Violent campus clashes between protesters and police stir fears for Hong Kong universities

first_img Young protesters shield themselves behind a barricade and umbrellas during the conflict with police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in China. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images May James/Abaca/Sipa USA via AP Images Violent campus clashes between protesters and police stir fears for Hong Kong universities The once-peaceful protests in Hong Kong over the erosion of the territory’s autonomous status within China and delays in expected democratic reforms escalated last week into pitched battles between protesters and police on multiple university campuses. At one site, several senior school officials who are scientists sought to negotiate a truce amid rubber bullets and the haze of tear gas.The confrontations wound down early this week, but academics worry about the future of the city’s universities. “The current situation will make it difficult for us to recruit top-quality staff in the future,” says Sun Kwok, a Hong Kong–born astronomer who was dean of science at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) for 10 years. He fears it may also be tough to fill HKU’s graduate schools, where most students come from mainland China or other countries. The science faculty recruits about 120 grad students each year, and filling those slots “might be quite difficult,” says MatthewEvans, HKU’s dean of science.Kwok adds that authorities appear to blame university students for instigating the demonstrations. “If this results in increased control by the government on the universities, it could lead to an erosion of academic freedom,” says Kwok, who is now at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As Science went to press, an estimated 100 hard-core activists remained holed up on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Calm had returned elsewhere. Scientists and officials at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), HKU, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology say that on their campuses, electrical power and internet service continued, and there were no fires within buildings and no losses of culture collections or lab animals. “We had zero damage to our buildings,” Evans says.Hong Kong universities had escaped disruption during the massive demonstrations in the city that started in early June, touched off by a proposed bill to ease extradition of suspected criminals to mainland China for trial. The extradition bill was withdrawn on 23 October. But by then, protesters were demanding broader democratic reforms and independent investigations of police brutality. Protesters flee the campus by climbing down ropes on bridges and crawling through sewer tunnels to avoid the police. In the second week of November, protesters escalated tactics, using perches on hilly university campuses to hurl debris onto adjacent highways. They may have thought they could take advantage of a long-standing policy that police “do not come onto [a] campus unless they have reason to suspect some criminal act has come about or have an appropriate warrant,” Evans says.Radical activists commandeered CUHK, even demanding that visitors to the campus show identification to pass blockades, according to an open letter from the vice chancellor, Rocky Tuan, a biomedical scientist who was pictured trying to negotiate a truce on a pedestrian bridge leading to the campus last week. After masked protesters left CUHK and other schools to gather at PolyU at the end of last week, a police officer on the edge its campus was wounded by an arrow and the situation devolved into a fiery showdown. Many graduate students have fled the city.Despite the chaos, researchers were generally able to keep their studies on track, says Chan King Ming, a CUHK aquatic toxicologist. He reached his lab to feed zebrafish. Barring further upheaval, several Hong Kong scientists told Science they believe research activities will resume smoothly, if not immediately. Although classes are now suspended or being taught online, most schools plan to return to a normal schedule when the next semester begins in January 2020.Ensuring Hong Kong’s long-term tranquility requires a political solution that is beyond the scope of what universities can do, school officials say. “The government must take the lead with swift and concrete action to resolve this political deadlock and to restore safety and public order now,” the heads of Hong Kong’s nine publicly funded universities wrote in a joint statement last week—before some of the most violent protests.*Correction, 22 November, 9:35 a.m.: The caption of a photo in the slideshow has been updated to correctly identify Dennis Ng. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images Fires burn in the main entrance of PolyU, blocking the police out of the campus. By Dennis NormileNov. 19, 2019 , 4:05 PM Kyodo via AP Images AP Photo/Kin Cheung Protesters flee the campus by climbing down ropes on bridges and crawling through sewer tunnels to avoid the police. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images Police detain one protester at PolyU and warn others they will use live ammunition if confronted with lethal weapons. Kyodo via AP Images ‹› A protester hurls a lit Molotov cocktail at the police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University in China, where demonstrations escalated in recent days. Chemist Dennis Ng, pro-vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, wears a gas mask while speaking to his students during active demonstrations. Wearing a gas mask, a young demonstrator prepares to shoot an arrow at the police at PolyU. A crowd of protesters is hit with tear gas as the police lay siege to the university. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images Chemist Dennis Ng, pro-vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, wears a gas mask while speaking to his students during active demonstrations. May James/Abaca/Sipa USA via AP Images DALE DE LA REY/AFP via Getty Images last_img read more

Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag dropped, Sachin Tendulkar to play

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would continue to lead the side in the forthcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday. However, his out-of-form deputy — Virender Sehwag — has been “rested” for the championship, to be held next month.Virat Kohli was named the vice-captain of the team for the tournament.The All India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI met at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai to pick the 15-member team for the Asia Cup. Apart from Sehwag, it also decided to rest fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav. Sehwag, who has been a part of the Indian squad for the ongoing tri-series in Australia, has failed to impress so far. There were even doubts about retaining Sachin Tendulkar and Ravinder Jadeja in the side because of their poor show in Australia. However, they were retained in the team. Announcing the team, chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth made it clear that Sehwag and Zaheer were “not dropped” from the side but rested “on purely medical grounds”. All-rounder Yusuf Pathan and Ashok Dinda returned to the side in place of Sehwag and Yadav. The squad: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma , Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda.Highlights: The 15-man squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup championship has been finalised.Virender Sehwag, Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan have been rested on medical grounds: Selection panel.M.S. Dhoni to lead the team in Asia Cup with Virat Kohli as the vice captain.Sachin Tendulkar has been retained in the squad.The squad: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda.India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take part in the ODI tournament.According to sources, the tournament is likely to begin in Dhanka from March 12.The squad was picked by a selection panel-led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth.We are confident we have chosen the best squad: Srikkanth.advertisementlast_img read more

