Premier League: West Ham United get injury boost ahead of Swansea City visit

first_imgMidfielders Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio are available for West Ham United’s Premier League game against Swansea on Saturday after recovering from knocks, manager Slaven Bilic said.Lanzini, out for a month due to a knee injury, has played just once this season while Antonio suffered a groin strain in the 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.Their return is a boost for Bilic as he looks to guide West Ham, who have four points from six games after a tough start to the season, out of the bottom three. “Manuel Lanzini is back in the squad. He will be in the squad against Swansea,” Bilic told the club’s website (www.whufc.com).”His (Antonio’s) injury wasn’t that bad and there was always a chance he would be available for the game with Swansea,” he added.West Ham completed the double over Swansea last season, winning 4-1 away before Cheikhou Kouyate’s strike sealed victory at the London Stadium. “That we beat them twice last season- it means something, but on the other hand, it doesn’t mean a thing just before the start of the game,” Bilic said.”To me, it just means we look very motivated in training and we look good and we have the players back… now we have that opportunity and possibility to get out of this end zone.”West Ham have lost only one of their last nine league games against Swansea. The Welsh side have collected five points from six games this season.last_img read more

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Philippe Gilbert takes Paris-Roubaix glory after velodrome sprint

first_imgVeteran Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert beat Germany’s Nils Politt right at the end of Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix race to win it for the first time.Gilbert strategically placed himself behind the 24-year-old Politt, and then attacked him down the left to win by about a length after nearly six hours of riding. The Belgian Yves Lampaert finished in third.The race is one of cycling’s five high-profile classics, along with the Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Giro di Lombardia. The 36-year-old Gilbert, a former world road race champion, has won all except Milan-San Remo.“I still have this dream to win all of them. Little by little I’m getting there,” an elated Gilbert said afterwards. “Politt’s very courageous. In the end the best rider won, and thankfully it was me.”Last year’s Paris-Roubaix winner Peter Sagan joined Gilbert and Politt near the front with about 20 kilometres left. But Sagan dropped off, leaving the pair to contest victory as they reached the Roubaix velodrome in northern France. Share on Messenger Share via Email Topics Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter news Cycling Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Paris-Roubaix is known as the Queen of the Classics because it is the most prestigious of the five, which are otherwise known as “monuments” of cycling. But the gruelling and dangerous 257km trek is also known as the “Hell of the North” because of its treacherous profile including more than 50km (31 miles) of cobblestones spread out over 29 sectors.“A lot of people said cobblestones aren’t for me. But I’ve won Tour of Flanders and now I’ve won here,” Gilbert said. “I rode a good race tactically.”Belgium’s Tiesj Benoot crashed into the back of a Jumbo-Visma team car near the end of Sunday’s race, smashing the back window completely. He was taken to hospital but his injuries were not immediately known. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK)Tour of Flanders ✔️Liege–Bastogne–Liege ✔️Giro di Lombardia ✔️Paris–Roubaix ✔️@PhilippeGilbert ticks another monument off the list at #ParisRoubaixMilan-Sanremo 2020? pic.twitter.com/UGYfRz3HCbApril 14, 2019 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Economic Growth Integrally Linked To Performance Driven Public Sector – Minister Dalley

first_imgStory Highlights Minister Dalley awardees are part of the resource to transform the country’s economic apparatus. Minister with responsibility for the Public Sector, Hon. Horace Dalley, says economic growth is integrally linked to a performance driven public sector, which operates with efficiency.Speaking at the 2013 Civil Service Long Service Awards ceremony at King’s House on November 20, where some 253 persons were recognised, the Minister said their stellar contribution fits well with the vision for economic recovery and prosperity.“The theme adopted for the week of activities speaks of ‘Transformation and Renewal for a Better Tomorrow’. Enriched in the theme is a call for continuous action to move our economy into the Twenty-first Century,” the Minister emphasised.“Our country is at a crucial juncture of economic transformation, as it continues to confront huge fiscal deficits. Any prospect for growth must be anchored on a public sector that is transformed, cohesive, performance based, efficient, cost effective, service oriented and at all times, customer friendly. This is the vision on which the public sector transformation is hinged. These are the principles of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan,” the Minister told his audience.He added that the awardees are part of the resource to transform the country’s economic apparatus, and urged them to remain motivated, and be an inspiration to younger persons in the service.“As you reflect on your accomplishments, you must likewise be motivated to inspire the younger generation to become leaders, innovators and visionaries to continue to promote a path of sustainable development. You are crucial players in the country’s advancement in helping to shape and implement the requisite policies of the Government that are necessary to move our country forward,” the Minister told the awardees.Mr. Dalley argued that the vision for a transformed public service will be best realised when “we work together, in ensuring that the public service becomes the employer of choice, attracting the brightest minds, as we embark on this journey of transformation.” Mr. Dalley argued that the vision for a transformed public service will be best realised when “we work together Economic growth is integrally linked to a performance driven public sector, which operates with efficiency.last_img read more

