first_imgMeanwhile leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a Meanwhile leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a life-ban for promoting spot-fixing while playing County cricket, has pointed out that the even while Butt, Asif and Aamir are being considered for a comeback, he continues to be an untouchable by the PCB. “I have kept on proclaiming my innocence and am still fighting the ban but the Pakistan cricket Board has not once tried to take up my case or re-examine it or even morally support me. Why I am being treated like this I dont know. “Maybe because I am from the minority or from Karachi. I just want to tell everyone I am a Pakistani first and than anything else and I have never done corruption at any level be it for Pakistan or Essex,” Kaneria told PTI. “I just want to appeal to the PCB and even the Sindh High Court which is hearing a petition of my case to please reexamine my case and the way the life ban was imposed on me. I was cleared by the Essex police in the spot fixing investigation in England but the England and Wales cricket board used its laws to ban me without giving me a fair hearing,” said Kaneria. “If the PCB can look at pardoning three players who have been convicted for spot fixing why shouldnt they give me a chance to plead my case what crime have I committed to deserve such treatment. I keep on sitting alone and become depressive because of the state I am in,” he said. PTI CORR FK FKadvertisementlast_img read more

AAI mulling archery league

first_imgShillong, Feb 9 (PTI) Archery is set to be the latest sport to join the franchise league bandwagon with Archery Association of India (AAI) planning something on the lines of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). “Were very serious about starting an Archery League and have engaged professionals from various fields like that of corporate and sports to chalk out a format that will be spectator-friendly in archery,” Anil Kamineni told PTI. The sport may be considered the most unfriendly for spectators with monotonous round of shooting targets at a distance unless theres a proper coverage. “Moreover, unlike in cricket, badminton or kabaddi where league is doing a great business no one-on-one duel is involved here. Were looking into that aspect and want to devise a format which can be more attractive.” PTI TAP ATK ATKlast_img read more

1984 horrors behind him, Allan Lamb now promotes cricket tourism in India

first_imgFormer England batting star Allan Lamb is unsure if Alistair Cook’s team can keep the upcoming India-England test series alive come the fourth Test in Mumbai. Following England’s struggle in Bangladesh, the cricketer turned businessman is worried by the time he brings in a group of 50 tourists to witness the Mumbai Test match, Indian spinners may have rolled the English over.Lamb runs a luxury hospitality business across the world and meshes a sports series with tourism. On his latest tour of India, his clients will get to see the sights and sounds of Rajasthan along with Mumbai and the Test match.Lamb who played cricket in an era when a lot of England players were reluctant to tour the sub continent fearing Delhi belly and lack of facilities, now has a very different view of India. “There is a big change now. I came here first in 1984. Its a wonderful country and I love coming back here,” he speaks to India Today at his sea facing hotel room across Marine Drive. (Also read: Bangladesh blues just the start for England as India await)England’s India tour of 1984, Lamb  referred to was anything but normal. Lamb recalls, “Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot the day we arrived in Delhi and we were told not to leave our hotel rooms. There was smoke going up all around with petrol stations  set alight.”The David Gower led team had to wait for two days to leave the country but incredibly the tour was not called off. “It was quite nerve wracking because we were stuck there for 48 hours. We flew with the Sri Lankan PM on his plane to Colombo waiting for things to quiten down. We were than asked to come back in two weeks and everyone was already very nervous.advertisementThe night before the test match we went to high commissioner’s house for drinks and the following morning the deputy commissioner was shot. We were in no space to play any cricket. I remember we were batting first and Fowler went into bat and someone blew a cracker and he hit the ground. He thought someone had fired at him. You can imagine guys were not up for it,” he says. (Also read: James Anderson absent again as England unchanged for India tour)The tour did go on peacefully and England came up triumphs against an Indian team comprising of some big names after their 1983 World Cup win. “We had fantastic security and tour progressed very well. We were also lucky that there was some friction between Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev and their team was split a bit and we managed to come through the back door and win the series,” he remembers.Personally overseeing a recce visit to Mumbai ahead of his business tour, Lamb is now at ease in India. He hopes to catch up with his former Northants team mate Anil Kumble in Mumbai during the series. “I called him to congratulate when he was appointed India coach. I hope to catch up with him in Mumbai. Indian cricket is in safe hands under him,” he says.last_img read more



Mourinho blames weather for poor performance

first_imgJosé Mourinho Mourinho pins blame on weather for Man Utd’s average display against Southampton Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:32 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) HD Mourinho Getty José Mourinho Manchester United Southampton v Manchester United Southampton Premier League The Portuguese says his players are not used to the sunshine which accompanied them en route to winning 1-0 on the south coast Jose Mourinho believes the south coast sunshine was to blame for Manchester United’s average display against Southampton on Saturday.The Red Devils maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the 19°C heat at St. Mary’s.West Brom 9/1 to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Romelu Lukaku’s first-half effort was enough to earn all three points for United, who were on the back foot for large parts of the second period.And Mourinho reckons his players were not at their sharpest because they are not used to playing in such warm conditions.He said in his post-match press conference: “I think they were really tired at the end.”Nine of them didn’t play in midweek, so nine of them it’s not even an accumulation of fatigue. I think the weather was beautiful.”Even if you train at 11am, 12pm, 3pm in Manchester, we don’t get this weather. Seriously.“The last time we had this was in Los Angeles [for pre-season] and then in Macedonia [for the Uefa Super Cup], and I think they felt it.”I saw some players were not sharp. Great spirit and always trying, but not the same sharpness.“So if your opponent is coming with everything against you, let’s do it for 10 or 15 minutes and stay solid.”United are currently joint-top of the table alongside rivals Manchester City, who have also picked up 16 points from their opening six fixtures.Next up for Mourinho’s men is a trip to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday.last_img read more

