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first_imgTrenten Anthony Beram, who ruled the 200-meter sprint late Wednesday night, is a math major at University of Connecticut back in the United States.READ: SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s endFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Beram’s academics temporarily took a back seat to athletics as he helped save the day for Team Philippines, which was headed to a gold-less outing late Wednesday until Beram and decathlete Aries Toledo reeled in a victory each.“I knew that I was coming in as a rookie; nobody knows me so it is good to put my name out there,” said Beram. SEA Games: PH’s Lois Go settles for bronze in Ladies’ golf Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “I though top three (in the men’s 200) would be good so winning the gold is a bonus,” added Beram, who crossed the finish in 20.96 seconds.While most athletes based abroad are recruited, Beram is a certified “walk-in.”READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles He reached out to the Philippine Track and Field Association wanting to join its weekly relays.“He went straight to us and inquired how to go about playing for Philippine team,” said athletics official Edward Kho.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Born to a Filipino mother from Cebu City, Beram worked to obtain dual citizenship to be able to represent the Philippines here.Beram shocked the field with a gold medal performance in the 200m dash. He was to see action in 400m and relays in the coming days.READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon“The hard work paid off,” said Beram. “This is only the beginning.”Toledo also proved himself a hero at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, gritting through pain to emerge victorious.“I did everything I needed to do even if I was hurting all over—my back, my arms (during the javelin throw) and my whole body,” said Toledo in Filipino. “I told God to help me because I wanted to come through for the Philippines.”The 24-year-old Toledo, who hails from Nueva Ecija, finished with 7,433 points to snare the gold.Also winning gold for athletics were Mary Joy Tabal, who captured the country’s first victory when she ruled women’s marathon, and Eric Cray, in 400m hurdles. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mark Harry Diones, who won silver for men’s triple jump event, Anthony Beram, who won gold in men’s 200 meters, and Aries Toledo also won gold in Men’s Decathlon, in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR— Athletics continues to lead the way or Team Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here, with four gold medals already in the bag.One of those golds came from someone who would be comfortable being labeled either a jock or a nerd.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

first_imgThe youngest BCCI president in independent India, Anurag Thakur has taken over the reins of the world’s richest cricketing body at a time it is fighting an existential battle against a complete restructuring recommended by the Supreme Court.LODHA BATTLE TO CONTINUEIt will certainly not be a ‘Bed of Roses’ for the three-time Lok Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district as he is expected to be in office till September, 2017 and turbulent times lie ahead for him in foreseeable future. (Also read: ICC boss Shashank Manohar slams Lodha panel recommendations)In case the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented, Thakur will have to wait for three-years as a mandatory cooling off period.This makes it a really intriguing coming few months with Thakur in the Hot Seat as he will have to engineer a rapid transformation in BCCI’s working process post Supreme Court verdict.DISTINCT OPERATIONAL STYLEBut Thakur, son of two-time former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, is a career-politician and will bring in his distinct operational style not exactly similar to his immediate predecessors N Srinivasan and Shashank Manohar.Not to forget a he is combative character, who loves a good scrap and was one of the rarest BCCI officials (apart from then treasurer Ajay Shirke), who had gone on record, asking the erstwhile president N Srinivasan to step down from his post after the match-fixing scandal broke out.TO DECIDE SHASTRI’S SUCCESSORThe supremo of Himachal Pradesh CA is someone who believes in keeping cards close to his chest and taking his own time before arriving at a decision.A case in point may be the wait for India’s next chief coach after Ravi Shastri’s contract expired at the end of the World T20. Thakur has not yet divulged who will be Shastri’s successor.GOOD RAPPORT WITH PLAYERSadvertisementBut he has his own set of accomplishments too. A stadium at Dharamsala on the lap of the scenic Dhauladhar Range is inarguably the most beautiful venue in India.Apart from Dharamsala, Himachal also boasts of modern cricket infrastructure at Bilaspur, Una, Amtar, Pragati Nagar and Laal Pani. Bilaspur and Una has also hosted senior level BCCI matches.Being one of the younger officials in the BCCI top brass, he shares a good rapport with the national team’s past and present cricketers. In fact, many feel that he is a players’ man as he ensured as a secretary that door is not shut on any senior players who are performing.The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, all made comebacks into national fold after he took over as the secretary and became the convener of the senior selection committee.ACCESSIBLE OFFICIALSeniors like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly call him by his first name and is someone who has been accessible to his state team players when he became the president of HPCA at the age of 25.Making Rahul Dravid the coach of India U-19 and ‘A’ team apart from introducing the clause of BCCI officials signing the ‘No Conflict of Interest’ clause were some of his steps that have been appreciated.He has recently introduced a private member bill in the Lower House which proposes 10 years of jail term for any sportsperson, who indulges in