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George W Bush Announced As Honorary Chair For Invictus Games

first_imgThe George W. Bush Institute has announced a major initiative to address the invisible wounds of war, specifically Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), to ensure veterans and caregivers seek and receive comprehensive care and reduce the stigma associated with these wounds.In addition, the Institute will highlight the role sports and an active lifestyle play in a veterans’ recovery. To kick off the effort, President George W. Bush and Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Invictus Games 2016, the world’s largest military adaptive sports competition sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, announced the organizations will co-chair a policy symposium in Orlando in May 2016. President Bush will also serve as honorary chair for the 2016 Invictus Games.“I have dedicated the rest of my life to honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women with whom I served as Commander-in-Chief,” said President Bush. “Those who wear their Nation’s uniform, some of whom have been overcome both visible and invisible injuries, deserve our support. I’m proud to serve as honorary chairman of the Invictus Games 2016, and to shine a spotlight on the unconquered spirit of these men and women, not just from the American team but from 15 Coalition nations.”Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Invictus Games Orlando 2016 said: “We are thrilled to co-host the first policy symposium on the invisible wounds of war and the role sports and physical activity have in a warrior’s recovery. We must continue the dialogue that will inspire these men and women to re-engage, to embody what they can do and shine a light in the often dark and isolated area of invisible injuries.”The symposium will be held prior to the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover and will highlight the critical roles of organizations involved in the Games and the international need to support wounded warriors and their families. Over the course of the symposium, representatives from the 15 nations, along with leading representatives from the veterans, military, business, nonprofit and government sectors will gather to discuss solutions aimed at helping returning servicemen and women overcome their injuries and improve outcomes for their transition back to civilian life. The objectives of the symposium include:• Inspire leadership and foster action on the part of the 15 nations to ensure warriors and care-givers seek and receive legitimate and comprehensive care for the non-visible wounds of war; • Highlight the role of sport and active lifestyles in recovery; • Reduce the stigmas associated with these wounds; • Honor the service, sacrifice, resilience and continued leadership of our wounded warriors and care-givers.Since leaving the White House, President Bush has remained a tireless advocate for American veterans and their families. In 2009, President Bush founded the George W. Bush Institute and its Military Service Initiative (MSI). Through the MSI, the Institute honors those who have served and sacrificed in the United States Armed Forces post-9/11 by bridging the Civilian-Military divide and fostering a successful transition and reintegration from military service to civilian life.The Bush Institute has been working to reduce the stigma associated with the invisible wounds of war and improve the health and wellness of those living with these injuries. Through the MSI, the Bush Institute has been conducting an annual Warrior Open Golf Tournament to honor U.S. service members. Each spring, the Institute hosts the W100K, a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride with President Bush and wounded service men and women.With the Invictus Games, the Bush Institute aims to form an impactful partnership that will raise awareness of the challenges facing those suffering from the invisible wounds of war, increase initiatives to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual recovery, and complement existing efforts in these areas.The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will bring together more than 500 veteran competitors from 15 nations to compete in 10 military adaptive sports: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis. The Games will shine a light on the holistic recovery and rehabilitation that occurs through sport for the wounded, ill, and injured Service men and women who participate in them. Though only 500, these men and women represent the tens of thousands of Service members around the globe who face the daily challenges from their wounds, illnesses, and injuries, both visible and invisible.last_img read more

