Indian Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson Take America’s Oldest Rivalry to the Track

first_imgIndian Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson Take America’s Oldest Rivalry to the Track Close Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Everyone loves a good rivalry, especially when it comes to motorsports. Whether it’s McLaren and Ferrari’s exchange of blows in Formula One or BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s paint swapping in the German Touring Car Championship — nothing excites quite like a longstanding grudge match.However, as intense, popular, and drawn-out as F1 or DTM rivalries may be, they pale in comparison to the battle Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycle have waged since the turn of the 20th century.The rivalry started on the open market. Soon after Indian Motorcycle established itself as America’s first motorcycle company in 1901, Harley-Davidson began producing two-wheeled competitors. By the 1930s, these two manufacturers had found a new way to throw dirt in one another’s faces – literally.Flat track racing is arguable the world’s first extreme sport. High-powered motorcycles drift side-by-side through corners and hit speeds of up to 200mph on the straights. Oh, and did we mention the bikes don’t have front brakes?During the ‘30s and ‘40s, Flat track racing was the dominant sport in America, and the Harley v. Indian rivalry took center stage. Though Flat track racing dipped out of the spotlight for many years, it is finally back in prime time with nationally televised races on NBC Sports.In a way, Indian Motorcycle has mimicked Flat track’s re-emergence. After the company went bust in 1953, Polaris Industries purchased the brand in 2011 and planted the seeds of recovery. Now, like in the ‘30s and ‘40s, Indian Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson are back at each other’s throats. Indian can’t yet compete in terms of sales, but Flat track is a different story.In 2016, Indian announced the development of a 750cc racing bike – the Scout FTR750. When AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp piloted this new moto to victory at the Santa Rosa mile, Indian knew it was on to something. Heading into this season, Indian has signed three of flat track’s most dominant and decorated riders – Jared Mees (four-time Grand National Champion), Brad Baker (2013 Grand National Champion) and Bryan Smith (this year’s Defending 2016 Grand National Champion). Indian’s gain is Harley’s loss, too – Mees and Baker were formerly Harley Davidson factory riders.Once more, Indian Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson have the country’s attention (more specifically, NBC Sports’ 85 million subscribers). Both manufacturers have impressive bikes, confident riders, and a century of skin in the game. Grab the popcorn.center_img What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato last_img read more

You’ll Definitely Want This Scottish Castle with a Pub, Treehouse, 32 Bedrooms, and 6 Cottages (Photos)

first_img Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Knight FrankThere seem to be an awful lot of castles for sale lately, but none up to this point have had 32 bedrooms, 31 bathrooms, a pub, six cottages,  Europe’s largest “treehouse,” 30 acres of land, and a lease of shooting and fishing rights over the nearly 3,000 adjoining acres of land on the far northern tip of Scotland.Knight FrankAckergill Tower was first constructed in 1475 and existed in that original state until the mid-19th century when Scottish Architect David Bryce expanded and extended the building into roughly what it appears to be today. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s and 2000s that Ackergill Tower was finally fully restored to its full luxurious old-world grandeur with its many halls, bedrooms, and public spaces.Knight FrankThirty acres of lush Scottish landscape surround the tower.Knight FrankSince it’s directly on the North Sea, the estate boasts stunning ocean views.Knight FrankThe great hall may be the epitome of what a great hall should look like.Knight FrankYou know you’re in Scotland when the carpets are tartan.Knight FrankShades of green, tan, and brown make up the color scheme for this relaxing castle salon.Knight FrankRich red walls and warm leather furniture complete this gathering space.Knight FrankOne of the castle’s many bedrooms, this one in particular features a canopy bed and marble fireplace.Knight FrankThis bedroom has been designed with a lighter, more airy feel, but maintains its Scottishness through wool fabrics and traditional patterning.Knight FrankWho can say no to a giant four-poster bed?Knight FrankBeyond the tower itself, Ackergill also features multiple outbuildings that have been refurbished for accommodations. This old stable can now sleep 10.Knight FrankA public space in the former stables is accented with fur blankets and original horse stalls.Knight FrankAnother public space in the stable, this room is themed to riding, horses, and tack.Knight FrankThis bedroom features an original horse stall right next to the sleeping quarters.Knight FrankOld saddles line the walls of the stable’s hall.Knight FrankIt wouldn’t be a proper Scottish castle without a conservatory.Knight FrankThe castle also sports a Scottish pub, complete with the classic hunter green, patterned wallpaper, rich dark wood floors, and comfortable leather wing-back chairs.Knight FrankStone walls, timber framing, and a roaring fire make this pub the perfect place to end an evening.Knight FrankAnd perhaps a pirate will even play you a sea shanty.Knight FrankAckergill Tower also hosts Europe’s largest treehouse, which can sleep two.Knight FrankThe treehouse interior has real limbs crossing through it.Knight FrankBut it’s also got the most beautiful bathroom treehouse we’ve ever seen.Knight FrankUpdate: Ackergill Tower was represented by Knight Frank. At the publication of this article on July 17, 2018, it was on the market for $5,031,713. It has since been scooped up. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time last_img read more

