Australian World Cup Diary – Dean Wilbow

first_imgAustralian Men’s 35’s player, Dean Wilbow tells about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Coffs Harbour from Wednesday, 29 April until Sunday, 3 May. Well everyone assembled for our camp at Queens Park and it got off to a funny start, our assistant coach Budgie rocked into camp wearing two different shoes!Once everyone stopped laughing we got into some training, we played the Aussie Men’s 40s and we put in a good display, all our players gelling nicely together.We put in a good six hours of training and we all came away full of confidence.That night the team hit the casino to win money for our trip away, only myself, Stanto and Shannon came away with some cash.On Sunday we played the Aussie 30’s and they gave us a great run which finished our camp off.After our training runs, functions and camps we are all looking forward to representing our country with great pride. We would like to thank all our families for their great support in our preparation for the World Cup. There is only one thing left to do and that is to win the World Cup. Good luck to all the Aussie teams at the World Cup – let’s do this!Pumper (Dean Wilbow)Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – – – – Related LinksTWC Diary – Dean Wilbowlast_img read more

Hawaiian QB Recruit Names Final 3 Schools

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs have been enjoying several prosperous years with quarterback Jake Fromm at the helm, but are going to need to find his successor eventually. Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields is the favorite, but another candidate for that difficult job is Dillon Gabriel from Mililani, Hawaii.Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the interest appears to be mutual.On Friday, Gabriel, a 2019 recruit, went on Instagram and announced his top three college choices. He appears to be down to Georgia, UCF, and USC.Gabriel also announced that he is making an official visit to Georgia on Saturday.247Sports has Gabriel rated as a two-star, pro-style quarterback. Georgia currently has four-star John Rhys Plumlee as their only other Class of 2019 QB.One nugget of news that should prove a boon for the Bulldogs is the fact that they are the only one of the three teams that have made an offer to Gabriel, according to 247Sports. He was previously committed to Army.Should he secure a spot at Georgia though, Gabriel will have huge shoes to fill.In two years at Georgia, Fromm has throw for over 5,000 yards, 51 TDs and only 12 INTs. He also has a 65.2-percent completion accuracy, and completed over 68-percent of his passes this past year.last_img read more

OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launch date to be announced on April 23, says CEO Pete Lau

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 08:27 IST Image Courtesy: OnLeaks/PriceBabaHIGHLIGHTSOnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he would reveal details about the next launch event next week.OnePlus is expected to unveil the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro smartphones.The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro smartphones are tipped to launch on May 14.OnePlus’ upcoming devices – the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro – are some of the most ancipated smartphones of the year. And while the two smartphones are tipped to launch on May 14, there is no official confirmation from the company yet. But that might change soon as the OnePlus chief executive officer Pete Lau has said that he would announce the date for his company’s next big launch next Tuesday, that is, April 23.”Stay tuned next Tuesday for our launch event announcement,” Lau wrote in his tweet.It is worth noting that while Lau, in his tweet, didn’t mention what the company would be launching at the event, it is safe to assume that Lau’s announcement and the event is about OnePlus’ next flagship device – the OnePlus 7.Earlier this week, the OnePlus CEO had unveiled the first official teaser of the company’s upcoming flagship device. “Excited to share the next product from OnePlus will unleash a new era of Fast and Smooth. Especially Smooth! Smooth is more challenging than Fast – a true test of hardware and software,” he had written in his tweet, which makes us believe the the upcoming OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro would come with 5G capabilities.Meanwhile, rumours circulating on the internet have given us plenty to speculate about. The OnePlus 7 is expected to come with a 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch that will house a selfie camera. On the back, the phone is expected to come with a dual camera setup with a 48MP primary shooter. It is expected to be powered with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and sport 8GB RAM with a 256GB storage space. On the software front, the OnePlus 7 is expected to run on the latest version of the Oxygen OS which is based on Android 9.0 Pie.advertisementAs mentioned before, OnePlus is also expected to launch the OnePlus 7 Pro alongside the OnePlus 7, which as per an Android Central report would come with a 4000mAH Battery, Quad HD+ Super AMOLED “90hz” Display, WARP Charge and a and triple camera setup. However, all these details should be taken with a pinch of salt since as OnePlus is yet to confirm these details.ALSO READ: | Latest OnePlus 7 leak reaffirms previous rumours: Full screen display, pop-up selfie camera and moreALSO READ: | OnePlus 7 will be more than just a fast and smooth user experience: Decoding the official teaserALSO READ: | OnePlus 7 Pro specs may include QHD+ display, Warp Charge and triple camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow OneplusFollow OnePlus 7Follow OnePlus 7 Pro OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launch date to be announced on April 23, says CEO Pete LauOnePlus’ upcoming flagship device – the OnePlus 7 — is expected 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch. It is expected to come with a dual rear camera setup with a 48MP primary camera.advertisementlast_img read more

