first_imgGoa Congress president Girish Chodankar on Friday slammed the BJP-led coalition government for failing to protect Sidharth Kuncalienkar, the BJP’s candidate for Panaji bypoll. It also demanded that at least 100 police personnel should throw a permanent security cordon around Mr. Kuncalienkar.Mr. Chodankar was responding to a complaint by Mr. Kuncalienkar who on Thursday accused the Opposition of acting out of frustration, after two unknown persons on Thursday night flung a bottle at Mr. Kuncalienkar’s car while he was returning home.Mr. Chodankar also questioned the law and order situation in the city saying that the BJP-led coalition government had failed to provide security for its own candidate. “The Congress is not in power. If your candidate is not safe, then how can you safeguard people?,” asked Mr. Chodankar at a press conference here.“First of all, it is a shame for the government and the Chief Minister. Government is run by the Chief Minister and Home Ministry is also under him,” Mr. Chodankar said, emphasising that the police needs to arrest the culprit as soon as possible. A police complaint was registered at the Panaji town police station on Friday after the incident. Mr. Kuncalienkar was travelling along with a friend on Thursday night in Panaji’s Mala ward when unknown persons riding a two-wheeler flung a bottle at his car’s wind shield. Mr. Kuncalienkar said further in his complaint that the incident happened while passing through his constituency, after a public meeting addressed by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari was over on Thursday evening.“My opponents must have been rattled after the success of the meeting, which is why they resorted to this act in desperation,” Mr. Kuncalienkar said while speaking to the media persons. Mr. Kuncalienkar is facing Atanasio Monserrate of the Congress, Valmiki Naik of the Aam Aadmi Party and Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch, among others in the May 19 bypoll for Panaji, which is taking place following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on March 17.last_img read more

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Lau Tsz Lai knocked down a triple with 32 seconds left for the go-ahead basket, 88-86, and import Marcus Elliot nailed two free throws for a four-point gap for Eastern with 10 seconds remaining.Hong Kong can send Alab packing with another win in Game 2, this time at Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. A deciding game, if necessary, will be played in the Philippines on April 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlab cut the deficit with a Renaldo Balkman basket and the Filipinos had one more opportunity when Hong Kong import OD Bassett committed a turnover in the next play.But a surprisingly tentative Ray Parks left his jumper short in the final play, allowing the visitors to escape with the victory. MOST READ LATEST STORIES FILE – Alab forward Ray Parks Jr. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueHong Kong Eastern put San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ title retention campaign in peril after a thrilling 90-88 victory Friday night in Game 1 of their ABL Season 9 quarterfinal series at Hoops Dome in Mandaue City.Beaten by Alab in the semifinals last season, Hong Kong scored a vengeful win on the road, rallying from 15 points down in the second half to move on the brink of advancing to the second round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director North battles South in All-Star Week’s main farecenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Alab seemed to be in cruise control when it erected a 15-point advantage, 61-46, in the third period after an inside basket by PJ Ramos. But Hong Kong found its stride from beyond the arc and made a game out of it in the final period.Parks hit a jumper for an 86-85 lead, before Lau’s big shot took the energy out of the Filipino ballclub.It was Alab’s fifth straight defeat as it continued to wobble following a spate of injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgCreamline also brought Air Force back to the ground after it previously won five straight victories for a 5-6 record.Back-up open spiker Jema Galanza unloaded 22 points as she was given the starring role, allowing star player Alyssa Valdez to take a breather following an ankle injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Earlier, the Flying Titans used the same measure with which to get back at the Lady Troopers, 25-20, 17-25, 21-25, 25-11, 15-8, and stay in contention for the next round.But at 5-6, Choco Mucho’s hopes of making the Final Four rests heavily on other teams at the moment. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Creamline stretched its winning streak even as Choco Mucho exacted revenge against PacificTown-Army Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Fil0il Flying V Center.The Cool Smashers secured the No. 1 spot in the semifinals after stopping the Air Force Jet Spikers, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18, for their 11th victory in as many matches.