Bianchi family plans legal action against Formula One

first_imgThe family of the late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi are planning legal action against the sport’s governing body, his former Marussia team and Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Group, they said in a statement on Thursday.Bianchi died in hospital last July after suffering serious head injuries in a crash at the October 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.British firm Stewarts Law, representing the family, said the death had been avoidable and formal pre-action letters of claim had been sent this week.”The Bianchi family are determined that this legal process should require those involved to provide answers and to take responsibility for any failings,” said Stewarts partner Julian Chamberlayne.last_img

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Arsenal F.C.’s UEFA Champions League bid fails for 1st time in 20 years, finish fifth in Premier League

first_imgArsenal F.C. will be missing from the Champions League next season for the first time in 20 years after failing to squeeze into the Premier League’s top four despite beating Everton F.C. 3-1 with 10 men in Sunday’s finale.Comfortable victories for Manchester City F.C. and Liverpool F.C. prevented Arsene Wenger from maintaining a proud record of having steered Arsenal into Europe’s elite competition in every full season of his 21-year reign.While it’s certain fifth-placed Arsenal will be competing in the Europa League next season, there’s some doubt over whether Wenger will still be in charge. The 67-year-old Frenchman’s contract is up at the end of the season and he is staying tight-lipped on his future until after the FA Cup final.Beating Chelsea F.C. in next Saturday’s final would provide some salvation for Wenger in this miserable season but he will be depleted in defense.Captain Laurent Koscielny is set to be suspended after being sent off after 14 minutes against Everton F.C., while Gabriel Paulista was carried off on a stretcher with a left-knee injury.Arsenal F.C.’s fifth successive victory was secured by first-half goals from Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez, and a stoppage-time strike by Aaron Ramsey. The late-season resurgence came too late to rise from fifth place. Arsenal will be in the Europa League with Everton, which finished in seventh place and scored its only goal at the Emirates Stadium from the penalty spot through Romelu Lukaku in the 57th minute.advertisementWenger had finished in the top four every year since being hired partly through the 1996-97 season, although in his debut campaign third place was only enough for a place in the now-defunct UEFA Cup.last_img read more

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Ravi Shastri slams agenda-driven criticism: Will give it back even if critic is a legend

first_imgRavi Shastri is not known to pull back punches and the India head coach has made it clear that he wouldn’t change his ways if he feels that criticism directed at the national team is “agenda-driven”.Speaking to ‘The Daily Telegraph’, Shastri also complimented Virat Kohli, describing the skipper as someone who comes “closest to Vivian Richards” in the manner he bats.On the criticism, there was no direct reference to the critics he considers agenda-driven.”You expect it. I am one of those that if it is constructive, then fine. If I find it is agenda-driven, I don’t care who the individual is, then I will throw a punch back straightaway. I mean it. I don’t care if he is a legend or a normal person. If I feel I have to punch back I will,” Shastri told former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was interviewing him for the newspaper.The most recent criticism against the team came from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who had questioned the team combination and training methods after India’s defeat in the Perth Test, which according to Shastri, was akin to “firing blanks” sitting million miles away.India’s greatest opener then responded by saying that it were these blanks that pushed the team into doing well at Melbourne.Virat Kohli is more on your face: ShastriWhen asked to compare Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, Shastri said the Mumbai maestro was “more composed” and in a zone while Kohli is more “in your face”.”Yesterday someone asked me if there are any similarities between Sachin [Tendulkar] and Virat. I said there were plenty. Let’s start with work ethic,” he said.advertisement”It is doing the hard yards, looking ugly in the nets and sacrificing important things for your cricket. It is staying in the zone. No excuses. No pointing fingers at others. If you make a mistake, then own up. They do that,” Shastri added.He then cited the difference.”Virat can be in your face. He is the closest a player has come to Vivian Richards in the way he bats. That ‘in your face’ approach with fast bowlers and any opponent. He is also prepared to do hard work and be ugly. That is part of his batting he learned in England,” said the Indian coach.The best aspect of Kohli’s personality, according to Shastri, is his mindset which is pretty similar to his own. Also the fact that he is very caring of his teammates also makes him the “role model” that he is, said Shastri.”He is very caring with his team-mates and just a fantastic role model. He has achieved greatness but to still be in the zone and being humble and hungry and wanting Test cricket makes my admiration for him grow more and more,” he said.Shastri lauds Kohli for promoting Test cricketKohli had recently urged youngsters to focus more on becoming good Test players rather than concentrating on shorter formats. The coach, like on many other issues, seemed to be on the same page with his skipper.”In our country where everything is driven by T20, IPL and one-day cricket to have an individual like him to put the onus on Test cricket more than any format of the game is massive because all the young kids want to emulate him. That is the biggest thing to come out of it.”If Virat Kohli said: ‘I am bored with Test cricket’ you will see the impact it would have on the game, especially in India. For him to enjoy it and enjoy the things that go with Test cricket, like the pressure an individual feels during a Test match, is great.Also Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Who will take my interview on Chahal TV? Yuzvendra Chahal wonders after 6-wicket haulAlso See:last_img read more

