A multifaceted travel junkie

first_img Mail Today Bureau June 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 10:47 IST Gul Panag, actorAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionatelyabout her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour. Travel does three things for me. It allows me to de-stress, spend quality time with my family and is always a learning experience, said the star who is also a trained pilot, entrepreneur, politician and an adventure enthusiast.In a conversation with India Today group editorial director Raj Chengappa, Panag spoke about how state tourism boards should move beyond basic targeting and look at creating sub-sects of tourists. I’d like to see targeted reach from state tourism boards. Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand are strong cases for adventure sports. Madhya Pradesh could be a great place for rock crawling with SUVs or rock climbing. Within domestic travellers, these are the opportunities that exist.An avid champion of electric mobility, Panag will be headed to Bern, Switzerland, later this month to support the Indian Electric Racing team. I am going to Bern for the second time and this time around am going to use that opportunity to learn the significance of it being the Capital of Venice Burroughs.Ladakh remains the 40-yearold’s favourite destination and it’s always the mountains that are her calling when it comes to holidays. Citing experiential travel as the trend that needs to be chased, Panag said, Where can I show my son how to milk a cow or buffalo than in villages of our country? Talking about how the Archaeological Survey of India needs to take better care of monuments, Panag, also asked travellers to be responsible and avoid littering tourist places.advertisementA fitness enthusiast who has also co-founded a company creating fitness apps, Panag explores a city by running first. Her only pet-peeve with herself is that she doesn’t experiment with food. Unlike me, as a traveller you must explore the culture through food.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow Gul PanagFollow tourismFollow tourist destinationFollow Mail Today Tourism Summit A multifaceted travel junkieAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionately about her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bulk Invest Has A Few Weeks to Ensure Its Survival

first_imgzoom The future of Oslo-listed bulker owner Bulk Invest ASA is highly uncertain, the company said in its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2015.Namely, if a solution is not found with the key creditors within a few weeks, Bulk Invest will not be able to survive under the present market conditions.“In case of a bankruptcy or a wind-down of Bulk Invest, the realizable value of assets would most likely be lower than the book values recognized in the balance sheet as of December, 31st, 2015,” the company said.Further, in a bankruptcy scenario, the commitments for chartered vessels for future periods, would also represent a significant liability with a preliminary assessment pointing to the potential claims of about USD 250 million.Having been faced with the continued weakening of the dry bulk shipping rates and a sharp negative cash flow from operations in January 2016, Bulk Invest ASA decided to sell its subsidiary WB Chartering in February, 2016. The transaction gave cash proceeds of USD 16 million to the company and the brand name “Western Bulk” was included in the sale. Western Bulk ASA consequently changed its name to Bulk Invest ASA. Shortly after, some of the company’s creditors requested a legal injunction, requiring a reversal of the sale of Western Bulk Chartering AS to Kistefos Equity Operations AS. However, the company said that the alleged claims are completely unfounded and will defend itself against them.As a result, Bulk Invest is left with the currently lossmaking charter-in contracts in Bulk Shipholding and direct/indirect investments in 1.6 vessels. In addition, the group has one vessel mortgage loan of USD 8.25 million and unsecured interest-bearing debt to WB Chartering of about USD 27 million following the sale of WB Chartering.Bulk Invest also expects to be in breach of its financial covenants in the loan agreements and guarantees provided for certain chartered in vessels.With a cash position that mainly consist of the USD 16 million proceeds from the sale of WB Chartering and an estimated negative cash flow of USD 4-5 million per month in the current market, Bulk Invest is depending on a full restructuring of its debt and charter-in commitments within short time to survive in the weak market.Bulk Invest has initiated a restructuring process with its key creditors, and has implemented an almost full stop in payments including charter hire for the chartered-in vessels, and is currently only paying costs strictly necessary for its daily operation.“If no acceptable solution for Bulk Invest with the key creditors is achieved, the basis for Bulk Invest’s continued operations will be reassessed,” the company went on to say.last_img read more