PM Says as Economy Grows Civil Servants Will be Duly Compensated

first_img “The guarantee that I give you… from the political directorate… is that as the economy improves and increases, you must get your fair share of that increase,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that as the economy grows, civil servants will be duly compensated for their sacrifices towards achieving this. In the meantime, the Prime Minister said he is aware of the challenges and issues public-sector workers are facing, and praised them for continuing to serve, despite the temptation of more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.“You have decided to stay, and we appreciate that. We respect that and we love you for that,” he said.Mr. Holness noted the “great and distinct honour and privilege” he has had to work with some of the “best and brightest Jamaican minds, some of the best administrators, and some of the most committed people”, who work for “hours on end… giving yeoman service to this country”.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), is welcomed by President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, at the 100th annual general meeting of the association, at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston on Thursday (May 30). Mr. Holness was the guest speaker at the event. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that as the economy grows, civil servants will be duly compensated for their sacrifices towards achieving this.“The guarantee that I give you… from the political directorate… is that as the economy improves and increases, you must get your fair share of that increase,” the Prime Minister said.He was speaking at the opening of the 100th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston, on Thursday (May 30).Mr. Holness noted that one of the public sector’s key sacrifices was the signing of the wage freeze agreement as part of “social consensus building around the economic reforms”, during the 2008/09 economic downturn.He pointed out that the economic reform programme has required the Government to manage and contain the wage and pension bills, transform the public sector, reduce the debt, and undertake a series of tax reforms, adding that the sacrifice is now paying off.Mr. Holness said that as the Government continues work to transform the public sector, an overall compensation review is being done “so that we can have a better understanding of how we use our budget to pay our (public sector) workers better”.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), presents First Vice-President, Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Techa Clarke-Griffiths, with her award for 10 years of service, dedication and loyalty to the General Council of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA). The presentation was made at the 100th annual general meeting of the association at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston on Thursday (May 30).center_img “We must never forget that… within the 100,000 or more public-sector workers we have, [there are] great Jamaicans who continue to uphold the highest standards of public service,” he added.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister congratulated the JCSA on reaching the milestone of 100 years, “not just by existing but by thriving, (which) is worthy of commendation.”“Your 100 years is a period of evolution… a period of transformation. The standards, the excellence, giving your best for a higher cause – those are core principles which I feel are still very much a part of the JCSA,” he said.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), presents Senior Engineering Editor at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Michael Kerr, with his award for five years of service to the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA). Occasion was the 100th annual general meeting of the association at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston, on Thursday (May 30). He was speaking at the opening of the 100th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston, on Thursday (May 30). In his remarks, JCSA President, O’Neil Grant, said that members of the body, as civil servants, continue to support the Government’s programmes as a professional public service ought to do.“We acknowledge the tax give-backs and the increase in social spending, as the country continues to gain international attention for the economic recovery that is under way. We would like to think that we, public officers, have played a significant part in this recovery and that we will accept any tangible evidence of the appreciation that we so justly deserve,” he said.last_img read more

U-Ming Connects Its Vessels with Ericsson

first_imgzoom Taiwan-based marine transportation company U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation ordered end-to-end connected vessel and voyage optimization solutions from communications technology operator Ericsson.With Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud, U-Ming will be able to collect near-real-time data on vessel location and movement, and to monitor vessel speeds against manually set planned speeds, allowing the company to optimize fuel consumption.By facilitating real-time information flows, the solution is expected to improve visibility from ship to shore and support process automation. U-Ming expects that this will reduce its costs and deliver efficiencies both internally and for clients and partners.Additionally, Ericsson will deliver its Connected Vessel offering, which will support ship-to-shore VoIP and email communications for personnel on board vessels.last_img read more

Karnataka CM conducts aerial survey of floodhit region to seek Central package

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday conducted an aerial inspection of flood hit districts of North Karnataka, where several villages were inundated following increased outflow from reservoirs across the Krishna and its tributaries in Maharashtra.He flew by a special plane from the HAL airport here to Toranagal airstrip in Ballari, from where he proceeded to Bagalkote, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgiri to get a first-hand assessment of the situation, official sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Krishna, Malaprabha, Markandeya rivers and some other rivulets are in spate, submerging thousands of hectares of land in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgir. A huge quantum of water had been released from the Koyna and four other dams in Maharashtra, which were reportedly full to the brim. As a result, the Almatti dam on the Krishna river in Karnataka and three to four barrages on its upper regions were completely filled and excess water was released, the director of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre G S Srinivasa Reddy said. The increased outflow flooded the lower regions, leading to thousands of hectares being submerged and standing crops in parts of the region completely destroyed, sources said. Yediyurappa also announced that he would visit Delhi tonight and present a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to release a package for relief and rehabilitation work.last_img read more

