Swansea hold Man United to give City hope

first_imgHaving seen neighbours City cut their lead at the top of the league to three points with Saturday’s last-gasp 1-0 victory over Reading, United were keen to restore their healthy advantage going into the busy festive period.United winger Antonio Valancia had an early cross blocked by Ben Davies but it was Swansea who looked the more likely in the early stages, with Nathan Dyer putting in a dangerous cross and Michu spurning a sight of goal.The Spaniard, who now has 13 goals in the league this season, fired high and wide under pressure from Nemanja Vidic, but the threat was clear.Wayne Routledge tested David de Gea with a shot on the turn from 18 yards before Michu was caught offside from a delightful through-ball by Routledge.The danger for United was always there and though Swansea came into the game on the back of successive defeats against Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur, they were not short on confidence.Clearly smarting from a sluggish start, United might have taken the lead in the 14th minute when Michel Vorm, back in the Swansea goal after a two-month injury lay-off, beat away Wayne Rooney’s 25-yard strike.Two minutes later, Evra rose to head home Robin van Persie’s near-post corner.It was the signal for United to step on the gas and try to kill off the game before Swansea could respond.Van Persie and Valencia were the main source of Swansea’s problems, though Rooney almost latched onto Ashley Young’s crisp centre after van Persie had torn a hole in the home midfield.Then, as United dropped their guard, Swansea struck.Routledge sent in Jonathan de Guzman and though his shot was kept out by De Gea, Michu arrived with perfect timing to make it 13 for the season.Swansea were good value for the goal and though the sides turned around level, De Guzman and Michu both had opportunities to send the hosts in at half-time with a lead.United were strangely careless in the second half, with Rooney, on too many occasions to remember, giving away the ball in positions of promise.His free-kick on the hour, after Chico Flores was booked for a poorly timed tackle, was straight at Vorm, as was Dyer’s 30-yard shot at the opposite end a minute later.The introduction of Javier Hernandez gave United a little more bite, with Rooney dropping back into the visitors’ four-man midfield.From that juncture, United began to dominate possession, with Swansea needing all of their resolve to keep the leaders at bay.Van Persie, who was booked with Ashley Williams after the pair had a spat on the edge of the 18-yard box, struck the crossbar with a volley from Rooney’s centre and Vorm pulled off a smart save from Hernandez.Michael Carrick then forced a great save from Vorm and Swansea twice had to produce desperate blocks as United turned the screw.Swansea, however, held on to claim a first ever Premier League point against United.In the 29th minute, Wayne Routledge’s cute pass freed Jonathan de Guzman and when his shot was parried by David de Gea, Michu followed up from close range to claim his 13th league goal of the campaign.Vorm saved from Rooney again before half-time, while at the interval, United manager Alex Ferguson harangued referee Michael Olivier for failing to penalise Chico Flores for a challenge on van Persie prior to Swansea’s equaliser.De Gea thwarted Kemy Agustien and Routledge early in the second period, before van Persie hooked a superb volley onto the top of the Swansea crossbar from a left-wing Rooney cross.Michael Carrick then hit the bar from a corner, while both van Persie and Ashley Young were thwarted by some last-ditch defensive blocks.Arsenal climbed to third place with a 1-0 victory at third-bottom Wigan Athletic on Saturday and they are one of four teams on 30 points along with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion.However, seventh-place Chelsea — back in England after their loss to Corinthians in the Club World Cup final — will move into the top three if they win at home to Aston Villa later on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 23 – Manchester United were prevented from restoring their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Sunday.Patrice Evra struck with a first-half header to put United on their way but a Michu equaliser before half-time was enough to give Swansea a richly deserved point.last_img read more

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Man arrested after woman left in hospital following house attack

first_imgA woman has been hospitalised after she was attacked by a man at her home in Gortahork, West Donegal.Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50s was arrested after the assault occurred at a house at Fanaboy around 2pm yesterday.The woman was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital where she is being treated for her injuries which are not understood to be life-threatening. The man was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.The suspect, who is also in his 50s, is currently being detained for questioning at Milford Garda station.Investigations into the cause of the assault are ongoing.Man arrested after woman left in hospital following house attack was last modified: March 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) Tags:attackgortahorkhospitalhousewomanlast_img read more

