Astronomers staring across the universe have spotted a startling scene: three supermassive black holes orbiting close to one another, two of them just a few hundred light-years apart. The trio, housed in a pair of colliding galaxies, may help scientists hunting for ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves.Most giant galaxies harbor at their centers a supermassive black hole millions or billions of times as massive as the sun. If gas falls into the object, it can heat up and glow, turning the region just outside the black hole into a quasar—a brilliant galactic nucleus that can outshine the entire Milky Way.Astronomer Roger Deane of the University of Cape Town and his colleagues have been watching a particular quasar, known as SDSS J1502+1115, in the constellation Boötes. Other astronomers had found that the object, located 4.3 billion light-years from Earth, possessed two supermassive black holes, each the center of a large galaxy smashing into another. 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Lo and behold, one of the black holes turned out to be two. “We were incredibly surprised,” says Deane, whose team reports its findings online today in Nature.If the two black holes composing the newfound pair are equally distant from Earth, they’re just 450 light-years apart and orbit each other every 4 million years. Triple black holes are rare, and the others discovered so far all feature black holes that are much farther apart. The new pair is the second “tightest” binary black hole known; a decade ago, other astronomers found two supermassive black holes separated by about 24 light-years.”It’s very good to see another object,” says Greg Taylor of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, an astronomer who helped discover the first tight pair of black holes. With only one tight pair known, he says, it was difficult to assess how common even tighter black hole pairs are, which are crucial in the hunt for gravitational waves—a subtle type of radiation predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Two supermassive black holes orbiting just a fraction of a light-year apart should emit such waves and then give off a burst of them when the black holes merge.No known binary black hole is tight enough to emit detectable gravitational radiation. But all orbiting black holes slowly spiral together, because they lose energy as their gravity kicks away stars. Deane says it’s encouraging that his team discovered the new pair after searching just six galaxies. “Either we got really, really lucky, or these are a lot more common than previously found,” he says. So the hunt is on for tighter systems that emit gravitational waves.In time, the nearby Andromeda galaxy will hit the Milky Way, and the supermassive black holes at each galaxy’s center will form a duo that future observers can scrutinize. If you can wait a few billion years, says Harvard University astronomer Abraham Loeb, “there will be a binary [black hole] system right next door.”
Read Next MOST READ Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlso buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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We have looked at the amazing Texas Tech offense and the putrid Texas Tech defense. Now it’s time to look at some players on both sides of the ball who could make some noise on Saturday in Stillwater.Players to WatchWhen Texas Tech and Oklahoma State get together, there are more fireworks than a Grand Lake 4th of July, let’s take a peek at who some of the major players on the Tech side of the game will be on Saturday afternoon.Quarterback Pat Mahomes II, No. 5Kansas Defensive Coordinator Clint Bowen: “He’s a magician. You can tell your kids, but over and over on film you see it. Someone has him dead to rights for a sack and he does something to get away.”Long before Patrick Mahomes II set his sights on the record books in Lubbock, Texas, he was taking grounders with Alex Rodriguez and shagging balls for Cowboy great Robin Ventura, always in tow as he followed around his father, Patrick Mahomes I, an 11 year MLB veteran beloved by New York Mets fans for an 8-0 season in 1999 that helped get them to the NLCS.Patrick II looked bound for professional baseball from an early age, earning a trip to the Junior League World Series when he was 14.Mahomes excelled in baseball, basketball and football at Whitehouse, his pedigree and talent meriting calls from MLB teams and being picked in 37th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.It only took one half of a game for Kliff Kingsbury to know he had found his quarterback, the only he would offer in the 2013 class. Mahomes stayed true to Tech and turned down LSU and Notre Dame when they called late.Mahomes made his first appearance as a freshman in relief of injured starter Davis Webb on a late September night in Stillwater, some might remember as the best game Daxx Garman played in the orange and black but Mahomes went two for five with a touchdown and an interception to Cowboy linebacker Seth Jacobs.It’s safe to guess he’ll look a bit better when he comes back this weekend.Coach Gundy spoke reverentially of Mahomes this week saying he’s “a potential first round pick. He reminds me a lot of (Dallas Cowboy quarterback) Dak Prescott… Style of play, body, strength, speed, ability to run and throw in different positions.”Dak Mahomes leads the nation in passing yards (3,886), passing yards per game (431.8), offensive yards per game (460.7) and is second nationally in points responsible for as he averages 27.3 points per game off of 31 passing touchdowns and ten rushing touchdowns.And while the statistics are incredible, Kingsbury gushes about Mahomes’ will to win, saying it’s “second to none.”It’s hard to accuse Mahomes of not leaving it all on the field with a sore shoulder in a close loss to Oklahoma last month when he completed 52 of 88 attempts through the air for an NCAA record 734 yards passing.I’m no NFL scout, but I’d say coming out to see Mahomes mix it up