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Andy Murray confirms his fitness for Wimbledon

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first_imgAndy Murray will begin his Wimbledon title defence on Monday after confirming his recovery from a hip injury that has disrupted his preparation for this year’s tournament.”It’s felt much better the last few days,” the world number one told a media conference on Sunday.”If I feel like I do today, I’ll be fine to play the tournament. I’ll be fine to play seven matches.”Murray, who will play Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, a lucky loser ranked 134, in the Centre Court opener on Monday, said he felt no lasting effects from the injury which caused him to pull out of two exhibition matches at London’s Hurlingham Club last week.”I’ve had hip problems since I was very young,” said the Scot, who added that he had benefited from several days’ rest. “It’s not something new to me. It’s just been very sore the last few weeks.”It was giving me quite a lot of trouble moving to certain shots and getting into certain positions.”This is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit. It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practise for a few days.”You really want to be preparing, training as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches.”Murray confirmed British media reports that he and his wife Kim are expecting their second child, but said it would not distract him in his title defence.”We’re both obviously very happy and looking forward to it,” he said.advertisement”I’ve had family the whole time I’ve been playing tennis, so yeah, I’ll be fine dealing with that. It’s certainly not a distraction in the slightest.”Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice in the past four years and reached at least the quarter-finals every year since 2008, is attempting to successfully defend a grand slam title for the first time.”Hopefully I’m able to deal with things better this time round,” said Murray, who won his first grand slam title at the U.S. Open in 2012.”Once you get out there, I don’t feel like I’m coming in trying to defend something. I’m going out there trying to win Wimbledon again. I want to try to win the competition.”This year the odds appear more stacked against him after a year disrupted by a series of minor problems including chest infections, elbow problems, flu and shingles.However, the 30-year-old Briton said he was hopeful of being a force to reckon with at his home grand slam for years to come.”You want to make the most of every tournament you play. I think you realise that a little bit more as you start to get older. I hope I’m still playing here for five, six, seven more years, if possible.”last_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan’s perfect response to people who tried to troll Team India

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first_imgShikhar Dhawan had the perfect response for people, who tried to troll him and the Indian cricket team on Instagram.On Wednesday, Dhawan posted a photo of on Instagram, where he was seen having fun outside the team hotel and captioned it: “Crazy boys and non-stop fun @hardikpandya93…With a priceless @rishabpant expression.”The photo showed Dhawan lying down while Hardik Pandya was trying to take a beanie off Dhawan’s head. Rishabh Pant was also seen in the picture…with an expression, that according to Dhawan was “priceless”.But, few fans didn’t take it well and started blaming the Indian team for their poor show in the five-match Test series that India lost 1-3 after their defeat in the fourth Test in Southampton.Watch: Harbhajan Singh not impressed with Indian openersHowever, Dhawan had the perfect response for the fans and said that everyone in the team is equally disappointed but having light moments is necessary in life and that is what they are doing.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar unhappy with Shikhar Dhawan’s approach to Test cricketDhawan didn’t mention this in the caption but commented it on the post.”People who have been writing negative stuff. We are also hurt the day you guys are. It is important to learn from our mistakes and move forward. We give our best for the nation everytime we walk on the ground and most important thing is as a team we should be in a good mindset before the next game.advertisement”We cannot change the past. So we do our hardwork at the ground as always and keep our process strong. After practice it is important to laugh and be happy so we create positivity in the team. That’s what champions do. Easy to be happy when winning. Warriors stay positive when things are down too. Thanks to the fans who are still supporting us,” Dhawan wrote.Also read – Now it’s not about competing but completing games overseas: Ravi Shastri Shikhar Dhawan also thanked the fans for supporting themPoor form of Dhawan along with his opening partners KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have been a cause of concern for India during the Test series as they haven’t fired at all in the four Tests played so far.Also read – Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyDhawan has scored 158 runs from three matches so far while Rahul has managed 113 from four matches. Vijay, who was dropped from the squad for the last two Tests, managed 26 runs from two matches.India, who are now trailing the Test series 1-3, will have the chance to play for pride and do some damage control, when they get down to play the final Test at the Oval starting on September 7.last_img read more

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The 5 Best Crossovers You Can Buy

