Sam Allardyce resigns as Crystal Palace manager

first_imgCrystal Palace’s former England manager Sam Allardyce has quit the Premier League club five months after being appointed and said on Tuesday that he was leaving soccer management.Allardyce, 62, kept south London side Palace in the top flight after replacing the sacked Alan Pardew in December, when the club was in 17th place just one point above the relegation zone. He had signed a 2-1/2 year contract.”It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me,” Allardyce said in a statement.”This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland boss took over at Palace having lost his job as England manager last September following a newspaper sting after just 67 days and one game in charge.On Sunday Allardyce spoke about the need to bring in the right quality players after a season in which Palace survived thanks largely to a fine run in March and April, which included victories over champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.Palace lost four of their last five games but their Premier League status was secured with a 4-0 win over Hull City on the second-last weekend of the season and they finished in 14th place on 41 points — seven clear of third-bottom Hull.advertisementAllardyce told chairman Steve Parish he had decided to step down at a meeting in London on Tuesday. The club are now looking for an eighth manager in seven years with former defender Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, the early favourite to take over.”In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said in his statement reported by British media on Tuesday.”I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and (chairman) Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League,” he added.”More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant.”last_img read more

Championship round-up: Ollie Pope century helps Surrey keep faith

first_imgnews It was only once the belligerent Clarke, who passed 10,000 first-class runs, departed for 71 to Jack Brooks with the second new ball that Pope (131) kicked on, showing the flamboyance which has also made him useful against the white ball. Maybe he will take to 100-ball cricket? That is, of course, as long as it goes ahead. Speaking at tea on BBC Rradio, Surrey’s chief executive, Richard Gould, admitted there is plenty of confusion surrounding the ECB’s plans for the new competition. Asked whether he thought it would go ahead in 2020, he said: “I don’t know.”Earlier Mark Stoneman was lbw to Tim Bresnan for 10, Rory Burns was caught at first slip off Brooks – his 400th first-class victim – for nine and Ben Foakes caught behind off Steve Patterson for 18.The Division One leaders, Nottinghamshire, were bowled out for 133 by Lancashire at Trent Bridge, including two wickets for Jimmy Anderson, before the visitors responded with 157 for four. Haseeb Hameed posted a duck.The champions, Essex, having suffered their first Championship defeat in 19 against Yorkshire, are struggling again, away to Worcestershire. They were b owled out for 177 – Alastair Cook hit 37 – before the hosts responded with 47 for no loss. At Taunton rain meant only 58.1 overs were possible between Hampshire and Somerset, with the visitors 198 for eight. James Vince hit a flighty 44 and Tom Abell took three wickets.In Division Two Eoin Morgan’s 76 for Middlesex (356 for six) against Gloucestershire at Lord’s represented his first Championship fifty since September 2014. Dawid Malan matched him.Fourteen wickets fell on a helter-skelter opening day between the leaders, Warwickshire, and Northamptonshire at Edgbaston. The teenage seamer Henry Brookes was shaping to be the headline act for Warwickshire with four wickets, including three in an opening spell that had the visitors 52 for six and 118 for seven by lunch. But Steven Crook (92) and Doug Bracewell (81) changed the complexion as a stand of 122 pushed them up to 256. They also shared three wickets in Warwickshire’s reply of 100 for four. Ian Bell is 55 unbeaten. Since you’re here… Share via Email Cricket County cricket talking points: Notts are threatening to emulate Essex Yorkshire Surrey Support The Guardian Topics Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img In the youngster Ollie Pope Surrey have a batsman to watch. The 20-year-old scored his third hundred in 10 first-class matches to turn day one against Yorkshire on its head following a sticky start on an unusually green-tinged pitch.At 69 for four and 162 for six either side of lunch Surrey were struggling after Joe Root’s decision to let the toss go uncontested and bowl first – Root is captaining Yorkshire this weekend following illness to Gary Ballance. A score of 200 was in doubt against a team full of confidence having beaten champions Essex last weekend despite posting 50 in the first innings. But Pope, a calm head on young shoulders, guided Surrey to 366 for seven.Having come in at six, the diminutive former England under-19s right-hander battled hard with his fifth-wicket partner, Dean Elgar, (61) to share 68 before Rikki Clarke dominated a key 129-run stand for the seventh wicket either side of tea, taking the score to 291 for seven. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messenger County Championship Division Two County Championship Division One Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kashmir cricketer overcomes tension to win game for India vs Pakistan