MOÖ Bar: Chamonix’s New Hot Spot

first_img The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races It’s almost February and President’s Week vacations are fast approaching, so  there is still time to fit in that big winter vacation or ski trip. One of the prime destinations for true skiing aficionados is the town of Chamonix in the French Alps.Chamonix was home to the 1924 Winter Olympics, and has been a haven for winter sports fans ever since. Mont Blanc is the centerpiece of the town and at 15,782 feet, it is the highest European mountain in the west of Europe. There are five different ski resort areas featuring a variety of difficulty levels and terrains.After the last run of the day, there are plenty of places to eat and drink, but the newly opened MOÖ Bar promises to provide a fun alternative to much of the tourist trap restaurants and bars that litter the rest of the town.MOÖ Bar opened on December 15th and has already drawn a local buzz. For lunch, the restaurant and bar serves three plats du jour (meat, fish, veggie) that change daily alongside a set menu with nearly all ingredients sourced from the local town markets. At night, the proprietors want to focus on homemade gourmet burgers on house made buns. Currently, they are serving a pulled pork burger, lamb burger, scampi and scallop burger, veggie burger and the classic MOÖ burger.[slideshow id=46]The whole operation was the brainchild of three Scandinavian friends who have been living in Chamonix since 2001. One of the co-owners, Morten Solheim, explained how MOÖ Bar plans to stand apart from the rest the establishments in Chamonix:“We are both a lively bar and a good restaurant, which is not common in Chamonix. Most places are either completely a restaurant or completely a bar. At MOÖ, you are welcome in both ski clothes as well as formal wear. You will always run into friendly people are guaranteed to spot some hardcore famous skiers.”With a mixture of vibrant nightlife, ski culture and overwhelming natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed in this gem in the Alps. Editors’ Recommendations Farmhouse Catskills Brings Swanky, Mid-Century Modern Panache to Rural New York There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket Listlast_img read more

Demandes acceptées pour la bourse dans le secteur de lénergie

first_imgLes étudiants et étudiantes peuvent maintenant présenter une demande de bourse d’études dans le secteur de l’énergie Pengrowth – Nouvelle-Écosse, afin de les aider à poursuivre une carrière dans le secteur de l’énergie en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nous voulons qu’un plus grand nombre de jeunes de la Nouvelle-Écosse restent ici et entament une brillante carrière dans notre secteur de l’énergie, affirme Derek Mombourquette, ministre de l’Énergie et des Mines. Leurs idées deviendront des innovations en Nouvelle-Écosse, et ensemble, nous pourrons assurer un avenir énergétique plus prospère et plus propre. » Huit étudiants ou étudiantes universitaires recevront une bourse d’une valeur de 2 500 $ par année pendant quatre ans. Huit autres étudiants ou étudiantes qui suivent un programme de métier ou de technologie au Nova Scotia Community College recevront une bourse non renouvelable de 2 500 $. Ensemble, Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited et le gouvernement provincial ont investi plus de 4,8 millions de dollars pour permettre aux étudiants et étudiantes de poursuivre leurs passions dans le secteur de l’énergie. Environ 265 bourses ont été accordées depuis 2005. Les récipiendaires de la bourse sont choisis selon leur rendement scolaire, leur participation communautaire et leur intérêt dans le secteur de l’énergie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les demandes sont acceptées jusqu’au 3 mai. Pour des renseignements supplémentaires, consultez le .last_img read more

