Argentina’s Patricio Heras has been suspended after he was found guilty of match-fixing on Friday. Heras was found to have contrived the outcome of a match at the ATP Challenger event in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2015.The 29-year-old reached a career-high ranking of 269 in September 2013.Following an investigation by the TIU, Heras’ case was considered by independent anti-corruption hearing officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy QC at a hearing in London on April 6 this year.”Having now been found guilty of the charges, he will be sanctioned at a future date to be determined by AHO Mulcahy,” TIU said in a statement.The TIU added that Heras had also failed to report corrupt approaches in August and September 2015.It said details of the decision on Heras’ sanctions will be made public when received.”Until that time, and with immediate effect, Heras is not allowed to compete in or attend any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.”Heras is currently ranked 306 in singles.Two other Argentine players — Federico Coria and Nicolas Kicker — were also found guilty of breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program in May.Coria was suspended for eight months for failing to report an approach while Kicker was banned for six years for match-fixing.(With inputs from Reuters)
Several players have been left out of the France squad to face Italy in their next Six Nations game after the French Rugby Federation said it had sanctioned those who went on a night out following the defeat by Scotland.“Jacques Brunel has decided to exclude from that list the players who went out after the defeat in Scotland,” the FFR said. “With this inappropriate behaviour, they failed to respect their duty as international players.” France rugby players questioned after Edinburgh sexual assault claim Alexandre Lapandry, Arthur Iturria, Sekou Macalou, Anthony Belleau, Félix Lambey, Jonathan Danty, Rémi Lamerat, Louis Picamoles and Teddy Thomas, who scored two tries against Scotland, do not feature in the squad for the game on 23 February in Marseille. However, the FFR did not name the players sanctioned.The FFR said on Monday that some players had been interviewed by Scottish authorities. Police Scotland said that “following an initial report of sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre during the early hours of 12 February, police conducted various lines of inquiry, including speaking to a number of potential witnesses. These inquiries have established that no crime has been committed.”France lost their first two games, a 15-13 cliff hanger against Ireland in Paris and 32-26 to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.France squad Mathieu Babillot, Mathieu Bastareaud, Lionel Beauxis, Eddie Ben Arous, Hugo Bonneval, Yacouba Camara, Camille Chat, Henry Chavancy, Baptiste Couilloud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Benjamin Fall, Gael Fickou, Paul Gabrillagues, Kélian Galletier, Cedate Gomes Sa, Rémy Grosso, Guilhem Guirado, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Maxime Machenaud, Geoffrey Palis, Adrien Pélissié, Jefferson Poirot, Dany Priso, Baptiste Serin, Rabah Slimani, Romain Taofifenua, Marco Tauleigne, François Trinh-Duc, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Virimi Vakatawa. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Six Nations Six Nations 2018 France rugby union team Share on Messenger news Rugby union Since you’re here… Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Topics
Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Sean Ingle Alberto Salazar’s ban leaves Mo Farah and UK Athletics with questions to answer International Olympic Committee Wada … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “Jenny’s a very thoughtful athlete,” said Coe. The only point I would make is that if athletes feel that they’ve got something to tell us, they really must. Because they are the prime source of intelligence.”Coe also denied taking a swipe at the BBC and its presenter Gabby Logan, who was seen laughing when the pundit Michael Johnson told her off camera that the IAAF president was “full of shit”.“The BBC is a great broadcaster,” Coe said. “It’s got a fabulous history with our sport. I just made an observation about the comparison between what is easily concluded in a studio over a few days, and the bigger picture that I have to be thinking about.” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp IAAF Athletics Support The Guardian Sebastian Coe Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federation, warned that any athlete who tries to stay secretly with Salazar would face a two-year ban themselves.On what he will be asking Wada, Bach said: “To see how many athletes have been investigated. Have all the athletes been investigated who have been training in this centre? Does the report address the whole period of the existence of this project or only part of it? Could any Olympic results directly or indirectly be affected?“We learned from the report that the athletes would not have known what happened to them – this is an important factor when looking at sanctions but disqualification is mandatory whether the athlete knows or not.”In a statement, Wada said it could not comment publicly until it had reviewed the case in full. Salazar has said he will appeal against the judgment. This week Farah, who has never failed a drugs test, said he had “no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line”.Meanwhile Coe has vowed to clamp down on athletes using prescription medicines for performance enhancement in the wake of Usada’s investigation into Salazar – including the use of asthma and thyroid medication. The use of such medication is not illegal under the World Anti-Doping Code, but many in the sport believe using drugs such as thyroxin is unethical because it could damage an athlete’s health.On Wednesday one leading coach asked UK Athletics to set up an inquiry into whether Salazar’s methods were ever used by British coaches and athletes. Coe admitted the issue was also a concern for him.