Six persons on board an IAF helicopter escaped unhurt on Tuesday as it crashed near the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath. A MI-17 chopper of the IAF crashed while landing at the helipad in Kedarnath, Rudraprayag District Magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal said. All six people on board ejected safely as the crash took place shortly before touching down at the helipad, he said. The chopper was carrying heavy mechanical equipment from Guptkashi to Kedarnath for ongoing reconstruction work there, the DM said. The crash occurred at 8.20 AM, he said. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, official sources said in Delhi.
Considering the huge destruction of trees due to Fani cyclone, the Vedic Science Research Centre (VSRC), Odisha, wants Puri’s Sri Jagannath temple administration and the Odisha government to stop the cutting of a large number of trees in future for the construction of new chariots for the annual Rath Yatra.An organisation of ethno-biologists, VSRC studies biological and environmental consciousness in ancient India and its scriptures. “While lakhs of mature trees have fallen due to the cyclone in Puri, as in the past, timber of large trees is being used for construction of three new chariots for the upcoming Rath Yatra in July. This is giving a wrong message to the masses that trees can be felled indiscriminately,” said its senior ethno-biologist Sachidananda Padhi.Though it is claimed that every year saplings are being planted to be used as timber for future chariots, the real loss to environment because of their cutting can never be recovered, said Santosh Dash of the VSRC. Its members feel Fani has given a chance to people and leaders of Odisha to rethink about the tradition of cutting down trees every year to construct new chariots for the Rath Yatra.Consider this. Every year around a whopping 15,000 cubic feet of timber is used to construct three new chariots in Puri, say researchers. This tradition demeans the value of trees in the minds of common mass, who fail to understand that trees take years to grow and mature and they are saviours of life on earth, feels the VSRC.
A former chief executive officer of a Detroit-based information technology company was indicted on Feb. 2 for his suspected involvement in putting together a scheme to bribe a city official.Parimal D. Mehta, 54, of Michigan, has been charged in an 11-count indictment filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been charged with five counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, one count of federal program bribery, and five counts of unlawfully using interstate facilities to commit bribery under Michigan law.“From 2009 through August 2016, Mehta made multiple cash payments to Charles L. Dodd, the former Director of Detroit’s Office of Departmental Technology Services, including two cash bribes hand-delivered by Mehta to Dodd in the restrooms of Detroit-area restaurants in 2016,” said the Department of Justice in a statement.Mehta is also alleged to have employed Dodd’s family members at FutureNet and its subsidiaries. The former director had previously pleaded guilty to bribery on Sept. 27, 2016.Mehta was said to have paid these bribes to Dodd in return for favored treatment for his company, FutureNet. The company received around $7.5 million from Detroit in 2015 and 2016, according to the indictment, which adds that Mehta and FutureNet made major gains from the influence that Dodd had over the contracts of the city’s administration, expenditures under those contracts, as well as in the procedure of selecting and hiring the contract personnel.The indictment also says that Mehta obtained confidential information about Detroit’s internal budgets for specific technology projects.This is not the first incident this year where an Indian American has been accused of being involved in a case of bribery. In January, Harendra Singh, the owner of Water’s Edge restaurant in Long Island City, secretly pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to court records. Singh was a major campaign donor for de Blasio when he was running for the mayoral position.Also, in August 2017, Anuj Sud, 39, who was a former commissioner of Maryland liquor board, was indicted on charges of soliciting bribes while on duty as a state government employee. Federal authorities arrested Sud of Hyattsville, Maryland, as part of the larger investigation about corrupt practices in Prince George’s County liquor board. Related ItemsDetroitIndian AmericanUnited States
He was the most impressive male Indian boxer with his aggressive style at the London Olympics. Light flyweight Laishram Devendro Singh tried his best in the quarter-finals against Irishman Paddy Barnes but missed out on a bronze medal by a close margin.The way he fought whole-heartedly, he could get away with the excuse of poor scoring and refereeing made by a few of his teammates. But Devendro has gone the other way and confessed it was his “lack of preparation” which hampered his chances.”What can I say about this defeat? I could have won a medal and missed out by a whisker. But I think I should have been better prepared. My opponent Barnes was a well-prepared boxer; he fought better and won,” a humble Devendro said at the sidelines of a ceremony where Monnet Group felicitate all eight boxers who went to the Olympics.Like an ambitious sportsman, Devendro is upset with the defeat but not