Akhilesh Yadav reiterates demand for paper ballot

first_imgA day after a large number of faulty EVMs and VVPATs were reported during voting for bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday raised the pitch in favour of the restoration of voting through ballot paper.He said common people no longer trusted the EVMs, which were proving to be a “threat to democracy”.‘Boost democracy’“Our demand is that all elections in future should be conducted through ballot paper. Ballot paper will strengthen democracy and increase public trust,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here.He said he would consult other non-BJP parties, including the Congress, to further strengthen his demand for ballot paper and rejection of EVM.Mr. Yadav alleged that the EVMs and VVPATs in the Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur Assembly bypolls were deliberately made faulty in the strongholds of the BJP’s opponents as part of a “strategy” to ensure the BJP’s victory.“It was their strategy to spoil the machines in areas where the SP-RLD (Rashtriya Lok Dal) alliance had more votes. The BJP knows that the poor, youth and farmers have rejected it,” Mr. Yadav said.Rejects argumentThe former U.P. CM rejected the Election Commission’s argument that heat may have played a role in the malfunctioning of a large number of the machines.“Why only in booths where the SP and RLD had votes? Was it cold elsewhere,” Mr. Yadav asked.As per the office of U.P. CEO, three ballot units, three control units and 384 VVPATs were replaced after receiving complaints of faults in Kairana and Noorpur on Monday.A total of 2,651 EVM control units, 2,651 ballot units and 2,596 VVPATs were deployed in the two bypolls.The RLD’s candidate in Kairana, Tabassum Hasan, wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner complaining about malfunctioning EVMs and VVPATs in the constituency. Despite raising the flag, the administration was not dealing with the issue and voters were being deliberately deprived of their right, she wrote.‘Systematic anarchy’As per her complaint, EVM-related snags were reported in around 140 booths across all the five Assembly segments in Kairana. RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary said: “So many malfunctioning EVMs point to some sort of systematic anarchy!”last_img read more

Leo Austria lauds Beermen’s sacrifices in chase for another title

first_img“We’re not thinking yet of the Grand Slam. We understand that it’s in the mind of so many people, but it’s a long shot so we have to be ready and prepare hard for this,” he said. “There are so many teams which built their team and they’re almost there, but our experience is there, they know how to win, they understand how to win. And in a situation like this, they understand what to do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor San Miguel coach Leo Austria, the team’s collective sacrifice has been the biggest key in helping his squad solve the bane that is the Commissioner’s Cup.“There’s a lot of sacrificing for this team,” he said. “We have to win and we have to make and take sacrifices, and we have to make adjustments during the game which will help us get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games San Miguel has always struggled in this mid-season conference, but Austria and his players managed to turn their failed bids in the past two seasons into lessons learned.READ: Eager to contribute, Santos wills San Miguel to comeback win“I think we’ve learned a lot of things from that. There’s so many things happening in the team that sometimes it’s beyond our control. And that’s the thing, we don’t want to be affected with those issues anymore,” he said. “We made it a point that the players should cooperate and should be disciplined, they should know what kind of system we’re running, and because of our experience, we are able to give a solution to the problems we are facing.”Austria is now 5-for-5 in the Finals since taking over for San Miguel, and after winning a second straight title this year, talking about the Grand Slam is inevitable.But the affable mentor would rather cherish this championship first before thinking about the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kongcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments MOST READ One of Austria’s strategies was to limit the minutes of his top guys Arwind Santos, who usually leads the second unit, and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: San Miguel wins 5th title in 3 years, conquers PBA Comm’s CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Arwind is always off the bench, averaging only 20 minutes per game, which is unusual for him. June Mar is a very important piece of our team, but this is an import-laden conference and (Joshua) Smith always has the advantage against him, so we have to make things happen,” he said.Luckily, those adjustments paid off as the Beermen trotted out their best game in the series with a dominating 115-91 Game 6 victory over TNT to secure the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cabagnot named PBA Finals MVPlast_img read more

Evoking Slain Son, Kelly Defends Trump on Condolence Calls (Vid)

