Tokyo: Japanese scientists have succeeded in creating what they called the first-ever artificial crater on an asteroid, a step towards shedding light on how the solar system evolved, the country’s space agency said Thursday. The announcement comes after the Hayabusa2 probe fired an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USYuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager at the Japanese space agency (JAXA), told reporters they confirmed the crater from images captured by the probe located 1,700 metres (5,500 feet) from the asteroid’s surface. “Creating an artificial crater with an impactor and observing it in detail afterwards is a world-first attempt,” Tsuda said. “This is a big success.” NASA’s Deep Impact probe succeeded in creating an artificial crater on a comet in 2005, but only for observation purposes. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMasahiko Arakawa, a Kobe University professor involved in the project, said it was “the best day of his life”. “We can see such a big hole a lot more clearly than expected,” he said, adding the images showed a crater 10 metres in diameter. JAXA scientists had previously predicted that the crater could be as large as 10 metres in diameter if the surface was sandy, or three metres if rocky. “The surface is filled with boulders but yet we created a crater this big. This could mean there’s a scientific mechanism we don’t know or something special about Ryugu’s materials,” the professor said. The aim of blasting the crater on Ryugu is to throw up “fresh” material from under the asteroid’s surface that could shed light on the early stages of the solar system. The asteroid is thought to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water from some 4.6 billion years ago when the solar system was born. In February, Hayabusa2 touched down briefly on Ryugu and fired a bullet into the surface to puff up dust for collection, before blasting back to its holding position. The mission, with a price tag of around 30 billion yen ( 270 million), was launched in December 2014 and is scheduled to return to Earth with its samples in 2020. Photos of Ryugu — which means “Dragon Palace” in Japanese and refers to a castle at the bottom of the ocean in an ancient Japanese tale — show the asteroid has a rough surface full of boulders.
NEW YORK — It’s been a fabulous start to the year for investors — as long as you ignore all those simmering worries about a possible recession.S&P 500 index funds are on pace to close out their best quarter in seven years, having returned nearly 12.5 per cent in 2019 through Wednesday, and many other investments from junk bonds to foreign stocks have also bounced back from their dismal end to 2018. But the returns would have been even better if not for concerns that slowing growth around the world may drag down the U.S. economy.The quarter’s twists are just the latest for the markets, which have yo-yoed from record heights to fear-induced sell-offs for more than a year.The big swings have left stock and bonds looking fairly valued, said Frances Donald, head of macroeconomics strategy at Manulife Asset Management. She’s optimistic markets can keep climbing this year, but she anticipates more swings along the way. When she talks with big institutional investors, the mood is usually one of nervousness, she says.“The 2020 recession calls, whether they’re right or wrong, have permeated all individual investor mentalities,” she said.The Fed was again one of the market’s main drivers, and it flipped to hero from antagonist in the eyes of many investors.As last year was closing, investors were worried that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates too quickly and choke off the economy. The central bank raised short-term rates in December for the seventh time in two years, and the S&P 500 fell more than 19 per cent from late September through Dec. 24, nearly taking down the longest bull market for U.S. stocks on record.But on Jan. 4, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told a conference for economists that the central bank would be flexible in deciding when to raise rates. It was an immediate balm for investors, and the S&P 500 leaped 3.4 per cent that day. It kept climbing until hitting a peak on March 21, the day after the Fed said that it may not raise rates at all this year.All the while, companies were turning in yet another round of blockbuster profit reports aided by lower taxes. Earnings per share for S&P 500 companies surged 13 per cent during the last three months of 2018 from a year earlier, led by big gains for energy and communications companies.But the momentum for stocks stalled last week when a surprisingly weak report on the European economy and other worries triggered concerns about the global economy. Investors sought the safety of bonds, and that in turn triggered the alarm on one of the market’s more reliable recession indicators.Investors drove the yield for the 10-year Treasury lower than for the three-month Treasury bill for the first time since a little before the Great Recession. Such an “inverted yield curve” does not have a perfect track record as a recession predictor, but it has preceded each of the last seven by a year or two.Here’s a look at some of the moves that shaped the last quarter for investments:— STOCK FUNDS SOAREDDuring the fourth-quarter swoon the S&P 500 fell as much as 19.8 per cent from its all-time high set Sept. 20. The Fed’s pledge for patience helped the index rally back to within 2.6 per cent of the peak this quarter.Technology stocks again did much of the work, but the gains were widespread. Funds specializing in small stocks or large, energy companies or real estate, all logged gains. The largest mutual fund by assets, Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index fund returned 12.8 per cent for the quarter through Wednesday, on pace for its best performance since a 12.9 per cent return at the start of 2012.Stock funds that focus on high-growth companies, such as tech, again easily bested their counterparts that look for low-priced stocks, called value funds. The average mid-cap growth stock fund returned 16.3 per cent, for example, versus 12 per cent for mid-cap value funds.Value stock funds trailed partly because they often have lots of banks and other financial stocks, which lagged during the quarter on worries that lower interest rates and slower economy will hurt their profits.