Odisha rights panel facing a human crisis

first_imgThe Odisha Human Rights Commission has no human face to represent it now.The rights watchdog, which was till recently functioning with a single member — acting chairperson B.K. Mishra — has no representative left now with his term coming to an end.The OHRC should have one chairperson, who should be a retired High Court judge, and two other members, who should be chosen on the basis of their experience in administrative and legal fields.Justice Mishra, who was elevated as acting chairperson, had been adjudicating matters single-handedly ever since former Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik resigned from its membership on April 28, 2015. Prior to that, the post meant for the second member had been lying vacant. Justice Mishra’s term ended on August 15.Unprecedented situation“This has created an unprecedented situation. People who want to fight for their rights have nowhere to go. We have long been warning the government that the situation will come to such a pass that the OHRC will be bereft of any member,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, a human rights lawyer.For the past three years, Justice Mishra was struggling to clear the backlog as the number of cases being filed annually had touched an average 5,000 and he had to handle more than dozen cases every day.According to Mr. Kanungo, the OHRC had not been taking human rights violation cases suo motu since there was only one functional member in the commission. “After the term of Justice Mishra came to an end, the OHRC has become defunct. The sooner the government fills up the three posts, the better it will be for the commission to address complaints related to rights violation.”“The situation has become worse. In the last couple of years, there have been more than 10 major custodial torture cases. Of those, four ended in deaths of the victims. About 30% to 40% of total cases filed in the OHRC are related to police atrocities. In the absence of members in the commission, people face hopeless situation,” said Mr. Kanungo. At present, more than 11,000 cases are pending with the OHRC, while all urgent matters relating broader State issues cannot be heard.last_img read more

Upstarts Are Swiping Business From Visa and Mastercard in India

first_imgGlobal card companies like Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are losing market share to upstarts in the world’s most innovative payments market: India.Transactions through India’s homegrown Unified Payments Interface — which allows mobile apps run by retailers, airlines and other firms to take payment directly from bank accounts — reached almost half the value of debit and credit cards swiped at stores last month, central bank data show.Read it at Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img

Indonesia goalkeeper dies after mid-game collision

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Video footage showed the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.“He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday,” Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDoctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement. View commentslast_img read more

SBP takes advantage of PBA ‘opening its doors’ with all-pro 3×3 SEA Games pool

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PH dragon boat chief mourns passing of paddlers in Boracay tragedy Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? SBP chief Al Panlilio (right) with SEA Games coach Tim Cone during a press conference at the PBA office on Thursday. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Thursday revealed an all-PBA pool for the 3×3 men’s basketball competition for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Missing from the list are players from the roster Chooks-to-Go, which has been mainly responsible for hiking the Philippines’ overall federation ranking and putting two Filipinos in FIBA’s top 100 list.ADVERTISEMENT Robert Bolick, CJ Perez and 3×3 veteran Terrence Romeo banner the pool which also includes Tony Semerad, Ian Sangalang, Chris Banchero, Raymond Almazan, Jason Perkins, Mo Tautuaa, Baser Amer, Chris Newsome and Mac Belo. Al Panlilio, the basketball body’s top honcho, said in a statement that non-inclusion of Chooks-to-Go players was to “take advantage of the PBA opening its doors for any of its players to be used in the competition.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“In this case, if we can bring the PBA—since the players are available—[the better]. We can bring more people, more interest into the program. It only helps the SBP to bring all of this together,” he said in a separate interview at the PBA office.Panlilio, though, made it clear that he is appreciative of Chooks’ efforts, which has plucked the country from obscurity to a comfortable spot in the global ladder and a chance at competing in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Tokyo 2020.center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “Chooks has done a very good job in terms of progressing the development of 3×3. We’re ranked 21 in the world,” he said. “Now we have an opportunity to compete in the OQT.”Panlilio said that the SBP is positioning Chooks’ players for the Olympic qualifying games that the league is bidding to host.Filipino-American Joshua Munzon, the top-ranked 3×3 cager of the country, is 99th overall while homegrown talent Alvin Pasaol, second on home soil, sits on 124th in the global list.“From the SBP’s point of view, I wanted to develop the program as pervasive as the 5-on-5 format,” said Panlilio in a separate interview at the PBA office.“The rules of FIBA is different from the rules of the SEA Games,” Panlilio added. “The game is something we should propagate even much more.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Viraj Madappa becomes youngest Indian golfer to win on Asian tour

