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first_imgArsenal and Chelsea comfortably entered the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday even as last year’s runners-up Olympique de Marseille were eliminated in the group stage itself.Apart from Arsenal and Chelsea, the other teams to advance to last 32 were Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Zurich and Dinamo Zagreb. The last two games of the group stages are still to be played before the draw for the next round takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on December 17.On Thursday, Arsenal settled for a 0-0 draw with Sporting CP at the Emirates while their London neighbours Chelsea beat BATE Borisov 1-0 as both the teams qualified for the knockout stages.A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.However, the point was enough to guarantee the north London side a place in the last 32 atop Group E on 10 points, with Sporting behind them on seven. Vorskla Poltava lost 1-0 to FK Qarabag, with both teams on three points.No goals at Emirates Stadium…But we have secured our qualification for the knockout stages#UEL pic.twitter.com/O0ZEK8dC4NArsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 8, 2018Arsenal forward Welbeck was taken off on a stretcher and given oxygen in the 25th minute after landing awkwardly when jumping for a header only hours after being named in the England squad for their next internationals.advertisementEarlier, Chelsea’s France striker Giroud got his first goal this season in the second half to secure a win at BATE, meaning Maurizio Sarri’s side have qualified from Group L.”I think the first target in this competition was to qualify and now the second target is to win our group so I think we need one more point,” the Italian coach said.”It’s very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target.”Chelsea have yet to lose under Sarri so far this season.MARSEILLE MISERY90+5′ FT: OM suffer defeat in Rome, despite an energising performance.#LazioOM | 2 – 1 | pic.twitter.com/F9ox6ZpPFlOlympique Marseille (@OM_English) November 8, 2018Marseille were dumped out when they lost 2-1 at Lazio in Group H. Goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa were enough to extend a miserable run for the French side, who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions.Lazio, meanwhile, went through along with Eintracht who eliminated Apollon Limassol with a 3-2 victory in the other game in the section.Leverkusen joined both teams in the next stage after beating FC Zurich 1-0 at home in Group A but thanks to Ludogorets 0-0 draw with AEK Larnaca the Swiss side also progressed.Dinamo Zagreb beat Spartak Trnava 3-1 to qualify from Group D while Anderlecht, UEFA Cup winners in 1983, were eliminated after their 2-0 defeat by Fenerbahce in the same group.Sevilla, the most successful team in the history of the competition with five titles, went down to 10-men at Akhisarspor but came away with a 3-2 win in Group J thanks to a late Ever Banega penalty that ended the Turkish side’s qualifying hopes.There was a goalfest in Russia as Spartak Moscow came from 3-2 behind to lead Rangers 4-3 in two minutes before the hour mark with the home side’s eventual win taking them to second place and level with their opponents on five points in Group G.Rangers’ domestic rivals Celtic kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 win over RB Leipzig in Group B, while AC Milan and Real Betis took a step towards qualifying with a 1-1 draw in Group F.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgAndrea Pirlo Pirlo says goodbye to fans after career comes to an end Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:57 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andrea Pirlo New York City FC Getty New York City New York City v Columbus Crew Juventus Milan MLS Serie A The World Cup winner played the final game of a glittering career and bowed out with a message to his supporters and team-mates  Andrea Pirlo has thanked New York City FC fans for their support after he played the last game of his career on Sunday.The 38-year-old midfielder made a late substitute appearance as NYCFC were eliminated from the MLS playoffs by the Columbus Crew.The former AC Milan and Juventus star had already confirmed he would be bringing an end to his career when his contract ends in December, but with no games left this season for New York City, he has kicked his last ball in professional football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A winner of six Serie A titles, two Champions League crowns and a World Cup, the Italy legend bowed out with a special message for team-mates and fans.”Last match in MLS. As my time in NYFC comes to an end I would like to say few words,” he wrote on social media.”I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city. Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that work behind the scene, thank you to my teammates.”Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well, that is why I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and my children for the support and love they always give me, every team that I had the honor to play for, every teammate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career such incredible and last but not least, all the fans around the world that always showed me support.pic.twitter.com/6TY539vB9z— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) November 6, 2017″You will always be on my side and in my heart.”Pirlo has already been linked with a move into coaching, with reports claiming he could head to Chelsea to become Antonio Conte’s assistant.However, he said in October that he still has to decide on what is next.”I’ll do something else, I’ll be back in Italy in December,” he said. “Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide.”last_img read more

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanEvery year, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi is tasked with putting together what he thinks will be the exact bracket that the NCAA selection committee will release on Selection Sunday. And given the Worldwide Leader’s influence, many fans take what he produces as fact. Sometimes it slips your mind that what he says isn’t actually official.To his credit, Lunardi has nailed all 68 (or 64, previously) teams a number of times. So how did he do in 2015? Well, Lunardi actually missed two teams this year. He had both Temple and Colorado State in the field, and omitted Indiana and UCLA. Of course, the Hoosiers and the Bruins were by far the most controversial inclusions this year.Lunardi got all four 1-seeds correct, and all four 2-seeds. He had Baylor as a 4-seed, with Maryland as a 3-seed, which in the real bracket, was reversed. Overall though, he did an incredible job. Almost every team in his field was within one seed line of where it actually wound up. Here’s his bracket. You can see the real NCAA Tournament bracket here. So yes, Joe Lunardi, is still good at his job. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on with his hair.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Bremen-based terminal operator EUROGATE Group handled the same volume of standard containers in 2016 as the year before due to the second half turbulences in the shipping industry which impacted the total volume.While the first six months of 2016 got off to a promising start, the unfavorable conditions in the shipping industry seen during the second half of 2016 resulted in a total of 14.6 million TEUs handled at all eleven EUROGATE Group locations.Namely, the group said that it transhipped 8.2 million TEUs at its German terminals, adding that the development at Germany’s only deep-water port “was encouraging.”EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelms­haven notched up 481,720 TEUs, which translates to a growth rate of 12.9 per cent. The Bremer­haven container termi­nals together recorded a throughput of 5.5 million TEUs, while the figure for EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg stood at 2.3 million TEUs.“Shipping company takeovers and the insolvency of Korean Hanjin Shipping led to a realignment within the major alliances in 2016. Against this background, 2017 promises to be an outstanding year for all market participants,” EUROGATE said.As expected, in 2016 the number of mega container ships with a capacity in excess of 18,000 TEUs calling at the German EUROGATE terminals once again increased. EUROGATE said that it clears half of these vessels in Bremerhaven, and the other half in equal shares in Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven.“We are looking expectantly and confidently ahead to 2017, a year that will bring many changes,” Michael Blach, new Chairman of the EUROGATE Group Management Board since January 1, 2017, said.Blach added that, with its three North German terminals, EUROGATE “is excellently positioned to meet the requirements of the major shipping alliances and their mega container ships.”last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Shipping will continue to attract investors in 2019 if it fulfills its environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities, according to the latest report from Moore Stephens.Confidence in the shipping industry dipped slightly towards the end of 2018, but that was against a four-year high recorded in the first half of the year. Both new and existing players however still have an appetite for investment in shipping which is likely to continue in 2019 so long as shipping lives up to its ESG responsibilities, Richard Greiner, Shipping & Transport Partner, explained.Existing and emerging regulations such as those on ballast water management and greenhouse gas emissions show that shipping is becoming more environmentally aware and accountable.“New funds will be needed and the environmental investment story should prove attractive to many potential investors. Green doesn’t come cheap, or easy, however,” Greiner continued.This year important decisions will be made on investments to comply with the new environment-driven regulations which are coming into force, and the industry will have a better idea of whether the drydocking capacity exists to cope with demand.Meanwhile, the industry will face other challenges, according to Greiner. These include operating costs that are set to increase, tonnage imbalances set to endure in some trades, the Baltic Dry Index which may behave less erratically than in the latter part of last year, and Brexit that may finally mean Brexit. Additionally, the introduction of new lease accounting standards is to change things for some, while the effect of geopolitical influences would continue to be felt throughout 2019.“Uncertainty is likely to remain the norm in 2019,” Greiner concluded.last_img read more

