Top Stories: A Blood Test for Suicide, Bats Linked to Deadly MERS, and a Controversial Drilling Plan

first_imgCheck out this latest installment of Science’s weekly news podcast, ranked the best science podcast in WIRED’s 101 Signals.Free Papers Have Reached a Tipping Point, Study ClaimsOpen access has reached a milestone: Fifty percent of all papers are now freely available within a year or two of publication, concludes a new study. The study’s authors say that open-access publishing has reached a “tipping point” and will now accelerate. But some observers have been quick to criticize the study, which yielded a number twice as high as other analyses.A Blood Test for Suicide?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)What if a psychiatrist could tell whether someone was about to commit suicide simply by taking a sample of their blood? That’s the promise of new research, which finds increased amounts of a particular protein in the bloodstream of those contemplating killing themselves.Bat Out of Hell? Egyptian Tomb Bat May Harbor MERS VirusScientists say that they are one step closer to understanding the deadly new Middle East respiratory syndrome virus. They have found a small fragment of the virus’s genome in an Egyptian tomb bat from Saudi Arabia, suggesting that these bats are a source of the virus—although another animal species may act as the bridge to humans.Sometimes It Pays to Be a WeaklingSometimes it’s better not to be the best. Take rams. Those with bigger horns get the girl and make babies more often—but they also die younger. The weaker rams are less lucky in love and have fewer babies each season, but their longer lifetimes mean that they get a few more goes around the mating merry-go-round, managing to produce a few good offspring themselves. The tradeoff helps explain a long-standing puzzle about why the best genes for mating don’t take over, and why there are always plenty of small, weak males among the supermen.Ecuador Says It Will Launch Controversial Drilling in Amazon ParkThe president of Ecuador says that he will move ahead with controversial plans to drill for oil in the Amazon Basin’s renowned Yasuni National Park. Researchers consider the park to be one of the world’s richest biological hotspots.last_img read more

Seeking solace, Rajiv convicts turn spiritual

first_imgVellore (TN), Mar 16 (PTI) Convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Sriharan and Santhan lodged in the Central prison here for nearly 25 years, have turned deeply spiritual.Out of the seven convicts in the case, V Sriharan alias Murugan and Santhan are regular visitors to the temples within the jail premises. They offer prayers to deities of Goddess Amman, Ganesha and Sai Baba in the temples, according to highly placed prison sources.”Both Sriharan and Santhan have turned very spiritual. Both are regular visitors to the temples within the jail premises to offer prayers, they follow stipulations like rituals during particular times”, the sources told PTI.The transformation happened over the past several years and the two convicts introspect a lot, the sources said. However, Arivu alias Perarivalan, another accused in the same case is an atheist.Sriharan, who sports a saffron shirt, has gone even a few notches higher in his spiritual life with regular meditation sessions in his cell. He is also the husband of Nalini, another convict in the same case and lodged in the womens prison here.”He even discusses his spiritual pursuits, efforts to understand spirituality better with his wife Nalini. Usually, he is allowed to meet his wife once or twice in a month. Like other convicts, Sriharan and others also work in prison and they are trained in craft like tailoring,” the sources said.After the death penalty of Sriharan and Santhan was commuted to life sentence in 2014 by the Supreme Court, they had attributed it to the grace of God. Nalini is interested in reading books, newspapers and magazines to keep herself abreast of the developments.advertisementTamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan had earlier this month written to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi informing him of the governments decision to remit the life sentences of the seven convicts in the Rajiv case.The seven are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini — and sought Centres views on the matter.The decision of the State government is supported by political parties including the DMK. All the seven were convicted in the assassination case of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at Sriperumbudur near Chenani. PTI VGN RC VSC DVlast_img read more

Vivo launches V3, V3Max phones starting at Rs 17,980

first_imgChinese company Vivo launched two new phones — the V3 and V3Max — in the Indian market on Tuesday. While the Vivo V3 has been priced at Rs 17,980 the V3 Max has been priced at Rs 23,980 respectively. Both the phones boast of a full-metal unibody and come equipped with a 360-degree recognition fingerprint scanner that is claimed to unlock them in just 0.2 seconds.Both the V3 and V3Max sport a13-megapixel camera on the rear with dualLED flash and phase detection autofocus along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phones run Android 5.1 Lollipop based FunTouch OS 2.5 and support 4G LTE connectivity option.Also Read: Vivo launches Y31L budget 4G phone with 1GB RAM for Rs 9,450The Vivo V3 comes with a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone is backed by a 2,550mAh battery.The Vivo V3Max on the other hand has a 5.5-inch FullHD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM. The phone uses a 3,000mAh battery.”The V Series designed with creativity and equipped with state of the art technology will be a landmark for Vivo India. India remains our prime focus and the launch of these models is a testimony to our commitment to cater to the ever growing demand of meticulous customers in India and worldwide,” Alex Feng, CEO of Vivo India said at the launch.advertisementlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Daniil Medvedev loses the plot by tossing coins at umpire’s chair

first_imgThe Russian, who had sensationally beaten U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka on Monday, suffered a meltdown on Court 16 following his 6-4 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 second-round loss to Ruben Bemelmans.After shaking hands with his conqueror, Medvedev grabbed his wallet and pulled out some coins before hurling them towards the foot of the umpire’s chair.Unsurprisingly, he was bombarded with questions about the bizarre behaviour, with some suggesting that he was questioning the integrity of the official.”In the heat of the moment, I did a bad thing. I apologise for this,” the 21-year-old Russian said.So was he trying to say the Portuguese umpire was biased towards his Belgian rival?”No, not at all. No, no. I mean (that) would be really stupid,” added Medvedev. “It has no meaning.”(It) was very hot out there. So I actually don’t remember what I said during the match.”In an incident-packed clash, Medvedev asked a supervisor to remove Alves from the match after she had docked him a point.Medvedev admitted he was frustrated with a call made by Alves in the fifth set and that while packing up his belongings after the match, he saw his wallet and snapped.”I don’t know why I did it. I was frustrated to lose the match. Maybe there were some bad calls. It can happen in sports,” he said.”I was just disappointed and did a stupid thing.”Tournament officials could charge Medvedev with unsportsmanlike conduct or he could be hit with a more severe sanction if the circumstances prove serious enough.advertisementThe episode was not the first time he has clashed with officials.Last year he was disqualified from a Challenger tournament in the United States for making a racist comment after the umpire ruled in favour of his opponent Donald Young.Medvedev was defaulted for questioning the impartiality of the umpire based on her race.last_img read more

