10 months agoReal Madrid target Eriksen sends Tottenham message: They know what I want

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid target Eriksen sends Tottenham message: They know what I wantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen says Tottenham know what he wants from a new contract amid interest from Real Madrid.The Spurs ace has less than 18 months to run on his current deal and talks over an extension have stalled.It is believed the club will hold out for £225 million for the Real Madrid target. However, Eriksen is seemingly keen to re-sign with Tottenham, but only if they meet his demands.He told TV3 Sport: “[The future is] not something I’m thinking of. I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about which must be won.”Responding specifically to Madrid’s interest, he added: “It is not the first time that there have been rumours, and when the newspapers write something, it is not something we are masters of. If there is nothing concrete, then I just comment on rumours.”I think people know what I want, and I know what they [Tottenham] would like. There is a nice dialogue so there is nothing [new] there.” last_img read more

James Rodriguez welcome at Atleti – Koke

first_imgAtletico Madrid captain Koke has praised James Rodriguez and insisted that the Real Madrid playmaker would be welcomed at the Wanda Metropolitano.James, 28, is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, with Goal having reported that both Atletico and Napoli are keen on signing the Colombia international.And Koke would seemingly like to see James join Atletico, talking up the former Bayern Munich midfielder’s talent and insisting he would be welcomed should he make the switch to join Diego Simeone’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He is a Madrid player,” he told Cadena SER.”He is a great player and we don’t know what will happen. If he comes, he is welcome and if not, I wish him luck in the team he is at.”It is Napoli who are viewed as the favourites to land James, however, with Carlo Ancelotti keen to be reunited with a player he coached at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.Indeed, the Serie A club’s chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis has revealed that the Italian has asked him to sign James although he feels Madrid need to lower their asking price.James’s agent Jorge Mendes has suggested no club is close to finalising a deal for the player, telling reporters to ask Los Blancos president Florentino Perez if they want an update on his situation.Atletico, meanwhile, have gone through a rebuild in the close season, signing the likes of Kieran Trippier, Marcos Llorente, Mario Hermoso and Joao Felix, for a club-record €126 million (£113m/$142m) fee from Benfica, among others. And, with big things expected of 19-year-old Felix, he scored one and assisted two others in Atletico’s 7-3 thrashing of Real Madrid at the International Champions Cup on Friday.Koke has, however, urged fans to be patient with the Portugal international, insisting he needs the freedom to develop and learn under his team-mates and head coach Simeone.”He is a great footballer and you have to be patient, you have to keep working and you’ll see good things,” he said.”He gave two assists, scored and hopefully continues at this level. The boy is excited and you don’t have to put pressure on him.”Let him listen to his team-mates and the coach.”last_img read more

Heavy Rains Continue to Impact Roadways in Several Parishes

first_imgStory Highlights Several roads across the island continue to be impacted by the inclement weather. Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that some progress was made today in removing landslides and washed down silt from affected corridors, however, more work is needed. Over in St. Thomas, flooding is impacting the roads through Poormans Corner, Hordley Crossing, Bowden, Lieth Hall, Elshamar and Port Morant. A fallen tree is affecting vehicular commute along the Trinityville main road, while heavy equipment has been deployed to clear a heavy deposit of silt from the corridor leading from Bull Bay to Grants Pen. PRESS RELEASE – Several roads across the island continue to be impacted by the inclement weather.Teams from the National Works Agency (NWA) have been responding to rain related issues, in the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Elizabeth, Hanover, Trelawny and Westmoreland.Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that some progress was made today in removing landslides and washed down silt from affected corridors, however, more work is needed.The heavy rains have continued across the island and this has stymied the efforts.In St. Andrew, landslides have been impacting the road through the Mavis Bank community.The Bull Bay main road, which was earlier today being affected by a heavy deposit of silt has been cleared. Landslides are also impacting sections of Gordon Town Road, the stretch from Stony Hill to Toms River as well as the Rock Hall and Mount Pleasant communities.Roads through these areas are passable, however caution is being advised.Mr. Shaw says that additional heavy equipment has been dispatched to the main road from Papine to Hardwar Gap, which is blocked at sections.Over in St. Thomas, flooding is impacting the roads through Poormans Corner, Hordley Crossing, Bowden, Lieth Hall, Elshamar and Port Morant. A fallen tree is affecting vehicular commute along the Trinityville main road, while heavy equipment has been deployed to clear a heavy deposit of silt from the corridor leading from Bull Bay to Grants Pen.The road from Windsor Forest to Mahagony Vale is also badly scoured, making vehicular commute difficult.Mr. Shaw is also reporting that flooding continues to impact roads through the communities of Three Miles River, Chantilly and Little London in Westmoreland.Motorists are being urged to exercise extreme caution in travelling near the old Little London Police Station as significant flooding is impacting that area.The Stettin to Highgate Hall main road in the communities of Wire Fence, Allsides and Wait-A-Bit in Trelawny are still open to single lane traffic. Flood –waters that had been affecting the Ramble main road in Hanover is also receding. This corridor is opened to single lane traffic.The NWA continues to urge members of the motoring public to proceed with caution along corridors, especially in light of the heavy rains.last_img read more

