Maradona to Visit Morocco to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Green March

Rabat – Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona is set to arrive in Morocco next November 4 to participate in the festivities of the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March.The superstar will participate in a gala football match on November 6 in the city of Laâyoune, according to Le360 news website.The Moroccan Sahara capital will be the stage for the ‘legends game’ in which several other international football stars, including Maradona, will play for the Green March Cup. The same source noted that the match organized by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will be an event for charity.Among the players who will reportedly visit Laâyoune and participate in the gala game are: Ghanaian Abidé Pelé, Liberia’s George Weah, Egyptian players Mohamed Aboutrika and Hossam Hassan, and Saudi Arabia’s Sami Al Jabir.Negotiations to secure the participation of these football legends at the Green March festivities are reported to have been challenging and expensive, although no figures have been revealed, the same report said.Morocco’s King Mohammed VI will visit the Saharan provinces as well, under strict security measures, to commemorate the November 6, 1975 march.The King is expected to announce unprecedented decisions about the Sahara and discuss subjects such as the “implementation of advanced regionalization” among other major projects in the region.Besides the monarch’s visit and the gala match, the celebrations will include a film about the Green March.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

More aid pledged for freezing earthquake victims in Kyrgyzstan UN reports

“The response to the Government’s appeal has been outstanding,” the head of the Dubai regional bureau for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Abdul Haq Amiri, said. “Everybody has played their part, and as a result the most pressing needs to protect the affected population against the harsh winter conditions have been met.” The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) today pledged over 400 winterized tents, and they are expected to be dispatched from the United Arab Emirates on Friday, OCHA reported. The Governments of Sweden, Norway, Austria, Slovakia and Bulgaria have already provided 275 winterized tents, which are currently being distributed, after the Ministry of Emergency Situations appealed for more than 670 such tents. Reports from the field indicate that there are outstanding needs for food and non-food items, including 3,500 winter jackets and trousers, 2.25 tonnes of rice and 3,000 litres of oil. A UN mission is on the ground to carry out assessment and monitoring. On 1 January, three separate earthquakes occurred in an isolated area some 30 kilometres from the southern city of Osh, causing severe damage to housing and infrastructure. According to Kyrgyz officials, over 960 families were displaced and the deteriorating weather conditions are making their situation even more precarious. 9 January 2008The international community is stepping up its efforts to rush winterized tents to Kyrgyzstan for nearly 5,500 people displaced in New Year’s Day earthquakes and now living in summer tents under temperatures ranging from -15 to -20 degrees Celsius, the United Nations reported today. read more

President to take legal action on officials over Easter Sunday attacks

He said that a third report is expected to be handed over to him next week. He also said that he will not resign over the attacks and will ensure terrorism is defeated.The President said that when terrorists attacked the US on 9/11 and when other countries were also attacked there were never calls for the President to step down. He said that despite having sophisticated technology even the US could not prevent terrorist attacks on their soil.Sirisena said that Sri Lanka is today a divided country and steps must be taken to unite the communities. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he will take legal action on officials who failed to carry out their duties resulting in the Easter Sunday attacks.Speaking in Ampara, the President said that a committee appointed by him to investigate incidents related to the bombings has already submitted two interim reports to him. The President said that based on the reports he will take legal action on officials accused of failing to prevent the attacks. read more

SHARE report finds there is poor corporate reporting on Indigenous issues

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 10:01 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A group that advises activist shareholders hopes a new report will do for Indigenous issues what has already been done for environmental causes — put them on the boardroom table.“The purpose is to start to delve into the issue of the business role in reconciliation and where investors fit in that,” said Delaney Greig, author of the report for SHARE Canada.SHARE is a non-profit research agency that advises institutional investors on the social responsibility performance of potential investments. It serves 30 such Canadian investors with more than $14 billion in assets under management, including churches, universities and foundations.Information on environmental performance is becoming routine disclosure for more businesses all the time, said Greig. She looked into how many companies take the same approach to reporting on Aboriginal issues such as leadership, employment, contracting, training, rights and community investment.The answer is, not many.“Most of the rating agencies and data sources investors can get don’t even include indicators on Indigenous issues,” said Greig.She sent out questionnaires to 173 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in eight different sectors. She found that while many companies tout upbeat stories — whether it be a successful Indigenous employee or a smooth-running partnership with an Aboriginal community — few report those interactions with anything like the rigour ethical investors need.The most common form of reporting was highlighting a company’s investment in an Aboriginal community, but even then less than one-third of companies systematically made such statements.Spending money in those communities can be problematic without more context, the report says.“Although these contributions and initiatives can be beneficial, they are often short-term, ad hoc and self-interested.”About one-fifth of companies had systematic means of reporting on Aboriginal employment or contracting with Aboriginal businesses.Five per cent reported on Indigenous presence in senior or management roles. Out of all companies surveyed, only one financial company, one energy company and three mining companies committed to Aboriginal communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent to new projects.Greig acknowledged corporate reporting on Aboriginal issues doesn’t create the same liability issues as environmental reports do.“There are a number of risks, from legal to operational delays. But at the same time, it’s not just the risks but the opportunities that building stronger relationships and having reliable partners (can create).”She also acknowledged that some of the issues her report discusses, such as consent, are still open questions in the Canadian legal system.The Supreme Court has repeatedly grappled with issues of consultation and consent. Recent examples came Wednesday with high court decisions on an Inuit challenge of seismic testing off Baffin Island and changes to a pipeline opposed by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in southwestern Ontario.Greig noted that the 2015 report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded business has a role to play.“Industry and business play an extremely significant role in how the economic, social, and cultural aspects of reconciliation are addressed, including the extent to which opportunities and benefits are truly shared with Indigenous peoples,” the report said.Greig said she hopes her findings will be the first step toward creating a transparent, measurable benchmark to assess a company’s treatment of Indigenous people.“Inevitably, we’ll get there. But it’s a rocky road.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 SHARE report finds there is poor corporate reporting on Indigenous issues read more

