Azerbaijan GP: Sebastian Vettel ‘disgraced himself’, says furious Lewis Hamilton

first_imgLewis Hamilton accused Formula One rival Sebastian Vettel of disgracing himself and deliberately driving into his car as a bitter clash between the two world championship rivals dominated Sunday’s Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won in Baku after a chaotic race which saw Ferrari’s Vettel given a 10-second stop-go penalty when he steered into the back of race leader Hamilton’s Mercedes under safety car conditions after a red-flag stoppage on lap 22.The four-time Formula One champion seemed infuriated with Hamilton after the British driver slowed on the exit of Turn 15. After the initial collision, the German gesticulated angrily with both hands as he then pulled alongside his rival and hit the side of Hamilton’s car.AP PhotoAfter his penalty, imposed by the stewards for dangerous driving, Vettel recovered to finish in fourth, one place ahead of his British rival.The episode left Hamilton incensed. “Deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that’s a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today,” the Briton told Channel 4.”Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula 1 today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all.”If he wants to prove that he’s a man, I think we should do it out of the car face to face.”Driving dangerously, which in any way can put another driver at risk… we were going slow, if we had been going fast it could’ve been a lot worse.advertisement”It definitely sets a precedent within F1 and it also does for all the young kids that are watching us drive and conduct ourselves.”They’ve seen today how a four-time champion behaves and I think, hopefully, that doesn’t ripple into the younger categories.”Hamilton also denied the accusation that he had deliberately “brake-tested” his rival, arguing that he was merely “controlling the pace.””Like all the other restarts, I slowed down in the same spot,” he said. “He was obviously sleeping and drove into the back of me.”That wasn’t, for me, an issue.”Hamilton began the race in pole and avoided the melee in lap one to establish himself as race leader, but his own progress was stymied when he was forced to cede his lead after pitting due to a loose head rest.While Vettel’s sanction saw him drop from second to ninth, he eventually recovered to extend his championship lead over Hamilton to 14 points.Hamilton’s disappointing race in Azerbaijan extends his underwhelming record in Baku, with the 32-year-old emulating last year’s fifth-placed finish.last_img read more

Printezis, Hackett rally Reds to come-from-behind win over Khimki

first_imgOlympiacos Piraeus rallied from several double-digits deficits before turning on all the engines and rallying to beat Khimki Moscow Region 89-77 on Friday night at the Peace & Friendship Stadium. Olympiacos snapped its three-game losing streak, despite falling behind 27-39 in the second quarter, and 44-56 in the third quarter. However, stepping up to play some great defense, Daniel Hackett and Darius Johnson-Odom facilitating things on offense and Georgios Printezis netting points, the Reds got it going and never stopped. In a span of 14 minutes, Olympiacos put together a 42-15 run, and in the end won comfortably to improve to 3-3 in Group F, while dropping Khimki to 4-2. Printezis finished with a career-high 30 points, to go along with 9 rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis had 14 points and 6 assists, and Hackett also scored 14. Othello Hunter collected 10 points and 10 rebound in victory. Tyrese Rice finished with 14 points and 8 assists for Khimki. James Augustine scored 13 points, Sergey Monia netted 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from long range, while Alexey Shved and Zoran Dragic scored 11 apiece in the losing effort.First quarter: Khimki scores 14 in a row, hosts rally right backSpanoulis split free throws to open the scoring, and Othello Hunter finished a fast break with a dunk. Sergey Monia