MV Werften Cuts Steel for Polar Class Expedition Yacht

first_imgzoom German shipbuilder MV Werften has launched the construction of a new luxury expedition yacht for cruise line Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.The first piece of steel for the yacht, named Crystal Endeavor, was cut at MV Werften’s Stralsund site on January 15.Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship, according to MV Werften.To feature a PC6 Polar Class designation, the megayacht will be able to cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “first year” ice which may include old ice inclusions.It will also be fitted with offshore dynamic positioning technology, with computer-controlled systems to automatically maintain the ship’s position with its own propellers and thrusters.“The Crystal Endeavor is a truly exceptional ship. We are proud to be able to implement this project and are particularly pleased to, once again, be starting shipbuilding activities in the Stralsund shipyard, creating hundreds of new jobs,” Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV Werften, said.“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO, said.last_img read more

DHT Reports Profit in First Quarter

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DHT Holdings Crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings delivered a net income of USD 17.7 million in Q1 2019, rebounding from a USD 9.2 million net loss it suffered in the same period a year earlier.Shipping revenues increased to USD 132.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 from USD 79.9 million seen in the corresponding three-month period last year.As explained, the change was due to higher tanker rates in addition to an increase in the company’s fleet.DHT Holdings’ VLCCs achieved time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings of USD 35,800 per day in the first quarter of 2019 of which the company’s VLCCs on time-charter earned USD 33,900 per day and VLCCs operating in the spot market achieved USD 35,800 per day.Thus far in the second quarter of 2019, 61% of the available VLCC spot days have been booked at an average rate of USD 29,800 per day, DHT informed.In March 2019, the company prepaid USD 35 million under the Nordea credit facility. The prepayment was made under the revolving credit facility tranche and may be re-borrowed.As of May 8, 2019, DHT has a fleet of 27 VLCCs with a total deadweight tonnage of 8,360,850.last_img read more

Lancement lors dune cérémonie spéciale

first_imgDes anciens combattants, des étudiants, des députés provinciaux et fédéraux, des sénateurs, ainsi que des membres de la magistrature et des forces armées se sont réunis à Province House, aujourd’hui 23 mai, se joignant ainsi à Peter Milliken, président de la Chambre des communes, qui rendait hommage à la Nouvelle-Écosse pour avoir initié le Canada à la démocratie parlementaire. M. Milliken, accompagné de la lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis, du ministre des Affaires étrangères Peter MacKay, des chefs des trois partis de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et de Cecil Clarke, président de l’Assemblée législative, a lancé les célébrations du 250e anniversaire du premier gouvernement représentatif du Canada, qui aura lieu l’année prochaine, lors d’une cérémonie de deux heures à l’Assemblée législative. La cérémonie, qui mettait en vedette les cornemuses et percussions des 78e Highlanders et les chants de la chorale Pictou District Honour Choir, était axée sur l’importance de la démocratie et sur la contribution inestimable des membres des forces armées canadiennes envers la protection de nos droits et libertés. Les co-présidents du comité Democracy 250, les anciens premiers ministres Russell MacLellan et John Hamm, M. Milliken et la lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis ont dévoilé le symbole qui fera la promotion des célébrations de l’année prochaine. Dans son discours à l’Assemblée législative, M. Milliken a souligné que le rôle de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans l’établissement de la première démocratie parlementaire au Canada est l’un des nombreux accomplissements innovateurs de la province. Il a poursuivi que, au-delà de l’établissement du premier gouvernement représentatif du Canada, la Nouvelle-Écosse a été un chef de file en matière de liberté de la presse et de gouvernement responsable. Le président de la Chambre des communes a également profité de l’occasion pour mettre l’accent sur la nécessité d’une plus grande participation des électeurs. « Je suis tellement fier d’être présent au lancement de l’initiative Democracy 250, particulièrement puisqu’il s’agit d’une initiative d’importance non seulement provinciale, mais aussi nationale, » a dit M. Milliken. « Il s’agit également d’un moment où il faut porter une attention particulière à la participation au processus démocratique, ce qui signifie au moins exercer son droit de vote. » M. MacLellan et M. Hamm ont affirmé que les planifications des célébrations de l’an prochain ont déjà débuté, et que les événements auront lieu principalement dans les écoles, dans les lieux du patrimoine local, dans les légions et dans les salles communautaires. M. MacLellan a dit que le comité Democracy 250 souhaite inciter la participation du plus grand nombre possible de Néo-Écossais aux célébrations. « Nous espérons pouvoir compter sur la participation active des jeunes et des moins jeunes, que ce soit les scouts ou les guides, ou encore les membres de nos clubs Rotary et Kiwanis, » a affirmé M. MacLellan. M. Hamm a ajouté qu’un des objectifs clés du comité est de faire comprendre aux Néo-Écossais, particulièrement aux plus jeunes Néo-Écossais, pourquoi le vote est si important. « La célébration de la démocratie nous rappelle à tous la nécessité de participer et de faire connaître nos points de vue à ceux qui prennent des décisions en notre nom, » a conclu M. Hamm.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson And Sam Simon Make 1 Million Offer To Sealers

