BJP set for Rath Yatra in Bengal

first_imgNearly the entire top brass of the BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, will spend several days in West Bengal as the State BJP is set to launch its month-long grand Rath Yatra, titled the ‘Save Democracy Rally’, from next Sunday. The yatra will “activate a wave of support for the BJP in Bengal” in the run-up to the election, claimed BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh.A route plan indicates that the rally will be inaugurated by Mr. Shah in Cooch Behar in north Bengal on December 7. Mr. Shah will also inaugurate two more legs of the rally from south Bengal on December 9 and 14, while the Prime Minister is expected to join the rally “as per his convenience,” said Mr. Ghosh. “We sent a list to Delhi suggesting four places [as] the Prime Minister wanted to participate in four places. We are yet to get confirmation about the dates but he will surely join the rally.” “There will be thousands of people in the rally. The Trinamool Congress knows that it will backfire if they try to stop us,” Mr. Ghosh said.‘Banking on Muslims’BJP expects “substantial Muslim participation” in both the rally and the 2019 election. “If the Muslims do not join the BJP in Bengal how would the votes increase?” asked Mr. Ghosh.“We have joined politics to win elections. In a State where Muslims are 30% of the population and in pockets [where] they are as big as 60-90%, we have to include them. We can’t do politics in West Bengal dropping Muslims,” he said. He did not think it would “dilute” the ideology of Hindutva. The three-page yatra leaflet, however, has focused on the demand for launching the NRC in Bengal and passage of the Citizenship Bill, 2016, interpreted as anti-Muslim.Star campaigners such as Yogi Adityanath, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Giriraj Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uma Bharati and Hema Malini will join the rally at various points. “They will all come but the scheduled dates may change,” Mr. Ghosh said.However, a section of leaders have argued that the party should have focused on issues like “recent liquor poisoning or dengue-driven deaths” rather than organising a State-wide rally. Such observations underscored the simmering factionalism in Bengal BJP, which the State chief did not deny.“Some of the leaders thought, to come to the party office, to have tea and go back is doing politics. We have changed the model and said that they have to go to the field and literally fight…that is how we have grown over the last years [and they] are not liking it.” The police officials said they are worried about the rally as many outfits of the RSS — like Hindu Jargan Manch, ABVP or VHP — have plans to take out separate rallies other than the main ones. Mr. Ghosh expected the rally to remain ‘peaceful.’last_img read more

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Dates, prayer mats turn pricey in J&K following LoC trade ban

first_imgSuspension of cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade has led to spike in prices of essentials such as dates, prayer mats, miswak (a teeth cleaning twig) and fruits this Ramzan, the month of fasting for Muslims, in Jammu and Kashmir. According to official figures, the Union Home Ministry’s decision to stop the cross-LoC trade on April 18 has resulted in a shortfall of dates worth ₹6.24 crore this year. Against 233 trucks carrying 1.99 lakh kg of dates in 2017-18, this year (2018-19) due to the trade blockade from March, only 173 trucks were allowed to ferry dates worth ₹6 crore, according to the data from the Trade Facilitation Centre in Kashmir. Branded quality dates cost ₹450 to ₹1,500 a kg this year compared to ₹250 to ₹800 last year.Similarly, the official data suggest prayer mats around 6,897 Nag (one Nag contains 150 mats) worth ₹9.32 crore were used in 2017-18 but only 5,883 Nag worth ₹7.45 crore reached Kashmir this year. Miswak too saw a major drop in its import. Only 54 trucks worth ₹3.34 crore made it to the Kashmir market against 66 trucks worth ₹6.61 crore in 2017-18. Fruit arrivals also saw a drop.Samiullah Bhat, vice-president of the Cross-LoC Traders Association, said the trade was a game changer to regulate prices of essentials during Ramzan. The Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the -LoC trade citing “funnelling of illegal weapons, funding to militant outfits, narcotics and fake currency”.last_img read more

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Haiti v. Everybody: Grenadiers into semis after historic rally

first_imgHaiti’s players left NRG Stadium in a jubilant mood Saturday night after scoring three second-half goals to top Canada 3-2 and move into the Gold Cup semifinals. In addition to a ticket to the final four of the Concacaf tournament for the first time in history, one even acquired a souvenir, a snapback tossed from the crowd onto the field that he was still wearing as he exited. It read, “Haiti vs. Everybody.” Plenty of cities and nations have used the same sort of motto, but it’s been true for Les Grenadiers during the tournament. They’ve taken on all comers and, despite falling behind in three of four matches in the tournament, they’ve come out on top.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “It feels amazing. I have to tell you, we’re a group of fighters,” Steeven Saba told Goal after the game. “Every time you get a win like this, you get more excited. You get momentum going. Coming down 2-0 at the half, just like we were losing in the group stage, it always feels amazing.” Hait went into the break trailing by two goals after a first half Canada controlled. The Haitians fell asleep on the first goal, with Alphonso Davies quickly taking a free kick and finding Jonathan David all alone. The Gold Cup’s leading scorer made no mistake and smashed the opener past Haiti goalkeeper Jhony Placide. On the second, Scott Arfield put a pass in for Lucas Cavallini, who was one-on-one with Placide after being kept onside by the left back Alex Christian. Surely something was said in the locker room at the break that inspired a Haiti team to come out and score three times in the second half, especially one good enough to inspire the winner – a goal from Wilde-Donald Guerrier from a gorgeous move started by Saba when he won back the ball in his own half and sent a rainbow toward Duckens Nazon. Nazon turned and got down the line, then he decided to see what his options were in the middle. It didn’t appear he had many choices, but he pulled a pass out of nowhere that found Guerrier. His first touch wasn’t a good one, but he stayed with it, popped the ball back in the air and finished past Milan Borjan. Borjan had been beaten almost by his own man for the first goal, with a back pass from Marcus Godinho catching him by surprise and allowing Nazon to pick his pocket and start the rally. Herve Bazile had the second from the penalty spot. ¡¡GOOOOOOLAAAAAZOOOOOO-AAAAZOOOOOO-AZOOOOOOO!! Haití le da la vuelta el partido con una definición de otro nivel de Wilde-Donald Guerrier🇭🇹 Haití 3-2 Canadá 🇨🇦Disfruta de #TuCopaOro EN VIVO 👉 https://t.co/4EreJdZN63 pic.twitter.com/Xiszv5a6IL— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 30, 2019Haiti coach Marc Collat claimed his team coolly, logically looked at the halftime margin and decided to change things. “There was not a big speech at halftime, we just looked at the fact that we had goals that could’ve been avoided,” Collat said after the match through a translator. “Despite the fact that Canada was dominating, we had opportunities, we’d created opportunities. If we were more serious in the second half, we could be more difficult for them. We came back. That’s when Canada started to doubt.” That wasn’t quite accurate, though. In each of the matches when Haiti was down, a veteran player has stood to rally his teammate and inspire them to chase the game in the second half and come away with the result. For this match, center back Andrew Jean-Baptiste stood. “It takes one voice in the locker room to lift everyone up. First game was Nazon, second game was Herve, this game was me,” he said. “I’m all about positive mentality, and that’s of one of the things I’m enforcing – I’m like, ‘yo, levez la tête – lift your head – we’re not finished. We have 45 minutes to change the game and all it takes is just one goal and we can create history after that.’ Miraculously, that’s exactly what happened.”Alphonso Davies Canada Haiti Gold Cup 2019Baptiste’s speech was so moving for the players, Saba didn’t dare imitate it, instead calling over the Sweden-based defender they call “Drew” to recreate the moment. “I pointed out that this may be a few guys’ last Gold Cup and I said I’m going to go out there and give every single thing that I can possibly give and I want my brothers to follow with me,” Baptiste said. “We all do it together because our fitness coach put “Team” on the board. “I just kept on reiterating that we have to do this together. If we’re going to lose this game, let’s lose this game giving every single little bit that we have. That’s exactly what these guys did. We clawed and fought for it.” They did the same after trailing Bermuda at the half. They did the same after trailing Costa Rica at the half. Now Haiti is in to the Gold Cup semifinal for the first time, where they’ll wait for the winner of Mexico vs. Costa Rica, taking on all comers once again.last_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Booing Warner, Smith can backfire for England, says Anderson

