moe. Announces First Shows Back With Bassist Rob Derhak

first_imgGreat news for moe. fans! Without stepping too far into the future, the band has announced a two-night run on February 2 & 3, 2018 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York–marking the band’s first shows back together since bassist Rob Derhak‘s diagnosis with oropharyngeal cancer in July. Following the band’s official announcement that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus–forcing them to cancel the majority of their Summer Tour, as well as their pending Fall dates–the larger jam community banned together around the bassist in support, with fans starting a fundraiser to cover some of Derhak’s medical expenses. While members of moe. continued to perform in various different settings, Derhak was severely missed over the last few months. With positive updates from the Facebook keeping the moe. community sane, fans can officially rejoice at the great return of Rob Derhak.While On Leave, moe. Bassist Rob Derhak Attended LOCKN’ Via This Tiny rob.otAccording to a press release, the moe. bassist/vocalist has made tremendous strides in his recovery following treatment, and the outpouring of love and support from the fans has been equaled only by the anticipation for the band’s return.Derhak commented, “It’s been a tough few months, and I couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support of my family, and my famoe.ly. And although it’s still not clear what the future brings, the positivity and love that I’m feeling for moe.’s and my next chapter is beyond exciting. I feel like a kid counting down the days until Christmas, and our energy as a band, is like nothing I’ve experienced before. Thank you all for the well wishes, prayers, and healing vibes.”Tickets go on sale this week. A limited number of Pre-sale tickets will be available Wednesday, November 15th, at 10:00am EST. General on sale begins Friday November 17th, at 10:00am. Kung Fu will support on Friday February 2nd only. February 3rd is an “evening with” moe. Both nights will feature 2 full sets from the band. Tickets to Friday are here, and Saturday here.last_img read more

