first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Owen says Liverpool will have too much ‘pace and aggression’ for Man Utdby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMichal Owen believes Liverpool will have too much “pace and aggression” for Manchester United when the two clubs face off this week.”Manchester United have won just two of their last 13 league games (D5 L6) and a barometer of their performance at St James’ Park last time was that central defender Harry Maguire had more touches (4) in the Magpies penalty area than any other United player,” Owen told BetVictor.”Liverpool will equal Manchester City’s record of 18 successive league wins if they win at Old Trafford. “Jurgen Klopp’s side have ridden their luck in recent weeks, but I expect them to have too much pace and aggression for this United side, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hopeful that he can call on the services of at least a couple of his key players returning from injury or illness.” last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The recklessness of a country manager of the University of Birmingham, UK cost a homeless man his life, leaving three others injured in South East Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. The four victims were asleep on a pavement when the accused, in a drunken state, ran his vehicle over them. The errant driver was arrested from the spot and was booked under relevant sections of IPC. “Soon after the incident, we had taken the injured persons to AIIMS where one was declared brought dead while others were recuperating. We have sent the body for postmortem examination and have informed family members. We have also arrested the accused driver after booking him under various sections,” said a police official investigating the case. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkDeputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that the accused, identified as Abhishek Dutt (36) was coming back home in Janakpuri’s Pankha Road, considered a posh locality in West Delhi, from an undisclosed location around 3:30 am when the incident occurred near Neela Gumbad in the Nizamuddin area. Police identified the deceased as Arif (26) and the injured persons as Sahib (23), Sheikh Saju (48), Naushad (23). They all were homeless persons who were working as casual labourers in the city. Police further added that he was driving the car in an impulsive manner which resulted in the incident. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEyewitnesses at the spot noticed the wreckage and made the PCR call, after which a police team reached the spot of incident and rushed the injured persons to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. 19-year-old Afsana claimed to witness the accident and said, “We heard a noise of a tyre bursting and then saw that the driver had lost control of the rashly driven car.” She said that after hearing the noise she ran away from the spot. She further said that before sleeping, victims were watching something on a smartphone. The woman also claimed that a dog was killed in the incident. “It was a horrific scene; there was blood all over the pavement,” said Afsana, adding that the victims were resting in the open to take respite from the heat. The accused had completed BCA and MBA. “He is married and has an eight-year-old son,” police said. The DCP further added that the accused was returning home aftercoming after having a meal. “All the angles are being probed,” he said. A case has been registered under section 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC. Further investigation is going on in the case.last_img read more

first_imgThe parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Inc. was “a little slow on the trigger” to pass on the higher cost of food to consumers due to tariff costs, but it will inevitably happen in the future, Empire Company Ltd. CEO Michael Medline said Thursday.“It’s clear with what’s going on in terms of transportation cost and tariff-related cost that our expectation – although we’re not economists – is that there will be some inflation,” he said during a conference call with analysts after the company released its first-quarter earnings results.Multiple suppliers send the company letters each week wanting to pass on price hikes due to recently implemented tariffs, said Medline.The Canadian government announced it would impose retaliatory tariffs on July 1 on a wide range of American products in response to U.S. tariffs on some Canadian steel and aluminum products. The Canadian government targeted yogurt, coffee, maple syrup, cucumbers, salad dressing and other food items.Rising freight charges and increases in minimum wage in certain provinces are creating additional pressure, Medline said.Empire will do everything it can to stave off price hikes, he said, but admitted the company will need to pass some through in order to remain competitive.Sobeys’ biggest competitors have made similar predictions. Loblaw Companies Ltd. CEO Galen Weston Jr. and Metro Inc. CEO Eric La Fleche predicted higher prices in the near future due to the tariffs during their most recent quarterly earnings calls with analysts.Medline’s comments came as the company reported a first-quarter profit of $95.6 million, up from $54 million a year ago, when it was hit by $28.7 million in costs related to its Project Sunrise cost-savings plan.The program is aimed at finding $500 million in cost savings, of which $100 million was realized in the quarter, said analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets.“Realization of savings 1/8is 3/8 a key driver of margin growth, but first-quarter results demonstrate that Empire is stepping up focus on regaining lost ground on market share,” she wrote in a report.The profit amounted to 35 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug. 4, compared with a profit of 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Sales totalled $6.46 billion, up from $6.27 billion.Same-store sales excluding fuel sales were up 1.3 per cent, compared with a 0.5 per cent increase in the same quarter last year amid its best tonnage or unit sales growth in six years.The improvement was partially offset by the deflationary impact of drug reforms and the wind-down and closure of 10 stores in Western Canada during the quarter.On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned $100.2 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter, up from $87.5 million or 32 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of 42 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Empire’s shares lost 77 cents or 3.1 per cent at $24.29 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Activists say it’s a crisis that can’t wait another minute for a coordinated global response.From increasing electric vehicle sales to the way we recycle, a lot has changed since the first ever Earth Day on April 22, 1970.However, the planet is facing dire consequences after a century of heavy carbon consumption, and activists are speaking out with the hopes of turning the 49th annual Earth Day into year-round action.In an op-ed, President of the Earth Day Network Kathleen Rogers and We Don’t Have Time CEO Ingmar Rentzhog say Earth Day has to be about launching into a greater effort: to shift policy and public support for the environment.“It is the people’s day, the one inspired by 20 million boots on the ground in 1970,” the op-ed reads. “The world is mobilizing again, tapping into the power of a conscious, concerned, and coordinated global citizenry to meet a crisis that can’t wait another minute.”The authors point to ocean acidification, fresh water depletion, and an epidemic of extinction as examples of a dire situation.However, despite the planet facing “major tipping points on climate change,” the pair says “the environment is not a top-tier political issue. Anywhere!”“Most people do voice care about the environment. But very few of them vote for candidates primarily based on their environmental stances. Politicians know they can shred environmental safeguards without suffering political consequences.”After the world’s annual carbon emissions reached an all-time high last year — which was the fourth hottest on record and saw massive wildfires — Rogers and Rentzhog add the environment must become a top-tier political issue around the world if we are to weather the storm that is global warming.Both groups plan to “raise the stakes” and focus on showing leaders that a lack of support for policies and technologies that address the environment will have consequences.They would like to see climate change action become the single-most important vote issue across the globe, and plan to “mobilize a huge, diverse, intense movement in the recognition that the crisis is urgent and that we don’t have time.”Rogers and Rentzhog are not alone — actor and environmentalist Robert Redford also took the opportunity on the 49th annual Earth Day to ask “What will it take for our short-sighted leadership to stop questioning the reality of this global crisis?”last_img read more

first_imgRecycle Across America (RAA) is celebrating Earth Week 2014 by partnering with notable celebrities and Lamar Advertising to announce a simple solution that will deliver a profound impact on the environment and the economy – society-wide standardized labeling for recycling bins.Earth Week 2014 – Recycle Across America Encourages Americans to Recycle RightTo preface the solution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recycling is the most important action society can do to improve the environment. Recycling and reusing the materials in manufacturing is the public facing action that can simultaneously: reduce CO2 levels, conserve water, reduce energy usage, protect finite natural resources, protect oceans, waterways, sea life, and wildlife, and create millions of jobs.However recycling has been underutilized, as demonstrated by EPA statistics indicating U.S. recycling levels are less than 35% and have barely improved in the past 15 years. In fact, recently the EPA released a report saying that recycling levels in the U.S. are declining.The culprit – thousands of different looking labels on public area recycling bins causing public confusion, apathy and skepticism, and a lack of society-wide messaging about the importance of recycling right. As a result, millions of tons of trash are being thrown in recycling bins every year, which cripples the economics of recycling and hinders the ability for manufacturers to reuse the materials.In 2011, RAA launched the simple non-profit solution of a society-wide standardized label system for recycling bins and without solicitation or outreach, many industry leaders have begun using the labels on their bins, such as: NBCUniversal, Hallmark, Kohler, Walt Disney World employee areas, Procter & Gamble manufacturing, SanDisk, AOL, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey beginning with the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal, 2,000 U.S. K-12 schools – including all the public schools in Washington DC, many universities including University of Denver, George Mason University, University of Connecticut, Johns Hopkins University and thousands of other adopters. Today approximately half a million of RAA’s standardized labels are now in use throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.The standardized labeling system for recycling bins is a simple solution that has been proven to increase recycling levels by more than 50% and significantly reduces the amount of trash currently being thrown in recycling bins. Additionally the standardized labels, which make it easier for people to recycle right, has a profound impact on the future of manufacturing and their ability to begin using recycled materials that are of consistent quality and that will be competitively priced to virgin materials.For Earth Week, Lamar Advertising has donated 600 digital billboards across the U.S. to feature Recycle Across America’s “Let’s recycle right!” campaign