The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is reportedly investigating a shocking report which states that wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow allegedly “headbutted” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth earlier this month.According to The Independent, the incident occurred between Bairstow and Bancroft outside The Avenue Hotel in Perth, when England were playing a warm-up match against Western Australia Cricket XI at the start of this month.It is claimed that the incident went no further, and that police were not involved in the matter.However, it is quite interesting to note that both Bancroft and Bairstow were involved in repeated on-the-field verbal exchanges on day four of the first Ashes Test.”At close of play in Brisbane today, we were made aware of allegations of an incident in Perth four weeks ago,” the ECB statement read.”There has been no report of any incident from the venue, security or police and there was no injury reported. “Following an initial conversation with Jonny Bairstow tonight we understand the context and will follow up with England players and management after the Brisbane Test.”Earlier in October, former England vice-captain Ben Stokes was withdrawn from the Ashes squad by the ECB in the wake of a pending investigation into an incident which led to Stokes getting arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing bodily harm.The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was released without charge but remains under police investigation.English cricketer Alex Hales was also with Stokes at that time.Meanwhile, the Australian team has seized complete control of the first Ashes Test.advertisementChasing 170 in the fourth innings, after their fast bowling ripped through England in the morning session; the Australian openers looked quite at ease on the penultimate day.David Warner (60*) and Bancroft (51*) put Australia on course to wrap up their long-accustomed victory in Brisbane.On Day 5, Australia require another 56 runs with 10 wickets remaining.
Kagiso Rabada, the No.1 Test bowler, will not feature for South Africa in the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town and the fourth Test in Johannesburg.Rabada was banned after he was found guilty of breaching Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player’. The pacer also received a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.Former Australian keeper, Brad Haddin weighed in on the situation, saying, “It’s disappointing for Rabada, but he’ll have an interesting couple of Test matches.”WATCHThe incident in question took place in second Test when Rabada during his celebrations, after dismissing Steve Smith, made physical contact with the Australian captain. However, Rabada maintained that the contact was not deliberate.Haddin said that the South African speedster will have to introspect and will definitely be feeling the consequences of his actions and what it means for his team.Also Read – Kagiso Rabada, banned for two Tests, says he’s letting South Africa down”I know the South Africans, playing us, I’ve heard them say a couple of times this is their big series and now he’s got to sit back and watch what’s going on out there.”#SAvAUS This nudge between Rabada and Smith will no doubt be reviewed by the match referee pic.twitter.com/2ln0tmTOlnMichael Sherman (@Golfhackno1) March 9, 2018″It will be interesting to see how he comes back after that, because he’ll be hurting, no doubt, over the next couple of Test matches,” Haddin told reporters.advertisementIncidentally, Rabada won the man-of-the-match award after his 11-wicket haul helped South Africa level the series 1-1 at the half-way stage of the four-match series.”He’s very impressive,” Haddin said. “For someone so young, the smarts he has the with ball in his hand, knowing when to go up and down gears and looking from the sidelines it looks like he really understands how to set up a batsman.”For someone so young that’s quite impressive. I thought the spell in the second innings to go after Warner and the openers, that was a pretty placid wicket, and from where I was sitting that was some pretty hostile bowling.”He took it on himself there to get the big wicket of Davey (Warner). Davey played well in that first innings (for 60).”It’s disappointing for the game that he’s not playing but from our point of view it’s a bonus because he is a class act.”When asked about the David Warner-Quinton de Kock tea time spat, Haddin said, “I think we’re giving it too much oxygen, to be honest.”Warner and de Kock were involved in a heated off-field exchange during the tea break on the fourth day of the first Test. CCTV footage from the players tunnel showed Warner and De Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break.”Everyone needs to take a step back,” Haddin said.This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this #SAvAUSpic.twitter.com/hxsqi80FvaSuleman Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018The video shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and spin bowler Nathan Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who exited the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.”Let’s start playing cricket more on skill and less on emotion.Haddin’s words were not all gloom, he said that both teams should move past these distractions and just play cricket.”Both sides have been guilty of things they’re probably not proud of over the last two Test matches.”But we’re one-all, it’s time to play some cricket on skill and leave that other stuff to the side.”
