Dravid has no conflict of interest case says CoA

first_imgMumbai: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday cleared Rahul Dravid’s appointment as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), ruling that there is “no conflict of interest” case against the former India captain. Lt General Ravi Thogde, the new member of the CoA, said the ball is now in BCCI Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer DK Jain’s court. “There is no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman finds any conflict, we will give our response to the Ombudsman stating why we found no conflict,” Thogde said after a CoA meeting here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”After that he (Ombudsman) has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue.” Dravid, one of the most respected figures in Indian cricket, found himself embroiled in a conflict of interest case after his appointment at NCA since he is an employee of India Cements which owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL. Dravid, who was in Mumbai prior to Tuesday’s CoA meeting, has sent his reply to Jain but it could not be ascertained if he has resigned from his post. While appointing him, the CoA had made it clear that Dravid will have to relinquish his post as vice-president of India Cements or be on leave until he completes his tenure. Dravid did not resign, instead, he sought leave without pay from India Cements, prompting MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta to persist with his complaint against Dravid. Thogde said the NCA needs to be of international standard under Dravid. “There are a few things that needs to be done at the NCA. There are shortage of grounds and staffs, including coaches. There has to be continuity.”last_img read more

General Assembly President sets up task force to review global financial system

Miguel D’Escoto has appointed Economics Nobel Laureate and Professor, Joseph Stiglitz, to chair the panel, which will also suggest steps to be taken by Member States “to secure a more stable global economic order,” according to a news release.The composition and terms of reference of the task force will be announced soon after the holding of the Assembly’s special meeting on global financial crisis, scheduled for 30 October at UN Headquarters. “There is a growing recognition that the current turmoil in the financial system cannot be solved through piecemeal responses at the national and regional levels but requires a coordinated effort at the global level,” the release stated. It added that currently, developing countries’ voices and interests are not fairly represented in existing global institutions of economic governance. “The developing world includes many more powerful economies than in 1944, its role in the trading system has grown significantly and it includes prominent creditor a well as debtor nations. “As such, developing countries have an abiding interest in a democratic rules-based financial system, with effective financing mechanisms and impartial institutions able to deliver timely and tailored policy advice.” Mr. D’Escoto has welcomed the initiatives and declarations of the leading industrial countries, including their intention to hold a summit on the current crisis, as well as the developing countries that are voicing their concern and calling for urgent action. “As the pressure for change builds up, the design of the new architecture must necessarily be inclusive and democratic to be credible and sustainable.” He has also pledged to ensure a meaningful outcome at next month’s Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development, which he noted comes at a crucial time in the midst of the current turmoil. 21 October 2008The President of the General Assembly has announced he is setting up a high-level task force to review the global financial system, including major bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in response to the current turmoil that is affecting all countries, large and small. read more

AngolaDR Congo Senior UN official calls for probe into reported rape of

“I call upon the authorities of both countries to investigate these allegations and to proceed in compliance with relevant legislation,” said Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a statement issued yesterday.“I expect the authorities of Angola and the DRC to respect human rights and to do everything in their power to prevent abuses of all kinds during any further expulsions,” she said.She said that although it was not clear where the alleged rapes took place and who the perpetrators were, it is of utmost importance that the allegations of abuse be followed up immediately and those found responsible brought to justice by the national authorities of the countries concerned.Ms. Wallström said a UN interagency mission is currently in the area and will provide support to efforts to continue monitoring the latest incidents of alleged sexual violence.The UN humanitarian arm last month said that, according to unconfirmed but reliable reports, more than 150 Congolese arrived in the Tembo area of Bandundu province in western DRC, alleging to have been expelled by Angolan authorities. Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reported that they were told that two men had been killed and that 30 women were raped multiple times in the course of the expulsion, added the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Wallstrom 7 November 2010A senior United Nations official has urged the national authorities in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate reports that women were raped when large numbers of people were expelled from Angola and forced to return to the DRC recently. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse preparing for tests against Syracuse Robert Morris