which introduces the standardized labels and includes celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Angie Harmon, Stana Katic, Ian Somerhalder, Josie Maran, Alanis Morissette, Anthony Mackie, Gabby Reece, AnnaSophia Robb and Chris Salgardo, the president of the philanthropic brand, Kiehl’s Since 1851, who have donated over 200,000 standardized labels to K-12 schools through the U.S. The campaign also combines social media and digital out-of-home to engage consumers and promote the importance of recycling right.Recycle Across America will ask people on Twitter to pledge to “recycle right” using standardized labels. Those who re-tweet the pledge from @recycleacrossam or tweet with #LetsRecycleRight will have their twitter handle featured on digital billboards nationwide.Additionally, a segment featuring Recycle Across America and the standardized label initiative will also air throughout the day on Friday, April 25 on The Weather Channel.For more information, please visit read more

TORONTO — Onex Corp.’s purchase of WestJet Airlines Ltd. has prompted Moody’s Investors Service to place the carrier’s credit rating under review for possible downgrade.The rating agency says it expects Onex to download some of the $5-billion acquisition cost, which includes debt, onto to WestJet when the deal closes. Such a move would increase the airline’s adjusted leverage, though WestJet has no room in its current rating for any increase, Moody’s says.The review will examine WestJet’s capital structure and any change in business strategy.The all-cash deal, announced Monday, will see Toronto-based Onex take WestJet private after 20 years on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Onex managing director Tawfiq Popatia told The Canadian Press yesterday that the private equity firm plans to stick to WestJet’s current trajectory, with no major strategy shifts in the works.Moody’s says its review will wrap up around the time the transaction closes later this year or in early 2020.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press read more

At least 65 people were killed and 70 others were wounded, half of them seriously, according to preliminary reports following the attack, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Ron Redmond told journalists in Geneva.The killings took place on Saturday in the villages of Tiero and Marena, when armed men on horseback and camelback, as well as in motor vehicles, surrounded the two villages and began to fire at random before pursuing and robbing the locals as they tried to flee.Testimony from survivors interviewed by UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) indicate that the attack was led by the notorious Janjaweed militias, which have been allied to Sudanese Government forces during the brutal war in Darfur since 2003.Survivors said the Janjaweed were repelled by local self-defence militias and Chadian army soldiers after several hours of combat, and later fled in the direction of the Sudanese border.Mr. Redmond said about 2,000 villagers are estimated to have arrived at the Goz Amir camp near the town of Koukou since Saturday. The camp is already home to more than 19,000 refugees from Darfur.The displaced villagers are being directed to a displacement site just beside the UNHCR-run Goz Amir camp where they can receive food, water and other aid supplies, and emergency structures have been built to shelter the most vulnerable.NGOs are concerned about the level of malnutrition among the newly displaced, with some arrivals having spent several days without food. Others are believed to be still hiding in the bush, fearful that attackers remain in the area.Many of the villagers who died in Saturday’s attack are being buried in a common grave today, Mr. Redmond said, to avoid the possible outbreak of disease given their rapid decay because of the high temperatures in the region. The death toll is expected to rise.Eastern Chad is already home to about 120,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 230,000 refugees from Darfur. Some 46,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) are living in southern Chad.The worsening conflict between Government forces and rebels in the CAR has led to the internal displacement of more than 212,000 people, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appealing for at least $5.3 million in urgent funds to provide water, sanitation, health care, nutrition, education and protection to women and children.The CAR is one of the world’s poorest countries, suffering from decades of war, civil unrest and misrule. The mortality rates for mothers and children aged under five are among the highest in all of Africa, and less than 40 per cent of the population has access to safe drinking water. The situation is most acute in the north, scene of the majority of clashes and attacks against villages. 3 April 2007A deadly weekend attack on two villages in south-eastern Chad, possibly carried out by Janjaweed militias from Sudan’s neighbouring Darfur region, has forced at least 2,000 people to flee their homes and seek safety in nearby camps, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

