SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where all the Touch news from around Australia can be found here with just one click of your mouse button…* The Touch Football Australia AGM was held over the weekend with Bill Ker and Bruce Ainslie being voted onto the TFA Board of Management as Directors and Michael Sparks being re-appointed as Chairman. Keep an eye on the website over the next couple of days for the full story.* The revamped Touch Football Australia website is getting closer to the release date. Rachel and Jon traveled to Melbourne last week to meet and work with the website creators. They took us through the set up and editing process of the site. We have a few more pages to edit and changes to make before the release, but it’s looking great so far. Highlights of the new site include a Tipping competition for the AFL and NRL, a link on the front page specifically for this weekly column, Sixty Seconds in Touch, a new merchandise shop, a new My Club Touch set up and links to Tournaments. We’re hoping to have the website up and running this Friday or early next week at the latest.0* Less than one month until NTL, all referees must have returned their gear order/levy payment forms by now to ensure you will receive your gear in time. Please remember there will be no referees gear available for swapping sizes or buying gear at the NTL. If you need a spare whistle, drink bottle, hat, shirt or socks, please put your order in now. Call Rachel on 1800 654 951 or media@austouch.com.au * In other NTL news, the February 10 deadline for electronic submission of initial team lists has passed. Please ensure they have been submitted to jon@austouch.com.au* Voting for the poll is going crazy, with 741 votes already being submitted on which Opens final should be televised in full (Mens, Womens or Mixed). Womens still holds a commanding lead with 51% of the votes. Arrangements are being made to ensure the fields, teams, players, officials will all be presented professionally and that production will go smoothly. It’s a great opportunity to build the national exposure and show everyone the elite level of our sport.* If you’re interested in advertising in the 2006 NTL booklet, the deadline is one week away. Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space for purchase.This is a great opportunity for your business to promote their services amongst the Touch community, or perhaps for your Touch club to promote an upcoming social event or knockout tournament.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact media@austouch.com.au or phone 1800 654 951 if you’re interested in this opportunity.* Don’t forget…Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (so it’s not really Touch news, but simply news for the good of all mankind). We hope everyone has a great day with their loved ones and friends.* The Australian Mens 30’s Touch team is a chance to win the `Australian Masters Sports Team of the Year’ award at the Australian Sports Awards on February 22. You can watch the awards on SBS or check out the TFA website the next day to see if they won! We’ve heard that most of the team will be in attendance at the awards, it would be great to see them recognised on a national stage. * The NSW Junior State Cup (code name for absolute organisational nightmare with 282 teams) is being held on the 18th and 19th February, at Wollongong. The draft draw is available, make sure you check it out. We’ll all be praying for beautiful weather (unlike the torrential storms that hit last year’s event) to give NSW Touch staff all the help possible. It’s great to see so many enthusiastic junior players, parents and team management helping the sport develop at a junior level.* The Victorian Touch Association (VTA) is currently seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches for the position of Men’s Over 35s Coach. Applications for this position close on Friday, 3 March, please see www.victouch.com.au for more information and application requirements.* Other news out of Victoria is that the Collingwood AFL side met the NZ Crusaders in a match of Touch last week…check out this link for all the details: COLLINGWOOD AND CANTERBURY CRUSADERS PLAY TOUCH* England Touch Rugby are after people who would like to play a part in coaching their players, squads and teams, which will tour to Scotland and South Africa. They are looking for coaches with excellent skill training and knowledge, as well as fitness and diet coaches. If you are interested please contact mike@englandtouchrugby.org.uk. The closing date for expressions of interest is Tuesday 28th February 2006.* TouchWest are calling for nominations for the `TouchWest 2005 Coach of the Year’, as well as nominations for coaches and staff for the 2006 National 18’s sides. For information on these please check out www.touchwest.com * The February 2006 edition, the 11th issue, has been uploaded onto the TFA website. It’s full of stories and info on the January Aussie 18’s camp, the upcoming NTL, a feature article on staff member Maree Curran, great pictures, games and much more. TOUCH-e-TALK, FEBRUARY 2006 EDITION* Remember, if you have any info you would like included in Sixty Seconds in Touch, email Rachel at media@austouch.com.au and fill her in.last_img

