Nairobi, Oct 14 (AFP) Seven top Kenyan officials will be slapped with corruption charges over the alleged misappropriation of over USD500,000 during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the public prosecutor said Saturday. In a statement, chief prosecutor Noordin Haji named former sports minister Hassan Wario and two-time Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino — who headed the Olympic committee — as among those to be charged. “During the Rio Olympics, the government set aside 544 million shillings (USD5.4 million, 4.6 million euros) to facilitate athletes’ participation in the Games,” read the statement. “Unfortunately part of the funds were mismanaged thus denying the athletes proper facilitation.” Graft is rife in Kenya, with millions of dollars of public funds going missing each year, and the country was left red-faced in 2016 over graft during its Olympic campaign which also saw athletes’ team uniforms stolen by officials. “The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sports men and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” said Haji. The seven suspects were given until Monday to turn themselves in, and will face six counts of abuse of office, and four counts of failing to comply with laws on the management of public funds. The charges cover embezzlement, the purchase of unauthorised air tickets, overpayment of allowances and expenditure on unauthorised persons, all to the amount of 55 million shillings. (AFP) SMNSMN
The Qld Junior State Cup will be held at Glasshouse from July 7-9. The divisions are boys and girls Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. Keep an eye on the Queensland website for all the nomination forms and conditions of entry. Touch SA has loads of big news this week…they are holding a level 1 coaching course throughout June/July. It’s a great opportunity to expand your basic knowledge and skills in coaching and to help those that you coach…if you’re interested check out all the info on www.touchsa.com.au Peter Topp is on annual leave until April 26th, in the interest of his email inbox please try to not send him too many emails, especially large ones, as he will be unable to answer them for several days. Touch SA’s best Open players battled it out over the weekend for the Mitchell Cup, with the Mariners taking both the Mens and Womens Open titles over the Rangers. For all the results and the SA Open Squads that were named following the competition, check out www.touchsa.com.au The 2006 NSW Affiliate Conference is being held this weekend, 22-23 April at the Bankstown Sports Club. To check out the program or for more information, visit the NSW Touch website. ACT Touch are looking for officials for their Under 18 National Championships sides, check out www.acttouch.com.au for more info. Keep tuned to the TFA website for a great story out of Touch SA….Game Development Officer Andy Crawford has just traveled Pitjantjatjara Lands (Pit Lands) in the North West of SA, for a week long development program. The Northern NSW Eagles and Hunter Western NSW Hornets are both holding upcoming annual general meetings. Check out the dates, times and venues at www.nswtouch.com.au The Sporting Images photographs from the 2006 NTL are up on www.sportingimages.com.au for viewing and purchase. Just go to the website and find the Touch section and scroll through the pictures. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a souvenir or perhaps a present for a family member, friend or coach. Touch Football Queensland have announced their sides for the 2006 State of Origin competition, check out www.qldtouch.com.au. Welcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, it’s the post Easter edition and after several days of bunking down with roast dinners and endless Easter eggs, we’re all back at work ready to go for another week…The Fox TV coverage on the National Touch League package has been well received, with countless compliments received in the office for the standard of the coverage, commentary and footage. Check out the TFA website later this week for a full story on the coverage. Touch SA are also running an Affiliate Training and Information day on Sunday August 27, from 10am-3pm. There is no cost to the affiliate and is open to all. The day will cover several different topics, for the full list check out the Touch SA website. The TFA tipping competition is heating up, with ‘Richo’ sitting on top of the NRL standings with ‘Smitya’ also on 29 points. Richo, if that’s you Glen Richardson Touch Football Queensland Development Officer, well…we’re after you. In the AFL competition ‘Mexican’ is holding a two point lead after round 3, but with their results going backwards each week a large group are on Mexican’s tail and next week’s tips look like they could provide some difficult choices. Dubbo is hosting the 2006 NSW Touch Country Championships on 27-28 May at Lady Cutler Reserve. For more information visit the NSW Touch website. In Victorian news, a chilly wind did nothing to discourage teams fighting for the prize money at the 2006 Victorian Country Knockout. For the full story, check out www.victouch.com.au Remember, if you have any info for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch please email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs tripby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is out of Manchester United’s squad for the trip to Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says Sanchez was one of nine players missing from the United squad that travelled to London by train on Saturday.The Chilean limped out of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading with a hamstring problem and doesn’t appear to have recovered in time.Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were also missing.One man that has travelled is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was initially a doubt for the fixture after picking up a knock against Reading.