24 October 2011The United Nations independent expert on the right to food cautioned today that smallholder farmers face the risk of exploitation under contract farming arrangements with processing or marketing companies, and recommended mechanisms that could ensure that such agreements are fairer. “Contract farming for its benefits, which I am not denying, nevertheless locks farmers into one segment of the food chain,” said Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, at a news conference at UN Headquarters before he presented his annual report to General Assembly’s third committee, which focuses on social, humanitarian and cultural affairs.“It will be very difficult for farmers to move up the value chain into the processing, the packaging, the marketing of their food if all that is expected from them is to produce the crops that then the commodity buyer shall buy, transport, process and sell on the global market,” he said.“We need to allow small farmer to climb up the value chain… by encouraging farmers to develop cooperatives which themselves could process, package and market the food that they produce. We must allow them to have access to local markets in order to ensure that they are not excessively dependent on one commodity buyer that has access to the global market and essentially acts as a gatekeeper for access to the high value Northern countries.”In his report, Mr. De Schutter highlights the pitfalls of contract farming agreements in which the balance is often tilted against the small-scale farmer.“How much benefit can this arrangement bring the farmer if the buyer can dictate the terms of that contract? If they are not careful, farmers end up as disempowered labourers on their own land,” he warns.Mr. De Schutter stresses that fair contracts should include minimum price guarantees, the provision of inputs at or below commercial rates, and should have built-in dispute settlement mechanisms. They must also allow the farmer to set aside a portion of land for food crops to meet family and community needs.He pointed that the lack of checks and balances in contractual farming arrangements often “left the door left open for produce to be summarily rejected, for farm debt to spiral, for labour to be sub-contracted without regulatory oversight, and for a region’s food security to be undermined by production of export-oriented cash crops at the expense of all else.”He urges governments to scrutinize the contracts to ensure that farmers are not being cheated. “They must also put greater knowledge, information and services at the fingertips of small-scale farmers. If farmers can access technical know-how, inputs, distribution circuits and markets only via investors, then they become trapped in an unhealthy cycle.” read more

More audits for Muskrat Falls project in Labrador after costs rise by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 7:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Nalcor Energy has agreed to expanded audits of the $8.5-billion Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador after a provincial committee recommended more scrutiny.But the opposition says those efforts to track already escalating spending fall short because the project needs independent oversight.In its first report released Thursday, the committee led by the clerk of the executive council recommended Crown corporation Nalcor Energy expand assessments done by independent external auditors, which it has agreed to do. The provincial panel is also working with Nalcor Energy’s internal auditors.Premier Tom Marshall said the committee set up last March is an extra oversight layer to assure people the Progressive Conservative government is doing all it can to curb overruns.“Costs could bloat,” he told a news conference. “But I’ve got confidence in the management team and I’ve got confidence in the oversight that’s put in place that they can anticipate these risks and then take the appropriate action to mitigate those risks.”Marshall again Thursday defended Muskrat Falls as the cheapest way to meet the province’s long-term energy needs that will ultimately earn dividends.Project manager Nalcor Energy said last month that competition for labour helped drive up construction and other costs by almost $800 million. Those extra expenses mean the total estimated price tag for the Muskrat Falls dam and power station on the lower Churchill River is now $8.5 billion.The joint project with energy company Emera (TSX:EMA) would bring power from Muskrat Falls in Labrador to Newfoundland then Nova Scotia.The provincial oversight committee is to report again next fall on construction progress and expenses. Its monitoring is on top of regular visits by an independent engineer that reports to the federal government as part of a loan guarantee that cut borrowing costs.The committee’s report says first power from Muskrat Falls is scheduled for December 2017, with full operation later in 2018.Liberal Opposition member Tom Osborne said a government committee reporting on a government-backed megaproject that has already dwarfed initial budget estimates is cold comfort for ratepayers.“The premier said today that this is a project that’s owned by the people. It’s a publicly owned project yet he refuses to allow the Public Utilities Board to provide continuous and ongoing oversight,” he said.“They’ve got a committee of government officials reporting on a government project and trying to tell the people that this is okay. It’s not.”The government all but removed the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities from Muskrat Falls oversight after it declined in 2012 to endorse the development. The public utilities board said it lacked updated information.A provincial law passed to help satisfy terms of the federal loan guarantee further diminished the regulator’s authority. It gives the public utilities board a role in setting blended power rates but says the regulator will be “directed” by government to incorporate full Muskrat Falls costs.NDP Leader Lorraine Michael also cast doubt on whether the provincial oversight body will offer credible assurances to ratepayers footing that bill.“I’m not sure that a government committee, a bureaucratic machine set up by government, is going to do the kind of analysis that I’m looking for.“I don’t see it as an external committee and that’s what’s really problematic.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2016 8:51 am MDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Auto parts firm Magna International signs deal for German company Telemotive AG TORONTO – Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) has signed a deal to buy German company Telemotive AG.Financial terms of the agreement for the company, which has about 550 employees, were not immediately available Monday.Telemotive provides automotive electronics engineering services.Magna says it will be integrated into Magna Steyr, its vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing business.The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the second quarter of this year. read more