Australian Teams Ready For Trans Tasman Battle

first_imgAfter wins in the Open’s and Youth Trans Tasman Series over the past 18 months, it’s now the Masters turn when they take on New Zealand from Friday, 11 until Sunday, 13 June at Queens Park. Five divisions will be contested in the three game series, with the following divisions to be played: Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s and Men’s 50’s.The Australian players arrived in Townsville on Wednesday and will compete in some practice matches against local sides on Wednesday night. At 6.30pm the Australian Men’s 45’s team will take on the Thuringowa Men’s 27’s side and the Australian Men’s 40’s will play the Townsville Men’s 40’s side. At 7.30pm the Australian Men’s 50’s side will play the Townsville Men’s 50’s team, while the Australian Women’s 30’s will play the Townsville Women’s Open team. The Australian Men’s 30’s will take on Thuringowa’s Men’s Open side at 8.30pm. Thursday will see the final touches put on all the team’s preparations, before an official welcome and opening function will be held on Thursday night, with the series beginning on Friday night. 2010 marks 25 years since the first Trans Tasman Series was played in Melbourne in 1985. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire, says that it’s a great time to reflect on Australia’s achievements. “The recommencement of the Masters Trans Tasman Series is a great opportunity for long time servants of the game to represent their country and it will complete the final link in the pathway at the Trans Tasman level which we have recently established,” Maguire said. November 1991 was the last time that Masters players had the chance to play a Trans Tasman. Australia and New Zealand Masters teams last competed against each other in the 2007 World Cup against New Zealand, but haven’t played in a Trans Tasman Series for almost 19 years.  Given the time frame since the last time the teams met, TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, is unsure what to expect from New Zealand, but is confident of Australia’s chances. “We haven’t played them in most senior divisions for quite some time now, but as always they are very tough and determined whenever they play us,” Grant said. The Trans Tasman Series is being played in conjunction with the 2010 North Queensland Championships, which will be contested on Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 June. Game one will be played on Friday night, with game two held on Saturday and the final game of the series played on Sunday.Game 1 – Friday, 11 June 2010 5.00pm – Men’s 50’s 6.05pm – Men’s 45’s 7.10pm – Women’s 30’s 8.15pm – Men’s 40’s 9.10pm – Men’s 30’s Game 2 – Saturday, 12 June 2010 10.30am – Men’s 50’s 11.30am – Men’s 45’s 12.30pm – Women’s 30’s 1.30pm – Men’s 40’s 2.30pm – Men’s 30’s Game 3 – Sunday, 13 June 2010 9.15am – Men’s 50’s 10.15am – Men’s 45’s 11.15am – Women’s 30’s 2.00pm – Men’s 40’s 4.00pm – Men’s 30’sTo keep up to date with all of the latest news and results for the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series, please visit the Trans Tasman website: read more

Cheaper Energy Urgent Imperative of Growth Agenda – PM

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says cheaper energy is an urgent imperative of the country’s growth agenda.She emphasised that the country has to seek the best, most efficient and effective solutions to its energy problems, while explaining that conservation is also a critical element. The Prime Minister was making her contribution to the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, April 30.[Read the Prime Minister’s 2013-14 Budget Presentation] Mrs. Simpson Miller said that the Offices of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, have undertaken an energy conservation programme, which has resulted in electricity consumption levels being the lowest they have been in the last two years at the main office.She added that similar energy efficiency and energy cost saving measures were also introduced during the past six months at the National Housing Trust, Development Bank of Jamaica, King’s House, Bureau of Standards, the Civil Aviation Authority, Jamaica Information Service and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.“On the supply side, my mandate to the Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is thatno viable energy option must be ruled out as we seek to diversify our fuel mix. Bold decisions have been and will continue to be taken as we go for growth and unleash our full potential,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.The Budget presentation was made under the theme: ‘Going for Growth and Development, Unleashing our Full Potential’.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

