Aston Villa remove Kevin MacDonald from coaching after new bullying claims

first_imgFarrelly, who won six caps for the Republic of Ireland, said he can be considered a player who came through at Villa, but he rejects any presumption that it was because of MacDonald’s coaching. Looking back, he believes he did not fulfil the potential he had at 17, with many talented players in the same age groups as him at the club never making it as professionals.“You have the period that I was there, in the mid-1990s, which was a bullying culture for the young players, then 20-25 years later, that has continued and this person is still there,” he said. “And then there is a finding of bullying but they left him in place – I struggle to process that.”The Guardian contacted Villa to ask for its response to Farrelly’s recollections. In a statement the club said: “The club referred these allegations immediately to its local authority and the football authorities, and with their agreement has commissioned an independent investigation into the former player’s complaints. That investigation will commence immediately and as a neutral act Kevin has been temporarily reassigned to non-player-facing duties pending completion of the investigation.”The club said MacDonald had been instructed not to comment on the allegations of bullying, pending the outcome of the investigation.In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Bullying Read more Share on Messenger Topics Twitter Pinterest Share on Twitter After receiving questions from the Guardian and notification of Farrelly’s recollections this week, the club informed the local authority designated officer, the Football Association and EFL, and started an independent investigation, led by a barrister, into the bullying allegations.Farrelly, who moved from his home in Dublin aged 17 to sign a professional contract with the Midlands club in 1992 and played in midfield in the Premier League for Villa, Everton and Bolton Wanderers, said MacDonald belittled him and scoffed at his achievements, undermining his confidence and giving negative reports of his performances to the then Villa manager, Brian Little.Now working as a solicitor having qualified this year, Farrelly remembers his time as a young player at Villa as a constant battle to deal with bullying. The effort to fight back and achieve his ambitions made him mentally and physically exhausted, he said in an interview with the Guardian, and left him in “extremely dark places”, feeling depressed and with suicidal thoughts.He believes of MacDonald: “I say, and I maintain this position, that his regime destroyed far more kids than he ever developed … If people had been treated better, fairly, you can’t say they would definitely have made it but they would have had an opportunity to develop and kick on more.”He was prompted to tell his story publicly after reading that only last year, around 20 years later, a Premier League investigation found MacDonald guilty of bullying a young Villa player in 2015 and 2016, yet MacDonald was allowed to continue at the club in a new role as the Under-23 coach. The player’s father had complained repeatedly to Villa that his son was beginning to show signs of depression because of bullying and emotional abuse by MacDonald.“I could not believe the role he still occupies,” Farrelly said of discovering the findings of the Premier League investigation last year, which found the club did not carry out an adequate inquiry into the complaints. The league insisted on changes to practices at the Villa academy but MacDonald was left in place and moved to coach a higher age group. Villa were accused by the young player’s father and others of having a toxic culture in their academy but the club rejected that view and said MacDonald had a strong record of bringing players through to the first team. Aston Villa Share on Pinterest news Share on LinkedIn Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’ Gareth Farrelly in action for Aston Villa. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Empics Sport Reuse this content Share via Email Aston Villa have suspended their long-serving youth coach Kevin MacDonald from working with players, after a former graduate of the club, Gareth Farrelly, came forward to tell the Guardian about his claims of relentless bullying from MacDonald in the mid-1990s.Farrelly accused the coach of “incredibly aggressive, constant verbal and physical bullying” and said it “took me to a place at 20 that nobody should have to go to. And I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebooklast_img read more

The Colorado WR’s Quote About Nebraska That’s Circulating Is Fake

first_imglaviska shenault college footballBOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 06: Laviska Shenault, Jr #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball in the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Folsom Field on October 6, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Don’t believe everything you see on social media. Just ask star Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.Over the weekend, a quote reportedly from Shenault was circulating on Twitter. In it, the potential first-round draft pick took a shot at the Cornhusker defense.“The most fun I’ve had in a game was at Nebraska, their defense was a joke and it was fun seeing all the fans go home angry,” the alleged quote read. “Looking forward to having my way with that secondary again this year.”There is only one problem with these statements. Shenault never made them. The quote was fabricated. The All-Pac 12 wideout set the record straight on Twitter yesterday.This is fake https://t.co/TxAtCKLpVz— H U N C H O🤷🏾‍♂️ (@Viska2live) June 16, 2019Shenault did catch 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown while adding a rushing touchdown in a win over the Huskers last September. He pretty much had his way with Nebraska that afternoon, though he never spoke tauntingly about it.Colorado beat the Huskers last season. Nebraska will get another chance against Shenault and the Buffaloes on September 7 in Boulder.last_img read more