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Celebrity Items Go Under The Hammer In SAG Awards Auction

first_imgThe SAG Awards Ceremony Auction benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Emergency Assistance programs is currently live at sagawards.org/auction.The auction offers collectibles from nominated films and TV shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Mad Men” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Also up for bid are one-of-a-kind experiences, set-visits, and premium items from networks, studios, sponsors and individuals. Bidding began online on January 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. (PT) and concludes on January 31, 2013 at 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/action.Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction will benefit the SAG Foundation to help sustain its award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 750,000 global views each month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance, including the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund. For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org. The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring the outstanding film and television performances of 2013 will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, organized by autographed memorabilia & collectibles, experiences, and premium items.
Autographed Memorabilia and Collectibles:· “The Dick Van Dyke Show” complete DVD series/Blu-Ray box set, signed by Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner· “Silver Linings Playbook” DeSean Jackson midnight green football jersey signed by Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Paul Herman and DeSean Jackson· “Silver Linings Playbook” DeSean Jackson white jersey/shirt signed by Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver and Paul Herman· “Lincoln” script signed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field· “Making of Lincoln” book signed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field· “Les Miserables” soundtrack signed by Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper· “Les Miserables” poster signed by Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper and more· “Life of Pi” package that includes “The Making of ‘Life of Pi’” book and movie poster signed by director Ang Lee· “The Paperboy” mounted poster signed by Nicole Kidman· “The Newsroom” script signed by Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and more· “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” book signed by Hugh Bonneville and cast· “Boardwalk Empire” poster signed by Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and more· “Mad Men” package that includes a script signed by the cast, seasons 1-5 DVD sets, a T-shirt and travel mug· “Breaking Bad” three-T-shirt package that includes a “Los Pollos Hermanos” tee· “Breaking Bad” two-T-shirt package· “Homeland” package that includes a season one DVD set, T-shirt, coffee mug and dog tags· “Nurse Jackie” season one DVD set and syringe pen· “Chocolate Me!” children’s book, written by Taye Diggs, and T-shirt (size M) signed by Diggs
Experiences:· Tickets to the Season 6 premiere event of “Sons of Anarchy”· Visit to the set of “E! News”· VIP visit to the set of “EXTRA”· Visit to the set of “Entertainment Tonight” and “omg! INSIDER”· In-studio listening date with Lori & Julia at myTalk 107.1last_img read more

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I love you honey last words Shirley Williams said to daughter before

