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Hodgson expecting an open game against Chelsea

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to the press of his plans and expectations when Chelsea visit Selhurst Park on Sunday.Ahead of Sunday afternoon’s London derby, Roy Hodgson has urged his side to maintain a solid defensive organization against a Chelsea team that intends to attack for the entirety of the game.“I’m expecting the game to be a little bit more open, in terms of we’re expecting Chelsea to attack us without ceasing when they have the ball,” he told the club’s website.“If we can defend well enough, it will give us space to play and maybe the chances will be that much more obvious if you like, or more evident.”In the corresponding fixture last season, Crystal Palace ran out 2-1 winners, recording their first goals and first of the season, and Hodgson wants a repeat of that performance.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was very, very important because it was the eighth game and we’d had seven straight losses,” Hodgson recalled.“Strangely enough, in the three losses that followed the initial four losses when I came into the club, we still felt that we were making some progress.“We thought we were on the right track and then against Chelsea, a little bit of fortune came our way, especially with the first goal.“A little bit of fortune came our way and I think it was a good moment. It was a spur for us, the spur which showed us that not only are we on the right track but that with a little bit of luck, we can win games and win them against the Champions of England.”last_img read more

Dyche talks about penalty drama in Burnley match

first_imgThe manager was shocked that the referee didn’t award his team a penalty kick after a first half four over Ashley Barnes.In the first half of the Burnley-Southampton match, Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy fouled Ashley Barnes.But the referee didn’t see it like that and booked Barnes for simulation.Then in the second half, Nathan Redmon gave Southampton the lead, until Barnes was given the chance to take a penalty kick in the last play of the game to even things out 1-1.“I have absolutely no idea, whatsoever, why that penalty wasn’t awarded,” Burnley coach Sean Dyche told the team’s official website.“I’ll just reiterate that when players fall naturally, I don’t think they are getting penalties.”This is the team’s first penalty in 68 English Premier League matches.“I think I’ve been honest enough to speak about that this season, when results have gone against us, such as when Harry Kane should have had one and West Ham should have been awarded one, and I just don’t know where the game is going,” the manager continued.“Dives get given as penalties and real falls are not getting given and just because Ashley hasn’t thrown his arms in the air and rolled around 10 times, he gets nothing.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“The keeper comes out trying to do his job. the center forward gets there first and toes it past him, and the keeper brings him down,” he tried to explain the penalty.“It is impossible, in my opinion, that that is not a penalty and I just don’t understand it.”Burnley FC is currently sitting in the 17th position of the standings with just 24 points after 25 matches.The team has only won six games, drawing another six and losing 13.Their next match is on Saturday, February 9th against Brighton and Hove Albion.REACTION | Gaffer gives his thoughts on the two penalty incidents…WATCH MORE ➡️ https://t.co/cL58ew9PZb pic.twitter.com/B0d4OQpnJY— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) February 2, 2019last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Graphic & Technical Designer by PetRageous DesignsFull-TIme Special Hazards Technician at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Fire Alarm Technician & Installer at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Telecommunications Cable Technician at MTS Services Inc.Full-Time Human Resources Intern at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingPart-Time Spanish Teacher at Abundant LifeFull-Time & Part-Time Mover at Two Men And A Truck(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

