Category: drwcwjwq


SIT summons former Goa CM Kamat in illegal mining case

first_imgA Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Goa police has summoned former Chief Minister and former Minister for Mines Digambar Kamat to the crime branch office on Tuesday in connection with the estimated ₹35,000 crore mining scam. A senior official of the crime branch confirmed on Sunday to The Hindu that apart from Mr. Kamat, who held the mines portfolio for 12 years, former Director of Mines Arvind Lolienkar has also been summoned.This is the second time Kamat has been summoned in connection with the case. He was last questioned along with Mr. Lolienkar in February 2014. The SIT is looking to speed up investigation into the matter after the new Manohar Parrikar government took over recently. Significantly, Mr. Kamat was seen as the front-runner among Congress leaders acceptable to likely allies like Goa Forward Party, to take over as Chief Minister if party could form government post recent State assembly elections.After it made illegal mining and loss to State on that count as one of the major election issues in 2021, BJP had promised to bring to book all those involved in illegal mining and recover the loss to the exchequer because of it. However, Mr. Parrikar continued to face flak from anti-illegal mining groups and activists for not pursuing the matter as promised. On July 26, 2013, the Mines department had filed a criminal complaint in the illegal mining case with the crime branch, seeking that it fix criminal liability against those involved in illegal mining. It also requested that the police file an FIR against persons identified in the Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee (CEC), the Shah Commission report on illegal mining that estimated the loss to exchequer due to illegal mining to Rs.35,000 crores, and in the reports about illegal mining by then Public Account Committee of the Goa legislative assembly headed by Mr. Parrikar.Apart from Mr. Kamat and Mr. Lolienkar, another retired Mines Director J.B. Bhingui, technical assistant Shyam Sawant, retired senior geologist of Mines department Hectar Fernandes have also been grilled by SIT sleuths so far.The SIT, probing 16 cases of illegal mining, has till date charge sheeted Frost International Pvt Ltd, a mining company before a special court under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The details of extraction, storage and trade till September 2012 — when mining operations were shut by the Supreme Court — information regarding production, export, purchase of ore, domestic sale, iron ore storage, opening and closing stock, clearances from Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, Indian Bureau of Mines among others are already in the SIT custody indicating the magnitude of the cases.last_img read more


Bolts notch semis berth

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Read Next “It’s back to work in the semifinals,” Dillinger added. But the euphoria should be short-lived as the Bolts are facing a big possibility of missing import Allen Durham when they face the Hotshots on Sunday at the start of their best-of-five semifinal duel.“That’s going to be tough particularly if AD (Durham) can’t play 100 percent,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of his reinforcement, who sprained his ankle late in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlack said they have no immediate plans in case Durham can’t play at all.Black said that compared to the Elite, who relied heavily on import Henry Walker, the Hotshots “got a lot of players who can score.” “Locals contribute a lot in the game,” he said. “It’s a different animal for us.” View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Blackwater’s Henry Walker gestures after a play against Meralco. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonOrder is restored.Top seed Meralco avoided a major power interruption by frustrating upset-minded Blackwater, 104-96, Thursday night and arranging a semifinal duel with the Star Hotshots in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cone: We still have work to do Walker unloaded 27 points in the first half as Blackwater threatened to nullify Meralco’s twice-to-beat advantage and become only the fourth eighth-seed team to upset the No. 1 squad.But Meralco put the reliable, all-purpose veteran Ranidel de Ocampo on the former New York Knicks player and managed to slow him down with just seven points in the final half.That paved the way for the Bolts’ charge, which was anchored on Baser Amer, who finished with a career-high 31 points, and Jared Dillinger, who threw down five three-pointers.“We showed a lot of heart,” said Black. “For a while there we couldn’t do anything right and we’re like floating in the water. But we remained as calm as possible.”Dillinger, who made all his points from the three-point range, said “it’s very bizarre now that it all depends on how AD is feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more


