French rugby seeks to return to normality

first_imgAfter the barbaric attacks of November 13, French rugby is attempting to move forward starting with Racing 92 hosting Toulouse in Paris European support: Leinster and Wasps pay their respectsNo club has been as marked by the outrages as Stade Francais. The Stade Jean Bouin is situated in central Paris and president Thomas Savare told Midi Olympique that the attacks had had a profound effect on everyone at the club. One of the physiotherapist’s lost a relative, and hooker Rémi Bonfils fled for his life after being caught up in the attacks on Le Petit Cambodge et Le Carillon that left 15 people dead.Explaining that only time will tell what impact the attacks will have on crowd numbers, Savare said that sport’s “conviviality and unity” can help in the healing process. “It’s important not to let ourselves be terrorised, not to shut ourselves away at home,” he added. “But to continue to live as normally as possible.” Standing together: French rugby is trying to come to terms with a more uncertain landscape Solidarity: Fans of Toulouse and Oyonnax show their togetherness after the Paris attacksAn option being considered for the impending Six Nations, when Italy, Ireland and England play in Paris, is opening the Stade de France earlier. “We want to avoid as much as possible crowds around the Stade and reduce the mass of people between the public transport exits and the stadium entrances,” explained Alain Doucet, secretary-general of the FFR. Doucet added that the 80 security staff usually on duty inside the Stade for major sporting events will be increased, possibly even doubled, as the FFR looks to “take all the necessary precautions to guarantee the smooth running of our matches.”Ensuring the safety of spectators is obviously paramount and the authorities – political and sporting – have been encouraging sports fans to get back to the terraces. “Return to normality,” Patrick Kanner, the Minister of Sport, has urged people. “The security has been reinforced…we’re carrying out our duties.”Leaving nothing to risk: Security has been high at all Top 14 groundsIt was a similar message from Robert Broussard, who said he was confident all the necessary security measures have been taken to ensure the safety of fans. “There’s no reason to stop coming to the stadiums,” Broussard told Midi Olympique. “If we do stop, it will be a victory for the enemies of democracy.”Nonetheless there is concern among some of the Top 14 clubs that crowd numbers will drop for the foreseeable future as fans stay away. Grenoble president Marc Chérèque admitted he was “worried” about the financial future, adding that ticket sales for Sunday’s home match against Stade Francais have stalled in the past 10 days. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Racing 92 host Toulouse on Saturday afternoon. It will be an emotional occasion, the first professional rugby match to be played in the Parisian region since the murderous ISIS attacks of November 13th, and a game that is suffused with hope. Hope for the city and its inhabitants, that life is slowly returning to normal, and hope in a sporting context for Racing, who will introduce Dan Carter to the Yves Du Manoir crowd prior to kick-off.The All Black World Cup winner will notice a subdued atmosphere in Paris when he arrives this week in the city he’s calling home for the next three years. Parisians are still going out, to theatres, shops, bars and restaurants, but visitor numbers have dropped dramatically with hotel bookings and flight reservations down by 35 % and 27% respectively from the period leading up to the attacks.The presence of soldiers and armed police on the streets adds to the sense of a city under siege but there are no plans to deploy them inside Paris’s sport stadiums despite the fact one of the ISIS terrorists squads targeted the France v Germany football friendly at the Stade de France.Superstar: Dan Carter will be unveiled to the Racing 92 fans on SaturdayIn an interview with Midi Olympique on Monday, Robert Broussard, the FFR vice-president responsible for security, explained that idea had been rejected. However, he added, there will be a greater police presence outside rugby stadiums and other “discreet” measures will be taken, “some of which will not be divulged”.The attack on the Stade de France, and the cancellation of the Germany v Holland match in Hanover last week because of terrorist concerns, has put sports stadia security under unprecedented scrutiny. “Zero risk doesn’t exist,” conceded Patrick Wolff, the vice-president of the LNR and the man responsible for stadia supervision. “The challenge is to adapt to an environment where 20,000 people are gathered [but] it’s extremely difficult to find a balance between people’s enjoyment and their security.”To illustrate his point, Wolff said they were considering removing bars and snack vans from outside grounds,an integral part of rugby’s sociability, but a sacrifice that might have to be made in the interests of security. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