first_imgAshes 2019: Booing Warner, Smith can backfire for England, says AndersonDavid Warner and Steve Smith have returned to International Cricket after serving one year post the Spot-fixing scandal in South Africa. They were booed by English fans during Australia’s warm-up match against England.advertisement Reuters BengaluruJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 17:43 IST Steve Smith and David Warner in action during ICC World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia will face England in their World Cup match at Lord’s on June 25Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months after a ball-tampering incident in South AfricaSmith and Warner are likely to endure hostile reception during the Ashes, which begins at Edgbaston on AugSledging and booing Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner during the English summer will only push the duo to improve their performance levels, England pace bowler James Anderson said.Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months after a ball-tampering incident in South Africa last year and returned to international cricket at the World Cup.The pair will face England in their World Cup match at Lord’s on June 25 and are also likely to endure hostile reception during the Ashes, which begins at Edgbaston on Aug.”Having played against them so many times before and knowing how they respond to that kind of thing, whether it’s sledging on the field or booing from the crowd, they are going to up their performance,” Anderson told Talksport Radio.”I understand people won’t like what they have done but it’s in the past.”I would rather it’s not talked about, although I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be talked about.”Anderson, who has more wickets than any other fast bowler in test cricket with 575, believes international players have shared better on-field relationships in recent years, partly due to the increasing amount of global Twenty20 action.”With the amount of T20 cricket played around the world and with the Big Bash and the IPL (Indian Premier League), players get to know a lot more about one another outside of the cricket,” he added.”You have a different kind of relationship then when you go onto the field and play against them.”Also Read | India vs Pakistan: KL Rahul shines as opener to hit maiden World Cup fiftyAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Asheslast_img read more

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In the news today Feb 27

first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, Feb. 27———WILSON-RAYBOULD TO TESTIFY ON SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIRJody Wilson-Raybould is warning that she won’t be able to speak freely today about everything concerning the SNC-Lavalin affair when she appears before the House of Commons justice committee. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an order-in-council Monday waiving solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality provisions. In a letter Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould admitted that the waiver covers only her time as justice minister and attorney general. She says she can’t discuss any communications she had after she was moved to veterans affairs, her subsequent resignation from cabinet and the presentation she gave to cabinet last week that appeared to bring her back into the Liberal fold.———BILL TO EASE JURY SECRECY CLEARS HURDLEThe House of Commons justice committee has approved a bill that would ease secrecy by allowing former jurors to discuss all aspects of a stressful criminal trial with a mental-health professional. Private member’s bill C-417, introduced by Conservative MP Michael Cooper, is now slated to return to the Commons for third-reading debate. The bill would amend a Criminal Code section enacted in 1972 to help make the jury room a confidential forum that encourages frank debate among jurors. The government says the section does not forbid discussing emotions during jury deliberations or the evidence that was presented in court, but does bar disclosure of information such as opinions expressed, arguments made and votes cast.———B.C. DOCTOR WARNS AGAINST DEADLY MUSHROOMA doctor is warning British Columbia residents about a deadly mushroom variety that is spreading along the Pacific coast. Dr. Omar Ahmad of Island Health says the so-called death cap mushroom can easily be mistaken for edible varieties and is responsible for 90 per cent of the world’s mushroom-related fatalities. Ahmad says people who eat death caps can experience abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea within six to 12 hours. But he says a false recovery phase follows up to three days later and can prevent people from seeking medical help as toxins attack the liver and possibly the kidneys.———NORWEGIAN POLITICIAN TO VISIT MOOSE JAW, SASK.A Norwegian politician is flying halfway around the world to visit Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and the prairie city’s rival moose statue. Linda Henriksen is the deputy mayor of a municipality in the Scandinavian country that recently bucked Moose Jaw’s Mac the Moose off top spot as the world’s tallest moose statue. Moose Jaw has launched a campaign to reclaim the title by making Mac’s rack a little taller. Henriksen says she sees the trip as a chance for the two communities to form a new relationships and potential tourism partnerships. Henriksen arrives tonight and is to spend a week touring Moose Jaw and attending her first live hockey game.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Statistics Canada will release its consumer price index for January, and payroll employment, earnings and hours results for December.— Pre-trial motions continue today in the case of David and Collet Stephan, charged in the meningitis death of their 19-month-old son.— Utility company Hydro One will announce plans to invest in significant infrastructure upgrades in the Ottawa region.— Torstar Corp. holds conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter financial results.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SEBI mulls reducing rights issue listing time

first_imgKolkata: After reducing time to list shares on the stock exchanges post-closure of initial public offerings (IPOs), markets regulator SEBI is aiming to cut down the time for listing of rights issue shares, an official said. In September last year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) decided on reducing the time to list shares on the bourses after IPO to 3 days from the present 6. The SEBI directive is likely to come into effect from July this year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal SEBI had cited mitigating external risks such as market volatility and uncertainty of financial markets as the reason behind the move. “SEBI aims to reduce the listing of IPO shares to 3 days from 6 days now. It is supposed to be introduced for IPOs from July 2019 onwards. Now, the regulator is working on simplifying the rights issue process,” Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL) VP (operations) Nitin Ambure told PTI. “I hope the number of days for listing the rights issue shares may come down to 8-10 days from about a month now. This may happen in phases, also depending on the regulator’s final decision,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Ambure was in the city to participate at a discussion on demat of unlisted shares at the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce here. The markets regulator has involved stakeholders such as depositories and transaction advisors in the rights issue listing simplification process, just like it engaged exchanges and depositories for IPO shares, he said. From April onwards, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will be introduced as an alternative payment option for retail investors and SEBI has already cleared a proposal on it. National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) is also being tested. Analysts said the new payment mechanisms will make Applications Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) mechanism less attractive to investors. ASBA was introduced by the regulator so an investor does not lose out interest component on the application money. Earlier, the process of normal allotment of shares for IPOs took almost a month. Ambure said SEBI had granted relaxation for processing Demat Request Number from the current 15 days to 30 days in the wake of unusual surge in requests for dematerialisation in recent months. As of now, the transfer of shares in the demat form is mandatory.last_img read more

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ISIS Flag Foisted on Saudi Arabian Embassy in Berlin

