Liverpool target Goretzka agrees to join Bayern

first_imgTransfers Goretzka agrees to join Bayern as Liverpool dealt transfer blow Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 18:13 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Leon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Werder Bremen Bundesliga The Germany international will join the Bavarian club at the end of the season, disappointing a host of other clubs across Europe Leon Goretzka has passed a medical and agreed a deal to sign for Bayern Munich at the end of the season, Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed.Goretzka was out of contract at Schalke at the end of the season and, while the club tried to keep him in Gelsenkirchen, it was always likely he would move on.Bayern declared their desire to take the 22-year-old to Bavaria last week, the Bundesliga champions’ executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stating they would be “crazy” if they did not consider signing a free agent Germany international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the lure of playing at the Allianz Arena has proved key, despite reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Hannover, Heidel told reporters: “Leon Goretzka has earlier this week informed us that he would like to leave the club and join Bayern Munich.”We noted that with regret. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told us that Leon has passed his medical. We are losing a very good player.”He has signed a contract from July 1, 2018 with Bayern. We did everything possible to keep Leon.”last_img read more

Milner out & Tielemans in talked up for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool should be looking to replace James Milner with Youri Tielemans if the experienced performer moves on as a free agent this summer, says Danny Murphy.Changes are expected at Anfield once the 2018-19 campaign comes to a close.Jurgen Klopp’s side have finished as runners-up in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final, but they are aware of the need to seek continuous improvement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That process could see Milner leave at the end of his contract, as the ex-England international is now 33 years of age, with the Reds then seeking suitable cover.Murphy feels a Belgium international who starred during a loan spell at Leicester this season should be targeted, with Monaco reportedly open to offers of around £40 million ($50m) for Tielemans.“The big clubs are always looking at what is next and where to improve,” former Liverpool midfielder Murphy told .“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be back, which is a big plus, he will practically be like a new signing.“Maybe they will let Milner go and one other. Then coming in, Tielemans has had a good season at Leicester, he can open a team up and I am sure Liverpool would love a player like that.“You have to be careful, obviously supporters always want new signings in, but you can’t bring in too many and upset the dynamic.“It is the manager’s biggest problem as he doesn’t want to upset too many players.“Signings would be good, but they don’t need too much to be honest. If they were to win the Champions League, it makes them a lot more attractive.”Wijnaldum LiverpoolWijnaldum Henderson Alexander-Arnold Liverpool BarcelonaWhile calling for reinforcements in the middle of the park, Murphy believes that unsung heroes from a positive campaign at Anfield can be found in that area of the pitch.He added: “Jordan Henderson has had a strong end to the season, but over the course of the season [Georginio] Wijnaldum has been the most consistent midfielder.“It’s an area where there is a lot of competition and Klopp has mixed it up a lot but he [Wijnaldum] has the great ability where he can create chances and get forward but he is also very disciplined and very comfortable with the ball at his feet.“Of course, he got the plaudits after the Barcelona game, but I was talking about him even before that and he will be a certainty to play in the final.”Liverpool are set to face Tottenham in the Champions League final at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Rohit Sharma eyes history as India gear up for T20I series vs New Zealand

first_img Akshay Ramesh WellingtonFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 23:49 IST Rohit Sharma needs to win two more T20Is to become the second most successful captain for India in the shortest format of the game (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are yet to win a T20I match vs New Zealand in New ZealandRohit Sharma needs two more wins to overtake Virat Kohli as the second-most successful T20I captain for IndiaIndia will take on New Zealand in a 3-match T20I series from WednesdayVirat Kohli enjoyed a successful season both as a batsman and captain before he was rested for the last three ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand. He had become the first India captain to win a bilateral Test and ODI series in Australia.Rohit Sharma now has a shot at history as he prepares to lead India in Virat Kohli’s absence in the upcoming three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.Rohit has an opportunity to become the first India captain to win a match and a T20I series in New Zealand when the two teams meet for a three-match series from Wednesday. India will be buoyed following their 4-1 win in the recently-concluded ODI series but history doesn’t favour the Asian giants.India have played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand. An MS Dhoni-led side was thrashed 2-0 in a two-match series in 2008-09. Notably, India had won the ODI series that followed the T20I series by a comfortable 3-1 margin.While India are yet to open their account in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand, they have a poor head-to-head record against the Black Caps.India hadn’t won a T20I match against New Zealand until Virat Kohli led India to a 2-1 series win over a visiting Black Caps side in the 2017-18 season. In eight matches between the two sides, India have won only two with a win percentage of 25.advertisementRohit has proved to be an astute captain in the T20Is and has led India well in the past in the absence of Kohli. From 12 matches as India captain in the shortest format of the game, Rohit has won 11 of them.Can Rohit surpass Kohli in New Zealand? Rohit has a chance to surpass Virat Kohli in T20Is as he needs just two more wins to become the second most successful India captain in the shortest format of the game. MS Dhoni leads the list with 41 wins in 72 matches.Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury.On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Krunal Pandya will join the Indian squad for the T20Is. Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, India have a strong squad to challenge the Kane Williamson-led side in what promises to be a cracker of a series from Wednesday.Also Read | Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition in the World Cup: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Babar Azam as good as Virat Kohli? Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has this to sayAlso Read | Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New ZealandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni Rohit Sharma eyes history as India gear up for T20I series vs New ZealandIndia tour of New Zealand 2019: In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead Team India in the upcoming three-match T20I series, starting Wednesday in Wellington.advertisementlast_img read more