HP Omen X Emperium 65 is a great gaming monitor youll never

first_img Comment Preview • The HP Omen X Desktop is for gamers on the edge 1 Review • HP’s PC gaming flagship turns PC gaming on its side The hardware in Metro Exodus’ menu system is practically life size on this monitor. Lori Grunin/CNET Gaming monitor manufacturers love to throw around the term “immersive” when referring to their products — the bigger and curvier it is, the louder the proclamations get. Well, no monitor to date can hold an immersive candle to the HP Omen X Emperium 65. It swallows you whole. I’m lucky it let me out long enough to get this written.It’s also $5,000 (about £3,830 or AU$7,000). So the most frequent question we get is “How is it better than a good 65-inch TV, which costs half as much?” The answer, at least for most people, is it’s not. But for a tiny subset of PC gamers, it’s more fun than a battle royale of monkeys.The Emperium was first announced at CES 2018 as part of Nvidia’s BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) initiative, but HP is the only manufacturer from the group to have actually shipped a monitor. It feels like a Frankenstein’s monster of features: There’s a 65-inch Nvidia Shield smart HDR TV-slash-monitor that supports Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive refresh technology and integrates Google Assistant. (So if you value your privacy, you may think of it as a personal-data-collecting portal of doom.) 22 Photos Mentioned Above HP Omen X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Omen X News • HP Omen X 2S gaming laptop sports a second screencenter_img HP’s Omen X Emperium 65 and more gaming goodies come to CES 2019 See it Share your voice HP Nvidia $3,199 Gaming Accessories Monitors Tags Despite wanting to throw myself across it and plead with HP to let me keep it a while longer, it’s hard to recommend it as an actual purchase. Partly because pieces of it are bound to obsolesce within the next couple of years and partly because you’re probably better off spending less and putting the money you save into better-performing hardware and more games, at least until gaming figures out where it’s heading — the cloud, your phone, next-gen consoles or someplace as-yet unimagined.And she’ll have fun, fun, funConnected to a PC, the Emperium’s a jumbo-sized equivalent of a great 27-inch HDR (technically, HDR10) monitor like the Acer Predator X27, with similar specs but really, really big. I hooked the Emperium to a Falcon Northwest desktop equipped with an overclocked (to 4.9GHz) Intel Core i9-9900K and dual Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti cards. That’s pretty much the configuration you need to really appreciate all aspects of the Emperium simultaneously — the 4K, HDR and G-Sync.I didn’t see any artifacts, no matter what frame rate I threw at it, whether I went far beyond its native 120Hz (or 144Hz overclocked) or well below it — because 4K at ultra-everything including ray tracing still drops to unplayable frame rates. In this respect, it was one of the best G-Sync monitors I’ve used.While a 27-inch HDR monitor looks great, at 65 inches it really wows. The size alone ramps up Resident Evil 2 from scary-if-you-play-in-the-dark to leave-the-lights-on terrifying.Each game handles HDR differently. And because you’re looking at computer-generated graphics and not the real world depicted in movies, you don’t have the frame of reference to tell you whether a game’s colors look “correct” or the control you need to fine tune them. You just go with what appeals most and make sure the shadows aren’t so dark that you can find the object you’re looking for and won’t get ambushed by a mutant or a zombie. The otherworldly glowing reds and eye-searing brights in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice lend it that extra touch of surreality, so who cares if her face paint probably isn’t the correct shade of blue?hp-omen-x-emperium-65-8The on-screen display. (Aside: Dear Google, can you please suggest “try searching for ‘how to make Google stop suggesting things'” instead? Thanks!) Lori Grunin/CNET I didn’t run a full suite of tests in the short time I had with the monitor, just enough to confirm that it hits the most important marks. In HDR mode it covers 97 percent of the P3 D6500 color gamut — that’s close to one of the best OLED TVs we’ve tested, which hits 98.4 percent (95 percent in SDR). It’s got a typical black level of 0.009 nits (minimum is 0.001). So it’s not OLED-level black, but it’s visibly impressive. It seems to overshoot peak brightness to roughly 1,100 nits and then gradually decline, outputting over 1,000 nits in 5 percent, 10 percent and 25 percent windows.The VA-IPS panel has 384-zone local dimming with no edge bleed that I could spot. It has typical off-axis viewing for the technology, so all but the most oblique angles look good.The soundbar that comes with the Emperium is an aesthetically pleasing, well-built and aurally balanced 2.1 system that fits snugly under the display and can be controlled by the Shield remote. But it connects to the monitor with a surprisingly low-end analog cable. It does have a DSP input.hp-omen-x-emperium-65-5Enlarge ImageOne nice design touch is the automatic lighting strip and illuminated labels. Lori Grunin/CNET There’s a solid selection of connections on the Emperium:Four USB-A (two on each side)One DisplayPort 1.4Three HDMI 2.0 (1 ARC)SPDIFGigabit Ethernet802.11ac Wi-FiBluetoothYou should be able to connect peripherals, such as external storage or wired keyboard and mice via the USB ports, to use with the Shield — that’s what the menus imply. But I couldn’t get it to recognize any USB devices. Even if that’s just a bug, you can’t use the ports as a hub the way you can on a desktop monitor because there’s no upstream USB connection from the PC to the display.Nor did the monitor like our 5GHz network — it kept saying that the signal was weak and refusing to connect, even after I moved the monitor into the same room as the router. A keyboard, mouse and controller all connected through Bluetooth, but the controller especially tended to be too laggy, even for simply navigating Steam.Not ready for the futureIf you take the monitor capabilities out of the equation, the Emperium’s just a pretty good, overpriced Shield TV with the same annoying remote. All non-PC gaming, whether you’re using a console via HDMI or cloud via GeForce Now (GFN), is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and generally delivers the frame rate to match that, so you don’t need the refresh-rate versatility of the Emperium. Nor do you need a TV this high-end to play games over GFN. In fact, the broad tonal range of the display ends up emphasizing the artifacts — color contouring, desaturation and blockiness — of the compressed stream delivered by cloud-based games. GFN and the Google universe, including Android apps, Play games, streaming and video, adds value to the package, but you can get a box for $180 and attach it to a $2,500 OLED TV for the same capabilities. The sound bar should probably be optional.The Emperium offers fast refresh, but only connected to a PC with an Nvidia graphics card over DisplayPort. The HDMI connection is fixed at 60Hz for 4K. There’s a 1080p/120Hz option in the menu that I didn’t try, but HD on a 65-inch monitor has a pixel pitch you could drive a truck through (you sit much closer while gaming than you would just watching movies) and while it’s nice, it certainly isn’t worth five grand. 60Hz over HDMI is fine for now because console output is fixed there, too. But we’re expecting new consoles from Sony and Microsoft within the next couple of years, and you can bet they’ll have HDMI 2.1 connections to support variable or adaptive refresh technologies.So the Emperium won’t be able to take advantage of one of the most significant technology improvements to come to consoles in a while. And any gamer who’s going to plonk down this much for a monitor probably has a couple of consoles in addition to a power desktop, especially in the age of exclusives.It’s usually unwise to buy the first generation of anything — I’m looking at you, 5G and foldable phones — and while this is a good and polished one, the Emperium 65 is definitely a first-gen product.last_img read more

