HapagLloyd Cruises Takes Delivery of 2nd Hanseatic Unit

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited delivered Hanseatic inspiration, the second ship in a new series of luxury expedition cruise vessels for Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.With its close to 16,000 gross tons and 139 meters long, the newly built unit follows sister ship Hanseatic nature, delivered in April by Vard Langsten in Norway. The third vessel in the batch, Hanseatic spirit, is scheduled for completion in 2021.Each ship is tailored to allow passengers to access remote regions, ranging from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Amazon.Hanseatic inspiration features seven passenger decks, with 120 cabins accommodating a maximum of 230 passengers.“The vessel, like the others of the series, mixes quality with environmental care alongside energy efficient hull design and technology,” the shipbuilder said.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Receive Upper Tantallon Land Donation

first_imgNova Scotians will have access to more land for outdoor recreation, trails, hunting and fishing thanks to a Nova Scotia company. W.M. Fares Group is donating about 22 acres of land in Upper Tantallon to the province. The land is behind the Lawton’s plaza in St. Margaret’s Square. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker announced the donation today, Aug. 7. It adds to a large area of Crown land in the St. Margarets Bay area. “This generous donation from W.M. Fares Group means even more land in the St. Margarets Bay area will be kept in its natural state,” said Mr. Parker. “The province will ensure this land will benefit all Nova Scotians, supporting outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing.” The land has a river running through it, and is an important habitat for brook trout and other wildlife, including some species at risk. “We’ve been happy to work with the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association to help them protect this piece of land for the community,” said Wadih Fares, president and CEO of W.M. Fares Group. “Donating this land to the province will allow the community, and all Nova Scotians, to have trail access from Tantallon Village into the existing wilderness area.” The land borders the Five Bridge Lake Wilderness area, which is designated under the province’s Wilderness Areas Protection Act. It will provide a vital watershed link between the East River, to the south and east from Ash Lake and the Duck Pond. Wilderness areas protect nature and help ensure future generations have the opportunity to experience, learn from, and enjoy our province’s outdoors. The land is valued at $27,000 and is about half the size of Shubie Park in Dartmouth. “It’s exciting to see the donation of this land to the province,” said Ella McQuinn, board member and past chair of the association. “Now more residents and visitors will be able to experience this fantastic wilderness area with improved access from our community. “Working together with the community, business and government can achieve great things.”last_img read more

Terror financing cases Hafiz Saeed challenges arrest in Pakistan court

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, a UN designated Pakistani terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, challenged his arrest in the terror financing cases in the Lahore High Court here on Tuesday. In a fresh petition, Saeed and 67 other leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat (FIF), challeneged the FIRs of terror financing against them in the LHC through their counsels, Advocate A K Dogar, Ahmad Abudullah Dogar and Ghulam Yasin Bhatti. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe petitioners have made the interior ministry, the Punjab home department and the Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab police respondents in the case. The court will fix hearing of this case later. Saeed was arrested on July 17 in a terror financing case and the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujrat (some 200-km from Lahore) will take it up on September 2. He is kept at the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in high security. The petitioners said JuD chief Saeed and others (67) are not members of Lashkar-e-Taiba either they have any nexus with it. They also cited some previous courts observations in this regard. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSaeed and others prayed to the LHC to declare the property detailed in this petition was “dedicated for the purpose of mosques and is being used as such therefore FIRs are without lawful authority and of no legal effect.” “It is prayed that this learned court be pleased to declare that none of the petitioners and pro-forma respondents are linked with LeT and therefore the FIRs are without lawful authority and of no legal effect (be quashed), they prayed. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police had registered 23 FIRs against the petitioners on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc. The CTD said investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations — JuD and LeT — in connection with implementation of UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities and Persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of 1st January 2019 chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti-Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.last_img read more

Uma Sharma presents Nritya Abhinaya on Meera Bhajan

first_imgPadma Bhushan Dr Uma Sharma presented a programme of Nritya-Abhinaya (Kathak) to celebrate Janamashtmi with her disciples of Bhartiya Sangeet Sadan (Uma Sharma School of Dance and Music). More than 400 people gathered to enjoy the evening at the India International Centre, on August 24, 2019.The programme featured her ‘Abhinaya’ on Radhe – Govind, which was a unique dance presentation consisting of traditional Raas of Brindavan with classical Kathak. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe items performed to celebrate Krishna Janmasthami were based on the Leelas of Krishna such as the ‘Kalia Mardan Leela by the disciples of Dr Uma Sharma’. (It is the story of Krishna going into a pond to retrieve his ball, finding the serpant Kalia there, and deciding to punish him for wanting to kill his village people.) To satisfy and pacify the gopies Krishna started the Maharaas dance which is a spiritual experience. With his supreme powers he multiplied his form so that each gopi felt that Krishna was at her side and dancing with her alone. Another performance by Dr Uma Sharma’s senior disciple Radhika Shah, where Krishna dances with the milkmaid on ‘Brindaban Kunjan Racho Raas Aali – Aali Ban Mali, Nirtat Sab Sakhi De Taali’, was breathtaking. Uma Sharma presented the Abhinaya based on Meera Bhajan ‘Vaari – Vaari Shyam Hoon Vaari’ and a bhajan based on the poem written by Surdas which also shows Makhan Chori Leela.last_img read more