Out of the frying pan and into the fire is how the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team might be feeling this preseason. After traveling to powerhouse No. 5 Johns Hopkins for a scrimmage last weekend, the team is set to host a doubleheader Saturday against two more nationally respected programs, No. 12 Syracuse and Robert Morris. The upcoming doubleheader and the regular season have seen ramped-up practices for the Buckeyes, which will be looking to test out some fringe first team players in the matchups this weekend. Coach Nick Myers said he is encouraged by the team’s work ethic so far but said he wants to make sure playing time doesn’t go to some of the players’ heads. “Our motto is ‘Don’t count your reps, make your reps count,’” Myers said. “Guys who may not have got as many reps in the Hopkins game … are going to get more of a chance this weekend.” As was the case with a Jan. 20 match against Team Canada, this weekend’s doubleheader at Woody Hayes Athletic Center has sold out. The wealth of support for the team has been noticed in the locker room, too. OSU assistant coach Dave Dobbins said he thinks OSU students’ enthusiasm is going to help motivate the Buckeyes toward their lofty goal of an NCAA Tournament bid. “It’s great to have that support from the local community. It’s exciting for the guys playing in front of a home crowd,” Dobbins said. Some members of the team said they are excited to test their skills against, historically, some of the sport’s best. Senior midfielder Kevin Mack sees the matchups as a chance for the team to find out where they stand before next week’s season opener. “Syracuse is a top 10 program traditionally and Robert Morris always has a potent offense,” Mack said. “It’s just going to be a good test for us.” Like Mack, Myers said he understands even though it’s still the preseason, this match could be a good sample of what this OSU team can do. “It’s still an exhibition, but it’s an outstanding opportunity with Syracuse and Robert Morris, two very different styles of play that will really test us defensively,” Myers said. OSU starts the regular season at home against Detroit on Feb. 9. Dobbins said he can already sense the team’s excitement to start the year. “They’ve handled it well but are looking forward to the end of the preseason,” Dobbins said. “They have to strive for the season but they’ve done a nice job of it.” read more

Football JT Barrett sets Ohio State passing yards record

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the second quarter of the 2017 Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDuring the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Rutgers, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett claimed the Ohio State record for career passing yards, surpassing Art Schlichter with his 7,559th passing yard on a 13-yard pass to wide receiver Terry McLaurin. Ohio State currently leads 28-0.On a 37-yard rush in the first quarter, he became the first Ohio State player to reach 10,000 all-purpose yards, and the 10th player in the Big Ten to accomplish the feat.This Barrett’s 23rd program in three-plus seasons as the starting quarterback for Ohio State. Among the many Buckeye records Barrett owns, the three-time captain also holds the record for most touchdown passes (81) and 200-yard passing games (23), including today’s game in which he has two touchdown passes and has 212 passing yards.Against Army, Barrett set the Big Ten record for most touchdowns responsible for with his 107th career touchdown, surpassing former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees. He has since extended the record to 114. read more

