Marcus Smith helps Harlequins end Wasps’ unbeaten run in feisty affair

first_imgWith a rerun of last season’s final looming in Exeter next Sunday, Wasps’s most urgent need is to work on their composure. The high-profile spat between Lions and England colleagues James Haskell and Joe Marler that resulted in the former being sent to the sin-bin for grabbing the prop by the throat was indicative of Quins’ desire to get under their opponents’ skins and, assisted by Cipriani’s 67th-minute yellow card for a deliberate knockdown, they stayed calm enough in the final quarter to record their first away league win since March.Given the presence of Eddie Jones, the England coach, it was not the worst moment for Smith to underline his obvious promise with the two final-quarter penalties that helped Quins over the line after their forwards had appeared to be on the retreat following the dispatch to the sin-bin of another combustible Lion, Kyle Sinckler, for dragging down a maul.They have not been prolific winners on the road and their director of rugby, John Kingston, could not hide his delight: “The next time we play away we can reference the fact we’ve taken the castle at the Ricoh. We refused to take a backward step in any way, shape or form.”When Wasps’ director of rugby, Dai Young, looks back at the array of “wasted opportunities” his side contrived to blow at key moments, in contrast, he will be even more frustrated than he was by the string of refereeing decisions against his side. “Obviously we could have won it but we weren’t clinical enough,” Young lamented. To make matters worse, in addition to Cipriani’s currently undiagnosed knee problem, Alex Rieder has a suspected dislocated shoulder and Guy Thompson suffered a dead leg. match reports Owen Farrell seals Saracens’ American dream with win over Newcastle Sometimes there is more excitement to be found in Coventry on a Sunday afternoon than in some allegedly more glamorous distant time zone. This eventful grapple-fest certainly provided enough drama to satisfy anyone’s entertainment tastes, particularly those associated with a Harlequins team who became the first visitors in almost two years to topple previously unbeaten Wasps at home in the league.Before this spicy contest, Wasps had reeled off 20 straight home Premiership victories dating back to December 2015 and they will be kicking themselves not to have extended that sequence. What had looked set to be another Danny Cipriani-orchestrated triumph ended up with Quins’ precocious 18-year-old Marcus Smith holding aloft the man-of-the-match medal as Cipriani limped away behind him nursing a sore knee and a sizeable dollop of injured pride. Wasps Read more Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn There was more tasty action in the first 40 minutes alone than in all of this weekend’s assorted club overseas jaunts combined. Wasps went in 13-11 ahead at the interval but should have been much further in front. When their hooker Tom Cruse broke through early on with an array of try-scoring candidates on either side of him and unaccountably failed to pass to any of them it started an unfortunate trend.To Cruse’s relief, Wasps did soon score on the other side of the pitch, a lovely subtle little surge from Cipriani putting Marcus Watson clear before Willie le Roux fed Christian Wade for the kind of dagger-sharp score their supporters have grown accustomed to.In Marland Yarde, however, the watching Jones has another autumn wing candidate who has made an even stronger start to this campaign. Wasps will be slightly disappointed by some of the defensive positioning that allowed Mike Brown to rise and tap down Smith’s clever 23rd-minute cross-kick but Yarde was in the perfect place to gather and score.The winger was also crucially involved when another sleek Wasps attack, launched by another nice change of gear from Cipriani, led to Le Roux freeing Watson for what should have been a classic winger’s try. Just as last year’s GB sevens Olympic silver medallist was diving for the corner, however, the ball slipped from his hands as Yarde bravely arrived for the cover tackle. Wasps’ forwards, who had their visiting counterparts under increasing pressure, had every reason to curse under the breath.It was much the same after the break. Neither Young nor his fellow former prop Kingston are the most svelte of head coaches but their teams both possess the ability to dazzle, not least when Quins expertly exploited the tiniest of 44th-minute overlaps on the left and Charlie Walker exchanged passes with Joe Marchant to put his side 18-13 up.Surely Wasps could not muck up this one? It seemed not when Quins, having escaped another near-certain try after Le Roux slipped out of Danny Care’s tackle, saw Sinckler rightly shown a yellow card and Cruse partially atoned for his earlier error by crashing over from Wasps’ next lineout drive.Cipriani, though, could not land the angled conversion, leaving the scores tied at 18-18 and rain making the ball greasier. The fly-half’s third penalty goal of the day did put the hosts ahead with 18 minutes left but his fatal flap at a ball he had little chance of catching proved extremely costly. Smith, the supposed apprentice, stepped up to floor his more experienced wizard and ensure that, after only three rounds, there remain no unbeaten teams in the Premiership.Wasps Le Roux; Wade, Daly, Lovobalavu, Watson (Miller, 69); Cipriani, Simpson; Mullan, Cruse, Cooper-Woolley (Moore, 60), Launchbury (capt), Symons, Rieder (Haskell, 11), Thompson (Johnson, 32), Hughes.Tries Wade, Cruse. Con Cipriani. Pens Cipriani 3.Sin-bin Haskell 20, Cipriani 67.Harlequins Brown; Yarde, Marchant, Roberts, Walker; Smith, Care; Marler (Lambert, 48), Ward, Sinckler (Collier, 64), Merrick (Glynn, 61), Horwill (capt), Robshaw, Clifford, Luamanu (Collier 57-64).Tries Yarde, Walker. Con Smith. Pens Smith 4.Sin-bin Sinckler 54.Referee A Jackson. Att 15,308. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. 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Montella: Mourinho more of a winner than any of us

