Germany’s largest offshore wind farm begins full commercial operation

first_imgGermany’s largest offshore wind farm begins full commercial operation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The 609-MW Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farm complex in the German part of the North Sea is now fully operational, EnBW Energie Baden Wuerttemberg AG announced on Friday.With a total of 87 turbines, the offshore wind complex is now Germany’s largest facility of its kind, capable of meeting the power consumption of all homes in Munich. The full completion of the complex came with the grid-connection of the 112-MW Albatros wind farm, which is powered by 16 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Hohe See, its sister wind park, has been generating electricity with its 71 machines since October 2019.The construction of the two power plants was finalised in September last year, according to the schedule.German utility EnBW is the majority owner of the two power plants with a 50.1% stake in each of them. Its partner is Canada’s Enbridge Inc, which owns the remaining 49.9%.[Veselina Petrova]More: Germany has 609-MW offshore wind farm up and runninglast_img read more

Unai Emery reveals he has FINALLY worked out Mesut Ozil’s best position for Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Apr 2019 9:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link837Shares Mesut Ozil appears to have won the confidence of Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery believes he has finally worked out Mesut Ozil’s best position in his Arsenal team.The former Real Madrid playmaker has struggled to win the full confidence of Arsene Wenger’s successor and was left out of several high-profile matches earlier this season for tactical reasons.Ozil was also said to have frustrated Emery for a perceived lack of application in training and regular bouts of illness.The 30-year-old has started Arsenal’s last four matches in all competitions, however, culminating in Monday’s man-of-the-match performance against Newcastle which temporarily lifted Arsenal into third place.ADVERTISEMENTMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery’s side can leapfrog Tottenham again on Sunday should they avoid defeat at Everton, where Ozil is likely to start a first away game in the Premier League since Boxing Day.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked to explain to his previous reluctance to start Ozil away from home, Emery said: ‘Sometimes it’s because we need something different.‘Sometimes because he was injured. Sometimes he played because we need him and now it’s the same.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.‘He is okay, he is training every day, he can play in two different systems, 4-2-3-1 which is probably his best position, or 4-3-1-2 and he is playing like a team player.‘In different systems I think we can use him. We can use him also on the right side or the left.‘The most important thing is to be ready to help us, and he is now in this way.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery reveals he has FINALLY worked out Mesut Ozil’s best position for Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Two sentenced for making child porn

first_imgOfficials in Rigby, Idaho have sentenced two people to 15+ years in prison for making child porn with a 4-year-old.32-year-old Joseph Lavern Harris and 28-year-old Elizabeth Dawn Evans were sentenced Tuesday after officials discovered video and images during an investigation.It is unclear what led authorities to investigate the pair, however, it was reported that Harris appeared in the film with the child and that investigators discovered several sexually explicit images of the child on electronic devices that belonged to Evans.Officials also found a list of people that Harris desired to have sex with. The 4-year-old girl was number 5 on the list.During a police interview, Evans admitted that the list was his, but says that he wanted to engage in sexual acts with the child when she came of age.He also denied appearing in the video with the child but later admitted that he could tell it was him in the video due to his tattoo but says he was under the influence of narcotics and the time and does not remember the incident.Both have been sentenced for crimes related to owning and making child pornography. Harris was sentenced to 25 years, while Evans was sentenced to 15 years.They will both also be required to register as sex offenders.last_img read more

