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Sensex crashes 770 pts Rs tumbles to 9mth lowSensex crashes 770 pts Rs tumbles to 9mth low

first_imgMumbai: Benchmark stock indices on Tuesday crashed over 2 per cent, and the rupee tumbled 97 paise to a level not seen in over nine months as unpleasant news continued to flow in for the Indian economy. The BSE Sensex crashed about 770 points, and the NSE Nifty dived over 225 points after investors indulged in panic selloffs as dismal GDP print, weak core sector growth and disappointing auto sale numbers pointed to deepening economic crisis in the country. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe benchmark indices also saw their biggest intra-day plunge in nearly 11 months. Large selloffs in equities saw investor wealth eroding by Rs 2.55 lakh crore. Indian markets, after an extended weekend, opened on Tuesday sharply lower reacting to the country’s worsening macro-economic situation as well as weak global cues attributed to long-lasting US-China trade tiff. After plunging 867 points during the day, the 30-share index ended 769.88 points, or 2.06 per cent, lower at 36,562.91. The broader Nifty too sank 225.35 points, or 2.04 per cent, to settle at 10,797.90. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTop losers in the Sensex pack included ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Vedanta, HDFC IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors, RIL and ONGC – falling up to 4.45 per cent. Only two IT stocks – TechM, HCL Tech – ended with mild gains, tracking weaker rupee. The Indian rupee plunged 97 paise to close at 72.39 per US dollar on Tuesday. All sectoral indices ended in the red, with BSE metal, energy, consumer durables, telecom, bankex, finance, oil and gas, realty and capital goods indices settled 3.23 per cent lower. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices too closed up to 1.65 per cent lower. Public sector bank stocks also ended in significantly lower after the government announced the merger of 10 state-run lenders into four. It gives a positive signal to investors that the government is not just focusing on recapitalising the bank, but also in improving the governance in the public sector banks, experts said. However, the merger will still be painful as a result of the geographic and cultural diversity of the merging entities, they added. Despite several efforts by the government to boost the economy, market sentiment took a hit on account of weak macroeconomic data releases and a double-digit decline in auto sales in August as the sector continued to reel under one of the worst slowdowns in its history.last_img read more

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG TRAILER RELEASED PUTTING VANCOUVER ISLAND IN THE SPOTLIGHTSONIC THE HEDGEHOG TRAILER RELEASED PUTTING VANCOUVER ISLAND IN THE SPOTLIGHT

first_imgAdvertisement A scene from the trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog appears to have been shot on Highway 19A near Bowser. (YouTube) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img James Marsden portrays Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of fictional town Green Hills.Glimpses of Vancouver Island can be seen in the trailer, including what appears to be a chase scene filmed on Highway 19A near Bowser.The film shoot shut down a stretch of the highway for a full week in September.Filming also took place in downtown Ladysmith, where buildings were painted and transformed along 1st Avenue.Crews spent the day slapping a fresh coat of paint on buildings along 1st Avenue in Ladysmith ahead of the rodent’s arrival. Sept. 4, 2018. (CTV Vancouver Island)Sonic is a character most likely remembered from the Sega Genesis games of the same name, which came out in 1991.The movie is set for release on Nov. 8 of this year, according to IMDB. Facebook A trailer for the live-action version of Sonic the Hedgehog, a big-budget movie shot on Vancouver Island last year, has hit the internet.The preview features the titular CGI hedgehog, voiced by Ben Schwartz, as he goes on the run from the military and Dr. Ivo Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey. Advertisementlast_img read more

Statistics Canada says manufacturing helps boost economic growth in NovemberStatistics Canada says manufacturing helps boost economic growth in November

first_imgOTTAWA – Strength in manufacturing helped boost economic growth in November as the sector posted its largest monthly increase since February 2014.Statistics Canada said Wednesday real gross domestic product increased 0.4 per cent in November following a flat reading for October.The result matched the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said equally important to the strength of growth was its breadth.Of the 20 industrial sectors tracked, 17 posted increases.“The Canadian economy fired on all cylinders in November: production resumptions led the way, but nearly all major sectors reported gains on the month, an encouraging sign,” DePratto wrote in a report.The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target earlier this month on the back of a string of unexpectedly solid economic data. It was the third rate increase since last summer.“Looking through monthly volatility, though, the GDP numbers add to the evidence that the Canadian economy as a whole continues to grow at a modestly ‘above-potential’ pace even as it increasingly looks to be operating at or beyond its long-run capacity,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote.The growth in November came as goods-producing industries rose 0.8 per cent boosted by the manufacturing sector and mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.The manufacturing sector gained 1.8 per cent in November as non-durable manufacturing rose 1.1 per cent while durable manufacturing increased 2.5 per cent.Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction increased 0.5 per cent.Meanwhile, services-producing industries climbed 0.3 per cent, led by the real estate and rental and leasing, wholesale and retail trade sectors.Real estate and rental and leasing rose 0.4 per cent in November while retail trade gained 0.6 per cent and wholesale trade rose 0.5 per cent.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks 93rd in Modern Slavery Global IndexMorocco Ranks 93rd in Modern Slavery Global Index