Glenfiddich Introduces 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

first_img Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? Glenfiddich has some great news for all you whiskey lovers out there. The world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whiskey has launched and added a new spirit to its permanent portfolio, exclusive to the United States. Introducing Glenfiddich 14 Year Old, a bourbon barrel reserve that pays tribute to the shared history of American and Scotch whiskies.Matured for 14 years in ex-bourbon American Oak casks, Glenfiddich 14 year Old hits your tastebuds like a smooth bourbon and finishes similar to a bold single malt. After it spends more than a decade in ex-bourbon barrels, Malt Master Brian Kinsman finishes the spirit in deep charred new American Oak barrels from The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, KY. The result is a beautiful, complex flavor that includes woody spices and ripe summer fruit for a rich, sweet, vibrant single malt.“American Oak casks have had a significant influence on single malt Scotch whisky maturation and the flavor profiles we find today,” Kinsman said. “By maturing this expression in bourbon casks, we’ve created a beautifully intense flavor, reflective of the relentless passion we have for producing incredible single malts. With notes of fresh oak and velvety caramel, our 14 Year Old remains true to Glenfiddich’s heritage of producing fruity and deeply flavored whiskies and is the perfect marriage of bourbon sweetness and Scotch complexity.”Related: Two Limited Edition Scotches from Compass Box WhiskeyPresented in a deep navy blue casing, inspired by the Kentucky state flag, Glenfiddich 14 Year Old is certified Kosher and will be available nationally this fall at luxury whiskey retailers and premium bars and hotels. We were lucky enough to taste it alongside Brian Kinsman and Paul Kelvin of Kelvin Cooperage at Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood a couple weeks ago, and it’s everything we hoped it would be and more. It’s smooth, rich and sweet with layers of toffee, woody spices and candied orange peel. Not only is it great in cocktails, it’s easy to enjoy neat also.For more information on Glenfiddich 14 Year Old, visit glenfiddich.com. The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection last_img read more

Wärtsilä Presents New FPP Opti Design

first_imgJune 4, 2014 zoom The FPP Opti Design, a new state-of-the-art fixed pitch propeller (FPP) design concept, has been introduced by Wärtsilä.The new design offers fuel savings of up to 4 per cent and highly reliable full scale performance predictions. The concept has been developed utilising the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology.The Wärtsilä FPP Opti Design has been developed at the company’s Technology and Service Centre in the Netherlands, and is the result of highly experienced design engineers having access to the very latest and most sophisticated software and analysis tools.CFD calculations analyse not only the propeller performance but most importantly also, the interaction between the propeller and hull. This provides extremely accurate information to achieve design and parametric optimisation.“Wärtsilä has more than 100 years of experience in developing high quality propeller solutions. To this huge knowledge resource we have now been able to add a highly sophisticated state-of-the-art design approach that is unmatched in the industry. The hull and the propeller, and the interaction between the two, can both now be taken into account during the design process. The result is a higher level of efficiency and lower operating costs,” says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Ship Power.Energy saving solutionsWärtsilä continues to develop solutions that save energy and improve the efficiency of ship propellers. These include the Tip Rake Concept featuring an extended tip, smoothly curved to the pressure side of the blade with optimised geometrical parameters developed to achieve efficiency improvements, lower pressure pulse levels, and a quieter propeller.The Wärtsilä EnergoProFin is an innovative propeller cap with fins that rotates together with any make of propeller. By weakening the hub vortex, resistance is decreased and propulsion thrust is increased, resulting in fuel savings of up to 5%.Energopac is Wärtsilä’s optimised propulsion and manoeuvring solution that reduces fuel consumption by integrating the propeller and rudder designs.It is fully optimised for energy efficiency without compromising either manoeuvrability or comfort levels.last_img read more

Video: Maiden LNG Cargo Leaves Gladstone

first_imgzoom The first cargo of liquefied natural gas from the AUD 18.5 billion GLNG project on Curtis Island, Australia, was loaded from the Santos GLNG facility onto the Malaysian-owned LNG ship Seri Bakti, and is on its way to South Korea, according to Santos, the operator of the Santos GLNG.Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Knox said that the first shipment was the culmination of a historic journey for Santos.“Successfully delivering our first operated LNG project is a testament to our dedicated employees and contractors, the support we have received from governments, local communities, our customers and shareholders, as well as the strong relationships we enjoy with our joint venture partners,” Knox said. “The first cargo from GLNG strengthens our position as a major and competitive LNG supplier to Asia. GLNG is a robust project and will generate strong cash flows for the business for decades to come.”GLNG produces natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and converts it into LNG. It involves gas field development in the Surat and Bowen Basins, a 420-kilometre gas transmission pipeline and a two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone which will have the capacity to produce 7.8 million tonnes of LNG per year when fully operational.Santos is the operator and has a 30% interest in the project. Other co-venturers include Petronas of Malaysia (27.5%), Total of France (27.5%) and Kogas of South Korea (15%).The Santos GLNG facility is one of three LNG plants being built on Curtis Island, Australia, alongside Queensland Curtis LNG (BG Group) and Australia Pacific LNG (ConocoPhillips).Once complete, the three LNG facilities comprising of six Trains will have a combined capacity to produce about 25 million tonnes of LNG per annum.last_img read more

