UN tourism body warns against overreaction to SARS

“We deeply sympathize with those affected,” WTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli says in a press release in Madrid. “But although it is important for the tourism industry to take SARS very seriously, it should not over-react to an epidemic which seems to have been brought under control in most countries which had been affected.”WTO, an inter-governmental body entrusted by the UN with the promotion and development of tourism, is planning to launch as soon as possible an initiative regarding travel advisories and it warns of a wave of paranoia affecting non-infected destinations. “While governments and other institutions must assume their responsibilities in protecting citizens from proven risks, the recommended restrictions should be no broader than strictly needed to avoid creating additional problems for industries like tourism, which can make such a decisive contribution to social and economic development,” Mr. Frangialli says.Noting its rapid spread from one corner of the world to another by travellers, and cases of transmission in hotels, restaurants, places of entertainment, or planes, WTO says SARS is perceived to be linked to tourism itself, even though local transmission such as close contact in households, hospitals and other contexts is far more prevalent. Out of thousands of probable SARS cases, only five are believed to have possibly resulted from transmission in a plane, and those occurred before screening and other security measures were introduced in many airports and companies, it adds.The agency says the impact on global tourism is liable to be all the more severe since, as in the Bali attack last year, it chiefly concerns the only region in the world, Asia-Pacific, that has recently seen strong, sustained growth in its flows – eight per cent in 2002. “Moreover, the reality of the epidemic is being compounded by its intense coverage by the media, which has led to a veritable wave of paranoia in certain countries,” the release states. “In such circumstances, Asian destinations that have not recorded any cases of infection to date – including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand – have suffered almost as much as the areas actually affected, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.” read more

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South Sudan commits to strengthening national response to HIVAIDS – UN agency

“These efforts are a testament to the resilience of the South Sudanese people and a clear sign of their desire to achieve a viable independent State,” UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director of Programme, Luiz Loures said following a meeting in the capital, Juba, with President Salva Kiir.In 2012, an estimated 150,000 people were living with HIV in South Sudan, with AIDS-related deaths almost doubling since 2001, from 6,900 to 13,000 in 2012, according to UNAIDS.The UN agency also noted that of those who were eligible for lifesaving antiretroviral therapy under the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2010 guidelines, just 9 per cent had access. While only 13 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV had access to services to prevent transmission of the virus to their child. The population of South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, is largely made up of young people. More than half of the population is under the age of 18, and 72 per is cent under the age of 30, according to the World Bank.Following the meeting with UNAIDS, President Kiir acknowledged the necessity to tailor HIV services to the needs of young people, “If they are left vulnerable, there will be no country.”During the meeting, the UN agency said that Dr. Loures emphasized the need to firmly engage the armed forces in the response to HIV. The UN has been working with non-governmental partners to provide condoms to the South Sudanese military in a bid to tackle the high rates of infection among soldiers, estimated at over four per cent. In an effort to tackle this trend, the army established an HIV Secretariat in 2006. Dr. Loures also addressed the UN peacekeeping mission troops deployed in South Sudan working with UNMISS. He highlighted the responsibility that peacekeepers have in preventing gender-based violence and sexual exploitation in their operational zones – two key factors that exacerbate the spread of HIV in conflict and post-conflict settings, as outlined in the UN Security Council in Resolution 1983.In addition to President Kiir, the Deputy Executive Director also met with other government officials during his visit, as well as UN development partners. read more

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Ohio State completes the chase starts a new one right away

Coach Urban Meyer leads the OSU football team onto the field at AT&T Stadium before the College Football Playoff National Championship game against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Buckeyes completed the chase, but a new journey started right away.It all began for Ohio State when Alabama beat Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship in Urban Meyer’s first year as the OSU coach. After that game, Meyer realized the Buckeyes needed to step up in order to find a way to the top.“I saw a team (Alabama) that I thought — obviously it just dominated in the national championship game, and they looked better than we did,” Meyer said Monday. “So somehow we had to get to that level, and that was the chase.”The chase Meyer had in mind back in January 2013 ended when the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, even beating the Crimson Tide along the way.But championship aside, a new chase started for Meyer and his team as soon as the 2014-15 season ended.During a Tuesday press conference, Meyer said he expects a strong team to be back for a new chase next season, and stressed he wants the Buckeyes to continue to work for what they earn.“I think we’ll be very good,” Meyer said. “I think we have to watch for complacency in the program, and we’re going to watch that very closely.”He added the first step toward preparing for another championship run will be laying out the path with the help of assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti.“My right-hand man is Mickey Marotti, so we’ll visit today at some point and start putting our calendar together and having conversations with players about futures,” Meyer said Tuesday. “It’s a very complicated machine.”With the help of staffers like Marotti, Meyer has made that machine run smoothly, despite hitting multiple speed bumps along the way. Senior quarterback Braxton Miller — one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy heading into the season — tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder less than two weeks before the opener. Then, with redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett under center, the Buckeyes lost to unranked Virgina Tech in week two.Ten games later, Barrett was a Heisman candidate and OSU seemed to be streaking into College Football Playoff consideration. But Barrett fractured his ankle against Michigan in the regular-season finale and redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones was thrust into the spotlight for the first time in his career, Twitter gaffes aside. But long story short, Jones found a way to succeed, and helped the Buckeyes shock the world against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game and then Alabama and Oregon in the playoffs. While Jones was thrust into the chase itself late in the game, he said he witnessed the beginning of it as soon as he arrived in Columbus.“(Meyer’s) first team meeting was actually my first day on campus as well,” Jones said Monday. “And the way he attacked the team and let us know it was time for a change and it started at the top with the culture.”Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who arrived at OSU a year after Meyer, said the Ashtabula, Ohio, native sparked the team to rise to a new level.“I think the biggest thing with coach Meyer, he just demands excellence out of everybody, every aspect of your life,” Elliott said after the championship game. “When he demands that every day from you, you don’t have a choice but to change.”Now with his sights set on the same destination, but in a future location, Meyer said he’s not yet sure what exactly to expect next season.“Tough questions, man. We just won a championship,” he said.The Buckeyes are set to open up the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., and Meyer said he at least knows the Buckeyes will be fielding a talented team of champions. But beyond that, the three-time national champion’s focus was on the moment at hand.“I’ve got a bunch of really good players. I love our coaching staff,” he said Tuesday. “The word ‘repeat,’ we’ll have that conversation, certainly not today. It’s about enjoying it.” read more