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Still Oliver Almadro, the expressive Choco Mucho mentor, welcomed the win which he said showed the character of the neophyte team.In the first round, the Flying Titans dropped a similar five-set match to the Lady Troopers in a match that lasted for three hours.Kat Tolentino topscored with 24 points, while the come backing Maddie Madayag added 14 for Choco Mucho.Like Madayag, Jovelyn Gonzaga also checked back from the national team build up, scoring 15 points for PacificTown-Army.Honey Royse Tubino led the Lady Troopers with 16 points but she committed four of her teams’ eight attack errors in the fifth set which did them in for good.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ NLEX goes 3-0, clips Blackwater Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTV actor Hiten Tejwani is the latest contestant to be evicted from Bigg Boss 11. It was for the first time in the history of Bigg Boss, when the housemates got to decide the fate of the contestants.Four contestants – Shilpa Shinde, Priyank Sharma, Luv Tyagi and Hiten Tejwani were nominated this week for elimination. Actress Shilpa Shinde and Luv Tyagi were declared safe by Salman on Saturday.The Kutumb actor was eliminated in a unique way. Both Hiten and Priyank were kept in a different room and the other housemates were asked to decide who they want to evict this week. The housemates who couldn’t reach to a mutual agreement for the captaincy task began arguing for their favourites. Hina and Luv said that Priyank is more active in the game while Puneesh said that Hiten is a better person. Interestingly, Shilpa Shinde who shared a good bond with Hiten voted in favour of Priyank. The same Priyank who didn’t bat an eyelid while body shaming her and calling her a bull.Everyone calls Vikas a mastermind but looks like it’s Shilpa who played her masterstroke this time. Arshi, Vikas and Puneesh were in Hiten’s favour but as expected Hina and Luv were for Priyank. Akash, who called Hiten his brother chose Priyank over him.Hiten’s elimination has come as a shock to many Bigg Boss viewers as he was touted to be one of the strongest contestants in the house.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Sources: Stoke City make transfer bid for New York City FC’s Jack Harrison Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 03:35 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Harrison MLS NYCFC 08062017 Vincent Carchietta Transfers Stoke City MLS Premier League New York City The English Premier League club is after the services of the New York City FC midfielder and recent England U-21 call-up, sources tell Goal Jack Harrison’s career has seen him go from Manchester United’s academy to the American college system and Major League Soccer, and now an English Premier League club is working to try and bring him back home.Stoke City has tabled a $4.5 million offer for the New York City FC midfielder, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal. The offer, which includes incentives that could push it to $6 million, is an improved bid made after NYCFC turned down an initial $3 million offer last week.Asked about the transfer offer at the MLS draft on Saturday, NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna wouldn’t confirm or deny that a transfer offer was made, telling Goal he had no comment. 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 Sources tell Goal that NYCFC is open to selling Harrison for the right price, with recent comments Reyna made about selling players seeming to support that belief.”Every league is a selling league, so why not us,” Reyna told Goal in an interview last Sunday at the MLS combine. “It’s a statement of credibility to be honest. I know in some way we don’t want to lose our most talented players, but we’ll bring in other talented players as clubs.”I think it’s really a statement of credibility for the league when you start attracting clubs from big leagues to come watch MLS games and the talent here,” Reyna said. “It should happen, it needs to happen, and I think we need to start looking at this the other way, that actually it’s good for the league that these clubs are coming here because what they’re saying is this player is talented playing in this league and he can come play in a very good league. it obviously brings money into the clubs to reinvest in other players and youth development, so I think it’s something that needs to be done. That’s just my opinion, I know other clubs have different philosophies around it.”I guess the question is who’s not a selling league,” Reyna asked. “Liverpool just sold a player to Barcelona. There’s no league where you don’t look at offers and think about it, and we’re becoming that league and I think that’s great.”Harrison, who was born in Stoke before moving to the Bolton area and spending seven seasons in Manchester United’s youth setup, would be the first player sold by NYCFC in its brief history.The 21-year-old attacker is coming off an impressive second season as a professional, having recorded 10 goals and 6 assists, and playing well enough to earn a call-up to the England Under-21 national team last fall.Stoke City is currently locked in a relegation fight, having recently appointed Paul Lambert as its new manager. The Potters climbed out of the relegation zone after Saturday’s 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Hungary 9-0 Korea & the biggest wins in World Cup history Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:20 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty World Cup Germany Nigeria Serbia Costa Rica Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Mexico Croatia Russia Morocco Spain Saudi Arabia Uruguay Egypt As we near ever closer to the finals in Russia, Goal takes a look at the biggest wins in the tournament’s historylast_img read more