first_imgThe province launched its first community renewable energy projects today, March 19, as part of its plan to ensure the lowest, fairest power rates for Nova Scotia families and businesses. Premier Darrell Dexter joined Energy Minister Charlie Parker, representatives from Seaforth Energy and municipal officials in Stellarton to mark the event. The province commissioned six 50-kilowatt turbines, including three in Goldboro, two in Tatamagouche and one in New Glasgow. “This is clean power produced in Nova Scotia, by Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Our community feed-in tariff program is the only one of its kind in the world, so this is a big first for Nova Scotia.” The energy produced from these wind turbines will be sold to the electricity grid and used in the communities where it was generated. The wind projects will also create jobs and help the environment. “We are pleased to play a role in increasing the use of green energy in Nova Scotia,” said New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “The wind turbine at our Forbes Lake Water Treatment facility will produce energy efficient electricity that will be purchased by Nova Scotia Power. This will allow us to reduce our costs and invest these savings back into our water treatment plant. “Leading environmental stewardship has been a priority for our town for many years and this successful partnership allows us to continue to achieve these goals for the betterment of our community.” All of the wind turbines coming online today were built, and will be operated, by Seaforth Energy, a Nova Scotia company that manufactures wind turbines in the province and ships them worldwide. The company is also a world leader in the installation and maintenance of wind turbines. “Seaforth Energy is proud that the first electricity produced under the Nova Scotia community feed-in tariff program will be generated using Nova Scotian technology, in the form of our AOC 15/50 wind turbine,” said Mike Morris, CEO of Seaforth Energy. “We encourage other communities to participate in the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in-Tariff program.” These wind projects will provide their communities with a renewable power source at a stable rate for 20 years. In total, the projects will produce more than 600,000 kwh of energy in the next year. That is enough to power up to 120 homes. “The days of double-digit rate increases are over,” said Premier Dexter. “By working together with partners like Seaforth and municipalities across the province, we are taking control of Nova Scotia’s energy future. This is an affordable, made-in-Atlantic-Canada approach to a problem that has been around for more than a generation.” COMFIT is a made-in-Nova Scotia initiative. The province expects 100 megawatts to be produced through COMFIT programs like these turbines. For more information on the program, visit www.nsrenewables.ca .last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Paul Dewar, a teacher and union leader from Ottawa who became the New Democratic Party’s foreign-affairs critic, died Wednesday after contending with brain cancer for a year.Despite struggling with dyslexia as a child, getting trounced by Ed Broadbent during his initial foray into politics, losing his seat in the House of Commons in the Liberal wave of 2015 and being diagnosed with a terminal illness, the 56-year-old was infused with a positive, hopeful attitude and belief that the world could be made a better place.So it was startling when Dewar revealed in June 2018 that as he was recovering from brain surgery several months before, he saw news of the high-school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people — and that he “abandoned any hope” and was ready to give up.Except giving up was never really in Dewar’s vocabulary. Inspired as Parkland students channelled their loss and pain into a rallying cry against gun violence in the U.S., Dewar decided to use what time he had left in life to launch a new initiative, Youth Action Now, and empower a new generation of leaders who will work for the greater good.Dewar is survived by his wife Julia Sneyd and their two sons, Nathaniel and Jordan.He is perhaps best known for having served as the MP for Ottawa Centre from 2006 to 2015, much of which he also spent as the NDP’s foreign-affairs critic, following an early career as an elementary-school teacher and union executive.Whether it was the war in Afghanistan, free-trade deals or the defence of human rights and democracy in developing countries, Dewar was fierce in his convictions but also willing to listen to differing viewpoints to try to find a consensus.That combination of principle and pragmatism, combined with the aforementioned optimism, earned Dewar respect on both the government and opposition benches, and helped the NDP shed some of its image of being idealistic and naive on Canada’s dealings with the rest of the world.Dewar’s path into politics meant following in some pretty big footsteps. His mother, Marion Dewar, was not only one of Ottawa’s most beloved mayors but also a heavyweight in the federal NDP and social-activist circles in the 1970s and ’80s.Dewar would often say that he learned about politics from his mother, telling the Ottawa Citizen in September 2011 that while Marion warned against running for office just to get power, “power isn’t a bad thing, it’s how people use it.”Then there was Ed Broadbent, the legendary former NDP leader whose short-lived political comeback started by trouncing Dewar during the latter’s first nomination battle in 2004. Dewar had been campaigning for the nomination when Broadbent decided he wanted back in.It was only after Broadbent’s difficult decision two years later to leave politics once again to care for his sick wife that Dewar was elected to replace the former leader as the MP for Ottawa Centre.Yet it didn’t take long for Dewar to come into his own and make his mark with a respectful and pragmatic approach to politics — and his determination to fight injustice and cynicism at home and abroad.Many might not realize that Dewar was dyslexic. Dewar credited the disability, which makes it harder to read, write and sometimes speak, with having made him more resilient as well as a better teacher and politician.“I certainly identify strongly with people who are needing help in taking on things, be it with learning challenges, life challenges in general,” he told The Canadian Press in November 2011. “It’s about empathizing and understanding.”He faced other challenges as well: Dewar placed a distant fifth when he ran to replace Jack Layton as NDP leader in 2012. Many were shocked when Liberal Catherine McKenna defeated him in 2015. He was one of several apparently popular New Democrats swept out of urban ridings that year.The party kept him on as an adviser, helping the handful of new MPs the party elected adjust to their new duties. Afterward, he joined the board of Human Rights Watch and contemplated running for mayor of Ottawa.Then came the diagnosis in February 2018 that he had Grade 4 glioblastoma, the same type of brain cancer that killed Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie. Dewar had gone to the hospital when he felt numbness in his arm that didn’t go away — a bother he’d at first put down to being tired from a 36-kilometre skate on the frozen Rideau Canal. That’s five full lengths of the skateway that runs not far from his downtown Ottawa home.He soon had surgery to remove a tumour on his brain but the cancer couldn’t be cured, only held at bay for a while.Yet even then, his optimism continued to shine. If people wanted to do something for him, he said, they should contribute to their neighbourhoods. Smile, laugh, give. “Knock on your neighbour’s door and say hi.”“What I have discerned is that notwithstanding the urgency to live as much life as possible, I see this path I am walking as a gift to realize the beauty of life itself,” Dewar wrote in an open letter announcing his plan to launch Youth Action Now a few months later.“Each one of us is capable of contributing something to make a difference with our family, friends and in our community. Sometimes cynicism, isolation and fear hold us back from truly contributing and participating in making the world around us a better place.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVanity Fair and Fidelity Investments hosted a panel discussion entitled “Empowering Conversations: Rewriting the Script of Your Life” last week.Kate Walsh Takes Part In Fidelity Investments and Vanity Fair: Empowering Conversations Panel DiscussionCredit/Copyright: wireimage Alberto E. RodriguezModerator was Keltie Knight, and panelists included actress Kate Walsh, Clique Media Co-Founder and CEO Katherine Power, and Co-Founder and CMO of the mobile marketplace Spring, Ara Katz. Fidelity’s President of Personal Investing, Kathleen Murphy was the evening’s keynote speaker.Kate Walsh attends Fidelity Investments and Vanity Fair: Empowering Conversations Panel DiscussionCredit/Copyright: wireimage Alberto E. Rodriguez The panel discussed the pivotal moments that helped get them to where they are today, and the everyday challenges, biggest opportunities and moments that inspired them to take action along the way.Fidelity joined Vanity Fair in hosting this event aiming to drive more awareness and discussion around the importance of women taking charge of their future – including the role engagement in financial decisions have on reaching short- and long-term goals throughout their lives.Today, more women are running businesses, earning degrees, and controlling more wealth than ever before.The irony is this: If women have the power to change the financial landscape, why are only 37% of them confident making financial decisions? This needs to change. Fidelity is committed to providing women with the resources and opportunities they need to become more knowledgeable, confident and empowered to take control of their financial choices and become more active investors, ensuring that the money they’ve worked hard to earn, is working hard for them.last_img read more

