Belo, Cruz laugh off scuffle after double technical

first_imgCruz, who got the last laugh after his team won, said what happened was just “tough love” between them, although he was disappointed that they were called with the technical foul.“It was just tough love between the two of us and we’re just very competitive people,” said Cruz in Filipino. “Outside the court we’re really buddies. It’s just disappointing that we were called with the technical foul.”Belo, who got called with his first technical foul, couldn’t help but poke fun at the situation posting on his Facebook account that Cruz should pay for the fine.“First tech ko sa PBA yun Carl Bryan Cruz, bayaran mo yun (That was my first technical in the PBA, pay for it Carl Bryan Cruz),” Belo posted on his Facebook account.ADVERTISEMENT And during the scrum, the two former Tamaraws were both called with technical fouls.After Alaska won the game 88-84, the two knew they would just share a laugh if ever it gets brought up between them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s nothing, that’s just how we express our love for each other, of course we both want to win and I think we got overboard with out aggressiveness,” said Belo in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I just wanted to get the ball and I was surprised that there was a technical foul. There’s nothing personal on that play, we’ll just laugh at it.” Mac Belo goes up for a shot. PBA IMAGESCarl Bryan Cruz and Mac Belo go way back, and even a heated scuffle during the match between Alaska and Blackwater won’t dampen that friendship between the former Far Eastern University teammates.The two got entangled with 5:18 left in the game and Alaska nursing a 74-72 lead, after Belo tried to snatch the ball away from Cruz who rebounded the former’s miss.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Banchero, Aces step up in Abueva’s absencecenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Tax sleuths begin hunt for Games loot

