The Dude: Al KellockWhat is it with Glasgow? Can there be a more erratic side in European rugby? Two years ago they were the team with the Killer Bs back row, the swashbuckling Warriors from the Mean City who finished third in the Magners League. Then, unaccountably, last season they turned into paper tigers, ending up second bottom, below perennial strugglers Treviso and Connacht, with just six wins out of 22. This year coach Sean Lineen’s men are cramming the good, bad and ugly into one season. The bad was meek losses away to Ulster and home to Munster in the first two matches of the season, results which put Lineen under yet more pressure. The fleeting glimpse of ugly was the home loss to Treviso, the Italian side’s first RaboDirect Pro12 win on the road. But mostly, bafflingly, it’s been good, which is why they’re in the top half of the league table and still in contention to qualify for the Heineken Cup knockout stages for the first time in the club’s history. There have been superb league wins at Leinster, Cardiff Blues and Aironi, and equally impressive home wins over the Dragons and Ospreys. Mainly, though, there was that dramatic Heineken Cup victory over Sir Ian McGeechan’s Bath in a match that the Scots were never supposed to win. They did it ugly, too, playing within themselves but winning with a flourish as talisman Richie Gray touched down as the game reached a fiery crescendo.“That game epitomised everything about this club, about the spirit we have, about the way we keep coming back,” says skipper Al Kellock. “There’s a belief here and a work ethic that stands us in good stead. We didn’t play well against Bath, we didn’t exert the control we’d wanted and we gave them the ball more often than I care to remember, but it was sheer determination and a fantastic scrambling defence that saw us through.”Looking from the outside, it’s difficult to understand why Glasgow’s form veers so wildly from one extreme to the other, but to Kellock the cause is pretty clear. It comes down to cash. The club’s inability to pay the going rate means that as soon as a player impresses, he’s whisked away to England or France. Glasgow are, in the football parlance, a selling club. Kelly Brown, the Lamont brothers, Euan Murray, Dan Parks, Jason White and most recently Max Evans and Richie Vernon have all left Firhill for pastures new. The decision of the fans’ favourite Gray to leave for Sale in May is simply the latest in a long line of cherries that have been picked.“No one has higher expectations than the players themselves,” says Kellock. “But with hindsight the truth is that maybe more was expected of us last season than we could deliver. Some key senior players had left, we had four or five of the Scotland players out with long-term injuries, while John Barclay and Richie Gray were given the back end of the season off in the run-up to the World Cup.“That’s more than half of the first team gone, and that included Dan Parks (who moved to Cardiff). When you change your stand-off – especially if you change from a kicker ten like Dan to a player like Ruaridh (Jackson), who likes to run with the ball – the whole way the team is structured has to change. So last season was, in many ways, a transitional year, but it was also one where a lot of the young guys got blooded and we’re seeing the benefits of that this year.”It is those players who have reinvigorated the Warriors, not the old guard, edging Leinster in Dublin and sticking it to the Blues in Cardiff while the World Cup players were away. Up front, 21-year-old flanker and stand-in skipper Rob Harley was the pick of the bunch, but locks Nick Campbell, 21, and Tom Ryder, 25, plus prop Jon Welsh, 25, and No 8 Ryan Wilson, 21, also stepped up to the mark. In the backs 20-year-old stand-off Duncan Weir has put himself in contention for a Scotland start and full-back Stuart Hogg, 19, has been a revelation.“We’re erratic because we’re always at a different place on what can be a very steep learning curve,” says Kellock. “Right now we’re in a good place, with the young guys buying into that work ethic and absorbing the little things that make the difference between success and failure. We’ve absorbed the pain and now we’re looking ahead because we may have lost Richie, but I came back from New Zealand to find that we now have three genuine options at stand-off. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Longer-term, things are looking up. We’ve got a new CEO (at Murrayfield) who is talking about putting more resources into the pro teams, and we’ll be moving to a new stadium at Scotstoun, which is a fantastic facility. But more than that, we’ve now got a bunch of guys who know this is a fantastic place to live and play rugby, a city with a really rich rugby heritage. That’s why I believe in this team, why I recently signed a three-year contract, and that’s why we’re now becoming more and more difficult to beat.”This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. 