first_imgNew Delhi: To improve occupancy, Railways is set to introduce up to 25 percent discounts in fares for trains like the Shatabdi Express, Gatiman Express and Tejas as well as double-decker and intercity trains, which have low occupancy rates. “A decision on giving discount of passenger fare was taken today and a circular has been issued to all the zonal managers,” a senior Railway Ministry official said. He said, under this rule, passengers will be given up to 25 percent discount on the base fare in selected trains with less than 50 percent occupancy. According to the circular, the percentage of discount on the fare and the right to decide the route of the train has been given to the Principal Chief Commercial Manager of the Zonal Railways.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON – Sean Kuraly scored to break a third-period tie and assisted on another goal to help the Boston Bruins rally from a two-goal deficit and beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots for Boston, which fell behind 2-0 on goals from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko. But the Bruins outshot the Blues 18-3 in the second period, and 38-20 in the game, to take the opener in the best-of-seven series.Brad Marchand added an empty netter to clinch it.FINAL: @NHLBruins (4) – @StLouisBlues (2)Recap: BOS leads 1-0 #StanleyCup— NHL (@NHL) May 28, 2019Forty-nine years after Bobby Orr flew through the air following his Cup-clinching goal against St. Louis in the 1970 final, Boston defencemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy scored in the secondperiod to tie it.Jordan Binnington made 34 saves for the Blues, who haven’t been back to the final since then.Game 2 is Wednesday night.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has announced that it has started testing the five-kilometre-long till conveyor system for the Site C Project.According to Hydro, this is the first step in preparing for the beginning of conveyor operations in September and will be testing different sections of the conveyor belt to ensure it is running smoothly.B.C. Hydro says the conveyor, which runs from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the dam site, will carry glacial till, an impervious clay-like material that will form the core of the Site C dam. Hydro Authorities are reminding nearby residents to use caution and stay clear of the conveyor area, which will be an active construction zone until the Site C Project is complete.For more information, you can visit the Site C Project website.last_img read more

Casablanca – Morocco has foiled an Algerian-Mauritanian plan to lodge a part of the Tindouf population in the town of Lagouira, at the Moroccan borders with Mauritania. Moroccan French-speaking news website Le360 revealed that Morocco’s intervention beyond the security wall made it possible to foil a secret plan devised in collaboration between Algeria and Mauritania. The plan consisted of implanting a part of the population of Tindouf in Lagouira.“The projection of the Moroccan security forces on that memorable August 14 beyond the defensive wall, has thwarted a plant secretly designed by Algiers and Nouakchott to relocate part of the population of Tindouf in the Moroccan city of Lagouira,” says Le360’s sources. The move, adds the news website, allowed Morocco to score points at the geostrategic level, preventing Algeria from securing a passage to the Atlantic Ocean.Soon after Morocco’s police intervened in the demilitarized area Guerguerat on August 14, with the mission of eliminating smuggling in the area and to construct a road to Morocco, the Polisario Front strongly objected, accusing Morocco of breaching the 1991 ceasefire agreement.The UN, in what was considered as a tacit approval of Morocco’s construction of the road, debunked the allegation of the Polisario Front:“Morocco told the UN General Secretariat and the council that the work that leads to where to go or are eminently civil and limited in time, until the finalization of the construction of the road,” said the permanent representative of the Kingdom to the UN, Omar Hilale.90 percent of the road construction has been completed so far, with only one kilometer left to pave, highlights Le360.Besides the major gain of thwarting the secret Algerian-Mauritanian plan, the police intervention in the Guerguerat area has scattered the Polisario Front’s long repeated claim that the area is “freed zones” and has proven that Morocco still considers it no less important than the rest of its territory. read more

23 September 2010United Nations agencies are working to prevent further health crises and ensure adequate food supplies among flood-hit communities in Pakistan, where the disaster has contaminated water sources and caused large-scale damage to crops and agricultural land. “Increasing cases of communicable diseases, like diarrhoea and malaria, fears about children being malnourished, the massive disruption to healthcare, crop systems and rising food insecurity are the main health threats facing Pakistan’s flood-affected people,” said Guido Sabatinelli, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to Pakistan.Some 20 million people have been affected by the floods, which began in late July, including 8 million needing direct life-saving assistance, according to WHO.Nearly 6 million people have been treated for health conditions since the onset of the disaster. In addition, UN agencies and their partners have delivered over 1,000 tons of medicines, enough to treat more than 4.5 million people, and opened at least 40 centres to treat people suffering from diarrhoeal disease.They have also provided emergency reproductive health services to almost 60,000 patients, including more than 1,200 women who have delivered babies, and immunized over 445,000 children against polio and 428,000 children against measles.