UN hears call for Afghanization of military development processes

24 September 2008Afghan ownership of its military, police and development operations are essential to allow the country to counter terrorism and further its reconstruction efforts, the South Asian nation’s President told the General Assembly’s high-level segment today. Afghan ownership of its military, police and development operations are essential to allow the country to counter terrorism and further its reconstruction efforts, the South Asian nation’s President told the General Assembly’s high-level segment today.Since addressing the body last year, “my country Afghanistan has grappled with a number of important challenges, none more troubling than the problem of international terrorism,” Hamid Karzai said. “Terrorist forces have significantly increased their attacks and brutality and enjoyed freedom in their sanctuaries.”He pointed to terrorists’ “growing reach” as evidenced by recent attacks, including last weekend’s attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul and attacks in the Indian cities of Bangalore and Ahmedabad.The “Afghan-ization of the military operations is vital if the problem of civilian casualties is to be addressed effectively,” since they “seriously undermine the legitimacy of fighting terrorism and the credibility of the Afghan people’s partnership with the international community,” the President said.The battle against terrorism will only succeed if the local population is able to tackle it, Mr. Karzai noted, stressing the importance of fostering the country’s economic growth and development.“Much like the security sector, Afghan-ization of the development process is not just to the goal of ensuring ownership but also the effective implementation of our development strategy,” he said, calling on the global donors for its assistance to boost aid effectiveness and the United Nations for its help in coordinating the international’s community in Afghanistan’s development and state-building efforts.The Afghan President said that the country’s reconstruction is under way. “Today our people are more educated, healthier, better off, and more optimistic about their future,” with double digit growth in its economy boosting the standard of living for its people, he said.Earlier this week, the Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers.The nearly 50,000-strong force was created after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation. read more

House owned by Mannar judge attacked

Meanwhile the police and Special Task Force (STF) are providing security to the house where the Mannar Magistrate is currently residing.The Magistrate is residing close to the Mannar District secretariat office. Security has been provided to his house following an incident recently when Muslims had protested against an order he had given in support of some Tamil fishermen. It was later reported that Minister Rishad Bathiudeen had threatened the Magistrate and asked him to change his ruling.The Minister has however denied the claims. Stones were thrown at the house by the gang resulting in minor damages to the property while a vehicle parked in the premises was also damaged. A house owned by the Mannar Magistrate Anthony Pillai Judeson came under attack late last night by an unidentified gang.The house located at Sebastiar Street in Mannar has been given out on rent by the Magistrate, our correspondent in the area said. A police investigation into the incident is underway. read more

