Opposition smells ‘RSS ideology’ behind bid to regulate varsities

first_imgThe draft ordinance to ban use of campuses of private universities in Uttar Pradesh for “anti-national activity” has not gone down well with the Opposition, with the Congress saying that the move smacks of “foisting RSS ideology on educational institutions”.Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya defended the ordinance, terming it “a very big decision” to maintain the sanctity of the “temple of education”.“It is true that a very big decision has been taken by the Cabinet. Not just in Uttar Pradesh but in any educational institution across the country, anti-national activities will never be accepted,” Mr. Maurya said.UPCC general secretary and spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi, however, said, “The hidden purpose behind the law is to create fear and pressure on educational institutions for foisting RSS ideology.”“The law, when enacted, will act as the sword of Damocles and the universities will constantly face the threat of derecognition,” Mr. Tripathi said, adding it was “sort of dictatorship”.‘Lack of clarity’The Congress leader said it was an attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government to exert greater control over private universities and the education system, particularly given the lack of clarity over what defines “anti-national activities”.The State Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to the draft ordinance for bringing private universities under an umbrella act that provides for incorporating nationalism, social and international harmony, national integration, secularism and moral values among their objectives. According to the draft, private universities will have to give an undertaking that their campuses will not be used for “any anti-national activity”.U.P. Private Universities Association secretary Pankaj Agarwal welcomed the move but said there is nothing new in it. “We have these points in constitution of our university and abide by them,” he said, adding that educational institutions are sensitive towards the objectives.On the specific clause regarding anti-national activities, he said, “There must be some plan and private universities will seek details on how to go about it.”“All want that there should be no anti-national activities… I feel that patriotism and moral values should also be imparted through the education system,” he said.“Our concerns over autonomy and quality have been addressed by the government and we have been assured about the same,” he said.Umbrella lawThe draft ordinance seeks to bring all 27 private universities under an umbrella law.It says universities must act to inculcate “desh bhakti (patriotism)” in students. It also says universities must preserve the “secular, democratic fabric and aspire for universal brotherhood and tolerance”.While the existing 27 private universities will have one year to implement the order, new universities will have to give an undertaking that such activities will not happen on their campuses, an official said.last_img read more

LeBron James progressing from groin injury, update expected next week

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES The Lakers have lost five out of eight games since James’ injury and are currently eighth in the Western Conference standings with a 23-19 record.rcw/bbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo lead NBA All-Star fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A Lakers medical update on Thursday said James was recovering and had been cleared to step up his training.“LeBron James was evaluated by team medical staff and physicians today,” the Lakers said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The healing of James’ groin injury is progressing and James has been cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements.”The statement said a further update on James’ condition would be issued on January 16, meaning the NBA superstar is likely to miss three more games for the Lakers. (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 17, 2018 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center in New York City. – (Photo by AL BELLO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)LeBron James faces at least another week on the sidelines as he continues his rehabilitation from a groin injury, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.James has not played since limping out of the Lakers’ victory over the Golden State Warriors on December 25.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC putting hope on the map

first_imgWhat comes your mind when you think about Kashmir? I bet it can be a hundred different things but not football. But come the end of October, that may just change.Real Kashmir Football Club, the first ever team from the valley, is all set to take part in the 2018-19 I-League. And they have the backing of global sporting giants Adidas.The Srinagar-based club is just two years old and in that period, they have managed to navigate their way through the top division of Indian football, and that too without any sponsorship.The partnership with Adidas is something of a coup, as they are the only club in India to have signed a deal with them, and according to the company itself – it was because of their ‘story’.The story of how two friends Shamim Meraj, editor of his family-owned newspaper Kashmir Monitor, and Sandeep Chattoo, who runs a hotel business, got together with the idea to change things themselves.The club since has become a rallying point for the people of Kashmir, something they can call their own. And hence the ‘Snow Leopards’ were born. Real Kashmir FC is led by Loveday Enyinnaya (extreme right) and managed by David Robertson (second from right) (PR Pundit Photo)Under manager David Robertson, Real Kashmir FC (RKFC) have become a beacon of hope for the people in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. A new identity a new life.In fact Real Kashmir are the only club in the state to have a first team and a robust academy setup that includes Under 19, 15, 13, 9 teams.advertisementBut the real challenge starts now, they are with the big boys now. They open their I-League campaign away against Minerva Punjab on October 31 in Panchkula and for club captain Loveday Enyinnaya, it is going to be very special.Coming up against the reigning I-League champions and his former employers, Loveday just can’t wait to get on the field and get the three points for his new team.”Leading the side will be fun, the players and the fans, they just amazing, Can’t wait,” he said. A lot has been promised for the first team from Kashmir in the national league, by their new partners Adidas (PR Pundit Photo)RKFC then play six straight games at home with Churchill Brothers being first up on November 6.The team calls the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar as home and until last season the field would have hardly been called ‘fit to play’.The ground was officially green lit to host Real Kashmir’s home matches after the state government and the state association intervened. Flood lights have been promised, but the away teams will have to be wary about stepping onto the Astroturf pitches.Coach Robertson though is confident of his team’s chances given the support of the fans. The plan according to the Scotsman is to take as many points as possible from the home games and then take things as they come when they hit the road for the next six.When asked about the conditions in Kashmir, the Scotsman said, “It is going to be difficult for teams coming to Kashmir given that it is already getting quite cold, and when they (away teams) play there it is definitely going to get to them given the crowd support we have.”For local boy Shahnawaz Bashir, the fact that he will stepping on the pitch in front of his home fans is something he is really looking forward to.”The people in Kashmir love football and it is the first time that they will get to see Real Kashmir play in the top national league. Their support is fantastic and really important to us.” RKFC will play six successive I-League games at home with Churchill Brothers being first on November 6 (PR Pundit Photo)Danish Farooq, top scorer for Real Kashmir in their promotion-winning season last year and another local boy, feels for the away teams who will come to Kashmir, as they not only have to play against them but the thousands sitting in the stands.”Every team is going to struggle in Kashmir, because of the crowd. The fans there cheer for us all through the match and with the temperatures going down in the valley, the away team will not find it easy,” said the 22-year-old mid-fielder.71 years to the day that Jammu and Kashmir became a part of India, they will make history yet again.A lot has been promised for the first team from Kashmir in the national league, by their new partners Adidas. Growth and development through football, with plans to make a change for the better.advertisementBut this just the beginning of a new dawn of Indian football and with it brings hope.last_img read more

