Tiger Woods apologises for drink driving arrest, blames medication

first_imgFormer world number one golfer Tiger Woods said an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications was to blame for his early-morning DUI arrest near his Jupiter Island home in Florida on Monday.Woods, who underwent surgery last week to relieve lingering back pain, was booked at 7.18 a.m. (1118 GMT) and released several hours later on his own recognizance, Palm Beach County Police said in an online report.Woods said in a statement released by his spokesman that alcohol was not a factor in his arrest but apologised and added that he took full responsibility.”I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” he said.”What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself, too.”Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, said he cooperated with police and wanted to thank the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” he added.The incident occurred less than a week after Woods expressed optimism about his future following back surgery, saying on his website that he experienced “instant relief” and had not “felt this good in years.”Woods has previously made headlines away from the golf course. His private life unraveled in late 2009 over allegations about affairs with several women and ultimately led to the end of his marriage.advertisementThose allegations followed a bizarre early morning car accident outside his Florida home that rapidly ballooned into a fully-fledged sex scandal which turned his previously unblemished life and career upside down.The scandal ultimately cost Woods a number of lucrative endorsement deals, while other sponsors shifted away from using him in marketing but did not end their contracts with him.Woods, whose current sponsors include Nike, Bridgestone, Hero, Kowa, Upper Deck, and Monster Energy was ranked 12th on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in 2016, with total earnings of 45.3 million US dollars, despite missing much of the year recovering from back surgery.A 79-time winner on the PGA Tour who was world number one for a record 683 weeks, Woods lost form in recent years due to injuries and the mastering of a new swing while his ranking has plummeted to 876 after his long spell on the sidelines.He has competed in only 19 events on the PGA Tour since the end of 2013, recording just one top-10 during that period along with seven missed cuts and three withdrawals.last_img read more

Betting Predictions to be Part of Fox Sports Analysis

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Fox Sports viewers tuning in to some broadcasts this fall will not only see the game, but also will get betting predictions.The network announced a partnership Wednesday night with the parent company of the PokerStars online gambling giant.Fox Sports is buying just under 5% of The Stars Group for about $236 million. Both companies will offer real-money sports betting this fall in states where it is legal and they are licensed.The Stars Group says it has market access through licensing in 13 states, and is seeking licensing in others.“This will transform the way sports fans consume sports in America,” said Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer of Fox Sports. “We know that many Fox Sports customers already wager.”Rafi Ashkenazi, CEO of the Toronto-based Stars Group, said the fast-growing U.S. legal sports betting market is where companies want to be right now.“We believe the U.S. is the single most exciting long-term growth opportunity for the company,” he said Thursday on a conference call to discuss the 25-year deal.The move comes a week before the anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court decision clearing the way for states to offer legal sports betting should they so desire. Eight states currently take wagers, three others have legalized it in 2019 and many other states have bills in their legislatures.The Stars Group is licensed in New Jersey through an affiliation with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and in Pennsylvania through Mount Airy Casino Resort. It also has a deal with Eldorado Resorts encompassing 11 other states, Stars Group officials said.Analyst John DeCree of Union Gaming said Eldorado stands to benefit greatly from the deal.“With a major national media partner like Fox Sports, (The Stars Group’s) sports betting prospects in the U.S. just got a whole lot better, which means (Eldorado’s) partnership with TSG also just got a lot more valuable,” he wrote Thursday.He wrote that Eldorado “is in an envious position when it comes to U.S. sports wagering. (It) has a strong retail betting solution with William Hill and digital betting solution with TSG. (Eldorado) has successfully monetized its market access and in doing so, procured two strong partners in the U.S. sports betting race.”Fox Sports and The Stars Group will offer sports wagering under the name Fox Bet in states that have legalized it. They also will offer a free-to-play game offering cash prizes to users who correctly predict the outcome of sporting events.They hope to have both up and running by August or early September, before the start of the NFL football season.The Stars Group owns or licenses gambling brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and Oddschecker.The network has the option to acquire half of the Stars Group’s U.S. business within 10 years.By: Wayne Perry, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OpenFog: reference architecture adopted by IEEE as official standard for fog computing