Former AEK Star, Chief Mavros Arrested

first_imgATHENS – Retired Greek soccer player Thomas Mavros, who starred for AEK and then took over as President of his former club as it fell into dire financial straits, was taken into custody on charges of running up debts to the state while he was overseeing the team’s fortunes.The 59-year-old former striker took over the financially-troubled Athens team in the summer of 2012 but left only a few months later after pressure from fans and board members as a result of poor results which led to the sides first relegation in its 90-year-history.AEK, one of the few teams over the years to challenge the dominance of Panathinaikos and Olympiakos, has fallen out of the top tier of the league and struggling to survive financially.After AEK’s liquidation last year triggering the club’s demotion to the amateur third division, state officials sought administrators of the team to pay off debts.“I am accused of something that I have no blame for. I just wanted to help AEK. I have no regrets,” Mavros said in an interview with NovaSport FM radio station. Mavros played for Greece 36 times, scoring 11 goals from 1972 to 1984.At club level he played for AEK (1976-1987) and Panionios (1970-1976 and 1987-1991) and holds the record for most goals in the Greek first division, 260 in 501 matches.AEK, formed in 1924 by refugees from the former Constantinople, has a long history of success, with its list of honors including 11 league titles and 14 Greek Cups. But finances have been mismanaged in recent years and it is some 40 million euros in debt.Mavaros was a fan favorite and had a bond with his supporters.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Port of Virginia Wraps Up StackYard Works at VIG

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Virginia, VIG The Virginia International Gateway (VIG) has completed another step in its expansion project as it launched operations at its container stack No. 1.The end of the stack-yard work leaves only two projects to be completed before the entire USD 320 million effort comes to a close in June, according to the Port of Virginia.“This new capacity is quickly being integrated into the operation and the Port of Virginia is beginning to see positive results,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.With the completion of stack No. 1, the terminal now has 13 additional container stacks, each served by two new rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs). The new stacks compliment 15 existing stacks, also served by RMGs.Those stacks are on a schedule to be refurbished throughout the year with two stacks complete and three underway.The expansion has doubled the terminal’s annual container throughput capacity, according to the port authority, as VIG can now process 1.2 million container lifts a year.The expanded stack-yard is being combined with four new ship-to-shore cranes and 800 additional feet of berth space.“In February 2017, we started work on what was a green-field site — we started from scratch – and now we are just a few months from completion,” Reinhart said.Once completed, the VIG expansion is expected to increase the port’s overall annual container capacity by 40 percent, or 1 million container units, by 2020.last_img read more

La sécurité dans les passages pour piétons est une responsabilité partagée

first_imgAlors que les étudiants universitaires affluent dans la province en ce début d’une autre année scolaire, on demande aux automobilistes et aux piétons de faire preuve de prudence dans les passages pour piétons ainsi qu’aux intersections. « La sécurité dans les passages pour piétons est importante à longueur d’année, mais nous demandons aux conducteurs et aux piétons de faire particulièrement attention pendant cette période occupée de l’année, » a dit Bill Estabrooks, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. « Les automobilistes, les cyclistes et les piétons doivent partager la route et faire attention dans les passages pour piétons et aux intersections. » Le gouvernement provincial et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax ont fait équipe pour lancer une campagne de sécurité dans les passages pour piétons au cours du mois. Des annonces diffusées à l’échelle de la province à la radio, à la télévision, dans les journaux et dans les autobus rappellent aux conducteurs et aux piétons que la sécurité dans les passages pour piétons est une responsabilité partagée. « Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour s’assurer que nos passages pour piétons sont sécuritaires. La rentrée scolaire est un moment idéal pour rappeler aux gens, qu’ils soient à pied ou au volant, de prendre les précautions appropriées, » a dit le maire Peter Kelly. Les objectifs de la campagne sont de rappeler aux automobilistes que la personne dans le passage pour piétons pourrait être un de leurs proches et d’encourager les conducteurs et les piétons à faire preuve de prudence. Le gouvernement provincial a effectué des changements à la loi sur les véhicules automobiles (Motor Vehicle Act) en juin dernier afin de clarifier les responsabilités des piétons et des automobilistes en ce qui a trait à la sécurité dans les passages pour piétons. On rappelle également aux conducteurs que les amendes imposées pour la vitesse doublent dans une zone scolaire, et que quatre points d’inaptitude sont attribués au dossier de conduite. Les amendes varient de 452 $ à 1 452 $, incluant les frais de justice. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité dans les passages pour piétons et pour voir les annonces, consultez le site Web du ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/tran/ .last_img read more