England Golf goes the extra mile for Macmillan Cancer Support

first_imgEngland Golf has announced it is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s Longest Day Golf Challenge to help raise the profile of the fundraising event among its 665,000 members and 1,900 clubs.The challenge sees teams of four take on 72 holes – covering over 20 miles of course in one day – to fundraise for Macmillan. Players are encouraged to ask friends and family for sponsorship to help the charity support the growing number of people living with cancer.After registering to take part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge participants can compete to win a three-night break to the final at golf challenge at Boavista Golf Resort, Portugal. The prize includes flights and accommodation and will be awarded to the four eligible teams who raise the most sponsorship money for Macmillan by 3 September 20181.England Golf is urging all golfers to get involved and its staff will be tackling the dawn-to-dusk challenge at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to support Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Challenge and to encourage more golfing heroes to set out on 14 hours of non-stop golf and help to change the lives of people affected by cancer.”Kirsty Hobbs, Fundraising Marketing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “England Golf is helping us take our Longest Day Golf fundraising challenge to more clubs and players in the UK than ever before, which is really exciting. We’re hugely grateful to everyone that will be getting involved and helping us support the growing number of people living with cancer.”In 2017, over 3,400 teams took part and raised £1.7 million. This vital money has helped Macmillan to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people living with cancer across the UK.How to get involved:Clubs• Register your club by emailing [email protected]• Once registered, your club is listed as a venue at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf.• Reserve a day on or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, and let your members and other golfers know you’re hosting the challenge on your course.• Plan to open when the sun rises, and consider waiving green fees and make refreshments available.Players • Once you have a team of four select a captain and register at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf• Plan your challenge for or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, to maximise daylight hours.• Play at your own club or any golf club around the UK. Use the Macmillan website to find Longest Day Golf Challenge friendly clubs nearest to you.• Spread the word at your club and encourage other members to support you with sponsorship and fundraising events.1The prize includes return economy flights from London to Faro, and three nights’ accommodation and meals courtesy of Boavista Golf Resort. Date restrictions apply. Over 18s only. Four persons per team only. Full Competition Terms and Conditions apply. Promoted by Macmillan Cancer Support (registered charity in England & Wales, (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Tags: Challenge, Charity, Macmillan 23 Apr 2018 England Golf goes the extra mile for Macmillan Cancer Support last_img read more

Leaf embark on tough six-game road swing

first_imgAfter spending most of the first two months of the season at home, the Nelson Leafs embark on a six-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road swing that takes the Green and White in the Okanagan and East Kootenay.The early season home games, however, has allowed the Leafs to maintain the early lead in Neil Murdoch standings.Currently Nelson is 12-4-0-1 and holds a three-point margin over second-place Beaver Valley.The Leafs have primarily achieved this mark with a 7-3-0-1 record at home. But a little known stat has Nelson 5-1 on the road.Nelson opens its road swing in Creston Friday against the Thunder Cats. The Leafs defeated the Cats 6-5 in the only meeting this season between the two teams.Saturday, the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley to face the high-flying Hawks in Murdoch Division four-pointer. The teams have split the season series at 1-1. However, both games were played in Nelson.The two games pushes Nelson’s total games to 19 in the first two months of the season.No other KIJHL team will have played that many games.The abundance of games has also hurt the Leaf roster injury-wise as no less than five starters were out of the lineup during Sunday’s loss to Summerland.Next home game is November 12 against Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. Teammate Colton Schell and Nik Newman are eighth and ninth, [email protected]last_img read more

SA singer is new T-Mobile voice

first_imgSouth Africa singer/songwriter Baz Corden is the voice of T-Mobile’s new European television campaign. (Image: Baz Corden) Having achieved success at home, Corden is currently touring overseas. (Image: 2Feet Music) You Are Here – Baz Corden’s début album. (Image: 2Feet Music)Janine ErasmusHomegrown musical talent is once more in the international spotlight. South African singer/songwriter Baz Corden has been snapped up by major international mobile provider T-Mobile as the voice of their latest advertising campaign.The UK-based singer has contributed his latest single “There’s a Right Time for Everything”, to T-Mobile’s new television campaign, which is currently flighting in Europe.Corden released his solo album You Are Here, produced by David Birch (Stealing Love Jones, Parlotones and Perez), for 2Feet Music in 2008. The singer’s gentle, mainly acoustic style is described as a blend of jazz, folk, country and rock, sprinkled with whimsical, sometimes cryptic, lyrics.Mere weeks later, Corden was approached by the mobile provider and asked to provide music for its current European television campaign.T-Mobile is the world’s sixth largest mobile phone service provider according to number of subscribers. After UK-based Vodafone and Spain’s Telefónica, it is the third largest multi-national, with operations in the US, the UK, and 10 European countries. T-Mobile USA is the fourth largest wireless telecommunications network in America after AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel.T-Mobile asserts that it tries to use new tracks by up and coming artists in its adverts, adding that it would love to help take a musician’s career to the next level.This philosophy certainly seems to be working, as several songs from You Are Here have also been chosen for a National Geographic-sponsored documentary directed by Australian film maker Beau Miles.Home-grown talentBorn in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Barry “Baz” Corden was introduced to music when he was seven, after his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas – although he recalls that what he really wanted was a toy bakkie (pick-up truck).Later Corden formed his first punk band The Melted Crayons and took his first steps on the road to an exciting career. After stints in various other groups, he took a break from the band environment to work with popular South African solo musicians such as Nibs van der Spuy, Guy Buttery, Josie Field, Farryl Purkiss, and Luke Siedle.The guitarist also has previous international exposure, in the form of his former band Pistolfish, which was playlisted on college stations in the US. In addition, he has worked with producer Bjorn Thorsrud of Smashing Pumpkins fame.“I’m interested in, and fascinated by, the search for beautiful things in life,” said Corden. “Experiences, moments, things people might say or do.”With this noteworthy achievement Corden has taken one step closer to following in the footsteps of internationally famous South African artists such as Johnny Clegg, rock bands Seether and Tree63, and Afro-fusion group Freshlyground.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesSouth African music The White Zulu on stage in SAMabazo win their third GrammySA a hit at World Choir GamesUseful linksT-Mobile UK2Feet MusicT-Mobile ad featuring Baz Corden (mpg)last_img read more