first_img Ateet Sharma New DelhiAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 17:28 IST Kashmir cricketer overcomes tension to win game for India vs PakistanThis Eid was strange yet a memorable one for Wasim Iqbal. For the first time in life, the 25-year-old opener of the Indian physical disability team was away from home on the festival day.On Monday, as he stepped out to bat against Pakistan at Worcestershire’s Kidderminster Cricket club in the final league game of the first T20 Physical Disability World Championship, Iqbal thought about his family back home in the Gopal Pora village of the Anantnag district in Kashmir. He last spoke to them on August 3, just before the valley became incommunicado.”I was very tense. I still am. I haven’t spoken to my family since last almost 10 days. It was difficult to put everything behind and concentrate on the match, that too against Pakistan, the most awaited one of the tournament for us. However, I managed to pull it off and win the game for my team,” Iqbal told INDIA TODAY from England.The young lad scored a match-winning 43-ball 69 which included six sixes and four fours as India chased down Pakistan’s total of 150 in 17.1 overs.”I got the man-of-the-match award. To do this on Eid was so special, this was such a big day for me. Unfortunately, my family would not even know about it. I am worried for them and I am sure they will be very concerned for me too. I wish I could communicate with them just for a few minutes. They were so excited when I was leaving for this tournament,” says Iqbal almost pleadingly.advertisementAn engineering graduate Iqbal is still searching for a job. A leg surgery went wrong in childhood ensured a lifelong problem in his right leg. Still as other youngsters chose different path in the highly volatile district, Iqbal picked up a cricket bat and joined the local club ‘Khan Sultans’ which is mentored by local star Parvez Rasool who played one ODI and one T20I for India. Cricketing gear of both players from Kashmir in India’s physically disabled team – Iqbal and fast bowler Aamir Hasan – have been sponsored by Rasool too.”You know the bat with which I played yesterday’s knock has been gifted to me by Parvez bhai. He stays not too far from our village and has mentored many youngsters like me. I am so happy that I playing this tournament with the bat and kit bag gifted by him. There is so much talent in Kashmir. If peace prevails, we will see many players playing for India from the region.”Iqbal admits that a win in the tournament final on Tuesday evening will give a huge boost to disability cricket in India. It will also mean time to return home and meet his family.”I am so much looking forward to flying back home and meet my loved ones. But I hope that the connectivity is restored before we take off from England. I am so excited to tell them about my achievement here,” Iqbal says hours before the biggest match of his life.Also Read | Women’s T20 cricket included at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth GamesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Wasim IqbalFollow EidFollow India vs PakistanFollow Ind vs PakFollow T20 match Kashmir cricketer overcomes tension to win game for India vs PakistanOpener of the Indian physical disability cricket team, Wasim Iqbal won the Man of the Match award for his match-winning 69 against Pakistan at Worcestershire’s Kidderminster Cricket club in the final league game of the first T20 Physical Disability World Championship.advertisementlast_img read more

Commissioner of Police Appeals for Public Support

first_imgStory Highlights Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, is appealing to the public to support the police in their efforts to make their neighbourhood safe. Speaking at a press briefing at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on May 3, Commissioner Anderson reminded Jamaicans that there are several communication lines to make reports against criminals, while maintaining anonymity. “Be on the lookout for suspicious persons who may seek refuge in your area, especially in the deep-rural parishes, and if you know anyone hiding or harbouring persons of interest, report this to us,” the Commissioner added. Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, is appealing to the public to support the police in their efforts to make their neighbourhood safe.Speaking at a press briefing at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on May 3, Commissioner Anderson reminded Jamaicans that there are several communication lines to make reports against criminals, while maintaining anonymity.“You have the option to text, call or write your report. You can call 311, 119 or Crime Stop. Just report all criminal activities to the police,” he urged.“Be on the lookout for suspicious persons who may seek refuge in your area, especially in the deep-rural parishes, and if you know anyone hiding or harbouring persons of interest, report this to us,” the Commissioner added.He said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is also utilising the intelligence in the various arms of the JCF, and is working with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in its operations to catch the criminals.The Commissioner reassured that the detainees would be processed in the shortest possible time, in keeping with human rights standards.He pointed out that the operations are not only targeting active members of criminal gangs, but also a network of individuals and business owners and operators who finance and facilitate the illegal activities of the criminals.“Criminal gangs and criminal activities are networks, groups of people from different areas of the society that come together, so our response to them will be likewise – systematic,” Commissioner Anderson said.Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Branch, Fitz Bailey, said the police will be tactical and relentless in their quest to get the guns and the criminals.“Intelligence is being shared with the commanding officers of the neighbouring parishes, so when suspects attempt to cross borders, operational teams can be activated to go in pursuit of the suspects,” ACP Bailey said.He also reminded that there is a monetary reward for information leading to the seizure of guns and the arrest and conviction of suspects.last_img read more

