Inmates, deputy jailor hurt in brawl at Jaipur Central Jail

first_imgAfter an alleged brawl in the Jaipur Central Jail, the police have registered a first information report against seven inmates on charges of attacking the jail guards and a deputy jailor when they were inspecting a cell in a high-security ward of the prison on Saturday. The jail inmates include four accused in the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts case.The incident occurred after the accused, facing trial in the blasts case, wrote an application to the Special Judge seeking a direction to the jail administration to install a complaint box and ensure the visit of a judicial officer to their ward as per the guidelines of the jail manual. After the court issued notice to the jail authorities, the jail guards allegedly gave life threats to the accused.FIR registered In a brawl that followed, several prisoners were injured and deputy jailor Raj Mahendra reportedly fractured his finger. The inmates were taken to the jail dispensary for first aid. FIR against them has been registered under Sections 332 and 353 of IPC, dealing with the assault on public servants, at the Lal Kothi police station. While Director General (Prisons) N.R.K. Reddy said strict security measures had been taken to prevent the recurrence of violence on the jail premises, civil rights groups have demanded an inquiry into the incident and its background by a committee of independent observers as well as suspension of the jail officials who had allegedly threatened and beaten the inmates.last_img read more

CWG 2014: Navjot Chana, Sushila Likmabam assure India of medals

first_imgNavjot Chana defeated South Africa’s Daniel le Grange to seal his finals berth in the 60kg categoryIn what appears to be a incredible start by the Indian judokas in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Sushila Likmabam and Navjot Chana have stormed into the finals of the event.Likmabam pinned her Australian counterpart Chloe Rayner during the semifinals in the women’s 48kg category to assure India of its first medal in the CWG.On the other hand, Navjot Chana also assured a medal for India after he edged past South Africa’s Daniel le Grange to seal his finals berth in the 60kg category.The 30-year-old Chana, who is employed with Punjab Police, had defeated 23-year-old Tom Pappas of Australia in the quarterfinals. Chana had three shidos, minor violations, but managed two yukos to finish off in style.last_img read more

