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Antonio Conte Conte: Don’t scapegoat Batshuayi, every Chelsea player was bad Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Crystal Palace Roma Premier League Serie A UEFA Champions League The Blues striker was criticised as he was substituted early in the defeat against their London rivals but his manager has come out in his defence Michy Batshuayi has faced criticism over his performance against Crystal Palace as Chelsea were defeated 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon. Antonio Conte brought in Batshuayi to replace the injured Alvaro Morata, who is expected to return to face Roma, but he failed to register a shot on goal against the bottom of the table side. Chelsea 14/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Batshuayi was hooked in the 56th minute for Pedro and visibly showed his frustration as he was brought off. Conte isn’t concerned by the reaction of his frontman, however, and he insists that it is unfair to single out the 24-year-old when everyone played badly. “Why do you have to speak about Batshuayi and for example not another player? I think that the performance of the whole team was bad,” Conte said after being asked about the Belgian at Selhurst Park. “Not only one player or two players but all of the players. “Today, our performance was bad. I trust in every one of my players. I try to give everyone the opportunity to take their chances but also because we have only [two strikers] Morata and then Batshuayi.“I didn’t see this [Batshuayi’s reaction to being substituted] but it is normal to be angry after a bad performance. But today, every player had a bad performance.”I know my players, I know my squad very well, between last season and this season. I think, above all, for the players that I am working with from last season, I know them very well, but I think that I have players with a great will to work.”A great will to fight. For sure, we have to find the strength to overcome this moment because everyone can see our situation.”Batshuayi has predominantly been used as a back up striker since joining the club and Saturday was his first away start in the Premier League since joining the club for £33 million in July 2016. Chelsea are already nine points behind Manchester City in the Premier League table as defeat sees them slip down into fifth place. Conte has warned that expectations shouldn’t be too high and has called for “patience” among those watching the club from the outside. “I think that we must be unhappy because after a defeat, our mood must be unhappy, for sure,” Conte added. “Above all, if the defeat is not one but two in a row. For sure, this is not a positive moment for many reasons. We are playing without important players and every game we are having a new injury. “Today, Moses’s injury is another big loss for us. This season will be very difficult for us, for this reason, we have to put 150%, because 100% won’t be enough. I think that every season is different. Last season was the past, now it is the present with this squad of different players.”For this reason, I think if you compare last season without the Europa League or Champions League… this season you are facing four competitions. We are having a bit of a problem to do this. When you have three or four injuries then you are in trouble. “I think it is very important to look at yourself but you know very well the propensity of the other teams [like Man City] but it is important for us to look at ourselves. This season will be difficult but we have to understand that this season we have to try to build something important for the future.”To give the possibility for new young players to take more experience in this league and to give the opportunities to the young players to show that they deserve to play for Chelsea. We must have patience to understand that this season won’t be easy.”Chelsea went straight back into training on the day after the Crystal Palace defeat and prepare to face Roma at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Top 5 Best Note-Taking Apps Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached The digital age. It’s upon us, which is bad news for the written word… sort of. Think of all those notes you took in school that you’re going to need one day (yeah, right). Hand written notes have to either be archived or you might spend a week or two searching for your scribbling’s. What if you could archive them digitally though? Well, Moleskine – the ultimate notebook – might have the right tool for you.Moleskine and Livescribe (the only smart pen on the market that syncs handwritten notes with recorded audio) are partnering up to help all you writers out there get your notes and such onto your mobile devices and computers.Introducing the Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine. All you have to do is tap on a handwritten sentence with your Livescribe pen, which listens to the words that were spoken at the time the sentence was being written.Livescribe smartpens store records of written text (or sketches for all you rebellious students out there) in the body of the pen. The pen actually has a tiny camera in the barrel which records lines of ink and then uploads them to a mobile device, or the cloud. Although, considering the recent news, we’re not sure we really want to store anything in a cloud right now – maybe we’ll just stick to an external hard drive. Regardless, this awesome little device also records time stamped audio taken from when the sentence was created.Iconic design combined with innovative technology equals futuristic note taking. This makes us wish we were back in class writing long essays by hand (not really though).Pick up your Livescribe Notebook, as well as other great Moleskine products at the company’s website.
