Ohio State’s national college football championship might seem to vindicate the playoff selection committee, which chose the No. 4 Buckeyes over two teams with similar resumes, No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 TCU. But there probably weren’t a lot of people in Waco or Fort Worth, Texas, celebrating the Buckeyes’ Monday night win. Instead, Baylor and TCU fans have every right to think their teams deserved the same opportunity.1The argument is particularly strong for TCU, which, after being leapfrogged in an unprecedented way in the committee’s final standings, went on to crush Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. In fact, the Horned Frogs entered Monday with nearly the same Football Power Index rating (23.6) that Ohio State had (23.8).It has sometimes been stated — I’ve said it myself — that a four-team playoff is inherently flawed when there are five major conferences. The truth is a little more complicated than that. Sometimes a “Power 5” conference champion won’t have much of a beef with having been excluded from the playoff. In 2012, for instance, Wisconsin was the BCS representative as the Big Ten champion despite just a 4-4 conference record (and an 8-5 record overall). It was a wacky case — Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers but were ineligible for postseason play — but it’s not so uncommon to have an “ugly duckling” major conference champion.But pretty much every other contingency complicates the committee’s job and adds to the list of teams it might consider:Sometimes there will be an undefeated team from a “minor” conference, like Boise State.Sometimes independent Notre Dame or BYU will be undefeated or will have one loss against a strong schedule.Sometimes a second team from a power conference will have a powerful argument for being among the top four nationally. In 2011, for example, Alabama ranked No. 2 and was chosen for the BCS title game; its only loss had come against No. 1 LSU.In other words, this year wasn’t an outlier: A four-team playoff is liable to produce similar controversies more often than not. It may not be the particular controversy we had this year. But there’s liable to be some type of controversy.This is usually the point at which someone asserts the problem is infinitely regressive. With four teams in the playoff, there will always be an argument over Nos. 4 and 5. With six teams, there might be the a debate over Nos. 6 and 7. Or with 68 teams, you’ll have a fight over Nos. 68 and 69.I don’t find this case entirely convincing; you’re going to hit the point of diminishing returns eventually. In 2012, I participated in a mock NCAA basketball selection committee for media members. When filling out the last few slots in the 68-team bracket, we were presented with some incredibly unappealing options: For example, a team that went 1-6 against top 50 opponents against another that had a losing record in conference play. Neither team had a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming national champion.What you don’t want to do is exclude teams that can make a credible case for being the best team in the country. It’s hard to put this philosophy into practice, of course. In a perfect world, you could permit a flexible number of teams into the playoff. One year, a team might be so far ahead of the pack that you’d be tempted to crown it national champion and cancel the playoff. The next year, the top group might run a dozen teams deep. Unfortunately, the NCAA and our corporate overlords ESPN aren’t likely to tolerate that sort of uncertainty when they need to set schedules months or years in advance.So, we need to settle on a particular number of teams. The most important objective is to avoid “false negatives” — that is, to keep from omitting teams like Baylor and TCU, whose resumes are hard to distinguish from the teams ranked first or second in the country. The next priority is to avoid “false positives,” like a three-loss team getting into the playoff when it doesn’t belong there. It might help to break the teams into tiers:The first tier consists of undefeated teams from major (“Power 5”) conferences.2In the chart after this first bullet point, we’ve treated Notre Dame as a major conference team.The second tier includes one-loss teams from major conferences, along with undefeated teams from minor conferences.The third tier consists of two-loss teams from “Power 5” conferences and one-loss teams from other conferences.The fourth tier includes everyone else.The former BCS system, with its national championship game, seemed to be based on the hope that there would be exactly two top-tier teams. Unfortunately that almost never worked out. Only four times in the 16 years of the BCS were there exactly two major-conference undefeateds. The years in which there were three such teams, like 2004, were especially controversial. The more common problem, however, is that there was often just one of these teams or none at all.So reaching into the second tier is a necessary evil if you’re going to have any type of playoff. That being the case, I’d argue that you’d rather not have to make extremely fine distinctions within the second tier. Perhaps you’re OK omitting some one-loss teams with gross deficiencies on their resumes (like those that both played poor schedules and failed to win their conference titles). But you’d rather not have to distinguish the Baylors of the world from the Ohio States.The problem with a four-team playoff is that it will often require the committee to make exactly those distinctions, splitting the second tier right down the middle. Let’s look at some historical data. In the chart below, I’ve listed the teams since 1998 as they were ranked in the final AP poll before bowl participants were chosen. (This serves as a good proxy for how the playoff selection committee might have ranked the teams.)3You could use the BCS standings or the Coaches Poll as the reference point instead; they would lead you to pretty much the same conclusions. The teams are color-coded based on which tier they belonged to.As you can see, these tiers do a reasonable job of reflecting how poll voters think about the teams. Sometimes the tiers get mixed up around the margins, but these are usually relatively obvious cases involving teams with especially strong or weak schedules.But you can also see the problem. In an average year, there are one or two first-tier teams and four or five second-tier teams. A four-team playoff will wind up splitting the second-tier teams right down the middle.What if you’re willing to omit one-loss teams that didn’t win their conference championships? In the chart, I’ve also indicated whether a team won its conference title. (I’ve listed just one champion per major conference — the team deemed as the conference champion by the BCS in the event of ties.4In 2014, the BCS was no longer active. I consider Baylor to have been the Big 12 champion over TCU by virtue of its head-to-head victory against them. There’s special handling for teams from the former Big East conference, which no longer exists for football.5Big East teams are classified based on the conference they belong to currently. If a former Big East team ranked higher than the top team from the conference it now belongs to, it is considered the champion of its current conference. For instance, Miami is classified as the 2002 ACC champion, because it ranked ahead of the actual ACC champion that year, Florida State.) This gets you closer, but you’ll still run out of space fairly often unless you’re also willing to kick out undefeated teams from minor conferences.Besides, it’s not clear that a conference championship ought to trump everything else. It’s great when, for example, the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the country square off in their conference championship, making it serve as a de facto play-in game. But this rarely happens. Often, the two best teams in the conference are in the same division and won’t play for the conference title. Or there are cases like 2003, when Kansas State, which had two conference losses, beat undefeated Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Would Kansas State really deserve to make the playoff ahead of Oklahoma? AP voters didn’t think so. (They ranked Oklahoma No. 3 and Kansas State No. 8 the next week.)What if we expand the playoff to six teams instead?Now we’re able to accommodate the clear majority of the second tier. One-loss major conference champions will just about always make it. One-loss non-champions from major conferences will make it about 80 percent of the time. Undefeated teams from minor conferences still struggle a bit, but overall this seems to strike a good balance. As a major conference team with just one loss, you’ll make the playoff unless there’s a lot working against you. With two losses, you’ll won’t make it unless you have a lot working for you. There are still some tough decisions to be made, but the committee won’t have to cleave the second tier in half, as it often will under a four-team playoff.If you expand the playoff to eight teams, you’re able to accommodate almost all of the second tier. However, about 75 percent of the additional teams you’d add with the seventh and eighth slots are from the third tier instead. This may be too tolerant, placing too little pressure on teams to perform and schedule well in the regular season.An alternative would be to include eight teams, but with automatic bids for major conference champions. (Technically you could do this under a six-team playoff, too, but it might not be advisable.6It provides for too little flexibility. What happens when in addition to the five major conference champions, there’s an excellent Notre Dame team and an undefeated Boise State? And by placing so much emphasis on the conference championship game, this system would serve to make the rest of a team’s schedule all but irrelevant.) Presumably, teams from outside of the power conferences would object to this, but you could accommodate them by guaranteeing a sixth slot to the best independent or minor conference team. That would leave two at-large positions.I’ve run the numbers on how this would work out — and it seems like another good option. By definition, we’re now including every major conference champion. While you’d have the occasional fluke conference champ like the 2012 Wisconsin team, that might be an acceptable price for reducing the subjectivity in the process. Non-champion teams from major conferences would sometimes make the playoff but would have a lot of pressure to schedule well and perform well. The majority of one-loss teams from major conferences would make it, but they’d be at risk if they fail to win their conferences. And taking a second loss would knock a team out the vast majority of the time.No system is going to end the debates; people still argue about which teams ought to be No. 12 seeds in the NCAA hoops tourney so they can lose to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. But expanding the football playoff to six teams — or to eight teams with some automatic bids — would do a better job of rewarding the most deserving teams while preserving the importance of the regular season. It would help to ensure the most important decisions of the college football season happen on the field and not in a conference room.
The source of an NFL team’s fortune looks a lot different than what fills the coffers for MLB, NBA and NHL teams. While 83 percent of the average team’s revenue in those sports comes from sources other than national TV deals — sources largely tied up in local earnings such as gate receipts and regional sports networks (more on those later) — that figure is only 46 percent for the average NFL club. Thus, financially, it matters less where an NFL team is located, because the team is going to get billions anyway from national revenue-sharing arrangements.1The NFL’s total revenue from national TV rights is a sum of deals with five networks: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network, plus a contract with DirecTV. Disclosure: FiveThirtyEight is owned by ESPN.This flattening of large-market revenue happens in other ways across all pro sports, such as the shared revenue brought in by licensing and merchandise (hats, jerseys, pagan blood contracts with FanKings), which insidery estimates put at approximately $3 billion annually — another $87 million or so per year per team after the league takes its 10 percent cut — and which is shared equally among 31 NFL teams. (The Cowboys are the only team that has an individual licensing and merchandising deal, because of course they are.)Comparing the Rams’ situation to those of teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB, all of which have lucrative regional TV deals that the NFL can’t tap into, reveals how little the Rams gain in television money by moving to Los Angeles. Specifically, we can zoom in to the revenue from Los Angeles teams’ TV contracts to see how much money the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Kings and Ducks are pulling in from regional contracts: After years of speculation over which NFL team would be the first to surrender to Hollywood’s siren call, the inevitable finally happened: The league’s owners voted this week to allow the Rams to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. In his attempt to justify the move, Rams owner Stan Kroenke made a lot of claims about the St. Louis area. He believed, or at least said, his team would be “on the road to financial ruin” if it stayed in the Gateway City because of what he alleged were poor economic prospects for the metro area, a declining population and various other local factors. The kabuki was unconvincing.Kroenke’s arguments rang hollow for a number of reasons, but his silly obsession with the drawbacks of the St. Louis area holds a major logical flaw: The Rams play in the only major pro league where local revenue takes a backseat to the revenue generated by shared, national television contracts. Regional sports networks (RSNs) have been all the rage for a while now, and the profits teams haul in by selling their cable rights — or, better yet, starting their own team-operated channels — have fueled the ballooning revenues in other leagues. In LA alone, the Lakers inked an RSN deal worth an average of $200 million a year,2Hence the figure we list above, a 20-year average from their contract with Time Warner Cable. and the Dodgers dropped jaws when it was announced their RSN contract would net $334 million per year in revenue. Even the Clippers, who come in well behind the Lakers, recently turned down a $60 million per year local deal, presumably because they’re holding out for something more lucrative.If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 60 percent more TV dollars than the average NFL team rakes in annually. And since the NFL does its television business on a strictly national basis, the Rams can’t unleash the power of an RSN on the eyeballs of the nation’s second-biggest media market.Kroenke would of course argue that the financial benefit comes from attendance — St. Louis was dead last in the NFL this season, and has floated around the bottom three during this decade. But even then, it’s not as though the Rams were always a draw in LA, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a 1994 game story titled “Attendance Is Not Exactly Peachy,” as just 32,969 fans turned out for a 14-12 snoozer against the Cardinals. (This was the “announced” attendance, which is definitionally lower than the actual attendance. Anaheim Stadium’s football capacity was 69,008.) The Rams were last in the league in attendance in 1994, their last year in Los Angeles.So Kroenke gains little in the way of media money by uprooting the Rams, and the benefits to the gate are far from certain once we look to LA’s not-that-distant history as a football town. What then does he gain by fistfighting St. Louis and burning every bridge on his way out of Missouri? One way to make sense of this is to look away from league revenue or fan interest and shift our attention downward, to Stan Kroenke’s pockets. Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson told the International Business Times that economists generally expect the Rams’ valuation to rise by at least $500 million with the move to LA.
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The new lottery will definitely change teams’ incentives in the right direction. It makes having a bottom-five record less valuable and improves the fortunes of teams in the rest of the lottery (particularly the Nos. 8 and 9 picks, which gain the most value under the new system). But it’s worth wondering if a change of about two-thirds of a win per season will really be enough to make a big dent in teams’ willingness to tank.In fairness, the effect appears larger when you consider the outsize potential of top picks to become stars. Using WORP as a guide, there was about a 34 percent chance of landing an All Star-level player2Defined as a player who produced at least 30 WORP in his first five NBA seasons. if a team had the worst record going into the 2018 lottery; those odds will fall to 27 percent under next year’s system. Seven percentage points doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the NBA is so star-driven that any reduction in the probability of getting a franchise-altering player hurts. With the ability to get those kinds of players also increasing for teams who finish with, say, the league’s eighth-worst record, it should eventually help the anti-tanking effort by funneling more big stars to teams who don’t completely throw their seasons away.So congratulations, Phoenix: You’re the last team who’ll take advantage of the old odds to help grab a potential star. The league’s changes might not be extreme enough to fully discourage teams from engaging in Sixers-style tear downs, but they’re a start. And after the race to the bottom that played out down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, such changes are more than welcome.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As I wrote last year:Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there.This is part of why teams spend so much time and energy gunning for the worst record — and (until next year) the highest odds of picking No. 1. The chances of getting an impact player from the top pick are much better than at any other slot in the draft. But they’re not perfect; there’s a lot of luck involved in picking the player who’ll have the best career. Add in the extra randomness of getting the lottery balls to bounce your way, and the difference between the expected value of having the NBA’s worst record under the old system and next year’s new one is just 3.4 total wins over the first five years of a player’s career. When the pingpong balls came to a rest after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, it was the end of an era for the league. Starting next season, the lottery’s distribution of odds based on team records will change — the first tweak to the system in 25 years. The jackpot-winning Phoenix Suns came out on top in this season’s historic tankfest, but from this moment on, the already-long odds of burning a franchise to the ground and building it back up will only get longer.At least, that’s the effect the league is hoping the new lottery rules will have. How much of a difference will the changes to the lottery system really make, though? And will it be enough to discourage teams from tanking?To work out some of the new math facing NBA teams, let’s turn to our draft-value chart, which measures the expected value over replacement player (VORP) that teams can expect out of a given draft pick in his first five pro seasons. (We’ll convert our chart from last summer to wins over replacement1Multiplying VORP by 2.7. to better position the differences in a real-world context.)
Redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino had an interesting road to a starting job for the Ohio State defense. After Sabino lost the job to current senior Andrew Sweat last spring, he and the coaches decided a redshirt might be in the his best interest. The decision was difficult for Sabino to cope with. “I would say it was probably one of the hardest years of my life,” Sabino said. “The toughest part was sitting on the sideline on Saturday and not being able to play.” Injuries to OSU’s defense and special teams units almost forced Sabino to give up his redshirt and play, but the team held out, giving him more time to grow. Despite his yearlong hiatus being difficult, Sabino said it helped him develop as a player. “I think I really got a better grasp of the defense as a whole,” he said. “As far as with me redshirting last year, I really think that helped me in that sense.” With another year in the system, Sabino is projected to be a starter at middle linebacker this season, replacing last year’s leading tackler, Brian Rolle, who recorded 76 tackles. Sabino said learning the defensive schemes has helped him progress as a linebacker. “It actually slows the game down for you when you’re out there and not thinking, and you can just react and know what you have,” he said. “It just helps your game and your overall football knowledge.” As a junior, Sabino is expected to take on a leadership role for the Buckeye defense, and junior defensive back Orhian Johnson said he thinks Sabino has blossomed into someone the defense can rely on. “He’s definitely stepped up into that leadership role,” Johnson said. “He’s been showing his dedication a lot, and I just really feel like he’s ready to let it all go and go out and perform.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon said Sabino’s presence on the defense makes the group better. “He’s a physical player and he gets the whole defense riled up,” Simon said. “We love having him out there when he’s making plays for us.” Spring practice has proven Sabino is ready to contribute to the defense, Simon said. “Right now is probably the best I’ve felt,” Sabino said, “and I feel very comfortable out there.” Johnson said he thinks Sabino has always had the talent but that he has become even better this spring. “We saw bright spots for him in his future,” Johnson said, “but he’s definitely stepped up a lot.” Even with the progress he has made in the system and the talent he has, Sabino said there is room to improve. “I’m really just trying to work on my little techniques and really just trying to get better in that sense,” he said. “I’m just focused on every day — I’m trying to get better every day.” With a young defense and the departure of starting linebackers Rolle and Ross Homan, Sabino said he is working to be a force on this year’s version of the Silver Bullets. “I’m just trying to be a playmaker,” he said, “and just help this team win in any way that I can.”
Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (6) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternHeading into another matchup with a Big Ten opponent, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will have the benefit of one thing it hasn’t had in weeks — rest.The five days of rest between OSU’s 2-1 loss to then-No. 10 Indiana on Sunday and this weekend’s matchup at Wisconsin (2-8-2, 0-4-0) is the longest break the team has received in almost a month.OSU (4-5-3, 2-2-0) senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said the team appreciates the time off.“I think (the rest) is going to be huge for us,” Sarris said. “I don’t think we’ve had a full week of rest since the beginning of the year. We’ve got some guys injured right now, so hopefully we can get everyone on track and feeling better and be ready for Wisconsin on Saturday.”Sarris said he is dealing with a “banged-up” knee but will use the week to recover in time for the weekend.OSU coach John Bluem also said he was glad to see the break because of his team’s performance after time off this season.“We’ve played well when we’ve had an extended rest and have had more time to prepare,” Bluem said. “Hopefully that will be the case again.”Bluem said he gave the team a full day off on Monday after facing Indiana the day before.The Badgers sit at the bottom of the Big Ten standings with their 0-4 conference record. However, junior defender Kyle Culbertson said he does not believe the Buckeyes can take Wisconsin — or any other Big Ten team — lightly.“I don’t think we can relax,” Culbertson said. “I think there’s been a lot of things to show that our conference is pretty tough, through and through.”Bluem agreed, saying that he expects every game on the Big Ten schedule to be a close battle.“I wish I could say we could relax,” Bluem said. “But I think every team in the conference is capable of winning a game against anyone else. And certainly we’re one of those teams, as well.“We’re going to be in all these games, they’re going to be close games. We just have to find, and do, whatever it takes to get a result.”Preventing goals has been an issue for the Badgers this season. In eight out of 12 games, they have allowed two or more goals. However, OSU is tied for last in the Big Ten with a goal per game average of one.Despite the Badgers’ record, Bluem had high remarks for his team’s upcoming opponent.“Wisconsin looks like a very good team,” Bluem said. “It’s surprising to me that they’re 2-8-2. I know they’re a very, very young team, so hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of that.”Wisconsin only carries three seniors on its roster, compared to 12 true freshmen.Sarris said Wisconsin’s losing record is of no interest to the team.“Our goal is to approach everyone like they’re a top-five opponent,” Sarris said. “Regardless if they’re ranked or not ranked, we’re going to treat them like they’re a top-ranked opponent because we can’t afford to lose any more matches.”Sarris said he has no doubt the team will be unprepared for Wisconsin with that mindset intact.“We will be ready,” he said.After the game at Madison, Wis., OSU is set to begin a three-game home stand against Bowling Green on Wednesday. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMoving from one place to another can be a difficult process.In redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun’s case, however, it was not. When Calhoun decided to transfer from Duke to Ohio State in 2015, she felt she had an idea of what awaited.Having already known some of the players and coaches at Ohio State, it only made the move that much easier. “I really liked the culture at OSU,” Calhoun said. “I knew a couple of players prior to transferring here, so it didn’t take long to gel with them. I also knew a couple of the coaches here prior to my visit. I thought it was a good fit in terms of coaching staff, personnel, atmosphere, stuff like that.”A product of Christ the King High School located in Queens, New York, Calhoun was the top prospect in the state and committed to Duke in 2013. As a freshman, she posted 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Despite starting the first 13 games for the Blue Devils, Calhoun abruptly left the program midseason, deciding Ohio State would be the best place for her. “It was a lot of things, but it just didn’t work out,” Calhoun said. “It wasn’t a bad transition at all. It was actually pretty easy. The universities are very different. Obviously, coming from a small university to a bigger university is a change. I’m from New York, so moving to a bigger university wasn’t really that hard of a transition.”After sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, the former Blue Devil emerged as one of Ohio State’s best players during her first season in Columbus. She started every contest during the 2016-17 season for Ohio State, averaging 9.5 points per game as the Buckeyes’ resident sharpshooter. Calhoun averaged a team-best 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made the second-most 3-pointers (68). Watching the previous season unfold beforehand wasn’t easy for Calhoun, but it not only provided invaluable experience, it helped her see the game from a different perspective. “Last year, sitting out a while was hard, but I also got to look at the game from a different perspective,” Calhoun said. “I feel like that helped me last year in terms of looking at things from a different angle and seeing what other people are doing well, so I can help my teammates out more. This year, I definitely have more experience under my belt. We’re gelling more.”The 2017-18 campaign began inconsistently for Calhoun in her second season on the court as a Buckeye. She hit worse than 27 percent of her shots in four of the first five games of the season. But as the season has progressed, so has her shooting stroke. Calhoun has hit 12-of-27 triples in her last four games.Through 10 total games this season, Calhoun is averaging 10.8 points — on 37-of-111 shots from the field for a 33.3 percent field goal percentage — and three rebounds, while shooting 29 percent from 3-point range (18-for-62). At this point in her Buckeye career, Calhoun is more than proving her worth to the 12th-ranked team in college basketball.In a starting lineup featuring seniors at every position except her own, Calhoun has managed to carve out her own niche as a leader, which can only help Ohio State in Calhoun’s eyes. “I definitely want to show that I have more experience,” Calhoun said. “I don’t want to make any sophomore or rookie mistakes. I just want to be a leader out there. We have a lot of leaders on our team. I think it’d be a great to have a lot of coaches on the floor. It’ll help us have a great season.”
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. His alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons. McGrath, from Cambridge, is accused of harassing the woman in the city between June 2015 and August this year.Prosecutor Anthea Harris said the alleged offence continued over a 14-month period.McGrath was granted conditional bail, which bans him from contacting the alleged victim or visiting an address in Cambridge.McGrath, who has appeared in shows including They Think It’s All Over and Who Dares Wins, is due to stand trial in January. Rory McGrath, right, arrives at court in Cambridge on TuesdayCredit:Terry Harris/i-Images Rory McGrath, the comedian, has appeared in court accused of stalking a married woman for 14 months.The 60-year-old TV star is alleged to have harassed the woman despite complaints from her, her husband and the police, a court heard.McGrath is said to have sent his alleged victim electronic messages, approached her in the street and sent letters to her husband.He spoke only to confirm his name, address and to enter a not guilty plea to a charge of stalking against a woman when he appeared at Cambridge magistrates’ court on Tuesday morning.
Police are investigating after a man and woman were found dead after being stabbed.Officers found the body of a woman after storming a flat in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.They also found a man also suffering from knife wounds, who died shortly after police arrived.A nearby bar manager claimed two children were inside during the incident.A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “When police arrived at the address they found a woman had been stabbed and had tragically passed away.”A man was also found to be at the property with knife wounds. He also tragically passed away shortly after at the scene.”At this early stage of the investigation, police do not currently believe they are looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”Investigations are on-going.”An air ambulance also flew to the scene, while pictures show police vehicles and a taped cordon surrounding the block of flats, which sits close to a roundabout linking Turners Hill and the High Street.A bar manager at The Old English Gentleman pub nearby, told The Hertfordshire Mercury: “I feel sorry for the kids. I heard there were two children in there as well. One was about six, same age as my child.” 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.