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Changes in football rules: No time wasting during substitution, handball to be punished

first_imgStarting from June 1, when a substitution is made in a football match, the player will leave the field from his nearest touch line instead of touching the centre circle — so as to avoid wastage of time.And misconduct by team officials will also now invite red and yellow cards for misconduct.These are among the sweeping measures the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has taken at its its 133rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held here.The meeting was chaired by the President of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Alan McRae, and was attended by representatives from FIFA and the football associations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.Leaving the field from the nearest touch line will reduce waste of time. In some occasions, it has been noticed that the winning team coach changed a player at the fag end of a match just to waste time.Some other changes made are: No attacking team players can stand on the wall of the defending team when a free kick is taken; allowing a dropped ball in certain situations when the ball hits the referee and the goalkeeper is required to have one foot on the line during a penalty kick.At the time of goal kick or free kick inside the penalty box, other players can touch the ball inside the box.In case a ball touches a player’s hand and crosses the goal line, the goal will be cancelled and handball will be decided as an infringement even if it is unintentional.advertisementThe IFAB met on March 2. The new rules will come into effect from June 1.Also Read | UEFA Champions League: Kane scores in Dortmund as Tottenham stroll into last eightAlso Read | UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid knocked out by Ajax after thrashing at homeAlso Read | Luis Figo to bring UEFA Champions League trophy to India on Fridaylast_img read more

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Flood Mitigation Funding Open for Applications

first_imgGovernment is accepting applications from municipalities for two funding programs to help assess long- and short-term flood risks, and make infrastructure changes to reduce their vulnerability to flooding. Heavy rains, high tides, ice jams, erosion and storm surges mean flooding is an ongoing concern throughout Nova Scotia while climate change is also expected to increase the risk of flooding in the future. Some areas of the province are more vulnerable to floods than others, so it is important to identify these areas, and develop plans to mitigate their damaging effects. Financial support is available under the Flood Assessment Fund and Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program. “Floods can have a devastating impact on families, communities and the economy,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “We can’t prevent floods, but knowing which areas of the province are at greater risk will allow us to better manage their damaging effects.” The Flood Assessment Fund, now in its second year, helps municipalities identify areas at risk of flooding, and develop strategies to limit those risks. Total funding for 2014-15 of $150,000 will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses. The deadline for applications is July 1. Funds can be used to develop: The Flood Assessment Fund application form and guidelines for applicants are available online at www.novascotia.ca/nse/ . The second funding program is the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program through the Department of Municipal Affairs, which provides vulnerable municipalities with financial support to implement solutions that mitigate the impact of floods. “This is an excellent example of the province working together with our municipalities to protect Nova Scotians and their property,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “The program will help communities to strengthen dykes, stabilize river banks, improve flow monitoring, remove sediment and take other steps to reduce the damage caused by flooding.” The total available for infrastructure funding for 2014-15 is $700,000. The fund will support 50 per cent of eligible expenses. The application form and guidelines for infrastructure funding are available at http://novascotia.ca/dma/funding/infrastructure/flood-risk-infrastructure-investment-program.asp , and applications are due by May 30. information and maps identifying flood-prone areas, as well as the extent of their potential effects possible solutions to help lessen the damaging effects of floods such as policy and planning, infrastructure and public engagement communications to people and partners through educational materials and toolslast_img read more