Rabat – The flag of the so called Islamic State (ISIS) was projected onto the building of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Berlin yesterday along with the phrase “Daesh Bank.” Oliver Bienkowski, a German human rights activist, used the “guerrilla light project” to protest Saudi Arabia’s alleged relationship with the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organization of Isis.Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is a member of the international coalition fighting against Isis, many believe that Saudi Arabia is indirectly implicated in the creation of ISIS through the propagation of its Wahhabist version of Islam. The phrase “Bank of Daesh” implies that Saudi Arabia is behind the direct financial support of Isis, but the Saudi government has repeatedly refuted any such claims.The beaming of the projection is part of a campaign accusing Saudi Arabia of having links with the terrorist group. Oliver Bienkowski’s Facebook page shows another projection on the Saudi embassy in Berlin reading “10 years and 1000 lashes just for blogging #FREERAIF.”The projection is meant to draw attention to the imprisonment of blogger Raif Badawi. read more

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Thailand Bombings Kill 4 and Wound Dozens

Rabat – A series of bombings struck five provinces in Thailand, mostly at sites popular with tourists, on Thursday and Friday morning, in what a senior Thai official called a coordinated wave of attacks.Four people were killed and dozens wounded, the police said.Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, a deputy prime minister in Thailand’s military-run government, said the attacks were “absolutely conducted by the same network.” Another senior official later described the bombings as “local sabotage,” not terrorism. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Two bombs went off at the Hua Hin resort in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province late Thursday evening, killing one woman and wounding 21 other people, the Thai police said. Hours earlier, a bombing near a market in Trang Province killed one person and wounded six.On Friday morning, more explosions struck in Hua Hin, killing another person and wounding three, and at the popular resort island of Phuket, where one person was wounded, the police said. Two bombs also went off in the province of Surat Thani, leaving one person dead, and two near a market in Phang Nga, a southern province, though officials said there were no casualties there.Police officials said several of the bombs were detonated by cellphone.The explosions Thursday night in Hua Hin, which occurred about a half-hour apart, were in an area of bars and nightclubs popular with foreign tourists. At least nine foreigners were wounded in the second explosion, which went off at a crowded intersection, according to Suthipong Klai-udom, a district official. read more

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Nepal UN agency delivers reproductive health services in conflict zones

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched a one-year to deliver reproductive health services to almost 25,000 people impacted by conflict in of Nepal.Health camps will be set up in six districts in the far-western and mid-western regions of the country, and will provide urgently needed services, including counselling, lab tests, treatment, referral and surgical care.Funded by the Government of Japan , the project “will address immediate reproductive health needs of women, men and adolescents in both peri-urban and remote areas of conflict-affected districts, while permanent services are being developed,” said Junko Sazaki, UNFPA Representative.“Bringing reproductive health services to conflict-affected villages and communities will not only improve the health status of the most vulnerable populations, but will also build hope and belief in the overall development, fostering confidence in the peacebuilding process,” she added.At the scheme’s launch, Japan’s Ambassador to Nepal Tsutomu Hiraoka underscored how the conflict in the mountainous country has aggravated problems regarding rural reproductive health resulting from modestly trained staff, shortages in equipment and drugs, limited support for staff and cultural and geographic barriers.Not only will patients benefit from the project, but local health service providers will receive training in delivering reproductive health services in crisis settings to bolster their skills.Through the project, greater access to these health services will contribute to the promotion of human rights and the empowerment of youth and of women. In addition, the scheme targets the achievement of several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), time-bound targets for slashing poverty and other ills by the year 2015. 21 May 2007The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched a one-year to deliver reproductive health services to almost 25,000 people impacted by conflict in of Nepal. read more

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Demand for heroin in Lanka increases

Indian enforcement agencies have sounded an alert on drug cartels using Kochi as a transit point for smuggling heroin to Sri Lanka, where the demand for the contraband has doubled in the past one year.Agencies have been asked to track carriers from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar arriving in the city to hand over heroin consignments to agents, who in turn smuggle it to Sri Lanka. Top sources in the narcotics control bureau (NCB) said the demand for heroin in Sri Lanka had increased to nearly 1,000 kg/year and drug rackets in India are the main suppliers. It was from Kerala that NCB tracked the activities of Sri Lankan drug smuggling kingpin identified as Muhammed Fasran, who is at present lodged in Puzhal central prison.“Fasran operated from Kerala. He used to frequently visit Thiruvananthapuram, where he stayed in a luxurious guest house. He also had a local contact in Kochi who supplied the contraband. There are six cases against him,” an intelligence official said, adding that they are on the lookout for a Sri Lankan woman called Shanthi, who is Fasran’s accomplice.In March 2008, the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) seized 11 kg of heroin from two houses in Kerala and arrested three people from Kozhikode and Malappuram. As per the assessment of NCB, Kerala has always been a major point for drug cartels to smuggle out heroin to Sri Lanka.“Over a period of six years starting from 2005, agencies have seized over 30 kg of heroin that was destined for Sri Lanka. The smugglers earlier used four main places in Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Madurai, Salem and Tiruchirapalli – to trade the contraband. But now they are opting for Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode,” he said. In the wake of enforcement agencies upping their surveillance in Tamil Nadu- which has been a major routing point for drug traffickers – drug cartels have shifted its focus to Kerala where it can use migrant labourers as carriers. “Enforcement agencies have recently cracked the activities of a cartel by arresting five people including two women and a Sri Lankan national from Chennai for attempting to smuggle 6.4 kg of heroin to Sri Lanka,” an official said. The arrested were Habeeb Rahman of Kozhikode, Kiran Kumar of Rajasthan and Rattan, a train ticket examiner of West Central Railway. (Times of India) read more

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Joey Bosa cements doubleovertime win for Buckeyes against Penn State