Avishka Fernando hits high notes and Sri Lanka hold nerve against West Indies

first_imgPooran went to his century next ball and, when he survived a possible catch after Thisara Perera strayed too far from the boundary, the momentum seemed with him. But Angelo Mathews rolled in to bowl his first ball in an ODI since December 2017 and Pooran chased it. He crawled off the field, dragging his shadow beneath. There was no epilogue: Sri Lanka won by 23 runs.Their innings had been a revelation as they rattled along to their first score of 300 plus of the tournament, led by a gorgeous maiden ODI century from the 21-year-old Avishka Fernando, who drove and pulled with pure happiness. For the Sri Lanka team, who scored not one ODI century in 2018, and only two others this year, it was a breath of fresh air.West Indies – with the unlikely support of the watching singer Rihanna – had fielded with pantomime exasperation, the troop had their fingers in their pockets and their hands on their hips. Shannon Gabriel got a bail in the face; Holder left the field to use a set of nail clippers; Sunil Ambris twisted an ankle; a free-hit yorker fell through Shai Hope’s legs; Pooran dropped Kusal Perera; Lahiru Thirimanne was caught at midwicket off a no-ball. And as West Indies threatened to whip away their victory, Sri Lanka’s fielding also disintegrated. Nicholas Pooran waded in at the Riverside where MS Dhoni dared not tread at Edgbaston on Sunday, turning a game on its head with a barnstoming 118 that nearly dragged West Indies from a performance of limping ineptitude to remarkable victory.Coming in at 71 for three, Pooran had marshalled a cardboard batting display into respectability and then 3D-fantasy, alongside Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and, most thrillingly of all, Fabian Allen. Aged 23, his highest international score was 63 and the run chase of 339 would be a World Cup record – but no matter. West Indies have had a dreadful World Cup but pride and shame are powerful catalysts.Allen and Pooran had put on 83 in 10 overs and from nowhere the scales had tipped towards West Indies when there was a terrible maroon headrush – with Allen ball-watching and forgetting to run as Pooran charged towards him on 99. Recriminations were sharp. Support The Guardian Sri Lanka cricket team Share on Pinterest Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 23 runs: Cricket World Cup 2019 – as it happened Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… match reports Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter West Indies cricket team Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricket Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Education Ministry Hosts Curriculum Training Programme

first_img 1300 primary school teachers received advanced training in literacy for grades one to three Over 1000 teachers from primary and secondary schools trained 300 teachers participated in advanced skills training for special education Story Highlights Over 1000 teachers from primary and secondary schools islandwide are now better prepared to deliver on their subject specialities after participating in a Ministry of Education-organized curriculum training programme, during the summer.The initiative was designed to enhance teaching competence in several subject areas, and is expected to significantly improve the quality of the participants’ output, beginning the 2013/14 academic year, which starts in September.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who made the disclosure during the Ministry’s back to school press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kingston on August 23, informed that some 1300 primary school teachers received advanced training in literacy for grades one to three.He said 300 teachers participated in advanced skills training for special education; 600 were trained in the provisions of the health and life curriculum; while an additional 150 were instructed in integration of technical and vocational education into the secondary school system.In the case of the latter, the Minister informed that “new skills regarding the profession of animation have been primary in that level of training.”Rev. Thwaites advised that stakeholder discussions aimed at advancing programmes in agricultural education, have commenced.“This (agricultural studies) has been one of the Cinderella’s of the system in the past, and that can no longer be the case. We want a fully articulated and practical regiment of agricultural education. We must play our part in the resolute move that takes Jamaica away from that $1 billion worth of food imports every year,” he said.Meanwhile, Rev. Thwaites informed that the National Parenting Commission, headed by Dr. Patricia Charles Freeman, “is up and running, while members of the Apprenticeship Board, headed by Dr. Gossett Oliver, have been appointed.last_img read more

Artists work reduced to ash after fire destroys shared Winnipeg studio

first_imgWINNIPEG — Some Winnipeg artists have lost nearly their entire life’s work in an aggressive fire that reduced a shared studio space to rubble and ash.Performance artist Shawna Dempsey was one of 27 people who worked out of the three-storey warehouse that went up in flames early Monday.Firefighters were called to the building about 1 a.m., but crews were pulled back when conditions deteriorated and the fire engulfed the structure.There is no damage estimate or cause. Dempsey says it’s devastating that she and her art partner, Lorri Millan, lost all their costumes, financial records, videos and archives.She says it’s like losing your history and your identity, but she is determined to continue making art.A fundraiser established by local galleries and an art magazine has already raised more than $40,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Laurentian Bank CEO says problematic mortgages largely involve misflagged loans