Illegal mining case Gayatri Prajapatis house among 22 places raided in UP

first_imgLucknow: The CBI on Wednesday carried out searches at over 22 locations in Uttar Pradesh, including the residence of former state minister Gayatri Prajapati in connection with a case of illegal sand mining between 2012 and 2016, officials said. The CBI started investigating the case on the directions of the Allahabad High Court in January this year. A senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS: “Several CBI teams started the searches at over 22 places in Uttar Pradesh this morning. The CBI team also raided three residential premises of former UP minister Prajapati in Amethi.” Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The agency had on January 2 registered a case against 11 people under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The agency has named former Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandrakala, miner Adil Khan, geologist/mining officer Moinuddin, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ramesh Kumar Mishra and his brother Dinesh Kumar Mishra among the accused. Also named are former Mining Department clerks Ram Ashray Prajapati and Ram Avtar Singh, as well as Sanjay Dikshit, who contested the 2017 Assembly polls on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket, and his father Satyadeo Dikshit. On January 5, the CBI carried out searches on 14 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, including the residences of Chandrakala as well as a SP and a Bahujan Samaj Party leader in connection with the case. Former Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav held the Mining portfolio in the state from 2012 to 2013. Prajapati succeded Yadav as the Mining Minister.last_img read more

Snowfall welcomes 105th Grey Cup game between Calgary and Toronto

first_imgOTTAWA – The 105th Grey Cup kicked off in a winter wonderland.The Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts took to TD Place Stadium for Sunday night’s CFL finale on a snow-covered field.Snow started falling about two hours before kickoff, and by the time the teams took the field, officials were scrambling to clear the turf.Several dozen stadium employees raced with shovels to uncover the lines, while snow plows attempted to clear the end zones.The temperature at kickoff was minus 3 Celsius. The snow was expected to fall most of the evening.The scene evoked memories of the 1996 Grey Cup that was played in a blizzard in Hamilton.last_img

Saputo enters U.K. dairy market by closing $1.7-billion deal for Dairy Crest

Companies in this story: (TSX:SAP)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Saputo Inc. has expanded its global presence as it entered the British dairy market with the closing of a $1.7-billion deal to acquire Dairy Crest Group plc.The transaction announced Feb. 22 was payable in cash from a new bank loan.Dairy Crest manufactures and sells cheese, butters, spreads and oils under British brands such as Cathedral City, Clover, Country Life and Frylight.The company has about 1,100 employees in seven locations across the United Kingdom.For the 12 months ended March 31, it had about $796 million in revenue and $260 million in after-tax profits, including $172 million in exceptional items.Saputo says it has invested in a “well-established and successful industry player with a solid asset base and an experienced management team.” read more

Three UN refugee agency staff killed in Afghan suicide attack

The “organized” attack happened at around 6 a.m. local time in Kandahar, according to a statement issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).A car bomb was exploded at the gate of a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that shares a common wall with the UNHCR compound. When the wall collapsed, suicide attackers entered the UN premises. Three UN security guards were killed and two others were wounded. Two security contractors were killed as well.“This is a tragedy for UNHCR and for the families of the dead and wounded. It also underscores the great risks for humanitarian workers in Afghanistan,” said High Commissioner António Guterres.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the work carried out by the UN and international aid workers is purely humanitarian. “Its sole purpose is to improve the daily lives of the country’s people,” he told reporters in New York. UNHCR has been working in Afghanistan since the 1980s, and over this period it has facilitated the return of millions of refugees and assisted other forcibly displaced persons inside the country. The agency said it is seeking “a fuller understanding” of the circumstances of the attack. “Nevertheless, the fact remains that people working for us have been wounded and killed and the functioning of our Kandahar office seriously disrupted,” it stated. Members of the Security Council condemned the attack “in the strongest terms,” in a statement read out to the press by Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.The 15-member body also called on the Afghan authorities to bring those responsible to justice and to take all possible steps to protect UN personnel and premises.Also condemning the attack, the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said such acts against humanitarian workers, civilians and law enforcement officials are reprehensible. “Those responsible must be brought to justice and made to face the full weight of the law,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The UN Staff Union also voiced outrage, saying that today’s incident, along with a string of attacks in the country over the past couple of years, confirms Afghanistan as one of the most dangerous places for UN staff.“In light of today’s attack, the Staff Union once again urges the Secretary-General to reconsider the deployment of staff in Afghanistan and to carry out a comprehensive review of the security situation in the country,” it said in a news release. 31 October 2011Three employees of the United Nations refugee agency were killed and two others wounded today when suicide bombers and gunmen carried out an attack near the world body’s compound in southern Afghanistan. read more