— BOND FUNDS CLIMBED AS YIELDS FELLInflation is still low, the Fed is holding the line on interest rates and worries are rising about the strength of the economy. All those help push up prices for bonds, and pull yields down, and bond funds of all types powered to gains during the quarter.Vanguard’s Total Bond Market Index fund, the largest bond fund by assets, has returned 2.8 per cent and is on track for its best quarter in three years.The Fed’s patient stance was particularly helpful for funds that focus on short-term bonds, whose prices are more dependent on the central bank’s moves than longer-term bonds. The average short-term bond fund has returned 1.8 per cent through Wednesday, according to Morningstar. That’s more than triple the return in any of the prior seven quarters.— WHAT’S AHEAD?Like the global economy, growth is also slowing for U.S. corporate earnings. Analysts say first-quarter profits likely fell nearly 4 per cent from a year earlier, according to FactSet. If they’re right, it would be the first decline in nearly three years. That’s setting the stage for some potentially disappointing reports when the next quarter opens on April 1.So, investors may want to ready themselves for even more turbulence in the coming quarter. Besides earnings reports, they’ll also be getting more clues about the strength of the global economy and whether the United States and China can make progress on their trade dispute to help the global outlook.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
In a letter to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Annan says that Victor D. Comras of the United States will replace Michael D. Langan, also a US national, who “resigned from the group for personal reasons.” The team is headed by Michael Chandler of the United Kingdom. Its other members are Philippe Graver of France, Hasan H. Ali Abaza of Jordan, and Surendra Bahadur Shah of Nepal. The monitoring group was originally set up last July when the Security Council requested that the Secretary-General establish a mechanism – comprised of a New York-based Monitoring Group and a Sanctions Enforcement Support Team – which will offer assistance to “States bordering the territory of Afghanistan under Taliban control and other States, as appropriate.” The team was initially mandated to help those countries increase their capacity to implement the sanctions against the Taliban, which were imposed in 1999 and tightened the following year to compel the group to hand over indicted terrorist Usama bin Laden and to close all terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Experts were also mandated to collate, assess, verify wherever possible, report and make recommendations on information regarding violations of the sanctions. In January of this year, the Council adopted resolution 1390 assigning the group the task of monitoring the implementation by Member States of updated sanctions against Usama bin Laden, the Al-Qaida organization, the Taliban, and their associates. These measures require all countries to freeze the financial assets of individuals, groups or organizations on a list compiled by its sanctions committee for Afghanistan, and to continue a travel ban and arms embargo on the remaining elements of the Taliban, Al-Qaida network and its supporters.
In a new report which will be presented to the agency’s annual conference next week, the ILO examines both the “deep humanitarian crisis” facing Palestinian families as well as the “very negative impact” of the current situation on Israel’s economy.Real wages for Palestinian workers in Israel dropped by nearly 46 per cent in 2001 compared to the preceding year, while the revenue of the Palestinian Authority plummeted by more than 70 per cent, according to the report. Preliminary ILO estimates suggest that “unemployment could have reached nearly 43 per cent in the occupied territories during the first quarter of 2002.” Israel has not escaped the upheaval, the report states. Economic activity in the country suffered a severe contraction during 2001, with GDP declining by 0.5 per cent that year after an increase of 6.4 per cent in 2000.ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said the report “must be read with a sense of empathy and compassion for all concerned.” Any resolution of the conflict, he stressed, must be based on a dialogue which provides a “fair hearing” for workers in the occupied Arab territories and their families. “At the same time, the voices of workers in Israel must be heard and listened to,” he said. “No one can be satisfied with the present situation or, worse still, a further escalation of conflict.”Mr. Somavia said the international community, notably those countries with greater influence, “need to reassess the means of action so we can respond to what all families in the region want: parents at work, children at school, security in the streets and peace in the community.” The ILO Director-General called peace “the innermost aspiration of the large majority of Palestinians and Israelis” and added, “The world must help them to get there.”
Then-sophomore midfielder Jesse King (19) advances the ball during a game against Detroit Feb. 9 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 14-8.Credit: Lantern file photoFor most college athletes, playing beyond their school’s season is unheard of.The same cannot be said about Ohio State’s incoming senior lacrosse midfielder Jesse King.Following a junior season which saw him named a third team All-American and a Tewaaraton Award nominee, King can now add another accolade to that list: Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse champion.Two weeks ago, Canada avenged its pool-play loss to the United States by shutting down the Stars and Stripes, 8-5, to win its third ever gold medal at the World Championships. Canada also won the event in 2006 and 1978.King, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, where he attended Claremont Secondary School, said the importance of the tournament went far beyond just winning the gold medal.“It was pretty amazing,” King said. “My whole family was out watching the (championship) game. They came down and watched all my games which was pretty special for me because at school they don’t get to watch me play very often.”“Winning the gold medal was pretty emotional. It was just kind of like unbelievable and it still hasn’t kicked in right now.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the opportunity King got to learn from the best players in the world will give him a leg up during his final season in Columbus.“Certainly with Jesse being a part of the team currently, having one more year, what an incredible experience to take away for a young man his age to have a world championship under his belt,” Myers said.In his three seasons with the Buckeyes, King has compiled 131 points on 77 goals and 54 assists, good for 17th on OSU’s career points list. Continuing that success with Canada, King recorded one goal and three assists in seven games despite being one of only four current collegiate athletes on the team.Appearing in every game for his country, King provided a physical presence at the midfield position by using his 6-foot, 3-inch frame to ward off defenders, something Myers and erstwhile OSU defenseman Joe Meurer said can be a matchup nightmare.