ISL: Ogbeche hat-trick leads NorthEast United to goal-fest win over Chennaiyin

first_imgOgbeche starred for NorthEast United FC as they upstaged reigning Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC in a seven-goal spectacle at the Marina Arena in Chennai on Thursday.Star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche (29′, 37′, 39′) scored the second-fastest hat-trick in the ISL and his three goals meant NEUFC has levelled the match in the first half itself.It was a goal-fest in the first half with Rowllin Borges own goal (4′) and Thoi Singh brace (15′, 32′) had propping Chennaiyin FC up. Borges would then make amends for his mistake by netting the match-winner early in the second half.Without a win in two games, the hosts started the match with urgency and were rewarded with an early goal after they forced a corner in the fourth minute. Issac Vanmalsawma whipped a devilish delivery in and Borges inadvertently headed it into his own net from inside the six-yard box.Bartholomew Ogbeche led from the front and inspired @NEUtdFC to an incredible come-from-behind victory over @ChennaiyinFC tonight.More videos: #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #CHENEU #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 18, 2018Though NorthEast started dominating possession, it was Chennaiyin who struck again. In the 15th minute, Jerry Lalrinzuala spotted Issac’s run down the left and sent in a wonderful through-ball for the winger to latch on to. Issac surged forward and squared the ball for Thoi who finished the move.The Highlanders pulled a goal back minutes before the half an hour mark after the energetic Federico Gallego managed to get a shot on target. Goalkeeper Karanjit Singh saved the shot but could not hold on to the ball and Ogbeche capitalised on the offering and slotted it into the far corner.advertisementChennaiyin, however, restored their two-goal advantage within minutes. Raphael Augusto wriggled free of his markers down the left wing and got to the touchline. His square-ball was bundled in by Thoi at the near post.The see-saw nature of the game continued but it was NorthEast who took the game by the scruff of its neck. Ogbeche came into his own and struck once again to pull the Highlanders level.First, he outjumped Francisco Fernandes to meet Borges’ cross and steered it home. Minutes later, he met Gallego’s wonderful through ball and rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a quick-fire hat-trick to help @NEUtdFC register a victory over reigning champions @ChennaiyinFC . He is the Hero of the Match.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #CHENEU Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 18, 2018NorthEast continued their ascendancy after the break and soon went into the lead. Gallego found Reagan Singh down the right wing. His cross was blocked and Borges latched on to the loose ball on the edge of the area and swept a brilliant finish into the bottom corner.Chennaiyin pressed hard for a way back into the game but NorthEast showed composure to hold on to their advantage.Chennaiyin coach John Gregory threw on Jeje Lalpekhlua in a bid to conjure up an equaliser. He almost got on the end of a header from Andrea Orlandi in added time but just could not steer it in as Eelco Schattorie’s team held on to register a famous victory.last_img read more


Last Chance to Visit Pirates Myth and Reality

first_imgSince opening this past June, nearly 128,000 people have experienced Pirates: Myth and Reality, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s dynamic exhibit about pirate fact and fiction. This Sunday, Nov. 4, will mark the exhibit’s final day and the public is encouraged to visit this wildly popular display one last time before it is gone. As a further incentive, visitors will be able to save on the price of admission as the museum’s cheaper off-season rates have recently come into effect. Highlights from the exhibit include an actual skull of a pirate executed in Halifax in 1809; the largest public display ever mounted of Oak Island artifacts; rare and deadly weapons from the golden age of piracy; and a surprising display on modern day piracy featuring a real AK-47. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more


Local International Companies Continue to Deliver Results

first_imgFrom one end of the province to the other, NSBI, and its partners, helped local and international companies deliver competitive and sustainable economic results in 2009-10. NSBI released its eighth annual report today, Sept. 10, which covers the fiscal period from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010. “With the support of agencies like NSBI and business development partners across the province, we continue to position our people and businesses to compete successfully, create good jobs in Nova Scotia and contribute to a growing economy,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. NSBI’s clients in 2009-10 are forecasting they could create as many as 2,633 jobs and retain 746 jobs. When looking at all activity, the agency projects the creation of potential payroll of $135.4 million. “By living and working in communities all over this province, our board of directors see, firsthand, the connection between productive and innovative companies and sustainable economic growth,” said Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board of directors. In collaboration with its partners, NSBI’s trade programs and services helped close to 300 companies to advance existing markets and explore new ones. More than 30 companies across the province plan to improve productivity, expand operations and create and retain jobs, with assistance from NSBI. “In spite of uncertain economic times, we remained focused on driving business development, at home, and around the world,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Going forward, NSBI, our clients, and partners need to stay aggressive and proactive so we can continue to see world-class business growth in the province.” The 2009-10 annual report is an accountability document measuring NSBI against goals from its 2009-10 business plan. For more information on NSBI’s results, visit . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI helps Nova Scotia companies meet their growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. The investment attraction agency for the province, NSBI fuels job creation and economic growth. For more information, visit and join the conversation at .last_img read more


