Death of children in Gorakhpur hospital: file response to plea, High Court tells UP government

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to explain and present before it the findings of its probe into the death of children in BRD medical college in Gorakhpur,While it is alleged that the 30 children died due to disruption of oxygen supply in the hospital on August 10 and 11, the government has dismissed the claim.Hearing a bunch of five PILs seeking high-level probes into the Gorakhpur hospital incident, a division bench of Chief Justice D. B. Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Varma directed the U.P. government to file a counter affidavit stating what it had done and found in the matter so far.  The court fixed the next hearing for August 28.In a related development, the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court also directed the Yogi Adityanath-led state government and the Director General of Medical Education, UP, to file a counter-affidavit within six weeks to a PIL filed by Lucknow-bases social activist Nutan Thakur. A Division Bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Daya Shankar Tiwari passed the order after hearing Ms. Thakur, UP Advocate General Raghavendra Singh and Medical Education counsel Sanjay Bhasin. The advocate general opposed the petition saying that the State government had taken every possible measure in the matter and shall take all possible actions as per the report submitted by the Chief Secretary.In her plea, Ms. Thakur sought a judicial inquiry into the deaths of the children arguing that the chief secretary-level probe ordered by the Yogi Adityanath government would be an “eyewash,” as “the Chief Minister and various Ministers have already formulated their opinion about the matter to be enquired and have made it public in clear terms.”Saksham Srivastava, one of the petitioners in the Allahahad High Court, had prayed for a court-monitored time-bound CBI probe into the deaths of the children. The court said it would wait for a “satisfactory” answer from the State before considering the demands for higher-level probes, said Mr. Srivastava.Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav alleged that that “corruption” was the reason behind the shortage of oxygen supply in the BRD hospital and demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.Mr. Yadav also suggested that along with the other probes, the Central Bureau of Investigation also probe the matter. “This government has a lot of attachment with the CBI. The CBI is also under them. Along with other investigations, there should also be CBI probe into this matter,” the former chief minister told reporters here.last_img read more

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Djokovic Dominates Pouille; Nadal Next at Australian Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Every reverberating squeak of Novak Djokovic’s court-blue shoes put him in perfect position to control a point — and a step closer to a record seventh Australian Open championship.Djokovic was downright flawless right from the outset of his semifinal against an overmatched No. 28 Lucas Pouille and never relented, not for a moment, en route to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 victory in less than 1½ hours Friday night.Of all the ways in which Djokovic dominated, perhaps this was the most impressive: He made an unheard-of total of five unforced errors. And that’s despite risking enough to produce 24 winners.“Everything worked the way I imagined it before the match,” Djokovic said. “And even more so.”On Sunday, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic will line up against his old rival, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, for the 53rd time on tour, eighth in a Grand Slam final.“I would definitely want to buy a ticket for that match, for those who haven’t yet,” Djokovic joked during his on-court interview at Rod Laver Arena.Only Nadal, with 17, and Roger Federer, with 20, own more major titles than Djokovic, who is gaining on them: He is seeking his 15th overall and third in a row, following Wimbledon last July and the U.S. Open last September.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic takes a drink during a break in his semifinal against France’s Lucas Pouille at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Djokovic holds a 27-25 lead in the head-to-head series with Nadal. But Nadal leads 4-3 in major finals. The only other time they met with the Australian Open trophy on the line, in 2012, Djokovic won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in 5 hours, 53 minutes, making it the lengthiest Grand Slam title match in history.“Once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Djokovic called that one, “and hopefully the outcome can be the same for me.”Given how well both men are playing at the moment, this showdown shapes up as another potential classic, unlike the two semifinals that preceded it.Nadal was superb while beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday night and has yet to drop a set in the tournament.A day later, Djokovic played as if setting out to say, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”This was Djokovic’s 34th Grand Slam semifinal and he’s now won his last 10. Pouille, a 24-year-old Frenchman coached by former women’s No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, was making his debut at this stage.The wide gulf in experience and accomplishments showed on a cloudy, breezy evening as Djokovic improved to 7-0 in semifinals at Melbourne Park.He is also unbeaten so far in Australian Open finals, sharing the men’s mark of six titles with Roy Emerson and Federer.What didn’t go according to plan for Djokovic on Friday, other than the one face-down pratfall he took when he slipped on a point?He won 25 of 34 points on Pouille’s second serve and broke the guy seven times.He won 45 of 53 points he served, never facing a single break chance.Even managed to deliver a second-serve ace.It took Pouille more than a half-hour to merely grab one game, and spectators roared, likely relieved at the prospect of a more competitive, not to mention longer, match.Never materialized.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, right, is congratulated by France’s Lucas Pouille after winning their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)“Definitely one of the best matches I ever had,” Djokovic said, then paused before adding the unnecessary qualifier “on this court.”This is as good as he gets, as good as it gets, and a far cry from the 2018 Australian Open, when he was dealing with a painful right elbow and lost in the fourth round in Melbourne.Soon, he would have elbow surgery, and begin the climb back to the top.“It was highly unlikely 12 months ago that I would be where I am today, a year later,” Djokovic said. “I’ve said it before, but I always have plenty of belief in myself, and the self-belief always prevails.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterSerbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating France’s Lucas Pouille in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Serbia’s Novak Djokovic throws a ball back into the crowd after signing autographs following his win over France’s Lucas Pouille in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Virat Kohli can’t be expected to provide spark every time: Jonty Rhodes