New Motorola Moto G review: Pure Android for less than Rs 15,000

first_imgMotorola launched the original Moto G in India in February this year. With its unbeatable price and performance ratio, it proved to be an instant hit. Flipkart, the only retailer authorised to sell Moto phones in India, had trouble keeping it in stock.And then the phone market changed. Newer devices like Asus ZenFone appeared. Xiaomi entered India in July with the Mi 3, which had a price similar to that of the Moto G. Result was that the Moto G lost some of its appeal.Motorola is now back with the new version of the Moto G. It is also called Moto G though the product box does specify that it is a 2nd gen device. To keep it simple, we will call it the Moto G (2nd gen).  The idea behind the Moto G (2nd gen) is to fix some of the shortcomings that the original one had. It is supposed to be faster, bigger and better Moto G. But is it enough to help Motorola win back some of the mojo it has lost to Xiaomi and Asus in the Indian market? We find it out.Look and feelIf you have seen the original Moto G, you will instantly recognise the new one as a classic Moto phone. The Moto G (2nd gen) shares the design and style with the original one. The big difference, literally, is the size. The Moto G (2nd gen) has a 5-inch screen compared to 4.5-inch in the original phone. But Motorola has been careful while putting the big screen in the device. The newer one is slimmer – to be precise by 0.6mm – and has much thinner bezels. The weight has gone up but by just 6 grams.The original Moto G had a very compact form factor. And even though the new one is bigger, we get the same feel with it when we hold it. The design, as we said, is the same, which is a good thing because ergonomically the rounded edges and gently curved back work really well. The Moto G (2nd gen) fits well in the hand. Even the single hand use is possible unless you have very small hands.advertisementThe build quality, we feel, has gone up compared to the original Moto G. The Moto G (2nd gen) has better finishing. The screen fits the plastic shell seamlessly, the metal buttons feel snug and the back cover, which can be popped out to access slots for SIM cards and SD cards (but not battery), fits the device impeccably. Overall, the device has been put together well. On the back cover, Motorola has used a rubber coating that makes it smooth to touch and impervious to oily fingerprints.Screen qualityAs we noted earlier, the Moto G (2nd gen) has a bigger screen. Although the 720P resolution remains the same in both the device, yet the pixel density has gone down in the newer version. But in day-to-day use, this is something that doesn’t make much difference. The text looks adequately sharp on the Moto G (2nd gen) screen.In terms of showing colours, the Moto G (2nd gen) screen is the best you can get in a phone that costs less than Rs 15,000. The colours look punchy and vibrant on it. There is no colour banding. The viewing angles too are good and if you move the phone or tilt your head while watching a movie on it, the colours don’t change all that much.Unfortunately, there is one thing that holds back the screen — level of brightness. For indoor use the brightness is adequate, especially if you turn off the auto brightness settings. But during outdoor use the lack of brightness makes the screen reflective. This makes it difficult to read something like a news article on the Moto G (2nd gen) when you are outside in sunlight.Overall, despite the brightness issues, we like the screen on the Moto G (2nd gen). It shows much better colours than what other phones in this price range can manage and that makes a big difference to the user experience.SoftwareLike other Moto phones, the Moto G (2nd gen) runs the stock version of Android. To be precise, it runs the Android 4.4.4, which is the latest and greatest version of Android.The user interface is completely stock, which is good because that is how we like our Moto phones. The stock Android looks good and has user interface elements that keep everything simple. There are no flashy animations here similar to what you get with user interface like MiUI found in Xiaomi phones. And there are no unwanted features, similar to what found in TouchWiz user interface that is a part of Samsung Galaxy phones.advertisementIn terms of software customisation, it has added a few apps created by Motorola. For example, Assist helps you while you go through your day by automatically muting your phone when you are in (or supposed to be in) a meeting. Alert can contact your family or friends in case you need assistance. Migrate can help you move data from your old phone to the Moto G (2nd gen).CameraOther than the screen, camera is another component in the Moto G (2nd gen) that has been given a significant update compared to the original Moto G phone. At least on paper. The rear camera now shoots images in 8-megapixel, though the video recording is still limited to 720P.Seeing in the context of current standards, the camera performance is average. The Moto G (2nd gen) shoots images that have good and punchy colours but the details are missing. Even bigger problem is the presence of noise. Even images shot in good light show some noise. Images taken in low lights, not surprisingly, has a lot of noise or grain.The videos are shot at 720P. They have good enough resolution and clarity to be used on social media sites but the issues that affect images – lack of details, noise – affect the videos too.That said, see it in the context. The Moto G (2nd gen) has a rear camera that matches the camera performance of 2013 phones like the Galaxy Grand 2 that would cost over Rs 20,000. So it can definitely capture images that you will love to share on websites like Facebook. But we are no longer in 2013. We are in the middle of 2014 and Xolo 8X-1000, which costs around Rs 1,000 more than the Moto G (2nd gen), has much better camera performance.The 2-megapixel front camera is good for video chats and occasional selfies.Talking of camera performance, it is time we say some words about the camera app in the Moto G (2nd gen). Unlike most other camera apps, in this app you click photos not by tapping an onscreen shutter button but by tapping anywhere on the camera screen. Now if that is how you click photos, how do you change the focus point? That is done by gently holding the square around the focus point and dragging it to the new focus point. But it is a hit and miss. Half of the time when we tried moving the square, we ended up clicking the out-of-focus picture.The only good bit about this whole ‘square method’ is that once you change the focus point, the camera app also changes the metering depending on the light at the new focus point. This gives you more usable images, that is if you can successfully change the focus point in the first place.Hardware and performanceThe Moto G (2nd gen) has exactly the same core hardware that was inside the original Moto G phone. This means it uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz and 1GB RAM. The graphics chip is Adreno 305.advertisementIn India, only the 16GB version of the Moto G is available. Unlike the previous version, this time Motorola has given users freedom to expand their memory by adding an external microSD card slot to add up to 32GB memory.The similar hardware means it clocks similar scores in benchmarks. In GFXBench, a benchmark by Kishonti that measures graphics performance, the Moto G (2nd gen) scores 319 points in T-Rex (offscreen) compared to 323 points that the original one gets. In Basemark OS, the score is 503 points compared to 508 scored by the original Moto G.The performance too is almost the same, though due to some more software optimisation, the Moto G (2nd gen) feels just a little bit faster than the Moto G.In day-to-day use, the Moto G (2nd gen) feels like a capable phone, which won’t slow you down. It is snappy and as you use it, there is no lag. Apps open in seconds, web browsing is smooth and GPS locks fast and maintains the lock while a user navigates to his or her destination. The phone can play 1080P movies in most of the common formats, including MP4.When it comes to gaming, the Moto G (2nd gen) handles casual games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds with ease. The more demanding games like Dead Trigger, however, have to be run at reduced graphics settings.The Moto G (2nd gen) also sports stereo speakers compared to the single speaker on the original Moto G. These speakers sound full although they are not very loud. But if you are not in a noisy room, they would do the job if you want to watch a Youtube video. When used with a headphone, the Moto G (2nd gen) delivers impressively rich and clean audio output considering its low price.The quality of sound during calls is very good. The voice sounds full and distortion free. The signal performance too is impressive and we did not see dropped calls while using the device.Battery life is above average but not as good as the battery life of the original Moto G. When used with 3G, the Moto G (2nd gen) lasts around 14 hours with medium to heavy use. If you don’t have too many emails and social media accounts connected to the phone, you will get even better battery life.   Should you buy it?Yes, absolutely. That is if you are looking to buy a smartphone with a budget of less than Rs 15,000. We know the Xiaomi Mi 3 is a better phone than the new Moto G. But that is no longer available.Among the phones that are available in the Indian market, the Moto G (2nd gen) is a safe and reliable bet if you are looking to spend less than Rs 15,000 on your new phone. It doesn’t have a flashy design or a gazillion features. It uses hardware that is rather old now. But overall it still offers an Android experience that is smooth and polished. And experience is what matters.Look and Feel – 7.5/10Screen – 7.5/10Camera – 7/10Software 8/10Hardware – 7/10Battery – 7/10Call quality – 8/10Value – 8/10IndiaToday.in rating – 8/10last_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Day 4 results: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance forward for the next…

first_imgAdvertisement MEN’S RESULTS(2)R. Nadal d. M.KukushkinG. Pella d. (3) M. Cilic(5) J. del Potro d. F. Lopez(8) K. Anderson d. A. Seppi(12) N. Djokovic d. H. ZeballosJ. Vesely d. (14) D. Schwartzman(15) N. Kyrgios d. R. Haase(19) F. Fognini d. S. Bolelli(21) K. Edmund d. B. Klahn(24) K. Nishikori d. B. TomicB. Paire d. (26) D. ShapovalovE. Gulbis d. (27) D. Dzumhur(28) P. Kohlschreiber d. G. Muller(31) S. Tsitsipas d. J. DonaldsonF. Tiafoe d. J. BenneteauG. Simon d. M. BerrettiniT. Fabbiano d. Stan WawrinkaA. de Minaur d. P-H. HerbertM. Ebden d. Stephane RobertK. Khachanov d. M. BaghdatisWOMEN’S RESULTS(1) S. Halep d. Z. SaisaiAV. Uytvanck d. (3) G. Muguruza(11) A. Kerber d. C. Lue(12) J. Ostapenko d. K. Flipkins(14) D. Kasatkina d. Y. Putintseva(15) E. Mertens d. S. Vickery(17) A. Barty d. E. Bouchard(18) N. Osaka d. K. BoulterD. Sibultkova d. (22) J . Konta(23) B. Strykova d. L. Tsurenko(26) D. Gavrilova d. S. Stosur(27) CS. Navarro d. SS. Tormo(28) A. Kontaveit d. J. BradyK. Siniakova d. O. JabeurH. Su-wei d. L. ArruebarrenaB.  Bencic d. A. RiskeV. Diatchenko d. S. KeninA. Sasnovich d. T. TownsendRead Also:-Wimbledon 2018: Day 3 results: Roger Federer increases his Wimbledon winning streak to 26FIFA World Cup 2018: Previewing the Quarterfinal match-ups and beyond (Part 1) AdvertisementRafael Nadal and Simona Halep had a good day at Wimbledon 2018 when they decimated their opponents to move in the next round.Last year’s French Open winner, Simona Halep beat opponent Zheng Saisai with two swift sets of 7-5 and 6-0.center_img Into the men’s matches, Mikhail Kukushkin lost to Rafael Nadal with five break points in a match.last_img read more

