No 2nd Heisman for Winston

first_imgNEW YORK — The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York for the Heisman presentation after the finalists were announced on Dec. 8.Mariota is considered the clear the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Dec. 12 in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football’s most famous player of the year trophy.“It is humbling to be considered for an award that I have admired for a very long time,” Mariota said in a statement. “I would like to thank my teammates and coaches as I could not have been recognized as a finalist without their help.”Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks will face Florida State and last year’s Heisman winner Jameis Winston at the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1.Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoff. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.Winston becomes the seventh player since 2003 to take a shot at a Heisman repeat and come up short. Ohio State’s Archie Griffin is the only player to win two Heismans. Finalists are determined by percentage of votes received from 929 media members and former winners.Mariota didn’t even break the top 10 in the Heisman voting last season, but entered 2014 as one of the preseason favorites.He delivered a spectacular season in his third year as the Ducks’ starter. He is the nation’s top-rated passer (186.3) and has thrown for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also has run for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pac-12 champions.He is Oregon’s third finalist, joining quarterback Joey Harrington (2001) and running back LaMichael James (2010).Gordon leads the nation with 2,336 yards rushing and 179.7 yards per game. Gordon broke the single-game FBS rushing record with 408 yards against Nebraska, a record that only stood for a week.He needs another huge game in the Outback Bowl against Auburn to break Barry Sanders’ single-season record of 2,628, set in his Heisman winning season of 1988 with Oklahoma State.He is the fourth Wisconsin running back to be a finalist. The Badgers have had two Heisman winners: Alan Ameche (1954) and Ron Dayne (1999).Cooper set a Southeastern Conference record with 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Cooper is the fourth Alabama finalist since Mark Ingram became the Tide’s first winner in 2009.“This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can’t put into words how much it means to me and my family,” Cooper said in a statement. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony. None of this would be possible without my coaches and teammates.”Heisman voters submit a ballot with their top three selections. Mariota, Gordon and Cooper emerged as such strong candidates late in the season that the rest of the field drifted away.The last time voters picked only three Heisman finalists was 2012, when Johnny Manziel won in a landslide vote against Kansas State’s Collin Klein and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott made a strong push in October, but tailed off in November as the Bulldogs lost twice.Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was making a late-season surge before he was injured in the regular-season finale against Michigan and had to miss the Big Ten championship game.TCU’s Trevone Boykin, another dual-threat quarterback, had numbers that rivaled Mariota’s in some areas: 3,714 yards and 30 touchdowns in 12 games. Indiana’s Tevin Coleman also surpassed 2,000 yards rushing and his average per carry was just a tick below Gordon’s (7.54 to 7.56).aRALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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NFL Eyes Extra Point Change

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals March 25, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.“There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year,” said Rich McKay, Co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Falcons.McKay’s committee will “develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote” in two months in San Francisco.Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a 2-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a 2-point try.McKay described the discussions as “lively, with lots of ideas … it’s time to make this a football play.”“A couple coaches said they favor just lining up on the 2 and going for the 2-point play,” he said. “Or move the ball to the 1 1-2 for two points, or kick from the 15 for one, your choice.”The league experimented with extra-point kicks from a longer distance last preseason. Currently, the line of scrimmage for both an extra point and 2-point conversion try is the 2-yard line.Voted down as the meetings concluded was Chicago’s proposal that each team get a possession in overtime regardless of what happens on the first series.Now, if the side receiving the OT kickoff scores a touchdown, the game ends. If it kicks a field goal, the opponent gets a possession.Unsportsmanlike penalties handed out at the end of a half now will carry over, either to the second half or to overtime.Lining up players with eligible numbers at ineligible positions, as New England did against Baltimore in the playoffs, now has more specific guidelines. Those players must line up inside the tackle box.The owners also approved teams with retractable domes being allowed to open them at halftime, weather permitting, and allowing linebackers to wear numbers from 40-49; previously they could wear only numbers in the 50s and 90s.Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke briefly about two high-profile personal conduct cases in which both players, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson, remain on the exempt list.Goodell said the league continues to review Hardy’s case to determine if discipline is warranted. Hardy signed earlier this month with Dallas.Goodell said the date for Adrian Peterson’s suspension to end remains April 15. The Vikings running back had the ban overturned by appeal, a decision the NFL now is appealing itself.Also March 25:—The NFL is not focused necessarily on having a team or teams back in Los Angeles in 2016, but it is a hot topic. Goodell noted the league “wants to succeed long term” in LA, so “right now the focus is on the process and also understanding what it takes to be successful in the LA market.”A report on all three teams interested in moving there — the Rams, Chargers and Raiders — is expected in late April, and Goodell said the owners then would discuss it in San Francisco.—Expansion of the playoffs by two teams was discussed, but won’t be happening for a while. Goodell mentioned scheduling issues as well as competitive questions for such delays.—Ted Wells’ investigation into the deflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing, with no timetable on its conclusion.—Texting during a game by Browns General Manager Ray Farmer is still being investigated to see if any league rules were broken.Earlier in the week, of the 13 video replay alterations proposed, including extending the number of coaches’ challenges and letting them challenge all officiating calls, the only one passed will allow game officials to use replay for clock issues at the end of a half, game or overtime if more than 1 second remains.Five player safety rule changes were made, the most notable allowing a medical adviser to stop a game if he believes a player is disoriented, having the player removed from the field and examined on the sideline or in the locker room.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Canadiens Skate Past Isles, 4-2