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first_img Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? Editors’ Recommendations More people are buying crossovers than any other type of vehicle, and that means automakers are rushing to churn out new models and snatch up a larger share of the market.What makes crossovers so irresistible? Not every buyer is looking for the same thing, but among their more attractive characteristics, the best crossovers provide greater visibility, utility, and styling diversity than sedans – which used to wear the sales crown. Unlike SUVs, crossovers also ride on lightweight car-based platforms, meaning fuel economy is nearly as good as sedans.Tremendous competition makes the task of sifting through these crossover options that much harder. Fortunately, we’re here to return your sanity. This year, we’ve tested subcompact, compact, midsize, and luxury crossover models from every major brand. Several of these vehicles impressed us, but only a handful of them blew us away. Here are our top picks.Best Overall Crossover: 2017 Jaguar F-PaceHighlights: It drives even better than it looksStarting Price: $40,990Why We Chose The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace:It’s not difficult to find a beautiful sports car, motorcycle, or premium sedan, but asking for a gorgeous crossover is a tall order. Despite the swollen number of options, crossovers tend not to look nearly as sleek as lower riding vehicles. However, Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum, was apparently up to the challenge when he molded the F-Pace.The F-Pace certainly isn’t first to market – in fact, the luxury crossover segment was fairly stacked before the UK automaker introduced their crossover in 2016. However, most will forgive the wait upon seeing the car’s curvaceous bodywork. Inspired by the F-Type’s stunning physique, the F-Pace manages to look even more upscale than its German luxury rivals. Better yet, it performs like the agile cat after which it is named.Powering the F-Pace is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that comes in two flavors of tune: 340 horsepower or 380hp. There’s also a 2.0-liter diesel on offer with 180hp and 318 pound-feet of torque. All models utilize a ZF eight-speed automatic and are available with all-wheel drive. Though it sits higher off the ground than the XE upon which it’s based, the F-Pace handles nearly as well in tighter corners.Inside, the Jag features a wonderfully comfortable cabin. Rich leather, ergonomic seats, and an intuitive 10.2-inch infotainment system are just some of the highlights. In short, the F-Pace checks every box on the crossover list, and even creates a few new ones to keep the competition at bay.Best Midsize Crossover: 2017 Mazda CX-9Highlights: It’s quick, efficient, and handsomeStarting Price: $32,420Why We Chose The 2017 Mazda CX-9: Remember how I said it’s not easy to find a sexy crossover? Well, let’s say Jaguar’s F-Pace isn’t the only exception. Mazda’s CX-9 is a midsize crossover with attraction written all over it. The seven-seater is by far Mazda’s boldest crossover yet, and its fresh Kodo styling cues will blend into smaller models to come. While competing automakers fear that daring designs could discourage some buyers, Mazda is confident that more consumers will love it than hate it.As the world’s most fuel-efficient automaker (an honor Mazda has earned since 2013), you can be sure the brand’s SkyActiv lightweight engineering has worked its way into every part of the CX-9. It starts with a stellar modular platform and all-wheel drive system. Add to that a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (yes, four-cylinder), and the CX-9 is ready for primetime. 250hp and 310 lb-ft of torque are channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission on 93 octane gas, but those who run regular 87 octane fuel will only have 227 horses at their disposal (torque figures remain the same).More surprising than a good looking, fun-to-drive Mazda (that’s kind of what they do best) is one that’s luxurious. An appealing interior layout with quality materials is standard on the CX-9, but a new range-topping Signature Edition adds amenities like Japanese rosewood, Nappa leather, and LED accent lighting. If you don’t want to shell out $44K for the Signature, lesser trims are still very well equipped for the money.Best Compact Crossover: 2017 Honda CR-VHighlights: Honda reliability, fresh styling, great standard featuresStarting Price: $24,045Why We Chose The 2017 Honda CR-V:Honda’s fifth generation CR-V carries on the compact crossover’s legacy of reliability while adding an efficient turbo engine and swanky new bodywork. Like the new Civic, Honda could sell every CR-V it produced with barely any changes from last generation, but the Japanese automaker decided to go bold with the styling and features of each vehicle. Fortunately, Honda’s risky move appears to have paid off.An all-new platform with a lower center of gravity underpins the 2017 CR-V, giving the crossover much more interior volume than its predecessor. The car’s increased size in some ways push the limits of its “compact” segment, but this may be welcome news to those caught between two vehicle classes. Honda also made tweaks to the vehicle’s braking and suspension systems to handle the larger footprint. Powering the base-spec CR-V is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but EX and above trims use the company’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to dish out 190hp.Updates to the CR-V’s infotainment, instrument cluster, connectivity, and folding seat operation help class up the interior. Ride quality is also significantly better than the outgoing model. It was difficult to find fault with Honda’s previous generation CR-V, apart from its odd exterior design, so with this list of improvements, count on the 2017 CR-V being a front-runner in the compact crossover segment for years to come.Best Luxury Crossover: 2017 Volvo XC90Highlights: Volvo’s XC90 defines the word “elegance”Starting Price: $45,750Why We Chose The 2017 Volvo XC90:Until the new XC90 went on sale, Volvo was floating along aimlessly. On paper, the company competed with premium brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Lexus, but in reality, its products were seriously outclassed. The redesigned XC90 crossover changed all that, and set the stage for future Volvos (the S90 and V90 most immediately) to adequately challenge their segment competitors.From first glance, the XC90 demands attention. Its flowing body panels, sharp LED headlights, and squared shoulders instantly validate its luxury credentials. Base on the Swedish automaker’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the XC90 feels far lighter than its respectably slim 4,400-pound figure would suggest. As you jockey the electrically assisted steering, the crossover contains its body motions majestically, never disturbing the plush ride quality for up to seven passengers.Speaking of life inside the XC90, Volvo’s interior design is now at the top of its class. Porous wood grain, brushed metals, and some of the softest leather we’ve ever felt is massaged in a gorgeous layout. It’s so easy to coast along in comfort that you might forget the XC90 is available with 316hp from a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine or 400hp (and 472 lb-ft of torque) from a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Add to all this Volvo’s infamous safety standards (due to industry-first technologies) and the XC90 is a knockout.Best Subcompact Crossover: 2017 Jeep RenegadeHighlights: Adventure-ready looks and performanceStarting Price: $17,995Why We Chose The 2017 Jeep Renegade:If I were to tell you that a Fiat is great off-road, you’d probably laugh, but if I said the same about a Jeep, you might just say, “duh.” Therefore, what should we make of the Fiat 500L-based Jeep Renegade? With all-wheel drive instead of four-wheel drive, a cutesy design, and an economy car price tag, one could mistake this Jeep for a re-badged poser. Fortunately, however, the Renegade has what it takes to tackle the trails.It’s possible to get a front-wheel drive-only Renegade, but the real fun starts with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction control and AWD system with a Power Transfer Unit. Unlike permanent AWD systems, the rear axle can be detached for better fuel economy. Even AWD models achieve up to 31 mpg on the highway. For serious off-roading, the Trailhawk edition adds reduction gears on the front and rear axles, skid plates, a 20:1 crawl ratio, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Power is provided by either a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, mated to a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic, or a 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder connected exclusively to the auto-box. While the Renegade can’t be called quick, its got enough grunt for moderate trails and acceptable passing power around town. Ride quality is quite good for a subcompact, and shifts via the manual gearbox are smooth.Inside, the Renegade has ample passenger space (headroom, legroom, and shoulder width), and even the trunk has generous cargo capacity. Cabin material quality is excellent, and it’s easy to spot Jeep’s attention to detail. The Renegade is more than just the most rugged in its subcompact class; it’s the best product, period. Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Meet the Spirits Network, the Real-Time Shoppable QVC of Boozelast_img read more

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This Winter Stop Making Excuses And Train Like A Pro

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first_img Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More It seems that when the thermometer starts dipping below freezing that our motivation to get outside and train takes a nosedive.No matter if you’re training for a spring marathon or your fitness goals are of a more wintry variety, knowing how the take on the cold and snow will help you keep your fitness level through the winter. More importantly, it will keep you off the monotony of the treadmill.In our pursuit of some backcountry skiing goals this season, we got in touch with the team at Summit Endurance Academy. With services ranging from monthly training, plans, full-time coaching, nutrition consulting, and sport specific technique for winter endurance sports, SEA is one of the premier cold weather sports training and coaching groups in North America. Owner Joe Howdyshell is a consummate endurance junkie, having competed at the collegiate and professional level in cross-country skiing.  Following a grad degree in Exercise Physiology and a string of podium finishes at major cross-country and ski-mountaineering races, Joe is the head coach of the United States Ski Mountaineering Association National Team. We caught up with him for some beginner’s gear tips for fighting off the cold so you can keep training in the great outdoors all winter long.Winter Specific UnderwearWe’re not talking long underwear here, but what you need to be wearing under it to protect your most important body parts. You may not think about it for a short 5k, but the cold will cut right through your running tights or outer softshell when you’re out in the winter. A pair of box-briefs with an insulated, windproof crotch like Terramar’s Wind Boxer ($20) or Saucony’s Windproof Boxer Brief ($30) will keep you warm. Trust us, this will save you a lot of time and pain.Acclimate Your LungsWhen you’re working hard in extreme cold (temperatures below -4°F), the stress on your lungs is exacerbated exponentially. Exercise induced asthma can shut your training session down before you get warmed up. To combat this, grab your favorite Buff. These microfiber neck tubes are useful in a variety of situations. For winter training, throw it on over your mouth and nose for at least 5-10 minutes while you warm up. The fabric will absorb some of the  excess heat from exhaling, and help warm incoming air – giving you the time to more adequately adapt to the cold air hitting your lungs.MittensJoe put it this way to us, “suck up your pride and buy some F#©&ing mittens”.  You don’t have go out and get a pair of expedition weight down mittens and wear them all the time, but having warm fingers is more than just a morale play. If you’re in ski boots, numb fingers mean it will be nearly impossible to mess with buckles and bindings. If your complaint is that mittens make fine motor skills harder, well so does frostbite.Accept The ColdWhen you’re first getting warmed up, it’s OK to be a little cold. If you walk outside to go for a run and you are warm, you’ll be sweating in five minutes, and cold and wet in forty-five. Joe typically is in a baselayer and softshell all the down to -15°F if he’s working hard. You’d be surprised how much heat your body can put out. Use it to your advantage and layer properly. You can always through your favorite puffy jacket or fleece in your pack for rest stops.Keep Water From FreezingIn the cold your usual narrow topped sport bottle can freeze quickly. Joe recommends using a wide mouth bottle, and carrying them upside down if you can. Water freezes from the top down, so turning you bottles upside down in your pack will keep the lid or spout ice free as long as possible. If you using a hydration bladder, make sure you blow air in the tube after every sip, and tuck the bite valve in your clothes to prevent it from freezing solid.last_img read more