Mumbai Cricket Association turns to T20 league to raise money

first_imgTwo pieces of news caught ones attention on Saturday. The first was the BCCI’s decision to terminate the IPL Deccan Chargers (DC) franchise. And the other one concerned the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which announced the launch of a twenty20 league.DC, owned by the cashstrapped Deccan Chronicle group, had not paid the salaries of the players and the support staff.DC, thus, became the second IPL team whose innings were cut short by the BCCI in two years after Kochi Tuskers Kerala were thrown out before the start of last year’s edition due to financial reasons.Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have also suffered at the hands of the BCCI. Kings XI got away by the skin of their teeth and played the 2011 season of the IPL, thanks to a court order.Pune Warriors, the team brought by the Sahara Group for a whopping Rs 1900 crore, also got into a fistfight with the BCCI, before the start of last year’s edition when they pulled out from sponsoring the Indian cricket team. That they came back is another matter.What does all this tell the cricket fan? With the BCCI cracking the whip on ‘errant’ teams, the message going out to certain franchisees is clear. Shape up or ship out!With due respect to them, the BCCI did try and negotiate a deal for DC, but an offer of Rs900 crore from an approved bidder proved too little for the Hyderabad-based group, thanks to the huge amount that Sahara invested to buy the Pune team.The other bit of news that was tucked away in a corner of the sports pages mentioned that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) plans to start a T20 tournament, the Mumbai Premier League (MPL). President Ravi Savant made the announcement saying this step would provide cricketers in the city an additional avenue to make money.This is the start of a new trend in the city that is considered the home of cricket in India. The word ‘money’ does not go down well with the traditionalists and romantics of the game – and there are plenty in the metropolis. Savant has a big job ahead of them. With 80-plus tournaments in the city’s cricket calendar, accommodating the MPL is a tough ask.It seems that the MCA is planning to move with the times. The cricket system in Mumbai is not the same as it was a decade ago – as it churned out top-class talent ready for the longer format. With the announcement of the MPL, money matters take a priority over spotting talent. The MCA is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea with its balance sheet in the red. One has to wait and see how it would fill its coffers with T20 wealth and what impact this would have on spotting the next Sachin Tendulkar or Zaheer Khan. The last Mumbai cricketer who debuted in a Test was Romesh Powar in 2007.(The writer is a former Cricket Club of India captain and Bombay University cricketer)advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Matic admits to frustration under Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Matic admits to frustration under Solskjaerby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic admits he is frustrated with his role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 31-year-old made his first start of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Leicester City.”Of course [it has been frustrating],” Matic said. “I want to play, I always give my best for the team.”The coach is the man who picks the team and when you are on the bench you are not happy, but I am trying to convince him to change his mind and pick me to play.”The season is long. [Against Leicester] as you saw I played, and we won the game.”I am happy so we will see in the future what the coach will decide”I am ready. In the last 10 years I have played in a high level and every game I try to do my best to help the team because I think I am a team player and I can help a lot I think.” last_img read more

17 days agoSACKED! AC Milan axe manager Marco Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! AC Milan axe manager Marco Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have sacked manager Marco Giampaolo after only three and a half months in charge because of a poor start to the season.Milan are 13th in Serie A, three points above the relegation zone, after three wins in their first seven games.Giampaolo, 52, succeeded Gennaro Gattuso in June after the former Italy midfielder quit because Milan missed out on Champions League qualification.”The club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career,” said AC Milan in a statement.Milan beat Genoa 2-1 on Saturday after Pepe Reina saved a penalty in injury time, but had three successive defeats before that, against rivals Inter, Torino and Fiorentina.Giampaolo left Sampdoria at the end of last season after guiding them to a ninth-placed finish in Serie A. last_img read more