OTTAWA – Canadian security agents were so busy looking for Communist infiltrators in the flowering women’s liberation movement, they all but missed a genuine social revolution that transformed millions of lives, says a newly published book.“Just Watch Us” delves into the dusty Cold War records of the RCMP security service to chronicle how Mountie spies and their informants monitored the meetings, rallies and speeches of women fighting for gender equality, fair pay and access to abortion.The book emerges from years of research by Christabelle Sethna, a professor of feminist and gender studies at the University of Ottawa, and Steve Hewitt, a senior lecturer in the history department of the University of Birmingham.The RCMP security branch kept a watchful eye on a vast array of people and groups in virtually every corner of society, amassing hundreds of thousands of secret files that reflect an overwhelming concern with the Red Menace of Communist subversion.As a result, the Mounties saw the youth-fuelled causes of the New Left, including the women’s movement, through a “red-tinged prism,” the book argues.It wasn’t a vendetta against women or feminism that prompted the RCMP security service to fixate on the phenomenon, but “real and imagined connections” of the blue-jeaned rabble-rousers to the extreme left, especially Trotskyists who gravitated between the New and Old Left in support of various causes.Sethna and Hewitt combed through thousands of pages of declassified intelligence files — many still heavily censored — to trace the RCMP interest in women’s causes.The police force opened a general file labelled Women’s Liberation Groups — Canada on May 13, 1969.The Mounties churned out reams of memos and duly squirreled away the pamphlets, position papers, notices and meeting minutes they quietly collected at events across the country.The RCMP diligently followed the 1970 Abortion Caravan, a trek from Vancouver to Ottawa that used guerrilla theatre to highlight the issue of uneven access to legal abortion services.An RCMP investigator’s summary of the caravan’s April 30 reception in Saskatoon dismissively noted: “General reaction was that of distaste for the slovenly attire of the members, and their accompanying antics whilst parading downtown.”In Ottawa, the trekkers outfoxed the spies. Several women in prim skirts, carrying purses, made their way into the gallery of the House of Commons. They then pulled chains from their handbags, locked themselves to seats and loudly denounced the abortion law.“One intrepid participant managed to commandeer the bilingual simultaneous translation system to boom her speech out to the entire House,” the book says. “Another threw a water bomb that landed near the prime minister’s empty chair.”Often, however, informants seeking hard evidence of left-wing revolutionary activity “found themselves instead sitting through heady, interminable discussions about the patriarchal nuclear family.”Much like the FBI in the United States, which also monitored women’s groups, the RCMP seemed oblivious to the power of a potent social force that continues to reverberate today.The archival files are dotted with the names of activists who would rise to national prominence, including future senators Therese Casgrain and Anne Cools.The authors’ research made headlines a decade ago when a biographical sketch of Rita MacNeil — the much-admired Maritime songstress — turned up in an RCMP file compiled long before she found fame. MacNeil, active in the early 1970s with the Toronto women’s caucus, was dumbfounded to learn of the surveillance.“When I look back, I can’t recall anything that would have been a threat to anyone,” she told The Canadian Press in 2008. “To think that we were being watched — it’s a surprise.”Sethna and Hewitt were torn between transparency and privacy, and compromised by agreeing, on a case-by-case basis, to omit the names of some surveillance targets, especially if they may still be alive.Since they needed to blend in, many informants were female, and the intelligence files document the extent to which women acted as agents of the state in reporting on the activities of their sisters.“Should that have any impact on the politics of women’s liberation?” Sethna wonders, adding that she hopes the realization that some women were moles does not lead to rancour over suspicions of betrayal.By the mid-1970s, the women’s movement began to transform the RCMP itself, as female members donned the red serge.The RCMP’s first permanent female commissioner, the recently appointed Brenda Lucki, takes over a force still dealing with the fallout from decades of harassment faced by women Mounties in a male-dominated culture.The excesses of the RCMP security branch led to its dissolution and the birth in 1984 of the civilian Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The move was intended to put an end to Mountie escapades like burning a barn to prevent a meeting of radicals.The authors see current parallels, however, given the expansion of CSIS powers in recent years that allow the spy service, like its RCMP forerunner, to disrupt security threats through sabotage.“I worry that, in some ways, we’ve forgotten some of the lessons of the 1970s,” says Hewitt, who has written extensively about security and intelligence issues.“I think for government agencies the past is what happened yesterday. There’s no sense of reflecting on a longer history.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly identified Christabelle Sethna as an associate professor.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Antoine Trépanier, Radio-Canada reporter. TWITTER The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter OTTAWA – The Canadian Association of Journalists condemns the actions of the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau for arresting Radio-Canada reporter Antoine Trépanier for alleged criminal harassment.Trépanier was arrested by police on March 13 after a woman he had repeatedly approached for comment on a story he was reporting filed a police complaint. Police have yet to file charges, and Trépanier has been released after promising to appear in court—and on the condition that he not contact the complainant. His employer says the complaint has no grounds. “Pursuing comment from the key subject in a story is the basis of responsible journalism,” said CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “The detention of a journalist in the process of doing his job bringing a matter of public interest to the fore, is troubling.”