against Mason would be worth the price of admission given the likelihood you’ll be watching at least one NFL quarterback, maybe two.Wide Receiver Jonathan Giles, No. 9Mahomes’ favorite target is the 5’11”, 185 pound receiver that has really turned it on after a slow freshman year. It’s hard to blame him, he was recruited by numerous FBS programs (Houston, Colorado, Indiana and more) to play quarterback like he did in high school.After a solid year of learning how to block and picking up the route trees, he’s really blossomed as a sophomore. He measures at 5’11” and 185 pounds with dazzling athleticism in the open field with an eye for the end zone. WATCH: Mahomes connects with Giles to complete Texas Tech’s 11th sub-two minute TD drive of the season! #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/uGRF7mOPDT— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 17, 2016With 982 yards through nine games and 12 scores, he’s having one of the best seasons for a receiver in Tech history. He leads the team with 60 catches and is one of the most productive receivers in the country (12th in receiving yards per game and 18th in receptions per game).He has four 100-yard games to his record so far this year and recently torched the OU secondary for 167 yards and two scores. Considered the best athlete on the team, it’s time for some Real Talk with Ramon: Look out for No. 9.Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, No. 20It’s rare when a true freshman, especially at middle linebacker, can step in from day one and adjust to the physicality of Power 5 football, but Jordyn Brooks has done just that. He leads the Red Raiders in tackles (61) and leads all freshmen nationally in solo tackles per game (4.7).From the same high school in Houston that produced Andrew Luck, Brooks stands at 6’1”, 235 pounds and packs a punch in the middle of the defense.Starting in all nine of Tech’s games so far and as a member of his high school’s 4×100 meter team, Brooks has speed to chase down quicker players. Turning down offers from SEC schools like Arkansas and Missouri, Kingsbury and Co. were sure glad the big instate schools didn’t come after him as they look to have him running the defense for years to come.Defensive Tackle Ondre Pipkins, No. 9When Captain Khaki took over at Michigan, change ensued and some players in the program were sent packing to make room for scholarships and you won’t hear Texas Tech complain.Former Army All-American defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins struggled with injuries throughout his time in Ann Arbor and decided to follow the tumbleweeds to west Texas where he found a warm welcome in Lubbock.We continue our series of senior features leading into Saturday’s Senior Day with defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/yOtzY0PEyn— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) October 31, 2016The senior nose guard weighs in at a whopping 325 pounds and while his stats aren’t eye popping (28 tackles, four tackles for loss), his presence looks to have tons of positive effect on those around him. You could possibly draw a straight line from the success of middle linebacker Jordyn Brooks to Pipkins, who often draws a couple of blockers.Another underrated benefit for Pipkins is his mentorship of talented defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, a true sophomore that will be counted on for leadership in coming years. With Pipkins in the starting lineup this season, their rushing defense has improved by nearly 50 yards per game, down to 236 from 280 in 2015.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The Denver Broncos have waived former Oklahoma State defensive end Jimmy Bean after a reported failed physical just days after claiming the second-year pro off of waivers.We’ve signed LB @dee_mount and waived DL Jimmy Bean.? https://t.co/yQrqoNLems pic.twitter.com/8256pO2rom— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 29, 2017Bean made the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2016 and signed an offseason deal to remain in Oakland following the 2016 season.Bean reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury during a Raiders practice last week and was subsequently cut to make a roster spot for left tackle Donald Penn.Whatever injury he suffered was apparently significant enough to keep Bean from passing the Broncos’ physical exam which, in turn, ended his tenure in Denver before it ever began.Bean was a projected mid-round draft pick before suffering a torn ACL with five games remaining in his senior season at Oklahoma State. In those eight games in 2015, Bean tallied 5.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss two QB hurries.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Here’s more from the report:Lisa Alvarez said Ancrum was at a childhood friend’s house when an argument about a video game led to the shooting. Ancrum was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.Police identified the gunman as 16-year-old Jatwan Phillips who appeared in court on Wednesday. He faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter, though it’s unclear if he will be tried as an adult, according to the the article.Ancrum was a three-star recruit who was set to finish his junior year at Miami Norland High School in the next few weeks.The three-star corner held offers from Bowling Green, FIU, Southern Miss, and USF, though that list was expected to grow after his standout performance at The Opening Miami. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier this week, a high school football player was shot and killed in Miami.According to a report from 247Sports, Class of 2020 football recruit Joshua Ancrum was tragically killed in a shooting in Miami Gardens on Tuesday afternoon.Ancrum’s mother confirmed his passing to WPLGLocal10 and revealed the heartbreaking details that led to his death.According to the report, Ancrum’s mother, Lisa Alvarez, said he was at a friend’s house when he was shot after an argument about video games.