first_imgMONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens continued their dominance over the New York Islanders but lost forward Brendan Gallagher to injury in the process.Alex Galchenyuk broke a tie with 3:29 left and Max Pacioretty added an empty-net goal to lift Montreal over New York 4-2 on Nov. 22 to complete a weekend home-and-home sweep.The victory, however, was overshadowed by Gallagher’s injury.The 23-year-old left the game midway through the second period after blocking a slap shot by Johnny Boychuck. Gallagher tried to play through the pain but retreated to the dressing room and did not return.Coach Michel Therrien confirmed Gallagher fractured two fingers on his left hand. He will undergo surgery on Nov. 23 and is out indefinitely.“He’s a guy that shows up every night,” captain Pacioretty said of his linemate. “To see that happen, the way it happened, it shows the type of warrior he is. It’s tough playing without him. We hope for the best. We need him.”Gallagher has not missed a game since Nov. 15, 2013 — a streak of 166 consecutive games.“He’s a big leader on this team,” Galchenyuk said. “The way he plays, he contributes a lot. He blocks shots, he’s a warrior out there. It’s unfortunate to see him go down like that.”Galchenyuk one-timed a pass from P.K Subban for this third goal of the season during a power play. It was his first goal in 11 games and just his third of the season.“It was one of the best feelings, especially when you haven’t scored in a while,” he said. “You try to stay positive and work hard. The last couple of games I worked on my game more and got more shots. I knew it was coming.”About 2 minutes later, the Islanders were called for too many men and Travis Hamonic was given a game misconduct penalty, setting up Pacioretty’s power-play empty-netter.David Desharnais also scored on the power play for his seventh goal and Tomas Fleischmann added his seventh this season for Montreal. Carey Price made 21 saves and the Canadiens followed a 5-3 win over the Islanders on Nov. 20 with another victory.John Tavares gave New York a 1-0 lead late in the first period, and Anders Lee made it 2-1 Islanders with 8:07 left in the third. Thomas Greiss made 23 saves.Montreal has now defeated New York in six straight encounters and in nine of the last 10.On the opening goal by Tavares, Price gave up an uncharacteristically juicy rebound on Hamonic’s shot from the point. Winger Kyle Okposo jumped on the puck, circled Price and fed Tavares for an easy tap-in with 1:19 left.Desharnais scored the equalizer on the power play at the 9:37 of the second. The Canadiens forward got the better of Hamonic during a goal-mouth scramble, connecting on a loose puck in the blue paint.Fleischmann gave the home team the lead on a great individual play with 5:51 left in the second. With Montreal playing short-handed, Fleischmann stole the puck from Okposo at the blue line and fired home his seventh of the season on the breakaway.The Canadiens now lead the NHL with five short-handed goals.As time expired on a penalty to Dale Weise, Lee tied the game 2-2.Recalled from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, 22-year-old Sven Andrighetto made his season debut. The speedy forward finished the game with 10:23 of ice time. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asian Para Games: India win gold, silver and bronze in men’s high jump