first_imgBeginning the hunt for the alleged loot in Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, tax sleuths on Tuesday raided 23 premises and surveyed seven others in the National Capital Region, Chandigarh and Ludhiana.The raids – aimed at unearthing corruption in overlay contracts worth `630 crore awarded by the organising committee (OC) – were carried out on a company linked to BJP member Sudhanshu Mittal and three other consortiums. Income-tax officials disclosed that the transfer of money using the Mauritius route in certain contracts was also being probed. The investigation includes tax evasion, over-invoicing of goods and services supplied and real or benami ownership of the entities concerned.Sources in the income-tax department said businessman and politician Mittal’s home in New Delhi and the premises of Deepali Designs and Exhibits Pvt Ltd were raided by tax sleuths who arrived early on Tuesday to collect tender agreements and other documents crucial to the probe. Deepali Designs had tied up with Hong Kong-based PICO to successfully bid for an overlay contract worth Rs 230 crore.Tax officials confirmed that Mittal, a close associate of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, and his relatives were stakeholders in PICO-Deepali Designs. Mittal was on the board of directors, said the officials. Formed by Dinesh Mittal and Rakesh Mittal in 1992, Deepali initially took contracts to provide tents and decorations for marriages and government functions.This explains the company’s initial name, Deepali Tents & Decorators. The company later grew and added a sister concern – Deepali Designs & Exhibits Pvt Ltd – to bag big-ticket event contracts for outdoor hanger structures and other facilities. It boasts of high-profile clients like Wizcraft International, which too had got a CWG contract. The sleuths surveyed Gurgaonbased real estate company IREO in which one of the partner is Sudhanshu Mittal’s relative Lalit Goel.advertisementThe tax sleuths suspect that the money earned from Games contracts was rerouted through tax havens into IREO’s real estate projects. IREO released a statement acknowledging that the incometax department had sought information and clarifications from them. IREO did not get any contract for CWG 2010, but the company will fully cooperate with the authorities, like always, the statement read.Income-tax sleuths also raided three other consortiums, each having foreign partners – GL Litmus-Meroform, Comfort Net-Nussli India and ESG Arena-DArt furniture. Interestingly, Nussli India was registered in December 2009 and had got contracts for providing tents, porta cabins, containers and other electronic items for six venues. The contract is estimated at Rs 141 crore.Nussli India had signed a memorandum of understanding with a Canadian company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Minaean Habitat India Pvt Ltd, for supplying modular construction technologies using light-gauge steel at Games venues. D Art Furniture Systems-ESG Arena of UK had contracts for providing overlays for temporary infrastructure worth Rs 93 crore.And Meroform, who had partnered with French firm GL Services, is said to have bagged a contract worth Rs 165 crore. A senior income-tax official said only the works allotted by the CWG organising committee had been covered. The next round of searches would focus on Games contractors engaged by government departments.Large volumes of documents and tender agreements have been seized and the searches will continue, he said. The income-tax department had recently gathered information on the award of contracts for the just-concluded Games from the Organising Committee, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). According to official sources, the government departments were served notice, seeking information under section 131 of the Income Tax Act. Sources said Parliament’s Estimates Committee which probed the CWG scam has prepared an interim report.The panel is likely to have another round of meetings with the stakeholders. Sources said they would summon the BJP-controlled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) too before finalising the report. The committee is expected to meet on Thursday. Efforts are on to place the report in Parliament during the winter session, scheduled to begin from November 6.Other than the income-tax department, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) are also probing the alleged CWG loot. It is learnt that the CBI, which has so far got more than 20 complaints, is looking into possible irregularities in the Indian leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay. CBI officials have sought documents from the OC.The ED is expected to summon suspended OC officials – including T.S. Darbari – in a case registered under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to probe irregularities in payments to overseas companies for a London event on handing over the Queen’s baton. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appointed a high-level committee to probe the charges of corruption and other irregularities that cast a shadow over the sporting spectacle.advertisementThe committee, to be headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu, has been asked to submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months. Earlier, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had indicated financial irregularities in various projects relating to the Games stadiums. Who is probing whatIncome tax (I-T) I-T department on Tuesday searched 23 premises of companies which were awarded overlays contracts amounting to `630 crore. The I-T department is probing tax evasion angle/over invoicing and real beneficiaries of CWG contracts. Companies and their linkages with entities in tax havens is also under the scannerEnforcement directorate (ED) The ED has already registered a case for violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It had summoned and questioned joint DG T.S. Darbari and a few others regarding their role in alleged irregularities during the Queen’s Baton Relay in the UKCentral vigilance commission (CVC) The CVC has initiated a probe and is looking into Gamesrelated construction and procurement works carried out by various government agencies, including the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Public Works Department (PWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and others for alleged financial irregularities. The CVC had inspected the files at OC headquarters and offices of other stakeholders. It had already raised questions regarding the process of awarding contracts and on infrastructure projects.Comptroller & auditor general (CAG) The Prime Minister has ordered a probe by former CAG V.K. Shunglu. The CAG will audit contracts, civic construction projects, infrastructure projects related to the Games and will file its report within three months. The agencies to be audited include CPWD, DDA, NDMC, PWD, OC, Delhi government and others.Central bureau of investigation (CBI) The CBI is verifying 20 complaints of alleged misappropriation of funds by the OC. The CBI is working in close coordination with the ED and is awaiting reports from the CVC, CAG and the I-T department before lodging any FIRs. CBI has so far not conducted any raids.Under The I-T ScannerDeepali Designs & Pico international Formed by Dinesh & Rakesh Mittal in 1992, Deepali Tents & Decorators used to provide tents and decorations during weddings. It later branched into Deepali Designs & Exhibits Pvt Ltd. It boasts of high profile clients including Wizcraft International. Deepali had tied up with Hong Kong-based PICO to bid for overlays contracts. Sudhanshu Mittal and his relatives were stakeholders in PICO. Contracts worth: Rs 230 crComfort net-nussli IndiaRegistered in 2009, Nussli India was awarded contracts for providing tents, portacabins, containers and electronic items at six venues. It had signed an MoU with a Canadian company’s subsidiary Minaean Habitat India Pvt Ltd for supplying of modular construction technologies. Contracts worth: Rs 141 crIREO GroupThe real estate firm has Lalit Goel as one of its partner. He is a relative of Sudhanshu.advertisementD Art Furniture Systems-Esg Arena (UK)Contracts worth: Rs 93 crMeroform-GL Litmus (France)Contracts worth: Rs 165 crlast_img

Leicester City sack manager Craig Shakespeare

first_imgCraig Shakespeare’s short reign as Leicester City manager was brought to an end on Tuesday when the Premier League club confirmed he had been sacked after four months in permanent charge.The 53-year-old, assistant manager to Claudio Ranieri when Leicester stunned the sporting world to win the 2015-16 Premier League title, assumed a caretaker role in February after Italian Ranieri was sacked with the club in the relegation zone.Shakespeare inspired a quick turnaround in fortunes, leading the club to safety and into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and was rewarded with the permanent job in June.Since Ranieri’s exit Leicester have taken 29 points, behind only Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.Yet with only one win in their opening eight games this season, Leicester find themselves back in the same position they occupied when Shakespeare first took up the reins — in the bottom three.In a statement on the club’s website vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha thanked Shakespeare for his service with the club but said a change was needed.”Our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward,” he said.”His dedication to the club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.”Shakespeare had been part of Leicester’s coaching set-up since 2011 and was widely credited as the tactical mastermind behind the title-winning side. He was also popular with the players.advertisementAfter stepping into the breach following Ranieri’s dismissal, Shakespeare won his first five games at the helm and guided Leicester to a 12th-place finish.They also completed a last-16 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League before suffering a narrow defeat to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.Leicester lost key midfielder Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window and although they signed the likes of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Hull defender Harry Maguire, results this season have been disappointing.Their only victory so far in the Premier League came against newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion in August.Shakespeare has not been helped by a tough run of fixtures which included matches against Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United — all of which ended in defeats.November offers an easier run, with games against Swansea City, Everton and Stoke City as well as a League Cup tie against second-tier Leeds United.Leicester have appointed Shakespeare’s assistant, Michael Appleton, as caretaker manager while they seek a new permanent appointment, and he will take charge for the Swansea game, supported by first team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.Shakespeare is the second top-flight manager to lose his job this season after Frank de Boer lasted only four league games.last_img read more