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Life Is Like a Circle: Part Two

first_imgIn part one of this article, we addressed some of the preliminary historical basis for investigating sexual harassment claims and internal investigations. We also talked about organizing the investigation and creating a general strategy for those who need to be interviewed. In part two, we will discuss some of the mechanics of organizing the investigation.While investigations often differ in the number of potential witnesses and the order in which they need to be interviewed, it is essential to open the interviews with the person making the complaint. This first interview with the complainant will provide the basis for the objectionable actions and may assist the investigator with determining the order of the other interviews and locating the supporting documentation or evidence.It may be that the first interview is not with the actual victim but with someone whom the victim approached shortly after the event and who felt compelled to report the alleged actions to management. Since the complainant in this scenario is not the victim but merely the reporter, the investigator must identify the victim and persuade that person to cooperate in the investigation. If the victim does not want to cooperate in the investigation, the organization must determine whether to proceed to investigate independent of the victim. In some situations, the company may determine an independent basis to substantiate events in the allegation’s investigation, and the investigation should be continued.- Sponsor – In either case, if the complaint is deemed worthy of continued investigation, an investigator should attempt to substantiate the facts independently and be appropriately skeptical of any information that appears biased or made on the basis of assumptions. Information that is biased or based on assumptions may ultimately be determined to be truthful and relevant, but it is only useful when it can be substantiated through other means.ConfidentialityIn any workplace investigation, there is a need for confidentiality. Unfortunately, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in Banner Health that the company could not require confidentiality of the investigation from its employees as a blanket rule. The NLRB decision said that confidentially could be requested from those involved in situations where there was a danger of evidence being altered or destroyed or in situations where there was potential for injury to those involved. In light of this recent ruling, the investigator should seek a decision from the company’s general counsel or outside labor lawyers before asking those interviewed to keep the investigation confidential. If there is a decision to require confidentiality of those involved in the investigation, a clear set of reasons should be outlined to support the company’s decision to do so.The victim and potential witnesses will undoubtedly be curious about the investigation and what others may have said during their interviews. It is the investigator’s job to obtain information, not to share it with others who don’t have a need to know. Sharing information may taint future interviews since witnesses may make assumptions or allow bias to creep into their memories. In short, the statements of other witnesses should not be shared, nor should there be an in-depth discussion of evidence for or against the alleged harasser.TimelinessThe investigation should be carried out promptly and completed as soon as possible. It is generally advisable to apprise the victim and, if appropriate, the complainant that the investigation is ongoing and work is still being conducted. There is no need to discuss the direction or information uncovered at this point, but it reinforces the fact that the investigation is proceeding and taken seriously. Not updating the victim or complainant could lead to civil suits because they didn’t believe the company was pursuing their allegations.In addition, timeliness is important to clear innocent people whose reputations could be sullied and to protect employees from any further misconduct if the allegations are substantiated. In the event of a civil suit alleging discrimination, retaliation, or harassment, the timeliness and thoroughness of an investigation can mitigate some of the organization’s liability.Recording InterviewsCertainly, the most thorough way of documenting what went on during the interview and the information obtained would be through recording the conversation. This can be valuable since others can hear firsthand what the victim said and the emotions at play as the story was told. However, many organizations have a blanket policy not to record interviews or allow those being interviewed to record the conversation. Again, the National Labor Relations Board recently decided that an employee can record conversations (Whole Foods Market, Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 919 and Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago). If the subject of an interview wants to record, the investigator should consult with the organization’s general counsel, outside labor lawyer, or at a minimum with their supervisor before rejecting the request.If a decision were made to allow the associate to record a conversation, we would encourage the investigator also to record the conversation so that any tampering with the recording would be readily evident. With the sophistication and availability of editing tools, conversations can be deleted or altered even by those who might be less sophisticated in operating a computer.At a minimum, the investigator should keep handwritten notes of the conversation including the location in which it was conducted and the times it began and ended. In addition, any requests to use the restroom, obtain water, or anything else should be documented, and the time that they occurred should be noted.The investigator’s notes should also reflect any specific statements made by the subject in quotation marks to reflect the exact words that were used. On occasion it may be useful for the investigator to have the subject of the conversation initial areas of the investigator’s notes to indicate correctness even before having the individual write a statement containing the relevant information.Protect Identity and EvidenceThe investigator should protect the identity of witnesses who cooperate in the investigation. These witnesses should also be alerted that if they face any retaliation for cooperating in the investigation, they should contact the investigator immediately.Any evidence recovered from cooperating witnesses or other subjects should be properly logged into an evidence file. Original documents should always be obtained and, if necessary, a copy retained by the owner. Any evidence should be stored in a secure location and safeguarded from tampering. This evidence and any witness statements should be kept confidential and limited to only those who have a need to know.Preparing for the InterviewOnce the investigator has obtained a complete list of those to be interviewed and their locations and completed the background investigation, it’s time to prepare for the actual interviews.Since the investigator is interviewing employees who serve an important business function within the organization, they must make sure the department is adequately staffed while the associate sits for the interview. This may require that the individual’s supervisor be alerted of the intention to interview the employee. This can be done either by the investigator or someone who knows the general purpose of the investigation. Depending on the investigative plan, the supervisor may be told the reason for the conversation but should not be made aware of the direction of the investigation or who is being interviewed. The supervisor should also be made aware of the potential for retaliation or other reactions that might affect the associate.Depending on the investigative plan, the associate might be interviewed at an on-site location or asked to meet the investigator off-site. The decision to do either may affect the spread of rumors or prompt retaliation. Whichever location is chosen, it should provide privacy and limit any embarrassment for the person being interviewed. There is nothing more uncomfortable than having coworkers walking past the conversation looking into the room through glass doors or walls.The investigator should also have a suitable witness present to listen to the conversation and take notes. If the investigator plans to record the encounter, the use of a witness becomes more of an option. Like any traditional internal investigation, the employee’s supervisor should be alerted to the conversation and provide any assistance necessary to the investigator. Many organizations partner with the human resource manager either to witness the conversation or to support the investigator in arranging locations and times for the interviews.In the next part of this series, we will address the actual interview process of the victim, witness, and alleged harasser. These can be especially difficult investigations because there may be no witness to the event other than the two parties. These two parties may tell amazingly different stories about what occurred in the incident. We will look to the structure of the interview and some of the telltale signs of a truthful story to help in judging the veracity of the parties in part three of this series. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Data Center Optimization – Nehalem will change the math

