Le rapport annuel indique que des services aux citoyens vulnérables sont nécessaires

first_imgL’ombudsman de la Nouvelle-Écosse affirme que les services offerts par son bureau devraient être élargis pour mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes vulnérables. Dwight Bishop souligne que le besoin croissant est plus évident au sein de groupes tels que les jeunes, les nouveaux Néo-Écossais et les personnes « cherchant à comprendre un système de soins de santé qui est complexe ». Dans son rapport annuel publié aujourd’hui 26 novembre, M. Bishop déclare aussi que le public se préoccupe de plus en plus des questions d’éthique au sein du gouvernement, notamment en raison de nombreux cas d’inconduite signalés. « Les citoyens veulent que les organes de surveillance tels que le Bureau de l’ombudsman soient de plus en plus vigilants », dit-il. M. Bishop fait référence à plusieurs cas traités en 2012-2013 qui, selon lui, mettent en évidence le besoin d’élargir les services de l’ombudsman et d’effectuer des enquêtes plus approfondies. Son enquête auprès de l’Autorité de développement économique régional de Cumberland est un exemple local de ce que le public considère comme un manque d’éthique. « Il s’agissait d’une question de responsabilité relative aux dépenses publiques, et donc d’intérêt public », déclare-t-il. Dans ce cas, le rapport de l’ombudsman a incité le gouvernement provincial à embaucher une entreprise privée pour effectuer une vérification judiciaire des projets de l’organisme. M. Bishop souligne également que les besoins pressants des personnes les plus vulnérables ont été mis davantage en évidence pendant une enquête sur les méthodes offertes pour vérifier les antécédents de personnes embauchées pour travailler avec les jeunes à risque. Dans son rapport, il conclut qu’il n’existe aucune approche globale au Canada, et qu’en Nouvelle-Écosse il n’existe aucune loi exigeant une vérification des antécédents. Un autre cas troublant était l’examen des services aux personnes ayant des besoins complexes, c’est-à-dire ceux qui sont aux prises avec de multiples problèmes de santé psychologique et physique mais qui ne répondent pas aux critères pour les services conventionnels. M. Bishop a donné l’exemple d’une jeune femme qui a reçu un diagnostic de trouble d’hyperactivité avec déficit de l’attention et d’agressivité sévère, en plus d’un trouble de la parole. Il affirme que le ministère des Services communautaires a reconnu que la jeune femme ne répondait pas aux critères pour les services offerts, et que la seule solution possible était l’ajout de personnel à un établissement de soins existant. Deux enquêtes effectuées en 2012-2013 impliquaient des décès, c’est-à-dire le décès d’un détenu à un établissement correctionnel provincial et le décès d’un enfant dans une famille recevant des services gouvernementaux. M. Bishop souligne que le rapport sur le décès du détenu a été rédigé et que ses recommandations ont été acceptées par le ministère de la Justice. L’enquête sur le décès de l’enfant sera conclue d’ici la fin de l’année. Le Bureau de l’ombudsman effectue aussi un examen du programme des établissements de soins pour enfants. En 2012-2013, le Bureau de l’ombudsman a reçu 18 nouvelles plaintes en vertu de la loi sur la divulgation d’actes fautifs dans l’intérêt du public (Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act). Une enquête a été effectuée, et deux autres sont en cours. M. Bishop déclare que son personnel compte bien élargir le rôle du bureau dans les domaines qui présentent de nouvelles demandes de services et une augmentation des attentes du public. « En fin de compte, mes préoccupations se rapportent à l’existence de ressources adéquates pour répondre aux besoins croissants. » Le rapport annuel peut être consulté au www.novascotia.ca/ombu/fr .last_img read more