first_imgCasablanca- Slavery still exists in our “modern” times, and it has an index to. Walk Free Foundation (WFF), an NGO supported by Bill Gates and Hilary Clinton, has recently published its first Global Index of modern slavery, in which Morocco ranks 93st, among 162 featured nations, with an estimate of 50 000 slaves. “Today some people are still being born into hereditary slavery, a staggering but harsh reality, particularly in parts of West Africa and South Asia. Other victims are captured or kidnapped before being sold or kept for exploitation, whether through ‘marriage’, unpaid labor on fishing boats, or as domestic workers. Others are tricked and lured into situations they cannot escape, with false promises of a good job or an education,” says the report.The modern slavery report published by Walk Free Foundation, based in Australia, is the first of its kind. Morocco seems to have secured a relatively positive ranking in the report, compared to the top 10 nations with higher numbers of slaves. At the regional level, Tunisia ranked 122nd (9,000 slaves), whilst Algeria ranked 91st (70,000 slaves) and Libya 78 (17,000 slaves). As to Mauritania, where slavery is known to be significantly present, the country ranked first internationally, according to WFF’s modern slavery index. With 150,000 slaves, Mauritania is now deemed the world’s worst place of modern slavery. This high number of slaves becomes more significant when compared to the overall population of the country, which barely reaches 3.5 millions. Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, also figures on the black list of cities and nations that do not invest serious efforts in combating this violation of human rights. Morocco, like Egypt and Syria, has adopted laws against the proliferation of slavery. Yet, the Kingdom does not figure on the WFF index’s list of countries where slavery is combated, namely Iceland, Ireland, Grande-Bretagne, New Zealand, Swaziland, Suede, Noriega, Luxembourg, Finland et Denmark.WFF’s report points out that “more than 29 million people across the world live under conditions of modern slavery. Haiti, a Caribbean nation where children enslavement is widespread, ranks second in the index, while Pakistan figures third on the list.”Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Gabon are considered the worst countries in the index. However, in absolute terms, India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh are the countries with the highest number of enslaved people. Walk Free Foundation, backed up by Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of States, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, had set criteria based on which the featured nations are analyzed in terms of the existence of modern slavery. The slavery index bases estimates of the prevalence of modern slavery in a nation on three factors: A composite estimate of the number of people in slavery in each country, an estimate of the level of human trafficking  from and  into each country, and an estimate of the level of child and early marriage in each country.In Morocco, children who work as maids many hours a day, and receive meager or no payment for their draining work, are considered one manifestation of modern slavery. According to a report published last June by the High Commission for Planning, 76,533 households, or 1.1% of Moroccan households, hire children as maids.last_img read more

Sri Lankan pilgrims buses attackedSri Lankan pilgrims buses attacked

Like her party, opposition members including the DMK, which is a member of the ruling coalition at the Centre, have attacked the union government for allowing Sri Lankan defence personnel to be trained in India.All Tamil Nadu political parties have taken a strong stand against the Sri Lankan defence forces who have been accused of atrocities against the local Tamil minority during the last stretch of the island’s civil war, which ended in 2009. (NDTV) he incident comes a day after Sri Lanka issued a travel advisory asking its citizens not to visit Tamil Nadu until further notice in the wake of “increasing number of instances of intimidation” of Sri Lankans in the state. The Sri Lankans also faced protests yesterday during their visit to another shrine near Thanjavur. Buses in Tamil Nadu were attacked this afternoon because they had on board pilgrims from Sri Lanka. The convoy of five buses was headed to the Trichy airport to board a special flight home.Earlier today, the group of nearly 180 Sri Lankans were stopped by protesters after they left the famous Velankanni Christian shrine, 20 kilometres from Trichy. Over the weekend, in a much-criticised move, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered that a football team that was visiting the state in a friendly match should be sent back to Sri Lanka immediately. read more

ExAir chief reveals TN started training LTTE in 1983ExAir chief reveals TN started training LTTE in 1983