Payroll giving increases by 5% to

first_imgPayroll giving increases by 5% to About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. HMRC report that donations to charity direct from pay have risen by £6 million to £124 million a year.The number of staff using the scheme is rising again and, at 750,000, is now at a four year high. The average donation per person has also risen by 40p to £13.78 a month.The HMRC figures for 2012-13 are derived from returns supplied by Payroll Giving Agencies. Advertisement Howard Lake | 5 July 2013 | News  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Geared for Giving campaign welcomed the figures. Peter O’Hara, Managing Director of Workplace Giving UK, which funds the Geared For Giving Campaign which encourages employers to set up and promote the scheme, said that the future of Workplace Giving was encouraging. He said: “The recent statement from Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, that he is encouraging all MPs to give to charity through Workplace Giving as well as the continued effort from the private sector will all help to build the awareness and effectiveness of the scheme”. O’Hara added that the final figures should be even better. “It is worth noting” he said, “that these provisional figures do not include any employer matching that was worth an additional £8.5 million last year, so we hope the total figure raised last year will be in excess of £130 million when this is included”.The Geared for Giving Campaign has been running for five years and has made payroll giving available to over 2 million more employees.last_img read more

As court blocks his release, Woodfox fights for freedom

first_imgFreedom was within reach for Louisiana political prisoner Albert Woodfox, the last imprisoned member of the “Angola Three.” But his much-anticipated release didn’t happen. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Nov. 9 that Woodfox must remain in custody and that the state of Louisiana could try him for a third time, despite a federal court’s ruling prohibiting a retrial.Albert WoodfoxThis cruel legal maneuvering shows the entrenched racism and unfairness in the criminal justice system. State officials are hell-bent on stopping Woodfox’s release and on continuing his 43-year imprisonment in solitary confinement.The appeals court overturned a June 8 decision by U.S. District Judge James Brady that had ordered Woodfox’s immediate release and prohibited the state from retrying him for the 1972 killing of a prison guard. Brady had asserted that it would not be a fair trial: Key witnesses had died, there was no physical evidence linking Woodfox to the death, and there was racial discrimination in the jury selection. Woodfox has steadfastly maintained his innocence.This latest decision by the appeals court was not unanimous. One of the three judges, James L. Dennis, strongly agreed with Brady. Excerpts from his dissent, published at the blog site of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, state: “If ever a case justifiably could be considered to present ‘exceptional circumstances’ barring reprosecution, this is that case.“For more than four decades, Albert Woodfox has been solitarily confined to a nine-by-six foot cell for 23 hours a day,” says Dennis, who adds that during the hour Woodfox is allowed outside his cell, he must remain in solitude. “[He] is a model prisoner, now 68 years old, and in frail health, suffering from an onslaught of life-shortening diseases. The State has twice tried and twice failed to obtain a constitutionally valid conviction of Woodfox. For the vast majority of his life, Woodfox has spent nearly every waking hour in a cramped cell in crushing solitude without a valid conviction.”Today, Woodfox is the longest-held U.S. prisoner in solitary confinement, a punishment considered torture by civil liberties and international human rights organizations.‘Angola Three’ fought injustice in prisonWoodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert King became known as the “Angola Three,” all internationally known African-American political prisoners who spent decades in solitary confinement. Workers World has actively supported their fight for freedom and justice.This newspaper said on June 8, 2012, that “Woodfox’s case began 40 years ago, deep in rural, southern Louisiana, when he and two other young Black men, Herman Wallace and Robert King, were silenced for exposing racial segregation, systemic corruption and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the U.S. at that time, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola.”Prisoners organized hunger strikes, work stoppages and political education classes, even forming a Black Panther Party chapter. They sought investigations into unconstitutional and inhumane practices. After a prison guard was killed in a 1972 rebellion, officials framed the three activists and threw them into solitary confinement.King was released in 2001. After 41 years in solitary, Wallace was let out on Oct. 1, 2013, but died of cancer three days later. Even as Wallace was dying, prison officials were trying to re-imprison him.The Angola 3 News blog reports that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., and that three-fourths of Angola’s more than 5,000 prisoners are African American. Due to harsh sentencing laws, 97 percent will die there. Louisiana officials want the same fate for Woodfox.Albert Woodfox is determined to keep fighting until he gets justice. See the Angola 3 News blog for updates and how to send letters of support to this courageous brother.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two journalists employed by Sunni TV station murdered in separate incidents