Ohio State volleyball players Steven Kehoe John Klanac setting up to go

A star player in college football, basketball or baseball usually has a good shot at being drafted or given a tryout on a team in the U.S. If all else fails and that player still wants to play badly enough, he or she can always go overseas. But if that person is a volleyball player, as Ohio State fifth-year seniors Steven Kehoe and John Klanac know, going overseas is the only option. It is not necessarily a question of talent. Kehoe, a setter, was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Buckeyes to a national championship with 51 assists in the semifinal against Penn State and 65 assists in the championship against California-Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, Klanac, an outside hitter, led the team with 16 kills in the semifinal and finished second in team kills for the season, with 372. The problem is, there are no professional indoor volleyball leagues in the U.S. Klanac said there have been attempts to create leagues but they have always fallen through because of a lack of money. The Association of Volleyball Professionals is a major beach volleyball league that holds most of its events in the U.S. It is in unsure standing, however. After filing for bankruptcy and holding no events for nine months, it restarted last month. Kehoe said making a move to beach volleyball would be unlikely for him considering its current state and that he prefers the indoor game. Klanac said it is a possibility for him, but that beach volleyball is a different game. “A lot of people think it’s just volleyball, but it’s really a whole different game and the strategies are completely different than you would have in indoor volleyball,” Klanac said. “Right now I’m just going to concentrate on indoor volleyball, six on six.” There are many professional indoor leagues in Europe and other countries. OSU coach Pete Hanson said there are strong leagues in Russia, Italy and Brazil. Klanac said he has heard France and Italy support good levels of volleyball. Because of this, top American college volleyball players on both the men’s and women’s sides are faced with a difficult decision: continue playing the sport they love far away from family and friends, or give up playing to stay home. But the decision is only half the battle. “I could be one year and done, or I could not even get signed. There is the potential for that to happen, even though I don’t think it will,” Kehoe said. “It’s really going to be kind of a play-it-by-ear, and that’s the beauty of it, that it is exciting.” Getting signed could be the longest and hardest part for both players, and there are different ways to go through the process. Klanac said he is putting film and highlights together to send to teams and he will also be looking to hire an agent. “They’ll kind of shop me around just like an agent would for a guy in the NBA or NFL and try to find me the best place for the right amount of money,” Klanac said. Kehoe said he is putting together a résumé and gathering video highlights, but he would rather not sign with an agent until the agent has gotten him a job. That is part of the advice he received from his sister, Bryn Kehoe, who just finished her second season playing professionally in Switzerland. She played last season in Switzerland’s A-League on a team called Neuchatel. Bryn played at Stanford from 2004–07 and won a national championship her freshman year. She said one of the hardest things about getting a contract overseas is having contacts and that if a player has the contacts he might not need an agent. “I’ve been talking with Steven about that and to be careful about what kind of agent he signs with,” Bryn said. “I don’t want him to sign a binding agreement if somebody can’t provide him with a good contract.” There is no typical contract for professional volleyball players. “It’s such a wide range. There’s some leagues that just don’t have a lot of money. You can get maybe a few thousand dollars to I’ve heard some of the U.S. Olympic guys making a couple million dollars in Russia,” Klanac said. “So it just really depends on where you go and how financially structured the league is and the team.” One of the standards for European leagues is that most seasons last eight months, something both Klanac and Steven said they will take advantage of by coming back to the U.S. during the offseason. Steven said he would like to come back to the U.S. whenever he gets a break. “In marketing for a contract, one of the things is that I want to be able to come home for Christmas,” Steven said. “It’s little things like that to make a contract good, not just necessarily the money.” Based on how many contracts work for professional volleyball in Europe, Steven might be able to find one that suits his desires. Bryn said that, as a professional player, there are no bills to pay. “Everything is taken care of,” Bryn said. “You’re usually provided with an apartment. Some players are provided with a car, transportation to and from the country. Sometimes you have meals at restaurants that are provided, so whatever is in your contract that you make is really just yours.” But that does not mean the adjustment to the professional game, especially in a new country, comes easily. “The mindset of a professional is very different. Part of it is being a professional but part of it is also the European mentality is much different than a collegiate or university team mentality,” Bryn said. “Especially with my first season, it was difficult because I didn’t understand that, as one of the professionals on my team, if the team didn’t succeed it was automatically my fault.” Hanson said one of the main challenges for American players is adjusting and getting through that first year. “Typically those places don’t know a lot about you as a player, and so you have to kind of go make a name for yourself and prove yourself,” Hanson said. “But once you kind of have opened that door a little bit, the word seems to get out that these kids coming from America are pretty good volleyball players.” After a player gets through that first year, there is no telling how long he will play. Bryn said she might play a couple of seasons more, or only one more, as she has other goals she is excited to accomplish outside volleyball, including obtaining a master’s degree, most likely in sports science. She said her plan is to see if there is a university coaching job open for volleyball so she can get her education paid for at the same time. She said OSU was “absolutely” an option. Klanac was on the other end of the spectrum. He said he sees himself playing as long as his body allows. He graduated with a degree in history and said going for a master’s in education is a possibility after he is done playing to teach history and possibly coach. Steven was a little less certain. “It’s really tough to say, because I don’t know how much I’m going to enjoy it and it’s going to be a completely new experience,” he said. “So I’m definitely taking it year by year.” Steven graduated with a degree in business and said he turned down job offers for the opportunity to play professional volleyball. “When I do come back I’ve made sure that, although I turned down these job offers, I’ve kept in good standing with the companies,” Steven said. “The opportunity to work in a big company in the U.S. is something that will be there for a while.” Regardless of how long they want to play, both are confident in the other’s abilities to play well at the professional level. “I think it’s something that John has had his mind set on and he’s going all in with it too,” Steven said. “This is his dream just as much as mine, and I know that he wants it and I know he’s going to get it done.” Klanac said it would be “pretty cool” if he, Steven and Bryn got to play in the same country. Bryn said it has been her and Steven’s dream, and Steven said it would be incredible. “The one thing I’ve definitely heard consistently from people who have played overseas is you want to have another American with you, or at least another foreigner,” Steven said. “So having people around like that to just share the experience with makes it a lot more worthwhile.” No matter what happens for the two, or where they end up, both said their love of the game and an opportunity to play it for a living far outweighed the negatives. “You hear all throughout high school and college you want to find a job that you love because you don’t want to dread going in to work,” Steven said. “Well, I can tell you every day I wake up and think, ‘Hey, I’m going to go play volleyball today.’ That’s a good day.” read more