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America’s war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware.From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about the reality and pain of war sacrifice, praising those who serve and summoning the 2010 death of his own son to defend President Donald Trump against accusations of insensitive outreach to a grieving military family.In an unannounced appearance at the White House, Kelly, a retired three-star general whose son was killed while serving in Afghanistan, dressed down the Democratic congresswoman who had criticized Trump for comments she said he had made in a condolence call to the pregnant widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger.Kelly called Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida an “empty barrel” who “makes noise,” but he did not deny the lawmaker’s account of the phone call, as the president had this week. Throughout his remarks, Kelly lamented what he said was lost respect for military service, women, authority and more.“I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and brokenhearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing,” Kelly said. “Absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred.”The remarkable scene underscored Kelly’s singular role as an authoritative adviser and now spokesman for a president who is prone to false claims, exaggerations and misstatements. Kelly, who joined the White House to restore internal order, has increasingly become a public figure himself, employed to project calm and reassurance in times of crisis.The uproar over Trump and how presidents should or shouldn’t try to console families of the fallen has rattled the White House and overshadowed the rest of Trump’s agenda in recent days.Kelly personally absolved Trump of blame in his call to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, a conversation that prompted Wilson to declare that the president had been disrespectful to the grieving family and couldn’t remember Johnson’s name.“If you’re not in the family, if you’ve never worn the uniform, if you’ve never been in combat, you can’t even imagine how to make that call,” Kelly said. “I think he very bravely does make those calls.”Trump — who has frequently struggled with showing empathy — has emphatically rejected claims that he was disrespectful. But he started the latest controversy this week when he boasted about his commitment to calling service members’ next of kin and brought Kelly into the issue by wondering aloud if President Barack Obama had called the former Marine general after the death of Kelly’s son.Kelly confirmed Thursday that Obama had not called him, but he made clear “that was not a criticism.”“That’s not a negative thing,” he said. “I don’t believe all presidents call. I believe they all write.”In fact, the chief of staff said that when Trump took office, he advised him against making those calls: “I said to him, ‘Sir there’s nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families.’”But Trump wanted to make the calls, and asked Kelly for advice on what to say. In response, Kelly told him what General Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when Robert Kelly was killed. Kelly recalled that Dunford told him his son “was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war.”And Kelly added that Dunford told him that “when he died, he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. That’s what the president tried to say to four families the other day.”Kelly said the Defense Department is investigating the details of the Oct. 4 ambush that killed four American soldiers, including Johnson, in Niger.Islamic militants on motorcycles brought rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing the four and wounding others after shattering the windows of unarmored U.S. trucks. The attack happened in a remote corner of Niger where Americans and local counterparts had been meeting with community leaders.Kelly said Thursday that small groups of U.S. military personnel are being sent overseas, including to Niger, to help train local people to fight the IS group “so that we don’t have to send large numbers of troops.”His speech was a rebuke to Wilson, who was in the car with the family of Johnson when Trump called on Tuesday. She said in an interview that Trump had told Johnson’s widow that “you know that this could happen when you signed up for it … but it still hurts.” Johnson’s aunt, who raised the soldier from a young age, said the family took that remark to be disrespectful.The call came in as they drove to Miami’s airport to receive the body. At the airport, widow Myeshia Johnson leaned in grief across the flag-draped coffin after a military guard received it.A spokeswoman said Thursday that Wilson stood by her earlier comments. The congresswoman herself, asked by WSVN-TV in Florida about Kelly’s remarks, replied only indirectly.“Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little,” Wilson said. “She said, ‘The dog can bark at the moon all night long, but it doesn’t become an issue until the moon barks back.’”Kelly also accused Wilson of grandstanding at the dedication of a Miami FBI office in 2015.The White House chief of staff said he was so upset by her criticism of Trump’s call that he went to walk “among the finest men and women on Earth” in a 90-minute visit to nearby Arlington National Cemetery, among the graves of service members, including some who died under his command.Kelly began his remarks by recounting in painstaking detail what happens after a soldier is killed in overseas combat. The dead soldier’s body is wrapped in a makeshift shroud by his colleagues, Kelly said, and then flown by helicopter to a nearby air base, where it is packed in ice. It is then flown to a second base, often in Europe, and put in more ice before it is transported to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The body is then embalmed and dressed in military uniform, complete with medals before heading home.Kelly said the next of kin are notified by a casualty officer, who “proceeds to break the heart of a family member.”Robert Kelly, 29, was killed when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan’s remote Helmand province. Kelly said his family got calls from Robert’s friends in Afghanistan attesting to his character. Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important.After his dramatic opening statement, Kelly then took questions from reporters, asking first if any of them were Gold Star parents or siblings, meaning relatives of slain service members. When no one raised a hand, Kelly then said he would take questions only from those who knew a Gold Star family.Kelly, whose frustration with the distractions created by Trump on other subjects led him to deny last week that he was considering quitting, also bemoaned how the nation no longer held things sacred, from life to religion to women. He said the respect given to Gold Star families “left in the convention over the summer,” an apparent reference to the bitter election exchanges between the Trump campaign and a family whose military son had been killed.___JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated PressCATHERINE LUCEY, Associated PressLemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman in Washington and David Fischer in Miami contributed reporting.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Nothing beats winning’ – a rising star, a battle-scarred veteran, two Cheltenham journeys