nailed a three-pointer to open Khimki’s account and tie it at 3-3. Spanoulis drove for reverse layup, and after a Khimki timeout, Zoran Dragic finished a breakaway with a layup. Georgios Printezis scored inside, but Dragic bettered it from the outside and Tyrese Rice drove for a layup, making it 7-10. The visitors’ run did not stop there, as Rice dished a length-of-the-court pass for a Shved layup, and James Augustine scored from close range on the ensuing possession to open a 7-14 margin halfway through the first quarter. After an Olympiacos timeout, two more Khimki fast breaks produced Shved’s layup, Monia’s triple and a 7-19 margin. A Printezis triple snapped a 0-14 run, before Lojeski added a short jumper to the Reds’ tally. Printezis continued the run with a fastbreak layup-plus-foul, then capped it at 10-0 with a fastbreak dunk as Olympiacos needed 75 seconds to cut 14-point deficit to 17-19. After a Khimki timeout, Shved nailed a fadeaway jumper, but Spanoulis answered with a triple to get the hosts within 1 point. Before the quarter’s end, Dmitry Sokolov scored from close range for Khimki, helping the visitors to a 20-24 lead after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Khimki pulls away again, Reds stay in touchHackett hit a triple for Olympiacos. After a Tyler Honeycutt tip-in, Hackett dished to Milutinov for an easy dunk. Papapetrou tied it on the next Olympiacos possession with a coast-to-coast layup. However, Rice answered with a tough off-balance triple, Egor Vyaltsev added one of his own, and after Shved’s free throws, Honeycutt buried a corner three to help open a 27-39 cushion midway through the second quarter. Printezis snapped a 0-12 run, and after Augustine’s basket, Lojeski nailed a triple, then dished it for Printezis, who cut it the deficit to 34-41 from close range. Shved drove for a layup, but Printezis scored again inside and Hacket drove the length of the court to finish the half with a layup that made it 38-43 at halftime.Third quarter: Khimki builds another leadSpanoulis found his favorite target, Printezis, who started the quarter with a layup. But Khimki wasn’t going to let its lead just slip away as Rice nailed a three-pointer, making it 41-48. Spanoulis answered with a three of his own, but Monia nailed one from downtown in transition, before Augustine had a put-back and Monia another three, his fourth, to extend the difference to 44-56. Hunter’s dunk-plus-foul snapped a 0-8 run, and Printezis scored a second-chance basket inside for the hosts. Dragic made a tough runner, before 3 of 4 free throws from Hackett made it 52-58. Darius Johnson-Odom grabbed his missed free throw and put it back to get Olympiacos within 3, then Strawberry hit a tough three-pointer to tie it at 58-58. Augustine snapped a 14-2 run with a layup, but Olympiacos countered with a dunk from Hunter before Papapetrou put the hosts in front with a fastbreak layup, making it 62-60 at the end of the quarter.Fourth quarter: Olympiacos does not stop runningPrintezis scored from close range, and Hackett’s free throws made it 66-60. It was a 22-4 charge over a span of seven minutes for the Reds, and it got bigger when Hackett banked in a floater. Vylatsev knocked down a triple to cut to 68-63. Hackett had a fastbreak dunk, but Rice quickly scored at the other end. Olympiacos had a bit of luck when a scramble for a loose ball turned into a Printezis three-pointer midway through the fourth, 73-65. Augustine and Spanoulis traded baskets, before, Shved’s corner triple gave Khimki hope at 75-70. However, Spanoulis fed a trailing Hunter for a monster dunk, then after a timeout, Spanoulis buried a triple, and D.J. Strawberry’s fastbreak dunk opened an 84-70 advantage. An easy two by Johnson-Odom made it 15-point affair, before a layup by Dragic snapped an 11-1 run. In the remaining time, Printezis hit another triple to round out his personally tally at 30 points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Eden Hazard’s late stunner for Chelsea salvages point against Wolves