Wibu-Systems exhibits at Embedded World with incredible lineup of solution partners

first_img Continue Reading Previous ROHM: automotive-grade wireless charging solution with NFC communicationNext AbsInt and Infineon offer new timing tool chain for AURIX Wibu-Systems will once again exhibit at Embedded World. The journey starts at Wibu-Systems’ principal booth and continues at the OSADL, SD Association, Trusted Computing Group, and Wind River spaces for a fully engaging experience of the world of secure license management applied to electronic systems, distributed intelligence, the Industrial Internet of Things, e-mobility, and energy efficiency.At Wibu-Systems’ main space, the company security experts will be focusing specifically on IP protection as a way to prevent attempts to pirate or reverse engineer crucial code and to ultimately ensure the lasting commercial success for businesses everywhere. They will also be sharing several case studies where IP protection was skillfully integrated into modern business models to multiply revenue streams.At the collective exhibit of OSADL, the Open Source Automation Development Lab, embedded software developers will be laying out the importance of monetizing digital know-how and raising the quality of their code. Wibu-Systems, who affiliated with OSADL a couple of years ago, will join forces with them to provide their combined expertise and services to the entire OSADL community.Together with ATP, Delkin, GRL, Hagiwara, JMicron, Micron, Phison, Swissbit, Toshiba, and WD, Wibu-Systems will also present some of its many hardware secure elements at the SD Association’s group exhibit.At the Trusted Computing Group exhibit, the TCG member companies OnBoard Security, Wibu-Systems, and Wind River will demonstrate solutions for IoT and embedded security, based on TCG specifications and technologies equipped with a root of trust.As the cooperation between Wibu-Systems and Wind River continues to morph and evolve over the years, the two companies keep offering a comprehensive turnkey solution for VxWorks that encompasses integrity protection, authenticity, IP and copy protection, certificate management, license and entitlement management, and hardware, software, and cloud-based key storage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more



When Ohio State Might Announce Its Urban Meyer Decision

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Urban Meyer investigation at Ohio State was supposed to wrap up on Sunday night. The Buckeyes announced on Friday that the investigation was going to finish on time. The school had previously said on Sunday, Aug. 5 that it would take two weeks.It’s unclear if the investigation did in fact wrap up on Sunday night, but we’ve yet to hear anything to the contrary.Now, we wait.When is an Urban Meyer decision coming? In a couple of days, probably.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees still needs to meet. Following protocol, a 24-hour notice needs to be given prior to any meeting. As of yet, no notice appears to have been given.So, Tuesday morning appears to be the earlier that a meeting could take place. It’s possible that we could get an official decision soon after that, but it could take longer.At this point, an official Urban Meyer decision could be expected for Wednesday or later.Ohio State reporter Kyle Lamb tweeted the following:What to expect: investigation should wrap up today. Formal report delivered likely tomorrow or Tuesday (will not include recommendations, just facts/findings). OSU Legal counsel will review. Once report is rec’d/rev’d, BOT will set up exec. session w/ 24 hour notice. (1/2)— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018After notice is set up, the 20 trustees will discuss the case & report. They will consult with Drake and determine a course of action. Probably within 24 hours of the ES, they will announce their findings. I don’t anticipate a presser, but who knows with them. Guess: Wed. (2/2)— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018Although Ohio State may well send out a press release in this case announcing Executive Session, if they don’t, you can follow anything posted at as their calendar of meetings is updated there.— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018Ohio State’s football team, meanwhile, is less than two weeks away from opening its season. The Buckeyes begin the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Ryan Day is leading the team in Urban Meyer’s absence.last_img read more

Six dead in fire at Ukraine psychiatric hospital

first_imgOdessa (Ukraine): Six people died when fire swept through a psychiatric hospital for war veterans in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, authorities said Tuesday. The fire erupted late Monday evening in the one-storey building, Ukraine’s emergency services said in a statement. “Six people died and four have been hospitalised,” the statement said. Nine other people escaped unharmed. The facility provided mental health care for veterans of the Soviet Union’s 1980s war in Afghanistan and World War II. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Police and emergency services did not immediately comment on whether the fire was started deliberately, but said it did not appear to have originated inside the building. Paramedics continued to search the hospital after the fire had been extinguished, looking for any patients who could have been left behind, an AFP journalist said. Bodies lay covered on the ground outside the brick building. Fifty-seven firefighters on 12 fire engines fought to extinguish the blaze, emergency services reported. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he regretted the “terrible tragedy” and ordered Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to set up a committee to investigate. “The reasons (for the fire) will be established. I present my condolences to the families of the victims,” he said on Twitter. Deadly fires are relatively frequent in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics due to outdated infrastructure and poor security measures.last_img read more

