Two arrested for issuing fake documents for vehicle registration

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested from Rajarhat on Wednesday night for allegedly issuing fake vehicle registration and other related documents. Police have also seized two bikes and a luxurious car.According to police, on Wednesday night, cops from Rajarhat police station got a tip-off about a racket being operated in Rajarhat area where fake vehicle documents are being issued. Based on the information, sleuths raided a flat located on Reckjoani Hospital Road and found two persons identified as Ajijul Rahaman of Galasia Dakshinpara in Rajarhat and Altaf Hossain of Lilong District in Manipur along with a lot of fake documents. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDuring the raid, the police found one computer which was being used for making fake documents, instruments of making fake smart card, engine number plate, 144 pieces of blank Smart I Card, 58 pieces of blank Smart card with micro chip, photo paper and some finished, semi-finished smart card from Assam, Punjab and West Bengal. Immediately, both of them were arrested. Sleuths have also seized two bikes out of which one was unregistered and a luxurious SUV bearing registration number of Assam. During checking of database, sleuths found the same model of car with the said registration number but the engine number is different. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter interrogating the accused persons, investigating officers came to know that Rahaman was arrested previously in Kolkata Police area for dealing in stolen bikes. Hossain was also arrested in a same case in Kolkata Police area before that. Both of them met while they were in judicial custody then. Rahman had taken the flat in Rajarhat on rent during April this year and was running the racket under a person identified as Rafique of Haroa. Sleuths are trying to locate Rafique in order to find out who else are connected with the racket. It is suspected this could be an inter-state vehicle theft racket.last_img read more

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Tina Fontaines death and Raymond Cormiers trial What the jury heard

first_imgWINNIPEG – Jurors sat through three weeks of evidence in the trial of Raymond Cormier, 56, who on Thursday was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. Tina’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg several days after she disappeared in August 2014. The case reignited calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Here is what the jury heard:THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TINA AND CORMIERCourt heard Tina had a happy childhood raised by a great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, but the girl began to spiral downward when her father was murdered in October 2011. Tina’s mother, who had not been part of her life, re-emerged and Tina started going to Winnipeg to visit her. The girl ended up on the street and was being sexually exploited. Tina’s boyfriend Cody Mason, who was 18 at the time, testified the pair first met Cormier earlier in the summer of 2014 and told him they didn’t have a place to stay. Cormier, who court heard was a methamphetamine and crack user, took them to a house with a basement. Known to some as Sebastian and to others as Frenchy, Cormier supplied Tina with the prescription drug gabapentin, said Mason, who added he and Tina would also drink and take marijuana and cocaine. Tina told a social worker that Cormier was a much older man who was going to get her a bike. Cormier told friends he had had sex with the 15-year-old. One witness, Sarah Holland, testified she once saw Cormier grope Tina while asking her to “just do me.”—THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCEThe cause of Tina’s death was undetermined. Dr. Dennis Rhee testified that he found no definitive injuries on her body or to her internal organs. He said there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no signs of a stabbing or major blunt force trauma. It was estimated her body was in the river for three to seven days. There was no evidence that she drowned, but it couldn’t be ruled out. Christopher Keddy, who works at the RCMP forensics lab, testified that tests showed Tina’s body had a level of alcohol slightly above the legal limit for driving. Keddy also said there was a relatively high level of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana. There was no indication of gabapentin, but Keddy said the test the RCMP lab ran might not detect low levels of the drug. Under cross-examination, the defence suggested it couldn’t be ruled out that gabapentin was in Tina’s system at a potentially lethal level in combination with other drugs. There was no DNA evidence linking Cormier to Fontaine.—THE DUVET COVERThree people connected to Cormier told police he owned the same type of duvet cover that was wrapped around Tina’s body. DNA testing found no traces linking Cormier to the cover. Court heard police tried to find the source of the duvet cover. It was sold by Costco Canada and 864 had been shipped to the three Costco stores in Winnipeg. Police tracked down 100 people who had purchased covers with the same design to ask them whether they still had them. Under cross-examination, investigators acknowledged Costco had given away some of the unsold duvet covers, and police could not rule out whether similar ones had been purchased elsewhere and brought to Winnipeg.—THE ARGUMENT ON THE STREETOn Aug. 6, about two weeks before Tina’s body was found and three days before she was reported missing, witnesses saw her arguing with Cormier in the street and heard Cormier mention something about a river. Holland testified that she heard Tina tell Cormier she was going to call the cops. The Crown argued that Cormier was worried that Tina was going to report that he had stolen a truck. Court heard an audio recording of Tina calling 911 to report a stolen truck. Witnesses also testified that Tina was angry that Cormier had sold her bike for drugs. Cormier acknowledged the argument in an interview with police and said he followed her down the street before turning in the other direction. He said that is the last time he saw her. He also suggested the suspect police should really be looking for was a man who looked like singer Robert Plant who was walking in the same direction as Tina that night. “Don’t focus on me,” he told police.—ERNIE DeWOLFEDeWolfe met Cormier in prison and they stayed at the same halfway house for a time. DeWolfe testified he talked to Cormier on Aug. 15 and Cormier said he had met with Tina the previous day to ensure she was not going to call the police. “He just said that he had talked to her and he straightened it all out and took care of it,” DeWolfe testified. “I just presumed that he talked to her and … sorted it out.” Tina’s body was found in the river on Aug. 17. In cross-examination, the defence suggested DeWolfe made the whole story up because he and Cormier had had an argument over money.—THE UNDERCOVER TAPESPolice launched a six-month undercover operation against Cormier called Project Styx. Cormier was placed in a bugged apartment for free and an undercover officer moved into a suite on the same floor. Cormier was recorded saying he’d bet the girl was killed because he found out she was only 15 years old. “I drew the line and that’s why she got killed,” he said. Cormier also told a woman that when he last talked to Tina, he told her to go jump off a bridge. At another point, he asked a woman if she had ever been “haunted by something” before he started to talk about Tina and boast that he beat two murders. During another recording, Cormier said during an argument with a woman that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.” Court also heard Cormier in a recording warning people in his apartment not to overdose or they would end up wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the river. In conversations with the undercover officer, Cormier said there were “three rules to crime: deny, deny deny.”—THE ARGUMENTSCrown prosecutors contended that Cormier killed Tina, either by suffocation or drowning, because he found out she was only 15 and that would make him a pedophile. They said Cormier’s own words on the undercover tapes should be enough to convict him. The defence said that with no DNA evidence and no cause of death, there were too many holes in the case. It argued that Cormier felt guilt after learning that Tina was only 15 and he wanted to find the real killer.—last_img read more