first_imgLast year I did a series of entries on the opportunity to avoid brick and mortar ( or steel and drywall in most cases ) data center expansion.  The math was pretty compelling.  If you have depreciated enterprise servers in production, and at 10% utilization today, and the current “state of the art” Xeon servers will easily give you 5x or more performance gain.  In this scenario, you can get 50x the capacity in the same space and power.  My formula was pretty conservative – 5x performance, 5x utilization with virtualization, and 2x the rack density by measuring actual power and using high efficiency designs.Intel’s Core i-7 variant for Xeon ( code named Nehalem) only enhances this opportunity.  The Xeon 5500 series processor launches in March 2009, and although performance benchmarks are still pretty scarce, the buzz in the industry is that this is the biggest leap in Intel Xeon performance in many years. Consider the impact – if this processor doubles current Xeon 5400 performance, that could yield 100x the compute capacity in the same footprint and power.  Before you get out the sledge hammer you really should evaluate server refresh.  An aggressive server refresh with state of the art Intel Xeon based systems can deliver the performance and capacity for business needs, AND avoid capital data center expansion.  In this economy, avoiding real estate expansion should make you a hero at work.If this is not enough, take a look at optimizing your cooling ratio.  see whitepaper_energy efficiency in the data center.pdf or Reducing Data Center Cost with an Air Economizer.  This could give you another few thousand watts per rack, to increase density and push your multipliers even higher.last_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham midfielder Obiang content with supporting role

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Obiang content with supporting roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang is content with his current supporting role.The 26-year-old has found it hard to break into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up, with both Declan Rice and Mark Noble thriving in central midfield.”In this sport you have to have 20, 23 players all ready to help the squad,” Obiang toldStandard Sport.”I don’t feel pressure from Mark and Declan, I feel happy! It’s always better when we win than when we lose. I prefer that they keep playing well and make me try to train better and improve.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Derek Johnstone backs Scottish FA decision on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