first_imgIndian batsmen have come under fire for their woeful showing in the English conditions in the ongoing tour of England, having gone 2-0 down in the five-Test series. The way India’s famed batting line-up struggled with swing at Lord’s, they face the threat of being categorised as ‘flat-track bullies’ once again.Be it trouble with the world-class swing bowling of James Anderson and Stuart Broad or India’s overdependence on captain Virat Kohli batting the team through, India are in dire straits now.India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs after which they were humiliated by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s. Now, India face a battle at Trent Bridge to stay alive in the series.Going with the two-match deficit to Nottingham, Indian fans can only hope the team can turn adversity into opportunity. Former South African batsman and fielding sensation Jonty Rhodes did not rule out the possibility though.”There is nothing like a loss being a catalyst. It just takes one person to spark sometimes,” Rhodes told India Today.Also read – Virat Kohli feeling better by the day, says Ravi Shastri ahead of 3rd Test”But the key is not expecting Virat Kohli to be the spark all the time. The key I believe is it coming from somebody else,” Jonty Rhodes added.The story of Indian batting overdepending on Virat Kohli is not restricted to the ongoing England series but the same was seen earlier in the year in South Africa. Through the last five Tests India have played away, in South Africa and England, no top order batsman other than Virat Kohli averages even 20.advertisementFormer greats have slammed India for their lack of preparation and “arrogance” in the tough English conditions. However, Rhodes did not share the views that India’s batting woes were down to less preparation.Also read – Ravi Shastri’s message for Indian batsmen: Be prepared to look ugly and show grit”When India went to South Africa there was a lot of criticism of not enough preparation. But you can’t point fingers at them this time in the UK. They have been there for quite a while. They have switched from white ball to red ball and you have some different players with change in formats. But you have enough guys who have spent time there which should have helped them,” Rhodes said.Indian batsmen have of course been the highlight of India’s disappointing show in England but apart from them, the team’s persistent slip fielding woes have made life even more difficult.READ – Virat Kohli pays his respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ajit WadekarRhodes who is not just one of the best outfielders of all time but also a contemporary fielding coach admits Indian slip fielders have made their bowler’s task more difficult.”Slip catches requires confidence in the players around you. India need to settle on two or three slip catchers all the time. We looked at England who had four slip fielders all close to each other. They didn’t catch everything but on the whole they were good.Also read – India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs England”All in all you need to have confidence in the players around you. If you are not sure to go, it’s too late. So I think that’s the key; if you are hesitating you will put down more than you catch. India needs to get settled in those positions. Because in Test cricket, slip fielding is an important part of your attack. If you want your fast bowlers to take 20 wickets you have to hold on to catches,” Rhodes quipped.last_img read more

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Talking Horses: excellent end to Sophie Doyle’s summer in Chicago

first_imgHorse racing tips “My goal was to come up here and be top three,” Doyle said in quotes reported on Arlington’s website. “I wanted to set the bar high for myself to be at the top of this meet and luckily we’ve managed to achieve it.”According to Equibase, Doyle has had 70 winners in the US this year at a strike-rate of 14%, the best she’s achieved since she started getting a good number of rides there in 2014. Last Thursday, she rode four winners on a single card and was praised by a local trainer for having “great hands and a good sense of pace”.Doyle has done a deeply impressive thing in establishing a well-paid career from scratch in a country where she was an unknown. It’s not as if she was particularly well known anywhere at that time; in her eight years riding in Britain, Doyle totalled 66 winners, fewer than she’s had this year alone. She hasn’t ridden here since 2012, when her mounts went 0/85.I can’t help thinking her success shows that trainers and owners in Britain did not make good use of her talent. Indeed, there was famously a time when her brother, James, was considering alternative careers due to lack of opportunities in the saddle; he is now recognised as one of our very best jockeys. As a sport, we have to get better at spotting riding talent.Little bits of quality jump racing are turning up just now and today’s Warwick card will occupy much of my attention this afternoon. I felt more or less obliged to nap Henri Parry Morgan (4.40) when I saw him forecast to start at 25-1 but as it turns out he opened at 16-1 and is now a general 9-1 shot. Even at those odds, the old man of today’s staying handicap chase is very backable, in my view. /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage He has not been a prolific winner, having reached an unrealistic rating after his novice season, when he was second to Native River at Aintree. But he’s dropped 12lb from his peak and is perfectly capable of winning in this company, being the better for a spin at Worcester last month.His big day last term came in the West Wales National but he doesn’t need bottomless ground and has some good bits of form to his name on a sound surface. It’s interesting that the tongue tie comes off today for the first time in years and perhaps he’ll be the happier for it. Visors go on for only the second time; he was running well before falling at Cheltenham last year when they were tried before. His Ffos Las win came in first-time blinkers.In the last, you can get 8-1 about Bally Lagan (5.40), who went close at 16-1 in the same race a year ago. He’s a couple of pounds lower this time and has had a wind op since. Topics Horse racing Hide … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sean Levey targets comeback in Sun Chariot Stakes on Billesdon Brook Reuse this content Share on Messenger Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 26 September Tuesday’s best bets, by Chris CookThose of you who remember Sophie Doyle might like to know that she’s just finished third among jockeys this year at Arlington, where the season finished on Saturday. The 31-year-old had 52 winners at the Chicago track this summer, her rides accumulating $1.2m in prize money. At Beverley, no one wants to know Twin Appeal (3.20) but I see each-way potential at odds of 20-1. The veteran has dropped 11lb since the start of the year but has held his form fairly well, including in two runs since moving from David Barron to Karen Tutty. He doesn’t want to be in front too soon on this ground, so I’m hoping that the wide draw will dictate the he is ridden with a modicum of restraint. Support The Guardian Lingfield 1.30 Goodwood Showman 2.00 Living Legend 2.35 Sam Cooke 3.10 General Zoff 3.45 Welsh Lord 4.20 Bayston Hill 4.50 Khafooq 5.20 Midnight GuestBeverley 2.10 Magical Spirit 2.45 Four Mile Bridge 3.20 Twin Appeal 3.55 Perfect Pasture 4.30 Detachment 5.00 Thornaby Nash 5.30 Athary 6.00 Polar ForestWarwick 2.20 Full Bore 2.55 Laughing Luis 3.30 Peppay Le Pugh 4.05 Silk Run 4.40 Henri Parry Morgan (nap) 5.10 Dory 5.40 Bally LaganChelmsford 5.45 Hard Taskmaster 6.15 Handmaiden 6.45 Mirbat 7.15 Waqaas 7.45 Tamerlane 8.15 Indian Pursuit 8.45 Gemini (nb)Tips by Chris Cook Show Share on Twitter Read more Since you’re here… features Talking Horses Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Thank you for your feedback.last_img read more

