Punjab CM Amarinder Singh directs ministers to draw action plan

first_imgWith his government completing its half-term, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday directed his ministers to formulate a comprehensive action plan for their respective departments and engage more closely with legislators to give further impetus to the development work in their regions. The Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers discussed the progress made by the government over the past 30 months and the way forward as they geared up to take the State’s development plans forward, an official statement said here. Mr. Singh expressed satisfaction over the work done so far by all the departments, despite the severe financial crunch faced by his government as a result of the gross mismanagement of the State by the SAD-BJP coalition in the 10 years of their rule. Terming the half-way mark of his government as “an occasion to stop and review the work of the past and to draw out a detailed strategy for the second half”, he underlined the need to go forward with focussed action plan. He asked the ministers to work closely with the MLAs in their respective areas to get their inputs and feedback on a regular basis. Mr. Singh directed them to pay special attention to the development work identified or initiated by the MLAs in their constituencies. He said it was important to look at the future strategy from both political and administrative viewpoints. “Politically, we need to identify how to engage better with the people, take our achievements to them and prioritise their issues that need urgent attention,” Mr. Singh stressed. Underpinning the administrative aspect of the government’s role, he urged the ministers to review their work of the past 30 months from the perspective of the progress made with respect to implementation of the poll promises and the manifesto announcements. In this context, he asked them to take particular note of the performance on the flagship government of India programmes and the new legislations or policies of the government. Restructuring of the departments and recruitment of critical manpower for smooth and timely execution of policies and projects were identified by the Chief Minister as a crucial focus area for all the ministers, as the government prepared to move forward even more pro-actively and aggressively towards the development of the State. He was of the view that every department should check and review its achievements holistically with a focus on issues that had not been addressed very effectively so far or were yet to be taken up by the government. Mr. Singh emphasised on the importance of ensuring that the aspirations of the people, who continue to have high hopes from the government, are fulfilled completely. He said while every member of the government had shown exemplary performance in these 30 months, it was time now to scale up the levels even further. While 140 of the 161 announcements of the government had been implemented already, the remaining were also in the process of execution, he said. Mr. Singh called for concerted measures to bring Punjab back on the track as India’s leading State in terms of overall development and across the key indices of health, education, industrialisation, agriculture and law and order. While considerable progress had been made on every count, his government was committed to ensuring the highest levels of all-round development for the State and every section of its people, the Chief Minister said.last_img read more

GALLERY: Horn beats Pacquiao in ‘Battle of Brisbane’

first_imgManny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winJeff Horn, right, of Australia watches Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines falls on the mat during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)READ: Deja vu as Horn pulls off a Bradley on PacquiaoADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people.(AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)READ: Pacquiao ‘definitely’ open to Horn rematchJeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)READ: Bradley Trainer blasts Horn winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsManny Pacquiao of the Philippines reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win: Pacquiao ‘robbed’Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines waves at his supporters after he lost against Jeff Horn of Australia, not shown, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sun. 2 July, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard) Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pacquiao ‘definitely’ open to Horn rematch What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

Ranji Trophy, Day 2 wrap: Karnataka lead swells to 302 vs Rajasthan

first_imgKarnataka scored 78 against Rajasthan in their second innings, swelling their lead to 302 runs, on Day Two of the Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match at the PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex in Vizianagaram on Monday.Openers Ravikumar Samarth (46) and Lokesh Rahul (32), who was sidelined from the Indian Test squad due to an injury, were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.Resuming the day at 345/6, Karnataka batsmen could not add much to the score as Rajasthan Tanvir Mashart ul-Haq took fifer to wrap up the proceedings. Pankaj Singh and Salman Khan contributed with two wickets each.In reply, Rajasthan were all out for 148 as pacers Vinay Kumar and S. Aravind took four wickets each.Vidarbha scored 141/1 against Maharashtra In other matches across the country, Vidarbha scored 141/1 in their second innings, trailing by 132 runs against Maharashtra on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match at the Eden Gardens at Kolkata.Faiz Fazal and Ganesh Satish of Vidarbha were at the crease when the umpires called off the day’s proceedings.Tamil Nadu scored 60/1 against BengalIn Rajkot, Tamil Nadu scored 60/1, trailing by 277 runs in their second innings against Bengal in Group A Ranji trophy match at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground.Abhinav Mukund (19) and Kaushik Gandhi (25) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.Resuming the day at 190/3, Bengal posted 377 as Krishnamoorthy Vignesh scalped four wickets while Aushik Srinivas took three wickets.Jammu and Kashmir scored 84/1 against HaryanaIn Cuttack, Jammu and Kashmir scored 84/1 in their first innings, trailing by 418 runs against Haryana in Group C match at the Barabati Stadium.advertisementShubham Khajuria (48) and Pranav Gupta (25) were at the crease at the end of day’s play.Resuming the day at 295/5, overnight batsman Rajat Paliwal (194) scored a brilliant century to put Haryana in commanding position. lower-order batsman Sanjay Pahal contributed with a crucial 59-runs.For Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Ghulam Rasool Zargar took three wickets while Samiullah Beigh and Aamir Aziz took two wickets each.Goa scored 96/3, bowling out Kerala at 342 runsIn Mumbai, Goa scored 96/3 after bowling out Kerala at 342 runs in their first innings of the Group C Ranji Trophy match at the Brabourne Stadium.Sagun Kamat (21) and Darshan Misal (1) were holding the fort when umpires called off the day’s play.Mumbai scored 51/2 against Uttar PradeshIn Mysore, Mumbai scored 51/2 in their second innings, taking their lead to 59-runs against Uttar Pradesh on the second day of the Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground.Akhil Herwadkar (15) and Shreyas Iyer (3) were batting when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.Resuming the day at 22/1, Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 225 as Tushar Deshpande scalped three wickets while Abhishek Nayar, Vishal Dabholkar and Aditya Dhumal took two wickets each.last_img read more