“I think anytime you have a player who is 6-foot-3, 200 plus pounds, can see the field very well, can beat his man, and work just as hard off the ball, there is a lot to think about there,” Myers said.“He is one of the smartest lacrosse players I’ve ever played with,” Meurer said. “His knowledge of the game, his instincts and awareness, I think those three things make him such a dominant player and sets him apart from a lot of other players.”However, before donning the iconic maple leaf, King first had to make the cut from the initial 51 players who were invited to Team Canada’s selection camp which was held on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., from Oct. 11 to 14, 2013.A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by The Canadian Lacrosse Association.Among those invited to camp included reigning Major League Lacrosse MVP Kevin Crowley, attackman John Grant Jr., who is widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, and OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer Logan Schuss.“It was very intimidating,” King said. “I’m going up against guys that I hear about in the news or all over social media about how well they play in the NLL or MLL, and I just kind of moseyed on in and got the opportunity to try out.”Even though more seasoned players, such as Schuss, got cut and Grant Jr. was forced to watch the tournament from the sidelines after his application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption was denied, King played his way onto the 24-man roster that traveled to Denver, Colo., in early July.Then, on July 10, King and his fellow Canadians stepped into the limelight.After an opening ceremony which saw a record 38 nations, including nine first-time nations, Canada took the field for a primetime showdown against arch-rival USA in a clash of lacrosse heavyweights.In what was widely considered a preview of the gold medal game, Canada struck first, jumping on top of the defending champions, 3-0. However, the lead was short-lived.The USA proceeded to score the next eight goals before holding off a late Canadian rally to steal the first game, 10-7.King said after the game the team didn’t hang its head and instead, focused on getting better throughout the tournament with the mindset that they would see the USA again.“You really have to take into perspective that a lot of the guys on the American team, who are unbelievably talented, don’t play the box lacrosse that we play and they have a lot more time to practice together,” King said. “Our first practice together as a team, was four days before that game.”True to his word, King and Team Canada bounced back immediately, rattling off four wins in four days by taking down fellow Blue Division opponents England, the Iroquois Nationals, Japan and Australia.King scored his lone goal of the tournament in Canada’s 12-4 romp over Australia, which saw them finish pool-play with a 4-1 record to earn an automatic berth into the semifinals.There, Canada faced its toughest challenge to date in a rematch against a determined Iroquois Nationals squad.However, just like they had the first time around, Canada managed to slow down the Iroquois’ potent offense to advance to the finals with a 12-6 victory.With the USA’s semifinal win against Australia, the rematch was set. But with the USA coming in undefeated and loaded from top to bottom, experts gave Canada little shot at an upset.Undeterred by the predictions swirling around, Canada came out of the gates swinging, building up some early momentum on the USA as they carried a 3-1 lead into the half.With the USA backed into a corner, Canada held off a late rally that brought the gold medal back to the Great White North with an 8-5 win.King described the whole experience as once in a lifetime, adding that it was a “treat” to get a chance to be around players from countries such as Uganda as well as suiting up with players he admired growing up.“The guys we were talking with, Team Uganda, they’ve been playing for four years and the stick skills that they were able to have in that short amount of time was really outstanding,” King said.As if playing against the world’s best wasn’t enough, King has also been competing for his native Victoria Shamrocks, a Senior A box lacrosse club which plays in the Western Lacrosse Association and competes for the Mann Cup, which is awarded annually to the winner of a championship series played between the WLA champion and Major Series Lacrosse champion.Last summer, while playing for the junior Shamrocks, King posted an otherworldly 111 points in 15 games and he hasn’t slowed down since making the jump to the senior level.In 10 games this season, King has tallied 41 points, good for third on the team. Victoria currently sits in first place in the WLA with a 14-2-2 record as they look to win their first Mann Cup since 2005.“I was born in Victoria and I was really fortunate to get drafted by Victoria as well,” King said. “Playing box in the summer, it may not be the same style of lacrosse, but it does translate over to field lacrosse. It makes you smarter, it makes you more aware, it makes you more alert.”Later this month, King will be arriving back in Columbus where he will look to lead the Buckeyes back to the NCAA tournament after failing in 2014 to manufacture back-to-back trips for the first time in 10 years.“Every year, the Ohio State Buckeyes are always contenders, not because we are the most talented, but because we have the grit and the work ethic and we are always willing to do whatever it takes to win,” King said. “I’m very excited to get back on campus, get back in the snake pit and play some games.”Myers said King has developed more and more as a leader every year since coming to OSU, but there is still some work for him to do to get the most out of his game as well as his teammates.“You do that by leading by example, encouraging your teammates while at the same time challenging them to a degree,” Myers said. “I think that Jesse has found a balance at that and he’s done better and better every year.”In January, the talk around Columbus centered around King stepping into that leadership role for Myers and the Buckeyes. Meurer said King has thrived in that role and comes ready to play everyday.“I know us as a team put a lot of pressure on him last year but he handled it really well,” Meurer said. “He brings his lunch pail to work everyday and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”Success hasn’t been uncommon to King as he has been a winner at every level of the game. A true leader on and off the field, fans can only get excited for what’s in store for King and the Buckeye program in 2015.
