‘Good touch, bad touch’ in West Bengal syllabus

first_imgThe West Bengal School Education department has decided to incorporate key aspects of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and several interactive activities regarding prevention of child sexual abuse in the primary education curriculum of State-run schools. The move is aimed at increasing awareness among schoolchildren about sexual abuse. The development comes at a time when the alleged sexual assault of a kindergarten student by two teachers at a renowned private school in Kolkata has triggered large-scale outrage in the State. Officials said they were planning to introduce the changed syllabus from Class I. “Since it is rather difficult to make primary schoolchildren understand the POCSO Act as well as ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ through textbooks, we are planning to come up with interactive ways to make it more lucid,” Avik Majumdar, chairman, Syllabus Restructure Committee, told The Hindu. He said the road map to the proposed changes would be announced by late December. The proposal for the new inclusions in syllabus was made at a recent meeting between the members of the Syllabus Restructure Committee and the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR). “We are glad that the Education Department is finally going to approve it,” said WBCPCR Chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti.last_img read more

Ministry may take ‘India’ out of BCCI

first_imgIf in the near future the government withdraws the word ‘India’ from the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), don’t be surprised.Yes, that’s possible as there are strong indications from the sports ministry, which is determined to ensure that the cashrich board adheres to the guidelines meant for all national sports federations (NSFs).And if the issue reaches a flashpoint, the BCCI would not be able to field a ‘national’ team. It could also mean that Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co. would possibly no more represent their country. If the richest sports body of the country remains adamant, it could lead to a legal battle with the government.BCCI, at a special general body meeting on Saturday in Mumbai, decided not to reply to the ministry’s letter and decided that it would go for legal opinion if pressurised further.In its 78-year-old existence, the BCCI has probably never been dependent on the sports ministry.Even now it’s not – BCCI’s income in 2009- 10 alone was Rs 847 crore – but the ministry says the board can no longer snub it by remaining snooty and unanswerable to the government.In a letter to the board, the ministry points out that all NSFs have been declared as ” public authorities” and, therefore, the BCCI too has to comply with the guidelines.All federations have to reply by Wednesday.The ministry also points out that last year, too, the BCCI had not replied to a similar letter.”But this time we will go the full distance and if the cricket board doesn’t fall in line with the age and tenure guidelines, the government would invoke the National Emblem Act as the BCCI uses the word ‘ India’ in its name,” a source told M AIL T ODAY . ” The BCCI can use ‘India’ only till the time the government permits it, though it’s a different issue that successive governments have been lenient with it. If the BCCI doesn’t abide by its policies, made from time to time, the government would be compelled to invoke the National Emblem Act,” he said.advertisementThe ’emblem’ means any emblem, seal, flag, insignia coatof- arms, or pictorial representation specified in the ‘ schedule’, which further provides details of what all falls under its purview.When contacted, Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary in the sports ministry, said that it was mandatory for the BCCI to register itself as it receives government patronage in various forms, like police deployment during matches, entertainment tax concessions and waiver on customs duties for import of sports goods, and other benefits.”They may be having some apprehension with regard to registration. But, basically, it is necessary for them also,” Srinivas told MAIL T ODAY . “Any entity that says it is an NSF will have to have the acceptance of the ministry. It happens worldwide. They have to get the recognition to represent the country. You have to… legally… it is there everywhere in the world. It doesn’t interfere with their [BCCI’s] autonomy or anything. For legitimacy, it is necessary.”Asked what the ministry’s next move would be if BCCI declines to register itself, Srinivas said: ” That is a hypothetical question. But there has been a total change… a total shift… in the sports administration [ in India]. Earlier, the Indian Olympic Association and everyone else had declined, but the situation has now changed.” Specifically asked if the word ‘ India’ could be withdrawn from the BCCI and whether the corporate affairs ministry too could come into play since the BCCI enjoys exemption under its Competition Commission, Srinivas said: ” Everybody will come into the picture.” The BCCI has been ignoring the sports ministry on various issues over the years mainly on the pretext that it doesn’t take financial help from it. But Srinivas pointed out that the board does enjoy other privileges.”Funding is a separate matter. But they [BCCI] enjoy the privileges of an NSF in terms of tax and duty exemptions, [its team] representing the country and special dispensation even from the Competition Commission. Federations have the monopoly by their very nature,” he explained.”To have those privileges, they’ll have to have the recognition. Registration under a state act is sufficient to function as a national sports body. It’s a process.” Srinivas pointed out that several NSFs, which were opposed to the guidelines, are now adhering to them. ” A majority of the federations have already amended their constitution. I don’t think they [ BCCI] have said ‘ no’. Once they understand that it is a legal requirement they will abide by it. I am quite hopeful,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Stoinis, Saha star as Kings XI Punjab outclass Mumbai Indians

