16 people found in lorry bound to Irish port

first_imgAccording to Stena Line, the 16 peoplewere discovered around 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 21 during a “routine inspection” ofthe vehicle deck.(BBC) IRELAND – Sixteen people werediscovered in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to the Irish port ofRosslare.    Irish police said all 16 peopleappeared to be “in good health” and have received medical treatment. Sixteen people were discovered in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to the Irish port of Rosslare, Ireland on Nov. 21. PA The vessel left Cherbourg on Wednesdaynight around 21:00 local time. The police were investigatingpotential breaches of immigration legislation and the immigration status of the16.  They were found in a “sealed trailer”on a Stena Line, sailing from Cherbourg to Rosslare in County Wexford, Ireland.last_img read more

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Henson: In Greg Russo, we see that football is more than just a game

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Badgernation.comFor so many people, football is more than just a game.Madison teaches you that almost instantly. Around 90,000 people pour into Camp Randall Stadium on Saturdays to watch the team they love play a game they love.Drive anywhere in the state of Wisconsin, and you’ll see motion W’s or Packer green and gold at almost every turn. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see the billions and billions of dollars college and professional football brings in thanks to die-hard fans everywhere.Still, there are those who don’t care for football – and that’s fine. The sport and its image have their imperfections, from recruiting violations in college to the outrageous CBA dispute in the pros.But there are times when we are reminded just how positively the game of football can impact people’s lives, how much the game means to some. And there are times when we are introduced to players you can’t help but root for.Meet Greg Russo – a 25-year-old walk-on linebacker for the University of Wisconsin who just recently finished two tours of duty in Iraq.Russo graduated from Lake Mills High School in 2003 and went to UW-Whitewater intending to try out for the football team after playing in high school.But he never did, and a year later, Russo felt he needed a change.“I wanted to do something,” he said. “I felt like I was kind of just floating.”So Russo decided to join the Wisconsin National Guard, where he spent one year working before his first deployment came in 2005.He spent 12 months in Iraq working for the security force before returning home in 2006. Russo spent another year at UWW while he served as an active duty member of the National Guard, until his second deployment came in 2009.Russo was sent to Iraq again for about 9 months, where he continued to work for the security force, helping to ensure the Iraqi army was receiving proper training.As you can imagine, life overseas was hard.Russo said it was tough being away from home and that something was constantly on his mind.During his second deployment, Russo couldn’t stop thinking about one thing: Football.“Every day. Every night,” Russo said. “I stayed up nights sometimes thinking about it.”He was living in a war zone, guarding military bases and convoys, but it was his dream to play college football that ignited him throughout his time in Iraq.“I thought it about it every day. I trained every day and I was lucky enough to have a good weight room,” Russo said. “I ran sprints whenever I could. I was exercising all the time.“I started realizing that maybe I could do this.”In January 2010, Russo was back home with that same desire to play football again, but there was only one team he could see himself playing for – the hometown Badgers.“This was it, man. This was it,” Russo said of playing for UW. “I grew up around the area. I love the Badgers. I can’t even imagine where else I would want to go.”He began training at Hitters SportsPlex in Middleton, where he met a trainer who helped him get in contact with UW strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.After sorting through some heavy paperwork and checking with the NCAA and Big Ten to resolve any potential compliance issues, Herbert approached UW head coach Bret Bielema with Russo’s desire to walk on.“I said if he comes out and can compete in winter conditioning and show that he can move and be a valuable asset, we’d let him have a shot,” Bielema said. “And he’s getting it.”At the moment, Russo is a linebacker who wears No. 41. He participates in drills alongside guys like Mike Taylor and Kevin Claxton – two fellow linebackers who just received their Big Ten Championship rings, two guys who just played in the Rose Bowl.A man back from war, a man so many of us look up to, who put his life on the line to defend his country, was in awe of the Badger football players he had watched on TV for so long.“Everyday I’m star struck. I walk into the locker room and I can’t believe who I am standing around,” Russo said. “I’m like, ‘I was just such a huge fan of you guys for the last few years and now here I am on the team’.”The players are plenty excited to be around Russo, as well. That feeling of respect and admiration goes both ways, and it is the game of football that has brought their drastically different lives together.“All of the guys on this team like to work,” Russo said. “They ask me questions about the military. They want to know specifics.“They are a little bit humbled by my story, I guess, which is great… these guys are very humble and respectful of what I did.”Russo knows he has the team’s respect and he is appreciative of it, but he also knows he needs to prove his worth on the field to the coaching staff every day.He has only one year of eligibility, and a spot on the Wisconsin roster come fall is by no means guaranteed. Nevertheless, Russo is optimistic.“I think it’s pretty realistic,” Russo said. “If I can show that I can work and be a contributing member – as a leader, as a guy with a lot of life experience – I’m fine with that. I just love being a part of the organization.”And that’s really what makes the game special. To some, it means that much. Coaches dedicate their lives to it. Players give up their bodies for it. And at least one soldier overseas couldn’t stop thinking about it.Some game, isn’t it?Whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s hard not to be inspired by Russo’s drive to serve his country and suit up for the Badgers. It’s a story of self-sacrifice, determination and hard work – a story the world of sports tells so well.Now, Russo is back from war and he’s getting a chance to do exactly what he wants: Play football for the team he loves.“It’s been a blessing,” he said. “Somebody up there likes me, I guess.”So does everybody else down here.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Inspired by Greg Russo’s journey to UW? Want to know more? Let him know at mhenson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Basketball Memorial ‘Davorin Popović’ Begins Today