“The objective of WHO and our health partners in Pakistan is to reduce avoidable death and illness through a range of life-saving interventions for all people – men, women and children,” said Eric Laroche, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises.“While concentrating on the ongoing crisis, we are also in parallel working to rebuild a devastated health system and respond to the major life-threatening health risks, such as acute diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, malaria, measles, and maternal and neonatal illness and death,” added Dr. Laroche, who is visiting northern Pakistan today with colleagues from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).Last week the UN and its partners launched their largest-ever natural disaster appeal, seeking more than $2 billion to provide assistance for up to 14 million people affected by the floods over a 12-month period. The Pakistan Floods Emergency Response Plan seeks $200 million to fund 94 health sector projects run by WHO and its partners in the health cluster, such as opening more health outposts and service delivery points, restoring access to basic health care, treating injuries and chronic conditions and controlling disease outbreaks.The plan also seeks $107 million to fund activities by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help farmers affected by the floods, which have destroyed food stocks and killed more than a million heads of livestock.The agency today welcomed a $16 million contribution from the United States towards these efforts. The funds will be used to support wheat planting, prevent further livestock losses and de-silt irrigation systems in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of the hardest-hit provinces.The donation will also fund cash-for-work projects and provide women farmers with much-needed vegetable seeds to boost family nutrition, the agency said in a news release. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ratification votes planned as Steelworkers reach pattern deal with Canfor by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2013 8:58 am MDT BURNABY, B.C. – Ratification votes will be held over the next 10 days as United Steelworkers members at Canadian Forest Products (TSX:CFP) mills in the B.C. Interior consider a new contract.The proposed five year pact ends five months of bargaining and union spokesman Bob Matters says it offers considerable gains for employees at the roughly one dozen Canfor mills in northern B.C. and several of the company’s operations in the southern Interior.Specific details aren’t being released until after members have had a look, but a release from the Steelworkers says, along with a signing bonus, the contract includes significant pay increases for all workers, and cash payments in the third, fourth and fifth years.It also offers improvements to health and welfare benefits and long-sought provisions to secure the pension plan.Matters says the agreement will now be used as the pattern for negotiations with the remaining employers in the Interior.Workers covered by the proposed deal have been without a contract since July 1st. (CHNL)— read more

1985-86SuperSonics-10-3 UPDATE (June 30, 5:38 p.m.): Just as we were publishing this story, it was reported that Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Ricky Rubio will be traded to the Utah Jazz for a first-round draft pick. The story has been updated to reflect the trade.It’s a dangerous time of year to be an NBA fan. With free agency officially getting underway on Saturday, and players such as Paul George available via the trade market, you can talk yourself into any number of far-fetched scenarios wherein your favorite team puts just the right pieces together and suddenly becomes a contender. (What if the Spurs added Blake Griffin? What if the Celtics brought in both George and Gordon Hayward?) Sometimes dreams really do come true — like when the Rockets landed Chris Paul this week — but most of the time, you’ll wind up disappointed instead.At FiveThirtyEight, we sometimes play this dangerous game with spreadsheets — specifically, with a spreadsheet that projects team records based on our CARMELO player projections. And there’s one team that really caught our spreadsheet’s eye: the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves already made their big move of the summer, acquiring the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and an exchange of first-round draft picks. When we plugged the Wolves’ CARMELO projections into the spreadsheet,1Assuming the Wolves re-sign restricted free agent Shabazz Muhammad but make no other changes. it came up with a projected record of 50-33. 2011-1276ers-8+3 Karl-Anthony Towns37+3.7+0.3 2002-03Nets-7-2 Nemanja Bjelica16-0.7+0.7 The Timberwolves look like contendersCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Minnesota Timberwolves What could go wrong — or very, very rightIn addition to all the bad things that could happen to the Wolves from a basketball standpoint — injuries, poor chemistry, etc. — they’re also a challenging team to forecast. For the past two seasons, the Wolves have unquestionably had a lot of talent on their roster but have also unquestionably been bad. It isn’t quite as clear why this disconnect occurred. Towns, Wiggins, Rubio and LaVine are all somewhat unusual players, and they each engender disagreements both between the various statistical systems and between stats and “eye test” evaluations. The way RPM and CARMELO looked at the Wolves, Wiggins and especially LaVine were part of the problem last season, while Towns and Rubio were part of the solution. If that assessment was wrong, then jettisoning LaVine could be more costly than the system assumes. And as I mentioned, RPM and CARMELO view Butler as a borderline-superstar player and not “merely” an All-Star; that’s another source of