Havila Shipping, October 14, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Havila Shipping has entered into a new contract with Subsea 7 for the Havila Subsea.The contract is for a firm period of one year and will keep the vessel working for Subsea 7 to the end of 2014.The contract include two optional period each of one year.Havila Shipping has entered into a contract with Centrica for the PSV vessel Havila Fortune.The contract is for supporting the rig Noble Byron Welliver for 2 wells firm estimated to 280 days with 4×1 well option estimated to 180 days.The contracts is on market based rates. Print Close My location
zoom The NorSea Group has been named as “Company of the Year” 2013 for Norway’s Stavanger region.The jury described the winner as a cornerstone company exhibiting stable growth, healthy profitability, and extensive corporate community involvement.The aim of the award is to stimulate company culture and raise the status of the business community in the eyes of both the region’s population and the public authorities.The jury’s citation“The company was founded in 1965, and is fast approaching its 50th anniversary. We are talking about a cornerstone company of considerable size in the Stavanger region, although it also holds a leading position in Norway as a whole. The company has gradually developed from a property company into a comprehensive provider of supply and logistics services, and an operator of offshore bases and port facilities. The company’s activities also include supply ship operation. Over many years the company has accumulated extensive experience in the provision of services to demanding oil and gas sector clients working on the Norwegian continental shelf. In this market, only the best is good enough!This year’s winner has exhibited stable growth and healthy profitability for many years, and in 2012 had a turnover of approx. NOK 2.5 billion, and showed a pre-tax profit of approx. NOK 350 million. Today, the company employs about 600 people, but more growth is anticipated and it is currently recruiting.The company has its head office in Tananger and is an active promoter of the expansion of the port at Risavika as one of the region’s most important logistics hubs. This company exhibits extensive corporate community involvement and made a significant contribution when the Chamber of Commerce launched its voluntary million kroner initiative in Tananger to pre-finance planning of the “Transportkorridor Vest” road project.”Praises co-workers“This is a very nice recognition for the company, but it is first and foremost an award that goes to our many loyal, creative and enthusiastic staff who for decades has made a remarkable effort for the company,” says John E. Stangeland, CEO of Norsea.Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA, November 18, 2013
The summit focuses on enhancing motivation, relationships, strategy, structure and outcomes. Candidates have been selected from throughout Atlantic Canada. Dr. André Bernard, resident physician-anesthetist, Dalhousie University David Eisnor, manager, self-employment benefits, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) Colette Everett, group account director, Revolve Branding David Finlayson, marketing manager, Helly Hansen Dr. Leah Genge, resident physician, University of Calgary Heidi Jamieson, vice president, taxation and special projects, Sobeys Inc. Kelly Johnstone, acting general manager, Cobham Tracking and Locating Ltd. Mike Kennedy, consultant, strategy and operations, Deloitte Clare Levin, executive director, Peaceful Schools International Ron Lovett, president, Source Security and Investigations Inc. Ryan MacNeil, sustainability consultant, self-employed Joanne Macrae, founder, The HUB Halifax Tracey Newman, manager, field and collection services, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia Raymond Rashed, district banking manager, The Bank of Nova Scotia Julia Rivard, CEO, Sheep Dog Inc.ca Matthew Rodgers, general manager, Bishop’s Cellar Derek Simon, associate, Burchells LLP Michelle Strum, owner, Halifax Backpackers Ashley Ward, executive director, Give to Live FOR BROADCAST USE Twenty young Nova Scotians will get a chance to hone their leadership skills during 21inc’s Emerging Leaders Summit in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick from November 21st to 24th. The province, through Economic and Rural Development and – S-B-I, has invested 30-thousand-dollars in the program. Premier Darrell Dexter says investments like this one support the next generation of leaders, making Nova Scotia a more innovative and globally competitive province. Fusion Halifax chair Cheryl Stewart is one of 20 Nova Scotians selected to participate. She says young leaders gain experience at the summit, which is an investment that will yield results for communities all over the province. -30- The future looks promising for some of the province’s most talented young professionals. Twenty young Nova Scotians, aged 20-35, will attend the 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit Nov. 21-24 in St. Andrews, N.B. “More and more often, young people are holding positions of leadership in organizations and communities throughout our province,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Programs like 21inc help young people develop relevant skills, which fosters innovative, growing and globally competitive companies. “The development of these young leaders from all areas of the province will benefit their communities and their contributions will make life better for families in all regions.” Cheryl Stewart, chair of Fusion Halifax, is one of the Nova Scotians selected to participate in the summit. “Celebrating and further cultivating leadership among the next generation is a critical element in making Halifax a magnet for talent,” said Ms. Stewart. “The 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit gives me and my fellow nominees a chance to share with one another, learn from the best and invest in our own future. That is one investment that will yield results for communities all over the province.” The province, through Economic and Rural Development and Nova Scotia Business Inc., has invested $30,000 to support the leadership project. It is also supported by other public and private sector partners. The young professionals are champions in areas like technology, business, government, entrepreneurship and communitygroups. The other 21inc leaders are:
