Video: Cancellara Talks About Trek Bikes, Trek Flexes Some Frames

first_imgEven if you don’t care about Trek, Leopards or Fabian Cancellara, this video shows some rather impressive frame flex testing at about 3:20 in that makes it worth watching. For those that do care, this is part two of Trek’s Driven series of vids. The first one is after the break…last_img

Remembering the victims

first_imgThe Good Hope Foundation and Athlone SAPS held a placard demonstration to create awareness around women and child abuse. The public were asked to write on two crosses the names of loved ones who had died violently. A non-profit organisation, in collaboration with Athlone SAPS, organised a placard demonstration in remembrance of women and children who suffered violent deaths, and to send a strong message that gender-based violence will not be tolerated. Part of the Good Hope Foundation’s strategy to get the message across was to have women dress in white and wear sheets for the “We Refuse to be Ghosts” theme. Women and children’s underwear, including nappies, were hung between posters at the placard demonstration, on the corners of Klipfontein Road and Jan Smuts Drive in Athlone on Thursday September 19. Residents were encouraged to write on two crosses the names of loved ones who had died violently. Later, the group released white ribbons in memory of the victims.Julie Koopman, from the Good Hope Foundation, said they wanted to put an end to the rape, abuse and murder of women and children. Many of the women the foundation helped through its outreach work were trapped in abusive relationships, she said.last_img read more

‘There was no money’: MoJ called in consultants to help control spending

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has blamed ‘rustic’ forecasting techniques for projected overspending last year, but insists it is getting better at controlling its finances.Giving evidence to the Commons justice select committee yesterday on the ministry’s 2015/16 accounts, permanent secretary Richard Heaton (pictured) said the department is working hard to improve its forecasting capabilities.Heaton said: ‘When we put up civil fees, we projected a future volume which did not materialise. Something was unsatisfactory. We’ve had independent analytical consultants in to do a report on our modelling to see what went wrong.’The report highlighted two ‘great uncertainties’, Heaton said. The first was human behaviour, which ‘is not very predictable on the back of things like fee increases. As opposed to price increases in the supermarkets, there just aren’t many comparators’.The second was the quality of the data from cases going through the courts, which Heaton admitted had not been good.In March 2015 the MoJ imposed court fee hikes of up to 660% for money claims, which statistics have suggested could be pricing small businesses out of the courts.MoJ chief financial officer Mike Driver told the committee it was ‘fair to say the techniques we were using within the ministry to do some aspects of our forecasting were slightly rustic’.He added: ‘We have put in place some systems to help improve the forecasting that we have – we are doing a lot more range forecasting, looking at uncertainty far more, doing simulation modelling around our financial forecasts far more than was the case previously.’Last year the ministry requested an additional £427m of funding through a ‘supplementary estimate’. However, the final outturn was a £93m underspend against the estimate, the National Audit Office states in a departmental overview published today.The 2015 spending review requires the department to achieve savings of 15% and halve its administrative budget by 2020.The ministry is proposing to set forecasting targets for each of its budget-holders, with the aim of being able to forecast within 1% of its budget.Driver said there had previously been ‘too little ownership’ of forecasting across the department, since it was ‘seen as something that finance was responsible for. We’re trying to change the culture’.Heaton refused to apologise for introducing emergency spending controls last year, which caused a rift between the ministry and prison inspectors.He said: ‘When I came in as permanent secretary 14 months ago and when it became clear just how far away from balancing our books we were, we reached for spending controls not because they’re a state-of-the-art measure for bearing down on discretionary spend, but because we had to do something very quickly and send a signal to the organisation that there was no money.’Heaton acknowledged that the emergency spending controls were ‘necessarily a bit rough and a bit brutal’, with budget-holders required to submit, on a weekly basis, areas of discretionary spend for approval.Heaton said: ‘There was quite a lot of bureaucracy, monitoring from the centre. It was probably felt by arms-length bodies that there was a breakdown of trust. I hope those relationships have been rebuilt.’Budget-holders are still required not to use discretionary spend on, for instance, expensive conferences – but authority has been delegated ‘to a more appropriate level’.Heaton said: ‘The controls are there but the process we hope we’ve lifted. I don’t make any apology for putting them in place a year ago because we had to do something.’Highlighting efforts to improve the ministry’s commercial function and contract management, Heaton described the electronic-tagging ‘episode’ with G4S and Serco as a ‘pretty low moment’.A specialist commercial team has been set up in Leeds, ‘instead of relying on expensive contractors down in London’, Heaton said.He added: ‘If you asked me to score us on a maturity matrix, we are 2.5 out of 5. I’d like to be 4.5 out of 5. As in finances, we have some way to go, but it’s not an area anywhere close to where we were when we had the tagging fiasco.’last_img read more