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Keystone XL developer plans to start construction in 2019

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company remains committed to moving ahead with the project following years of reviews from federal and state regulators. The company has already started preparing pipe yards, transporting pipe and mowing parts of the project’s right-of-way in Montana and South Dakota, but TransCanada said in court documents it doesn’t plan start construction in Nebraska in the first half of 2019.The report issued Friday from the Trump administration’s State Department drew criticism from environmental groups, who say they’ll continue to fight the project they view as an environmental threat.“The Trump administration sees no problem with building the Keystone XL — in other news, the grass is still green and the sky is still blue,” said Kelly Martin, a campaign director for the Sierra Club.The updated, 338-page report was released a little more than a month after a federal judge in Montana ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.The original environmental impact study was issued in 2014, before Nebraska regulators approved a longer “mainline alternative” route that veered away from the company’s preferred pathway. President Donald Trump approved a federal permit for the project in March 2017, reversing former President Barack Obama’s decision to reject it amid concerns over greenhouse admissions.The report said the $8 billion, 1,184-mile pipeline would have a “negligible to moderate” environmental impact under its normal operations, and continuous monitoring and automatic shut-off valves would help company officials quickly identify a leak or rupture. Additionally, the report said TransCanada has a response plan in place that should mitigate the effects if it’s implemented quickly.“Prompt cleanup response would likely be capable of remediating the contaminated soil before the hazardous release reaches groundwater depth,” the report said.Environmentalists, Native American tribes and a coalition of landowners have prevented the company from moving ahead with construction. In addition to the federal lawsuit in Montana that seeks to halt the project, opponents have a pending lawsuit before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the Nebraska case aren’t expected until next month.Critics of the project have raised concerns about spills that could contaminate groundwater and the property rights of affected landowners. In Nebraska, a major battleground for the project, opponents are trying to change the makeup of the Nebraska Public Service Commission in hopes of overturning its previous decision to approve an in-state route for the pipeline.The latest State Department report is a draft that must still face public review and comments, but federal officials say they expect to have the final draft ready by December. In court documents from the Montana lawsuit, TransCanada’s attorneys said they believe all the pending lawsuits will be resolved before construction begins.The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with the original Keystone pipeline that runs down to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The State Department has noted that TransCanada has a lower overall spill rate than average in the pipeline industry.___Follow Grant Schulte on Twitter at read more

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NMDC gallops to digital mode

first_imgNEW DELHI: After achieving record performance in FY 2018-19, NMDC is embarking on a digital transformation journey in the new Financial Year, by adopting SAP as an ERP Solution through project titled ‘Kalpataru’. With this project NMDC aims to fully integrated solution encompassing all the business functions of the organization.The Project Kick off meeting took place at NMDC Head Office in the august presence of N Baijendra Kumar, CMD, NMDC; Dr T R K Rao, Director (Commercial); P K Satpathy, Director (Production); Sandeep Tula, Director (Personnel); Amitava Mukherjee, Director (Finance) and Shri V V S Sreenivas, Chief Vigilance Officer; Leadership teams from the partners Deloitte, CHiPS, Accenture and SAP also participated in the meeting. The ERP initiative at NMDC is expected to usher in process transformation by adoption of the global industry best practices, resulting in improved efficiency and greater transparency. This project will also provide competitive advantages to NMDC by harnessing technologies such as loT, Data Analytics, AI, which will enable NMDC to be among the leading Mining and Steel producers globally. Hailing the ERP team of NMDC for achieving this milestone, Baijendra Kumar said that this initiative will improve NMDC’s operational efficiency, and position NMDC as one of the most competitive and dynamic PSE of the country.last_img read more

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Back to Earth: Washington set to allow ‘human composting’

