first_imgJackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood’s power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said.The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody Korenbrot.”It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today,” the family said in a statement.Collins, who wrote about characters driven by lust, power and greed, sold more than 500 millions copies of her books in 40 countries and has some 30 New York Times bestsellers, according to her own website.Collins followed her older sister to Los Angeles when she was just a teenager. She did not only write about Hollywood, she also enjoyed great success in the entertainment industry with several of her stories adapted for television.”I’m a storyteller. I’m not a literary writer and I never pretended to be,” Collins told Reuters in 2008.Some of her most successful novels included the 1983 Hollywood Wives, about women living glamorous lives behind the scenes of the industry, and the 1985 Lucky and 1990 Lady Boss from her series focused on the ravishing and ambitious character Lucky Santangelo, who was born into an organized crime family.Collins faced controversy during her career, writing novels so steamy they outraged political figures from Britain to China.Her debut novel, The World is Full of Married Men, was reportedly deemed “filthy and disgusting” by author Barbara Cartland and banned in Australia. Collins told Reuters the book was “way before its time” with its tale of a woman who cheats on her husband and another who likes sex with married men.advertisementCollins promised readers unrivaled insiders’ knowledge of Hollywood and said she wrote about “real people in disguise.””If anything, my characters are toned down – the truth is much more bizarre,” she wrote on her website.She said people in Hollywood trusted her with their stories because she knew the rules the town lived by, and because she was devoted to marriage.But Collins said her life lacked the scandal of her novels. She described writing as her lifelong obsession, and confessed to rising at dawn to write out pages in long hand. She also received emails from teenagers who said reading her novels taught them about sex.Collins was married to her second husband, Oscar Lerman, for more than 25 years until his death in 1992.Joan Collins, reacting to her sister’s death, told People magazine that Jackie was her best friend. Earlier this month, Jackie Collins told People she had only recently informed her older sister of her battle with breast cancer for over six years.”I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her,” Joan Collins told the magazine.Jackie Collins is survived by three daughters.last_img read more

first_imgRohit Sharma has enjoyed his most prolific year in international cricket. The stylish India opener, who recently smashed an unprecedented 3rd ODI double hundred and cracked the joint-fastest T20I hundred, finished 2017 with 1293 runs in ODIs.Rohit’s India captain Virat Kohli was the top-run scorer this year with 1460 runs but then he played five more matches than his deputy. Both Rohit and Kohli, in fact, scored six ODI hundreds this year and were the bulwark of India’s sensational run in a calendar year where they won a staggering 37 matches across formats.Former India chief selector Sandeep Patil, known to speak his mind, claimed Rohit was ahead of Kohli in ODIs currently.”Virat Kohli fans might not like it but I have to say Rohit Sharma is currently the better batsman,” Patil told ABP News recently.In 2017, Kohli climbed to No.2 in the list of most century-scorers in ODIs. His 32 hundreds are second only to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49. However, the 29-year-old India skipper is also highly rated in the Test format where he finished with 1059 runs from 10 matches.Kohli, during the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, hammered 610 runs including back-to-back double hundreds. No captain has hit more than his six double hundreds in Test cricket and last season, he became the only man to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.”Virat is definitely a great batsman, no doubt about it. He is India’s best Test batsman but when it comes to limited overs cricket, Rohit is ahead of him,” Patil said.advertisementRohit and Kohli are joint-second in the list of most ODI hundreds scored since 2015 with 11 each, just one behind Australian opener David Warner.Rohit however, has taken just 47 matches to score 11 tons while Kohli has done it in 56 ODIs. During the same period of time (until the second ODI vs Sri Lanka) Rohit has amassed 2665 runs at an average of 63.45 with 11 half-centuries while Kohli, having played nine more ODIs than Rohit, has scored 2822 at 64.13 with 12 fifties.Besides, Rohit has two hundreds in T20 Internationals, more than any other Indian. Kohli, on the other hand, averages over across international formats but is yet to score a century in T20Is.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli-led India look to maintain their dominance in the one day internationals as they aim for their 10th consecutive bilateral series victory.India won the first of the three ODIs against England at Trent Bridge convincingly and would look to wrap up the series with another win when the two side meet at the Lord’s on Saturday.In the first match, a maiden fifer for chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (6/25) followed by Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 137-run knock sealed a comfortable eight-wicket victory for India.The visitors dominated England, the No. 1 ODI side, in all departments of the game and took a crucial 1-0 lead in the series with 59 balls to spare.The stars of the match were Kuldeep and Rohit, who thrashed hosts batsmen and bowlers through out the match.The batting department seemed settled with opener Shikhar Dhawan coming in form. The Delhi batsman played 27 balls and scored 40 runs, which includes eight boundaries.Skipper Virat Kohli also showed why he is called one of the best batsmen in the format. India’s routine chasers Kohli and his in-form deputy Rohit collaborated for a 167-run stand to break the hopes of English bowers.But the middle and lower-order is yet to be tested but the way English bowlers were playing it seemed an uphill task to reach India’s middle and lower order.In the bowling department, Kuldeep continued to remain headache for English batsmen. In the shortest format also and now in 50-overs game.Kuldeep scalped six wickets for just 25 runs. He was well supported by pacer Umesh Yadav but the pacer was little expensive.advertisementThe only concern for India is the pacers. Umesh, Hardik Pandya, debutant Siddharth Kaul were not effective as they leaked few runs when spinners, Kuldeep, Yuzvendra Chahal trying to put pressure on English batsmen. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is likely to return to the playing XI.England, on the other hand, had many things to work on. Their batsmen failed to click in unison. If top-order clicks middle and lower order fails. Joe Root continued his poor shot selection in the first match also while skipper Eoin Morgan failed to utilise the start.The bowling department also seemed to be struggling as no bowlers were able to put pressure on India batsmen. Mark Wood, David Willy, experienced Liam Plunkett and Ben stokes need to click this time in order to take the series to the third match.So it’s a do-or-die game for the English players as one more loss and they are out of contention.Squads:India — Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddarth Kaul, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar KumarEngland — Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood(With input from IANS)last_img read more