“We are looking into this,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure that medical conditions are genuine – and that prescription-only drugs are not aiding human performance. However when it comes to therapeutic use exemptions, they have already been tightened up dramatically since when I first came on to the IAAF’s council. I think we were in the thousands for TUEs. Now it is literally a handful in real terms. So we’re much tougher about that sort of stuff.”Coe was also asked about comments made by the US 1500m legend Jenny Simpson, who said on Wednesday that a “black cloud” had hung over Salazar’s training group. Share on Facebook Share via Email Since you’re here… Topics Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, says he has contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency asking it to investigate all athletes who trained with the banned coach Alberto Salazar.Salazar, who coached Britain’s Mo Farah for six years, was this week found guilty of “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” while at the Nike Oregon Project.Speaking on Thursday at a news conference, Bach said the case was “very worrying and raises serious concerns”, and that he would be asking Wada to take a closer look. Alberto Salazar Drugs in sport news Read more Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger UK Athletics under pressure to reveal extent of Alberto Salazar influence
Print Close FSG, January 31, 2014 My location zoom Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) today launched ROLLDOCK STORM, the sister ship of ROLLDOCK STAR. The newbuilding rolled down the slipway into the Flensburg Fiord right on time and under the watchful eyes of her builders and of representatives from Dutch owners RollDock BV.While ROLLDOCK STORM is now being completed at the yard’s outfitting quay and prepared for her hand-over in May, predecessor ROLLDOCK STAR has already completed her first contracts for her owners. She carried a floating pavilion from Amsterdam to Gibraltar and a river cruise ship from Fos to Bordeaux. Plans now are for her to transport a floating object from the Baltic to the Far East.These initial projects have served to illustrate why RollDock BV ordered the two 151.50 metre long multi-functional specialised carriers in the first place: namely to carry demanding, heavy project loads which lie outside the scope of traditional cargo transport.FSG head Peter Sierk said: “RollDock BV has made a name for itself throughout the world as a special transport company and it chose us to build its modern, state-of-the-art newbuildings. It was an enormous challenge for all of us at FSG and one which we met with vigour and motivation. We can see the result of that in ROLLDOCK STAR, a ship which fulfills the tremendously high demands set by our customer and which impresses that customer with her high quality and high-value workmanship.”“We know, straight from the horse’s mouth,” Sierk said, “that by adding the two Flensburg newbuildings to its fleet, RollDock BV now sees itself in the best possible position to cope with international competition. In RollDock BV we have found an absolutely reliable partner – one we can support with our two special ships and help to meet the demands of its customers world wide”, he said. “It proves, yet again, that we Flensburg shipbuilders are only ever successful when our products help our customers along – and they certainly do that”, the FSG head declared.ROLLDOCK STAR and ROLLDOCK STORM stand out mainly because of their maximal flexibility and offer a range of different loading possibilities. Two heavy-duty cranes move cargo weighing up to 700 tons. In addition both ships boast height-adjustable stern ramps and hatch covers making them adaptable to port piers of differing heights.Because of this, individual loads weighing up to 3,000 tons can be loaded or unloaded in classical RoRo mode.Furthermore, the ships are submersible to about 6 metres and thus can handle cargo being floated in or floated out. Deadweight is 8,000 tons. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
The province is helping more young Nova Scotians to take part in activities that connect them to their community, develop their futures and build their confidence. Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, May 15, that the province will fund a new Lighthouses Program Partnership. The Halifax Youth Advocate Program’s Girls United will help girls at risk. “Together, we are helping girls and young women stay on track to a positive future,” said Premier Dexter. “The Girls United project reaches a particularly vulnerable group. By working with our partners, we are building stronger, safer Nova Scotia communities for everyone.” Through the program, about 20 girls will participate in job training and other activities, which will help create friendships and build positive support networks. Some of the girls are helping to develop activities to meet the needs of the group. Program participants face a number of risks, including a lack of positive role models, personal conflict or friends involved in crime or gang activities. They are vulnerable to sexual abuse, prostitution and drug use. By having participants help design and deliver activities, Girls United will be able to connect in ways that traditional programs have not. “Girls face many obstacles and challenges unique to this generation,” said Samantha Rheaume, a youth advocate worker. “Giving them a chance to guide their program development allows them to help themselves and support each other. The activities they plan will help them build life and employability skills and their self-esteem.” In April, Premier Dexter put together an Action Team on Sexual Assault and Bullying to better protect girls, women and all Nova Scotians. Girls United is an example of the kinds of partnerships the province wants to support to help prevent sexual violence and help keep girls and women safer. A wide range of partners are joining to deliver the program, including Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Youth, East Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club, the Empathy Factory, the Halifax Youth Attendance Centre, Kachina Health Associates, HRM’s Adventure Earth Centre and Banana Republic. “The Girls United project will empower girls to strive for a productive and fulfilling future as it will equip them to succeed in today’s complex and pressure-filled society,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police. “We are proud to join with our partners in supporting this life-changing program for girls that will address some of the root-causes of crime and contribute to the overall health and safety of our community.” The province will support the project with an annual $12,000 grant. The Lighthouses program has invested more than $1.2 million to 21 partners since it began in 2010.