first_imgThe female basketball club Željezničar is organizing again this year a memorial tournament called ‘Davorin Popović’ Dačo’ in memory of the legendary Sarajevo singer and athlete.The tournament begins today. The following teams will participate: Radivoje Korać (Serbia), Šibenik (Croatia), Roling (Montenegro) and the host Željezničar (B&H).The semi-final matches are scheduled to take place today. The first match of Radivoj Korać – Roling is at 16:30 and Željezničar – Šibenik will play at 18:30.The winners will play in the final match tomorrow at 18:30, while the game for third place will be played two hours earlier.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Inside Conditions…Mean-spirited

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Former University of Pittsburgh basketball star Carl Krauser had encountered some difficulties outside of a Strip District nightclub a few years ago after a night out on the town. A disagreement ensued and Krauser was tasered by police and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other related charges.The next season, I covered the game between Pitt and Duquesne at the A.J. Palombo Center in Pittsburgh. When Krauser was introduced the student body began to chant taser, taser, and continued to chant and direct this word and other wretched phrases (some too graphic for this old salty dog to write here) at Krauser. Their faces were red with glee. Now this was supposed to be a student body from a Catholic university that generally aspires to create and maintain a higher standard of morals and values.Krauser, who is a native New Yorker, was and is usually thick-skinned when it comes to normal criticism but I saw through his tough inner city façade on that night. I knew that he was in emotional pain. I could see it in his face.Now what makes these ill-advised displays of team loyalty ironic is that most of these students would not “bust a grape” if they were forced to compete on the field or on the court. The majority of these video game, play station playing, fantasy football “standouts” are thoroughbred knuckleheads, spineless and heartless, probably not even possessing one cell of athletic ability. Plus, Terrelle Pryor and the rest of young athletes sanctioned to compete in the NCAA are playing for free so that the profits made by the universities as a result of athletic competition may provide better research labs, computers and other amenities for the percentage of students who are non-athletes. If you think that the tuition to attend college is daunting, imagine what the price of admission would be to walk the halls of the academia at the major universities of America without the cash cow of athletics and the guidance of the “farming overseers” from the NCAA.So the next time any of you zealots want to get low down and dirty when it comes to supporting the home team, think about all of the heads that would be hung down low especially in these perilous economic times without the profits made by nonprofit institutions from the blood, sweat and tears of the young men and women good enough and brave enough to enter and participate in athletic competition.* * *On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Denver Broncos 28-10 at Invesco field in Denver. Don’t be fooled by the score, this was more about Pittsburgh being able to make adjustments.In the first half the Steelers offense amassed just 54 total yards. Their first lead of the game was 7-3 because of a Tyrone Carter interception that he returned for six. But this competition was a statement about who wanted it more. Oh, we heard about how the high altitude was going to weigh heavily against any chance of the Steelers winning. How the absence of defensive backfield starter Ryan Clark was going to be blood in the water for the short passing game of the Broncos against the oxygen deprived defense of Pittsburgh, coupled with the Broncos seeking redemption for the miserable showing at Baltimore last week. When Pittsburgh deferred the opening kickoff, I scratched my head, especially after the Broncos drove down the field and kicked a field goal to begin the game but the Steelers are again appearing as if they one of the teams to beat in the AFC.Is it possible to have three teams from one division make the playoffs, one as division champion and two as wildcards? Who knows, but I am now checking for the lowest hotel rates in Miami in February. As I watched one of the many pre-game shows profiling the Penn State vs. Ohio State matchup last Saturday at Happy Valley, I was disturbed by the mean-spirited display of a few members of the Penn State student body. Some of them actually had shirts with the photo of Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor with his head hung low after Penn State defeated Ohio State at home in 2008.center_img It is okay to show your loyalty to your school. You can boo, even call a few names because that is the spirit of the 12th man but to profile and attempt to kill the spirit of any young man or woman for the sake of a game is uncalled for and unacceptable. For me, and I am only speaking for myself, I became afraid. I had flashbacks of young Black men, heads hung in shame, just prior to being brutalized in days gone by.There is no room for displays like that in college football or anywhere else. Penn State not only lost the football game a but a piece of its dignity.last_img read more