first_imgStar batsmen Wriddhiman Saha (56) and Murali Vijay (54 not out) smashed half-centuries each as Kings XI Punjab outclassed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday.Batting first, defending champions Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals as they were restricted to 124/9 in 20 overs, thanks to impressive bowling by Marcus Stoinis (4/15), Sandeep Sharma (2/11) and Mohit Sharma (2/26). (This is how Kings XI plotted Mumbai’s downfall at Vizag)In reply, skipper Vijay and Saha displayed an impressive show as Punjab chased down the total comfortably posting 127/3 with 18 balls to spare.Kings XI begin on the backfootChasing a target of 125 runs, the visitors got off to a poor start, losing opener Hashim Amla (0) in the very first over. (Rohit Sharma slams Mumbai batsmen after crushing defeat)But in-form Vijay along with incoming Saha took it from there on and played sensibly to not lose any more wickets and help the team reach 32/1 after the first six overs.The duo brought up the 50-run partnership for the second wicket and reach 61/1 after 10 overs to stay on course for a much-needed win.Vijay-Saha make light work of run chaseIt was an exciting batting display by both the Indian batsmen as Vijay-Saha made the chase look as simple as possible.Without taking any risk and playing proper cricketing shots, the duo added 116-run partnership for the second wicket before Saha was dismissed in the 16th over.But Vijay kept playing his natural game and remained unbeaten to take team to victory.advertisementMitchell McClenaghan (2/24) was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai.Chand, Rayudu fail to trouble the scorersEarlier, opting to bat, Mumbai got off to a disappointing start, losing opener Unmukt Chand (0) and Ambati Rayudu (0) inside the first three overs to have the team on the back foot at 8/2.Chand’s opening partner and skipper Rohit Sharma (15) along with incoming batsman Nitish Rane (25) held on to take the team to 21/2 after completion of powerplay.With the home side going at a poor run rate, Rohit, trying to up the scoring, sought to sweep left-arm spinner Axar Patel but was clean bowled.Regular wickets dent MI’s progressHis wicket at a crucial juncture brought more troubles for the defending champions as they were down to 36/3 in the ninth over itself.It was not the end of worries for Mumbai as yet as another set batsman Rane, who looking to score, was eventually caught behind by wicket-keeper Saha off the bowling of Stoinis.Incoming batsman Jos Buttler (9) too did not trouble the opposition much as half of Mumbai’s batsmen were back in the pavilion with the team at 61/5 in the 14th over.Pollard, Pandya rebuild for MumbaiHard-hitter Pollard and Krunal Pandya (19), who were new at the crease, took a bit to settle down but once they got used, took on the bowlers with couple of boundaries and sixes to put Mumbai back into the game.The duo helped the side cross the 100-run mark and stay on course for a competitive total.But the 42-run partnership for the sixth wicket came to an end in the 17th over as Stoinis dismissed Krunal, followed by Pollard in successive balls to put Punjab back into the game.From there on, the home side lost wickets in clusters, losing Tim Southee (1) and Mitchell McClenaghan (4), but Harbhajan Singh (14 not out) with a few blows helped his team cross 120-run mark.Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 124/9 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 27; Marcus Stoinis 4/15) vs Kings XI Punjab 127/3 in 17 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 56, Murali Vijay 54 not out; Mitchell McClenaghan 2/24)last_img read more