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Carlos Santana Joins Jennifer Saran In Inspiring World Peace Anthem

first_imgAlt-pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has teamed up with South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, drummer, singer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden (Producer/Co-writer), known for his work with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey, to create her newest single, “Wake Up.”Narada Michael Walden and Carlos Santana in the studio collaborating on Jennifer Saran’s new single Wake UpMaking a special guest appearance on the track is Grammy-winner and legend Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist), whose guitar licks generate inspiring vibes. The stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to the world to recognize and address inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly personal and important to all the amazing artists involved. “Wake Up” will be featured on Saran’s third album, produced and co-written by Narada Michael Walden, which will be released in early 2017.“Wake Up” is a rousing and uplifting anthem for the world at large. Saran takes meaningful action through her lyrics to encourage change – “It’s time to Wake Up!” This worldly, heartfelt, and thought-provoking singer has been dazzling listeners with her message of positivity and encouraging them to stand up to the world’s struggles and incite change, first on her debut album Walk With Me (2016), and now on this new song.Each of the legendary guest artists joining her on the song believe strongly in her cause. Carlos Santana, whose searing guitar work is featured on the track, says Saran’s song is “a beautiful mission of sound and healing.” Saran adds, “‘Wake Up’ is the second inspirational song that Narada and I have written. Eighteen months ago we were inspired to write ‘Rise Up Time,’ which came from an inspired jam session. We had put aside time to experiment with a new idea in the wake of so much hate and violence in America and what came from that time together was this song.”Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who won a Grammy for “Best World Music” in 2015 for their album Live: Singing For Peace Around The World, was brought in through Walden, whose goal was “to make a new sound for the world and inspire a new consciousness in the world – that of waking up.” It was Walden’s responsibility to create a space between these artists – passionate about the same worldly concerns – with the intention of inspiring a global movement of like-minded people with a single goal in mind: peace.Proceeds from sales of the song, which is available now on iTunes, will go directly to the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. As an outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is one of the world’s most revered peacemakers. The mission of his US-based nonprofit is to support and promote the creation of a culture of peace throughout the world.Saran created an accompanying web-based video that was released on the Archbishop’s 85th birthday. Watch it here.Help spread the word of peace with “Wake Up” by clicking here.last_img read more

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Gatineau mayor says Kitigan Zibi chief backs plan to end archeological site