Season Ending for Lifeguarded Beaches

first_img Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg Co. is currently closed for swimming due to high bacteria in the water. Lifeguards will continue service at the beach until Aug. 25 to ensure people know it is closed. Signs about the closure will remain in place as long as test results show high bacteria. “Nova Scotians have had another beautiful summer of fun at the beach under the watchful eye of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “I offer my thanks to our lifeguards for their commitment to protecting Nova Scotians from harm, and to beach goers for using common sense for safety in and around the water.” Lifeguards have been supervising the beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily since June 29. Since the service began 41 years ago, there has not been a drowning during supervised hours. “Our lifeguards are skilled and prepared for any situation on our beaches,” said Paul D’Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “We have performed many rescues and interventions, but the rate of major incidents remains low. We aim to continue our excellent record to the end of this season.” The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Nova Scotia branch of the Lifesaving Society have been contracted by the department of Health and Wellness to provide beach supervision. Another season of lifeguard supervision at most of Nova Scotia’s 22 beaches is coming to a close this weekend. Supervision, provided by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, will end 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the following beaches: Heather Beach, Cumberland Co. Pomquet and Bayfield beaches, Antigonish Co. Port Hood and Inverness beaches, Inverness Co. Mira Gut Beach, Cape Breton Co. Point Michaud Beach, Richmond Co. Dollar Lake and Clam Harbour beaches, Halifax Regional Municipality Port Maitland and Ellenwood Lake beaches, Yarmouth Co. Mavillette Beach, Digby Co.last_img read more

Three involved in Rs 65 lakh robbery held

first_imgGreater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Jarchha police as they were found to have been involved in Rs 65 lakhs cash robbery from cash agent of VRS foods (Paras dairy) in Jarchha area near NTPC in Greater Noida last week. Police have already arrested three persons earlier in connection with the incident while the car which was robbed by the criminals was also recovered by police.According to police, those arrested were identified as Kuldeep, Naresh and Vishnu. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that accused Vishnu is the mastermind of the robbery incident and involved other people in the robbery. “Vishnu shared the information to the other criminals and a group of ten armed men allegedly snatched Rs 65 lakh from three staff members of the company, at gunpoint in Jarchha area on May 27,” said Krishna. The officer further said that four persons are still absconding in the incident while three others were already arrested. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”On the day of incident, police team arrested two robbers when they were trying to flee in a car which they had snatched from a NTPC employee after committing the crime. Another accused was arrested after a gun fight by police a few days ago while three persons were arrested on Tuesday. We have formed teams to nab other gang members also who are absconding while a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on their head has been declared,” added Krishna. Meanwhile police have recovered Rs 4,10,000 cash from the possession of accused persons. A senior police officer said that the gang had plotted the robbery to arrange money and secure a bail for their two other accomplices, Raees and Irfan, who were convicted last month in a murder case in Meerut.last_img read more