Coach Urban Meyer (left) leads the Buckeyes out of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium for an Oct. 25 game against Penn State in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett following a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State in State College, Pa. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The No. 13 Ohio State football team jumped out to an early lead, but relied on a late defensive stand in a 31-24 double-overtime victory against Penn State.OSU (6-1, 3-0) sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa knocked down Penn State (4-3, 1-3) sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in the second overtime to seal the win Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.“I think we learned that we are a real team, and when adversity strikes we can come together and win a big game in a crazy environment,” Bosa said after the game.After the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, Penn State reversed field in the second half to tie the game at 17 with nine seconds on the clock to force overtime.OSU coach Urban Meyer saved praise for his team’s opponent after the game, and added that the Buckeyes need to improve their play along the line.“A credit to our opponent, they played their tails off,” Meyer said. “Outplayed us up front, I think. (I’m) a little upset with the way we played up front and we got to get that fixed.”Penn State got the ball first before Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to a first-and-goal from the two-yard line. The Buckeyes held on to force third down at the one, but senior running back Bill Belton found his way into the end zone to give Penn State its first lead of the night.On the Buckeyes’ first overtime possession, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett kept the ball on a second-and-seven to set up first and goal from the five with a 17-yard run. He kept it again on the next play, scoring a touchdown to tie the game at 24.Due to a personal foul penalty against Penn State following the Buckeyes’ extra point, OSU started the second overtime at the 12-yard line. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a third-and-two at the four-yard line, before taking another quarterback keeper into the end zone to put OSU back on top, 31-24.After the game, Barrett said he was trying to take it one play at a time and didn’t necessarily plan on running the ball before his two overtime touchdowns.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” he said.Penn State took over at the 25-yard line, but the Buckeyes forced fourth-down–and-five at the 20. Hackenberg was knocked to the ground as Bosa overpowered a Nittany Lion blocker.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native said he didn’t follow his assignment on the play, despite the positive result for OSU.“That wasn’t what I was supposed to do,” Bosa said. “I was supposed to hit the guard and wrap out, but he blocked down so the hole opened up. So I just took it and I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran over him.”Bosa added he didn’t even realize what had happened until his teammates surrounded him after the play.“I was so tired, I didn’t even know it was a sack until everybody started yelling,” he said. “I looked over and he had the ball and (junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington) came to hug me and I just fell down and everybody jumped on top of me.”Bosa — who said he “needed to play a lot better” — finished the game with 2.5 sacks and six total tackles.Barrett said he was simply glad Bosa was wearing a white jersey rather than Penn State’s blue shirt in the game.“Joey Bosa, one thing I can say, I’m really glad he’s on our team,” he said. “That’s for sure. Great player.”The play sealed OSU’s third straight win against the Nittany Lions.The double-overtime finish came after Penn State picked up a late field goal on a drive that began inside its own 10-yard line.Holding on to its three-point advantage, OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Nittany Lions at their own nine-yard line with 2:58 to play in the game, then drove down the field to tack on three points and tie the game.Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to the OSU 43-yard line before being sacked by Bosa on first down. A penalty against the Buckeyes on the next play gave Penn State a new set of downs on the OSU 28, needing just a field goal to force overtime.On third-and-six at the OSU 14 yard-line with 19 seconds on the clock Hackenberg threw incomplete into the end zone, forcing a field goal attempt for the Nittany Lions.After an OSU timeout, Penn State senior kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 31-yard field goal.The Nittany Lions’ race back into the game was led in part by their defense’s ability to disrupt the OSU passing game.Barrett threw an interception on the third play of the second half, which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. The pick was Barrett’s first interception since the Buckeyes Sept. 13 win against Kent State.But after that touchdown, neither team found its way back onto the scoreboard in the third quarter.Barrett threw another interception on OSU’s first play of the fourth quarter, and the Penn State offense managed to break through on the next drive.“The last one, that was a dumb mistake,” Barrett said of the interception. “I saw the Mike (linebacker) and I tried to throw over him.”Meyer said Barrett sprained his knee during the game, but kept on playing through the pain.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, and continued to do what he did and even on the drop back passes, whether it was a coverage sack or pressured, he pulled through a couple plays and made some great plays for us,” he said.After the pick, Hackenberg hit freshman wide receiver Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard touchdown, moving the Nittany Lions within three points.Penn State forced OSU to punt on the next drive, but senior wide receiver Devin Smith downed it at the one-yard line. The Nittany Lions were forced to punt, giving the ball back to OSU with 51 yards between it and the end zone, and 5:17 remaining on the clock.The drive stalled, giving the Nittany Lions their shot, leading to Ficken’s field goal and the eventual overtime.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 26 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Barrett added 20 carries for 75 yards and his two overtime scores. The OSU signal caller also finished the game 12-for-19 for 74 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman led the Buckeyes with three receptions for 19 yards and a score.After Bosa’s 2.5 sacks, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added 1.5 sacks of his own while junior linebacker Joshua Perry tallied a team-high 18 total tackles.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Nov. 1 to take on Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

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Wrestling Kyle Snyder named James E Sullivan award recipient

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder waves to the crowd no senior night prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State senior wrestler Kyle Snyder on Tuesday was named the 88th AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner, a recognition given to the nation’s best amateur athlete as voted by the general public. Snyder took home the hardware over other finalists North Carolina guard Joel Berry II, Michigan runner Erin Finn, Nebraska setter Kelly Hunter, Nebraska outside hitter Annika Albrecht, Paralympic equestrian Angela Peavy, and Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani. Snyder is the second Buckeyes to win the award in the past four years with running back Ezekiel Elliott having been honored in 2014. Past winners of the award include Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps and Tim Tebow. The last wrestler to win was Rulon Gardner in 2000. Snyder adds this honor to a long list of achievements, highlighted by his 2016 Olympic Gold Medal and his three individual national championships as a Buckeye. The Amateur Athletic Union was founded in 1888 and has been presenting the award — named after the AAU’s founder James Sullivan — since 1930. According to its website, the criteria includes qualities of leadership in addition to accomplishments at the collegiate or Olympic level.Snyder won his third national championship in Cleveland back on March 17, and helped Team USA win the 2018 Wrestling World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa, on April 8. read more

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Hunter Mining Show offers new focus for New South Wales coal sector

first_imgThe inaugural Hunter Mining Show – the launch event for the Hunter Coal Festival – offers a new concept in regional shows for the mining industry in Australia through a unique focus on community engagement and involvement. The Show will be held March 12 to 14 in Singleton Council’s Civic Centre – in the heart of the Hunter Valley coal mining region. It has been specifically designed to engage not only the industry – through displays from local, national and international suppliers of products and services – but also to involve the entire community.More than just a trade show, the Hunter Mining Show incorporates trade displays, demonstrations, information sessions and workshops, networking events – and culminating in the Hunter Coal Festival Community Day on the Saturday.Both the Hunter Mining Show and the Hunter Coal Festival are owned by the Singleton Business Chamber, which developed the entire concept as a way of celebrating mining’s contribution to the region.The show was developed by the Chamber as the trade show component of the Festival, and to offer a broad-based business-to-business opportunity for a whole host of mining-related industry sectors.The Chamber is running the festival in conjunction with Singleton and Muswellbrook Councils, Hunter Valley mining companies, local community groups and regional businesses.Festival Chair Peter Eason said the Hunter Mining Show would feature over 75 suppliers of products and services, who would be looking to engage with a wide range of mining companies, contractors and businesses in the Hunter region and beyond.“The Show will offer a new way for mining suppliers to engage with their customers – both existing and potential – as well has highlighting their offerings and capabilities to the broader community,” he said.“We’ve really designed the show – and indeed the entire festival concept – as a way to promote understanding not only across the industry, but also dialogue and communications between mining and other industry sectors.’Eason said the Hunter Mining Show was also being promoted as an opportunity for mine and mine contractor employees to provide feedback to equipment suppliers.“We recognise that the people who are operating equipment don’t always get the chance to talk to those who design, manufacture, service and sell that equipment,” he said. “That’s because within an organisation, it’s often at completely different levels that decisions are regarding what equipment is purchased – and who then has to operate and maintain that equipment.“We recognise that operators, maintenance crews, leading hands and supervisors are often decision-influencers; while they may not make the actual purchasing and contractual decisions, their opinions and suggestions are frequently taken into account. For that reason, we are actively working with local mining companies to encourage their people – management as well as those working at the coal face – to come along to the show, and participate in all it has to offer.“And at a time when the industry is seriously working on keeping down costs while maintaining productivity, the input of those who are working within actual mining operations can be critical.”Another key element of the Hunter Mining Show will be a series of workshops and information sessions, with a particular focus on health and safety.“We are delighted to announce that Brant Webb, one of the survivors of the Beaconsfield Mine tragedy in 2006, will be participating in the Hunter Mining Show,” Eason said.“He’ll be in the region a few days before the show starts, talking to mines, community groups and schools about his experiences and the importance of safety – and then will be making a number of presentations during the show.”On Saturday 14 March, the Hunter Mining Show will culminate in a Community Day. Elements of this that have been announced to date include:A street parade through the main streets of SingletonCompetitions, including tug-of-war, coal shovelling and coal-and-spoon racesFreestyle motocross demonstrationsAerial acrobatics displaysA rescue demonstration involving the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Mines Rescue and Brant WebbMine simulator toursTours to local mines, to view open cut mining operations and mine rehabilitation programsKids’ and all-ages’ music concerts and entertainment.Eason said the overarching aims of the Hunter Mining Show and the Hunter Coal Festival were to highlight the economic value of coal to the region and the role it fulfils alongside other major economic resources –while also helping improving community morale.“The coal industry is in one of the worse troughs it’s ever been in, and it’s a protracted one,” he said. “The mood currently isn’t good and with this festival we want to really lift the spirit of the community. We all understand the impacts of mining – but all too often its positive achievements are kept in the shadow.“The festival and the show, with their strong community engagement, offer the opportunity for a loud shout out from the community – which is just the shot in the arm the industry needs right now. They also provide an opportunity for stakeholders, businesses and the community to interact, gain insights and get the chance to know and understand everyone’s diverse interests.“We want to send a message back to the decision-makers that a lot of media coverage about coal is to the negative – but there is an awful lot of strong community support for the mining industry in the Hunter Valley,” he said.“However, coal is just one of a number of very valuable economic contributors within our region. One thing we don’t want to do is promote this industry’s growth at the expense of other industries,” Eason said.“We want to send a message of cohabitation; we want to change conditions and perceptions, so we can all work and live together successfully in the same region.“The mining industry is extremely generous and more than that, it is an integral element within the community. So the festival represents a big thank you to the mining for its participation and contribution over many, many decades,” he said.Picture courtesy of Hunter Valley Operations, Rio Tinto Coal Australia.last_img read more