first_imgI knew that she did have concerns.”– Mary Broadbridge, friend of Shirley Williams Family and friends of Jovan and Shirley said that the shooting was a culmination of about seven years of escalating conflict between the family and some of their neighbours.Williams said her mother told her that she believed her family’s complaints of harassment were linked to racism because Shirley, a white woman, married a First Nations man and had Indigenous children.“Once they found out that my mom had an Indian husband and two Indian children she was really looked down upon by this certain clique,” she said.Jovan Williams, 39, was shot and killed with his mother Shirley Williams by RCMP in Granisle.Williams said that group included one unnamed ex-police officer who she believed was intimidating and harassing her family.She said he was friends with their elderly neighbour across the street, Hank Fahr, who Williams alleges assaulted her brother with a baseball bat.APTN knocked on Fahr’s door to ask him to respond to the allegations, which have not been tested in court, but there was no response.The Vancouver Sun reported that Fahr’s wife Lynn said what people are saying about them is “bullsh*t.”Williams said the harassment began with small acts of vandalism to her mother’s beloved garden such as plants getting broken and cut overnight.Then, the plastic covering her greenhouse was slashed several times.Shonte Williams points to the spot where her mother Shirley, and brother Jovan were shot and killed by police April 21.When Shirley and Jovan set up surveillance cameras with motion sensors, they were turned around overnight and the wires cut, Williams said.Jovan, who moved back home to help his aging mother, set up ropes with bells attached so they could hear potential intruders, and a homemade lock on their backyard fence.Eventually, Williams said, the two got their firearms licences and bought rifles for protection, which they kept locked up in their house.“She couldn’t understand, she was trying to figure it out for years,” Williams said.“She had gone to the cops but there were several occasions when she went back and add to her complaint, she would find out that her complaints that she tried to register just disappeared. They never existed. It got to a point where she had to document everything at home because she wasn’t getting anywhere.”Mary Broadridge, left, and Doreen Miller, two friends of Shirley and Jovan Williams discuss the RCMP shooting.Shirley’s friend Mary Broadbridge said she had also known about problems with the neighbours, but that she never would have moved out because she loved her house too much.“I knew that she did have concerns,” Broadbridge said.“I had known two summers ago there had been stuff stolen here, and I actually even witnessed (some of the damages).”Some people in the town have said both Shirley and Jovan suffered from mental illness. Those claims weren’t substantiated by family members or friends interviewed by APTN.The Aftermath In the background I could hear my brother.” – Shonte Williams, Shirley Williams’ daughter That Thursday began as a normal day for Shonte Williams, 40, who lives several hours away in Terrace, B.C.She had a morning appointment, and called her mother to check in at about 11:30 a.m.After saying a quick hello to her brother, Williams talked to her mother for about 40 minutes about the mundane events of that day. But then, she said, her mother started to get distressed.Jovan had gone to the post office located just a few blocks from home, she said, and it was taking too long for him to come back. When he did come home, something was wrong.“In the background I could hear my brother,” Williams said. “He had apparently come in and was very upset. He was talking about how the neighbour across the street and his buddies had all ganged up on him at the mailbox.”Shirley Williams, 73, was shot and killed by police April 21 at her home on Granisle.Then, she said, a crowd apparently started gathering in front of her mother’s house. The phone became quiet.“She said, ‘there’s more of them, they’re just standing there, staring at the house,’” Williams recalled.“I said, ‘are you sure you want me on the phone?’ and she said ‘I think I better let you go, I’ll talk to you later, I love you honey.’”That was at about 12:30 p.m., and it was the last time she would speak to her mother. And it was the same time police said officers received a call to a “neighbour dispute” involving a handgun.According to the RCMP, officers arrived at 1:20 p.m., and surrounded the house. There was a confrontation involving someone who exited the home, police said.At 2:50 p.m., RCMP said, shots were fired and the elderly mother and son were both dead in their backyard. No officers were injured.Neither the police nor independent investigators have released any further information as a probe into the situation continues.The Build Up Tina House Cara McKenna APTN National NewsShonte Williams is visibly shaken as she recalls the scene that unfolded in the hours before her mother and brother were shot dead in a RCMP-involved shooting in small-town northern British Columbia.Shirley Williams, 73, and Jovan Williams, 39, were killed in the backyard of their home in the tiny village of Granisle on the afternoon of Thursday, April 21.The funeral for the mother and son was Tuesday, as residents of the retirement town with only several hundred residents try to understand how the violent incident unfolded.Many lingering questions remain, and the deaths are shrouded in mystery and speculation as B.C.’s police watchdog starts a lengthy and covert investigation into its first double homicide at the hands of police.The Shooting “It wasn’t like the police were facing a marauding herd of elephants,”– Doreen Miller, friend of Shirley Williams Broadbridge, who called Shirley by her nickname “Boots,” found out about the shooting about 40 minutes after it happened through a phone call from a friend.Another family friend, Doreen Miller, was out of town running errands when she heard from a neighbour at the grocery store that there were six police cars headed to Granisle.It wasn’t until she got home at about 7 p.m. when she learned about the unthinkable: her friend and her son had both been killed.Miller knew Jovan as a “hardworking young man” who she relied on to do chores like cutting the grass and shoveling snow from her roof. He worked in security before moving back home to help his mother, and created art as a hobby.Miller said she still doesn’t understand how the shooting could have happened.“It wasn’t like the police were facing a marauding herd of elephants,” she said.“This was an elderly senior lady, a little bit stooped over, and why would they need all those police cars? To me, the police handled it the wrong way.”In the days following the shooting, the home was cut off by police tape as eight officials from the Independent Investigations Office gathered evidence.A little over one day later, Williams was allowed back to pick up her mother’s two beloved dogs and, at that time, she broke down when she saw her mother’s shoes on the back steps.“I was thinking `did my mom run out without her shoes on` because she always puts her shoes on when she goes outside, but they were just sitting there, nice and neat, by the door,” she said.“And that upset me a great deal.”About a week later, when investigators left, a memorial of flowers was set up in front of the home.With Shirley and Jovan’s cars still in the driveway, the house looked almost normal, except for visible dark patches of grass in the backyard, which is where the pair was standing when the shooting took place.“If you see where the dirt is, right there, that’s where they were,” Williams said, gesturing to the spots.“There’s nothing around them, nothing for them to hide behind. Why. I want to know why. They shouldn’t be dead. They’re my family.”The shooting has shaken the small village, which held its first community meeting over the weekend to talk about the incident, and is expected to hold more in the future.But, unfortunately for the friends and family members of the victims, answers aren’t expected to come for more than a year, according to Independent Investigations Office spokesman Marten Youssef.“We are here … to provide the community with an overview of the Independent Investigations Office,” Youssef said.“They will have answers at the end of our investigation.”thouse@aptn.cacmckenna@aptn.calast_img
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Morocco Elected to UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture

Geneva – Morocco was elected, on Thursday in Geneva, in the person of jurist Abdallah Ounnir, as a member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.This election puts Ounnir in the third place after two of the most important countries in the said subcommittee, which are Germany and Switzerland.The election comes following the process of adoption, ratification and setting up of human rights instruments, in addition to the national mechanism to fight and prevent torture. Morocco’s presence in the said body for the next four years will foster the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the optional protocol related to it, in addition to bringing the Moroccan expertise to the UN body’s mission. read more

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Laurentian Bank hikes dividend makes acquisition

