Malky Mackay text scandal: Former Cardiff boss escapes punishment

first_imgFormer Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has escaped punishment over the controversial text messages send between him and the club’s former head of recruitment Iain Moody.Following a lengthy invetsigation, the Football Association has announced Mackay will face no disciplinary action.The FA, which became aware of the messages in August 2014, announced the decision on its official website and said it had spoken to both Mackay and Moody about the inappropriate nature of the language used, but deemed that the messages were sent “with a legitimate expectation of privacy”.The governing body said both individuals had acknowledged that such terms were not acceptable and added Mackay has voluntarily undertaken equality and diversity training.Mackay led Cardiff to promotion to the Premier League in May 2013 but he was sacked the following December after falling out with club chairman Vincent Tan.The FA said the messages, sent between June 2011 and March 2014, were obtained by Cardiff in March 2014 and provided to them the following October.“The FA has undertaken a thorough and detailed investigation in connection with inappropriate language contained within text messages and an email sent by Iain Moody, and text messages sent by Malky Mackay when they were employed by Cardiff City FC,” said the FA statement.“To date, the FA’s policy in cases such as this has been to not bring charges in respect of private communications sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy.“The FA’s investigation looked at all aspects of the communications, including the context in which the communications were sent. The evidence was then reviewed by a QC with particular expertise in sports’ disciplinary proceedings and employment law.“Having assessed the evidence, and in light of the finding that the communications were sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy, the FA will not be taking disciplinary action against Iain Moody and Malky Mackay in connection with the content of those messages.“However, the FA has spoken to both Iain Moody and Malky Mackay about the inappropriateness of terms used in the messages. Both individuals have acknowledged that such terms are not acceptable. Mr Mackay has also voluntarily undertaken equality and diversity training.“The FA is in the process of carrying out a complex review involving all stakeholders on how communications, and in particular those involving discriminatory language, which may be viewed as taking place in private should be treated in the future.”The FA statement continued: “The English game remains determined to eliminate discriminatory conduct in all its forms and will look to introduce a policy on private conduct that underpins the collective commitment of stakeholders to make this happen.”On the wider review, the FA added: “The FA has pursued every lead and encouraged anybody who wanted to provide information or evidence to do so. Malky Mackay and Iain Moody have been interviewed at length and 27 potential witnesses, based in the UK and overseas, have been spoken to.“The FA has at all stages sought to conclude this matter as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, the investigation has been lengthened considerably due to serious concerns about the circumstances in which particular evidence provided to The FA had been given and the reliability and completeness of that evidence.“The nature of these concerns, which The FA treats with the utmost seriousness, has necessitated significant further inquiries by the FA and the liaison with external law enforcement agencies.“The FA reserves the right to open further investigations if deemed appropriate. No further comment will be made in this respect.” 1last_img read more

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Champions League: Eliminated Atletico Madrid turn attention to ‘crap’ Europa

first_imgAtletico Madrid are accustomed to being among the Champions League heavyweights but after being dumped out of Europe’s elite competition on Tuesday they must now come to terms with playing in the far less glamorous Europa League.Atletico’s motto over the last few years, during which there have been two Champions League final appearances and an unlikely Liga title triumph, has been “never stop believing” but they had a near impossible task to stay in the competition.They had to win at Chelsea and hope AS Roma failed to beat Group C minnows Qarabag but Atletico could only manage a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge while the Italians won 1-0.Those results condemned Diego Simeone’s side to the Europa League, Europe’s second-tier competition, which they certainly had not envisaged playing in when they opened their new 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropilitano stadium in September.Atletico won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 but have moved on to such greater heights that last month when captain Gabi was asked about returning to the competition he replied: “Right now I’d say the Europa League is a piece of crap”.However, the competition brought Atletico’s first silverware under Simeone — they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the 2012 final — and the coach put a more positive spin on being involved.”A new challenge has opened up for us, something new for us to battle for,” he told reporters after Tuesday’s match.”Everything that is bad can become something good. We still have a very exciting season in front of us. “We still have the same responsibility — whenever we pull on an Atletico Madrid shirt we are motivated no matter what the competition is.”advertisementSO CLOSEAtletico came within seconds of Champions League glory in 2014 against Real Madrid but lost the final 4-1 after extra time while the 2016 showpiece was another heartbreaker as they went down to their bitter local rivals, this time on penalties. They reached the semi-finals last season, again losing to Real.Atletico will have to wait at least another 18 months for a first Champions League triumph and their elimination has also cost them 6 million euros ($7.09 million) in prize money.Even if they reach the Europa League final they will earn 20 million euros less than for a Champions League final appearance.Their exit will also be hard to swallow for new signings Vitolo and Diego Costa, who will play their first games for the club in January when a ban on registering new players expires.Costa’s former side Chelsea reached the last 16 as Group C runners-up, while Vitolo’s old employers Sevilla are on the verge of qualifying for the latter stages from Group E.”It hurts us a lot to be knocked out of the Champions League, it was our biggest objective,” said goalkeeper Jan Oblak. “We’ve got so far in the competition before and now we’re going out of the group stage. We cannot be happy.”last_img read more

