‘We deserved it’ – Sarri toasts Chelsea’s Europa League triumph

first_imgThe victory caps a season in which they finished third in the Premier League to secure a return to the Champions League before coming into this match. Despite that, Sarri has been strongly linked with a return to Italy this summer with Juventus.“Of course the trophy is very important because we were in trouble in January and February and then we reacted.“It is not easy to do that in the Premier League because the level is really very high.“In the end we got into the Champions League, we played the final of the League Cup and lost on penalties to Manchester City, and in the Europa League we played 15 matches and won 12 and drew three so I think we deserved to win it.”Eden Hazard scored twice, including from the penalty spot, after Olivier Giroud and Pedro Rodriguez had netted to put the Blues in control in Azerbaijan.Sarri added: “It is very important for me but I am really very happy for my players.”There was disappointment for Arsenal coach Unai Emery as his side suffered a bruising final defeat that also means they will miss out on the Champions League again next season for the third year running.“We knew it was going to be difficult to take our first target,” Emery said, referring to Champions League qualification.“In the Premer League we were closer to achieving that but we lost out by one or two points to the other teams like Tottenham and Chelsea.“The Europa League was another way. We tried and we worked, but congratulations to Chelsea. They are now better than us.”Emery had been hoping to win this competition for the fourth time after three consecutive victories with Sevilla from 2014 to 2016.“In the first half we had possibilities, some chances to score, and didn’t concede a lot to them.“In the second half our idea was the same, to carry on our game plan, but they scored the first goal and that was very important in this match.“They have very good players, and we played with some young players. We knew it was going to be difficult.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maurizio Sarri celebrates with his players after Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOVBAKU, Azerbaijan, May 30 – Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri insisted winning the Europa League against Arsenal in Baku was more important to the club than for the Italian personally despite it being his first major trophy in management.“I am really very happy but the trophy is very important for the club. The name of the player and coach is less important,” Sarri said after Chelsea blew away their London rivals in the second half to win 4-1.last_img read more

Adrian Bevington leaves advisory role at Aston Villa

first_img Adrian Bevington only joined Villa in March 1 Adrian Bevington has left his advisory position with Aston Villa, the club have announced. Former Football Association executive Bevington joined the club to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at Villa Park in March.He follows David Bernstein and Lord Mervyn King out of the club, after the pair quit the relegated side last month stating their new football board had found it impossible to implement a new structure.Bevington told the club’s official site: “I explained to [chairman] Steve Hollis a few weeks ago that I would not be looking to take on a full-time role with the club, but agreed to remain as an advisor until the end of the season.“I know how hard Steve is working on a number of levels and I hope he can conclude the ownership and managerial positions very soon.“I have enjoyed working with Steve and Brian Little – a man who clearly cares so much for the club and will do everything he can to help it succeed.“I’d also like to make particular reference to Eric Black. Eric has been a true professional to work with after taking on the manager’s role in the most difficult circumstances.“There is a huge amount of work ahead for Aston Villa FC. A club of its size with its great support should be competing at the higher levels of the Premier League, not in the position it currently finds itself.“To move forward, now more than ever, it is crucial the club makes the right calls on the big decisions it is faced with.”Chairman Hollis, who himself only joined Villa in January, thanked Bevington for his help. “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Adrian for his contribution and professionalism,” he said.“Over a short period of time, he has provided a great deal of football knowledge and experience – both to the club and to me personally.“Adrian gave me his word he would remain with the club until the end of the season. Now that time has come we wish him well for the future with his various football commitments.”Villa were relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987 in April and finished bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a club-record low total of just 17 points. Former Leicester chief Nigel Pearson and ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo are the frontrunners for the manager’s job with caretaker Eric Black not expected to stay at the club. Owner Randy Lerner is also closing in on a sale, which could be concluded within weeks.last_img read more

