OTTAWA – Public safety and justice workers exposed to graphic materials detailing horrific crimes are at risk of suffering psychological injuries and therefore need better protections, says a federal union.A report released Tuesday by the Union of Solicitor General Employees says more than three-quarters of public safety workers surveyed had experienced effects such as nightmares, insomnia, emotional or physical difficulties and marital problems.They included employees at prisons, RCMP detachments, courts and the Parole Board of Canada, doing jobs that routinely exposed them to violent criminal histories, victim statements and stomach-turning evidence.“I’ve had some really, really horrible nightmares about some of the stuff that I’ve seen in pictures … and this is a small town so these are pictures of things that have happened to people that I know,” a services assistant at an RCMP detachment told the researchers.Stan Stapleton, the national union president and a former prison guard in Edmonton, compares the exposure to repetitive strain injury from using a computer mouse.“We all recognize and are able to deal with the physical problems, but when it becomes psychological, and mental health, we have not done so well,” he said in an interview.The toll that witnessing trauma takes on frontline workers such as police, paramedics and firefighters is widely recognized, the union says. But it adds that public safety and justice workers behind the scenes receive almost no training or preparation, few protections and little recognition for their injuries.A parole officer told the authors: “(The) culture at work only supports taking time off work when staff are physically assaulted due to traumatic situations and (they) shame staff who become depressed/overstressed due to traumatic material/or threats to their safety.”In October, the House of Commons public safety committee called for a new research centre devoted to the mental health of first responders and other public safety officers grappling with the often disturbing toll of their jobs.The committee’s report cited estimates indicating that between 10 and 35 per cent of first responders — from paramedics to prison guards — will develop post-traumatic stress disorder.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directed Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to work with the provinces and territories and Health Minister Jane Philpott on a co-ordinated national plan on post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency personnel.The report from the union, which has 16,000 members across 17 federal departments, calls for:— Recognition of operational stress injury for federal public servants regularly exposed to both direct and second-hand trauma, setting a precedent for provincial Workplace Compensation Boards;— Expansion of the federal employee assistance program to give public safety workers access to specialized trauma counsellors;— Creation of custom-designed resiliency and emotional preparedness training for public safety officers likely to have regular exposure to traumatic material, as well as special programs for managers.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) passes the puck during a game against Robert Morris Oct. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Julia Hider / Lantern photographerAfter opening the season on a three-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team bounced back by sweeping Robert Morris over the weekend.The Buckeyes (2-3-0) traveled to Pittsburgh Saturday for the second of the two-game home-and-home series against the Colonials (0-4-1), and pulled out a 4-3 victory.Neither team managed to score until the second period, when the Buckeyes opened the gap to take a 4-0 lead after the first 40 minutes. Freshman forward Nick Schilkey tallied a goal 17 seconds into the stanza and junior defenseman Justin DaSilva raised the lead to 2-0 nearly a minute later. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig added to the shutout with his first goal of the season at 13:03 with an assist from junior forward Max McCormick — his team-best fifth assist of the season.Capping the second period was a late goal by sophomore forward Tyler Lundey on the power play with 11 seconds left.The third period saw Robert Morris fall just short of a furious comeback. The Colonials cut the lead to 4-2 with two early goals at 2:23 and 4:07, and sophomore forward Zac Lynch narrowed the gap even more with a goal on the power play to make it a one-goal game with less than eight minutes to go. OSU managed to hold on for the remainder of the game, though, to clinch the victory.The first of the two-game series was played Friday in Columbus, and the Buckeyes finished on top, 5-3, after overcoming an early two-goal deficit. The victory was the first of coach Steve Rohlik’s career as a collegiate head coach.“We didn’t start out pretty tonight and we certainly have some things to work on, but what I liked about our team tonight is they weren’t going to let it (a loss) happen to them again,” Rohlik said during a press conference after the game Friday. “We have a good group. We bounced back and fought hard. Good teams find a way to win, and we did that tonight.”After trailing the Colonials by two goals early in the first period, the Buckeyes scored five straight to put a victory out of reach for Robert Morris.“I think it was that our guys just finally said, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Let’s get after it,’ and that was kind of the mentality on the bench, and the guys were ones talking like that,” Rohlik said.Among those who were being vocal was senior forward Travis Statchuk.