first_imgThe 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala raised more than $30 million last week in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS.Video: amfAR: The 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Antibes, FranceThe star-studded black-tie event, held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival, was presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films.Event Chairs included amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Harvey Weinstein, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carine Roitfeld, Isabella Rossellini, Frances McDormand, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Diane Kruger, John C. Reilly, Michel Litvak, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Remo Ruffini, and Vin Roberti.Other guests in attendance, many of whom participated in the evening’s auction included: Antonio Banderas, Matt Bellamy, Andrea Bocelli, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Xavier Dolan, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Michael Fassbender, Tom Ford, David Gandy, Melissa George, Madalina Ghenea, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Chanel Iman, Kendall Jenner, Harvey Keitel, Karlie Kloss, Zoe Kravitz, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Eva Longoria, Sienna Miller, Petra Nemcova, Rita Ora, Barbara Palvin, Michelle Rodriguez, Irina Shayk, Paolo Sorrentino, Dita Von Teese, Mario Testino, Robin Thicke, Chris Tucker, Alicia Vikander, Binx Walton, and Lindsey Wixson, among many others.The undisputed highlight of the evening’s live auction, led by auctioneer Simon de Pury, was a stunning 18½ foot tall sculpture by Jeff Koons, titled Coloring Book. This magnificent artwork was on display at the Hôtel du Cap for guests to admire against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. After a lively round of bidding, the work, part of Koons’s Celebration Series, sold for over $13 million.Another outstanding work by one of the world’s best known artists, legendary Columbian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, was also on display throughout the event. Titled Donna su Cavallo, and introduced by John C. Reilly and Eva Herzigova, the statue went for $2.2 million.Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan introduced an exquisite bespoke diamond necklace, designed exclusively for amfAR and Cinema Against AIDS by Harry Winston in recognition of their new milestone partnership with amfAR. Recalling the teardrop silhouette of the famed Taylor-Burton diamond, the necklace was comprised of 191 round brilliant and marquise diamonds and weighed in at 33 carats. Titled “Epic Cluster,” it was purchased by a winning bidder for $500,000.A work by Banksy, the world’s most famous and mysterious street artist, was donated to the auction by Leonardo DiCaprio from his private collection and sold for over $1 million. Titled Smiling Copper on Cardboard, it was introduced by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Mr. DiCaprio also contributed a one-of-kind experience to the auction by offering a seat at his table at the upcoming gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in St. Tropez. The surprise package, which also included a private dinner with Mr. DiCaprio, sold for $280,000.A stunning feature of the evening was a Black and White fashion show curated by longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld. The dazzling collection featured one-of-a-kind looks, half in black, half in white, from the world’s most celebrated fashion houses. Participating designers included Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Céline, Balmain, Giorgio Armani, and Tom Ford, among others. Forty of the world’s top models participated in the runway presentation, including Event Co-Chairs , Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, and Karolina Kurkova, as well as Barbara Palvin, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Binx Walton, Chanel Iman, Izabel Goulart, and Lily Donaldon, among others.The Black and White collection was subsequently auctioned off in its entirety by Tom Ford and Eva Longoria, selling for nearly $1 million.For the second year in a row, internationally acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli donated a dinner for 12 people at his private residence, either on the coast of Tuscany or in Miami Beach. Auctioned by Chris Tucker and Petra Nemcova, the lot sold twice for over $1 million each. To give the winners a sneak peek of the intimate performance they would be treated to as part of the experience, Mr. Bocelli took to the stage for a moving, impromptu performance of “Por Ti Volare.”The unforgettable evening also featured live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Charli XCX kicked off the evening with an explosive performance of her top hits “Break the Rules” and “Boom Clap”. Multi-platinum selling and nine-time Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige got the crowd on their feet with a performance of her classic hit “Family Affair.” The evening culminated in an electrifying performance by Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, who performed hits such as “It’s Time,” “Demons,” and “Radioactive.”In other highlights of the auction: • A priceless pencil drawing by Pablo Picasso titled “L’Etreinte,” signed and dated by the artist, sold for $800,000. • An Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, amfAR’s Founding International Chairman, sold to Eva Longoria for $600,000. • An untitled work by one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder, auctioned off by Frances McDormand, also sold for $600,000. • The final auction lot of the evening was a private portrait sitting with legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino. Taking the stage with top models Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Jourdan Dunn, Mr. Testino helped sell the experience for nearly $1,000,000.In his remarks, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole acknowledged the enormous success of Cinema Against AIDS in generating funds to advance amfAR’s AIDS research programs. “With your help,” said Cole, “we have recently mounted an all-out effort to find a cure for AIDS, and are poised to write the final chapter on this deadly epidemic.”Cinema Against AIDS 22 was presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films. The Weinstein Company was Signature Sponsor. MoëtHennessy is amfAR’s Official Wine and Spirits Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the Cinema Against AIDS dinner, guests were invited to an exclusive After Party presented by Moncler featuring DJ Mark Ronson, whose latest hit “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, Demi Moore, and Madonna, among many others.amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $140 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years.last_img read more