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Bulker Gladiatorship Refloated off Mozambique

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first_imgzoom The 2010-built bulk carrier MV Gladiatorship has been refloated after it briefly grounded off Nacala, Mozambique, according to Rotterdam-based towage operator Kotug.Kotug, which provided salvage assistance to refloat the vessel, said that the 56,800 dwt ship ran aground just before high water.Operated by Greek shipping firm Seanergy Maritime Corp, the Supramax bulker was unable to refloat on its own and was at risk of being damaged by the drop between high and low water.MV Gladiatorship, which was built by China’s Jinling Shipyard Jiangsu, was refloated within two hours of running aground, Kotug added.The towage operator employed two Rotortugs to pull it free of the beach.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the vessel started its journey from the port of Nacala in the early morning on September 4, and it is currently at anchor off Richards Bay, South Africa.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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October Events at Highland Village Museum

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first_imgThis month Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach, will host a variety of fall activities and special events for the whole family. A special exhibit titled Mats of Cape Breton: The craft of rug hooking from 1890-1988 is being featured until Oct. 15. The exhibit shows the evolution in Cape Breton hooked rugs, from mat hooking for a warm floor covering, to producing works of art or engaging in commercial enterprise. On Friday, Oct. 6, the museum kicks off Celtic Colours Week with a celebration of the life and music of the late Joe MacLean of Washabuck. A well-known fiddler, Mr. MacLean acquired one of the most significant collections of fiddle music manuscripts in the world. The event — which will be broadcast live on CBC Cape Breton’s Mainstreet — celebrates the collection’s new home at Highland Village Museum. Làithean Sona/ Happy Days Children’s program lets children experience what life was like for the Gaels through hands-on activities such as chores, crafts, games, language, and song. The program take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 14. The annual Celtic Colours Gaelic Film Series begins on Saturday, Oct. 7, with Am Pòsadh Hiortach (St. Kilda’s Wedding), a historical overview of settlement in St. Kilda, from prehistoric times to its evacuation in the 1930s. Other films in the series include: on Wednesday, Oct. 11, Na H-Eilthirich (The Emigrants) which explores the pathways and settlements of Highland emigrants around the world and; on Friday, Oct. 13, Eilean Cheap Breatainn: A Gaelic Special, a look at Gaelic Cape Breton and the traditions which distinguish it as Highland in orientation. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, visitors are invited to join weaver Vicki Quimby for Cairtean, Cuibhle ‘Beairt: A Pioneer Textile Tour. Moving from building to building, Ms. Quimby will examine the textiles in each of the houses and the tools used to make them, describing their importance to a particular time period. Two of Gaelic Scotland’s best-known singers, Cathy Ann MacPhee and Màiri MacInnes, will perform in a Gaelic song workshop on Thursday, Oct. 12. Participants can enjoy an afternoon of Hebridean Gaelic culture and singing in the heart of Cape Breton’s historic Barra community. This year’s Celtic Colours concert, Thurdsday, Oct. 12, is entitled Glen Bharraidh/Barra Glen, and features music from the Isle of Barra and the Barra settlers in the Iona area, namely the small community Barra Glen. Performers include Cathy Ann MacPhee from Barra and Màiri MacInnes from South Uist and the Iona Gaelic Singers. From Thursday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 28, the Highland Village Museum will host its popular Oidhche nam Bòcan/Night of the Spooks program. Visitors can celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of Highland Village by lamp light, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in the Tuning Room. Regular activities such as weaving, spinning, wood dying, blacksmithing, basket making, céilidhs and milling frolics continue until Sunday, Oct. 15. The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. Fore more information on these events call 902-725-2272, or e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Annual Remembrance Focuses on Sexual Violence Against Women

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first_imgAwareness of sexual violence against women will be the focus for four speakers at Province House, in Halifax on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women has become a day to remember all women who live with, or have died because of, violence. It was established to honour the 14 young women who died at École Polytechnique in Montreal. This year, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women invited speakers from Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, Coverdale, and the Millbrook Family Treatment Centre to discuss their work in this area. “Government and community organizations work together to eliminate violence against women, including sexual violence,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “Every Nova Scotian has a role to play, and together we can eliminate violence against women.” “Protecting women and girls from sexual assault is vital,” said Sonja Power, chair of the Advisory Council. “It can destroy women’s trust in others, their confidence in themselves, and their relationships. The more we know about it, the safer women are.” In 2004, 886 sexual offences were reported to police in Nova Scotia. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, only eight per cent of sexual assaults in Canada are reported to police. Nova Scotia’s rate of sexual assault in 2004 was 40 assaults for every 1,000 people age 15 and older. That was up significantly from 1999. Most victims of sexual offences are young women and girls. The provincial government supports several efforts to prevent and protect women from sexual assault and other forms of violence. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women monitors trends in sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Staff continue to work with Silent Witness Nova Scotia and other community organizations concerned with violence against women. The advisory council is funding and partnering in a study by Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and other organizations on how sexual assault victims are helped in communities without specialized services. The Department of Health funds Avalon’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner services and, in July, announced funding for pilot projects for these services in Antigonish and Guysborough counties. The Department of Justice works with other departments and community agencies to provide a legal and policy framework and police and prosecutor training. The Department of Community Services provides funding for transition houses, women’s centres and men’s intervention programs to shelter women in abusive relationships, provide support to rebuild women’s lives and to help men who abuse their intimate partners.last_img read more

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Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