first_imgIndian golfer Viraj Madappa won his maiden title on the Asian Tour at Take Solutions Masters in Bengaluru on Sunday as he carded a four-under 67 in the fourth and final round to claim a two-shot victory.Madappa, who is three months short of his 21st birthday, became the youngest Indian to win on the Asian Tour. The earlier record was held by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the Indonesia Invitational, when he was 21 years and three months, while Shubhankar Sharma won Joburg Open when he was 21 years and five months old.The win was a massive boost for Indian golf as it comes a week after Gaganjeet Bhullar’s triumph at the Fiji International. Also, last week in Bengaluru, Rahil Gangjee won the Louis Philippe Cup on the Asian Development Tour.Starting the final round two shots behind, Madappa reeled in six pars before dropping a shot on the seventh. He bounced back brilliantly with five birdies to cap a winning total of 16-under 268 at the $350,000 Asian Tour event.Apart from becoming the youngest Asian Tour winner from India, Madappa is also the first rookie and youngest player to win on the continental Tour this season. Viraj Madappa said it is a “dream come true” to get his first pro win on the Asian tour. (Take Solutions Masters Photo)While Madappa won the title, Zimbabwean Scott Vincent (68), Argentine Miguel Carballo (71) and the Thai duo Suradit Yongcharenchai (66) and Danthai Boonma (70) shared the second place.SSP Chawrasia (70) briefly captured the lead on Sunday, finishing Tied-6th alongside Honey Baisoya (70) and local hope, Khalin Joshi (72). Joshi had a troublesome front nine, with two bogeys and a double.advertisementMadappa turned professional at the start of 2017 and this is his first win as a pro. He said he had started to get a positive feeling from the 15th itself even though he was still one shot behind.”Last night I thought about a win, the winning putt and so much else, so I was kind of nervous,” he said in a release. “Then, to get my first pro win on the Asian Tour is a dream come true. It is yet to sink in.”He added, “It’s incredible really. My family has been very supportive. My mum is here with me today. I want to thank my parents and my coach, Tarun Sardesai, with whom I have been working for some time now.”On his play and the energy he could feel, he said, “I was riding off their energy. Winning the tournament did cross my mind when I birdied the 16th hole but I was just trying to stay in the present and hit every shot I could the right way. I think I did a good job there. I didn’t back off from the situation, even though I had the opportunity to lay up on 18th hole. I decided to go for the green and I’m proud that I made that decision.”As for what he does next, he said, “I am going back home to Kolkata to celebrate with my family tonight and spend some time at home. I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard on the 18th. I only looked at it before I chipped. I was aggressive with that chip. I knew I had a two-shot lead then but I felt relieved after chipping it back to the green.”Home favourite Joshi, who was second overnight, said: “Nothing worked for me today. I was 4-over after 10 and I tried hard, but it was not to be.”S. Chikkarangappa finished ninth with a total of 11-under 273 after a 72 in the final round. He dropped four shots early and was then trying to play catch up with three birdies on back nine.Defending champion, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (66) was tied 10th alongside with five others, one of whom was India’s Om Prakash Chouhan (70).Thailand’s Pasavee Lertvilai recorded the second ace of the week on the par-three fourth hole after hitting an eight-iron from 180 yards. It was his third hole-in-one recorded in a professional tournament. Pasavee ended his campaign in tied 33rd place on 280 following a 70.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Mena Massoud arrives at the premiere of “Aladdin” on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris Pizzello/Invision TORONTO — Canadian “Aladdin” star Mena Massoud says his wild carpet ride to movie stardom has been bewildering, and humbling.But the affable, Toronto-bred actor says it’s just the beginning of what he hopes is a long career that will include championing homegrown productions and supporting talent from a diverse range of racial backgrounds.The Egyptian-born Massoud was relatively unknown before snagging the lead role in the live-action Disney remake of the animated children’s tale in theatres now. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook He says he “lived in a closet” in a friend’s apartment to save money for a few months when he moved to Los Angeles two and a half years ago, until he booked a role on the Amazon episodic thriller “Jack Ryan,” which he shot in Montreal.Now the 27-year-old finds himself in a big-budget feature helmed by U.K. director Guy Ritchie and sharing top billing with industry veteran Will Smith, who plays the wise-cracking, blue-tinted Genie.Massoud seized on the revamp’s mission to feature a diverse cast and a more empowered female heroine, a headstrong Princess Jasmine with political aspirations, played by Naomi Scott.He’s also mindful of an impressionable young audience that will be drawn to this film, boasting about a cast that includes actors with heritage from Tunisia, India, Turkey and Iran.“‘Aladdin’ was one of the few things that I watched as a kid where I was like, ‘Oh, that guy looks like me and has a similar culture to mine,”‘ Massoud says in a whirlwind round of interviews in Toronto on Thursday.“I mean, my first role, my first ACTRA gig where I got to join the union was ‘Al Qaeda No. 2’ on a show called ‘Nikita.’ So it’s been a struggle for people of colour and I don’t think it’s enough to celebrate one group of minorities. We’ve got to celebrate all diverse artists and actors and ‘Aladdin’ does that really well.”He admits it was challenging on many fronts to play a rakish thief who darts through crowded markets by leaping from roof tops while singing his heart out.In addition to acting, singing and dancing, Massoud says he learned to scuba dive, juggle, ride a camel and perfect basic parkour moves including somersaults, cartwheels, flips and slides.And then there was the day he was greeted on set with news he needed to learn to play the oud, a classical Middle Eastern string instrument.“And I was like, ‘What?”‘ he recalls.“And then … on the day-of, Guy was like, ‘You know what? We’re actually going to get Naomi to play it because it makes more sense if Jasmine plays it.’ So that’s show business for you.”Such demands are all in service of a long-term career for Massoud, who says he’s dreamed of becoming an actor since he was a kid, even dropping out of a neuroscience program to study theatre at Ryerson University.But he also has an eye on producing films through his own production company, and promoting a diverse talent pool in Toronto through a project he calls the EDA Foundation, or the Ethnically Diverse Artists Foundation.Its goal is “to support and really make the path easier for ethnically diverse artists in Toronto,” he says.Then there’s Evolving Vegan, a company he founded to promote veganism through an IGTV series currently on Instagram. There are also plans for a book and a travelling culinary TV series that would highlight more than 50 vegan and vegetarian establishments in 10 different cities across North America.“It would kind of be like Anthony Bourdain, but vegan-style,” he explains.Of course, there’s more on the acting horizon, too.Next, Massoud heads to North Carolina to star opposite Abigail Spencer in the Hulu drama “Reprisal,” which he calls: “very different, very dark and dramatic.”Amid all his interests, Massoud insists acting is his primary passion.“I’ve always envisioned working with the best directors in the world,” he says, citing Christoph Waltz as inspiration.“Christoph Waltz, you know, blew up in Hollywood at a very old age. He won two Oscars back-to-back so I thought, ‘You know what? Even if it happens when I’m 50, that’s fine.’ You know, I’ll always keep going, always keep trying.“To have (‘Aladdin’) happen now is a blessing.”By Cassandra Szklarski ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