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence: library characterization tool employs machine learning and cloud optimizationsNext dSPACE: high-voltage electric motor and battery emulation The OpenFog Consortium’s OpenFog Reference Architecture for fog computing has been adopted as an official standard by the IEEE Standards Association. The new standard, known as IEEE 1934, relies on the reference architecture as a universal technical framework that enables the data-intensive requirements of the Internet of Things, 5G and artificial intelligence applications.Fog computing is a system-level horizontal architecture that distributes resources and services of computing, storage, control and networking anywhere along the cloud-to-things continuum. It supports multiple industry verticals and application domains, enables services and applications to be distributed closer to the data-producing sources, and extends from the things, over the network edges, through the cloud and across multiple protocol layers. The OpenFog Consortium was founded more than two years ago to accelerate adoption of fog computing through an open, interoperable architecture.The OpenFog Reference Architecture, released in February 2017, is based on eight core technical principles, termed pillars, which represent the key attributes that a system needs to encompass to be defined as “OpenFog.” These are security, scalability, openness, autonomy, RAS (reliability, availability, and serviceability), agility, hierarchy and programmability. The reference architecture, and now the IEEE standard, addresses the need for an interoperable end-to-end data connectivity solution along the cloud-to-things continuum.IEEE standards form the building blocks for product development by establishing consistent protocols that can be universally understood and adopted. This fuels compatibility and interoperability and simplifies product development, and speeds time-to-market.The massive and growing amounts of data produced, transported, analyzed and acted upon within industries such as transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and energy—collectively measured in zettabytes—is exposing challenges in cloud-only architectures and operations that reside only at the edge of the network. Fog computing works in conjunction with the cloud and across siloed operations to effectively enable end-to-end IoT, 5G and AI scenarios. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

UWI Opens Faculty of Engineering

first_imgStory Highlights The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has opened a new Faculty of Engineering, with the hope of training more professionals to satisfy the growing demand of Jamaica’s booming construction and industrial sectors. The new faculty was launched on September 12 at the Mona’s Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew. Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Paul Aiken, said the university is aware of the high demand for local engineers, and wants to help with satisfying this demand, thus the reason they decided to make this investment. The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has opened a new Faculty of Engineering, with the hope of training more professionals to satisfy the growing demand of Jamaica’s booming construction and industrial sectors.The new faculty was launched on September 12 at the Mona’s Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew.Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Paul Aiken, said the university is aware of the high demand for local engineers, and wants to help with satisfying this demand, thus the reason they decided to make this investment.“I can’t graduate enough for [our] industry. Engineering has the advantage over medicine and law, where our programmes are seeking international accreditation. It means that our students, upon graduation, can work anywhere in the world,” Dr. Aiken told JIS News in an interview following the launch.“I know the banking sector is hiring our Computer Systems engineers. They are hiring Electronics engineers. They are saying banking is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company now, because of all the technologies involved. Civil engineers go to firms, to companies with electronics, telecommunication, manufacturing [and] all industrial sectors in Jamaica,” he added.Dr. Aiken said the Faculty of Engineering will offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering and Electronics Engineering.“They are three-year degree programmes with foundation courses in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science [for full-time students]. We have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering, but we are about to merge that with Electronics, because the graduates tend to go into the same sector,” he noted.Dr. Aiken said the faculty will be open to train students with basic high school education up to the fifth form level, who are interested in pursuing a career in the area of engineering.“For students who find it a little hard to be qualified to go into these Bachelor of Science programmes, we do have the preliminary engineering [course]. It’s a one year qualifying period that we pretty much take you from fifth form, as long as you have English, Mathematics [and] Science. We mold you, we transform you and get you ready to take on the three-year Bachelor of ScienceEngineering programmes,” Dr. Aiken said.In addition to the training that will be offered by the Faculty of Engineering, he said the department will be responsible for research on behalf of the University, with regard to engineering.“We have research in all engineering programmes. We have research partners that are willing to give us access to their multimillion dollar laboratory facilities, and we intend to be involved in cutting edge research, and we are going to transform Jamaica,” he said.last_img read more

Fire Slows Down Brazil’s Itaqui Port

first_imgzoom A significant fire that occurred on January 29 at the Itaqui Terminal in São Luís, Brazil may cause delays for shippers using this port, Skuld reports.The fire reportedly started at the pulp storage shed of the country’s major cellulose exporter Suzano.Initial information indicates that the terminal’s grain loading belt system may have been affected by this fire, possibly significantly, according to Skuld. No one has been reported to have been hurt.While it also appears that no vessels were affected directly by this incident, there is likely to be an immediate delay while the damage is assessed and repaired, says Skuld.The full extent of the consequences is not known at this time, but a knock on delay effect is possible.Source: Skuld; Image: Porto do Itaqui/Facebooklast_img read more