‘Having it all’ at Harvard

first_imgLately, three little words have the power to turn a conversation among women on a dime. Harvard, home to ambitious female faculty and staff of many ages, isn’t immune to the national debate over “having it all.”When the Atlantic published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Anne-Marie Slaughter’s 11,000-word manifesto on the myth of perfect work-life balance, earlier this year, it quickly became the most-read article in the magazine’s history. Likewise, when Harvard’s Committee on the Concerns of Women announced it would host a discussion of Slaughter’s essay last month, seats filled in record time.The committee, whose lunchtime meetings have been a fixture on campus for more than three decades, was a natural host for the event. But the level of interest in a work-life discussion surprised even longtime board members, who watched in real time as the event’s 150 seats were filled through online registration in minutes. (They quickly added 50 more seats, which were claimed 20 minutes later.)“We’ve never had this kind of response before,” said Nancy Costikyan, director of the Office of Work/Life and one of the event’s organizers. “It legitimates the public conversation around these issues.”Interest in the October meeting, “Imperfect Balance,” was so high that the committee is hosting a follow-up event on Nov. 14 at the Monroe C. Gutman Library. The two discussions, both led by Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics and associate dean for information technology at Harvard School of Public Health, are just the start of a year’s worth of committee events focused on the theme of self-care for women.Negeen Darani (center), who is executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Academy, carries on a discussion at her table. When the Committee on the Concerns of Women announced it would host a discussion of Slaughter’s essay last month, seats filled in record time.“Just about every issue we are talking about — women’s advancement in the workplace, child care, flexibility — all come back to the question: How do women advocate for themselves, care for themselves, and remember their own needs in addition to every other obligation they’re trying to fulfill?” said Costikyan, the University’s liaison to the committee.Costikyan hopes the events will help shed light on the resources that Harvard offers to help ease the modern tug-of-war between work and family obligations, especially for women, who on average assume a larger burden of child care (and elder care, a less-discussed topic).For example, employees can already arrange for subsidized back-up child care through the University’s Parents in a Pinch and Just In Time Care programs (which also cover elder care and caregiving for employees themselves). The University distributes $3.5 million a year in child care scholarships for faculty and staff, and also offers a free consulting service for new parents. The WATCH Portal, an online service launched last year, helps connect parents with Harvard students and the children of Harvard employees looking for babysitting jobs, and has recently expanded to allow postings for tutoring and odd jobs.Soundbytes: Anne-Marie Slaughter on Women, Work, and Public PolicyIn this PolicyCast episode from the Harvard Kennedy School, Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about her experience since publishing the The Atlantic article, how her thoughts on the subject have evolved, and what the implications are for public policy.But while Harvard’s work-life benefits are robust, there is still work to be done regarding workplace flexibility, Costikyan said. Harvard Human Resources is currently piloting a new set of flexible work guidelines with the goal of understanding best practices when it comes to nontraditional schedules, job-sharing between employees, and telecommuting.“I think people are hungry for it,” Costikyan said, though she acknowledged that modern workplace culture is not well designed to accommodate workers’ needs for flexibility. “You need to break down the components of resistance. Some people are afraid of flexible work arrangements. They’ve not seen them work well. They’ve been burned by poor designs. But in recent years we have learned a lot about how to make flexibility benefit wider units and departments, not just individual employees.”At the October talk, held in Radcliffe Gymnasium, Dominici detailed her own experiences juggling roles as employee, boss, professor wife, mother, and, for a brief spell, caregiver to her 94-year-old Italian grandmother.She recalled how she unknowingly did “serious damage” by coming back to teach two weeks after giving birth. While she had merely wanted an excuse to leave the house for a couple hours a week, she said, she unwittingly gave off the impression of being an intimidating superwoman to her younger female students.Women are still underrepresented in academia and in other high-powered fields, she said, not because they’re not earning Ph.D.s or other necessary credentials, but because pressures to balance work and family cause many women to drop out.“This is not a pipeline issue anymore,” Dominici said. “It’s not a woman’s issue — it’s a family issue and an economic issue.”That sentiment was reflected in the small-group discussions following Dominici’s talk, where women from across Harvard’s Schools and departments brainstormed ideas for new work-life policies. Despite being well-versed in the work-life debate, Blue Magruder attended the committee event to meet others from across the University with a similar interest in the topic.“This is something we’ve all been battling,” said Magruder, director of communications and marketing at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. “I think it’s great that people are aware of these issues and are asking how policies should change.”Though her own son is out of the house and about to graduate from college, Magruder recounted the tough choices she and her husband made to juggle their equally demanding careers. When her son was in fifth grade, Magruder’s husband left his consulting job — which entailed flying half a million miles a year — to become a stay-at-home father.“I refused to leave my nonprofit career,” Magruder said. “We had a family meeting, and my son said, ‘When Mummy comes to my games, all she does is talk to the other moms. When Dad comes, he makes constructive comments.’ So we just decided to see what we could do to make it work.”Ultimately, her family’s arrangement worked well, she said, and she’s glad to see a new generation of Harvard women exploring flexible situations with their partners as they raise children.“I think the younger women now are braver about saying you can’t have it all at once,” Magruder said. “When there’s a will, there can be new solutions.”last_img read more

Croatian Rural Tourism Association calls for fulfillment of promises on reduction of parafiscal levies and introduction of CRO cards

