first_imgSPORT: Seamus Coleman has yet again reiterated his love of the GAA by stating that he’d love to return to play the game when he retires from professional football. Coleman is only 26, so retirement is a long, long way off but he says he still harbours ambitions to play GAA when he finishes with football.Coleman has revealed his admiration for the sport in the past and credits the game for helping him when he first moved to Sligo Rovers from local club St Catherine’s. However, it was the lure of being able to play the game professionally which prompted Coleman to focus his concentrations on soccer and he decided to move away from the GAA at 17.Despite that decision he has never lost his love or respect for the sport and says he hopes to return home when he retires and play Gaelic for his local GAA club Killybegs.Coleman said, “‘I was a far better Gaelic player than I was a soccer player, but you are not going to make a career in Gaelic football.‘The players train like professionals but they aren’t getting paid. At 17, I decided to take soccer more seriously.’ Coleman famously moved to Everton for just €60,000 in one of the best pieces of transfer business ever done by the club.He has gone on to establish himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premiership and has earned 28 international caps.Coleman will hope he can continue to perform at the highest level for the next decade or so.Then he hopes to return home and start playing GAA again with Killybegs.‘I have a massive respect for Gaelic football and I hope I can go back and play it again. “You can play at 36 or 37 if you look after yourself.SEAMUS COLEMAN – “I HOPE TO GO BACK HOME AND PLAY GAELIC FOOTBALL WHEN I RETIRE” was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

A’s opener strategy works well to set highest win total since 2002 in win over Angels

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ANAHEIM — It’s always sweet when a plan comes together. The A’s “opener” method, the same strategy they might utilize in next week’s wild-card game at New York, has failed at times, but it worked to perfection in its final test run of the regular season.Liam Hendriks opened up the game with a scoreless first inning for the A’s and was followed by four solid innings of work from regular starter Trevor Cahill, the …last_img read more