match-fixing.While a lower court in Delhi had recently dismissed the MCOCA charges against tainted alleged fixer S Sreesanth, Thakur maintained that the Kerala speedster’s life ban will not be revoked.As a joint secretary, he was the convenor of the selection committee of the victorious 2012 U-19 World Cup captained by Unmukt Chand. In fact, when Ankit Bawne, who was named captain initially, was found to be over-aged, Thakur had taken initiative to ensure that a new captain (Chand) is named.THAKUR’s OFF-BREAKSAn ambitious man, Thakur has been a go-getter as he once played a Ranji Trophy match for HP against Jammu and Kashmir which was necessary for being eligible to become a junior national selector.While he failed to score a run, he did get two wickets with his off-breaks dismissing Dhruv Mahajan and Guru Pratap Singh.Unlike some administrators, Thakur was an active junior level cricketer having led Punjab U-16 to a Vijay Merchant Trophy triumph. In his tenure as Secretary, the BCCI successfully organised the ICC World T20 2016 in India.As a politician, he is seen as a young face of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party. He is the only leader to be re-appointed for a third term as the National President of BJYM, the youth wing of the BJP.advertisementWithin Parliament, he serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT and Member of Public Accounts Committee. He is also the member of Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Forum of WTO.He has been a recipient of the Best Young Parliamentarian Award in 2011 and recognised as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.In a nationwide survey in the run-up to the 2014 General elections he was rated among India’s Top-10 MPs based on his Parliamentary performance and commitment to society at large.He is married to Shefali Thakur and has two sons named Jaiaditya and Udayveer, aged 12 and 6, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — There wasn’t much celebrating after the New York Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy for the best regular-season record for the third time in franchise history.The post-game activity after the Rangers 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on April 7 was businesslike, from congratulating goaltender Cam Talbot on the ice to talking about heading into the playoffs with home-ice advantage.It was good to get the job done, but there is more to do.“It’s not an easy thing to do,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “You look at the teams still fighting to get into the playoffs. It’s a challenging thing. For our group, it’s one thing in the direction that we’re looking to get to. I’m very proud of our group but we all know that we are going to be judged by what we do in the playoffs. So this is a first step and we’re going to get ready for the next one.”New York won’t know who it wlll face in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but Game 1 will be at Madison Square Garden next week.The Rangers never trailed against the Devils after getting goals from Kevin Hayes and Ryan McDonagh in a 47-second span in the first period. Talbot made 19 saves and James Sheppard and Carl Hagelin added third-period goals as the Rangers swept the four-game season series with New Jersey.“We battled hard all season long to get to this point but we know that the job’s not finished yet,” said Talbot, the backup who played a major role this season by posting a 17-5-3 record since Feb. 4, when starter Henrik Lunqvist was lost for nearly two months with a neck injury.The win was the Rangers’ fifth straight — four with Lundqvist in net — and it improved their record to 52-21-7 for 111 points. The 52-wins ties the franchise record and the point total is one less than that franchise mark, both set in 1993-94, the last time they won the Stanley Cup.“It is a great accomplishment. Like any team, we had to handle adversity, injuries, ups and downs, travel, everything that goes about an NHL season,” McDonagh said. “For us to clinch and say we won the regular season is a huge confidence boost. It’s a reassurance of what this team is capable of.”Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier scored and Cory Schneider made 36 saves in the Devils’ final home game.The Rangers will be looking to return to the Cup finals for the second straight year. They lost the final to the Los Angeles Kings last season.The Rangers never trailed in this game but it was nothing like Saturday’s 6-1 rout of New Jersey in New York.Despite being outshot by a 40-21 margin and having to kill off seven penalties, the Devils were right in the game until Hagelin scored into an empty net with just under than 2 minutes to play.Sheppard have given the Rangers a 3-1 lead midway through the third period, deflecting Dominic Moore’s shot past Schneider for his seventh goal of the season.Bernier closed the gap to a goal less than a minute later, with a backhander that Talbot originally stopped. As the puck lay in the crease, the goaltender and Derick Brassard scrambled to clear the puck but Talbot kicked it into his own net.Talbot was outstanding earlier in the period, stopping Adam Henrique twice and and Scott Gomez in close with a backhander to preserve the Rangers’ 2-1 lead.Hayes gave the Rangers the lead at 13:45 of the first period with his 16th goal of the season. Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas turned the puck over behind his net and Martin St. Louis poked the puck out front to Hayes for a shot past Schneider.McDonagh doubled the margin less than a minute later with a goal just 7 seconds after Jacob Josefson was sent off for hooking. Brassard won the ensuing faceoff, and Hayes and Keith Yandle moved the puck to the Rangers’ captain from the left point that beat a well-screened Schneider.The Devils, who had only two shots in the opening 17 minutes, got on the board with their third. With Tanner Glass of the Rangers in the penalty box, Bernier found Elias alone between the circles for his 12th goal of the season.