Dont let Tina Fontaines murder fade away like all the others Mohawk

first_img(Editor’s note: This week APTN is presenting guest columns on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Wednesday is Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.)By Shawn BrantSpecial to APTN National NewsThe recent abduction and murder of Tina Fontaine should have been a game changer, but our response to the tragedy was as predictable as the certainty of her death. In the desperation that followed, we organized and attended vigils. This forum and traditional response, admittedly provides some comfort for the family and allows for renewed calls for a much deserved and necessary national inquiry, but nothing more.We knew in our hearts that the death of this 15-year-old was somehow different than the 1,200 women and girls who died before her, and for a brief moment, we almost dared to believe that an inquiry would be somehow forthcoming even though it had been denied dozens of times before. That hope was quickly muted when the Prime Minister’s Office repeated its weary talking points suggesting that they had ample information collected from the past 20 years and regurgitated the announcement of a promised a DNA database that could be used to identify a woman’s remains, once they had been found.No one stepped forward to challenge the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statements or his claims of representing the “government of action” on this issue, and no one challenged Harper’s claims that he has had in his possession, for this entire time, “all the information” he needs to fix the problem. Logically, if we are to accept the Harper’s claims of having all the answers then the government of Canada must also accept responsibility for the hundreds of deaths of Indigenous women and girls during its nine years in power and its failure to take any decisive action during that time. Weeks have now passed and the memory of Tina Fontaine, like all the others, has faded, but what is noteworthy and perhaps a contributing factor of the return to status quo is absence of determination, within our own leadership, to press this government for a political solution. Just three weeks prior to the recovery of Tina’s body from the ironically named Red River, the chiefs had reported that there could be “blockades” in response to the Transparency Act legislation implemented by government and compelling chiefs and councils to disclose their salaries. Blockades, it seems, were an appropriate response to prevent public scrutiny of chiefs’ expenses, but there was no mention or even suggestion of blockades for Tina Fontaine. White people believe, and it’s probably true, that we set up blockades for everything.A land issue? Set up a blockade.Forestry and resources – blockade.Rainy day – blockade.Water/housing/taxes – blockade/blockade/blockade.Nearly 1,200 dead Indigenous women and girls? … .It is a historical fact that, for the past 25 years, the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga has answered every call for action. We have targeted attacks against Canada’s critical infrastructure, road and rail blockades, border crossing closures, economic disruptions and numerous days of action. Blockades and campaigns of economic disruption are effective ways to express our anger when our “sovereign rights” are threatened.For two decades we have waited for the Stolen Sisters issue to emerge to the forefront of societies consciousness because we believe that it has the qualities to encompass all our differences including cultural and geographical diversity that exist within our First Nations communities. We believe that the killing of our women and girls is the issue that transcends all barriers and serves as the foundation for a unified people capable of fighting and defeating an obstinate Canadian state. We believe that standing for this issue demonstrates the core values and principles of our people, however, we equally believe that inaction or perceived indifference can subject us to ridicule and suggestions of hypocrisy.It is a joke to profess that we are protectors of Mother Earth when we cannot protect the very mothers who give us life, and now, it is absolutely inconceivable to think that we could stand for any other issue when our daughters cannot freely walk down a street, without the risk of abduction, rape, torture and murder.In February of this year, our Mohawk community of Tyendinaga, served notice on Harper that we were prepared to take action to secure a national inquiry.Our battle strategy was based on the real belief that others would step forward to join us in taking decisive action and to seek justice for the families of the fallen. After seven days on the lines, two CN Rail shutdowns, an injured cop, smashed police vehicles and numerous arrests, it was painfully apparent that we were on our own.Since that time, Loretta Saunders, an Indigenous woman and her unborn baby were killed and dumped along a New Brunswick highway, another woman had her legs amputated and half of her face cut off because she was an indigenous woman, and of course and most recently, Tina Fontaine, who was murdered simply because she was an Indigenous girl.These women made tremendous sacrifices to the cause of awareness and the plight of First Nations women in this country and they should not be so easily dismissed.They serve as missed opportunities in the advancement of our social standing and the development of a real relationship with the rest of Canada. As certain as I was about the imminent death of Tina Fontaine, I am equally certain that another will soon be added to the growing numbers and we will be afforded another opportunity to do the right thing. Regrettably and irrespective of our courage and commitment, as one community we are unable to resolve this issue on our own. We stood ready for justice in the spring of this year and we stand ready now, for the guidance, genuine leadership and the willingness to end this human tragedy.last_img read more

Toronto stock benchmark down sharply following holiday US indexes up modestly

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index is down sharply in its first trading since American markets plunged Monday due to rising tensions between the United States and China.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 220.59 points from Friday’s close, at 16,051.07 in a broad-based decline.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.62 cents US, up slightly from an average of 75.61 cents US on Friday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 89.37 points at 25,807.11. The S&P 500 index was up 13.72 points at 2,858.46, while the Nasdaq composite was up 56.72 points at 7,782.76.The September crude contract was US$54.68, down one cent per barrel from Monday and the September natural gas contract was US$2.13, up 5.8 cents per mmBTU.The December gold contract was at US$1,483.90 an ounce, up US$7.40 from Monday and the September copper contract was $2.56 a pound, up 1.8 cents. read more

Ohio State earns bid to Orange Bowl set to play Clemson

Coach Urban Meyer and the football team wait to enter the stadium. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24, at the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Dec. 7. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes are headed to the Sunshine State.One day after getting their dreams of playing for a BCS National Championship dashed by No. 4 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, OSU is set to travel to Miami, Fla., to take on the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3, 2014 after earning an at-large bid.“On behalf of our players, staff and The Ohio State University, we are honored to accept the invitation to play in the Discover Orange Bowl,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Sunday evening on the Orange Bowl teleconference. “We look forward to representing Ohio State down in south Florida.”The Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) dropped to No. 7 in the BCS Standings after falling to the Spartans, 34-24, Saturday. With a win, OSU likely would have had a chance to face off against No. 1 Florida State in Pasadena, Calif., but instead are scheduled to play in another BCS bowl against an ACC opponent.Meyer said he did not meet with the team Sunday, and that he does not think the team will have any problems getting up to play Clemson after missing out on a chance to play for the national title.“We had a good conversation after the game last night,” Meyer said. “They’re heartbroken, but they’re also competitors and I think the fact that they’re playing in a BCS Bowl against Clemson, that’s going to wake you up real fast … There’s not doubt in my mind that we’ll be excited to go play in this bowl game.”It is the ninth time OSU has been selected to play in a BCS bowl, tied for the all-time ever with Oklahoma, according to a press release.The Tigers and Buckeyes have only met one other time, in the 1978 Gator Bowl, a memorable affair that cost former OSU coach Woody Hayes his job.Trailing 17-15 with just over two minutes remaining, OSU quarterback Art Schlichter was intercepted by Clemson’s Charlie Bauman to all but end the game. Following the play, Hayes punched Bauman through the face mask after he got up on the OSU sideline.Hayes was fired by OSU the next day.The 2013 version of the Tigers, who lost in their regular season finale Nov. 30 to then-No. 10 South Carolina 31-17, sport a high-powered offense, ranked 12th in the country with 502.9 yards per game. Led by senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, the Tigers are tied for 11th in the country in scoring at 40.2 points per game.OSU junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is from Pompano Beach, Fla., said it will be nice to play the final game of the season in his home state.“It will be really cool to be able to play Clemson in Florida in the Orange Bowl game … in front of my family and friends,” Shazier said in an OSU press release. “It will be nice to be able to play the last game of the season in my home state. It will mean a lot.”Buckeye senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said he has not yet turned his thoughts to the bowl game, but said he is going to enjoy getting the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl in his final game at OSU.“I think it means a lot for us to go back and play in a BCS bowl game,” Mewhort said in the release. “To get a win in a big time bowl and at the same time show some resiliency would be a great way to go out. I couldn’t ask at this point for anything more than to play in a BCS bowl game, and getting to go to battle with these guys I’ve been fortunate to play with for the last four or five years will be great.”Kickoff between the Buckeyes and Tigers is set for 8:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. read more