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests support for Justin Trudeau, his government and his party sank to a new low this month, just six months before Canadians will decide whether to re-elect the Liberals or give them the boot after just one term.But it also provides a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered prime minister, suggesting that support for Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives is soft and could yet dwindle as the Oct. 21 election draws closer.And it suggests the Liberals could rebound if the election plays out as a polarized choice between them and the Tories, squeezing out the NDP and Green party.According to the Leger poll, conducted April 18-22 for The Canadian Press, just 27 per cent of respondents said they’d vote for Trudeau’s Liberals — 13 points behind Scheer’s front-running Conservatives, who, at 40 per cent, were in the range needed to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons.The Tories led in every region except Quebec, where the Liberals enjoyed an eight-point lead with 31 per cent support; the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois were tied at 23 per cent.Nationally, the NDP had 12 per cent support, one point ahead of the Green party; Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada registered just three per cent.Only 30 per cent of respondents said they were very or somewhat satisfied with the Trudeau government while 65 per cent said they were very or somewhat dissatisfied — worrying numbers for the prime minister that were reflected across every region and demographic group.Moreover, Trudeau was five points behind Scheer on the question of who would make the best prime minister, with 20 per cent to the Conservative leader’s 25 per cent.Still, when asked if Canada would be better off with a Liberal or Conservative government, 30 per cent chose the Liberals and 25 per cent picked the Tories. Fully 45 per cent said they didn’t know.Among respondents who identified as primarily NDP or Green supporters, a Liberal government was preferred by 48 and 42 per cent respectively, compared to just 18 and 23 per cent who preferred a Conservative government.“That again to me is sort of a yellow light for the Conservatives,” said Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque, adding that Conservative support appears to be “fairly soft.”“Yes, they are in the lead but to what extent that lead is comfortable at this point, I certainly think it’s not.”Leger’s internet-based survey cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples. It surveyed 1,522 eligible Canadian voters who were recruited from the firm’s online panel. The results were weighted to reflect the makeup of Canada’s population.Trudeau’s popularity has taken a big hit since the SNC-Lavalin affair erupted in early February. He has lost two senior cabinet ministers, his most trusted adviser in principal secretary Gerald Butts, and the country’s top public servant since allegations first appeared that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould felt improperly pressured by the prime minister’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.The latest poll numbers are the lowest Leger has recorded for the Liberals and Trudeau since they took power in 2015.The poll suggests potentially more trouble for Trudeau is in store following the election of openly hostile conservative governments in provinces across the country, particularly Ontario and Alberta.Respondents were evenly split overall when asked if their province should be more demanding and contest federal decisions (as 41 per cent said) or do all it can to have an excellent and peaceful working relationship with Ottawa (40 per cent). But a plurality in Ontario and Manitoba-Saskatchewan (which Leger grouped together) and fully 60 per cent in Alberta preferred the more confrontational approach.Moreover, a plurality or majority of respondents in every region except Ontario said their province doesn’t get its fair share from Ottawa. Even in Ontario, opinion was split, with 39 per cent saying the province is treated fairly and 37 per cent saying it’s not.Noting that some provincial conservative leaders, including Ontario Premier Doug Ford and incoming Alberta premier Jason Kenney, won election by campaigning against the Trudeau government, Bourque said: “One more variable that Mr. Trudeau will need to consider in the next federal election is the fact that a lot of regional barons have turned people against Ottawa.”On two other issues that might be factors in the coming election, the poll suggest the Liberals are more on side with public opinion.While Quebec respondents were strongly in favour of banning civil servants in positions of authority from wearing obvious religious symbols — as the provincial government has already moved to do — a plurality or majority of respondents in every other region were opposed. That could be to Trudeau’s advantage: He has made the defence of charter rights and diversity a central pillar of his political appeal.However, Bourque said the poll suggests the issue is “not all black and white” given that sizable numbers of Canadians outside Quebec also favour banning religious symbols.Opinion was much more clear cut on the issue of gun control. More than 80 per cent of respondents indicated support for each of three key provisions in the Trudeau government’s Bill C-71: requiring gun retailers to keep detailed registries of all gun sales, extending the police background check on a person applying for a gun permit to include his or her entire life and requiring authorization to transport restricted firearms.And 77 per cent said they were somewhat or strongly in favour of stricter gun control in general while just 17 per cent said they were somewhat or strongly opposed.Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek says it will be working with stakeholders going forward after a report to City Council found that half of the building square footage in Collins Exhibition Park should be torn down.In a release on Thursday, the City explained that it has been exploring the possibility of adopting a Sports Event Tourism Model for the benefits it could provide to the area economy. As part of this initiative, an assessment of City-owned facilities was completed to look for any current opportunities that could enhance the Model.While looking at the opportunities, the City said that concerns were identified at Collins Exhibition Park after Force Engineering Group Inc. was hired to complete an assessment. The report indicated to Council that several of the structures within the Park have reached their end of service life and can no longer be used. “Our report concludes that approximately one half of all the structures (by area) reviewed have reached their end of service life structurally, or pose a significant risk that they cannot, by building code mandates, justify continued use or operation.We recommend that due to the hazard level, the seven stables numbered 7.1 through 7.7 be placarded against further use, and demolition of structures commenced as soon as practical,” reads the report.City Council says it has met with the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the Dawson Creek & District Stables and Arena Association to review the engineers report and will continue to work with these user groups to explore possible options going forward.“We recognize the importance of the events that take place at the Exhibition Park, and we will continue to work with the groups to ensure its long term viability,” said Mayor Bumstead.The 2018 Building Structural Assessments Report is available for review below.