Recreational sports may boost college grades

first_imgParticipating in recreational sports in college may not only help improve grades, but can also keep students from dropping out, a study has found. Researchers found that among nearly 1,800 students, those who played sports averaged a 3.25 grade point average at the end of their first year compared to a 3.07 GPA for those who did not play. Those who participated in recreational sports were also less likely to drop or fail any classes their first year and were 40 per cent more likely to move onto the next year, according to the study published in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice. It takes 120 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, and to graduate in four years, you need a total of 30 completed credit hours each school year. Also Read – The Puja carnival”At the end of the year, students who played sports dropped or failed a total average of six credits compared to 7.7 credits among non-playing students,” said Kerri Vasold, who was at MSU at the time of the study. Vasold said that the almost two credit difference each year can have a big effect overall on the time it takes to graduate, and even more importantly, how much damage the pocketbook takes. The research brings the most solid evidence to date that sports play an important role in a student’s success. According to the researchers, the sweet spot seems to be anywhere between four to seven different activities throughout the year. Activities can range from playing a sport like ultimate frisbee a few times a month to taking an aerobics class at a fitness centre each week.last_img read more

Surrey BC pastor son companies fined for fraud BC Securities Commission

VANCOUVER — A B.C. Securities Commission panel has imposed fines and market bans on a Surrey pastor, his son, another man and the companies they controlled over a real estate investment scheme.The commission says Pastor Alan Braun, Jerry Braun, Steven Maxwell, also known as Steven Fassman, and three companies took $450,000 from two investors telling them they were buying real estate in Edmonton that would generate a high rate of return.It says the men used the money for other purposes, including their own personal living expenses.The panel has ordered Alan Braun to pay the same amount taken from the investors, plus $450,000 in administrative penalties, while Maxwell has been fined $300,000 and Jerry Braun must pay a $200,000 fine.The decision also sets out restrictions on various market activities for the men, including a permanent ban prohibiting all three men from acting as a company director or officer.The panel said in an earlier finding of misconduct that the men’s actions were exacerbated by the predatory nature of their dealings with one of the investors, whom it described as “vulnerable.”It also said the Brauns “preyed upon and shared spirituality with the investor.” The Canadian Press read more

For UN staff in Haiti finding solace in work

29 January 2010Even before this month’s earthquake, Port-au-Prince could be a difficult place to work. Now, with half the city destroyed, 1 million residents displaced and the stress from frequent aftershocks, there are new challenges to working in the Haitian capital. And yet some United Nations staff members in Haiti say that, despite the personal losses and professional pressures they have experienced as a result of the disaster, continuing to work is the only option that makes sense.“My pregnancy almost drifted into the background,” Amelia Shaw, a television producer with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), told the UN News Centre.“I was forcibly reminded by my boss and the staff counsellor to go home and hand over. That’s hard to hear because you get tied up in the urgency of what’s happening and in being part of the machine of making it better. And you stop thinking for a little while of the life that you’re carrying.” Ms. Shaw, who will go on maternity leave next week, was in her office in an annex of the Christopher Hotel when the earthquake struck. “I heard it before I felt it. I thought it was a truck. I looked out the window and everything was swinging. I tried to get to the door, and my cameraman was behind me and he laid on top of me. He wanted to shield me. Our photographer was bouncing off the walls screaming ‘get out’.” Ms. Shaw and her colleagues ran out into the parking lot, climbing over a car that had crashed into their building, and got down on the ground. “After 15 seconds, it was calm. Someone with us stuttered ‘where’s our building?’ There was gold dust. There was so much dust. It was all lit up by the sun going down. It took us 20 minutes to realize the building wasn’t there anymore.”On the other side of town, Jean-Lionel Présumé, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) coordinator with the cash-for-work programme, was visiting family.“It only lasted a minute but it was the longest minute of my life,” Mr. Présumé told UNDP. When it was over, he ran around the corner to his own house and saw that it had completely collapsed, with his brother and his wife inside. He heard his brother’s voice from the rubble and started to dig.“I dug with my bare hands. It took me three hours but I was able to get him out.” The body of his sister-in-law was recovered the next day.Meanwhile, Jens Kristensen, a MINUSTAH humanitarian worker, was buried beneath the Christopher Hotel, where he would spend five days clinging to hope and a mobile phone. Just as Ms. Shaw and Mr. Présumé, he has since returned to work.“If you see the devastation in Haiti at the moment, it is enormous. I cannot just evacuate. I feel physically sore after five days on a concrete slab but mentally I am strong enough to do it. And certainly at a time when the country needs so much assistance,” Mr. Kristensen said. With much of Port-au-Prince destroyed, many humanitarian workers are homeless, sleeping on the same streets they work on during the day. “It is the only situation we’ve seen where the humanitarian community, our own staff, are as affected as the population,” World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran told reporters earlier this week.“For the first 10 days, I and most of my colleagues would sleep on the floor outside the office or on a cot,” Ms. Shaw said. For the last five days she has shared a tent with her husband, a fellow MINUSTAH staff member who was outside of Haiti and just received authorization to return. “We were surviving on military rations. We got one ready-to-eat meal a day and water. There is enough to eat now, but the first few days were touch and go,” Ms. Shaw said. While physically staff are making due, there are psychological and emotional concerns.“You feel like you’re coping but you don’t know how it’s going to be when you leave the place. You’re in a little bubble surrounded by colleagues who experienced the same thing. You don’t have to explain,” Ms. Shaw said.“You still feel it could come back. We still have tremors. I share an office with 30 people, and there was a tremor. Maybe magnitude two. People almost broke their ankles to run out the door,” she added.Mr. Kristensen said, “I think I can handle it, but you never know. That will come to the test in a few weeks. Right now I’m busy. It keeps me occupied. Maybe when I’m not busy there will be a reaction. That’s what all the people tell me.”MINUSTAH has up to five counsellors available at any time for staff. Without an office, the counsellors hold meetings outside. Many of the counsellors have undergone the same traumatic experiences as the staff they are supporting. “The counselling services have been doing an excellent job under the leadership of Dr. Youssoupha Niang. They’ve been working day and night. I know many staff have been going to see them,” said Nicole Bergener-Guimaraes, Chairperson of the MINUSTAH Field Staff Union. MINUSTAH has also instigated mandatory two-week relocations for staff. Temporary replacements have been flying in from the New York headquarters and other missions to assist the local and international staff.“Some of the MINUSTAH staff don’t want to go, but it’s for their own good,” said Ms. Bergener-Guimaraes. “Everyone wants to come to help us, the mission, and Haiti, our country.” read more