“We took it upon ourselves to find a way to win tonight,” Statchuk said Friday. “Coach challenged us between periods and we went out there, stuck to our plan and got it done.”Robert Morris got a goal back during a power play in the third period, but it was not enough and the Buckeyes held on for the victory.Junior forward Nick Oddo said the team’s preparation to play more physically was a contributing factor to the win.“We’ve been working on that all week — driving the net, getting bodies around, second-chance opportunities — and it worked out for us tonight,” he said Friday after the win.The Buckeyes are slated to return to action Tuesday in a non-conference rematch against Bowling Green, who beat OSU 4-3 Oct. 15. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Senior safety Christian Bryant is helped off the field after breaking his ankle in a game against Wisconsin. OSU won, 31-24, Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Senior safety Christian Bryant readied himself on the field, scarlet Buckeye fans erupting in cheers around him Sept. 28, 2013. Instead of taking down intended target, Wisconsin running back James White, Bryant took a hit from teammate sophomore Joshua Perry resulting in a broken ankle.A broken ankle that meant an end to his season and potentially his college career.Despite his inability to play, Bryant’s name was never out of discussions within the team. However, attempts to receive a an extra year of play from a medical redshirt as well as rehabbing his broken ankle seem to be thwarted. Coach Urban Meyer announced Thursday at a press conference Bryant would neither play in the Orange Bowl Friday nor have his petition approved by the NCAA for a medical redshirt.“I believe the appeal was denied. I’m not sure if there’s another one, to come back for another year. He won’t be able to play in this game,” Meyer said. “There was a little bit of outside hope to get him ready, but the injury that he had was pretty severe. I’m not sure if there’s another appeal process left.”Bryant might not be on the field, but the responsibility he garnered as a leader will be. After his injury, another stepped up on the defense: junior linebacker Ryan Shazier.The game following his friend’s injury, Shazier donned a No. 2 jersey rather than his traditional No. 10. Changing numbers wasn’t taken light heartedly – Shazier even has “10” tattooed on his arm. From then on, he was playing for someone else as well.“When Bryant went down, Ryan Shazier assumed a lot of that responsibility, including taking his number, and has done a really magical job at that. He was not a leader a year ago,” Meyer said.Losing Bryant meant the Buckeyes were losing more than just a pivotal defensive player.“Christian Bryant was our best player on both sides of the ball, and we lost him and his leadership skill,” Meyer said.While Bryant’s injury ended his own career. it might have had an impact jump-starting Shazier’s. The latter ended the 2012 season with 115 tackles, Bryant second to him with 71. This year, the linebacker has racked up 134 tackles, according to Ohio State.“He’s been a very good player this year, but he’s done a nice job leading, leading by example, practicing hard, and even being more vocal. That assumes some of the Christian Bryant responsibility,” Meyer said.Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) hits the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerA poor start doomed the Ohio State men’s volleyball team against Harvard.OSU lost its fourth consecutive match in a 3-2 decision against the Crimson Tuesday.The loss put the Buckeyes at 8-12 for the season.OSU was lacking in certain areas, which led to the nail-biting defeat, freshman setter Christy Blough said.“We need to start our matches stronger. We were not able to get a good start in this match. We were able to come back in the middle, but still lost it in the end,” he said.The Buckeyes lost the first two sets, but came back with a win in the next two sets. Coach Pete Hanson said the team barely missed its chance to win it in the end set.“We just couldn’t make the last couple of plays and Harvard did,” Hanson said.Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Alex Judkins said OSU played physically at the net and its blocking skills were in action tonight, which contributed to the comeback mid-match.Hanson said the Buckeyes still need to become more consistent.“We are such a young team. We ride a wave, we are up and down,” he said. “We just have to get our play at a steady pace.”The Buckeyes were missing one of their top players, redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz. Hanson said getting the starting line-up back on the court could result in a turnaround for the Buckeyes.Three players contributed double digit kills for the Buckeye offense: redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous had 18, freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson added 16, and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy contributed 14 kills.The Buckeyes still have a lot to work on as a team, but Hanson said time and experience should help.“Setting the tone earlier is something we need to do a better job of. We need certain guys to step up and take charge at the right time,” he said.OSU is next set to play Ball State Sunday in Muncie, Ind., at 4 p.m.
A 13-year-old in Illinois. A 47-year-old English woman. A 70-year-old Vegas oddsmaker. At first blush, there isn’t much linking them. But last year, all three were among the most successful March Madness prognosticators. That’s where the similarities end.With methods ranging from gut instinct to computational learning theory, these three characters demonstrate just how wide and varied the spectrum of strategies can be. But which strategy will you employ for your own bracket? Watch this video collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and Fictionless and decide for yourself.
LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers might be trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the NBA Finals. The Cavs might, as their Vegas odds suggest, have a mere 12 percent chance of winning the NBA championship. But according to just about every statistical measurement available, the self-proclaimed “best player in the world” is having a series for the ages.Build a bare-bones performance metric that simply adds a player’s points, rebounds and assists and then divides by the number of games the team played,1Using team games penalizes players who missed games — you can’t add value if you don’t play. and James’s 2015 finals ranks as the best of the past 30 years.Get more complex — using, say, a points above replacement (PAR) estimator based on the single-game version of Daniel Myers’s Box Plus/Minus2Which takes into account the location and strength of opponent for each game. — and James ranks sixth among all NBA Finals participants since 1985.3Despite not ranking in the top 25 in our bare-bones metric (and so not making the chart above), Magic Johnson’s 1988 finals performance places second in PAR per team game.So at either pole of the complexity spectrum, James has been the top player of these finals. (Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton came to similar conclusions using a few more metrics of varying intricacy.) And from a historical perspective, output of this level usually leads to winning the NBA Finals and the NBA Finals MVP: Every player near James’s combined total of points, rebounds and assists ended up garnering MVP honors.In a vacuum, then, James’s performance has been so historically strong that it would be a shame for him not to win the award.But on the other hand, if the Warriors win the series and the MVP goes to James, it will be the first time that a member of the losing team has received the honor since 1969, when Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers won in spite of the Boston Celtics’ championship. And, as Pelton notes, the culture of denying MVP honors to a nonchampion has grown in the intervening years, across all sports.In the NBA alone, nine players since 1985 have been the best player in their series by PAR through five games yet failed to win the MVP after their teams lost. (To a certain extent, this also speaks to what can happen between Games 5 and 7 of a series between closely matched teams.) In 2011, Dwyane Wade — then James’s teammate on the Miami Heat — outplayed Dirk Nowitzki to a greater extent than James has outplayed presumptive Warriors MVP candidate Stephen Curry4Andre Iguodala actually leads Golden State in PAR during the series. thus far yet still lost the award to the Dallas Mavericks star. So as great as James has been, it might not be enough to justify the award if Cleveland loses the series.There’s one more angle to think about, though, when it comes to James’s 2015 finals performance. It may be that all our stats and metrics simply break down when forced to consider the unparalleled burden that James has been forced to carry on this undermanned, undertalented Cavaliers squad. James’s 41.1 percent usage rate in this series is the largest of any finalist since 1985, breaking Michael Jordan’s mark of 39.6 percent for the Chicago Bulls against the Phoenix Suns in 1993. James is also logging an incredible 45.6 minutes per game, the eighth-most of any qualified5Minimum 140 minutes played in the series. finalist since 1985.As Tom Haberstroh wrote over the weekend, James’s physical workload during these finals has been termed “unfathomable” (among other things) by sports science experts. At the limits of human endurance and on-court influence — through his shooting and passing, James was involved in 70 of Cleveland’s 91 points in Game 5 — there may be no numbers that can do justice to how irreplaceable James has been for the Cavaliers in this series.They don’t necessarily give out awards for being completely and utterly essential to your team, of course. And, as always, “value” is in the eye of the beholder. But whether the Cavs win or lose, it’s not hard to imagine this series going down as a testament to James’s singular talent, stamina and durability. And if that doesn’t constitute “value,” I’m not sure what does.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are again at the center of controversy, but this time it has nothing to do with an upset fan base. In Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, with the score tied, 2-2, Blue Jackets center Samuel Påhlsson was sent to the penalty box for holding at 18:54 of the third period. As the game clock wound down it appeared the game would head into overtime. But with less than a second left, Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty put a rebound past Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford just as time expired. The officiating crew reviewed the goal to confirm that it had been scored before time expired. The ruling on the ice that the play had resulted in a goal stood, and Doughty was credited with a game-winning power-play goal at 19:59 of the third period. The controversy did not arise until after the game when the Blue Jackets reviewed the goal for themselves. Members of the Blue Jackets staff noticed a malfunction with the game clock. According to the Blue Jackets, with 1.8 seconds left, the game clock appeared to freeze for a full second. Representatives from the Blue Jackets said they felt time should have expired before Doughty scored and the game should have gone in to overtime. Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock said the organization is “disappointed with what happened.” Sharrock said the Blue Jackets have brought the matter to the attention of National Hockey League officials. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson opined on the matter via his blog on the team’s website. “The official results of the NHL games played last night show that the Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in regulation time in Los Angeles,” Howson said in his post. “However, this was an unjust result. In reality, this game should have gone to overtime, and we will never know what the true result of the game should have been.” The NHL acknowledged that they are looking in to the incident. “The league has begun a thorough review in to the matter,” said John Dellapina, NHL spokesman. Members of the Los Angeles Kings organization did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The loss is the Blue Jackets’ sixth in a row, and leaves the team with 32 points through 51 games. The Blue Jackets currently reside in last place in the NHL, and fifth place in the Central Division of the Western Conference. This incident is just one of many storylines in the past week for the organization. On Jan.28, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced in his annual All-Star address that the Blue Jackets organization was chosen as the host for the 2013 NHL All-Star Celebration. Later that day, fans gathered outside of Nationwide Arena to protest Blue Jackets’ management. Multiple reports have confirmed that Blue Jackets’ center Jeff Carter, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers during the offseason, is on the trading block among rumors of his unhappiness with the organization.