UN refugee agency scaling up support as horrific violence in DR Congo

Babar Baloch spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters at the regular news briefing in Geneva that the agency is working with partner organizations in western Uganda to support the influx, many who are exhausted, hunger and deeply traumatized by “horrific inter-ethnic violence and sexual abuse” they have reportedly endured. Since the year began, an overwhelming 77.5 per cent of more than 57,000 refugees displaced by the violence in eastern DRC are women and children, according to the ageny. “These numbers are on a larger scale still than in 2017, when some 44,000 fled over the course of the entire year,” he continued. “UNHCR fears thousands more could arrive in Uganda if the security situation inside the DRC does not immediately improve.”Mr. Baloch said that the majority continue to cross into Uganda via Lake Albert in rickety and unsafe boats from Ituri (province), “a journey that has already cost the lives of several refugees.”“The situation has been even more dangerous in recent days because of bad weather,” he noted.Although the lack of access means it is difficult to offer a detailed picture of the situation, UNHCR has received chilling accounts of violence – rape, murder and separation from family members.“These are linked to the deteriorating security situation, internal conflicts and inter-communal tensions,” the spokesperson maintained, saying that armed men are reported to be attacking villages, looting and burning houses, indiscriminately killing civilians and kidnapping young men and boys.A growing number of reports indicate that the violence is taking on ethnic dimensions as tribal groups engage in retaliatory attacks.Dozens of refugees have recounted to UNHCR staff in Uganda, stories of the sexual violence and assaults they have endured – the vast majority of whom are women and girls, as well as some men and boys.“These alarming reports have led the UN refugee agency and partners to strengthen the systems in place to identify and support survivors of sexual and gender based violence,” stressed Mr. Baloch.UNHCR has deployed significant additional staff and resources to identify victims and strengthen support, including medical screening at Lake Albert landing sites, sexual and gender-based violence screening at the reception centres and making gender segregation spaces available.“Working with partners, we have deployed additional staff specifically trained in psychosocial care to increase support to [sexual and gender based violence] refugee survivors and have conducted further outreach with community leaders and networks to ensure refugees are aware of what services are available to them,” he stated.“We are also working with our humanitarian partners to save lives after a Cholera outbreak killed at least 32 refugees,” Mr. Baloch said, informing that the number of reported cases have significantly dropped from 668 to 160 since the February outbreak.  He pointed out that the nearly $180 million refugee response funding appeal for Uganda remains poorly funded, “severely restricting capacities of humanitarian organizations to deliver vital aid and assistance.”Within that appeal, only three per cent of UNHCR’s $118.3 million requirement is funded. read more

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Matchup

Boston College (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Boise State (10-3, Mountain West), Dec. 26, 1:30 p.m. ET.LOCATION: Dallas.TOP PLAYERSBoston College: RB A.J. Dillon, 1,108 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns.Boise State: QB Brett Rypien, 3,705 yards passing, 30 TDs; RB Alexander Mattison, 1,415 yards rushing, 17 TDs.NOTABLEBoston College: Hasn’t played a bowl game in Texas since Heisman winner Doug Flutie led the Eagles to a 45-28 win over Houston in the 1985 Cotton Bowl.Boise State: Rypien is the active FBS career passing yardage leader with 13,581. His uncle is Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.LAST TIMEBoston College 27, Boise State 21, MPC Computers Bowl (Dec. 28, 2005).BOWL HISTORYBoston College: First appearance in SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, 27th bowl appearance in school history.Boise State: First appearance in SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, 19th bowl appearance in school history.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and www.twitter.com/ap_top25The Associated Press read more