Man robbed shop, hi-jacked taxi and put knife to driver’s throat

first_imgA man who robbed a shop, hi-jacked a taxi and then held a large knife to the driver’s throat told a court that he was not a violent man.Rian Harkin, aged 26, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal. The court heard that Harkin took a taxi to a shop in a car being driven by Stephen Gallagher in Derry on April 14th last.He stopped off at a shop, robbed it and then casually got back into the taxi.Customers ran out of the shop looking for the thief and tax-driver Gallagher realised his fare was actually the robber.Harkin threatened the driver and ordered him to cross the border into Muff in Co Donegal.When the driver of the taxi was not responding to radio calls, his company alerted other drivers to be on the lookout for him.Another driver spotted Mr Gallagher in Muff but when he tried to go to his colleague’s aid, Harkin put the knife to Mr Gallagher’s throat and ordered him to drive northwards to Quigley’s Point.Harkin became more agitated on the journey because of radio calls and at one stage threw money in the front seat of the car and tried to climb into the front seat.Mr Gallagher saw his opportunity and slammed on the brakes sending the accused hi-jacker tumbling forward.The driver then pulled the keys from the car and rolled out of the vehicle and sustained cuts and abrasions.Harkin fled but was arrested a short time later in Drung, Quigley’s Point by Garda Stephen Carroll.He was taken to Buncrana Garda station but while in a consultation room, he smashed a window and fled again.He was spotted outside a house in Buncrana and then fled into the home of a young Polish couple who were left terrified.However, he was arrested a short time later.The court was told that Harkin has 60 previous convictions for both sides of the border but none for violence.They include charges of theft, burglary, road traffic, drugs and criminal damage.His barrister Mr Peter Nolan said his client was very sorry for what he had done but was of limited education.He described the incident as a “hairbrained idea” and admitted his client was “no saint.”Harkin claimed he robbed the shop to help a friend who was in debt.The accused added “I would never have hurt him. I’m sorry for scaring him. I’m not a violent person.”Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday to give his judgement.Man robbed shop, hi-jacked taxi and put knife to driver’s throat was last modified: December 24th, 2018 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:buncranacourtknifemuffRian Harkintaxilast_img read more