Damien Comer Is PwC GAA/GPA Player Of The Month For April

first_imgGalway’s Damien Comer wins the football PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month for AprilTipperary’s Jason Forde takes home the hurling accolade Damien Comer was a key player in Galway’s successful Allianz League division one campaign. The Tribesmen missed out on the 2018 title, with defeat to Dublin in the final; that was their only loss of the entire league. They battled hard in their decider with Dublin, with Comer causing problems throughout. He scored 0-3 on the day.Jason Forde had stand out performances throughout Tipperary’s league campaign, propelling them to the final. Despite defeat, the Silvermines GAA clubman scored a total of 2-12 when they met with Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.Commenting on the announcement, Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said: “As the sponsor of the PwC All-Stars, we are delighted to support excellence in young Irish talent.  Working together and making a difference are core values of our business and are also central to performance on the field.  “The April 2018 PwC/GAA/GPA Player of the Month kicks-off the 2018 PwC All-Stars Campaign.  The April Player of the Month winners have been recognised for their outstanding contributions.  Both players have demonstrated great teamwork, effort and commitment, just the vital qualities needed for success in sport and in business.”Speaking on behalf of the GAA, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan added: “Well done to Damien and Jason on their respective football and hurling awards after hugely impressive finishes to their league campaigns.“Damien played a starring role throughout Galway’s campaign helping them to another final while Jason’s scoring returns were the stand-out feature of Tipperary’s march to a hurling final appearance.“Being honoured by your peers is important and while congratulating both winners I’d also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of PwC for these awards.”Speaking on behalf of the GPA, Chairman and acting CEO Seamus Hickey said: “Congratulations to Damien and Jason on being honoured with this award. This award always holds a special significance for players when they have been chosen by their peers. “Both Damien and Jason are very deserving winners who have demonstrated great leadership and drive whilst playing with Galway and Tipperary respectively.  We look forward to seeing more of the same from both men in this summer’s championship.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The first PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award winners for 2018 were presented with their trophies at a ceremony at PwC’s head offices in Dublin this morning.  Galway’s Damien Comer was announced as the football winner, while Tipperary’s Jason Forde picked up the hurling award.last_img read more

Eriksen’s agent reveals ‘several clubs’ are hoping to sign him this summer

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Christian Eriksen’s agent has revealed “several clubs” are hoping to sign his client this summer.The Danish star, 26, has two years left on his £70,000 per week contract at Spurs, but is wanted by the likes of Real Madrid.3 Christian Eriksen’s agent has revealed ‘several clubs’ are after his clientCredit: AFPMadrid reportedly see him as the eventual heir to another former Tottenham star Luka Modric’s throne in the middle of the park.Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots has now suggested his client could be on the move, with Barcelona another team keen to sign him.Schoots revealed: “The only thing I can say is that concerning the interest of several clubs in Christian is that we prefer not to comment.”Christian wants to focus completely on the World Cup – just as he did before on qualifying for the Champions League with Spurs.3 Christian Eriksen is reportedly on the radar of both Real Madrid and BarcelonaCredit: PA:Press Association”But becoming a father for the first time very soon, there is even something bigger at the moment he is giving his attention to.”Meanwhile, Tottenham fans are also bracing for the worst regarding boss Mauricio Pochettino – who has hinted he would consider taking the vacant Real Madrid job.’HAVE TO LISTEN’ Pochettino admits ‘you have to listen’ when Real Madrid call despite just signing five-year Spurs dealPoch told El Confidencial: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them. Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me.”I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here. I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together.”Mauricio Pochettino does not disregard Real Madrid move despite just signing new five year deal at Tottenham 3 Christian Eriksen could even follow Mauricio Pochettino to Real MadridCredit: REUTERSMOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final gameWho Tottenham need to take their side to the next level in 2017-18last_img read more