TORONTO – A new report urges the Ontario government to offer incentives to psychiatrists in order to make up for a shortage it says is contributing to a growing mental health crisis across the province and the country.The report, released Wednesday by the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists, says the province should also increase the number of psychiatry residency spots available to medical students and increase exposure to the field in medical school to six weeks.The organization, which represents 1,900 Ontario psychiatrists, says boosting the ranks in psychiatry would help improve access to mental health at a time when demand continues to outpace supply, particularly in rural areas.It says that while Canada as a whole is experiencing a shortage of psychiatrists, the situation in Ontario is “uniquely difficult to manage and continues to persist and deepen” despite a rise in psychiatrists’ workload.The report says the average number of patients each Ontario psychiatrist sees per year outside of a hospital setting has gone up to 249 in 2013 from 208 a decade earlier, and psychiatrists are working, on average, an additional eight hours a week compared with 2007.The shortage is linked in the report to the large number of psychiatrists nearing retirement age, combined with a lack of a younger cohort to succeed them.“Virtually all psychiatric care will be impacted by this demographic shift as over half of practising psychiatrists approach retirement,” the report says.“These statistics are particularly concerning for rural communities, which are notoriously difficult to recruit new doctors to. A disproportionate number of near-retirement psychiatrists currently serve these areas, and often see high volumes of patients to compensate for the access issues.”And though enrolment in medical school is growing, the percentage of applicants choosing psychiatry is declining, the report says.“Governments are investing a significant amount of money into improving mental health services, which is great … (but) there’s some issues with access to treatment at this point, and if we don’t have enough psychiatrists to see those patients, then we may have issues with access to treatment still,” said Dr. Mathieu Dufour, the coalition’s co-chair.If the shortage is allowed to worsen, wait times for treatment will increase, he said. The gap is particularly high when it comes to child psychiatry, which has seen a “sharp increase” in demand, he said.“More work needs to be done to promote psychiatry as a profession for medical students,” Dufour said.Increasing pay for psychiatrists would also make the profession more appealing, he said, noting that some medical specialties earn up to four times more.“The fact that psychiatry has been at the bottom of the list for medical specialties, I do think that it plays a role in terms of the fact that we have difficulties recruiting candidates,” he said.The report says psychiatrists receive lower base pay than other medical specialties and are more likely to lose billable hours to patients who don’t show up.“It is particularly important for incentives to be considered for improving recruitment to underserved areas, including rural and remote communities, and for subspecialties,” the document says.“Creating incentives for psychiatrists to specialize, in order to serve the growing demand for child psychiatric services and the growing aging population, will help address the ongoing shortage of subspecialists.”Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has earmarked $1.9 billion over 10 years for mental health, while the previous Liberal government had promised $2.1 billion over four years.A spokeswoman said Health Minister Christine Elliott is aware of challenges regarding access to mental health services and the current supply of psychiatrists in the province.The government is committed to enhancing mental health and addictions supports in Ontario, including psychiatrists, Heather Watt said Wednesday night in an email.The Opposition, however, said Wednesday that the province needs to have a plan to address the shortage and its repercussions.“Not only do we not see a plan, or even an acknowledgment, that we have a challenge around having enough psychiatrists in our province,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.“I think there needs to be a hard look at what’s failing our system. When you have a government that’s cutting back on mental health services and mental health funding it doesn’t send a signal to people are physicians in school now that psychiatry is a good path to take.”