first_imgFormer Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone says Scottish FA were right not to take any action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.The forward was involved with Celtic defenders during the last fixture of 2018 played on Saturday at Ibrox and referee John Beaton decided against all expectations not to send him off.Derek Johnstone in his column with Evening times explained why Scottish FA will back the referees decision despite public uproar.The article read:“John Beaton was the man that was on the pitch and in the heat of the battle at Ibrox on Saturday. So, if he sees all of the incidents involving Alfredo Morelos and deems them not to be worthy of any action, then the Scottish FA have to back their man.“We have seen some refereeing decisions -penalties given, players sent off and goals ruled out – this season that I can’t believe.“But if Beaton says that he saw all three incidents with Celtic trio Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie and that is satisfied how he dealt with them, fine.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The non-Rangers fans won’t like it, as always, and they will think ‘there are Rangers getting away with it’.“But there have been plenty of times this season already where we didn’t get away with it and we have been on the other side of it.“We have had our fair share against us this season. The supporters, and the manager, will be delighted that this one has gone for Rangers and that Alfredo won’t face any action.“John Beaton will be pilloried by non-Rangers fans but he has deemed that Morelos wasn’t deserving of a red card. You can argue as much as you like, but the man that matters most is the one in black.“When you watch the Old Firm game back, you can see niggles all over the place but, because it is Morelos and with this reputation people have given him, the incidents involving him seem to get highlighted more.“There were late challenges and bad tackles and things happening all over the place but the referee allowed play to go on so many times when he could have stopped it. It made it a better game, a more entertaining game, because it was flowing more.“It certainly wasn’t Morelos that was causing all the trouble. There were several players that were at it at Ibrox but they were fighting hard and that is what you expect in an Old Firm game.”last_img read more

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Menotti Some women can play better football than men

first_imgDuring his presentation as the National Teams Director for Argentina, Cesar Luis Menotti surprised everyone with a comparison between men and women.There has always been a misconception that football is a sport that was specifically made for men, a statement that Cesar Luis Menotti has very strong opinions about because he values some women above many men in football.The world has always gravitated towards the male-induced contact sports, without ever giving enough credit to women because they don’t think that the females are physically equipped to play any sport better than men are.But according to Cesar Luis Menotti, this is a major misconception about women and he strongly disagrees on it.The new National Teams’ Director for Argentina was questioned about the ways in which he is going to help women’s football in the country with his new position, he revealed that he is going to fully support them in any way necessary and he also explained the reason he believes there are many women who play far better football than many men do.The Argentina women’s national team perhaps hasn’t delivered the results that fans would expect from a country where everybody breaths football 24/7, Menotti calls for this to change.#Menotti 🗣 “Hay mujeres que juegan mejor que los hombres”. Así, el Flaco dejó en claro que tendrá en cuenta al fútbol femenino desde su nuevo rol de director de Selecciones Nacionales ➡ https://t.co/XjJcW9z51G pic.twitter.com/azeVhgO7t9— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 25, 2019Menotti was presented last Friday on his new role for Argentina, where he will oversee the development of all football national teams at all levels from both men and women.During the press conference, a journalist asked the legendary manager what his take was on women’s football in the world and what he thinks about the differences between both sexes when it comes to competition.Menotti’s response surprised more than one person in the room: “My intention with the Argentina women’s national team is to be by their side all the way,” said Menotti via Diario AS.!I saw women play football when I was only 25 years old in the United States and they played far better than the boys.”“The youngsters took the ball with their hand and they did it with their feet. Plus, when we are talking about football as a pure form of sport, there is no other discipline that takes better care of women than football.”“When you are watching a women’s football match, the referees even sanction an ill intention from the opponent.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“I will always welcome women to this beautiful sport because this is an incredible place to form an association,” he added.”Hay mujeres que juegan mejor que los hombres”.Pensamos igual que Menotti. Solo falta que nos den el mismo espacio. Y lucharemos por ello. https://t.co/gg0b5Ckvwu— AMDP (@MujeryDeporte_) January 26, 2019After hearing this progressive way of thinking that Menotti has about a subject as controversial as women playing better football than men, one can easily see why AFA has decided to offer him this position and hope that female football in the South American country can grow.In the last two decades, Argentina’s women’s squads haven’t really delivered good results when compared to other major national teams such as the United States, Germany, Brazil, Sweden, and even France more recently.It is pretty odd that a country that is so naturally gifted for this sport, doesn’t have a dominant women’s football squad and Menotti is going to work very hard to change that from the root of the problem.All ladies who were born in Argentina and had no hopes of growing as professionals in football, have heard Cesar Luis Menotti speak and suddenly have a greater future they can look forward to.This speech Menotti gave about women in football might spark controversy and debate, but it will also ignite action about the problems that exist in a third world country like Argentina.#SeleccionesNacionales César Menotti🎙️: “Quiero una Selección que entrene. Evaluaremos el calendario, yo quiero fortificar la Selección de futbolistas que juegan en la Argentina, para que el entrenador pueda trabajar”. pic.twitter.com/jsWXuz6gPG— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) January 25, 2019What do you think about Menotti’s opinion on women’s football in Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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US powers up attacks against Russias electrical grid