New Delhi: In a significant development, France, which had made a fresh bid at the UN to get Masood Azhar banned, has decided to impose financial sanctions on the JeM chief, asserting that it has always been by India’s side in the fight against terrorism. France along with the US and the UK had moved a proposal in the UN Security Council to designate the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief as a “global terrorist”. However, the bid was blocked by China which put a technical hold on the proposal. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “A deadly attack took place in Pulwama on February 14, 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the Indian police forces. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, which the United Nations has deemed to be a terrorist organisation since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack,” said a joint statement by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the French Ministry of the Interior. “France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism,” it said.
Darjeeling: The focus of the TMC-GJM campaign in the Darjeeling Hills will be the absence of BJP MPs from the constituency. The first joint workers’ meet in Darjeeling on Tuesday saw leaders of both the parties dubbing the BJP MPs as “tourist” MPs.”In 2009, BJP heavyweight Jaswant Singh won from the Darjeeling constituency. Again in 2014, BJP candidate S S Ahluwalia won from Darjeeling constituency. However after winning they hardly returned to their constituencies. Even when the Hills were steeped in political unrest in 2017, Ahluwalia preferred to stay away from the place. He did not even express a single word of sympathy. Why did this happen? Now he has dubbed us as foreigners,” retorted Binay Tamang, president, GJM. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChallenging Ahluwalia, Tamang gave a clarion call to the Hill people to ensure BJP’s defeat. “It is payback time now. This will reflect in the ballot. We will ensure that if Ahluwalia contests from this constituency, his deposit gets forfeited,” stated Tamang. Tamang stated that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ensured peace and development in the Hills. “She has also assured in public to address the identity crisis issue of the Gorkhas,” Tamang added. He said that Banerjee will be addressing a mammoth TMC-GJM rally at the Darjeeling Motor Stand on April 10. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile Aroop Biswas, the TMC observer for Darjeeling, alleged that BJP leaders have been constantly hoodwinking the Hills. “Even Prime Minister Modi had said that the dreams of Gorkhas are his dreams, in the election campaign for Ahluwalia. Where did Modi disappear? Did he ever come to Darjeeling to find out how the Gorkhas are doing? Whether everything is fine with the Gorkhas?” questioned Biswas. He said that on the contrary, Modi’s government has been sitting over a recommendation given by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 28, 2014, for the inclusion of 11 Gorkha communities in the Scheduled Tribe list. Biswas stated that the TMC-GJM alliance will win from the Darjeeling constituency, owing to the development work they have been doing. “In the Hills, the GTA and municipalities have done great work. They have ensured peace and development,” said Biswas. The TMC-GJM candidate from the constituency Amar Rai said: “We have done enough politics with emotions and sentiments. What have we gained? It is time we indulged in politics with our heads and not just our hearts. We have to revive the past glory of Darjeeling.”
The United Nations food agency today welcomed a contribution in excess of $20 million from the Republic of Korea to provide food assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where a lack of funds has already led to cutbacks in critically needed feeding programmes. “This crucial and very generous donation will allow us to increase our response to the most pressing needs of the people of the DPRK,” said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). “The significant gap between food required and food available in the DPRK has led to growing hardship and suffering for millions. The situation calls for determined and timely action by the international community and we welcome the lead taken by the Republic of Korea,” she added. The contribution, a mix of commodities, comes in the middle of the “lean season” when household food stocks traditionally run low and when WFP has been forced to suspend school feeding during June for 400,000 children in 29 underserved, food-insecure counties in the DPRK. It will allow WFP to resume food assistance for children, pregnant women and families in food-insecure areas. WFP also hopes it will help it to reach more than double the number of present beneficiaries, from 700,000 to 1.9 million, in all 50 counties where the DPRK authorities have agreed to WFP food distributions. At the same time, the agency warned that millions in DPRK still face severe food shortages. Despite steady improvements in the country’s food situation after the famine years of the mid- to late 1990s, having enough to eat is still a struggle for one third of its population, notably those living in remote and mountainous regions. “With this donation, WFP can begin to meet the needs of a much larger number of North Koreans, especially those who need our help the most,” stated Tony Banbury, WFP’s Regional Director for Asia. 14 June 2007The United Nations food agency today welcomed a contribution in excess of $20 million from the Republic of Korea to provide food assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where a lack of funds has already led to cutbacks in critically needed feeding programmes.