The Warriors Didnt Need Kevin Durant To Be This Good

The narrative going into the 2016-17 Warriors season was how unfair it was that one of the best teams of all time added one of the best players of all time to become unstoppable. And after the Warriors posted the best winning percentage in NBA postseason history and their star acquisition won the NBA Finals MVP, the narrative coming out of the season is much the same, only louder. But easy to lose in this narrative is the simple fact that the Warriors probably didn’t need Kevin Durant for the team to be this good — or at least almost this good. While adding Durant has been a success, it didn’t end up breaking basketball any more than the Warriors had broken it already.Counting the regular season and playoffs, the Warriors won 84 percent of their games this year — up from 83 percent last year and 81 percent the year before. Teams have only won 80+ percent of their combined season games 11 times in the 70-year history of the NBA.1The Bucks (1970-71 season) and Celtics (1985-86) have done it once each; the 76ers (1966-67, 1982-83), Lakers (1971-72, 1986-87), and Bulls (1995-96,1996-97) have done it twice each. The Warriors have now done it three years in a row.2The Warriors won 18 of the 22 games — 82 percent — that Durant didn’t play in this season.But the Warriors’ mission isn’t just to win titles, it’s to guarantee them. And Durant is both icing and insurance policy — a guarantee that the Warriors will always have an MVP-caliber, one-man offense available. Though he makes them a little bit better in his own right, his main value comes from making what happened to them in the 2016 playoffs less likely.So what does make them so good? And, more broadly, is greatness a matter of refining all aspects of a discipline, or does it stem from being freakishly good at one thing? The Warriors are the first dynasty in the ball-tracking era,3Tracking cameras have been installed in every NBA stadium since the 2013-14 season. which gives us an opportunity to measure their greatness in ways that we couldn’t for dynasties past.This, in turn, may also help answer the question of just how likely the Warriors are to regress to the mean. If their greatness is a confluence of factors, then there’s a whole lot of things that could go wrong to bring them back to earth. On the other hand, if their greatness is more about one thing, then maybe they can keep crushing the game indefinitely.The most dominant three-year dynasty everThe Warriors are an offensive juggernaut — but they’re more than that as well. We can see how much they’re contributing to their margins elsewhere by comparing their offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) to their SRS (margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule), like so: This uses the SportsVu optical tracking data to judge offensive and defensive shooting versus league averages — it’s pretty similar to offensive and defensive ratings, but with rebounding and fouls taken out so we can concentrate on just shots taken and defended. Over their three-year run, the Warriors have been the best on both ends of the floor when it comes to both making and defending shots. Even so, their offensive prowess is particularly absurd.Another thing we can do to compare their offense and defense is to break them down two-dimensionally: by the quality of the shots taken or allowed (based on each shot’s modeled expectation), and then by how good a team was at scoring or preventing each shot, given that expectation. This relies heavily on my shot-value model, which accounts for shot type, shot location, shot clock, dribbles, time held, home court, defender position, defender distance, defender height and more.4The “more” is that I include one of STATS/SportsVu’s proprietary “shot difficulty” metrics as a variable in my model, though it isn’t weighted very heavily. The Warriors are respectable at shooting inside the arc, but have been more than twice as good as the next-best team at shooting 3s in this period. They’re so good at it that there’s an argument that they should be doing it even more often, and that Curry — still the best shooter the game has ever seen — should be doing it way more often.You can throw more defense at them, and teams have done so — as you see in the breakdown chart above, they’re pretty close to average in 3-point shot quality already. But the Warriors are still better at shooting 3s than any other team is at anything — 3s, 2s or defense. And diverting more and more resources toward keeping them from scoring 130+ points per game (as they would if they got off a typical Warriors dynasty-era 3 on every possession), comes at a price. Opponents are working so hard to stop the 3 that they’re almost certainly losing something from their offense or 2-point defense, which likely helps explain why the Warriors get so many open looks inside the arc.Part of being good at lots of things is being really good at a couple of things. Curry’s ridiculous shooting opens up the Warriors’ offense. Not only are his shots incredibly efficient, but he also draws so much of his opponents’ attention that he makes his teammates look amazing — and makes his team immensely better. Looking at NBAWowy, which tracks how teams perform with a given player on the court versus on the bench, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 3.1 points per 100 possessions when Durant was playing and Curry was not; that number jumped to 16.1 points per 100 possessions with Curry on the court and Durant on the sidelines.5And 19.5 points per 100 possessions when they were both playing.While Durant may be the story of the season, the Warriors’ dynasty was built and is still being propped up by Curry’s ability to throw the ball into the hoop from great distances. Provided he keeps being able to do that, expect Golden State to keep the game broken. This shows that the Warriors appear to have a lot of players who are better at defense than they should be. Perhaps being free to focus on defense more than rebounding and offense helps. Perhaps they play bigger than their size in part because they’re typically in better position than you would expect from players on a more conventional offense whose goal is literally to get behind the other team. Perhaps opponents have to play offense with an extra eye on defense, or with more defenders than they would usually play.Also, having people like Stephen Curry and Durant as the offensive centerpieces may allow you to surround them with players who are more defense-oriented. Much like Rodman, someone like Draymond Green’s value may be fully realized precisely because he isn’t required to carry his offense. For a power forward, his responsibilities don’t include that much penetrating and collapsing the Warriors opponents’ defenses. Thus, despite being somewhat undersized for his position, Green has thrived — and indeed, may be one of the most valuable players in the league — in his current role.And Curry’s shooting makes the offenseWhile the link between Golden State’s offense and defense is speculative, the relationship between their 3-point shooting and their other shooting is easier to track.Golden State’s relentless barrage of 3s tends to make people forget that the Warriors are also good at 2-point shooting. The difference is that much more of their value on 2s comes from getting good shots, while more of their value on 3s comes from making the shots they get. Typically there is a relationship between how good a team is compared to expectation for both 3- and 2-point shooting, which is unsurprising since we’d expect good shooters to be good shooters, no matter where they’re shooting from. But the Warriors are not only unusually good at 3-point shooting, they’re also better at 3-point shooting than other shooting by an unusual margin. Comparing the two directly, we can see where the Warriors really butter their bread: While they’ve scored about 7 more points per 100 possessions than league average, they’ve also been 10.6 points better than their opponents overall — so about a third of their edge seems to come from something other than offensive efficiency.But it isn’t rare for teams with stronger-than-average offenses to also have stronger-than-average defenses. This is a bit counterintuitive — it seems like a great offensive team would be more likely to be weak on defense, since those are two very different skillsets and trade-offs must be made. And teams do, in fact, have to choose between more offense or more defense, so it’s significant that the relationship isn’t negative at all.The offense can make the defenseTo understand the sometimes complicated relationship between offense and defense, take the case of Dennis Rodman. Despite being known as a great defensive player, Rodman’s teams defended just about as well with or without him. And despite him being unable (or unwilling) to score himself, his teams were significantly more efficient on offense when he was on the court (even after accounting for his offensive rebounding). I suspect this is because having Rodman in the game allowed his teams to devote fewer resources to defending and rebounding, diverting those energies to offense instead. Similarly, having a highly efficient outside offense may allow a team to divert resources to the other end of the floor — not to mention that having your offensive players hang out more in the space between their opponents and their opponent’s basket can make their defensive job easier.So let’s compare the Warriors’ offense and defense a bit more directly: read more