Thousands of offenders supervised by phone calls after release from prison

first_img 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. In some CRCs, staff numbers have been pared down in repeated redundancy exercises, with those remaining carrying exceptional caseloads Recently released violent criminals are being supervised by telephone because of tight budgets, the Inspectorate of Probation has warned. Thousands of people are having their contact with the probation services limited to a single meeting followed by “remote supervision” by private providers, its annual report said. In some areas up to 200 ex-offenders are being managed by each member of junior staff with very little experience, who speak to them for less than half an hour by telephone every six weeks. The cases managed by telephone are those assessed to be the lowest-risk, but in some cases they have included offenders with a history of violence who go on to commit more serious crimes.  In one case, a man with almost 30 previous convictions including one for domestic abuse was supervised by telephone only. He assaulted his former partner after becoming homeless and moving back in with her. In another a man with a conviction for supplying Class A drugs was charged with wounding after being managed with six-weekly telephone calls. center_img The damning report about the probation service found that private “community rehabilitation companies” (CRCs) who managed low and medium-risk offenders are failing to meet Government targets and could be putting the public at risk. In 2014 the probation system was reformed to transfer responsibility for low and medium-risk offenders to 21 private CRCs, while the national probation service retained responsibility for the highest-risk people. Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, said face-to-face work was “vital” and added that she had concerns about how staff knew they were speaking to the correct person on the telephone. “We should all be concerned given the rehabilitation opportunities missed and the risks to the public if individuals are not supervised well,” she said. “In some CRCs, staff numbers have been pared down in repeated redundancy exercises, with those remaining carrying exceptional caseloads. “In most, probation officers have been replaced by more junior professional staff.”The most junior staff could have less than a year’s experience having only just left college, the inspectors said. Dame Glenys said that workload pressures and remote monitoring “are undermining a central tenet of effective probation work – a consistent, professional, trusting relationship between the individual and their probation worker.”Speaking at the launch of the report Helen Rinaldi, an assistant chief inspector who also worked on the report, said: “We would advocate that good-quality probation delivery absolutely relies on that central element of the relationship – you can’t really influence someone’s behaviour unless you’ve got a relationship with them, and we would just question whether that’s as readily achievable if it’s purely done on the phone.” The report also found that the Government underestimated the number of higher-risk offenders that would be managed by the companies, with around two thirds of their cases classed as medium rather than low risk. It had initially believed that the vast majority of their cases would be low-risk ones. The companies have also invested funds in new computer systems which do not work properly with the Ministry of Justice’s older IT, the report added. Richard Garside, director of charity the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies said: “So dysfunctional have the government’s probation changes become that active sabotage would look much the same.”Secretary of State David Lidington said: “We have already changed CRCs contracts to better reflect their costs and are continuing to review them. We are clear that CRCs must deliver a higher standard of probation services.”A Ministry of Justice spokesperson added: “In some cases, lower risk offenders can be supervised by telephone after a thorough, face-to-face risk assessment, and their continued suitability for this type of monitoring will be kept under review.”last_img read more

The ceremony and the symbolism of Prince Harrys marriage to Meghan Markle

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers reveals the key details of Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, and the symbolism associated with a Royal wedding. 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.

CXC results expected online today

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCXC, CAPE results outAugust 13, 2017In “latest news”CXC Registrar concerned at direction of regional educational systemAugust 11, 2018In “Regional”CSEC, CAPE results to be released tomorrow- HarmonAugust 16, 2018In “latest news” Students who had sat the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations will today (Friday) be able to access their grades, both online and through the recently launched mobile application “CXC Connect”.The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has already released the official results to the Ministry of Education, but students seeking their physical results will have to wait until Tuesday, August 22, before they could uplift same from their respective schools.Expected since Monday, July 14, there has been no indication as to what might have caused the delay in publicising the CXC results.The CXC administrative body advised on Thursday that results for all May/June examinations would be released to candidates online at 10pm on Friday.The CSEC results following the 2016 examinations had shown an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students scoring between Grades One and Three. An analysis of the examinations had also shown that despite a decrease in the number of persons writing the exams, there was an increase in the number of subjects being written by students.During presentation of those results, it was noted that 55,130 males had written the exams, compared to 77,544 females.However, there was a decline in the performance in Mathematics, when compared to the previous year. Overall performance in Mathematics saw a 13 per cent decrease. Candidates recorded a 44 per cent pass rate in Mathematics this year, as opposed to 57 per cent in 2015.Glenroy Cumberbatch, a Registrar at CXC in Barbados, noted that there has been a general decline in the Science subjects over the past two years. A decline in Information Technology was also recorded.On the other hand, English Language saw an improvement from 60 per cent in 2015 to 67 per cent in 2016.Meanwhile, the performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) saw the region attaining a success rate of 90 per cent.Guyana has been struggling to boost its students’ performances in Mathematics and English, and the country saw improved pass rates at the level of CXC and CAPE in 2015. This had prompted former Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine to register commendations to the students for their overall performance. read more