COSCO Disposes Of Four More Oldies

first_imgzoom Hong-Kong listed shipping company China COSCO Holdings Company Limited has disassembled four more vessels within its fleet modernization efforts that call for scrapping of aged fleet.The quartet is comprised of two container vessels (Xiu He and Ya He) and two bulk carriers (Tianfu Hai and Ming Hai). The units were sent for disassembling from 1 April 2015 to 30 April 2015.The vessels, with the aggregate capacity of 261.8 thousand deadweight tons, were disposed of at a total consideration of approximately RMB 65 million.According to the unaudited financial results of the company for the month ended 30 April 2015, realized losses incurred from the disassembly of the vessels amounted to approximately RMB 59million.The two decommissioned container vessels were previously owned by COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd (COSCON), and the two decommissioned bulk carriers were previously owned by China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Company Limited (COSCO Bulk), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of the company.The move comes following a major decommissioning spree that saw COSCO disassemble fourteen vessels, including one containership and thirteen bulk carriers, from 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2015.Together with the latest decommissioning, COSCO has dismantled around 40 vessels just this year, including 17 in January and 8 in February.“The board considers that the decommissioning of the vessels is conducive to enhancing the overall operational competitiveness of the shipping fleet of the company and is in the interest of the company and the shareholders as a whole,” COSCO said.last_img read more

Rahul may lead Congress in LS

first_imgNew Delhi: Even though the suspense over the continuance of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president still persists, it is learnt that Rahul may lead the party lawmakers in the Lok Sabha to counter the perception that he is running away from the fight.According to sources, most of the newly elected lawmakers have urged re-elected Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi to declare Rahul as party leader in the Lok Sabha to lead their 52 MPs in raising all the pertinent issues to corner the government. Sonia Gandhi was unanimously re-elected as CPP chairperson by the party’s MPs from both Houses of Parliament on June 1 and as per the constitution of the party, it’s the CPP chairperson who is authorised to name the Leaders of the Congress in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. P5last_img read more

Riledup Manny Pacquiao taps aggressive streak for Thurman

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak as the one-month countdown to his battle with welterweight champion Keith Thurman got under way on Thursday. Pacquiao has entered the final phase of training for the July 20 showdown with Thurman, arriving in Los Angeles last weekend to work under long-time trainer Roach at his famed Wild Card gym. The 40-year-old eight-division world champion has been riled by trash-talking from WBA champion Thurman ahead of the bout, with the undefeated American vowing to send Pacquiao into retirement at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand next month. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevSpeaking to AFP at his Los Angeles home on Thursday, Pacquiao said Thurman’s remarks had fuelled his training camp. Asked for his response to Thurman’s retirement jibes, Pacquiao replied: “My response to him is we’ll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it’s not true. “I’m happy that he’s saying that … It gives me inspiration to focus and do the best that I can in the ring.” Pacquiao’s measured response contrasted with the assessment of his inner circle. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsFormer Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, said the Filipino icon was “pissed off” by Thurman’s remarks. “He’s said some pretty silly stuff,” Fortune said. Roach meanwhile said that Pacquiao had been “upset” by Thurman’s comments. “Manny’s motivated for all his fights and this time, this guy’s talking a little trash,” Roach said. “So that helps. Manny has got a bit upset. He wants to win this one a little bit more than usual.” Pacquiao has carried that sense of grievance into his training sessions. For the first time in several fights, Roach is wearing protective padding around his torso during his mitt sessions.last_img read more