Former Wales rugby team captain Gareth Thomas reveals living with HIV

first_img Reuters New DelhiSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 10:35 IST Gareth Thomas File Photo (Reuters Photo)Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he has been living with HIV “for years” and appealed for support to “break the stigma” around the condition.The 45-year-old said in a video posted on Twitter that he had been moved to go public about his health because he had received emails threatening to expose him.”I’m Gareth Thomas and I want to share my secret with you. Why? Because it’s mine to tell you, not the emails that make my life hell, threatening to tell you before I do, and because I believe in you and I trust you,” he said.”I’m living with HIV. Now you have that information, that makes me extremely vulnerable but it does not make me weak.”Now even though I’ve been forced to tell you this, I choose to fight, to educate and break the stigma around this subject.” Thomas (@gareththomas14) September 14, 2019Thomas was capped 100 times for Wales in an international career spanning 1995-2007 and also captained the British and Irish Lions in 2005.After his retirement from international rugby, he came out as gay in 2009 and has been a prominent campaigner against homophobia in sport.In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Thomas said he had kept the diagnosis secret for years and it initially caused him to have suicidal thoughts.”I had a fear people would judge me and treat me like a leper because of a lack of knowledge,” the paper quoted him as saying.”I was in a dark place, feeling suicidal. I thought about driving off a cliff.advertisement”To me, wanting to die was just a natural thought and felt like the easier way out, but you have to confront things. And having a strong support system and the personal strength and experience of overcoming those emotions got me through it.”The first British rugby international to come out, Thomas told the paper that blackmailers had threatened to reveal his diagnosis.He also said he was in good health while managing the condition with medication, and Stephen, his partner of several years, was not HIV positive.Thomas’s revelation comes just over a week before Wales play their first World Cup match against Georgia in Japan, where the former skipper will work as a pundit for broadcaster ITV.”I’m asking you to help me to show that everyone lives in fear of people’s reactions and opinions of something about them. But that doesn’t mean that we should have to hide,” he said on Twitter.”To do this, I really, really need your support.”The post prompted a flood of supportive messages from British sport personalities on social media, including former England soccer great Gary Lineker and prominent international rugby referee Nigel Owens.Good luck to you.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 14, 2019Welshman Owens, who came out as gay in 2007 after a long struggle to come to terms with his sexuality, gave “all (his) support” to Thomas on Twitter.”Stay strong my friend and as always well done for being so brave and open to speak about these important issues that affect so many and will help even more,” he tweeted.Stay strong my friend and as always well done for being so brave and speak about these important issues that affect so many and will help even more.Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) September 14, 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Gareth ThomasFollow Wales rugby team Former Wales rugby team captain Gareth Thomas reveals living with HIVGareth Thomas was capped 100 times for Wales in an international career spanning 1995-2007 and also captained the British and Irish Lions in 2005.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Cocktail Alternatives for the Lime Shortage