British Columbia mother of two young children needs new kidney

first_imgTina House APTN National News Time could be running out for Sammie Murdock, a mother of two young children in Prince George, B.C. who is in desperate need of a new kidney.And it’s not the first time the 35-year-old has gone through this.“Back in 1999 I was 16 years old and they told me (my kidney) was scarred and it was failing,” said Murdock. “I didn’t know about anything that was going on because I was just young.”Five years later she was given a kidney by an anonymous donor.She was told the kidney was rejecting her body in 2012 and would need a second transplant. She also had part of her colon removed because of cancer.For the last five years she has endured dialysis three times a week for three hours a session.“I get these massive headaches,” she said. “I always have high blood pressure no matter what.”The problem is Murdock needs to find a donor with the blood type like hers, which is 0 positive. She requires a donor with 0 blood, too.Her boyfriend of 17 years has put an advertisement on the back of the window of his truck hoping someone might come forward and give his girlfriend the gift of life.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

New AC standard for leases to up financial info quality ICAI

first_imgNew Delhi: The new accounting standard for leases will bring substantial visibility of companies’ lease commitments and improve the quality of financial information about companies, chartered accountants’ body ICAI saidMonday. Ind AS 116, which sets out the principles for recognition, presentation and disclosure of leases has been notified by the corporate affairs ministry. The standard is effective from Monday. A senior government official said the standard would affect all industries where leases are a predominant component in their businesses and result in more transparency. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalICAI President Prafulla P Chhajed said the new standard on leases ushers in a path-breaking reform in accounting for leases and would improve the quality of financial information. “It will bring substantial visibility of companies lease commitments, financing and operating model and above all better reflects economic reality,” he said in a release. Leasing is a well-known and long established form of obtaining finance. The new standard on leases ushers in a substantial change in the accounting for operating leases by lessees and few improvements in the disclosure-related aspects for lessors accounting, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).last_img read more

Brockdeveloped online math game launches Oct 24

E-Brock Bugs, a computer math game developed by a team from Brock, launches Oct. 24. Having trouble grasping and applying the concept of probability? It’s E-Brock Bugs to the rescue!Bug City, once a peaceful place to live, is now occupied by an evil band of Bullies, who have transformed the city’s six districts into a wasteland. But the situation is not entirely hopeless. Through winning a series of probability games, the player can set Bug City free and become a hero.Bug City can be found in E-Brock Bugs© online mathematics computer game. The game seeks to teach users basic probability concepts in a personalized, interactive, animated and fun way. The game’s goal is to enable players to develop their ability to think mathematically, either independently or with the aid of prompts.The mathematics research team that created the game is officially launching E-Brock Bugs on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. in Plaza 501C. Come and check it out. read more

DR of Congo New UN report documents abuses by police and army

In a set of recommendations, the Human Rights Division of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) called on the Transitional Government to demonstrate zero tolerance for violations by the military and end impunity for officers who order, commit or condone abuses in the army’s drive against rebel groups and armed militias. “FARDC military operations against armed groups have sadly taken their toll on the civilian population as human rights violations have escalated in those areas where such operations are under way,” the Mission said, referring to the army by its acronym.“MONUC’s Human Rights Division has documented arbitrary killings, forced disappearances, torture and other serious human rights violations against civilians suspected of being Ituri militiamen, Mayi Mayi combatants – this is the case of North and Central Katanga – or FDLR in the Kivus,” it added, referring to various provincial rebel groups. Routine use of physical violence against civilians by members of the security forces was reported wherever army and police were deployed, it noted. Threats, beatings and arrests were usually motivated by attempts to obtain money, goods, livestock or mined products from civilians.“High number of rapes and other incidents of sexual violence against women and girls continued to be reported throughout the DRC, the main perpetrators being the army and police officers,” MONUC said.The Mission, established by the Security Council in 1999, is at present fielding nearly 17,000 uniformed personnel on the ground as the vast country prepares to hold elections slated for July to cement its transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and the attendant humanitarian catastrophe – the most lethal conflict on Earth since World War II. The electoral process got underway with fairly smooth registration of voters and the holding of the constitutional referendum, but there were incidents repressing civil liberties in the pre-electoral period and freedom of expression came under attack. MONUC noted.The number of journalists arrested, threatened and beaten increased, while press freedom was often muffled by the authorities. MONUC investigated a number of killings that are possible extrajudicial executions; the victims include a journalist, a human rights defender and a member of the political opposition. Small steps were made in the fight against impunity with the arrest of several Ituri warlords, but some warlords continued to enjoy protection and de facto immunity from prosecution, the Mission said.Political interference hampered some military judicial investigations into serious incidents such as massacres committed in Katanga and in North Kivu. Both the military and civilian justice system continue to remain in a state of near collapse and for the vast majority of Congolese justice remains beyond reach, it added. read more