uncertainty.On the flip side, the Timberwolves do have some additional cap space and an opportunity to round out their roster via players such as Taj Gibson, J.J. Redick or Danilo Gallinari. Even modest improvements could go a long way because they don’t have a deep rotation as currently constructed.Or the Wolves could go really bold and package Wiggins for another star. Before landing Butler, the Timberwolves were reportedly in the market for George, for example. But a straight-up trade of Wiggins for George would work under the NBA’s salary cap rules given the Wolves’ extra cap space. It would be a hugely risky move — George will be a free agent next summer and has said he wants to play for the Lakers — but a core of George, Butler and Towns could make the Timberwolves legitimate title contenders. Or at least, the spreadsheet says so. Repacement-level players43-1.7-0.3 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS WINSLOSSES Justin Patton8-2.6+0.4 2010-11Timberwolves-7-2 Team total240+5.4+1.1 1994-95Trail Blazers-8-4 Timberwolves’ projected record49.532.5 ACTUAL – PYTHAGOREAN WINS 1999-2000Nets-70 Jimmy Butler33+3.8+1.0 But that doesn’t account for the significant cap space cleared by the Rubio deal. If Minnesota added free agent point Jeff Teague, for example, their projected record would improve to 53-29. If they signed Kyle Lowry instead, they’d project to finish at 58-24. They could also use the extra cap room to sign a frontcourt player.Projecting the Timberwolves to win 50-something games seems awfully daring, especially for a team that’s burned CARMELO in the past. (CARMELO boldly projected the Wolves to win 46 games last season. Instead, they won 31.) But let me walk you through what the system is “thinking.” The projection reflects a combination of three factors: Butler, the Timberwolves’ youth, and their bad luck last season.Jimmy Butler is really good, and he’s replacing players who were really badCARMELO expects Butler to be worth about 10 wins next season, as compared to a replacement-level player. Oftentimes, replacement level is too low a bar when it comes to assessing an NBA acquisition. If the Celtics added players such as George and Hayward, their minutes would partly come at the expense of other pretty good players such as Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.2And they also might have to sacrifice players such as Bradley and Crowder as part of trades, or to clear cap room. Thus, their net gain might not be as large as you’d think.But the players the Wolves gave up for Butler weren’t making positive contributions at all, at least according to advanced statistics such as Real Plus-Minus and Box Plus/Minus. (CARMELO uses a combination of these stats to make its projections, weighting RPM more heavily.) LaVine is a good athlete who can create shots but who was woefully inadequate on defense; thus, he was no better than replacement level last season, these metrics figure. And Dunn, like many rookies, was overmatched, playing at a below-replacement-level clip. Thus, Butler is a true 10- or 11-win upgrade, relative to the players Minnesota gave up for him.We should note, however, that where Butler falls on the spectrum between “really good” and “superstar” is a matter of some debate. According to RPM, Butler was the seventh-best player in the NBA last season on a per-possession basis and the third most valuable by wins added above replacement level when also considering his playing time. By a more subjective measure — the views of sportswriters voting for the All-NBA teams — he was somewhere between the 11th- and the 15th-best player in the league, by contrast.Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins should continue to improveThe Wolves’ two former No. 1 overall picks are young — Karl-Anthony Towns turns 22 in November, while Andrew Wiggins will turn 23 in February — and both still have plenty of room to grow, especially on defense. Towns already has a well-rounded offensive game, having developed into a dangerous outside shooter last year (37 percent from 3-point range). But the advanced metrics are somewhat split on his defense, with RPM viewing it as below-average — unusual for a 7-footer3RPM almost always rates players that tall as net-positive defenders. — while stats based on opponents’ field goal percentages suggest that he does a respectable job of rim protection. Towns’s defense tended to fall apart in the fourth quarter last season, and overwork could have been an issue — he was second in the NBA in minutes played, behind Wiggins.Wiggins’s indifferent defense has been a subject of frequent critique at FiveThirtyEight. But the advanced metrics are uniformly in agreement that it’s poor. He allowed an effective field goal percentage of 56 percent last season on shots where he was the nearest defender.4And a maximum of 6 feet from the shooter; we consider shots where no defender was within 6 feet to have been uncontested. NBA shooters also have an effective field goal percentage of 56 percent on uncontested shots, so it’s as though he wasn’t playing defense at all. Because Wiggins is a good athlete with a long wingspan — factors that usually predict good defense — the problems mostly boil down to technique and effort, and those things can sometimes be improved.The Timberwolves were unluckyMinnesota was outscored by only 1.2 points per game last season, and yet they went 31-51. If that seems like a mismatch, it is. A team with that point differential would typically expect to go about 38-44, according to the Pythagorean record as calculated at Thus, the Wolves underperformed by seven wins last year, relative to their number of points scored and allowed. That’s because they didn’t play well in crunch time and went 10-18 in games decided by 6 points or fewer.It’s easy to come up with hypotheses for why they played so poorly in these situations. Towns and