first_img Reporters Without Borders today condemned the murders of two Baghdad TV journalists after being kidnapped in separate incidents in the past month. Owned by the (Sunni) Iraqi Islamic Party, Baghdad TV was the target of an armed attack just three months ago that killed two of its employees.“We are again deeply shocked by the news of these repeated attacks on the news media,” the press freedom organisation said. “Relatively little time elapsed between the attack on Baghdad TV’s headquarters and the kidnap murders of two its journalists. We call on the Iraqi authorities to protect the most exposed journalists to avoid further tragedies.”In the attack on the TV station’s headquarters on 5 April, a truck laden with explosives was driven at the building and then gunmen stormed inside and opened fire on employees, killing deputy director Thaer Ahmed Jabr and one of his assistants, Hussein Nizar. Nine other people were injured.Baghdad TV’s correspondent in the Al-Yusufia region south of Baghdad, Mohammed Hilal Karji (photo), was kidnapped outside his home as he was about to go to work on 8 June. His body was found in the morgue the next day. Another of the station’s journalists, Sarmad Hamdi Al-Hassani (photo), 43, was kidnapped at his home in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Jami’a on 27 June. His body was also founded in the morgue the next day. July 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists employed by Sunni TV station murdered in separate incidents Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Baghdad TV is run by Iraqi Vice-President Tareq al-Hashimi. As a result of the attack that destroyed its Baghdad premises, the TV station recent moved its headquarters to Sulaymaniyah, in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, which is safer for journalists.The bullet-riddled body of journalist Luay Suleiman was meanwhile found on 28 June in Mosul, 400 km north of Baghdad. Suleiman worked for Nineveh, a local newspaper published by the Christian group Bait Nahrain. Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

OPD warns of phone scam

first_img By admin – February 23, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp OPD warns of phone scam The Odessa Police Department has received several complaints recently about phone scammers claiming to be raising money for their “local police department.”During these calls, according to an OPD news release, individuals claim they are raising money for the police department, or troopers, and are needing help, and asking individuals personal questions such as the type of business they own.One person reportedly received a scam call from a number listed as 832-230-0969, the release detailed.OPD said they do not solicit money from the public, and that should anyone receive a phone call, email, or text message claiming to work for the “local police department”, do not pay any money or provide any personal information and hang up the phone. Local NewsEducation Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter Pinterest Previous articlePermian Basin rig count rises by twoNext articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Monahans search committee settles on Maxfield adminlast_img read more

Set Up Grievance Redressal Mechanism Within 3 Days To Receive Complaints Of COVID Norms Violations : Karnataka High Court To State

first_imgNews UpdatesSet Up Grievance Redressal Mechanism Within 3 Days To Receive Complaints Of COVID Norms Violations : Karnataka High Court To State Mustafa Plumber23 April 2021 2:02 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has directed the State government to within three days set up a grievance redressal mechanism through which citizens can complain about violations of Covid-19 regulations, regarding non wearing of masks and maintaining social distance. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj while hearing a petition filed by Letzkit foundation said “We direct the state government to create grievance redressal mechanism enabling citizens to forward complaints of violations so that complaints can be looked into by State level and City level committee.”Advertisement It added “Grievance mechanism shall provide for submitting complaints through emails and by whatsapp or any other form of media. The grievance redressal mechanism shall be notified within three days from today and wide publicity shall be given to availability of mechanism in newspapers and media. Information regarding availability of such mechanisms shall be published in offices of all local authorities including BBMP.”Advertisement In its previous order the court had said “Right to lead a healthy life is an integral part of Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Right to lead a healthy life cannot be obstructed by individuals who do not bother to follow the rules regarding masks, maintaining social distance, congregating etc. Accordingly, it had clarified “As far as offence under sub section 1 of section 5, (Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act) for failure of wearing mask and social distancing is attracted not only in relation to organisers/leaders of rallies congregations etc but each and every person who participates in the same and who commits violation of wearing of mask and maintaining of social distancing commits and offence. Moreover, any person who abates any offence commits an offence as provided in section 8 of the said act.”Advertisement Advertisement The court had then directed Director General of Police (DGP), to issue directions/guidelines to all police officers as well as officers who are authorised to take action of compounding, under sub section 1 of section 10 of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020, for effective implementation of penal provision of the said act. The court had also directed DGP to constitute a team of senior police officers who will monitor registration of offences punishable under the said act and investigation thereof.TagsKarnataka High Court Covid-19 Regulations Karnataka Government Justice Abhay Oka Justice Suraj Govindaraj Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

2,600 new hospital beds promised as record numbers on trolleys

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleUlster Final Preview: The Managers – Mervyn O’Donnell & Kieran DonnellyNext articleUlster Final Preview: Brendan Devenney tipping Gaoth Dobhair News Highland Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Facebook 2,600 new hospital beds promised as record numbers on trolleyscenter_img By News Highland – November 30, 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter 2,600 new hospital beds are to be introduced over the next 12 months.The Minister for Health has made the promise, after claims the overcrowding crisis is getting worse.This year has broken the record for the largest number of people on trolleys, with 100,000 patients waiting on beds, according to the INMO.The nursing union says the health service does not have enough capacity or staff.But Minister Simon Harris says this is being addressed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/14harristrolleys.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