UK companies awarded more than £2 billion in contracts for new Range

Business Secretary Dr. Vince Cable today toured Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood Operations facility on Merseyside to experience first-hand the positive impact the imminent launch of the new Range Rover Evoque will have on the UK economy.Cable’s visit to Jaguar Land Rover came as the company announced more than £2 billion worth of supply contracts for the Range Rover Evoque, awarded to more than 40 companies in the UK. The contracts follow the completion of a global competitive tendering exercise on component-sourcing for the vehicle, which will arrive in dealerships this year.During a tour of the facility, Dr. Cable met key plant personnel and new apprentices who have recently joined the Halewood team that will build the Evoque. Jaguar Land Rover announced in February that these 1,500 new recruits will be trained up to an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship. Dr Cable also visited Merseyside-based component supplier International Automotive Components (IAC), which is one of the companies that has been awarded a contract by Jaguar Land Rover.Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “Jaguar Land Rover’s news that it’s awarding £2 billion worth of contracts to businesses in the UK to supply components for the Evoque shows that the UK automotive supply chain is capable of winning major contracts and creating vital jobs in the UK.”Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said, “Jaguar Land Rover is a key player within the UK economy. We are the largest investor in automotive research and development and engineering in this country and as today’s announcement shows, we generate billions of pounds of economic activity here every year. Alongside the 1,500 new jobs created in Halewood to support the launch of the new Evoque, Jaguar Land Rover is investing in advanced research, design and technical innovation with key strategic partners which together with today’s £2bn of contract announcements will mean the creation of thousands more skilled jobs in the UK automotive supply chain.”The successful companies supporting the launch of the Evoque are located throughout the UK and include amongst others International Automotive Components, Johnson Controls and Magna International on Merseyside; McKecknie and Kostal in Yorkshire; and Sertec, Walsall Pressings and Kautex Unipart in the West Midlands.Contract wins across UK regions Some of the 40+ UK companies that will benefit from Jaguar Land Rover contracts include:North West: Interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) won a contract worth over £500 million to supply the instrument panel, centre console, cockpit, upper pillar trim, lower pillar trim, modular headliner system, wheel arch liners, door modules and rear loadspace sides.Each of IAC’s UK plants has seen considerable investment in new high technology equipment in preparation for this work, and the company has also created new high value skilled jobs in these facilities as follows; 236 in IAC Halewood, Elmdon and Coleshill in the West Midlands (113 and 29 new jobs respectively) , 94 Scunthorpe, and 57 Sunderland.Magna International, a global supplier of vehicle exteriors and interiors, won contracts to supply complex moulded and painted front and rear bumper assemblies. These have to be engineered to be light, yet able to cope with the latest crash specifications, with integrated latest generation parking sensors and fog lights. Other products include painted side sills, rear spoilers, interior door and rear quarter panels. With a total value of over £400 million, this new business will create an extra 136 skilled jobs, 90 at its manufacturing facility in Halewood and the remainder at the Hartlip plant in Kent.Yorkshire: Specialists from technical injection moulders McKechnie Plastic Components (MPC) worked alongside Land Rover engineers at the company’s Gaydon design centre to create and develop highly complex plastic components. These had to be both technically innovative and economical to produce, as well as meeting the highest performance and environmental standards.The contract value is over £50 million and MPC has invested nearly £5 million in factory modifications and extensions, in the installation of a number of new moulding machines, some of which enable novel multi-material manufacture, and the creation of state-of-the-art robotic production cells for automatic sub-component assembly.McKechnie are taking 85 people in manufacturing, logistics, technical, and quality departments at their two manufacturing sites in Stamford Bridge and Pickering in North Yorkshire.Midlands: Sertec Birmingham’s main plant in Coleshill will produce 79 parts for Range Rover Evoque creating circa 30 skilled jobs, with a contract value of £20 million. These are primarily precision stamped metal components for the upper body.In 2009, the UK government offered a £26 million grant to support the production of the Range Rover Evoque in Halewood.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Samsungs almost unknown bada OS had the most successful launch since the