“I think we got in penalty trouble,” Devils forward Mike Cammalleri said. “It’s tough to get a flow and a momentum. When we did get to play them 5-on-5, we did pretty well.”The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 1:27 in the opening minutes but only managed one shot on goal. It foreshadowed a night in which they converted on 1 of 7 extra-man chances.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAmerican legacy brand Filson jumped into the watch business earlier in 2015 through a long term collaboration with the few-years-old, Detroit-based Shinola (who also make bicycles, leather accessories, and pet gear). Their March debut, a series of field watches dubbed the Mackinaw Watch Collection, proved Filson’s outdoorsy, American style could be translated into sharp-looking timepieces matched under the hood by state-of-the-art machinery. They’ve kept the momentum going with their second endeavor, the Scout Watch Collection, which came out this week.This time they’ve presented their streamlined take on classic WWII pilot watches. Each of the seven styles in Filson’s Scout Watch Collection are made with scratch-resistant and fingerprint-proof sapphire crystal covers and use Shinola’s Argonite quartz movement. For those of you who like a slightly busier design, two of the watches incorporate double-aperture date configuration. The rest use a date window. Hands are glow in the dark, and being a pilot watch, of course there’s a bi-direction rotating top ring to help you keep track of elapsed time.With a 45.5mm dial, faces are oversized but not so big as to look like an airport took over your wrist. You can find them in black, cream, or grey and they are cased in protective PVD-plated stainless steal. Each watch comes with a 20 ATM rating, so by all means keep them on when you dive into the water. Just mind the straps, which are handcrafted American Horween leather and come in a variety of pragmatic colors from olive and slate to black and brown.It’s a watch collection that uses the most modern watchmaking technology, and dresses it up in the kind of updated classic style that Americans gravitate towards. Toss in a gorgeous photo shoot of the Scout collection in Alaska’s fly-in/fly-out backcountry, and it begs the question: Is the timeworn-meets-greenhorn nature of the Filson-Shinola collaboration about to lead American horology out of the wilderness? With just two collections under their belt, it’s too early to tell, but it sure looks like the answer could be yes.Watches start at $650. Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful Editors’ Recommendations Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service center_img 1. Filson’s Scout Watch Collection 2. Filson’s Scout Watch Collection 3. Filson’s Scout Watch Collection 4. Filson’s Scout Watch Collection The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskeylast_img read more

first_imgzoom The Greek crisis that has seen global stock markets take a tumble on Monday will not have a direct impact on shipping companies, Morgan Stanley’s analyst Fotis Giannakoulis said in a report published on Monday.Giannakoulis based its argument on the fact that majority of the shipping companies with offices in Greece are not actually incorporated in the country as they are registered in Marshal Islands or Bermuda.What is more, the report said that the closure of the Greek banks as the country readies for referendum on the creditors’ demands for the country’s bailout plan, would not have a major effect on the shipping companies as majority of them keep their money in non-Greek banks.On the other hand, Giannakoulis said that the exposure of Greek shipping companies to Greek banks is pretty low, as only 17% of the total global bank loans pertains to the country’s banks.However, the shipping companies would not be safe from an overall impact of the country’s economic downturn on global economy.Greek owners make up 20 % stake in the global commercial shipping fleet and the industry has been a major profit source for the country as it makes up 7.5 % of the Greek’s economy.The Greeks will vote on creditors’ demands on July 5th. The referendum has been called as country’s talks with EU leaders broke down last week signaling Greece’s potential exit from the Euro zone.The move comes as the deadline to repay a USD 1.7 bln to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) closes in. Greece is to repay the debt on Tuesday by 18:00 Washington time (22:00 GMT).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_img Visual artist Timothy Gillespie has been elected the first chairof the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. Mr.Gillespie is the chair of the Shelburne County Arts Council. Paul Gallant, the executive director of Le Conseil des arts deCheticamp, will serve as vice-chair and Ted Cavanagh, professorof architecture at Dalhousie University, is the partnershipcouncil’s secretary. Dianne Coish, executive director of the culture division, willrepresent the Department of Tourism and Culture on the executive. “I am delighted the Arts and Culture Partnership Council has itsfirst executive and look forward to working with the group,” saidRodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism and Culture. “Together, wewill continue to make significant investments in our artists andcultural organizations. And we will continue to look for ways tomake our programming more responsive to the needs of the sector.” “The partnership council has proven to be a focused and hard-working group,” added Mr. Gillespie. “I think we are all lookingforward to the work ahead of us.” The partnership council has been operating with an interimexecutive since its first meeting on May 21, 2003. It has 15representatives, 13 from the arts and culture community and twofrom government. The council will consult with people in the artsand culture community and make recommendations to the minister onplanning, design, and delivery of arts and culture programs inNova Scotia. The multi-million-dollar culture sector has emerged as one of thefastest-growing sectors in Nova Scotia, supporting thousands ofdirect and indirect jobs. TOURISM/CULTURE–Arts and Culture Partnership Council SelectsExecutivelast_img read more