first_imgMONTREAL – Laurentian Bank’s chief executive says the problems discovered with some of its mortgage portfolios sold to unidentified purchasers largely involved loans which were “misflagged” and it has not found any evidence of wilful wrongdoing.Chief executive Francois Desjardins told the Business News Network on Wednesday said the “misflagged” loans were not the type that the purchaser wanted and due to a problem with the bank’s process.He added that for a “small percentage” of the portfolio, the issues involved a failure to obtain or properly store documentation such as proof of income needed to adjudicate the loan.And “to a lesser extent,” he said Laurentian found “client misrepresentation” which involved embellishing their assets or revenue.Desjardins said it is the bank’s job to confirm that the information is correct, but because no wilful wrongdoing such as internal fraud was found, no employees will be dismissed.“Of course, through performance management, some people are going to own this. Including me,” he told BNN. “You know, the buck stops with me, and this happened under my watch… Going forward, we’ve already put in place some quality control measures to improve all that.”Desjardins’ comments came a day after the Montreal-based bank (TSX:LB) revealed the issues in its annual report and said it planned to repurchase as much as $304 million of problematic mortgages.Laurentian shares fell on the news, which came hours after it reported a dividend hike and better than expected fiscal fourth-quarter profits of $58.6 million, up from $18.4 million a year ago.The bank noted in its annual report Tuesday that “no employees were implicated in any misrepresentations and the documentation issues appear to have been unintentional.”Once audits are complete and purchasers are consulted, Laurentian will buy back at least $89 million of affected mortgages discovered through an audit of $655 million in B2B Bank mortgages that were sold to one unnamed third party, it said.Laurentian added that as of Nov. 1, it has enhanced its quality control functions and underwriting procedures, “including introducing new internal monitoring processes and reorganizing employees who deal with mortgage intake and processing.”The news comes after alternative mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc. earlier this year faced accusations of misleading disclosure to investors about the impact of severing ties with some affiliated brokers accused of fraud, allegations which have since been settled.Desjardins told BNN Wednesday that it did not come forward with its discovery sooner because the $304 million in problematic loans it may buy back represents less than half a per cent of the total mortgage book of the bank, and is not material to investors.All the mortgages to be repurchased are “performing in line” with the bank’s overall mortgage portfolio, he added.CIBC World Markets analyst Robert Sedran said one of its concerns about Laurentian’s pace of transformation recently “has been the associated operational risk that comes with this much change this quickly.”He added that it is unclear that the transformation plan and “errors and misstatements” in the bank’s mortgage book are in any way linked, but the “operational risk on display is troublesome nonetheless.”“At this time, we have no reason to believe there is a credit problem that will stem from these issues, but we take little comfort in that statement considering the importance of these risks,” Sedran told clients in a research note Tuesday.last_img read more

Boeing will not appeal case against Bombardier at US trade court

first_imgMONTREAL – Aircraft giant Boeing will not appeal a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission that allows its Canadian rival Bombardier to sell its newest commercial jets without heavy duties.Boeing launched a trade case with the independent International Trade Commission last April, arguing that governments in Canada and Britain subsidized development of Bombardier’s C Series commercial jets and allowed the Montreal-based company to sell it at unfairly low prices.But in a surprise decision in January, the ITC voted unanimously in favour of Bombardier, saying Chicago-based Boeing didn’t suffer harm from prospective imports of C Series planes.That decision eliminated nearly 300 per cent in duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.A Boeing spokesperson confirmed the decision not to appeal Thursday night, but declined to elaborate.Last month, the Canadian government said Boeing was approved to participate in an upcoming competition to replace Canada’s CF-18s, but the company hadn’t announced a decision on whether it will actually bid.Public Services and Procurement Canada said Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet jet, is one of five companies approved as potential bidders in the multibillion-dollar competition to deliver 88 new fighter jets.last_img read more

Son of Late Saudi King Fahd Tweets Support for AlAqsa

Rabat – Saudi prince, Abdulaziz bin Fahd, son of the late Saudi King Fahd, has used Twitter to voice his support for Palestinians at Al-Aqsa and is urging Muslims and Arabs everywhere to do the same.Citing an obligation toward the Palestinian people, the prince’s first tweet warned of the consequence of not showing support: “Every Muslim is obliged to support our brothers in Palestine and the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, everyone within their means. O nation of Muhammad, show them who you are. Neglecting Al-Aqsa would be a disgrace and God will hold us accountable.”????,?? ???? ??? ???? ???? ???? ????????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ?? ???? ?????,????? ????? ???? ?? ????,????????????? ????? ???????????????? https://t.co/UBB4Y0GfFU— ????????? ?? ??? (@afaaa73) July 21, 2017This was followed by a second tweet that read: “O nation of Muhammad and Allah, the third mosque is a prisoner of the criminal occupation, is there no wise among us? Let us go and fight, we would either be victorious and save it, or we fail but will be forgiven by our Lord.” ???? ????,?? ??? ???? ????? ???? ????????????? ?????? ???? ????,???? ???????????????? ???????????? ??????????? ????????? ????,?? ?? ???????? https://t.co/aszsWSAjRQ— ????????? ?? ??? (@afaaa73) July 21, 2017The tweets were followed by the posting of a video of his father, the late Saudi King Fahd, during a 1980’s visit to Ronald Reagan’s White House.  During the visit, the monarch plead the case of Palestinian independence.Saudi Arabia has yet to release any formal statement regarding the situation at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, which was the site of bloodshed last weekend, following demonstrations in protest of metal detectors installed at the site by Israel.The added security was introduced after the June 14 deaths of two Israeli police officers in East Jerusalem. Three alleged Palestinian perpetrators were tracked to Al-Aqsa following the deaths where they were shot and killed by Israeli security.Israel met last week’s demonstrations with a violent crackdown which resulted in the deaths of four Palestinians. Three Israelis were also killed by a lone Palestinian attacker in a separate but related incident near Ramallah.Early Tuesday, Israel agreed to the dismantling of the offending metal detectors, in favour of more advanced surveillance methods yet to be announced. read more

