A well-known Donegal disability campaigner is to travel to Budapest to attend a conference on hate crime.Frank LarkinLetterkenny man Frank Larkin will attend a 6 day event in Budapest from this Saturday entitled “Facing Facts”.“It is a conference and training event on Hate Crime and how to effectively monitor it. It is an area I have done a lot of research on in the last couple of years and have worked closely with the Gardaí on it. “I will be compiling a report from this event and feeding back to relevant disability organisations and also to the Gardaí,” revealed Frank.There will be 20 participants from 14 different European countries who were chosen from 60 applicants from a range of different backgrounds of groups affected by hate crime.“My hope is to bring information back which will change the way that Disability Hate Crime is viewed by the powers that be in this country,” said Frank, who is a Disability Awareness and Equality Trainer. DONEGAL DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER TO ATTEND HATE CRIME CONFERENCE was last modified: March 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DisabilityFrank Larkinhate crime
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur ‘We are not police’ – Pochettino won’t stop Spurs stars watching Joshua-Parker Iain Strachan 23:03 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea Harry Kane There could be some tired bodies among the Tottenham players facing Chelsea on Sunday after staying up late to watch a heavyweight title fight Mauricio Pochettino trusts Tottenham’s players to prepare properly for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday, despite the temptation of watching the heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.Spurs face Antonio Conte’s side at Stamford Bridge in a battle between fourth and fifth place, with the north London side seeking to open up an eight-point advantage in the race for a Champions League qualification berth.IBF, WBA and IBO champion Joshua faces Parker in Cardiff on Saturday, and Pochettino knows it is inevitable some players will choose to stay up later than normal and tune in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You know, we are not police,” he said.”[We do not need] to control them in their rooms, because surely we are going to be in the hotel waiting for the game, but we cannot put cameras [in their rooms] and see what they are doing. “They are professionals and I’m sure they are going to sleep. Because the [fight], they can record and see the day after, no?””The game that we play on Sunday, we need to be fresh and we need all our energy to win.”Pochettino also insisted a victory over last season’s Premier League champions will not guarantee his team’s top-four finish.”When you pay this type of game, the pressure is for both teams,” he said.”Of course there is still a lot of games to play, this is not a final, this is not a decisive game, but always it is important for your confidence, your motivation.”To win in Chelsea would be fantastic for everyone. But for sure it will be a very tough game. They are a very good team, and always it is tough to compete with them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
No. 3 Oklahoma (46 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Michigan StateLocation: SyracuseWhen to watch: At 10:07 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Oklahoma 88.3, Michigan State 87.9Upset probability: 54 percentPlayer to watch: Isaiah Cousins, OklahomaIn one of the more bizarre stats you’ll see, the FiveThirtyEight model actually favors No. 7 Michigan State over No. 3 Oklahoma. That’s what happens when the committee over and under seeds the field. Michigan State is an above-average 7-seed, while Oklahoma is a below-average 3-seed. While the Sooners have a slightly better SRS1Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule of 18.9 vs Michigan State’s 17.5, the Spartans generally have more efficient game-level stats. Their net effective field goal percentage was 9 percent, compared to OU’s 6 percent, and a good amount of that comes from Sparty’s better shooting from behind the arc: 39 percent compared to OU’s 35 percent.23-point shooting tends to be less sensitive to opponent strength. But if you’re looking for a more cosmic reason why the Spartans are favored, you need look no further than coach Tom Izzo. His prowess in the NCAA tournament is not only nature defying, but stat-defying – according to my colleague Neil Paine’s research, his teams have run 7 standard deviations above SRS-based expectation in the Big Dance. The first half of the Sweet 16 is in the books, and the favorites answered any early round questions with a vengeance. Each higher seed won, with the biggest favorite doing its best impression of the UConn women’s basketball team: It took just under five minutes for Kentucky to jump out to an 8 point lead, which is virtually unassailable for a garden-variety tournament favorite, much less an undefeated powerhouse. And the Wildcats continued to outscore a powerless West Virginia squad (whom we called Kentucky’s “sternest test” just yesterday) by nearly a point per minute. Kentucky won by 39 in a game that (as the saying goes) wasn’t as close as the final score.Friday’s action promises to be more eventful. Or at least equally eventful. Well, at least it can’t be less eventful. So let’s see what’s going down:No. 1 Duke (66 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 UtahLocation: HoustonWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Duke 92.8, Utah 88.9Upset probability: 34 percentPlayer to watch: Delon Wright, UtahDuke is doing what Duke does: Being exactly good enough to be a solid contender deep in the NCAA tournament. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, the Blue Devils have about as good a chance of winning this tournament as anyone not named the Kentucky Wildcats. They’ll face off against the Utah Utes, who, having survived the 5-seed jinx, hope to avoid the same kind of Final Destination-style comeuppance suffered by fellow 5-seed West Virginia.Both of these teams have gotten where they are the old-fashioned way: By making regular, old-school buckets. While the NBA has seen a radical shift in its balance of power as a result of the 3-pointer, the hot stat in the NCAA this year is a stalwart: Field goal percentage. Five of the top eight teams in the nation in this stat (including the top three) are still in the tournament: Duke ranks third in the country and Utah ranks sixth (Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Arizona are first, second and eighth, respectively). No. 4 Louisville (55 percent win probability) vs. No. 8 N.C. StateLocation: SyracuseWhen to watch: At 7:37 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Louisville 85.7, NC State 84.2Upset probability: 45 percentPlayer to watch: Montrezl Harrell, LouisvilleSo far this year, N.C. State is the only team to knock off a No. 1 seed, in a 71-68 victory over presidential-bracket finalist Villanova. Teams that get hot in the tournament do tend to outperform their ratings (even accounting for the win), and the FiveThirtyEight model adjusts accordingly. That may be why this is basically a coin flip despite Louisville being nearly four points better by SRS (18.1 vs 14.2). Protip: If you have trouble wrapping your mind around exactly how much more 55 percent is than 50 percent, but you’ve played a lot of poker, imagine the feeling of being all in pre-flop with pocket jacks against Ace-King offsuit. No. 2 Gonzaga (76 percent win probability) vs. No. 11 UCLALocation: HoustonWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Gonzaga 91.3, UCLA 83.7Upset probability: 24 percentPlayer to watch: Norman Powell, UCLARemember back when Gonzaga made Adam Morrison look like Cinderella? Well now the shoe is on the other team’s foot. Gonzaga enters the Sweet 16 as a No. 2 seed with only 2 losses and will face No. 11 UCLA – which has 13 losses and made it this far because of a last-minute goaltending call and UAB’s improbable victory over Iowa State. To kill a giant, as the Bruins have to do, it helps when underdogs are used to shooting the 3-pointer. But the Bruins are not. Neither team is: Gonzaga has taken 17.5 attempts per game, UCLA 16.9. The main thing the Bruins have going for them is guard Norman Powell. His 3-point shooting is unremarkable (31.9 percent on 3.4 attempts per game), but he gets a lot of rebounds for his position (5.4 per 40 minutes) and collects the most steals of anyone who’ll be on the floor (2.2 per 40 minutes). In addition to generally being awesome, steals are the kind of high-variance play that UCLA will need to pull this off. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 27, 1:52 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly named Chris Jones as the player to watch for Louisvlle. He is no longer on the team after being dismissed in February because of rape charges against him.
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) registered a second straight month of decline in December in domestic car sales, with the company selling 12,379 units last month, down 14% from 14,428 units sold in December 2014.Honda City and Honda Amaza were the top-selling models of HCIL, followed by Honda Jazz. The company exported 364 cars during the month.In November 2015, HCIL sold 14,712 cars, 3.61% less than the 15,263 cars sold in November 2014.Sales for the April-December 2015 period were up 10% at 1,44,474 cars, from 1,31,133 in the corresponding period in 2014, the company said in a statement.Other car-makers had reported mixed results in December domestic car sales.Renault India sold 10,292 cars in India during December 2015, 160% more than the 3,956 units than the company sold in December 2014.Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor had reported a growth of 13.5% and 28.8% respectively, while sales of Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Tata Motors declined by 11% and 33% respectively.Industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (Siam) is expected to release the industry-wide data for the automobile sector by next week.In November 2015, car sales had gone up for the the 13th straight month to 1,73,111 units, up 10.39% from November 2014, according to Siam.
Sudanese protesters wave the current and former national flags during a rally outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on 27 April. Photo: AFPSudan’s protest leaders and army rulers agreed Saturday to establish a joint civilian-military ruling council, a major breakthrough in talks between the two sides over demonstrators’ demands for a handover to civilian rule.The agreement on the highly disputed issue came as thousands of protesters remain encamped outside the military headquarters since the army ousted longtime leader Omar al-Bashir on 11 April, demanding that the army rulers step down.”We agreed on a joint council between the civilian and the military,” one of the leaders of the protest campaign, Ahmed al-Rabia, who was involved in the talks, told AFP.”We are now in consultation about what percentage of the council should be represented by civilians and how much by the military.”The agreement between the two sides is a major breakthrough as the current army leaders had refused to hand over power to a civilian administration despite pressure from the street and the international community.”I’m happy with the outcome of the talks. Other protesters too will be happy,” said protester Ahmed Najdi, who has regularly camped outside the army complex over the past weeks.”We are still waiting for the final composition of the joint council.”The new council will be the sovereign ruling body that will then form a transitional civilian administration.The decision to have a joint council came during talks held since Saturday morning by a joint committee representing the current ruling military leadership and protesters.The talks were the first such by the joint committee.’We won’t leave’Bashir was ousted by the army after months of protests against his three-decade rule.Thousands of demonstrators reached the sprawling military headquarters in central Khartoum on 6 April, demanding that the army support those opposing Bashir.Five days later, the army toppled Bashir but then took power into its own hands through a 10-member transitional military council.Another demonstrator Rawan Al-Fateh said those camped out would not leave until their demands were met.”We won’t leave until we have civil rule and laws guaranteeing freedom of expression.”Buses bringing protesters kept arriving Saturday, with hundreds of protesters coming from the eastern province of Kassala, an AFP photographer said.Protest leaders had previously held several rounds of inconclusive talks with the military council since Bashir was ousted.Earlier this week, the two sides agreed to set up the joint committee to chart the way forward.The military council has so far insisted that it has assumed power for a two-year transitional period.Western governments have expressed support for protesters’ demands, but Sudan’s key Gulf Arab lenders have backed the military council, while African states have called for more time for the army to hand over to civilians.Meanwhile the country’s top opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi called for Sudan to join the International Criminal Court which has indicted Bashir.Mahdi, a former prime minister and head of the opposition National Umma Party that has backed the protests, also told reporters that the army’s ouster of Bashir was “not a military coup”.Call to join ICCMahdi also said that “it is possible to agree on a civilian authority with the military council because they did not plan a coup”.But he said his party would not join a civilian transitional government.He insisted Sudan should “immediately” join the Hague-based International Criminal Court where Bashir is wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the conflict in Darfur.Bashir, 75, has consistently denied the charges against him.The war in Darfur erupted in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Khartoum’s Arab-dominated government, accusing it of social and political marginalisation.The United Nations says about 300,000 people have died in the conflict, with another 2.5 million displaced, many of them still living in miserable camps across the western region of the country.Protest group spokesman Amjad Farid told reporters that Bashir and other regime figures could be tried in Sudan.”We are not seeking retaliatory measures against them, but we want to rebuild our justice system to hold them accountable for their crimes,” he said.Mahdi, who was forced from office by Bashir in a 1989 coup, said the president’s regime was clinging on despite the upheaval.”The toppled regime might still try to do a coup,” he said without elaborating.As protesters were pushing the military on civilian rule Saturday, assailants hurled rocks at a meeting of members of the Islamist Popular Congress Party, an ally of Bashir’s, injuring 32 of them.The group leading the protests and the military council condemned the incident.
A fifth opposition mayor in Venezuela was removed from his post and ordered under arrest in a continuing crackdown by the struggling nation’s government on President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries.TSJ condena al alcalde David Smolansky con 15 meses de prisión>> https://t.co/1JzF2CDLx2 #Caracas #ElHatillo #TSJ pic.twitter.com/yw8oSPuFTz— PrensAlternativa (@PrensAlterna) August 10, 2017A small group of young people, some of them masked, set up barricades of strewn metal objects in the eastern Caracas district of El Hatillo on Thursday to protest the previous day’s Supreme Court decision to order Mayor David Smolansky imprisoned for 15 months for not obeying orders to shut down the protests. We can’t allow “the dictatorship to hunt down, imprison and treat our mayors like criminals,” said Andres Paez, a lawyer who joined the protest.El Hatillo protestan en rechazo a la sentencia del TSJ contra el Alcalde David Smolansky, sancionado con prisión. pic.twitter.com/kScewX5oUb— Informaciòn Veraz (@GarciaAnonimo) August 10, 2017Smolansky, a former student activist, issued a video from an undisclosed location in which he called on residents of the El Hatillo to take to the streets to uphold their right to representation against what he called the government’s “political firing squad.”“I want to tell you all that I continue being a public servant by vocation and conviction,” Smolansky said, sounding defiant but at ease. “My commitment to restoring freedom in Venezuela remains intact.”His arrest was ordered by the government-stacked Supreme Court less than 48 hours after it levied a similar sentence against Ramon Muchacho, another Caracas-area mayor. Opposition leaders decried both rulings, calling them part of an ongoing campaign by the high court to illegally remove anti-government mayors from their elected posts.According to their figures, about a third of the nation’s opposition mayors have been removed from office or jailed or are under threat of arrest. Gerardo Blyde, an opposition mayor of Baruta, a city of more than 350,000 near the capital, equated it to a sort of “Russian roulette.” “This is a continued coup against municipal public authority,” he said. In a press conference Thursday, he said mayors can only be removed if they die, resign, are revoked in a popular vote or are apprehended for a criminal offense. In its ruling, the Supreme Court noted that Smolansky has been barred from leaving the country and directed the nation’s intelligence agency to alert Interpol to help “determine his whereabouts and capture outside national territory.”Of the five mayors recently sentenced, just one is in jail. All others have managed to flee or remain underground.The court also ordered that a copy of the decision be sent to Delcy Rodriguez, the president of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly and head of a “truth commission” approved shortly after its installation last Friday.The commission will wield unusual power to prosecute and punish those who the government determines responsible for the last four months of unrest. Maduro has promised to use the commission to target key opposition leaders.The constitutional assembly was slated to meet again Thursday, possibly to condemn the Trump administration’s new sanctions on several of its delegates. ___ By FABIOLA SANCHEZ. Writers Joshua Goodman in Caracas and Christine Armario in Miami contributed to this report. Share
Kolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party’s MP, led a rally in Purulia on Sunday protesting against the killing of five Bengalis at Tinsukia district in Assam.It may be mentioned that Banerjee held a rally on Friday in Kolkata protesting against the same. From there, he had demanded an inquiry by the Supreme Court into the Assam massacre. In Kolkata, he had addressed a rally at Hazra Road intersection. The Trinamool Congress organised protest marches all across the state protesting against the incident and on Saturday, Banerjee led a protest rally in Bankura district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter leading the mammoth rally at Bankura, he went to Purulia where he led another huge procession protesting against the same incident. He was carrying a black flag and slammed the BJP for such gruesome incidents in which people are getting killed for hailing from a particular community. Banerjee addressed the rally and urged people to raise their voices against such incidents of violence. Meanwhile, intellectuals from the state protested against the killing of the five Bengalis in Assam. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to them, exclusion of 40 lakh people in the final draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) created an unstable situation and such incidents are an outcome of the same. Intellectuals including Subodh Sarkar, Suvaprasanna, Abhirup Sarkar and others held a meeting in front of the Academy of Fine Arts. Poet Subodh Sarkar said: “Five Bengalis have been shot dead in Assam and no reason behind it has surfaced yet. It had been a tradition that Assamese and Bengalis stayed together. Then who are these people trying to create fissures between them? We know who are they and I would like to tell them that they are playing with fire and they have to stop doing the same immediately.” Sarkar also added: “This is inhuman. We cannot believe that a human being can do such a thing. There was a good relation between Assamese and Bengalis. But the trouble began since the NRC issue cropped up and now it is going to an extreme level.” Painter Suvaprasanna condemned the attack on the poor people and asserted that Bengal would stood by them in such hour. Singer Pratul Mukhopadhyay, film personality Dipankar Dey were among others present at the protest.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are advised to expect delays as a wide-load travels through North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. The load, a 404 ton transformer, will be leaving General Electric on Lichfield Road in Stafford at around 9.30am on Monday November 12. It will then travel up the A34 via Stone, Newcastle and Talke before crossing the county border. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We will be escorting a wide load from Stafford on Monday. Short delays & diversions inevitable.” After crossing over into Cheshire, police will escort the vehicle to Browns Bank on the A54 near Congleton. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Our Task Force Motorcyclists will collect it on the A34 near Red Bull Traffic lights at approximately 1200 hours, it should take about 90 minutes to arrive at Browns Bank on the A54. The load is an electrical transformer, the total weight is 404 tons.” On Tuesday the load will be escorted from Browns Bank to Kelsall Hill layby, a journey of around three and a half hours – and on Wednesday it will travel to its final destination at Ellesmere Port Docks. Read MorePolice seize drugs and cash after raiding Stoke-on-Trent house Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
Source: The Associated Press First U.S. commercial flight lands in subdued Havana as Cuba mourns Fidel Monday, November 28, 2016 Share Tags: Cuba HAVANA — The first regularly scheduled commercial flight in more than 50 years from the United States to Havana has landed, but the flight’s arrival comes as Cubans began week-long memorial services paying homage to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.American Airlines held a small celebration before the flight departed from Miami and gave passengers straw hats that said “ Cuba” on the back. Forty-five-year-old passenger Tamara Cara says the flight’s landing was emotional for many.U.S. flights to other cities in Cuba began earlier this year and the number of Americans visiting the island has increased rapidly, though from a low base.After Fidel Castro died over the weekend, thousands of Cubans are lining up early near Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.Memorial services are slated to begin Monday at 9 a.m. when simultaneous 21-gun salutes will sound in the capital and in the eastern city of Santiago, where Castro launched his revolution in 1953.“There’s a genuine feeling of mourning, that’s not a formality, that’s not showy, that’s not outward-focused, but rather completely intimate,” former National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon said on state television Sunday.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyOrdinary people have largely been staying at home, off streets hushed by a prohibition on music and celebration during the nine days of official mourning for Castro. For some, particularly younger Cubans, Castro’s death barely registered.As Cuba prepares a massive commemoration for the leader of its socialist revolution, tens of thousands of high-season travellers have found themselves accidental witnesses to history — and smack in the middle of a sombre city that’s little like its usual exuberant self.“Who knows what tomorrow or after nine days brings in terms of the country and what happens for the future,” said Graham Palmer, a 36-year-old financial director from London. “And I think we will certainly look back at the airport tomorrow and feel quite privileged that we’ve been here.”“We picked up the (Communist Party) Granma paper from yesterday, so we’ve got that,” said his companion, 36-year-old marketing worker Emma Taylor.“I think we could quite even think about framing it,” Palmer interjected. “It’s quite poignant.”Yet they and other travellers said that in addition to the awe at being present as Cubans honour one of the 20th century’s most influential leaders, there’s a tinge of regret at seeing such a subdued Havana.Many museums have closed their doors, and a state-sanctioned ban on live music has shuttered concerts and nightspots including the famed Tropicana nightclub. Old Havana these days is eerily devoid of the roving troubadours whose Buena Vista Social Club croonings normally echo through the cobblestone streets. And the 1950s classic cars that function as collective taxis are doing without the usual reggaeton at max volume.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Martin Sawicki, a 34-year-old accountant from Warsaw, Poland, said he was unable to visit the University of Havana or the Revolution Plaza, where Castro’s ashes are to be on display starting Monday. Workers there have already cordoned off access to the towering monument to independence hero Jose Marti.Meanwhile a citywide ban on most alcohol sales means those savoring Cuban cigars for the first time have to do so without the traditional accompanying snifter of rum.“They tell us, sorry but we are not serving beer,” said Sawicki. “It’s a little bit annoying because we would like to have a glass of beer in the evening.”More than 3 million tourists visited Cuba last year, and the government expects even more this season as interest explodes due to detente between Havana and Washington. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Globus family’s early booking bonuses will expire on April 24 << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 6, 2018 Posted by TORONTO — Time is running out for clients to take advantage of Globus family of brands’ early booking bonuses, available until April 24.Kim Clarke, director of sales, is reminding agents that there are thousands of dollars to be had in these EBBs, which are available with both escorted tour company Globus and river cruise company Avalon Waterways.With Globus, clients can enjoy a 5% discount on all of this year’s 191 tours in 68 countries (with the exception of Escapes by Globus tours). Plus, there are significant savings for both 2018 and 2019 Avalon cruises: up to $3,000 per couple on select European river cruises, and up to $2,600 on cruises along Southeast Asia’s Mekong River.And if that weren’t enough savings, Avalon will also waive the single supplement on select 2019 cruises in Europe, Southeast Asia and India.For more information go to agentlingo.ca. Tags: Globus Travelweek Group