Disney reverses ban on LA Times critics from screenings

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies.In a statement Tuesday, Disney said it was restoring access to the newspaper after “productive discussions with the newly installed leadership” at the Los Angeles Times. Disney had barred the Times from its screenings after the paper published a two-part investigative series on the company’s business dealings in Anaheim, California, where Disneyland is.Disney’s punitive measures against the Times led to many outlets refusing advance coverage of the studio’s films, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe and The A.V. Club. Four prominent film critics groups announced Tuesday that they would bar Disney films from receiving awards considerationThe ban’s withdraw Tuesday ended an unusual clash between Hollywood’s arguably most powerful studio and the media outlets that regularly write about its movies.The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics all said that wouldn’t consider Disney films for their year-end awards. The critics groups noted that it was “admittedly extraordinary” to “take any action that might penalize film artists for decisions beyond their control.”“But Disney brought forth this action when it chose to punish The Times’ journalists rather than express its disagreement with a business story via ongoing public discussion,” the statement continued. “Disney’s response should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included.”The New York Times said in a statement Tuesday that it wouldn’t attend preview screenings of Disney films while the LA Times can’t, saying Disney’s move is a “dangerous precedent and not at all in the public interest.”Disney on Friday said that the Times series in September detailing what it characterized as a complicated and increasingly tense relationship between Anaheim and the company showed “a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards.” It added that the Times published a “biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda.”Daniel Miller, the Times reporter who wrote the series, tweeted that “Disney never asked for a correction.” The newspaper declined further comment.With the ban concluded, critics said they would return to business as usual. Disney’s upcoming films are the Pixar release “Coco” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”“See you guys at the Coco screening,” wrote New York Times critic A.O. Scott.___Associated Press Writers Patrick Mairs and Tali Arbel contributed to this report.last_img read more

TSX resumes last weeks sell off despite strong gains from cannabis sector

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index resumed last week’s selloff by closing down slightly on Monday despite strong gains by the cannabis-heavy health sector just days before the drug’s legalization.The markets are just trying to find a little bit of footing at the start of the corporate earnings season after last week’s spike in volatility, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones.North American markets lost ground during the day after ending Friday on the upswing following a few days of heavy losses.“I think we’re going to get this kind of tennis match between the ongoing anxiety of the selloff and probably the positive news of corporate earnings and that probably can keep the markets bouncing around,” he said in an interview from San Francisco.“I expect volatility to continue this week, probably not to the degrees we saw last week but I think the balance between those two forces at the moment are probably going to keep the markets a little bit on edge this week.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down slightly, losing 4.82 points to 15,409.47, after dipping to a low of 15,398.47 on 246.8 million shares traded.The health care sector gained 6.7 per cent, followed by gold. Information technology, energy and financial sectors were the biggest losers on the day.Energy was down on some geopolitical concerns related to the suspected death of a Washington Post columnist after he had entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.Most cannabis stocks enjoyed solid gains as the enthusiasm that has driven the sector higher continued.Fehr expects the exuberance will continue past Wednesday’s legalization of recreational cannabis use.“I don’t think that that has to necessarily come an end just because of legalization but I think the enthusiasm will wane once the kind of the shimmer wears off this newness to the growth story here.”He said the momentum enjoyed by cannabis shares is very similar to cryptocurrencies earlier this year.“That can only last for so long,” Fehr added. “At some point this sector, these companies are going to have to rely on growth, they’re going to have to rely on revenues and profits as a driver of their stock prices.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 89.44 points to 25,250.55. The S&P 500 index shed 16.34 points to 2,750.79, while the Nasdaq composite was off 66.15 points to 7,430.74.Fehr warned investors not to look at the market volatility as the beginning of the end of the bull run because it’s not driven by news about a global or North American downturn.“Instead I look at it much more as a healthy, normal type of correction that’s just based off of some concerns about some trends that we’ve known about for some time.”The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.96 US compared with an average of 76.7 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was up 44 cents at US$71.78 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up 8.1 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$8.30 at US$1,230.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.2 cents at US$2.79 a pound.last_img read more