Religious minorities continue to suffer in many countries UN expert says

“At national levels, I see that religious minorities continue to suffer, and the more despotic a regime, the more suffering of religious minorities,” Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief, said in an interview with the UN News Centre.At the same time, she pointed out that violations of this basic human right – which manifest themselves in, among others, not being allowed to gather together for worship, desecration of religious sites, and being prevented from making pilgrimages – do not just occur in countries with certain types of political systems.“One would have imagined that such incidents only take place in countries which have been unfortunately left behind, where political systems and social values have remained stunted,” she stated. “But these also take place in countries which have very good democratic credentials and which have progressed both socially and politically.” In more multicultural and diverse societies, tensions can be expected to arise, she noted. “But the kind of animosity that one sees is inhuman. And the way we have received reports of how people kill each other in the name of religion and the manner in which that killing is done… shows the venom people have towards each other simply because of difference of religion or belief,” she added. “And I think that really is very frightening.”One example of this is India, which, with its multitude of cultures, languages and religions, “oozes” diversity, she said, noting that the country is a vibrant democracy and has many people who are committed to secularism. “And yet some of the worst forms of killings have taken place there,” said Ms. Jahangir, referring to the communal tensions and violence that the South Asian nation has witnessed over the years. The Special Rapporteur added that violations are perpetrated not just by individuals or groups but also by States themselves. “There are still States that heavily discriminate… that persecute religious minorities. And these minorities live in perpetual threat,” said Ms. Jahangir, who continues to receive reports of arrests, torture and intimidation by “States and their agents.”The groups that she receives reports about include the Baha’is in Iran, Buddhists in Tibet and Ahmadis – a religious group that identifies itself as Muslim – in a number of countries. An important related issue, and one which Ms. Jahangir highlighted yesterday in her speech to the General Assembly’s third committee (social, humanitarian and cultural), is the compulsory mentioning of one’s religion on official identity cards or passports, which she stressed carries a serious risk of abuse.“I don’t think there is any reason to indicate religion on identity cards or passports,” she reiterated today. “But there can be a situation where, for the purposes of governance and for the purposes of giving affirmative action, like in India and Pakistan, people have to identify their religions, or for census purposes.“Now that might be necessary, but it’s not necessary for them to always carry this passport or identity card that shows their religion,” she added. 23 October 2008Religious minorities in different parts of the world continue to be persecuted and discriminated against based on their beliefs, with some living in “perpetual threat,” according to an independent United Nations expert, who added that the problem is prevalent across a wide range of countries. read more

UN rights experts call on US to commute death sentence of mentally

“The death penalty may only be imposed when the guilt of the person charged is based upon clear and convincing evidence, leaving no room for an alternative explanation of the facts,” the UN Special Rapporteurs on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns said, warning that execution of Mr. Panetti could violate his rights.Mr. Panetti was reportedly hospitalized between 1981 and 1992 for several mental illnesses, including chronic undifferentiated schizophrenia, delusions, and homicidal tendencies towards his family. In September 1995, he was sentenced to death for killing his parents-in-law in 1992. “It is a violation of death penalty safeguards to impose capital punishment on individuals suffering from psychosocial disabilities,” he said, adding that implementing the sentence “may amount to arbitrary execution.”The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, added his voice to the call.“International law considers the imposition and enforcement of the death penalty on persons with mental disabilities a violation of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment,” he said. “There is no doubt that it is inherently cruel and unworthy of civilized societies to execute persons with mental disabilities,” added Mr. Méndez. Mr. Heyns also raised questions about the judicial process Mr. Panetti originally faced.“I am seriously concerned that Scott Panetti’s capital trial, held in 1995 after an authorization to waive his right to counsel and to represent himself, despite his severe mental health condition, may have influenced the subsequent decisions of the courts,” he said. Since his conviction, Mr. Panetti has appealed the courts’ decisions on his competence to be executed, based on various expert assessments of his serious mental health conditions. Despite the claims of psychosocial disabilities and the existence of a federal ban on such executions, the death sentence was upheld.“Given the irreversible nature of the death penalty, we urgently appeal to the Government of the United States and the state of Texas to find a way to stop the scheduled execution, and we hope that serious consideration will be given to commuting the sentence,” the UN Special Rapporteurs said.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Police body cameras lead to 90pc drop in public complaints against officers

first_imgDr Barak Ariel, leading the research, said that the results suggested wide use of BWCs could reduce violence conflicts with officers and mark a significant cultural change in policing.His report stated: “Cooling-down potentially volatile police-public encounters to the point where official grievances against the police have virtually vanished may well lead to the conclusion that the use of BWCs indeed signals a profound sea change in modern policing.”But the study comes only a few weeks after it was revealed that there is a “complete lack of consistency” in the use of BWCs by officers armed with Tasers.A survey of the UK’s 45 territorial forces showed that many have not completed a full roll-out of the equipment among staff and at least one has said it has no current plan to adopt the cameras.The issue was highlighted following the death of former football star Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered in Telford, Shropshire, on August 15. We think the cameras can also reduce frivolous complaints and false allegations that are made even when officers have done nothing wrongDr Barak Ariel An increase in the use of body cameras by police has led to a huge drop in complaints made against officers, research shows.A study by the University of Cambridge found a 93 per cent decrease in complaints made against officers clearly wearing the cameras, which record what happens during police incidents, compared to the previous year.Researchers said the result “assumes that BWCs (body-worn cameras) reduce officer non-compliance with procedures, improve suspects’ demeanour, or both”.The study, which involved West Midlands Police, West Yorkshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, suggests that the “observer effect” of the cameras influences the behaviour of both officers and citizens. Former Premier League star Dalian Atkinson died after he was hit by a police stun gun in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire  Former Premier League star Dalian Atkinson died after he was hit by a police stun gun in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire Credit:ANTON WANT, PAULA QUINN, JOE GIDDENS/PA/GETTYcenter_img But the College of Policing said there was “no specific guidance” for issuing armed officers in the UK with bodycams, although it did issue advice on usage in 2014.Both the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have said the use of BWCs is an “operational” decision for each force.During the Cambridge study, conducted across seven sites, researchers found that the number of complaints lodged against officers dropped from 1,539 (which equates to 1.2 per officer) to 113 in 12 months.But the report pointed out that these results give no evidence of other areas in policing and that the BWCs do not necessarily have a long-term effect on general police “legitimacy”.It said: “Even if BWCs can lead to perfectly executed police procedures … what happens before or after the encounter might still be perceived as unfair, racist, unprofessional, or malicious.”Commenting on the report, Dr Ariel said: “We couldn’t analyse exactly what happened in every police incident involved, but we think the change has more to do with officers’ behaviour.”They are the ones well-trained to deal with these situations and know how to behave, so now there is a tool to make sure they are doing their job.”But we think the cameras can also reduce frivolous complaints and false allegations that are made even when officers have done nothing wrong. In the study we saw that all complaints went down – in some areas they went down to zero.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He added that the use of cameras by police has become increasingly important as more and more members of the public record police incidents on phones and cameras.”Everyone is recording the police, except for themselves,” he said.Commenting on the slow take-up of BWCs by some police forces, he said: “It’s a question of money, even though the cameras eventually pay for themselves.”Some forces just don’t have the money, so it’s time for the Home Office and other authorities to help fund this. But we are about to face a turning point. I think in 25 years all officers will be using a camera.”last_img read more