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as “natural organic reduction” — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks.The bill legalizing the process, sometimes referred to as “human composting,” has passed the Legislature and is headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.If signed by Inslee, the new law would take effect May 1, 2020. Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith said that while the governor’s office is still reviewing the bill, “this seems like a thoughtful effort to soften our footprint” on the Earth.The measure’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle, said that the low environmental impact way to dispose of remains makes sense, especially in crowded urban areas.The natural organic reduction process yields a cubic yard (0.76 cubic meters) of soil per body — enough to fill about two large wheelbarrows. Pedersen said that the same laws that apply to scattered cremated remains apply to the soil: Relatives can keep the soil in urns, use it to plant a tree on private property or spread it on public land in the state as long as they comply with existing permissions regarding remains.“It is sort of astonishing that you have this completely universal human experience — we’re all going to die — and here’s an area where technology has done nothing for us. We have the two means of disposing of human bodies that we’ve had for thousands of years, burying and burning,” Pedersen said. “It just seems like an area that is ripe for having technology help give us some better options than we have used.”Pedersen said an entrepreneurial constituent whose study of the process became her master’s thesis brought the idea to him.Katrina Spade, the founder and CEO of Recompose , was a graduate student in architecture at University of Massachusetts Amherst when she came up with the idea — modeling it on a practice farmers have used for decades to dispose of livestock.She modified that process a bit, and found that the use of wood chips, alfalfa and straw creates a mixture of nitrogen and carbon that accelerates natural decomposition when a body is placed in a temperature and moisture-controlled vessel and rotated.Six human bodies — all donors who Spade said wanted to be part of this study — were reduced to soil during a pilot project at Washington State University last year. The transformation from body to soil took between four and seven weeks, Spade said.A price for the service hasn’t yet been set, but the Recompose website states that the company’s “goal is to build a sustainable business to make recomposition a permanent death care option, serve people for decades to come, and make our services available to all who want them.”According to the Cremation Association of North America, Washington state’s cremation rate is the highest in the nation. More than 78 per cent of those who died in the state in 2017 were cremated, and that number is expected to increase to more than 82 per cent in 2022.Rob Goff, executive director of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association, said his group has been getting questions about the new process, and Spade has been a speaker at a series of recent district meetings of the association.“To be able to provide more options for people’s choices is a very exciting thing,” he said.Spade said that she doesn’t want to replace cremation or burial, but instead offer a meaningful alternative that is also environmentally friendly.“Our goal is to provide something that is as aligned with the natural cycle as possible, but still realistic in being able to serve a good number of families and not take up as much land as burial will,” she said.Pedersen said he thinks he may still want a marker in a cemetery when he dies, but said he is drawn to the idea of his body taking up less space with a process like natural organic reduction.“I think it’s really a lovely way of exiting the earth,” he said.Pederson’s bill also would authorize in Washington state the use of alkaline hydrolysis — already used in 19 other states — which uses heat, pressure, water, and chemicals like lye to reduce remains to components of liquid and bone similar to cremated ashes that can be kept in urns or interred.Rachel La Corte, The Associated Press read more

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Irans new uranium plant violated UN resolutions Ban says

29 September 2009A newly revealed Iranian uranium enrichment facility violates United Nations Security Council resolutions because of the delay in its disclosure, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “This is a question of when you should inform your intention or the existence of such facilities, or a plan to be transparent and credible – when you have such intent to build these facilities,” he told a news conference at UN Headquarters, adding that he had made this clear to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he met with him in New York last week.The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed last week that on 21 September Iran informed it in a letter that a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction in the country.“They should have informed, notified the IAEA a long time before. Not just before everything would be completed,” he added. “What has happened before 21 September, while this facility was being constructed? Therefore, there’s clearly a question of transparency.” Mr. Ban said Mr. Ahmadinejad told him he would be ready to accept IAEA inspections, and he later met with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the nuclear issue as well as that of promoting human rights.As Iran prepares to meet with Western powers in Geneva on Thursday over its nuclear programme, which it says is for the peaceful production of nuclear energy but which the United States and others say is aimed at producing nuclear weapons, Mr. Ban repeated his oft-stated argument that the onus is on Tehran to prove its case.“I made it quite clear that when they argue that their nuclear facilities are genuinely for peaceful purposes, the burden of proof is on their side,” he said. “I urged him [Mr. Ahmadinejad] to open the country’s new structure to prompt and full inspection, and to engage constructively in negotiations.”Turning to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Ban said he had stressed to Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon the importance of returning to the Six-Party Talks bringing together the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the US in an effort to resolve the issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.In June, the Security Council unanimously condemned the DPRK’s 25 May nuclear test conducted in “violation and flagrant disregard” of relevant Council resolutions.Mr. Ban said he thought DPRK showed a positive attitude towards his proposal to open a communication channel between it and the UN, and he assured Mr. Pak that the world body would continue to provide aid to address all the humanitarian difficulties, particularly the food security issue. read more

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Navy investigates claims bodies seen at sea

The navy has been deployed to investigate claims that several bodies have been seen floating in the seas off Trincomalee.The navy media unit said that the harbour police in Trincomalee had been informed that at least 6 bodies were seen floating at sea off Trincomalee. The police informed the navy about the claims and the navy deployed two boats to investigate the claims.However the navy said that as of 9.30pm Sunday not a single body had been seen by the navy boats and the search operation was continuing. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Niagara Recycling donation supports disability programs at Brock