Tyrann Mathieu, the former star cornerback for the LSU Tigers, attended the Senior Bowl practice on Monday as a spectator, with aspirations of speaking with NFL teams to convince them he is a changed person.Mathieu was dismissed from the Tigers football program by coach Les Miles last August after failing a drug test. He was arrested in late October along with three other former LSU players, including quarterback Jordan Jefferson, after police discovered marijuana in Mathieu’s apartment.The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist understands that some NFL teams will be highly cautious about drafting him due to his off-the-field incidents, but is understanding of their wariness.“I’m not really looking forward to people trusting me today or tomorrow,” Mathieu said to The Associated Press. “Trust takes time, especially when you’ve done a lot of things for people not to be able to trust you. It may take two years. It may take five years, it may take until I’m 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I’m doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player.”Mathieu has been training for the NFL combine with former LSU cornerback and now Arizona Cardinals conerback Patrick Peterson. Before training with Peterson in Arizona, he was working out in south Florida and living with Peterson’s family.“I took a few days off from training just to come here and meet with a few coaches and just be back around football again,” Mathieu said.But he didn’t arrive with any meeting set up, so if he is able to meet with coaches he knows this will be his last chance to show that he has transformed into a different person.“You’ve got to learn when to do things and when not to do things, when to party and when not to party,” Mathieu said. “Every day is football. That’s the biggest thing I got out of it. I’m just ready to live a football life.”One of the steps that Mathieu took to transform his life was eliminate the people who he thought were negative influences and replace them with positive influences. He admitted that being surrounded by people with positive perspective about life has allowed him to keep a smile on his face.Despite the adversities that Mathieu has been through the past several months, there are children who still idolize him as the Honey Badger and have given him an added boost of inspiration.“I think in my career at LSU, the Honey Badger kind of just came to an abrupt end,” Mathieu said. “I’m going to give these kids something to look forward to growing up.” read more

first_imgCalling all roundabout lovers, the long wait is finally over! The world’s best traffic island for 2016 has been crowned following months of deliberation.The winner of this year’s International Roundabout of the Year competition is a rather splendid gyratory in the city of Carmel, Indiana.Featuring an ornate three-tiered fountain and exceptional garden with manicured lawns and hedges, it beat roundabouts from countries including Iceland, Malaysia, Thailand and Germany.The winner  Barcelona  Iceland “The roundabout in Carmel is beautiful and unlike most towns in the US, Carmel truly embraces its roundabouts,” explained Kevin Beresford, president of the Roundabout Appreciation Society.“In fact they are currently celebrating their 100th roundabout installation and are actually throwing a party to commemorate this achievement. Steel dredge buckets, used in the local tin mining industry, decorate a roundabout in Malaysia Australia  France  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. best roundabout A Thailand roundabout featuring a gold-framed portrait of the King The War of the Roses Roundabout, Tewkesbury, EnglandCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  Singapore  A Thailand roundabout featuring a gold-framed portrait of the KingCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  Best roundabouts  Steel dredge buckets, used in the local tin mining industry, decorate a roundabout in MalaysiaCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson A roundabout in IstanbulCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  Fountain of Wealth Roundabout, Suntec City, Singapore England “Roundabouts are not only functional for moving traffic and keeping motorists safe, but they are also opportunities to enhance the beauty of our daily drives, lift the spirits of our residents and hopefully inspire all of us to pay attention to elements of design and architecture no matter what we create.“Carmel is home to more roundabouts that any city in the United States. The city currently has 97 with a few more under construction this year. We anticipate celebrating the completion of our 100th roundabout later this year.” Scroll down for the full listThe immaculate roundabout will have the great honour of featuring on the cover of the Roundabouts of the World calendar.Some of the weird and wonderful roundabouts chosen by the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society feature Porsche cars suspended in the air, a giant gold frame portrait and painted fish on the road. best roundabouts The roundabout of the year winner Credit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography roundabout of the year winner  Malaysia  “The Mayor of Carmel is thrilled to bits that UKRAS has granted his town such a prestigious Gyratory Award.”Jim Brainard, the mayor of Carmel, said the city was “very pleased” to receive the roundabout award. “We work hard in Carmel and take great pride in creating beautiful landscapes throughout our city,” he said. An impressive fountain centrepiece features on this Barcelona roundabout An impressive fountain centrepiece features on this Barcelona roundaboutCredit: Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography roundabout in Istanbul Fountain of Wealth Roundabout, Suntec City, SingaporeCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson roundabout Earlier this year, a hellish roundabout traffic jam left these Chinese motorists with nowhere to go. A roundabout in La Haye-Fouassiere, FranceCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  MORE ROUNDABOUTS Thailand  A traffic island in Brisbane, AustraliaCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography Porsche cars suspended above the ground on a roundabout in Stuttgart, GermanyCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  A traffic island in Brisbane, Australia Painted fish on a roundabout on the Icelandic island of HeimaeyCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography last_img read more