Teledyne LeCroy: WaveSurfer 3000z oscilloscopes with bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz

first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron: secure wireless and network router for airlines and business jet operatorsNext Cadence: Virtuoso Platform with advanced node support down to 5nm Teledyne LeCroy announced the WaveSurfer 3000z oscilloscopes, which expand the existing WaveSurfer 3000 bandwidth range above and below that of earlier models, while also bolstering functionality for power-electronics testing. In addition, the new models provide more processing power and memory. All WaveSurfer 3000z oscilloscopes feature a large 10.1” capacitive touch screen, a vast set of debug and analysis tools, multi-instrument capabilities, feature/option upgrades, and support for a wider probe range. The WaveSurfer 3000z comes in five models with bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz and sample rates up to 4 GS/s.The WaveSurfer 3000z adds a 100-MHz version that brings the powerful features of the WaveSurfer 3000 to an entry-level price, and a highly affordable, yet equally feature-loaded 1-GHz model. The 100-MHz version addresses the requirements of general-purpose debugging and validation tasks, while the 1-GHz model serves users looking for the bandwidth to tackle sophisticated applications such as high-speed serial communications test and RF signal analysis.The WaveSurfer 3000z combines an entirely new CPU engine, an improved internal-communications bus, and up to 20 Mpoints of acquisition memory, twice that of the WaveSurfer 3000, to facilitate rapid and responsive oscilloscope operation. Meanwhile, the 10.1” capacitive touch screen combines with Teledyne LeCroy’s MAUI user interface to give users a better look at waveforms and deeper insight into signal abnormalities. Now available for the WaveSurfer 3000z, the Power Analysis software package performs detailed analysis of line power, control loops, and system/device power performance. The WaveSurfer 3000z’s fast display update rate of 130,000 waveforms/s makes it easy to identify anomalies during power analysis.To augment the Power Analysis software package, the WaveSurfer 3000z offers an advanced active-probe interface that supports Teledyne LeCroy’s power-focused HVFO103 high-voltage, fiber optically-isolated probe, RP4030 power-rail probe, CP03xA current probe, and HVD3000/3000A high-voltage differential probes.Together, the Power Analysis software, specialized probes, and the balance of Teledyne LeCroy’s large selection of probes give the WaveSurfer 3000z all of the required resources for debugging and validation of power electronics and power-conversion circuits.With analysis features such as History mode for waveform playback, extensive triggering capabilities, and WaveScan advanced search and find, the WaveSurfer 3000z delivers fast and thorough detection and isolation of signal anomalies. It also packs a deep measure and math toolset of 20 math functions for quick waveform insight and 24 automated parameter measurements. A dedicated grid eases viewing of math traces, while statistics, histicons, and trends extract revealing details from parameter measurements. The LabNotebook feature saves and/or restores oscilloscope setups and waveforms with the touch of a single button, and provides a handy tool for annotation and documentation of your work sessions.Adding to the comprehensive toolset inherited from earlier models, the WaveSurfer 3000z includes LXI-based web browsing to facilitate remote configuration and operation. In the event of AC-line disconnection, a new “power on AC line” feature restores power by simply reattaching the cord. The already broad palette of optional serial trigger/decode packages now adds an Audiobus trigger/decode package, which performs analysis and debug of the digital audio-bus standard in its I2S, LJ, RJ, and TDM variants.Not only is the WaveSurfer 3000z an extremely capable oscilloscope, but it also can serve as a 5-in-1 instrument. The function-generator option offers a standard collection of waveforms at up to 25 MHz, while the logic-analyzer option provides 16 digital channels for mixed-signal capabilities. A digital-voltmeter option performs 4-digit voltage measurements and 5-digit frequency counting on any channel, and the protocol-analyzer option with serial trigger/decode features intuitive, color-coded waveform overlays and interactive data tables.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar, Middlesex to launch academy in Mumbai and London

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is set to launch a cricket academy for budding male and female cricketers in Mumbai and London.The retired batting great has joined forces with Middlesex Cricket to set up “Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy” (TMGA).The academy will provide training for children between the ages of nine and 14 through a curriculum developed by the coaches at the county and Tendulkar, who is the world’s leading run-scorer in both tests and one-day internationals.”I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture,” Tendulkar, who retired in 2013 with more than 34,000 international runs to his name, said in a statement.”The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future.”Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students.”Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood will host the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy’s first cricket camp from August 6-9.Richard Goatley, CEO, Middlesex Cricket said, “It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world.””Our established academy programme, twinned with the unique insight, knowledge and ability of the most successful cricketer of all time will provide kids with a unique experience that they will never forget.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 to be launched today: Expected price, specifications and more