first_imgThe Croatian Rural Tourism Association called on the Government of the Republic of Croatia, ie the Ministers of Finance and Tourism to fulfill two promises on compensatory measures on the end of 2016 when increasing VAT in the hospitality sector: reduction of parafiscal levies i introduction of the CRO card.We expect compensatory measures like the frosty sun, and more than a year has passed since their announcement, points out Jasmina Rakić Horvat, president of the Association ” We welcome the positive effects of the so-called comprehensive tax reforms on budget stability and budget deficit reduction, but macroeconomic indicators may not be the only criterion for assessing its performance. The effects of the reform on rural tourism are extremely negative. Some of our colleagues have decided to reduce agricultural production and lay off workers in order to get out of the VAT system. Those who continue to operate positively are forced to give up investment and development. Unfortunately, there are also examples of closing facilities that cannot operate positively with the existing fiscal and parafiscal levies. Some are even leaving Croatia, which is an additional blow to the demographics in rural areas. ” pointed out Rakić Horvat, after the end of the 2nd regular Assembly of the Association held on January 18.01.2018, XNUMX. in Čazma.Janko Kezele: Continental and rural tourism do not have time to waitThe Croatian Rural Tourism Association points out that the ministers promised compensatory measures in the form of the introduction of the CRO card and the reduction of over 200 parafiscal levies in these sectors. Apart from the publication of the Register of Non-Tax Benefits in early 2017, there are no indications when the promised compensatory measures should take effect. Unfortunately, in terms of the business environment, Croatia is currently ranked 114th out of 136 places in the 2017 World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, and in terms of price competitiveness in 100. place which is devastating for the development of tourism, especially continental tourism.”Despite last week’s Prime Minister’s announcement of a VAT cut, our sector doesn’t have time to wait a couple of years. Compensatory measures should be implemented as soon as possible to halt the negative effects of tax reform, especially in rural areas that do not depend on the tourist season and foreign guests. If the VAT reduction occurs once, we hope that it will be done in accordance with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020. It is a document passed by the Croatian Parliament and according to which VAT in tourism and catering should be reduced below 13%, as is the case in our competing countries. As a compensatory measure, the introduction of a CRO card was announced, which would significantly encourage domestic tourist spending. So far, just one unfulfilled promise. Continental and rural tourism have no time to wait! With this pace of implementing compensatory measures, we will no longer have anyone to implement them for. ”Pointed out Janko Kezele, vice president of the Association.The Croatian Rural Tourism Association is the only national professional association that brings together providers of rural tourism services from all over Croatia. Solving legislative problems and promoting rural tourism are the main goals of the Association founded in 2016.last_img read more

Maluku to intensify border restrictions after first confirmed COVID-19 case

first_imgTopics : The numbers have increased sharply upon the return of residents who had visited other regions, especially in Tanimbar Islands, which previously had only one person under monitoring.Kasrul said Maluku residents were advised to remain calm in responding to the positive COVID-19 case and continue to take proper preventive measures while monitoring directions from the government and the authorities.“We should remain cautious and vigilant.”  (syk) Kasrul said the infected patient had been placed under surveillance at Dr. Haulussy General Hospital in Ambon since arriving from Bekasi. His condition had been improving before he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.“The test results of the samples we sent [on Saturday] to the Health Ministry’s research and development center have returned and one sample was confirmed positive for [COVID-19] while the other one tested negative,” he said.Kasrul added that the patient had been isolated and was currently in intensive care.Maluku has placed 53 people under monitoring for COVID-19, consisting of 26 people from Tanimbar Islands, six from Ambon, three from West Seram, 10 from Buru, two from Tual and six from Aru Islands.center_img The Maluku administration is set to tighten all entry points to the province after announcing on Sunday its first confirmed COVID-19 case, a resident who had moved from Bekasi, West Java, to the city of Ambon.According to the head of the province’s COVID-19 response team, Kasrul Selang, the Maluku administration was working closely with a number of agencies to coordinate the various steps needed for the stringent measure.“With the discovery of a positive [COVID-19] case in Maluku, we will step up efforts to tighten controls at points of entry such as airports and ports,” Kasrul said in a press conference at the Maluku governor’s office in Ambon on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Consideraciones del Gobernador Wolf del 11 de mayo sobre mantener el rumbo, cumplir con la ley