TSX rises amid German commitment to euro rising copper low inflation

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday as rising commodity prices, positive economic data and another commitment to preserve the euro currency union left the exchange at a fresh 3 1/2-month high.The S&P/TSX composite index extended gains to a fourth session, up 57.3 points to 12,089.89. The TSX Venture Exchange gained 12.17 points to 1,233.42. The TSX ended the week up 1.67%, leaving the main index up 135 points year to date.The Canadian dollar backed off 0.25 of a cent to 101.1 US cents amid lower-than-expected inflation data after the loonie also closed at a 3 1/2-month high Thursday.Statistics Canada reported that the Consumer Price Index declined 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis in July. Economists had been looking for a 0.1% rise after the index decreased 0.2% in June.The agency said Friday that consumer prices rose 1.3% in the 12 months to July, following a 1.5% gain in June.The loonie was down from early highs as analysts suggested the data represented another reason for the Bank of Canada to keep interest rates on hold.“With inflation running below target and external headwinds still blowing, we don’t expect the Bank of Canada to resume tightening until well into next year,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic.U.S. markets were up at the end of a positive week, helped along by a positive reading on consumer confidence. The University of Michigan’s index rose to a preliminary August reading of 73.6 from a July reading of 72.3.Also, the Conference Board’s index of future U.S. economic activity posted a 0.4% gain in July.The Dow Jones industrials edged 25.09 points higher at 13,275.2.The Nasdaq composite index was 14.2 points higher at 3,076.59 while the S&P 500 index added 2.65 points to 1,418.16.The TSX ended the week up 1.67% after closing above 12,000 for the first time since early May on Thursday.That month was a time when the European debt crisis took a turn for the worse as markets focused on high debt levels in Spain. But lately, traders have been encouraged by a solid reading on American housing starts and hopes that central bankers are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep the economic recovery on track and preserve the European monetary union.On Friday, traders reacted favourably to remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Ottawa. She said Thursday that her country — which is Europe’s biggest economy — is committed to doing everything it can to maintain the euro currency union.There have also been high hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce another round of economic stimulus in September. But such a move has been thrown into doubt in the wake of recent positive economic data, including better-than-expected readings on job creation, retail sales and industrial production.Analysts pointed to another element.“I think it’s that the absence of bad news has allowed for this slow but steady rise in equities,” said Garey Aitken, director of equity research at Bissett Investment Management.“I don’t think anything has changed structurally, I don’t think that by any means we’re out of the woods yet. We’re in a bit of a holding pattern and I think that with equity valuations being attractive in a very low interest rate environment, that no news has just allowed for a bit of a rotation from fixed income into equities.”Industrials led TSX gainers with Canadian National Railways ahead $1.39 to $91.54.The TSX base metals sector was close behind, up 0.78% as copper added to Thursday’s three-cent advance, up another four cents to US$3.42 a pound. Prices for the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, gave up ground earlier this week in the wake of weak Chinese export growth data and much lower than expected Japanese economic growth in the second quarter. HudBay Minerals climbed 24 cents to C$8.65.The energy sector gained 0.58% with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead 41 cents at US$96.01 a barrel following a strong gain of more than $1 on Thursday. Suncor Energy was ahead 37 cents to C$32.43.Financials were also positive with TD Bank up 76 cents to $81.24.The gold sector slipped 0.45% as bullion prices inched up 20 cents to US$1,619.40 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. added 15 cents to C$38.08.Lake Shore Gold Corp. tumbled 16.22% to 93 cents on heavy volume of almost eight million shares after the miner announced a significant increase in its public offering of convertible senior unsecured debentures.Apple’s stock set a new high after a four-month swoon as investors looked ahead to the release of a new iPhone model and, possibly, a smaller iPad. Already the world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc. saw its stock hit US$648.19 before retreating slightly.Meanwhile, Facebook Inc. shares continued to fall, losing another 82 cents to $19.05 after hitting a fresh, all-time low of $19, a far cry from the $45 level the social networking site hit the day of its Initial Public Offering in May. Prices started to tumble Thursday as the post-IPO offering lockup on about 271 million shares expired, making them available for insiders to sell on the open market.The Canadian Press read more

India and Lanka push for seabed

Once claims are filed, in case there are overlapping claims they are decided by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).Asked about Sri Lanka’s claim on continental shelf, Sri Lanka’s high commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam told dna, “We (India and Sri Lanka) have decided to file our cases in tribunal and reconcile there. We both decided to go to the UN tribunal and file our claims separately and work towards reconciliation. It’s a long process. ““It (process of reconciliation) would be a parallel process at the tribunal. We would facilitate tribunal’s decision by talking to each other,” said Kariyawasam. After filing the first part, India was trying to reach an understanding with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with whom it has overlapping claims before going ahead with submission of second part. To back its claim at UN, India over the period of 4-5 years, conducted an exhaustive 31,000 line km survey along its 7,500 km coastline. “Arbitration process is on with Bangladesh. In another 3-4 months, we will file the second part of our claim,” a top government official told dna adding that there are not much issues with Myanmar and Indonesia. With an eye on its mineral rich seabed, also expected to have huge oil and natural gas reserves, India is all set to file its second claim to the United Nations for getting rights over the extended continental shelf even as Sri Lanka has also filed for rights over the same area, an Indian media report said.DNA India reported that India had made first part of its claim to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2009. As far as Sri Lanka was concerned, India was trying to reach an understanding with Sri Lanka but was not successful after which both decided to file their separate claims and reconcile while the hearing is on.The continental shelf comprises the seabed and subsoil of the submarine areas that extend beyond its territorial sea throughout the natural extension of its land territory. Since these shelves are rich in mineral and natural resources such as oil and natural gas, every nation asserts its right on their continental shelves. Continental shelf can extend upto 350 nautical miles from the coast. Asked which minerals are there in the area which India would be staking claim on, the top Indian government official refused to reveal but said it is very rich and is important for India’s energy needs. He also said that ministry of external affairs (MEA) and the ministry of earth sciences (MoES) are together working on the matter with latter looking at the scientific part of it. “MEA is looking at the part of reconciling with our neighbours. They are expected to file it another 3-4 months,” the official added. read more