first_img Bryony Frost points to her horse Frodon after victory in the Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham in January. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share on Pinterest Facebook Topics Since you’re here… Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Share on WhatsApp I’ve been to Brennan’s house three times this year and, unlike a typical starving jockey, he has fed me croissants, biscuits and sandwiches. He has also opened up with riveting candour. Last week, while kicking a plastic football around with his son Jack, Brennan nodded when I reminded him of the tortuous interview we did before he knew he would ride Cue Card again. We had just escaped the miserable rain of January and the heavy snow of March had yet to fall. Brennan felt the opposite of Frost’s free bird. He sounded trapped by racing – but he explained why he was still compelled to ride.“The winning,” he said. “Nothing beats winning. I’ve never done drugs, never will do, but if there’s ever a drug in life it’s winning. The sweetest day was winning the [2010] Gold Cup on Imperial Commander. It was one of them races that no matter what I did it was right. It was like a movie. ‘Jesus, I won the Gold Cup.’ I was pissed then – drunk with joy.”Brennan has been in racing long enough not to linger over glory. “You might not come back, you mightn’t come home. I was close to Sean Cleary [who died after his horse fell in 2003]. I was there when Tom Halliday lost his life at Market Rasen [in 2005]. I was in the race, beside him, when he fell. Someone rings you half an hour later and says Tom’s dead. Jesus, that can’t be right. I spoke to him 40 minutes ago.”He has been fortunate even if, soon after starting his career in England at Nicholls’s yard, “I smashed my leg bad. I had difficulty trying to get off the horse with a broken leg – because the bottom half was still in the iron. I was happy to die that day.“Physical pain is easily fixed by morphine. Whereas psychological pain is there every day. But this morning it’s beautiful. I appreciate life a lot more now. Because there were times in my life where I probably didn’t want to live any more. But I’ve got out of that carry-on. I only had one situation in Catterick when I had to ring my mother. I said: ‘Mum, I’m struggling to get out of this car.’ She said: ‘You’ll be fine, get out, go to work.’ I got out and had a winner or two that day. I was fine again.“Definitely having kids and being with my wife Lindsey has helped me stay strong mentally. When I was at [trainer] Fergal O’Brien’s this morning, it was amazing. The sun is rising, there’s frost on the ground, steam coming off the horses. I could’ve stayed all day.” Facebook Bryony Frost pats her horse Black Corton as they approach the winning post to claim victory in the Reynoldstown Novce Chase at Ascot in February. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Facebook Frost shares this feeling. In her small cottage in Shepton Mallett, she says: “I like the view on top of a horse, wherever it is. I’m born into the racing world. I opened my eyes and my horse was in my world. That runs through my veins. I wouldn’t want to be in any other world.”She laughs. “Feral is the best word for myself. As a child, town scared the living daylights out of me. I never saw concrete. It was grass fields, trees, bogs, my animals. When we were on ponies, Dad would lead me and I remember when I was four him saying: ‘Right, you’re on your own.’ Unclipped me and away I went. I’d disappear at seven in the morning and return at seven in the evening, light to dusk. They gave me a phone. Dad taught me if I pressed the green button twice it would call him. It was never a worry. It was only: ‘Dad, pony has lost a shoe. I need picking up.’” “He is a dude. But he used to be the little kid at the back of the classroom. He probably had big glasses on, his tie was done up tight and he always concentrated hard. He wasn’t the one the girls went for whereas now he’s got his big smart suit and he’s walking around London as the boss. He’s got a couple of models he needs to ring up. He’s got a lot of swag.”Frost has a lot of grit. When she was 15, after a fall, “a kidney problem caused a kink in my bladder. The infection turned into septicaemia and went to the lungs. I was in hospital for two months. I was close to death. Twelve operations later we got sorted and a fortnight after my last stent was removed I rode a winner on a lovely mare.”She had an even lovelier win at Ascot last month with Black Corton. Frost rode him brilliantly, without gloves, her painted fingernails flashing above his inky coat. “Rhythm wins races. You can’t impede his stride because the more oxygen you get into him the faster and longer he can run. So you need to get it as smooth as possible, like riding a wave, as quiet as that. Sit low, sit close to him, feel him, listen to his breathing.”Is this intuitive way of riding why she doesn’t wear gloves? Frost laughs. “Gloves? I’m not a big fan. Mum is always telling me off: ‘B, you can’t have rough hands – moisturise them for God’s sake.’ So I started looking after them and thought it would be cool to have some blue nail varnish. Blackie has blue colours.“Poor Mum. I’m more boyish than my brothers. She bought me a dress yesterday in case I have to go to an evening thing and I’m like: ‘Yeah, really nice, Mum.’ She’s like, ‘Oh B, just try it on.’”Frost is more excited when remembering how she and Frodon raced Brennan and Cue Card in the Ascot Chase that same day. “I thought: ‘I’m following Paddy Brennan on Cue Card in a Grade One at Ascot. That’s cool. Frodon was a little free the first half-mile and Paddy said: ‘We’re going some clip.’ I said: ‘You’re telling me. I don’t want to be going this fast.’” “We’re realistic. He’s 12 – but if there’s ever a race made from him at Cheltenham it’s the Ryanair. Over that trip you can go a gear quicker whereas over three mile two in the Gold Cup you’re saving a bit to make sure he gets homeUn De Sceaux won last year but he’s not unbeatable. Cue Card will give him a good race.”Frost smiles when asked if Black Corton can win on Wednesday. “You’ll have to ask the dude himself. But I’ll believe in him and he’ll believe in me. I’ve never said: ‘I’d love to win that race or get those many winners.’ If you have a goal and you reach it you’ve hit a ceiling. If you have an open sky you can only keep going up.”As winter fades, Brennan looks happier than at any time over the past three months. I remember the footage taken a few weeks earlier when he rode the mechanical horse he keeps upstairs while his sons Jack and Oli watched him. And then it was the turn of his boys. Brennan cackled and roared as if they were racing at Cheltenham. “G’wan!” he yelled as the boys rocked back and forth. It was dark and cold outside but the Brennan house was lit up from the inside.Sunshine now floods Brennan’s home. All thoughts of “jacking it in” have gone. “I’m still addicted to winning. Nothing is going to beat what I’m doing now. When I retire the dream is over. Nothing in the world is going to replace it.”Brennan looks up and makes another admission. “Today is the first time I made myself watch the 2016 Gold Cup. I always thought he might have won if we hadn’t fallen – after today I’m certain he’d have won.” Did he feel better? “Fuck, you’re still like …” Brennan shrugs. “There’s no point crying over it. Now it’s important to look to this week. I’m better for all that’s happened and it’s lovely to be back in the Cue Card story. I thought last year was the last crack – but I’ve got another go.”If, somehow, Brennan and Cue Card win on Thursday will the hurt be fixed? “I try not to picture that any more. But it’s like it’s meant to be. Anything is possible. It will be unbelievable after all our downs. I’m going there to enjoy it – and just feel free.”Free as a bird? “Yeah,” Brennan says softly. “Free as a fucking bird.”Follow the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship table at gbracing/jumpchamps Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Physical pain is easily fixed by morphine. Whereas psychological pain is there every dayPaddy Brennan An old photo showing a two-year-old Bryony Frost on her donkey called Nosey at her family home on Dartmoor. Photograph: The Guardian interviews ‘You finish second and you’re getting more of a reception than the winner? He’s unbelievable – the most loved horse in jump racing.’ Paddy Brennan takes his saddle off Cue Card after they finished second in the Betfair Chase at Ascot. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Brennan confirms that: “I said, ‘Bryony, you either go forward or back’ – to be fair she pulled back. I don’t look at the women as female jockeys. They’re the same competition. I ain’t giving Bryony an inch at the start, or in the race, because I know she’s good.”It looked as if Brennan had conjured up a miraculous comeback win for Cue Card, only for the horse to be overtaken near the end by Waiting Patiently. “I thought I was going to win,” Brennan says. “I rode a really aggressive race and I felt like a winner just getting on the horse – back out amongst the best jockeys, the best horses.”The biggest cheers at Ascot were for Brennan and Cue Card in second place. Brennan shakes his head. “The cheers were all for Cue Card. You finish second and you’re getting more of a reception than the winner? He’s unbelievable – the most loved horse in jump racing.”Now only days from riding Cue Card at Cheltenham, Brennan remembers how he heard he was back on his favourite horse. “You were here the Monday when my agent Dave Roberts texted me. It was lunchtime, when I went to get you sandwiches, and he said it was unlikely even though Harry Cobden would be riding for Nicholls. He texted next in the morning and said: ‘There’s a bit of hope.’ I got a message about 10 o’clock Wednesday. Dave said: ‘We ride Cue Card. You need to school him tomorrow.’ I went down to school him and, bloody hell, he felt amazing – like he hadn’t felt for a long time. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more That unshackled freedom is different to the booming wave engulfing her now. Frost loves to surf and she says: “Yeah, the current wave I’m stuck in is definitely one I don’t want to come out of. But you’d be mad if you said you weren’t overwhelmed by it.”Racing would love to anoint her as the coming superstar but Frost shakes her head. “I definitely would not call myself a superstar. The banter in the yard is always flowing and at first I took it too personal because I was new to the world of people. Basically, down in Devon, there weren’t many about. But we have a laugh and I’ve got a thicker skin on me. I’m growing up.”Since she and Black Corton teamed up last July they have won seven out of eight races. Their greatest success came on Boxing Day at Kempton when they won their first Grade One. “I said: ‘B, you can’t get this little horse beat again.’ And to see Blackie become a Grade One winner was incredible. Wow, what a day.”Brennan has tasted 17 such days but he lingers over his biggest failure. Back in the Cotswolds, he relived falling on Cue Card in 2016. “It’s the moment I can never fix. I was feeling empty and sick. I was puking and I wasn’t even sick. There isn’t a day that goes by I don’t think of that fall. If winning the Gold Cup on Imperial Commander was like a movie, this was a fucking horror show. People say: ‘At least you’ve won the Gold Cup.’ Well, it doesn’t feel like that to me anymore. I need to win another one. Then it might feel OK.”When Brennan uttered these words he had no idea he would ride Cue Card again. It was impossible not to compare his struggle with the delight Frost found in Black Corton. “He’s got a funny little waddle and great big ears,” Frost said of her horse. “You’d lose him in a shadow he’s so jet-black. Blackie was never expected to achieve much. That just shows you it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. If you want to achieve, then do it. Pinterest ‘She’s free as a bird,” Paddy Brennan says of Bryony Frost as he rocks in his kitchen chair and opens his arms wide to show the soaring rise of his fellow jockey. Brennan knows, after all his highs and lows, how different he feels on the inside. But his face creases in a smile as he thinks of Frost, of all her hope and youth, as his arms fall slowly down.The Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday and Brennan and Frost offer compelling stories. Frost is the new star of jump racing, an exuberant young woman riding waves of success and publicity, and on Wednesday she and Black Corton race for glory in the RSA Chase. On Thursday Brennan is back in the saddle on Cue Card, the most loved horse in Britain, returning to the track where he has suffered. Facebook Support The Guardian Paddy Brennan celebrates victory on board Imperial Commander in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2010. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share on Twitter In 2016 Cue Card and Brennan were on course to win the Gold Cup and a million-pound bonus when they fell heavily at the third-last fence. On the eve of last year’s race Brennan told me his catastrophic fall was “like seeing your best friend is in bed with your missus. It’s a sickly feeling”.Horse and rider went out in the 2017 Gold Cup, seeking redemption, and fell at the same fence. Brennan then lost the ride to Frost’s boyfriend, Harry Cobden, but he and Cue Card were reunited last month and will try to “fix” Brennan’s wound in the Ryanair Chase. Cheltenham Festival 2018 Cheltenham Festival The photographer Tom Jenkins and I have spent the past three months with Brennan and Frost; at home, on the gallops and at the stables, following them from Wincanton to Ascot. It has been a moving study in contrast.Brennan has won 17 Grade One races while Frost is a conditional jockey, still mucking out the stables of her champion trainer, Paul Nicholls. She rode her first Grade One winner in December. He comes from a non‑racing background in County Galway while she grew up near Dartmoor as the daughter of Jimmy Frost, the Grand National‑winning jockey. The immensely likeable Frost is now the darling of racing while Brennan follows his solitary path as a great jockey approaching the end.Yet, deep down, Brennan and Frost are not so different. They even share the same birthday. On 13 April Brennan will turn 37; Frost will be 23. They have both been badly hurt, and faced down death, and are most alive when talking about the horses they love.“I’m a youngster coming up so it’s daunting when you see the big guns,” Frost says. “Paddy’s a fiery character. When he wins you know it and when he loses you see the pain. You know where you stand with Paddy.” Share via Email Talking Horses: Douvan left in the Champion Chase with Ruby Walsh up Horse racing Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Black Corton a dude. But he used to be the little kid at the back of the classroomBryony Frost Twitter Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gov’t Positioning Jamaica to Tap Into Billion-Dollar Minerals Industry