first_imgSamsung has turned over a new leaf in 2019 with the Galaxy M series smartphones as well as the new Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy M series has garnered positive reviews so far and Samsung wants to continue on the positive note with its new A series of premium midrange smartphones. At the MWC 2019, Samsung has already unveiled the new Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. However, rumours claim there’s another cheaper model called the Galaxy A10.As seen from the MWC 2019 demo, the new Galaxy A series brings some of the style quotient of the flagship S series while keeping an eye on the budget. The existing models in the Galaxy series offer something known as the Glasstic body that brings a new glossy finish. The A series models are also expected to gain a new gradient finish previously seen on the Galaxy S10.Samsung is expected to price the new Galaxy A models competitively. Samsung Netherlands will be selling the A50 for approximately Rs 28,000, which could put it up against the Vivo V15 Pro.The Samsung Galaxy A50 focuses primarily on premium camera features, a long-lasting and fast-charging battery and an Infinity-U display. The Galaxy A50 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. The display also houses an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The A50 is made of what Samsung calls a “3D Glasstic” material, which is essentially a highly polished plastic material with premium glass-like glossy surface and gradients.The Galaxy A50 is powered by a new Exynos 9610 chipset with four 2.3GHz performance cores and four 1.7GHz power-efficient cores. The A50 will come in two variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.advertisementThe Galaxy A50 has a triple camera setup – 25-megapixel primary sensor with F1.7 lens + 5-megapixel F2.2 depth sensor + 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. The front-facing camera also gets a 25-megapixel sensor, but with F2.0 aperture. A 4000mAh battery keeps the handset alive.The Galaxy A30 is a toned down version of the A50. Instead of the Exynos 9610, the A30 uses the older Exynos 7885 with two Cortex-A73 cores and six Cortex-A53 cores. Instead of the triple camera setup at the rear, the Galaxy A30 gets a dual 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel wide-angle setup, the second having a wide-angle lens. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera with a brighter aperture.The Galaxy A30 will come with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. The Galaxy A30 also ditches the in-screen fingerprint sensor and goes for a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.As for the pricing, Samsung is expected to price the new Galaxy A series competitively. The Galaxy A10 could be priced less than Rs 15,000 while the Galaxy A30 could get a price under Rs 20,000. The Galaxy A50 could be priced somewhere under Rs 30,000.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 quick review: Take note because Super AMOLED display and 3 rear cameras at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 launched in India: Triple cameras and Super AMOLED display at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A30, A50 quick review: Affordable mid-range phones that feel premiumlast_img read more

Report: Stoke 3 West Brom 1

first_imgStoke City 3 West Brom 1: Scrappy win eases pressure on Hughes Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:58 12/24/17 Stoke - cropped Getty Images Stoke City secured a valuable three points against fellow Premier League strugglers West Brom, with Joe Allen proving key. Stoke City survived some nervy moments as they eased the pressure on manager Mark Hughes with a 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers West Brom at the bet365 Stadium.After a run of one win in eight Premier League matches and three successive losses, another defeat on Saturday would have seen Stoke spend Christmas Day in the bottom three.Hughes played down the severity of the Potters’ circumstances in his pre-match news conference but will no doubt be relieved to have seen his team get back to winning ways, while Alan Pardew’s search for a first success at the West Brom helm continues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Joe Allen struck the opener in the 19th minute and laid on Stoke’s second in first-half stoppage time for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting after some tenacious work on the right wing – the first time the Wales international has scored and assisted a goal in the same Premier League match.1 – Joe Allen has both scored and assisted a goal in the same Premier League game for the first time in his career. Catalyst. pic.twitter.com/9k3QmOgSPr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017Guilty of spurning two quality chances in the opening period, Salomon Rondon partially atoned for those misses by halving the deficit early in the second half.However, West Brom were unable to convert subsequent pressure into an equaliser and their club-record winless run now stands at 17 league matches, with an injury-time strike from substitute Ramadan Sobhi rubbing salt in their wounds.The Baggies were dealt a further blow with Nacer Chadli – who only came on for James McClean at half-time – hobbling off just 16 minutes into his return from a six-week injury lay-off.West Brom had lost in just one of their last seven visits to Stoke and that record appeared to give them the confidence to push forward in the early exchanges.Jack Butland remained largely untested, though, and Allen punished the visitors when he turned Peter Crouch’s volleyed cross into the back of the net.Rondon had a glorious chance to equalise in the 30th minute when Kurt Zouma inadvertently flicked the ball to the striker, who was standing in an offside position in the box. After letting it roll across his body, the Venezuelan showed a lack of composure with a poor shot that flew over.Butland did superbly to get down to his left and push a curling shot from Rondon around the post two minutes before half-time, and West Brom conceded again soon after.This time Allen was the provider, pouncing on some dreadful defending from Gareth Barry and releasing Choupo-Moting, who rounded Ben Foster and found a gap between Allan Nyom and Ahmed Hegazi to double Stoke’s lead.West Brom pulled one back within six minutes of the restart. Chris Brunt’s long ball over the defence was latched on to by Rondon and he exploited some lax marking from Ryan Shawcross to finish beneath the onrushing Butland.Choupo-Moting headed Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick delivery from the right narrowly over, before Chadli sustained a muscular injury that forced him off in the 61st minute.West Brom pushed for an equaliser as the tension among the home fans rose, Jonny Evans seeing a pair of shots blocked before a stumbling Jay Rodriguez failed to stab Barry’s pass beyond Butland.to go…City holding on.(2-1) #SCFC pic.twitter.com/g4j4GzX0uu— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 23, 2017The Stoke goalkeeper raced off his line and made a crucial interception to deny Rondon with three minutes remaining, the striker’s claim Butland used his arm outside the box going ignored by referee Neil Swarbrick.There were heart-in-mouth moments for Stoke when Butland stopped Tom Edwards scoring an own goal with a crucial block, before the keeper’s punch from Jonny Evans’ header bounced off Rondon and missed the target.But the Potters clinched the victory in stoppage time when Choupo-Moting led a counter-attack and squared for Ramadan to ensure West Brom’s wait for a win goes on. Key Opta Facts:- West Brom are the first Premier League team to go 17 or more games without a win since Aston Villa (19) in January 2016.- Stoke bagged three goals in a Premier League game for the first time since beating Hull City 3-1 in April.- Salomon Rondon has scored in all three of his Premier League away games against Stoke City. read morelast_img read more