4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS

first_imgFour Lanterns USL Results & Reports 30.03.14ResultsBonagee Utd. 5 0 Fanad Utd. Cockhill Celtic 2 0 Finn Harps Res.Drumkeen Utd. 1 2 Letterkenny RoversSwilly Rovers 2 3 Derry City Res.Reports Cockhill Continue Winning WaysCockhill Celtic 2Finn Harps Res. 0League champions Cockhill Celtic continued their winning start in defence of their title on Sunday against a strong Harps Reserve side. In a very scrappy 1st Half, chances were very few for either side as defences were on top. The 1st real big chance for the local side came when a cross from Mark Moran cross found Garbhain Friel unmarked inside the Harps penalty box but the big striker volleyed over the bar. As the half progressed Mark Forker started to dictate for harps from centre midfield and it was he who supplied Matty Henry for a great chance on the half hour but the Greencastle man couldn’t beat Gavin Cullen from close range. At half time the game was 0-0.A change of formation by Cockhill at half time meant Jazza Mc Laughlin dropping into midfield and as a result Cockhill began to dominate proceedings. On 55 minutes Mark Moran broke the deadlock following good work by Derek Doherty on the right wing. Doherty supplied an excellent pull back for in rushing Moran to drive past the Harps keeper. Cockhill continued to press in the 2nd half and got there second on 70 minutes when captain Liam O Donnell toe-poked from close range following a goal mouth scramble. Cockhill comfortable defended their lead for the remaining 20 minutes. Best for Cockhill were Connor Keddy & Derek Doherty while Mark Forker & Paul Mc Dermott did well for Harps. Rovers Defeat DrumkeenDrumkeen Utd. 1Letterkenny Rovers 2This was a lively affair at St Patricks Park, Letterkenny scored after two minutes, a Jonathan Minnock free kick caused a bit of a mix up in the Drumkeen defence and the ball fell to Darren McElwaine who scored from six yards. Rovers probably had the best of the opening 20 minutes without creating any more clear cut chances, Drumkeen got back on level terms after 21minutes, Ronan Coyle got on the end of a through ball and knocked it past the advancing Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. There were a few meaty challenges going in and Packie Coll handed out a yellow to John Doherty and later on to Darren McCready. The half ended with a bit of Letterkenny pressure but then just on half time Ronan Coyle was chasing a long ball but keeper Quinn was quickly off his line to clear the danger. Drumkeen lost Brian McGrory after 20 minutes to be replaced by Gary Patton, at the start of second half Letterkenny’s Anthony Doherty ran through the defence and forced the keeper to push it wide, they then had two corners in a row which were both too long. Letterkenny got their second and what proved to be the winner on the hour mark as a pass across the Drumkeen defence was intercepted by Stevie O’Donnell who fired home past Conroy. Drumkeen tried hard to get back on level terms in the last ten minutes but then David Shovlin was shown a straight red card just before the end to quash any remaining hopes for the home side. Drumkeen will be disappointed with both goals conceded as they were both as a result of errors, overall it was a very tight contest with the Letterkenny men holding firm toward the end with the older heads of Minnock and Lloyd keeping them together. Ref. Packie Coll. Derry Win in RameltonSwilly Rovers 2Derry City Res. 3An action packed thriller at Swilly Park before a large crowd which included Derry City boss Roddy Collins. Local man Tony Mc Namee hit the post for Derry on seven minutes. Derry went ahead on 21 minutes when Ryan Curran produced a delightful chip over a Swilly defender and then volleyed home for a fine goal. Swilly levelled on 36 minutes when Darren Dunworth released Calvin Mooney who produced a great finish from an acute angle.Swilly went ahead on 40 minutes when Martin Mc Daid unleashed a real piledriver from 30 yards for a wonderful goal. Derry levelled on 56 minutes when former Shamrock Rovers defender David Elberg headed home following a corner. On 62 minutes the winner arrived when former Finn Harps player Lee Toland had a stunning effort come off the crossbar and quick thinking by Tony Mc Namee saw him head home the rebound. Swilly then lost both Laurence Toland and Brian Pyper to injury with twenty minutes left.Mooney went close twice near the end for Swilly but Derry were always very dangerous on the break producing some delightful football. A good advertisement for Ulster Senior League Football. Match referee was Stephen Toner.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Duncan Patterson, Gareth Colhoun, Martin Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Damien Friel, Darren Dunworth, Martin Mc Daid, Laurence Toland, Michael Mc Hugh, Calvin Mooney. Subs: Brian Pyper, Ryan Mc Daid (both used) Cathal Diver, David AinaDerry City Res.: Ciaran Gallagher, Conor Barr, Lee Toland, Calum Mc Laughlin, David Elberg, Raymond Foy, Cormack Burke, Ryan Curran, Conor Harkin, Tony Mc Namee, Mark Timlin. Subs: Conor Mc Dermott, Eoin Barrett, Ronan Curtis, Josh Tracey.Bonagee Get First WinBonagee Utd. 5Fanad Utd. 0The home side claimed their first three points of the season after comprehensively beating a spirited Fanad Utd team yesterday afternoon in Bonagee. Fanad, under the management of Michael Deeney, fielded a predominately young side and could have been three down before Bonagee actually opened their account. Chances fell the way of Graham Cullen, Frankie McBrearty & Aidan McLaughlin before the hosts opened their account in the 10th minute, when Mark Harkin headed home a Daryl Brown corner. That lead was doubled in the 21st minute when full back Gareth Breslin unleashed an unstoppable effort from 25 yards into the bottom corner of the net. Four minutes later, it was three nil. The impressive Mark Harkin powered his way into the Fanad penalty area to cross the ball to Anthony Appiah to side foot home from six yards. Fanad Utd were finding it difficult to break through the opposing defence, with both Daryl McDermott and Darek Frankowski equal to anything that was thrown their way.Bonagees fourth arrived ten minutes into the second half, when a Frankie McBrearty effort struck the hand of an unlucky Glenn McNulty in the area. Tommy McAree pointed to the spot and Kevin Barr dispatched the resulting penalty. McBrearty did get the goal his performance deserved, when he curled a shot beyond the keeper from the edge of the box in the 65th minute to make it 5-0. Good performances from both teams. Ref. T. McAree.FixturesSunday, April 6thKnockalla Caravans Cup(E.T. & Penalties if Required)Letterkenny Rovers v Milford Utd. Ref. T. McAreeDrumkeen Utd. v Derry City Res. Ref. S. TonerSwilly Rovers v Glenea Utd. Ref. P. CollGlengad Utd. v Cockhill Celtic4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BONAGEE UNITEDCockhillDerry City ReservesFANAD UNITEDlast_img read more