Washington Huskies to retire Isaiah Thomas’ jersey in February

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Thomas helped the Huskies win either a regular-season title or a conference tournament title in each of his three seasons at Washington. He’s responsible for one of the most famous moments in Washington’s basketball history when he hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to beat Arizona in the 2011 conference title game.Thomas is eighth on Washington’s all-time scoring list with 1,721 points. He’s gone on to become a two-time NBA All-Star with Boston before being traded to Cleveland this offseason.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES NBA unveils vote schedule for All-Star Game with new format NBA player Isaiah Thomas attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPRENTON, Wash. — Former Washington star and current Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas will have his number retired by the school.The retirement ceremony for Thomas’ No. 2 has been scheduled for Feb. 15 when the Huskies host Utah. Thomas joins Brandon Roy and Bob Houbregs as they only players to have their numbers retired by the school.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READlast_img read more

SPORT-2ND LD IND 3 LAST

first_imgPrior to that, there were some moments of disappointment Prior to that, there were some moments of disappointment for the hosts as two of their main batsmen got out to poor shots on a day five pitch that was still easing out. Kaushal Silva (27) was the first to, in the third full over of the day. Yadav continued his short-ball tactics but aimed it better at the right-handed batsman this time, who didn?t find too much space to properly pull the delivery. He simply lobbed a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at short midwicket and the Indian made no mistake. He had put on 53 runs for the fourth wicket with Mathews. Lahiru Thirimanne (12) came to the crease, looking to make amends for a lean series. He started full of intent to score runs, and helped Lanka cross the 100-mark in the 36th over after which Mathews reached his half-century. But his problems began as in the very next over spin was re-introduced with Mishra. Both spinners were deployed in tandem thereafter and Ashwin struck in his very first over of the new spell. Thirimanne looked to play against the turn and only managed to lob a leading edge caught by KL Rahul at silly point. This was the fourth time in six innings in this series that Ashwin dismissed the left-handed batsman. Perera and Mathews then batted out the little session of play before lunch. But despite an easier pitch than on the past four days, Lanka were still staring down the barrel. On day one, Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to field first, but only 15 overs were possible after persistent rains washed out the remaining day?s play. On day two, Pujara scored his seventh Test hundred to help India scored 312 runs in their first innings. 15 wickets fell on day three as Lanka were bowled out for 201 runs and conceded a 111-run lead. On day four, India scored 274 runs in their second innings and took and overall lead of 385 runs. Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 63 runs, and India came back with a 278-run win at the P Sara Oval in the second Test. PTI CN AT MRM MRMadvertisementlast_img read more

Great Britain wins Davis Cup after 79 years: All you need to know

first_imgThe tennis team of Great Britain have bagged the Davis Cup this year. The British team, led by Andy Murray, won the most challenging tennis tournament after 79 years.Here are some key points you need to know:Team Great Britain had won their last Davis Cup in the year 1936This is their 10th victory in the 115-year-old competitionThis year, Great Britain defeated Belgium by 3-1 score in the finalsThe first round of the final ties went in Belgium’s favour, as David Goffin of Belgium beat Kyle Edmund of Great Britain by 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 1-6, 0-6The second round saw British tennis star Andy Murray beat Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans by 6-3, 6-2 and 7-5Andy Murray teamed up with brother Jamie Murray to beat the Belgian pair of Steve Darcis and David Goffin by 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2 in the third roundThe last round was won by Andy Murray as he defeated Belgium’s David Goffin by  6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2.Here are some facts about the Davis Cup:1. Davis Cup is the annual international competition in men’s tennis that is organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).2. The first Davis Cup was organised in 1900 and was played between Great Britain and USA.3. Dwight F Davis, founder of the tournament, sponsored the trophy in the first edition. The total cost was around 1,000 dollars, which would now be around 700,000 dollars.4. The Davis Cup is the only sporting event in the world that has lasted for more than 100 years. Total 101 editions have been hosted so far.advertisement5. In 1974, India and South Africa had reached the finals. They were the first non-European and non-American teams to reach the finals. However, due to South Africa’s apartheid policy, India refused to play and South Africa was declared the winner by default. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.last_img read more

Juventus sign Gonzalo Higuain for 90 million euros

first_imgJuventus have signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for 90 million euros ($98.89 million), the third highest transfer fee ever paid.”I can confirm that the contract has been deposited with the League and the deal has been done,” Napoli spokesman Nicola Lombardi told Reuters on Tuesday, adding that the fee will be paid in two installments.The Turin-based club triggered the release clause for the 28-year-old, who still had two years to run on his contract, Napoli added later on Tuesday in a statement. (Also read: Juventus, Napoli to discuss Gonzalo Higuain’s future)Higuain’s transfer fee is the third highest paid, after Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for 100 million euros in 2013 and Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Spaniards from Manchester United for 94 million euros in 2009.Last season Higuain scored a record 36 Serie A goals in 35 games for Napoli, who finished runners-up as Juventus won a fifth consecutive title. He joined Napoli in 2013 after spending six years at Real.The news that he was poised to join Juventus caused anguish among Napoli fans, who gathered in Naples city centre on Saturday to tear up pictures of the Argentine and set fire to replicas of his number nine shirt.($1 = 0.9105 euros)last_img read more