disheartened and believes with more preparation he will make the podium in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”Preparation is something which I can do in future. I have age on my side and time to chase an Olympic medal. I am not disheartened by the defeat in London. I want to win the medal with more preparation next time,” said the 20-year-old Manipuri boxer.Devendro was trailing 10-17 after the second round against Barnes, and the Indian came out all guns blazing in the third and final round and scored eight points. His effort was not enough for a medal and he lost the bout 18-23.advertisementAlthough he lost the bout, Devendro is satisfied with the way he performed in the competition. “Whatever talent I had I poured in the quarter-finals and this satisfies me. I might not have ended on the podium but I played my heart out.”In fact after the second round I recovered very well and at the end of the third round I thought I had won this bout. Though I had scored more points tha Barnes, I still lost,” he said.Barnes was at the receiving end in his bout against Devendro during a training-cum-competition session in Ireland last month, but in London the Irishman turned the tables on the Indian.”He (Barnes) was pretty uncomfortable against me in Ireland but in London it turned out the other way. It taught me to be prepared at every moment, irrespective of the previous results,” said Devendro.Meanwhile, like a leader who takes pride in his team’s success and accepts failure with grace, India coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu took responsibility for the side’s modest show in London. He confessed that he was satisfied with boxers’ individual performance but disappointment at India not clinching a medal.”I can make 100 excuses for my boys not clinching a medal, but in the end, it’s the medal that counts. It’s the medal which remains in the memories of fans and near misses fade away with the passage of time,” he said.”I feel personally responsible for the miss. I was head of the team and everyone supported us. The sports minister personally came and asked the boys if they needed any help, but we still could not get a medal,” he said. However, Sandhu feels that the jolt was timely and the Indian men’s team will learn from it.”Sometimes a jolt is necessary. It awakens you and tells where you lack or what went wrong. In our case, it came at a wrong time. Had it came in a build-up tournament, we would have been cautious for London.”But our coaches and officials will sit and analyse our shortcomings and where we need to make changes in order to get better results in Rio de Janeiro,” he signed off.Mary gets Rs 11 lakhMonnet Ispat Energy Limited handed out a cheque of Rs11 to Mary Kom for her bronze-medal winning performance in the London Olympics.
Indore, Nov 27 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh government, which is developing water-based tourism near big dams in the state, is targeting to attract private investment of Rs 100 crore in this segment in the the next four years.”We are working to attract nearly Rs 100 crore private investment in the water tourism segment during the next four years,” Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Minister Surendra Patwa today told reporters here.The investment is being sought for tourism-related activities near Punasa dam (Narmada river) of Indira Sagar Project in Khandwa, reservoir of Chambal river in Mandsaur, Son river in Shahdol district and Bargi dam (Narmada river) in Jabalpur, he said.The government is organising a month-long “Jal Mahotsava” (water festival) on Hanuwantiya Island in the backwaters of Punasa Dam from December 15, Patwa added.He said some private companies have evinced interest to open hotels and resorts near Hanuwantiya Island.In the past, MP Tourism Development Corporation has said it plans to introduce tourism activities like water sports, mini-cruise liner, boat rides and houseboats in the state. PTI HWP LAL RSY SUA
Captain Eoin Morgan said England did not adapt to conditions after losing the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan at Cardiff on Wednesday.Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided game.Pakistan bowled and fielded tightly to restrict the hosts to a paltry total of 211 all out and the lowest-ranked team in the tournament knocked off the runs in style with a massive 12.5 overs to spare.It was a major disappointment for England, who won all three group matches in their bid to claim a first global 50-over title and had beaten Pakistan in 12 of their last 14 one-day internationals.They collapsed, however, on a sluggish pitch from 128 for two in sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen and the bowlers failed to repair the damage as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali shared a stand of 118 to lead Pakistan to their target.”One thing we didn’t do was adapt to conditions, which I thought Pakistan did extremely well. Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket,” England captain Morgan said at the post match presentation ceremony.Morgan also rued poor batting performance from his side.”Pakistan bowled well. We did not manage to adjust with the bat. 200 was not a competitive score. 250-60 would have been competitive,” he said.Pakistan reached Champions Trophy final for the first time. They await the winners of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh in Birmingham on Thursday.