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first_imgBOSTON – Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns.The lawsuit is the first of what’s likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company over Thursday’s explosions , which killed one person and injured more than two dozen in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.It accuses the utility companies of negligence and seeks compensation for residents of who had to evacuate but didn’t suffer injuries or damage to their homes.Frank Petosa, one of the attorneys who brought the case, said although families were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday, they still don’t have gas or hot water and must live in fear that the explosions could happen again.“These individuals have had their lives turned upside down,” said Petosa, of Morgan & Morgan.Columbia Gas officials didn’t immediately respond to an email on Tuesday.About 8,600 customers were affected by the explosions. Many had to evacuate their homes for days and may have to go without gas service for weeks.A letter sent by the state’s U.S. senators to executives at Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, on Monday said the pressure in natural gas pipelines was 12 times higher than it should have been.“The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported that the pressure in the Columbia Gas system should have been around 0.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), but readings in the area reached at least 6 PSI — twelve times higher than the system was intended to hold,” the letter said.The pressure spike registered in a Columbia Gas control room in Ohio, the senators said in the letter, which requests a reply by Wednesday.“We write to request that you provide us with information in order to help the American people understand why this terrible disaster occurred, whether the company was sufficiently prepared to respond to an incident of this magnitude, and how we can prevent any similar tragedy in the future,” the senators wrote.The explosions are under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said the investigation is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts.On Tuesday, Columbia Gas President Stephen Bryant announced that the utility is donating $10 million to an emergency relief fund for people affected by the emergency.The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will help residents of the three communities with food, housing and other short-term needs as they recover, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said.Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, who has been highly critical of Columbia Gas, said the utility is “living up to their corporate responsibility” with the donation.Also Tuesday, Moody’s Investor’s Service said the explosions and fires are likely to damage the finances of Columbia Gas and its parent company.The Wall Street credit rating firm said the disaster was “credit negative” for Columbia and NiSource Inc., and may cause “the deterioration of each company’s financial position.”U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday sent letters to Columbia Gas and Eversource Energy – another utility in charge of recovery efforts – asking for more details about how residents have been notified that it’s safe for them to be receiving gas and whether the companies are maintaining a database and map of homes and buildings that have been inspected.The Massachusetts Democrats said there has been widespread confusion about whose homes were affected by the incident.U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a member of the House Subcommittee on National Security, is calling for a congressional hearing into gas pipeline safety nationwide, pointing to the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts and in western Pennsylvania.An estimated 650 pipeline incidents last year caused 20 fatalities and 35 injuries, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Massachusetts Democrat said. This year pipeline incidents have caused at least three deaths and 33 injuries.Lynch said the vulnerability of residents living near pipelines is even more worrisome given the aging state of pipeline infrastructure.last_img read more

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Injured Suarez to miss China Cup for Uruguay

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first_imgBarcelona: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has been ruled out of playing in the China Cup with Uruguay after spraining his ankle for his club at the weekend. Suarez, 32, is expected to miss between 10 and 15 days after limping off late in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Real Betis in La Liga. “He will… undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad,” the club said in a statement Monday. Suarez’s absence adds to that of Edinson Cavani for Uruguay after the Paris Saint-Germain striker failed to shake off a thigh injury for the trip to China. Oscar Tabarez’s squad travel to Nanning to take on take on Uzbekistan on March 21, with the winner meeting China or Thailand in the final four days later. Suarez scored his 18th league goal of the season at Betis to draw level with Diego Forlan for the most goals scored by a Uruguayan in Spain’s top flight with 128.last_img read more

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2015 in pictures a review of some of the years major developments