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Australian golf Jarrod Lyle dies after long cancer battle

first_imgAfter an another setback he made an emotional comeback to a Victorian state golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters before using a medical exemption to play on the U.S. PGA Tour in 2015.Lyle underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia but opted recently not to continue with treatment after saying he’d “reached his limit” and that he and his doctors had agreed that a “positive outcome” was no longer achievable.The family said a private family service would be held in the coming days with a public memorial service in Torquay, near Melbourne in Victoria state, at a later date.    /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, Warriors, Rockets, Celtics highlight NBA holiday schedule MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In this Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Australia’s Jarrod Lyle watches his ball on the 18th hole during the first round of the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney. Lyle has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 36. “It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” the golfer’s wife, Briony Lyle, said in a statement on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 36.“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” the golfer’s wife, Briony Lyle, said in a statement Thursday. “He passed away peacefully at 8.20 p.m. last night having spent his final week among his family and close friends.”ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk He was survived by Briony and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.“Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for,” Briony Lyle said.“At the same time, we have been blessed and overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world and feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all,” she added.Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1999 when he was 17. He spent much of the next nine months in a hospital in Melbourne and it was another year after that before he could walk around a golf course.He gradually reduced his handicap to scratch and earned a golf scholarship before turning professional in 2004. He qualified for the Asian Tour in 2005 and started playing on the second tier of the U.S. tour in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Briony Lyle said her husband had asked her to pass on a “simple message: ‘Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.’”Lyle, who won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, was first diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager and suffered recurrences of the disease in 2012 and 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He returned to the U.S. PGA Tour in 2013 after apparently having beaten cancer for a second time.But the illness returned and Lyle last week announced his decision to forego further treatment and enter palliative care. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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DeGale keen to put on ‘wicked’ display

first_imgJames DeGale has vowed to produce a more aggressive display when he defends his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against the unbeaten Gevorg Khatchikian at the City Academy, Bristol, on 1 March.The fight will be DeGale’s first since a points victory against Dyah Davis in November and takes place ahead of a planned final eliminator for a world title shot.“I’ve heard Bristol people are passionate about their boxing – they’ve had a couple of good fighters over the years – so it should be good, I’m looking forward to it,” said the Harlesden man.“You’re going to see a lot more power, a lot more spite – an aggressive me – and you’ll see a good finish. He’s in trouble, trust me.“I’m not looking too far passed him. He’s unbeaten, he’s ambitious and he’s coming to win. I’ve had a look at him on YouTube and he’s tough, game, likes to have a fight and he’s kind of fast.“But the way I’m feeling now, I’m going to look to put on a wicked performance and prove that I am world class and I’m ready to box for the world title and win the world title.”See also:Victory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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WHO commends SA on health plan