zoom Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the Big Three South Korean shipbuilders, revealed earlier today that it has been contracted to build two LNG carriers for an undisclosed shipowner from Oceania.The value of the contract is said to be KRW 389.9 billion (USD 366 million).The two ships will be built at DSME’s Okpo shipyard and delivered to the owners in the first half of 2021, the company said.The 173,000 cbm newbuilds will be fitted with the M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engines.A total of 14 LNG carriers are estimated to have been ordered this year, data from Clarksons shows. Out of this total, the construction of 13 ships has been entrusted to South Korean shipbuilders.DSME said that it had secured a 43 pct share of the orderbook with 6 orders for LNG carriers obtained so far this year.DSME has managed to return to profit in 2017 for the first time in the past six years.The company recorded a net income of KRW 669.9 billion (USD 629.7 million) in 2017, compared to a loss of KRW 2.79 trillion posted a year earlier.World Maritime News Staff
ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of Highway 104, from Pomquet River Road for about two kilometres to Exit 36A, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 17. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118, Fall River The Highway 118 overpass over Perrin Drive in Fall River is reduced to one lane in each direction during repairs until Saturday, July 18. Two lanes are open during peak hours. For inbound lanes, it is 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, for outbound lanes. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 20 at Alma for 4.4 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Friday, July 31. Speed through the work zone is reduced from 110 km/h to 80 km/h. Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101, Gilberts Cove Highway 101, near Gilberts Cove, is reduced to one lane for culvert repairs until Saturday, July 25. Traffic control signals are on site. Expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours. On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Eastbound Lanes Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, between Exit 19 at Salt Springs and Exit 20 at Greenhill, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Speed limit through the construction zone is 80 km/h and drivers should use extra caution. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of July. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville, is closed between Greenfield Road and Black River Road to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Aug. 4. Detour via White Rock Road. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, Digby Co., is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Barnhill Bridge Barnhill Bridge, about three kilometres north of Trunk 2 on Belmont Road, is closed for repairs until Wednesday, July 24. Detour signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about five kilometres north of the Port Hastings Rotary at Creignish, north for 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CONTINUING WORK HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-
Rabat – A Spanish surgeon has helped a Moroccan woman recover her face, according to El PaisSamira Benhar was recently rescued in Spain from neurofibromatosis type I, gave a press conference this Thursday, June 1 in Valencia hospital.She was accompanied by her Spanish surgeon, Pedro Cavadas. Within a year, the 39-year-old had three operations in order to extract a tumor that was disfiguring her face and caused her to be unable to see from one eye. Because the physical symptoms caused by this illness, Samira suffered from a “social rejection” as she explained, in addition to harassment that her children were subjected to: “A new life was given to me, because the present situation was unbearable.”Samira’s journey to recovery began with a meeting with a pharmacist in Casablanca. She took a picture of Samira and said to her, “I don’t promise you anything, but I will try to help you.” The pharmacist’s family, who lives in Spain, welcomed Samira into their family. The Islamic center of Valencia offered her interpretation and assistance during her visit.Dr. Cavadas explained to journalists that he helped Samira because her file “presented possibilities for surgical improvements.”He thanked the people who introduced the young woman to him. “Those are engaged people that are willing to help, in contradiction to those that sometimes want to leave the problems without cooperating. ““Living in dignity”The Valencia hospital paid for the entire cost of the surgery. Pedro Cavadas is one of the most well known surgeons in the world. In 2008, he performed the first double hand transplant in Spain, In 2009 he performed the first face transplant in Spain. In two or three weeks, Samira will be able to return to Morocco. Rejected by her husband, the association Adra is prepared to give her financial support in order to allow her to “live in dignity” with her two sons.Edited by Timothy Filla