first_imgStory Highlights The Government, through the new National Minerals Policy (NMP) is positioning the country to tap into potential opportunities from the billion-dollar global minerals industry. The Government, through the new National Minerals Policy (NMP) is positioning the country to tap into potential opportunities from the billion-dollar global minerals industry.“The sector has a current value of just over US$1 billion, and under the new Minerals Policy every effort will be made to integrate it into the wider society, so that the ripple effect will trickle down to the community level,” said Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Michael Henry.He was speaking at the National Minerals Week Investment Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on November 21.Minister Henry said Cabinet is to receive a submission shortly on the first draft of the NMP, which provides for the management and development of Jamaica’s mineral resources.It places emphasis on partnership between the public and the private sectors and outlines the possible benefits of the structured development of the minerals sector to the Jamaican people, as well as the mix of policy measures, objectives and strategies to be pursued in order to realise the sector’s continued transformation and optimal development.Minister Henry said the time has come for players in the sector to organise their operations to maximise returns and go for the growth that beckons.He argued that there is no way “we can improve this sector without taking steps to diversify it and take advantage of the value-added components that have seemingly eluded us over the years”.Meanwhile, he said efforts will be redoubled to ensure the sustainability of the sector, adding that more emphasis will be placed on the environment and the people.As such, he said, operations will be more stringently policed and operators will have to adhere to the regulations that govern the sector.Minister Henry also mentioned plans for the establishment of a National Minerals Institute for the training and development of human resources for the sector.“I am aiming to see the development of a training programme for young people in the industry,” he said, noting that the minerals school will provide an opportunity to “hone new skills and improve on what we have”.“As we move forward, I have given instructions for this to be fast-tracked,” he said.Minister Henry said the National Minerals Institute will have support from the Minerals Development Council and the National Mineral-Bearing Lands Management Committee.“I want to see a modernisation of the framework for sustainable mineral use. I want to see improved competitiveness, improved efficiency of operations, and, most importantly, improved occupational health among the workforce as we expose them to developing and new technologies,” he pointed out.The forum sought to promote interest and attract investment in the minerals sector. It was organised by the Ministry of Transport and Mining in association with the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). Minister Henry also mentioned plans for the establishment of a National Minerals Institute for the training and development of human resources for the sector. “The sector has a current value of just over US$1 billion, and under the new Minerals Policy every effort will be made to integrate it into the wider society, so that the ripple effect will trickle down to the community level,” said Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Michael Henry.last_img read more

FSL Trust Fixes Three Tankers for USD 61 Million

first_imgzoom Singapore-based shipping company First Ship Lease Trust has agreed on new time charter contracts for three tankers with a combined value of USD 61 million. The three tankers – FSL Shanghai, FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore – have been fixed for a period of two years with options to extend the agreements at a higher rate for FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore for further six months, and FSL Shanghai for further 12 months.FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore are MR product tankers built in 2005 and 2006 respectively, while FSL Shanghai is an Aframax crude oil tanker built in 2007.The time charter agreements are expected to commence during the second half of this year. FSL Trust did not disclose the identity of the charterer, only saying that it is ”a leading global commodities trader.”During the two-year base period under the new employment, FSL Shanghai’s net daily rate represents a 54% increase while FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore’s net daily rate represents a 31% increase for each vessel as compared to the previous time charter agreements.last_img read more