Five killed in boat tragedy

Further investigations are underway. The police said that 11 people were on board the boat when it was hit by a strong wave.Witnesses managed to rescue the rest of the people on the boat after it capsized. Five people were killed when the boat they were travelling in capsized in Beruwala this evening, the police said.The boat was taking the group to visit the Beruwala lighthouse when tragedy struck.

Sri Lanka must work with Bangladesh and India says US

The security of the Indian Ocean is “inextricably” linked to the stability of global economy, the U.S. has said and underscored the need for maritime cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to uphold international norms such as the freedom of navigation.“Maritime security in the Indian Ocean will depend more and more on the ability of countries like India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to work with each other, and partners like America, to uphold international norms like the freedom of navigation,” said Manpreet Singh Anand, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. He said South Asia has a tremendous growth potential as the region boasts more working-age people than anywhere in the world with its economies growing at an average of more than 7 per cent. The “stability inland” also depended on how well the above countries can combat piracy and trafficking of drugs, weapons, and people on the high seas, Anand told the Pacific Council Members, according to the Press Trust of India. “You can plainly see how the security of the Indian Ocean is inextricably linked to the stability of the global economy,” said the Indian-origin diplomat.As over 250 million South Asians move into cities in the next 15 years, creating strong demands for infrastructure and services, Mr. Anand said the World Bank estimates that the region will need about $ 2.5 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next ten years to reach its full economic potential. “While the countries of South Asia are increasingly trading more around the globe, the region is still one of the least economically—integrated in the world, with less than six per cent of its total trade and less than one per cent of its investment flows occurring from within the region,” he rued.He said U.S.’ efforts to build prosperity and stability in South Asia are not only about improving trade and connectivity but also have strong social and environmental components.“With India, we have increased bilateral trade to over $100 billion a year, while launching dozens of programmes to promote women’s entrepreneurship and equitable access to healthcare, education, finance, and more,” he said. India also has older trade agreements with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan that reduced or eliminated tariffs,” he said.“The Bangladesh—Bhutan—India—Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement, or BBIN, has drastically reduced transit times between the four countries and will allow for the faster, cheaper movement of goods and people across borders,” Mr. Anand said. (Colombo Gazette) Mr. Anand said the regional countries were taking steps to bilaterally reduce barriers to trade. “With Sri Lanka, India is pursuing an Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement. read more