Football Ohio State lands fourstar offensive lineman Max Wray

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer landed his first recruit of the day as four-star offensive lineman Max Wray announced his commitment to the Buckeyes before Saturday’s spring game.Wray, 6-foot-6, 289 pounds, is from Franklin, Tennessee, and is the sixth commit in the 2018 recruiting class. Wray is the 57th nationally ranked prospect and No. 4 at his position.Wray is the lone commit on the offensive line for the 2018 class that is smaller in size at this point than the 2017 class, but the Buckeye class ranks seventh in the country.Five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carmen from Fairfield, Ohio, remains the top priority for the OSU staff.I am so excited to announce I have committed to The Ohio State University!! OH-IO #gobucks pic.twitter.com/ZKjRYYGfm3— Max Wray (@maxwray10) April 15, 2017 read more

Nastiest sea creature to ever inhabit Earth named after Lemmy from Motorhead

first_imgLemmysuchus was a sea-going member of an extinct group called teleosaurs, common during the Jurassic Period but only distantly related to today’s crocodiles.Sea crocodiles spent large amounts of time in the water, they probably clambered back onto land to lay eggs, researchers believe.The specimen was recently studied by Michela Johnson, a current palaeontology PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, who realised it had been wrongly classified.“Following careful anatomical comparison, and by referring to the main specimen held at the Natural History Museum, we could see that most of the previous finds were actually from relatives of Lemmysuchus rather than the species itself, and we were able to assign a new name,” added Miss Johnson.Born Ian Kilmister in 1945 in Stoke-in-Trent, it was said Lemmy gained his nickname after constantly pestered people to “lemme a fiver”. Its skull measured just over a metre and large, blunt teeth perfect for crushing bones and shells.A fossil skeleton of one of the creatures was dug up in a clay pit near Peterborough in 1909 and then housed at London’s Natural History Museum (NHM), where it has remained largely unstudied ever since.But a recent reexamination led experts to believe that the creature stood apart from the other sea crocodiles of its time, and so deserved a new name.NHM Curator Lorna Steele said: “I’ve always been into heavy rock, and Motorhead are one of my favourite bands and since Lemmy died I have been keen to name something after him.“I had found a small crocodile in Morocco and thought that would have to do, but then this one emerged and I thought ‘Oh My God!’ this is the nastiest, meanest, biggest sea-crocodile there was. So it was perfect.“Sea crocs are extinct now, but they were once a massive group of their time and were dominant in the Middle Jurassic. You wouldn’t have wanted to come across one. They were far bigger than today’s crocodiles. These things were massive, with armoured plates on their back and belly.“Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we’d like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth.” Lemmysuchus had a huge jaw and teeth which could crush the skulls of sea turtles Credit:Mark Witton and Trustees of the NHM, London ‘Lemmysuchus’ – which translates as Lemmy’s Crocodile – was a giant 19ft (5.8m) predator, which was covered in thick armour and was one of the most deadly marine creatures of its day, crunching down sea turtles with a snap of its giant jaws.Lemmy, who died aged 70, in December 2015, was the founder, singer and bassist of Motorhead for 40 years, a band which took pride in its reputation for playing and living louder, faster and harder than any other group.Likewise, his nightmare-inducing namesake, was bigger, faster and scarier than most sea creatures,  terrorising the shallow coastal waters around the UK more than 165 million years ago. Lemmy died in December 2015  The huge skull of Lemmysuchus Lemmysuchus had a huge jaw and teeth which could crush the skulls of sea turtles  The huge skull of Lemmysuchuscenter_img Lemmy died in December 2015 Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ He began his music career as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, before in 1971 joining Hawkwind, the psychedelic band which specialised in trying to induce fits in their audience through the use of ultra-low frequency soundwaves.After being kicked out of the band when he was arrested for possession of amphetamine in 1975, Lemmy formed Motorhead with ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke and Phil ‘Philtyh Animal’ Taylor.Originally christened “B*stard” the band changed its name to Motörhead after being warned they would never be allowed to play on Top Of The Pops.They came to be cited in the Guinness Book of Records as the loudest band ever, and fostered a reputation for ear-splitting noise and amped-up excess.In an interview with The Telegraph in 2002, Lemmy, whose song titles included Die You B*stard, Killed by Death, and Born To Raise Hell, confessed that one of his favourite bands was Abba and that he was “addicted” to PG Wodehouse.He was also an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia claiming ‘the bad guys always have the best uniforms.’The new description of Lemmysuchus was published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Motorhead formed in 1975 Motorhead formed in 1975Credit:REX/Shutterstock He was the hell-raising, grizzled, frontman of Motorhead who took pride in his excessive harcore lifestyle and once invited fans to ‘Love Me Like a Reptile.’So when paleontologists at the National History Museum were choosing a name for their new ferocious Jurassic sea-crocodile, Lemmy seemed the obvious choice. 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.last_img read more