Brock President Jack Lightstone at Thursday’s gift announcement from Niagara Recycling.Niagara Recycling has made an operational donation to Brock University that will help to fund seven community programs that support individuals living with disabilities.The $180,000 donation over the next four years will fund a co-ordinator position that will have a direct impact on the operation of the programs administered by Brock.The programs provide children and youth from Niagara with developmentally appropriate physical education experiences that enable participants to utilize their gross and fine motor skills, as well as enhance their fitness and conditioning levels.Niagara Recycling, a not for profit social enterprise company, has been contributing to the success of disability support programs at Brock since 1997. One of these programs, the Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP), has seen more than 25 thousand individuals with disabilities experience the joy of being physically active in a non-restrictive environment.“We are delighted that this donation will help sustain our inclusive and adaptive community programs,” says Maureen Connolly, SNAP program co-ordinator and professor of kinesiology. “This donation is an extension of Niagara Recycling’s on-going commitment to support people with disabilities in our region.”The Niagara Recycling donation will also support the Confident Healthy Active Role Models (CHARM) initiative, the Niagara Penguins program, and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp, just to name a few.Niagara Recycling will also continue to be an active supporter of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp at Brock. To date, they’ve contributed more than $117,000 to the initiative.“Funding this great program at Brock University has been made possible by our long standing partnership with the Niagara Region through the operation of their recycling processing facility,” says Bill McMullan, chair of the Niagara Recycling Board of Directors. “With this new funding initiative, Niagara Recycling has donated over $1.5 million to support programs for developmentally challenged individuals since 1996.”“Niagara Region enjoys a strong relationship with Niagara Recycling and we are proud of their efforts to support those with disabilities in our community,” said Niagara Region chair Gary Burroughs. “By increasing the amount of materials that we recycle and by continuing to effectively use our Grey and Blue boxes, we allow great opportunities like this to continue.”Niagara Recycling has helped to create a full-circle relationship with the community. Not only do they support the development of individuals with disabilities as children and youth, they also provide employment opportunities that allow these individuals to live fulfilling, active lives in our region. read more

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Now Is When College Football Starts To Matter

College football’s championship will be decided via a playoff bracket for the first time this year, rather than media polling or the near universally loathed Bowl Championship Series. You can read about the details of the new setup here, but the basic gist is that a 13-person committee of experts will come out with their own weekly rankings of the top 25 teams starting Oct. 28 and culminating in a Dec. 7 ranking of the top four teams in order to seed a four-team playoff.The committee is new and its members have yet to release any rankings, so it’s hard to say what their voting tendencies will be. But it’s probably a good bet that they won’t stray too far from long-standing rankings such as the Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Top 25. And if the AP’s rankings (since 1992) are any guide, now is when the existing Top 4 teams start to solidify their places in the final, pre-bowl edition of the regular-season rankings.Up until Week 5 of the college football season, the schools on the periphery of the AP’s Top 4 typically have a slightly lower probability of finishing the year among the (now-coveted) top quartet of teams than those currently occupying those slots. Starting in Week 6 — and accelerating in Weeks 7-9, the current stage of the 2014 campaign — the teams in the top four slots begin to pull away from the rest of the pack, increasing their probability of ending the regular season among the “Final Four.”That’s good news for Florida State, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, each of which found themselves sitting in the AP’s Top 4 after the dust cleared on this past weekend’s wild spate of upsets. Teams that survive midseason aren’t completely in the clear — historically, there’s still about a two-in-five chance that one of the teams in the existing Top 4 falls out after Week 9 — but teams in that position are significantly more assured of being “in” now than they were just two weeks ago. read more

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Fines for brothers Karabatic and five more players for bettingscandal

Three days after leading France to a sixth world handball championship team captain Nikola Karabatic, his brother Luka, but also few other Montpellier’s players from 2012, were given two-month suspended sentences for their key role in a betting scandal.Bets totalling 100,000 euros were placed that Montpellier would be losing at half-time of a match played May 12, 2012, against Cesson Rennes, a substantial part of the sum being placed by Luka’s girlfriend Jennifer Priez.Most of the 16 people involved in the nefarious scheme were handed fines of around 10,000 euros at the first sentencing in 2015 and Wednesday’s proceeding was an appeal by Nikola.While Luka and Priez had admitted gambling, elder brother Nikola denied all charges.Mladen BOJINOVIC : 20.000€, 4 months suspended sentenceDragan GAJIC : 20.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceLuka KARABATIC : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceNikola KARABATIC : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceSamuel HONRUBIA : 15.000€, 2 months suspended sentencePrimoz PROST : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceIssam TEJ : 20.000€, 2 months suspended sentence ← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes leads Hungary until Tokyo 2020! Next Story → CLOSED-CYCLE: Hendrik Pekeler to THW Kiel in summer 2018! read more

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Pat Lam to leave Connacht and take over as head coach at