OSU coach Urban Meyer flashes a grin while on the podium celebrating the Buckeyes’ 44-28 victory over Notre in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football program already had one of the nation’s top recruiting classes as Feb. 3, the date of this year’s National Signing Day, inched closer. But a wave of three major verbal commitments crashed upon the shores of the college football world Monday , which now leaves coach Urban Meyer’s 2016 class sitting alone at the top, according to multiple outlets. Scout.com, 247Sports and Rivals all now have the Buckeyes owning the No. 1 spot after the addition of a trio of four-star prospects. The three outlets each had OSU with the third-ranked class prior to the announcements. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, linebacker Keandre Jones and wide receiver Binjimen Victor all declared on Martin Luther King Jr. Day their plans to play collegiately in Columbus, bringing the number of commitments for Meyer in his 2016 class to 21. Victor’s destination was largely up in the air until around noon on Monday when he posted on Twitter, whereas Haskins and Jones were previously verbally committed to Maryland.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native Victor had narrowed his choices down to West Virginia, Tennessee and OSU before selecting the Scarlet and Gray. “I would like to thank everyone for being there for me throughout this whole recruiting process,” he wrote in a screenshot on his Twitter. Victor continued, writing that there was only “one school” that he could see himself playing for, and that was OSU. With receivers Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall departing for the NFL draft, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the pass-catchers for OSU next season. Whether Victor will be able to contribute as a true freshman remains to be seen, of course, but even if he doesn’t contribute in 2016, he will likely make an impact somewhere down the line. For Victor, who played in the Army All-American Game in January, to step in and play right away, he will need to add weight to his slender 6-foot-4 frame. Currently, he listed at just 177 pounds. That number will have to increase for him to step on the field this fall, as college football is much more physical than high school and he might not hold up playing at that weight. Fortunately for Victor and his new team, OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti is considered one of the best in the business. Even though OSU returns redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the addition of Haskins to the recruiting class is an enormous lift. Meyer and the Buckeyes had been targeting Haskins for quite some time, according to Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com, but the Potomac, Maryland, native chose to stay in-state and play for the Terrapins after OSU received a verbal commitment from Tristen Wallace, a four-star athlete from Texas. Wallace changed his mind, though, and chose to play wide receiver at Oregon. Once that happened and Maryland fired Randy Edsall, the door for Meyer to land Haskins swung open, Wasserman reported. Haskins walked through the door, locked it and all but threw away the key Monday. He announced his intent to become a Buckeye in an essay posted to a blog powered by Weebly, to which he tweeted the link. The 6-foot-2, 188-pounder discussed his reasons for decommitting, which largely centered on Edsall’s firing, before telling the world where he would play collegiately. “At the age of 8 years old, I went to numerous Ohio State camps, loved watching their games and idolized the university,” Haskins wrote. “Finally, my dream to attend Ohio State will come true.” Barring any unforeseen injuries, which, based off recent history, wouldn’t be unheard of for OSU, Haskins is unlikely to contribute right away. But, 247Sports’ seventh-ranked pro-style quarterback is certainly a guy Meyer would entrust at the helm of his offense, based upon his vigorous recruitment of Haskins. Making the flip-flop from Maryland to OSU along with Haskins was Jones, the four-star linebacker from Olney, Maryland. Pegged by 247Sports as the No. 9 linebacker, Jones’ journey to Columbus was an interesting one. Wasserman reported Jones was a “surprise Ohio State official visitor” over the weekend. By sunset Monday, he had already declared his intentions to switch to OSU. Haskins posted a picture of himself with Jones on his Twitter account, saying they are “like brothers.” Jones, who Rivals.com lists as a five-star prospect, joins a linebacking unit at OSU that lost two starters. Although there is plenty of talent already at linebacker for the Buckeyes, such as juniors Raekwon McMillan and Chris Worley, tossing Jones in the mix is certainly not a bad thing. With all three players, just how much they play in 2016 remains unseen but for a program to maintain success over long periods of time, like OSU always does, these types of commitments are the foundation for prolonged dominance. They, however, might not be the last of splashes that the Buckeyes make from now until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. “Big day for the Buckeyes!” OSU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner tweeted Monday. “More to come!!”
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Share87 Tweet Email7 Short URL We saw them for what they were: scared kids who acted out and hurt others, and often themselves too. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,537 Views Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy Ex prisoners took to the stage to deliver talks to an audience of prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers, and employers, writes Nikki Gallagher. By Nikki Gallagher In 2015 I became the Communications Director at SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority. SOLAS is a progressive public body, where we’re encouraged to be innovative and explore creative approaches to tackling issues.My job is to promote an appreciation of further education and training as a great post-secondary option. This is how I discovered TED.The first TEDx (independently organised TED talks) event I managed was all about re-imagining Further Education and Training. It was a great success and I got the TEDx bug.At an event for TEDx organisers in London 18 months ago, I was fascinated to hear about a TEDx event that was held in a prison in Leicester. It tapped back into my experiences with the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, and St. Patrick’s Institution. I decided at that moment that I would help facilitate the first TEDx Talk in an Irish Prison. Back in Ireland, I approached the Dóchas Centre – and subsequently the Irish Prison Service – with trepidation: I assumed we would be met with a conservative response. I was completely wrong. The Irish Prison Service and Mountjoy Prison welcomed the idea with open arms. We