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

(Update)The death of a controversial comic legend. 81-year old Joan Rivers died this afternoon — one week after being admitted to hospital. Before today, Melissa Rivers said her mother was “being kept comfortable” in a private room — something many families have experienced. Rivers was admitted after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords last Thursday. And the New York State Health Department says it’s investigating the circumstances. But tonight — many are focused on remembering the star, some with tears — others with laughter.The 81-year-old comedian was best known for her quick wit and sharp tongue often saying exactly what was one her mind, regardless of what others thought. And whether a person was a fan of her brand of humour, I think most would agree that Joan Rivers was a comedy legend.“It got stuck, it wouldn’t move for 2 1/2 hours. And I’m thinking, you know, the Germans killed 6 million Jews, you can’t fix a *bleep* carberetor?”Joan Rivers was never one to shy away from controversial material in her jokes. But the comedian’s bold and brash humour brought her to the top of her industry, making her the first woman to host her own late-night talk show back in 1986. And when dealing with those who didn’t always see eye to eye with her, like one heckler who didn’t agree with a Helen Keller joke, Rivers had this to say: “If we didn’t laugh, where the hell would we all be? Think about that.”A tough lady in what was a predominantly male field, Rivers was a groundbreaking comedian. She lived life in the spotlight till the very end, hosting a fashion show and starring in a reality show with her daughter Melissa.She even made a few stops in Hamilton along the way. The one-time General Manager of the former Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. (HECFI) remembering his encounter with the legend when asking if there was anything he could do for her.Gabe Macaluso, Former G.M. Of HECFI: “She said here’s the dog leash, he needs to go for a walk. Caught me off guard, but next thing you know I’m walking this dog and she says by the way he needs to be walked three times a day while he’s over here, while I’m sound checking. I said no problem. And what was beautiful was some time later she sent me a note, a written note, thanking me.”Rivers passed away from throat surgery complications at the age of 81. Though arguably she didn’t look her age, given all the cosmetic procedures she had done, another subject she didn’t shy away from. a woman, who was very memorable to many.“Joan Rivers was Joan Rivers. She was colourful, she said what she meant and she wasn’t afraid to say it, sad for the family, just another icon we lost this year.”“She was always pretty controversial and outspoken, but she was great, I didn’t know that. It’s sad, two comedians dying of that stature over the past few weeks, it’s really, really, sad.”Fellow comedian, Robin Williams passed away less than a month before Rivers. When asked about death, she said it didn’t faze her: “My father was a doctor so I was around death all my life. I was used to it because he’s a *bleep* doctor!”Whether she made you cringe or laugh till you cried, Joan Rivers was a woman who had a way with words. Even world leaders are commenting on the death of Joan Rivers.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird posted a picture of the two of them and wrote: “Sad to hear about Joan Rivers. Nice memory of meeting her with my mother. Melissa & family are in our thoughts & prayers.” read more

Democrats raise political influence issue in antitrust probe

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are challenging a new Justice Department probe into a deal between California and four big automakers, accusing the Trump administration of using antitrust powers to target political opponents.Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island told the Justice Department’s antitrust chief at a Senate hearing Tuesday: “My suggestion is you’re doing this for political reasons.” The official, Makan Delrahim, defended the investigation and denied any political motivation or influence from the White House.Under the deal being reviewed, the automakers plan to comply with pollution and related mileage requirements established by California that are tougher than the federal standards sought by President Donald Trump.Democrats also questioned whether political influence played a role in the antitrust regulators’ effort to block the $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