WiFi 6 will double your networks range and triple its speed

first_img Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.  Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm's connectivity and networking businessRahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano AmonQualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizonlast_img read more

Make in USA or Pay More Its Toyotas turn to face Trumps

first_imgDonald Trump slams Toyota after GMReutersUS president-elect Donald Trump, who has been slamming automakers for selling cars made outside the US, has threatened Toyota in his latest tweet, hours after lashing out at General Motors for its plans to make cars in Mexico other than US.Make in USA or pay more: Donald Trump’s ultimatum forces Ford to scrap Mexico plant; GM faces heatTrump, in his continuing twitter tirade against the auto majors, warned Toyota against making Corolla for US in Mexico. He said doing so will face huge tariff. Trump, who threatened to impose “big border tax” tweeted, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” Trump’s’ tweet is a reference to Toyota’s new plant — which was announced in April 2015 — which would make 200,000 Corolla compact cars per annum for the North American market starting 2019.Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017Toyota, in a response to Trump’s tweet, said that the new plant in Mexico will not have any impact on the production of Toyota in US and also will not cost jobs in the country. The company also expressed its willingness to work closely with the new administration in US.”Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” the company said.Earlier this week, Trump had turned up the heat on General Motors for its decision to send Mexican made Chevy hatchbacks to US. While it was the first time Trump targeted GM in its tweet, Ford Motors Company has been facing the heat for a while, after which Ford decided to call off its plans to build a plant in Mexico. Ford announced that company will now invest $700 million in metro Detroit’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in the state of Michigan and will also add 700 new jobs in the unit.But that is not the end of the story. Reuters reports that Trump’s threat to impose big tax on the vehicles manufactured outside US would have bigger impact on Nissan Motor Co than anyone else as the company’s Mexico plant contributes to one-quarter of Nissan’s total vehicle sales in the US. Japan’s second-largest automaker Nissan, which went to Mexico 50 year ago, now produces more than 800,000 cars in that facility.last_img read more

Liam Plunkett puts England back into ascendancy in World Cup final

first_imgTwitter/Cricket World CupJust when New Zealand started looking dangerously assured of posting a big first-innings score, their middle-overs specialist Liam Plunkett pulled them back by delivering two big blows. First, he dismissed the captain and best batsman in Kiwi side Kane Williamson who was looking in good form and striking the ball nicely. What worked for Plunkett against the Black Caps captain was a cross seam delivery that bounced a bit extra and got the outside edge of Williamson’s wicket as the latter tried to play a drive. Then, Plunkett added to the woes of New Zealand by picking up the wicket of well-set Henry Nicholls. He had just completed his fifty and was also looking on his way to a good score but a fullish delivery took the inside-edge and clipped the leg-stump. Williamson was out for 30 and Nicholls got 55. New Zealand now are 123/3 after 29 overs. The responsibility to take the Kiwis to a good score lies on the shoulders of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. While the former has a lot of experience, the latter is also a very capable batsman.last_img read more