ISESCO Director General Commends Pope Francis Statements on Islam

Rabat  – The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, commended as fair-minded the positive declarations Pope Francis gave about Islam refusing to equate it with violence and terrorism.These remarks came after a previous statement made by the Catholic Church leader wherein he said, addressing the slaying of a French priest at the hands of Daesh, that social injustice and the idolatry of money are the prime causes of terrorism. “I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group,” the Bishop of Rome said, adding “We have them,” referring to Catholicism.He went on, “I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I look at the papers I see violence here in Italy – someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, I have to speak of Catholic violence.” Not all Muslims are violent, he pointed out. Further, Pope Francis said there were various causes of terrorism […] terrorism grows when there is no other option and when money is made a god and it, instead of the person, is put at the centre of the world economy.Describing these statements of the Holy See as bravely impartial, Dr Altwaijri suggested that they deserve to be highly commended by the broader international community.He also reaffirmed ISESCO’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its manifestations, rejecting it as an abominable crime that has neither a religious nor a cultural affiliation. read more

Tattoo Specialist Questions Khadijas Story of Involuntary Tattoos

Rabat – The story of Khadija, the 17-year-girl who said she was kidnapped, raped, and tattooed, is still making headlines.After Khadija claimed she was forcibly tattooed while being held captive for two months this summer, parents of the suspects denied the story and asserted the teenager had the tattoos long before. A professional tattoo remover has now weighed in. In an interview with Arabic outlet Barlamane, the professional, who called herself “Linda Paradis,” said that the tattoos are older than the teenager’s story asserts. Linda explained that when she heard the heartbreaking story of the girl, she went straight to the victim’s home to examine her in the presence of her mother.  What she found was not what she expected. “The skin of the girl was perfectly healed, so her tattoo would go back at least six months. She made her tattoos to hide scars with a knife that she inflicted to herself a year ago or more,” said the specialist. “There is no crust, no redness, no inflammation; I have a lot of doubts,” she added. She explained that no laser can remove the scars as it is too dangerous for her.“I offered her a medical follow-up; she was only asking for money. I also tried to offer psychological support, but it ended badly with the family,” added the specialist. Linda Paradis’ version supports the parents’. One of the parents of the suspects said that Khadija asked “for the tattoos and they were not forced on her by anyone.”The mother of two of the suspects added that she would defend the victim herself if Khadija were really a victim as she claimed.“She wanted this, she was always knocking on my door asking if my son was home,” the mother told Moroccan television channel Soltana.Another parent questioned Khadija’s allegation, claiming that if what she charged of his son were true, the victim’s father would have filed a complaint about his daughter’s absence.Khadija, however, claimed that she tried to escape several times, but the suspects caught her and tortured her.Earlier this week, twelve men, aged 18 to 28, were arrested on suspicion of raping Khadija. An authority told AFP that the general prosecutor of the Criminal Division of the Beni Mellal Court of Appeal in central Morocco had decided to prosecute and to put the suspects in pre-trial detention.The primary suspect is aged 20 and is being prosecuted for “trafficking a minor, rape, threat of murder, torture, kidnapping and for having a criminal gang.”Ten other suspects are facing charges of “human trafficking of a minor, threat of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape and non-reporting of crime and for not helping a person in danger,” the source added.A twelfth suspect will be charged for “not helping the victim” and for not reporting on a crime. Police are now searching for three other suspects, AFP’s source said. read more

With crucial elections ahead UN must commit to Iraq for the long

“Success is far from guaranteed as inside and outside forces continue their efforts to impose an agenda of division and destruction,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ad Melkert told the Security Council. “Opposed to this stands the will of the people to participate in the design of the future and to democratically mandate its leaders. This is the true significance of the historic elections ahead.“And this must motivate the United Nations to mobilize all possible support for this process and progress, for Iraqis are receptive and eager to incorporate the values of the UN Charter in the building of a new state and a new society,” he added, stressing the utmost importance of the Council’s enabling the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) to live up to the expectations.“This will have to be a commitment over a long period of time. There will be no shortcuts. Change needs rooting. Change is underway in many aspects. For the rooting, however, these are still early days.”In a presidential statement read by Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which holds the monthly presidency for November, the Council reaffirmed “its full support” for UNAMI in helping Iraq to strengthen democratic institutions, develop a just and fair solution for the disputed internal boundaries, and hold the elections.Mr. Melkert stressed that soon after election day, scheduled for 18 January, the serious issues of internal boundaries between the federal government and Iraqi Kurdistan, and revenue sharing, including oil extraction, must be addressed. Without resolving these key issues “the new Iraq will be permanently at risk of being pulled back or dragged into fundamentally destabilizing conflict,” he warned.The Special Representative was presenting Mr. Ban’s latest report on Iraq to the 15-member body, with its call to the international community to help the country to deliver basic services in critically under-funded social sectors to ensure stability. He noted the continued violence, including the two massive and deadly attacks on Government buildings in August and October. “Whilst still frequently the face of daily life shows the ugly sides of death and threat, the soul of the overwhelming majority of Iraqis vibrates in reaching towards the prospect of a safe and fair society,” he said.“In the foreseeable future Iraq will continue to face big challenges and contradictions. More than before it will depend on the determination of constructive forces from the inside and outside to seize new and real opportunities,” he concluded. “From many Iraqis the determination to advance is there. For neighbouring and partner countries and for the Security Council to back this up unambiguously is the signal those Iraqis need and deserve.”Asked at a later press conference about reports of Iranian arms supplies to insurgents in Iraq and interference in the internal affairs of the country, Mr. Melkert replied: “There is reason for concern generally about the interaction between different neighbours of Iraq with Iraq, as the Iraqi Government itself stated… [But] UNAMI is not in a position to specify.” 16 November 2009With upcoming Iraqi elections marking a crucial step on the road to stability, the United Nations must redouble its long-term commitment to a country that is still threatened by both insurgents and potential conflict between the central government and the Kurdish region, the top UN official for Iraq warned today. read more