Morgan Roy to undergo scans as England face injury woes

first_imgSouthampton: England would be desperately hoping that captain Eoin Morgan and in-form opener Jason Roy, who got injured during its match against West Indies, get fully fit before their next World Cup encounter against Afghanistan on Tuesday. Both batsmen went down in the first innings of Friday’s match, which England won by eight wickets against the Windies in Southampton. Neither Morgan nor Roy were risked during England’s run chase, as stand-in opener Joe Root hit his second century of the World Cup and carried his bat to take England to their target of 213. All-rounder Chris Woakes was promoted up to number three and he grabbed the opportunity and played a handy knock of 40 off 54 balls. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Morgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injury, thus leaving the field at the Ageas Bowl. Roy pulled up his hamstring after chasing the ball over the covers during the eighth over of the match. The 28-year-old walked off and, soon, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed he needed further assessment after “feeling tightness”. Meanwhile, 32-year-old Morgan suffered from a back spasm during the 40th over and had to be helped from the field. Such was his discomfort that he stopped on his way to the changing room after finding the stairs up to the dressing room particularly difficult to conquer. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Giving an update about both the injuries, Morgan said: “We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours.” The England skipper, who had to give a standing post-match press conference because sitting down was too painful, said both of them would undergo scans on Saturday. “Hopefully, we don’t present serious injuries,” Morgan said. “When any two players go down, it’s a worry but we are not at panic stations yet.” Should either of the two batsmen need to be left out at the Old Trafford, England could call upon batsman James Vince, or recall all-rounder Moeen Ali. England are currently placed at the second spot with six points from four games.last_img read more

Can videogames promote emotional intelligence

first_imgWhile it’s commonly believed that video games are harmful for children, researchers have found that it can help them evaluate, express and manage emotions when used as part of an emotional intelligence training programme. “Video games may improve the expression of emotions, but awareness and coping strategies can’t be solely understood by games. Emotional intelligence can be better explained when there are emotions involved from both sides,” health experts said. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to the study published in the Games for Health Journal, researchers from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Italy developed an emotional intelligence training programme that integrated video games as experience-based learning tools. The researchers created EmotivaMente, a video game, to enhance emotional intelligence among adolescents, perhaps the group that could benefit the most. They analysed 121 adolescents who participated in eight sessions. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Games for health have been designed to address an increasing variety of issues. A relatively new health issue is emotional intelligence, which has implications for various health problems, including coping with stress,” said Tom Baranowski, Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in the US. The preliminary evaluation indicated that video games enhanced the students’ evaluation and expression of emotions. But some experts believe outdoor activities should be given more importance to develop emotional intelligence, which includes awareness of emotions, managing emotions effectively and maintaining relationships, in children. “In the modern day where interaction is increasingly becoming online and more time is spent indoors, the right way to build emotional intelligence is people-to-people interactions, spending quality time with peers and family, learning through experiences and feedback.”last_img read more

The ROMs Evidence Room explores the forensic architecture of the Holocaust

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook The Evidence Room, the exhibit that opened recently at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, embodies Robert Jan van Pelt’s detailed and unique analysis of the Holocaust. An architectural historian at the University of Waterloo, he’s written often on the Holocaust, not only proving that it happened but that Auschwitz was carefully planned as a Nazi death site for a million Jews.He remembers when he began teaching in the 1980s; how he was surprised to find that there were no courses in the ethics of architecture. That led him naturally to the Holocaust, the most interesting and most horrible research of his life.READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

DRC parties agree on broad transition principles UN envoy reports

“The Congolese parties will now work on preparing written submissions detailing their positions on power-sharing modalities based on the agreed-upon principles,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Mustapha Niasse, told journalists at a joint press conference held in Pretoria on Saturday with the South African Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi, who co-chaired the series of negotiations with DRC parties which began on 26 October.The Joint UN/South African team has given the DRC parties until 8 November to submit their positions to be synthesized into a working paper and considered at the next round of negotiations, set to start in Pretoria on 15 November. Mr. Niasse predicted that in the absence of new difficulties, that round should conclude by 21 November.He said the outcome of those negotiations would form the substance of an all-inclusive agreement for the transition period which would then be presented for adoption to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue under its Facilitator, Sir Ketumile Masire.Mr. Niasse voiced hope that the transitional institutions could be established in the DRC sometime in January, with the transition period lasting between 24 and 30 months “leading to free, transparent and democratic elections in the DRC.”Answering a question on why the parties had not signed any formal agreement at the end of the talks, the envoy said this was no cause for concern, stressing that all the parties understood that the four-year war must now end. “The good faith and fair play of the parties will ensure that they will not go back on the principles agreed upon,” he said.All parties have accepted in principle a one-president-four-vice-presidents political arrangement for the transition period, according to Mr. Niasse. read more