first_imgPCB reacts after CCI removes Imran Khan posters: Will take this up with ICC and BCCIIMG Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League in the wake of Pulwama terror attack last week. At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel lost their lives on Thursday after a car loaded with explosives rammed into a truck carrying the soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 08:36 IST Imran Khan portrait has been removed from Cricket Club of India (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIMG Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League in the wake of Pulwama terror attackCricket Club of India removed the portrait of Imran KhanAt least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel lost their lives in the terror attack on February 14The Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed its “disappointment” after Pakistan Super League coverage was suspeded in India and also the portrait of Imran Khan was removed from the Cricket Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. The steps were taken in the wake of Pulwama terror attack last week.IMG Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League, meaning the PSL will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production services.At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel lost their lives on Thursday after a car loaded with explosives rammed into a truck carrying the soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League got underway on Thursday (February 14), on the day the terrorists attacked the security forces.”We have been informed by IMG Reliance that they will be unable to partner with us for the remaining HBL PSL 2019 and PCB has reserved all its rights. The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner on Monday after the completion of the formalities,” PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan said.Wasim added: “The PCB has also noted the recent turn of events and expresses its extreme disappointment as we have always believed and emphasised that sports and politics should be kept separate. History tells us that sports, particularly cricket, have always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries.”Unfortunately, denying India cricket fans the right to follow HBL PSL by blocking all digital coverage as well as covering or removing portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions.advertisement”The PCB intends to take up these incidents with the BCCI and the ICC at the upcoming ICC committee meeting in Dubai later this month.”DSport were expected to stop the telecast in India from the second day of the league but due to some technical problems they were not able to do so. However, DSport blacked out their broadcast from the fifth game which was played from 9:30 PM IST on Saturday.On Saturday, Cricket Club of India in Mumbai removed the portrait of Imran Khan, former Pakistan captain and now the Prime Minister of the country, after the attack.Imran Khan’s portrait found a place in the prestigious club’s ‘All rounder’ restaurant as well as a Pakistan team photograph involving him on one of the walls of the club. Both have now been removed.”We know which country is behind the terror attack. It was decided that the sentiments of the people of the country were to be upheld and therefore the move to remove his portrait,” a senior committee member told India Today.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Imran KhanFollow Wasim AkramFollow Pakistan Super Leaguelast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk BirminghamAugust 1, 2019UPDATED: August 1, 2019 18:33 IST James Anderson will have a scan after experiencing “tightness” in his right calf. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnderson had to leave the field after bowling 4 overs in the 1st Ashes TestAnderson will undergo a scan to discover the extent of the injury Australia won the toss and opted to bat first in overcast conditions at EdgbastonEngland pacer James Anderson felt tightness in his right calf while bowling in the first session of the Edgbaston Test against Australia and will undergo a scan to discover the extent of the injury.Anderson had to leave the field after bowling 4 over in the 1st Ashes Test. England’s all-time leading wicket-taker had torn his right calf playing for Lancashire against Durham last month and missed the match with Ireland.Anderson had pulled up on his run-up and was then forced to leave the field on day three of Lancashire’s match against Durham on July 2.England are already without the services of lanky pacer Jofra Archer who is in rehabilitation period after a side strain.ENGLAND vs AUSTRALIA, 1st Ashes Test Live BlogIn Archer’s absence, England’s attack was being spearheaded by the Stuart Broad and James Anderson, whose record-breaking partnership was broken up briefly for last week’s Ireland Test.England have two pace bowlers in reserve – Sam Curran and Olly Stone were in the squad for this match. Mark Wood is also out for a lengthy period with a side injury.Earlier in the day, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first in overcast conditions at Edgbaston in the 1st Ashes Test.Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes provided early breakthroughs for England as they accounted for the wickets of David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, and Usman Khawaja in a fiery session.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow James Anderson Ashes 2019: James Anderson gives England injury scare during Edgbaston TestEngland received injury blow on the opening day of first Ashes Test as their lead pacer James Anderson felt tightness in his right calf while bowling in the first session.