Tories threaten allnighter over true cost to Canadians of Liberal carbon price

first_imgOTTAWA – MPs were facing another long night of marathon voting Thursday as the Conservatives pushed the government to disclose how much its carbon price is going to cost Canadian families.Finance critic Pierre Poilievre said his goal is to make the government feel “as uncomfortable as possible until they tell the truth” about how much more Canadians will pay for everything from groceries to gasoline because of the carbon price.“If this government is going to make Canadians pay the price we’re going to make the government pay the price by keeping them here for 25 hours straight voting on their carbon tax cover up,” Poilievre said.The Conservatives had lined up more than 200 votes on the government’s main spending plan and threatened to proceed with them late Thursday if the government opposed a Tory motion calling on it to table by June 22 how much the proposed $50-per-tonne carbon price will cost Canadian families.It’s the second time in less than three months the Conservatives have used an all-nighter to make a political point. In March, they forced a 21-hour filibuster in a bid to force the government to agree to allow national security adviser Daniel Jean to testify at committee about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to India.Ultimately, the Conservatives won that battle because about two weeks after that voting marathon, the government agreed Jean could testify at the committee about non-classified information. He did so on April 16.However, they’re not likely to win the carbon price battle. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the government has already released its cost analysis, pointing to a report released in April that said its plan could cut emissions by up to 90 million tonnes a year by the time the carbon price hits $50 a tonne in 2022, at a cost to the economy of about $2 billion. That is equivalent to less than 0.1 per cent of the gross domestic product.“The Conservative Party is going to make people vote all night in relation to this when we have released this information,” McKenna said.She tabled the April report in the Commons following question period Thursday.As for the specific impacts on families, McKenna said it will depend on how each province chooses to use revenues from the carbon price. While the Liberals require every province to put a minimum $20-per-tonne price on carbon emissions by January 1 — rising to $50 per tonne in 2022 — it will only impose the price on provinces that don’t create their own system.What Poilievre wants, however, is a document done by the department of finance in 2015 which looks at the potential impact of a carbon price based on household consumption data across different income levels. He says he knows it exists because it was mentioned in documents he obtained through access-to-information legislation, although the actual analysis was blacked out.“We’re not asking for their April public relations pamphlet,” Poilievre said.The carbon price is becoming one of the biggest points of contention between the Liberals and Conservatives and promises to be a major debate during the next federal election.The Conservatives feel emboldened by the Ontario election win for Doug Ford, who campaigned on a promise to get rid of that province’s cap-and-trade system which kicked into place in March 2017. The Liberals counter that a majority of Ontario residents actually voted for one of the two parties that support carbon pricing.If the Conservatives proceed with the voting marathon it will also further delay passage of the government’s bill to make pot legal in Canada. The government’s response to Senate amendments to Bill C-45 was to be debated Thursday night but, due to the Tories’ 200 motions, that vote likely won’t take place until next week.last_img read more



first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Sophie Theallet on her runway in New York City in September, 2015. (Photo Credit Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images) Advertisement And then, in November 2016, she wrote a letter and posted it on Twitter. In it, she wrote that she could not support the “racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed” by the Trump campaign.Further, she wrote, as someone “who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In the fall of 2016, Sophie Theallet, a French designer who founded her namesake label in New York in 2007, was feeling a burst of momentum. She had been heralded as a champion of inclusivity after her graceful fall collection, shown at New York Fashion Week in February, and had a campaign planned for spring 2017 that featured such women as Selah Marley, a daughter of the musician Lauryn Hill, and Sarita Choudhury, the actress.Michelle Obama had worn her clothes. She was as excited as she had been when she won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2009. Her moral and creative values were in sync. Facebooklast_img read more


Dawson Creek RCMP looking for help to find missing 15yearold

first_imgShe is described as aboriginal, 101 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes and 5’1″.If you have any information to share about this missing person, contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are just now asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 15-year-old.In a press release early Tuesday, the RCMP said Nitasha Chowace was reported missing to the Dawson Creek RCMP on October 22 when she failed to return home for her curfew.The RCMP say Chowace has been in sporadic contact with family only via social media. However, she has failed to return home or provide any information as to her whereabouts.last_img read more


Moroccos Health Minister Supports Abortion

Rabat – Morocco’s Health Minister El Hussein Louardi wants to see the ban on abortion lifted in Morocco.In an interview with French-speaking weekly magazine Telquel published on Friday, the minister said that women should control their bodies.“I am a doctor and citizen first. I believe a woman should have control over her own body,” Louardi told the weekly. “I think it is absolutely necessary to legalize abortion, because it is not only a medical problem but also a social problem.”He mentioned the example of a “helpless woman” becoming “pregnant with a child she can’t afford to look after”.“How will she cope? She should have the right to decide,” he added.King Mohammed VI opened a consultation around legalizing abortion in March. The monarch will soon examine proposals on abortion he asked the departments of justice and Islamic Affairs and the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) to prepare.Last month, El Hussein Louardi called for opening a “wise and serene” debate on abortion taking into account the religious, legal, medical, social, ethical and cultural dimensions.Speaking at a conference on the amendment of the abortion law held by the Moroccan association for the fight against illegal abortion, the Minister stressed the importance of allowing abortion to protect the physical and mental health of the mother in cases of rape, incest, congenital malformation.He added that this will have positive impact on reducing maternal mortality and ensure safety conditions in abortion.According to The Moroccan Association for the Fight against Clandestine Abortion AMLAC, 600 abortions are carried out daily by doctors and another 200 non-medical abortions.MWN with AFP read more


Time to fight back against cancer of corruption – UN chief

“All of us have a responsibility to take action against the cancer of corruption,” he declares in a message for International Anti-Corruption Day, which is observed annually on 9 December.No country, region or community is immune to corruption, which is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).This year UNODC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and impacts education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.“When desperately needed development funds are stolen by corrupt individuals and institutions, poor and vulnerable people are robbed of the education, health care and other essential services,” says the Secretary-General.“Although the poor may be marginalized by corruption, they will not be silenced,” he adds. “In events across the Arab world and beyond this year, ordinary people have joined their voices in denouncing corruption and demanding that Governments combat this crime against democracy.“Their protests have triggered changes on the international scene that could barely have been imagined just months previously.”Mr. Ban highlighted the efforts of the UN in helping countries combat corruption as part of its broader, system-wide campaign to help bolster democracy and good governance.He urged all governments that have not yet done so to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption, which he called a “powerful” tool in the fight against the scourge.He also called on businesses to adopt anti-corruption measures in line with the convention, noting that the private sector, too, stands to gain enormously from effective action.“On this International Anti-Corruption Day, let us pledge to do our part by cracking down on corruption, shaming those who practise it and engendering a culture that values ethical behaviour,” stated the Secretary-General.Numerous events will be held around the world to mark the Day, including concerts, youth events and awareness-raising campaigns. 8 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging everyone to do their part to stamp out corruption, which afflicts all countries, undermining social progress and breeding inequality and injustice. read more


Liberia still faces human rights problems but progress is expected – UN

A recent report issued by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said the country “continues to face serious challenges to upholding, protecting and respecting the human rights of its citizens.” It points to the priority need for the Government to get enough competent judges and magistrates in place throughout the country.“The major difficulty in human rights work here in Liberia results from what the High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour described during her visit as the ‘dysfunctional judiciary,’ the problem is that the courts are not operating properly,” Dorota Gierycz, director of UNMIL’s human rights and protection section, told the UN News Service.“I know that many international institutions stand ready to assist but I think that it requires very basic reform of the judiciary in all its aspects,” Ms. Gierycz said by telephone from Liberia, adding she was confident the new Government has the will to improve the situation.“We believe that with the new democratically elected president and parliament and very strong commitment by the president to the rule of law and fighting corruption, I think that this issue – which is so critical to the rule of law – will be at the centre of government efforts,” she said, noting that the country has already made progress.“After one year of being here, I can see how despite all these negative indicators there is a lot of potential, there is a lot of change,” Ms. Gierycz said, citing as one example the outcome of the elections that recently brought President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to office last month, when she became the first woman elected to lead an African nation.The establishment of a democratically elected Government in the country also culminated a peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003.Another success was the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which helped in particular to bring people together after the devastating violence suffered in the country, said Ms. Gierycz. UNMIL’s human rights director also highlighted the increasing role of women in Liberian society as a further example of progress in the human rights field and a positive indicator for the future.“The mobilization of women and their conscious participation in the second phase of the election, and the state of a society that makes this possible, I think this illustrates positive developments in the area of human rights,” Ms. Gierycz concluded. read more


Local brewing company benefiting from change to city bylaw

by kendrafowler Posted Apr 3, 2017 3:19 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drew and James Ross, brothers and partners in New Level Brewing, in their new industrial warehouse and tap room at Fairmore Business Park. A local brewery is opening up, thanks in part to a change in the city’s bylaw.Councillors voted to reform a land use definition for breweries, distilleries and wineries, which allows them to set up shop closer to the city.President of New Level Brewing, Drew Ross, said this change played a big role when choosing their location.“We’re located close to Chinook Centre and close to the CTrain and one reason being there is advantageous because now we can actually have people come into the brewery, take a tour and have a beer, whereas without those discretionary use changes, you’d probably have to be located pretty far out of the city, like near the airport or something,” Ross explained.He added, this opens up real possibilities for the entire industry.“I think it looks very bright,” he said. “I am very optimistic about the industry as a whole. I really think Alberta can become the Oregon of Canada that we can have a really strong industry, instead of us flying down to Portland to check out beer, people will fly into Alberta to check out beer.”New Level Brewing will specialize in progressive styles of craft beer and will feature a tap room where you can taste and purchase the product.They expect to open sometime in August. Local brewing company benefiting from change to city bylaw Calgary|YYC read more


Rural Latin American and Caribbean areas need targeted agricultural policies investments –

Economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, and governments need targeted policies and investments for agricultural development and correct historic inequality experienced by millions of people across the region, says a United Nations report released today.“With the region’s poorest people living in rural areas, the Rural Development Report 2016 demonstrates the need for a far more comprehensive and holistic approach to economic development in order to eradicate poverty and ensure prosperity for millions of people,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in a news release from the UN agency.“The report makes it clear that investing in rural and agricultural development means investing in the whole economy,” Mr. Nwanze said.The Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation , released by IFAD, is a rallying call to policymakers and development practitioners to win the global war against poverty, the release said.It brings together leading thinkers to analyse the experiences of rural development in over 60 developing countries, 16 of them in Latin America and the Caribbean.Of the countries analysed in Latin America, Bolivia is the only case in which reduction of poverty has progressed fast in spite of the fact that the transformation of its nationwide and rural economies has been slow. The Bolivian example, the report says, proves that proper, targeted policies can reduce poverty in every kind of social and economic context.If we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, rural areas need to be transformed“Although millions of people in the region have left poverty behind over the last few decades, inequality remains extremely high in the region and one quarter of the population still lives in poverty,” said Joaquín Lozano, IFAD Director for Latin American and the Caribbean. “To change this situation, we have to start in the rural areas where poverty is more pervasive.”The report establishes that to enable Latin America and the Caribbean to overcome poverty, inclusive rural transformation needs a comprehensive approach that goes beyond just increasing agricultural productivity. It has to give rural people access to land, infrastructure, health, education, finance and contribute to establishing stronger local, regional and national institutions. Great strides made to overcome traditional urban-rural dichotomyAccording to the report, over the past few decades great strides had been made to overcome the traditional urban-rural dichotomy. For instance, agriculture is no longer the only economic activity in rural areas where more and more families are combining farming and non-farming activities to make a living; cultural differences between rural and urban populations, especially among youth, are blurring; and the divide between urban and rural areas is also blurring as rural communities grow into medium-sized cities and more people live between rural and urban areas.This complex reality represents opportunities as well as challenges that require policymakers and development practitioners to change their approach to rural poverty issues.The report concludes that policies and investments need to bring poor, often marginalized, rural people into the economic mainstream so that rural development is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. In the case of Latin America this applies especially to historically neglected segments of the population, including rural women and youth, indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant communities.“If we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, rural areas need to be transformed,” said Mr. Nwanze. “But we know from this report that the process is not automatic. It is a choice governments need to make, and it is a choice that is becoming increasingly urgent. The future prosperity of people and nations depend on it.” read more


RSPCA criticises BBC staff after newsreader tweets shocking mouse killing joke

first_img“Peta will be sending the BBC a humane rodent trap so that any unwanted guests can be gently caught and released, unharmed, outdoors – which is a solution that everyone, including the mice, can live with.”Meanwhile, we urge the authorities to investigate and the BBC to inform all its staff and contractors about what constitutes cruelty – and why small animals are not exempt.”The BBC, when contacted, refused to comment.This is not the first time a BBC mouse has made the news. When Shelagh Fogarty presented a show on 5 Live, a guest told her he had just spotted a mouse running along the the floor. A YouTube video of Fogarty yelping and climbing on to her chair has been viewed 190,000 times. People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (Peta) said: “Just as using glue traps to kill mice is hideously cruel, so, too, is stamping on them.”Effective long-term solutions for keeping rodents away from buildings always involve modifying the environment to make it a less desirable place to find food – including by sealing holes in walls. But in a follow-up tweet, he said: “A World Service colleague has killed the #newsmouse with his boot! ‘It would have chewed through our cables’ was the reason given. Brutal.”Horrified followers condemned the killing, with one saying: “That is cruelty and against the law… not humane. Maybe needs reporting.” Another said: “It’s illegal. Happy to notify RSPCA.”Mr Kelly replied that he didn’t approve of the actions but thought it was “quicker than a trap or poison”.However, the RSPCA called the incident “shocking”. When a mouse was spotted scurrying across the floor of the BBC’s New Broadcasting House, it was quickly dispatched.But the brutal method of its demise – crushed beneath the boot of a ruthless World Service staffer – has led the RSPCA to warn that mice in offices should not be killed. Instead, it advises companies to make their workplaces “less attractive to rodents”.The fate of the BBC rodent was made public by James Kelly, a Radio 2 journalist and newsreader. He tweeted pictures of the fluffy mouse next to a computer, referring to it affectionately as a “little fella” and dubbing it “newsmouse”. @phill_harper @ShelaghFogarty Sadly, we’ll never know Phil. It squeaks no more ☹️🐭☠️— James Kelly (@JamesKellyMedia) February 28, 2017 Nothing seen so far tonight… #mousewatch #mousegate— James Kelly (@JamesKellyMedia) March 1, 2017 This little fella… #newsmouse— James Kelly (@JamesKellyMedia) February 28, 2017 “Most healthy mice would run away fast from a person so it may be that this poor creature was sick or injured, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a horrible thing to do to a defenceless rodent,” it said in a statement.”We would always advise more humane ways of dealing with them than killing them.” The charity suggested a humane trape, which allows the mouse to be captured and released outdoors, or making the environment “less attractive to rodents” by sweeping up crumbs and not leaving out food. 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


Rachael Bland BBC presenter and cancer blogger dies two days after bidding

“It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will continue with the You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my friends.”Writing in The Telegraph last month, she told how the cancer had spread around multiple lymph nodes in her upper body, into her skin and liver. Devastating news Steve, I’m so so sorry. Can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for you. Sending lots of love and thoughts to you, Freddie and your families. You must all be incredibly proud of what Rachael has done. RIP Rachael x— Simon King (@SimonOKing) September 5, 2018 Since the very early stages of my diagnosis I have followed you, so funny, witty and positive, I hope I can deal with this with half of your amazing attitude. 🦋— Alejandra Solis (@alejandrasolis) September 3, 2018 Rachael, I have watched in awe at all you have done to help people going though this horrible illness. I know from experience how much it means when there is someone willing to talk about it. You have made a difference Hun – you are a very special lady. xx— Christine Talbot (@christinetalbot) September 3, 2018 Oh Rach. Life really can be so unbelievably cruel. You’ve been dealt a hideous hand but you have been a bloody star and I’m sure Freddie will be too. Sending you all my love as I sit here in tears. You’re an amazing woman. See you for a glass of wine on the other side ❤️— Will Perry (@willperryTV) September 3, 2018 Her BBC colleagues Victoria Derbyshire, Simon King, Laura Bicker and Zoe Ball also paid tribute on Twitter:  Our thoughts are with you Rachael. And also with Steve & Freddie. Your honesty, integrity and humour through all of this has been something to behold. You are one impressive woman and this really is the saddest news. Much love xx— Chris Warburton (@chriswarburton_) September 3, 2018 Rachael Bland was a voice we all needed to hear. Bright, funny, feisty. She allowed us to have a frank conversation about cancer with those closest to us. Sending all my love to her family right now.— Laura Bicker (@BBCLBicker) September 5, 2018 Heartbreaking 😢 Cannot tell you how much you’ve helped in the last six months. My Mrs had cancer, we also have a two year old boy. We’ll be forever grateful for your openness. You have changed the way people talk and deal with cancer forever. An incredible legacy ❤️ #youmebigc— alistair magowan (@alistairmagowan) September 3, 2018 And fellow BBC journalist Jennie Gow wrote: “You have been such an inspiration both before and now and with everything you have done… forever more.”Mark Chapman, one of the BBC’s leading sports radio anchors, said: “Oh Rachael. I am so very sorry. What you have done has been amazing and helped so many. Sending so much love to you, Steve and Freddie (son, three).” Others to offer their support were singer Ronan Keating, BBC’s Chris Warburton and Chris Mason,  Olympian Greg Rutherford and a host of listeners going through their own cancer treatment.You Me and The Big C co-host Deborah James simply wrote: “No words right now – just heartbreak.”•  You, Me and The Big C  is available to download at reaction to Rachael Bland’s announcement on Monday Rest in peace dear Rachael. So moved by her strength & bravery, her honesty, as a mum, as a woman. Makes you stop to think about how precious our moments here are. She’s helped & will continue to help so many folk fighting cancer & life threatening illnesses. 🙏🏼✨— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) September 5, 2018 Mark and I are so so sorry for you and your little boy and your families. We are sending all our love and strength to you ❤️❤️❤️— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) September 5, 2018 A post on Bland’s official Twitter account said: “Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family. We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her  story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her. Steve and Freddie”. Her friend and colleague Tony Livesey said: “5Live’s lost one of its brightest spirits. I’m going into cliche territory now so she’ll be pressing an alarm somewhere, but she was beautiful inside and out. She was such a lovely person.”Rachael Bland – presenter, friend to most of us, inspiration to all. Radio 5 Live is broadcasting with a broken heart. We’ve lost one of our brightest talents.”In a statement on the social media site on Monday afternoon, she wrote: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: “I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families.”Even now, knowing the ‘no options left’ conversation is coming, I can’t crumble and fall to pieces. “I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together.”Dozens of well-wishers thanked Ms Bland for both her podcast which she hosts alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James and her blog, Big C Little Me. Financial journalist Steph McGovern was among those singing her praises, and wrote: “Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.”The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and bloody brilliance. Thank you for everything you have done.” BBC news presenter Rachael Bland, who was widely praised for the manner in which she fought breast cancer, has died aged 40.Just two days ago the journalist, who had been at the BBC for more than 15 years, bade “au revoir” to her friends, revealing she only had days left to live. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and recorded the You Me and The Big C podcast, following her while she underwent treatment, and documented her cancer journey on her blog Big C Little Me.Her family confirmed that she had died this morning shortly after 3am. Mrs Bland’s husband Steve told the BBC: “Rachael’s death has left a huge hole in our perfect little family that we’ll never be able to fill.”She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.”We all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis. At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful. Rachel I don’t know you personally but my heart breaks for you. I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through. This Fucking disease is my greatest enemy. It breaks hearts continuously. I commend you for your bravery and honesty. There are no words. God bless you and yours. X— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) September 4, 2018 Oh Rach, words can’t say how this makes me feel. This is the saddest news. You’re an amazing woman and absolute inspiration. Thinking of you, Steve and Freddie xx— Simon King (@SimonOKing) September 3, 2018 Jacqui Oatley tweeted: “Sleep tight, dear inspirational Rachael. You’ll never be forgotten.”And Sky’s Hayley McQueen said: “This is such tragic news about the brilliant journalist Rachael Bland passing away at just 40 years old. May this inspiring courageous woman rest in peace. Thoughts with her husband, family, friends & in particular her young son.”Radio 5 Live presenter Anna Foster tweeted: “Fly high Rachael, we’ll never forget you and we’ll make sure your incredible work lives on”.Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “So sad to hear Rachael Bland has died. She fought so bravely. Her legacy is a testament to how much more we need to do to beat this dreadful disease.”Dame Kelly Holmes responded to the post on Bland’s official Twitter account, writing: “I am only liking this as I want to respect what you have written. It feels strange to be pressing like on something so sad. Rachael has done more for awareness then anyone and for that people are truly grateful. My heart and love goes out to all of your family so sorry.”Former Busted singer Charlie Simpson expressed his sadness at the news, recalling how he’d listened to Bland’s podcast this week, adding he had been “amazed at how charming, funny and gracious she was in the face of such tragic circumstances. Such a strong women. Rest in Peace”. “Rachael was and will always be an incredible inspiration to everyone she met. To us, she was perfect in every way and we will miss her more than words can say.”We just ask that everyone respects our family’s privacy as we try and come to terms with losing our beautiful girl.” You’ll never know just how many people you’ve helped. You have created a huge legacy, a wonderful insight to millions as to how you live a life of courage. You helped me so much when I was diagnosed, I couldn’t talk about it so I listened to you do it. All my love and strength xx— louise martin (@louisemartin25) September 3, 2018 She said at the time: “We still had some hope of holding back the tide for a while, but no one survives metastatic breast cancer long term.”I’ve not asked how long I have left, because I don’t want a number in my head that I’m counting down to. It’s only ever a best guesstimate – but I’ve got less than a year.”Scores of her colleagues and supporters paid tribute to the popular presenter, with Radio 5’s controller, Jonathan Wall, describing her as “part of the fabric of 5 Live”, adding that today was “a very sad day for all of us and so many of our listeners”.He ended his tribute saying: “We are all so proud at what she achieved – a truly heroic broadcaster and lovely wife, daughter and mum.”A number of other fellow broadcasters also shared their sadness at the news of her death. On Monday, when Bland announced she only had days to live, colleagues responded with messages of support for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: “Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace. In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love,” signing off her tweet with two kisses. BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own wife Emma was given the all clear after her breast cancer diagnosis, tweeted his thoughts. He said: “And then reality suddenly bites and perspective gained. This is awful. No words, other than love to you and Steve (husband).”Bland’s Radio 5 colleague Richard Bacon also offered support on Twitter, writing: “Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.”But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.”Comedian Justin Moorhouse, a regular panelist on BBC shows including 5Live’s Fighting Talk, simply wrote: “All the love in the world.” Like everybody Rachael, I just can’t believe it or get my head around it. You’ve battled so bravefully and with such dignity, and as so many have said, you are an inspiration to us all. It was always a pleasure to work with you and Richard. Much love and peace to you & yours xx— Dave Vitty (@davidvitty) September 3, 2018 Thinking of you Rachael — and of Steve and Freddie too. You are an extraordinary person to work with and listen to. It’s clear for all to see what a brilliant Mum, wife and broadcaster you are too. It was always an incredible privilege to share the airwaves with you.— Chris Mason (@ChrisMasonBBC) September 3, 2018 You’ve lit up a great many lives with the way you’ve faced up to the big C – I’m so sorry it’s ending like this. You’ve been amazing. Wx— Wyre Davies (@WyreDavies) September 3, 2018 You are amazing. A true gem. Sending all my love xxx— Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) September 4, 2018 Utterly devastated for you and your family Rachael. What you’ve done to help others is amazing.— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) September 3, 2018 In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. 💋💋— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018 Words cannot begin to express. You’re an unbelievable inspiration and surreal is not the word. Amazing courage and will help millions of others cope. Love to you all xx— Mike Bushell (@mikebreakfast) September 3, 2018 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


Northam Platinum to trial Master Drillings Mobile Tunnel Borer

first_imgNortham Platinum is reported to have signed a deal with Master Drilling to trial the Mobile Tunnel Borer (MTB) technology the JSE-listed equipment company has been working on.According to Mining Weekly Online, the MTB will be tested at the mining company’s Eland mine, in South Africa, as part of a “R93-million ($6.6 million) shared risk-and-reward contract” with Master Drilling.Just last month, Master Drilling hinted such an announcement would soon be forthcoming, remarking in its 2018 financial results that the one MTB unit it had constructed was being shipped to South Africa to take part in a pilot project. It has since confirmed that the MTB will head to Eland.Mining Weekly Online said much of the tunnel boring equipment arrived in Durban last week and is expected to become operational at the mine, near Brits, in June.The MTB to be used by Northam was previously cutting soft rock in a quarry just outside of Rome, Italy. IM visited the quarry last year.The unit IM saw was made up of four track-mounted units containing various parts – the cutter head and bolting section is up front, followed by the transformer and 300 m capacity water and electrical reels on the third unit, and a 14 m³ capacity storage bunker and discharge system on the fourth unit.The full-face cutter head had 17” disc cutters, which are conventional from a tunnel boring perspective but are made up of five separate segments. This cutter head, like the majority of the 240-300 t MTB, was designed to be broken down for transport.The equipment, which unlike other TBMs is designed to go around corners, was developed by Italy-based Seli Technologies, which Master Drilling, through a joint venture with Ghella SpA, recently acquired.The MTB comes with 5.5 m diameter cutter head or 4.5 m diameter cutter head. The former is for declines, portals, haulages, inclines, ramps, ring roads, etc, with the latter allowing for excavation of drives and contact tunnels.Master Drilling is aiming for an advance rate of 6-9 m/d in 200-250 MPa rock, but is not discounting the possibility of a higher rate should the additional mucking transport systems behind the 23 m (4.5 m diameter MTB) or 31 m (5.5 diameter MTB) machines be able to keep up.At Eland, the equipment has reportedly been contracted for six months to see if it can operate effectively. The targeted advance of more than 100 m/mth in mine, which is only 200 m below surface, is roughly three times the conventional capability, Mining Weekly Online said.There is also potential for a similar machine being deployed at the company’s Booysendal operation, according to the publication.last_img read more