first_img Connacht head coach Pat Lam. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOCONNACHT ARE TO begin the search for a new head coach for next season after announcing that Pat Lam will step down at the end of the current campaign.In a statement released this morning, the reigning Guinness Pro12 holders confirmed that the New Zealand-born coach “will finish up next summer to take up a new coaching role” after four seasons in charge.In a separate statement, Bristol — who are currently bottom of the English Premiership — have announced that Lam will succeed Mark Tainton as their head coach for the 2017/18 season.Lam took over from Eric Elwood for the 2013/14 season and oversaw a period of unprecedented success for Connacht. The 48-year-old former Samoa captain guided the province to the Guinness Pro12 title with a win over Leinster in the final at Murrayfield in May.“This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my life as Connacht and Galway is such a special place for myself and my family,” said Lam.“The friendships, support and memories we all have experienced throughout our time in the west of Ireland is truly heartfelt and will never be forgotten.“I feel extremely blessed to have been given an opportunity four years ago to build on the excellent work of Eric Elwood. I’m very proud that I can now pass on the baton with the knowledge that Connacht Rugby is truly seen as one of four strong provinces of Irish rugby. Lam celebrates at Murrayfield following Connacht’s Guinness Pro12 triumph. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Rugby should never be about the individual as players and coaches will always come and go. We have worked hard to have the structures and systems in place to ensure the future success of the province for our community.“I truly believe that through our strategic plan and the vision of ‘Grassroots to Green Shirts’, Connacht Rugby is in an extremely strong place going forward.“There is a lot of rugby to be played between now and the end of the season and myself, our management team and the players are fully committed to our goals on and off the pitch.“We are heading in to Champions Cup rugby this week on the back of so much hard work over the last number of years. We want to continue to inspire our community and we have many more opportunities on and off the field to do that this season.”Lam, who has been earmarked as a potential future Ireland head coach, signed a new three-year contract in January 2015 to remain at the Connacht helm until the summer of 2018. However, he’ll now depart a year ahead of schedule.Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said: “Firstly I’d like to thank Pat for everything he has done for Connacht Rugby. He led the province to a first ever trophy and that will be something that will live long in the memory. While there is a lot of rugby yet to be played this season, we wish Pat, Steph and their family the very best in the next chapter of their lives.“Connacht Rugby has made a huge amount of progress over the last number of years, with Pat building on the great work of those who went before him and we remain extremely confident and excited about the future. As a club, we will immediately engage with our Professional Games Board and the IRFU with respect to starting the process of recruiting our next head coach.” Lam: “We want to continue to inspire our community.” Source: James Crombie/INPHOHaving been promoted to the Premiership this season, Bristol are currently on course for relegation back to the Championship after losing all 10 of their games so far in this campaign.“Pat was the outstanding candidate in our search for a new head coach and impressed the board with his coaching ability, experience and enthusiasm for the task ahead. We’re very pleased to appoint an individual of his quality,” said Bristol chairman Chris Booy.“The board has been patient in our approach to ensure we have the right man to take this club forward in the long term. Pat has transformed a Connacht team into Pro12 champions and we believe he can build a squad, a culture and an environment that can be successful in the Aviva Premiership.“Mark Tainton and the existing coaching set-up will continue in their roles with the target of securing our Aviva Premiership survival. They have done an excellent job so far in instilling some real fight and positivity into the players and we are confident that Mark has the ability to keep Bristol in the top flight.”Commenting on his future role as Bristol head coach, Lam said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to coach and lead Bristol Rugby – a proud club with history, tradition and a bright future ahead.“What appeals to me most after speaking to Steve Lansdown and Chris Booy is their passion, vision and long-term commitment to inspire fellow Bristolians worldwide through rugby success on and off the field.“As with my decision to help Connacht Rugby four years ago, my coaching philosophy is very much aligned to assisting them in making Bristol Rugby a club where the Bristol community can be inspired and Bristol players have a genuine pathway to represent England by the quality of our rugby programme.“I’m committed to Bristol irrespective as to what happens in the short-term – everything is in place for the club to be a force in the future and I’m honoured to be invited to join the journey.”Updated at 10.45am‘You haven’t seen the best of Joey yet. He is the future of Leinster Rugby’Lansdowne stay top of 1A for the winter break, while Buccaneers can also enjoy the festive season that bit more Pat Lam to leave Connacht and take over as head coach at Bristol The Connacht head coach will depart for England following the conclusion of the 2016/17 campaign. 55,445 Views Dec 5th 2016, 10:22 AM 113 Comments Short URL Share175 Tweet Email1 Monday 5 Dec 2016, 10:22 AM By Paul Dollery Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Details on Mick Foley tour during WrestleMania 31 week

first_img Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The following are the scheduled dates for WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley’s one man show during Wrestlemania 31 week in March in California:* 3/25 in Sacarmento at the Punch Line Comedy Club* 3/26 in San Francisco at Cobb’s Comedy Club* 3/27 in San Jose at The ImprovFor more information, go to Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipU.S. Open champ picks Jennifer Lawrence to play herVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Clean cars and comedy in California Twittercenter_img U.S. Open champ picks Jennifer Lawrence to play her Pinterest Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Now Playing Up Next Bianca Andreescu Defeats Serena Williams to Win US Open Mariano Rivera awarded Medal of Freedom Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events Google+ Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of conventionlast_img read more

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Dominican fishermen released from prison

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas August 3rd, 2017 — The Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel, HMBS Madeira, captured two Dominican vessels and arrested both of their captains and crewmembers for illegally fishing in Bahamian waters last year November 2016. During the incident one of the Dominican vessels rammed the Defence Force vessel in a failed attempt to escape.The two Dominican vessels, Sheyla and Johnniel, were caught with approximately 68,000 pounds of fish and crawfish aboard. Altogether, 51 Dominicans were arrested. 50 of the poachers were subsequently charged with illegal fishing and sentenced to 6 months in prison or a fine of $20,000 each. However, the captain of one of the vessels was charged with endangering a vessel and subsequently sentenced to 16 months in prison.After serving their sentences at the Department of Correctional Services, 50 Dominican fishermen were handed over to Bahamas Immigration authorities in care of the Carmichael Road Migrant Detention Center for deportation. Nine months after the incident, the 50 Dominicans were subsequently released yesterday from the Carmichael Road Detention and transported to Prince George Wharf where they were handed over to the Dominican naval vessel, Almirante Didiez Burgos, to begin their journey home. The Dominican naval vessel was escorted in and out of Bahamian waters by a Defence Force patrol craft.The captain of the Dominican poaching vessel that rammed the Defence Force patrol craft, Victor Diaz, will remain in custody at the Department of Correctional Services until 2018. He had pled guilty to an additional charge of eight counts of causing the safety of HMBS Madeira to be endangered with intent to cause danger or harm; and one count of Damage. He was therefore sentenced to an additional 16 months at the Department of Correctional Services.last_img read more