Rights Group Releases Police Brutality Report 2015

first_imgRescue Alternative Liberia (RAL), a local human rights group, yesterday accused authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) of failing to address common human rights abuses and violations by officers.The RAL report, “Human Rights Situation Report 2015, Security Unprofessional Behavior” charges that careless internal investigations do not hold police officers accountable for abuse of power, and that criminal investigations rarely result.Held at the West Point Administrative Building in Monrovia, the launch was attended by LNP, UNMIL officers and community residents.According to RAL, the report is based on interviews with community leaders, residents, eyewitnesses, law enforcement officers and others over a period of one year. He said that during that period the interviews revealed several problems common to all of them such as unjustified shootings, severe beatings, extortion, mob justice, prisoners’ rights violations and other forms of brutal physical treatment.These abuses are violations of international human rights treaties, to which Liberia is bound, as well as domestic laws, the report also pointed out. Furthermore, the report says the abuses are a betrayal of the public who the officers are sworn to serve and protect.According to them, some of the cases of abuse and violation were forwarded to court while some were never addressed, thereby leaving the perpetrators (especially state security personnel) to go unpunished.At the launch, Kedar Poudyah, Rule and Law Advisor in UNMIL’s Human Rights Section, said “Police have a responsibility to protect human rights and not to intimidate people.”The UNMIL human rights advisor said the role of the police in the community is primarily to protect the rights of individuals and the society where he or she stays.“Police roles come from the law and they are not to harass, intimidate and violate the rights of people,” he said.They are there to help people and to ensure security in the community, he said.“If something happens in the community police are there to investigate, arrest and sometimes detain, but not to treat the accused wrongly,” RAL said.Earlier, RAL program Director, Sam M. Nimely, lauded the participants and called on the LNP to do more to protect human rights in the country, especially in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown.He said a strong relationship between the police and the community is the best way to create trust and confidence among the two groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Get real, Madam Mayor!

first_imgDear Editor,With the veritable epidemic of corruption that has swept City Hall in Georgetown over the last year, does the Mayor, Patricia Chase Green, really not know why a senior officer is not taking action against certain senior officers and why he appears to be too lenient with them? How does she think one special contractor gets paid all the time, in a timely manner, whilst the other contractors are not paid for a year?How does she think the interests owed by some properties are waived whilst others have to pay?How does she not think that the employment of friends and relatives by some senior officers and some Councillors is a clear act of nepotism?And do you know that senior officers of the Council have to be disciplined by the Local Government Commission, which does not exist?Sincerely,Mark Roopanlast_img read more

Ex-chief is jailed

first_imgCALIMESA – A former police chief was in custody Friday on suspicion of murder after his wife was found floating face-down in their backyard hot tub, authorities said. Blair Christopher Hall, 49, was arrested Thursday evening, about 12 hours after he called 911 to report that his wife was unconscious and needed medical help. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies pulled Cristi Lynne Hall, 46, from the water. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. The cause of death was under investigation, but detectives had evidence that she did not drown accidentally, said sheriff’s Investigator Jerry Franchville. Hall was being held in lieu of $1 million bail and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately known whether he has retained an attorney. Hall was a police officer and detective in nearby San Bernardino in the 1980s. He retired in 1994 after being shot in the leg by a would-be carjacker. He moved to Idaho and became police chief in the city of Cascade. He held that post from 1995 to 1998 and was later convicted of embezzling about $20,000. He was sentenced to a year in county jail after pleading guilty to misuse of public funds. Hall also briefly served as police chief in Emmett, Idaho. After moving back to California, he worked as a security officer at a casino and most recently ran a private-investigation agency in Calimesa.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house

first_imgGardai at Bunbeg are investigating an incident at Ranafast overnight where tyres on a car were slashed.The vehicle was parked outside a private dwelling and the vandalism was discovered this morning.It is understood Gardai are investigating whether there is any link to the tyre slashing incident on two cars at a private house at Keadue over the holiday period. On that occasion, a total of ten tyres were slashed on two cars and a trailer.Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Bunbeg or the Garda confidential line.Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shoplifting Suspect Accused of Hitting Cop with Car

first_imgA suspected shoplifter who police say hit an officer with his car while fleeing from a Coconut Creek, Florida, Walmart last month has been arrested. Avonta Lamar Bailey, 30, was arrested Saturday in Dania Beach on charges including aggravated battery on an officer, grand theft, eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and resisting arrest with violence in the June 29 incident, Coconut Creek Police officials said Monday.Officials said the officer was working an extra duty detail at the Walmart in the 5500 block of West Hillsboro Road when loss prevention associates alerted the officer that a suspected shoplifter left the store with two stolen computers. The officer tried to speak with the suspect, who was putting the items in his car, when the man put his car in reverse and hit the officer with his open driver’s side door, officials said.The impact knocked the officer to the ground and the officer had to roll out of the way to avoid being hit by the car as the suspect fled. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital and later released, and was not seriously injured. Bailey remained behind bars on $47,000 bond Monday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available.   [Source: NBC6 Miami]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more