A Security Commission – comprised of representatives of key factions in Northern Afghanistan and a UNAMA official – went to Keshende after learning that fighting broke out again on Monday between Jumbesh, led by Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, and Jamiat, led by Gen. Ustad Atta Mohammad.According to a UN spokesman, the Security Commission removed six commanders – three from each side – from their posts. Although it has since returned to Mazar-i-Sharif, the Security Commission is in regular contact with the region.Five military personnel were reportedly killed and two civilians injured during the clashes. read more

Progress on the continent include implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), particularly on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), to which 12 countries have so far signed up, and also the commitments made by development partners to increase aid levels, said K.Y. Amoako, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).Mr. Amoako, speaking at the opening of a two-day meeting of development experts in Addis Ababa, said, however, little progress was made last year in reducing poverty as Africa’s economy grew at a modest 3.1 per cent in 2002, compared to 4.3 per cent the previous year.He attributed the slowdown largely to the sluggish recovery of the global economy, decline in oil prices, drought conditions in certain parts of North, East and Southern Africa, and civil conflicts.The experts’ meeting precedes an ECA-organized conference of African finance, planning and economic development ministers, focusing on the theme, “Towards greater policy coherence and mutual accountability for development effectiveness.” The conference, starting Sunday, is the first since government officials met last October in Johannesburg, South Africa.In addition to reviewing and advising ECA’s programme of work, the experts will prepare the ministers for their discussion, which will focus on how the international development system can more effectively aid Africa’s battle against poverty. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2013 12:52 pm MDT Apple shares plunge as growth appears to stall NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple shares are plunging after the company reported quarterly results that point to growth slowing after five blowout years.The stock was down $50.68, or 9.9 per cent, at $463.32 in late morning trading.Even with the stock’s decline, Apple Inc. is the world’s most valuable company, a position it’s held for more than a year.But it’s now worth just 4 per cent more than No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp.Late Wednesday, Apple reported October-December earnings that were flat compared with the year before.It predicted sales growth for the current quarter of around 7 per cent —far from the 50-per cent-plus rate it’s often hit in recent years.Analysts believe Apple is unable to fully capitalize on the global smartphone boom with just one new — and very expensive — phone model every year. read more

“The current limitations on flights into and out of these countries, and the restrictions placed on aircraft originating from these countries transiting through airports in neighbouring countries, though understandable, are not warranted,” said chief UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric at the daily briefing at UN headquarters.“It is not an optimal measure for controlling the import of Ebola virus disease,” he said. “The measure does not reflect what is known about the way in which the virus passes between people.”The most recently available official figures by the World Health Organization dated August 20 show a total of 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.Meanwhile, authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that 13 people have killed in an Ebola outbreak since July in a remote village in the area of Boende, Equateur Province, but said the strain of the virus was different from the one that’s been ravaging West Africa. Ebola was first discovered in the DRC in 1976.The Congolese authorities, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and non-governmental organizations are mobilizing against the disease. The UN Mission in the DRC, known by the acronym MONUSCO, has created an Ebola taskforce and is tracking and screening all its staff travelling to and from the affected countries in West Africa.The UN System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro and his team visited the affected-region to support communities tackle the outbreak, are in Guinea today, after visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone.WHO said today that an unprecedented high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers have been infected in the current Ebola outbreak, prompting the African Union to try to urgently recruit more health care workers from among its members.More than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died, WHO said in its latest update.Ebola has taken the lives of prominent doctors in Sierra Leone and Liberia, depriving these countries not only of experienced and dedicated medical care but also of inspiring national heroes.Several factors help explain the high proportion of infected medical staff. These factors include shortages of personal protective equipment or its improper use, far too few medical staff for such a large outbreak, and the compassion that causes medical staff to work in isolation wards far beyond the number of hours recommended as safe.WHO estimates that, in the three hardest-hit countries, only one to two doctors are available to treat 100,000 people, and these doctors are heavily concentrated in urban areas. At the noon briefing today, Dujarric said the trend of limitations on flights is having three major adverse effects on efforts to control the disease.”“Current flight limitations are hampering the movement of international experts involved in the control efforts. These flight restrictions hinder the capacities of aid organizations like Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) to deploy their personnel in support of the crisis response and mitigation,” he said.“The ability of programmes involved in controlling the outbreak to transport essential equipment and materials to the region is also being severely hampered,” he said, adding that these limitations also contribute to the economic and diplomatic isolation of the affected countries and further compound the stigmatization already experienced by their citizens.He reminded the public, as has the WHO since the beginning of the outbreak that: “Ebola is not spread through air borne contact. In addition, transmission is unlikely to occur through water or food; a person infected with Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear; Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with the virus.” read more