13 February 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government and the labour leaders in Guinea to step back from the worsening political and security situation in the country, which has been shaken by a month of strikes and deadly clashes and the looting of UN food supplies urgently needed for children. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban reaffirmed the readiness of the UN to work closely with all segments of the society, and with Guinea’s other partners, to help end the current crisis and restore sustainable stability and development. “The Secretary-General regrets the failure to implement the agreement reached on 27 January, which has triggered the resumption of the crisis and threatens to plunge the country into generalized instability,” the statement said. “He calls on the Government and the labour leaders to resume dialogue and implement, in good faith, the agreement reached last month.” The Secretary-General again strongly urged the Government and the security forces “to exercise maximum restraint and to scrupulously uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights” while urging the labour leaders “to refrain from inciting violence and the destruction of property,” the statement added. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today condemned the reported killing of civilians over the last three days and called on the Government to adhere strictly to its human rights obligations, a day after it announced the imposition of a state of emergency. “Guinea’s security forces must abide by international standards on the use of force,” she said. “The killings and violence since January, during which over 40 civilians are said to have died in clashes with security forces, demand an impartial investigation, as there are serious allegations of gross breaches of those standards.” Voicing grave concern at the imposition of a state of emergency which grants expanded powers to the military, she recalled that fundamental human rights cannot be curtailed even in a state of emergency. She urged authorities to adhere strictly by their human rights obligations during this period, which she hoped would be as short as possible. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that looters stole nearly 450 metric tons of food aid destined for school children and the poorest communities in the impoverished West African country over the weekend. “This food was for the poorest of the poor in Guinea; it has been mindlessly plundered by people who have no respect for the property of others,” WFP Country Director Philippe Guyon LeBuffy said, stressing that the food was meant for children enrolled in the agency’s school feeding programme and people suffering from HIV/AIDS. “At this point, it’s hard to know when we will next be able to provide schools and other institutions with the food aid they rely on for their programmes. We understand there is widespread frustration and anger in the country, but actions such as these will only make the lives of the poorest even worse,” he added. WFP estimated the value of the losses at $350,000. During violent disturbances in the eastern city of Kankan on Sunday, a WFP warehouse was stripped bare, and a total of 350 tons of rice, yellow split peas and cooking oil was stolen by marauding local inhabitants. Other items such as cooking pots, plates and spoons were also looted. The office was attacked by a mob throwing stones, forcing the evacuation of the only international staff across the border into Mali. In further disturbances, again involving local inhabitants, in the Labé area of central Guinea, a further 97 metric tons of food commodities were looted from two warehouses belonging to WFP government partners in Pita and Dalaba. Each year, over 200,000 children in Guinea receive school meals on a regular basis. The looted food was also intended for food-for-work projects, nutrition programmes for young children and their mothers and support to people suffering from HIV/AIDS. There are now no remaining food stocks in Kankan. Some 500 metric tons for operations around Labé are still intact as are food aid stocks for WFP refugee operation in the Forest Region of Guinea.
Niagara students will have greater access to the Centre for the Arts and Brock’s Theatre in Education series this year thanks to a $10,000 corporate donation.The donation, made on behalf of Freedom 55 Financial, will give discounted tickets to the 2011-2012 Theatre in Education series to Niagara students in senior kindergarten through Grade 12. It will also support a full ticket subsidy program for students in disadvantaged areas and provide in-school workshops with professional artists.The contribution is made through the national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.Over the past seven seasons, 23,330 Niagara students have experienced live performing arts in theatres at Brock. Attendance has grown, but ticket prices remain a financial barrier for many students, said Sara Palmieri, Centre for the Arts sales and marketing manager.“The Centre for the Arts continually seeks to build and strengthen relationships and make Theatre in Education more accessible to all Niagara students, regardless of income or regional location,” she said.This season’s performances and in-school workshops will result in “a lot of smiling faces,” said Richard Kemp, regional director with Freedom 55 Financial and a Theatre in Education volunteer.“We’re pleased to make the centre’s Theatre in Education series more affordable for young people.”
