SEA Games: PH adds silver to lawn bowls medal haul

first_imgThe Philippines got another medal from lawn bowls in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, this time a silver in women’s triples event.Hazel Jagonoy, Rosita Bradborn, and Vilma Greenless settled for the silver, the country’s third podium finish in the sport, after losing to host Malaysia in the final. ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Philippines also scored a gold in the men’s fours and a silver in the women’s fours events on Thursday.Brunei won the bronze in women’s triples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

CBS Unveils Latest College Football Top 25

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With Week 6 in the books, and Week 7 just a few days away, it is time for another set of college football top 25 rankings. This one is from CBS Sports.As always, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd puts out his own personal power rankings each week. He dropped his new set today.Dodd has added Notre Dame to his top five and dropped LSU after the Tigers lost to Florida. Texas made a huge jump into the top 10 after beating Oklahoma.Here is Dodd’s full top 25:AlabamaOhio StateClemsonGeorgiaNotre DameTexasWest VirginiaWashingtonUCFOklahomaFloridaLSUMiami (Fla.)Penn StateColoradoMichiganAuburnKentuckyWisconsinOregonNC StateUSFTexas A&MCincinnatiHawaiiAs you can see, Dodd’s own rankings are a little different than the AP and Coaches polls.You can see his full Top 25 analysis here.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Addresses Notre Dame-Michigan Playoff Scenario

first_imgIan Book throws a pass for Notre Dame.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame and Michigan went to war in the first week of the college football season, and it’s possible that they meet again later in the year. However, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit does envision a scenario where one team gets into the College Football Playoff over the other.If the Fighting Irish lose one game before the season ends and the Wolverines continue their winning ways, both teams would have nearly identical resumes. Yet, Notre Dame defeated Michigan in the first game of the season at home.Although a head-to-head victory should help in Notre Dame’s favor, Herbstreit thinks Michigan might have the more impressive journey by the end of the regular season.From“If Michigan wins out, I’m not one of these guys who hangs on to a game that was played in late August, early September,” Herbstreit said. “It was on the road for Michigan when they were a completely different team. Under your (Rece Davis) hypothetical if Notre Dame were to stumble, the argument for me, I would look at a Michigan team that lost Week 1 and then climbed and climbed and climbed. Win the Big Ten Championship, I would put Michigan ahead of Notre Dame if they stumbled.”It’s safe to say that many fans of the Fighting Irish will be furious over these comments.Nonetheless, Herbstreit does make an interesting point about the Wolverines. Victories over Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State to end the season would be extremely impressive.If Notre Dame wants to avoid the possibility of this nightmare scenario, then completing its pursuit of perfection needs to be the goal.last_img read more

Seven of a family drown in Ganga in UPs Amroha dist

first_imgAmroha: Seven members of a family, including two minors, drowned in Ganga river while taking a bath at Brijghat in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district, police said Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday. Five bodies have been fished out of the river, while two remain missing, they said. The family hailed from Luhari village. The deceased include Bunty (21), Sanjeev (18), Vipin (21), Manoj (20) and Sanjeev (17). The missing persons were identified as Gautam (20) and Dharmendra (16), they added. The family members were bathing at Brijghat after a ‘mundan’ ceremony. Two of them suddenly started to drown and the others jumped in to save them, circle officer, Dhanaura, Monika Yadav, said.Only three of them made out alive, she said. “Two of them are still missing and a team of NDRF is trying to find the bodies,” she added. District Magistrate Umesh Mishra said it is a very unfortunate incident and he has written to the state government seeking financial assistance for the family.last_img read more

Loss of traditional diet poverty causes of diabetes research

first_imgAPTN National NewsDiabetes is a major concern for Aboriginal people.Researchers in Ontario studying why may have discovered a few clues.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img

First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsA safe place for First Nations students to live while attending high school in Thunder Bay has long been a concern.A student residence was a recommendation from a recent inquest looking into the deaths of seven First Nations students in the city.Students there took matters into their own hands recently to finally have that safe place.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

Surerus and Macro joint ventures selected by TransCanada to build Coastal GasLink