Anil Kumble happy with my batting form: Cheteshwar Pujara

first_imgIndia’s No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara is facing heat after repeatedly failing to convert starts into big ones. For someone, who averages close to 50 in Tests, his last six innings, in which he has failed to get to the half-century mark, have been a letdown. With Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma hitting form, Pujara’s spot in the playing XI will be under scrutiny when India take on the hosts at Sabina Park in the second Test, starting tomorrow.However, Pujara is not bothered by the bad run and stresses on being realistic. He reveals coach Anil Kumble felt positive about his batting. (Also read: Ishant Sharma issues ‘bouncer’ warning to West Indies batsmen) “Things remain very simple. I always have to contribute and play with responsibility. I have spoken with Anil Kumble too, and he told me a few things about my batting. Most importantly, he told me he was happy with the contributions I have made in the past and is positive about the way I am currently batting,” he said. (Kumble helped me bowl on slow wickets: Amit Mishra)Pujara says he is “not too worried” about his own form, saying he is happy as long as he is contributing to the team’s success. The Saurashtra batsman was dismissed for just 16 during India’s only innings in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua.’NOT WORRIED'”No I am not worried. Overall I have been batting well. Even in the South Africa series, there have been good scores and some good batting on challenging wickets. So at times you have to be realistic and see the contribution without seeing whether I am getting hundreds or big double hundreds. It’s always about contributing to the team’s success,” Pujara said. (Also read: West Indies include uncapped pacer Alzarri Joseph for second Test) .”At the same time I realised that I played a bad shot in the last Test when I was looking good. I did the hard work in the first session when the ball was moving.”advertisementElaborating the team’s goal, Pujara said India are gunning for a series whitewash here in its quest for becoming the numero uno Test side in the future.”The first aim is to win the series and obviously we would like to win all the Tests here. But we are taking it one match at a time and we will be focusing on winning this one. We have a positive environment and all the guys are charged up for this match. Going ahead we want to be the No.1 Test team in the world too,” he said.Asked if India will adopt a new strategy in the upcoming Test considering the change in conditions, Pujara replied, “I don’t think so. If we see the first Test there was good pace and bounce from the wicket, and we did well. We just need to continue doing what we have been doing well and there have been many partnerships from the last game.’ASHWIN, MISHRA DID WELL'”In particular R Ashwin batted well and Amit Mishra did well too, so both the top-order and lower-order are doing well, which is a positive sign from the team.”Having not played here before, Pujara refused to predict the nature of the Kingston wicket.”I haven’t played a game here, but looking at the wicket at present, it is difficult to predict what sort of pitch we will get here,” said Pujara.”Overall as a team, we have been playing good cricket and that is what we will look to do. We won’t worry too much about the wicket and I think if we play to our potential there is a good chance of winning the series.”WILL ANALYSE ALZARRI JOSEPHWest Indies has roped in 19-year-old pacer Alzarri Joseph in their squad for this second Test. The youngster was the joint third-highest wicket-taker during the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, picking up 13 wickets there.”From what I have heard he (Joseph) has done well in the Under-19 World Cup. Obviously I haven’t seen him bowl, but I don’t know whether he will be in the final eleven. He is a new guy and I think he is talented, so we will be doing some video analysis about his bowling,” Pujara said about the new inclusion in the home team squad.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup: Argentina to send record number of coaches

first_imgArgentina are one of the favourites to win the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. The two-time champions boast some of the biggest players including the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero. But apart from the Argentine players, the coaches from the South American nation will also aim to make an impact as the country will supply record number of coaches.Five Argentine managers will be present in Russia Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina), Jose Pekerman (Colombia), Ricardo Gareca (Peru), Hector Cuper (Egypt) and Juan Antonio Pizzi (Saudi Arabia).”Argentine coaches are highly valued,” 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes told The Associated Press.”They have a strong character and personality to do a good job,” said the former Argentina striker, whose goals helped his country triumph at the World Cup eight years before Maradona led the team to glory in Mexico.There are other qualities that make the coaches wanted around the world.”They have very versatile profiles, allowing them to adapt to new contexts, especially uncertainty,” said Gustavo Aguilera, an executive for the Argentina office of the ManpowerGroup, a provider of workforce services. “They also generate solutions in an efficient way.”Pizzi, 49, left his role as Chile coach last October after his team failed to qualify for the World Cup.One month later he took over at Saudi Arabia from fellow Argentine, Edgardo Bauza. His “Green Falcons” squad is the lowest ranked of the 32 World Cup teams.Pizzi, who played alongside Guardiola at Barcelona in the 1990s and later took a coaching course with him, is looking to make it to the last 16 in Russia.advertisement”We’ll be in condition to compete,” Pizzi said recently. The Saudis begin their campaign against host Russia in Moscow on June 14.The versatility of Argentine coaches may be due in part to their experience of the recent turmoil in the country, Aguilera said.The nation’s worst economic implosion 17 years ago led to one in every five Argentines being unemployed, and millions sliding into poverty.”The coaches are used to working in radically changing contexts,” Aguilera said.They have also learned how to live with extreme pressure in Argentina, where anything but the best is often considered total failure.Aguilera said this helps build character, making the coaches stronger than counterparts in other countries.Cuper, 62, took over Egypt’s team in 2015. The Argentine inherited a seven-time African champion that had failed to qualify for three successive Nations Cup finals.He had previously suffered final defeats with Argentina’s Huracan, Spain’s Valencia and Italy’s Inter Milan.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Cesc turns down fan’s offer for night of romance