Nabbout: It’s tough for Victory youth

first_imgA-League Nabbout: It’s tough for young players to break through at Melbourne Victory Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 08:23 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andrew Nabbout Melbourne Victory A-League Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory The former Victory prospect says it’s a struggle for young players to break through at a club with such lofty goals Newcastle Jets gun Andrew Nabbout believes it’s hard for young players to make the grade at his ex-club Melbourne Victory because of the expectation.Nabbout broke on to the scene as a 19-year-old in 2012, scoring twice in the second-half as Victory fought from two goals behind to beat Sydney 3-2.However his career never took off in Melbourne, and he was eventually released after the club’s 2014-15 A-League championship win – having only played 35 minutes during the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ahead of Friday night’s blockbuster between the Victory and Jets at AAMI Park, Nabbout stressed there is no bad blood between him and anyone at his former club, but he feels it’s difficult for youngsters to get an opportunity and that’s the reason why so many move on.”For any young player it’s always going to be difficult at a club of Victory’s size because they have to win every week,” Nabbout told Goal.”The year that I got less game time at Victory was the year they won the championship and you saw the quality attacking players at the club then.”Any coach is going to put out their strongest 11 to win every week because that’s what is expected and I accepted that.”But it’s going to be tough for any young player as you have seen by a lot of the young players who have left there.”The 25-year-old had a spell in the Malaysian top flight after departing Victory, scoring nine goals in 12 games, before being given an A-League lifeline by the Jets at the start of last season.Since returning to Australia, Nabbout has become an attacking force in the Hunter and after scoring six goals and assisting five in 12 matches, critics are calling for him to be considered for Socceroos selection.Andrew Nabbout Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar A-League 16102016The player admits he took things for granted at Melbourne Victory and struggled when the situation got tough, but the lessons learned from that experience are the catalyst for his current top form.”My time at Victory was obviously tough as a young player not getting any game time,” Nabbout said,”When they brought in players I didn’t know what to do cause I wasn’t playing as much as what I was.”This time around (at the Jets) I know not to be complacent because at some points I kind of got a little bit comfortable at Victory.”I took everything I learned about myself in Malaysia and worked that extra little bit to get ahead – so far at Newcastle it’s worked.”The Jets got a 4-1 win when the two teams met earlier this season in Newcastle, with Nabbout getting two goals against his old club.When asked if he felt the goals were revenge for the Victory releasing him, Nabbout said it was more about gaining confidence and proving he belongs as a quality player.”It wasn’t so much payback. There is no bad blood between me and anyone at the club,” he said.”Sometimes it’s good to prove to yourself that even though things didn’t work out before, that you deserve to be where you are.”last_img read more

Temple Has Officially Hired A New Head Coach

first_imgA football resting by the pylon at the Temple Owls gamePHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)After losing Geoff Collins to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Temple Owls have found their next head coach. It appears the program will hire Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.The two sides were gaining momentum toward an actual deal this afternoon.Diaz has spent three seasons at Miami, which leads the nation in pass defense and constantly performs well in the ACC. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to keep Temple trending in the right direction.On Thursday, the Owls will introduce Diaz as their new head coach, per college football insider Brett McMurphy.Miami DC Manny Diaz will be officially introduced as Temple’s coach in a 3 p.m. news conference Thursday— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 13, 2018It’ll be tough for Diaz to instantly replicate the success that Collins had with the program, despite having decades of experience around the country. Temple finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and will face Duke in the Independence Bowl.Even though this will be the first head-coaching job for Diaz, it’s clear that he can generate positive results from almost any defense. Nonetheless, the Owls will need to have patience with the 44-year-old coach.Congratulations to Diaz for earning the opportunity.last_img read more

Michigan State Is Getting Trashed For Its New Alternate Football Uniforms

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio wearing a green Michigan State polo.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 07: Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio prior to the start of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan State football is holding its annual spring game on Saturday, and ahead of the affair, the program unveiled a new alternate look the team will be wearing this season. It isn’t getting rave reviews.Michigan State’s new threads feature a lot of neon green and the word “STATE” in all caps across the chest. The color of the pants is getting criticized more than anything else.Some were wondering if they’re meant to be an April Fools’ joke. Unlikely, since that was 12 days ago.Here’s a look at the photos that Michigan State released. The reaction has been something:Spartans reveal new alternate uniforms for 2019 👀 pic.twitter.com/Xr9Y7GsVXy— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) April 13, 2019Spartans reveal new alternate uniforms for 2019 👀 pic.twitter.com/qlnFWYMK7c— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) April 13, 2019WHAT. IS. THIS. pic.twitter.com/3OOz6yElzQ— Gators Uniform Tracker (@GatorsUnis) April 13, 2019These are so bad, Michigan State should be put on probation. https://t.co/t594ifRpDx— Curtis (@Curtos07) April 13, 2019Literally no one asked for this— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) April 13, 2019As a reminder, they are alternates – so the Spartans will likely only wear them once or twice this season. It’s unclear which game they plan on wearing them for.Michigan State finished with a 7-5 record last year before falling to Oregon in the Redbox Bowl. It was a somewhat disappointing season for the Spartans.This year, Michigan State will open its season against Tulsa on Friday, August 30.last_img read more

House Passes Crown Property Act

first_imgStory Highlights The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, September 24, passed amendments to the Crown Property (Vesting) Act.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who opened the debate, said the legislation seeks to ensure that Government-owned lands are disposed of fairly, transparently, and equitably, in order to widen the base of land ownership in Jamaica.The Crown Property (Vesting) Act empowers the Commissioner of Lands to acquire, hold and dispose of land and other property of whatever kind. However, this power cannot be exercised without general or special authority in writing from the Minister.Mr. Pickersgill informed that the Act, however, makes no provision for the Minister to be advised on technical issues to inform his decision making.The Bill, therefore, seeks to amend the Act in order to establish the Land Divestment Advisory Committee, which will provide professional and technical advice regarding divestment to the Minister in the exercise of general or special authority.The Government is the largest owner of land in Jamaica with the majority of the land assets vested in the Commissioner of Lands. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, opened the debate. The Government is the largest owner of land in Jamaica. The legislation seeks to ensure that Government-owned lands are disposed of fairly.last_img read more