Where is the body of John Franklin Inuit historian thinks he knows

first_imgGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – The man who guided searchers to the wreck of John Franklin’s flagship may have one more surprise left up his parka sleeve.“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.Little by little, the Franklin story is coming together.Artifacts and graves found throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were joined by several more bodies discovered in the 1980s. The ships were found in 2014 and 2016.But where is the grave of John Franklin?Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”This was remarkable for the hunters, as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak believes Franklin’s is there too.“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.If he’s wrong, chalk up one more mystery in a tale that’s been generating questions for 170 years.last_img read more

Nightmare in Nigeria for family fighting to retrieve mothers body

first_imgBy Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsSASKATOON–What began as a journey to Nigeria for love has ended in a nightmare.A Saskatchewan family is struggling to bring back the body of a woman who died in Nigeria after marrying a local man she met online.Debra Pine left Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in February to marry a man known as “Martin.”A month after the marriage, Pine died from septicaemia, a serious bacterial infection, and her body lies in a morgue, thousands of kilometres away from her family.Now Pine’s family claims the body is being held hostage by Martin, who has a final say over what happens as the legal next of kin under Nigerian law.The family said they believe the man wants to use the death as a means to come to Canada.“I know he said he loves her, but I think his intentions were just to get to Canada,” said family friend Pamela Baldhead.The family said they have the money in place to bring Pine home and only the widower stands in their way.“At first, I was pretty confident that he would (let the body go), but now it’s like to me he is playing some kind of mind game with us,” said daughter Sheryl Horse. “Everything is already arranged, it’s just that he has to sign the release, to release her body.”Pine’s death has left her nine children grieving.“She was everything to everybody and we miss her,” said Baldhead. “We just want her home, we need her home.”Nigeria is also currently in the midst of an election and the family is having a difficult time making contact with any government officials.dwindigo@aptn.calast_img read more

Police continue to keep an eye on Winnipegs Idle No More rallies

first_imgAPTN National NewsMultiple rallies took place Friday in Winnipeg in support of the Idle No More movement.Once again police kept a close eye on demonstrations.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot was there.last_img

Prosecutors Backpagecom made millions in prostitution ads

first_imgPHOENIX – The classified advertising site Backpage.com ignored warnings to stop running advertisements promoting prostitution, sometimes involving children, because the lucrative enterprise brought in half a billion dollars, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.The charges against Backpage.com founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, along with five others, accused them of publishing some ads that depicted children who authorities said were sex trafficking victims.The indictment said the site contended it tried to prevent prostitution ads, but investigators determined that was not the case and that owners declined to take steps to confront the problem.Backpage.com employees sought to help customers edit their ads to stay within legal limits while still encouraging commercial sex, prosecutors said. Photos and words that were indicative of prostitution were removed before such ads were run, according to the indictment.“Nevertheless, the Backpage defendants made a financial decision to continue displaying those ads,” the indictment said, noting the site has brought $500 million in prostitution-related revenues since its inception in 2004.Lacey, Larkin and five others who work for the site were indicted on federal charges in what authorities said was a scheme to knowingly facilitate prostitution by running ads for sexual services and using foreign banks to hide revenues.Last week, federal authorities seized Backpage.com and its affiliated websites.The indictment said it was implausible for Backpage.com to contend such ads were offering lawful escort services. “I am the type of girl who absolutely adores a man who understands the many desires of a young beautiful woman and how to accommodate a variety of fantasies,” one ad read.The indictment alleges Backpage.com started to launder money a few years ago after banks raised concerns. The indictment alleged the site routed proceeds through unrelated entities, wire money into foreign banks and convert money into cryptocurrency.Lacey and Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering. Larry Kazan, an attorney representing Lacey, and Cristina Arguedas, a lawyer for Larkin, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.Executive vice-president Scott Spear was charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering, while chief financial officer John Brunst was charged with money laundering. Sales and marketing director Dan Hyer, operations manager Andrew Padilla and assistant operations manager Joye Vaught also were charged with facilitating prostitution.The indictment alleged that Padilla threatened to fire any employee who acknowledged in writing that the escorts depicted in ads were actually prostitutes.Attorney Michael Piccarreta, who represents Padilla, said the case will be important in deciding whether a web host can be held responsible for a third party’s behaviour. “It’s a very important precedent if a media company can be held responsible for what individuals post on their platform,” Piccarreta said.Michael Kimerer, a lawyer for Brunst, and Stephen Weiss, an attorney for Vaught, didn’t return a call for comment. There were no lawyers listed in court records for Hyer.Last year, the website’s chief executive Carl Ferrer, along with Lacey and Larkin, pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in California, where state prosecutors said the website operators had illegally funneled money through multiple companies and created various websites to get around banks that refused to process transactions.Meanwhile, a California judge dismissed pimping conspiracy and other charges against the Backpage.com operators, saying federal law protecting free speech grants immunity to websites that post content created by others.In the past, the site’s operators challenged the California charges on First Amendment grounds.Officials have struggled with how to deal with the website without violating free speech protections.Backpage.com is a Dutch-owned limited liability corporation incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas. Federal officials say Backpage.com keeps its bank accounts and servers in Arizona.Lacey and Larkin are former owners of the Village Voice and the Phoenix New Times. The indictment says Lacey and Larkin purportedly sold their interest in Backpage.com in 2015, though they have retained control over the site.Lacey and Larkin were arrested in Arizona by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in 2007 for publishing information about a secret grand jury subpoena demanding information on its stories and online readers.They won a $3.75 million settlement from county government as a result of their now-discredited arrests.___Mary Hudetz in Albuquerque and Don Thompson in Sacramento contributed to this report.___Follow Jacques Billeaud at twitter.com/jacquesbilleaud. His work can be found at https://bit.ly/2GGWEPO.last_img read more