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Final rally comes up short as Ohio State mens lacrosse falls to

OSU junior midfielder Johnny Pearson (30) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern PhotographerA late push was not enough at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 2 Notre Dame by a score of 9-8.OSU junior midfielder Johnny Pearson scored four goals and assisted on one more in the losing effort, which brought the Buckeyes’ record to 5-5 on the season and extended their losing streak to four games.The Buckeyes were down 7-4 to begin the fourth quarter and 9-6 with less than four minutes left. Two goals, one from Pearson and another from senior attacker Carter Brown, cut the deficit to one with 2:27 remaining in the final period. The Fighting Irish defense clamped down in the remaining time, however, to secure the win and bump their record up to 6-1 on the year.“I just wish we had a couple more minutes left in that game,” said OSU coach Nick Myers. “We’re getting closer to the 60 minutes that we need … and just ran out of time unfortunately.”Pearson nearly matched his season total of five goals in the game, giving him nine scores on the year, and led an OSU attack that notched eight goals against the nation’s top defense in preventing goals, Notre Dame.“Johnny’s a guy that we need that from. We’ve challenged him to step up,” Myers said. “He’s a good range shooter. We felt like today we were going to need to take a few of those shots in order to try and get some goals, and he did a nice job.”OSU redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister also praised the play of his teammate.“Johnny’s great. He’s got an amazing skill set, and we just want to utilize that more,” he said.Notre Dame started the scoring after a pushing penalty on OSU freshman midfielder Logan Maccani resulted in a 30-second extra-man opportunity for the Fighting Irish. Sophomore attacker Mikey Wynne capitalized by throwing a strike into the back of the net to give Notre Dame the early lead.OSU responded with its own man-up goal a few minutes later when junior attacker Austin Shanks scored his 11th goal of the season to tie the game at one.A pair of goals for the Buckeyes and one more for Notre Dame ended the first quarter with OSU leading by a score of 3-2.The Scarlet and Gray were aggressive in their shot-taking in the first quarter, holding a 10-4 lead in that category in the period.Each team scored a goal in the second quarter to give the Scarlet and Gray a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.Both defenses played extremely well in the second quarter. Notre Dame’s defense caused multiple OSU turnovers, and OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey made five of his 12 saves in the period.Notre Dame came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter. The defense began to extend itself out more, causing OSU turnovers and not allowing the Buckeyes to attempt many shots.The Fighting Irish capitalized on the play of their defense, scoring four goals in the period while shutting out OSU to take a 7-4 lead heading into the fourth. Wynne scored his third goal of the game in the period, and preseason first-team All-American senior attacker Matt Kavanagh also scored for the Irish.“It looked like we were a bit tentative there until we got back into the game and settled in,” Myers said. “It allowed them the chance to make a little run.”Now staring at a four-game losing streak, the Scarlet and Gray must prepare for the start of Big Ten play next week against Penn State. However, the team is trying to cast the game in a positive light, Pfister said.“We’re definitely taking steps in the right direction,” Pfister said. “You try to build off the positives and learn from the negatives.”Myers said the recent string of losses, all of which came against top 20 opponents, is something his team can learn from.“I think we’ve proven now in these last four or five games, in terms of who we’ve played, that we’re capable of playing with anyone,” he said. “But we got to get over that hump, and being close isn’t good enough.”OSU’s next game against Penn State is scheduled to begin at noon on April 3 at the ’Shoe. read more

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Womens Basketball No 8 Ohio State attempts to bounce back with road