DETROIT — The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks but that the EPA says slow the economy.Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler argues that new technology can help improve air quality, noting that the regulation of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions hasn’t been revamped since 2000.EPA officials were to announce the plans Tuesday but offered few details and said they were just beginning a regulatory process that can take years.“We are doing it because it’s good for the environment,” said Wheeler, who notes that the EPA is under no requirement to redo the regulation. “Our goal is to update our standards so that we can get these new technologies in use across the country.”The proposed “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” is drawing expressions of hope but skepticism from some environmental groups, especially because the EPA under President Donald Trump already has proposed relaxing emissions requirements for light passenger cars and trucks by freezing them at 2020 levels.Andrew Linhardt, the Sierra Club’s deputy director for clean transportation, said his group is wary, and it wants to see details. Linhardt said he would favour the adoption of rules that would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions but doubts that the administration wants to do that.“Unfortunately, this administration and this leadership of the EPA do not fill us with much confidence that this will be a real air pollution reduction measure,” Linhardt said.Paul Billings of the American Lung Association said he thinks the idea is encouraging but depends on exactly what the proposal looks like.“The devil’s always in the details,” Billings said. “If they were not to tighten the (nitrogen oxide) standards, it’d be a bait-and-switch.”Nitrogen oxides can worsen existing lung disease, contribute to the development of asthma and increase susceptibility to respiratory infections.Since the emissions regulations were last updated in 2000, regulatory requirements have been added piecemeal, resulting in what Wheeler calls “overly complex and costly” requirements that don’t benefit the environment. The goal of the regulatory change would be to root out inefficiencies and perhaps use onboard diagnostic computers to ensure compliance over the life of trucks, Wheeler said.The share of overall pollution contributed by heavy trucks has grown over the years, especially in urban areas and port cities with significant truck traffic, said Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.Wehrum said the EPA doesn’t have a proposed target for setting new nitrogen oxide standards because it’s at the beginning of a rule-making process. He said vehicles are now tested for emissions on a treadmill-like dynamometer, which might not capture all high-emissions phases of engine operation. The new standards could cut emissions during high-pollution phases, he said.California already is working on more stringent heavy truck emissions standards, and new federal standards could conflict with them. Wehrum said the EPA isn’t drawing up its own standards to set up a confrontation with California, and it will work with the state on the new regulation.The EPA’s plan to freeze passenger vehicle fuel economy standards at 2020 levels would relax a regulation enacted at the end of the Obama administration. But that plan already has touched off a legal fight with California and about a dozen other states that follow its rules. California wants the requirements to become progressively more stringent through 2026.For now, the U.S. and California standards match, and the auto industry fears they could be split in two, forcing them to make costly design changes for California and the other states.The EPA is still considering the light-vehicle standards. Its preferred option would freeze them so the fleet would be required to average 30 miles a gallon in real-world driving from 2021 to 2026.____AP writer Ellen Knickmeyer contributed from Washington.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
Rabat – The Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) has begun to fill the void left by the shutdown of major British tour operator Thomas Cook. ONMT has closed its first deal with NG Travel, a French tour operator.The Moroccan government dispatched a crisis unit to handle the repatriation of Thomas Cook customers on September 23, the day of the company’s collapse. Now, ONMT is working on a long-term solution.The global tourism expo Top Resa took place in Paris one week after the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, which was a key player in Morocco’s international tourism sector. ONMT used the opportunity to attract another tour operator, and secured a deal with NG Travel. The head of ONMT signed a contract with the French company on October 1, with the aim of increasing tourism in the winter months by 35% with the company.NG Travel is France’s sixth largest tour operator and has been active in Morocco for three years.The chair of the company, Olivier Kervella, blames Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy on poor debt management and risk taking. He argues that digital channels like NG Travel require less commitment with airlines and hotels and therefore come with less risk and fewer expenses.Although not nearly as large an operation as Thomas Cook, NG Travel was responsible for 30,000 tourist arrivals in 2018. It is now the second largest tour operator in Morocco after the German travel company TUI.The agreement between ONMT and NG Travel will initially focus on ushering in 16,200 tourists for the upcoming winter season.Since the collapse of Thomas Cook, Morocco has been left with MAD 200 million ($20 million) in unpaid bills, with hotel owners bearing the burden of this debt.