FTA says local road pricing must show benefits for road users The Freight Transport Association says it told the Government that local authority road pricing schemes should show clear benefits to road users. It wants evidence checked by an impartial auditor before schemes start. The comments came as FTA replied to the Department for Transport’s consultation on the Local Transport Bill, which covers powers for local authorities to set up local road pricing schemes. The FTA says its members want simple schemes, with no hardware costs for truckers and changes to the automatic number plate recognition system to catch foreign vehicles too. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk MAN and Weichai talk in China The MAN Group says it will talk with China’s Weichai Holding Group about jointly making and marketing trucks, truck engines, big marine engines and parts. The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing to cover the talks, which will build on a 20 year licence deal between them. Weichai Holding Group Co, Ltd is one of the biggest makers of diesel engines, gear boxes, commercial vehicles and big marine diesel engines in China, with sales in 2007 likely to hit €4bn. More from Paul O’Malley on +44 (0)1 263 584 199 or comms@btinternet.com Van and truck registrations hold steady Figures last Friday from the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders show van and truck registrations holding steady with a rolling year total of 380,372. “August is a low point in the registrations calendar, with figures typically at some 6% of the annual total. So far, the rolling year total for vans and trucks was only slightly down on the August 2006 total. All this is in line with our forecasts at the start of the year,” said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. “We think September truck registrations will look lame by comparison with last year’s massively distorted results, but by contrast, sales are already running well ahead of targets and will help bring the figures back to the long-term average by the end of the year” More from Robin Dickeson +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Ex CIA man to speak at SMMT dinner The guest speaker at this year’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders annual dinner is R James Woolsey. A veteran of US-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks and CIA director for Bill Clinton, Woolsey now chairs the advisory board of the Clean Fuels Foundation. He argues that development of cleaner bio-fuel and electric vehicle infrastructure is vital to cutting dependency on oil and strengthening national security. “There is already strong demand for this event,” said Graham Smith, SMMT president. “Not least because we’re hosting one of the most high profile and influential players in American policy on cleaner fuels.” More from Richard Sargood on +44 (0)2 071 018 522 or richard@relishevents.co.uk Transport News Brief Week 37, Monday 10 September 2007 Milestone for Mack’s Remack Mack Trucks Inc. says its Remack re-manufacturing outfit just delivered its 50,000th re-manufactured drive-line. The rebuilt engine, gearbox and rear axle were fitted to a truck from Williams Brothers Construction Company, Houston, Texas. Mack says the ISO 9001 registered Remack operation has been a successful part of its aftermarket business for over 30 years, tackling Mack engines, gearboxes and other parts. More from John Walsh on +1 (0)610 709 2560 or john.walsh@macktrucks.com Third generation alcolock from Volvo Volvo, which says it is the first heavy truck maker to offer a factory-fitted Alcolock, now plans to offer a third generation model. The firm says this is the only system in the world type-approved for use with the transport of dangerous goods. More from Claes Claeson, on +46 (0)31 663 908 or claes.claeson@volvo.com Daf hikes Leyland truck production again As expected, Daf says it has hiked truck production rates again at its Leyland plant. The rate is now up nearly 20% to 89 trucks a day. These are a mix of two, three and four axle models ranging from 7.5 tonne rigids to 44 tonne tractors. “We’re doing this on the back of outstanding teamwork,” said Jim Sumner, production director at Leyland Trucks. “We believe we’re the most efficient truck plant in Europe, with an hours-per-truck figure that few can touch, even on a world scale.” More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com New boss at PalletForce PalletForce says Alan Cooke is its network solutions director. The newly created job makes him responsible for the logistics firm’s network development More from Peter Robinson +44 (0)1 283 552 553 or peter@pwrmarketing.co.uk Vosa’s new logo Vosa says it just strengthened its logo by adding the three MoT triangles. More from Zita Easton on +44 (0)1 179 542 561 or zita.easton@vosa.gov.uk Alcohol test your Drivers for just 15p a vehicle a day Traka says it has teamed with Alcolock GB, to use their equipment with Traka electronic key cabinets. “Now your drivers will be automatically tested before they get keys,” says the firm’s Martyn Baker. “By using one Alcolock on a cabinet containing the keys for all the vehicles in the depot, you cut the cost dramatically.” Baker says it can cost nearly £1,000 a vehicle to fit on-board alcohol test kit. His and Alcolok’s system uses Home Office approved equipment and can test every driver or run random tests. “It allows you to run a breath testing policy with minimum disruption to your staff and minimum cost. And it will show you who passed their breath test and who failed.” More from Martyn Baker on +44 (0)1 234 712 345 or mb@traka.com New tankers for First Milk fleet Milk distributor Lloyd Fraser (Dairy Services) Limited just got 13 new, 32 tonne, 20,500 litre stainless steel milk collection trucks from GE Equipment Services, TIP Tanker Services. The firm will use the new trucks for its work with First Milk. More from Cristina Donovan on +44 (0)1 977 674 100 or cristina.donovan@ge.com DVLA told how to share data Public Servant Daily reports that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has been told how it should share data. The Information Commissioner’s Office says the the DVLA may pass on an individual’s details if there is a valid reason, like helping identify a vehicle involved in crime or to help check insurance or tax fraud. More from www.publicservice.co.uk Megabus.com spends $10m on US inter-city double deckers Stagecoach Group says it just got the first of 17 new inter-city double-decker coaches. The firm says 79 seaters are the first of their type in the US and will work on its growing budget inter-city coach operation megabus.com. Made by the Belgium-based company Van Hool, the new wheelchair- accessible vehicles are built to US specifications and will run on megabus.com Midwest routes out of Chicago, with all vehicles in service by January 2008. Stagecoach says more than 500,000 people have ridden on the service since its launch in April 2006. More from Steve Stewart +44 (0)1 738 442 111 or steven.stewart@stagecoachgroup.com Delphi does $2.7bn deal with GM The Delphi Corporation says it has done a deal with General Motors Corp. GM gets $2.7bn in cash and Delphi has filed a Joint Plan of Reorganization and related Disclosure Statement with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Copies of these documents, which remain subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court, are on www.delphidocket.com. The deal settles all outstanding issues between the two firms, More from Danny Rughoobeer on +44 (0)1 295 277 050 or danny.rughoobeer@m-eng.com New boss at Hellmann Logistics firm Hellmann Worldwide Logistics says it just appointed Keith Warner as operations director. More from Fiona Shackleton on +44 (0)1 484 469 601 or fiona@manifestcomms.co.uk DHL opens distribution centre for Epson DHL Exel Supply Chain says it just opened a new, 60,000 m2 distribution centre for Epson Europe in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The firm will ship tens of thousands of printers, video projectors and cash register systems to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia on a daily basis. DHL handles logistics from the centre and employs up to 400 people there. The warehouse is owned by ProLogis. More from Marc Visser on + 31 (0)6 2242 1869 or marc.visser@dhl.com 150 tonne Daf for Hunter Edinburgh crane hire firm Bernard Hunter Limited just got a 150 tonne-rated Daf XF105 6×4 Euro 5 tractor to carry the ballast plates for its 250 tonne Liebherr crane. In this role the 510 bhp truck will normally run at just under the 100 tonne mark with a Nooteboom trailer. When the need arises, it can handle other loads up to its maximum STGO Category 3 gross weight of 150 tonnes. It has a 9 tonne front axle, 26 tonne rear bogie, engine brake, ZF 16-speed gearbox and retarder and a Jost sliding fifth wheel. Lothian Daf did the deal. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 drowlands@automotivepr.com Euro 5 tax breaks confirmed The Department for Transport has detailed tax breaks for the early uptake of Euro 5 emission standards. The aim is encourage operators to buy trucks and buses at the more environmentally-friendly Euro 5 standard before it becomes mandatory on 1 October 2009. The DfT will extend the Reduced Pollution Certificate scheme so that hauliers and bus operators first registering a Euro 5 vehicle before that date can claim a discount of up to £500 a year on Vehicle Excise Duty, if the vehicle has the full onboard diagnostic systems and torque control systems to check and control NOX emissions. More from www.dft.gov.uk RHA wants compensation for livestock hauliers The Road Haulage Association says it may sue someone for damages on behalf of livestock hauliers, following the Health and Safety Executive report on the cause of the latest foot and mouth outbreak. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net New tanker man at Atchison Topeka Atchison Topeka says it put Tony Davis into the newly created job of general manager of its tanker division. The firm does dry freight and specialist tanker distribution services, including temperature-sensitive deliveries in the food-manufacturing sector. More from Graham Swain on +44 (0)1 530 276 550 or graham.swain@q-storm.co.uk Quick delivery help Schmitz win Bott deal Bott Ltd, which makes in-vehicle and workplace storage equipment just got three new curtainsider trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, largely on the back of short delivery times. The trailers have tail lifts, rear steer axles and front lift axles. Part of the German-owned Wilhelm Bott group, the firm’s UK base is in Bude, Cornwall, with vehicle-fitting centres in Leicestershire, Cumbernauld and Bude. Its trailer fleet collects parts and raw materials from Germany and delivers finished products across Europe. Schmitz says it can now build and deliver a finished trailer significantly faster than many other UK-based trailer makers. More from Andrew Morley on + 44 (0)1 207 282 882 or Andrew.moreley@cargobull.co.uk Mexican truck blast ‘kills dozens’ The BBC reports that a truck carrying explosives blew up after a crash in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The blast killed dozens, many thought to be onlookers at the scene of the accident. More from www.bbc.co.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New boss at Bayliss Dean Hulse is the new group operations director for Bayliss Logistics, responsible for warehousing and transport activity across the firm’s UK network. Bayliss specialises in grocery logistics. More from Graham Swain on +44 (0)1 530 276 550 or graham.swain@q-storm.co.uk New bus and coach man at Alliance and Leicester Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank says it just appointed Russell Moon as bus and coach rental manager, with responsibility for the Midlands and North of England. Moon joins the firm’s specialist Bus and Coach finance team from Salvador Caetano. More from Andrew Homer on +44 (0)1 162 003 401 or andrew.homer@alliance-leicester-group.co.uk Scottish distribution firm expands Logistics firm Dalkeith Transport has opened a new 36,000 sq ft depot in Dumfries, as part of a plan to expand its business to cover the whole of Dumfries and Galloway. The firm already uses its 47 strong truck fleet to do express distribution across the county, including Dundee, Fife, Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Mid Lothian and the Borders. The new depot complements others in Broxburn, Auchterarder, Cumbernauld and Newtongrange near Edinburgh. The firm is also part of the Palletways network. More from Peter Crow on +44 (0)1 543 440 264 or peter_crow@palletways.com Solid success for unique Tachomaster Derek Beevor, boss of RoadTech Computers says the firm’s order book for its Tachomaster digital tachograph analysis system reads like a Who’s Who of the UK road transport and logistics business. He has over 1,200 customers and more arriving at a rate of 15 a day. “Tachomaster is unique; it is till the only true web-based service,” says Beevor. “It is the only system that will let you browse a website, download a free trial and run it for a month. Every one of our competitors wants you to e-mail them data that they then process and send back. With Tachomaster you get results instantly and from anywhere you’ve got internet access.” He says that digital tachographs offer so much data that he’s now finding people who regret rushing to buy the last of the old, analogue tachograph-equipped trucks. More from Maureen Ballance on +44 (0)1 923 460 000 or maureen@roadtech.co.uk Bosch scores a first in Brazil The Bosch Group has become the first automotive supplier to start making antilock braking systems in Brazil. The company has spent some €10m on an ABS production line at its plant in Campinas, near Sao Paulo. The firm employs some 13,700 people in Brazil and generated sales of €1.1bn in 2006. More from Chris Wakley on +44 (0) 20 7494 8050 cwakley@automotivepr.com Vosa issues first Low Emissions Certificates Vosa just issued its first Low Emissions Certificate, from its Yeading test station. The LEC went to Mullany’s Coaches. Vosa started taking bookings for low-emission inspections from 20 August and can issue LECs at all its test stations. Low emissions tests can be booked via the nearest local test station or its enquiry unit at +44 (0)8 706 060 440 or at www.transportoffice.gov.uk Vosa developed the LEC with Transport for London and the Department for Transport specifically for the forthcoming London Low Emission Zone. The fee for a low emissions test is £28, though it can done at the same time as an annual test for £17. More from Zita Easton on +44 (0)1 179 542 561 or zita.easton@vosa.gsi.gov.uk Bosses move at Wallenius Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics says Greg Martin will be its new regional director for the Oceania region, replacing Lauritz Anderson, who moves back to Norway to run special projects for Arild Iversen, the firm’s president and chief executive. More from Per Heggenes on +44 (0)7 766 726 110 or per.heggenes@2wglobal.com Parks takes ten more Panthers After taking ten 12.8m Plaxton Panthers in 2006, Scotland’s premiere coach operator, Parks of Hamilton, has added ten more Plaxton Panther coaches to its fleet. The latest batch are 15m long, 65 seaters on Volvo B12BT three-axle chassis and fitted with I-Shift automated transmissions. Eight will work on Scottish Citylink contracts, and two are for the firm’s charter fleet. All are wheelchair accessible. The deal follows one for 10 Panthers last year. Parks says it is Scotland’s biggest coach operator, with a 120 strong fleet. More from Andrew Warrender on +44 (0)1 909 551 166 or andrew.warrender@plaxtonlimited.co.uk August confirms 2007’s contrasting bus and coach registration trends SMMT data on bus and coach registrations show big buses down 25.3% to 2,345 units for the rolling year to August, with coaches up 1% to 1,165 for the same period and midibuses bucking the trend, up 31.9% to 3,940 for rolling year. “Despite generally good August registrations, it’s wise not to read too much into one month’s figures”, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. “Over recent months some trends are clear, with big bus registrations now more stable after falling over 20%. Coach registrations look good, back to a rolling year total of over 1,100 now that some of the recent distortions have cleared. Midibuses have delivered the best results, with 30% growth every 12 months over the past four years and clearly, that pace has accelerated recently.” More from Robin Dickeson +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk FTA wants better sat.nav for trucks The Freight Transport Association says most sat nav systems assume the vehicle is car and will select a route that is wrong for trucks. The FTA wants suppliers to make better satellite navigation systems for truckers and avoid sometimes leaving them stuck and unable go forward or turn around. “Truck sat-nav systems should recognise width, height and length limits, local truck bans, loading and unloading restrictions, truck route recommendations, access problems, truck parking and driver services and weighbridges”. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk New fuel monitoring system from Cactus Liquid Management says its new fuel monitoring system uses new technology, including secure automatic vehicle recognition hardware to ‘take the driver out of the refuelling loop’. Using data from the digital tachograph, the firm says it offers operators previously unobtainable, 100% accurate fuel information. “Our systems give excellent cost control and help identify CO2 emissions for a fleet,” says the firm’s Chris Rose. More from Chris Rose on +44 (0)8 454 507 373 or crose@liquidms.co.uk First Mexican truck into the US E-Trucker.com reports that on Saturday 8 September the first Mexican based truck cleared by the Bush administration’s pilot program for Mexican trucks to carry cargo in the US crossed the border at Laredo, Texas. The truck was heading for North Carolina. All apparently went without incident, despite scattered protests from some US trucking and labour organisations. More from www.etrucker.com read more