first_imgMangaluru: With the final forensic report confirming Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha’s death was suicide, the city police investigating the case has begun the second phase of the probe to find out the exact reason that forced the business magnate to take the extreme step.The Police team was examining the letter written by Siddhartha before he ended his life last month, which can lead to obtaining definite clues on the reasons for the suicide, police sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha had on Monday said the final Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report received by the police corroborated the suicide theory. Police sources said the officials were also collecting information about his family life, business dealings, loans, shares and details of bank accounts. They will also look into notices served on Siddhartha by the Income Tax and other departments and whether he was under pressure dealing with tax authorities, the sources added. Siddhartha, who ran the hugely successful cafe chain that helped make coffee a lifestyle beverage in the country, had gone missing from the Netravati river bridge near Ullal in Mangaluru on July 29 evening.last_img read more

first_imgThe AER says they continue to work with the company, the RCMP, and local fire department to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident. FAIRVIEW, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Limited had experienced a fire, on Wednesday, March 20, at their gas plant in Fairview, Alberta.The Alberta Energy Regulator responded to a Canadian Natural Resources’ tank fire approximately 12 kilometres southwest of Fairview.According to the AER, the fire had started at around 8:00 p.m. and was extinguished at approximately 11:40 p.m.last_img read more

Rabat – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, said on Tuesday during a Town Hall question and answer session at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, that Facebook would soon add a “dislike” button to the users’ statuses.Facebook is finally responding to growing demands from Facebook users and decided to add the “dislike” button. The social media site’s users said that “like” button does not fit certain status updates and moments, such as sad and tragic events.“It’s important to give people more options than just ‘like’ to help express empathy and sympathy,” Zuckerberg said. However, the social network company wanted to limit the dislike button to very specific posts, something that won’t be simple.Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to limit the use of the “dislike” button to only be used to express sympathy and empathy when someone posts something sad or upsetting.The founder of Facebook said that the company has found that users don’t really want to use the “dislike” button to put down others, but they want to have a feature through which they can express support when their friends share something sad.“What they really want is an ability to express empathy,” Zuckerberg said, adding, “If you’re expressing something sad… it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post, but your friends and people want to be able to express that they understand.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

7 February 2008While the United Nations has a leading role in advancing global issues such as development and poverty eradication, the world body must be strengthened to respond more effectively to today’s challenges, the President of the General Assembly said today. “The need for change is compelling,” Srgjan Kerim told an informal meeting of the Assembly on system-wide coherence, adding that now is the time for the 192-member body to “deliver as one.”Mr. Kerim pointed out that despite its unique legitimacy, the UN’s status as a central actor in development is undermined by “a lack of focus” on results.“It is clear that without ambitious and far-reaching reforms the United Nations will be unable to deliver on its promises and maintain its position at the heart of the multilateral system,” he told delegates. Change is “inevitable,” he stressed, if the UN is play its vital role in advancing global issues, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the pledges made by world leaders to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015.“The United Nations – more than any other body – is uniquely placed to take a leading role in achieving the MDGs. But in order to do so, and like any other organization, it must renew and retool itself to respond to emerging challenges.” Reform and continuous improvement are an intrinsic part of any successful organisation, and the UN is no exception, Mr. Kerim pointed out, adding that the world body will only continue to attract resources if it can demonstrate its effectiveness and deliver results.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has endorsed a set of recommendations put forward in 2006 in the report of the High-level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence as “an ambitious yet achievable vision of a harmonized and accountable UN system.”The report, entitled Delivering as One, recommended a country-level consolidation of UN agencies, the strengthening of leadership on humanitarian and environmental activities, and the creation of both a new funding system and a new women’s organization.So far eight pilot countries are testing the ‘One UN’ approach, and Mr. Kerim noted that the results of these pilots will be important for future discussions on achieving greater coherence and effectiveness across the system. read more

