‘Energy, resources should not be spent on VIP protection’

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said energy and resources should not be spent on protection of VIPs, barring the Prime Minister and the President.Following the Union Cabinet’s decision to ban red beacons on VIP cars on Wednesday, the CM said he would stop using it. “I believe that VIP culture has to be reduced. It is a wrong thing that is happening to this country. Security is a mindset. Security can be achieved with two, three, or four people,” Mr. Parrikar told reporters at a media briefing after the Cabinet meeting at the State Secretariat.Later in the day, two Ministers in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government: Minister for Tourism Manohar Ajgaonkar and Water Resources Minister Vinod Paliyekar, said they had removed red beacons from their official cars, following the Central Cabinet’s decision.Mr. Parrikar also asked officials in the CMO to issue instructions for implementation of the decision.last_img read more

Teary-eyed Salman Butt apologises to Shahid Afridi

first_imgPakistan’s disgraced cricketer Salman Butt has tendered a personal apology to his former captain Shahid Afridi when they crossed paths at the national cricket academy in Lahore.According to eye witness accounts Butt, who was the Test captain in England in 2010 when the spot-fixing scandal broke out, on Thursday evening approached Afridi at the NCA where the Pakistan squad bound for Zimbabwe was presently training.”Butt who is coming to the NCA to train went up to Afridi in the presence of some other players and with tears in his eyes apologised to him,” one witness said.Also read: Butt hopes to represent Pakistan in international cricket   “Butt told Afridi he was sorry for what had happened in England and that he should have listened to his (Afridi’s) advice. He asked the Pakistan T20 captain to forgive him for his role in the spot fixing scandal. Afridi kept quiet and then obviously embarrassed by the situation mumbled to Butt that he should focus on his cricket,” the witness said.Butt, along with teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, was banned for five years by the ICC for the spot-fixing scandal and also served time in jail in the United Kingdom.The five-year bans on the trio expired on September 1 and the ICC said they could return to playing cricket but the PCB has announced a reintegration and rehabilitation program for the three which they have to accomplish to qualify to play first-class cricket.The program rules out any return for the trio to first-class cricket until February 2016.advertisementAlso read: Indian cricket team very happy with ShastriTne main requirement of the program is that the trio have to apologise to their former Pakistan teammates and try to convince them to accept them back in their fold.Interestingly the PCB had also made it clear in its program that the trio will not go to the NCA to train when a Pakistan camp is set up there to avoid any problems but apparently that clause was ignored on Thursday as the trio were also at the NCA when the Pakistani players were training there ahead of the tour to Zimbabwe.A source close to the players said some of the national team players were uncomfortable to see Butt, Asif and Aamir at the NCA and had conveyed this to their team management.Both Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis had appeared as witnesses against the trio when the ICC anti-corruption tribunal held its inquiry into the spot-fixing scandal in 2011.Butt, who has remained apologetic for his involvement in the scandal since his five-year ban ended, was made Pakistan Test captain on the 2010 tour.last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: In heart-warming gesture, Chahal ties Pakistan batsman’s shoelaces