Russian tennis ace, Olympic bronze medallist and Grand Slam champion Vera Zvonareva was named today as a Promoter of Gender Equality by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Ms. Zvonareva, who at 24 is currently ranked number 6 in the world, has been appointed to call attention to gender equality issues at the national and global levels, and take part in women’s leadership programmes through the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA Tour partnership.“I am very happy to announce today that Ms. Vera Zvonareva is being designated as the fourth UNESCO Promoter of Gender Equality,” said the agency’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura.Ms. Zvonareva joins other distinguished Promoters of Gender Equality, including current Tour stars Venus Williams of the United States, Tatiana Golovin of France and Zheng Jie of China, as well as Tour founder and pioneering tennis player Billie Jean King, who was appointed Global Mentor for Gender Equality last year. Mr. Matsuura stressed that as global role models, “these formidable athletes and successful women are a source of inspiration in their deeds both on and off the court, driving the message that gender equality is a goal that can and must be realized in order for us to achieve peace and sustainable development.”Since its 2006 launch, the UNESCO-Tour collaboration has raised substantial funds; initiated a series of programmes promoting gender equality and women’s leadership; developed a global TV and print advertising campaign. Also, Sony Ericsson tournaments have kicked off advocacy, awareness and fund-raising activities on behalf of the Partnership.Some of the resulting activities include a women-only night school programme in Liberia; a project to create a group of successful female politicians, business women and athletes in Cameroon; a project to raise the percentage of rural women involved in local affairs in China; and legal rights workshops to empower women in Jordan. 20 May 2009Russian tennis ace, Olympic bronze medallist and Grand Slam champion Vera Zvonareva was named today as a Promoter of Gender Equality by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
NEW YORK, N.Y. – General Electric Co.’s net income rose 49 per cent in the third quarter to $3.49 billion as its recovery from the 2008 financial crisis continues.GE earned 33 cents per share in the quarter, up from 22 cents per share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, GE earned 36 cents per share, matching the expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet.Revenue rose $1 billion, or 3 per cent, to $36.35 billion. But analysts were looking for revenue of $36.95 billion and GE shares fell nearly 2 per cent in premarket trading.During last year’s third quarter the company repaid $3 billion to Warren Buffett’s Berskshire Hathaway for its investment in GE during the depths of the financial crisis. Compared with last year’s adjusted results, GE’s earnings per share rose 13 per cent.GE’s size and global scope gives it a unique perspective on economic growth around the world. On Friday, CEO Jeff Immelt said the U.S. economic recovery is slow, and being held back by political and fiscal uncertainty. The European economy continues to struggle. Immelt described growth in Asia and other resource-rich regions as “slower but stable.”He said China, Russia, Latin America and the Middle East will have “decent” opportunities for the rest of this year and next year.“Europe is going to be a grind,” he said.Immelt said globally the picture next year will look much like it did this year, with pockets of weakness and strength. The one major variable, he said, was the so-called fiscal cliff looming in the U.S. â€” the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in at the beginning of next year unless Congress can agree on a new budget plan. He does expect the standoff to get resolved “one way or another.”GE, based in Fairfield, Conn., was shaken during the financial crisis when investors began to worry that its enormous banking arm, GE Capital, would fail. It is now paring down GE Capital and other non-industrial businesses such as commercial real estate.GE said Friday it accelerated its efforts to reduce assets in GE Capital to $425 billion by the end of this year, a move applauded by investors. That lowered the company’s revenue forecast, however. Revenue is now expected to rise 3 per cent for the year instead of 5 per cent.GE is increasingly focused on its industrial operations such as manufacturing jet engines, refrigerators and providing equipment and services to energy companies.Revenue from the industrial divisions rose 8 per cent in the third quarter and is up 10 per cent so far this year.Orders for new equipment and services were down 5 per cent compared with last year, mainly because wind turbine orders have fallen dramatically because a key U.S. federal subsidy for wind power is scheduled to expire at year end. Excluding the dip in wind turbine orders, the company’s industrial orders were up 4 per cent.The company’s energy infrastructure and transportation divisions posted the strongest growth. Energy infrastructure profits rose 13 per cent and transportation profits rose 35 per cent.The relatively weak global economy is forcing GE to cut back, though, to protect profits. The company said it is on track to cut $2.8 billion this year as part of its “simplification” efforts.This is helping profit margins. GE’s operating profit margin grew to 14.4 per cent from 13.7 per cent in the third quarter.Follow Jonathan Fahey on http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GE’s focus on core manufacturing operations begins to pay off, profit rises 49 pct.