agreed that the event would be held in the chapel in Mountjoy with its amazing acoustics and stunning stained-glass window. The theme was re-integration: ‘Beyond Walls, from Custody to Community’. SOLAS, through Education and Training Boards, helps fund prison education in Ireland, offering over 700 courses annually. Education is important, but without the prospect of meaningful employment on release – it’s hard to see how ex-offenders can successfully transition back into society. We wanted our TEDx talk to challenge prevailing attitudes and spark a conversation about what society can do to support offenders beyond the prison walls. I GREW UP in a family where my parents instilled social justice values in me and my siblings. Of course, they never used that term – I’m not sure they’d even understand what it means today.But it’s not surprising that my sister now manages an advocacy service for people with disabilities, my brother is a probation officer, and I have spent much of my career promoting human rights and trying to positively influence public policy and laws. Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 7:30 AM I knew we needed to find a way to communicate their stories and vulnerability to policymakers, legislators and the wider public. In addition to a policy report, we produced a DVD using drawings by the boys themselves and got actors to narrate their actual words.The impact was unprecedented: the then Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, changed the law to allow the Ombudsman for Children investigate complaints from the boys in St. Pat’s, and newly detained boys were sent to Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Eventually, St. Pat’s as an institution was shut down. 42 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4578964 Apr 6th 2019, 7:31 AM Nikki Gallagher The speakers were handpicked and included an ex-offender, a probation officer, the Mountjoy Governor and Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon. We were thrilled when the inspiring Norah Casey agreed to be our MC.After weeks of working with speaking coaches, and hours of practices and rewrites, the eight speakers were ready to stand on the famous TED red dot and present to a packed chapel.Each of the 100-odd guests was handpicked too.Prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers and employers sat shoulder to shoulder in rows of wooden pews.Hairs stood on end as the SOLAS workplace choir joined the Mountjoy choir on stage at the half-time interval.As the poignant chorus of ‘The Auld Triangle’ reverberated around the chapel, it was hard not to become emotional: at that moment, we all felt the incredible privilege of witnessing a ground-breaking event; and something shifted in the room.We suddenly saw the humanity, not just the crimes of the prisoners on stage, singing in harmony with the SOLAS staff choir.When it was the turn of ex-offender Wayne Harte to speak, he delivered some hard-hitting messages for all of us.For the first time that evening, people became uncomfortable in their seats as this bright, high academic achiever told us that – despite his impressive list of qualifications, work and life experience – he struggled to get even a job interview because of his criminal past.Phones weren’t allowed in the prison, but we trended on Twitter later that night anyway. That was the first hint of the impact we think this very special event has had.I have spent the days since Tuesday talking to many employers and policymakers about the changes we would like to see as well as exploring the next steps.I am extremely grateful to the Irish Prison Service and the Governors of Dóchas and Mountjoy for humouring a woman who wanted to talk to them about an idea she heard in London.Nikki Gallagher is Director of Communications and Secretariat at SOLAS where she is responsible for governance, public affairs and communications. Prior to this, she spent over a decade at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office promoting children’s rights and welfare. She is the Chair of BeLonGTo, Ireland’s largest LGBTI+ youth organisation. She also played a key role in the Together for Yes campaign. My interest in prisoners’ rights was sparked both by my brother’s career and my own experiences eight years ago, when, as the Communications Manager at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, I worked on a ground-breaking project with a group of teenage boys incarcerated in St. Patrick’s Institution. In Ireland, anyone under 18 years of age is legally considered a child. These 16 and 17-year-old children were incarcerated in an adult prison and denied access to the complaints process of the Children’s Ombudsman.However, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office was established under a very powerful piece of legislation that obliged the Office to ask children and young people their views on issues that mattered to them. Emily Logan, the first Ombudsman for Children was incredibly progressive and tenacious in the promotion of children’s rights and welfare.Because of both these things, we were able to negotiate with St. Patrick’s Institution and the Irish Prison Service to specifically talk to the boys about their experience of being in St. Pat’s. What we heard was really profound.The boys told us, with humour and honesty, what daily life was like for them; their hopes; their dreams and, most poignantly, their fears.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time since 1993 as the global recession hit consumption, investments and exports, data showed last week.Experts said the tourism sector will play a key role in determining the economy’s performance for 2009, describing third-quarter figures on gross domestic product as crucial.The overall economy declined by 0.2 percent in the second quarter in comparison to the same period a year ago, after a 0.3 percent expansion in the first quarter, according to figures released by the Greek National Statistical Service.“Economic activity contracted on an annual basis for the first time in the last 16 years, the result of stagnant private consumption and an ongoing slump in private investment and lower income from export services,” National Bank economist Nikos Magginas said.The economy declined 0.3 percent in the second quarter after a 1.2 percent growth in growth in the first three months of the year. The growth in the second quarter reflects a fall in imports and the government’s financial stimulus package, according to experts.The Greek economy has enjoyed a 16 year economic boom but it now faces the risk of protracted slow growth if the government fails to adopt structural reforms to boost competitiveness and correct its fiscal imbalances, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have said.Economists point to the need for a new export-oriented growth model for Greece to prosper after the consumption driven growth of the last decade.