first_imgHe’s terminally ill, but that hasn’t stopped a maverick Hollywood philanthropist from flying to icy St. John’s to make an offer he hopes sealers can’t refuse.Simpsons Producer Sam Simon and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson made a surprise visit to the Canadian Sealers Association on Tuesday to offer $1 million to the group if it facilitates and achieves a long-buzzed-about government buyout of the failing international seal trade.Simon’s offer comes on the heels of the World Trade Organization’s decision last month to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.“I have flown from Los Angeles to St. John’s to hand-deliver my offer of a $1 million bonus payable to Canadian sealers if your association facilitates a government buyout of the fading East Coast seal trade,” Simon wrote in a letter that he delivered, alongside Anderson, to Canadian Sealers Association President Eldred Woodford. “Unlike recent government seal bailouts benefiting a foreign-owned fur processor, this money would go directly to Canadian sealers.“I make this offer in the wake of last month’s WTO ruling to uphold the EU’s ban on seal imports. With bans firmly in place across Europe, Russia, the U.S., and other countries, the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished. Leaders as diverse as President Obama and Vladimir Putin embrace this change, yet Canadian politicians remain too timid to initiate a buyout for fear of upsetting swing voters in eastern Canada—and because they don’t seem to care about individual sealers. That’s why I’m appealing to you as a trade leader to break the ice and prompt a buyout like those that helped asbestos miners, tobacco farmers, and workers in other collapsed industries.“CBC commentator John Furlong reported that a Costco in St. John’s made more money in a weekend than the entire seal trade did in a year. “But let’s not let it limp along like this. It’s not fair to the tradition of sealers, it’s not fair to Newfoundlanders, and it’s not fair to the environment,” he wrote, suggesting that the time has come to “pull the plug.” Many Canadians echo this thought, including my traveling companion, Pamela Anderson. We’re here with an incentive to help workers and spare animals.“Here are the details of my offer: By the end of 2014, the CSA must secure bipartisan agreement, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans, to enact legislation permanently ending the commercial seal slaughter and to compensate sealers adequately. This legislation must permanently dismantle the commercial seal fishery license program, including revoking current licenses, and require full implementation by the end of 2015. This legislation must permanently halt the government’s futile, costly programs to try to establish foreign markets for products like seal meat and must also cease the use of tax dollars in fighting overseas bans, a program through which millions have already been wasted. This legislation will solely address the East Coast commercial seal slaughter and excludes the native subsistence hunt and hunting for personal use, which allows up to six seals per individual. If all these conditions are met, the Sam Simon Foundation will pay $1 million to the Canadian Sealers Association for distribution to its members as a year-end bonus on December 31, 2015.“It seems in the best interests of sealers that the CSA sit down with the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans and other industry stakeholders to demand an acceptable buyout program rather than lose everything. Your workers will get a million-dollar bonus if you do it now.”Source:PETAlast_img read more

Ban stresses protection for the vulnerable despite global economic recession

4 September 2010Fiscal prudence and measures to protect the vulnerable can be implemented at the same time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging richer countries not to abandon their commitments to helping poorer nations to alleviate poverty and boost social development. “I commend those countries whose most recent budgets have retained a strong commitment to global development despite the fiscal pressures,” Mr. Ban told the European Forum on the International Financial Crisis and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the western Austrian village of Alpbach.Mr. Ban made several proposals at the gathering which, he said, would give fillip to developing countries’ efforts to reduce poverty and the social ills associated with deprivation.“First, we must deliver on international development commitments,” the Secretary-General said. “Economic uncertainty should not be an excuse to back away from those pledges. A successful global partnership is the cornerstone for achieving the MDGs,” he added.Jobs must also be created and more resources invested in clean and renewable energy to spur technological development and combat climate change, Mr. Ban said. Investments must be made where they will have the greatest impact – in areas such as the empowerment of women, renewable energy and infrastructure, he stated.“Nowhere is this powerful multiplier effect more on display than in the area of maternal and children’s health. This is where we are lagging most behind – but it is also where we could get the biggest return for our investment and the biggest boost towards achieving all the MDGs. That is why I have launched a Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health,” the Secretary-General said.The eight MDGs provide concrete benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty. They include goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation.Mr. Ban pointed out that this year alone, an additional 64 million people will fall into extreme poverty, and the number of hungry people has risen above 1 billion for the first time ever.Rising prices are hampering access to medicines and the global financial crisis had led to significant losses in education, employment, health and nutrition.Still a lot can be accomplished and much has been done, Mr. Ban stressed.“Time is certainly short – but there is still enough to do what is necessary. Despite setbacks, despite obstacles, we can achieve the MDGs,” he said.“In the past few months I visited several countries in Africa. Everywhere, I saw how innovation, belief and perseverance breed success. I saw what can be achieved when partners take comprehensive and coherent action, and stand together against poverty, hunger and disease.Surely, if the world can mobilize $20 trillion in a short period in response to the economic crisis, there can be little excuse for not finding the far more modest resources needed to go the extra mile on the MDGs,” the Secretary-General added. read more