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Publication du rapport annuel

first_imgUne enquête concernant le décès d’un enfant dont la famille bénéficiait de services gouvernementaux, et un examen des établissements résidentiels pour enfants sont seulement deux exemples des cas traités par le Bureau de l’ombudsman en 2013-2014. Au cours de l’exercice, 2 260 nouvelles demandes ont été soumises au bureau. « C’était une année typique, selon Christine Delisle-Brennan, ombudsman par intérim. Le nombre de cas était légèrement plus faible qu’en 2012-2013, et certaines tendances des dernières années se sont maintenues. » Selon Mme Delisle-Brennan, ces tendances incluent un plus grand nombre d’enquêtes plus approfondies ainsi qu’un moins grand nombre de cas liés aux Services correctionnels, puisqu’un plus grand nombre de plaintes soumises par des détenus sont traitées au niveau des établissements. Elle souligne que chaque année, quelques cas majeurs sont entrepris, à la discrétion de l’ombudsman. « Il s’agit principalement d’enquêtes systémiques, basées sur des plaintes semblables qui se répètent. Au cours des dernières années, des enquêtes ont été menées en raison de la loi sur la divulgation d’actes fautifs dans l’intérêt du public (Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act), dont l’ombudsman est responsable. » L’enquête sur le décès de l’enfant a exigé plus d’une année de recherche. L’enquête a mis en évidence une approche fragmentée de la part du gouvernement, des problèmes de communication et des normes floues. Elle a également entraîné 13 recommandations à l’intention de trois ministères du gouvernement, y compris une révision du manuel des services de protection de l’enfance afin de mettre à jour et d’améliorer les normes, ainsi qu’une recommandation visant la création d’une équipe permanente d’examen des cas de décès d’enfants. Plusieurs des recommandations ont été mises en œuvre, et le travail se poursuit pour la mise en œuvre des autres. Le bureau assure le suivi de ce travail. Des 2 260 demandes ou plaintes reçues, près de la moitié (1 068) ont été résolues au moyen d’examens administratifs, qui sont de courtes enquêtes pouvant s’étendre de quelques jours à quelques semaines. De ces 1 068 cas, 819 ont été résolus par des discussions avec les plaignants et les répondants, avec le personnel de l’ombudsman comme médiateur. Ce type informel de résolution de conflits est un aspect important du travail quotidien de l’ombudsman. Mme Delisle-Brennan souligne qu’environ 25 pour 100 des demandes et des plaintes reçues ne relevaient pas de la compétence du bureau. « Le bureau offre un service public important en assurant le renvoi de ces plaintes vers les processus appropriés, par exemple les bureaux fédéraux ou privés, avec les coordonnées détaillées et une description des services offerts par ces bureaux. » Un autre service important offert par l’ombudsman est la défense des droits des enfants. En 2013-2014, le bureau a tenu 603 rencontres avec des jeunes pris en charge par des ministères du gouvernement provincial. Une approche informelle à la résolution de conflits est également adoptée dans ces cas, qui sont habituellement des rencontres en personne avec les plaignants et le personnel de supervision. Les cas traités par l’ombudsman sont confidentiels afin de protéger la vie privée des plaignants et d’encourager les gens à soumettre leur demande ou leur plainte. Toutefois, en vertu de la loi sur l’ombudsman (Ombudsman Act), l’ombudsman peut, à sa discrétion, rendre public un rapport d’enquête dans les cas où l’intérêt du public ou l’intérêt des parties concernées justifie une telle publication.last_img read more

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Italys leader demands safe roads bridge toll rises to 43