first_img 28 Azpilicueta Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Read more 10 Helder Costa 18 Jota His own team had scored with their first clear-cut chance, even if there had been earlier hints – Rúben Neves’s arced pass which was handled by Diogo Jota, and the striker’s heavy touch to Raúl Jiménez – that they might prosper on the break. As it was, a hooked clearance from Willy Boly served to spin Chelsea on their heels. Jota and Jiménez exchanged passes with opponents flustered in full-scale retreat and César Azpilicueta’s dart across on the cover succeeded only in flicking Jiménez’s shot over the on-rushing Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the ball dribbling over the line. That might have been enough to secure the double but Hazard would not be denied his flash of brilliance. (s 61′) 9 Higuain 17 Kovacic Raúl Jiménez’s 56th-minute goal was his 14th for Wolves in all competitions this season. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 2 Rudiger Topics Possession (s 56′) 32 Dendoncker 11 Rui Patricio Thank you for your feedback. This contest had lurched deep into stoppage time when Eden Hazard, collecting the ball just outside the penalty area as two Wolverhampton Wanderers players closed in, glimpsed a route to goal through the clutter of bodies and fizzed home the most pinpoint of equalisers. It was a moment of jaw-dropping genius, a reminder of the quality that sets the Belgian apart, and the kind of timely intervention that can distort the prevailing mood. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Fouls Match stats Pinterest (s 82′) Twitter Share on Twitter 18 Giroud 8 13 13 0 WOL CHE 29 Ruben Vinagre 27 Christensen Lineups Chelsea The four-way sprint for the third and fourth Champions League placesTottenham20 Apr Man City (A) 23 Apr Brighton (h) 27 Apr West Ham (H) 6 May Bournemouth (A) 12 May Everton (H)Arsenal21 Apr Crystal Palace (H) 24 Apr Wolves (A) 29 Apr Leicester (A) 4 May Brighton (H) 12 May Burnley (A)Manchester United21 Apr Everton (A) 24 Apr Man City (H) 28 Apr Chelsea (H) 5 May Huddersfield (A) 12 May Cardiff (H)Chelsea22 Apr Burnley (H) 28 Apr Man Utd (A) 4 May Watford (H) 12 May Leicester (A) 21 Ruddy Corners 22 Willian 16 Coady 8 Neves 5 Jorginho Quick guide Premier League top-four race: remaining fixtures 15 Boly 19 Jonny Share on Pinterest 16 Chelsea Off target 1 Wolves 6 Chelsea On target 1 Wolves WOL25CHE75% 20 Hudson-Odoi Show Goal attempts Chelsea 1-1 Wolves: Premier League – as it happened 12 Loftus-Cheek (s 72′) 49 Kilman Wolves Chelsea 25 75 Was this helpful? 27 Saiss 33 Emerson Palmieri 30 Luiz Up to then the outstanding England hopeful Conor Coady and his fellow centre-halves had repelled almost everything thrown at them, while a trio of midfielders and pair of workaholic full-backs presented a barrier upon which Chelsea broke. “If there are no spaces, it’s very difficult to score if you play five or six touches against a very physical team with 11 players in the last 20m,” said Sarri. “Hazard is a great player who can solve the situation in any moment but during the match he was like the other players. He needs more movement without the ball, not only when he has it at his feet.” Substitutes Facebook (s 89′) 1 Arrizabalaga 8 Barkley Sarri, defending his player, pointed out the 27-year-old needs clever movement around him if he is to flourish, which was a valid criticism of a collective lack of spark in the face of blanket defence. Chelsea had been flummoxed too easily. “If the other players don’t move without the ball, Jorginho is in trouble,” he said. “He is really very able to play at one touch but, if you want to play one touch, you need movements from the other players. He is a very strong character and a professional player, and he has to play in every condition. Taking him off was a consequence of a change of system, not the performance. But I know him very well. He can go in trouble if all the rest of the team are not moving.”Yet the reality was that Chelsea disrupted Wolves’ resolve only when, for the first time this season, they abandoned the predictability of 4-3-3 and switched formation. Sarri claimed they played that last quarter in something akin to a 4-2-3-1 but, in practice, N’Golo Kanté loitered as a lone midfielder while a quintet of forward thinkers, driven on by the youthful energy and aggression of the substitutes Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, finally dragged markers out of their comfort zone. Share via Email 7 Ivan Cavaleiro Wolves had revelled in the frustration their obstinacy prompted. Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have made a habit of blunting the best on their return to the Premier League – this was a 10th point from nine games against the elite six including beating Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux in December – reflecting the discipline the manager has instilled. The Portuguese spoke of his pride after the final whistle, albeit with a reminder his players should have been better organised at the corner routine from which Chelsea levelled. 17 Gibbs-White The reality is the late drama which spared Chelsea’s blushes here should not detract from the inadequacies that have undermined the team’s pursuit of the top four. This, as Maurizio Sarri went on to acknowledge, was a missed opportunity given Tottenham Hotspur’s latest stumble and the subsequent meeting of the sides immediately above. Yet it ended a rather fraught occasion, threatening to shatter the fragile truce in these parts. Had Hazard not prised wonderfully disciplined and organised opponents apart at the last, denying Wolves a first win here in four decades, then a mood of mutiny might have returned.As it was, the home support pinpointed familiar culprits for the plod of it all. The substitution of Jorginho 18 minutes from time had prompted cheers from a significant proportion, the Italy midfielder suffering yet again as the personification of a philosophy that too often has simply not clicked. From the outside looking in his passing can appear ineffective, lacking penetration. Chelsea had spent the first half of this game camped on the edge of the Wolves penalty area without ever really hinting at opening up stubborn opposition. The constant shuffling of the ball inflates the passing statistics but the visitors were content. They did not even need to close Jorginho down at source to wreck Chelsea’s game-plan. 9 Jimenez 7 Kante 37 Traore Hide 10 Hazard Substitutes Premier League Share on WhatsApp Wolverhampton Wanderers match reports Share on Facebook 2 Doherty 13 Caballero 11 Pedro 28 Joao Moutinho Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