Inmates have effectively taken over one of Britains biggest prisons

first_imgJustice Secretary Liz Truss says quick fix solutions to cut the prison population will not workCredit:PA He said inmates were effectively running the prison, where he witnessed widespread drug abuse.In one of the most disturbing episodes of the investigation, footage shows a prison officer having convulsions on the floor after accidentally inhaling spice, a cheap and stronger synthetic alternative to cannabis, which is rife in the jail.Prison officers also found balaclavas, blackout clothing and wire-cutting tools at the category C jail.Ahead of the episode to be broadcast on BBC One on Monday, Mr Fenton said: “It didn’t take too long to realise that the inmates were, in effect, running this prison. I saw prisoners stumbling around drunk, others who were high on drugs and some struggling to cope with addictionJoe Fenton The Ministry of Justice told the BBC: “The justice secretary has been clear that levels of violence and self harm in our prisons are too high, which is why we are investing an extra £100m annually to boost the front line by 2,500 officers.”These are longstanding issues which will not be resolved in weeks or months but we are determined to make our prisons places of safety and reform.”A spokesman for Sodexo said: “We are proud of those staff at HMP Northumberland who do a professional job in such difficult circumstances.”Security and the safety of our prisoners and staff are our top priority, which is why we have made significant investments in these two areas over and above the contract requirements.” Justice Secretary Liz Truss says quick fix solutions to cut the prison population will not work “I saw prisoners stumbling around drunk, others who were high on drugs and some struggling to cope with addiction.”Prison officers repeatedly told me they had lost control of the prison. I saw officers worried about their safety and losing confidence.”Later today Justice Secretary Liz Truss will say prison numbers cannot be cut with “dangerous quick fix” solutions. The Cabinet member will use a keynote address to attack a “reckless” opposition call to reduce the current number of 85,000 prisoners in England and Wales to the 1990 level of 45,000.Ms Truss will say: “Reductions by cap or quota, or by sweeping sentencing cuts are not a magic bullet, they are a dangerous attempt at a quick fix.” She says Britain needs to deal with the reality of the present, rather than hark back to prison numbers of the past.”There are those in Labour who want to turn back the clock and cut the prison population to the size it was in 1990, at around 45,000,” Ms Truss adds.”This would be reckless and endanger the public.”Ms Truss says targeting sexual offenders more effectively has pushed the prison population up.“The biggest driver for prison growth in the last 20 years has been the exposure, pursuit and punishment of sexual offences, domestic abuse and other crimes of violence,” she will say.Ms Truss says the Government is dealing with human “wickedness” as she attacks Labour for its stance. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Inmates have effectively taken over at one of Britain’s biggest prisons, an undercover investigation has found.The scale of issues facing the UK prison system was highlighted the BBC’s Panorama programme following an investigation into HMP Northumberland, which is run by private firm Sodexo Justice Services.BBC reporter Joe Fenton spent two months undercover as a custody officer in the prison near Morpeth, which houses 1,348 men. “Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti wants to halve our prison numbers because she does not believe ‘the sum of human wickedness’ could have doubled in her lifetime,” she says.“She blames a political arms race for the numbers in our jails.“What has actually happened in Baroness Chakrabarti’s lifetime is that the criminal justice system has got better at catching and convicting criminals who have perpetrated some of the most appalling crimes imaginable.”And sentence lengths now better reflect the severity of crimes like domestic violence, rape and child abuse.“It’s not that the sum of human wickedness has doubled – it’s that we have driven that wickedness out from the shadows and put it where it belongs, behind bars.”last_img read more