first_img(Roger Fleury, who says he’s chief for off-reserve Fort Coulonge Algonquins, remains defiant as injunction looms. Jason Leroux/APTN)By Jorge Barrera and Annette Francis APTN National News GATINEAU, Que.–The mayor of Gatineau says he has the support of an Algonquin chief for a plan aimed at ending an over month-long occupation of a construction site where archeologists found artifacts dating back thousands of years.Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said he met personally with Kitigan Zibi Chief Gilbert Whiteduck whose community claims the area as their traditional territory. Pedneaud-Jobin said Whiteduck is supportive of the city’s plan to expand the archeological dig and create a park highlighting the Indigenous historical presence in the area, which is by the banks of the Gatineau River near where it flows into the Ottawa River.“His council officially agrees with the plan since September 5. I talked to him yesterday, they are still satisfied with the plan,” said Pedneaud-Jobin, in an interview with APTN National News.The protestors have set up two teepees on the work site which is surrounded by pieces of large concrete storm sewer pipes. Archeologist found arrowheads and axes dated at about 3,500 years old. One fire pit was dated by archeologist to be about 6,000 years old, Gatineau officials said. The area is believed to have been used as a seasonal gathering place.Gowlings, the law firm retained by Gatineau, delivered a letter to the protestors Tuesday giving those 24 hours to vacate the area or face an injunction. The 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline passed and the city did not obtain an injunction.Pedneaud-Jobin said the city wants to find a peaceful solution to the issue before resorting to more “radical” options, like an injunction which would put the matter into the hands of Gatineau police.“Unfortunately it seems this story is going to end up in a way that is not very satisfying for everybody,” he said. “We are still trying not to reach a conclusion that nobody wants. We have different legal options in front of us. If they stay there, we will have to. Winter is coming. The archeological digging has to be done before winter and if we want to protect the site, we have to act.”The mood at the site, however, was defiant.Roger Fleury, who says he’s chief for off-reserve Fort Coulonge Algonquins, said he’s insulted the mayor allowed the city to issue its letter threatening an injunction. Fleury said he just wanted to sit around the fire with and discuss the city’s plan, but he’s been rebuffed.“We’re not gonna move out, we can’t move out, this is a sacred site and we realize the mayor had no intentions of ever negotiating,” said Fleury.Fleury claims the arrowheads discovered at the site were used during sacred ceremonies which makes the site sacred. It’s unclear how Fleury came to this determination since it is difficult to pinpoint exactly who the people were who frequented the area as a seasonal gathering spot.About a dozen supporters visited the site Wednesday which also attracted several curious onlookers. The red Warrior flag and the purple Haudenosaunee flag have been planted at the site which also features a staff painted like a cobra snake and a sacred fire.Everett Taypaywaykejick, originally from Grassy Narrows, said he’d been at the site for two weeks and planned to stay until the end. Taypaywaykejick said he was raised in foster care and the protest had given him an education in his culture.“I learned so much about my culture being here with the sacred fire,” he said.Taypaywaykejick said he wasn’t afraid of an eventual police raid.“We’ll see what happens,” he said.Aggu Peter, originally from Iqaluit, said he also planned to stay for as long as it took.“I got no warrants, nothing,” he said. “We are sitting on artifacts right now. That’s why we’re here.”Audrey Redman, who is a residential school survivor from Standing Buffalo in Saskatchewan, said the protestors want the city to expand the archeological dig far beyond the site already examined. Redman, who attended residential schools for seven years, said she plans to hold her ground if Gatineau police move in to enforce the expected injunction.“They are calling us occupiers, they are calling us squatters, but this is unceded land, so who are the real squatters,” said Redman.Pedneaud-Jobin said he’s at a loss on how to satisfy the protestors who have been camped at the site since Aug. 7.“We had many, many meetings and the issues keep changing,” he said. “And the protesters are still not satisfied and I’m at a loss, I don’t know what more we can do. We don’t see other options than to ask them to leave.”The city plans to expand the archeological dig by an additional 40 square meters and to hand over all discovered artifacts to the Quebec government for preservation. The city also plans to incorporate the existence of the Indigenous presence in the area into a planned park.The city is trying to reroute a nearby street and install a new storm sewer. City officials said the existing pipes have eroded and the street is in danger of caving in.The city is in the midst of a $43 million waterfront redevelopment project in the area. The National Capital Commission (NCC) is also contributing $10 million toward the redevelopment and transferring $6 million worth of lands to the city.Fleury says he plans issue the NCC an ultimatum letter to leave the site alone. He delivered a similar letter to Gatineau on Wednesday.“Don’t play with our sacred ground, don’t play with our sacred objects,” he said.Fleury dismissed Whiteduck’s support of Gatineau’s proposal. He said “brothers” in Kitigan Zibi are supporting the occupation camp.Gatineau officials have discussed the issue with Quebec officials and Aboriginal Affairs regional office in Quebec City. They have been advised not to negotiate directly with Fleury’s group because they are not officially recognized.Whiteduck did not return repeated requests for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreraafrancis@aptn.ca@APTNAFrancislast_img read more

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Get tough with General Motors Trumpstyle union head urges Trudeau

first_imgWASHINGTON — The head of Canada’s largest autoworkers union wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to borrow a page from the U.S. president’s playbook and get tough with General Motors, Trump-style.Unifor president Jerry Dias is in Washington to try to enlist allies at the Canadian Embassy. He wants to reverse GM’s decision to slash more than 2,500 jobs at the company’s plant in Oshawa, Ont.Dias says it’s time for Canada and the United States to join forces and form a united front against the company, which is also cutting 3,300 production jobs south of the border, as well as 8,000 salaried workers.He says it’s clear that GM is moving its manufacturing work away from both countries and that job losses will only continue unless both governments turn to tariffs on foreign exports to reverse the trend.Trump has already put GM on notice that he will withdraw all U.S. subsidies for GM unless it backs off on the cuts, although he hasn’t offered many details.Dias says the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement, which is to be signed by all three countries this week at G20 meetings in Argentina, could be in jeopardy from the cuts, which are aimed at saving General Motors US$6 billion by the year 2020.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UK Brexit talks stagger on but parties remain far apart

LONDON — Brexit talks between Britain’s Conservative government and the main opposition Labour Party are resuming with little sign of progress, as the two parties remain far apart on terms of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.Senior Conservative and Labour officials have been meeting for weeks in an attempt to find a compromise Brexit deal that can win majority support in Parliament.Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told Monday’s Guardian newspaper his party would only support a deal if was put to a referendum vote. Starmer said that “a significant number” of Labour lawmakers “would not back a deal if it hasn’t got a confirmatory vote.”Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected a new referendum, saying voters made their decision in 2016 when they narrowly opted to leave the EU.The Associated Press read more

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Peru UN agency provides emergency telecommunications devices after quake