YouTube/WHATxxTHExxHELL4. ‘Get off the stage’ say Jack Black and Will FerrellWe all wish people would wrap up their acceptance speeches before that embarrassing moment when the music starts playing over them and everyone begins to feel a little bit awkward about their rushed attempt to cram in the names of people they went to school with, followed by their old babysitter and then their neighbours from childhood. Know when to stop people. And if in doubt have a watch of this.YouTube/Oscars5. Meryl’s ‘her again’ speechNow Meryl Streep can usually get away with saying anything that she wants but we’re not sure that she should have vocalised her thoughts when she admitted that she felt everyone would be thinking ‘her again’ when she won her Oscar for The Iron Lady. Yes Meryl, we know it wasn’t your first shiny Academy Award thingy but spare a thought for the other nominees who had already polished a shelf in their bare trophy cabinets.YouTube/Fendy Wizard6. Ben Stiller takes on AvatarIt’ll be hard for anyone to top Ben Stiller’s Avatar tribute while presenting the award for Best Achievement in Make-Up but let’s hope someone goes the extra mile come Sunday night.YouTube/Oscars7. Leading ladies get majorly tongue-tiedEvery year somebody inevitably cries, says something extremely ill-advised or trips over their own tongue and struggles for breath. Here are lots of people doing just that. Enjoy!YouTube/Laura ManciniPresenting the 2013 Oscar nominees… as re-enacted by a toddler>11 Oscar speeches that will leave you an emotional wreck> Image: Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association ImagesIt might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Who doesn’t love a bit of a Grease homage? But following their slating as Oscar hosts 2011 the pair must have regretted shimmying around dressed like T-Birds while joking about keeping their audience awake. Perhaps if they’d remained in these characters for the duration of the show things would have been a lot more interesting, or a little more interesting at least. LIKE EVERY AWARDS ceremony the Oscars always has its fair share of dramas, mishaps and downright cringe-y moments.Here are some of our favourite chuckleworthy encounters from the last few years. Add your own in the comments…1. Angelina Jolie’s leg taking on a life of its ownFor a brief few weeks last year, Angelina Jolie’s right leg became more famous than the body it was attached to.Later in the night male Oscar winners mimicked the actress posing it up at the podium and hundreds of genius spoofs (like Keith Lemon’s video below) were dreamt up online. We’re guessing there’ll be no slit in Angie’s dress this weekend.YouTube/goodtele22222. The on-stage streaker back in the dayIt’d almost be worth watching all the boring categories just in case something as bizarre as this streaking incident unfolds in this year’s live ceremony. It’s unlikely we must say but you never know. Full marks to David Niven for keeping his cool and reacting perfectly.Image: YouTube/OscarsYouTube/Oscars3. Anne Hathaway and James Franco ironically singing about keeping people awake
If you’re one of those people who counts down the days until you can get a new phone on subsidy from AT&T, the wait on your next phone is going to grow to the full length of your contract.Right now, if your have a phone on subsidy from AT&T, you are eligible for a new phone at the same price as you’d get it on a new contract after 20 months of service. This results in a new two-year agreement starting, and in another 20 months you’ll be up for another phone. For smartphone users especially, this means that in 20 months there’s something noticeably better than whatever you have been using. Much in the same way that Verizon Wireless changed its policy recently, AT&T has now adjusted their upgrade eligibility limit from 20 to 24 months.AT&T’s consumer blog explains that if your contract expires after March 2014, your eligibility agreement has been adjusted to 24 months instead of the 20 you were told when you purchased your phone. If you’re looking to sign a new agreement with AT&T, or if you’re on a family plan, the company has outlined the other ways in which you can acquire an upgrade. You can take one from someone else on your account, you can pay for the phone outright, or you can purchase a phone from somewhere else and bring it to AT&T. There’s also an early upgrade discount program, where partial discounts on the full price of the phone can be granted after 6 months, provided you sign a new two-year agreement.This may be the push some need to take a closer look at secondhand smartphone shops like Swappa, or the Google Experience phones that are expected to be available on the Google Play Store soon. But for most people this just means waiting four months longer than they were told they’d have to when they got the phone in the first place.
Business group predicts ‘exceptional job surge’ with 50,000 new roles this year A separate survey from EY said that income tax is the biggest burden for business owners. Short URL Potential changes to the corporate tax rate in the US is a key concern going forward, given the presence of multinationals in Ireland, O’Brien said.The potential for the US to introduce a border adjustment tax (BAT) is the biggest worry of all which would be “equivalent to imposing tariffs on imports while subsidising exports”.He added that: “The US hasn’t been this close to a comprehensive corporate tax reform in decades.”Ibec concluded by urging the government to take advantage of the current economic growth and impose decisive policy action to protect Ireland from the effects of Brexit.“Investment and liveability issues such as transport, housing and education must be prioritised before the window of exceptionally cheap money closes any further,” O’Brien said.Costly businessA new survey of entrepreneurs conducted by EY has said that the increasing cost of doing business in Ireland, and attracting the best workers, were among the biggest challenges they faced.Almost three-quarters (72%) cited the personal tax burden as the biggest inhibiting factor on the appeal of establishing and growing a business here.A further 62% said the cost of labour was a major inhibiting factor while 61% said the cost of insurance also played a part.The high tax burden in Ireland also hampers businesses ability to attract the best talent, according to the EY survey.Kevin McLoughlin, partner lead at EY entrepreneur of the year, said: “At the moment, entrepreneurs suffer a higher tax burden than those in employment, so this is an area that needs to be tackled head-on by government.Clearly defining and tackling these issues will be imperative to Ireland’s continued economic growth.Read: Why foreign students pay thousands of euro to learn how to make beds in ShannonRead: ‘Jobs like these don’t just waltz in easily’: Huge blow to Nenagh as plant to close Share146 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Alex Buzila 19,606 Views BUSINESS GROUP IBEC has published its economic outlook from the first three months of this year, and predicts that an additional 50,000 jobs will be created in Ireland in 2017.The