Quoting Edgar O’Ballance, The Cyanide war: Tamil Insurrection in Sri Lanka 1977-88, Bharat Kumar says: “He (Rajiv Gandhi) also decided to reduce the flow of arms from Tamil Nadu to Tamil insurgents in Sri Lanka. And on 29 March 1985, the Indian Coast Guard began selectively stopping and searching craft suspected of ferrying weapons across the Palk Strait.”However, despite these steps, by early 1987, there were fears of the LTTE becoming too strong. India launched “Operation Tiger” in November 1986 to disarm LTTE cadres in India and to take over their communication equipment .This action took place just before the SAARC summit in Bangalore. But to generate goodwill before the summit, where Rajiv Gandhi wanted LTTE chief Prabhakaran and Sri Lankan President J.R.Jayewardene (JR) to meet and thrash out issues, the seized equipment were released. Unlike Tamil Nadu leaders M.G.Ramachandran and M.Karunanidhi, Indian Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were not for an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka. They saw the arming of the Tamil militants as an instrument to pressurize the Sri Lankan government to find a permanent solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil problem. When the JR-Prabhakaran talks broke down with JR saying a firm “no” to the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-speaking province, and Prabhakaran sticking firmly to his demand for an independent Eelam, “Rajiv Gandhi developed an aversion for Prabhakaran’s intransigence, and became more favorably inclined to Jayewardene’s views.”By 1986, the LTTE had established its dominance in the Northern peninsula, subjugating the rival Tamil militant groups and at the same time defending the peninsula against the Sri Lankan forces. The situation worsened in January 1987 when the Tigers announced a plan to establish a separate administration in Jaffna and the Sri Lankan government immediately imposed an embargo on food and fuel supplies to the North creating “near famine conditions.”New Delhi’s response to the developing situation was to draw up contingencies plans based on various scenarios, some of them bizarre. The “worst case” scenario, according to Brig (later General ) V.P.Malik, was Colombo inviting countries inimical to India to render military assistance and forcing India to carry out an “opposed landing and intervention.” Eventually, political efforts resulted in President Jayewardene agreeing to sign the India-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987 and accept an Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to ensure the implementation of the Accord. (Colombo Gazette) This is why, even as the training of Sri Lankan Tamil militants was going on India in 1984, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi sent, in December that year, “an undisclosed number of Indian warships to patrol the Palk Strait.” Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka and the influx of Tamil refugees into Tamil Nadu, the training of Tamil militants began in Tamil Nadu with the knowledge and patronage of the Tamil Nadu government. India’s national intelligence agencies started their training program only in 1984, when New Delhi felt that Tamil Nadu’s initiative in the matter might not be in the overall Indian interest, says Air Marshal (Rtd) Bharat Kumar in his book Operation Pawan: Role of Airpower with IPKF, according to the New Indian Express.“The training of Tamil rebels had commenced in Tamil Nadu with full knowledge and in some cases, under the patronage of the state government. New Delhi’s suggestion to rein in these Tamil groups were not acceptable to Tamil Nadu leaders. Since the Central government could not afford Tamil Nadu ‘invading’ Sri Lanka, various Indian intelligence agencies also got into the act from 1984 onward. It was better that the Indian state got involved in Sri Lanka rather than the Tamil Nadu government because of obvious repercussions,” Bharat Kumar says. read more

UN official welcomes new pledges to global environment fundUN official welcomes new pledges to global environment fund

Speaking to journalists in Paris, Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), welcomed the fact that 32 Governments have agreed on a $2.92 billion replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as the fund is known.Mr. Toepfer said the replenishment boded well for success at the Johannesburg meeting. “The World Summit on Sustainable Development will be a crucial test of the world’s enthusiasm for tackling the very pressing problems facing people and the planet today,” he observed. “The pledges for the GEF replenishment show that in one critical area we are starting to move from words to implementation.”Over the past 10 years, the GEF has committed more than $4 billion and mobilized some $11 billion for more than 1,000 projects in 160 countries, according to UNEP. Among other initiatives, the Facility has helped developing countries to cope with the impacts of global warming, conserve wildlife, monitor and improve the state of international waters, and overcome land degradation. read more

NBC says it will sever ties with Donald Trump after comments onNBC says it will sever ties with Donald Trump after comments on

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 12:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBC says it will sever ties with Donald Trump after comments on Mexicans NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.NBC said it would no longer air the annual “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Trump has said he is no longer appearing in the television show “The Apprentice.” NBC said “Celebrity Apprentice” will continue to go on without him.“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” NBC said in the statement.Last week, Univision said that it was cancelling its coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump had portrayed some immigrants from Mexico as bringing drugs and crime to the country in his presidential kickoff speech. read more

Canam stock nearly doubles on goingprivate offer for Quebecbased companyCanam stock nearly doubles on goingprivate offer for Quebecbased company

MONTREAL – Canam Group is preparing to end its 33-year run as a public company after partnering with a U.S. company and Quebec investors to take the structural steel specialist private.After a few years of reflection, the leadership of the company founded in 1960 concluded that the constraints of being public not longer fit with its vision.Chief executive Marc Dutil said its shares are punished for weak contracts but rarely credited when most of its business runs smoothly.“In recent years, the cyclical and risky nature of the company’s business is less and less what the markets are looking for,” he said in an interview Thursday.Canam’s (TSX:CAM) shares fell last summer after it took a $32-million provision due to cost overruns from a U.S. project which resulted in the reorganization of its heavy metal structural activities. It also recently announced a review of its American bridges sector.Under the proposal, American Industrial Partners will control 60 per cent of the company and its board of directors. The Dutil family and Quebec’s Caisse de depot pension fund and Solidarity investment fund will increase their stake from 27.9 per cent now to 40 per cent.The core shareholders are offering to buy up all the publicly traded shares for nearly double their recent price.Shares in Canam, which specializes in supplying structural steel for construction of buildings and bridges, jumped 96.6 per cent to closed at $12.19 — just short of the offer of $12.30 per share.Shareholders other than members of the Dutil Family will be offered cash for their stock, subject to shareholder approvals.The Dutil Family will receive stock in the private company and vote in favour of the deal. In addition, the Caisse and the union investment fund are expected to roll over some or all of their stock.The company — which has 23 plants across North America — says its head office will remain in Quebec.Dutil said he expects AIP will remain involved for five to seven years and is an “ideal partner” because it has in the past invested in semi-trailer manufacturer Manac, which is also owned by the Dutil family.However, he ruled out a return to the stock market on the advice of company founder and chairman Marcel Dutil.“My father always told me that his biggest mistake would have been to go public. We’ll remember that. “A special shareholder meeting is slated for June 30 to approve the transaction.Analyst Sara O’Brien of RBC Dominion Securities says the buyout offer values Canam at about $875 million, including assumed debt.— With files from Julien Arsenault by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 9:03 am MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canam stock nearly doubles on going-private offer for Quebec-based company read more