Hooda, Saurabh take 5 wickets each as India Blue thrash India Red to win Duleep Trophy

first_imgDeepak Hooda produced match-winning performace with the ball, picking up seven wickets – including a five-wicket haul as India Blue thrashed defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs to win the Duleep Trophy at NPR College ground in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu on Friday.Deepak picked up 5 wickets for 56 runs and Saurabh Kumar picked up the rest (5/51) as India Blue needed just 10.5 overs on the fourth day to bundle out India Red for 172 in the second innings.Overnight not-out batsmen Ishan Kishan and Writtick Chatterjee fell in the space of 10 runs to left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar and Hooda respectively.India Blue are Duleep Trophy champions, 2018 as they win by an innings and 187 runs. Congratulations to India Blue! pic.twitter.com/zb94I8BtlOBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) September 7, 2018The talented, young Kishan could only add five runs to his score of 25, while Chatterjee moved from 13 to 15 before being caught by Ricky Bhui off Hooda.Off-spinner Hooda picked up the wickets of M Prasidh (7) and Ishan Porel (6) to finish things off for India Blue.Earlier, Saurabh had Mihir Hirwani (5) caught behind by Smit Patel.Left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh, who took 5 for 58 in India Red’s first innings, bowled only three overs and went wicketless in the second.Swapnil had a pretty good match as he scored 69 in India Blue’s only innings apart from the five-wicket haul.Himachal Pradesh batsman Nikhil Gangta was named man of the match for his superb knock of 130.Brief scores: India Blue 541 all out in 167.3 overs (N R Gangta 136, Anmolpreet Singh 96, Swapnil Singh 69, Parvez Rasool 4 for 150, Mihir Hirwani 3 for 190) beat India Red 182 all out in 69.1 overs (B Sandeep 57, Swapnil Singh 5 for 58) and 172 all out in 38.5 overs (Abhinav Mukund 46, Saurabh Kumar 5 for 51, Deepak Hooda 5 for 56) by an innings and 187 runs.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

22 days agoCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg win

first_imgCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg winby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch has questioned Liverpool’s nerves after Wednesday’s 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The European champions blew a three-goal lead at Anfield when Erling Braud Haaland equalised for the visitors.And Crouch says the performance was “absolutely mental” from his former side.”It was mental, absolutely mental,” Crouch said on BT Sport.”Liverpool were flying, playing some of the best attacking football I have seen from them this season. And then the second half, I don’t even know where to begin. 3-3, I just couldn’t have seen it, and then Salah pops up with the winner.”An incredible match, highly entertaining, but for the wrong reasons for Liverpool in the end. They got a bit nervy Liverpool, you have to say.”Once the first goal went in, then the second, Fabinho, whose normally so calm on the ball, was passing it out of play, they weren’t as intricate as they were in the first half.”So it definitely affected them but the fourth goal killed them off and then they controlled the game and managed it out.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

This Insane Hypervolt Massager Will Rattle Your Brain and Relax Your Muscles

first_img Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Editors’ Recommendations The Hypervolt massager is a cordless, hand-held massaging gun that feels as powerful as an industrial-strength jackhammer. Basically, it will unknot your tight muscles and then some.This “first-ever high intensity vibrating roller” made by Hyperice was created with the goal of allowing a cutting-edge portable massager device to be available for recreational athletes, not just Olympic studs.However, the intense power of the Hypervolt makes one wonder if the device really should be left to the pros.A high-torque motor powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery is set to three changeable speed settings, which might as well be labeled insane, mega-insane, and mind-altering. Whether using the Hypervolt on yourself or someone else, the power will make your arms, muscles, teeth, and brain vibrate … sometimes to the point of lethargy. In fact, the massager packs so much buzz, it’s not recommended for those with epilepsy, migraines, recent surgeries, herniated disks, or those wearing a pace-maker.So, yeah, this is a legitimate piece of massaging tech. Hyperice recommends it for professionals in the health and wellness space, including “personal trainers, massage therapists, and sports performance professionals who are constantly on the go,” but also say wellness-minded consumers can grab this Terminator gun and use it. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows center_img How to Support the Teachers in Your Life How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type The weight of the Hypervolt (2.5 pounds, according to Hyperice) feels quite heavy and is comparable to holding an electric drill. Four interchangeable heads are provided, depending on the place you’re massaging and the type of focused pressure you like.Yes, the Hypervolt does look and feel a bit like a torture device, but you’ll get that “good pain” associated with deep tissue massage and foam rolling.“We have acquired substantial knowledge relative to vibration technology. We put all of that knowledge into the development of the Hypervolt,” says Hyperice Founder Anthony Katz. “Recovery and mobility tools are no longer used only by athletes, they have become essential for everyone from fitness enthusiasts to personal trainers and physical therapists. This was top of mind when developing this new product.”Hypervolt is even used by athletic stars like Olympic Track and Field athlete Charles Jock, CrossFit Games competitor Dave Castro, and LeBron James, who spends roughly seven figures on body care per year.Hypervolt is a fraction of that price at $350, but still a substantial chunk of cash. Using the Hypervolt can increase your range of motion, relieve stiff, painful, and sore muscles, increase circulation, and allows you to massage yourself — not an easy feat when you’re looking for intense pressure.Then again, are you really training as hard as LeBron James or just whining as much?last_img read more