first_imgThe attack killed 117 people and left mental and physical scars on those who, like Mr Worrall and Mr Hutchinson, were lucky enough to survive.Following the death of Mr Hutchinson, who had gone on to become a church minister, his son Rob – aware of Mr Worrall’s poignant gesture years earlier – decided to return the watch to the SS Athenia’s home town and donated it to the Riverside Museum.In response to the appeal by museum curator Emily Malcolm, family members revealed that Mr Worrall had not only survived the attack on the SS Athenia but, after being pensioned out of the Merchant Navy due to his injuries, volunteered to return to sea as part of the war effort.At the conflict’s end he worked as a hospital porter at Law Hospital, Lanarkshire, married and went on to have a daughter – but he never told his family about the watch he had left in the hands of a stranger. Sidney Worrall, who was feared by his fellow passenger Gerry Hutchinson to have died of his wounds after the sinking of the SS Athenia,Credit:Craig Foy/SNS Group A day or so after the sinking, my grandmother’s neighbour saw on the Pathe newsreel that night my uncle being landed as a survivor in Galway.Ernie Worrall, Sidney’s nephew The SS Athenia in Montreal Harbour , 1933 Credit:National Archives of Canada/Wikipedia The SS Athenia, a Glasgow-built transatlantic passenger liner sailing between the UK and Canada, was sunk off the coast of Galway, Ireland, by a torpedo from a German submarine on the day that war was declared on September 3, 1939. Among those to come forward in response to the museum’s appeal were his granddaughter Cath Muir, who said:”I remember him as a child. He was very badly burned when the Athenia was attacked and had many skin grafts on his face and legs. He told us that they were his maps of the world.”Mrs Muir, Newarthill, North Lanarkshire, added: “After returning from Galway he was pensioned out of the Merchant Navy due to the injuries he sustained, but he returned to sea to serve in the war, he felt it was his duty to do so, but that meant he had to forgo part of his pension.” Gerry Hutchinson, a Canadian passenger who had helped Mr Worrall into the lifeboat, fulfilled his dying wish, holding on to the watch and keeping it in immaculate condition until his own death last year.But only now has it emerged that, despite his wounds, Mr Worrall in fact survived the sinking of the SS Athenia.The discovery was made following an appeal by Glasgow’s Riverside Museum for more information about the watch’s original owner.The appeal was seen by members of Mr Worrall’s family, who have now came forward to reveal that, far from being killed at sea, he had gone on to live a full and active life before dying in 1973. In a further happy twist several members of Mr Worrall’s extended family came to know each other for the first time as a result of answering the museum’s appeal, including Dr Ernie Worrall, a nephew.He told how his father had told him how Mr Worrall’s mother had not known whether the cook was alive or dead until she saw newsreel reports of his survival and rescue.Dr Worrall, 74, said: “A day or so after the sinking, my grandmother’s neighbour saw on the Pathe newsreel that night my uncle being landed as a survivor in Galway. At the end of the picture show she told my grandmother, who at that point would have been unaware whether her son had been killed or had been rescued. Fearing the end was near Sidney Worrall knew there was one last thing he had to do.His ship the SS Athenia had just been fatally damaged by the enemy – becoming the first British vessel to be sunk by the German at the outbreak of World War Two – and Mr Worrall had suffered horrendous burns when oil exploded in the galleys.With what he thought was his last breath the Scottish ship’s cook handed over his most prized possession – his watch – to a fellow lifeboat passenger, urging him to look after it as long as he lived. 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. Sidney Worrall, who was feared by his fellow passenger Gerry Hutchinson to have died of his wounds after the sinking of the SS Athenia, “My grandmother hot-footed it down to the cinema, just as the manager was closing up for the night, and he kindly opened up and re-ran the newsreel for her while she sat in this empty cinema and was able to be reassured that he was indeed alive.”The watch will go on display as part of an updated SS Athenia exhibition at the Riverside this summer.Gerry Hutchinson’s son Rob said: “I am delighted that the museum has been able to draw together the two ends of this very long story.“I look forward to one day seeing the museum’s display and possibly meeting Sid’s family. My father would have been so pleased.” The SS Athenia in Montreal Harbour , 1933last_img read more