group said that the labour force will grow 2.7% this year and said that this increase, coupled with tax cuts, wage growth and limited inflation “bodes well for consumer spending”.Another report by accountancy firm EY said that over three-quarters of entrepreneurs plan to recruit more people in the next year, but also highlighted their worries over the ever-increasing cost of doing business in Ireland.GrowthIbec forecasts that Ireland’s GDP will grow by 3.1% this year, and by 2.8% in 2018, “driven by a strong domestic economy”.It said that the country is in a strong position with non-construction employment back to their highest levels since before the economic crisis.The additional 50,000 jobs will come mostly from the service industry, almost 30,000, with a further increase in industrial sectors but a slight fall expected in the numbers employed in the agriculture sector.When construction is excluded, most areas of the country are above the pre-crisis peak levels of employment, but the “south-west and particularly the border counties are still some way short”, Ibec said.While consumer spending is expected to rise 3.3% this year, exports are expected to slow with Brexit effects “already evident” in the sector.Fergal O’Brien, Ibec’s director of policy and public affairs, said: “The Irish economy is now in a strong position with employment growing by 2.9% in 2016, the fastest rate since 2007.However, the economic impact of changes to our trading relations with the US and UK are still unknown and are a cause of concern for Irish businesses By Sean Murray Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:41 AM Apr 3rd 2017, 7:41 AM http://jrnl.ie/3320865 Image: Shutterstock/Alex Buzila
We will honour the commitments we’ve made to restore and increase pay for hard-working public servants – teachers, defence forces, nurses and healthcare staff.We will also be able to provide for increased demand for health and education and disability services due to our rising and ageing population. We will also use the Budget to step-up Climate Action. We must do that in every Budget from now on.Varadkar also added that the much-delayed signing of the National Broadband contract is “a major priority” in the term ahead. Fianna FáilTaking a pop at Fianna Fáil, the Taoiseach said:“They have no solutions. No policies. No plans. And they do not have the team to match ours.” While stating that the Green Party had a very good local and European election and acknowledging “they have some good policies”, Varadkar said there is no shame in adopting Green policies. “We should not be embarrassed to make some of those good ideas our own in the months ahead. If it’s the right thing to do, we should do it.”Varadkar raised concerns that a Fianna Fáil-Green Party coalition might spell the end of his days as Taoiseach, stating:“There is a difference between green policies and the Green Party. And I am concerned that when the next General Election comes, the Green Party could be the Trojan Horse that lets Fianna Fáil back in with Micheál Martin as Taoiseach. They’ve done it before. We don’t want to go back to that.”He told his party members that winning by-elections is very difficult for government parties, stating that it has only happened three times in 35 years. “But it can be done. There are four by-elections and only one of the four seats was held by Fine Gael. “We should aim to win one and get the equivalent of something close to a Dáil quota for each of them so that our candidates will be in a strong position to take a seat when the General Election comes.”The bu-elections are due to be held in Dublin Mid-West, Dublin Fingal, Cork North-Central and Wexford due to Frances Fitzgerald (FG), Clare Daly (I4G), Billy Kelleher (FF) and Mick Wallace (I4C) all winning seats in the last European elections. By Christina Finn Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 1:33 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thu 1:33 PM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he wants a general election in May 2020 At the party’s annual away day, Varadkar said he has always believed that the next election should take place in the summer of 2020. MAY 2020 “IS the right moment” for a general election, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told Fine Gael TDs in a speech today. Speaking at the party’s annual away day in Cork, Varadkar said he had always believed that the next election should take place in the summer of 2020.This timeline would allow Varadkar go the White House for St Patrick’s Day and also ensure he can attend the EU Council meeting in March.“I think May 2020 is the right moment. It will allow to us to complete a full parliamentary session in the new year, discharge our Government duties around St Patrick’s Day and the March European Council and have a new Government in place well in advance of the next summer recess.“We should also, by then, have secured a Brexit Deal or have guided the country through the worst of No Deal. Though timelines, when it comes to Brexit, are unpredictable,” he said. The Taoiseach said it would also allow the government to spend the next few months concentrating on other items such as the Budget, Brexit, regional development, housing, health and climate action.“I believe we can win that election. In fact, I am sure of it even though it may not become apparent until the last week or ten days of the Election Campaign,” he told his party colleagues. His comments come as the relationship between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil appears to be souring, with Fianna Fáil TDs stating publicly that if it weren’t for Brexit, they would have pulled the plug on this government. Meanwhile, a number of Fine Gael ministers have accused their confidence and supply partners of making “reckless” spending demands.While Varadkar is set on a summer election, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin had his sights set on a spring election. At the Fianna Fáil think-in earlier this week, Martin said his party will not precipitate a general election, but predicted the public will go to the polls in early spring.At today’s meeting, the Taoiseach took the opportunity to tell his colleagues that he had an enjoyable summer. “I had a great summer. I got around the country a lot and also got a break. But there is nowhere I would rather be than in Government, and in the Taoiseach’s office,” he said. BrexitTouching on the issue of Brexit, Varadkar said avoiding the return of a hard border on this island is a government priority.“We must protect peace on the island and the success of the all-island economy. This is why the backstop continues to be a critical component of the Withdrawal Agreement, unless and until an alternative is found. “And yes, we are open to alternatives as we always have been. But they must be realistic ones, legally binding and workable in practice.”He added that there is a significant and growing risk of no deal Brexit, adding:“We don’t want a no-deal Brexit and we will continue our efforts to avoid one until the very last moment, but not at any cost.”Varadkar said the government would not back down on the Irish backstop, stating that the a Withdrawal Agreement without the backstop “is no good to us”. “It merely kicks the can down the road until the transition phase ends in December 2020. The only difference being that the United Kingdom would legally be out of the European Union but not in any meaningful way.“They would experience none of the consequences. We would face 14 more months of uncertainty and sapping confidence. It’s not an outcome that the Irish Government can agree to,” he added.BudgetIn terms of October’s Budget, Varadkar emphasised that it would not be an austerity budget, despite it being based on the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. He said spending will rise by roughly €3 billion and an extra €900 million for public infrastructure will be spent on new schools, primary care centres, housing, roads, buses, and creating jobs.He said there will be a package of financial supports in the event of no-deal. Share115 Tweet Email2 Short URL Image: Leah Farrell 112 Comments 60,552 Views Image: Leah Farrell https://jrnl.ie/4806293
