Farm Roads Rehabilitated in South Manchester

first_img Some 1,400 metres of farm roads in St. Toolies and Alvie in South Manchester have been repaired by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) at a cost of $12 million. “Farmers were having difficulty getting out their crops, the cost was extremely high, and so this section that is complete will help them greatly,” he said. Story Highlights Speaking at the official opening of the roadway on April 13, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson said the work undertaken will allow the farmers to transport their produce to the market. Some 1,400 metres of farm roads in St. Toolies and Alvie in South Manchester have been repaired by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) at a cost of $12 million.Speaking at the official opening of the roadway on April 13, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson said the work undertaken will allow the farmers to transport their produce to the market.“Farmers were having difficulty getting out their crops, the cost was extremely high, and so this section that is complete will help them greatly,” he said.He added that some 700 metres of roadway have been asphalted in St. Toolies, with another 700 metres to be repaired in the community this financial year.In addition, Minister Hutchinson said some $850 million has been earmarked for this financial year towards the rehabilitation of the island’s farm road network, adding that of this amount, $400 million will be spent in the coming months.He also informed that of the 60 farm roads due for repairs last financial year, some 52 have already been completed.Meanwhile, farmer in the St. Toolies community, Rudolph Freeman, told JIS News that he welcomes the work done on the roadway.“It is going to make a big difference, because customers will have it to use, and for my farm, it will prevent the dust from contaminating (it). I plant Scotch bonnet peppers, sweet peppers, tomatoes and others, based on rotation. If the Government could finish fixing the road and put in irrigation, all farmers would benefit,” Mr Freeman said.Councillor for the Porus Division and Principal of the Alexander Basic School, Claudia Morrant-Baker, said the refurbished roadway has been making a difference in the lives of her students.“It has made a difference because, over the years, with the bad road condition, students were unable to come to school. Taxi men did not want to come in, because the roads were too terrible. Now the taxis are running… and they are willing to carry the students,” she stated.Residents of Alvie, including senior citizen, Ellen Reid, welcomed the repairs to the 700 metres of farm roads. She told JIS that she is now able to go walking and running in the mornings.last_img read more

Alphaliner: Hapag-Lloyd’s IPO Value Set Too High

first_imgzoom The prospects of German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd of securing USD 5.5 billion within its initial public offering (IPO) plans are low, according to shipping industry analyst Alphaliner.“CSAV, which owns 34% of Hapag-Lloyd’s share capital, has a market capitalisation of only USD 977 million based on its current share price on the Chilean stock exchange. This implies a market valuation of less than USD 3 billion for Hapag-Lloyd,” Alphaliner said.Hapag-Lloyd is pushing ahead with its IPO plans as it aims to bolster its financial position and has mandated investment banks Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Berenberg to lead what is estimated to be a USD 5.5 billion transaction.Hapag-Lloyd’s main shareholders – CSAV, Kϋhne and HGV-intend to launch the IPO by December 31, 2015.However,  the IPO may be postponed to 31 December 2016 if market conditions are unfavorable, in which case the shareholders would seek alternative financing opportunities.The IPO proceeds would be directed at covering of the carrier’s financial debt that stood at EUR 4,124 billion at the end of March.last_img read more

Kaushal held but major challenge for law enforcements agencies will be to

first_imgGurugram: The Haryana police and the special task force on Saturday achieved one of the major success when they were able to get hold of dreaded gangster Kaushal in Abu Dhabi.The secrecy of the operation is such that most of the senior officials are still shying in providing the detail. According to the law enforcement officials, the main challenges now is to make Kaushal a convict in his crimes in Gurugram and Faridabad. The reign of terror unleashed by Kaushal gang can be gauged from the fact that in just this year itself, he has been accused of four brutal murders in Gurugram. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHowever, what proved to be the major blow was the death of Congress leader from Faridabad Vikas Chaudhury. Such was the brazenness of carrying out the crime by the Kaushal Gang that the henchmen did not shy away in murdering the person by pumping 10 to 15 bullets into the body. It is this fear that would have to be combatted by the witnesses who will have to testify against the 37-year-old gangster. It is not for the first time when Kaushal has been arrested. After escaping the parole, he escaped to Bangkok after which he shifted his base to Dubai. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn December 2016, he jumped parole when he was let out of Bhondsi jail. The son of a property dealer in Naharpur Rupa village, Kaushal used to sell and fix submersible pumps. His started his criminal activities in 2004, in a land dispute with gangster Sudesh alias Chhelu. Their fight resulted in nine murders, who stopped on December 12, 2006, when Kaushal’s men shot dead Chhelu in police custody at Rajiv Chowk. Meanwhile, the rivalry between the city’s two biggest gangsters, Binder Gujjar and Sandeep Gadoli, appeared to have ended, after Gadoli was eliminated by Gurugram police in Mumbai on February 7, 2016. Kaushal then teamed up with Surender Gang to murder Gujjar’s brother Manish and aide Mahesh ‘Attack’ in March 2017. Manish was hoping to eliminate his rivals to expand his gambling and illicit liquor businesses in Gururugram. He was eventually killed in an encounter in Karnal in April 2017.last_img read more

Flow of defence funding constricted even when theres money DND figures

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan complained earlier this week about how years of underfunding has impacted the Canadian Armed Forces, but not even when money has been set aside for the military does it flow easily, internal figures show.The Department of National Defence numbers underscore what some experts say should be the No. 1 priority for the federal Liberal government when it comes to the military: fix the broken procurement system.Government sources say the government’s forthcoming new defence policy will start to address the problem, which has resulted in endless delays for the purchase of desperately needed equipment.But it’s not the first time such a promise has been made, and analysts fear the Liberals will follow previous governments in failing to break what has become a vicious cycle within the procurement system.The biggest problem, they say, is the government always tries to use a limited amount of money to meet three objectives at the same time: buy military equipment; encourage competition; and create jobs.“Any one of these objectives would be difficult to achieve on their own,” said Sahir Khan, executive vice-president of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.“But the reality is that the fiscal envelope was never large enough to simultaneously accommodate all of the objectives.”National Defence’s numbers provide a year-by-year breakdown of the government’s decision over the past two years to delay more than $12 billion in planned military equipment purchases during the next two decades.The figures, obtained by The Canadian Press, are particularly stark in the short-term.This year alone, National Defence plans to shell out less than half the $2.7 billion on major new equipment it had originally expected to spend.Some of the $12 billion that has been “reprofiled,” as the government calls the delayed spending, will start to flow again in 2021-22, but the bulk isn’t expected to materialize until after 2036.Government and military officials say the decision to reprofile the money is separate from the underfunding issue that Sajjan highlighted in a major speech on Wednesday.The government has given National Defence a set amount of money or fiscal space for major military procurement projects over the next few decades.That number doesn’t change just because a project is delayed, the officials said, meaning the money can’t be spent on other things because it will still be needed when the project is ready to go.The problem Sajjan was addressing, the officials said, is that National Defence doesn’t have enough money over the long term to buy everything it needs, including 18 projects deemed critical to the military’s future.Those include upgrades and life extensions to two military helicopter fleets, air defences for infantry units, and engineering and logistical vehicles for the army, all of which are currently unfunded.But analysts say the reprofiling and delays point to the fact that even if the Liberals promise more money for defence, the procurement system needs to be fixed.Sajjan stressed in his speech that the new defence policy would be fully costed, and the very fact the government has drawn up Canada’s first real defence policy in decades has been welcomed.But National Defence continues to struggle with a significant shortage of procurement staff, while the entire system remains focused on not only buying new equipment but creating jobs and competition.Several analysts noted that the last time the military procurement system really worked was a decade ago, when the government rushed to buy tanks, helicopters and transport aircraft for Afghanistan.“But once you start to use your defence dollars for non-defence purposes, that’s when you run into difficulties,” said Kim Richard Nossal, a military procurement expert at Queen’s University.Some experts have estimated that Canada pays an extra 30 per cent on military procurement projects by trying to marry their three different objectives.The question, Khan said, is whether the Liberals are willing to spend more money to achieve those concurrent objectives, or make the politically-sensitive decision to put military need ahead of jobs.“Either funding or desired outcomes will have to be significantly adjusted,” he said, “or we will find ourselves having the same discussion interminably.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