first_imgWTF ‘My wife is miles ahead of anyone’ – Fabregas turns down romantic offer from fan Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cesc Fabregas Chelsea 2017 Getty Images WTF Chelsea Premier League The Chelsea star offered a tongue-in-cheek response to a fan who had put forth an offer to spend the night together via social media One fan has caught the attention of Cesc Fabregas with a sultry offer on social media — but the Chelsea star isn’t having it!Responding to an invitation from one Twitter user to “spend the night”, Fabregas smartly wrote: “No thank you. My wife is miles ahead of anyone”.No thank you. My wife is miles ahead of anyone https://t.co/ykl1cQIbSD— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) November 5, 2017Chelsea 6/5 to be PL’s top London club Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The proposition came in the wake of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United, with Alvaro Morata having scored the only goal of the high-profile clash.Cesc, however, was awarded man of the match for his performance, and was asked by Sky after the match if he expected proceedings to be so open on the day:”Probably, yes. We had plenty of chances in the first half and in the second as well, to be honest. I think it was a very good performance.”Maybe a little bit more awkward than we expected.”Perhaps not quite as awkward as being turned down for a night of passion by your favourite footballer in a very public forum, one feels!Fabregas and his wife, Daniella Semaan, celebrated the birth of their third child earlier this year.last_img read more

Parenting Conference on November 11

first_img The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) will be staging a parenting conference next month geared at equipping parents with the tools they need to raise their children.The one-day conference, to be held at the Montego Bay Community College in St. James on November11, is in collaboration with the Education, Youth and Information Ministry.It will better enable parents to understand their roles and responsibilities and provide guidance on effective parenting in order to prevent abuse.Region Four Chairman of the NPTAJ, Neville Wilson, told JIS News that the objective is to improve relations between parents and children.He emphasised the need for parents to get involved in their children’s education.“Some (parents) do not recognise that their children can only be successful when they give support to (them) and their schools. Most of them do not understand that we’re at a place now where there must be conversation. Children must be a part of that conversation,” he pointed out.Mr. Wilson informed that speakers at the conference will include Deputy Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant; and Psychiatrist at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Dr. Stennett Davis.He explained that they will “in a practical way help parents to understand how children think at particular ages and how we can help them to be better children”.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid,   in welcoming the event, noted that parents and caregivers have a responsibility to keep children healthy and safe, and not to abuse them.“Parents and caregivers who offer their children love, acceptance, appreciation, encouragement and guidance provide the most intimate context for the nurturing and protection of children as they develop their personalities and identities, and also as they mature physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially,” he said.The Minister noted that the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) has Parent Places located across the island that offer training and counselling to assist them to better care for their children.These are ‘one-stop-shops’ for parenting information, skills training and support on effective parenting. It offers what is described as ‘21st-century parenting’ through quality information and referrals, access to parenting resources and workshops. “Parents and caregivers who offer their children love, acceptance, appreciation, encouragement and guidance provide the most intimate context for the nurturing and protection of children as they develop their personalities and identities, and also as they mature physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially,” he said. The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) will be staging a parenting conference next month geared at equipping parents with the tools they need to raise their children. Story Highlights These are ‘one-stop-shops’ for parenting information, skills training and support on effective parenting. It offers what is described as ‘21st-century parenting’ through quality information and referrals, access to parenting resources and workshops.last_img read more

H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update May 13

first_imgCases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. One additional case was confirmed today, May 13. The case was identified during a re-test, and is related to the original cluster in Windsor. The individual has fully recovered. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms they should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 65. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

Liberal MP Drouin says allegation made against him at partys Halifax convention

first_imgOTTAWA – Liberal MP Francis Drouin says an allegation has been made against him following an incident at the party’s convention in Halifax this weekend.Drouin, a 34-year-old MP from eastern Ontario, was described earlier this year as a rising star in the Liberal Party, with a firm grip on the agriculture file and standing as the most-lobbied backbencher on Parliament Hill.In a statement released to the media and sent to Liberal MPs and staff Sunday, Drouin said he wanted to address “reports of an incident” in Halifax.“I can confirm that an allegation has been made,” said Drouin. “I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported. While no charges have been laid against me, I am co-operating fully with the investigation.”A Liberal who asked not to be identified said on Saturday Drouin was telling people at the convention that a woman had accused him of groping her backside at a bar near the convention site in downtown Halifax.“He was rattled,” said the source, who added Drouin denied having done it.Halifax Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault which took place in the 1700 block of Brunswick Avenue in downtown Halifax around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, but would not confirm any other details of the incident. The location and timing is similar to the information the Liberal source was given, but police would not confirm if the assault allegation involved Drouin or anyone from the Liberal convention.A spokesman for the police said he was unaware of any other allegations made about incidents in the area over the weekend.“Where it is an active investigation, we are unable to provide any other details,” said Sgt. Brian Palmeter.The allegation became the talk of the convention, which several Liberals said had a good vibe overall until this happened.The alleged incident took place about 12 hours before the party held an hour-long seminar for MPs and staff called “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments.” Prime Minister Trudeau was one of the attendees at the session. He said Saturday one seminar was not going to provide all the answers but that it was a good step forward.Spokespeople for both the party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred questions from the media to Liberal party whip Pablo Rodriguez. He had not responded to a request for comment as of Sunday afternoon, including whether the party has launched its own investigation or whether Drouin will remain as an MP pending the outcome.Drouin did host a panel discussion with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Saturday after the alleged incident occurred.The party’s policy on caucus membership is unclear during these situations. Trudeau himself has said every situation is different, but has many times taken a zero-tolerance approach. In 2014, prior to becoming prime minister, he suspended Newfoundland and Labrador MP Scott Andrews and Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti after allegations of sexual misconduct involving other NDP MPs. Their suspensions were made permanent in 2015 after an independent investigation. Andrews ran as an Independent and lost in 2015 while Pacetti did not seek re-election.Former Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo left cabinet and the Liberal caucus in 2016 to seek alcohol addiction treatment, and it later emerged that he had been having an affair with a young female staffer in Ottawa. The situation came to light when he broke it off with her to date her mother.Calgary MP Darshan Kang left the Liberal caucus last summer after a staffer alleged he had sexually harassed and assaulted her. A House of Commons investigation concluded it could verify some of the complaints, including that he had improperly tried to get access to the woman’s hotel room in Ottawa. Kang now sits as an Independent MP.Calgary MP Kent Hehr remains a Liberal MP, but did step down from his cabinet role in January amid allegations he made inappropriate remarks to women when he was an Alberta Liberal MLA. An investigation into those complaints is ongoing, and Hehr would not comment on them Saturday. Hehr also attended the sexual harassment seminar in Halifax and said it was “an excellent session.”All political parties have grappled with how to handle allegations of sexual misconduct as the #MeToo movement has gained strength. Saturday’s harassment seminar was the first time the Liberals have addressed the matter at a national convention.last_img read more