first_imgIndia’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s heart-warming gesture in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan is winning accolades on social media.Chahal was spotted tying the shoelaces of Pakistan player Usman Khan during the first innings of the high-profile contest.Pakistan were 169/9 in 42.4 overs when Chahal gave Usman a helping hand.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | PhotosPakistan were soon bowled out for 162 when Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Usman off the first ball of the 43rd over.After winning the toss and opting to bat on a flat pitch, Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry total. Pakistan batsmen never really found any momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals.READ – Clinical India demolish Pakistan by 8 wicketsBhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15) sent back openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman early on to leave Pakistan struggling with two wickets down after 4.1 overs with just two runs on the board.Players break barriers & how!Yuzvendra Chahal helping a Pakistani player with his shoe laces in today’s match.The second picture is of Pakistani women cricketer, Anam Amin tying the shoe lace of Harpreet Kaur. #AsiaCup2018 #IndiavsPakistan pic.twitter.com/7M9dGrmdItArchana Solanki (@archana0809) September 19, 2018So true…in an age of hashtag nationalism; this right here, is Grace #INDvPAK https://t.co/IGKjzGAtPnbarkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 19, 2018Tender moments that’s why called cricket is a game of gentlemans and Yuzvendra Chahal played definitely like the Gentleman. pic.twitter.com/GMMtUo5tUmadvertisementAmardeep Tomar (@amarzsb) September 19, 2018A true #Athlete has #Ethics, #SportsManship and #Camaraderie which only a #Sport can bring #Pakistan ho ya #India, #Insaniat first! pic.twitter.com/zvdGlmxB0mMaryam Masood (@MaryamMasood80) September 19, 2018Respect #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/r11pIQYCejAhmed Bollywood (@ahmedzadjali10) September 19, 2018Shoaib Malik (43) and Babar Azam (47) negotiated the spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav well and the pair stitched together an 82-run stand for the third wicket.Chinaman Kuldeep triggered Pakistan’s slide with a brilliantly executed wrong un’ that outfoxed Babar when he was looking good.READ – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansThat opened the floodgates and Pakistan were bundled out for 162 in 43.1 overs.In reply, a quickfire half-century by Rohit Sharma and his 86-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan saw India comfortably overhaul the target with a whopping 21 overs to spare.READ – Sarfraz Ahmed admits Pakistan stumped by Kedar JadhavRohit plundered 52 runs off 39 deliveries, hitting six boundaries and three sixes along the way.Dhawan scored 46 runs off 54 balls before a loose shot to a Faheem Ashraf delivery handed an easy catch to Babar Azam at point.Following the duo’s departure, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik ensured that India crossed the line without losing any more wickets.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Chelsea battered by brilliant Bournemouth

first_imgChelsea 0 Bournemouth 3: Conte blue as Cherries run riot Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 2/1/18 callumwilson-cropped Getty Images Chelsea’s top-four hopes took a hit as a shambolic display saw Bournemouth cruise to an impressive win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s ponderous transfer window was ruthlessly exposed as a disjointed display enabled Bournemouth to record an emphatic 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.The defending Premier League champions toiled throughout January in their pursuit of a physical centre-forward to back-up Alvaro Morata with success finally achieved with the arrival of Olivier Giroud on Wednesday, hours before the deadline and too late for the former Arsenal man to be included here.With Morata injured, Michy Batshuayi sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund and Giroud watching from the stands, Chelsea lacked an obvious focal point in attack. Pedro, Eden Hazard and Ross Barkley formed a hastily arranged front three, but it misfired horribly.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In stark contrast, the visitors were wonderfully fluent with Ryan Fraser, Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas’ direct approach causing Chelsea’s backline no end of problems.Callum Wilson put Bournemouth ahead after 51 minutes before Stanislas and former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake also got in on the act to hand Antonio Conte’s men their third league defeat at Stamford Bridge this season.A performance and result that will live long in the memory! #CHEBOU | #afcb pic.twitter.com/efldwYEcza— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 31, 2018Chelsea’s struggles were evident from the first minute with Bournemouth coping easily with what little was thrown at them.Bournemouth looked a more cohesive unit and had the better of the early exchanges.Stanislas had already tested Thibaut Courtois from 25 yards before another bright attack, which saw Fraser break clear down the right, was brought to a premature end by referee Lee Probert after he adjudged Wilson to have fouled Andreas Christensen.Ibe then fired a powerful effort at Courtois before Chelsea twice threatened at the other end.Gary Cahill nodded a corner just over on the half-hour mark and, nine minutes later, the hosts’ wingbacks combined with Marcos Alonso narrowly nodding Davide Zappacosta’s right-wing cross past the post.It was, in truth, a dire opening period, but the game opened up after the break.Just six minutes had elapsed when Wilson played a neat one-two with Ibe before running on to the return ball and slipping it under the advancing Courtois.Hazard saw an effort saved by Asmir Begovic but Bournemouth doubled their advantage after 64 minutes – Wilson playing in Stanislas who toe-poked into the net.One. Two. Three.It’s a good day to be a Cherry #CHEBOU pic.twitter.com/9L9kbc3I32— Premier League (@premierleague) January 31, 2018With Barkley already hauled off for Cesc Fabregas, there appeared no sign of a Chelsea comeback and it was no surprise when Bournemouth added a third.The home side failed to clear a corner and when Ibe turned it back towards goal, Ake stuck out a foot to divert it past Courtois.Alonso fired narrowly wide and curled a free-kick into the wall but Bournemouth’s defences were not to be breached. Key Opta stats: – The Blues suffered their joint-heaviest home defeat in Premier League history, with this their seventh defeat by a three-goal margin at Stamford Bridge. – Chelsea have lost five games in the Premier League this term; as many as they did in the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign. – Eddie Howe’s side have equalled their longest unbeaten run in the Premier League, last going six unbeaten in the competition in December 2015. – Only Sergio Aguero (five) has scored more Premier League goals than Callum Wilson (three) in 2018. – Aged 17 years and 84 days, Callum Hudson-Odoi became the second-youngest player to debut for Chelsea in the Premier League (after Jody Morris in February 1996 – 17y 43d v Middlesbrough).   read morelast_img read more