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Influenza Vaccine Now Available

first_imgAll Nova Scotians over six months old are encouraged to get a flu shot. “Getting a flu shot is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and those around you from influenza,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “The flu vaccine is available free of charge to all Nova Scotians and we encourage everyone to get one.” The seasonal flu vaccine is now available. For more information please check with your family physician, family practice nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or local public health office. It can take up to two weeks for the vaccination to provide protection. Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated in the coming weeks to see the full benefit before flu season arrives, usually around December. “Every year influenza causes serious complications for many people,” said Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, deputy chief medical officer of health. “It’s important for everyone to get immunized especially those at high risk of influenza related complications and those who care for them.” Adults over 65 years of age, children six months to five years of age, pregnant women, Indigenous Peoples, and people with chronic medical conditions are encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as possible to reduce risk of developing influenza related complications. In addition to the annual vaccine, practising proper hygiene is important. Hand washing and covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing is encouraged to help prevent the spread of influenza. Influenza symptoms often include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. People experiencing flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/flu .last_img read more

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Toronto gallery to unveil crosscultural Canadian and Indigenous art centre

first_imgTORONTO – The curatorial team tasked with re-envisioning the Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent collection of Canadian and Indigenous works says the overhaul signals a creative culture shift for the Toronto institution.Georgiana Uhlyarik and Wanda Nanibush said they sat in a park last fall and sketched out a vision for a collection that would break from institutional custom not only in its display, but its conception of Indigenous-Canadian artistic relations.The result is the rebranded J. S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, set to reopen Sunday after months of renovation, featuring 132 works spanning the country’s cultural heritage, 40 per cent of which were created by Indigenous artists, according to numbers provided by the gallery.“It’s a major shift,” Nanibush, curator of Indigenous art, told reporters during a preview of the collection Tuesday.“Everything is kind of up for grabs for a reconfiguring based on both of our needs, as opposed to just assuming the way the institution does things is the right way.”Rather than presenting the works in chronological order, Nanibush said much of the collection has been arranged thematically to foster a cross-cultural conversation between Indigenous and Canadian art across generations.Each work will be accompanied by texts in three languages – English, French and either Anishinaabemowin or Inuktitut – and will state the Indigenous names of treaty territories and disputed lands.The interplay of Indigenous and Canadian works in each room often accentuates the reciprocal influences, and at times, conflicts, between the two esthetic traditions, Nanibush said.For example, Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle’s pointed portrayals of Indigenous sovereignty are displayed opposite to seminal Canadian landscapes by the Group of Seven’s Lawren Harris. Both artists are abstractionists, Nanibush said, but the juxtaposition of their works allows Houle to subvert the “nationalist” narrative imposed on Harris and interrogate settler claims to the land he so masterfully depicted.“There are also moments when you have two artists together that really, to me, speak to what it means to have an artistic community,” said Uhlyarik, who is the curator of Canadian art. “These paintings are full of information that we continue to live under to this day.”To make up for the lack of Indigenous representation in the AGO’s vast Canadian collection, Uhlyarik said many contemporary works were either acquired or borrowed in anticipation of this weekend’s unveiling, including one purchase apparently so recent that she paused Tuesday to wonder if the invoice had been paid.Some art buffs may notice that several Canadian “icons” are missing from the revamped McLean Centre, said Uhlyarik, with some paintings by Group of Seven-adjacent artists Emily Carr and Tom Thomson having found a new home elsewhere in the gallery, while other pieces were tucked away into storage.“We may get in crap for that,” Nanibush deadpanned to her colleague, but when pressed, she struck more equivocal tone.“My feeling is we can’t assume that people are going to criticize. We have to assume that people are going to fall in love with these artists.”In addition to a gallery featuring a rotation of solo exhibitions mostly by artists of colour, Nanibush said parts of the centre will exclusively display Indigenous-created works, serving as a vital incubator for intercultural expression.It also marks AGO’s fifth space dedicated to Indigenous art, which Nanibush acknowledged as a “big change” from what was formerly a single hallway.“Fundamentally, colonialism is about land,” said Nanibush. “Real estate in the building does matter in terms of what an institution’s commitments to Indigenous artists are.”In keeping with the curatorial shift, Nanibush said she and Uhlyarik think of the AGO’s Inuit art and sculptures not as works the gallery owns, but a collection to be held “in trust” for the Indigenous community to whom it actually belongs.“And that, let me tell you, the institution feels very uncomfortable about,” Uhlyarik added.Nanibush said she hopes gallery-goers walk away from the centre with an enriched appreciation of the complex history that has shaped the country’s artistic expression, as well as newfound enthusiasm for the contemporary Indigenous artists she believes are poised to carve out Canada’s creative future.“We follow the artists’ lead,” Nanibush said. “They’ve tapped into the future that’s present right now, so as they look, we get to look with them.”last_img read more