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient If you haven’t noticed, we’re going through a bit of a lime crisis right now. Because of a shortage in Mexico, prices of the citrus fruit have soared in recent months. Just walk into most delis, and you’ll see a plethora of lemons but probably only a few sad, shriveled limes. And even though we’re finally getting limes instead of lemons with our tacos (yes, that actually was a thing), they can still be hard to come by depending where you live. So we asked some of our favorite liquor brands and mixologists to fill us in on what they’re using in cocktails as lime substitutes.We all love a tequila shot now and then, but it can be a challenge to get down without a lime if you’re not a seasoned drinker of the spirit. Hornitos combines the tequila + lime + salt ritual into one step with Lime Shot. Now you can take the shot with ease, no lime slice needed. Michael Fragoso of No. 8 in NYC said they’ve been using new and interesting ingredients to create cocktails that aren’t citrus based, one being WTRMLN WTR. “The Watermelon Martini was a signature drink from the original Bungalow 8 and continues to be the number one seller for us,” Fragoso said. “WTRMLN WTR takes all the fuss out of doing it in house and bottles it in a fresh, pure and awesome package, making it something we can pair with any base spirit on our menu for something refreshing.”Hendrick’s Gin recently launched the campaign “Save a Lime, Use a Cucumber” to encourage imbibers to refresh their cocktails differently. “The lime shortage was undoubtedly rough, but it was a great chance for bartenders to experiment and explore other garnish options, such as the lovely cucumber,” Jim Ryan, National Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s, said. Their Cucumber Gin Lemonade uses fresh lemon juice and a cucumber spear for the perfect summer drink. The mixologists at Caliche Rum had the same good idea, switching out lime juice for lemon and grapefruit to remix the classic mojito.We found that pouring a great flavored liquor on the rocks is another wonderful way to get buzzed without any slicing necessary. Grey Goose just launched their Le Melon vodka, infused with 100% Cavaillon melons, a sweet fruit with a peak season of only two months in the South of France. Legend has it artists and kings traded their treasure for the melon’s precious seeds, and we don’t doubt it – Le Melon is one of the best vodkas we’ve tasted in a long time. If you’re still struggling to find ripe limes, check out some of the refreshing cocktail recipes below. You’ll soon forget these drinks even needed them at all.Hendrick’s Cucumber Lemonade3 parts Hendrick’s Gin2 parts fresh lemon juice2 parts simple syrup Sparkling waterCombine ingredients in a long glass. Add ice, top with sparkling water, give a gentle stir and garnish with a cucumber spear.Cali Mojito2 oz Caliche Rum1 oz. fresh lemon or grapefruit juice¾ oz. agave nectar8 mint leavesCrushed iceMint sprigIn a rocks glass, combine all ingredients, then lightly muddle mint leaves. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig. PicoBrew MultiBrew Gives You the Power to Brew (Practically) Anything 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wellslast_img read more

Italian Shipping Trio Urged to Stop Beaching Ships

first_imgzoom Italian shipping companies Grimaldi Group, Ignazio Messina and Vittorio Bogazzi & Figli are facing strong criticism from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform for their poor shipbreaking practices.The global coalition of 19 environmental organisations said it calls upon the companies to take necessary actions to ensure the sustainable recycling of their end-of-life fleet as a matter of urgency.As a member of the European Union, Italy is legally required to oblige to European waste laws as well as the standards for safe and green ship recycling as set in the new European Regulation on Ship Recycling.According to the Platform, Grimaldi Group, Ignazio Messina and Vittorio Bogazzi & Figli have continued to sell their vessels to South Asian beaching yards which do not meet the requirements of the new EU Regulation on Ship Recycling. The data collected by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform show that the three Italian companies have since 2009 sold fifty-four end-of-life ships to South Asian beaching yards for substandard breaking.“The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has constructively consulted with many responsible owners of vessels and has together with these companies identified sustainable solutions for clean and safe ship recycling. We would be glad to exchange with Grimaldi Group, Ignazio Messina and Vittorio Bogazzi & Figli about available solutions,” said NGO Shipbreaking Platform founder and policy advisor Ingvild Jenssen.According to the Platform’s release, the Naples-based Grimaldi Group has acknowledged the importance of proper ship recycling, saying that they remain open to initiating a dialogue with the Platform with the aim of finding sustainable solutions for their end-of-life fleet.Image: NGO/Adam Cohnlast_img read more

Kiehls And OCRFA LifeRide Finale Event To Honor Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgMaintaining its mission of philanthropy, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, continues to expand its LifeRide motorcycle project and will ride through Los Angeles this September in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing private ovarian cancer research, advocating for increased federal research and awareness funding and further policies that support women and their families before, during and after a diagnosis. The OCRFA unites the ovarian cancer community as one strong voice, propelling the ovarian cancer field forward at an accelerated pace – exactly what is needed at a critical time when specific discoveries are rapidly increasing, but federal research dollars are not keeping pace.The ride concludes with a finale at the Kiehl’s store in Santa Monica, and the official announcement of Kiehl’s donation of $25,000 to OCRFA, hosted by Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo and OCRFA President & CEO Audra Moran. Guests will be treated to a live DJ, Tito’s Handmade Vodka open bar, and other refreshments from FOODLAB.Expected to take part are Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo, OCRFA President and CEO Audra Moran, additional LifeRiders and special guests including Alyssa Milano, Scott Patterson, Gilles Marini, Grant Reynolds, Luke Wessman, Stacie B. London, and more.WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016Event Begins: 6:00pmWHERE: Kiehl’s Santa Monica 1516 Montana Avenuelast_img read more