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – TransCanada Corp. announced today that it has conditionally awarded contracts to the Surerus Murphy and Macro Spiecapag joint ventures, as well as SA Energy Group and Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction Inc. to build the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline.TransCanada said that the contracts are conditional pending a positive final investment decision by LNG Canada to build a proposed LNG export terminal in Kitimat. TransCanada said that the cumulative value of the four contracts will total approximately $2.8 billion.“The selection of our construction team is an important milestone for the Coastal GasLink project,” said Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project president Rick Gateman. “The project will create significant employment opportunities for Indigenous communities in northern B.C. as well as local skilled labourers and businesses. Our pipeline, connecting prolific Northeast B.C. gas to high value, international end-use markets via the LNG Canada liquefaction facility in Kitimat, will allow British Columbians and Canadians alike the opportunity to more effectively benefit from the responsible development of our valuable natural gas resources.”The four contractors will be directly responsible for hiring a projected 2,500 workers over the four-year construction period, and TransCanada said there will be a special emphasis placed on hiring locally first, giving priority to qualified local and Indigenous businesses in northern B.C. To date, Coastal GasLink has spent approximately $60 million locally in northern B.C., including over $3 million on community investment initiatives, education and skills training initiatives.last_img read more

McConnell won’t say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to say Thursday whether he thinks his chamber would confirm Herman Cain to join the Federal Reserve board, casting doubt on the former Republican presidential candidate’s prospects should President Donald Trump advance him for the post.Asked if a Cain nomination would face problems, McConnell, R-Ky., noted that successful nominees must pass background checks and have a likelihood of confirmation.“And, as you know, some of my members have expressed concern about that nomination,” McConnell told reporters. “But as far as I know, it hasn’t been made yet.”Trump’s interest in potentially nominating Cain along with another political ally, conservative commentator Stephen Moore, has sparked questions among lawmakers from both parties in Congress about the president’s influence on the central bank.Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the importance of the Fed’s independence during a talk Thursday evening with House Democrats meeting in Virginia for their annual issues retreat, according to a source in the room unauthorized to discuss the private session.Powell told lawmakers that he saw his role as totally apolitical. He also said the Fed does not consider political pressure in its decision making, the source said. Another source in the room confirmed the remarks.The chairman fielded questions from lawmakers during a question-and-answer session in Lansdowne, but declined to comment on the president’s potential picks.Powell was Trump’s choice to lead the Fed, but the president has been critical of him for raising interest rates.Earlier Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said elevating Cain and Moore to the Fed would risk politicizing the nation’s central bank and endangering the economy.“These two appointments to the Fed are the worst, ill-suited appointment that the president could come up with,” she told reporters.Three GOP senators — Utah’s Mitt Romney, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer — told The Associated Press they’d likely vote against Cain. With Republicans controlling the Senate 53-47, it would take opposition from just four GOP senators to sink the nomination, assuming all Democrats are also “no” votes.As he did earlier this week, McConnell also sidestepped a question about whether he would back Cain or Moore, a Fed critic and former Trump campaign aide, for the board. Trump has said he will nominate both men.“We’ll see who’s actually nominated,” said McConnell.Cain has run into concerns by lawmakers from both parties that, as a Trump loyalist and deeply conservative political figure, he would threaten the Fed’s traditional political independence. Trump himself has taken a nontraditional approach to the Fed, repeatedly accusing it of mismanaging the economy by not pushing hard enough for low interest rates.The White House offered no fresh comment Thursday about Trump’s intentions, referring reporters to his earlier comments about Cain.Trump initially called Cain “a very terrific man” who would “do very well there.” But he said earlier this week that he didn’t know how Cain was faring in the vetting process and that Cain “will make that determination” whether to continue.Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He dropped out of the race after allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity, which he denied. Last year, in September, he helped found a pro-Trump super political action committee, America Fighting Back PAC, whose website says, “We must protect Donald Trump and his agenda from impeachment.”Cain formerly served on the board of the Fed’s Kansas City regional bank. He has also called for a return to the gold standard to control inflation, which most economists consider unworkable.Moore is a conservative commentator and another Trump political ally.___AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro in Lansdowne, Virginia, and writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.Alan Fram, The Associated Press read more

Nearly 2840 deaths attributed to H1N1 virus reports UN health agency

Gregory Hartl of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a news conference in Geneva that there are also at least 254,000 laboratory confirmed cases of the virus, adding that this number far understated the actual number of cases. “With the virus circulating so widely around the world, it is unfortunately to be expected that there will be deaths as the volume of cases and deaths is increasing,” he said.At the same time, there is no indication that the virus has mutated or changed its behaviour, said Mr. Hartl, noting that the virus is not causing more severe illness than before.According to the latest update issued by WHO, tropical regions of South and South-East Asia continue to experience geographically regional or widespread influenza activity (India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia). Many countries in the region are reporting increasing or sustained high levels of respiratory disease, and a few, including Thailand and Brunei Darussalam, have begun to report a declining trend in the level of respiratory diseases. Although many countries in temperate regions of the southern hemisphere (Chile, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand) have passed the peak of their winter influenza epidemic, sustained influenza activity continues to be reported in South Africa and in the southern and western parts of Australia, noted WHO.Meanwhile, in Canada and the United States, influenza activity remains low overall. However, regional increases are being detected in the south-eastern United States.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted that countries, supported by the UN, have been preparing for the pandemic and it is vital to sustain these efforts. “There is a risk that if we do not sustain preparedness, or we do not strengthen response mechanisms, health systems will be severely affected, especially in developing countries that are challenged with many other problems as well,” she said in an interview with UN Radio.Ms. Migiro said that by the end of August, the H1N1 virus had been confirmed in 20 African countries, particularly in South Africa. “Why it has not spread that much is because that we are not really starting from zero with this pandemic,” she stated, adding that global responses to influenza over the past few years has helped to strengthen preparedness and response systems. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the UN response to the H1N1 pandemic today during a meeting with WHO Director General Margaret Chan in Geneva, the last stop of a three-nation trip that also took the UN chief to Austria and Norway. 4 September 2009There are now at least 2,837 deaths attributable to the pandemic H1N1 which continues to be the predominant circulating virus of influenza both in the northern and southern hemispheres, the United Nations health agency reported today. read more

Thonda and Sonia discuss 13A

According to Tamil media reports, the Indian government had assured Thondaman that houses will be built with Indian support for the estate workers. Minister and Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman and India’s Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi have had discussions on various issues including on the 13th Amendment to the constitution.Thondaman met Gandhi in New Delhi yesterday and discussed issues faced by the estate community in Sri Lanka, most of who are of Indian origin. An Indian government delegation will also visit Sri Lanka to meet with teh estate community to look into their well-being. Thondaman had also met Indian Union Minister V. Narayanaswamy during his Delhi visit yesterday. read more

Security Council calls for smooth transition to UN operation in Darfur

Expressing its “utmost concern over the dire consequences” of the violence, the 15-member Council also reiterated its full support for the inter-Sudanese peace talks being held in Abuja and the lead role taken by the AU, according to a statement read out today by April Council President, Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya.The statement noted that the Council “endorses the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council that 30 April 2006 is the final deadline for reaching an agreement; demands that all parties make the necessary efforts to reach an agreement by this date; and reaffirms its determination to hold accountable those impeding the peace process and committing human rights violations.”On 10 March, the AU Peace and Security Council decided to support in principle the transition of its African Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to a UN and to extend the mandate of AMIS until 30 September. Today the Council reiterated its support for that decision and called on all parties to take “all necessary measures to ensure a smooth and successful transfer to a United Nations operation.”The statement went on to urge Member States and international and regional organizations to provide additional assistance to strengthen AMIS, while also repeating a request to the Secretary-General to speed up preparations for its “transition” to a UN operation and highlighting that such an operation would have “strong African participation and character.”The Council also called for an assessment mission to visit Darfur by the end of this month, and again expressed regret over last week’s decision by the Government of National Unity to deny entry to the region by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland. The Council expressed similar views over the Government’s decision not to renew the contract of the Norwegian Refugee Council, a non-governmental organization (NGO).In related developments, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi arrived in Ethiopia today for consultations with AU and other officials related to a UN force for Darfur, a UN spokesman told reporters, adding that the AU’s chief mediator on the peace talks was scheduled to brief the Security Council next Tuesday.Also regarding Darfur, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest monthly report was released today, in which he highlights further human rights violations, the persisting “high level of violence,” but also the need for the international community to remain committed to improving the situation.“I am alarmed by the reports of widespread human rights violations committed in Gereida, Mershing and Shearia in Southern Darfur, among other locations, which have led to the displacement of tens of thousands of people,” he noted, while calling on all parties to stop attacks on civilian targets and reminding the Government of its “unconditional duty to protect its citizens.”“The international community has a critical role to play during this make-or-break period,” Mr. Annan concluded, as he urged donors to continue to support humanitarian efforts despite the difficulties involved. read more

DPR Korea Annan hails resumption of talks on nuclear programme urges early

The talks between China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States have been going on sporadically in Beijing for several years. The last meeting was almost a year ago.In a statement issued by his spokesman Mr. Annan welcomed the announcement that China, the DPRK and the United States have agreed to a resumption of the talks.“He hopes the talks can be reconvened soon, and that they will yield positive results leading to lower tensions in the region,” the statement said.Since the DPRK reported carrying out its first nuclear test earlier this month, both Mr. Annan and the Security Council have called on the country to return to the talks. On 14 October the Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing sanctions for the test and calling on the DPRK “to return immediately to the Six-Party Talks without precondition.” read more

Sousa hints upcoming housing measures will target property scalpers

by Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2017 8:36 am MDT Last Updated Apr 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sousa hints upcoming housing measures will target ‘property scalpers’ TORONTO – Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa is giving strong hints that the government’s much-anticipated house affordability package will include measures targeting real estate speculators, or as he calls them “property scalpers.”In public comments last week, Sousa said speculators are reselling contracts for pre-construction homes multiple times before closing, using assignment clauses.“There are those who go into new developments, buy up a slew of properties, and then flip them, while avoiding paying their fair share of taxes,” he said. “I call them property scalpers.”However, the finance minister admitted there’s no data to show how widespread “property scalping” is in Ontario.A similar practice — called “shadow flipping” — became increasingly common in Vancouver. It typically involved a real estate agent reselling the same previously owned home multiple times before the closing date, driving up the price of the house, sometimes by hundreds of thousands of dollars.In May 2016, the B.C. government put in place new rules that require real estate agents to draft offers that require the seller’s consent to a contract transfer, and any resulting profit to be returned to the seller.In Ontario, according to Sousa, property scalping involves only new developments.“What’s worse is young families who are actually trying to get into the queue, into the lineup to buy that first home, are getting crowded out,” he said.Sousa’s office would not comment on whether the government would introduce rules similar to those imposed in British Columbia, but the finance minister has floated a number of possible measures, including implementing a tax on foreign buyers, vacant homes and speculators.He has said that at least some of the housing measures will be included in the Ontario budget, set to be tabled April 27.Assignment sales are not illegal, but Sousa said he wants to close a loophole that allows so-called property scalpers to treat their profits as capital gains — which means only 50 per cent is taxable. His efforts to get the Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to include capital gains changes in the federal budget were unsuccessful.The two finance ministers and Toronto Mayor John Tory will meet Tuesday to discuss house affordability in the region.The provincial government’s lack of data on the housing market and other real estate-related issues, and Sousa’s comments on “property scalpers” — admittedly based on conversations he’s had with some developers — are causing some concern among builders.One major Toronto-area developer says “property scalping” is not a major phenomenon in the region.“Not in any widespread way,” said Christopher Wein, president of Great Gulf. “We’re certainly, in our organization, not seeing a lot of evidence of that.”Wein said his company builds condos and houses throughout the Toronto region and generally requires that buyers get permission from Great Gulf to reassign their contracts for new homes.Typically, his company only sells one pre-construction property per family, Wein said.“We don’t allow a person to buy five or 10,” he said. “We sometimes get requests to buy multiple units, and I don’t allow that to happen, because I question why anyone would need more than one unit and it sort of sparks the idea that maybe they’re speculating on real estate.”Wein said everyone, government included, needs to be careful not to rely on “anecdotal” stories about the real estate market.The provincial Liberal government has come under increased pressure to do something about housing in the Greater Toronto Area, where the average price of detached houses was $1.21 million in March, up 33.4 per cent from last year. In Toronto, the average price of detached properties hit $1.56 million, an increase of 32.8 per cent from March 2016.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said last week that the current rate of price increases suggests demand is being driven more by real estate speculators and investors than homebuyers. Poloz said the rate increase was unsustainable and reminded homebuyers that house prices “can go down as well as up.” Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa discusses the federal budget at a news conference in Toronto on Monday, March 22, 2017. Sousa is giving strong hints that the government’s much-anticipated house affordability package will include measures targeting real estate speculators, or as he calls them “property scalpers.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn read more

At UN debate Laos Deputy Prime Minister urges more support for landlocked

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos, Thoungloun Sisoulith, today urged Member States to lend greater financial support to the world’s most vulnerable countries.“The Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are one of the most vulnerable groups among members of the United Nations due to their geographical locations,” said Deputy Prime Minister Sisoulith, adding that each year they “bear a heavy financial burden” in their efforts to improve their transit transport infrastructure so as to ensure that their exports reach the global markets. “These problems are compounded when their national economies are affected by other crises such as financial, social, natural disasters, climate change,” he added, noting 50 per cent of LLDCs also ranked as Least Developed Countries. On that note, Deputy Prime Minister Sisoulith urged the international community to give “greater attention and provide assistance” to those countries through active participation in the Almaty Programme of Action. The Almaty Programme of Action is the first global action plan negotiated at the ministerial level that provides a framework for cooperation between the landlocked and the transit access developing countries – nations that have often been at odds due to their geographic configuration.The plan reinforces the right of all countries to enjoy secure access to the sea and establishes a set of policy guidelines for reducing red tape for landlocked country exports, while also respecting the prerogatives of the access nations. It further sets the stage for strengthened national economies and greater convergence of national interests by cementing international and national commitment to upgrade rail, road, air and pipeline infrastructure in both the landlocked and the access countries. Turning to domestic issues, the Deputy Prime Minister underscored his country’s continuing fight against unexploded ordinance, which he said continued to not only harm people but also pose an obstacle to national, social and economic development. He called on all countries to become party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions with a view to fully banning the use of such weapons. The Laotian Deputy Prime Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Women in postrevolutionary Egypt must be free from fear of sexual violence

“Egypt’s story in the post-revolutionary period cannot be that of a country whose women marched in support of democracy, only to find their own freedoms denied, their lives directly threatened, and their vibrant political activism stamped out in a climate of fear and insecurity,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura.“The Government and religious leaders of Egypt must send a clear and categorical signal that such vicious crimes of rape and other forms of sexual assault will not be tolerated,” Ms. Bangura added in a statement, noting that security forces must take immediate measures to investigate these “despicable acts,” and bring the perpetrators to justice.At least 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo in late January, some violently, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The demonstrations coincided with the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution when mass protests toppled then President Hosni Mubarak and led to a transition period in the country, which was part of a larger group of movements in the region known as the Arab Spring.In addition to the attacks in January, there had been a number of well publicized incidents of sexual assault in Tahrir Square over the past 18 months, according to the former head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet. She and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay were among senior UN officials who condemned the attacks and urged authorities to strengthen security measures, as well as to investigate the reported attacks.In today’s statement, Ms. Bangura noted that rape and sexual assault remain “vastly underreported” particularly in environments where there is conflict or political strife.“As more information is coming to light on the numbers of women who have been raped and sexually assaulted, we are concerned that this is only the tip of the iceberg, since this phenomenon generally remains largely invisible,” she said. read more

Michael Palin announces plan to have heart surgery as he cancels book

Sir Michael Palin is to undergo surgery for a leaky heart valve, which was discovered during a routine health check.The Monty Python star has been forced to cancel a forthcoming book tour but said he hope to feel “better than normal” after the operation.Writing on his blog, Sir Michael, 76, said: “Five years ago, a routine health check revealed a leaky mitral valve in my heart.“Until the beginning of this year it had not affected my general level of fitness. Recently, though, I have felt my heart having to work harder and have been advised it’s time to have the valve repaired.“I shall be undergoing surgery in September and should be back to normal, or rather better than normal, within three months.”Referring to a quote from Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life, Sir Michael called the post The Machine That Goes ‘Ping!’.Sir Michael, also known for his travel documentaries and books, was due to make a series of appearances across the UK in October to talk about his new book, North Korea Journal, which follows his 2018 Channel 5 documentary. Penguin, the publisher, said all tickets will be refunded.Problems with the mitral valve can lead to blood flowing in the wrong direction. A ‘leaky’ valve can cause dizziness, breathlessness, tiredness and chest pain, although in many cases there are no symptoms. The valve can be repaired during surgery or replaced with a mechanical version.Philippa Hobson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “If the mitral valve stops working properly people may find they become tired more quickly, or gradually become less able to do activities they previously found easy, such as walking up inclines.”Mitral valve surgery involves replacing or repairing the valve which is either leaking or narrowed.”It may be performed through open heart surgery, although some techniques are less invasive.”Recovery time varies, but open heart surgery usually takes a few months.” 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

Straightline Aviation to bring hybrid airships to Quest rare minerals project in

first_imgQuest Rare Minerals Ltd has established an agreement with Straightline Aviation (SLA) to provide dedicated air services for the transport of ore concentrate, supplies and personnel using Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airships. The airships will provide shuttle transportation between Quest’s Strange Lake complex mine site in Northern Québec and Schefferville, a town with a direct rail link to the Port of Sept-Iles. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), SLA will operate a fleet of seven of the world’s first heavy-lift cargo Hybrid Airships (IM, April 2016, Innovation Intelligence article), the LMH-1. The airships will transport personnel, critical supplies for mine operations, and carry more than 200,000 t/y of rare earth ore concentrate for delivery to Quest’s Bécancour refining facilities. Developed and built by Lockheed Martin, the LMH-1 is well suited to Quest’s transportation challenges due to its remote northern Québec mine site location. The airship has the ability to land on virtually any surface including snow, ice, gravel and even water, with no runways required or other expensive infrastructure. The helium-filled, heavier-than-air airships can carry 20 t of cargo and up to 19 passengers. Both the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada have agreed on the newly developed Hybrid Airship certification criteria, which is being used to complete the type certification. First commercial deliveries are scheduled in 2019.Hybrid Airships combine the technology of lighter than air aircraft with airplanes, helicopters and hovercraft. Helium provides 80% of the lift, while the remaining lift comes from the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft and its four thrust vectoring engines. The airship also features a unique hovercraft-like Air Cushion Landing System that facilitates taxiing and grips the craft firmly on the ground.The airships present a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solution to Quest’s transport challenges. The LMH-1 is not only designed to use less fuel, emit less carbon dioxide and produce less noise than conventional aircraft, it also eliminates the need for costly ground-level infrastructure, avoiding impact on the area’s wildlife habitat compared to road transport and trucking along a road corridor to the Labrador Sea coast. Quest says “this new transportation solution will also stimulate employment and business opportunities for regional and Indigenous communities increasing the socio-economic benefits to the area around the mine site.The service agreement represents a value of approximately $850 million, including fuel costs, over a 10-year period that starts in 2019, with further extensions of up to 20 additional years in line with the current projected life of the mine.Pierre Lortie, Executive Chairman of the Board, Quest: “Quest and SLA make ideal partners – we are well positioned to fully leverage the cost efficiencies and environmental advantages of the LMH-1, and are truly excited to be among the first companies to implement such an innovative transport solution.”Mark Dorey, Chief Operating Officer, Straightline: “We are looking forward to working with Quest, and believe that our Hybrid Airships will provide significant benefits in reaching remote locations such as the Strange Lake complex. Removing the need for expensive, intrusive infrastructure, it is a significant step in re-defining the way transport works in remote regions.”Rob Binns, Chief Executive Officer, Hybrid Enterprises: “Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship represents a revolution in remote cargo delivery. The Quest Strange Lake Project is a prime example of how our Hybrid Airship enables a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution to accessing strategically important mineral deposits.” Charles Bouchard, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Canada: “I am thrilled to see Lockheed Martin’s advanced technology coming to the province of Quebec and indeed being sought after to solve transportation challenges in some of the most isolated and northern regions of Canada. It is an ideal country to use the highly innovative Hybrid Airships and I applaud the collaboration between Hybrid Enterprises, Straightline Aviation and Quest Rare Minerals in pursuing such an environmentally-friendly solution in Canada.”Quest Rare Minerals is a Canadian-based company focused on becoming an integrated producer of rare earth metal oxides and a significant participant in the rare earth elements (REE) material supply chain. Quest’s objective is the establishment of major hydrometallurgical and refining facilities in Bécancour, Québec, to separate and produce strategically critical rare earth metal oxides. These industrial facilities will process mineral concentrates extracted from Quest’s Strange Lake mining properties in northern Québec and recycle lamp phosphors using Quest’s efficient, eco-friendly “Selective Thermal Sulphation (STS)”1 process.last_img read more