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAfter an 84-75 loss to No. 19 Michigan Tuesday night, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will head on the road for a Monday night game against No. 14 Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). In the last matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes upset the No. 2 Terrapins 98-87 at the end of the regular season last year. In recent years, Maryland has been the Big Ten’s powerhouse, winning the conference the past two years. Though this year’s Terrapin team lacks the star-power of recent years, Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff stressed his team’s need to be prepared for another top-25 team.“They’re good, they’re talented, they’re well coached, they’re used to winning,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They have an expectation to win. They’re gonna be ready. We’ll have to be really good on Monday.”The Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone loss coming Jan. 11 against the Michigan State Spartans.Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team will need to come in with the same level of intensity if it hopes to come away with a win against the Terrapins, like it did last year.“The amount of focus that we had, the amount of intensity and effort we brought, all of us that played that game we just brought it,” Harper said. “We played together, our chemistry was great and we really wanted to win. We have to approach this upcoming game the same way we approached it last year and make sure that we’re doing everything we have to do to get the win.”Maryland sophomore guard Kaila Charles, who leads her team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, must pick up the workload offensively. The Terrapins’ second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Blair Watson, suffered a torn ACL in a January practice that will force her to miss the remainder of the season. Watson was averaging 13.8 points per game prior to the injury.The Terrapins’ depth has helped them absorb the loss of Watson this season.  Maryland has six active players who put up at least 10.5 points per game, and would have been seven had Watson not suffered a season-ending injury.This game will have major implications on which team takes the edge in the Big Ten. Ohio State and Maryland are tied for first atop the conference and both are the only teams with one loss. Conference control is not McGuff’s main focus, though.“I just think it’s about us being prepared for this game and putting our best foot forward here, as we saw Tuesday anything can happen,” McGuff said. In the Big Ten there’s a lot of parity this year. We need to take this game first and go from there.”The Buckeyes will need to find a way to put up points on a night when the 3-pointer does not fall. While they were aggressive and hit 17-of-22 free throws the previous game, they shot 36 percent from the field, which hindered their second-half productivity. McGuff said he would like to see his team stay patient, even when shots aren’t dropping for the team. “One, continue to take good shots no matter what,” McGuff said. “Two, just continue to work [on it]. I think we’ve, knock on wood, done a better job recently getting some balance in our offense, scoring a little bit more around the basket and I think we need to continue to do that.” read more

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Learning To Love The Olympics Filthy Water ZikaFree Tube Socks And All

The best part has been seeing the athletes, who are even more impressive in real life than they are in ESPN’s Body issue. Ryan Lochte’s recently bleached hair looked more blue than blond against a backdrop of the blue Olympics logo, and Claressa Shields — the first female boxer in the U.S. to win gold — is ridiculously jacked and startlingly soft-spoken. It was jarring to hear such a delicate voice come out of a body that could rip you in two.So far, everything has been pretty great for me in spite of concerns about infrastructure (the traffic is unreal) and security (the Brazil Ministry of Justice fired its security team less than a week ago and put the local police in charge). I’m here for three weeks; I get to see the spectacle and be in a beautiful city, and then I get to go home. The larger issues that have been thrust into the spotlight because the Olympics are taking place in Brazil will still be here — the people who have been displaced, the workers who haven’t been paid, the sewage polluting the waters. But on the ground, Rio isn’t the apocalyptic hellscape from the media hype cycle so much as it is a city that has overextended its resources and is trying to keep its rougher edges just out of view.I left the press center and walked a few hundred yards to find a home, still inside Olympic Park, with a big sign on it that reads in Portuguese, “Amendment 74 Area of Special Social Interest. We have the right to live here. It remains to be seen if there are any morals left in the justice system or if it’s all corrupt. Not everyone has a price!” We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.RIO DE JANEIRO — For a lot of FiveThirtyEight sports stories, there’s not much need to be watching live. We’re trained to ignore hot takes from announcers, to remember that fluke plays can be meaningless. Most of what we know and understand about the games we love is gleaned from careful analysis after the game is over.During the 2014 World Cup, we came to understand Lionel Messi’s greatness by looking at how efficient a shooter he was (the ninth-most-efficient overall, but the best shooter when we adjusted for the shots he took) — that helped us contextualize just how abnormal it was for him to miss this sitter in the final. But his stats don’t necessarily capture the discombobulated, cracked-earth sensation of Messi not being Messi. After he missed that shot, how many Brahma beers were hurled by fans in the sky-blue jerseys of La Albiceleste? His national-team disappointments have been noted statistically, but what does the weight of national expectation sound and smell and feel like in a stadium of 75,000 screaming maniacs?That’s why I wanted to come to the Olympics. I’ve never covered an event of this magnitude, for this long — and I’m overwhelmed and scared and excited! I wanted to be here for the tactile data: to understand how different countries handle winning and losing, to see whose fans are the loudest and which stadiums are silent — and maybe to share some weird anecdotes about the things I’m doing and seeing along the way.Before I left, fears about Zika virus were rampant, or maybe they were just especially high at the Upper West Side location of AdvantageCare Physicians. My doctor prescribed the CDC-recommended typhoid vaccine, along with some anti-diarrhea pills (that I haven’t had to use!) and an outfit best described as Ph.D.-student-about-to-ride-a-bike, which was assembled using notes such as “keep your pant legs tucked into your socks.” At the risk of coming off like Hope Solo, here you go: I did this only once before realizing that it was overkill. I haven’t seen many bugs, but I know the concern is not about quantity of bugs but which ones carry Zika. I spent time at Guanabara Bay, the main site for the Olympic sailing events, with some of the U.S. sailing team and staff, and they told me that the water seemed a little better since runoff sewage had been closed off from dumping into the bay. The Associated Press reported this week that at a lagoon where Olympic rowing will take place, adenovirus (which can cause fever, diarrhea and pink eye, among other symptoms) readings were lower than they were in March 2015 but still at “hair-raising” levels. From where I was, on the shores of Guanabara Bay, the water appeared clean, if not downright beautiful, with Sugarloaf Mountain in the background. But I didn’t swim in it. Over at the main press center at Olympic Park, some journalists have complained about the lack of free coffee and food options. THERE’S A PRESS CENTER WITH FREE COFFEE. It’s packed, and the free stuff runs out. But there’s another place to buy food. As a first-timer, I can’t contextualize just how good or bad things really are; people have told me “it’s better than Sochi” and “it’s so much worse than London.” Once, when I peed, the entire toilet paper holder came free of the wall. But I just set it down and got some toilet paper. On the other side of the city, more than an hour away from Olympic Park and the families it has pushed out, I waited in line to take a picture with the Olympic rings on the tourist-filled Copacabana beach. It was crowded but semi-orderly, as people took turns exchanging phones to take photos of one another. I always think selfies turn out better, so I flipped the camera around on my face only to catch a woman dressed all in gold holding a novelty torch. “What you can’t get from TV, and what I came to really love about the Olympics, were the little shavings on the factory floor, the curious byproducts of an event that brings together so many people from so many places in such narrow quarters,” reflected one reporter after the London Olympics. I’ll be here for the next few weeks, trying to find as many data-y things on the factory floor to share, but I’m eager to hear what you are seeing at home too. So leave me a note in the comments, tweet me, email me! I’ll try my best to deliver the same data-driven reporting we always provide, along with a sober, skeptical eye on the narratives the rest of the sports writing world is selling. read more