UCU win Varsity Championships to qualify for World Cup

first_imgUCU Canons pose with their winners’ medals in Nairobi. (Agency Photos)Afro-Varsity 3*3 Basketabll Championships FinalsNairobi, KenyaMen: ISEG 13-14 UCU CanonsWomen: ISEG 8-13 UCU Lady CanonsNAIROBI – Uganda Christian University (UCU) ran out double winners in the just concluded Varsity Basketball Championships that took place in Nairobi, Kenya.The Mukono based University scooped both the Men’s and Women’s titles in the two day event that was held at the United States International University (USIU).The Mukono-based outfit defeated Institut Supérieur d’Entrepreneurship et de Gestion (ISEG) from Senegal in the finals (men and women) played on Sunday.In the men’s final, UCU Canons edged ISEG 14-13 in a closly contested encounter that had the crowd on their feet more often than not.To reach the finals, the Canons had taken care of USIU in another thrilling encounter.The team coached by Nicholas Natuhereza had earlier swept aside their opponents in the group stages.Natuhereza’s side were in pool A alongside Makerere University, the University of Johannesburg and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.The players on the UCU Canons team included Isaiah Mabeny Ater, David Deng Kongor, Caesar Adoke and Titus Lua.In the ladies categories, UCU Lady Canons defeated ISEG in the final winning 13-8.UCU Lady Canons defeated ISEG in the finals to win the Women’s championship.Just like the men’s team, the Lady Canons also beat up all their opponents in the group before overcoming the University of Nairobi in the semifinals.UCU was in group A alongside hosts USIU, KISII (Kenya), Tech (Kenya) and UNIDAF from Senegal.The four players that led the Lady Canons to success included Maimuna Nabbosa, Rose Akon, Brenda Kayaga and Sarah Ageno.The two finalist (UCU and ISEG) earned a ticket to the FISU University World Cup that will take place from 31st October to 1st November 2019 at Huaqiao University, in Xiamen (China).This is the second time that UCU Lady Canons qualify for the World Cup after their maiden appearance in 2017.Comments Tags: FISU University World CupNicholas NatuherezaUganda Christian UniversityUSIUVarsity Basketball Championshipslast_img read more

KCCA hit Maroons for 6, crowned champions

first_img Tags: allan kyambaddeallan okelloHerbert AchaiKCCA FCMaroons FCMike MutebiMoses MagogoMuzamir Mutyaba. SC Villapatrick kadduSaif BatteStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop KCCA FC were crowned 2018/19 Leaguw champions on Saturday. (KCCA FC photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 6-1 Maroons FCStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Saturday, 04-05-2019LUGOGO – KCCA FC demolished Maroons FC to end the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season on high.The Kasasiros who sealed the league last week, put out a perfomance worthy of a crowning ceremony.In the game played at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo, Patrick Kaddu scored a brace while Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde and Herbert Achali added a goal each to complete the rout.Seif Batte pulled one back for the visitors who came into the game knowing that their League status had already been secured.KCCA FC who came into the game after their head coach Mike Mutebi had promised that they would be targeting victory, raced into and early lead thanks to Patrick Kaddu, inside 12 minutes.12 minutes later, the former Maroons striker doubled his and his side’s tally to put the home side in a comfortable state.Just like Kaddu, another former Maroons player, Muzamir Mutyaba scored against his ex-employers on 46 minutes to ensure a 3-0 lead by halftime.Two minutes after the recess, Allan Okello joined in on the party, scoring KCCA’s third.On 55 minutes, Allan Kyambadde who has been one of the most outstanding performers for KCCA this season, added a 5th.Two minutes later, Herbert Achai also joined his other three teammates on the score sheet to make it 6-0.Maroons got their consolation in the 58th minutes but it was all they could smile about at the end of the day.Despite KCCA creating more goal scoring opportunities, six is what they had to settle for, on a day they received their 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League title.KCCA finish the season with 66 points, the best tally they have ever managed under the stewardship of Mike Mutebi.For Maroons they finished the season in 13th position with 33 points.Fufa president Moses Magogo handed over the trophy to KCCA after thw game.The Kasasiros have now won the Uganda Premier League 13 times, the second most in the competition’s history.KCCA have now won the League 13 times.Only SC Villa (16) habe won it on more occassions than the Lugogo based side.All the StarTimes Uganda Premier League Match-Day 30 results-Vipers 1-0 BUL-SC Villa 6-0 Nyamityobora-KCCA 6-1 Maroons-Bright Stars 6-1 Paidha Black Angels-Mbarara City 2-0 Police-Onduparaka 0-0 Express-Kirinya-Jinja S.S 0-0 Ndejje University-Tooro United 0-0 URAComments last_img read more