Food drive hopes to feed hungry Brock studentsFood drive hopes to feed hungry Brock students

The Affordable Food Project is running Brock University’s largest ever food drive and is looking for help.Perishable and nonperishable food items will be collected Tuesday, Feb 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the lobby of Schmon Tower.The goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food in just one day (enough to feed more than 10,000 meals to students in need).It is an ambitious goal, but Fed Up has already received a commitment for more than 5,000 pounds so far.Students, staff, and faculty who bring in food donations will be entered in a raffle to win a $500 gift certificate to a local grocery store.Fed Up The Affordable Food Project started in 2011 and grew out of student hopes to save money on food.The food will be used in the program’s grocery delivery and pick up service for students (a free service for all Brock students).It will also host a series of community food events during the remainder of the term, where free food will be provided along with resources around eating healthy and affordably on a student budget.The project incorporated as a not-for-profit in order to grow a handful of food-based initiatives and provide better service for students looking to save money and be given more food options.For more information on Fed Up The Affordable Food Project, tweet @FeedBrock or visit www.FeedBrock.org read more

Robert Kubica returns to F1 racing with Williams in 2019Robert Kubica returns to F1 racing with Williams in 2019

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Robert Kubica will make his return to Formula One next year with the Williams team.It completes a remarkable comeback for Kubica, rated as one of the quickest in F1 before a gruesome rally accident in 2011 left him needing seven hours of surgery on a partially severed right hand.The 33-year-old Polish driver impressed in testing for Williams last year and was a reserve and development driver this year. One of the main questions regarding his return was whether Kubica’s fragile right arm could handle the strain of a heavy car.Kubica says “being back on the F1 grid next season will be one of the greatest achievements of my life,” adding, “It has been a long road to get to this point.”He earned 12 podium finishes in F1 from 2006-10 — claiming his first pole position and victory in 2008 — and was considered among the sport’s brightest talents.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

All jobs should be advertised as flexible hours the Equality and HumanAll jobs should be advertised as flexible hours the Equality and Human

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The EHRC found that the gender pay gap shrunk after the introduction of the national minimum wage, particularly for the lowest paid, but that raising it to the living wage would do little because “so few women occupy the highest-paid jobs”.The difference in the public sector is lower overall than the private, it said, noting a link between large pay gaps and “the ‘bonus culture’ which is more prevalent in the private sector and which tends to reward men more highly than women”. Clare Balding was one of those who signed an open letter urging the BBC to act on pay and gender equalityCredit:Andrew Crowley Caroline Waters, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “We need new ideas to bring down pay gaps – it’s not just about more women at the top.”Yes, female representation is important but tackling pay gaps is far more complicated than that. Whilst there has been some progress, it has been painfully slow. We need radical change now otherwise we’ll be having the same conversation for decades to come.”The EHRC said the Government’s campaign to promote gender equality in the workplace had received little pick-up because “Many companies fail to recognise they have a gender pay gap and therefore take no action to close it; others do not see it as a priority.” In April it became mandatory for private and voluntary sector organisations with more than 250 employees to report on the gender pay gap within their workforce, and Theresa May promised to extend to the gap between different ethnicities if she won the snap general election in June.The EHRC is encouraging businesses to voluntarily disclose pay gap details.In June, the Department for Education became the first Government department to reveal the 5.9 per cent difference between the pay of men and women, saying it was setting an example to other employers on promoting gender equality.The report also warned that women, disabled people and people from some ethnic minority groups were more likely to be paid less than the living wage.  Chris Evans, the BBC's highest paid star, made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017 University education was found to be a large driver in reducing the pay gap between male and female graduates, which narrowed to 6 per cent in 2014.The body said employers’ efforts on ethnicity and disability tended to lag behind those on gender, with closing the disability pay gap dubbed a “distant prospect”.Pay gaps between men with or without neurological or mental health conditions were particularly large, with men with epilepsy experiencing a pay gap close to 40% and men with depression or anxiety having a pay gap of around 30 per cent. The issue hit the headlines recently when the BBC revealed that two thirds of its top earners were men. Clare Balding was one of those who signed an open letter urging the BBC to act on pay and gender equality Chris Evans, the BBC’s highest paid star, made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017Credit:Dan Kitwood All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said, as it said progress has been “painfully slow”.The proposal was one of a series suggested by the commission to tackle pay gaps affecting women, disabled people and ethnic minorities. It said that the change would benefit women and disabled people who are more likely to need flexible working and are often forced to accept part-time jobs that offer lower pay. The Commission also suggested that businesses should be made to collect annual statistics which set out their pay gaps for ethnic minorities and disabled people. Extra paternity leave would also help to bring down inequality, it said. last_img read more