Steelworkers accuse Alcoa of bargaining in bad faith during Quebec negotiations

first_imgTROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — With a negotiation deadline looming, the United Steelworkers union has filed a complaint with Quebec’s Administrative Labour Tribunal alleging bad faith bargaining by Alcoa Corp. at its aluminum smelter near Trois-Rivieres, where unionized workers have been locked out since January.Local union president Clement Masse says Alcoa is “not taking the negotiation process seriously,” claiming the company has reneged on previous commitments at the bargaining table.Alcoa is calling the union complaint “false and unfounded,” and says the mine’s management has been negotiating in good faith.In November, the Quebec government appointed a special mediation council, chaired by former premier Lucien Bouchard, with a settlement deadline set for Friday.Alcoa announced Wednesday it would cut output in half at its ABI smelter in Becancour, Que., due to the impact of an ongoing lockout.The Pittsburgh-based company curtailed two of the facility’s three pot lines in January after unionized workers rejected a company contract proposal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Province launching prototype childcare spaces for only 10 a day

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has launched applications for prototype daycares that will charge only $10 a day.The Ministry of Children and Family Development is now accepting applications from licensed child care providers who want their facilities to become prototype sites, which will model child care at a cost of $200-a-month per child, and report on the results. Information learned from these prototype sites will inform changes and the expansion of universal child care over the next 10 years.The new prototype sites, which will run from Sept. 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, will convert approximately 1,800 licensed child care spaces at existing facilities around the province into low-cost spaces for families. Fees at approved facilities will be capped at $200 a month, per child. For eligible families with an annual pre-tax income of less than $45,000, childcare will be free at these facilities through the new Affordable Child Care Benefit, which will officially roll out in September 2018. Families with a pre-tax income under $111,000 will pay less than $10 a day.Providers interested in this opportunity can learn more by participating in informational webinars being held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, Wednesday, June 27, and Wednesday, July 4, 2018. To join one of the webinars, please visit: http://video.web.gov.bc.ca/mcfd/liveIn February, the Province signed a $153-million Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) partnership agreement with the Government of Canada. As part of this agreement, the federal government is investing $60 million over the next two years to support these prototype sites.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP search for missing two yearold

first_imgUPDATE as of 11:30 p.m. July 7 – RCMP continue to assist in the search for a two year old boy who went missing near the Wapiti River at the Canfor Bridge during the evening of July 6, 2018. The search continued throughout the day on July 7, 2018 and included boats, all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter in addition to people searching on foot. The search was concluded for the night at approximately 11:00 PM and will resume at 07:00 AM on July 8, 2018. RCMP and a number of search and rescue members will remain on scene for the duration of the night.   Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area to allow emergency services to focus on the search.UPDATE as of 7:00 a.m. July 7 – Search crews continue to search the are near the Canfor Bridge on the Wapiti River.  The search was suspended at 11 p.m. Friday, but search and rescue crews remained on scene overnight until the search resumed this morning.  The RCMP say all available resources have been deployed to help with the search.Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area to allow emergency services to focus on the search.ORIGINAL STORY:GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The RCMP and STARS Air Ambulance along with the Grande Prairie Technical Search and Rescue are searching in the MD of Greenview for a missing two year old child.The two year-old boy was with his family at the Wapiti River, near the Canfor Bridge, when he disappeared.https://twitter.com/williamvavrek/status/1015407726690615296The RCMP are asking for the general public to stay away from the area while emergency crews focus on the search.https://twitter.com/STARSambulance/status/1015417841347153920When more information is released, we will post further updates.last_img read more

Gun shots in Taylor leads to police pursuit

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – After a report of gunshots in Taylor, the Fort St. John RCMP were able to apprehend three suspects.On February 17, 2019, at 2:48 AM, the Fort St John RCMP Received a call from a Taylor resident who had been awakened by what they believed to be gunshots in the 9800 block of North Spruce Street in Taylor.Several officers were immediately deployed to the scene. On route, officers noted a lone vehicle heading north on Highway 97 from Taylor. When one of the officers went to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge van, several items were observed being thrown from the van, one of which was believed to be a bullet-resistant vest.Police pursued the vehicle to Fort St John where it pulled into a local hotel parking lot and the three occupants attempted to flee from police on foot, but they were all taken into custody.The RCMP allege items were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.  The items were all recovered and identified as a bullet resistant vest, a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.I am very proud of the systematic response by our officers to this type of high risk call. They were able to contain the threat to the public while safely apprehending the alleged suspects, says Sergeant Dave Tyreman, acting Operations Officer.A 32-year-old Taylor woman, a 29-year-old Fort St John Man, and a 34-year-old Victoria man are being held in custody pending a Provincial Court appearance to answer to numerous firearm and other related offences.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer set for Big Ten match after 5 days