UN decolonization efforts bearing fruit Assembly panel told as it opens session

“In May, East Timor will join the ranks of sovereign States, ending a long period of suffering and marking another major achievement of the decolonization movement, which brought about one of the signal transformations of the twentieth century,” she told the panel, known as the Special Committee of 24, which monitors implementation of the General Assembly’s 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. “I hope that in this new century, it will be possible to close, once and for all, and in accordance with the principle of the 1960 Declaration and all relevant resolutions, a chapter that truly belongs to a previous era,” said Ms. Fréchette. Including East Timor, which is now administered by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), there are currently 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories: American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Gibraltar, Guam, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Tokelau, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, and Western Sahara. The current administering Powers are France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is currently engaged in organizing a referendum in that Non-Self-Governing Territory. The Deputy Secretary-General expressed hope that the administering Powers would work to find constructive ways to address the long-standing issue of the Non-Self-Governing Territories. She urged those Powers to move forward in finding appropriate arrangements with the full participation of the people of each Territory. “This is an opportunity that should not be missed,” she said. read more

Stressing crime prevention Security Council extends UN mission in Haiti by 6

At a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, the Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate through 15 February next year, six months earlier than the date requested by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a recent report.The resolution passed by the Council calls for MINUSTAH to be comprised of up to 7,200 peacekeeping troops and as many as 1,951 police officers, as well as 16 corrections officers seconded from other UN Member States. As of mid-July, there were some 6,200 troops and 1,687 police.Violent crime remains a problem of enormous magnitude in Haiti, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where the number of kidnappings by armed groups has started to surge again after declining at the beginning of the year.The Council asked MINUSTAH to reorient its programme of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants “towards a comprehensive community violence reduction programme adapted to local conditions,” including the provision of job opportunities for gang members and other at-risk youths.The mission was also asked to work closely with Haitian authorities to combat cross-border drugs and arms trafficking, train police officers and help reform the justice sector, which is plagued by problems ranging from prison overcrowding to impunity for many violent crimes.Council members also asked Haiti to complete run-off legislative and municipal elections as soon as feasible, and for MINUSTAH to help in the organization of those polls.In his most recent report on the mission, Mr. Annan said that Haiti is posed for a fresh start after the successful staging of elections earlier this year and the subsequent formation of a broad-based government, which has representatives from seven different political parties in the 18-member cabinet. read more

South Sudan UN health agency ramps up efforts to tackle cholera outbreak

“Cholera is a largely preventable and treatable disease,” said Allan Mpairwe, Head of Outbreaks and Disasters Management at WHO in South Sudan.In fact, with early detection, effective case management and oral rehydration salts treatment, up to 80 per cent of the cases can be successfully treated while the fatality rate can be reduced to less than 1 per cent.“Progress is being made in providing access to safe water and sanitation for all populations and improving access to health care service for those who are sick,” said Mr. Mpairwe.WHO and partners such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the state Ministry of Health are strengthening the prevention and treatment of cholera for all at-risk populations, such as children, pregnant women, elderly people and those needing special attention. For example, the UN agency has launched health education campaigns, while considering local culture and beliefs, to promote simple but effective rules of good hygiene, safe water and food preparation.Training health workers, intensifying surveillance activities and strengthening referral systems have also been carried out. Meanwhile, WHO and Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) Swiss are assisting the state Ministry of Health for a vaccination campaign with oral cholera vaccine, targeting cholera transmission hotspots and vulnerable groups in Juba County. Cholera cases have been declining since 20 July 2015. However, the threat to young children and other vulnerable groups remains high in South Sudan, unless all at-risk households have access to water, sanitation and hygiene.As of 10 August 2015, a total of 1,519 cholera cases have been reported since June with children under five and 5-9 years of age being most affected in Juba and Bor counties. read more