Olympic Champion Usain Bolt is not phased by criticism about his obsession to become a professional footballer, he is not giving up.The dream of becoming a footballer wasn’t going to be easy from the very start, this is something that Usain Bolt already knew and he won’t give it up that easy.The Olympic gold Medalist attempted to play professionally with the Central Coast Mariners from Australia and even scored with them during a match, but the club ultimately decided to not let him become a pro footballer and prevented him from fulfilling his dream.He recently said that a final decision about his possible future as a pro will come by the end of November, but recent criticism from other professional players might have changed his mind and could make him push the dream further in order to see how much of a chance he really has with other clubs.There have already been reports of other offers on the table for him, something that keeps him awake at night and always thinking about the possibilities.Usain Bolt is a confessed Manchester United fan, he’s had conversations with several Premier League stars and he confessed that he keeps getting encouraged by several of them to not give up his dream because they believe in him.”I’ve talked to Pogba and Sterling and they are happy to see me trying, they say ‘come on, you can do it’.”Can Bolt fulfill his dream of becoming a footballer? ⚡Usain Bolt supported by Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling over football career: https://t.co/2L2QBVcGH6 pic.twitter.com/9pe9GxFIBz— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 15, 2018The criticism in question that may have sparked his interest again, came from Irish player Andy Keogh who stated that Bolt’s first touch is like a “trampoline”.This kind of trash-talking is not very elegant to say, but the Jamaican sprinter responded with class to this criticism by reminding Andy of the “great” player that he is.“People are going to say what they want, I’m used to this. I used to do track and field, people used to think badly of me when I started and I proved them wrong every year,” said Bolt to Sky Sports. “Football is something that I want. I’m sure he [Keogh] is not at the level he was when he started, you know what I mean?”“I don’t take it personally, I just laugh at these things because I’ve met Patrick Vieira, I’ve met so many big football players,” added Bolt.Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I’ve talked to Pogba and Sterling and they are happy to see me trying, they say ‘come on, you can do it’.”“They support me, so I’m not going to worry about some simple players saying some things about me because I have high-level players knowing this is a dream and what I want to do.”“This is not about all about the money. This is a dream, and I want to try and see how good I can be,” he concluded.Usain Bolt says he has received support from Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling in light of Andy Keogh’s comment that he had ‘a touch like a trampoline’.https://t.co/si1zZ3UMFN pic.twitter.com/tytraVrstd— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 15, 2018The offers that Usain Bolt has on the table are currently unknown, he has refused to share any of them as maybe he doesn’t believe that the clubs making such offers are good enough for him to give it another try.It’s unclear what will happen to Usain Bolt’s career as a football player, but we will report any new development or decision as soon as the Olympic gold Medalist makes it public.In our personal opinion about him, Bolt has a decent touch of the ball and he moves very well inside the box from what we were able to see during the match he played for the Central Coast Mariners where he scored.Having the support of football top players like Vieira, Pogba, and Sterling himself must be a great reason for him to stay motivated and just keep trying until he can accomplish his goal.But time might be running out for Bolt, as he is already 32 years old and the average prime for a footballer has already passed in his particular case.Los secretos del WR de 100m.Usain Bolt⚡9.58.pic.twitter.com/Z2u5x6Cymp— Run4Fun (@_r4fun_) November 14, 2018Do you think Usain Bolt should keep fighting for his dream or should he call it quits already? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
The Hill has added four of new senior VP hires to its marketing team in the wake of what it called “incredible audience growth” over the past year:Agency veteran Andrew McLean has joined The Hill as senior VP and head of business development. McLean joins from Quigley-Simpson, where he served as chief development officer, and has held senior roles at Mercury Media, GroupM, and Omnicom’s PHD.Anissa Frey was named senior VP of branded entertainment and creative solutions. She joins from DailyMail.com, where she was VP of custom content solutions and head of marketing, and previously served as VP of branded content at Condé Nast Entertainment. Courtney Howell has joined The Hill as senior VP and head of national sales. Howell was previously VP of sales at content marketing firm WhoSay, and also spent time in Twitter’s client partnerships division.Finally, The Hill named Ron Prince senior VP of marketing. Prince, who served as head of marketing for InStyle from 2009 to 2013, spent the last four years running his own marketing consulting business for clients like Condé Nast, The Hollywood Reporter, and WME/IMG.All four appointments take effect immediately, with the new hires reporting to The Hill president Richard Beckman.The Hill, which claims to have doubled its traffic year-over-year in each of the last three years, received 28 million unique visitors in October 2017, per comScore data.“In this era of consumers being bombarded with irrelevant content, politics has become the most important passion point,” said Beckman in a statement. “We are building a best in class sales, marketing and branded content organization to capitalize on this unique moment in time.”Kira BindrimHere are the rest of this week’s People on the Move:Quartz has promoted Kira Bindrim (pictured) to managing editor. The former Newsweek managing editor originally joined Atlantic Media last year as editor of the Quartz Talent Lab.“There is surely little surprise at Kira taking on this role,” wrote Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney in a memo to staffers. “Since joining Quartz in April 2016 as Talent Lab editor, she’s demonstrated a remarkable ability to get things done, always with wisdom and humor. Kira is gifted at listening to ideas and feedback, but also at providing clear-eyed suggestions and direction.”Aaron Boyd has joined Government Executive as senior editor of technology and events for NextGov, which covers the intersection of government and technology. Boyd will be charged with leading NextGov’s event programming as well as reporting on trends in federal technology. He joins from Sightline Media Group, where he served as editor of Federal Times and founding editor of Fifth Domain.Forty-five year-old Hudson Valley Magazine has named Dan Burnside its new publisher. Burnside joins the regional title after spending the last 15 years at The Blue Book Building & Construction Network, a publisher and SaaS provider to the commercial construction industry. He succeeds Ralph Martinelli, who has ascended to group publisher of the magazine as well as sister titles Westchester Magazine, Westchester Home, 914INC., and Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings.Jennifer HicksMOD Media has hired Jennifer Hicks (pictured) to serve as the new publisher of New York Spaces magazine, as well as the company’s director of business development. It’s a reunion for Hicks, who had previously served as publisher of the title in 2010, under different owners. MOD Media acquired the title back in June. Hicks most recently spent two years as a senior VP and head of luxury at The Economist, and has held senior roles at Condé Nast Traveler, The New Republic, and Smithsonian Magazine.Mackenzie Weinger will join National Journal as policy editor, effective January 3. Weinger arrives from The Cipher Brief, where she was a national security reporter, and brings previous experience from Financial Times and Politico. Weinger also interned at National Journal back in 2010.Politico promoted Bobby Moran to chief revenue officer and Danica Stanciu to VP of Politico Pro, its subscription-based service for policy professionals. Moran has spent the past seven years at Politico, most recently as VP and general manager of Politico Pro. Stanciu joined the company in 2015 and most recently served as Politico Pro‘s managing director of account management.Tracy Le has joined Access Intelligence as marketing coordinator within the Aerospace Events group, which includes the Satellite, OilComm/FleetComm, and DC5G conferences. Access Intelligence is the parent company of Folio:.Refinery29 laid off 34 staffers, representing about 7.5 percent of its overall workforce, citing a need to “tighten our belt in order to invest in the future,” according to a staff memo from co-CEOs Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano.