first_imgJosé Mourinho ‘Mourinho more of a winner than any of us’ – Montella admires Man Utd boss Ryan Benson 01:50 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) montella-cropped Getty Images José Mourinho UEFA Champions League Las Palmas v Sevilla Sevilla v Manchester United Manchester United Sevilla Las Palmas Primera División The Sevilla coach accepts that his side face a tough test when they take on the English side in the Champions League on Wednesday Vincenzo Montella saluted the winning mentality of Jose Mourinho ahead of Sevilla and Manchester United’s meeting in the Champions League, calling the Portuguese coach “more of a winner”.The Italian will take charge of his first Champions League game with the Spanish club when United visit the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday, having taken over from the sacked Eduardo Berizzo in December.AdChoices广告Sevilla have been erratic under Montella’s guidance, picking up two commendable victories over Atletico Madrid, while also conceding five goals in defeats to Eibar and bitter rivals Real Betis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Up next in La Liga is a trip to Las Palmas on Saturday and, when asked about the difference in challenge between the Canary Islands club and United, Montella highlighted Mourinho.”Mourinho is more of a winner than any of us,” Montella told reporters on Friday. “He’s coaching in a way that gets in the mind of the player to get the best out of them.”I like [Las Palmas coach] Paco Jemez because his team has identity. They always look to play and are organised without the ball.”They’re two different philosophies, but if I wanted to be like either of them it would be for Mourinho’s capacity to win, respecting Paco of course, who has a career trajectory more similar to mine.”Montella’s side are currently sixth in the Spanish top flight, a point behind fifth-placed Villarreal and a total of 23 adrift of leaders Barcelona after 23 matches.last_img read more

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Traffic Restrictions This Weekend Along Harbour Street in Downtown Kingston

first_imgThe National Works Agency (NWA) wishes to advise the public that Harbour Street in Downtown Kingston will be reduced to single lane usage this weekend, between Maiden Lane and Foster Lane.The restriction which will begin at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 8 and continue until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018 is to facilitate the excavation of the roadway to connect sewer mains along Harbour StreetManager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says the work being undertaken is to connect the sewer line of the newly constructed Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade building to the central sewer main. The construction project is being managed by the National Works Agency.The NWA is advising motorists using the roadway during the period of restriction to proceed with caution and to heed the instructions of flag persons and posted warning signs.Contact:Stephen A. Shaw Natalee BloomfieldManager Communication OfficerCommunication and Customer Services 733-4180 / 554-8174Tel: 382-7797last_img read more

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Makkah Hajj Begins Today for Two Million Pilgrims

Rabat – Pilgrims Tuesday begin moving from the holy city of Makkah to nearby Mina for the start of the Hajj season, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah and Madina.Almost two million people are expected to take part in the gathering. This year’s Hajj comes following the tragic crane accident, which left 108 pilgrims dead and hundreds injured.Saudi Arabia has reportedly mobilized 100,000 security forces to keep the ‘guests of Allah’ safe during the world’s largest annual gathering of Muslims. This year’s Hajj begins as oil-rich Saudi Arabia tries to cope with an increase in jihadi violence and a surge of the deadly MERS virus.The first day of Hajj is known as Tarwiah Day. During this day, pilgrims stock water for their trip to Mount Arafat, about 10 kilometres (six miles) southeast of Mina. Both men and women sit side by side listening to preachers explain the history and rituals of Hajj.The climax of the Hajj season is on Arafat Day, which this year falls on Wednesday.Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam and every capable Muslim must perform the pilgrimage at least once in their life.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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UN agencies warn of looming disaster as tensions rise in eastern DR