OCP Group Launches Corporate Volunteering Initiative for Farmers

Rabat- The OCP Group has launched a corporate volunteering initiative for farmers within its “Act4Farmers” program.  The initiative, launched yesterday in the context of the new proximity and support campaign, “Al Moutmir Li Khadamt Al Qorb,” (Proximity Services) held October 9-11, offered expertise and training to the farmers of Kasbat Al Trach in Oued Zem, 150 kilometers southeast of Casablanca, in order to improve the local ecosystem.  The program, which is also part of a bigger project, Act4Community, also aims to initiate OCP’s partners to the sustainable development of Moroccan localities that foster employment and economic growth. The campaign included an agricultural repository, mobile laboratories for soil analysis, and adapted trainings. The Act4Community project, launched in July of last year, is meant to enhance investment and social projects that will directly benefit the community. “Al Moutmir Li Khadamt Al Qorb” focuses on the sustainable development of the agricultural sector in Morocco. Involving a team of agronomists in charge of regional rural development, the program is launching operations in 28 provinces to introduce new sustainable methods to local farmers. Trainings will be at the center of these operations, and the teams are already on site to accompany farmers and monitor their work to improve their practices. read more

UN grants 37 million to help flood survivors in Mali Ghana and

The United Nations has allocated $3.7 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help ongoing relief efforts in Mali, Ghana and Togo which were struck recently by some of the worst floods West Africa has seen in decades.The landmark Fund, launched in 2006 to make funds available quickly for relief operations, will provide $1 million to Mali, $2.5 million to Ghana and $225,770 to Togo.The funds will support projects developed by UN agencies and their partners to help improve the living conditions of 125,000 people in the three countries. “These floods have displaced thousands of homeless families, damaged farms and crops, destroyed houses and roads, and washed away cattle,” said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, Head of the West Africa Regional Office of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “With the funds allocated to Ghana, Togo and Mali, the most vulnerable will receive vital aid for three months.” Just last week, the UN and its partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) launched a $10 million appeal to assist 75,000 flood victims in Ghana, one of the hardest hit countries with nearly 340,000 people affected. The floods have affected some 800,000 people in 14 West African countries – Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea. 9 October 2007The United Nations has allocated $3.7 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help ongoing relief efforts in Mali, Ghana and Togo which were struck recently by some of the worst floods West Africa has seen in decades. read more