US widow blinded soldier lose bid for urgent freeze of Omar Khadrs

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian judge wasted precious few minutes on Thursday in refusing to freeze a reported $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr so the widow of a slain American soldier he was accused of killing in Afghanistan can have more time to go after the money.In his ruling, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba said he had heard nothing to show Khadr planned to hide assets to thwart possible enforcement of a massive American court award against him.“People might have a lot of opinions. But this is not a coffee shop. This is a court of law,” Belobaba said during the hearing. “We don’t, thank goodness, in Canada have one law for Omar Khadr and one law for all other Canadians.”Tabitha Speer, widow of U.S. special forces soldier Sgt. Chris Speer, and a former American soldier Layne Morris blinded in one eye, wanted an injunction freezing Khadr’s assets pending their battle to have a Canadian court force him to pay the US$134.1-million judgment from Utah.Their Toronto-based lawyer David Winer found himself struggling to persuade Belobaba to hand down what the judge called an “extraordinary and very drastic remedy” and a “nuclear weapon.”Grabbing someone’s property, the judge said, demands solid, credible evidence that the person planned to thwart creditors or flout court orders.“We’ve got to deal with that,” he told Winer. “If you can’t clear this criterion, we’re done.”Winer’s evidence, however, amounted to media reports on Khadr’s recent settlement of his lawsuit against Ottawa, announced last week, for breaching his rights during his 10 years as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Sources said the deal with Khadr, 30, included a government payout of $10.5 million — money the Americans want to get their hands on.In one article, the Globe and Mail cited an anonymous source as saying Khadr had already legally sheltered the money, court heard.“Everything that he has reported on this matter has so far turned out to be correct,” Winer said of Globe reporter, Robert Fife.“Newspapers get it right a heck of a lot of times; they have great people working for them,” Belobaba allowed. At the same time, he said it was difficult to rely legally on one anonymous source, a point Khadr’s Edmonton-based lawyer, Nate Whitling, pressed home during his brief submissions.“There’s just nothing here for Mr. Khadr to respond to. There’s just a bare allegation that assets will be dissipated,” Whitling said. “The parties simply wish to deprive Mr. Khadr of the benefits of his property.”At one point, Belobaba asked why Khadr would not “for goodwill” put the money aside pending trial on the Utah judgment.Stacking $10 million against the US$134-million judgment made little sense, Whitling replied.“Mr. Khadr has plans for his property, like everybody else does. It’s his property. He’s got the right to do with it as his wishes,” Whitling said. “There’s no reason it should be tied up. It’s as simple as that.”Belobaba also saw little merit in Winer’s second point: Khadr’s refusal to promise the money would be available to the Americans suggests something nefarious. If Khadr had no plan to hide his assets, Winer said, it would have “been so easy to say so.”The judge said he recognized the American families had been “horribly devastated” by death and injuries but said he saw no evidence Khadr would be “jumping on a plane to Venezuela” or somehow putting his money beyond their reach. Ultimately, Belobaba needed just a few minutes to reject the injunction application.“You have to be really careful when you go around freezing people’s assets before trial,” he said. “This is not a difficult decision in law.”The two sides are now expected back in court in the fall — likely October — to begin working toward a trial on the Utah judgment.Legal experts say it will be difficult to have a Canadian court enforce the Utah award given that it is based almost entirely on Khadr’s 2010 confession before a widely condemned U.S. military commission that he had, as a 15-year-old, killed Speer in Afghanistan in July 2002.Khadr later said he pleaded guilty to five purported war crimes as the only way to get out of Guantanamo and return to Canada, which he did in 2012.last_img read more

Young Inuit artists from Cape Dorset unveil mural about climate change in

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement “I’m going to remember this for a long time, because I’m enjoying it here,” said 14-year-old artist Saaki Nuna in Inuktitut.The other three artists working on the mural are Tommy Quvianaqtuliaq, Johnny Samayualie, and Salomonie Ashoona.center_img A group of young artists from Cape Dorset have left their mark on the walls of Montreal, with a massive colourful mural that speaks about the impact of climate change on Inuit.The mural on Rue Ontario East is the Embassy of Imagination’s second project in the south.Last year, the Cape Dorset-based youth art group created a mural in Toronto, their first foray out of Nunavut. The artists left to right: Salomonie Ashoona, Saaki Nuna, Tommy Quvianaqtuliaq, Johnny Samayualie standing in front of the half-finished mural. (Embassy of Imagination)The four are joined by mentors Susan Rowsell and Parr Josephee, who was part of the group that painted the Toronto mural last summer during the Pan Am Games.The youth, who come from a Baffin Island community of about 1,200, say painting on a three-storey building has been an eye-opening experience for them. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Moroccan king to weigh in on Mali peace process

first_imgBAMAKO – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI was due to land in Mali Tuesday for a five-day tour to support the country’s peace process, with Rabat aiming to wrest the diplomatic initiative from its more dominant regional rival Algeria.The king will be guest of honour of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita for his first visit since attending the Malian leader’s inauguration in September.The visit takes place with preliminary meetings under way in Bamako ahead of peace negotiations between the government and armed insurgents in the north, including the ethnic Tuareg separatist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). Mali was thrown into chaos in 2012 when the MNLA launched an offensive in the northern desert helped by Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda who then cast aside the Tuareg rebels and took the region for themselves.The Islamists were driven out after nine months by a French-led military intervention launched in January 2013, but they are regrouping in the desert and remain an ever-present threat to security.The operation was backed by Morocco which, despite having no border with Mali, counts Islamist militants throughout Africa’s Sahel and Maghreb regions as a high priority security threat.Algiers was the preferred location for various peace agreements in the 1990s and early 2000s between the Malian government and the Tuareg, who are spread across several countries in the region, including Algeria.But Morocco, a major trading partner with Mali, has been challenging Algeria’s traditional position as mediator between the government in Bamako and the Tuareg.With Keita’s blessing, Mohammed VI received MNLA chief Bilal Ag Acherif in January, encouraging him back to the table with the Malian government after the rebels had walked out on UN-sponsored talks in Algiers.last_img read more