US groups threaten Canadian snow crab imports over whale deaths

first_imgOTTAWA – An alliance of U.S. environmental groups is preparing to ask Washington to ban imports of Canadian snow crab unless Ottawa steps up its efforts to save the endangered Atlantic right whales.Another right whale was found dead in the Atlantic this week, bringing to 16 the total number of the endangered mammals which have died off the East Coast of Canada and the U.S. this summer.Examinations show most of the whales died after being hit by ships or getting tangled in fishing gear and 13 of those deaths occurred in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence.There are fewer than 450 right whales left in the world and scientists fear if extraordinary measures aren’t taken to stop the slaughter they will disappear entirely within 20 years.Kristen Monsell, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said a provision of the United States Fishermen’s Protection Act allows the White House to ban imports of fish or seafood from a country if that catch is affecting conservation efforts of an endangered species.Monsell said snow crab is the target, because Canada has no mandatory regulations in place for snow grab gear or lines that could help keep whales from getting caught in them and Canada itself has acknowledged seven whales got tangled in snow crab lines this summer, and two of them died.On Sept. 18, a dead right whale was towed to shore still attached to a large snow crab trap.She also said Canada doubled its quota for the snow crab fishery this year.“We can’t know that’s what caused the deaths, but we do know there was an increased amount of gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and it was there longer, so it overlapped with whale season in a way it hasn’t before,” Monsell said.She said the groups are only in the early stages of considering how to handle the Canadian problem so they haven’t yet approached the U.S. government about banning the snow crab.Snow crab is Canada’s second most valuable fish export and about three-quarters of Canada’s crab exports go to the United States, meaning the threat of losing access to that market is significant.Monsell’s group was one of four which together issued a 15-page letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc on Oct. 2, asking for urgent action. She said they haven’t yet received a response.In a statement to The Canadian Press LeBlanc said the government is considering all options to protect the whales, including fisheries management.“Our government takes the protection, conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale very seriously and we are committed to taking every step necessary to help prevent future whale deaths,” said Leblanc.Leblanc is hosting a meeting of officials from the fishing, tourism and shipping industry, as well as environmental groups, Indigenous communities and U.S. officials in Moncton, N.B., on Nov. 9, where he says “the sole agenda item will be how to prevent this summer’s deaths from recurring.”The Canadian letter acknowledges Canada has taken some action, including imposing a temporary speed limit for larger vessels in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, although the conservation groups say that speed limit has to be made permanent.Monsell said the speed limit is the same as one imposed in U.S. waters, which scientists believe has helped protect whales from being hit and killed by ships.The groups have also served notice to the U.S. government of intent to sue if the American government doesn’t live up to its obligations to protect the whales. The 60-day required notice period before a lawsuit is filed ends in early December.“We need action from both Canadian and U.S. governments,” said Monsell. “It’s incredible how many right whales have died this year.”— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Sporting beyond the field

first_imgThere have been plenty of controversies lately regarding the Indian cricket team wearing camouflaged Army caps to show solidarity with the martyrs of the recent Pulwama terror strike during the ODI against Australia in Ranchi. On the other hand, the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha playing the 2018/19 Irani Cup against Rest of India (ROI) in Nagpur also expressed solidarity with the slain soldiers. On Day 4 of the ongoing game, the Vidarbha cricketers wore black armbands to protest the Pulwama attack. The ROI batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane also joined them. Thus, in perspective, the sports field has always been used to make bigger political statements. The 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricketers when a bus carrying the team was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore was a one-off incident when the world learnt that sportsmen were not out of the terrorists’ radar. Before the cricketing fraternity could realise the consequences, Pakistan plunged into the abyss of isolation. The black armband protest by Zimbabwean cricketers Andy Flower and Henry Olonga during the 2003 cricket World Cup to “mourn the death of democracy in Zimbabwe” drew attention from far and wide. Flower and Olonga were eventually forced to leave Zimbabwe. They later settled in the UK. This political unrest also led to unwillingness from foreign countries to play cricket in Zimbabwe. Australian Prime Minister John Howard expressed concerns for the Australian cricket team playing thereafter he led the charge to throw out Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth of Nations for their land seizure programme resulting in the death of many white Zimbabwean farmers. England forfeited their opening game in Zimbabwe at the 2003 World Cup as a sign of opposition to the regime. The Black Power salute photo, one of the most influential protest images of all time, was captured when US sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stepped onto the world stage during the Summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968 and raised their gloved fists in a human rights protest during their medal ceremony. The image became an iconic picture of the Black Power movement and an emotional reference for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. On October 31, 1984, India abandoned the rest of the tour with Pakistan when they learnt that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been shot dead. There are numerous such examples throughout history when the sporting arena has been used as a platform for silent protest and drew the attention of the world. India, like many other countries, has had its share of political instances in sports as well. Such efforts to disassociate politics from sports are, therefore, outrageously pointless, owing to the kind of passion and enthusiasm it generates in this country, let alone the impact it creates as the most decent and favourable form of dissent.last_img read more