The boat was salvaged and owned by the same person for 30 years before he put it up for sale on eBay three years ago. 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. David Wilson with ‘Count Dracula’, the little boat back from the deadCredit:Phil Yeomans Mr Wilson is helping to return Count Dracula to her former glory in time for the 80th anniversary of the evacuation in 2020 when the original ‘little ships’ will return to Dunkirk.The restoration project is costing £200,000.Count Dracula already had a remarkable existence before Dunkirk as it was built for the German navy in 1913.Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted her to Admiral Franz von Hipper who used it as his launch boat on the SMS Hindenburg in the First World War. It was even at the Battle of Jutland. Kevin Kilkenney, whose great uncle was also evacuated at Dunkirk, purchased the boat and with the assistance of restoration expert Derek Abra is attempting to return her to her former glory at Mr Wilson’s boat yard. Sgt Wilson was left behind with a group of engineers to blow up a bridge then they made their way along the coast looking for a means to escape.They found this boat with the crew washed up on a mud bank and the mechanic with them managed to jury rig the gear box to allow them to set off.David Wilson, 79, who runs the boat yard Wilson’s of Hayling in Hayling Island, Hampshire, said: “It’s the boat my dad came back from France in at Dunkirk. “My father only spoke a few times about Dunkirk but he told me Count Dracula was the boat which rescued him.”It is an amazing story and this boat has a remarkable history. It’s incredible that it has now turned up in my boat yard after all this time.”After the war, Count Dracula went back to the Greiner family who eventually sold her and she was then used as a houseboat before being abandoned on the Thames Estuary. When the German fleet was scuppered at Scapa Flow in 1919, the boat was salvaged by the Royal Navy.It became a private yacht and its London owner Carl Greiner gave it the name Count Dracula. Count Dracula on the SMS Hindenberg before its scuttling in Scapa Flow at the end of WW1Credit:Kevin Kilkenny Sgt William Wilson, who was rescued by the ‘Count’ In June 1940 he sent his son Alan to take her to Ramsgate, Kent, to be a part of the flotilla of ‘little ships’ destined for Dunkirk.With two 35ft lifeboats in tow, Count Dracula lifted 702 British and 10 Belgian soldiers over the course of the evacuation. A Dunkirk hero’s son has been reunited with the ‘little ship’ which saved him 77-years-ago as it emerges that the boat was built for the German fleet and served in the Battle of Jutland. Sgt William Wilson was one of 712 soldiers plucked from the beaches by the 50ft vessel – named Count Dracula – during the Dunkirk evacuation in the Second World War.Now, the decrepit timber craft turned up at a boat yard owned by Sgt Wilson’s son, David, for restoration.
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. Singer Amy Macdonald has also warned music fans about resellers Credit:Getty The advertising watchdog has clamped down on four of the main secondary ticketing websites by banning their “misleading” pricing information.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken action against StubHub, Viagogo, Seatwave and GetMeIn after finding that they were not upfront and clear with consumers about additional ticket fees and charges that were added at the end of the booking process.It has banned the websites from not making the total ticket price, VAT-inclusive booking fee and delivery fee clear at the start of the booking process.The ASA has banned Viagogo from claiming that it is the “official site” after it misleadingly implied it was an official primary ticket outlet rather than a second-hand ticket website.Viagogo is also banned from making a “100% Guarantee” claim in its ads which the ASA said misleadingly suggested that consumers were guaranteed entry to the relevant venue.The ASA found there was a reasonable risk that customers could be denied entry with a ticket bought from a secondary site. “The message from our rulings is simple and it’s clear: The price you see at the start should be the price you pay at the end.”A StubHub spokeswoman said: “As a consumer-first ticket marketplace, StubHub supports any measures which make ticket buying easier, more convenient and more transparent for fans.”We welcome this opportunity to work closely with the ASA and we will be fully compliant with its decision.”We hope that other players in the ticketing industry, including primary issuers, follow suit.”In November the competition watchdog announced it was taking enforcement action against secondary ticketing websites suspected of breaking consumer law.The Competition and Markets Authority, which did not identify the sites, had been investigating the market.A number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Mumford And Sons, Radiohead and Amy Macdonald have encouraged music lovers to stop using Viagogo, GetMeIn, StubHub and Seatwave.A spokeswoman for Ticketmaster, which owns Seatwave and GetMeIn, said: “Our ticket resale sites already ensure fans know exactly what they will pay at every stage of the buying process, displaying all fees as soon as the customer selects and submits the number of tickets they are looking to buy.”We will continue to work with both the ASA and the CMA to further develop levels of transparency and consumer protection within the UK ticketing sector.” UK advertising rules require quoted prices to include non-optional taxes and fees that apply to all or most buyers, and advertisers should also list any applicable delivery fees.ASA chief executive Guy Parker said: “Many of us will recognise the frustration of being happy with the initial price of tickets on a secondary website only to be stung by hefty fees when we come to book. Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: “It’s absolutely right that the ASA has stepped in to prevent secondary ticketing websites from misleading people and potentially leaving them disappointed and out of pocket.”With people increasingly finding that they have to buy tickets through secondary sites, the sector must be closely scrutinised and action should be taken against companies that aren’t playing by the rules.”
Severn Trent said: “We’re set for another hot weekend, and, with demand for water really high, we’re producing millions of extra litres.”We’re asking customers to be careful with their water and for now avoid using the garden sprinkler or hosepipe.”Trent Water’s reservoirs were at 88 percent of capacity on June 18, down from 97 percent in April.The British Leafy Salad Growers Association (BLSGA) said the “soaring” temperatures were causing “havoc” for growers.It said the last week a record 18 million lettuces had been sold, about 40% more than last year and warned that that “when the mercury hits 30C lettuces can’t grow”.In good weather the crop normally grows rapidly, but at current high temperatures it effectively stops growing because it is “under stress”.Dieter Lloyd, spokesman for the BLSGA, said it “looks entirely likely that there will be shortages” from the “middle to end of next week”.One East anglian grower added: “I think that if the weather keeps going the way that it’s going absolutely we wouldn’t be in a position to fulfil the demand that we’re seeing with UK-grown produce.”The Met Office said the highest temperature on Friday was 32.5C (90.5F) in Porthmadog, in north-west Wales, and highs of 30C-31C (86F-87.8F) are expected on Saturday. The recent hot spell has put a strain on water firms, which have been pumping millions of litres into their systems. Farmers have warned of a shortage of lettuce while gardeners in England have been told not to use hosepipes as waters shortages deepen as a result of the heatwave.Lettuce and other vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower could be in short supply as high temperatures put the produce “under stress” and stop them growing.Growers say that with traditionally high summer demand for lettuce they may have to import salad leaves from the US to make up the shortfall, at a time when more than 90 per cent usually originates here.Farmers have also said there could be problems with the wheat and barley harvest if there is no rain in the next few weeks, as these crops depend on rainfall rather than irrigation.At the same time water companies have asked customers to conserve supplies by not using hosepipes or water sprinklers, with the heatwave continuing into the weekend.The first hosepipe ban began in Northern Ireland at 6pm on Friday, and on Saturday Severn Trent Water in the Midlands and United Utilities in the north west began to urge people not to use hosepipes and sprinklers. This compares with average temperatures for the time of year of 17C (62.6F) in the north and 21C (69.8F) in the south.Senior forecaster Marco Petagna said: “There’s a lot of fine weather still to come.” 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.
Asked how soon we could see these prototypes become reality in the UK, Mr Ferrer said: “I don’t know but in Swizerland we have taken the control centre from one line and put that onto the cloud. It does sit on the cloud. So it is doable.”A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “In May we launched the new Digital Railway Strategy, which explains why modern forms of signalling and train control are required urgently to improve the passenger experience and bring down the operating costs of the network.”They added that some signalling systems are still based on Victorian technology and need to become obsolete in the next 15 years. Train delays caused by signal failures could soon be a frustration of the past, as one of the UK’s leading train manufacturers trial new ‘cloud’ technology.Siemens, which has 450 trains in service in the UK and recently won the contract to build new London Underground trains, hopes to move signalling to a digital space in ‘the cloud’ to reduce the chance of technical errors.Signal failures are caused by power cuts or a blown fuse in the train track circuit. Between 2016 and 2017, there were 19,000 signal failure faults which caused delays of more than 100 minutes or more to a train service.By removing computers and wires from the rail communication system, Siemens hope to avoid delays caused by broken or faulty equipment.]Cloud-based technology could also allow train operators to predict and avoid delays and overcrowding by collecting passenger data and storing it in one place. Mark Ferrer, the Operations Director for digital railways at Siemens told The Sunday Telegraph, said: “[Cloud technology is] just moving functionality and control from one place into another place – which is the cloud. What this gets you is the ability to have a greater level of analytics and prediction.”It gives you a better level of prediction across the entire system so it can run more smoothly. It’s about being able to predict what the future would look like in any given scenario too, for example increasing passenger demand.“Really it’s about taking the data out of the system, putting it into the cloud and using the data to improve capacity.”The UK plans are in prototype stage, but Siemens has already put one rail line onto the cloud in Switzerland.Mr Ferrer added: “Passenger use has gone up massively over the last 15 years, so if there is a failure of any part of the infrastructure, the impact of that failure is felt wider across the network.”The capacity challenge we face in the industry is mammoth – we need more capacity.”It is also about reducing infrastructure, so there is less that can go wrong, and therefore fewer delays. He added: “The objective would be to cut down on the amount of infrastructure that we have. The more there is, there more there is to go wrong so if you reduce it there would be less to go wrong.” 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.
If you have noticed blue plaques springing up all over town, you are not alone. The chairman of an organisation that puts up the plaques has agreed there are far too many of them.Mike Read, the former Radio 1 DJ and head of the British Plaque Trust, said some are erected at spots that have only a fleeting connection to the famous person in question.“There are too many. There are about 50 for Dickens,” said Read, who was speaking at the Henley Literature Festival. “And Tolkien has quite a few. I’m a bit against that. There’s one to Tolkien where he stayed for two nights. That’s nonsense.“In Basingstoke about eight years ago, they suddenly decided, ‘We don’t have any plaques’, so they said, ‘Let’s bang some up.’ One or two are appropriate, the others maybe not that appropriate.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“You can’t put one up saying, ‘This is a very old building.’ We have lots of very old buildings. That’s not terribly good.”The subjects of Basingstoke’s plaques range from Jane Austen, who attended dances in the town, to the local marketplace, where a plaque notes that markets have been held on that spot since 1214. One plaque marks the spot where the Beatles once had fish and chips in NorwichCredit:Leo Reynolds The British Plaque Trust is a separate body that recognises the contributions of “notable, influential and successful people from all walks of life” around the UK – the English Heritage scheme is limited to London – and its patrons are Earl Spencer and Lord Grade.Read says he can sometimes be overruled by his own committee. “One I didn’t agree with was Screaming Lord Sutch. OK, he was a character. But I didn’t think he was worthy of a blue plaque.”English Heritage requires recipients to have been dead for at least 20 years “to ensure that the decision about whether or not to shortlist a candidate is made with a sufficient degree of hindsight”.The organisation has admitted to a “historic blindness” over the achievements of women, after figures in 2016 showed that only 13 per cent of its honorees are women. Read said he did not approve of affirmative action. “I’m not [an] advocate of putting up a great flurry of plaques to women simply because they are women. But it will happen naturally. As time goes, more female plaques will appear.” 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. Official blue plaques are given out by English Heritage, which administers a scheme that began in the 1860s, and they currently number just over 900. However, councils and other organisations are free to put up their own.
A trusted family doctor molested dozens of female patients – one of as young as nine – for his own perverted sexual gratification over a period spanning more than 23 years, a court had heard.Alan Tutin, 70, stands accused of sexually assaulting 25 women between 1981 and 2004 while working as a GP in Surrey.In one case he is said to have assaulted a girl aged just nine while hiding what he was doing from her mother, who was in his consulting room at the time.In another case he is alleged to have molested a colleague and tried to kiss her at his home while his own heavily pregnant wife was sleeping upstairs.An Old Bailey trial heard on Tuesday that many of Dr Tutin’s victims were teenagers who were too scared or anxious to tell anyone what had happened until years later.The prosecution suggested Dr Tutin’s patients were reluctant to “complain or make a fuss”, because of a general attitude that “doctor knows best”.The court heard in graphic detail how Dr Tutin took advantage of his position as a doctor and a GP to sexually assault a large number of women during almost the entire time he spent at the Merrow Park clinic, in Guildford. 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. Others raised their concerns only after his GP practice wrote all its patients asking if they wished to report any problems with Dr Tutin.Explaining the reluctance of victims to come forward Ms O’Neill said: “The combination of the implicit trust imposed in a doctor, the relatively minor nature of some of the sexual assaults, the general disinclination to complain or to make a fuss, more prevalent then than now perhaps, may all have played their part in the reluctance to complain.“There is also the undeniable fact that some complainants may feel empowered to make a complaint because they know that others have also complained.”Dr Tutin was described by his colleagues as a “dominant”, “arrogant”, “brusque” and “old-fashioned” doctor who wielded a lot of influence over the practice, which he ran with his wife.Ms O’Neil said the prosecution would show that Dr Tutin “took advantage of often vulnerable patients to carry out unnecessary and inappropriate examinations of them for his own personal sexual gratification” because “he may have felt himself to be untouchable and unchallengeable at the time because of his position both in the practice and in society.”Opening the case for the defence, Louise Sweet QC said Dr Tutin strongly maintained his innocence. She said that from when he qualified in 1974 until 1999 there had not been a grumble or complaint about him from patients, but that he had never been able to recover from the subsequent “explosion of allegations”. She urged the jury to remember that Dr Tutin was a human being who had devoted his life to medicine, was married to a GP had three children, one of whom was a GP.“In his own words, ‘It was not just a job, it was a way of life’,” said Ms Sweet.Ms Sweet suggested that patients who already felt embarrassed about intimate examinations may have misinterpreted Dr Tutin’s blunt and forthright manner, while others may have “retrospectively reinterpreted” what happened to them after hearing about other women’s complaints about him and may have come to believe they too had suffered a sexual assault.Police re-opened their investigations into complaints against Dr Tutin in 2013, at which point letters were sent to thousands of his patients and former patients, leading to more than 100 women coming forward.Dr Tutin denies all the charges. The trial continues. The girl was so upset that in the car on the way home she asked her mother: “Why did the doctor hurt me?”Another alleged victim who visited Dr Tutin when she was pregnant with her fifth child, age 32, told police that it felt as if he was trying to masturbate her during an internal examination while at the same time “messing around with her externally”.On another occasion Dr Tutin is alleged to have have molested a community midwife during a medical examination required by her insurance company, leaving her feeling “dirty and violated”.Complaints had previously emerged about his behaviour, leading to at least two police investigations. In 1999 Dr Tutin was cleared of two allegations sexual assault, neither of which involved the current set of allegations against him.The General Medical Council brought no disciplinary measures against him, although it warned him in 2003 that a chaperone should be present when he examined female patientsThat meant Dr Tutin was allowed to carry on practising as a GP until his retirement in 2004, Many of Dr Tutin’s alleged victims only came forward to complain about his behaviour after reading about reports of these cases in the local press. Prosecuting counsel Sally O’Neill QC, told the jury of seven women and five men: “The sexual assaults were typically committed under the guise of breast examinations or vaginal examinations, some of which were entirely unnecessary and were carried out for his sexual gratification and some of which may have been justified, but which were carried out in a totally inappropriate way, again for his sexual gratification.“Complainant after complainant say that this defendant has behaved towards them in a way which they knew at the time wasn’t right, but mostly didn’t have the courage to say anything about it. “These invasive examinations, often unnecessary, were carried out for his gratification, his sexual gratification and his attempts to explain away what they are saying are simply an attempt to blind you with science.”In a number of cases Dr Tutin is alleged to have carried out vaginal examinations on patients who had simply come in with a sore throat.The court heard that in one particularly shocking case he carried out a vaginal and rectal examination on a nine year old girl in 1986 that caused her to cry out in pain.Ms O’Neill said: “Her mother was present during the consultation although not in a position to see what was going on.”
Gina Campbell, the daughter of the late Donald Campbell CBE, with Whoppit, the teddy bear mascot belonging to her fatherCredit:Getty She told The Telegraph: “It would be fantastic to take her around the world and show her off. That would be the proper way of perpetuating my father’s achievements – to inspire people to set their own records.“If children could see Bluebird in all her magnificence it might inspire them to become engineers, scientists, pilots and record setters and that would be wonderful.”Ms Campbell had initially backed the museum plan, but changed her mind after seeing the restored Bluebird unveiled for the first time at Loch Fad, on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, last August.“When I saw Bluebird running at Bute I realised she is a living, breathing thing and it would be wrong to stick her away in a museum,” she said. “I used to think she should be kept at Coniston, which of course is her spiritual home and it’s where my father is buried in the graveyard there.“But the public will not be able to see her in very great numbers there. She needs to be shown off at events around the world.”Ms Campbell was just 17 when she was told her father’s K7 had crashed and sunk while attempting to set a daring new speed record, receiving the news of his death at the age of 45 while working abroad at a ski resort.The accident came as Campbell was attempting to beat his own water speed record of 276.33mph set three years earlier.The badly damaged craft lay on the bed of Coniston Water until it was raised in 2001 by Bill Smith, an engineer who led the Bluebird Project Team’s restoration of Bluebird at his workshop in Newcastle Upon Tyne. 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. A bitter row over the future of Bluebird, which claimed the life of speed record breaker Donald Campbell when it crashed on Coniston Water in 1967, has split those charged with preserving his enduring legacy.While some want to put the newly-restored hydrofoil on permanent display at a museum in the village where Campbell is buried, others want the craft to tour the world as a way of inspiring future generations.Now Campbell’s daughter has stepped into the dispute, endorsing the ambition of the volunteers who restored Bluebird to show her off at various sites around Britain and the rest of the world.Her call comes despite having gifted the wreck of the Bluebird K7 to the Ruskin Museum at Coniston village, which plans to display her in a purpose-built wing of the building.While the Ruskin Museum wants the craft on permanent display, the Bluebird Project Team volunteers who worked tirelessly to restore the craft after she was recovered from the waters of the lake say she should be used in periodic displays on water, where her engineering prowess can be showed off to its full effect.Ms Campbell – who was a teenager when her father was killed attempting to smash through the 300 mph barrier – has now said the hydrofoil should be seen by as many people as possible rather than being kept in a museum as a relic. Donald Campbell crashed on Coniston Water in 1967Credit:PA Their plan had been to take the hydrofoil back onto Coniston Water in July, in a fitting tribute to Campbell.But last month the outing was called off after what the Bluebird Event Working Group – made up of local villagers, business representatives and councillors – described as “unforeseen circumstances”. It is understood the group felt they needed more time to plan the event properly.Mr Smith’s ambition is to eventually display Bluebird at some of the sites of Campbell’s greatest achievements – such as Lake Mead in Nevada, where K7 set a record of 216 mph in 1955.He said: “It’s a no brainer Bluebird should be seen by as many people as possible rather than being stuck behind closed doors. She belongs on the water, that’s when she comes alive.”Ms Campbell, who in 1990 broke her own World Water Speed Record in New Zealand – achieving 166 mph in a three point hydroplane – now fears the matter could end up in the courts and has called for the two groups to sit down together to resolve the dispute.“They need to talk to each other and reach a compromise,” she said. “But I’m afraid they seem miles apart at the moment.”Additional reporting by Jen Bowey
Princess Charlotte turns four years old on Thursday, but despite her young age the princess has learned to become a hit with the cameras.She’s proven to be photogenic and has even perfected the all important royal wave at public engagements.Watch the video above to see some of Princess Charlotte’s cutest moments on camera
The poster has had a mixed reaction online, with one resident saying it was difficult to prevent people taking stones from beaches.Ben Williams wrote: “When your three-year-old little girl wants to keep a pretty little pebble she found, I can’t say no.”A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council confirmed while the unsigned poster was not one of theirs, they agreed with the sentiment. The sign warned the pebbles were a “vital” part of the beach’s sea defences. Credit:Alamy An anonymous sign has appeared at a beach warning visitors who take pebbles as keepsakes they will be prosecuted.The unsigned, laminated sign, appeared on a beach in Amroth, Pembrokeshire, where it warned that “the stones on this beach are part of Amroth’s vital sea defences”.”Removal is a criminal offence,” it read.”Offenders are liable to prosecution.”The offence falls under the Coastal Protection Act 1949, which leaves offenders liable for a fine for leaving areas exposed to erosion.It comes after a holidaymaker was forced to drive hundreds of miles to a beach in Cornwall to return pebbles he had taken last year, after a Cornish council threatened court action.The incident took place in Crackington Haven, Cornwall, where pebble theft has become so common St Gennys Parish Council was forced to put up signs on the beaches warning the practice was illegal. “If everyone started taking pebbles from the beach then we would have a problem. But we have no plans to put up any of our own signs at the moment,” he said. 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.
A daredevil free climber who scaled The Shard without safety equipment was let go by police without being arrested, as officers deny they are giving people ‘carte blanche’ to climb landmarks.The 19-year-old man was spoken to by officers from the Met after reaching the 95th floor of the building, but was not taken into custody after being seen on the side of the skyscraper at around 5.15am on Monday.Onlookers posted video footage of the climber, a Brit called George King, who apparently made most of the ascent up one of Europe’s tallest buildings without ropes or suction cups.The Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 5.15am on Monday July 8 following reports of a ‘free-climber’ on The Shard.”Emergency services attended and the man went inside the building where he was spoken to by officers. He was not arrested.” “Public safety and the security of the people who live, work and visit The Shard and the surrounding area is of paramount importance to us. Fortunately no-one was hurt by this dangerous activity and we are in dialogue about this matter with the Metropolitan Police and the other relevant authorities.”We will always push for a prosecution if it is clear that any law has been broken to maintain the ongoing safety of the area.” This move surprised some people, who argued that it could set a precedent for more climbers attempting dangerous stunts without the threat of legal action.Police sources told The Telegraph: “The officers make case by case decisions when it comes to arrests, and they saw no arrestable offences here.”Of course that doesn’t give people carte blanche to do what they like on London’s buildings, and although it was judged that a criminal offence didn’t take place, there may be a civil element between the owners of the building and the climber.” A spokesperson from Real Estate Management (REM), the asset management company that operates the Shard, said “We dealt with an incident at The Shard this morning involving a member of the public who climbed the building. The person was safely apprehended and detained by Police. 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. “Your mission is to find that gift, make it your passion, and then make it your purpose. Since my climbing began, I’ve gone to places I never knew existed, met people I’ll never lose touch with, and experienced things I could never have foreseen.” Previous climbers who have set their sights on the 310-metre (1,017ft) building include YouTuber CassOnline, who climbed from the public viewing platform to the apex in 2017.In 2013, a group of Greenpeace activists also scaled the building to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.The previous year, The Shard secured a High Court injunction against Alain Robert, the climber nicknamed the French Spiderman, to stop him attempting to scale the building.Mr Robert, whose feats have included climbing Dubai’s 2,717ft (828m) Burj Khalifa, climbed the Heron Tower in the City of London and was arrested by police in October 2018.The 56-year-old daredevil, who is known for scaling skyscrapers with his bare hands, said before his climb: “I fully feel alive when my life is at stake. It may sound a bit scary and crazy but this is the way it is.”The illegal ascent of the 662ft (202m) tower – now known as the Salesforce Tower – is with no safety gear, without a rope and with bare hands. The man was spotted approaching the top of London’s tallest buildingCredit:David Kevin Williams Uniformed City of London Police officers set up a taped cordon stopping traffic around the building and ushered the growing crowd to move back and keep out of the road.Police officers waited for him at the top of the building and escorted him away. On Monday evening, George King, who calls himself a Stuntman / Urban climber on his social media profiles, took credit for the climb.He wrote on Instagram: “Freesolo the shard. 45mins. A lot of misinformation about suction cups in the media at the moment. Here is a little snippet video. Enjoy. “I was thirteen and on a school trip when I first laid eyes on The Shard. I felt an immediate passion to climb it – the same type of passion I want to the world to feel. In the past I’ve been called a daredevil, an adrenaline junkie, a reckless teenager and much more.”I’ve always found that these names come from those who are ignorant or misunderstood about what I really do and why. It takes years of training and careful preparation to be where I am today, and this practice is achievable only because I see myself as someone who has followed a respectable passion, albeit an unusual one. I believe that every single one of us has a gift.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMets search for a Diamond on the Cricket Pitch – former international cricket star Kieran Powell gets baseball tryoutJanuary 13, 2016In “Entertainment”CPL Tournament Preview: Leading personalities braced for biggest and best ever CPLJune 26, 2016In “Sports”Underdogs Windies seek to end home drought against PakistanApril 7, 2017In “latest news” (CMC) Kieran Powell is reveling in his second chance at international cricket and says he intends to make the most of it and fight his way back into the Test and Twenty20 squads.Kieran Powell (file photo)The left-hander is part of a West Indies 13-man squad which will take on England in three One-day Internationals starting Friday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here.His selection comes after he returned to regional first class competition last year following a two-year self-imposed break from the game.“Lots of people don’t get an opportunity to play international cricket and I’m having a second opportunity,” the 26-year-old said.“I just need to maximise it and not put myself under any pressure but continue to work hard, that’s the key to it. I’ve been working very hard, I’ve felt like a completely different person to when I just started to play cricket so hopefully this can carry on.”He continued: “Hopefully my performances can push me into the Test and the Twenty20 teams as well but I need to go out and do my best and make sure that I don’t leave that in the hands of others.“I’m not taking anything for granted. Being back in cricket after such a long time, it’s an opportunity and a good privilege. I’m honoured to be here and hopefully I can get some big scores.”Powell forced his way back into the West Indies squad with heavy scoring in the recent Regional Super50 where he amassed 513 runs with three centuries.
