Cristiano Ronaldo has won his third UEFA men’s player of the year award in four seasons, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to get the trophy.Ronaldo helped Real to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals last season. He has now won the award three times, one more than Messi. (UEFA Champions League: Champions Real Madrid draw Dortmund, Tottenham in Group H)Each of Ronaldo’s honors as the best player in Europe followed Real Madrid winning the Champions League.Reuters PhotoThe Madrid and Portugal star is strongly favored to get a fifth FIFA world player prize in October.The UEFA vote by journalists from 55 member federations was announced on Thursday at the Champions League group-stage draw.UEFA created a European prize after the original Ballon d’Or merged with FIFA’s world award.MARTENS BAGS WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARBarcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFAwomen’s Player of the Year, beating VfL Wolfsburg striker PernilleHarder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, Europeansoccer’s governing body announced during the Champions League groupstage draw in Monaco on Thursday.Martensguided the Dutch women’s team to their first international title whenthey won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was namedplayer of the tournament.(With inputs from Reuters)
Transfers Jardim gives Liverpool & Arsenal Lemar hope Robin Bairner 23:21 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Thomas Lemar Montpellier v Monaco Liverpool v Manchester City AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Monaco Liverpool Premier League Ligue 1 The Premier League duo are both following the France international – but the Ligue 1 champions will only sell under certain conditions Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his club do not expect to sell attacker Thomas Lemar this January, but he confessed that if an astronomical offer came their way, they would be in no position to decline it.Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked to the France international in recent weeks, and while he wants to keep the 22-year-old as long as possible, he is aware of the financial realities of the modern game.Monaco found themselves in a similar position with star forward Kylian Mbappe in the summer, with the young striker leaving on loan to PSG with the promise of €145 million coming their way at the end of the season. 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 Jardim also pointed to the example of Liverpool, who were strongarmed into selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona by an offer of €120m from the Catalan side. “You know how crazy the market can be, he said. “Things can happen that even a club like Monaco can’t say no to.“It happened at Liverpool. The figures today are very high. Everything can change very quickly. What I tell you today can be different tomorrow. “I want to keep Lemar. If I stayed here for 10 years, I’d want Lemar to stay with me for 10 years.“He’s young. He could play for another decade. He’s got a lot of qualities and I like him a lot.”Jardim will take charge of his 200th game for Monaco at the weekend, when they travel to Montpellier, though he will have to do so with the injured Radamel Falcao.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Touch Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Canberra Cup this weekend from 2-4 November 2007 at the Deakin playing fields.Canberra’s biggest event on the touch calendar has attracted 19 teams from South Australia, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Sydney, and Dubbo.ACT Touch Association President Colin Spence believes the Canberra Cup is a fantastic opportunity to showcase touch football in the ACT. “With all of the local talent and a number of international touch representative and National Rugby League players paticipating, it is bound to be a top class spectacle and very worth while for anyone interested in coming to Deakin to check it out,” Spence saidOne of the most anticipated clashes of the tournament will be the match between Vawdon Cup big guns Western Suburbs and Canberra City 2. The Western Suburbs team comprises several current New South Wales and 2007 Australian World Cup representatives, while the Canberra City 2 attack is led by St. George-Illawarra halfback, Jamie Soward.Australian Men’s Open World Cup representative Matt Curran, captain of local hopes the Woden Eagles, is looking forward to the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world.“It’s going to be a great chance to play against some quality opposition. Some of the teams that are coming down have a few internationals in their side, and it will be great to test ourselves against them.” Curran said.With so many teams visiting from other states ACT Touch Game Development Officer, Chris Tarlinton has labelled the event as an “invaluable experience for our local players.”“To have the New South Wales and Australian players here add another dimension to the competition. It is a perfect opportunity for our local stars to play with and against players they can learn enormously from,” said Tarlinton.Teams will be battling it out this weekend in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, as well as the Social Mixed division.Grand Finals wil be played on Sunday 4 November 2007 with the showcase Open Grand Finals in Women’s at 2.30pm, and the Men’s Final at 3.30pm.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)The specific reason for Urban Meyer’s decision to retire as Ohio State’s head football coach has been revealed.Meyer, who took over the Ohio State program in 2012, called North Carolina head coach Mack Brown at 6 a.m. E.T. this morning.Brown is somewhat of a mentor to Meyer and the two spoke early this morning about the head coach’s retirement decision.Meyer revealed to Brown why he was retiring.“He told me he couldn’t be animated at the level he needed to to energize his team,” Brown said this morning. “He said, ‘If I can’t coach like I need to coach, I’m not going to coach.’”Brown and Meyer have a close relationship that goes back years.Of course, Brown decided to retire from coaching only to return a couple of years later at North Carolina.Will Meyer end up doing the same thing?