Stay on target The Amazon Echo seemed like a strange idea when Amazon introduced it two years ago, but the voice-activated assistant hub has proven popular with consumers. Now, Google is leveraging its more powerful voice-activated “Assistant” in a similar product called Google Home. It is iFixit’s solemn duty when new hardware comes out to tear it apart so we may see what makes it tick (or talk, in this case). What iFixit found in Google Home is rather amusing—there’s actually a little house in there.Before digging into the Google Home, iFixit took an x-ray photo of its insides. Right up at the top is a peculiar house shape. What’s that all about? You have to bust it open to find out. After removing the magnetic base cover, the main chassis can be opened with a few torx screws. There’s only one cable to worry about when taking the case apart—it runs from the motherboard up to the touch-sensitive board at the top of the device (it also houses the microphones). This board is actually glued to the top with a layer of mega-sticky adhesive. Luckily, that’s the only glue in Google Home.The motherboard shares a lot of features with the Chromecast. There’s a Marvell dual-core ARM A7 SoC, 256MB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. As for that house shape from the x-ray, that’s the PCB printing on around the Marvell wireless controller (see below). Fun.The entire bottom section of Google Home is taken up by the 2-inch speaker driver with dual passive radiators. A rubber gasket is the only thing holding it in place after the rest of the case is removed. Interestingly, the bottom of the device where the magnetic cover attachment is also has a charging cable that doesn’t connect to anything. iFixit speculates it may have originally been intended to make into Home a portable device.In all, iFixit gives Google Home a repairability score of 8 out of 10. It only loses points for the glue on the top board and a DC jack soldered to the main board. Not bad. iFixit Breaks Down What Killed Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging MatApple’s Durable HomePod Makes Home Repairs Impossible
Translation: ESPN lost a shit-ton of subscribers in the last year, so we’re desperate to get a new audience. We’ll even accept fake sports. Facebook Now Playing Up Next Disney, Twitter Announce New Business Partnership 3 COMMENTS Tread lightly. You don’t want the I.W.C. coming after you. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFCVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 24.90%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against ESPN Now Playing Up Next August 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm Conor Mcgregor WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte August 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm Mickelson Wants To Duel Tiger Woods ESPN Adds 15 More UFC Fights Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Pinterest John Johnson Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFC ESPN Front Row is featuring an interview with ESPN Vice President, Editorial Director and Domestic Digital Content, Chad Millman, about opening a dedicated section of ESPN.com for coverage of WWE and “the world of professional wrestling.”Here are a few highlights courtesy of Angela Yang’s interview.The decision to launch a dedicated WWE section of ESPN.com:“We’ve spent a lot of time the past several months thinking about how fans interact with sports, from what device they’re using to what tracks on social to what matters for a global audience. The way those factors intersect each other helped drive our thinking behind launching the gambling and eSports verticals over the past 24 months and pro wrestling fits in that circle, too. It is a subject that engages a really passionate audience, and we see a pop every time we cover it, from big events to news about wrestlers to in-depth stories examining controversies. Pro wrestling fans are sports fans.”If covering WWE and pro wrestling on ESPN will cause any confusion:“There is a clear distinction between the results of a WWE event and the sports that we cover. But from a personality perspective, many fans view wrestlers on the same plane as the most popular athletes, in those respects they do tie them together. And the worlds are already inextricably linked, from the athletes and coaches who appear ringside at events to John Cena hosting the ESPYs.”ESPN launches new @WWEonESPN vertical today: https://t.co/JTjXzyonBO pic.twitter.com/VgKsyeCxGt— ESPN Front Row (@ESPNFrontRow) August 11, 2016 Levon Hughey Twitter
Ivan Perisic has spoken out on the recent criticism he received from some fans after his failed move to Arsenal FCPerisic broke the silence on his birthday by sending a message to a section of Inter Milan fans saying: “Thank you for the praise and the criticism. Both are my fuels.”The Croatia international has somewhat been frozen out of the club following his protracted move to Arsenal that didn’t materialise.According to Football Italia, Perisic could well play this evening against Bologna at San Siro and is expected to receive a frosty welcome from the supporters.Meanwhile, he broke his silence on Instagram and just after his 30th birthday.Ivan Perisic seemingly extending a olive branch to Inter fans on Instagram as he turns 30 after failing to get his move to Arsenal in the January transfer window. #AFC pic.twitter.com/2A3wnJIyDM— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) February 3, 2019Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“They say hitting your thirties is like entering the golden age… Walking into this stage of my life with 0 ****s given.“On a more serious note, I sincerely thank you for all the positive B-Day wishes.“Thank you for the praise but also thank you for the criticism. Both of them are my fuels.”Inter Milan are struggling for form at the moment following their painful exit from the Coppa Italia against Lazio in a penalty shoot-out.The Milan based side are equally struggling on the League front with only one point registered in Serie A since they returned from the winter break.