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Remarks En el día de la hoy, el Gobernador Tom Wolf realizó una actualización para el público sobre la respuesta del estado a la pandemia de COVID-19. Recordó a los residentes de Pennsylvania que debemos mantener el rumbo y cumplir con la ley para combatir el virus mortal. Las consideraciones que ha preparado son las siguientes:Nosotros, los residentes de Pennsylvania, estamos luchando por nuestras vidas.El enemigo es un virus mortal cuyo objetivo es destruirnos. En los últimos dos meses, este enemigo ha infectado a casi 60,000 de nuestros conciudadanos. Mató a casi 4,000 de nosotros: nuestros seres queridos, nuestros amigos, nuestros vecinos.Ha amenazado con saturar nuestro sistema de atención médica. Y no ha terminado con nosotros.Sin embargo, durante el fin de semana pasado, algunos decidieron rendirse ante este enemigo. Se trata de políticos que fueron elegidos para servir a sus conciudadanos. Otros son dueños de empresas que han decidido atender a sus clientes poniéndolos en peligro. Estas personas están eligiendo desertar frente al enemigo.En medio de una guerra que nosotros, los residentes de Pennsylvania, estamos ganando y debemos ganar.Permítanme compartir algunos hechos con ustedes.Por cierto, estamos mostrando señales de éxito en esta lucha. Hemos comenzado a aplanar la curva de las infecciones en muchas partes del estado. Por ese motivo, 24 condados ya han pasado a la zona amarilla. Y 13 más pasarán a la zona amarilla el viernes. ¡Eso es más de la mitad de los condados del estado!Mientras tanto, hemos ganado un tiempo valioso. Significa que no hemos saturado a nuestros sistemas de atención médica. Significa que hemos hecho un mejor trabajo al proporcionar a nuestros heroicos trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea los materiales que necesitan para pelear en esta lucha mortal. Significa que le hemos dado tiempo a nuestra economía para aumentar el suministro de pruebas para mejorar nuestras posibilidades y un día vencer a este enemigo.Pero la lucha aún no ha terminado. Y este no es momento de rendirse.Hemos luchado contra este enemigo mortal de la mejor manera posible. Esta guerra ha llamado a la lucha a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania. Y lo hemos hecho heroicamente. Se trata de un nuevo tipo de heroísmo. En muchos sentidos, un heroísmo tranquilo. Pero un heroísmo al fin.Nosotros, los residentes de Pennsylvania, nos hemos sacrificado de formas que nunca podríamos haber imaginado. Nos hemos separado de nuestras familias. Nos hemos aislado en nuestros hogares. Hemos cerrado nuestras empresas. Hemos cerrado nuestras escuelas.Esos actos heroicos merecen cumplirse sin rendirnos y manteniendo el rumbo. Y eso es exactamente lo que pretendo hacer.Aquellos políticos que deciden ceder ante este coronavirus necesitan entender las consecuencias de sus actos cobardes.Los fondos que hemos reservado para ayudar a combatir esta crisis se destinarán a las personas que están haciendo su parte. Eso incluye nuestra financiación de la Ley CARES, que se utilizará para apoyar a los condados que siguen las órdenes para evitar la propagación, y a las comunidades médicas que están tratando a los pacientes. Sin embargo, otros fondos discrecionales no irán a los condados que nos ponen a todos en riesgo al operar ilegalmente.Los políticos que urgen a las empresas a arriesgar la vida de sus clientes o sus empleados abriendo prematuramente necesitan comprender que tienen un comportamiento egoísta e inseguro.Dueños de empresas: Estos políticos los ponen en riesgo de perder su certificado del departamento de salud. Los ponen a ustedes, dueños de empresas, en riesgo de perder su licencia de venta de bebidas alcohólicas. Los ponen a ustedes, dueños de empresas, en riesgo de perder su certificado de ocupación. Todo esto depende de que hagan todo lo posible para mantener a sus patrones seguros. Y al abrir antes de que la evidencia sugiera que deberían poder hacerlo, corren riesgos indebidos con la seguridad de los clientes.Eso no es solo moralmente incorrecto. También es un muy mal negocio.Las empresas que satisfacen los caprichos de los políticos locales e ignoran la ley y el bienestar de sus clientes probablemente se encuentren sin seguro. Porque las compañías de seguro no cubren las cosas que les suceden a las empresas que infringen la ley.Permítanme ser claro: Los empleados que temen por su seguridad porque una empresa abrió ilegalmente no tienen la obligación de ir a trabajar. En cambio, pueden quedarse en casa, mantenerse a salvo y cobrar los beneficios de desempleo.Finalmente, los políticos que alientan a abandonar la lucha a las mismas personas que los eligieron para gobernar están actuando de la manera más cobarde.Este no es momento de darse por vencido. No es momento de rendirse. Es momento de volver a dedicarnos a la tarea de vencer a este virus.El punto es que estamos peleando una guerra que ha tomado la vida de demasiadas personas. Estamos ganando la guerra, pero no es fácil. Nos exige sacrificio. Nos exige una clase de heroísmo que nunca antes nos habíamos imaginado. Y exige que peleemos esta guerra todos juntos.Nos lo debemos a nosotros mismos. Nos los debemos el uno al otro. Tengo la intención de seguir luchando. Y creo que la inmensa mayoría de mis conciudadanos de Pennsylvania también tienen la intención de seguir luchando. Y con esa unidad, sé que podemos ganar.Gracias.Ver esta página en inglés. May 11, 2020 Consideraciones del Gobernador Wolf del 11 de mayo sobre mantener el rumbo, cumplir con la leycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Education Enhancement Project to radically transform education in Dominica, says Minister