The OGC has taken a leadership role in seismic detection

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) has taken a leadership role in the detection and mitigation of seismicity associated with oil and gas development through expanding its seismic monitoring in the northeast.Enhanced regulations and an expansion of the regional seismographic grid in northeast B.C. were put in place as a result of earlier seismic reports and findings to monitor and improve the detection of induced seismicity triggered by oil and gas activity.In conjunction with Natural Resources Canada, the BCOGC has recently expanded the public regional seismographic network from 11 stations to 19 stations with firm plans to add one more station in the fall of 2019; bringing the total public stations to 20. Through a partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and with direct input from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the new stations are spread out along the Montney trend and provide seismic oversight for the Commission in the most active oil and gas areas.In B.C. until 2013 there were two seismic stations, then from 2013 to 2016, the BCOGC in partnership with Geoscience BC, OGRIS and Natural Resources Canada, installed nine additional seismic stations from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson and formed the BC Seismic Research Consortium.last_img read more

Financial market highlights on Tuesday SPTSX 1514341 up 10311 points

Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,143.41, up 103.11 pointsDow — 22,118.86, up 61.49 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,496.48, up 8.37 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,454.28, up 22.02 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 82.24 cents US, down 0.21 of a centPound — C$1.6140, up 1.52 centsEuro — C$1.4538, up 0.17 of a centEuro — US$1.1957, down 0.16 of a centOil futures:US$48.23, up 16 cents(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,332.70 per oz., down $3.00(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.610 per oz., down 6.9 cents$726.91 per kg., down $2.22 read more

Ethiopia Eritrea recommit to assuring UN missions freedom of movement

The issue was discussed during a meeting in Djibouti of the Military Coordination Commission, which brings together UN peacekeepers with senior military delegations from Ethiopia and Eritrea and representatives of the Organization of African Unity to resolve military and technical issues relating to the peace process between the two countries.Force Commander Major-General Patrick Cammaert emphasized the critical importance of its freedom of movement in order to succeed in monitoring the parties’ security agreements. “Both parties recommitted to the principle of freedom of movement of UNMEE in its area of operations and to resolving specific incidents of restrictions,” UNMEE said in a statement. Also during today’s session, the Eritrean delegation confirmed that the Eritrean Defence Forces had resumed their repositioning on 5 April in order to continue the process of establishing the Temporary Security Zone — a 25-kilometre-wide demilitarized buffer area between the two forces. The parties also discussed the subject of joint investigation teams, which could address possible future military incidents. In addition, they touched on the need for government institutions of both countries to identify how non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, members of the international press and others are to cross the southern boundary between the two countries. The parties agreed to raise the matter with their respective authorities. read more