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Prince Moulay Hicham Bouachrines Prosecution Has Political Motivations

Rabat – Moulay Hicham shared a statement on Twitter in which he criticized the sentence given by Casablanca’s Court of Appeal on Friday night. Bouachrine received a sentence of 12 years in prison.“We are deeply saddened about the absence of a fair trial in the case of journalist Taoufik Bouachrine,” the prince said.He added that the lack of a “fair trial “missed an opportunity to establish truth in a judicial case that was mainly intended to protect Moroccan women.” Bouachrine was arrested in February after several women journalists filed complaints against him for “sexual harassment, assault, human trafficking, attempted rape, and  rape.”Prince Moulay Hicham said that the absence of a fair trial in this case and the lack of “testimony [by] national and international human rights organizations, which are known for their credibility, lead automatically to the conclusion that there are national and Arab political motives behind the prosecution of a journalist, who was a nuisance because of his writings.”The prince also questioned press freedom in the country, saying that the target, in this case, is “freedom of expression and independent press.”For  Moulay Hicham, Bouachrine’s case is “a new episode of an ongoing series” wherein we witness the “targeting [of] news outlets and journalists.” He added that some of those journalists who were jailed or exiled include Abou Baker El Jamii, Ali El Merabet, Ali Anzoula, Hamid El Mahdaoui, and others.Moulay Hicham also criticized Morocco’s development model. He said that the recent cases come against the backdrop of the state’s admission that its development model has “failed.” “with the state acknowledgment of its failed development model.” read more

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Mom kills baby after illicit affair

A mother has been arrested after she killed her new born baby after having an illicit affair with a man while her husband was overseas, the police media unit said today.The police said that the 24 year old woman had killed the baby and hid the body. Information regarding the incident had been brought to the notice of the police yesterday. Investigations had revealed that the baby was born following an illicit affair she had with a man while her husband was overseas. She has been admitted to the Pollonaruwa hospital under police care, the police media unit said.

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UK car production continues to climb

December CV output up 27.1 per cent on December 2002 For the whole of 2003 it was down, just 1.3 per cent on 2002 For further tables, analysis and information, please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK car output rose 1.7 per cent to 1,657,558 million units in 2003 Production for export reaches record 69.2 per cent output share December’s output leaps 15.4 per cent boosting year-end total Commenting on car production last year, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The UK is a major player in global car production and today’s figures confirm that. With nine key manufacturers and a strong specialist sports car industry, Britain boasts a wider production base than any other European country. This continued growth is therefore particularly encouraging against a backdrop of falling output across continental Europe.’ Best December production volume since 1997Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show: read more

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What Analytics Can Teach Us About the Beautiful Game