first_imgFielding, 43, was picked after The Last Leg co-presenter Josh Widdicombe, 33, turned down the role at the last minute.The surprise signing of the unorthodox comic is thought to have been the brainchild of Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt, who secured the £75 million deal to poach Bake Off from the BBC. Several high-profile celebrities turned down the opportunity to present the new series of Great British Bake Off, it was claimed on Saturday.Stars including Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Jamie Oliver are said to have rejected the presenting job because they consider it “toxic” now the show has moved from the BBC to Channel 4.The claims came after Channel 4 last week unveiled the comic Noel Fielding as co-presenter alongside broadcaster and campaigner Sandi Toksvig.A Bake Off source told The Sun: “A lot of people at Love Productions are worried about what Channel 4 is going to do with their show.“Noel is going to turn off a lot of the family viewing that made Bake Off such a favourite.“But this is the risk of selling off a national treasure to the highest bidder.” Fielding and Toksvig, 58, have been hired alongside food writer Prue Leith, 77, who replaces Mary Berry, 81.Paul Hollywood, 51, is the only member of the BBC team who went to Channel 4.A Love Productions spokesman said: “Love Productions chose Noel and Sandi as hosts of GBBO in full collaboration with Channel 4 and we are all thrilled to have secured such a terrific team. The notion of any dispute between Love and Channel 4 is nonsense and totally untrue, we enjoy a great creative relationship.” Fielding, the star of The Mighty Boosh, and Toksvig will replace Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.It is claimed that Davina McCall and Kate Quilton, the Food Unwrapped presenter, also turned down the opportunity to present the show.The Bake Off source said: “Noel and Sandi are an odd combination and they certainly weren’t top of the list — or even tenth on the list.“Channel 4’s most loyal presenters were not interested. There was talk that replacing Mel and Sue was a toxic proposition.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgCradle Resources has achieved another major milestone in its strategy to develop the worldclass Panda Hill niobium project in Tanzania, with key metallurgical tests returning outstanding results. The relatively limited sources of global supply – three producers account for 99% of world supply – and the metal’s key role in producing high-quality steel means that the niobium market has different dynamics to conventional steel and steel-feed industries.This project is reported in the current issue of International Mining Project News (IMPN – next issue April 29). New subscribers to IMPN are eligible to a 50% discount for one of Whittle Consulting’s Money Mining & Sustainability Seminars around the world, see Contact emma@im-mining.comBack at Panda Hill, these most recent tests demonstrate that its concentrate can be used to produce a high-quality ferro-niobium product, which is in turn sold directly to steel mills to produce high strength, low alloy steel products. Strong metallurgical results and first niobium production pave way for project funding. Highlights•          Laboratory-scale metallurgy tests show the Panda Hill concentrate will enable the production of high-quality ferro-niobium (FeNb) buttons•          First Panda Hill ferro-niobium has been produced, recording a niobium content of 69% – in line with steel industry specifications, with further production tests underway•          Niobium is one of the “new age” metals being sought to produce high-end steel products for construction, pipelines and car manufacturers•          The results confirm a readily marketable product and will facilitate off-take agreement discussions•          Release of a definitive feasibility study is imminent; Construction is scheduled to start later this year for first production in 201.These first FeNb production tests established that the buttons made from Panda Hill concentrate contained low levels of impurities, further underpinning the quality of product.Niobium is used to harden and strengthen steel and also to make it more corrosion-resistant. Construction is scheduled to start later this year with first production expected in 2018.The Panda Hill niobium project is located in the Mbeya region, near the borders with Zambia and Malawi, approximately 650 km west of the capital Dar es Salaam. The industrial city of Mbeya is situated only 35 km from the project area and will be a significant service and logistics centre for the project. Mbeya has a population of approximately 280,000 people, located on the main highway and railway to the capital Dar es Salaam.last_img read more

first_imgBitcoin news of the weekRichard Branson has decided that you can now use Bitcoins to buy a Virgin Galactic ticket. One future astronaut, a female flight attendant from Hawaii, already has. WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Gaming launch of the weekThe Xbox One hit the shelves this week and with the Playstation 4 due out next week, the topic of the week was the ‘battle of the consoles’. So which one comes out on top?Sexist app of the weekWe’ve had a couple of sexist apps in the Weird Wide Web but this one’s a little different because it objectifies men. Women using Lulu have the option to rate men in their lives, be it an ex, a co-worker you have a crush on or just a friend, with tongue-in-cheek hashtags like #BigFeet, #PornEducation and #ObsessedWithHisMom. [New York Times] Needless to say, it hasn’t gone down well. (Image: Virgin)Talking bilboards of the weekBritish Airways have installed new digital billboards that point to and talk about the planes flying over them.(Video: British Airways/YouTube)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australian actor, Vince Colosimo will be appearing in court in October to fight bankruptcy charges. Colosimo, famous for playing in the Wogboy and as Melbourne gangster Alphonse Gangitano in the Underbelly series is being sued by the Oakleigh firm, Dandanis & Associates for $36,000. The documents allege Colosimo failed to comply with a court order in November 2011 to pay the sum. The Age reports the firm issued Colosimo with a bankruptcy notice on May 22 this year, with the hearing scheduled to take place on October 1 in the Victorian Federal Court. Colosimo is currently filming Fat Tony & Co, a series that focuses on the manhunt for convicted drug boss Tony Mokbel after he fled Melbourne for Greece. Source: The Age.last_img read more