Missouri’s Kelly Bryant & Albert Okwuegbunam both on the field in uniform for today’s full-pads practice.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 7, 2019Bryant was one of the most high-profile transfers of the offseason. He left Clemson during last season after being beaten out by true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.In 2017, Bryant helped lead Clemson to the College Football Playoff, throwing for 2,802 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 665 yards and 11 more scores.He chose Missouri as his transfer destination despite the Tigers’ bowl ban for the 2019 season. The program is currently appealing the NCAA’s decision.Even if Missouri remains barred from the postseason, it should still be an enjoyable season in Columbia if Bryant lives up to expectations. CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant left practice yesterday with what head coach Barry Odom revealed was a hamstring injury.Any concern Missouri fans may have had for Bryant’s health fortunately seems to be short-lived. He appears to be fine.According to Missouri beat writer Dave Matter, Bryant is in uniform and back out on the practice field this morning.Tigers tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who also left practice yesterday with a knee issue, is back on the field as well.
zoomImage Courtesy: Ardmore Shipping The medium range (MR) product tanker market sustained an unanticipated blow from a number of one-time events in the second quarter of 2018, Anthony Gurnee, Chief Executive Officer of Ardmore Shipping, said in a conference call.These events included lower demand at the Atlantic Basin as a result of localized factors in the key consumer markets in Brazil, Mexico and West Africa, largely political issues, according to Gurnee, followed by high oil and bunker prices as well as weak crude tanker market.As a result of the unprecedented downturn of the crude oil taker market, fueled by geopolitical tensions and tonnage oversupply, crude tanker owners have started taking a portion of the product tanker cargoes to ease their woes.“Crude tanker market weakness resulted in some encroachment to product tanker trades, particularly Aframax newbuildings competing with LR2s,” he said. “Having said that, we feel that the impact of crude tankers on MR trade is limited, probably well under 1% of overall supply.” However, despite the quarter being unexpectedly tough, Gurnee believes that moving ahead the outlook is positive as MR supply growth remains at all-time lows.“We’re forecasting 23 MRs to deliver over the remainder of 2018, with 29 delivered year-to-date, and this is compared to the 5-year historical average of 112 per year. Scrapping has increased with 31 MRs scrapped year-to-date, indicating a run rate of approximately 50 to 60 per year, and as a consequence, MR fleet growth net of scrapping is expected to be well below 1% in 2018 and into 2019,” Gurnee explained.Furthermore, demand fundamentals remain solid in terms of oil consumption growth and export-oriented refinery capacity development.“Atlantic Basin cargo volume should return to normal levels in the second half as the short-term factors play themselves out. Refined product inventories are well below 5-year averages, and with refinery throughput set to increased by further 2 million barrels a day in the third quarter to all-time highs, the conditions are in place for an increase in CPP trading activity,” he added.Ardmore also believes that the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations will have a positive impact on the market as of next year boosting ton demand and demand growth for product tankers.Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red from last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Port of Rotterdam The Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam signed a Memorandum Understanding (MOU) to promote international trade between Europe and the West Coast of South America. Through this deal, the two organizations will work closely to optimize operations while encouraging economic growth and the exchange of information on new business development opportunities, including logistics parks and port development projects.The agreement comes at a period of continued growth for both the Panama Canal and Port of Rotterdam. Last month, the port celebrated a new transshipment record for the first six months of 2019 with 240.7 million tons handled, marking a 3.4% increase compared to 2018.During the same month, the canal set a new daily tonnage record of 1.706 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) on August 16, not long before welcoming the 7,000th Neopanamax transit since the inauguration of the Expanded Canal in 2016.The MOU is renewable after two years and will allow for both parties to share information on their technological capabilities, including the implementation of digital tools and applications aimed at improving transport efficiency and cost reduction.The deal also includes the exchange of market studies, transit data and modernizations plans, as well as joint training programs, studies and marketing activities between the two parties.