Federal scientists will begin using drones to monitor beluga whales in Cook Inlet as part of an effort to restore the endangered animals.Download AudioPhoto: NMFS National Marine Mammal LaboratoryThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use the unmanned aircraft to gather more information on belugas that have stranded.NOAA biologist Barbara Mahoney says the drones will provide details that aren’t available from a horizontal perspective, such as whether the animals are in a pool of water or partially submerged. She says the additional information could be crucial to determining a whales’ chance of survival.Scientists tested the drones in August on a pair of stranded belugas on a mudflat in the Turnagain Arm. Mahoney says the drone produced quality images. Cook Inlet is home to about 340 belugas.
Cyberabad: The first anniversary of Cyberabad police ‘Jagruthi Kala Brundam'(cultural groups) was celebrated on grand note in the presence of Commissioner V C Sajjanar.Addressing the gathering, he stated that creation of public awareness through the cultural groups has yielded good results like in the case of Khammam, Kadapa and Medak districts where he had worked as SP. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us He said since July 6 last year the cultural groups had conducted 111 demonstrations creating awareness among 91,580 persons, including 66,030 students, on social topics, evils and problems. Sajjanar complimented in-charges of cultural groups ASI Rama Rao, ARSI Gopal, members Sathayya, Prameela, Jaipal, Mahendra Singh, Venkatesh, Srinivas, Raju, Narahari, Sudarshan, Srisailam, Bhanupriya, Arun Kumar, Anand, Pradeep Kumar. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us DCP Anasuya of Women and Child Protection Cell and Rama Rao spoke. The group members rendered songs which received wide appreciation. Sajjanar presented commendation letters to the members and cut a cake along with them to mark the occasion. He felicitated Rama Rao with a shawl. Among those present included SHE Teams ADCP Indira, CR Headquarters ADCP Manic Raj, CAR Headquarters ACP Lakshminarayana, ACP Vidyasagar, Estate Officer Santosh Kumar, ACP Chandrakanth, CAO Accounts Officer Chandrakala, MTOs Mattayya, Venkataswasmy, RI Vishnu, AR staff.
Buses queued up at the Sayedabad bus terminal, Dhaka during the 48-hour country-wide transport strike called by the transport workers on Sunday. 28 October, Dhaka. Photo: Abdus SalamPeople continued to suffer as the countrywide transport strike demanding amendments to the recently passed Road Transport Act entered second day on Monday.In the capital, there was no public transport on the roads like the previous day, reports UNB.Transport workers also took position at several points in the capital and obstructing movement of vehicles.CNG-run auto-rickshaws, private vehicles, rickshaws, were seen plying roads with a large number of commuters waiting on roads for transport to reach their destinations.The passengers ride on rickshaw van as no buses were running in the city on the second day of the 48-hour countrywide transport strike. Jatrabari, Dhaka on 29 october. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe number of government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) bus service is also very negligible.No inter-district buses left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad terminals in the morning.The passengers ride on rickshaw van as no buses were running in the city on the second day of the 48-hour countrywide transport strike. Jatrabari, Dhaka on 29 october. Photo: Dipu MalakarUNB correspondents from different districts reported that no long-route buses left their respective bus stands following the strike.The demands of the transport workers include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving license to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.The passengers ride on rickshaw van as no buses were running in the city on the second day of the 48-hour countrywide transport strike. Jatrabari, Dhaka on 29 october. Photo: Dipu MalakarEarlier on 12 October, the workers’ association decided to stage demonstrations by going on a two-day work abstention from 28 October to press home their eight-point demand that included amendments to the Road Transport Act, if their demands are not met by 27 October.
Oikya Front leaders join 2nd round of talks with PM HasinaThe opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front has demanded formation of an election-time government with a 10-member advisory council in the light of the current constitution.The Front leaders submitted the proposal during the talks with the ruling Bangladesh Awami League-led 14-party alliance at the prime minister’s official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday.However, the two sides could not reach any agreement on the pending issues especially on 7-point demand raised by the Front for free and fair elections in the country, Prothom Alo’s Lutforzaman reported from outside the Ganabhaban.Front leaders Kamal Hossain who led the opposition coalition at the talks with Awami League chief, prime minister Sheikh Hasina-led delegation, placed the demands in writing.The AL side rejected the proposal for election-time government terming it unconstitutional.The ruling camp also declined to accept the opposition’s demand for reconstitution of the election commission, which the opposition earlier called biased, especially after the recent city corporation elections plagued by complaints of rigging.The three-hour talks beginning at 11:00am failed to make any decision on the release of Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the BNP, the major component of the Front.”The two sides remained rigid on their demand and stand. There was no consensus on any issue,” said Sheikh Selim, AL presidium member. He mentioned that the Front leaders demanded further talks but no decision was taken on this as well.Senior AL leader and commerce minister Tofail Ahmed termed the Front’s demands unconstitutional and said the dialogue came to an end. “If they want to sit after announcement of the polls schedule, that can be considered,” he added.The Front leaders earlier sat with the ruling camp leaders led by the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on 1 November. It was followed by a series of talks with other parties.