Abou Moussa, the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), held talks yesterday with Blaise Compaoré, the President of neighbouring Burkina Faso and the facilitator of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement, Mission spokesman Hamadoun Touré announced.The consultations, which took place in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, were convened to help ensure that the peace process does not go off track and the Ouagadougou accord – reached in March – is fully implemented.UNOCI has already endorsed Mr. Soro’s call for an independent international inquiry into last Friday’s attack by unidentified men at Bouaké airport, which killed four people and injured several others as Mr. Soro’s plane was landing.The Ouagadougou agreement, signed by Mr. Soro and Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, is an attempt to heal the divide in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been split between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north since 2002.The pact calls, among other steps, for: creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces through the establishment of an integrated command centre; dismantling the militias, disarming ex-combatants and enrolling them in civil services programmes; and replacing the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI. 6 July 2007The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Côte d’Ivoire has met with a key regional figure to discuss the state of the peace process in the divided West African country in the wake of last week’s deadly rocket attack on a plane carrying Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.
Report by Easwaran Rutnam Travelers, especially women, should consider travelling with other people when possible, the travel information notice said.It further adds that organized and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence, although there is no evidence to suggest that U.S. citizens are at particular risk.It also says the Sri Lankan justice system can be slower than in the United States and there are a number of outstanding cases of crimes against foreign nationals, including the murder of the British national noted above, which have yet to be prosecuted. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka has been summoned by the External Affairs Ministry to seek a clarification on a travel note issued by the US State Department to US citizens visiting Sri Lanka.An External Affairs Ministry official said that Ambassador Michele J. Sison is to be asked why such a travel note had been issued. As was first reported in the Colombo Gazette on Saturday, the travel information for US citizens visiting Sri Lanka said that while most violent crime occur within the local community reports of violent crime and sexual assaults directed at foreigners have been increasing in recent months. “Western women continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by groups of men. Such harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has taken place in crowded areas such as marketplaces, train stations, buses, public streets and sporting events. The harassment ranges from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to physical advances, and sexual assaults have occurred as well. While most victims of sexual assault have been local residents, an upswing in sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas in the southern beaches underlines the fact that foreign women should exercise vigilance,” the notice said. (Colombo Gazette) In response to this rise in crime, the Sri Lankan government now requires that all foreign tourists provide their passport information to hotel staff when registering at local hotels and guest houses so that this data can be used by local law enforcement for the monitoring of foreign tourists.U.S. citizens have also been advised against travel on public buses in Sri Lanka, as passengers can be targets of criminal activity and bus drivers do not all obey driving regulations. The US State Department had, in the travel note, cautioned it’s citizens when visiting Sri Lanka of crimes targeting foreigners.
According to a UN spokesperson in New York, 26 civilians were killed earlier this week when clashes between armed groups resulted in an attack on the village of Batangafo in Ouham Prefecture. “Our humanitarian colleagues tells us that despite recent peace talks in Brazzaville, clashes between armed groups have continued, exacting a heavy toll on civilians,” Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.Even more alarming, the continued insecurity is having a direct impact on aid efforts. Sixteen aid workers have been killed in the CAR since fighting reached its peak in December. An estimated 527,000 people are still internally displaced, including 102,000 internally displaced persons in Bangui. And over half the population – 2.5 million people – need humanitarian assistance. In addition to the perilous security situation, the efforts of aid groups are also being hindered by a lack of funding, Mr. Dujarric said. Less than 40 per cent of the $565 million needed for 2014 has been received so far.Last week, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said lack of funds was badly hampering efforts to provide even the most basic survival assistance for refugees. Assistance gaps remain in shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene, posing particular concern now that the rainy season has begun.The CAR has been embroiled in fighting currently fuelled by inter-communal retaliatory attacks between anti-balaka and Séléka rebels, after the latter were ousted from power in January 2014. An estimated 2.2 million people are in need of humanitarian aid as a result.