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In the Old City of Homs, Syria, UN vehicles travel a dusty road lined with rubble and remnants of destroyed buildings. UNICEF/UNI178367/Tiku On the Greek island of Lesbos, a group of young Afghan refugees huddle together under an emergency blanket to try to keep warm after a treacherous crossing from Turkey. UNHCR/Ivor Prickett General Assembly blazes a trail for sustainable development In September, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a bold new set of goals to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. Read more: UN adopts new Global Goals, charting sustainable development for people and planet by 2030 Residents of Vienna, Austria, welcome footsore refugees – many of whom have walked dozens of kilometres shod only in sandals – with donations of shoes to replace their worn-out footwear. UNHCR/Michael Schöppl On the positive side, as the UN turned 70 it took landmark steps toward charting a better future for people and the planet – adopting, in September, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its 17 goals to end poverty and build peaceful societies. Then, in December, countries adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change, which after years of negotiations, surpassed expectations, according to the UN chief. “World leaders recognized that we could and must do better than settling for the lowest common denominator. So they reached higher,” he said. Another milestone for the year included, in July, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – a blueprint for financing for development. “Investing in development early will avert crises down the road,” Mr. Ban said. Earlier, countries signed on to the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction – a plan to make the world safer from natural disasters that have been occurring with increased frequency. But 2015 was also marked by upheaval and human suffering at levels not seen in a generation. With conflicts raging in many parts of the world, scores of people were compelled to flee their homes in record-breaking numbers and global forced displacement topped 60 million for the first time. At the same time, extreme storms, drought and earthquakes threatened the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. The UN and its partners launched their largest-ever humanitarian appeal to deliver life-saving aid to more than 87.6 million people in need across 37 countries, most of which are in conflict. The year was also witness to a proliferation of bombings, mass shootings and other atrocities committed in the name of religious extremism. In a Security Council debate on conflict prevention, Mr. Ban stressed that counter-terrorism efforts must also tackle root causes such as bad governance, injustice and exclusion. He also warned against reprisals against Muslims. At a meeting of the UN General Assembly on the refugee crisis that took place in the shadow of recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, top UN officials made a plea for countries not to shut their doors to refugees in the name of security. In the photos that follow, the UN News Centre takes a look back at some of the year’s major developments. Children warm themselves by a fire inside their temporary shelter in Rasuwa, one of the areas worst affected by the earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier in the year. Their tent is not winter-resistant and often gets cold even in the pre-winter season, and the family does not have warm clothing. UNICEF/UN04381/Karki Doñana National Park, a natural wetland reserve in Andalusia, southern Spain. GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch Countries adopt historic climate agreement In December, following round-the-clock negotiations in Paris, 195 countries made history by pledging to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and take common action to check global warming. Read more: COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as ‘monumental triumph’ In Chiapas, Mexico, a woman from El Salvador walks along the train tracks hoping to reach the United States. UNHCR/Markel Redondo Children at risk in earthquake-ravaged Nepal as winter sets in As Nepalis continue to struggle in the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck the country in April and May, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that more than 3 million children under the age of five are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months due to severe shortages of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines. More than 200,000 families affected by the temblors are still living in temporary shelters. Read more: Nepal: millions of children at risk this winter due to severe shortage of essential supplies, UNICEF warns At a hospital in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, 18-month-old Faisal is treated for severe acute malnutrition. His mother braved a two-day journey to take him to the hospital from her village – a trip that would have taken four hours by bus in peace time. UNICEF/UNI191723/Yasin Countries welcoming refugees draw praise from UNAt a General Assembly meeting on the refugee crisis, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson praised communities that host refugees – from Kenya and Ethiopia to Pakistan, from Iraq and Iran to Bangladesh, from Greece, Italy, Germany and Sweden to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and beyond. He also stressed the vital need for financing humanitarian assistance to refugees. Read more: Paris, Beirut terror attacks must not be pretext for slamming shut doors to refugees – UN officials While in Paris for UN climate talks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays tribute to the victims of terror attacks that had recently taken place there. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Storm damage in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, a day after Cyclone Pam struck the Pacific Island nation in March. UNICEF/UNI180951/Crumb Central America: Refugee crisis in the making as women flee gang violence in increasing numbers A surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, is forcing women in Central America and Mexico to flee their countries in rising numbers, fuelling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas that demands urgent action by the States of the region, UN refugee chief António Guterres warned in October. In a report issued by UNHCR, women from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and parts of Mexico describe how criminal armed groups terrorise populations to establish control over large areas of those countries. Women, especially, are subjected to extreme forms of gender-based violence. Read more: UN agency warns of ‘looming’ refugee crisis as women flee Central America and Mexico In Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, a woman and her daughters sit in a candlelit bomb shelter on the outskirts of the city of Debaltsevo. UNICEF/UNI179968/Filippov A film introducing the Sustainable Development Goals is projected on the UN’s New York Headquarters buildings ahead of a General Assembly summit in September. UN Photo/Cia Pak Yemen: Civilians bear the brunt of crisisOngoing conflict in Yemen wreaked havoc on the country, inflicting damage on civilian infrastructure, straining depleted resources and exacerbating an already precarious humanitarian situation. By year’s end, 2.5 million people had been internally displaced and 3 million were added to the ranks of the hungry. Despite some progress in identifying a framework for negotiations and defining a set of confidence-building measures, UN-facilitated peace talks in December had to be adjourned until a ceasefire could take hold. Read more: Yemen: UN envoy adjourns peace talks till January pending enforcement of a proper ceasefire A wide view of the General Assembly Hall as Pope Francis arrives to address world leaders in September. UN Photo/Cia Pak ‘Human beings take precedence over partisan interests,’ Pope Francis tells world leaders Ahead of the General Assembly’s summit to adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Pope Francis urged world leaders to take action to protect the environment and to end the suffering of “vast ranks of the excluded.” He added, “Not only in cases of religious or cultural persecution, but in every situation of conflict… real human beings take precedence over partisan interests, however legitimate the latter may be.” Read more: ‘The future demands of us critical and global decisions’ Pope Francis tells UN General Assembly@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -278px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 3.6em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 200px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:50%; xmargin-left:55%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;}#photoHolder3 a img{ margin-top: 168px;} Security Council calls on countries to eradicate safe havens and cut off funding for terrorist groups At the end of a year marked by terrorist bombings and mass shootings in cities around the world, the UN Security Council intensified efforts to thwart terrorists. In November, it called on countries to destroy terrorist safe havens in Syria and Iraq. In December, the Council stepped up efforts to cut off all sources of funding for groups such as ISIL and Al-Qaida, calling for increased international cooperation in sharing information and closer collaboration with the private sector to identify suspect transactions. Read more: Security Council moves to cut off all funding sources for ISIL and other terrorist groups Burundi: On the brink of civil war… again An upsurge in violence in the small African nation of Burundi, following a decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term, awakened fears of a relapse into the decades of war in the not-so-distant past, between Hutus and Tutsis, that killed tens of thousands. “A frightened, uninformed population, fed a diet of hate speech and paranoia, is one that may be recruited to the path of violence by either side of the current political impasse,” warned UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Burundi. Read more: UN Security Council calls for stepped up mediation efforts in conflict-torn Burundi Central African Republic: People turn out in unprecedented numbers to vote for changeAs the Central African Republic attempts to regain stability following more than two years of fighting between Muslim and Christian factions, a constitutional referendum in mid-December was successfully carried out in the majority of the country, despite violent disruptions in some areas. Nearly two million voters registered for the poll, representing 95 per cent of the estimated electorate. UN-supported presidential and legislative elections are slated for the end of the year. Read more: Referendum held in much of Central African Republic despite disruptions – UN peacekeeping chief A voter casts her ballot in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, during a December referendum on a new draft constitution for the country. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis Small island nations under threatIn March, Cyclone Pam ravaged the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, leaving devastation in its wake. Extreme weather is just one of the threats to small island countries, where sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying and the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters exacerbate conditions leading to community displacement and migration and threaten to increase tensions over resources. Read more: Small islands need partnerships to battle climate change, address ‘unique vulnerabilities,’ says Ban In South Sudan, UN Police with UNMISS visit local police authorities and meet with villagers to assess and report on the general situation in the area, criminal activity, detentions, and other matters that arise. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine South Sudan: Protecting civilians as conflict drags on In strife-torn South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping operation – UNMISS – continues to provide shelter to more than 185,000 civilians at risk due to ongoing violence and repeated ceasefire violations by both Government and opposition forces. Thousands of people have been killed, more than 2.4 million displaced, while 4.6 million face food insecurity due to the conflict that broke out two years ago. In December, the Security Council warned that there were “reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity…have been committed by both Government and opposition forces.” Read more: South Sudan: more UN peacekeepers to be sent in to protect civilians amid ceasefire violations UN warns against xenophobia as refugees shut outAmid various restrictions imposed by some countries in Europe, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and its partners have consistently called for refraining from actions that promote intolerance and fuel xenophobia against refugees and migrants. Read more: Hungary urged to halt campaign portraying refugees and migrants as ‘invaders’ – UN agency and partners Following a Security Council meeting on Cyprus, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide briefs the press with the Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Lisa Buttenheim (right). UN Photo/Loey Felipe People uprooted from their homes in record numbersForced displacement in 2015 surpassed all previous records – for the first time topping 60 million – with one in every 122 people worldwide compelled to flee due to conflict, persecution and natural disasters, the UN warned. In boatload after boatload, refugees, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, risked their lives in growing numbers to find a safe place to live in Europe and beyond. Nearly 4,000 perished along the way this year. Read more: Global forced displacement for 2015 on track to break all records, topping 60 million – UN Syria: International community’s focus shifts to politics of ending five-year warAlthough UN officials have been pressing for a political solution to end the crisis in Syria since the war began five years ago, it was only in December 2015 that the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to focus on the politics of ending Syria’s brutal war which has left the country in ruins, scattered its people across the world and fuelled radicalism and sectarianism. Read more: In first political resolution on war-torn Syria, Security Council gives UN major role in seeking peace Progress being made towards a united Cyprus in ongoing negotiations On a more optimistic note, talks between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders in July were being conducted in a positive and results-oriented manner, offering the hope that decades of division might soon come to an end, said the UN Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. The UN Security Council urged the parties to implement confidence-building measures that would contribute to creating an environment that could lead to a united, federal Cyprus. Read more: Parties continue to make progress towards ‘shared vision’ of united Cyprus, UN envoy says Fleeing violence, Burundian refugees are admitted to a transit centre run by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s South Kivu Province. UNHCR/Federico Scoppa In Hungary, police stand guard at a border fence topped with razor wire aimed at stopping the flow of refugees and locking them out of the European Union. UNHCR/Mark Henley Ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine inflicts toll of suffering on civiliansFighting in eastern Ukraine that began nearly two years ago has left over 9,000 people dead and nearly 21,000 injured. The UN was stepping up aid deliveries to non-Government-controlled areas where more than 100,000 people whom authorities had cut off from assistance for months were facing added hardship as the winter set in. Read more: Despite less fighting, eastern Ukraine still ‘highly flammable,’ UN reports, as death toll tops 9,000 read more