Climate change has hurt the northern economy in ways few southern Canadians can appreciate, says Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, but he also wants to make sure his territory benefits from increased shipping traffic as Arctic sea ice recedes.“It’s getting harder to resupply our communities,” Bob McLeod said in an interview Tuesday from Saskatoon, where he spoke at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit.“We rely a lot on ice roads. Their life span is getting shorter and shorter,” he said. McLeod noted fuel had to be flown in to three communities last year.Declining rainfall meant reservoirs didn’t replenish enough for two hydroelectric facilities to run, meaning diesel generators had to be fired up. And disappearing wildlife has made it tougher to put food on the table. “A lot of people can only afford to live in the Arctic because they’re able to harvest their food off the land,” McLeod said.At the same time, McLeod said he sees opportunities in another effect of climate change — the Beaufort Sea staying clear of ice for longer each year.“It’s very timely now to do some strategic investing and planning.”McLeod said he wants to see at least three ports in his territory support increased shipping traffic in the North, along with more icebreakers.He has been urging Ottawa to take a stronger stand on asserting Arctic sovereignty, as China, Russia and other international players look to stake their claims to northern shipping routes.There should be a stronger military presence in the Arctic, an immigration policy that brings more newcomers to the region and investments in research facilities, McLeod said.He also wants other regions shoulder their fair share of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. For the meagre amount the Northwest Territories emits, it suffers a disproportionate amount from climate change, he said.“We’re not the problem. Southern Canada is the problem,” he said. “Southern Canadians don’t see the effects of climate change on a daily basis, so you just continue on your merry way doing whatever your’e doing.”The Northwest Territories has a carbon pricing regime coming in Sept. 1 that takes into account the high cost of heating and aviation fuel.But he stopped short of criticizing provinces — Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario among them — that have challenged Ottawa’s carbon tax in court.“They’re their own jurisdictions,” he said. “I’m not going to tell them what to do.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Jaguar Land Rover confirmed this week that it has committed £600 million to its advanced vehicle manufacturing facilities in the West Midlands.More than £400 million of this will be invested into the manufacturer’s Castle Bromwich plant on new and upgraded facilities ahead of the introduction of the new Jaguar XF, and a cutting-edge aluminium bodyshop to develop expertise in innovative lightweight materials.In addition to the investment at Castle Bromwich, Jaguar Land Rover also announced this week that it will double the size of its Advanced Design and Engineering Centre in Whitley for the creation of innovative new ultra low emission vehicles. In addition, the manufacturer is to invest £150m in the National Automotive Innovations Centre (NAIC) that will open in 2017. NAIC will offer a state-of-the-art technology hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s research team and collaborators from both industry and academia.Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, said, “Jaguar Land Rover continues to demonstrate its unwavering support to the British automotive industry through sustained investments in advanced research, technology and innovation.“This investment, made here in the heartland of our UK business operations, signals the confidence we have in this region to support the creation, engineering and manufacturing of ultra-low emission, premium British products, today and in the future.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU then-sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan (21) skates away from a Wisconsin player during a game at the OSU Ice Rink on Feb. 13. OSU lost, 2-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (5-7-0) recorded its first series split of the season in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where it lost 4-1 on Sunday after winning 3-2 the day before.On Saturday, the Buckeyes were outshot 20-4 in the first period, which ended with them trailing North Dakota 1-0.Over the final two periods, redshirt freshman goaltender Alex LaMere stopped 19 shots, and the skaters in front of her were able to solve senior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie three times for the win.Entering the third period tied 1-1, the Buckeyes were able to tie the game at two when senior Kendall Curtis scored at 13:08. Just 55 seconds later, freshman forward Maddy Field scored what turned out to be the game-winner off an assist from freshman defender Lauren Boyle for her fourth goal of the season. On Sunday, the Buckeyes were only able to muster 13 shots against North Dakota, which scored twice in the first period en route to the 4-1 win.Field scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes on Sunday, giving her five on the season. Stat sheetCurtis and Kepler both received primary assists on each other’s goals, giving them each two points on the weekend. They are first and second on the team in points, respectively.Field will return to Columbus with five goals, moving her into a tie with Kepler for second on the team in goals scored. With the assist on Friday, Boyle now has seven so far in 2015-16, moving her into a tie for 13th in that category among Western Collegiate Hockey Association skaters.OSU will return to Columbus for a week of practice before heading back on the road to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a pair of 4:07 p.m. starts against St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday.