first_imgGENOA, Italy – Italy’s president demanded guarantees Saturday that all the nation’s roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral in the grieving port city.President Sergio Mattarella spoke quietly to victims’ families before the ceremony began on Genoa’s fairgrounds. Usually reserved in demeanour, Mattarella was embraced tightly for a long moment by one distraught woman.He then took his place with other Italian leaders, including Premier Giuseppe Conte and the transportation minister, in the packed yet cavernous hall.Afterward, Mattarella called the funeral, which took place on a day of national mourning, “a moment of grief, shared grief, by all of Italy.”One mourner, a local man who would only give his first name, Alessandro, held a placard that read: “In Italy, we prefer ribbon-cuttings to maintenance” — referring to the country’s dilapidated infrastructure.“These are mistakes that keep on repeating. And now, for the umpteenth time, angels have flown into heaven and paid for the mistakes of other human beings,” Alessandro said.As the city honoured its dead, the toll from Tuesday’s bridge collapse rose unofficially Saturday to 43 with the discovery of four more bodies in the rubble and the death in the hospital of the most severely injured survivor.Firefighter Stefano Zanut told Sky TG24 TV they had extracted from tons of broken concrete the crushed car that an Italian couple on vacation with their 9-year-old daughter had been travelling in.Zanut said the last body pulled out of the wreckage was that of a young Italian man, an employee of Genoa’s trash company, who was working under the bridge when it collapsed. The man’s mother had refused to leave a tent set up a few hundred yards away from the rubble until his body was found.RAI state radio said authorities now believe there are no more missing in the tragedy.Later, San Martino Hospital said a Romanian truck driver who had suffered severe cranial and chest injuries in the bridge collapse died Saturday evening.The families of 19 victims their loved ones’ coffins brought to the hall for the funeral Mass led by Genoa’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who said the tragedy “gashed the heart of Genoa.”“The initial disbelief and then the growing dimension of the catastrophe, the general bewilderment, the tumult of emotions, the pressing “Whys?” have touched us yet again and in a brutal way showed the inexorable fragility of the human condition,” he said.Among the coffins were those of two young Albanian Muslim men who lived and worked in Italy. Their remains were blessed at the end of the Catholic service by a Genoa imam, who drew applause when he prayed for God to “protect Italy and all Italians.”Players and managers from the city’s two major league soccer teams, Genoa and Sampdoria, also attended after their weekend matches were postponed out of respect for the dead.At other bridge funerals on Friday, angry mourners blamed authorities of negligence and incompetence for failing to keep the bridge safe.During the state funeral, applause rang out and many fought back tears Saturday as a prelate read out the first names of some 30 victims who have been identified. The mourners also applauded Italian firefighters, police and volunteers for the civil protection department as they arrived.Mattarella toured what’s left of the Morandi Bridge, which broke apart in a fierce rainstorm, sending a long stretch of roadbed crashing 45 metres (150 feet) into a dry river bed near several apartment buildings. Those buildings have been evacuated and authorities say they will have to be demolished.After the funeral, Mattarella told reporters the bridge collapse “is an unacceptable tragedy.” He demanded that “responsibility be ascertained with rigour” for the collapse of the bridge, which linked two major highways, one leading to Milan and the other toward France.Prosecutors say they are focusing their probe on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance of the highway bridge, which was completed in 1967.“I, too, have travelled over this bridge many times,” said Mattarella, demanding that authorities commit to carrying out their “duty to guarantee the safety of our roads.”Responding to harsh criticism, the Italian highway company in charge of the collapsed bridge offered Saturday to build a new bridge in eight months.Giovanni Castellucci, CEO of Autostrade per l’Italia, the company that manages Italian highways and bridges, told reporters it has a plan to demolish what’s left of the largely concrete 51-year-old Morandi Bridge and build a “less imposing” steel one.Italy’s government, however, has begun procedures to revoke the company’s concession and has vowed that Autostrade per l’Italia will never again run the nation’s roads.Castellucci declined to talk about the government’s stance. He said even though the cause of Tuesday’s bridge collapse hasn’t been determined “we apologize” since “perceptions count.”Castellucci also said the company would provide funds to help the hundreds of people evacuated from apartment buildings in the shadow of the bridge.But the Italy’s new populist government quickly spurned both the offer of help and the apology.“Let’s be very clear, the state won’t take charity from Autostrade,” Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, who attended the funeral, said in a Facebook post. “We’ll insist on credible reimbursement, and there won’t be any bartering. The only road the government will follow is that of going forward with revocation procedures.”At the state funeral, the names of the dead were placed on each coffin before the altar. Photographs, flowers and on one coffin a signed sports jersey, a sports trophy and a stuffed animal added personal touches.Players from a local team in Italy’s Serie D soccer, Campi Corniglianese, came to pay tribute to one of their own. Among the two Albanian dead was Marius Djerri, 22, who played for the team and was on his way to work for a cleaning company along with his compatriot when their truck plunged into the abyss.“(Marius was) a golden boy. Maybe not the strongest player on the pitch, but as a person, I would like all players to be like him,” team president Augustus Pintus said.___D’Emilio reported from Rome.___Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemiliolast_img read more

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Security Council votes to expand mandate of monitoring group for Somali sanctions

Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution re-establishing the Monitoring Group for 12 months and to add three members to the five-member panel so that it can handle its extra workload.The panel, which has monitored compliance with embargoes on the delivery of weapons and military equipment to Somalia and Eritrea, is now also tasked with probing activities – financial, maritime or in another field – which generate revenue used to violate those embargoes.It is also now required to investigate “any means of transport, routes, seaports, airports and other facilities” used to break the embargoes, and to also identify ways in which the capacities of the region’s States can be strengthened to better implement the arms embargo.Violent conflict between Government forces and Islamist militias continues to grip Somalia, almost two decades since the collapse of its last functioning national government. Much of the population remains either internally displaced or based in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.Today’s resolution, which condemns the politicization, misuse and misappropriation of humanitarian assistance by armed groups, follows a report from the Monitoring Group claiming that some local contractors used by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have diverted aid for military use.WFP has said it is ready to provide full assistance to any independent investigation into its food distribution operation in Somalia, and today the Council called upon Member States and the UN “to take all feasible steps to mitigate” any misuse of humanitarian aid. 19 March 2010The Security Council today agreed to extend the United Nations panel of experts monitoring compliance with sanctions related to the conflict in Somalia for another year and to expand its mandate to try to maintain the arms embargo imposed in the region. read more

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Niagara Police investigating after pill found inside Halloween candy

Niagara Police say an over-the-counter pill used to treat motion sickness was found inside some Halloween candy given out in Welland.A concerned parent took the pill to police in Port Colborne after finding it hidden inside their child’s candy.The child is believed to have been trick-or-treating in the Marshall Avenue and Kilgor Avenue area.Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of Niagara or the Welland Criminal Investigation Branch of Niagara Regional Police.

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Baseball Ohio State survives slugfest with Nebraska to claim Big Ten series