These little piggies went to Ralphys

Pot-bellied pigs at Ralphy’s Retreat animal sanctuary near St. Williams have personalized… Email Share Ralphy’s Retreat animal sanctuary Several of the pot-bellied pigs living at Ralphy’s Retreat near St. Williams were victims of neglect or… Residents at Ralphy’s Retreat animal sanctuary – most pot-bellied pigs – welcomed visitors to an open house on June 23, 2019 GALLERY: Ralphy’s Retreat animal sanctuary Tumblr Kara Burrow, owner of Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary in St. Williams, introduces seven-year-old… Briana Petersen of Burlington gets up close with a couple of pot-bellied pigs on Sunday at an open… Google Plus Reddit Briana Petersen of Burlington gets up close with a couple of pot-bellied pigs on Sunday at an open… Pinterest LinkedIn Don Kearney, who volunteers at Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary in St. Williams, gives Milton a… Several of the pot-bellied pigs living at Ralphy’s Retreat near St. Williams were victims of neglect or… Don Kearney, who volunteers at Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary in St. Williams, gives Milton a… 1/6 ST. WILLIAMS They call it a place to snout about.And hundreds of pig lovers who were treated to a tour of Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary in St. Williams on Sunday seemed to agree.They were there to meet Peaches, Finnegan, Rupert, Hermione, Lottie Dottie, Chubby Checker, Mr. Tulip, and a passel of other pot-bellied pigs.Thanks to Kara Burrow, who founded the retreat in 2003, pigs that were in need of “re-homing,” or had been abandoned, neglected or abused, are now living high on the hog.A team of volunteers helps Burrow run the orderly, not-for-profit operation where the animals are well fed, safely housed, and receive individual attention.Burrow said many of the pigs she takes in are from people who get a pot-bellied pig as a pet without doing their research.Having pigs as pets has become trendy over the last several years, with breeders advertising them as micro pigs, mini pigs or teacup pigs. Burrow said there’s no such thing and people are shocked by how big the animals get.“Part of our mandate is to get out and educate people,” she said as she was leading Sunday’s tours.Burrow said pigs are therapeutic, artistic, and in tune with human emotions. She has about 100 animals in her care and others in foster homes.Without a paid staff, Burrow is always looking for volunteers. The sanctuary is also home to horses, donkeys, guinea pigs, a rabbit, cats, dogs and roosters.It operates solely on donations and fundraising. Burrow hoped to take in about $8,000 in donations at Sunday’s open house, with much of the money going toward paying for the animals’ veterinary care.The event also included a kid’s zone, vegan barbecue, strawberries and cream treats, and a bake sale.Burrow also holds other fundraising events throughout the year, including yoga with the animals, and a barnyard boot camp.Anyone interested in volunteering at the sanctuary should contact ralphysretreat@gmail.comYou never know who will come out for a visit at @RalphysRetreat animal sanctuary near St Williams pic.twitter.com/OZmvXVf7Dm— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) June 25, 2019 read more

BMW recalls 16M 3Series cars to fix air bag problem thats affecting

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2014 11:17 am MDT BMW recalls 1.6M 3-Series cars to fix air bag problem that’s affecting global auto industry DETROIT – BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix an air bag problem that is hitting much of the global auto industry.The German automaker says it will recall 1.6 million 3-Series cars from model years 2000 to 2006 across the world, including 574,000 in the U.S.The company said Wednesday that it’s a precaution because other automakers using similar systems have reported problems.Air bag inflators in systems made by Takata Corp. can rupture. If that happens, the bags might not work properly, and shards could fly out and cause injury.The problem is responsible for millions of recalled vehicles during the past few years made by manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. The recalls have mostly been of vehicles in states with hot and humid weather.BMW said it has no reports of problems in its vehicles. Dealers will replace the passenger-side front air bags. The new recall excludes 42,000 BMWs recalled in May 2013 for the same problem. The company says it is recalling all vehicles equipped with potentially faulty air bag systems regardless of where they were sold.In June, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating air bags made by Takata, a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts.The agency said it received six reports of air bags rupturing in Florida and Puerto Rico. Three people were injured in those cases. It had estimated 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. could be affected, but the total is likely to climb.The government says it wanted to act quickly in warm states while it continues to investigate the issue.“Based on the limited data available at this time, NHTSA supports efforts by automakers to address the immediate risk in areas that have consistently hot, humid conditions over extended periods of time,” the agency said in a statement.Takata said in a statement Wednesday that it is supporting the NHTSA investigation and its customers with technical analysis and replacement parts. “Our objective is to do all that is possible to ensure the safety and well-being of the public,” the statement said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