Country Music Star Brad Paisley Named First College GameDay Guest Picker

first_imgBrad Paisley on College Gameday as the guest picker.Brad Paisley College Gameday guest pickerBelieve it, college football fans – the 2015 season starts in just three days. That also means that Saturday morning, College GameDay will be back on our television screens. ESPN’s famed college football preview show will be broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas, ahead of the Alabama vs. Wisconsin matchup. Monday, it was announced which celebrity would be joining the crew to make some predictions for the week.Country music star Brad Paisley will be doing some double duty for the event. He’ll be performing his new single “Country Nation” for the crowd and serving as the official celebrity guest picker.Paisley and Sam Ponder had an interesting Twitter conversation regarding the event, too. But no, she didn’t really convince him via social media. ESPN had already made the announcement via press release.Hey @BradPaisley got any plans on September 5th? Asking for a friend (or two)…— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) August 31, 2015Funny you ask, @Sam_Ponder… I was kinda hopin to hang with you and the @CollegeGameDay crew that day.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 31, 2015@BradPaisley consider this your official invite! Fort Worth, TX. Sundance Square 9am.— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) August 31, 2015.@sam_ponder Hell yeah. Guess I will see everyone on Sept 5th. Fired up for @CollegeGameDay.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 31, 2015Paisley served as the guest picker for last year’s West Virginia vs. TCU contest. What do you think, college football fans? Is he the right choice to kick things off?last_img read more

A College Football Team Just Unveiled An Incredible Week 1 Helmet

first_imgTulane helmet decal.Week 1 of the college football season kicks off in just two days – TWO DAYS!! It’s finally back from a lengthy hiatus.One of the team’s taking the field this week will be Tulane. The Green Wave kicks off its season opener against Wake Forest on Thursday night.Tulane rolled out new helmets for its Week 1 contest against the Demon Deacons. The Green Wave will be rolling into their home stadium with a very unique helmet decal.Check it out.Week 1 helmets for @GreenWaveFB @TulaneEquipment x #uniswag pic.twitter.com/KwxeSZ1DxU— UNISWAG (@UNISWAG) August 28, 2018Tulane features one of the more interesting mascots in the country and these helmets won’t do anything to quiet the fans of crazy alternate helmet decals and uniforms.Wake Forest opens the contest as a six-point favorite, with the over/under sitting at a comfortable 55. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff on Thursday night. It will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.Who do you think will take the win?last_img read more

