Brazil’s WC squad packed with champions

first_imgBrazil v Croatia Champions – Brazil’s World Cup squad packed full of league winners Raisa Simplicio 06:45 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy World Cup Brazil Getty Brazil v Croatia Austria v Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Brazil World Cup Friendlies No less than 14 of the Selecao’s 23-man squad claimed domestic championships, while two others won continental titles – and three more are on the hunt On Monday Brazil began in earnest their preparations for the World Cup. The Selecao will spend the first week of their pre-World Cup agenda at their glittering Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro, before heading to England ahead of the Brasil Global Tour clash with Liverpool.With most of the players having now arrived, the returning Neymar took most of the attention on Day 1, which saw Technical Coordinator Edu Gaspar address the media, stressing how much focus was being placed on the PSG star’s recovery following a foot injury that has had him sidelined since February.Neymar, of course, is the star individual of the Brazil team that heads to Russia in search of an unprecedented sixth world title, but the key to the Selecao’s resurgence under coach Tite has been the success of the team as a whole – illustrated in Mach as Brazil saw off Germany in Berlin without their talisman. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Tite begins his work with the squad this week safe in the knowledge that almost every player in his squad arrives following standout seasons for their respective club sides.Brasil champions BGT GFX 22052018After a tricky first season with Roma that saw him spend the majority of the campaign watching on from the bench, goalkeeper Alisson is now revered as perhaps the world’s finest. His remarkable performances this past season have drawn intense speculation linking him with what would be a world-record transfer for a goalkeeper, with the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United and Liverpool all said to be showing interest.And Alisson is not alone in living the finest phase of his career to date. Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino had the season of his life, firing the Reds to a UEFA Champions League final with 10 goals in Europe’s elite club competition, as well as providing an impressive number of assists for his colleagues. That he remains a substitute for Brazil is evidence enough of the wealth of talent on which Tite can draw.Firmino is one of three players who will miss the week at Granja, primed to join the squad in England later this month after competing in the UEFA Champions League final. He’ll be facing off against compatriots Marcelo and Casemiro. The former’s ability to step forward from left-back and infiltrate the midfield has been vital to his side’s attacking play, while the latter has perhaps not hit the highs of recent seasons but remains vital to the balance of perhaps the best central midfield around.Casemiro’s reserve in the Brazil side, Fernandinho, has been one of the standout performers in England’s Premier League, which his Manchester City side conquered with a record 100 points. His club and international colleague Ederson has emerged as a genuine contender to Alisson for the tag of the world’s best goalkeeper and his ability to initiate attacks from the back has been vital to Pep Guardiola’s success at City this season.Chelsea’s Willian has also put in some eye-catching performances in England this season and his fine performances saw him named Player of the Season by his colleagues after a campaign that saw the Blues win England’s FA Cup. He was the first player in Tite’s Brazil to lose his first-team place, but is now well in contention to reclaim a spot in the Selecao’s starting Xi.Shakhtar’s Fred, meanwhile, arrives off the back of a breakthrough campaign which has seen him linked with one top European club after another. Since being freed from his defensive midfield role, the former Internacional man starred throughout his side’s Champions League campaign and is destined for a mega-money move this European summer.We have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away for Brasil x CroatiaTo enter, simply follow us on one of our social media accountsTickets are still available to purchase here:— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) May 22, 2018Philippe Coutinho also arrives at Granja in form, after coming through a transitional period in the second-half of the season following his move from Liverpool to Barcelona. The attacking midfielder also joins the squad in excellent physical shape, having rarely completed a full 90 minutes in Spain, meaning he will not be suffering the same level of fatigue as some his Brazil colleagues arriving off the back of long and gruelling seasons.Douglas Costa, too, has impressed following a transfer, recapturing his form as a major player for Juventus in Italy. His fine form secured a return to Tite’s Brazil squad and he can now count himself among the first reserves in Russia.He joins the squad as a league champion, as do a whole host of others: Paulinho and Coutinho took La Liga with Barca; Fernandinho, Danilo and Ederson won the Premier League; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Neymar reigned in France; Filipe Luis returned from injury to win the UEFA Europa League; Taison and Fred won the Ukranian title with Shakhtar.Meanwhile, Brazil-based Pedro Geromel arrives a Copa Libertadores champion and Corinthians duo Cassio and Fagner were Brazilian league winners.last_img read more

Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable will go on sale in India on April 4

first_imgMi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable will go on sale in India on April 4Xiaomi says that Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is a “perfect balance of performance and style”. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is crafted using the Uni-Moulding process and is mainly designed for men who are always on the move.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 12:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available for 2,999.The Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones will go on sale for Rs 1499The price of the Mi 2-in-1 USB is yet to be revealed by the company.Xiaomi announced Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB Cable in India recently. On Thursday Xiaomi announced that all three products will go on sale for the first time in the country on April 4 at 12 midnight. All three products — Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones, and Mi 2-in-1 USB — will be available exclusively via recall, Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 were launched in India last month on the Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform, while the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable have been introduced only this month. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available for 2,999, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones for Rs 1499. The price of the Mi 2-in-1 USB is yet to be revealed by the company.Xiaomi says that Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is a “perfect balance of performance and style”. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is crafted using the Uni-Moulding process and is mainly designed for men who are always on the move. It is engineered with 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology, which combines five different materials making them shock-absorbent, durable and slip-resistant. Xiaomi says that the fishbone structure allows comfortable cushioning while providing support against accidental sprains. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes in three different colours including — Black, Dark Grey and Blue. It shoes are crafted from breathable, washable mesh fabric which will let users easily wash the shoes, the company claims.For the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones Xiaomi says it can last up to 5 hours on a single charge. The earbuds of the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones come packed with ultra-thin PET speaker diaphragm – which Xiaomi claims can provide improved audio performance and impressive bass. In addition, the Mi 2-in-1 USB cable (30cm) supports both USB Type-C and Micro-USB output ports. It also comes with Quick Charge fast charging up to 2.4A.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3: What do we know so far and will it have better cameras than Redmi Note 7 Pro?ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go review: Perfect phone for first-time smartphone buyersGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Xiaomilast_img read more

Dani Alves will replace Neymar as Brazil’s captain for Copa America

first_imgDani Alves will replace Neymar as Brazil’s captain for Copa AmericaNeymar’s recent mishaps have led to him losing out on his captaincy to Dani Alves. The 27-year old star was named Brazil’s permanent captain for a few months after the World Cup.advertisement Next Reuters New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 17:56 IST Neymar loses his captaincy to teammate Dani Alves (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSDani Alves has earned 138 caps for Brazil and previously captained BrazilAlves will be leading the team during mathces against Qatar and Honduras in Copa America 2019Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authoritiesNeymar has been replaced as captain of the Brazil national team for next month’s Copa America by Paris St Germain team mate Dani Alves, the country’s football federation (CBF) has said.The Copa America will be played from June 14 to July 7, with hosts Brazil, who have not won the title since 2007, taking on Bolivia in the opening match in Sao Paulo before facing Venezuela and Peru.Daniel Alves will be captain of the Brazilian national team in the friendly matches against Qatar and Honduras and in Copa America Brazil 2019, the CBF said in a statement.Right back Alves, who has 138 caps for Brazil, was informed of his new role on Sunday. The 36-year-old has captained his country on four previous occasions, the last of which was a 1-0 friendly victory over Germany in 2018.Brazil coach Tite had named Neymar permanent captain a few months after Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Belgium last year, but has been under pressure to replace the 27-year-old due to his disciplinary issues.Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authorities earlier this month for hitting a fan after PSG’s French Cup final loss to Stade Rennes, and was also reportedly involved in a dressing fracas with his PSG team mates.Tite informed him on Saturday that he would not captain Brazil at the Copa America, the CBF said.Also Read | Kovac hails Bayern as German champions seal domestic doubleAlso Read | Bittersweet: Pique on Barcelona’s season after they lose Copa del Rey final to ValenciaAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow NeymarFollow BrazilFollow Copa Americalast_img read more

Applications Sought for Agencies Boards Commissions

first_imgNova Scotians interested in serving the public on agencies, boards and commissions are asked to send their applications to the province. The agencies, boards and commissions carry out a wide variety of public functions.”Members of the province’s agencies, boards and commissions represent all walks of life, and are instrumental in making our democratic system work,” said Frank Corbett, deputy president, Executive Council. Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions serve a variety of roles and interests and have quasi-judicial functions. They review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions affecting the liberty, security or legal rights of individuals. Members must apply legal principles and sound professional and technical principles for their decisions. Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions make financial, regulatory, business, or policy decisions or recommendations to government, which have far-reaching implications for Nova Scotians in many areas, from children and youth services to loan and licensing boards. “My experience as a young person adds a unique perspective to the discussion and, ultimately, to the decisions of the board,” said Mark Coffin, Nova Scotia Student Aid Appeal Committee. Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications and the needs of individual agencies, boards or commissions. For more information on board position profiles, current opportunities and how to apply, please visit or contact the Executive Council Office at 424-4877 or toll free at 1-866-206-6844. The province has an Employment Equity Policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. People are encouraged to self-identify on applications, covering letters or resumes. The application deadline for adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions is May 16. Applications for non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are welcome any time, with assessment of applications to begin May 7.last_img read more