Toyota recall Car maker recalls thousands of vehicles in Ireland

first_imgTOYOTA HAS ANNOUNCED a recall of over 36,000 of its cars in Ireland as part of a global recall involving some 7.4 million vehicles.A fault with electric windows has been identified as the reason for the recall which amounts to more vehicles than the car maker sold worldwide in its financial year to March.“There is a defect in the driver’s side power-window switch, which can cause earlier wear in the switch and lead to it malfunctioning,” a Tokyo-based company spokeswoman told AFP.“There is another concern that commercially-offered lubricant used to smooth the switch’s movement can cause it to erode,” she added.The automaker said it first became aware of the glitch in 2008, but was unable to determine the cause until now.The problem centres on a switch for the front seat passenger window that can stick or fail to work which could lead to the switch melting and fire in the worst case if a lubricant, such as oil, is applied in trying to release the switch.In Ireland the recall involves 9,232 of its Yaris models, 10,357 Auris, 14,112 Corolla and 2,392 RAV 4 vehicles that were made between September 2006 and December 2008. ‘Damage control’The firm’s Irish operation said that it is currently seeking the details of curent owners from the government database and says it will contact owners directly to arrange for the issue to be addressed with a measure that will take an hour.About 2.47 million vehicles will be recalled from the United States, where at least one case of smoke coming from a window switch was recorded.Another 2.8 million cars will be recalled from Europe and China while the remainder were from around the world including Japan, Canada, Australia and the Middle East, she said.Worldwide,the affected vehicles with model years running from 2005 to 2010 include the Corolla, Camry, RAV4 sport utility vehicles, the Matrix hatchback, Vitz and Yaris subcompacts, the Scion xA and xD models, the Highlander and Sequoia SUVs and the Tundra pick-up truck.Toyota was once lauded for its safety standards but has been forced into damage control in recent years after recalling millions of vehicles over defects.Two months ago, it added two models to a controversial 2009 recall launched after floor mats became trapped under the accelerator and were linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths.Toyota’s mishandling of the initial problem and other reports of sudden, unintended acceleration led to the recall of more than 12 million vehicles worldwide, a US congressional probe, more than $50 million in fines from US regulators and public apologies by its chief.- with reporting from AFPRead: September car sales down 10pc on last yearlast_img read more


Paris May Ban SUVs And Other Gas Guzzlers

first_imgIn an attempt to reduce pollution, Paris is considering banning certain vehicles. Though details are still pretty slim, it seems likely that the restrictions will be placed on SUVs and old diesel vehicles. So what should Parisians who own one of these vehicles do?“Sell it and buy a vehicle that’s compatible with city life,” environmental official Denis Baupin told RTL radio. “I’m sorry, but having a sport utility vehicle in a city makes no sense.”The restrictions are expected to be put into place either this year or next, and will effect cities including Paris, Lyon, Grenoble and Aix-en-Provence. City officials are still in the process of determining which cars will actually be restricted and what types of penalties will be used.Via the Detroit Free Presslast_img read more


Optimism on course of state and personal finances grows

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The pessimism index in Greece is showing a decline for the first time in two years, according to the economic barometer that polling company Alco uses for the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).Although the vast majority of citizens remain downbeat about the course of the country’s economy and their personal finances, the percentage of pessimists has receded considerably in comparison with the previous poll in October.The December poll found that 71 percent of Greeks are pessimistic about Greece’s economy, down from 80 percent in October, while the rate for optimists climbed to 19 percent from just 6 percent in October. Another 10 percent failed to respond. The optimism rate is the highest since February 2011. Regarding personal finances, 74 percent expressed pessimism, from 83 percent in October, while 17 percent said they were optimistic, compared to 6 percent in the previous poll.ACCI commented on Thursday that the outcome of the poll is likely to be affected by the disbursement of the bailout tranche this month and it remains to be seen whether it was a temporary phenomenon or a trend with more permanent features.The poll also found that 57 percent are against Sunday opening for stores, with 34 percent in favor, while 63 percent call for the optimum utilization of existing civil servants against 24 percent who would rather see layoffs.last_img read more