NAT Launches Public Offering as Part of Recapitalization

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has announced an underwritten public offering of USD 100 million of its common shares pursuant to the company’s effective shelf registration statement.The company informed that, at its request, the underwriters have reserved for sale an aggregate of around USD 1.2 million of its common shares for certain members of its board of directors, management and advisors, which includes approximately USD 1 million to be purchased by the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.The company also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the offering.The company intends to use the net proceeds of this offering, together with proceeds from recapitalization transactions, primarily to repay outstanding amounts under its current credit facility, finance the expansion of its fleet and for general corporate purposes.In early December 2017, NAT established a sale/leaseback arrangement for the three newbuilds to be delivered in 2018. Aker Group of Norway is behind this arrangement, the company informed, adding that Scandinavian banks, DnB of Norway and SEB of Sweden, established important guarantee provisions related to the recapitalization of NAT.last_img read more

Gender and HIVAIDS Backgrounder Released

first_imgWomen now account for a quarter of new HIV infections in Canada,with most acquiring the infection through sexual contact withmen. While the number of new infections in men has droppedsubstantially in Nova Scotia over the past decade, the numbersfor women remain about the same. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women recently completedGender and HIV/AIDS: A Backgrounder, which pulls togetherCanadian and Nova Scotia statistics about the disease. The workwas undertaken to encourage specific attention to women in NovaScotia’s AIDs strategy. “We’re releasing this publication to remind Nova Scotians thatthis disease occurs here, that it is an equal opportunity diseaseand that it is still not curable,” said Doreen Paris, chair ofthe advisory council. “We are also calling upon men to play theirrole in protecting the health of their sexual partners.” The council is distributing copies to school boards, women’scentres, transition houses and others who work in the area ofwomen’s issues. “Through the advisory council, government works with manypartners to protect women and to enhance their health,” saidCarolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Status ofWomen. “This backgrounder is one piece of that important work.” More than two thirds of reported AIDS cases in women in Canadaare attributed to heterosexual contact, making preventionprograms targeting heterosexual men important. As well, in NovaScotia, half of all positive HIV tests among women are for thoseunder the age of 30. Women who use injection drugs or who are involved in the sextrade are also at increased risk. Marginalized women — women whose age, race, ethnic background,language, sexual orientation, family status or geographiclocation combines with their gender to create a doubledisadvantage — are particularly vulnerable. For example,although aboriginal women in Canada make up 3.3 per cent of thepopulation, they accounted for close to nine per cent of all newHIV infections in 1999. The disease is spreading faster among women because of factorsrelated specifically to their gender. Women, and particularlyyounger women, may find it difficult to ask for safer sex. Theirlack of awareness of their partners’ past or current sexualbehaviour also puts them at risk for HIV/AIDS. Women’s anatomyincreases their vulnerability to the disease, as do violenceagainst women and sexual violence. Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Backgrounder is available on the advisorycouncil’s website, read more

New federal law will force First Nation band politicians to reveal salaries

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG–A bill requiring First Nations bands to publicly disclose the pay and expenses of their politicians is set to become law, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said during a press conference in Winnipeg.The First Nations Financial Transparency Act, also known as Bill C-27, has passed the Senate and will receive Royal Assent sometime Wednesday.“This legislation recognizes that First Nation members want no less than other Canadians when it comes to knowing how public funds are spent in their communities,” said Valcourt. “They want assurances that their governments manage resources to improve the lives of the people they serve.”The new law will impact about 580 First Nations under the Indian Act requiring them to publish chief and band councillor salaries and expenses on the Internet.The law will also require First Nations to publish their annual audited financial statements by July 29, 2014.AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo blasted the new law, saying it “would not support” accountability and gives “more power to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.”Atleo said the AFN opposed the bill at every stage because it did little to change the broken relationship between Ottawa and First Nations people.“We do not support unilateralism that further entrenches us in a system that doesn’t work for our people or Canada,” said Atleo. “The answers lie in our communities and with our citizens, not with more control from Ottawa…Canada needs to listen and to act.”The genesis of the bill began in October 2010 when Conservative Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block introduced a private member’s bill aimed at increasing the financial transparency of First Nations governments. Block’s bill, however, died after the minority Harper government fell in March 2011.The Harper government, however, formed a majority following the federal election and in the Speech from the Throne indicated its plans to follow through with the aims of Block’s bill. The current version of the Act was introduced in November 2011.A report on by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation found that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009. In Alberta, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister that year.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution in 2010 agreeing to publish their salaries and expenses, but they blasted Block’s original bill, calling it “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”last_img read more

UNESCO commends significant contributions by Sri Lanka

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in her remarks, commended the significant contributions made by Sri Lanka to the work of the organization especially as a Member of its Executive Board.She noted with satisfaction Sri Lanka’s endeavours in fostering economic growth and reconciliation, particularly through education. During the ensuing conversation, Ambassador Athauda outlined the steady progress accomplished by Sri Lanka in strengthening accountability, transparency, democracy and reconciliation  which are also in keeping with the values advocated by UNESCO. Further, Director-General Bokova recalled the successful visit she undertook to Sri Lanka in August 2016 where she was able to witness first-hand the progress made in different spheres.Ambassador B. K. Athauda has previously served as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Netherlands and as Consul General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt.He also has extensive experience in the private sector where he served in the senior management team of Iridium LLC, who are pioneers in mobile satellite telecommunication technologies. The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has commended the significant contributions made by Sri Lanka to the work of the organization especially as a Member of its Executive Board.At a ceremony held in Paris, Ambassador B K Athauda presented his letter of credence to Director General Irina Bokova as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. He also reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s continued support and commitment to engage further with UNESCO in achieving peace and sustainable development. Ambassador Athauda is also the founder of the Diplomatic Council (DC) a United Nations (UN) registered global Think Tank with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New donations boost UN food aid in Sudan but more contributions still