Cosco Corp to Sink Further into Red in Q4

first_imgzoom Shipbuilding and dry bulk shipping group Cosco Corporation (Singapore) Limited said it expects a significant net loss in the fourth quarter of 2015.Cosco said that the loss is expected mainly due to the continuing depressed state of crude oil prices, which has had an adverse impact on the global offshore marine industry.Additional reasons for the expected loss are the slump in the shipbuilding market, which has negatively impacted the company’s shipyards, and the languid dry bulk shipping market, which has brought great pressures to their dry bulk fleet operations.According to Cosco, as a result of adverse market conditions, the company’s shipyards incurred writedowns of certain inventory and provisions for impairment of trade receivables for certain contracts in fourth quarter ending 31 December 2015, which are deferred or may potentially be cancelled.Cosco said it will disclose the details of their financial performance in its full year 2015 results, which are scheduled to be released in February 2016.In the third quarter of 2015, Cosco posted a USD 82.1 million net loss. The group’s turnover decreased 18.1 percent to USD 949.6 million in Q3 2015 from USD 1.2 billion in Q3 2014 owing to decreases in shipyard and shipping revenues.Turnover from shipyard operations decreased 17.8 percent to USD 939.9 million in Q3 2015 from USD 1.1 billion in Q3 2014 on lower revenue contribution from marine engineering, partially offset by an increase in revenue from ship building and ship repair segment.Cosco’s turnover from dry bulk shipping and other businesses decreased by 34.9 percent from USD 14.9 million in Q3 2014 to USD 9.7 million in Q3 2015 amid lower short-term rates.The group registered gross loss for Q3 2015 of USD 10.7 million, as compared to gross profit of USD 56.7 million in Q3 2014.last_img read more

Leader of the Liberal Party speaks on caribou recovery efforts

first_img“Thankfully, nobody is buying it. For months, regional districts and provincial MLAs begged the provincial government to hold meaningful public consultations on how British Columbia would work with Ottawa to put together an effective plan to increase the dwindling caribou population. Despite promises to engage the public, the Horgan government announced that a draft plan had been reached between the province, some First Nations, and the federal government before any consultation occurred. With a draft plan already agreed to, the NDP declared a short five-week consultation period ending on April 25th only a few days before Ottawa’s deadline.It is said that staff from the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations will share information about the draft agreements and will answer questions.Chetwynd, Monday, April 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Rd.Fort St. John, Tuesday, April 2nd,5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Rd.Tumbler Ridge, Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Trend Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre,375 Southgate St.Dawson Creek, Thursday, April 4th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Encana Events Centre, #1 300 Hwy. 2Wilkinson shares his concern of this plan will have a major impact on the forest, mining, and tourism industries, noting recreational users may also find themselves unable to access the backcountry as a result.“We all want caribou numbers to rebound to a healthy level, but this can only be achieved if the public becomes an active part of the conversation. The fact that local knowledge and on-the-ground experience has been so overlooked, and only brought into the picture as a token afterthought once the plan had already been drafted, should trouble any observer,” said WilkinsonLocal MLAs are voicing their concerns about the plan for public consultation;MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says he is concerned that the Government took a long time to release a draft and will not provide a long enough time frame for public consultation on the agreement. Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, echos the concerns that Bernier has on the issue saying that the Government is not providing enough time for public consultation on the draft and that stakeholders should have been included in the process.Both Bernier and Davies feel that the Government will go ahead with the draft agreement and then consult with stakeholders after the fact. VICTORIA, B.C. – A recent press release by Andrew Wilkinson shares his frustration with Premier Horgan’s plan for public consultation for engagement regarding the southern mountain caribou recovery program.Wilkinson starts by saying “British Columbians have seen right through Premier Horgan’s last minute “public consultation” on caribou recovery efforts. It is clear that staging a half-hearted public engagement was the only thing the NDP deemed necessary to move forward with their pre-determined plan. Forget listening to local residents with years of experience and deep knowledge of the wildlife and land base, this sham consultation is meant simply to placate every rural and northern British Columbian who lives, works, and plays in the backcountry while ignoring their voices.”The B.C. Government shared in a press release Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 they have scheduled community engagement sessions allowing the public to provide their feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations.last_img read more

In Dire Financial Straits Moroccan State TV Channel 2M Cancels Two

By Sana ElouaziRabat – As a financial crisis continues to severely hit the Moroccan TV channel 2M, the state-owned media company is taking austere measures to pull up its fallen turnover rate by ceasing the broadcast of two of its flagship programs.Considered too expensive, the second national channel decided to revoke the 10-year-old program “Massar,” presented by Atik Benchiguer, in which he traces the paths of and pays tribute to prominent figures in different fields, reported the daily Assabah on December 18. The daily reported that 2M is no longer able to pay the MAD 60,000 given to each guest of Benchiguer’s show.The program “Nghanniwha Maghribia” (“Let’s Sing it Moroccan”) was also the target of this purge, given that all the singers and musicians invited were paid at least MAD 10,000 per person, which have helped sink the channel’s bank account into a dreadful financial crisis over the past few months.The new policy of the second channel will be to produce programs with the lowest possible costs. Priority will be given to less expensive programs, such as “Kif Kounti ou Kif Oulliti” (“How You Were and How You Became”) by Hicham Mesrar.The newspaper reported that this entertainment show was spared cancellation since the guests come for free.Same goes for “Rachid Show,” presented by Rachid Allali, who has a myriad of sponsors, even though he was called by the channel to invite only national or international celebrities passing through Rabat or  Casablanca, where the company’s headquarter is located, to avoid paying for their transportation.According to a report released by the Court of Auditors in 2015, the company SOREDAD which has been in charge of running the TV channel since 1989, has been in a deficit since 2008, because its turnover can not cover the total of its expenses.Following the report, the employees have lambasted the line ministry, the general management, and the board of directors for the channel’s current financial crisis, and called for a new relevant economic model in line with the conclusions of the Court of Auditors.The daily also added that negotiations are underway with Emirati investors to pull the channel out of its crisis.This is not the first time when the company has faced a financial crisis. In fact, after seven years of activity, the National Society of Investment (ONA), the major shareholder, withdrew from the management of the TV channel due to financial reasons. The Moroccan state took over the control of 2M, holding 68 percent of its capital. read more