Experts mostly blame intensive agriculture and the use of pesticides over the past 50 years.Since 2006, beekeepers in Britain have lost about a third of their managed bee colonies each year largely due to the loss of flower-rich grassland which has declined by 97 per cent from the 1930s, and the increased use of insecticides on crops. Insects have suffered worrying declines in Britain Wildlife experts have been warning about the alarming decline in insects for decades.But the fall in numbers of bugs in Britain has now reached such a troubling extent that even motorists are noticing that their windscreens are clear of squashed flies, gnats, moths and wasps.Where a trip in high summer would once have necessitated taking a squeegee to the front window, now the glass is largely clear, drivers are reporting.Writing in The Telegraph letters page earlier this week, Michael Groom of Teffont Evias, Wiltshire asked: “Where have all the insects gone? My windscreen remains clear whatever the speed.”Reader Richard Acland, of Chepstow, in Monmouthshire, also noticed the vanishing bugs, and said he believed insecticides on crops were wiping out insect life, adding: “This is why cars are not bug-splattered anymore.” Beetles may be being killed by cars “The loss of insects from our windscreens is a well-noted anecdote, however actually demonstrating it is very tricky, if not impossible,” said Mr Shortall.A Rothamsted study showed that in the West of England, around Hereford, the amount of ‘aerial biomass’ – or flying insects – has fallen significantly since the 1970s. Other sites around Britain failed to capture declines, although the experts believe recording may have started too late to capture the impact of increased agricultural intensification.A second report into the State of Britain’s Larger Moths, published in collaboration with the charity Butterfly Conservation, showed a fall of insects by 40 per cent in the South of England over the past 40 years.The most recent RSPB State of Nature report, which brings together findings from 50 organisations, suggests there has been a 59 per cent decline in insects in the UK since 1970.In 2004 the RSPB asked motorists to attach a ‘splatometer’ to the front of their cars – a piece of PVC film to collect insects, to see if they were declining. They recorded 324,814 ‘splats’, an average of only one squashed insect every five miles.However the survey was only carried out once so it was impossible to see whether bug numbers had fallen over time. It has also been suggested that cars have changed shape over time, and are now far more aerodynamic, meaning fewer insects are hit.And a recent paper by Canadian scientists suggests the upsurge in traffic could itself be responsible for the fall in insect numbers. After extrapolating data from a mile of highway in Ontario, researcher from Laurentian University calculated that hundreds of billions of pollinating insects were probably being killed by vehicles each year in North America.Colin Lawes, from Royal Holloway University of London, found that a large number of stag beetles are killed by road traffic each year in Britain, with three times as many females killed as males. 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. And they are not alone in noting the change. Entomologists actually call it ‘the windscreen phenomenon,’ and it is has been noticed across Europe.An amateur German group called the Krefeld Entomological Society has been monitoring insect numbers at 100 nature reserves in Western Europe since the 1980s. Although there were the annual fluctuations they discovered that by 2013 numbers began to plummet by nearly 80 per cent. Speaking about the lack of insects on windscreens, Matt Shadlow, Chief Executive of British insect conservation charity Buglife said: “Yes, indeed this is a well recognised phenomenon.“Just today we had a member of the public phone up and say, unprompted, that ‘the front of my car is now devoid of insects, and there are virtually no moths in the headlights’.“This is part of the wholesale loss of small animals in recent decades. The public know about bees and butterflies, but these are just the tips of the iceberg. Moths, hoverflies, wasps, beetles and many other groups are now sparse where once they were abundant.” Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, has also monitored insect populations using traps across the country for more than 50 years. Chris Shortall, an entomologist from Rothamsted said they had found evidence that the number of flying insects is falling, but said ‘the windscreen phenomenon’ was difficult to prove.
“And we’re not trying to disparage — like there’s no doubt all of those players went out with ferocious rivalry in mind, and certainly that Ulster-Leinster game was really entertaining in the end — as was Munster-Connacht — but it just would have added that extra little bit of meaning to all of those fixtures across the board.“You think of earlier on in the season, Munster absolutely hammering Ulster down in Thomond Park. Potentially it would have changed the picture, there, slightly, in terms of selection. I can’t really see the negatives.” Bundee Aki bulldozes over against Ulster earlier in the season. Source: James Crombie/INPHOAD: “Even over in England in the football, there’s a lot more money involved in that. When I was seven years old it was the Milk Cup, and then it was the Littlewoods Cup, and then it was the Carling Cup, now it’s the Carabao Cup — and no one really gives a toss, and they throw out their second and third team. But I guarantee you — Liverpool lost a final a couple of years ago to [Manchester] City under [Jurgen] Klopp; if you offered him that trophy right now, he’d take it.“It’s not going to change the dynamic if it’s the week before a European game, but if you have a chance to get to a final game and win a trophy and be crowned the best team within your country in that competition, you’d definitely take it.“You can gloss over like, ‘Ah, well, we didn’t win the inter-pros, it doesn’t matter.’ But ask someone who needs a trophy would they take it, and they’d bite your hand off.”MK: “And if the sponsor was paying a prize fee of even, let’s say €300k, well there’s most of a good player’s salary which may be an added incentive as well.