13 July 2007United Nations agencies have begun assisting more than 10,000 people who have recently fled fighting, pillaging, rape and other atrocities in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while warning that the situation could worsen amid military manoeuvres that threaten even greater instability. United Nations agencies have begun assisting more than 10,000 people who have recently fled fighting, pillaging, rape and other atrocities in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while warning that the situation could worsen amid military manoeuvres that threaten even greater instability.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are making a joint distribution to the displaced in the Buganga area in the North Kivu province, which is facing the worst displacement situation in three years, with 163,000 people forced to flee since January. A total of 650,000 people have been internally displaced in the province. “We are increasingly concerned by the spiralling displacement and atrocities in eastern DRC,” said UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis. “With heightened tensions and the build-up of military forces, the situation risks turning into humanitarian and human rights disaster,” she warned.“We are concerned that fresh military operations by renegade brigades, militia groups or government forces will result in greater suffering for the civilian population without leading to more stability.”The displaced people receiving aid today – blankets, kitchen sets, water containers and soap – fled fighting between mixed brigades and militia groups in May and are now living with host families, according to UNHCR.But those homes are under strain, and the number of sites for displaced has expanded to nine, leaving people more exposed to disease and violence as the militarization of the area continues, warned the agency, which has deployed camp management teams to North Kivu province to help improve living conditions. But despite their efforts, humanitarian agencies face difficulties in accessing the sites because of the worsening security situation. “Our field monitoring teams are regularly visiting displacement areas to assess the needs and record human rights violations,” said Ms. Pagonis.The agency is coordinating its efforts with UN peacekeeping troops to deploy mobile teams to sites where displaced need physical protection, and plans to visit more sites in the Kisharu area, where Ms. Pagonis said “the situation is rapidly deteriorating.”She urged all armed parties in North Kivu to “immediately halt direct attacks on civilians and atrocities which include burning of villages, widespread pillaging and raping of women.” read more

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UNsponsored talks on Cyprus reunification make progress on economic issues

Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will confer again on Tuesday and their representatives are to hold two meetings before then in the talks which began in 2008 but which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months. “The leaders have been making a big effort to… make sure that work is done well, and that convergences can be achieved on the core issues between now and 26 January,” when they are due to meet with Mr. Ban in Geneva, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Alexander Downer told reporters after today’s talks in Nicosia, the capital. “There is quite an intense activity of meetings at both the representatives’ level and at the leader’s level.” In a report to the Security Council earlier this month Mr. Ban warned that “a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing” in the talks that seek to set up a Federal Government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State of equal status. He cited fundamental differences on property issues on the island, where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964, noting that Greek-Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive negotiations in the second quarter of 2011. The leaders have met 89 times since 2008, advancing in some areas, but there has been “a worrying lack of progress” in six months of talks on currently irreconcilable difference over property rights, Mr. Ban said. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all Greek Cypriot property owners there were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for the Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on the number of those who can have properties reinstated, instead of compensation. “We must be clear that, in order to negotiate successfully a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, the two leaders will have to reconcile these and other seemingly irreconcilable issues,” Mr. Ban reported, calling on Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroglu to “dedicate significant efforts” to preparing a practical plan for overcoming major remaining points of disagreement when he confers with them again next month in Geneva after an earlier meeting in New York in November. 15 December 2010Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders made more progress today on economic issues and exchanged further ideas on governance and power sharing in United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. read more

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Football No 2 Ohio State upset by No 5 Oklahoma 3116 in

