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Paul Finebaum Thinks Major Coach Will Be Fired Without “Significant” Season

first_img Auburn does enter the 2019 season with some hope.The Tigers have a very good roster and will likely be ranked in the top 10-15 heading into the year.“I happen to think top to bottom as a football team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball — and also offensively with some of the weapons they have got coming back, which is virtually everybody, this may be the best top-to-bottom team Gus Malzahn has had,” ESPN’s Tom Luginbill said, per AL.com.Finebaum still has some questions, though.“(Luginbill) is looking at it analytically,” Finebaum added. “He’s as good as anyone there is, but the problem is psychological. (Auburn) is a slight favorite against Oregon, but you have a brand-new quarterback. Oregon has an experienced quarterback. If Oregon gets on the roll and beats them, the pressure becomes intense.“Gus Malzahn was nearly fired last season with 35 million in buyout money hanging in the balance. For as talented as they may be, if they don’t gel well, he’s not going to have an answer for the schedule.”Auburn opens its season on a big stage, taking on Oregon on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes one major SEC coach is truly on the hot seat heading into the 2019 season.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was nearly fired after the Tigers’ disappointing 2018 campaign – many boosters wanted him out, says Finebaum – though the school’s president prevented it from happening.That president is now gone and so is Malzahn’s job security.Finebaum said on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning that he thinks Malzahn will “likely be gone” without a “significant season.”last_img read more

Meet Up Monday: Knot Standard

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Knot Standard began a few years ago as an online custom suit maker. The ever-growing company has since expanded and now has showrooms in New York, Washington D.C., Dubai, Dallas, Houston, Austin and Chicago where you can visit for a consultation and measurement. Its president, John Ballay, spoke to me about its unique services and how it can help you (custom) suit up for a fraction of the cost of what it would be for you elsewhere.How did Knot Standard start?This business started out as granular as possible in the art of tailoring. We started as basic as basic gets. My business partner Matt Mueller and I were living in Dubai and we had the opportunity to get custom suits made. I was working in finance in private equity IT. To get a suit made at a reasonable price, this $600 rate, is something that we could not wait to show people who visited. So you have friends and family and they come to town and they get the whole experience with the tea and the coffee and the fabric and the swatches. We knew that didn’t exist back in the United States at that price point and hadn’t been democratized yet. We started thinking: What if we started videotaping a tailor measuring a guy? What if we re-created that and had the ability to create quality inputs into this process? Would that work? There didn’t seem to be anything that was as competitive Stateside and on top of that, the generational tailors were not passing this art down. So we made a platform of videos of how to measure yourself with a local tailor and had a very successful launch with friends and family.And from there?There was this very real demand. Guys were sending in their measurements. There was this kind of stampede of demand and we kind of hit a chord with what the U.S. consumer wanted. And in tandem you had this growth of menswear where suddenly no longer acceptable for guys to care. And the second factor was that there was a maturity in the custom market. Ultimately, we started running pop-ups.How has the business developed?Through customer demand it slowly began to pick up steam. We tried one in Dallas. And New York, Dubai, DC and Dallas. We have an online look book where you can also transact directly. So you can buy 80 suits or 100 shirts online. If you are looking for more you can book an appointment in one of our seven showrooms.How does the online business differ from the in-person one?It’s about half and half. We have guys coming from our website and the other half coming in through direct appointment. And the showroom offering is a portfolio over 7,000 fabrics. We see such high repeat rates because unlike the old world of tailoring where everything was traced out because it is done off of a digital file. It is, in theory, identical.Who is the Knot Standard customer?He is 28 to 49. It starts at a consultancy level at a bank or marketing firm who is just out of college who has tried the Hugo Boss or Ralph Lauren and who is looking for something that is unique and better fitting. That is the entry level of people we get in here every single day and at $795 out of the showroom, there is an amazing opportunity for these guys. It’s what you get at a retail store for $1,300 or $1,400. Not only is there an inherent value proposition in it, but it’s all custom. We will take you from a B- off-the-rack suit to an A. And all the alterations and working with the stylist are fully guaranteed. So it is fully risk-free from $795.How long does it take to get a suit after being measured for one?Turnaround time is four to six weeks. We want our customers to know it does take time to make something nice, but that through technology we are able to get it done fast.What are your most popular suits?The go-to suit, which is probably 80 percent of our customers, is what suits have been for basically a decade: two-button with a lapel, double vent and no cuffs.Talk about your in-person showrooms.They’re open seven day a week. We think of it as doing a haircut. There’s always someone available but it’s always better to know who you are going to see so that we are fully prepared to meet all of your expectations. Our online business has been really robust – with more than 100 shirts, suits, overcoats and accessories, it’s a full package regardless of where you are in the world. It’s a really easy concept to get and to use. We do sell the highest quality suits online. There is not a single component we are not covering. Guys are either going to the department stores or they are coming here. There is not another custom option with 360-service besides what we are doing. Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn center_img How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind 1. Knot Standard 2. Knot Standard 3. Knot Standard 4. Knot Standard 5. Knot Standard 6. Knot Standard 7. Knot Standard 8. Knot Standard How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt last_img read more

Work Continues for Nova Scotia to Host 2011 Canada Games

first_img Throughout November and December, bid committees will be provided with information on the requirements in the three key areas. The assessment criteria will be provided to them in January 2006 and their responses will be due in early March 2006. Site visits will take place in April 2006 and the final assessments and ratings will be released in May or June 2006. Nova Scotia can put forward a maximum of three bid communities for assessment by the Canada Games Council. The host community for the 2011 Canada Winter Games will be announced in early 2007. Four groups are continuing to prepare to bid to host the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia. The bid groups in the Highland region, central Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and Halifax anticipated that the formal bid process for identifying a host community would begin this fall, with the host announced in the spring of 2006. Those timelines have changed and were communicated to the bid committees on Nov. 15. The reason for the delay is that federal/provincial/territorial ministers responsible for physical activity, sport and recreation must review and approve a new financial framework that outlines operating and capital costs contributed by governments. The new framework is expected to be approved at their annual meeting in June 2006. “These four groups have done an incredible amount of work and have shown great dedication and I appreciate their commitment and patience as we move forward,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “They’ve demonstrated their understanding of what is required to host the Games, I’m proud of each committee, and wish them luck.” In anticipation of the formal bid process, now scheduled to begin in August 2006, Nova Scotia Health Promotion, in consultation with the Canada Games Council, will lead a formal review of the bid committees and will hire a consultant to develop assessment criteria to evaluate each bid committee’s abilities in three key areas: ability to provide resources in areas such as official languages, medical and emergency services, volunteers, and others; ability to provide the facility requirements for the standard winter sports; and ability to create Canada Games legacies to support a physically active culture.last_img read more