Torstar pulls plug on websites of Metro free dailies in seven Canadian

TORONTO — Torstar Corp. is closing the digital operations of its Metro brand in seven cities where it no longer produces the free daily newspapers.The company says Metro websites in Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria and Windsor will close down effective immediately.The move comes after the Star Media Group, a division of Torstar, announced in July that it would shutter the Metro papers in Regina, Saskatoon and London, Ont., as it focused on areas of the country with the “greatest potential for Metro.”All three of those cities had one reporter on staff, an editor in London and another to oversee both editions in Saskatchewan.A message on the Metro website told readers that after experimenting with digital-only publications, it decided that the “results to date” led them to the decision.Metro says it will continue to publish news stories online in the seven cities where it still distributes print editions: Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. read more

Dayasiri Jayasekara new SLFP General Secretary

Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa who was appointed to the post in June last year had tendered his resignation.Jayasekera identified party reorganization and uniting warring factions as one of his main priorities. Former Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara has been appointed as the new General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).The SLFP Central Committee unanimously decided to appoint Jayasekara as the General Secretary of the party at its meeting held today.

Afghanistan UN airlifts aid to flood victims faces severe shortfall for drought

The helicopter operation, begun at the weekend, continued today to aid communities in Badghis province where flooding has left 58 people dead and some 100 missing, and affected some 5,500 others people, with solid coordination between the Government, the UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international security force known as ISAF. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched medical teams and 13 tons of medical supplies, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has rushed in 30 tonnes of mixed food aid, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending supplies, including 3,200 jackets and 15 drums of chlorine powder, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital.Meanwhile, WHO and UNICEF, together with Rotary International and other partners, are supporting the latest three-day round of the polio vaccination campaign that aims to vaccinate all children in Afghanistan under the age of five.The massive operation involves about 34,000 volunteers administering the drops of polio vaccine. Four rounds have been held so far this year, two in the spring and two in the autumn, and four additional sub-national polio campaign rounds have been conducted in the southern provinces. read more

Breakthrough needed to ensure nucleartestban treaty enters into force – UN chief

“A breakthrough is long overdue,” Mr. Ban said at a conference on facilitating the entry into force of the CTBT, held on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level debate. “I welcome all the Treaty’s steadfast supporters here. I am also pleased to see representatives from States that have not yet either signed or ratified the Treaty. I count on you to do so quickly.” Adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996, the CTBT now has 164 State parties. For the Treaty to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States have yet to ratify it.To the eight remaining Annex 2 States, Mr. Ban said: “You have a special responsibility. You must not wait for others to act before ratifying.”Noting that more than 20 States not listed in Annex 2 have either not signed or ratified the Treaty, he called on them to take this step as soon as possible. “We need every person in this room to show leadership on the urgent international imperative of ending nuclear tests,” said the Secretary-General. read more