Fast forward 350 years and the Europeans are back in Brazil hunting

first_imgvine.co/v/MtKineUBEumI’ll see Germany for a second time on Thursday when they take on the United States here in Recife, but I can’t see Die National Mannschaft charming me like Mexico have done.In Toni Kroos and Mesut Özil they have midfielders as creative as Hector Herrera but they don’t careen around the pitch with the same bustling energy. Manuel Neuer is arguably the best goalkeeper at the World Cup but his eyes don’t smile like those of Guillermo Ochoa, the Mexico goalkeeper who won over the world with his Brazil-denying escapades in Fortaleza.Thomas Müller scores more goals but do Germany supporters adore him like the terrifically bonkers Mexico fans adore substitute striker Hernandez? The Manchester United man left the stadium with a deflated football in his hands last night. A memento from his glorious 30 minutes on the pitch.No one is pretending the goalscoring Marquez is as stylish a defender as the goalscoring Mats Hummels but he is effective. Mario Mandzukic will have the bruises to prove that this morning.Joachim Löw’s sideline antics are limited to unpleasant handshakes but Miguel Herrera is a big ball of energy in his technical area — cajoling his players, screaming at the officials and rugby tackling his goalscorers to the ground for a bear hug should they come near him.As well as the Mexicans are treating this embedded journalist, I have not been brainwashed into thinking they are a better team than Germany, or the Netherlands. The Dutch must be favourites to win on Sunday in Fortaleza but expect the Central Americans to provide them with their sternest test yet.Oribe Peralta and Giovani Dos Santos may not be as free-scoring as Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben but Mexico’s five-man defence has conceded only one goal thus far, compared to the Netherlands’ three.The middle of the field looks like a level playing field with Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong and Jonathan de Guzman coming up against Herrera and Guardado, although Mexico will miss the suspended Jose Vazquez.The Netherlands will be favourites to progress but unlike the old port of Recife, don’t expect it to be one-way traffic.‘Gary Neville will become a top-class manager’ – HodgsonUSA v Portugal is ‘most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever’ Really like Arena Pernambuco. Nice enclosed ground full of rowdy Mexicans. What’s not to like? #CROMEX https://t.co/sxEafAwYVX— Mikey Stafford (@me_stafford) June 23, 2014 Arjen Robben has been in sensational form for the Netherlands. Source: Adam DavyAs a reward for topping Group B they can now avoid Brazil until a potential final in less than three weeks’ and three knockout games’ time. But last night in Recife, the city they built out of the Atlantic Ocean, did we see the greatest threat to a new Oranje Empire?Mexico ended the hopes of another European invader with a devastating second half display against Croatia. Three goals in 10 minutes from captain Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez secured the passage of “El Tri” and until Ivan Perisic scored a late equaliser and Fernandinho grabbed Brazil’s fourth against Cameroon, the hosts were in danger of being knocked off their perch as Group A winners.Mexico are the first team I have seen twice at this World Cup and there is always the danger you will attach yourself to the team you see most often. Especially if they are winning. Like a football Stockholm Syndrome, fuelled by familiarity and bland post-match quotes. Mikey Stafford reports for TheScore.ie from RecifeTHE CITY OF Recife was built on land reclaimed from the sea by Dutch settlers in the 17th century and became the capital of the short-lived but mind-bogglingly profitable colony of Nieuw Holland.The state of Pernambuco, rich with coffee and Brazilwood, was always coveted by European settlers and, as the port on the most easterly point of this giant country, Recife expanded to meet the needs of the Dutch.A one-way system of trade, it was fair to say the harbour saw plenty of roll on and very little roll off as the Europeans exploited Brazil’s natural resources for all they worth.After approximately 30 years, the Portuguese got fed up of another European superpower running around their sweetshop and, with the help of the Brazilians — who did not like how the Dutch West India Company repressed Catholics — they drove the Netherlands out of Brazil.Fast forward 350 years and the Europeans are back in Brazil hunting for fame and fortune. Some have clearly lost their knack for empire building. The sun used never set on the British Empire but Roy Hodgson’s England stumbled around in the dark for a week and will be allowed set sail back to Blighty once the kids get a run-out against Costa Rica this afternoon.Portugal returned to the land that was the jewel in the crown of their empire, where the language spoken is a reminder of the influence they once wielded in this huge country. With their prince Cristiano Ronaldo apparently in a weakened state their position looks weak heading into their final match with Ghana on Thursday.Russia and Spain have had a torrid time too, leaving the European charge to Germany, France, Italy and, of course, the Netherlands. Where once they were reclaiming land now they are looking to reclaim a spot in the final and perhaps go one step further than four years ago.Louis Van Gaal’s men have sailed through to the second round, scoring 10 goals as they won all three matches in a group that many predicted would be the death of them.The incoming Manchester United manager has — barring a wobble against Australia — shored up his defence with three centre-halfs, his midfield three are combative and adventurous and his front two have scored six goals between them. Source: Mikey Stafford/Twitterlast_img read more