Polisario Threatens To Take Up Arms Against MINURSO, UN Fires Back

Rabat – Polisario Front is continuing with the same line of pushing for an escalation in the region of Guergarat. While Morocco opted for a policy of restraint, thus pulling out its armed forces from the region, the separatist group is taking another direction.After a series of provocations, blocking Moroccan trucks carrying goods from getting access to Mauritania and keeping its fighters in Guergarat despite UN secretary general, Antonion Guetteres’ call on both parties to withdraw unconditionally from the region, Polisario is now directing its threats to the United Nations. According to sources on the ground, the separatist groups threatened to take arms against the United Nations Mission For Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), if the peacekeeping mission set foot on Guergarat.The Algeria-backed separatist group threatened the UN peacekeeping mission to open fire at its patrols if ever they move towards the region under Polisario’s control.The threatening language held by the separatists prompted a response from the UN whose spokesperson said MINURSO patrols should move in all areas.Polisario’s threats is adding more fuel to the fire at a time where the separatist group seems short of ideas on how to draw the attention of international community and sustain its claim as as the only and legitimate representatives of Sahrawis.Some observers point an accusing finger at Algeria which, strangled by the internal political and economic crisis, is pushing for a confrontation between Polisario and Morocco.“The Algerian military regime is expected to use all options, even the military option in order to divert the attention of its public opinion from the real popular concerns, and to create an artificial sense of unity against the Moroccan neighbor,” says to MWN Professor Reda El Fallah of the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir.Professor El Fallah believes the recent moves by Polisario are desperate attempts from the separatists and their Algerian sponsors to “provoke troubles in the region using the language of threats against Morocco.” read more

Somalia at critical juncture UN chief says in historic visit to Mogadishu

9 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid an unannounced visit to Mogadishu today together with the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, to express the solidarity of the United Nations at what he called a “critical juncture” for the future of the Somali people. “We have come here to see for [ourselves] the changes under way and show the strong solidarity of the United Nations and the broader international community,” Mr. Ban said at a press conference in the capital. This is the first time that a Secretary-General and Assembly President have visited Somalia together, and the first by a UN chief in nearly two decades. The two men met with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and other leaders to discuss the way ahead and how the international community can help the country, which has been torn by factional strife for the past 20 years.“I believe we are now at a critical juncture – a moment of fresh opportunities for the future of [the] Somali people,” said Mr. Ban. “On the political front, to bring a new measure of stability and possibilities to people’s lives. On the military front, to consolidate gains,” he stated. “On the recovery front, to help break the cycle of famine, poverty once and for all.” Mr. Ban said he stressed to the Somali leadership the importance of “seizing the moment,” adding that there is a very limited window of opportunity. On the political front, he emphasized the need to move ahead quickly with the roadmap that was agreed in September and which spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution and reconciliation. “It must be done in an inclusive and transparent way,” said the Secretary-General, adding that further extension of this roadmap will be “untenable.” He also highlighted the need to advance on the constitution and parliamentary reform. To further these efforts, Mr. Ban announced that the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), headed by Special Representative Augustine Mahiga, will re-locate from Nairobi to Mogadishu in January. On the military front, he lauded the efforts of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and stressed the need for the mission to deploy at its full strength of 12,000 troops. He also paid tribute to the work done by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the humanitarian front, noting that their collective efforts have saved thousands of lives since famine was declared in July. However, the situation – particularly in central and southern Somalia – remains dire, Mr. Ban said, noting that four million people are in crisis, and 250,000 people face famine. Meanwhile, he drew attention to the new threats to humanitarians, and condemned the recent attacks and actions of the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab. “Humanitarian organizations in Somalia remain strictly neutral. Their mission is only to save lives, to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance,” he emphasized. “Any attack on them is an attack on the most vulnerable people in the country.” The Secretary-General stressed that Somalia has been suffering “too long and too much.” It is time for Somalis to reconcile with each other and ensure the peace and security necessary so that the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) can deliver basic needs and services to the people.On his way back to Nairobi from Mogadishu, the Secretary-General visited the Dadaab refugee complex, which hosts the largest number of Somali refugees. He met with refugees and elders in the camp, as well as UN staff working to assist the refugees, during what he described as a “humbling and very sad” visit. read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 3rd March