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VIDEO Wilmington High Students Learn About Vietnam War From Veteran Fred Shine

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Each year, veteran Fred Shine (WHS Class of 1968) speaks to Wilmington High students about his Vietnam War experience. The students read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien prior to the visit. Shine did two tours in Vietnam, enlisting right after his high school graduation. He lost seven of his friends from the war, including four from Wilmington.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover Shine’s powerful presentation he made last week:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/4/a/e/6/5/b4ae6500-2cf0-41e2-9068-a133be927f5b1541787555.759%2B46570254.803%40castus4-wilmington%2B15417930841541790553050565.vod.720p.181109_Veterans_Presentation_at_WHS.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/4/a/e/6/5/b4ae6500-2cf0-41e2-9068-a133be927f5b1541787555.759%2B46570254.803%40castus4-wilmington%2B15417930841541790553050565.vod.720p.181109_Veterans_Presentation_at_WHS.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School To Administer PSAT Exam On Saturday, October 19In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”PHOTO OF THE DAY: WHS Alum & Vietnam Vet Fred Shine Discusses War With WHS English ClassIn “Education”last_img read more

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Facebook extends its Dating service to Mexico Argentina

first_img Tags Internet Tech Industry 3 Share your voice Facebook Dating is expanding and soon will be getting new features. Facebook Facebook Dating users can now use the social network to make the love connection in more countries.Facebook on Thursday said it had added Mexico and Argentina to the list of countries where its matchmaking service is offered. The dating service launched in September for users in Colombia, with later expansion to Canada and Thailand.The social networking giant also gave a preview of some new features users can expect in the near future, including one that appears to be designed to address safety concerns. The feature, called Live Location Sharing, allows users to share their date plans and live location with a friend or family member on Facebook via Messenger.Another forthcoming feature aims to make it easier to create a Facebook Dating profile. The Auto Profile Create will automatically gather photos and information from a user’s Facebook account to create a suggested Dating profile. All the information in the new profile can be edited and removed before its creation, and users can still opt to create their own profile from scratch.The free service, which Facebook unveiled last May during its F8 developer conference, differs from competitors Tinder or Bumble. Instead of swiping left or right to register your interest or lack thereof in potential matches, you scroll through another user’s profile and tap if you’re interested. And you only see people who aren’t your Facebook friends, or people who are friends of friends.Facebook has said the aim of the service is to help users make lasting connections and not just find hookups. Comments Facebooklast_img read more

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Aishwarya Rai Keerthy Suresh Amala Paul – The leading ladies in Mani

first_imgAmala Paul, Aishwarya Rai and Keerthy Suresh.Twitter/Reuters/PR HandoutAmala Paul has bagged a biggie, which is probably the biggest-ever movie of her till date. The actress has been roped in to Mani Ratnam’s upcoming multi-starrer film, which is based on Tamil historical novel Ponniyin Selvan.Reports claim that Amala Paul has been approached for Ponniyin Selvan. Although the character for which she is approached is not revealed yet, it is believed to be an important role in the mega-budget flick.She has given her consent and allotted dates for the Mani Ratnam’s creation. It means she is the third leading actress to be on board for Ponniyin Selvan after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Keerthy Suresh.While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is rumoured to be playing Pazhuvoor Princess Nandhini, Keerthy Suresh enacts the role of Kunthavai Naachiyaar, one of the queens in the Chola empire.Apart from them, the cast comprises of Amitabh Bachchan (Sundara Chozhar), Jayam Ravi (Arulmozhi Varman), Chiyaan Vikram (Aditya Karikaalan) and Karthi (Vanthiya Devan). Sathyaraj Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar will be doing the role of a chancellor and treasurer, which is the second most powerful position in the Chola kingdom.Ponniyin Selvan is based on the historical novel penned by Kalki Krishnamurthy of the same name. It is widely considered as one of the greatest novels written in Tamil.last_img read more