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins takes a handoff early in the first half of the Ohio State-Oklahoma game on Sept. 9 in Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough Ohio State entered the game as the second-ranked team in the country the Buckeyes looked like anything but a top team in Saturday night’s 31-16 upset loss to No. 5 Oklahoma at Ohio Stadium.Instead, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield dominated the Buckeyes’ inexperienced secondary without sat tight end Mark Andrews, and the Sooners’ defense shut down the Ohio State passing game. Mayfield completed 27-of-35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns.“He’s a good player, really good player,” coach Urban Meyer said. “And I told him afterwards. Got a lot of respect. I love his competitiveness and energy.”The Ohio State offense struggled to find its rhythm in the first half. The Buckeyes collected just 92 total yards, compared to Oklahoma’s 222 yards of offense. Barrett completed five of 11 passes for only 25 yards and was sacked twice in the half. He wasn’t much more productive the rest of the game either, as he went 19-for-35 in the air for 183 yards. The quarterback rushed 18 times for 66 yards. Wideout K.J. Hill, Ohio State’s leading receiver, caught five passes for 44 yards. Ohio State gained just 350 total yards and was penalized nine times for 87 yards. Meyer ensured Barrett was not solely to blame for the loss.“I’m going to make it perfectly clear, there’s not a bull’s eye on J.T. Barrett,” Meyer said. “It’s part of the system and a group that have to get better.”What was an offensive struggle in the first half, without a single touchdown, completely changed in the third quarter. The Sooners found the end zone twice, and Ohio State scored one touchdown and connected on a field goal. Both teams traded punts before Mayfield hit wide receiver Mykel Jones for a 42-yard pass and, on the next play, found wideout Lee Morris for an 18-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma ahead 17-13 late in the third quarter. Oklahoma began pouring it on in the fourth quarter, as the Sooners capped off a 64-yard drive with a touchdown, then intercepted quarterback J.T. Barrett and wideout Jordan Smallwood followed that by scampering into the end zone to give his team a 31-13 lead that proved to be insurmountable.The Sooners began the game aggressive on offense. In just his second game as a head coach, Lincoln Riley decided to send his offense out for the first down rather than punt on fourth downs on Oklahoma’s first and second drives of the game.On their first drive of the game, the Sooners were denied on the first fourth-down attempt by the Buckeyes as Mayfield couldn’t connect with his intended receiver. But on the second fourth down in as many drives, the Oklahoma quarterback went deep, drawing a pass interference penalty to extend the drive. The next play, linebacker Chris Worley knocked the ball loose from running back Abdul Adams and defensive tackle Jashon Cornell picked it up to give Ohio State possession on its own 25-yard line. That was the first of two first-half fumbles by the Sooners that were recovered by the Buckeyes. Wideout Jeff Badet let the ball slip out of his hands and safety Damon Webb recovered the ball, placing Ohio State on Oklahoma’s 49-yard line.The Sooners entered Ohio State territory on four occasions in the first half, but managed only a single field goal, which tied the game at three points apiece going into halftime. Kicker Austin Seibert connected on a 35-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter. Seven minutes prior, he missed a 37-yard attempt wide to the right. Ohio State’s only first-half points came on a 24-yard field goal by kicker Sean Nuernberger. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins once again got the start versus Oklahoma after he set the record for most rushing yards by a freshman in program history last week. Dobbins rushed 13 times, picking up 72 yards and a touchdown during the game.Redshirt sophomore Mike Weber, who has dealt with a hamstring injury since the beginning of fall camp, didn’t play until the second quarter and only took three carries for 29 yards, appearing to still be hampered by his injury. After the game, he said he was not feeling 100 percent yet.H-back Parris Campbell took the opening kickoff of the third quarter to the Oklahoma 44-yard line, giving the Buckeyes a necessary spark. Dobbins finished the drive with the first touchdown of the game, taking a carry six yards into the end zone. But the Sooners responded with a quick score of their own as Mayfield found senior fullback Dimitri Flowers for a 36-yard touchdown to cap off a seven-play, 44-yard drive and tie the game at 10.Ohio State, looking to retake the lead, handed the ball off to Dobbins on three straight plays and the freshman gained 37 yards. On the next play, Barrett dropped back and connected with sophomore receiver Austin Mack for a 31-yard gain — the longest pass play of the game for Ohio State — which set the Buckeyes up at the 7-yard line. Mack exited the game with an apparent injury after the play. But Ohio State failed to score a touchdown and kicker Sean Nuernberger had to kick his second field goal of the game to give the Buckeyes a 13-10 lead with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. After Ohio State turned the ball over on downs on Oklahoma’s 36-yard line to begin the fourth quarter, the Sooners, buoyed by a pass interference penalty by cornerback Damon Arnette, drove the ball inside the Buckeyes’ 10-yard line. There, Mayfield found running back Trey Sermon in the flats for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give his team a 24-13 lead with 11:11 remaining in the game.On the first play of the following drive, Barrett turned the ball over as cornerback Parnell Motley picked off the three-time captain. Mayfield handed the ball off to Smallwood who scored a 3-yard touchdown which gave the Sooners a 31-13 lead with 9:26 remaining.Nuernberger connected on his third field goal of the game, a 32-yard attempt, to pull Ohio State within two touchdowns. Ohio State will look to bounce back when it hosts Army on Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #BANKERS: The Government promised a banking inquiry yesterday but it will not investigate Anglo Irish Bank until after the trials of former executives according to the Irish Times.2. #SYRIA: Bashar al-Assad says that Syria is committed to destroying its chemical weapons but that it could take up to a year.3. #JUNIOR DOCTORS: The HSE and union officials are to examine the rosters of junior doctors in two hospitals today to try to avert planned strike action.4. #ELAINE O’HARA: Gardaí have interviewed in excess of 120 people and seized 1,600 hours of CCTV footage as part of their investigation into the death of Elaine O’Hara.5. #BARGAIN: Shopping around for your home insurance could save you up to €362 according to new research from the National Consumer Agency.6. #JOBBRIDGE: Interns can now do three internships instead of two.7. #HURRICANE: Tropical storm Miguel has been upgraded to a category one hurricane after battering the Mexican coast this week leading to the deaths of more than 80 people.8. #SHOOTING: A man is being held at Lucan Garda station in connection with the shooting dead of Dean Johnson in Clondalkin.9. #BIG MOVE: The sun’s temperature will increase so much that earth will be uninhabitable in 3 billion years according to scientists. Mars will be positively balmy, however, and may be our best bet for escape. [Guardian]last_img read more

