artist Holly Carr and commissioned by Joe Ramia, owner of Gallery 1 Furniture. Richard Hurlburt, Minister Responsible for Military Relations, reminds Nova Scotians that not all Canadians are home with their families this Christmas. Members of the Canadian Forces are in harm’s way and 10 Nova Scotian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice. The three-metre tall Christmas tree was part of the Festival of Trees, an annual event held by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, where theme-decorated Christmas trees are auctioned in support of the foundation. Navy Captain William Woodburn, base commander of CFB Halifax, says it means a great deal to those in uniform to be recognized by their community and to know that they have support wherever they go. -30- A theme-decorated Christmas tree, donated by Blaise Morrison, general manager of the Halifax Shopping Centre, will stand in the Veterans Room in Province House in honour of Canadian Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and overseas over the holidays. “We need to remember that not all Canadians are home with their families this Christmas,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister Responsible for Military Relations. “As we gather with our families on Christmas morning, we should recall that there are members of the Canadian Forces — sailors, soldiers and air force personnel from Nova Scotia — who are in harm’s way and will not be home with their families. “We also need to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and will never see their families again.” The three-metre-tall tree was part of the Festival of Trees, an annual event held by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, where theme-decorated Christmas trees are auctioned in support of the foundation. Mr. Morrison placed the winning bid and donated the tree to the Canadian Forces to be displayed in a place of prominence and honour. The tree is decorated with festival angel ornaments, designed by Halifax artist Holly Carr and commissioned by Joe Ramia, owner of Gallery 1 Furniture. Ms. Carr’s ornamental design, the festival angel, has a red dress gathered in a yellow sash, which symbolizes the Red Fridays and Support Your Troops campaigns. The angel’s peacock feather wings represent the gifts of protection and knowledge and the star, reminiscent of the Star of Bethlehem, represents Canada’s troops delivering hope to the people of Afghanistan. Included in the commemoration of this year’s tree are 10 Nova Scotian soldiers who died while engaged in military operations in Afghanistan. “It means so much to those of us in uniform to be recognized by our community and to know that we have support wherever we go,” said Navy Capt. William Woodburn, commanding officer of Canadian Forces Base Halifax. “The Festival Angel project is a wonderful demonstration of this support and we are so pleased that Mental Health NS has honoured the Canadian Forces, especially our deployed personnel, with this image of hope for world peace.” House Speaker Alfie MacLeod hopes people will take advantage of the opportunity to recognize the miliary’s efforts. “I would like to see as many Nova Scotians as possible visit Province House during the Christmas season to see the tree and to remember those whose responsibilities take them away from their families at this time of the year,” said Mr. MacLeod.last_img read more

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One Year After Now or Never

first_imgA year ago, the Now or Never report was released. The report recognized the importance of tourism and its role in our economy. Its anniversary gives us a chance to reflect on our progress and the work ahead. The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency was created in 2012 to work with industry to grow tourism in Nova Scotia. In this short time there has been progress. In 2013, we launched a five-year strategy that was supported by government, industry and tourism stakeholders across the province. In fact, the Now or Never report identified the tourism strategy as one of seven exemplary initiatives. The Now or Never report also identified a very specific goal — double tourism revenues in 10 years to close to $4 billion. As Nova Scotia’s leading source of service sector exports, tourism employs 24,000 people. That’s one in 20 Nova Scotians in communities across the province. No doubt, growing tourism will have a positive impact on our economy. This past year I heard from many operators and they told me that 2014 was a better year: a five per cent increase in accommodation revenues, and the largest increase in room nights sold in one year since 2002, at over 62,000 more rooms. As of November 2014, room nights sold in Nova Scotia generated $285 million, a $13-million increase, compared with the same period in 2013. This doesn’t include spending on food, entertainment or attractions, which we know has increased. This growth is good for everyone, and it’s a great first step. Our current strategy will get us part of the way there, but we must refine the strategy if we are to meet the challenging oneNS goal. To help do that, the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency board and senior leadership engaged Michele McKenzie, a former deputy minister of Tourism here in Nova Scotia and president of the Canadian Tourism Commission, to look at what it would take to reach the $4-billion goal. We then presented a strategy to the oneNS Coalition in January. This strategy, which we believe will grow tourism, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and provides recommendations for change. To double tourism revenues in 10 years, the agency must attract more first-time visitors who stay longer and spend more. We will do this by focusing on world-class experiences and working with the private sector to support initiatives that attract these visitors. Industry must close the sale, pre-trip and during the visit, drive repeat visitation, invest in their product and deliver world-class experiences. Government must align policies to support the $4-billion goal. This will guide community economic development, the attraction of inward investment and investment in infrastructure. Finally, communities across the province must work with industry to deliver destination development and marketing, and lead visitor servicing in their regions. So what does this mean in practical terms? For the agency it means investing in markets that are farther away, like western and central Canada, northeastern United States and western Europe, as well as newer markets like China. It also means aligning our resources with our strategic objectives while making evidence-based decisions. We will continue to implement our strategy, monitor the province’s tourism performance and report our progress to Nova Scotians as we move forward. To achieve this goal we know that we will all need to work together. Now we need to get started. –30–last_img read more