The Latest Critics see class divisions in London tower fire

The Latest: Critics see class divisions in London tower fire Firefighters work at the scene after a deadly blaze at a high rise apartment block in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people with around 50 people being taken to hospital. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 4:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local):7:15 p.m.Anger about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London is being fueled by the feeling that safety problems with the building were ignored because the residents are mainly poor people in a largely affluent community.The public housing block is located in a neighbourhood that ranks among England’s most-deprived areas — in the lowest 10 per cent, according to government data for 2015. Yet the community sits adjacent to neighbourhoods that are among the richest in Britain, even the world. Notting Hill and Holland Park are home to celebrities and investment bankers, with properties costing millions.A musician who goes by the name of Akala told Britain’s Channel 4 television on Thursday that “the people who died and lost their homes, this happened to them because they are poor.” He says “there is no way that rich people live in a building without adequate fire safety.”At least 17 people died in the inferno early Wednesday, and police are searching for an unknown number of others who remain missing.___7:05 p.m.London police have clarified comments by a police commander, saying that an investigation has been launched to establish what happened in the fatal fire in west London — and that it remains to be seen whether it will be a criminal case.Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy says senior officers are leading the investigation into the fire that killed 17 people as it devastated the 24-story Grenfell Tower public housing block.Cundy said earlier Thursday that “as the police, we investigate criminal offences. I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that’s why you do an investigation.”Political pressure is increasing following the inferno early Wednesday. Police are still searching for an unknown number of missing people after the fire.___6:50 p.m.London Mayor Sadiq Khan is being confronted by angry people near the deadly high-rise fire in west London as the fury of Grenfell Tower residents boils over.Khan says Thursday on his Facebook page that the community deserves answers — and quickly. A fire early Wednesday raced through the public housing tower, killing at least 17 people. Police are still looking for an unknown number of missing — a process they say could take some time.Khan says “I grew up in a similar council estate in South London and this could have easily been my family, my friends, and my community. I share their anger and concern.”___6:10 p.m.London police say a criminal investigation has been launched in the wake of the fatal fire in west London.Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy says senior officers are leading the investigation into the fire that devastated the 24-story Grenfell Tower public housing block.Cundy says Thursday that “as the police, we investigate criminal offences. I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that’s why you do an investigation.”Political pressure is increasing following the inferno that killed at least 17 people at the apartment building in London. Residents of Grenfell say their fears about fire safety had been ignored for years by local government authorities.Police are still searching for an unknown number of missing people after the fire.___5:50 p.m.London Police are expressing concern that they may not be able to identify all of the people who died in the tragic west London apartment tower fire.Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy says the recovery of the remains at the charred 24-story tower will take some time. He says it may be weeks or even months before a full search of the building can take place.Cundy says “there is a risk that, sadly, we may not be able to identify everybody.”Police say that 17 people died in the fire and that figure is expected to rise significantly.British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the inferno that swept through the public housing block within an hour Wednesday morning. Residents say their fears about fire safety had been ignored for years.___5:30 p.m.A lawyer for the family of an Italian woman missing in the London high-rise fire says she told her mom in a final call: “Flames are in the living room.”Lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin said Thursday that the mother let her hear several recordings of phone calls that Gloria Trevisan, who lived on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower with her Italian boyfriend, made to her home in Italy while the fire raged.Sandrin described the last call as “a farewell” in which Trevisan, 27, thanked her mother for all she had done. In the final conversation, Trevisan said: “The flames are in the living room. There are flames around us.’”Trevisan’s boyfriend, Marco Gottardi, is also missing. He told his father in separate calls that suffocating smoke in the stairs kept them inside their apartment and awaiting rescue.At least 17 people died in Wednesday’s high-rise fire in London and firefighters are still searching for others still missing.___1:15 p.m.Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the high-rise fire in West London.The British leader made the decision Thursday shortly after making a private visit to the site where at least 17 people were killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning.The cause of the fire is under investigation, but experts have said that it was highly unusual because of the speed with which the tower was engulfed in flame.___12:30 p.m.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has toured the area near the west London tower block devastated by a fire, meeting with volunteers helping victims and promising to get to the bottom of what happened.Corbyn said Thursday that “the truth has got to come out and will come out” as he visited volunteers helping after the Grenfell Tower fire in which at least 17 people died and hundreds were left homeless.Earlier, Prime Minister Theresa May met with emergency services during a private visit to the site. She returned to Downing Street without making any remarks.___12 p.m.Relatives of two young Italian architects say they are missing in the London high-rise fire and are hoping for a miracle.Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27, lived on the 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower. Relatives also told Italian media that the couple had assured their family in Italy in phone calls that they would be rescued, since suffocating smoke made it impossible to go down the stairs.The two moved to London in March and quickly found work as architects.Gottardi’s father, Giannino Gottardi, told ANSA he was talking to his son as late as 4:07 a.m. (0207 GMT Wednesday; 10:07 p.m. Tuesday), “then they told us their apartment had been invaded by smoke,” and the call ended.The couple’s names weren’t on hospital lists, ANSA reported.___11:25 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May has visited the site of the high-rise blaze in west London, touring the devastation that killed at least 17 people.May didn’t speak with journalists during the visit. On Wednesday, she promised a “proper investigation” into the cause of the blaze.Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise, but they haven’t been able to provide a specific figure for the number of people missing.___11:15 a.m.London police say that the death toll in the apartment building fire has increased to 17 people and is likely to rise even further.Police Commander Stuart Cundy says that there is no suggestion the blaze was terror-related. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton says specialist dogs would start searching the 24-story building.Meanwhile, 44 households were given emergency accommodation after the blaze ripped through the tower on Wednesday. The local council says families with young children, elderly residents and the vulnerable were given “immediate priority.”___10:55 a.m.Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have paid tribute to London firefighters whose bravery prevented a greater loss of life in the high-rise fire.The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh also have hailed volunteers offering support to dozens of victims from the devastating blaze.The queen says “Prince Philip and I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others.”At least 12 people have been killed in the fire, but the death toll is expected to rise.___9:55 a.m.London’s fire commissioner says that firefighters have been traumatized by the devastation they witnessed during a high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 12 people.Firefighters have extinguished the last of the flames at the 24-story and are now working to make the building safe so they can continue the search for more victims.Entire families are missing, and the death toll is certain to rise. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told Sky would be a miracle if anyone were to be found alive.Cotton says that firefighters are having trouble with the aftermath. She says “we like to think of ourselves as ‘roughty, toughty’ and heroes —they are heroes —but they have feelings, and people were absolutely devastated.”___8:45 a.m.London’s fire commissioner says it will be a miracle if any survivors are found following a devastating high-rise fire that killed at least 12 people. Authorities have said many more victims are expected.Dany Cotton told Sky News that authorities don’t expect to find anyone else alive after the blaze and that it’s too early to speculate on how it started.She said early Thursday that authorities have finally extinguished the last pockets of flame, and are trying to secure edges of the building for a fingertip search.–A previous version of this item has corrected the day of Cotton’s comments to Thursday, not Wednesday.___8:10 a.m.Community centres in London have been overwhelmed by the number of donations flooding in for those left homeless by a high-rise apartment building fire.So much food, clothing, shoes and other items have been coming in that the centres, churches and mosques have had to start turning away new donations. At least 12 people have been killed in the inferno at the 24-story building, with the death toll expected to rise. Dozens of others have been hospitalized.Missing people posters have been put up throughout the north London neighbourhood of North Kensington. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has offered free food for survivors at one of his nearby eateries.___7:40 a.m.London fire investigators are painstakingly searching for more victims of an inferno that engulfed a high-rise apartment building and killed at least 12 residents.Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise as emergency workers sift through more of the wreckage on Thursday.The fire early Wednesday in the 24-story building in west London’s North Kensington district also injured dozens, 18 of them critically, and left an unknown number missing. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but a tenants’ group had complained for years about the risk of a fire.More than 1 million pounds ($1.27 million) has been raised to help victims of the tragedy as volunteers and charities worked through the night to find shelter and food for people who lost their homes. read more