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that names of hospitals found involved in any kind of fraudulent practices in the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme will be put up on its official website to “name and shame” them. Nearly 1,200 cases of fraud have been confirmed and action has been taken against 338 hospitals, he said, asserting that the government has zero tolerance towards corruption. “Not only would such hospitals found involved in any kind of fraudulent activity and practices would be de-empanelled, their names would be put up on the official website of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (Ayushman Bharat) and made public. The idea is to name and shame them,” the Health Minister said at a press conference here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Indu Bhushan, CEO of the National Health Authority, the apex body responsible for the implementation of the centrally-sponsored scheme, said that the decision to publicly name the health insurance fraudsters under Ayushman Bharat was taken in collaboration with the IRDAI to deter them from indulging in malpractices. “We are taking stern action against such fraudsters and have filed criminal cases and FIRs in some cases. In fact, we have suggested such hospitals should not only be de-empanelled from the PMJAY scheme but also from other scheme including that of CGHS and ECHA,” Bhushan said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Giving out figures, Vardhan said 376 hospitals currently are under investigation while the NHA has taken action in terms of issuing showcause notice, suspending, levying penalty and de-empanelling against 338 hospitals. He said 97 hospitals have been de-empanelled from the scheme while FIRs have been lodged against six hospitals. A total amount of Rs 1.5 crore in penalty has been levied and nearly 1,200 cases of fraud have been confirmed. “And all these figures show the government’s zero tolerance towards corruption and we have been able to detect all these frauds because of a proactive robust strong IT anti-fraud detection system. Our message is loud and clear that no fraud, even of minute nature, will be tolerated in the whole scheme,” he said. Vardhan said the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme will complete first year of its launch on September 23 and the fortnight of September 15-30 is being marked as the ‘Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara’ where several activities will be carried out in the states to generate awareness around the scheme. A mega national event ‘Gyan Sangam’ will be organised from September 29-30 during which the Prime Minister will take stock of the progress of the insurance scheme and its achievements will be highlighted. Adopting the true spirit of cooperative federalism, 32 states and Union Territories have already implemented the scheme so far, Vardhan said and appealed to the remaining states including Delhi and West Bengal to join the scheme so that people there are not deprived of its benefits. He said that 10 crore e-cards have been given out to beneficiaries and the government so far has spent Rs 7,500 crore on treatment. 18,073 hospitals have been empanelled and around 53 per cent the hospitals are from the private sector. More than 39 lakh people have availed cashless treatment worth over Rs. 6,100 crore for serious illnesses since the launch of AB-PMJAY. This has resulted in savings of Rs 12,000 crore to the beneficiary families.last_img read more

first_imgDALLAS — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes they say will reduce flight delays.Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January 2020.They’re working under a 2015 contract that granted immediate 23 per cent raises plus 3 per cent each year. In 2017, American gave pilots and flight attendants additional pay raises that totalled close to $1 billion and angered some investors.Carey also wants American to reduce its practice of shifting on-duty pilots to fill in for others who call in sick, can’t legally handle a flight because of crew-rest requirements, or other reasons.American has the worst 2018 on-time record of the four largest U.S. airlines.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

TORONTO — Stock markets nosedived Thursday as investors continued moving into gold amid escalating political tensions between the United States and North Korea.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 143.08 points to 15,074.25, with nearly all of its sectors moving lower.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 204.69 points to 21,844.01, while the S&P 500 index dropped 35.81 points to 2,438.21 and the Nasdaq composite index slid 135.46 points to 6,216.87.After seeming to shrug off the heated rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea over the last couple of days, investors are becoming more wary as the standoff between the two countries continues ratcheting up, said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.Strong gains in New York, where the Dow saw repeated record highs up until three day ago, had kept investor optimism high when news of the conflict first broke, Currie said.“But now we’re seeing increasing rather than diminishing tensions,” he said. “I think a few investors are capitulating to it.”Earlier on Thursday, North Korea revealed a plan to launch ballistic missiles toward a major U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Later in the day, President Trump warned the regime to “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble.The Vix, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, jumped 34.8 per cent, the biggest increase since May.The price of gold also surged for the second day in a row as the December bullion contract advanced US$10.80 to US$1,290.10 an ounce. The precious metal is often seen as a safe haven for investors during times of uncertainty.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract advanced 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The September copper contract was down two cents to US$2.91 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