Dwight Howard Responds to Kareem AbdulJabbar

Dwight Howard has responded to the recent criticism of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, asserting that he is not a stupid basketball player.“Dwight is an extraordinary athlete and has incredible athletic ability, but basketball is a game where the most important muscle that you use on the court is the one between your ears,” Abdul-Jabbar said on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday. “Dwight’s basketball IQ is not up to speed for him to be a dominant player.”Howard, who left the LA Lakers to sign with the Houston Rockets this offseason, had a ready response.“You can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid. That can’t be done,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “And I don’t think any coach that has ever coached me has said I have a low IQ for basketball.“Have I done some dumb stuff on the floor? Yes, every player has. Have I done some stupid things in life? Yes, it’s life. We make mistakes and learn from them. It is what it is. I think I am very intelligent when it comes to the game of basketball. I have been playing since I was 3 years old. Each year, I get a little smarter.“People will have something to say. Is what it is. I’m in (Houston) now. This city has my back and we are going to ride together.”Howard has made the All-Star team seven times in his nine years in the NBA. He also averaged 18.3 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his career. read more

Breaking News Miami Needs LeBron James on the Floor

Game 1 of the NBA Finals was a gift to headline writers and pun-lovers everywhere: The Miami Heat may have been undone by the San Antonio heat!A broken air-conditioning system left the AT&T Center sweltering and contributed to a series of painful leg cramps that forced LeBron James to the bench during a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter. James exited with 7 minutes and 31 seconds left in the game. At that moment, the Heat had a two-point lead and a 62.2 percent chance of winning Game 1, according to the win probabilities models at InPredictable. From there, however, the Spurs went on a 26-9 streak, winning the game 110-95. James reappeared for just a single possession before heading back to the bench.We probably shouldn’t read too much into the Spurs’ Game 1 win; forget the x’s and o’s and advanced analytics, the biggest factor simply may have been how many minutes James played.In the 33 minutes he was on the floor, the Heat and Spurs were even. In the 15 minutes James was on the bench, the Spurs were +15. That’s a big swing, but it’s not surprising. Here’s Miami’s +/- per 48 minutes in previous Spurs-Heat run-ins:Miami’s +/- Per 48 Minutes Against the SpursOne indirect result of James missing a big chunk of the fourth quarter: San Antonio’s Danny Green got a chance to shine. Green made all four of his shots, including three 3-pointers, in the final quarter. Although James wasn’t specifically guarding him earlier in the game, Green clearly benefited from the way the Spurs’ system functioned in James’s absence — not just making shots, but getting more of them. With James on the bench, Green attempted four shots in nine minutes. When James was on the floor, Green attempted just five shots in 19 minutes, missing all of them.There was also one other really interesting trend in that pivotal fourth quarter: The pace of the game slowed.A Slower Fourth QuarterPace, the statistic, is a measure of possessions per 48 minutes. In the fourth quarter, the game slowed to a crawl, about 11 possessions per 48 minutes slower than the slowest pace any team averaged during the regular season. In a small sample, pace can be legitimately skewed by clusters of offensive rebounds and turnovers (turnovers increase pace by changing possession and offensive rebounds slow pace by extending a possession). But the fourth quarter pace split in Game 1 is significant because those factors should have led to a faster game. Each team turned the ball over four times, and there was just one offensive rebound in the quarter.Despite being a slightly better offensive rebounding team and forcing slightly fewer turnovers than the Heat, the Spurs played at a much faster pace during the regular season. In our Finals’ preview, we talked about the Spurs’ ability to extend possessions with movement and passing as an antidote to the Heat’s high-pressure trapping defense. The fact that they were able to score so successfully at such a slow pace indicates that, for a quarter at least, the Spurs’ offense worked exactly as designed.All of these little numbers help tell the story of Game 1, but everything circles back to a single number: 33 — James’s minutes played. That number should change in Game 2, and that has the potential to change everything else. read more