Kenyan Lamu Port to Get First 3 Berths

first_imgzoom Contracts for the construction of the first three berths at Kenyan Indian Ocean Lamu Port have been signed between Kenya Ports Authority and China Communication Construction Company. The value of the contracts is approximately USD 480 million. The signing ceremony was attended by the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.The construction of the first 3 berths is believed to be a strong case and a trigger for participation of the private sector in construction of the remaining 29 berths and other components of the corridor.President Kenyatta stated that this signing is a major milestone in delivering the LAPSSET Corridor Program as well as achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030.President Kenyatta also underlined the significance of the project, stating that it will have a tremendous impact on the course of the country’s development.“In the light of Kenya’s recent discoveries of mineral resources such as oil, coal and gas, the need for the Lamu Port and the corridor cannot be questioned,” President Kenyatta said.“Our country must develop the additional transport and infrastructure capacity to harness the immense mineral wealth that our country is now discovering.”World Maritime News Staff, August 4, 2014last_img read more

Intense performance takes a toll on me Taapsee

first_imgMumbai: Actress Taapsee Pannu, who has been performing intense characters in films including “Mulk”, “Badla” and the latest “Game Over”, says such roles take a toll on her mind and change her mental fabric a little bit. “I really had to psyche myself out to understand the character who has gone through a dark incident and how her body and mind reacts after one year. She is traumatised. It was quite exhausting emotionally and playing such roles surely takes a toll on me,” Taapsee said here. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Directed by Ashwin Saravanan and produced by Reliance Entertainment, the film has released in three languages – Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. This is the first time Taapsee has played a character in which she is wheelchair-bound for a substantial part of the story. Recounting the experience of her films “Pink” and “Badla”, in which she shared screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee said: “In ‘Badla’ also I had a very different character to play. Perhaps that is why after every film, my mental fabric changes a bit. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I think it is only natural. Usually, I shoot most of my films at one stretch and that is why for that time being, I become someone closer to my character…even in real life. That is why actors like us are little different, our approach towards reality is different from others. “Since we are making the world believe that a character exists, which is actually fictional, our mental fabric is different.” Taapsee started her career in the movies with Telugu films and also worked in Tamil films. “Game Over” marks the first time that her film is releasing in all three languages as she believes that the story is universal and not at all region-specific.last_img read more

New UN scheme seeks to boost response of national health systems to

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.The package, unveiled at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, includes everything from how to expand condom programming to the latest in treatment recommendations, guidelines and standards.“This document responds to a long-standing country need,” says Kevin De Cock, Director of WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department. “In one place it captures WHO’s best guidance on what the global HIV/AIDS health sector response needs to deliver.”The document, which will be available on a CD-ROM, in hard copy and on the web, is intended to help countries with limited resources meet the commitment made two years ago at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS to provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010. Readers will find descriptions of priority health-sector HIV/AIDS interventions that are needed to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, as well as a guide to selecting and prioritizing these interventions. The document will also direct readers to key WHO resources and references containing the best available information on the health sector response to HIV/AIDS.Also today in Mexico City, WHO and the World Bank announced that they are joining forces, along with several other partners, to gather evidence and provide technical guidance relating to global health initiatives. There are now more than 80 such initiatives, ranging from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR.WHO notes that global health initiatives have helped to bring new resources, partners, technical know-how and commitment to tackling various health issues. At the same time, some say that disease-specific initiatives are eroding already weak health systems, while others assert that weak health systems are holding back progress in disease-specific initiatives. The WHO-World Bank effort seeks to examine the issues in the debate and provide governments with sound technical guidance to enhance health systems without diminishing the benefits of disease-specific initiatives.“It is not about choosing between health systems strengthening on the one hand and disease-specific programmes on the other,” said Carissa Etienne, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Services, told reporters at the AIDS Conference.“It is about working together to generate added value. The time has come to move from observing the intentional and unintentional impacts of health investments, to actively managing better outcomes that can be sustained,” she said.The International AIDS Conference is the largest event of its kind in the world. It is held every two years and is taking place in Latin America for the first time this year. 5 August 2008The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support. read more

Pair of walkons making impact for Ohio State mens soccer

Senior forward Denio Leone (15) works around defenders during a match against IPFW Aug. 20 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFrom 2008 State champions at St. Ignatius, to Ohio State men’s club soccer teammates, to walk-ons for the Buckeyes, senior forward Denio Leone and junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic have been playing together for years.Both players went to St. Ignatius in Cleveland, overlapping in 2008 and were recruited by other Division 1 schools, but chose to pursue their education at OSU.Ivancic and Leone were two of the men chosen to play with the varsity team at OSU in the spring of 2012 but were cut for the fall roster last season. They were again invited back in the pool of players to play on the spring team in 2013.A second time was enough for them to prove they could play at the varsity level and they were added to OSU’s roster for this season.“Once I came out and played with the varsity guys and saw that I was able to keep up with the pace of the game, I thought it was definitely something I could do,” Leone said.In high school, Leone was a three-year letter winner and 2008 state champion, and earned All-Cleveland honors.At St. Ignatius, Ivancic won two state titles, joining his now OSU teammate 2008 and again in 2010, and was a state runner-up in 2009. He is one of three high school players in Ohio to play in three consecutive state title games. Ivancic was also recognized his senior year as a Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist, All-Ohio ESPN Rise Honorable Mention and 2010 ESPN Rise/Powerade High School Boys National Champion. He served as a captain his senior year.Even though he had success playing the sport in high school, Leone said his passion for soccer was missing when he graduated.“At that point in time … I was kind of sick of soccer,” Leone said. “(I) decided … I’m not going to play, so I’m just going to go Ohio State.”Ivancic originally committed to play Big Ten soccer at Northwestern, but de-committed for financial reasons.“I was really more interested in school anyway. I wanted to go to a good school that I liked,” Ivancic said. “I wasn’t going to chase soccer around.”After just a year away from the game, Leone said he felt a void in his life, leading him to try out for the club team.Ivancic on the other hand, said he knew right away he wanted to keep soccer in his life.“Coming in, I think I knew I was going to try to walk-on,” Ivancic said. “I walked-on my freshman year when I made the spring team but got cut for the fall.”Leone spent three seasons on the club team, leading the team in goals in both 2011 and 2012. Both Leone and Ivancic played a part in getting the team to club nationals back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012.Club team president Tim Grozier has played with both men and said Leone possess skills that really help a team out.“Denio is really good at holding the ball up top and allowing the team time to transition from defense to offense,” Grozier said in an email.Grozier said because Ivancic is “deceptively quick,” it makes him dangerous on the wings.“He is able to put in very good crosses from the wings and can combine well with other players in tight spaces,” Grozier said.Coach John Bluem said it is difficult to walk-on.“Over the years we have added some kids, but it has been very, very few,” Bluem said. “It’s been less than a handful.”Bluem said he likes Ivancic’s “work rate.”“He’s very fit and gets up and down the flank,” Bluem said. “He’s a good competitor and fights for the team throughout the 90 minutes.”Bluem said Leone does well controlling the game up front.“Denio is a very good target player,” Bluem said. “When you play the ball to him, he can hold it and help us get our midfield forward into the attack.”Leone has played in all eight matches thus far and started two of them. Ivancic has also played in every match and started seven. Each has one goal on the season.Leone and Ivancic are now aiming for a Big Ten title and still believe it is possible despite a 2-4-2 start to the season.“We’ve had no Big Ten games yet, but it’s on the horizon. We start on Sunday against Indiana,” Leone said.Ivancic said the talent is there to win it, but they have to figure out how each player fits into the mold of the team.“We have a lot of really good players … If we believe in each other and believe in the system, I think we’ll end up having a good season,” Ivancic said. read more