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BSP MP accused of rape surrenders in Varanasi court

first_imgVaranasi: Newly-elected BSP MP Atul Rai, who had been accused of rape, evaded arrest and surrendered in a Varanasi court on Saturday. He was sent to a jail on 14 days judicial remand. Rai was accompanied by hundreds of his supporters who shouted slogans in his support. Rai was contesting the Ghosi Lok Sabha seat and had gone missing from the midst of his campaign after an FIR was lodged against him by a girl student who accused him of sexually assaulting her. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana BSP President Mayawati had asked her cadres to continue campaigning for Rai, whom she believed, had been framed by his political rivals. Mayawati also addressed a meeting in support of Rai in Ghosi. After he was declared elected, Rai did not turn up in Parliament to take oath of office and the police, earlier this week, obtained permission from the court to attach his property. Rai, on Thursday, filed an application for his surrender in a Varanasi court.last_img read more

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I was frozen Cosby accuser says she was drugged groped

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s chief accuser took the stand at his sexual assault trial Tuesday to tell her story publicly for the first time, saying the comedian violated her after giving her three blue pills that left her paralyzed and helpless.“In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen,” Andrea Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the basketball program at Temple University, said in their long-awaited courtroom confrontation. “I wasn’t able to fight in any way.”She added: “I wanted it to stop.”Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually abusing Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The TV star once dubbed America’s Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted.His lawyers tried to poke holes in Constand’s story, citing differences between her courtroom testimony and the accounts she gave to police and in a lawsuit in 2005. The defence has argued the two had a romantic relationship, that Constand wasn’t incapacitated and that the sexual encounter was consensual.Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and collected as she testified, looking at the jury as she began describing the assault.She said Cosby gave her pills he claimed were a natural remedy to ease her stress about a looming career change. “They’re your friends. They’ll take the edge off,” she quoted him as saying.She told the jury she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber. Cosby then penetrated her with his hand and also placed her hand on his penis and moved it back and forth, she said.She said she was unable to push him away or tell him to stop.Afterward, Constand said, “I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused.”Cosby, sitting across the room at the defence table, leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, at times, shook his head.Before Tuesday, Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006. Her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed.Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand’s case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.Constand, who is from the Toronto area, met Cosby while working for the women’s basketball team at Temple, Cosby’s alma mater. She said they became friends over conversations about the team and later her career. He invited her to dine with him at his home.Cosby was “somebody I trusted,” Constand said. “A mentor.”But he had also previously made advances on her, she said. One time, he placed a hand on her thigh. Another time, she said, Cosby tried to undo her pants but took his hand away when she leaned forward and told him: “I’m not here for that. I don’t want that.”Asked by a prosecutor why she remained friends with him, she said: “I wasn’t scared of someone making an advance at me or a pass at me.”The defence has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women’s basketball team, especially around tournament time.“It had more to do with business than it did with me personally,” she said.Constand also said she went to a performance of Cosby’s later that year with her family in Canada after Cosby arranged to drop off tickets. She felt “terrible” about it, she said, especially when her mother brought Cosby some Canadian souvenirs.“It was a very big burden on me, but … I did not have the courage at the time to tell my family,” she said. “So I just went along with them.”During cross-examination, defence lawyers seized on what they said were inconsistencies in Constand’s accounts, including her answers on how long she had known Cosby and whether she had ever been alone with him before. Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa also pressed Constand on why she stayed in contact with Cosby afterward.Constand’s cross-examination will continue when court resumes Wednesday.The stage was set for her testimony after prosecutors used the first day and a half of the trial to argue that Cosby made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.Kelly Johnson testified on Day 1 that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill. She said that when she awoke, her breast was exposed, and a naked Cosby forced her to sexually gratify him with her hand.On Tuesday, Johnson’s mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter’s story. She told jurors that Johnson was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian’s agent.A few weeks later, Sewell said, Johnson disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.Sewell said they didn’t go to police at the time because her husband, a Los Angeles detective, feared the ordeal that would ensue.“Her father didn’t want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment as he had seen other women go through when they went to the police at that time. He didn’t want that,” Sewell said.Johnson told a similar story about Cosby in 1996, when she gave sworn testimony as part of a workers’ compensation claim, lawyer Joseph Miller testified Tuesday.She claimed to have developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job at the William Morris Agency and eventually settled for around $10,000, according to Miller, who represented the talent agency in the case.But Miller’s account differed from Johnson’s in at least one respect: Under questioning from Cosby’s lawyers, Miller said his notes show Johnson told him the encounter with Cosby happened in 1990, not 1996.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.___For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit: http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTriallast_img read more