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. read more

Man City 31 Everton Jesus double sends hosts top

first_imgManchester 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.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino 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, Richarlisonlast_img read more

Clough insists Burton got their pride back

first_imgBurton 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.”Nottingham Forest v Leeds United - Sky Bet ChampionshipRemembering 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.”last_img read more

Private Members Motion will call for Freedom of Information Law

first_img 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 youlast_img read more

Russian magic once again

Delhiites, it is time to rediscover the romance of Russia that Bollywood once created soon after Independence. So from Russian theatre to ballet, you can catch them all in your city itself. And all this, thanks to a protocol that was signed on Monday between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations [ICCR] and the Ministry of Russian Federation. As a result, a festival that will showcase Russian culture in India will be held later this month and will go on till early November. Not just Delhi, those living in Mumbai and Bangalore will also get a chance to be a part of this cultural extravaganza. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A total of 65 artistes and delegates will travel from Russia for the festival and they will be provided with hospitality by ICCR. A similar cultural programme will take place in Russia next year.In India though, expect performances by soloists of the Bolshoi, Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg Folk ensemble Barynya, the troupe of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre and a photo exhibition.The two-day festival in Delhi will see joint performances by folk dance ensemble Barynya and the State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT]. The next day, there will be a performance of Russian Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBarynya originally is a Russian folk dance accompanied by music. The word barynya was used by simple folk as a form of addressing a woman of a higher class. The Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas and frenetic dancing. The dance doesn’t adhere to a choreography and consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squatwork — knee bending. Go for this.DETAILWhat: Barynya and State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT] When: 29 October At: FICCI Auditorium, What: Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres When: 1 NovemberAt: Siri Fort AuditoriumTimings: 7 pm read more

Smartphone addiction may create personal social problems

first_imgPeople who use smartphones in excess may experience personal, social and workplace problems warn new research.In the study, participants who identified themselves as “addicts” and “fanatics” exhibited signs that could indicate depression, social isolation, social anxiety, shyness, impulsivity and low self-esteem. “Our smartphones have turned into a tool that provides short, quick, immediate satisfaction, which is very triggering,” said Isaac Vaghefi, Assistant Professor at the Binghamton University-State University of New York. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our neurones get fired and dopamine is being released, and over time this makes us acquire a desire for quick feedback and immediate satisfaction. This process also has contributed to developing shorter attention spans and being more and more prone to boredom,” Vaghefi said.The umbrella term “technology addiction” refers to addictive behaviour related to social media, excessive texting, information overload, online shopping, gambling, video gaming, online pornography and overall smartphone usage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the study, seven per cent were identified as “addicts” and 12 per cent as “fanatics.” Both groups experience personal, social and workplace problems due to a compulsive need to be on their smartphones, according to the study published in the Information Systems Journal.Females were most likely to exhibit susceptibility to addiction.”While self-identified ‘addict’ users were in the minority, I predict technology addiction will increase as technology continues to advance and application, game and gadget developers find new ways to ensure users’ long-term engagement with technology,” Vaghefi said. The researchers said that if you constantly check your smartphone, even when it does not ring or vibrate, or you get paranoid when the smartphone is not with you, seeking professional help might be a good idea. Moreover, if you use technology as a way of escaping problems or relieving feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression, or you ignore what is happening in real time in favour of what is happening virtually, you might then be a right candidate to seek professional help, the researchers said.last_img read more

Rep Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address

first_img12Feb Rep. Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming welcomed Godwin Heights Public Schools Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff to the House floor for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address.last_img