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Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services agrees pay deal for 200 staff

first_imgCleaners who are working for Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services at Manchester Airport and who are members of the trade union Unite, are to receive an annual £850 pay rise and increased rates of pay for the festive season.The pay deal, which was announced on 1 November 2017, will ensure that employees who were on the statutory national minimum wage rate of £7.50 an hour will maintain a £0.50 differential, even if the minimum wage rate rises next year. This will amount to an extra £850 in pay a year. In addition, Manchester Airport’s 200 Mitie employed cleaners will also receive double time wage rates for working over Christmas and the new year.As part of the new pay agreement, Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services has committed to join more pay discussions with Unite in January 2018, and explore the possibility of a night premium for cleaners based at Manchester Airport.The pay deal is a result of negotiations after Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services’ staff who are Unite members gave notice for a campaign of nine strikes earlier this month. The industrial action was originally scheduled to begin with a 24-hour strike today (3 November 2017), while the final strike was proposed to run for 26 days between 18 December 2017 and 12 January 2018.On a turnout of 73%, 100% of the Unite members who balloted in September 2017 voted in favour of industrial action over the pay dispute. The industrial action was to campaign for a pay increase above the current voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour for UK employees, as well as for an extra £1 an hour backdated to April 2016.Employees who were due to take part in the strike action had previously rejected a revised pay offer made by the cleaning organisation, on the basis that the amended offer did not go far enough to address the pay issue and that the offer did not apply to all employees. Unite stated that many employees had already undergone a two-year pay freeze, and that the revised previous offer would have confirmed a third-year pay freeze for a significant proportion of affected employees.Jimmy Carter, regional officer at Unite, said: “Cleaners at Manchester Airport have called off industrial action after negotiations delivered a much improved pay deal from Mitie. The extra money will help [employees] with the basics like food, bills and rent plus there is a commitment for more pay talks in the new year. Keeping Britain’s third busiest airport clean is hard work and double pay for those working over Christmas and the new year is an extra boost for the festive season.”A spokesperson from Mitie added: “Mitie is continuing to actively engage with Unite in respect of our workforce at Manchester Airport. We are fully committed to ensuring the continuity and delivery of cleaning services at Manchester Airport.”last_img read more

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Google had some passwords stored in plaintext for more than a decade

first_img Comment Security Tags Plain to see. Stephen Shankland/CNET You might’ve tried your best to keep your passwords hidden, but a bug could’ve allowed Google employees to view those login credentials. In a blog post Tuesday, Google notified G Suite customers that some passwords were stored on its internal servers without any encryption — meaning anyone who found them could read them in plain text. Suzanne Frey, Google Cloud Trust’s vice president of engineering, said in the post that this bug affects only business users — so if you’re using Google for free, this doesn’t affect you. “We have been conducting a thorough investigation and have seen no evidence of improper access to or misuse of the affected G Suite credentials,” Google said.Google is the latest tech giant to announce an issue with unhashed passwords stored on its internal servers. Hundreds of millions of Facebook passwords were stored on Facebook’s internal servers, the social network said in March. In May 2018, Twitter also said a bug caused 330 million passwords to be stored in plaintext.Standard security practice is to encrypt passwords stored on internal servers, so employees can’t see and potentially abuse those login credentials. The G Suite bug affects only enterprise customers because back in 2005, administrators wanted tools to manually set and recover passwords. That tool stored a copy of the plaintext password, Google said. That bug lasted more than the last 14 years, the company revealed in its blog post. Google discovered a separate bug from this January, which stored passwords in plaintext for up to two weeks. The company said it has notified admins who are affected by these security issues.  Google Share your voice 1last_img read more

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Dr Bejavada Paparao gets award at Arthroscopy Society

first_imgVijayawada: Dr Bejavada Paparao of Kamineni Hospitals was honoured by the Karnataka Arthroscopy Association award. Dr Papa Rao was honoured with the award on June 27 at the Arthroscopy Society Conference held at Bangalore. The doctors of the hospital congratulated Dr Paparao on receiving the prestigious award on Sunday. Dr Paparao expressed his happiness on receiving the Karnataka Arthroscopy Association Award which is a great honour for his service to the patients. He said that after receiving the award the responsibility has increased and said that more than 1,000 ligament surgeries were performed successfully in the last ten years.last_img read more

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Korukonda shrine craves for development

first_imgRajamahendravaram: In all popular temples, the darshan of the main deities will be provided both in morning and evening from 6 am to 12 noon and from 5 pm to 9 pm and in the temples in Tirupati, Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Kanipakam, Annavaram, Vijayawada and Simhachalam, the darshan will be made available from morning to evening up to Ekantha Seva without any interruption. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us But, in the pilgrim centre Korukonda, the abode of Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy in East Godavari district, the darshan is made available from 9 am to 12 noon only in the name of Ekarchana and there is no darshan for devotees in evening. The temple priests should climb 615 steep to go to the temple with great difficulty and the devotees are also facing problems to climb hill for darshan of the Lord. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Though the temple was located at a distance of 20 km from Rajamahendravaram on the way to Bhadrachalam, the temple was not developed up to the expectations of pilgrims. The temple was in existence from Tretayuga and the deity of Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy was a Swayambhu along with Lakshmi Devi with a height of nine inches in a two feet height of mandir and the devotees should sit and see the God. Advertise With Us Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple Trust Board of Annavaram adopted the temple five years ago and maintaining it properly and the celestial rituals are being performed as per schedule. But there are some problems to be resolved by the Trust Board. The main problems are– half day darshan timings of the main deity, lack of shelter all along the 615 steps, lack of proper railings and lighting, no protection from monkeys and the steep steps are not suitable for climbing. There is a need to appoint new temple priests for uninterrupted darshan. Many devotees are coming from far off places across the state and other parts of the country are returning without having darshan due to limited timings. A devotee MRK Rao from Guntur demanded the Endowments Department to provide continuous darshan from morning to evening by appointing additional priests for the convenience of pilgrims coming from distant places and underlined the need to combat monkey menace. He added that he came two months ago and returned without having the darshan of the Lord. H Sunitha, a housewife from Visakhapatnam, was unhappy over the condition of steps saying that women, particularly the elderly people and children are facing problems to climb the steps up to the shrine and demanded the department to construct the steps to suit for walking. Lord Sriramachandra Murthi and Pandavas also performed pujas to Lord Lakshmi Nrusima Swamy, according to sources. An officer of Annavaram temple said proposals were sent to government about to change in the darshan timings of Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy. Plans are afoot to develop the temple in all fronts and provide facilities to devotees and to provide a ropeway to the top of hill shrine.last_img read more