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Column Upcoming EU timber regulations are two steps behind environmental reality

first_imgFollowing the proposed sell-off of harvesting rights on Coillte forests earlier this week – which the Irish Timber Council says could put as many as 2,500 jobs in jeopardy – Dermot McNally considers the fate of the forestry industry, upcoming regulations, and the demand for ethically-produced timber. NEW EU TIMBER regulations will come into force this month. This badly needed piece of legislation prohibits placing timber on the EU market if it was illegally harvested. To achieve this end, the regulations set out procedures which any operator placing timber products onto the EU market for the first time must adhere to.The obvious thing to point out is that the regulations don’t address the actual holistic environmental impact of timber as its makes its journey from forest, to processing, to final market. Take for example solid oak furniture – very fashionable in domestic cabinet furniture across the UK and Ireland. Much American Oak is harvested legally in the US, shipped to Asia for processing in factories and reshipped (with thick layers of polystyrene and cardboard packaging) into the UK and Irish markets. So while the example above is legal and traceable, timber products created in this way are creating a huge carbon footprint given the use of fossil fuels in shipping and packaging.Truly sustainable forestryThat point aside, there are a host of weaknesses which belittle the regulations and will hamper efforts to achieve truly sustainable forestry management across the globe.Firstly the certification process for timbers is varied by region and authority making compliance less transparent and less reliable. This facet is exacerbated by language barriers, the possibility of corruption, and a disappointing indifference by some national governments who are keen to facilitate their burgeoning domestic wood processors regardless of timber source.Is there a chance that, without a watertight pan-national cross checking of “certificates of origin”, there could be a duplication of certificates; ie, a timber saw mill or a wood processor could give the same certificates to different customers – the chances of these certificates coming across the desk of the same enforcement agency are slim.Enforcement is the next great unknown – will enforcement agents have adequate resources to do so? This is critical as failure to enforce the regulations thoroughly could be inviting dumping of timber products onto the UK and ROI markets as tough enforcement in other member states closes the outlet for uncertified timber products.Will customers pay for ethically produced goods?Where enforcement is haphazard or unlikely, firms stringently adhering to the rules will incur additional costs relative to their less ethical competitors. And the sad truth is, as most retailers will concur I’m sure, is that only a very small percentage of consumers will actually pay more for ethically produced goods.The regulations state that “due diligence” should be used to try and to determine the source of the timbers in products, which from my reading commits the importer to try their “best” to guarantee the source. However the physical nature of timber make this very difficult; how can local enforcement officials assess the species type or quantity of timbers actually used in a piece of furniture without time consuming and expensive raw material testing?Similarly how much timber can actually be used from a certified log and how much waste is there in a 15metre high Indonesian Mindi tree? Can we make 100 chairs or 500 chairs? Is it feasible that a proportion of the timber used in a chair is from a certified Mindi plantation but the rest is from a uncertified source? Who will be able to prove otherwise?Holistic solution still a long way offSo with all these potential pit falls what is likely to happen in the UK and Ireland?It’s possible that a high profile enforcement of sorts is likely as happened in the USA. The USA are a little ahead of Europe – they extended the Lacey Act to prohibit the placing of illegally harvested timbers into the USA in 2008. Gibson Guitars were raided by US officials in November 2009 and in August 2012 Gibson finally agreed to pay $600,000 for importing illegal Madagascan Rosewood. They also consented to confiscation of the same illegal timbers from their HQ in Nashville. Given the severity of the penalty, other US timber importers are likely to take note.But for the time being at least the chopping, fudging and importing of illegally harvested timber is likely to continue; and a holistic solution to sustainable forestry management is still a long way off.Dermot McNally is MD of McNally & Finlay, a manufacturing and wholesaling business in Monaghan, ROIRead: ‘2,500 jobs jeopardised’ by sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights – reportlast_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Monday 13 Feb 2017, 4:53 PM 1 Comment Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Julija SapicEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #WHISTLEBLOWERS: Child and family agency Tusla is to appear before a Dáil committee next week as the Sergeant Maurice McCabe controversy rumbles on. Meanwhile, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says she “has not considered” resigning, while Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan insists she won’t step aside as she is “innocent”.2. #NO CONFIDENCE: Sinn Féin has published its motion of no confidence in the Government.3. #HAROLD’S CROSS: Dublin’s iconic greyhound racing track at Harold’s Cross has been closed.4. #COURTS: A man who claimed he was injured after being trapped in a Luas door has lost his €60,000 claim.5. #OFFALY: Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after a man in his 30s died in a single vehicle crash last night. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3237100 The 5 at 5: Monday O’Sullivan won’t quit, and Tusla to appear before Oireachtas committee – it’s the five at five. 6,895 Views Feb 13th 2017, 4:53 PM By Cianan Brennan Share1 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Dublin teenager who broke mans front teeth to show his friends he