Political cartoonists 1987 murder reinvestigated as police hope shift in allegiances will bring

first_imgThe gun used to kill Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali, which was found almost two years after his murderCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Detectives said the decision to re-investigate the case was partly down to a possible shift in allegiances from those who may have known the identity of Mr Al-Ali’s killer, as well as a second suspect who was later seen driving away from the scene.Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism command, said: “The brutal murder of Mr Al-Ali devastated his family and 30 years on they continue to feel the loss.”We have previously reviewed this case and followed a number of lines of inquiry which have not resulted in us identifying these two men.”However, a lot can change in 30 years – allegiances shift and people who were not willing to speak at the time of the murder may now be prepared to come forward with crucial information. He was wearing a stonewashed denim jacket and dark trousers, police said. Witnesses described seeing the suspect close to Mr Al-Ali, holding a black automatic handgun.A witness reported seeing another man – also of Middle-Eastern appearance – crossing Fulham Road into Lucan Place and getting into the driver’s seat of a silver-grey left-hand drive Mercedes shortly after the incident. Cold case detectives believe changes in allegiances may hold the key to solving the murder of a political cartoonist.Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali was fatally shot as he walked to his office in Knightsbridge, west London, on July 22 1987.The 51-year-old, whose provocative cartoons were deemed critical of the Palestinian regime when they appeared in Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, died on August 29 that year in hospital from his injuries.Witnesses at the time said Mr Al-Ali was pursued for around 40 seconds by the suspected gunman before he was shot in the back of his neck. An artist’s impression of what man who shot Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali could look like nowCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA  the gun used to kill Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali  an artist's impression of the man who shot Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali A lot can change in 30 years – allegiances shift and people who were not willing to speak at the time of the murder may now be prepared to come forward with crucial informationDean Haydon, Metropolitan Police He was seen running with his left hand inside the right side of his jacket as if he was concealing something.The gun – a 7.62 Tokarev pistol – was found on the Hallfield Estate in Paddington almost two years after the murder. 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. “We remain open-minded about the motive for Mr Al-Ali’s murder and we believe there are people somewhere who have information that could help us bring those responsible for his murder to justice.”In the moments leading up to Mr Al-Ali’s murder, he parked his car on Ixworth Place, walked down into Draycott Avenue and onto Ives Street.Witnesses reported seeing him being followed by the suspected gunman, who they described as being of Middle-Eastern appearance and aged about 25, with collar-length thick black hair that was wavy at the back.last_img read more

Dislodged seawall barriers replaced – MPI

Emergency works have been completed on the Georgetown seawall after approximately twelve concrete wave barriers were dislodged recently. Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Kevin Samad was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that the dislodged barriers were removed and replaced with new ones.Newly rehabilitated seawall barrier. (DPI photo)According to DPI, Samad explained that the steel rods that were used to anchor the barrier to the existing wall corroded extensively resulting in the barriers being dislodged following intense wave impact on Friday evening and Saturday morning.The Chief Sea and River Defense Officer further explained that currently there is heavy overtopping from the spring tide. The high tide period began on October 3 and runs to October 9.The Ministry says it will continue to monitor the situation as well as other areas around the country during the high tide period. The Ministry has advised that residents along the low lying coast take the necessary precautionary measures against any unforeseen flooding, DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRuimzeight sea defence work will not jeopardize livelihoods – Chief Sea and River Defence OfficerJanuary 31, 2018In “latest news”WCD braces for flooding during high tidesMay 28, 2019In “Environment”CDB funded sea, river defence works to progress this yearFebruary 1, 2018In “latest news” read more

Absent teen charged with unlawful wounding of teacher

Injured Gangadin Sebarat-IssacsA 16-year-old boy has been charged for the unlawful wounding of a acting Headteacher of a primary school.The matter was on Tuesday called at the Fort Wellington Magistrate Court. The teenager was however not present in court to answer the charge.A summons is expected to be prepared and served. The matter comes up again on December 12.This publication had reported that on Saturday last a West Berbice school teacher had to seek medical attention after being attacked and beaten by a student of the Number Eight Secondary School.The incident has been recorded as an out of school one.According to the teacher of the Number Five Primary School, Gangadin Sebarat-Issacs, she was in her home village when the incident occurred.She related that the teenager bumped into her son and then pushed her causing her to lose her balance and fall.She then said that the fifth form student came up to her bent down and kissed her on her lips.“He go to do it again and I spit. I don’t know if the spit catch him but with that he start cuffing me. He cuff me on my face… right now my whole face hurting, my head hurting, my teeth hurting, my skin what he cuff and so hurting…” the now visibly injured woman related. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeacher allegedly beaten by secondary school studentDecember 2, 2018In “Crime”Investigation launched into student assaulting head teacherDecember 3, 2018In “Crime”MoE places student who beat teacher on 4-month bondJanuary 4, 2019In “Crime” read more

ZRK Buducnost win in Denmark for Budapest ticket

← Previous Story HCM Minaur Baia Mare win Romanian Cup after 16 years! Next Story → Palmarsson miss for “Zebras” win in German derby! Montenegrian best team ZRK Buducnost showed TOP class performance once again this season, but in the best possible moment – battle for the Women’s EHF CL F4 in Budapest. Dragan Adzic girls won in Denmark against Viborg HK 28:22 (13:11) and practicaly made the final step to the “Pap Laszlo” Arena where will the final tournament take place on May 9 and 10.Katarina Bulatovic was the TOP gunner of her team with seven goals ahead of Christina Neagu with 6….VIBORG – BUDUĆNOST 22:28  (11:13)VIBORG: Masson (five saves), Poulsen two saves, Skov 8, Mikelsen, Gravholt, Bale 2, Gulden 4 (3), Damjanović 1, Andreasen 1, Liksborg 3, Burgaard 3, Paulsen. BUDUĆNOST: Voltering (16 odbrana), Rajčić, Žderić, Petrović 3, Neagu 6, Nikolić, Dalby, Bulatović 7 (3), Ramusović, Cvijić 6, Mehmedović, Despotović, Pavićević 2, Bizdra 1, Knežević 3, Lazović.Women’s EHF CL TOP 8 results.PHOTO:http://www.zrkb.me/ Budapest handballwomen’s EHF CLŽRK Budućnost read more