BAI to discuss report on the future funding of public service broadcasting

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES OF THE Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) will discuss the BAI’s recommendations on the future funding of public service broadcasting today at an Oireachtas Committee meeting.The meeting with the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications comes on foot of the BAI’s recently published five year review of public funding for public service broadcasters (PSB).Report’s recommendations The report produced was used to inform the Authority’s considerations and recommendations on future funding for RTÉ and TG4. As a result,  recommendations were submitted to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte in July.The findings of the report, undertaken by Crowe Horwath, stated that the financial crisis had had a “dramatic effect” on PSB’s revenues. They said the new Saorview viewing platform is weak as a primary source of viewing and that digital opportunities required significant investment.Other challenges cited in the report said that the competitive environment is expected to become more aggressive, adding that already increasing numbers of international channels have taken advertising revenue out of the Irish market, and there are indications that more of them will seek to purchase content.This report was issued prior to last week’s announcment that UTV plans to launch a Dublin-based TV station.RTÉThe report said that while RTÉ’s plan for the station will “sustain RTÉ rather than secure it against the competitive threats it will face”.The report went on to say: The lack of investment in digital services, and the lack of investment in digital distribution infrastructure and development, risks weakening RTÉ‘s position over the five-year period, and is unlikely to equip it to meet its public remit effectively in the longer term.… it is unlikely that efficiencies alone will allow RTÉ to thrive; and if no further public funding is available over the course of the plan, then it may well be that the BAI and the Government will need to explore with RTÉ contingencies over the longer term which might involve a more significant rationalisation of its portfolio of services to secure future funding. Speaking ahead of today’s meeting, Chairman of the Committee John O’Mahony TD said they looked forward to engaging with the BAI.He added that the report which they will be discussing today recommended a new approach to funding RTÉ, which would separate licence fee and commercial income streams.O’Mahony added:Earlier this year, the independent broadcasting representatives made the case for their sector receiving a greater share of public funding, which would acknowledge their contribution to local and community life in Ireland.The Committee will be keen to assess how best to use  public funds to foster a vibrant and dynamic Irish broadcasting sector. Read: UTV plans to launch new Dublin-based TV station>Read: BAI: ‘There is a risk that Irish-made TV content could become marginalised’> The report concluded that “public funding at the present level will probably be adequate to meet RTÉ‘s five-year plan under the base case, and should be conditional on the recommendations presented in this report being implemented”.TG4In terms of TG4 the report said they must consider if the station’s costed five-year strategic plan is actually affordable. The report said:As things stand, TG4 have presented a strategic plan which is based on a very substantial increase in funding, with almost all of the additional revenue coming from the State, and only a modest amount from commercial income. Furthermore, although TG4 makes reference in the plan to the service curtailments which would arise if funding were not to be secured, it is very much an ―all or nothing‖ strategy, with no alternative approaches presented.From that perspective, we must conclude that the TG4 costed five-year strategic plan will only be affordable if the Government agrees to a very significant loosening up of public money.last_img read more