Two out of three victims of leftover munitions in Mali are children

Since April 2012, 60 victims of explosive remnants of war have been reported – 53 people injured, including 38 children and 15 adults, and 7 people killed, including 5 children and 2 adults, UNICEF said in a press release.“The danger is now at every corner in communities from central and northern Mali where heavy fighting took place,” said Françoise Ackermans, UNICEF Representative in Mali. “Explosions can happen anywhere and anytime – when children are on their way to school or when a woman goes to the market. Our teams on the ground report charred remains of war vehicles and a lot of abandoned ammunition.”Nineteen-year-old Amadou lost a finger on his left hand when he threw a stone on an apparent toy children were playing with in his courtyard. “When I woke up, there was blood everywhere. My two brothers, 4 and 16, were injured. My niece died. She was only 18 months old. I feel sad and guilty.” To better inform civilians about the dangers of potential explosives, UNICEF-supported partners have held public events over the past five months in schools, markets and workplaces that have raised the awareness of an estimated 27,000 people.The agency has used national and community-based radio stations to disseminate life-saving messages in five languages, and produced posters and other materials using Malian artists. “We are not always with adults,” said 13-year-old Adidiatou, after attending a UNICEF-sponsored educational session. “If children don’t know, they may pick up a grenade or another explosive thing as if it was a toy. They may not realize it can hurt.”Unexploded ordinance – including unexploded and abandoned ammunition such as artillery shells, mortars, rockets, grenades, bullets and aircraft bombs – is believed to be linked to the recent armed conflict. There is also historic landmine contamination closer to the border with Algeria predating the recent French intervention, according to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS). Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The conflict uprooted thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request military assistance from France to stop the progression of extremist groups.UNMAS is wrapping up a five-week training programme on clearing landmines and unexploded ordinance for 30 members of the Malian Security and Defense Forces (MDSF), Police, Gendarmerie, Garde Nationale du Mali and national civilian protection office. read more

Softball Ohio State bats silenced in 31 loss in Game Two against

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternNothing seemed to go the way of the Ohio State softball team (20-8, 1-4 Big Ten) in its 3-1 loss to Wisconsin (16-12, 2-1 Big Ten) on Saturday. The Buckeyes were coming off of a thrilling late comeback victory in the first game of this three-game series, but the spark didn’t carry over to Game 2.“I think we were a little bit too passive,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “When we play our more aggressive style we’re more successful and I think we need to do that.”Ohio State scored just one run off an RBI single from junior second baseman Emily Clark that scored senior center fielder Taylor White in the bottom of the third inning. Wisconsin freshman pitcher Haley Hestekin held Ohio State to just five hits and zero walks, striking out five Buckeyes.“We let her control what we were going to do,” Clark said. “She had us guessing and I think we just need to be more aggressive.”Junior pitcher Kat Duvall started out on the mound for Ohio State after closing out Wisconsin in the first game where she struck out the side in the seventh inning to clinch the Buckeye win.The first two innings went quietly, but Wisconsin senior shortstop Brooke Wyderski changed that when she homered to left-center in the top of the third. Freshman third baseman Taylor Johnson followed her teammate with a long ball of her one, cranking one over the left field wall to extend the Badgers’ lead to 2-0.An error by the Buckeyes in the top of the seventh allowed Johnson to get home, providing the Badgers with insurance to bring the score to 3-1. read more

Three pipe bombs found in Limerick house

first_imgTHREE VIABLE HOMEMADE explosive devices were found in an abandoned house in rural Limerick in the early hours of this morning.The pipe bombs, along with some shotgun cartridges, were found by Gardaí at 2.45am during a search of the property in Ballysheedy East.An Army bomb disposal team was called to the scene to investigate the discovery. A spokesperson said that a cordon was put in place for public safety but there was no need to evacuate properties because of the isolated location of the building.All three devices were defused at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion. The operation took just under an hour and a half.The area has been sealed off for a forensic technical examination and the devices have been removed for technical and ballistics tests.Gardaí from the Roxboro Road Garda station are investigating.last_img read more

Dublin man among four arrested on suspicion of stealing from Costa Concordia

first_imgUpdated: 21:45A 35-YEAR-OLD DUBLINER is one of four people being questioned by Italian police after being arrested for boarding the wreck of the Costa Concordia illegally.The man, who has not been named, along with a 42-year-old British man and two South Africans, were employed by salvage company Titan, which is involved in efforts to raise the cruise liner, Sky News is reporting.They were captured on CCTV positioned around the vessel, and police were immediately dispatched to the scene to investigate.All four have been dismissed by Titan. A court date has not been confirmed as yet, and they’ve been released on bail for the moment.According to Lt Elisabette Spoti of the Carabinieri police, the men were caught “red handed” and are suspected of trying to take items from the ship as souvenirs.“They should not have been anywhere near the vessel as it is still a crime scene and as such sealed off. ”When they were held they had with them in their possession a rucksack with the Costa Concordia emblem on it.“They had no permission to be on the ship and they were caught at 1.30 in the morning when no salvage operation was ongoing.”Spoti said police were also also carrying out checks “to establish what exactly the role of the four men held was during the salvage operation”.The Costa Concordia was pulled completely upright during a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side in September. It’s set to be towed away next year.The Concordia’s captain is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship during the chaotic and delayed evacuation in January 2012. Francesco Schettino claims the reef wasn’t on the nautical charts for the liner’s weeklong Mediterranean cruise.Five other Costa employees were convicted of manslaughter in a plea bargain and were sentenced to less than three years apiece.First published 10:00Read: Search begins for bodies still aboard the Costa ConcordiaVideo: Watch the Costa Concordia being pulled upright >‘A perfect operation’: Costa Concordia pulled upright off Italian coast overnight >last_img read more