first_imgIndia ruled the podium in the men’s high jump T42/63 category at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta on Thursday as they won all the three medals up for grabs.Along with grabbing all the medals, defending champion Sharad Kumar broke two records to win a second successive gold medal at the Asian Para Games.Sharad Kumar, a world championships silver medallist, made a jump of 1.90m to better the Asian and the Games record to bag the gold medal. The silver medal was won by Rio Paralympic bronze medallist Varun Bhati with 1.82m jump while the bronze went to Rio Paralympic gold medallist Thangavelu Mariyappan for a jump of 1.67m. Even though Bhati missed out on the gold, his jump was his season best performance.The high jump T42/63 covers lower limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power and impaired range of movement.Also read – Asian Para Games 2018: Harvinder Singh wins gold in archeryGold medallist Sharad, who hails from Bihar, suffered paralysis in his left leg at the age of two after being administered a spurious polio medicine at the local eradication drive. He has been a former world number one.Earlier, Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category where two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia finished fourth.In the same event, Rinku picked up a bronze medal to make it an India-dominated podium. The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.advertisementAlso read – Asian Para Games: Blind judoka Miftahul Jannah disqualified for refusing to remove hijabIndia also logged a bronze in the men’s 400m T13 category with Avnil Kumar claiming the third position. The T13 classification deals with visual impairment.In javelin throw, Gurjar notched up his silver with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt. Gurjar trained for 22 days in Finland before the Games, an exercise that was backed by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).Rinku recorded a personal best of 60.92m for the bronze, while the gold went to Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Herath who smashed the Games as well as the Asian record with a throw of 61.84m.Also read – Asian Para Games 2018: Ekta Bhyan wins gold in women’s club throwHowever, it was disappointment for Jhajharia, a silver medal winner in the in the last Asian Para Games in Incheon.The veteran 37-year-old, a Khel Ratna awardee and the greatest Paralympian from India, produced his season’s best throw of 59.17m but finished well outside the medal bracket.In the men’s 400m race, Avnil Kumar clocked 52sec to fetch a bronze. The gold in this event was won by Iran’s Omid Zarifsanayei, who took 51.41sec to complete the race, while Thailand’s Songwut Lamsan. Kumar lost the silver to Lamsan by a fraction of a second.Also read – Asian Para Games 2018: Sandeep Chaudhary bags India’s first goldMedals tumbled in for India in other track-and-field events as well with Anandan Gunasekram claiming the men’s 400m silver in the T44, 62/64 classification, while Vinay Kumar settled for a bronze.In the T45/46/47 classification for men’s 400m, Sandeep Maan fetched a bronze medal.Jayanti Behera clinched the women’s 400m silver in the T45/46/47 classification.Both the classifications deal with the upper limb deficiencies and leg length difference.In the women’s 400m classification that deals with visual impairment (T12), Radha Venkatesh took the bronze medal.In swimming, India fetched a bronze with Swapnil Patil finishing third in the men’s 400m freestyle S10. The S10 category covers visual impairment.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Un nouveau plan délectricité pour la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgL’avenir énergétique de la Nouvelle-Écosse inclura des tarifs d’électricité plus prévisibles, un service public plus responsable envers les contribuables, ainsi qu’une plus grande concurrence et innovation. Michel Samson, ministre de l’Énergie, a publié le plan d’électricité de 25 ans de la province, intitulé « Notre avenir énergétique : Le plan de la Nouvelle-Écosse en matière d’électricité », aujourd’hui 9 novembre, au campus Waterfront du NSCC à Dartmouth. Le plan a été rédigé en fonction des résultats de l’examen du réseau d’électricité, qui a duré un an et qui a inclus la participation de plus de 1 300 Néo-Écossais et experts techniques. « Le gouvernement s’est engagé à écouter les Néo-Écossais et à prendre des mesures pour que le réseau d’électricité fonctionne pour eux, affirme M. Samson. Ce plan assure une plus grande reddition de comptes et entraînera les tarifs plus prévisibles demandés par les Néo-Écossais et la communauté des affaires. » Pour la première fois, la Commission des services publics et d’examen établira des normes claires de rendement et de fiabilité pour Nova Scotia Power, ainsi que des exigences en matière de rapport. En vertu du plan, Nova Scotia Power pourrait être passible de pénalités pouvant s’élever à un million de dollars par année si les normes de rendement ne sont pas respectées. Les pénalités n’auront aucun impact sur les tarifs car elles devront être payées par les actionnaires. Les factures d’électricité sont divisées en deux parties. Il y a le tarif général facturé par Nova Scotia Power et le coût de base du carburant. Par des mesures législatives, le gouvernement assurera une nouvelle période de stabilité des tarifs pendant trois ans, c’est-à-dire de 2017 à 2019, pendant laquelle les tarifs d’électricité seront dévoilés aux Néo-Écossais à l’avance. Nova Scotia Power a donc jusqu’au 30 avril pour demander une modification du tarif général des coûts non liés au carburant pour cette période. L’entreprise doit également soumettre un plan visant à établir les prix afin de réduire la volatilité des coûts du carburant au cours des trois années. Le plan prévoit également un investissement de 1,5 million de dollars au cours des trois prochaines années pour appuyer des projets pilotes de recherche en matière d’utilisation et de gestion de l’électricité, du stockage, de l’électricité solaire, et de l’énergie marémotrice. Cette année, la Nouvelle-Écosse a atteint son objectif visant à produire 25 pour 100 de son électricité à partir de sources renouvelables telles que le vent, les marées et la biomasse. Grâce aux nombreux projets d’énergie renouvelable prévus aux niveaux régional et local, y compris le projet Maritime Link, la province n’aura aucune difficulté à atteindre son objectif de 40 pour 100 en 2020. Le plan inclut la décision du gouvernement de permettre aux producteurs d’énergie renouvelable de la vendre directement aux consommateurs. « Nous permettons une plus grande concurrence sur le marché de l’électricité, déclare M. Samson. À l’avenir, nous allons faire en sorte que la nouvelle production d’électricité offre les tarifs les plus concurrentiels aux consommateurs. » Le gouvernement proposera des modifications à la loi sur les services publics (Public Utilities Act) et à la loi sur l’électricité (Electricity Act) cet automne, à l’appui du plan en matière d’électricité. Le plan intitulé « Notre avenir énergétique : Plan de la Nouvelle-Écosse en matière d’électricité » peut être consulté en ligne au novascotia.ca/electricityfuture. Le résumé est disponible en français.last_img read more