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Crack 99 admin gets 12 years in jail for 100 million of

first_imgHow much jail time can you serve for software piracy? Quite a bit, apparently. A Chinese national has been sent up the river for 12 years for running a website that distributed more than $100 million worth of pirated apps.Xiang Li and his wife ran a website called Crack 99, and from the spring of 2008 to the summer of 2011 sold more than 500 titles to hundreds of buyers around the globe.Crack 99 wasn’t just offering up copies of popular commercial titles like Office or Photoshop, either. Li was distributing some incredibly specialized industrial software, too, which carry price tags in the tens of thousands of dollars. One unnamed product reportedly sells for upwards of $3 million.On Crack 99, Li was selling these apps for anywhere from $20 to just north of $1,000. That’s a huge saving on something like Agilent’s SystemVue 99, a design tool that sells for around $45,000.Undercover U.S. agents traveled to China, where they convinced Li to meet them in Saipan, a territory of the United States about 120 miles northeast of Guam. Li was under the impression that he was delivering goods to a couple of businessmen.The sale? You guessed it, pirated software. That, and a whopping 20 gigs worth of copyright-protected data. Setting foot on Saipan afforded the agents the opportunity to arrest Li, which set the stage for him to become the first Chinese national to be arrested, tried, and convicted for criminal activities perpetrated within China’s borders.Li’s lawyer was less than thrilled with the dozen-year sentence, which was actually a reduction. Prosecutors were seeking 17 years, but presiding Judge Leonard Stark cut the term back.After serving his 12 years — or whatever that translates to after appeals and good behavior — Li will be deported back to China.last_img read more

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If you were from Ballymun you could be turned away from an