Poor infra major barrier to increasing exports

first_imgState minister for finance and planning MA Mannan (R) and president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman take part in the roundtable, jointly organised by Prothom Alo and HSBC Bank, on Thursday at Prothom Alo`s Karwan Bazar office. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh’s exports will suffer unless infrastructure deficiencies are addressed immediately, observed a Prothom Alo roundtable on Thursday.The discussants drew attention to poor conditions of roads, inadequate power supply affecting industries, and delay in shipment of exportables at the Chittagong port.They also blamed public organisations such as National Board of Revenue (NBR) for creating problems that hamper smooth operation of business.Bangla daily Prothom Alo, in collaboration with HSBC Bank, organised the roundtable on ‘Export potentials and catalyst forces’ at its Karwan Bazar office in Dhaka.“The country’s roads are really, really in a bad shape,” president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman told the meeting.Dwelling on the constraints of exports, Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) president Md Saiful Islam said, “The more the lead time [time between initiation and execution of a business process] is, the more unfavourable is the condition for doing business.”He pointed out that Chittagong port authorities have four gantry cranes and of them, two remained non-functional now. “They don’t seem to have any contingency planning for serving the businesses,” he regretted.The business leader stressed the need for improving infrastructures for reaching the initial target of increasing export earning to 25 per cent from the sectors other than readymade garments (RMG) sector which accounts for 82 per cent of annual national exports.He also recommended raising capacity of Shahjalal International Airport’s cargo handling for helping the exporters.BGMEA’s Siddiqur Rahman partially blamed the traders themselves for the congestion at Chittagong port, saying that many of them do not want to take deliveries in time, especially during the Eid holidays and monsoon season.Referring to 6 per cent annual growth or $15 billion added to the economy, Viyellatex Group chairman KM Rezaul Hasanat questioned: “Do we have infrastructures to use that money to add value?”Former president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Fazlul Haque cited the example of the government plan to import LNG (liquified natural gas) as altenative source of energy and said, “As an investor I don’t know what its price would be.”Sadat Jute Industries Ltd managing director Mahmudul Huq described state-run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) as a cancer-ridden entity for its failure to run public sector jute mills profitably.He mentioned that the country exported 20,000 tonnes of jute yarn in 1980, when the public sector played the key role in jute exports. The export has now increased to 675,000 tonnes a year, thanks to private sector participation, he pointed out. “This happened without any government help,” he added.State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan assured the businessmen of looking into the issues raised.He, however, admitted that it is not easy to bring reforms, especially in organisations such as NBR that brings money for the government.Former chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather and Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA) Abu Taher, IT firm Brain Station 23 chief executive officer Raisul Kabir, CPD’s Zafar Sadiq, HSBC Bangladesh chief executive officer Francois de Maricourt, and HSBC Bangladesh’s country head of global trend and receivable finance Md Shahiduzaman also addressed the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.last_img

India China troops in highaltitude clash Officials

first_imgIndian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies.Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said.He said Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter the Indian territory but had been pushed back.“There was a minor incident. There was some stone pelting from the Chinese side but the situation was quickly brought under control,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity.The brief confrontation was resolved after Indian and Chinese sides retreated to their respective positions, he added.Police in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, where Ladakh is located, said clashes were relatively common along the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).“These things happen every summer but this one was slightly prolonged and more serious but no weapons were used,” a police source in Srinagar told AFP.The Pangong lake area lies over 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) high on the Tibetan plateau.The latest incident comes amid an ongoing dispute between the two sides over a strategic Himalayan plateau thousands of kilometres away where hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers have been facing off against each other for more than two months.The border trouble began in June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory-known as “Donglang” in Chinese. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan.India, a close ally of Bhutan, then deployed troops to stop the construction project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil.China has said India must withdraw its troops before any proper negotiation takes place. India said both sides should withdraw their forces together.The plateau is strategically significant as it gives China access to the so-called “chicken’s neck”-a thin strip of land connecting India’s northeastern states with the rest of the country.The two nuclear-armed neighbours fought a brief war in 1962 in India’s border state of Arunachal Pradesh.Tensions along the LAC rose in 2014 when Chinese soldiers moved into territory claimed by India, sparking a two-week military stand-off that overshadowed a visit by China’s President Xi Jinping.last_img read more