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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur set to appear in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to appear in a Toronto courtroom today.The 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with the first-degree murder of six men with connections to the city’s LGBTQ community.Police have recovered the remains of seven people and have thus far identified three men: Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.Those remains have been found in planter pots at a home in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked and stored his equipment.In addition to the ongoing homicide investigation, there are a number of other related probes, including an internal investigation that a source says is related to a previous police interview of McArthur.The city’s police board has also approved an external review, requested by Mayor John Tory, that will look into how the force handled the cases of men missing from the gay village.Chief Mark Saunders has also initiated an internal review that will become public, and has called for some form of public inquiry.last_img read more

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Mo Farah Raises Awareness Of Refugees At Football Match

first_imgOn 23 June, a charity football match, sponsored by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), took place between the World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (WRIDPs) XI and the Arsenal Legends at Barnet FC’s Underhill Stadium, attended by a crowd of 3,600.Mo Farah, the Olympic double gold medal-winning British athlete, managed the Arsenal Legends, and Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer, managed the World Refugee IDP XI. The match attracted considerable media interest.The match raised much-needed funds for The Refugee Council, in addition to providing assistance to some of the approximately 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan, whose lives were disrupted by the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.The cause was close to the heart of Mo, originally from Somalia, and Fabrice, who comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, both of whom have built new lives in the UK. TEAS sponsored the event to commemorate UN World Refugee Day, which fell on 20 June.The Arsenal Legends team included former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Paul Davis, Ray Parlour, Perry Groves and Michael Thomas. Syed Kemal MEP also demonstrated his footballing skills in the World Refugee IDP XI, and Cabinet Minister Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, presented the trophies at the end.The game was very competitive, with both teams demonstrating huge passion for the match, which ended in a 1–1 draw. There was some excellent creative tactical work in the midfield from the WRIDPs XI, with Azerbaijani IDP Vurghun Hasanzade taking his chance and scoring towards the end of the first half. Each time England and Arsenal legend Tony Adams appeared, an ecstatic crowd demonstrated their appreciation, only topped by the applause for Mo Farah himself, when he appeared in an Arsenal strip. Arsenal adopted a 4–4–2 formation throughout, a time-honoured approach that paid dividends, particularly with the equalising goal from Ömer Riza.Arsenal nemesis Mickey Thomas also appeared for the WRIDPs XI, who was a sprightly thorn in the side of the Arsenal midfield. The match also featured some inspired goalkeeping on both sides, providing prime entertainment for the crowd.Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS said: “There are many more IDPs than refugees worldwide, and we wanted to use this match to highlight that point, as well as for raising money for IDPs and refugees around the world.”TEAS made the match sponsorship decision to highlight the ongoing plight of refugees around the world. Azerbaijan has the one of the highest IDP populations per capita in the world, in addition to refugees, due to the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict. This raged from 1988–94, costing the lives of around 30,000 people on both sides, and resulted in the occupation of around 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory. A ceasefire was declared in 1994. Despite four UN Security Council resolutions being passed, demanding the removal of the occupying forces, Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding territories remain under Armenian occupation, causing untold human misery.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