Annan laments lack of substantive dialogue in GeorgianAbkhaz conflict

Mr. Annan welcomes the discussions on security guarantees and the return of refugees, but cautions that without a comprehensive political settlement, “the situation in the conflict zone will continue to be unsettled and prone to destabilization.”The report to the Security Council also describes the human rights situation in Abkhazia as precarious and morale-sapping for civilians, noting that numerous murders, robberies and abductions go unpunished.”A number of cases of prolonged detention, violation of the right to legal protection, extortion and use of violence by uniformed Abkhaz personnel were reported,” the report says.The Secretary-General urges the Abkhaz side to allow UN civilian police to be deployed on its side of the ceasefire line, as previously agreed.He also repeats his call on the Abkhaz leadership to take advantage of the new Georgian Government and respond constructively to offers of direct dialogue on all the major issues in dispute.The report blames political situation ahead of Abkhaz elections scheduled for October for slowing the pace of the peace process.Given the instability, Mr. Annan recommends that the Security Council extend the mandate of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) for six months until 31 January next year.UNOMIG, consisting of 117 military observers and 11 civilian police, was established in August 1993 to monitor ceasefire lines established after an accord ended fighting that had forced almost 300,000 people to flee their homes. read more

Apathy democracys most insidious enemy can be remedied with inclusive participation –

“Despite advances in civic engagement, apathy has become democracy’s most insidious enemy in a growing number of societies,” the UN chief said in his message on the Day, commemorated each year on 15 September. “Inclusive participation is the antidote,” he said, underscoring that such inclusivity is not only an end in itself; it prepares communities, societies and entire countries to address opposing points of view, forge compromises and solutions, and engage in constructive criticism and deliberations. “Inclusive participation helps communities develop functioning forms of democracy for Government, corporations and civil society,” Mr. Ban said.“We live in a new era of ever greater possibilities for individuals to obtain information and influence decision-making, facilitated by evolving technologies,” he said, noting that they can help people to play a more direct role in areas he considers the most immediate global priorities for our age: reducing inequalities; preventing armed conflict and building a safer and more secure world; supporting nations in transition; empowering women and young people; and advancing sustainable development.As the international community strives to accelerate progress on attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015, the United Nations is shaping a vision for development beyond that year. Global consultations on the post-2015 development agenda — in themselves an unprecedented effort to bring people’s voices to international policy-making — have re-affirmed the importance of putting people at the heart of development. The million voices represented in the UN “MY World” survey overwhelmingly call for open and responsive Government, placing this in the top three goals they seek in a future development agenda.“On this International Day of Democracy, I call on leaders to hear, respect and respond appropriately to the voices of the people, whether expressed directly or through elected representatives,” said Mr. Ban, also calling on the world’s citizens to think about how they can use their voices to not only take control of their destiny, but to translate their desires and the desires of others into a better future for all.“Speak out. Participate. Reach out to understand and listen to those who may be weaker or more vulnerable than you,” he declared, adding: “We all have an equal stake in our shared future. Today, let us commit to ensuring that each of us can and does play our part to the full.” read more

In developing world higher education key to stable employment says new UN

The study, conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and released today, surveys 28 countries worldwide and demonstrates that having a high level of education “serves as a fairly dependable guarantee” towards securing a formal job.“The report confirms the role of education in shaping labour market outcomes of young people,” Azita Berar Awad, Director of the Employment Policy Department of the ILO, explained in a press release. “It also highlights the need for more investments in quality education, from primary through academic levels.”The report notes that 83 per cent of young people with post-secondary education are in non-vulnerable employment in the 27 low-to-upper middle income countries examined while the number dropped to 75 per cent among low-income countries. At the same time, having completed secondary education alone was not enough to guarantee better labour market outcomes for youth in low-income countries. “Increasing the level of education of the emerging workforce in developing countries will not in itself ensure the absorption of higher skilled workers into non-vulnerable jobs,” Theo Sparreboom, author of the study.“Yet, it is clear that continuing to push forth undereducated, under-skilled youth into the labour market is a no-win situation, both for the young person who remains destined for a ‘hand-to-mouth existence’ based on vulnerable employment, and for the economy which gains little in terms of boosting its labour productivity potential,” he added.The report also highlights the lingering problem of “skills mismatch” – or the disparity between the skill-level of those seeking employment and the demands of the jobs available on the market – as a point of concern, particularly as it varies greatly between advanced and low-income economies. In advanced economies, for instance, “mismatch” often refers to higher skilled young people employed in jobs for which they are overqualified. At the opposite end of the spectrum, mis-matched young workers in low-income economies often suffer from “under-education” and have “no option but to take vulnerable jobs in the informal economy,” according to the ILO. This disparity is largely fuelled by poverty as many youth cannot attend school because they cannot afford the costs or because they need to work to help their families, the UN agency continued. “The lack of education feeds the perpetuation of poverty across generations as unskilled workers earn lower wages and are unable to fund the schooling of their children.” read more

In Skype video chat Ban applauds Solar Impulse pilot on remarkable journey

“You may be ending your journey, but the journey to a sustainable world is just beginning,” Mr. Ban said to the pilot of the aircraft, Captain Bertrand Piccard, via Skype, the global, online video conferencing tool. Solar Impulse, a lightweight aircraft with the wingspan of a Boeing 747, is on a 27,000-mile (about 43,450-kilometre) journey around the world. It is entirely powered by sunlight through 17,000 solar cells built into its carbon fibre wings, with no fuel or polluting emissions. Captain Piccard, who is also a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, and André Borschbergare, are expected to complete their journey when the planes lands tonight in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the same city where the historic voyage began more than a year ago. The Secretary-General further said: “You are helping pilot us to that future through your vision, your determination, your courage, and your inspiration and also your great example.” Thanking them for spreading the message of sustainability around the world, Mr. Ban added, “Now you have been flying more than 40,000 kilometres without fuel, but I know that you have much energy, much energy.” The UN chief last met the airplane’s pilots, as well as Solar Impulse’s ground crew, in June when the aircraft arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport as part of its worldwide voyage. At that occasion, Mr. Ban also had a quick look, in person, of the aircraft. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to Solar Impulse pilots. Credit: UN News Centre read more