The Editor.Dear Sir,Though there has been a plethora of comment on the Parking Meter Scheme, many of our members have insisted that we make a public comment on the issue:(1) Iniquitous profit-sharing.The profit-sharing between M&CC and Smart City is iniquitous by any standards. Smart City’s main input to the Scheme are a number of used parking meters and a few ancillary things which they have costed at US$10.millions but which many knowledgeable persons including Deputy Mayor Duncan have said is a bloated figure. The Guyana side would be providing the Georgetown road system worth billions of dollars and the main enforcers in the person of 50 City constables or one-third of the force. The Guyana side would be inputting 99% of the assets while Smart City would be supplying 1% but receiving 80% of the profits. The more equitable arrangement is for the Guyana side to receive 85% of the profits and Smart City 15% which is the norm companies receive. Except this is done, the Scheme must be scrapped.(2) Parking Meter Scheme a drain on Guyana’s foreign exchange.Parking Meters are not producing or generating any wealth for the country but would be exporting Guyana’s foreign exchange on a daily basis. The Scheme should have been brought to the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Guyana for their imprimatur and except this is done immediately, the Scheme must be scrapped.(3) Scheme condones corruption.The Government of Guyana worked very hard over the last two years to re-establish the culture of transparency and non-corruption in Guyana. Smart City’s Parking Meter Scheme is quickly negating all of Government’s anti-corruption efforts. The Scheme must be scrapped before more damage is done.(4) Parking Meters is a regulatory mechanism and never a tax or profit-making activity.Smart City is intent on making a profit-kill and M&CC to get revenue out of the Meters. Both activities are turning the raison d’etre of parking meters on its head and will cause untold damage. Scrap the Scheme before the disaster it will bring to the City and all Guyana strikes.(5) Parking Meters have started destroying businesses in Georgetown.A large portion of people who come to the City to buy will not do so any longer; they will use internet shopping and avoid the City. Loss of customers and business have started. Scrap the meters before business dies.(6) M&CC should cease to be in terror of scrapping this unequal Contract . The Contract is illegal and could be legally scrapped. M&CC must act before more damage is caused.(7) M&CC could easily earn more than enough revenue by collecting the monies owed to it and could easily control whatever traffic congestion may be in the City: i) M&CC are owed billions of dollars in uncollected taxes. If they do their work and collect even a fraction of this money, they will have more than enough money. ii) M&CC still have the numerous highrise buildings in the City paying the old rates; they should begin to collect the proper rates. iii) Numerous businesses have sprung up all over the City and they still pay domestic rates. M&CC should ensure that they pay the business rates. iv) Control of Traffic. The traffic congestion in the City is concentrated in Water and High Streets from Church Street to Hadfield Street and in the older parts of Regent Street. Once these streets are controlled, Camp street and King street will fall into line. The area to be controlled is small and the 50 constables who are deployed as Smart City enforcers, could easily control the traffic.The Scheme is a burden and hated by the overwhelming majority of citizens; is negating Central Government’s efforts in ending corruption and bringing transparency; is saddling M&CC with an unequal Contract and unfair profit-sharing; is a drain on Guyana’s foreign exchange; is killing business in Georgetown; and except for the profit harvest, it doesn’t do Smart City much good since the past of so many of its management and operatives are being uncovered disturbing their privacy. The Scheme does no one any good and should forthwith be scrapped since the longer it lingers, the more damage will be caused.Yours sincerelyJ. DeonauthSecretary of the GCA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCoincidence or deliberate: No parking meter in front of Govt officials’ premisesJanuary 20, 2017In “Business”Parking meter fiasco continuesSeptember 23, 2016In “Local News”Govt, M&CC at loggerheads over streets allocated for parking metersMarch 17, 2017In “Business”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelans cross into Colombia as crisis deepensSeptember 28, 2017In “Regional”Neighbouring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodusAugust 20, 2018In “latest news”Venezuelan beauty queen slain; daughter survives shootingJanuary 8, 2014In “Crime” (AFP) The garbage truck brakes and desperate teen Rebeca Leon runs up to root hungrily through the bin bags.Venezuela is rich in oil but an economic crisis has reduced her and millions of others to extreme poverty.Instead of doing homework, the 18-year-old is hunting for food in the streets to feed her two-year-old son and her disabled mother.“My mom is putting weight back on now because I have been searching for food like this,” she says.Venezuelan Rebeca Leon, who scavenges for food in the streets of Caracas, shows the fridge at her house in Petare shantytown, on February 22, 2017. (Photo: AFP)Rebeca has been doing it for six months as inflation and shortages have worsened. When the school day finishes, she heads to Caracas’s posher districts to pick up what richer citizens have thrown away.“My mother did not want to accept it,” she says. “But what else can I do with the way the country is?”– Losing weight –Some 9.6 million Venezuelans are living on two or fewer meals a day, according to the Living Conditions Survey.And 1.5 million are living on food given to them or found in bins, says one of the report’s authors, nutritionist Maritza Landaeta.Nearly 52 per cent of the population lives in extreme poverty, says the study by a group of universities.Seven out of 10 people in the country have lost weight — 8.7 kilograms (17 pounds) on average.Rebeca says her mother “had got to the point where her bones were showing through. My son was becoming undernourished so at last I said, I have to go and look for food in the street.”– Humiliation –Rebeca waits in a small crowd of 70 people, including several children, for the rubbish trucks to come.The group shares out the food from those and from the bins in the restaurants.“I used to cry because I felt humiliated. But I don’t care about that anymore,” she says.“If you don’t have a job, and you don’t look in the bins, then you don’t eat.”Outside one restaurant, unemployed builder Jose Godoy, 53, anxiously licks a disposable plate he has found.His daughters of seven and nine drink juice found in a can.They are suffering from anaemia. They are used to eating just banana or yucca once a day.“One night, we had to go to bed without eating. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. The children were crying: ‘I’m hungry,” he says.“I sold my tools and everything, and in the end I came out searching in the streets. There are thousands of us living off garbage.”– Bags of food –The crisis caused by falling oil prices has raised pressure on Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.Opponents blame corruption and his economic management for the crisis.Supermarkets sell rations of food and household supplies. But even at state-subsidized prices they are unaffordable for many.The International Monetary Fund estimates that inflation will reach 1,660 per cent this year.Maduro says poverty actually lessened last year. The United Nations acknowledged his efforts to fight hunger in 2015.His government has been targeting bags of subsidised goods at poor areas. He says that will help millions of households this year.But Rebeca and her family have only received those bags twice.– Faint with hunger –Tired and haggard, Rebeca returns home having found virtually nothing.“Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t — at least not today. Today it went badly,” she says.Next she must walk for an hour to get to school as her hungry daily grind begins again.There she will study alongside schoolmates who sometimes “faint from hunger,” she says.“I don’t want to carry on like this.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour arrested in Suriname drug bust after discovery of body at 63 BeachJanuary 15, 2019In “Crime”Suspect in murder of 16-year-old apprehended in BerbiceAugust 9, 2017In “Crime”Prison escapee recaptured in Suriname after 6 years on the runOctober 20, 2017In “Crime” Police on Thursday have clarified that the 25-year-old- Ryan Singh- who allegedly slit his girlfriend’s throat almost three weeks ago was arrested in Suriname and not Springlands, Berbice as was previously reported.Captured: Ryan Singh“The fact is that Ryan Singh was arrested by Police Authorities in Nickerie, Suriname and handed over to Local Authorities here [in Guyana] and this was initiated at the level of the Crime Chief of the Guyana Police Force,” a police press statement said.The statement also disclosed that the error came about because the “Divisional Commander of ‘B’ Division was not fully apprised of the circumstances surrounding this arrest.”As such, full credit for the arrest was given to the Police Authorities in Nickerie.On July 29 2017, Roseanna Lakhpal, a former Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) student was murdered reportedly at the hands of her boyfriend- identified as 25-year-old Ryan Singh-originally of Eccles, East Bank Demerara.Reports were that the duo reportedly met on Facebook and they subsequently started living together.Murdered: Rosanna LakhpalInews was informed that the relationship commenced before the young girl turned 16. Neighbours said they had made numerous complaints to Lakhpal’s mother that Singh was abusing her daughter when they were alone. However, the teen reportedly denied that the abuse was happening.On the day that the 16-year-old met her demise, Singh and the teen were arguing over his lack of interest in finding a job. Lakhpal had however started babysitting her neighbours’ children on the day of the argument with Singh. The children then ran back home to their mother and complained of the fight.The accused was reportedly angered by her “nagging” and this reportedly resulted in him slitting her throat, leaving her in a pool of blood.An eyewitness had related that the girl’s face was partly covered with a pillow as she lay on a carpet on the floor with her neck slashed. He then reportedly flung the knife he used several feet away and fled the scene.Singh was on the run until Tuesday when he was captured. He will soon be arraigned for Lakhpal’s murder.Singh has also been implicated in an incident where he almost killed a previous girlfriend, after stabbing her over 50 times about her body. It was claimed that the 25-year-old was never arrested for that allegation.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBOG Governor: Local banks “hard hit” by de-riskingDecember 16, 2016In “Business”Bank of Guyana launches new coin to celebrate 50 years of serviceMarch 27, 2015In “Business”Central Bank to build resilience in pension, insurance sectorsDecember 19, 2016In “Business” Governor General of the Bank of Guyana (BOG), Dr Gobind GangaAs Guyana prepares for the benefits from the impending oil and gas industry, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to be use technology not only to expand their knowledge but to also become more efficient so that they are better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that would be available when oil production commences.Governor General of the Bank of Guyana (BOG), Dr Gobind Ganga, addressing a gathering at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Small Business Development Finance Trust Inc. (SBDF) on Wednesday, said that the future is bright for SMEs in Guyana.However, he asked whether those enterprises are ready to harness the challenges and grasp the opportunities ahead.To this end, he encouraged the use technology to expand their knowledge of their respective fields.“In Guyana, many business opportunities abound and these opportunities will increase in the near future. The Small and Medium Enterprises have to position themselves to grasp these opportunities. In looking forward to opportunities, focus must not be lost of the challenges these businesses face. While some may be systematic, some of the challenges can be overcome by knowledge and innovations,” Dr Ganga posited.Moreover, the Central Bank Head noted that extensive knowledge of production, markets, operations, finance, innovating and so on, will go a long way in ensuring success.“While some may argue that formal training is needed in some of these areas, I would suggest that knowledge abounds on the internet. Knowledge is empowerment and any topic could be researched on the internet. This freely available knowledge could lead to improved products and services, market strategy, provide links to new markets and allow for improving efficiencies,” he noted.On the other hand, pointing to government’s initiative to set ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Hubs country wide, one of the Directors at SBDF, Mohamed Ali, also encouraged farmers to take advantage of technology.“Access the internet and look at market prices what the millers are getting per ton for the rice, see what paddy prices are so you become educated and you can speak armed with knowledge,” he stated.Ali added too that the use of technology in the agriculture sector can boost efficiency, particularly with rice. “If you go on the net, you will see farmers today are using drone technology… If a farmer has 600 or 300 acres, he need not walk the entire field, he can sit at the back and send the drone up and the drone can show him the status of the conditions of the rice… and even monitor his workers… all of this will also help you to reduce your cost,” the Director asserted.Despite a decline in the number of loans granted in 2017, the SBDF created a surplus of $28.4 million from revenues of $79.9 million, better than what was earned in 2016.
The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 21 Prefeasibility Studies, 18 Feasibility studies, 25 projects in development, three new mines that have gone into production, six existing mines that are expanding, three merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 37 gold projects, 16 copper, 12 silver, seven iron ore and zinc projects, five coal, four on potash and uranium, three lead projects, two projects on tungsten, nickel, molybdenum, rare earth elements and lithium, and one project each on heavy mineral sands, anorthosite, platinum group metals, manganese, vanadium and titanium. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.The official opening ceremony of the Perkoa zinc project in Burkina Faso was held on-site on the 19 January 2013 with over 1,000 people attending including representatives of Glencore and Blackthorn Resources as well as senior government officials and Prime Minister Tiao. The commissioning of the process plant is on-going with test batches of concentrate continuing to be produced. Glencore has previously agreed to provide development capital of $120 million to fund the expanded project construction and commissioning via a combination of project equity and project loans. In addition, Glencore agreed to provide or source a working capital facility to a maximum of $20 million, for a total financing package of $140 million. Commissioning is now expected to be complete by the end of February 2013. This revised estimate brings the total cost of the project to the end of commissioning (including Blackthorn Resources’ initial $80 million capital spend) to approximately $260 million.Oromin Explorations, on behalf of Oromin Joint Venture Group (OJVG), has announced the positive results of its 2013 Carbon-in-Leach (CIL) feasibility study (FS) and Mineral Reserve update for its OJVG gold project in Senegal, West Africa. The FS was compiled by SRK Consulting (Canada). Highlights include an average gold production for first three years of full production at 182,000 payable oz/y; average LOM gold production of 144,000 oz/y; both open pit and underground gold mining with a current mine life of 17 years; and a probable mineral reserves increase of 64% to 2.335 Mo of contained gold since the 2010 FS – the OJVG gold project now hosts the largest gold reserve in Senegal.Marengo Mining has received pricing for a fixed lump sum, turnkey, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for development of its Yandera copper-molybdenum-gold project in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea from major Chinese engineering, construction and mining company, China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction (NFC). The EPC pricing provides a strong foundation for the completion and delivery of the Yandera feasibility study, which is scheduled for completion in March 2013. As previously advised, NFC has prepared its EPC pricing by working in parallel with the Feasibility Study team as part of the overall development strategy at Yandera. Other infrastructure, including mining fleet, pre-strip and power transmission line, subject to the completion of the pending feasibility study, is currently estimated in the range of $300-400 million for a total project capex in the range of $1.7-$1.85 billion.Ivanplats has announced that an intensive drilling program during 2011 and 2012 at the company’s Flatreef Discovery in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa has dramatically expanded and upgraded the Flatreef precious- and base-metal mineral resources. Speaking in a keynote address at the Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference, Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman, said that a new mineral resource model based on drilling results audited by AMEC E&C Services of Reno, Nevada, has upgraded more than 220 Mt of the Flatreef Discovery’s previously declared Inferred mineral resources into the higher-confidence classification of Indicated mineral resources.Flatreef’s Indicated mineral resources now total 223 Mt grading 4.1 g/t 4PE (platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium), 0.34% Ni and 0.16% Cu, at a 2.0 g/t 4PE cut-off grade and at a cumulative, average true thickness of 24.3 m. The Indicated resources contain an estimated 29.2 Moz of platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium, 1,700 Mlb of nickel and 800 Mlb of copper.Northcliff Resources has completed a positive feasibility study for its 100%-owned Sisson project located in New Brunswick, Canada, confirming the long-life open pit tungsten and molybdenum development as a technically and economically robust project. The study was undertaken by Samuel Engineering of Denver, Colorado. President & CEO Chris Zahovskis: “In just two years, Northcliff has advanced Sisson from an exploration and early-stage development project to achieve this important project milestone. We have significantly de-risked the project and now have one of the largest tungsten reserves outside China. We are confident that Sisson is on track to earn the necessary environmental and construction permits from federal and provincial regulators in 2014, and Northcliff will be pursuing partnerships with global companies interested in the Sisson project or tungsten off-take agreements, positioning Northcliff to achieve the financing necessary to initiate project construction in 2014 and commissioning by 2016.”There’s much more information in the report, which runs to nearly 40 pages.
A global leader in the design, manufacture and support one of the most reliable hydraulic breaker ranges available, Breaker Technology Inc (BTI) has continued the evolution with its new edition to the BXR series the BXR 185. Weighing in at 7,000 kg it delivers a rock shattering 25,000 Joules of impact energy. Like the rest of the BXR series it is designed for rugged, continuous duty in demanding breaking applications and offers an extra long stroke balanced piston design which improves the power-to-weight ratio, providing the widest carrier and power available.“Precise tolerance and balance between the piston and cylinder provide high efficiency, blow rate and power,” said Peter McDonald, Senior Research and Development Product Designer for BTI. The large cross section upper and lower shock absorbing isolators reduce vibration feedback to the carrier. BTI’s exclusive front head restraint system tightly guides the front head within the housing, reducing loading to the tie rods and the upper portion of the breaker. A narrow box housing design is well suited to tight trenching conditions.BTI specialises in rockbreaker systems, hydraulic breakers, demolition attachments and a full line of rugged, low profile mining vehicles, like the new MineRunner, described on p117 of International Mining, February 2014.BTI is one of the world leaders in stationary hydraulic rockbreaker systems and has installed over 2,000 booms into harsh and remotely located quarrying and mine sites on the planet. The NT-E Series boom is the fifth generation of small booms from BTI. With enhanced coverage and a larger breaker capability, this boom has an optimised structural design. Robust connections, compact pedestal mounting and common cylinders make for a maintenance friendly boom system.“The increased strength and optimized hydraulics allow the NT line to support a broader range of breakers from 1,080 to 4,055 Joules class (BX8 to BX30) throughout the NT12 to NT24 offerings. The compact pedestal design allows for mounting to competitors’ bolt patterns without the need of an adaptor plate” said Indika (Indy) Balasuriya, Engineering Project Leader for BTI.Indy also states that, “BTI’s rockbreaker booms come standard with fully proportional electric-hydraulic control. Dual joysticks operate a fully proportional, load sensing directional control valve providing precise control of all boom functions. The basic system can be modified to suit many needs including radio control pendants for maintenance and long distance applications. The boom system comes with a standard 60 gal reservoir power pack which incorporates a number of features to improve its functionality and maintenance.”
Tenova, one of the world’s major suppliers of technologies, advanced engineering products and services for the mining and metallurgical industries, is moving its main headquarters to Castellanza (Varese), to a new and modern corporate campus. The Tenova Campus extends over a surface of approximately 100,000 m2 and will host over 400 employees. It was designed and developed in accordance with principles of functionality and environmental sustainability, characterised by the integration of new buildings with the Tenova Pomini offices and production site. The company has invested a total of approximately €15 million in the project.“The campus is an expression of the Tenova working approach, grounded in a heightened attention to and awareness of sharing, collaboration and the integration of different company functions”, explains Andrea Lovato, Chief Executive Office of Tenova. “This choice reflects Tenova’s long-term strategic vision, focused on continuous innovation and on attracting, training and developing talents and skills capable of sustaining the company’s future development.”“In this new location, Tenova’s industrial vocation will be fully expressed: the company’s various business units, functional staff and the existing Pomini factory will all come together in a single site, creating a work environment congenial to the interaction and exchange of best practices between engineers, office staff, specialised and professional workers, with positive effects on the efficiency of the company’s processes.” Collaboration, sharing and integration will all be developed alongside another of the company’s values, ‘transparency’, which will also be palpable in the campus’ architecture. Indeed Tenova says all of its offices will be characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows and walls, for bright interiors overlooking outdoor green areas, which will “also guarantee internal visibility, for a continuous environment where staff can work together.”Tenova says it will focus on young people and is set to bolster exchanges with universities, schools and technical institutes. On-site areas have been specifically created for this purpose: for example, in the congress centre there are training rooms and a 150-seat auditorium. The campus will also feature numerous meeting rooms and break areas as well as a canteen that has been designed to encourage conviviality and sharing. In order to guarantee staff wellness, services available to the company’s employees include a new sports and fitness area.
Rainer Kahrger will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Bulk Handling category at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week.Early in his career, Structural Engineer, Rainer Kahrger realised that belt conveyors are intrinsic to virtually all continuous material handling operations. Over the past 40 years, his achievements in material handling have altered the approach to belt conveyor design today.During his tenure as CEO and President of TAKRAF, Rainer led the design of two world record-setting projects in bulk material handling: the largest capacity downhill regenerative conveyor and the longest single flight conveyor.High in the Atacama Desert of Chile is the El Abra mine. In 1996, TAKRAF designed and built the largest capacity downhill regenerative belt conveyor system. The 8,600 t/h 9.5 km long overland conveyor descends over 500 m in elevation from the mine to the crushing circuit, during which time the vertical drop is used to regenerate 5,500 kW of power. The system employed the strongest belt available at the time with a strength rating of ST 6800 N/mm and revolutionary splice efficiency greater than 50 %.Subsequent to the world record-setting downhill belt conveyor is the first “racetrack” or “on/off” dynamic heap-leach system developed by Rainer and his team. This innovative and first, for its time, high capacity 6,300 m3/h leach pad bucket-wheel reclaimer, operating in conjunction with mobile stacking and reclaiming conveyors, was developed and put successfully into operation. The same general design concept was replicated, a couple of years later, at the Radomiro Tomic mine and, most recently again, at the Antucoya copper complex. This arrangement has become the standard in the (oxide) copper industry.At the Henderson (Climax) Molybdenum mine in Colorado USA, Rainer was instrumental in the design and installation of the longest single flight belt conveyor in the world. Designed to the lowest known running resistance ever measured, the 17 km long single conveyor was installed and commissioned in 1999. This conveyor system replaced a train arrangement which had, by then, become economically unsustainable. The single flight conveyor, part of a system of three conveyors, was essential to the client’s requirements for reduced environmental impact.After his retirement in 2009 as CEO of TAKRAF, Rainer continues to work with TAKRAF as consultant in the field of materials handling. In this capacity, he has made significant contributions to the development of TAKRAF’s innovative new gearless drive technology for the El Teniente and Chuquicamata underground conveyors in Chile.
Duratray International says it continues to go against the trend with investments into new markets. This year saw the office openings in both Johannesberg (South Africa) and Saint Petersburg (Russia), allowing the platform for continued growth within those regions. Remaining committed to significant investment in R&D, the development of sustainable products for said markets not only improve productivity of its clients but also exceed in its focus on health and environmental factors within the community.Duratray International entered the Russian market in 2015 supplying its Belaz 7530 fleet to one of the world’s largest coal companies – SUEK. And 2017 also saw a 30+ Duratray fleet enter a leading Russian iron-ore mining company, increasing its productivity more than 11%. The year 2018 expected to grow further supplying a large Duratray fleet into the biggest gold, iron ore and coal mines for the region.Duratray told IM it is positive in the future growth of its current customer base and the development of new relationships in Russia and its surrounding countries. The Russian branch, with Steve Hall as its Deputy General Manager, is a new base of operations for Former Soviet Union countries together with their established business involvement in Mongolia. Having commenced in the region with sales to Kyrgyzstan in 2014, Siberia in 2015 and Western Russia in 2016. Hall has contributed significantly to the geographic expansion of the company.Duratray International plans to open its Moscow office in 2018, and will continue working closely with the community and its customers to bring sustainability to the industry. At MiningWorld Russia in April, Duratray presented its customised technology – showcasing the Suspended Dump Body Truck and XP Steel Light Dump Body Truck. Manufacturing operations are now well advanced at both St Petersburg and Magnitogorsk facilities with the first deliveries of Caterpillar 793D lightweight steel dump bodies having been made. “Enthusiastic support has been received from local steel manufacturers, all of whom are vertically integrated companies which conduct their own mining operations. Those iron ore and coking coal mines provide future opportunities for supply of Duratray products.”The six Cat-789 Duratray suspended dump bodies (SDB’s) at Kumtor Gold in Kyrgyzstan were recently inspected by Duratray Field Service leader Don Wright. Having passed more than three years in service the SDB dump bodies “have demonstrated exceptionally low wear rates of approximately 10 mm per year on the Wear Mats. This indicates that the replacement life of the wearmats (original thickness 90 mm) would be approximately 40,000 hours or some seven years.”