Everyone in high risk areas should be offered HIV tests when they enroll for a new GP because 13,500 people are unaware that they have the disease, public health experts have said. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London are calling for immediate HIV screening to be rolled out to all 74 local authorities in England with high rates of infection. High HIV prevalence is defined as having more than two diagnosed infections per 1,000 adults in a given area.An estimated 13,500 people in the UK do not know they carry the virus that causes Aids, meaning they miss out on treatment and pose an infection risk to others.Dr Werner Leber, who led the study involving more than 86,000 people from 40 GP surgeries in the London borough of Hackney, said: “We’ve shown that HIV screening in UK primary care is cost effective and potentially cost saving, which is contrary to widespread belief.”This is an important finding given today’s austerity. Financial pressures, particularly within local authority’s public health budgets, mean that the costs of HIV testing are under intense scrutiny, and in some areas investment in testing has fallen.” The scientists conducted a trial which tested the effectiveness of rapid fingerprick HIV testing as part of the standard health check carried out during GP registration.They found it led to a four-fold increase in the HIV diagnosis rate.A mathematical model showed primary care HIV screening in high prevalence areas became cost effective after 33 years.But factoring in the higher costs of care for people diagnosed late showed that screening could become cost effective far sooner than this.The annual cost of rolling out HIV screening to all 74 high prevalence authorities was estimated at £4 million.Dr Clare Highton, from the City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Public health, specialist and CCG commissioners should take note of these important results showing the value for money of screening for HIV in primary care.”This intervention means that people with HIV are able to live longer and healthier lives and the spread of infection to other people is halted.”Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director for Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “One in seven people living with HIV do not know that they have it.”Undiagnosed HIV infection puts individuals at risk of preventable illness and death, disproportionally contributes to onward transmission and is an unnecessary burden of cost to the NHS.“Effective HIV therapy means people can now expect to live a normal lifespan and won’t pass the virus on to anyone else. Testing in General Practice is a key component of this.”Currently people are only screened for HIV if they have symptoms. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is currently consulting on changes to testing. The findings appear in The Lancet HIV medical journal.Areas deemed to be at high risk are: Brighton and Hove, Camden, City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Westminster, Adur, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bedford, Bexley, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brent, Bristol, Bromley, Corby, Coventry, Crawley, Croydon, Derby, Ealing, Eastbourne, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Harlow, Harrow, Hastings, Havering, Hertsmere, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lewes, Luton, Manchester, Merton, Milton Keynes, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newham, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Rochdale, Rushmoor, Salford, Sandwell, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Stevenage, Sutton, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Trafford, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Watford, Wellingborough, Wolverhampton and Worthing. Prince Harry being tested for HIV Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Despite sluggish global commodity prices that continue to cause an ongoing slump in the mining industry – skills transfer and job creation have been empowering local employees at the Mopani copper mine in Zambia, thanks to a joint venture between Redpath Mining SA and Rig Resources Zambia.Since officially entering into the three-year joint venture (JV) in March 2015, employment at Rig Resources has almost doubled from 217 employees to 433. Rig Resources Managing Director Anthony Kabaghe points out that this is an impressive feat in current market conditions. “The formation of this JV is clearly the beginning of more positive things to come,” he explains. Although still employed by Rig Resources, the employees now form part of the JV partnership, which is currently comprised of 421 locals and 12 expats, who are all working for Mopani on its various shafts. “The advantages that this JV can offer Mopani go far beyond mining solutions, and will positively impact both the Zambian economy and local communities,” says Kabaghe.Redpath Mining SA MD Ockert Douglas indicates that both companies were working as independent contractors for Mopani, but it was clear that the client and the companies could benefit by combining their years of experience and resources. “Redpath Mining SA has been involved with Mopani since 2012, and is currently executing some of the mine’s capital projects.” Douglas adds that mining operations across Africa, such as Mopani, are looking to increase the use of local labour and skills. “This benefits the communities in which we operate and, in turn, the country. The opportunity arose for both companies to create a suitable business venture with many of the elements that the mining operation and Zambian government were looking for.”According to Kabaghe, the JV currently covers the Mopani project at four sites – Mindola North, Mufulira, South Ore Body and Central. “Rig Resources provides local labour and Redpath SA brings in experts to train local staff. Another major benefit that Redpath SA brings to the JV is its impeccable safety record, which currently stands at 448 days incident-free at Central shaft.”International contracting skills and expertise will be transferred during the course of the three-year contract, as Redpath SA provides Rig Resources’ local employees with hands-on training. The finance function will continue to be provided by the local team with support from South Africa, while all future capital required to meet increased production capacity will be borne by Redpath.Apart from the initial $5.4 million invested by Rig Resources, Douglas states that all future capital will be funded by Redpath’s international head office in Canada. “Our technical expertise in terms of contracting, maximising the use of mechanised trackless equipment, and the provision of a resource base of international professionals are also part of the deal,” he continues. Douglas adds that Rig Resources brings local skills and knowledge of the Mopani Mine as well as business relationships in Zambia to the table, thereby creating a full-circle joint venture that has benefits beyond just the two companies. He continues: “We believe that we need to build the current JV to a respectable level, where we fully meet all the needs of the current client. Once this is bedded down, the opportunity may arise for us to undertake additional work together.”Douglas acknowledges that the downward commodity pricing cycle has negatively affected the global mining sector, including Zambia, which is currently not earning the desired foreign exchange that it used to. “These pricing cycles come and go, and I am confident that prices should move upward in the not-too-distant future. Zambia is a country with many years of upcoming mining projects. These mining projects have assisted in growing the country and will continue to do so.” Kabaghe is upbeat about the future outlook for the JV. “Expansion continues to take place at Mopani, which is drilling more shafts in order to be sufficiently prepared for an uptake in production when commodity prices recover.”