Meeting hears more rolling stock staff track will void grain shipment snags

first_imgSASKATOON – They’re not guaranteeing improved grain transportation by this winter, but Canada’s two biggest railways say they believe new locomotives, hopper cars and extra staff will make a difference getting crops to market in the months ahead.That was the message Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways presented Wednesday in Saskatoon at a meeting with farm groups, grain industry officials and members of the federal cabinet.The meeting was requested by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who says he wants to avoid a repeat of last winter’s grain-shipping backlog that farmers have said cost them millions of dollars in lost income.Jean-Jacques Ruest, president and CEO of CN Rail, says his company is buying more cars and locomotives, hiring and training extra crews and adding track to move a greater volume of grain.Rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. said earlier this year that it expected to order a total of about 5,900 grain hoppers over the next four years.Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay says he thinks there will be more meetings to discuss improvements to the grain transportation system.“Everybody wants it to work and if you work together, it will work a lot better and that’s basically what happened here today,” said MacAulay.The gathering coincided with the federal Liberal caucus meeting in Saskatoon and followed May’s passage in Parliament of the Transportation Modernization Act.The legislation makes railways accountable for poor service and includes financial penalties for failure to deliver promised rail cars for grain shipments on time.Both CN and CP have said their new equipment orders were brought about by the changes that encourage them to make investments to avert service disruptions.“All these things take time but we will have a lot of these resources before entering the coming winter,” said Ruest.Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said keeping communication channels open between industry and politicians is vital in solving shipping snags early and jumping on new market opportunities.He pointed to reports of Australian crop failures that might provide openings for Canadian producers.“I think we’ve got to be light on our feet as far as transportation and getting the crop to where it’s needed in the right place and the right time. Hopefully we’re headed that way,” Lewis said.Kevin Hursh, executive director of the Inland Terminal Association of Canada, said elevator companies sell grain based on the portion of hopper cars committed to them, but trouble surfaces if their expectations aren’t met.“When that falls short … they’ve got sales that they can’t meet,” he said.Hursh noted that CN will have more grain to move this crop year than CP because drought conditions reduced yields in southern areas of the Prairies where CP is the main carrier.Garneau said there would be less of a challenge if the industry could predict yields, market prices and the severity of winter weather, which alone proved to be troublesome for the railways last winter.“What we do want to make sure is in place is a grain transportation system that’s as reliable as possible to get grain to market,” he said. (CJWW, The Canadian Press)Companies in this story: (TSX:CP, TSX:CNR)last_img read more

Lowes Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgMOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $629 million.On a per-share basis, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company said it had profit of 78 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, came to $1.04 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 97 cents per share.The home improvement retailer posted revenue of $17.42 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.33 billion.Lowe’s expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.08 to $5.13 per share.Lowe’s shares have dropped almost 2 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen almost 1 per cent. The stock has risen 14 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LOW at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LOWThe Associated Presslast_img read more

El Omari Responds to Historian Who Said PAM Was Created by

Rabat – Ilyas El Omari, the former head of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) has responded to historian and political commentator Maati Monjib, who said the party failed in the missions for which it was created by the royal palace, including that of countering “moderate Islamists.”Monjib made the comments in an article published Friday in the online edition of Al Quds Al Araby, a leading pan-Arabist media organization.In his article, Monjib said PAM was created by the royal palace to counter the rise of moderate Islamists and act as a mediator between the state and regions in Morocco that had been either marginalized during the reign of former King Hassan II, such as the Rif, or where there is tension, such as the Western Sahara. To do so, wrote Monjib, the leading members of the party were chosen among left-wing civil society figures ready join efforts with the royal palace, either because it “served their own interests” or because it provided them with a chance to “fight the Islamists,” as they were worried Islamists would impose restriction on individual liberties once they ascended to government.Yet, PAM failed in its mission, according to Monjib, as was clear when El Omari announced his resignation in early August. The political commentator added that PAM was unable to influence events in the Rif since protests started in Al Hoceima in October 2016, even though the party held the majority in elected councils in the region.In his response, which was published on Moroccan news website Lakome2 on Sunday, El Omari accused Monjib of lacking neutrality in his analysis.He also accused the historian of favoring Islamists, adding that Monjib showed a absence of “academic integrity.”El Omari deflected the accusation that PAM was created by the royal palace by rhetorically asking Monjib who created the Islamist movements.With the question, the former PAM leader was making a reference to the PJD’s founder, the late Abdelkrim El Khatib, who entertained good relations with the royal palace and integrated them in his party, the PJD predecessor formerly known as the Popular Constitutional Democratic Movement.El Omari assailed Monjib with a series of questions about Islamist movements, asking him to tell the readers who created those movements and helped them during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.He said he refrained from giving the answers himself to avoid accusations of attacking his political rivals.He nonetheless hinted to them, talking about Islamists “operating in the dark,” in reference to their activism in secrecy in the 1970s, before they were allowed to create associations.He also alluded to role played by Driss El Basri, the long-serving minister of interior during the rule of Hassan II, whom El Omari indirectly referred to as the man behind the integration of PJD’s Islamists into politics.While El Omari’s assertions are known history by many, many other observes of Moroccan politics agree that one of the reasons for which PAM was created was to counter Islamists. read more