Laurentian Bank of Canada (TSX:LB) boosted its quarterly dividend and announced a major acquisition Wednesday as it beat expectations by earning $33.9 million in the second quarter.The Montreal-based bank said its quarterly dividend will rise two cents, or four per cent, to 47 cents per common share, payable Aug. 1.It also announced that its subsidiary B2B Trust will acquire the trust operations of Toronto-based AGF Management Ltd., with the deal set to close in August.Laurentian says it recorded its best ever second quarter by earning $1.22 per share for the period ended April 30, up from $1.17 per share, or $31 million in the prior year.Revenues increased to $198.7 million from $183.2 million in the year-ago period. Return on common shareholders’ equity was 12.1 per cent, down from 12.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2011.Excluding transaction and integration costs related to its previously announced acquisition of the MRS Companies, net income grew 17 per cent  to $36.3 million or $1.31 diluted per share.The bank was expected to earn $1.19 per share on $194 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.In the latest expansion for Laurentian, the bank’s B2B Trust announced it will pay $415.5 million to acquire the trust operation of AGF Management Ltd. (TSX:AGF.B), a Toronto-based mutual fund and wealth management company.AGF Trust currently provides investment products such as guaranteed investment certificates and lends money for investment and real-estate transactions. It has been operating through about 20,500 financial advisers and 1,050 mortgage brokers across the country.Laurentian said its provision for loan losses decreased 37 per cent to $7.5 million in the quarter, reflecting strong credit conditions in Canada and the quality of the its loan portfolios. However, the bank said remains cautious amid the ongoing economic uncertainty. read more

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HSBC Bank Canada pretax profit rises 33 in second quarter

VANCOUVER — HSBC Bank Canada says it earned a pre-tax profit of $242 million in the second quarter, up 33% from the $182 million it earned in the same quarter a year ago.Basic earnings per common share were 35 cents in the three-month period, up 12 cents from last year.The Vancouver-based bank credited the gains to increased fees from credit and wealth products, lower loan impairment charges and an increase in other income arising from a reduction in the fair value of investment property.Profit attributable to common shareholders during the quarter was $172 million, up from the $113 million in profit recorded in the same period in 2013.The bank says return on average common equity was 15.6% in the quarter ended June 30, compared with 10.6% in the same period in 2013.HSBC says it had $83.1 billion in total assets as of June 30, down slightly from $84.3 billion a year earlier.Net interest income for the second quarter was $307 million, a decrease of $33 million from 2013.Net fee income in the quarter was up $6 million to $160 million and the bank’s net trading income was down $12 million at $33 million.The Canadian Press read more

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North American markets down as jobs data hints of US rate hike

TORONTO — North American markets closed lower Friday, with the resource sector pulling down the TSX, as positive jobs data from south of the border suggested that the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates in the fall.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 103.21 points at 14,302.70, while the loonie lost 0.15 of a U.S. cent to 76.14 cents U.S.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 46.37 points at 17,373.38, the Nasdaq index fell 12.90 points to 5,043.54, and the S&P 500 declined 5.99 points to 2,077.57.Jobs figures from the nonfarm-payrolls report released Friday met analyst expectations, showing that the United States gained 215,000 jobs last month. Meanwhile the unemployment rate remained at 5.3 per cent.Scott Guitard, portfolio manager at Fiduciary Trust Canada, Franklin Templeton’s wealth management arm, says investors have been negatively reacting to positive economic news, as it increases the likelihood of a rate hike in September. Higher interest rates make it more expensive for companies to borrow money.“As we get closer to September, every data (report) that’s released seems to be more and more important, and July’s U.S. job data was consistent with the trend the Fed wants to see before they decide to pull the trigger on the first rate hike,” Guitard said.“The market is now putting a greater probability on the Fed raising rates in September. But today’s number was basically spot on consensus, and it’s not really spectacular enough to make a September rate hike a foregone conclusion.”“All eyes will be on August data, and unless there is a surprise to the downside, a September hike seems increasingly probable,” he added.The U.S. economic news, combined with ongoing weakness in the resource sector and Canadian jobs data, weighed on the Toronto stock market Friday.Although Canada gained 6,600 jobs in July, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 6.8 per cent, Guitard said full-time jobs in the private sector were replaced by part-time jobs and self employment.“The concern is those private sector numbers are clearly showing that confidence is low, and there will likely be a reduction in investment and employment,” Guitard said.On the commodity markets, the December gold contract rose $4.00 to US$1,094.10 an ounce, the September crude oil contract lost 79 cents at US$43.87 a barrel and the September contract for natural gas was down 1.5 cents at $2.798.The base metals sector of the TSX was the biggest decliner, slipping 2.7 per cent, while metals and mining lost two per cent and energy lost 1.9 per cent. read more