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 1 Apr 2019, 5:47 PM https://jrnl.ie/4571534 Share294 Tweet Email1 40,035 Views Short URL A TEENAGER WHO launched an unprovoked attack on a Mexican national that resulted in the victim losing half of both of his front teeth has been jailed for 18 months.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Clayton Brennan, 19, punched and kicked the man because he “wanted to show himself as a tough man in front of his friends”.Brennan of Dunawley Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Bachelors Walk, Dublin, on 27 April, 2016.Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin said this was a serious and “completely unprovoked attack”. She said Brennan kicked the victim after knocking him to the ground.She noted that he has attended eduction while in custody and applied himself well.She suspended the last six months of a two year prison term on condition he refrain from any mind altering substance and obeys the instructions of the Probation Service.Garda Eric Keogh told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting, that Jose Mondragon was sitting on the Liffey boardwalk when Brennan sat beside him.The victim tried to leave but a number of youths surrounded him, before Brennan hit him in the temple, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his mouth against a tree pot.Brennan pushed him to the ground repeatedly as he tried to stand back up. The victim escaped by jumping over a wall once Brennan stopped pushing him.Speaking in court, the victim said that he had come to Ireland to learn English.Half of his two front teeth were lost in the assault and the total price to repair them was €4,205.As the victim walked past the accused after giving his statement to the court, Brennan extended his hand to him and he shook it.Brennan, who was 16 years old at the time of the offence, has eight previous convictions.These include an offence of assault causing serious harm at Dame Lane, Dublin, in May of 2016, when he “glassed an individual”.He is currently serving a five year sentence with the final two years suspended for violent disorder, arson and criminal damage.These relate to an incident on 29 August, 2016 in which a unit at Oberstown Children Detention Campus was set alight and had to be demolished.Brennan is set to be released from custody on 30 January, 2020 and will remain under supervision of the Probation Service for a further 18 months.Kevin White BL, defending, said that his client had been the victim of significant bullying throughout his schooling, including incidents in which his shoes were stolen and he was pushed into a bonfire.Counsel said that his client showed guilt and remorse for committing this offence.He extended an apology on Brennan’s behalf to the victim, and told the court Brennan had “wanted to show himself as a tough man in front of his friends”. Image: Rollingnews.iecenter_img The Courts of Criminal Justice Apr 1st 2019, 5:47 PM By Brion Hoban 46 Comments Dublin teenager who broke man’s front teeth ‘to show his friends he was tough’ jailed for 18 months Clayton Brennan assaulted the man in Dublin city centre in April 2016. The Courts of Criminal Justice Image: Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

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411 WWE RAW averages 353 million viewers this week on the USA