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As conditions worsen in Yemen new UN envoy hopes to rekindle peace

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“A negotiated political settlement through inclusive intra-Yemeni dialogue is the only way to end the Yemeni conflict and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, told the Security Council today.“Peace becomes possible when we see the good in our foes, even though we can see clearly the cruelties of war,” he added.In his first briefing to the Security Council since assuming his responsibilities in March, Mr. Griffiths informed its members that he plans to develop principles for peace negotiations within the next two months.The promised drive for a settlement comes as living conditions in Yemen become increasingly desperate, in what now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Speaking alongside the Mr. Griffiths, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said: “More than 22 million people urgently require some form of humanitarian help, including 8.4 million people who struggle to find their next meal.”Peace becomes possible when we see the good in our foes, even though we can see clearly the cruelties of war – UN Special Envoy Martin GriffithsWhile he said it was his perception that the warring sides in Yemen desire peace, Mr. Griffiths drew attention to the increased number of ballistic missiles launched towards Saudi Arabia, intensified military operations in north-west Yemen, and airstrikes in the capital of Sana’a and other cities that are causing civilian deaths and diminishing hopes for peace.Conflict is ongoing there between an international coalition of forces supporting President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi on the one side, and Houthi militias and allied units of the armed forces on the other.“The people of Yemen are in desperate need of signs that this war will soon end,” Mr.  Griffiths said.Mr. Griffiths assumed his responsibilities on 11 March, succeeding Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed who had served as the Special Envoy since April 2015. UN Photo/Manuel EliasMartin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in that country. Efforts to provide humanitarian relief to millions of Yemenis has been severely hampered, Mr. Lowcock, the Organization’s aid chief, said, because of bureaucratic obstacles imposed by authorities as well as restrictions on imports and customs clearance, and long delays and searches at checkpoints.“Sana’a airport also remains closed to commercial traffic, preventing thousands of critically ill patients from travelling abroad to seek treatment unavailable in Yemen,” Mr. Lowcock said.Another risk of cholera outbreakMr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, warned that another major outbreak of cholera looms, though aid workers are trying to take preventive measures and are pre-positioning supplies should it occur.“A successful response requires safe unimpeded and unhindered access across and into Yemen for humanitarian staff and humanitarian supplies,” he said, as well as predictable fuel imports to keep hospitals and water treatment plants running. read more

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Civilians continue bear brunt of cluster munitions indiscriminate devastation UNbacked report reveals

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According to the 2018 Cluster Munition Monitor report, released Thursday at the UN Office at Geneva, civilians accounted for 99 per cent of all casualties recorded in 2017.This figure is “consistent with statistics on cluster munition casualties for all time, and due to the indiscriminate and inhumane nature of the weapon,” said the Cluster Munition Coalition, the organization authoring the report.In 2017, a total of 289 new cluster munition casualties were recorded. Syria (187) and Yemen (54) saw the highest numbers, other countries and regions recording casualties include Cambodia, Iraq, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Serbia, and Viet Nam, as well as Nagorno-Karabakh and Western Sahara.The previous year, 2016, also saw Syria recording the highest number of cluster. That year, the overall total was 971. Cluster munitions have been used in Syria by Syrian Government forces with Russia’s support, and in Yemen, by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition, noted the report.In addition, it noted that the Cluster Munition Monitor could not conclusively confirm allegations of new cluster munition use in Egypt and Libya.“There was a significant drop in the number of reported cluster munition attacks in Syria and Yemen, but many attacks likely went unrecorded,” it added.Cluster munitions are air-dropped or ground-launched explosives weapons that release or eject smaller submunitions, designed to kill personnel or destroy vehicles. However, the indiscriminate nature of the dispersal and the large numbers of submunitions that fail to explode as intended often result in large numbers of civilian casualties.Convention on Cluster MunitionsIn order to protect civilians and limit the use of such weapons, an international conference held in Dublin in 2008 adopted the Convention on Cluster Munitions, prohibiting all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of those weapons.Since then, a total of 120 countries have signed or acceded to the Convention, of which 103 are States Parties legally bound by all of the Convention’s provisions. read more

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Exclusive Sam Allardyce claimed HMRC is the most corrupt business in Britain

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first_imgAllardyce was an investor along with many high profile people and was not one of the architects of the scheme.Allardyce said:  “Most of the punters don’t owe it. In fact most of the punters, actually the taxman owes them money.”But because the country’s so skint, they come to government and say we’re skint, government says we’re skint how we gonna get the money. Let’s change the laws and let’s just fly out these demands. Sam Allardyce leaves his home on Tuesday morning following newspaper allegations about his conduct Sam Allardyce during a meeting with undercover reporters “If you invested in this tax scheme, where they pay the tax back, for investing in new businesses, or in regeneration zones, do you know what I mean, in current poverty areas.“But HMRC, you have to pay it back even if you don’t owe it.“The most corrupt, it’s the most corrupt business in the country at the minute, HMRC”.Allardyce, McIlroy and Rooney have always denied any wrongdoing. The same year Allardyce, then manager of Sunderland FC, was caught up in a £275million tax fraud involving a fake film company.The CPS is currently seeking to recover some £100million from the scheme’s ringleaders, four of whom were convicted in June. Allardyce, whose future as England head coach is on the brink as the Football Association considers the revelations of the Telegraph investigation, was named in 2013 in connection with HMRC’s inquiry into a £450million tax scam.Footballer Wayne Rooney and golfer Rory McIlroy were also among those who invested in the government-backed scheme, which offered tax relief for investing in deprived areas.There is no suggestion that any of the three did anything wrong. Tax avoidance is not illegal in the UK.center_img 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. Sam Allardyce during a meeting with undercover reportersCredit:The Telegraph Sam Allardyce pictured on Tuesday, the morning after newspaper allegations surfaced about alleged corruptionCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd  Sam Allardyce complained about the tax system in the UK during the Telegraph’s investigation into alleged corruption in football, claiming HMRC is the “most corrupt business” in Britain.The England manager, who has himself been investigated twice over his tax affairs, told undercover reporters:  “The most corrupt business in our country would be what? You’ll be shocked when I tell you this – HMRC.“They fly out tax demands without any real knowledge whether they should or shouldn’t.“They just put ‘em out willy-nilly and if you pay them, people s— themselves and pay them. “Then they go to their accountant and say, and if you’ve got a s— accountant, the account s—- himself and says, well you must owe them, you had better pay it.”last_img read more

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First Grand National winners silks discovered and put on display for first