Ohio States Cardale Jones showing good signs of maturity prior to matchup

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs most people that follow Ohio State football know well, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones’ career in Scarlet and Gray did not get off to the greatest of starts.Behind then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and then-junior Kenny Guiton, Jones sent out the now infamous tweet claiming his dislike for school.Jones was suspended one game by coach Urban Meyer, who said Thursday that Jones’ journey as a Buckeye is not over just yet, despite the recent success.“Cardale is a great story. It’s still in process now,” Meyer said Thursday. “He’s not the grown man that he needs to be, but he’s getting close.”For Meyer, Jones took a big step in his maturity process in his first ever start as a Buckeye in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game. But it wasn’t the 266 total yards or three touchdowns that impressed Meyer the most in that game.“The thing that really struck me is when he made a mistake during the course of the game … he looked me right in the eye and said, ‘I made a mistake, coach. It won’t happen again.’ I said, ‘Go back and tell the offensive line that,’” Meyer said. “That’s a good sign of maturity.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said Thursday that he too has noticed Jones’ development, more specifically as a quarterback.“Cardale has come a long way in terms of the first time I watched him practice and throw the ball, to where he is at now — tremendous development,” Warinner said. “Credit to him and his (position) coach (Tom Herman) for the way he has developed his technique.”Jones said Thursday that after the infamous tweet, he was able to begin his turnaround because of a second chance given to him by the coaching staff.“The coaches gave me that fresh start. I never really thought about going somewhere else,” Jones said. “The coaches basically told me I needed to get my act together and mature off the field before I could be a starting quarterback here.”Being the starting quarterback at OSU brings a lot of pressure, and Jones said he has relied on a core group of people that includes his brothers, sisters, mother and even an OSU Heisman Trophy winner and fellow Glenville alumnus.It’s a relationship with Troy Smith — an influential relationship that Jones described as “weird.”“At times, he comes off as a great friend and great mentor, and then he can be that coach,” Jones said. “He can be that hard-nosed guy out of nowhere. It is very similar to (my relationship with Glenville) coach (Ted) Ginn (Sr.).”In his first start against the Wisconsin Badgers, Jones led an OSU offense that totaled 558 total yards of offense on the then-No. 2 ranked defense in the country.Entering the Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff semi-final game against No. 1 Alabama, Warinner added that Jones has not yet reached his full potential despite the impressive first start.“He is one of those guys that has a lot of talent and a high ceiling. He played well in his first outing, and he has really continued to develop that here in practice as we are getting ready for Alabama,” Warinner said.Entering the game against Alabama, the Buckeyes other co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman is preparing to take over the head coaching duties at Houston, which was announced earlier in the week.While Herman will remain with OSU until the end of its run in the playoffs, Meyer said he has noticed Herman has been slightly on edge since taking the job at Houston.“Looks like someone hit him with a bat when he’s walking around here. A good bat though. There are bad bats, and a lot to go on with college football with bad bats,” Meyer said. “He’s a pro. We had a good conversation this morning.”While Herman might be flustered, Jones said he doesn’t anticipate any difference in the way Herman will prepare for the matchup with Alabama.“Definitely not. He is all about Ohio State right now,” Jones said. “He has a whole other team to lead, but that time hasn’t come yet. I believe he said in the press conference that he is going to coach these next two games like he is coming back next year.”While Herman won’t be around next year, he, Jones and the Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on New Years Day at 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans. read more