Sports analytics, no matter the field’s renegade posturing, has now been around long enough to have its own pieces of conventional wisdom. Baseball’s cognoscenti know all about the primacy of on-base percentage over batting average, and they’ve also come to realize once-treasured strategies like bunting and stealing bases are best used sparingly. In basketball, the mid-range jump shot is slowly being phased out as an inefficient relic of antiquity. Spreadsheets are shaming football coaches into rolling the dice more often on fourth downs.But for many American fans tuning into the World Cup this month and next, soccer’s nuggets of analytic insight remain as foreign as the game itself. There are set pieces to orchestrate, attacking strategies to plan, areas of the defense to exploit — and it isn’t always apparent which tactics are best. But analytics has clear advice on how to do some things right.Soccer analytics is very much viewed as a discipline in its infancy. And the sport itself is often described as especially resistant to the pull of number-crunching, whether due to its fluid nature, its sportocratic establishment culture, or a fear that the unsentimentality of data will rob the Beautiful Game of its celebrated elegance.There’s not much truth to that. Off and on, people have been tracking relatively detailed soccer data in some form for more than six decades, up to and including the modern companies that exhaustively log every event on the pitch.That said, WAR isn’t coming to soccer anytime soon. Most attempts to create an all-in-one statistical index for soccer players (like we have for basketball and baseball) have suffered from a distinct lack of transparency1Generally speaking, no formulae for these indices have been released to the public — just vague assurances like this: “The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.” and a noticeable bias toward strikers and other scorers, whose output is most readily quantifiable. There are a number of interesting metrics at fans’ disposal, but no magic algorithm that accounts for a player’s role on his club, the system he plays in, the quality of his teammates and countless other factors. By necessity, even the individual plus/minus ratings ESPN uses for the talent portion of our Soccer Power Index fall prey to this phenomenon — we simply have to be more conservative when assessing the impact of a fullback than of a prolific goal-scorer. That makes it hard to distinguish between the value of, say, Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidić.At the team level, though, the numbers offer more hope. They have the potential to provide soccer with broad strategic conventions comparable to the sabermetric-minded rules of thumb in other sports. None of these is a hard-and-fast decree, but they offer guidelines generated by actual data instead of blind hunches.In “The Numbers Game” by Chris Anderson and David Sally — probably the definitive volume on statistical analysis in soccer — the authors tell the story of Charles Reep, a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander who was tracking play-by-play data for matches and serving as a quantitative consultant for Football League teams as early as the 1950s.Reep’s research was quite groundbreaking for its time, even if it was fatally flawed. The Wing Commander gathered data on how often a given number of successful passes were strung together, and how frequently goals resulted from those sequences, broken down by length. Reep determined that a team’s probability of retaining possession dropped precipitously with each consecutive pass attempt, and that most goals were scored on possessions of fewer than three passes — often originating from quick counterattacks.In Reep’s mind, this meant teams should abandon trying to control possession and maneuvering through the defense with endless passing. Instead, they should focus on getting the ball downfield in as few movements as possible on offense, and applying pressure on defense to generate opportunistic counter-rushes. The numbers seemed to suggest that the long game was the most efficient tactic for soccer success.But subsequent analysis has discredited this way of thinking. Reep’s mistake was to fixate on the percentage of goals generated by passing sequences of various lengths. Instead, he should have flipped things around, focusing on the probability that a given sequence would produce a goal. Yes, a large proportion of goals are generated on short possessions, but soccer is also fundamentally a game of short possessions and frequent turnovers. If you account for how often each sequence-length occurs during the flow of play, of course more goals are going to come off of smaller sequences — after all, they’re easily the most common type of sequence. But that doesn’t mean a small sequence has a higher probability of leading to a goal.To the contrary, a team’s probability of scoring goes up as it strings together more successful passes. The implication of this statistical about-face is that maintaining possession is important in soccer.2As analysts have also recently discovered it to be in hockey. There’s a good relationship3Correlation coefficient in last season’s English Premier League: 0.78. between a team’s time spent in control of the ball and its ability to generate shots on target, which in turn is hugely predictive of a team’s scoring rate and, consequently, its placement in the league table. While there’s less rhyme or reason to the rate at which teams convert those scoring chances into goals, modern analysis has ascertained that possession plays a big role in creating offensive opportunities, and that effective short passing — fueled largely by having pass targets move to soft spots in the defense before ever receiving the ball — is strongly associated with building and maintaining possession.As for the long ball, it’s proven futile in today’s game. During the 2013-14 English Premier League season, the percentage of a team’s passes classified as “long” by Whoscored.com’s data was very negatively correlated4Correlation coefficient: -0.8. with how many goals it scored.5If you’re concerned that the EPL isn’t representative of worldwide soccer, the numbers are essentially identical in Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, and Italy’s Serie A.The same goes for trying to spearhead an offense from the wings instead of attacking up the middle. In their book, Anderson and Sally write about a seminal piece of quantitative analysis on the 1986 World Cup from researcher Mike Hughes: “Successful teams played a passing game through the middle in their own half and approached the other end of the pitch predominantly in the central areas of the field, while the unsuccessful teams played significantly more to the wings.” The numbers from the 2013-14 season in Europe’s “Big Four” leagues6England’s Premiere League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. bear this out as well. The percentage of a team’s attacks made up the middle did have a moderately positive7A correlation of 0.32. relationship to its scoring rate relative to the league average, while the relationship between wing attacks and scoring was of the same magnitude and in the negative direction.This, coupled with the fact that corner kicks are surprisingly ineffective at generating goals, is probably related to the negative correlation between a team’s propensity for winning aerial duels8That is, battles for possession strictly on balls played in the air. and its overall goal-scoring rate. By the numbers, it’s a losing bet to count on goals in the air via set pieces — or even off crosses in open play — as a steady way to generate offense, just as it is to rely on the long ball to consistently produce chances. Instead, the statistics seem to support an approach more in line with the artful tiki-taka style exemplified most notably by FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. In soccer, data and aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, just as they aren’t in any other sport.That’s the one bit of analytics wisdom that could stand to become more conventional. For now, though, we have a reasonably good idea of which metrics correlate with a team’s success more than others. Keep those in mind as you gorge on soccer over the next month. read more