More automatic choice from Allison Allison Transmission will use its stand 6-280 at the CV Show in April to announce more distribution applications for its commercial vehicle transmissions. The firm aims to expand into different sectors, including distribution and construction as well as increasing the number of its hybrid bus powertrain sales in Europe. More from Nick Bailey on +44 (0)1 295 277 050 or Take security seriously and says the RHA The Road Haulage Association says that theft still costs the transport industry over £1 billion a year. To help operators cut the cost the RHA will run its annual Security Seminar, at Towcester racecourse in Northamptonshire on Tuesday March 11th. The RHA says there are still some places left for this important event, which will be chaired by John Stalker, the former deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester Police. Tickets cost £149 plus VAT with RHA members getting a £100 discount on each. The deal includes entrance to the exhibition, refreshments and lunch. More from Jan Mills on +44 (0)1 932 841 515 or First ’08’ plate registration for North East Truck & Van North East Truck & Van, which says it is the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle distributor, has delivered a new Iveco Stralis Active Space Super_ tractor unit to international pallet manufacturer TWP Packaging Ltd. It is first from the dealer on the new ’08’ registration plate, introduced on March 1st. The new truck will do some 150,000 km a year and takes TWP’s fleet to six. It is on a three year contract hire deal handled by North East Truck & Van’s northernmost dealership in Blaydon. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or VW buys Scania The Financial Times report that in a complex deal, Porsche plans to increase its stake in Volkswagen and VW will increase its stake in Scania to a majority shareholding of 69%. The firm also holds a 29.9 % stake in MAN, which in turn has a 17% stake in Scania. The FT says ‘the outcome to what VW wants at Scania and MAN is difficult to predict.’ More from And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that reader Barbara Karayi thought Beechams All-in-One tablets sounded the perfect solution for her cold – except that the instructions told her to take two at a time. More from www.newscientist.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Advanced EEV trucks from Daf at CV Show Daf Trucks says it will use its stand 510-20 at the CV Show to reinforce its position as leader in all the market segments in which it competes. The firm will show five environmentally friendly trucks from 7.5 to 44 tonnes, all are to Euro 5 emission standards and have AS-Tronic automated transmissions. Two of these trucks have enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle or EEV engine technology to make them even greener still. “We’re consolidating our sustained market leadership with an array of advanced vehicles,” said Tony Pain, Daf Trucks’ marketing director. “At the same time we’re investing heavily in the production and assembly facilities needed to make even more of them.” More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or Tri-axle Volvo for Lochs and Glens Scottish coach operator Lochs and Glens has ordered seven more tri-axle Volvo B12B coaches for delivery in April. All will have 14m Jonckheere HV14 bodies and will carry holidaymakers from around the UK to one of the firm’s luxury Scottish lochside hotels. The deal is part fleet renewal and part expansion, as Lochs and Glens will open a new hotel in Fort William this year. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or Broadband for Welsh bus passengers Moovera Networks says that First Group has chosen its technology to provide broadband internet and GPS based vehicle tracking on bus routes in Wales. First Cymru has fitted vehicles on the hour-long shuttle 100 service that runs along the M4 motorway between Swansea and Cardiff, giving passengers mobile and broadband access from Vodafone. More from Dave Palmer on 44 (0)8 704 460 461 or Managing drivers The Freight Transport Association says coping with the responsibilities of managing truck drivers is increasingly complex and demanding, so it has organised 14 regional briefing events across the UK. Places are free to FTA members and the seminars will look at driver licence checks, vehicle defect checks, drivers’ hours and the growing range of related issues, including the important process of managing driver competence. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or Volvo wins £6m bus order for Trentbarton Volvo says it has won a £6m order for 41 single deck buses to Nottinghamshire based Trentbarton. All the 45 seat Wrightbus-bodied B7RLE buses will meet Euro 5 emissions and be delivered through 2008 and 2009. They will join the firm’s 270 strong fleet, to work on scheduled services in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. These will be Trentbarton’s first Volvos for 13 years. All will have leather seats and air conditioning, as well as CCTV and StarTrak real time information systems. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or New oil price record at $103.95 The BBC web site reports that oil prices hit a new record high on Monday March 3rd, driven by the falling dollar and fading hopes of more supplies US light, sweet crude made $103.95 a barrel, before dropping back to trade at $102.45. London Brent also hit a record $102. Analysts blamed the falling dollar, which makes oil an attractive investment to speculators and warn that it looks unlikely that oil exporters’ cartel Opec will raise production to help ease prices. More from Automated vehicle access control Derwent CCTV says its Sentry system is its first automatic number plate recognition-based access control system. The firm says the new kit can be installed either as a stand-alone or integrated system or with existing access control equipment. The system can hold up to 10,000 vehicle registration numbers and also includes a full continental number plate recognition library. Derwent says it can be used to control any vehicle access barrier including those guarding the car parks, gated communities factories, warehouses, offices schools and colleges. More from Penny Haywood on +44 (0)1 931 669 519 or Cullimore move to ATS Gloucester-based sand and gravel merchant Moreton C Cullimore has done a deal with ATS Euromaster that will see the firm fitting new and re-mixed Tyres across its 42 strong truck fleet. The deal also includes arrangements for a mobile ATS Euromaster technician to do daily fleet checks to monitor tyre condition. All this is part of a plan to help the company to discharge its duty of care responsibilities and help protect its operator’s licence. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or LEZ ‘honeymoon’ over The Road Haulage Association says Monday March 3rd saw the end of the initial 28-day ‘honeymoon’ period for the London Low Emission Zone and the start of problems for operators that face delays in fitting particulate traps. The RHA says it has a list of member firms that ordered the kit to bring older trucks up to the LEZ particulate matter standard before the scheme started, but are waiting for fitting. Transport for London says that charges may be refunded once operators trucks are up to scratch but won’t guarantee that it will return the cash. It has offered to look at applications on a ‘case-by-case’ basis from firms that ordered the kit before February 4th 2008. The RHA wants TfL to think again. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or Top Technician 2008 Organisers of the annual competition say they now have a 20 strong shortlist of people who will be invited to compete in the live finals on the Top Technician stand, 9-431 in the Workshop area of the CV Show in April. The winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony on June 9th at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire. He or she will get a tax-free prize of £2,500 and a wide range of other goodies. More from Nicola St Clair on+44 (0)1 634 261 262 or Rail freight too expensive says FTA The Freight Transport Association says it has written to Network Rail saying it needs to cut infrastructure access costs for freight. This is against a background of comments from the Rail Regulation Office which says that Network Rail has scope to improve its efficiency by at least 30%. The FTA says cost-cuts are vital to the future of rail freight. More from Chris McRae on +44 (0)1 892 552 355 or Cape’s £500,000 sludge gulpers Cape says it has spent over £500,000 on two Daf eight-wheel trucks fitted with Cox and vacuum tank kit. The firm says the new trucks and a further two similar vehicles, to follow shortly, will join its 15-strong fleet of high-capacity vacuum tankers. The new trucks can deal with both wet and dry waste, including hazardous materials. Each has a 15,000 litre stainless steel tank and can recover material from up to 200 metres horizontally or from up to 60 metres vertically. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or New tyres from Continental at CV Show Following its ‘hugely successful’ return to the CV Show last year, Continental says it will be back in 2008 with a new range of products and services for commercial vehicle operators. The firm will use the show to launch a new trailer tyre for regional work, the 385/65R22.5. There will also be new steering and drive axle tyres for construction work and additions to the re-tread tyre range. Continental will also show its tyre pressure management system and its ContiEuroService tyre management service. More from Belle Wilson on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or First solos for Newport Newport Bus has put six Solo low-floor minibuses to work, with two running on an Ebbw Valley Railway link. The other four join the firm’s 86 strong bus fleet, doing local service work in the Newport area. Newport Bus says the decision to take Solos followed wide-ranging trials of other vehicles on the market. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or New Swedish coach for England’s cricket team The England cricket team and their visiting opposition from New Zealand and South Africa will travel to test matches around the country this summer with a new Swedish coach. The Volvo 9700 Prestige Plus tri-axle coach will run in England Cricket Board livery, operated by coach firm Go Goodwins. Volvo says the new coach is the safest it has ever built; its specification includes an electronic braking system, electronic stability program, front under-run protection, front impact protection and knee impact protection. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or New look ContiNetwork Continental Tyre Group just re-launched ContiNetwork, the association of independent tyre dealers the firm first launched in 2001. The new ContiNetwork has 55 outlets across the UK, to give better and more local service to customers, particularly the growing number of fleets using Continental’s tyre management contracts. The firm says this will ‘significantly’ cut downtime for operators. David Smith, managing director of Continental Tyre Group says he is confident that the move is good news for his customers and expects that more will go for tyre management deals. “It cuts downtime and hassle and gives peace of mind.” The firm says over 30% of its UK truck tyre sales are on tyre management contracts. More from Belle Wilson on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or Go Plant go for Dennis Eagle GPL Hire & Service – part of the GPL (Go Plant Limited) Group is changing its spot hire fleet of refuse collection and specialist recycling trucks with help from Dennis Eagle, which just delivered four dust carts. These join the firm’s 110 strong dust cart fleet. More from Roberta Manca on +44 (0)1 926 316 000 or Whole vehicle Type Approval consultation soon The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has learned that the UK Department for Transport will launch its formal consultation on Whole Vehicle Type Approval this spring, probably in April. “This is good news, as people need to know the score as soon as possible,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the SMMT. “And importantly, people need to make the most of the opportunity to have their say. This change to the way we do commercial vehicles is supposed to level the playing field across Europe and will have far reaching effects across every aspect of the business. So it is important that dealers, vehicle makers and bodybuilder don’t miss the opportunity to tell the DfT what they think.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or Citroën Relay glass vans for Cornwall Glass One of the West Country’s largest specialist glass and glazing products stockists, Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd, just got nine Citroën Relay Ready to Run glass carrying vans, with specialist conversions by Supertrucks. Citroën says this is the largest single order for glass carrying vans gained to date from its award-winning Ready to Run one-stop specialist body range. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or Zoeller and Faun share a stand at the CV Show The two brands will share stand 040-19 in the municipal zone at this year’s CV Show. Zoeller says it will show its Rotary Alpha fitted to a Faun Variopress machine and a Faun Viajet sweeper will make its CV Show debut. More from Heidi Evans on +44 (0)1 248 725 305 or read more