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Protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on May 29.Thousands of demonstrators in Honduras and Guatemala are protesting their respective governments over corruption scandals involving the misappropriation of public funds.Both waves of protests, which began several weeks ago, are demanding the immediate resignation of right-wing presidents Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras and Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala. The Central American heads of state have been linked to bribery rings involving their respective country’s social security programs and private corporations, among other acts of corruption.Although each of these uprisings has its own unique form, due to differences in the political actors involved, they are similar in content. The political actors exist within the same economic environment. Ultimately, the ongoing protests in Honduras and Guatemala are national struggles against political corruption, a phenomenon inherent in the global economic system of capitalism.Scandals exposedProtests in Honduras began in early June when the political news channel Globo TV revealed that corporations linked to an embezzlement scandal involving the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS) provided funds for Hernández’s National Party during his 2013 presidential campaign.Private medical companies like Dimesa, based in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, helped finance Hernández’s campaign using profits made from backroom deals with IHSS officials. Dimesa has held a contract with the IHSS since 2011. Social security officials knowingly approved the purchase of overpriced medical equipment and low-quality medicines in exchange for bribes.Approximately $330 million were stolen from the IHSS, significant portions of which were siphoned into Hernández’s National Party campaign, Al Jazeera reported in a June 1 article. Additionally, thousands of Hondurans have died and are still dying as a result of the extraction of IHSS funds originally intended for medicine and equipment.Protests in Guatemala were ignited by two major scandals. The first involved a multimillion-dollar customs fraud exposed by a United Nations report released in April. Guatemalan government officials were reported to have been accepting bribes in exchange for lower customs duties for private corporations. The second involved Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS) officials who signed a $15 million contract for dialysis with a company that has no experience, the June 12 New York Times reported.Social security officials in Guatemala, just like their counterparts in Honduras, are reported to have received millions of dollars in kickbacks. Protesters consider Molina involved in both acts of malfeasance.Honduran prosecutors investigating the scandal have since meted out minor forms of justice. From the National Party, former IHSS director Mario Zelaya, Dimesa investor Shukri Kafie and National Congress Vice President Lena Gutiérrez have all been charged with corruption and public health crimes. National Congress President Mauricio Oliva, also a member of the National Party, is currently being investigated for his involvement.Guatemalan prosecutors have done the same. Former Vice President Roxana Baldetti stepped down from her position in May at the request of the Attorney General’s office, following accusations of her involvement in the customs bribery scandal. Her former secretary, Juan Carlos Monzón Rojas, who ran the operation, has been formally charged and has been given fugitive status. Several other government officials have also been arrested in connection to the IGSS case.Despite these meager concessions, the masses are continuing to rise up. Thousands of protesters in Honduras and Guatemala have taken to the streets daily to demand that their respective country’s president step down. Solidarity protests have also been organized in several other countries, including Mexico, the United States and Canada. Demonstrators are continuing to organize larger actions by the day as neither Hernández nor Molina have announced plans to resign.Overall, the mass uprisings in Honduras and Guatemala must be understood as being similar in content. Although the corruption scandals that sparked the anti-government mobilizations involved different political figures and institutions, they both took place in countries deeply entrenched in the global economic system of capitalism. The expansion of profits for private interests is as central to capitalism as it is to the corruption scandals in Honduras and Guatemala.Both Central American nations are under the control of right-wing political parties working in favor of the global ruling economic class, which seeks the expansion of profits at the expense of millions of people. The everyday super-exploitation of workers and farmers leads inevitably to corruption and bribes. It all boils down to profit.Just as corruption in Honduras and Guatemala should be understood as being integral to the global economic system of capitalism, the anti-corruption protests must also be understood as necessary mass reactions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Trump no solo continúa llevando a cabo una vil diatriba antiinmigrante casi a diario, sino que los agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas llevaron a cabo recientemente un siniestro ataque SWAT en Arizona. Y en la ciudad de Nueva York, los agentes de ICE están arrestando a inmigrantes haciéndose pasar por policías de Nueva York.La patrulla fronteriza realiza una redada de estilo militar en el campo No Más Muertes, 31 de julio de 2020.Morir de sed es aceptable en los EE.UU.El 5 de octubre, la Patrulla Fronteriza de