first_imgMore solar panels will be popping up across southwestern Nova Scotia through the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program, announced today, Nov. 10, by Education and Early Childhood Minister Zach Churchill on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “As we move to a cleaner energy future, we all have an important part to play,” said Mr. Churchill. “This is about more community groups in Yarmouth and Argyle participating in clean electricity generation, advancing the solar industry, and learning about how solar fits into our energy mix.” The Town of Yarmouth has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity. The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, and the Municipality of the District of Argyle each received two approvals of 100 kilowatts and 75 kilowatts respectively. The groups will sell their solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. “The Town of Yarmouth knows that the best results come when we collaborate, as municipalities. This project was identified as a priority for council and we are looking forward to the next steps in this exciting project,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “Yarmouth is committed to sustainability and this project is about supporting a sustainable and green future.” A total of 18 successful applications were chosen across the province. All applications were overseen by Clean Foundation, the independent procurement administrator. The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the rate stability plan. The program is for Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations, municipalities or organizations owned by municipalities, universities or community colleges in Nova Scotia. The program will be offered for two more years. To see a complete list of all successful applicants, and to learn more about the program, visit novascotia.ca/solar.last_img read more

first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – A cane fight that broke out between two elderly women in a parking lot north of Toronto resulted in police being called to break up the scuffle.York regional police say they were called to a No Frills grocery store parking lot in Vaughan, Ont. shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday.Const. Andy Pattenden says concerned citizens called police as the two women in their 70s were engaged in a cane duel, screaming and shouting at each other.He says by the time officers arrived, the fight had ended without injury, with one woman trying to take off in a vehicle and the other going inside the grocery store to shop for food.He says police spoke to both women, although he says the one inside the store didn’t want to talk and preferred to continue looking for produce.Pattenden says he doesn’t know what the two were fighting over, but neither are expected to be charged.“It just sounds like some angry older people,” Pattenden said.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta’s justice minister says the province is asking the courts to look into the constitutionality of the federal government imposing its carbon tax.Doug Schweitzer says the province has filed a reference case with the Alberta Court of Appeal.The court challenge comes a week after Ottawa announced it will impose the federal carbon tax on Alberta starting Jan. 1, 2020.Schweitzer calls it federal overreach — despite a recent Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling that a federally-imposed carbon tax is constitutional.“By imposing a carbon tax on provinces the federal government would be disrupting the balance of Canada’s federation,” he said.He vowed to use all the legal tools at their disposal to fight the tax, one of United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney’s key promises in the April election.“Our government will continue to support other provinces’ challenges against this federal tax grab,” he stated.He says Alberta disagrees with the Saskatchewan ruling and wants to put its own legal case forward before the Supreme Court of Canada hears Saskatchewan’s appeal.According to Schweitzer, October is the earliest the Alberta Court of Appeal could hear the case if it is expedited. At this time he estimates the legal costs will be around $300,000.Alberta passed legislation earlier this month to repeal its provincial carbon tax.With files from 660 NEWS.last_img read more