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of s

first_imgThe number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he had been seeing at the hospital.He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. “The No. 1 thing to take home is that it’s important to talk about this and important to ask about it,” he says.The findings line up with past data showing a steady increase in teen suicide over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it has not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s. It’s not clear what has contributed to the increase, but the study noted the 2008 financial crisis may be one factor.Plemmons and his co-researchers examined billing data from 2008 to 2015 from a database of 49 children’s hospitals across the U.S. They included all emergency department encounters, stays for observation and inpatient hospitalizations at those hospitals. However, community hospitals were not included.The researchers turned up 115,856 visits for suicidal ideation or attempts, during the seven-year period. Such visits represented 0.7 percent of total children’s hospital visits in 2008, but by 2015 had increased to 1.8 percent of all visits. More than half the visits required at least one night of hospitalization, and nearly 1 in 7 required intensive care.Older teens were more likely to end up in the hospital and had the greater increase in hospital visits. About half of suicide-related hospital visits for the time studied were from teens ages 15 to 17, but 12- to 14-year-olds closely trailed them, making up 37 percent of visits. Children ages 5 to 11 made up the remaining 13 percent.One of the study’s most striking findings was a seasonal trend in hospital visits. Throughout the years, visits peaked in midfall and midspring and fell to the lowest point in the summer. “We knew there was an association with school seasons, but actually seeing that mapped out was surprising,” says Plemmons. It suggests a link with school pressures. “It really speaks to the stress and the strain at school,” says Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “Kids appear to be under much more academic success to achieve and their perception of falling short.”Dicker, who was not involved in the study, noted possible influences from the media, particularly social media.Plemmons also drew attention to social media’s influence. “You’re becoming more disconnected and not having relationships with real people, and at the same time, you’re being fed a false distortion of what reality is, where everything looks great onscreen,” he says.Cyberbullying and sexting, he adds, could also be risk factors. “These kids have to deal with pressures that we didn’t deal with.”Other possible contributors noted in the study included earlier puberty in girls, since reaching puberty is a risk factor for suicide. Girls made up two-thirds of the hospital visits in the study period.But none of these possibilities is definitive. “This type of study is very good at revealing trends but cannot address causality,” says Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Despite being the third-leading cause of death in adolescents, suicide is still relatively rare, making it harder to study causes, she says. But it is important to screen for depression and anxiety, she says. Her institution also uses validated screening tools to screen adolescents and is exploring teleconsultation strategies to help pediatricians manage cases if they feel underprepared or uncomfortable. “We know there are a lot of patients still out there who have clinical depression who are not accessing care,” Plemmons says, adding that it’s important for adults to identify resources in their area for struggling teens. Parents can start with their child’s primary care doctor.But the most important first step is one anyone can take.”The current best method for identifying risk is to ask,” Williams says. “Asking a young person how they are feeling, not just how they are doing, is essential. We need to give young people the time and space to talk about how they are feeling. This involves developing closer relationships over time, not something you can scramble at the last minute or only in moments of crisis.”Plemmons also emphasized the importance of talking to adolescents about the issue. “There’s still a huge stigma and anything you can do to destigmatize it helps,” he says, adding that a fear still exists among some pediatricians and parents that discussing suicide may suggest it to adolescents. “We know from literature that that’s not the case,” Plemmons says. “Talking about it can sometimes help reduce the risk.” If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG14849.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