Wiggins played too many minutes; Wiggins and LaVine took poor shots; Rubio isn’t a scorer, which limited their options in the half-court; they were bad on defense overall, and those differences are magnified in crunch time.The fact is, however, that teams who underperform their Pythagorean records by as much as the Wolves did last season usually don’t have the same problem the next time around, or at least not to the same extent. There had been 19 previous cases since the NBA-ABA merger where a team underperformed its Pythagorean record by seven or more wins. On average, they fell only one win short of their Pythagorean record in the following season. There’s certainly some skill in which teams fare best in crunch time — and Butler, who’s both a good defender and a versatile scorer, can help the Wolves with that — but losing so many games in the clutch is usually partly a matter of bad luck. Shabazz Muhammad16-0.1-3.1 2013-14Timberwolves-8-3 Tyus Jones15-0.3-0.8 Cole Aldrich10-2.2+2.6 1997-98Pistons-9-3 Source: 2007-08Raptors-80 1992-93Kings-8+2 1996-97Celtics-7+3 1994-95Bulls-7+2 Gorgui Dieng30-1.0+2.6 1976-77Suns-9-2 1991-92Timberwolves-8-2 1989-90Timberwolves-7-1 Average-8-1 1984-85Trail Blazers-7-4 1982-83Pacers-7-2 1978-79Bucks-9-2 2006-07Celtics-7-1 SEASONTEAMSEASONFOLLOWING SEASON Andrew Wiggins32+1.5-1.9 Teams like the Timberwolves usually improved their luckDifference between actual and Pythagorean wins for teams that underperformed their Pythagorean record by 7 or more wins, 1976-2017 read more

After just four seasons, Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan and one of his assistants have resigned, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern on Wednesday afternoon. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, Handrahan resigned instead of being fired after being investigated by the university for “inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.”The Dispatch reported that the university received complaints about sexual harassment and sexual innuendo. In one instance reported by the Dispatch, a witness said Handrahan told his players to “get horny for the puck.”An OSU spokesman confirmed the resignation in an email to The Lantern on Wednesday afternoon, as well as the resignation of assistant coach Keith Maurice, who joined the program in May 2013. The spokesman did not provide a reason for the resignations.The Dispatch reported that on one occasion, another assistant coach, Carson Duggan, and Handrahan missed a team bus heading for the airport. When they later arrived at the airport, they were “smelling of alcohol and acting unprofessionally.”Handrahan was just the second head coach in the 15-year history of the program.This is at least the third resignation or firing within the university in the last two years that relates to sexual harassment complaints or a sexualized culture.In July, former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired after an investigation found “an environment conducive to sexual harassment” within the band.In May 2013, two assistant cheerleading coaches, Eddie Hollins and Dana Bumbrey, were fired after an OSU investigation found “sufficient evidence” both men had violated the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy.Then in November 2013, the head cheerleading coach, Lenee Buchman, was fired after an investigation determined she failed to disassociate herself and the program from those fired assistant coaches. read more

first_img.@pestononsunday getting started with Cameron interview – PM defending establishment warnings against Brexit— Allegra Stratton (@ITVAllegra) May 22, 2016 Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn. My resignation letter from the @UKLabour front bench.— Jamie Reed (@jreedmp) September 12, 2015 Brexit happened  Last time I saw Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by this many empty seats he was delivering a statement in Parliament— Sean Kemp (@Sean_Kemp) August 23, 2016 “Unelectable” – photo from the #JezWeCan rally in London tonight by Richard Donnelly #corbynmania— 🌚🌝 (@beth_redmond) August 3, 2015 I have just resigned my position on the frontbench for the reasons as set out below in my letter to Jeremy— R. Blackman-Woods (@robertabwMP) June 27, 2016 Some were confused  #labourleadership— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) September 12, 2015 Well, I think I’ve discovered the secret mastermind behind world socialism. #TheyCallHimElGato— Lawrence Miles (@Lawrence_Miles) February 2, 2016 #Corbynmania in Camden, there wasn’t enough room in the venue for the 1000s who came to hear his message of hope.— Peter George Owen (@pgo1980) August 3, 2015 To everyone who wants to see a fairer Britain I welcome you to join our movement, if you haven’t already— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) September 12, 2015 Gosh, the campaign has taken a terrible toll on poor Liz Kendall— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@DickieA) September 12, 2015 Donald Trump fell for the oldest Twitter-trick in the book It’s been a year since leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest with a remarkable landslide victory in a huge political upset.From the highs of Corbynmania to the lows of mass resignations and a vote of no confidence, it’s been a tumultuous 12 months for the Labour leader. #Traingate happened  #corbynday update: #labourleadership— Michael Gove (@MichaelGove_PM) September 12, 2015 Ten minutes into channel 4 and chill and he give you this look— Berk (@MalkyDungeon) September 1, 2015 Knock knockWho’s there?The Leader of the OppositionYOU MUST BE JOKING???— @corbynjokes (@corbynjokes) September 12, 2015 He wore some shorts  Policy differences are one thing, but Corbyn’s shorts/long socks combo cannot be tolerated.