Hapless caterer knocks thumb off Roman statue in British Museum accident

first_imgThe British Museum regularly hosts parties and evening events Previous events have included a film premiere party for SpectreCredit:Getty The British Museum regularly hosts parties and evening eventsCredit:Getty This was an unfortunate incidentBritish Museum spokesman The Townley VenusCredit:British Museum Until now, the British Museum has not offered any information about the damage, restoration or disciplinary measures, with no clear reference to it in the documents it must publish in the public domain.The damage occurred on December 10 last year and was reported by The Art Newspaper. The Townley Sculptures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Townley Venuscenter_img When catering a prestigious event, any waiter may fear clumsily dropping a plate or spilling a drink on an eminent guest. Few will suffer the indignity of accidentally knocking a thumb off a priceless Roman statue with their head.The British Museum has admitted to an “unfortunate incident” which saw the thumb of the famous Townley Venus knocked clean off by a member of catering staff.The caterer, who worked for an external company not regularly used by the Museum, had bent down underneath it and bumped into the marble as they got up again.A spokesman for the museum said it had taken the incident “seriously”, with the sculpture “fully restored” quietly by conservators. On rising, the caterer’s head hit the protruding marble thumb with such force it knocked it off.The broken thumb was fixed back on with an adhesive in situ, while the gallery was closed to visitors. The work was said to be “straightforward”.The statue, described by The Art Newspaper as “one of the British Museum’s most important Roman sculptures”, dates from the first or second centuries AD and is a marble copy of a fourth century BC Greek Venus.Named after collector Charles Townley, it was found in Rome in 1775 and sold to the museum in 1805 when it remains on display.The arms of the statue were restored in the 18th century, and a finger was also knocked off by a visitor in 2012. Trustees were informed at a meeting in March, but publicly-available minutes state only that deputy director Jonathan Williams “informed the Board of repairable damage to an object”. The thumb was in fact knocked off during a corporate party at the museum, which rents its gallery spaces out regularly for events.It is understood that caterers were preparing for the evening in the Ancient Greek and Roman galleries when a member of staff knelt underneath the Townley Venus. Previous events have included a film premiere party for Spectre It is the latest in a series of historic accidental damage to sculptures in the museum.In 2005, the Telegraph revealed nine instances of “minor damage” to the Elgin Marbles from the 1960s to the early 1990, including one incident which saw two schoolboys permanently damage one of the figures when they began fighting in the forecourtIn June 1981, a workman from the Property Services Agency lost his balance and caused part of a glass skylight to fall on the west pediment figure.In 1966 vandals scratched “four shallow lines” on the back of one of the figures, and in 1970 someone scratched letters on to the upper right thigh of another. It is understood the catering company were new to the museum, and have not been invited back.A spokesman said: “This was an unfortunate incident. The preservation of the collection is of fundamental importance.“Our expert conservators have been able to fully restore the object and it has remained on public display.“We have taken the incident seriously and have retrained all individuals responsible for events.”She added staff had refreshed their training to be “fully practiced in moving themselves around historical objects” while being “always conscious of the potential risks”. The Townley Sculptures Credit:British Museumlast_img read more

NEW ABALO Benoit Kounkoud signs for PSG until 2019

PSG Handball decided to keep one of the greatest talents in generation 1997 worldwide – right wing Benoit Kounkoud. The 19 years-old right wing showing great potential from the start of the season, which encouraged Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic and his staff to give him more time on the court instead of experienced Montenegrian Fahrudin Melić.Young Konkourd will be useful addition to Luc Abalo on right back position:– I am very proud to sign professional for Paris Saint-Germain. I am lucky to be learning alongside the best players in the world and I thank the club for the confidence that have placed in me – said “new Abalo”.– It’s normal to show our confidence in the young players that emerge from our academy. We are very happy that Benoit Kounkoud has chosen to sign his first professional contract with the club because he represents the future of Paris Saint-Germain and it’s a great reward for all the academy’s hard work – highlighted Paris Saint-Germain general manager Jean-Claude Blanc.PHOTO /SOURCE: PSG Handball ← Previous Story Karačić and Tkaczyk to miss fight in Kielce Next Story → Ambitious Veselin Vujović with Slovenia: I want medal in Poland Benoit KounkoudPSG Handball read more