Capital One target of massive data breach

first_imgSEATTLE — A security breach at Capital One Financial, one of North America’s largest issuers of credit cards, compromised the personal information of about 106 million people, including six million Canadians, and in some cases the hacker obtained social insurance and bank account numbers.It is among the largest security breaches of a major U.S. financial institution on record.In Canada, where it provides Mastercard credit cards for Costco Wholesale’s Canadian retail network, Capital One said approximately one million social insurance numbers were compromised.Paige A. Thompson, who uses the online handle “erratic” — was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Thompson made an initial appearance in court and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday.Federal agents began tracking Thompson online after being notified by Capital One of a possible breach in July.One June 18, Thompson sent a message on Twitter to another user saying, “Ive basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, (expletive) dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it.”The FBI raided Thompson’s residence Monday and seized digital devices. An initial search turned up files that referenced Capital One and “other entities that may have been targets of attempted or actual network intrusions.”Thompson was a systems engineer at Amazon Web Services between 2015 and 2016, about three years before the breach took place.While that service is used by Capital One, there is no evidence that Amazon’s cloud system was involved in the breach.“AWS was not compromised in any way and functioned as designed,” a company spokesperson said Tuesday. “The perpetrator gained access through a misconfiguration of the web application and not the underlying cloud-based infrastructure. As Capital One explained clearly in its disclosure, this type of vulnerability is not specific to the cloud.”Capital One Financial Corp. was notified by a third party on July 19 that their data had appeared on the code-hosting site GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft. The McLean, Virginia, company says it immediately notified the FBI.The FBI said a Twitter user who went by “erratic” sent a user direct messages warning about distributing the bank’s data, including names, birthdates and Social Security numbers. That user reported the message to Capital One.Capital One said it believes it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud, but the investigation is ongoing.The data breach involves about 100 million people in the U.S. and six million in Canada.The bank said the bulk of the hacked data consisted of information supplied by consumers and small businesses who applied for credit cards between 2005 and early 2019. In addition to data such as phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income, the hacker was also able to access credit scores, credit limits and balances, as well as fragments of transaction information from a total of 23 days in 2016, 2017 and 2018.“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”Capital One Financial Corp., the nation’s seventh-largest commercial bank with $373.6 billion in assets as of June 30, is the latest U.S. company to suffer a major data breach in recent years.In Canada, Desjardins Group revealed a data breach in June that saw the leak of names, addresses, birthdates, social insurance numbers and other private information from roughly 2.7 million people and 173,000 businesses.Desjardins, a Quebec-based co-operative, said a single employee, who has been fired since the breach was detected in December 2018, was responsible. A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.In 2017, a data breach at Equifax, one of the major credit reporting companies, exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of roughly half of the U.S. population and about 19,000 Canadians.Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner concluded in April that the company fell short of their privacy obligations to Canadians, including poor security safeguards and holding information too long, but it did not level fines.Last week, Equifax agreed to pay at least $700 million to settle lawsuits over the breach in a settlement with federal authorities and states. The agreement includes up to $425 million in monetary relief to consumers.The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. last year was just under $8 million, according to a study by IBM Security and Ponemon Institute.___This story has been corrected to show Twitter messages were sent to a third party, not directly to Capital One.___Associated Press reporter Alex Veiga in Los Angeles contributed to this article.Gene Johnson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

International forces TimorLeste police strive to boost security after death UN envoy