More Green From Beans – 5

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterWhen John Werries and his son Dean started using cover crops, their primary goal was to prevent soil erosion on their Illinois farm. Seven years later, they’ve discovered their cover crop of choice, cereal rye, which hates weeds as much as they do.Illinois is home to some challenging herbicide-resistant weeds, including waterhemp populations that can survive six different herbicide modes of action. But, on the Werries’ farm, near Chapin, the chemicals get an assist. The Werries plant soybeans directly into thick stands of cereal rye and then terminate the growing cover crop.“As all of the cover melts down — and it takes a long time — there is a mat that makes it tough for weeds to grow,” Werries explained. The suppression allowed them to cut back on their herbicide use in soybeans this year, and their fields stayed clean through the end of the season.Weed-control solutions like these couldn’t come at a better time for the farming community, as it faces the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, the costliest threat to soybean production today.Weeds gobble up light, water and nutrients available to soybean plants, and have the capacity to rob more yield than insects and disease combined. One recent study by the Weed Science Society of America estimated that if left uncontrolled, weed pressure in soybean fields could drop yields by more than 50% and cost the industry $16 billion a year.Soybean growers are fighting to keep that yield in their fields, but it comes at an increasingly steep price, as more weeds outsmart chemical modes of action each year. With new herbicide-tolerant soybean technologies barely keeping ahead of the development of resistance, growers are facing some stark truths about the future of weed control, University of Tennessee weed scientist Larry Steckel explained. Alternative weed-control methods, such as cover crops or hand-weeding, are going to be part of the future, he said.“We built these big farms on the assumption that you could go across a thousand acres with a boom and kill every weed, and that’s just not working anymore,” he said.Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the fifth in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.WEED COSTS ON THE RISELong gone are the days of making one or two passes with Roundup and parking the sprayer, Mississippi State University weed scientist Jason Bond noted.“Weed-control costs are at their highest since the pre-Roundup Ready era,” he said. He estimates that between burndowns, preemergence residuals and early- and late-postemergence applications, Mississippi soybean growers spent an average of $119 an acre to control weeds in 2018 compared to just $36 an acre in 2008.New herbicide-tolerant technologies, such as 2,4-D-tolerant Enlist and dicamba-tolerant Xtend soybeans, have offered some relief, but the steady march of chemical resistance lies ahead.Where John Lindamood farms in northwestern Tennessee, the first signs of possible dicamba resistance are already sprouting in Xtend soybean fields that were clean the two previous years. Steckel estimated soybean growers there are spending at least $50 an acre to control weeds, and dicamba resistance could drive that upward quickly.“We’re spending every bit as much as what we spent when Roundup failed,” Lindamood noted. “Now, we’re just using different products and struggling to figure out how to keep pigweed from becoming resistant to them, too.”RESISTANCE FROM AGGRESSIVE AND ADAPTABLE WEEDThe first glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth pigweed was confirmed in Georgia in 2005. This aggressive and adaptable weed has confirmed resistance to five other herbicide modes of action, as well: PPO inhibitors, ALS inhibitors, HPPD inhibitors, microtubule inhibitors (dinitroanilines) and triazines (atrazine).Likewise, individual waterhemp populations with resistance to six herbicide modes of action have been documented, and herbicide-resistant marestail, giant ragweed and kochia are close on its heels. Most recently, herbicide-resistant grasses such as Italian ryegrass or barnyardgrass are becoming a serious problem in some Southern states, Steckel and Bond agree.The most sinister development of all is the rise of metabolic resistance. In most mechanisms of herbicide resistance, a plant alters the target site of a herbicide, allowing the plant to dodge that specific chemical’s mode of action. With metabolic resistance, weeds are evolving instead to metabolize a herbicide rapidly — not unlike how a crop such as corn quickly metabolizes a herbicide like dicamba, escaping damage, University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager explained.This newly discovered type of resistance could allow a weed to outwit not just one type of herbicide but many, including herbicides they have not yet encountered, Hager said. Essentially, it has the potential to jeopardize predictable chemical control of weeds in the future.LOOKING BEYOND CHEMICALSThe good news is that even the newest and scariest herbicide-resistant weeds can’t withstand one of the oldest weed-control tactics in human history: hand-weeding.Armed with hoes, workers move through infested fields one row at a time chopping or pulling each resistant weed escape as they go. Up-front costs are high — the final price can run well over $100 an acre — but it worked to clear up fields infested with glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth a decade ago, and it appears to be happening again, Steckel said.“I’m seeing hand-weeding crews out again for the first time since Roundup first failed,” he said.The use of cover crops to control weeds is also growing. Like hand-weeding, it has up-front costs, usually between $10 to $20 an acre for seed alone, but the benefits are proving far more valuable for some.“We have been sowing cover crops on every acre since 2012,” Werries said of the Illinois operation. They have found success with “planting green” — the practice of planting soybeans into a live, growing cover crop. “We sow the cover into 10-inch rows and plant beans in 20-inch rows,” Werries continued. “With active guidance, we are able to plant the beans in between the cover-crop rows.”Anywhere from one day to a week later, they burn the cover crop down with glyphosate and let the dying biomass do its work.It can be a risky endeavor, especially in wet springs like 2019, when fieldwork windows are few and far between. But the Werries actually found that the growing rye sucked a lot of moisture out of the ground, and the cover helped support heavy machinery.And the end result? Well, it spoke for itself.“It saved one trip across the field and some herbicide dollars,” Werries said. “And, there was not a weed anywhere.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(ES/SK )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Where ‘We Steal Secrets,’ The Wikileaks Film, Falls Short