Darfur peace process has reached critical juncture Ban says

The Joint African Union-United Nations Mediator Djibril Bassolé has been working with Qatar to drum up momentum by giving civil society a voice at the peace talks, Mr. Ban told the Security Council.The efforts by the UN and AU – which together manage UNAMID, the peacekeeping force in Darfur – to resolve the long-running conflict in the region between the Sudanese Government and the region’s armed movements have been led by Mr. Bassolé and his team and sponsored by the Government of Qatar.Fighting has raged across the western Sudanese region since 2003, pitting the rebel movements against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. All sides stand accused of human rights abuses and an estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur over the past six years and another 2.7 million people forced to leave their homes.Civil society and armed movements have agreed to re-start consultations in Doha on 18 January, to be followed by direct talks between the Government and movements on 24 January in Qatar’s capital.“Efforts must continue to encourage the Government, and more especially the rebel movements, to make concessions, and embrace the consensus which Mr. Bassolé is building,” the Secretary-General underscored.The AU High-Level Implementation Panel – comprising former South African president Thabo Mbeki, former Burundian leader Pierre Buyoya and former Nigerian president Abdulsalami Abubakar – and the international community have a key role to play, he added.The 15-member Council today was briefed by both Mr. Mbeki and AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping on the Panel’s new report, which provides a “frank assessment and insightful analysis” of what is happening in Sudan and offers recommendations on the way forward, according to Mr. Ban.“Perhaps above all, the panel members have insisted on seeing Sudan in its totality,” he said. “They have clearly articulated the links between the crisis in Darfur and broader efforts to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA],” the 2005 pact that ended the more than two decades of north-south strife.In the coming months and years, Sudan will experience elections and two referenda, “which will determine the future shape of Sudan,” the Secretary-General told the Council, and their outcome will require “genuine cooperation” between the two parties to the CPA, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).He also underlined the need to continue compliance with the Council resolution referring the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir in March for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the region.Following today’s meeting, the Council issued a press statement read out by Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, which holds the body’s rotating monthly presidency, in which they welcomed the Panel’s report, noting that they “looked forward to the implementation of a holistic approach to the problems facing Sudan.”Council members said they agreed with the new report that the causes and consequences of the Darfur conflict have yet to be addressed, repeating their call on all parties that have yet to take part in the peace talks to join the dialogue. 21 December 2009The peace process in the war-wracked Darfur region of Sudan has reached a “critical point,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on both the Government and rebel groups to accelerate efforts to reach a compromise. read more