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp raw always does good the night after wm. i mean 2.5 isnt bad in this day and age, where more and more people are turning away from tv in favor of social media and online tv and movie websites now. Scarlet Fu Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It SteelCity1981 Roman Reigns is in Remission 1 COMMENT WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Last night’s 4/11 WWE RAW from Los Angeles drew a 2.50 cable rating with an average audience of 3.53 million viewers on Monday night according to Showbuzzdaily.com.The first hour drew 3.474 million viewers, the second hour saw a bump up to 3.687 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night dropping back down to 3.427 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew a 2.93 cable rating with an average audience of 4.09 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.25 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night, down from the 1.55 last week. Despite the drop in viewers, RAW ended up as the No. 2 show on cable on Monday night. Next week’s show will be pre-taped from London and could see another drop in the overall TV audience.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 33.26%0:00Remaining Time -4:57 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ April 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitterlast_img read more

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Man who bilked elderly woman gets 2 years

first_imgA Vancouver man convicted of bilking an 86-year-old woman out of at least $50,000 has been sentenced to more than two years in prison, court records show.In August, a Clark County Superior Court jury found Mark A. Miller, 56, guilty of first-degree theft, attempted first-degree theft and first-degree criminal impersonation. He was sentenced Sept. 18 to 27 months in prison.Miller had worked for Chase Bank as a financial planner from June 2015 to June 2016, during which time he had access to the victim’s financial portfolio. He later resigned from the bank in lieu of being fired for doing business deals on the side, and initiated a relationship with the victim, who resided at a nursing facility in Camas. He began managing her finances, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.The victim told a social services coordinator at the nursing facility that Miller loved her and was going to leave his wife for her. When Miller was confronted, he told the coordinator he was the victim’s financial planner. Logs showed he had visited the victim numerous times between August and September 2016, the affidavit states.On Aug. 22, 2016, the victim said Miller told her she needed a vacation and to get him $50,000 to get everything squared away. A friend of Miller’s took the victim to the Chase Bank branch at Fred Meyer, 16600 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., in Vancouver. The victim obtained a cashier’s check for $50,000 and gave it to the friend to give to Miller, court records say.last_img read more

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Firmino Everyone at Liverpool appreciates Salah

first_imgRoberto Firmino insists that teammate Mohamed Salah remains appreciated by the entire Liverpool teamThe 26-year-old forward’s below-par start to the season has raised unconcern that his feats of the previous campaign may have been just a one-off.Compared to his tally of 44 goals across all competitions the previous campaign, Salah has only found the net three times in 11 games this season.The likes of former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince have suggested that Salah’s struggles this term are to do with a World Cup hangover and the shoulder injury he sustained in last season’s Champions League final.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.But Firmino retains a high opinion of his strike partner at Anfield regardless.“Mohamed Salah is a great player. He is a fantastic partner, we discuss a lot of matters every single day and I am very happy to play next to him,” Firmino told Al Arabiya.“Salah is appreciated by the whole team and his excellent work is still going on for us. He is a sensitive lad as well. I believe Salah deserves all what has happened for him in his life and what he has so far achieved.”Salah is an injury doubt for Liverpool along with Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk for their trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

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Final Venue Set for WOTUS Challenges

first_imgThe 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied states’ latest bid to have their challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule heard by district courts, where they think they’d find more receptive audiences, according to reports in Politico.This means that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, will hear the cases challenging the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, generally known as WOTUS. States had urged the 11th Circuit to take the appeal, arguing that the issue does not qualify under a provision of the Clean Water Act that allows certain challenges to leapfrog district courts and head straight to appellate court. The 6th Circuit, where appellate court challenges have been consolidated, has ruled that the issue belongs with it.”It would be a colossal waste of judicial resources for both this Court and the Sixth Circuit to undertake to decide the same issues about the same rule presented by the same parties,” the panel wrote.Last fall, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals placed a preliminary injunction on implementation and enforcement of the WOTUS Rule in all 50 states so it has not taken effect.  Oral arguments in the case before the 6th Circuit have been set for spring of 2017.last_img read more

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Man accused of threatening Wilton Manors gay community hospitalized

first_imgWILTON MANORS, Fla. (WSVN) — A man who is accused of threatening South Florida’s LGBT community in Wilton Manors is in the hospital.Fifty-year-old Craig Jungwirth was arrested on an unrelated charge over the weekend, but his court date is now on hold after he complained of chest pains.According to police, Jungwirth posted threatening social media posts toward the Wilton Manor’s gay community.He has yet to be charged in connection to those threats.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Transmission line planned for Clear Air Force Station

first_imgA small Air Force station in interior Alaska is scheduled to be hooked up this year to a rural cooperative’s power lines.Golden Valley Electric Association is moving forward with installation of a 2.4-mile high-voltage transmission line to Clear Air Station.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Department of Defense for three years has sought the connection as a cost-saving measure.Clear operates radar antennas that track satellites and provide early warning of an intercontinental missile attack.The station since it was built in 1961 has generated its own coal-fired heat and electricity.The station’s 22.5-megawatt plant produces far more power than the facility requires with improved radar systems.The Defense Department will pay an estimated $6.1 million for the transmission line.last_img read more