6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations There’s a good reason why the Aperol spritz is one of the most popular warm-weather cocktails: Its light, refreshing mix of Aperol, soda water, and prosecco is balanced, effervescent, and low abv, so you can drink a few and not feel too tipsy. And while we love Aperol, sometimes we’re craving something besides the orangey, bittersweet amaro.A spritz can come in many forms. All you really need is a spirit, something bubbly, and perhaps fruit or herbs to get it right. While you may think of the spritz as a summertime libation, the drink can carry you from the hottest days into the cooler months as September turns into October and beyond. These four inventive takes on spritz cocktails will open your mind and palate to the bubbly possibilities of what this classic drink can be.Rooftop Rosé SpritzRefinery RooftopAs we get deeper into fall, rooftop hangs start to dwindle. But New York City’s Refinery Rooftop features a glass roof, so you can enjoy the view year-round. This spritz, created by Good Company Hospitality’s cocktail curator Will Benedetto, is perfect for enjoying these last few weeks before the weather gets crisp. “August to September is a funny time,” Benedetto says. “It’s often the hottest part of the year, but fall is right around the corner. The Rooftop Spritz is great for straddling the fall summer line.”1.5 oz The Botanist Gin.75 oz grapefruit juice.5 oz thyme simple syrup*.25 oz lemon juice1 piece lemon peelWölffer Rosé Cider to topMethod: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into a glass over ice and top with Wolffer Rosé Cider. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.*Thyme simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar, 5 large thyme sprigs, and .5 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and strain.Cancion del VeranoThe Picture Pantry/Ivan Danik/Getty ImagesThis citrusy spritz from one of our favorite Spanish restaurants, Boqueria, mixes mint and grapefruit with vermouth and bubbly for a light, balanced libation. Be sure to measure the cava carefully — too much will result in an unbalanced drink that isn’t juicy enough.3 oz YA Cava1.5 oz Atxa white vermouth.75 oz grapefruit mint cooler mix*2 heavy dashes Peychaud’s bittersGrapefruit wedge to garnishMethod: Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a wine glass filled with ice. Stir briefly and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.*Grapefruit mint cooler mix: Muddle 7 large mint leaves in .75 oz simple syrup. Add 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice and .75 oz fresh lemon juice and stir to combine.Greenmarket SpritzBocce“At Bocce, we are very lucky to have the largest farmers market in NYC on our front doorstep,” says General Manager Chris Johnson. “Over the years, chef and I have developed great relationships with the farmers that bring amazing produce to the city — this cocktail is a nod to them.” Bocce USQ worked with spritz master Stacey Swenson from Dante at Genuine to create this herb-packed libation, which is perfect for both hot summer days and cool fall evenings.1 oz herb-infused Espolon Blanco Tequila*.5 oz Carpano Dry Vermouth.5 oz St. Germain.25 oz agave syrup1 oz fresh cucumber juice.25 oz fresh lime juice1 dash Bitter Truth Celery Bitters1 dash salineCucumber strips to garnishMethod: Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a wine glass filled with ice. Stir briefly and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.*Herb-infused tequila: Combine a bottle of Espolon Blanco Tequila with 1 tbsp ground oregano, 2 rosemary sprigs, and 2 thyme sprigs. Let macerate for 24 hours at room temperature. Strain and discard the herbs. Store the herb-infused tequila in the fridge until ready to use.Almond and Peach SpritzHarold’sHarold’s is one of our favorite places to grab brunch for scrumptious dishes like steak and eggs and biscuits and gravy. While the restaurant’s southern fare is typically hearty, their morning cocktails veer to the light. “Brunch cocktails are all about low ABV session drinking,” says beverage director Gary Wallach. “They should provide full flavor and offer an opportunity to enjoy a drink without having to worry about losing out on the rest of your Sunday. This particular flavor combination was created to highlight Maker’s Mark’s nutty notes with Dolin Dry’s fruity side.” We think whiskey is perfect for every season, so this Almond & Peach Spritz works just as well in summer as it does in the chillier months.1.5 oz Dolin dry vermouth.5 oz Maker’s Mark.75 oz peach purée.5 oz orgeatProsecco and soda to topLemon twist and mint sprig to garnishMethod: Add the first four ingredients to a wine glass and add ice. Top with equal parts prosecco and soda. Use a bar spoon to agitate the ingredients. Garnish with lemon twist and mint sprig. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer
zoom BIMCO have announced plans to release a guidance series that will navigate shipowners through ballast water management implementation, in preparation for the impending ratification of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.BIMCO, Copenhagen is the oldest of the international shipping associations, comprising a membership of a broad range of stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry, including shipowners, managers, brokers and agents. The shipowner segment alone operates about 65 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet measured in deadweight tonnage. The association’s main objective is to facilitate the commercial operations of its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, education and training.The guidance series will commence with the publication of a practical ‘Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management’ written in association with Fathom, the information specialists on maritime efficiency. This vital industry resource will provide holistic practical guidance that will cover all facets of ballast water management compliance, in addition to outlining the systems available to the market with specific regard to the treatment technology and their type approval status.The release of the Guide follows the recent approval of the resolution for the Convention at the 28th session of the IMO Assembly and will serve to equip ship owners and operators with all the necessary information to navigate through ballast water management and approach regulatory demands with confidence.Captain Peter Lundahl Rasmussen, Senior Marine Technical Officer for BIMCO commented: “Among the major challenges for owners preparing for compliance, with the forthcoming Ballast Water Management requirements, is how to ensure a smooth transition to compliance and continued profitability in trade for their fleets – either by using alternative means of compliance or, in the main, by selecting adequate and compliant Ballast Water Management Systems suitable for the individual ships and trades. The Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management is without doubt a fully up-to-date and invaluable tool to aid owners in the search for unbiased and comprehensive information regarding the Ballast Water Management regulations and compliance.”Catherine McMillan, Director of Operations, Fathom commented: “Since the release of Fathom’s ‘Ballast Water Management: The Guide’ in 2011, the ballast water treatment technology market has evolved significantly. With the ratification of the Convention imminent, shipowners and operators are facing an entirely new set of challenges. With the significant investment required by owners in order to ensure compliance, it is more important than ever that concise and independently sourced information is available to owners and operators so they can steer through regulatory challenges with confidence”.The Guide will be published at a crucial time for the shipping industry, with the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention presumed to be very close. To date, countries representing just over 30% of the world’s tonnage have ratified the Convention and already reached the threshold for number of countries has already been reached. Just 4.83% is left to reach the tonnage threshold. This could be achieved by one major Flag State alone.The Step-by-Step Guide is just one element of a multi-platform information series designed to allow owners and operators to comprehensively address the uncertainties they have on ballast water management implementation.The release of the Guide will be followed by a webinar in January 2014 and a free shipowner summit that will take place 25-26 February 2014 in Hamburg. The summit has been developed to give shipowners the opportunity to discuss and understand the best strategies; solutions and issues concerning implementing ballast water solutions within their operations and adhering to compliance.Fathom, December 9, 2013
Drivers are urged to check road conditions before heading out and use caution while on the road as the storm clean up continues. -30- TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL–Highway 104 From Amherst to New Brunswick Border Reopened Today, Feb. 4 ————————————————————–Highway 104 between Amherst and the New Brunswick border has re-opened to traffic today, Feb. 4.