NCL Honors Avoya Travel as 2018 Online Partner of the Year

first_imgAvoya Recognized for Superior Sales and Innovative Consumer Travel Planning ExperienceView Avoya Travel’s Host Agency Profile Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – January 16, 2019– Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel brands, has been honored with Norwegian Cruise Line’s esteemed 2018 Online Partner of the Year award. The award acknowledges Avoya’s top sales achievements and its innovative customer experience that combines cutting-edge website technology and online search with the personalized service of expert travel professionals in the Avoya Network™. This is the sixth time Norwegian Cruise Linehas named Avoya a Partner of the Year and the second time Avoya has received the Online Partner of the Year honor. The Online Partner of the Year award is one of the top travel partner distinctions given by Norwegian Cruise Line. It recognizes Avoya’s superior ability to generate customer demand for Norwegian Cruise Line through its leading marketing, technology, and Live Leads™ program that uses proprietary patented technology to successfully connect new customers with travel experts in the Avoya Network. In 2018, Avoya launched enhancements to its partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line that successfully created even more cruise bookings for Norwegian Cruise Line. Implementing new personalized, data-driven marketing campaigns; partnering on greater exclusive amenities; and promoting personalized interaction between Avoya Network members and Norwegian Cruise Line created stronger synergies. Ultimately, this helped Avoya deliver even better customer experiences and higher value to Norwegian Cruise Line guests. Avoya continues to leverage Norwegian Cruise Line’s strong brand and strengthen its partnership by supporting the company’s new collection of products. Avoya looks forward to introducing travelers to the highly anticipated Norwegian Encore in Miami and the newly refurbished Norwegian Joy that will join the popular Norwegian Bliss in offering more cruise vacations in Alaska. “Norwegian Cruise Line is pleased to recognize Avoya Travel and the elite Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network with our Online Partner of the Year award. Avoya Travel is truly best-in-class with their lead generation strategy and online innovation, technology and data intelligence,” said Camille Olivere, Senior Vice President, Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are delighted with the continued success of our partnership with Avoya Travel and look forward to strategically growing our businesses together while delivering extraordinary cruise experiences to our mutual guests.” Avoya and Norwegian Cruise Line both celebrated outstanding sales in 2018. When commending their travel Partners of the Year, Olivere credited the instrumental role Avoya had in contributing to Norwegian Cruise Line’s record year and continued success. “Avoya Travel is honored to earn Norwegian Cruise Line’s Online Partner of the Year and be acknowledged once again for providing the best vacation planning service and value to travelers,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President, Avoya Travel. “We are excited for the future of our partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line and look forward to sharing their new itineraries and ships with more travelers than ever before in 2019 and beyond.” Travel professionals who want to learn more about Avoya and joining the award-winning Avoya Network can visit: www.JoinAvoya.com.  About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and one of their largest sellers of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises, and more. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visitwww.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.last_img read more

15,106 New Taxpayers Registered from April to December 2017

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Shaw pointed out that he commissioned the new Tax Reform Working Group, comprising representatives from major private-sector organisations and key Ministries, with the mandate to review and recommend tax policy reforms for both Customs and Tax Administration Jamaica, with a particular focus on tax compliance. The Minister was opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, today (March 8), under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that 15,106 new taxpayers were registered during the period April to December 2017, due to a compliance drive conducted by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that 15,106 new taxpayers were registered during the period April to December 2017, due to a compliance drive conducted by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).Mr. Shaw said the Tax Reform Working Group, which began under his leadership, should be praised for this number of new registered taxpayers.The Minister was opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, today (March 8), under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.Mr. Shaw pointed out that he commissioned the new Tax Reform Working Group, comprising representatives from major private-sector organisations and key Ministries, with the mandate to review and recommend tax policy reforms for both Customs and Tax Administration Jamaica, with a particular focus on tax compliance.He said that for the new fiscal year, the TAJ will be focusing on assisting persons who are unable to pay their taxes on time.“We are also aware of the difficulties and bureaucracy associated with paying taxes. As such, Tax Administration Jamaica has developed flexitime with staff to implement a policy of opening the most heavily trafficked offices earlier. In addition, the TAJ is in advanced stages of introducing an automated queuing system in its offices that will involve tracking of service demand and provide real-time information to allow for improved queue management,” Mr. Shaw said.He added that some other initiatives will include introducing an online banking option to make payments, integrating the National Identification System (NIDS) into the TAJ when it comes on stream, and producing interest withholding tax certificates online to facilitate easier refunds processing for pension contributions.“We also plan to implement scanners with advanced technology in Customs at our various ports of entry to reduce revenue leakage and also to increase the protection of our borders,” he said.The Minister told the House that tax arrears now stand at approximately $234 billion, inclusive of interest and penalties. Property tax arrears are also estimated at almost $14 billion.last_img read more

Actions Completed East Coast Forensic Report

first_img A complete list of the actions can be found at http://novascotia.ca/just/review_ECFH.asp. requiring community access decisions to consider all risks suspending community access leave until a review is conducted after patient did not return on time improving documentation, transparency and accountability for community access decisions providing an onsite smoking area to end unescorted offsite leaves to smoke requiring increased reporting on absent-without-leave incidents creating an oversight committee to review decisions about community access before they are granted The province and Capital District Health Authority have completed 17 of 18 actions to protect public safety and strengthen patient rehabilitation at the East Coast Forensic Hospital. A year ago, the province released the action items in response to a joint review led by the deputy ministers of Health and Wellness and Justice and the CEO of the health authority after the tragic death of Raymond Taavel. The response was based on advice of two independent forensic reviewers who looked at whether procedures and practices for community access were adequate, if patient supervision was sufficient, and whether public notification could be improved. Health and Wellness deputy minister Kevin McNamara reported to partners Wednesday, Sept. 18, that all 15 actions for the Capital District Health Authority and two of the three for the Department of Justice were implemented. The remaining recommendation is to be completed within weeks. “Nova Scotians should be reassured that there are stronger and more accountable processes in place as a result of the work done over the past year,” Mr. McNamara said. “Over the last year we’ve worked hard with our partners in the health care system to do what we can to prevent such a tragic incident from occurring again. “There was a collective will to improve any areas that our reviewers found could be strengthened. These changes will further strengthen patient rehabilitation and better protect public safety.” Justice deputy minister Judith Ferguson said the department has worked hard to improve the system. “This work has made the system stronger and better for patients,” she said. “The final recommendation for the Criminal Code Review Board to have written procedures is almost complete and will be implemented within one month.” Some of the 18 actions include:last_img read more