“I am convinced that the people of Timor-Leste deserve better and the United Nations in conjunction with national policing authorities and the International Security Forces (ISF) are working to provide that,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Atul Khare, who heads the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). Early this morning, UN Police (UNPOL) officers responded to fighting and arson in the Kampung Alor area of the capital Dili, however one person had been killed before they arrived, UNMIT said, adding that the fire brigade had also been called but were not able to contain a blaze that burned six houses. Mr. Khare, along with the Minister of the Interior Alcino Barris, visited the area and spoke with residents, expressing his condolences to the family of the victim and his sympathy to those affected by the violence. Separately, UNPOL are investigating the theft of 700 bags of rice from a UN World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in Dili, following which the agency announced it was halting distribution until further notice. When UNPOL arrived at the scene, a large crowd of people also attacked the warehouse throwing stones at the officers, security guards and warehouse staff. Two protesters were also arrested today for organizing an unauthorized demonstration, while UNPOL is on alert for another demonstration planned for the capital on Wednesday. UNMIT and the ISF are also searching for five men who escaped from a detention facility in Dili at the weekend. Last week, Mr. Khare was in New York briefing the Security Council on Timor-Leste, in which he backed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for more international police during this year’s elections, as well as for an extension of UNMIT’s mandate, set to expire on 25 February, for another year. Timorese Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta, also spoke to the 15-member Council in support of the one-year extension. The Council created UNMIT in August 2006 to help restore order after deadly fighting, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, broke out in April and May and caused the deaths of at least 37 people and forced about 155,000 others – or 15 per cent of the population – to flee their homes. 20 February 2007Visiting the scene of gang violence in Timor-Leste’s capital today, in which one person was killed and six houses burned down, the United Nations envoy to the impoverished country pledged that international forces working with national police officers will improve security ahead of this year’s landmark elections. read more

Sri Lankan children among immigrants living in poverty in Norway

The figures also showed that the proportion of all children in poor families of both Norwegian and non- Norwegian background had risen from 7 per cent in 2006 to 10.3 percent in 2016.“A lot of this can be explained by the fact that more children in the low income group have only one family provider,” SSB wrote in the report.Namely, nearly half of children with permanent low income, of non-immigrant background, lived with a single mother or father in 2016, the report said. (Colombo Gazette) The data from Statistics Norway (SSB) showed 101,000 children under the age of 18 lived in poor families in 2016, which is an increase from 10 percent of all children in 2015 to 10.3 percent in 2016. This proportion is equivalent to 3,000 children. The report also showed that the poor conditions in which children live often vary with the country of the families’ origin. In 2016, 75 to 79 percent of children from Syria and Somalia lived in families with persistent low income, while the proportion was lower, but still more than 50 percent, for children with backgrounds from Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.Less than 20 percent of children with backgrounds from India, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Vietnam, on the other hand, live in poverty, the report said. Sri Lankan children are among immigrants living in poverty in Norway, the Xinhua news agency quoted the Aftenposten Norwegain newspaper as reporting.Fresh numbers from Norway’s statistics bureau showed nearly four in 10 immigrant children in the Nordic country live in poverty. read more

Michael Johnson Relates Slavery To Superior Athlete Gene

Four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson apparently is faster on his feet than his brain, for Johnson actually said for public consumption that he believes the question of why black athletes dominate Olympic sprint competitions is because of slavery.The eight men who ran in the 100-meter finals — all African-American or African-Caribbean — in the Beijing Olympics are believed to have been descended from slaves, according to the documentary. But, what’s the surprise there?“Difficult as it was to hear,” Johnson contended, “slavery has benefited descendants like me. I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”Johnson, who recently had his lineage traced back to West Africa as part of a British documentary, told the Daily Mail that slavery has “left an imprint through the generations.”The Daily Mail wrote that some scientists believe a combination of selective breeding by slave owners and appalling conditions meant that only the strongest slaves endured, creating a group predisposed to record-breaking athletic performance.African slaves underwent a rigorous selection process and only the fittest were transported on ships.Johnson’s views on the genetics of slavery and his allusions to eugenics have been mostly ignored in the United States. The interview with the Daily Mail was published last Wednesday and barely made ripples on this side of the pond.Well, the remarks have finally arrived, and they make Johnson seem like a dumb jock. He totally discounts the work ethic and training involved to be a world class athlete. He does not address why every black person walking around is not 0f Olympic status if blacks have a “superior athletic gene.”Comments like these got jimmy (The Greek) Synder fired years ago. that they would arise again, in 2012, by a black athlete in particular, is, well, silly — and sad. read more