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Arafura Resources decision to build a separation plant for its Nolans rare earth project in the Territory was a significant vote of investor confidence in the NT. This follows a record year for mineral production in the Territory – A$4.49 billion in 2017/18, up 24% on the previous year, which was a record at A$3.63 billion.Arafura Resources has been determining the feasibility of locating the plant for its Nolans project in either the Northern Territory or South Korea for a number of years. Originally, the preferred site was an industrial estate in South Korea.The Northern Territory Government has been working with Arafura throughout 2018 to secure the plant for the Territory.Arafura has advised the Australian Stock Exchange that it will be locating its separation plant at its Nolans mine site approximately 135 km north of Alice Springs. The company is expected to spend around $80 million building the plant, to potentially begin in late 2019, creating an additional 30 ongoing jobs within the separation plant and boosting the company’s operational workforce for the Nolans project to around 370.The Separation Plant represents to the Territory an:Increase in the number of operational jobs and their skill levelIncrease in the capital expenditureIncrease in the value of the Territory’s exportsIndication of investor confidence in the ability of the Territory to help deliver a complex project.The NT Government has recently established a new Local Jobs Fund to create more local jobs immediately. Significant job creating projects, which are advanced in their development like the Nolans project is, may be able to seek finance through the Fund.Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said “Mining is an economic strength of the Territory. With this announcement, the Territory is showing it can also deliver local value-added processing to our mineral resources.Gavin Lockyer, Managing Director, Arafura Resources , said: “Nolans will soon represent a new long-term, secure supply of high value rare earth products which are key to e-mobility and clean energy supply chains.“At a proposed output of 3.600 t/y of neodymium/praseodymium oxide, this equates to an amount of material sufficient to produce approximately 2 million electric vehicles for over 30 years.“Our engagement with customers indicates a growing focus on the provenance of rare earth supply being sustainable and managed in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Building the Separation Plant at the project site in the Territory allows us to tick those boxes.Arafura’s mineral tenure over the Nolans project site is secured by three granted exploration licences (ELs) – EL28473, EL28498 and EL29509. Arafura has also applied for four mineral leases (MLs) within these ELs which, when granted, will host the mining and mineral processing operations, and many of the associated infrastructure elements of the Nolans project.The project’s cornerstone asset is the Nolans Bore rare earths-phosphate deposit, one of the largest and most intensively explored deposits of its kind in the world. The deposit contains a JORC 2012-compliant Mineral Resources of 56 Mt at an average grade of 2.6% total rare earth oxides (TREO) that extends to 215 m below the surface. Two-thirds of the contained rare earths are in high confidence Measured and Indicated resources.The most abundant rare earth-bearing minerals at Nolans Bore are apatite, monazite (both phosphate minerals) and allanite (a silicate mineral). These mineral species present a highly desirable rare earth mix at Nolans Bore, with 26.4% of the mix represented by NdPr.The Measured and Indicated resources base has the potential to support mining and processing operations for at least 30-35 years, at a design capacity of 14,000 t of TREO equivalent per annum.Open-pit mining will selectively target phosphate-rich material types which comprise more than two-thirds of the deposit’s Measured and Indicated resource inventory. Arafura is planning to mine up to 5 Mt each year to produce 650,000 t of run-of-mine ore as feed to a three-stage crushing circuit.Crushed ore will initially be processed in a beneficiation plant that employs whole-of-ore flotation as the main unit operation. Beneficiation reduces the mass for subsequent processing by around 50%.The flotation concentrate will be pumped approximately 8 km via a slurry pipeline to an extraction plant.The former product will be further refined at the separation plant into three final products for sale: NdPr oxide, lanthanum (La) oxide, and a mixed middle-heavy rare earth (SEG-HRE) carbonate. Annual production is estimated to be 3,600 t of NdPr oxide, 2,660 t of La oxide and 660 t of SEG-HRE concentrate.Solid rare earth-bearing products from pre-leach will then be subjected to several processes at the extraction plant that involve baking, water leach, precipitation, dissolution, and purification. Output from the extraction plant will be 16,450 t/y of a NdPr-rich rare earth chloride intermediate product, and a lower value cerium (Ce) oxide product.Resources for the Nolans Bore deposit as at June 2017 using a 1% TREO cutoff grade. Inferred212.31026.5 Indicated302.71226.4 TOTAL562.61126.4 Measured4.93.21326.1 RESOURCESTONNES millionRARE EARTHS TREO %PHOSPHATE P2O5 %NdPr enrichment %
Are you ready for another fantastic handball day in Spain? Is Croatia capable to beat Denmark after victories over Spain and France? Slovenian dreams going on, but Spain is the toughest rival? Denmark wants second WCh final in a row. Is Spain ready for the first final since Tunisia 2005?The fixtures for the semi-finals on Friday 25 January in Barcelona:19.15 hrs local time: Spain vs. Slovenia21.30 hrs local time: Denmark – Croatia ← Previous Story Croatia sent “Experts” home! Next Story → Spain is the first finalist at WCh 2013!
Cologne handballVELUX EHF CL F4 Just one day after the draw of the semi-finals pairings of the VELUX EHF FINAL4, the playing order has been confirmed. The top club handball event of the year will start in the LANXESS arena in Cologne on Saturday, 1 June with the match of Vive Targi Kielce versus FC Barcelona Intersport with a throw-off at 15:15 hrs local time.The encounter of the newcomers at this event with the record winners of the EHF Champions League will be followed at 18:00 hrs by the second semi-final, which has turned into an all-German affair between the defending champions, THW Kiel and their bundesliga rivals HSV Hamburg.The playing order of the semi-finals has been set following discussions with rights holders to ensure the best possible exposure for the event on television screens around the world and also to guarantee an unforgettable experience for the 20,000 fans in the LANXESS arena.The timings of the matches will be the same for the third year in a row, which means the placement match for the 3rd position has been set for Sunday, 2 June at 15.15 hrs and the final for 18.00 hrs.Playing order and times of the 2013 VELUX EHF FINAL4Saturday 1 June 2013Semi-final 1: Vive Targi Kielce vs FC Barcelona Intersport (15.15)Semi-final 2: THW Kiel vs HSV Hamburg (18.00)Sunday 2 June 20133rd/4th Placement match: loser Kielce/Barcelona vs loser Kiel/Hamburg (15.15)VELUX EHF Champions League Final: winner Kielce/Barcelona vs winner Kiel/Hamburg (18.00)(all times local)article: EHF ← Previous Story Copa Del Rey: Atletico beat Barca for the Final! Next Story → Poland playoffs: Vive Kielce humiliates Azoty Pulawy, wins by 28 goals
The real test for some of the nations to participate at the upcoming European Championship in Denmark in January 2014, is the “Golden League” tournament that will take place this weekend. France, Norway, Croatia and Denmark will play each other in what is expected to be high-quality games. However, Denmark will have to do without their first choice keeper Niklas Landin from the RN Loewen, who has suffered a back injury. This makes Jannick Green to take the main responsibility on the goal, along with Soren Rasmussen and Marcus Cleverley. ← Previous Story Brazilian girls win Provident Cup in Hungary Next Story → Bundesliga (W): In top game Barbosa leads Thuringer past HC Leipzig jannick greenlandinlowenmarcus cleverleyNiklas Landinrn loewensoren rasmussenUlrik Wilbek
← Previous Story Pick Szeged run over PLER Next Story → Karl Erik Bohn passed away First points in 2014 go to Vive Targi Kielce after the victory over Azoty Puławy 37:27. Kielce team arrived in Lublin (sports hall in Puławy was considered to be too small, and due to popularization of handball the match was moved to the bigger hall in Lublin) without Julen Aginagalde, who’s struggling with cold, and injured Piotr Chrapkowski. The game was looked forward not only because it was the first one after almost 2 month break – it was a debut of Talant Duyshebaev as a Kielce coach. His influence could be noticed from the very beginning, especially in defence. Polish Champions began by losing two goals but they caught up immediately. The game was more or less even for about 10 minutes when the result was 9:9. After 15 minutes couch DuJshebaev changed the whole group and Kielce started gradually taking over the lead. After quite gentle first half (no cards or suspensions) the result was 19:14 for the guests. Second half was a bit more rough but it did not change the result. Slowly but surely, Kielce kept leaving Puławy behind.Polish Champions were coping with new tactical guidelines better as time went on and even Michał Szyba in good form could not save his team from suffering defeat – Kielce won by 10 goals.Top scorer for Kielce: Thorir Olafsson 7(1).TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKAphoto: vivetargi.pl Talant DujshebaevVive Targi Kielce
WALL STREET WAS impressed by Google’s third-quarter revenue figures as declines in average ad prices were cancelled out by stats showing how frequently people are clicking on them.The numbers released yesterday impressed investors who had been fretting about a downturn in Google’s ad prices that began two years ago. Those concerns evaporated, at least temporarily, with a third-quarter performance that exceeded the analyst projections.Google’s ad prices are still sagging as marketers pay less for commercial pitches on mobile devices, but the number of revenue generating clicks on those ads is rising at a much faster rate.The equation resulted in a 36 per cent increase in Google’s earnings for the three months ending in September.Google’s stock surged 8 per cent to $959 in extended trading after the report came out. That leaves it poised to reach an all-time high in today’s regular trading session.The robust rally represents an abrupt about-face. As the overall stock market rose, Google’s shares had slipped slightly during the past three months.Google’s average ad price has now declined from the prior year in each of the last eight quarters, primarily because advertisers aren’t yet paying as much for mobile ads because the screens on smartphones and tablet computers are smaller than those on laptop and desktop computers.As more people rely on mobile devices to connect to Google’s search engine and other services, it’s driving down the company’s average ad price, or “cost per click.”In Google’s latest quarter, that measure fell 8 per cent from last year. That was worse than the 6 per cent drop in the previous quarter.But the number of so-called “paid clicks” on Google’s ads helped offset the lower prices in the third quarter. The clicking volume increased 26 percent from last year, an indication that Google’s data analysis is doing a good job matching ads with the interests of its services’ users.(CEO Larry Page will no longer partipate in revenue announcements. Pic: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Google Inc. earned nearly $3 billion, or $8.75 per share, during the three months ending in September. That compared to income of $2.2 billion, or $6.53 per share, at the same time last year.If not for its expenses for employee stock compensation, Google said it would have earned $10.74 per share. That figure topped the average estimate of $10.36 per share among analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue for the third quarter rose 12 per cent from last year to $14.9 billion. After subtracting commissions paid to Google’s ad partners, Google’s revenue stood at $11.9 billion, about $227 million above analysts’ predictions.Motorola Mobility, a mobile device maker that Google acquired for $12.4 billion last year, remains a financial drag. The division lost $248 million in the quarter, and still hasn’t made any money under Google’s ownership.In a mild surprise, Google CEO Larry Page disclosed that he doesn’t plan to regularly participate in the company’s quarterly earnings calls with analysts in the future.Page, 40, missed an earnings call last year because of an ailment on his vocal chords that made it difficult for him to talk. Although his voice remains raspy, Page didn’t mention that as a reason for skipping the calls. He said he wants to devote more time to running the company and helping Google’s engineers build great products.Read: Google exec grilled in UK over ‘devious’ use of Ireland to reduce tax >Read: 10 ways Google changed our lives >
Updated 21:57LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AIRMOTIVE Ireland (LTAI) today announced it is to start a process “to consider closing the company”.The firm has a jet engine overhaul facility at Rathcoole in Dublin which employs 400 people. Today Lufthansa said it will consult with employee representatives and begin immediate negotiations with trade unions.This decision follows an “extensive review of operations”, the company said, in the context of “declining revenues and shrinking international market opportunities”.Commenting on the announcement, Managing Director of LTAI Wolfgang Mörig praised the workforce for their contributions over the years and expressed “regret” that the company is now at this point.He noted “the increased quality and efficiency of the new generations of aircraft engines, with reduced need for overhaul”.StunnedWorkers were informed of the company’s decision today and UNITE regional officer Willie Quigley told TheJournal.ie that “you could hear a pin drop”.“The workers were stunned,” he said. “No one anywhere envisaged anything like this. Work was very scarce in the plant for a couple of weeks but this has happened before and changes have been asked for and conceded by workers.”I’m sure there was absolute horror and devastation in the families when they heard. A lot of them have young kids and kids in college and Christmas is just five or six weeks away.The union represents more than 200 of the workers in the plant and Quigley said representatives will be looking at “every potential alternative” to closure.Redundancy“If all that fails, we’ve no other choice than to get the best possible redundancy deal and secure pensions, but right now we’ll be trying to get the company to look at alternatives to keep it as it is, even with reduced numbers,” he said.A council with representatives of all three unions involved will hold a meeting on Monday morning and they will then meet with management in the afternoon to start negotiations.Lufthansa Technik took a 60 per cent shareholding of Airmotive Ireland, which was set up by Airlingus, in 1997. It took full ownership in 1999.First published 15:35Read: Fears for jobs at Lufthansa Technik as staff called to meeting>Read: LRC talks between IMPACT cabin crew and Aer Lingus adjourned>
THE GARDAÍ SEIZED a large quantity of cannabis resin in Tallaght this morning.As part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the area gardai conducted a planned search of a house in Donomore Avenue at approximately 7.45am this morning.CannabisDuring the course of the search, cannabis resin with an estimated street value of up to €111,000, along with other items of stolen property, were seized.A man, aged 41-years-old and a 37 -year-old woman were arrested at the scene and are currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Rathfarnham Garda station.Read: Teenager arrested after body of woman found in Kerry>Read: Appeal for witnesses to early morning attack in Dublin’s city centre>
ABOUT 100 POLICE were injured today in clashes that broke out as 100,000 outraged Ukrainians swarmed Kiev in a call for early elections meant to punish authorities for rejecting a historic EU pact.The crowd chanted “Revolution!” and “Down with the gang” as it took control of Kiev’s iconic Independence Square, while protesters steered a bulldozer within striking distance of police barricades protecting the nearby presidential administration office.Protesters use an excavator during clash with police at the Presidential office in Kiev. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyAFP reporters saw security forces outside the presidential building fire stun grenades and smoke bombs at a few dozen masked demonstrators who were pelting police with stones and what Ukrainian media said were molotov cocktails.Kiev police spokeswoman Olga Bilyk said that around 100 officers were wounded in the day-long protest. An AFP reporter saw three protesters covered in blood from head wounds and other injuries.Two AFP photographers and a local cameraman with the Lyon-based Euronews television news channel also received slight injuries in the unrest.Kiev police said a few dozen members of the nationalist Svoboda party had also taken control of an empty Kiev city hall building and set up what they described as the new temporary headquarters of the united opposition.“The government and president must resign,” world boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko told the Independence Square crowd to loud cheers and cries of “Yes!”A metal barrier is thrown as protesters clash with police outside the presidential office in Kiev. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky“A revolution is starting in Ukraine,” added Svoboda party chief Oleh Tyagnybok.“We are setting up a tent city on Independence Square… and launching a national strike,” he said in dramatic scenes aired live on television stations in both Ukraine and Russia.But both leaders distance themselves from the violence outside President Viktor Yanukovych’s office and issued calls for calm.“None of our protest members attacked Yanukovych’s lair,” parliamentary opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk told reporters at the rally.Ukrainian media said Yanukovych spent most of today with his most senior advisers at a secluded suburban residence.An unnamed government source told the ITAR-TASS news agency that Yanukovych was thinking of imposing a nationwide state of emergency from tomorrow.A flare is ignited as protesters clash with police outside the presidential administration building in downtown Kiev. Pic: AP Photo/Sergei GritsThe economically-struggling nation of 46 million was thrown into its deepest crisis since the 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution when Yanukovych snubbed EU leaders at a summit on Friday and opted to keep Ukraine aligned with its former master Russia.The government’s decision sparked demonstrations that first turned violent in the early hours of Saturday when hundreds of rubber baton-wielding police drove about 1,000 protesters from Independence Square.A few hundred of them spent the night at the nearby Mikhailovsky Monastery plotting a pro-European campaign that includes the formation of a “national resistance task force”.Main opposition leaders such as Klitshcko are now calling for early elections and an indefinite nationwide strike.Today’s rally was held in open defiance of a court ban imposed late yesterday on all protests on the square and its surrounding streets until January 7.AFP reporters estimated the size of the crowd at about 100,000 while some protest leaders and Ukrainian media put the figure even higher.Police chief resignsSaturday’s police crackdown sparked a new round of Western condemnation of the Ukrainian government but was met with notable silence by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called on Kiev authorities to respect Ukrainians’ right to free expression and assembly, which are “fundamental to a healthy democracy”.A protester uses a chain as he and others clash with police outside of the presidential administration building in downtown Kiev. Pic: AP Photo/Sergei GritsUkraine’s leaders appeared to be taking steps to distance themselves from Saturday’s police crackdown by announcing a formal probe to identify and punish those responsible on both sides.Kiev’s police chief submitted his resignation at a meeting during which Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko vowed to make sure his force acted with “tolerance”.Yanukovych added in televised comments aimed directly at the opposition that Ukraine had already chosen its “historic path” by committing itself to closer EU relations.Yet he also stressed that these closer ties with the 28-nation bloc would come only when Ukraine was treated as “an equal partner that is respected and whose wishes are taken into account.”Kiev’s nuanced approach in which it seeks favour from both Moscow and Brussels was underscored yet again when the government said Yanukovych would soon travel to Russia to sign a new “cooperation roadmap”.- © AFP, 2013Read: ‘Dozens’ wounded as Ukraine police break up rally>
A REPORT INTO the Dóchas Centre women’s prison at Mountjoy has found that overcrowding was “the single greatest problem associated with the centre”.The report by Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly found that the centre has consistently operated above its capacity with a check in June of this year finding that 141 prisoners were housed there when the maximum should have been 105.Limerick Prison is the only other facility for women prisoners in the country with 24 places, meaning that the maximum number of prison spaces for women in the state is 129.The report said that overcrowding led to “arguments between women being a constant feature” and “tension throughout the centre where the slightest thing can spark a major altercation”.Reilly said that the vast majority of women committed to prison are done so for petty offences and questioned the appropriateness of prison in such cases.“A significant number of women who end up in the Dóchas Centre have experienced childhood sexual abuse, abuse in their adult life, indifference and neglect. Punishment is not a new experience for them,” he added.The report also details that homelessness is a significant problem for women prisoners, with many women already having experienced instability in accommodation.“A significant number of women who leave the Dóchas Centre have no accommodation or at best have temporary accommodation, ” according to the report.In a comment on the operation of the Dóchas centre, Reilly said that, “It could be said that the centre had, to a degree, lost its way”.This, he noted, was “not to say that prisoners were unsafe” or that management and officers were not sympathetic to the needs of the prisoners.Read the report in full here.Read: Big increase in number of women being sent to jail >
IF EIRGRID ARE unable to route the pylons more than 50 metres away from homes, they will engage with residents about compensation, said the Chief Executive of Eirgrid Fintan Slye.Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland today about the new independent commission that will examine the possibility of putting high-voltage power lines underground instead of on large pylons, Slyle said “where, despite our best efforts we are unable to route the line more than 50 metre away we will engage” but he added that these would be “exceptional cases”.Compensation When asked if people would be given compensation up to the value of their homes, Slye said: “It is certainly something we will consider.” He added, however, that some people may not want to move in any event.In early January, Rabbitte also said that just like people who have roads build through their lands are compensated, it was something that Eirgrid would be assessing, but indicated that it was very much a possibility they would be.Yesterday it was announced by Minister Pat Rabbitte that an independent commission, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness, will investigate the possibility of placing electricity power lines underground as opposed to on large pylons across parts of the countryside in the west, south and east of the country.However, there was speculation that the North South Interconnector project would not be included in the review. This is one of the older Eirgrid plans and is set to deliver a new high capacity electricity interconnector between the electricity networks of Ireland and Northern Ireland.Meeting Fine Gael TD Sean Conlon said he had met with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Pat Rabbitte last night about the North South Interconnector project being included in the review and said he had come away from the meeting “happy” adding that he was confident that in the next 48 hours it would be announced that the reports, that have already been commissioned and carried out on the project, will be reviewed by the panel.However, when asked about this Slye said he was not aware of the conversation between the Taoiseach and Conlon on the issue, stating that work on that project was already underway and planning permission would be applied for in the coming weeks.When asked how long the review will take in terms of delaying Eirgrid’s plans, he denied that it would be up to a year, stating “I don’t think so.”He said Eirgrid they were in “listening mode” and had received a huge number of submissions from around the country in relation to their projects.EngageThe Chief Executive said they will engage with the expert panel, and look at the possibility of underground cables, but said reports had been commissioned to show that this could mean “very significant additional costs”.Minister Rabbitte previously said that if underground cables are installed rather than overhead pylons then “electricity consumers must be prepared to take the hit on their bills over the next 50 years”.He said that that while underground cables are “feasible” the extra cost will go “onto the bills of you and I and every other domestic customer”.Explainer: What’s happening with electricity pylons and why is it such a big issue?>Read: Could controversial power lines go underground? The government wants to find out>
NATIONAL TARGETS for the response times by which an ambulance should be dispatched to deal with a life-threatening medical emergency are to be abandoned.The Minister for Health, James Reilly, says alternative methods of evaluating the performance of the ambulance service will be formulated.The decision comes only weeks after HIQA increased its targets for response times for ambulances and medical personnel who are called to a life-threatening cardiac or respiratory emergency.Since January of last year, ambulances responding to such emergencies – known as ‘ECHO’ calls – were due to respond to 75 per cent of calls within 18 minutes and 59 seconds of being alerted. Last month the target was raised to 85 per cent.Separate targets for both ‘ECHO’ and ‘DELTA’ calls, involving life-threatening conditions not involving cardiac or respiratory problems, are that a first responder trained in defibrillator use and minimum life support skills should be dispatched – ahead of an ambulance – within 7 minutes and 59 seconds.In response to a Dáil question from Richard Boyd Barrett, Reilly said the decision to review the analysis criteria was “in line with international views” and also followed other changes including the operation of a trial air ambulance service and the formulation of a Performance Improvement Action Plan by the HSE’s National Ambulance Service.Reilly did not indicate whether HIQA’s current targets had been met, instead referring the query on to the HSE.He said, however, that the use of clinical indicators would “enable a focus” on ECHO and DELTA calls.Responding to similar questions last year, Reilly said the targets for first responders were met for 53.1 per cent of ECHO calls in 2011, while the targets for DELTA calls were met only 28.45 per cent of the time.On that instance Reilly said part of the difficulty in dispatching ambulances in time was the habit of using ambulances to transfer patients between hospitals, which tied them up and left them unavailable to respond to new urgent calls.