Bristol: Australian captain Aaron Finch on Friday said the returning Steve Smith and David Warner’s stint in the IPL was important as it helped them adapt faster to international cricket. Both Smith and Warner will use the showpiece to restore their credentials after their role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The disgraced duo served 12-month bans following the “sandpaper-gate” incident in the Cape Town Test in March last year. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOn the eve of their tournament opener against Afghanistan, Finch said, “I think when you are a world-class player, you adapt again really quickly and you get up to speed. Having them play in the IPL was really important. “That’s a higher standard of cricket and it just gets you back up to as close to international competition as you can.” The skipper said he also knew they would make a strong comeback. “There was never any issue about how he (Smith) would bounce back, and the same with David. They are both so competitive, they have got great records. There was never any doubt how well they would come back.” Warner is fit to face Afghanistan after recovering from a sore muscle, he said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”David is fine. He will play tomorrow, no doubt about that. We are very close to a starting XI but we are not going to name it yet. Everyone is in contention.” The five-time defending champions are expected to prevail over minnows Afghanistan but Finch is taking nothing for granted. “Afghanistan have turned into a really world-class side at times, they’ve got some of the best bowlers in the world and their batting is improving all the time. You can never take a side like that for granted and if you look back at 2015 we played them at the WACA, which was probably the furthest from their conditions you could probably get,” Finch said. a
New Delhi: Air travel will become a bit costlier as the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the aviation security fee (ASF) from Rs 130 to Rs 150 for each Indian passenger from July 1 onwards, according to an official document. For international passengers, the ASF will be increased from 3.25 $to 4.85 $from next month, the document stated. “The ASF for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 150 per embarking passenger,” said an Ministry of Civil Aviation order dated June 7. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The ASF for international passengers will be levied at the rate of $4.85 or equivalent Indian rupees per embarking passenger,” the order added. The ASF will be replacing the PSF (SC), which stands of passenger service fee (security component). “The above rates of the ASF will be applicable with effect from 00.01 Hrs of 01.07.2019 and will replace the PSF (SC) which was being charged so far at the rate of Rs 130 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against Indian Rupees and $3.25 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against foreign currency,” the order stated.
Hugh Jackman is returning to the Broadway Stage for One Night Only, his popular one-man Broadway show, to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation at the Dolby Theatre this October.Hang With Hugh JackmanWhether you adore him or want to be him, Omaze.com has just launched an once-in-a-lifetime experience every Hugh Jackman fan will want to enter. Starting today, the winner (and their lucky friend) will fly to Los Angeles, stay at the 5-star Montage Resort in Beverly Hills, receive a private tour of Fox Studios, and will get the chance to hang with our favorite Australian during a private sound-check for his show. But that’s not all. The winner will also be able to watch the performance from VIP seating, and hang with the talented actor back-stage after his show. Amazing, right?!Anyone can enter to this once-in-a-lifetime experience by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to Motion Picture and Television Fund, where every entry offers programs and services to benefit other members within the entertainment industry in times of need.Here’s how it’s possible – Omaze.com offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. By visiting Omaze.com, you’ll make a $10 donation to enter for your chance to meet and attend Hugh Jackman’s ‘One Night Only’ Broadway show, benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Now, what are you waiting for? The contest closes on October 3rd, 2013.
OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government’s promised overhaul of environmental evaluations for energy projects could get major surgery before the Senate is finished with it.Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act, fulfils a Liberal campaign promise to change how major energy projects get reviewed for their environmental, social and economic effects, with the aim of speeding reviews up and making their criteria clearer.Senators have received nearly 50,000 letters urging them to either kill the bill outright or agree to major changes on everything from timelines for the reviews to who gets to be heard during a specific review. The bill was already amended 136 times in the House of Commons but faces at least as many amendments in Parliament’s upper chamber with independent and Conservative senators indicating a desire for some pretty significant changes.Sen. Grant Mitchell, the independent Liberal senator who sponsored the bill in Senate, says he and the government are open to changes but that it is clear to him the industry does not want the bill to be killed.The Senate committee dealing with the bill decided this week to hold more meetings on it outside Ottawa but Mitchell said he is confident the bill will be amended and signed into law before Parliament rises for the summer.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochchar, her husband Deepak Kochchar and brother-in-law Rajiv Kochchar for questionning in a money-laundering case. The agency has summoned Deepak and Rajiv Kochchar on April 30 while the former ICICI Bank chief has been summoned on May 5, sources said. The case is related to the alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanction of a Rs 1,875 crore loan disbursed by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group during 2009 and 2011. The ED got clues about an illegal transaction running to crores of rupees routed to NuPower. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn March, EDA had conducted a series of searches at the residence and office premises of Kochhars as part of its investigations and also questioned Chanda and Deepak Kochhar along with Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot. Allegedly, Videocon group’s promoter Venugopal Dhoot had invested in the Deepak Kochhar company, NuPower Renewables Ltd through his firm Supreme Energy as quid-pro-quo for loans cleared by the ICICI Bank under Chanda Kochhar. Out of the Rs 40,000 crore loan to the Videocon group, Rs 3,250 crore was given by ICICI Bank and a large portion of the loan by ICICI was unpaid at the end of 2017. The bank proceeded to declare the Rs 2,810 crore of unpaid loan as non-performing asset.
Gold stocks dragged down the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index as investors turned away from the precious metal.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 22.07 points to 15,097.84, with the global gold sector being the worst performer of the day. Stocks in the sector lost on average 0.59 per cent of their worth.The December gold contract shed US$10.70 to US$1,279.70 an ounce.The price of the commodity, which is seen as a safe haven, lost some of its shine as investors felt less anxious about last week’s nuclear war rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, said Sid Mokhtari, executive director at CIBC Capital Markets.Gold also weakened amid a strengthening greenback, he said. The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.40 cents US, down 0.31 of a U.S. cent.On Wall Street, markets remained relatively flat after Monday’s relief rally that saw the Dow Jones industrial average soar nearly 140 points.The Dow inched ahead by 5.28 points, falling just shy of breaking the 22,000 mark at 21,998.99.The S&P 500 index fell a meagre 1.23 points to 2,464.61, while the Nasdaq composite index declined 7.22 points to 6,333.01.Still, geopolitics remains a risk factor, said Mokhtari.“It’s still very premature to say that heightened level of anxiety has fully gone away,” he said, adding some volatility measures indicate fear factor remains present in the market.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract lost US$0.04 to $47.55 per barrel, the September natural gas contract fell 2.4 cents to about US$2.94 per mmBTU and the September copper contract retreated about 2.2 cents to US$2.88 a pound.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
Entire buildings once monitored and tagged by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been dismantled, and equipment and materials in open storage areas have been removed, the Agency’s Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, wrote in a letter to the Security Council. “The IAEA continues to be concerned about the widespread and apparently systematic dismantlement that has taken place at sites previously relevant to Iraq’s nuclear programme and sites previously subject to ongoing monitoring and verification” by the Agency, he said. Since 1991 the IAEA has been required by Security Council resolutions to submit progress reports every six months on its inspections of Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme. However, the Agency pulled out of the country on the eve of the war last year, and since then has been concentrating on analyzing information collected since it began those checks. In August, the Agency did complete a separate, physical inspection of nuclear safeguards under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Mr. ElBaradei said through visits to other countries, the IAEA had been able to identify quantities of industrial items, some radioactively contaminated, that had been transferred out of Iraq from sites monitored by the Agency. “However, none of the high-quality dual-use equipment or materials referred to above has been found,” he added. “As the disappearance of such equipment and materials may be of proliferation significance, any State that has information about the location of such items should provide the IAEA with that information,” he said. Mr. ElBaradei also said the IAEA is considering requests by Iraq for help with the sale of leftover nuclear material at its Tuwaitha facility, except for a small batch for research purposes; the dismantlement and decontamination of former nuclear facilities; and the resumption of IAEA assistance under a number of technical cooperation projects that had been suspended since December 1998.