Vegans strike deal with abattoir to give cows last rites before theyVegans strike deal with abattoir to give cows last rites before they

Vegan activists have struck a deal with an abattoir to allow them to stage ‘last rites’ ceremonies with incoming cows to tell them, “we love you, we are sorry”.Leicestershire Animal Save are hosting roadside monthly vigils once a month in Melton Mowbray in which they whisper phrases to cattle before they arrive at an abattoir run by Foyle Food Group.The activists, who have held 35 ceremonies since founding their group in 2015, also hold signs which say “your taste=their death”.Group founder Dina Aherne said the group has an understanding with the slaughterhouse bosses, who let them stop the trucks and trailers which transport the cows.The 38-year-old former solicitor from Leicester said: “We want to make the cows feel at ease every time because they are living and sacred beings. “We whisper phrases to them like ‘we’re sorry’, ‘we see you’ and ‘I love you’.Ms Aherne said she believed the peaceful protests are the best way to spread the message about veganism and animal welfare.She added: “Any social movements have different kinds of action and a lot of vegan groups resort to violence.”But we condone this and the best way is to peacefully spread the message.Foyle Food Group has nine sites across the UK where they slaughter and debone more than 7,500 cattle each week across its processing plants.The company were approached to comment. 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. Leicestershire Animal Save gather around trucks filled with cattle, praying to the cows before they enter a Foyle Food Group processing plant in Melton Mowbray Leicestershire Animal Save gather around trucks filled with cattle, praying to the cows before they enter a Foyle Food Group processing plant in Melton MowbrayCredit:Ash Sudra Photography/SWNS “Cows have a living soul and conscience. We really want to help comfort them.”We have to arrange and give two weeks notice for when we are going to be on site.”When we arrive usually at about 8am, we gather outside the slaughterhouse on days when the abattoir is operational for about three hours.”We then stop each of the trucks and are given two minutes to say the last goodbye’s before they go and get a bolt gun put through their head. read more

F1 expertise coming to mining equipment simulatorsF1 expertise coming to mining equipment simulators

first_imgAhead of the simulator article in the October issue, IM can provides news of an entrant to the mining market. Cruden B.V. is a world leading designer and manufacturer of interactive motion-based racing simulators. It has set up a new Australia office and has mining as one of its targets. The operation is headed up by Roy Park, a simulation expert with over 25 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and servicing advanced motion control systems in Australia, Singapore, Korea and China.“Cruden’s strategic expansion into the Asia Pacific region reflects the growing adoption of simulators by automotive Tier One suppliers, OEM regional technical centres and motorsport formulae outside of Formula 1. It is also a response to the demand for more sophisticated motion systems in simulators for the defence and mining industries,” says Frank Kalff, Cruden’s Commercial Director. “As the technology becomes affordable and vehicle and road-modelling improves, Cruden’s professional simulators are now within the reach of new markets as a viable testing tool to help reduce costs and speed-up development time. We are now ideally placed to serve customers globally.”Cruden’s background is in flight simulation and its current range of Hexatech simulators has been developed for the most technically challenging environment of Formula 1. Originating from Fokker Aircraft, the company was FCS Racing Simulation before becoming Cruden in 2006.last_img read more

PSG Handball routine win in SchaffhausenPSG Handball routine win in Schaffhausen

8. Kadetten Schaffhausen300377:92(-15)0 3. Telekom Veszprém312084:80(4)4 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg210144:49(-5)2 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt311176:71(5)3 PSG HandballVelux EHF Champions League 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…320195:83(12)4 5. THW Kiel210153:53(0)2 7. Orlen Wisla Plock301281:89(-8)1 1. FC Barcelona Lassa330082:75(7)6 PSG Handball celebrated second win in a row at VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017. Zvonimir Serdarusic guys didn’t lost a lot of power to outplay the weakest team of group A – Kadetten Schaffhausen on their court at BBC Arena – 35:25 (19:8).The TOP scorer among the winners was Uwe Gensheimer with seven goals ahead of Jesper Nilesen with five and Mikkel Hansen and Luka Stepancic with four each.Michal Szyba netted six in home team.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Serbian girls ahead of silver Dutch and bronze Romanian ladies! Next Story → IVIC, IVIC, IVIC! Kielce win in Szeged after furious finish! read more