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first_img 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. Jem Mason’s silk jacket before restorationCredit: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing It has long been thought that when Jem Mason won the first Grand National 178 years ago he was proudly sporting the blue silk of one of the most prominent racehorse owners of the day.But a startling new discovery will force racing aficionados to rewrite the history books.The original silk jacket worn by Mason when he romped to victory on Lottery has now been unearthed and is revealed to have in fact been a vivid shade of red.The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing, at Newmarket, acquired Mason’s silk at auction and, after a long and painstaking programme of restoration by textile experts, has put it on public display for the first time.Most contemporary paintings of Mason show him wearing the blue silk and black cap of racehorse owner John Elmore, leading in later years to the widespread assumption that these were the colours he wore at Aintree, when the first Grand National was held on February 26, 1839.However, experts now believe the confusion arose because Elmore later changed his colours from the red which Mason wore in that inaugural race to blue. The reassessment of the winning colours prompted by the discovery of the silk jacket was confirmed by a calendar and race card examined by racing historian Timothy Cox, who advised the National Horseracing Museum, where the jacket is to be displayed.Mr Cox said: “There has long been confusion about which colours the first winner of the Grand National wore, with several prints showing him in blue.“But after the red silk jacket emerged I consulted my records and found ‘The Steeplechase Calendar’, published in 1845, and a race card from 1832 in the Museum’s collection that showed John Elmore’s racing silks were indeed scarlet when Lottery won the first Grand National.“It’s believed that Elmore changed the colour of his racing silks several years later to blue with a black cap.”Mr Cox added: “As a researcher I’m amazed by how many times a story is repeated and nobody goes back to check to see if it’s true. This is a prime example of that.”Mason’s silk had been languishing in a private collection in Liverpool and came to light when it was included in the catalogue of Graham Budd auctions in 2007. Jem Mason's silk jacket before restorationcenter_img Contemporary painting of Jem Mason on Lottery (R), wearing blue silk Contemporary painting of Jem Mason on Lottery (R), wearing blue silkCredit:Artokoloro Quint Lox Limited/Alamy  On the day Mason won the National on Lottery he took the lead at the first obstacle and maintained his winning position until the end, finishing in a time of 14 minutes and 53 seconds.The same race saw Captain Martin Becher – who had taken up steeplechasing after his appointment as a captain of the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry and was known for his party trick of springing onto a mantel piece from a standing jump – thrown into a brook after his horse Conrad dug in his heels at a jump.As a result the obstacle became known as Beecher’s Brook, going on to become one of the most famous jumps in racing.The colour of the winner’s silk was not the only detail of the race to be disputed.The official record states that there were seven finishers out of a starting line up of 17. But press reports at the time suggest that ten riders completed the course.Mason himself, who was born to a horse-trading family in Stilton, Cambridgeshire, had something of a reputation as a dandy and was known for his habit of socialising with the nobility of the day.But he failed to live up to his early promise and though he continued racing until 1848 he was never able to repeat his early triumph.Mason married twice, the first time to Elmore’s daughter, before dying of throat cancer in 1866.His silk jacket was carefully restored by a team of conservators led by Jane Smith at the National Trust’s Textile Conservation Studio, in Norfolk, and although too fragile even to hang on a mannequin – it has to be laid flat in a display case or it will tear – it still retains its original sheen and colour.Chris Garibaldi, director at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, said: “These silks were bought to add to our fascinating collection of horseracing objects, but in particular they are relevant to telling the story of the Grand National, and are now one of the most significant items within the Museum’s collection.”last_img read more

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British boy Julian Cadman was killed in Barcelona attack family confirms

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first_imgThe grieving family of Julian Cadman, the British boy killed in the Barcelona terror attack, said they will never forget his smiles.The seven-year-old was in the Spanish city with his mother, Jumarie Cadman, to attend a family wedding when they were hit by a rented van as it careered down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring more than 100.Mrs Cadman was seriously injured and in a coma, as of Sunday morning, unaware of her son’s death, a senior Catalan Government source told the Telegraph. Forensic doctors and police are still working to identify two remaining victims of the 13 killed.Those already named include Luca Rosso, a 35-year-old Italian on holiday with his fiancee, Bruno Gulotta, 35, an Italian father-of-two and Jared Tucker, 42, an American construction worker .Officials said 51 people injured in the attack remain in hospital while 81 have been discharged.  The victims hailed from 34 countries including China, Colombia, France, Germany, Honduras and Morocco. Julian Cadman, seven, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said: “I send my sincerest sympathies to the family of Julian Cadman and all those who loved him. His death is a tragedy.”Julian was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and lived in the UK for four years, attending Chiddingstone Nursery, set in a castle in the countryside, before the family-of-three moved to Australia three years ago.They return to the UK once a year to visit Mrs Cadman’s older sister, Judith, whose daughter Justine’s wedding the pair were attending in Barcelona. Julian’s paternal grandfather, Tony Cadman, originally from Gillingham, had emigrated to Sydney decades earlier. A pharmacist who comforted Mrs Cadman in the immediate aftermath of the attack has described how she  ignored her own as she begged for information about her son.Fouad Bakkali comforted Mrs Cadman as she lay on the floor of his Las Ramblas shop, waiting for paramedics. “I was with the mother, the Australian mother, until the doctor came,’’ he said.“I was at her side helping her, telling her, ‘be calm, don’t worry.’’He said Mrs Cadman appeared to be suffering two broken legs, a back injury and had a large wound on her head.“She was asking all the time about her little boy. She asked me ‘where is my son’. She told me he was seven years old,’’ a Mr Bakkali added.“I told her, ‘he is good, it will be OK.’“I helped to keep her breathing until the doctor’s came.” Julian’s family confirmed he had been killed in a statement released on Sunday, saying: “Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family.”As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us.”He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces.”We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.”The family thanked those who helped search for Julian in the immediate aftermath of the attack, adding: “Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time.”We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected.” The family had put out urgent appeals for information about Julian on social media that were removed from the internet on Saturday.Family member Debbie Cadman wrote on Facebook: “It is beyond words what we are experiencing at the moment. We appreciate all prayers and love.” It took several days to formally identify Julian’s body because DNA confirmation was required, the government source said.Andrew Cadman, the boy’s father, heard the news of the attack on the radio last week and on discovering that his son was missing, immediately flew from Sydney to Barcelona, arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning.It is believed he was taken straight to the Ciutat de la Justicia, where victims of the Las Ramblas terror attack were being identified by forensic experts.He was then taken, with a police escort, to the Vall d’Hebron hospital where his wife, who sustained severe injuries, underwent surgery. The Catalan interior department also confirmed the deaths of an Italian and a Belgian national in the Las Ramblas attack.  Julian Cadman, seven, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack 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

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Iranians look upon the closure of the Irish embassy as a slight