3 Big Questions Heading Into The NBA Finals

From ABC News: TORONTO — We’re finally reaching the end of what’s been a long, somewhat bizarre, landscape-shifting NBA season. And somehow, it feels as if we’re still not fully realizing just how crazy these finals could potentially be.The Warriors, in most people’s eyes, will enter as favorites — something that’s understandable given their talent, their history and the ease with which they reached this stage. The challengers, meanwhile, are the Raptors, who have home-court advantage and likely the most lethal two-way talent in the league. The Raptors also figure to benefit from the absence of reigning back-to-back finals MVP Kevin Durant — whom we still don’t know when to expect back, if he returns at all.While TV executives may be less than thrilled about Toronto replacing a LeBron James-led club in the title round, there’s plenty to analyze that could swing the series in one direction or the other. Here are the three biggest things we’ll be watching as the NBA Finals kick off here Thursday night. Check out our latest NBA predictions. Who’s guarding Kawhi? And how will Toronto deal with Steph?We saw in the Eastern Conference finals how big a game-changer it can be when one superstar begins defending another. Kawhi Leonard began taking defensive responsibility of likely league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3 of the series against Milwaukee, limiting him in half-court scenarios while getting support from teammates, who helped wall off the paint.But who’s going to answer that call against Leonard for the Warriors, particularly without Durant? Our guess would be versatile wing Andre Iguodala, who generally took the role of guarding James in previous installments of the finals.The regular-season matchups between these two teams took place in November and December; lineup weirdness and roster changes since then make it hard to extrapolate those games to this series: Kawhi missed one of the games, while Stephen Curry missed the other, and Toronto made a trade-deadline deal for Marc Gasol. Golden State primarily used Durant to defend Leonard in the lone matchup the Toronto star suited up for, and Durant is of course out for at least Game 1. For what it’s worth, Kawhi dominated offensively that game, much like he always does in matchups against the Warriors, scoring 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting from the field.Draymond Green, a former defensive player of the year, could end up being the best bet to stop Leonard. The numbers certainly suggest that: In his three head-to-head matchups with Leonard since the start of the 2016-17 season, Green has rendered Leonard inefficient, holding him to just 28 points per 100 possessions, on a whopping 39 shot attempts per 100 possessions, according to data from Second Spectrum. By contrast, Kawhi has scored about 35 points per 100 possessions against Iguodala and Klay Thompson and nearly 49 points per 100 possessions against Durant.But Warriors coach Steve Kerr may treat that move as a “break in case of emergency” option. If Draymond takes that assignment for long stretches, it could leave the Warriors vulnerable at the rim, where Green does much of his best defensive work during the playoffs.On the flip side, it’s also fair to wonder who will handle defending Curry for Toronto. While it wouldn’t be shocking to see Leonard end up defending him here and there because of an occasional switch, expect the Raptors to show plenty of faith in backup guard Fred VanVleet, who has fared very well against Curry in the past.It’s almost certain that more attention will be given to VanVleet’s offense in this series. After all, he’s coming off arguably the greatest three-game perimeter-shooting stretch in postseason history — and all in the wake of the birth of his son. But his determination to stay glued to Curry while on defense — something the Cavaliers simply couldn’t do in last year’s finals — stands out on film. On several occasions, that resulted in the ball swinging to the other side of the floor:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Curry.mp400:0000:0001:49Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The numbers tell the story even more clearly: VanVleet limited the two-time MVP to a measly 10 points per 100 possessions during their matchup this season, per Second Spectrum.No, it wouldn’t be wise to assume that he can keep Curry under wraps to that extent in the finals. But even when you increase the sample size and start with the 2016-17 season, VanVleet has still surrendered just 21 points per 100 plays to Curry. So there are indications that he may be able to slow Steph down. And that’s big. The less Toronto has to run a second defender at Curry, the better the Raptors can protect the rim against Green’s short rolls, which annihilated the Blazers because of how decisive the fiery forward was in that series.Can Toronto limit the Warriors in transition?So many clubs have been overtaken by the Warriors’ debilitating runs over the years, and nothing fuels those infernos like a parade of missed shots and live-ball turnovers. But the Raptors are incredibly cautious about both, which figures to give them a decent chance in this series.During the regular season, Toronto was the most efficient defense in the NBA after missing a shot on the offensive end, allowing just 105 points per 100 possessions after a misfire, according to the data site Inpredictable. The Raptors excelled in this regard during the conference finals: They abandoned efforts to crash the offensive glass at times, realizing the greater importance of thwarting Antetokounmpo’s transition opportunities.Toronto also doesn’t turn the ball over much. The team’s 12.2 percent turnover rate this postseason would have ranked as the NBA’s best during the regular season. This is one area in which Kawhi’s elite one-on-one skills become even more useful: He can do so much on his own, without having to pass the ball, and those sorts of plays limit the likelihood of a turnover while also slowing the game down.Playing at a controlled tempo can help a great deal against the Warriors, particularly in these first two games before Golden State returns to Oracle Arena, where they often play considerably faster.How will the series change if and when Durant returns?Depending on the state of the series at the time, Durant’s return has the potential to be a sports talk radio host’s dream. If the Raptors play solidly at home, it wouldn’t be shocking for them to jump out to an early series lead. Should that happen, and then Durant comes back and helps the Warriors tie the series in Oakland, it would point to the obvious: that for however talented the Dubs are, they still need Durant — at least in certain spots, as a cushion — to get by certain opponents in tough situations.There’s an alternate universe in which the Warriors could jump out to a 2-0 lead of their own in Toronto before heading home to Oakland. Perhaps the most fascinating development possible would be if Durant is then cleared, and Golden State struggles to reincorporate him on offense. (The first two games could also result in a split, in which case maybe more nuanced takes would emerge upon Durant’s return and offer less breathless hyperbole about his value to the team.)In any case, there’s no doubt about what the Warriors’ preference is in all this. They view Durant as both a defensive option on Kawhi and as someone on whom Leonard would have to expend energy himself. (Durant had a season-high 51 points against Toronto earlier this year, and Leonard was his primary defender that night.) Not having someone in your lineup who can do both those things — especially given that Leonard is far and away the best player the Raptors have — could be incredibly costly in a series like this one.Kerr has had to dig deep into his bench — using Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko for longer stretches — to fill in as the team coped with Durant’s absence (and an injury to Iguodala). That worked well enough against Portland. But the Blazers weren’t as stingy or as adaptable as the Raptors, who have posted the league’s most efficient defense following a switch this postseason.It may all end up being academic. Perhaps the Warriors’ original core is talented enough to make it where none of this — including Durant’s return — ultimately matters. But more likely than not, Toronto will at least hold its own by playing the sort of hard-nosed, challenging defense that the Warriors haven’t seen in a while. And if that happens, we may finally get an answer to how badly Golden State did, or didn’t, need Durant in order to win an NBA championship. read more