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Neighbors Call For Pedestrian Safety Improvements As They Remember Woman Who Was

first_img– / 7It’s been six months since Polly Koch was struck and killed in a crosswalk at Richmond and Mandell Streets, just a few blocks from her apartment. One of the dogs she was walking was also killed. The driver of the truck who hit her wasn’t charged but Koch’s friends and neighbors say that needs to change. Listen Share They gathered Wednesday morning at the intersection bearing signs reading “No More Sacrifices To Traffic” and “Don’t Run Me Down.” Some morning commuters honked their horns in support.Koch was a well-known writer and editor for local publications and she’d lived in the neighborhood for years. Longtime friend Jane Creighton said Koch’s death greatly affected a lot of people in the community.“There are too many people being lost,” said Creighton. “Part of the work that Polly did as an editor and a writer was to think about questions of social justice and social progress. In a way, being here and listening also to my friends, it’s a way of continuing a conversation with Polly about how to address issues that affect all of us as a community.”Also at the protest was Bike Houston Chairman Dan Piette. He said the problem is that there are too many drivers who simply aren’t looking out for walkers and cyclists.“People are getting killed because drivers don’t understand and there’s just no consideration for pedestrians, bikers, and other drivers,” added Piette. “Right now it seems that if you’re in a truck and you hit a bike the correct defense is, oops, I didn’t see them. That is not acceptable.”Recent studies have ranked Houston as one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. In his recent State of Mobility address, Mayor Sylvester Turner asked for the public’s help in identifying the city’s 10 most troublesome intersections.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:42last_img read more

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Microsoft offers faulty Xbox One owners a free game

first_imgAre you one of the gamers who picked up an Xbox One on launch day or over the weekend only to find it had a faulty Blu-ray drive or made an awful buzzing sound? Well, if you are, expect an email from Microsoft as apparently you are getting a free game.With high demand for the console, which managed to sell over a million units on launch day, it’s not surprising to hear that shipping out replacement consoles is going to take some time. So to cover the delay in getting you a fully-functioning machine, Xbox support is emailing those affected to offer them a free download game. The thinking behind that is, even if the Blu-ray drive doesn’t work on your Xbox, you can still download and play your free game.There are four titles to choose from in the free game offer. They are:Dead Rising 3Forza Motorsport 5Ryse: Son of RomeZoo TycoonI suspect Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 will be the top choices, but without official figures from Microsoft we don’t know exactly how many gamers are taking home faulty consoles. The numbers are meant to be small, but how small when you’re talking about a machine that’s already shipped more than a million?Microsoft must still be shipping out launch stock of the Xbox One, so it seems likely some units will still be shipping with the faulty Blu-ray drives and buzzing sounds. However, I am sure Microsoft has already addressed the issue on the production lines, and instances of faulty machines should dry up very quickly.last_img read more

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Gorilla mobs attacking single individuals suggests new type of behavior for them

first_img(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers studying gorillas in Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda has reported on a developing trend observed in mountain gorillas—mobs attacking single individuals for unknown reasons. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, Stacy Rosenbaum, Veronica Vecellio and Tara Stoinski describe three mob attacks that have been observed by several human witnesses over the past decade and offer some possible explanations. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Scientific Reports More information: Stacy Rosenbaum et al. Observations of severe and lethal coalitionary attacks in wild mountain gorillas, Scientific Reports (2016). DOI: 10.1038/srep37018AbstractIn humans and chimpanzees, most intraspecific killing occurs during coalitionary intergroup conflict. In the closely related genus Gorilla, such behavior has not been described. We report three cases of multi-male, multi-female wild mountain gorilla (G. beringei) groups attacking extra-group males. The behavior was strikingly similar to reports in chimpanzees, but was never observed in gorillas until after a demographic transition left ~25% of the population living in large social groups with multiple (3+) males. Resource competition is generally considered a motivator of great apes’ (including humans) violent intergroup conflict, but mountain gorillas are non-territorial herbivores with low feeding competition. While adult male gorillas have a defensible resource (i.e. females) and nursing/pregnant females are likely motivated to drive off potentially infanticidal intruders, the participation of others (e.g. juveniles, sub-adults, cycling females) is harder to explain. We speculate that the potential for severe group disruption when current alpha males are severely injured or killed may provide sufficient motivation when the costs to participants are low. These observations suggest that the gorilla population’s recent increase in multi-male groups facilitated the emergence of such behavior, and indicates social structure is a key predictor of coalitionary aggression even in the absence of meaningful resource stress. For most of the modern study of gorillas in their native environment, the consensus has been that they are generally docile with one another—there have been observations of males fighting, sometimes to the death, but for the most part, the life of the gorilla was thought to be one of mostly peaceful. But now, it appears that the peace can be disturbed by the occasional mob attack on a single individual or, as the researchers note, two individuals.In the first witnessed attack, back in 2004, Rosenbaum was actually one of the witnesses. She describes the incident as arising seemingly out of nowhere. A single male the team had named Inshuti approached a group of gorillas the researchers had named the Beetsme. After some initial rebuffs, the lone male continued to seek acceptance. Then one of the gorillas screamed—the witnesses could not say if it was Inshuti or a member of the group. That was followed by three adult males chasing Inshuti until they caught him and pinned him to the ground. Soon thereafter, the rest of the Beetsme group arrived and all of them (including females and youngsters) participated in causing harm to Inshuti—from pulling hair to scratching and kicking. The leader of the Beetsme sunk his teeth into the gorilla’s flesh and shook it like a fighting dog. The mob attack continued for just a few minutes, but then stopped just as quickly as it had started. The attackers walked away and Inshuti slunk into the underbrush to attend to his wounds.The researchers report on two other similar incidents, one of which included an attack on Inshuti and another male. They note that mob attacks by other apes, including chimps, is common, as in humans, but until these recent incidents, it was thought gorillas were gentle giants, unlikely to engage in such violence. The team admits they do not know why the gorillas have begun acting like mobs at times but note that it has occurred during a time when the mountain gorilla population has grown due to conservation efforts. 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.center_img Who’s your daddy? If you’re a gorilla, it doesn’t matter © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Gorilla mobs attacking single individuals suggests new type of behavior for them (2016, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-gorilla-mobs-individuals-behavior.htmllast_img read more