Brock names directors for its new Confucius Institute

Two co-directors have been appointed to manage the newly established Confucius Institute at Brock University, one of only five in Ontario.Chunlei LuCheng Luo, associate professor of Applied Linguistics, and Chunlei Lu, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education, will serve in the roles.Luo brings a wealth of teaching and administrative experience, having served terms as Applied Linguistics department chair and graduate program director. He has published much research on and taught courses in linguistics, including linguistic theories and research methodology in second language education.Luo’s skills and experience will be complemented by Lu, an associate professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education.Lu also brings cross-cultural experience, having taught at seven universities in three countries. His research interests have concentrated on the overlapped areas of culture, education, and health. He has published one book and more than 30 academic book chapters and papers.Cheng LuoThe Confucius Institute will be housed in Brock’s new International Centre. Brock International is helping with its start-up.“The process of applying for and establishing the institute has been a challenging but truly rewarding endeavour for us in the International Centre,” said Sheila Young, director, Brock International.“It’s critically important too when you consider that about 60 per cent of our international students at Brock come from China. And China plays such a key role in the global economy today.”In addition to receiving start-up and annual funding from the Chinese Language Council’s Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, Brock will host visiting cultural performances, art, books and exhibitions from China.On Sunday, Feb. 13, the Confucius Institute will host a 45-member visiting Traditional Chinese Instruments’ Orchestra from Nanjing. All are welcome to attend the free concert at 3 p.m. in the David S. Howes Theatre. read more

Property developer Scot Youngs final phone call in which he offered wife

first_imgExterior of Scot Young’s apartment in Montagu Square, Marylebone, where he fell to his deathCredit:Ray Tang/REX/Shutterstock Exterior of Scot Young's apartment in Montagu Square, Marylebone, where he fell to his death 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. There were lengthy divorce proceedings in the courts with his wife Michelle Young, picturedCredit:John Swannell She told him she had evidence that he had hidden billions and branded him “disgraceful” warning that the other option was to press criminal charges and go to HMRC“OK you are going to end up with sweet f—- all,” he said. “On that basis, it’s a waste of time.“I’ve tried to be nice, I’ve signed up to £30 million to get rid of this so you think about it and never threaten me again.”Dai Davies, former head of the royal protection squad, who has been working for Ms Young, said they had found credible evidence of Mr Young living a lifestyle that was “not of a pauper,” secretly filming him with large wads of £50 notes.L Burke Files, an international asset recovery specialist working with Ms Young and based in the US, said: “Scot was meticulous in all his business dealings.“He was very clever. At no time during the divorce or up to his death was there ever any evidence that he had a bank account with his name on it.“He, through nominees, lawyers and offshore agents controlled a vast amount of cash, property, and securities in private and some public companies.”Where did all the money go? We might never know. “If you get £30 million plus 50 per cent of any asset you find, how can you ask for any more than that?” Ms Young has now spent nearly 12 years trying to uncover what she claims are his missing millions, having once suggested he was “worth a few billion at least”.She told the Telegraph one Coutts account contained £318million.During the BBC2 documentary, to be broadcast on Wednesday, she produced a document found on her daughter’s computer called Project Marriage Walk, which contained a detailed list of properties he was said to own worth around £400 million.In their final conversation, before double checking that his former wife was alone, Mr Young admitted that he had “f—– up” and that she had been a “good wife” who had run him baths, made him tea and was always there for him.He said: “The judge has awarded you £20million. If I gave you £20million tomorrow, would you be happy?”When she asked whether the money would come from, he said he would “get cracking on a couple of ventures” before rounding it up to £25 million “because it’s a nice round number” and later, to £30 million.“Do you want a f—— deal or do you not want to do a deal?” he asked, audibly frustrated. There were lengthy divorce proceedings in the courts with his wife Michelle Young, pictured The coroner ruled there was insufficient evidence to conclude that it had been suicide. “But I doubt he lost it.” The final phone call made by tycoon Scot Young to his ex-wife a month before he was found impaled on railings after falling from a fourth floor London flat is to be broadcast for the first time.The 52-year-old property developer, who had been locked in a multi-million pound divorce battle with Michelle Young, offered her £30 million before angrily warning that she would end up with “sweet f— all” when she refused to accept the deal.The pair had been engaged in a bitter, eight year divorce battle since their marriage ended in 2006, costing Ms Young around £17 million.A judge awarded her a £26 million settlement but Mr Young never paid her a penny, prompting her to liken the judgement to “an empty paper bag”.He declared bankruptcy, even spending time in jail for refusing to disclose his finances to the courts. But five weeks after that final phone call, he was dead.Ms Young and his two daughters are convinced that he was murdered.Friends of the Dundee-born entrepreneur, who was the fifth member of a close circle of friends to die in similar circumstances, said they feared he may have been killed by the Russian or Turkish mafia after getting into debt,  citing the strange deaths of four associates, including Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanged in 2013.last_img read more