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Education Enhancement Project to radically transform education in Dominica, says Minister by: – July 13, 2011 Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 109 Views   one comment Hon Petter St. Jean, Minister of EducationThe Ministry of Education plans to introduce a new initiative which will enhance both the delivery and quality of education in Dominica, according to the Minister of Education Honourable Petter St. Jean.“This year the Ministry of Education is looking at launching a new initiative, a program that we call the Education Enhancement Project. Through this program we expect to radically transform education the delivery of quality of education in Dominica. We have one component of this which we refer to as the TVET; the Technical Vocational Educational and Training, which seeks to develop the skill of high school students,” he said during an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News.This new program will focus on agricultural development as well as the performing and visual arts among others which will make high school students more marketable.“In other words, on completion of high school these young people can be more marketable and ready for the job market by giving them a competitive advantage and being able to meet up with their Caribbean counterparts.”Meantime St. Jean says another program will be launched to help empower our young people and develop their skills.“We are looking at launching the “CVQ”; Caribbean Vocational Qualifications, is another root that we believe will serve to empower young Dominicans because really and truly the development of our human capital is paramount for us as a ministry. The vision for the “CVQ” Program is that the technical and vocational education and training. Our vision is that technical education will become part of the school’s curiculum.”The Minister also noted that some students are not academically inclined and must be catered for.“There are some children who are not academically inclined, hence the need to cater and provide for those children so that if a child is inclined towards say woodwork, apart from doing the core subjects on the curriculum he would seriously engage himself in woodwork and upon completion of his tenure at school he would be certified in woodwork being able to go out and find gainful employment or probably create his own industry,” he said.Mr. St. Jean hopes that these initiatives will radically transform the delivery of education as well as the students. This Government of Dominica contracted a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund these programs.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

John ‘Jack’ Edwards Combs

first_imgJohn “Jack” Edwards Combs at age 92. Born into this life August 5, 1926 in Arlington Heights, Ohio.  Born into eternal life August 29, 2018 in Batesville, Indiana.Celebrated 63 years of marriage with Sandra Combs (nee St. John) before her passing.  Devoted father of daughters Cheryl Seckel (Keith), Joni Meigs (Doug), and Randi Combs (John Howard).  Treasured father of sons Mark Combs (Barb Ewald deceased), Sean Combs (Debby), and Rev. Ronald Combs.  Doting Bop of Joanna (Matt), Tiffany (Ben), John (Jennifer), Hannah, Nicholas, Brad (Becky), Cali, Julie, Benjamin, Anna and Ross.  Dear great-grandfather of Kathryn, Connor, Maddie, Alaina, Lauren, Macie, Colin and Ryder.  Much-loved uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by two brother and one sister.The Combs family extends its gratitude to several people of Batesville, Indiana for the many hours they spent visiting Jack at home and St. Andrews.  Likewise, we are grateful for countless others from the Batesville area, as well as from Cincinnati and Carrollton, Kentucky for their years of friendship.  Similarly, we thank all of Jack’s doctors, nurses and caregivers for their kind and gentle care.Jack was a man of solid faith and trust in God, lived a life worth emulating, and had a ready smile for all.  He never met a stranger, was quick to laugh, and ready to banter.  His passion for firefighting started as a volunteer at 16 and continued until he retired as the Chief Fire Prevention Officer for the City of Springdale, OH at age 65.  The outdoors, especially fishing, and Cincinnati sports teams were his favorite pastimes, and a source of peace and frustration, respectively.  He had too many pets to count, but each one brought him unmeasured companionship, especially Chelsea.  His active involvement in AA for nearly 45 years was honored by his Batesville group, when they designated his birthday as the group’s anniversary date.Visitation at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 9:00-10:30am.  Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00am at St. Louis Church, Batesville.  Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian Appalachian Project (PO Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555-5911) www.christianapp.orgOnline condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Pardew pleased to be back on song