UN says fighting in northern Uganda targets children creating night commuters

Under-Secretary-General Jan Egeland of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) visited the northern Kitgum and Gulu districts over the weekend and saw some of the thousands of “night commuters,” children who leave their village homes at night to seek safety in towns from abduction in the 17-year civil war.”I am deeply shocked by what I have seen,” Mr. Egeland said after visiting an area in Kitgum where 4,000 to 5,000 children sleep each night. “This is above all a war against children. They are abducted, abused and violated.”Rebels have abducted an estimated 10,000 children in northern Uganda this year. Earlier in the year, OCHA reported that 50 religious and civil society leaders went to the area and slept outside for four nights in solidarity with the children. The leaders appealed to rebel Lord’s Resistance Army chief, Joseph Kony, to stop abducting children.Mr. Egeland also visited camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the area. The number of IDPs rose to 1.2 million this year from 800,000 last year.Almost all aid workers have to be escorted by the Ugandan military to visit the IDPs, OCHA said. read more

ABB to provide 12 complete mine hoist systems to Uralkali Russia

first_imgABB has won an order for 12 complete mine hoist systems and related shaft equipment with the potash producer Uralkali, with an aim to increase output and improve energy efficiency. The mine hoist systems will be installed in the Solikams and Polovodova operations in the Perm region in Russia.ABB’s supply includes the mechanical hoists, skips, cages, four feeding conveyors for loading the skip hoists and electrical equipment such as medium and low voltage drives, control system and a shaft signal system. The deliveries are scheduled between 2014 and 2018. ABB’s Global Product Group Manager of Underground Mining, Remy Lanoue said: “Reliable hoisting equipment with low energy consumption and high availability is the key to increase productivity while reducing environmental impact. We are proud to be chosen as a supplier of mine hoisting equipment and help Uralkali to be the most cost-efficient company in the industry.” ABB aims to assist Uralkali expand their production capacity to satisfy the growing demand for potash fertilisers.last_img read more