Call for Nominations for Excellence Awards

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia is calling for nominations for its 2011 Excellence Awards. The awards were created to spotlight the dedication and accomplishments of those who work to enhance and improve cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotia patients and families. “I have first-hand knowledge of the many dedicated and highly talented people who make up our cancer system,” said Archie MacEachern, cancer survivor, Cancer Care Nova Scotia board member and chair of the 2011 Excellence Awards Committee. “The Excellence Awards were developed to acknowledge the many individuals and teams who work tirelessly to make cancer services in our province the very best they can be. “I encourage all who either work within the system, or who have been impacted by cancer in any way, to consider nominating someone who they believe has made a difference.” Awards will be presented in three categories: Leadership Excellence, Innovation Excellence and Excellence in Patient Care. For the leadership and innovation awards, individual or group nominations will be considered, including, volunteers, activists, health professionals, health administrators and researchers. The Excellence in Patient Care Award is limited to a health professional or team who provide direct patient care. Nomination information and details about qualifications for the awards are available at www.cancercare.ns.ca/awards or by calling 1-866-599-2267. The nomination deadline is April 29. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Excellence Awards were introduced in 2009 to mark the organization’s 10th anniversary. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. Through standards and guideline development, health professional education, and Cancer Patient Navigation, Cancer Care Nova Scotia supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Its work with organizations raises awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and its screening programs educate Nova Scotians about available testing like Pap tests for cervical cancer and the FIT kit for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.last_img read more

Russell Simmons To Host Annual Art For Life Benefit

first_imgRussell Simmons and Danny Simmons will host the 15th Annual ART FOR LIFE benefit, Saturday, July 26th in Bridgehampton.Soledad O’Brien will emcee the evening that will honor Michael Bloomberg, Valentino D. Carlotti, Jason Flom, Kimora Lee Simmons and Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems for their career achievements and philanthropic work.The event’s Honorary Chair is Star Jones; and Event Chairs are Jamison Ernest, Kimberley Hatchett, Rhonda R. Mims, Camilla Olsson and Josue Sejour (The Sejour Group); with music by DJ M.O.S. Events sponsors include Gold Sponsor BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin and Bronze Sponsor Target.Launched in 2000, ART FOR LIFE is Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s primary fundraising event. This year’s benefit will celebrate the gala’s “15” year milestone; highlighting youth that have grownup through our Rush programs, and honoring exemplary individuals who have supported the Foundation’s mission throughout the years.This year’s coinciding ART FOR LIFE online auction via Charitybuzz will launch on July 17th and will run through August 7th. Highlights include: Dinner with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler, Be a Roadie for a day with John Legend, Meet and Greets with Heidi Klum, Michael Strahan and more!
In addition there will be an ART FOR LIFE Art Auction on Charitybuzz from August 27th thru September 17th with select works available during a live auction held at Christie’s NYC on September 8th. The art auction includes works from 2014 AFL Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems, as well a past Featured Artists Rashid Johnson (2013), Shepard Fairey (2009), Kehinde Wiley (2006); along with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Yoko Ono, Sante D’Orazio, and many more!Proceeds from ART FOR LIFE benefit the Foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which directly serve over 3,000 inner-city youth each year. Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented and emerging artists.For more information, visit www.rushphilanthropic.org.WHEN: Saturday, July 26thWHERE: Fairview Farms19 Horsemill Lane Water Mill, NYTICKETS: To purchase tickets, please contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via email tdoolin@inezevents.com. Tickets available online here.last_img read more

DGC Ontario Director Mentorship Presented by WIFTT

first_imgAbout the Mentorship:Are you an emerging female Canadian director? Do you have a feature film project in development, but need connections and market-training? Apply for the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship.The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a two-phase training opportunity that provides one emerging Canadian female director with market-ready skills and one-on-one mentorship with an experienced DGC Ontario Director member.Phase one: Business training leading up to the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), including one-on-one meetings with an experienced industry advisor. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Phase two: A creative mentorship taking place post-TIFF. The mentee will be paired with a DGC Ontario Director member and will receive invaluable advice and guidance on overall skills and/or project specific creative approaches.When does the mentorship take place?The first phase of the mentorship takes place prior to the start of TIFF in August 2017. Phase two runs during the festival from September 7-17, 2017, and continues after the festival within a period of 5 months.What are the benefits?Complimentary 2017 TIFF Industry pass with access to professional seminars and trainingPre-TIFF business mentorship with an experienced industry professionalPost-TIFF mentoring with a DGC Ontario DirectorOne-on-one orientation with the DGC Ontario National Director – Member Services to learn about how to become a DGC Ontario memberOn-stage mentee recognition at the 2017 Crystal Awards Gala LuncheonWho Can Apply?Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Landed ImmigrantWIFT-T member in good standing (may join at time of application)Emerging Canadian female director (recommended 5-10 years of experience)At least one feature film project in developmentAt least one short, feature, or episodic work screened at a film festival within the past 3 years. Candidates with less than 5 years of experience but who meet all requirements may be consideredAble to participate in all mentorship activitiesAble to complete a final report within two weeks of mentorship conclusionNote: this mentorship is most beneficial to directors with a project already in development, and those who can set and meet their own deadlines.What’s the deadline?Deadline to apply: 5 PM, April 28, 2017Recipient will be notified: May 12, 2017 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Canada rejects angry American NAFTA criticism says it has tabled extensive text

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is shooting back at American criticism that it is being inflexible and unconstructive at the North American Free Trade renegotiation that has resumed this week in Montreal.Canadian officials are taking direct aim at the narrative that its negotiators are being inflexible — or even obstinate — when it comes to discussing the controversial U.S. proposals to raise continental content on automobiles, scrap the dispute resolution mechanism, and institute a five-year sunset clause.They say Canada has tabled complete chapter proposals on more than half of NAFTA’s 30 sections, and has put forward substantive proposals and text on every part of the entire agreement already.Senior officials with direct knowledge of the negotiations discussed the Canadian approach with The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing negotiations.With written Canadian proposals sitting on all tables, the sixth round in Montreal is about returning in earnest to the bargaining to find a creative space that works for everyone, officials say.Canada put most of its text on the tables by the end of the second round, and all of it by the third, officials said.The so-called American poison pills on autos, dispute resolution and the sunset clause were tabled after that. That makes them counter-proposals as far as Canada is concerned, they added.Because of that, Canadian officials are perplexed by reports the Trump administration is annoyed at Canada’s unwillingness to engage, as well as its insistence on including so-called progressive trade elementsAll four tenets of Canada’s progressive agenda — gender, labour, environment and Indigenous issues — are on the agenda for talks this week, officials said.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland hosted Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo in Toronto on Monday in attempt to compare notes on the upcoming NAFTA round.“The two agreed that all parties must show goodwill and that negotiators must continue to focus on issues that will promote economic prosperity in North America. Both ministers committed to achieving real progress during this round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal,” Freeland’s office said in a statement that appeared aimed directly at U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Lighthizer is to be in Montreal next Monday to close the sixth round with Freeland and Guajardo. Freeland and Lighthizer are working on a meeting Thursday or Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The Montreal talks are unfolding under the ever-present threat that President Donald Trump will trigger NAFTA’s six-month withdrawal clause. Freeland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other cabinet ministers say they are prepared for anything but are emphasizing their hope for a deal.Mexico has been pushing a vigorous Plan B agenda, to compensate for a possible U.S. withdrawal and is communicating that to the Trump administration, according to sources familiar with that country’s negotiating position, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of sensitivity of the talks.Mexico is finishing up its free trade agreement with the European Union, which is happy to provide dairy products to replace American products. The EU “is keen to get that part of the market,” one source said.Mexico has spent 10 months talking to Argentina and Brazil to find new sources of corn and wheat. “We are already looking for places to buy — in case — and the Americans know that.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne rejected the U.S. administration’s grumbling about Canada’s recent sweeping complaint with the World Trade Organization about U.S. trade practices, as well as Canada’s insistence on a progressive trade.Champagne told reporters in Montreal on Monday that from Canada’s perspective, those aren’t the toughest part of the talks.Rather, it’s the same issues that “were difficult at the time of Brian Mulroney, so we’re talking about Chapter 19 (dispute mechanism). There are things about procurement, there are things about the sunset clause (which requires unanimous approval every five years for the agreement to continue).”As for the trade complaint overshadowing discussions, Champagne brushed off its impact and said Canadians expect their government to be firm in its response to U.S. trade complaints.“Canadians want us to be constructive … Canadians expect us to be creative, but at the same time, Canadians expect us to be firm when it is about key sectors like supply management,” he said.“I think it’s quite appropriate to be firm and to stand our position and to say that we can engage constructively. And between friends you can also be clear when things don’t work out.”— with files from Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreallast_img read more