An innovative approach in potash

first_imgGensource Potash Corp has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement financing.  The company raised gross proceeds of just over $0.5 million. This financing is part of Gensource’s plan to continue  development work at its Lazlo site.  Gensource’s CEO, Mike Ferguson: “We are very pleased with the response of the market to our project development plans, which are based on our business plan of vertical integration and small scale operations.  We continue to find strong support from those who understand the potash industry and understand our disruptive business model.  We see clearly that the industry should not be defined and controlled from the production side but rather, from the market side.  With that as the driving fundamental, together with our selective mining technologies, Gensource continues its plans to become a new, independent, small scale producer in the potash industry.”Gensource is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is focused on re-inventing the potash industry by becoming a new, independent potash producer.  Gensource plans to accomplish this goal by creating a vertically integrated business structure in partnership with a specific market and developing the next potash production facility in Saskatchewan as a small operation that will specifically serve the selected market.  The new facility is planned to use up-to-date selective dissolution technologies, which would result in a small operation that leaves no salt tailings on surface, uses no fresh surface water and creates a smaller carbon footprint than current operations in the province.The Lazlo area lies located in central Saskatchewan along an infrastructure corridor between the major population centres of Saskatoon and Regina.  The area is located over a thick and rich region of the Prairie Evaporite formation known locally as the “Davidson Sub-basin”. Lazlo is a very prospective area within the Prairie Evaporite and boasts:Located near town of Craik on a well serviced infrastructure corridor between Regina and SaskatoonHighway 11 runs through propertyRail line runs through propertyHV Power runs through propertyTotal area 123,000 acresSeveral projects or mining blocks identifiable within the one areaThree on-property historic drill holesHistorical NI43-101 indicates excellent grades, thickness and temperaturesThe area is large and will accommodate several specific projects. The potential projects are made up of freehold mineral leases (21 years duration with renewal built in), plus a novel approach to engaging the interspersed Crown minerals.Gensource Plans for the first project within the Lazlo area to have design parameters as shown below.  These parameters are based on the foreseen market size for the first small, but scalable, project. read more

Theresa May to make appearance on Eastenders in bid to win over

first_img Apr 1st 2019, 12:05 AM By Sean Murray There is then to be spontaneous cheering, with the famous “dun dun dun” music swiftly following.ReactionAt this critical juncture in the future of Britain, critics of the Prime Minister are baffled as to why she is going on a soap opera at this stage.While being very critical of the Prime Minister for example, Jeremy Corbyn tried to set up a last minute rebuttal on tonight’s Coronation Street but locals there are still in mourning over the knicker factory tragedy last month.One supporter of May however, is Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Citizenship Peter Mannion.While profusely sweating, the man who absolutely doesn’t want to replace her as Prime Minister told “In criticising all of us the other week, the Prime Minister was sending a clear message that parliamentarians aren’t to be trusted. And she was… eh… completely right. I think she’ll really connect with the people this evening.”It’s understood that high-level talks will take place throughout the day between Fine Gael and RTÉ to try get Leo Varadkar on the next edition of Fair City.“Leo sees this happening across the water, and sees it as such a good PR opportunity,” a government source said. “He’s absolutely raging he didn’t think of it first.”So, with May sipping a gin in the Queen Vic tonight, don’t be surprised to see Leo slurping down a pint of blackstuff in McCoy’s pub within the next week. Tonight, we’ll be liveblogging Theresa May’s appearance on Eastenders. Join us here on the site or get involved with the hashtags #Brextenders #TJMay and #Whatthefuckisgoingon.Additional reporting from Nicky Ryan in east London. Rehearsal shot of hostile locals witnessing May’s arrival.UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May is set to make a stunning appearance on Eastenders tonight, as she makes a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal.The beleaguered Prime Minister has faced a string of crushing blows, and will hope that she receives a better reception from the patrons of the Queen Vic – and the general public – on tonight’s special live edition of the soap opera.Number 10 sources have indicated that May will win over the pub goers in the Vic – as well as the entire nation – with a passionate speech in unfamiliar surroundings. However, and in a move that’s likely to enrage the British government further, this news has emerged because the Irish government has opted to give notice of May’s appearance in advance.But – unlike previous instances where the Irish side has given the game away for May’s government when it comes to Brexit announcements – Varadkar was actually required to do so.As part of the most recent Anglo-Irish Agreement in 2003, the head of government in each country must give advance notice to their counterpart across the Irish Sea if they are to make an appearance on a primetime soap opera.ScriptA BBC source has revealed a draft script of tonight’s episode to the last night.The source was bleary-eyed through a chronic lack of sleep, and explained that the script had undergone a number of rewrites.“This is the 416th draft,” the source said. “And her appearance was only confirmed at the start of March. Brexit won’t stop f*****g, c*****g changing every two seconds. It’s driving the actors mad.”In a video supplied by the source, it shows actor Adam Woodyatt – who plays stalwart Ian Beale – reacting to the latest news the script was being rewritten, and expressing concerns about how other actors would take it.via GIPHYHere are some excerpts from tonight’s script – although we do remind you it’s contingent on what the hell happens in Brexit over the course of today: After the initial bad reception May gets at the pub, she sits plotting her next move when she gets some advice from an unlikely source.It is understood that it is this next bit that required the most rewriting, as Number 10 demanded meticulous control over what May says here and the reaction in the pub. extends its apologies for the incomplete nature of this extract. 147,382 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share2357 Tweet Email43 center_img 63 Comments Monday 1 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM Theresa May to make appearance on Eastenders in bid to win over Brexit doubters Leo Varadkar leaked the news last evening, surprising the British press ahead of tonight’s show. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Allergiques méfiezvous des pollens de bouleau