Hervé Renards Future with the Atlas Lions in Discussion

Rabat- After all the frustration and public fervor that marked Morocco’s Group B World Cup performance in Russia, another question is now preoccupying Morocco’s footballing conversation: Will Hervé Renard retain his position as coach of the national team?Disappointed but proudMorocco’s early exit from the ongoing FIFA World Cup has received a wide range of interpretations both within and without Morocco. Whereas some say that failing to beat Iran was an avoidable mistake that then culminated in the team’s disappointing exit from the tournament, others are adamant that Renard’s side played well but was unlucky.But for all the frustration and disappointment brought by a very early exit from the World Cup to a football-loving nation with high expectations that had not participated in the tournament since 1998, there is a consensus that the team’s performance and mentality have vastly improved since Renard signed with the national squad in 2016. Before Germany’s shocking exit yesterday, some pundits had said Morocco is the best team to have failed to reach the knockout stages, reflecting the cohesion and sporting spirit that Renard’s men displayed.Renard should staySensing the fuss surrounding Renard’s future with the Atlas Lions, Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the  Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), took the initiative to “exclusively speak to the national coach,” according to Al Ahdath Al Maghribia. Thanking the Frenchman for his team’s performance in Russia, the FRMF president reportedly reiterated his trust in Renard, saying that the Moroccan public liked and appreciated what he and his men showed in Russia.Quoting sources close to the FRMF, Al Ahdath Maghribia noted that the final decision regarding Renard’s future with the Atlas Lions will be reached by early July. According to the Casablanca-based outlet, Renard’s future is “an urgent issue for Moroccan football,” especially as other countries—Egypt and Algeria, for example—are keen to call on Renard to coach their national sides. Kheireddine Zetchi, the president of the Algerian Football Federation, is said to have made public Algeria’s interest in signing the French tactician.Among Moroccan players, the general mood is that Renard should stay. Players say they are happy with his coaching style and his approach to the game. “He must stay. He should not go,” said midfielder Mbark Boussoufa. Boussoufa added: “The coach has done a remarkable job, and he should be allowed to continue what he started two years ago.”Hervé Renard has not yet made any public statement regarding his future with the Atlas Lions following the team’s World Cup performance. He has said he would make an announcement at the appropriate time. Sources close to the Frenchman have, however, been quoted as saying that Renard is attached to Moroccan football and is willing to renew his commitment to “complete his mission.” read more

UN force commander confers with Lebanese Israelis on recent incidents

UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander Major General Claudio Graziano also reviewed the situation in the village of Ghajar, where Israel still occupies the northern part although it should have withdrawn in compliance with Security Council resolution 1701.“We are hopeful that we will soon reach an understanding on the UNIFIL proposal that will facilitate Israel’s withdrawal from the northern part of the village of Ghajar,” he said afterwards.Resolution 1701 expanded UNIFIL, which currently has nearly 13,000 military personnel, and called for an end to hostilities, respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming militias including Hizbollah, and an end to arms smuggling.Hizbollah has not disarmed, and last month Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said sporadic rocket launches into Israel, almost daily Israeli flights over Lebanon, the active maintenance of an arms depot by Hizbollah and the apparently Israeli surveillance equipment left on Lebanese territory raised the spectre of a potential escalation. 8 December 2009The military chief of United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon today discussed with senior Lebanese and Israeli military officials recent incidents in the south, where Israel fought a 34-day war with Hizbollah in 2006. read more

Hunger reached alarming tenyear high in 2017 according to latest UN report

The report estimates that the number of undernourished globally, increased to 821 million in 2017; meaning that one in every nine people, does not have enough to eat.It was published on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO). “We now have three years of global hunger or chronic deprivation”, Cindy Holleman, Senior Economist at FAO, told UN News in an interview on Tuesday. “Many governments and organisations had made a lot of achievements in reducing hunger and it had been falling for 10-15 years,” she said, adding that “the levels of hunger are now where they were, almost a decade ago.”Noting that “this is an alarming signal,” she explained that the increase is mostly due to three drivers across the world: the intensification of conflict, an economic downturn and the effects of climate change.  The report emphasizes that climate variability and extremes are already undermining food production in some regions and, if action to mitigate disaster risk reduction and preparedness is not taken, the situation will only get worse as temperatures are expected to continue to rise and become more extreme.“We must also keep in mind that the underlying factors or causes of hunger are also poverty, and inequalities and marginalization”, Ms. Holleman added, stressing that, as the world works to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing these root causes will be as critical as implementing peace and climate resilience initiatives.The report reveals that while some progress continues to be made in reducing child stunting, levels remain very high with nearly 151 million children aged under five – 22 per cent – affected by stunting. In addition, wasting continues to affect over 51 million children aged under five which places them at higher risk of morbidity and mortality. Regarding adult obesity, the report highlights that the situation is also getting worse. More than one in eight adults in the world is now endangering their health from being overweight; or more than 672 million. read more