first_imgbrian s hall Manning’s story demands to take center stage, but unfortunately, the film fails to deliver. Wikileaks was as much a vehicle for Manning as it was the instigator of his deeds. A young man who seemed to have lived his entire life utterly unsure of his identity sought to define himself through a singular stunning act. For good or ill, he succeeded.Sadly, all this is underplayed in We Steal Secrets.Missed OpportunityMeanwhile, the larger implications of Wikileaks and what it has wrought go largely unexplored. The documentary fails to give us the full story – or even a very good story – on Manning, government secrecy, the explosion of personal digitized data, the tension between security and privacy, or what all of that portends. We StealSecrets features war, leaks, terrorism, cover-ups, social media, identity crises, intrigue and an upending of traditional power structures. Yet after a well-paced introduction, it somehow barely manages to holds the viewer’s interest. Just one more sad, inexplicable failing in a saga replete with sad, inexplicable failings.Images courtesy of We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Instead, We Steal Secrets devotes an inordinate amount of time to Assange himself – in particular, to the sexual assault allegations lodged against him in Sweden. (Those formed the basis for an extradition warrant that forced Assange to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s now lived for more than a year.) Such charges are, of course, serious in their own right. But in the context of this film, they amount to a distraction from the much bigger issues at stake.People, Not MachinesThe film traces the creation of the Wikileaks site, focusing primarily on Assange’s troubled past and conflicted present. It then quickly touches on several of Wikileaks’ greatest hits – the so-called “collateral murder” video from Iraq, the release of State Department diplomatic cables spanning decades, and leaked documents from the financial industry following the 2008 financial collapse.The prim, arrogant, self-serving Assange, as the film depicts him, was the right person at the right time to seize upon the opportunities presented by a new world, one in which everything is online and therefore accessible. Wikileaks was a audacious, highly visible attempt to encourage the uncovering and exposure of long-guarded secrets inside the halls of established power, both government and corporate. Tags:#film#Government#privacy The high-profile documentaryWe Steal Secrets:The Story of Wikileaks expanded into wider release in theaters and video-on-demand on Friday. Which would seem to be fortuitous timing, given this week’s revelations that the NSA has been rifling through email and personal documents stored by Internet giants like Google and Apple and collecting months of call-related data from Verizon.And yet We Steal Secrets, which sets out to show how the post-9/11 American security state collided with the rise of global connectivity and social media, regrettably fails to probe what it all means. The documentary, directed by the undeniably talented (and Oscar-winning) Alex Gibney, doesn’t even bother to ask – much less answer – the biggest questions raised by the entire Wikileaks saga, such as:When does purportedly protective surveillance overreach, threatening personal privacy and constitutional protections?Is the U.S. safer because of Wikileaks? Or more democratic?Is it even possible to keep state secrets anymore?Where should we draw the line between government transparency and legitimate security? Related Posts Unexpectedly, the long-running U.S. war in Iraq provided Assange with just the opportunity he needed – in particular, when a tormented Army private named Bradley Manning enters the story. Portrayed as a mostly tragic, slightly heroic figure, Manning served unhappily in Iraq, tormented by his objections to the war and his own uncertainty about his sexual identity.He was assigned the job of “intelligence analyst” and given near-unfettered access to shocking amounts of rather shocking military data. Which he then proceeded to hand over to Wikileaks, at least until he was arrested a few months later after an online “buddy” he’d confided in turned him in. (Manning’s espionage trial, by the way, also started this week.) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Boulder falls on train near Lonavla; 3 hurt