Because of my ancestry there is no way I could walk aroundBecause of my ancestry there is no way I could walk around

first_img DESPITE ONLY PLAYING five times for Liverpool, Howard Gayle unquestionably left his mark on one of the world’s most famous football clubs.The local boy who grew up to become the first black player to play for Liverpool in their 88-year history, was forced to overcome many obstacles in the process, including bigotry and prejudice.But the social climate 40 years ago was totally different than it is now; both in and outside of the game.Today, the Premier League is one of the most cosmopolitan entities in sport, with the division becoming more culturally diverse every season.At Watford, for example, their 25-man first-team squad features 19 different nationalities from Europe to Africa to the Americas, but that hasn’t always been the case for English clubs.“I always just saw myself as a footballer trying to make it,” Gayle tells The42. “They would have had black players on the books at youth level at Liverpool, but I was actually the first black player to sign a professional contract at the club, and then the first to play for the first team. And that started to make headlines in the newspapers.” Gayle in 2009 at the launch of the Fields of Anfield Road CD in aid of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe boyhood Liverpool supporter, who found himself in trouble with the law at a young age for, amongst other crimes, dealing stolen goods, was a regular at Anfield and at away grounds around England to support his heroes from the terraces in an era of violent and destructive football hooliganism.In many ways, his love for the team helped the fans to embrace the player as one of their own. But it was much harder within the club, when he signed in 1977.In his autobiography, Gayle describes the iconic Tommy Smith as his ”biggest problem at Liverpool” with his alleged snide racial comments nearly leading to the two trading blows in training.However, that was far from an isolated case in the largely white environment, with his presence at the club making other players feel uneasy.“There was always banter in the changing room,” Gayle says.“But when the banter turned to race or colour, I put a stop to it. I made it clear that I was uncomfortable with what was being said.“I was always viewed as outspoken against it, and some players didn’t like that.“They may say something and I would know if they have said something wrong. They would wait for a response, which in most cases, they would get.“But you’d also get players who would have had the same understanding as me. I’m talking about white players, who would hear some comments, and also feel uncomfortable with what was being said. They wouldn’t agree with it at all.“I earned a bad reputation within the club. People thought I had a chip on my shoulder because I stood up to any racial adversity.”Gayle would go on to make his senior debut three years after signing professional terms with the club, when he came on as a substitute against Manchester City in the place of David Fairclough.But the early 1980s was a time when racial abuse from the crowd and fellow players was still widely accepted within the game.“The only way I could fight it was to play well and to make sure my team won,” Gayle explains.“Any chance I got for a bit of retribution on the pitch to anybody that said anything, I would take. I would take any opportunity, once it wouldn’t get me sent off or get me in trouble with the authorities. Gayle also played under former teammate Kenny Dalglish at Blackburn Rovers. Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport“I stood in the middle of the pitch one day with somebody calling me a n****r, and I said to the referee, ‘Are you going to do something?’“The referee told me it was my problem.“I then said to him ‘If was to grab him by the throat and beat the life out of him, are you going to tell me it’s my problem? Or are you going to send me off?’“He just walked away. Those were the kind of things I had to deal with.“Years ago, the racism that black players endured was acceptable. It was the norm. You just had to get on with it. Now it is a criminal offence – on or off the pitch. The only thing we could do was to play well, and silence the bigots.”The winger, who could also play as a forward, was a prolific scorer for Liverpool’s successful reserve side and netted 62 goals in 156 matches for the second-string outfit, where he played with legendary figures such as Ronnie Whelan, Alan Hansen and Ian Rush.With first-team opportunities limited, Gayle spent time on loan at Second Division side Fulham and returned a more battle-hardened player.Chances to impress in the first team remained rare, but suddenly an opportunity arose when Liverpool were missing several key players, including Alan Kennedy and Phil Thompson, ahead of their daunting European Cup semi-final second leg at Bayern Munich’s Olympic Stadium.Consequently, Gayle was named among the substitutes for the crucial match with the game scoreless after the first leg.And after Kenny Dalglish limped off the pitch in the early stages following a heavy tackle, Gayle was summoned from the bench for only his second appearance for the club. His big moment to make a statement on the pitch had arrived, in what was a volatile and hostile environment.Manager Bob Paisley had hoped that Gayle would act as an unknown quantity for the German defence, and he was right. His blistering pace and skill on the ball subsequently caused havoc for the home side.Gayle terrorised Bayern’s defenders all night, amid monkey chants that rang around the stadium every time he touched the ball.In the first half of the game, Gayle made an immediate impact and should have been awarded a penalty when Bayern defender Wolfgang Dremmler appeared to foul the Liverpool forward in the box, but appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears.Then mid-way through the second period the tricky winger picked up a yellow card for a late challenge, an act of retaliation perhaps after being repeatedly targeted by Bayern throughout the match. He was soon replaced by the more experienced Jimmy Case, with the game still in the balance.The substitute was being substituted, much to the frustration and annoyance of the youngster. The euphoric high of playing in Liverpool’s most important game of the season quickly turned into a dispiriting low.Gayle feels that lack of trust and belief in his ability defined his six-year stay at the club.