Estados Unidos allanó el campo No Más Muertes en Arizona, cerca de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Esta organización humanitaria, un grupo vital de personas heroicas que salvan vidas, informó desde el campamento que los agentes de ICE capturaron a 12 inmigrantes y detuvieron a siete voluntarios.No Más Muertes caracterizó los arrestos y detenciones como “un patrón de criminalización”.Esta fue la segunda incursión en el campamento del grupo desde este verano. Según el Washington Post, No Más Muertes “es un grupo religioso formado en 2004 en respuesta a una gran cantidad de migrantes que estaban muriendo mientras intentaban cruzar el brutal desierto de Sonora”. (6 de octubre)Un comunicado de prensa de No Más Muertes decía: “Después del atardecer del 5 de octubre, entró la Patrulla Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos. . . a Byrd Camp con una orden federal. Los voluntarios estuvieron retenidos durante tres horas mientras las personas que recibían atención médica, alimentos, agua y refugio del calor de más de 100 grados fueron detenidas.”Según la organización, la invasión estatal fue “una demostración masiva de fuerza armada” ya que la BORTAC (Unidad Táctica de la Patrulla Fronteriza) “descendió al campamento con un tanque blindado, un helicóptero y muchos vehículos marcados y sin marcas. Agentes armados con rifles de asalto persiguieron y aterrorizaron a quienes estaban recibiendo atención”. Además, rompieron puertas y ventanas y destruyeron la infraestructura y los suministros esenciales.El comunicado de prensa continuó: “Esta criminalización de la ayuda humanitaria y la atención médica que brindamos es solo un avance de las políticas mortíferas de la agencia. La Patrulla Fronteriza detiene a personas en instalaciones inseguras y mortales donde la negligencia médica es desenfrenada y los abusos a los derechos humanos están bien documentados”.Para enviar mensajes de solidaridad o una donación monetaria muy necesaria, visite: nomoredeaths.orgICE y policía, uno y el mismoLos neoyorquinos tienen todas las razones para sentirse intimidados y recelosos de la policía de Nueva York, después del infame debacle de “parar y registrar” que tuvo como objetivo las comunidades negras y morenas y el trágico asesinato en 2014 de Eric Garner, cuyo grito “no puedo respirar” generó protestas masivas.Entonces, cuando la policía llega a la puerta buscando a alguien y los policías resultan ser agentes de ICE, puede estar seguro de que la comunidad resistirá.Es por eso que los defensores y los funcionarios de la ciudad se reunieron con las familias de inmigrantes el 10 de octubre para denunciar los informes de “prácticas engañosas de los oficiales de ICE para detener y deportar a las personas”.Según el concejal de la ciudad Ydanis Rodríguez, uno de los organizadores del mitin, la comunidad pedía la liberación de Fernando Santos-Martínez, secuestrado por agentes de ICE que afirmaban ser agentes de la policía de Nueva York del Precinto 34.Según Rodríguez, ICE se presentó de civil en el apartamento de la familia y repetidamente intentó entrar mientras se identificaba como policía. Sin dejar que la resistencia de la familia los detuviera, los agentes de ICE intentaron intimidar al superintendente del edificio para que consiguiera que la esposa de Santos-Martínez, María, abriera la puerta.Los agentes de ICE dijeron que necesitaban hablar con Santos-Martínez “sobre un incidente anterior”, por lo que el cónyuge “sin saberlo les dio su número de teléfono”, dijo Rodríguez.Según los informes, el alcalde de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, dijo el viernes que el había “pedido a ICE que ordenara a sus agentes que no declararan o insinuaran que representan a la policía de Nueva York”.Pero tanto la policía de Nueva York como la de ICE son agentes deshonestos que protegen a un estado capitalista. Y harán lo que quieran y pondrán en acción sus creencias supremacistas blancas, no lo que ordene de Blasio. La policía y ICE han demostrado una y otra vez que están políticamente alineados con las viles políticas racistas de la administración Trump. De hecho, la policía de Nueva York, a través de su unidad de propaganda de la “Asociación Benevolente de Policía”, salió en agosto por primera vez en un histórico respaldo a Trump para otro mandato como presidente.Mientras ICE evita que los migrantes obtengan agua en el desierto con tanques blindados, y mientras la policía y el ICE unen fuerzas cada vez más, ya es hora de que el movimiento elimine a la policía y al ICE de una vez por todas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook ReddIt Facebook Derek Lytlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/derek-lytle/ What we’re reading: Presidential town halls to air tonight, #MeToo leader speaks on movement’s anniversary Twitter Derek Lytle Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleHoroscope: October 16, 2020Next articleWhat we’re reading: US approaches 8 million COVID-19 cases, presidential town hall recap Derek Lytle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU: A campus altered by COVID-19 Reed Hall is where the physical Writing Center is located. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Frogs sweep Sooners after double-header Linkedin What we’re reading: Joe Biden has narrow lead in uncalled states, COVID-19 numbers reach a new high + posts Linkedin printStudents will not be allowed to study abroad in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under normal circumstances, students would be preparing to study abroad. However, the unpredictability of entry and exit requirements for foreign countries made it unfeasible amid the pandemic, according to an email sent to students Wednesday from Sheila Williams on behalf of the Center for International Studies. “Country-specific entry and exit requirements have been unpredictable,” said Dr. Sandra Callaghan, the Director of the Center for International Studies. “We believe that suspending programs is in the best interest of our students both for health and safety reasons but also to allow our students to have certainty as they plan for the spring semester.” TCU offers over 250 programs in 54 countries around the world, giving students a vast selection of unique international opportunities. The decision to suspend study abroad activities came based on advice from TCU’s security analysis team at On Call International. The information and guidelines provided by organizations such as the WHO, the CDC, the U.S. State Department and the Overseas Security Advisory Council were factored in. While there is hope that TCU will be able to begin offering abroad programs for the summer 2021 semester, leaders of the abroad program suggest it is a cautious optimism. Students who were planning on being able to study abroad were saddened by the change of plans.Junior finance major Freddie Gibbs had planned on studying abroad in the spring semester before the announcement was made. “I was planning on studying in Europe for my spring semester and the news is definitely disappointing,” said Gibbs. “Hopefully, they can organize a plan to make sure it is an option after next May.”Callaghan said scholarships will still be available for future study abroad opportunities. “TCU has a long history of strong financial support for Study Abroad,” Callaghan szid. “TCU will continue to support both need-based and non-need-based study abroad scholarships. More details will be available as we develop a unique portfolio for Maymester and Summer.”Students can stay up to date for more details on scholarship opportunities by checking the Center for International Studies website beginning in late October. Derek Lytlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/derek-lytle/ ReddIt Derek Lytlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/derek-lytle/ Junior Sports Broadcast Major / Journalism Minor Derek Lytlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/derek-lytle/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025
News Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en April 28, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl against advice from Al-Qaeda leaders One of the leaked US defence department cables released this week by WikiLeaks reveals details about Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and murder in Pakistan in January 2002 and the divisions it caused within Al-Qaeda.According to the cable, Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks) told his interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre that Pearl was killed against the advice of several Al-Qaeda leaders. Mohammed personally beheaded him.Sayf al-Adl, a former Al-Qaeda commander, said “it would not be wise to murder Pearl” and that he should “be returned back to one of the previous groups who held him, or freed.” But Sharif al-Masri, the group’s chief financial officer, disagreed. Mohammed told interrogators that Pearl was finally taken to taken to the house of Al-Qaeda’s finance chief in Pakistan, Saud Memon, and was executed there.The revelations support the findings of the “Pearl Project,” a three-year investigation by journalists into Pearl’s death, which concluded that more than 27 people were involved in his murder.Reporters Without Borders repeatedly expressed its support for Pearl and his pregnant wife at the time his abduction and murder.
NewsLocal NewsAfter silver, Grainne collects exam resultsBy admin – August 19, 2010 653 WhatsApp Advertisement Email Print Twitter Linkedin Facebook LIMERICK’S great new shining hope for the London Olympics in 2012, scooped another triumph when she received the results of her Leaving Certificate examination on Wednesday.Five days ago, Grainne Murphy, the 17-year-old Castletroy College student spectacularly scooped silver for Ireland in the 1,500 metre freestyle of the European Swimming championships in Budapest. Yesterday she received her exam results.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Due to her demanding training schedule the college has allowed her to sit her Leaving Cert over two years.Said principal Martin Wallace: said that as a full-time swimmer, Grainne “wouldn’t be winning medals at the European Championship otherwise – it is important that we accommodated her here from the beginning.“The school is very proud of her achievements at the competition. I remember when she arrived in here as a 13-year-old, bright-eyed and bushy tailed. She has come so far it is incredible and a lot of credit is due to her coach Ronald Claes and UL”.Two years ago in an exclusive interview with the then 15-year-old swimming talent from Castletroy, Grainne told this newspaper that she didn’t watch much TV.:”As for other subjects at school, the one I’m mainly interested in is German,” she said at the time.Just before going to Press on Wednesday, her mother, Mary confirmed that her daughter was on her way to collect her results.