OSU players pile up on Penn State running back, Zach Zwinak (28). OSU won against Penn State, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium Oct. 26.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorTwenty games. Twenty victories.Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team appear as if they can do no wrong.The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) dominated from the outset Saturday, sending Penn State (4-3, 1-2) back to Happy Valley on the wrong side of a 63-14 outcome. Such a lopsided victory on national television might seem like Meyer and company were looking to impress the national media and change the perception of the Big Ten’s inferiority, but the OSU head coach won’t be saying that anytime soon.“That was certainly not our mindset,” Meyer said following the win. “Our mindset is ‘find a way to win this game against a very talented team’ … I’d be disappointed if I said (making an impression is) our focus. That’s not our focus.”OSU has held steady at No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll since week three of the season and is currently in the same spot in the BCS standings behind unbeaten Alabama, Florida State and Oregon. If the Buckeyes have hopes of playing for a national title in January, winning by large margins might be the only way to do so with the Big Ten currently lacking national respect.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett agreed with his head coach, though, and said the only thing his team can do is take care of its own business.“We don’t really worry about (polls). We don’t really focus on that,” Barnett said. “All that stuff will take care of itself … If we win all our games and take care of our business, I don’t think it will be a problem. I think that we can only handle what we can handle. That’s all we control, is how we play.”Impressing the voters, though, was a priority for some players heading into Saturday.“This was definitely a statement win,” redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said. “That’s the attitude we carried to this game, that we were going to make a statement on prime time when everybody was watching, and that’s what we did.”OSU kept Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg under wraps for most of the game, picking him off twice and sacking him four times. Hackenberg left the game in the third quarter with an injured shoulder.One of those sacks came at the hands of junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who led OSU with 10 tackles. Shazier sided with Meyer and Barnett, saying that winning games is all the team cares about, not the polls.“We (are) trying to go out there and just win every game and try to win them handily like we should,” Shazier said. “We’re just trying to go out there trying to win every game, and at the end of the day, things (are) going to happen how it’s supposed to.”Meyer called the victory “arguably our best team win” of 2013, and said he felt the Buckeyes played well on offense, defense as well as special teams, but particularly the pass rush.“I like where we’re at right now. I like where we’re at as a team,” Meyer said. “We all needed to see some pass rush and pass defense and guys step up and they certainly did. That was the most impressive part of the game to me.”OSU scored on six of its seven first half possessions, taking a 42-7 lead into halftime after Miller threw a dart to senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown from 25 yards out with only seconds left. Freshman running back Dontre Wilson, who scored his first touchdown since the San Diego State game Sept. 7, said the Buckeyes did want to prove something to their doubters.“It’s a pretty big statement because everybody always downgrades us and puts us down,” Wilson said. “So for us to come out with this performance against Penn State, a good team that just beat Michigan, it’s a pretty big statement.”The Buckeye offense racked up 686 total yards, good for third best in program history. A total of 408 of those yards came on the ground, as junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde and redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton ran for a pair of scores each. Miller also threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and said he is “very comfortable” with what the passing game is doing right now.“I know what I’m doing and (the) defensive coverage, and I know where the guy is going to be,” Miller said. “It’s exciting to see a (teammate) with the ball in his hand do something with it.”With this kind of strength on the ground and a multitude of players playing at such a high level, the end result was something worthy of recognition, Barnett said.“We definitely want to make an impact on the country and have people notice us. We like that,” Barnett said. “We would love for every game to be like that. Hopefully we can just come out and execute like we did tonight.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday to take on Purdue (1-6, 0-3). Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-umujyPBC8YouTube: Hugh O’ConnellIN WHAT NOW appears to becoming a daily event Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett admonished TDs again this morning for their “roaring and shouting”.During another rowdy Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Seán Barrett advised TDs to “take the morning off and go and watch television and see what it sounds like to be listening to the roaring and shouting”.In strongly-worded remarks, he told TDs: “There’s a lot of people made a lot of sacrifices so we could come into this chamber and debate, not to shout each other down.”Later, Barrett got into a row with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who had complained over speaking slots afforded to his party during last night’s debate on the Budget.A lengthy dispute ensued ironically delaying a debate on Dáil reform proposals which were eventually passed meaning TDs are set to sit earlier and for longer in the coming weeks.Later Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore noted: “If there was ever a case for this reform, I think the conduct of business here this morning makes it very adequately.”Gilmore: “The place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flatscreen”WATCH: ‘You’re an embarrassment on television!’: Ceann Comhairle slams TDs amid angry Dáil exchanges