Drug ring involving Lankans busted

“The drug would be transported to Chennai by train and then taken to Sri Lanka either by flight or ferry. It appears that the gang was operating for about four or five years. We have been tracking them for quite sometime.” Parrying questions on the identity of suspects, Mr. Kumar said the team was looking for more suspects in Chennai and revealing the names of those arrested might hamper the investigation. “After placing orders through phones, the gang used couriers for smuggling the drugs. Money transaction for the illegal business was through hawala channels,” he said.Investigation is on to ascertain the source of the contraband and unravel the smugglers’ network. “It is very good quality heroin and we have not assessed its value in the international market. One of the suspects held on Thursday is a graduate while the other holds a diploma,” an investigator added. (The Hindu) NCB (South Zone) Superintendent Rakesh Kumar said the gang’s modus operandi was to procure drugs from central India and smuggle it to Sri Lanka via Tamil Nadu. From the island nation, the contraband would be transported to European or African countries based on demand. The Indian Narcotics Control Bureau arrested two people suspected to be part of a Sri Lankan drug cartel and seized 3.3. kg of heroin from them. They were intercepted and apprehended minutes before they boarded a bus at the Koyambedu bus stand. The contraband was found concealed in a travel bag, agency sources said.Based on a specific tip-off that a gang was procuring drugs from central India, particularly villages along the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border, the NCB had formed a special team to investigate. Preliminary inquiries revealed that a drug racket based in Sri Lanka was operating through couriers in Tamil Nadu. read more

Boaters in Norfolk County find human remains in Lake Erie

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is asking the public for information that could help identify the remains of a body found in Lake Erie. Police were called to the water near Pottahawk Point in Norfolk County around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.Boaters who were anchored nearby spotted what appeared to be human skeletal remains in the water and contacted police.Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit, with the assistance of an anthropologist, is currently investigating to determine the age and origin of the remains.Police say more details will be released when information becomes available.Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call police at 1-888-310-1122. read more

At UN Egypt urges comprehensive approach to achieve Middle East peace

Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Thursday that the recent war in Lebanon, in addition to causing untold devastation, has demonstrated that military might cannot impose a political solution. “It has also proven that the solution lies in ending the occupation and in negotiating a just political settlement that will eliminate the feelings of enmity and replace them with relations of cooperation and peaceful co-existence,” he said.He welcomed the adoption of Security Council resolution 1701 ending the war in Lebanon, but said this first step in the right direction “will remain incomplete and will not enjoy success without dealing with the core of the conflict in the region, namely the Arab-Israeli conflict.”Warning that this conflict “carries the seeds of a conflagration that could go beyond the region,” he called for global efforts to address its root causes.For its part, he said Egypt is working to improve the security situation between the Palestinians and the Israelis “through direct engagement with both parties.”The Foreign Minister also spoke directly to the citizens of Israel. “We assure the Israeli people that there is a path other than that of violence and counter-violence, and that the Arab world is ready to accept them as neighbours an a part of the region within a comprehensive peace agreement that transcends the suffering of the past, preserves the interests of the peoples of the region and assures Arabs and Israelis of a life in safety, security and cooperation.” read more

Ohio State vs Navy Preview

Perhaps when kicker Aaron Pettrey strikes the ball off the tee around noon on Saturday, attention will be shifted to the opposition actually on the field that day.Despite the buzzing anticipation surrounding a certain adversary scheduled to trek to Columbus on Sept. 12, the Buckeyes must first handle their season-opening opponent, Navy. The Midshipmen are no walkovers either, having won at least eight games in each of the past six seasons.Coach Jim Tressel ensures that his squad isn’t looking past a solid Navy team.“The only distraction we have right now is Navy and figuring out how to stop that option,” he said.The option that Tressel refers to is Navy’s unique offensive attack, the triple-option. The Midshipmen led the nation in rushing thanks to a gameplan that calls for the quarterback, running back and fullback to all motion toward the line of scrimmage before one of the players carries the ball forward.Navy ran the ball 715 times last season, while only passing it on 93 occasions.Opposing defenses, struck with mass confusion, often find it difficult to determine which potential ball carrier to stop. Sprinkling in fake handoffs and infrequent passes make containing the attack even trickier. “[Our defense] will never have seen so many guys flying at them at the speed at which it happens here,” Tressel said.Few teams execute the triple-option, and perhaps none as efficiently as Navy. They averaged more than 27 points per game and finished the season with four players totaling at least 480 yards rushing.“I don’t think you know what you’re in for when you face this offense until you’re out on the field,” Tressel said. “It’s going to be a tremendous challenge. Our guys are going to have to stay on their feet, because if they’re not on their feet, they’re in trouble. But our guys are preparing hard- our defense, I think, has a good plan.”On the other side of the ball, Navy must sketch out a blueprint to contain Terrelle Pryor, the Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. The sophomore quarterback has evolved into the leader of the Buckeye offense, an important factor since the team will rely on many inexperienced athletes to contribute.“We’ve got a lot of new guys that we’ve got high hopes for and they’ve been working hard and let’s see how they do,” an optimistic Tressel said. “Maybe you assume that they’ll progress, but still that’s a question. We have a lot of practice, but it’s different when you get over there.”As for Pryor, the first OSU freshman to start at quarterback in 30 years, Tressel expects a steady progression from his rookie campaign to his second year.“A year ago this time, he was getting 15, 20 percent of the snaps and just doing a very limited amount of things, trying to figure out what the formations meant,” Tressel said. “He’s still a sophomore but he’s got a tremendous amount more vantage point than he had a year ago.”The Buckeyes enter the season amid the typical high expectations. They’ll carry the nation’s No. 6 ranking into The Shoe on Saturday, and if they can contain the triple-option, then the team can finally focus on the contest against USC. read more