19 March 2009While characterizing Liberia’s security situation as relatively stable, the top United Nations envoy to the West African nation today cautioned that significant challenges remain in the areas of security and the rule of law. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ellen Margrethe Løj, called for sustained international support as Liberia continues to recover from a brutal 14-year civil war, and observed that while no longer a failed State, the country is still very fragile and located in a region that is still unstable. “While the situation along the borders has been calm during the reporting period, underlying tensions remain strong, in particular in relation to Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire,” she told a closed-door meeting of the Security Council, as she presented the Secretary-General’s latest report on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She cited the recent coup in Guinea and the postponement of elections and limited disarmament process in Cote d’Ivoire to underline UNMIL’s concern about the regional situation. “UNMIL, therefore, continues to monitor the border areas closely, since there is no doubt that disturbance in one country can have an immediate negative effect in neighbouring countries,” said Ms. Løj, who heads the Mission. Turning to the domestic situation, she noted that small skirmishes or disputes often develop into serious mob violence with the population taking justice into their own hands. This is often the result of a lack of public trust in national security and rule of law institutions. But this is not surprising given that Liberian security institutions, like all public institutions in the country, have to be “rebuilt from scratch,” she stated, pointing to constraints regarding operational functions, logistics, management and planning capabilities. “There will be no quick fixes. It simply takes time – and funding continues to be a major challenge.” The Special Representative also highlighted the impact of the global economic downturn on the country, which is already suffering from high unemployment. “The massive youth unemployment and the current job lay-offs constitute a real security concern, and the problem is likely to increase if some of the anticipated foreign investment in Liberia, as now feared, will be delayed or scaled down,” she said. Ms. Løj warned that “without regular and stable jobs, more Liberians, especially the younger generation, could be tempted by the easy money associated with illegal economic activities or potentially by those wanting to recruit for subversive activities once again.” read more

VANCOUVER — Media association says Competition Bureau examination of digital giants like Facebook and Google could give struggling companies a lift.The president of News Media Canada says his association, which represents hundreds of news organizations, has been pushing the government for years to level the playing field between digital players and legacy media.John Hinds says the Competition Bureau’s announcement yesterday to seek information from the public and businesses on what companies in the digital economy may be doing to harm competition is better late than never.Hinds says traditional media has been decimated by the rise of digital players in Canada, which have diverted advertising dollars, as well as benefited from current taxation and copyright laws, and the ability to gather massive amounts of consumer data.He says any information gleaned could lead to an investigation and regulatory or legislative change.Hinds points to an inquiry by the bureau’s Australian counterpart that examined the impact of digital companies, predominantly Google and Facebook, on advertisers, media and consumers as a good example for how to tackle the problem.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released a more than 600-page report in June with 23 recommendations that included developing and implementing a platform-neutral regulatory framework for all companies that produce or deliver content in the country, and providing stable and adequate funding for public broadcasters.The Canadian Press read more

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has granted conditional approval for the Mount Polley mine to reopen immediately, but its long-term operation depends on how water is treated and discharged.Mines Minister Bill Bennett said Thursday the initial permit outlines the first of three steps the mine must take before it can be authorized to operate fully.The tailings dam at the central B.C. mine breached last August, and 24 million cubic metres of mine waste and water gushed into area lakes and waterways in what was considered an environmental disaster.An independent government-ordered report concluded the spill was caused by poor dam design, which didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures associated with glacial till beneath the pond.Bennett said the current permit will be welcome news to out-of-work miners and their families in the communities of Likely, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, but future operations hinge on the company proving it can meet conditions of the Mines Act and the Environmental Management Act.“The permit does not include the right to discharge water off the site,” he said.Bennett said the Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) mine must now put their tailings and water into a pit called Springer pit.He described it as an empty quarry that should be able to hold the mine’s tailings until next fall when the company must apply for its second conditional permit, to treat and discharge water.Bennett said the mine must receive that permit in order to continue operating.The final permit application, which must be submitted to the government by June 30, 2016, involves the mine’s long-term plans for water treatment and discharge, Bennett said.“We need to see the plan that shows us that they can discharge water safely, responsibly from the site,” he said. “They would not be given a permit to discharge any water from the site unless the water meets drinking-quality guideline standards and also the aquatic organism protection standards.”Imperial Metals Corp. estimates it will take about a month before it can start production, with up to 220 workers on site.Company vice-president Steve Robertson said he expects Mount Polley Mine Corp. to immediately recall up to 30 workers.He said the conditional permit fits the company’s intention to have Mount Polley operating permanently within a year.