Since the 1980s, information and communications technology (ICT) has been one of the most successful sectors in the Irish economy. Now – by truly embracing digital – we must ensure Ireland retains its place as a global leader in ICT, writes Philip Flynn.IN THE 1980s, when you told people you worked in the computer industry, you were generally met with curious expressions and questions. For those on the inside, the sector was hugely exciting. However, only about 16,000 people worked in ICT in Ireland – the majority of those in manufacturing. In 1987, when I began working with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Irish software and services exports were valued at a mere IR £100 million and less than 3,000 people were employed in computer services.Having a PC in your home was rareThe majority of the population had never touched a computer, and having a PC in your home was not only rare, it was considered curious and strange. I was privileged, through my job, to have one then – except it wasn’t even a PC as we now know them: it was a ‘dumb terminal’, so called because it needed to be connected to a mainframe in the company’s offices.ICT now accounts for €60 billion or 35 per cent of total Irish exports. Nine of the top 10 software companies in the world have substantial operations here and the £100m of software and services in 1987 has grown to €50 billion today.Over 82,000 people work in ICT, and – in the face of the worst recession we have ever seen – employment in the sector continues to grow. In fact, somewhat ironically at a time of high general unemployment, we still have significant numbers of hi-tech job vacancies unfilled due to skills shortages.The challenge for government now is to develop solutions that will rapidly address skills shortages and employment needs. We must also stimulate indigenous enterprise for the next wave of ICT, which is already being driven by a pervasive internet sector, mobile technologies, social media platforms, data analytics and information and cloud services in every economic sector of a globally connected marketplace. We must do all we can to ensure Ireland retains its place as a global leader in ICT.From manufacture to software to onlineOver the past three decades, I worked in a number of different roles in ICT. I spent ten years at DEC and had the opportunity there to move from hardware product manufacturing and design engineering in Clonmel to sales and marketing and business unit management in Geneva to the global services division in Massachusetts. I saw first-hand the power and potential of software as it was evolving and was first introduced to the internet through Digital’s own search engine, Alta Vista, in the mid 1990s.After DEC was acqured by Comapaq, I moved back to Dublin to manage the international operations of Visio Corporation, a Seattle-based software development company. Visio was subsequently and successfully acquired by Microsoft in 2000.I saw it as a natural progression for me next to embrace the opportunities presented by the emerging internet and I joined Orbiscom, a company focused on online credit card transactions, and subsequently acquired by MasterCard.My own career – moving from manufacturing to services to software to online – somewhat mirrors the trajectory of Ireland’s ICT sector over the past 30 years. The next step for the sector – and one which we are now in the process of taking – is to fully exploit the opportunity presented by the expansion of the internet and its increasing influence on every aspect of our lives.Embracing DigitalWe are living through a seismic cultural change: economy and society are becoming increasingly digitised, and the importance of digital literacy and digital skills for all citizens cannot be stressed enough. Digital is no longer just a communications channel; it is a defining behaviour for younger generations of ‘digital natives’ – and in every sense it’s a new cultural change already happening.Ireland is not alone in pinning our hopes for future economic prosperity on digital and ICT; every developed country in the world has a strategy for how it will take advantage of the internet.For Ireland to continue to compete successfully, ‘demand’ has to be stimulated, internet usage has to be promoted and digital literacy has to be accelerated. Allied to that, connectivity has to be seamless and always available; always on; everywhere. Both sides of the demand and supply equation have to at least keep pace with – and, ideally, outperform – our leading sovereign competitors. A warning shot across our bow, if one was needed, is that our nearest neighbour is already pushing ahead of us in this field.To be fair, things are being done by the Government on the demand stimulus, education and infrastructure fronts, but the speed of change is such that we can’t rest easy. The major issue for us is the speed at which competing countries are developing, and our capacity to keep pace with them, let alone outstrip them. We also have an issue with the effective coordination of disparate initiatives.Government plansI look forward to the imminent publication of the National Digital Strategy by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, which will go some way to addressing these issues.The fundamental opportunity that the internet age presents is the relatively low entry cost (the real entry barrier is one more of capability than cash), combined with the power it offers to exploit knowledge capability by bringing technologists, creatives