At a press conference held at UN Headquarters in Geneva after the meeting, Mr. Brahimi spoke alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The two Government officials have been meeting in Geneva since Thursday discussing a Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. “The work you are doing is extremely important in itself […] but also important for all those working with you to bring forward the Geneva conference successfully,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters, referring to the long-proposed international peace conference on Syria commonly referred to as “Geneva II.” Mr. Brahimi has been hard at work on the diplomatic front to bring the conference to fruition, including in discussions last week at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. The goal of a second Geneva conference would to be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012.In his comments, Mr. Kerry thanked the United Nations and Mr. Brahimi for hosting discussions on Geneva II. Those discussions have been productive and timely, as he and Mr. Lavrov were meeting on Russia’s recent initiative to “gain control of, remove and destroy chemical weapons in Syria and we would both agree that we have constructive conversations.” “President is Obama is deeply committed to a negotiated solution and we know that Russia is likewise. We are working hard to find common ground to make that happen. We have both agreed to do homework required to make it happen,” Mr. Kerry said, announcing that he and Mr. Lavrov planned to meet in New York during the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which will open on 24 September.While the two leaders would further consider the matter, including possibly settling on a date for the Geneva II conference, much of the way ahead “will depend on achieving success in the next hours and days” on the question of Syria’s chemical weapons, Mr. Kerry said.“Both of us, Sergei Lavrov and I, our countries, our Presidents, are deeply concerned about the death toll and destruction and the acts on all sides that are creating more and more refugees, more and more of a humanitarian catastrophe,” he said, adding that the two Governments were committed to working together. Speaking next, Mr. Lavrov said that now that Syria has signed the legislative decree providing for the accession of Syria to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, “we have to engage our professionals […] and the United Nations to design a road so that the issue is resolved quickly, professionally as soon as practical. “We are very glad that Mr. Brahimi has invited us to discuss a longer term goal for Syria, namely preparations for the so-called Geneva II conference. From the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, Russia and the Russian President have been promoting a peaceful resolution,” he said. Mr Lavrov noted that Russia had initiated of the conference from which had emerged the Geneva communiqué agreed and signed “by nearly all the major players, including the United Nations, countries in the region and the P-5 [the permanent members of the Security Council].” “It is very unfortunate that for a long period the communiqué was basically abandoned and we were not able to have Security Council endorsement of the very important document as is,” he said, thanking Mr. Kerry for his efforts to re-energize the communiqué and work with Russia towards its implementation including through the holding of a new Geneva conference. He said he was very grateful for the discussions with Mr. Brahimi.Meanwhile, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently in session in Geneva, issued a letter to both Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kerry drawing their attention o the work of the independent international commission of inquiry on Syria, which the Council established in 2011.The Council President, Ambassador Remigiusz Henczel of Poland stressed that the commission had yet to be granted access to Syria, despite repeated calls on Damascus to allow the experts to enter the country. The Council President suggests that the Russian and US officials might take up the matter during the scope of their meetings in Geneva.The commission presented its latest report to the Human Rights Council on Monday, citing ongoing incidents of murder, rape, torture, widespread attacks on civilians and hostage-taking committed by Syrian forces and anti-Government armed groups. It said that “the perpetrators of these violations and crimes, on all sides, act in defiance of international law. They do not fear accountability.” The panel, which described Syria today as “a battlefield [where] massacres are perpetrated with impunity [and] and untold number of Syrians have disappeared,” reported that Government and pro-Government forces in Syria have continued to conduct widespread attacks on the civilian population with impunity, committing murder, torture, rape and enforced disappearance as crimes against humanity, stressed that there is no military solution to the conflict. read more

In a few days’ time, Brock University’s Board of Trustees will launch its 2018-19 cycle of meetings, with some new faces at the table. And for the first time in 11 years, I won’t be among them.I remember another September, in 2007, when I first joined Brock’s Board. I was President of Nycomed Pharma in Oakville, still four years from retiring from full-time employment. A Brock alumnus from Biological Sciences (1969-73), I had a long-time affection for the University, and understood its importance to the welfare of this region.My route to the Board was facilitated by my relationship with Ian Brindle. He’d been my lab instructor in 1971-72, and by the time we reconnected he was Vice-President, Research. He asked me for some suggestions regarding a new science building, which would eventually become reality as the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.As I reflect on my time on the Board, some highlights quickly come to mind. I got to work with three great Presidents: Jack Lightstone, Tom Traves and Gervan Fearon.Jack is a builder. During his tenure, we added or completed numerous major projects, including the Plaza Building, the Cairns Complex and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Performing Arts. He also attracted a lot of capital and generous gifts to Brock, including the Goodman endowment, Marilyn I. Walker’s donation and the gift from Roy Cairns.Tom came in as a fixer, a mature voice of reason after a difficult situation. His extensive experience at Dalhousie University and his solid, down-to-earth solid leadership had a calming effect, right when Brock needed it.And now Gervan has quickly demonstrated a strong grasp of what Brock requires, and has a warm outreaching style, that resonates well with everyone.I also worked with great Board Chairs, including Norris Walker, the late David Howes, Rudi Kroeker and my very dear friend, the late Joe Robertson. It was my time serving as Joe’s vice-chair that gave me the experience and knowledge to become Board Chair in my own right. And now my successor, Gary Comerford, is an excellent Chair.Joining the Brock Board can be intimidating. There’s a lot to learn and know, not least being how to manoeuvre in the bicameral governance system. But I soon found that the Board has three crucial, primary responsibilities:Ensure the organization is well led, by a strong President and Vice-Presidents;Ensure the financial house is in order; andMonitor