first_imgBada bing, bada boom. Late last year, Samsung announced that they would be throwing their hat into the mobile OS arena with bada OS. Since then, we’ve barely heard a word about bada OS: the only US device to use it was the Samsung Wave, which was quickly forgotten due to the release of the Android-toting Samsung Galaxy S. It’s easy, then, to think of bada as a failure, but think again: according to the most recent smartphone figures, bada OS might have enjoyed the most successful OS launch since that enjoyed by the original iPhone. That’s not to say it’s the best launch domestically, of course, but worldwide, Samsung managed to take two percent (or 1.3 million out of 80 million users) of the smartphone market in Q3. That puts it just a single percentage point behind the well-entrenched Windows Mobile (not including the launch of Windows Phone 7, and bada OS’s first four months of availability trumped even Android’s debut… all despite negligible American presence.Not bad for a smartphone operating system you’ve probably never heard of, is it? Expect 2011 to see a lot more bada phones: this is the little smartphone OS that could.Read more at GigaOMlast_img read more

Geek Answers How do antioxidants work

first_imgThey’re in virtually every health food on the market, packed into berries and supplements of all kinds and jacking up the prices of seemingly mundane food items. Eating them as much as possible is supposed to provide better overall health, greater levels of energy, and even an extended our lifespan. But do you really know what antioxidants do?In a broad sense, antioxidants work to prevent one major cause of damage to cells. As the name implies, they resist the action of molecules known as oxidants — those substances that oxidize other molecules, or steal away an electron. Most oxidants are quite weak and only take electrons that are readily available. Some, however, are very strong and can rip electrons away from molecules that need them to function properly. This can lead to a chain reaction of electron stealing that will eventually cause a molecule to be destroyed.The antioxidant can lose an electron to this radical without becoming unstable.An antioxidant is any molecule which can stop that chain reaction. For the most part, they are just molecules that can be stable in either of two distinct electronic states — one before oxidation, and one after. This means that the oxidant is neutralized without creating another dangerous molecule in the process. The most advanced antioxidants are structured so that, after neutralizing a dangerous molecule, their shapes change to make them much easier to excrete. This means they only stay in the body until their job is done.The main source of dangerous oxidants is the cell’s own natural process of respiration. When using oxygen as a driver of cellular respiration, oxygen atoms can occasionally be modified incorrectly, leaving the process not as harmless H2O, but as so-called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), like peroxides. These are very strong oxidants. In a healthy body these are created at a fairly predictable rate, and the body’s own antioxidants tend to be enough to keep them in mostly check.However, oxidants can be created in much higher volumes if there is some problem with the cell respiration process, or in the presence of some outside pressure like a chemical contaminant. In these cases, dietary antioxidant supplements can be very helpful. Too-high levels of ROS can cause major damage to DNA and other vital cellular organs, causing everything from depressed function to cancer to cell death.Foods high in antioxidants.There is little hard evidence about just how effective it is to take antioxidants without such an excess of oxidants in need of resistance, however. Those who need help fighting unusual circumstances, whether that circumstance is a virus or a contaminant or a genetic predisposition, can certainly benefit from some help fighting the good molecular fight. Those producing normal levels of ROS, however, derive far less benefit from them. An antioxidant is only as good as the oxidant it neutralizes, so an excess of countermeasures would seem to provide little benefit.Still, there is some evidence to suggest that regular intake of antioxidants is good for overall health — though that could easily be due to the fact that the molecules are almost always present in health foods. Extricating the effects of dietary antioxidants from the effects of the generally nutritious molecules that are taken in along with them is difficult. While the claims made by health food labels are often downright outrageous, foods rich in antioxidants are a strong part of a healthy, well-rounded diet.last_img read more