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Throughout Morocco 16000 Historic Sites Enrich the Countrys Heritage

Rabat – Appreciation of Morocco’s collection of intangible cultural heritage is steadily growing.The country is home to an impressive 16,000 historic sites, Minister of Culture and Cooperation, Mohamed Laaraj, said Tuesday in Rabat.Morocco’s cultural heritage is spread across all regions of the Kingdom, said the minister. Recently, eight new sites located in the cities of Oujda, Tangier, Youssoufia and Nador have been listed as national historic monument sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.The minister said that his department has been conducting several studies and surveys in order to better identify and promote the country’s cultural heritage.Through careful restoration of these historical sites, and by setting up several cultural partnerships with local associations, the ministry is planning to make these archaeological sites more open to public viewing.More than 20 annual festivals are organized across different regions of the Kingdom, with the aim of incrinching the cultural scene of Morocco.With the support of civil society organizations, these numerous cultural events and historic sites will likely encourage even more national and international tourism. read more

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WHO warns of shortage of antimalarial drug suggests alternatives

As increasing demand for artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for malaria is likely to result in a shortage in the next four months, the United Nations public health agency has advised certain countries to be prepared to use alternative medicines. Since 2001, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) has been recommending countries where malaria is resistant to conventional treatment such as chloroquine to switch to ACTs including artemether-lumefantrine, artesunate-mefloquine, artesunate-amodiaquine and artesunate-sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine. As many as 40 countries – half of them in Africa – have officially adopted these medicines since then, when WHO concluded an agreement with Novartis Pharma AG. Novartis provides its co-formulated artemether-lumefantrine product (Coartem) to WHO at cost for supply to the public sector of malaria endemic in developing countries.vCoartem, which is the only ACT that has been pre-qualified by WHO, is accepted for procurement by UN agencies. The demand for artemether-lumefantrine has increased since 2001, when WHO requested 220,000 treatment courses for the public sector. In 2004, demand of 10 million treatment courses was forecast. For 2005, WHO projects demand for 60 million treatment courses. WHO said it would be unable to procure the quantities of artemether-lumefantrine required by countries during the coming months due to insufficient supply of the drug from Novartis’ Chinese suppliers. Recommending the use of quinine as “second-line” anti-malarial treatment, the UN agency said it would offer technical assistance to any country facing interrupted supply of artemether-lumefantrine. read more

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Rights of victims of trafficking during migration must be protected UN expert

“It is imperative today to acknowledge that not only specific anti-trafficking policies but all related policies and especially migration policies must be consistent with the priority of preventing and eradicating trafficking and exploitation,” Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, said in a statement ahead of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day. Conflicts, emergency crisis situations and poverty, Ms. Giammarinaro stressed, can fuel trafficking as people are forced to migrate in dangerous and vulnerable conditions, such as abuse and exploitation.Urging European Union and its Member States to ensure the rights of victims of trafficking are not negatively impacted by anti-trafficking policies, the UN expert said that access to justice and compensation should also not be impacted.Europe is now a common destination for those tens and thousands currently on the move, be they victims of smuggling, migrants and refugees, asylum seekers, or children travelling alone.“I also urge the European Union to commit to the prevention and eradication of exploitation and trafficking, especially of women and children,” said Ms. Giammarinaro, noting that such trafficking and exploitation occurs in many sectors, including agriculture, construction, fishery, domestic work, the touristic industry and the sex industry.”According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), about 2,500 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year. Some surviving their perilous journey through land and sea often fall prey to criminal or unscrupulous recruiters and employers, who traffic them for labour, sexual or other types of slave-like exploitations in transit and destination countries. read more

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Early goal spurs Galway on to stun 14man Kerry and reach AllIreland