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Why Use A Travel Advisor Carnival has plenty of reasons – and

first_imgWhy Use A Travel Advisor? Carnival has plenty of reasons – and WUATA night TORONTO — It wasn’t even supposed to come to Toronto. When the list of dates for Carnival’s WUATA parties was first announced, July 24 was earmarked for Minneapolis. But then Toronto ended up snagging the date and last night local agents – and their clients – showed Carnival why Toronto was the perfect choice for a great WUATA event.WUATA, of course, stands for ‘Why Use a Travel Advisor’ and it’s the name of Carnival’s year-long campaign with special events, incentives and more, aimed at helping agents attract new clients and strengthen ties with existing clients.Launched in March 2019, WUATA features the WUATA parties, social media promotions, contests, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, text alerts and WUATA Word, an crowdsourced word cloud that will grow throughout the year as the movement expands.All the tools are available on GoCCL.com to help travel advisors spread the word to existing and potential clients, says the cruise line. Plus, last month Carnival launched WUATA.com, a WUATA brochure and an exclusive WUATA Facebook page.WUATA builds on a message that Carnival has been promoting for several years now: that it’s always better to book through a travel agent.As Carnival’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Trade Marketing, Adolfo Perez, said at last night’s WUATA event: “Why wouldn’t you use a travel agent? It’s like having a personal assistant. People are busy and there’s no time to do all that research.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBack in 2017 and 2018 Carnival embarked on multi-city Agentpalooza tours, bringing Carnival’s energy and swag to thousands of agents. This year, said Perez, “we thought maybe there’s a way to connect with travel agents in a different way.”Perez adds that Carnival “also wanted to show consumers why travel agents are so important.”Lisa Booth (left), Cruise & Vacation Consultant with Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Toronto, with two of her clients. Agents at last night’s WUATA event were encouraged to bring two clients to the party. One client could be a past Carnival guest, and the other a good prospect for a Carnival cruise.At last night’s party the line premiered the latest WUATA campaign — a five-part video series featuring travel advisors and their clients sharing travel tales that tell the ‘WUATA Story.’ The videos do not promote specific advisors or agencies, but instead focus on the larger message of Why Use a Travel Advisor.“As the WUATA program gains traction we’re looking for even more ways to spread our message on the benefits of using a travel advisor, and there’s no better testimonial than seeing a real connection between a travel agent and their client,” said Perez. “This video series enables us to too add a relatable and personal element to WUATA in a format that we can push across multiple channels to reach more travelers.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”All five videos are available on the WUATA Facebook page and WUATA.com. Agents can use a click-to-share tool to send the videos directly to their clients.Charlie Sylvia, Vice President, Membership and Trade Relations for CLIA, mixes and minglesJustin French, Carnival’s VP, Canada and Northern U.S., says Carnival has always had high support in Canada and it’s just getting stronger. “The past couple of years we’ve seen really great growth from the Canadian market,” he said at last night’s event.Carnival’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Trade Marketing, Adolfo PerezCarnival’s long list of North American homeports includes one in Canada (Vancouver) and several in northeastern U.S., like New York City and Boston, that work well for Canadian travellers. That said, the bulk of Carnival’s business is seven-night Caribbean itineraries out of south Florida, and Canadians have no problem making time for a trip to the Sunshine State for a cruise.Ann Chamberlin, Senior Vice President Membership, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for ASTA, and Charlie Sylvia, Vice President, Membership and Trade Relations for CLIA, also spoke at last night’s WUATA party. The uptick in the number of travellers using travel agents “has nothing to do with price and everything to do with value,” said Sylvia. “And there’s nothing like getting a good value.”Last night’s WUATA party included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, travel experts sharing the value of using a travel advisor, prizes, giveaways, fun photo-ops, and a Carnival 3 category upgrade offer. Guests could also purchase WUATA t-shirts for $25 with proceeds going to Carnival’s primary charitable partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital based in Memphis, TN. Thursday, July 25, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Carnival, WUATA Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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