The Welsh governments decision to close its indep

first_imgThe Welsh government’s decision to close its independent living grant scheme and pass the funding to local authorities could see cuts to the support packages of hundreds of disabled people, new research suggests.Disabled campaigners say that information released by local authorities in Wales has created “extreme cause for concern” about the transition process, which is seeing funding from the interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) passed to the 22 councils.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) when ILF was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and by April next year the 22 councils will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.The Welsh government’s own estimates, released to Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday), suggest that about 200 former WILG-recipients will see their support packages cut by next April.Members of the Save WILG campaign, led by former ILF-recipient Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), submitted freedom of information requests to all 22 Welsh councils earlier this year, and they say the responses proved they were right to be concerned that the transition process would lead to many former ILF-users seeing their support packages cut.Few of the councils were willing to provide detailed information about how the process of re-assessing the needs of the former ILF-recipients in their areas would affect their support packages.But some of the local authorities admitted that a significant proportion of those currently receiving support through the WILG have already had their support packages cut.In Wrexham, Davies’ home local authority, the council said it had re-assessed less than a third of former ILF-users but had already cut the support of 18 of them, increasing support for just seven, and leaving one package unchanged.Monmouthshire council had cut four of 19 packages, Conwy had reduced two of 12 – although the vast majority had still to be assessed – while Caerphilly had reduced four of 29, Merthyr Tydfil had reduced 15 per cent, and both Carmarthenshire and Rhondda councils had cut 10 per cent of support packages.About a third of the councils – including Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent – failed to say how many support packages had been cut.But some local authorities did produce more encouraging answers, with Powys council saying the reassessment process had seen it increase the support packages of 59 of 62 former ILF-users.Although Port Talbot council had reviewed less than a third of service-users, half had had their packages increased, and the other half had seen them stay at the same level, while Bridgend decided that all but one former ILF-recipient would continue to receive the same support package.There were also repeated warnings from the local authorities that they could not promise that support packages would not be cut in the future, with Cardiff council warning that “no guarantees as to the future are possible with any funding arrangement”.Asked if it could guarantee that WILF recipients would have their care packages ring-fenced from all future austerity cuts forced onto local authorities, both Merthyr Tydfil and Port Talbot replied with just one word: “No.”Huw Irranca-Davies, the Welsh government’s minister for social care, has previously pledged that no former ILF-users would lose out in the transition process.But a Welsh government spokesman said that its most recent monitoring of the transition had found about 100 of 580 WILG-recipients were having their support “provided in a different manner than previously”*, while 130 were receiving more support.As about 1,300 people are due to go through the transition, this suggests that about 200 former WILG-users will eventually see their packages cut.He insisted that the government was committed to ensuring that all disabled people are “fully supported to live independently in their communities”.And he said that Irranca-Davies had visited both Powys and Wrexham councils this week to “see at first hand the work they have been undertaking” and “will be speaking to other authorities about this over the next few weeks”.The government spokesman said: “He will also be asking authorities to undertake a deep dive of a sample of cases where there have been significant changes in the type of support people are receiving, to establish the reasons for this and ensure they are receiving the appropriate support they require to live independently.“This is in addition to the ongoing monitoring of the programme, and an additional independent evaluation which has been commissioned by the minister.”The spokesman claimed that the “feedback from disabled people” on the transition programme had been “positive”.He said: “Together with our partners in local government and the third sector, we will continue to closely monitor the process and the individual outcomes of the transition from the ILF to the person-centred and co-produced approach to independent living in Wales.”But Miranda Evans, policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, said her organisation was “extremely concerned that disabled people with high support requirements are having their hours of care reduced when transferring over to direct payments”. She said: “In a number of cases people are losing their ‘socialising’ hours, which is of great concern. “This vital support enables people to play a part in their community, volunteer with a local group and get involved in political life. “Without this necessary support disabled people will become isolated, disengaged and unable to leave their home.”Disability Wales has called for an “urgent review” of the Welsh government’s policy and investigations into the differences between how local authorities are applying it, which she said showed “the further development of a postcode lottery”.She added: “We remain concerned that funding will be absorbed by social services budgets and not be directed to those who need it: disabled people with high support requirements.”Davies said the Welsh government’s comments showed that “they simply refuse to see the evidence that is staring them in the face”.He said: “Yet again the Welsh government seems to think of former ILF recipients as a privileged bunch.“This is not the case at all, as we are disabled people with high care and support needs who were guaranteed a lifetime of adequate support under the old ILF system.“They do not deserve to be made to feel like a hindrance by the Welsh government.”He said the conclusions that can be drawn from the freedom of information responses were “very worrying indeed” and show “a shocking lack of consistency between local authorities, the development of a ‘postcode lottery’, the lack of an adequate complaints procedure for former ILF recipients and an alarming lack of security, or guarantees, for the future”. Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said: “The responses reflect why we started the campaign three years ago and give weight to our belief that the tripartite system of care needs to be maintained.“Disabled people with high care and support needs simply cannot rely on cash-strapped local authorities to provide the levels of care that they need. “One of my biggest concerns is that even the local authorities who have increased a majority of care packages cannot guarantee that these packages will remain at the same levels in future years.“It is a concern that these generous increases may only be put in place for a year, while the local authorities sharpen their axes for further cuts once the campaign is over.” He added: “The Welsh government now need to listen to the voices that have supported our campaign – assembly members, MPs, Disability Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, celebrities such as Ken Loach and most importantly their own members who passed a motion calling on them to #SaveWILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.” *The Welsh government press office was unable to confirm by 1pm today that this means that their support hours have been reduced A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more