The night the RCMP secretly kept an eye on future prime minister

first_imgOTTAWA — He was almost a decade away from becoming prime minister but the two RCMP constables on surveillance duty that January night seemed to have no difficulty recognizing Pierre Trudeau, even if they misspelled his name.The Mounties in the shadows diligently noted he was among eight people who entered a Montreal home in the early evening 60 years ago this Wednesday.A four-page RCMP memo says Pierre Elliot Trudeau (the constable who wrote up the report omitted the second ‘t’ in Elliott) arrived at the home of artist Jean Palardy, who lived in an apartment not far from Mount Royal.The declassified, though still heavily censored, memo provides a glimpse into the workings of the national police force’s attentive Cold War security apparatus.The RCMP would later keep a watchful eye over Trudeau, who became prime minister in 1968, to protect him from harm. They would also become well-acquainted with his children, including young Justin, who followed in his father’s political footsteps.But on Jan. 16, 1959, the Mounties secretly took note of the 39-year-old Trudeau’s presence at the Friday gathering of prominent members of the era’s cultural intelligentsia.The future Liberal leader was then a university lecturer and public intellectual, playing a key role in the influential journal Cite Libre. Just days earlier, a plaster cast had been removed from the leg he’d broken in a skiing accident.The Canadian Press obtained the RCMP memo, filed under “Revolutionary & Subversive Activities — Montreal, Quebec,” from Library and Archives Canada through the Access to Information Act. It was among hundreds of pages the force’s security branch compiled on another Quebec luminary, Rene Levesque, who would become Trudeau’s prime foil in the national-unity battles to come.Levesque, a journalist with the French-language CBC at the time, was not there that winter evening, nor is he mentioned in the portions of the memo made public.However, his CBC colleague Herbert Steinhouse and wife Tobie — a painter whose work now hangs in many fine galleries — were among those who arrived at Palardy’s home, as the Mounties duly recorded, between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.Other guests were poet and legal scholar Frank Scott and wife Marion (misidentified in the RCMP memo as Miriam), who was behind the wheel of their green Meteor sedan. Trudeau had been friendly for more than a decade with Scott, a founding member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner of the NDP.Documentary filmmaker Jim Beveridge and wife Margaret, who met while working at the National Film Board, arrived at the soiree in their grey Chevy station wagon.The focus of the RCMP’s attention, however, appeared to be Abdelkader Chanderli, the North American chief of the liberation movement fighting for Algerian independence. He had travelled from New York to speak to a meeting of Quebec’s Social Democratic Party.Chanderli, the Steinhouses and an unidentified woman left Palardy’s home at 8:30 p.m., climbed into a 1952 Hillman and headed to the speech at the nearby Workmen’s Circle Centre, the RCMP memo says.Herbert Steinhouse, a senior CBC producer, was keenly interested in strife-torn Algeria, having travelled extensively in North Africa in the late 1940s. Steinhouse’s well-received 1958 novel “Ten Years After,” drew on his knowledge of the troubled French colony.The author was in great demand at the time among the couple’s circle of acquaintances, Tobie Steinhouse, 93, recalled in an interview. “They were anxious to speak to my husband because his book had just come out, and there was great fuss about the book at the time.”She crossed paths with Trudeau from time to time during those years and remembers his “wonderful mind” and seemingly boundless curiosity. “He could encompass all kinds of things and all kinds of people.”The fact Trudeau was mentioned in the RCMP memo — though not the focus of attention — suggests he was a target of security-service interest to some degree, said Steve Hewitt, a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and co-author of the recent Just Watch Us, a history of RCMP scrutiny of the women’s movement.The Mounties viewed social connections as a kind of spiderweb, following strands to see who might warrant further investigation, said Hewitt. “So in this case Trudeau is known to them, he is under surveillance. He doesn’t seem to be the main target, but they certainly were able to identify him without any trouble.”The RCMP security branch’s widespread surveillance of people and groups suspected of challenging the established order would not become commonly known until two decades later.Dubious tactics — such as unauthorized break-ins and opening of mail — would lead to disbandment of the RCMP security branch and creation in 1984 of the civilian Canadian Security Intelligence Service.Upon learning the Mounties were watching that evening in Montreal decades ago, Tobie Steinhouse voiced some uneasiness, suggesting it’s even easier to keep tabs on people in the current age of advanced electronics.“You never know who’s looking over your shoulder, or for what.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter  Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lonestar’s request of Council to extend operating hours was declined