Bisexual Church of England vicar sacked over orgies and prostitutes after wife

first_imgA bisexual priest who took part in group sex and visited gay saunas has been sacked after his wife exposed his double life.A Church of England tribunal heard details of Reverend James Day’s sexual antics after his estranged wife amassed a cache of evidence against him and made a formal complaint.This included four memory sticks containing pornographic images and explicit emails Rev Day sent referring to gay liaisons. After hearing a damning statement from Birte Day, the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Europe ruled his actions amounted to “conduct unbecoming and inappropriate” and banned him from ministry for life.The hearing found the dad-of-three had been violent towards his wife – tightening a scarf around her throat so she couldn’t breathe, spanking her as punishment for wearing shorts, and spitting in her face. Day’s wife found business cards suggesting her husband was visiting gay saunas The hearing was set up after Birte lodged a formal complaint In order to remain anonymous, Day created email addresses for himself under different names and identities Birte said one image she downloaded in 2011 was of her husband taking part in group sex.She also referenced an email she had found from Day to his friend in which he wrote:“You must never desist on account of my priesthood…It has nothing to do with my perfection and all to do with vocation…Perhaps I should send you photos from a gangbang I participated in…to assuage your guilt.”Birte also found business cards suggesting her husband was visiting gay saunas in Brussels, New York and Italy.She said he became increasingly open about his “sexual addiction”, adding: “He often said the two most important elements in his life were God and sex.”In order to remain anonymous, Day created email addresses for himself under different names and identities. It also heard how Day stored “a substantial amount” of “depraved and perverted” pornography and indecent material on his computer – including sketches of naked women being tortured and burned.There was also proof the priest – who is also a psychology professor – took part in group sex, sought out sex with prostitutes, visited gay saunas and used a fake name to meet new partners.Mrs Day told the tribunal she married her husband in 1999 and moved to Cambridge with him in 2001 while he completed his theological training at Westcott House.He then became a curate in a church in Ostend, Belgium and was ordained priest in 2004.Birte said she starting collecting material against him towards the end of their relationship when “James neglected me” and “used to speak badly of me”.She found “huge files” on his computer containing pornographic images and began storing them on memory sticks.She said: “I had to protect myself by gathering evidence to show that he was not normal, because to others outside the marriage he projected himself to be a successful and respectable person.”Between 2010 and 2011, she amassed four memory sticks of material.“There were about 50 short films of men and women in scenes of sexual pleasure and orgies, at least 100 sketches of naked women being tortured and burned, a scene of a gladiator being hit and tortured, many images of naked young men…and other sexually explicit material.” Day's wife found business cards suggesting her husband was visiting gay saunas The hearing was set up after Birte lodged a formal complaint He often said the two most important elements in his life were God and sexBirte Day “He was trying to make it appear that his sexual practices and behaviour were normal. He was not embarrassed that I knew about his sexual activities outside our marriage, and he readily admitted to them.”Describing the moments Day was violent towards her, Birte said the “worst” incident was in 2012 when her husband grabbed a scarf she was wearing.“The grasp was strong, powerful and menacing,” she said. “He tried to pull the ends close together to the point where I had difficulties breathing.”She also described how he once “twisted” her arm and bit her hand and that their children came into their bedroom “very concerned”.In 2011, Birte said Day “spanked me on the bottom and denigrated me” after she was seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt in front of workmen who had come to pick up garden rubbish. She said: “He said that I had not to wear indecent clothes, in particular not in front of these men who would be looking at me.”The Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Europe concluded Day’s behaviour was not criminal — but that standards for the clergy “must be different”.It said: “We are satisfied that the possession of the material on his computers and the seeking of or taking part in sexual relations with others while married was conduct unbecoming and inappropriate.”The hearing said it was “satisfied” that assaults on Birte took place, adding the allegation against the priest was “proved in its entirety”.Day did not attend the tribunal but didn’t contest the proceedings.In an email he claimed he had collected “dozens of letters” that would “cast serious doubt on the credibility of his wife”.And he said “criminal charges” had been filed against complainants in Belgium. In order to remain anonymous, Day created email addresses for himself under different names and identities You must never desist on account of my priesthood…It has nothing to do with my perfection and all to do with vocation…Perhaps I should send you photos from a gangbang I participated in…to assuage your guiltRev Day In one email he used the alias ‘Henry Olsen’ to arrange a meeting with a woman known as Amanda in Brussels who charged €130 “for one hour”.When his wife confronted him about ‘Henry Olsen’, he did not deny using the fake name.“I think James wanted to hurt me with his sexual activities and was making me feel guilty as I was just ‘not good enough’” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Bell Equipment adds Terex Finlay crushers and screens for Southern Africa

first_imgSouth African OEM, Bell Equipment (manufacturer of mining ADTs, wheel loaders and much more) has been granted distribution rights by TerexFinlay for its range of mobile crushing,  screening and recycling equipment in South Africa, thereby expanding its strategic alliances with global OEMs and growing the company’s product range.Announcing the distribution agreement in Omagh, Northern Ireland earlier this month, Terex®  Finlay’s Sales and Marketing Director, Nigel Irvine said: “Southern Africa is a growing mobile crushing and screening region and we begin our partnership with Bell Equipment as a market leading brand. Through Bell Equipment we have a strong business partner with locations throughout the market place and focused customer support. This offers us a great partner platform to further develop new Finlay equipment sales and also support the large existing population of machines across the region. We look forward to growing our position in the market and developing our partnership.”Bell Equipment Group Chief Executive, Gary Bell said the company is looking forward to growing its partnership with Terex Finlay and is pleased to be able to enhance its product range with the addition of a worldclass material processing product line. “Our agreement will complement our existing product offering and is in line with our strategy to provide a one-stop shop for first class equipment solutions to our customers throughout Southern Africa.”The Finlay tracked mobile crusher product line includes jaw, impactor and cone crushers. The Finlay tracked mobile screener product line comprises of three-way split heavy duty forward facing,  three-way and four-way split inclined and four-way split horizontal screening units. This comprehensive range of tracked mobile machines are proven on a global basis in applications ranging from heavy duty scalping to high precision screening.Continued Bell: “The Finlay range is a good and proven product that is well recognised in mining. Importantly we are establishing a dedicated team of industry and product specialists to provide sales and service to our screening and crushing customers throughout the territory.“Our partnership is a natural progression for Bell as we already distribute and support articulated dump trucks, excavators and wheel loaders. We are also active in the coal mining industry where several customers make use of mobile crushing and screening equipment. In addition, the new partnership ties in closely with our Bomag range of machines which make use of aggregates supplied from these material processing machines,” he added.last_img read more