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UN welcomes closing IDP camp but has concerns

Instead, they are being relocated to state land where they await formal confirmation about what is happening to their land in the future, and plans for compensation if they cannot return, the UN office in Colombo said.Nandy also called on the government to fully implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) concerning the rights of people displaced by the conflict. “This is a milestone event towards ending a chapter of displacement in Sri Lanka some three years after the civil war which ended in May 2009. But there are still some people who are unable to return to their homes and a solution urgently needs to be found,” Nandy said in a statement today. “Allowing people to settle anywhere in the country and resolving legal ownership of land for those who have resettled  away from their original homes is a key part of the reconciliation process,” he said. The UN is concerned about 346 people (110 families) who are returning from Menik Farm to Kepapilavu in the Mullaitivu District in the north, who are unable to return to their homes which are occupied by the military. While welcoming the closure of the ‘Menik Farm’ IDP camp the United Nations has raised concerns over some of the war displaced people.United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Subinay Nandy said that there were concerns over 346 people who are unable to return to their original homes. read more

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Two sleeping devotees killed as bus goes over them

Two devotees were killed in Kataragama after the bus they had been travelling in went over them while they were sleeping.The two devotees had been sleeping behind the parked bus. The driver of the bus, not knowing the devotees were sleeping behind the bus, had reversed the vehicle.The driver of the bus was arrested. (Colombo Gazette)

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UNbacked Quartet hopes new Palestinian government leads to renewed engagement

The so-called diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, comprising the UN, European Union (EU), Russia and the United States, conferred in Cairo in what UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Alvaro de Soto termed a “good” working-level meeting. The Quartet, seeking a two-State solution, has frozen contacts, and donors have withheld contributions, pending a commitment by the Hamas Government to renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept agreements already signed between Israel and the Palestinians.The Quartet today reiterated a statement it made after a top-level meeting in September, welcoming Palestinian efforts to form a unity government in the hope that the platform of such a Government would reflect these principles and allow for early engagement, Mr. de Soto said. These include a commitment to non-violence and recognition of Israel’s right to exist.He also hoped that such a Government could help to reduce the sort of Palestinian rocket attacks into Israel which today “tragically claimed” one Israeli life in the town of Sderot.The Quartet discussed the security situation in the area where Israel’s shelling of the occupied Gaza Strip killed 19 Palestinian civilians, including eight children and seven women.While in Cairo, Mr. de Soto intends to meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and with Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. read more

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Video Business report with Mike Eppel Jan 22 2014

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian dollar is on the move in reaction to the Bank of Canada’s monetary policy statement, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Jan 22, 2014 10:02 am MDT bank of canada|business report|Canadian dollar|monetary policy statement Video: Business report with Mike Eppel, Jan. 22, 2014

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Saints Bounty Program Anthony Hargrove Denies Its His Voice

Former New Orleans defensive end Anthony Hargrove says it’s not his voice saying ”Give me the money” in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the Saints’ bounty program.A day after Hargrove and three of his ex-teammates made appeals of their suspensions at NFL headquarters, he returned to the sidewalk outside the league offices Tuesday for an informal news conference. As curious passers-by huddled around, Hargrove read a 13-minute statement, making references to Bill Clinton and the Mona Lisa and often sounding like a colorful defense attorney giving a closing argument.”I’ve never offered nor received money to intentionally hurt a player,” Hargrove said.This week, the NFL showed reporters a clip from the 2010 NFC championship game in which Hargrove purportedly made the ”money” comment about injuring then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Hargrove insisted it was someone else uttering those words, though he said he didn’t know who.Hargrove was flagged and subsequently fined $5,000 for a flagrant hit on Favre, who returned to the game.”This happens,” Hargrove said, looking into the TV cameras. ”Brett, I’m truly sorry.”Hargrove, now with Green Bay, has been suspended for eight games.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: ”We stand by the findings of our investigation.”On Monday, Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma attended appeals hearings with Commissioner Roger Goodell. After the sessions, the NFL presented the same evidence it showed the players to reporters. The Hargrove clip was part of that. read more