first_img The Baggies emerged from the then Coca-Cola Championship along with Newcastle at the end of the 2009-10 season, and meetings between the pair have been hard-fought in recent seasons. Pardew said: “They are usually tight games and it’s difficult at their place. I always feel they score, West Brom, when they are home, so you have got to get two or three goals if you are going to win.” However, the Magpies turned in arguably one of their best performances of the campaign to win 3-1 at the Hawthorns two seasons ago on their way to a fifth-placed finish, although their manager believes the point with which they returned in April was even more important given the circumstances. Pardew said: “We were brilliant – and last year was even better because the point we got there was like gold-dust. It was a really tough game. “Actually, if someone had said to me before these two fixtures, ‘Would you take three points?’, I probably would have because they are tough games. “We have got a chance of getting those three points and I would be absolutely delighted if we could get three points at West Brom. I would look back on these two games and think, ‘That’s a good result’. “There are a lot of games to be played between now and the end of May, and we are in great shape. We lost on Sunday, but not in any manner which disturbs me.” Pardew has no fresh injury problems ahead of the game, but faces a series of decisions over how to give his side the best chance of winning. He restored Cheick Tiote to his engine room after suspension for the clash with the Gunners, but that meant a return to the bench for potential match-winner Hatem Ben Arfa, and the forward thrust the Frenchman provides could prove a potent weapon once again. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will head into 2014 grateful to be doing so in far happier mood than he was 12 months ago. Press Association The 52-year-old entered 2013 having endured a dreadful November and December in the Barclays Premier League, winning just two of the 11 games his side played and taking only seven points from a possible 33 in the process. This time around, the Magpies collected 22 of the 30 points they contested during the corresponding period and will negotiate the turn of the year looking towards Europe rather than the Sky Bet Championship. Pardew said with a smile: “I feel like I am standing on top of the world at the moment compared to where I was last year. “You have to have faith in your ability and faith in the work that you do. “As a manager, you know you have ups and downs unless you are at one of the very, very big clubs and are fortunate enough to have the finance to have 22 full internationals, like Manchester City and Chelsea and Manchester United and Arsenal. “We haven’t got that luxury, so it’s not a great day every week, and you have to accept that.” Newcastle, of course, spent significantly during the January transfer window in a bid to stave off relegation, something they only just achieved as they limped over the line at the end of a demoralising season. But their summer dealings were minimal with loan signing Loic Remy the only man to be added to the senior ranks, much to the disbelief and annoyance of the club’s fans. However, Pardew, who had to fight for his job as disgruntled owner Mike Ashley took stock during the summer, rallied his troops and his reward has been a vastly-improved showing. As a result, the Magpies will run out at West Brom on New Year’s Day sitting in eighth place in the league table having only slipped out of the top six as a result of a 1-0 home defeat by leaders Arsenal on Sunday. last_img read more