first_imgThe letter received from the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment expressed their concern and gave three specific reasons for not supporting the hour extension to the night club.In the letter, RCMP spoke about their staffing procedures for scheduling the ranks in the department and how the change would negatively affect this.The letter then addressed the police presence required in the area to tend to patrons and how this would set back other tasks officers are required to perform on their shifts.The final concern addressed the impact patrons leaving the bar would have on oil and gas workers. Being that this is the time they are trying to get to work and navigating the roads at the same time as bar patrons trying to get home.To view more on the Administration Report No.0148/19, item 13.2; CLICK HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Lonestar Nightlife made an application for an extension in operating hours to Council and on Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council regretfully declined.Lonestar sought to change their hours of operation on Friday and Saturday nights from 2:00 am to 4:00 am. In a letter to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, Lonestar shares, nightlife patrons start their fun at 12:30 am leaving a short window of time to be in a controlled environment. As well the establishment shares its business is suffering from reduced operating hours and the influence of unpredictable taxi service.Council declined the application, as part of their resolution stated the RCMP emphatically opposed the application.last_img read more

`1,200 crore Defence Ministry contract for Tata Power SED

first_imgNew Delhi: Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED) has bagged a Rs 1,200 crore contract from the defence ministry for supply of ship-borne 3D Air Surveillance Radars.Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division has signed a deal with the Ministry of Defence to supply 23 ship-borne 3D Air Surveillance Radars to the Indian Navy over the next 10 years, a Tata Power statement said Friday. The contract was signed under the Buy & Make (India) category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2013 that will be offering the Indian Navy a proven solution, with a production arrangement in India under Transfer of Technology (ToT). The contract will be executed by Tata Power SED as the prime contractor with foreign OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Indra Sistemas, Spain. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) has entered into a share purchase agreement with Tata Power to buy Tata Power SED, subject to regulatory and other approvals.last_img read more

Running and Rhythms Unite for Sacred Music Race in Fes

Fes – Fes will be buzzing this weekend as it kicks off the twentieth edition of the Festival of World Sacred Music.Most of the musical performances will take place in one of the venues throughout the city, but visitors and locals alike will have a chance to explore the city and listen to live folk music during a 6.6-kilometer race around Fes. This Saturday, the second annual Sacred Music Race, “Course aux Rythmes des Musiques Sacrées,” will take runners on a tour around the city while enjoying live Moroccan folk music from different regions of the country.“We want to make this second edition a sporting event fun and rich in Moroccan folklore,” according to the Fes Saiss Association which organizes the race. The city will be the stage as live music plays throughout the course, a journey rich in history and culture of the ancient city of Fes. More than 2,500 Moroccan and international runners are expected to take part in the race that coincides with the start of the nine-day Festival of World Sacred Music. Participants will be able to discover the various neighborhoods and architecture of Fes on this running tour around the city.The route will begin near Bab Boujloud in front of the old medina and take runners on a loop around the city past Bab Makina, Bab Meknes, Bab Marrakesh, Jardin Jnan Sbil, and Batha Museum before ending at the finish line near Bab Boujloud.“The race will also be an opportunity to strengthen the cohesion and civic spirit teams through sports and recreational activity,” according to the Fes Saiss Association.Runners will be joined by some of Morocco’s top athletes including Olympic gold medalists Hicham El Guerrouj and Khalid Skah, hurdler Nezha Bidouane, marathoner Abderrahim Bouramdane, and Olympian Brahim Lahlafi.The race will start this Saturday, June 14 at 6p.m. near Bab Boujloud. The race will be followed by an awards presentation and live Moroccan folk music concert. Interested participants can register online at© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Offshore patrol vessel for Sri Lanka Navy launched in Goa

Chief guest, secretary to ministry of defence, government of Sri Lanka, Karunasena Hettiarachchi said, “The project not only shows the shipbuilding capabilities of GSL, but also reflects the very strong diplomatic ties between the two countries and brotherly ties between the two Navies and Coast Guards.”The vessel ‘Sayural’ was launched at the hands of Hettiarachchi’s wife M A W P Gunawardana. Till now Sri Lanka bought all its large ships second hand from various countries. _~ †The first of the two 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPV) built for the Sri Lankan Navy was launched in Goa, India by Goa Shipyard Limited, the Times of India reported.This is the first time in the history Sri Lanka that such a large vessel has been designed for them by a foreign country. The keel of the first vessel was laid on September 10, 2014 and GLS completed 100% hull construction and launched the vessel within 21 months of keel laying. The vessel is in advanced stages of outfitting and will be ready for delivery by August 2017. Highlighting the excellent execution record of the shipyard, chairman and managing director, Rear admiral (retd) Shekhar Mital said, “With so many deliveries/launchings happening ahead of schedule, seen in the context of GSL’s 1/1.5 OPV capability per year till about two years back, corroborates that GSL has come off age and is able to exploit its shipbuilding capabilities and new infrastructure to a much larger scale, through optimization of resources.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Company says its not to blame for Oregons failed health care website