A SECOND CHALLENGE to Irish laws forbidding abortions for medical reasons has been lodged with the UN.The Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR), which filed three petitions on behalf of an Irish woman, Amanda Mellett, alleging human rights violations with the UN Human Rights Committee in November, announced today that they are bringing another case to the committee.The Centre filed the case on behalf of Siobhán Whelan, who was forced by Ireland’s restrictions on abortion to travel to the United Kingdom to obtain safe and legal abortion services after she learned that she was carrying a foetus with a fatal anomaly.The Centre say that they filed today’s petition to “hold Ireland accountable for violating Siobhán’s basic human rights by subjecting her to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, interfering with her privacy, and discriminating against her on the basis of her gender”.Johanna Westeson, regional director for Europe at the Centre for Reproductive Rights said that the Irish system is “cruel”.“Rather than ensuring women with non-viable pregnancies have all the information and services they need to make their own personal decisions about their reproductive health, the Irish health system cruelly denies them both critical reproductive health information and safe and legal options to end pregnancy.”Siobhán’s storySiobhán Whelan became pregnant in September 2009.About 21 weeks into the pregnancy, doctors at Dublin’s National Maternity Hospital informed Siobhán that the foetus had a fatal anomaly called Trisomy 13.One doctor informed Siobhán that in another jurisdiction she would be offered a termination, but that this was not possible in Ireland.On January 20, 2010, at 22 weeks, Siobhán’s pregnancy was terminated at the Fetal Assessment Center at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. When she returned to Ireland, Siobhán was not offered any support to deal with her grief.“The Irish doctors made me feel like it was illegal to discuss the option of termination for fear of having the door slammed in my face or of not receiving any help whatsoever,” said Siobhán Whelan.“I will never understand why I had to pack my bags and leave Ireland so I could access the medical care I needed. It is truly demeaning and I will never forget it.”Siobhán is a member of Terminations for Medical Reasons Ireland (TFMR Ireland), an advocacy group campaigning for Ireland to amend the abortion law to allow women to terminate pregnancies due to fatal foetal abnormalities.TFMR continues to meet and offer support to women whose babies have been diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities. The group’s website can be found here. They be reached by email: [email protected] Support group Leanbh mo Chroi can also be found on Facebook, or contacted by email at [email protected] or by telephone on 086 747 4746.Read: Women who travelled to UK for terminations to bring case to United Nations
ITALIANS ARE LIKELY to have to go to the polls again in the coming weeks to hold a second general election, after votes cast in this week’s ballots failed to conclusively appoint a new government.The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani topped the polls for both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, but the strength of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right movement in key regions has put a roadblock on Bersani’s path to power.Italian law means that the coalition that tops the nationwide poll for the Chamber of Deputies is guaranteed a majority in that house, ensuring that Bersani has a comfortable majority there – even though he scored barely 1 per cent more of the vote than Berlusconi.In the Senate, however, coalitions are given bonus seats depending on the results of regional ballots – meaning that Berlusconi’s victories in key provinces like Sicily and Lombardy, which includes his home city of Milan, meant his coalition is the largest in terms of Senate seats.A further complicating factor is the phenomenal performance of the ‘Five Star Movement’, an apolitical anti-establishment movement led by former TV comedian Beppe Grillo, which is the single largest party in the Chamber and took over a sixth of the Senate.Bersani-Monti alliance falls shortBersani had hoped that he could form a power-sharing administration with the supporters of the outgoing technocratic premier Mario Monti, who registered a new political party to fight the election – but his support failed to materialise, with voters shunning him for introducing unpopular austerity measures.Monti’s movement won just over 10 per cent of votes for the Chamber, and 9 per cent for the Senate – with the later meaning that the Bersani-Monti coalition would have only 125 seats in the Senate, still way short of the 158 needed for a majority.If Grillo’s movement was to ally with Berlusconi, the pair would have 171 Senate seats – easily enough for a majority in the Senate – but would still face Bersani’s legally-guaranteed massive majority in the Chamber.The only prospect that would avert the need for another election is if Grillo and his supporters decided to back a Bersani-Monti partnership – though this could prove difficult to stomach for Italians who voted for the Five Star Alliance simply as a protest vote against the established parties.Nonetheless, Italian state news agency Ansa quoted a spokesman for the Alliance who said the new party would “gather, listen to the network and decide what to do”.The Five Star Alliance chose its parliamentary candidates based on an online primary, and campaigns on a platform that free internet access should be considered a human right – suggesting that the party could canvas its supporters to decide how to respond.Berlusconi, for his part, told Italy’s Channel 5 he did not believe it was “useful” to consider holding a second election.Further complicationsThe elections are further complicated by the forthcoming retirement of the Italian president, Georgio Napolitano, whose seven-year term lapses in May.The Italian presidency is elected by the parliament, but only the President has the power to dissolve the parliament – meaning the new dysfunctional parliament may have to convene and elect a new president whose first task could be to call another election.In the meantime, Mario Monti’s outgoing government remains in place in a caretaker capacity – but its power to legislate is nullified by the absence of parliamentary support, while any sense of a public mandate has been lost by the poor showing of support for Monti in the election.Investors have already acted with unease to the result of the election: the interest rate on a 10-year loan for the Italian government by 0.25 per cent yesterday.Italy would now have to pay 4.85 per cent annual interest on a 10-year loan – up from 4.07 per cent only a month ago.Explainer: Everything you need to know about the Italian election
We can no longer afford to accept our harmful relationship with alcohol as the norm.IRELAND SPENT €50 million a week, lost 3,230 work and study days in a year and binged most of the time last year.The latest figures from the Health Research Board also show that 15% of 18-24 are classed as alcohol dependent. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThe report also found that:75% of all alcohol consumed was done so as part of a binge drinking sessionOne in five (21.1%) drinkers engaged in binge drinking at least once a weekAlmost two thirds (64.3%) of 18-24 year olds consumed six or more standard drinks on a typical drinking session in the last yearMore than half (54%) of 18-75 year old drinkers were classified as harmful drinkers which equates to 1.35 million harmful drinkers in IrelandOne in eight (13%) men and almost one in ten (9%) women drank their recommended weekly guidelines in one sittingAmong 18-24 year-olds, 28% of men and 22% of women consume weekly guidelines in one sittingWe spent more than €50.6 million was spent on alcohol in the week prior to the study3,230 work-or-study years were lost through alcohol related illness in the year prior to the study43% of standard drinks are consumed at home, 42% in a pub/nightclub and 10% in restaurant or hotel64% of men and 51% of women started drinking before the legal age of 18Monthly binge drinking most common among 18-24 year old age group (at 60%)Harmful drinking is highest among 18-24 year old age group (at 75%).Dependent drinking is highest among 18-24 year old age group (at 15%).The report added that of the 6,000 people surveyed, 21% had not drank in the last year. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe authors of the report say that the figures underline the “harmful nature of drinking in Ireland.“This is the first time we have had such robust, detailed evidence on Irish people’s drinking habits. What is clear is we need to alter people’s perceptions of their drinking. The report shows people who defined themselves as ‘light or moderate drinkers’ actually drank six or more standard drinks in a typical drinking occasion, which is binge drinking’, says Dr Jean Long, Head of the Evidence Centre at the Health Research Board and co-author of the report.Alcohol Action Ireland, an alcohol awareness charity said that the normalisation of binge drinking was a problem.“[The survey] shows is the extent to which this situation – and the huge harms that our society suffers as a result – has become normalised,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.“One in five people who defined themselves as ‘light drinkers who do not binge drink’ and half of those who defined themselves ‘moderate drinkers who do not binge drink’ were actually binge drinking on a typical drinking occasion.”Read: Irish alcohol prices are the highest in EuropeOpinion: The first step to fixing Ireland’s alcohol problem? Fight back against the drinks industry
THE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency has recouped more than €800 million that debtors had transferred beyond the agency’s reach.Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed that the agency swooped for the assets, about two thirds of which was in property, in a reply to Fianna Fail Finance Spokesman Michael McGrath.The remaining third was mostly comprised of share portfolios as cash, the Finance Minister said.OffenceSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, McGrath said that there was a possibility that the debtors had committed an offence under section seven of the Nama act, which makes it an offense to withhold information relevant to the operation of the agency.He said that “it is implicit from the Minister’s reply that debtors went out of their way to put assets beyond the reach of Nama”. It does raise a fundamental question about the lack of co-operation from some of Nama’s debtors.He said that the bad bank deserved praise for pursuing debtors that had attempted to move assets, but added that “it would be naive to believe they had identified all instances where debtors moved assets beyond the agency’s reach”.Private sectorMcGrath said that the agency is facing a major problem with former employers transitioning into the private sector, often with intimate knowledge of Nama’s property portfolio.“That continues to be a major issue facing the agency…a cooling off period has been introduced, but the reality is they have a high staff turnover.”They don’t have long term jobs security, they have access to highly sensitive commercial information, and there is a real conflict of interest when they go on to join private sector property firms after their work with the agency.Read: How many Nama debtors have gone bankrupt so far?>Read: Nama has completed over €5 billion in loan and property sales so far this year>
AN ALLY OF German chancellor Angela Merkel has said he told Taoiseach Enda Kenny that Ireland cannot use the new eurozone bailout fund to retrospectively recapitalise its banks.Dr Joachim Pfeiffer, economic policy spokesperson for Merkel’s party the Christian Democrats, has said that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) can only be used for future banking debt issues and not legacy ones.He told TheJournal.ie today that he communicated this to Enda Kenny in a meeting yesterday but said the Taoiseach did not share his view.“He said the instrument was put in situ – that it can be used. But from my point of view it’s an instrument for the future,” Pfeiffer said of Kenny’s response.For over two years the Irish government has been pushing for the use of the ESM to retrospectively recapitalise its pillar banks, AIB and Bank of Ireland, which received some €25 billion in State funding at the height of the financial crisis.The government and Finance Minister Michael Noonan have repeatedly maintained that they will seek relief on legacy bank debt when the ESM is fully established later this year but these latest comments will do little to bolster the government’s case.Pfeiffer has been in Dublin this week attending events and meetings with the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He has repeatedly said in interviews that Ireland has no chance of using the ESM for legacy debt.“The ESM is an emergency instrument for the handling of the future problems that hopefully we are going to prevent,” he said this morning, adding “definitely not” when asked if it could be used for legacy debt.He said that every country has to deal with its own debt burden, saying it is not the responsibility of other eurozone nations to provide relief.He said: “Every country has to carry it’s own burden. We [Germany] took about €500 billion in our account with guarantees and we are not asking [for] Ireland to repay our problems.”Pfeiffer repeatedly said that the ESM is “an instrument for the future and not for legacy”.He added that his view was shared unanimously by other German parliamentarians and that he believes Chancellor Merkel also shares his view.Read: After opening a Penneys, Enda Kenny spoke to his ‘good friend’ Angela Merkel about bank debtRead: Noonan says bank debt deal cannot be ‘actively’ pursued until 2015
“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian MaierWHO WAS VIVIAN Maier?She was a nanny. She was unmarried. She often wore anachronistic clothing and was both remarkable and unremarkable.She was born in the USA. Or was it France? She had a French accent. She had a fake accent.She loved children. She had no children. She disliked some children.She was 7ft tall. She was 5ft 9.She was paradoxical and interesting, she was a woman who people knew but who nobody knew.She was one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers.Just who was Vivian Maier? This photograph taken Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at an exhibit of Vivian Maier’s photography at the Chicago Cultural Center, shows a 1984 letter sent to Maier soliciting her services as a nanny in Chicago Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIf the lines above seem like a bundle of contradictions, then a new film about Maier’s life might provide you some answers, but even more questions.Finding Vivian Maier is co-directed by Charlie Siskel and John Maloof. The latter is the young Chicagoan who bought a box of negatives at an auction in 2007 while searching for images for a local history book.Initially, Maloof put them aside, but after scanning some of the negatives, he realised he had some incredible special photographs in his possession.In 2009, the same year Maier died, Maloof posted this link on Flickr, asking what he should do with the images he now owned:The reaction was incredible – it was clear he now owned photos that were not of the usual amateur photographer standard. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHungry for more of Maier’s work, he sought and bought more of her possessions, finding himself the owner of thousands of negatives, and undeveloped rolls of film, as well as numerous books, rumpled hats and shirts, personal tchotchkes, piles of newspapers and letters.In essence, Maloof became the new owner of Maier’s life, and after he discovered she had recently passed away, he could not abandon this new responsibility.In Finding Vivian Maier, we see how this intriguing woman documented her life, venturing into dangerous or poor parts of town, often bringing her reluctant child charges with her.We also realise that Vivian Maier left various and differing impressions on the lives of the people she met. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPiecing together Maier’s story has become Maloof’s life, and he treats this task as sensitively as he can in the film, even when the subject turns quite dark.Maier appears to have been a forthright, passionate but slightly reclusive woman, who was sensitive to injustice and uncompromising about the way she lived her life.The question ‘what was a nanny doing taking photographs?’ – as Maloof asks at the beginning of the film – underlines not only that she stepped out of prescribed gender and societal roles from the 1950s, but that these assumptions still linger on.Maloof is frustrated at what he sees as a refusal of the art world to accept Maier’s posthumously developed work, but at the same time he has been able to exhibit her photos in the United States and Europe.Whether Vivian Maier is ever considered a ‘great’ by those in the higher echelons of the Art world makes no odds when you witness the responses to her work.Technically brilliant, exquisitely framed, whether they were snapshots of downtrodden lives or experimental self-portraits, Maier’s photographs show that she had that rare combination that makes a great photographer.Just as the chemical mix needed in the darkoom has to be 100% correct to develop an image, Maier had a combination of talents that allowed her take such stunning shots.She had the eye, the nose for a good shot and sense of mystery, an empathy for the vulnerable, and a talent for working with light and shadow. In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, John Maloof looks at Vivian Maier’s negatives on a light table at his home in Chicago. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBut, like us all, she wasn’t perfect. This, the documentary makes clear.Some might call it a ‘failing’ that she never appeared to try and bring her work to a wider audience, but only she knows the reason behind that.The rest of us can feel grateful for whatever twist of fate led her to layer and pile her life into the boxes that ended up in the hands of the capable John Maloof. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesYou can see Vivian Maier’s photographs and find out more about her on the VivianMaier.com website. Finding Vivian Maier is on general release now.Read: On the Wild Side: 10 of the very best images from this year’s wildlife photography awards> Source: VivianMaierFilm/YouTube
The price of storage seems to come down every year with manufacturers maintaining their profit margins by just offering more of it at the same price point. But that’s not enough for some salesman who want significantly more than the drives they are selling are worth.In China, some crafty salesman have figured out how to create what some would class as a magical hard drive. From the outside it looks like an official Samsung portable drive with all the right labels. The salesman will even show you the storage capacity of 500GB and copy a large file to it. What more convincing do you need before a sale at an unbelievably low price?AdChoices广告But then you hand over your money to the smiling assistant and take the drive home. It seems to accept all your file copies without issue, but when you come to access them something is amiss. That HD movie you put on there only plays for 5 minutes before looping back to the start. Is it a faulty drive?Apparently this scenario is becoming quite common with portable drives bought in a certain area of China near the border with Russia. A Russian repair shop captured the two images you see here to show us how these magical hard drives are being created.What these Chinese stores are doing is taking a typical portable hard drive case and gluing a 128MB flash drive inside along with some heavy metal objects to make the weight feel right in the hand. The clever bit is tricking any computer it connects to over USB into thinking the drive is much larger than it is, and also how it never runs out of space, rather just looping and copying over what is already on the tiny drive. This is most likely done with some modification performed to the controller in the drive.I suspect the stores doing this somehow ended up with a shipment of portable hard drive cases and decided to make some money with them. The very low price they sell for still turns a big profit for the seller, and the customer won’t realize for a few hours or days at least that he has been conned.via Jitbit Software
The launch of Apple’s latest smartphone has come and gone, sending millions of users home with the latest in mobile tech from Apple. Everything about the iPhone 5 C$269.63 at Amazon is thinner, lighter, and smaller, right down to the SIM card.For the second time since the original iPhone, Apple has opted for a smaller SIM to go in their phone. Micro-SIM cards are now the standard for many carriers, just in time for Apple to adopt the smaller nano-SIM for their devices. This means that every iPhone 5 user, even the ones that are moving from the iPhone 4S, need to move to a new SIM card and throw their old ones away. On an individual scale this is no big deal, but what does such a small change mean on a global scale?Within the first day of pre-orders, Apple had sold more than two million iPhone 5 handsets. This doesn’t include any of the hordes of people that waited outside of an Apple Store on the release day for the phone (which took that figure up to 5 million). This launch was the biggest one Apple has ever had, and the largest pre-order event any smartphone has ever had. More than five million people, most of whom already had a smartphone, now need a new SIM card.Despite the nano-SIM being much smaller than previous cards, the plastic tray that every user is given is the exact same size. This credit card sized piece of plastic has a small rectangle notched out where you punch through and pop out your nano-SIM. The previous SIM and the plastic holder for the new SIM are then tossed in the garbage.The previous SIM and the casing to the new SIM together will weigh about 5.6 grams. If you look at the five million users that managed to secure an iPhone 5 already, that is roughly 62,000 pounds of plastic waste generated just by forcing every user to replace their SIM card. Nearly 62,000 pounds of plastic waste generated in a single weekend, and the knowledge that if any of those users move away from the iPhone 5 to another device any time soon, that user will need to change SIM cards all over again.Apple maintains a page on their own website that describes all of the environmental practices, including the things they have done to improve their packaging and manufacturing process along the way. That page has not yet been updated to the iPhone 5, and so does not include any information on what Apple feels the footprint of their latest smartphone is.If you are someone who has just picked up the iPhone 5 and changed SIM, please recyle the plastic.
Earlier this week Sony unveiled a new digital paper prototype device with a couple of key differences over what we’re used to seeing in e-readers. The first is its size. Rather than the typical 6-inch displays such as the Kindle uses, Sony has gone with a 13.3-inch 1200 x 1600 A4 panel. The other key difference is the fact you can use a stylus to scribble notes on your e-books.All we had for the announcement a few days ago was a picture of the device, but Sony has now decided to show off what its digital paper notepad can do at a trade show. You can see it in action in the video below:What’s clear immediately is how light the notepad is in the hand. As you can see, most people are easily holding it in one hand. That’s due to the fact it doesn’t use glass for the display, just plastic. In fact, the display is the new E Ink Mobius panel, which has been created with the help of Sony who brought their mass production experience into the mix.Writing on the notepad looks like it could be a pleasant experience despite the clear delay before characters appear. The resolution of the screen also helps to keep the text looking very crisp and allows you a lot of space to write without having to constantly move to a new sheet of digital paper.Sony is carrying out a test release of the device at three universities in Japan soon, but has also promised a commercial release before the end of 2013. All that’s missing now is a price point. I’m really hoping Sony can come in lower than tablets, otherwise this digital notepad is going to be a hard sell.
9 Comments 61,473 Views Friday 16 Feb 2018, 1:04 PM Feb 16th 2018, 1:04 PM Short URL By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of Dublin Road in Kildare Image: Google Maps Man in his 20s dies in workplace incident in Kildare Gardaí are investigating what happened. Share153 Tweet Email1 File photo of Dublin Road in Kildare Image: Google Maps A MAN IN his early 20s has died following a workplace incident in Co Kildare.The incident happened at the Kildare Chilling Company, which processes beef and lamb products, on the Dublin Road in Kildare town at about 2.40pm yesterday.The man who died was Moldovan and is understood to have only recently begun working at the factory.Local gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are both investigating the incident.Read: Death of missing Joanne Lee being treated as suspicious, say gardaíRead: Supervised injecting centre to be operated by Merchants Quay Project http://jrnl.ie/3855619
Jan 22nd 2017, 1:42 PM 52 Comments Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Short URL By Fora Staff 21,596 Views TWO REVENUE RULINGS are at the heart of the EU’s investigation into Apple’s tax affairs – and it has now emerged that Irish officials issued more than 300 tax rulings to other companies in one three-year period.In late August, the EU said that Ireland gave Apple illegal state aid worth up to €13 billion over a period of more than a decade and ordered the government to recover the funds from the California firm.At the time, the European Commission said that two tax rulings issued by Ireland to Apple “substantially and artificially” lowered the taxes the company paid in the Republic since 1991.The two key Irish companies at the heart of the controversy are Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe.The EU said the rulings allowed Apple to structure its business affairs in a way that resulted in “an effective corporate tax rate that declined from 1% in 2003 to 0.005% in 2014″ on the profits of Apple Sales International.Fora has now learned that Revenue made 335 rulings between 2010 and 2012. It has likely issued many more, however figures for other years are not available as they have not been compiled by Irish officials. Apple CEO Tim Cook Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe two Apple rulings related to the allocation of profits to Irish branches of non-resident companies, decisions which the EU says allowed the iPhone maker to slash its tax bill from billions in sales from Europe and other territories to virtually nothing.QuestionsThe EU said in its 130-page decision that Revenue issued these specific rulings – relating to the allocation of profits to Irish branches of non-resident companies – in nine cases.However, the news that Revenue has issued at least 335 tax rulings is likely to raise questions as to what other types of tax structures officials agreed with companies and whether they also resulted in single-digit, or lower, tax rates for businesses.Revenue sometimes issues what it calls ‘non-binding opinions’ on how tax law should be applied in specific transactions or situations. These were repeatedly referred to as ‘rulings’ by the EU, although Revenue does not view them as binding decisions. Revenue Offices in Dublin Castle Source: RollingNews.ieIf a company with a large or complicated business is using a tax structure outside the norm, the firm may ask Revenue for an opinion that what it is doing is compliant with tax law.Non-binding opinionsRevenue said that opinions are only issued “where the matter is complex or where there is genuine uncertainty around the applicable tax rules”. Share Tweet Email2 Two tax rulings started the €13bn Apple row. Ireland has issued hundreds more The EU says the Revenue rulings resulted in the US multinational paying a tiny amount of tax. Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3199492 “In providing an opinion, Revenue’s role is to interpret and apply the tax law correctly and consistently so that taxpayers can understand and comply with their obligations under the law,” it said.Revenue said that, while not binding, it will generally follow the structures suggested in a non-binding opinion once it can be shown that “the transaction as implemented did not diverge from that which was outlined in the information provided”.A spokeswoman for Revenue added: “It is open to Revenue officials to review the position when a transaction has been completed and all the facts are known”.The organisation’s guidelines specifically state that opinions “will not be given where the case manager is of the view that the proposed transaction is part of a scheme or arrangement of which one of the purposes of which is the avoidance of tax”.It said that it issued 99 non-binding opinions in 2010, 128 in 2011, and 108 in 2012, a total of 335 for the period.However, Revenue has likely issued many more in both earlier and later years. The organisation said it could not provide information on how many rulings it made in other periods as the statistics had not been assembled. Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire“Statistics are compiled on the basis of business need, in response to demand, or where their provision is in the public interest. Prior to the recent European Commission decision, this data did not meet the above criteria,” a Revenue spokeswoman said.The data for 2010, 2011 and 2012 was compiled specifically for the EU investigation. Revenue said that from 2016 onwards it will be publishing the number of opinions issued every year in its annual report.AlarmingIt is not known what is contained in these rulings, as a spokeswoman for Revenue said the organisation “does not publish opinions issued to specific taxpayers”.Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said at the time of the publication of the full EU ruling in December, that the revelation that Revenue had issued at least nine more tax rulings was “the most alarming revelation” contained in the 130-page document. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Richard Drew/Press Association Images Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 1:42 PM Image: Richard Drew/Press Association Images “How many of these rulings involve companies with subsidiaries in Bermuda or other tax havens? How many billions in tax in addition to Apple’s €13 billion has been avoided as a result of Revenue’s sweetheart deals?,” he said.Revenue’s rulings were criticised by the EU during its Apple tax investigation, with the EU saying that the organisation’s “profit-allocation ruling practice is too inconsistent”. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager Source: Virginia Mayo/Press Association ImagesThe EU also raised several questions about Revenue’s Apple rulings dating back to 1990, when the tech company was trying to work out the share of its profits that were liable for tax in Ireland.At the time, Apple officials said that Apple Computers Ltd – later renamed Apple Operations Europe – made its money from three sources: technology, marketing and manufacturing. They claimed only the manufacturing element related to the Irish branch.Revenue officials agreed that all profits attributable to the manufacturing activity would be subject to a ceiling of between $30 million $40 million.According to notes from a 1990 meeting with the Irish tax authority, cited by the EU, an Apple adviser “confessed there was no scientific basis for the figure”.“However the figure was of such magnitude that he hoped it would be seen to be a bona-fide proposal,” the notes said.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie
Jan 23rd 2017, 7:30 PM Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Short URL Share409 Tweet Email2 Monday 23 Jan 2017, 7:30 PM 144 Comments By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher 2,379 Views http://jrnl.ie/3200769 In a speech at a seminar organised by Equate, a campaign group in this area, Minister Bruton said that he believes that it is unfair that preference is given by publicly-funded religious schools to children of their own religion who might live some distance away, ahead of children of a different religion or of no religion who live close to the school.However, some people claim that faith schools must be permitted to carry out their purpose, and and that is to serve children and parents who share the faith of the school. Is it fair to prioritise Catholic children in Catholic schools when they are publicly-funded? We asked two commentators to debate.YES. The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has initiated a consultation on schools’ admissions policies which has ignited a great deal of, not always well informed, debate.There are, therefore, a few points I would like to clarify. Firstly a Baptism Certificate is not needed for admission to a Catholic school. For well over 95% of Catholic primary schools, everyone who applies is admitted. I joked recently that if Damien from The Omen turned up to one of our schools and we had space, we would take him. But it was to make a very serious point. No Catholic primary schools want to refuse any child for any reason.Between 3 and 6% of Catholic primary schools are oversubscribedThere are more applications than places, and in these schools we do prioritise Catholic children. This issue is mainly confined to the greater Dublin area and to the commuter belt (though it can flare up elsewhere).In Dublin our research indicates that 1.2% of applications that did not result in an enrolment in the current school year relate to baptism. We believe there is a growing problem of oversubscription in certain areas in Dublin and would urge Government action to address this as a matter of urgency, through the provision of new schools or the funding of enlargements of existing schools.Right of minority faiths to priorities pupils of their faithIn areas where there is a choice of schools and schools are oversubscribed, we feel it is only fair that Catholic children from that area are given priority access to schools under Catholic patronage. These schools exist to provide Catholic parents with the opportunity for their children to receive an education in line with the parents’ wishes and beliefs.We are also deeply concerned about the right of minority faiths to prioritise pupils of their faith attending their schools. Faith schools are at the heart of many minority faith communities and are absolutely critical to their sustainability.There is a real danger that measures designed to hit a Catholic target end up harming an innocent bystander: small local faith schools. This would be deeply unjust.Seamus Mulconry is General Secretary of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association. Debate Room: ‘It’s only fair that Catholic children are prioritised in Catholic schools’ Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, plans to legislate on the controversial school admissions system soon. But what about the right of minority faiths to prioritise pupils of their faith? Source: RollingNews.ieNO. I didn’t bow to the whole “baptising your child to get them into school” nonsense and here’s why.First of all, I didn’t get a choice as to what religion, if any, I wanted to be born into. So my children can make up their own minds about these kind of things. Secondly, when I think religion, education doesn’t suddenly spring to mind, but ignorance does. And how I wasted a good chunk of my precious life on bended knee, praying idly, while the church perfected inequality and hypocrisy.Five years ago (when my first child was born) education equality was finally being tackled by Ruairi Quinn, so the idea of a “baptism barrier” still being in place by the time my child started school seemed inconceivable.Same old battle, different gatesYet here we are today. And the church does not want to let go of their grip, as we found out when we went to enroll our child in the local Catholic primary school, a literal stone’s throw from our house.Despite not having a Baptismal Cert the interview started off very “inclusively.” But as the enrolment meeting progressed, it soon became clear that the “baptism barrier” was just one big smokescreen for a wholly bigger issue. Indoctrination.Of course our child was welcome to attend the school, but there were clear conditions which were non-negotiable.Children of other religious faiths and none must sit in the crying room of the church during rehearsals for Communion and Confirmation.Children of other religious faiths and none must do so unsupervised as their teacher will be at the altar preparing the other religious kids.Children of other religious faiths can “opt” out of religion class, albeit sit in the same classroom where religious instruction is taking place. I said to the principal that I can’t accept my child receiving mixed messages about virgins and birth which contradicts biology and evidence-based facts of life.During religion class children of other religious faiths and none can do their homework, or are encouraged to get more “involved” by helping with the preparation for Communion, by colouring in some “Jesus Loves You” banner.I offered (as a registered member of the Irish Teacher’s Council) to supervise my child and other children during religion class, as that would solve the school’s lack of teaching resources for class separation. I was flatly rejected.Why the “baptism barrier” won’t washMinister Bruton, what you mean when you state: “Within this approach, there is capacity to allow religious schools to require parents or students to indicate some support or respect for the ethos of the school” is what is translated to the above experience.This is my own lived and discriminating experience of trying to access equal education for my child in a publicly-funded school that promotes exclusion, segregation, ignorance, noncooperation and apathy.Grace Vaughan is a wholly irreverent mother and writer who lives in Co Meath with current husband.Catholic group says 95% of their schools don’t have a baptism barrier>“It’s not something that should be up for vote” – can the problem with religion in Irish schools be solved?>What do you think? Is it fair that Catholic children are prioritised in publicly-funded Catholic schools? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Monday 27 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM Share520 Tweet Email11 By Éilis Ryan Dublin city councillor, Workers’ Party Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 63 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3305098 Éilis Ryan HOW MUCH WOULD you guess is the cost of buying Irish citizenship? Your first reaction might actually be that surely you can’t simply buy your way to such a thing. Mine certainly was.But what if you heard it is possible to buy citizenship for the low low cost of a couple of million Euro? Not exactly equal opportunities access to Irish passports.Last week, it was reported that the Forbes billionaire list included eight Irish billionaires.But on closer examination, it turns out that two of these are former American citizens, who Forbes indicates renounced US citizenship and took up Irish citizenship primarily to reduce their billionaire’s tax bill: John Dorrance, heir to the Campbell’s soup-empire, and John Grayken, founder of Lone Star private equity fund.Ireland doesn’t tax wealth properlyThe amount of wealth accumulated by these super-wealthy is unjustifiable in itself but in Ireland we do not even tax this wealth properly.A republic has no business luring the super-wealthy by telling them they can pay less tax here.The fact that two of the eight people listed as “Irish” billionaires have effectively only taken up Irish citizenship to avoid paying taxes on their wealth is in itself an indictment on Ireland’s tax system.Is it really as simple as “cash for passports”?Twice in the last number of decades, the Irish government has instigated schemes that effectively allow the super-wealthy to simply buy an Irish passport. Their ostensible justification is as a means of encouraging investment in jobs in the country.For a decade until the mid-1990s, an “economic citizenship” scheme operated by the Irish government allowed anybody to make a one-off investment of $1.7 million in return for instant citizenship within 90 days.Beneficiaries had to buy a home in Ireland and reside there for at least 60 days during their first two years of citizenship, but that was it.In 2012, the Labour/ Fine Gael coalition re-introduced the scheme, and in 2013, to encourage higher uptake, the cost of the cheapest “investment” scheme available to obtain residency and then citizenship was halved to €500,000. Part of this sum can include payment of third-level fees if the children of the “investor” attend university in Ireland.The European border crack-down Such “cash for passports” programmes stand in stark contrast to the situation of the over 4,000 people currently residing in Ireland’s many direct provision centres, awaiting decisions on their applications for asylum to live indefinitely in Ireland.And this is without even considering the thousands of migrants who have died in the waters surrounding Europe who wish to take up residency here.The migrant death toll, and the brutal system that is direct provision, are justified by our government on the grounds that we need a fair, transparent way of assessing who is and is not “entitled” to reside in Ireland.Ireland’s record on granting asylum to those who seek refugee status is exceptionally low. Between 2012 and 2014, the United Nations High Commisioner on Refugees estimated that Ireland accepted around 3% of applications for asylum received – placing us 21st out of 30 European countries.Many of those who are refused asylum are told that, even though they come from poor, war torn environments, they do not meet exceptionally strict criteria proving they will be in danger if they return to their home country.It’s a far cry from simply buying your way into the country.Irish citizenship – why bother? So why does Irish citizenship attract interest from the super wealthy?The main advantage you’ll often hear about Irish citizenship is that allows access to the entire EU and that, globally, it is uniquely hassle-free to travel on an Irish passport. But, more likely of interest to our super-wealthy “investors”, there are also clear tax benefits for those super-wealthy who swap their US passports for Irish citizenship.When John Dorrance, who inherited Campbell’s soup, sold his stake in the empire, he emigrated to Ireland, according to Forbes, in order to avoid capital gains tax.The Philadelphia Inquirer at the time reported:In Ireland, he can pay half the 30 percent US tax rate on dividends, and when he dies, his estate will be taxed at 2 percent, rather than 55 percent in the United States.Dorrance was reportedly granted citizenship in exchange for planting €1.5million worth of trees in Ireland. There are also question marks over whether the billionaires brought in through the Irish government’s cash-for-passports scheme act in the public interest.John Grayken, meanwhile, is CEO and founder of Lone Star private equity firm. Lone Star, owned by now-Irish billionaire John Grayken, is one of the major vulture funds buying and selling distressed Irish mortgages and debt. Companies like Lone Star have been instrumental to worsening the debt and evictions crisis in Ireland.That we reward the founders of such company with citizenship – and the tax breaks that come with that in Ireland – speaks volumes to our state’s attitude to who deserves what in Ireland.A republic of equals? The notion that thousands of applicants for Irish residency, many fleeing war, poverty and persecution, are kept in prison conditions in direct provision centres, while the super-rich can simply throw us a few million, and be rewarded with Irish citizenship and a dramatically reduced tax bill, goes against the founding principles of our republic.As US warplanes continue to travel through Shannon airport, and our government continues to strengthen its links to NATO’s war machine, we should not forget the role we have played in creating the flow of migrants into Europe.A republic of equals must start with how we treat the most marginalised, not with favours for billionaires.Éilis Ryan is a councillor for the Workers’ Party in north inner city Dublin. www.facebook.com/cllreilisryanAodhán Ó Ríordáin: ‘It’s time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time’>‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’> 6,393 Views Mar 27th 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL ‘Is the situation really as simple as “cash for passports” here in Ireland? Yes, it is’ Offering passports to billionaires is in stark contrast to our treatment of the 4,000 people currently residing in direct provision centres, writes Éilis Ryan.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of immigrants who have lived in Greece for years, chiefly Albanians, are moving back to their homelands as the impact of the financial crisis bites into their incomes.Travel agencies across the capital are reporting a significant increase among migrants buying coach tickets to their native countries for themselves and their families. “My office is reserving tickets for about 10 families every month,” said Petros Matzaris, who runs an agency in central Athens that organises coach trips to Albania. He said the exodus began about two years ago and has peaked in recent months. He said many families are leaving earlier than usual for their summer vacations as work has dried up. Many have no intention of returning while some will send back their wives and children so the kids can finish school, he added.Nikita Tsiprian, who works in another travel agency on central Acharnon Street, reported the same trend. “Some construction workers tell me that they have hardly had any work at all for the past six months,” he said.Some migrants from Bulgaria and the countries of the former Soviet bloc are also leaving.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Support for veteran journalist is in overdrive after news that he was sacked over a text message by Sky News. The alleged sacking came over on-air comments he made about a Chinese man. Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos told Herald Sun there was no text message referring to an email saying he was sacked via email. “I spoke directly to John over the phone to tell him his contract would not be renewed. I thanked him for his contribution to Sky News over the years,” he said. Greek Australian newsreader Mangos has unreservedly apologised for the comments he made on June 3 on a story of a Chinese man who won the lottery on Sky News. The Chinese man chose to wear a mask to remain anonymous while collecting his prize.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently made a comment criticising the Gillard government’s move to boost funds for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying “the risk is that the Australian taxpayer will end up contributing another $5 billion to the IMF so that Greeks can continue to retire at 50”. The Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) wrote Mr Abbott an email last week, expressing their “profound disappointment” at his comments and adding that “neither Australian nor IMF nor EU funds are being used in this way”. The email, written jointly by Council coordinator George Vellis and Media Director Dr Panayiotis Diamadis includes a request for a written correction of Mr Abbott’s statements, which is said to “appear to ridicule the real suffering of the people of Greece”. Mr Abbott, however, maintains that the Coalition supports the IMF, but not Australia’s involvement in what the MP describes as a “European bailout”. Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has also derided Mr Abbott’s comments, saying to ABC’s Radio National that “the government will not contribute directly to the European bailout fund, and it’s up to the IMF to decide what to do with any funding increase”.
83 per cent of Neos Kosmos readers believe Australia should cut it’s ties with the English monarchy and become a republic according to the results of the Neos Kosmos poll. The poll asked the readers Should Australia become a republic? following the Queens birthday celebrations of last week, and the results were clearly skewed towards no, with only 17 per cent of our readers believing that Australian should remain the same. Neos Kosmos journalist Kostas Karamarkos sparked the debate in last week’s opinion piece An argument for an Australian republic. In the article he wrote: “Without wishing to argue or to oppose the above held position, without wanting to forget the historical ties of Australia with the United Kingdom or forget the ‘British’ hegemony of this country as manifested in the language, culture, and institutions, I think the time has come for us to re-open again, with bipartisan support, the issue of Australia becoming a republic. And the issue of the republic this time needs to be placed in a twenty-first century perspective.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The lack of detailed attention given to multicultural issues during the federal election campaign culminating in tomorrow’s ballot was noticeable, according to Australia’s ethnic community leaders.In the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA), the peak national body representing citizens from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, aimed to address a range of key areas that affect everyday life of ethnically diverse Australia. Issues such as, the 457 visa, employment, equal access to services for aged and disability care, asylum seeker and family reunion, the development of a federal multicultural act, advancing the status and interests of culturally and linguistically diverse women, as well as addressing undertaking of research on Multicultural Australia, were not discussed.Eugenia Grammatikakis, Senior Deputy Chair of FECCA when asked by Neos Kosmos about the way the election campaigned dealt with issues of interest to multicultural Australia said that both major parties have re-iterated their support for multiculturalism. However she said, her organisation is concerned by the fact that both parties did not articulate their policies. “National issues, issues of equality and access, such as the implementation of the National Disability Scheme or employment opportunities, have to be addresses from an ethnic point of view as well” stated Ms Grammatikakis.Joe Caputo, the Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, a state organisation for various ethnic community bodies in Victoria and an Executive Committee member of FECCA, speaking to Neos Kosmos, stated that he was very concerned because both major parties did not commit themselves to safeguarding all the infrastructure that already exists for ethnic communities in Australia, or that nothing was stated regarding issues that matter such as visa applications and family reunions. “There was not sufficient public debate, as a matter of fact the debate about multicultural Australia is diminishing in scope” said Mr Caputo.Costas Markos, Secretary General of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, through Neos Kosmos said that “The election campaign did not address, at least in public, the overall multicultural direction of Australia in the future. Even the discussion about the asylum seekers centred on the smugglers networks and not on the legitimacy of those who wish to find salvation in Australia or on how Australia can benefit from them”. Mr Markos then went to state that in relation to the Greek Australian Community “the aged care needs were not addressed, neither were the needs of Australian citizens of Greek origin who return to this country as a result of the crisis in Greece. There is a need for the creation of special support programs.” “Greek speaking care staff for our elderly are of great need. Also the Department of Human Services has to be more in tune with the needs of returned expatriates,” he concluded.In order to safeguard multiculturalism in Australia and to build a wider consensus around core issues, The Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, has for the last few months run a campaign trying to lobby Australian political parties to pass a Multicultural Act through Parliament, that would ensure all future governments supported measures such as anti-discrimination legislation and a National Language and a Accreditation Authority covering translators and interpreters. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece responsible for the Hellenic diaspora, Akis Gerontopoulos, last Sunday met, in the heart of Athens at Syntagma Square, students and teachers of Sydney’s St Spyridon College who are currently visiting Greece on holidays.The students and Minister laid a wreath at the Shrine of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square as agreed earlier in the year during the Greek Minister’s visit at St Spyridon’s College in Sydney in March. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek computer programmer who was found to be hacking into Photobucket is now an official employee of the company.Twenty-seven-year-old Athanasios ‘Thaos’ Andrianakis and his accomplice Brandon Bourret were found to have pirated thousands of nude images that were being stored on the photo-sharing service’s software.According to the Denver Post, Bourret has been sentenced to 29 months in prison, while Photobucket will take advantage of Andrianakis’ knowledge. Aware of the company’s online weaknesses, the programmer will assist with the writing and development of software that will seek out and expose any child pornographers using the service.He will work as an unpaid intern for a minimum of 15 months to pay off $90,000 worth of compensation.The reason for the different legal sentences is that the case for each defendant were different: Andrianakis played a technical role that focused and exploited Photobucket’s weaknesses, while Bourret contacted victims requesting monetary remuneration to remove their images from a public forum.
With the devastating fires in Attica, Greece killing at least 77 people and counting, Greek sport federations have stepped up to show support to victims.Greek football club Olympiakos has stated that they are alongside all the Greeks mourning, and have announced they will be donating €1 million to try and help those people affected by the disaster. They will also open accounts in banks to allow for people to lend all the support they can.PAOK FC has also stated that all the proceeds of their next match against Basel will go towards helping rebuild the damage done and to relieve the families affected.It seems that other federations have been inspired to do the same, as the Hellenic Tennis Federation has donated €1,000 to those in need of recovery and also encouraged others to do the same.The Hellenic Association of Mass Popular Sports has also communicated its sorrow of the lives lost and the destruction the country has suffered in an official statement on their website.They have appealed to all the associations in Greece to assist in the gathering of necessary items for the victims.“What is absolutely necessary at this time is pharmaceutical material and mainly gauze, Betadine, Fucidin, baby diapers, baby wipes and long-keeping foods (paximadia, biscuits, etc.),” reads their statement.Other federations, including The Greek Basketball Federation, The Hellenic Football Federation, The Hellenic Swimming Federation, The Pan-Hellenic Association of Paid Soccer Players, The Greek Volleyball Federation, The Greek Handball Federation, The Greek Taekwondo Federation and The Greek Judo Federation, also conveyed their condolences to the victims who have been struck by the tragedy. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La Honda CR-Z : hybride et sportive à la fois, découvrez les imagesÉtats-Unis – C’est au salon de Détroit que la firme japonaise Honda a exposé son nouveau modèle de voiture hybride : le coupé Honda CR-Z. En matière de technologie hybride, Honda n’en est pas à son premier essai puisque la Civic Hybrid et l’Insight sont commercialisées depuis 2008. Cette nouvelle venue devrait être mise en vente dans le courant de l’année 2010.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?Le prototype de la CR-Z avait déjà été dévoilé lors de différents salons automobiles. Mais c’est la version définitive que nous avons eu le droit de découvrir sur le salon de Detroit, qui a lieu du 11 au 24 janvier. Elle est certes moins futuriste que les prototypes qui avaient été proposés, mais pour une voiture hybride, elle montre un vrai look de coupé sportif.Ce modèle écologique peut utiliser l’énergie électrique ou, en mode essence, consommer 5 litres de carburant au 100 km et rejeter 117 grammes de CO2 par km. Il comporte trois modes de conduite, dont un mode économique. Découvrez ce modèle en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/hybride/le-nouveau-coupe-honda-hybride-en-images_art5281.htmlLe 17 janvier 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cryosat-2 : un satellite pour étudier l’évolution des glacesCinq ans après l’échec d’une première mission glaciaire, l’Agence spatiale européenne (Esa) s’apprête à lancer le satellite Cryosat-2. Sa mission : survoler les régions polaires et étudier l’évolution des glaces de terre et de mer.C’est le 25 février prochain qu’est prévu le lancement du satellite Cryosat-2, cinq ans après la mission Cryosat, qui n’avait pas pu aboutir en raison d’une défaillance du lanceur.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Le satellite a été entièrement repensé et amélioré, et c’est de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, qu’il doit décoller à bord d’un lanceur Dnepr. Cryosat-2, en orbite polaire, aura pour mission de suivre pendant trois ans l’évolution des banquises polaires et des calottes glaciaires du Groenland et de l’Antarctique.Équipé d’un altimètre-radar de haute précision, le satellite mesurera la hauteur des glaces de l’Antarctique, de l’Arctique comme celle des banquises et des glaciers de montagnes. Cryosat-2 transmettra chaque jour des données qui permettront aux scientifiques d’étudier les variations de hauteur des glaces au fil des saisons et des années.La précision de ces mesures sera assurée par le système Doris qui “donne le positionnement précis du satellite sur son orbite, au centimètre près. En combinant cette altitude et la mesure altimétrique, qui donne la distance entre le satellite et la surface de la glace, on en déduit l’épaisseur des calottes glaciaires” explique Albert Auriol, responsable Doris au Cnes. Ce système permettra par ailleurs de mesurer en temps réel l’altitude de Cryosat-2 et ainsi de l’aider à maintenir sa position. “Une première sur un satellite”, se félicite Albert Auriol.Le 12 février 2010 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’Assurance maladie refuse une nouvelle baisse des remboursementsAlors que le gouvernement a demandé son avis à l’Assurance maladie concernant un décret qui prévoit une nouvelle baisse des remboursements de certains médicaments, cette dernière a fait savoir par un vote qu’elle n’était pas d’accord.Cette semaine, le gouvernement a transmis à l’Assurance maladie un projet de décret qui prévoit la baisse du taux de remboursement des médicaments à “vignette bleue”. Pour le gouvernement, cette nouvelle disposition entrerait dans le cadre de la loi de financement de la Sécurité sociale, disposition dénoncée par l’UNAF (Union des associations familiales), le CISS (Collectif interassociatif sur le santé) et la FNATH (Association des accidentés de la vie) qui étaient parvenus à se procurer le texte en question (voir notre article). Aujourd’hui, ce projet de décret est désapprouvé par l’Assurance maladie elle-même, qui a voté contre.Ainsi, la Commission de la réglementation de la Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie a expliqué que la baisse prévue pour le projet était supérieure aux baisses déjà annoncées par le gouvernement il y a quelques mois, ce que l’Assurance maladie ne pouvait approuver. Elle estime également qu’il s’agit d'”une approche visant à générer des économies à court terme en augmentant (…) le reste à charge des patients, souvent les plus fragiles “. Et Doctissimo de rappeler que Baromètre Cercle Santé-Europ Assitance a récemment fait savoir qu’en France, 23% de la population a déjà reporté des soins de santé en 2010, alors que ce taux n’était que de 11% l’année précédente.Le 9 décembre 2010 à 15:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le massacre des éléphants du LiberiaDans les années 1980, 20.000 éléphants peuplaient le Liberia. Trente ans plus tard, 19.000 d’entre eux ont été tués par des braconniers. Un véritable massacre dénoncé par Patrick Omondi, directeur du Kenya Wildlife Service, lors d’une Conférence organisé à Monrovia, la capitale du pays.”Malgré la lutte du Liberia contre le commerce de l’ivoire, il est encore pratiqué illégalement dans le pays. Ce commerce a un impact négatif sur les ressources du pays, et c’est pourquoi nous devons tous allier nos efforts afin de protéger la richesse de la faune sauvage”, a insisté Patrick Omondi lors d’une conférence rapportée par le Liberian Daily Observer.En l’espace de trente ans, 95% de la population d’éléphants du Liberia aurait été tués par des braconniers. 20.000 dans les années 1980, ils ne seraient aujourd’hui plus qu’un millier. La conférence de Monrovia avait pour visée de renforcer le rôle de la communauté scientifique libérienne au sein de la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites). Rétablir l’autorité de cette communauté est primordial pour organiser une lutte efficace contre le massacre des éléphants, et plus globalement pour faire face au défi que représente la préservation de la faune et la flore du Liberia, estime Patrick Orandi. Et d’évoquer la menace du réchauffement climatique, l’augmentation de la population qui empiète de plus en plus sur les espaces naturels, ou encore la déforestation.Mais après quatorze ans de guerre civile, la restauration de l’autorité de la communauté scientifique libérienne semble trop prématurée. Selon Moses Wogbeh, directeur général de l’Autorité pour le développement de la sylviculture (FDA), le Liberia n’est à ce jour “pas capable de gérer seul la préservation de la biodiversité” qu’abrite le pays.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une caspsule spatiale sovétique vendue à 2,8 millions de dollarsLa capsule soviétique Vostok 3KA-2 vient d’être vendue à New York pour 2,8 millions de dollars à un PDG russe.La capsule russe Vostok 3KA-2, mise aux enchères à New York par la maison Sotheby’s vient de trouver un acquéreur. Cette capsule avait été envoyée dans l’espace par l’URSS en mars 1961 avec à son bord un mannequin et un chien. Le lancement de l’appareil avait pour objectif de préparer le vol de Youri Gagarine, premier homme à être aller dans l’espace, un mois plus tard.Evgueni Iourtchenko, l’acheteur russe a dû débourser 2,8 millions de dollars pour finir par emporter l’enchère. Dans un communiqué, il a précisé qu’il comptait rapporter l’objet en Russie. Il explique que “cette capsule appartient à l’histoire du programme soviétique de conquête de l’espace. Son retour intact sur terre donna le feu vert pour le vol de Gagarine. […] J’espère que Vostok prendra la place qui lui revient dans un de nos musées nationaux consacrés à la conquête de l’espace”.Le 13 avril 2011 à 13:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un nouveau microscope pour voir le vivant en mouvementDes scientifiques du Laboratoire européen de biologie moléculaire sont parvenus à mettre au point un nouveau microscope qui permet d’observer les molécules en déplacement dans les cellules vivantes. Observer les molécules en déplacement dans les cellules vivantes, c’est maintenant possible grâce à un nouveau microscope mis au point par les chercheurs du Laboratoire européen de biologie moléculaire. Encore inédite, cette technique d’observation microscopique permet alors de visualiser des processus qui étaient jusqu’à présent invisibles. Pour cela, l’appareil combine deux techniques : la microscopie à feuille de lumière et la spectrométrie moléculaire qui lui permettent d’enregistrer la fluorescence de chaque pixel à des intervalles de moins d’une milliseconde. Bien que très rapides, certains processus tels que la diffusion des molécules à travers les cellules, s’avèrent ainsi tout à fait observables et mesurables. À lire aussiUne incroyable plongée dans l’infiniment petitCette technologie s’adresse à des échantillons de quelques dizaines de micromètres à quelques millimètres, fixés ou vivants, explique une publication du CNRS. “C’est vraiment de la biochimie visuelle”, s’enthousiasme Malte Wachsmuth, qui a développé le microscope à l’EMBL et qui explique également qu’il leur est désormais possible de “suivre par fluorescence des molécules marquées dans l’ensemble des cellules vivantes, en 3D, et de voir comment leurs propriétés biochimiques, comme les taux d’interaction et les affinités de liaison, varient à l’intérieur de la cellule”.Selon les scientifiques, les possibilités offertes par ce nouveau microscope sont donc immenses. Il pourrait permettre d’étudier des processus allant du rôle des hormones de croissance dans le développement des cancers à la régulation de la division cellulaire ou même la signalisation et la structuration du développement des tissus dans l’embryon, rapporte Science et avenir. D’ailleurs, le microscope a déjà fait ses première preuves.Découverte d’une nouvelle forme d’ADN nucléaire En effet, grâce à ce microscope, les chercheurs ont fait une découverte majeure. Il n’existe pas deux mais trois formes de chromatine. C’est en étudiant l’interaction entre une protéine et la chromatine, que les scientifiques ont constaté la présence de ce nouvel état mixte. Auparavant, l’élément n’était connu que sous deux formes : l’hétérochromatine (repliée avec un ADN inactif) ou l’euchromatine (forme décondensée permettant l’expression génique). Et les chercheurs n’avaient pas même soupçonné l’existence d’une troisième forme. Le 13 août 2011 à 09:51 • Maxime Lambert