A greener Brock taking shape

You may have noticed them buzzing about campus over the past few months.Two new Brock-branded electric Smart cars have been added to the Facilities Management fleet, contributing to the University’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.Brock has a number of initiatives on the go as work continues to achieve a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20 per cent between 2013 and 2023.Scott Johnstone, Interim Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management, stands in front of Brock’s cooling system.The Smart cars replaced supervisor vehicles — one van and one SUV — previously driven around campus. The two-year-old electric cars, each with minimal kilometres, were purchased for $10,000 each. In comparison, vans previously added to the fleet were each more than double that cost.“We get about a week and a half on one charge just moving around campus, avoiding fill-ups at the gas pumps,” said Scott Johnstone, Interim Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management.“It means significant carbon savings.”The University sought out green options when replacing the fleet vehicles and the cars have proven to be a benefit since their introduction two months ago.“Our goal is to work toward carbon neutrality over time,” Johnstone said, calling the Smart vehicles a step in the right direction. “We’re trying to cut down on burning fossil fuels as much as we can.”The University is also midway through its $10.8-million District Energy Efficiency Project (DEEP), which is scheduled for completion by the end of April 2018.The project is funded by the federal and provincial governments, through the Strategic Investment Fund and Facilities Renewal Program respectively.The DEEP project includes an upgrade to Brock’s co-generation plant and satellite utility areas that will allow the University to reduce its carbon emissions by 15 per cent. The plant produces electricity, heating and cooling for main campus research laboratories, teaching spaces and supporting infrastructure.That reduction is a “huge step” toward Brock’s 20 per cent reduction goal, Johnstone said.The DEEP project will replace more than 50 per cent of the natural gas power co-generation engines and controls with state-of-the-art, high efficiency, electronically controlled units.Also replaced with a high-efficiency model will be the University’s 25-year-old absorption chiller, which will increase cooling capacity and save more energy.The new technology will significantly reduce Brock’s greenhouse gas emissions, while saving utility costs and reducing maintenance costs.It’s also expected to free up funds that can be put toward other energy saving initiatives and deferred maintenance projects.Brock is currently exploring solar and wind power options for the future. read more

Pressure mounts to grant cannabis oil licence after mother reveals Billy Caldwells

The Home Office has only until the end of the month to decide whether cannabis oil can be imported to treat 12-year-old Billy Caldwell’s epilepsy, it emerged last night, after his mother realised that her supply may last only two months instead of six. Currently, doctors have been given a 20-day licence to administer one of the seven bottles of the drug Charlotte Caldwell brought to the UK from Canada. During those 20 days, the family expected the government to make a decision on whether the rest of Ms Caldwell’s supply – which is currently held by the Home Office – could be released to treat Billy. A decision on whether more bottles could be imported was expected by the family to be made within five months – the amount of time they believed was needed to ensure Billy did not run out of his medication. Charlotte Caldwell, with her 12 year son Billy at Heathrow Airport after arriving from Canada. Billy suffers from an extreme form of epilepsy, both he and Charlotte went to Canada to get access to a drug called canabis oil with is not available on the NHS and is deemed illgal in the UK. Charlotte had a six month supply of the medication but was confiscated by customs at Heathrow. picture David Dyson 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. Charlotte Caldwell with 12-year-old son Billy at Heathrow Airport on Monday.Credit:David Dyson However, Ms Caldwell has now been informed  privately by doctors that the seven bottles will have to be administered at a faster rate than previously expected, as the dosage needs to be increased over time.In order for more of the medication to be imported in time, the government would now have to fast-track the authorisation for import in the next 16 days. “The clock is ticking and the world is watching. Let’s hope they make the right decision.”A week ago, the seven bottles of cannabis oil which Ms Caldwell had purchased in Canada believing it to be a six month supply were confiscated at Heathrow Airport.On Friday night, after negotiations that lasted until 2am, Billy was permitted to have one bottle of the oil under a special licence, leaving the Home Office in possession of the other six.Ms Caldwell called yesterday for the rest of the medication to be returned to her son, but was told privately by doctors that even the full supply will last just eight weeks. The government is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons this week on the licensing of medical cannabis. “This only adds pressure to the Home Office to make a decision on Billy’s medicine,” Ms Caldwell told The Telegraph on Sunday night. VIDEO: ‘We’re not getting this right’: Jeremy Hunt on cannabis oil use The delay in Canada means that the Home Office must grant its licence in the next 16 days, or Billy’s supply may run out, putting him at risk of further seizures. Billy’s seizures worsened last week after the oil was confiscated, and he was hospitalised on Friday.  Billy is currently being treated with the first bottle of the oil at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. A Home Office spokesman said: “As the Home Secretary said yesterday, this is a very complex situation and our immediate priority has been to make sure Billy receives the most effective treatment in a safe way.“The decision to use an exceptional power to issue a Schedule 1 licence was based on the advice of senior clinicians who made clear it was a medical emergency.“Ministers will be providing an update to the House on the decision made over the weekend and the licensing of medicinal cannabis as soon as parliamentary time allows.” On Saturday Ms Caldwell described the “cruel” process of the Home Office releasing Billy’s medicine.Credit:Tim Anderson In order to get more cannabis oil into Britain, the Home Office must first grant a licence for import.After the licence is granted, the supplier in Canada can request an export licence from the Canadian government, a process which takes 30 days, before it is flown to the UK. Charlotte Caldwell gives a statement concerning her sick epileptic son Billy (12) @chelsea & Westminster Hospital today. read more