Schmidt keeping close eye on Sexton

first_img Schmidt fears Earls could be out for as long as two months, thanks to knee ligament damage suffered in Munster’s Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh on Sunday. “I’d say there might be a bit of medial damage there,” said Schmidt, ruling Earls out of Ireland’s opening two matches. “If it is, it could be anything from three to six, to eight weeks. Press Association Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hopes Johnny Sexton comes through Racing Metro’s Top 14 tussle with Toulouse unscathed, after confirming Keith Earls is a serious RBS 6 Nations doubt. Schmidt was forced to admit Ireland are not happy with losing “control” of Sexton during the autumn internationals. The Ireland boss lamented 28-year-old Sexton playing 13 games in 10 weeks in the autumn approach, eventually succumbing to a hamstring complaint. Racing rested Sexton for last weekend’s 28-3 Heineken Cup hiding at Clermont, but only because they had already bombed out of the competition. The Paris club’s sorry return of one win in the first five rounds of European action meant they could neither qualify for the quarter-finals nor drop into the Amlin Challenge Cup last eight. All too aware Racing were not doing Ireland any favours, Schmidt still hopes to benefit. “Jonny’s a lot fresher. He didn’t play last weekend down in the swamp at Clermont which I’ve never seen before,” he said. “So he was a lot fresher. I think he’s in really good shape for the Six Nations. “Certainly, if Racing had still been in the Heineken Cup, he’d have played last weekend and if they’d been playing Toulouse this week he’d have played again. “The fact that they were out of the Heineken Cup meant that they didn’t require Johnny to play and hopefully, touch wood, there’s no injury in Toulouse and he’ll be ready to go for Scotland.” Cardiff Blues back-rower Robin Copeland will join Munster in the summer, and has won selection to Ireland’s Six Nations training squad. After Sean O’Brien, Paul O’Connell and Keith Earls signed new IRFU deals, Leinster number eight Jamie Heaslip is Ireland’s only front-line star still out of contract in the summer. Heaslip has been heavily courted by Toulon, but, even though Schmidt is “hopeful” the 30-year-old stays at Leinster, he said he has not discussed the ongoing saga with the loose-forward. Schmidt reiterated Ireland would be able to more easily prepare their squad if their stars ply their club trade at home. “I have intentionally not spoken to Jamie about it at all in camp over the last two days and he hasn’t mentioned it to me either,” Schmidt said. “We’ve talked about rugby, funnily enough, and Scotland. “The only exile we really have in the squad is Johnny. Even Robin Copeland is coming back to Munster to play in Ireland, so I think it does make it easier for us to manage a player. “There are a couple of guys who are playing well overseas, but, if it is a 50-50 decision, you tend to go for the guy that you have better access to and are more able to manage. It just makes sense to do that.” “Certainly he’ll be unavailable for the Scotland and Wales games.” Fly-half Sexton will be Ireland’s only Six Nations star in club action this weekend. The bulk of Schmidt’s senior players will remain in the national team camp, but France-based Sexton has no such luxury. Instead he will turn out at Paris’ Stade de France on Friday night, with his Ireland boss crossing fingers on the injury front. France coach Philippe Saint-Andre can withhold 23 of his squad from club action this weekend, in a new initiative. Ireland are powerless to intervene where Sexton is concerned, but Schmidt admitted he will be watching carefully, with the February 2 Dublin clash against Scotland drawing in. “I expected it,” Schmidt said of Sexton’s club commitment. “Racing play Toulouse and he is being taken back for that game. “He will get back [to Ireland’s training camp], hopefully, Saturday evening or Sunday morning depending on his well-being.” last_img read more

Man accused of running over dog and kicking the body

first_imgThe Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that they have arrested a man who reportedly ran over a dog and then got out of his vehicle and kicked the animal.The incident occurred Thursday on the 4000 block of Treadway Road west of New Smyrna Beach.According to the report, the owner of the dog found the animal dead on the side of the road around 7:00 pm that evening. The woman then went to her neighbor’s home to inquire if her dog’s death had been captured on their surveillance cameras. Fortunately, it was.The video showed the animal walking down the street when the suspect later identified as 29-year-old Robert Joseph Kayat, swerved his white pickup truck in the animal’s direction. Kayat runs over the animal and then gets out of his truck where he nudges it with his boot then kicks it before getting back in his truck and driving away.A witness contacted authorities to detail what they saw. Then Kayat contacted authorities himself to explain his side of the story.Kayat told authorities that he intentionally swerved at the dog to spook it but accidentally ran it over.He has since been charged with a third degree animal cruelty and is now being held on a bond of $2,500.last_img read more