Hamilton wins plaudits as Mercedes ponder punishment

first_imgFor all the headlines screaming ‘anarchy’, Lewis Hamilton’s public act of defiance against Mercedes in Formula One’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could ultimately make racing even more exciting in 2017.While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff refused to rule out punishment after Hamilton did everything he could to scupper team mate Nico Rosberg’s championship chances in Sunday’s showdown, he recognised he was in two minds about what to do.The Austrian said he would sleep on the controversy but he also wondered whether there might be a case for giving the drivers more freedom to race rather than seeking to control them. (Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title)That, after a 21-round season in which Mercedes were more dominant than ever with 19 wins and 20 poles and won both titles for the third year in a row, could prove a more popular outcome.While some condemned Hamilton’s strategy in slowing the race, in a failed bid to help others catch and pass Rosberg who needed to finish on the podium to become champion, others applauded him for transforming what could have been a processional one-two into a tense spectacle.”Well done to @LewisHamilton for a relentless pursuit of the title, keeping us on the edge of our flaming pants right up to the last lap,” declared 1996 world champion Damon Hill on Twitter. (Germany set to be dropped from 2017 F1 calendar)Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who rarely misses a chance to undermine Wolff, said he would have expected nothing less and accused Mercedes of being ‘naive’ in asking Hamilton to speed up, instructions the driver ignored.advertisementBOTH SIDES”I think Lewis was trying to back us up and I probably would have done the same,” agreed Horner’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen. “You have to try these things to win a championship.”Rosberg, championship secured, could also see both sides of the argument.”Its really easy to understand the teams side. But at the same time of course you can understand Lewis because this is the world championship,” he said. (Tonight’s going to be absolutely nuts, says Nico Rosberg after maiden F1 title)From outside Formula One, former England soccer striker Gary Lineker added his support: “Don’t get @LewisHamilton criticism. Why wouldn’t he give himself the best chance to succeed?”, he asked on Twitter.”Attempting to win is the very essence of sport. All leading sports persons ignore advice from the sidelines on occasions. To be the best you have to think you know best.” From Hamilton’s perspective he had merely done what he had to do. (Formula One: Nico Rosberg one win away from his first title)”I dont feel I did anything unfair. Were fighting for a championship, I was in the lead, I control the pace. Thats the rules,” said the winner of 10 races this season.last_img read more

USA Downs Cuba 2-0 in Historic Friendly in Havana

first_imgHAVANA (Oct. 7, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Cuba 2-0 on goals from Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green in an historic international friendly at Estadio Pedro Marrero on Friday evening.The U.S. was dominant throughout the match, putting eight of its 10 shots on goal while keeping an organized back line that stepped up to consistently put Cuba’s forwards in an offside position. When Cuba was able to generate chances, 21-year-old U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, making his debut for the senior MNT, was well positioned to make a total of three saves and cut out a handful of developing opportunities to earn the clean sheet.After a first half of close shots and half chances, the U.S. broke through in the 62nd minute when Wondolowski, who had come on for Christian Pulisic at halftime, pounded home the rebound from Green’s initial shot. He then returned the favor to Green by picking out the streaking winger with a pin-point pass that Green tapped home for his second career MNT goal, which provided the final margin in Havana. Goal Scoring Rundown:USA – Chris Wondolowski, 62nd minute: Chris Wondolowski open the scoring by putting home a point blank rebound from near the top of six-yard box. Julian Green had done well to create a shooting opportunity, but Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez parried the curling shot right into the path of Wondolowski, who made no mistake from close range, burying the rebound with a one-time shot into the dead center of the goal. USA 1, USA – Julian Green (Chris Wondolowski), 71st minute: The USA won the ball in midfield and played it out wide to Timmy Chandler near the touchline. Chandler had time to pick out his pass and sent a long, lofted ball from the midfield stripe over the Cuba defense into the path of Wondolowski, who carried it to the endline before spotting Green making a run to the back, left post and picking him out with an inch-perfect pass that left Green with an easy tap in to the center of the net. USA 2, CUB 0 Source: ussoccerTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket join hands to launch academy

first_imgMumbai, July 18 (PTI) Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today announced an association with Middlesex Cricket to launch Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy (TMGA). The academy will provide young girls and boys between the age of nine and 14 an opportunity to learn from master blaster Tendulkar himself and Middlesex Cricket. TMGA, a joint venture between SRT Sports Management Ltd and Middlesex Cricket, will begin by launching its first cricket camp at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood from August 6-9 followed by other locations in Mumbai and London.Middlesex Cricket has produced players such as Andrew Strauss, Mike Gatting, Denis Compton, John Emburey and Mike Brearley. The comprehensive training curriculum has been developed by the professional coaches at MCCC and Tendulkar himself. TMGA will also provide 100 percent scholarship to the talented underprivileged children.I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture. The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future. Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students,” said Tendulkar.Richard Goatley, CEO, Middlesex Cricket said, It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world.” PTI BS ATATlast_img read more