Four unions launch joint No campaign to Croke Park 2

first_img Mute Pierce2020 Report this Comment Eileen Gabbett Sponsored Links Mute Mark Neville 12 Report this Comment FOUR TRADE UNIONS have launched a joint national campaign for a No vote against the Croke Park extension talks proposals.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Unite today announced the launch of a national campaign, which will include a number of meeting across the country in the coming weeks.The four unions are highlighting their opposition to a number of the proposals under the new agreement.Meanwhile the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA) today voted to recommend acceptance of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals for a revised agreement for pay and reform in the public service.“Having considered the LRC proposals in detail and after a careful assessment of the possible alternatives, the Executive Committee of the MLSA has decided to recommend their acceptance to its members,” said Executive Committee, MLSA General Secretary, Terry Casey.“This decision has been made all the more difficult in view of the significant savings and efficiencies, of the order of €16 million, already achieved since 2011 in the public hospital laboratory services under the terms of the original Croke Park Agreement,” Casey added,Read: Croke Park 2 – four unions to launch joint No campaign Mar 7th 2013, 7:01 PM Report as Defamatory Bungling detective in Pistorius case quits the force 1,367 Views 3 Favourite The Polar Bear Mute Pierce2020 The 5 at 5: Thursday 1,076 Views 7 Report as Defamatory And I better get back to work to pay for you Report this Comment Report this Comment 49 Yes, and the ‘trillions in oil and gas’ have already been sold for a bag of beans. The trillions will be exported as foreign profits. Mute Pierce2020 More power to them. If only the other unions joined them in protecting their workers they would be a formidable force. Report as Defamatory Hide Comment Hide Comment Mar 7th 2013, 8:09 PM 70 Install our app today to access these features Report as Defamatory 32 Favourite Keith Wizzy Report as Defamatory Mar 7th 2013, 7:21 PM Aoife Barry aoife@thejournal.ie See more articles by Aoife Barry 1 Contribute to this story: Leave a Comment Send a Photo / Video Send a Tip Send a Correction Report this Comment Report this Comment Pierce2020 6y Hide Comment 24 Install our app today to access these features How to Utilize Social Media as a Serious Business ToolNumero Uno Web Favourite Elisabeth Butler Report as Defamatory Report this Comment Mar 7th 2013, 7:20 PM 22 Elbbit Hide Comment Mute Caitriona Install our app today to access these features Sponsored Links 6y Mute Paul Irish cost of living is higher than EU average as well. Rates of social welfare higher. Professional fees higher. It’s not just public sector wages that are higher than EU average. 29 Report this Comment The asti have not joined the above, their recommendations were issued as a seperate union. Mute Iqbal Kharal Report this Comment Mute Adrian Bannon MEATHMan shot dead outside The Huntsman pub in Gormanston, county Meath 6y Report this Comment And this anti public sector sentiment displayed by some people here is exactly the reason why this country will never change. It’s all about me me me.” You better get paid shit wages so I can get ahead “, nevermind whether public servants actually have a point or not. There is always this attitude of fighting for your own lot and not caring about anything else that goes on. There is not a social bone in your bodies. I’m so sick and tired of the constant’you don’t deserve …because you work in the public sector’. If someone in the private sector were told by their boss that their contract was worth nothing and their entire working conditions had changed I would 100% support them and not turn around and tell them: “you deserve it, you were overpaid anyway!” that would never happen! Stop bickering like little children and accept it-this is a terrible deal and anyone in their right mind knows it. Favourite Ceara Butler 3 Caitriona Favourite Mark Neville Report as Defamatory Favourite Mark Neville Mute ada grollicks Report as Defamatory Report as Defamatory Tax payers !Public servants ARE taxpayers . Back off is right . What is your interest in this divide and conquer tactic you are going on with ? Shame on you . Where do you think people get the money from to live , feed themselves , pay for ESB, Gas ,coal? Report as Defamatory Sara Rose Fleming Report this Comment The public service isn’t driven by making an economic contribution or profits, it serves a completely different purpose, but then again try telling that to some of the policy makers or higher managers. The fire brigade may charge you for a chimney fire or a road accident but that’s not what they’re there for. Report as Defamatory Garrett Kelleher Install our app today to access these features Pierce2020 Install our app today to access these features Install our app today to access these features Mar 7th 2013, 7:58 PM Report as Defamatory Mar 7th 2013, 11:43 PM 7y Favourite Elisabeth Butler Install our app today to access these features Favourite Sara Rose Fleming Read next: See 22 more replies ▾ Install our app today to access these features Mar 7th 2013, 6:47 PM Hide Comment censored Mar 7th 2013, 6:36 PM Mar 7th 2013, 6:28 PM 6y 44 I am private sector and I hate to see our front line staff getting screwed over. They work awful hours, deal with tough situations, put themselves in danger. The least the gov can do is honour their contract s and the least we can do is support them I agree with you on that, all the more reason why frontline workers need to say no to this pathetic excuse of a deal. A lack of motivation to get rid of waste in the public service combined with frontliners being afraid to open their mouths because they just get abuse from the self righteous are the two main reasons why there hasn’t been uproar already. Public servants aren’t second class citizens and it’s time the divide between public and private disappeared. Direct your anger in the direction of Kildare st, not right next door! Mute Ceara Butler Install our app today to access these features Report as Defamatory Don’t forget the ASTI have joined these 4 other unions in the campaign for