Zaker ensured rape victims husband detained before polls

first_imgThe prime accused in a gang-rape case in Kabirhat of Noakhali plotted the arrest of the victim’s husband before the 30 December polls, official records and local sources confirmed.The 29-year-old victim, a mother of three, was raped allegedly at gunpoint by three persons early Saturday (19 January).The main suspect, Zaker Hossain alias Zahir, was detained the following day, following media reports and public outcry.Zaker is known in the area as a Jubo League leader of ward number-9 of Dhanshiri union of Kabirhat upazila.However, the local unit of Awami League, which is mother organisation of Jubo League, now claimed that Zaker is none of the party.The victim’s husband is a construction worker who is a supporter of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the locality.Ahead of the parliamentary elections on 30 December, the police detained him on 23 December and sent him to jail in an explosive case in which he was not charged, according to investigation. He was shown arrested as one of the unidentified accused.Following the rape incident, the victim’s husband was granted bail on Sunday.Coming out of the jail, he went to Noakhali General Hospital where his wife was undergoing treatment. Speaking to Prothom Alo at the hospital on Monday, he said two local leaders had him caught and handed ove3r to the police. One of them is Zaker Hossain and another is Murad, he alleged.Dhanshiri union Awami League president Abdul Mannan confirmed that Murad is a party activist.According to the victim’s husband, he is a construction worker. He is not directly involved in politics, but he is a supporter of the BNP.On 23 December, he was detained from his house, he said adding AL leaders Murad and Zaker Hossain Zahir were present during his arrest.”You do politics of the BNP. Go to jail and serve the jail term,” the victim’s husband quoted Murad as saying.He also said, “I didn’t know why I was being detained.”Kabirhat police station officer-in-charge Mirza Mohammad Hasan said the rape victim’s husband was arrested as an unidentified accused in an explosive case.The OC, however, denied the allegation that the Awami League and Jubo League men accompanied the police during the arrest.But the lawyer of the arrested person, Rabiul Hasan said there may be a link between the husband’s detention and rape of his wife.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Kavanaugh accuser ready to talk to Congress

first_imgBrett KavanaughThe woman accusing judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday.Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process. Republican senators have expressed concern over a woman’s private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers.Debra S Katz, the attorney for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said her client considered the incident to be an attempted rape.”She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped,” Katz told NBC’s “Today.”Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations, a statement the White House repeated Monday.”This has not changed,” said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec. “Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement.”In morning television interviews, Katz said her client was willing to tell her story in public to the Senate Judiciary Committee, although no lawmakers or their aides had yet contacted her. Katz also denied that Ford, a Democrat, is politically motivated.”No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though. … She was quite reluctant to come forward.”Initially the sexual misconduct allegation was conveyed in a private letter, without revealing Ford’s name. With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending president Donald Trump’s nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement.The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appeared nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite Ford’s account in The Washington Post.Kavanaugh, she told the Post, pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend – both “stumbling drunk,” she says – corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17. She says Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it. Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when Judge jumped on them.Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.Through the White House, Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals judge in Washington, said: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP.As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans – all 11 on the GOP side are men – Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said they wanted to hear more from Ford. Flake went as far as to say he was “not comfortable” voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.A potential “no” vote from Flake would complicate the judge’s prospects. A Republican not on the committee, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford. Contacted Sunday by CNN, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wouldn’t say if the vote should be postponed.A committee spokesman said late Sunday that its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, was trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., before Thursday’s scheduled vote. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by 1 October, the first day of the fall term.The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and one of its four female members. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford, who after months of soul-searching decided to go public.”I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” She told the Post that she was able to escape after a friend of Kavanaugh’s who was in the room jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. Ford’s husband, Russell Ford, said he recalled his wife using Kavanaugh’s last name and expressing concern that Kavanaugh – then a federal judge – might someday be nominated to the Supreme Court.Senate Republicans, along with the White House, see no need to postpone voting over what they consider uncorroborated and unverifiable accusations, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.In considering their options Sunday, Republicans largely settled on the view that Ford’s story alone was not enough to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation.Grassley could invite Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh. Judge has denied that the incident happened.Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.Republicans say the allegations have already cast a shadow over Kavanaugh but that it does not appear to be enough to change the votes in the narrowly divided 51-49 Senate. Key will be the views of Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S.The White House has accused Feinstein of mounting an “11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation.” The White House has also sought to cast doubt about Ford’s allegation by noting that the FBI has repeatedly investigated Kavanaugh since the 1990s for highly sensitive positions he has held, including in the office of independent counsel Ken Starr, at the White House and his current post on the federal appeals court in Washington.Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in a separate letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who “always treated women with decency and respect.”last_img read more