Espionage glory and an Irish past the absorbing thrilling but forgotten tale

first_img By Eoin O’Callaghan Subscribe 11 Comments Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 9:30 PM Apr 7th 2019, 9:31 PM Duncan Hamilton was a celebrated figure in 1950s motorsport and was born in Cork in 1920. https://the42.ie/4576012 It did not make sense to me then, for I was young enough to seek logic even in war.”    Hamilton was luckless and the vessel that rescued him and his shipmates was later blasted to smithereens by another German shell. The boat went under in 30 minutes and he was back in the water, though rescued again shortly after. But, it wasn’t long before he found himself a lot closer to an explosion and Hamilton ended up in a hospital bed for five months recovering from another German bomb attack.For the remainder of the war, Hamilton found himself immersed in genuine espionage, particularly secret missions. He returned to the skies and would rendezvous with various European-based allied agents. There were many near misses and various colleagues who perished, but Hamilton seemed to relish the adrenaline rush.    Still, by the time the war ended in 1945, both of his parents were dead and he found the period to be lonely and isolating. His girlfriend, Angela, had agreed to marry him but only if he gave up flying and so he began searching for a desk job. And, instead of some tedious nine-to-five, Hamilton managed to rekindle a special relationship with cars.It was back in Cork that his father used to plant him in the passenger seat and explain the different mechanics – the steering wheel, the brakes, the gears. And it fascinated him. Later, in England, he studied at the Aeronautical College and had stripped down an old Austin Seven and rebuilt it to use himself. He started to sneak into Brooklands to watch motor racing events and would even don some overalls to pose as a mechanic and get close to the vehicles. It enabled him to continue working on cars and gain some invaluable experience.By the late-1940s, Hamilton was hill-climbing and sprinting in a Bugatti and an MG and really got a taste. Then came entering his cars in official trials and race events and he was becoming widely known on the circuit. By 1951, he was competing at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with legendary contemporaries like Alfa Romeo’s Juan Manuel Fangio. Hamilton takes a spectacular victory for Jaguar at Le Mans in 1953. Source: PABut, in a lifetime of spectacular stories, it’s Hamilton’s incredible performance at Le Mans that stands out.          “Those days – 1950s motor-racing – were just terrific,” Adrian says. “Of course, they had all just come through a heavy war but there were no safety features. They had a crash helmet, but it was a rather pathetic device. There were no seat belts. The cars were built incredibly badly and they were jolly lucky to even survive. Of course, a lot of them didn’t. It was as simple as that.”Le Mans, the arduous, relentless, gruelling show of will and determination, has existed since 1923 and is an illustrious date in motorsport’s calendar. Hamilton and his co-driver Tony Rolt had entered a number of times and even finished fourth in 1951. But in 1953, it looked like they wouldn’t even get a chance to take part.The story goes that the night before the race was due to begin, the pair were drowning their sorrows in a local watering hole after being disqualified during practice. The drinking continued well into the morning until suddenly, six hours prior to the start, word filtered through that Jaguar had paid a fine to the organisers and the duo were back in the race. A few pots of coffee (and some hair of the dog) later and the boys were unwittingly on their way to an inexplicable victory.Of course – paraphrasing John Ford – when there’s a choice between the legend and the truth, always print the legend.  “To be absolutely honest, the story is wrong,” Adrian clarifies. “It all happened 24 hours earlier. The old man always reckoned he’d won courtesy of Martell and having the odd nip but you couldn’t do that job when you were half-pissed or had a massive hangover. Not even him. It all happened on the Thursday night and they were all a bit sombre because they’d been disqualified. Two cars with the same number had been on the track at the same time so the organisers kicked out number 18, which was Tony and my old man. Then William Lyons, the owner of Jaguar, went to the organisers and paid 50 francs or whatever and they were back in the race. Lyons found them in a boozer in the middle of bloody Le Mans hammering away and they certainly had to sharpen up the following morning. But it was Saturday when the race started.”Now, he was far from teetotal, I can tell you. He was a thirsty boy. I drove with him many, many times when he was many sheets to the wind and his judgement wasn’t impaired one little bit. It was dead accurate, even still.”  Three world driving champions entered, including Fangio (Alfa Romeo), Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Farina (both Ferrari) but none of them even finished. Hamilton and Rolt finished ahead of another Jaguar, driven by Stirling Moss and Peter Walker.   “1953 was a pretty momentous year for everybody in England,” Adrian says.  Hamilton was well-known as an adventurous, adrenaline junkie and perfectly suited to the buzz of motor racing. Source: Barratts“There was the coronation of the Queen, Edmund Hillary climbed Everest, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile and the old man won Le Mans. And it was the first time it was won at an average speed of more than 100 miles per hour. It was an average of 105 mph. Now, you could try to do that today and you’d even be hard-pressed. One of the major features of his Jaguar C-type was that the disc brakes were so good. The Ferraris were faster down the strait at Le Mans but at the end, you have a hard right-hander and you’ve got to start braking way, way back. But with Jaguar, you could keep cruising and brake very, very late. It meant they built up a huge gap. As far as the family was concerned, it was just another race and then it was onto the next one.”After Le Mans, he went to Portugal to drive the C-type down in Oporto and he got pushed off, hit a telegraph pole and ended up in hospital with a broken leg and fractured neck and all sorts of bloody drama. But there was no