Alabama 5-Star Freshman Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches the team warm up before the first half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.STARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 11: head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches the team warm up before the first half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)We’ve seen a lot of players enter the new NCAA transfer portal this offseason. The latest Alabama player to put his name in is a former five-star recruit.Linebacker Eyabi Anoma, one of the top recruits in the 2018 class, has entered the portal, according to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. Anoma was the No. 2 defensive end and the No. 4 overall recruit in 2018, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances product appeared in 12 games for the Crimson Tide this season, recording nine tackles (two for loss) and one quarterback hurry.Alabama outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma, a five-star member of the Tide’s 2018 signing class, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source https://t.co/1dyDuKijYR— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 5, 2019A player in the transfer portal does not have to leave his current program, but is able to have contact with other schools.Players can withdraw from the portal at any time as well.A pair of Crimson Tide players–defensive back Kyriq McDonald and long snapper Scott Meyer–entered the portal yesterday. McDonald played in 11 games in 2018, making seven tackles, while Meyer appeared in on contest after serving as the team’s main long snapper in 2017.Alabama finished the 2018 season with a 14-1 record, losing only to Clemson in the national championship game.last_img read more

Cruise Vessel Orders Push Fincantieris Revenue Up

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri has once again reported a record quarter in terms of total backlog and the number of orders in the cruise business.During the first quarter of 2019, the shipbuilder’s order intake was at EUR 6.5 billion with contracts signed for a total of 11 cruise ships for 5 different brands, including Oceania, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking, MSC, Princess.Total backlog reached EUR 34.3 billion, covering approximately 6.3 times the 2018 revenues. Backlog for the same period last year stood at EUR 21.8 billion with 104 ships in the order book.Revenues increased by 13% to EUR 1.38 billion, compared to EUR 1.22 billion reported in the same period a year earlier, in line with the growth expectations for 2019.“The orders for the 11 cruise vessels signed in these three months translate into almost 27 billion euro generated to the benefit of the territories where we are located: this figure speaks for itself,” Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, said.“This is the first glimpse of a challenging year ahead of us, which will allow us to show our excellent production and system integration capabilities,” he added.Revenues in the shipbuilding segment for the quarter reached EUR 1.11 billion, increasing by 8.8% when compared to the EUR 1.02 billion reported in the first quarter of 2018. The increase in revenues was linked to the higher volumes generated by the construction of cruise vessels, that recorded an increase of 13.1% if compared to the same period of 2018.Fincantieri expects 2019 results to be in line with 2018 and consistent with the economic and financial forecast announced within the 2018-2022 Business Plan. In particular, for FY 2019 the revenue growth trend is confirmed, with an EBITDA margin in line with 2018.In the shipbuilding segment, in the next quarters of 2019 the shipbuilder expects to deliver 8 ships, 6 cruise units and 2 naval vessels.last_img read more

Secret spy file on Pierre Trudeau was almost spared from destruction memo

first_imgOTTAWA — A secret spy-service file on Pierre Trudeau came close to eluding destruction 30 years ago, newly disclosed memos reveal.However, a late October 1988 recommendation that the dossier on the former prime minister should be preserved for at least another decade was nixed just days later, sealing its fate.The Canadian Press reported last month that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service scrapped the Cold War file on Trudeau in 1989 instead of sending it to the national archives.The Trudeau dossier was among hundreds of thousands of files on a wide array of groups and individuals the then-new CSIS inherited in the 1980s after the RCMP Security Service was disbanded following a series of scandals.CSIS said the file on Trudeau was destroyed because it fell short of the threshold for retention by either the service or the archives.The news rankled leading historians, who said an intelligence file on a prime minister should be kept without hesitation given its significance to the national public record.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Finance Committee to hold public hearing in Fort St John on June

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has announced details for its Budget 2020 consultation.According to the Government, this consultation is an annual event where British Columbians are invited to share their priorities and ideas for the next Provincial Budget.Committee Chair, Bob D’Eith, says the consultation has been moved to June instead of the fall which will allow more time for the committee to put forward reviews and considerations. “Every year, the committee hears diverse perspectives and suggestions on a number of topics. Moving the consultation to June will allow for more time to review and consider this input and the recommendations put forward by the committee.”Residents can provide their input by speaking with the committee in-person or via teleconference at a public hearing. They can also send input via mail or through an online survey.A public hearing will be coming to Fort St. John on June 19, 2019.For more information, and to register, you can visit the committee’s website.last_img read more

Police look for 6 Filipinos over murder

The Taiwan flagged ship had anchored at the Colombo port early this morning and the crew had been engaged in a dispute. The victim was identified as a 37 year old Philippine national. The six suspects involved in the crime had then fled from the boat.The Colombo harbor police are conducting investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The dispute led to one man being stabbed by the others, the police media unit said. The Colombo harbor police have launched an investigation to locate six Philippine nationals over the murder of another Philippine national on a ship which was anchored at the Colombo port this morning.The police said that the Filipino was murdered following a dispute with a few others on the ship.

