‘Griezmann to cost €200m’ – Barca & Man Utd warned

first_imgTransfers ‘Griezmann’s release clause is €200m’ – Atletico warn Barcelona & Man Utd they face pricey transfer fight Dom Farrell 23:35 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) AntoineGriezmann - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División Antoine Griezmann Manchester United Multiple clubs are reported to be interested in the French forward but Atletico’s CEO has promised to work to keep him from leaving Manchester United and Barcelona have been warned they could need to splash up to €200 million to buy Antoine Griezmann this summer.Atletico reported Barcelona to FIFA last week over their alleged transfer pursuit of the France star after Camp Nou director Guillermo Amor said it was possible Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu “had a meeting with Griezmann’s family”.The 26-year-old forward was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United before the start of this season but opted to stay with Atletico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Head coach Diego Simeone recently stoked speculation by saying he would not stand in Griezmann’s way should he desire a new challenge, but Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin has sounded a more combative tone.”Atletico doesn’t want to sell Griezmann either now or in the summer,” he told Mega. “For us he is a very important player, who has grown a lot and we have grown up with him.”Our intention is to keep growing all together. Last summer we made an effort beyond the possibilities of the club and we’ll do it again next summer.”Griezmann departure isn’t in our hands, but until summer is impossible to leave us.”Atletico will be able to pair Diego Costa with Griezmann in attack in the new year, when their FIFA player registration ban is lifted.Gil Marin conceded putting together that all-star forward line has been no easy task, making him keen to renegotiate Griezmann’s contract, which runs until 2022 and contains a release clause of €200m until July next year when it will become €100m.”It’s been hard for us to get Griezmann and Diego Costa together and I think it’s going to be very good for Atletico,” Gil Marin added.”Until July 1, Griezmann’s release clause is €200m.”Atletico lie second in La Liga but defeat to Espanyol in the final game before the mid-season break means they are now nine points behind Barca at the summit.last_img read more

PSG target Wendel joins Sporting

first_imgTransfers PSG target Wendel completes Sporting switch Christopher Devine 23:13 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wendel - cropped Getty Images Transfers Sporting CP Sporting CP v Marítimo Marítimo Primeira Liga Wendel had been a target for the Ligue 1 leaders but has committed himself instead to the Portuguese outfit until 2023 Sporting CP have completed the signing of highly-rated Fluminense midfielder Wendel, who had been heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.Last November, PSG coach Unai Emery confirmed his club were “working on” a deal to bring in the 20-year-old.However, Wendel will instead continue his career with Sporting, having signed a five-and-a-half-year deal after a reported fee of around €8m was agreed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A statement on the Primeira Liga club’s official website read: “Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD announces that it has reached an agreement with Fluminense FC for the definitive transfer of player Wendel, with Sporting SAD holding 100 per cent of the athlete’s economic and sporting rights.”Wendel signed a contract valid until 2023 with a termination clause set at 60 million euros.”Sporting SAD wishes Wendel the greatest professional and personal happiness.”last_img read more

Oklahoma State Continues Ascent in Polls

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State improved to 10-0 on the season on Saturday and is now the only undefeated team remaining in the Big 12 conference.The rankings have been released for both the Coaches and the AP Poll, and Oklahoma State jumped up one spot to No. 4 in both polls. Here’s a look at the AP top 10.Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 4.31.51 PMThis is the 16th time OSU has been ranked in the top five in school history, 12 of those have come under Mike Gundy.AdChoices广告The “official” college football playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday evening, and the Cowboys are expected to jump at least two spots – given that No. 7 Stanford and No. 6 Baylor suffered losses on Saturday.last_img read more

Cowboys Prepare for Hostile Environment Against Iowa State

first_imgThe Cowboys prepare to take on the Iowa State Cyclones Tuesday night in Hilton Coliseum for their final away game of the regular season. The Cowboys will try and avenge their 96-86 loss against the Cyclones in Gallagher Iba Arena in early January.In the first meeting between the two teams, the Pokes frequently turned the ball over to the Cyclones, who used fast break layups and points off turnovers to end the night on 52 percent shooting.“We gave them the ball in the first game,” Underwood said. “We had 16 turnovers that led to literally uncontested layups. So we’ve got to be better with our ball security and running offense, but they’re a team that traditionally puts a lot of pressure on you to be good offensively because they’re very good offensively.” The Cowboys head into Tuesday with both a five-game and five-game away win streak. But the Cowboys have recently struggled against the Cyclones in Ames, and they haven’t won in Hilton Coliseum since Travis Ford’s second season in 2009-2010.ISU is traditionally one of the better conference teams in home record, and this year is no different, as the Cyclones have a 14-4 home record this season and home wins over No. 25 Miami and No. 11 Baylor. But the Cowboys’ players aren’t fazed by the environment, and even take pride in playing the spoiler.“I honestly love playing away,” said sophomore guard Davon Dillard. “I love going into someone else’s gym and beating them. It feels good, especially when you can get a road win in somewhere like Ames with a crowd just like that. And the team feeds off that so I feel like going on the road and beating a team in a gym like that shows how good our team is.”Junior forward Mitchell Solomon expressed similar confidence headed into the Cowboys’ game against the Cyclones. “Iowa State is an incredible environment,” Solomon said. “Their fans are some of the best, so it’s gonna be a tough one. But I think if we come in and play our game, we can do our thing [and win].”The Cowboys will try and earn win No. 21 Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast following the Duke-Florida State contest on ESPN2. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