first_imgAllergiques, méfiez-vous des pollens de bouleauLe Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA) vient de lancer une alerte aux pollens de bouleau afin de prévenir les allergiques.Les personnes sujettes aux allergies seront sans doute gênées cette semaine par les pollens de bouleau. Le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA) a prévu que les pollens devraient se déployer sur “un arc allant de la Gironde à l’Ile-de-France, en passant par la région Pays-de-Loire”. Selon Météo France, le week-end à venir devrait s’avérer beau pour une grande partie de l’Hexagone. Des conditions météorologiques qui seront “propices à la production et à la dispersion de ces grains naturels allergisants”. Les personnes souhaitant être averties de toutes les alertes aux pollens peuvent dès à présent s’inscrire sur le site de la RNSA. Les allergies respiratoires touchent plus de 20% de la population française. Dans le cas des pollens de bouleau, les manifestations allergiques peuvent prendre la forme de conjonctivites, rhinites, toux, gênes respiratoires et pour les cas les plus sévères de l’asthme. Le réseau demande à toutes personnes ayant des problèmes d’allergies de suivre les traitements prescrits ou de consulter leur médecin ou allergologue.Le 29 mars 2011 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Poste mobile dévoile un aperçu de ses offres

first_imgLa Poste mobile dévoile un aperçu de ses offresLe 23 mai prochain, La Poste deviendra un opérateur virtuel de téléphonie mobile (MVNO) et dévoilera alors ses premières offres. Mais déjà, le détail de certains forfaits a été révélé, avec la publication d’une documentation réservée aux employés du groupe.Destinée aux postiers, une documentation présentant les offres mobiles de La Poste a été publiée par le site Ecrans. Elle donne un aperçu des forfaits et des tarifs proposés par le nouvel opérateur mobile virtuel. Les offres présentées incluent une réduction réservée aux employés de La Poste, qui est sans doute du même ordre que celle consentie chez SFR et Orange pour leurs employés, à savoir 30%.À lire aussiInternet mobile : 38% des français sont connectésSur cette documentation, La Poste propose un grand nombre d’offres : des forfaits bloqués allant de 9,60 euros à 20,80 euros par mois, des forfaits SMS & Web illimités compris entre 20,80 euros et 39,20 euros, ou encore sept cartes prépayées, allant de 5 à 75 euros. Ces tarifs sont les mêmes pour un engagement de douze ou vingt-quatre mois. En revanche, les forfaits sont moins chers s’ils sont vendus sans mobile.Pour se déployer, La Poste Mobile utilisera le réseau SFR. D’ici à 2015, elle mise sur le recrutement de 2 à 2,5 millions de clients, et sur un chiffre d’affaires de quelque 500 millions d’euros.Le 13 mai 2011 à 15:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Young Han Solo What We Know So Far

first_img We finally have our first official look at the young Han Solo cast!Even though the cast isn’t in costume (sans Chewbacca), it’s always nice to see the early dynamic between Star Wars actors, actresses, creatures, and creators coming together and showing off what they’ve been working on.From what we already know, pictured cast members include Alden Ehrenreich, who will dawn the DL-44 blaster as Han Solo, and Donald Glover, starring as Han’s smuggler pal Lando Calrissian.Other cast members, whose roles are still a mystery to us are Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Woody Harrelson, who has been rumored to play a mentor type character. Joonas Suotamo is also returning as Han’s pal and Co-pilot, Chewbacca. Joonas first dawned the Wookie outfit when he doubled the character in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also pictured are directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. You may remember their work on films like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.Disney officially released this shot of the cast together early Tuesday morning, stating that principal photography officially began on the film Monday at London’s Pinewood Studios.So what can we take away from this picture? For one thing, West World actress Thandie Newton is not in the photo. This could be a scheduling conflict. I’d like to think Disney does not want to push Han Solo’s love interest just yet for fans just learning about the project. Let that come later.It is currently rumored that Newton may portray Sana Solo, Han Solo’s early wife from the Marvel Star Wars comic series. There is some muddled story there that I am not sure Lord and Miller would actually play with. LucasFilm has already portrayed characters from the comics in their tabletop and video games. But even with those, the films usually stand on their own ground, while lending themselves to the smaller media. Not vice versa.The character I am most interested in is Woody Harrelson’s. We know that he is a mentor of sorts. Probably to Han. Harrelson usually plays the down and dirty rolls. A rugged type who only looks after themselves. Sound familiar Star Wars fans? I’m curious as to what kind of mentor Han would take after? Possibly one that helps him finish the Kessel run in just under twelve parsecs.It’s also exciting to see Donald Glover rise to this kind of role in his career. If you are a fan of Donald’s music (Childish Gambino), you are already familiar that the actor/rapper has been a Star Wars fan since birth, like most of us. He slips subtle references into his music and has brought up the franchise at a few of his live shows.As for our leading man, I specifically remember walking in late to a screening of Hail Ceaser. It was during a scene where Ehrenreich’s character was a last minute addition to a love story. Like early Hollywood features, he was yanked from his western set to fill in for a handsome love interest in a larger drama picture. The scene is quite amusing as Ehrenreich’s character has never played this type of role before and only knows how to portray a good ol’ boy. I like to believe this roll had a lot to do with his casting for the young Han Solo film. If you remember, Harrison Ford wasn’t your typical actor in the beginning of his career either. The carpenter turned actor saw acting as a job, and only that. But damn if that stubbornness didn’t come through in his performance as Han Solo. Hopefully, Ehrenreich can fill those big stubborn boots.The future Star Wars film project is slated to release May 25th, 2018. Stay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more