Bank of Canada corrects mountain mistake on 10 bill after Toronto professor

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is making a molehill out of a mountain. The central bank had claimed that its new plastic $10 bank notes included an image of majestic Mount Edith Cavell, a prominent peak in the Canadian Rockies south of Jasper, Alta.But a sharp-eyed professor in Toronto, who had hiked the mountain with his family, thought something was amiss when the image matched neither his memory nor his photos.Hitesh Doshi contacted the Bank of Canada by email last November, shortly after the new $10 notes were released, to say something was amiss. He kept getting the runaround until last week.That’s when the central bank quietly changed its website, removing Mount Edith Cavell and several other peaks from its official description of the back of the $10 bank note, replacing them with some other peaks.It also sent Doshi a short email, finally acknowledging the error. “One of the memorable things for me in Alberta was visiting (Mount) Edith Cavell,” he said of a visit with his family. “To us, it was a very memorable trip.”But when he later examined the $10 bank note, “the peak was not there,” said Doshi, a professor of architecture at Ryerson University and a new Canadian. “That’s where the whole thing started.”Doshi contacted a mountaineer based in Edmonton, Eric Coulthard, who noticed some other discrepancies in the images of peaks on the bank note. For one, there was a misidentified image of Mount Zengel, which the bank claimed was the Palisade and Pyramid mountains.“He recognized Zengel right off the bat,” said Doshi, who sent the bank some more unanswered emails in November and December.Eight months after Doshi’s original inquiries, the Bank of Canada finally removed Mount Edith Cavell and Mount Marmot from its website description of the upper left image of the mountains, saying they’re actually Lectern Peak and Aquila Mountain. Mount Zengel is also properly identified, along with some other changes.“I can confirm that we changed the description of the $10,” bank spokesman Alexandre Deslongchamps said Monday.“Image research was undertaken during the development of the polymer (plastic bank note) series. The documentation error was the result of a misunderstanding about information provided to the Bank of Canada by Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd.”Added Deslongchamps: “The bank has consulted several subject matter experts to ensure that we now have an accurate identification of the mountains in our documentation for the $10 note.”The mountain images on the back of the $10 note, which also features a passenger train, were based on commissioned panoramic photographs, with images later cut and pasted to highlight certain peaks, rather than depict an actual panorama.“Selected areas within those photographs appear in the $10 design, and are now accurately identified on the bank’s website,” Deslongchamps said.The bank simply changed the website descriptions without a note to readers citing the alterations or the reasons.Edith Cavell, for whom the peak was renamed in 1916, was an English nurse during the First World War. She was executed by the German army in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.The 3,363-metre peak in Jasper National Park formerly had a French name that translates the Mountain of the Great Crossing (La Montagne de la Grande Traversee).The Bank of Canada’s new polymer series of bank notes, introduced to thwart counterfeiters, has been plagued with problems and misunderstandings.Vending-machine operators initially complained that the new plastic $20 bills didn’t work properly in their machines. Critics complained that images of pioneering feminists, the Famous Five and Therese Casgrain, were removed from the old $50 bill to make way for the image of an icebreaker on the new, plastic version.Some Canadians said they believed the scent of maple syrup was added to the bills, which the Bank of Canada denies.And the bank came under fire when it was revealed the image of an Asian woman on a prototype of the new $100 bank note was changed to look Caucasian when focus groups complained about her ethnicity. Then-Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney later apologized. read more

Sri Lankan economic refugees rescued then returned home

Propaganda chatter also had been picked up between the diaspora community in Australia and Sri Lanka, falsely claiming that the latest people smuggling venture had been successful in reaching Australian shores.But the OSB source said that when the boat was detected by air it was in poor state and would have sunk had it not been found.The engine had ceased working and the men were described as being in a “distressed” state. “Our Sri Lankan partners provided advice that this vessel might be targeting Australia so we were ready and waiting to locate and detain the boat,” Mr Dutton said.“We have worked cooperatively with Sri Lanka for several years now and since Operation Sovereign Borders began in 2013 every Sri Lankan boat that has attempted to come to Australia illegally, has failed.“This return shows that there has not been, and will not be, any change to Australia’s robust border protection policies.”“People should not believe people smugglers’ lies and risk their lives trying to get to Australia in unsafe boats; they will be turned back and will have wasted their money.” (Colombo Gazette) It is believed to be the first people smuggling venture since the election. A group of distressed would be asylum seekers from Sri Lanka had been saved from drowning at sea while trying to reach Australia after their derelict boat was found adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean by an Australian aerial patrol, The Daily Telegraph reported.The Daily Telegraph has learned that the vessel containing six Sri Lankan men was without engine power and had been at sea for several weeks when it was located by a surveillance aircraft operating under Operation Sovereign Borders. The men were all assessed as being economic refugees, and in accordance with international non-refoulement law were returned to Sri Lanka yesterday by planeThe source confirmed that the operation was launched when Australia received intelligence from Sri Lankan agencies that a boat was believed to have left Sri Lanka and was most likely headed toward Australia. Officials expressed surprise that people were still falling prey to smuggling ventures out of Sri Lanka when it was widely known that they would be classed as economic refugees and returned.Under the former Rudd and Gillard Governments, an average of one boat a month was being launched from Sri Lanka.Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton last night confirmed the operation. They had been at sea for at least two weeks. The men were returned by plane from an unknown location after being assessed aboard an Australian vessel An OSB operational source said the group would have almost certainly perished on the high seas had they not been found after a people smuggling interception turned into a rescue mission in international waters. read more

Disaster Management Ministers absence defended

Yapa drew strong criticism on social media for not being in the country following the floods and landslides last Thursday.Yapa is due back in Sri Lanka today (Tuesday). Meanwhile Senaratne said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was in the US to obtain urgent medical attention. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today defended the absence of Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa in Sri Lanka at a time when the country was facing a major natural disaster.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that Yapa was in Mexico for an international summit which he had departed for before the disaster.