King of The Game: OSU vs. Tulsa

first_imgCarlie GoekelerBet against the Spread: OSU by 21There are bound to be mistakes in this game from OSU simply because it’s the first. However, there is no way Tulsa beats the spread.More Catches: TulsaOkay I’m drinking the orange kool-aid and all but Tulsa will have more catches than Washington. With a receiving core as strong as ours, there is no way Washington has a chance.Over/Under: UnderTulsa did win 10 games last year and their coach doesn’t accept sloppy play. I think this game will be fairly clean overall.King of the Game: Ramon Richards.I’m all in on Ramon and this position change. It sounds like this bet was made for Ramon. Someone who you have always cringed while watching but also the first guy you send off the sidelines when OSU is up 1 with 5 seconds left and OU is on our 20. Ramon seems to be the guy who is in the right place at the right time and we all know he has the competitive spirit to do something crazy.Prop bet: Tyron Johnson takes the first returnable kick to the house.I’m really excited to see what this caged ex-tiger can do. Listening to him talk to the media, you can tell he’s really excited for the opportunity to play for a team that makes plays that result in 7s instead of 3s. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We are starting a new weekly post this football season. A weekly competition I like to call “King of the Game.”The rules are simple. Each week five people will make predictions about the upcoming game. The predictions will vary each week. Plus, each contestant get’s the opportunity to earn bonus points by making a wild prop bet.Our contestants will consist of myself, Kyle Cox, Nick Welch, someone from the enemy’s side, and an OSU fan contributor. This week’s picks from the enemy come from Hunter Hart of Reign Cane Sports, an independent Tulsa Sports Blog. Basically, it’s the Tulsa version of PFB.Our fan picks come courtesy of Carlie Goekeler. How could we not pick her after this tweet?AdChoices广告I hate to pull the woman card, the alum card, the homecoming queen card, the Coop fan card but I did. There are my cards. Pick me.— Carlie Goekeler (@carlizzle93) August 28, 2017She offered a little insight into herself.“My name is Carlie Goekeler and I am a 2016 alum of Oklahoma State. I am currently pursuing my D.O from OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being a medical student takes up 99% of my time so the Pistols Firing Blog is my lifeline in the fall (my favorite part being the podcasts). My parents met at OSU and have been taking me to all the home football games since 2001. I’m a total OSU fanatic and perfect evidence that even a part science nerd/part sports junkie/part girly girl can win homecoming queen.”We begin our competition with this Thursday’s season opener against Tulsa! The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane are facing off for the first time since 2011 (has it been that long?).Here are this week’s bets:Bet Against the Spread: OSU -17More Catches: James Washington or all of TulsaOver/Under: +2.5 turnover margin for OSUKing of the Game: Defense (OSU or Tulsa)Prop BetWithout further adieu…center_img Phillip SlavinBet Against the Spread: OSUI think Tulsa’s offense will try to run the ball in the first half (unsuccessfully) and be forced to throw in the second, which won’t go well either. OSU will be slow out of the gate as they have been the past few years, but get things rolling in the second quarter and win handily.More Catches: TulsaOSU will want to get its various wide receivers opportunities. If the Cowboys are up big in the second half, which I think they will be, they’ll get other guys the chance to show in-game what they can do.Over/Under: OverWhen Tulsa is forced to throw the ball in the second half to keep things from getting ugly, Ramon Richards and A.J. Green are going to have fun against an in-experienced starting quarterback.King of the Game: Chad WhitenerTulsa should try and run the ball a lot, especially in the first half. They have a solid offensive line, which should open up opportunities for the linebackers to get tackles. I’m going with Whitener to lead the team in tackles this game.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State gets three defensive scores.Saying one isn’t interesting, neither is saying two. I’ll go with one on special teams, a blocked punt or field goal run back, and two more by the defense. Maybe a pick-six and a scoop-and-score.Kyle CoxBet Against the Spread: TulsaI’ll go with my prediction from my summer preview which was a 38-24 win. So, the Cowboys get it done but do not cover. This is still the first game of the year and there might be a couple of bugs to work out. Still, I think it’s a handily-won victory. Somewhere around 32-7 in the second half and Gundy gives it to Justice and J.D. King to grind out the clock.More Catches: TulsaThey are retooling and at the time of this yet to name a starting QB. But think of them as Art Briles’ Baylor-lite, or extra-lite or however that works. Regardless, Philip Montgomery coaches a system that works and it get his playmakers in space. Tulsa averaged 20.5 catches per game last year and I don’t expect that to drop off too much. Besides, James Washington has never had double-digit catches in a game his entire career.Over/Under: OverWhoo momma! Let’s swing for it and say two picks from the greenish QB (whoever it is) and a forced fumble. Hopefully, that’s all it takes to win that battle 3-0.King of the Game: Ramon RichardsThis feels like a Ramon interception game. He’ll get at least one of those. On Tulsa, I’ll go with senior free safety Jordan Mitchell who had nine pass breakups last year. They’ll need to get a lot from their secondary to stay in this one.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State will go for it on fourth and 2-plus yards early in the game.Nick WelchBet Against the Spread: OSUI’ll take the over, so higher than 17-point difference.More Catches: TulsaTulsa>WashingtonOver/Under: OverI’ll take the over, probably like three.King of the Game: Darrion DanielsMy own opinion, TU has an average O-Line, with an inexperienced quarterback and I think he gets a coverage sack or two, maybe a fumble recovery.Prop Bet: Eight different Oklahoma State receivers catch a ball.Is that crazy enough? If not, OSU kicks and makes a 45-plus yard field goal.Hunter HartBet Against the Spread: I’ll take OSU here.OSU has had struggles with teams like Central Michigan, Texas Tech, and Iowa State which gives me hope, but Tulsa has too many unknowns offensively to score the points necessary to ultimately keep it close.More Catches: Easy choice here, I’ll take all of Tulsa.I know Tulsa has never faced a receiver like Washington, but they did play Courtland Sutton last year. Sutton is expected to be a 1st- round draft pick, and he had 8 catches in that game. With all the options that Rudolph has, I see Washington getting around that same number. TU will probably throw about 20-25 passes, so I think (hope) that we will complete more than 10 of those.Over/Under: Under.Last year Tulsa was middle of the road in turnover margin, but the lead RB only lost the ball 2 times out of 264 attempts. I trust him, and I don’t think Coach Montgomery will put our new QBs in situations where they can make mistakes.King of the Game: Chad Whitener. Tulsa needs to run the ball effectively on Thursday. I think that TU’s offensive line will give a good push, but if Whitener is able to stuff the run then the Hurricane will be in for a long day. Additionally, Whitener will need to stay disciplined on the read option which is typical of a Montgomery-run offense. Prop Bet: Tulsa will have more yards than OSU after the first quarter.TU traveled to Ohio State last season, and after the first quarter TU had more yards on offense than the Buckeyes. It is a different team this year, but I still think TU will be able to run the ball effectively. Honestly, I don’t know how TU’s defense will stop OSU, but prop bets are supposed to be wild and fun!last_img read more