Food rations that were recently reduced by half for more than 3 million people in Sudan will be increased to 84 per cent of minimum daily requirements from June to September in the war-torn Darfur region thanks to new donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operation, but more aid is still urgently needed.“We greatly appreciate the donations received so far, which provide an urgent boost to people’s daily diet,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said according to the Agency’s latest update. “However, continued contributions, preferably in cash, are still crucial to help address urgent needs in the months ahead.” At the beginning of May, the United States announced it would divert to Sudan food aid shipments valued at $46.2 million. Other donors, including Canada, the European Commission, Australia, Germany and Denmark, have also offered funds and pledges which, together with an announced Sudanese contribution of cereal, will enable WFP to raise the number of kilocalories per person per day in Darfur to 1,770 (the minimum daily requirement is 2,100 kilocalories). The Sudan Government’s donation of 20,000 metric tonnes of cereals will allow WFP to distribute a full ration of cereals for the next three months in Darfur, where fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels has killed scores of thousands of people in Darfur and uprooted 2 million more in the last three years.For about 370, 000 people in the East and Central areas, rations remain at 64 per cent of the required minimum energy content. “We are now in a race against time to deliver more food both to the people of Sudan and to people in Darfur, as the onset of the rainy season in June makes roads inaccessible,” Mr. Morris said. “The average time it takes for pledges to arrive as food aid in the country is four to six months.”The earliest WFP could hope to restore complete rations across Sudan is October, but this still depends on the flow of contributions.A critical shortage of donor funds forced WFP to announce in April – and distribute in May – half rations in Darfur and the East of Sudan, a decision which Mr. Morris described as one of the hardest he had ever made. WFP has been warning since November 2005 that it would need significant donations, $600 million by May, to guarantee a continued flow of food aid to more than 6.1 million hungry people in Sudan. But five months into 2006, WFP’s emergency operation is only 42.6 percent funded. So the agency needs donors to provide contributions now to cover requirements for the last quarter of the year. “The world has a deep obligation to do its utmost to assist the people of Sudan, many of whom have already suffered immense trauma as a result of brutal conflict,” Mr. Morris said. read more

UN envoy on sexual violence warns rapes in South Sudan will haunt

Speakto UN Radio Miraya on her first visit to the country, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, said that armed men – civilians and soldiers from all parties to the conflict – are responsible, and some carry on the acts. “If allowed to continue, these rapes will haunt South Sudan for generations to come,” she said, adding that they will also “undermine the peace that South Sudan has fought for.”“I have come to South Sudan to demand that all parties of conflict end the raping and the violence,” Ms. Bangura underscored. She in visiting the country to also discuss what measures can be taken to prevent and respond to the widespread violations taking place.Since the latest outbreak of conflict last December, many innocent women, men, girls and boys were subjected to attacks. “These included rapes, gang rapes, rapes with guns and bullets and sexual slavery” the Special Representative said. “After being raped, some victims were mutilated and disgraced. Some were killed or died of the injuries sustained.”A report released by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in May confirmed that civilians were not only caught up in the violence, they were directly targeted, often along ethnic lines.Primarily based on more than 900 interviews with eye witnesses and victims, the report provides a succinct timeline of the conflict, which was sparked by a political dispute between President Salva Kiir, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group, and former vice-president Riek Machar, who belongs to the Lou Nuer, and finds that “from the very outset…gross violations of international law…occurred on a massive scale.”In her remarks, Ms. Bangura urged both parties to make sure those responsible are brought to account, telling the culprits, “we will come after you, there is no hiding place.”She called local communities, national governments and the international community to give those who have suffered rape the care and support they need. “It is the rapists who should be shunned and shamed, not those who were raped,” she said. “What happened to you was not your fault. You are not alone.” Ms. Bangura also had spoke directly to all the people in South Sudan, “I call on all of you to stand together and say – enough and enough.”The Special Envoy’s visit wraps up Saturday. read more

Christmas turkeys make a break for it after trailer overturns and one

first_imgA vegan campaigner who calls himself ‘Earthling Ed’ wrote on Facebook: “Activist refused to move away from this turkey.”Police and workers have given up and released him to us. We are now on our way to a sanctuary with him.”Many of the animals were injured or killed in the crash, and police tried to get protesters to stay away while the surviving turkeys were collected. Campaigners said this bird has now been named Asha Scores of turkeys made a break for it after a trailer transporting them on the M5 turned over.The load overturned on the A38 in Wychbold, Worcester, on Thursday at around 10am.Vegan activities on the scene attempted to prevent the farmer from retrieving the birds, who were fated to be killed for Christmas meals across the country.Despite their efforts, most of the turkeys were loaded back onto trailers and sent off to be slaughtered.One turkey, however, was saved after a woman refused to move away from it.The farmer gave up in the end and let the activists keep the bird. A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said in a statement: “At approximately 10am this morning, West Mercia Police were called to reports of an overturned trailer containing turkeys on J5 of the M5/A38.”Highways England, the fire and rescue service and the ambulance service were also in attendance. There were no reported injuries. The rest of the turkeys were loaded back onto the trailer The rest of the turkeys were loaded back onto the trailerCredit:Facebook/Earthling Ed Campaigners said this bird has now been named AshaCredit:Facebook/Yvonne Szachulska Turkeys on the looseCredit:Earthling Ed/Facebook “RSPCA were also called to the scene, a number of turkeys died as a result of the incident. The road has now reopened.”‘Once recovery was completed and emergency services ensured that members of the public and animals were safe, the remaining turkeys were handed back to their owner.” 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. Turkeys on the loose Earthling Ed can be seen in video footage arguing with police officers and firefighters and asked how they can “morally justify” allowing these animals to be “killed needlessly.”He said: “Meet Asha (meaning hope), or Ash for short. In the early hours of this morning Ash was crammed into a crate and piled onto a truck that began its drive to the slaughterhouse. On the way the truck overturned, crashing and therefore crushing and killing turkeys. “The turkeys that survived were violently thrown back into crates, picked up by their legs and wings and shoved onto a different truck that came to collect them for ‘processing’. They have been slaughtered for food now, people will actually eat the bodies of the traumatised birds that survived this crash.”We arrived at the crash site to rescue the injured birds. We were refused, we were laughed at, but we stood our ground.”One activist, my good friend Katie, cradled one of the confused and distressed turkeys and wouldn’t let the police or the workers take him to his death. Eventually they gave up and the ‘owner’ (you can’t own a life) of the birds said we could ‘relinquish his property’ and take the turkey. Turkeys are not property, they are individuals and they certainly do not exist on this earth for humans to eat their bodies for Christmas dinner.”last_img read more

Wildlife Management Commission focusing on strengthening legal and institutional framework

The Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC), which falls under the purview of the Department of the Environment, will this year continue to focus on capacity building by implementing measures aimed at strengthening its legal and institutional framework.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI) Head of the Commission, Alona Sankar during a recent sector review said the GWCMC is working on the development of a 10-year strategic plan and building its human resource capacity.Alona Sankar, Head, Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management CommissionShe highlighted several challenges to the Commission’s effective functioning, among them, the late start to the trading year, revenue generation and space constraints, DPI said.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who attended the meeting noted that “I understand the concerns which you have and I trust this year, moving forward you will be able to catch up and that three-month period of overlap… [I hope] you will be able to have all the systems coincide”.According to DPI, the GWCMC is working on developing regulations on the hunting, trapping, trade, protection, conservation, management and sustainable use of wildlife, the design, management and operation of wildlife holding premises, the international and local wildlife trade and the development of the licensing process for commercial dealers.The Minister called for the finalising of these regulations to be expedited so that it can be operationalised since it is key to the execution of the Commission’s work programme.He committed to addressing the challenges, which include financial and human resource constraints.In 2017, the Commission considered applications for the export of non-quota species, establishment of annual export quota and conducted species assessment, which formed part of the work of the Wildlife Scientific Committee.The GWCMC, formerly the Wildlife Division, is the operational arm of the Wildlife Management Authority and the Wildlife Scientific Authority. It executes the daily activities associated with the regulation of the international wildlife trade.It issues permits and certificates for import, export and re-export, processes applications for licences and forwards the applications to the Wildlife Management Authority for decision, inspects holding premises for licensing purposes, monitors holding premises and coordinates activities for the Wildlife Scientific Authority.For 2017, the Commission successfully granted 24 commercial exportation licenses, 23 holding premises licenses, and 714 permits, DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUNDP strengthening Guyana’s capacity to realise Rio ConventionsOctober 14, 2016In “Local News”EPA, other agencies to be restructured in keeping with Green AgendaFebruary 7, 2017In “latest news”$4.2B approved for oil & gas governance – HarmonMay 17, 2019In “latest news” read more

ESCO brings Wear Management to service site in Middelburg South Africa

first_imgESCO, a global provider of wear parts and attachments for the mining industry has a new service site in Middelburg, South Africa. ESCOs Wear Management suite of products and services are available at this new supply site. Wear Management marries ESCO’s proven mining products with the expertise of its service technicians. This offering starts with Wearcheck 360 in which ESCO provides a full evaluation of a customer’s operation and then provides a range of services and products to solve any deficiencies.The Wear Management program at Middelburg has been tailored for customers in the surrounding mining cluster. Some of the products in the Wear Management toolkit include ESCO Kwik-Lok II runners, bimetallic buttons and blocks, crusher wear liners and accessories, and truck bodies for rock, overburden and coal. The Middelburg site also offers a mobile service truck that allows ESCO technicians to provide service or maintenance work at a customer’s location, reducing costly downtime. The all-terrain truck includes on-board electrical generation to power up to five welding machines, compressed air supply, specialized welding and cutting gasses, portable line boring and automated bore welding equipment, and a 12-ton crane.last_img read more