To Find a Career Like Tim Duncans We Have to Go Back

Those of you who are my age might only remember Old Kareem and his skyhooks and might not know what a phenom he was when he entered the league as Lew Alcindor. Abdul-Jabbar/Alcindor was the sixth-most productive young player in NBA history — despite, like Duncan, playing out his full college career. In his rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks, he averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Two years later, at 24, he averaged 34.8 and 16.6. No player in the other major sports stands out so much from his competition. Babe Ruth is the top-ranking baseball player (counting his days as a pitcher and using wins above replacement; note that the systems we’re using for the various sports are not directly comparable to one another). Still, many of the all-time great baseball players have had extremely long careers. Ty Cobb ranks second and isn’t all that far behind Ruth.You might assume that the top NHL player by this standard absolutely must be Wayne Gretzky, or if not Gretzky then Gordie Howe. But it’s Ray Bourque. Gretzky was the best young player in NHL history by leaps and bounds, and Howe was the most productive old one. But Bourque had the best balance over his career, and he comes out slightly better when you take the harmonic mean of his point shares. I’m not sure that I totally buy that ranking — hockey analytics are behind those in baseball and basketball. But Gretzky was a somewhat specialized player late in his career. He notched tons of assists, but never ranked in the top 10 in goals in the NHL after his age 28 season, and he was limited defensively, with a -93 plus-minus from his age 33 season onward.Last is the NFL, which is the least interesting of the leagues to evaluate in this way. That’s because NFL careers start late due to the league’s strictly enforced age limit and end early because of the wear and tear on the players. And it’s hard to measure what goes on in between and to compare players at different positions.Still, according to Sports-Reference.com’s approximate value system, the closest thing the NFL has had to a player for all seasons is Fran Tarkenton. As a rookie, at age 21, Tarkenton was the principal quarterback for the expansion Minnesota Vikings. By 24, he led the Vikings to their first winning season, in 1964, and made his first Pro Bowl. After a stint with the New York Giants, he returned to Minnesota, and won an MVP award at age 35 and led the NFL in passing yards in his final season at age 38. Dan Marino, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning rank next after Tarkenton. (Note that approximate value figures are incomplete for the 2013 season; I had to make an educated guess for how Charles Woodson and Tony Gonzalez performed last year according to the system.)Manning could take over the top slot with one or two more good seasons. It seems like he should be ahead already. Approximate value is … approximate. And like the other measures, it doesn’t account for the post-season. I have trouble ranking Peyton Manning behind Fran Tarkenton in pretty much anything.But I don’t have a problem with ranking Manning, or Duncan, behind Abdul-Jabbar, who won a national championship as a teenager at UCLA and an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in his 40s. No player in American team sports has had a career quite like his. Tim Duncan turns 38 on Friday. On Saturday, he’ll resume his quest for a fifth NBA championship when the San Antonio Spurs travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks in the third game of their first-round playoff series. Duncan is still an extremely effective player, in part because his masterful coach, Gregg Popovich, limits his minutes in the regular season. We might not have seen a career quite like his since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Duncan has been a force since he entered the league at 21. In his debut season, 1997-98, he won the Rookie of the Year award and made the All-NBA team. The next year he was named NBA Finals MVP and won his first championship.I wondered which other players in the NBA, and in the other major team sports, have had so much impact over their full professional lives. In other words, which of them were both very effective as young players and as old players?To study this for the NBA, I looked up the number of win shares each player has generated up to and including his age 24 season, and also from his age 33 season onward. (From this point forward, I’ll define an NBA player’s age-season by how old he was as of Feb. 1, as Basketball-Reference.com does.) Then I took the harmonic mean between the two figures. The harmonic mean differs from a regular average in that it tends toward the lower of a set of numbers. That will help us to identify players who were outstanding both when they were young and when they were old, as opposed to just one or the other.Duncan generated 47.8 win shares through his age 24 season. That’s very good, especially considering that he stayed all four years at Wake Forest University before entering the league. But it’s still just the 17th-highest figure in NBA history. He’s also generated 40.2 win shares, and counting, since his age 33 season. That’s the 15th-highest figure in league history.It’s having accomplished both of these things in the same career that makes Duncan so extraordinary. The harmonic mean between his early-career and late-career win share totals is 43.7. That’s the third-highest figure ever in the NBA.You can probably guess the two players who rank ahead of Duncan. One is Michael Jordan, who achieved this feat despite retiring for his age 35 through age 37 seasons. (Jordan came back to play seasons with the Washington Wizards at 38 and 39.) But the player who laps the field, and who in many ways was the predecessor to Duncan, is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Abdul-Jabbar played into his 40s. By win shares, he was the third-best old player in NBA history, after Karl Malone and John Stockton. read more