electricity in the hospital because he’d knocked down the electrical pylon down so that interrupted the supply.”In his book, Hamilton describes how he was flung from the car and into a tree, where he ‘hung for a moment, fourteen feet up before falling onto the side of the road.’Then, he recounts his memories of a rather unique surgical procedure. The next thing I was consciously aware was looking up at my nude reflection in the chromium-plated light above an operating table. I could see that my chest had been ripped open and that my face was a mess. An enormous man with a shaved head stop eyeing me as he contentedly puffed at a cigar. I was about to dismiss him as an interested bystander when I saw to my horror that he was wearing a butcher’s apron and carried what looked like a carving knife in his left hand.”Hamilton asked for water but was told it was contaminated so port would have to do. Then, the doctor began to go to work, effectively in darkness. Fortified with port, I could just about stand the pain, but not the thought of the ash on his cigar – which was fully two inches long – falling into my open chest. I was told afterwards that he was sorry he could not give me an anaesthetic, but the anaesthetists had the afternoon off to watch a motor race.”    Hamilton managed to return to Le Mans the following year where he and Rolt narrowly finished second to Ferrari. They were within two miles of victory after Hamilton excelled following a deluge, something he was particularly adept at. But, in the dry, the Jaguar D-type just couldn’t make up the time.        Hamilton, left, driving a Maserati, competes in the British Grand Prix in 1949. Source: BarrattsIt was a dangerous time for motor racing and the 1955 Le Mans event remains the most devastating incident in the history of the sport. Pierre Levegh collided with Lance Macklin and was killed instantly. Pieces of debris flew into the crowd and 83 spectators lots their lives that day.Watching from the pit, Hamilton later wrote:“The dead and dying were everywhere; the cries of pain, anguish, and despair screamed catastrophe. I stood as if in a dream, too horrified to even think.”   After a heavy shunt at the Le Mans race in 1958 and the death of his close friend Mike Hawthorn (who had been heavily involved in the ’55 incident) the following year, Hamilton stepped away from racing at the end of the decade.He did remain involved in motorsport until retirement in the early 1970s and Adrian is now in charge of the family car business.  “They were terrific years, they were iron men, they got on with the job and they had a lot of fun doing it at the same time,” Adrian says. “My father was a rumbustious character – a big, burly man and great fellow. He was a very funny and amusing guy. Everybody loved him. He loved people and always had time for people. He died 25 years ago and we still miss him. They don’t make them in the same way these days.” Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 22,012 Views center_img 25 YEARS AGO, an obituary appeared in a number of UK newspapers. “Duncan Hamilton epitomised men who merit the description ‘larger than life’, for he was one who not only went out to meet it, but who embraced it heartily at every opportunity,” said The Independent. According to The Observer, he was ‘one of the most extrovert and devil-may-care racing drivers of the post-war era’.Hamilton was best-known for excelling in the golden age of motorsport in the 1950s and for pulling off a sensational victory in the iconic Le Mans 24-hour race in 1953 as part of the Jaguar team.  But nothing appeared in the Irish press about Hamilton’s death, despite the fact that he was from Cork. Hamilton’s autobiography, Touch Wood, was originally published in 1960 and is a remarkable collection of uproarious anecdotes that shines an enthusiastic light on an effortlessly stylish and romantic era in motorsport history.He briefly discusses his formative years in Ireland, where he was born in 1920, though the descriptions are short on detail, including his parents’ names and background. But he does make a point of recounting his father’s talents as a sportsman and how he represented Ireland in golf and tennis.The family home was a converted monastery and was a target during and after the War of Independence. According to Hamilton, a friend of his father’s was shot at the front door and ‘more than once bullets splattered into the rooms’. He paints vivid pictures of the family sleeping on mattresses beneath the windows ‘to avoid the snipers’ bullets’.         “He was quite a busy chap, one way or the other,” his son, Adrian, tells The42. Hamilton, pictured here in 1948, is regarded as one of the most illustrious names of the glorious motor-racing era of the 1950s. Source: Barratts“He didn’t talk about Ireland much and I’m not sure why his parents even ended up in Cork because they weren’t really Irish, I don’t think.”  The family moved to England when Hamilton was six and following school, he joined the Air Force when World War II broke out. In his early days learning to fly, he’d look for some final words of encouragement from his superiors.“Remember,” they’d warn him.“This is a valuable aircraft. We can always get more pilots but aircraft are scarce.”Given the tutorials were clearly focused on protecting machine more than man, Hamilton inevitably crashed and was banished. Eventually, he was enlisted in the Fleet Arm of the Navy and narrowly escaped death when his ship was bombed by the Germans. He’d been drinking onboard when the explosion hit and later, as he bobbed in the freezing Nordic waters aboard a lifeboat for 12 hours, he could do nothing else other than dissect the incident and the immediate aftermath.“This was my first real taste of war, and I remember thinking how strange it was that one man could just walk out of the bar and into a lifeboat, whereas others perished,” he later wrote. Image: PA Short URL Espionage, glory and an Irish past: the absorbing, thrilling but forgotten tale of a sporting legend Cork-born Duncan Hamilton was a key figure during a glorious era of motorsport and even won the iconic Le Mans race in 1953. Share42 Tweet Email1 Duncan Hamilton was a celebrated figure in 1950s motorsport and was born in Cork in 1920. Image: PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Smackdown Highlights No 1 Contender Lynch calls out Cena Styles and Vince