first_imgOutside of Winnipeg Police Service headquarters in downtown Winnipeg. (APTN file)APTN NewsWinnipeg police have laid murder charges in a high-profile case that claimed the life of the 17-year-old, only son of Filipino immigrants on March 3.Jaime Adao was killed by an intruder in the home he shared with his parents and grandmother.Police say it was the sixth homicide recorded in Winnipeg this year.Police say Adao was on the phone with an emergency operator when he was fatally attacked by a man with a weapon. The type of weapon was not revealed.Police say responding officers shot and wounded the man, who was in hospital in critical condition.In a release Sunday, police say they charged Ronald Bruce Chubb, 27, with second-degree murder, attempted murder, and fail to comply with probation.Chubb was born in God’s Lake First Nation, which is about 1,000 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit is now looking into the officer-involved shooting.Three more homicides have been reported in Winnipeg since Adao’s death, police add.Police have termed it a “senseless killing” they blame on the city’s battle with methamphetamine.A GoFundMe page was set up for Adao’s parents, who run a bakery in the city.last_img read more

When you see sales down in three-quarters of the market, that means it’s pretty widespread[np_storybar title=”Toronto new home sales fall to record low for August” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/09/24/toronto-new-home-sales-fall-to-record-low-in-august/”%5D In yet another sign the housing sector in Canada is slowing down, Toronto new home sales in August were the worst ever for that particular month.Read more. [/np_storybar]OTTAWA — Canada’s housing market appears to be cooling across the board in the face of tighter mortgage rules that affect many first-time buyers of modest means, a new analysis from the Conference Board shows.The think-tank’s snapshot of resales for August shows a widespread decline in sales of existing homes, with 21 of 28 metropolitan markets registering a drop from July, and 16 of the markets showing a falloff of five per cent or more.As well, listings fell in 17 of the 28 markets, an indication that owners were reluctant to place their homes for sale due to soft conditions.Senior economist Robin Wiebe of the Conference Board said there was evidence of cooling in some markets — particularly Vancouver and Victoria — before the new rules went into effect July 9. But the new data shows the slowdown has spread to most markets and from coast to coast.“When you see sales down in three-quarters of the market, that means it’s pretty widespread,” he said. “It’s knocked down previously high-flying markets like Regina and Saskatoon down a peg. Vancouver had been showing signs of cooling, now it’s spread out into the Fraser Valley.”[np-related]At the time Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced maximum amortization period for mortgage would be reduced to 25 years from 30 years, the government estimated it would increase monthly payments by $184 on a $350,000 mortgage.It had been the fourth time Flaherty tightened mortgage requirements in four years, but the July measure was regarded as the one likely to be the most effective.While sales and prices were only temporarily sidetracked by the previous announcements, only to recover a few months later, this might “be the one that broke the camel’s back,” said Wiebe.Last week, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that sales of existing homes fell 5.8% in August from July, and were down 8.9 per cent from August 2011.Still, the latest data shows that while sales and listings are down, prices appear to be holding steady.The report found prices fell in only nine of the 28 markets in August from the previous month. Compared to last August, prices were up in 25 markets.Andrew Barr/National Post Economists have generally been forecasting a correction of between 10 and 25% in prices over the next two or three years. Vancouver, which had for years been Canada’s hottest market, has seen a tumble of about 30% in resale homes.But Wiebe is not so sure the correction will be as severe as many predict, or that Vancouver’s market is as cold as the numbers suggest.He notes that Vancouver’s average home prices are skewed by the number of high-end property sold — many to investors from China. Both the meteoric rise and current decline are “overstated,” he said.Homes in the Toronto area, Canada’s largest market, are also likely to retain their value, he said, because the economy in the city remains healthy and the greater metropolitan area continues to experience strong population growth.The Canadian Press read more

