first_img“When there was dew, I didnt bowl. Its better you “When there was dew, I didnt bowl. Its better you ask the question to someone who actually bowled. To be very honest, I dont know how it felt with the dew on. Its very amusing. Because in the first 12 balls I bowled, I created a wicket-opportunity as well. Its quite surprising how you phrase your question,” Indias top spin bowler had retorted. The raging debate has continued with Dhoni not utilising Ashwins bowling to the fullest extent in the IPL too so far. He has bowled 30 overs in 10 games, instead of the full quota of 40, and has only three wickets to show for. In the last game that RPS lost against Royal Challlengers Bangalore on May 7, the off spinner was brought on to bowl the 17th over for a lost cause as RCB easily chased RPSs total of 191 with seven wickets and three balls to spare. Meanwhile, another former pacer – left arm bowler Nannes, was of the opinion that normal playing conditions would be rolled out in future, in comparison to the greenish pitch at Adelaide on which Australia played against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the epoch-making first-ever day-night Test match last November. “I was there and it was a greenish-looking pitch that never deteriorated and the outfield was also green. They (authorities) did not want the (pink) ball to lose its colour quickly. But going forward I expect normal Test playing conditions (in future day-night games),” said the former Australia left-arm pacer. In a low-scoring game, Australia came out on top of New Zealand by three wickets in the history-making third and final Test to clinch the rubber 2-0 last November. Asked which South African, from his era, would have been an ideal T20 player, 49-year-old Cullinan said former Proteas skipper, the late Hansie Cronje, would have fitted the bill. “Hansie Cronje would have been a very good T20 player. He could hit big shots and bowl tight spells. Others such as Allan Donald and Jonty Rhodes would also have done well,” said the one-time stylish batsman who amassed over 4500 runs in 70 Tests for his country before retiring in 2001. PTI SSR NRB AT BS RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

Malaika Arora in this sexy outfit will leave your heart burning

first_imgHow often does it happen that you look at Malaika Arora and don’t marvel at her perfection? From maintaining that goddess-like body to slaying with her sensual dress-sense, the Chhaiya Chhaiya girl has given us enough reasons to be all heart-eyed over her.While her dedication to fitness is a constant source of motivation for us, Malaika also has a knack for being the best-dressed woman wherever she goes. Be it her stunning vacation pictures, just another B-town party or her appearances on television reality shows–she is always a sight to behold.Here’s proof: Once again, Malaika Arora will make your hearts raceMalaika is currently on the judges panel of a television reality show, and we’re finding it really hard to deal with the amount of glamour she is unleashing on the small screen. Recently, Malaika was seen sporting a glitzy Manish Malhotra number, leaving us enthralled with her hotness.Picture courtesy: Instagram/missrachna In a blingy corset gown, Malaika looked stunning, as the bodice beautifully accentuated her toned-body, while the low-cut sweetheart-neckline gave it that oomph-factor. The gown looked exquisite with silver, leaf motifs sheathing the corset and making it look so elegantly shimmery. The gorgeous contrast of silver with the royal, brown net extending waist-down was supremely glamorous and class-apart.Picture courtesy: Instagram/manekaharisinghani Also Read: We can’t really get enough of Malaika Arora in this heavenly white gownThe sartorial infusion of purposely designed, inevident box-pleats on the net was surreal, while also looking really trendy. Malaika carried side-swept curls with just the right amount of makeup, and got our heads reeling with this sensual look.advertisementlast_img read more