The 50 “plug and play” terminals, which are portable devices the size of a small suitcase, allow users to make calls to telephones, access the Internet and provide other voice, data and video services, such as telemedicine.The Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a statement released today that the terminals are being deployed to areas where telecommunications were severed because of the damage caused by the quake. Rescue operations in Peru have been hampered by the often mountainous terrain.“We take very seriously the role of telecommunications in mitigating disasters,” Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.“Whenever a country is affected by a disaster, we quickly mobilize and dispatch transportable telecommunications resources that can be used for general communications by government authorities and to provide e-services such as telemedicine that are crucial for saving human lives,” he added, voicing hope that the contribution would help Peru cope with the recent massive earthquake.So far, the ITU has allocated more than $500,000 to cover the costs of deploying the terminals and paying for their use, but officials said this figure may rise.Cosmas Zavazava, head of the Emergency Telecommunications Division of the ITU, told the UN News Service that the agency is planning to launch in December a framework for cooperation in emergencies that will include a fund to pay for the deployment and use of equipment.The 15 August quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and struck 161 kilometres south of the capital, Lima, has resulted in the death of over 500 people and injured more than 1,000 others, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In addition, preliminary assessments indicate that over 37,000 houses and four hospitals were destroyed, while 16 hospitals were damaged. 6 September 2007The United Nations telecommunications agency has deployed 50 satellite terminals in remote areas of southern Peru as part of its efforts to restore vital emergency communication links to the region in the wake of last month’s deadly earthquake. read more

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Halton Police make arrest in Oakville stabbing

Halton Regional Police have made an arrest in a stabbing in Oakville Friday night.Officers were called to the Kerr Street Pub and Grill around 9:30 p.m. after a fight between two customers.Police say both had left before they arrived.According to investigators, one man was was stabbed multiple times.He went to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.Police arrested Joshua Paul Thevenin, 22, at a home in Burlington early Sunday morning.He’s been charged with attempted murder. read more

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UN seeks private interview with Iraqi individual but he insists on witness

“Due to his insistence on having this witness present during the interview, no private interview took place,” said UN spokesman Hiro Ueki.Meanwhile, a team of missile experts from the UN Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC) visited the Waziriyah Industrial Complex, a research and production centre dedicated to development and production of gyroscopes and guidance systems. The team sought clarifications on the present status of the Al Samoud ballistic missile guidance and control activities as well as on information submitted by Iraq, Mr. Ueki said.Another missile team visited the Al Mamoun Factory, which manufactures composite propellant and performs the casting of the Al Fatah and other missiles and rockets. The team addressed questions concerning information submitted by Baghdad, catalogued equipment and continued an ongoing capability assessment, according to the spokesman. Separately, UNMOVIC missile experts visited the headquarters of the Al Raya General Company, which Mr. Ueki described as “a material and metallurgic research centre dedicated to researches in plastic, ceramic and catalytic materials.” Germ warfare experts from UNMOVIC inspected three sites: the Department of Biotechnology at the College of Science, Saddam University, and the Department of Biology at the College of Education, Baghdad University, as well as the Eastern Distillery Company, all located in Baghdad.An UNMOVIC chemical team visited the Al Shaheed State Company, which produces copper and brass, while other experts inspected the Tuz Airfield and interviewed the senior officer present Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is probing Iraq’s clandestine nuclear programme, inspected the Tho Al Fiker industrial machining and manufacturing facility and the Colleges of Science and Engineering at Saddam University in Baghdad. Specialists from the IAEA also performed a motorized radiation survey southeast of Baghdad. read more

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Prince Charles reveals romantic moment he turned conductor for Camillas birthday