B.C. First Nations appeal to United Nations to help stop LNG plant NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – First Nations leaders from northwestern British Columbia have taken their battle against a liquefied natural gas project to the United Nations.The group was scheduled to travel to New York Thursday to seek UN support for a demand that the Canadian government reject the LNG project proposed just south of Prince Rupert.Opponents say the $36-billion Pacific Northwest plant, slated for Lelu Island at the mouth of the Skeena River, threatens wild salmon habitat on the second largest salmon bearing river in B.C.Hereditary Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, John Ridsdale, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earned cheers at a recent UN forum by pledging to protect the rights of indigenous people.But Ridsdale says the LNG development, backed by Malaysia’s state oil company, Petronas, endangers that pledge and is “the wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time.”Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has said a cabinet decision on an environmental assessment covering the Pacific Northwest plant should be made by late June.The B.C. government believes the project could generate more than 18,000 jobs and produce billions in revenue.“We will not sell our salmon future for any price,” Murray Smith, one of the House Leaders of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe, says in a news release.The Gitwilgyoots Tribe is one of the Nine Allied Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams opposed to the LNG plant.“We stand against this project for all the peoples of this world. We don’t want money, we want justice. We invite you to join our battle, to add your voices to our struggle to protect the only home we have ever had,” he says in the release.Fellow Gitwilgyoots member Christine Smith-Martin says the group is respectfully asking the federal government to do the right thing, and wants to the world to bear witness to its concerns. by The Canadian Press Posted May 12, 2016 9:32 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Refreshed painting of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock (December 2013)It used to hang in the lobby of the Schmon Tower at the University. It also adorned the covers of old academic calendars and recruitment posters from the 80s and 90s.Now, after a long journey, a revitalized painting of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock will soon be back in its place in Guernsey Market’s west alcove.Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock painting before its recent restorationSince the late 80s, the painting of General Brock hung in the Tower lobby for many years on the wall facing the entrance of the James A. Gibson Library. It was a large modern work. The square frame held the image of the General mounted on his horse inside a navy blue circular window mat covered in Plexiglas.No artist was credited and no signature was ever evident on the painting.In order to make room for the alumni digital kiosk in 2012, the painting of the General was relocated from the Tower lobby to its new home in Guernsey Market. It was during this move that, as Lesley Bell notes, “the painting showed need for some restoration.”Bell, who looks after the University’s collection of fine art, was then asked by Tom Arkell, Associate Vice-President, University Services, to follow-up on upgrading and restoring the painting.“The painting is one of the many Brock traditions honouring our namesake,” says Arkell. “We thought it was important to restore and preserve this important piece of our University’s pride and history. And we couldn’t be happier with the results.”As Bell notes, the task of refreshing the painting presented a long-overdue opportunity to upgrade its frame and remove the layer of Plexiglas and warped circular mat.