Buckeyes win big in battle of Ohio

There was no Hurricane hangover for Ohio State. One week after dismantling Miami (Fla.), the No. 2 Buckeyes (3-0) poured it on in-state rival Ohio (1-2), holding the Bobcats to 158 total yards in a 43-7 victory Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Two years ago, Ohio gave OSU a major scare, taking a narrow lead into the fourth quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away for a 26-14 win. Saturday’s game bore little resemblance. OSU scored on its first six possessions, racking up a 34-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor set a school record by completing 16 consecutive passes, breaking Jim Karsatos’ mark of 12 that stood for 25 years. Pryor finished 22-for-29 for 235 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. He and the first-team offense sat out the fourth quarter. “When you feel more comfortable, things start to slow down for you and you can make those passes,” receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Being able to throw those passes so comfortably, it led to all those completions.” On the second play from scrimmage, safety Tyler Moeller intercepted a pass by Ohio quarterback Phil Bates. OSU converted the turnover into a field goal. The day never got easier for the Bobcat offense. Ohio punted on its next three possessions and before the first quarter was over, OSU led 24-0. “Defensively, we shut them down in the first half for sure,” coach Jim Tressel said. Pryor threw a strike to running back Brandon Saine across the middle for a 9-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 10-0 edge. Minutes later, Pryor scampered 13 yards to the end zone to add to the lead. “Pryor got out of the pocket a lot and we can’t let that happen,” Ohio linebacker Noah Keller said. “He’s a hard guy to tackle. He has a deadly arm and a killer stiff arm.” When the Bobcats weren’t punting, they were committing turnovers. The Buckeyes forced three fumbles, two interceptions and once stopped Ohio on downs. OSU picked off four passes by Miami quarterback Jacory Harris last week. “We had a lot of problems,” said Bates, who finished 4-for-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. “We didn’t execute plays, hit people when they were open or get key blocks. We have a lot of work to do.” The Buckeyes out-gained Ohio in the first half, 290-47. The Bobcats didn’t move the chains for a first down until midway through the second quarter. They promptly fumbled the ball away on the next play. The Buckeyes stretched the lead to 34-0 following a touchdown pass from Pryor to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite the lopsided score, Tressel kept the first-team offense on the field through the end of the third quarter. The unit looked out-of-sync with the sizeable lead, as Pryor threw his second interception of the game into double coverage. “Interceptions ruin a quarterback’s day in their own mind,” Tressel said. “Sometimes you forget about the 22 completions and all you do is think about the two that didn’t work well.” Herron capped off the first-team offense’s final drive with his second touchdown to provide the Buckeyes a 43-0 advantage. Ohio finally got on the board with a touchdown with 6:11 remaining in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Boo Jackson to receiver Terrence McCrae. While OSU flourished on offense and defense, the persistent problems on special teams plagued the Buckeyes yet again. Ohio cornerback Julian Posey, who covered his younger brother, OSU receiver DeVier Posey, most of the game, had a first-quarter kick return touchdown brought back because of a penalty. The Bobcats also blocked an OSU punt in the third quarter. “We just flat out missed a guy,” Tressel said. “You can’t do that, not if you want to win.” Still, the Buckeyes were able to put away Ohio early and avoid a repeat of the 2008 matchup. “We were thinking about the OU game two years ago,” said defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who recovered a fumble and made a tackle in the end zone for a safety. “We didn’t want to let down our fans. I think everybody took the challenge.” OSU plays Eastern Michigan, winless since Nov. 28, 2008, next Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at the Horseshoe. read more

Troika said to be unconvinced by ERT layoffs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Troika envoys reportedly remained unconvinced about whether the dismissal of some 2,600 employees of the state broadcaster ERT, which was closed last month, should be counted as layoffs in the civil service following a pledge by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to rehire 2,000 of the workers on short-term contracts.“The opinion of troika representatives is that the number of layoffs will be clear when the number of rehires are finalized,” a source at the Administrative Reform Ministry told Kathimerini after talks between Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the foreign envoys.The inspectors reportedly asked for more details about the transitional broadcast service planned by the government and when this would be replaced by a new broadcaster. Mitsotakis had planned to highlight the ERT dismissals as signs of progress in government pledges for public sector layoffs in a bid to secure an extension for the induction of 12,500 civil servants into a so-called mobility scheme where they would receive reduced wages for a year ahead of a status review.Irrespective of whether or not the ERT staff are counted in the 4,000 layoffs the government must carry out by the end of the year, a significant proportion of the dismissals are expected to come from the education sector.Senior officials at the Education Ministry have indicated that the sector has already contributed to the austerity drive, hiring only 2,000 auxiliary teachers for this year, compared to 12,000 last year. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Shut Up and Dance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual dance spectacular Shut Up and Dance a co-produced with Melbourne Fringe Festival, is looking for a dynamic male-centric Greek dance group to take centre stage on Friday 25 September.Now in its eight years, is a wondrous, interactive dance party that takes place at the Festival Club in the North Melbourne Town Hall, and never fails to jam pack the room with hundreds of avid punters ready to sweat, smile and dance.Each year, they present a fantastic, eclectic, culturally diverse line up of dance groups and are this year looking for a Greek cultural experience to perform as part of the event on Friday 25 September at the Fringe Festival Club – North Melbourne Town Hall.In addition to a 5-8 minute performance, some of the groups present a 10-15 minute, on the spot dance lesson, in their specific dance style. If you would like to take part, or think you have what it takes contact Gabi Barton, curator, Shut up and Dance at gabibarton@yahoo.com.au For more information click here.last_img read more