Concept paper shredder turns your documents into fire briquettes

first_imgPaper shredders are fun. So fun, in fact, that you may have experienced a paper-shredder-induced fugue state where you lost all sense of being and accidentally shredded everything in the immediate vicinity. It was a waste of important documents, sure, but with this new concept for a paper shredder, your wanton destruction can be somewhat redeemed by turning the paper scraps into briquettes for a fireplace.Over on Quirky.com, this concept paper shredder aims to make your garbage something more than a pile that takes up space in your recycle bin. Submitted by Pavol Huserka, the shredder combines with a compactor that smushes the scraps into a solid briquette that you can toss into a fireplace or on top of a rad high school beach bonfire. Huserka also proposes that perhaps the compactor utilizes some kind of water or steam system in order to help reduce the energy cost of compacting the paper shreds.Though the concept seems quite simple, those are often the ideas that work the best.For those unfamiliar with Quirky, it’s a design company that crowdsources product ideas. Concepts are voted on, and the ones that receive the most votes get created by the company. Quirky, considering it’s doing a bulk of the work, takes a large percentage of any revenue, leaving the inventor(s) with 30% — not a bad deal considering all you had to do was think of the idea while bored on the bus. Think of it like Kickstarter, except the only thing you need to do is make the funny pitch video.As for the shredder, at the time of writing there is about a day left on voting. So, if you normally need to dispose of evidence, we can’t think of a better way to shred and then burn it all with this handy machine.last_img read more

Gardaí are still searching for gun after man dies in shooting

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardaí are still searching for gun after man dies in shooting Gardaí were called to the scene at about 8.30pm last night. Feb 20th 2017, 2:20 PM 15 Comments 39,484 Views Monday 20 Feb 2017, 2:20 PM Share39 Tweet Email North Circular Road, Dublin Source: Google MapsGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE death of a man with apparent gunshot wounds have yet to find the weapon, it has emerged this afternoon.Gardaí believe Gary O’Brien (50) from Finglas died after he was shot in the head at a flat on the North Circular Road at about 8.30pm last night.A woman is helping officers with their investigation.Post-mortem results are due this evening and will determine whether or not a murder investigation will now begin.The man was pronounced dead on the premises.The scene has since been preserved for examination.Gardaí say no arrests have been made.With reporting by Garreth MacNameeRead: Bus Éireann back at Workplace Relations Commission to try and break cost-cutting impasseRead: X-ray report left in Penneys, patient’s mental health data faxed to a bank – 113 HSE data breach calamities revealed http://jrnl.ie/3248628 By Cianan Brennanlast_img read more