Azio Levetron Mech4 : un clavier étanche et modulable pour les joueursLa firme Azio Corp vient de dévoiler un nouveau clavier destiné aux joueurs passant des heures devant leur ordinateur. Modulable et étanche, le Levetron Mech4 résistera à toute boisson malencontreusement renversée, promet la marque.Levetron Mech4: c’est le nom du clavier qui s’apprête à révolutionner l’univers des gamers ! Dévoilé sur le site Internet de son concepteur, AZiO Corp, il est pour commencer totalement étanche, affirme la marque. Conçu pour résister à l’eau, il permettra aux joueurs de continuer leurs parties même après y avoir renversé une boisson. Pour obtenir cette résistance, les composants du clavier ont tous été scellés, et le périphérique a été doté de canaux de drainage. “Renverser une boisson sur votre clavier n’est désormais plus une excuse pour perdre !” annonce AZiO Corp.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?La seconde caractéristique majeure de ce clavier destiné aux joueurs réside dans son aspect modulable. Son pavé numérique est en effet détachable, et peut continuer à être utilisé grâce à un cable USB. Un avantage de taille qui permettra à ses utilisateurs de positionner au mieux leurs mains sur le clavier pour un confort de jeu inégalé. Un second pavé, doté de six touches macros, offre les mêmes possibilités.”Conçu pour la guerre”, promet AZiO Corp, le Levetron Mech4 fera le bonheur des joueurs dès le 30 octobre. Il sera vendu 110 dollars, soit 78 euros environ.Le 28 octobre 2011 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambert
Le cadeau de Noël souhaité par les 6-12 ans: l’iPadSelon une étude de Nielsen, spécialisé sur la consommation, les listes de Noël chez les 6-12 ans américains voient la tablette phare du géant Apple en tête du classement…Encore mieux! Les deuxième et troisième cadeaux souhaités ne sont autres que l’iPod Touch et l’iPhone. Les parents ne risquent pas de se ruiner, n’est-ce pas?À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?L’iPad est en haut de la liste avec 44 % de vote, 30 % pour l’iPod Touch et 27% l’iPhone. Le père Noël ne pourra pas se tromper de cadeau, à moins de ne vraiment pas avoir compris le message…Cependant, d’autres produits ne sont pas loin derrière comme la Nintendo 3DS avec 25% ou le Kinect avec 23%…Les jeux vidéo, eux aussi, ont des beaux jours devant eux. Quant aux français, une autre étude indique que nous dépenserons 7 milliards d’euros sur internet pour l’achat des cadeaux. La place des produits Apple dans ces estimations n’est pas définie mais on peut supposer qu’elle sera tout de même conséquente. En conclusion, c’est un sacré budget pour les parents ! Au siècle dernier, avec une petite boite de Playmobil, une peluche ou un ballon de foot, l’histoire était réglée. Le 19 novembre 2011 à 18:50 • Maxime Lambert
PETA : une campagne contre les cosmétiques testés sur les animauxL’association PETA qui milite pour la défense des droits des animaux lance une nouvelle campagne. Celle-ci vise à convaincre la Commission européenne de ne pas repousser l’interdiction de vente de tout produit cosmétique contenant des ingrédients testés sur les animaux.”Cosmétiques testés sur les animaux : le côté moche de la beauté. Ne repoussez pas l’interdiction de l’UE”. Ceci est le slogan de la nouvelle campagne que vient tout juste de lancer l’association PETA qui défend les droits des animaux et milite contre toute forme de cruauté qui peut leur être infligés. Mais pour cette campagne, l’association a concentré ces efforts sur une cause bien particulière : l’expérimentation sur les animaux de certains ingrédients contenus dans les cosmétiques. À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuPlus précisément, la PETA demande à la Commission Européenne de ne pas repousser l’échéance de 2013 pour interdire la vente de tout produit cosmétique contenant de tels ingrédients. En effet, en 2003, le Parlement Européen a voté la fin de ventes de tous les articles cosmétiques et de toilette contenant des ingrédients testés sur les animaux d’ici 2013. Mais sous la pression de l’industrie des cosmétiques, la Commission Européenne réfléchit aujourd’hui à repousser cette échéance.L’association a donc décidé de frapper fort. L’affiche montre Kimberly Wyatt, juge de l’émission britannique “Got to Dance” et fondatrice de BM Beauty, les yeux injectés de sang et le visage incrustés de plaies censées rappeler les effets produits par les tests chimiques sur les animaux. “Cela me rend malade de penser que les lapins et d’autres animaux sont toujours gavés de substances chimiques toxiques pour du rouge à lèvre ou du shampoing. Cette interdiction est mise en œuvre depuis 10 ans maintenant. La Commission Européenne ne devrait pas laisser durer cette cruauté une seule année de plus”, a estimé Kimberly Wyatt citée par 20minutes.fr.Ajouté à cette campagne, plusieurs milliers de militants des associations européennes affiliées à PETA ont directement contacté la Commission pour lui demander que l’échéance ne soit pas repoussée. En décembre dernier, les sympathisants de PETA Etats-Unis ont même livré plus de 50.000 lettres et e-mails au Commissaire Européen John Dalli, qui doit prendre une décision concernant cette interdiction dans les semaines à venir.Le 15 janvier 2012 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambert
Firefox 14 disponible en bêta sur AndroidLe navigateur Firefox vient de sortir sa version 14 en bêta. Disponible sous Android, elle dispose de quelques nouveautés.En développement depuis le mois de novembre, Firefox 14 est téléchargeable depuis hier. Pour l’instant seulement en version bêta pour Android, elle sera disponible dans onze semaines pour les autres systèmes d’exploitation. Cet opus est la première version native pour smartphone, ce qui lui permet d’avoir une plus grande fluidité.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’interface a été totalement repensée et devient plus intuitive. Un nouvel écran d’accueil, proche de iGoogle, dénommé Awesome Screen a été ajouté avec une liste de sites favoris. De plus, le module Firefox Sync, qui permet la synchronisation des données personnelles, a été ajouté. Il est désormais possible de transférer favoris et mots de passe directement sur son smartphone. Plus rapide au démarrage, Firefox 14 intègre désormais le lecteur Flash et une nouvelle architecture plus réactive. Pour finir, la sécurisation des données changent et les recherches Google passeront désormais par une connexion HTTPS, plus sécurisée.Cette version 14 de Firefox est disponible en téléchargement depuis Google Play, elle est compatible avec toutes les versions d’Android à partir d’Android 2.2 Froyo.Le 17 mai 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambert
Faune d’Arabie : diverse, fragile mais peu à peu protégéeSelon la BBC, des efforts sont faits par les autorités de plusieurs pays de la péninsule arabique pour préserver la précieuse faune locale, notamment le rarissime léopard d’Arabie, à travers des projets d’élevage en captivité et de futures réintroductions en milieu naturel. “Le léopard d’Arabie [Panthera pardus nimr] est le plus petit des neuf sous-espèces de léopard. Les experts estiment qu’il y en a moins de 200 à l’état sauvage. Ce sont les plus en danger parce qu’ils vivent en petites populations, de sorte que le risque d’extinction en raison de la consanguinité est élevé”, explique la vétérinaire Jane Budd, qui s’occupe de cet animal au Centre pour la faune d’Arabie (Émirats Arabes Unis), lequel fait l’élevage du félin depuis une décennie.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ansi, “notre meilleure option est de créer des couloirs de sécurité entre les zones montagneuses”, précise Paul Verkammen, directeur opérationnel du Centre, qui tisse des liens de collaboration avec les institutions environnementales des pays voisins que sont l’Oman, l’Arabie saoudite et le Yémen. En effet contrairement aux Émirats Arabes Unis, ces derniers abritent encore quelques petites populations de léopards sauvages, trop isolées les unes des autres. Mais outre l’élevage du léopard en vue de sa réintroduction dans la nature, le Centre pour la faune d’Arabie s’occupe également de nombreux autres représentants – rares et menacés – de la faune locale : oryx, gazelles, renards, mais aussi lièvres, reptiles ou scorpions. Un des enjeux est d’obtenir l’adhésion des populations locales, grâce à un effort d’éducation et de sensibilisation.Le 27 mai 2012 à 19:50 • Maxime Lambert
Un gigantesque réservoir d’eau liquide découvert sous la neige du GroenlandDes scientifiques ont découvert un vaste réservoir d’eau douce, emprisonné sous des couches de neige, près de la surface de la calotte glaciaire du Groenland. Sa particularité ? L’eau y reste liquide toute l’année. Une bonne façon pour les chercheurs d’estimer l’impact du réchauffement climatique sur la fonte de la glace du continent gelé.De l’eau douce liquide coincée sous Groenland ? C’est ce que des explorateurs ont eu la surprise de découvrir en avril 2011 dans le sud-est du Groenland. Selon eux, l’eau serait stockée dans une poche d’air qui s’est créée entre les particules de glace et la nappe serait d’une taille plutôt conséquente : 70.000 kilomètres carrés, soit environ la taille de l’Irlande.Mais la taille n’est pas la seule caractéristique surprenante de cette nappe puisque les chercheurs pensent que son eau resterait à l’état liquide toute l’année, malgré les températures qui règnent au Groenland. Aussi, le réservoir pourrait bien apporter de précieux indices sur l’élévation du niveau de la mer dans le futur et le comportement de la calotte glaciaire du Groenland face au changement climatique. Comprendre l’accumulation de neigeL’équipe de chercheurs a raconté que la nappe d’eau douce avait été découverte avant le début de la saison des fontes, durant l’été. C’est pourquoi ils suggèrent que l’eau pourrait rester continuellement liquide. Le réservoir a été déniché au cours du programme Arctic Circle Traverse. L’objectif de l’équipe était alors de déterminer quelle quantité de neige était tombée au Groenland au cours des 30 à 60 dernières années et comment le changement climatique pouvait affecter son accumulation. En effet, la calotte glaciaire est le résultat de l’accumulation et de la compression de la neige, qui se transforme alors en glace. Comprendre ce mécanisme d’ajout rentre alors dans les calculs de gain et de perte de la masse totale de la calotte glaciaire. En avril 2011, donc, une petite équipe de l’Université de l’Utah et du Byrd Polar Research Center s’est rendu au Groenland pour extraire des échantillons de glace de la surface de la calotte glaciaire. Quelle n’a pas été leur surprise lorsqu’ils sont tombés sur de la neige gorgée d’eau et non de la glace solide ! A 10 m sous la surface D’après la description faite, la couche d’eau se situe environ à 10 mètres sous la surface d’une région de neige compacte pas encore transformée en glace et appelée firn en anglais. L’eau remplit alors tous les espaces entre les flocons. Les chercheurs ont utilisé un radar souterrain afin de pouvoir regarder sous la surface de la plaque de la glace, à la recherche de dépôts d’eau. Ils ont ainsi découvert une couche entière, continue et gigantesque d’eau douce. En parallèle, la NASA, au cours de son Opération Ice Bridge, a survolé la surface, à l’aide d’un radar embarqué. C’est ce qui a permis d’estimer que le réservoir s’étendait sur 70.000 kilomètres carrés. “Cette découverte était une surprise totale”, précise le Docteur Rick Forster, géographe à l’Université de l’Utah et auteur principal de l’étude sur la découverte. De l’eau liquideD’autres expéditions ont ajouté, qu’en hiver, des ruisseaux d’eau liquide se déversent librement des bords de la calotte glaciaire, suggérant la présence d’un réservoir d’eau liquide au cœur de la banquise, même par les températures les plus glacées. Selon certains, l’eau liquide proviendrait de la “firn”, cette neige pas encore glacée. Pourtant, jusqu’à présent, “personne n’a jamais observé de l’eau dans la firn ayant persisté tout au long de l’hiver”, rappelle Rick Forster, repris par le CS Monitor. L’équipe de chercheurs estime que l’eau de la firn, la neige fondue en été ayant pénétré dans les couches de glace, a pu rester liquide grâce à la neige accumulée au-dessus. Cette dernière aurait isolé la couche des températures glaçantes de l’hiver du Groenland. Si la capacité du réservoir découvert est considérable, les scientifiques ne savent pas précisément quelle quantité d’eau peut être contenue. Avec le réchauffement climatique, les couches de neige compactée se déplacent de plus en plus vers la surface. Grâce à des études sur le terrain, Josh Harper, glaciologue à l’Université du Montana, estime que la capacité de stockage potentielle est gigantesque : entre 322 millions et plus de 140 milliards de tonnes d’eau. “Cela dépend surtout si le réservoir est connecté à un système qui se déverse dans l’océan ou s’il est isolé et agit comme une source de stockage sans connexion. En tout cas, c’est massif, c’est un système que nous n’avons jamais observé que nous devons mieux comprendre si nous voulons prédire l’élévation du niveau de la mer”, ajoute Josh Harper, repris par la BBC.Effet du changement climatiqueDes chercheurs pensent que cette découverte pourrait expliquer en partie les disparités entre les projections de pertes de la calotte glaciaire des modèles climatiques et les observations des satellites. “Cette large masse d’eau liquide dans la firn, représente aussi un dissipateur thermique qui pourrait jouer un rôle dans les interactions du Groenland avec le système climatique”, affirme le Docteur Harper. Selon lui, “au fur et à mesure que l’intensité de la fonte de la surface du Groenland s’intensifie et s’étend aux couches couvertes de firn, le réservoir d’eau liquide pourrait avoir un rôle important dans le comportement de la calotte glaciaire face au changement climatique”. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La réduction de la calotte glaciaire du Groenland s’est rapidement accélérée entre 1993 et 2005. Selon l’Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, la perte annuelle était d’environ 121 millions de tonnes de glace avant de passer à 229 milliards de tonnes entre 2005 et 2010. Au cours des vingt dernières années, le niveau de la mer s’est élevé d’environ 0,6 cm.(Crédits photo : Ludovic Brucker) Le 26 décembre 2013 à 17:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target As George Costanza once said, your wallet is an organizer, a secretary, and a friend.But the man’s overstuffed billfold also exploded in a burst of receipts, Irish money, and loyalty cards. So maybe don’t follow his advice.Manufacturer Ekster has a better solution: a solar-charged, RFID-blocking smart wallet with location tracking.The ultra-slim accessory allows easy one-click access to hidden cards—further protected from wireless skimming and data theft via built-in shielding technology.EksterA removable Tile Smart Location Platform tracker card, meanwhile, lets owners monitor their wallet’s whereabouts. Lost it in your house or at the gym? Simply “call” from the mobile companion app to trigger an alarm (when within Bluetooth range). It also works for missing smartphones: Tap the wallet twice to sound off your handset—even in silent mode.EksterThe $29 Tile portable tracker runs on solar energy, and requires only three hours of sunlight each month. “This means no wires, no clutter and no low battery,” company co-founder Richard Canneman said in a January statement.Ekster’s second-generation design quickly surpassed last month’s Indiegogo crowdfunding goal, and recently exceeded its Kickstarter target, with 20 days left in its campaign.“We’ve created an alternative to the traditional bi-fold wallet, so our customers can enjoy the fastest card access to date in an even slimmer design,” co-founder Rick Scharnigg boasted last month.Interested buyers can pre-order the smart wallet, available in two versions and four colors (brown, blue, tan, black) and expected for delivery this summer.The 0.35-inch Senate edition—$69 without tracker—offers room for seven-plus cards, while the 0.59-inch Parliament bi-fold wallet—$89 without tracker—carries 10 or more. Each promises RFID/NFC protection for six cards maximum.Not keen on carrying a wallet? Ekster is also selling an iPhone case (for Apple models 6 and 7), with a price tag of $29, and enough room for a scanner card and some emergency cash.As of press time, the Kickstarter campaign collected more than $76,660 from 765 backers, far exceeding the pledged $10,562 goal.
Marvel fans are having a great morning, with two big movie and TV announcements and one possibly major leak from Samuel L. Jackson. With the excitement for tomorrow’s release of Iron Fist being… let’s say tempered by early reviews, we’ll take all the good Marvel news we can get.Let’s start with Legion. The surreal head-trip of an X-Men show has only aired six episodes so far but has in that short time surpassed even Daredevil and Jessica Jones to become the most stylish, well-written Marvel-based show on television. (If you’re a regular reader of this site, you probably have some idea of how much I love this show.) So good news for me and anyone else who feels that way: It’s getting a second season!The first season is still two weeks from being over, but FX has already ordered another season, Marvel announced yesterday.“We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said. “Noah (Hawley’s) spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more.”No word yet on what the second season’s episode count will be, but given the tight scripting of the first season, I don’t know if I’d want it any longer. With only eight episodes in the season, Legion has had to make the most of every minute of screen time they’re given. In any case, the first season is strong enough that I’m on board for whatever they end up doing.Legion isn’t the only franchise getting another installment before the current one is even finished. James Gunn announced in an interview with Complex that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already confirmed. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that the first Guardians of the Galaxy has become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most beloved films, and fans are crazy excited for is an upcoming sequel. (And of course for Baby Groot.)Gunn says he’s still trying to figure out what he wants to do next, which is understandable considering he’s only just finished the second Guardians movie. It sounds like he’s on the fence as to whether or not he wants to direct a third one.“You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out of the next couple of weeks,” Gunn said.As a huge fan of Gunn’s pre-Guardians work (like the hilarious and disgusting horror-comedy Slither), I’d love to see him work on something wholly original. On the other hand, Gunn’s weirdness is what made the first Guardians of the Galaxy so special. What other director could do the franchise justice?Gunn also dropped some hints at what role the Guardians will play in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. While the movie is firmly an Avengers movie, the Guardians will have a small, but important role. They are an important part of Thanos’s story, after all.Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury in Iron Man 2. (Photo: Marvel Studios/Disney)Finally, Samuel L. Jackson may have let some pretty big plot details slip in an interview with Hot 97. He was ostensibly there to talk about Kong: Skull Island, but when you have Jackson in the studio, you’re not going to ask about Marvel stuff. Especially when he isn’t sure if he’s in the next two Avengers movies.“You didn’t see me in Civil War,” he told the host. “I’m still out there trying to figure out what The Skull is…” and that’s all we got. It’s easy to presume he just gave away much more than he intended to with that answer.So, that’s a pretty juicy sentence fragment. Since Jackson is still contracted for two more Marvel movies, the studio probably wants those roles to be more than just cameos. His comment points to a movie that heavily features Nick Fury and Red Skull, the Hydra villain from the first Captain America movie. Even more exciting, we already know exactly what Phase Three of Marvel’s cinematic universe looks like. There really doesn’t seem to be an opportunity for the Red Skull to show up in it. Did Jackson just give us our first hint at Phase Four? Either way, I’m now eagerly anticipating Hugo Weaving’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, red face paint and all.For more MCU awesomeness check out or Guardians gift guide. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target
Stay on target If you foolishly thought you knew everything there is to know about Pokemon, you’re going to want to think again. There’s a new mythical Pokemon in town, and its name is Marshadow. The new Pokemon has had the rumor mill up in arms over the last few months. But it’s finally official, and we can finally welcome Marshadow to the world, with a brand new trailer that not only shows Marshadow off but gives you a glimpse at what might be coming in the future for this rare Pokemon.Marshadow won’t be just another average Pokemon, however. The Pokemon Company has already made it very clear that you won’t be able to capture it during normal gameplay. But there aren’t any details just yet on how, exactly, you will be able to add it to your collection. What we do know about Marshadow is that it’s going to be a dual-type fighting and ghost Pokemon that won’t evolve into another Pokemon or evolve from another Pokemon, though it kindles images of Litwick and similar creatures.It does have a special Z-Move, which is the Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, which, according to Bulbapedia “punches and kicks the target consecutively with full force.” Perhaps we’ll see some of that Z-Move on display in the upcoming Pokemon movie that’s scheduled for a July release in Japan, called Pokemon: I Choose You!, as yet unconfirmed for a Western release.Marshadow is an interesting new addition to the Pokemon family, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when it’s finally available for us to check out. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer below for a glimpse at what we might be able to expect from this dark and diminutive Pokemon. Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K
Study: Be Careful How You Use the Word ‘The’Voynich manuscript: Nonsensical fraud, forgotten language, or secret code? A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles has debunked the idea of a “normal voice.”During this week’s Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), researcher Jody Kreiman presented her findings on voice perception and what it means for a voice to sound “normal.”“How you sound affects every aspect of your existence as a biological being,” she said in a statement published by the ASA. “Voice quality is your auditory face.”So a perceived abnormality—continued use of a high-pitched voice after puberty, breaks or interruptions in sentences, a foreign accent, hoarseness—can lead to negative judgments or even ridicule.But just because you don’t have the soothing timbre or Morgan Freeman or the raspy sexiness of Scarlett Johansson doesn’t mean you’re vocally handicapped.“When we started looking at the literature, everyone dodges the question of normalness,” Kreiman explained. “Clearly, a great deal depends on what we call ‘normal’ and not ‘normal.’”To determine those definitions, she asked volunteers to listen to voice recordings and order them based on perceived severity of vocal pathology.Each consisted of a one-second sustained vowel sound, produced by 100 female speakers. Half of the vocalizations came from clinical recordings of women with diagnosed voice abnormalities; the other half from UCLA students with no known vocal disorder.“We are not interested in cases where people have a very large abnormality,” Kreiman said. “We are more interested in borderline cases so we can begin defining a boundary between ‘normal’ and not ‘normal.’”One which does not, it seems, actually exist.Initial findings suggest that while listeners sometimes agreed on which voices sounded abnormal, they were not in assent over those that seemed “normal.”“What these results are really saying is that the current view that voice perception is just the voice signal, or the person speaking, or the person listening, is wrong,” Kreiman said. “We are dealing with a dynamic interaction between the speaker, the signal, the context, and the listener, and we have to understand how all these different parts go together to really understand voice.”Moving forward, Kreiman & Co. are studying a collection of male speakers to broaden the scope of the ongoing experiment. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday, no home delivery. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• BANKS: Many banks closed Monday; check your bank for details.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections on regular schedule this week. In Camas, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up Tuesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows regular Sunday schedule on Sunday, and regular weekday schedule on Monday. TriMet buses and MAX will operate on Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library closed Sunday, open Monday. Camas Public Library closed Sunday and Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. stock markets closed Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• VANCOUVER MALL: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Department stores’ and restaurants’ hours may vary. The library in the mall is closed Sunday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed through Monday. Circulation customer service phone lines, 360-694-2312, open 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 4:30 a.m. to noon on Monday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man gunned down seven people at a birthday pool party in an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego, killing one woman before officers shot and killed him, authorities said.Police said the suspect, Peter Selis, 49, shot four black women, two black men and one Latino man Sunday. Investigators don’t yet know why Selis, who was white, opened fire, Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters.Several victims underwent surgery, and others were in critical condition late Sunday, she said. One man was taken to the hospital after he broke his arm running away.Rikky Galiendes, 27, heard gunshots around 6 p.m. and went to look outside his sixth-story apartment. He spotted a man bleeding and running near the pool below. Galiendes said he called out to ask if the man needed help when his roommate grabbed him, yanked him down and pointed toward a man sitting in a chair with a gun.“When we looked over the balcony, he was just sitting down with a gun on his lap,” Galiendes said. “He was calm, you know. I mean from my perspective, the guy was ready to do whatever he was going to do. He shot at people having a good time and having a party.”
TORONTO — James Paxton looked up at the 20,000 Canadian fans cheering for him and pointed to the giant maple leaf tattoo on his right forearm.The Big Maple picked the perfect place for the game of his life.Paxton became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, pitching the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.“You couldn’t write this stuff,” Paxton said. “Pretty amazing to have it happen against the Blue Jays, at home in Canada.”Not bad, eh?The 29-year-old lefty from British Columbia got a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. The crowd rooted for him in the late innings, realizing he was one of their own — his tattoo of Canada’s national symbol includes an image of a family home near Vancouver.“The fans were great,” he said. “They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool.” Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, back to camera, is mobbed by teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
After decades of downward progress, the number of fatal and serious injury crashes nationally and statewide are trending upward. The same largely holds true in Vancouver.City officials discussed some of the key findings of a Transportation System Safety Analysis by the city of Vancouver during a presentation to the Vancouver City Council during a workshop Monday.Above all: Vancouver drivers are driving too fast, getting distracted and having trouble safely navigating their way through large intersections; the city’s pedestrians are especially at risk; and there are solutions that can be applied to specific intersections and across the city’s roadways that could improve safety conditions.The city built the report by examining the years 2010 to 2016 with crash data from the Washington State Department of Transportation to build its analysis. They also used crash trend data to compare Vancouver’s crash factors to those included in the state’s strategic highway safety plan, Target Zero. The city then took the data a step further and looked deeper into the data and analyzed crashes at specific intersections and road segments.By the city’s data, the number of crashes has been trending upward since 2013. The number peaked in 2015 with just under 1,600 crashes in the city. In 2016, the figure was somewhat lower, at just over 1,400. No one was injured in those crashes 56 percent of the time.