first_imgA US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET The US military’s Cyber Command has gotten more aggressive than ever against Russia in the past year, placing “potentially crippling malware” in systems that control the country’s electrical grid, says a report. Made possible by little-noticed legal authority granted last summer by Congress, Cyber Command’s strategy shift from a defensive to offensive posture is meant in part as a warning shot, but it’s also designed to enable paralysing cyberattacks in the event of a conflict, The New York Times said Saturday, quoting unnamed officials.The agency’s actions can now be OK’d by the defense secretary without a special presidential thumbs-up, the Times said. And the recent moves appear to have taken place under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”The more-aggressive stance comes amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 US presidential election, but strategies and concerns around cyberwarfare have been ramping up for some time. Red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group ID’ed as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017. Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said. The agency’s “Russia Small Group” tapped that authority to, among other things, “overwhelm” computers used by the Internet Research Agency, the Russia-backed group indicted by the US Department of Justice for a campaign of fake news and trolling during the 2016 election.The Times said Cyber Command is concerned Russia could trigger selective power outages in key states during the 2020 election and that it needs a way to discourage such attacks. But the agency and the US have to consider their moves carefully in this international game of cyberchess.”The question now is whether placing the equivalent of land mines in a foreign power network is the right way to deter Russia,” the Times report says. “While it parallels Cold War nuclear strategy, it also enshrines power grids as a legitimate target.”Cyber Command didn’t respond to a request for comment.In related news, Bloomberg reported Friday that a Russia-linked hacking group that shut down an oil and gas facility in Saudi Arabia in 2017 has been probing utilities in the US since late last year.Originally published June 15, 11:26 a.m. PT.Update, 11:33 a.m.: Adds mention of Bloomberg report. UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare Comments Tags 8center_img Related story Share your voice Security Politics Hacking Militarylast_img read more

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Supreme Court Rules States Are Free To Legalize Sports Betting