Boart Longyear launches new flyable exploration drill rig

first_imgBoart Longyear describes its new flyable SC11 rig as “the only compact and modular rig in its class that offers 5,456 Nm of torque and can manage PQ-size rods. The drill is a surface exploration rig targeted at the 1,300 m to 1,500 m NQ market, and can be broken down into compact flyable modules. “The SC11 is built from Boart Longyear’s proven LM® technology and designed for use in surface applications where access is limited and drill footprint is a critical consideration.” Craig Mayman, Boart Longyear Global Product Manager for Capital Equipment, continues, “It’s extremely flexible – conveniently assembling and disassembling in flyable, compact modules – while delivering best-in-class power at a cost-competitive value. And, in colder regions, its compact size enables operation inside a drill shack.”The SC11 delivers large-diameter and deep-hole drilling capacity with a 132 kN pullback rating and PQ handling capacity. The rig features a variable-speed motor that provides a low-end torque output of 5,456 Nm at the head for tri-cone drilling and a 1,230-rpm speed for diamond drilling. Whether low- or high-torque applications, the SC11 features high-efficiency hydraulics to easily make or break rod joints and transport rods safely.Hydraulic actuators also control the rig’s rod handler, providing smooth and efficient movement in three dimensions. The rod handler uses proven LM rod-handling technology and features proximity sensors to protect the operator by preventing rod drops when operators are nearby. A laser beam system positioned between the helper and rod handler control panel stops movement when drillers enter the operating area. Once the beam is interrupted, the rod handler immediately stops and can only be restarted when the driller resets it.Boart Longyear’s patented Nitro Chuck® with gas-charged springs actuates the jaws holding the rods to provide fail-safe operation. The control panel also uses lift-to-shift rotation and feed levers to deliver constant speed and protect the operator against accidental actuation.The SC11 has been designed to easily break down into flyable modules, with the heaviest lift being only 680 kg. Lifting points are easy to identify and are positioned at the module’s centre of gravity to provide a balanced load, while quick-connect hydraulic couplings further accelerate assembly and disassembly and prevent oil spills. All modules use easy-to-see guides to help operators quickly align and assemble the rig, speeding up the landing process.Pressed steel framing with male-female joints help the modules drop into position and highly visible jacking and lifting points make assembly and disassembly safe and easy.last_img read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgOn one hand I agree. It’s wrong to have a wild animal caged.At the same time, humanity is destroying their natural habitat. We want black oily liquids, shiny things from underground, more land to put grazing animals on to fulfil our need for excessive meat consumption.. We build over their migration patterns – their “homes”, so to say they should be in the wild is a little narrow sighted. And I haven’t even got to poachers and hunters yet..At least in the zoo they’re safe. And with breeding programmes they’re not going to go extinct. Maybe one day soon we will cop on and try to strive a balance between wild lands and settlement. Then the wild animals in zoos may be able to get their habitat back – and there would be no need for zoos anymore.. But that sounds slightly unlikely the way things are going at the moment 🙁 On Christine Bohan’s article highlighting the human rights issues that plague the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Noel Scanlon shared how the area has been good to him and his family. *Cheap uggs that cave in on one side after a week and it looks like the owner had been broke from the ankles like your man in “misery”2. Gibbs also wanted to add an item to the list. Something that Irish women would not be able to live without but maybe Irish men COULD be happy without. He got 1,834 thumbs up for this idea. Pyjamas they love them. And no chance of getting them off on a slightly cold night. “Go away will ya I’m freezing3. During the week, a woman claimed a ‘onesie’ saved the life of her baby which she had just given birth to while wearing it. Larry O’Doherty quickly noted that – Onesie becomes a twosie. – and got 1,551 green thumbs for the effort. 4. As we prepared for the storm to hit on Monday, Cliona had some stellar advice for readers, who repaid her with 1,358 thumbs up. Statistically studies show the pub is the safest place to be……..5. DailyEdge.ie also examined what Irish lads love on Sunday. The comprehensive list forgot one thing, as joe o’reilly pointed out – and 1,200 others agreed. A chicken fillet roll for lunchSome of the best comments left on the site this weekTo kick us off this week, we have some really, really good news. You may remember back in the second week of June, Brian Phelan had the most popular comment on the site. He told us all:In bed now .. Can’t sleep so I have a towel over my head and iPad so I don’t wake my better half .. After two miscarriages .. She had scan today 8 weeks pregnant .. Fingers crossed and yes she can toss and kick as much as she wants :)He was overwhelmed by the kindness and good wishes sent to him by TheJournal.ie readers and has kept us up-to-date on his family’s progress. On Wednesday, 8 January at 10.54am, baby Samuel Christopher Phelan, entered the world. We’ll let Brian tell you in his own words.Hi Michelle, i wrote on one of your articles about 8months back and i got one of top comments about my pregnant partner, that after two miscarriages she can kick and push me around the bed as much as she wants..I think it was an article on sleep..lol well i am sitting in the coombe car park waiting to go up to my partner. She is having a c-section this morning….And i will meet my son for the first time….I got alot of kind  replies to that comment i just wanted to let ye know ….thanks again Brian…da in training Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie. I live and work here in Saudi Arabia, and it has saved my bacon and allowed me to provide for my 2 children back home, pay the mortgage and repay debts from my business which collapsed after the ’08 crash, I don’t expect the Government to assist beyond the basic allowances, I wasn’t involved in property development or had nothing to do with banking