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Huge bonfires light up Belfast to mark start of Twelfth of July

first_imgVery busy night, 133 incidents attended including 40 bonfire incidents. Read our statement – https://t.co/i0vseNZd5U— NIFRS (@NIFRSOFFICIAL) July 12, 2017 twelfth of July Twelfth of July That community interface has been the scene of violence in recent years. A total of 18 venues will be hosting parades across the region. Sinn Fein reacted angrily to a coffin bearing an image of the late Martin McGuinness being attached to one in east Belfast, while Irish flags and posters of Sinn Fein and other non-unionist politicians were a common sight on many fires. Huge bonfires across Belfast have ushered in the start of the annual ‘Twelfth of July’ celebrations in Northern Ireland.The enormous bonfires created a spectacular sight across the city ahead of thousands of Orange Order members taking part in parades across the country today. People watch a bonfire in the Sandy Row area igniteCredit:Reuters  Twelfth of July celebrations Bonfires built side by side are lit Credit:Reuters  Twelfth of July celebrations The lighting of the bonfires at midnight on the eleventh night mark the start of the annual Twelfth of July celebrationsCredit:Getty  Orangemen and nationalist residents at the most contentious parade – at Woodvale/Ardoyne in north Belfast – have struck a deal that aims to reduce tensions in the area. A loyalist is silhouetted as he gathers in front of the bonfireCredit:Getty  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) described the night as “exceptionally busy”, with crews dealing with 95 operational incidents between 10pm and 1am. Homes were boarded up at a number of bonfire sites amid concerns around safety and risk to property. Firefighters doused at-risk buildings with water in an effort to keep them cool as the fires raged nearby.There is cautious optimism this year’s Twelfth, the main date in the Protestant loyal order calender, will pass off without major incident. A child throws bits of wood onto a bonfire Credit:Reuters  During the most intense period, the NIFRS’s regional control centre handled an emergency 999 call every minute. The bonfires often prove contentious and this year was no different. Twelfth of July celebrations  The events mark King William of Orange’s victory over James II at the Battle of Boyne in Ireland in 1690.Firefighters in the region dealt with 40 bonfire related incidents – up 21% on last year – on a night when they received 213 emergency calls in total and mobilised to 133 incidents overall – a 49% hike on 2016. Twelfth of July A man holds a Union flag in front of a bonfire Credit:Reuters last_img read more

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Lasse Boesen goes home to KIF Kolding

One of the best player of the SG Flensburg in the last three season, Lasse Boesen (32) goes back to his native country and his former team – KIF Kolding. The only team abroad, where left back of the Danish national team spent more time is Portland San Antonio (2002-2006). Boesen also played for TBV Lemgo in the season 2007-2008.With KIF Kolding, where he played until 2002 and 2006-2007 season, Boesen signed three-years contract.Photo: sg-flensburg Website KIF Kolding handballLasse Boesen ← Previous Story Sinka decided to say “Goodbye” – Hungarians looking for a new President Next Story → Sanela Knezovic to Oltchim Valcea