first_imgEarly goal spurs Galway on to stun 14-man Kerry and reach All-Ireland U21 decider Dessie Conneely and Colin Brady struck the goals for Galway. Short URL http://the42.ie/3342668 Apr 15th 2017, 6:31 PM Galway 2-14Kerry 2-10A GOAL AFTER 21 seconds laid the platform for Galway to stun a heavily-fancied Kerry side in today’s EirGrid All-Ireland U21 football semi-final at Cusack Park in Ennis.That early strike to the net by Dessie Conneely after Galway had turned over Kerry after the throw-in was the springboard for a superb opening display by the Connacht champions as they went ahead 1-7 to 0-1 by the 10th minute.Kerry trailed by eight points at the interval but despite cutting the deficit to three in the second half when Matthew O’Sullivan netted, their hopes of victory were severely damaged when midfielder Barry O’Sullivan was sent-off after being shown a second yellow card in the 47th minute.Galway upped the tempo again to close out the game successfully with man-of-the-match Cillian McDaid and midfielder Peter Cooke both immense. Galway players celebrate their victory. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOSubstitute Colin Brady from Corofin rattled the net in the 58th minute to seal their victory and although Kerry pulled a goal back courtesy of a blistering shot from substitute Jordan Kiely, there was no halting Galway’s march to the final on 29 April.They may have required extra-time to get past Sligo in the Connacht final but there was no disputing Galway’s superiority here. They began the match in a whirlwind fashion with Cooke and Michael Daly kicking some marvellous points.After their brilliant Munster final showing, Kerry flatlined in the early stages here as they struggled to gain a foothold in the game. Killian Spillane’s 21st minute point was their solitary score from play in the opening period.They received a lifeline after the break when towering full-forward O’Sullivan raised a green flag, albeit Galway protested that the goal should have been disallowed for the ball being thrown to the net. Mathew O’Sullivan scores a disputed goal for Kerry. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThat was the start of Kerry’s best phase of the game with Spillane, goalkeeper Shane Ryan and Flaherty all knocking over points to leave them 1-11 to 1-8 adrift by the close of the third quarter.Yet Kerry could not get closer as Galway took over once more and maximised the personnel advantage handed to them by the dismissal of O’Sullivan.Scorers for Galway: Peter Cooke 0-5 (0-3f), Dessie Conneely, Colin Brady 1-0 each, Sean Kelly, Michael Daly 0-2 each, Kieran Molloy, Robert Finnerty, Paul Mannion, Cillian McDaid, Céin D’Arcy 0-1 each.Scorers for Kerry: Killian Spillane 0-4 (0-3f), Jordan Kiely, Matthew O’Sullivan 1-0 each, Shane Ryan (0-1f), Matthew Flaherty 0-2 each, Sean O’Shea, Conor Geaney 0-1 (0-1f) each.Galway1. Ronan O Beolain (Micheal Breathnach)2. Liam Kelly (An Spideal)3. Sean Andy O Ceallaigh (Leitir Mor)4. Ruairi Greene (Killannin)5. Kieran Molloy (Corofin)6. Dylan McHugh (Corofin)7. Cillian McDaid (Monivea-Abbey)8. Peter Cooke (Moycullen)9. Cein D’Arcy (Caherlistrane)10. Sean Kelly (Moycullen)11. Michael Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough)12. Paul Mannion (Kilconly)13. Robert Finnerty (Salthill-Knocknacarra)14. Eoin Finnerty (Mountbellew-Moylough)15. Dessie Conneely (Moycullen)SubsColin Brady (Corofin) for Mannion (41)Michael Boyle (Killererin) for Finnerty (55)Colm Brennan (Oileain Arainn) for D’Arcy (56)Eric Lee (Oughterard) for McDaid (59)Kerry1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)2. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan (Dingle)3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)6. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)8. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)9. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle)10. Brandon Barrett (Ardfert)11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare)12. Matthew Flaherty (Dingle)13. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)14. Matthew O’Sullivan (St Michaels-Foilmore)15. Conor Geaney (Dingle)Subs21. Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes) for Barrett (28)23. Roibeard Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Seanacháin (41)22. Jordan Kiely (Dr Crokes) for O’Shea (44)17. Jack Morgan (Austin Stacks) for White (56)19. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) for Tom Leo O’Sullivan (59)Referee: Brendan Cawley (Sligo)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Dessie Conneely celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game for Galway. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO O’Callaghan black card can’t stop Dublin marching past Donegal into All-Ireland U21 finalFrom Dingle to Geelong – a Kerry All-Ireland winning captain starting an Aussie Rules career Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By The42 Teamcenter_img Dessie Conneely celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game for Galway. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO 22,451 Views Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 6:31 PM 24 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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It is inevitable we will identify more examples of bad practice Garda