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Listing schedule for the WWE Network for October 20, 2014

first_img Ric Flair WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 Now Playing Up Next WWE Network live-stream schedule for 10/20/14:9 AM – Wrestlemania Rewind: Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 & 26.10 AM – This Week in WWE.10:30 AM – Beyond the Ring: Roddy Piper.12:00 PM – WCW Halloween Havoc ’89 (Thunderdome: Ric Flair & Sting vs. Terry Funk & Great Muta)3 PM – WWE Countdown – High Flying Superstars4 PM – Legends House (5/15/14)5 PM – WWE NXT (10/16/14 – Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd)6 PM – Total Divas (premiere episode)7 PM – This Week in WWE7:30 PM – Raw Pre-Game Show.8 PM – WWE Countdown – Greatest High Flyers9 PM – Monday Night War: Flight of the Cruiserweights.10 PM – Legends House (5/15/14)11:06 PM – DX Confidential (Summerslam 2014 Q&A Session)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health ScareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:52/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:50 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 list WhatsApp Ric Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health Scare Whats On Deck For March: Celtics, Bruins Stretch Runs Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Google+ Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour todaylast_img read more

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New storm Maria a growing threat to Irma-slammed Caribbean

first_imgMEXICO CITY — The hurricane-battered islands of the Caribbean are facing yet another storm threat: Forecasters said Sunday that Tropical Storm Maria is likely to hit the Leeward Islands as a strengthening hurricane by Monday night.Hurricane watches were in effect for many of the very islands still trying to cope with the devastation left by Hurricane Irma, including St. Martin, St. Barts and Antigua and Barbuda.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria was likely to grow into a hurricane on Sunday and swell into major hurricane status by midweek as it heads for Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) Sunday afternoon. It was centered about 405 miles (655 kilometers) southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was heading west-northwest at 15 mph.The Hurricane Center said hurricane conditions should begin to affect parts of the Leeward Islands by Monday night, with storm surge raising water levels by 4 to 6 feet near the storm’s center.last_img read more