Game Set Match Mrs Williams Serena Wins at Wimbledon

Serena Williams of the US plays a return to Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands during the women’s singles first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Now that she’s “Mrs. Williams,” per the Wimbledon chair umpire, now that she’s a mother, now that she is back on tour, Serena Williams is ready to rediscover her full complement of shots and full ability to dominate.“Not only do I expect to win,” she said Monday after picking up a victory in her first match at the All England Club in two years, “I expect to win emphatically.”Williams found herself in a bit of a jam against 105th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, down by a break in the second set on a windy afternoon. And then, a five-game run and 25 minutes later, Williams had completed the 7-5, 6-3 result.“I have such high expectations of myself,” said Williams, whose 23 Grand Slam singles championships include seven at Wimbledon, so she was seeded 25th even though her ranking is 181st following an extended absence. “I don’t go out there expecting to ‘do well’ or ‘see what happens.’ That’s just not me.”Day 1 at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament featured some mild surprises, such as U.S. Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens’ third first-round exit in the past five majors, and losses by No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov (to three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka).Also drawing attention was eight-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer’s new clothing sponsorship, during his easy-as-can-be victory at Centre Court.Nothing feels as significant in tennis today, though, as what Williams does — because of what she’s accomplished in the past and because of what she’s trying to accomplish in the present, with a baby in tow. Not that she’s unique: Other mothers who won Monday included 57th-ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany, who beat Svitolina 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1; former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open titlist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russia.“The tougher balance, for me, is to be able to spend time away from my son and be OK with taking, sometimes, time for myself, which is a struggle sometimes, because I really want to spend every second with him,” said Azarenka, who faces No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova next.Williams has won 15 matches in a row at Wimbledon, a streak that encompasses titles in 2015 and 2016, although Williams said that hadn’t occurred to her until a reporter mentioned it. The 36-year-old American sat out the tournament last year while pregnant; she gave birth to a daughter in September and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November (hence the change from “Miss Williams” over the arena microphone).This is only Williams’ second major tournament in nearly 1½ years. She returned at the French Open in May and won three matches there before withdrawing with an injured pectoral muscle. She went a few weeks without even attempting to serve, while healing, and insisted she wasn’t entirely sure how she’d fare with that stroke Monday.Rus rolled her eyes at that notion after the match, saying: “I mean, she doesn’t start a tournament if she’s not prepared.”Maybe so, but Williams double-faulted on the initial point, and dropped in some offerings in the low 80s mph, rather slow for her.Then she revved it up, getting to 115 mph in each set.“Serving good,” Rus observed. “Hard.”Still, Williams had her issues. She lost her footing and tumbled at one point. She got upset by a line judge’s mistaken call that led to the replay of a point she should have won but instead lost. She was down love-30 on her serve and trailing 3-1 in the second set after a run of 7 of 8 points for Rus.“Almost,” Rus lamented later, “like a double-break.”Almost, but not quite.Williams came back to hold there and wouldn’t drop another game the rest of the way, dealing better with the wind that whipped this way and that at No. 1 Court and marking terrific passing shots with those customary cries of “Come on!”Her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion and 2017 finalist Venus, had far more trouble across the grounds at No. 2 Court, slipping to the turf a couple of times and barely moving on with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who dropped to 0-8 at the All England Club.The Williams siblings aren’t playing doubles in this tournament, the way they did at Roland Garros, and that’s a good thing for Mom: It gives her more time with her child.“I felt guilty,” Williams said about her time in Paris. “I was like, ‘I haven’t seen Olympia.’ Like, ‘What am I doing?’ … Now that I’m not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help.”It might take time to figure out how to balance her job with her career, just like for many a parent.“I’m adjusting well. I spend so much time with her every single day. We, like, literally do everything. I really don’t like being away from her,” Williams said. “I also think it’s healthy, in a way, for me to do what I need to do, be that working mom, then go back home and be the mom.” read more

BASF introduces Master Builders Solutions global brand

first_imgBASF has introduced its new global brand Master Builders Solutions® to the underground construction industry, encompassing tunnelling, hardrock mining and coal mining. The company said that the enw global brand is a sign of its commitment to the industry and that the new name has already been regionally launched in Asia Pacific. Through several phases, Master Builders Solutions will be rolled-out worldwide by the end of the first quarter 2014.The portfolio of products and services marketed under the Master Builders Solutions brand embraces chemical solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of buildings and infrastructure: concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for mining and tunnelling, waterproofing, concrete protection and repair products, grouts and high-performance flooring products.“Master Builders Solutions embodies our ability to collaborate across technologies and functions on a global scale. That way we create solutions geared to meet the individual construction chemical challenges of our customers,” said Dr Tilman Krauch, President of BASF’s Construction Chemicals division. Many solutions from BASF’s broad portfolio for the construction industry also contribute to the success of underground construction projects, some of them addressing specific chemical challenges experienced in tunnelling or mining. “The Master Builders Solutions brand will help our customers in the underground construction industry to see even better our overall range of solutions serving their needs from concrete admixtures or waterproofing solutions through to shotcrete accelerators, injections or TBM products”, said Matthew Ross, Global Head of the Underground Construction team of BASF.Under the new brand, the chemical solutions continue to focus on safety, efficiency and longevity and thus sustainability in order to fulfill the long term needs of tunnels and mines. The company’s large R&D assets are an important base for an ongoing set of innovations to support the industry’s needs. In one single project, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, BASF has delivered concrete admixtures, shotcrete accelerator and fire protecting grouts for approximately 20 km of the 57 km long tunnel.The range of products and services offered under the Master Builders Solutions brand features a globalised naming system and will be introduced in phases. For the Underground Construction business segment the product name MasterRoc will be used for sprayed concrete; injectiom; TBM; waterproofing membranes; and mine backfill. In addition to the products that now come under MasterRoc, BASF offers concrete admixtures and MasterSeal waterproofing solutions to the underground construction industries.last_img read more

Ulster Bank assets to be transferred to RBS bad bank

first_imgULSTER BANK WILL have £9 billion of high-risk or non-performing assets managed within a new ‘bad bank’ following a UK Government review of its parent company the Royal Bank of Scotland.The UK taxpayer rescued RBS will create an internal ‘bad bank’ to run down a total of £38 billion of high-risk assets and accelerate its return to the private sector.RBS will also undertake a comprehensive review of Ulster Bank to “identify a sustainable business model for supporting the Northern Irish and Irish economies” which will report in February 2014.The review says that analysts do not expect Ulster Bank’s cores business to break-even until 2015 at the earliest, and even from this point to generate only single-digit returns.This has been driven by ongoing loan losses despite the transfer of £18 billion of low-quality lending to RBS’s non-core division.Ulster Bank’s impairment charge represents 3.1 per cent of gross assets, which is ten times the loss rate suffered in the UK retail division and was substantially larger than Ulster’s income.Impairment charges reflect the decline in potential profits from unrealised assets.Bad bankRBS hopes to remove all of the toxic assets, equivalent to $61 billion or €45 billion euros, from its balance sheet over the next three years, the bank said in a statement as it announced also a third-quarter net loss of £828 million.The lender, 81 per cent owned by the British government after the world’s biggest banking bailout in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, said it had decided against creating an external ‘bad bank’ owing to the risk and expense involved.“Our goal is to remove between 55 per cent and 70 per cent of these assets over the next two years,” RBS chief executive Ross McEwan said in the statement.Additional reporting by © – AFPRead: Danske Bank Ireland to close for personal customers with loss of 150 jobs >Read: Work to do on mortgage restructuring as long-term arrears remain high >last_img read more