“There’s all sorts of little strands to it but we are fully behind it, I think!”So, what do you think — should an interprovincial championship be reintroduced to Irish rugby? Poll Results: Share11 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4616689 37 Comments 24,163 Views Thursday 2 May 2019, 6:15 PM ON THIS WEEK’S The42 Rugby Weekly, Andy Dunne and Murray Kinsella joined Gavan Casey to preview and predict the outcomes of the Guinness Pro14 quarter-finals involving three of the Irish provinces this weekend.But with Ulster and Connacht meeting in one of them, and on the back of two albeit engaging but ultimately meaningless Irish derbies last weekend, the time seemed right to discuss a suggestion by a reader-slash-listener that an interprovincial championship be reintroduced within the Pro14.Here are the thoughts of Andy and Murray (the full podcast is available on iTunes or your regular podcast provider. And also, congratulations, Munster!):Murray Kinsella: “Yeah, I really like this idea, whether it be some sort of table at the end of the season or something like the Ranfurly Shield in New Zealand which I really like. It’s a historical competition, I think 1904 it started. They call it the ‘Log o’ Wood’ — it’s a big shield that you get if you win.“Basically, they do it on a challenge system. So, the holders defend their Ranfurly Shield in their home games in the Mitre 10 Cup and a couple of challenges in pre-season games, as well, against the other New Zealand provincial unions.“And listen, it’s not the biggest honour in the game anymore, and professionalism has kind of made its stature dwindle, but it is a nice little historied bit of New Zealand rugby, and certainly the players take a great bit of pride in defending it; I think Auckland have 16 wins and they’ve defended it nearly 150 times.“And it just adds that little bit of extra meaning to fixtures which could potentially be a little bit meaningless otherwise. It’d just add an extra little layer, even if it’s not as big a deal as Champions Cup or even Pro14. I think it’d be fun for fans and players alike.” May 2nd 2019, 4:28 PM No (568) Short URL Yes (1968) Is it time to bring back the inter-pro championship? A suggestion sent via email got Murray and Andy’s juices flowing on this week’s The42 Rugby Weekly. By The42 Team Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudAndy Dunne: “I think it’s crying out for it. We do have four provincial club sides with the vast majority of the squads being from the province; there’s obviously that parochial element to it.“I’d say some opportunistic sponsor should get in behind it as well and maybe get the games on terrestrial TV — anything like that to just raise the profile of the tournament as well, because it can be… Like, they [the inter-pro fixtures] were dead rubbers last week and those aren’t particularly engaging.I was part of a Leinster team that won it under Matt Williams back when it was still alive back in…I think it was ’01/02. And we loved the fact that we won it. We’d been knocked out of the European Cup at that stage and Munster were still going strong but Connacht and Ulster were out. And we went down to Galway and beat Connacht to win it. And like, I still have a big squad photo and everyone’s delighted. It’s something that we all certainly enjoyed — it’s not pride of place in the trophy cabinet, but it’s something that definitely captivated us prior to that game; that week, that build-up was like, ‘You’ve a chance to win an inter-pro title’.“It [inter-pro rivalry] still engages players, but I think there’s opportunities there to bump it up, to make it a bit more commercial; family passes for games — all that type of stuff. It’s just an opportunity gone a-begging a bit, which I’m surprised by in modern, commercial, professional sport, you know?”MK: “That’s a great point because that marketing side of rugby is massive, and is definitely one of the areas that the sport — which is still young professionally — is going through at the moment.I think there were 20,000 people in Thomond Park for that Munster-Connacht game which is a really decent crowd, it’s really encouraging. But if you had marketed it as, ‘Munster are going for the inter-provincial championship here and may lift a trophy tonight’, you’d maybe get another three, four, five-thousand through the door, and a bit more excitement at the end of that game. I don’t see the drawback. YesNoVoteSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe
Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Softbank’s adorable little Pepper robot is truly multi-talented. Last holiday season, Pepper helped shoppers navigate busy California malls. This summer, Pepper’s learning to deliver Buddhist funeral rites.Who teaches a robot to perform last rites? In this particular case, Nissei Eco Co., which does plastic injection and extrusion molding for the medical and automotive industries. Its engineers coded the software allow Pepper to perform its priestly duties.At this year’s installment of the Life Ending Industry EXPO 2017 (which sounds a little scary, but it’s actually just a funeral thing), Pepper sat on the show floor tapping out a beat on a wooden fish while chanting. Pepper looked the part, too, thanks to its traditional Buddhist robes.The pitch being made at the EXPO is that Pepper could step in the event that no priest was available to perform last rites. There’s also mention of a substantial savings. A family might have to spend upwards of $2,200 to secure the services of a human priest. Pepper, on the other hand, could be rented for about $450.A Reuters report notes that Pepper hasn’t landed any of this sort of work yet, which isn’t entirely surprising. People are only just beginning to wrestle with the question of whether there’s room for robots in religion.You might recall reading about BlessU-2, a bot designed in Germany to mark the 500th anniversary of The Reformation. Like this specially-programmed Pepper, BlessU-2 is meant to lend a helping hand when its human counterparts aren’t readily available. Its creators were very clear that BlessU-2 was not a substitute for a trained pastoral carer.Here’s what it all boils down to we’re getting closer and closer every day to having real-life Reverends Lionel Preacherbot walking among us. At the current pace, they won’t be delivering blessings and rites until well after the other bots have been cleared to bring us take out and impulse purchases from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 21, 2018 – Kingston -The Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Project, through the Ministry of Labour of Social Security, could see just over $55 million dollars injected to aid in the development of skills and training for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18 – 38.The plan is contained in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is currently before the House of Assembly in Jamaica. “The Government will be strengthening the delivery of skills training and special education needs to poor persons with disabilities during the new fiscal year.”The rehabilitative physiotherapy for children up to age six, in the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), and workshops for parents of children with disabilities will run from April to August, 2018 and includes, “delivering workshops to parents of children with disabilities; procuring additional assistive aids, and procuring and implementing a management information system.”Since it’s inception in 2013, over 500 people have been enrolled in the skills training programme, with 66 of those individuals having already been employed, and 66 children have received assistive aids through the PATH programme. Related Items:
Valencia’s boss Marcelino has expressed his concerns over his team’s inability to find the net after their eighth draw of the season against Leganes.Marcelino urged his strikers to step up and be more clinical after Jose Luis Gaya’s late goal rescued a point on Saturday.“It’s not that we’re not making chances. What we need is to do is finish off more of them,” the Coach revealed this to Football Espana after the game.“We’re not able to convert our chances and make the goalkeeper intervene. We’re worried in the sense that we’re not able to score goals at the moment.“We have to try harder, win more duels and overcome defences better. The team dominate, but we must improve a lot in an attacking sense.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Our forwards must find the point of initiative and decision; the spark they need. Our four strikers have only scored three goals and assisted virtually zero.“These are numbers that have to improve. We were absolutely dominant, but they defended very well.“From a throw-in, we gave away a very avoidable penalty and everything turned against us. We then pulled one back and had two more chances to win the game.“Seven draws aren’t normal. That takes us away from the important positions in the table.”
Washington, D.C. — The Senate on Monday easily passed its fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, 85-10, setting up negotiations with the House to reconcile their competing versions of the policy measure. The legislation would authorize $708.1 billion in discretionary spending, including $69 billion for the overseas contingency operations account. One key difference between the two versions is the reform proposal in the House version, H.R 5515, which directs spending by defense agencies and field activities on civilian resources management, logistics management, services contracting and real estate management to drop by 25 percent by Jan. 1, 2021. The Senate bill does not contain similar language. Another discrepancy that will need to be ironed out is language in the Senate version reinstating a seven-year ban on U.S. export sales to Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE. Several Republican senators are scheduled to meet with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss his opposition to the provision, which conflicts with the administration’s decision to replace the ban with other penalties, reports CQ.Neither the timing nor the outcome of the vote came as a surprise to attendees at the Defense Communities National Summit, as keynote speaker Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told the audience Monday afternoon that the chamber would clear the legislation within 20 minutes after he walked off the stage. “This is a major step forward,” said Inhofe, who managed the bill on the floor in the absence of Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.).Photo by David Gleason Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Construction of another British Columbia mine near a river that flows into Alaska could begin within a month. But it’s a small operation sparking fewer concerns on this side of the border than some other projects.Download AudioThe Brucejack mine site is shown in this 2013 photo. (Photo courtesy Pretivm Resources)Brucejack is a high-altitude, gold and silver prospect about 80 miles east of Wrangell. It’s within the watershed of the Unuk River, which drains into the ocean northeast of Ketchikan.Vancouver-based Pretivm Resources is its owner and developer.Spokeswoman Michelle Romero says heavy equipment could begin moving by the end of August.“The construction would involve bulk earthworks first to level the area for the project infrastructure, the site facilities, as well as continuing the underground development in order to access the ore,” she says.Brucejack is moving ahead because it just won a major environmental permit from Canada’s federal government. British Columbia’s environmental and mines agencies OK’d the project in March.Canadian officials found the mine would cause some adverse, but not significant, environmental impacts on fisheries, wildlife and migratory birds.It also decided project plans meet terms of agreements with the Nisga’a First Nation, whose tribal members hunt and fish in the area.The Nisga’a were part of the environmental assessment process that led to government approval. Members will likely be among the hundreds of people who build and operate the mine.“We will be expected to hire from the north, pursuant to all of our conditions, which includes everyone in the north, in the communities that were part of our assessment,” Romero says.Construction will take two years and cost about $750 million. Additional investments and a few more permits are still needed.A heavy equipment operator moves a drill into position during exploration in a Brucejack Mine tunnel. (Photo courtesy Pretivm Resources)Most transboundary mine concerns focus on safe storage of tailings — waste rock from the milling process.Romero says Brucejack will not store its tailings behind an earthen dam, which critics say are unsafe.“The tailings management plan is to put half of the tailings underground as part of the paste backfill in the spent mine workings. And then half would be deposited at the bottom of Brucejack Lake,” she says.The high-altitude lake is frozen most of the year, has no fish and rarely drains water.Critics in Alaska are less concerned about Brucejack than larger British Columbia projects.Those include Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell, which is close to Brucejack and in the exploration phase. Another is Red Chris, which recently opened in the Stikine River watershed. Yet another is the Tulsequah Chief, which could reopen in the Taku River watershed.“Brucejack itself is certainly not a mine that rises to the level of concern of KSM or Tulsequah Chief, given its size and method of operation,” says Chris Zimmer, Alaska Campaign Director for Rivers Without Borders, an international environmental group.“It is close to KSM. It raises the issue of cumulative effects and how many mines are we going to see in that small area. But I think the overall concern is less about Brucejack itself but more about this overall mining binge in the transboundary (area) coming at us very fast without any safeguards,” he says.If built, Brucejack is projected to operate for 18 years.If more high-grade ore is discovered, Romero says it could have a longer life.