David Beckham with his wife Victoria after receiving the OBE. Source: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire/PA Images‘Friends’ told the Daily Telegraph that Beckham had “given up hope of a knighthood in the near future”, clearly expecting that he’ll be back in the running when those “old cunts” die off, or his troublesome tax affairs are sorted out, whichever comes first.These intermittent explosions of Beckham’s celebrity supernova are always puzzling for football fans.We remember him as a wonderfully gifted right-sided midfielder in one of the greatest club sides of the modern era, though we could never understand the sheer scale of the crossover stardom that ensued.Most famous sportsman on the planet? He wasn’t even the best player on that Manchester United team.But we also remember the post-United drift into irrelevance; his Vegas years.The crumbling decadence at the heart of Real Madrid’s Galacticos project, of which he was a part; the preposterous self-regard of his ‘missionary work’ in the MLS; the whole ‘quarterback’ thing, a role designed to get him into teams of which he no longer deserved to be a part; the cringey mascot role with England at the 2010 World Cup, as if the nation couldn’t survive a major tournament without his pouting inspiration.Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud; this week it felt like everyone else caught up.In actual fact, Beckham has been playing a very different game all these years: that of simply Being David Beckham.And he’s been just as successful at it as in his treble-winning days at Old Trafford. He has demonstrated the same drive to succeed in his life outside football that Ferguson once described as a “relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate.”It’s wrong to suggest that the huge volume of charity work, both public and private, and his support for England World Cup and London Olympic bids were not genuine; that they had all been for the purpose of getting an invite to Buckingham Palace.It’s also naive to think weren’t carefully choreographed to play their part in the building of his brand. This is the man whose affairs are managed by Simon Fuller, the pop Svengali who created the Spice Girls.And just as a Champions League medal and the England armband were the just rewards for his obsessive cultivation of that right foot, so too does he feel he has earned the ultimate prize for the same ‘relentless application’ to a public life well lived.He is after all, as he reportedly told friends, just “a normal person extremely disappointed not to get a knighthood”.Wenger still reeling over ‘scandalous’ Chelsea goal‘They got Tom Brady though’ – Even at 21-0 up, one Atlanta player was still nervous Feb 10th 2017, 11:23 AM Friday 10 Feb 2017, 11:23 AM Beckham on his way to winning the Champions League with Manchester United. Image: David Rawcliffe/EMPICS Sport 47,781 Views Short URL I THINK, MORE than anything, that is one of the most important things in my life in the moment, is my charity work. That for me is what gives me the most pleasure out of anything that I do…But it’s not just about the amount of money that we raise, it’s meeting these children, it’s knowing that we’re changing children’s lives, we’re protecting children from HIV and AIDS…that for me gives me the most pleasure.”- David Beckham, Desert Island Discs 75th Anniversary edition, BBC Radio 4, 29 January 2017.To celebrate a big birthday last month, one beloved British institution chose the company of another. Desert Island Discs has been making castaways of the great and the good for a long time now, so for Beckham to get the nod for such a significant anniversary was something of an honour.As it turned though, just not the kind of honour he’s really after.Nonetheless, the tone of the interview implied a knight of the realm in all but name. This had been a great British life, with success in the sporting sphere giving way to high esteem in ambassadorial and charitable circles, the attendant celebrity demands carried off with grace and good humour throughout.Becks closed the interview with a reminder as to why he was the true successor to Princess Diana as Queen of Hearts.Like Diana, he’d found fulfillment in working with the poor and unfortunate. Sadly, when hacked emails emerged less than a week later expressing his disgust at being passed over for a knighthood, it was soon a case of Goodbye England’s Rose.“It’s pissed me off those old unappreciative cunts,” wrote Beckham about the honours committee who denied him the top gong back in 2013, the suggestion being that he’d only done all that tiresome charity stuff to get the nod from Her Maj.Beckham might have fancied the solace of a remote desert island with the torrent of criticism that came his way this week.‘Grovelling Goldenballs’ was pilloried for his ‘craven’ pursuit of the elusive title. Historic Instagram posts praising the Queen were dug up and scoffed at; support for the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK was suspect too; Jonathan Ross had to deny that he’d been prodded to ask Becks about the knighthood on his chat show.All this while the taxman had a black mark against his name anyway. Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud; this week it felt like everyone else caught up Tommy Martin on David Beckham’s obsessive cultivation of his public image. Share25 Tweet Email1 https://the42.ie/3232680 Image: David Rawcliffe/EMPICS Sport 85 Comments By Tommy Martin Beckham on his way to winning the Champions League with Manchester United. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article