“The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels – with more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since 1 December,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human rights, said in a news release. According to an analysis carried out by data specialists on behalf of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), at least 92,901 people were killed in fighting between the Government and forces seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad between March 2011 and April 2013. “Unfortunately…this is most likely a minimum casualty figure. The true number of those killed is potentially much higher,” said Ms. Pillay, urging the warring parties to declare an immediate ceasefire “before tens of thousands more people are killed or injured.”The latest compilation updates a figure of 60,000 documented deaths during the time period up to 30 November 2012. About 80 per cent of the victims documented are male, with the sharpest increase in deaths since November 2012 in Rural Damascus and Aleppo.The Office also documented the “the killings of at least 6,561 minors, including at least 1,729 children under ten years old.”“There are also well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that along with the devastatingly high death toll, this is a terrible reminder of “just how vicious this conflict has become.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on the status of children in armed conflicts, cited verified reports that Syrian children are killed or injured in indiscriminate bombings, shot by snipers, used as human shields or victims of terror tactics.“Civilians are bearing the brunt of widespread, violent and often indiscriminate attacks which are devastating whole swathes of major towns and cities, as well as outlying villages,” Ms. Pillay said today noting a “drastically deteriorating pattern of the conflict” confirmed in a report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria. “Government forces are shelling and launching aerial attacks on urban areas day in and day out, and are also using strategic missiles and cluster and thermobaric bombs,” the UN human right chief said.She added, “Opposition forces have also shelled residential areas, albeit using less fire-power and there have been multiple bombings resulting in casualties in the heart of cities, especially Damascus.”Analysis of the latest death toll was carried out on behalf of OHCHR by the non-profit organization, Human Rights Dana Analysis Group, which compiled datasets from the Syrian Centre for Statistics and Research, the Government of Syria (up to March 2012 only), the Syrian Network for Human Rights, March 15 Group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian Revolution General Council, the Syria Shuhada Website, and the Violations Documentation Centre. Information from the eight different sources resulted in a combined list of 263,055 reported killings, fully identified by the name of the victim, as well as the date and location of the death, OHCHR said. Any reported killing that did not include at least these three elements was excluded from the list.Each reported killing was then compared to all the other reported killings in order to identify duplicates, resulting in 92,091 documented cases of individuals killed.The statistical analysts who produced the report noted that there is “a strong likelihood” that a significant number of killings may not have been reported by all eight sources and that 37,988 reported killings containing insufficient information were excluded from the analysis.
It takes a lot for someone to create a Lego contraption that makes you look twice these days, but Simon Burfield has managed to do just that. He created a fully functional motorized wheelchair, and although you might not ever see an elderly person sitting in this admittedly odd-looking chair, it would be really cool.The wheelchair uses the exceedingly versatile Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, which allow for sophisticated but user-friendly robotic applications using the plastic building blocks.Burfield put seven NXT micro-computers into the construction of the device, and there are no fewer than a dozen small robotic wheels attached. To control it, there is a joystick connected to four touch sensors — one each for forward, backward, left, and right. He claims it is capable of carrying up to nearly 200 pounds.Lego has done an incredible job of staying relevant for more than 60 years, and in many ways it is more relevant now than it has ever been. The concept of a privately owned toy company holding its own against Mattel and Hasbro almost seems inconceivable. Nevertheless, Lego has done exactly that.Part of the reason Lego is so popular has always been because the only rule it believes in is creativity. Creating one-of-a-kind Lego contraptions and showing them off to friends is the cornerstone of Lego, so the visibility of social platforms and viral images — like the wheelchair — has done a lot to make Lego even more fascinating. You also have to mention the Lego Cuus00 crowd-sourcing website, which has seen many new model kits go into production. The standout example being Minecraft Lego.More at Lego, via Gizmag