Students of different schools and colleges block Airport Road on Monday protesting at the death of two students in a road accident. Photo: UNBTraffic on Dhaka Airport Road came to a halt on Monday morning as students of different schools and colleges blocked the road protesting at the death of two students in a road crash on Sunday, reports UNB.Witnesses said several hundred students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College took to the streets around 10:30am and put up barricade on the road, disrupting traffic movement on the busy road.The enraged students also chanted slogans saying ‘we want justice’ on the road.Besides, the students of different schools and colleges including BAF Shaheen College, Kurmitola, Government Science College, Nawab Habibullah Model School & College, Bangabandhu College and Banani Bidya Niketan School and College joined the blockade programme expressing solidarity with their demand.Earlier, the students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College formed a human chain in front of their college around 10:00am demanding justice.On information, police went to the spot and removed them from the college premises.Later, they staged sit-in near Radisson Hotel around 10:15am, disrupting traffic movement.As police obstructed them from staging demonstrations near the hotel they brought out a rally from there protesting against the death of their two fellows and put up barricade on the airport road.Earlier on Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib were killed as a bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road in the capital.Angered by the tragic incident, the students of the college took to the streets and put up barricades on both sides of the road, disrupting traffic from 1:00pm to 1:45 pm.They also vandalised several vehicles and set fire to two buses, including the killer one.
The death toll from a 6 May tanker truck explosion near the international airport in Niger’s capital has risen to 76, state television reported late Sunday.An earlier official report Tuesday gave 60 dead, including 55 who died at the time of the explosion a few hundred metres (yards) from the airport in Niamey.Most of the victims were trying to collect spilt fuel flowing from the overturned truck when the blast occurred. About 40 people were injured.Security official Hamani Adamou Abdoul-Aziz had earlier warned that the toll was likely to rise as several people had sustained severe, life-threatening burns.The driver of the truck has told investigators that an electrical failure caused him to lose control of the vehicle and its brakes. The truck overturned by the railway track as he was trying to stop it and people then rushed to collect petrol spilling from the vehicle.According to witnesses, a motorcyclist who had filled his cans tried to restart his bike, which caused a spark that ignited the 50,000 litres (13,000 US gallons) of fuel.The massive explosion on route RN1 near the airport left the burnt truck’s wreckage, motorbikes and debris scattered over the road.Nearby houses were damaged by the fire.Niger held three days of national mourning from Wednesday to Friday in memory of the victims.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite While motorists in other parts of the country are rushing to fill up with fuel as a fuel strike enters its second day. service stations in and around Ladysmith are in no danger of running out of fuel within the next two or three days.No stations contacted by the Ladysmith Gazette indicated that they were short on fuel.BP Midland Motors stated they have more than enough fuel to last into the predicted strike duration. However, should the strike drag on for weeks, filling stations will run empty.The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood & Allied Workers Union ( CEPPWAWU) have embarked on a strike that began yesterday (Thursday).According to the Fuel Retailer Association, the strike will affect refineries, depots and in-sourced truck workers.The union is reportedly asking for a pay increase of 9% and employers are offering only 7%. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Three years after he retired, the Arizona Cardinals are still trying to replace Kurt Warner.The latest quarterback to audition is Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft who received his first NFL start against the Rams last Sunday.Lindley, who completed 31-of-52 passes for 312 yards with four interceptions, had his struggles.But according to Warner, who was a guest of Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday, he also had some very positive moments. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share “I saw a lot of good things,” Warner said. “I felt like, especially early in the game, things were really good.”Warner, who is an analyst for the NFL Network, said it appeared things “got away from” Lindley as the game wore on, and the pair of pick-sixes the QB threw certainly didn’t help.