Oppo Realme 2 full specs leak online ahead of August 28 launch

first_imgOppo owned Realme is gearing up to launch its next phone. The company had been laying out breadcrumbs leading to final launch of Realme 2 on August 28 but looks like a new leak wants to spoil the fun.What’s confirmed by the Chinese smartphone maker is that the Realme 2 will have a notch display with 88.8% screen-to body ratio and a dual rear camera; it will be powered by a Snapdragon chip and house a 4230 mAh battery; and sell only on Flipkart.New leak details the specs of the phone. It leaks out, well, everything, from dimensions down to the colour variants the phone will be available in.The notch display has a 6.2-inch screen size, with 720×1520 or HD+ resolution, a downgrade from FHD+ on the Realme 1. The Snapdragon chip is Snapdragon 450, paired to 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB RAM and storage options. The storage is expandable via microSD card like the Realme 1.The dual camera setup has a 13 and 2 megapixel sensor combo with AI Beautification 2.0 and portrait mode, while the selfie shooter has an 8-megapixel sensor HDR support.Leak says Realme 2 will have a fingerprint scanner (not present on Realme 1) alongside face recognition and SmartLock for unlock.Out of the box, the phone will run Android 8.1 with Colour OS 5.1 on top from Oppo. It will be available in red, blue and black colour options, all sporting a diamond pattern something that was limited only black variant on the Realme 1.Listed battery capacity is 4230mAh and considering that, the phone is not very heavy at 168g. But the specs also say Realme 2 is a downgrade from Realme 1. The specs have not been confirmed by the company so this may not be the actual spec-sheet.advertisementThere is also no information on the pricing yet, but it should be close to the Rs 8,990 tag put on the Realme 1 for the base variant.ALSO READ: UIDAI makes face recognition mandatory for all Aadhaar users: Everything you must knowlast_img read more

Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZ

first_imgIndia’s batting frailties might have been exposed again in the first warm-up against New Zealand but spin-allrounder Ravindra Jadeja said there is “nothing to worry” and the team will sort out its weakness ahead of the World Cup beginning next week.Electing to bat, India suffered an early collapse in slightly bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval before being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja’s 54 off 50 balls and Hardik Pandya’s 37-ball 30 were the only substantial scores.”This is our first game, it is just one game and we can’t judge players on one bad innings, one bad match. So nothing to worry as a batting unit,” Jadeja told reporters at the post-match press conference.”It is always difficult in England, you are coming from India, where you play in flat wicket … we still have time to work on it. There is nothing to worry, just keep playing good cricket.”As a batting unit we will work harder on our batting skills, everyone has a lot of experience, so nothing to worry.”Jadeja hoped India will get better wickets to bat during the World Cup.”It was typical English conditions, wicket was soft initially but it got better as day progressed. We hope we don’t get this much amount of grass and get a better wicket to bat in the World cup,” he said.Asked about India’s decision to bat first, Jadeja said: “We knew there will be seaming conditions, so we decided to bat to face tough conditions because if we bat in such conditions it will be easy for batsmen in actual matches. We took it as a challenge. We will do well, we have no doubt.”advertisementJadeja said he will look to play his natural game and not put himself under pressure during the showpiece event.”Everywhere I play, I will continue doing what I do. I will not put pressure on myself thinking about the world cup, will try to keep it simple,” he said.Jadeja blasted 54 off 50 balls studded with six fours and two sixes.Talking about his innings, Jadeja said: “I had a lot of time, there were lot of overs. So I was talking to myself to not get the shot selection wrong. There was no rush. I knew if I can clear the initial overs, it will be helpful for me and that is what happened,” he said.”I was working on my batting during IPL. Whenever I get a chance, I go to the nets and work on technique and shot selection.”.Also Read | World Cup 2019 warm-up: India lose to New Zealand after star batsmen flopAlso Read | Lower-order runs were good positives: Virat Kohli after loss to NZ in World Cup warm-uplast_img read more


first_imgA large amount of crops still waiting to be harvested made it difficult for some hunters to find pheasants during the opening weekend of South Dakota’s season.But state wildlife officials say many hunters still got birds, and the success rate should improve as the season continues.The most populated area to hunt was near Mitchell to the east of Chamberlain.South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks conservation officer Andy Petersen estimates the average bird count in the Mitchell area was one bird per hunter.last_img read more

This Hype Video Will Get You Extra Hyped For The 2015 Season

first_imgIt’s the offseason, so there’s a pretty solid chance you’ve seen at least 6.8 different videos promoting next season.Here’s another you’ll want to add to your list.Highlights from last year’s Bedlam, the 2013 Baylor game, and of course James Washington doing his Odell Beckham Jr. impression in the Cactus Bowl. It’s all there.The best part? Dave Hunziker with the call: “THIS. IS. BEDLAM!”Never gets old.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Gallery: Shell’s Icebreaker Passes through Protesters