Hong Kong students plan to strike as commutes disrupted

HONG KONG — Students in Hong Kong are planning to strike on the first day of classes following the summer holiday.The strike Monday was planned as a continuation of nearly three months of fiery anti-government protests in Hong Kong, where mass demonstrations have called for electoral reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct.The youth-dominated movement will be tested as classes resume and many protesters are expected to go back to school.Some demonstrators disrupted the morning commute by blocking train doors in multiple public transit stations. They attempted to evade police by moving quickly between stations.Officers at Lok Fu station hit protesters with batons and arrested one person among them. Another three were arrested at Lai King station.The Associated Press

John Goldfinger Palmer murder Paramedics warned police of suspicious wounds

first_imgAn ambulance service case review has now disclosed a paramedic told police he doubted Mr Palmer’s wounds were from recent keyhole surgery. Police officers at the scene were “not concerned”.Essex Police said the two officers had been disciplined “for failing to fully comply with Essex Police policy on dealing with sudden deaths” but their actions had not amounted to gross misconduct.An inquest found Mr Palmer was probably shot outside his home in South Weald, near Brentwood by a professional assassin using an 8mm .32 calibre pistol fitted with a silencer.The first paramedic at the scene found him on the ground “with large amounts of blood around the top of his shirt” and his son trying to save his life, the review said. 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. One unnamed paramedic “did not feel the wounds were consistent with keyhole surgery to the gall bladder due, to the location and the fact they were not covered or stitched.””He states that he raised the matter with other clinicians on scene and the police officers but they were not concerned.”It goes on to say the police inspected the body on their arrival, and found “another similar wound on the patient’s back” – though the report does not state whether or not this was a bullet exit wound.One paramedic then speculated with a colleague about whether the wounds could have been caused by gunshots, though this was later described as “an off-the-cuff remark”.The ambulance service concluded however it was “reasonable” paramedics at the scene “accepted the explanation of the injuries they were presented with” given Mr Palmer’s recent operation.In a statement, Essex Police said its officers were “given information that Mr Palmer had recently had surgery and that this could account for his injuries. Paramedics called to the body of a renowned gangster alerted police to his suspicious chest wounds, but officers still failed to spot he had been shot six times, an internal inquiry has found.John “Goldfinger” Palmer was initially thought to have died from natural causes soon after having gall bladder surgery, when he as found collapsed in the garden of his secluded home in 2015.A post mortem later found the man once described as Britain’s richest criminal had been repeatedly shot with a silenced pistol, in a suspected contract killing. John Palmer in the 1980s Police at Mr Palmer’s home after he was found deadCredit:PA “However, they did not carry out a full examination of the body, which would likely have raised suspicions about his injuries,” the statement continued.”They also did not call an inspector to the scene to confirm their assessment, or check Mr Palmer’s antecedents on the police national computer.”Given the full circumstances of the information they were presented with at the time, it was judged that this did not amount to gross misconduct and they have been given management action for failing to fully comply with Essex Police policy on dealing with sudden deaths.” John "Goldfinger" Palmer earned his nickname after being implicated in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat gold bullion heist John “Goldfinger” Palmer earned his nickname after being implicated in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat gold bullion heistCredit:Peter Jordan/PA Police at the home of notorious British criminal John "Goldfinger" Palmer, as police have launched a murder enquiry after he was found shot dead by his family at the address in South Weald, Brentwood, on June 24 The paramedics found a number of “small wounds in various stages of coagulation” on Mr Palmer’s chest and abdomen and his son said he was “unsure” if they were related to the surgery. John Palmer in the 1980s Mr Palmer’s inquest heard he had been moving around his extensive grounds on a green six-wheel garden buggy when his assassin struck.Police believe the gunman lay in wait behind a six-foot wooden fence and monitored Mr Palmer’s movements through a discreet spy hole that had been drilled in the fence.Detectives investigating Mr Palmer’s murder in December admitted they were “not even close” to identifying his killer.Mr Palmer earned his nickname after being implicated in the infamous Brink’s-Mat gold bullion heist in 1983, and in 2001 was jailed for a £20m timeshare fraud in Tenerife. At the time of his death he was due to stand trial in Spain on charges of fraud, firearm possession and money laundering.last_img read more