first_imgIn addition to correcting these issues, we must share that information, no matter how negative it is, not just with the Authority, but also with the public.  Only through that openness can we sustain public trust.“A matter of grave disappointment”O’Sullivan acknowledged that what they’ve found regarding the incorrect reporting of breath tests is “totally unacceptable”.Garda management were of the opinion that this wasn’t a situation of “occasional systems failure” but a matter of “individual and collective ethical behaviour”.She said: “It is a matter of grave disappointment that this has apparently been happening for so long, unchallenged.Every single member of the organisation must recognise that their individual actions, in all areas of policing, reflects on the organisation as a whole and impacts on the trust between ourselves and the communities we serve.She indicated that every measure would be taken to correct the problems and make sure they do not re-occur.A help line will be set up for drivers affected by the incorrect court summonses by Monday 3 April, and a detailed report on the problems, when they were identified and what action would be taken is being provided to the Tánaiste and Policing Authority.Political pressureTaoiseach Enda Kenny said that recent revelations over garda breath tests and wrongful court summonses were “not acceptable”, and that he hopes that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is “very clear” with her next statement on the matter.Speaking at an EU summit in Rome today, Kenny said: “I would like the commissioner to be very clear in her statement that she makes later this evening. It’s not acceptable,” RTÉ News reported.I’ve already expressed confidence in the Garda Commissioner a number of times. I would like to see her statement this afternoon. I continue to have confidence in her.He added that it was “not for the government” to interfere in the running of the gardaí, as it was “an internal matter”.In an interview with RTÉ News yesterday, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald called the scale of the error “appalling and staggering”.The public will be concerned about the discrepancy in relation to the million figure, which means effectively that it was across the whole system.“So it does raise issues around supervision and accountability in relation to this issue.”Although Fitzgerald said that she had made her concerns clear to O’Sullivan, she also retained confidence in the commissioner to fulfil her role.Speaking to Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1 earlier this afternoon, Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar said the latest revelations from the gardaí were “appalling”.Asked whether he continued to have confidence in the Commissioner, he said that he did, and said he was keen to see the expected statement.- With reporting by Daragh Brophy.  Read: Here’s what we know so far about the garda breath test scandalRead: ‘No one believes An Garda Síochana’: Calls for shake-up to garda management http://jrnl.ie/3306474 Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 2:45 PM Share343 Tweet Email1 Short URL 103 Comments 27,579 Views Mar 25th 2017, 2:45 PM center_img ‘It is inevitable we will identify more examples of bad practice’: Garda Commissioner Enda Kenny earlier reiterated his confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 3.05pmGARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRÍN O’Sullivan has issued a statement relating to the recent revelations of non-existent breath tests recorded by An Garda Síochana.This week senior gardaí revealed the baffling discovery that almost one million roadside breath tests that never happened had been recorded on internal garda systems over the last five years.It was also revealed that 146,856 summonses to court were wrongly issued to drivers over the past 10 years.O’Sullivan said that they were looking at a problem which goes back “more than a decade”, and confirmed that new processes and systems would be put in place to ensure that such discrepancies never happen again.It wasn’t just about a systemic issue, she said, it was about ethics, supervision, measurement and, “most of all, it’s about trust”.She added that, as An Garda Síochana embarks on a “journey of radical reform”, it is “inevitable that we will identify more examples of bad practice”.This information, no matter how negative it is, will be fully disclosed to the public, O’Sullivan said.Independent validationIn her statement, O’Sullivan indicated that she had written to the Policing Authority seeking further review of the breath test discrepancies.She said that she asked the Authority to consider requesting the Garda Inspectorate to: examine the processes and methodology utilised to identify the nature and extent of the problems; review the control measures put in place designed to address the issues; examine if the current processes regarding roadside breath testing are in line with best practice.The Policing Authority is an independent body that provides oversight to the provision of policing services in Ireland.The Garda Inspectorate, meanwhile, is an independent statutory body with the brief to ensure the resources available to An Garda Síochana “are used to achieve and maintain the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness in its operation and administration”.In addition, O’Sullivan said she has directed Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan and a team to undertake a further detailed analysis of the remedial work done to date on the matter and provide a report to the Policing Authority within a month.“We have taken corrective action,” the commissioner said. “We are asking that the corrective action be externally validated. That will reassure the public.However, it is important to state at this point that when an organisation like An Garda Síochána is on a journey of radical reform, as it is under my Commissionership, it is inevitable that we will identify more examples of bad practice. By Sean Murray Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

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