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Giant €21 billion dome edged over Chernobyl power plant as existing one

first_img 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share177 Tweet Email1 Giant €2.1 billion dome edged over Chernobyl power plant as existing one crumbles The Soviets built the original one in haste when disaster struck three decades ago. Short URL Nov 30th 2016, 7:59 AM https://jrnl.ie/3110486 Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 7:59 AMcenter_img Image: Efrem Lukatsky But my friends, I congratulate you – yes, we did it!‘Super-human efforts’Radioactive fallout from the site of the world’s worst civil nuclear accident spread across three-quarters of Europe and prompted a global rethink about the safety of atomic fuel.Work on the previous dome began after a 10-day fire caused by the explosion was contained but radiation still spewed out of the stricken reactor.30 years on: The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster >“It was done through the super-human efforts of thousands of ordinary people,” the Chernobyl museum’s deputy chief Anna Korolevska told AFP.What kind of protective gear could they have possibly had? They worked in regular construction clothes.About 30 of the cleanup workers known as liquidators were killed on site or died from overwhelming radiation poisoning in the following weeks.The Soviets sought to try to cover up the accident that was caused by errors during an experimental safety check and its eventual toll is still hotly disputed.The United Nations estimated in 2005 that around 4,000 people had either been killed or were left dying from cancer and other related diseases.But the Greenpeace environmental protection group believes the figure may be closer to 100,000.Authorities maintain a 30-kilometre-wide exclusion zone around the plant in which only a few dozen elderly people live.30-year lifespanOne of the main problems of the Soviet-era response was the fact that it only had a 30-year lifespan.Yet its deterioration began much sooner than that.“Radioactive dust inside the structure is being blown out through the cracks,” Sergiy Paskevych of Ukraine’s Institute of Nuclear Power Plant Safety Problems told AFP.Paskevych added that the existing structure could crumble under extreme weather conditions.The new arch should be able to withstand tremors of 6.0 magnitude – a strength rarely seen in eastern Europe – and tornados that strike the region only once every million years. Source: Efrem LukatskyLong time comingKiev has complained that European assistance was slow to materialise.The EBRD found 40 state sponsors to fund a competition in 2007 to choose who should build the massive moveable dome.A French consortium of two companies known as Novarka finished the designs in 2010 and began construction two years later.The shelter was edged towards the fourth reactor in just under three weeks of delicate work this month that was interrupted by bad weather and other potential dangers.It will later be fitted with radiation control equipment as well as air vents and fire fighting measures. Source: Efrem LukatskyThe equipment inside the arch is expected to be operative by the end of 2017.“Only then will we begin to disassemble the old, unstable structure,” State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine’s head Sergiy Bozhko told AFP.But he said no timeframe had yet been set for the particularly hazardous work of removing all the remaining nuclear fuel from inside the plant or dismantling the old dome.Novarka believes that its arch will keep Europe safe from nuclear fallout for the next 100 years.- © AFP 2016Read: Igor was abandoned in an orphanage as a baby – now he spends his summers in Ireland with a loving family> 28,520 Views By AFP Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUKRAINE UNVEILED THE world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations.The gigantic arch soars 108 metres (355 feet) into the sky – making it taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty – while its weight of 36,000 tons is three times heavier than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.The €2.1 billion structure sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been edged into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck three decades ago.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was visibly proud at his impoverished and war-torn country’s ability to deal with one of the worst vestiges of its Soviet past. Source: Efrem Lukatsky“Many people had doubts and refused to believe that this was possible,” Poroshenko told the festive ceremony held in front of the gleaming new dome. Image: Efrem Lukatskylast_img read more

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Aspirine une nouvelle forme de molécule pour les patients résistants