Asked whether the musicians made it to the end of the piece at the same time, under his baton, he laughed: “Well roughly, yes. The orchestra were terribly polite. I do love it. There’s something very romantic about it.”For a second piece of music, he chose the Creed from Russian Orthodox Liturgy, played at his wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005: “one of the best wedding presents you could imagine” from the Mariinsky Theatre.The Prince also pays tribute to his late grandmother, the Queen Mother, who introduced him to the ballet at Covent Garden, and concerts at the Kings Lynn festival when he was a small boy.“She was wonderful, my grandmother, because she understood that at that age, you don’t want to have too long,” he said. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at his 70th birthday this year The Prince of Wales with Michael BerkeleyCredit:BBC The Prince of Wales with Michael Berkeley Relaying how he learned the trumpet at school in Scotland, he disclosed that he was taught by “marvellous music teachers who had escaped the Holocaust in Germany, who came to Gordonstoun”.“I remember playing in the orchestra with them and one of them stopped and said ‘stop those trumpets’,” he admitted. “So I thought it was time to try something else.”He went on to play the cello while at Trinity College, Cambridge, “desperately” trying to keep up with the “fiendishly fast” record of Herbert von Karajan conducting Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The Queen Mother with Prince Charles and Princess AnneCredit:Lisa Sheridan When your wife is celebrating a landmark birthday, it is as well to put in an extra special effort to find the perfect gift.When you are the Prince of Wales, of course, there is no excuse for a present that it little short of show-stopping.Fortunately for the Duchess of Cornwall, her 60th birthday was marked not with a token scarf or scented candle, but an arrangement of one of the most romantic classical compositions in history, conducted by the future king himself.The Prince has told how he joined the Philharmonia Orchestra to conduct Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, described as “possibly the most romantic music almost of all time”, as a surprise.Appearing on Radio 3’s Private Passions, the Prince shares the musical moments that have shaped his life and which, he admits, he finds “a vital part of surviving the daily round”.Choosing music from Haydn and Beethoven to Leonard Cohen and “Sadie the Shaker”, the 1930s favourite loved by his grandmother, the Queen Mother, the Prince also shares memories of his own orchestral adventures, playing the trumpet at school and cello at Gordonstoun.Speaking of the key role that music plays in his life, he told presenter Michael Berkeley: “It’s very important to have another world to go through a door into. The Queen Mother with Prince Charles and Princess Anne Prince Charles and his brother EdwardCredit:Rex “For me it’s a vital part of surviving the daily round. Having music in the background, particularly in the evenings; I’m one of those people who likes having music on when I’m working.”One of the eight pieces the Prince chose was the Siegfried Idyll, composed by Wagner in 1870 as a birthday present for his second wife after she had their baby, and played by musicians who stood on the stairs of their house to wake her up with the melody.The Prince confirmed that he had tried his hand at conducting a professional orchestra in order to replicate the music – if not quite the intimate staircase setting – for the Duchess of Cornwall for her 60th birthday.“[It was] Entirely at the suggestion of the Philharmonia, of which I’ve been a very proud patron for nearly 40 years,” he said, adding that it happened thanks to the persuasion of lead violinist and conductor Christopher Warren Green. Prince Charles and his brother Edward “They are a remarkable orchestra,” said the Prince. “He was terribly keen I should conduct it. I said: you must be out of your mind.“Finally he persuaded me against my better judgment and we did it as a special surprise.” “I wasn’t very good at it but it was great fun,” he said. “The magic of playing in an orchestra, even if you’re not very good, is very special.” The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at his 70th birthday this yearCredit:Chris Jackson He also shared the “horror” of auditioning for a college amateur dramatic group, going on to perform “completely dotty” revues.Although the majority of the Prince’s choices are classical, he offers two more unexpected insights: his love of Leonard Cohen, choosing ‘Take This Waltz’ as a favourite song, and his “passion” for 1920s and 30s dance music.“I was lucky enough to met all those characters like Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire,” he said, crediting his grandmother. “The redl greats. I put these marvellous old tunes on in the evenings and they make me feel better.”The special episode of Private Passions will be broadcast on BBC Sounds from Boxing Day and on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday, December  30 at midday. “I find that the marvelous thing is to paint and have music at the same time. It’s so requires concentration that before you know where you are it becomes almost meditative in an extraordinary way. read more

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Nett Technologies BlueMAX 300D SCR system verified by the EPA