UN envoy briefs General Assembly President on Myanmar visit

4 September 2008United Nations Special Advisor Ibrahim Gambari has briefed the President of the General Assembly on his recent visit to Myanmar, during which he held talks with a range of people on issues such as national reconciliation and how to help the South-East Asian nation tackle its socio-economic challenges. According to a statement issued after yesterday’s meeting, Assembly President Srgjan Kerim reiterated the 192-member body’s continued engagement “to promote national reconciliation, democracy and respect for human rights in Myanmar as mandated by the resolutions of the General Assembly.” The President also encouraged the Government of Myanmar “to continue to work closely with the Special Advisor to achieve concrete progress on the suggestions he put forward during his recent visit” – his fourth to the country over the past year.Mr. Kerim stressed the need for continued engagement and strong commitment from all parties to continue the process of national reconciliation, pointing out that such engagement must be “serious and credible” with the aim of achieving concrete results.The President reiterated his continuous support for Mr. Gambari’s efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General, and also noted the important role played by neighbouring countries, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Group of Friends of Myanmar. He “further encourages those countries to remain engaged in the political process,” the statement added. read more

UN must not underestimate cyber threats says Estonian leader

25 September 2009Cyber threats can cross borders and wreak havoc, not just in information technology circles, but in communities, Estonia’s President warned at the General Assembly today, calling for enhanced global cooperation to tackle the problem. “Concurrently with the rapid development of computer technology we are witnessing alarming signs of more sinister developments: cyber attacks are growing more complex and their use is increasing in frequency,” Toomas Hendrik Ilves told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.He called on governments and the private sector to join forces to boost their ability to respond to cyber threats.Also crucial in the fight against cyber attacks, Mr. Ilves stressed, are enhanced domestic frameworks to include the criminalization of cyber crimes.“Our long-term aim should be the creation of a universal cyber culture – a universally accessible, secure and safe environment for all.”In his wide-ranging speech to heads of State and government, the Estonian leader also touched on climate change, the global financial crisis and the situation in Afghanistan, among others. read more

Annan says his good offices mission in Cyprus will run at least

“In furtherance of the mission entrusted to me, which includes consultations in the region as well as with various capitals as required, my Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, will continue to be assisted by a small team,” Mr. Annan writes in a letter to the Council President released today at UN Headquarters in New York.In the letter, the Secretary-General also underscores the importance of the continuing support from the members of the Council for his efforts in discharging his mission in Cyprus.In a report to the Security Council on Cyprus released earlier this week, Mr. Annan said that although it has not been possible to resume proximity talks between the two sides in recent months, Mr. de Soto “is proceeding with preparations and consultations so as to be of assistance to the parties at the appropriate time.” read more

Team completes assessment of UNs future role in Angola

Speaking to reporters prior to leaving the capital, Luanda, the UN’s Special Adviser on Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, said that he will soon brief Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Secretariat as to how the UN can best organize itself in Angola and advise the Security Council on the mandate necessary to best assist the country to consolidate peace, promote national reconciliation and reconstruction.Meanwhile yesterday, a senior UN relief official who participated in the mission said that the purpose of the visit was also to see what the UN could do to reinforce humanitarian action in Angola.Ross Mountain, the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a press briefing in Geneva that the UN has been dealing with key aspects of relief assistance for the nearly 1.9 million people.”But we are wanting to focus on the quartering areas where the UNITA troops have been regrouped,” he added, referring to the some 80,000 former rebel fighters of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola and about 230,000 of their dependents who have been gathered in 34 centres around the country.Aside from those disarmed combatants, another area of focus for the UN was internally displaced people, many of whom were seeking to return to their homes now that peace has settled in Angola, Mr. Mountain said.”The bad news is that there are people who really are in very dire straits, suffering from severe malnutrition, particularly in the quartering areas,” Mr. Mountain said. “The good news is that we can now see an end to the need for supplying humanitarian assistance in one of the longest running conflicts in Africa.”The Secretary-General is expected to submit his report on Angola – with recommendations regarding the future mandate of the UN Office in Angola (UNOA) – during the first week of July. read more