Judge deputy attacked at Grays Harbor courthouse

first_imgMONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — A man wounded a judge and a sheriff’s deputy in a shooting and stabbing attack Friday at a courthouse in a tiny Washington state town that was later placed in lockdown as authorities hunted for the assailant.Grays Harbor Community Hospital spokesman David Quigg said Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davin were stable and conscious after the attack at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse, about 120 miles northwest of Vancouver.State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger said the attack included a shooting and stabbing, but details of the injuries were not immediately known.Much of the town of Montesano remained on lockdown as authorities surrounded a home where they believed the suspect may be armed with a pistol.The attack comes less than four months after Edwards had joined a lawsuit to protest planned state budget cuts he said were making the courthouse where the attack occurred dangerous. According to budget information from the county, the superior court budget had been cut from $733,320 in 2010 to $645,818 for 2012.“Anyone can enter the courthouse carrying weapons,” said the lawsuit filed in December. According to the lawsuit, there had been a number of dangerous episodes inside the courthouse in the last two years, including a defendant charging at one judge in the courtroom and a man armed with knife asking directions to the office of a judge.last_img read more

Police arrest man in Florida Keys for illegal lobster possession

first_imgISLAMORADA, Fla. (WSVN) — Officers arrested a man accused of possessing several undersized lobsters in the Florida Keys.Deputies pulled over 27-year-old Nacarrio Comer for speeding through Islamorada, Sunday. They then discovered he had 13 live lobsters in his car.Twelve of the lobsters were undersized and were safely returned to the sea.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Sexual harassment case Complainant says clean chit to CJI Gogoi gross injustice

first_imgThe woman’s statement has come hours after a three-judge in-house committee probing the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment claimed that no substance was found against him. ReutersAfter a clean chit to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Monday in the sexual harassment case, the complainant in a statement has said she is highly disappointed to learn that the “in-house committee has found no substance in my complaint” and that she felt gross injustice has been done to her.The woman said she is “now extremely scared and terrified” as evidence on record has been rejected by the Supreme Court committee. “I and my family members remain vulnerable to the ongoing reprisals and attack,” she said in a statement to the media.The woman’s statement has come hours after a three-judge in-house committee probing the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment claimed that no substance was found against him. The woman claimed that her accusation in the affidavit sent to the Supreme Court judges is “substantiated by documents and is verifiable.”The former SC employee also said that she is not just “highly disappointed and dejected” to learn that the in-house committee appointed by the Supreme Court found “no substance” in her sexual harassment complaint, but also felt that “gross injustice” has been done.According to her, “the committee has announced that I will not even be provided with a copy of the report, and so I have no way of comprehending the reasons and basis for the summary dismissal of my complaint of sexual harassment and victimisation.”The woman said she would consult her lawyer and decide on the next course of action. “Today, I am on the verge of losing faith in the idea of justice,” she said.Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court-appointed three-judge in-house committee probing the allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi gave a clean chit to him.A statement issued by the top court said: “The in-house committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated April 19, 2019, of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India.”The in-house panel comprised Justice S A Bobde, the second-most-senior judge in the apex court, Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Indu Malhotra.The committee submitted its report on May 5 in accordance with the “in-house procedure to the next senior-most judge competent to receive the report and also sent a copy of the report to the judge concerned, the Chief Justice India.”The court also said that the “in-house procedure was not liable to be made public.”On Sunday, the apex court had issued a statement declining that Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Rohinton Nariman had met Justice Bobde, who was heading the panel probing the sexual harassment allegations. It was claimed that Justices Chandrachud and Nariman had met the members of the in-house committee on the evening of May 3 to register their concerns over continuing with the probe involving the CJI in the absence of the complainant.In a press release issued on Sunday, SC Secretary General Sanjeev Kalgaonkar said: “This is wholly incorrect. The in-house committee… deliberates on its own without any input from any other honourable judge of this court.”On April 30, the former employee of the Supreme Court, who accused the CJI of sexually harassing her, had said that she would no longer appear before the in-house panel set up by the apex court.The committee was formed after the woman on April 19 levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice Gogoi reportedly in a letter addressed to 22 judges of the Supreme Court.last_img read more