Yuille v the Nova Scotia Health Authority Board of Inquiry Decision

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that the Nova Scotia Health Authority discriminated against Melanie Yuille when it revoked her conditional job offer to work as a registered nurse at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Ms. Yuille was unable work night shifts and change her shift rotation every few days for medical reasons. Under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, it is illegal to discriminate against people based on their disability. Employers must try to reasonably accommodate the disabilities of new and existing staff in the workplace provided that it does not create a significant hardship on the employer’s operations. Based on the facts of the case, it was determined that reasonably accommodating Ms. Yuille’s disability would not be a hardship for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. It had provided accommodation for the disabilities of existing employees, but not for new hires. Shift scheduling is common in many clinical nursing units and the board ruled that the authority’s discrimination was not intentional. The board chair ordered that the authority hire Ms. Yuille and that both parties continue to ensure there is reasonable accommodation for her disability that does not pose any hardship to the organization. Ms. Yuille made her complaint in May 2015 and board of inquiry chair Eric Slone issued his decision on March 17, 2017. To read the full decision, please visit: humanrights.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

BJP pulls ahead of TMC in 4 out of 8 bypoll seats

first_imgKolkata: As the results of the polls came out on Thursday, BJP pulled ahead of Trinamool Congress in four out of eight seats in the by-elections, followed by the ruling party in three seats.The seats fell vacant after six MLAs from Bhatpara, Habibpur (ST), Darjeeling, Kandi, Nawada and Islampur seats resigned and contested in the Lok Sabha election, while in two seats the MLAs HA Safwi and Satyajit Biswas died. Madan Mitra of Trinamool Congress was defeated by Pawan Singh of BJP in Bhatpara Assembly. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh joined BJP and contested in the Lok Sabha election. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMitra was a minister in the Mamata Banerjee cabinet in 2011. He resigned following his involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. He subsequently contested from the Kamarhati seat in the 2016 Assembly poll and was defeated. There was violence on May 19, the day of by-polls. Mitra could not enter several areas and his car was attacked. He is currently trailing behind his BJP opponent by over 10,000 votes. In the Darjeeling seat, Niraj Tamang Zimba of BJP is leading ahead of his TrInamool Congress-backed Independent candidate Binay Tamang, chairman of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBJP is also leading in the Krishnagunj seat. The seat fell vacant after sitting MLA Satyajit Biswas was murdered in February. BJP candidate Ashish Kumar Biswas is leading by over 9,000 votes in the seat. Abdul Karim Chowdhury of Trinamool Congress is leading by over 16,558 votes in Islampur. The seat fell vacant after Trinamool Congress MLA Kanaialal Agarwal resigned and contested from the Raigunj Lok Sabha seat. Idris Ali, the former Trinamool MP from Basirhat who contested from the Uluberia (East) seat, is leading by over 16,778 votes. In Nawada, Trinamool Congress candidate Salima Mumtaz Begum is leading. The seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Abu Taher Khan joined Trinamool Congress and contested from the Murshidabad seat. In Kandi, Congress is leading by a margin of over 5,000 votes. Till Thursday evening, BJP was seen leading in four seats, with Trinamool Congress in three and Congress in one.last_img read more

Gas pipeline explosion in Kentucky contained people missing

first_imgJUNCTION CITY, Ky. –  Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam said the fires are out from a gas line explosion early Thursday that killed a person and sent five others to a hospital.He says six structures were impacted and some destroyed altogether by the flames. The fire reached about 300 feet in the air and could be seen throughout Lincoln County.Gilliam said he doesn’t believe there are any critical injuries among those hospitalized.Crews are still looking for five to seven people and are asking anyone who lives in the area and hasn’t been accounted for to check in at New Hope Baptist Church in Stanford, which is set up as a shelter.Meanwhile, Enbridge, the company who owns the pipeline released a statement on the situation.“Our teams are coordinating with first responders to secure the site. We have isolated the affected line and are working closely with emergency responders to manage the situation. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”. @Enbridge has released a statement after a fatal explosion in Kentucky. One person died in the explosion, while 5-7 are unaccounted for @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/q8ePGVMily— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) August 1, 2019The gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday, causing a massive explosion that also destroyed railroad tracks and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said.The explosion was so huge that it showed up on radar, according to a tweet from WKYT-TV meteorologist Chris Bailey.Massive explosion and fire across northern Lincoln County. You can actually see this happen on radar. Wow! #kywx @WKYT pic.twitter.com/2Qtg5Rixfk— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) August 1, 2019County Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam said the flames reached about 300 feet in the air and could be seen throughout Lincoln County.Residents of Indian Camp trailer park in the Moreland community were evacuated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Stanford.Gilliam urged people gathering for a multi state yard sale to stay away as tanker trucks work to put out fires.@Kentuckyweather my back yard, Moreland KY pic.twitter.com/zHaCRlRTs9— Sofia Nunez (@snunez1234) August 1, 2019 The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pembina Pipeline Corporation approves phase eight of Peace Pipeline Expansion