Story Highlights The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex.With the conversion of the area, residents of Franklyn Town and its environs now have a space for recreational and social activities, and to enhance their health and wellness.The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds.The European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica provided $42 million for the project under the third phase of the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).An additional contribution of $4.4 million came from the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee.In expressing gratitude for the facility, Vice-President, Franklyn Town Community Development Committee, Donet Booth, said the transformed space will provide an area where persons can hone their sports skills and participate in social events.He informed that representatives from the public and private sectors have, so far, utilised the facility for sports activities.“This location has been around for many years. It has been a dust bowl, it has been an area where people just loiter and idle away… so this effort really did great for the community,” he said, during the official handover of the facility on July 7.He lauded the EU and JSIF for the valuable investment made in the community.Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.He noted that there is scope for further development, and urged the executives of the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee to seek assistance from the private sector in this regard.“I think that what is here today is a commitment that the community has in developing this space, and I think you should take this commitment far and wide to corporate Jamaica and let (them) know that this is a space (which can be shared),” he said.As part of the project, several community groups benefited from training in disaster preparedness and emergency management, including fire-prevention techniques, facilities management and operational procedures, and budget and financial planning.The organisations involved in the training included Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska said the rehabilitated area must be used to engage community members in a positive way.“Continue to do what you are doing. You are reaping good success,” she said in a message delivered by Project Manager, Operations Section, European Union, Marlene Lamonth.Councillor for the Vineyard Town Division, Andrew Swaby, urged the community members to protect the facility and keep it in excellent condition.The project implementation period lasted for approximately six months.The Poverty Reduction Programme supports a variety of activities aimed at helping citizens to uplift themselves and their communities.These include investments in the rehabilitation of police stations, community health centres, schools, roads, community centres, and water and sanitation projects. It also offers vocational and tertiary scholarships.For the past 20 years, JSIF has made significant strides with the successful implementation of several projects geared towards community renewal. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex. Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.
APTN National NewsThere aren’t a lot of Atikamek filmmakers, let alone award winning ones.But that all changed at Montreal’s Land Insights Aboriginal Film Festival.That’s where Therese Ottawa’s short documentary, the Red Path, has been winning accolades and praise.What makes this story unique is where Ottawa comes from.APTN’s Tom Fennario has that email@example.com
We liveblogged Sloan, we wrote about what it was like to be a woman at Sloan, and now we have video and audio proof that the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference happened. Here, in under 3 minutes, is what you missed at the world’s preeminent conference for people who love sports, data and every place they intersect:And here’s all the audio we recorded from the convention center:The State of Sports Analytics with Jonah Keri, Kirk Goldsberry, and Jody AvirganAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/jonah_kirk_jody-at-sloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Live From Sloan: Kid Stats GeeksAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/kidsatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Montage: Women at SloanAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/womenatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.How Bayern Munich Wins With DataAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_bayernanalytics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Live From Sloan: Houston Rockets GM Daryl MoreyAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/flowers_morey.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Live From Sloan: Dean Oliver Of The Sacramento KingsAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_deanoliver.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m.
Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) passes the ball during a game against James Madison on Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 73-56.Credit: Sam Hollingshead / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s basketball team missed back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, but the Buckeyes never relinquished their lead after Marc Loving connected from deep on their third possession.Loving — a sophomore forward — made another long ball less than three minutes later before the Buckeyes (5-0) opened up an 11-point lead just over five minutes into their 73-56 win against James Madison (4-2) on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU led by double digits for the final 34:57 of the contest.But despite the perpetual lead, the Buckeyes allowed the Dukes to move within 10 at the half and struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game after starting off 6-for-10 from 3-point range.Senior forward Sam Thompson said the Buckeyes have to be able to win, even when not shooting well, and proved they have that ability against the Dukes.“Sometimes you’ve gotta win like that,” Thompson said after the game. “You’re not gonna score 100 points every game, shoot 65 percent. We obviously don’t want to play like that, but … gotta find ways to win.”OSU shot just 41.3 percent from the field and missed its last eight 3-pointers while turning the ball over 15 times in the game.Coach Thad Matta said OSU lost energy at times in the game, and added that’s bound to happen from time to time.“I think every now and then you have a game like this, and just a little bit lackadaisical,” Matta said after the game. “And that was the biggest thing we talked about after the game, was just trusting the system and knowing that it works. And everybody has to do what they’re supposed to do.”After allowing the Dukes to inch closer at the end of the first half, the Buckeyes opened up an 18-point lead with 15:44 to play after freshman guard D’Angelo Russell found Thompson for an alley-oop.The dunk moved Thompson past the 700-point mark in his OSU career. His 13 points in the game give him 703 for his time in Columbus.Even though they were shooting just over 41 percent from the field with 9:17 to play, the Buckeyes held a 21-point lead. James Madison worked back to a 16-point deficit with four minutes to play.Despite pulling out to a 17-point lead in the first half, the Buckeyes were only up 37-27 at the break after James Madison closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 15-8 run.OSU finished the half shooting just 46.7 percent from the field. Loving didn’t score in the first half after his early 3-pointers, while Russell led all players with 10 points before the break.James Madison out-rebounded OSU, 19-18, in the first half and forced eight Buckeye turnovers.Thompson said the Buckeyes brought down their energy level after starting fast in the first half.“We got off to a hot start and then for whatever reason we really slowed ourselves down in that last probably 10-12 minutes of the first half,” he said. “And obviously take nothing away from (James Madison), but we thought we stopped attacking, stopped being aggressive on the offensive end.”On a day when his team had an up-and-down performance despite picking up a 17-point win, Matta said one player in particular — freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — brought a spark to the Buckeyes off the bench.“I’d give Jae’Sean Tate the game ball today, just with his energy and just the passion he played with, I thought he was tremendous,” Matta said. “That has to become contagious, we’ve gotta get other guys doing that.”Tate said he’s embraced the role of spark-plug for the Buckeyes five games into his collegiate career.“(I’m a) high-motor guy,” Tate said after the game. “I bring the juice, is what coach would say, and I just try to get us a little kick start when we need it.”Russell scored just four points in the second half but led the Buckeyes with 14 points in the game. Thompson’s 13 made him the only other OSU player to score in double figures. Senior guard Shannon Scott tallied a game-high six assists while senior center Amir Williams led all players with nine rebounds.James Madison junior guard Andre Nation scored a game-high 15 points while sophomore forward Yohanny Dalembert chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.OSU is scheduled to play its first road game of the season against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. Tip is set for 9:35 p.m.
Members of the OSU wrestling team pose for a photo following the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. The Buckeyes claimed the team national title for the 1st time in program history.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterST. LOUIS — The Ohio State wrestling team was busy during spring break, meaning coach Tom Ryan had to spend his time in Missouri instead of the Florida sun.But he probably doesn’t mind.The Buckeyes clinched their first-ever National Championship in St. Louis on Saturday, and also came away with two individual National Champions. Among the individual champions was redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who picked up his fourth and final national title for the Buckeyes.Ryan couldn’t stop smiling as time ran down before he could officially call his team National Champions, and he said he is relieved that the Buckeyes finished off their title run.“I feel great, proud, for an amazing institution and administration that supports the sport,” Ryan said. “1921 was the first year that Ohio State started wrestling, 94 years later we win our first National Championship.“I’m just so happy for all the coaches, the staff, all the people who are important to this team and Buckeye nation everywhere.”Many people didn’t expect the Buckeyes to have a chance to win it all, as Missouri entered the tournament undefeated and No. 1 in the country, but Ryan said he and his staff put the pieces in place to do so years in advance.“There was no question that we felt we had the right people to win a national championship, we felt that two years ago,” Ryan said.Leading the way for the wrestling Bucks was Stieber. His victory made him just the fourth wrestler to pick up a quartet of national titles.“I can’t thank my teammates, my coaches and my family enough,” Stieber said. “It’s been an unbelievable journey.“I’m extremely proud of my teammates,” Stieber added. “As an individual, to win is amazing. For the team, it’s something I dreamed of ever since I came to Ohio State.”Ryan explained how significant Stieber’s achievement was by saying “more people have been on the moon than have won four national titles.”Joining Stieber on the podium was Nathan Tomasello.The redshirt-freshman said he’s grown throughout his first competitive collegiate season.“It’s just a great learning experience and journey throughout the year,” Tomasello said. “I grew so much and I have great coaches and great throw partners, who love to compete and love the sport of wrestling, every single day. I am just truly thankful everyone that supported me and just truly excited to be here.”The 125-pound Big Ten and National Champion said he is grateful for accomplishing a goal he’s had since before his OSU career began.“It’s been a dream and a goal of mine for many years. Now as a freshman and putting in the time every single day makes it worth it,” Tomasello said. “And just going through the grind of the season and just, this is where you can let yourself fly and see who’s the best. At this tournament, I feel like I peaked at the right time and was wrestling at my best through the Big Ten and then here.”Ryan said Tomasello is a class act and added that he isn’t surprised at the amount of success he’s had.“Nathan represents everything good in the world, Ryan said. “He’s a straight-A student guy. He says what he means and he does what he says and he’s a tremendous worker.”Along with its first national title, the program now has three Big Ten team titles. The Buckeyes finished with five All-Americans this year, which brings the program’s total to 87.Now that the title has been wrapped up, Ryan still has time to enjoy his turn in the Sunshine State. After that trip to Florida with his family, Ryan said he will be right back getting his team ready for next year.“The recruiting and developing young guys is constant,” Ryan said. “I’m going to Florida first and then getting ready for next season starts.”