GSR submits seafloor nodule mining exploration prior EIS ahead of key seabed

first_imgIn collaboration with the Belgian government, GSR has also taken the initiative to organise an informal public consultation for the part concerning the tests in the area contracted to GSR. The effects of ‘Patania II’ on the environment while collecting nodules, will be independently monitored by a scientific consortium of nine European partners, as part of the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans). The JPI Oceans team of some 50 scientists aims to assess the long-term impacts of polymetallic nodule mining on the deep-sea environment.GSR’s objective is to develop a system for polymetallic nodule collection that uses best available techniques (BAT) supporting the extreme physical challenges of operating at depths of up to 5,000 m and for minimising the environmental impact. As ‘Patania II’ will be tested in both the Belgian and German license area, the EIS of GSR and BGR are online on the Authority’s website.Speaking ahead of the ISA meeting in Kingston Jamaica in July, GSR General Manager Kris Van Nijen said: “Deep sea mining offers potential solutions to some of the world’s most pressing raw material challenges. It can only succeed, however, if there is strong collaboration and transparency between all stakeholders. By publishing this prior EIS and working together with an independent team of scientists, we aim to share the environmental knowledge generated from our exploration activities and set an example that we hope others will be encouraged to follow.”The pre-prototype vehicle Patania II is an active pick-up system which is broken down into four major subsystems:Nodule collection system: the nodule collection system consists of the collector head, the jet water pumps and all sensors to monitor the suction process. The design of the collector head is based on the results obtained from the laboratory tests.Propulsion system: a two-track system will be used for the propulsion system. The terramechanical values measured in-situ with the TSTD Patania were used for the design of the propulsion system.Nodule separation and discharge system: there will not be a riser to pump the collected nodules to the surface vessel. Hence, a dumping system is incorporated into the design of the vehicle.Vehicle systems: this part comprises all components for the proper functioning of the vehicle. This includes hydraulic power units (HPUs ), telemetry, buoyancy, etc GSR recently published the complete “prior” Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the exploration mission of its ‘Patania II’ pre-prototype seafloor nodules mining vehicle in 2019. After its predecessor ‘Patania I’ was successfully tested at 4,500 m water depth in the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone in 2017, GSR was able to engineer ‘Patania II’, integrating nodule collection and driving components. As part of GSR’s efforts to explore the feasibility of deep sea polymetallic nodule mining, GSR recently submitted the prior EIS to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and has decided to publish the assessment in the interests of stakeholder transparency. The ISA is holding its key council meeting this week in Jamaica.last_img read more

SLOVAK PLAYOFF FINAL Tatran lead 20

Slovakian champions HC Tatran Presov are on the way to secure the 10th domestic title after “break” in Play-Off Final series over Topolcany 23:19. Tatran now lead 2:0 and have home match on Wednesday to lift the trophy…HK Topoľčany – Tatran Prešov 19:23 (12:13)Topoľčany: Drápal, M. Meluš – Greguš, Valent 6, B. Sivák 1, Masaryk 2, Klačanský 2/1, Šupčík, Ivanicja 1, M. Briatka 2/1, Cigáň 2, P. Hruščák 2, Jadroň, Slaninka, Donoso, Žilinčík 1Tatran: Krupa, Verkič – Rábek 6/3, Hrstka, M. Urban, Krištopans 3, Sadovij, Radčenko, Tumidalský, T. Urban 6/1, Číp, Guzy, Pejovič 1, Krzysztofik, Antl 7, Petro Slovak HandballTatran Presov ← Previous Story RK Vardar win Macedonian Cup! Next Story → EHF: Zorman and Zvizej to miss Hungary! read more