Reviews detail tragic deaths of bubbly charming children

first_imgPeople close to him said he was adept at minimising the seriousness of any difficulties he faced. One family member said “he was very, very good at literally just making you believe anything he said”.A friend commented “you would have thought there was nothing in the world wrong with him”. Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 The report said it appears Nathan had confused and unresolved feelings about his father. It also said his ability to persuade people he did not need help as well as his reluctance to engage with professionals made it difficult to assess and priorities his needs, let alone address them.A social worker had contact with Nathan and his mother and the teen attended addiction counselling for  a period of time.At 15, he moved into the house of a friend’s family and his behaviour stabilised while he was living there.After a visit to the UK to see his father’s grave, Nathan “made a suicidal gesture” at the house and had to be talked down by a passer-by. He told a social worker that his emotions got out of hand and his action was a result of being upset about visiting his father’s grave for the first time, having drunk alcohol and having had a row with his friends. He was not interested in a suicide prevention service offered to him.The report said a few weeks later he went away for a few days and returned to a relative’s house where he was reported to have been in good spirits.Some hours later he was found attempting to take his life and he subsequently died.RobertPeople who knew Robert described him as a likeable, funny and popular person and ‘a little charmer’. However it was noted that he found it hard to trust people.His father died before he was born and his mother had a partner who lived with her and her other children for several years. Robert first came to the attention of the HSE because of an allegation that he had been sexually abused by a person known to his mother, though this allegation was not confirmed.Two years later he came to the attention of the department because of alleged neglect and physical. abuse. Three years later he was admitted to the voluntary care of the HSE along with his siblings.He was just over eleven at this point and told social workers of serious neglect and physical abuse. He also said he had witnessed severe domestic violence.Robert began to abuse alcohol and drugs at 16 and lived in two different foster homes up until the age of 18. His social worker tried to get him to engage with different services and he was offered drug treatment but declinedHe was offered aftercare by the HSE when he turned 18 and he made contact with a counselling service prior to taking his own life in 2010.The review team said his suicide appears to be “pre-meditated” as he called a number of family members that morning and told one of them it was “time to go to sleep for good”.TomTom had been in care from an early age. Most people who knew him said he could be charming, witty and easy to get on with but was weighed down by a sense of not belonging.  He was an infant when an alleged episode of alcohol misuse by his parents and domestic abuse between them was reported.As a result, he spend time in residential care and with relatives. He had no further contact with his father and his mother continued to “exhibit a chaotic lifestyle”.A relative Tom was living with, and was very close to, died and he was “deeply upset”. Another family member came forward to care for Tom and his siblings. His mother had left the country by this stage and died while he was still quite young.His second placement with his relative lasted until his mid teens and he had a number of short-term stays in residential units after it disrupted.In his late childhood years concerns were expressed about his behaviour. His social worker referred to him as being “hyperactive, having a short attention span, taking cigarette lighters, having a fascination with fire and having problems controlling his anger”. Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY showed that 23 children died while in the care or known to the HSE last year.The causes of death range from road traffic accidents to natural causes and nine children died by suicide.The HSE has published reviews on the deaths of six children, outlining their problems, details of intervention and the support services offered to them.Here are their stories.DaraDara was described as a very pleasant, ‘lively’, ‘bubbly’ child who “loved life” but was “growing up too fast”. She loved animals, had at least one close friend and was friendly with her schoolmates.Though she had never been in HSE care, her family was referred a number of times to the Children and Family Services over a nine year period.These referrals related to concerns about her mother’s mental health, misuse of alcohol and allegations of domestic violence in the family.During the three years prior to her death, referrals focused on Dara’s poor school attendance, her vulnerability due to mixing with an older age group, her consumption of alcohol and her self-harm.Dara confessed to her family worker some weeks before her death that she was “frightened and didn’t know what was going to happen to her”.She was frequently absent from school though staff encouraged her to come every day even if she was late and usually phoned her parents if she did not arrive in class in the morning.The child was once admitted to hospital after drinking large amounts of beer and vodka. At the hospital she admitted she had been drinking heavily for the previous two weeks. She had fresh laceration marks on her arm and admitted to cutting herself recently.In the weeks following this, both gardaí and social workers visited Dara’s home and engaged with her and her parents. The report refers to a number of situations in which the HSE met with opposition from the girl’s parents.A social worker recorded that it was “highly likely that the children are very aware of the stress and tension in the household” and that it was “very difficult to address the issues when the family so adamantly denies them”.She was said to have stopped drinking which both Dara and her mother attributed to her new boyfriend, who was thought to be much older than her. At a one-to-one session with a family worker she “presented in a positive mood but somewhat closed in her responses”.Dara said she had broken up with her boyfriend and he had taken it badly. She was worried about him and said she had been drinking again but felt she was more in control.A home visit was arranged for a week after this session but the HSE was informed of Dara’s death the night before the visit.DermotDermot was a “friendly, pleasant” child, and “quite chatty at times”. He was one of a number of siblings  living with his mother. His father is believed to have played little part in his life. Dermot found it difficult to engage with formal services and difficult to talk about his emotions.When he was in fifth class, his teachers became concerned about his poor attendance and behaviour. He was transferred to another school where he settlied in well initially but attendance again became an issue. He was referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) when he was 11 but refused to attend the appointment.Six months later he attempted suicide and was found by gardaí. Again he was referred to CAMHS but did not keep the appointment.Social work files subsequently report that his behaviour improved for about two years but at 15 he was admitted to hospital accompanies by gardaí who had been called by a neighbour to say he was intoxicated, threatening self-harm and being physically abusive to his mother.A psychiatric registrar diagnosed him as having a sever conduct disorder, with a background of attention deficit and hyperactive disorder.The registrar linked Dermot’s suicidal ideation to alcohol use, the report said.It was also noted that Dermot was grieving for a friend who had died by suicide three years previously; he tended to think about “following” his friend when he was under the influence of alcohol.He had also lost another friend more recently in a road traffic accident.After a further incident of self-harm, his mother refused to allow him to come home because of fear of harm he might do to himself, or to other members of the family and he went to live with his grandparents for a time.Over the first three months of the following year, there were notifications from gardaí about Dermot’s aggressive, abusive and self destructive behaviour while intoxicated. He was once found after midnight in the street, intoxicated and not wearing any shirt or shoes.He was arrested for breaching bail conditions and remanded in custody for four days, having previously appeared in court over other offences. When he was released on bail, he returned home and took his life the next evening.MathewMathew suffered from a rare brain disorder. He was five-years-old when concerns for his welfare were first referred to the Social Work Department due to serious difficulties in the relationship between his parents.Social work assessment found that the couple experience “a high level of conflict, aggression and significant levels of disagreement about Mathew’s medical treatment”.Three months after he was referred, the little boy was admitted to hospital. Some issues arose around parental consent to various aspects of his care. The Social Work Department were  ”concerned that each parent was, in different ways, struggling to accept medical advice with regard to day-to-day management of their son’s condition”.The department took the view that the HSE should assume responsibility for all aspects of decision-making about Mathew’s care and a care order was approved after consent from both parents.A foster placement was considered difficult to manage given the level of disagreement between his parents and so an optional residential placement in a hospice-type setting was planned.However the following month, the six-year-old passed away. A plan had been negotiated with his parents as to how to deal with the period before his death and a social worker helped them to enact this, allowing them to spend time with Mathew before his death.NathanNathan was described as a sociable young person who was enthusiastic about sport, especially boxing and football. He was considered competent but at school was indifferent to study.His parents separated when he was around six-years-old following a period of domestic violence. His father moved out of the country and subsequently died when Nathan was 13.Though he was described as “popular and easygoing”, the report said his outward demeanour seemed to “mask some underlying troubles” and in 2008 he was referred to the Social Work Department.He was prone to ‘eratic mood swings’ and there were suspicions that he was misusing drugs.Attempts were made to link him and his family to services but while his mother and stepfather showed a willingness to engage, Nathan “tended to lose interest quickly and withdraw”.Possible mental health issues were identified when he was first referred and again when he was found threatening suicide several months before his death. Aware 1890 303 302 His foster mother also thought he may have been smoking hash.An anonymous allegation was made during this time that Tom had been physically chastised on a number of occasions by his carers. This was confirmed by the boy when he spoke to his social worker. A child protection plan was to be developed by the review found no evidence that a plan was ever developed or put in place.In his teenage years to age 18, he stayed with friends and family, following which he was placed in a number of different residential units on an emergency basis. The placements were proletariat and he frequently absconded.He became more involved with substance abuse and in school engaged in verbal abuse, graffiti drawing and displaying overtly sexualised behaviours.A risk assessment said he was “spiralling out of control and is unable to make positive choices for himself”.Living in residential centres, his behaviour rapidly deteriorated and he was bullied by other residents. One day the manager of a centre reported he had carved his mother’s name into his arm and he started fires on six different occasions.After he turned 18 he formally left care but his social worker remained involved with him. Over the following year, his girlfriend gave birth to a baby. He spend time in various different types of accommodation and staff noticed a rise in his poly drug use including heroin, crack, alcohol and cocaine.He started to re-access aftercare services for a couple of weeks but some days after this he was found dead. A subsequent inquest concluded that his death was by misadventure.The full reports from the review panels can be found here.Helplines: Console 1800 201 890 Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ieChildline 1800 66 66 66Related: Nine children in care or known to HSE died by suicide last year>last_img read more