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GrapheneBased Nanomat Could Lead to NextGeneration Catalysts

first_imgReduced graphene oxide (RGO) can serve as a catalyst mat by anchoring particles that carry out catalysis at different sites. Image credit: Prashant V. Kamat. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have found a new use for graphene, the single-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms that resembles chicken wire. Ever since graphene was first observed in 2004, its large surface area, excellent mechanical strength, and high electrical conductivity have intrigued scientists and opened up new areas of exploration. — “Anchoring Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticles on a Two-Dimensional Catalyst Mat. Storing and Shuttling Electrons with Reduced Graphene Oxide.” Ian V. Lightcap, Thomas H. Kosel, and Prashant V. Kamat. Nano Letters. DOI:10.1021/nl9035109– “Graphene-Based Nanoarchitectures. Anchoring Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticles on a Two-Dimensional Carbon Support.” PraDOI:10.1021/jz900265je Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. DOI:10.1021/jz900265j In their recent study, Ian Lightcap, Thomas Kosel, and Prashant Kamat of the University of Notre Dame have demonstrated that graphene can be used as a multifunctional catalyst mat. As a catalyst mat, two-dimensional graphene can hold particles that act as catalysts to speed up or slow down the rate of chemical reactions. The findings may pave the way for the development of next-generation catalyst systems, as well as advances in chemical and biological sensors. The study is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.“The obvious challenge [in constructing a catalyst mat] is to have a large area of carbon surface so that the catalyst particles can be dispersed without any aggregation,” Kamat told PhysOrg.com. “Graphene, with its two-dimensional nanostructure, provides the largest surface area to anchor catalyst particles.”In addition to its large surface area, a graphene communicating platform also has the ability to store and transfer electrons to different locations on the platform due to its redox properties. Taking advantage of these properties, the researchers used electron transfer processes to anchor two different catalyst particles – semiconductor nanoparticles (titanium dioxide) and metal nanoparticles (silver) – to the mat. As the researchers explain, having two different catalyst particles in different locations on the same sheet can provide greater versatility for carrying out catalytic processes.To construct the catalyst system, photogenerated electrons in titanium dioxide nanoparticles are first transferred into the graphene oxide substrate. Some of these electrons are used to improve the conductivity of the substrate, turning the graphene oxide into reduced graphene oxide (RGO). Meanwhile, other electrons are stored in the RGO sheet until the introduction of silver nitrate. At this point, the stored electrons are transported across the RGO sheet to reduce the silver ions into silver nanoparticles, which serve as seeds for additional growth.“The graphene sheet facilitates direct communication between different particles by shuttling electrons across the carbon plane,” Kamat said. “The growth of silver nanoparticles confirms the ability of the graphene sheet as an electronic communicating platform between semiconductor and metal nanoparticles anchored on the graphene sheet. … One can envisage depositing other catalyst nanoparticles to incorporate additional selectivity.” One example that Kamat noted is a water-splitting catalyst system, in which molecular oxygen and hydrogen are generated at separate catalyst sites. Explore further A Search for Stability for Platinum Catalystscenter_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Graphene-Based Nanomat Could Lead to Next-Generation Catalysts (2010, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-graphene-based-nanomat-next-generation-catalysts.html More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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An insight into the Buddhist world