Thon huit pays du Pacifique tentent de protéger leurs ressources

first_imgThon : huit pays du Pacifique tentent de protéger leurs ressourcesMajuro – Huit pays du Pacifique étaient réunis cette semaine aux îles Marshall afin de limiter les droits de pêche. Ces pays insulaires abritent plus du quart des ressources mondiales de thons.Regroupés au sein de l’accord de Nauru (PNA), La Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, Palau, les îles Salomon, les États Fédérés de Micronésie, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu et les îles Marshall, tentent de réguler la pêche au thon dans le Pacifique afin de protéger et pérenniser leurs ressources.”Il y a bien trop de jours dans l’année ouverts à la pêche et bien trop de bateaux dans la région”, a déploré Transform Aqorau, directeur des programmes de cet accord. Réduire le nombre de jours de pêche et de navires serait selon lui le meilleur moyen pour permettre aux pays membres de tirer un plus grand bénéfice des droits de pêche tout en préservant la ressource en thon.Les membres du PNA envisagent de mettre en place un système qui remplacerait les licences de pêche par une vente aux enchères de jours autorisés à la pêche, système qui existe déjà pour la pêche à la bonite, un poisson dont la population est abondante et qui est couramment utilisé par les conserveries.En l’étendant à la pêche aux thons les plus en danger, l’albacore et le thon obèse,  majoritairement destinés au marché japonais des sushis et du sashimi, les pays du PNA protégeront deux espèces menacées par la surpêche qui pourraient disparaître si aucune mesure n’est mise en place pour diminuer le nombre de captures. C’est le jeudi 22 avril qu’une décision devrait être prise.Le 24 avril 2010 à 14:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gerrard insists stadium atmosphere is important for Rangers

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard insists the fans have an important role to play if the team are to record a victory against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.The Gers host the Russian club at the Ibrox in their third game of this season’s UEFA Europa League campaign and a win or a draw will set a new club record of 11 unbeaten games in Europe during a single season.“I wouldn’t be standing here now as a Champions League winner without the atmosphere at Anfield – there’s no doubt about it,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.“And another thing is that I wouldn’t be standing here doing this press conference if it wasn’t for the Ibrox crowd because they have certainly helped to get us where we are and if we have any ambitions of getting us out this group we need these fans to keep pushing us.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“I was happy with every aspect of our last performance against Rapid. That’s the type of performance I am looking for. We managed to get in front and we scored late on. We did so much work in the first half, matching their aggression and grinding them down. We got our rewards late on. Of course, the atmosphere was excellent.”“All the talk afterwards was it was like the atmosphere of old. I don’t think Ibrox had been like that for a long time.”“I’d love nothing more than to see that atmosphere again tomorrow night, it’s a big lift for the players. It drives the team on. I felt it as a player myself, I know how much it pushes you on. We have to ignite it all though with our performance.”last_img read more

Kante says Chelsea can be optimistic about todays match

first_imgChelsea will play against Manchester City in the English Premier League, in one of those games that will define the season.Chelsea and Manchester City will meet tonight in English Premier League action.And for Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante, his team can be optimistic about playing against the Citizens.“It was an important game for us when we played them in December,” he recalled about the 2-0 win over City last year, as he spoke to the team’s official website.“This will be another game, it will be difficult, but of course the last game gave us confidence that it is possible to win and I hope we’ll get a good result there.”“It’s been a little bit difficult away from home in 2019, but we will try to get the result we want because we need to start to have many wins to keep the top four spot,” he added.“I think we are a little bit far from the title race, but we will try to give our best until the season has finished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The most important thing is to finish the season in the top four. If we do very well and we are able to fight for the title, why not, but the most important thing is to get into the top four,” he commented.“I think if we have a review of the first six or seven months of the season, we have had a little bit of inconsistency when we lost some games to put us in the position we are in now, but we need to work hard, keep going and go on a good run. We are still in four competitions and we can reach our goals.”“I think I played some good and not so good games, but the most important thing is to play as a team, to complement our team-mates, to be organized and work together,” he continued.“I think in training we prepare the game in the best way and we need to reproduce that in the games.”I have chosen to join @chelseafc in 2016 as it has always been my priority. I want to thank the Management of the Club, the President and my agent for making this agreement possible. I am grateful to my teammates and to our amazing fans as the adventure continues. Common’ Chelsea pic.twitter.com/5hieULDX1L— N’Golo Kanté (@nglkante) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Disturbance interrupts high school football game in NW MiamiDade

first_imgThe game was stopped, and both teams and their cheerleaders cleared the field.However, police said no shots were fired.The football game resumed after the delay.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Some sort of negative activity took place in the stands that forced both teams to the locker room and has sent some fans running for cover. Cannot confirm that any gunshots were fired, but the field has been cleared and police are on the scene. #TrazPowellStadium— J.T. Wilcox (@JTWilcoxSports) October 13, 2018 So this is happening at Traz right now pic.twitter.com/M8egQZ4i5L— J.T. Wilcox (@JTWilcoxSports) October 13, 2018center_img NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A football game between two South Florida high schools was interrupted following a disturbance in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami Northwestern Senior High was set to face Carol City Senior High, Firday night, when a commotion broke out in the stands at Miami Dade College’s Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium.According to witness reports on social media, attendees thought shots had been fired.last_img read more