Serbian striker Luka Jovic wants to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt, despite rumoured interest from Barcelona and Bayern MunichThe Benfica loanee is tied with Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer on 10 goals this season.Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner has already made it clear he intends to sign Jovic permanently this summer for a rumoured fee in the region of €10-12m.But reports in the German media have suggested that Barcelona and Bayern are interested in making their own moves for the highly-rated Jovic.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although the 20-year-old insists his sole focus lies with Frankfurt.“We, the players, shouldn’t think about that. The management at the club will decide that. As for me, I’d like to stay with Eintracht,” Jovic told Bild.“It’s nice that such big clubs are thinking about someone like me. But I keep both feet on the ground and only think about the next game.”Frankfurt, who are fifth in the Bundesliga table, will host Bayer Leverkusen in a league match on Sunday at 18:00 (CET).
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic feels his side played well enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Camp Nou, despite the game ending in a stalemate.The 2-2 draw against Marcelino’s men ended the club’s eight-game winning streak in the League and could only stretch their lead to six points above Atletico Madrid.Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points.⌛️FULL-TIME: There’s the whistle! Leo Messi scores twice as Barça battle back from 2-0, first-half deficit to earn a tie!FT: Barça 2 – 2 Valencia⚽️ #Messi 39′ (p.), 64′ / Gameiro 24′ , Parejo 32′ (p.)🔵🔴 #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/GyuzSYUOmC— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019“We surely deserved to win. We played a much better game than Valencia. He revealed in a quote cited on Football Espana.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.“But in the end, we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter-attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla.”Atletico Madrid will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points when they face Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid could also be in the mix for the title if they maintain a winning form for the rest of the campaign.Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie.🗣 @ivanrakitic 🗣 Ernesto Valverde⚽️ #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/CGE4z49wqy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019
Krull hopes to create into a local beer and wine bar mixed with a restaurant to open by summer of 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska railcar 602, has been transformed into a new coffee house in Soldotna. “Brew@602” has partnered with Steam Dot Coffee Roasters in Anchorage. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Brew@602-update.mp3VmJennifer-on-Brew@602-update.mp300:00RPd Photos courtesy of: Brew@602 on Instagram Railcar 602 is an out of service Alaska Railroad car that Soldotna resident Mary Krull purchased from a private seller in Homer, the grand opening will take place on December 28. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brew602/ Brew@602 will open daily from 7-5 (Sun 8-5) starting on Thursday, December 28th. Brew@602 sits at the top of the hill on Kleeb Loop Road, in Soldotna. Krull: “It’s a double decker. What we have done is added some fix tables, but we maintained the walk over seats that were common in commuter cars. Most of the seats move, and its a unique feature of this rail car.” The coffee car is just the first business to open on ‘Whistle Hill’. A second car, named Addie Camp, was built in 1913 and was shipped from South Dakota where it was taken out of service in 2008.