MONTREAL – A senior member of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s cabinet flatly denied Friday she has begun mobilizing a bid to succeed him as Liberal leader.Dominique Anglade, who is deputy premier as well as economy minister, was quick to quash a report by Bernard Drainville, a former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister who is now a political pundit.Drainville said on Montreal radio station 98.5 FM that several sources told him Anglade was working the Liberal rank and file, even going as far as promising cabinet positions if she became leader.On Twitter, Anglade was quick to categorically deny the rumours and said she welcomed discussing the matter further with Drainville.For his part, Couillard seemed unfazed by the rumours and said he believes Anglade, describing her as a woman of great quality.But he told reporters he wouldn’t necessarily view such an act as a lack of loyalty from Anglade, who was recruited personally by the Liberal leader.Instead, Couillard said it demonstrates he’s been able to surround himself with strong personalities.“I take this with a lot of pride,” Couillard said. “I’ve been able to surround myself with very strong people. That is proof of strong leadership.“You have to be able to see that strong people around a leader are a testament to the strength of leadership. So for me, it’s not a real issue.”Couillard recalled that when he was health minister in former premier Jean Charest’s cabinet, there were stories every two weeks saying Couillard was preparing a succession, which he said was not the case.“So it always happens in political parties,” he said.Quebecers go to the polls Oct. 1.
Ed Sheeran brought a ray of sunshine to a leukemia sufferer in New Zealand on Sunday.Ed Sheeran with Jess KnightCredit/Copyright: FacebookJess Knight had bought tickets to Sheeran’s Auckland concert last year, but within weeks had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Subsequent treatment meant she was unable to travel to Sheeran’s show on Sunday – so Ed took the show to her as a special 20th birthday treat.Jess’ friend, Anna Strong, had set up a massive “Ed Visit Jess” social media campaign that gained almost 4000 followers, which caught the eye of the 24-year-old singer.Ed Sheeran Visits Leukemia Patient Jess Knight in New ZealandCredit/Copyright: FacebookTwelve of Jess’ friends joined her for the visit, which lasted about thirty minutes.“Ed was a really nice guy, down to earth and genuine,” said Knight. “We talked about the Lego movie – he recommended I watch it today. And he talked about when he was in Perth and he saw lots of sharks and he said he hoped New Zealand didn’t have as many.”Sheeran played four sold out shows while in New Zealand.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
APTN National News OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers in Vancouver early next month to discuss climate change, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement posted on its website.Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Indigenous leaders representing Inuit, Metis and First Nations, in Vancouver on March 2.The prime minister is then scheduled to meet with provincial and territorial premiers the next day in the city.“Canada’s Indigenous peoples have a sacred relationship with the Earth. Their unique perspective will help guide us in developing policies that ensure our land, air and water are protected for future generations,” said Trudeau, in the statement.The PMO release stated that the planned meetings are a “follow up to the commitments made on climate change” during the Paris conference which finalized a global deal on curbing greenhouse gasses in hopes of slowing down the planet’s warming.The meetings will discuss developing a “pan-Canadian framework” to grow the economy while meeting emission reduction targets.
Singapore: Asian airlines are cutting routes, revamping their schedules and leasing extra aircraft to fill gaps left by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8s after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. So far, regional carriers have managed to avoid major disruptions, but analysts expect that idling the Max 8s, a fuel-efficient update of Boeing’s popular 737, will crimp growth plans in the near future. As investigations into the crashes continue, Boeing anticipates a $1 billion increase in costs related to the 737 Max, including fixing software implicated in the disasters, adding pilot training and compensating airlines and families of crash victims. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraInvestigators are examining the role of flight-control software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on faulty sensor readings. Nearly 400 Max jets were grounded at airlines worldwide in mid-March after the Ethiopia crash. In Asia, where air passenger traffic is growing the fastest, the groundings are pushing airlines’ costs higher at a time of rising fuel prices, squeezing carriers’ profits. Chinese airlines had 96 Max 8 jets but have managed to avoid massive cancellations by swapping in other models of aircraft, said Kelvin Lau of Daiwa Capital Markets in Hong Kong. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”However, this may limit their capacity growth for the coming peak season,” he added. China Southern Airlines, which has 25 Max 8 jets, will likely revise its targeted growth for passenger capacity, he said. Indonesian carrier Lion Air, whose Flight 610 disappeared into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, killing 189 people, said Friday in a statement that it was “operating normally by minimizing the impact” from the grounding of its 10 Max 8 jets. “Lion Air continues to serve routes that have been operated by Boeing 737 MAX 8 by replacing them using other Lion Air fleets,” spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a statement. India’s SpiceJet has said it would lease 22 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, nine of which are already in service. The carrier said it also will deploy five Bombardier Q400 aircraft. “The new inductions will not just bring down flight cancellations to nil but also help in SpiceJet’s aggressive international and domestic expansion plans,” chairman and managing director Ajay Singh said in a statement. Not all carriers, even those without Max 8s, have managed as well. Budget carrier Scoot, which is owned by Singapore Airlines, announced that it would suspend services between Singapore and four cities, with the first suspension starting from June. The routes were served by the Airbus A320. Scoot, which does not have any Max 8 jets, said in a statement that the cuts were “due to a combination of weak demand and a shortage of aircraft resources.” “The aircraft shortage is arising as SilkAir, due to the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, will no longer transfer its Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to Scoot in the financial year 2019/2020,” it said. SilkAir, the regional arm of Singapore Airlines, withdrew its six Max 8 jets from service on March 12, and its parent carrier has reassessed its capacity and fleet, opting to have Scoot grow more slowly, said Brendan Sobie of aviation consultancy CAPA. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg recently said the company was nearly finished an update to the Max that “will make the airplane even safer.” But given the concerns that deepened with the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 on March 10, it’s unclear when the update will be deployed and how long it will take for aviation regulators and airlines to decide it’s safe for the aircraft to resume operations. That’s a hardship for carriers, especially during the peak summer travel season. “Airlines don’t know exactly when the Max will be back in service. This makes it a little difficult to plan, even though there is some flexibility within their fleets,” Sobie said.
Hyderabad: The TRS on Tuesday said a federal front of regional parties proposed by its supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is open to taking support from the Congress to form a government at the Centre, as long as they don’t ask for the driver’s seat.Rao has been pursuing his idea of a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties since last year, and TRS spokesman Abid Rasool Khan’s statement that his party is ready to do business with Rahul Gandhi-led outfit is seen as significant, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results next week. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”KCR (as Rao is popularly known as) is very firm that the federal front should be in the driver’s seat and run the government,” Khan said. In case the front falls short of numbers to form the government, the option of the Congress supporting it from outside would be explored, he said. “But, the government would be of the federal front and Congress will have to extend support from outside. We are very firm that regional parties should be in the driver’s seat. The prime minister’s post should go to one of the constituents of the federal front. The prime ministerial candidate will be a consensus candidate from among the constituents (of the federal front)”, Khan said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenHowever, DMK President MK Stalin on Tuesday said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress “third front” post-Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day. Stalin’s remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, called on the DMK chief here. Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition, said Rao had not visited the state for forging alliances. “He did not come to form alliances. He came to Tamil Nadu to offer prayers in various temples and on that basis, sought an appointment with me for a courtesy call. That is all,” he told reporters here.
Hamilton police are investigating after a Scotiabank branch in the city was robbed by two masked men.Shortly after 1 p.m. on Feb. 4, two men with their faces fully covered entered the bank at 999 King St. West. The pair jumped over the counter and demanded cash from the staff.They took an undisclosed amount of money and were last seen leaving the area in a light coloured, four-door sedan. Police say no weapons were used and no one was physically hurt during the incident.Investigators say the suspects were wearing balaclavas, black shoes, and black gloves. One of the thieves was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and track pants while the other wore a dark hooded winter jacket and had his pants worn low on his hips. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Andrea Torrie at 905-546-2991 or Det. Cst. Matt Girgenti at 905-546-8936.
“The situation is alarming particularly for children who are susceptible to water borne diseases,” Hanaa Singer, UNICEF’s Representative in Syria reported in a press release. “With the crisis now in its fifth year, water has become even more scarce and unsafe, and poor hygiene conditions especially among the displaced communities are putting more children at severe risk.”Since the beginning of 2015, said the UN agency, Syria has reported 105,886 cases of acute diarrhoea while also registering a sharp increase of Hepatitis A cases. The situation is particularly dramatic in Deir-Ez-Zour, a city not far from Syria’s border with Iraq, where raw sewage has reportedly contaminated the Euphrates River from which the local population receives its water. As a result, UNICEF added, some 1,144 of typhoid cases have been reported. “Since the beginning of the crisis, we’ve been working with a range of partners to support the vital water infrastructure on which some 15 million people in Syria depend,” Ms. Singer continued. “This includes drilling and equipping wells as alternative sources of water as well as supporting the local production and procurement of water treatment supplies.”The conditions in Syria have steadily been deteriorating since the outbreak of the country’s conflict in March 2011. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has cautioned that some 12 million people in the Middle Eastern country today remain in need of humanitarian assistance – a twelve-fold increase since 2011. 7.6 million people have been displaced by the conflict and another 4.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in hard to reach and besieged locations.The humanitarian impact of the crisis is only further compounded by funding shortfalls which has seen wholesale cuts to the UN’s delivery of humanitarian aid – from food assistance to lifesaving health services.