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Jayne: We’re proud to serve the governed, not the governors

first_img The summation is succinct and complete: “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”Those are the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, writing for the majority in the Pentagon Papers case, and they effectively distill the conflict represented in “The Post.” They effectively highlight the importance of freedom of the press, which has inconceivably become an topic of debate these days rather than a celebrated contributor to democracy.You might have heard about “The Post”; movies directed by Steven Spielberg that star Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks tend to garner a bit of attention. And while the movie wanders into an examination of the role of women in American society — an important issue, but a distracting one in this context — the crux of the movie is the importance of a free press in a democracy.There is nothing new about this. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to a colleague in 1787: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” I, for one, easily confuse “former” and “latter,” but I’m pretty sure that Jefferson was saying newspapers are essential.This importance came to a head in 1971, when The New York Times and The Washington Post published stories based upon a stolen classified government report. The documents detailed that officials had concluded years before that the Vietnam War was unwinnable, yet continued to lie to the public about the progress of the battle and continued to send soldiers to Asia. A total of 58,000 Americans and an estimated 3 million Vietnamese civilians and soldiers died in the war. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

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Hearst to Distribute Magazine Content via Facebook IM

first_imgAccording to Spleak CEO Morrie Eisenberg, publishers do not pay to be included in the Spleak network. Spleak will eventually leverage its platform into interactive, immersive advertisements through viral quizzes and scavenger hunts where sponsor brands can get involved. “In the rapidly changing content distribution industry, it’s important to reach audiences whenever and wherever they are interested in engaging with our content,” says Hearst Digital GM/VP Chuck Cordray. Hearst Digital Media has partnered with Spleak Media Network, a hybrid publishing platform that distributes a combination of user generated and professionally-generated content across a variety of networks including Facebook, MySpace, MSN Messenger and AIM, as well as through text messaging. Hearst, the first mainstream media publisher to partner with Spleak, will provide original content from its Teen magazine, CosmoGirl, Seventeen and eSpin brands to be infused across CelebSpleak, a celebrity-focused network with more than 100,000 active daily users. The branded content will link back to Hearst Web sites and will be available via Web widgets, social networks like Facebook, instant message conversations and text alerts. “Teens are in a lot of places online,” says Chris Johnson, vice president of digital media for Hearst. Johnson expects Hearst’s partnership with Spleak to bring in “a bit of traffic and a lot of learning” about what their audiences want and how they want to get it. last_img read more

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UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks

first_imgYemeni pro-government forces stand next to a pickup truck carrying anti-aircraft guns along they way to al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on 13 June 2018. Photo: AFPThe UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Saturday for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition.Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government troops which are backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Some 70 per cent of Yemeni imports pass through the city’s docks and the fighting has raised UN fears of humanitarian catastrophe in a country already teetering on the brink of famine.last_img read more

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60 years of NBT

first_imgOn completing its 60 years, the National Book Trust, India has rolled out new innovative initiatives to promote book culture in the country. Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman, NBT while announcing the new initiatives being taken by the Trust informed that the 60 Years programme will be launched by Human Resource Minister, Prakash Javadekar by inaugurating a two-day National Seminar, Bhartiya Sahitya Mein Rashtriyata Ka Bodh that is scheduled to be from August 1 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”To bring more and more people of rural areas closer to books, NBT will be organizing National Panchayat Book Fairs by involving Panchayti Raj institutions,” added Baldeo Bhai Sharma. He further said that NBT is planning to organize such book fairs in the states of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in the first leg. NBT publishes books in more than 30 Indian languages including minor languages like Kokborok, Bhili, Bhatri, Nepali among others. It is also now working towards the promotion and publication of books in Sanskrit language and will organize National Sanskrit Book Fair where publishers will showcase books in Sanskrit. In order to encourage young women writers below forty years, NBT has launched Mahila Lekhan Protsahan Yojna under which NBT would publish original and unpublished works of young writers. Besides, NBT has added several new series in its publishing profile including Women Pioneers series, Veergatha series and Navalekhanmala. In view of the increasing demand for digital content, the trust will organize digital publishing workshops in association with C-DAC and major IT companies like Microsoft for Indian language authors, publishers and other publishing professionals. NBT has so far brought out 150 e-books and now readers can buy NBT books online through its website.last_img read more