Interview Irelands top referee Kelly keen to make an impression in the

first_imgOnce myself and my wife had discussed all the pros and cons, we believed that it was the right decision,” he explains. ”It’s a brave one but we’re confident that it’s the right one from a professional and personal point of view.“I’ve grown up with LOI football in my blood. There’s a well-documented family history there. But the more my career took off, I looked at the possibility of going to the UK.“That was never really a runner because there was too much red tape involved. I didn’t think the opportunity to work in a full-time refereeing environment would present itself.“I was very happy to operate from an international point of view within UEFA. I generally thought that was the way it would go until I asked that question myself last year.”Michael Ballack and Kelly in the 2011 Champions League. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS SportThe question he refers to was put to former Premier League referee and current head of PRO, the independent company charged with improved the refereeing standards in the US, Peter Walton.Kelly put the feelers out about any possible opportunities in America and, backed by his vast experience, has been appointed as their new assistant training and development manager on a two-year deal with the option of a one-year rolling contract when that expires.His job will involve promoting the structures that PRO are trying to implement with the aim of improving the standard of refereeing across the country. And although he can’t yet give any details away, Kelly also intends to continue refereeing with the aim of working alongside the likes of Ireland captain Robbie Keane in the MLS.One of the many perks is that he has the choice of living wherever he chooses as there will be a considerable amount of travelling involved.Although the constant sunshine in a state like California would be a pull for most, Kelly says he wants to be one flight away from Ireland so Boston, Chicago and New York are all on the cards.“We haven’t set ourselves an area yet but we’re researching them all. It would be great to think that you could move to the west coast and have glorious weather but that’s not the be-all and end-all from a logistical point of view.”He is expected at a pre-season camp in Florida at the end of January so has about three months to  get everything in order. And while he is involved in Champions League action this coming week and could possibly be called up again before the Christmas break, games in the domestic league are running out.Having reffed Limerick’s win over Shelbourne last Wednesday, he wasn’t in action over the weekend. A final Premier Division match outing is surely on the cards in the last round of fixtures and then there is always the FAI Cup final .Kelly was lucky enough to take charge in 2003 and 2009 and while he admits that it would be a fitting send-off, he has no idea whether get the nod for the meeting of Sligo Rovers and Drogheda on 3 November.“I wouldn’t say no to a cup final but that’s not my decision. It doesn’t matter from my point of view where the last game is. I’ve had some really good experiences all over the country. Some good experiences and some not so good ones.“There is something about League of Ireland grounds with their atmosphere. They are small, compact, the crowd is on top of you and that is something that I will absolutely miss.”Q&A – How has refereeing changed in Ireland since you started? When I came into the league in 1999, the mindset in relation to refereeing was beginning to change. The introduction of the school of excellence and an injection of younger referees onto the LOI panel brought different things.From a fitness point of view, there had been a small emphasis on it before but it really changed to where it is now. There were younger, ambitious people on the panel. The likes of Ian Stokes, Padraig Sutton, Derek Tomney and Neil Doyle.We wanted to make a mark in the league and had ambitions to reach the international panel. That was the whole reason for bringing young people in — to give us more of an opportunity to progress at an international level.From what it was then to what it is now is completely different. There is very much a professional mentality now in everything that we do:  from the way we train to the way we conduct ourselves off the pitch, to the whole area of nutrition.We’re full-time in everything bar name in terms of time that goes into it. It’s very much a professional set-up now and I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the way it was before but that is just how it has evolved. Not just in Ireland but around the world.Kelly talking to Pepe during a World Cup qualifier between Portugal and Malta. Credit: Paulo Duarte/AP/Press Association ImagesWhat are your favourite refereeing memories?There are lots of stand-out memories. My first League of Ireland game is one. The FAI Cup final is always an ambition and I’ve been lucky to have done two. In terms of career goals, making the international list is one, as is making the Champions League.The Spain-Argentina game in Madrid back in 2009 in a senior friendly was a stand-out game. Real Madrid in the Champions League also. If I finished my career tomorrow I’d look back at that game in 20 years time with the fondest of memories.It wouldn’t matter if it was in the back-end of nowhere or in one of the biggest stadiums in Europe– refereeing the Champions League is the ultimate experience. It’s the best club competition in the world.Explainer: Are Ireland likely to be second seeds for the Euro 2016 qualifiers?Javier Hernandez fluffs simple chance, nearly costs Mexico World Cup play-off place AMBITION HAS ALWAYS driven Alan Kelly throughout his career.It is also one of the major factors behind the decision to uproot his young family and move to the US.Growing up in Cork, his boyhood dream was similar to so many others in that he fancied a career in professional football.  At schoolboy level Avondale were his team before going on to feature in Munster Senior League and with Cork City’s reserves.At 18, however, the defender picked up an injury that would see him sidelined for a couple of months. He may not have known it at the time, but the decision to sit a referee beginners course would eventually result in him realising his ambition — albeit as a ‘man in black’.Given his family background, a career officiating the game rather than playing in it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Grandfather Tim was a League of Ireland referee as was his father Pat, who took charge of two FAI Cup finals — an achievement his son would go on to emulate.That said, Kelly says he was never pushed into following in their footsteps.“Playing was always what I wanted to do,” Kelly told The Score this week. “I was playing a semi-decent level at youth level. While I got injured, I was out for a couple of months and signed up for the course just to do it.“That was it. I went back and played for a little bit but I had been bitten by the bug. There was no pressure from my dad or that but it was in my head and when I returned to playing I wasn’t able to kick and chase as much. Not that I stopped enjoying playing but I just didn’t have the same buzz as I did before the injury.”Beginning in Cork’s schoolboy leagues, Kelly swiftly worked his way up the ladder and joined the newly-formed FAI School of Excellence.  He recalls getting a late call-up to make his League of Ireland bow in 1999.“I wasn’t even on the League of Ireland panel at that time but was launched in as an assistant referee or a linesman as we were called then. We were down in Buckley Park in Kilkenny and there was a chap, I think his name was Paul Mooney, who got injured the night before a Premier Division game between Kilkenny City and St Pat’s.Now 38, Kelly is widely-regarded as the country’s top referee. As well as featuring in several high profile internationals, he was also officiated in European competitions including the coveted Champions League.When the current domestic season draws to a close in two weeks, however, Kelly will wave goodbye ahead of a switch Stateside. With a wife who has her own career in Ireland and two young kids, the decision was not taken lightly but his thirst for a new challenge proved too great.last_img read more