“The strategy here is to be able to do this temporary work plan in order to give us the time to get in place a long-term water management plan and discharge plan,” Robertson said. “We expect to be able to go back to the government in the fall with a proposal for a full-time restart of the mine.” B.C. gives restricted OK for mine to reopen after tailings spill disaster by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 11:55 am MDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 6:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Brock Badgers women’s soccer team has had the results of four games of the ongoing 2017 season forfeited due to an eligibility issue.Ontario University Athletics announced the decision by U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) on Thursday, Oct. 5. The ruling is the result of Brock using an ineligible player in four of the first five regular season women’s soccer games.Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden said the use of the ineligible player was the result of an oversight, and called the situation a learning experience on a number of fronts.“This is a very unfortunate situation but the coaches and players will not let this setback derail their goal of finishing the season on a positive note and making the playoffs,” Lumsden said.The forfeit impacts a 2-2 tie against Wilfrid Laurier on Aug. 25, a 1-1 tie against Waterloo on Aug. 27, a 1-0 win over Guelph on Sept. 8 and a 1-0 loss against Western on Sept. 10. All will now be recorded as 1-0 losses.“The eligibility violation was reviewed and verified, and as a result, games in which the Brock University athlete participated in are forfeited,” the OUA said in announcing the U Sports decision.The ineligible player has now been removed from the roster and head coach Kevin Trethowan said the team will work harder than ever to overcome the setback.“This is a huge setback for us but we can’t let off-the-field factors impact our performances on the field,” he said. “Playoffs are still within reach and we will still be pushing to make them. We are a resilient bunch and this will only make us stronger.”The Badgers have five games remaining in the regular season including home games against Guelph and York this weekend and away games against McMaster, Waterloo and Laurier Oct. 15, 21 and 22, respectively.With the forfeits, Brock’s record stands at three wins, seven losses and one tie. read more

first_imgA teenager has been hit with a criminal record for a “killer clown” stunt near an infants school as the escalating craze sparked calls from police chiefs to remove fancy dress from shop shelves.Forces vowed to prosecute all pranksters as numbers of sinister sightings continued to soar, with reports of violence as vigilantes fighting back at those in fancy dress.Senior officers warned the trend, which started in the US, was wasting police resources as Kent Police revealed it alone had received reports of 59 clown-related incidents in just three days. 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. Meanwhile, Vera Baird, the police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, told BBC radio officers were  now resorting to asking shops to stop clown costumes.One 18-year-old, named locally as Connor Jones,  from Caerphilly, Wales, is believed to be one of the first offenders to be to be hit with a criminal record over the stunts.He was issued with a fixed penalty notice and fined £90 for a public order offence  after reports of a menacing figure on a pedestrian bridge outside an infants and comprehensive school. Dai Evans, a 34-year-old sales rep who was collecting his daughter, told the Caerphilly Observer: “The teachers were in the yard [of the infants school] and they moved the children away because he was doing it.”Then we had a message on the school’s app warning us that someone was dressed as a clown…. There is a time and place to have a laugh and a joke, but outside a school on a Friday afternoon?”Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth, of Gwent Police, said his force was keen to show it would not tolerate clown stunts. “In this case, not only is this man out of pocket, he will now have a criminal record which will impact his future, including any job opportunities.“I hope this result sends a strong message to anyone thinking about taking part in this craze, that their five minutes of what they may think is fun really isn’t worth it.”Scotland Yard also warned it would bring prosecutions against “killer clowns” after a student brandishing a chainsaw caused panic on a university campus. The student, who identifies himself as Kenny Parker, 19, on Facebook, sparked chaos while running through the grounds of Brunel University in Uxbridge.Amid warnings of police action, he apologised, saying he bought the chainsaw at B&Q to record footage for his YouTube channel.He said: “I’m really nervous. I don’t know what is going to happen. It’s such a mess.”First of all I want to say a massive sorry to anyone I’ve scared. Secondly, this was a YouTube video.”Scotland Yard said a 19-year-old was in custody last night over to the incident at Brunel University .A spokesman said: “The incident was reported to police on Tuesday, 11 October. On the same day, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He is currently in custody at a west London police station.” Commander Julian Bennett, the head of crime prevention at the Met, said: “We are currently assessing a small number of reported ‘killer clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence.”Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.”However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.”Clown craze coincides with Hollywood remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’last_img read more