A nationwide, voluntary recall has been issued for Oreo Fudge Cremes and Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes.Mondelez Global LLC is recalling the products due to a milk allergen not being declared on the products’ ingredients list. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could risk a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.There has been one report of an allergic reaction, as of Friday.The products involved in the recall have “Best When Used By” dates between August, September and October.Consumers can contact the company at 1-855-535-5948, 24 hours a day, to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available. Monday thru Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
EE will be the UK’s first network to switch on commercial 5G. Mike Kemp/In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images UK mobile carrier EE announced its plans to launch 5G in the UK on Wednesday. The network will be switched on on May 30, with the first 5G phones available to preorder from today.EE’s initial 5G rollout will focus on six cities (London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester), with promises to expand to 19 cities by the end of the year. EE CEO Marc Allera promised EE 5G customers would experience average download speeds of 156mbps. It will be “like having a lane of the motorway all to yourself,” he said, speaking at an event in London.The first devices EE will offer on its 5G plans include the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Oppo Reno 5G, the LG V50 ThinQ, a 5G home router and an HTC Wi-Fi device. Plans start from £54 per month (for 10GB of data) and extend up to £74 per month (for 120GB of data).Earlier this month, EE announced it would offer the Huawei Mate 20 X as one of the first 5G phones it offered to customers, but due to the developments earlier this week calling into question the future of Android on Huawei phones, the network has pulled them from its initial 5G device lineup. “We’ve put the Huawei devices on pause until we’ve got a bit more information on that,” said Allera.EE’s announcement on Wednesday means it’s the first UK network to launch commercial 5G. Following swiftly in its footsteps on July 3 is Vodafone. Three and O2 are also expected to launch 5G networks this year, but no dates have been set at this stage.”With every new generation of wireless, this is where leaders are proven,” said Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, also speaking at the launch event. “EE is making such a strong statement here today.”5G will open up a whole new world of tech-powered experiences, including autonomous vehicles, smart cities and VR. But it also promises to improve our day-to-day experiences of using our phones. Not only will it boost data speeds, but it should improve coverage as networks continue to get to increasingly congested.”5G will not replace 4G, it becomes another asset in our network,” said Allera. He promised the network wouldn’t throttle its 4G to make its 5G seem faster, but said that in the initial stages the two networks would work together to provide customers with the best experience.This first phase of EE’s 5G rollout will see 1,500 sites go live over the next couple of years, with the second and third phases of the rollout slated for 2022 and 2023 respectively. Phase two will bring the full next-generation 5G core network, while EE envisions phase three enabling the “tactile internet,” where a sense of touch can be added to remote real-time interactions. Tags Review • OnePlus 7 Pro is the best Android phone value of 2019 Mentioned Above OnePlus 7 Pro (256GB, Mirror Gray) See it OnePlus 7 Pro Phones Tech Industry How To • OnePlus 7 Pro: 10 essential tips you need to know Share your voice 5G EE Huawei LG Post a comment 0 News • OnePlus 7 Pro camera upgrades reportedly coming CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $787
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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APSupporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2017. A federal judge on Tuesday became the third judge to rule against the administration’s plans to end DACA after federal judges in California and New York handed down similar decisions.A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to end deportation protections for some young immigrants, saying the White House was “arbitrary and capricious” in moving to end the Obama-era DACA program.In a blow to President Trump, who has long railed against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates for the District of Columbia said the Department of Homeland Security had failed to provide an adequate rationale for why the program is unlawful.DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018He said that the decision to rescind DACA must therefore be set aside, but he gave Homeland Security 90 days to “better explain its view” that DACA is illegal.If it fails to produce a more convincing argument in the three-month timeframe, DHS “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,” the judge said.“Each day that the agency delays is a day that aliens who might otherwise be eligible for initial grants of DACA benefits are exposed to removal because of an unlawful agency action,” Bates wrote in his decision.DACA granted the right to work and stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation to about 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.Bates is the third judge to rule against the administration’s plans to end DACA after federal judges in California and New York handed down similar decisions.The government is expected to appeal the decision, but in January, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a key case dealing with DACA, leaving the administration few options.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Solomon Islands records best-ever visitor arrival Q1 resultSolomon Islands records best-ever visitor arrival Q1 resultA watershed moment for the Solomon Islands tourism industry with collective visitor arrivals for Q1 2018 up 29 per cent over the same period in 2017.Figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) this week show international visitation for the increased from 4881 to 6296 with January, February and March all showing positive growth – respectively, plus 33 per cent, plus 13.5 per cent and plus 36.3 per cent.Australian visitor arrivals continued to dominate, the 2195 figure recorded for Q1 a 17.6 per cent increase over the 1867 result achieved in 2017 and representing 34.8 per cent of all international visitation.A strong New Zealand result saw arrivals increase from 301 to 356, an 18.3 per cent increase, in the process firmly cementing the country in place as the second largest source of visitation. Papua New Guinea and the US maintained their third and fourth positions, increasing 39.3 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively.Congratulating his team and industry colleagues for their efforts in helping to achieve the result, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo Tuamoto said the positive news could not have come at a better time following recent tragic events which have shaken the destination’s tourism sector.Source = Mike Parker-Brown, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau
There are two camps forming in Phoenix.One terms the Sam Bradford signing as a gross overpayment to an injury-prone underachiever whose left knee won’t hold up for more than eight games before he lands on the shelf and forces Chicago Bears 2017 free-agent bust Mike Glennon into action.The other is ready to declare this one-year, $20 million contract ($15 million is guaranteed with a second-year option) the latest prescient plucking of untapped potential from the quarterback scrap heap — the next Kurt Warner or Carson Palmer. The Cardinals didn’t get Alex Smith because Mr. Smith is going to Washington. They didn’t get Case Keenum, who is, to date, a one-year wonder as he heads to Denver.They were never going to get Kirk Cousins (even if his sister — eye-roll — lives in the Valley) because the more attractive Vikings threw an absurd amount of money at a guy who has yet to rise above good-not-great status. The Eagles intend to keep Super Bowl-winning QB Nick Foles as insurance against starter Carson Wentz’s ACL surgery recovery.Bradford was the best option available to the Cardinals and $15 million for a quarterback of his experience is the going market rate.What his and Glennon’s impending signings — the Bears released Glennon on Wednesday — highlight more than anything is the Cardinals’ plan for the future at this position.By giving Bradford a one-year deal with an option, the Cardinals are essentially taking a look-see at the potential that made him the first overall pick in 2010. If he lights it up, they have a chance to bring him back, although the nature of that team option is unclear.If he doesn’t succeed, they can cut bait.The same goes for Glennon, who some reports tabbed as a potential starter here last season, although the Cardinals never had serious interest in him. Glennon, 28, is fine on a reasonable deal as a backup. No sane analysis of the Cardinals’ quarterback situation can conclude that it isn’t better with Bradford and Glennon than it would have been with Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert. The truth resides somewhere in between those two extreme opinions, as dull as it makes this column’s clickability.Bradford, 30, has had two ACL repairs on his left knee (2013 and 2014) and an arthroscopic procedure on the same knee that forced him to miss 14 games last season. That is troubling, no matter what the current bill of health or the Cardinals’ rose-colored projections say.He played on some awful or just poor St. Louis Rams teams his first four seasons and seemed a mismatch with then-Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly in 2015, but great players are supposed to lift poor teams, so Bradford deserves his share of blame for failing to do so.Related LinksCardinals sign former Bears QB Mike GlennonPro Bowl safety Eric Weddle rips Cardinals’ signing of Sam BradfordRapid Reaction: Cardinals to sign quarterback Sam BradfordThe timeline of potential Cardinals QB Sam Bradford’s career, injuriesOn the flip side, Bradford completed an NFL-best 71.6 percent of his passes in 2016 with Minnesota.Only four players (Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees) own higher passer ratings than Bradford among quarterbacks with at least 15 starts the past two seasons. When healthy, Bradford has played pretty well since he reached NFL maturity.Free-agent signings are prone to overanalysis, little of which will help predict the future. Bradford is a wait-and-see proposition.The greater question Cardinals fans must ask themselves is this: What else could Arizona have done? Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When the 2017 season ended, the Cardinals had no quarterbacks under contract. They have two now, but the biggest piece of the puzzle is yet to come in the NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas, April 26-28.The Cardinals need to find their quarterback of the future in that draft, whether it’s Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen or Mason Rudolph. To get that guy, general manager Steve Keim may have to do something he has not been prone to do: move up in the draft.The Cardinals are currently slated to pick at No. 15. Their guy might be gone by then if you believe the latest in the mind-numbing series of mock drafts that have as many as five quarterbacks going in the first 12 picks.Would Denver be willing to part with the No. 5 pick now that they have Keenum? Would Cleveland be willing to part with one of its two top-five picks? Is there another club in the mix?Whatever the cost (within reason) and despite the long odds of that pick panning out as a franchise or very good starter, the Cardinals have to find a way. They have put this off too long.Arizona hasn’t drafted a quarterback in the first three rounds since 2006 when they selected (deep breaths) Matt Leinart. Palmer’s retirement and the short-term deals of their new QBs have backed them into a corner. Top Stories Don’t waste a first-round pick on an offensive lineman that won’t play right away as he adapts to the dramatically different NFL game. Go the free agent route and sign capable veterans that can help Bradford and that QB of the future, who could be pressed into action sooner than expected.While you’re at it, go find a receiver to team with Larry Fitzgerald — a guy that can help the QBs and provide some hope at that position for the future because he won’t play forever.The Cardinals’ free agent moves at QB were logical moves, given the limits that their cap situation and current personnel placed on their ability to attract players. Now they have to execute the second, more important part of the plan.They have to find a QB of the future. They have to put the pieces around that QB and Bradford to set them up for success.It’s time for Keim to justify that contract extension he just signed. 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