You become paranoid and think Are my teammates talking about me

first_img Cillian Sheridan has thrived since moving abroad. Image: AP/Press Association Images At 28, Sheridan is coming into what should be his footballing prime — an assertion supported by his increased goals-per-game ratio over the past two seasons. He credits help from sports psychologist Niall Stack, who is currently working with the Tipperary footballers, as one reason for his recent improvement.That was one of the big changes I made last year, working with him,” he says. “Doing that helped me gain some more consistency. You’ve kind of a different outlook on football, every day going into training and games and things like that. It’s something that I’d encourage others to try.” Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM Mar 5th 2017, 10:00 AM .@CillianSheridan witamy w Jadze! Więcej info niebawem na jagiellonia.pl. pic.twitter.com/E36ZYOLExd— Jagiellonia (@Jagiellonia1920) February 28, 2017 Follow us: the42.ie Source: ONCOM VIDEOS/YouTubeIt is now almost four years since Sheridan swapped Scotland for Cyprus. He has been away from Ireland for over a decade and only gets a chance to go back these days for roughly a week at both Christmas and summertime. Yet while he may occasionally miss friends, family and people who can appreciate Father Ted references, the peripatetic striker has benefited immensely as a footballer by travelling around and testing himself in various different environments.“I’m a much different and better footballer than I was before I went abroad. It might sound weird, but going to a lesser league has made me better. You learn from different cultures and styles of playing.You’re maturing anyway and you might think differently about football, make different decisions and stuff like that. Even just things that would naturally happen (to improve my game) have happened for me as well.“People obviously wouldn’t see my progression. I was over in Cyprus so no one’s going to watch me play. But for me, I’m now a different player, and for the better.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3235869 ‘People told me I was mad when I bought Swindon and it’s the same with Waterford’>Much more than Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle: the Irish history in Major League Soccer> ‘You become paranoid and think: ‘Are my team-mates talking about me?” Irish striker Cillian Sheridan reflects on his career so far and discusses the challenges of adapting to life as a footballer on the continent. 26,996 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share125 Tweet Email1 By Paul Fennessy Image: AP/Press Association Images Short URL Cillian Sheridan has thrived since moving abroad. CILLIAN SHERIDAN IS no stranger to feeling like the odd man out.During the week, the Irish striker’s move to Polish title contenders Jagiellonia Bialystok was confirmed.Sheridan will consequently become the first-ever Irish footballer to play in Poland’s top flight, the Ekstraklasa.And so the Cavan native is somewhat of an anomaly in Irish football.While players from these shores seldom re-locate any further than Britain, Sheridan has now represented clubs in five different countries if you include loan moves.Yet the striker — who has earned three Ireland caps, the last of which came in a friendly against Argentina in 2010 — has always stood out, and not only because of his imposing six-foot-five stature.In an industry in which many people take themselves far too seriously, there is a light-hearted side to Sheridan encapsulated by his Father Ted-referencing Twitter by-line: “For bookings contact Father Dougal McGuire.” A joke which itself has led to hilarious consequences on at least one occasion.Moreover, from an early age, he seemed an unusual fit for a footballer.I would have grown up playing Gaelic,” he tells The42. “When I was about 14 I started going up and down to Belvedere FC in Dublin. I was juggling the two and it wasn’t until my last season (with Belvedere) when I laid off playing Gaelic, because I was playing a game up in Dublin on a Saturday morning and coming back on a Saturday afternoon and playing a Gaelic match, it was getting too much. But I miss GAA now.”Sheridan clearly had a degree of talent for GAA, representing Cavan’s footballers at minor level and playing locally for Bailieborough Shamrocks. The multi-talented athlete even rejected an approach from Aussie Rules side Brisbane Lions. However, he ultimately chose to pursue soccer despite some early teething problems.I was playing in the mindset almost of playing Gaelic. It was difficult to adjust to it,” he says.Representing a renowned Dublin schoolboy club in Belvedere, which has produced a number of Ireland internationals including Wes Hoolahan, Mark Kennedy and David Forde, Sheridan says he wasn’t an obvious professional footballer in the making, or even the main star of the side.Paul Skinner and Eric Foley, who currently play in the League of Ireland with Longford and Galway United respectively, were both team-mates, as was Paul Cahalane, who has gone on to play Gaelic football with Laois.“From the 11 players that would play every week, I’m sure literally every one of them went over to a team (in Britain),” he adds.Most of the fellas in that Belvedere team went over (to Britain) before me. A lot of the time, it’s fellas who bloom late or maybe go under the radar that get a career.”But Sheridan increasingly impressed at this level, earning call-ups to Irish underage sides and before long, there were a number of teams across the water offering trials, with Celtic ultimately signing him up in the summer of 2006.After impressing with the youth team, the promising youngster made his debut with the senior side less than a year after joining the club, two days after his 18th birthday, coming on as a substitute amid a 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Inverness.When I first went over, there was a good group of Irish fellas there, so I never felt homesick or anything. As soon as I went over, I settled in straight away.“I had a good season with the youth team in my first year and then had a chance with the first team.” A young Cillian Sheridan (right) holds off Inverness’ Jamie Duff. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesNonetheless, first-team opportunities remained hard to come by. He had to wait until the final game of the season to make his league debut, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute for Craig Beattie and the following season, he would add just one more league match to his appearance tally.The 2008-09 campaign, however, at least threatened to be Sheridan’s breakthrough year. There were some memorable moments that season, including a respectable tally of four goals in 12 league appearances and a Champions League debut at Old Trafford. Although the latter occasion was not quite as spectacular as it sounds. Sheridan replaced Scott McDonald in the 77th minute, with Man United 3-0 up and the game along with Celtic’s Champions League hopes effectively over.Nevertheless, for a 19-year-old teenager from Cavan, it was still a highly impressive feat.“I just remember, being on the pitch, there was something about Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez that struck me,” he remembers. “Every pass, their technique, things like that were standing out and I remember little things like that.And obviously, playing at Old Trafford, the stadium, you’re a little bit in awe. It’s hard to describe. “When I came on, the game was basically done, and maybe that’s why (the manager) brought me on. Maybe to give me a taste of it. So I’d be grateful for that.”Despite these early promising signs, Sheridan spent the next season and a half on loan, agreeing to stints at Motherwell, Plymouth and St Johnstone.By the time he returned to Celtic, Gordon Strachan — the manager who had shown such faith in playing the teenage striker — was gone, and Sheridan was subsequently deemed surplus to requirements at Celtic Park.In these circumstances, most Irish players would generally settle for a lower-level English or Scottish side, yet Sheridan took a more unconventional route, joining Bulgarian team CSKA Sofia in the summer of 2010.The transition was far from seamless, however. He never fully established himself in CSKA’s first team, scoring four goals, but making just nine starts in his first season with the club.I was only 21 when I went,” he recalls. “The club was just on their way down. They had lots of money problems and they weren’t doing so good. There was all this shunting going on.“So that was hard to get used to… You don’t really get used to it. That was one of the biggest shocks, and then after a while, the manager got sacked. After the new guy came in, I was never playing. At least when I was playing, it was okay because I was playing. But when I wasn’t playing and being there on my own, I hated it.Before I went (to Bulgaria), I always said the worst thing that can happen is I’m there for three years, I hate it, I come back and I’m still only going to be 24 and I’ll still have the experience of being abroad. That helped me massively the next time when it came up to go to Cyprus. I didn’t really have to think about it, I said straight away ‘I want to go’.”So following a further loan spell with St Johnstone and an injury-ridden season playing for Kilmarnock, Sheridan made another left-of-centre move to APOEL Nicosia. Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic fights for the ball with APOEL’s Cillian Sheridan during a Champions League Group F soccer match. Source: Petros KaradjiasIt was in Cyprus where Sheridan’s career really seemed to take off. He won two league titles and two Cypriot Cups, also appearing in all six of APOEL’s group games during the 2014-15 Champions League campaign. They picked up just one point in a difficult group that also featured Ajax, PSG and Barcelona, though they only lost 1-0 at the Nou Camp to a side that included Lionel Messi, Neymar and Xavi.The following season, he joined the club’s local rivals Omonia Nicosia and flourished, reaching double figures for the first time in his career, with 15 goals in 22 starts last season. This year, he continued to impress, with eight goals in 17 starts before his just-announced move to Jagiellonia.I loved it there,” he says of Cyprus. “The people were very welcoming and friendly when I went over at the beginning. With both teams, I had quite a good relationship with the fans, so it was definitely a nice time that I can look back and be happy about.”But never shy of a challenge, Sheridan left Nicosia behind in a bid to test himself at a higher level and possibly even catch the attention of the Irish management. Furthermore, he is keen not to repeat the same mistakes he made in Sofia.“It’s like Bulgaria in the sense that it’s Eastern Europe, it’s a different language. There’s not as much English as there would be in Cyprus. I know what goes on and how things work. But the experience of doing things once gives you foundations for the future.I don’t find (living abroad) difficult. I’m planning to learn the language here, because to be involved in the dressing room, you obviously need to understand (the players and staff). You never get frozen out or they don’t not talk to you on purpose, the natural thing to do is just to speak in your own language.“The problem for me in Bulgaria was that I was ignorant, to not to try and learn the language. When they’re talking you become paranoid and think: ‘Are (my team-mates) talking about me?’ Or, they don’t want to talk to me. Stuff like that, I learned from the first time.Cyprus was different, because everyone there speaks such good English that there was never need for me to learn Greek.“People would speak to me in English anyway. I wouldn’t have to say ‘sorry, I don’t speak Greek’. They were already assuming that I don’t speak Greek so naturally, they’d just speak to me in English. It made me lazy, not having to learn it.” Source: Jagiellonia/Twitter 9 Comments last_img read more