Alabama Kicker Will Reichard’s Mom Provided An Injury Update

first_img This update lines up with Nick Saban’s comments on Monday regarding Reichard.“I think he may be a little more day-to-day and a little more questionable than the other guys,” Saban said during a press conference on Monday. “I don’t think this is something, with a kicker, that you can sort of push the guy along and have him have something that’s going to aggravate him for the rest of the season. So, we need to get it right now.”Reichard connected on 4-of-7 field goal tries and 21-of-22 extra point attempts so far this season. Joseph Bulovas replaced Reichard in the game and proceeded to convert all five extra point tries.Saban on DJ Dale, Terrell Lewis: “Those guys will probably not practice today, but we expect them to practice tomorrow or the next day.”On Will Reichard: “I think he may be a little more day-to-day and a little more questionable.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) September 23, 2019It looks like Bulovas will be the guy moving forward for the Tide.Stay tuned for further Alabama injury updates. A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s difficult to point out any negatives regarding Alabama’s 49-7 win over Southern Miss on Saturday. The offense looked terrific and the defense allowed just one score.However, Alabama did have an injured player head to the locker room during the game. True freshman kicker Will Reichard suffered an injury on his third kickoff attempt on Saturday.He was later taken to the locker room. Reichard’s mom took to Facebook to offer an update on her son.“During Will’s 3rd kick off attempt during Saturday’s game, he felt and heard a pop when he rotated his hip/leg backward which made it difficult and painful to move his leg forward to kick through the football. After getting results from the MRI, Dr. Cain (team physician with Andrews Sports Medicine) said Will has a quad strain ( a small tear in the hip flexor tendon) with some bleeding in the tissue. He is experiencing some discomfort but should be fine after treatment and rest for a few weeks.”last_img read more

A Family Affair at Annual Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit

first_imgTwenty-three years after screen icon Elizabeth Taylor started her Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), an intimate group of 250 family members and friends packed into the Wilding Cran Gallery in Hollywood to continue her foundation’s work.Celebrity host Colin Farrell and musical guest Katharine McPhee mesmerized the crowd while the Taylor family – a true living and breathing testament to Taylor’s presence – were there in force to engage and envelop the audience.Grandson Rhys Tivey sang and played trumpet to a captivated audience. Granddaughter Naomi Wilding spoke and assisted Andrea Fiuczynski, chairwoman of Sotheby’s West Coast, with auctions of priced works by notable artists and photographers like Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, and Catherine Opie. Ex-daughter-in-law Aileen Getty – who has lived with HIV/AIDS for almost 30 years – took to the stage with executive director of ETAF Joel Goldman. She encouraged everyone to give generously and announced that she would match every donation.February 27th would have been Dame Taylor’s 82nd birthday and the event was truly a celebration of her vision, generosity, and commitment to raising awareness of those who are most disenfranchised within the HIV/AIDS community worldwide.Joel Goldman called Taylor his “guiding star.” He played a video of Taylor’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award acceptance speech in 1993 that perfectly captured the spirit of her legacy:“I am asking for your help. I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame, that our sensitivity of those in need is stronger than our greed, that our ability to reason overcomes our fear. And at the end of each of our lives, we can look back and be proud, that we have treated others with the kindness, dignity and respect that every human being deserves.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Miss Keenans class at KhatinasAxh school in the Yukon wins a trip

first_imgLuke SmithAPTN NewsMiss Keenan’s Grade 5, 6 and 7 class at Khatinas.Axh school in the Yukon has won a Parks Canada contest that will see them travel to Manitoba this summer.The school is based in Teslin, a small community about two hours south of Whitehorse.It’s home to about 125 people – mostly Tlingit.The community has a speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour and one of its RCMP cruisers is made out of plywood.But the kindergarten to Grade 8 school, which has about 50 students, plays a big part in the community and is supported by the community’s Elders.One of the challenges this community faces is the preservation of its inland Tlingit language.And how they do that was one of the keys to winning the contest.lsmith@aptn.calast_img read more