DR Congo UNbacked military action halted after army troops protest conditions

The decision to suspend the operation, in which 300 UN ‘Blue Helmets’ were helping the army dislodge militia said to have been looting and enslaving locals in the eastern Ituri region of the vast country, was taken after an incident yesterday when some newly integrated elements of the national army protested over their conditions of service.Both the peacekeepers from the UN’s Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Moroccan contingents and the Congolese army soldiers, who include reintegrated former rebels, have now returned to Ituri’s main town, Bunia. They had been operated in the Tchei area, some 60 kilometres to the south-east.Another 300 ‘blue helmets,’ also backed by combat helicopters, have been helping the army further south to drive out rebels from neighbouring Rwanda, where they have been operating for the past 10 years in the heavily forested area north of Bukavu, the main city of the South Kivu region.The operations were the latest in recent months in which the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) has played a more active role in seeking to bring stability to the eastern DRC as the vast country prepares to hold elections in June to cement its transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and the attendant humanitarian catastrophe – the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II.The head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, is due to begin a 10-day working visit to the country on Monday with a full list of major issues on his agenda, ranging from the elections to reform of the security sector to the fight against impunity for rights abuses.“The exceptional duration of stay underlines the importance of the working visit,” MONUC said in a statement. “The arrival of the Under-Secretary-General in the DRC reaffirms one again the resolute engagement of the UN is this country.” read more

Womens soccer OSU season ends in double overtime in second round of

The Ohio State University women’s soccer team compete in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament vs. Dayton. November 12, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s soccer team played through its very last whistle of the season Friday night as the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 West Virginia in a tightly contested 1-0 match. The Mountaineers defeated OSU in double-overtime in the 104th minute of the second round of the NCAA Tournament.West Virginia junior forward Michaela Abam sent a designed cross into the back of the net, just over the reach of OSU sophomore goalkeeper Devon Kerr, ending the game.West Virginia came into Friday night’s game as the top seed in the tournament, along with having bested the Buckeyes earlier in the regular season, 2-1.  The Mountaineers outshot OSU 26-5 on the night, but the Buckeyes defense did not break in regulation. Kerr kept the Buckeyes in the game with multiple key saves.Although the West Virginia offense dominated play throughout much of the game, Ohio State had several close goal-scoring opportunities.  In the 28th minute senior forward Nichelle Prince found her way past the Mountaineer defense, with a strike towards the left of the goal, but was saved by a diving stop.  Three minutes into the first overtime period, senior forward Lindsay Agnew had a one-on-one faceoff versus the goalkeeper, but was turned away.The Buckeyes finish the 2016 season with a record of 11-7-3 record after making the program’s 11th NCAA Tournament, and the seventh time in eight season read more