10 years in prison will not ease our pain man jailed for

first_img The scene of the crashNote: This article contains video footage some may find upsettingA 30-YEAR-OLD lorry driver has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for killing four members of the same family in a road accident after becoming distracted by the music on his phone.Tomasz Kroker, of Andover, Hampshire, had pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving earlier this month.Kroker had been driving a lorry and was changing the music on his phone when he smashed into a stationary line of traffic on the A34 road near Newbury in Berkshire, England, at about 5pm on the 10 August.He had been distracted from the road for nearly a minute and had covered one kilometre in his vehicle, as evidenced by the two dashcams in the truck – one facing the road and the other facing Kroker. Tomasz Kroker Source: Thames Valley PoliceSpeaking outside court, Aimee Goldsmith’s mother Kate made a highly emotional statement about the loss her family has suffered:“Today Tomasz Kroker has been sentenced for killing much-loved members of our family,” she said. Screenshot of the dashcam footage showing a distracted Kroker in the seconds before he hit the stationary cars Source: Thames Valley Police Monday 31 Oct 2016, 4:16 PM “10 years in prison will not ease our pain” – man jailed for killing four with truck while changing music on his phone Tomasz Kroker had been distracted for almost a full minute before the impact, dashcam footage from his lorry showed. 40,812 Views Mr Kroker made the decision to change the music on his phone while driving a lorry at 50 mph. Share272 Tweet Email Oct 31st 2016, 4:16 PM A sentence of 10 years in prison will not ease our pain and suffering, nor will it send a strong enough message to those who lack the self-restraint to not use their mobile phones while driving. However, in our eyes the sentence does not do justice to the crimes committed.center_img By Cianan Brennan Collision Source: Thames Valley Police/YouTube45-year-old Tracy Houghton, her two sons Josh (11) and Ethan (13), and her step-daughter Aimee Goldsmith (11) all died almost instantly in the impact.Five further people were injured in the collision, while Aimee’s father and brother were in the car directly behind that in which their family members died.When the truck hit them the car driven by Tracy Houghton was forced beneath a stationary lorry and crushed to one third of its normal size.Footage shown in court today showed Kroker’s look of horror just before the impact between his lorry and the stationary vehicles. Kate Goldsmith making her statement outside Reading Crown Court today Source: PA Wire/PA Images“This was not just a tragic accident, but a death caused by Kroker’s inattention and distraction,” said Gavin Hernandez, district crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service.The slow-moving vehicles were clearly visible to Kroker for a considerable time, and the three lorries were stationary for 16 seconds prior to the collision, but Kroker was oblivious to the approaching danger.Kroker had initially claimed that his brakes had failed, but changed his story when confronted with the dashcam footage from his truck.“It is unimaginable to think of the emotional impact that this incident will have on the man and teenage boy, who witnessed, at close range, the deaths of four members of their own family,” Hernandez added.Read: British man accused of murdering two women was ‘sexually assaulted’ at schoolRead: ‘We will not surrender’: Outrage as editor of Turkish newspaper arrested Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3055826 We urge you to make a personal commitment not to use a mobile phone while driving, and make our roads safer for everyone. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 35 Comments Today’s outcome must serve as a reminder to us all of our responsibilities  every time we drive, and that the decisions we make can be fatal. Our children lost their lives because of the reckless actions of Tomasz Kroker, but we are not the only family to have suffered due to what is perceived by many as a minor and inconsequential crime, a crime that takes place on our roads every day.last_img read more

Democratic senators cite importance of FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

first_imgMinutes after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to forward Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., took to the floor.Murray spoke to the weight of Thursday’s testimony by Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. “It was gutting,” she said.Murray said she, like millions across the United States, watched the hearing with tears in her eyes.“The memories she recounted — the memories she will never forget — were heartbreaking. The living room. The stairs. The bedroom. The music turned up loud. The bed. Brett Kavanaugh — drunk and on top of her. The feeling she had when he covered her mouth to stop her from screaming. The raucous laughter between Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge,” Murray recalled. “Dr. Ford spoke for herself, but she was channeling the voices of millions of women and survivors across the country who are too often ignored, interrupted, bullied, or swept aside.”The veteran senator implored her colleagues to ask for an investigation into Ford’s allegations and the allegations of at least two other women. A few hours later, President Donald Trump announced that he ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to span no more than one week.“I’m glad the Senate delayed a vote on Judge Kavanaugh. It’s important that we have an FBI investigation,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. “Even if it takes more than a week, the Senate must get the information it needs. We want the United States Senate to be an institution that takes these accusations seriously and has a nonpartisan way to get to the truth in this matter.”last_img read more