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DWade hits dagger 3 in hometown Chicago debut VIDEO

first_img Advertisement It was bizarre seeing Dwyane Wade take the court in a non-Heat uniform for the first time in his career last night. It didn’t have anywhere close to the desperate feel of Emmitt Smith in a Cardinals jersey, but weird nonetheless.Regardless, his hometown return to Chicago was a triumphant one. Wade scored 22 points in Chicago’s 105-99 win against the Celtics, including hitting a step back, dagger three with less than a minute left in the 4th, with the Bulls leading 101-99. The bucket put them up 5.Wade gave a welcome home throat slash for good measure.D-WADE COLD BLOODED 3— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 28, 2016 Running mate Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26, and Rajon Rondo added 12 boards and 9 assists.In a year where the talk has been of “super teams” being assembled in Golden State, Chicago’s roster reshuffling, and veteran additions to pair with resident star Jimmy Butler have drawn comparatively little attention.They clearly don’t have any chance to compete for a title, but in a best case scenario, they’re potentially an interesting story in the weak Eastern Conference.Last night was a nice debut, but it’s the first day of school, everybody has new pencils and notebooks, and is excited to be there. No injuries.The biggest question going forward will be Wade’s health and the ever present question if Rajon Rondo can play nice with others.If Chicago has any chance to compete in the East, Wade will have to play in something approaching the 74 games he played in last year, as opposed to the 62 and 54 games he played in the previous 2, while playing at a high level.D-Wade glides to the rack for two AND the foul on @NBAonTNT! #NBARapidReplay— NBA (@NBA) October 28, 2016last_img read more

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Lynette Snyman donates 125th unit of blood

first_imgLynette Snyman donated her 125th unit of blood this morning (Thursday) at the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic at San Marco Centre.Lynette feels it is a great honour to know you are saving someone’s life by just giving a bit of your time and blood.She says the first time she donated was in 1976 when it was still doctors doing the work, and the blood used to be pumped into a glass bottle which hung on a metal drip holder.Northern KwaZulu-Natal collections manager Simo Nxumalo urges the community to come and donate blood at the San Marco / Pick ‘n Pay Centre, as there is never enough blood – the need is always there. Simo’s duties are to make sure that all hospitals and clinics don’t run out of emergency blood for their clients. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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paid McDougal $150000 but never published her story AMI has said she was paid to become a fitness columnist The Associated Press has confirmed that agents on Monday also seized records related to a $130000 payment made to Daniels who says she had sex with Trump in 2006 A furious Trump who in the past month has escalated his attacks on Mueller’s Russia investigation said Monday from the White House that it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer’s office He called Mueller’s investigation "an attack on our country" prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department’s special counsel On Tuesday Sanders said Trump believes the raid on Cohen’s office went "too far" but she also said that it’s a separate investigation from Mueller’s probe Still Trump "certainly believes that he has the power" to directly fire Mueller she said and he has been advised that he has that authority She did not say where the advice came from Justice Department guidelines say only Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein who appointed Mueller last May has the authority to fire him and only for specific cause Rosenstein has repeatedly said that he has not seen any reason to dismiss Mueller The raid was overseen by the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller said Cohen’s lawyer Stephen Ryan "The decision by the US Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary" Ryan said in a statement "It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients" The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team which in addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice And the law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels who says she had sex with Trump in 2006 The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it Search warrants are a fairly standard though aggressive law enforcement tool and are often sought in cases where authorities are concerned someone may hide or withhold evidence To obtain one agents must convince a judge they have probable cause of criminal activity and they believe they’ll find evidence of wrongdoing in a search A warrant requires high-level approval within the Justice Department and agency guidelines impose additional hurdles when the search target is an attorney In this case Mueller opted to refer the matter to federal prosecutors in Manhattan Besides Cohen’s office agents also searched a hotel room where he’s been staying while his home is under renovation Under Justice Department regulations Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate Rosenstein then will determine whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another US attorney or another part of the Justice Department A spokesman for Mueller’s office did not immediately return a call seeking comment The US attorney’s office had no comment Monday’s raid was first reported by The New York Times Ryan did not elaborate on the documents taken from Cohen’s office but said he has cooperated with investigators including meeting last fall with lawmakers looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election Cohen has more recently attracted attention for his acknowledgment that he paid Daniels out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said the payment appears to be a violation of campaign finance laws and multiple Washington-based groups have filed complaints with the FEC urging it to investigate There have been few signs that Mueller was interested in investigating the payment though One Mueller witness former Trump aide Sam Nunberg recently connected the special counsel with the payment saying in an interview on MSNBC last month that prosecutors had asked him about payments to women Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time last week saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair Daniels has said she had sex with the president in 2006 She has been suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement she signed before the election and has offered to return the money she was paid in order to "set the record straight" Daniels argues the agreement is legally invalid 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