Security Council to make supporting and assessment visit next week to Haiti

The Council delegation would “express its full support for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and for the United Nations presence in Haiti as long as necessary,” Brazilian Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, who will lead the group, said in a recent letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.In that regard, the Council would call for improved coordination between the Transitional Government, in its leading role, and MINUSTAH to ensure security, Mr. Sardenberg said, and would “convey the determination of the Security Council to see that all pledged funds are promptly disbursed.”The Council would also look at actions the Transitional Government and MINUSTAH should take to implement a national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme “that addresses all illegal armed groups in a comprehensive manner, including its legal basis.”The Security Council’s mission will be in the country from 13 to 16 April and be held in conjunction with the mission of the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti. read more

Lebanon UN deminers hurt as agricultural damage from conflict hits 280 million

Reporting on the blasts that wounded the de-miners, which are now under investigation, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the world body needs information to forestall future incidents. “The UN condemns the use of all anti-personnel mines, and calls upon any party that laid such mines during the recent conflict to provide information as to where they have been laid to prevent similar tragic incidents occurring in the future,” he said.On the political front, Lebanon is considering proposals for a joint international-Lebanese tribunal to try those allegedly responsible for last year’s assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in a massive car bombing in Beirut.In New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked about internal opposition from the President of Lebanon and the Speaker of the country’s Parliament. “I accept that there are internal issues that the Prime Minister will have to work out with the political forces in Lebanon, but that is the responsibility of the Lebanese, not that of the UN,” he replied.In another development, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released a report today estimating that damage and losses to agriculture, fisheries and forestry in Lebanon from this summer’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah total some $280 million, with accumulating debts threatening upcoming crops.“With the loss of income from harvests and lost animal produce, many farmers have become heavily indebted as they usually repay their debts during the May to October harvest period to secure credit for the following production season,” FAO Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division Director Anne Bauer said. “This year, their ability to repay these debts has been reduced to the minimum, making it impossible to start the new cropping cycle due to the lack of working capital.” FAO has identified priority initiatives for implementation within the next 6 to 12 months to address the critical situation of vulnerable farming communities in south Lebanon. Start-up funding has been secured for a small early recovery coordination office in the south, but FAO is seeking some $17 million for other priority initiatives such as seeds, fertilizers and small irrigation equipment. While the conflict affected the agriculture sector directly, with crops, livestock and equipment damaged by bombing, the indirect economic impact in terms of lost markets and labour opportunities was much more important, the report stresses. The biggest economic losses stem from lack of access to fields during the conflict, the peak time for the harvest of export crops, mainly stone fruit and potatoes, with much of the produce perishing on the ground as bombing forced farmers to abandon their lands and transport to market became impossible. Moreover, many agricultural fields and pastures have been rendered useless until unexploded bombs can be removed, a particularly important factor in the south where an estimated 25 per cent of the cultivated land is inaccessible due to unexploded ordnance. Total financial losses due to physical damage and lost harvests of tree and field crops in the south amount to some $94 million. Overall, the total financial damage to the crop production sector is estimated at around $232 million. The bombing was directed mainly at southern Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut, among the country’s poorest areas. Overall, agriculture accounts for almost 70 per cent of total household income in the south. read more

UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

“I am deeply disappointed that the US Government has not been able to close Guantánamo Bay, despite repeatedly committing itself to do so,” said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.According to Ms. Pillay’s office (OHCHR), around half of the 166 detainees in the centre have been cleared for transfer to their home countries or third countries for resettlement. However, they have remained there, while others have reportedly been designated for indefinite detention.“Some of them have been festering in this detention centre for more than a decade,” Ms. Pillay said. “This raises serious concerns under international law. It severely undermines the United States’ stance that it is an upholder of human rights, and weakens its position when addressing human rights violations elsewhere.”Ms. Pillay noted that four years ago she had welcomed the announcement by President Barack Obama saying he was placing a high priority on closing Guantánamo and establishing a system to protect the fundamental rights of detainees. She further welcomed the White House’s reiteration of this commitment last week, citing Congressional legislation as the main obstacle for progress on the issue.However, Ms. Pillay said she was concerned that in spite of these commitments, abuses to detainees’ human rights have continued in a systematic manner year after year, leading many prisoners to take desperate measures such as going on hunger strikes.“We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold. When other countries breach these standards, the US – quite rightly – strongly criticizes them for it.” Ms. Pillay also expressed alarm over the continued obstacles the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 has created for the closure of the detention facility, as well as for the trial of detainees in civilian courts, where warranted, or for their release. The Act was signed into law by Mr. Obama on 3 January despite previous threats to veto its renewal. Guantánamo detainees who are accused of crimes should be tried in civilian courts, particularly as the military commissions – even after improvements made in 2009 – do not meet international fair trial standards, Ms. Pillay said.“Anyone who is deprived of his or her liberty by arrest or detention is entitled, under international human rights law, to regular review of the lawfulness of their detention and to be released if the detention is not lawful,” she said. “Any ensuing judicial proceedings must scrupulously respect due process and fair trial standards.”The High Commissioner emphasized that as long as Guantánamo remains open, US authorities must make every effort to observe the detainees’ rights. “Under human rights law, people deprived of their liberty must be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent dignity,” she said.Ms. Pillay also called on the United States Government to allow UN Human Rights Council experts full and unfettered access to the detention centre as well as to detainees. read more

Show time for a revived Howes Theatre

Attendees check out a new painting by alumnus Ed Spera, part of the latest upgrades to the David S. Howes Theatre.A crowd broke into applause at the David S. Howes Theatre on Dec. 7. But this time, it was to celebrate the completion of a half-million-dollar facelift, and thank the man whose gift made it possible.Longtime Brock supporter David Howes — who has served more than a decade on the University’s Board of Trustees, including a term as chair — was on hand to formally welcome the upgrades that have greatly improved conditions in the 500-seat facility.In recent months, the much-used cultural and academic venue has received significant upgrades to its stage, sound system and auditorium bulkheads. It has also received a major lobby overhaul that included the addition of bay windows, LCD-TV monitors, display cases and a new ceiling.Perhaps the most visually striking addition is a painting commissioned by Howes and done by Niagara-on-the-Lake artist — and Brock alumnus — Edward Spera. “If a Tree Falls in the Forest” is a moody, powerful four-by-eight-foot acrylic on masonite that depicts a gray wolf along an abandoned logging road in British Columbia.About 50 people who turned up for the celebration event heard Brock President Jack Lightstone say that Howes has “yet again made Brock University a better place.”“These upgrades will enhance the experience of every student who attends classes or performances in this facility,” said Lightstone, “and for thousands of people from across the Niagara region who come to this theatre for all manner of cultural enrichment.”Howes took the comment in stride.“Brock has over the years given more to me than I have given to it,” he said. “We were just happy to have the opportunity to come back and renew a facility that needed renewing.“I hope we have set a trend in doing that.”Theatre upgrades include:upgrades to the sound system and stagepainting of bulkhead and wood panelingLobby upgrades include: installation of bay windows replacement of lobby ceiling addition of LCD TVs installation of display cases, benches, lighting and signageJack Lightstone, David Howes and Ed Spera read more

ARod Blatantly Hit with Fastball in Game Against Red

Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster hit New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez with a fastball in Sunday night’s game, setting off a chaotic scene at Fenway Park that lead to the ejection of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.From the moment Rodriguez stepped onto the field, the boos and jeers seemed to influence Dempster, who appeared to take aim at Rodriguez. Dempster’s first pitch came close to hitting Rodriguez, landing on the outside of his knee. A few pitches later, he threw a fastball that hit A-Rod’s elbow pad and deflected into his back.Rodriguez stared at Dempster as he was escorted to first base, but never attempted to rush the mound.Girardi, however sprinted onto the field and began yelling at plate umpire Brian O’Nora. Perhaps in disbelief that Dempster was not ejected for his blatant display, Girardi swung his fist wildly, nearly connecting with O’Nora’s chin.The benches and bullpens cleared, but the situation was handled before things escalated. read more