New acid testing kit developed by governments secret military research lab to

Officers would be able to stop and search a person or vehicle in a public place if they have reasonable grounds for suspecting they will find a drone used to commit an offence under the Air Navigation Order 2016, or if they suspect they will discover a laser pointer intended to commit the newly created offence of shining or directing a beam at a vehicle, thereby dazzling or distracting the person in control.In the year to March 2017, police in England and Wales carried out 303,845 stops and searches – the lowest number since current data records started in 2001/02. Acid attacks have increased dramatically in recent years. In 2017 there a record were 465 such incidents recorded in London, up from 395 the previous year.The Home Office also unveiled proposals to extend stop and search powers to cover offences relating to misuse of drones and laser pointers, with more than 1,000 incidents reported instances annually since 2010. Police will be issued an acid testing kit to be developed by the government’s secret military research lab, to determine whether suspects are carrying corrosive substances.Officers will also be able to use expanded stop-and-search powers on those they believe may be carrying a corrosive substance, under Home Office proposals published on Saturday.It follows the introduction earlier this year of the Offensive Weapons Bill, which will create a new offence of possessing a corrosive substance in a public place.Ministers say the expanded powers, alongside the testing kit which they have commissioned from experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, will enable forces to take better preventative action.Policing Minister Nick Hurd said: “A bottle of acid can be as lethal as a knife or a firearm, and these new powers will enable police officers to prevent these despicable thugs from carrying out their terrible crimes.” Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for corrosive attacks, said: “Officers should be confident to use stop and search – proportionately and respectfully – because it’s an important investigative tool.” Officers can currently stop and search individuals they suspect of being in possession of a corrosive substance and intent on causing injury. The proposed extension will allow police to search anyone they suspect of carrying a corrosive in a public place. 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. read more

La découverte du boson de Higgs plus grande avancée scientifique de 2012

first_imgLa découverte du boson de Higgs, plus grande avancée scientifique de 2012La revue scientifique américaine Science a fait part de son palmarès des 10 plus grandes avancées scientifiques de 2012. La découverte du Boson de Higgs obtient la première place de ce classement.L’année 2012 a été riche en découvertes et prouesses scientifiques. Mais quelles ont été les plus importantes ? Pour répondre à cette question, la prestigieuse revue Science a dévoilé son palmarès des 10 plus grandes avancées scientifiques de 2012. Sans grande surprise, c’est la découverte du Boson de Higgs par deux équipes de physiciens internationaux qui a pris la tête du classement !Dévoilée le 4 juillet après des expériences menées au Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) du CERN (Centre européen pour la recherche nucléaire), près de Genève, la découverte qui doit encore être étudiée davantage permet d’expliquer pourquoi des particules élémentaires ont une masse et d’autres pas. Mais le boson de Higgs est surtout au coeur d’une quête qui dure depuis plus de 50 ans… En seconde position, Science a retenu les travaux des chercheurs japonais ayant consisté à transformer des cellules souches embryonnaires (de souris) en ovocytes viables. Ceux-ci ont ensuite pu être fécondés in vitro et se sont développés pour donner naissance à des souriceaux via des mères porteuses. Une technique qui redonne de l’espoir aux femmes stériles.La technologie de Curiosity mise à l’honneur A la troisième place, la revue américaine a désigné le séquençage complet du génome de l’homme de Denisova, l’ancien cousin de l’homme de Néandertal et de l’humain moderne. Une prouesse réalisée à partir du simple fragment d’une phalange du petit doigt. La quatrième place a été attribuée au système d’atterrissage du rover Curiosity. Il s’agit d’une espèce de grue volante capable de déposer avec une grande précision de lourdes charges. Utilisée avec succès sur Mars en août dernier, cette technique pourra être employée pour de futures missions habitées.En cinquième position, Science a retenu le laser à rayons X, un milliard de fois plus puissant que la source traditionnelle lumineuse du synchrotron. Il a notamment permis de révéler la structure des protéines jusque-là inaccessible aux sources de rayons X conventionnelles. La sixième place revient à l’ingénierie de précision du génome. Celle-ci permet de modifier ou d’inactiver certains gènes. Grâce à cette technique de ciblage génétique peu onéreuse, il devient possible de déterminer le rôle spécifique de gènes et de mutations.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Septième place pour la confirmation de l’existence des fermions de Majorana, ces particules qui peuvent agir sur leur propre antimatière. Dans le futur, elles pourraient être utilisées pour stocker et traiter un plus grand nombre de données informatiques. Huitième place pour la découverte sur l’ADN poubelleLe projet ENCODE obtient lui la huitième place. Après dix ans de recherche, il est parvenu à démontrer que 80% du génome humain était actif, montrant ainsi un intérêt accru pour l'”ADN poubelle”. Cette découverte devrait permettre de mieux comprendre comment les gènes sont activés et désactivés. Cette compréhension pourra aussi aider à révéler certains facteurs de risque génétique pour des maladies.En neuvième position, Science a retenu l’interface cerveau-machine qui a récemment été mise au point. Grâce à cette technologie, des patients paralysés peuvent bouger un bras mécanique par leur seule volonté. Ils peuvent même réaliser des mouvements complexes. Enfin, à la dixième place, la revue a désigné la découverte par des chercheurs chinois du dernier paramètre d’un modèle de physique décrivant comment les neutrinos se modifient à la vitesse de la lumière. Grâce à ces résultats, la physique des neutrinos pourrait un jour aider à expliquer pourquoi l’univers contient autant de matière et aussi peu d’antimatière.Le 26 décembre 2012 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two more blood pressure medications recalled due to cancercausing ingredient

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Two more blood pressure medications are being recalled for containing too much of an ingredient considered to be a carcinogen.The Food and Drug Administration says Teva Pharmeceuticals is voluntarily recalling its amlodipine/valsartan and amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets because the medication contains too much N-Nitrosodiethylamine, a compound believed to cause cancer.Sandoz Inc. issued a voluntary recall of the medicine losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide due to the potential that it contains N-Nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA, a compound believed to cause cancer.However, patients are advised to contact their doctor for alternative treatments before stopping the medication.“The risk of harm to a patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any comparable alternative treatment,” the FDA’s recall page says.Teva’s recall comes just two weeks after another company, Sandoz Inc., recalled their blood pressure medication for the same reason.That recall involves losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide, though it only affects a specific lot of medication. last_img read more

Ramones PunkRock Masterpiece Rocket To Russia Deluxe Reissue

first_imgNews A true “ready-made punk-rock classic” is set to get a deluxe-edition makeoverTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 17, 2017 – 1:28 pm Renowned critic Robert Christgau once labeled this album a “ready-made punk-rock classic.” Rolling Stone critic Dave Marsh said it marked the “best American rock & roll of [1977].” The album in question? The Ramones’ ear-splitting third LP, Rocket To Russia.Now, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, Rocket To Russia will get a deluxe-edition blast-off courtesy of Rhino, according to Rolling Stone.Set for release on Black Friday, Nov. 24, the reissue will comprise three CDs anchored by two different mixes of the album and a previously unreleased concert from Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 19, 1977.Additionally, the set will feature plenty of tracks dusted off from the Ramones’ vault, including an early version of “Needles And Pins,” an alternate version of “It’s A Long Way Back To Germany” featuring Dee Dee Ramone on vocals, an original radio promo with Joey Ramone and versions of “Why Is It Always That Way?” and “Ramona” with alternate lyrics.Rocket To Russia peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard 200 and yielded their only three songs to chart on the Billboard Hot 100: “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” (No. 81), “Rockaway Beach” (No. 66) and “Do You Wanna Dance” (No. 86).Rhino’s Rocket To Russia reissue follows the 2013 box set, Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981), containing the group’s first six albums. The Ramones were honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Lyrics, MTV VMA Among Items Up For AuctionRead more Twitter Ramones: Punk-Rock Masterpiece ‘Rocket To Russia’ Deluxe Reissue Facebook Email Ramones’ ‘Rocket To Russia’ Gets Deluxe Treatment ramones-punk-rock-masterpiece-rocket-russia-deluxe-reissuelast_img read more