first_img4 April 2006The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised South Africa for creating a human resources plan for health care, saying it is a strategy other countries could find useful in their bid to stem the exodus of health workers to better-paying jobs in richer countries.The WHO was briefing the media in Johannesburg on Tuesday ahead of the launch of its World Health Report 2006.To be launched in Zambia on World Health Day on Friday, the report calls for innovative initiatives to improve efficiency in the areas of HIV/Aids, TB and other priority diseases, and in finding ways for health workers with limited formal training to carry out specific health tasks successfully.Addressing journalists in Johannesburg, WHO assistant director-general Timothy Evans said the shortage of health workers in sub-Saharan Africa was among the most significant constraints to achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals relating to health.These include reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.Evans said the shortage of health workers in 57 countries was impairing the provision of essential life-saving interventions such as childhood immunisation and safe pregnancy.More than four million additional doctors, nurses, midwives, managers and public health workers are urgently needed to fill the gap, he said.“This shortage combined with a lack of training and knowledge is also a major obstacle for health systems as they attempt to respond effectively to chronic diseases, avian influenza and other health challenges,” Evans said.“Not enough health workers are being trained or recruited where they are most needed, and increasing numbers are joining a brain drain of qualified professionals who are migrating to better paying jobs in richer countries.”He said the shortage was most severe in sub-Saharan Africa, with 36 countries facing acute shortages.While the global population was growing, the number of health workers was stagnant or even falling in many places where they were most needed.According to the WHO report, at least 1.3-billion people worldwide lack access to basic healthcare, often because there is no health worker available.Infectious diseases and pregnancy and delivery complications cause at least 10 million deaths each year, Evans said, adding that with better access to health workers this could be prevented.To tackle this crisis, he said, more direct investment to train and support health workers was needed.The report urges countries to improve working conditions for health workers and develop plans to train a health workforce for the future.The report also calls for global cooperation and joint investment in research and information systems.This includes agreements on the ethical recruitment of and working conditions for migrant health workers, and commitments from donor countries to help crisis-beset countries to improve and support their health workforce.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Final estimates in from 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour unveiled the stresses the corn and soybean crops faced following an excessively wet spring and record slow planting pace this year. Scouts on Crop Tour sampled around 3,000 fields across the Corn Belt in seven of the nation’s most important corn and soybean states.Pro Farmer estimates the 2019 U.S. corn crop at 13.358 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 163.3 bu. per acre. That compares to USDA’s Aug. 1 estimate of 169.5 bu. per acre. For soybeans, the Pro Farmer production estimate is 3.497 billion bushels, with a national average yield of 46.1 bu. per acre, down from the 48.5 bu. per acre USDA estimated in August.“Ear counts were lower than last year in all of the Crop Tour states as a result of the rough spring conditions,” said Brian Grete, Pro Farmer editor. “We also found a corn crop that was, in many cases, multiple weeks behind in maturity due to the record-slow planting.”Jeff Wilson, Pro Farmer’s senior market analyst, said, “Soybean pod counts in a 3-foot by 3-foot square were down sharply across the seven Crop Tour states. That means the yield ’factory‘ is limited, especially in the eastern Corn Belt and South Dakota, where the spring conditions were worst and plantings were most severely delayed.More than 125 scouts, including farmers, agribusiness experts, media, government and financial firm representatives from 12 countries participated in the 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Field scouts gathered crop samples across portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota. Collectively, these states account for 70% of U.S. corn production.last_img read more

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Nincha Lets You Share What Others Won’t

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn’t about distributing your crude weekend photography, it’s about being able to upload content outside the parameters of basic community categories. While we all know that YouTube is for video, Flickr is for photography and LinkedIn is for career-related content, it’s hard to tell where we should be sharing our important but uncategorizable content. Nincha is a stealthy little community that just may infiltrate the community sharing space. Like many other social sites, Nincha lets you upload photos, create polls, share bookmarks and review products. However, some additional types of content include job and classified listings, code snippets, recipes, events and business cards. Rather than offering a basic light blogging tool, users are encouraged to comment on each others’ submissions and favorite the community’s best content. From here you can follow others and share your uploads via email, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Digg and text message. While it’s too early to say which types of content will dictate the tone of this community, its obvious there are advantages to this type of social sharing. Rather then just adding your code to GitHub or your own website, you can share snippets of code to your favorite social profiles with a better chance of recruiting new programmers and contributors. Additionally, the text message feature means that you can avoid sometimes finicky services like the Bump iPhone app and send your business card directly to an iPhone users’ contact book. And finally, if you know your pecan pie recipe is going to be a Thanksgiving hit, you might as well tweet it out now and save yourself the trouble of forwarding it to others. Nincha is offering us the chance to share the content and links we need without confining us to specific file formats. The first 1000 lucky ReadWriteWeb readers can try the service at http://nincha.com/signup/readwriteweb_8xqg1b. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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You Are Not Paying For Performance

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.Are you really paying for performance? Or are you really paying and hoping for performance?Paying In Advance of PerformanceIt’s easy to believe that paying more will allow you to hire employees that perform at a higher level. But it doesn’t work that way. The amount of money you pay doesn’t ensure performance. It isn’t a shortcut, and paying more doesn’t mean that you don’t have to hire well, manage well, train well, or hold people accountable to goals.You might be paying for performance, but paying in advance of performance doesn’t guarantee you’ll get it.Motivating with MoneyIt’s also easy to believe that building a compensation structure that rewards employees for greater performance will motivate them. It won’t. It doesn’t.Some people are seriously money-motivated (and this isn’t always a good thing). People that are motivated by money will take the necessary actions to make more money. They’ll do the work and make the calls. But they’ll really be performing because it’s who they are. They’re internally motivated to make more.But most people aren’t really motivated by money–they just want more money. There’s a big difference here. You can offer an aggressive bonus or commission structure, but it won’t really do anything to motivate the non-money motivated.Most people want more money; they just aren’t motivated enough to do the work.Compensation plans are tricky. Hiring well is no easy feat either. Paying for “performance” is no substitute for a thoughtful compensation plan or excellent hiring practices. It also doesn’t eliminate good management, good training, good coaching, or accountability.QuestionsDoes pay improve performance?Does paying more offset poor hiring or poor management practices?Are you motivated by money? Does money really drive you to do more? Or do you really just want more money?last_img read more

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