Ohio State Utility player Noah McGowan (4) hits the ball foul during the sixth inning of Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Nick Swisher field in Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State baseball team’s offense appeared dead at the start, but came alive ferociously in the fourth inning.The Buckeyes (19-8, 2-1 Big Ten) rode a tumultuous wave of momentum and held on for a 15-14 win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-14, 2-4 Big Ten) in a crazy Easter Sunday rubber match at Bill Davis Stadium.It was an important series victory to open Big Ten play for the Buckeyes.“Next two weekends are gonna be on the road,” head coach Greg Beals said. “You need to win your home series.”The Cornhuskers responded to a 15-3 run by the Buckeyes that put Ohio State up 15-6 with eight unanswered runs to close the ball game. They had the tying run in scoring position in the top of the ninth with two outs, but senior Ohio State reliever Seth Kinker struck out sophomore Joe Acker to record his sixth save of the season.Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell started the offensive fireworks with a bloop single that fell into right field, scoring third baseman Conner Pohl.Sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone laced a ball down the line two batters later, and the ball short-hopped a diving Mojo Hagge for a two-run double. He scored on a single through the left side by junior shortstop Kobie Foppe, ending a four-run Ohio State inning.In the fifth inning, Canzone drove a two-run single with the bases loaded to increase his team’s lead to 8-3.From there, the Ohio State batters continued to go ham on a variety of offerings from a smattering of Nebraska pitchers. Pohl punched a two-run single up the middle against freshman Paul Tillotson, then Barnwell sacrificed another home against junior Zack Engelken in the sixth.Senior first baseman Noah McGowan bounced a three-run blast off the top of the right-center field wall off freshman Max Schreiber in the seventh for his team-leading sixth home run of the season.“Hitting’s contagious,” Beals said. “Everything that happens in baseball is contagious.”Nebraska’s offense resurrected itself soon after with a five-hit, six-run eighth aided by a Pohl throwing error and a pair of walks. Kinker, arguably Ohio State’s best pitcher, entered to face Nebraska’s best hitter in senior Scott Schreiber. Schreiber represented the tying run with two outs, but Kinker was able to strike him out to end the eighth inning.“Throughout the series, you try to find a hole in someone’s swing. There wasn’t a hole,” Kinker said. “So I was thinking in my head ‘I don’t want to let this guy get his hands extended. If I’m gonna throw this slider, I need to throw it maybe for a strike but just out of the zone where he can’t do much with it.’” Schreiber provided the initial jolt for Nebraska with a two-run homer over the right field fence back in the top of the seventh, his third of the weekend to make it an 11-5 game.Ohio State and Nebraska combined for an incredible 41 hits on the day.Redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer recovered from his shaky start for the Buckeyes with a pair of eggs on the scoreboard in innings four and five. He finished allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings of work to earn his second win of the year. read more

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Heres how many seats each party holds on your local council

first_imgTHE 2014 LOCAL Elections have been marked by a radical shake-up in the parties that make up our county and city councils.The most notable aspect of this was the rise of Independents and Sinn Féin, with Fianna Fáil becoming the dominant party.Below is breakdown of each council, showing how its make-up has changed.These counts are either on-going, or recounts are being held:Fingal County CouncilLongford County CouncilLouth County CouncilMayo County CouncilMeath County CouncilOffaly County Council WESTMEATH: Fianna Fáil held up better than Fine Gael and Labour against the sudden appearance of Sinn Féin and Independents on the council.WEXFORD: Consisting of a range of parities unusually diverse for a county council, Fianna Fáil are the big winners here. Independents have also gained four more seats.WICKLOW: Labour lost two seats on this council, with Independents making the most significant gains.See a breakdown of each council and LEA here > See more detail here >Results are in for the following councils:CARLOW: Fine Gael retained a slight advantage in Carlow, with 2009′s 5-seat Labour presence on the council now split with Sinn Féin.CAVAN: Fine Gael’s majority was almost halved by Fianna Fáil’s resurgence. Sinn Féin remained unchanged.CLARE: Fianna Fáil slipped ahead of Fine Gael, having been neck-and-neck last year. The Green Party failed to regain a seat.CORK COUNTY: A significant change in the council’s make saw Fine Gael support dip, Fianna Fáil rise, and Labour collapse with a Sinn Féin surge from one seat to 10.CORK CITY: The Workers’ Party managed to retain their seat, with Labour’s 7-seat collapse being redistributed between Sinn Féin and the Anti-Austerity Alliance.DONEGAL: The biggest change in Donegal’s make-up was the Sinn Féin/Independent surge, both doubling their number of seats.DUBLIN CITY: Independents, Sinn Féin, and PBPA all saw their number of seats double, while the Green Party and AAA appeared on the scene. Labour’s presence shrunk from 19 to 8 seats.DÚN LAOGHAIRE – RATHDOWN: While Fine Gael, Labour, and PBPA retained close to their number of seats, Independents, Sinn Fein, and the Green rushed in to fill the void left as the council increased its number of seats by 12.GALWAY CITY: Aside from a one-seat increase for Independents, the main change was Sinn Féin zapping three seats from Labour.GALWAY COUNTY: Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, and Independents all increased their representation, with Fine Gael’s falling by one seat.KERRY: Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, and Independents all performed well – and, of course, the South Kerry Independence Alliance retained their seat.center_img KILDARE: While both Labour and Fine Gael managed to cling on, all other candidates capitalised on the 15-seat increase on the council.KILKENNY: The Green Party retained a seat on this council, with Sinn Féin gaining a foothold. The big winner was Fianna Fáil, knocking the coalition parties down a couple of seats.LAOIS: Fine Gael’s representation on the council halved, with Fianna Fáil dipping one seat and Sinn Féin gaining one.LEITRIM: Fine Gael votes fell by 6, spreading out nicely among the other three groups.LIMERICK: Independents and Sinn Féin both saw significant gains, leaving Fine Gael’s number of seats unchanged.MONAGHAN: The Castleblayney area will be repolled on 7 June following the sudden death of Councillor Owen Bannigan.ROSCOMMON: Fine Gael suffered a seven-seat loss as a result of the increase in size of this council.SLIGO: This is another constituency where the reduction in seats on the council was proportionate to Fine Gael’s losses.SOUTH DUBLIN: The big winners here are Sinn Féin and Independents – up 6 and 7 seats respectively, while AAA also made a significant impact.TIPPERARY: Independents doubled their representation, with a weak performance from both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.WATERFORD: Labour was all but squeezed out in the amalgamation of the two councils, while Independents dominated. Workers’ Party failed to retain their single seat.last_img read more