first_img‘If you were from Ballymun, you could be turned away from an interview, let alone a job’ Bohs legend Tony O’Connor looks back on his League of Ireland career. By Paul Fennessy https://the42.ie/4784862 Sep 1st 2019, 9:31 PM IT BEGAN IN Ballymun.Tony O’Connor would go on to win every major domestic honour in the game and establish himself as a Bohemians great, but initially he was just a normal boy who happened to be obsessed with football, perpetually playing out on the street with his friends from about the age of five onwards.When the Dubliner was around eight, O’Connor joined local team Ballymun Boys and tried out organised football for the first time.“In the early days, there was a man called Jackie Doran,” he tells The42. “Pretty much any kid who played football in Ballymun went through his hands. He was one of these individuals that every community needs. Without a Jackie Doran, there wouldn’t have been much football in the area.” 3 Comments Image: Patrick Bolger/INPHO Short URL Share101 Tweet Email Another idiosyncratic character was manager Roddy Collins. A dispute with the club’s hierarchy would see him replaced by Pete Mahon right after the double triumph.I got on well with Roddy, there was never a problem between me and him, maybe because I wasn’t in his line of vision every day, whereas others could be. He does some crazy things and fantastic things, that’s just the way it is.“I haven’t seen him in a while, but if I bumped into him tomorrow, I’d have a pint with him. He’s a great man to have a laugh and a joke with.”Others, however, did not have quite as good a relationship with the soon-to-be Carlisle manager.“He was that type of person. He knew how to work a player, and when he got that work out of a player and he had done what he needed, if that player was surplus to requirements, Roddy would let them know straight away.”Bohs would reach the cup final again the following year, and O’Connor scored once more, though on this occasion, they lost 2-1 to Dundalk.“I’d scored two goals in two seasons, and both of them were in cup finals. When the fans see me, they think: ‘He always scores in the finals.’” O’Connor worked under Stephen Kenny at Bohs. Source: INPHOMahon’s spell in charge at the club proved short-lived and he was replaced by a promising young manager, Stephen Kenny. The new boss guided the side to another league title in the 2002-03 campaign, as they finished five points ahead of Shelbourne.“I had known Stephen quite a while. He was with the reserve team when I was up there in Pat’s. A very intelligent fella. Even then, you could see his ambition was to go further than League of Ireland. He’s achieved that and it’s well deserved. I think he’s a bright shining light for the future of the Irish football team.“He’s very much his own man. He has his own way of thinking and his philosophy of football. He’s not afraid to express himself and do what he has to do to experiment. But you could always sense he was going to go on to bigger and better things.I had a season and a half with Stephen at Bohs. At the end of the 2003 season when we won the league, my contract was up. He let me go basically, but he had to do what he had to do. There was no badness in it. I was 36 years of age. He’s dealing with a full-time squad and I was part-time. You do the sums and you realise that your time is up. So he basically just said ‘listen, it’s been a pleasure,’ and we just shook hands. I couldn’t complain. I didn’t think I’d still be playing football in the league at that stage.  “But when I left the meeting with him, it broke my heart. I was in the car crying on my way home. I realised it was the end of an era for me and a part of my life that was really enjoyable.“You know it’s always going to come, but you don’t see it coming. When it does, you should expect it, but it’s a shock to the system.”O’Connor contemplated retirement, but John Gill persuaded him to sign for a season with Dublin City. It went better than expected, as the club won promotion from the First Division.“It was a lot of travel — the likes of Cobh and Finn Harps. I said: ‘Do I need this?’ I gave it a go.”The veteran defender then stayed on for another year, but could not prevent the side’s relegation right back down to the second tier, as they finished bottom of the table on 25 points. John Gill persuaded O’Connor to join Dublin City following his Bohs departure. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSo at 38, O’Connor finally opted to hang up his boots.“I didn’t miss it one bit,” he says. “You’ll always hear ‘you’ll miss the dressing room,’ and that’s true, because it’s a bit of craic. “But it’s when you step away from it that you realise: ‘How in the name of Christ did I manage to do it all with a family, football and a full-time job?’ Anyone who’s involved in football, their wives or partners who backed them all the way, you have to give them credit.“There’s an awful lot of time given towards football. Some people probably don’t realise it. And if you haven’t got the backing of a good partner, that can be an awkward situation.I’ve missed weddings and birthdays. I missed my sister’s wedding because we were playing up in Dalymount and the wedding was on the same day. She wasn’t too impressed. “So when I did finish up, I didn’t miss it at all, to be honest. I thought I would, but I didn’t. I had enough to do outside of football that kept me occupied.”O’Connor did, however, return for a brief stint coaching Bohs reserves for two seasons, starting in January 2008, in conjunction with former team-mate Pat Fenlon’s tenure in charge of the first team.During this period, O’Connor would work with a number of very talented players, including future Ireland international Matt Doherty.“I knew he was better than what he was doing when he was with us,” he says. “Sometimes I see Matt and think ‘he just does enough’. When he was playing with us, he’d just do enough to be on top of his game. He could have pushed himself more. It’s just the way he is. If an opposition player upped his game against him, he’d up it more than the opposing player. He was one of them quality players that could just lift the gears if needed.“He’s so laidback it’s unbelievable. I used to say ‘is this fella for real, he has so much potential’. He was a fantastic player.” O’Connor coached future Ireland international Matt Doherty at Bohs. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOUltimately though, O’Connor decided coaching “wasn’t for me”. He explains: “When I was 18 or 19, you wouldn’t question a coach or anything like that. I found attitudes had changed with the 18 year olds of today. They had a bit more to say, they questioned this and that. Sometimes, it was questioning for good reasons. Sometimes, it would have been a bit disrespectful.“I just felt there was an air of arrogance, not in every player. You see it in the youth of today — 15 year olds on the street and they’re as arrogant as anything. When you see that in a football team, you can have characters trying to get one up on another fella in the team. You could see too much of that arrogant attitude coming into football among kids who hadn’t even made it [as professionals] at that stage.”Regardless, O’Connor will always be remembered as a Bohs legend. He was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2007 and still regularly attends matches with his sons.Given all he achieved in the game, any young players would be wise to take heed of his advice. It’s a lot harder nowadays for lads to get through, because life is different,” he explains. “When I was a kid starting out, pretty much everybody worked Monday to Friday. But now, kids who are 22 or 23 are playing football and still in college, working on weekends to try to get money for college, accommodate their football training and stuff like that. It can be hard.“My advice is just be patient, get the head down and do the hard work, and enjoy it. You have to be going out on the pitch relaxed and enjoying your football. I’ve gone through it myself where you go all tense and you can’t perform. So you relax and appreciate every minute, because it’s a fantastic part of your life.” The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tony O’Connor (left) celebrates his winning goal for Bohemians with Stephen Caffrey in the 2001 FAI Cup final. Image: Patrick Bolger/INPHO Tony O’Connor (left) celebrates his winning goal for Bohemians with Stephen Caffrey in the 2001 FAI Cup final. Read more League of Ireland legends interviews here>Doran was not the only big influence on ‘Toccy,’ with his sports-mad father also encouraging him.“He played a lot of badminton, he obviously played soccer, he was a big hurler in his day. The nature of his work — he did a lot of country work, and in the country, there’s always a lot of pubs, so that put an end to his sporting career. “Like most kids, I played everything. I played Gaelic, soccer, anything that would get you a half day off school.When Wimbledon was on, we’d play tennis. When the Aga Khan was on, we’d be doing pretend horse jumping. But soccer always came out top.”His brothers, Dermot and John, known to many as ‘DOC’ and ‘JOC’, were similarly sports-obsessed, and went on to play GAA with Ballymun Kickhams.The area O’Connor came from, Ballymun, had a bad reputation amid an era with high unemployment.“When you’re living in an area, you don’t realise how tough it is,” he says. “I was growing up in the ’70s and ’80s. They were tough times generally for the country with lack of work. In areas like Ballymun, it was a lot more difficult.“There were situations where if you were from Ballymun, you could be turned away from an interview, let alone a job. I never experienced it, but I knew of situations like that.But when we were growing up in Ballymun, you knew who to hang around with and who not to hang around with. Ballymun got a bad name and there were situations that gave it a bad name. But to me, it was a fantastic place. There was always something to do. In the community, everybody was equal. Nobody was rich or poor. They were all the same. There was nobody better than anybody else.“When you’re involved in organised sport or activity, you tend to stay away from the dodgy people. They don’t get involved in that sort of stuff. We kept our distance from anyone who was dodgy and vice-versa.“I’m 20-30 years living out of Ballymun. I’m now up in Palmerstown. People ask me where I’m from, I always say: ‘Ballymun,’ even though I’m more years in Palmerstown.” Former Ireland international Ray Treacy managed O’Connor at Home Farm.O’Connor credits his parents and in particular his mother with protecting him from the small minority of unsavoury characters that populated the area during his upbringing.“She’d always made sure all of us were involved in something. Once or twice, if your school results weren’t as good as they should be, my mother would never threaten to take us out of football. That was the last thing she’d do. She’d encourage us to do that, but just make sure we improved our grades. “My father was a great man, but without my mother, it would have been a totally different story. She was a very strong woman, like a lot of women in the area.“I’m not too sure if it’s the same the way social life and circumstances are now. In those days, most mothers were stay-at-home mothers. You didn’t get up to any trouble, because your mother wasn’t too far by, or someone else’s mother wasn’t too far by. So she would make sure we’d always be involved in sports, the girls would have girl guides and stuff like that.Women were smart enough to know that if you’re training Tuesday and Thursday, and playing a match on Saturday, that’s three days you’re away from trouble.”And while he invariably stayed out of trouble, O’Connor was aware of the snobbery that existed and the way he was perceived by certain people simply because he came from Ballymun.“There was a stigma attached to the name,” he adds. “But 95% of the people were genuine hard-working people trying to make it better for themselves.”The ambition that would help him win multiple leagues and cups in the League of Ireland was evident from a relatively early age. At 15, he wanted to test himself playing at a higher level than Ballymun Boys, who were a lower-tier team. In the off-season, he went on trials for reputed schoolboy club Home Farm and did enough to stay there.“I was there under the stewardship of a man called Matt Butler, who had done an awful lot for me. I was a top player in Ballymun, but when I went to Home Farm, all of a sudden, I was middle of the road. I wasn’t the top dog. But he took me under his wing and I had three great seasons there playing schoolboy.” O’Connor played on the same Ballymun Kickhams team as former Dublin GAA star Barney Rock. Source: Phil Carrick/INPHOIt wasn’t all plain sailing, however. O’Connor eventually graduated from schoolboy football to Home Farm’s reserve team. But he ultimately became frustrated with a lack of game time, and quit halfway through the season.“I was never one to step out and raise my voice, but just felt I wasn’t getting a fair crack of the whip. But hindsight is a great thing. I didn’t realise the reason I wasn’t getting a game was because first-team players who were coming back from injury were being played ahead of us, which is natural protocol. I was young and innocent and didn’t realise that was the way it worked.“I used to play a lot of Gaelic, so I ended up going and signing for Ballymun Kickhams’ senior team. That would have been 84 or 85. So I did about six months with them and kind of turned my back on soccer.“I enjoyed the experience with Ballymun Kickhams. At the time they had a very strong representation on the Dublin team, with the likes of Barney Rock, Gerry Hargan, Anto McCaul, there was half a dozen or more [playing at inter-county level].My debut for Ballymun Kickhams, I came on as a substitute for Barney Rock, which is my little claim to fame. Nowadays people would say: ‘Who’s Barney Rock?’ I’d say: ‘Do you know Dean Rock? His father.’ So I stuck at the Gaelic for about six months.“Prior to that, I was in Australia playing mixed rules with an Irish schools team. I was 16 years of age. There were a couple of lads who had progressed onto the Dublin senior team and Niall Quinn was the captain of our team.“But when I went to Kickhams, the first [international rules] series was about to happen. They knew I had been there. The senior lads who were hoping to get into the [Irish] squad actually bounced a few things off me — different tricks of the trade, how to play the ball and stuff like that. So I was welcomed very easily.“Internally, I was overawed by them, but I didn’t let them see it, because they were only a bunch of lads. They just took me under their wing, and everything was fine.”Eventually, O’Connor was persuaded to end his flirtation with GAA and return to Home Farm. By that stage, Ray Treacy had replaced Mick Lawlor as manager, and the former Ireland international took little time to hand him a first-team debut, as O’Connor made the first of over 500 League of Ireland senior appearances against Galway on 19 October 1986.After three seasons of regular football with Home Farm mostly in the First Division, in the summer of 1989, a young relatively unknown manager by the name of Brian Kerr brought O’Connor to St Pat’s. The future Ireland boss had known the player from his time as an assistant coach at Home Farm.“Of course I said ‘yes’ straight away, because I was going from an amateur club to Pat’s. Ray Treacy said: ‘I would only stand in your way if I felt you weren’t progressing.’”  O’Connor played international rules with Niall Quinn as a teenager. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOO’Connor says it was always apparent that Kerr was a special coach with a highly innovative approach.“Going back to the ’80s, the level of coaching was pretty basic. It served its purpose. Pre-season training was running up and down hills. You didn’t see a ball. You’d be on the side of the road with streets lights on in the winter.“It wasn’t like what they have nowadays. The potential to do proper training wasn’t available, the facilities weren’t there.“When I signed for Pat’s with Brian, you could see straight away, his knowledge of the game, positional sense, coaching, it was a bit of a culture shock to me, because I hadn’t really been used to that sort of stuff, and all of a sudden, we’re getting proper coaching.”He continues: “Some of his team talks, they were emotional. His heart and soul was in everything. His drive was for the match on Sunday. Everything was focused for Sunday. You’d go out on the pitch, not that you’d be bashing walls down, but you’d be going out two inches taller than you were because of the team talk you had and what he expected you to do. He was a very good motivator as well as being a brilliant coach.Brian was a character too, he wasn’t all serious. He was quite humorous at times. Even you hear his commentary on TV, he still gets great laughs over the things he says, he was saying them all the time in the dressing room. We’d be looking around at each other saying: ‘What did he just say?’“He assembled a fantastic group of players for the year 89-90 that we won the league. I was just on to Maurice O’Driscoll — that was the year I met Maurice and to this day, he’s probably my best friend in football. “Pat Kelch, Johnny McDonnell, Damien Byrne, Curtis Fleming, Joe Lawless, Mark Ennis, Paul Osam, Dave Henderson in goal, you wouldn’t be able to afford these players nowadays. “Brian plucked a lot of unknowns from low-ranking teams. They had gone unnoticed by other managers. In my mind, the team Pat’s won the league with, I find it hard to see a better team in the last 20-30 years.“[Winning trophies for] the first time was definitely the best. I was 22 years of age. After we won the league in Drogheda, our celebrations were open-bus tours from the Mansion House up to Inchicore. The place was decorated with flags, people were on the drink for two or three days, as is the case.“When I did win it again with Bohs, things had changed, but that’s not to say it wasn’t any less enjoyable.“And of course, when you win it at 22, you think ‘this is grand, we’re going to win a few more of these’. It was a long time before I got another.” Brian Kerr pictured during his time as St Patrick’s Athletic boss. Source: INPHOUnder Kerr, Pat’s won their first league title in 34 years and fourth in their history, finishing three points ahead of Derry. Nevertheless, despite their remarkable success, it wasn’t long before this great team broke apart, as better-resourced sides made a move for their top players.“Inchicore was in bits, it wasn’t playable or safe. It needed a lot of work to be done, so we opened Harold’s Cross for three years. Money was tight and of course, when we were successful, other clubs started inquiring and a lot of players, myself included, moved on. As you’re getting older, you’re looking to get a house, buy a mortgage. If you get an offer elsewhere that might be a bit better than what you’re on, in those days, you couldn’t blame people for moving.”In 1992, O’Connor signed for Bohs, the club he supported as a boy. He was still part-time, however, combining football with his work making jewellery.“I work for myself now. At the time, I worked for somebody else. In fairness to my boss at the time, he was a Pat’s fan, he was quite flexible. If I needed time off, it was not a problem.When I moved to Bohs in ’92, I continued there. In those days, everybody was part-time. You trained Tuesday and Thursday, played your match on Friday or Sunday, whatever the case may be. That was it. I continued working away all through my football career. There was one stage when Roddy Collins hinted that I should go full-time, but at that stage, I was 31 or 32, I wasn’t going to. If I was 21, that’s a different ball game.”Bohs were managed by Eamonn Gregg when O’Connor arrived and their team included Alan Byrne, Robbie Best, Paul Whelan and Declan Geoghegan. But despite the presence of these accomplished players, O’Connor’s first season at the club ended in agonising fashion.“It was in our own hands. We headed up to Dundalk on the last day of the season. We just needed a draw. Of course, on the way up, the coach breaks down. We were two hours standing on the side of a road waiting for a second coach to get us. We got up there at 10 to 3 and we had 15 minutes to get ready. It was madness. We lost 1-0 on the day and unfortunately, it threw open a three-way play-off between ourselves, Shels and Cork. Eventually, Cork won it. It was a real sickner. To me, we were the best team in the league.”This pattern of just missing out on major trophies would continue for Bohs throughout the remainder of the 1990s. They lost four FAI Cup semi-finals on the bounce, while they had to settle for the runners-up spot in the league in both the 1995-96 and 1996-97 campaigns.“It was a ‘nearly man’ type thing and it got to the stage where I thought it was never going to happen. I was going to play my career out at Bohs and I thought I’d never get a trophy.” Source: brucemox/YouTubeThe Gypsies did eventually get their hands on some silverware, ending a 23-year wait to win the league title amid the tense culmination of the 2000-01 campaign, while also claiming the FAI Cup that year.“It was the year of the foot-and-mouth disease. I remember Cork were at home and we were beaten 1-0. We had 10 or 11 games left and I felt that was it, it was gone. We had run dry.“The following day the foot and mouth came into play. There were no games for a period of four weeks and in those four weeks, we trained, we did what we had to do and recharged our batteries. For the rest of the season, I think we won 10 or 11 games in a row. I thought we were dead and buried, but after the break, we just went on a run. We were untouchable basically. “At that stage, I was the only one left from the ’92 team. The rest had been moved on. We went down to Kilkenny [on the final day]. We beat them handily 5-0. We also needed Cork to beat Shelbourne. That result went our way as well. It was fantastic. There were big celebrations all the way home from Kilkenny. But we were in the cup final a week or two after, so we had to tone it down.”O’Connor was then instrumental as the season climaxed in fitting fashion. His goal was enough to earn a 1-0 win over Longford at Tolka Park in front of over 10,000 fans.“Yeah, that was a shock to me,” he admits. “It was a bit of a miscue, but it was the only way the ball was going in.You get kind of selfish in that situation and think ‘I’d like to win it 3-0, but as it’s only 1-0 in the dying minutes, you think ‘I’m going to get all the credit’ [he laughs]. It’s a terrible way to think, but that’s the way I was thinking at one stage. But it was great for the club. They really needed it at that stage, because there was a big investment put in. “Roddy had started bringing players in — the likes of Kevin Hunt, Dave Morrison and Simon Webb, great acquisitions for the club. And so the rewards came in the end.“After the cup final, it was a good celebration. I was 35 at that stage. The lads were all going to nightclubs, I’m going to my bed at home. These 25 year olds took me on as one of their own, but I was at a different stage in life. I was married with three kids.” O’Connor describes Trevor Molloy as one of the most talented players he ever shared a dressing room with. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThere were several exceptional players in that team, including Trevor Molloy, a former Ireland underage international who was part of the Brian Kerr side that famously secured a bronze medal at the 1997 Fifa World Youth Championships.“He’s a headcase, a messer, one of the best players I’ve ever seen skill-wise,” O’Connor remembers. “He did things with a ball that you wouldn’t see Roy of the Rovers doing. You’d do it on the PlayStation. But he was a headcase in a nice way.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 9:30 PM 31,948 Views last_img read more