or the like. Saudi has been good to me and I for one applaud Irish businesses and companies who have come over here and made it work and provided work and jobs for people like me and I would also applaud Kenny and Bruton for assisting them to gain more business.As for the article, yes, there are issues in this country, but they are making progress and I have found them to be open about it and I’ve seen progress in my time here.In summary, this is a region developing and struggling to balance tradition with modernity, but is also a region of huge progress where Irish people can contribute to and benefit from. Others just felt it highlighted how good we have it here in Ireland. James O’Sullivan writes:All the moaning we do about Ireland but look around the world and you’ll see in many ways there’s no better place to live! We’ve no insane weather like the Americans; no constant threat of poverty like Africa, India and South America; and no fear of persecution if we insult dear leader Kenny and call him a pr*ck right hear on national media. Along with this we’ve great cities like Galway and Cork and an atmosphere where people know how to have the craic. Bit off topic all this I know.This week, Dublin Zoo, which many of our commenters have described as a brilliant amenity and a perfect day out, revealed it attracted more than 1,000,000 visitors last year. Shanti Om looked at both sides of the argument about keeping animals in captivity following a ‘below the line’ debate. There was a mixed reaction to Enda Kenny’s trip to the Gulf states and his failure to put pressure on leaders to answer questions about their human rights records.Patrick Varley summed up the ‘two schools of thought’ quite succinctly. Finally, on Friday night, our Political Editor Hugh O’Connell revealed that a number of documents related to the Bank Guarantee have been lost in the Department of Finance. Cat O’Driscoll did her best ‘Irish Mammy’ when she asked:Did they try praying to St Anthony? He was a little poorly yesterday and is in ICU in the Coombe , but today he is doing amazing … And life is sooooo good … Mother is a emotionally and physically wrecked …. But it is a really good news story he is going to be a special man born on the same day as Elvis and David Bowie lol… We want to thank u and ur team for showing kindness … I will try to forward u a pic … He is so beautiful …He did forward the picture and we’ve used it as the main image for this article. We’ve also taken to calling the little lad, Sam ‘Comment Baby’ Phelan in the news room. Best of luck, guys.Another reader shared a personal experience with us this week on a DailyEdge.ie article about the different stages you go through as you tackle that first January run. Conor Sheridan inspired us: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Irish Water, drug use on Dublin Bus, The Troubles in Northern Ireland, pylons, Enda’s visit to the Gulf states and, of course, the weather.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Over 200 failed asylum seekers & illegal migrants were deported last year (443 comments)2. Poll: Does Ireland need a new political party? (283 comments)3. McAleese: Catholic Church ‘in denial over homosexuality for decades’ (270 comments)4. Who is most likely to support the legalisation of marijuana in Ireland? (238 comments)5. Dublin Bus looking at CCTV footage after medicine dispensers found on 39a (218 comments)The 5 most popular comments this week(Image: Watt_Dabney/Flickr)1. The top two comments of the past seven days were left on a popular DailyEdge.ie article about things that Irish girls love to love. First up, Paddy J Ward got 2,530 green thumbs up for this addition to the list: I started running at the beginning of February last year having finished a course of chemotherapy for testicular cancer brought on from the trauma of breaking my back in early 2012. It was mainly to lose the weight the steroids had caused me to put on.On the suggestion of a really close friend of mine, a few of us decided to do an ongoing fundraiser throughout 2013 starting in April with a skydive then in May we did the 10k Croghan Hill Challenge, the Curragh Run 10k, the 12km Hell & Back Apollo in June, a 26km Duathlon in July, in August we climbed Carrauntoohill and Croagh Patrick on the same weekend, in September we did the 42km Rough Diamond Challenge in Connemara, then the 10k RunAMuck Challenge in October and finished up with the 14km Hell And Back Titan in November, exactly a year since I had started chemo. We did the 10k Movember Run in the Phoenix Park for the lols and banter as well and I set a new PB of 48 minutes so yeah fairly happy with that.All in all we raised €10,000 for 3 charities and will be handing the money over next week. It’s pretty cool what you can do when you decide to just do it! Looking forward to the 20km Hell & Back in June and the Tough Mudder in October. One, that the delegation should use the visit to raise concerns about human rights and set a precedent for other nations to do the same as well and perhaps help the various people suffering at the hands of the regime.The other, that Ireland needs to explore every trade option to help speed up the recovery of our economy and bring benefit to our own citizens and that any protest is likely to jeopardize a deal and would only be a drop in the ocean when other nations and superpowers actively support the regime.Both are right, one for it’s idealism the other for it’s realism. A witty response on a serious topic does not often come off well, but at time of writing, Johnny Downes had no red thumbs for this observation about the ongoing controversy about Irish Water’s spend on consultants.Irish Water is already contaminated. It didn’t take long!Many people of a certain age may be able to relate to the story Charles J Ahern tells on a column about ‘Operation Emigration‘. I always said that I’d never emigrate, that if I left it will be my choice. My qualifications are pretty useless here at the moment and I stayed in college as long as I could hoping that when I eventually finished there would be work for me. But sadly there is nothing. I was offered a JobBridge scheme that the chap said I was over qualified for. I’m only doing it to get me out of the house.At the end of the day, I probably will head off in about six months time. But it will be purely my choice and I WILL return to the country I love. Its just a shame that there are more push factors than pull factors (for young people) in Ireland at the moment.last_img read more