Map of Papua New Guinea locating the Buimo jail, where at least 17 people were killed after a mass breakout, reports said Monday. AFPSeventeen prisoners have been shot dead after a mass breakout at a jail in Papua New Guinea, police said Monday, with 57 still on the run.Inmates from the Buimo jail in the Pacific nation’s second largest city of Lae made a dash for freedom after breaking out of their compound on Friday, with prison warders opening fire.The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary said in a statement 17 were killed, three were caught and 57 were still at large.”These are undesirable people and will be a threat to the community,” Lae police metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said of the escapees, warning the public to be vigilant.”The majority of those who escaped were arrested for serious crimes and were in custody awaiting trial.”A good number were arrested by police last year for mainly armed robberies, car thefts, break and enter and stealing.”Police shot dead 12 inmates during a jailbreak at the same prison last year. In 2015 more than 50 prisoners escaped from the same facility.Jails in PNG are often overcrowded and conditions are poor.Wagambie said locals in Lae should brace for a spate of crime.”We experienced an upsurge of criminal activities when Buimo jail reported a mass breakout last year,” he said, urging family members and associates of the escapees not to harbour them.”I am warning them that they will be caught. They must do what is good for them and surrender.”Crime and lawlessness is rampant in PNG, a sprawling nation where many still live traditional and subsistence lives in remote areas.
Smoke rising above the city of Deraa as it’s being bombarded, Syria on 26 June in this still image taken from video. Photo: ReutersSyria’s army launched an assault on the flashpoint southern city of Daraa Tuesday, state media said, after a week of deadly bombardment on the nearby countryside caused mass displacement.Government forces have set their sights on retaking the south of the country, a strategic area that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.The escalation against rebels in the past week is the latest in a Russian-backed campaign to retake territory lost since the start of the Syria’s war in 2011.For a week, regime forces have ramped up their bombardment of countryside areas in the southern province of Daraa, which the United Nations says has forced 45,000 people to flee.But on Tuesday, state media said the army was launching an “operation” on the provincial capital itself, known widely as the cradle of Syria’s seven-year uprising.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said it was the first ground operation inside the city since the escalation began.“Regime forces targeted the city of Daraa with more than 15 surface-to-surface missiles, and Russian and Syrian air strikes continue,” the Observatory said.An AFP correspondent on the southern edge of Daraa city said he could see large columns of smoke along the city’s skyline and two airplanes circling above amid the steady boom of air strikes and shelling.State television reported: “Syria’s army is carrying out targeted air strikes against terrorist positions and fortifications in Daraa.”Government news agency SANA said the strikes were a prelude “before military units advance into the south-eastern quarter of the city.”Rebel groups mainly hold the southern half of the city while loyalists control the north.‘Unparalleled destruction’Syria’s army is pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy against rebels in the south, aiming to chop up the horseshoe-shaped territory that the opposition holds.“The regime is seeking to take control of a military base south of the city, which will allow it to cut the route between Daraa city and the Jordanian border, as well as further divide the rebel areas,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, as clashes around the base continued.Overnight, regime forces had recaptured two villages in the east of Daraa province, which allowed them to cut off a rebel pocket, the monitor said.A military source cited by state media said the army had seized both Basr al-Harir and Mlehat al-Atash.Troops then arrived on the edges of the nearby town of Al-Herak, SANA said.Air strikes and barrel bombs on Tuesday caused “unparallelled destruction across the town and to its infrastructure”, 48-year-old resident Khaleel al-Hariri told AFP.Al-Herak’s hospital had already been put out of service several days ago by bombardment.Raids on Tuesday also killed a rescue worker in the town of Basr al-Harir, the White Helmets rescue service said.The UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) in Syria said at least 45,000 people had fled fighting in the area in recent days.Syrians fleeDisplaced families on Tuesday could be seen streaming out of rebel-held areas in trucks piled high with mattresses, furniture, and blankets.In the distance, air strikes left massive brown-grey clouds of smoke hanging above agricultural fields.Rebels hold most of Daraa and the adjacent province of Quneitra, while the government holds a majority of Sweida to the east.The army began an intense bombardment of Daraa’s eastern countryside last week, then started striking the rebel half of Daraa city.On Tuesday, regime forces expanded the offensive even further.“Russian and Syrian air strikes began hitting opposition positions in Daraa’s western countryside near the Golan Heights, for the first time in a year,” said Abdel Rahman, killing six civilians.The regime bombardment has killed 38 civilians in a week, while 29 rebels and 24 pro-government fighters have been killed so far.The United Nations had previously warned that fighting was putting 750,000 people in rebel-held areas of the south in harm’s way.More than five million people have fled abroad since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Another six million are displaced inside the country.Jordan has said it could not absorb a new wave of refugees and its border with Syria would remain closed.Amman has a “duty” to protect refugees; Amnesty International said while telling the Jordanian government it “must open its border to those fleeing Syria”.Front lines had been relatively quiet for nearly a year under a “de-escalation” deal agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan in July 2017.To avoid a bloody onslaught, Russia is leading talks with Syria, Jordan, Israel and the United States to reach a negotiated settlement.