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Greek International Women Awards open for applications and submissions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek International Women Awards (GIWA) are about to take place for the first time on 9 December at the British Museum in London with the support of the Greek Embassy.GIWA have been created to recognise and reward the internationally distinguished professional achievements and outstanding performance of all women of Greek nationality and/or origin, who are spread across the globe and it aspires to become one of the most anticipated events not only in the UK but in Greece, Cyprus, USA and Australia.“As Greece has always been a point of reference for democracy, culture, education, science and victory, GIWA’s logo and ideology was inspired by the Winged Victory (Nike-Νίκη) of Samothrace,” says GIWA Chair Sofia Konstantopoulou-Papadopoulos.“Nike is the goddess of victory in Greek Mythology. She is the daughter of the giant Pallas and the river Styx in Hesiod and she is sent to fight on the side of Zeus against the Titans. Greek women together, can stand up, can get a quality, can support each other, can shine, can make the work place a better place, can accomplish amazing things.”The platform is open for expressions of interest either through direct application by the candidate and/or through nomination of individuals by corporate, companies, associations, organisations, charities or any other legal entity and/or corporations. Following the closing deadline for submissions, the applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be placed for public voting for a month where each voter will be entitled to a single vote per category. Five shortlisted candidates per category will then be placed for review and assessment before said category’s acclaimed judges. Women over 18 of Greek nationality and/or origin are invited to submit candidacy for the fields of: -Arts and Design -Entrepreneurship -Fashion -Finance, Hospitality -Social Responsibility -Science -Social Science -Shipping -Sports -Young Star 18-23 years oldApplications and nominations are open as of 10 July 2017 through the official website www.greekinternationalwomenawards.comlast_img read more