first_imgGreenpeace said in an update that the so called “ShellNo climbers” have since came off the bridge, adding that now “all eyes are on the US President Obama to save the Arctic.”The Greenpeace activists are facing a fine of USD 2,500 for every hour that protesters dangled from the bridge to block the ship, the Associated Press reports.The icebreaker is loaded with a capping stack that would be used to seal a well in case of a blowout, an essential piece of equipment for the start of Shell’s Arctic drilling plans in the Chukchi Sea, which were supposed to start in the third week of July.World Maritime News Staff; Images: Greenpeace; The Climate Action Coalition/Rick Rapport zoom Royal Dutch Shell’s icebreaker Fennica has managed to squeeze through the protesting environmentalists in Portland and depart for the Arctic to support Shell’s drilling operation.The ship set sail on Thursday afternoon having completed repairs to its hull that was breached earlier this month when the vessel was departing from the Dutch Harbor, Alaska.Protesters in kayaks and hanging from the St. Johns Bridge managed to get the vessel to turn around in its first attempt of passing down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean as protesters moved to the center of the river.26 Greenpeace climbers suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters with some of the spending 40 hours in climbers slings.However, the local police authorities and coast guard officials managed to clear the way for MSV Fennica to move pass the blockade in its second attempt and resume its journey.last_img read more

Agricultural Companies Receive Infrastructure Funding

first_img Van Meekeren Farms Limited, to upgrade its apple processing equipment and expand its warehouse Scotian Gold Cooperative Limited, to improve processing technology and assist with plant modernization West Nova Agro Commodities Limited, to establish an organic grains processing facility Knoydart Farms Limited, to upgrade equipment to process organic milk into specialty cheese These businesses applied under the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund. This is the first year of the $6 million, four-year fund. “The Department of Agriculture continues to help producers and the agriculture industry,” said Mr. Taylor. “These projects were chosen for their strong business plans and benefits for the industry as a whole. This fund promotes creativity and partnerships in our industry. We support winning opportunities for industry and our communities.” For more information on the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund visit . Four agricultural companies have been approved for a total of $750,000 in funding to help strengthen their infrastructure and sustainability. “These projects will assist the producers and processors accelerate their economic potential and development,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture today, Jan. 31. Funding has been approved for:last_img read more

Apples foldable device likely in 2021

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a foldable device in two years, more likely to be an iPad than an iPhone, analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS have predicted. According to the consumer survey, more than a third of Apple customers showed interest in paying as much as $600 extra for a foldable iPhone, CNET reported on Wednesday. Rumours of a foldable iPhone have popped up on numerous occasions over the past few years. Apple has also filed for patents for a flexible display with touch sensors and portions that open and close like a book, as well as a flexible iPhone that could be folded in half and grip a person’s clothes. Earlier in 2018, the iPhone-maker had secured a patent for foldable phone that focussed on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing. The Cupertino-based company is also expected to officially announce new iPhones, most likely at a September event. The company will launch three iPhone 11 models this year. The D43 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS Max, the D42 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS and the N104 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XR. The new iPhone 11 models, replacing the iPhone XS series, would have a triple rear camera setup, with all three sensors placed at the back, the report said.last_img read more

Rothmans Benson Hedges gets creditor protection in 15B Quebec lawsuit

first_imgMONTREAL — Rothmans, Benson & Hedges has become the third tobacco company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court on Friday.Imperial Tobacco Canada and JTI-Macdonald Corp. were both granted creditor protection earlier this month.The three companies lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1.Rothmans, Benson & Hedges said in a statement that the Ontario Superior Court has stayed legal proceedings against all three companies until April 4-5.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health led two class actions against the companies and won in 2015, when Quebec Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan ordered the companies to make payments of more than $15 billion to smokers who either fell ill or were addicted.At the time, the ruling was believed to be the biggest class action award in Canadian history.The tobacco company’s managing director said the creditor protection could provide an opportunity for the company to resolve all the pending Canadian litigation against it.“While RBH disputes liability in the Canadian litigation given the widespread awareness of the health risks of smoking, we are optimistic about reaching an arrangement that could resolve all pending litigation and allow RBH to focus on the future,” Managing Director Peter Luongo said in a statement.A spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society accused the companies of seeking a “sweetheart settlement” that would allow them to avoid paying the bulk of the damages.“The tobacco industry has engaged in decades of wrongful behaviour that has caused disease and death on a massive scale,” Rob Cunningham said in a statement.“Court judgments in Quebec have been highly critical of the tobacco industry and have ordered the companies to pay billions of dollars. Now the companies are trying to avoid paying what they have been ordered to pay.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SC inhouse committee report clearing CJI should be made public ExInformation Commissioner