Share Tweet Email1 IRELAND DOES NOT have a proud history of child protection. Neither does its treatment of women – as mothers and as citizens – bear close scrutiny.And it seems that history is determined to repeat itself.This week, the Collaborative Forum Report on Mother and Baby Homes was due to be published.The Forum is made up of former residents of the institutions and is separate to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, which consists of a judge and two academics. The purpose of the Collaborative Forum is to ensure that those directly impacted have a voice and can contribute fully to the process of investigation, while also making recommendations as to how survivors and their families can be best helped going forward.Their report ran to 90 pages and took more than a year to complete. Having spoken to some of the members of the Forum, I knew they were very proud of it.On April 13th of this year Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children, called the Collaborative Forum to a meeting at which she informed them that, on the advice of the Attorney General, their report would not be published in full – in fact, only their recommendations would see the light of day.Don’t get me wrong – the recommendations are necessary and important.They deal with things like health and welfare supports for survivors, an amendment to the Adoption Bill, sourcing funding for memorialisation measures such as local history projects on Mother and Baby Homes, and a research programme into the kind of language used in historical reports – a bid to truly express the realities of the lives of women and children caught up in the horrors of such institutions.However, as a way of giving the participants a voice in the process, only publishing the recommendations falls very short indeed.While no explicit reason has yet been given as to why the full document has been withheld, it is believed that the Report of the Collaborative Forum was deeply critical of the conduct of a number of agencies, particularly Tusla, which holds a large cache of records relating to the Mother and Baby Homes.The decision not to publish has been deeply distressing for some forum members, causing one to tender her resignation, stating:I have lost all faith in the forum and I couldn’t agree to recommendations being released without the backing of the report we worked so hard on.Interestingly, on the same day, the Report of the Collaborative Forum was (for want of a better term) censored, a separate report was published by the Commission on burial practices in Mother and Baby Homes.This report, which has been widely described as “shocking”, found that almost 1,000 children who died in mother and baby homes had their bodies donated for medical research. It also raised questions as to the veracity of the accounts provided by Catholic Congregations as to the whereabouts of the dead children, saying that affidavit provided by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading.”But the report also highlights one big question: its main finding is (literally) that no one knows where the bodies are buried.But the Forum’s report, that remains languishing on the shelves of the Department of Children, may well contain information to the contrary – now it seems that we will never know. What makes all this doubly depressing is that it is not the first time something this has happened. Oberstown Children’s Detention CampusIn 2016 an Operational Review was commissioned for Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus. There had been a series of incidents at the unit culminating in a fire that caused severe damage to part of the structure. Professors Barry Goldson, of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool and Nicholas Hardwick, of the School of Law at Royal Holloway, University of London, were asked to come to Ireland to carry out an extensive review of how the centre was run and make recommendations on how procedures could be improved. The report was due to be published in late 2017, but before its release, Katherine Zappone received a letter from Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Chairperson of the Board of Oberstown, informing her that publishing the report would result in widespread resignations from the unit and significant legal action.It seemed that various staff members were criticised in the report and while steps were taken to give them a fair hearing, these proved unsuccessful.The report was never published.I contacted the Government Press Office to seek clarification on the exact reasons behind this decision and was informed:“The Board was not in a position to satisfy itself, or the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, that fair procedures had been applied before the report was finalised and submitted. In light of the legal advice and after careful consideration of the matter, it was concluded that it is not appropriate to publish the full report.