Ohio State senior Cammi Prantl powers Buckeyes past Rutgers in Big Ten

OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats. read more

Child tests positive for arsenic after playing with magnetic putty withdrawn over

first_imgThe magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall  A young girl is thought to have been poisoned by arsenic after playing with a putty toy that was removed from online retailer Amazon last month. Neve Kelly was found to have 10 times the safe level of the deadly poison in her urine after playing with Magnetic Putty, according to her mother Frances. Ms Kelly claimed that the toy was bought as a Christmas present for her two daughters before she was warned by her sister over its possible toxic contents.She and her partner Mark then took their daughter to the doctors after Neve complained of stomach pains.Doctors results concluded that Neve had 10 times the safe amount of arsenic in her urine.Ms Kelly has since spoken out on social media to warn other parents of the toy.  Amazon removed it from its website over fears it contained seven times the safe level of arsenic and the magnet was 29 times stronger than the permitted force.At the time, the online retailer said: “Customer safety is our priority”. Amazon declined to comment on this case. Neve’s dad Mark, 40, wrote of his daughter’s condition on Facebook: “We don’t want to cause a panic, only make people aware of the potentially dangerous product.”Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, while long term exposure can cause heart disease and cancer. Most exposure comes from drinking contaminated water.The family are now seeing legal advice. Ms Kelly added: “You’d think buying a Christmas present from a well-known seller would be safe.”Just worried if a child ingested it how much damage this would cause. We are all in disbelief.” The magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall Credit:Triangle News Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UKCredit:Triangle News  Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UK She wrote: “We have received shock news this afternoon with the results of my daughter Neve’s tests and there is a toxicology team in Edinburgh who are now dealing with it.”There was 10 times the normal level of arsenic found in her urine.”They had to take vials of blood and it is getting sent to an arsenic specialist in Glasgow. They are all in shock.”Neve has thankfully not shown many symptoms of damage and pray this test will be lower as she hasn’t been in contact with it since January.” Northamptonshire Trading Standards barred the product from sale last month after discovering it on a market stall, however it is still available to buy in the UK from some online retailers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Column The UK is exploring its shale gas future we should do