first_imgGeoff Ho  Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho was yesterday in intensive care, and unable to speak, after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer. Mr Ho was filmed being led away from the scene by a policeman, on Saturday, clutching his neck, but able to to walk.The martial arts enthusiast went on to post on Facebook that he didn’t know if he had been “stupid or noble” to try and break up what he thought was a fight outside the Southwark Tavern.”Two a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn’t happening on my watch,” he wrote. Yesterday she was recovering from emergency surgery, but her family said she is expected to recover, as the knife missed her major arteries and windpipe and sh”She can’t talk. She’s been stabbed around her neck, her throat. She’s all bandaged up.” her mother, Kim Del Toro, said yesterday.Her daughter was yesterday unable to speak but gave her mother a “thumbs up” during a Skype call, her mother said. Ms Hedge, 31, had finished a shift as a waitress at Elliot’s restaurant and was having a drink at the bar when her attacker came up behind her, grabbed her head and slashed her neck. Brett Freeman, a father of three from Dagenham, east London, is recovering after being stabbed four times in the attack.Oliver Dowling, from Christchurch, New Zealand, and his girlfriend Marie Bondeville, who were eating a meal at Lobos Meat and Tapas restaurant in Borough High Street, were among those injured in the attack.Mr Dowling, 32, is said to have had four hours of surgery for his injuries and was yesterday in an induced coma, but stable. His girlfriend was thought to be undergoing surgery yesterday.Candice Hedge, 31 from Brisbane, Australia, was yesterday recovering, although unable to speak, after being stabbed in the throat with a 12-inch knife.center_img Geoff Ho A terrorist shouted “this is for my family, this is for Islam” as he plunged a knife into a 23-year-old man, the victim’s family have said.Daniel O’ Neill was outside a bar near Borough Market when he was attacked by a man brandishing a knife, his mother Elizabeth said.  The young man remains in hospital, after being left with a seven inch scar from the brutal attack, with fears of kidney damage.Mr O’ Neill had just stepped out of a bar, and into the street, when the terrorist attacked, she said.“A man ran up to him and said ‘This is for my family, this is for Islam’ and stuck a knife straight in,” she said. “He’s got a seven inch scar going from his belly round to his back.”After heading back inside, shots were fired, with everyone told to lie down, and then to go downstairs.The young man was saved by the efforts of a friend, who put a tourniquet on him, and by police, who took him at speed to hospital, she said. He remains sick and kidney damage has not been ruled out, said Mrs O’Neill. “He still doesnt’ believe what has happened he’s in shock,” his mother said, describing the attacks as “absolutely senseless”. “These people say this is in the name of God, which is an absolute joke,” she said.“They are callous, they are barbaric, they are absolute cowards and we are going to carry on as normal,” she said.The young man is among 48 patients taken to hospital as a result of the attacks on Saturday night.Last night the death toll stood at seven, with 21 patients in a critical condition.The victims hail from all over the world. A Canadian and a French man are among those killed. The injured include those from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Spain as well as from Britain.An off-duty policeman who plays rugby in his spare time is in a critical condition after tackling one of the terrorists, and sustaining knife injuries. A British Transport Police officer who joined the force just two years ago was left seriously injured, though stable, after taking on a knifeman, armed only with his baton.Yesterday Theresa May paid a private visit to King’s College Hospital in south London – which has been caring for 14 patients – to meet some of the victims and staff who have been treating them. 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