“I had so much to offer that game, but Bob Paisley didn’t trust me,” Gayle recalls about his 61 minutes on the pitch.“I committed one foul in the game, it wasn’t a booking offence, but the referee gave me a yellow card. He probably felt he had to. He had booked four or five of their players already in the game.“The manager didn’t want to face the prospect of going into extra time with 10 men, if I was to do something stupid.“That lack of trust really disappointed me. I was only sent off twice in my entire career. I felt I had more to offer.”Still, Liverpool would go on to reach their first European Cup final in three years as Ray Kennedy stuck in the 83rd minute to give the visitors the lead.Karl-Heinz Rummenigge replied five minutes later to produce a tense final few minutes, but Liverpool held on to set up a meeting in the final with Spanish giants Real Madrid, thanks to the away goal rule.Three days later, Gayle made his full debut at White Hart Lane against Spurs in the league, and he marked the occasion with a goal after 22 minutes.And although Gayle started two out of the three matches in the lead up to the European Cup final, a refreshed Dalglish was deemed fit enough to start in Paris. Liverpool’s squad photograph ahead of the 1981 European Cup final. Source: EMPICS SportBut it was Alan Kennedy who proved to be the hero as his decisive strike in the closing stages resulted in Liverpool becoming champions of Europe for the third time in five years, with Gayle forced to watch the entire proceedings from the bench.He didn’t know it at the time, but Gayle would never play for Liverpool’s first team again, with the following two seasons mostly spent with the reserves.A short loan spell with Newcastle United followed in the 1982-83 season before Gayle departed for Birmingham City at the end of the campaign. His time was up and he can still recall the exact moment he knew it was time to leave the club.“I remember I played in a reserve game on a Wednesday and I scored a hat-trick, and the general belief was that I was at least going to be in the squad for the next game.“We were playing away at Ipswich and we got beat 1-0, and they didn’t take me.“Roy Evans [the reserve team coach] told me ‘If I was you, I’d go to a different club because I’ve been batting your corner in there and they are not having it.’“When your coach tells you that, you have to listen.“There was a lot of unfulfilled potential. I feel I wasn’t given the opportunity. I didn’t come through Liverpool’s apprentice system, I didn’t get to Liverpool until I was 19.“I was training with seasoned internationals, who were the best team in England. If you’re good at training with them, you knew you could play.“They knew I was a good player and that I had the skills to compete with anybody.“My brother used to say that I had to be twice as good as anybody as I was competing with for a position, and he was right. If I was white, I may have played more times.“But I hope in some sort of rounded way, I helped the club understand more about the black culture with the likes of John Barnes, Michael Thomas and Emile Heskey playing after me. I would like to think there is still some sort of legacy.”After Birmingham, there were stints at Sunderland, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and Halifax Town, and a period in the United States with the Dallas Sidekicks in the Major Indoor Soccer League.On the international stage, Gayle also helped England retain their European U21 Championship title in 1984, as a designated overage player. Gayle up against his former teammate Alan Hansen, while playing for Birmingham City. Source: EMPICS SportAfter being involved in the game for the majority of his life, Gayle remains adamant that racism is not a problem solely for football, but rather society at large.“As a unit and as a sport, football does more to combat racism than governments do.“A person could be a racist until 5-6pm on a Saturday afternoon and say nothing, then after the game, they can go back to being a racist where there are no cameras.“Racism is a problem for society, and it is starting to get worse publicly again with what is going on around the world.”Today, Gayle is heavily involved in campaigning for racial equality and is an ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card, the anti-racism charity.And last year, Gayle was in the headlines again after he was nominated for a Member of the British Empire honour for his charity work, but he turned it down as he felt it would be a ‘betrayal’ to the people who suffered under British colonial rule.“I never had any doubts in my mind that it was the right decision,” said Gayle, whose father came to England from Sierra Leone, while his mother was of Ghanaian descent.“This was a decision made by me, I wasn’t coerced by anybody.“My culture and upbringing is always something that I paid special attention to. When I look back on history, and the history I was taught in school, it was largely a lie in relation to Africa. Thanks to the internet, people have sourced the information themselves and more info about slaves is coming out.“Because of my ancestry, there is no way I could walk around with Member of the British Empire after my name, after seeing what the Empire did to my family and ancestors.“If somebody wants to take it, that’s their choice, changing the name of the honour to something more community-oriented or more inclusive would help, but my choice is not to take it based on my beliefs and my principles.”61 Minutes in Munich: The Story of Liverpool FC’s First Black Footballer by Howard Gayle is published by deCoubertin Books. More info here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie Short URL ‘Music seems to excite him as much as football. Poetry, too, it is rumoured’”I wanted to say: ‘You’re bullying me, Dad, don’t beat me like this, talk to me”’ 8 Comments 62,397 Views http://the42.ie/3127923 Jan 15th 2017, 9:31 PM ‘Because of my ancestry, there is no way I could walk around with MBE after my name’ Howard Gayle speaks to The42 about being the first black player to play for Liverpool. By Shane Costello Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:31 PMlast_img read more