“The Secretary-General commends the Elections Commission for again administering the process professionally and credibly. He also commends the extraordinary patience of voters and citizens, and reiterates that their will must be respected,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Participation was very high, with voter turnout exceeding 80 per cent. However, Mr. Ban said he is “gravely concerned” at the decision to delay the second round, which was scheduled for today.“He urgently calls on all political actors and State institutions to show restraint, to respect the legitimate will of the people expressed in the election on 9 November, and to conclude the presidential election process without further delay in the best interest of the Maldivian people.”This is the third time that the electoral process has been delayed. The Supreme Court nullified the first round of elections held on 7 September on the basis of irregularities in the process, despite conclusions by national and international observers that the election was free and fair. The elections were further delayed on 19 October, after the police reportedly stopped officials from carrying them out.“The Secretary-General will continue to closely monitor the situation and stands ready to provide the support of the United Nations for democratic progress,” the statement said. Last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the Supreme Court is interfering excessively in the presidential elections, and undermining the country’s democratic process.“All parties should seize this opportunity to restore the credibility of the democratic process,” Ms. Pillay said. “Whoever wins the election should embark on fundamental reforms to the judiciary to safeguard Maldives’ progress in democracy and rule of law.”The current election is seen as an important step in the country’s democratic transition. The Maldives underwent a regime change in 2012, when the previous democratically-elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned in contested circumstances. He was succeeded by his former deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan. read more

Celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will be a special guest at an upcoming Brock University Film Series (BUFS) screening of his latest film, Watermark.Watermark is a sweeping and often piercing look at humanity’s relationship with water.Edward Burtynsky (photo: Brigit Kleber)The film brings together stories from around the world about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. It is also the second collaboration between Burtynsky and multiple-award winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006.Burtynsky, a native of Niagara who donated a $617,000 photo collection to Brock in 2012, will take part in a Q&A about Watermark after a screening of the film on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Cinema, Pen Centre.His visit will mark his return to BUFS for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when he brought Manufactured Landscapes to St. Catharines.“One of our goals with BUFS is to feature works that engage with other initiatives taking place around Brock and in the community,” says Scott Henderson, associate professor and chair of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.“And Burtynsky is a good example of this because he’s a practising artist from Niagara dealing with environmental concerns and making interesting documentaries about it,” he says. “For him to come and introduce his film and take part in a question-answer after the screening, that’s just an added bonus for our audience.”Watermark premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2013. In January 2014, the Toronto Film Critics’ Association named it the Best Canadian Feature of the year. Burtynsky and his collaborator Baichwal won the same $100,000 prize in 2006 for Manufactured Landscapes.Burtynsky’s visit is facilitated by Film Circuit, a division of TIFF, which provides support to 180 film groups across Canada, including BUFS and groups in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.BUFS is an ongoing project of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, bringing the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to Niagara for nearly 40 years.BUFS screenings are open to the public. Tickets to Watermark are $10 each and go on sale at the BUFS ticket table in the theatre lobby of Landmark Cinema at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.The BUFS winter season runs every Wednesday until April 2 (except March 12). read more

first_imgPrince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduates in front of an Apache helicopterCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Prince Harry talks as he visits the Army Aviation Centre Credit: Heathcliff O’Malley Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduates in front of an Apache helicopter Speaking at the Middle Wallop military base in Hampshire, Prince Harry told the 12 wings recipients, their families and senior military figures from the site: “You’re now going to end up flying some of the best aircraft that we have to offer.”In certain areas budgets are being shrunk, but essentially you guys are the assets, the aircraft is the asset and just don’t forget who you’re serving and who you’re supporting.” It is not the first time Prince Harry has addressed potentially political matters in recent weeks.On Thursday, during a speech to a conference about veterans’ mental health, he told delegates: “In an ever-shrinking defence community where every man and woman counts, we must consider that mental health issues are the second highest cause of absence after muscular-skeletal injury.”The Prince graduated from Middle Wallop in 2010, picking up his own Wings from his father the Prince of Wales. In 2013, he qualified as an Apache helicopter commander, with his own commanding officer saying he passed with “flying colours”. 