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first_imgIn a meeting with the Iranian Human Rights Commission we had a frank discussion about the women’s rights, the death penalty, prisoners, rights for gay and lesbian people, drugs and stonings.“Human rights was very much on the agenda,” she said, adding that it was “hard to believe” the reasons given by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny as to why he didn’t raise human rights issues during his trade mission to Saudi Arabia trip in the first week of January.Read: Government to reopen Vatican embassy, 26 months after closing it>Read: The human rights issues which aren’t being discussed on Taoiseach’s Gulf visit> INDEPENDENT TD MAUREEN O’Sullivan has said that the decision to close the Irish embassy in Iran was a “big mistake” stating that while she was on a diplomatic trip to Iran recently it was raised repeatedly.Speaking to TheJournal.ie after her trip, she said there is “no doubt in my mind that closing the embassy in Iran was a big mistake. It is always good for diplomatic relations to have a presence in countries. I think it was very short-sighted,” she said.O’Sullivan said that embassy closure was “looked upon as a slight” adding that the issue was raised in each meeting they had.Reassure the Iranians“We had to reassure the Iranian officials constantly that it was for economic reasons that it was closed and it was not for any other reasons, but I have my doubts,” she said.She added that she did make a point of it at the Foreign Affairs Committee.Yesterday, the Government announced that it is to reopen its embassy at the Vatican as part of a wide-scale reorganisation of Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad. It was closed 26 months ago, as was the Iranian embassy and the Irish embassy in East Timor.In a statement, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said new embassies in Nairobi, Zagreb, Jakarta, and Bangkok as well as The Holy See. There will also be new consulates in Austin, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. All of the new offices will have a staff of between one and three people.There was no mention of the Iranian embassy.Irish embassiesGilmore added that while there are 300 diplomats promoting Ireland’s economic and strategic interests in 73 locations abroad, countries like Norway, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands have a far greater global presence which leaves Ireland at a distinct disadvantage when trying to compete in both emerging and established markets, he said.Addressing the issues of human rights and Iran, O’Sullivan said there was no issue that they could not discuss with Iranian officials while there. She said:last_img read more

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Stab victim is brother of missing girl Amy Fitzpatrick

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first_imgUpdated: 1.11pmTHE 23-YEAR-OLD victim of a fatal stabbing in Dublin 17 last night has been named as Dean Fitzpatrick, the older brother of missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick.Gardaí investigating the killing said the victim was found with serious stab wounds at Northern Cross on the Malahide Road at about 11.20pm yesterday. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.The scene has been sealed off pending a full technical examination and the State Pathologist has been notified.An appeal for witnesses has been issued and anyone who may have information is asked to contact the local station on 01 666 4200.Amy Fitzpatrick disappeared from Malaga in Spain on New Year’s Day 2008 when she was 15 years old. She was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Fuengirola at about 9pm. She never made it home.Read: London police arrest three more over drummer’s murderMore: Betting shop employee killed in south London – reportsRelated: Family of missing Amy Fitzpatrick spend life savings trying to find herlast_img read more

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Star Wars Bluray trailer teases neverbeforeseen deleted scenes

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first_imgMost of us weren’t fortunate enough to make it to Comic Con in San Diego this past weekend. However, the Comic Con updates are still trickling in, and Star Wars fans will surely be pleased by some surprise news that was announced at the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards.A short trailer of the Star Wars Saga Blu-ray release was played during the award ceremony. The release wasn’t the surprise, though; Star Wars fans were already well aware that the Blu-ray discs would be released on September 16. The exciting news was that the release will feature tons of deleted footage.AdChoices广告There’s good reason to be excited about this because most of the footage has never been seen before. Much of the footage has lived as just rumors passed around Star Wars message boards – until now. The trailer is just under a minute long, but you can get a taste of what’s to come in the video below, including the Tatooine Sandstorm with Chewie and Lando, the Endor bunker assault, and R2D2 escaping from a Wampa in The Empire Strikes Back, among other things. There’s also a shot of Luke picking at some sort of bright light on his hand, which has us very curious.The Blu-ray set will feature over 40 hours of bonus material. Three of the discs in the nine-disc saga are full of deleted scenes, props, interviews, paintings, and so on. The U.K. will be seeing the release of the definitive collection on September 12, four days before we do in the U.S. Until then, we’ll just have to re-watch the 57-second video over and over.via Starpulselast_img read more

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Animal control board seeks members

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first_imgClark County is looking to fill two positions on its volunteer Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board.According to a county news release, one position is an at-large position for a resident of Clark County. The other opening is for a licensed veterinarian who practices in Clark County.The terms begin immediately and end Oct. 31, 2022.The board meets quarterly at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Clark Regional Wastewater District Headquarters, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court.Members of the 10-person board report to the Vancouver and Clark County councils once a year on animal protection operations. The board also recommends code changes, acts as an appeals hearing board, and promotes pet licensing, outreach and fundraising.To find out more or to download an application, visit clark.wa.gov/community-development/animal-control-advisory-board.Applications and a r?sum? should be mailed to Animal Protection and Control, P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, 98666 or dropped off at the department office on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.The application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 10.last_img read more

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What Does Indian Defence Get in Military Projects Worth ₹34260 Crore

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first_imgDefence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday cleared ₹34,260 crore worth projects, including those stuck under the UPA regime, at the first meeting of the Defence Acquisitions Council after the new government came into power.In the meeting held with the Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, Army Chief Bikram Singh, IAF Chief Arup Raha, Navy Chief Robin Dhowan, Defence Secretary RK Mathur and other secretaries of the MoD, Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) cleared several dealings, in which majority went to the Navy and the Coast Guard.”There are several projects in the pipeline and we have tried to expedite many of them today. Replacement of Avro jet will be a significant project in which the Indian private sector will play a critical role,” The Hindu quoted Jaitley.Fund DistributionIndian Air Force gets 56 new aircrafts to replace old Avro aircraft, which is getting costlier due to the rising maintenance costs. Avro aircrafts were used for transporting troops and materials over short distances. DAC would issue tender to the private Indian defence companies – Reliance, Tata and Mahindra – who would build 56 aircraft worth ₹15,000 crore, in partnership with foreign firms. The first 16 would be manufactured by the foreign company, who would forward the technology to the Indian partners for the construction of the rest of the helicopters. The Indian Coast Guard would also get five Offshore Patrol Vessels worth ₹2,000 crore to be built by the Goa shipyard and five Fast Patrol Vessels worth ₹360 crore to be supplied by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Calcutta. Indian Navy would get five new combat support vessels worth ₹9,000 crore, within eight years. These vessels would be built by the Indian public and private companies. However, India has only one shipyard capable of building large vessels. DAC would also approach private sector companies, such as ABG and Pipavav in Gujarat and Larsen & Turbo with headquarters in Mumbai. These vessels would reportedly transfer personnel, food, fuel and oil to the battle groups operating across the deep ocean waters away from neighbouring ports. At present, Indian Navy has two carriers in use – the INS Vikramaditya and the INS Viraat, and one under construction at Cochin Shipyard – the Vikrant. Air Force has also been provided with 32 HAL-built Dhruv Advanced Light Utility Helicopters – used in troop transport, air assault, ground attack, cargo, etc – worth ₹7,000 crore. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd would supply 16 helicopters each to the Indian Coast Guard and the Navy and would also provide maintenance for the machines. Navy, Air Force and Army would also get equipments needed in search and rescue operations worth ₹900 crore.DAC cleared projects worth almost one-third of the total allocation of ₹94,588 crore for defence capital expenditure in the Union Budget by Jaitley, according to New Indian Express.last_img read more

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