From a home in Wales to a camper van in Dublin to

first_img Jan 21st 2017, 8:00 AM Phillips responded by calling out Marshman via a video which picked up significant online traction. Geared towards grabbing the UFC’s attention, Phillips also embarked upon a social media campaign based on a series of photographs and videos which depicted him sitting beside a phone, waiting on their call. In December it finally came.“I was happy for Jack. I still am,” Phillips insists. “But at the same time it was a kick up the ass. It was a blessing. We watched the fights in a bar in Newcastle and it ruined my weekend. I was burning inside. That should have been me, I thought. I’m thankful to Jack. I was proud of him as a fellow Welshman but I know that I can do it if he can.”Phillips locked up his camper van and headed home to Wales on Christmas Eve, before returning to Dublin to resume training on 27 December. He spent New Year’s Eve in the van, watching a movie and speaking to his fiancée on FaceTime. The plan is for the sacrifices to be justified by the rewards before long.“My fiancée is great. She’s understanding,” Phillips says. “She knows that this is where I need to be to progress my career and make something for both of us. If I had to sleep in the car to make this work I would. John [Kavanagh] and a few of the fighters have offered me a place in their houses but this is the way I want it to be.”It hasn’t always been the case, but Phillips now believes he’s ready to do things the right way. He knows there are no shortcuts to the top and there are still improvements to be made. With 18 (T)KOs from 21 wins, his boxing calibre can pose a threat to any opponent. But it’s in the exchanges on the ground where Phillips has holes to fill in. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article From a home in Wales to a camper van in Dublin to realise the UFC dream Welsh fighter John Phillips has been getting ready for his UFC debut in unusual surroundings. “I was struggling to get my head around what he was saying. I don’t know whether he knew that I had an interest in animals, but he broke it down to cats. He said: ‘Look at cats. Do you like cats?’ And I was like ‘What the fuck are you on about?’“He said: ‘Cats, like lions and tigers. You see them play-fighting all the time, don’t you? But they never try and kill each other. They play-fight to sharpen their tools so that when they do have to fight or make a kill, it’s easy.’“Then it sunk in and made sense to me. He asked me if I’m always carrying injuries into my fights, and I was. It’s because I was killing myself in training every day, so I was fucked by the time I had to fight. That opened my eyes and changed my approach.“To come back to the original point, I actually get along with Charlie better than anyone here. We go out and have coffee and food together all the time. We’ve become good friends.”Phillips was due to make his first defence of the BAMMA title last September against Andy DeVent. He felt that another win would finally earn him UFC recognition. However, those aspirations were thrown off course when his pregnant fiancée suffered a miscarriage as the fight approached. The day before the bout was scheduled to take place, Phillips weighed in at more than 13 pounds above the limit [185lbs] and the contest was subsequently cancelled. 10 Comments Source: Packie Collins/Twitter Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 8:00 AM 📞 Calling @johnphillipsmma & @John_Kavanagh….— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) December 21, 2016 Phillips has arrived at SBG from the UK, Finnish featherweight Makwan Amirkhani is back to prepare for his next UFC outing in March, Romanian middleweight Ion Pascu was a new addition earlier this month, while others have come in from places like France, Italy and the US, including Olympic wrestling gold medallist Helen Maroulis.“When I was at home I had too many distractions and it was starting to become a chore to train,” Phillips admits. “I wasn’t enjoying it. There was also a problem with a lack of training partners. I would just turn up at the gym and do my own thing.“I also had to go to a separate gym for every discipline — judo, jiu-jitsu, boxing, wrestling, weights, the lot. Here it’s all under one roof and all at the top level with big numbers of training partners. I’m always enjoying training now. I’m having a good laugh while working my backside off. I love it here.”Phillips had actually decided to quit MMA early in 2015. Having made his professional debut nearly a decade earlier, he still felt no closer to reaching the top. A brush with the law earned him a short stint in prison and he had spent nearly two years out of the cage when a friend managed to convince him to tape up the gloves again.“When I came out of jail I was fat, I had no motivation and I sat on my ass for 12 months,” he says. “I got to a stage where I had enough of MMA. I didn’t think I was going anywhere and I ended up falling out of love with the sport.“My training partner Mike Edwards was pushing me to fight but I couldn’t be arsed. He told me there was a tournament coming up and there was 10 grand on offer for the winner. Mike got me back into it, even though I was still out of shape. I could barely do a round.” John Phillips, with Mike Edwards and John Kavanagh in his corner, before his win over Cheick Kone. Source: BAMMAPhillips went to Paisley, Scotland and gave his bank balance a £10,000 boost by overcoming two opponents in one night. But the most significant development came later that evening.One of the fighters he defeated was Straight Blast Gym’s Charlie Ward. Phillips got talking to John Kavanagh after the fights and the SBG head coach told the Welshman that the door of his Dublin gym was open if he fancied experimenting with a new training environment.“John told me to come over for a week to see if I’d enjoy it,” Phillips recalls. “To be honest, I wasn’t too bothered at first. Even though I won the tournament I still had no desire to go full on with MMA again. But again my mate Mike Edwards guided me in the right direction. He told me I had nothing to lose by going over there for a week, so I did.“When I came over I could see straight away the level of training, the quality of the training partners and the quality of John as a coach. I could see he wasn’t a bullshit guy. He’s a genuine trainer who looks after you. I decided after the first day that I was going to stay and make a real go of it.“I sat down with my fiancée and we agreed that I’d give it one last push. I knew I’d regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t. I hated the thought of being an old man and telling my kids or my grandkids that I could have been somebody if things had been different. Either way, at least I could say that I gave it my best.”Phillips’ first outing as an SBG fighter yielded the most significant win of his career. Cheick Kone, the defending middleweight champion for British organisation BAMMA, was on a run of eight consecutive wins when he faced Phillips in Dublin last February. However, the Frenchman’s first title defence lasted just 65 seconds as Phillips called on the boxing credentials he had been honing since his teens to seal a knockout victory. Source: BAMMA/YouTubeBoxing has been left behind now but Phillips narrowly missed out — twice — on a place on the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games. He has trained with former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli and was offered the chance to turn professional with promoter Frank Warren. Under the watchful eye of Paschal Collins, Phillips has been sparring recently with undefeated Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy.While life at Straight Blast Gym got off to a promising start, Phillips initially wondered if his arrival would be met with hostility by some of the other fighters. In addition to getting the better of Charlie Ward, Phillips scored a submission win over SBG’s Chris Fields in a Cage Warriors title eliminator in July 2012.Phillips: “When I came over I probably had the assumption that there might be a tense kind of atmosphere. I definitely had my guard up. I was thinking: ‘Right, let’s fucking go!’“My attitude to training was always that you should train like you fight. I would go all out just like I do in a fight. I thought that was normal. It’s what I had always done. It was not uncommon for me to spar and knock out eight-to-ten people per session. That’s the attitude I brought here. It’s all I knew.”But John Kavanagh quickly altered his approach. An advocate of minimal-contact sparring, Kavanagh explained to Phillips that rendering team-mates unconscious wasn’t acceptable on his watch — although the newcomer took a while to grasp Kavanagh’s concept of “updating the software without damaging the hardware”, as he calls it.“John pulled me aside and said: ‘Look, you can’t spar like that. It’s not how we do it here. No one wants to train with you when you’re like that. They won’t help you then. That’s how a team works. You help each other.’ Source: UFC Europe/Twittercenter_img By Paul Dollery Another great session today @SBG_Ireland @John_Kavanagh @niallbaskennedy @JohnPhillipsmma !— Packie Collins (@packycollins) December 29, 2016 “I think that side of my game is improving all the time,” he says. “I feel good in any situation and I’m a lot calmer on the ground. Before I used to think I was beaten as soon as I was taken down, but now I’m confident that I can submit people or get back up. My takedown defence is a lot better too. If I can keep that going I honestly think I can be a UFC champion.”Should that day come, an upgrade on the camper van might be required. His current residence will suffice for now, but it does have its drawbacks.Phillips: “When I got the van I bought this kettle that you plug into the cigarette lighter. But it was only when I went to make a cuppa I found out that the bloody thing took an hour to boil!”If Conor McGregor’s robotic barista is looking for extra work, there’s a vacancy at the back of the gym.SBG veteran gets huge opportunity against former champion in Bellator main eventThe UFC’s newest champion will face a former team-mate in his first title defence “I had to be there for her so I was missing training and my head wasn’t where it needed to be for a fight. I was out of shape but I felt fit enough to fight and I knew I could make weight,” says Phillips, who was heavily criticised for missing weight so drastically.“But when I came in to cut weight they had no sauna available so I couldn’t get the weight off. People slated me for that but I didn’t say anything about my fiancée because I didn’t want to make excuses. It was my problem, I didn’t make weight.”Phillips managed to get back on track a fortnight later by winning on a smaller show in Swansea to take his professional record to 21-6. However, he worried that his failure to make weight for BAMMA might cost him the chance to be the first Welsh fighter signed by the UFC.When the UFC staged a show in Belfast in November, Phillips was away for a friend’s stag weekend in Newcastle. He watched from a bar as his compatriots Jack Marshman and Brett Johns emerged victorious from their octagon debuts.Marshman’s win was a particularly bitter pill for Phillips to swallow. A fellow middleweight boxer who Phillips believed he had the measure of, Marshman’s impressive debut was made more difficult to stomach by the fact that he picked up a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus worth $50,000 for his second-round TKO of Magnus Cedenblad. Share Tweet Email 18,311 Views Short URL IN AN INTERVIEW prior to his win against Jose Aldo in December 2015, Conor McGregor referenced Rocky IV to illustrate the extent of his newfound wealth.McGregor, the biggest earner in the brief history of mixed martial arts, jested that life has been so good since he rose to prominence in the Ultimate Fighting Championship that he now has a robot to make him coffee every morning.The lightweight champion, whose convertible BMW sports car can often be seen parked in front of Straight Blast Gym’s Irish headquarters on the Naas Road, is at one end of the UFC spectrum. At the other end are the newcomers, one of whom can be found in a much less extravagant vehicle behind the rear of the gym.In November, John Phillips became the latest fighter representing SBG to be acknowledged by the UFC when he signed a contract with his sport’s leading organisation. As he awaits his first outing in the octagon, the 31-year-old from Swansea has been living in a camper van.“I have a mortgage back home so it was too expensive for me to rent here,” Phillips explains. “I sold my car and got the van instead. It’s warm, I’m getting my sleep and I’m a few feet away from the gym. I’ve got a TV, I’ve got my food in my fridge in the van and I can use all the facilities in the gym. A bigger van would be nice but this is serving me well for now.”Phillips departed Wales just over a year ago to make one last attempt at securing a place in the UFC, the promised land of mixed martial arts. Professional athletes are often forced to leave Ireland in search of an elite training environment in their respective field, but when it comes to MMA, it’s been one-way traffic in the opposite direction recently.last_img read more