“She won’t open the envelope until she gets home but I’d say she will be pleased – we’re delighted and very proud of her winning silver in Budapest.”Pleased, overall with this year;s exam results, Castletroy College principal, Martin Wallace acknowledged their good performance in maths and science. He said that economic changes have led to changes in student choices for third level.“We’re seeing a lot more students going towards the arts and hoping to specialise afterwards,”.One very pleased principal is Michael Cregan of Laurel Hill Secondary School.“We did fantastically well overall and I think we had over double the national average of students with over 500 points,” he said..High achievers at Laurel Hill included Rachel McNamara from Raheen who got 7 A’s and Caherdavin’s Jean Ryan who scored 590 points.“These are some of the best results we’ve had in years and that is down to the hard work of the teachers and students here in the school,” said Mr Cregan..Jamie Brislane of Clareview, who scored 600 points, was the star performer at Villiers School in what principal Thomas Hardy described as an incredible year.“Congratulations to Jamie and the rest of the students as this is probably the best set of results we have ever had in Villiers”. Previous articleParking, not retail parks, blamed for city declineNext articleKiely scuppers move to stall manager admin
The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Nationstar Mortgage has agreed to pay $77 million to settle class-action suits filed by homeowners over the alleged inflating of homeowner insurance rates, according to media reports.The Nationstar settlement was approved earlier this week; combined with a similar lawsuit against Ocwen Loan Servicing (part of Ocwen Financial Corp.) that was settled in September, the two servicers will pay a combined total of $217 million to more than 1 million homeowners.The homeowners sued Ocwen and Nationstar, two of the country’s largest mortgage servicers, over what foreclosure defenders call “force placed insurance.” Third parties were searching the records of lenders and servicers to find homeowners who either had no insurance coverage or sufficient insurance coverage to satisfy their mortgages, according to a report from the Daily Business Review.The class action suits claim the insurance policies were automatically issued to homeowners at rates approved by lenders, which were much higher than market rates. Homeowners claim they did not have a choice in the matter, hence the term “force placed insurance.” Lenders call the practice “creditor-placed insurance.” According to the homeowners, lenders made as much as 25 percent commission from the insurers in some cases while homeowners struggled to pay the bill for the inflated insurance premiums during the financial crisis.U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (in Miami) approved the Nationstar settlement on Monday, November 10. He approved the Ocwen settlement Sept. 14. According to the report, he wrote in his statement for Ocwen that, “The settlement is generous to class members, providing relief approximating a trial win and for many class members exceeding a trial win.” The Ocwen settlement pays homeowners 12.5 percent of the net insurance premium.The deals provide $140 million in monetary relief from Atlanta-based Ocwen and $77 million from Dallas-based Nationstar, revising practices that once allowed lenders and servicers to benefit from collateral protection insurance.Nationstar did not immediately return the request from DS News for comment. Ocwen spokesman John Lovallo said, ‘We were pleased when the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued its final approval on this settlement in September 2015. The Company established a reserve for its portion of the settlement during the third quarter of 2014, and believes that it is adequately reserved. We look forward to returning our full focus to what we do best – helping homeowners stay in their homes.” Both Nationstar and Ocwen had a rough third quarter financially. It has been tough for Ocwen since December of last year, when it agreed to a $150 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services over erroneously dated foreclosure notices issued to borrowers. That settlement included the departure of Ocwen’s chairman, Bill Erbey, who founded the company in the mid-1980s. In Q3, Ocwen laid off about 300 employees—about 10 percent of its U.S. workforce—and posted a net loss of $66 million. Likewise, Nationstar also posted a net loss of $66 million in Q3. Force-placed Insurance Nationstar Ocwen Financial Settlements 2015-11-12 Brian Honea Nationstar Becomes the Latest Servicer to Settle Over ‘Force Placed Insurance’ Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae: Is Government’s Definition of ‘Affordability’ Accurate? Next: Aside from Completed Foreclosures, the News in Florida is All Good Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Nationstar Becomes the Latest Servicer to Settle Over ‘Force Placed Insurance’ Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Tagged with: Force-placed Insurance Nationstar Ocwen Financial Settlements November 12, 2015 3,560 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Print This Post