Ordinance passed to allow 5 million from CDB for Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – Even though the Turks and Caicos is eligible to borrow as much as $100 million from the Caribbean Development Bank, the country will only be able to tap into 5% of that – $5 million dollars thanks to a new law. In the latest Gazette, it is outlined that government approved that the Turks and Caicos can borrow up to $5 million dollars from the CDB at a rate of 2.9% and that the amount borrowed would have to be repaid in five years. Recently the Turks and Caicos Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick was joined by CDB Director of Economics, Dr. Justin Ram who said the up to $100 million dollars which the TCI is eligible to borrow will come at an interest rate of 2% and will be for a diversity of works. This loan from the CDB is supported by the PNP Administration as Minister Misick said the technical assistance the CDB offers in this process is what makes them the better bank from which to borrow. The maximum $5 million dollars from the CDB would be for a so called, ‘Policy Reform Programme’. Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Related Items:cdb, Dr. Justin Ram, washington misick Recommended for you TCIG & CDB INTRODUCES CJET Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Kazuo Okada files estafa charges against son wife and former coworkers

first_imgJapanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has filed theft and estafa charges against current and former executives of Universal Entertainment Corp and its subsidiary Tiger Resort Leisure Entertainment Inc (TRLEI) for conspiring to remove him from the company.Okada’s lawyers revealed details of the complaint in an email to media on Saturday, with the accused including his son Tomohiro Okada, estranged wife Takako Okada and Universal President Jun Fujimoto plus Kenshi Asano, Steve Wolstenholme, Antonio Cojuangco, Manuel Lazaro, Reynaldo David, Yoshinao Negishi, Kenji Sugiyama and Michelle Lazaro. New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm The Okada complaint, filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Paranaque, alleges the group “conspired together to willfully, unlawfully and feloniously seize his ownership rights and interest in TRLEI without his consent.”Okada is currently fighting accusations of estafa filed against himself and former TRLEI President and COO Takahiro Tsui accusing the duo of misappropriating company funds by receiving almost US$3.2 million in wages and fees from TRLEI without board approval. TRLEI is the operating entity of Entertainment City integrated resort Okada Manila. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analystslast_img read more

National minimum wage rises to £695

first_imgThe national minimum wage has increased from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour for employees aged 21-24 years old.The higher national minimum wage rates, which came into effect on 1 October 2016, include a 25p increase for 21-24 year olds and 18-20 year olds, a 13p rise for 16-17 year olds, and a 10p increase for apprentices.The national minimum wage now stands at £5.55 an hour for staff aged 18-20 years old, £4 an hour for 16-17 year olds, and £3.40 for apprentices.The national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour applies to employees aged 25 and over.Greg Clark, business secretary, said: “The government promised to create an economy that works for all and today’s increase means our lowest paid workers will benefit from their largest pay rise since the recession. This will make a real difference to hardworking people up and down the country and means for the vast majority of workers, the national minimum wage is at its highest level in real terms.”Guy Stallard, director at KPMG UK, said: “It is important we tackle the issue of low wages for the younger generation, and this is a good first step towards achieving this. Low pay blights the prospects of the young and more than two thirds (72%) of 18-21 year olds earn less than the voluntary living wage (paid at £8.25 nationally and £9.40 within London). This lack of financial freedom means those finishing school and university cannot fly the nest and gain the independence other generations have enjoyed, despite being in employment.“As employers we can take active steps to address this, by paying the voluntary living wage. This also delivers real and tangible business benefits. In our own firm it has improved staff morale and driven a rise in service standards, improved the retention of staff and increased our productivity.“It may not be possible or practical for everyone, but all organisations need to do what they can to address the problem of low pay. Of course, change cannot happen instantly, but making an initial assessment is an important first step.”last_img read more

Senate Panel Discusses Campus Free Speech Provisions

first_img Share CREDIT RYAN POPPEDenise Trauth, president of Texas State University.Lawmakers asked Denise Trauth, president of Texas State University, to testify about the university’s policies when it comes to free speech rights of students or their invited guests.Trauth told lawmakers their biggest challenge is protecting the free speech of all recognized student groups while ensuring their personal safety.“We live in a divided country, so it should not be a surprise that our campuses are divided,” Trauth said. “Our challenge is to create a learning environment that is simultaneously supportive and inclusive but also protective of what some find unpopular and even offensive expression.”The hearing follows a recent federal lawsuit filed by the Young Conservatives group against the Lone Star College System. The suit contends the school system refused to recognize the Young Conservatives as a student group, which meant they couldn’t invite guest speakers and its members couldn’t make on-campus speeches.Ryan Poppe can be reached at rpoppe@tpr.org or on Twitter @RyanPoppe1 RYAN POPPE/ Texas Public RadioSenate State Affairs Committee at Texas State University.One of the issues state lawmakers are examining ahead of the 2019 legislative session is whether or not the free speech of students on state college campuses is being protected. And that was exactly what members of the Senate State Affairs Committee asked campus presidents about during their panel discussion at Texas State University.When a speech by State Rep. Briscoe Cain at Texas Southern University in Houston was canceled because of protests, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick decided the issue of protecting free speech on state college campuses needed to be more carefully examined.CREDIT RYAN POPPEState Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee.Committee chairwoman State Sen. Joan Huffman highlighted the importance of the issue and the need for a possible legislative fix during her opening remarks.“We are seeing far too many incidents where faculty — perhaps students — have moved to limit speech when they don’t like what the other people are saying, and we need to put an end to that,” Huffman said.Brantley Star with the Texas attorney general’s office said not all unpopular or offensive speech is protected speech. Star pointed to the case of a former Texas A&M student who had scheduled to have the white nationalist leader Richard Spencer speak on campus.“A&M refused the permit, and their expressed basis for doing so was the risk to life and safety,” Star said.The speech and rally were to take place immediately following a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one person died.last_img read more