A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial

first_imgRecent media reports on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Clockwise from top left: The New York Times, News24, The Guardian, The Mail & Guardian, City Press, and Sky News.Shamin ChibbaParalympian athlete Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, set to start on Monday 3 March, is a landmark case for the media. A groundbreaking court ruling makes it the first time in South African history a criminal trial will be broadcast live on TV, instantly streamed via audio apps, and live-tweeted to the world.Jump to:South African justice system ‘moving with the times’Oscar Pistorius Twitter feed and websiteConditions imposed on the mediaMain players in the trialTelevision coverageAudio coverage: radio and streaming appsLinks to streaming audio appsFollowing the trial on TwitterOn Tuesday 25 February Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo ruled in favour of an application by Multichoice and Eyewitness News to broadcast the trial. It will be shown on two news channels on satellite TV service DStv, as well as on eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) and a special channel under the banner of MNet’s investigative programme Carte Blanche. But the judge ruled that only certain parts of the trial – the opening and closing arguments, expert witness testimony, judgment and sentencing – may be broadcast on TV. Radio broadcaster Eyewitness News, eNCA and Multichoice will, however, be allowed full audio coverage of the trial.Under Mlambo’s ruling, Multichoice must provide a free feed to other television channels. According the Associated Press, the broadcasts may also be made available to international stations through a sharing agreement.Pistorius is facing charges of premeditated murder and the illegal possession of ammunition after shooting Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, to death through the closed bathroom door in his house on 14 February 2013. He claimed to have mistaken her for an intruder. In December last year two additional charges were added to the trial, for separate incidents of illegally discharging a firearm through the sunroof of a car, and under a table at a restaurant.South African justice system ‘moving with the times’George Mazarakis, executive editor for the Carte Blanche channel, said in an interview with AFP that judge Mlambo’s ruling set a precedent and was a victory for open justice. “We are thrilled that the South African judiciary has matured to this ground-breaking decision. It is a seminal moment and will make South African television and legal history as visual access of this nature has never before been granted in a South African court.”Eyewitness News editor-in-chief Katy Katopodis said in her web column that the ruling was a sign the justice system was moving with the times. She said the live broadcast of the trial will simply be an extension of the live tweeting reporters do when covering court cases. The broadcast, she said, would be no different from the principle of open justice, under which any person was allowed to walk into a courtroom and listen to a case.Normal witnesses can refuse consent to have their testimony broadcast, Katopodis said. “We can, however, have the testimony of witnesses who are expert witnesses, whose job essentially it is to give testimony in court cases like this.”In the hearing, Pistorius’ lawyers argued that television cameras in the courtroom would prevent him from having a fair trial. They said the broadcast of witness evidence may allow tailoring, fabrication and adaption of evidence.But Mlambo said the trial is in the public interest and having cameras in the courtroom would ensure a greater number of people, especially those unable to attend the proceedings, would be able to follow it wherever they may be. “Particularly those who are poor and who have found it difficult to access the justice system, they should have a first-hand account of the proceedings involving a local and international icon.”Oscar Pistorius Twitter feed and websiteMeanwhile, Pistorius’ public relations team has launched a Twitter account – @OscarHardTruth – which it claims will reveal the truth about the shooting.Pistorius’ family has also made the decision to turn his official website, once used to chronicle his exploits on the track and his charitable activities, into a news website featuring the latest developments in his trial, and a space for messages of support.The website states that it will provide the opportunity for the media to make enquiries or requests, but the family may not always respond or comment because of legal reasons.Conditions imposed on the mediaJudge Mlambo’s ruling has been hailed as a victory for media freedom, but he did impose a number of conditions to ensure broadcasters would not interfere with proceedings. These include:The presiding judge, Thokozile Masipa, will specifically direct when recording should start and when it should stop.No recordings of personal legal discussions and private conversations are allowed.No recordings when the court is not in session.Three small, unmanned spy cameras must be fitted to the courtroom at least 72 hours before the trial starts. The cameras must be installed in such a way that they do not interfere with proceedings. No camera operators will be allowed in the courtroom to control equipment, to prevent disruptions.Close-ups are not permitted.Mlambo allowed the opening argument for state and defence, expert evidence, and the testimony of police and all consenting state witnesses to be broadcasted.Print media will be allowed to take still photographs of the trial. Two cameras are allowed, but flash photography is not permitted.No cabling is allowed on the floor of the courtroom.Where concerns are raised about video coverage, final authority rests with the presiding judge.Prosecution witnesses may elect to have their testimony withheld from video cameras.Main players in the trialCome Monday, all cameras will be focused on Pistorius. But little is known about the other role-players in the trial, namely the presiding judge, Thokozile Masipa, prosecuting lawyer, Gerrie Nel, and Pistorius’s lawyer, Barry Roux.The judge: Thokozile MasipaSince becoming a high court judge in 1998, Thokozile Masipa has distinguished herself in three major