TxDOT also recommends that parents and guardians instruct children to: Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and left again before proceeding. Never attempt to cross a multi-lane highway. Always walk on sidewalks, whenever they’re available. Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Never assume a driver sees you.Always obey crossing guards.Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.When walking, don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.AAA also recommends that drivers be particularly alert in the afternoon. Between 2000 and 2010, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities nationwide occurred between 3 and 7 p.m. according to AAA.Texas Department of TransportationThe Texas Department of Transportation recommends that parents and guardians teach their children to always obey crossing guards. Share Texas Department of TransportationThe Texas Department of Transportation recommends drivers be particularly alert when driving in school zones, especially when the school year has begun.Half of the school districts in Harris County have already started the 2019-20 school year. And with many more children walking in school zones and surrounding areas, drivers need to be alert. In 2017, 811 vehicle crashes occurred in school zones in Texas, resulting in two deaths and 30 serious injuries, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Below are 15 tips from TxDOT for driving and walking safely in school zones.Remain alert at all times.Put away your cell phone. Cell phone use is banned in active school zones and violators face fines of up to $200 where signs are posted.Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Traffic fines usually double in school zones.Drop off and pick up children in the school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.Obey all traffic rules, signs and signals.Stay away from alcohol and/or drugs, including prescribed and over-the-counter medication which may impair driving.This TxDOT video summarizes the tips for drivers, parents and students:Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/15132558/short-video-hd-1.mp400:0000:0000:59Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
With major construction on the Purple Line expansion of Washington D.C.’s Metro system scheduled to start late this year, the Maryland Transit Administration is facing criticism from one community along the 16-mile route.Rendering: Purple Line train, Riverdale Park Station, Maryland. (Maryland Transit Administration)According to The Washington Post, Prince George’s County, Md. residents are urging MTA to change the design for the Riverdale Park station, particularly plans for a 26-foot-high wall on top of which the light rail station platform will sit.Residents have nicknamed the structure the “Trump wall,” and believe the structure would block businesses from being seen from the road. According to Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA, plans for the wall came after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made changes to the Purple Line design. “Retained fill walls” at Riverdale Station were among the changes made to cut costs, according to Governor Larry Hogan’s office, but the height of the structure wasn’t listed.The 16.2-mile light rail route connecting Montgomery County and Prince George’s County is expected to begin service in 2022.
© 2015 Phys.org Do micro-organisms explain features on comets? Kee noted that we are able in any realistic sense to detect only life forms that have a terrestrial-based biochemistry, so we would probably bet on bodies that have liquid water and some form of geological free energy source. He puts his hopes on space probes looking at out-of-equilibrium gas distributions in exo-planetary atmospheres. However, any potential findings revealed by these probes would be only an indication, without the capability to definitively determine the existence of alien lifeforms.We could also turn to meteorites in the ongoing search for E.T. and hope that these rocks came from a parent body that may have harbored life. If we’re lucky, relics of life are contained within that sample and have not been destroyed. Kee surprisingly admits that luck is really the key condition here.”As most of these relics are likely to have been fossilized in some way, we would need to cash in on some more luck so that we can demonstrate sufficient differences between such relics and potential abiotic mechanisms of formation on earth—chemical compositional differences, isotopic ratio’s mineral morphologies or, most valuable perhaps, presence of specific molecules which could only be produced by biogenic processes, etcetera,” he said.The biggest challenge is to clearly identify if the life forms existed on the studied meteorites a long time prior to re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Before that is established, any new finding would be just a potential signature of extraterrestrial life. For example, in 2011, Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, claimed he had found the remains of living organisms from a parent celestial body in a rare class of meteorites, called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites.”The complex filaments found embedded in the CI1 carbonaceous meteorites represent the remains of indigenous microfossils of cyanobacteria,” Hoover claimed.His team used Environmental (ESEM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) to analyze the meteorite samples, studying internal surfaces. For comparison, Hoover compared the samples to those of terrestrial minerals and biological materials.Hoover’s claims sparked controversy and NASA distanced from his