AL leader 16 others charged in Rejaul murder case

first_imgThe Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Sunday submitted a charge sheet against 17 people, including the prime accused ruling Awami League leader Ershad, in connection with Japan expatriate Rejaul Karim Raja murder case in Savar, reports UNB.Ten other accused were exempted from the charges.CID inspector Shamim Hasan Talukdar submitted the charge sheet after a long investigation.The charged accused are – Ershadur Rahman Ershad, Md Sujon, Atabar alias Shipon, Israfil alias Isha, Md Ripon, Raju Ahmed alias Raju, Firoz Mia alias Rumu, Raihan, Akbar Ali, Majidur Rahman Majid, Nazrul Islam, Amir Hamza alias Hamza, Habibullah, Sirajul Islam alias Shiron, Shipon alias Shipa, Khokon and Atikur Rahman alias Jiban.Raja initially received injury and later died at a local hospital after Ershad along with his aides attacked Raja and his cousins with locally-made weapons on 12 April, 2016 in Savar.According to locals, there was a dispute between Raja and Ershad over land ownership.last_img read more

Launches in 43 routes halted due to rough weather

first_imgSadarghat. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Sunday halted plying of launches in 43 southern river routes from Sadarghat launch terminal in the capital due to inclement weather.The BIWTA authorities made the announcement around 10:00am today, said Marine Safety and Traffic Management director Abu Jafar Hawlader.“Plying of the launches halted as the met department advised the Dhaka river port to show signal no. 2 due to the inclement weather,” he said.The order will remain in force until the weather improves, Abu Jafar Hawlader added.last_img

Texas Executes Man In 1998 Slaying Of Conroe College Student

first_imgDavid Martin Davies/Texas Public RadioLarry Swearingen during an interview with Texas Public Radio at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.A Texas death row inmate who argued that his conviction was based on junk science was executed Wednesday for the abduction, rape and killing of a suburban Houston community college student more than 20 years ago.Larry Swearingen, 48, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter. She was last seen leaving her community college in Conroe, and her body was found nearly a month later in a forest near Huntsville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston.Swearingen, who had always maintained his innocence in Trotter’s death, was the 12th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. Eleven more executions are scheduled in Texas this year.“Lord, forgive them,” Swearingen said after the warden asked if he had a final statement. “They don’t know what they’re doing.”Then as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, he said he could “hear it” going into a vein in his arm, then that he could taste it.“It’s actually burning in my right arm. I don’t feel anything in the left arm,” he said.Almost immediately, he took a short breath, then started to snore quietly. He stopped moving.He never opened his eyes and never looked at the witnesses who were there on his victim’s behalf, including her parents, who watched through a window just a few feet from him.At 6:47 p.m. CDT — 12 minutes after the lethal dose started — Swearingen was pronounced dead.“Today, justice was served for Melissa,” her family said in a statement provided to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “This process has been overwhelming. We want to praise God for getting us through this horrific ordeal. We feel we now can move forward and start the healing process.“We want Melissa to be remembered as a happy, loving, kind spirit with a beautiful smile. We always knew justice would prevail for Melissa.”Prosecutors said they stood behind the “mountain of evidence” used to convict Swearingen in 2000. They described him as a sociopath with a criminal history of violence against women and said he even tried to get a fellow death row inmate to take the blame for his crime.Swearingen had long tried to cast doubt on the evidence used to convict him, particularly claims by prosecution experts that Trotter’s body had been in the woods for 25 days. His longtime appellate attorney, James Rytting, said at least five defense experts concluded her body was there for no more than 14 days, and because Swearingen had been arrested by then on outstanding traffic violations, he couldn’t have left her body there.Swearingen, who was also represented by the Innocence Project, had previously received five stays of execution. He was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal, which focused on allegations prosecutors used “false and misleading testimony” related to blood evidence and a piece of pantyhose used to strangle Trotter.Kelly Blackburn, the trial bureau chief for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted Swearingen, said Swearingen’s efforts to discredit the evidence were unsuccessful because his experts’ opinions didn’t “hold water.”“I have absolutely zero doubt that anybody but Larry Swearingen killed … Melissa Trotter,” he said.Blackburn said Swearingen killed Trotter because he was angry that she had stood him up for a date. At the time of Trotter’s killing, Swearingen was under indictment for kidnapping a former fiancée.During a 2011 interview, Swearingen told The Associated Press that he was tired of being “demonized” for a crime he didn’t commit.“We’d all like to know who done it,” he said.In addition to questioning the date of Trotter’s death, Rytting maintained a piece of pantyhose used to strangle Trotter was not a match to a piece found in Swearingen’s trailer. He also disputed prosecution experts’ claims dismissing blood found in Trotter’s fingernail shavings that was determined to not be Swearingen’s. He said that evidence supported the defense theory that someone else killed her.In letters sent to Swearingen’s attorneys in July and August, the Texas Department of Public Safety said its technicians should not have been as definitive in their testimony about the blood found in the fingernails and the pantyhose match.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down Swearingen’s challenge to the blood evidence and pantyhose match, citing the “mountain of evidence” that “seals Swearingen’s guilt for Trotter’s murder.” The appeals court disagreed with defense allegations that the testimony about the blood evidence and pantyhose match was false and misleading.Blackburn said Swearingen tried to get people to lie to give himself an alibi. After his arrest, Swearingen got another inmate to write a letter Swearingen composed in Spanish that professed to be from the real killer and had it sent to his attorney. In 2017, Swearingen and another inmate, Anthony Shore, concocted a plan to get Shore to take responsibility for Trotter’s killing. Shore, who was on death row for another crime, was executed last year.Rytting said Swearingen was guilty of doing “some very stupid things,” but prosecutors didn’t have proof he killed Trotter.Lozano reported from Houston. Sharelast_img read more