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Jazz fan fell at Ronnie Scotts because she was drunk obese and

first_imgI tumbled over and over and over and I injured myself very badly. I recall landing on my neck and the back of my head as wellEren Hussein Judge Heather Baucher QC said Mrs Hussein was intoxicated, obese, wearing shoes with high platform heels, and not taking care by holding the bannister as she descended.”In her inebriated, obese state on three-inch platforms, that would be an obvious, simple step for anyone presented with what they saw as a hazard,” she said.During the trial, the company director, from Lower Clapton, said she had been at a birthday party with her pregnant daughter-in-law when the accident happened in March 2012.After missing a step outside an upstairs lounge, she fell, tumbling down one flight, round a corner and down another, she said.”It was dark, it was dim and I didn’t see my step as I was going down,” she told the judge.”I tumbled over and over and over and I injured myself very badly. I recall landing on my neck and the back of my head as well.” Ronnie Scott’s after refurbishmentCredit: Philip Hollis Ronnie Scott's after refurbishment An 18-stone jazz fan who sued for compensation after an accident at Ronnie Scott’s was fat, drunk and careless in her high heels, a judge found.Eren Hussein, 53, blamed dim lighting at the world famous Soho club after breaking her wrist and elbow falling down stairs after a party in 2012.She wanted thousands in damages, but after a civil trial this week, a judge threw out her claim, saying the fall wasn’t the club’s fault. The mother, who has since shed five stones of weight, told the court she was walking down the left side of the stairs, whereas the banister was on the right.But Judge Baucher said, given her size at the time, that should not have prevented Mrs Hussein using the rail as she walked down the metre-wide stairway.”Mrs Hussein, at 115kg, must have taken up much of the width of the stairway,” said the judge, “but for some inexplicable reason, she did not use the handrail.”Earlier, Mrs Hussein said she had drunk no more than a glass and a half of champagne and a glass of red wine, and was not tipsy.But the club’s barrister Catherine Foster pointed out medical records from her arrival at hospital, in which she was described as “obviously drunk” and “intoxicated”.In her ruling, Judge Baucher found Mrs Hussein was under the influence, although she said she may have been affected by painkillers and the fact she had not had alcohol for six months before the accident.”I find that the notes in the hospital records referred to her being intoxicated because she was so,” said the judge.There was nothing wrong with the lighting in the stairwell, continued Judge Baucher, who visited the scene of the accident during the trial.Hundreds of people use the stairs every week and yet there had only been one other report of a person falling down, she said.Mrs Hussein had fallen because she had missed her step, something for which Ronnie Scott’s management could not be blamed.”In ordinary circumstances, she, like countless others, would have descended the staircase and gone home,” continued the judge.”However, on that evening, whether due to one or more of the factors – painkillers, weight, shoes, drink – she simply missed her footing.”I find she did so through no fault on the part of Ronnie Scott’s.”Her damages claim was rejected. 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

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No more Mary Rosestyle excavation as ships will be explored using VR

first_imgVolunteers showing the outline of the newly discovered Tankerton wreck near Whitstable, North Kent. The Mary Rose raising. A diver helping to pump water from the hull Volunteers showing the outline of the newly discovered Tankerton wreck near Whitstable, North Kent.Credit:Chris Redgrave /Historic England I don’t think any massive shipwreck excavation is ever going to happen like that again, so the work that Historic England is doing is keeping these shipwrecks alive by virtual reality.”Three ships can currently be explored using VR headsets – HMS Invincible, HMS Colossal and HMT Arfon, and the Government agency is working on adding more.A pair of 17th or 18th century merchant ships, complete with cannons, which sank near Chesil Beach, and a First World War U-boat near Whitby, in North Yorkshire, have been granted protection by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, it announced today, bringing the number of protected wreck sites off the coast of England to 53.Protected wrecks can only be explored by licensed divers, and it is illegal to explore or remove items from them without permission. “It is possible that the Chesil Beach cannon sites could be the Dutch West Indiaman ‘De Hoop’ which stranded at Chesil Cove in 1749 and British cargo vessel ‘Squirrel’ which stranded on Chesil Beach in 1750,” Historic England said. The U-boat is a German Imperial Navy UC-70 mine-laying submarine which was commissioned in 1916. The submarine conducted 10 patrols and sank 40 ships during the war before being bombed on 28 August 1918, with the loss of all its crew.Historic England said it was also investigating a new shipwreck at Tankerton, near Whitstable in North Kent, the remains of an oak-botttomed boat.  The Mary Rose raising. A diver helping to pump water from the hullCredit:The Timescenter_img The Mary Rose will be the last great ship salvaged from British waters, Historic England has said, as visitors will explore shipwrecks using virtual reality instead.Mark Dunkley, chief maritime archaeologist at Historic England, said the agency was working on allowing visitors to explore shipwrecks using VR headsets because it was too expensive and labour-intensive to bring them up from the deep.There are thought to be more than 40,000 shipwrecks around the British coast, but very few of them have been identified and explored by archaeologists.The Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s beloved warship which sank in 1545 in the Solent, was salvaged in 1982 and remains the largest major recovery project of its kind ever undertaken in the world.Last year a new visitor centre and museum in Portsmouth was finally completed to house the wreck.But speaking as it announced that two more wrecks had been listed by the Government, Historic England says it’s likely to remain one of a kind.Mark Dunkley, chief maritime archaeologist at Historic England, said: “It’s a change in policy to be more pragmatic about what we can really do.”With the Mary Rose, that came up when I was still in short trousers in the 1980s and the process has only just finished, with the new museum being completed last year. Richard Bright-Paul, of the Shipwreck Project, a local group which helped discover and map the Chesil Beach site, said he hoped some of the items from the wrecks would be recovered, identified and exhibited to the public. He said there was a danger sites could be damaged by tides and sediment movement, and added that it was difficult to identify items when still underwater. “The things that tend to survive, like the cannon and cannonballs, get a build-up of lime crust which means that you can’t see anything on the outside of them.”It needs to be done by somebody who really knows what they’re doing, because if you just bring them up, knock the crust off and leave it there, it will just crumble to rust. “You also need to make it available to the public and put it on display. One of the things that we don’t have in this area is a good museum to display these things,” he said. The public can use Oculus Rift headsets provided by Historic England or use much cheaper Google Cardboard at home to tour the wrecks on its website.”Divers like to go down and see these things but at the same time we are developing these virtual museums to allow anyone to visit them from their desktops,” added Mr Dunkley.”You can put the headset on and see the wreck in 1:1 scale – this is even more exciting [than seeing it in person], I’d say. You can swim around it and underneath it.”The work of Historic England has shown that there’s much more to our maritime history than the Mary Rose.” 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