G2 iPhone 4 or HTC Surround which smartphone grills faster

first_imgWhen shopping for a smartphone what flavor do you tend to lean toward? Are you hopping on board with Microsoft and their new Windows Phone 7, following the masses to Android or are you an Apple fan and love your iPhone? The final question has to be do you like your smartphone cooked medium rare, medium or well done?The folks at EZ Grill apparently like their smartphones well done regardless of the type of phone based on a new video they have put together. It answers the question many smartphone users have never thought to ask. That is, which smartphone grills faster? So, with a $599 Android G2, a $549 Windows Phone 7 HTC Surround, a $731 iPhone 4 and the classic $10 EZ Grill the company decided to find out.I won’t give away any spoilers which ultimately answer which smartphone grills faster, but what I will point out is the absolute care the cook in the video takes to properly prepare the smartphones going as far as flipping them over when their screen first dies. Clearly, as any good outdoor cook knows, that’s done to seal in the flavor. Adding to the entertainment is the alarms that have been set to go off on each phone as they heat up during the experiment and the temperature warning which pops up on the screen of one phone like a turkey thermometer going off on Thanksgiving day.While some may tout the benefits of Android, Windows Phone 7 or the iPhone in common terms of multitasking, availability of applications and carrier support I think EZ Grill may be on to something with this experiment. I must honestly say I can’t think of any smartphone review which has included how fast the smartphone cooks on a grill.via YouTubelast_img read more

A Raspberry Pi can be powered by fire

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi is not only a tiny, cheap PC that can fit in your pocket, it’s also a very low power device. You can power it using just a USB connection, or if you have the right setup a lithium-ion battery will keep it going for a few hours. Even solar power is an option if you have a panel handy. There is another power source for the Pi we hadn’t considered before, though. You can also power it using fire.Back in 2012 BioLite released a device called the CampStove. It was designed to charge your gadgets by converting the heat from a small fire into electricity. That power is then fed to your gadget of choice over a USB connection. The only worry with such a charging solution is keeping your expensive gadgets far enough away from the hot fire not to be damaged while they draw power. A long USB cable is therefore recommended.And of course, if the CampStove produces enough power to charge a battery over USB, it should also be capable of powering a Raspberry Pi. And Mike Vanderpool, who works at ValleyApps, has proved this by hooking one up to his Pi and sharing the image you see above of it booted up on a portable display.The only downside is the cost of the BioLite CampStove, which has an RRP of $129.95. But if you want to use a Pi next time you go camping, and have a portable display, add this to your list of potential power solutions. If it’s going to be cold where you are, that’s just another reason to opt for power generation by fire.last_img read more

Bouncer regulation needed

first_imgThe death of 30-year-old Jerry Karamesinis, who died at the hands of a bouncer, has sparked the coroner to call on tougher regulations on bouncers and crowd control. Coroner Jennifer Coate recommended to an inquest into the death of Karamesinis that all new security staff to be put on probation and undergo drug and alcohol testing if violence does break out. Karamesinis died from head injuries that he sustained after being hit by a bouncer outside a Frankston club in May 2007. The lawyer representing Karamesinis’ widow told the court that this has exposed bigger problems in the security industry. In the past ten years, 35 people have died in or around Victorian nightclubs due to the security industry. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Two Greek Orthodox Churches will cover all expenses for Tom Angelopoulos funeral

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Greek Orthodox Churches have offered to cover all funeral expenses for late Greek migrant, Anastasios Angelopoulos, whose body remains in the Townsville hospital’s mortuary, since his passing last June, due to -what appears to be- an intransigent bureaucracy.“I spoke to Rev. Alexios Kapandritis earlier in the week and he confirmed that the Greek Parish Community of Saints Theodore, Townsville together with the Parish of St. John the Baptist, Cairns will proceed to cover all of my father’s funeral costs,” said Mr Angelo Angelopoulos. Following his father’s death, Mr Angelopoulos sought financial assistance from the Coroner under the Queensland Government’s Burial Assistance Scheme, as he was not in a financial position to cover his father’s funeral costs.In his application, the 60-year-old Queensland resident also provided evidence to the Government that it is a requirement under Canon Law in the Eastern Orthodox religion to hold a church service prior to a burial service.Mr Angelopoulos was granted financial assistance on the condition that he didn’t conduct a private viewing and a church service, despite there being no additional cost to the State for these apart from the cost of transporting the deceased to and from the church.A law student himself, the 60-year-old son alleges that the Queensland Government is engaging in religious discrimination and is in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). Together with Human Rights and Civil Rights lawyer, Klaire Coles, Mr Angelopoulos has lodged a complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ).“My intention was never to beg for money, but to raise awareness about this matter which appears to be a case of religious discrimination that borders on disguised racism,” added Mr Angelopoulos.“I would like to express my gratitude towards the two Greek Orthodox Churches for offering to cover my father’s funeral costs, but I am even more determined now to continue to fight for the rights of the people that don’t have a voice in Australia. This is very much a public interest issue and a human rights issue irrespective of religion, financial status or cultural background.“It’s time to address it,” he concluded.The funeral service of late Anastasios Angelopoulos who migrated to Australia with his wife Lygeri in 1957, will be conducted next Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Greek Parish Community of Saints Theodore, in Townsville.last_img read more

Les femmes ont des enfants de plus en plus tard

first_imgLes femmes ont des enfants de plus en plus tardUne nouvelle étude de l’Institut national d’études démographiques (INED) montre que les femmes ont leur premier enfant de plus en plus tard, surtout lorsqu’elles sont diplômées. L’âge moyen du premier enfant chez les femmes ne cesse de reculer. En cause ? Les études supérieures. Selon l’INED, les femmes préfèrent aujourd’hui obtenir leur diplôme avant d’avoir leur premier bébé.Sans diplômes, les femmes auraient leur enfant aux alentours de 25 ans. Quand elles choisissent de poursuivre leurs études avant de penser à la grossesse, elles ont environ 30 ans au moment où leur aîné voit le jour.FranceSoir.fr ajoute que les femmes diplômées (majoritaires en France) ont en moyenne 1,8 enfant contre 2,5 pour les non diplômées. Cela explique le taux de fécondité faible dans l’Hexagone : 1,8 seulement. Le 14 janvier 2011 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more