and expert practitioners together – in any particular field that ultimately has global application – to collaborate in solving real current problems.Where those efforts are successful locally, compelling products and / or services can be developed and exported to a global marketplace. And the very same principle applies to the arts and cultural sector in developing global audiences for their offerings.Exploiting our opportunitiesTo fully exploit the opportunity requires what we referred to in The Digital Hub as the four Cs: content, capability, connectivity and collaboration. Combined, these create a fifth C of digital community, which continues to evolve the capability to keep us competitive in the pervasive digital age. Connectivity and capability facilitate and stimulate content creation and collaboration and this, in turn, generates more content and an evolving, engaged and more capable expanded community at every iteration of the cycle. A truly virtuous digital circle, so to speak.For over 30 years, Ireland has made itself a leader in ICT. Now, in the digital era, let us not see this work undone. By producing top-quality digital content and promoting connectivity and collaboration, we can develop a national digital capability that will ensure the sector continues to play a leadership role in the Irish economy.Philip Flynn recently retired after over a decade as Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA). The DHDA manages The Digital Hub, the Irish government initiative aimed at creating an international centre of excellence for digital content and technology enterprises. The Digital Hub is located in Dublin’s south-west inner city, and is home to almost 70 digital enterprises. Further information is available at www.thedigitalhub.com.Read: What are they doing with that analogue space?>Read: Ireland above EU and OECD averages for internet access>
April Fool’s Day: The perfect time to pre-order a phone that already looks just a little bit crazy. The dual-screen Kyocera Echo, soon to come to Sprint, is now available for pre-order on RadioShack’s website and in stores. Running Android 2.2 (Froyo), the Echo can use one screen as a keyboard or run two apps at once with one on each screen. It can also combine the two into one 4.7 inch super-screen. Other than the fact that it has two independent displays, the rest of the phone’s features are pretty standard, with a 5 megapixel camera, 720p camcorder and wifi hotspot mode.RadioShack is selling the phone, which costs $199 on contract, on its site with free shipping. You can also pre-order in RadioShack stores, but that will require the purchase of a $50 gift card, applied to the purchase of the phone when it comes out on April 17th.[via BGR, RadioShack]AdChoices广告
Seattle — Authorities on Sunday captured two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison in Washington state by climbing over a chain-link fence topped with razor wire.Sage Bear, 26, was serving an almost 11-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter after accidentally shooting a close friend in the head. The other, Richard Harvell, 30, was serving 3½ years on a gun charge.The pair were caught without incident about 6 miles from Cedar Creek Corrections Center in a rugged forest southwest of Olympia, Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said.They scaled a 10- to 12-foot (3- to 3.66-meter) razor-wire fence to flee Saturday night and will be treated for minor injuries they received during the escape.Officials noticed Harvell and Bear missing about 20 minutes after they fled. Officials began escape response procedures and conducted an immediate headcount.
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Map of GazipurA man was stabbed to death allegedly by his mentally challenged son at Uttarsoum in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Abdul Hye, 55.Kaliganj police station officer-in-charge Abu Bakar Siddique said that Hye’s son Hridoy, 18, attacked him while he was sleeping around 5am.Being obstructed, Hridoy hit him with a stone on his head, leaving him critically injured.Later, the injured was rushed to upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead.Police detained Hridoy.
Dr Chris BrownHelloworld TravelInsider JourneysVietnamVietnam Airlines Following Dr Chris Brown’s recent visit to Vietnam with Insider Journeys, Network Ten’s ‘The Living Room’ and Vietnam Airlines, the four top-selling agents who sold the most Vietnam trips were whisked away to take part in an exclusive experience with The Living Room, all thanks to Insider Journeys.The high achieving agents and their guests travelled to Sydney with two nights accommodation included, to meet Dr Chris, attend a live recording of The Living Room and enjoy an exclusive Insider Journeys dinner at Thai Foon in Darling Harbour. Seeing firsthand how The Living Room is filmed and produced, and being a part of the studio audience, was a highlight for all. Back L-R – Miguel Maestre – The Living Room, Barry Du Bois – The Living Room, Walter Delorie – Insider Journeys, David Hammond and Naomi Hammond – Helloworld Travel Croydon HillsFront L-R – Leanne O’Connor – Helloworld Travel Horsham, Gaynor Vantsant – Travel Focus International, Dr Chris Brown – The Living Room, Nathalie Henry – Helloworld Travel Horsham, and Marina Tatulli