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan J. Cooper And Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2014 3:13 pm MDT SALEM, Ore. – The main technology contractor responsible for building Oregon’s failed online health insurance exchange says the governor is unjustly trying to blame it for the Cover Oregon fiasco.The statement Thursday from Oracle Corp. follows an announcement by Gov. John Kitzhaber that he’s asked Oregon’s attorney general to sue the Redwood City, California-based company.Oregon paid Oracle $134 million in federal funds to build what turned out to be a glitch-filled website. The state abandoned plans for fixing the site and is switching to the federal portal.Oracle says the state badly mismanaged the project by “consistently failing to deliver requirements in a timely manner and failing to staff the project with skilled personnel.”The state is still withholding $25.6 million in payments from the company. Company says it’s not to blame for Oregon’s failed health care website; governor seeks lawsuit read more

Videos Stormy PAC meeting sees TD storm out and members told to

first_imgRead: Fianna Fáil TD tells Department of Health chief civil servant to quit A FIANNA FÁIL TD stormed out of a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee last night with members later told to ‘chillax’ by one young deputy as the chairman of the HSE faced a grilling from Dáil members.Seán Fleming, Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman, stormed out of the meeting of the PAC after Department of Health secretary general and HSE chairman Ambrose McLoughlin said he could not answer questions about the delay in reaching a deal on the cost of prescription drugs.McLoughlin told the meeting that he was legally barred from answering questions on government policy prompting a furious outburst from Fleming who walked out of the meeting.Labour TD Michael McCarthy described Fleming’s intervention as “shameful behaviour”:Later in the meeting, Fine Gael TD Simon Harris said that participants needed to “chillax”:last_img read more

Intel Releases Core i7990X SixCore Chip

first_imgIntel is stepping back up to the plate with the release of the new Core i7-990X chipset. The newest chipset has six chips in one chip, and it’s considered to be the fastest chip yet. Built for high-end laptops, along with desktop computers, Intel will charge $999 for 1,000 units. The Core i7-990X belongs to what Intel calls the Extreme Edition chipset family. This new chipset can work with LGA1366 motherboards, as well as other motherboards. Since Intel has released the newest chipset in the Extreme Edition, Intel is slashing prices on the older models from the same family.I’m happy to see that Intel is doing well, even after the flub with Sandy Bridge. Hopefully the rest of this year will go a bit more smoothly for Intel. Via XBit Labslast_img read more

We arent considered important Wheelchair users dismayed over continued lift breakdowns on