Veterinary acupuncture effective in treating a variety of ailments

first_img December 13, 2018 Veterinary acupuncture effective in treating a variety of ailments Updated: 9:07 PM Posted: December 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The ancient practice of acupuncture has been used as a form of alternative medicine for more than 2,500 years. Most of us are familiar with the healing benefits it can provide in humans, often to relieve pain.Acupuncture is also becoming a popular treatment for animals in distress and the owners we spoke with say it’s most definitely improving the quality of their pets’ lives.KUSI’s Sandra Maas has more on the story. center_img Sandra Maas Sandra Maas, Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Thousands mourn Jose Fernandez attend public viewing at St Brendan

first_imgJose Fernandez’s casket has arrived at St. Brendan Catholic church.#FinalFarewell | #JDF16 pic.twitter.com/DsOyN4g4MP— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) September 28, 2016Fans and local residents gathered at St. Brendan, located at 8725 S.W. 32nd St., hours before the hearse arrived in anticipation to pay their respects.“I was at the game Saturday and he was right there,” said mourner Kathy Azcue. “I saw him. I just can’t. It’s very hard.”Many waited in line outside of the church all the way down the block for the public viewing. They finally inched closer to the memorial as the doors opened at 5 p.m. The event is scheduled to end at 11 p.m., Wednesday. “It’s a moment of unity for his family, and a moment of loss, but a moment that maybe our community has gained a hero,” said one woman who waited in line.When the motorcade arrived at the church with the family, at around 4 p.m., Fernandez’s mother and grandmother, who was wearing a Marlins jersey, exited the vehicle and watched as the casket was taken out and moved into the church. There were multiple mothers and grandmothers in the line, and they said their hearts told them that they had to attend the funeral procession to support the Fernandez family. “It is sad, but it’s an honor as well to know that your son is loved by the whole world,” said one Fernandez fan who is also a mother, “so it is a beautiful feeling as well. It’s a very sad feeling, but she has so much to take with her from such a beautiful human being she created.”Randy Oliva brought his signed Jose Fernandez baseball to the viewing. He said he never missed a game when Fernandez pitched.A visibly moved Oliva also said he’ll cherish this ball more than he ever imagined. “This is something that I’m trying to keep it forever,” he said. “I’m thinking I will give it to my daughter so she will keep it forever.”Other fans said that they hope by them being in attendance, it can somehow bring comfort to the family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Those in the crowd suddenly became very quiet and teary-eyed as they watched the family grieve in front of them. “My heart just went out to them because no parent should have to bury their child,” said another woman in the crowd. “Such a talented human being, because he was very kind and compassionate and humble. As big as he was, he represented the Cuban community very well.”Earlier in the day, family, friends and fans got their chance to be at the side of the 24-year-old’s body one last time at Marlins Park. The hearse paused for team members to surround the hearse and bow their heads in prayer. MIAMI (WSVN) – It was a somber day for South Florida, as fans and family stood in line to pay their respects, one by one, to the late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez at St. Brendan Catholic Church, Wednesday night.Hundreds of thousands of fans not only turned out to Marlins Park and Ermita de la Caridad church to pay their respects during Fernandez’s funeral procession, but they also tuned in online and on air to witness the emotional funeral procession for Fernandez throughout the afternoon.Before arriving at St. Brendan’s, the procession made its way to Our Lady of Charity in Coconut Grove, where the priest met with Fernandez’s family to offer comfort and support. He also blessed the casket with holy water. The blessing symbolizes baptism, when Catholics are first promised eternal life.“This is a very sad situation for all of us,” said Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez, “but we are praying with faith and hope for his soul and for his family.”Inside St. Brendan Catholic Church, the long line led to Fernandez’s casket, where red flowers draped over it and floral wreaths of the Cuban and U.S. flags hung above. Fans passed by the casket, touching it and having a moment to say goodbye to the young Marlins player.“It’s shocking to see his mom sitting there. And the pictures of him,” said mourner Christina Fernandez, who is not related. “It is hard, hard to go in there and see them.”Jose Fernandez fans, who were in line for the public viewing, all have their own favorite story or favorite game that revolved around the player, but watching his family in such grief outside the church made the tragedy very real for them. center_img The family went inside the church before the public was allowed inside. Touching moment as funeral procession arrives at @MarlinsPark. #FinalFarewell. https://t.co/hgww5lccX6 https://t.co/m2GbyEmeIV— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) September 28, 2016Fans of all ages said they wanted to be at the memorial to support Fernandez and his family. “Just coming to see him for the last time and say the last byes,” said one young girl.Parents in attendance used the tragedy as a teaching moment for their young ones. “I told him that now he’s gone, but you have to try to be like him,” is what one mother told her son.Eight-year-old Cesar Quirog watched as the hearse carried his hero away. “I feel like we’re always gonna remember him. He will be history for the marlins,” said Quirog. “He was one of the best pitchers ever, I think. For me he was the best.” last_img read more