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Better energy policies for Australia says Liveris

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia is in need of improving its energy policies if there is to be any increased investment, according to Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of multinational company Dow Chemical. If the policy framework is right, Mr Liveris says “the sky is the limit” regarding how much Dow would be willing to invest in Australia. “We spend roughly $5 billion a year as a company,” Mr Liveris told The Australian. “A lot of that isn’t in Australia. A lot of that is in countries that actually get it, that actually understand how to put innovation-centric policies together and resource value-add policies.” Dow Chemical currently spends between $30 and $50 million annually in Australia, which according to the chairman is “small in the context of what I’m doing elsewhere”.last_img read more

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Brésil le Pantanal un sanctuaire menacé par lhomme

first_imgBrésil : le Pantanal, un sanctuaire menacé par l’hommeLa fondation WWF (World Wildlife Fund) a alerté sur la menace qui pèse sur le Pantanal au cœur du Brésil. Ce sanctuaire de biodiversité est en effet touché par l’agriculture intensive et la déforestation.C’est à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des zones humides qui a lieu tous les 2 février depuis 1997 que les écologistes du World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ont tiré la sonnette d’alarme. Selon la fondation, environ 15 % de la couverture végétale du Pantanal ont déjà été détruits par les cultures de soja et les pâturages pour le bétail dans le Planalto, une zone d’agriculture intensive située en amont. L’étude qui a été publiée par les écologistes après trois ans de recherches porte sur le “bassin du Rio Paraguay”, un fleuve qui naît au Mato Grosso et parcourt 2.600 kilomètres avant de rejoindre le rio Parana, en Argentine. Or, selon le WWF, cette région qui s’étend sur 1,2 million de kilomètres carrés court un grave risque écologique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le biologiste Glauco Kimura, coordinateur du programme “Water for Life” (“De l’eau pour la vie”) au WWF, est catégorique : “Le Pantanal se trouve menacé. Cela peut paraître surprenant mais c’est la triste réalité. Notre étude démontre que 14% du bassin du Rio Paraguay doit être protégé de façon urgente”. Pour mieux comprendre, le biologiste “compare cette région à une assiette. Le Planalto sur les bords et le Pantanal dans le creux de l’assiette. Et le second souffre des dérives du premier”.La déforestation, l’agriculture à outrance, le développement urbain ou la multiplication des barrages hydroélectriques sont autant de risques pour les eaux qui alimentent en contrebas le Pantanal. En effet, en parcourant le Planalto, on découvre des milliers d’hectares d’exploitations agricoles, de soja notamment. Cette agriculture intensive appelle à utiliser des herbicides. Le Canadien Pierre Girard, spécialiste en hydrologie au Centre de recherche du Pantanal, s’inquiète ainsi : “le soja est cultivé là où naissent les fleuves qui alimentent et forment ensuite le Pantanal. Il y a des risques d’érosion, mais aussi de pollution”. Seulement 11% du territoire est protégé Glauco Kimura, quant à lui, se désespère : “c’est comme s’il existait un stock infini de forêt native à détruire et d’eau douce à polluer”. Pour le biologiste, la protection du bassin du Rio Paraguay est vitale pour conserver l’extraordinaire richesse de la faune et de la flore qui comprend 4.500 espèces différentes. Or, seuls 11% du territoire sont actuellement en zone préservée. “Il est donc nécessaire de protéger les sources d’eaux, de créer plus de zones protégées et d’améliorer les pratiques agro-alimentaires”, énumère Glauco Kimura cité par l’AFP.Le 5 février 2012 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Heres How This Croc Whisperer Is Protecting Jamaicas Largest Predator