Go back to the enewsletterMelco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities, celebrated the official opening of Morpheus on Friday, the new, ultra-luxury hotel in Macau.Named after the god of dreams in Greek Mythology, this $US1.1 billion building is the latest addition to the Phase III development of City of Dreams Macau. It offers sophisticated travellers remarkable experiences that go beyond gaming and raise the bar in global luxury hospitality.Morpheus is the world’s first ever free-form exoskeleton high-rise architectural structure, designed by legendary architect the late Dame Zaha Hadid. The interior of the hotel is intricately crafted, designed and curated by globally-renowned designer Peter Remedios.© Photograph by Virgile Simon Betrand/Zaha Hadid ArchitectsWith a total of 772 guest rooms, suites and villas, an executive lounge, a sky pool situated 130 meters above ground, the world’s most fashion-forward brands and retail options, an in-house Spa Butler concept, as well as VIP gaming and VIP villas on the top floors, Morpheus offers guests world-class experiences that exceed five-star hotel standards.Dining options include the opening of Alain Ducasse at Morpheus and Voyages, the legendary French chef’s restaurant inspired by his travels. Taste buds will also be awakened by Yi, which offers regional Chinese cuisine served omakase-style, while the king of modern patisserie, Pierre Hermé, has created a sleek lounge serving the finest delicacies never seen before in Asia. The hotel also serves as a living gallery featuring original contemporary art by internationally renowned artists KAWS, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Thilo Heinzmann.“Ten years ago, Melco promised to create something different, something better to create a new category of hospitality for the premium mass. Today, together with our partners and the support of the Macau government, we have delivered on this promise,” said Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment.© Photograph by Virgile Simon Betrand / Zaha Hadid Architects“Morpheus, our most luxurious integrated resort yet, solidifies Melco’s position as a global premium brand as we continue to expand our offerings around the world. We look forward to welcoming our first guests, positioning Macau as a globally leading integrated destination for entertainment and leisure that goes beyond gaming.”© Photograph by Virgile Simon Betrand / Zaha Hadid ArchitectsThe completion and opening of Morpheus also marks a new beginning for City of Dreams. The premium portfolio now includes the sleek, modern Morpheus; the chic, classic Chinese Nüwa; and upcoming hotel Libertine, the funky rebel, which starts development in the first quarter of 2019.Each property offer guests premium and luxury experiences but each has its own distinctive style and design while maintaining the same focus on quality and attention to detail.Go back to the enewsletter
Τwo marine vessels purchased for the Paphos airport fire station have been sitting idle for the past two years as no one has overseen their delivery or has the expertise to use them, a report on the fire services published by the auditor general on Monday revealed.Outlining a host of issues, the report also showed that overtime hours clocked by department staff increased by 469 per cent in 2016 from the previous year.While in 2015 overtime hours were just short of 1,400 for an unspecified number of employees, the hours jumped to around 7,800 by 2016.The fire services chief, according to the report, put this down to the department being short staffed and changing the system to count public holidays as overtime.Delays surrounding equipment were observed in more than one occasion, as outlined by the audit service’s findings. In one instance, two marine vessels for Paphos airport and one hovercraft for Larnaca airport were deemed necessary in case of a plane crash near the two locations.Though in April 2015, Hermes airport – which shared the expenses with the fire department – received the two marine vessels, the fire department has yet to pick them up to take them to the Paphos airport fire station.“The delay in picking them up is due to a shortage of staff on shifts as well as incomplete training on the use of such equipment,” the report said.Though the airport, police and fire services have reached an agreement on resolving the matter, no official documents had been signed by the time the report was prepared.Additionally, no hovercraft for Larnaca airport was ever purchased despite it being discussed since 2006. The process is now apparently in its final stages and the hovercraft is set to arrive by the end of the year.The report also outlines that in 2015, calls for tender went out for four fire service vehicles including two rescue trucks. Although a contract was signed at the end of the year which outlined the vehicles needed to be delivered within 12 months – by the end of 2016 – until August 2017 when the audit service inspected the matter, the vehicles had not materialised.Sufficient answers over a complaint filed to police towards the end of 2016 also had not been provided, the report outlined. The complaint concerned allegations that the fire service was showing preferential treatment to a certain company installing fire extinguishing equipment.Out of 55 premises that had such equipment installed in Larnaca, only five of them had details of the company which installed them in their records. After the audit service’s request, information for a total of 33 premises was obtained which revealed that in 64 per cent of the cases, the same company had been responsible for installing the equipment.The audit service found that the police investigation did not properly look into whether the fire service did in fact promote the rival company of the man who made the complaint and was still awaiting answers.The report outlines that a member of the fire services department worked in a private company without receiving the sufficient permit from the justice ministry as is required by law. The employee in question went on early retirement from the service in September this year.Also brought up in the report is that the building housing the head office of the department lacks a certificate of technical approval as the contractor was not paid their due sum of €43,700 on time.Following a decision by Nicosia district court, the amount was paid in May this year, however the procedure for obtaining the certificate is still in the works. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola