It’s going to be amazing but gruelling: Jonny Bairstow on World Cup, Ashes

first_imgLondon: England batsman Jonny Bairstow can’t wait for the “biggest summer” of his cricket career to get underway with the World Cup this month but he also expects it to be the most gruelling as the Ashes is lined up just a few weeks later. Bairstow, who scored 445 runs from 10 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in his debut IPL season, will be a key player for the England in the World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The World Cup will end on July 14 and the Ashes, against arch-rivals Australia, will start August 1. “It is huge. It is the biggest summer I will ever be involved in. It is the biggest ever summer for English cricket full stop,” he told ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “A World Cup and an Ashes; it is going to be amazing. You dream of winning them. If you can’t dream about that and think what that is going to feel like then what is the point (of playing)? “At the same time you know it is going be a gruelling summer. Five Tests at the end of World Cup is going to be tough, mentally and physically,” he added. Bairstow played alongside Australia’s David Warner, who came back after serving a one-year ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal, in the IPL. Speaking of his impressions of the controversial but swashbuckling batsman from Down Under, Bairstow said, “I think that experience (ball-tampering) can only change you as a person. He was a very good team-mate, he passed on a lot of knowledge about local bowlers, game-plans, pitches, everything. He was excellent.” All praise he might be for Warner but the Englishman said there would be no love lost when the two square off during the Ashes. “We can say hello now. We did not have a connection before, but now we’ve played together and done well together and had a good partnership it will make a difference. “We spent five weeks together having dinner and coffees. It changes things but it will still be England versus Australia,” he said. Bairstow also spoke of an interaction with England football manager Gareth Southgate, who was widely credited for the team’s run till semifinals of the FIFA World Cup last year. The batsman, however, did not elaborate on the interaction. “The biggest thing for us will be home support, playing in front of our own fans. We heard from Gareth Southgate last week. He was brilliant. A lovely guy. The football lads were so meticulous in their planning for the World Cup last year.last_img read more

Wronged Moroccan Threatens to Renounce Citizenship

first_imgAgadir- According to the daily Al Massa , a Moroccan immigrant residing in France declared he would renounce the Moroccan citizenship in protest against the juridical system, which hasn’t executed the verdict pronounced in his favor since 1997.The case he won was regarding two parcels of land that had been unlawfully taken over by a group of people in Casablanca. Mr. Rafei Ben Abdallah has exhausted every possibly and peaceful attempt to retrieve his land, to no avail.One of the occupying residents had menaced to burn himself, his children and house should he be  evicted. Rafei said he struggled for 17 years, wrote to all responsible authorities, including the Ministry of Justice, and Hassan II Association for Immigrants, and still has not been able to effectuate the court order. On December 24. 2012, the court of first instance has issued an order mobilizing concerned authorities to the affected site, in order to evacuate the Rafei’s property, but the task was not completed.Ben Abdallah expressed that he has been affected mentally and financially, as his case dragged on unnecessarily . He also insisted on his suspicions that an unknown party must have interest in keeping the situation as is, and called for justice to take effect. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

More needs to be done to ensure gender equality in peacebuilding Ban

Ten years after the adoption of a Security Council resolution calling for equal participation by women in post-conflict peacebuilding, much remains to be done to ensure they can play their part in shoring up peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today.“Now is the time for systematic, focused and sustained action, backed by resources and commitments on the part of all stakeholders – national and international, public and private, women and men,” he writes, laying out a seven-point action plan aimed at changing practices among all actors and improving outcomes on the ground.These include ensuring that women are fully engaged in all peace talks and post-conflict planning, including donor conferences, that adequate financing is provided to address women’s specific needs and advance gender equality, and that women participate fully in post-conflict governance as elected representatives or decision makers, including through temporary special measures such as quotas.The plan also calls for rule-of-law initiatives to encourage women’s participation in seeking redress for injustices committed against them and in improving the capacity of security actors to prevent and respond to violations of women’s rights, and for prioritizing women’s involvement in economic recovery, such as employment-creation schemes, community-development programmes and delivery of front-line services.“Ensuring women’s participation in peace-building is not only a matter of women’s and girls’ rights. Women are crucial partners in shoring up three pillars of lasting peace: economic recovery, social cohesion and political legitimacy,” Mr. Ban says, noting that several world economies that grew the fastest during the past half-century began their ascent from the ashes of conflict, based in part on women’s increased role in production, trade and entrepreneurship.“Recognizing the ability of women to contribute to sustainable peace and the obstacles they face in attempting to do so requires an approach to peacebuilding that goes beyond restoring the status quo ante. Rebuilding after conflict is an enormous undertaking, but it also represents an opportunity to ‘build back better.’”Mr. Ban stresses that strengthening national capacity and ensuring national ownership are crucial elements of effective peacebuilding since external support can bring countries only so far in their quest for sustainable peace.“Enabling women to contribute to recovery and reconstruction is integral to strengthening a country’s ability to sustain peacebuilding efforts,” he says. “Similarly, efforts to facilitate an increased role for women in decision-making processes must be based on recognition of the fact that peacebuilding strategies cannot be fully ‘owned’ if half the nation is not actively involved in their design and implementation.”Increasing the confidence of women in the political process requires robust action in the immediate post-conflict period to bring more women into public office, elected and appointed and Mr. Ban says creating a “critical mass” of women officials is crucial, as this will encourage women to engage more substantively within male dominated institutions, especially in the uniformed services. “Increasing women’s political presence must begin even before conflict ceases,” he writes. “Peace negotiations not only shape the post-conflict political landscape directly, through peace agreements’ provisions on justice, power-sharing and constitutional issues, but also indirectly, by lending legitimacy to those represented at the peace table.”He notes that progress made by the UN itself in promoting greater engagement by women in peace processes has been too slow, with women constituting less than 8 per cent of negotiating delegations in UN-mediated efforts and less than 3 per cent of peace agreement signatories. He pledges to appoint more women as chief mediators in such processes and to include gender expertise at senior levels in mediation support activities.With regard to gender equality in the political process, Mr. Ban acknowledges that it is up to sovereign States to choose an electoral system, with the UN proposing and facilitating but not imposing. “But neither may we abdicate our responsibility to remind States of their international commitments, including the need to increase the proportion of women in elected bodies and other public institutions,” he stresses.“We should harbour no illusions, however, about the challenges of implementation [of the action plan],” he concludes. “Revising procedures and designing programmes requires careful deliberation. Additional resources are also needed, and the Secretary-General urges Member States to make substantial, long-term investments in women’s security and productive potential, which act as “force multipliers for lasting peace.” 8 October 2010Ten years after the adoption of a Security Council resolution calling for equal participation by women in post-conflict peacebuilding, much remains to be done to ensure they can play their part in shoring up peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today. read more

Maldives opposition confident of fair polls

The Maldives opposition expressed confidence of a free and fair poll as voting got underway on Saturday in bi-elections in the politically troubled nation.International affairs spokesman for the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Hamid Abdul Ghafoor told Xinhua that his party led by former President Mohamed Nasheed hopes the peaceful conditions will pave the way for an early presidential election. The Elections Commission on Friday said it had received 21 complaints in relation to the parliamentary bi-elections for the Kaafu Atoll Kaashidhoo and Thaa Atoll Thimarafushi constituencies and the Kumundhoo council bi-election.The Maldives with nearly 1,200 scattered atolls is undergoing political turmoil since former vice president Mohammed Waheed took over the office as president following a controversial power transfer. “Polling is going peacefully and we have confidence with the elections commission that the elections will be free and fair. We are thankful to everyone to help make this peaceful. This shows the conditions to hold peaceful elections exist and thus there is no reason hold back on an early presidential election,”said Ghafoor. Voting in the bi-elections for the Kaashidhoo and Thimarafushi constituencies and the Thaa Atoll Gaadhiffushi and Haa dhaal Atoll Kumundhoo island councils began early Saturday and will continue till evening. Former President Nasheed claimed he was ousted by a military- backed coup and is demanding an early presidential election.In a statement last month the European Union noted that agreement on the holding of early elections, on the independent investigation of the transfer of power in February and the reestablishment of the correction functioning of government and parliament is now more important than ever.The United States has also supported an early presidential election and has come forward to assist the holding of a free and fair poll. (Xinhua) read more

CREA reports August home sales up from year ago raises forecast for

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association raised its forecast for home sales this year, helped by economic fundamentals and falling mortgage rates.The organization says national home sales are now projected to rise to 482,000 units this year, up five per cent from 2018. In June, CREA predicted sales to climb 1.2 per cent to 463,000 this year.The improved outlook for the year came as CREA reported home sales in August were up five per cent compared with the same month last year.Home sales were up in most of the country’s largest markets, including B.C.’s Lower Mainland, Calgary, Winnipeg, the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and Montreal.The actual national average price for a home sold in August was about $493,500, up almost four per cent from the same month last year.Excluding the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver regions, the national average price was less than $393,000, while the year-over-year gain was 2.7 per cent. The Canadian Press read more

Haiti UN satisfied at voting process despite isolated violence

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today expressed satisfaction with the conduct of elections in the country while voicing concern at isolated outbreaks of violence.In a statement released in Port-au-Prince, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Edmond Mulet, said the start of the process allowing Haitians to elect representatives and finish a number of legislative run-off elections had been good.But MINUSTAH said it nevertheless regretted the isolated incidents of violence which upset the balloting, even if these affected only a small percentage of the electorate.The Mission’s 6,500-plus troops and 1,700 police were tasked with providing security and logistic support throughout the country, including distributing election material to some 9,200 polling stations. read more

SecretaryGeneral to attend meeting of NonAligned Movement in Iran at end of

“The Secretary-General looks forward to the Summit as an opportunity to work with the participating Heads of State and Government, including the host country, towards solutions on issues that are central to the global agenda including follow-up to the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development, disarmament, conflict prevention, and support for countries in Transition,” his spokesperson told reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York. Taking place in the capital, Tehran, and under the chairmanship of Iran, the NAM Summit will be held on 26-31 August, and is expected to draw representatives from its 120 members, as well as from various associated observer countries. Over recent days, there have been media reports of calls, from Israel and the US, for Mr. Ban to boycott the meeting. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said that the UN chief takes “seriously” his responsibility and that of the United Nations to pursue diplomatic engagement with all of the world body’s Member States, in the interest of peacefully addressing vital matters of peace and security. “With respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Secretary-General will use the opportunity to convey the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people,” the spokesperson said. “These include Iran’s nuclear programme, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria.” Over the past weekend, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General was “dismayed” by recent remarks threatening Israel’s existence – attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – and condemned the comments, which he described as “offensive and inflammatory.” read more

Opinion No matter Ohio State vs Michigan allegiance all should support Austin

When Michigan’s next basketball recruiting class takes the court for the first time, Ohio State fans might have to second-guess their usual reaction because of one player with a hard-to-believe story.Two plane crashes in the span of eight years. The first, in 2003, took the lives of his mother, brother and sister. The second, in 2011, killed his father and stepmother and left him in a medically induced coma for nearly two months.Austin Hatch, who at the time was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., had committed to play basketball at the University of Michigan just 10 days earlier.Three years later, Hatch is back in the news, only this time, it was for all the right reasons.Now 19 and playing for Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Hatch returned to the basketball court last Wednesday and sank the first shot he attempted in a comeback story that would make anyone come close to tears.As if that was not enough, John Beilein, coach of the Michigan Wolverines, has said he will honor the scholarship that Hatch earned before the plane crash.What a class act.During a time where winning is everything, and every scholarship matters, Beilein is honoring a commitment made to a player who deserves to put on a jersey every single night.Too often in today’s day and age, the sports world is overrun by individuals who are in the news for solely negative reasons instead of those who deserve recognition.It’s a shame that Hatch has had to deal with a great amount of adversity at such a young age, but I know one thing is certain: he has handled it better than I ever would have.Call it a miracle if you will, but at the end of the day, Hatch has displayed perseverance that gives a whole new meaning to the word resilience.Ultimately, when Hatch steps onto the floor next season for the University of Michigan, I know I’ll be watching, cheering for him and Beilein to succeed, regardless of who they are playing.I hope you all will too. read more

Bronze Age hunk Scientists say 3000 year old skeleton belonged to goodlooking

first_imgA skeleton of a young Bronze Age man has revealed a “good-looking chap” with better teeth than many modern-day Britons, an academic has said. The bones, found in a Northumberland field in September 2017, show remarkable “perfect smile” of a 17 to 21-year old man, who appears to have escaped the poor oral hygiene of his day. Sanita Nezirovic, a lecturer in forensic science at the University of Derby who studied the skeleton, said the “absolutely stunning” remains would have belonged to no ordinary man, joking: “This would have been a catch for the ladies.” “His teeth seem absolutely beautiful, especially for the age when you think about 3,500 years ago,” she told the BBC. “He has better teeth than most people nowadays, almost.”The discovery appears at odds with studies showing Bronze Age man generally had worn-down teeth in poor condition, attributed to the type of rough food they were eating and poor oral hygiene. The “perfect smile”Credit:BBC The skull, examined by a University of Derby lecturerCredit:BBC Ms Nezirovic, who has worked on the remains of hundreds of people, dating from the Bronze Age to modern times, said she had been struck by the very symmetrical aspects of the Bronze Age man’s face while studying his bones.Examining the development of a flake of bone on the clavicle allowed her to determine the body was aged between 17 and 21. Measuring the tibia suggested he was between 1.72m and 1.79m tall. 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. The "perfect smile" There are no obvious signs of trauma to rule on how he died, though his burial – with a horsehair blanket and beaker – suggests he was a man of importance. The skull, examined by a University of Derby lecturerlast_img read more

London man becomes only second person to be cured of HIV as

“By achieving remission in a second patient using a similar approach, we have shown that the Berlin Patient was not an anomaly, and that it really was the treatment approaches that eliminated HIV in these two people,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Ravindra Gupta (UCL, UCLH and University of Cambridge). 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. A British man may be the second person to be cured of HIV as doctors said he was in ‘sustained remission’ after being given stem cells from a donor with genetic resistance to the disease.The breakthrough comes 10 years after the first such case, known as ‘The Berlin Patient’. The second person, dubbed ‘The London Patient’ was treated by specialists at at University College London and Imperial College in 2016,  and has since shown no sign of the virus.Doctors are hopeful the man is now cured, although say it is too early to make a final call. “While it is too early to say with certainty that our patient is now cured of HIV, and doctors will continue to monitor his condition, the apparent success of stem cell transplantation offers hope in the search for a long-awaited cure for HIV/AIDS,” said Professor Eduardo Olavarria of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London.The therapy works by effectively replacing the blood cells of an infected person with that of someone who is immune to HIV through a genetic mutation which prevents the virus attaching itself to cells.  For the treatment he he underwent a haematopoietic stem cell transplant from a donor with two copies of the CCR5 32 allele in 2016 and remained on anti-viral drugs for more than a year after. But in the past 18 months he was taken off the extra drugs and regular testing has confirmed that his viral load is now undetectable.CCR5 is the most commonly used receptor by HIV-1 but people who have two mutated copies of the CCR5 allele are resistant to the HIV-1 virus strain that uses this receptor, as the virus cannot enter host cells.Around 100,000 people in Britain are living with HIV and while the therapy may not be suitable for them all, because of side-effects, the team is now looking into whether it is possible to simply knock out the receptor through gene therapy.  The research was published in the journal Nature.  “At the moment the only way to treat HIV is with medications that suppress the virus, which people need to take for their entire lives, posing a particular challenge in developing countries.“Finding a way to eliminate the virus entirely is an urgent global priority, but is particularly difficult because the virus integrates into the white blood cells of its host.”The ‘London patient’ who has chosen to remain anonymous was diagnosed with HIV infection in 2003 and on antiretroviral therapy since 2012. Commenting on the breakthrough, Dr Andrew Freedman, Reader in Infectious Diseases and Honorary Consultant Physician, Cardiff University, said:“This an interesting and potentially significant report of a second patient whose HIV infection has gone into remission after receiving a stem cell transplant as part of treatment for a haematological malignancy. “As with the ‘Berlin patient’ who remains free of all traces of the virus more than 10 years later, this patient received stem cells from a donor with a specific genetic mutation rendering them resistant to HIV.“As the authors caution, it is still too early to be certain that this second patient has been cured of HIV. Much longer follow-up will be needed to ensure the virus does not re-emerge at a later stage.” However gene therapy in adults would not be as controversial, as it would not interfere with the germ line, and be passed to future offspring. “Continuing our research, we need to understand if we could knock out this receptor in people with HIV, which may be possible with gene therapy,” added Professor Gupta.The research was partly funded by Wellcome, the Medical Research Council, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres at University College London Hospitals, Oxford and Cambridge.  Timothy Ray Brown – the ‘Berlin Patient’Credit:AP Photo/Manuel Valdes In a recent controversial case in China, a rogue doctor genetically engineered the embryos of two babies to insert the protective gene so they would not contract HIV from their father, the first time a baby has been born with a genetic modification, which sparked worldwide condemnation.  Timothy Ray Brown - the 'Berlin Patient' read more

School forced to apologise after it organised best looking pupil contest

“As soon as Senior Leaders were made aware, the form was withdrawn and replaced with one that correctly reflects the school’s ethos.”We will apologise to all students who received a form today and explain why we believe it was inappropriate to use.”Hugh Christie takes issues concerning the mental health and well-being of its students very seriously.”Therefore, we have launched an internal investigation as to why and how this happened.” 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. “Schools have a safeguarding responsibility and should have processes in place to avoid mistakes like this.”People responded angrily to an image of the nominations form which surfaced on Twitter.The school has since emailed parents to apologise.In a statement issued today, Executive Principal Jon Barker said: “I wish to apologise unreservedly for the awards nomination form circulated to students and seen by parents that has caused offence. “Children’s mental health issues are well publicised these days. So for a school to do something so inappropriate is unbelievable. A secondary school has been forced to apologise after it organised a “best looking pupil” contest for 13 and 14-year-olds.Year Nine pupils were asked to nominate and vote for each other based on their attractiveness during an end-of-year celebration event.An internal investigation has now been launched at Hugh Christie school in Tonbridge, Kent, after a teacher asked pupils to vote for the best-looking classmate in their form.The nomination forms were handed out to the children at the school, whose former pupils include Olympic heroine Dame Kelly Holmes, during an assembly to mark the end of summer term.They were asked to name the ‘best looking’ male and female classmates and also to give a reason for their choice.Other categories included best couple, biggest ego, biggest poser and two blank boxes in which pupils could come up with their own ideas.Pupils were asked to complete the form and return it back to a teacher by the 5th of July, which gave them over two weeks to make their decision on the matter.Lucy Hall, of Maidstone, Kent, said: “My sister, who has a child at the school, is very concerned and so are many other parents.”She showed me the nomination form and said many pupils refused to take part. Why not have things like: kindest pupil, most enthusiastic, most sporty, best jokes, tries the best, most helpful, most friendly, most likely to invent something/ be a millionaire/change the world/be PM…. you know…qualities we want to encourage…..— Vic (@toria_jay) June 20, 2019 My Nephews school just sent them home with this – school is hard enough when you are 14 to create awards over best looking boy and girl. Shocking. @HughChristieSch why would you let this happen? Parents are appalled by this. pic.twitter.com/AT4ykiqB2D— Lucy Hall 👩🏼‍💻❤️🔥💯 (@LucysHall) June 19, 2019 read more

Trump demands death penalty for New York truck attack suspect

The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, told investigators he was inspired by watching Islamic State videos and began planning Tuesday’s attack a year ago, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on Wednesday.Saipov, 29, also said “he felt good about what he had done” and asked for permission to display the flag of the militant group Islamic State in his hospital room, the complaint said.Trump on Wednesday had suggested sending Saipov to the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba where multiple detainees are held, but on Thursday said that move would have been too complicated.“Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system…,” Trump said on Twitter on Thursday. In a subsequent Tweet, he added, “…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack, is seen in this courtroom sketch appearing in Manhattan federal courtroom in a wheelchair in New York, NY, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jane RosenbergSaipov faces two charges, one of which carries the death penalty if the government chooses to seek it, Manhattan acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.The charges are one count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles causing the deaths of eight people and one count of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization – Islamic State, also known as ISIS.The maximum penalty for the first is death; the maximum for the second life in prison, Kim said.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving member of a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who killed three people and injured more than 260 when they bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon in an attack inspired by the al Qaeda militant group, was sentenced to death in 2015. He is the only inmate among the 61 people on federal death row convicted for an act charged as terrorism.WAIVED RIGHTSSaipov’s charging document said he waived his rights to remain silent, avoid self-incrimination and have an attorney present when he agreed to speak to investigators from his bed at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, where he was being treated after being shot by a police officer.It said he was particularly motivated by a video where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the leader of Islamic State – exhorted Muslims in the United States and elsewhere to support the group’s cause.Investigators found thousands of ISIS-related propaganda images and videos on Saipov’s cellphone, the complaint said. Among them were video clips showing ISIS prisoners being beheaded, run over by a tank and shot in the face.SECOND MAN LOCATEDThe Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had located another Uzbek man, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, wanted for questioning as a person of interest in the attack.U.S. law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing, told Reuters that Saipov had been in contact with Kadirov and another person of interest in the investigation.Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack is seen in this handout photo released November 1, 2017. St. Charles County Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERSTuesday’s assault was the deadliest in New York City since the attack on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center, killing more than 2,600 people.Five Argentine tourists, a Belgian, a New Yorker and a New Jersey man were killed in the attack.Saipov, who lived in Paterson, New Jersey, allegedly used a pickup truck rented from a New Jersey Home Depot to run down pedestrians and cyclists along a 20-block stretch of the Manhattan bike path, before slamming into a school bus.He got out of the truck brandishing what turned out to be a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun, authorities said, before a police officer shot him.Seated in a wheelchair, Saipov appeared for a hearing in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses. Public defense attorney David Patton was appointed to represent him.Saipov did not ask for bail and was remanded to federal custody. It was not immediately clear where he would be held.Earlier on Wednesday, Trump called him “this animal” and lambasted the U.S. justice system for terrorism suspects as “a joke” and “a laughingstock”. Gina Cherelus, Barbara Goldberg Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) sits beside U.S. President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated his call that the Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people when he drove a truck down a New York City bike path should get the death penalty. 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Cytec joins Americas Critical Materials Institute

first_imgCytec will be a memberof the Critical Materials Institute, a new research consortium funded by the US Department of Energy.  The Critical Materials Institute, being led by Ames Laboratory, is chartered to establish an Energy Innovation Hub and develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for US energy security.  The new research centre will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector.Mike Radossich, President, Cytec Specialty Chemicals stated “Cytec is very excited and honoured to be engaged and working with such an elite group of industry experts in the development of breakthrough technology to benefit industry and society by advancing the availability and cost of critical materials.”last_img read more

Ownbrand products allow retailers to bully their suppliers

first_imgThe Committee cited evidence from the Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan who said own-brands make it “way too easy for the retailer to substitute”.He cited problems associated with liquid milk, telling the committee: “Retailers have allowed so much of a differentiation between the own-brand and branded products.“That is a strategic move by retailers, so effectively the percentage of own-brand is increasing all the time. The margin left for a processor to pay back the farmer is being diminished.”The National Milk Agency told the committee that own-brand products “impact adversely on the returns to producers and processors.”In its report, the committee noted that grocery prices were 38 per cent above the EU average in 2008 and 62 per cent more expensive than in the UK.It pointed out that one of the main reasons for this was the “major resistance by consumers to own-brand products and a major adherence to established brands”, noting the “stigma” attached to retailers such as Lidl and Aldi when they first entered the Irish market.However, the committee noted over the past two years that food prices in Ireland have dropped to the current rate of 18 per cent above the European average, but it said that this is “still too high”.Read: Call for below-cost selling of milk and bread to be bannedRead: Government deal to implement minimum alcohol pricing welcomed TDS AND SENATORS have sharply criticised the use of own-brand products by retailers, claiming that it allows them to “bully suppliers” and gives them too much power.In a report on the grocery sector published yesterday the Oireachtas Agriculture, Food and Marine Committee expressed “serious concerns” about the growing use of own-brand products by retailers.It noted that there has been a big increase in consumers purchasing own-brand products as “the stigma” associated with them “slowly evaporates and consumers search for value”.But it said that the increasing sale and supply of such products forces suppliers to reduce their prices or else face losing the retailers’ business to other suppliers.“On the one hand there can be little doubt that their use has helped to drive the price of goods down, especially in the very recent past, as consumers have grown accustomed to what are, largely, goods of relative high quality,” the Committee’s report said.“However, the dark side is that own brand products are allowing retailers to bully suppliers by threatening to move suppliers, an act which is very easy for them. This puts serious pressure on suppliers and drives downward of the supply price leading to a larger profit margin for the retailer.”last_img read more

Irish SMEs not as green as they could be

first_imgA EUROBAROMETER SURVEY shows European SMEs added more green jobs, made improvements in resource efficiency and are contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy.The European Commission published the extensive survey to gauge the views and attitudes of  EU SMEs towards green jobs, resource efficiency and green markets.It examined over 11,000 small and medium businesses in the 28 EU member states.The survey pointed out that: SMEs find it more difficult to comply with environmental legislation than large companies. A lack of expertise, lengthy approval procedures for new products and a lack of consumer demand are the main obstacles that prevent SMEs from entering the green markets.It found that four out of every ten SMEs in the EU have at least one green job.Ireland was shown to have a full-time green employee in 42 per cent of its SMEs.The survey also found a hunger for improvement with 93 per cent of EU SMEs taking at least one action to be more resource efficient.The most common actions were to minimise waste at 67 per cent, and save energy also 67 per cent.At least half are also recycling.The research also found that:The majority of SMEs in the EU act to become more resource efficient in order to reduce costs (63%), although 28% say the environment is one of the top priorities for their company.Just over one quarter, 26 per cent, of SMEs in the EU offer green products or services, but a further 7 per cent are planning to do so in the next two years.The survey found that overall the picture has not changed since 2012 and that there are still large differences across countries.The EU averaged 36 per cent when questioned if companies across the EU offered green products or services.Ireland come in at 34 per cent.At least nine out of ten SMEs selling green products or services say their own country is their main market in terms of annual turnover (91%). Almost one in five (19%) say their main market is the EU and /or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Only 7% say that their main market is outside of Europe.SMEs in the EU say that grants and subsidies would help make their company more resource efficient.One third of SMEs don’t understand their energy bills and 86 per cent don’t know how to lower them>Irish SMEs are among the most reliant on banks in Europe>last_img read more

Smoking runs in the family

first_imgYoungsters are at greater risk to light up a cigarette if they have a sibling who smokes. A New Australian study shows peer pressure and smoking siblings can be a greater influence on a child’s decision to smoke than having parents who smoke. The study, conducted on more than 7000 children aged from 11 to 13, found that non-smoking siblings can “exert a protective influence” on children’s smoking. Meanwhile, children who had no siblings were more likely to smoke than those with brothers and sisters who did not smoke. According to the study done by researchers from University of Queensland and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, children growing up in lower socio-economic areas are were also more likely to smoke. In 2008, 32,000 Victorian students were smokers, despite smoking levels among teenagers being at the lowest levels. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Issa challenger Colonel Doug Applegate comments on retirement

first_img KUSI Newsroom, January 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Darrell Issa, Doug Applegate FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 4:03 PM Issa challenger Colonel Doug Applegate comments on retirement With Congressman Darrell Issa announcing his retirement, changes will be coming to the 49th district seat in San Diego’s North County. Retired Colonel Doug Applegate is one candidate running for the seat and at this point would have to be considered the front runner. Applegate lost to Issa by less than two thousand votes in 2016. last_img read more

63 have no financial provision for the future

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (63%) of respondents have made no financial provision for the future, according to research by Equiniti Employee Services.Its survey of 1,189 UK employees found that less than a third (32%) of respondents save regularly.The research also found:More than a quarter (27%) try to save but monthly financial commitments make this difficult.81% of respondents face everyday financial challenges.29% of respondents worry about paying off their mortgage, while 14% are concerned that they will not be able to get onto the housing ladder.Around a fifth (19%) worry that they will not be able to retire. Other concerns include clearing debts (29%) and being able to afford treats and life’s luxuries (24%).After improving work-life balance (42%), saving for the future is cited as a key lifestyle consideration (37%). This is followed by a higher salary (24%) and having a pension (23%).Two-thirds (66%) say that joining an employee share scheme would cause them to take a greater interest in their financial personal planning.41% of 18-24 year old respondents and 36% of 24-35 year old respondents said an employee share scheme would make them save regularly for the future.Phil Ainsley (pictured), managing director of employee services at Equiniti, said: “The economic downturn contributed to a long-term savings gap, which threatens to become a financial time bomb.“Our experience shows that on a day-to-day basis people find it difficult to save, however, when saving is structured, for instance as part of an employee share scheme, it is much easier.“We also see much greater engagement among younger employees where such plans exist. This suggests that the government could incentivise the introduction of share schemes, encouraging employers to make it a more attractive option to foster a savings culture that supports existing pension policy”.last_img read more

House Appropriators Plan to Allocate Extra War Funds

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee plans to allocate the $38 billion in funding added to DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account in an effort to sidestep the statutory cap on defense spending, according to the committee’s draft spending allocations.The committee’s fiscal 2016 spending plan includes $96 billion for OCO, with $88.4 billion allocated for the defense spending measure, $532 million for military construction and $7.1 billion for the State Department’s budget, reported CQ Roll Call.The Pentagon had requested only $58 billion in war funds for FY 2016, but with the OCO account not subject to the Budget Control Act limits, the Budget Committee stashed extra funds in the account in the FY 2016 budget resolution to shield DOD from the full impact of the spending caps.On Wednesday, the Appropriations Committee is scheduled to approve the spending allocations for each subcommittee after marking up the military construction-veterans affairs and energy-water spending bills. Last week, the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee recommended spending $7.7 billion for military construction and family housing programs in FY 2016, a $900 million increase over the current year.Under the bill, $532 million of the FY 2016 milcon budget would be allocated from the OCO account and not count against the $523 billion national security spending cap. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Top four gubernatorial candidates voice support for Donlin mine

first_imgThe site of the proposed Donlin gold mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world (KYUK photo)Gov. Bill Walker made headlines this past weekend after he requested that the Army Corps of Engineers suspend the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Pebble mine in Bristol Bay.Listen nowBut Walker, who is running for re-election as an independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Walker says Donlin so far appears to be following the rules of regulatory process.“I have to have a pretty strong reason to not support something and so I’m still looking at that, but what I know of it I’m comfortable with,” Walker said.Walker’s competitors tout other benefits of the Donlin mine. Former Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell is running as a Republican. Treadwell praises Donlin’s promise to bring more jobs to the Y-K Delta.“There are mines around the state that employ a lot of people and it’s one of the most important things we can do for regional development,” Treadwell said.The project also proposes a 315-mile-long gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to fuel the mine’s operations and power demands. Former state Senator Mike Dunleavy, who is running as a Republican and will face Treadwell in the GOP primary in August, says that pipeline is a huge energy opportunity for the Y-K Delta and the state.“A lot of spin-off industries will benefit from it in the Y-K Delta and Southcentral Alaska so I think it’s a huge opportunity for Alaska,” Dunleavy said.Former United States Senator Mark Begich, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary, has voiced support for Donlin for years and believes the project on Native Corporation land can co-exist with the subsistence lifestyle in Western Alaska.“They’ve understood the value of fishing and they understand the importance of it to subsistence lifestyle,” Begich said.The Donlin mine would increase barge traffic on the Kuskokwim River, the food source for many residents in the Y-K Delta.It will require large treatment facilities for mercury and cyanide coming from the mine’s operations. Donlin has already received a water permit from the state to discharge wastewater into Crooked Creek, which drains into the Kuskokwim River.People living the Y-K Delta are also worried about what will happen after the mine stops producing. The site would have to be monitored forever, once it ceases operations.Gov. Walker says he doesn’t see the state relaxing monitoring enforcement, even with the budget crunch the last couple of years. He’s confident the state can adequately regulate the mine.“We certainly we have laws in place,” Walker said. “I believe if we need to strengthen those laws, then let’s strengthen those laws.”Treadwell and Dunleavy will battle each other in the August primary for the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, Begich is unopposed, and the winners will face Governor Walker in November.last_img read more