first_imgAN IRISH MAN has been killed in a construction accident in New York.The New York State police said that Gary Feeney (24) was crushed by a 40-foot pipe that became dislodged and fell eight feet while it was being unloaded from a trailer.The incident occurred at approximately 10.42am on 13 April.  Police in Saratoga were dispatched to a National Grid construction site on the northwest corner of St-67 and East Line Road in the Town of Ballston for a report of a construction accident involving a  pipe that had fallen on a worker.Upon arrival, they found Gary Feeney laying face down on the ground. Other workers at the site had removed a 12 inch-by-40 foot pipe from the victim.  Community Ambulance, arrived and assumed treatment and Feeney was transported to Saratoga Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11.20amGary T Feeney was 24 years old and from Dorchester, Massachusetts, and employed by National Grid subcontractor Feeney Brothers Corp of Dorchester.Police said: Initial investigation at the scene indicates that the victim was assisting in unloading the 1700 pound pipe from a flatbed tractor trailer and was holding a guide rope while the pipe was being lifted by an excavator with steel cables and hooks.  The pipe is believed to have shifted causing slack in one of cables and dislodging one of the hooks.  This caused the pipe to fall approximately 8 feet from the top of the load, pinning the victim to the ground.The NYSP is assisting the National Grid Internal Audit Team, Public Service Commission and OSHA and a joint investigation is continuing.The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the young man’s death, but his family had not sought consular assistance.last_img read more

first_imgTDK Corporations demonstrated some cool wireless charging tech last week at CEATEC Japan 2011. They showcased magnetic resonance charging, in the form of headphones and a toy car. Unlike the inductive charging that you may have seen in select Android phones’ optional battery covers, magnetic resonance charging can theoretically allow some distance between the charger and the device.As you can see in the shot below, the headphones rest on a vertical charging stand that contains a power transmission coil. If this setup were to work with inductive charging, it would require the headphones’ reception coil and the base’s transmission coil to be nearly touching in order to draw power. But with magnetic resonance, the headphones’ coils are actually in the earpieces. A distance of several inches doesn’t stop it from juicing up.TDK also showed off a toy car (below) that can draw a charge from the track beneath its wheels. But they aren’t planning on selling kids’ remote controlled cars, rather this is a proof of concept that could eventually be used in charging electric cars. Imagine a world where streets have transmission coils beneath the surface, and cars can charge up while driving along. In this scenario, vehicles could theoretically run infinitely without stopping.Of course that would be years down the road, and would require lots more advancement in magnetic resonance charging, but it’s an intriguing idea to say the least. Can you imagine the political mess that would result from that, with oil companies throwing money (and lobbyists) at Washington to try to avoid a shift to the new tech? I can see the “wirelessly charging streets will harm your babies” propaganda already.If TDK Corporation sounds familiar, they were formerly called TDK Electronics, and were known for manufacturing blank cassette tapes back in the day. No word yet on whether we’ll be seeing any wirelessly charging boom boxes anytime soon.via Tech-On!last_img read more

first_imgYour recent article ‘Abbott the forgotten Philhellene’ is one of those articles that tries to rewrite history in the same way Andrew Bolt did in The Herald Sun and Greg Sheridan did in The Australian. Obviously Abbott has friends in the Greek community to help perpetuate the lie that Abbott is a misunderstood nice guy. Abbott told so many lies that it is hard to know where to start. We are aware that some rich Greeks support the fascist side of politics. Even some, who began as poor migrants, decided at some stage that supporting the Liberals was to their benefit. Just like a Greek pensioner I know who has put all his assets in his children’s name so he can get the pension. He changed his tune when Abbott cut his pension, when he said emphatically before the election that he was not going to touch pensions. In his first budget Abbott attacked the disadvantaged and cut all spending except the benefits to the rich. All these rich professors, solicitors, barristers and other business owners who were all there to support Tony Abbott should be supporting the Greek community and most of the people who are not rich instead of supporting Abbott and the Liberals who want to damage the not-so-rich. We Greek Australians should all remember the corrupt saga that became know as the ‘Greek Social Security case’,” created by the Liberal government of Malcolm Fraser and treasurer John Howard in 1976. This was a conspiracy by various commonwealth government departments to ‘get’ Greeks, who, it was thought by the racially prejudiced Commonwealth Police (COMPOL), were defrauding the government. The operation which eventuated was known as ‘Don’s Party’, after the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Don Thomas. It involved early morning raids on some 160 homes and five doctors’ surgeries by a team of over 100 officers of the Commonwealth Police. ‘Don’s Party’ was the largest co-ordinated operation conducted to date by that agency. In order to ensure that the raids received maximum publicity, reporters from the Sydney tabloid The Sun were alerted in advance and invited to attend. Initially, 181 people, virtually all of Greek ethnic background, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth. On 3 April 1978, eighty-three of the accused appeared in Central Court, Sydney. On the steps of the courthouse, Chief Inspector Thomas held a news conference and jubilantly referred to his operation as “the biggest breakthrough in the history of the police force”. Indeed, Thomas revealed that the ‘party’ was not yet over. He heralded the possibility of a further thousand arrests, and the extradition of a further 300 people from Greece. The publicity, as intended, was massive. Headlines blared: ‘Police Seek 1400 More Pay Cheats’ and ‘Cheats Live Luxury Life in Greece’. It was also announced that the Commonwealth Police had been stationed at all