PORLAND — Court records show an Oregon man, known as the “TriMet Barber,” was found in violation of his probation after authorities found a TriMet ticket on him.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports police dubbed Jared Weston Walter the TriMet Barber because he’s known to masturbate in women’s hair and cut it off while on Portland TriMet buses. He has 17 convictions in the past decade including harassment, sex abuse and public indecency.Walter pleaded guilty in March to harassment and interference with public transportation and received 100 days in jail and five years of probation. Walter isn’t allowed to take TriMet transportation as a condition of his parole.Walter is being held in the Washington County Jail. He was detained on July 5 for violating his no contact order with TriMet.Walter is scheduled to be released July 30.
In order to address citizens across the 18th Legislative District before the new session starts Jan. 14, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, and Rep.-elect Larry Hoff hosted a marathon town hall session on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. in Ridgefield and ending at 4:30 p.m. in Salmon Creek.The schedule was so jam packed Hoff even got a speeding ticket trying to get between Ridgefield and Battle Ground in a timely fashion.Room after room was packed full and the public came armed with insightful questions about everything from opioids and climate change to mental health, education funding and as many might predict, what’s going on with the Interstate 5 Bridge.Vick said Ridgefield and Camas both focused more on environmental issues, Battle Ground dove into property rights and the railroad and Salmon Creek asked about anything and everything. The Salmon Creek town hall was a first for the 18th Legislative District; usually the stops include just Ridgefield, Battle Ground and Camas. But as Vick noted, Salmon Creek had the best attendance and nearly everyone who stopped by asked it to become a regular occurrence.Rivers said as she marked off her 60th town hall Saturday, she’s looking forward to adding more events to the schedule.“My district is changing, the demographic, the issues that my district cares about is changing significantly,” she said. “I just want to know where my district is at with respect to the myriad of issues so that … I can hear things, I can sort of pluck out and see if I can come up with elegant solutions or compromises.”
Why: The Grocery Cocktail & Social is a well-established, casual cocktail lounge in downtown Vancouver. The menu features comfort food made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted cocktails.What I tried: My dining companion and I tried the meat and cheese plate, the mac ‘n’ cheese, the pork braised collards, the Grocery burger with fingerling jojos, and the grilled romaine hearts.The highlight was the burger, which begins with an airy, toasted potato bun and a Cascade Natural beef patty. A sweet and salty bacon jam, sweet onions, garlic mayonnaise and handmade American cheese with a bit of lettuce is stacked on the burger. It was the best burger I have had in recent memory. The ingredients could not have been more suited to meet atop the beef patty; the result was a delight to the palate. Bacon jam has been appearing on burgers everywhere as of late and until The Grocery’s, I had yet to find one done right. The fingerling potatoes made into jojos were equally impressive. Such a simple thing, but they were perfectly cooked, crisped and seasoned.The grilled romaine hearts combine capers, Parmesan and a creamy, toasted garlic vinaigrette. Topped with a sunny side up egg and crispy anchovies, this is a unique salad worth trying.The mac ‘n’ cheese we found to be bland and less creamy than expected.If you like collards, the pork braised collards will likely satisfy.The meat and cheese plate consists of a couple of meat options and three cheeses along with grilled sourdough baguette slices, dried fruit and pickled vegetables. We found most of it agreeable. I especially enjoyed the creamy variety of cheese, which could be spread on the bread; however, the salami was a bit too fatty for my liking.I also had a hot toddy to ward off the cold evening. It was expertly made.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that the club have a great chance of winning the Champions League this seasonJurgen Klopp’s side put in a strong display over their two legs against Manchester City in their quarter-final tie with Liverpool emerging with a convincing 5-1 aggregate win.Despite an early Gabriel Jesus goal for City in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool did not lose their nerve and two goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured an impressive away win over the runaway Premier League leaders.Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to their last Champions League title in 2005, has now backed his former club go all the way this season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Unbelievable. There’s a feeling amongst the Liverpool supporters. They’re very confident.” Gerrard told BT Sport (via The Sport Review).“They believe in this manager and they think the team’s growing. They believe that they’ve got a chance of going all the way [in the Champions League] – and so do I.“I think Barcelona going out tonight should give them confidence. Over the two legs, beating at top side like City, they should be on a big wave now.”Liverpool will find out their opponents for the semi-finals of the competition on Friday.
UEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Liverpool and Roma following the commotion at their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.Commotion started outside Anfield minutes before kick-off in the first leg of the tie on April 24, with Liverpool fan Sean Cox left in a critical condition following the incident.Based on the incidents, Liverpool have been charged with setting off fireworks and throwing objects while both clubs have been charged for crowd disturbancesReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Ahead of the second leg, Merseyside Police confirmed that they had not received any reports of disturbances between Liverpool and Roma fans in the Italian capital in the lead up to kick-off according to SkysportsThis case is being handled by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and will be dealt with on May 31. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League on Saturday in Kyiv after beating Roma 7-6 on aggregate.
Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is uncertain of his club future beyond the 2018/2019 Eredivisie campaign as Barcelona, Manchester City and French Giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen on signing him.“It’s difficult to say what will happen,” De Jong told the Guardian via FourFourTwo.“I want to finish this season well with Ajax. Then we will see.“Maybe I’ll stay for another year, maybe I’ll leave. But I am not sure.”On the ongoing speculation, De Jong added: “I don’t pay attention to it.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I hear the stories but I just want to finish this season well.”The Netherlands international did not hide his admiration for City boss Pep Guardiola and his style of football.“I love this style. Get the ball back quickly, then play possession with so many combinations,” De Jong said.“When you watch that, you get the feeling you want to go out on the pitch and play football with your friends and just enjoy yourself. City and Barcelona are great examples.”
Manchester City are back at the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 after a Gabriel Jesus braceAfter suffering their first league defeat of the 2018/19 campaign last weekend at Chelsea, Manchester City have bounced back to reclaim top spot from Liverpool in the standings.Things got off to a slow start at the Etihad Stadium with Richarlison coming closest to opening the scoring for Everton after volleying over Lucas Digne’s cross.The visitors nearly scored an own goal when defender Michael Keane almost put Ilkay Gundogan’s cross past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.However, Everton soon conceded when summer recruit Yerry Mina gave the ball away while attempting a back pass that enabled Leroy Sane to set-up Jesus for City’s opener.The pair teamed up again for City’s second with Sane’s cross enabling Jesus to head the ball past Pickford just five minutes after the break.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.In the 65th-minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton by heading in Digne’s cross.But Raheem Sterling, who was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November, sealed the win with City’s third of the game just moments after coming on.The victory moves City back into first-place in the Premier League for the time being with Liverpool to play Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.Team Line-UpMan City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Lapotre, Delph, Bernardo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez (De Bruyne 75′), Sane (Sterling 66′), Jesus.Everton (5-4-1): Pickford, Coleman (Walcott 57′), Keane, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson (Davies 81′), Bernard (Lookman 57′), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his side has improved since winning the Premier League title last season.Despite losing two games and trailing four points behind leaders Liverpool so far in the Premier League this season, Guardiola insists his current City has improved since their record-breaking season last season when they won the title with 100 points.“In little details, we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Manchester United delayed City’s title celebrations last season with a shock 3-2 victory at the Etihad, but Jose Mourinho’s side lost 1-0 to West Brom a week later and handed their bitter rivals the title.“Even in games when you are winning 2-0 or 3-0 with 20 minutes left to play I am still not comfortable in saying it’s already done,” he said, recalling United’s incredible comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2 win.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But in that game, the way we reacted after a tough week with a Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool in the middle and then United, the way we played the first 10-15 minutes in that game, said to me that we are going to win the Premier League.“Because even if we lost that, the way we reacted and showed what we were, that moment I felt we were going to win the title.“It was our consistency. Of course, we dropped points, that happens, but after that, we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.“Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.”
Burton Albion manager Brian Clough has credited his team for restoring their pride after limiting Manchester City to just a goal in their second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie.With City already securing a place in next month’s final after their 9-0 victory in the first leg two weeks ago, it was damage limitation for Burton as they looked to avoid the biggest losing margin in League Cup history.But an impressive display limited Pep Guardiola’s men to few chances, while Burton caused the Premier League champions problems in the other direction.“We were close two or three times but I’m very pleased with how we played,” Clough told Sky Sports.“We got our pride back. We did everything we could. Being at home, the pressure was off as the tie was over but we put in a good performance against top players.”“We were brave on the ball, played it when we could and we caused them problems.”Remembering Brian Clough and his most memorable quotes Boro Tanchev – March 10, 2019 “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.” – a quote from one of the most controversial and self-confident managers in English football, Brian Clough.“I watched the last few Premier League games and we caused them as many problems as Wolves and Huddersfield did.”“The youngsters will learn so much from being on the same pitch as these magnificent players. Their attitude, everything.”“Hopefully we have made a few quid from the run but it’s more about the experience.”
The Samurai Blue defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals and will now play against Iran in the Semifinals.A penalty kick goal by Ritsu Doan in the 57th minute was enough to give Japan the 1-0 win over Vietnam in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Japanese are looking for a fifth Asian Cup, as they take on Iran in the Semifinals.And for coach Hajime Moriyasu the team won’t change tactics against their next rivals.“It was very important that we won. Our players were able to keep the clean sheet. It was another experience for us in terms of development as a team,” said Moriyasu to The Khaleej Times.“Vietnam has a very tight defense and they never give up.”“So it was very difficult to create chances. But today Japan moved the ball well. Yes, at times we did lose the ball, but we managed to create chances,” he added.Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“It would have been better if we had scored more. Vietnam played with patience. But we need to improve our accuracy in the final third.”“Overall the players did well. They did what they needed to do,” he explained.“It doesn’t matter who we will play. We will prepare for the game well in the next three days.”“Our approach would be same. Of course, your strategy changes depending on your opponent. We have had different experiences in different matches,” the coach added.“We had defended deep against Saudi Arabia. So we have learned from all these experiences.”Iran will meet Japan in the Semifinals on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
Eusebio Di Francesco praised Roma’s effort and unity in their win against ChievoStephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Kolarov were all on the scorers’ sheet at the Bentegodi, to wrap a 3-0 win.“We started strong, Chievo fought back and gambled everything, but we were always in control and could’ve had a few more goals,” the Coach told Football Italia.💬 | Tonight’s captain – and goalscorer – on the performance… #ASRoma #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/cSC97QTVAY— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019“You can leave 20 minutes to the opposition during a 90-minute game, no matter who you are up against, as long as you defend well and remain solid. We didn’t do that.“Chievo were very aggressive and ran big risks at the back as a result, so we had to make more vertical passes and cut their defence open. I have told the players that in those situations, if there is the option for a through ball, we should take it.“It’s fundamental to play this way that the forwards help the team, that we remain solid and don’t leave gaps between the lines. There are risks with through balls, we often read it well tonight and caught Chievo offside repeatedly.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Kolarov bowed to the fans. Was it sarcastic or a genuine attempt to make up with the ultras?“I think it was a great gesture, to apologise to the fans after what happened, but once again I need to point out this lad played for a month with pain-killing injections. He could barely walk when he arrived at training and would play because we needed him.“He can say the wrong thing sometimes, but he’s a great professional and nobody can complain about his approach on the field.”Dzeko found the net and hit the crossbar, but still has only five Serie A goals this season.85′ | ♻️ | Third and final substitution for the Giallorossi…⬅️ Stephan El Shaarawy➡️ Justin Kluivert0-3 | #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/kvD7gWsR5h— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Sept 2014 – A demand for greater investment in our Youth was a part of the Youth Day message from the Official Opposition Leader of the Turks and Caicos, Hon Sharlene Robinson… She said: I am a firm believer that it is to our country’s detriment if we do not invest more monies and time in our youth. I therefore celebrate those corporate citizens and civic groups whose mandate in helping our future is being fulfilled and evidenced through their donations in so many forms.” High grades for companies stepping up over the past few weeks and years to impact the education system. The People’s Democratic Movement leader explained: No entity can do it alone. We are all stakeholders in the future of the TCI. Whether we positively engage and invest in our youth determines what type of leaders we will have.” Premier attends town hall meetings Related Items:national youth day, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaders
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, amanda missick, rhondalee knowles, sharlene cartwright-robinson Premier attends town hall meetings TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Oct 2014 – Deputy Premier, Akierra Missick last week disputed criticisms leveled at her colleagues and the PNP Administration by the official opposition party. Calling the PDM insincere and callous for its remarks regarding local government and when and how it would be formed; denying that government is flip flopping on the issue. The country’s DP who is a part of the consultative team for constitutional reform said it was a low and unnecessary jab for something that is mandated to happen because of the constitution… “It therefore baffles me why the Leader of the Opposition would degrade this process, which is of national importance, by politicizing it and minimalizing it, and shadowing it with another foiled and failed farce of an attempt by the Leader of the Opposition to mislead the public.” Stronger Local government was called for by Family Islanders who attended the constitutional review committee meetings and local government was last week discussed at Cabinet… During that session it was agreed for a working group to be established; it will be led by the Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, Amanda Missick and the Attorney General, Rhondalee Knowles. The pair is charged with considering proposals for the establishment of District Boards and local Government across the islands. Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaders
TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:2011 constitution, freedom of information, Pdm, private members motion, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPprovdienciales, 16 Jul 2015 – When the House of Assembly convenes in August, the Opposition PDM will demand that the PNP Administration stop dancing around enacting a constitutional provision for a Freedom of Information law. PDM Leader, Sharlene Robinson said in a media statement yesterday “the Government has on several occasions presented bits of its proposed Legislative Agenda and has failed to include this important Legislation and to make good on its promise.” Hon Robinson and her party go on the record to say, “there is a serious need for the introduction of this Ordinance to allow for greater access to information which ought to be accessible in the furtherance of good governance.” Freedom of Information is defined in the Turks and Caicos 2011 Constitution, which in part outlines in Section 129 that an Ordinance shall provide for a right of access to information held by public authorities…” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you
Related Items:#investturksandcaicosnewbrand, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Invest Turks & Caicos, the country’s investment promotion agency, recently launched a new agency brand through the hosting of two stakeholder networking receptions. The ‘Brand Launch & Networking Reception’ events were held in Providenciales and Grand Turk, on March 22nd and April 24th respectively.Now into its second year of operations, the Board and senior management felt it needed a brand which would distinguish it, and the TCI, in the minds of clients, potential investors and the general public alike. In September 2016, the Agency began a recruitment exercise which resulted in the hiring of Jamaican brand specialists, The UnAgency, and the results of their work are now in place.John Rutherford, CEO, said “Invest Turks and Caicos is very proud of the results of its rebranding exercise, which has not only produced an attractive and relevant new logo, but also ensured the Agency’s values and personality are strengthened. “We will incorporate these values into our day to day activities to ensure a positive and consistent approach to our customers and stakeholders. We were delighted to launch the brand at our receptions and very happy with the feedback received. We now look forward to promoting the Turks and Caicos Islands internationally and to local business with a powerful logo and positive communications.”Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, the Hon. Sherlene Cartwright-Robinson, expressed at the Grand Turk reception that she was “proud of the work of the Agency and that it was an important part of the growth and development of the country, especially through its work with the MSME programme”.The receptions hosted Minsters, Parliamentarians, Government officials, business persons and the Agency’s partner and stakeholders. It gave attendees an opportunity to network and discuss matter related to investment and continued economic growth for the islands.The new brand logo and colours incorporate the “Beautiful by Nature” theme of the islands by using Navy Blue to represent the beautiful sky and seas; Orange for the golden sun and sand; and Green to represent our beautiful islands. The Agency’s values are based on three E’s – to always be Energetic, Evolving and Engaging.#MagneticMediaNews#InvestTurksandCaicosNewBrand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:#charlesalburyonvotingsuspension, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn a statement released today, the Parliamentary Commissioner, Charles Albury has commented on the suspension of voting in the Elizabeth and Seabreeze constituencies. The statement reads:“The Parliamentary Commissioner, Mr. Charles Albury, wishes to advise voters in the Elizabeth Constituency that due to some technical problems related to a few ballots, voting had to be suspended to allow for these issues to be resolved.In the Seabreeze Constituency, voting was also suspended to resolve some issues.In both Constituencies, voting has resumed.However, in order to allow all of the registered voters to exercise their rights to vote the Parliamentary Commissioner, in accordance with Sec. 52 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, has extended the voting hours in the Elizabeth Constituency until 6.15 p.m., with the exception of Polling Division 11 which has been extended until 8.15 p.m.In the Seabreeze Constituency voting will be allowed in Polling Division 4 for an additional two hours until 8:00 p.m.The Parliamentary Commissioner wishes to stress that no irregularities were discovered in the electoral process in both of the Constituencies mentioned.”#magneticmedianews#charlesalburyonvotingsuspension Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:#AMResorts, #magneticmedianews, #WynnGroup Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Nassau – All guessing is unnecessary now as the Wynn Group, in an exclusive interview with the Nassau Guardian has announced that it will pull out of the Grand Bahama deal to purchase the three resort strip and is now looking to get its refundable deposit back from owners, Hutchison Whompoa.Wynn is still not saying why they have opted out of the purchase though and are not revealing what was in the agreement, described as a bullet point letter of intent with the PLP Administration in May. What was said is that while Wynn will work with any of the resorts to see the revival of the Lucayan Strip, they prefer the #AMResorts which is the largest tour operator in the United States.AMResorts accounts for 20% of bookings within the Caribbean and Mexico and currently has no footprint in The Bahamas. #WynnGroup, CEO, Paul Wynn shared much in that interview including that they are still interest in Grand Bahama if the Government was interested in revisiting their idea of what must happen on the troubled tourist strip.The Wynn Group is moving onto other business in Nassau; a hotel to come for Goodman’s Bay called, the Kimpton Hotel.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists he’s focusing on the positives following the team’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Thursday night.The Netherlands international made a point to remind the Reds’ fans of the club’s current standing in the Premier League at the turn of the new year.“You can’t look at this situation in a negative way,” Van Dijk said, as quoted by ESPN. “We are still top of the league with a four-point lead. It is still looking fine for us. Our next game in the Premier League is Brighton and we are already looking forward to that. There is the FA Cup in between, of course.”“The only thing we can do now is bounce back. We will. We can go on another unbeaten run, but we take it game by game. We know it is going to be tough.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We have a great mentality. We have shown that all season. We just have to keep on doing what we have been doing. There is no reason to change anything or panic.”Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists he’s happy with the team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium in their loss to City.“There is no need to get carried away,” he said. “All season we have taken it game by game and we will do that again.”“It is normal to be disappointed by a defeat. Now it is about reaction and I am sure the lads will react in the right way. Why would you lose confidence after a game like tonight? It could have been different.”“The Premier League is a tough league, the games keep coming. We need to be ready and we will be. In terms of the result we are disappointed. We were beaten by a very good City team, but there were still moments in the game where we could have scored one or two more. We just have to accept the defeat.”
Real Madrid coach Santi Solari played down questions about his future, following Sunday evening’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at home to Real Sociedad.A coolly-taken penalty by Real striker Willian Jose and a Ruben Pardo’s close-range header condemned Los Blancos to a defeat in front of their home fans.A tally of 30 points from 18 games remains the club’s worst start since 2005-06 season.Asked directly at the post-game news conference whether he felt he deserved to continue in the position — just over two months after he replaced Julen Lopetegui on the Madrid bench — the former Argentina midfielder replied: “We compete to win the next game.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We compete to win, always compete to win,” the former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach said via ESPN.“We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed. You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”“Nothing went right for us today,” he said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game which cost us a goal and hurt us.“The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that. Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”
Athletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has agreed a contract renewal at Atletico Madrid which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.Simeone who has led the club to a Champions League final has his current contract set to expire in 2020 but Diario AS report via Football Espana an agreement has been reached by both sides for an extension.According to the report, Simeone’s sister and agent Natalia have negotiated a fresh deal which will increase the Coach’s salary, the Argentine currently earns €2m and is said to be the third highest paid manager within world football.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Athletico Madrid have been impressive since Simeone took over from Gregorio Manzano in 2011. He has won a La Liga title and has played in several Champions League knockout stages.Atleti are currently five points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league standings and are still competing in the UEFA champions league round of 16.
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) – A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, allegedly killed 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon, a married father of two young children, last week at Bottom Price Flooring in the 1000 block of G Street.Homicide detectives arrested Cartwright in El Cajon on Wednesday, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. It was unclear what led them to identify Cartwright as the suspected killer.A customer made an emergency call shortly after 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 to report finding Radda dead in his store. The victim’s cause of death and details about the alleged robbery that apparently precipitated the killing have not been released.A surveillance camera at the victim’s downtown business captured images of the suspected murderer, who was accompanied by a woman wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored jacket and a purple wig. She remains unidentified and at large.Radda, who owned and operated his flooring business for 16 years, is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 8 and 5, according to a GoFundMe.com page set up to assist his family.A statement on the donation website memorializes the victim as a “charming, soft-spoken man with a heart of gold.”“Ghedeer meant everything to his family,” the online tribute states. “Together, they have lost a husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle and nephew whom they loved immensely.”Cartwright was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.RELATED STORY: Business owner identified as victim in East Village homicide, suspects at large Ex-convict arrested in connection to murder of East Village business owner October 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:34 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 18, 2018
Thousands of motocross spectators today will wend their way up the Washougal River past the sleepy general store next to the steel bridge at the Clark-Skamania line.Hopefully, say the store’s family owners, the fans won’t forget their wallets.This could be the busiest day of the year for Washougal River Mercantile, which is ready to welcome crowds of dirt-bike fans, riders and pit crews that will breeze by on the way to the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park, a couple of miles up the road. The national race often signals the height of the summer season for the out-of-the-way country store.“Nobody gets the weekend off during motocross,” said Ted Fuller, 79, the Texan-born patriarch of a family business that employs his wife, Charroll, four of their six adult children and umpteen grandchildren.“We’re the only store around for 10 miles,” Fuller said.That’s why its racks are flush with snacks such as Doritos and the 36-foot-long cooler is stockpiled with ice-cold drinks. Day trippers and overnight campers alike will find gas, propane and sunscreen at the 5,000-square-foot mercantile. The store also carries a full line of groceries, hardware and fishing tackle, and features a delicatessen, a feed store and a gunsmithing shop.The Fullers say customer turnout from the motocross race is always critical to the store’s annual sales. But this year’s event, expected to draw more than 20,000 people, is more important than ever to the business, after a two-year slump due to the recession.
Weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Lawmakers ask: Get back up on the bridgeJust weeks after the demise of the Columbia River Crossing project, a bipartisan group of Southwest Washington lawmakers is asking state transportation officials to regroup and discuss a new solution for updating the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River.“It is time for all interested parties to come back to the table and put forward a plan that both meets the needs of the region and enjoys the support of our constituents,” the letter states. “We remain committed to a long-term solution that will modernize and upgrade the current transportation corridor across the river.”The letter was sent Friday from U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, to Washington Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. It included the signatures of six Republican and three Democratic state legislators from Clark County.Read the full story and the letter here.Good times on the Gut — cruising in VancouverBumper-to-bumper chrome and metal lined Main Street on Saturday in homage to the golden age of cruising in Vancouver.Bob and Barbara Zozosky weren’t going to miss a minute of it.The couple set out a canopy at 8 a.m., two hours before the fifth annual Cruisin’ the Gut was scheduled to begin.The event drew thousands of people and cars to Main Street between Sixth and 28th streets. It’s hard to know exactly how many attended, since the event is free to everyone.
CAIRO — Egyptian anti-riot police fired tear gas Sunday at hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, besieging them inside a prestigious Muslim institution after stone-hurling protesters cut off a main road.Sunday’s clashes marked the second day of unrest at Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s most prominent center of learning. Many supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood are students at Al-Azhar, a stronghold of the group. The campus is also near where Islamists had a sprawling protest camp that security forces raided in August, leaving hundreds dead and sparking days of unrest.The students’ protest started with a march inside campus, where protesters hurled stones at the administrator’s offices, smashing windows and breaking doors, said Ibrahim el-Houdhoud, deputy head of the university. He told satellite news channel Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr that he warned protesters against leaving campus and clashing with security forces.The protesters however ignored the advice, marching out of the main gates to hold “prayers for the dead” — honoring students killed in earlier clashes between security forces and protesters in July.The protests come amid heated debate over a new law that would place tougher restrictions on demonstrators, which includes imposing heavy fines and possible jail time on violators.