Poldark actress Heida Reed reveals she was instrumental in decision to cut

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. Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner) and Demelza (played by Eleanor Tomlinson) Credit:Mike Alsford/BBC Poldark fans and critics were left delighted after Sunday night’s second series debut lived up to expectations.It picked up where it left off, with Ross arrested for “wrecking, inciting a riot, murder”, and Demelza bereft on a cliff-top with the threat of the death penalty hanging over her husband. Icelandic actress Heida Reed  Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner) and Demelza (played by Eleanor Tomlinson)  Last month, Debbie Horsfield, who adapted the Poldark screenplay from the novels, admitted transforming Poldark’s Demelza from demure wife into combative proto-feminist. Heida Reed, the actress, has disclosed that she was involved in the decision to cut a controversial rape scene from Poldark.It was revealed last month that the BBC had dropped a storyline from the third novel in the series in which Aidan Turner’s character rapes his former lover.Now Ms Reed, who plays Poldark’s ex-fiancee Elizabeth, has revealed her role in the decision to replace the attack with an affair between the pair.The 28-year-old said she and Turner were consulted with production bosses about the scene and had “big conversations” as they “felt it wasn’t right”. The return of Poldark was watched by 5.1 million viewers, with a peak audience of 5.3 million and a share of 22.7 per cent.The BBC programme trailed slightly behind period drama rival Victoria on ITV, which scored an average of 5.2 million and peak of 5.9 million, with these numbers including those watching on ITV+1. The controversial scene did feature in the novels, by Winston Graham, and the 1975 BBC television adaptation of the classic historical adventure series.In Graham’s 1953 book Warleggan, Poldark breaks into Elizabeth’s house before grabbing her and treating her “like a slut”.The character tells her “it’s time you were so treated” before forcing her onto a bed. Elizabeth later becomes pregnant with his child.However, BBC insiders had said the scene was changed in the new TV series to an affair between the two characters because “times had changed” since the books were written. Viewers were also waiting with bated breath to see whether Ross would bare his chest again after the topless scything scene of series one.It did not take long for him to strip off to reveal his glistening physique and the TV audience was not disappointed. Icelandic actress Heida Reed said she and Aidan Turner felt the scene ‘wasn’t right’Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Aidan Turner’s character Poldark stripped off to reveal his glistening physique on Sunday night’s show Aidan Turner's character Poldark stripped off to reveal his glistening physique on Sunday night's show Speaking for the first time about the decision to drop the sexual attack from the Cornish drama, Reed said: “Actually, it did change, as we had conversations.””It was a collaborative decision,” she told the Daily Mail. “Initially, it was a bit more intense, but we felt it wasn’t right.”The Icelandic actress added: “Aidan and I were both consulted when they were discussing how to interpret that scene, because it’s a very delicate one.”We had big conversations about it and we rehearsed it a lot.” Aidan and I were both consulted when they were discussing how to interpret that scene… we had big conversations about itHeida Reedlast_img read more

Traffic jams cost the average motorist more than £1000 a year

first_img“Journeys have got better because of the combination of new roads and the end of roadworks,” Dr Cookson said. Dr Cookson called for innovative approaches to deal with the growing number of cars on the road.He said: “Increased flexible working or road charges have potential, however transport authorities should be looking to exciting developments in data analytics and artificial intelligence which promise to reinvent our approach to traffic management.”Seven UK locations suffered double-digit rises in the number of hours lost to queues, including Wrexham (up 17 per cent), Mansfield (up 15 per cent) and Bath (up 12 per cent).Bath has historically suffered from severe traffic problems due to its narrow roads and influx of tourist coaches.Dr Cookson said: “It’s a difficult city to fix because of the geography of the place. There’s a huge congestion problem.”People are suggesting that public transport improvements like buses don’t really work in Bath, they actually make it worse because of the nature of the streets.”There’s a big movement to reintroduce trams.Three of Scotland’s big cities saw major improvements in traffic flow, with congestion down 20% in Aberdeen, 15% in Glasgow and 10% in Edinburgh.This follows the completion of road projects such as improving the M8, M73 and M74 in central Scotland, while a bypass in Aberdeen is almost finished. Traffic jams cost the average motorist more than £1,000 a year, new figures show, as the UK was named the world’s 10th most congested country last year.A typical motorist faced £1,168 costs for sitting in queues, according to traffic information supplier Inrix.This takes into account direct costs such as wasted fuel and time as well as indirect consequences including higher prices for household goods due to increased freighting fees being passed on to consumers.The city or town with the worst jams was London, followed by Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and Edinburgh.Overall, UK drivers wasted an average of 31 hours stuck in rush hour traffic last year. London is Europe’s second most congested location after Moscow, with drivers spending an average of 74 hours in gridlock last year, up one hour on 2016.The worst stretch of road was the A406 outer London ringroad from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane during the evening rush hour.Inrix chief economist Dr Graham Cookson said: “The cost of congestion is astonishing.center_img “It takes billions out of the economy and impacts businesses and individuals.”The average figure for London is £2,430. That’s many times more than what it costs me to insure my car and the cost of the fuel I put in it.”last_img read more