The Teledildonics Patent Just Expired and Why That Matters

first_img Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future Stay on target Teledildonics was a name ascribed to basically anything that helped people get off remotely. And, since 1998, it’s been the foundation of all Internet-connected sex toys — preventing many new start-ups from playing with the idea and making, for instance, a vibrator that you can control from anywhere. Some products, of course, already exist, but they are the exception. And given that just about everything I own can connect to the internet these days… why not floppy vibrating fleshy-things?That world, though, is now about to get a lot more open. As of last night, the patent is no longer in effect and now businesses are free to innovate and expound on the idea.“We’re all screwed until August 2018,” Kyle Machulis, a well-known sex-engineer who runs Metafish told the Future of Sex.AdChoices广告Machulis was among the first to really experiment with some of these ideas and created one of the first sex toys that could connect to Second Life. According to him, the licensing fees to use some of this tech under patent has put a lot of the most innovative tech off the market.One system would synchronize motion to that of a specific video and provide that feedback for the user.“That was a really interesting fantastic mechanism. The stuff we’re seeing come out these days still hasn’t really matched that for a lot of people,” Machulis says.Other companies have had a handful of new products, projects and ideas since, but generally speaking, it’s too expensive to touch. And, to be fair, even after this shift, some venture capital simply won’t touch sex-related companies because of the still powerful stigma attached to it.“A sucky thing, for example, was we would get invited to many different startup incubator-type things, but then rejected later because ‘they don’t do sex,” Andrew Quitmeyer of Comingle told Future of Sex.Sex tech is fascinating and strides are being made in the field every day like 3D printers are being used to make parts and new financing that developed to help people purchase their own pleasure bots. Learn more about sex robots and sex tech here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Director of Mobility Institute confirms taxi rate increase for Cancun Playa del

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The director of the newly installed Mobility Institute for the state says that as of January, taxi prices will increase for Cancun, Playa del Carmen and several other municipalities.Director of the Mobility Institute, Jorge Pérez Pérez, confirmed that taxi service rates will increase in busy places such as Cancún and Playa del Carmen as well in other municipalities. While he did not specify the actual amount, he did say they anticipate an increase of between 10 and 20 percent and not the proposed 45 percent.He explained that before the end of the year, they will set the new rates so that the increase benefits the unions but remains within reason for those who use the taxi services.The new rates are expected to go into effect sometime in January 2019.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three weeks of roadworks to take place in town centre to replace

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThree weeks of roadworks are set to take place in a town centre as cobble stones are replaced. Temporary traffic lights will be in place near the Nicholson War Memorial, better known as the The Monument, in Leek town centre as Staffordshire County Council carry out the work. It was originally scheduled to begin this coming Monday, August 12, but has now been rescheduled to begin the following week on Monday August 19. The road will remain open, however only one lane of traffic will be able to pass through at a time. The work, that can only be carried out in dry weather, requires around seven days for new stones to seat – with pedestrians and vehicles not allowed onto the surface while this is taking place. Read MoreLatest Leek News Three weeks of roadworks in town centre Flats plan for office building Search continues for missing man Driver named following fatal collision Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “The investment and improvement work here is great news for people in Leek and I am sure residents will notice a real difference once the work is complete. “Crews will be doing their upmost to get the work done as quickly and efficiently as possible, but I would like to remind people that this type of road surface does need at least seven days to set. “I would like to thank people in advance for their co-operation and patience while the work is being carried out.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.center_img Air quality areas set up Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Warning High winds at Van Reenen on the N3

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Winds gusting at about 112 kilometres per hour have been reported at Van Reenen.Motorists are therefore warned to be cautious on the road.Also read: N3 closed at Van Reenen due to strong windsAlso read: Heavy winds wreak havocEspecially near ‘Windy Corner’, which, in the past, has seen many vehicles flip over.last_img