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu has advocated making public the report of the Supreme Court’s in-house inquiry committee which looked into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the Chief Justice of India by a former woman employee of the apex court, saying the decision to withhold the finding “appears to have no reason or legal base”. “The people of this country are informed that the in-house committee of Supreme Court consisting of three judges has cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment allegations raised by a former employee claiming ‘no substance’ in the complaint,” he said. According to the CJI and other dignitaries, there is a “larger conspiracy” behind this allegation, Acharyulu said. “…public interest gives rise to a right of public to know and hence the report should have been made public after redacting the details if need not be disclosed, especially in complaints like sexual harassment,” he said. The three-member committee had on Monday given clean chit to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, saying it “found no substance” in the allegations. The apex court administration later said the report “is not liable to be made public”, citing the verdict in the 2003 case of Indira Jaising vs Supreme Court of India. Acharyulu said, “As per Indira Jaising order, the enquiry into Mysore incident was informal and only to gather some information from colleague judges, but in this case, it is a statutorily mandated inquiry and it is not opinion collection or information gathering.” The former Information Commissioner said the publication of the report, under any stretch of imagination, cannot impede the inquiry or prosecution or apprehension of any accused or any other person in this case and cannot be withheld from the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “When a judgement given by the courts in a rape case could be made public without mentioning the name of the victim, with all details of examination of witnesses, and their cross examination, prohibiting the report of an internal inquiry committee appears to have no reason or legal base,” he said. Immediately after the office of apex court’s Secretary General came out with the findings of the committee on Monday, the woman issued a press statement saying that she was “highly disappointed and dejected”. “The in-house committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated April 19, 2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India. Please take note that in case of Indira Jaising vs Supreme Court of India and Anr (2003), it has been held that the report of a committee constituted as a part of the In-House Procedure is not liable to be made public,” the notice said.last_img read more

Moroccan Innovation Association Wins Gold Medal at Taiwan Competition

Rabat- Moroccan technology is making its mark globally. Representing Morocco, Majid El Bouazzaoui, president of the OFEED innovation association won another gold medal for Morocco, this time at IIIC on November 3.Majid Bouazzaoui receives gold medal in TaiwanThirteen countries competed:  Taiwan, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Croatia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Canada. OFEED was the only association representing Africa and the Arab world.The participating countries exhibited over 380 inventions. OFEED’s winning invention was the “automatic guidance system of photovoltaic panels” which cleans solar panels without using drinking water. El Bouazzaoui’s OFEED has won more than 10 gold medals in China, Canada, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Poland, and South Korea. OFEED won the Korean medal earlier this month at the international invention exhibition of BIXPO 2018 in Gwangju, October 30 to November 2.Read Also: Abdellatif Laabi Exhibits Paintings and Poetry in MarrakechOFEED aims to “strengthen national and international partnership, strengthen partnership with the major stakeholders in the field of inventions, and accompany the carriers of new invention patents, capitalize and share experiences.”El Bouazzaoui is an electrical engineer specializing in networks and telecommunication. He is also on the executive committee of the International Federation of Inventors Associations (IFIA).In 2017, El Bouazzaoui won an Inpex Award of Merit at the INPEX International Exhibition of Inventions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.King Mohammed VI also awarded El Bouazzaoui his Wissam Al Istihkak Al Watani (the Medal of National Merit) of 2nd rank on Throne Day in 2016.The Chinese Society of Innovation and Inventions (CIIS) and Russia’s International Exhibition of Inventions of Moscow Archimedes / InnovExpo organize the annual competition.The competition took place with the support of the Office of Support from the President of Taiwan and the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA). read more