Queensland coal mine flood losses ramp up

first_imgThe first industry-wide analysis of lost coal production resulting from severe flooding has reinforced the gravity of the blow to the economy, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said today. Releasing the QRC’s quarterly State of the Sector report, Roche said the extent of losses to the industry and Queensland in the form of foregone coal royalties would be determined by the speed at which normal production can resume.“The emptying of coal pits full of rainwater and the restoration of rail and road transport are central to ensuring losses are minimised,” Roche said. “It’s not a pretty outlook for the industry or Queensland.“However, as the coal industry demonstrated after the 2008 floods in central Queensland and during the global financial crisis, it can bounce back and must, in the interests of the Queensland and Australian taxpayers.”Against a quarterly ‘business as usual’ baseline of 51 Mt of coal production (export and domestic) in Queensland, QRC analysis reveals that production in the March 2011 quarter is expected to fall by at least 25% and up to 50% under a ‘high impact’ scenario.“The translation of the lost production data into lost earnings is a daunting reminder of the size of the challenge confronting Queensland and Australia,” Roche said. “The state government will be missing out on coal industry royalties of between A$1.6 and A$2.9 million a day for the rest of the financial year. The analysis is also forecasting a hit to Queensland’s Gross State Product in 2010-11 of A4.5-8 billion.“To put that into perspective, Queensland’s GSP grew by A$5.6 billion between 2008-09 and 2009-10, meaning that even at the lower end of the scale, the impact of the floods could see almost a whole year’s worth of Queensland’s economic growth lost.”Roche said that while prevailing high prices for coal would provide incentive for Queensland miners to move back into production quickly, the price benefits could flow straight to global export competitors if a concerted effort was not directed at de-watering Queensland mines and restoring transport links.The State of the Sector report can be accessed at http://www.qrc.org.au/_dbase_upl/SOSDec10_web5.pdflast_img read more

1 injured in ATV crash east of Battle Ground

first_imgOne person was taken to the hospital by LifeFlight on Monday following an all-terrain-vehicle crash east of Battle Ground.The crash occurred shortly after 8 p.m. near the intersection of Northeast 240th Avenue and Berry Road. Four people were riding two ATVs southwest on Berry Road when one driver failed to negotiate a turn, left the roadway and struck a power utility box, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office news release.The passenger was thrown from the ATV and “sustained significant injuries,” according to the sheriff’s office. The agency did not know the full extent of those injuries Monday night. The passenger was air-lifted to a hospital.None of the ATV riders were wearing helmets, the sheriff’s office said. The agency added that “alcohol, icy conditions and the use of non-street-legal vehicles on public roadways are all believed to be possible contributing factors” to the crash, which is under investigation by the sheriff’s traffic unit.last_img read more

Saayii Tolof Part 325 EPISODE 26 Difficult Marriages Orphan In Marriage

first_imgMbachu    “But that is too much!”Gaa    He took the phone from her; “Where are my children? Let me speak to them. What ransom are you asking?”The Kidnappers     “D20 million if you want to see them alive.”Gaa    He went back to the police and started to work with them to find his daughters.The Kidnappers They spoke to the girls; “We will not harm you but want your rich dad to pay us a ransom of D20 million that’s all.”Singian “But our dad is in the U.S how can he paid such a large amount? Please don’t kill us we are innocent.”Steph Ken “Are you not the street man who met us while hawking in the streets?”Bad Boy “I was the one but when I told you to let me kill your wicked step mom you refuse she asked us to kidnap you and ask for big ransom which she will divide between us and her. Your dad is back if he pays you’ll not be harm.”Steph Ken “Even though both she and her daughter are wicked but we don’t wish her dead there is too much death already in our lives.” Kongosa     She travelled on her business trip and returned home and found the scene. “What am I hearing a kidnapping? What is the ransom?”Mama T   “D20 million you are looking at a very rich woman here I refused to be fooled thrice this time around I’ll shoot the shot.”Kongosa    “You have graduated into a PhD Fellow and I salute you remember me in your paradise oh!”Gaa He collected the police and came home with the money and collected Mama T before she left she poisoned the breakfast she prepared for Gaa. She went to ask him to take breakfast before going in search of his daughters; “Food can wait let me find my daughters first let’s go.” The couple left.Mbachu “Where is my mom?” Then she saw the breakfast on the table she sat down and ate it all.The Search Party Gaa, Mama T where searching for the kidnappers and the police in their private car followed their car.The Girls Being smart the girls untied themselves and ran away before the kidnappers can realize their disappearance. They ran away.The Search Party They bracketed with the girls and Gaa stopped to pick them up Mama T panicked and ran away with the brief case.At Home     Mama T first them and went to collect Mbachu and what did she found?Bombshell There on the ground was Mbachu stone dead on the ground as her mouth foamed.Shattered Mama T sobbed bitterly and confessed her sin as the police came in with Gaa;Confession “My friend Mary Congosa advised me to do it to collect the ransom and become a rich woman after you ditched me twice how was I to believe you again? I poisoned the breakfast to kill you but Mbachu came and ate it up. I am finished! I am finished! I kill my daughter! Nemesis have finally caught up with me! I did injustice to your daughters please forgive me!”Gaa    “But I came for you I bought the house, the car all the comfort, your tickets have already been bought but I wanted it to become a surprise to you and Mbachu we were all to go together with the girls and now, officers arrest her for killing my first child.” The End.last_img read more