Honda scores as Melbourne Victory beat Sydney in ALeague

SYDNEY, Australia — Japan star Keisuke Honda scored from the penalty spot Sunday to give the Melbourne Victory a 2-1 win over Sydney FC in a meeting of the glamor clubs in Australian football’s A-League.Jop Van Der Linden brought down Honda in the 71st minute and the former AC Milan star converted the resulting penalty for his third goal in five A-League matches this season.Earlier, a contentious penalty to Englishman Adam Le Fondre for Sydney cancelled out Sweden striker Ova Toivonen’s maiden A-League goal for Melbourne.Honda’s winning goal denied Sydney revenge for last year’s semifinal loss to Melbourne and lifted the defending champions into second place on the ladder.Melbourne coach Kevin Muscat praised his players’ composure as they overcame the blow of Le Fondre’s goal. Terry Antonis was ruled to have fouled Sydney winger Paul Retre from behind, though the contact appeared to be minimal and Le Fondre’s spot kick was initially saved by Lawrence Thomas before he drove home the rebound.“A similar thing happened 4-5 weeks ago in Melbourne, where an incorrect decision went against us and we fell away in that game,” Muscat said. “So I was really pleased with the attitude.“In a moment where something didn’t go our way, I thought we were outstanding, the way we accepted it and moved on.”Perth stayed atop the table with a thrilling 3-2 win over Central Coast as Christopher Ikonomidis scored the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.Ikonomidis opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Central Coast equalized through Tomislav Mrcela. Shane Lowry put Perth ahead again in the 61st minute and the Mariners struck back almost immediately with a goal to Aiden O’Neill. Ikonomidis’ goal gave Perth its fourth win in five games.The Associated Press read more

Dak Prescott Should Start Ignoring Dez Bryant

Most damningly, Prescott’s passer rating collapses when he targets Bryant — the opposite of what is supposed to happen with a No. 1 wide receiver. When throwing to Bryant, Prescott is 53-for-103 for 578 yards, with four TDs and three picks. That’s a 69.2 rating, which would rank 35th in the NFL, between C.J. Beathard and Tom Savage.In Elliott’s absence, things have gotten even worse. Prescott has a 54.4 rating when throwing to Bryant, and Dallas has scored just 22 combined points in three straight losses — the first team to score fewer than 10 points in each of three straight games since the 2009 Browns.Bryant, an elite deep-ball weapon in his prime, is now completely useless downfield, with just one reception on a pass thrown over 20 yards from scrimmage all year. Between 2012 and 2014, he averaged nearly 10 such grabs per season (29 total). It’s not like he’s wide open on short passes either. That was never more apparent than it was on Thanksgiving, when Bryant’s 0.8 yards of separation on targets was lowest among all wideouts who got at least five targets, according to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats.While Bryant just turned 29 in November, he has not only endured injury but also taken constant punishment as one of the game’s most physical receivers. He has been one of the league’s most vocal receivers about getting his share of volume, so if Prescott does start looking to his other targets more frequently, there’s no doubt that he will hear about. But it may be worth it: On all non-Bryant passes, Prescott’s rating of 95.3 is well above the NFL average. When Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott was finally forced to serve his six-game suspension for domestic violence, the logical assumption was that quarterback Dak Prescott would lean more heavily on the third member of the Dallas troika, star receiver Dez Bryant. But the Cowboys offense has floundered in the ensuing three weeks, and one of the reasons is becoming obvious: Bryant has fallen into an abyss so deep that he’s not merely no longer great, he has actually become one of the least efficient wide receivers in football.The most disconcerting thing about Bryant’s precipitous drop in production is that it’s not because he’s not getting opportunities. The Cowboys and NFL sophomore Prescott are throwing Bryant the ball — peppering him with 103 targets, the sixth-highest number in the league according to ESPN TruMedia.This high volume of looks would make good sense if Bryant were the offensive force we last saw for extended stretches way back in 2014, when Tony Romo was his quarterback. But the former All-Pro wide receiver has not been the same since he broke his foot in 2015. His horrible inefficiency that year was attributed to his coming back too soon and then playing without Romo, who was injured, and instead getting targets from one of the most inept casts of backup quarterbacks ever assembled. His 2016 season was supposed to be an awakening. But even with hyper-efficient Prescott at the controls, Bryant was nowhere near peak form. He hauled in 52.1 percent of his targets compared with 62.6 percent through 2014. And he converted just 57 percent of all the air yards on passes thrown to him into actual receiving yards, versus 74.6 percent prior to his injury.Still, Bryant flashed enough brilliance late in the year and in the postseason to lead Cowboys fans to think they were heading into this season with a legitimate weapon. Instead, Bryant is among the lowest-rated receivers in key efficiency metrics like catch rate (73rd out of 78 qualifying wide receivers with at least two catches per team game), receiving yards per target (75th), and receiving yards as a percentage of air yards (72nd).1According to data from ESPN TruMedia. Here’s every wide receiver with 22 or more receptions this season, broken up by targets and receiving yards. read more