CSL transfer window worries Simeone

first_imgTransfers Torres and Carrasco talk leaves Simeone ‘uncomfortable’ during Chinese Super League transfer window Ryan Benson 22:17 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Atlético Madrid Sevilla v Atlético Madrid Sevilla Dalian Yifang Primera División CSL Atletico Madrid could yet lose two players to the CSL before February 28 transfer deadline, making the man in charge at Wanda Metropolitano nervous. Diego Simeone has acknowledged the threat of financially powerful Chinese Super League clubs buying his players has made him feel “uncomfortable”, as Yannick Carrasco nears a move to Dalian Yifang.Carrasco joined Atletico in 2015 and looked promising in his first two seasons, but the Belgium international has been more of a peripheral figure this term.The 24-year-old has started just eight of Atletico’s 24 La Liga games this season and scored three goals, with the club’s impressive array of attacking talent counting against him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Yifang emerged as a potential destination in recent days and Simeone has previously suggested the transfer is entirely down to Carrasco, who could also be joined at the Super League club by Fernando Torres.Although the 33-year-old’s potential exit is not as far along as Carrasco’s, Simeone accepts he is “worried” about the financial lure of Chinese football and suggests there should be a single transfer deadline for all, with the Super League’s transfer window not due to end until February 28.Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sevilla, Simeone said: “I am worried because with all the money that goes around, aside from the decision of the players, for the coaches it’s uncomfortable because you think about what can happen.”It’s not the player, the representative, the negotiations [that cause you to worry] – it’s the amount of time, because it [the CSL transfer window] ends on February 28.”It is two months in which the heads of the players can be turned. It would be better to put a deadline for everyone, so that clubs, coaches and players are calmer.”I cannot say much about Carrasco because he is negotiating his situation. Fernando’s position I do not have any news of. We all train well and when the market is over, we will evaluate what might happen.”I never get into people’s choices. Whenever I grow, I see it as a good thing. If it is economic growth it is a personal choice. In football I’m never surprised.”last_img read more

Report: Barca 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 agg)

first_imgBarcelona 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 agg): Ton-up Messi blows Blues away Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 15/3/2018 OusmaneDembeleLionelMessi - cropped Getty Images Barcelona stormed past Chelsea in the Champions League as Lionel Messi hit a brace either side of Ousmane Dembele’s first goal for the club. Lionel Messi brought up 100 Champions League goals with a strike in each half as Barcelona dumped Chelsea out of the competition with a 3-0 win at Camp Nou.The sides were locked together at 1-1 after Messi’s equaliser in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge and Antonio Conte’s men held their own for long periods once again, only to be undermined by uncharacteristic defensive errors.Messi scored the earliest goal of his professional career in the third minute, with Ousmane Dembele opening his Barcelona account in style to ground an encouraging Chelsea response. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Thibaut Courtois was tamely beaten in the first instance and Barca’s ruthless qualities on the break were in full view as Dembele clattered into the top corner and Messi secured his latest landmark after the hour.Chelsea’s attentions now turn to scrapping for a top-four place in the Premier League and a face-saving tilt at the FA Cup, with Conte’s prospects of seeing out his contract until the end of next season done few favours by Wednesday’s result.By contrast, opposite number Ernesto Valverde has gone from seemingly managing a damage-control operation at the start of the campaign to being on course for a sensational treble.100 – Lionel Messi has now scored 100 Champions League goals in just 123 appearances, 14 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo (137) to reach this milestone. Extraordinary. pic.twitter.com/CfbtoVKb7y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2018The hosts rumbled straight into their familiar passing rhythm, pushing and shifting Chelsea whichever way they desired from kick-off, and the breakthrough came after a mere 128 seconds.Messi began one of his trademark dribbles towards the right edge of the Chelsea area and, even though the angle was against him when Luis Suarez sent the ball back in his direction, Courtois contrived to let a speculative right-footed prod through his legs.Chelsea’s response was encouraging, with Eden Hazard sparkling, but ex-Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas left his team-mates with a mountain to climb.There was much for Messi to do when he pickpocketed Fabregas on halfway, but he glided past a wild challenge from Andreas Christensen and drew some defensive detente from a backpedalling Cesar Azpilicueta.Once in the area, Messi picked out Dembele, who seemed to put every ounce of frustration from his injury nightmare this season into a vicious, rising right-footed finish.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen repelled Marcos Alonso’s strike from Willian’s cutback in the 37th minute and, after N’Golo Kante bustled into the box with the second ball, Fabregas got in the way and his team-mate slashed wide.Alonso then struck the outside of the post with a superb free-kick in the 45th minute, ensuring the half started and finished with frustration for the reigning Premier League champions.So far, so good! #BarçaChelsea  pic.twitter.com/xthAvGLd8z— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 14, 2018Courtois resumed in howling fashion, passing to Suarez, but at least stood firm to keep out the resulting shot.Conte’s touchline fury reached new levels in the 50th minute when Alonso tumbled in the box under clumsy pressure from Gerard Pique, but no penalty was given.Pique halted Alonso by indisputably legal means after the hour passed, launching a sliding block as the marauding wing-back fired goalwards.Alonso was the standout performer of a tireless Chelsea performance, but their efforts were compromised as they surrendered possession again in the 63rd minute.Suarez tore at the away defence and fed Messi to ease around the outside of Azpilicueta and clip the ball home – once more via a nutmeg of Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper at least kept out a Paulinho header five minutes from time before the crossbar denied Antonio Rudiger a consolation goal that the visitors’ toils merited. Key Opta facts:- Lionel Messi has scored 100 Champions League goals in just 123 appearances, 14 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo (137) to reach the milestone.- After failing to score in his first 10 Champions League appearances against English teams, Lionel Messi has since netted 20 goals in his last 18 games.- Messi’s opener was the fastest goal that he has scored in his club and international career (02:08).- Barcelona have only lost four of their 40 Champions League knockout games at home (W26 D10), with Liverpool the only English team to secure a victory there (2-1 in February 2007).- Chelsea managed 14 shots in this match, six more than Barcelona, although the Blues only landed three on target. read morelast_img read more

Watch: OSU Pledge Shane Illingworth Shows Off His Big Arm

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. If my math and eyesight serve me, that’s at a 30-35 yard dime that he makes look effortless.As it currently sits, Illingworth is the highest-rated pocket passer to ever commit to OSU according 247Sports, and the fourth-highest QB right behind a certain redshirt freshman from Texas.This display won’t surprise many. The Cowboys had been in on the 6-6 pocket passer for some time, partly because of his arm talent and deep-ball accuracy, but it’s nice to see it in action. While we are all worried about guessing who will take snaps for Oklahoma State on August 30 in Corvallis, another future Cowboy passer prepares for his senior year.Four-star OSU pledge Shane Illingworth is focused on his final campaign for Norco High School and has been fine-tuning the deep ball that helped make him the No. 10 pocket passer in the 2020 class.QB Magic. @shane_wayne0411 to @KCrum02 @norcofootball #wearenorco #QBsareathletestoo pic.twitter.com/P1lDckRYIs— Coach Cameron (@CoachCam14) August 21, 2019last_img read more