— Mike Ticher (@mikewsc1) September 11, 2015 When Corbyn gives the “death stare”— Tahira Mirza (@tahiramirza1) May 18, 2016 British novelty hits: the hall of fame— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) September 12, 2015 Meanwhile, here’s what Ed Miliband was up to The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 13, 2015 Letter— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) June 27, 2016 Jeremy Corbyn more like Jeremy cor-bae— Liv☼ (@_oliwia_c) September 15, 2015 And joined Snapchat  ‘No Mr Bond, I expect you to die.’— Ned Simons (@nedsimons) January 12, 2016 #TheLastLeg A VERY RARE CORBYN DEATH STARE THIS ONLY HAPPENS ONCE IN EVERY 10,000 CORBYNS— Marcus Rashgod 🌐 (@dannykeighobadi) June 10, 2016 Greece won style battle of tie-less insurgent politicos. They got #Varoufakis + bike. Us? #Corbyn + shorts. #typical— James Phillips (@MrJPhill) September 16, 2015 In that time, Corbyn has also joined Snapchat, been involved in a #traingate row and seen his cat El Gato become a social media star.    What next?  David Cameron had his say center_img He showed off his death stare  The first shadow cabinet meeting went well  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Remember when I called Davey Cameron a pie? That’s some straight-talking politics for you.”— Asa Bennett (@asabenn) January 12, 2016 Corbyn’s aides trying to spin their way out of #Traingate like— Asa Bennett (@asabenn) August 23, 2016 And a new shadow cabinet was announced  And gained a few more supporters along the way  My favourite Jeremy Corbyn vine is the one where he’s possessed by the spirit of Joe Pasquale— Alan White (@aljwhite) August 24, 2016 Er, Corbyn in SHOCK DEFEAT?— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) September 12, 2015 The year is 2095.Donald Trump Jr Jr is presidentBrexit still hasn’t happenedA mechanised Jeremy Corbyn is still running for labour leader— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) September 7, 2016 This guy on my train won’t stop staring at me. He must follow me…— SummerPunner (@gunnerpunner) January 7, 2016 Here’s a look back at Corbyn’s first year in tweets: Corbynmania really took off  It was a brutal battle for power  The best thing about this photo of Tom Watson is that they’ve managed to capture his actual thought bubble.— hrtbps (@hrtbps) June 26, 2016 The shadow cabinet today.— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) June 26, 2016 September 12th was christened #CorbynDay Jeremy Corbyn holds crisis talks with Labour MPs.— HaveIGotNewsForYou (@haveigotnews) June 27, 2016 He pulled off a stunning victory  Corbyn unveils new shadow minister for agriculture.— Ern Malley (@trewloy) June 27, 2016 If Jeremy Corbyn goes because of a row over train seats, this will be the most British thing that’s ever happened.— Elizabeth Day (@elizabday) August 23, 2016 Tom Watson currently in a tent in a muddy field with 5,000 missed calls— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) June 26, 2016 It’s funny because it’s true @Sean_Kemp— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) August 23, 2016 @ITVAllegra @pestononsunday had to go outside to take picture of El Gato as he’s not too impressed with your guest— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) May 22, 2016 Labour are now a serious risk to our nation’s security, our economy’s security and your family’s security— CCHQ Press Office (@CCHQPress) September 12, 2015 just checking in on Corbyn’s Snapchat— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) May 19, 2016 strong Snapchat game from Corbyn this morning— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) May 5, 2016 And El Gato became a star  Resignations followed  This happened  “@HamishP95: @realDonaldTrump My Dad is thinking of voting for the first time ever for you.” Great.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2015 Worst game of Connect 4 ever.— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) June 26, 2016last_img read more

first_imgJohn Worboys used to work as a male stripper before becoming a black cab driver Victims could be given a right to launch a formal appeal against decisions to release violent criminals from prison, in the wake of the John Worboys case, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, has ordered an official review to examine whether an “appeal procedure” should be introduced to allow formal challenges to decisions taken by the Parole Board.Ministry of Justice officials suggested that the current rules contrasted with other areas of the justice system, which include “avenues of appeal to challenge decisions.”Currently the only legal recourse against a Parole Board decision is a costly judicial review, under which a judge could rule that the body should reconsider a decision.Such legal action also leaves victims open to financial ruin as they are required to pay the other side’s costs if they lose.The terms of reference of an official review, prompted by the outcry over the Worboys case, were expanded on Friday to include a consideration of whether there should be a formal mechanism “to allow parole decisions to be reconsidered.” Now the review has been expanded to examine “the law, policy, guidance and practice relating to challenges to Parole Board decision-making, specifically whether there should be a mechanism to allow parole decisions to be reconsidered.”Worboys was given an indeterminate sentence in 2009 and ordered to serve a minimum eight years in jail for the rape, sexual assault and drugging of 12 victims across 19 different offences.Police believe he committed more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults while working as a London taxi driver – but only a sample could be brought to trial.Victims were led to believe Worboys would never be allowed out, only for the Parole Board to conclude at the end of last year that, at the age of 60 and having undergone a sex offenders’ treatment course, he no longer posed a danger to the public.Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, is supporting two of Worboys’ victims, DSD and NBV, to raise funds through an internet appeal to launch a judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision.On Saturday the appeal, on the CrowdJustice website, had raised more than £40,000 of the £50,000 sought. Ms Krys said this is the “only legal avenue” available for victims to seek recourse under current laws, adding: “The whole system is opaque.”Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has also instructed lawyers to launch his own legal bid to overturn the Parole Board decision. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last night a Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “It’s clear that at every stage of the justice system there are avenues of appeal to challenge decisions.“While not questioning the independence of the Parole Board, it is right that we look at an appeal procedure for their decisions.”The disclosure comes after Mr Gauke was branded “spineless” by a former Tory minister after after announcing that he would not be pursuing a judicial review of the board’s decision, following legal advice on the cases’s chances of success.Several cabinet ministers are understood to have privately expressed frustration about the decision not to press ahead regardless of the advice, in order to help maintain public confidence in the justice system.A review was already underway into the transparency of the board’s decision-making and its interaction with victims, after it emerged that several victims had not been informed about the board’s decision, or had their views taken into account.center_img Taxi driver John Worboys arriving at Sutton Magistrates Court where he was formally charged for multiple sexual assault charges John Worboys used to work as a male stripper before becoming a black cab driver Taxi driver John Worboys arriving at Sutton Magistrates Court where he was formally charged for multiple sexual assault chargesCredit:John Taylorlast_img read more

first_imgAt the annual general meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) on April 30, 2017, Roy Slack, P.Eng. was announced as the Incoming President Elect of the CIM. Slack said “It is an honour to be nominated and appointed to this position and it is a great opportunity to give back to an industry that has been so good to me. The CIM is more relevant than ever at this time where we are seeing technical and financial conditions driving innovation towards a new state of mining.” Slack is now a member of the CIM National Council and the President’s Council, and will take over the role of President of the CIM in 2019.Slack is the President of Cementation Canada and a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston with a degree in Mining Engineering. A long term member of the CIM, he was the Chair and a member of the team that revived the Northern Gateway Branch of the CIM which was recognised in 2008 with the Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award.  In that same year he was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2009 he was given the Metal Mining Society Award by the Canadian Institute of Mining and in 2012 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. He has been active in numerous safety initiatives and in 2013 was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety. He currently serves on the CIM Safety Council.Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading not-for-profit technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries.Cementation is a mine and facilities contracting and engineering company. The Cementation group of companies delivers underground mine development and infrastructure as well as surface material handling and processing facilities solutions for mining projects worldwide.  Cementation Canada Inc., Cementation USA Inc., Cementation Sudamérica SpA, Cementation AG and Merit Consultants International are part of the Murray & Roberts group of companies with operations around the world.last_img read more

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #FLIGHTS: The High Court has granted an injunction to the Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair plan to halt the planned closure of Ireland’s airports this Friday.2. #NEW YORK: Two have been killed and 18 injured in a New York gas explosion and building collapse. The blast destroyed two five-story buildings.3. #DUBLIN: A 58-year-old man has been arrested over death of a woman in a Dublin house at the weekend.4. RELEASE: Peace Activist Margaretta D’Arcy has been given a release date of 22 March by prison authorities. The activist has been undergoing treatment for cancer.5. LONDON: Taoiseach Enda Kenny ended any doubts about his attendance at the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York, saying that the sexuality of those participating ”is a matter for themselves.last_img read more

first_imgCarlow trio to fight hefty suspensions in front of appeals committee Turlough O’Brien, Steven Poacher and Brendan Murphy have appealed their bans to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee. Short URL Carlow’s Poacher, O’Brien and Murphy. Apr 15th 2019, 10:35 AM By Kevin O’Brien Monday 15 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM 14 Comments Image: Inpho Carlow’s Poacher, O’Brien and Murphy. Image: Inpho Updated Apr 15th 2019, 2:00 PM CARLOW HAVE APPEALED the suspensions imposed on Turlough O’Brien, Steven Poacher and Brendan Murphy to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) with their cases likely to be heard this week. Last week, manager O’Brien was slapped with a 20-week ban while coach Poacher and midfielder Murphy each received 12-week suspensions after all three were found guilty by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) of showing “threatening