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. On Friday, he wore a civilian suit with three medals pinned to his chest, including the Operation Herrick medal for his service in Afghanistan, as he delivered words of wisdom to a new generation. Prince Harry talks as he visits the Army Aviation Centre  Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduatescenter_img Prince Harry has publicly raised the issue of cuts to Ministry of Defence budgets, as he visited to the home of Army aviation to present graduates with their wings. The Prince, who flew Apache helicopters during his army service, said “budgets are being shrunk” in certain areas, as he urged a dozen pilots from the Army Air Corps to remember they are “the assets”.While he stopped short of explicit criticism, the comments, made in what appeared to be a heartfelt unscripted speech, highlighted the issue of cuts to a defence budget which senior military figures have warned is already “close to breaking”.In recent months there has been widespread speculation about further cuts to personnel and equipment owing to major pressure on the defence budget, alongside calls from MPs to increase spending to 3 per cent of GDP. “The Modernising Defence Programme instigated by Gavin Williamson will have to come up with more funding for defence.”Lord Campbell, defence spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “It may not quite be a Royal command but it’s as close as you can get.”Servicemen and women at every level in the forces are well aware of the serious under-funding of the defence budget.”In January, it was reported that proposed options to fund saving in the defence budget, including cutting 11,000 personnel from the Army, up to seven Royal Navy frigates and as many as 100 helicopters, had been put on hold. Lord West of Spithead, former First Sea Lord and Labour peer, said: “Any Royal ‘stands into danger’ when he makes comments that directly relate to political issues.”I am delighted he is saying it because it is true. Prince Harry  Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduatesCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Prince Harry spoke to pilots without notesCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Sergeant Ryan Nelson, 26, from County Durham, who was awarded two prizes at the graduation, said of the Royal visitor: “He’s really normal, a really down to earth guy, he doesn’t think of himself as anything special.“He was firing away little nuggets, little tips on how we could better ourselves as a pilot.“The best tip he gave me is that he told me about the fact that when he first got in the Apache he could barely get in, he didn’t know where to put his helmet, his monocle was in the wrong place, he was just in a general state of rag to be honest.“He was like ‘just expect that, if it does happen don’t be put off by it, it’s all progression. It will get hard at times but it’s all completely doable’.”last_img read more

first_imgSandvik Mining has commissioned its new high load hard rock cutting test rig as part of itscontinued investment in research and technology and commitment to hard rock mechanical cutting.The official inauguration ceremony took place on March 3 in Zeltweg, Austria. Members of Sandvik R&DBoard and representatives from Business Area Sandvik Mining joined the special occasion.“Sandvik Mining has identified hard rock continuous mining as a strategic initiative to align with our Customer Focus and Innovation values to develop safer, more productive and more cost efficient system solutions for our customers. As a result, the competence centre for mechanical cutting in Zeltweg has continued to investigate suitable cutting technologies and machine concepts and the critical need for a full scale test rig to validate hard rock cutting became evident for future product development.” The engineering design, planning, construction and assembly of the high load rock cutting test rig commenced in August 2013 and was completed at the end of 2014.Since the beginning of 2015, various cutting tests were initiated which will all contribute to the development of different hard rock cutting technologies for application in rapid mine development and production machineconcepts. Janne Uotila, Vice President Product Development and Global Technology, Global Equipment, pointed out the necessity of this investment. He emphasised the need for continuous pioneering results to stay relevant as a tool and equipment supplier, for which the cutting test rig will be of great value.last_img read more