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Progress on Ecological Forestry

first_imgScientists, researchers, and subject-matter experts are working with Department of Lands and Forestry staff to improve Nova Scotia’s Crown land forests. These individuals are members of the department’s project teams that are addressing changes recommended by Prof. Bill Lahey in his review of forest practices in Nova Scotia. “The teams, which include highly respected external experts, are focused on the priorities that will move us forward in our goal of achieving ecological forestry in Nova Scotia,” said Minister of Lands and Forestry Iain Rankin. “Experts such as Bob Seymour, Laird Van Damme and Peter Duinker helped Prof. Lahey with his recommendations and add great credibility to this work.” Harvest improvements are already happening on Crown land, with more trees being retained on site. It is preferential to retain longer-lived species, with the objective of a greater mix of species, sizes and ages. “I’m pleased with progress being made on the ground and more improvements are coming,” said Mr. Rankin. “Many stakeholders are equally interested in these priorities, and we will be asking for their feedback regularly.” The project teams are focused on: reviewing the current pre-treatment assessment process and updating the forest management guide a peer-reviewed assessment of Nova Scotia’s natural disturbance agents, like fires, floods, insect infestations and large storms and their impacts on harvest planning reviewing the old forest policy and criteria, and revising policy following input from stakeholders defining high-production forestry and develop procedures and criteria for implementation on Crown land, followed by a framework for site selection and designation investigating the efficiency of small-scale wood energy projects and a converting some government buildings to wood heat energy for the 2019-20 heating season establishing a manual that includes priority policy and procedures to govern the Endangered Species Act and completing outstanding recovery plans and status reports as needed for species solely listed in Nova Scotia designing an outcomes-based approach to Crown forest management. For more information on the latest progress, visit https://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/Forest_Review/ .last_img read more

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Ottawa set to start negotiations with Indian Day School survivors lawyer

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Students in front of Trout Lake Indian Day School in Ontario.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe law firm handling settlement discussions with Ottawa says negotiations on compensation for former Indian Day School students should begin soon.“It’s early stages yet,” said Robert Winogron with Gowling in Ottawa.“But we are seeking compensation – direct compensation – to individuals.”The firm shared the news with chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly in Vancouver Thursday.Winogron said negotiations will get underway with federal government representatives and Department of Justice lawyers now that Ottawa recognizes the class-action lawsuit has been certified.He said the settlement is seeking compensation for two classes of victims – survivors and families of survivors.While survivors would be compensated financially, families could see their pain and trauma recognized through commemoration and healing programs.“That will be the subject of negotiation and different models are being considered,” Winogron said in a telephone interview.“There is nothing confirmed yet but we anticipate starting shortly.”So far, the legal team says there are between 120,000 and 140,000 living day school survivors who attended more than 700 schools.They were excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, because they went home at night.But the lawyers say they suffered similar emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a negative impact on their language and culture.“Many of them feel abandoned because they weren’t included,” Winogron said. “And so we’re trying to right that as best we can.”Winogron said day school survivors are eager for a settlement.“We get calls – I can’t tell you how many calls we get – we get calls daily,” he added.“People have been waiting a long, long time.”last_img read more

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As Brexit looms UK preppers stock up and hunker down

LONDON — For almost as long as Britain and the European Union have been wrangling over Brexit, Melvin Burton has been preparing for a bumpy landing.He reels off the cornucopia of cans filling his shed and the cupboard under his stairs: “Tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, corned beef, tuna, honey, baked beans, tins of ham.” Cat food, too, “because I don’t want them to go hungry.”Burton is one of a growing number of “Brexit preppers” stockpiling in anticipation of disruption if Britain leaves the EU next month without a deal.Britain imports almost a third of its food from the EU, and the government says that a “no-deal” Brexit could bring severe disruption to freight across the English Channel and “reduced availability and choice of products,” especially fresh fruit and vegetables.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press read more

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Security Council begins first debate on Iraq since outbreak of military action

Leading off the discussion, in which the representatives of some 70 countries were expected to take part, Ambassador Mohammed A. Aldouri of Iraq said that his country – a founding member of the United Nations – was being subjected to aggression that was killing women, children and the elderly. Sanctions, which have lasted for almost 13 years, were also having a terrible effect on the country. He said the Council must take action to make sure that the rules of international law were observed. While the aggressors said that their goal was the disarmament of Iraq, everybody knew that they were not the ones tasked with that mandate, he said. The UN inspections during several months had found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction or proscribed activities within Iraq.The international community was also well aware that the Security Council had not authorized the use of force by the United States and the United Kingdom, Ambassador Aldouri said. The Council must impose respect for its resolutions, particularly those relating to the unjustified embargo against his country. He was still hopeful that the international community would be able to impose its will on those who had broken international law. A failure to do so would mean the end of the United Nations system.For his part, Ambassador Rastam Mohd Isa of Malaysia, speaking as the Chair of the NAM’s Coordinating Bureau, said NAM strongly believed that Member States should observe and abide by the UN Charter and the principles of international law in dealing with problems among nations. NAM opposed all unilateral military actions or use of force, including those made without proper authorization from the Council. It deplored any unilateral action against the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Member States.With military activity now escalating in Iraq, he said, NAM was extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation of the civilian population in that country. There were reports that the people in Basra could be facing a serious humanitarian disaster, including shortage of basic needs such as electricity and water, if relief supplies did not reach them in time. He hoped the sufferings of the civilian population would be relieved as soon as possible. While the responsibility for that lay with those countries that had initiated military action against Iraq, the international community must also assist the United Nations in carrying out the important task of providing humanitarian relief.The Observer for the League of Arab States, Yahya Mahmassani, told the Council that the resolution adopted at the end of the League’s Ministerial Council meeting on 23 March had stated that the aggression against Iraq was a violation of the UN Charter and the principles of international law, as well as a threat to international peace and security. The League had called for the unconditional withdrawal of US and British forces from Iraq and held them responsible for all the repercussions of the aggression. It had also called on the Council to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of forces. In addition, the League had called for a reaffirmation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.At a time when there was hope for the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he was stunned to see the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Mr. Mahmassani said. The threat to the security of Arab nations was the possession by Israel of weapons of mass destruction. The other threat was the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The current international system was facing a grave danger, he said, calling on the Council to shoulder its responsibility as the organ responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. How could the Council remain silent while an unjust war was being waged? He called on the Council to put an end to the war and call for the immediate withdrawal of the invading forces.Meanwhile Greece’s Ambassador, Adamantios Vassilakis, speaking on behalf of the European Union and associated States, said the EU was committed to the territorial integrity, sovereignty, political stability and full and effective disarmament of Iraq. It also respected the rights of the Iraqi people, including all persons belonging to minorities. The EU believed the United Nations must continued to play a central role during and after the current crisis, and that the Council should give the United Nations a strong mandate for that mission.The international community urgently needed to address the major humanitarian needs that would arise from the conflict, Ambassador Vassilakis said. He supported efforts based on proposals made by the Secretary-General to adapt the Oil-for-Food programme to changing circumstances so that it would continue to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people. On the regional front, the EU expressed solidarity with, and stood ready to assist, countries faced with problems and risks as a result of conflict, including possible refugee flows. read more

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Princess Dianas former butler Paul Burrell to marry his boyfriend after divorcing

first_imgFormer royal butler Paul Burrell is to marry his boyfriend next month, less than a year after divorcing his wife of 32 years, it has been reported.Mr Burrell, 58, who worked for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and was known as her “rock”, is due to wed his partner Graham Cooper, a lawyer, next month.He formally split from his ex-wife Maria last year, although reports suggested they had been living apart for a number of years. Paul Burrell pictured with Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 A statement at the time said it was a “mutual” decision. They had first met when working at Buckingham Palace together.Until now the former butler has not publicly spoken about his sexuality.He and Mr Cooper, also 58, are said to be planning a circus-themed ceremony in the Lake District next month before a small number of guests. A spokesman for Mr Burrell told the Sun: “I can confirm their forthcoming marriage.” “Paul and Maria will not be giving any further comments and would kindly request that their privacy is respected during this time.” Paul Burrell got divorced last yearCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA  Paul Burrell Paul Burrell pictured with Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997Credit:Stefan Rousseau./PA Since his time working for the royal family, Mr Burrell has appeared on reality television, including a stint in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here. He has also written an autobiography. A statement issued following his divorce last year said: “Our clients Paul and Maria Burrell would like to end any speculation over the past few days by confirming that they are currently going through a divorce.”The decision to file for divorce was a mutual one, both Paul and Maria remain the best of friends and have two wonderful sons together who remain their priority. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Petrol thefts downgraded as more police forces fail to turn up

So-called ‘bilkings’ – where a motorist drives away without paying for petrol – are increasingly being downgraded as low-level crime which wastes police time and money. At least eight police forces have stopped actively investigating fuel thefts from petrol stations in a cost cutting move that is feared will let criminals fill-up for free, The Telegraph can reveal. But the Petrol Retailers Association, which represents 70 per cent of forecourts, warns that driving off without payment is becoming increasingly common costing the industry £30 million a year. Earlier this month, Lincolnshire Police contacted all forecourt bosses in the county to warn that a new policy would mean they would no longer… read more

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UPDATE Pandemonium erupts as bandit killed accomplices shot in foiled Republic

Republic Bank Limited Water Street branchOne bandit is dead, while his alleged accomplices- one of whom is said to be an employee attached to Republic Bank Limited- are now injured and being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital following an exchange of gunfire early Tuesday morning during an attempted robbery on Republic Bank Limited on Water Street, Georgetown.Dead is 24-year-old Elton Wray, also known as “Peas” an agronomy graduate who lived in Eccles, East Bank Demerara and worked as a representative of National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI).Dead : Elton WrayInews understands that Wray had been studying in China for several years and only returned to Guyana recently.His accomplices were identified as Republic Bank employee, Jamal Haynes, 24, of Norton Street, Georgetown and Jemel Douglas, 24 of Mocha, East Bank Demerara.Douglas received one gunshot wound to his right arm and Haynes is being treated after being shot three times- once to each of his thighs and once to his genital area.Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 07:30hrs.The vehicle used by the robbers was reportedly hijacked the night before- (Mondale Smith photo)Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum told Inews that the three men were transported to the scene in a vehicle which was reportedly hijacked on Monday night.The trio entered the ATM door attached to the bank and broke the adjoining door in order to gain access to the inside of the building.ATM door used by the bandits to gain access to the buildingBased on information received, during the robbery attempt the employees who were on duty at the time began to panic as the three bandits fired shots at the security personnel.The exchange of gunfire lasted for several minutes until Haynes grabbed one of the bank employees as a hostage and escaped the building running towards the arcade located south of the bank.However, he was tailed, subsequently shot and apprehended.Wray reportedly managed to flee the bank and ran into a cook shop located near the arcade with law enforcement officials at his heels.He reportedly ran into the kitchen of the same business and pretended to be a cook but employees at that entity raised an alarm and he was subsequently shot, once to his chest, before being apprehended.Inews understands that the third accomplice was arrested as he was exiting the bank.Jemel Douglas seated in the white vest while Jamal Haynes, who was shot three times, lay bleeding on the floor (Mondale Smith photo)The injured perpetrators were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Wray succumbed while receiving treatment.Republic Bank Limited, in a statement said that the “unsuccessful”robbery attempt occurred as staff were making their way into the branch.The bank’s Managing Director, Richard Sammy said that  “our greatest concern at this point rests upon the safety and well-being of our staff and customers. We have initiated trauma assistance processes for staff and shall continue  to work with law enforcement officials in their investigations.”Further gratitude was extended to the police and the private security personnel (Professional Guard Services) for their prompt response in preventing the situation from escalating further.The Water Street location will be closed to customers until further notice.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOwner of hijacked vehicle used in foiled bank robbery arrestedJuly 5, 2017In “Crime”Foiled Bank robbery: 5 charged, Haynes gets 6 years jail for 4 offences, others remandedJuly 14, 2017In “Court”Foiled Bank robbery: Probe widens as female employee, 2 Police officers implicatedJuly 8, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Starbucks ads to tell customers Guns not welcome here

first_imgSTARBUCKS HAS ALWAYS set itself apart by taking strong positions on progressive political issues.Now that reputation has landed the company in the middle of the heated national debate over gun laws.Ban or no ban?Today, the Seattle-based company will run full-page ads in major newspapers, telling customers that guns are no longer welcome in its cafes.But Starbucks is stopping short of an outright ban, exposing the fine line it needs to walk on a highly divisive issue.“We are not pro-gun or anti-gun,” CEO Howard Schultz said in an interview, noting that customers will still be served if they choose to a carry gun.The move comes as the company finds itself at the center of a fight it didn’t start. In recent months, gun control advocates have been pressuring Starbucks to ban firearms, while supporters of gun rights have celebrated the company’s decision to defer to local laws.About a month ago, Starbucks shut down a store in Newtown, Connecticut, early to avoid a demonstration by gun rights advocates. They had planned to stage a “Starbucks Appreciation Day,” bringing their firearms and turning the company into an unwitting supporter of gun rights.Many states allow people to carry licensed guns in some way, but some businesses exercise their right to ban firearms. They can do so because their locations are considered private property. Starbucks isn’t the only company that doesn’t ban guns, but it has become a target for gun control advocates, in part because of its corporate image.Schultz said he hopes people will honour the request not to bring in guns but says the company will nevertheless serve those who do.“We will not ask you to leave,” he said.Shannon “Batousaii” Dunne stands with a holstered Ruger Vaquero handgun and sips a Starbucks coffee drink while looking on at an anti-gun rally in Seattle. Pic: AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonAdvertisementsThe Seattle-based company plans to buy ad space in major national newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today to run an open letter from Schultz explaining the decision.The letter points to recent activities by both gun rights and gun control advocates at its stores, saying that it has been “thrust unwillingly” into the middle of the national debate over firearms.As for the “Starbucks Appreciation Days” being staged by gun rights advocates, it stresses:To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores.But the letter notes that Starbucks is standing by its position that the matter should ultimately be left to lawmakers. Schultz also said he doesn’t want to put workers in the position of having to confront armed customers by banning guns.The AP was provided a picture of a memo to Starbucks employees on Tuesday. The document instructs workers not to confront customers or ask them to leave solely for carrying a weapon.Several companies do not allow firearms in their stores, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Whole Foods. Representatives for those two companies said there haven’t been any problems with enforcing their gun bans.Read: Why gun owners claim they need to bring firearms to Starbucks>last_img read more

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Toshibas 24nm SmartNAND could mean 64GB iPhone 5

first_imgGetting flash memory in large quantities is pretty simple if you have the space for it. Intel will happily sell you a 600GB SSD in a 2.5″ enclosure, but if you want more memory in a limited space device like a smartphone, you have to wait for next-gen smaller chips or make your device bigger.No manufacturer wants to make their device thicker/bigger just to add more memory, and thanks to Toshiba it looks like they won’t have to. Any smartphone getting a release in the second-half of 2011 should have access to a new, smaller 64GB memory chip.Toshiba has announced a new SmartNAND chip built using a 24nm process. What that means is the memory chip is smaller while offering more storage than the equivalent 32nm chips that are the norm today. At the same time, Toshiba has managed to increase the read/write performance and added error correction code (ECC) support as part of the control chip meaning the devices these chips are in have less work to do.The other good news is the storage options on these SmartNAND chips goes up to 64GB with the 64GB model set to appear by August. However, as we all know from experience, Apple likes to be first to market with new components if it sees an advantage in using them.You may remember the MacBook Air was so thin partly because of a new Toshiba Blade X-gale SSD solution which Apple managed to use before it came to market for everyone else. The same thing could now happen with a 64GB SmartNAND memory chip appearing in the iPhone 5 come June.Whether that turns out to be the case or not, this SmartNAND is sure to make its way into a number of limited space devices before the end of the year. Most likely we will be seeing a lot of 64GB smartphones and PMPs.Read more at the Toshiba press release, via Electronistalast_img read more

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FBI inadvertently admits to using Carrier IQ data

first_imgWere you thinking that all the hoopla about Carrier IQ was just overblown paranoia? Think again. A Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI led to the FBI inadvertantly admitting that it has, in some way, accessed the keylogging spyware.The request was (cleverly) worded in a way that even a denial of documents could confirm something. The inquiry asked the FBI for “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ.” The refusal stated that the material requested is in an investigative file that is exempt from disclosure. The refusal letter also cites a legal clause that allows such records to remain secret due to their relation to law enforcement.This isn’t quite a straight-forward admittance by the FBI of using Carrier IQ, but it’s extremely close. The FOIA request had specifically asked for documents related to accessing information harvested from Carrier IQ. The refusal didn’t deny the existence of those documents; nay, it confirmed their existence. This is the equivalent of Mulder and Scully requesting FBI documentation of alien coverups, and being told that those documents are classified.So within the last month, many have gone from thinking Facebook was the biggest privacy concern, to learning that a rogue company might be spying on us, to discovering that the FBI has probably used that data. Anyone who thinks Big Brother is pure fiction has been rudely awakened.The original requester of the data will try to find out more by appealing the canned denial. Good luck with that.via MuckRock and Gizmodolast_img read more