1 dead after Houston police helicopter crashes into apartment complex

first_imgkali9/iStock(HOUSTON) — One Houston police officer is dead and another remains in critical condition after the two were transported to a hospital early Saturday morning after one of the department’s helicopters crashed into an apartment complex.The crash happened around 2:04 a.m. in the 17000 block of Imperial Valley as the chopper was on a call over a report of bodies in a bayou, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.Within minutes of taking the call to search for the reported bodies, the chopper went down.The pilot and the tactical flight officer were trapped “for an extended period of time” and had to be cut out by other emergency personnel. After being rescued, the two were life-flighted on separate flights to Memorial Hermann Hospital.Acevedo said at a press conference that they will approach the crash as a homicide investigation.“We’ve lost one of our own, and we know that we don’t leave no stone unturned as part of our investigation to the cause or the factor in this crash” Acevedo said.There was a call for shots fired across the street from the apartment complex and around the time of the crash, police said.“We know that law enforcement aircraft gets shot at on a regular basis, not just with live fire but they also get shot at, targeted with lasers. And so we will also make that part of our investigation,” Acevedo said.Acevedo said six people have been taken into custody, but there isn’t any indication that the helicopter was shot down at this time.“This is a sad morning,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press briefing outside the hospital Saturday.Acevedo asked for prayers for the officers and their families and also took the time to note it was a “miracle” not more people were hurt during the crash.He said the helicopter landed in an apartment complex, but somehow the pilot avoided all residential buildings and only clipped the clubhouse as it fell to the ground.“How that pilot was able to avoid the apartment building where the residents were sleeping, there’s some silver linings tonight,” Acevedo said while addressing the media Saturday morning. “It’s a miracle and we just want this miracle to continue.”“Had they crashed into the building itself, it would’ve been without a doubt fatal,” he said.There was no indication of a mayday call, Acevedo said, and the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.“This is gonna be a very long investigation,” Acevedo said.The injured officers’ names will be released once extended families are notified, authorities said.The deceased officer is survived by his wife, two young children and his parents.Acevedo said the pilot is “very banged up” but is hopeful he will survive.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

An unusual geometry of the ionospheric signature of the cusp: implications for magnetopause merging sites

first_imgThe HF radar Doppler spectral width boundary (SWB) in the cusp represents a very good proxy for the equatorward edge of cusp ion precipitation in the dayside ionosphere. For intervals where the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) has a southward component (B-z < 0), the SWB is typically displaced poleward of the actual location of the open-closed field line boundary (or polar cap boundary, PCB). This is due to the poleward motion of newly-reconnected magnetic field lines during the cusp ion travel time from the reconnection X-line to the ionosphere. This paper presents observations of the dayside ionosphere from SuperDARN HF radars in Antarctica during an extended interval (similar to 12 h) of quasi-steady IMF conditions (B-y similar to B-z < 0). The observations show a quasi-stationary feature in the SWB in the morning sector close to magnetic local noon which takes the form of a 2degrees poleward distortion of the boundary. We suggest that two separate reconnection sites exist on the magnetopause at this time, as predicted by the anti-parallel merging hypothesis for these IMF conditions. The observed cusp geometry is a consequence of different ion travel times from the reconnection X-lines to the southern ionosphere on either side of magnetic local noon. These observations provide strong evidence to support the anti-parallel merging hypothesis. This work also shows that mesoscale and small-scale structure in the SWB cannot always be interpreted as reflecting structure in the dayside PCB. Localised variations in the convection flow across the merging gap, or in the ion travel time from the reconnection X-line to the ionosphere, can lead to localised variations in the offset of the SWB from the PCB. These caveats should also be considered when working with other proxies for the dayside PCB which are associated with cusp particle precipitation, such as the 630 nm cusp auroral emission.last_img read more

Former Valley High Star Cobe Reck Tied For 13th At WWU Invitational

first_img Tags: Cobe Reck/Dixie State Men’s Golf FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBELLINGHAM, Wash.-Through the first day of the Western Washington Invitational Monday, Dixie State sophomore men’s golfer Cobe Reck is hanging around among the leaders.Reck, a former multi-sport star at Valley High School, is tied for 13th with various other golfers. Monday, he rolled in four birdies during his second loop en route to his second even par round on the day. The second and concluding day of action at this event commenced Tuesday morning. Written by September 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Former Valley High Star Cobe Reck Tied For 13th At WWU Invitational Brad Jameslast_img