first_imgAspirine : une nouvelle forme de molécule pour les patients résistantsPour combattre la résistance à l’aspirine que présentent certaines personnes, des chercheurs viennent de développer un “transporteur” de la molécule qui la dépose directement dans le sang.L’aspirine est l’un des médicaments les plus consommés dans le monde. Ce sont près de 120 milliards de comprimés de 300mg qui sont utilisés chaque année. Il existe pourtant des millions de personnes dans le monde sur qui elle ne fait pas ou peu effet. Mais des chercheurs chinois viennent de développer une nouvelle forme de la molécule qui pourrait résoudre ce problème, comme ils l’expliquent dans la revue ACS Nano. De son nom scientifique “acide acétylsalicylique”, l’aspirine est prescrit dans de nombreux traitements et constitue la substance active de beaucoup de médicaments. L’une de ses propriétés est d’inhiber l’agrégation des plaquettes sanguines, permettant ainsi au sang de mieux coaguler.Souvent utilisée pour réduire la douleur, elle permet également de limiter les risques de maladies cardiovasculaires en empêchant la formation de caillots dans les vaisseaux sanguins, prévenant de cette façon les thromboses.Un système de livraisonÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Chez les personnes résistantes à la molécule, il est donc nécessaire de passer par d’autres traitements, plus onéreux et avec potentiellement plus d’effets secondaires.Pour remédier à ce problème, des chercheurs de l’université de médecine de Pékin ainsi que de Taïwan ont réussi à attacher la molécule à un fragment de protéine.Cette technique agit alors comme un “système de livraison” qui amène l’aspirine directement dans les parties obstruées des vaisseaux sanguins. Testée sur des rats, ce procédé semble parfaitement fonctionné et permet de conserver l’intégrité de la molécule jusqu’à son point de livraison, où elle peut s’activer pour dissoudre les caillots, expliquent les chercheurs.Des tests chez l’hommeAvec de tels résultats, les scientifiques ont d’ores et déjà prévu des phases de test chez l’homme qui devraient être bientôt entamées. La résistance à l’aspirine étant encore un phénomène mal compris, cette étude pourrait permettre aux malades de contourner efficacement ce problème.Le 5 septembre 2013 à 19:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vancouver creator could tap into booming board game industry

first_imgAfter saying for years he wanted to invent a board game, Marc Neidlinger finally decided it was time to roll the dice.“I said to myself, if I don’t do it now, I never will,” the Vancouver resident said. “If I don’t do it today, when? If you can’t answer that, it means it’s never going to happen. I’ll go to my grave never making a board game.”That was two years ago. His game, Epoch: The Awakening, appeared on the online crowdfunding website Kickstarter this week and reached its goal of $30,000 in contributions within 24 hours. Neidlinger said the day was “pretty overwhelming.”“I hope it inspires other people to do the same thing — if they want to start their own business or write that book or something,” he said. “Maybe they decide to start that book. That’s the heart of what I’m trying to do.”Besides inspiring the masses, Neidlinger is well on his way to raising about $60,000 in contributions before hitting the market, he said. The game will retail for close to $70.Epoch: The Awakening pits players in the role of a scoundrel looking to atone for his past. Players crusade across a hexagonal game board, winning companions, items and boosts to their heroes’ constitutions.last_img read more

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Nawettan roundup

first_imgBy Sulayman BahNawettan around the country’s recognized zones is at fever pitch.At Serrekunda West, Old Jeshwang battered Jantabi two unanswered goals in an early kick-off while Ta-Babi got one better of Old-Hands. Still at West, DK United are left weeping after the zone’s nawettan committee opted to hand Kanifing United the three points.The verdict came on the heels of an appeal lodged by their opponents claiming DK United used an ineligible player who is serving suspension from last year for using profanity on a referee.Findings by the committee confirmed Kanifing Layout’s claims who decided to strip DK of the points –despite their 1-0 win -, giving it to Kanifing instead.last_img

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RESIDENT VOWS TO TAKE ACTION says Police harrassing her

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Feb 2016 – Magnetic Media was today called to the scene of an apparent Police stop and search where three young men were subdued by officers.The mother of the 17 year old, was enraged and told MM the police suspected that a wanted man was in the vehicle, herjeep and stopped them. The three were taken from the jeep and made to lay on the ground at Grant’s Gas Station on Millennium Hwy.When we arrived the trio was cuffed and face down on the ground; as many as five Police vehicles, nearly a dozen umiformed and plain clothed Police and the Commissioner were at the scene.It seemed chaotic.The vehicle was reportedly searched and no wanted man or nothing illegal was found and the three were let go at the site.You could hear the woman arguing with Police, they were unable to answer her questions about the stop and search. There was no resistance from the three males.The mother and owner of the jeep said officers searched in areas of her vehicle which were beyond the scope of hunting down a person.“Why were they all up in my wallet? Why did they take all my stuff out and have it all over the ground? I am tired of being harassed. These boys only came to the gas station to get motor oil.”The woman admits she is related to a suspect; but she said she has never been told what specifically is the crime Police want him for.Police did not reply to our questions about what was happening and advised MM to stop filming.All of this was unravelling in full view of the passing public at the junction to Millennium Heights, Phase II where the men live.The men under suspision were released and the crowd of Police dispersed soon after we arrived. Related Items:harassment, police, resident Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested)last_img read more

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