a NO vote! Report as Defamatory Report this Comment Favourite Elbbit Elbbit Hide Comment Hide Comment 26 Mute Paddy O Donnell 31 Favourite Elisabeth Butler Mute Keith Wizzy Tweet this Share on Facebook Email this article 7y Mar 7th 2013, 6:18 PM RATS ON A PLANE 10 7y by TaboolaFrom the web: Mute Pierce2020 6y Mar 7th 2013, 8:15 PM Favourite James Connolly ada grollicks Hide Comment Mute Pierce2020 Irish Civil Service is far more efficient than its European counterparts. Try buying property or registering a car on the Continent. Even with the paycuts and staff reductions they still provide value. Hide Comment Report as Defamatory Paddy O Donnell 4 Elbbit Favourite Elbbit Report as Defamatory Hide Comment Mute Pierce2020 Hide Comment Hide Comment 33 Mar 7th 2013, 7:43 PM Favourite Crazyhooch 12 Mute Pierce2020 Read Next:The 5 at 5: ThursdayTAKE 5 Mr Polar Bear, only economists that work for trade unions believe that 6y 6y Report this Comment 70% of public sector workers make less than the average industrial wage. Inflated? 35 6y Comments (130 Comments)Ordered By: PopularityLeave a comment Mar 7th 2013, 7:52 PM Install our app today to access these features Hide Comment Mar 7th 2013, 11:32 PM 7y @ PierceDo you have any employees? If so, do they make a net financial contribution to your business? Most employees, unless they’re on commission only or in sales, do not make net financial contributions through their wages and labour. Mar 7th 2013, 6:06 PM Compared to EU average yes they are very well compensated. 6y Favourite Elbbit Hide Comment Mute Elbbit A realist petal Imagine Having any of these 17 Gardens at Your HomeNimvo.com Report this Comment 7y Report as Defamatory Report this Comment Pierce2020 Hide Comment Average weekly wages are 30% greater in the public sector. Deflated? 2 Report this Comment Install our app today to access these features Hide Comment Favourite Mark Neville Hide Comment Mar 7th 2013, 8:03 PM Iqbal Kharal Short URL Mar 7th 2013, 6:34 PM Nov 7th 2013, 4:57 AM 6 NATIONS Install our app today to access these features Report as Defamatory Mar 7th 2013, 7:58 PM James Connolly Report this Comment Hide Comment Mar 7th 2013, 6:51 PM Mar 7th 2013, 6:12 PM Mute Elbbit Yeah… Because I take home my entire basic salary…. I wish! Report this Comment Report this Comment 9 Report this Comment The real idiocy here is PS workers insisting that they make a net financial contribution through taxation.There are other arguments you could make, but this one makes you look silly. Mute Eileen Gabbett 7y Report this Comment 6y Mar 7th 2013, 6:51 PM Then stop talking about the financial contributions you all make through taxation Off ye go lads..Tax payers cannot pay these inflated wages anymore. I bet these 4 Unions carry the higest number of back office wasters Mute Elbbit Report as Defamatory Mute Pierce2020 34 Report this Comment Report as Defamatory Ceara Butler 6y Submit Comment From BusinessEtc Mute Sara Rose Fleming Install our app today to access these features Eileen?I’m for getting value for money. Why should we overpay for our services? 5y Mar 7th 2013, 7:03 PM Favourite Mark Neville Install our app today to access these features Report this Comment Mar 7th 2013, 6:39 PM Pierce – what I could write for you would get me barred off TJ.I sincerely hope that if you ever have the misfortune to be landed in a bed before me that I give you the respect and dignity you deserve.Good day – I have to go and earn a pittance for to treat those in the private sector.Idiocy. Sheer idiocy. 7y Install our app today to access these features Mute Elbbit Mute James Connolly Mute The Polar Bear Hide Comment Report this Comment Report as Defamatory Install our app today to access these features Elbbit Install our app today to access these features Pre Test SpecialistPass your driving test first time Excellent pass rate + testimonials – www.getthenod.ie Favourite censored Favourite James Connolly 49 MAN U‘Does Roy Keane want to be noticed, or is he envious?’ – Paddy Crerand launches into Keano James Connolly Install our app today to access these features Add New Comment Hide Comment Favourite Pierce2020center_img Report as Defamatory Install our app today to access these features Mark Neville 65 Mar 7th 2013, 5:58 PM Install our app today to access these features 6y 6y 7 werejammin Hide Comment Paddy Jackson declared fit to start against France Mar 7th 2013, 6:07 PM Mar 7th 2013, 8:01 PM Install our app today to access these features Report this Comment 6 7y Hide Comment WORLD OF CELEBSThe Dredge: One Direction are mad for the Dublin Nandos 14 IT Jobs in IrelandAre you an IT Professional? Java .Net Oracle C#. Check out our jobs – www.Vantage.ie Install our app today to access these features Install our app today to access these features Favourite James Connolly The 70% stat Mute Sara Rose Fleming Report as Defamatory Sponsored Links 7y CAR SALES12 per cent fall in new car sales in February Install our app today to access these features 11 Install our app today to access these features Elisabeth Butler Report as Defamatory Adrian Bannon Mute James Connolly Mute Mark Neville Most PopularMost Commented 6y Hide Comment Favourite Pierce2020 I’m dubbing these 4 unions the “Caravan of Love”, because that’s what spotify decided play when I was reading the article. 89 Report as Defamatory Install our app today to access these features Report this Comment Pierce2020 Crazyhooch Mar 7th 2013, 6:01 PM P20 20 No . I will not be quiet .What do you stand for ? Or do you bend over for everything ? Sara Rose you aren’t paying the household tax so be quite.James, all valuable, if the guy doesn’t go to work then there is no money to pay any of the above. Report this Comment Sounds like war…the people are taking over.Talking to a fireman in supervalu last night who said that their wages are down 50% in 4 years and that the cutbacks are going to lead to deaths.He said they are ready to battle the government.Its a very strange to see people supporting the government Troika puppets against ordinary workers…James Connolly,Larkin,Lockout come to mind.We are in a unsustainable bank robbery.In Spain and Greece the people call it murder,not austerity…no matter what people think the money aint there so that means people must fight back against the state and EU…luckily we have trillions