They had a mighty time in 2011 but whats life like now

first_img Ollie Hayes, weeks ahead of the Obama visit. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe Obama legacyLike many locals with fond memories of the Obama visit and Moneygall’s spell at the centre of the limelight, Hayes is realistic about the long-term effect it has had on the area.The village had a “mighty time” as tourists and stag and hen parties made sure to add the famous ‘Obama bar’ to their itinerary.But I always knew it would always turn back to the way it was … which is nice too.Businesses on the main street did very well around the time of the visit – but there are clear signs now that the Plaza, located just a few hundred metres down the road, has been a drain on the established economy of the village.Two retail premises, including the former Obama Cafe, are now boarded up with estate agents’ notices displayed outside. The Obama Cafe, which opened in 2011, has since closed. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMary Murray, who runs a B&B and an army surplus store across the road from Hayes’, contends that the village has been “forgotten about” since the service station opened.“We need a sign on the roundabout there outside the Plaza stating what we’ve got and here we are,” Murray told us, as she made her way back to the B&B from the village’s only remaining convenience store.‘That’s just basic commerce’John Donovan, who ran the Obama ancestral home as a museum for a time after the visit, took the decision to close his own shop in recent years.The Plaza is a “huge complex to have on the edge of any village” he says – adding that, like any rural community, Moneygall’s also facing other commercial pressures.“From my own personal point of view and my business – that shop that I had is not open anymore, but that would have happened anyway.Obama’s visit wasn’t going to keep that open – that’s just basic commerce whereby the bigger towns are doing the trade… There’s loads of empty shopfronts in the bigger towns as well.Donovan also runs the local undertakers, as well as a farm. ”You just get on with it,” he said.Make the best of it and do something else. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I do proudly claim, as do almost all successful American politicians, an Irish background.THE VISITING PRESIDENT’S remarks went down pretty well with his Irish welcoming party.Air Force One had touched down only moments before; later, the President would be greeted by residents of the tiny rural community his ancestors had left from, hundreds of years previously.The President in question? Richard M Nixon. He spent three days in Ireland in October 1970 – at the height of the Vietnam War.Later, of course,  in the wake of the Watergate scandal, the Republican would earn the dubious distinction of becoming the only US president ever to resign from office. Nixon waves from the steps of Air Force One in Florida, 1969. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIt’s probably no surprise that there aren’t many people talking up Nixon’s Irish links these days.That slightly on-the-nose joke from the Republican president at Shannon Airport all those years ago still rings true however: it’s why the Chamber of Commerce in the Sligo town that Mike Pence’s grandfather came from were quick to send out an invite to the incoming Vice President, in the wake of his election on the Trump ticket last November.And it’s why, in an otherwise obscure southern corner of Co Offaly, there’s a stretch of land that will be known for decades (perhaps centuries) to come, as Barack Obama country. Barack and Michelle Obama enjoy a Guinness at Ollie Hayes’ bar. The glasses are now kept in a display case in the pub. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe main Irish figures at the centre of Barack and Michelle Obama’s 2011 trip to Moneygall were under no illusions about the realpolitik reasons behind the President’s decision to visit their village – just a year ahead of his run for re-election.But, six years on, as Obama approaches the end of his second term in office, Henry Healy (the 8th cousin) and Ollie Hayes (the barman) still can’t quite get over the level of engagement they’ve had with the White House in the years since that historic day.The President took the pair out for a pint in Washington the following year, where they sank pints of Guinness with startled regulars at the Dubliner pub. And the walls of the Barack Obama Plaza, where Healy now works, and at Hayes’ Bar are festooned with photos of other White House visits. Obama, Healy and Hayes at the Dubliner in Washington in 2012. Source: Carolyn KasterThe greeting has been the same every time, according to Healy.Anytime I’ve met the President since it’s always been like that – you’re at ease, you can crack a joke, you can have a laugh. And there’s always the ‘when are you coming back?’.Barack Obama PlazaThe motorway service station that now bears the name of America’s first black president was doing a brisk trade in coffees, sandwiches and Supermac’s on the morning TheJournal.ie dropped in.The visitor centre upstairs was slightly less well attended – outside, however, there was no shortage of startled overseas tourists snapping photos and wondering out loud about the unlikely connection between this well-appointed but otherwise unremarkable refuelling stop and the Hawaii-born 44th President of the United States. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe €7 million services outlet, developed by Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh, had been planned years in advance of the presidential visit.And while the idea of naming it after Moneygall’s most famous descendent might initially have seemed a slightly less-than-fitting tribute, there’s no denying that the Plaza, opened in 2014, has been a boon to the area in many respects.“We’ve over 130 people employed, in a village of 300 odd people. That’s phenomenal,” said Healy.It is down to the naming of the service station the Barack Obama Plaza – it does help and it does bring tours in and groups in.Heritage signs placed along the M7 draw motorists’ attention to Obama’s ancestral home in the nearby village. And while most American tourists who stop by the service station are pleasantly surprised at the connection, others, according to Healy, are sometimes less than impressed.You have some Republicans from the United States come on tour buses – we’ve had, on occasion, people refuse to get off because of the name. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 7:45 PM 29,226 Views 41 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3174006 Short URL They had a ‘mighty time’ in 2011 – but what’s life like now in Obama’s ancestral village? As the sun sets on the Obama presidency, we spend a day in Moneygall. Jan 19th 2017, 7:45 PM Subscribe for more videos Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the visitor centre. Source: Barack Obama PlazaBreaking off occasionally to answer questions from tourists, Healy still lit up with enthusiasm as he told the story of the 2011 visit and what it has meant for the town in the years since.Hayes, talking to us from behind the bar at the pub that’s borne for family name for generations, was equally as enthusiastic.Great-great-great…The connection between Moneygall and Obama was first discovered in 2007, before he entered the White House. Genealogists managed to confirm that Falmouth Kearney, the 19-year-old son of a local shoemaker, had left the village in 1850 to start a new life in the US.Healy, who recognised his own family’s connection when the news first emerged, was put forward as a spokesman for the Irish family line.The village had been preparing for a visit from the day their distant US relative took office, locals said – but things really began to gather pace when Ambassador Dan Rooney stopped by in 2009 and told them he was “extremely confident” Obama would be coming. Henry Healy on election night 2008, in Ollie Hayes’ pub. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe community kicked into overdrive when the President announced on St Patrick’s Day 2011 that he would be visiting in just a few months’ time. Soon the Secret Service were swarming the village to assess locations, plan the first family’s routes in and out, and weld down manhole covers.Security was so intense in the days leading up to the visit that some farmers were even given a Garda escort so they could milk their cows.“Anybody who had a licence for a gun – their guns were removed and taken into storage in the local garda station,” said Healy.In addition to the Americans, over 3,000 Defence Forces members and gardaí were deployed around the village ahead of the Monday visit.It was probably the safest place to be that weekend. The army were planted in the forest right behind the village, in the fields and in the ditches – every nook and cranny you could think of. Preparations for the presidential visit. Moneygall Main Street, May 2011. Source: Julien BehalThe full itinerary of the day was explained to Healy, Hayes and John Donovan, the current owner of the Kearney home, on the morning of 23 May. They were told he’d be landing in a nearby field at 3.05pm – and that he’d be gone an hour later.Healy was told he’d be showing the Obamas around personally – not an honour he had been expecting.You would have expected that possibly to go to the chairman of the council or someone like that.Crowds lined the village’s main drag from early in the day, as the anticipation built among the members of the welcoming party.Looking back, they remember being told the trip could be cancelled for any reason, at any time. “Don’t believe it until you see that chopper touching down,” one agent said.But touch down it did – and the President and First Lady strode out into a blustery Offaly day. As Obama thrust his hand out, Healy recalls: “It was like someone coming out of a TV screen”.A lot of the interaction and chat was had at that stage. Straight away the President broke with protocol, broke with what we were told … He was going straight over to meet with the crowd. That wasn’t what was planned. By Daragh Brophy Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe Secret Service, said Healy, hadn’t expected the President to greet people until after he came out of the pub, “but everyone was delighted that he did”.The Kearney houseDonovan, the owner of the ancestral home, remembers watching as the couple worked the crowd, and not being quite sure whether they’d actually have time to cross the threshold into the Kearney house.Until he walked across the street I did not know what was happening.There were discussions with the Americans about who should enter first on the morning of the visit, he remembers. “It’s your house,” he was told. He could handle the protocol. Gardaí outside the Obama ancestral home on the day of the visit. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOnce inside, Donovan and the Obamas had a fifteen minute conversation about what would have been happening in Ireland and in Moneygall around the time Falmouth Kearney left for America.“Where you’re standing is where your ancestor stood,” Donovan recalls telling his visitor.Ollie HayesThe main event of the day, of course, was the visit to the local pub – which has been run by the Hayes family for generations.Agents made visits to the bar months in advance of the President’s planned visit, Ollie Hayes remembers. To his delight it was eventually decided that – yes, the space was indeed large enough to host a presidential party. Ollie Hayes, pictured in his bar earlier this month. Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieWhile there was (thankfully) no need for it on the day the publican and his family were also given the task of hosting the communications centre for the US Commander in Chief for his time in the village.Over a dozen landlines were put in place in his front room, and White House staff installed all manner of high-tech equipment so the President would have somewhere to go to direct operations, in the event of a global crisis.In the end, the inclement weather was the only negative – all the more reason for the Obamas to stay under shelter in the bar. Again, they spent longer inside than anyone had expected. Michelle even came back and tried her hand at pouring a few pints.Hayes remembers:“I just said to Mrs Obama – Mrs Obama, would you like to fill a pint of Guinness?“At this stage all cameras had left the building – and she said ‘I would love to fill a pint of Guinness’. So they came in behind the counter for probably about 20-25 minutes, not planned – he loves unplanned stuff – and we had some really personal conversations with them.She filled a couple of pints of Guinness and he finished his here behind the counter. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube A photo of local woman Julia Hayes holding a US flag in advance of the President’s visit hangs above the stairs, on the way to the visitor centre. Source: Barack Obama PlazaOllie Hayes had opened the bar early for TheJournal.ie – normally there’s no call for his business until later in the evening. In the village, we spoke to just two tourists. It was quiet otherwise, much as you’d expect in place this size on a Thursday in early January.Back at the Plaza, however, we narrowly avoided getting stuck behind a coachload of hungry teenagers at the Supermac’s counter.We appeared to have landed just at the mid-afternoon peak. Staff rushed around as queues swelled at the food counters. We caught a glimpse of a very busy Henry Healy, back in the food prep area, directing traffic.For anyone who travels this stretch of motorway regularly, there’s little novelty value in visiting the Barack Obama Plaza anymore – but take a glance at the crowd and there’s usually a handful of intrigued (or simply bewildered) tourists.The staff, most of whom are local, have the story of the visit well rehearsed at this stage. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesPlaying host to a presidential visit is nothing to be sneezed at. The connection between Offaly and Obama may be be tenuous – and there’s no question that the Democrat’s initial motivation for talking up any link was to win over Irish-American votes.That said – anyone who met him when he was here will tell you Obama’s interest in the area was honest, and that he exceeded their expectations on that afternoon in Moneygall.They might also tell you that there are plenty of (far larger) towns and cities in the US that the President never got around to visiting in the last eight years.Obama only made his first presidential visit to the state of Nebraska last year, for instance.That’s in spite of the strange-but-true fact that Nebraska also happens to be the birth state of another famous 8th cousin of the President – former Republican VP, Dick Cheney.Perhaps though, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Obama was in no rush to visit the state. “Every family has a black sheep,” his spokesman said, after news of that particular family line emerged.Read: Obama defends legacy in parting letter to the American people >Read: Obama says he could have been re-elected if he ran against Donald Trump > I asked him would he have another one and he said ‘no I have an appointment in Dublin – other than that I’d have another one’.The €50 note that the President tendered now sits in a glass case just above the bar. In all the excitement, Hayes forgot to hand back the change on the day.It’s there if they want it anyway. Share45 Tweet Email last_img read more

Gardaí seize €1m worth of heroin in joint operation with UK authorities

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4791722 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sep 1st 2019, 6:10 PM 19,166 Views Share5 Tweet Email Gardaí seize €1m worth of heroin in joint operation with UK authorities Three men were arrested after a number of searches in Dublin and Meath this morning. By Michelle Hennessy Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 6:10 PM Image: An Garda Síochána 17 Comments GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED three men and seized €1 million worth of heroin in a joint operation with the UK’s National Crime Agency.A number of searches were carried out in Dublin and Meath this morning. Gardaí said 7kgs of heroin, with an estimated value of €1 million, was seized. Three men, aged in their 40s and 50s, were arrested and are currently detained in Dublin garda stations.Gardaí said investigations are ongoing, nationally and internationally.Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis of the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau said this was a “substantial seizure” of heroin.She said the joint operation “will help keep our communities and people safe and will impact significantly on organised crime groups involved in the international drugs trade”.Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll of Special Crime Operations said the operation demonstrates “the increased capabilities of the Garda Síochána, when working with our international partners, to keep people safe and to target those who would attack our communities with drugs”. Short URL Image: An Garda Síochánalast_img read more

JeanMarie Le Pen charged over EU funding scandal

first_img 14,129 Views No Comments Image: Pauletto Francois/Avenir Pictures/ABACA JEAN MARIE LE Pen, founder of the French far-right National Front, was charged on Friday with “embezzlement of public funds” over allegations he illegally claimed money from the European parliament to pay France-based staff, lawyers told AFP.Le Pen, who was an MEP from the 1980s up until earlier this year, was investigated over the improper spending of EU funds after the European Parliament lifted his immunity in March.Judges questioned Le Pen for more than four hours about the jobs of three of his aides, according to his lawyers.“The investigating judges ask a lot of questions about a case that I consider a political scam,” the 91-year-old Le Pen told AFP.“It was very long,” he added.Le Pen “is very tired of all this,” said lawyer Frederic Joachim, condemning  the case as an “incursion of the judiciary into the legislature”.Le Pen had used his parliamentary immunity to prevent anti-corruption investigators from questioning him in June last year about the case.Le Pen’s estranged daughter Marine, who now heads the renamed National Rally, has already been charged in the case.Investigators suspect the National Front used money from Brussels earmarked for parliamentary assistants there to pay staff for party work in France.It is alleged that almost seven million euros ($7.7 million) were diverted from the European Parliament between 2009 and 2017.- © AFP 2019  By AFP Fri 11:01 PM Image: Pauletto Francois/Avenir Pictures/ABACA Friday 13 Sep 2019, 11:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4809337 Jean-Marie Le Pen charged over EU funding scandal Le Pen’s estranged daughter Marine, who now heads the renamed National Rally, has already been charged in the case. Share7 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher appears back in court to fight for rank

first_img Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, kisses his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 3, 2019 Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher smile, after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) KUSI Newsroom 12345678 Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher hug after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) July 3, 2019 Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 12:45 PM Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher hug after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Facebook is experiencing technical problems. The video may not appear for some users. Please visit KUSI.com/livestream to watchBREAKING: Gallagher is sentenced to four months confinement, moot because of time served. His rank is reduced to E-6, Petty Officer First Class. Gallagher also forfeits more than $2600 a month for two months.SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Navy Seal acquitted in San Diego of murder and other charges stemming from various alleged war crimes will appear in court again Wednesday morning to fight for his rank after posing with a corpse, the one charge for which he was convicted.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of six of the seven charges he was facing, including fatally stabbing a wounded teenage ISIS fighter and shooting Iraqi civilians.After eight hours of deliberation, a jury of five Marines and two Navy men convicted Gallagher Tuesday solely of posing with the teen’s body in a photograph. While the verdict means Gallagher will walk away a free man, the charge could result in a penalty affecting Gallagher’s rank, which would in turn affect his salary and pension. The penalty will be discussed in court Wednesday.The charge for which he was convicted also carries a maximum sentence of four months behind bars, which he has already served.Gallagher, 40, could have faced up to life in prison if convicted of murdering the teen in May 2017, as well as shooting a male and female civilian and shooting at an unknown number of other civilians later that year in Mosul, Iraq.The highly decorated veteran was acquitted of charges including murder, attempted murder, willful discharge of a firearm and obstruction of justice. The jury began weighing Gallagher’s fate Monday afternoon, following a full day of closing arguments at the Naval Base in San Diego.Prosecutor Jeff Pietrzyk said in his closing argument that despite a lack of physical evidence, text messages and pictures Gallagher took with the teen’s body are direct evidence of his guilt.“Good story behind this one. Got him with my hunting knife,” read one of the text messages Gallagher allegedly sent to a colleague. “I got a cool story for you when I get back. I got my knife skills on.”Prosecutors alleged that once Gallagher received word of the prisoner, who was injured in an air strike, Gallagher said, “No one touch him. He’s mine.”As Gallagher and others tended to the teen, he allegedly pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed the boy multiple times, prosecutors argued. He was also accused of shooting two civilians, whose bodies were never recovered, just over a month later and opening fire on a crowd of other civilians from a sniper’s nest.Gallagher’s defense team claimed the allegations were lies coming from a group of disgruntled subordinates who felt their platoon commander was too tough on them.His attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said the SEALs who reported Gallagher were lying, and he contended the government was relying entirely on their word in the face of a complete absence of physical evidence that any of the charged events ever occurred. Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)center_img Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, kisses his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher smile, after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) “No body, no forensics, no science, no evidence, no case,” Parlatore said during his closing arguments.The attorney emphasized that in addition to no bodies being recovered, no blood was ever seen on Gallagher or the hunting knife, despite photographs taken shortly after the stabbing allegedly happened. Without a body, a forensic expert testifying as an expert witness was unable to determine the teen’s cause of death based solely on video footage of the boy’s injuries.In surprise testimony during the trial, First Class Petty Officer Corey Scott, testified that he suffocated the wounded ISIS fighter after Gallagher stabbed the teen in the neck. Scott said he held down the boy’s breathing tube because he did not want him to suffer or be tortured by Iraqis.But Navy prosecutors said Gallagher’s text messages, particularly the wording of “Got him with my hunting knife,” was evidence of his admission to the murder.“The government’s evidence in this case comes from Chief Gallagher’s words, Chief Gallagher’s actions and Chief Gallagher’s SEALs,” Pietrzyk said.Parlatore argued that several SEALs posed with the ISIS fighter’s body and likened the text messages to “dark humor” that in no way proved Gallagher killed the teen.Prosecutors alleged that Gallagher threatened fellow SEALs over the allegations, and posted their names in private Navy social media groups in order to out them as traitors and sabotage their chances at career advancement.But Gallagher’s attorneys argued he was simply trying to clear his name amid the volatile claims made against him, and that divulging the names of the men spreading malicious rumors was a means of warning fellow SEALs who might serve with those men in the future.The trial was dogged by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, with the trial judge finding that Navy prosecutors used tracking software to spy on the defense team’s email accounts.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, removed Cmdr. Chris Czaplak from the case just before the trial was set to begin, ruling the prosecution sent emails to the defense and a Navy Times reporter that were embedded with code that would track the recipients’ email activity.The judge also ordered that Gallagher be released from custody due to violations of his Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights and reduced the maximum possible sentence of life without parole to life with the possibility of parole.Gallagher — a 19-year Navy veteran — received public support from President Donald Trump, who commented in a social media post earlier this year that Gallagher should be moved to less restrictive confinement. Trump also hinted at pardoning him if he was convicted. Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher appears back in court to fight for rank, pension Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. 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Toy Fair 2019 Lego Hidden Side is like a tiny AR Ghostbusters

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sprint Lego Hidden Side feels like an augmented reality haunted… Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 Post a comment Best Buy See It But there’s something about the nearly escape-room-like puzzle solving in the Hidden Side sets that feels intriguing. What if Lego made larger kits that involved more abstract puzzles, or had AR challenges that unlocked depending on what configuration you assembled the bricks in? What if the little brick worlds could be theater sets where all sorts of AR stories could unfold, like the tiny AR storybook worlds of apps like Wonderscope?I also expected that, maybe, the AR app could finally help me reconstruct Lego sets or build new ones from scratch, like an augmented-reality version of Nintendo’s Labo cardboard kits. What about using AR to help scan and analyze bricks and guide construction without consulting those easy-to-lose paper manuals? No such luck yet, but it sounds like Lego may be working on it. I hope so, because I have a buckets of loose bricks at home in the kids’ playroom, and we could use the virtual help.First published Feb. 14, 2019 at 6 a.m. PT.Update Feb. 16 at 8:42 a.m. PT: Updated for Toy Fair 2019 weekend. See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR I was immediately reminded of Nintendo’s ghost-hunting Luigi’s Mansion game, but in this case there are actual physical Lego bricks. That, and of course, Ghostbusters, plus a bit of Pokemon Go. Lego’s previous AR apps for specific Lego kits were built off Apple’s ARKit. Lego: Hidden Side’s inspiration started further back, with the success of app-enabled kits like Lego Nexo Knights. Lego’s AR app for Hidden Side was custom-built to work with both iPhones and AR-ready Android phones, but that also means no multiplayer (a feature that’s possible in Lego Playgrounds, which allows more than one person to see the blend of Lego bricks and virtual AR objects with multiple phones/tablets).Once the different sets are assembled, little hidden puzzles lurk inside that trigger events. Maybe a moving panel, or a treasure chest where a ghost is hidden. Color-changing panels also sync up with different “ghost lens” spectrums in the phone game: Red, blue and yellow lenses shift worlds and help find more spirits.lego-hidden-side-4Collecting some basic ghosts. Scott Stein/CNET The overlap of real pieces and virtual effects and AR objects seen in-phone looked pretty good, maybe even a step up from the Playgrounds app. A Lego tree suddenly turned into a haunted, animated object, and other parts of the set seemed to come alive. But, yeah, you have to hold a phone in your hand.The Lego: Hidden Side sets are meant to stay constructed so you can play the game, so if your kids are like mine and start mashing up sets and breaking down stuff as soon as they’ve made it, this probably isn’t for you. Also, the whole experience is designed, again, to be used while holding a phone in one hand (the AR app isn’t optimized for tablets), which may not be perfect for a lot of kids who don’t have phones (or if you, like me, don’t want your kids to be screen-immersed all the time and borrowing your phone). See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 1:32 The 29 best AR apps for iOS that you need try Boost Mobile $999center_img Augmented reality (AR) Lego Nintendo Apple Apple iPhone XS $999 Share your voice reading • Toy Fair 2019: Lego Hidden Side is like a tiny AR Ghostbusters escape room Tags AR ghosts! (Lego-style.) Scott Stein/CNET I’m looking at a Lego brick construction sitting on our office table and I don’t know what to make of it. It’s an old mansionlike building that feels Harry Potter-esque. The building’s sides bend down, windows flip open and now it’s a snarling beast. I’m handed a phone, and I aim an app at the bricks. I see virtual ghosts start to appear, blending with the physical bricks. This now fits the synopsis Lego handed me:”Jack and Parker are teenage bloggers who attend Newbury High School. Through an app on their mobile phones, they can see the unseen — and in this case, Newbury is overrun with ghosts!”lego-hidden-side-2Spooky school. Scott Stein/CNET Lego: Hidden Side isn’t the first augmented-reality-enabled construction set Lego’s made, but it’s the first line designed to work with AR from the ground up. The sets tell a tale about a haunted world where ghosts lurk, and it’s a self-contained story world such as Ninjago or Nexo Knights. The sets will cost between $20 and $130 when they arrive later this summer (Roughly £15-£100 or AU$30-AU$180 converted.)An AR-equipped phone app finds the ghosts in the set and sucks them up, collecting them like Pokemon. The kits feel like little movie sets, where the game plays out via augmented-reality characters that appear on the tiny stages. You don’t technically need to use the phone app to put Hidden Side sets together, but the extra gameplay and missions are a big part of the package. Lego promises a number of unfolding puzzle challenges in each set, and a possibility of new events that unfold over time. 38 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • $999 0 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All See It Apple Phones Mobile Apps Video Games Toys and Tabletop Games CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

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