first_imgIN HIS BUDGET for the next year, Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne has committed the country to exploring its shale gas future, and the controversial fracking method of extracting it, by offering tax incentives to companies and financial benefits to communities for exploring the potentially massive reserves in the country. With Britain and other European countries paying 300 per cent more for natural gas than the fracking-happy United States, he’s right to promote investment into exploring the potential of Britain’s shale gas basins.Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue. There are claims and counter claims about its safety, and the industry has met with considerable opposition in Europe. Many countries have either banned the practice of fracking or have kicked it to touch, awaiting studies – we have three in process – on its impacts. Other countries that have lifted bans, like Britain, are seeing slow progress as local government drags its heels and communities organise to protest the exploration wells being dropped.Much of fracking’s bad image comes from the USMuch of the bad image of the industry comes from the country that has most enthusiastically embraced shale gas, the US. The country isn’t best known for its quick and effective regulation of big businesses, and the emerging fracking industry seems to have gotten away with a lot in the US that one can’t see hard line European regulators turning a blind eye to. Improving regulation has been the key to improving safety and satisfaction of locals. A report presented to our own government before they kicked the issue to another three agencies to investigate concluded that with proper safety controls and regulation, fracking doesn’t pose a substantial danger.Governments have been kicking the issue to touch because it’s politically unpalatable to be touching the issue. I think instead that they should allow the exploration of shale gas to move forward as they are in the UK, with financial incentives for communities sitting atop the fields and close regulation of the industry. The fact is that we need cleaner energy sources to replace the likes of King Coal, and natural gas is a key fuel to aid the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, producing 45 per cent less carbon dioxide than coal and 30 per cent less than oil.Shale gas: the upsidesThe upsides of shale gas are massive. People living on top of shale gas reserves can win big with massive leases on land into which wells are sunk; ranging from $500 to $25,000 per acre per month and with royalty fees into the six figures for successful extraction. At a higher level shale gas has been nothing but a positive success story.The US had practically no fracking industry a decade ago. Now shale gas accounts for a quarter of the gas in the country, and is pushing up towards half in the next decade. The US pays $3.40 per Million British Thermal Units (mBTU) of natural gas. In Europe we pay north of $12, with the spot price sitting at $13.50 during the past week. The supply is so plentiful and the price so low that wells are being turned off in the US to limit supply and drive the price up. There has been a boom in jobs, industry and lower prices for consumers.There is a debate in the US about whether or not to liquefy and export their gas across the oceans, which would attract better prices for the industry but drive up prices at home. It would cost about $5 per mBTU to liquefy the gas and export it to Europe or – even more attractively – Asia, where they’re paying $20 per mBTU. As a side win, if the US were to export gas to Europe, we wouldn’t be as dependent on the nice people of Russia’s Kremlin-controlled Gazprom.We need clean fuelIndustry in the US has been a major winner, with energy intensive manufacturing jobs that previously went to China being kept at home because they’re now competitive with the all the filthy but cheap coal that’s being burned out there.That’s the other thing about shale gas: It’s a lot cleaner than King Coal, which is the dirtiest but cheapest form of producing large amounts of energy outside of the cheap gas rich US. Oft derided as the country that has refused to sign up to greenhouse gas emission targets, the International Energy Agency has released data to say that America’s carbon dioxide emissions from generating energy have fallen by 450 million tonnes, more than any country over the past five years. Indeed, the country has fallen back 20 years to the level of greenhouse gas emissions produced in 1992.That has been driven by a rise in natural gas in energy production, rising from 21.6 per cent in 1998 to 29.4 per cent in 2012; where renewable energy has risen from 8.3 per cent to 12.1 per cent. Coal has fallen from nearly half to just 36.7 per cent.Emerging economies and their hunger for energyThe insatiable energy demands of emerging countries like China, India and Brazil have seen them firing up filthy coal plants left and right. There are currently 1,200 coal plants in planning worldwide, with about three quarters in India and China according to the World Resources Institute. Even cleaner-than-thou Germany – with one of the highest recycling rates in the world no less – is building new coal plants and ramping up production in existing ones to make up for the nuclear power they’re switching off in the wake of Fukushima.The great energy conundrum of the 21st Century is that we need more energy; we need cleaner energy; and somebody seems to have a problem with every method of producing it. Community groups becoming exercised about fracking are joining the queue behind community groups concerned with the effects of wind farms, national groups opposed to nuclear energy, and nobody wants a big dirty coal, oil or probably even gas fired power plant being built in their back yard.We couldn’t deploy enough solar panels on our roofs to power the country if we wanted to (though heaven knows if we proposed it then People Against Birds Being Confused by Roofs Full of Solar Arrays would swiftly emerge) and there aren’t enough rivers to dam besides the fact that water management is another big environmental issue.We’re hurtling towards energy crisis after crisis in the next century. Shale gas could be an alleviating solution on the way to totally clean energy production – which I firmly believe is where the future lays eventually – by making it more economical to burn a cleaner fuel than coal in an increasingly energy hungry world. There’s also the economic benefits of having cheaper gas to burn in our homes and businesses in the short term.Opening the market for explorationOf course, we’re only discussing exploration at the moment. Maybe we don’t have massive reserves; maybe we do. We need to explore the reserves rather than kick everything to touch for years on end, because those years are becoming finite where energy is concerned. The US went from a standing start a decade ago to reducing its carbon footprint by more than any other country in the world largely thanks to shale gas and fracking. We’ll waste half that scratching our heads and launching reports to gather dust.If it turns out that, regardless of safety precautions and regulation, fracking will turn our water into a heating solution then fine – we’ll leave it be. But I think if you want to make an educated bet on a good way to secure some cleaner energy for the next few decades, the government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration.last_img read more