Louisville to Participate in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge

first_imgStory Links Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball will participate in the 2019 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This February, Louisville fans can compete against fans from colleges and universities across the country with each free throw the Cardinals hit. The money raised will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.The Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those who are battling cancer by raising money for research and assisting the underserved.Last season, Cardinals fans proved once again why they are the best in the country as they led the nation in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge pledges.Louisville women’s basketball is once again collaborating with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by joining the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. They are competing against other college basketball teams around the country to see who can raise the most money for those battling cancer.Click here to support the Cards by pledging for every free throw they make during the month of February!Follow Louisville’s progress on the National Leaderboard. With our fans support, we can once again be crowed champion in 2019. All proceeds of the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.In addition, Louisville women’s basketball will host its annual Play4Kay “Pink Out” game vs. Miami on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Cardinals will wear pink uniforms, pink t-shirts benefiting Gilda’s Club will be available for purchase and survivors will be recognized on the court at halftime.For more information, visit www.gocards.com/play4kay. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.last_img read more

Harting Touches Sixth in 200M Fly Comerford and Dahlia Win Silver

first_imgStory Links University of Louisville swimmer Zach Harting finished sixth in the 200M butterfly in a race that shattered Michael Phelps long-standing world record at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. Teammates Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won silver as for swimming the preliminaries as part of the 4×100 mixed medley.In Harting’s race, South Africa’s Chad le Clos blasted out from the start, posting 24.13 first split, and was still under world record pace at 100-meter mark, turning in 52.55. Top qualifier Kristof Milak was in hot pursuit and turned at a world record pace at the 150 at the 1:21.57, to take the lead.Milak pulled away from the field and shattered Michael Phelps’ World Record of 1:51.51 to board a time of 1:50.73. Japan’s Daiya Saito won silver in 1:53.8 and on bronze in 1:54.15, edging Italy’s Federico Burdisso, who touched 4th in 1:54.39.Ukraine’s Denys Kesil finished 5th in 1:54.79. Zach Harting finished sixth in 1:55.69. Brazilian Leonardo de Deus of Brazil was seventh with a time of 1:55.96, and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary, finished 8th in 1:57.10.In the relay prelims, Americans Matt Grevers, Andrew Wilson, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford put up the top qualifying time of 3:41.23 in the 4×100 Mixed Medley Relay, putting up a time of 3:41.23. In the finals, Ryan Murphy, Lilly King, Caleb Dressel and Simone Manuel took silver in 3:39.10.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Press release reveals journalists believe everything they see on the Internet

first_img ‘Paul the Octopus’ now an iPhone app The Internet is buzzing with the story of a new study that today’s students are so gullible they will believe anything they see on the Internet, and are even willing to believe in the existence of an elusive tree octopus when shown the website for this “endangered species.” (The website states it is linked to the “Kelvinic University branch of the Wild Haggis Conservation Society.”) The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) is a mythical creature invented in 1998 by Lyle Zapato, but the story circulating on the Internet this week often mistakenly has it that Professor Donald J. Leu, director of the New Literacies Research Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, invented the tree octopus and designed its website to test the gullibility of today’s “digital native” students, who are known for their online savviness. One problem with the story is that it is not news. According to the University website the experiment was done on 25 students in 2006. Dr Leu also reported on a similar experiment with 53 7th grade students and the tree octopus website at the Research Conference of the International Reading Association in Toronto, Canada in 2007. There is nothing about new research on this topic on the New Literacies Research Laboratory website, and the information on which the current batch of stories is based is a Pearson press release , which announces a talk by Dr Leu in Texas, at which he talked about the research and its implications.The Tree Octopus and Dog Island websites are among spoof sites included in Dr Leu’s handout: New Literacies for New Times: Preparing our Students for the 21st Century. The sites are suggested as good resources for teaching students how to work out that websites contain false or misleading information.Dr Leu has said that students need to learn to critically evaluate what they read on the Internet, because his studies have shown that students are gullible and do believe the tree octopus story and other hoax websites, and they are unskilled in discriminating good sources of information from unreliable sources on the Internet.Dr Leu spoke about the research at the Texas Association of School Administrators Conference at the end of January. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Pacific Northwest tree octopus. Image from zapatopi.net.center_img Explore further Citation: Press release reveals journalists believe everything they see on the Internet (2011, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-reveals-journalists-internet.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit w video