En cas dinfarctus appelez le 15

first_imgEn cas d’infarctus, appelez le 15 !Une étude à paraître aujourd’hui indique qu’en cas d’infarctus, appeler le Samu reste la meilleure solution, en raison de leur réactivité et de la qualité de leur circuit de prise en charge.En cas d’infarctus, il ne faut pas hésiter : il faut appeler le 15, le Samu. C’est la conclusion d’une étude à paraitre aujourd’hui réalisée par l’observatoire Stent for Life et présentée par la Société française de cardiologie. Chaque année en France, environ 100.000 personnes sont victimes d’un infarctus de myocarde, alors que la crise cardiaque serait responsable de 10% des décès chez l’adulte. Un chiffre qui serait en baisse selon le Pr Faiez Zannad, cardiologue et chercheur à l’Inserm au Centre d’investigation clinique Pierre-Drouin à Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy qui explique au Figaro : “On a gagné la bataille aiguë de l’infarctus, avec une mortalité immédiate qui est passée de 10% il y a vingt ans à environ 3% aujourd’hui”. À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Face à un infarctus donc, la meilleure solution serait d’appeler le Samu alors que le circuit de prise en charge en urgence est aujourd’hui bien rodé et rapide. L’objectif d’une telle prise en charge est évidemment d’éviter le décès de la victime mais également de limiter les effets à court et moyen terme de la crise cardiaque. En effet, l’infarctus du myocarde se manifeste lorsqu’une des artères coronaires se bouche, privant les cellules cardiaques d’oxygène, ce qui provoque un arrêt du cœur et une nécrose d’une partie du muscle. La prise en charge médicale consiste donc à déboucher l’artère incriminée pour rétablir l’alimentation en oxygène du cœur. Aujourd’hui, en termes de prévention, il est important que les Français connaissent les signes “caractéristiques” d’une crise cardiaque comme une douleur dans la poitrine, qui peut également se faire ressentir dans la mâchoire et les bras. Il faut alors immédiatement appeler le 15 et pratiquer un massage cardiaque si nécessaire. Les gestes de premiers secours s’apprennent facilement et peuvent sauver des vies. Lorsque le Samu intervient, il est parfaitement équipé et formé à diagnostiquer la crise cardiaque et agir en conséquence.Le 22 mars 2011 à 16:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Overhead Shot of Curiosity Rover Shows Martian Desolation All Too Well

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Earlier this month, NASA managed to snap this astonishing image of the Curiosity rover, crawling up Mount Sharp on Mars.The photo was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a sort of communications hub for the planet. Since it entered Martian Orbit back in 2006, MRO has served as a relay satellite for a few rovers and missions to the red planet, and that’s on top of scanning and surveying the landscape as it zooms about in orbit.Curiosity gets its photo taken a few times a year at this point, but each time it’s a special occasion. We can see vistas of sweeping alien landscapes, we can see the rocks and the crags, and the adorable selfies Curiosity snaps of itself, but all of those lack the context of an overhead shot like this. Here we see just how alone our rover really on the frigid Martian highlands.The photo definitely fits Curiosity’s social media “brand,” too (there’s a sentence that’s about as 2017 as you can get without dipping a toe into the current state of global politics). For some time to one-ton rover has posted selfies and wished itself a solitary birthday as it wanders about. The robot even hummed the tune to Happy Birthday to itself some time back.Curiosity is the little buggy that could. Its wheels are a bit dinged up, it had a really rough landing, and it’s encountered all manner of little problems along the way, but it’s also been running for two and a half times its originally scheduled mission. That’s not quite as impressive as Opportunity, which has been operational since 2004, but Opportunity’s not as cute, either. Along the way, it’s taught us more than we could have ever hoped about the history of Mars, and the tough little rover managed to help geologists confirm that Mars once had liquid water on its surface, as well as some key ingredients for life. No small feat for a five-year-old.And the rover may last a long while yet. While its lifetime is definitely finite as it has a limited amount of nuclear fuel, the rover uses its generator to charge two lithium ion batteries. This means, as the generator wears out, it can still store up enough energy to keep doing science for another decade, potentially. Unfortunately, given some of the issues, it’s had so far, Curiosity probably won’t make it quite that long. When it does finally die, it will be the end of an era.The plan, for now at least, is to send another rover, based on the Curiosity template in 2020. For now, though, curiosity is alone in its little corner of Mars. And there’s something decidedly eerie about looking down in this shot on the little blue probe. I, at least, couldn’t help but draw connections to Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. They may be on vastly different scales of distance, but they each hammer home a sense of crushing isolation. Space, for all practical purposes, is endless and uncaring, but it helps to know that Curiosity is out there, takin’ care of business and getting some serious science done. Kinda makes you wonder what the hell you’re doing with your life, eh?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

TCI Public Reminded Smoking in NonSmoking Areas is an Offense

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 30, 2018 – Providenciales – The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services hereby reminds the general public that it is unlawful to smoke in non-smoking areas.  Based on the Tobacco Control Law which came into force on April 1st 2016, a person shall not smoke or hold a lighted tobacco product in an enclosed public place, enclosed workplace or public conveyance. Government Buildings & Vehicles                                             Public parksHospitals & Medical facilities                                                     RestaurantsPublic lounges and Canteen Areas                                            CinemasAreas for public transportation                                                  Corridors, toilet areas, stairways and elevatorsHotels, motels, inns                                                                      Vehicles used for public transportationBars, Pool Halls, Clubs & Casinos                                             Reception rooms, lobbies or areas where the public have access.Schools                                                                                           Meetings and interview roomsShops & Shopping centresA person who contravenes this section of the law is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years. A manager, owner or lessee who consents to the smoking commits an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding eighteen months.  A person who wishes to smoke may smoke at least 35 feet beyond an enclosed public place or any place previously listed.Notice is also being given to Owners or Managers of outdoor bars or outdoor restaurants that an application must be made first to designate an outdoor smoking area.  All outdoor smoking areas must be in line with the Tobacco Control Regulations and approved by the Environmental Health Department and the Planning Department.Tobacco use is the second leading cause of death globally and is one of the main risk factors for chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases.  This Law is part of the Ministry of Health’s ongoing efforts to mitigate against the harmful effects of second hand tobacco smoke and to ensure that the health of the general population is being preserved.For more information about Tobacco Control Laws contact the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence by calling (649) 338-3613/(649) 338-4737. Schedule 3 of the Ordinance also bans smoking in the following: Related Items:last_img read more