Serbian ultranationalist aide found guilty of contempt by UN tribunal

Ljubiša Petković was sentenced today by the trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to four months in prison for failing to appear as a witness in the trial of Vojislav Šešelj, the president of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS).The Tribunal rejected the defendant’s claim that his state of health precluded him from informing the chamber that he could not answer the terms of the confidential subpoena for Mr. Šešelj’s proceedings.“When ordered to appear as a Trial Chamber witness … the accused could not refuse to comply with the subpoena stating that he was a ‘defence witness,’” the presiding judge, Jean-Claude Antonetti, said.He stressed that “witnesses are not the property of the parties and that when the Trial Chamber decides, by way of subpoena, that their testimony is necessary for the establishment of the truth, they have to comply with it.”Mr. Šešelj is facing three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes relating to his alleged role in an ethnic cleansing campaign by Serbian forces in the Vojvodina region of Serbia between August 1991 and at least September 1993. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, which include murder, torture, imprisonment and deportation. 11 September 2008A former aide to a top Serbian ultranationalist politician has been found guilty of contempt by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. read more

Elections in the spotlight during talks between UN chief and Timorese premier

20 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão have discussed the South-East Asian country’s ongoing preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections next year in a tête-à-tête that also focused on efforts to promote national reconciliation. Meeting today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the eve of the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, Mr. Ban and Mr. Gusmão discussed “the constructive dialogue among national leaders” that took place in Timor-Leste in late July, according to a read-out issued by a spokesperson for the Secretary-General.The small nation has suffered bouts of violence since it became independent in 2002, and a series of deadly clashes in 2006 led the world body to set up a peacekeeping mission (UNMIT), succeeding earlier UN missions there.At today’s meeting Mr. Ban stressed the UN’s willingness to support the electoral process as needed and commended the recent progress under the leadership of Mr. Gusmão.He also acknowledged the significance of Timor-Leste’s own police force – known as the PNTL – resuming policing responsibilities from UNMIT earlier thus year, and said the mission would continue to work closely with authorities to promote capacity-building. read more

Nepal Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.“The reports of the devastation are still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement released by his Spokesperson.The latest situation report released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today, said that Nepal’s Government currently reports over 700 deaths with that number expected to rise, and no figures currently available on the total number of people affected.“It is clear that very many lives have been lost,” said the statement. “There has also been significant damage to Nepal’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.”Nepal’s Government also reports that 30 of Nepal’s 75 districts were affected, mainly in western and central regions, including the country’s two largest cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara. Hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley are overcrowded, running out of room for storing dead bodies and also running short of emergency supplies.The most affected districts were reported to be Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and Ramechhap. UN field offices reported that the eastern region was not badly affected and that the Terrai had been minimally affected.“On behalf of the United Nations, I thank the first responders in all the affected countries who are working around the clock to save lives,” said the statement. “The United Nations is supporting the Government of Nepal in coordinating international search and rescue operations and is preparing to mount a major relief effort.”The Government has requested international assistance in the response to the disaster, with particular importance placed on the need search and rescue capacity, medical teams, supplies and tenting for hospitals, heavy equipment for rubble removal and helicopters for transport and access to blocked areas.The President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, also expressed his deep concern and profound sorrow about the devastating earthquake. He sent his prayers and expresses the sympathy of the family of nations to Government and people of Nepal and all those affected by this disaster.Mr. Kutesa thanked all countries and entities that have responded to the emergency and he called on Member States and the international community to deploy all possible efforts to urgently assist and support the people and the Government of Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake.The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin, also expressed his deepest sympathy to those affected by the earthquake, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the deaths and disappearance of hundreds of people, as well as the widespread destruction and displacement caused by the disaster.He added that the UNFPA stood ready to join in international efforts to give assistance to the Government and people of Nepal, expressing particular concern about the fate of pregnant women who have been affected by this tragedy, including those who might face potentially life-threatening complications. All efforts will be exerted to support their safety and the safety of their babies. read more

Woman arrested on suspected terrorism offences as she lands at Heathrow Airport

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 21-year-old woman has been detained at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, police said.The woman, from north London, was arrested as she left a flight from Istanbul, Turkey, at just after 9pm on Thursday.Officers said the arrest was Syria-related and the woman was being held at a south London police station.The Metropolitan Police said searches two addresses in the north of the capital had been searched. A 21-year-old woman has been detained at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, police said.The woman, from north London, was arrested as she left a flight from Istanbul, Turkey, at just after 9pm on Thursday.Officers said the arrest was Syria-related and the woman was being held at a south London police station.The Metropolitan Police said searches two addresses in the north of the capital had been searched.last_img read more