Back to basics: 4 web site tweaks

first_imgI spent an hour looking at a lot of nonprofits’ websites yesterday. Here are four tweaks that 95% of them need, and that might help you too:1. Make your Donate button easier to find. Grab a friend or relative, sit them down in front of your website home page, and count how many seconds it takes them to find and click on your Donate button. If it takes them more than two seconds, you need to place your button in a far more prominent position. Make it central to the page. Make sure it is above the fold. Make it big. Make it colorful. Make it impossible to miss. Here’s an example of an easy-to-find Donate button.2. Frame the Donate button in a more compelling way. Now think about why someone should click on your Donate button. Your financial needs are not enough. Create an appeal around the button that is focused on donors, their interests, and what they get in return for their donation. What tangible change will result if they give? How is that tangible change relevant to them personally? Will it feel good to make the donation? Is clicking on the button fun, touching or compelling? Here’s an outstanding example of framing.3. Add a sense of immediacy. You want to inspire someone to give right now, but that can be hard to do if it’s not December or if there’s not an urgent crisis to address. Create a sense of urgency for donating by creating a campaign with a goal and deadline, matching grant, or appeal for specific items or programs that are highly tangible. Here’s an example of bringing a sense of urgency to an appeal by making it clear what the donation does (it buys a bed net) and tying it to a popular show. 4. Recognize that getting clicks requires cultivation. While you want someone to donate right away, it’s important to remember that it takes time to cultivate donors. Be sure your website includes a way to capture the email addresses of visitors so that you can build a relationship with them and turn them into donors in the future. Think beyond a newsletter sign-up. Here’s a nice example of an innovative approach to capturing emails.last_img read more

Bizarre excuse offered for Marcelo injury

first_imgWorld Cup Bizarre excuse offered for Marcelo injury which has Real Madrid star sidelined for Brazil Stephen Creek 20:00 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) marcelo-cropped Getty Images World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico Serbia v Brazil Serbia Marcelo The back spasms which forced the defender out of a win over Serbia may have been caused by a hotel mattress, according to the Selecao’s team doctor Brazil’s team doctor has said a hotel mattress may have caused the back spasms which forced Marcelo off the field during a 2-0 victory over Serbia.The Real Madrid left-back was substituted after just 10 minutes of the game and early analysis suggested he was suffering from back problems.Dr Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters after the game that he was optimistic over the 30-year-old’s chances of being fit for Brazil’s round of 16 clash with Mexico on Monday, but Marcelo’s sleeping conditions might need to be assessed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “It is still too early to make an accurate diagnosis,” said Dr Lasmar. “The injury may be related to the hotel mattress.”Although our expectation is good, but we have to be calm and wait for the next few days.”Marcelo missed three Real Madrid matches due to a hamstring injury in February but has been otherwise largely injury free in recent years.Dr Lasmar said that as long as a serious injury did not emerge, he would treat Marcelo’s pain in order to prepare him for the Mexico game.”Marcelo is medicated and with medication the tendency is that the response is good and that he can play,” he said. “The important thing is that there is no injury.”They were muscle spasms. Once he feels good to train, he will return and immediately be ready to play.”There is no recovery period.”last_img read more

Rishabh Pant always opens up the game for us: Prithvi Shaw after DC win Eliminator

first_img Press Trust of India VisakhapatnamMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 12:56 IST IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes leading Delhi Capitals to victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw praised Rishabh Pant after he helped beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in IPL EliminatorShaw said Pant is the best finisher among youngstersRishabh Pant smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixesDelhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw heaped praises on teammate Rishab Pant, calling him the best finisher among youngsters after the 21-year-old helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator here.Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes even as West Indies’ Keemo Paul finished it off in the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed on Wednesday night.”In these T20 games, there’s a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end,” Shaw said at the post-match press conference.He also pointed out that Amit Mishra’s single run was an important one.The 19-year-old said it was important for him to get back into form after a few bad games.Shaw top-scored with 56 off 38 balls on a “sticky wicket” to give Delhi a great start.”First six overs are important because if you put runs on board, it will take the pressure off the other batsmen. It was a bit difficult to pull the ball. Since their bowlers were bowling cutters on a sticky wicket, it was not pulling. I waited and waited for the loose balls,” he said.advertisementShaw said while playing in the middle he concentrates on choosing the bowlers who he can hit.”While you’re playing in the middle it is simple – just play your game and chose bowlers that we want to hit first and obviously (Mohammad) Nabi and Rashid (Khan) were the best bowlers on their side. It was an interesting game and I’m happy that we won.”On how he plans to tackle Chennai Super Kings bowlers in the Qualifier 2, to be held here on Friday, Shaw said the Delhi players have faced the defending champions in previous IPLs and they understand the game.”The team will have a plan after reaching Chennai. How to face which bowler like Harbhajan (Singh) bahi, Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) sir or (Imran) Tahir sir. We will have to plan. We will look to do what we’ve done earlier.”Shaw said that it is not about who plays who but depends on how prepared the team is for the game.”Personally, whichever ball is lose, I will smash that ball. Even with Harbhajan bhai and Tahir sir is bowling, I will obviously smash it,” Shaw added.When asked about Delhi’s tendency to lose wickets at the most crucial moments, the batsman said, “I think we like to make every game interesting. Every time things are going well, we give away two-three wickets.”But I think that’s the charm of T20 cricket. Till the time you don’t feel the pressure, it is not as much fun.”Shaw also applauded Amit Mishra’s (1/16) effort with the ball, saying: “We knew that the wicket was too sticky-ish and I think our bowlers did a fantastic job. Amit Mishra has got that experience. He has played 10-12 years of international cricket.”Whenever he bowls those four overs, he knows exactly what his plans are. He has bowled to almost every player and he knows where to bowl to them. He has done a great job for the team and I hope he does the same in the next match as well.”Shaw thanked the management for not losing faith in him despite he not being among runs in the last few games.”When you are not scoring runs for the last two-three games, then you need to get that form back, preparation is the best thing to do. I have prepared quite a lot. I wasn’t scoring that good in powerplays and the team wasn’t very happy but they never gave up on me.”They believed in me and more importantly, I believed in myself and thanks to all the support staff…Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Praveen sir and Kaif sir, and players who give me lots of positive vibes. I just played my game out there,” said Shaw.Also Read | Delhi Capitals played very well and they deserved this win: Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant credits ‘muscle memory’ for his big-hitting prowess in T20sFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Maritime Forces Responded to MV Tateyama’s …

first_imgCombined Maritime Forces, March 6, 2014 Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Combined Maritime Forces responded to a Thai-flagged VLCC’s distress signal when two skiffs began advancing on the vessel in a suspicious manner.The MV Tateyama carrying out self-protection measures by activating water hoses, increasing speed and locking down the vessel to prevent access.On Friday 28 February, at 12:18pm, lookouts on board the Thailand flagged merchant cargo ship, MV Tateyama, saw two small motor-powered skiffs carrying several men behaving oddly around a mile away. Suddenly accelerating, the skiffs changed direction and headed straight towards the ship.The lookouts suspicions were aroused. Knowing that their current position, 60 nautical miles off the coast of Oman near to the Strait of Hormuz, is a piracy hotspot, the crew wondered if the high-speed manoeuvres meant these were pirates, preparing to make an attack.Sensing the ship’s vulnerability due to not having a protective armed security team embarked, the Master broadcast a distress message to other nearby vessels and the Omani Coastguard requesting immediate assistance.This set in motion a coordinated response between naval ships and aircraft from several nations which ultimately ascertained that the piracy alarm was not an attack. Yet the firm actions reassured the tanker and reaffirmed the message to would-be pirates that any attempts at illegal activity would receive a swift reaction from international naval forces.As the skiffs continued to close the distance between themselves and the merchant ship, Tateyama’s Master remained concerned they were possibly trying to intercept the tanker.He put his crew’s counter-piracy training into practice by initiating a whole-ship lock-down, increasing vessel speed to maximum, starting fire pumps and overflowing the ballast tanks to make any potential boarding as difficult as possible. Tateyama’s 27 crew were mustered and accounted for and waited for the response from local maritime authorities. My locationlast_img read more

Cease and Desist Order

first_imgThe Labour Relations Board announced today, Nov. 1, that is hastaken action to end an illegal work stoppage which commencedtoday. The illegal work stoppage occurred at TrentonWorks Limited inTrenton, Pictou Co. These employees are represented by UnitedSteel Workers of America, Local 1231. The complaint filed today requests that the board issue a ceaseand desist order against United Steel Workers of America, Local1231 and striking members of Local 1231 who are participating inthe illegal work stoppage. The board has issued an interim order directing the membersparticipating in an illegal work stoppage to cease and desist andto return to work at their next regularly scheduled shift. -30-last_img read more

Serena Williams And Muhammad Ali To Be Honored With Jesse Owens Awards

first_imgThe International Athletic Association (IAA) has announced that iconic tennis star Serena Williams and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali are the recipients of the esteemed 2017 Jesse Owens Awards.The prestigious awards recognize sports legends who exemplify the ideals embodied by Olympian and humanitarian Jesse Owens: integrity, perseverance and service.This year’s historic ceremony falls on the 81st anniversary of Jesse Owens’ incomparable triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals and defeated Hitler’s superiority ambitions. Herb Douglas Jr., bronze medalist in the 1948 London Olympics and protégé of Jesse Owens, co-founded the Award program with Owens’ widow Ruth and their three daughters in 1981. They saw a need to honor Owens and created this annual, charitable celebration where the biggest sports icons of yesterday and today gather to continue his legacy.“Jesse Owens used the global stage of the Olympics and his status as a world-class athlete to make a considerable difference in the world,” said Herbert P. Douglas, Jr., Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Athletic Association Board of Directors and oldest living African American Olympian. “We are thrilled to be recognizing Serena Williams who is one of the greatest athletes of our time and the quintessence of uncompromising sportsmanship.”Jesse Owens Athlete Trophy:Williams, regarded by many as the best player to grace the tennis court, will be honored with the Jesse Owens International Athlete Trophy. The award is presented annually to the world’s best athlete as voted by a group of electors consisting of sports writers and experts across the world. Serena joins the ranks of past Owens trophy winners Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Sebastian Coe, Haile Gebrselassie, Edwin Moses, Vitali Scherbo, and Eric Heiden, among others.Jesse Owens Global Peace Award:Muhammad Ali, considered one of the most significant global sports figures of the 20th century, will posthumously receive the Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion’s achievements in the ring were arguably exceeded by the symbol of peace and justice he came to represent outside of it. Over time, he became a revered international hero. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he passed away in June of 2016. His family will accept the Award in his honor.The gala, a touchstone annual event celebrating the intersection of athletic achievement and ethical sportsmanship, will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All proceeds go to the Jesse Owens Scholarship Fund at Ohio State and the Herb Douglas Jr. Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.For more information, please visit JesseOwensGala.com.last_img read more

Syrian Foreign Minister says Security Council should condemn Israeli acts

The Security Council should condemn a recent Israeli “act of aggression” against Syria, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly in a speech that also urged greater assistance to help Iraqi refugees and non-intervention in Lebanon’s upcoming presidential elections.“The latest act of Israeli aggression against Syria on September 6, 2007 is a proof of Israel’s desire to escalate tension,” Walid Al-Moualem told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.“We reiterate that the failure of the international community, including the Security Council, to condemn this act of aggression would encourage Israel to persist in this hostile pursuit, and lead to an exacerbation of tensions in the region,” he said, charging “some sources in the United States” with spreading rumours to justify the act of aggression.“Syria has the will to make a genuine peace that would recover the usurped rights, return the land to its rightful owners and guarantee peace for all,” he said, while the actions of Israel and United States suggested that they do not have the same will.Regarding the situation in Iraq, he said a solution must begin with national reconciliation and stressed the need for “the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Iraq, subject to the agreement of the Iraqi Government, because this measure will contribute to curbing the violence.” He condemned all terrorist acts committed in Iraq. “Random allegations that combatants are infiltrating into Iraq through the Syrian-Iraqi border cannot be further from the truth,” he said. “They fail to acknowledge the strict measures that Syria has put in place to control these borders.”He said the purpose of these allegations “is assigning responsibility for the failure of the occupying power to achieve security and stability in Iraq to others.”With 1.6 million Iraqi refugees in Syria today, he said the country is “bearing enormous financial burdens to satisfy their economic needs and provide them with services.” The international community, he added, had “failed to discharge its responsibility toward the Iraqi refugees.” Syria had received “almost negligible” assistance to date.“The occupying power spends hundreds of billions of dollars on military operations inside Iraq but fails to allocate any resources to assist Iraqis who have been forced out of Iraq as a result of occupation and its concomitant repercussions.”Addressing the situation in Lebanon, he said Syria had persistently supported solutions that would serve the common interests of the country’s people. “We believe that the run-up to the upcoming presidential elections constitutes a good basis for consensus building among the Lebanese to elect a president in accordance with constitutional prerogatives, free from foreign intervention and in a manner that would safeguard Lebanon’s interest and its Arab relations.”Terrorism had spread further since the beginning of the ‘war on terrorism,’ he said, calling for efforts to address its root causes.In addition, he said the international community must “firmly distinguish between terrorism and the peoples’ legitimate right to resist foreign occupation.” 1 October 2007The Security Council should condemn a recent Israeli “act of aggression” against Syria, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly in a speech that also urged greater assistance to help Iraqi refugees and non-intervention in Lebanon’s upcoming presidential elections. read more

TSX falls as instability unfolds in Iraq Lululemon reports Q1 earnings

The Toronto stock market fell slightly Thursday, as geopolitical instability continues to unfold in Iraq.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 6.87 points to 14,885.26. The Canadian dollar gained 0.06 of a cent to 92.08 cents US.In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrials dropped 32.05 points to 16,811.83, the Nasdaq fell 12.51 points to 4,319.42, while the S&P 500 dipped 3.71 points to 1,940.18.Oil prices are rising as an Al Qaeda-inspired group captured two key cities in Iraq and vowed to also take over Baghdad. One of those two cities, Mosul, lies in an area that is a major gateway for Iraqi oil.The instability in Iraq comes as the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries met in Vienna and agreed to keep their output target unchanged at 30 million barrels a day. Meanwhile, the U.S. Energy Department released a report that said oil supplies may be low. The department says supplies fell by 2.6 million barrels in the week ended June 6, more than double the 1.2 million barrels analysts expected.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.59 to US$105.99 a barrel. August bullion was up $5.30 to US$1,66.50 an ounce, while July copper was down a penny to US$3.03 a pound.On the corporate front, Lululemon Athletica Inc. is reporting a lower first-quarter profit of $19 million as the yoga wear company moves to boost its share price and get past its boardroom controversy. Lululemon (Nasdaq:LULU) said Thursday that its board of directors has approved a stock buy-back program up to US$450 million of its common shares to create more shareholder value after seeing its shares sink over the past year. Lululemon’s shares fell nearly 15 per cent, or $6.28, to $38.25 in New York.The U.S. Commerce Department reports that retail sales rose for a fourth straight month in May, adding to evidence that consumer spending will contribute to stronger economic growth.Consumer spending rose 0.3 per cent in May, helped by a surge in demand for autos. The result follows a 0.5 per cent climb in April and a 1.5 per cent surge in March, which was the biggest one-month gain in four years.Retail sales had fallen sharply in January as winter storms cut into shopping and various other types of economic activity. Overall economic growth went into reverse in the first quarter, shrinking at an annual rate of 1 per cent. But the revival in consumer spending has led economists to predict a solid rebound to 3 per cent growth or better in the current April-June quarter.There were also signs of improvement in Canada as Statistics Canada reported that its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in April, following identical increases in both February and March. The agency says the combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, Ont., was the top contributor to the increase and had the largest monthly price advance in April, as prices rose 0.7 per cent.New home prices also rose in Calgary, Hamilton, Ont., Winnipeg and the combined region of Saint John, N.B., Fredericton and Moncton, N.B. Prices slipped in six metropolitan areas in April, including Regina and Vancouver.Meanwhile, the Teranet—National Bank National Composite House Price Index says Canadian home prices were up in May, rising 0.8 per cent over the previous month. The increase was the fifth smallest for May in the 16 years covered by the index, and while countrywide composite index rose to an all-time high, only three of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed did the same.Traders are awaiting the release of a semi-annual Financial System Review Thursday by the Bank of Canada, which will be followed by a speech by Governor Stephen Poloz. It’s expected the report will touch on inflation, credit growth and housing prices. read more

Western Sahara Disappointed over lack of progress Annan outlines new options

In a report released late on Tuesday, the Secretary-General voices his disappointment over the lack of progress despite recent efforts by his Personal Envoy, James Baker III, and suggests four possible courses of action. The first of the four options would have the UN resume trying to implement the 1988 settlement plan, even without the concurrence of the two parties in conflict over Western Sahara’s future status. The second would have Personal Envoy Baker try to revise the draft Framework Agreement — again without necessarily gaining the agreement of both Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. The third option would be to mandate Mr. Baker to discuss a possible division of the territory with interested parties, and the fourth would see the Council terminate the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) due to the lack of progress. In order to allow the Council time to consider these less-than-ideal options, Mr. Annan proposes the Council extend MINURSO’s mandate for two months, until 30 April. Security Council consultations on Western Sahara are expected to commence next Tuesday. read more

Charlie Sheen Reacts to iPad Announcement Fake

first_imgLike the rest of you, I spent a good chunk of this afternoon glued to my monitor, watching PCMag’s live blog of today’s Apple special event. I was also refreshing Charlie Sheen’s new Twitter account, hoping the actor would have a few gems to share with us for the occassion.Sadly, Sheen apparently couldn’t have cared less. So we did what people on Twitter do–we made up some fake tweets for the occasion. Check out how we think it should have gone, after the jump.last_img

Litany of errors by child services saw womans claims of serious sexual

first_img 20,760 Views Short URL Litany of errors by child services saw woman’s claims of serious sexual abuse ‘lost’ for over three years The HSE’s child and family services, the precursor to Tusla, also repeatedly sent details of the case to a series of incorrect addresses. By Cianan Brennan Former Tusla CEO Gordon Jeyes, pictured with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald in January 2016 Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieSuch a meeting would be held in advance of the same social worker meeting with members of Mary’s family. This person subsequently, in early 2014, asked Mary for the notes she had compiled from their meeting, to facilitate the Garda investigation which had been instigated, saying that their own had been lost. When Mary refused this request, the social worker later claimed that they had not taken any notes of the meeting, nor had they taken any notes from any of the subsequent interviews with Mary’s family. Assuming this is the case, such practice is in direct contradiction of Tusla’s own child protection guidelines.Over the following four months, Mary repeatedly requested of the senior manager at the HSE the reason as to the delay in the progress of its investigation (in February 2012 she submitted a specific complaint under the HSE’s ‘Your Service Your Say’ portal regarding the initial nine-month delay before she was met by a social worker, and also the fact no report of that meeting was given to her despite assurances to the contrary). The responses from this manager at the time repeatedly refer to their ‘regretting terribly any distress you have been caused”.May 2012 – Child services director apologises, gives personal ‘assurances’With months passing without an update and the case appearing to have hit a standstill, Mary eventually contacted Gordon Jeyes (then national director of children and family services at the HSE, and subsequently to become Tusla’s first CEO) seeking a meeting. This occurred in May 2012.In the aftermath Jeyes expressed his “sincerest regret and apology” that Mary’s experience had resulted in “further distress during such a difficult time in your life”. He likewise committed “to learn from your regrettable experiences so that they will not be repeated going forward” and gave “assurances that I will pursue the matter further”.Gordon Jeyes left Tusla in May 2016. TheJournal.ie has asked him for comment in relation to this matter.In the aftermath of this meeting the case ground to a halt once more. This led to Mary engaging the services of both the Data Protection Commissioner (in May 2013, concerning the posting of sensitive information to the wrong address on repeat occasions, and the loss of her disclosure) and the Ombudsman (in June 2014, with regard to the Mary’s grievances as to how her case had been handled in general).In response to a query from TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for the DPC said that the Commissioner “does not comment on individual investigations carried out by this office”.Any alleged breach of the Data Protection Acts involving sensitive personal data is considered serious and is investigated by the DPC.When asked whether the DPC has dealt with many other data protection failures by state bodies involving the disclosure of abuse, the spokesperson responded that “this office does compile records in the manner requested in (this) query”.The Garda investigation into Mary’s claims was eventually dropped in early 2014 due to a lack of evidence.In December 2015 Mary discovered, via health regulator CORU, that the person who eventually investigated her complaint and who interviewed her family was not registered with the regulator as a social worker at the time of the interview.In May 2015, she learned from the Ombudsman that the manner in which her complaint was processed had been acknowledged by Tusla as “being not acceptable”. A Tusla representative likewise acknowledged that the sending of sensitive information to incorrect addresses on repeat occasions “was regrettable”.Regarding the alleged loss of notes by the person who eventually investigated the complaint, the principal social worker who investigated following the intervention of the Ombudsman concluded that “no minutes (of the initial meeting) had been taken”. The Ombudsman concluded that it “would have been remiss” of any social worker to fail to keep minutes of a meeting concerning a complaint of serious abuse.Both Tusla’s Child Protection and Welfare Handbook and CORU’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Workers make it clear that adequate, accurate note-taking is a pre-requisite for all meetings between Tusla employees and those alleging abuse.“They’ve made my life hell”Today, more than six years after her initial disclosure, Mary is keen, more than anything, that what happened to her “cannot happen to anyone else”. Tusla’s headquarters in Dublin’s South Quarter Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie“These are people who we trust to fight our corner, that they will take statements of the most sensitive nature, that they will protect them and keep them safe. That they will hear your pain and anguish and distress, and your vulnerability,” she said.A source of particular anguish to her is the dispute over the notes, or lack thereof, taken by the social worker Mary met in December 2011, and who subsequently interviewed her family.“This person interviewed me and my family members and never documented any of those interviews,” she says. “Then I heard that they had taken no notes at all, and soon after that the case was dropped.”I was absolutely devastated. Mar 6th 2017, 12:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3265589 31 Comments center_img They should be ashamed by the way they treated my case. My abuse may have happened 25 years ago but it will sit with me for the rest of my life. So will the way they handled my case.ReactionIn the aftermath of Mary contacting the Ombudsman, matters moved relatively quickly.In May 2015 a Tusla service director acknowledged, via an Ombudsman intermediary, that the delay which occurred in 2011 before an investigation was begun constituted “an avoidable omission and would not be considered acceptable”. They added that as a result “changes were made in local administrative practices” in order to prevent a recurrence of such an issue.They added, as previously mentioned, that it was “regrettable that correspondence was sent to the incorrect address”.The director concluded by apologising to Mary once more, and said that a separate apology was being prepared by Tusla’s Director of Quality. Later that month her initial disclosure was returned to her – more than four-and-a-half years after it was initially lodged.In April 2016 the Ombudsman confirmed to Mary that her case would be used as part of the social work investigation into Tusla’s procedures for dealing with complaints.Tusla itself confirmed in August 2016 that it is “currently undertaking a full review of all cases awaiting allocation including retrospective abuse cases”.In response to a query from TheJournal.ie in relation to this article Tusla said that it “does not comment on individual cases” in a statement.“This is to protect the children and families with whom we work. We are currently working with the office of the Ombudsman in relation to their investigation into how Tusla manages complaints and will implement the recommendations made,” the statement said.Reviews and quality assurance checks by external bodies allow us to continuously improve and enhance our services to ultimately improve the lives of the children and families with whom we work.Read: Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby homeRead: ‘Admin error’ that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach Source: Shutterstock/TorwaistudioTHE HSE ‘LOST’ a disclosure of alleged serious physical, sexual, and mental abuse by a woman against her father for more than three years.A series of errors in the handling of this case, revealed today by TheJournal.ie, spanned nearly six years and has led to multiple apologies from both the HSE and child and family agency Tusla.Over the course of nearly six years from October 2010, the HSE:‘Misfiled’ the original retrospective disclosure of abuse for over three yearsInformed the woman in question that an initial delay of nine months in inviting her to meet was a result of that disclosure being missingTook 15 months to process the complaint towards an investigationSent sensitive details regarding the case on at least three occasions to two incorrect addresses, one of which was on the same street as the woman in questionIt subsequently emerged that the original copy of the retrospective disclosure made by the woman, ‘Mary’ (not her real name), had been ‘misfiled’ and ‘inadvertently attached’ to an unconnected Garda notification. This led to an ‘unreserved’ apology from child and family agency Tusla, one of many concerning this case.In processing the initial allegations, the HSE’s child and family arm (the precursor to Tusla) directed correspondence detailing sensitive aspects of the case meant for the woman in question to two wrong addresses on at least three separate occasions.“My life was made hell through this,” Mary told TheJournal.ie. “My life was already hell with confronting what had happened, and then to have the disclosure of such sensitive things dealt with the way it was just made it a hundred times worse.”This case is one of many which is being considered by Ombudsman Peter Tyndall as part of a systemic investigation into the way complaints are handled by Tusla. That report is currently being drafted and is expected to be published in the coming weeks, a spokesperson confirmed to TheJournal.ie. Correspondence concerning the missing disclosure, sent in January 2014Click here to view a larger imageThe manner in which the case was dealt with by the HSE bears resemblance to the recent farrago surrounding an error in how Tusla dealt with a complaint against Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe which saw an erroneous accusation of sexual assault against him kept on file by the child and family agency for nearly two years after it had been found to be false.October 2010 – initial disclosure is ‘misfiled’The retrospective disclosure regarding this case was made in October 2010 by Mary, who lives in the midlands.It concerned accusations of serious sexual and physical abuse against her father covering a period of 15 years between the late 1970s and the early 1990s.No response, bar an official acknowledgement of the initial letter, was given to her for at least seven months following her initial contact. Tusla, which was set up in January 2014, subsequently apologised for this “avoidable delay” which it said resulted from an “administrative error” which saw the disclosure misfiled. Correspondence apologising to Mary in July 2011, sent to an incorrect address on the same road on which she livedClick here to view a larger imageAfter repeat attempts by Mary to contact a social worker (whom she had been informed would be handling her case) went unanswered, a meeting was finally agreed between the two for June 2011, but not before that meeting was cancelled by the HSE worker three times at short notice.At the eventual meeting, Mary noted that the social worker “clearly had no idea who I was or what my case related to”.“They told me that the original copy of my disclosure had gone missing which was why the case had been delayed,” she told TheJournal.ie.July 2011 – Sensitive information sent to wrong addressThat original copy was subsequently located in November 2013, three years after the initial complaint – it had been ‘misfiled’ and ‘inadvertently attached’ to an unconnected Garda notification. The social worker in question, who has since been promoted, “apologised unreservedly” for this error in January 2014.Following that meeting in June 2011, Mary never saw that social worker in person again. Source: RollingNews.ieThe social worker did send an acknowledgement letter regarding the meeting, which contained specific, sensitive information regarding the abuse allegations; however this letter was sent to a wrong address on the same street that Mary was then living on. This particular letter also apologised for the “oversight” which saw the meeting delayed for nine months.Three days prior to the wrong address being used in writing to Mary, a report filed by the same social worker did in fact detail her correct address. On all this correspondence, Mary’s name is misspelled. A copy of that report had also been requested by her. It was never sent (all of this correspondence, including that which had been misaddressed, was finally received by Mary when she requested it of yet another social worker in August 2012).In the wake of this meeting Mary heard nothing from the HSE until she made contact with it personally requesting an update. In dealing with this further complaint, a senior manager in the HSE’s child and family section sent two responses, both again containing sensitive information relevant to her case, in October 2011, both of them to another incorrect address (in this case, the address didn’t even exist and the letters were returned to sender undelivered). The manager acknowledged this “clerical error” in December 2011 and again “sincerely apologised” for the “unacceptable standard of response”.December 2011 – investigation beginsAt this time, roughly 15 months after the initial disclosure was made, another social worker met with Mary with a view to kickstarting an investigation into her claims of abuse. The HSE had already been “satisfied that there were existing child protection and safety and welfare concerns that required immediate and ongoing response” following the delayed screening of the initial disclosure. Share368 Tweet Email1 They couldn’t even get the basics right, when surely taking notes is one of the fundamental aspects of their job.She says that at no time did anyone from either the HSE or Tusla contact her voluntarily to apologise for her treatment: “I always had to contact them to make a complaint.”“One of those I dealt with, in 2012, told me that I was being ‘overly-sensitive’, that I needed to ‘get over it and move on with it’. How can you say that? This is my life. You’re just making a mockery of it.”“You expect these people at the most basic level to just do their jobs, even if nothing was to come of it at least you would know in your heart that they did everything they could to protect you and those around you,” she says.In my case not one of them did their job with the basics of human decency – all they did was try to ignore the situation rather than deal with it. I will never trust a social worker again. 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Des fossiles de nos lointains ancêtres découverts en Libye

first_imgDes fossiles de nos lointains ancêtres découverts en LibyeLibye – Une équipe de chercheurs franco-libyenne a découvert des dents fossilisées de petits anthropoïdes datant de 38 à 39 millions d’années. Certains de ces fossiles seraient ceux de nos ancêtres les plus lointains.L’origine des anthropoïdes, des primates incluant les singes et les humains, fait débat au sein des paléontologues. Si l’hypothèse d’une origine africaine a longtemps été admise, de récentes recherches tendent à prouver que cette famille est apparue en Asie il y a plus de 55 millions d’années.À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueLes fossiles trouvés au Dur At-Talah, au centre de la Libye, viennent révéler l’existence de trois formes d’anthropoïdes africains, les plus anciennes jamais découvertes sur ce continent. Et l’un de ces groupes serait celui de nos ancêtres les plus lointains, indique l’étude publiée dans la revue Nature.”Jusqu’à présent on ne connaissait qu’une forme de primates anthropoïdes, vieux de 37 millions d’années pour les plus anciens, là on passe à 39 ou 38 millions d’années et on en a trois”, s’enthousiasme Jean-Jacques Jaeger, chercheur de l’université de Poitiers qui plaide en faveur d’une origine asiatique. Les fossiles de Libye, 22 dents minuscules, révèlent que “deux millions d’années auparavant, il y en a déjà trois, l’histoire est donc plus compliquée. Et parmi les trois, il y a une forme asiatique reconnue comme telle par les spécialistes. Donc, ça signe le sens de migration de l’Asie vers l’Afrique” explique-t-il à l’AFP.Très petits, les anthropoïdes apparus en Asie auraient migré vers l’Afrique dont les conditions plus favorables leur auraient permis de se diversifier et de grossir en taille. Mais reste à savoir si les groupes identifiés en Libye ont fait le voyage depuis l’Asie, ou s’ils sont issus d’une diversification qui aurait eu lieu sur le continent colonisé.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 16:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more