trials. According to the Mail & Guardian, she threw out a R85-million unfair dismissal lawsuit against Eskom brought by former Eskom chief executive Jacob Moroga. She also presided over the City vs Occupiers case, in which she maintained that the City of Johannesburg had failed to fulfil its obligations to find alternative accommodation for squatters threatened with eviction from old warehouses in Berea. And in 2011, she had handed serial rapist and robber Shepherd Moyo a 252-year sentence after a two-year crime spree.A former crime reporter, Masipa was the second black woman to be appointed to the bench after Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro.The prosecutor: Gerrie NelAdvocate Gerrie Nel is a state prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority. He previously headed the Gauteng division of the Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions. In 2010, he successfully prosecuted Jackie Selebi, the former South African Police Services commissioner, who was found guilty of corruption and handed a 15-year prison sentence.The defence lawyer: Barry RouxSenior advocate Barry Roux has won out in a number of high-profile cases, including tax charges against mining magnate Roger Kebble, the father of politically connected murder victim Brett Kebble. At Pistorius’ bail hearing, Roux’s masterful cross-examination skills helped secure the athlete’s release on a R1-million bond. According to the Mail & Guardian, his sharp questioning may have changed the course of the case.The detective: Vineshkumar MoonooCase investigator lieutenant-general Vineshkumar Moonoo was appointed as the head of the Pistorius murder investigation after detective Hilton Botha resigned from the police in March 2013. Police commissioner Riah Phiyega has described him as the “top detective in the South African Police Service”. He has led a number of high-profile investigations, including the 250 robberies where suspects wore police uniforms and used blue-light vehicles, and the bombing of Czech businessperson Radovan Krejcir’s gold dealership in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.WitnessesThere are 107 witnesses listed for the trial from friends and neighbours to security guards at the Silverwoods Country Estate, where the shooting took place.Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor will testify for the prosecution. She has claimed to have witnessed the runner angrily fire a gun through the sunroof of his car after being stopped at a police roadblock. After they broke up, her mother, Trish Taylor, reportedly posted on Facebook that she was glad Samantha was “out of the clutches of that man”. The alleged comments were later removed. Trish will also take the stand at the trial.Christo Menelaou, Pistorius’s neighbour at Silverwoods, will also testify. In a Drum magazine article, he claimed to have woken up startled by what sounded like three thunderclaps at eight minutes past three in the morning. An hour later, when he went to the bathroom, he peered outside and saw blue and red lights flashing outside Pistorius’s house.Television coverageThe Carte Blanche channel will feature interviews with expert guests from around the world, including US criminal defence attorney Robert Shapiro, famous for his successful defence of murder accused OJ Simpson in 1995. Also on the panel will be senior legal experts, psychologists, social commentators, social media analysts, American forensic experts, and police consultants to hit crime-TV shows such as Dexter.Multichoice said the current editorial team for Carte Blanche will cover the trial for its special channel. They include journalists Derek Watts, John Webb, Bongani Bingwa and Devi Sankaree Govender. Also on the team will be social media lawyer Emma Sadleir, radio talk show host Leigh Bennie, legal journalist and radio talk show host David O’Sullivan, and former BBC presenter Subniv Babuta.According to eNCA group news editor Ben Said, the station will cover large parts of the trial in much the same way as Carte Blanche. Karyn Maughan and Annika Larsen will be the correspondents on site. The channel will consult a number of experts to analyse the trial but Said did not provide any names. “We have lined up both local and overseas justice criminal experts, forensic experts and legal experts.”Audio coverage: radio and streaming appsWhile TV coverage will be slightly limited, the full trial will be available on radio and streaming audio. Eyewitness News, part of the Primedia group that owns the stations Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm, will provide the public with a continuous audio feed of the trial, accompanied by analysis.The feed will be available, for free, via streaming apps – both iOS and Android – provided by the four Primedia radio stations.An extra pop-up station positioned as “Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial” will stream audio from the courtroom live each day from 09h00 to 16h00. This will be available on all four stations’ websites, free of charge. David O’Sullivan and Gushwell Brooks, who both have legal backgrounds, will present the show. Primedia said it would make copies of the daily audio streams available to international listeners across different time zones.Links to streaming audio apps94.5 Kfm: Apple • Android94.7 Highveld Stereo: Apple • Android567 CapeTalk: Apple • AndroidTalk Radio 702: Apple • AndroidFor further information and updates, visit Eyewitness News, Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm.Following the trial on TwitterBarry BatemanEyewitness News Pretoria correspondent Barry Bateman will cover the trial for Primedia’s radio stations, and live-tweet it as it unfolds. Bateman was one of the first to report the case on Twitter, sending his follower count up by over 100 000 in the week after Steenkamp’s death. Bateman is also co-author, with his colleague Mandy Wiener, of a forthcoming book about the case. Follow him @barrybateman.Talk Radio 702Gushwell Brooks: @GushwellBrooksDavid O’Sullivan: @702David eNCAAnnika Larsen: @AnnikaLarsen1Karyn Maughan: @karynmaughanCarte BlancheCarte Blanche: @carteblanchetvDerek Watts: @DerekWatts Bongani Bingwa: @bonglez Devi Sankaree-Govender: @Devi_SGOscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius’s public relations team: @OscarHardTruthlast_img read more

Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai recruitment notification for various posts

first_imgThe Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai has invited applications for recruitment for 40 various vacant posts.SDAT works towards promoting and encouraging quality participation and performance by Tamil Nadu sportspersons at national and international events through recognition, quality training, support schemes and world-class infrastructure.VacanciesTotal Posts: 40Name of the posts:Junior Assistant-cum-Typist – 26 PostsAssistant – 10 postsSteno Typist Grade III – 1 postCommercial Accountant – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Sports Technology) – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Electrical) – 1 postPay Scale:For Post I – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2400.For Post II & III – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2800.For Post IV – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 4400.For Post V & VI – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 5100.ELIGIBILITYAge Limit: The applicants’ age should not exceed 30 years and must not be less than 18 years.Educational Qualification: The applicant must have completed Class X/Bachelor’s Degree, Degree in Commerce, B.E or equivalent from the recognised university and must have typing knowledge.Selection Procedure: An interview would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: The eligible and interested candidates are required to download the application form from the official website and along with attested relevant documents send it to ‘Principal Secretary/Member Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, 116-A, Periyar EVR High Road, Nehru Park, Chennai-600 084’.Important Dates: The last date for submitting the application form is September 24, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

Minister of Public Safety responds to Sapers Report saying they only target

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government only targets criminals and Aboriginal peoples are likely to be victims of crime so they’re “taking action” to ensure their safety said the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews when asked to comment on the Sapers report.“Our government is taking action to ensure our correctional system actually corrects criminal behaviour. The only identifiable group that our tough on crime agenda targets are criminals,” said Julie Carmichael, a spokeswoman for Toews. “Fact – Aboriginal Canadians are more likely to be victims of crime. We are taking action to ensure that all Canadian communities are protected.”Howard Sapers released his long-awaited report Thursday that found there’s been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system in the last five years.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of Canada’s population. One of three female inmates are First Nation, Metis or Inuit.Critics don’t agree with the Toews’ office and slammed the government for inaction.But Carmichael said “our government’s action to date” includes a recent announcement to fund Aboriginal police forces for the next five years.She also pointed to “bringing in stronger laws to keep our streets and communities safe including mandatory minimum penalties for serious crimes, cracking down on people who sell drugs to children, eliminating house arrest for serious crimes, ending the faint hope clause and eliminating two for one sentencing credits.”last_img read more

Astronomers discover a dense hot Jupiter exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star

Astronomers discover a dense hot Jupiter exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star

first_img More information: EPIC 220504338b: A dense hot-Jupiter transiting a solar analogue, arXiv:1611.07614 [astro-ph.EP] present the discovery of EPIC 220504338b, a dense hot-Jupiter discovered using photometry from Campaign 8 of the Kepler-2 (K2) mission and high-resolution spectroscopic follow up obtained with the FEROS spectrograph. The planet orbits a V=13.68 solar analogue in a P=5.81771+0.00004−0.00004 day orbit, has a radius of 0.91+0.10−0.07RJ and a mass of 1.28+0.11−0.12MJ. With a density of 2.08+0.66−0.57 gr/cm3, the planet is among the densest systems known having masses below 2 MJ and Teq>1000, and is just above the temperature limit at which inflation mechanisms are believed to start being important. Based on its mass and radius, we estimate that EPIC 220504338b should have a heavy element content on the order of ∼ 110 M⊕ or greater. Explore further Jupiter-like planet discovered in a distant star system Artist’s impression of a “hot Jupiter”. Credit: Ricardo Cardoso Reis (CAUP) © 2016 (—Astronomers have detected a so-called “hot Jupiter” exoplanet transiting a distant sun-like star located some 1,800 light years from the Earth. The newly discovered planet, designated EPIC 220504338b, was found using NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. The findings are presented in a paper published Nov. 23 on Citation: Astronomers discover a dense ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star (2016, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from EPIC 220504338b was first spotted by K2 as a planetary candidate during the spacecraft’s Campaign 8 in mid-2016. To confirm it as a planet, a team of researchers led by Nestor Espinoza of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile conducted follow-up observations using ESO’s Fibre-fed, Extended Range, Échelle Spectrograph (FEROS) at La Silla Observatory in Chile. FEROS observational campaign was carried out in August and November 2016.FEROS is a bench-mounted, high-resolution, environmentally controlled, astronomical Échelle spectrograph with high efficiency, large wavelength range and high resolution. The instrument enables conducting a large variety of stellar and extra-galactic spectroscopic observation programs requiring high spectral stability high-resolution.Recent FEROS spectroscopic observations allowed the team to perform radial velocity measurements that confirmed EPIC 220504338b is a dense “hot Jupiter” transiting a solar analogue as well as provided initial stellar parameters of its host star.”In this work, we have presented the discovery of EPIC 220504338b, a new hot Jupiter orbiting a metal-rich solar analogue discovered using photometry from Campaign 8 of the K2 mission and follow-up radial velocities using the FEROS spectrograph,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The so-called “hot Jupiters” like EPIC 220504338b are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their parent stars very closely.According to the research, EPIC 220504338b is about 10 percent smaller than Jupiter and approximately 30 percent more massive. The exoworld orbits its 6-billion-year-old sun-like parent star every 5.8 days. Notably, with a density of nearly 2.1 gr/cm3 and an equilibrium temperature of about 1,160 K, the planet is one of the densest “hot Jupiters” below two Jupiter masses known to date.The researchers explain the newly discovered planet’s mass and radius by the amount of heavy elements in the planet, which should be on the order of at least 110 Earth masses.”The mass and radius of EPIC 220504338b could be explained in terms of the amount of heavy elements in the planet. (…) Based on its mass and radius, we estimate that EPIC 220504338b should have a heavy element content on the order of about 110 Earth masses or greater,” the paper reads.The team also derived fundamental parameters of the host star EPIC 220504338. The observations indicate that this star has a mass to that of the sun, with a radius of about 1.05 solar radii. It is also approximately 23 percent more dense than the sun.However, EPIC 220504338 shows a high metallicity, which significantly deviates from the sun. Therefore, this star was classified as a slightly metal-rich solar analogue. 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.last_img read more