Thiess wins first contract mining award in the Americas

first_imgThiess has been awarded its first project in the Americas, signing a $137 million services agreement for the Encuentro Oxides open pit copper mine in Chile. Thiess commenced pre-strip operations at the site, within the Centinela Mining District, located in the Antofagasta Region, on July 1. The four-year project will be delivered in partnership with Emeco.The copper mine and nearby processing facility is owned by Antofagasta Minerals, a copper-focused mining group with high-quality assets and a major portfolio of growth opportunities.CIMIC Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Marcelino Fernández Verdes, said: “This project, the first venture for Thiess’s New Markets division, marks a significant milestone for Thiess as a global mining business. Through Thiess’s expert contract mining capabilities we plan to further diversify into new, reliable markets, including those in the Americas, to service the needs of clients such as Antofagasta Minerals (AMSA).”Thiess Managing Director Michael Wright said: “Expanding Thiess’s strong mining service capabilities into the Americas, and leveraging our strong base in Australia and Asia, allows us to offer mining solutions to clients in the resource rich regions of North and South America, in addition to Africa where we currently work.“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with AMSA on the Encuentro Oxides Project. This announcement reflects positive alignment between Thiess’s global mining capabilities and the South American marketplace. We will seek to leverage this project as a first step for further growth in Chile and globally.”Encuentro Oxides will produce an estimated average of 50,000 t/y of copper cathode using the existing capacity at Centinela’s SX-EW plant. This will enable the plant to continue to produce at full capacity of 100,000 t/y, thereby helping to offset a decline in production that would otherwise occur due to falling mined grades at the existing oxide pits at Centinela.The project entails the installation of new crushing and heap-leach facilities, a pipeline to take the leach solution to the existing SX-EW plant for processing and the extension of the sea water pipeline from Centinela to Encuentro. The higher-grade ore will be crushed and sent to the new heap-leach facilities, while lower-grade ore will be processed later on a Run-of-Mine (“ROM”) leach pad.This deposit is geologically important for the Group’s long-term development plan, as Encuentro Oxides sits on top of the large Encuentro Sulphide deposit and will act as a funded pre-strip for the sulphides below.First production is expected in the second half of 2016.last_img read more

Harry Potter Line Added to New York Subway

first_imgSubway signs don’t lie, right? According to the above image from The New York Daily News, the Metro Transit Authority has added service to Hogwarts (which may or may not be in Queens–it’s hard to say, I haven’t actually read Harry Potter).9 ¾, the invisible platform for trains headed to J.K. Rowling’s school for wizards, has been added to a subway sign in the Union Square stop in Manhattan, filling up the empty slot that used to be taken up by the now defunct “W” line.No word from the Mayor’s office on how the MTA will pay for the new service, but it seems safe to assume that there won’t be much in the way of service late nights and weekends.last_img read more

iControlPad2 open source controller being funded by Kickstarter

first_imgAfter helping to fund independent projects like the unique e-paper Pebble watch and the Android-based Ouya video game console, Kickstarter is being used to fund another desirable project called the iControlPad2. Don’t be misled by its name, though — this is a universal remote control designed to work on everything from iPads to Windows computers.The iControlPad2 is an open-source initiative that will be able to connect to any Bluetooth device. The idea is that you’ll carry it around with you everywhere, and then whether you need to type up a long email on your phone, present a PowerPoint presentation at work, or play a quick game on your tablet, you’ll have the necessary accessory to perform all those tasks in the palm of your hand.Because it’s open-source, the buttons and functions will be customizable allowing you to tweak it to your needs. The battery life is rated at 14 hours, so you are going to get quite a few gaming sessions in between charges. There is already a working prototype, and builds on existing proven technology from the first iControlPad. So the funding is just to cover manufacturing costs.The Kickstarter campaign is looking for $150,000 by October 13. With 26 days to go, it has already received more than 400 backers with total pledged funds of more than $40,000.Anyone who pledges $69 will receive an iControlPad2 from the initial batch of manufactured units. There are many other pledge milestones with extra add-ons thrown in, like USB Bluetooth sticks, cables, cases, and letters of thanks.Those who really love the idea can pledge $500 for both gold-plated and chrome-plated iCP2 devices. Only 10 of the gold versions will ever be made. The estimated delivery date for the product is November 2012, so backers won’t be waiting too long to get their hands on one.via Kickstarterlast_img read more