first_imgIndia International Centre is hosting the exhibition titled Architecture of the Buddhist World: Southeast Asia by Vikram Lall. The show is a study of architecture shaped by philosophy and practice of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. It presents a comprehensive survey of the diversity and complexity of architectural models and drawings with three dimensional renditions, supported by original photography.The exhibition traces the evolution of architectural form and spaces in response to changing ideas, material realities, and building traditions of Southeast Asia. Taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, it brings together art, architecture, archaeology, history, religion and philosophy to understand how Buddhist thought and ritual interacted with local traditions to produce distinctive architectural forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Buddhist monuments from six Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are included such as Pitaka Taik in MynmarSukothai in Thailand, Wat Mai in Laos, Mot Cot in Vietnam, Neak Pean in Cambodia, and Candi Sewu in Indonesia.A book discussion program on Architecture of the Buddhist World: The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall was held on June 12. The discussion was chaired by Dr Kapila Vatsayayan, art scholar, historian and the Chairperson of IIC Asia Project. Other panelists of the book discussion were Dr Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Dr Subhash C Malik, Retd UGC Professor, Prof Nalini Thakur, School of Planning and Architecture, and  Shyam Saran (Ex-foreign secretary), Chairman, Research & Information System for Developing countries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVatsyayan said, “Going through these images one goes through many centuries and many lands where Buddhism flourished”. She congratulated Mr Lall on his remarkable insight.Dr Chandra, an authority on Buddhist history said, “I don’t look at these as architectural structures, but believe in the vedic concept of chitti, which means placing one brick over the other in an ascending manner, thus reaching spiritual heights.”  Lall in his address noted, “My focus in this research was the change and development in the architecture of Buddhist monuments.” He stressed that his research work gives an analysis of the geographical and historical details associated with these temples and he also focussed on the various Buddhist concepts.The first in the series Architecture of the Buddhist World represents a new multidisciplinary approach showing how Buddhist thoughts and rituals have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. It reveals the history, styles, and interpretation of Buddhist temples, monasteries, and ancient monuments in Southeast Asian countries. When: On till June 19Where: India International Centrelast_img read more

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Indian theatres strength lies in its diversity

first_img“W e have Kalidas, Maha Kavi Bhasa, Rabindranath Tagore, Vijay Tendulkar, Girish Karnad, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sarkar, then why is it that the world is still unaware of Indian theatre,” asked Prof. Waman Kendre, director of National School of Drama, New Delhi, in an interview with Millennium post. He says that as a society and country, we never promoted and projected Indian theatre on a global level like the Britisher’s did with Shakespeare or the German’s did with Bertolt Brecht. “These playwrights beat the flow of time because of the quality of their writing but it was society as a whole who took the initiative of projecting them on a global level. This is exactly what we want to do for Indian theatre through the ongoing Theatre Olympics,” said Kendre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHosted for the first time in India by the National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the 51-day-long nationwide, 8th Theatre Olympics is happening for the first time in India – presenting the finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world, till April 8. The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, on the initiative of the famous Greek theatre director, Theodoros Terzopoulos. Since 1993, the Theatre Olympics has been held seven times in the following countries: Greece (1995), Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010), China (2014), and Poland (2016). And this year, after constant efforts put in by the National School of Drama, the theatre extravaganza has been brought to 17 cities of India with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows with the participation of 25,000 artists from the globe. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive8th Theatre Olympics is in its second phase now and Prof Kendre is elated by the response. “In every city, people are rushing to watch the plays and in every play, the auditorium is jam-packed. In India, we don’t have much communication amongst ourselves but for this extravaganza, at least a thousand productions from different states and cultures applied. Even Theodoros, our international chairman, was amazed after watching our plays. We also have master classes, seminars, workshops with legendary people of the theatre industry to come and interact with audiences almost every day,” proudly said the director, who wished to host at least 1000 shows but couldn’t, due to financial restraints and other pressures. There was a time when theatre was the main source of entertainment but slowly it lost its space to TV, commercial movies, and of course, internet. But the academician, who has been in this field for at least 30 years now, says that no matter which medium comes, theatre is the mother of all arts and won’t ever lose its deserved space in our culture. “Theatre is live entertainement, karne wala aur dekhne wala aamne samne hoga tab theatre hoga,” asserted Kendre. He further said, “It is a medium of education, transformation, sensitizing youth, making healthy and positive citizens, making people aware about sensitive subjects, a medium which disturbs you because there are so many subjects which you should get disturbed about, and also, a medium of entertainment. It is a medium of purifying your soul. People will run to the mediums which gives them more money and glamour, but some don’t, they will always come back to their stage. Lack of infrastructure and facilities is a huge drawback for numerous theatre artists but in the end, theatre connects with people like no other medium. It is a live medium after all, and its strength lies in its liveliness.”8th Theatre Olympics is a proof that even India can host a magnum-opus festival with as much efficiency as Russia, China, Japan and Korea. “Since the last three years, I have been listening people say that India can’t host such a huge festival but ultimately, NSD will make India reach to a level where we will be able to say that even we can do such a thing, we can also host world’s biggest festival. When we theatre practitioners get that confidence then theatre will start vibrating,” resolved Kendre.He ended the note by saying that the world has always learned from Indian theatre and vice-versa. “We have classical theatre, folk, modern, tribal, musical, post-modern and ultra-modern theatre – it’s an endless list. We just need to promote its diversity on a global level and the world will follow us.”last_img read more

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