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Surprise offer for Benzema

first_imgReal Madrid’s Karim Benzema is being reportedly lined-up for a shock bid from Paris Saint-Germain, reports Diario GolThe French forward had his most disappointing campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu last season since his arrival after only finding the back of the net 11 times in his 45 appearances, despite having scored three goals in Real’s last two matches in the Champions League.But, despite his struggles in front of goal, Benzema always remained as Zinedine Zidane’s main centre-forward.However, since Zidane’s shock exit last month, Benzema appears to have run out of key allies in the locker room with the board having reportedly lost confidence in the Frenchman some time ago.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The 30-year-old now appears set to leave the European champions in the summer transfer window with Real reportedly asking for a transfer fee in the region of €80m.But while many rival clubs are understood to be unwilling to pay for such a high fee, PSG have emerged as a surprise destination for the struggling Benzema with new coach Thomas Tuchel believed to be a big admirer.The German coach feels that Benzema’s seniority and experience in the Champions League will prove to be invaluable for PSG as they finally aim to win in Europe.PSG released manager Unai Emery this summer after the Spaniard failed to lead the club to Champions glory in his two years in charge, despite having won a domestic treble last season.last_img read more

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Hughton reveals he is excited about facing Warnock

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton reveals he is looking forward to crossing paths with Neil Warnock when the Seagulls travel to the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.The former Newcastle United manager takes his side to Wales in 12th position in the Premier League after three wins from three in October, and Hughton was keen to repay the positive comments made by Warnock.He said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s always nice to hear people say good things about you, but it’s also very difficult in this profession to be nice all the time because you always have to make tough decisions that you hope can lead to success.”BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“For us, success is about keeping the team in the Premier League and building from there, so it’s impossible to do all of those things and be nice all the time – what you try to do is try to approach the game within your personality.”“What I do look forward to is seeing Neil – he’s somebody I know very well, and we’ve crossed paths on many occasions both on and off the pitch.”“He’s a manager who I have great respect for, and he has a wonderful track record – he’s brought a team into this division and continues to do a very good job there – it makes Saturday very tough for that reason.”last_img read more

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US DoT Publishes Hours of Service Rules

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register today to reflect the statutory exemptions for drivers transporting agricultural commodities that were included in the surface transportation bill (MAP-21) passed by Congress last year. States are to adopt compatible regulations as soon as possible after the effective date of this Final Rule, which is today, but no later than three years from the rule’s effective date.This action follows an Oct. 1, 2012 Federal Register notice from FMCSA alerting motor carriers and enforcement officials of the two statutory exemptions in MAP-21. Specifically, section 32101 provided a statutory exemption from the hours-of-service regulations for certain carriers transporting agricultural commodities and farm supplies, and section 32934 provided a statutory exemption from most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for the operation of covered farm vehicles by farm and ranch operators, their employees, and certain other specified individuals under certain specific circumstances.These statutory provisions were self-executing and took effect on Oct. 1, 2012. The Final Rule is currently on display at the Federal Register and may be viewed by clicking here.last_img read more

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Victim in Sundays fatal apartment fire identified

first_imgThe Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman who died in Sunday’s apartment fire as Lacie E. Adams, 29.Adams fell asleep with a lit cigarette, causing a fire at an apartment complex in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood, according to Vancouver fire officials. The medical examiner’s office determined Adams died of smoke inhalation.The blaze at the Courtyard Village Apartments, 2600 T St., was first reported at 10:22 a.m. Arriving firefighters found flames in a second-floor unit of a two-story apartment building and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to any other apartments, according to officials.The fire was ruled an accident.Sara Archer, a family friend of Adams, said Adams had been dealing with some personal problems, but she always kept her head up. The two worked together at Elite Fundraising, which coordinates fundraisers for churches, schools and other organizations.“Even in her saddest moments, she put a smile on her face,” Archer said. “It’s sad. She was so young. She had so much life ahead of her.”last_img read more

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How to apply for FEMA assistance

first_imgAnyone can apply for FEMA disaster assistance but Miami-Dade and Monroe counties have already been approved.  Other counties are expected to be added to the list of approved counties in the coming days.To apply log on to disasterassistance.gov or call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)You will need to provide the following information:Social Security NumberInsurance Information (homeowners, renters, flood, automobile or mobile home i.e.)Damage Information (such as flood or hurricane) and the type of dwelling (such as home, condo, car, truck)Financial Information (Total annual household income)Contact InformationDirect Deposit Information (Bank name, routing number, account number)If you are looking for assistance to help your business or community recover click here for a list of government programs and grants. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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