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The fire cost Richland Fred Meyer millions Police say it was for

first_imgThe fire that shuttered Richland’s Fred Meyer for almost three days and caused millions worth of damage to the store and merchandise allegedly was started to cover up the theft of a PlayStation.Daniel R. Wright was going to trade the video game console with Eliseo J. Garcia for heroin, court documents show.But just 30 minutes after setting fire to a store display with yarn, Wright had Garcia drive him to the Benton County jail.It didn’t take long for jail officials to confirm for Richland police that the man in the Fred Meyer surveillance video was the same man who had just checked into the Kennewick facility, documents said.Wright denied being at Fred Meyer at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 26. However, his alibi — his wife — told investigators she had not seen her husband since 8 p.m.She also identified him in the store video, court documents said.Garcia kept the stolen PlayStation, documents said. It is valued at $399.He denied knowing anything about the arson, claiming that he met up with Wright in the store parking lot.Surveillance footage allegedly showed Garcia in the store before the fire.Wright, 35, pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree arson and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, both felonies.Trial is set for March 26.The arson charge includes the aggravating circumstance that it involved an economic loss substantially greater than is typical for the crime. An aggravating factor of recent recidivism is attached to the trafficking charge.last_img read more

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Government says Desarrollos will fight law suit Due diligence ongoing

first_img Seven year courtship culminates in “I do” for RitzCarlton+Turks and Caicos Related Items:crown land ordinance, desarrollos, lexis nexis, mariott, ponzi scheme, walter sipta Turks & Caicos Islands Government Media Statement on Developer Walter Stipa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Government was indeed blind-sided by the civil suit filed against the Desarrollos Hotel Group, and said due diligence was performed by multiple government administrations through top rated methodologies. Government is finally speaking out on that law suit involving the Desarrollos Hotelco and its CEO and President, Walter Stipa – the company at the start of the month signed a $224 million hotel agreement with TCIG. In a media statement issued around 3:30pm yesterday, the PNP Administration promised that it takes its governance and anti-corruption responsibilities seriously. “…we have carried out appropriate due diligence works with regards to Mr Stipa’s Desarrollos Hotelco group and their proposals in the TCI. As due diligence is an ongoing process, we continue to request information from Desarrollos and other sources.” The government explained that they are aware of the civil lawsuit and that the Desarrollos Hotel Group is fighting the charges by a Ponzi Schemer that they were in receipt of his $15 million. The administration also shared that, and I quote: “Since 2012, this work has been led by the Government’s Investment Unit using several internationally recognised systems for corroborating and checking investor information, including: Thomson Reuters’ World-Check, a leading global ‘know your customer’ software system; Lexis Nexis’ World Compliance, another leading anti-money laundering, and risk and compliance screening tool. As part of the Government’s due diligence requirements the Desarrollos Hotelco group has also provided corporate documentation to substantiate shareholders and directors.” While it is not clearly stated, it appears the project will move forward. The Administration also said, “the Desarrollos Ritz Carlton development in the TCI is being substantially financed by Marriott, a world leading luxury hotel chain. Marriott too met with the TCI Government to demonstrate their commitment to the success of this five star development. Desarrollos and Marriott have a proven track record of having already developed four successful resorts together in the Caribbean region.” Government also denied that the land for the project in Grace Bay was transferred or leased; the property was publically tendered in accordance with the Crown Land Ordinance. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp David Smith back in court; continues to fight US Extradition Recommended for youlast_img read more

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USDA Warns Soy Growers to Look Out for Palmer Amaranth

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is warning growers to be proactive in identifying a problematic weed on their farms.Palmer amaranth is a very fast growing weed that has spread out of its native south west areas to other parts of the U.S. It has a growth rate of 2─3 inches per day and commonly reaches heights of 6─8 feet, greatly inhibiting productive crop growth. According to USDA, yield losses have been reported up to 91 percent in corn and 79 percent in soybeans.Landowners and farmers can help by being proactive in identifying Palmer and report any sightings to local county extension agents and crop consultants.Click here to read USDA’s fact sheet and learn more.last_img read more

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Obama expresses concern Russia moving on Ukraine

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s concerned that Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community is prepared to impose punishing sanctions against his country’s economy.Obama stood fast on his insistence that Crimea remains a part of Ukraine, even as the fledgling Ukrainian government in Kiev ordered its troops to pull back from the disputed territory. He dismissed Russia as a “regional power” that was acting from a position of weakness.“We’re not recognizing what is happening in Crimea,” Obama said at his first news conference since Russia annexed Crimea after a referendum 10 days ago. Obama rejected “the notion that a referendum sloppily organized over the course of two weeks” would “somehow be a valid process.”Obama said that while Russia’s military controls Crimea, its acquisition of the Black Sea peninsula is “not a done deal” without international recognition. But he also said, “It would be dishonest to suggest there is a simple solution to what has already taken place in Crimea.”“We also are concerned about further encroachment by Russia into Ukraine,” Obama said, as he took questions in a joint appearance with his host, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.last_img read more

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Building a Virality GamePlan

first_imgAs for how we decide to join a new social media platform, we do like to be cognizant of different platforms. When I started here, it was my effort that got us on Instagram and Tumblr. All that said, I don’t think, in general—and now with social media being a little more firmly established as part of our distribution strategy—it would make much sense for us satirically or otherwise to be on the leading edge of a brand new social media platform. Our content works best when we are satirizing the output of other organizations, so it’s hard to poke fun or satirize when you’re the first to arrive on the scene.Folio: What works for the brand in terms of fostering virality? How do you facilitate that process and is there a set system?David: Our system isn’t quite so clearly defined. I think we’re blessed in having extremely high-quality content. People love our stories. They tend to use them as an expression of their own opinions, more so than other outlets. I feel when people share an Onion article they’re using it instead of their own voice to voice their opinion on a matter. So, I think that’s why our content is so intrinsically engaging and worthy of sharing.In terms of a system for virality, I would say that one of the only real levers that I have to pull is the same [one] that a lot of outlets are using right now and that’s ‘the tease.’ I don’t know how other people refer to it generally across the industry, but it’s something that we use, like a detail unanswered. Whether or not it’s directly a question that one poses that doesn’t reveal all the information of what the viewer is about to see—that is something that I can do to goose the performance of a particular piece of content. But, in terms of it actually going viral and really taking off, I wouldn’t say that we have a system so much [as] creating good content.Folio: For 2014, what is the most crucial media trend to keep an eye on?David: Well, within the past two years, The Onion has increasingly become more timely. We have not moved away from our classic area [of] content, but we have increasingly become more timely and looked to comment on the day-to-day news. That has caught us up a little bit, but we’re going to just continue in that direction. Not only parodying old media organizations, but parodying the BuzzFeeds and Upworthys of the world and dip our toes into a little bit more of that new media.We’re keeping our eyes on new media, new social media distribution, moving away from parodying old print products and moving increasingly towards new media and real-time reaction.If your brand’s looking to put media innovation to work, register now for FOLIO:’s MediaMashup Conference on April 3 in New York City. View the agenda at www.mediamashupshow.com. As social moves into phase two, media companies, especially pure-play digital content producers that made their names in the social sphere are now targeting strategies to grow reach while staying relevant and (ideally) going viral. Here, The Onion‘s Web producer Jordan David, who is also a noted speaker at Folio: and min‘s MediaMashup event on April 3 in New York City, breaks down the brand’s social distribution game-plan, why virality cannot be manufactured and his 2014 trend to watch.Folio: How has The Onion settled on the right mix of social media for your brand? Mainly, how do you decide which platforms are best for you to distribute content on?David: The Onion is blessed in that we were very early on Twitter and Facebook, particularly Twitter. Those being our most powerful platforms, that’s where we look to distribute on first. More on this topic 3 Questions with BuzzFeed’s Social Publisher David Spiegel What it Takes to Launch a Fake News Site Unified Scores $10 Million from Conde Nast Parent Advance Publications Folio: and min’s MediaMashup Conference Returns April 3 in NYC The New Influences on Content Startup StoriesJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

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Mending democracy call of the day

first_img.Electoral irregularities in, and grievances created out of, the recent 11th parliamentary elections shall not be repeated, noted academic Syed Manzoorul Islam says of the young people’s expectations in the country.In an OpEd piece published in Prothom Alo on Tuesday, the former Dhaka University professor insisted that the government should allow the youth to engage themselves in ‘repairing of the state’, a slogan taken from last year’s student movement for safe roads.Referring to youngsters’ resentment over the allegedly tainted election, he noted, “Failing to cast their votes, many youth raised questions on the social media — why were they not allowed to exercise their voting rights? Was the election fair?”The author went on to say: “The people’s frustrated voice over the election reverberated on newspaper pages, at tea stall hangouts and other discussions.”He acknowledged that the electoral field was not even for the opposition parties from the very beginning. “Who will take the liability?” he asked, dwelling on the ruling grand alliance’s allegation that the Jatiya Oikya Front failed to mobilise the people.Advocating youth’s active participation in the state activities, he, however, expressed his views that strengthening democracy along with development is possible only through youth engagement.Syed Manzoorul Islam is also of the opinion that mending the country’s flawed democracy should be the first and foremost duty of the government.In the article, the academic called for repairing different organs of the state.“Is our administration effective and pro-people? Can justice be delivered with equity on our court premises? Do the poor get justice? Do the rich and powerful get punishment? Does our education enlighten our society? Is our healthcare sector itself healthy? Is the influence of the people who looted banks, amassed huge resources by means of corruption or drug trafficking are waning or rather growing bigger?”The professor added, “The poor have hardly had any access to healthcare as good treatment requires huge sums of money. The young generation wants change in this system. They cherish their freedom of expression, right to think freely.”Manzoorul Islam still pins his hopes on the relatively younger ministers and state ministers who are inducted into the current cabinet for addressing the resentment of the country’s youth and repairing of democracy.“There are many young ministers in the cabinet. Repairing democracy would be easier should those young ministers win the heart of the youth,” he said.And, he cautioned, “Failing to correct our democracy will only frustrate our youth and they would be aggrieved.”Manzoorul Islam further said the country’s youth want good governance, access to services, transparency and accountability in running the state.He said the Digital Security Act should be repealed as ‘freedom of expression is a prerequisite for transparency.’Manzoorul urged the government to practice tolerance and take criticism easily. “The ruling party must practice tolerance in their act and deeds as democracy means tolerance,” he said.The author penned, “Mending democracy is a cooperative job. The young generation is ready to cooperate. The people will join in if the government and state take the initiative.”* This piece, originally published as an article in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in story format by Galib Ashraflast_img read more

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Symphony Synced

first_imgMusic will create magic at the hallowed walls of Purana Qila when several rock bands from SAARC region will perform at 8th edition of South Asian Bands Festival scheduled to be held from 7 – 9 November. The three-day music festival is presented by Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Seher. The festival will feature 14 popular rock bands from eight countries which are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Observer country – France and host India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Music has no boundaries. And with the same ideology this festival aims to bring Asia countries together. It also provides a rare opportunity for the Indian audience to enjoy and appreciate the music created across the subcontinent’, said Sanjeev Bhargava, Festival Director, South Asian Bands Festival.  Started in 2007, the festival has become one of Delhi’s most eagerly awaited cultural show and year after year people of all ages look forward to the best bands from the South Asian region to be showcased at the festival. Coming together of some of the most talented musicians on one platform at the magnificent Purana Qila is the best and truest representation of regional integration through culture. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis platform brings together the finest acts from the SAARC countries. This year the festival features performance by Alobo Naga and The Band (ANB) from Dimapur, Nagaland formed in 2010. They won the Best Indian Act at a European music awards ceremony in 2012.Pakistani singing sensation Zebunissa Bangash popularly known as Zeb, who recently made her foray into Bollywood with her hit tracks in films like Madras Café and Highway, and known for her Coke Studio fame is all set to mesmerise the audience through her rich and textured soundscapes and melodies yet again. The festival will also feature a band from France – ‘Success’ as a Guest Country Band, which is also the Observer to SAARC. The electro-rock band from France consists of vocalist YannChéhu, guitarists Julien Richer, Dan Voisin on the Electronic keyboard and drummer Joel Daventry, are known for their unique style of contemporary rock performance combined with traditional heavy metal, rock n’ roll and electro rock.Apart from them, the electronic-rock band Pentagram from Mumbai will also be performing.last_img read more