Exclusive Dave Koz Celebrates Sizzling Horns From Duke Ellington To JayZ

first_img Twitter Read more How the GRAMMY-nominated horn master brought together an all-star band to honor great horn sections through history with a twist on ‘Summer Horns II From A To Z’Paul ZolloGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2018 – 9:21 am As a kid growing up in Tarzana, Calif., he wanted to be a musician, but since his brother already was good on guitar, Dave Koz became a drummer. “And, unfortunately, not a good one,” he says, laughing during a recent interview at the Recording Academy headquarters. “Drums were not for me. But the thing I loved most was horn sections. To me, nothing sounded better. So suddenly the sax came into my life.”Back then, only one band really mattered to him.  Tower of Power.  “I loved them,” he says. “That horn section, wow. First record I ever bought was Tower of Power, Back To Oakland. And then I saw them live. And normally the horns are off to the side or in the back, but in Tower of Power, the horns were at the front of the stage. I liked that.” Facebook News Asked what it was about horn sections that so thrilled him, he says, “The sizzle. It’s about that excitement that comes from great horn playing and great horn charts. It’s about funkiness, about musicians playing together. There is no way a synthesizer is ever going to give you that energy.”That energy sizzled all through his 2013 GRAMMY-nominated album Summer Horns, an homage to great horn sections, for which he assembled his own dream section and cut many of his favorite horn-powered tunes. That band toured during the summer of 2013 to sold-out crowds around the country, and the show was as fun for the band as it was for the audiences. Ever since he’s hoped to do a sequel.Now, five years later, comes Summer Horns II From A To Z, featuring Koz on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, along with Gerald Albright on alto sax, Richard Elliot on tenor, Aubrey Logan on trombone and vocals, and Rick Braun, who both produced and played trumpet. To write the charts, he got the best arrangers, including Tom Scott and Gordon Goodwin.”This is a very special grouping of people,” he says. “Friendship is the bedrock. And trust. I know if Rick is going to take the trumpet solo, or Aubrey’s gonna do it, I have no worries.”Indeed, seeing Logan, who is not only the sole woman of the group but is also several decades younger than everyone else, both playing and singing like a seasoned pro, is powerful.”Yeah, Aubrey can really play,” he says. “And then when she turns around and sings, it’s spectacular. Also, she adds some youth and vitality. Otherwise it would be just four old guys with their horns.”That vitality also sings through the range of the song choice, from Michael Jackson’s beautiful love song for nature, “The Earth Song,” to Paul Simon’s “Late In The Evening” (chosen for its famously infectious horn part).  “This is a celebration of horn sections,” he says, “to show the breadth of what horns can do and have done.” Compiling a wish list of more than 100 songs for the album, he included standards such as “Take The A Train,” the Duke Ellington classic written by Billy Strayhorn. “We thought it would be fun to modernize it,” he says, which led to its merger with a new classic, Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys.”  “To be able to take those two songs from different generations, and make them work together, that was fun. And it delivered the message: that horns have been sizzling in songs for years!” “Music can access part of the soul than nothing else can access. To this day, I’m humbled by the power of music, and the joy it brings.” – Dave KozWhether brand new or classic, the energy created when Koz and his horns play live, is undeniably exultant. It’s a joy that only come when musicians, each brimming with serious artistry developed through years of work, play together live. “There are no shortcuts for that,” Koz says.Music like this, he says, “means more than ever, because it is real. With what’s going on in the world, coming to a concert to be taken away by music is something people need more than ever. Most musicianship goes right over people’s heads. What everybody responds to is the energy. And when our energy is this vital, it’s joyful; you’re going to have a good time.”Exclusive: Jon Cleary Premiere’s “Dyna-Mite” Video, Talks New Orleans Rootscenter_img Email Exclusive: Dave Koz Celebrates Sizzling Horns From Duke Ellington To Jay-Z Exclusive: Dave Koz’ Sizzling Celebration Of Horns exclusive-dave-koz-celebrates-sizzling-horns-duke-ellington-jay-z read more

20 Wilmington Residents Complete 2018 Boston Marathon

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the twenty Wilmington residents who successfully completed the Boston Marathon on Monday:Erik Alatalo: 2:43:13Miroslav Tashev: 3:20:43Dana Calumby: 3:28:00Jill Chisholm: 3:31:25Sarah Hjelmstad: 3:33:54Jody Brown: 3:51:51Jessica Stryhalaleck: 4:03:30Tyler Harris: 4:15:49Kerianne Marino: 4:23:22Debbie Reppucci: 4:23:39Anthony Carriere: 4:24:22Al Rego: 4:26:34Michael Larffarello: 5:11:06Stephen Delaney: 5:14:11Sherry Iuliano: 5:14:20Scott Harmon: 5:15:44Emily Wagner: 5:21:39Janice Cutler: 5:25:39Nicolle Renick: 5:25:39Marcos Rodriguez: 5:45:32Jennifer Kennedy: 5:47:49(NOTE: The above results are from the Boston Marathon’s website.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related10 Wilmington Residents Complete 2017 Boston MarathonIn “Sports”FUN ON THE FOURTH: Results Of 1st Annual Firecracker 5KIn “Community”8 Wilmington Residents Complete 2016 Boston MarathonIn “Sports”last_img read more