conduct” towards referee James Bermingham at the end of their Division 3 round 6 defeat to Down.Carlow GAA confirmed to The42 that the trio lodged appeals to the CAC over the weekend in a bid to fight the suspensions which threaten to derail their championship campaign.The three men were initially charged by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) with allegations of “minor physical interference with a referee” along with the lesser charge of threatening conduct.They sought a hearing to the CHC which took place last week where only the latter charge was proven and they were suspended accordingly. Video footage shows Bermingham being confronted after the one-point defeat to Down on 16 March when a free after the allotted period of second-half stoppage-time clinched the victory for the Ulster side.A draw would have secured Carlow’s survival in the third tier but a final round loss to Laois a week later saw them relegated to Division 4.As it stands, O’Brien’s involvement would be precluded unless Carlow reach the All-Ireland semi-final stage, while Poacher and Murphy would be ruled out until 8 June – the night before the Leinster semi-finals.According to the letter of the law, suspended parties are not permitted to take part in training sessions although this is not always strictly enforced by GAA.If their appeal to the CAC is unsuccessful, Carlow’s final stop would be at the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) which operates independently of the GAA.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 17,059 Views Subscribe Share11 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe first of possibly three presidential ballots will take place on Wednesday evening, with the government expecting its candidate, Stavros Dimas, to receive at least 161 of 300 MPs’ votes, which will be well short of the 200 needed to be elected but a basis for the coalition to work from for the final ballot on December 29, when 180 votes will be required.The vote is due to begin at 7 p.m., with all of New Democracy and PASOK’s 155 MPs expected to back Dimas’s candidacy. The independent MPs Katerina Markou, Spyros Lykoudis, Grigoris Psarianos, Christos Aidonis, Giorgos Davris and Panayiotis Melas are also expected to vote for Dimas, taking the total to 161.Sources indicated that the government believes this total could rise to as high as 167 in Wednesday’s first ballot. Two possible sources of votes are Independent Greeks and Democratic Left (DIMAR) but the official line from both parties is that they will not vote for Dimas. As there is not the option of a “no” vote in Greece’s presidential elections, this means they will be voting “present.”A prosecutor ruled on Tuesday that the seven Golden Dawn MPs in pre-trial custody should be allowed to take part in Wednesday’s vote. They are all expected to oppose Dimas’s candidacy. Former Golden Dawn lawmaker Stathis Boukouras, now an independent, will also be allowed to vote. It is thought he might back the government’s nominee although not necessarily in Wednesday’s vote.Speaking from Brussels, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos stressed the importance of political stability. “Uncertainty as regards the country’s strategic direction provokes negative repercussions for the economy,” he said. His statement came as PASOK tries to differentiate its stance from that of New Democracy ahead of possible snap elections. Venizelos said austerity endured by Greeks must not be in vain. “I will not allow… the achievements of the country and the sacrifices of the Greek people to go to waste.”In the SYRIZA camp, officials avoided speculating on the number of MPs the coalition will garner on Wednesday. Some in SYRIZA said they believed the government has other potential supporters who will not reveal themselves until just before the second or third votes in the coming weeks. Meanwhile SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis accused the government of having “a plan of pressuring, blackmailing and terrorizing Greek society in order to find the 180 [votes].”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind The Lego Overwatch world started with a single set last fall. It expanded almost immediately to a half dozen, and now Lego’s pushing out another update.Two more Overwatch sets have now been revealed: Wrecking Ball and Junkrat and Roadhog. They’ll make their first public appearance next month in the Lego booth at San Diego Comic-Con, which runs from July 18 to the 21st.Time to level up! New #LEGO #Overwatch sets coming this October – with a special preview at San Diego Comic Con in July Overwatch @PlayOverwatch #SDCC— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) June 27, 2019Wrecking Ball is the smaller of the two, with just 227 pieces. Lego managed to pack in plenty of awesome detail, of course, and it’s plenty big on playability. This isn’t one of those build-teardown-rebuild sets. Hinges and ball joints let you transform from mech to ball and back.When you’ve got it set up as a mech, an action element lets you pop Hammond up so he can survey the battlefield — and then blast opponents into oblivion with his quad cannons.Next up are Junkrat and Roadhog. It’s a 380-piece set that features Lego figures of both characters —  peg-legged minifig of Junkrat and a BigFig of the brutish Roadhog (complete with his massive stomach tattoo and creepy gas mask).Roadhog is equipped with his menacing chain hook. Junkrat comes with his frag launcher and the buildable display base features one of his trademark steel traps and a concussion mine. Their motorcycle and sidecar slide easily off the base when you to play and back on want to show the build off with the rest of your collection. Lego even threw in a printed backdrop to complete the scene.Another fun detail Lego included on the base: there’s a brick-built Pachimari , obviously pilfered