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Over 200 Haitian immigrants repatriated after being stopped at sea

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Over 200 Haitian immigrants have been repatriated after the U.S. Coast Guard stopped them at sea.The immigrants were taken aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter off the coast of the Bahamas, Monday.The group was given food, water and medical attention before they were brought back to Haiti.Officials said thousands of Haitian citizens have attempted to illegally migrate to the U.S. since October.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Fire guts NotreDame Cathedral in Paris Macron pledges to rebuild

first_imgThe Paris prosecutor’s office said it had launched an inquiry into the fire. Several police sources said that they were working on the assumption for now that it was accidental.Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give on Monday evening in a bid to answer a wave of street protests that has rocked his presidency. Instead, he went to the scene of the blaze with his wife Brigitte and some of his ministers. He thanked and congratulated emergency services and firefighters.The French Civil Security service, possibly responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that firefighters “act quickly” and employ flying water tankers, said that was not an option as it might destroy the entire building.German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the cathedral a “symbol of France and our European culture”. British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the French people and emergency services fighting the “terrible blaze”.The Vatican said the fire at the “symbol of Christianity in France and in the world” had caused shock and sadness and said it was praying for the firefighters.SYMBOL OF PARISThe mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said at the scene that some of many artworks that were in the cathedral had been taken out and were being put in safe storage.The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, featured in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year.It is a focal point for French Roman Catholics who like Christians around the world are celebrating Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus.The archbishop of Paris called on all priests in Paris to ring church bells as a gesture of solidarity for Notre-Dame.”I have a lot of friends who live abroad and every time they come I tell them to go to Notre-Dame,” said witness Samantha Silva, with tears in her eyes.”I’ve visited it so many times, but it will never be the same. It’s a real symbol of Paris.”The cathedral was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, and bronze statues were removed last week for works.Built over a century starting in 1163, Notre-Dame is considered to be among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture.It is renowned for its rib vaulting, flying buttresses and stunning stained glass windows, as well as its many carved stone gargoyles.Its 100-metre-long (330-foot) roof, of which a large section was consumed in the first hour of the blaze, was one of the oldest such structures in Paris, according to the cathedral’s website.A centre of Roman Catholic faith, over the centuries Notre-Dame has also been a target of political upheaval.It was ransacked by rioting Protestant Huguenots in the 16th century, pillaged again during the French Revolution of the 1790s and left in a state of semi-neglect. Hugo’s 1831 work led to the revived interest in the cathedral and a major – partly botched – restoration that began in 1844.The wood-and-lead spire was built during that restoration, according to the cathedral’s website.”I asked our Lord – but why?” Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the top administrative cleric at Notre-Dame, said at the scene. “It’s terrible to see our cathedral damaged like this.” Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France on April 15.ReutersA massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, but firefighters managed to save the shell of the stone structure and its two main bell towers from collapse.Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the eight centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof.As it burned into the evening, firefighters battled to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing and tried to rescue religious relics and priceless artwork. One firefighter was seriously injured – the only reported casualty.”The worst has been avoided, even if the battle has not been totally won yet,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters at the scene shortly before midnight, as firefighters worked to further cool some of the interior structures still at risk of collapse.Macron said France would launch a campaign to rebuild the cathedral, including through fundraising efforts and by appealing to “talents” from overseas to contribute.LIVE | Déclaration depuis le parvis de #NotreDame.https://t.co/Bs2p4cpftB— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019″We will rebuild it together. It will undoubtedly be part of French destiny and our project for the years to come,” a visibly moved Macron said.Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the cathedral’s main structure had now been saved from complete destruction.Distraught Parisians and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno raged at the cathedral, which sits on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the River Seine and marks the very centre of Paris.Thousands of onlookers lined bridges over the Seine and along its embankments, held at a distance by a police cordon. Some sang Ave Maria, with others in the crowd also kneeling and praying.World leaders expressed shock and sent condolences to the French people.HORRIBLE ??? #NotreDame #Paris pic.twitter.com/h3i1Lfl0uh— Merryl (@merrylzr) April 15, 2019A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. People watching gasped as the spire folded over onto itself and fell into the inferno.Firefighters battled smoke and falling drops of molten lead as they tried to rescue some of Notre-Dame’s treasures.A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, the 13th-century king of France, were saved, Notre-Dame’s top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said. But firefighters had struggled to take down some of the large paintings in time, he said.last_img read more

Limassol driving instructors to strike over testing delays

first_imgLimassol driving instructors announced on Wednesday they would go on a two-hour work stoppage next week to protest over the long waiting lists for driving tests.The group said that at the moment, learner drivers have to wait up to five months to take the driving test and if they fail that test, they have to wait up to a year for another test.The problem, according to representative of the group, Kokos Protopapas, is that currently, there are three, instead of six examiners at the competent service of the road transport department in Limassol while at the same time, in Paphos there is an excess number of staff with an examiner’s licence who do not have enough work.The driving instructors will gather on Monday outside the Limassol road transport department at 7.20am, along with affected learner drivers. They said that the protest will not affect any scheduled driving tests for that day.Protopapas said that they discussed the problem with the new transport minister who had given reassurances that she would take the necessary measures, but nothing had been done.“Does the minister, want on purpose to let illegal drivers out on the streets?” Protopapas said, adding that this will be inevitable as, learner drivers who wait for too long for their test, will eventually take their car out for a drive.The problem is expected to intensify in the summer, he said, when high-school graduates but also students returning home from abroad, want to get tested to acquire a driver’s licence.“We are asking that the number of examiners is increased so that the waiting time for driver tests does not exceed two months,” he said.Another driving instructor, Simos Koufallis, said that they had submitted four proposals since last April but that there was no response from the government.He said that there are around 70 to 80 driving schools in Limassol, with around 20 students each, but, on average, only 14 learner drivers get tested daily. This does not include many others who are waiting to get tested for a professional drivers’ licence, he said.Koufallis said that they have no issue with the examiners in Limassol, as the “solutions need to come from Nicosia”.You May LikeMyStyleMileSmartest Dog Breed for SeniorsMyStyleMileUndoMan With A Truck Moving CompanyHere’s why LA Loves this Moving Company Service!Man With A Truck Moving CompanyUndoHouse CoastAluminum Foil May Change The Way You Use Your PhoneHouse CoastUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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