Former Telegraph journalist Bernadette McNulty drowned during late night swim in Oman

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. After the inquest, Miss McNulty’s cousin Joseph said: “She was a very beautiful woman and a well-respected journalist. She is very sadly missed by all of her close friends and family.”Miss McNulty, who was born in Birmingham, was a music and arts commissioning editor at The Daily Telegraph for 11 years. More recently, she was deputy arts editor at the i newspaper, which she joined in May 2017.She also wrote for the Financial Times, The Observer, Radio Times and Harper’s Bazaar. A former Daily Telegraph journalist drowned on the first night of a “romantic” holiday after going for a late night swim in the sea, an inquest heard yesterday.Bernadette McNulty, 43, was in Oman with her boyfriend, Edward Hunton, and the pair had enjoyed an “idyllic” evening camping at Fins Beach in the city of Muscat.They had been drinking gin and tonic under the moonlight before Miss McNulty, a strong swimmer, decided to go into the sea.Mr Hunton told Brighton Coroner’s Court she had told him she was going for a swim but would not let him join her, because he had “had a busy day”.He said he went to sleep and woke up later without her by his side but thought she may have gone to the lavatory.However, an hour later when she was still not back he started to panic. A search party was launched and Miss McNulty’s body was discovered. Miss McNulty, who was born in Birmingham, was a music and arts commissioning editor at The Daily Telegraph for 11 yearsCredit:Andrew Crowley Miss McNulty, who was born in Birmingham, was a music and arts commissioning editor at The Daily Telegraph for 11 years She had suffered cuts on various parts of her body and a post-mortem revealed she had sustained a subarachnoid haemorrhage – a bleed in the lining of her brain. Her body was repatriated to Sussex weeks later.Coroner Catharine Palmer said that due to her injuries, she believed Miss McNulty had fallen before she went into the water, concluding that she drowned in seawater as a result of misadventure. read more

Guyana hoping to access WB loan to help build capacity in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil, gas onshore supply base to be built in 2017December 30, 2016In “Business”Ministers Harmon, Trotman host team exploring IDB’s role in oil sectorJune 28, 2017In “Business”Guyana signs MOUs with Mexico for capacity building in oil industryMarch 16, 2017In “latest news” Guyana is expecting to access an advance on a US$20M World Bank loan to build capacity in the oil and gas industry.Ministers of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman and Hon. Simona Broomes meeting with technical experts from the World Bank in relation to a US$20M loan to build capacity in the oil and gas industry. (DPI photo)According to a brief report from the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, today, said the government is pushing to receive the initial advance of US$1.7M, by June.The loan will be used to build the oil and gas capacity in three important areas Minister Trotman explained. (Inews will provide more details later) read more

Suspected drunk driver kills two and injures 25 at SXSW festival

first_imgA MAN AND woman were killed in the early hours of this morning at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said they received a call at about 12.30am (local time) after a car sped through a barricade outside the venue.Two people were pronounced dead at the scene with a further 25 transported to hospital within 50 minutes. Five were described as being in a critical condition, another five serious and 13 with minimal injuries.Of the five critical patients, one had CPR performed and medics obtained a return of pulses.According to reports, the car was being driven by a man suspected of being over the alcohol limit.(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the driver was trying to evade a pursuing police officer. The two people who died were on a moped that the motorist hit. The chief said the man also hit pedestrians in front of a club that was emptying.Acevedo told reporters during a news conference that the motorist also struck a cab before crashing, jumping out of his car and trying to run. A pursuing officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.The man, whose name was not released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.The accident stunned those attending the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.The street was full of concert-goers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area because it is a fire lane.“We had a large crowd,” Acevedo said. I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse.Acevedo did not identify the driver or the victims and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it to the Internet.BackgroundPolice said the man pulled into a nearby gas station in a silver Toyota sedan after an officer working a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop him. He wove his way through a series of parked cars, then took off at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street. He took a right turn on Red River Street, crashing through a barricade and narrowly missing a police officer who was standing guard.He hit some of the victims in front of The Mohawk, a local club hosting Spin events during the five-day music conference. He continued down the street where he struck and killed the two victims on the moped and then hit the cab before finally crashing.Reporting by Associated PressRead: Man dies after 4×4 crashes into pole in Laoislast_img read more