David and Victoria Beckham hit out at laughable fake news that caused

Victoria Adams, Posh Spice of the Spice Girls and her fiance, English soccer player David Beckham Victoria was still in the Spice Girls when they started dating and David would often attend her concerts, while she was regularly photographed on the sidelines of his football matches. David and Victoria Beckham at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Last month, the Beckhams arrived hand-in-hand at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Victoria wore a characteristically serious expression as the pair arrived at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.The couple first met in 1997 and publicly announced their engagement in July the following year. The couple, pictured in Los Angeles in July 2007, quickly became known as Posh and BecksCredit:Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images David and Victoria Beckham have hit out at fake news generated by social media that caused fevered online speculation the couple are to divorce.Claims the couple were to split began circulating on Twitter on Friday morning and even prompted a high street bookmakers to suspend betting on them getting a divorce.But suggestions of a ‘Bexit’ – a disbanding of Britain’s biggest celebrity brand – were scoffed at by the couple.The rumours were strongly denied by the Beckhams, clearly exasperated by the speed with which the internet can relay gossip as fact but unchecked.A spokesman for Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl turned fashion designer, said: “If I spent all my time responding to ridiculous Beckham gossip and rumours there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day. What nonsense. Journalist Chinese whispers and fake news fuelled by social media. There is no impending statement, no divorce.”David Beckham’s spokesman said: “It is nonsense. It is one of those laughable, nonsense things. There is no divorce. It is laughable.” They swiftly became one of the most recognisable couples in showbusiness and were soon nicknamed “Posh and Becks” by the media.Brooklyn, the couple’s first child, was born in March 1999. Four months later, the Beckhams married in a lavish wedding ceremony – featuring thrones, doves and purple reception outfits – in a castle near Dublin on July 4 1999.  David retired from football and the family moved back to Britain in 2014 after a period in which he played for LA Galaxy in California. The following year, the Spice Girls split up and Victoria went on to forge a solo career as the couple’s profile as a couple continued to grow.The Beckhams often turned heads with their choice of clothes. In 1998, David raised eyebrows when he famously wore a sarong.In another memorable fashion moment, they wore matching leather outfits to a Gucci show in 1999. Last year, David referred to the outfits on the couple’s 18th wedding anniversary, writing: “Wow, we really did this!” The couple and their children were seen dining last week at a fashionable restaurant in the Oxfordshire countryside. One source said: “They seemed very happy together. They did not look like a couple on the brink of divorce.”The Beckhams, who married in Ireland in 1999, have four children. Victoria Beckham posted a photograph of herself on Instagram with daughter Harper with the message “we love and miss u @davidbeckham.”The A-list couple have four children together – sons Brooklyn, 19; Romeo, 15; Cruz, 13; and six-year-old daughter Harper.David, the former footballer, and Victoria, the ex-pop star, tied the knot in July 1999 and swiftly became known as “Posh and Becks”.They met at a charity football match 21 years ago when David played for Manchester United and his future wife was Victoria Adams – or Posh Spice in the Spice Girls.On Friday morning, Victoria posted a picture on Instagram of her cuddling Harper and wrote: “We love and miss you David Beckham.” David and Victoria Beckham in July 2007 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victoria has gone on to achieve success in the fashion industry. In November 2003, David was made an OBE and the family moved to Spain in the same year when he was moved to Real Madrid.The Beckhams went on to have two more sons after Brooklyn – Romeo, who was born in 2002, and Cruz in 2005. The couple also have a daughter, Harper, who was born in 2011. David and the future Victoria Beckham in New York in July 1998 after their engagement was announcedCredit:Brad Rickerby/REUTERS David Beckham, the former England captain, is currently in Miami where he is launching a US-based football team but is due back in the UK this weekend ahead of a fashion launch on Monday. She has launched her own clothing label and was appointed an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the fashion industry. David and Victoria Beckham at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:Splash News read more

8 of the most annoyingly overused clichés in film and television

first_img Source: Wow247Notable examples: Friday The 13th series, Taken, A Nightmare on Elm StreetThe MakeoverIn this staple of teen films, a nerdy character is made over by a kindly soul in a quest to be accepted by society. Generally, this makeover only involves removing the nerdy character’s glasses. What a revelation! *yawns* Source: GiphyNotable examples: She’s All That, The Princess Diaries, The Breakfast ClubCowboy CopAnother action movie/police drama favourite, where an officer breaks all the rules to get stuff done. One day they go too far and have to turn in their badge and gun, but instead of moving on like a normal person, they go rogue. Why do they never learn? Source: GiphyNotable examples: Rust Cohle (True Detective), Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop), Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)Belligerent Sexual TensionThis one is EVERYWHERE. Two characters fight and squabble endlessly, but it’s only because they secretly fancy each other. Sometimes in real life, people genuinely just don’t like each other. What’s so hard to believe about that? Source: GeeksUniverse.comNotable examples: Princess Leia and Han Solo (Star Wars), Matthew and Mary (Downton Abbey), Sam and Diane (Cheers)Manic Pixie Dream GirlThe Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to bring joy and wonder into a brooding, depressed male protagonist’s life. She generally doesn’t have issues or goals of her own, apart from being extremely quirky and cute. Sigh. Source: TumblrNotable examples: Sam (Garden State), Claire Colburn (Elizabethtown), Ramona Flowers (Scott Pilgrim vs The World)h/t the amazingly addictive tvtropes.org6 pieces of useful life advice we all learned from teen movies>A definitive ranking of naughties television series finales> ORIGINALITY? PLEASE. Almost every single film and TV show is made up of a collection of well-worn tropes.A trope is the proper term for a plot device or trend that reoccurs in films and television time and time again – here are eight of the most annoying ones that we can’t seem to get away from.Meet CuteAn awkward introduction between two love interests, used a lot in romantic comedies – it usually involves some embarrassing situation or wacky misunderstanding that will stop them from being together. So CUTE! So QUIRKY! Source: Vidhya Ashok/YouTubeWe understand it’s done to speed up the whole process of falling in love, but really?Notable examples: Notting Hill, Serendipity, 101 DalmationsBumbling DadThis one is mostly seen these days in sitcoms, where the Dad is what the French call les incompetents. The family will always roll their eyes and sigh and get Mom to fix whatever Dad does wrong, because Dad is so silly. A tired view of men that must be stopped. Source: TumblrNotable examples: Homer Simpson, Tim Taylor (Home Improvement), Hal (Malcolm in the Middle)Unflinching WalkAction films are all over this trope. A character just blew something up. They don’t care about shrapnel, extreme heat, or even potentially losing their hearing. They just casually walk away from the blast, cool as a cucumber. Source: GeekshizzleNotable examples: No Country For Old Men, Desperado, Man On FireDeath By SexThis one is so common in slasher movies that it’s not particularly shocking any more – characters that have sex in a horror film are nearly always doomed. What is Hollywood trying to tell us here, eh?last_img read more

Flight MH17 and Gaza to dominate EU Foreign Affairs meeting

first_imgFlanagan also voiced his concern over the “ongoing security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine”.“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all the victims of flight MH17, who have suffered such a sudden and devastating loss,” the Foreign Affairs Minister said.Flanagan will support calls for a “full investigation to ensure that those responsible for this tragic incident are brought to justice”:It is imperative that all sides involved in the conflict in Ukraine work together to ensure that the bereaved families get the answers they need.Books of condolence for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 opened in Dublin yesterday.- Additional reporting by the AFPOriginally posted 9:35 pmRead: Here’s what Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine groups in Ireland have to say about the conflict >Read: Bereaved dad writes heartbreaking letter to “murderers of my loved and only child” > THE NEW MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is meeting his EU colleagues in Brussels today to discuss the crisis in Gaza and the situation concerning Flight MH17 and the conflict in Ukraine.The minister last week met with the Israeli ambassador to Ireland to express the Irish Government’s “deep concern” over the escalating violence. The Government has called for an immediate ceasefire “to avoid further loss of life and suffering”.The death toll from the past fortnight of violence rose above 550 by yesterday evening.Yesterday, Flanagan announced €500,000 in emergency support for families affected by the conflict in Gaza. The funding release was in response to an urgent appeal by the UN and is earmarked for emergency food, shelter, and healthcare.Speaking ahead of today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers, Flanagan reiterated the Irish Government’s calls for a ceasefire:The appalling violence now being witnessed in Gaza and Israel is absolutely unacceptable. It is incumbent on all sides to agree an immediate ceasefire. All Palestinians and Israelis have the right to live in peace and security and without the threat of indiscriminate violence.last_img read more

Google makes life easier with image search sorting

first_imgEveryone has been in the position where you’re trying to describe something, but can’t think of the name. You kind of remember what it looks like, so you end up on Google following a line of breadcrumbs to find the exact thing you were searching for. Fortunately, Google has created something that will help us on our hunt: sorting.For example, you know there is a green stone your mom likes and you want to buy her a necklace made out of it. However, you don’t know the name. Is it an emerald, a jade? Google is unrolling a new feature in its image search called Google Images with Sorting, and it’s about to make your life a whole lot easier.AdChoices广告The new feature will be located on the left-hand toolbar and will let you narrow your search by “Relevance,” or by “Sorting.” Typing in “green stone” will separate all the green stone photos on Google Image by name, so that when you’re scrolling through the results, and you see one that says “Gaspeite,” you know what to ask the jeweler for when you go shopping for your mom’s birthday present.Google uses the example of dogs. Typing the word “dog” into Google Search will present you with a list of dogs organized into different breeds — Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Beagle, etc. If you’re thinking of adding a member to the family, you can scroll through images of the different breeds and decide which dog you may want to buy for your own. The Google Blog says that sorting by subject uses algorithms that spot similarities with images around the web and then puts those images into groups. The sources of similarities the algorithms look at include features such as “pixel values and semantic relationships.”If you’re as excited as we were to start Google Image searching random things to try out the sorting feature, you may need to wait a bit. Google Images with Sorting is rolling out today, but you may not be able to see “Sort by subject” in the toolbar just yet. We weren’t. It will be available worldwide over the next week, so keep checking to see if it has arrived for you.Check out the video below to see image sorting in action.via Official Google Bloglast_img read more