the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan.The first two have been accomplished to a very high level, and No. 3 is now in progress, given that a thorough strategic plan was missing upon Gervan’s arrival.Asked about what suggestions I would share with the next generation of Trustees, I’d say:Never back away from the Board’s mandate to insist on balanced budgetsLeadership matters, and a leadership culture needs to be created and nurtured, not just in administration but across the academy, in Deans and Department Chairs. As well, the hiring process for VPs and above needs to be revamped and simplified.The students are central to everything, they are the raison d’etre for all employees and Trustees.Integrity matters a lot and needs to be insisted upon at all levels in the academy.Celebrate success, and strive beyond what has been to what can be. Brock needs to have ambitious aspirations, well beyond the current period and into 2100+.It has been my honour to serve the University, especially my three years as Board Chair. Brock today is stronger than when I arrived, due in part to the efforts of the great Board of Trustees and a highly functioning administration. I am excited about the future, about what Brock can become for Niagara and Ontario and the world, and I will always follow Brock’s progress with great interest and pride.Thank you for this great opportunity. Surgite!John Suk was a member of the Brock University Board of Trustees from 2007-18, and served as Board Chair from 2014-17. He concluded his final term on the Board earlier this summer. read more

first_imgTailored to suit the curriculum for primary schools in England, it includes more than 1,500 online resources, reviewed by a “quality assurance group” to make them appropriate for a young audience.The Duchess, who was speaking at Roe Green Junior School in Kingsbury, north-west London and wore a coat and dress by Sportmax, added: “I am all too aware, however, of how much we ask teachers to take on. Duchess of Cambridge meets children from Roe Green Junior School in LondonCredit:AP The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the pressure on teachers which leaves them unable to find time to help children as much as they would like. The Duchess, who has two young children and is expecting her third in April, said teachers were best placed to help pupils through mental health and emotional issues, but do not have time to “hunt the best information”. In a speech at a London infant school to announce a website aimed at curating tried-and-tested mental health resources for school, she added she hoped to give teachers “easy access” to information. The pilot project, from the Royal Foundation,  is called Mentally Healthy Schools, and is expected to be rolled out nationwide in the spring after being monitored and reviewed.In a speech to launch the portal, the Duchess told education professionals and guests from the mental health sector: “I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health. Later, she joined a group of children making rainbow spectacles that gave them the power to talk positively about themselves, one of the activities highlighted on the new mental health website. “When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.”My own commitment is to the youngest and most vulnerable in their early years – babies, toddlers and schoolchildren – and to support all those who care for them.” Duchess of Cambridge greets children, who are waving Heads Together flags Duchess of Cambridge meets Year 3 pupils during her visit to launch a mental health programme for schoolsCredit:Jonathan Brady She chatted to the youngsters as they coloured in the paper glasses and she quizzed them about their answers to a questionnaire, which asked pupils to define a positive person or resilience.“What does is mean to be resilient?” she asked, reading one of the questions in front of the children. “I like this.”Speaking to one little girl, the Duchess said of her own family: “Charlotte is only two and a half, she’s still very little. “George is four and a half…He is at school today.”Kensington Palace said of the project: “Mental health problems in young people can isolate, disrupt and frighten them, resulting in lower educational attainment, and have a lasting impact on a person’s life.“Teachers and staff play a pivotal role in a young person’s life, but they currently struggle to find the right resources in order to provide the most effective support for children in their care.“Up until now, the array of online resources has been difficult to navigate; it is often unclear whether items are expertly verified, and teachers are often unsure how appropriate the advice is for their particular age-group or issue.” The Duchess of Cambridge delivers a speech Duchess of Cambridge meets children from Roe Green Junior School in London “Teachers want to help, but don’t have the time to go hunting for the best information and advice out there. You need resources you can trust. And you need to have easy access to them at all times. That is what this pilot is all about.”Led by the Royal Foundation, with close collaboration from our Heads Together partners, this new online resource will transform schools’ access to high-quality information, and guide teachers and school leaders towards the best support out there.” Duchess of Cambridge meets Year 3 pupils during her visit to launch a mental health programme for schools 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. The Duchess of Cambridge delivers a speechCredit:Jonathan Brady Duchess Of Cambridge launches Mental Health Programme For SchoolsCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Mentally Healthy Schools, a website, is intended to provide a resource for teachers and schools, to help them talk to children about issues from bereavement to anxiety to eating disorders. Joining a discussion about mental health, she asked staff: “Do you think teachers are wanting to improve the mental health of their pupils but they’re not able to get the right resources?” Show more Duchess Of Cambridge launches Mental Health Programme For Schools Duchess of Cambridge greets children, who are waving Heads Together flagsCredit:Joe Giddens/PAlast_img read more