“These figures highlight the determination of prison staff to disrupt this behaviour, whilst at the same time sending a clear message that we will push to prosecute anyone who involves themselves in this kind of activity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The issues within our prisons will not be resolved overnight, but we must make progress in tackling these problems. Bringing in more frontline staff is an integral part of that.”The number of prison officers in post is on the rise, meaning we are on track to achieving the recruitment of 2,500 officers by 2018.” Employees clear debris after riots at HMP Birmingham in JanuaryCredit:Jason Alden/G4S/PA Wire/Jason Alden/G4S/PA Wire More than 200 kilograms of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were found in prisons last year Credit:Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Anthony Devlin/PA Wire More than 200 kilograms of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were found in prisons last year as the Government admitted the situation was “unacceptable”.The haul of contraband seized in prisons, which also included 7,000 mobile phone sim cards, illustrates the scale of the challenge facing prison officers who have had to cope with staff cuts and increased violence over recent years. Officials said a £2 million investment in technology to detect phones and 300 specialist dogs trained to find drugs had helped recover the illegal items.But Mr Gyimah acknowledged more needed to be done, including the recruitment of extra prison officers.He said: “I have been clear that the current levels of violence, drugs and mobile phones in our prisons is unacceptable. We have put in place a number of measures to help disrupt this illegal activity as it is an issue I am absolutely determined to resolve. Prisons minister Sam Gyimah acknowledged the issues would not be resolved overnight but praised the efforts of staff to tackle the problems and highlighted the Government’s recruitment drive to increase officer numbers.Figures released by the Ministry of Justice showed 225kg of drugs were recovered across the prison estate in England and Wales in 2016.The seizure of mobile phones and sim cards helped thwart efforts by inmates to continue plotting further crimes from behind bars, the ministry said. The issues within our prisons will not be resolved overnight, but we must make progress in tackling these problems.Prisons minister Sam Gyimah
THE SON OF Jean McConville, a mother of 10 who was abducted and killed during the Troubles, has spoken about a private apology he once received from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.Michael McConville was one of Jean’s children who spoke to Marian Finucane on RTÉ Radio One this morning about their mother’s death and the devastating impact it had on their family.Jean McConville, a widow, was abducted from her home in west Belfast in 1972. Her body was found on a beach in Louth 10 years ago.During the interview, Michael McConville spoke of the apology he said was made to him by Adams.Adams has consistently denied having any role in the disappearance and death of the Belfast widow.He has said he had “no act or part to play in either the abduction, the killing or the burial of Jean McConville”.Today, Michael McConville, who was 11 when his mother was snatched from the family home, said of Adams:He says to me for what it’s worth Michael, I’ll apologise to you… he says it was wrong, he says, for the Republican movement, the murder of your mother. He says, it was wrong of the Republican movement to treat your family and yourself the way what they did. He says, I am sorry for what had happened your mother and I’m sorry for what happened to your family.Michael said that he met the IRA on four different occasions, and asked them a number of questions.He said that they asked him did he know the people who took his mother away, and he said he did but would not give any names.He also asked them to clarify for how many days his mother was alive after her abduction. McConville’s son said that the IRA “turned around and told us to go away and write down everything on paper” that they wanted the answers for.Though there was one question left unanswered, the family learned that their mother was alive for about 12 hours alive after she was abducted.Read: “If it was any other country, it would be investigated like a war crime,” – Jean McConville’s daughter>Read: Gerry Adams: I played no part in the abduction and killing of Jean McConville>Read: Families of ‘The Disappeared’ tell their stories as Adams repeats McConville denial>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Less than a month after a major rockfall at Tempe in central Greece led to an engineer’s death and the closure of a section of the Athens-Thessaloniki national road, engineers have warned there are nine other points along Greek highways