“I delivered the work to a local framer and two hours later he called me at work to tell me to come to his shop on my way home,” says the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts visual resources librarian. “What I saw that afternoon, with the frame and circular mat stripped away, was a completely new painting.”With the dusty Plexiglas removed, new life was breathed into the colours of decades-old painting. There was the vivid scarlet coat of the General, the rich brown hide of his horse Alphie, and the white plumes of gunfire smoke in the background behind the small red-coated militia waging battle under a dramatic stormy sky.Another discovery was that the original painting was not square, but oval. The corners of the painting were unpainted canvas.Brian DeinesThe artist’s name was also now visible. With the help of Google, Bell was able to track down the artist and illustrator, Brian Deines, who now lives in Toronto. Deines received a commission from the University in 1988 to create a large oval work of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock to be used for a recruitment poster.“It’s great to hear it is still around,” Deines wrote in an email to Bell. “I’d love to see it again. If it is in need of touch up please don’t hesitate to contact me as I would be happy to do it personally.”After reconnecting with the original artist, the decision was made to let Deines finish his work by filling in the empty corners of the painting and touching up the colours. Bell worked with him over the summer to complete the task.Deines is scheduled to visit Brock in the near future to speak with visual arts students about the project. The refreshed painting will also be back on display for all to see in Guernsey Market early in the New Year.
OVER 800 PEOPLE will leave telecoms company Eircom, as the company aims to restructure their operations.The redundancies are part of the overall moves at the company aimed at shedding 2,000 jobs by next year.The workers will leave the company on an incentivised exit scheme after they applied for an early retirement scheme.An Eircom spokesperson said that those who had qualified for the redundancy had had their options explained to them. Staff who qualified have received one to one consultations to explain the options available to them. The company will now work through the process of assessing and confirming the applications by the end of November and the company remains on track to reach its target to reduce headcount levels by 2,000 by June 2014.The redundancies will come from across the company, with a number of different professions being hit.Read: Eircom’s broadband customers, revenue and earnings fall in year to end of JuneRead: Eircom enters the television market to compete with Sky and UPC
Bactérie tueuse : l’Allemagne abandonne la piste du concombre espagnolLa piste de la contamination par les concombres espagnols vient d’être abandonnée par les scientifiques allemands. La ministre de la Santé d’Hambourg, Cornelia Prüfer-Storks a annoncé les résultats de leurs premières analyses : la souche de bactérie présente dans les légumes ne correspond pas à celle responsable de l’épidémie.La ministre de la Santé d’Hambourg, Cornelia Prüfer-Storks, a révélé cet après-midi à la presse les résultats des tests effectués dans les laboratoires sur les concombres espagnols. Les scientifiques sont formels, la souche de bactérie mise en évidence dans ces légumes ne correspond pas à l’Escheridia coli entero-hémorragique retrouvé dans les selles des patients contaminés. Les tests en laboratoire ont été entamés en Allemagne la semaine dernière après que des lots suspects de concombres ont été pointés du doigt. L’erreur de suspicion aura tout de même coûté cher à l’industrie maraîchère d’Espagne. Le gouvernement espagnol a ainsi déclaré qu’il n’excluait pas un éventuel appel d’indemnisation auprès de l’Allemagne afin de remédier aux “dégâts considérables” infligés à son agriculture. Selon les producteurs espagnols d’Almeria, l’exportation de concombres a connue une baisse de 100% au cours de ces derniers jours et des chargements entiers ont dû être renvoyés.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’hypothèse de la contamination des exploitations espagnoles ayant été abandonnée, les analyses se poursuivent à présent sur la suite de la chaîne de production des légumes jusqu’à leur distribution. Depuis le premier cas d’infection détecté la semaine dernière, 15 décès ont été recensés en Allemagne et un en suède. Actuellement 373 personnes souffriraient de troubles rénaux sévères, directement imputables à la bactérie.Le 31 mai 2011 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrin