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Centre derailing NRC, says Gogoi

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first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government was trying to derail the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by disclosing data and attacking NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela.Mr. Gogoi, who had been the Chief Minister for three terms, said this was an indication that the BJP was not interested in resolving the foreigners’ issue.“The BJP government has focussed on certain districts to claim that the names of Bangladeshi-origin people have been registered in the NRC. If Hajela, conducting the exercise, is doing this, why is he not being removed or transferred? After all, he is not a constitutional authority but a government servant and is directly answerable to the administration,” Mr. Gogoi said.He reiterated that the NRC would end up as “waste paper” and leave out many genuine citizens belonging to different communities.  “This exercise will only be 50% successful. Many among the Bengali Muslims, tea garden workers, Gorkhas and others will miss out while some foreigners will be included,” he said.The Sarbananda Sonowal government in the State , he said, must ensure the inclusion of all legal citizens in the NRC.last_img read more

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10 months agoLeicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghba

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first_img Van Persie a fan of Arsenal whiz Martinelli Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech Hong Kong: New WiFi Booster Stops Expensive Internet Promoted5 decades ago8fit Skip the Gym, Do This 10-Minute Workout Instead Leicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBohemians forward Ali Reghba is interesting Leicester City.The Irish Independent says Leicester are mulling over a contract offer for Reghba after he came under the spotlight for the Foxes last night.The Ireland U19 cap is in demand after a successful season where he made his Premier Division debut for Bohs and also helped the Gypsies win the U19 league title.Championship sides Middlesbrough and Brentford have had Reghba on trial but Leicester are very keen on the forward and he was involved in an U23 game away to Brighton last night, starting the game on the bench.As the 18-year-old is out of contract with Bohs, the Phibsboro club will only be entitled to compensation if he does move abroad, with former club Shelbourne also due compensation. De Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoi Promoted5 decades ago8fit How to Burn 300+ Calories in 10 minutes? Try this workout Promoted5 decades agoBabbel Teach yourself Spanish using the ’15 min a day’ rule Have your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores a fan of Howe’s Bournemouth Promoted5 decades agoU.S Green Card – Free Check Can you get a US Green Card? Check now Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech How to Stop Dog Barking in Seconds? Redknapp slams Pochettino Spurs exit claims RECOMMENDED FOR YOU TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the love Wilder: Time for Sheffield Utd, West Ham fans to move on Recommended by WATCH: Pepe wins three points for Arsenal with stunning free-kick doublelast_img read more

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Here’s A “Composite” College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

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first_imgESPN CFBESPN CFBA college football writer from Bleacher Report has compiled a “composite” preseason top 25 poll that incorporates rankings from multiple outlets. Justin Ferguson of BR has a composite preseason top 25 poll that has incorporated the preseason top 25 polls from the following outlets:Bleacher Report, ESPN, Athlon Sports, FOX, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA TODAY and Yahoo!The CFB preseason composite Top 25 has been updated to include @philsteele042‘s rankings: https://t.co/KGCErAEi1j pic.twitter.com/WcgxPYlj99— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) June 28, 2016Here’s his composite preseason top 25 poll:AlabamaClemsonFlorida StateOklahomaMichiganLSU Ohio StateNotre DameTennesseeStanfordBaylorHoustonMichigan StateOle MissTCUWashingtonIowa USCLouisvilleGeorgiaOregonNorth CarolinaOklahoma StateUCLAMiamiYou can view his full spreadsheet, which shows you every outlet’s preseason top 25 poll, here.last_img read more

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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Northeast BC

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first_img“The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.”During a wildfire, Environment Canada says that smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for all of Northeast B.C. today.Officials with the Ministry of Environment say that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon anjd Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia.last_img read more

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Tata Sponge Iron gets board approval for name change, to shift registered office to Bengal

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first_imgKolkata: Tata Sponge Iron, a 54.5 per cent subsidiary company of Tata Steel, said on Thursday that its board has approved shifting of the company’s registered office from Odisha to West Bengal and changing its name to “Tata Steel Long Products Limited”. Incidentally, the company has made this move of shifting its registered office along with changing its name after it had completed acquisition of the steel business of Kolkata-based Usha Martin Ltd (UML) earlier this month with pending transfer some of the assets including mines and certain land parcels. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn a regulatory filing, Tata Sponge Iron said its board on Thursday “approved the shifting of the registered office of the company to West Bengal, subject to the approval of the members of the company and other regulatory authorities, as may be applicable and consequent amendment in the Registered Office clause of the Memorandum of Association”. The company’s 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its members is scheduled to take place on July 15 at Joda in Odisha’s Keonjhar district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The company, in the filing, also said its board approved the change in its name to “Tata Steel Long Products Limited” or such other name, as may be approved by the Registrar of Companies, subject to the approval of the members of the company and other regulatory authorities, as may be applicable and consequent amendment in name clause of Memorandum of Association. Notably, Tata Sponge Iron completed the acquisition of the steel business of UML on April 9 with payment of cash consideration of Rs 3468.63 crore (after adjustments for negative working capital and hold backs, pending transfer of some assets including mines and certain land parcels). UML’s steel business includes one-million-tonne steel alloy manufacturing plant near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, an operative iron ore mine, a coal mine under development and captive power plants. Shifting of Tata Sponge Iron’s registered office from Odisha to West Bengal would be a significant development for the Trinamool Congress-ruled state. After Tata Global Beverages, Tata Metaliks and Tinplate Company of India (TCIL), it would be a new entrant of the list of Tata companies whose registered office would be in Bengal. Tata Steel, in September last year, had executed definitive agreements with the Kolkata-based UML for the acquisition of the latter’s steel business.Tata Sponge Iron’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31 stood at Rs 24.39 crore, down 47.76 per cent year-on-year and its revenue from operations, during the March quarter this fiscal grew 4.34 per cent year-on-year at Rs 254.07 crore.last_img read more

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All Brooks Koepka Does Is Win Majors

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When Brooks Koepka outdueled Tiger Woods (and Adam Scott) to win the PGA Championship Sunday afternoon, he joined an exclusive group of golfers with three career major championships to their name. In all of golf history, going back even past the days of Tom Morrises both young and old, only 46 players have ever won three majors. Fewer still have won three in the span of 14 months the way Koepka has, having captured the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens on top of his win at Bellerive Country Club this weekend. Koepka may still have trouble getting recognized by the general public, but he is getting plenty of recognition in golf’s history books.One weird thing about Koepka, though, is that he hasn’t really done much winning outside of golf’s most prestigious events. Other than that pair of U.S. Opens and this recent PGA Championship win, the only official PGA Tour event Koepka has won was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. You don’t have to win a ton of events to make a good living in golf, of course. Koepka has done plenty well for himself, earning nearly $20 million in official money and ranking among the top 20 in FedEx Cup points for four years running. But it’s still striking how much of his success has been concentrated in major championships.Since the PGA Tour was founded, only two golfers with at least three career major wins — Henry Cotton and Peter Thomson — have had a greater share of their total career PGA Tour wins come in majors than Koepka’s 75 percent mark: 2Peter ThomsonAUS5683.3 10Payne StewartUSA31127.3 10Jordan SpiethUSA31127.3 Koepka is in extremely rare — and international — companyFor men’s golfers with at least 3 major championships since the PGA Tour was founded in 1929, share of total PGA Tour wins that were majors 4Nick FaldoENG6966.7 7Gary PlayerZAF92437.5 RankPlayerCountryMajor WinsPGA Tour WinsMajors as Share of Wins * Cotton’s victories were from an era before the PGA European Tour was founded, but were all at events located in Europe.Source: Wikipedia, PGA Tour 6Pádraig HarringtonIRL3650.0 It’s no coincidence that the leaderboard above is littered with foreign-born players who didn’t regularly play on the PGA Tour. For instance, Thomson, an Aussie, won an impressive 84 professional tournaments in his career, but almost all of them were in Europe, Oceania or Asia. Particularly in the early days of pro golf, great non-American players seldom came over to the States to ply their trade, so this metric is a bit skewed for them. That’s why Koepka stands out as the only American remotely close to the top of our list; the next-highest is Larry Nelson at just 30 percent.One reason for Koepka’s odd ratio: His path to greatness contained detours. It included a stint on the second-tier European Challenge Tour out of college — where Koepka won a lot, enough to gain automatic promotion to the main tour within roughly a calendar year. Once there, he remained a card-carrying member of the European Tour through the end of the 2015 season. Since he didn’t play a full season of PGA Tour events until three years ago, he hasn’t had quite as much time to pile up wins in America as we’d expect just from eyeballing the span of his pro career.Still, Koepka owns one of the oddest — and most enviable — major records of any golfer ever. The way he’s playing, he’ll probably rack up ordinary PGA Tour wins before too long, but for now he has saved almost all of his winning for the tournaments that matter most. 1Henry Cotton*ENG33100.0% 3Brooks KoepkaUSA3475.0 5Seve BallesterosESP5955.6 9Rory McIlroyNIR41428.6 8Larry NelsonUSA31030.0 read more

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Opinion One and done rule bad for college basketball programs fans

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Kansas Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins dunks the ball during a game against Eastern Kentucky March 21 at the Scottrade Center. Kansas won, 80-69.Courtesy of MCTIt’s almost that time of year again, to say so long to college basketball season until next year … but wait, there’s a few things you won’t exactly be seeing next year. You won’t be seeing some of the country’s top players return for another season.Many, allowed by the “one and done” NBA draft rule, will enter their names into the 2014 NBA Draft. Players like forward Aaron Gordon of Arizona, guard Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, and forward Jabari Parker of Duke are likely to take their opportunity to abandon the arenas filled with young, hopeful-hearted and spirited university fans to strive toward a game where their wins and successes are no longer a form of mere satisfaction with praise from loyal fans but come in the form of dollar signs and endorsement deals.This rule requiring players to only attend school one year before entering the draft not only lets down fans, but also allows young athletes into the big leagues a few years before their time.While there are many requirements for a player to be eligible for the NBA draft, the specific rule being debated here is this “one and done” rule, implemented in 2006. This rule states that any basketball player — at least 19 years old — is eligible for the draft if he has allowed one year to lapse since his high school graduation. This was set forth to encourage high school basketball stars to not follow in the steps of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and skip straight to the pros.Many NBA spokesmen have argued against these criteria. Those men only look at the game from a business standpoint and how that rule poses a threat of lost income to them, as the influx of young talent could help boost ticket and apparel sales by helping their teams improve. However, many others feel that requiring players to attend school for at least one year is not nearly enough.Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, suggested that players ought to stay in school for at least three years.I’m going to have to go with Cuban on this one.Speaking from a fan’s perspective, having players leave their beloved sports team after one year is not only upsetting but a let down. It completely discredits the phrase “we’ll get ‘em next year.” Not only will the team not ‘get ‘em next year’ when some of the best players leave and the team has to start back at square one every year to build team chemistry. Fans fall in love with these players. Children develop role models out of these athletes, but are broken-hearted when they can no longer sport the jersey of their favorite player because the player has moved on to bigger and better things.Speaking from a human-interest perspective, one year does not allow these athletes time to fully equip themselves for the real world. With having only one year of college under their belt, this won’t give these players anything to fall back on pending a career-ending injury. College is a self-exploration time that gives adolescents the freedom and time to truly discover who they are and learn life skills. These players won’t develop these characteristics when they skip ahead four years.Call me crazy or an NBA-hater, but imagine what the college ball game would look like if players were required to stay at least three or four years. There would no longer be fear that the best players would not return. These players would have more time to develop their skills, build team chemistry that would lead them to a possible national championship and would establish a stronger and supportive fan base. Not only would these players become better athletically but would be better prepared to handle the professional league and professional world.While Kansas is not as lucky, with many freshmen entering the draft, Ohio State fans are much more fortunate only losing one, likely two, players that stayed for more than one year, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle and junior forward LaQuinton Ross. So while we are saddened to see Ross likely forgo his senior year eligibility, thanks for sticking with the Buckeyes for three years. An even bigger appreciation goes out to Aaron Craft for leading the Buckeyes for four solid years and for truly modeling, in my opinion, what college basketball should look like. read more

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Ohio State focuses on improving after 39point win

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OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs through the Rutgers defense toward the end zone during an Oct. 18 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe question for Ohio State heading into its matchup with Rutgers was simple: Will the momentum still be there?A quick 14-0 start for the No. 13 Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) showed they still had a spark despite two weeks off. In a total team effort, OSU led the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2) in nearly every significant statistical category — save penalties and time of possession — but its coach said there’s still work to be done.“It’s time to, first of all, develop depth,” Urban Meyer said after his team’s 56-17 win. “We could go on and on about the mistakes that were made today. But enjoy the win tonight, go see your families, do what you gotta do and come back ready to go.”For the Buckeyes, the time to “come back ready to go” will be Saturday when they are set to face Penn State on the road. The last time OSU faced-off with the Nittany Lions, the Scarlet and Gray came away with a 63-14 win at home. That 2013 win came at Ohio Stadium, but the last time OSU traveled to State College, Pa., the result was comparable. OSU beat Penn State, 35-23, on Oct. 27, 2012, before last season’s shellacking. On top of recent success against their upcoming opponents, the Buckeyes are on a historic streak this season against all takers.Even with any room for improvement the coaching staff might see, the 2014 Buckeyes have already carved out a spot in the OSU record books, specifically when it comes to offensive production. The team posted 50-plus points for the fourth straight game — a school record — and it gained 500 yards or more in each of those games, which is tied for the program’s best.Production of that nature would be a good sign for every team, but at least one OSU assistant said he wants to keep focusing on ways to improve instead of talking about what the Buckeyes have done lately. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he’s not ready to make a judgment on where OSU stands, but added he hopes to have a clearer picture as the Big Ten schedule heats up.“Obviously the scoreboard and the play-by-play or stats say that we’re playing pretty well, but as a coach you always try to find the things that you can get better at,” Herman said after the game. “I don’t know how well we’re playing.”Meyer said it will be important for the Buckeyes to continue focusing on improvement rather than touting recent success, something he said he feels the team is able to do.“The good thing is that I don’t feel like there’s a complacent attitude,” Meyer said. “Complacency is awful in this business and with the players, because when you watch the film, we could actually have played a lot better in certain situations.”In order to find the spots where OSU could have performed better against the Scarlet Knights, it might be key to look beyond the box score.The Buckeyes totaled 31 first downs on offense while holding Rutgers to a three of 13 performance on third down on defense. OSU also outgained the opposition 585 to 345 and won the turnover battle, 3-1.Much of that success on both sides of the ball came early in the game for the Buckeyes, which led to a 35-7 advantage at the half.“Our focus is always to start fast and get things going,” redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the game. “I think we executed better than in past weeks, but we can still eliminate some mistakes. I put some of that on myself.”Barrett’s own mistakes didn’t come until he had already nearly hit double digits in pass attempts, as he completed his first nine throws of the game. But after Barrett ran for two scores and threw for another in the first 10:46 of the third quarter, he and the Buckeye offense stalled.From that point on, OSU didn’t post another point and recorded just one gain of more than 14 yards.To an extent, the Buckeyes’ defense mirrored the fast start and slow finish of their offensive counterparts. Before addressing that less-than-stellar second half, Meyer praised the defense’s overall performance against a team he said the Buckeyes respected going in.“Our defense, you credit that, you can take the first half that’s a credit to our defense,” Meyer said. “They took a team that threw 400 plus yards against our rivals and really played well, creating turnovers once again and getting the ball to the offense rather quickly.”From a scoring standpoint, the Buckeyes’ matchup with Rutgers was tied for their second-best defensive outing of the season. Sophomore safety Vonn Bell credited that success to every player on the defense being “all in” on what it is trying to achieve.“You can see the progression of our players and see us getting takeaways and scoring,” Bell said after the game. “It’s very impressive this young group can understand what the coaches are telling us.”But Meyer stressed that — despite bright spots — the defense still didn’t have the start-to-finish effort he would like to see, especially when some less experienced players got a chance to make a statement late.“We gave up some runs, and when a two gets in the game there can’t be that big of a drop off,” he said of the second-string defense’s performance in the game. “And right now we all saw what happened, there’s a significant drop off when our twos got in there.”Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said the coaching staff tries to communicate to the backups that they need to treat their playing time the same as if they were starters.“We try to talk to those guys, ‘Hey, don’t consider yourself a two,’” Fickell said. “‘You want to be a one-B.’ That means there’s not a big drop off between the one-A and the one-B.”Even though the slow finishes to the game on both sides of the ball didn’t affect the outcome of the contest, Fickell said the Buckeyes have to make sure they stay hungry rather than settling — even after a 39-point win.“We’re never satisfied with where we are,” Fickell said. “And that’s the thing that we think that … going into what we were doing, we’ve got to be able to finish things.”Whatever adjustments or improvements the Buckeyes can make are set to be showcased after a week of practice. OSU is scheduled to take on Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

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Ohio State rises to No 5 in final rankings but misses College

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer pleads with a referee in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorElation one night, heartbreak the day after. Ohio State rose from last week’s No. 8 ranking, but that was not enough.Despite capping off an 11-2 regular season with a win against Michigan and a victory versus No. 6 Wisconsin to claim the Big Ten championship Saturday night, Ohio State did not move into the top four of the final College Football Playoff rankings and will miss this year’s playoff. The Buckeyes finished the season ranked fifth, one spot outside of the group that will battle for the national championship. No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama round out the four teams that made the playoff.The debate for the fourth spot in the playoff came down to either Ohio State or Alabama. The Buckeyes have a decisive 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in the second week of the season and a 55-24 beatdown at the hands of Iowa, an uninspiring 7-5 team. But they also have wins against Penn State, Michigan State, the Wolverines and the Badgers. On the other hand, the Crimson Tide has just one blemish on its resume, a 26-14 loss to Auburn in the final game of its season. Alabama does not have the same amount of quality wins as the Buckeyes, though. It defeated LSU 24-10 and took down Mississippi State 31-24 in Starkville, Mississippi. Ohio State’s bowl game will be announced later Sunday afternoon. read more

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Inzaghi ready for a big team – Eriksson

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first_imgSven-Goran Eriksson is convinced that his Lazio protégé Simone Inzaghi is “ready for a big team” after an impressive spell in charge of the clubThe former Italian forward, who is the younger of AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi, has been linked with Juventus recently after establishing Lazio as a top-four contender in the Serie A in his two years in charge.“Inzaghi is ready for a big team,” said Eriksson, according to Football-Italia.“As a player, he was very good tactically. He lives and thinks for football. He can coach any team in the world and he’s shown that he can do a great job.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The 70-year-old, who led England to the quarter-finals in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, believes that Roberto Mancini would do “very well” if he is to be the new manager of the Italian national side.“Mancini? I don’t know if it’s confirmed, but I’ve heard the rumours. If he were to sit on that bench, it’d be a good opportunity for him and he’d do very well, I’m certain of that,” said Eriksson.“We’re talking about Inzaghi and Mancini, two top Coaches in today’s football.”last_img read more

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Jordan Houston thankful for words of wisdom from Rangers veterans

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first_imgRangers defender Jordan Houston says he is thankful for the words of advice from the club’s former defenders Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley.Houston says he hopes to make his mark at Ibrox adding that he is pleased with his level of progress so far.Houston told SportTimes via Evening Times: “I have known Lee a lot longer than I have known Gareth having been fortunate enough to be involved with the first team previously.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Lee has given me great advice on how to help different aspects of my game and has taken me under his wing when I have been with the first team and helped me get involved.“Gareth was with the 20s when he was returning to fitness and he has been great and given me some really good advice. I really appreciate that from both of them.“Gareth has had an incredible career so it was great for me to be able to play alongside him. I was delighted to get that chance and he really helped me and all the young lads through the game.”last_img read more

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Young Walters murder victim buried

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first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2015 – Kenley Walters, killed the day after Boxing Day was yesterday laid to rest and the case of the stabbing death of the young man continues to be in need of public information to bring light to what happened and who killed the 20 year old. Walters’ Family, who was in Jamaica at the time of the stabbing, actually burying his uncle who had died in that November traffic accident on eastern Leeward Highway is still shattered by the situation and has come out asking for public help into the murder probe. Remember you can give information on Kenley Walters’ murder or any other police investigation anonymously at Crime Stoppers: 1-800-TIPS; calls are answered in Miami. Related Items:buried, kenley walterscenter_img FIFTH ARREST IN KENLEY WALTERS MURDER TCI Youth Forum to go on the road; poor turnout criticised by Violence victimlast_img read more

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FireIce working many return to Jubilee Gardens

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp, March 16, 2017, – Nassau – Over 80% of the hard to reach area of the Harold Road Dump fire is out now thanks to the airdrops of the FireIce gel.   Government is pleased with the decision to get Gel Tech Solutions and Fletcher Air, both out of Florida in on the fire- fighting effort after ground crews were halted by the dangerous conditions and intense heat in the ridge area of the landfill.A little rain on Tuesday did not aide in extinguishing of the fire which has been burning a week a half now, instead it created more smoke said Minister Kenred Dorsett who has been out daily, personally overseeing the progress.   The Bahamas invested some $80,000 in hiring Gel Tech and Fletcher Air.#MagneticMediaNews#JubileeGardensFire#GelTeckFireIcegellast_img read more

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Thrifty Thursday Repurposing Vinyl Records

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first_img February 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Re-purposing Vinyl Records is inexpensive way to theme your next party you host or if you’re just feeling crafty with your friends or kids.The Salvation Army of San Diego said people can pick-up these records for only $2 at their thrift stores.Proceeds from Salvation Army thrift stores fund their Adult Rehabilitation Center in San Diego. Posted: February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Thrifty Thursday: Re-purposing Vinyl Records Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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MustHave Metrics

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first_imgSIDEBAR:Defining Your Web Analytics StrategyBy Eric T. Peterson, founder, Web Analytics DemystifiedGenerating pretty reports won’t help you better leverage an increasingly important online channel, at least not for long.There are any number of small plans, easy actions and short-term goals that can be considered “well-defined strategies.” The problem is that small plans, easy actions and short-term goals don’t get the job done and won’t help your online business take advantage of the rich tapestry of information your site visitors leave behind as they traverse your online properties.A well-defined Web analytics strategy requires governance from senior management and a mandate to use Web data in the same way companies have long used customer data to segment lists, design products, and expand into new markets. A well-defined Web analytics strategy depends on a team of individuals with specific talents—analysts, technicians, and managers—working in concert to produce reports and analysis designed to improve the whole company’s understanding of the online channel.More importantly, a well-defined Web analytics strategy requires a willingness on the part of the entire company to embrace both the whiz-bang technology du jour (social commerce, anyone?) but also the measurement of that technology to confirm that the investment actually provides value back to your whole business. There is almost no end to what you can measure and track from your online properties. Yet if you have no formal Web analytic and reporting structure in place then you’re flying in the dark and making two critical errors: Ignoring your readers and under delivering to your advertising partners. Beyond the basics of tracking unique visitors, page views, and average depth of visit, among others, publishers are focusing on content category and format performance, social media traffic and engagement, and the variety of relationships between traffic and revenue.Understanding Bounce RateJason Revzon, VP of interactive at Taunton Press, counts the bounce rate as one of his top metrics. Calling it the “pulse of engagement,” Revzon parses out visits with bounce rates and visits without bounce rates. “If your site has an average of five pages per visit, the non-bounce rate version of that could be 25,” he says. “You want to segment the people into two groups—those who leave and those who don’t.”From there you can drill down to where people are leaving and diagnose the potential problem. For example, is the content missing the mark? Is the traffic coming from a social bookmarking site, where visitors are simply doing a quick drive-by? At IDG, Alexa Wriggins, director of online marketing for Macworld and PCWorld, keeps close tabs on referral traffic, which can lead to content partnerships. Almost all of the metrics Wriggins tracks are broken out under the eight top product categories on the sites—laptops, cell phones, and so on. “We’ll look at referral traffic by product category,” she says. “We also look at referral channels—Google, Google News, Digg, Facebook and Twitter. Those change over time, and Twitter and Facebook are emerging. We need to keep an eye on what’s on the top but also what’s on the bottom so we can look for opportunities for a syndication partner.”Tracking RevenueTraffic’s impact on revenue is another key metric—and not just for CPMs. Guideposts.com VP of digital media Phillip Charles-Pierre benchmarks the site’s engagement metrics against the site’s e-commerce section and subscription pages. “We want to see if we’re doing a good job of promoting who we are and the kinds of products we have,” he adds. “It helps us understand how we’re driving traffic back to the organization. If we’re not getting enough traffic to the shop there are other things we can try to get them there. Or if we have enough traffic and aren’t getting any orders, then it might be a conversion issue or a revenue per order issue. We measure that as a percentage of our total visits to the site. And then we measure the people who convert to total orders and revenue.”Taunton has several online revenue streams—paid memberships, ads, affiliates, and Google AdSense. Revzon measures revenue per visitor and revenue per page. “We can look at one section and have a per-unit KPI looking at what the revenue is per page or per user and if that’s going up as we add more traffic.”last_img read more

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Seven Ways to Monetize Marketing Services Online

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first_img“Beyond the banner” is a term that publishers have kicked around for years in terms of digital marketing opportunities. As the number of different channels grows, so does the opportunity to really go beyond the banner but it often requires a significant commitment.At the American Business Media annual conference last month, Mitch Rouda, president of Farm Journal eMedia, said he didn’t really know what the term “marketing services refers to,” but then proceeded to share several examples of how Farm Journal is monetizing many of its digital products through its digital “AgWeb” offerings. These range from news and analysis to market prices, weather, market guides and more than 60 blogs and social media products. “The Internet is a game of lure and reward,” said Rouda. “We’ve got four assets: our list, our content and design, our tools and our reader’s trust.” At AgWeb, Rouda has four direct reports—one in charge of technology, one in charge of editorial, one in charge of business and finance and one in charge of advertising. “That guy is really in charge of everything that makes money,” says Rouda. “We sell with one team that handles print, TV and digital.” Farm Journal also has two project managers, one that works with AgWeb and one that works for the sales department in general. “That’s a key part of how we work,” said Rouda. “Any time you do anything custom, you need hand-holding. You have to be prepared, like an agency, to have account executives. If it’s a microsite that’s totally paid, our editors won’t touch it, but they may be involved in the beginning on the concept. If it’s advertorial, we use freelancers.”When it comes to pricing, Rouda says to think of it in two ways: cost and time component. “Almost every project has both,” he says. “Just like an agency, we have to come up with a work plan, decide who’s touching it, how much they get paid, what G&A over-ride to put on it, what profit over-ride to put on it, then we stack a media plan on top of that. Almost every project has a media component as well and we give them a unified price that includes all this.”Here, Rouda breaks down some of the AgWeb offerings.Microsites and Sponsored SectionsLike many publishers, Farm Journal builds standalone microsites for advertisers as well as sponsored sections within its own sites. Pricing for microsites typically ranges between $20,000 and $100,000. “Microsite opportunities come from three things we bring to the table,” says Rouda. “Number one is speed. If a client has a great website, they may just want to drive contacts to that site. But often they don’t have one and we can make it happen faster. Number two is content—the client doesn’t always know how to do it. Right now we’re running a Dairy Life photo contest. The advertiser would rather have that on our site than theirs because it feels more official, even though when you get into it, it’s completely advertorial.”The third factor is technology. “We have no problem sharing our tech department with a client—unlike we would with sharing our editors,” says Rouda. AgWeb also features dozens of sponsored sections which range from large to small programs. “Some people buy our corn coverage, so the keyword is tagged and appears any time we talk about corn,” says Rouda. “Others sponsor very little things like polls.”  Sponsored sections typically stay up for one-year contracts. Weed Warriors is a sponsored section dedicated to how farmers are battling weeds (there is a Weed Warriors TV series as well). “We wanted to expand our weed coverage and that’s something driven by editors,” says Rouda.  Social Media: Partner Tweets, Partner Fan PagesAlmost every publisher is doing something with social media, even if it’s as simple as editors tweeting and posting to Facebook pages. However, not many publishers are actively monetizing social media yet. Farm Journal is tapping into social media as a marketing service, including both “Partner Tweets” and Partner Fan Pages. “The Twitter example is maybe the easiest,” says Rouda. “We set up a Twitter widget and we follow people who are sponsors. We set them up in a window and give them a certain number of impressions to start with and then we divide those impressions up among sponsors. Theoretically, they’re each getting a 12th of that inventory and we set a CPM on it. What’s cool about it—first it helps our whole audience understand how social media works with that widget, which isn’t just Farm Journal-focused. All of these guys are busy trying  Twitter; some of our customers haven’t tweeted yet, some of them have decided it’s important, but don’t know how to get an audience. But when they see it on our site and see the four or five big agri companies all chattering together, it grabs their attention. It makes more sense to look at it on our site than get individual followers.”Facebook fan pages operate in a similar manner only you can’t show anybody your feed, according to Rouda. “Facebook is based on privacy settings and we can trade out fan pages,” he says. “If we have say, 200,000 impressions and there are 10 sponsors, each gets 20,000 impressions. Every time you refresh you see a different fan page.” Mobile Text AlertsWhile many b-to-b publishers are taking a wait-and-see approach with tablet apps, the opportunity for mobile apps is huge, particularly with an audience that is not desk-bound every day. Farm Journal offers market updates, industry news and other updates that are often repackaged from the websites.In February, Farm Journal made an equity investment in CommodityUPDATE, a provider of agricultural information to mobile phones that’s delivered through a sponsored subscription model that costs $10 per month or $120 per year. “Farmers harvest once a year but they sell every day,” says Rouda. “The CommodityUPDATE products offer need-to-know information for people in the field. It’s information you can get online for free on AgWeb and several other places if you’re at your computer. We created a way to get alerts sent to the user’s phone on a regular basis while they’re in the field.” With the investment in CommodityUPDATE, Farm Journal decided to let agri-business offer sponsored subscriptions to farmers at steep discounts. “They had thousands of farmers who pay $120 per year but to get it running in hurry, why don’t you give it out for free to the best customers?” says Rouda. “There are a lot of farming companies giving out promotional clothes with their logos. You can give out your logo, or you can give them a subscription to something they really want, and they’ll see it between 8-9 times per day with your name on it. Suddenly there’s 50,000 subscribers at an average of $80.”Mobile Voice AlertsFarm Journal also packages a series of mobile voice alerts for subscribers of its paid newsletter, Pro Farmer. “This is a sponsored product and we’ve already had 5,000 of the 17,000 subscribers to the newsletter say, ‘I want you to call me every morning with your alerts,’” says Rouda. AgWebMedleyRouda refers to the AgWeb Medley—a series of products that include Cash Grain bids, Crop Comments and online polls—as “interactive eyeshiners.” “Some people sponsor littler, but more sexy things,” he says. Crop Comments is a sponsored blog dealing with the age-old topic of “how high is the corn.” “All season long people send in updates and photos on how high the corn is,” says Rouda. “There is a lot of video and audio, and it’s one of the most popular features on the site.” Cash Grain Bids is a sponsored calculator that lets farmers check pricing. “When farmers sell corn, it eventually goes to a grain elevator where prices change every day,” says Rouda. “We license data from a third-party that tracks prices and users can enter their zip code and see prices for all the grain elevators in their neighborhood.” Farm Journal uses CPM as a frame of reference to come up with a flat fee for almost every sponsorship. “In order to come up with a flat fee we’re still thinking in terms of CPM but we’re not taking the risk or reward of over/under,” says Rouda. “In the case of Cash Grain Bids, it’s a six figure sponsorship. We know how much traffic it does. In most of these things there are two elements to the reach the sponsor gets—the reach they get anytime someone sees the ads but also the promotion in e-mail blasts, in print, in our own house ads saying, ‘Come check out Cash Grain Bids, and oh, p.s., it’s sponsored by Bayer.’” Rouda says Farm Journal charges for roadblocking and for targeting. “You figure out your CPM, there’s an upcharge for roadbocking, there’s an upcharge for targeting, and then you add on the value for all the promotion,” he adds. “Maybe it’s only worth $10, but hey, we sent out 3 million of those things. Promotion is at a lower price, while  targeted stuff at is at a higher price.” Targeted PromotionsFarm Journal also works on targeted promotions with advertisers that are embedded into its sites. “101 Ways to Use Your ATV” was a promotion sponsored by Honda that featured video of farmers using ATVs throughout their workday. Entries were given to Honda as lead generation. “It’s kind of on the edge of edit/advertorial,” says Rouda. “It’s advertorial in the sense that it’s sponsored by Honda, if you submit you’re giving your name to Honda. Because of that, we tagged it as a Honda project.”  The Farm Journal Legacy Project Perhaps Farm Journal’s biggest effort is the Farm Journal Legacy Project, a comprehensive effort dedicated to the future transfer of farm ownership (the average age of the American farmer today is 58—in 10 years it will be 40). “The biggest transfer of American wealth will happen on American farms in the next few years,” says Rouda. “Most farmers are unprepared. They need contracts, plans, earn-outs. We decided we had to help farmers realize this is a problem and show them how to deal with it.”The program includes a special annual magazine, a TV show and 60 workshops around country. “This is deep into seven figures to operate,” says Rouda. “It’s like an institute that we created and we did it with generous sponsorship of a single company [seed company Pioneer]—so it’s almost like philanthropy. They have no editorial control or involvement, it’s handled just like a product sponsorship.”last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE Massachusetts Nurses Association Endorses Mark Kratman

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first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) recently endorsed State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) for the 19th Middlesex District seat.Kratman previously announced endorsements the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman also has the endorsements of Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien and Lowell’s State Representative Dave Nangle as well as Tewksbury Town Moderator Jayne Miller and the entire Tewksbury Planning Board.Kratman, an administrator with the Massachusetts Highway Department, is currently serving his fourth year on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, having been elected to his second term this past April. He serves as Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Committee.Kratman is also a member of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee (Vice Chair), the Board of Directors for the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, the Tewksbury Lions Club, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.About The Massachusetts Nurses AssociationFounded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Teamsters Local Union 25 Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

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Nine new ministers take oath for Modi cabinet

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first_imgNine new ministers with president Ram Nath Kovind and prime minister Narendra Modi after taking oath at Rasthrapati Bhavan on Sunday. Photo taken from official Facebook of Indian presidentNine new ministers have taken oath for the Modi government.The ministers took oath on Sunday during a swearing in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in which nine new ministers were inducted and four ministers of state were elevated to the cabinet.The three ministers who took oath in English were commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri and former bureaucrat Alphons Kannanthanam.Sitharaman has been promoted to the cabinet while Puri and Kannanthanam became ministers of state.Petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan, power minister Piyush Goyal and minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the three others who became cabinet ministers, took their oath in Hindi.Others who took oath in Hindi were Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Choubey, Virendra Kumar, Anant Kumar Hegde, R.K. Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Satya Pal Singh, all of whom became ministers of state.last_img read more

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Saudiled forces begin assault on Yemen port

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first_imgTerritorial control in Yemen on 12 June. Photo: AFPA Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government began an assault Wednesday morning on Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, a crucial battle in the 3-year-old conflict that aid agency warned could push the Arab world’s poorest country into further chaos.Before dawn, convoys of vehicles appeared to be heading toward the rebel-held city on the Red Sea, according to videos posted on social media. The sound of heavy, sustained gunfire clearly could be heard in the background.Saudi-owned satellite news channels later announced the battle had begun, citing military sources. State media in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates did not immediately acknowledge the assault.Forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled government and irregular fighters led by Emirati troops had neared Hodeida in recent days. The port is some 150 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital held by Shiite rebels known as Houthis.Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash earlier told French newspaper Le Figaro the deadline for a withdrawal from Hodeida by the Houthis expired early Wednesday morning.The United Nations and other aid groups already had pulled their international staff from Hodeida ahead of the rumored assault.Over 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war. The Saudi-led coalition has been criticized for its airstrikes killing civilians. Meanwhile, the UN and Western nations say Iran has supplied the Houthis with weapons from assault rifles up to the ballistic missiles they have fired deep into Saudi Arabia, including at the capital, Riyadh.Before the war, over 70 per cent of Yemen’s food and fuel imports came through Hodeida, accounting for over 40 per cent of the nation’s customs income. The port remains crucial for incoming aid, food and medicine for a nation driven to the brink of famine by the conflict and a Saudi-led blockade.The UN says some 600,000 people live in and around Hodeida, and “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything- even their lives” in the assault.last_img read more

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Cardinal Pell appeals child sex conviction

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first_imgA protestor holding placards opposing the Catholic Church protests outside the Victorian Supreme court where Australian Cardinal George Pell has a hearing in Melbourne on 5 June. Photo: AFPJailed Australian cardinal George Pell launched an appeal Wednesday against his landmark conviction for child sex abuse, branding the charges against him as “bizarre” and “impossible”.Pell, 77, left his prison cell under police guard to attend the two-day hearing, battling his conviction in December on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997.The Vatican’s former number three — who managed the church’s vast finances and helped elect two popes — was sentenced in March to six years in prison, becoming the most senior Catholic ever jailed for child sex abuse.Wearing his clerical collar and a black suit, Pell took notes of the proceedings as his lawyer, Bret Walker, detailed a long “catalogue” of elements he said should have prevented his client’s conviction.Walker argued mainly that Pell’s jury verdict was unreasonably based on the testimony of a single surviving victim and that the judge in his trial unfairly disallowed defence evidence.Pell’s second victim died of a drug overdose in 2014 and never officially disclosed the abuse.Walker said the timing of the assaults in the cathedral and its sacristy following Sunday masses was “impossible” given the dates and Pell’s publicly verified movements on the days in question.Walker said Pell was mingling with congregants at the western door of the cathedral when the abuse purportedly took place. “The word is alibi,” Walker said, adding that the entire case against the cardinal amounted to a “bizarre unlikelihood”.Pell and his legal team also claim it was not possible for the two choirboys to have left their group unnoticed or for any sexual assault in the sacristy to have gone undetected when the cathedral was busy following mass.The appeal was being heard by three judges of Victoria State’s Supreme Court: chief justice Anne Ferguson, president of the Court of Appeal Chris Maxwell and justice Mark Weinberg.The hearing is scheduled to continue until Thursday before the three judges make a decision on his case, a process that could take several weeks.They could reject the appeal, order a retrial or acquit Pell. Any ruling could be appealed further to Australia’s High Court.Breathtakingly arrogantPrior to Wednesday’s hearing, the three judges visited Saint Patrick’s cathedral to understand the evidence that was considered by the jury, a court spokesman said.A first trial in Pell’s case last year ended in a hung jury. He was convicted in December at the end of a second trial, during which the judge, Peter Kidd, described the cleric’s crimes as “brazen”, “nasty” and a “breathtakingly arrogant” abuse of power.Both trials were hidden from the public until a wide-ranging gag order was lifted in February after a second tranche of charges against Pell, involving alleged incidents in a swimming pool in his home town of Ballarat in the 1970s were dropped.Jeremy Gans, a criminal justice expert at the University of Melbourne, said before Wednesday’s hearing that there was “a good chance that Pell will succeed” in his appeal.”It’s unusual for such convictions to be based solely on the account of the victim, with no other evidence of the accused’s guilt whatsoever,” he said.”And it’s especially unusual for that to happen when there was a second victim (who) never spoke of any abuse and cannot testify.”That doesn’t mean Pell is innocent or that the jury made a mistake. It just means that the appeal court is likely to find that the jury’s verdict is an unsafe verdict.”Outside court on Wednesday, victims of church sex abuse were distressed by the spectre of Pell being acquitted on appeal.”The judges and the barristers will play with words,” said Joseph Mitchell. “They haven’t taken any notice of the jury. So here we go again. We’ve just been treated like a pack of fools.”Pell, an outspoken conservative, enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of the church, from a pastor in rural Australia to being one of the pope’s closest advisers.During his trial under the court-ordered veil of secrecy, the Vatican gradually removed him from top Church bodies with little explanation.Shortly after his conviction, Pell was removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals that are effectively the Pope’s cabinet and inner circle of advisers.The Vatican dropped him as the Church’s finance chief and opened its own probe into his actions after his conviction was made public in February.The investigation could result in a canonical trial and Pell’s expulsion from the priesthood.last_img read more

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