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Justice served” – mother of brothers killed during robberyMay 21, 2019In “Crime”Burned alive for loveJune 9, 2016In “World”Roommate arrested in stabbing death of Guyanese in T&TFebruary 19, 2017In “Crime” A Moroccan woman has been accused of killing her lover and serving up his remains to Pakistani workers in the United Arab Emirates, prosecutors say.The woman killed her boyfriend three months ago, they say, but the crime was only recently discovered when a human tooth was found inside her blender.She confessed to police, calling it a moment of “insanity”, state-owned newspaper The National reports.The woman, who is in her 30s, will go on trial pending an investigation.She had been in a relationship with the victim for seven years. According to The National, she killed him after he told her he was planning to marry someone else from Morocco.While police did not reveal how he was killed, they said his girlfriend had served up his remains as part of a traditional rice and meat dish to some Pakistani nationals working nearby.The discovery was only made when the victim’s brother went looking for him at their home in the city of Al Ain, which sits on the border with Oman. There, he found a human tooth inside a blender, the newspaper reports.The man went on to report his brother missing to police, who carried out DNA tests on the tooth and confirmed it belonged to the victim.According to police, the woman first told the brother she had kicked the victim out of the home. But Dubai-based Gulf News said she later collapsed and admitted the killing under police questioning.She reportedly said she had enlisted the help of friend to help clear up her apartment after the killing.The accused has reportedly been sent to hospital for mental health checks. (BBC) read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEPA records 35% increase in noise nuisance complaintsJuly 25, 2019In “Business”Crime Rate & a 5-point plan – Ramjattan shows up at Budget 2015August 20, 2015In “Crime”Female ranks targeted to help deal with domestic, gender violenceJune 26, 2015In “Politics” Police ranks at the Noise Management Training Course, at the Officer Training Center, Eve Leary Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan addressing police ranks at the Noise Management Training Course, at the Officer Training Center, Eve Leary Police ranks at the Noise Management Training Course, at the Officer Training Center, Eve Leary (DPI photo)Fifty Guyana Police Force ranks were encouraged to utilise the training provided by a one-day Noise Management Course, to “understand the various compartments under which certain rules and regulations apply.”The course, which is being facilitated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was formally declared opened by Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, the Department of Public Information has reported.During remarks, the minister said that the training illustrates the fact that, “a policeman is more than just a policeman”.According to DPI, Minister Ramjattan noted that as society becomes more complicated, the roles of policemen and women will expand depending on the circumstances. Training, he said, is but one step since “we want a revolution” in terms of how they perceive themselves.The minister expressed that noise pollution can lead to all sorts of social difficulties. He explained that constitutionally, citizens can “Do what you want, but do not hurt or harm others.”The minister reminded that under the Environmental Protection Act and Noise Management Regulations, persons can be prosecuted. However, he noted that given the ever-evolving nature of society, the time has come to implement more effective prosecutions, such as seizing equipment, revoking licenses, and increasing fines.“I want policemen to know … about the laws and how they should be enforced,” Minister Ramjattan said, adding that once all officers employ the increased training opportunities offered there will be law and order in the society.According to the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Aminah McPherson-Damon the agency aims to engender a population that is environmentally conscious. McPherson-Damon, who also serves as the organisation’s Legal Corporate Secretary, highlighted that regulations prescribe penalties for those who breach them.Participants were given an overview of the EPA’s role in noise management, noise control case studies, noise regulations, effective noise management through the Noise Task Force, evidence-based enforcement of noise regulations, a field visit and practical sessions.There were 417 noise nuisance reports in 2017, and more than 300 for 2018. The course is part of the Guyana Police Force’s effort to build capacity to address evolving future challenges, DPI said. read more