“However, the recommendations of the report, all of which are at the kernel of how Oberstown Children Detention Campus moves forward, were published in July 2017 and continue to be implemented as part of a significant package of reform in Oberstown.”Sound familiar?What interests me in this instance is that the people carrying out the report were lawyers, who must have been aware of the possible implications of what they were doing, and would have been reporting regularly to the people paying them to carry out this sensitive task, yet no alarm bells went off before publication date.If you go on to the website for the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby Homes, you will find minutes of regular meetings as they went about their work – so you have to wonder why no one flagged up any issues before it was too late?In 2018, just after the furore over the unpublished report reached a climax, Oberstown published its own report, suggesting that patterns of detention and the challenges faced by staff were similar to that of adult prisons and that more than half of their clients had mental health needs – nothing to see here, in other words.This was a very different and much more upbeat piece of work than the document that continues to gather dust.And, like with the case of this week’s disturbing report in burial practices, there are still missing parts and questions that remain unanswered.Cover up?The main problem with this consistent withholding of information is that it calls to mind the bad old days.The first proper report into “childcare” institutions in Ireland was the Kennedy Report, which was an investigation into the running of Industrial Schools chaired Miss Justice Kennedy in 1970.In the world of social care and child protection, it is legendary for all the wrong reasons.The Report failed to tackle any of the real problems of these deplorable establishments, most notably the levels of violence and physical abuse the children who were forced to endure daily. The members of the investigating commission were fully aware of the abuse (discussions of it can be found in the minutes of their meetings) but not a single mention of these tortures ever made it into the final document. In other words, the unsavoury information, the material likely to cause trouble for those involved, was hidden away.Just like in these most recent reports.I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate. If we don’t, we have learned nothing from the pain of the past.Shane Dunphy is a child protection expert and author. He is Head of the Social Care Department at Waterford College of Further Education. 52 Comments By Shane Dunphy Apr 21st 2019, 8:31 PM Shane Dunphy Short URL Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up ‘I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate’, writes Shane Dunphy. https://jrnl.ie/4599753 15,261 Views
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has urged his former England teammate Wayne Rooney to go ahead with his move to the MLS this summerThe England and Manchester United record goalscorer has been strongly linked with a move to America this summer after arriving in Washington last month to discuss a prospective transfer to DC United.Gerrard, who himself played for LA Galaxy between 2015 and 2016, has encouraged Rooney to make the move from Everton to the MLS at this stage of his career.“I hope he does, I hope he makes it. I enjoyed my time at the MLS and enjoyed the life experience,” said Gerrard, as stated on the Daily Star.Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I think where Wayne is now in his career I think it would be great for him and his family to go and settle in an incredible state and see a lot of America.“It is certainly a life experience I’ll never forget and I hope he goes and has the same. The league is a good league, the players are fit and mobile and it is competitive and I enjoyed it at that stage of my career.”After sealing a return to his boyhood club Everton last summer, Rooney ended the 2017/18 season as the club’s top scorer with 10 Premier League goals.
Just a couple of days to go, and we will be in the month of April. We are still waiting for our first 70-degree day, and we might have to wait a few weeks for that milestone at the rate we are going.The weather outlook for the majority of those that have spring break next week is continued clouds and dampness, although we might be subject to April shower syndrome, so we might see some sun breaks, as well.Thursday,March 29, will be quite stormy, especially along the coast, with high winds and a lot of rain. Locally, we should expect a breezy day and maybe an inch of rain by Friday night.An upcoming weather meeting in April might be of interest to many. The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will co-host, with Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter, a two-hour meeting at Portland State University with Oregon climatologist Phil Mote. The meeting, officially titled “The Scientific Case for Human Influence on Global Climate: What We Learn From Analyzing All The Evidence,” will explore humans’ role in global climate change. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 and open to the public.Andreas Schmittner, Oregon State University professor of oceanic and atmospheric sciences, and Christina Hulbe, professor of geology at Portland State University will join Mote as speakers.