Hungary UN expert on press freedom concerned by media law

5 April 2011The United Nations independent expert on the right to freedom of opinion and expression today voiced concern over Hungary’s recent controversial media law, saying it could be used to curb the freedom of the press. “The media legislation still risks generating a climate of self-censorship,” despite some amendments introduced by Parliament last month, said UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue at the end of a visit to Hungary.“Freedom of the media is an essential foundation of democracy. Hence, every State must ensure that every medium of communication, be it television, radio, press or the Internet, can convey diverse opinions, including those that shock, offend or disturb,” he said.The law significantly expands State oversight over print and web-based media, while centralizing State media news production.Mr. La Rue highlighted key elements of the law, including the prescription of media content, which he said was based “on vague concepts and insufficient guarantees to ensure the independence and impartiality of the regulatory body empowered to apply the law.”He also drew attention to excessive fines and other administrative sanctions that can be imposed on media; broad scope of the law to regulate all types of media, including the press and the Internet; registration requirements for the operation of media service providers; and lack of sufficient protection of journalistic sources.He deplored the lack of broad public consultations with representatives of the media, civil society and other stakeholders prior to the adoption of the law last year, but welcomed a pledge by the country’s Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Minorities and Religious Matters to engage in consultations.“I am deeply grateful for the invitation by the Government to continue our ongoing dialogue and cooperation regarding the media legislation to bring it in line with Hungary’s international human rights obligations,” said Mr. La Rue.“As the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union, I hope that the Government of Hungary will serve as a model in the region by fully guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression,” he added. read more

Lanka may allow 250 Tamil Nadu trawlers on specified days

Sri Lanka may allow 250 Tamil Nadu bottom trawlers to fish in Sri Lankan waters on predetermined days as an ad hoc measure to mitigate the problem of poaching by Tamil Nadu bottom trawlers in North Lankan waters, an official source told the New Indian Express.The source said that this will be advantageous to Sri Lanka because, at present, nearly 3,000 TN trawlers invade Lankan waters every other day and systematically deplete and destroy the marine resources of the island and deprive North Lankan Tamil fishermen of their livelihood. Colombo is ready to allow a certain amount of bottom trawling by TN fishermen because trawling is not yet banned in Lanka. South Lankan Sinhalese fishermen trawl in the North Eastern sea off Mullaitivu with tacit government support. A bill seeking a total ban on bottom trawling was moved by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, in the Lankan parliament in February this year. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the bill would be sent to Lanka’s nine Provincial Councils for their comment. But Sumanthiran said that the consent of the Provincial Councils is not necessary because, under the 13 th. Amendment of the Lankan constitution, fisheries is a Central Subject and Colombo can decide.The Tamil MP is of the view that Lanka cannot stop Tamil Nadu and Puducherry fishermen from indulging in bottom trawling in the North Lankan seas when the practice is not banned in the island nation itself. While the Tamil Nadu government wants Lanka to release the 67 fishermen and 98 boats ahead of the talks, the Lankan government is not for the release of the boats. Colombo is not ready to accept the TN Chief Minister’s demand that the damaged boats be repaired by Lanka before they are handed over. Many of the 98 boats have been damaged due to non-maintenance. (Colombo Gazette) The fishermen’s association of Rameswaram, which had met the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on June 30, was hoping to have talks with its Lankan counterparts in Chennai on July 8. But this was not to be. According to Gehan Gunatilleke of the Colombo-based Verite Research, there is opposition in Lanka itself to the imposition of a ban on bottom trawling. This is because Lankan fishermen (mainly from South Lanka) want to indulge in bottom trawling in the Northern seas once the Indian fishermen are driven away, Gunatilleke says.According to Gunatilleke and Sumanthiran, Lanka’s larger and long term interest will be served only by imposing a total ban on bottom trawling, irrespective of the nationality of the trawler.Meanwhile ,the proposed talks between the fishermen’s associations of Lanka and Tamil Nadu got postponed by two months at least because the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department said that it was preoccupied with other matters. read more