first_imgNett Technologies’ BlueMAX™ 300D Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system has been verified as the first of its kind by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is an emission control system that has been designed to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by at least 80% from medium- and heavy-duty diesel engines between 75 and 560 kW in portable and stationary applications like diesel generator sets, pumps and compressors. The system also has the added benefit of reducing criteria emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC) by at least 90% and particulate matter (PM) by at least 25%.The BlueMAX 300D uses a urea control strategy that relies on NOx concentration measurements by a sensor. Based on the sensor signal, in combination with an engine mass air flow (MAF) sensor and temperature sensor, the necessary urea dosing rate is calculated by the control algorithm.NOx is reduced by the SCR catalyst through chemical reactions with ammonia produced by the decomposition of urea. The urea solution is injected upstream of the SCR catalyst with the assistance of compressed air which helps improve urea atomization. Mixing of urea with exhaust gases is further enhanced through a static mixer upstream of the catalyst. Through a combination of thermal and catalytic processes, urea decomposes producing ammonia, which is available for reactions with NOx. Ammonia that is not used in the reaction is oxidized by a downstream ammonia slip catalyst.The system incorporates a notification alarm box providing error code information related to basic functionality of the SCR as well as a data logger recording system providing SCR inlet temperature, inlet/outlet NOx concentration, urea dosing rate, intake MAF, urea tank temperature and error codes for low urea quality and low NOx reduction. The data logger also alerts the operator when the urea tank requires filling. This system will function at temperatures below 11ºC, which is the freezing point for urea, with the aid of an included heating system.The installation is made simple and efficient due to a preassembled modular kit that can be lifted into place by a forklift onto the stationary engine, providing easy access and maintenance.last_img read more

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Councils use new service MapAlerter to spread information to public

first_imgFIVE COUNCILS ARE already using an information alert service which sends texts and emails as well as engaging on social media sites to inform people of any service information or restrictions in their area.MapAlerter allows the councils to send important service alerts such as severe weather warnings, flood alerts, boil water notices and road closures to members of the public.Users signing up to receive alerts can tailor the service to their needs so they only receive information that will affect them.Brendan Cunningham, Managing Director of MapAlerter said this aspect of the service was important to save people sifting through irrelevant information.“If you live on a mountain you don’t want to be getting flood alerts so we’re not sending wasted alerts, it’s a focused approach,” he said.Cunningham worked in a county council IT department for ten years and said he noticed councils were not able to communicate with people effectively and were in need of such a service.CostSo far, Wexford, Limerick, Roscommon and Carlow County Councils have signed up as well as Waterford City Council.The cost for councils is between €7,500 and €9,500 and Cunningham said it is saving them money in the long term.“Budgets are tight but they see it as a big save,” he said. “If you think about something like a boil alert that’s printed and send to every home, you’re paying for the design, the ink, the paper, the postage and fuel if it’s being delivered etc. so it’s major savings for councils on alerts.”For users, the service is free and they are only required to set up one account on the website in order to receive text, email, phonecall and social media alerts.Severe weatherWexford County Council were the first council to sign up to MapAlerter as a direct response to the big freeze in winter 2010.“With the severe we experience it will prove crucial for councils,” Cunningham said.“I’m probably the only person who wants severe weather to prove the system and show how well it can work. I hope we’re absolutely snowed in this winter”.Subscription to the website is in the thousands now and Cunningham said he expects several other councils to sign up for the service over the next year.last_img read more

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There will be unbroken sunshine in many areas of Ireland today

first_imgTHE SUNNY WEATHER looks set to stay for the foreseeable future with Met Éireann forecasting “unbroken sunshine” across southern and eastern counties today.Temperatures will be in the high teens and low 20s with it warmest in the west and across the midlands and a little lower in temperatures though near southern and eastern margins due to onshore breezes. Winds will be mainly light easterly overland.There is a the prospect of some small showers in the west and north later with cloud more likely over Ulster.And the outlook for tomorrow and the rest of the week is pretty good.It will be dry and sunny tomorrow with a few localised showers and the rest of the week will be generally dry, warm and settled with good sunshine and light breezes.Almost like actual summer.Photos: Spot a rainbow this evening? Cos there were lots of them…last_img read more

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Ancient Stone Penis Discovered in Maryland

first_imgTwenty years ago, Maryland horse farrier Martin Kenny made an unusual discovery in an excavation site where workers were erecting a new barn. He had found what appeared to be a six inch long stone penis.Kenny reached out to several academic installations regarding the long-buried handcrafted phallus to see if they might be interested in the discovery. “I’ve written to the Smithsonian and never got anythingback from them,” he told Livegeek-cetera.com. “I wrote and said I found this stone penis,and I’m sure someone would appreciate being able to look into this thing.”AdChoices广告But for some reason, no one was interested in Kenny’s stone penis. And so the phallus remained stored in a drawer for almost two decades. However, Kenny recently got the idea to send photos of the object to archaeologist and blogger Dr. Martin Rundkvist after reading a post by the Dr. about what appeared to be another ancient carved penis discovered in Sweden over the summer. Rundkvist contacted Kenny, confirming the find could very well be of academic interest. He wrote about the phallus in a post titled “Another Ancient Dildo” where he commented “It’s made of sandstone or a similar rock, and to my eye it’s prettyclearly modified by human hands, though it may have originated as afossil cavity of some ancient mollusk.”After all these years, this long-ignored penis may finally get the attention it deserves. Happy Monday, everybody!last_img read more