first_imgL’Autriche lancera ses premiers satellites à l’été 2011L’été prochain, l’Autriche placera en orbite ses deux premiers satellites, a annoncé Otto Koudelka, professeur à l’Université technique de Graz. Ces engins auront pour mission de mesurer les variations du rayonnement lumineux des étoiles.Les deux satellites ont été mis au point par les universités techniques de Graz et de Vienne, en partenariat avec l’Université de Toronto, au Canada. Les engins, deux cubes de vingt centimètres, sont particulièrement petits, et ne pèsent chacun que sept kilos.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAC’est à la fin du mois de juillet, avec une fusée indienne, qu’ils devraient être lancés, avant d’être rejoints par quatre satellites identiques conçus par des ingénieurs polonais et canadiens, dans le cadre du programme international BRITE. Comme le souligne Otto Koudelka, cité par l’AFP, il s’agira de la première constellation de satellites dotés du même objectif d’observation. “Les satellites se complèteront. Le temps d’observation sera ainsi multiplié”, explique-t-il.Les données recueillies par les satellites seront étudiées au sol à Graz et à Vienne, et à plus long terme, par la Pologne et le Canada. Et si la durée de la mission est pour l’instant fixée à deux ans, “nous espérons qu’ils fonctionneront plus longtemps”, précise Otto Koudelka.Le 18 décembre 2010 à 18:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img AEW announces first World Title defense to take place during third television episode WWE will present the 1,000th episode of Smackdown tonight live from Washington, DC.Advertised for tonight’s show is two WWE World Cup qualifying matches featuring The Miz vs. Rusev and Rey Mysterio vs. United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.The big focus will be on the Smackdown 1000 theme. WWE is advertising a reunion of Evolution featuring Batista, Ric Flair, Triple H and Randy Orton.Also advertised includes The Undertaker, Michelle McCool, Teddy Long, Vickie Guerrero and Edge. We reported yesterday two names that are scheduled, but not being advertised.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown 1000 results tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.Don’t forget to join us live on YouTube after the show for a full review! Google+ Twitter AEW announces Women’s World Title Match added for episode three on TNT Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AEW announces Boston and Philadelphia television episodes for TNT are sold out last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool’s midfielder Fabinho is bracing up for the challenge of arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday for what has been dubbed England’s El Clasico.Klopp’s men head into the clash 16 points ahead of United with Fabinho relishing the prospect of playing in another game that has additional significance for supporters, following his victorious Merseyside derby debut earlier this month.“I’m not really an expert on the history of this rivalry, but I believe it is the biggest rivalry in English football,” the Brazil international told Liverpoolfc.com.“They’re the two most successful teams in England, so history shows that there’s a huge rivalry. I think the geographical closeness, with Manchester being just down the road, adds even more to it.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“We’re going to approach this game like all the other games and I hope it’s a night to remember, like the Everton game.“I’m definitely looking forward to it. When you sign for Liverpool you have these types of games in mind. With the passion of the fans, their support, we go on the field to give our best to put on a show for them.“Against Everton, the fans left very happy with the victory and the way in which we won, and I hope against Manchester United we can put on a similar spectacle: representing the Liverpool shirt and playing with a lot of desire. I hope we’ll get the three points.”last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR McLean, Va.-based Elm Street Development has purchased seven adjacent parcels across the street from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington to build housing.Elm Street paid $7.0 million for the lots, representing a significant amount of appreciation due to the District of Columbia’s selection of a master developer to convert 67 acres of the medical campus into a mixed-used development calling for retail, housing, a hotel and conference center, and “innovation core.” The previous owners acquired the parcels several years earlier for only $2.1 million, reported the Washington Business Journal.“That was the main driver, Walter Reed,” said Karen McJunkin, a regional partner at Elm Street. “We like the corridor as well. But for the product we’re planning, I think that the buyer in the District is very savvy and follows what’s ahead, and will buy, we hope, based on what’s to come,” she said.Elm Street and its partner, Craftmark Homes, plan to build two-over-two style housing, sometimes referred to as stacked townhouses. The previous owners had been planning to build a 100-unit condominium. Elm Street expects to complete its first row of homes by early next year, according to the story.last_img read more