Last month Ruth Botstein argued Alaskas case at the Supreme Court This

first_imgThe administration of newly-elected Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has taken the unusual step of firing two prominent attorneys at the Alaska Department of Law, including one who represented the state before the U.S. Supreme Court last month.It’s typical for incoming governors to clean house at the highest levels of state agencies. But it’s rare for a new administration to dismiss attorneys at the state law department, even though those attorneys lack union protections – and the move has raised questions about the motivation for the firings that remain unanswered.“I don’t recall any administration reaching into the ranks since Wally Hickel came in in 1991,” said Democrat Bruce Botelho, the transition coordinator for the previous governor and a former attorney general under Hickel and Tony Knowles. Botelho said he thinks the firings are “troubling.”Libby Bakalar (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)One of the fired lawyers is Libby Bakalar, a state elections attorney who, in a since-deleted tweet, attributed her dismissal to her liberal advocacy and her criticism of President Donald Trump. Bakalar publishes a personal blog, One Hot Mess, that she uses to skewer the president and other right-wing political figures, and she’s spoken at rallies and traveled to Washington, D.C. this year to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.“It’s painful to be forced to ‘resign’ from a job for no apparent reason other than I dislike Trump and care about social justice, and frequently say so on my own time, just like [the First Amendment] allows,” Bakalar wrote.Ruth Botstein (Photo courtesy Alaska Judicial Council)The other fired attorney is Ruth Botstein, who argued for the state in the U.S. Supreme Court last month in a lawsuit originally brought by John Sturgeon.Sturgeon is a moose hunter, timber harvester and hunting advocate who’s challenging the federal government’s authority to manage navigable waterways in national preserves. And his case has become a celebrated cause for conservative Alaska politicians, including Dunleavy.The state has supported Sturgeon’s lawsuit, and Botstein’s appearance in the Supreme Court last month was to argue on Sturgeon’s behalf.A month later, Botstein was fired. The move baffled people in Alaska’s legal world, and Sturgeon said he’s confused, too.“Ruth did a fantastic job,” Sturgeon said in a phone interview this week from a logging camp on Afognak Island, near Kodiak. “I was extremely surprised that they didn’t keep her, and I’m not sure the reason.”The three-sentence email notifying Botstein of her firing, from then-Acting Attorney General Ed Sniffen, didn’t specify why she was dismissed. It was sent at 12:20 p.m. December 3, less than an hour after Dunleavy was sworn in and two days before he named Kevin Clarkson as his attorney general.Officials at the governor’s office and Department of Law refused to answer questions about the firings, saying they were confidential “personnel matters.”Botstein and Bakalar declined to comment.The two attorneys were part of a broader group of state workers dismissed when Dunleavy succeeded Bill Walker, an independent.It’s standard for incoming administrations to request resignations from agency heads, top deputies and other policymaking staff in politically appointed jobs. Bill Walker has said that in 2014 he asked for resignations from about 250 of the state’s 15,000 workers, and retained “many” of them.Dunleavy asked about 800 people to offer their resignations, including many in positions that are technically appointed but traditionally seen as non-political, like petroleum geologists, psychiatrists, actuaries and low-level prosecutors. Employees who wanted to keep their jobs were instructed to make their resignations contingent on acceptance by the new administration.Tuckerman Babcock (Photo by Josh Walton)Tuckerman Babcock, Dunleavy’s chief of staff, said at the time that the new administration was not planning widespread layoffs. Instead, he said, Dunleavy wanted to make sure state employees were committed to his agenda. Some state workers, however, saw the request as an effort to extract a partisan loyalty pledge – particularly given that Babcock’s previous position was chair of the Alaska Republican Party.“The state of Alaska hired me for my expertise, not my political allegiance,” Anthony Blanford, the director of psychiatry at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, wrote in a letter to the Anchorage Daily News.Anecdotal accounts have emerged like the firings of the two attorneys, as well as Blanford and another psychiatrist at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute who refused to offer a resignation. But Dunleavy officials have declined to specify the total number of state workers dismissed.Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner said Thursday that a reporter would have to file a public records request to find out.Bakalar, who’s not registered with a political party, had become a target of Alaska conservatives amid her involvement in contentious, election-related cases — though her recent legal work required her to take positions that clashed with both liberal and conservative candidates and causes.Bakalar, who earned $120,000 a year, assisted with the state’s defense of election workers’ conduct in a disputed 2016 state House race in northern Alaska. And she also drafted the Walker administration’s legal justification for initially rejecting, on constitutional grounds, a proposed initiative to protect salmon habitat.Her work drew praise from supervisors, including one who wrote in a performance evaluation that Bakalar did a “splendid” job on elections issues, according to a copy of Bakalar’s personnel file that she released to a reporter.Since Trump’s election, Bakalar has appeared at rallies in Juneau for liberal causes, and she’s referred to Trump on her blog as “gaslighting misogynist trash,” a “bona fide sociopath” and a “pathological liar.”John Sturgeon speaks at the Alaska Capitol in 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Palmer attorney Nancy Driscoll Stroup has been criticizing Bakalar’s blog for two years, and Stroup said she filled out a form on Dunleavy’s website suggesting that his transition team “carefully vet” attorneys in three specific sections of the Department of Law that handle politically sensitive cases — including the sections where Botstein and Bakalar worked.Stroup said she thought some of the attorneys in those three sections were “very, very liberal” and might not be on board with Dunleavy’s conservative agenda. And she said she thinks attorneys who work on politically sensitive cases while engaging in public political activism create a “lack of trust.”“I would feel the same way if they were partisan in the other direction, too,” she said. “Go into private practice if you want to do that.”Stroup said no one from the Dunleavy administration contacted her about her note. She also said she did not complain about Botstein specifically.The firing of Botstein, who’s also not registered with a political party, has been more perplexing to observers. Her peers gave her good marks when she applied for a recent seat on the Alaska Supreme Court; her overall rating of 3.8 on a survey of attorneys who’d worked with her was a full point higher than the rating for Clarkson, Dunleavy’s attorney general.Botstein, who earned $130,000 a year, posted a barrage of anti-Trump tweets the month Trump was inaugurated. But she has only used her Twitter account once in the past year and has just 15 followers.One theory is that her work on politically delicate Sturgeon case somehow made her a target of the Alaska Outdoor Council. That’s the powerful hunting and fishing advocacy group that’s supported Sturgeon’s lawsuit along with the state, but clashed with the Walker administration on the best way to defuse broader conflicts over state and federal land management.But Sturgeon, a vice president of the council, said that theory is wrong.“I called everybody else to ask if anybody had put in a bad word on her. And nobody in Alaska Outdoor Council did anything,” he said. “So that wasn’t the reason.”last_img read more

Launch accident kills one

first_imgThe Meghna river. UNB file photoA launch passenger was killed and three others were injured as a launch hit another anchored one in the river Meghna at Kaliganj in Mehendiganj upazila of Barishal early Sunday, reports UNB.The victim was Shakib, 32.Humayun Kabir, a staff of ‘Adventure-9 Launch’, said their Dhaka-bound launch from Barishal anchored at a char in the area due to dense fog.At one stage, a Barishal-bound launch, Sundarban-6, from Dhaka hit the launch, leaving Shakib, the passenger of ‘Adventure-9 launch’ dead on the spot and three others injured, Kabir said.last_img read more