first_img Share Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesProposition bets for Super Bowl LI are displayed at the RaceUpdated 12:22 p.m. ETThe Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting, clearing up a legal gray area and opening a door for state governments to join in what has become a lucrative industry.“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own,” the court wrote in a decision released Monday.The law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, passed in 1992, prohibited sports betting, except in four states where it had already been legalized — Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. It gave the other states one year to legalize such betting, if they wanted to.It was a busy day at the Supreme Court. It also handed down decisions on two other important cases, dealing with personal rights. They were:Byrd v. US: The court unanimously agreed with the driver of a rental car who said he had his privacy rights violated by police during a traffic stop in Pennsylvania. Police found dozens of bricks of heroin and body armor in his trunk after discovering a warrant for his arrest in New Jersey. The man said he did not consent to a search, but police argued that his consent didn’t matter because his name was not ono the rental agreement. The Supreme Court disagreed and held that the man still maintained a reasonable expectation of privacy. The court however remanded the case to the lower courts to examine whether Byrd had used subterfuge in renting the car and whether that mattered.McCoy v. LA: The court ruled, by a 6-3 margin, in favor of a defendant whose lawyer conceded his guilt to the jury disregarding the explicit instructions of his client. His lawyer wanted him to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. The court said, “Guaranteeing a defendant the right ‘to have the assistance of counsel for his defense’ is the defendant’s prerogative, not the counsel’s.”History of the sports-gambling law and the potential impact of the court’s rulingThe ban was known as the Bradley Act, after its chief promoter, former basketball great Bill Bradley, who served three terms in the U.S. Senate.Enacted 25 years ago, the law prohibited states from legalizing sports betting sports except where it was already legal.In an NPR interview, Bradley said his motivation was simple, and personal. “Betting on sports was betting on human beings, and I thought that was wrong,” he explained. “It turns players into roulette chips. It makes the game, which is a game of high-level competition and excellence, into slot machines, and I don’t think that should be what we do in this country.”Bradley said there was virtually no congressional opposition to his bill back in 1992, though Bradley added that Donald Trump, with failing investments in Atlantic City casinos at the time, lobbied against it, believing that sports betting was the answer to his financial problems there.After the bill passed, New Jersey did not seek to legalize gambling in its one-year window of opportunity.More recently, it tried to get out of the ban, hoping for increased state revenue, but the state repeatedly lost in the lower court.The Supreme Court’s court decision reversing that outcome will make it easier to open the door to sports betting.But the status quo struck down by the Supreme Court looks almost quaint in light of increased pressure to legalize sports betting across the board.The American Gaming Association estimates that illegal sports betting has grown to $150-billion-a-year market. And cash-starved states are salivating at the thought of raising billions from legalizing and licensing that activity, not to mention taxing the proceeds.New Jersey, home to at least a half dozen shuttered Atlantic City casinos, is a state where Republicans and Democrats since 2011 have been trying to overturn the federal ban or somehow get around it.After oral arguments in December, then-Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., said on the Supreme Court steps, “If we’re successful here, we can have bets being taken in New Jersey within two weeks of a decision by the court. We’re like boy scouts; we’re prepared.”What the law did and didn’t doThe law does not itself ban sports betting. Instead it prevents states from legalizing sports betting.Lawyers for New Jersey argued that the law forces state governments to enforce a federal initiative, which the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled is unconstitutional.Lawyers for the sports leagues said that the federal law is not forcing states to do anything, but rather telling them what not to do, which wouldn’t violate the Constitution.As NPR reported after oral arguments in December, a majority of the justices appeared to have “serious doubts” about the constitutionality of the law.And on Monday, they put those doubts in writing.“Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” the court said in its decision. “PASPA is not.”America has seen a cultural shift on the question of sports gambling. NPR’s Uri Berliner reported in 2015 that ESPN has been increasing its coverage of gambling by, for instance, directly referencing the point spread set by oddsmakers.And while the major U.S. pro and college sports leagues have “always sought to distance themselves completely from gambling,” as Berliner put it, NBA Commission Adam Silver came out in favor of legalizing (and regulating) sports betting in 2014.Then there’s the popularity of daily fantasy sports — an industry that has weathered legal challenges of its own. Fantasy sports leagues amount to “thinly veiled gambling,” as ESPN’s Rob King told Berliner, and have helped push sports betting into the mainstream.Meanwhile, the sports betting decision could have implications for a wide range of other state laws — including those legalizing marijuana, Nina noted. Amy Howe, writing for SCOTUSblog, suggests state laws decriminalizing physician-assisted suicide and self-driving cars could also be affected.Copyright 2018 NPR. 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Now accreditation mandatory for technical engineering institutions

first_imgKolkata: All the technical institutions and engineering colleges in the country will have to get accreditation in the next four years, said Prof Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said.He was speaking on the sideline of “National Conference on Indian Higher Education: Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Ranking” organised by Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) in a city hotel on Sunday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAICTE is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.Prof Sahasrabudhe said accreditation has been made mandatory for the institutions. “We have given four years’ time to the colleges who are yet to get their accreditation. Many of the institutions are not yet prepared. Hence, the whole process of getting the accreditation will be completed in phases,” the AICTE chairman told the reporters. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also added: “Currently, around 15 percent of the institutions have got accreditation, while another 50 percent of the colleges must complete the process within the next two years. Hundred percent accreditation will be done within the next four years. The institutions will not get any extra facilities and funds will not also be provided to them if they do not complete the process of getting accreditation.”Prof Sahasrabudhe laid great emphasis on the quality of teaching and research. If the teachers are motivated and well trained, the quality of education will increase in leaps and bounds, the Chairman maintained. He also mentioned that four teachers training academies will be set up in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala and Guwahati where teachers from various engineering colleges will be imparted training.The whole training would be divided into eight different modules. The programme will begin from the next year.Under Marga Darshan scheme introduced by the Center, various well performing institutions would be given funds to support otherneighbouring institutions helping them to enhance their infrastructure and other aspects.Current expenditure on higher education is 1.2 percent of the total GDP.last_img read more

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