Amazon gives students 50 Kindle Fire HD 89 discount

first_imgAmazon is making a sweet deal to any students who haven’t gone back to school yet but still have some holiday gift cash to burn. As long as you have an Amazon Student account, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available to you at a $50 discount.The Kindle Fire line has had one goal from the beginning: to disrupt the tablet market. As PC manufacturers began to try their hands at tablets, and Apple sat at the top of the heap with hardware and pricing that defined the industry, tablets were expensive. Then the Kindle Fire came and offered much of the same tablet functionality for much less than any of Android and iOS tablets on the market. When Google countered with the $200 Nexus 7, Amazon responded with the Kindle Fire HD and continued to offer superior hardware for less than their competition. Amazon has tried a number of times to offer incentives for users to continue their Amazon Student subscription, with hardware discounts serving as the latest attempt.If you have an Amazon student account in good standing, you’ll be able to see the deal. If you have a .edu address and have never created an Amazon account, you have six free months of their service, which includes Amazon Prime shipping. If you have already taken advantage of this service and your six months have lapsed, you’ll be out $69 to get yourself another year of the service. If your account is active, you will see that every 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has been discounted $50, starting with the $299 model. This discount is set to expire at the end of January, and at any point during this month if you have an active student account you’ll be able to take advantage of the discount. Even if you go to create your account right now, the deal is available to you.This doesn’t apply to the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, due mostly to the fact that the tablet is already sold as close to cost as possible. Amazon makes very little off of their hardware, but the combination of kickbacks from content sales and the operating system level advertising on the Kindle Fire HD helps balance that out. If you’re not a big fan of the software, you can always root the Kindle Fire HD and turn the tablet into a stock Android device.last_img read more

Former head of Real IRA dies after shooting in Cork

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie File photo Dec 7th 2016, 8:00 PM Updated 8pmAN EX-CHIEF of Staff of the Real IRA has died following a shooting in Cork city this evening.Dissident republican Aidan O’Driscoll, 37, has been named as the victim of the gun attack outside the Church of the Annunciation on Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool at about 5pm today.It is understood O’Driscoll – who is often referred to by his nickname The Beast – was shot a number of times in the back.He was given medical assistance at the scene and taken to Cork University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem is to be arranged.Gardaí are currently at the scene, which has been preserved for technical examinations.Two partially burnt-out cars have been found in different locations nearby – one on Redemption Road in Blackpool and the other in Killeens, county Cork.Gardaí in Mayfield have appealed for witnesses.The Real IRA is a dissident republican organisation which has been heavily linked to criminality in recent years.With reporting by Órla Ryan 66 Comments Former head of Real IRA dies after shooting in Cork Aidan O’Driscoll, 37, was shot in the back a number of times. http://jrnl.ie/3126284 Short URLcenter_img 61,378 Views Share64 Tweet Email4 Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sinead O’Carroll File photo Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Spalletti Inter Milan deserved derby win

first_imgInter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti believes their 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan was deserved due to their dominanceThe 222nd official Derby di Milano ended in a 1-0 victory for Inter following captain Mauro Icardi’s dramatic injury-time winner.Despite losing midfielder Radja Nainggolan to a first-half injury, Inter were the better of the two sides but were unable to take advantage of their superiority.Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij came closest to scoring by hitting the post from close range before Icardi netted the match-winner for Inter.“We wanted to score sooner, and this would have reflected the pattern of the game perfectly,” said Spalletti on the club website.“But we played better than our opponents and were camped in their half of the field from the beginning until the end. We were the dominant team.“It’s not easy to play with a high line and press the opposition as we did, but we did it perfectly tonight and managed to prevent Milan from playing.”The Italian tactician hopes that Sunday night’s result will prove to be a turning point in their season.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I live for these results. I’m not here to simply warm the bench but to shape Inter’s future,” continued Spalletti.“The players should look to do the same and I liked what Icardi said at the end of the game, this victory helps us in terms of gaining consistency.“The club has chosen us to do just this, to bring the team back to the top. The fans really deserve for this to happen.”Inter are now third in the Serie A table with 19 points from nine games, while Milan languishes behind in 12th place.Buon lunedì! Quanti di voi stanno ancora esultando? 🤩🖤💙#InterMadeOfMilano #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/HHAu8VUR8t— Inter (@Inter) October 22, 2018last_img read more