Federal designation puts Alaska in touch with millions to fight drugtrafficking

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker, flanked by more than 30 law enforcement officials at a press conference Friday, May 18, 2018 (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo)The state of Alaska is set to receive millions of federal dollars to combat illegal drugs after a recent “high-intensity drug-trafficking area” designation.Listen nowAlaska is the last state to get the designation, which allows access to a total nationwide funding pool of $250 million. Public safety officials say the money will help facilitate collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement.It remains unclear how much funding Alaska will receive or when it will be available.Gov. Bill Walker announced the designation and touted his administration’s public safety action plan during a press conference Friday at the state crime lab. Walker, who is running for reelection this year, was flanked by more than 30 officials from various law enforcement agencies.Walker said the state is in a position where it needs to rely more on federal resources for drug enforcement programs.“In the past, we haven’t, and we haven’t gone after some things that perhaps we should’ve gone after,” Walker said. “So it’s a matter, I think, of prioritizing. You know, applying for grants takes time, it’s a lot of work, and we’re applying for a lots of grants and lots of different funding from the federal government.”Despite that increasing reliance, Walker says he appreciates the state Legislature’s recent action to fund certain requests under his public safety plan.“Not just funding, but also specific positions, prosecutors,” Walker said. “And so I think they recognize the need, the urgency of it, so I think they did the right thing on that. We could always use more, we would always appreciate more, but we’ll celebrate what we have.”The legislation includes money to hire five new state prosecutors and $12 million to fight drug abuse.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews CARS 3

first_imgStay on target Is Cars 3 good?I doubt I’ll ever watch it again, but it’s alright.Care to elaborate on that?Cars is still the most shallow and least involving world Pixar has ever managed to dream up, but at least this time they decided to mainly focus on what works. Cars 3 is about races, winning races, losing races, the lives of the characters in said races and not really much else; and the result of that is easily probably the best of the Cars movies.So you didn’t care for the first two?Not really, no. Though I also don’t share the same level of overwhelming disdain for the franchise that I feel like a lot of the movie press does.Yeah, what’s up with that?I have a couple of theories. Mainly, it’s that these just aren’t as good as most of the other Pixar series, and they also feel the least ambitious. But I also think some of it is that it’s the only Pixar franchise that’s grounded in romanticizing a subculture (Nascar racing, specifically) that’s beloved by a lot of “Middle America.” Whereas they usually make movies about action figures, robots, superheroes, monsters – “pop-obsessions” that more tend to hit a nerve for the sort of folks who write very serious think pieces about animated movies. By the same token, it’s also nakedly obvious that Cars only exists beyond the original because it’s the best-selling Pixar toy brand, making it (somehow) more commercial-feeling than other productions of the Walt Disney Machine.So what does this one do that’s so different?Whereas the first two movies both get bogged down in their respective small-town redemption and spy-spoof storylines, this one feels like someone finally sat down and said “wait a minute… these are basically sports movies, right? So why don’t we just do that?” And that’s what Cars 3 is: A straightforward sports movie about auto-racing, set in a universe where the cars drive themselves. And in that respect, it basically works.What’s the story?Basically, we’re revisiting Pixar’s second favorite subject after Things-That-Don’t-Typically-Speak-Speaking-With-Surprising-Philosophical-Depth: Male obsolescence anxiety. We’re a few years into the future, and Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is now a longtime champion watching his fellow veteran racers gradually slow down and retire. His fears of being outclassed by the new generation of high-tech competitors who use computers and statistical analysis for a competitive edge (as represented by Armie Hammer’s arrogant Jackson Storm) ends up causing him to over-exert and seriously injure himself – potentially for good. Facing the prospect of winding up forced into retirement like his former mentor Doc Hudson (voiced again in flashbacks by the late Paul Newman via tricksy audio editing), he embarks on a last-ditch on-the-road training regimen, reluctantly paired with new-school trainer voiced by Cristela Alonzo, Cruz Ramirez.That’s it?Well… not exactly. There’s a subplot about how McQueen’s new corporate sponsor (Nathan Fillion) actually wants him to retire so he can become a George Foreman-style marketing brand, but it’s mostly there for structure. The main story does end up going in a somewhat unexpected direction – though getting into it verges on spoiler-territory.Lay it on me. [Skip this part if you don’t, in fact, want it laid on you]Okay: Lightning doesn’t initially get along with Cruz because she’s a new-school trainer who’s all about the kind of cutting-edge techniques Storm and the other new-gen racers use, while he wants to whip himself back into shape by “getting his tires dirty” with tried-and-true analog techniques. Amid their disagreements, he discovers that Cruz had grown up wanting to be a racer but was stymied by lack of support and self-confidence and resigned to being a trainer instead. Subsequently, he meets up with old friends of Doc Hudson’s and comes to understand that the aged champ found ultimately found more fulfillment as a mentor (to McQueen) than as a champion…Oh, I see where this is going.The kids won’t, though. But, yeah, it becomes clear that we’re actually seeing an “origin story” for Ramirez as a new potential face for the franchise well before it becomes a clear “twist” in Act 3. Still, it’s a mostly unexpected subversion of the expected Noble Elders vs. Snotty Millennials storyline, and in that respect, it’s a rare “aging athlete” story that doesn’t feel like it hates young people – though it very much seems to hate Moneyball-style stats-driven sports culture.Does it work?For the most part. Exactly how the cars “work” in terms of aging, sentience, etc. has never been very clear in this series, so what “getting old” actually means for Lightning and the other veterans feels somewhat difficult to invest in as stakes go. On that same theme, it’s weird to stop and realize that McQueen and Storm’s rivalry boils down to a “John Henry Vs The Steam Drill” man-versus-machine story… but where they’re both machines. It’s never boring, though, and there’s (mercifully) a lot less Larry The Cable Guy this time around.So you recommend it?I wouldn’t go that far. The two sorts of people who’re going to see this either really liked the first two or they have kids and don’t have a choice. I can’t speak for the first type, but the dragged-along-parents will probably find this at least substantially more tolerable than, say the Minions (or The Emoji Movie in a few months.) MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more