Landlord faces charges for alleged sexual attack

first_imgThe attorney for a local landlord on trial for allegedly making unwanted sexual contact with a client while showing her a vacant unit argued that this is a case of “he-said, she-said” and that it was a consensual encounter.Vancouver attorney Beau Harlan told the jury during opening statements Monday afternoon that his client David Clinton Campos did not force the woman to do anything. Much of her story, he said, is inconsistent with the evidence, which includes video surveillance of her walking out of the apartment complex with Campos after the alleged attack.Campos, 36, of Vancouver is facing one count each of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion and unlawful imprisonment in Clark County Superior Court stemming from the Aug. 7, 2015 incident. Campos was alone with the woman in the apartment at 305 W. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver when he allegedly made the unwanted sexual contact with her.Harlan said that the 41-year-old woman Campos was with changed her story several times during interviews and that her story didn’t match up with what was seen in the video surveillance.The neighboring tenants also didn’t hear anything, Harlan said, despite the woman reportedly yelling “no” and “stop!”Deputy Prosecutor Aaron Bartlett said Campos forced himself on the woman and tried to remove her clothes. He ignored her protests and efforts to push him off of her and then exposed himself and forced her to touch him, Bartlett said.last_img read more

Twelve Tips for Operating a Niche Media Business

first_imgEditor’s note: Ted Bahr, president and publisher of BZ Media, a Long Island, New York-basedsoftware-development industry publisher, gave a keynote at the thirdannual Niche Magazine Conference, an event for small companies, held in Denver this week. Here, taken from Bahr’s keynote, are 12 tips for operating a niche media business:•    Keep infrastructure costs low—spend only on products and people, and no excesses.•    Check facts and contentions versus “trust.”•    Drive sales. If you are not a former salesperson you may feel you have no right. You have the right. Do it.•    Go on sales calls. There is a tendency among publishers to sit and preach from the tower. It’s the only way to really know what is happening.•    Use drill-down research as an excuse to meet with potential advertisers—become a market resource.•    Always know that initiatives start at the top.•    Figure out the special numbers—say, the number of spreads—that clue you in to how the business is running.•    Get a sounding board/partner, or have outside sources of advice.•    Maintain insurance. You owe it to your family.•    Have excellent personal credit. It keeps you in business.•    Bill early and bill often.•    Watch cash flow short term, and long term, as well as the P&L.last_img read more

Former Prevention Editor Taps Edible Franchise for New York Edition

first_imgThe list of laid off magazine editors feeling the entrepreneurial itch is growing.Leah McLaughlin, a former brand editor of Rodale’s Prevention, is set this week to debut the premiere issue of edible Queens—a print title devoted to “celebrating the food culture of New York’s most diverse borough.”After being laid off from Prevention in April as part of a digital restructuring, McLaughlin purchased the rights to edible Queens from Edible Communities, Inc., a national network of more than 59 local food publications that launched in 2001 as a local Ojai, California newsletter. While there are edible editions in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey, McLaughlin, the new title’s editor and publisher, said she was surprised to find that “no one had jumped on Queens yet.” Edible Queens will publish quarterly and carry a $28 annual subscription price. It will have an initial circulation of 20,000. McLaughlin said her goal it to reach 40,000 circ. by the end of its first year.The magazine also will be distributed free of charge to its advertisers. For example, if a supermarket buys a page in the magazine, in return edible Queens will list them on its site and in the magazine as a distributor. Meet-and-greet events can then be scheduled, McLaughlin explained, which will be co-sponsored by another advertiser (in addition to supermarket).For these events, “We pull every marketing lever we have: Facebook, Twitter, online marketing, e-newsletters eventually, event promotion, to remind readers of our distribution points, and every time a reader goes to find an issue they’re stepping into an advertiser’s place of business,” McLauglin said.Prior to Prevention, McLaughlin served as executive editor of Natural Health, nutrition director at Fitness and food director atFirst for Women.last_img read more

Local Officials Consider Anniston Army Depots Future

first_imgWith the prospect of a new round of base closures looming, leaders in northeastern Alabama have reason to be concerned about the future of Anniston Army Depot, which celebrated its 75th birthday Wednesday.The depot’s workforce already has dropped by about 2,000 workers since 2012 when the military began to draw down from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still, the depot — which refurbishes damaged M1A1 Abrams tanks, other armored vehicles including the Stryker, and various small arms — remains Calhoun County’s largest employer, with more than 3,000 federal and private sector workers, reported the Anniston Star.At the same time, the depot is the only place where Abrams tanks can be repaired, allowing officials to feel some confidence in the facility’s future.“We’re the only place in the world that can do some of the work we do,” said Nathan Hill, military liaison for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.Still, officials are striving to position the depot for a BRAC round. Hill and others are working to let the community know what’s at stake if DOD were to launch a new BRAC or impose cuts through other means, according to the story. Probably the most difficult factor to predict is the military’s long-term need for the depot’s services. “That’s the kind of thing I don’t even want to try to predict,” said John Mitchell, chairman of Alabama’s Military Stability Foundation. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more