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Un tourbillon de poussière observé sur Mars

first_imgUn tourbillon de poussière observé sur MarsLe 16 février dernier, un tourbillon a créé sur Mars une colonne de poussière de plus de 800 mètres de haut. Grâce à la caméra High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) de la NASA, les scientifiques ont pu observer, le 16 février dernier, un tourbillon de 800 mètres de haut sur la planète Mars. Repéré alors que la sonde Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter survolait la région Amazonis Planitia située au nord de la planète, ce tourbillon a produit un panache de fumée de pratiquement 30 mètres de diamètre.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteTout comme sur Terre, les “diables de poussière” sont augmentés par la chaleur solaire. En effet, cette colonne tourbillonnante, différente d’une tornade, apparaît par temps clair lorsque l’air situé au-dessus du sol se réchauffe. En s’élevant brusquement dans une poche d’air plus froid, l’air et la poussière qu’il soulève se mettent à tournoyer. Mais ce tourbillon martien est survenu alors même que la planète rouge se situait à sa plus grande distance possible du Soleil. Ainsi, même avec un faible rayonnement, les tourbillons continuent à apparaître là-bas pour nettoyer la surface de la poussière fraichement déposée.  Le Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter et ses six instruments examinent Mars depuis 2006. Sa mission prolongée, l’engin continue aujourd’hui de fournir des éléments sur l’environnement de la planète et les processus qui s’y déroulent tels que le vent, les impacts de météorites ou la succession des saisons. Jusqu’ici, la mission a déjà permis d’obtenir plus de données qu’aucun autre engin n’a jamais fourni sur la planète rouge, rappelle un communiqué de la NASA.  Le 10 mars 2012 à 10:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Health care change set for January

first_imgClark County commissioners on Tuesday formally approved a plan that has been in the works for more than a year: Starting in January, most county employees will pay a portion of their health insurance premium.Employees — 1,362 people who have full-time equivalent positions — will pay 7 percent, which will save the county $1.6 million, commissioners said Tuesday.The county’s remaining 215 employees are members of either the Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies Guild or Custody Officer’s Guild, which are still negotiating with the county’s human resources department.Members of the custody officer’s guild, however, have been paying a portion of their health insurance premium since January, said Francine Reis, the county’s human resources director.County employees have known since 2010 they would have to start paying a health care premium in 2012.For 2012, county employees will pay between $488 and $1,410 annually, depending how many family members are on their plan. Including dental coverage, employees will pay between $533 and $1,538.This year, service costs went up for employees. For example, an office visit co-pay went from $15 to $20.During public hearings on the budget in December 2010, commissioners heard from plenty of residents who said the county’s benefit packages are too generous and that employees needed to start paying a portion of their premium.last_img read more

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Almost 100 pets flown to South Florida from Puerto Rico

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of pets from shelters in Puerto Rico were flown to South Florida in search of forever homes.The Humane Society of Broward received a plane filled with animals.Nearly 100 dogs and cats were flown to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Wednesday.The goal is to find them better homes as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria.If you want to take one home or make a donation to the shelter, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Support Group Approves New Plan to Promote Ft Drum

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization last week approved a new strategic plan, calling for the region to enhance the sustainability of the post in New York’s North Country and improve coordination with the installation’s military and civilian leadership.The support group also aims to bolster its outreach and secure its financial stability, reported the Watertown Daily Times.One way to preserve the post and the 10th Mountain Division is through partnerships. The plan calls for the region to identify public-private partnerships that can deliver installation services slated to be reduced and to support partnerships that can raise the military value of Fort Drum and the division.To better promote the group’s activities, the plan calls for it to develop a comprehensive marketing plan that establishes a uniform branding for the organization.Many of the strategic plan’s goals are linked to concerns about further reductions in personnel and the potential for a new BRAC round. Across the plan, the goals reflect a desire to raise awareness of the post’s activity and value locally and nationally, according to the story.The plan can be downloaded from the organization’s website.The post’s future appears secure, Carl McLaughlin, the organization’s outgoing executive director, told the Times.“We look good, both realistically in how we use the place, and in terms of the metrics the Army collects when they’re going through different reviews,” said McLaughlin, who retired last week after leading the support group for the past 12 years. “I say we’re pretty darn close to peak.”last_img read more

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