Google goes knitting as doodlers mark the winter solstice

first_imgTHE CURRENT 24-hour period will see the year’s shortest day and longest night.To mark the Winter Solstice, the doodlers at Google set to work on something fun and creative.The interactive doodle, created by German illustrator Christoph Niemann, shows a scarf and glove being knitted into the letters of the search engine.Take a look.Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered at Newgrange today to mark the solstice.Earlier this morning, sunlight shined through the roof box and lit up the chamber of the 5,000-year-old tomb.Across the water, thousands of people attended a service at Stonehenge.Chief Druid Arthur Pendragon leads the Winter Solstice service at Stonehenge this morning. (Image: Neil Munns/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Read: Today’s Doctor Who Google Doodle is amazingInterview: Getting paid to daydream and doodlelast_img read more

HTC Butterfly S The 5inch version of the One youve been waiting

first_imgWhile the HTC One has proven itself to be a popular phone, there are still plenty of users out there interested in even larger devices. HTC has updated their 5-inch smartphone with the visual styling of the One to create the Butterfly S.The HTC Butterfly, more commonly known as the Droid DNA in the US, was the first HTC phone that had really been impressive for a little while. The beautiful 5-inch screen and a version of HTC Sense that was significantly better than the previous iterations made the phone fun to use, and if you could get your hands on one it was a great experience. Unfortunately the phone wasn’t widely available, and now that the HTC One is here it’s a easy choice to make. Still, there’s still a significant number of users who want a phone sporting the largest screen they can get their hands on, so HTC is bringing the Butterfly back with some tricks they picked up in building the One.The Butterfly S is looks like exactly what HTC needs to compete with the LG Optimus G Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note line of phones. Taking the BoomSound speakers, the Ultrapixel camera, and the latest version of Sense from the HTC One, this new Butterfly is pretty much exactly what existing DNA owners wish their phone was packing. The 5-inch 1080p SLCD 3 display will be powered by a 3200mAh battery and most likely a Snapdragon 600 processor. There’s no mention of some of the other Butterfly features, like the inductive charging that was lost with the HTC One, but the MicroSD card slot will be a great addition to those who crave additional storage. The Butterfly S looks like it has a glossy glass and plastic exterior as opposed to the matte rubber or aluminum finish to the previous HTC phones, but that could just be the excessive shine used in the video rendering.As the Butterfly only existed in the US as the Verizon Wireless Droid DNA, it is entirely possible that the Butterfly S is on its way to being the next Droid phone. There’s no mention of release dates or pricing for this phone yet, but HTC’s deliberate announcement of this phone just hours before Samsung’s presentation at Earl’s Court in the UK shows exactly who the Taiwanese company is competing with right now.last_img read more

Burning love

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After years of serving as firefighters, for Yiannis Katakouzinos and Josephine Sensi of Melbourne, a limousine simply wasn’t a choice for their wedding day. At the Greek Orthodox Church of Agia Ekaterini in Malvern, where they tied the knot, the couple arrived in the retro fire fighting vehicle that stole the show.last_img