Junior WCh 2015 DAY 5 Four teams qualify for TOP 16

As in days before, Group B at the Junior Men’s World Championship in Brazil provided much intensive experience than the matches of Group A. Spain beat Portugal 25:22 for complete come-back on the winning track after unpleasant experience against Qatar at the start, while Serbia was struggling to find the rhytm against Romania 21:21, but at the end “Eagles” won important point.Qatar showed a lot of up and down moments against Angola 23:22.STANDINGS:Romania 4Spain 4Qatar 4Serbia 3Portugal 3Angola 0The first team qualified for the knock-out stage is Sweden. The Swedish generation 1994 beat Paraguay 52:10, while Belarus overplayed Tunisia 31:23. Russia recovered from the Tunisian nightmare by beating Netherlands 37:25.STANDINGS:Sweden 6Belarus 4Russia 4The Netherlands 2Tunisia 2Paraguay 0Group C:Korea – Chile 35:22France – Argentina 28:19Denmark – Algeria 42:18STANDINGS:Denmark 6France 6Korea 4Argentina 2Algeria 0Chile 0Group D:Germany – Japan 43:24Norway – Uruguay 31:16Brazil – Egpyt 31:32STANDINGS:Germany 6Egypt 5Brazil 4Norway 2Japan 1Uruguay 0PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story VIDEO: Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic is back to TOP Handball! Next Story → Women’s U19 EURO 2015: Russian storm over Germany – Big win for Denmark read more

BP gets exclusive rights on Prinos oil output

first_imgBritish Petroleum signed on Monday an agreement with the Greek state and Greek firm Energean Oil & Gas for the multinational to be the exclusive buyer of the oil output from the Prinos reserves in the northern Aegean for the next six years.The development has been interpreted as BP’s return to the Greek market in view of expected upcoming developments in the hydrocarbon sector. BP left Greece in 2009, selling its commercial network in the fuel market to Hellenic Petroleum.The way to the signing of the agreement in Athens was paved by the Energy Ministry’s amendment of the contract between Energean and the Greek state providing for the supply of the oil output to Hellenic Petroleum.The total value of the deal is estimated at 500 million euros, with the head of Energean stating that it is laying the groundwork for the implementation of the firm’s investment program amounting to 150 million euros and providing for three drillings at Prinos within 2014. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Euthanasie un exmédecin suisse acquitté

first_imgEuthanasie : un ex-médecin suisse acquittéSoupçonnée d’avoir favorisé et participé à une euthanasie active auprès d’une de ses patientes, l’ex-médecin de Neuchâtel, Daphné Berner, a été acquittée aujourd’hui par la justice suisse.Poursuivie pour “euthanasie active”, Daphné Berner était accusée d’avoir administré à l’une de ses patientes un produit létal. De son côté, et après un procès très suivi, la justice suisse a considéré que l’ex-médecin avait le devoir moral de violer la loi. Surprise du verdict prononcé à son encontre, Daphné Berner a expliqué :”Je suis très contente, je ne m’attendais pas à cela”.À lire aussiProcès Erika : la Cour de cassation va t-elle annuler la procédure ?L’affaire concerne une personne atteinte de sclérose latérale amyotrophique, maladie dégénérative incurable, et le médecin à l’époque, face aux douleurs de sa patiente, avait décidé d’ouvrir une perfusion renfermant une solution létale, explique l’agence Associated Press. Un geste illégal. Ainsi, si le tribunal suisse a bien considéré que l’ancien médecin a enfreint la loi, il a également considéré que ce geste remplissait toutes les conditions établies par la Commission fédérale assistance au décès, à savoir la souffrance insupportable et irrémédiable, une maladie incurable, et cela en phase terminale. Allant même plus loin, le tribunal a considéré qu’il aurait été cruel de la part de Daphné Berner, de ne pas accepter la demande de mourir de la part de sa patiente. Le Dr Jérôme Sobel, président d’Exit, un comité pour l’euthanasie, a également fait savoir : “Je suis extrêmement satisfait, c’est un chapitre qui s’ouvre. Il s’agit d’un cas de jurisprudence (en Suisse,ndlr). Les médecins vont devoir intégrer ce nouveau paradigme et les parlementaires aussi devront en tenir compte”.Le 6 décembre 2010 à 15:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Razers First Smartphone Specs Leaked