major airports to prevent others connected with the alleged fraud from leaving Australia. The Minister for Social Security was advised by the Commissioner of COMPOL that a second wave of raids would take place in Sydney the following weekend. As it happened, these further arrests were not to eventuate. But prosecutions were begun against those arrested thus far, and a total of 669 social security recipients had their benefits withdrawn and their payments cancelled. Unfortunately for Chief Inspector Thomas, his police colleagues, and the Department of Social Security, ‘Don’s Party’ was something less than a smashing success. The legal costs entailed in prosecuting 180 alleged co-conspirators were massive. As the majority of the accused were of very modest means, the cost of their legal representation was borne by the Australian government. The mass arrests resulted in only a handful of convictions and outrage in the Greek community. Over the following five years, conspiracy charges were withdrawn against all but five suspects. The cost of these abortive legal proceedings reached $10 million. But the real losers in the operation were those who were wrongly implicated in the conspiracy. Most were born in Greece, with elementary formal education and with limited ability to speak or understand English. A number had not adjusted well to life in Australia; they tended to come from village backgrounds and coped poorly with the stresses of urban living. Many had worked for a number of years in heavy labouring jobs, and had suffered disabling physical injury from industrial accidents. A number also suffered psychiatric illness, thereby compounding these difficulties. For a person unable to communicate in English, unfamiliar with the Australian criminal justice system, and characterised by something less than robust mental health to begin with, the experience of ‘Don’s Party’ was traumatic. Although the raids on doctors’ premises had been conducted pursuant to search warrants, no such formalities were followed in the course of raids on patients’ homes. It was generally assumed that non-English speaking migrants would be ignorant of their legal rights, or at least too frightened to invoke them. Many of the suspects experienced extreme distress as they were taken into custody in front of their families and neighbours. The suffering of spouses and children of the arrestees was no less acute. According to one authoritative account, the typical suspect was intimidated by the statements and conduct of the police in that they pressed him for answers to their questions and their number and physical size were overbearing. He was apprehensive that he might suffer physical violence. He believed that the police were laughing and joking about him and that they were making derogatory remarks about his Greek nationality. When identification photographs were taken of the arrestees, a number included a sign with the word ‘Greece’ written on it. Many of the suspects were detained in police custody for a number of hours until friends or relatives were able to arrange bail money. The task of raising $1,000 cash on a weekend is daunting enough for an invalid pensioner. It was even more difficult for those whose bank passbooks had been confiscated. Without having been convicted of any crime, they were subjected to treatment which could only be regarded as punitive. The subsequent inquiry by Dame Roma Mitchell, who was given Royal Commission powers, found it was COMPOL that behaved corruptly, were incompetent and that essentially, it was racial prejudice which gave rise to the idea that “Greek migrants were getting payments and living a life of luxury in Greece”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek postal service ELTA has released a new series of stamps with a bee theme to commemorate World Bee Day.As of 2018, the United Nations General Assembly has declared that 20 May will be an annual day to remind people of the important role that bees play in sustainable development, and also warn of their decline.Aside from bees’ role in making beneficial products for human consumption such as honey, they also contribute significantly to the reproductive process of plants through pollination. Without this process, many plant species would cease to exist, impacting negatively on the greater environment and on the human diet.The stamps were presented on Wednesday in collaboration with Beekeeping Environmental Society of Saronicos Island To Kentri.Attending the launch were a number of local government officials and deputies, along with Alternate Agriculture Minister George Tsironis and Slovenian Ambassador Anita Pipan.The new series of stamps launched by ELTA this week. Photo: ELTAlast_img read more

first_imgSix small children greeted visitors on Friday at Mattress Factory Outlet near Vancouver Mall.They’re Jeff Weinstein’s grandchildren, they’re in a poster-size photo, and they’re a big part of the reason Weinstein has decided to end a 72-year-old era.Weinstein announced a “Going Out of Business Sale!” with an insert that appeared Friday in The Columbian. He and his father, Allan Weinstein, opened the business in 1994, the same year they stepped away from Vancouver Furniture Co., a downtown fixture from 1946 to 1996.Jeff Weinstein, 70, grappled for months with whether to close the mattress store and move on with his life, but ultimately decided it was time.“I’ve been working in town five, six, seven days (a week) for 48 years,” Weinstein said. “I don’t know if there’s ever a right time, but we have six grandchildren in Southern California. I’d like to spend more time with them.”The two children of Jeff and Sherri Weinstein have moved on to lives far from the home furnishings business. Brent Weinstein is an executive with United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills and daughter Staci Harding is a labor and delivery nurse in the Los Angeles area. And the brother and sister gathered their respective broods for the poster at the entrance of Mattress Factory Outlet, at 4708 N.E. Thurston Way, with this message: “Good luck, Papa, On Your Retirement!”last_img read more