Share Patrick George, editor-in-chief at Jalopnik, says car dealers in Texas are offering steep discounts on new cars, and there has been a corresponding surge in sales.Used cars can be more of a challenge after a storm, George says.“I think in the coming years in places like Texas and Louisiana, buyers are going to need to be extra-vigilant about flood-damaged vehicles,” he says.George says when considering a used car, check for stains, rust, odd smells, mildew and whether all of the car’s parts match. Next, have the car evaluated by a reputable mechanic before you buy. MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO/KUTFlooding in Bastrop, TX, on Aug. 27, 2017. Martin do Nascimento/KUTUp to 500,000 cars took on water during Hurricane Harvey. Not having a vehicle in car-dependent Texas could be a significant hardship. And those looking for a used car to replace a flooded one should be wary of buying storm-damaged rides.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:53 Courtesy of the University of HoustonTony Hoagland The University of Houston, where Tony Hoagland taught creative writing, confirmed he died on October 23, 2018.Hoagland published several collections of poetry, including 2003’s What Narcissism Means to Me, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.He was known for a straightforward style of writing and his witty take on modern life, as in these lines from a poem titled Romantic Moment – which he read to laughter at the 2006 Dodge Poetry Festival:“It is just our second date, and we sit down on a bench,holding hands, not looking at each otherand if I were a bull penguin right now I would lean overand vomit softly into the mouth of my beloved …”Hoagland also published two essay collections about poetry and received the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award. He was 64. X Share
Harris County Flood Control DistrictA view of the bridge over Brays Bayou at Buffalo Speedway.The Harris County Flood Control District has temporarily reopened the bridge over Brays Bayou at Buffalo Speedway. The Flood Control District began coordinated construction November 19 to modify or replace three existing bridges over Brays Bayou with new higher, wider and/or longer spans that will improve the conveyance of storm water along Brays Bayou in south central Harris County.The bridge at Buffalo Speedway is expected to remain open while issues involving utility lines attached to the bridge are addressed. There will be a two-week notification period, with public notice and detour signs in the construction area, before the bridge is again closed for construction.The Buffalo Speedway, Ardmore Street and Stella Link Road bridges will be the 18th, 19th and 20th bridge modifications constructed by the Flood Control District as part of $480 million Project Brays, a cooperative effort between the Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Project Brays includes the widening of 21 miles of Brays Bayou in 13 separate channel modification project segments, the modification of 32 bridges, and the construction of four storm water detention basins with a combined capacity of 3.5 billion gallons.When Project Brays is complete, it is expected to provide a 1 percent (100-year) level of flood protection upstream (west) of the Sam Houston Tollway. In areas downstream (east) of the tollway, Project Brays will reduce the number structures at risk from a 1 percent (100-year) flood from 16,800 to 1,800. Share
Print Friendly Version Parking: Fans are encouraged to utilize the parking garage on Floyd Street (enter from Floyd Street, adjacent to the Ralph Wright Natatorium). There is a flat $5 fee for parking. The schedule for the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Classic has been altered due to snow in the forecast for Sunday. Louisville (7-6) will open the tournament on Friday with a 10:30 a.m. matchup against Indiana State and will face Missouri following the conclusion of game one. On Saturday, the Cards play Indiana State again at 10:30 a.m. and take on IUPUI at approximately 4:30 p.m. All of Louisville’s games will be televised on ACC Network Extra with Don Russell handling play-by-play duties and Suzanne Bush providing analysis. The Cardinals will welcome Indiana State, IUPUI and Missouri to Ulmer Stadium for the tournament which will now take place March 1-2. Admission is free. Cardinal Classic Schedule (revised)Friday, March 110:30 AM Indiana State vs. Louisville12:30 PM Missouri vs. Louisville2:30 PM IUPUI vs. Indiana State4:30 PM IUPUI vs. MissouriSaturday, March 210:30 AM Indiana State vs. Louisville12:30 PM IUPUI vs. Missouri2:30 PM Indiana State vs. Missouri4:30 PM IUPUI vs. LouisvilleAll game times EST and subject to change.The team listed first will occupy the first base dugout, while the second team will occupy the third base dugout. Story Links
T-Mobile has been partnering with Major League Baseball to offer its customers free access to MLB.tv for a couple of years now, and customers of the telco streamed 3 million hours of MLB coverage in 2018 alone. T-Mobile announced earlier this year that it had renewed its partnership with the league for an additional four years. T-Mobile is once again giving its customers free access to MLB.tv, Major League Baseball’s streaming service. The telco began giving away access to the streaming service Tuesday; anyone interested in signing up has until April 1 to do so.MLB.tv allows subscribers to stream regular season games on mobile and TV connected devices, and is giving baseball fans a chance to watch nearly 300 out-of-market games. The service usually costs $119 per year, or $25 per month.T-Mobile subscribers who want to take advantage of the offer do have to keep a few things in mind: Signing up for the offer only works from a mobile device that is connected to T-Mobile’s network, with T-Mobile stating that “redemption (is) not available over Wi-Fi or while roaming.”Users can add the perk directly via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app on Android, but iOS users were reporting Tuesday that they could only sign up via T-Mobile’s website. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety