CALGARY – John William Gow Logan had one course and some articling to complete before becoming a lawyer, but his death in the First World War left his dream unfinished.The son of Manitoba homesteaders enlisted as a private in the 50th Battalion in 1915 and within months was promoted to corporal. He was killed on the last day of the Battle of the Somme in France on Nov. 18, 1916 — a month shy of his 30th birthday.Logan is one of 37 aspiring lawyers to be posthumously admitted to the bar in a ceremony Friday at the Calgary Courts Centre ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the armistice ending the conflict.Logan’s great-niece Leslie Lavers, along with her daughter and some cousins, planned to be in the ceremonial courtroom for his bar call.“It’s a piece of closure,” she said. “It brings him back and it puts him to rest all at the same time.”Lavers never knew her “great-uncle Gow,” but she learned a lot about him from his eight siblings who lived into their 80s and 90s.“The shadow of his death lasted with them until their own deaths.”Letters Logan sent during the war were witty and cheerful, always seeking to ease the worries of his loved ones, she said. In one, he complains to his sister: “There are far too many lice and they are far too affectionate for my liking.”Keith Marlowe with the Legal Archives Society of Alberta said that every November the profession recognizes members who died serving. But when law students’ names are read, there has always been the caveat that they were “never called.”“But for the war, all of these students would have gone on to become lawyers and they would have given back to the Alberta legal community,” said Marlowe, a partner at Blakes, Cassels and Graydon.“We wanted to make sure they were treated in the same way, on the same footing, with the same recognition as the Alberta lawyers who also perished in the war.”The families of 13 students have been tracked down. Of those, relatives of six planned to attend, Marlowe said.The gallery in Calgary’s ceremonial courtroom seats 350, but Marlowe said he was expecting so many people that he was looking into an overflow room days before the ceremony.Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Mary Moreau, associate chief Justice John Rooke and Justice Blair Nixon are to preside as the would-be lawyers are called in two groups of 12 and one group of 13.Relatives and current law students are to take oaths and sign certificates on their behalf.Organizers credit Patrick Shea, a partner at Gowlings in Toronto who was in the reserves, with making the ceremony possible.Shea has devoted much of his spare time to digging through historical records and amassing details on the 550 Canadian lawyers and law students killed during the First World War.“The sacrifice they gave is well worth the sacrifice and time that I gave,” he said.A posthumous bar call was held in 2014 for Ontario law students killed in the First World War and there was one for the Second World War dead last year. Newfoundland and Labrador has had a similar tribute, and Shea said he hopes law societies in other provinces follow suit.Shea said one law firm in Ontario had to close during the Great War because everyone there enlisted. He said so many Canadians in the profession signed up to fight overseas because it was seen as the right thing to do.“That’s what lawyers do. We defend causes.”
OTTAWA – Leaders from across Canada’s political spectrum voiced their support Sunday for free trade and opposition to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum while denouncing the Trump administration’s unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Among them were some of Trudeau’s fiercest critics, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and incoming Ontario premier Doug Ford, both of whom promised to stand with the government as it seeks to resolve what has become an all-out trade war with the U.S.Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, meanwhile, questioned Trump’s “obsession with trade relations with Canada” during an appearance on U.S. television.All of the comments came after Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Trudeau following the G7 on Saturday, in which the president called the prime minister “dishonest and weak.”Trump also threatened to go after Canada’s auto industry, a mainstay of the Ontario economy, in the same way that he has already done with its steel and aluminum sectors.The tirade was enhanced by extensive comments Sunday from two of the president’s closest advisers who said the prime minister betrayed Trump in comments Trudeau made at the end of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau made Trump look weak ahead of his North Korea summit, while trade adviser Peter Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for the prime minister.“It’s certainly not helpful to have that type of language when we’re dealing with two governments, two countries that have had a long history of mutual support, mutual co-operation,” Scheer told reporters during an event at an Ottawa gas station on Sunday.“That’s why we have been doing what we can to present that united front when we’re talking about the benefits of NAFTA, when we’re talking about the benefits of free trade for both Americans and Canadians.”That doesn’t mean the Conservatives support everything the Liberals are doing, Scheer added before listing a number of “missed opportunities” to put pressure on the U.S. and make Canada more attractive to foreign investment.Those include a failure to quickly ratify the 11-country free-trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as the government’s push for a national carbon tax and its refusal to cut taxes for businesses.Nevertheless, he said, “every time in history when there are these types of discussions, all Canadians who believe in free trade, political parties who believe in the benefits of free trade as a philosophy, as an economic policy goal, have worked together.“And that’s what we are going to continue to do.”Ford, a populist campaigner who has praised U.S. President Donald Trump in the past, similarly said on Sunday that he stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Canada’s Liberal prime minister because jobs in his province are at stake.“My number 1 priority is to protect jobs in Ontario, especially protect the steel workers, aluminum workers. That’s going to be a priority,” Ford told reporters at Queen’s Park.“We’re going to sit down with our federal counterparts. We’re going to stand united. I know all provinces should be standing united with our federal counterparts and we’ll deal with that.”Former prime minister Harper rounded out the conservative triumvirate during an appearance on the Fox news network in which he noted that the deep trade relationship between Canada and the U.S.The U.S. has legitimate concerns about trade with China and even Mexico when it comes to automobiles, Harper added, “and I would be the first person telling our government to be a partner in those things because I think Canada shares those concerns.”However, he added, “I don’t understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada.”Conservatives weren’t the only ones offering support as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tweeted that the prime minister was handling Trump’s “outbursts” and “bullying” as well as anyone, and “all Canadian leaders need to support Trudeau.”And NDP MP Charlie Angus tweeted that Trump’s behaviour was “appalling,” adding: “This is a small-minded man not fit for public office. Canada will not be pushed around by his circus-thug bluster.”Not everyone was impressed, however, as Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos accused the prime minister of using an “incompetent approach” to dealing with the U.S., in part by refusing to pursue one-on-one trade talks with Washington.“Stop poking U.S., stop jumping in front of bullets meant for Mexico, start bilateral (NAFTA negotiations) and stop dialogue with Iran,” Housakos said on Twitter.“Focus on (a) deal that’s critical to our economy.”Former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney was among those urging Canada and others to stay calm, adding that he hopes Trump’s latest antics will spark more “sober sentiments” in Congress and with others in the U.S.Several members of Congress and former U.S. officials were quick to express their disapproval with the administration’s attacks on Trudeau and Canada, including Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy.Murphy retweeted a comment by European Council President Donald Tusk who appeared to mock Navarro by stating: “There is a special place in heaven for (Trudeau). Canada, thank you for the perfect organization of (the) G7.”
KATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Poland for talks on curbing climate change, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).Envoys gathered Sunday in the southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the U.N. meeting that runs until Dec. 14.Ministers and some heads of government are to join Monday, when host Poland will push for a joint declaration on ensuring a “just transition” for fossil fuel industries facing closure as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The meeting received a boost over the weekend, after 19 major economies at the G-20 summit affirmed their commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord. The only holdout was the United States.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has issued a Smokey Skies Bulletin, on June 1, for Northeastern B.C. due to continued impacts from wildfires in Alberta.According to the Government, the smokey conditions could last for the next 24 to 48 hours.During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour. Health Authorities say people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.For those with chronic breathing conditions, it is best to limit being outdoors and to stay inside during this time.Tips on how to protect yourself from smoke exposure can be found on the Government’s website.
The suspects had snatched the necklaces of four women during the festival on Tuesday and escaped in a van.Investigations revealed that the suspects are residents of Chilaw and Chenkaladi and had committed similar crimes at religious festivals around the country. The necklace worn around the necks of some Hindu devotees attending the Jaffna Nallur Temple festival were snatched by an organized gang.According to the police a seven member gang was arrested by the Jaffna police yesterday over the crime and the stolen necklaces were also recovered. The Jaffna police are conducting further investigations.
FONTANA, Calif. – Andretti Autosport will announce a new primary sponsor Saturday to replace GoDaddy next season on the car currently driven by James Hinchcliffe.Andretti gave no indication Friday on the status of contract talks with Hinchcliffe, who with three wins this season gave GoDaddy its most successful season on track in its seven years with the organization.But as GoDaddy prepares for a global launch next year — CEO Blake Irving said Friday the website domain provider will be in 60 different countries and 30 different languages, with an emphasis on Latin America in time for the World Cup — its spending allocation had to be re-evaluated. GoDaddy currently sponsors Danica Patrick in NASCAR and Hinchcliffe in IndyCar, and Irving decided IndyCar didn’t make fiscal sense.“We looked at our customer acquisition costs and it’s an audience size issue,” Irving said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “The customer acquisition costs between the web, between regular TV and between NASCAR and IndyCar, IndyCar is the most expensive acquisition vehicle we have. It was pretty expensive on a per customer cost.”But Irving did not rule out GoDaddy continuing a relationship with Hinchcliffe, who has quickly grown into one of the most popular drivers in the series.“The highest compliment I can pay is he’s the kind of guy I’d love to just have a beer with, besides being an unbelievable spokesman for the company, an incredibly talented driver and a guy who has got very, very creative ideas,” Irving said. “I definitely wouldn’t rule out GoDaddy working with James again in the future. There’s a lot of options, a lot of ideas we’ve been discussing as a company, and we are so positive on him.”GoDaddy joined Andretti as an associate sponsor for Patrick in 2007, and became the primary sponsor on her car in 2010. GoDaddy moved with Patrick to NASCAR that season when she began dabbling in the Nationwide Series, and the company followed her there when she made a full-time move to the Sprint Cup Series.But GoDaddy also stayed in IndyCar with Andretti, which planned to replace Patrick with Dan Wheldon prior to Wheldon’s death in the 2011 season finale.Hinchcliffe then got the No. 27 car and quickly developed into an IndyCar fan favourite off the track last season. He turned it up on the track this season, winning his first career IndyCar race in the season-opener at St. Petersburg. Hinchcliffe later won in Brazil and Iowa.Despite Hinchcliffe’s success, GoDaddy was slow to make a formal decision on its future in IndyCar. With the season ending Saturday at Auto Club Speedway and Hinchcliffe on the free agent market, team owner Michael Andretti apparently felt he couldn’t wait any longer and announced Friday he’d reveal a new sponsor before the race.“Throughout their seven-year relationship, Andretti Autosport and GoDaddy have together achieved great milestones,” the team said. “Together the partnership saw Hinchcliffe sit on the front row of the famed Indianapolis 500, while earning the distinction as the most popular driver in the sport as voted by the fans. Andretti Autosport is grateful to GoDaddy for years of support and friendship as it transitions its 27-car entry to a new primary sponsor beginning in 2014.”Despite the decision to leave IndyCar, Irving, who took over as CEO in January, said NASCAR remains a valuable market for GoDaddy. He also said the company is thrilled with its relationship with Patrick.“We frankly love Danica and think that Danica represents and personifies what GoDaddy represents — small businesses and people who have ideas,” Irving said. “Here’s a woman who had an idea and went through the challenges to become a driver in a male dominated sport. She represents the idea that the totally impossible is possible and we love that kind of person.“She’s going to be with us for an awful, awful long time.”With that comes some backlash in the racing community, particularly from fans who don’t understand why GoDaddy is leaving IndyCar and Hinchcliffe while it supports Patrick, who is 28th in the standings in her rookie Cup season with one top-10 finish.Irving said it comes down to math.“It’s not hard to explain because GoDaddy is a business. Anybody in IndyCar or anybody in NASCAR who is on TV is buying advertising is trying to market their product, they have to make trade-offs between the vehicles they use,” Irving said. “You actually have to make some pretty hard decisions. I am a car guy and Mario Andretti was one of my heroes when I was a kid. But we have to make the right decision for the business.” Andretti Autosport says it has new primary sponsor to replace GoDaddy on 27 car for 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 8:32 am MDT
“Profiling asylum seekers on the basis of their alleged nationality infringes the human right of all people to seek asylum, irrespective of their nationality and to have their individual cases heard,” Mr. Ban said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson on the latest reaction to the huge influx of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing fighting in their homelands. Under restrictions imposed last week at borders between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and between the latter and Serbia, only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis are being let through while others, including Iranians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, are being blocked.“The Secretary-General calls on all States in the region to respond effectively to the mounting humanitarian challenges and to ensure that their policies on screening asylum seekers are in line with international refugee and human rights law,” the statement said.“He urges European governments to significantly improve their capacities for reception and to speed up implementation of the relocation programmes for refugees. He recalls that collective expulsion and refoulement are strictly prohibited under international law,” it added.The statement called on all States in the region to respond with compassion, solidarity and shared responsibility, noting that the current situation highlights the urgent need for coordinated border management.Also today, just days after warning that the restrictions are endangering refugees and migrants, especially children, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), voiced renewed alarm as the harshness of winter looms that human traffickers are waiting to take advantage of the chaos.“With refugees and migrants expected to continue arriving in Europe via Greece over the winter and into 2016 it is imperative that the situation be managed in such a way as to minimize the risks of new problems being created,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards, told a news briefing in Geneva.“All people have the right the right to seek asylum, irrespective of their nationality and to have their individual cases heard,” he said, calling for proper information, counselling and accommodation to be provided.He said the restrictions will play into the hands of human traffickers as people seek alternatives to the current chaos. “As we head into winter, stabilization and proper and comprehensive management of Europe’s refugee and migrant situation remains urgently needed,” he stressed.Last Friday, UNHCR joined the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in issuing a joint statement warning of the dangers to blocked refugees and migrants as the bite of winter takes hold, and calling on Governments to provide more reception centres and decent accommodation.“This is becoming increasingly untenable from every point of view – humanitarian, legal, and also safety related, not least in light of falling temperatures and the risks for children and others with specific needs,” Mr. Edwards said then.About 150 people have returned voluntarily over the past 48 hours to the Greek capital of Athens where they are being advised that they can seek asylum, the spokesperson said today. Near Greece’s Edomani border point, UNHCR and partners have set up a transit centre consisting of seven large heated tents where stranded people can stay the night and receive a hot meal.
The United States entered Wednesday’s friendly against world powerhouse Brazil looking to extend their 5 match winning streak. Unfortunately that momentum, as well as 67,619 screaming fans packed into FedEx Field in Landover, MD, were not enough to stop Brazil from claiming victory 4-1.The Brazilian national team came into yesterday’s game led by Neymar, hailed by former national team member and soccer icon Pele as the next great Brazilian futbol star. First half goals from Neymar and Thiago Silva gave Brazil a lead that they would never surrender.According to the Washington Post, USA head coach Juergen Klinsmann praised his team’s resilience but felt that they played without a lot of tenacity.“We need to get nastier, maybe a little bit still too naïve, maybe we don’t want to hurt people. We have to step on their toes more, get them more frustrated.”Team USA Forward Herculez Gomez, who scored the only goal for the U.S., noticed how the game changed when his team began to force the issue against the respected Brazilians.“Sometimes you see Brazil on the calendar and you go in with a lot of respect for their players, but they are just like us,” he said. “They bleed, they hurt, so you’ve got to get after it. You saw in the second half when we pressed and imposed our game, they were the ones on their heels, they were the ones trying to hit us, they were the ones sweating and battling and fighting to track back.”The U.S. had ample opportunities to score during the second half but failed to rally from their deficit. The crowd of 67,619 was the largest crowd to watch a soccer game in the Washington area.
← Previous Story Talented Rasmus Lauge three more years in BSV Next Story → Kasper Hvidt publishes controversial book At Tuesday in Serbian capital, Belgrade, representatives of teams and Handball Federations from Ex-Yugoslavia area and Hungary decided to fix a date for a start of Regional League from 2011/2012 season. In that competition will play 16 teams from seven countries. Three teams in Regional League will have Bosnia and Herzegovina (because they found general sponsor and has complicated ethnic structure – Serbian, Bosnian and Croat) and Slovenia (marked as a best League with three serious teams). In group of two teams are Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Hungary.After 30 Rounds of League competition, Champion will be decided on the Final Four tournament until 1st of April. Only a Champion of Regional League has a right to play in this competition in a next season. All other teams has to win that in Play-Offs of their national champioships.President of Croatian Handball Federation, Sandi Šola (Photo – left) talked for Balkan-Handball.com about reasons for this kind of competition and also about a model:– We agreed here that League will have 16 teams from seven countries. League will start around 20th of August and will be finished until 1st of April 2012. We want to give a space that teams can back to their national League and play there their Play-Offs. From Croatia, two best teams will play in Regional League. After that, they will back to national Championships, where we will organise “Champions League” consisted of six teams – 10 Rounds for a Champion. Every year, any team can enter Regional League, if they win one of the first two places. That is fair.It is still a question about participation of Slovenian and Hungarian teams?– I think that their wish isn’t a problem since we make this project. They only have to get a permission from their Federations, but I think that will be an formality.What will bring Regional League?– Many things. It is a time that Handball takes his deserved place. In Croatia, we have same TV share, when playing handball national team with football national team. We need better teams competition to make our sport better and more popular. With this project, all of us will atract more sponsors, quality players and fans. We will have more stronger games, better preparation for Champions League battles. All teams and Federations have clear interest. League headquater will be in Zagreb (Also established South East Handball Association), because of the best tax policy. Also, after organisation of World Cup 2009, we think that we have best organisational skills. Official language of League will be of course, English.Regional League 2011/2012 projection: C.O Zagreb, NEXE (Croatia), Crvena zvezda, Partizan (Serbia), Metalurg, Vardar Skopje (Macedonia), Celje PL, Gorenje, CImos Koper (Slovenia), Lovcen, Sutjeska (Montenegro), Bosna Sarajevo, Borac Banjaluka, Izvidjac Ljubuski (BiH), MKB Veszprem, Pick Szeged (Hungary) Regional handball LeagueSandi ŠolaZoran Gobac
Loading … Valero Rivera Some will say ‘the chosen one’, but others would argue saying ‘one makes his fortunes through hard work’. In case of this life-long handball aficionado, both can easily apply. Valero Rivera is a legendary figure at HC Barcelona, winning six Champions League trophies, five European Supercups as well as being a twelve-time ASOBAL League champion, all with one team. The sixty-year old is also the most responsible for the uprising of ‘Blaugrana’ to becoming one of the greatest clubs in the World, creating countless stars that rose through the ranks of this Spanish giant, in a twenty-year (1983-2003) coaching tenure Rivera has had at the club. In 2009 Rivera took over the Spanish national team, and after the bronze medal won at the 2011 World championship, he was ready to take the next step. In a place this Zaragoza-born calls his second home- Barcelona, Valero Rivera won the World champions title with the Spanish national team in 2013, to mark thirty years of coaching on the highest level. What Valero Rivera did for Spanish handball is indescribable in words, and more than a decade of worldwide prominence the ‘Hispanos’ are enjoying is all due to this legend, cut out for the highest achievements. SUPPORT VALERO RIVERA LIKEView Results ← Previous Story AMBROS MARTIN – “The man who made dreams come true” Next Story → SHF – “The ones that broke records”
A NEW RECEPTION SYSTEM for asylum seekers has been proposed by the Irish Refugee Council which they say is more humane and cheaper for the state.In a new report published by the IRC says that Ireland is “failing to meet its international obligations” under the current direct provision system for asylum seekers.They say that specialised reception centres must reflect that asylum seekers are a ‘particularly underprivileged and vulnerable population’ and provide a ‘one-stop shop’ where accommodation and legal services can be provided.Th IRC say that the direct provision system was envisaged to house asylum seekers for six months but at present most residents have been in the system for over three years with some housed for more than seven years.Addressing this issue must be central to any solution say they IRC who recommend asylum seekers be “transferred to independent living within a maximum of six months”.The report says that “respect for the dignity of the individual and of family life should be a principle underpinning the accommodation” with parents being given the opportunity to parent in “as self-contained as a family unit as possible.”The report also recommends that: In line with all other EU countries, asylum seekers should be granted access to the labour market after six months to allow them to maintain their skills and employability.“We cannot continue to ignore the impact of Direct Provision on children who are growing up in an environment where the risk is that they fail to thrive, with unknown consequences for the future,” said Justice Catherine McGuinness who launched the document.“I commend this document to the authorities and would invite them to engage with all interested parties in working towards an alternative system that we can all be proud of.”The full report of the IRC is available here >Read: African children are 20 times more likely to be taken into care – report >Read: I have no plans to end direct provision – Shatter >
Luton Town 3-2 Arsenal (1988)THIS ONE HAD everything. A pulsating Wembley atmosphere, the commentary team of Brian Moore and David Pleat, glorious sunshine and Steve Foster’s hairband. Brian Stein put Luton ahead after 13 minutes. Martin Hayes (yes, THE Martin Hayes) and Alan Smith (no, not THAT Alan Smith) turned the match on its head inside a couple of second half minutes and it looked like the Gunners would take the first silverware of the season.Enter Andy Dibble. Dibble, better known for conceding a rather dubious goal to Nottingham Forest’s Gary Crosby, saved a penalty from Nigel Winterburn and kept the deficit to just a single goal. Stein then crossed for Danny Wilson to head the equaliser past John Lukic on 82 minutes.The game was heading for extra-time until man-of-the-match Stein, fouled by Tony Adams, took the trophy with a late free-kick. It was to be the finest moment in Luton’s history.(YouTube credit: NobbyDVD)Manchester United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday (1991)Sheffield Wednesday were a Second Division side and without a trophy in the post-war era when they met Alex Ferguson’s emerging United side at Wembley in what was then the Rumbelows Cup Final.Managed by former United boss Ron Atkinson in a season where they would also gain promotion back to the top flight, Wednesday took the game to a United side featuring the likes of Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Lee Sharpe. The deadlock was broken by Irish midfielder John Sheridan in the 37th minute – a fierce drive that beat Les Sealey off the post – and the underdogs held firm, with club captain Nigel Pearson lifting the trophy.(YouTube credit: tikabooson)Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool (2005)Affectionately known as The Antonio Nunez Final.OK, not really, but this was an absolute cracker in both Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez’s first seasons in English football. John Arne Riise’s volley gave the Reds the lead just 45 seconds into the match, and it looked like the first trophy of the season would be going back to Merseyside until Steven Gerrard accidentally headed Paulo Ferreira’s free-kick past his own goalkeeper, Jerzy Dudek, on 80 minutes.(Cue lots of ‘Gerrard scores his first goal for Chelsea’ jibes, given the Liverpool captain was heavily expected to leave Anfield for Stamford Bridge that summer.) The match went into extra-time and Chelsea took control with strikes from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman, before Nunez’ only notable contribution in a season in England, a close range headed consolation minutes from the whistle.This was notable for being the first Chelsea trophy under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, while Liverpool would go on to beat the London side on the way to winning the Champions League in dramatic fashion three months later.(YouTube credit: silentalarmactiv8)Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea (2008)It’s easy to forget that Juande Ramos actually won a trophy with Tottenham, given the fact that his reign ended so badly the following season with just two points from the club’s opening eight fixtures.The side that took on Chelsea in the first final to be played at the newly refurbished Wembley Stadium was led by the brilliant partnership of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, while that season the Blues would go on to contest, and lose, the Champions League final against Manchester United. Chelsea took the lead in the 37th minute when a Didier Drogba free-kick made him the first player to score in three League Cup finals, but Tottenham – and Keane and Berbatov in particular – were running the show.A penalty was awarded to Spurs when Wayne Bridge handled in the box, Berbatov stepping up to beat Petr Cech from the spot, and the match went to extra-time. The destination of the trophy was decided when Jermaine Jenas’ free-kick was palmed on to the head of Jonathan Woodgate by Cech, and the North London side had their first trophy in nine years.(YouTube credit: MSRFish)Cardiff City 2-2 Liverpool (2012)Billed as the battle of the Gerrards, Liverpool captain Steven would come head-to-head with his younger cousin and Cardiff defender Anthony in last year’s final at Wembley.Liverpool’s league form under Kenny Dalglish could kindly have been described as stop-start, but there was no arguing with the Premier League side’s Cup form as they would go on to face Chelsea in the FA Cup Final a couple of months later.Championship side Cardiff started one of the biggest games in the club’s history in dramatic fashion, with Irish U21 striker Joe Mason slotting through the legs of Pepe Reina to put the Welsh side 1-0 up. Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez teamed up to fashion Liverpool’s equaliser in the 60th minute, the Uruguayan’s header coming off the post and Martin Skrtel following up to equalise. Dirk Kuyt would turn from hero to villain in extra-time. The Dutchman would take advantage of a rebound to shoot past Tom Heaton and give Liverpool a 2-1 lead, but he allowed the impressive Ben Turner to beat him from a corner and the match went to penalties.Liverpool’s first penalty was taken by Gerrard and saved by Heaton, before Reina managed to level proceedings by denying Kenny Miller. Another miss from Charlie Adam handed Cardiff the advantage when Don Cowie scored, but the Reds prevailed. Kuyt, Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson would all score from the spot, while Rudy Gestede and Anthony Gerrard’s misses meant heartbreak for Malky Mackay and company.(YouTube credit: kLFCreds2)
Twitter has become an integral part of the way a lot of us communicate online, to the point where it is replacing email and killing the popularity of RSS in some cases. With that in mind it’s not surprising to see Twitter as a service posting big numbers in terms of tweets sent every day. But earlier this month the social network set a new record for tweets sent per second, and it was a huge increase over what the service is used to.On any given day Twitter averages over 500 million tweets sent back and forth. That translates to around 5,700 tweets sent every second. That’s pretty incredible. However, between August 2 and 3 the average spiked by 25x setting a new record. During that 24 hours period a peak of 143,199 tweets were being sent every second.The reason for the spike is quite surprising. Usually you’d associate such a mass of extra activity with a major event like New Year’s Eve or the Super Bowl. But no, the spike was caused by people in Japan watching the animated feature film Castle in the Sky (known as Laputa in Japan), which is directed by Hayao Miyazaki who is one of the founders of Studio Ghibli.Twitter doesn’t mind where the activity emanated from, they are just very glad their infrastructure was able to cope. They are also using it as an example of why when major events do happen in the future, users won’t start seeing the fail whale.
Landsat 5 : après 29 ans de service, l’un des plus vieux satellites en orbite prend sa retraiteLe satellite Landsat 5 est en orbite autour de la Terre depuis 1984. Après 29 ans de bons et loyaux services, l’U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) a annoncé qu’il le retirerait prochainement de la circulation ce satellite. Le Satellite Landsat 5 qui sera retiré par les États-Unis dans les prochains mois à largement dépassé les attentes de sa mission initiale. A la base, lors de son lancement en 1984, celui-ci devait mener une mission de trois ans.”Finalement n’importe quel événement majeur depuis 1984 ayant laissé sur cette Terre une empreinte supérieure à celle d’un terrain de football a certainement été enregistré par Landsat 5, qu’il s’agisse d’un ouragan, d’un tsunami, d’un feu de forêt, de la déforestation, ou encore une marée noire”, a indiqué le directeur de l’USGS Marcia McNutt. Landsat 5 en chiffresSelon lui, il est peu probable qu’un autre satellite puisse un jour atteindre la longévité de Landsat 5. En effet, au final, Landsat a 29 ans. Au cours de toutes ces années, il aura effectué 150 000 fois le tour de la Terre, réalisé plus de 2,5 millions de clichés de la surface de la planète, photographié, entre autres, la catastrophe de Tchernobyl et l’extension des agglomérations autour de villes telles que Las Vegas.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il a également observé les conséquences des attaques terroristes du 11 septembre 2001, la progression de la déforestation au Mexique, et vu les foules descendant à Washington pour assister à la victoire de Barack Obama aux élections présidentielles en 2009.Landsat 8 prévu en 2013Alors que Landsat 5 sera bientôt rapatrié, Landsat 7, lancé en 1999 reste le seul satellite du programme Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) à être encore en activité. Il sera bientôt complété par Landsat 8 prévu pour février 2013 (il a été transporté à son site de décollage en Californie la semaine dernière). Ce satellite sera équipé de deux instruments distincts. L’un pourra collecter des données dans le spectre visible et dans les ondes infrarouges courtes afin d’aider à la navigation au niveau des côtes, pour détecter les Cirius (nuages), etc. L’autre récupèrera des données thermiques infrarouges permettant de mesurer la température à la surface du globe.Le 28 décembre 2012 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
Entertainment on the agenda in India as first details of SPiCE 2020 conference released The All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) has reportedly written to India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, calling for a crackdown on illegal offshore betting operators.According to Indian gambling news site GLAWS, the AIGF’s letter to Modi states that a number of offshore gambling websites are openly accepting bets from Indian players in contravention of the country’s Foreign Exchange Management Rules and cyber laws. China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham forced to cut sponsorship ties with Russian betting site RelatedPosts Load More It argues that this increases the chances of gambling addiction as well as posing a threat to national security due to money being taken out of country.The AIGF wants the Prime Minister to block foreign betting websites from accepting deposits from Indian players and to direct the Enforcement Directorate to conduct a probe against the websites for alleged violations of various Indian gambling and online security laws.The organization specifically names a number of websites it says are at fault, including 1xbet, Jeetwin, BetRally and Bet365.Its letter is the latest move in the AIGF’s efforts to have local online sports betting legalized and regulated in India and follows a recommendation by the country’s Law Commission in July to regulate online betting.In a report titled Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including in Cricket in India, the Law Commission found that although authorities should ideally enforce a complete ban on unlawful gambling, such a ban was impossible to effectively enforce and that regulation was therefore a better option to protect citizens and generate tax revenue.
Three-hundred and sixty-four days a year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command — or NORAD — is the U.S.-Canadian military unit that monitors North American airspace for enemy threats. But one day a year, NORAD turns its watch onto one very popular air traveler. Download AudioPart of the NORAD mission is to keep the skies safe — safe for pilots… safe for passengers… and safe for sleighs pulled by flying reindeer. Watching Santa Claus each Christmas Eve is an annual mission NORAD takes very seriously. They’ve been at it for sixty years. “We will monitor and track Santa to make sure that he is safe and secure,” NORAD’s Lt. Joe Nawrocki says from Colorado Springs. The tone of his voice is so sober you feel like you’re hearing about safety on Air Force One.Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD’s First Santa Tracker and the ad that got him in the business. Photo: NORAD.So how does NORAD do it…. tracking Santa Claus?“Well obviously we in the military have a multitude of radars and satellites at our disposal.” Duh.Using standard airspace monitoring tools, Santa’s tracked.“Basically he starts at the international dateline and travels west,” Nawrocki says. That means Alaska is Santa’s second-to-last stop, with only Hawaii being farther west.Tracking Santa is a mission NORAD came into by accident.“There was an ad that was placed in a Sears catalog at Christmas-time and it said, ‘Hey, kids! If you want to talk to Santa, call this number.’ Well the number on the ad was misprinted. And it actually rang to the ops center at — it was called CONAD at the time.”First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)A colonel named Harry Shoup answered the line in 1955. When he realized kids were trying to get bearings on Santa, he knew he was pretty well-equipped to answer this question, being in the air defense business and all. So he played along, and it’s been a NORAD tradition ever since.Kids desperate to know where the jolly old fellow is can call NORAD Santa Tracker hotline at 1-877-HI-SANTA. A small army of volunteers in Colorado Springs is on standby to fill kids in on Santa’s progress. Even the First Lady takes calls from her family’s vacation home in Hawaii.NORAD’s not the only one in on the Santa-tracking business… The tech company Google has its own Santa tracker, eleven years young.
Khammam: District Youth Services and Sport Officer M Parandhama Reddy appreciated the athletes who bagged six bronze medals and championship in State-level Junior Athletics Championship at Hyderabad. On Monday, a programme was conducted by the department where he felicitated the winners. Speaking on the occasion, he gave the details of the championship and added that the district athletes secured gold, silver and bronze medals at various levels in the competitions. He also appreciated coach MD Gouse and Secretary of District Athletic Association MD Shafik Ahmed during the programme.
SpiceJet was the most punctual domestic airline in February, according to data collected by the Director General of Civil Aviation from four cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.The airline’s on-time performance was at 81.1 percent, while IndiGo’s was 79.7 percent. The least punctual airline was the national airlines Air India (domestic) at 66.2 percent. On the Bangalore route, Air India was most punctual with 79.9 percent on-time performance. It performed worst at Mumbai with 59.1 percent on-time performance. Meanwhile, Jet Airways and Jet Lite performed best at the Hyderabad airport with 80.3 percent on-time performance. It had the worst performance in Delhi.SpiceJet’s best performance was at the Hyderabad and worst was at Bengaluru. However, it outperformed Air India, Jet Airways + Jet Lite, Go Air and Vistara even at the lowest.Even at its best in Bengaluru, Go Air fared worse than Air India, Jet Airways + Jet Lite, SpiceJet, IndiGo and Vistara.IndiGo’s worst fared better than SpiceJet by 0.9 percent. IndiGo’s best performance was in Hyderabad and worst in Mumbai. Meanwhile, Vistara — a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines — fared best at the Hyderabad airport and worst at the Mumbai airport.At least 67 percent of the delays in February were “reactionary,” which are factors like late arrival of the aircraft. As much as 13 percent of the delays were caused because of the ATC, 7 percent delays were due to the particular airport, while 4 percent was due to weather. Technical and operational difficulties contributed to delays equally at 3 percent each. Difficult passengers contributed to 2 percent of the delays and remaining were due to the ramp.
Map locating areas bombed in Syria on Thursday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Photo: AFPThe US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said Monday it killed a senior jihadist involved in the executions of an American aid worker and other Western hostages.Abu al-Umarayn was involved in the November 2014 beheading of Peter Kassig, a former US ranger who was doing volunteer humanitarian work when he was captured in 2013.”He was killed and more information will be available after a full assessment,” Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US-led coalition, said in a statement issued after the Sunday strikes.”Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to coalition forces and he was involved in the killing of American citizen and former US Army Ranger, Peter Kassig,” he said.Ryan said the jihadist had also been involved in the execution of several other prisoners.It is the first time the coalition, which has been hunting down IS fighters in Iraq and Syria since 2014, has announced the killing of a jihadist leader linked to Kassig’s death.At the time of the execution, IS released a video showing Kassig’s severed head but did not publish footage of the decapitation, as it had done for other hostages.
With 15 days of the year left to go, you’d think it a safe bet not to hear of any new large-scale security breaches on servers used for gaming. But we’ve just heard about another one, affecting 1.8 million gamers.This time it’s Square Enix who has been targeted, with servers holding details of both U.S. and Japanese gamers breached. When the hack was discovered on Tuesday, Square took their websites offline in order to investigate what had happened and what information had been accessed. By Wednesday they had started informing people their details may have been stolen.The good news is, no credit card details were accessed as they weren’t stored on these servers. However, names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers were taken. One million Japanese gamers and 800,000 U.S. gamers’ records are thought to be affected. All Square Enix can do is warn those individuals about possible scams in the near future attempting to use their personal details. For some reason, 300,000 records of European gamers were not accessed, so anyone in the EU with a Square account can relax.If you are one of the gamers affected, then the best thing to do is ensure you are using secure passwords across other online services. By secure, I mean none that were the same as your Square Enix account/s, and using a different password per service–no sharing.Square hasn’t yet announced how the hacker managed to breach their servers, but hopefully it wasn’t an easy compromise like Sony allowed to happen with PSN.via Digital Trends and France 24