first_img Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Triple H Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince Mcmahon Google+ Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? Pinterest NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? WWE posted these highlights from this week’s Smackdown Live on New Year’s Day. New XFL League Will Have A Team In St. Louis Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Miz Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Press Talk Who made Donald Trump

first_img Welcome, class. I’m Professor Brancaccio, and this is “The Making of Trump: 101.”The premise of this class is to study how someone like Donald Trump can get this close to becoming president.Jimmy, thoughts?“Well he has a lot of money, he’s a guy who has lived the American Dream, and we love to talk about his hair.”Noodles, your view?“I think Jimmy has rung the bell one too many times, professor. Look, let’s be honest here. There is a large, large segment of our population who believe they have been left out of the conversation.”What exactly do you mean by “left out,” Noodles?“I mean for the most part, the political conversation deals with the rich and the poor. No one appears to care about the middle class. Trump at least pretends to care.”Why is that important? Danni?“I think what Noodles is saying is too many in the middle class feel like no one is paying any attention to them. They are not represented or thought about.”OK, Steven? Ideas?“Exactly. The perception is the middle class is only important to politicians when someone has to pay the bills.”Well, let’s talk about that a bit. Government plays many roles in our society, but what’s one of them? Jake?“You’re right, professor, it does play a number of roles, but one of those roles is to help those who need help. So when people complain about the government helping out those in need, I get confused by that. That’s what it does.” Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com.last_img read more

Goldson refuses to blame for fatigue for Hibs display

first_imgRangers defender Connor Goldson has refused to blame fatigue for the team’s lackluster display in the first-half against St. Johnstone.Goldson was asked if fatigue was the reason for the team starting games slowly, he replied, as quoted by the club’s official website:“There are a lot of boys in there who have played a lot of games. I think people on the outside will look at it and say you have only played 19 league games, and won’t see the full picture.”“We have had 35 games, which is almost like a season in five months. There are a lot of boys in there who wake up with sore legs every single day of the week, and I’m one of them!”“But at the end of the day, it is what we came here for and we know there is no time to moan or no time to be tired and if we want to be successful, we have to win games of football.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.The first-half show against Saints is still not satisfactory for the former Brighton defender, who continued:“Today we are happy we got three points and we responded, but it has been a few too many times this season probably where it has taken that at half-time to get back into games or we have started slowly and given the opposition a leg-up in the first-half, especially away from home.”“It is something we have to look at as a whole group and why we are starting slow. Yesterday, I thought we started not bad in the first 15 minutes and then we had a spell of 20 minutes where we were sloppy and giving the ball away.”“Obviously, at our level, I don’t think you can do that and then we gifted them a goal and it was an uphill battle.”last_img read more

Cunningham hails Cardiffs deserved victory

first_imgCardiff City defender Greg Cunningham says hard work paid off for them in their shocking 1-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.Víctor Camarasa hit a stunning injury-time strike to hand the visitors their first away win of the season after James Madisson failed to score from the penalty spot.It was an impressive result for Cardiff City who moved further clear of the relegation zone, and Cunningham is proud of his team’s display at the King Power Stadium.“I don’t think he could have hit it any sweeter,” Cunningham told the club’s website, speaking of Camarasa’s goal.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“That’s the quality that he possesses and we’re very grateful to have somebody of his caliber at the Club.“Away from home it’s vital to stay as solid as possible and the longer we hold on, the more the opposition will get frustrated. They’re the home side and have added pressure to entertain their home fans.“Everyone’s been working so hard and putting a shift in and it’s a deserved result.”last_img read more