first_imgThe Corporation is anticipating phase eight to be placed into service in stages starting in 2020 through the first half of 2022, subject to regulatory and environmental approvals.President and CEO of Pembina, Mick Dilger, says the system expansion will allow Pembina to deliver timely and reliable transportation service solutions for their customers, adding that they are pursuing development with a long-term outlook.“Our strategic footprint continues to provide opportunities to complete staged expansions, enabling us to deliver timely and reliable transportation service solutions for our customers. Our customers continue to recognize the favourable economics in the Deep Basin and Montney areas and like us are pursuing development with a long-term outlook.  Further, they appreciate the new markets we are developing such as the Prince Rupert Export Terminal and the proposed PDH/PP facility.”Phase eight will include new 10 and 16-inch pipelines in the Gordondale to La Glace corridor of Alberta, as well as six new pump stations or terminal upgrades located between Gordondale and Fox Creek, Alberta. Phase VIII will enable segregated pipeline service for ethane-plus and propane-plus NGL mix from the central Montney area at Gordondale, Alberta, into the Edmonton area for market delivery.It is expected that the majority of the $500 million capital spending will occur in 2020 and 2021.Pembina says this expansion advances their ultimate vision of having segregated liquids transportation service for ethane-plus, propane-plus, crude and condensate across at least four pipelines between Gordondale, Alberta and the Edmonton area. As well as achieving fully their powered-up market delivery capacity of 1.3 million barrels per day across the Peace and Northern Pipelines, which could be fully realized with a phase nine expansion, currently being engineered. CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation has announced that it has approved an additional expansion of its Peace Pipeline system.Pembina says this system will accommodate incremental customer demand in the Montney area by debottlenecking constraints, accessing downstream capacity, and further enhancing product segregation on the system.According to Pembina, phase eight of the system has an estimated capital cost of approximately $500 million and is supported by 10-year contracts with significant take-or-pay provisions.last_img read more

Security Council to send more UN troops to Côte dIvoire ahead of

In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member body took note of the certification on 24 September of the final voters list of 5.7 million that was agreed on by the parties.“The members of the Security Council urge the Ivorian stakeholders to meet their commitments to organise the first round of the elections on 31 October,” he stated. “They further stressed the need for the parties to ensure calm prior to, during and after the vote.”The UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire, known as UNOCI, has been providing logistical and technical assistance for the preparations for the presidential polls, which were supposed to have been held as far back as 2005 in the West African nation, which became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.However, the elections have been repeatedly postponed, most recently from March. In response to a recommendation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Council agreed to deploy up to 500 additional uniformed personnel to UNOCI for no more than six months to reinforce the mission’s capacity to contribute to the security arrangements before, during and after the elections.Established in 2004, UNOCI is tasked with facilitating aspects of the peace process, including those related to elections, disarmament and the reunification of the country.Today’s statement followed a closed-door briefing to the Council by Y. J. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and head of UNOCI, who told reporters that he did not think violence would be an issue since all the candidates are “committed to democratic principles.“I am confident that the 31 October first round will take place peacefully,” he stated.Under the country’s electoral law, a second round of voting could take place on 28 November if there is no clear winner in the first round. 28 September 2010The Security Council today urged parties in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the holding of the country’s long-delayed presidential polls next month, and agreed to deploy up to 500 additional United Nations troops to assist with security during the election period. read more

UN and diplomatic partners urge Security Council to unfreeze Libyan assets

“We have decided to start a process to unfreeze the frozen Libyan assets in an expedited manner,” members of the Libya Contact Group said in their final communiqué after a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. “In that regard, participants urged the UN Security Council to pass the resolution currently under discussion,” they said.The Contact Group urged Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi and his “inner circle” to turn themselves in immediately to face justice to prevent further bloodshed and destruction of property. Media reports indicate that forces supporting the National Transitional Council (NTC) have taken control of most of the country.Members of the Group – the UN, European Union, NATO, the League of Arab States, Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Gulf Cooperation Council, and, by invitation, the African Union – declared that the NTC was, currently, the sole representative of the Libya people.“While expressing satisfaction for the ever ever-widening international recognition of the NTC, they underlined the need to empower the NTC with the legal, political and financial means necessary to form an interim government of Libya,” members of the Group said in their communiqué.They stressed that the reconciliation process in Libya should be based on the principles of inclusiveness and avoidance of retribution and vengeance and welcomed NTC’s commitment “to “win hearts and minds of the entire Libyan people and respect for human rights.”The group also agreed that the UN should lead all international efforts aimed at helping Libya in the post-conflict period.Earlier, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on post-conflict planning for Libya, Ian Martin, told the Group that delivery of humanitarian assistance, especially medical aid, is the most urgent priority, adding that the world body and its partners are finalizing a 30-day assistance plan.He said the that UN humanitarian agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners were striving to ensure quick delivery of medical assistance to the wounded and other vulnerable groups, as well as food aid and water to those in need.He also pointed out that the NTC had shown commitment to moving quickly towards democratic legitimacy through the drafting of a constitution and early elections.“We stand ready to bring the extensive experience of the United Nations has developed from so many post-conflict contexts to the unique challenge of a country which lacks living memory of an election, let alone electoral institutions and political parties,” said Mr. Martin.He stressed that any UN role would be in support of national efforts. “The purpose of initial deployment [of UN support] would be to engage with the Libyan authorities and actors regarding their needs and wishes, in order to design longer-term support where requested,” said Mr. Martin.He stressed the need for effective coordination of international assistance for Libya, in response to a common understanding of the country’s priorities.“The international community will do hard-pressed transitional authorities no favour if it presents itself in Tripoli as multiple interlocutors or assessment missions demanding their scarce time, or seeks their participation in multiple forums outside Libya, when their own country demands their leadership,” said Mr. Martin.He pointed out that the UN, the World Bank and European Union have an agreed process for tripartite post-conflict assessment and will be discussing with the NTC when and how the that process can best be applied in Libya.Meanwhile, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, urged the people of Libya, as well as international art and antiquities traders, to protect the country’s cultural heritage, warning that invaluable cultural property could be damaged or stolen in times of social upheaval.She stressed that the looting, theft and illicit trafficking of cultural property would contravene UNESCO’s Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.“The heritage of a nation is essential to the ability of its citizens to preserve their identity and self-esteem, to profit from their diversity and their history and build themselves a better future,” said Ms. Bokova.She warned that buying stolen artefacts or their fragments encouraged the looting of cultural property. “It is therefore crucial that the international antiquities market be particularly wary of objects from Libya in the present circumstances.”She offered UNESCO’s assistance in assessing reports of damage to some of Libya’s five World Heritage sites, adding that the agency would also prepare plans to safeguard the sites.The five heritage sites in Libya are the Archaeological Site of Cyrene; Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna; Archaeological Site of Sabratha; Old Town of Ghadamès; and the Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus. 25 August 2011The United Nations and its diplomatic partners seeking a resolution to the Libyan crisis today urged the Security Council to release assets frozen under United Nations sanctions to the country’s transitional authorities to help them set up a government in the North African nation. read more