Hungarian derby 6th November Szeged waiting for Veszprem

← Previous Story Stian Hauge Tönnesen one year more in SC Magdeburg Next Story → Danish “10.000 for Handball” is now 12.000! On Saturday will be play a derby match of Hungarian handball between Pick Szeged and MKB Veszprem. After good starts in Champions League, both teams have high ambitions. Despite their two defeats in a new season (Szeged has score 6-2, Veszprem 8-0), tradition and resizing budget, which is telling that Pick won just two Champions title in last 15 years of Veszprem domination, fans of Pick Szeged are optimists. More than 59% of them, voted for win in Superderby at Pick Szeged official website and just 33% thinks that MKB is better.There is no doubt that Hall in Szeged (Saturday 19.30)  will be full with more than 4.000 fans. read more

In Dublin there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness

first_img Share1825 Tweet Email2 Short URL Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 6:45 AM Feb 22nd 2017, 6:45 AM 110 Comments 547 Views center_img ‘In Dublin, there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness’ Empty homes provide an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to effectively end homelessness in Ireland, writes Pat Doyle. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Pat Doyle Pat Doyle THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE figure available at the moment tells us that there are almost 200,000 empty homes across the country. This compares with 7,148 experiencing homelessness, a figure made up of individuals, couples and families with children.To house every single person in homelessness today, we would need in the region of 4,500 to 5,000 homes.Peter McVerry Trust believes that the Government has the ability to house every person who is homeless in Ireland today within the next 12 months. To achieve this the Government needs to create a high intensity response to the thousands of empty homes spread across our cities, towns and villages.Vacant homesThe number of vacant homes, based on the CSO’s figures, is simply staggering particularly when you break it down by local authority and compare the number of empty homes with the number of adults in homelessness. Such a comparison shows that, in some counties, there are hundreds of empty homes per one adult experiencing homelessness.In Mayo, there are over 11,000 empty properties, which means 930 empty homes for each of the 12 homeless adults in the county. In Roscommon, it’s even higher at 940 empty homes for every adult who is homeless.Making these homes liveableEven in our cities, where the vast majority of people in homelessness are found, there are almost 50,000 empty homes. In Dublin, the epicentre of the homeless emergency, there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness. In Cork, the ratio shows 85 empty homes for each adult who is homeless in the city and county.The challenge, of course, is turning these empty buildings into quality, liveable homes within the next 12 months. Peter McVerry Trust knows, from our own direct experiences of turning empty buildings across Dublin into homes for people exiting homelessness, this can be done quickly and cheaply.Peter McVerry Trust believes there are 5 key actions that the Government must now introduce to allow empty homes to end homelessness.Ring-fence empty homes for people in homelessnessPeter McVerry Trust believes that empty homes can offer solutions right across the housing spectre creating more rental properties and more homes to buy. On the housing needs of people in homelessness each local authority should be required to ring-fence 50% of all empty homes brought back into use for people in homelessness today until all of them are housed.In the vast majority of counties, returning 200 homes and allocating 50% of them to people who are homeless will reduce homelessness to zero in that county.A constant supply of empty homes coming back into the system together with Part V, HAP, and new build programmes by housing associations would mean we could rapidly re-house new cases of homelessness. This would eliminate the need for long term shelter placements.Building regulationsUnfortunately, existing building regulations can make the renovation or upgrading of older empty properties unnecessarily expensive and time consuming. Over the shop accommodation, in particular, is hamstrung by costly and cumbersome building control processes.The Government has been advised that it does not need to bring in new legislation. The Minister could simply use existing powers to improve the system making it cheaper, quicker and operating with a common sense approach to getting empty homes back into use.Empty homes officersThere needs to be boots on the ground and local authorities also need the resources to hire these teams of Empty Homes Officers. These officers would get out there to identify empty homes, engage with the property owners and make them aware of Government grant schemes like the repair and leasing initiative.Empty Homes Officers would also serve as a one stop shop for information and advice for empty home owners.Matchmaker schemeA matchmaker scheme is important because it would match empty home owners with organisations that want to lease or buy these properties.The matchmaker scheme, coordinated by Empty Homes Officers, would match social housing associations and homeless charities with property owners in order to rent or purchase their properties. This scheme would need Government funding and fast track approval processes to do this and to get the buildings back into use as quickly as possible.Vacant property taxThe final critical element is a vacant property tax that would be applied to houses not used as a person’s main home. Peter McVerry Trust believes that any property empty for more than 1 year should be subject to an additional tax or levy that would increase each year the property lies empty up until year 5 then a compulsory purchase order would be issued.It is clear that empty homes, if targeted properly, carry the single best opportunity to end homelessness in Ireland. We know what the problems are and we also know what the solutions are. Now we must move quickly with decisive action. If we do that, we can effectively end homelessness by March 2018.Pat Doyle is CEO of Peter McVerry Trust. Peter McVerry Trust is hosting an Empty Homes Conference on March 9th in Croke Park Conference Centre. 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Sanders says Trump has opened the floodgates for private prisons to profit