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com In addition to selling this stock hexapod robot kit, the company will also be selling individual leg assemblies and other parts from the bot kit. This will give robot builders the chance to use these parts to create their own multi-legged robot designs. Kondo Robot currently serves only the Japanese market, so robot builders from other nations will have to find a different supplier for hexapod robot parts. The KMR-M6 Hexapod Robot is expected to begin shipping in May of 2011, and will cost roughly 76,000 yen, or $880 US dollars. More information: via Robot Dreams The brain of the KMR-M6 is a Kondo RCB-4HV. It is powered by a ROBO Power Cell 10.8V 800mAh Ni-MH battery. As for aesthetics, the wiring, controller and all other on-board electronics are hidden from view, in a compartment on the robots back. (PhysOrg.com) — Kondo Robot, a Japan-based robotics company known for selling robotics kits which often end up in robot-on-robot battles, announced the release of a new robot kit. The kit, named the KMR-M6 is a Hexapod Robot, that is reminiscent of a spider in its appearance. The kit is designed to be fairly stable. In addition to only requiring two servos per leg, for movement, the robot has a unique spring and multi-bar linkage approach that gives it the ability to navigate more complex obstacles. Citation: Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video) (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-kondo-robot-hexapod-kit-video.htmlcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Korea to sell programmable robot The KMR-M6 has a low profile, at about 14 inches tall, which makes maneuvering through smaller spaces less laborius, and decreases the robots center of gravity, which decreases the likelihood that it will tip over while navigating those obstacles.last_img read more

Court records evidence in case against Irom Sharmila

first_imgA Delhi court today recorded statements of three police officials as prosecution witnesses in a case, in which rights activist Irom Sharmila is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar in 2006.Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain recorded testimonies of inspector Subhash, assistant sub-inspector Pal Singh, who was head constable at the Parliament Street Police Station at the time of the incident and constable Kapil. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe court fixed the case for tomorrow for recording evidence of other witnesses.Sharmila, who is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was also present in the court during the hearing.Sharmila (42) is currently under judicial custody in another case lodged against her in Manipur. The court had earlier recorded statements of four prosecution witnesses.last_img read more

Curiosity is a driving state for information Study

first_imgNow, two researchers from the University of Rochester propose that it is time to organise and focus on curiosity’s function, evolution, mechanism and development.“Curiosity is a long-standing problem that is fascinating but has been difficult to approach scientifically,” said study co-author Benjamin Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences.“But we felt that the field has recently managed to develop new formal and quantifiable techniques for studying curiosity and that it’s worth getting the word out,” he added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Scientists have been taking notes about curiosity since the 19th century.Over time, studies have tried to differentiate curiosity by saying it is entirely intrinsically motivated (compared to information-seeking and risk-seeking). “But this type of definition runs into problems when determining the intrinsic motivation of babies, primates and other organisms that cannot communicate their inner world,” the authors noted.For their study, the authors used a working definition of curiosity “as a drive state for information” which can be observed in organisms as simple as nematode worms. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When the information-seeking becomes active, it’s reasonable to start talking about it as a minimal form of curiosity,” Hayden added.“This definition will be hard for some people to swallow. But by looking at it from an evolutionary perspective, scientists can make rapid progress,” he noted.One question still up for debate is whether curiosity always carries benefits – whether immediately or in the future.“It’s agreed that information allows for better choices, but curiosity can lead animals to pursue stimuli that aren’t necessarily useful,” the study said. While increasing curiosity reduces uncertainty and makes for better choices on what to explore, the animals’ brains are also wired to reward us for learning new information, which can put us at different risks.The authors also note that the study of curiosity overlaps with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other attention disorders.The authors hope that in addition to the understanding how curiosity is affected by disease, the future will bring new information about how curiosity is controlled, how it differs between childhood and adulthood, and the link between curiosity and learning.Finally, the authors are also optimistic that scientists will eventually agree on a way to classify curiosity. The paper was published in the journal Neuron.last_img read more

Parents obesity may delay development in kids

first_imgAre your toddler’s fingers and hands movement slow? Is his/her ability to relate to and interact with others as well as problem-solving skills delayed? Blame it on your obesity, researchers say.The findings showed that apart from health related issues, children of obese mothers were nearly 70 per cent more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill – the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands – by age 3, when compared to children of normal-weight mothers.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChildren with obese fathers were 75 per cent more likely to fail measures of social competence – an indicator of how well they were able to relate to and interact with others by age 3. Those born to extremely obese couples were nearly three times more likely to fail tests of problem-solving ability by age three.“Our study is one of the few that also includes information about fathers, and our results suggest that dad’s weight also has significant influence on child development,” said lead author, Edwina Yeung, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the US. However, it is not yet known how parental obesity might increase children’s risk for developmental delay. Animal studies have indicated that obesity during pregnancy may promote inflammation, which could affect the foetal brain and could also affect the expression of genes in sperm. If the link between parental obesity and developmental delays is confirmed, physicians may need to take parental weight into account when screening young children for delays and early interventional services, the researchers said.last_img read more

RDK Management claims that video and broadband ser

first_imgRDK Management claims that video and broadband service providers have now deployed more than 40 million devices running the RDK software worldwide.Announcing the update at the Connected TV World Summit in London this morning, RDK Management said the deployment figure is up 62% compared to the same time last year.In total, more than 25 video and service providers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are members of the RDK community and are in various stages of evaluating, testing, or deploying the software, said the organisation.There are also now 350 technology companies in the RDK community, up 17% year-on-year. These include electronics manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, and system integrators.“With more than 40 million RDK-based set-top boxes and broadband gateways deployed globally, it’s clear that service providers, and their suppliers, have found a prime open source software development platform upon which to drive future growth and innovation,” said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management.“Our transparent approach to solving common technical challenges enables operators to focus their efforts on creating the UIs, applications and back-end data analytics that enhance the customer experience and business results. Our community will also be there with solutions, beyond TV and internet, as the industry expands into IoT and new kinds of smart home services.”RDK Management is a joint venture between Comcast Cable, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global, created to administer the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software. This is used in customer premises equipment provided by operators and is found in the chipsets of these devices.Companies that have publicly announced deployment plans for RDK-based services include Comcast, Cox, J:COM, Liberty Global, Melita, NOS, NOWO, Rogers, Shaw, Tele Columbus, Vidéotron, and Vodafone.last_img read more

Firefighters attended five incidents at the site

first_img“Firefighters attended five incidents at the site over the weekend.“The largest incident was on Saturday night, March 16.“We received a call at 8.55 pm to a well-developed fire.“A total of nine appliances from Northland, Crescent Link, Strabane, Dungiven and Ballymoney fire stations with approximately 40 firefighters attending the incident to extinguish the fire which destroyed 80 per cent of the building.“Firefighters were at the scene dealing with the incident until 2.15 am on Sunday, March 17.“Firefighters also attended four other incidents at the site over the weekend, three of which involved rubbish deliberately set on fire.“NIFRS is appealing to people to stay away from the site and is warning about the dangers of deliberate fire setting.“Deliberate fires are a risk to both the public and firefigthers.“And they could have an impact on the local community.The smouldering embers at St Mary’s Youth Club in Creggan after arson attack on Saturday night“If NIFRS resources are responding to a deliberate fire this may have the potential to cause a delay in response to a real emergency in the area.“NIFRS has been in contact with the owners of the site to ask that the site is secured.”Deliberate fires in Derry are diverting resources away from real emergencies – NIFRS was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Fire crews tackling the blaze last Saturday night at St Mary’s Youth Club in CregganFIRE chiefs in Derry are warning that those starting deliberate fires in the city are potentially putting lives at risk.And they also warn that while crews are dealing with these mindless acts of arson, lives could also be lost at other real emergencies that they are delayed from attending as quickly as they normally would. The Fire and Rescue Service was responding to a series of weekend fires – five in total – at the now disused St Mary’s Youth Club in Creggan.Around 40 firefighters from Northland and Crescent Link stations in Derry, Strabane, Dungiven and Ballymoney were called in to tackle Saturday night’s blaze.It took crews over five hours to bring the blaze under control.In a statement, NIFRS say: “We are appealing for people to stay away from former St Mary’s Youth Club/Creggan Community Centre at Fanad Drive in Creggan following a number of deliberate fires in the derelict building. ShareTweet CRegganCreggan Community Centrecrescent linkDeliberate fires in Derry are diverting resources away from real emergencies – NIFRSFanad DriverFIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEFirefightersNIFRSnorthlandSt Mary’s Youth Clublast_img read more