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Man fakes death in video to avoid paying clip goes viral

first_img.Police have detained a man who faked his murder on social media — using red fruit juice as imitation blood — to avoid paying out $1,800 on a cricket bet, a senior officer said Tuesday.A video of Adel Shikder’s purported murder was shared some 10,000 times within days, prompting a hunt for his body.”He hired a film make-up artiste who is an occasional videographer to film his ‘murder’ after he lost a bet of 150,000 taka ($1,800) on the Nidahas trophy final between Bangladesh and India,” senior Dhaka police official Kamruzzaman Sardar told AFP.Bangladesh lost the 18 March match in Colombo when India’s Dinesh Karthik hammered a last-ball six to clinch an improbable victory.Police said three people are seen in the video. Two appeared to slit the throat of Shikder, 28, after holding him down.They used red fruit juice syrup as fake blood on his body while photos of a slit throat were shared on social media.Shikder sent the film anonymously to the person to whom he lost the cricket bet.”He had won Tk 40,000 from the same person during the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka semi-final, which Bangladesh won. He spent the money and then he made a bigger bet in the final,” Sardar said.Police said Shikder phoned his younger brother by changing his voice and told him the body was in Chittagong, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of the capital.Relatives and police searched for the corpse there after Shikder’s panicked parents lodged a complaint.The case unravelled after police arrested the make-up artist on Saturday and the next day Shikder was detained in the central district of Faridpur, Kamruzzaman said.”I did it so that he did not seek any money from me. I did not realise it would cause all this,” Shikder said when paraded before television cameras.Betting is illegal in Bangladesh. But in recent years underground betting on cricket has boomed, with millions of dollars changing hands during internationals and Bangladesh Premier League games.last_img read more

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Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning

first_img Check your body, save your life The week’s events have pushed aside, for now, the talk of Egypt’s budding economic recovery. GDP is accelerating, foreign investment has jumped and the stock market is rising. Unemployment is down and the country’s credit ratings are up. Gas lines are gone and the country has capital to invest, thanks in part to a multi-billion dollar aid package from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Among Brotherhood’s supporters, calls to abandon non-violence are growing, deepening an internal split over the issue. Wednesday’s call for revolt may reinforce those urging the use of force.Security expert H.A. Hellyer said it was not inevitable but “increasingly likely” that the call will result in “a more militant and insurgency-style route.” Hellyer, of London’s Royal United Services Institute, said such calls would find “a much more receptive audience against the backdrop of the political realities in Egypt and the crackdown.”The events do not bode well for attempts to support democracy, form a more pluralistic society, or even elect a parliament, which el-Sissi had said would come at the end of the year.Those elections, whenever they take place, are likely to produce a strongly pro-el-Sissi legislature. Islamists, in various forms, may still have a solid base of support but are likely to largely boycott — something that allowed el-Sissi to easily win election a year ago. The existing non-Islamic parties, an assortment of nationalists and liberals, were disorganized and hapless in opposition to Morsi and largely back el-Sissi now. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A sense of foreboding fills the air, with officials and media speaking of a state of war and urging national unity. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has promised swift justice, which critics fear will mean a further step away from democracy. The Muslim Brotherhood, banned but unbowed, has upped the ante by calling for revolt against his rule. There is fear of even worse attacks of the kind that have become sadly familiar around the region.It all presents a major challenge for el-Sissi, who as army chief led the takeover against Morsi two years ago, when millions filled the streets outraged over what they saw as Brotherhood misrule. He was later elected president, and the deal he has offered Egyptians — a curtailing of freedoms in exchange for stability and security — was one many seemed eagerly willing to embrace after several years of upheaval, in which the wider region has gone up in flames.The first part of that equation has been carried out: the once-ruling Muslim Brotherhood has been largely crushed, thousands of its members and scores of leaders in jail and hundreds — including Morsi — handed the death penalty. Public protests are restricted, as is political activity. The media has been cowed amid an atmosphere that seems to equate criticism with disloyalty, and even many liberal activists are in jail. The result has been quieter streets, without protests that often turned to riots the past three years, and violence against Christian and Shiite minorities has lessened, though not stopped. The crackdown on the Brotherhood and other opponents following Morsi’s ouster claimed hundreds of lives and landed thousands in jail. With most of the Brotherhood cadres imprisoned, youth supporters have been left leaderless. Some still protest several times a week in dilapidated Cairo suburbs and narrow alleyways, or restive rural areas off-limits to the state.Unprecedented, coordinated attacks by militants including massive suicide bombings on the army in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday underlined the failure to stem an insurgency that blossomed in the area after Morsi’s overthrow, despite a heavy-handed crackdown.The army said 17 soldiers and over 100 militants were killed, although before the release of its official statement, several senior security officials from multiple branches of Egypt’s forces in Sinai had said that scores more troops also died in the fighting. The same day, a special forces raid on a Cairo apartment killed nine leaders of the outlawed Brotherhood, which said they were innocents “murdered in cold blood,” and called for a “rebellion.”Sinai’s main insurgent organization, which calls itself the Sinai Province of the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s assault. El-Sissi has yet to address the public about the attacks, but in the past he has described the Brotherhood as the root of all Islamic extremist groups. Just two days earlier, the assassination of Barakat was claimed by an obscure militant group. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   ___Follow Rohan on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img But stability, which for a time seemed attainable, seems to be in danger of unraveling. Militants affiliated with the regional Islamic State group have turned the northern part of the Sinai peninsula into a war zone, this week staging a brazen multi-pronged attack on army positions. Last month a key tourist site at Luxor was attacked, and on Tuesday chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat was assassinated while leaving his Cairo home for work.Islamic radicals have claimed responsibility for the attacks. Authorities generally blame the Muslim Brotherhood itself, claiming its leaders issue orders from behind bars. Some believe the group’s denials while others don’t, and proof is scarce.Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Century Foundation, sees an “escalatory cycle … deteriorating security is eroding confidence in the capacity of the regime but at the same time also reinforcing hard-line trends in Egyptian society with respect of how to deal with these security threats.”After the killing of Barakat, an angry el-Sissi went on TV to promise more efficient justice. He also suggested that the death penalties against the Islamist leaders would — contrary to expectations — actually be carried out. FILE – In this Thursday, July 2, 2015, file photo, people carry the coffin for 1st Lt. Mohammed Ashraf, killed in Wednesday’s attack by Islamic militants in the Sinai, during the funeral procession in Ashmoun, north of Cairo, Egypt. When Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the army’s overthrow of Egypt’s Islamist president two years ago, he promised to usher in new stability for the country. Instead, now President el-Sissi is facing an even tougher challenge: An Islamic militant insurgency that unleashed its worst violence yet the past week. (AP Photo/Ashour Abosalm, File) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home CAIRO (AP) — Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt’s Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo’s Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt’s upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week’s dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country’s chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital. Sponsored Stories Action will be taken within days “to enable us to execute the law, and bring justice as soon as possible,” he said. In a thinly veiled reference to jailed members of the Brotherhood, el-Sissi blamed the violence on those “issuing orders from behind bars,” and warned: “If there is a death sentence, it will be carried out.”“We will stand in the face of the whole world, and fight the whole world,” el-Sissi said.El-Sissi was alluding to the widespread global criticism of his heavy-handed rule — charges certainly also echoed by domestic opponents, not all of them Islamists.On Friday, hundreds of mostly young Islamist demonstrators held several small protests in Cairo suburbs, carrying pro-Morsi signs and chanting “down with military rule.”But el-Sissi also has wide support among Egyptians who have come to feel that liberal democracy is a bad fit in a society where almost half the people are illiterate and significant political forces would, if allowed, create a theocracy which would hardly be democratic.“There’s progress and stability, we feel more order in the streets and the economy. But there’s nobody who’s not sad in Egypt these days because of the attacks in Sinai,” said Ibrahim Hamdy, a shopkeeper at a hardware store in a popular neighborhood of central Cairo, where Ramadan decorations hung from the buildings. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The next day, following the press conference to introduce first-round pick Haason Reddick, Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher reiterated the idea that the team’s focus was on the draft, not Washington.“To be honest with you, the best people to ask that for is Steve, Michael (Bidwill) and B.A.,” he said. “Talk to them about that question, that ain’t me.”Fair enough.With the draft now in the rearview mirror, Keim may now allow himself to look into Washington, and his potential return to the team. But, as the GM told Adam Schein on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio Tuesday, they have not had any contact with Washington since he was suspended in May 2014 for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.“To be quite honest with you we have had dialogue with his agent, but have not had a chance to talk to Daryl yet, just because of how busy we’ve been,” he said. “We’ll tend to that in the near future and obviously get a chance to talk to Daryl and see what’s going on.”While not the central issue regarding any success the Cardinals may or may not have in 2017, Washington’s status is certainly something to monitor. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It has now been more than one week since the NFL conditionally reinstated Daryl Washington, yet time has done little to clear up his future.In the days following the news, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he did not have any time to think about anything other than the draft, so commenting on Washington was a fruitless venture.“At the appropriate time, we’ll address that,” he said on April 27. “I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t put a lot of thought into it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A second-round pick out of TCU in 2010, he emerged as one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL, racking up 18 sacks along with 394 total tackles in four seasons. A Pro Bowl choice in 2012, he missed the first four games of the 2013 season due to a suspension but was an impact player once he returned.Looking at this season, the Cardinals have veteran Karlos Dansby as well as Deone Bucannon in the middle linebacker spots, while Reddick could also play there. If after missing three straight seasons Washington could be anything close to his former self on the field, he would give the Cardinals another dynamic player.Still, as of now there are far more questions than answers regarding the 30-year-old, which is why Keim and the Cardinals have plenty to look into.“I don’t think there’s any question that there will be a sit-down with Michael Bidwill, our president and owner, myself and Coach (Bruce) Arians,” Keim said. “More than anything, just an educational briefing on ‘where you have you been the last three years; what’s going on in your life?’“Once that meeting occurs there will be a decision made, and like I said, it’s been three years so the way the system’s set up right now, there’s a lot of unknown.”last_img read more

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