first_img Source: Bernie Sanders/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Trump just opened the floodgates for private prisons to make huge profits by building more prisons and keeping even more Americans in jail.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 23, 2017 Share24 Tweet Email4 Short URL President Donald Trump’s administration saying commercial prison operators are needed for the correctional system’s “future needs.”Trump’s new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, officially rescinded the Barack Obama administration’s move last August to phase out the management of prisons by private companies, which Obama’s justice department had said proved to be inadequate, more dangerous and not cheaper than government-run prisons.Sessions said in an order that the move last year had reversed a longstanding policy at the Federal Bureau of Prisons to have private companies involved, “and impaired the bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”The Obama move had only affected a small portion of the US prison system: 13 privately run prisons housing just over 22,000 people, or about 11% of the federal prison population.Most are foreign nationals, mainly Mexicans incarcerated for immigration violations.The Trump government has promised a crackdown on crime and illegal immigration, suggesting the prisons bureau could require greater holding capacity in a short timeframe.The 13 prisons are run by three companies: CoreCivic (known until recently as Corrections Corporation of America), GEO Group and Management and Training Corporation.The announcement gave a strong after-hours boost to the stock of the two listed firms. Core Civic jumped 3.2%, while GEO Group added 1%.The move was expected and both companies’ stocks had already risen sharply after Trump’s election victory on 8 November.With reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha- © AFP, 2017Read: Caitlyn Jenner’s message to Donald Trump over LGBTQ rights: ‘Call me’Read: ‘Neither confrontation nor submission’: Trump’s top diplomat in Mexico to calm tensions 14,444 Views center_img Source: AP/Manuel Balce CenetaSENATOR BERNIE SANDERS has slammed the use of private prisons for federal inmates, which was reinstated by the White House yesterday.Senator Sanders, who ran for election as a Democrat in the 2016 election, said that the move meant private prisons were now able to make “huge profits by building more prisons and keeping even more Americans in jail”.He also said that private prisons in America needed to go: “Corporations should not be profiting by incarcerating our fellow Americans.” Friday 24 Feb 2017, 12:39 PM By AFP 50 Comments Feb 24th 2017, 12:39 PM Sanders says Trump has ‘opened the floodgates’ for private prisons to profit President Trump has promised a crackdown on crime and illegal immigration, meaning more prisons are needed quick.last_img read more

Benitez admits Newcastles implosion at Old Trafford

first_imgNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has admitted the team imploded at Old Trafford after losing a two-goal lead to Manchester United.The Magpies netted two goals in the first ten minutes of the game to silence Old Trafford thanks to Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto.However, Juan Mata curled home a free-kick to spark a come back that brought about Anthony Martial’s equalizer before Alexis Sanchez sealed the victory with a header late in the game.Benitez said: “As a team, we did so well. It is a pity because, for 70 minutes, the organization and determination of the team was so good. It’s just a pity that, in the end, we lost against a very good team,” said Rafa quoted by The Northern Echo.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We conceded the first goal, and that changed the game. They continued pushing and pushing, and it was difficult to defend. We still had chances on the counter-attack.“We had chances in the first half to score a third goal, and chances in the second half too. We could have done a little bit better; we didn’t score. They were pushing, and they scored.“Obviously, they changed things, and they were really playing with four strikers at the same time. Their substitutions were top-class players, and it was difficult to stop, especially when you have players who are getting tired. They had fresh legs and quality, and they were very strong at the end.”The defeat leaves Newcastle in 19th position in the table, and means they have now claimed just two points from their opening eight games.last_img read more