Annan arrives in China on third leg of Asia trip

The two discussed a wide range of topics including UN reform, the nuclear programmes Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK), the Chinese President’s visit to Africa, the Middle East and bird flu.During his stay, the Secretary-General plans to meet Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan. He will also give a speech at Beijing University, and hold a question and answer session with students there.Mr. Annan, who came to Asia from Vienna, where he attended a European Union-Latin American summit, has already visited the Republic of Korea and Japan. From China he goes on to Viet Nam and Thailand. read more

Goodman lecture explores international advertising

The next instalment of the Goodman School of Business Luncheon Speaker Series will focus on international advertising.Brock Marketing, International Business and Strategy Associate Professor Kai-Yu Wang will present his research during a talk on Friday, Nov. 17.He will discuss his paper, “Local or Global Image? The Role of Consumers’ Local-Global Identity in Code-Switched Advertising Effectiveness among Monolinguals,” which was published in the Journal of Advertising last year.Wang’s research examines how effective ‘code-switched advertising’ — or ads containing two or more languages — is on people who speak and understand only one language.Now in its 12th year, Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series provides an informal and engaging opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with colleagues internationally.The event is being held in Sankey Chamber from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Space is limited.Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. Brock community members wishing to attend can email Jennifer Brisson at by Friday, Nov. 10 to reserve a seat. read more

Cooperation with Chiles CIMM

first_imgVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has signed a co-operation agreement with CIMM (Centro de Investigación Minera y Metalúrgica), the Chilean Research Centre for Mining and Metallurgy.  VTT says this “research co-operation is also opening new doors for Finnish industrial companies wishing to export their products to the expanding Chilean market.”   The co-operation will cover issues concerning energy, environmental and water resources management in the mining and metallurgy industries, as well as the development of IT solutions – including measuring instruments – for the field. VTT’s says its “expertise successfully complements the technological know-how of CIMM’s own personnel.” The first project to be launched will be concerned with the development of measuring instruments for pyrometallurgical applications.   A research centre and subsidiaries with a staff of some 2,500 employees, CIMM, focuses its research activities on mining industry issues. The centre will act as VTT’s partner and representative in the Chilean market. Thanks to its local presence, CIMM will be able to identify the emerging needs of the mining industry and society for which the research partners may together develop and offer new solutions. Energy demand in Chile is growing by 6-7% annually, which has created the need to consider new solutions for energy production.last_img read more

Celtic Tiger furniture goes under the hammer at a fraction of boom

first_imgTHERE ARE NOT many businesses that would use Sean Dunne’s lavish Celtic Tiger lifestyle as a marketing tool with the country still battling to revive itself from the excesses of the property boom.However, antique-homeware suppliers Belle Cheminee yesterday announced it was auctioning off its most exclusive goods by boasting it sold a fireplace to the property tycoon who owes NAMA €185million.The antiques business based on Capel Street in Dublin is putting €500,000 worth  stock under hammer this Saturday at what they say will be a “fraction of their boom time prices”.In a press release, the firm said it supplied furniture to “Celtic Tigers” Sean Dunne and Dermot Desmond, along with various Hollywood celebrities and VIP haunts such as Shanahans on the Green, The K Club and The Merrion Hotel.Belle Cheminee supplied the imposing marble fireplaces for Sean Dunne’s lavish mansion on Shrewsbury Road, in a project that cost over twelve million in total. Niall Woods with one of the fireplaces up for sale (Pic: Matthews Auctioneers)Upmarket furniture and fireplaces will be sold off with estimates ranging from €100 to €35,000.  The  top lot of the sale is a George II verde antico and a statuary marble chimney piece in the style of William Kent with a €25,000 starting price.Renowned tastemakerWoods said he had been convinced to sell off some of his older stock ahead of a refurbishment of his Dublin showroom.“After nearly 35 years I have finally been persuaded to let go of some  of my favourite older stock and embrace a new contemporary look,” Woods said.“These are objects I have owned right since the beginning, items I swore I would never sell, and even over one hundred of my favourite  chimneypieces!”Auctioneer Damien Matthews, said Woods was a “renowned tastemaker” and praised the company for its specialist knowledge of  fireplaces.“We look forward to working with Niall in presenting at auction a diverse selection of lots from both his personal and business collections,” Matthews said.Having sold to amongst others, Dermot Desmond, The Merrion Hotel, The K Club, Shanahans on the Green, the quality of this sale is unsurpassed.”Read:  How Sean Dunne could be declared bankrupt in Ireland… and in the US >Read: Bankrupt developer Sean Dunne reveals liabilities of €718 million > Mr. Dunne, now facing bankruptcy over one billion in debts, was one of the many famous property developers who used the Belle Cheminee showrooms as their style marker.The “Baron of Ballsbridge” recently lost his courtroom battle to stop a petition from Ulster Bank which could see him declared bankrupt in Ireland and the United State. Mr Dunne owes Ulster Bank €164million but the institution was unable to serve court papers while he was in America.The auction will comprise of around 500 lots including a number of items from Belle Cheminee owner Niall Woods’s own home in Meath.last_img read more