first_imgLes déchets du tsunami japonais menacent les baleinesL’association Robin des Bois a indiqué, vendredi dernier, que l’état sanitaire des baleines du Pacifique Nord était en train de se dégrader en raison des déchets et des rejets radioactifs issus du tsunami japonais du 11 mars 2011 et de la catastrophe de Fukushima.En juin dernier, l’ONG Robin des Bois avait indiqué que les déchets issus de la catastrophe japonaise du 11 mars erreraient pendant 10 ans dans le Pacifique. Aujourd’hui, l’association écologiste fait part de ses inquiétudes concernant le sort des baleines qui peuplent l’océan. Elle appelle la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) à mandater son comité scientifique pour suivre sur le long terme toutes les conséquences du tsunami sur les populations de baleines du Pacifique Nord. À lire aussiDes scientifiques demandent l’arrêt des sonars militaires pour sauver les baleines de CuvierLa CBI, qui se réunit la semaine prochaine à Jersey, compte 89 pays membres et est la seule instance internationale à gérer la chasse et la conservation des baleines, indique Comme l’indique l’ONG française, les mammifères marins comme les oiseaux de mer et les poissons sont susceptibles d’ingérer tous les déchets océaniques. Les résidus plastiques, notamment, pourraient entraîner des suffocations, des occlusions intestinales, des contaminations, des pertes d’appétence et de mobilité.Des déchets chimiques menaçants L’association souligne également les risques de pollution chimique liés aux résidus de médicaments, de pesticides et de toutes sortes d’éléments toxiques comme les phtalates, le bisphénol, les métaux lourds et les hydrocarbures. A tout cela, s’ajoutent les rejets d’eau radioactive issue de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, autre source d’inquiétude pour Robin des Bois. Pour appuyer sa demande auprès du CBI, l’association rappelle que les baleines sont au sommet des chaînes alimentaires marines et que leurs voies de contamination sont multiples. En effet, elles sont d’une part en contact permanent avec la radioactivité artificielle, d’autre part, elles se nourrissent de plancton, de proies et de déchets contaminés. Pour l’ONG, les espèces susceptibles d’être les plus touchées sont les petits rorquals communs du Pacifique nord-ouest et de la mer régionale d’Okhotsk (25 000 individus), les baleines franches du Pacifique Nord (quelques centaines), les baleines grises et les baleines à bosse du Pacifique du nord-ouest (respectivement quelques dizaines et 400 individus).Le 11 juillet 2011 à 15:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgPoker : comment savoir si votre adversaire bluffe ? Regardez ses brasEn étudiant les mouvements de joueurs professionnels, des chercheurs ont pu déterminer s’ils bluffaient ou non. Comment ? En regardant leurs bras.Au poker, on est jamais aussi bien battu que par soi-même. Cette citation reflète très bien la philosophie de ce jeu où les cartes en main importent moins que l’attitude de celui qui les tient. Et si Lady Gaga vante les mérites d’une poker face (le visage neutre du joueur), la clé du succès au bluff se trouverait plutôt…dans les bras.Des chercheurs américains ont publié dans la revue Psychological Science une étude évaluant le degré de confiance de joueurs professionnels. Pour réaliser ces travaux, ils ont recruté 78 étudiants volontaires afin d’analyser des vidéos de joueurs, et leur ont demandé de juger leur main. Les sujets ont été répartis en 3 groupes.Les bras, un indice de bluff Dans le premier, les clips vidéos (20 au total) étaient édités de façon à ne montrer que le visage et le torse des joueurs. Les juges ont alors lamentablement échoué à deviner leur bluff, puisque leurs résultats étaient en dessous de la moyenne. La preuve que la poker face peut bien induire en erreur les adversaires.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans le deuxième groupe, les vidéos ne montraient cette fois que le torse et les bras. Les chercheurs voulaient y voir la confirmation de récents travaux qui prétendent que les mouvements moteurs peuvent révéler les intentions. Et il semble que c’est le cas, puisque ce deuxième groupe a fait mieux en devinant avec plus de précision les bluffeurs.Le troisième groupe a lui, regardé les mêmes vidéos que le deuxième, mais cette fois, on leur avait demandé en plus d’analyser la fluidité de leurs mouvements. Ceci a permis de constater que dans tous les cas, les joueurs avec de meilleures cartes étaient plus assurés dans leurs gestes, plus fluides, lorsqu’ils prenaient leurs cartes ou déposaient leur mise.Confiance et assurance D’après leurs auteurs, ces expériences démontrent que le langage corporel peut révéler bien des choses, même pour des joueurs de poker professionnels entraînés au bluff et à la dissimulation de leurs émotions. Il serait alors souvent bien plus révélateur que le visage, normalement considéré comme le miroir des émotions. Aussi, des choses très simples comme la façon de bouger son bras ou sa main peuvent donner des indices précieux sur la confiance en soi d’une personne.Le 21 septembre 2013 à 09:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgSamantha Miller, the communications manager for the Division of Elections, says the issue is a result of individuals that automatically enrolled to vote when they applied for their Permanent Fund Dividend. The DOE requires change of addresses to be submitted 30 days prior to the election. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Division of Elections has said that some voters are reporting that their voter registration addresses listed on identification cards are not accurate. A systematic error is printing the wrong addresses on cards, according to the DOE it’s unclear how many have been affected. For voters with the wrong voter registration information who want to participate in the August 21 primary they are encouraged to vote a questioned ballot that would then be analyzed by the Regional Review Board.last_img read more