of oil and gas off the coast and lots of people who are not silent anymore.Join the revolt. Report this Comment 5 Report this Comment 6y Mute Elisabeth Butler Install our app today to access these features Mute werejammin 22 Report as Defamatory Favourite Paddy O Donnell Mark Neville PIC OF THE DAY That is what you think Elbbit .There is freedom of choice still or are we living in a dictatorship already ?What happened in your life to make you so callous ? Not enough hugs or too many slaps ? Mar 7th 2013, 6:12 PM Favourite Adrian Bannon Mar 7th 2013, 8:17 PM Favourite Pierce2020 Hide Comment Hide Comment Report as Defamatory About the author: Mar 7th 2013, 8:04 PM Logged in as Jen WadeYou are connected with your facebook account.Log out Pierce2020 James Connolly Pierce2020 Mute James Connolly 6y 6y Report as Defamatory 6y 7y Mar 8th 2013, 7:17 AM 13 Favourite ada grollicks Report this Comment 44 Look Weekly Extra: Online DatingLookTV Favourite Sara Rose Fleming 7y Favourite Pierce2020 Hide Comment Report this Comment 6y Hide Comment Favourite Iqbal Kharal Hide Comment Public service pay tax too. The private sector need to get behind this too, if the public sector has less money to spend then this means less money to spend in shops, businesses, services, do those complaining from the private sector realise that at all? Mute censored Install our app today to access these features Elbbit Mark Neville Install our app today to access these features 7y Paul Hide Comment Mute Crazyhooch Mute Garrett Kelleher Report this Comment 6y Hide Comment The 13 absolute best shop names in Ireland 38,820 Views Mar 7th 2013, 6:12 PM Report as Defamatory Plane damaged on Dublin Airport runway was carrying… rats and mice Install our app today to access these features 6 Install our app today to access these features the best services of http://seoskylimit.com website design and many more. go to website to get more information about it. Mute Mark Neville Favourite Elbbit Mar 7th 2013, 6:05 PM Report as Defamatory Hide Comment Report as Defamatory Favourite Pierce2020 Mar 7th 2013, 7:45 PM Report this Comment Favourite werejammin Report this Comment Report as Defamatory Hide Comment Install our app today to access these features Sara Rose Fleming Install our app today to access these features Favourite Elbbit Install our app today to access these features Old photographs OnlineThousands of Irish photographs at your fingertips. Browse for free! – www.nli.ie/photographs I’m self employed Mark so I am my own employer. Report as Defamatory Mark Neville Person crashes car on M50.Garda blocks lane to prevent further crashes.Fireman cuts person out of car.Paramedic takes person to hospital.Nurse cleans person up.Doctor treats person.Person in work following morning making contribution to society.It’s in the name – it’s a public SERVICE. See 1 more reply ▾ 6y PUNTASTICThe 13 absolute best shop names in Ireland WE’RE BACKIreland one of the top 20 most competitive holiday spots in world Report as Defamatory Install our app today to access these features 27 Report as Defamatory Report as Defamatory 15 Report this Comment Hide Comment Install our app today to access these features Mar 7th 2013, 11:36 PM Hide Comment The media machine of pitting public sector v private sector is alive and kicking. Time for a break perhaps? Hide Comment Report as Defamatory It doesnt really matter. The changes are going ahead. The PS does not have public support so any strikes would quickly fail Mute Mark Neville 47 Taylor SwiftWho What Wear Pierce2020 Report this Comment Download our app Favourite Pierce2020 7y Report this Comment Install our app today to access these features Favourite Garrett Kelleher 7y Elisabeth Butler 8y Mute Elisabeth Butler Report as Defamatory Report this Comment That was @ Pierce. Furthermore, the public service pay bill is not financed solely by PAYE contributions from the private sector. The government takes in taxes from other sources to fund the public and civil service. Your condescension towards public servants is unhelpful, unwarranted and unjustifiable. Report as Defamatory The Polar Bear 1 I think you’re wrong, many people-whatever job they have- aren’t of the same opinion as you. You never know, this might finally mobilise this country out of its inertia to stand up and take back some power! God knows, it’s long overdue! 17 6 NATIONSIreland v France: ‘We’ll take 3-0′ in Dublin says beleaguered French boss Report this Comment Install our app today to access these features Mar 7th 2013, 6:11 PM Install our app today to access these features Install our app today to access these features Hide Comment Most viewed articles in the past 24 hours 58 Favourite Pierce2020 Report this Comment Hide Comment Hide Comment Mute Elisabeth Butler Mute Pierce2020 Keith Wizzy DUBLIN AIRPORTPICS: Dublin Airport operating as normal after earlier runway incident Hide Comment Report as Defamatory Hide Comment 60 Mar 7th 2013, 6:20 PM Hide Comment 7y Mute Elbbit That statistic goes from the private sector too.. i work in th PS and im not afraid to say thst we have thousands of staff that are not productive and not needed. I showed a colleuge how to be more efficent in reporting last week. Taking it down to 20 mins instead of half a day. I was told that the job takes 3 hours and to back off. If we got rid of these folks, frontline productive and genuinely valued staff would be ok. I left my union as i they are only interest in keeping the weekly subs and nothing else Install our app today to access these features Report this Comment Report as Defamatory Can you tell me your net financial contribution to your employer? Favourite Eileen Gabbett 6y Can somebody tell me a job in the public sector, excluding semi state, that makes a net financial contribution? 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Unions dont want thst so everyone suffers to protect the useless paper clip minders, tea bag counters etc 7y REEL THINGVIDEO: Here’s a preview of ‘The Irish Road to Cheltenham’ Mute The Polar Bear Elisabeth Butler €10 Mortgage ProtectionMortgage Protection from €10 month. Compare 7 Companies. Instant Quote. -InsuranceJunction.ie/instant-quote PARSHIP – serious datingFind someone really right for you: PARSHIP – Sign up for free today! – www.PARSHIP.ie/Datinglast_img read more

It shouldnt just be for the elite Irishman Brennans work with Kiwi

first_img Nov 4th 2016, 8:33 PM http://the42.ie/3062412 Add us: the42.ie 17,199 Views By Murray Kinsella ‘It shouldn’t just be for the elite’ – Irishman Brennan’s work with Kiwi mental skills The Dublin native spent the last two and a half years working with the Hurricanes in Wellington. Updated at 21.45 Source: The42.ie/YouTubeThis post is part of The42′s Facing History series, supported by Cadbury Boost. To read more, click here.IF YOU EVER happen to see Beauden Barrett walking around the pitch in his bare feet before a game and wonder what he’s doing, it’s related to a mental skills technique called ‘grounding.’Barrett has worked on the technique with Irish mental skills coach Jason Brennan in recent years with the Hurricanes, who the Dublin native spent two and a half years working with from 2014 up to this year’s Super Rugby triumph.“When the human system is over-active, there’s loads of chemicals swashing around the mind and body – cortisone and stuff like that,” explains Brennan.“It means a person may not be thinking so clearly, so to help them cool their system down there are a number of techniques.”One of those is ‘grounding,’ where the player attempts to shift the energy away from their head, which needs to be clear and calm. The part of the body furthest away from one’s head is their feet, so Brennan encourages the players to send the energy there.Wiggle the toes, feel the feet, get sensation into the toes. Are they hot, cold, tingly?“All the energy they’re sending down is taking away from their head and the chemicals are cooling down,” says Brennan. “They’ve brought themselves back into a less agitated state, calmer, more relaxed. The Hurricanes won Super Rugby this year. Source: Andrew Cornaga/www.photosport.nz“Some of the players – especially those who do a lot of kicking – I invite them to walk around the pitch in their bare feet before a game, because they’re quite often out there for a long time before the game.“Get a feel for what the grass is like, so then when they want to cool down later on, they just remember the sensation of the grass on their feet, and quite quickly they’re a bit cooler, a bit more connected.”There’s very real science behind the technique, but it’s simple for a player to understand – something Brennan stresses as being key in his role as a mental skills coach.A Dundrum boy who later moved to Stepaside, Brennan initially studied philosophy, before earning his B.A. in psychoanalysis. He also has qualifications as a mental skills and leadership coach.Having moved to Wellington in 2000, he is part of the ThinkWell team, whose mission statement is “to help you personally or professionally achieve better results.”Brennan has worked with police, fire and ambulance services, helping them to perform under pressure. He has also done large amounts of work in the areas of stress and resilience with corporate business and executive teams.Sporting involvement has come with New Zealand’s national women’s cricket team, the White Ferns, as well as the Wellington football and netball teams.His first foray into rugby was in Auckland with the Blues, before he put in a call to his local Hurricanes in 2014 to see if they had any need for his services as a mental skills coach.Brennan – who has very recently relocated to Sweden, and can now regularly visit Ireland as a result – discovered that New Zealand rugby was completely open to the idea of improving the mental side of its game.So while the All Blacks have been doing their own mental skills work at a high level for years, Brennan points out that that is reflective of the entire New Zealand rugby system. His belief is that this is a key strength of New Zealand rugby. Former Hurricane Conrad Smith is a big advocate for mental skills.“In New Zealand rugby, they’ve got six pillars that represent their values. When I first started working in New Zealand rugby, that’s the first thing I checked out.“Those values are technical, tactical, physical and nutritional, but the other two were the ones I was most interested in. Mental skills as a value or pillar – equal with all the others – and the other is called holistic leadership, so I thought ‘fantastic.’”Brennan found that the Hurricanes players were largely hungry to work on the mental skills side of their game, with ex-All Black Conrad Smith being a particularly strong advocate.That said, mental skills work was never forced on any players who had reservations. One meeting with Brennan was the minimum requirement for each squad member, while he ran collective workshops in areas like resilience and stress, culture and values, grounding techniques, visualisation, and self talk.“A core component of mental skills is helping a player or person to become aware of their thoughts, so self-awareness,” says Brennan.He attempts to help players to become aware of their ‘performance-interfering thoughts’ and build a system whereby they are actively promoting ‘performance-enhancing thoughts.’“Performance-enhancing thoughts are fact-based,” says Brennan. “Maybe telling myself, ‘I’ve got a lot of experience in this,’ because I do.“‘I’ve trained for this, I’m ready.’ If I haven’t done the training or skipped training and I try and tell myself that, my mind will say it’s rubbish. If I’ve put in the hours and it comes to game day I can call on that and it will help me perform.“It’s not egotistical, because there’s been feedback from coaches that I’m good at this. It’s real and true. Those are performance-enhancing thoughts.”Again, an understandable and straight-forward delivery of something that has a whole lot of human science behind it. Brennan is currently in the process of writing a book on mental skills, which he expects will be ready within the next six months.The simplicity of delivery is a key focus for him in writing it.“The language is very important,” says the Dubliner. “I’ve found that a lot of sports psychology books, for example, are very academic. It’s good stuff if you like to read academic stuff about sports psychology.“For players it’s actually not that useful; it’s too much information and it’s not necessarily broken down into practical advice on what I need to do on the pitch – before I go out, or if I make a mistake.“My aim is always to make it as practical and simple as possible because that works. It is really important that the language is user-friendly, so you can get a technique like grounding and do it straight away and see the difference, see how it helps.”Brennan is of the belief that mental skills work is one of the most untapped avenues for improving sporting performance; indeed, for improving performance in any walk of life.The fact that the Hurricanes displayed real mental resilience and such an outstanding collective bond during Brennan’s time with them strongly suggests that there is real value in the work he carried out.Under head coach Chris Boyd, he helped to drive a consistent focus on implementing the cultural values the group had agreed upon at the start of each season. The presence of a mental skills coach ensured that sight of those values was never lost.One of the other duties Brennan carried out was in the field of ‘energy sharing’ – another concept that seems simple and important when he explains.“Rugby is an energy game, so having the team at the right level of energy for whatever the game is is so important. We’re energy creatures as humans, so we can share energy through communication.“Communicating effectively is really important because it helps morale. One of the things I’m really hot on when working with teams is communication and connecting between players.“When players or humans get a bit stressed, sometimes they can go quiet and that’s not so useful in the middle of a game when you want people chipping in with problem-solving or boosting morale. The Hurricanes shared their energy superbly in 2016. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHO“One of the things we did last season was to give ‘energy roles’ to people. Some players are very good at speaking up, but some of the players who are not so good at speaking up can show energy through their actions, their behaviour. They can bring intensity.“I had a set of players who were given the mental skills role of ‘energy sharing.’ Part of their role is to make sure they’re speaking up, checking on each other, communicating.“The ‘intensity-bringers,’ who are maybe not as good as speaking up, can contribute with big plays. These are some of the front rowers, maybe, who can do the big plays that change the energy of a game.”It’s something the Hurricanes players wholeheartedly embraced and looking back on their games in this light, it’s quite easy to pick out the players who carry out each of these roles.There is much more to the work Brennan does with sports teams, of course, but each of the techniques is presented in a similar manner, easily digestible for the players.The Irishman is passionate about the field of mental skills and believes rugby, sport, and life in general has a long way to go in terms of grasping the value of training in this area.“It shouldn’t just be held for the elite,” says Brennan. “This stuff works and the sooner you get it in place, the more it will help you to perform better as a person at whatever you want to do.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! 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Cookoff raises funds for Berry St kids

first_imgCooking a four-course meal for a full house of 115 people is challenging enough, but this week head chef Vasilios Donoudis invited four untrained chefs to help him out.And despite nearly running out of broccolini, the third annual event, at Church Street Enoteca in Richmond, raised a record $29 500 for local children’s welfare group, Berry Street.Celebrity chefs including Melbourne Victory Coach Archie Thompson, comedian Tom Gleisner, food critic John Lethlean and Berry Street CEO Sandie de Wolf served up a gourmet menu including calamari salad, braised veal and buttermilk panna cotta with blood orange jelly and sorbet.Head Chef Vasilios Donoudis said they were also joined by four young people from Berry Street, who were looking to get involved in hospitality. One 12 year-old girl who had been homeless had particularly impressed Donoudis with her work in the kitchen.“She was really, really into it, it was awesome,” he said.He said the other young woman helping out in the kitchen was 16 years old and three to four months pregnant.He said it was great that Berry Street got young people like these involved in the industry they wanted to work in.The kitchen was being filmed, with a live feed to a giant plasma in the dining area, so the celebrity chefs were on display.He said the Archie Thompson had been particularly nervous, wanting his wife to come into the kitchen with him.“She had to shake him off like a little kid,” he said.But at the end of the night all the chefs had a good time, nothing was sent back for being undercooked, and they raised $4 500 more than last year.“It was excellent,” Donoudis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Steven Gerrard delighted with Allan McGregors second spell at Rangers

first_imgRangers manager might not have personally identified McGregor prior to his emergence as manager but he is happy to have endorsed the deal as McGregor has saved the club severally over the past five months.The Rangers shot-stopper was brilliant on Thursday in the Club’s Europa League tie against Villarreal on a night when his defence was shaky. McGregor twice denied Villareal’s Karl Toko Ekambi in one-to-one situations to secure a vital point for Rangers.Gerrard was quoted on Daily Mail: ”I can’t believe we got Allan for free. I think it was a stroke of genius from Mark Allen,”‘You need to take age and everything into consideration now but if you could knock a decade off Allan, he would be worth a hell of a lot of money.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He could comfortably be part of most teams. To achieve in the biggest games in any league, you need a top goalie. That is the foundation you build on.””When I decided to take over, that’s an area I was keen to add to. Speaking to our recruitment team, when I knew McGregor was available and keen to come back – desperate to come back – it was a no-brainer for me.”On their upcoming fixtures, Gerrard continued:“When we came back from the international break, we saw this period right up to the Celtic game as a really tough period. But it is full of exciting games, games the players should enjoy and look forward to playing in.”‘The next two fixtures are big for us, six important points, but we need to focus on Hearts first. It would be nice to sit top after the weekend but we have to earn the right. You get nothing this early for it.”last_img read more