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Why Free Apps Can Be Time Wasters Not Productivity Boosters

first_img Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 4 min read When it comes to business apps, free doesn’t always mean best. And they’re not always easy or convenient, either.While cash-strapped entrepreneurs can be tempted by free online apps that promise to simplify any number of business functions, the reality is that many no-cost applications require as much effort as sophisticated enterprise software to set up and use profitably.Here are five tips for avoiding some of the biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to using low-cost online tools:1. Don’t rush into deploying a free app.Even if a business function can be automated with a free app, that doesn’t mean it should be. Seemingly basic apps such as Gmail or Zoho Documents require a significant amount of work to set up and deploy in an organized, effective way. A more complex, but free app such as Do.com, a task management program by San Francisco-based Salesforce, can be overwhelming if you don’t have time to manage it properly.Keep in mind that any tool adds another level of complexity to your company. So before rushing to use a new Web tool, wait until you face a recurring problem. Then invest in a solution that makes sense for your company — whether it’s free or low-cost.Related: Have an App? Google Has Analytics for That2. Know what you need.If you have a significant business problem to solve, resist the impulse to grab the first tool that claims to solve it. Online marketplaces such as GetApp, Google Marketplace and Downloads Marketplace for Microsoft Office are gatekeepers for thousands of business apps, but window shopping isn’t an effective way to pick business software. Think of these sites as the final stops before committing to business software — not the first.Before you choose an app, ask yourself: “Where does this specific app fit in my business?” Then, get a better understanding of your workflows and what you’re trying to accomplish. Several online diagramming tools can help you select the right kind of workflow solution, including Cacoo and Mockingbird.3. Understand that less is usually more.Don’t be reluctant to start with simple tools, including ones you may already be using. Can any of them do double duty? For example, shared spreadsheets from downloaded premade templates from Google Docs or Microsoft Office can be useful for keeping task and project lists.Also, remember that using multiple apps requires managing multiple passwords, user identities and administrator accounts, and perhaps worst of all, creates a serious hassle when it comes to migrating and uploading company and employee data.To keep things simple, use as many apps as you can in the same family of products to simplify and centralize management and the ways employees access them. Google Apps, Zoho and Microsoft Office all have grouped products. Choose a service that offers paid upgrades once your business outgrows the free version.Related: How Google’s ‘Content Experiments’ Can Simplify Website Testing4. Ease your team into using new apps.A tool is only as good as the people who use it. Don’t be too surprised if your employees resist using a new tool, especially if it seems to come out of nowhere. Even small changes to your employees’ routines can be disruptive and possibly stressful.Start using a new service with one project or one account and then get everyone’s feedback about how the system can work in your shop. If it’s a bust, you’ll know early and won’t face an office revolt.5. Find out the actual cost of “free” tools.No matter how little they cost, free tools never really cost nothing. Even if they don’t cost you money to use they do require one of your most valuable assets: time. Plan for how many hours you will need to invest in learning the new tool, so that you can spend the rest of your time most effectively. You’ll need to consider the time it will take to choose which app is right, to set it up, to train employees how to use it, handling administration and troubleshooting.To give you an idea, time managing tools such as Klok and Toggl can show what you and your employees invest in deploying new systems. If it looks like using a new app won’t be time-effective for your business then you might want to consider another option. Related: Want to Get Into the App Business? Try Buying One How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 11, 2012last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There are also question marks on how much of a role former Oakland Raider and Kansas City Chief Tyvon Branch will play for his new team as he hasn’t been a primary starter since 2012.But the impending new secondary might not be too much of a hindrance for the Cardinals, as Rosenthal notes, “they have the most projected wins in football by Football Outsiders, a campaign platform we can support.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Following a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game, the Arizona Cardinals were one of the best teams on both sides of the ball last season. But no team is perfect.NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal took a look at every NFC team and labeled each squad’s biggest weakness.Rosenthal noted the Cardinals “could have the most loaded roster in the NFL. They also have only one offensive tackle that has ever played an NFL game.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   That one offensive tackle is Jared Veldheer, with the rest of the offensive tackle group consisting of two rookies and four guys with one year under their belt, including 2015 first round pick D.J. Humphries. But Rosenthal thinks the Cardinals have a weakness that’s even more glaring.Justin Bethel, who excelled as a No. 4 cornerback and special teamer, now stands second on the team’s depth chart. He recently underwent foot surgery. Patrick Peterson is coming off ankle surgery, while Tyrann Mathieu is recovering from a torn ACL. Third-round pick Brandon Williams was seen as a project at cornerback after splitting time as a running back in college. Even though the Cardinals play a ton of safeties and Mathieu essentially plays cornerback, the Cardinals have a shocking lack of NFL-caliber cornerbacks on the roster. Don’t be surprised if they add a veteran or two.It’s hard to know how much of a toll the injuries will have on Bethel, Peterson and Mathieu going forward, but it’s easy to know the Cardinals’ secondary will look a lot different in 2016, as two primary starters are no longer on the roster. The Cardinals lost Rashad Johnson, who started 14 games and had five interceptions in 2015, to the Tennessee Titans. Jerraud Powers, who started 13 games and had one interception to go along with two fumble recoveries, is now with the Baltimore Ravens. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) makes a one-handed catch but has it called back on a penalty as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) defends during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Cobb left the game injured after the catch. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

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