How can I do the work the Government expects me to do

first_img 8,344 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Images ‘How can I do the work the Government expects me to do when they wont give me the judges I need?’ The president of the Circuit Court, Justice Raymond Groarke said he would be five judges down in the New Year. Nov 24th 2016, 4:43 PM No Comments Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 4:43 PM How can I do the work the Government expects me to do when they wont give me the judges I need?Following an adjournment the President told the parties he was aware of the urgencies and would try his very best to deal with it.  He would seek to have the case heard in the second week of December but could not guarantee which court it would be heard in or by what judge.Termination of positionThe court has heard that mediation talks have already failed in the case in which Dr Campbell has stated she was head of the junior fee-paying primary school which has 28 teachers.  She said she had been appointed 11 years ago to what she described as a prestigious position carrying a significant remuneration package.She is challenging what she describes as a purported and allegedly unlawful decision of the college to terminate her position which, she claimed, was clearly and inextricably linked to complaints she had made to the college Principal and the Board of Governors.Dr Campbell claims she had not been given any support in dealing with “one particularly difficult family” from whom she had suffered “aggressive conduct,” unprecedented in her 33 years of teaching.  She had felt increasingly threatened and intimidated.She has already stated she had been shocked when called to a disciplinary meeting for “conduct causing concern to the Board of Governors.”Hayden told the court today that school parents had already mounted a petition calling for the reinstatement of Dr Campbell. Mallon told the court Dr Campbell could not be reinstated under the Act without the consent of the Board of Governors.Comments have been turned off as the case legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Taxi driver who harassed ex-girlfriend ordered to leave Ireland within 48 hours >Read: ‘Left to die alone’: Premature baby spent final two hours in hospital sluice room > THE PRESIDENT OF the Circuit Court, Justice Raymond Groarke, stated today that if the Government was not prepared to give him judges he was “not going to obey their legislative strictures”.In one of the toughest judicial criticisms to date of the Government’s refusal to appoint new judges, he said he was already three judges short of the court’s quota and, due to new developments, he would be five short by the beginning of the new legal term in January.Judge Groarke said that in the New Year, he had to provide a judge for sittings of the Special Criminal Court and another judge was due to take sick leave involving surgery which would leave him five down.He said if the Government was not prepared to give him judges “I just can’t obey their legislative strictures.”Judge Groarke was referring to a legal directive under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 which specifically states: “the Court shall not exercise any power it has of postponing the hearing of an application for interim relief except where it is satisfied that special circumstances exist which justify it in doing so.”The President, sitting in the Circuit Civil Court, had been asked to set a specific date for the hearing of a claim under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, known as the Whistleblowers’ Act, by the Principal of St Andrew’s College Junior School, Dr Jacquie Campbell, seeking reinstatement to the job from which she claims she was unfairly dismissed last month.DenialThe College denies she was sacked unfairly and Martin Hayden, SC, counsel for Dr Campbell, said the dispute would take two days for a full hearing and that, under the Act, the court did not have a jurisdiction to adjourn the hearing.Today’s planned hearing had initially been listed before Judge Jacqueline Linnane who said there had been six new sworn affidavits placed in the court file and she believed it would take more than the suggested two days for the hearing.“It will take at least a day to open the affidavits to the court,” she told Hayden, who appears with barrister Mairead McKenna and Hayes Solicitors. She directed that the matter be mentioned to the President.Barrister Tom Mallon, who appears with Tom Connaughton, SC, and Solicitors Mason, Hayes and Curran, for the College said that although there was an issue of protected disclosure in the case he felt it could be dealt with in two days.Judge Groarke said counsel could forget about the statutory directive in the Act that a case could not be adjourned and must be dealt with on the first day it is before the court.He said:center_img Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ray Managh Share2 Tweet Email last_img read more

Man accused in WalMart shooting arson pleads not guilty

first_imgA Wyoming man accused of opening fire inside the Hazel Dell Wal-Mart in October was arraigned Wednesday after a mental health evaluation found he is competent to stand trial.Shaun Michael Sprague, 35, of Sheridan, Wyo., entered not-guilty pleas in Clark County Superior Court to aiming or discharging a firearm, reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief. In addition to the shooting, Sprague is suspected in an unrelated residential fire in Hazel Dell. He entered a not-guilty plea to first-degree arson.His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 13.Sprague was ordered Oct. 12 to undergo a competency evaluation, which found he is able to aid in his defense. Competency in the court system only addresses whether a defendant is able to assist in his defense; it doesn’t address all of a defendant’s potential mental health issues.Sprague told authorities after the shooting that he took “speed” — a term for amphetamines — a couple days prior and planned to kill himself but changed his mind, according to a probable cause affidavit. He also told jail officials that he suffers from mental health problems, court records show.Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested Sprague shortly before 7 a.m. Oct. 4 inside the Wal-Mart at 9000 N.E. Highway 99 after a store manager called 911 to report an active shooter. No one was injured during the shooting.last_img read more