Huge cyberattack ebbs as investigators work to find culprits

People walk in front of the headquarters building of Hitachi Ltd., center, in Tokyo, Monday, May 15, 2017. The global “ransomware” cyberattack hit computers at 600 locations in Japan, but appeared to cause no major problems as Japanese started their workday Monday even as the attack caused chaos elsewhere. Hitachi spokeswoman said emails were slow or not getting delivered, and files could not be opened. The company believes the problems are related to the ransomware attack, although no ransom appears to have been demanded so far. They were installing software to fix the problems. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Huge cyberattack ebbs as investigators work to find culprits NEW YORK, N.Y. – The global cyberattack that took computer files hostage appeared to slow on Monday as authorities worked to catch the extortionists behind it — a difficult task that involves searching for digital clues and following the money.Among their findings so far: The first suggestions of a possible link between the “ransomware” known as WannaCry and hackers linked to North Korea. Those findings remain quite tentative; one firm advancing them described them as intriguing but still “weak.”Experts had warned that WannaCry might wreak renewed havoc on Monday, particularly in Asia, which was closed for business on Friday when the malware scrambled data at hospitals, factories, government agencies, banks and other businesses.But while there were thousands of additional infections there, the expected second-wave outbreak largely failed to materialize, in part because security researchers had already defanged it .Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for the Finnish security company F-Secure, said the perpetrators of WannaCry made one crucial mistake.“The malware became too successful,” Hypponen said. “When you are a cybercriminal gang and your mission is to make money, you don’t want to infect 200,000 work stations. You don’t want to end up on the covers of magazines. There will be no shortage of investigation.”ABOUT THAT NORTH KOREA LINKWannaCry paralyzed computers running mostly older versions of Microsoft Windows in some 150 countries. It encrypted users’ computer files and displayed a message demanding $300 to $600 worth of the digital currency bitcoin to release them; failure to pay would leave the data scrambled and likely beyond repair .The Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab said Monday that portions of the WannaCry program use the same code as malware previously distributed by the Lazarus Group, a hacker collective behind the 2014 Sony hack blamed on North Korea.But it’s possible the code was simply copied from the Lazarus malware without any other direct connection. Kaspersky said “further research can be crucial to connecting the dots.”Another security company, Symantec, has also found similarities between WannaCry and Lazarus tools, and said it’s “continuing to investigate for stronger connections.”FOLLOW THE MONEYResearchers might find some additional clues in the bitcoin accounts accepting the ransom payments. There have been three accounts identified so far, and there’s no indication yet that the criminals have touched the funds. But what good is money just sitting there as digital bits?Although bitcoin is anonymized, researchers can watch it flow from user to user. So investigators can follow the transactions until an anonymous account matches with a real person, said Steve Grobman, chief technology officer with the California security company McAfee.But that technique is no sure bet. There are ways to convert bitcoins into cash on the sly through third parties. And even finding a real person might be no help if they’re in a jurisdiction that won’t co-operate.Another possible slip-up: Nicholas Weaver, who teaches networking and security at the University of California, Berkeley, said good ransomware usually generates a unique bitcoin address for each payment to make tracing difficult. That didn’t seem to happen here.TELL-TALE SIGNSJames Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said U.S. investigators are collecting forensic information — such as internet addresses, samples of malware or information the culprits might have inadvertently left on computers — that could be matched with the handiwork of known hackers.Investigators might also be able to extract some information about the attacker from a previously hidden internet address connected to WannaCry’s “kill switch.” That switch was essentially a beacon sending the message “hey, I’m infected” to the hidden address, Weaver said.That means the very first attempts to reach that address, which might have been recorded by spy agencies such as the NSA or Russian intelligence, could lead to “patient zero” — the first computer infected with WannaCry. That, in turn, might further narrow the focus on possible suspects.THE PLAYERSForensics, though, will only get investigators so far. One challenge will be sharing intelligence in real time to move as quickly as the criminals — a tricky feat when some of the major nations involved, such as the U.S. and Russia, distrust each other.Even if the perpetrators can be identified, bringing them to justice could be another matter. They might be hiding out in countries that wouldn’t be willing to extradite suspects for prosecution, said Robert Cattanach, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney and an expert on cybersecurity.On the other hand, the WannaCry attack hit — and annoyed — many countries. Russia was among the hardest, and Britain among the most high-profile, and both have “some pretty good investigative capabilities,” Cattanach said.___Lori Hinnant in Paris and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this story. by Anick Jesdanun And Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

December 2015 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 47,690 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for December 2015 and the year-to-date. read more