first_imgThree passengers were injured when a boulder fell on a coach of the Mumbai-bound Hubballi-LTT Express near Lonavla in Mumbai division of Central Railway early this morning, an official said.The large rock came crashing on the train when it was moving at a restricted speed between Monkey Hill and Thakurwadi stations around 5.30 am, Central Railway’s Chief PRO Sunil Udasi said.The boulder pierced the roof of the train and fell in the middle of S6 coach injuring three passengers, he said. The injured persons were admitted to a railway hospital in neighbouring Thane district’s Kalyan township. “They were stated to be out of danger,” Mr. Udasi said.The mishap occurred in the Lonavla-Karjat ghat section, which is prone to landslides and falling of rocks during the monsoon season. Senior officials of the Central Railway rushed to the spot to take stock of the incident.“No train was held up due to the incident as the track was declared safe for the movement of trains. The affected train later moved to Karjat from where it left for its final destination — Mumbai,” Mr. Udasi said.last_img read more

Baijayant Panda booked for ‘incorrect’ affidavit

first_imgThe Odisha police on Friday registered a criminal case against suspended BJD MP Baijayant Panda on the charge of filing incorrect affidavit for the 2014 general election, following a direction from a court.Mr. Panda represents Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency and was suspended by the BJD in January for alleged anti-party activities.A case was registered against Mr. Panda under IPC Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and Section 125-A of the Representation of People Act following directions by the Kendrapara sub-divisional magistrate court, sub-divisional police officer Rajib Lochan Panda said.Investigation has been launched with the registration of the case, police said adding that it will verify the MP’s poll affidavit documents. Mr. Panda may be quizzed in connection with the case, the SDPO added.The SDJM court acting on a petition by Dillip Das, a resident of Thakurhaat, had issued directions to the police to register a criminal case against the sitting Lok Sabha MP and file a compliance report to the court by July 25. The petition stated that Mr. Panda was officiating as vice-chairman of Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys, the corporate house owned by his family, and was drawing salary in crores of rupees. However, in the election affidavit, he had wilfully covered the facts which went against the spirit of Representation of People Act. Besides, he perpetrated fraud and unfair practice by suppressing facts in his poll affidavit, the petitioner alleged.Mr. Panda was not immediately available for comment but his office in a statement said that the law will take its course.last_img read more