first_img‘We aren’t considered important’: Wheelchair users dismayed over continued lift breakdowns on train line ‘If people were treated the same way because of their skin colour or religion, the country would shut down.’ By Órla Ryan Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 12:05 AM 49 Comments Image: Access for All Ireland Bernard Mulvany, his daughter Sophia and son Liam handing out information leaflets at Clontarf Road station yesterday. Aug 27th 2019, 9:14 PM 19,722 Views Bernard Mulvany, his daughter Sophia and son Liam handing out information leaflets at Clontarf Road station yesterday. Image: Access for All Ireland DISABILITY ACTIVISTS HAVE said it is unacceptable that wheelchair users are often left unable to access trains due to lifts being out-of-order.Campaigners have said if other groups were treated in the same way, there would be uproar. Regular Dart users may have received an ‘Access for All’ information leaflet in recent weeks.Bernard Mulvany set up the campaign in response to continued lift breakdowns on the train line. He wants to raise awareness of accessibility issues and gather public support, asking people to raise the issue with politicians and Transport Minister Shane Ross. His nine-year-old daughter Sophia, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, has encountered a number of problems when trying to access trains. Mulvany said that in some cases, the Irish Rail website and app incorrectly state that lifts at certain stations are working, only for them to be out-of-order when a person arrives at the station.He said that on Friday last no lifts at Dart stations were listed as being out-of-order on the app. He said this was unusual as a number of lifts are often not working on any given day.Mulvany called the Irish Rail helpline to confirm whether or not any lifts were broken. He said the staff member he spoke to told him all lifts seemed to be working, based on the information she had to hand.He said this would be “brilliant” if true but that he was sceptical.“I told her, not that I disbelieve you but I’m going to jump in the car and check. I knew of at least one station (Seapoint) where the lift was meant to be out of action for weeks.”Mulvany, who ran as a People Before Profit candidate in Clontarf in the local elections, said he visited or phoned a number of Dart stations and was told there were issues with at least six lifts.“It’s fairly prevalent that lifts are not working,” he said, adding that he was aware of accessibility issues at eight stations yesterday.He said it’s vital that the information given to passengers by Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) is accurate. He is aware of some people ending up stranded at train stations or having to completely change their route because a lift is unexpectedly not working.People who need assistance accessing a train are required to give Irish Rail four hours’ notice. Mulvany believes this to be unfair but said even when people do so, some still run into difficulties. He said if other groups had to give notice of when they wanted to access public transport, there would be uproar.   Share158 Tweet Email People with disabilities aren’t really considered all that important at times … If you said that a person had to give 24 hours’ notice to access public transport because of the colour of their skin or their religion, the country would shut down.“For some reason, if a person is in a wheelchair or has a disability, it seems to be okay – we can impose this on a person with a disability.“It’s not okay anymore, we’re supposed to be a progressive, equal society.”Mulvany said his family has run into many issues accessing trains in recent weeks, telling us: “This has annoyed me so much, it’s been a lovely summer but we just can’t jump on the Dart and go somewhere.”‘I feel caged’ Advocate Sean O’Kelly is also involved in the Access for All initiative. He is a wheelchair user and founded the A Day in My Wheels campaign.He said he has stopped using public transport where possible due to a number of bad experiences, including being left stranded on a platform at Clontarf station three years ago because a lift was not working once he got off the train.“I refuse to use public transport, and I shouldn’t feel like that. I really, really should not feel like that. Feeling caged, feeling uncertain about public transport,” O’Kelly said. Bernard Mulvany, Sean O’Kelly and Liam Mulvany. Source: Access for All IrelandHe added that it’s not the fault of Irish Rail workers, saying more needs to be done at policy level to ensure people with disabilities get the same access to transport as everyone else. “I do hold out hope. But in order for that hope to be maintained policy needs to change. I’m not giving a dig at the men on the ground … it’s policymakers that need to have their act together.”O’Kelly said that when lifts are out-of-order, it doesn’t just affect people with disabilities, but also parents with buggies and the elderly, for example.  People vandalising lifts When asked about the situation, a spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said the company is “undertaking a programme of preventative maintenance at the moment to address some lifts where we have experienced issues with recurring faults and misuse”.“We apologise for the issues experienced, particularly in locations where there have been recurring issues, and recognise the impact this has on accessibility of our stations.”The spokesperson said lift issues “predominantly arise from misuse, which in turn has impacted on ongoing reliability”.We are also rolling out a lift call system which will ensure lifts are monitored to prevent access to those who seek to vandalise or damage equipment.“Both the current works and lift call will improve reliability of lifts (as they have, for example, at Howth Junction).“However we do require, and there will be, a more significant programme of investment in lift replacement over the coming years, which will see new and more durable units installed.”O’Kelly said if a person thinks vandalising a lift is a joke with no consequences, they should “think again, put yourself in our shoes”. The Irish Rail spokesperson said a lift at Seapoint Dart station that has been out-of-order in recent weeks as a result of major works is due to be back in action on Friday. A lift which had been out-of-order at Blackrock station is due to be working from today.They said there is an escalator issue at Tara Street station due to recent flooding, but the lifts are operational. Portmarnock station lifts are not in use, but the spokesperson said there is full access to both platforms as there are ramps in place. “It can be that there are very brief faults resolved quickly and we appreciate that where a customer is affected by this it is extremely disruptive,” the spokesperson said.Mulvany said ramps are not a valid alternative to lifts in many cases, stating: “That’s a bit of a cod. They’ve installed ramps, but most stations still need a working lift, elderly people may also need it. And some people don’t feel safe in wheelchairs on long ramps.”The Irish Rail spokesperson said the company’s app, website and station information screens are updated regularly “to ensure customers can plan when issues arise”. Transport Minister Shane Ross Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThey said that in most instances, broken lifts are fixed on the same day or within 24 hours. “However, where specific part replacement or major works / repairs are required, it can take longer,” they added. The spokesperson said accessibility “will be enhanced further with the development of a new accessibility app”, which is currently in the pilot phase.Mulvany and O’Kelly have called on Transport Minister Shane Ross to intervene. A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said neither Ross nor the department are involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport.“These are a matter for individual transport companies, Irish Rail in this case, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA),” the spokesperson said. They added that the department funds a programme of accessibility improvement grants to upgrade existing and older infrastructure and facilities, including upgrading train stations to make them accessible to wheelchair users.The retrofit programme is managed by the NTA. When addressing the Oireachtas transport committee in June about its report ‘Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities’, which was launched last November, Ross said he was committed to improving accessibility across public transport.“Since becoming minister I have sought to take actions that will have a meaningful effect on the lives of people with disabilities, including increasing funding for accessibility programmes, giving a voice at the highest level of decision-making to those with lived experience of disability and ensuring that my department has an active Accessibility Consultative Committee to ensure that accessibility actions are monitored and advanced.“There are some very positive things happening, but I am fully aware that more needs to be done,” Ross said, adding that his department will be “working very closely” with the National Transport Authority “to progress the accessibility agenda”. 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Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée 40 personnes disparaissent dans un glissement de terrain