first_imgX-ray Transmission (XRT) ore sorting is being rolled out across the industry, with companies mining metals and minerals from various parts of the periodic table taking advantage of its sensing capabilities.South Africa mineral processing company, Imilingo gave an exclusive world-first preview of its latest innovations in sensor-based sorting at the Electra Mining conference in Johannesburg last year. IM caught up with Managing Director, Jaco Prinsloo, to find out more about the company’s offering.IM: How does Imilingo’s ore sorting offering differ from others on the market?JP: Imilingo utilises mainly XRT sorting, which is at the forefront of sorting technology in diamond and tungsten applications. Imilingo’s iPlant packages the technology in a way that optimises the efficiency of the sorting machines and provides customers the advantage of dealing with a tried and tested system versus a system made up of a combination of components that are possibly less than ideal for their application. The mobility of the plants also plays a big part in providing the client with a workable solution in African countries and abroad.IM: Do you use ore sorters from some of the major suppliers and then integrate them into your iPlant offering?JP: Yes, we have built a strong working relationship with TOMRA Sorting as they are at the forefront of sorting and have a proven track record. The iPlant was specifically developed to prepare material for sorting and delivering the feed material in a clean and well classified state, which increases the efficiency of the sorting process.IM: How does this customisation result in the optimal conditions for an effective sort?JP: Efficient material classification and fines removal is key to the sorting process and that is what we focus on when developing a plant. Factors such as operator safety and equipment reliability come standard with our bespoke plants.IM: Why have you chosen to specialise in diamonds, coal and heavy metals?JP: Diamond recovery is a clean and relatively simple process, which lends itself to the development of standalone modular plants that can easily be expanded based on a client’s requirements. Tungsten has a much higher specific gravity than the host rock containing it, making it a very effective sort and resulting in a very efficient upgrade of run-of-mine ore. In terms of coal, Imilingo had a test plant running in Middelburg (South Africa) that was relatively successful but not commercially viable at the time due to market constraints.IM: Have you carried out any commercial coal installations?JP: No, we have only run our own test plant but believe the coal market is up for the taking in terms of coal sorting. Based on the running of our test plant, we believe that there remains a great opportunity within the coal market for utilising XRT sorting.IM: Since showcasing your offering at Electra Mining in September, what interest have you had from the mining community in terms of using your solutions?JP: We have had many enquiries regarding our sorting and dredging solutions. The nature of mining projects is that time is required for projects to mature and convert into actual sales. We believe the main effect of the Electra show was to establish our name in the marketplace and create awareness of our offering, which has been achieved.The upcoming IM March issue will feature an article on ore sortinglast_img read more

first_imgTHE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE of Los Angeles has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to four men who alleged they were molested by a former priest in the 1970s.LA’s Cardinal Roger Mahony approved the deal this month with lawyers for the men and the former priest involved, according to the victims’ attorneys.Last month’s long-delayed release of hundreds of files about abuse claims – which came at the same time as Mahony was stripped of his duties for mishandling the scandals – helped precipitate the settlements, one lawyer said.The priest involved, Reverend Michael Baker, abused the four young victims repeatedly in the 1970s, including on overnight trips to San Diego, according to the legal documents.The lawsuits claim that then-Archbishop Mahony allowed him to continue to minister as a priest even though Baker admitted in 1986 that he had sexually abused minors in the past.Baker was jailed for over 10 years in December 2007 after pleading guilty to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a minor, involving two of the victims in these lawsuits. He was released in October 2011.Lawyer Vince Finaldi said Baker was scheduled to be a witness, if the lawsuits – filed after the LA archdiocese reached a $660 million settlement with abuse victims in 2007 – had gone to trial.The LA archdiocese released files last month on over 100 clerics accused of sex abuse, as required under the 2007 lawsuit deal, including some showing Mahony discussing how to cover up alleged crimes.Finaldi said the release of the files “played heavily” into the archdiocese’s decision to settle the cases. “Once we got the files, it confirmed everything we had argued for years and years,” he told the LA Times.“Cardinal Mahony’s fingerprints were all over the case,” he added.Lawyers for the victims said they plan to give more details of the cases at a press conference Thursday.Michael Hennigan, a lawyer for the archdiocese, said: “We’re pleased to reach settlement here. We have always taken full responsibility for the misconduct of Michael Baker, so that was never an issue.“It was just a matter of reaching an agreement on a reasonable price, which we’re pleased to have been able to do,” he told AFP.It is not clear what the victims’ press conference will reveal, but Hennigan said there were no secrets about the deal. “I don’t have any idea. That’ll be up to them. But there’s nothing confidential about the settlement.”Mahony travelled to Rome to participate in the conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, despite calls from victims’ groups for him to stay home following the recent revelations about his role in covering up alleged abuse.Mahony, who retired in 2011, was stripped of his remaining church duties in January by his successor Archbishop Jose Gomez for mishandling claims against dozens of priests.The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) hailed the settlement. But they said: “No amount of money can restore the shattered trust and stolen childhoods of deeply wounded victims.“We applaud their courage in stepping forward, seeking justice and reminding us all that this crisis in the church remains far from finished,” SNAP director David Clohessy told AFP.Read: Mistakes in Savile case ‘could happen all over again’last_img read more