conclusions, pointing out his lack of expert peer reviews. The findings were soon debunked after publication.More recently, two scientists suggested that the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is studied by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, hosts microbial alien life. The University of Buckingham’s Chandra Wickramasinghe and his colleague, Max Wallis of the University of Cardiff, insist that the characteristic features on the comet, including a black, carbon-containing crust and underlying ice; large, smooth ‘seas’; flat-bottomed craters and a surface peppered with mega-boulders, might only be explained by the presence of life.But the last week’s claims also sparked skepticism among other scientists specializing in the search for extraterrestrial life, debunking the newly presented hypothesis. The researchers rejecting the new findings emphasize that complex organics are generated in many places in the solar system through photochemistry and this is evidence for anything other than abiotic chemistry.So far, we haven’t found any convincing proof of alien life embedded in meteorites. However, Kee, undeterred by the long-lasting search and continuous skepticism, is looking to the future with hope.”In order to receive Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket of Astrobiology, we would need to be ready to search as many meteorites as we can get hold of, which we already do. Overall, I reckon we would need to be lucky. But hey, many people have won the lottery. The trick is to keep buying the tickets,” Kee concluded. Explore further (Phys.org)—As we become more advanced in astronomy, continuously searching and finding lots of potentially habitable extrasolar planets that could harbor alien life, it seems that it’s not a matter of if but when we will find extraterrestrial organisms. However, the real tough problem here is: How we could determine if the alien life has really been found? “The question is not so much ‘when will we find extraterrestrial life?’ But ‘when will we know we have found extraterrestrial life?'” Terence Kee, the President of the Astrobiology Society of Britain told Phys.org. “My feeling is that we may indeed find signs of life in a few decades, but whether we will be unambiguously able to identify it as ‘extraterrestrial life’ – as opposed to terrestrial contamination or abiotic far-from-equilibrium processes – in such a short time-frame, I’m not so sure.” This is the “South Pillar” region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula. Like cracking open a watermelon and finding its seeds, the infrared telescope “busted open” this murky cloud to reveal star embryos tucked inside finger-like pillars of thick dust. Credit: NASA Citation: When will we know we have found extraterrestrial life? 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Mutual fund managers pumped in over Rs 40,000 crore in debt markets during April-May this fiscal primarily on account of improved business sentiments.This follows a fund infusion of nearly Rs 6 lakh crore in debt market in the last financial year. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), fund managers invested net sum of Rs 17,389 crore in May and Rs 22,650 crore in April, taking the total amount to Rs 40,039 crore in the ongoing financial year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashIn comparison, mutual funds invested a net amount of Rs 13,420 crore in equities during the first two months of 2015-16. “After a spectacular past fiscal, we are upbeat about overall inflows in equities and debt markets for the current financial year (2015-16) as well,” an industry expert said.This inflow has helped the mutual fund industry to reach around Rs 12 lakh crore mark in assets under management (AUM) by May-end.
Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain TV service continued to grow during the first half of the year, ending June with 1.83 million subscribers, an increase of over half a million in a year. Of that total figure, 239,000 took the Entertain via Sat DTH service that launched in September 2011. The telco said revenue from TV services increased 29.6% year-on-year.DT’s share of the German broadband market stood at 45% in the first six months of the year. The number of broadband lines increased by 149,000 to 12.4 million.
The BBC is launching a new red button connected TV service.The UK public broadcaster’s Connected Red Button service will launch initially on cable operator Virgin Media’s TiVo service before rolling out to other internet-connected TVs over the coming months.The service will enable users to watch programmes from BBC children’s channels, BBC Three and BBC Four at anytime, even if the channel is off-air. Users will also be able to catch up on previous episodes from other channels and access additional sports streams, clips and content from various events. News and weather headlines and clips will also be available.Daniel Danker, general manager, BBC programmes and on-demand, said, “With today’s launch of BBC Connected Red Button, the BBC is seamlessly bringing the internet together with live TV, while making the technology completely invisible. This is red button reinvented, and the beginning of the exciting future of television.”Cindy Rose, Virgin Media executive director of digital entertainment, said, “The BBC understands as passionately as we do how important connected television is for home entertainment. We’re delighted the BBC is working with us to launch another milestone in interactive services. Our commitment to this partnership of innovation means Virgin Media TiVo customers are the first to experience the latest interactive services at the press of a button.”