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingFinally, Razer Is Making a Gamer Toaster Stay on target Gaming peripheral company Razer will be unveiling their new phone on November 1, but Phone Radar noted a listing for a phone that seemed quite a bit like what we may see next month.The listing (since taken down) had a 5.7-inch screen, sporting a comfortable 2560 by 1440 resolution. It also runs a beefy Snapdragon 835 — the same CPU found in many flagship Android phones like Google’s Pixel 2 — as well as a 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear and front camera respectively.Perhaps most surprising is the rumored 8GB of RAM. Very few phones break the 4GB mark currently, and it’s possible that this might be Razer’s big move to support gaming on their device. It stands to reason, too. Just about everything Razer does is for the sake of gaming. The question, though is that a good chunk of the time the bottleneck for mobile games isn’t RAM, but processing speed — about the opposite of what you find on games for computers. It could allow for much better multitasking — perhaps even letting a full game put into a “suspended” state and bring it back in a flash when you want it.The new phone is also rumored to be running a specialized version of Android Nougat — and older version of the mobile OS. This is pretty standard with more customized phones, but it’s something to consider.For our take, it’s awesome to see Razer branching into the mobile space. Their approach to high-end manufacturing and build quality has brought a sense of class to gaming laptops and peripherals. It’d be incredible to see a competitive, high-end phone aimed at mobile gaming. But, we’ll see what we see November 1. And, as always, this is, after all, only a rumor. If true, though, this could mark one of the biggest steps forward for mobile gaming in some time. Given the growing level of integration in our lives, it’s not too hard to imagine a future where our only gaming devices are our phones.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

A different kind of war

first_imgMarlin Dunlap’s Cascade Highlands home doubles as a historic archive.Two dozen binders hold 59 years’ worth of paperwork, dating back to his 1959 enlistment in the U.S. Army. Stacks and stacks of letters — 15,000, he estimates, to U.S. presidents and Department of Veterans Affairs officials and lawyers and newspaper editors — dominate every horizontal surface in his home office, where medals, distinctions and signed photographs adorn the walls.Dunlap is a prolific record-keeper. It’s that very quality, combined with a sheer, obstinate refusal to fold, that led to his victory Aug. 10: the award of benefits dating back to 1964 for post-traumatic stress disorder linked to his service in the military.His Vancouver-based attorney, Josephine Townsend, estimates that he may hold the record for the longest-delayed award from the VA.“It’s rare. It is so rare. It’s rare that the veteran doesn’t give up when their appeal is denied so many times,” Townsend said. “His case has been remanded, re-investigated, appealed, remanded, denied, appealed — I mean, most veterans would just say, ‘I lost.’”Back and forthDunlap has an encyclopedic mind for the specifics of a timeline. He skips back and forth along his lengthy saga with ease, from his Washington, D.C., hearing June 2, 2016, to his March 27, 1962, discharge date to the death of his son on Nov. 22, 1987. It’s up to the listener to keep up.Dunlap enlisted in the Army in January 1959 at age 19. He was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas, where he worked as a driver for his battalion commander. At the time, his battalion was on alert status, meaning they could be called into combat any day.last_img read more

Senate Passes Bill to Reform Rail Oversight Board

first_imgThe U.S. Senate late last week approved S. 808, a bill to reauthorize and reform the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which oversees the railroad industry. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and strongly supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA), would expand the STB and give it new authority to initiate and investigate freight-rail industry issues.The measure passed the Senate by unanimous consent, but it is unclear if or when the House will act on the bill.  The bipartisan bill would increase the number of board members from three to five, require the agency to report to Congress every three months on regulatory proceedings and promote greater use of voluntary arbitration to more efficiently settle disputes between freight railroads and shippers.The bill is supported by ASA and other agricultural groups.  While the Association of American Railroads, has opposed similar legislation in previous years it has thus far not mounted strong public opposition to S. 808.last_img read more