first_imgPEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT TD Richard Boyd-Barrett said that he would not take up Stephen Donnelly’s now vacant seat on the banking inquiry if he was offered it.Boyd-Barrett said that he believes that fellow Technical Group member Joe Higgins is next in line to take to take Donnelly’s place, but added that all three were conflicted about sitting on the inquiry in the first instance.“If it was offered to me I wouldn’t take it,” he told“It’s a joke at this point, the Government are trying to control it, there is no serious effort to get to the bottom of what actually happened.”Boyd-Barrett explained that himself, Donnelly and Higgins had essentially drawn lots to be selected as the Technical Group’s representative but even then were unsure whether they should take part.“All of us were torn, both myself and Stephen were very torn as to if we should even put our names forward for it at all.”Donnelly’s withdrawal comes after a week in which the Government lost its majority on the inquiry and then, after failing to remove a Fianna Fáil Senator, added two Government Senators to ensure a majority.Junior Minister and Labour leadership candidate Alex White said this afternoon that the banking inquiry should have been ‘left well alone’ after the initial line-up was completed.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, White said that he would have preferred if the original line-up with four Government members out of nine had remained.Personally I would have left it well alone when the the original choice of members was made. But what’s done is done now and instead of having nine members with a Government majority as was proposed, we now have 11 members with Government majority.White said that he felt it had “not been a good week for politics in this country” after the Government had altered procedure to add an extra Fine Gael and Labour Senator to the inquiry.“I don’t think the inquiry is robbed of all credibility,” he said when asked if Donnelly’s withdrawal had fatally flawed it.“I think what we should do is get on with it now,” he added expressing confidence in chairman of the inquiry, Labour’s Ciarán Lynch TD.Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry, who the Government tried to remove from the inquiry, disagreed that there was understanding that the Government would have a majority:Plan A was to discredit myself which failed spectacularly and then Plan B kicked in which was to rip-up the rules of democracy and do what they wanted.“No party can stand to benefit from the truth coming out more than Fianna Fáil,” he added. “We wanted an independent Leveson style inquiry from the beginning. We didn’t get that.”Speaking on the same programme, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger says that she believes the inquiry should be made up of groups from outside of politics.“I think it’s been really cynical. The people who should be in the majority on that inquiry are the people who are affected by the banking crisis…Not the people who cheerleaded the property bubble, it didn’t happen on one night in 2008,” she said.Read: Stephen Donnelly quits banking inquiry, says Taoiseach stated that he will try to control it >Poll: Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged? >last_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Poway Mayor Steve Vaus says he will present an idea for low-cost housing in Poway to the City Council Tuesday night.Vaus’ program is called HOMES or Home On My Extra Space.The proposal says the City of Poway pays construction costs for ADU or granny flat on participating homeowner’s private property.Homeowner allows the unit to be an affordable-housing rental for a specific term, expected to be in the range of 10-12 years.A non-profit, such as Community Housing Works or similar organization, acts as property manager for the ADU – screening tenants, collecting rent, etc.Rental proceeds are divided among the three parties allowing the City to recoup its investment, the housing organization to cover its costs, and the homeowner to see some revenue.At the end of the term the homeowner gains full control/ownership of the unit without additional cost or obligation.Vaus said he plans to create a subcommittee to study the plan. That plan would ultimately require Council approval. Poway mayor proposes city to pay for granny flats Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 5, 2019 Posted: February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — Authorities say the convicted bank robber known as the “Where’s Waldo Bandit” for his striped sweater, black-framed glasses and bowl-cut haircut has been arrested on a bank robbery and probation violation warrant.The Oregonian reports that 32-year-old Ryan Homsley was arrested Tuesday night at an Aloha abandoned home after a neighbor called 911.Washington County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray says that Homsley appeared ill when he was arrested and was taken to the hospital.Ray saay Homsley was released into the custody of U.S. Marshals and transferred to the Justice Center Jail in Portland where he was booked into custody at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday.Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says Homsley is a suspect in Monday’s robbery of the U.S. Bank branch.last_img read more

first_imgFulbright scholars• Program started: 1948.o Alumni: More than 100,000.o Read stories of previous Fulbright scholars at up in Florida, Eric Dexter was the only kid in his class who didn’t want to become a marine biologist. He barely graduated from high school. No one in his family had ever gone to college or traveled outside the country.In September, the Washington State University Vancouver graduate student leaves for the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on a Fulbright Fellowship. There he will receive specialized training on theoretical research techniques to further his research on invasive aquatic species on Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. The subject of aquatic invasive species is a matter of international concern. Dexter has traveled a long way from being the apathetic kid who barely graduated from high school. To accept the Fulbright to study in Switzerland, he also had to be awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, with more than 100,000 alumni since the program began in 1948.“If I had set out on this path when I was 18, it would have been a disaster,” Dexter said in an interview at the environmental science aquatic ecology laboratory at WSU Vancouver.Surrounded by shelves of aquatic specimens floating in jars of preservative, Dexter spends hours identifying and photographing invasive plankton under a microscope and sketching them in his field journals.last_img read more

first_imgWe are standing by you and with you. Chevy is providing relief to those affected by Hurricane Irma.— Keith Pierson Chevy (@keithpiersoncc) September 15, 2017Keith and Claudy Pierson said they are committed to do their part in the relief effort in the aftermath of the deadly storm. The owners have not only committed their time and effort but have have also donated $100,000 in hurricane relief.The dealership, located at 30501 South Dixie Highway, opened in 2016.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida car dealership is lending a helping hand to victims of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.Keith Pierson Chevrolet Cadillac Super Store in Homestead began donating items to residents in the Keys earlier this week.last_img read more