Universities must give more top degrees to black students under new proposals

The OfS plans to set a series of national targets that all universities will be expected to meet    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. Universities are spending a lot of money and doing a lot but they don’t understand enough about whether it’s workingChris Millward, OfS director Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the regulator.The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what it says is the “biggest shake up” since 2004.If institutions fail to comply with the regulator’s new “tougher” national targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered.Chris Millward, the OfS director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no longer be able to “mark their own homework” on their plans to up their intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds.  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Instead, the new regulator, which came into force earlier this year, plans to set a series of national targets that all universities will be expected to meet.   These will not be limited to targets for admitting more school leavers from deprived households, but will also include addressing the gap in degree attainment between black and white students, according to OfS proposals.There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.78 per cent of white students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class degree, compared to just 53 per cent of black students. Qualifications before attending university, although a key factor in degree outcomes, do not explain the differences between ethnic groups, according to data analysed by Universities UK.In a consultation document, published today, the regulator sets out a number of areas that universities should work on, such as combatting the higher drop-out rate among poorer students compared to their middle-class peers.  Mr Millward said: “Universities have always set their own targets, and have used different measures of success. They were kind of marking their own homework.“We are going to set clearer national targets which they will refer to: not just looking at access but do students finish their courses? What is their degree outcome depending on background?”Mr Millward said that universities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on measures aimed at diversifying their intake of students, but have paid little or no attention to whether their schemes were effective.  “I don’t doubt that universities are committed to improving access. They are spending a lot of money and doing a lot but they don’t understand enough about whether it’s working,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“We are upping the expectation on evaluation. Once we know that, we can target [budgets] where it can make a difference.”Last year, universities spent a total of around £800 million on projects to increase access and around half of this was spent on bursaries for students from poor households.“I’m not arguing against bursaries being provided, particularly because students can be really challenged by the cost when they are at university,” Mr Millward said.“But there is very little evidence that bursaries improve access. That is a really obvious areas where we need to evaluate. [We need to] ask why it is spent and what impact it is having?”Dr Tim Bradshaw, chief executive of the Russell Group, said he welcomes the emphasis on evaluation“There is a great deal of activity to improve access taking place across the sector but what we need now is a clear overview of which interventions make the biggest difference,” he said. “We need to be clearer on what works, and what doesn’t, if we are to shift the dial.” The OfS plans to set a series of national targets that all universities will be expected to meet    read more

Normet invests in capacity expansion new technology centre in Finland and new

first_imgNormet, the specialist in mining and tunnelling processes, is investing EUR1 million at its production facility in Iisalmi, Finland to advance technology in underground service vehicles. At the same time, the company is developing its spare parts logistics and opening a global spare parts distribution centre in The Netherlands. The year has begun in a promising way, with 20 machines sold to Hong Kong for EUR5 million.“Considering the market conditions, 2009 was a good year for Normet. Expectations for this year are positive. The global tunnelling market is continuously growing and investments in capital equipment in mining market are picking up due to the increase in the price of raw material, ” says CEO Jari Osmala.The technology centre investment, announced a year ago by Normet, is now underway at Normet’s premises in Finland, vacated by a co-operation partner. The renovation and modification of the premises has started. The new production and technology centre operations will start gradually during the first half of the year. The investment will increase Normet’s assembly capacity by 25%. At the same time, Normet’s product development activities will be significantly expanded.The global spare parts distribution centre to be opened in Holland will improve Normet’s customer service by improving logistic connections and bringing spare part services closer to the customers. An external service provider will operate the distribution centre in Holland. The new operations will start at full capacity by September 2010. “Normet has internationalised quickly, and centralising the spare parts operations continues the trend. Finland is quite far from the main flow of global logistics, and we want to offer our customers a high standard of spare parts logistical services. This new location saves hours, if not days, in the delivery times of spare parts,” notes COO Tom Melbye.Normet’s international distribution network includes 23 locations in 16 countries. The newest of these is Normet Canada in Sudbury, Ontario.Normet’s delivery to Hong Kong includes 20 different machines and cassettes for sprayed concrete and material delivery, among others.Normet develops, manufactures and markets equipment and vehicles for mining and underground construction needs and offers services for the maintenance and operations for the entire lifetime of the products. Normet Group is a global market leader in its product groups. Over 90% of the production is exported to international end users. In 2008, the group’s turnover was EUR107 Million.last_img read more