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There Could Soon Be a Whole Nation of Cats out There

first_imgStay on target ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It How many kitties does it take to constitute a whole country full of cats? Enough to fill Neco Republic’s planned new country. Yes, you read that right. A whole country of cats! Originally meant to be a simple little April Fool’s Day joke, it’s spiraled off into something that really could be happening. The animal welfare organization (Neco Republic named earlier) is looking into the idea for itself, having launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase an island and declare itself a nation. For cats.The island, if purchased, would be a new home for cats and rescue cats, which resonated with people in general, because everyone is going crazy about possibly having an entire island/country dedicated to kitties, who are perfect creatures with beautiful souls. The head of Neco Republic, Asaka Nakama, stated the strong response has pushed them to look into buying a cast island where cats can get the proper care and medical treatment they need to live long and healthy lives. People would also be able to spend time with cats as they roam the streets. Sounds absolutely heavenly.Of course, the specifics of a cat island aren’t hammered out just yet, as the company is looking into seeing just how likely doing such a thing is. Alternatively, the island could have outdoor cat gardens, stray cat shelters, and cat-focused hospice care for cats with illnesses that require palliative care, as well as health insurance and pension systems for cats.To put this together, as stated on April 1, as part of the April Fool’s Day joke the company asked for 22 billion yen with various reward tiers. Right now, the realistic project is instead asking for interested parties to sign up for the Japanese website Kibidango. When and if it reaches 10,000 subscribers, the cat island funding project can begin in honest. Let’s hope it does happen!last_img read more

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2/5 WWE Results: Calgary, Alberta (Ambrose vs. Wyatt)

first_imgFacebook WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday 2/5 WWE Results: Calgary, Alberta, Canada* The Dudley Boyz & Titus O’Neil def. Heath Slater, Adam Rose & Fandango.* Goldust def. Darren Young.* Paige & Natalya def. Tamina & Naomi. Alicia Fox acted as special guest referee.* Chris Jericho, Big Show & Kane def. Luke Harper, Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman.* R-Truth def. Stardust.* Dolph Ziggler def. Tyler Breeze.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Pinterest Drew Mcintyre Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring WhatsAppcenter_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next Netflix and WWE Studios announce The Big Show is getting his own comedy serieslast_img read more

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Automated message added to Clark County 911 call system

first_imgBecause of an increase in call volumes to dispatchers, 911 callers in Clark County may now hear a recorded message asking them to stay on the line.The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency has added the automated message for calls that ring for more than 10 seconds to ensure that emergency calls are answered as soon as possible.“Callers will typically hang up between 8-14 seconds of ring time,” CRESA Operations Manager Kris Devore said in a press release. “That hang up requires a call taker to dial the number back and wait for an answer on the line, thus increasing workload, leading to longer ring times and more abandoned calls.”Those making an emergency call in Clark County will receive the fastest response possible by waiting on the line, the agency said.When they speak to a dispatcher, callers are asked to state their emergency and know their location so that dispatchers can direct the correct response.The agency also reminds residents that nonemergency calls can be made to 311 or 360-693-3111.last_img read more

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Kane defends teammates after rough patch

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has defended his teammates after questions were asked over their fitness during the club’s run of three straight losses in all competitions this season.The inquest into Mauricio Pochettino’s side season were already being held after their 2-1 away loss to Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday in Milan, with fatigue stated as a factor after nine of Spurs’ players took part beyond the Semifinals stage of the World Cup.Kane insists no players meeting was held after the team’s loss in Milan, insisting everyone is feeling sharp.“We all talk around the training ground but there was not an official meeting,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We are in a tough spell but that is football.”“The only way to get through that is to work harder, whether that is on the training pitch or during games.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It was important as a team that we were all better and all had more energy.”“A lot of us played in the World Cup and a lot of people have been talking about that but we all feel fit and sharp.”“It is important we proved that. A lot of people speak about tiredness and fatigue but we all feel fine. We all feel good.”“It was important we showed that. We were all pressing and this is when we are at our best.”last_img read more

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