Kirstie Allsopp smashed her childrens iPads after they broke screen time rules

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. Asked to show how she did it, she replied: “It was remarkably easy. I didn’t intend to speak about it but it’s come up now.”Presenter Storm Huntley, who appears on the show alongside Vine, praised Allsopp, saying: “I like that, that is my kind of parenting.” In the end I said ‘Right that is it, I have to physically (break them)Kirstie Allsopp Ms Allsopp added: “There is a game called Fortnite and another PUBG and I decided… we had made all sorts of rules and all sorts of times when we said you can’t play them and all those rules got broken and in the end I said ‘Right that is it, I have to physically (break them).” Speaking in June, Ms Allsopp said that upgrading her children’s plane seats would be an “absurd waste of money” and that sitting in Club level should be something that people work for.Ms Allsopp explained: “Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little, but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.“Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for. If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.”She and her husband occasionally upgrade to more expensive seats, she said, while her children Bay, 12, and Oscar, 10, sit in economy. Kirstie Allsopp has revealed she smashed her children’s iPads after they broke her rules about screen time.The TV star, who is mother to sons Oscar Hercules and Bay Atlas with husband Ben Andersen, said she went to extreme lengths when they were playing games outside their permitted time.She disclosed her hardline approach to technology with her family three months after she defended her decision to sit her children in economy class while she and her husband flew in more expensive seats.After a wave of criticism, she said at the time she thinks letting children on social media is more dangerous than leaving them alone in economy on a plane.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”This is the first time I’ve said this publicly,” she told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine on Monday.”In June I smashed my kids’ iPads, not in a violent way. I actually banged them on the table leg.” read more

Property tax cost over €21 million to set up

first_imgESTABLISHING THE LOCAL Property Tax (LPT) saw over €8.4 million paid out to Revenue staff, the government has revealed.Michael Noonan told the Dáil that the tax, which he called the “largest extension of the self assessment system in history”,was a “significant administrative challenge” for Revenue.In total, the administration of the tax has cost, up to the end of August this year, €21.1 million. That includes the aforementioned salaries paid to permanent and temporary staff, €7.3 million spent on IT development and €1.1 million on postage.The outsourcing of call centre facilities cost €2.2 million, while €596,000 was spent advertising the charge. Revenue also paid €492,00 for accommodation, €399,000 on financial transactions, €209,000 on printing and €66,000 on valuation fees.“I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the introduction of the Local Property Tax (LPT), which amounts to the largest extension of the self-assessment system in its history, represents a significant administrative challenge for Revenue,” said Noonan, who added that the department had been awarded €25.9 million.“The Expenditure report for 2013, which was published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform last December, made a provision of €25.9 million in 2013 for the implementation of LPT. The Commissioners have confirmed that the total cost incurred in setting up LPT operations to the end of August 2013 is €21.099 million.”Read: Property tax to be taken from salaries of 50,000 people who haven’t paidRead: People who overpaid property tax to get details on how they can claim refundslast_img read more

The Conduit 2 gameplay videos impress

first_imgThe original Conduit game on Wii was heralded as an enjoyable, yet flawed experience. But importantly, it showed the potential of what was possible on the Wii for first-person shooters. Now it looks as though The Conduit 2 may deliver what the first game should have been.These two gameplay video show both the single and multiplayer games. What’s clear is the game looks great and runs fast demonstrating developer High Voltage Software knew exactly what needed fixing. While the Wii can never match the 360 or PS3 on graphics, any gamer will tell you graphics mean little if the gameplay is rubbish.While those who played Conduit may be a bit apprehensive about investing time and money again, Conduit 2 should certainly be on your “to watch” list as we head towards release sometime in 2011.Read more at CVGlast_img

The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected Judges grill lawyers