Cyborg Cockroach May Save Your Life Haunt Your Dreams

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain A cyborg cockroach may one day save your life.(Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.)University of Connecticut professor Abhishek Dutta created a robot-roach hybrid—a hardwired biological insect—based on the Madagascar hissing cockroach.One of the largest species of cockroach, wingless hissers are often kept as pets (*shudders*). But it’s their reputation as excellent climbers (even able to scale smooth glass) that likely attracted Dutta to the arthropod.“The use of insects as platforms for small robots has an incredible number of useful applications, from search-and-rescue to national defense,” he said in a statement.A couple of real-life Dr. Frankensteins, Dutta and undergraduate student Evan Faulkner attached a microcircuit to the roach for more reliable and precise control. The tiny computer can detect six degrees of free motion, acceleration, and direction.The researchers are also able to track ambient temperature around the creature; tests have shown the temperature of the roach’s environment can affect how and where it moves.FYI: Roaches are more likely to go for walks when it’s warm, according to UConn.A cockroach with an implanted neurocontroller (via the Dutta Lab)The microcircuit is worn like a miniature backpack, its wires attaching to the insect’s antennae lobes. Tiny electrical impulses sent to the nerve tissue simulate an obstacle.For instance, a small charge to the left antenna makes the critter move right. Researchers found, however, that actions decreased in intensity after initial stimulus. So if a roach makes a hard left after the first pulse, subsequent turns are less dramatic. Handy knowledge if you’re the one doing the steering.A tiny Bluetooth transmitter and receiver allows nearby operation via a smartphone.Cockroach robots aren’t new. But while other labs have developed similar control systems, UConn’s stands out for its greater degree of regulation, real-time feedback, and multi-channel avenues for stimulation.“Our microcircuit provides a sophisticated system for acquiring real-time data on an insect’s heading and acceleration, which allows us to extrapolate its trajectory,” Dutta explained. “We believe this advanced closed-loop, model-based system provides better control for precision maneuvering, and overcomes some of the technical limitations currently plaguing today’s micro-robots.”This research will be published in the journal Proceedings of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philadelphia, 2018.No cockroaches were harmed during these experiments.Most people don’t want to see a creepy crawly insect, let alone study them. But bugs are roboticists’ favorite muse. Find out more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Real Madrid respond to Ramos doping scandal

first_imgReal Madrid have released a statement debunking the speculations that Sergio Ramos breached the anti-doping control regulations after Football Leaks revelations.According to Football Leaks via Football Italia, and other European publications broke the story that Ramos failed a doping test after the 2017 Champions League Final victory over Juventus.There were also other instances where the anomalous Real Madrid approach to anti-doping rules was allowed to slide by both UEFA and the Spanish authorities.Football Leaks latest – Sergio Ramos broke anti-doping rules twice:1) testing positive (later absolved by Uefa for ‘administrative error) for dexamethasone2) obstructing an anti-doping testhttps://t.co/UTpP9720uESergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) November 23, 2018“In relation to the information published by Der Spiegel referring to our captain Sergio Ramos, the club states the following:“1. Sergio Ramos has never breached the anti-doping control regulations.“2. UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.“3. Regarding the rest of the content of the aforementioned publication, the club does not pronounce itself before the evidence of its insubstantial nature.”last_img read more