Car fire temporarily shuts down I95 near Griffin Road

first_imgThankful for first responders. Car on fire on I-95 South. @browardsheriff #broward @wsvn #Sheriff #FireSafety #fire— Tracy Powell (@tracypowell_) April 24, 2017The fire was the result of a two vehicle crash. Four people were transported to the hospital.All southbound lanes were closed temporarily, but officials have since reopened them. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car fire forced the closure of all lanes of Interstate 95, Monday morning.Just before 11:30 a.m., a car caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-95, at the Griffin Road exit.A 7News viewer posted a video of the scene which showed black smoke billowing from the vehicle. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BNP wanted to sit with BJP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is the face of the BNP in the absence of jailed party chief Khaleda Zia, and her son Tarique, living in London. Photo: The Indian ExpressBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam wonders why New Delhi ignores what he calls misdeeds of the ruling Awami League including torture and disappearance.In an interview with Indian Express recently, he said India is being blamed by Bangladesh’s common people, referring to a perception that India is helping the AL to cling on to power.“The Awami League is a hated political party. But, just because of India, it has survived, it’s India which has strengthened Awami League,” Mirza Fakhrul was quoted to have said.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who is leading the BNP in Sunday’s elections, told the Indian newspaper “There is no campaign, it’s a reign of terror, that too state terror.” He complained about how the police was being used by the ruling party. He called it “bhoyaboho obostha” or “a dangerous situation”.The BNP leader was said to have rejected suggestion that his party is anti-Indian.“We seek friendship with India. And contrary to the perception in India, we don’t believe in communalism, fundamentalism,” Fakhrul said.“That’s a totally a false perception that we are anti-India, this is part of Awami League’s concerted propaganda.”“We tried to meet Indian leaders outside the country. We sought appointment from the Indian high commissioner, sought and met three times, it’s not the other way around,” the Indian newspaper quoted him as saying, suggesting that the BNP leaders “feels that Indian diplomats are not keen to meet and engage with the BNP leaders since they don’t want to upset the incumbent government led by [prime minister Sheikh] Hasina.”“We’ve been reaching out to India, including our chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s visit to Delhi in 2012. We thought with BJP in power in 2014, things would improve. She had a very good meeting with [Narendra] Modi, but nothing happened after that. There was no follow up.”“We were disappointed. We tried to fix up a meeting with BJP’s general secretary Ram Madhav in Bangkok in August this year, but the Indian side chickened out,” he told The Indian Express.last_img read more

All govt depts asked to submit details of employees 2 yrs ahead

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure quick disposal of pension cases, all departments of the state government have been directed to submit details of employees 24 months ahead of the date of their retirement.The departments have also been asked to submit the “pension cases” to the offices of Accountant General (A&E) six months before the date of retirement of an employee.It has also been directed in the communiqué in this connection to all departments, to “furnish the reports or returns on a regular basis.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that a report has to be filed in a prescribed format. The report can also be sent in a CD by post or through e-mail. It has also been directed to “be prompt in re-submission of the cases of pension or family pension, etc. to the office of the AG (A&E) that has been returned,” without finalisation of the case.The direction to take the prompt action has been given to avoid unnecessary delay and harassment to the pensioners that compel them “to resort to file Right to Information applications, court cases, etc.”According to a senior official of the state government, it will be of great benefit for the state government employees as they won’t have to faceany difficulty in getting their pension soon after their retirement.Submission of all documents 24 months ahead of the date of retirement of the employees will help in preparation of retirement profile and the disposal of the future pension cases.last_img read more