first_img Feb 8th 2017, 7:10 AM ‘The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected’: Judges grill lawyers over US travel ban During a hearing yesterday, government lawyers argued that Trump’s immigration curbs were motivated by national security concerns. Share7 Tweet Email Short URL THE US JUSTICE Department faced tough questioning as it urged a court of appeals to reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, put on hold in a legal challenge last week.The latest twist in the showdown comes four days after a federal judge suspended Trump’s decree, re-opening US borders to the thousands of refugees and travellers who had been suddenly barred from the country.Three judges from an appellate court in San Francisco chaired an hour-long telephone hearing followed online by more than 130,000 people – a record, the court said – and broadcast live to millions more on television.ConcernsDuring the high-stakes hearing, a lawyer for the government argued that Trump’s immigration curbs were motivated by national security concerns and that the federal judge had overstepped his authority in suspending them.“This is a traditional national security judgment that is assigned to the political branches and the president,” Justice Department lawyer August Flentje argued.He said Trump had acted within his constitutional powers and those delegated to him by Congress in issuing the January 27 executive order in the interest of the United States.The hearing was focused on whether to lift the suspension of the ban, not on the constitutionality of the decree itself – a broader battle that looks likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.The appeals court would probably rule later this week, a court spokesman said.The three-judge panel often appeared skeptical during the hearing, with Judge Richard Clifton at one point calling the government’s argument “pretty abstract.”The judges questioned Flentje about the evidence connecting the seven targeted countries to terrorism, and pressed him on whether the ban amounts to religious discrimination, as its opponents claim.Is it a Muslim ban? The White House insists the decree is in the interest of national security, giving the new administration time to beef up vetting procedures to keep potential terrorists out of the country.Its detractors claim it violates the constitution by discriminating against people on the basis of their religion.A lawyer representing the states of Washington and Minnesota — which brought the federal lawsuit against Trump’s ban with support from numerous advocacy groups — urged the judges to keep the decree on hold while the case runs its course.“It has always been the judicial branch’s role to say what the law is and to serve as a check on abuses by the executive branch,” Solicitor General Noah Purcell said.“That judicial rule has never been more important in recent memory than it is today, but the president is asking… to reinstate the executive order without full judicial review and throw this country back into chaos,” he added.The states’ counsel also came under sustained questioning, with Judge Clifton, a George W Bush nominee, appearing unconvinced by his arguments that the ban amounted to religious discrimination.“I have trouble understanding why we’re supposed to infer religious animus when in fact the vast majority of Muslims would not be affected,” he said, pointing out that less than 15 percent of the world’s Muslims were affected.Purcell argued that the states were not required to show that all Muslims would be affected but only that the ban was “motivated in part by a desire to harm Muslims.”Experts believe the argument to reinstate the ban is facing an uphill struggle.Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said although it is uncertain which way the judges are leaning in the case, he would be surprised if they side with the government.“He (Flentje) really had trouble with many of the questions and I don’t think his answers satisfied the judges who were asking them,” he said.“He just didn’t seem as well prepared as I would expect a lawyer for the US government to be,” he added.Trump’s executive order barred entry to all refugees for 120 days, and to travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, triggering chaos at US airports and worldwide condemnation. Refugees from Syria were barred indefinitely.‘We feel confident’ Appearing to lay the groundwork in case of a setback, the White House earlier on Tuesday sought to play down the significance of the upcoming ruling.“All that’s at issue tonight is the hearing is an interim decision on whether the president’s order is enforced or not until the case is heard on the actual merits of the order,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.“That’s why I think we feel confident.”Hosting a group of American sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday, Trump hammered home the rationale for his decree as “common sense.”He has lashed out at the Seattle judge who suspended his order, James Robart, as a “so-called” judge — a slur that drew criticism from his own Republican camp — and sought to pin blame on him, and courts in general, for potential future attacks on US soil.“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril,” he tweeted on Sunday. “If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”- © AFP 2017.Read: White House accuses media of ‘under reporting’ terror attacks>Watch: Donald Trump will NOT be allowed address the British Parliament, speaker says> By AFP 95 Comments Image: Evan Vucci/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM 16,844 Views Image: Evan Vucci/PA https://jrnl.ie/3228330 last_img read more

Un jour dans la vie diffusé ce soir sur You Tube

first_img“Un jour dans la vie”, diffusé ce soir sur You TubeEn juillet dernier, des milliers d’internautes participaient à “Un jour dans la vie”, un projet cinématographique lancé par deux figures hollywoodiennes, Ridley Scott et Kevin MacDonald : tout le monde était invité à mettre des vidéos sur You Tube décrivant les instants de leur vie, à une date bien précise. Depuis, un film de 90 minutes a été réalisé grâce à ces témoignages. Il sera diffusé sur la plateforme de partage de vidéos ce soir. 80.000 séquences, soit 4.500 heures de rushes à trier ! C’est ce que Kevin MacDonald, réalisateur primé aux Oscars, a reçu, de la part des internautes du monde entier. Ces derniers avaient été invités à filmer un moment de leur quotidien à une date bien précise : le 24 juillet 2010. En collectant ces vidéos amateurs, la vedette hollywoodienne, qui a également travaillé avec Ridley Scott sur ce projet, souhaitait réaliser un “film communautaire”. Leur objectif  ? “Il s’agit d’encapsuler des instants dans la vie des gens, de montrer la connexion qui peut se faire entre des personnes qui résident en différents endroits du monde mais peuvent vivre la même chose le même jour”, avait confié l’été dernier, Kevin MacDonald. Ainsi, il a voulu offrir un aperçu de notre monde. N’importe quel instant pouvait être capturé par une caméra. Au lancement de cette opération internationale, ils avaient précisé : “Vous pouvez filmer l’ordinaire, comme un lever de soleil, un trajet pour aller au travail, ou bien l’extraordinaire : les premiers pas d’un enfant, la réaction à un décès ou à un mariage”.Le film de 90 minutes n’est pas sorti en salles mais a été projeté au Festival du film de Sundance 2011, le plus célèbre rassemblement du cinéma indépendant américain, qui s’est ouvert le 20 janvier et se clôturera dimanche. Néanmoins, les internautes qui souhaitent découvrir les séquences choisies et montées par les équipes de Kevin MacDonald et Ridley Scott, sont invités à se rendre sur la page You Tube du film (lien non disponible) ce soir, à 19 heures. Le 28 janvier 2011 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Does Indeed Have a Battle Royale