Several hurt after car hits bus bench in Downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Several people sustained minor injuries after, officials said, a car slammed into a bus bench in Downtown Miami, Monday night.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash at the bus stop located near Northwest Second Street and Third Avenue.Officials said the vehicle careened into the side of the bench.First responders treated the injured victims at the scene. No one had to be taken to the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears First Hurdle

first_imgGovernor Walker’s Medicaid Expansion bill has passed it’s first committee in the House. HB 148 was approved by the House Health and Social Services Committee Tuesday night with a 6 to 1 vote.Download AudioThe bill would allow the state to accept at least 145 million dollars in federal funds to provide health insurance to low income, childless adults. The federal government is funding 100% of expansion until the end of 2016, then the match gradually decreases to 90% in 2020.Four Republican lawmakers voted for it, but not Liz Vazquez. The Anchorage Republican says the committee didn’t hear enough expert testimony on how Medicaid expansion would impact the state budget:“Yes we have public comments but we have not vetted these issues sufficiently and shame on us for passing a piece of legislation that is basically an octopus.”Vazquez calls the bill “irresponsible.”Fairbanks Democrat Adam Wool says nearly 30 states have already expanded Medicaid and seen an economic boost. He says beyond the economic argument, it’s important to give Alaskans who can’t afford insurance peace of mind:“Someone that came in on Saturday brought up something I hadn’t heard yet and it was empowerment. He mentioned the empowerment you get when you have the security of getting insurance and I can speak to that because I went for many years without insurance.”Wool says even when he was insured, his deductible was so high, he avoided going to the Doctor. He says his family is now covered under an Affordable Care Act plan.The bill next goes to the House Finance Committee. The Senate is scheduled to have its first hearing on its version of the Governor’s Medicaid expansion bill Wednesday afternoon.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Clear all grievances Collector M Prashanthi

first_imgNirmal: District Collector M Prashanthi instructed the officials concerned to clear all the grievance received during Prajavani programme quickly. Earlier, she received grievances from the public at Prajavani held at the Collector’s conference hall in Nirmal on Monday.several people from different places from the district attended the grievance programme and submitted representations to the Collector. Also Read – District Collector Bharathi Hollikeri inspects Model School in Mancherial Advertise With Us Suryanarayana, from Sangvi village of Kubeer mandal, requested the Collector to sanction compensation as he lost his agricultural land. Shashikala from Khanapur mandal, Shankaramma from Adarshnagar of Nimral, and Anitha Jadhav from Ranapur of Nirmal mandal have requested the Collector to issue pattadar passbooks to them. Bhumanna from Basara requested Collector Prashanthi to provide Rythu Bandhu investment support. Joint Collector A Bhaskar Rao, District Rural Development Officer Venkateshwarlu, DTWO Srinivas Reddy, DPO Vijay Kumar, D Madan, HO Vasanth Kumar, DEO Pranitha and others were present.last_img read more

31 killed in Philippine bus plunge

first_imgRescuers carrying a rescue stretcher with one of victims after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a Philippine bus that plunged into a ravine rose to 31 with signs that overloading contributed to the crash, a police official said Wednesday.The accident, which saw the bus come off a winding road to fall 24 metres (80 feet) into a ravine in the upland province of Nueva Ecija on Tuesday, also left 46 injured with four still in a critical condition, said Senior Superintendent Antonio Yarra.“The wheel burst and that caused the bus to fall into ravine. It seems that it (the bus) was overloaded. Because of the overloading, it was beyond the capacity of the wheel to hold,” Yarra, the provincial police chief told AFP.He said a count determined there were 77 passengers on board, much higher than earlier estimates.He declined to say who might be held responsible as the investigation was ongoing.Road accidents are common in the Philippines, where old, badly maintained buses often drive on poorly lit roads.In 13 February, students and a driver were killed while on holiday in a mountainous region when their bus slammed into a post.last_img read more