Convicted murderer Wayne Dundon appeals his life sentence for the shooting of

first_img No Comments By Ruaidhrí Giblin NOTORIOUS LIMERICK CRIMINAL Wayne Dundon has opened an appeal against his conviction for the murder of innocent businessman Roy Collins in Limerick eight years ago.Wayne Dundon (39), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Nathan Killeen (27) of Hyde Road, Prospect, in Limerick had pleaded not guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to the murder of Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro on 9 April 2009.Collins, a 35-year-old father of two, who was engaged to be married, died in hospital a short time after he was shot.The three-judge Special Criminal Court found Wayne Dundon had ordered the murder from prison and that Killeen was the getaway driver for the gunman, James Dillon.The deceased’s father, Steve Collins, was believed to have been the intended target of the murder, due to his involvement in a previous successful prosecution against Dundon for a threat to kill.Following a 29-day trial, Wayne Dundon and Killeen were found guilty of the murder. Justice Iseult O’Malley, presiding, spent almost two hours outlining the three-judge court’s reasons before delivering its verdict.Accordingly, Wayne Dundon and Killeen were given mandatory life sentences.AppealOpening an appeal against conviction today, Dundon’s barrister, Remy Farrell SC, said the Special Criminal Court’s judgment failed to engage in an analysis of the controversies in the case, failed to deal with specific inconsistencies in accounts given by prosecution witnesses and failed to deal with specific factual issues.Evidence against Dundon came from witness testimony in the trial, with a number of former associates of Dundon and Killeen testifying against them. These were siblings Gareth Collins aka Keogh, Lisa Collins and April Collins – who were not members of the deceased’s family – along with Dundon’s cousins, Christopher McCarthy and Anthony ‘Noddy’ McCarthy.Central to the defence’s case, Farrell said, was clear and explicit evidence of collusion between ‘Noddy’ McCarthy and other witnesses. Thousands of people took part in a protest rally in Limerick today, organised by the Collins family, against gangland crime. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandBut the trial court simply asserted, he said, that it had decided to rely on the uncorroborated testimony of ‘Noddy’ McCarthy without indicating how the controversies had been resolved.He said ‘Noddy’ McCarthy measured up very poorly when one considered an Innocence Canada report on “jailhouse informers”. It was very easy to make an assertion but virtually impossible to disprove.The approach of the Special Criminal Court on this issue was “truly startling”, he said, because it suggested that, while this was interesting, the trial court would not consider it in the absence of evidence.The trial court seemed to think it was up to the defence to establish how the Canadian judicial system treated jailhouse informers, he said.Farrell said an appeal court would have no difficulty quashing a decision of the Refugee Appeal’s Tribunal, for example, if that body had identified a whole series of controversies and failed to grapple with them.Farrell said he took issue with the Special Criminal Court’s treatment of prosecution witnesses as not being accomplices in law.AllegationsHe alleged that they were chargeable persons arising out of the same set of facts. It was patent on the evidence that “each and every one of them” committed the offence of withholding information, he alleged.He said the McCarthy and Collins families had been engaged in discussions amongst themselves about what benefits were going to be “reaped” and the trial court’s judgment was “manifestly defective” in failing to deal with any of those issues.Farrell said the defence applied for a direction to find his client not guilty on the substantive issue as well as on the lack of a proper garda investigation. It was notable, he said, that the court never dealt with the latter application.Counsel for the DPP, Michael O’Higgins SC, said Dundon’s lawyers had made a lot of points but most of them simply did not “stack up”.O’Higgins said the case was brought on the basis that ‘Noddy’ McCarthy heard Wayne Dundon in a prison cell across the corridor threatening James Dillon and commanding him to do something over a phone. Sister of murdered Roy Collins, Leanne, father Stephen and mother Carmel, console each other at a protest rally in Limerick. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandIf that call was proved to be a direction to murder a member of the Collins family then the case came down to a “very narrow” issue – whether ‘Noddy’ McCarthy was telling the truth.O’Higgins said the Special Criminal Court summarised the witness’ testimony in its judgment “warts and all”. Farrell was submitting, counsel said, that there was a bit missing in the middle about why the court ignored the warts.It was simply not sustainable for Wayne Dundon to claim, when looking at the judgment, that he did not know how he found himself in this position, O’Higgins said.He said the Special Criminal Court believed ‘Noddy’ McCarthy as it was entitled to do.Mr O’Higgins will continue making submissions before Justice George Birmingham, Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice John Edwards tomorrow.Read: Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen given mandatory life sentences > Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Short URL Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:15 PM Apr 3rd 2017, 7:15 PM center_img The family of murdered businessman Roy Collins after conviction of Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland 23,190 Views Convicted murderer Wayne Dundon appeals his life sentence for the shooting of Roy Collins Dundon and Killeen had been handed mandatory life sentences for the murder of the businessman. The family of murdered businessman Roy Collins after conviction of Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen. Share3 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gareth Bale misses the EPL but is happy in La Liga

first_imgThe Wales national team footballer misses the English Premier League but he says he enjoys to be playing with “the best team in the world”Welsh footballer Gareth Bale left the English Premier League in 2013 and five years later he says he misses his former competition but is happy at Real Madrid.The winger was playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 when Real Madrid bought him.He has then played 130 matches with Los Merengues, scoring 73 goals and assisting dozens more.And in an interview with The Daily Mail, when he was asked if he wanted to return to the EPL, he was very honest.“You can say yes and no. You always want to come back and play in your home league and a part of you will always miss home. But I’m enjoying playing for the biggest club in the world and winning trophies,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.One of the things that have helped him settle down is that Madrid’s boss Julen Lopetegui speaks English.“In Spanish, I can talk [to a manager] but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to,” he answered.“We can be even better again. Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”Tough game in Bilbao. We go again on Wednesday. #HalaMadrid— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 15, 2018last_img read more

JCF Hailed For Role in Tackling Human Trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, June 8, 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has hailed the dedicated work of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in tackling human trafficking in Jamaica.Mrs. Palmer, who is also Chair of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), said members of the JCF Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit have displayed a willingness to go above and beyond “in service to our fellow men”, as the country tackles the heinous crime.“I applaud their work. I am so taken with the level of devotion that they display all the time,” she said.Mrs. Palmer was addressing a ceremony to hand over a bus to the Unit at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1. Donation of the 16-seater Toyota bus, valued at approximately $6 million, is intended to aid the Unit in transporting victims of trafficking to shelters.She noted that the Task Force is, in the meantime, working to set up an additional shelter for victims.“I am very happy to make this contribution to the Anti-TIP Unit, but so sad that it has come to this, that persons enslave each other for their own gain,” Mrs. Palmer said.The NATFATIP Chair, meanwhile, noted that Cabinet has given approval for a Bill to amend the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, to have a judge alone try human-trafficking offences.The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that in 2015, some 5,800 persons were trafficked in Jamaica.#magneticmedianews#jcftackleshumantrafficking Related Items:#jcftackleshumantrafficking, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Backstage At ACL Fest 2018 With The Recording Academy Photo Gallery

first_imgNews GRAMMY winners the Revolution — (L-R) Bobby Z, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink aka Dr. Fink, and Mark Brown aka Brownmark — created legendary recordings with Prince and have been keeping the purple flame burning with their live performance sets. Backstage At ACL Fest 2018 With The Recording Academy | Photo Gallery Visit stars you know and will want to know backstage with us at Austin City Limits FestivalPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 15, 2018 – 11:08 am Multiple stages with artists across wide ranging genres bring festival season to a spectacular close in Texas as Austin City Limits Festival makes Zilker Park the center of attention for two 3-day weekends filed with live music in October. We were backstage filming up-close interviews and taking portraits with some of the festival’s hottest up-and-comers and most-established artists. Take a look at who we hung out with backstage at ACL. (L-R) Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland of Jungle grew up childhood friends in London. They expanded their duo to a seven-piece soul collective, to consistently raise spirits with their rich, funky and inspiring mixes live. Emerging singer/songwriter Jackie Venson is from Austin herself and shouted out her thanks to ACL for not “forgetting about the locals.” Norwegian electronica duo Lemaitre took their name from the Belgian priest who discovered the big bang, which fits their smart grooves well and scientifically suggests that they keep getting more cool. Facebook Live rock/pop favorites Sweet Spirit are Texas’ own and their musical range makes for memorable sets. After a childhood spent listening to movie and vocal classics followed by a college education in jazz, singer/songwriter Molly Burch moved to Austin where her retro-yet-fresh ballads to loss and heartache have helped her break through.Check out our recap for more from Austin City Limits Festival 2018.Backstage At Lollapalooza 2018 With The Recording Academy | Photo GalleryRead more “I love Austin, my music broke here, and so I owe so much to this town,” Elle King told us in her interview, remarking that it was her first time playing the festival. “I think that you have to be cool for Austin to like you.” Photo Gallery: Backstage At ACL Festival 2018 backstage-acl-fest-2018-recording-academy-photo-gallery Brit Dominic Harrison’s Yungblud blends rock with hip-hop with Harrison’s signature high energy. Watching his performance at a recent Lollapalooza afterparty, our writer remarked he got the crowd jumping and might “single-handedly save rock n’ roll with his inspirational lyrics.” Michelle Zauner claimed her stage name Japanese Breakfast because growing up Korean in the U.S., she identified with the influence of Japanese culture here. Beyond being a singer/songwriter with pop influences, her indie stripped-down sound rocks gently while being ambient and transporting. (L-R) Lead vocalist Natassja Shiner and Jack Wilson of Fickle Friends share keyboard duties for the the synth pop quintet whose first album, You Are Someone Else, came out in March 2018. The dark pop musings of Bishop Briggs are often explosively fun, but she shared with us that while playing her new single “Baby” for her parents, her face felt like it was burning when the song reached its chorus. Sharon Van Etten was a multi-instrumentalist and singer as a child, and she later learned the music business behind the scenes. As a performer and recording artist,  2012’s Tramp and 2014’s Are We There were favorites with the critics while both also charted on the Billboard 200. Anticipated in 2019, the indie folk singer’s next release will be Remind Me Tomorrow and she spoke with us about her evolving  “new sound.” Pioneer of western swing, Ray Benson and bandmate Katie Shore of Asleep At The Wheel spoke to us about their latest work and the pleasure of playing “hometown gigs.” Email Hozier spoke to us about how his 2018 track “Nina Cried Power,” with its shout-out to Nina Simone, made him feel more connected to voices of social conscience from the past. Eclectic songster Mikky Ekko began with songwriting, added singing, and has his sophomore album, Fame, coming out next month. In our interview he said he was, “super stoked.” In our picture, his blur seems a metaphor for his busy career. His collaborators include David Guetta, Rihanna and Ryan Tedder. With backgrounds from around the world and changing performance configurations, the Mariachi Flor De Toloache emerged from New York Clubs with their eclectic blend of tradition and innovation, winning their first Latin GRAMMY last year for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album. Twitter From Liverpool, England, the Wombats were among ACL’s many international artists and notably brought a wombat mascot that started a conga line in the audience. A skilled pianist and guitarist, Gryffin also got his electrical engineering degree before putting it all together as a DJ, producer, remixer, and dance-genre hitmaker. In our interview, San Holo called his first full-length release, September’s album1, “A hybrid between an EDM and indie kind of album.” His blend of electronic music with organic samples creates his own emotional worlds. Emerging artist, R&B singer, songwriter and producer, Amber Mark blends international elements into her own widely admired mix.last_img read more

IIHS reignites the Speed Kills debate with a new speed limits study

first_img 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery Enlarge ImageThe increase in speed limits in America has led to an increase in traffic deaths, according to the IIHS. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images The argument over speed limits is one that’s been raging for over a century, and it seems as though it will keep raging as long as people drive cars.Those who are opposed to speed limits (or at least low ones) argue that speed doesn’t kill. They’ll say that speed limits are imposed mainly to generate revenue for municipalities and that most people can handle going as fast as their car will let them.The other group of people believes that higher speed limits increase the severity of crashes which in turn has the effect of increasing fatalities. This latter group isn’t terribly popular with motoring enthusiasts, as you might expect, but if a study published on Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is correct, there might be something to their objections.The study that IIHS released is an update of a 2016 study that looks at the correlation between traffic fatalities and speed limit increases in the US. The IIHS estimates that around 10,000 people die per year in speed-related traffic incidents and that better, more visible enforcement of speed laws could reduce that number.”Speeding has become almost a forgotten issue in traffic safety discussions, and clearly we’re losing any sense of limits,” said Darrin Grondel, chair of the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration’s Executive Board and director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, in a statement.Currently, the highest posted speed limit in the country is 85 miles per hour, posted in Texas. Most of America, 41 out of 50 states have freeway speed limits of 70 miles per hour. We’ve come a long way since the days of The Minutemen’s Double Nickels On The Dime and are living in a world where we’ve vindicated Sammy Hagar. It’s almost criminal.In total, the IIHS is laying the blame for the deaths of 37,000 people over the last 25 years at the feet of state regulators, owing to their increases in speed limits. While this number is a little staggering, it could be argued that these deaths could have been prevented with more robust driver education.Where do you stand on this issue? Jump in the comments section and let us know. Comments More From Roadshow 17 The Ferrari P80/C is a 488 GT3 with unique bodywork and aerodynamics 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Share your voice 20 Photos Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Car Culture Politicslast_img read more

In Rare Appearance Before The Legislature Walker Announces Plans For Point Thomson

first_img(Skip Gray/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker has announced that on Friday, he will drop his Point Thomson lawsuit against the state and instead try to address his concerns with the settlement through a piece of legislation. It’s exactly what legislative leaders have been calling on him to do for the past two weeks. But the way Walker went about it left some of those same lawmakers less than amused. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.Download AudioThe House Resources committee was scheduled to get an overview on the Point Thomson case on Wednesday afternoon. Bill Walker had filed the lawsuit when he was a private citizen in 2012. The litigation argued that a settlement between the executive branch and Exxon concerning the development of North Slope natural gas reserves violated state regulations. But now that Walker is governor, Republicans in the Legislature have questioned the propriety of having Alaska’s top official suing the state.The Resources committee had invited the Department of Law to speak on Point Thomson. So, it was a surprise when they got the governor himself.“Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, you asked for someone from my Administration to testify on the Point Thomson lawsuit that I brought several years ago as a public interest litigant,” said Walker. “I am here to talk to you directly about this and set the record straight.”The last time a sitting governor spoke directly before a committee was in 2007, when Sarah Palin testified on an ethics bill.First, Walker reviewed the history of the lawsuit. Then, he said he would drop the lawsuit upon filing legislation to change the way the state deals with oil and gas settlements. And after seven minutes of testifying, he said thank you, stood up, and walked out of the committee room, leaving some members stunned.“I thought our understanding with the governor is that we would have time to ask questions of him before departing our committee?” asked Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican, of the committee chair.After taking a brief at ease to collect themselves, the committee came back to order and tried to parse Walker’s statement. As that was happening, the Governor’s Office announced a press conference on Point Thomson would take place within the hour.When Walker met with reporters, he said he had not reviewed the finalized Point Thomson legislation, but that it would not be “voluminous.” He added that he was tying the dropping of the lawsuit to the bill’s introduction rather than its passage because he did not think it was appropriate to pressure the Legislature that way. If lawmakers do not pass his legislation, Walker said he would consider the matter closed.“Well, I’ve done all I can,” said Walker.One of the questions from reporters was why Walker would take questions from them but not the House Resources committee. Walker said he had concerns about the fact that the lawsuit was still pending, and that a press conference was a fundamentally different venue from a legislative hearing.“It could be an awkward situation,” said Walker. “I’m a strong believer in the separation of powers between me as an individual, and as governor, and their role as the Legislature. So, I was sensitive to that and didn’t think it was appropriate from me to stay and answer questions.”But after the Resources hearing, Rep. Hawker said that addressing a committee without allowing for questions violated protocol.“I’m personally very disappointed in the abrupt departure of the governor after we availed him the courtesy of addressing our committee,” said Hawker. “He turned it into a press event that he got up and walked away from, instead of allowing us the opportunity for a dialogue to raise some of the very questions that you all are raising here today.”While he welcomed the decision to abandon the suit, Hawker felt that the committee should have been alerted to governor’s appearance earlier.“We received notice about 10 minutes before the committee meeting that the governor wanted to come and say something. That’s all we had to go on,” said Hawker. “So, I’ve just to say the process — this is not good process.”House Speaker Mike Chenault also had reservations about the roll-out of the Point Thomson announcement.“That’s part of the problem is lack of communication in that form,” said Chenault. “If we knew what was going on, it makes the decision making a lot easier.”Chenault added that he was pleased with the substance of the announcement, and that Walker is not putting conditions on the dropping of the Point Thomson suit.“Regardless of whether the legislation moves through or not, he’s dropping the lawsuit. So he’s not going to try the lawsuit over passing the piece of legislation,” said Chenault. “That’s how it should be.”Chenault said he could not comment on the likelihood that the bill will advance without seeing the text of the legislation.last_img read more

Mancherial Green Day celebrated in school

first_imgMancherial: Green Day celebrated at RBHV English medium high school in Mancherial town on Tuesday. Teachers created awareness among the students on the need of plantation.Students planted saplings in the school ground. The school staff, principal Swarupa, Rani, Rena, Padma, Neha, Prabha, Shrujana, Sandhya, Rajitha, Sumalatha, Manohar, Rambabu were among those who present on the occasion.last_img

Hong Kong Digital toy maker VTech says customer data was stolen

first_imgElectronic toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd was the victim of a cyber attack that compromised information about customers who access a portal for downloading children’s games, books and other educational content, the company said on Friday, 27 November.VTech, which sells children’s tablets, electronic learning toys and baby monitors, disclosed the attack in a statement on its website that did not say how many records were stolen.The news site Motherboard reported that data belonging to some 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children was taken.The stolen data included names, email addresses, passwords and home addresses of parents; as well as first names, genders and birthdays of children, Motherboard added.The site said it had spoken to the hacker who claimed to be behind the attack, who said he planned to do “nothing” with the data. Motherboard’s claims could not be independently confirmed.Representatives for the Hong Kong-based company could not be reached for comment late on Friday.The company’s statement said that it began investigating after it received an enquiry about a breach from a journalist on 23 November.It said that it has taken steps to prevent further attacks. It also said that the targeted database did not include payment information, credit card information, Social Security numbers or drivers’ license numbers.last_img read more