Paul Warwick Munster years were the most special in my rugby career

first_imgThe New Zealand game was fantastic to be involved in. They put out a strong team and had been primed for battle. We had Denis Leamy, Rua Tipoki, Peter Stringer, Doug Howlett and myself but, other than that, there were no regular starters. It was all Academy guys but they came from that Munster environment. It was all based on the high standards that we held each other up to.”While New Zealand, and six players that would go on to win a World Cup in 2011, escaped with an 18 — 16 win, Australia would not be so fortunate two years on. Warwick kicked all the points, including two drop goals, in a 15 — 6 win over the Wallabies. His impact made it all the more frustrating that appearances for Australia Sevens early in his career had ruled out hopes of becoming Irish qualified.YouTube credit: 187sportsThe Brisbane native still follows Munster’s adventures and raves to about flanker Paddy Butler’s fine try against Zebre last weekend. He cheered on Munster’s new stars, Conor Murray and Simon Zebo, on the Lions Tour and feels Peter O’Mahony is the perfect choice to captain the province.“If Munster can keep producing the quality, local players, who know all about the winning culture, and attracting top players from across the world,” Warwick declares, “I can see them getting back to the top in Europe.” As Warwick departed Paris, his former outhalf rival at Munster, Ronan O’Gara, arrived to coach at Racing Métro. He believes O’Gara would be keen to return to coach at Munster in the future and would not be surprised if ‘inspirational bloke’ Paul O’Connell follows suit. He said:It only makes sense for the two of them to get into coaching after all they have seen, done and won over the years. The only problem they might have is trying to get Anthony Foley to retire because he has done a great job there.”Asked if he would be keen to follow O’Gara and Foley down the coaching path once he retires, Warwick replies ‘definitely, definitely’. “I’d like to think that I could add an experienced voice to any coaching team,” he adds.For now, however, Warwick is focused on a three to four year project at Worcester Warriors that borrows heavily on building a culture of hard work and playing with passion. The Munster model is a prime example and Warwick is a firm believer in its ways.Looks like Ronan O’Gara and Jonny Sexton are besties now‘Someone’s going to have to suck eggs’: Paul Warwick on Heineken Cup stand-off FROM MANLY TO Worcester with some amazing rugby memories in between. Paul Warwick is now in his third season away from Ireland and admits he may never have it as good again.The Australian, who made a name for himself as a versatile back at Munster, is hoping to make his Worcester Warriors debut in October having signed from Stade Francais in the summer. He currently has pins in his thumb but told he is settling in well in England after a difficult time in France.He said: “Stade wasn’t really for me; not the style of rugby they play or the club itself. The language proved an obstacle for myself and my family and we all struggled. I was looking for a move to an English-speaking club and Ireland wasn’t a possibility now that they have the limits imposed on foreign players.”Indeed, if it wasn’t for the IRFU stepping in during Warwick’s 2011 contract negotiations, the 32-year-old could still be lining out at Thomond Park. “I was only offered a one-year contract extension at Munster so I had to move on,” he revealed. “I had a young family and wasn’t offered that security. It was similar to when London Irish wanted to sign me a few years before that. They offered a one-year deal but Munster came in and offered two.”Warwick signed for Munster in 2007 after enjoying three seasons out west. His versatility was vital during his first season at the southern province. He made 18 appearances and was on the bench as Munster captured their second Heineken Cup. Another memorable moment would follow five months later when the All Blacks came to Limerick and narrowly escaped with a win. Warwick recalled:last_img read more

Honouring Venizelia

first_imgThe Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne honoured the Venizelia Commemoration on 1 March with great success, in a celebration which was attended by several community officials and representatives. The Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mrs Christina Simandiraki, laid a wreath at the Eleftherios Venizelos monument at the Cretan Brotherhood premises in Melbourne. A photographic exhibition was on display, portraying the life and times of the Greek Cretan prime minister who help change Greece’s modern history. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, Andreas Manolarakis and his band performed traditional Cretan songs, offering the visitors an unforgettable and immersive experience, leading to a Pentozali dance marathon for the dancing groups and some very enthusiastic guests. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more