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Lawrence St Sidewalk Project To Cause Road Closures

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Please be advised that the Wilmington Department of Public Works will be starting Phase 2 of the Lawrence Street Sidewalk Construction Project (Hamlin Lane to Shady Lane Drive) starting Wednesday August 1, 2018, weather permitting.The project will begin with the replacement of the drainage cross culvert between #50 and #52 Lawrence Street. During the culvert work, which is only expected to be a few days, Lawrence Street will be soft-closed at both Glen Road and Shady Lane Drive, with a hard-closure to through traffic at the culvert. Residents south of the culvert will have to use Glen Road for egress and residents north of the culvert will have to use Shady Lane Drive for egress.Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.(NOTE: The above traffic advisory is from the Wilmington DPW.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Portions Of Woburn St. & Hillside Way To Be Paved On May 7, Middlesex Ave. On May 8In “Government”last_img read more

Holistic Life Founders Explain a Breathing Exercise and Its Quirky Title

first_imgHolistic Life founders Ali Smith, Andres Gonzalez and Atman SmithTaco breath is a term you would only think of applying to someone who’s had a few too many tacos. But there’s another application. The founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, Andres Gonzalez, Ali and Atman Smith teach a breathing routine that their students call “Taco Breath.”The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization through which underprivileged children and adults find peace through yoga and environmental needs. Mostly all of the yoga exercises Gonzales and the Smith brothers teach have been recycled for many years, but to be able to have teachers come and coach their students is what makes this foundation so unique.Gonzales and the Smith brothers give their students some leeway as they learn new yoga exercises. “In Yoga they call it Pranayama, but our students change the names of a lot of practices we do…so they changed it to “taco breath” because your tongue looks like a taco,” Gonzales and the Smith brothers explain.This breathing exercise is found to help release tension from your body while connecting with your center core to relieve stomach pain and arthritis, depending on how frequently you dedicate your time to this workout. “Ideally you would practice it in the morning and the evening 26 times in the morning, 26 times in the evening…but the minimum is 13 times,” they said. “It depends on your body and what you’re going through; as far as the stomach pain, you go until your stomach feels alright. As far as its effects on arthritis it depends on how severe your arthritis is and how much you practice it.”Students practice a breathing exercise that they playfully renamed “taco breath.” (Photo courtesy of www.hlfinc.org.)Ali also said, “It’s good for everybody. It has cool effects for the mind, it cools your body temperature, it’s good for calming, relaxing…there’s a lot of benefits for it, I mean especially if you can find someone to teach it to you anything is beneficial.”During this season, people are suffering through this frigid weather, especially on the East Coast. Many are getting sick and this breathing exercise is good for strengthening the immune system if you’re doing it before rush hour. “We’ve never seen anything with the immune system,” Gonzales and the Smith brothers explain. “Ideally when practicing breathing, you shouldn’t do it in temperature extremes…like you shouldn’t do it when it’s too cold or too hot. You should try to find a moderate temperature. Ideally you would practice either before or after rush hour so like you would get up in the morning before rush hour starts because there’s not that much pollution in the air so ideally early in the morning or late at night and during a moderate temperature. You don’t want to do it in too dry a place either.”Gonzales and the Smith brothers currently run an after school session at an elementary school. “One of the coolest things about our organization is our after school program,” Atman said. “It’s actually located in the neighborhood that Ali and I grew up in in West Baltimore…and it’s kind of like you know our training ground for future teachers and we’ve been running our after-school program for 12 years, five years at the elementary school we’re at now and we’re transforming our community through yoga, mindfulness, service and at after school programs.”Atman also said, “One of the coolest things about our yoga classes pretty much anywhere, our students are leading the practice so you’ll get taught a great class by an elementary school kid and it’ll be a great introduction into yoga.”To find out more information about the Holistic Life Foundation, go to www.hlfinc.org.last_img read more

Soul of Sonoma Highlights Black Premium Wine Experience

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROSoul of Sonoma wants to raise the profile of the few Black-owned vineyards, wineries and establishments producing quality wine. Boasting “unparalleled tasting experiences at premium wineries and featured venues,” SoS has a focused approach to premium wine that serves both the taster and makers alike.While African Americans are strong consumers of wine it is hard to find Blacks represented amply in the production of premium wine. Very few Black owned vineyards exist and many that do face steep challenges, limited resources and little attention.(Courtesy Photo/@SoulofSonoma via Facebook)‘’SoS differentiates itself from the crowded field of wine tour services by offering coordinated access to premium African American wineries and tasting rooms for tastings, networking, and private events.’’Founder Patrice Davenport started her entrepreneurial journey shortly after finishing graduate school with her first business, 1865 Company, which focused on high end items and gifts associated with African American heritage and culture. The idea for Soul of Sonoma started as a part of 1865 Co.“One of our brands that we had was the Legacy Cellars Club, we were the first wine club to feature exclusively black owned premium wine brands,” she told the AFRO.Originally from the San Francisco area, Davenport used her experience and knowledge of the local wine country to build a fledgling business. The company provided tours of Black-owned vineyards in nearby Napa and Sonoma County, hence the name.  Despite their success a combination of interstate laws around shipping wine and an immature internet resulted in the business being sunsetted until the timing was right.“Fast forward to 2017 with the proliferation of African American wineries it just seemed like a really great time to bring parts of that business back under the Soul of Sonoma brand. So we are doing tours in Napa and Sonoma …we are doing tours, premium tours of kind of high end vineyards, tasting rooms that type of thing that are black owned in those areas.”Now Davenport and her team are bringing their west coast born business model east in hopes of spreading the reach and appeal of black owned vineyards and wineries throughout the country. Part of Soul of Sonoma’s offerings on the East Coast will include tours, tastings and exclusive access to Black owned wineries. SoS also is conducting research and outreach to Black owned wineries and vineyards up and down the mid-Atlantic to help African American wine consumers identify businesses to support such as Wisdom Oak Gardens in Virginia, Nyari Cellars in New York and Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast right here in D.C. where Davenport has set up East Coast operations.Soul of Sonoma also hosts exclusive events catered to high end wine connoisseurs seeking a premium Black wine experience. “We have heard from many affluent African Americans and others about their desire to support Black-owned businesses while sharing the pride of Black-ownership and cultural experiences with their peers.”One such example of the companies luxury approach to the wine experience is an exclusive event to be held at the Historic Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. The inaugural Soul of Sonoma on the Vineyard will combine wine, food and African American history to produce a premium wine tasting experience in one of the countries most iconic communities. Set in Farm Neck Golf Club, where former U.S. presidents tee off, the culinary and wine experience will bring some off California’s award winning Black-owned vineyards to guests.Davenport hopes to soon open up a brick and mortar on the East coast to bring the experience of great wine produced by Black-owned vineyards to more people.“We do hope to have a tasting room on the East coast in the near future…to have a northern California style tasting room (here) would be amazing.”last_img read more