first_img Watch: Crocodile Snatches Angler’s Catch in Australian National ParkMan Finds Surgical Plate in 15-Foot Crocodile’s Stomach Lawrence Henriques, a Jamaican native who is known as the “croc whisperer,” is working to protect his country’s largest predator at a new sanctuary focused on animal conservation.As a croc aficionado, Henriques has devoted his life to protecting endangered reptiles, including the Jamaican crocodile, which has been on Jamaica’s national coat of arms since 1661 and populates the southern coast of the nation, said a Global Wildlife Conservation press release. Unfortunately, habitat destruction and illegal poaching have decreased the presence of these reptiles in Jamaica over the past decade, and Henriques estimates that there are only 700 crocodiles left in the nation.In order to protect Jamaican crocodiles, Henriques, along with the Global Wildlife Conservation, the IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, and the Jones Family, recently established the Holland Bay Crocodile Sanctuary, a new crocodile sanctuary located in one of Jamaica’s nationally designated protected areas.Lawrence Henriques holds a baby Jamaican crocodile. (Photo Credit: Robin Moore / Global Wildlife Conservation)The team was granted permission by the government of Jamaica to develop the 40,000-square-foot crocodile sanctuary, which is located in one of the least trafficked parts of the island. The sanctuary, which is currently home to 78 crocodiles that are mostly babies, aims to be a center for monitoring and protecting crocodiles in the 12,000-acre Holland Bay ecosystem and other key crocodile areas across the nation. It’s set to become the official rescue and rehabilitation center for the Jamaican crocodile and serve as a facility for captive breeding, with the long-term goal of generating offspring for reintroduction into the wild.Even though some people think that Jamaican crocodiles are aggressive animals, Henriques aims to change perspectives by educating adults and children on these reptiles and their importance to biodiversity in the nation.A baby Jamaican crocodile at the Holland Bay Crocodile Sanctuary. (Photo Credit: Robin Moore / Global Wildlife Conservation)“This is not just about the crocodiles, this is part of us. It’s part of who we are and who we want to be as people. That’s why the crocodile is on our coat of arms—it signifies survival when the odds are against you—it is a symbol of resiliency and strength,” Henriques said. “Things have gotten turned around, and my passion is to change people’s perception to save our legacy.”More on Geek.com:Ginormous Python Devours Entire Crocodile in Horrifying Swamp PhotosWatch: Crocodile Crawls Into Boat in Miami, Evades Wildlife OfficialsTerrifying ‘Death Roll’ Almost Universal Among Crocodile Species Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Massive 82 earthquake rocks Mexico and Guatemala 32 people dead

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMexico, September 8th, 2017 – Mexico City – An 8.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico and parts of Guatemala late last night rattling millions of residents and leaving dozens dead.According to reports, this is the first earthquake in over 100 years to hit the nation of Mexico and was felt by approximately 50 million people. It hit off the coast of Southwestern Mexico and its monstrous tremors sent thousands of people into frenzy.Around midnight, hundreds of residents and visitors were seen fleeing the streets as they hid for cover while buildings, trees and tall structures got damaged. Magnetic Media also received reports that many roofs collapsed; walls were cracked, countless alarms were triggered off and residents got buried under rubble.The quake was felt as far away as Mexico City, which is more than 60miles from the epicenter. The effects of the earthquake were also felt in neighboring Guatemala, which resulted in at least one confirmed death, and houses located along the Mexican border were leveled.The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with one wave hitting Mexico coming in at 3 feet. According to the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Tsunami waves taller than 10feet could hit the coast of Mexico, while 3 feet waves could reach as far as Ecuador, New Zealand and Vanuatu.President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto said that aftershocks were of greater concern than the waves generated from the earthquake itself. Already, residents have confirmed that they felt three aftershocks.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Five earthquakes shocked Antigua and Barbuda Earthquake hits again in Trinidad while TCI Cabinet agrees with GPS Station in Capital Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Mexico, earthquake, guatemala Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nepalese resident in Turks and Caicos ask for help for their homelast_img read more

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