Samvat 2073 Top picks by Angel Broking Kotak Geojit BNP Paribas this

first_imgKEC International127 157Geojit BNP Paribas Hero Motocorp3,4083,960Geojit BNP Paribas Allcargo Logistics181**215Kotak Securities Ashok Leyland87116Geojit BNP Paribas Infosys1,0121,370Angel Broking Mahindra & Mahindra1,327**1,541Kotak Securities Axis Bank487 650Geojit BNP Paribas With four days to go for “muhurat trading” (October 30), investors are being flooded by analysts on stocks that they should buy this year (Samvat 2073) to maximise their returns. The current fiscal has been fairly bullish for stock market investors, especially those who put in money in initial public offerings (IPOs).With bond yields on the decline, there is an expectation that retail investors would gravitate towards stocks from fixed income instruments. This also has contributed to higher interest among investors to look for stocks that would deliver good returns over a 12-month horizon.Low bond yields no longer an attractionThe yield on 6.97 percent govt bond due September 2026 stood at 6.76 percent on Monday (October 24), while the 8.27 percent 2020 bond yield dropped to 6.60 percent, according to a note by Geojit BNP Paribas.Angel Broking said that G-sec bond yields have fallen to multi-year low after the recent repo rate cut by RBI. “With the recent interest rate cut, India’s 10 year G-sec bond yields (6.72 percent) have fallen to 12-year low, (keeping aside, the few months of low yields just after Lehman Brothers crisis),” it said in its note.Successful IPOsSome of the listings have given reasonable returns to investors, except those like ICICI Prudential Life Insurance that listed at a discount to its issue price of Rs 334. Stocks that did well on debut and held on to gains include Endurance Technologies, Quess Corp, RBL Bank and GNA Axles, to name a few. The IPO deluge continues, with two issues — PNB Housing Finance and Varun Beverages — currently on.Sovereign Gold Bond SchemeAnother investment option for retail investors is the sixth tranche of sovereign gold bond scheme, which opened on October 24, ends on November 2, 2016. The issue price per bond of 1 gm of gold is Rs 2,957 and the interest rate is 2.50 percent per annum, down from 2.75 percent earlier. The earlier five tranches saw investors applying for 10,155 kg of gold.Here are some of the top picks by brokerages Angel Broking, DynamicLevels and Geojit BNP Paribas.Stock recos for Samvat 2073ScripScripCMP (Rs)*CMP (Rs)*Target Price (Rs)Target Price (Rs)RemarksRemarksScripAxis BankCMP (Rs)*487 Target Price (Rs)630RemarksAngel BrokingScripAxis BankCMP (Rs)*487 Target Price (Rs)650RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripHCL TechCMP (Rs)*792 Target Price (Rs)1,000RemarksAngel BrokingScripAshok LeylandCMP (Rs)*87Target Price (Rs)116RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripEquitas HoldingsCMP (Rs)*176Target Price (Rs)235RemarksAngel BrokingScripHero MotocorpCMP (Rs)*3,408Target Price (Rs)3,960RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripInfosysCMP (Rs)*1,012Target Price (Rs)1,370RemarksAngel BrokingScripKEC InternationalCMP (Rs)*127 Target Price (Rs)157RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripDewan HousingCMP (Rs)*316Target Price (Rs)350RemarksAngel BrokingScripLarsen & ToubroCMP (Rs)*1,504**Target Price (Rs)1,636 RemarksKotak SecuritiesScripMahindra & MahindraCMP (Rs)*1,327**Target Price (Rs)1,541RemarksKotak SecuritiesScripAllcargo LogisticsCMP (Rs)*181**Target Price (Rs)215RemarksKotak SecuritiesScripDish TV IndiaCMP (Rs)*95**Target Price (Rs)110RemarksKotak SecuritiesStock recos for Samvat 2073 Equitas Holdings176235Angel Brokingcenter_img Dish TV India95**110Kotak Securities Dewan Housing316350Angel Broking Axis Bank487 630Angel Broking ScripCMP (Rs)*Target Price (Rs)Remarks Larsen & Toubro1,504**1,636 Kotak Securities HCL Tech792 1,000Angel Broking *Current market price at around 2.45 pm on Wednesday (October 26).**Share price as of October 20.It is important to mention here that the recommendations were made on Tuesday (October 25) by Geojit BNP Paribas and on Monday (October 24) by Angel Broking. Therefore, the current market price (CMP) as reckoned by them is different from the CMP shown in the above chart.last_img read more

US AG slams serious irregularities at jail where Epstein died

first_imgUS Attorney General William Barr attends a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the US Department of Justice in Washington, US, 9 May 2019. Photo: ReutersUS Attorney General William Barr on Monday criticised “serious irregularities” at the federal prison where Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide, adding that the sex-trafficking investigation involving the disgraced financier would continue.Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. The 66-year-old was arrested on 6 July and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14.Barr, the top US law enforcement official, vowed to carry on the case against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.”Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” he said at an event in New Orleans.Epstein was already a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex. Prior to his conviction, he had counted the rich and powerful, including US president Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton, among his associates.ABC News on Monday afternoon observed federal agents, including FBI and Customs and Border Protection, at the dock and on the grounds of Little Saint James, Jeffrey Epstein’s island home in the US Virgin Islands.”There are FBI agents conducting enforcement operations in the US Virgin Islands,” said FBI spokesman Guillermo Gonzalez, declining further comment.Barr said on Saturday that he had asked the justice department’s inspector general to investigate Epstein’s death.In his remarks on Monday at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police’s National Biennial Conference, Barr said the criminal case against Epstein was personally important to him and that his death denied his victims the chance to confront Epstein in a courtroom.”I was appalled – and indeed the whole department was – and frankly angry to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said. “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.”Barr did not say what those irregularities were. The decision by officials at the Bureau of Prisons not to keep Epstein on a suicide watch has come under scrutiny.The facility where Epstein died is run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the US justice department.Even before Epstein’s death, public defenders had called the MCC conditions inhumane.”At the very least, out of a case that’s been nothing but tragedy, maybe this will at least shine a spotlight on a facility that has had serious problems for years and years,” David Patton, executive director of the Federal Defenders of New York, said in an interview.Patton described MCC as an “inhumane, cramped place with inadequate staffing, particularly inadequate medical staffing or mental health staffing.”‘A tragedy to everyone’US district judge Richard Berman, who was presiding over the case, denied Epstein’s bail request last month. A few days later, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials investigated that incident as a possible suicide or assault, according to media reports.”Jeffrey Epstein’s death is a tragedy to everyone involved in his case,” Berman said in a statement on Monday.It was not clear why Epstein was taken off the suicide watch. He was in a cell by himself when his body was found.At MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed on the night of Epstein’s death, according to an official who was not authorized to speak on the record on the matter. In addition, guards are required to make another check every 15 minutes on prisoners who are on suicide watch.The New York Times, citing prison and law-enforcement officials, reported that one of the two people guarding Epstein was not a full-fledged correctional officer and neither guard had checked on him for several hours before he was discovered.The New York City medical examiner said that an autopsy had been completed on Epstein on Sunday but that a determination on the cause of death is still pending.Epstein’s death also affects civil litigation. In a court filing on Monday, two unnamed accusers of Epstein urged a federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, to scrap portions of Epstein’s 2008 non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors there that provided immunity to his alleged co-conspirators from criminal charges.The accusers said Epstein’s death rendered moot all possible objections to scrapping the agreement.The filing came in a long-running lawsuit by alleged victims who said prosecutors violated their rights by failing to consult them about Epstein’s plea agreement, which was made on condition that Epstein cooperate with the Florida state prosecutors.last_img read more

HISD Backs Off Budget Overhaul

first_img Share Wikimedia CommonsThe Houston Independent School District has decided to back off plans to overhaul its budget process, letting principals largely retain control over how they spend their campus budgets.The process will continue to fund schools on a per-student basis, instead of based on staffing.Still, because of a $115 million budget shortfall for 2018-19, HISD administrators have proposed a cut of nearly $200 per student to those campus budgets. Some of that trim is offset by recent salary increases, according to HISD.To offset the impact on schools with small enrollments, HISD budget managers have proposed increasing subsidies to small schools by about $11 million, to $18.7 million.The revised plan walks back a push by former Superintendent Richard Carranza to centralize funding and calculate school funding based on employees, also known as FTE. That approach sought to ensure certain staffing at every campus, such as a nurse, counselor and librarian, and to even out funding disparities among campuses. Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan told the board of trustees at a budget workshop Monday that HISD received a lot of questions about that proposed budget overhaul, such as how much difference does a nurse or counselor make.“And so that’s another reason why we wanted to pause and just take a step back and then present some recommendations about how do we move forward and engage not only our principals and our teachers but our parents and the greater community around what does a funding allocation — what does it look like for HISD and our community,” Lathan said.HISD has to close a $115 million budget deficit by June. The proposed cut to school budgets would bridge about $34 million from that. The rest of the cuts are expected to come from central office.“This in no way fixes the equity issues that we have,” said HISD budget manager Glenn Reed. “This is kind of a band-aid right now to get us moving forward, to try to relieve as much as possible the cuts to as many of the small schools that we possibly can.”To try and answer some of those equity issues, Reed recommended that the school board create a committee to study how HISD distributes its resources, something he said hasn’t been done in over 15 years.last_img read more