Scott Dadich reportedly has resigned as creative director at Wired to instead focus his efforts as Condé Nast’s executive director of digital magazine development.Vance Publishing named Tim L. Tobeck vice president and publishing director of the protein division. Most recently, Tobeck served as senior vice president and group publisher at Energy Central, a privately-owned b-to-b media company serving the utilities market. RDA Holding Co., the parent company of the Reader’s Digest Association, has appointed Fredric G. Reynolds as chairman of its board of directors, replacing Norman Matthews, who is retiring. Reynolds, who served as executive vice president and CFO at CBS Corp. from 1997 to 2009, has been a member of RDA’s board of directors since February.Kenneth Fuchs was promoted to vice president of emerging platforms business development at Time Inc., and will be responsible for development of distribution arrangements for emerging digital platforms, including tablets. The position will be folded under consumer marketing’s new Digital Marketing and Business Development group. Previously, Fuchs served as vice president and general manager of the Sports Illustrated Digital Group.Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media named Mike Porche director of retail marketing and sales. Most recently, Porche served as president and CEO of American Media Inc.’s in-store magazine merchandising and distribution unit Distribution Services Inc. Porche, who has been with DSI for more than 25 years, will remain there through the end of the year.Firebrand Media, a Laguna, California-based newspaper and magazine publisher, appointed Christopher Schulz group publisher of its magazine division, which includes Newport Beach Magazine, Laguna Beach Magazine and Bespoke Magazine. Schulz most recently served as president and group publisher of Gulfshore Media/CurtCo.SourceMedia promoted John DelMauro to the newly-created position of senior vice president of conferences. Previously, DelMauro served as vice president and group publisher of SourceMedia’s banking group.
The reliability of the food supply is not something most communities devote much thought to. Agriculture, transportation, and grocery stores all work pretty well – even in relatively isolated parts of Alaska like Sitka. And depending on where you live, there can be abundant wild foods.But a recent report called “The Sitka Community Food Assessment” reveals that our food system is vulnerable – especially to the unpredictable costs of fuel.Lisa Sadleir-Hart coordinated the assessment about what Sitka – and communities like it – can do to become more food-secure.Download Audio
The Sterett Destroyer escorts the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz on 14 February, 2012. Photo: ReutersThe US Navy stands ready to ensure free navigation and the flow of commerce, the US military’s Central Command said on Thursday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if necessary.With tensions rising over the strategic waterway, the European Union is proposing a plan for salvaging a multinational nuclear deal with Tehran after Washington withdrew, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told leaders in Paris and Berlin on Thursday that the package did not go far enough.Rouhani and some senior military commanders have threatened in recent days to disrupt oil shipments from the Gulf countries if Washington tries to strangle Tehran’s exports.Praising Rouhani’s “firm stance” against the United States, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said their forces were ready to block the Strait of Hormuz which links the Gulf to the open sea.In May, US president Donald Trump pulled out of the deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs to its nuclear programme. Washington has since told countries they must stop buying Iranian oil from 4 November or face financial measures.Mohammad Ali Jafari, who commands the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s most powerful military force, responded on Thursday.If Iran cannot sell its oil due to US pressure, then no other regional country will be allowed to do so either, Jafari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. “We are hopeful that this plan expressed by our president will be implemented if needed,” he said. “We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one.”The strait is the most important oil transit channel in the world with about one fifth of global oil consumption passing through each day.“The US and its partners provide, and promote security and stability in the region,” Central Command spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said in an email to Reuters.Asked what would be the US naval reaction if Iran blocks the strait, he said: “Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.”The Guards’ naval arm lacks a strong conventional fleet. However, it has many speed boats and portable anti-ship missile launchers, and can lay mines.A senior US military leader said in 2012 the Guards have the ability to block the strait “for a period of time” but the United States would take action to reopen it in such an event.Friday MeetingThe EU, once Iran’s biggest oil importer, has vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive without the United States by trying to keep oil and investment flowing. Foreign ministers from the five remaining signatories will discuss the European proposal with Iranian officials in Vienna on Friday.However, Rouhani told French president Emmanuel Macron by telephone on Thursday that the package of economic measures failed to offset sufficiently the effects of the US pullout and its re-imposition of nuclear-related sanctions.“The package proposed by Europe for continuation of cooperation in the nuclear deal does not meet all our demands,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by his official website. “We expect a clear action plan from Europe with a timetable so it can compensate for the US exit from the deal.”He gave a similar message in a call to German chancellor Angela Merkel, the president’s website reported. The proposed package “only included some general promises like previous EU statements,” Rouhani said.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set out conditions in May for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in the accord, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantees for Iranian oil sales.Rouhani warned on Wednesday that Iran could reduce its co-operation with the UN6j nuclear watchdog if the deal collapses.