FEI launches QEMSCAN Express mineralogy analyser

first_imgFEI has launched the QEMSCAN Express following the introduction of the MLA Express at Process Mineralogy in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2012. Both products are built on FEI’s Aspex SEM technology and this Aspex platform provides operational ease of use and minimal laboratory infrastructure requirements to move closer to a fully turnkey mineralogy analyser. QEMSCAN Express has a bench top SEM platform with 20 kV electron column, a single Bruker 5030 EDS detector with 400 kcps output pulse processor board, a 6 (30 mm) block holder, and the latest iDiscover data acquisition analysis and reporting software suite running under Windows 7.Express, MLA and QEMSCAN both reduce the need for dedicated laboratory infrastructure with the main unit measuring 73 x 66 x 60 cm and weighing 90 kg enabling it to sit on a workbench. Other features include an electronic console, PC, Bruker pulse processor unit and pre-vacuum pump. SFR’s Chris Hamilton, who officially represents FEI in Canada said “I was very impressed with the aesthetics and simplicity of the MLA Express. It pairs an ease-of-use SEM platform and a versatility-of-use ranging from ideal for simple ores to precious metal characterisation. A nice little system with tremendous potential, FEI has done well to merge the Aspex SEM platform and their existing EDS and automated mineralogy technologies into one compact system. I went in for half a day and with no prior knowledge of the MLA EXpress, was comfortable in no time at all. I am convinced, since the validation and testing was exceptionally easy and quick, that this is tremendous progress to rapid commissioning and setup. This brings turnkey automated mineralogy much closer to a reality than ever before.”last_img read more

Taking a shellacking and going to get a kebab The week in

first_imgIT WAS A week when Ireland went to the polls for the local and European elections.Alan Shatter donated his severance payments to charity, and 1D came to town.All that, and more – it’s the week in quotes: Source: AP/Press Association Images She is still alive but it still feels like we lost her.The words of Natasha McShane’s (pictured) mother, whose attacker was sentenced to 90 years for attacking McShane in Chicago, leaving her with brain injuries. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandIf Shatter was an ice cream, he’d lick himself.A party colleague’s thoughts on the former Minister for Justice, who this week donated his roughly €50,000 worth severance payments to charity. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThey are mid-term elections and as I said, using Barack Obama’s phrase, the Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizens, from people who went out to vote.Joan Burton summed up her party’s performance in the local elections. Michelle Knight in the courtroom during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe told me I didn’t have to worry there was nothing going to happen. I still had an eerie feeling and but it was already too late, I was already upstairs. That’s when he shut the door and I ended up spending 11 years in that house. Michelle Knight detailed her incredibly horrific 11-year ordeal at the hands of Ariel Castro. Source:’s trying to get money to make the city and world a better place, so people should stop cursing at him.One child’s take on Enda Kenny. Source: Adam Davy/PA WireThere is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people.The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.Rory McIlroy’s choice of words in announcing that his engagement to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is over. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandI look forward to a changed environment in Irish politics.Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s reaction to the rise of Sinn Féin and Independents in the local elections. Source: PBG/PBG/Empics EntertainmentWe went for a couple of pints and then we went to get a kebab and the kebab shop was closed.Niall Horan’s sad tale about his night out in Mullingar earlier this week. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireI’ve got a job, I’ve got a job, I’ve got a job… I’ve got two jobs! I can’t have another one.Roy Keane distanced himself from the vacant manager’s job at Celtic.Read previous weeks in quotes >last_img read more

Leinster confirm signing of Maori All Black James Lowe

first_img Monday 6 Mar 2017, 10:16 AM LEINSTER TODAY CONFIRMED the signing of 24-year Maori All Black James Lowe.The back has scored 18 tries in 29 appearances for the Chiefs Super Rugby side and represented the Maori All Blacks on five occasions, scoring six tries, one of which came against Munster in Thomond Park last November.Lowe made an impact with the Chiefs despite suffering from a rare arthritic affliction that had him bed-ridden and in severe pain as a teenager.He made his Super League debut in 2014, scoring a try in that game, and has added a further 17 since. Source: Rugby Montages HD/YouTubeLowe will join up with his new Leinster team-mates after the conclusion of the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup campaign which he will play for his home province Tasman.Speaking to Leinster’s official website this morning, head coach Leo Cullen said:“James is a quality and still relatively young outside back that we have been tracking for some time, so we are delighted that he has agreed to join us.“We believe James will greatly add to the outside backs that we have and provide good competition in the squad as we look to remain competitive in both the Guinness PRO12 and the Champions Cup.“We look forward to welcoming James to Leinster and seeing him out on the field representing the team once his commitments in New Zealand come to a close.” 67 Comments Mar 6th 2017, 10:16 AM Image: James Crombie/INPHO iTunes Short URL Leinster confirm signing of Maori All Black James Lowe The 24-year-old back will sign from Super Rugby side Chiefs. By Steve O’Rourke The new Leinster signing skips past Duncan Williams. Android Share37 Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Show/SoundCloudSubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: 22,561 Views The new Leinster signing skips past Duncan Williams. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more