first_imgPapouasie Nouvelle Guinée : 40 personnes disparaissent dans un glissement de terrainUn glissement de terrain a ravagé une région de Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée, recouvrant deux villages entiers de boue. Près de 40 personnes sont mortes et une vingtaine sont portées disparues. Mardi, deux villages ont été ravagés et recouverts de boue par un glissement de terrain qui a eu lieu dans l’île de Southern Highlands en Papouasie-Nouvelle Guinée. L’accident a en fait eu lieu dans une zone isolée mais très habitée non loin d’un site d’exploitation de gaz naturel liquéfié de la firme américaine Exxonmobil. Ce projet, qui doit produire 6,6 millions de tonnes de gaz naturel liquéfié par année a dû être stoppé suite à la catastrophe. À lire aussiUn glissement de terrain fait 25 morts aux Philippines”Il s’agit d’un important glissement de terrain qui a touché une grande étendue où il y a de nombreux villages et nous craignons de nombreux morts. Des membres du personnel du centre sont partis en hélicoptère et quand ils seront sur place, nous aurons une image plus claire de la situation”, a indiqué le directeur du Centre national des catastrophes, Martin Mosi cité par Liberation. Selon un dernier bilan, près de quarante personnes auraient trouvé la mort dans la catastrophe et une vingtaine serait toujours portées disparues et recherchées par les secours. “C’était énorme. (La boue) couvrait 42 maisons et seules trois ou quatre personnes ont réussi à s’échapper. Tous les autres sont morts”, a raconté par téléphone à l’AFP Nanduka Yandi, un travailleur humanitaire employé par l’ONG américaine Population Services International. Le Premier ministre papou, Peter O’Neill, s’est rendu sur place afin d’évaluer les besoins d’assistance, a déclaré un membre de son cabinet.  Le 26 janvier 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Latest Pokémon Go Update Makes it Possible to Have Themed Gyms

first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K @OMGitsAliA an eevee and the evolution gym— Melissa Alvarez (@Melissa7284) June 23, 2017 Last week, Pokémon Go received a huge update that overhauled gyms. Thanks to the update, gym owners could feed their Pokémon berries to keep them motivated. Conversely, rivals could chip away motivation with repeated attacks. This update certainly gave new life to the once-popular title, but it also allowed for something unexpected (and awesome) — themed gyms.As pointed out by Kotaku, prior to this update, Pokémon gyms would be defended by armies of top-tier pocket monsters. Now, because of the “motivation” mechanic, even low-tier Pokémon can successfully defend gyms. Since high-level Pokémon are no longer required to defend one’s gym, players are free to have lower-tier Pokémon as defenders. This makes it possible to have gyms filled with specific types of monsters.Folks around the internet have posted some of their themed gyms on social media. The most popular type of themed gyms are ones composed of Eevee Pokémon. There are other evolution-type gyms, and even baby Pokemon gyms. You can see some of these themed gyms below.Epic Gym! Im usually a lone #teaminstinct player, so I drop off my Espeon @ my local gym and come by to find epic backup #Eevee #pokemongo— Richie De La Garza (@Richier00tS) June 25, 2017 Stay on target Probably the coolest #PokemonGo Gym ever.— SUK (@SUKnives) June 25, 2017Kotaku notes that some players aren’t happy with this new update. Their main grievances are that gym defenders must be defeated multiple times to be knocked out, and that Pokémon could potentially be stuck at a gym for days if they are continually fed berries. Those are certainly valid points, but if the update now makes it possible to have themed gyms — you know, like they do in the main Pokémon games — then these minor headaches are tolerable.This time last year, Pokémon Go was the hottest thing around. Nowadays, it is barely spoken of — though it still has a good deal of people playing it. Updates like this certainly keep the mobile game relevant. Pokémon Go isn’t going anywhere, so expect Niantic to keep releasing minor and major updates to it for the foreseeable future.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Preview for tonights 93 WWE Smackdown on Syfy

first_img Jon Moxley Joins AEW WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Facebook Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next The following is scheduled for tonight’s 9/3 WWE Smackdown on Syfy:* WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose* Charlotte vs. Tamina* Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth* Sheamus vs. Cesaro* The Dudley Boyz vs. The Prime Time Players* MizTV with special guests Dolph Ziggler and LanaCheck back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown on videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Videos Articles Twitter Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirementlast_img read more

Salah feels special to play for Liverpool

first_imgMohamed Salah has been incredibly impressive this season for Liverpool so far and he admitted that he can feel like it is something special to play for the Reds and he enjoys it.His team managed to eliminate Manchester City after beating them 3-0 at home and 2-1 at Etihad – and the winger admitted that he had never seen something like this before in his career as the atmosphere at the home game was incredible.The Egypt international spoke about the way it feels like to play for Liverpool as he said, according to CNN:“There’s something very special about playing for Liverpool.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The Champions League nights are special for the fans too. You can feel it on the streets.”“The atmosphere in that first game against Man City was the first time I had really seen something like that.”“When we saw the draw, everyone knew it would be a difficult game. I knew it would be difficult but I said we had to be positive and win.”“That’s what we did.”last_img read more

Broken fire hydrant floods Mission Valley apartment complex

first_imgBroken fire hydrant floods Mission Valley apartment complex July 21, 2017 Jessica Ranck, Jessica Ranck Posted: July 21, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A vehicle knocked over a fire hydrant at a large Mission Valley apartment complex Friday, causing a several-story-high geyser that flooded residences and garages on the property and displaced dozens of residents.The accident in the 900 block of Camino de la Reina occurred about 11 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.It took crews about a half-hour to halt the overflow, city spokesman Arian Collins said.The flooding affected 16 apartments, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. The American Red Cross was called in to help arrange for alternate lodging for 23 adults and three children pending completion of cleanup and repairs, she said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Alaska Legislature Urges Feds To Rethink Marijuana Stance

first_imgThe resolution also asks the federal government to respect the state’s authority to regulate the use, production and distribution of marijuana in Alaska. The House voted 37-0 Monday to accept changes made by the Senate. The Senate passed the resolution unanimously earlier in April. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a controlled substance.center_img Alaska voters in 2014 approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019:#1) Middle School Program Of Studies: The Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved the 2019-2020 Middle School’s Program of Studies.“For the most part, the program is unchanged from last year, with one large exception,” said Interim Middle School Principal Kevin Welch. “The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education just adopted new standards in social studies, which include pretty drastic changes to the Middle School history curriculum, mainly an 8th grade civics program.”The Middle School is working with its textbook vendors to pilot a civics program for 8th graders next year. Once the pilot’s details are finalized, the program of studies will be updated to reflect the addition of the civics curriculum for 8th graders. The School Committee will receive an update and vote on its inclusion in the program of studies in the near future.Welch also noted that Assistant Principal Quirk and Assistant Superintendent Reagan were leading a group of teachers who were taking a “deeper look” into making changes to the Program of Studies after the 2019-2020 school year.#2) WEF Curriculum Grants: The School Committee unanimously accepted a donation of Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Curriculum Grants in the total amount of nearly $4,915. Grant recipients included: Samantha Prindeville, Michael Ferrara, Diana Hill, Michelle Kurchian, Charlotte King, Lauren Dicker, Kristin Russo, Katelyn Scarfo, Teressa Pietro, and Joanne Veliz.#3) Coordinated Program Review Progress Report: Assistant Superintendent Brian Reagan updated the School Committee on the progress the district has made towards it Coordinated Program Review. The district has made progress in several areas concerning special education and students’ civil rights, including meeting the state-mandated indicators in student discipline, institutional self-evaluation, bullying intervention & prevention, transfer of parental rights at age of majority, determination of specific learning disabilities, and determination of transition services. The district is on pace to meet the two outstanding indicators by their deadlines.#4) Financial Report Audit: The School Committee reviewed its End Of Fisccal Year Financial Report Audit. Roselli, Clark & Associates — the accountant firm — only flagged one compliance issue.“For municipal expenditures that result in services directly related to the school committee, obtain a copy of the written agreement between the School Committee and municipal officials documenting agreed upon methodologies to be used when allocating municipal expenditures to the district and test the amounts of reported using the methodologies.”Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero explained that such a written agreement between the school-side and town-side has never existed.#5) School Committee Reorganization: After a thorough discussion, the School Committee left it unresolved as to whether it should hold its annual reorganization (vote for Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary) before or after the Town Election. The reorganization is traditionally held the meeting following the Town Election, but current members are concerned the two new members may not feel comfortable voting in the reorganization. Additionally, for the first time in recent memory, the School Committee won’t have a chair leading into its meeting on May 8 as Chair Julie Broussard is not seeking re-election at the April 27 Town Election. Committee members decided to table discussion as member MJ Byrnes was absent.Watch the meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more