first_imgInfosys could add Rs. 400 crore in incremental revenue over the third and fourth quarters of the 2016-17 fiscal as part of the Rs. 1,380 crore Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) project won by the company in September last year.The IT major has reportedly started importing and installing the hardware required for the project. Payment for providing the hardware will be made to Infosys by GSTN, a not-for-profit entity owned by the Central and state governments entrusted with the technology administration of GST for the country.”The payments (Rs.400 crore) will be based on various milestones set as per the agreement… payment for the hardware will be done between October and March depending on how the work progresses,” GSTN Chairman Navin Kumar was quoted as saying by the Mint.The hardware cost comes as a breather to India’s second largest IT services exporter after the company lowered revenue guidance to 10.5-12 percent, which came under further pressure as Royal Bank of Scotland cancelled a key contract with Infosys. In dollar terms, the company posted a 4.1 percent sequential decline in net profit for the April-June quarter this year.The $60 million (Rs. 400 crore) payment could lead to 1 percent growth in revenue in the upcoming quarters ending December and March, an added advantage during a lean season when technology companies see their incremental growth slump because of holiday season.”Infosys is excited to be a part of the GST journey. We are working with GSTN and other government agencies towards implementing the system in a timely manner. We are in the development stage of the system,” said an Infosys spokesperson.Kumar told the newspaper that the government expects the beta version of the tax portal to be ready by February next year.Typically, IT companies execute a government project under the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model wherein the vendor spends money on readying the hardware and developing software which is earned back through user charges over the stipulated period of the project.Infosys has already been paid around Rs. 150 crore for software services as per the terms of the five-year project, according to a company source cited by the newspaper. The remaining Rs. 800 crore for operations will be paid to the company by the government over the next five years.Aside from subsuming indirect taxes such as the excise, VAT and service tax, the GST portal will have to migrate and store the existing details of the 65-70 lakh taxpayers in a database before the new tax regime can become functional.last_img read more

first_imgState of the art technology is allowing us to look back into the past with more detail and depth than ever before by actually creating a forensic facial reconstruction of a Neolithic dog. The canine was believed to have lived around 4,500 years ago. It was similar to a collie in size and seemingly quite like a wolf in appearance. It was buried, alongside around 20 other dogs and a small group of humans, in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The dog’s remains were found over a century ago and preserved over the years until today’s modern technology was able to shed new light on the bones.Orkney Islands. Photo by Sentinel CC BY-SA 3.0-igoThe Guardian has reported that this dog is the first to ever undergo forensic facial reconstruction. Its likeness, which was commissioned by the National Museum of Scotland in conjunction with Historic Environment Scotland (HES), will be placed on display for the general public in the Orkney Islands in the months to come.Steve Farrar, a representative of HES, released a statement in which he detailed the alleged importance of dogs to Neolithic peoples. We all know that dogs are popular household pets today and can be used in various jobs like aiding the blind and sniffing out illegal substances, and it seems like they had a part to play in this ancient Orkney society as well.Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn.  Photo by © Historic Environment Scotland.Just as the Ancient Egyptians saw cats as sacred and significant, Farrar suggested that these “dog people” might have seen dogs in a special light. The remains of the dogs and people were found at Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn. Sky News revealed that archaeologists have dated this burial mound to around 3,000 BC, but it is believed that the dog was buried there around 2,500 BC.The fact that the dog was buried so many years after the tomb was made suggests that it could have been a very special resting place for the community, perhaps used for ceremonies and rituals.Model created from dog skull discovered at Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn, OrkneyPhoto by © Historic Environment Scotland.There’s a lot we can learn from this discovery, with both historians and scientists having their own theories. The fact that the dogs and humans were buried together may infer that the community believed in an afterlife for both species, and it was clear that the Orkney residents must have had a lot of respect for dogs, perhaps using them for hunting or to help guard their farms.Related Video: 3,500 Year Old Prehistoric Friezes Unearthed Near LimaThe Scotsman revealed that in order to actually make the facial reconstruction of the dog, forensic artist Amy Thornton had to draw over a CT scan, effectively making a 3D image of the canine’s skull. Clay was then used to build up the outer layers of skin and hair onto the skeletal foundation, effectively creating a detailed model of the dog’s head.Photo by © Historic Environment Scotland.The model was then cast in silicone, and Thornton applied the finishing touches of fur in the same style and color of a European grey wolf. Thornton revealed that this process was similar to the ways in which facial reconstruction technology is used to recreate lifelike approximations of human remains, but she added that there was a lot less data for her to work with when preparing a canine reconstruction. There’s been a lot of scientific and historical investigation into the Neolithic people of Orkney in recent years.Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn. Photo by adrazahl CC BY-SA 3.0In 2018, for example, HES unveiled 3D digital images showing what the tomb actually looked like, giving interested users a chance to explore the tomb on their computers.Read another story from us: Sea Creature Found is the Stuff of Tiny NightmaresThis canine facial reconstruction is just the latest in a fascinating series of discoveries and breakthroughs, giving us a powerful and thought-provoking glimpse into a time long ago.last_img read more