13yearold boy found hanging at home in Uttarpara

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 13-year-old boy whose body was found at his residence in Uttarpara in a strangulated condition.The incident triggered tension among locals. The family members of the victim, however, alleged that he was murdered following some family rivalry. Police are probing into all possible angles behind the incident. The victim has been identified as Subhojit Jana. He was a class VIII student of Uttarpara Amarendra Vidyapith in Hooghly. The incident took place in Mondalpara area of Uttarpara on Saturday evening when his parents were not Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeat home. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have been playing with a piece of cloth when the incident occurred. They are also investigating if or not the victim was trying to enact a scene that he might have watched on television. It was learnt from the police sources that when his parents reached home they found that he was lying on the floor with a piece of cloth tied around his neck. They immediately took the victim to Uttarpara State General Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The family members of the boy told the police that they suspect foul play behind the incident as there was a family rivalry going on for sometime. They demanded a high-level probe. The senior police officers in the district assured the family members that they are looking into all possible angles. Police have sent the body for an autopsy.last_img read more

New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives.center_img Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Prince Hotels Director

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterPrince Hotels Director Executive Managing Officer, Ryuichiro NishiyamaSydney, New York and various cities across Europe have been flagged as likely locations for Prince Hotels & Resorts‘ new luxury brand, The Prince Akatoki.In Sydney this week, Prince Hotels’ Director Executive Managing Officer, Ryuichiro Nishiyama, outlined the hotelier’s vision to expand the fledgling brand, an international off-shoot of its five-star offering in Japan, The Prince, located in Tokyo (x2), Karuizawa (x2) and Hakone.Speaking through an interpreter to LATTE, Nishiyama confirmed that Sydney was under evaluation for The Prince Akatoki, alongside other destinations in Australia. A specific site was yet to be pinpointed, but the groundwork was well underway.Nearly two years after establishing a beachhead in Sydney, Japan’s Prince Hotels Inc. held the company’s first media event in Australia this week as it continues to expand awareness of the company and its brands, aimed at invigorating tourism between the two countries.Visitor numbers from Australia to Japan are thriving at the moment and the destination will host the Rugby World Cup later this year, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 and the World Expo in Osaka, in 2025.Founded in 1956, Prince Hotels operates four hotel brands in its home country: The Prince in the luxury space, Grand Prince Hotel in the upper upscale segment, Prince Hotel in the upscale and Prince Smart Inn in the upper midscale/midscale. In October 2017, Prince Hotels acquired Australia’s StayWell Holdings, expanding its profile overseas through StayWell’s brands Park Regis and Leisure Inn, and at the time combined to develop two new brands, Leisure Inn Plus and Policy. Further, last year the parties announced the development of a new luxury hotel unit called The Prince Akatoki, a brand that would carry the same qualities of its five-star The Prince into markets outside of Japan for the first time.Collectively under the nine brands, Prince Hotels & Resorts currently operates 74 hotels around the globe, 43 of which are in eight of the 10 most popular tourist regions in Japan. It also owns 31 golf courses (28 in Japan and three in Hawaii), nine Japanese ski resorts and other leisure facilities including tennis centres, pools, bowling centres, an aquarium and operates The Prince Ice World ice skating show.Ryuichiro Nishiyama, Director Executive Managing Officer, Prince Hotels & Resorts; Fiona Godfrey, StayWell Global Director Revenue Generation; Yuka Hagiwara, Supervisor PR Department, Prince Hotels & Resort and Simon Wan, President & Director, StayWell.Prince Hotels & Resorts is owned by Japan’s Seibu Group, an enormous conglomerate that possesses 81 various businesses, including rail transport operators, real estate and even a professional baseball team, the Saitama Seibu Lions.Through StayWell, Prince Hotels & Resorts expanded to new international markets. In addition to Australia –where it has 10 properties operating under the Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands – the company has added China, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Indonesia, the UAE, Bahrain and now the UK to its network.Under an ambitious medium- to long-term strategy, Prince and Staywell have the vision to expand its current hotel portfolio from 74 to 250, with a focus on Japan and Australia.Last year Prince Hotels acquired The Arch London as its launch property for The Prince Akatoki. Billed as one of the most luxurious hotels in London, and currently a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the hotel is located a two-minute walk from Marble Arch and 100 metres from Oxford Street.“You cannot get a better location in London,” boasts StayWell President & Director, Simon Wan.The Arch London is currently #7 of 1,091 properties on TripAdvisor. Wan said the 82-room hotel acquisition was one of the most exciting projects for Prince and StayWell since the parties came together. While currently still operating as The Arch London, it will be refurbished ahead of its rebranding, planned for sometime between the Northern summer and autumn of this year.Nishiyama told LATTE the property’s extensive refurbishment would see the interior design completely overhauled, but the core structure – the number of rooms – will remain the same. A restaurant, which is a fusion of both Japanese and Western cultures, is also planned. The Prince Akatoki, London will provide a slice of Japanese hospitality and culture in the heart of the UK.He said Prince Hotels had long desired a site in London, and the purchase was only achieved through the “joining of hands” with StayWell to create the group’s first luxury hotel experience outside of Japan.Rendering of The Prince Akatori, Guangzhou | Standard RoomThe Prince Akatoki’s second property, a new-build, is also slated to open later this year in Guangzhou, China under a management agreement. The 275 luxury room The Prince Akatoki, Guangzhou will be located in the precinct of Bio-Island and within the Pearl River Delta area.Nishiyama said in addition to London and Guangzhou, the group was considering various cities across Europe, Australia and the world to meet its goal of 100 new overseas properties in the next 10 years. While future acquisitions are possible for The Prince Akatoki, the core will be management agreements.“We are currently researching Sydney. We haven’t determined the location or the building. We are still looking. In this market, we will rely on StayWell’s detailed knowledge and expertise to determine options.”Prince Hotels & Resorts’ Yuka Hagiwara, Yoshiki Kaneda, Ryuichiro Nishiyama and Kazuyo McDonald at Sake Restaurant“New York is definitely under consideration,” Nishiyama said, adding that the group already has a sales office in the city making it a logical choice. Elsewhere in the US, Prince Hotels & Resorts has three properties in Hawaii, one in Honolulu and two on the Island of Hawaii. Having sold off its asset in Maui, the Japanese hotelier has no immediate plans to expand its presence there, but continues to invest in its existing collection.He said Australia was an “extremely important” market to Prince Hotels & Resorts, with around 23,000 Australians staying with the group at its hotels in Japan last year, up 23.5% on the year prior.“We want this number to increase as Australians are the second highest visitor spenders for Japan, spending about 220,000 yen per trip, and they tend to stay longer than other tourists,” he concluded.Lead image: The Arch London, destined to be The Prince Akatoki, LondonGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 5:40 am PDT Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast and Disney are on the verge of a head-to-head bidding war for Fox’s entertainment properties.The potential battle for Twenty-First Century Fox comes as traditional entertainment companies try to amass more properties to compete better with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention — and dollars.Comcast said Wednesday that it’s in the “advanced stages” of making an offer. The company did not provide details, other than to say that its all-cash offer would have a higher value than Disney’s current, $52.4 billion all-stock offer. The Wall Street Journal and others reported earlier that Comcast had lined up $60 billion in cash to challenge Disney for media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s company.Larry Downes, project director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, said Comcast’s interest highlights the fact that content is becoming more important as ways to deliver content proliferate. Cable companies like Comcast are no longer competing only with satellite alternatives such as DirecTV, but also stand-alone services such as Netflix and cable-like online bundles through Sony, AT&T and others.“Those categories mean less and less all the time — who is a distributor and who is a creator,” he said. “Content is king, the most important thing. Distribution can happen over a variety of mechanisms.”Disney already started its own sports streaming service and plans an entertainment-focused one late next year featuring movies and shows from its own studios, which include Marvel, Pixar and “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilm.With the Fox deal, Disney would get more content for those services — through the studios behind the Avatar movies, “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family,” along with National Geographic. Marvel would get back the characters previously licensed to Fox, reuniting X-Men with the Avengers.“If Comcast won these assets from the arms of Disney, it would be a ‘devastating blow’ to … Disney’s streaming ambitions going forward,” GBH Insights analyst Dan Ives said.Comcast, meanwhile, has been leading the way in marrying pipes with the entertainment that flows through them. It bought NBCUniversal’s cable channels and movie studio in 2013 and added Dreamworks Animation in 2016.The Philadelphia company has been tinkering with the traditional cable bundle, offering stand-alone subscriptions for some types of video along with smaller bundles of cable channels delivered over the internet. Earlier this month, Comcast said it will add Netflix to some cable bundles.With Fox, Comcast would expand a portfolio that already includes U.S. television rights to the Olympics and comedy offerings such as “Saturday Night Live.”Combining the distribution of entertainment with its producers has drawn new concerns about monopoly. The Department of Justice has sued to block AT&T’s $85 billion deal for Time Warner. The government worries that AT&T, as DirecTV’s owner, could charge Comcast and other rival distributors higher prices for Time Warner channels like CNN or HBO. In turn, that could drive up what consumers pay. AT&T and Time Warner argue they’re simply trying to stay afloat in the new streaming environment. A court ruling is expected in June.Whichever company prevails in the bid for Fox would also control Fox’s cable and international TV businesses, though the Fox television network and some cable channels including Fox News and Fox Business Network would stay with Murdoch.That’s key for Comcast, which currently doesn’t have an international presence. Disney and Comcast have already been at battle in the U.K., where Comcast made a $30.7 billion offer for Sky TV. Fox has a 39 per cent stake in that company and has been trying to buy outright, but its bid has been blocked by regulators. Disney already plans to buy Sky TV as part of the deal for Fox, but U.K. regulators have said they don’t see any public interest concerns with Comcast’s offer.Disney, which has its headquarters in Burbank, California, did not respond to a request for comment. Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Foxcenter_img FILE – This March 29, 2017, file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Comcast says it’s considering making an offer to buy Twenty-First Century Fox, which would put it in a head-to-head bidding fight with Disney. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) last_img read more