Real Good You Guys Terranigma

first_imgTerranigma is the third game in Quintet’s fan-named Gaia Trilogy (or Soul Blazer Trilogy, if you prefer), which consists of Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia, and Terranigma. All three are action RPGs that share themes of the evolution, destruction, and reawakening of life (they also all have a dog named Turbo). Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia came out in North America, but Terranigma only came out in Japan and Europe.This is a shame, because Terranigma is easily the best of the three. That’s impressive, considering how fantastic Illusion of Gaia is.In Terranigma, you play as the unsubtly named Ark. Ark is just a simple anime boy in a simple anime village who comes across a mysterious box in the village elder’s basement and accidentally turns everyone into stone. He’s given a mission to climb to the top of five towers surrounding the village to fix things (six if you want to access everything in the game).If that sounds like a really simple premise, that’s because it’s just the tutorial to teach you different mechanics for fighting and puzzle-solving. It’s also the process that literally sets up the entire game. I say literally, because reaching the top of each tower revives a continent on the outside world.By the way, Ark’s village is actually in an underground netherworld, and you have a whole planet to restore and explore.With the final tower finished, Ark still needs to fix the world itself, because it was completely and utterly destroyed ages ago. So instead of saving your village you get kicked out and have to explore the barren wasteland of earth.This is where the game really starts, and it starts off crazy. Terranigma takes the concept of restoring decimated areas from Soul Blazer and cranks it up to Actraiser levels of godhood. With the continents raised, Ark has to return life to them, which involves exploring dungeons and defeating the evil forces holding back the very essences of plant and animal life. The situation gets downright dire at times, including a scene involving a goat that I really don’t want to spoil for you. But it hits hard.After Ark brings life back to the world, his job still isn’t even half-done. That’s because mankind has also returned to the world, with no recollection that it was wiped off the face of it. Ark wakes up in the middle of bustling civilization and has to make his way through this now very inhabited fantasy world. This involves going to different towns and helping them grow and develop by dealing with their problems (again, like Actraiser).This involves slaying monsters and clearing out haunted castles. It also involves running errands for Thomas Edison and replacing a monarchy with a democratic republic. There are some weird, interesting quests involving the people of Terranigma.There’s also Louran, a town with events I don’t want to spoil, but it’s up there with the goat.All of this is shown through Chrono Trigger-level graphics. Parts of the game look absolutely fantastic, with incredibly detailed, elaborate backgrounds and sprites. Some dungeons have very repetitive tile sets and some enemies and NPCs are uninspired, but even in those cases the game looks better than Illusion of Gaia, which itself looked pretty good. At its peak, we’re talking about Dark Omen and Magus’ Castle levels of visual design. Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… The SNES Classic Edition is out now, and while it’s currently really hard to find it isn’t doesn’t seem to be dealing with quite as comically bad distribution and supply as the NES Classic. What matters is that it’s a box with over a dozen excellent Super NES games, including at least four of the best video games ever made. It’s still missing some true greats, though, including one of my favorite games ever released on the SNES.I mean, besides Chrono Trigger, of course.I’m talking about Terranigma, and while you might have never heard of it if you grew up in North America, you’re probably familiar with its legacy. Terranigma is an action RPG by Quintet, the makers of Actraiser and Illusion of Gaia. In fact, Terranigma is the sequel to Illusion of Gaia, at least as much as any numbered Final Fantasy game is a sequel to the one before it. Also, thanks to Hardcore Gaming 101 for the screenshots!center_img Terranigma isn’t perfect, and there are two pretty prominent flaws that can make the game slightly frustrating. First, experience levels are jarring and vital. Each level gives you a significant bump in power, and that bump can be completely necessary to get through parts of the game. Certain bosses will only register single points of damage until you reach a specific level that isn’t directly stated, after which you can actually hurt them.Second, the magic system is very limited. It’s literally finite, requiring items called Magirocks to cast spells. There is only a certain number of Magirocks in the game, and you can’t replenish them like most games’ magic energy. So, if you’re like me, you probably won’t ever use magic, and will outright forget spells are an option by the time you reach a boss where you would even consider casting them.These are fairly minor complaints for an action RPG that’s long, elaborate, and thoroughly satisfying. It’s much more contemplative and emotional than many other JRPGs of its time, and both the themes it explores and the mechanics it uses to explore them are extremely fun to watch and play with.If you want to play Terranigma legitimately, your options are limited. It hasn’t been released on the Wii U or 3DS Virtual Console in any region, and there are no official ports on other systems. On the bright side, the European version is in English, so you can import a SNES cartridge and play it on a Retro Freak or another retro game system that supports SNES games from different regions. There are also much easier and extremely legally dubious digital methods I, of course, can’t elaborate on or condone.Regardless, Terranigma is one of the best games on the SNES, and it’s a shame it never came out in North America or got released on a Virtual Console. It’s up there with Chrono Trigger among my favorite games for the system, and deserves your attention if you like the Mana or Gaia games.It’s real good, you guys.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more