first_imgA report released Wednesday by the EPA’s Inspector General found the agency’s work in Bristol Bay regulating the development of proposed mines like Pebble has been unbiased and done without a predetermined outcome.Download AudioThe Nushagak District, shown in this June 2015 photo, is one of five commercial fishing districts in Bristol Bay. (KDLG photo)While the EPA’s role is currently being challenged by Pebble in federal court, the agency is touting the IG’s report as validation of its direction and efforts.EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran has been noticeably quiet over the past year and a half, declining KDLG-Dillingham’s frequent interview requests. On Wednesday morning, however, with affirmation of his team’s efforts in hand, he was eager to get back out in front of a story in the now long-running saga of EPA versus Pebble mine.“We feel very positive about the outcome and the findings,” McLerran said, speaking by phone from Oregon on Wednesday morning. “What the Inspector General confirms is that we conducted the assessment in compliance with all of our policies and procedures for ecological risk assessments, and that it was done appropriately, without bias and without prejudgment.”McLerran added that he has been advised against making too many public statements, on account of the federal lawsuit currently in its discovery phase. The EPA has also been temporarily ordered by the judge against taking further action toward finalizing its preemptive restrictions in the Bristol Bay watershed.The OIG evaluation, undertaken in May 2014, looked into whether McLerran’s staff had acted within EPA’s program guidelines, specifically between Jan. 1, 2008 and May 18, 2012. OIG staff interviewed more than two dozen people involved, but focused primarily on a keyword search of 8,352 emails of just three people:  McLerran, who is Obama’s appointee to the office; Nancy Stoner, EPA’s former Acting Assistant Administrator for Water; and Phil North, the EPA ecologist who has since retired (and disappeared).Pebble, which sent more than a dozen letters and hundreds of pages of documents to EPA’s Inspector General since the evaluation began, was quick to call it an “incredibly narrow investigation.”McLerran disagrees.“They did a very robust review of the communications back and forth, the correspondence, they did interviews, they looked at emails from a wide array of EPA employees and other folks including folks outside of EPA,” he said.“Given the serious issues that were raised here, the report was laughable,” said Pebble CEO Tom Collier on Wednesday morning. Collier has decades of Washington, D.C., experience in and out of government, and said he was disappointed not only in the findings, but also in EPA’s OIG.“To be only 30-something pages long, to not cite any of the really significant documents, it’s an outrage,” he said. “I don’t know what happened here, in this instance, but this report is clearly a whitewash, and I think it’s an embarrassment to IGs on good reputation around the country and at other agencies.”The OIG’s report wasn’t all praise for EPA’s efforts. It cites problems with Phil North, including his role in helping draft the 2010 letter from Bristol Bay area tribes requesting EPA’s intervention. The report is also critical of North’s use of a personal email account for government business. His personal emails were not turned over to OIG, despite a subpoena. Plus, 25 months worth of his government emails through the 52-month period under evaluation are gone, allegedly erased when his computer hard drive crashed. North was interviewed once by OIG, near the start of the process, but ignored further requests and ultimately a subpoena.Pebble, and federal court Judge H. Russell Holland, believe North was central to EPA’s intervention. McLerran said that’s not the case. “I want to be very clear, Phil North was not a central figure on this. I was a central figure, our Office of Research and Development scientists were central on this, the independent peer reviewers were central on this.” McLerran said the decision to initiate a 404c process was his to make, in consultation with EPA headquarters.Pebble has put together a long paper trail documenting North’s involvement, which has so far been enough to convince Judge Holland to subpoena him to appear for deposition. North left the U.S. after retirement, and has ignored requests subpoenas and requests for information from Holland, Congressional committees, and EPA’s OIG. He is believed to be living in Australia or New Zealand.“You know, I’m not surprised that Dennis McLerran, in order to save EPA’s decision, is throwing poor Mr. North under the bus,” said Collier. “It’s outrageous that that would be happening at EPA, but I guess that’s the only way they can defend their outrageous conduct here.”The OIG’s findings were well received by supporters of EPA’s work to block development of Pebble. It’s been a while since that process has seen any progress or had any good news. What difference the report will make at this point, like the Cohen report before it, is unclear. Right now the outcome of the agency’s efforts seem destined to be decided in federal court, in Congress, or perhaps in the hands of the next administration.last_img read more