first_img ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition’ Gives You Less Ga…The SCUF Vantage Black Ops 4 Controller is for Serious Call of Duty Players Stay on target Last month, reports began to circulate about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 not having a traditional single-player campaign. Instead, the game would focus on the franchise’s ever-popular multiplayer modes. The most interesting part of the reports said Black Ops 4 would contain its own version of battle royale. Today, all of these rumors have pretty much been confirmed during the official Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal stream.Today’s presentation began with a trailer for multiplayer. Unlike Black Ops 3, this mode is more “boots on the ground.” Don’t expect robots or much in the way of futuristic technology. We see each of the mode’s different characters and what their special abilities are. There was a particular focus on shields, which can be used both for defense and offense. More than previous multiplayer modes, this one is all about keeping players engaged in the action. Being able to heal oneself during the middle of a fight is one way for players to remain in the game.Weapons are more customizable than ever. Each one has their own set of attachments, which help make them unique for each player. Operator mods help guns go beyond core functionality, and the true predictive recoil system gives each weapon a different feel. As explained during the stream, every weapon can be seen as its own character.Though the game doesn’t have a traditional campaign, story elements are woven into each of the multiplayer modes. For example, there is a solo mode where players can play as one of the specialists from multiplayer. Here, they’ll not only learn how to play as each player class, but also learn about the characters’ backstories.It wouldn’t be a proper Call of Duty experience without zombies. Though Black Ops 4 gives players the opportunity to team up with friends to fight off undead hordes, it’s doing so in a new way. The four main characters, Scarlet, Bruno, Diego, and Shaw, must travel through time in order to stop an evil organization hellbent on destroying the world. In the trailer, we see the heroes fighting zombies in Ancient Rome (perhaps inspired by the abandoned Call of Duty: Roman Wars concept?), the doomed Titanic, and Alcatraz. These settings constitute the three launch-day zombie modes: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead (respectively).The zombie modes will have a new feature named Callings. These post-launch updates have seasonal content, limited-time challenges, and more. Players can also make the zombie experience their own via the mutation system. Here, they can adjust difficulty settings, zombie speed, player damage, and other gameplay elements. A new mode called Zombie Rush is tailor-made for newcomers who may find the traditional zombie mode intimidating.It’s no surprise that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming to PC. What is unexpected is the fact the game will be exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net. The port is being handled by Beenox and features dedicated servers, uncapped framerate, 4K resolution and HDR support, and a redesigned user-interface. The controls have also been tweaked for players who prefer to play with keyboard and mouse. Players can take advantage of Battle.net features like friend lists.Last but not least is the announcement of a battle royale mode called Blackout. According to the developers, this map is 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown. Based on today’s presentation, it appears this oversized map is composed of famous maps from the previous Call of Duty titles. Though this battle royale mode is similar to PUBG and Fortnite, it is designed to feel like Call of Duty. It still has the signature controls, and fluid gameplay players have come to know. Players can use different vehicles and engage each other on land, sea, and air. Unfortunately, there was no actual gameplay shown for this mode. We can assume we’ll see it in action during E3.Expect Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to land on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 12.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Memphis Depay hits back at transfer claims Get your facts straight

first_imgDutch winger Memphis Depay has hit out against media outlets for misquoting him in saying that he’s keen on a transfer to a big European club.Following a failed spell at Manchester United, Depay has re-established himself as one of Europe’s most promising youngsters following an impressive two years at French side Lyon.But the Netherlands international was quoted in an interview with Dutch magazine Helden saying that he wants to move to one of the best clubs in Europe in either “Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich”.These comments prompted Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to retort that Depay is welcome to leave and that it would suit him well.However, Depay has now taken to social media to announce his words were misquoted and added that the interview was done two months ago.“It’s really sad that other people, blogs and websites change my words just to put people against me!” Depay wrote on Twitter.“The real ones know. I would never say anything bad about Lyon, they are the club that gave me the opportunity when I needed it!Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“The blogs and several websites just take a short quote out a big interview I did with Helden Magazine 2 MONTHS AGO! and make it look bad so and change my words, but once again if you been [sic] in this football industry for a while you will know.“I really like Lyon and people see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that Lyon play better football then most of the clubs with big names!“So before you try to call me names or attack me, make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumours.”Depay has managed six goals and 13 assists in 29 appearances for Lyon across all competitions this season.I really like Lyon and People see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that @OL play better football then most of the clubs with big names! So before you try to call me names or attack me make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumors #Ivory pic.twitter.com/sF9XQZlek6— Memphis (@Memphis) January 30, 2019last_img read more