Woman Killed in Anchorage Pedestrian Crash

first_imgAnchorage police say a woman died when she was struck by a vehicle as she walked on a rural municipal street.Download AudioPolice say 59-year-old Delores Greene was struck on O’Malley Road near its upper end in the city’s Hillside area.The accident occurred just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday near O’Malley Road’s intersection with Main Tree Drive.Police say Greene may have been crossing O’Malley when she was struck by a sedan driving west. The driver stopped and cooperated with police.last_img read more

Wildfire season getting an early start

first_imgThe season’s first wildfires are getting attention.  The Alaska Interagency Coordination reports a 25-acre blaze in the Palmer being worked by 13 firefighters, with smaller blazes in the MatSu, on the Kenai, and in the Fairbanks area, drawing responses or being monitored in recent days.Download AudioThe early season wild fires are attributed to human causes. Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry said burning of brush and trash are common in the spring, and often start wildfires.”We’ve seen a lot of problems with burned barrels as far as fires escaping,” Mowry said. “Just because you have a 55 gallon drum with a couple holes in it doesn’t make it a good burn barrel.”Outdoor burning requires a permit, and Mowry said that’s been expanded this spring to include use of burn barrels. Mowry said failing to follow burn rules can result in citations, and fines if you start a wildfire.“You can be held accountable for the suppression cost – twice the suppression cost – of that fire,” said Mowry.Aside from human caused starts, Mowry said the state is keeping an eye on two-coal seam fires that have sprung to life in the Healy area.”They’re sort of burning all the time,” Mowry said. “Then when you get in some warm dryer weather they can pop up, produce flames, produce smoke which is sort of what’s happening now.”Mowry said the coal seam fires are active earlier than normal, but will only be fought if they escape to surrounding lands.last_img read more

Woman murder case Cops arrest auto driver in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: In a murder case of a septuagenarian woman in Nizamabad, the police arrested an auto driver.The auto driver, Pallam Mallesh,is a merciless criminal and as many as 16 cases were registered against him at various police stations, police said.A 75-year-old woman, Putti Sayamma, resident of Nyalakal road in Nizamabad, was killed and all the cash and jewellery were missing. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us According to neighbours, Sayamma returned home after spending 15 days with her son at Hyderabad on July 2 and she came in an auto from the bus stand to her house. The next day she was found dead. Auto driver Mallesh, who brought her to house in his auto, went back to her house on Tuesday night, killed her and looted cash and gold ornaments, the police said. Stolen gold and cash was recovered from him. Police Commissioner Karthikeya said the accused will be punished as per law.last_img read more

Virat Kohli described as immature by Kagiso Rabada SA pacer says India

first_imgVirat Kohli and Kagiso Rabada in actionReutersVirat Kohli and Kagiso Rabada are, arguably, the two best players in world cricket today. Though the Indian captain is senior of the two, Rabada has made rapid strides since his debut in 2015 to become the premier fast-bowler in the international circuit.When the two come face-to-face in a match, sparks are bound to fly, more so as both also don’t mind getting in the face of their opponent. The two men found themselves engaged in a heated contest during the recent season of Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for their respective teams.KG speaks outIn an interview to ESPNCricinfo’s The Cricket Monthly online magazine, Rabada divulged details about that altercation, suggesting that while the star batsman is happy to go after others, he has a thin skin when others do the same thing to him.”I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry,” the 24-year old South African asserted. Rabada has himself been known to get into batsman’s faceGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesBut then the pacer turned the knife while analysing his rival and went to the extent of suggesting lack of maturity on his part. “I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse,” the leading member of South African pace attack added.Comparing his own aggression to that of Kohli, Rabada said that he gets agitated only when somebody provokes him while the Indian batsman seems to remain in that state constantly. “On the bus back to the hotel, I asked myself: ‘That guy (Virat) always seems to be angry on the field. Is he really angry?’ Then I thought to myself what it would take for me to become really, really angry. That is going to happen very few and far times in between,” the man with over 100 wickets in both ODIs and Tests explained.He further elaborated his point by adding: “And becoming angry like that – is that what gets him to play well? Do you know what I am saying? I can’t psyche myself to be angry. In fact, for me it just wakes me up, if anything. If somebody comes at me and says, ‘I’m going to hit you. I’m going to clobber you. You are soft’, it wakes me up because – it’s a fight-or-flight response.”It must be remebered that Rabada has himself been criticised for gratuitous aggression on the field. He was even handed out a ban for abusing the batsman during the home series against Australia last year but was acquited when a review plea was filed. However, the Protea paceman was also forthright in praising his competitor and said that the accolades showered on him are richly-deserved. “He has been phenomenal. He has been a pillar for Indian cricket over the past five years,” Kagiso said.last_img read more