The best photo editing apps you can download

first_imgSO CHANCES ARE you went out for St Patrick’s Day and chances are you’ve taken quite a number of photos while you were there (after learning what you need to do).While the traditional camera apps have their own editing functions, sometimes you need something a little more than just a filter and auto-enhance to improve a photo. Here are a few of the best apps out there.Camera+For: iOSCost: €1.79One of the best camera apps out there for iOS, Camera+ has a ton of features that blows the standard camera app out of the water. With a number of shooting modes – including burst mode and a stabiliser among other things – and a ton of editing options, it’s well worth the investment.(Image: Camera+/App Store)VSCO CamFor: iOS, AndroidCost: FreeIf Instagram is for the average person, then VSCO Cam is the fancier alternative, although it’s much than that. It’s full of filters, editing options and a photo network that features more refined and artistic photos than what you would find elsewhere.It’s simple to use and once you get your head around the different options, fine-tuning your photos becomes second nature.(Video: VSCO/Vimeo) SnapSeedFor: iOS, AndroidCost: FreePurchased by Google back in 2012, Snapseed holds its own with a rather versatile photo editing suite. It’s not as precise as VSCO cam or Camera+, but it holds its own and won’t let you down should you need to edit on the go.(Image: SnapSeed/Google Play)PrismFor: iOSCost: €2.69While not a photo editing app per say, Prism is a handy app to accompany any of the other apps on this list. It focuses on colours so if you want to give your photo a certain mood, it allows for greater diversity than you would find on any temperature function.(Image: Prism/App Store)Photo Editor By AviaryFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: FreePhoto Editor by Aviary pretty much does everything you expect a standard photo editing app to do, but also adds in its own surreal elements like adding meme text, and drawings to your photos.Don’t let that fool you though as it’s a very competent photo editing app and offers the same functionality you would find on similar apps.(Image: Photo Editor by Aviary/Google Play)Adobe Photoshop Express For: iOS, Android Cost: FreeAlongside an advanced editing suite on desktop, Adobe Photoshop also has a photo editing app which is quite versatile for a free version. There are in-app purchases for those who want to do more than cropping and filters, but the free version is a worthy addition.Those of you looking for a similar experience to the desktop version of Photoshop would be better off purchasing Photoshop Focus (€8.99 on iOS and €7.99 on Android).(Image: Adobe Photoshop Express/App Store)FhotoroomFor: Windows Phone Cost: FreeOne of the best photo editing apps on Windows Phone, Photoroom is packed with features like exposures, filters, brushes, giving you a level of customisation that puts the best apps to shame.(Image: Fhotoroom/Windows Phone)Pixlr ExpressFor: iOS, AndroidCost: FreeIf there’s one thing Plxlr has in spades, it’s customisation. Alongside a simple pop-up interface for editing, there is an impressive number of filters and add-ons which is handy if you enjoy adding effects while touching up your images.(Image: Plxlr Express/App Store)Read: How to turn your smartphone photos from good to great >Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 15th March >last_img read more

Six survivors after plane crashes carrying Chapecoense Real soccer team

first_img Updated at 1.30pmSEVENTY-ONE PEOPLE have died after a plane carrying 81 passengers, including members of a top flight Brazilian football team, crashed in Colombia early this morning.Colombia police have said that six people have survived the crash, and the rest of the passengers have all been killed.The plane went down about 50 kilometres from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo just before midnight last night local time (about 5am Irish time).Officials originally said 75 people were killed. But reports now indicate that some people on the plane’s manifest may not have boarded.The airport that serves Medellin said that among the passengers and  crew were members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that was supposed to play against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional Wednesday in the South American Cup finals.“Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said on its Twitter account.A police commander, Jose Gerardo Acevedo, initially said only five people survived the crash, but Colombian authorities later said a sixth person was found alive, raising hopes there might be other survivors, said AFP.Photographs circulating on social media purporting to be from the official account of the Antioquia police department show the aftermath of the crash. A map of the departure, flight stop, destination and crash site of the plane. Source: APThe LAMIA aircraft was flying from Bolivia to Medellin when it crashed in an area called Cerro Gordo about 50 kilometres from the city, Colombia’s second largest.“It appears that the plane ran out of fuel,” Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the nearby town of La Ceja, told AFP.“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft crashed. Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn its Twitter account earlier, the Medellin airport said the crash site could only be reached overland because of bad weather in the area.Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.In tears Chapecoense players celebrate after beating San Lorenzo in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals. Source: Andre Penner/AP/Press Association ImagesThe team, from the small city of Chapeco, joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating Argentina’s legendary San Lorenzo squad.The vice president of the team said that Chapeco, a city of 200,000 residents in southern Brazil where they are from, is in tears after the crash.StatementIn a statement on its Facebook page, Chapecoense said “may God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation.”Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the South American Cup final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.Atletico Nacional said on its Twitter account it “profoundly laments and expresses solidarity with @chapelcoensereal for the accident that occurred.”- © AFP 2016 with AP, Cormac Fitzgerald and Garreth MacNamee 6 personas han sido remitidas a los centros hospitalarios. pic.twitter.com/MxldqQj4ry— CR. Giovanny Buitrago Beltrán (@Policiantioquia) November 29, 2016 Short URL 69,106 Views Image: Luis Benavides Six survivors after plane crashes carrying Chapecoense Real soccer team The plane had 81 passengers overall and there are some survivors. By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3108159 55 Comments Image: Luis Benavides Share158 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The BBC reports that one of the survivors was confirmed as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel.“The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens. It is very difficult, a very great tragedy,” club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SportTV.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has expressed his condolences on behalf of the country. Rescue workers carry the body of a survivor of a plane that crashed in La Union. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe said: “This is a tragedy for those most immediately affected but also for the people of Brazil, where football lies at the core of their national identity. On behalf of the people of Ireland I would like to extend our condolences also to the people of Brazil.“There are no reports of any Irish being involved in the incident but our embassy in Brazil, as well as our embassy in Mexico, which is accredited to Colombia, are in contact with the relevant authorities to confirm that this is the situation.” Source: Cr Wilson Pardo/Twitter Nov 29th 2016, 1:30 PM Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 1:30 PMlast_img read more