Rings trailer reveals VHS tape has been replaced by cursed online videoRings trailer reveals VHS tape has been replaced by cursed online video

first_img <> Paramount has just released a disgustingly wonderful new Rings trailer and poster for the upcoming third American chapter in the RING franchise.The classic Ringu effectively kicked off the J-horror craze as we know it back in 1998, telling the story of a TV reporter who watches a cursed VHS tape that kills people seven days after viewing. It spawned numerous sequels and Western remakes that all managed to be pretty effective.But it’s now been eleven years since The Ring Two, and times have changed. If you were wondering how it would get around the fact that VCRs are no longer in production and most people wouldn’t know what to do with a tape, don’t worry. Samara is going viral.Now she appears as video spam in an email link, causing some cursed HTML5 to work its magic on you. The trailer might show a little too much of the final film, taking you day by day to see all the horrors visited on the main character just for clicking the wrong link.Rings stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Director F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) actually shot this a year ago when it was originally titled The Ring 3D but they dropped that particular gimmick to focus on the body horror, apparently. As you’ll see in the trailer, this time watching the video doesn’t just subject you to death via ghost… it’s way worse than that.Personally I’m a bit sad that they didn’t go for an adaptation of Loop, the third of Koji Suzuki’s Ring novels which features Sadako killing people in virtual reality. (Seriously.)The year-long delay doesn’t bode well for the film but there are enough cool visuals in the trailer to make folks interested. Since Paranormal Activity was pumped out every single year until people stopped showing up, Paramound Vice Chairman Rob Moore is hoping that if this film is successful they can do the same with the Ring franchise. Perhaps someone should remind him that sometimes less is more. Samara knows how to wait, after all. Rings hits theaters on October 28. Good luck, and watch where you click.last_img read more

Empoli boss Bennacer was better than RonaldoEmpoli boss Bennacer was better than Ronaldo

first_imgAurelio Andreazzoli feels that Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t the best player on the pitch in Empoli’s 2-1 home defeat to JuventusRonaldo’s match-winning brace secured all three points for Juventus last Saturday after falling behind due to Francesco Caputo’s opener.The Portuguese superstar was later named the Man-of-the-Match, which Empoli coach Andreazzoli strongly disagrees on.The 64-year-old instead feels the award should have gone to Algerian midfielder Ismaël Bennacer and he doesn’t even think Ronaldo’s goals were that great.“Ronaldo got man-of-the-match, but I think [Ismael] Bennacer was the best, without a doubt,” Andreazzoli told reporters on YouTube.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Obviously he scored his goal, with a powerful shot, but Caputo’s goal was much more beautiful, both in the build-up and the finish.“He aimed for the top corner, CR7 hit it hard but he wasn’t aiming there. Then when it went in it was a beautiful goal.”18th-place Empoli will now another tricky encounter at Napoli on Friday at 20:30 (CEST) in the Serie A.last_img read more

Parolee leads police on road chase near San Diego BayParolee leads police on road chase near San Diego Bay

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom October 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 2, 2018center_img Parolee leads police on road chase near San Diego Bay SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A parolee who fled a traffic stop on Shelter Island early Tuesday led officers on a pursuit into Barrio Logan, where tire-flattening spike strips forced him to a halt and a pall of police tear gas helped persuade him to surrender, authorities reported.San Diego Harbor Police personnel spotted the man, later identified as 32-year-old Andrew Dwight Sigsbee, driving erratically near America’s Cup Harbor shortly after 5:30 a.m. and tried to pull him over, according to the port law enforcement agency.The driver refused to yield, fleeing to the east past Lindbergh Field and south toward the San Diego Convention Center, officials said.The chase, during which Sigsbee’s car collided a patrol vehicle, ended in the 1200 block of Harbor Drive, near Waterfront Park, after the sedan ran over spike strips laid out in the roadway by San Diego police.Sigsbee initially ignored officers’ commands to surrender, resulting in a brief standoff. After SDPD officers shot pepper-spray projectiles into his disabled sedan, he exited the car and surrendered.Sigsbee was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, assault with a deadly weapon — his car — and violation of parole. He was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.The harbor police officer involved in the collision with the suspect’s car was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Traffic lanes in the area where the pursuit ended remained blocked for about an hour, authorities reported. Updated: 1:42 PMlast_img read more

20YearOld Killed In Head On Collision On Sterling Highway20YearOld Killed In Head On Collision On Sterling Highway

first_imgPreliminary findings show the Hyundai crossed the center line divider and into the Ford’s lane.  The driver of the Hyundai was Moore. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department and Central Emergency Services responded to the Sterling Hwy and Kleeb Loop for a report of a motor vehicle collision, yesterday morning, around 5:20 a.m. According to a press release from SPD, an investigation revealed a 2016 Hyundai was traveling south on the Sterling Hwy and struck a 2017 Ford F350 which was traveling north on the Sterling Hwy. The driver of the Ford, Erick S. Endecott, 39 of Soldotna, received minor injuries which did not need medical treatment.center_img According to CES Chief Dan Grimes there was one fatality as a result of the accident,  Jeffery T. Moore, 20 of Soldotna, died at the scene. Moore’s next of kin has been notified.  According to SPD Alcohol may have been a factor in the collision.last_img read more