where a similar accident could happen.The Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), the professional body that advises the government on engineering and technical matters, warned that checks along national roads need to be stepped up as recent heavy rainfall has increased the likelihood of rocks falling onto highways.TEE said that a rockfall at a point on the Corinth-Patra national road would result in road and rail links to western Greece being cut. The chamber’s Road Safety Observatory identified nine spots as being in need of particular attention: the Panagopoula area on the Corinth-Patra highway, the Epirote Tempe area on the Ioannina-Arta national road, the Lygia area between Preveza and Igoumentisa, the areas of Makrakomi, Frangitsa and Parakambylia on the Lamia-Karpenisi-Agrinio highway, at Delphi on the Livadia to Amfissa road and at Thermopylae on the Lamia to Amfissa highway.“The most crucial of all these areas is the first, Panagopoula,” Antonis Kastis, the head of TEE’s Road Safety Observatory, said. “If there is a rockfall there, there are no alternative routes. If there is a problem, the train will not be able to get through and cars will have to follow a diversion that will take them through Tripoli, which is much longer than anything in place at Tempe now.”There have been four diversions in place at Tempe since the road was closed on December 18. The highway is not due to open before the end of the month. Tempe was just one of several recent rockfalls. “The recent incidents in Tempe, Ioannina and Cassandra prove that we are faced with a rise in rockfalls due to heavy rainfall,” said Kastis. “Therefore, it is paramount that there are checks and that side roads are improved.”
Carl Lingenfelter remembers sitting on his grandfather’s lap as a young boy listening to his stories about fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War.His grandfather recounted how his commander, Gen. Sterling Price, refused to surrender after Gen. Robert Lee’s capitulation at Appomattox Court House and instead led his remaining troops to Mexico.“Grandpa would tell these stories to me,” Lingenfelter said from the kitchen table of his Barberton home. “And when I went to school, I didn’t think much of Abe Lincoln. Neither did grandpa.”Lingenfelter and his grandfather, who originally was from Clinton County, Mo., are the only members of his family to serve in the military during wartime.“He lived to be 91,” he said. “All my life, I said I was going to live to be as old as grandpa.”Lingenfelter has done that — and more. On Monday, he will celebrate his 100th birthday. According to the 2010 Census, only 17 of every 100,000 Americans are 100 and older. Among centenarians, women outnumber men 4-to-1.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is targeting a record-equaling 38th game unbeaten against the lowly Leganes on Saturday’s La Liga gameThe last time the Spanish league leaders lost in La Liga came in their 2-0 defeat against Malaga on 8 April 2017 and the Catalan giants will now the opportunity of equaling Real Soceidad’s 38 year-old unbeaten record against Leganes this weekend.Barcelona are looking to set to win the league title this season with a comfortable nine point lead over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid at the top of the standings and could very extend that advantage due to the Madrid derby that Diego Simeone’s side will have against local rivals Real Madrid.Valverde has enjoyed a superb first season in charge at the Nou Camp and has also guided Barcelona to the final of the Copa del Rey and they recently won their first leg against AS Roma 4-1 on Wednesday in the Champions League with the Catalan side also boasting an unbeaten run in the competition.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“All I care about is that the team keeps on winning,” said midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to The News.“We are still winning and we are growing in every game. Right now we are at the most exciting stage of the season but also the toughest part.”Barcelona are also looking likely to become the first team in the history of La Liga to go an entire season unbeaten with the club having no tricky away trips against any of the top sides in their remaining eight matches.The closest any team has come to having an unbeaten season in La Liga was Sociedad in 1980, who lost the penultimate game against Sevilla and consequentially cost them the league title to Real.
Vancouver firefighters quickly doused a fire in a room of a mobile home in the Maple Tree neighborhood Tuesday evening. The fire was reported at 4:44 p.m. at 7300 N.E. 100th Ave, where arriving fire personnel reported finding fire coming from a window, Battalion Chief Chris Lines said. Damage was contained to a room and its contents. Lines said a juvenile admitted to setting fire with a barbecue lighter.