by Roadhog to add to his private stash on the edge of town.Lego hasn’t announced a specific date when the sets will go on sale yet, but expect them in October. Wrecking Ball will sell for $19.99 while Junkrat and Roadhog will go for $49.99.More on Captures Classic Jurassic Park Moments With Huge New SetLego’s Massive ‘Stranger Things’ Set Will Turn Your World Upside-DownLego Launches Stunning 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo 11 Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — As the lunch line opens at Laurin Middle School, a group of clamoring fifth-graders crowded around a device affectionately nicknamed Bessie.She’s no brown-eyed bovine, as her name would suggest. This gleaming Bessie has more of an industrial, robotic feel that, nonetheless, is well-suited for delivering kids a punch of midday calcium — without the waste of single-serve cardboard cartons.Laurin Middle School welcomed Bessie the milk dispenser to campus in October, phasing out the small cartons that are chucked — sometimes without students drinking the milk at all — into the garbage before kids head out to recess or their next class.“We waste a ton of milk,” Laurin principal Matt Kesler said. “We’re also wasting the cardboard containers.”Students instead grab a reusable plastic glass, fill it with however much chocolate or unflavored milk as they’d like, and drop it off with their lunch trays before leaving lunch.The Battle Ground Public Schools campus is one of two schools in Clark County to install the devices thanks to a grant administered by Clark County Public Health’s Green Schools initiative. Green Schools received a $40,000 grant to cover the cost of the dispensers, glasses, dishwashing racks and other equipment to several schools throughout the county.“It takes a lot of players to pull off a change like this,” said Michelle Picinich, an environmental outreach specialist with Clark County Green Schools.last_img read more

first_imgARLINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Washington state have called off their search for a second sniper after looking through a neighborhood and nearby woods where a man suspected of opening fire on a SWAT team and police officers was found dead.Officers were fired upon Sunday as they responded to reports of a shooting in a driveway. They also found a man with a non-life threatening injury. Officers had called a SWAT team to the scene to assist with the search for a sniper.Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said dozens of investigators from multiple agencies were scouring the area Monday, but have not found a second weapon associated with the shooting.The large number of shots fired was the main reason why police believed there may have been another gunman.They are asking the public to tell authorities if their vehicle was shot at any time Sunday in Snohomish County. They have set up a tip line to take those calls at 425-388-3845.The road where the shooting took place was closed to all but local traffic, but residents were allowed to return to their homes.Linda Purtteman, who lives nearby, said a neighbor told her someone had opened fire at a SWAT team and that people in the area were urged to stay indoors.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The College Football Playoff Committee announced, Wednesday, that Miami will host in 2021.The committee chairman, Michael B. Chavies, stated that “this region is second to none as a venue for major sporting events.”A big reason why Miami will be hosts in 2021 is the most recent upgrades to Hard Rock Stadium.The game is expected to be played on Jan. 11, 2021.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – New surveillance video shows the moment two vehicles collided in Northwest Miami-Dade.The video shows a box truck rolling onto its side after slamming into an SUV, along 46th Street and 22nd Avenue, Friday.The truck stopped when a palm tree tore through the middle of the cargo area.Shortly after, a black SUV not too far away is seen with heavy front-end damage.One person was transported to the hospital as a result.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Smart Home Networking Internet Services Share your voice Post a comment Amazon purchased Eero in March to build up its smart home portfolio. Josh Miller/CNET Amazon is offering yet another discount at its newly acquired Eero Wi-Fi router business.On Tuesday, the online retail giant unveiled a new, cheaper tier for Eero’s network security service, which it’s calling Eero Secure. The service provides parental controls, content filters and security tools to fend off malware, spyware and phishing sites. Secure is available starting Tuesday and will cost $3 a month or $30 a year.  Eero’s existing and more robust security service, called Eero Plus, is being renamed Eero Secure Plus but will otherwise stay the same, with a price of $10 a month or $100 a year. Secure Plus includes all of Secure’s features as well as’s VPN protection, 1Password’s password manager and Malwarebytes’ antivirus software.The new subscription is part of Amazon’s work to build out its smart home services business after already becoming a leader in smart home gear. With services, such as Ring’s video doorbell monitoring or Amazon Echo paid voice apps, the company is able to generate recurring streams of revenue, not just the one-time benefits of hardware sales. Several other home Wi-Fi systems offer their own security features, too. For instance, the rival TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi System offers a handful of online security tools.The cheaper Secure tier comes after Amazon already put Eero’s Wi-Fi systems on sale after it completed its acquisition of the San Francisco startup in March and lowered prices again for Prime Day.Secure and Secure Plus are only available in the US and Canada. 0 Tags Amazonlast_img read more