Eating Cheese Could Help You Live Longer

first_img Watch: Multiple Injuries Reported During Cheese Rolling Race in UKStudy: Cheese Tastes Different Based on What Music It Listens To Stay on target If, like me, you’re planning on making some sort of cheesy concoction for dinner tonight, know this: You’re actually not doing your body a disservice. In fact, you might be extending your lifespan by a few years by indulging in one of the most perfect foods out there.A new study from Nature Science suggests that consuming aged cheeses with the compound spermidine seems to extend the lifespan of mammals, based on tests with rodents. Rodents and cheese. Of course. It makes too much sense.But rats and mice weren’t the only test subjects to be examined. Italians were also queried on how much cheese they eat and their resulting health changes were studied accordingly. Both the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure seemed to go down as cheese intake went up. It’s all thanks to spermidine, a polyamine compound that’s found in certain cheeses, mushrooms and even semen (hence the name.) First found in semen, it was found to extend lab rats’ lifespan even when it wasn’t given to the rats until their middle age.Why is spermidine the bee’s knees? It’s said to induce a process known as autophagy, which pushes heart cells to shut down parts of themselves that don’t work properly or are no longer necessary. This results in a better number of “good” cells, so bodily functions are improved. This was proven in studies with mice given spermidine who tended to have improved heart function and lower blood pressure, which contributed to longer lifespans.It’s a bit too early to assume you can just eat all the cheese you want to stack benefits or anything insane like that, but this is critical research that could lead to the improvement of health in patients out there suffering from high blood pressure or other circulatory ailments.last_img read more

New Pet Sematary Trailer Teases Terrifying Twist to Stephen Kings Story

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary isn’t for the faint of heart, and a new trailer just revealed an eerie twist to the author’s original tale.On Thursday, Paramount Pictures teased a second trailer for Pet Sematary, a creepy flick that highlights the consequences of resurrecting the dead. The film, which stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, will premiere in theaters on April 5, 2019. Pet Sematary isn’t about cuddly fur babies: In the movie, Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), relocates his family from Boston to rural Maine, where they reside in an old farm house. One of Creed’s kids, Ellie, discovers a creepy “pet sematary” near their house. Except, this isn’t just any burial ground. The cemetery is rumored to be cursed by some otherworldly influence.In the trailer, we see Church, a zombie cat, walking on the highway near Creed’s home. Creed originally buried Church near the “pet sematary” after he died in an accident, so we know this isn’t good. Then, Ellie, who’s excited to see her pet, leaves the property and is instantly killed by a truck.Sometimes dead is better. Watch the official trailer for #PetSematary, based on @StephenKing‘s terrifying novel. In theatres April 5, 2019.— Pet Sematary (@petsematarymov) October 10, 2018This is where it gets tricky: In King’s original story, Gage, Creed’s two-year-old son, is run over by a speeding truck. The directors of the upcoming remake decided to have Ellie die instead, since her character leave more room for creativity in the living and undead form, Entertainment Weekly reported.After Ellie dies, Clarke turns to his weird neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow) for help. Even though Crandall warns Clarke to not tamper with death, Clarke doesn’t listen and decides to bring back Ellie. There’s just one problem though: Ellie isn’t the same “Ellie” when she arrives home.Due to the major plot spoiler above, we’ll leave it there. As Crandall says, “Sometimes dead is better.”More on Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019This Horror Movie Is About a Possessed Killer Drone7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were Great Stay on targetlast_img read more

Survivors remember 89 crash

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — As he sat in a crippled airliner, Ron May braced his head between his legs and prayed for his wife, who was seven months’ pregnant with their first child. Everyone on the jet feared they were about to die.That was back on July 19, 1989, when May was a passenger aboard United Flight 232. The DC-10 was traveling from Denver to Chicago when it lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. The crew used the remaining two engines to steer a winding course to Sioux City, where the massive plane crash-landed, cartwheeling down the runway and bursting into flames before breaking apart in a cornfield.Of the 296 people on board, 184 survived. Most couldn’t believe it.“We’re upside down, and I’m alive,” May, now a 55-year-old Chicago pastor, recalled of the landing. “Everything was chaos.”A quarter of a century later, the flight is considered one of the most impressive life-saving efforts in aviation history. At the time, Capt. Al Haynes was hailed in much the same way as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who safely ditched his Airbus A320 into the Hudson River in New York in 2009.The legacy of the crash lives on. It changed the way planes were designed, ensuring more backup systems to prevent the kind of catastrophic hydraulic failure that made Flight 232 almost impossible to control. It also drew attention to the need for emergency preparedness. And the efforts of the crew were remembered in movies and books.This weekend, survivors are gathering for 25th anniversary memorial events at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City.Still, some of the safety changes sought by survivors have not happened. Jan Brown, the lead flight attendant on Flight 232, has led an unsuccessful campaign to get the Federal Aviation Administration to end the practice of allowing children under the age of 2 to travel on a parent’s lap without a ticketed seat. She is haunted by the memory of a 22-month-old lap child who died in the crash.last_img read more