Tetris theme played on the Ocarina of Time

first_imgSome things just go great together; like peanut butter and jelly for example, or brats and mustard, or how about and Tetris and the Legend of Zelda?Wait a moment. Let’s review that last pairing again.YouTube contributor Oliver Taylor recently spent his holiday becoming very proficient at playing the ocarina, the mystical musical instrument from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, on the Nintendo 64. In one of his latest video offerings, Oliver showed off his mad ocarina skills that he picked up during vacation by playing the easily recognizable theme to Tetris.Sure the whole Tetris/Zelda crossover may not exactly make sense, but there is something definitely pleasing about Oliver’s performance while also being eerie and haunting at the same time.Might I suggest for you next tune Oliver something a little more upbeat. How about the theme to Metal Gear Solid?via The Daily What.last_img read more

3 Tech Startups at CES That Are Looking to Up Your Fun

first_imgJanuary 8, 2015 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img LAS VEGAS – Starting and growing a business is tough work. But even the most successful entrepreneurs and professionals need to cut loose and have some fun every now and then. This belief isn’t lost on many of the tech startups that are exhibiting here at the Consumer Electronics Show.Here are three new products that aim to get people doing something other than the usual grind.1. Laser tag turned up a notch.Startup LyteShot’s goal is to create live-action gaming that’s more practical than laser tag and more interactive than firing off Nerf guns at each other. It’s essentially a simple system of wireless toy guns and sensors that players wear: You shoot at someone on the opposite team, for instance, and the sensors detect the infrared “shot.” Information is then sent to an app via Bluetooth that registers and tracks the damage caused by each shot.Related: A Watch That Shoots Lasers? Yes, Please.Kind of awesome, right? The folks at LyteShot hope hobbyists and others will use their open platform to develop their own games and equipment.Here, take a look:2. Why walk when you can IO Hawk?Remember the Segway? Remember how geeky people looked riding them? One startup has taken the fun and practical features of the Segway and made something way more socially acceptable.Meet the IO Hawk. It’s sort of like a motorized skateboard, except you stand with your feet side-by-side instead of one in front of the other. Just step on and lean slightly forward or backward to get it moving. You will probably require a few minutes of practice to get your balance just right.The IO Hawk can be used in an office or even to get around town. It weighs a little more than 20 pounds, so it’s not super lightweight (did you see those chunky tires?) but also not unmanageably heavy.Related: Your Snowboard Is About to Get SmarterThey’re also not inexpensive. There are three versions — red, white and black — and each will run you $1,800.For a closer look, check out the demo by our friends at CNET.3. The coolest ‘paper’ airplane you’ve ever seen.If only the traditional paper airplane that we all love could be more durable and a lot more high-tech. Bret Gould and serial inventor Christopher Hawker — the entrepreneur whose company, Trident Design, was behind the industrial design of The Coolest cooler, which went on to become the most-funded Kickstarter campaign — has made that dream an awesomely fun reality.Here’s the Carbon Flyer, a “paper” airplane made of carbon fiber, so it’s super durable, and equipped with dual built-in propellers.You have to see it in action:It’s controlled via an app on your smartphone and can fly up to 80 yards before losing its Bluetooth connection. Gould told me that the team is already working on a 2.0 version that’s powered by peer-to-peer communication, which should significantly increase the distance the Flyer can fly without losing communication with your phone.There are a few days left on the Carbon Flyer Indiegogo campaign. It’s already raised more than $260,000, well above its $50,000 goal. It’s no wonder — it’s very cool.Related: The ‘Paper’ Airplane to Rule Them All Register Now »last_img read more