Boxing: Adrien Broner signs huge $50 Million deal with Floyd Mayweather

first_imgAdvertisementAdrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather despite their very public differences in the media over the last number of years, have combined forces in a huge boxing deal that’s taken many by surprise today.Broner has been out of sorts in and out of the ring over the last couple of years with mental health issues, brushes with the law and a lost love for boxing.He and Mayweather at one time were extremely close friends but fell out, as friends do, over some differences in the last couple of years.Now they’re back however and Broner has announced the following on Instagram: $50 million for five fights dwarfs English promoter Eddie Hearn’s recent three fight offer to Broner on his new streaming service DAZN.No wonder Broner didn’t accept Hearn’s offer – he obviously had a much better one in the pipeline and with someone, he knows and trusts.This could very well be the spring in momentum that Broner has needed all this time in his up and down career.Floyd Mayweather the promoter is making moves once again.Advertisementlast_img read more

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa Among 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards

first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico (January 25, 2019) –  Solmar Hotels & Resorts, the prestige collection of premier all-suite resorts located in Baja California Sur, is pleased to announce that Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa has been recognized as one of the top luxury hotels in Mexico for the seventh consecutive year by the 2019 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Awards. Praised by past guests for its superb location, spectacular views, attentive staff and overall first-rate experience, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa continues to be a favorite in Cabo San Lucas. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. In the 17th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 7,812 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family and All-Inclusive. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable quality, service and value. “Honored once again with this prestigious award is a testament to the unmatched offering we provide at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa,” said Ricardo Orozco, Solmar Hotels & Resorts vice-president of operations. “We are proud to be among the founders of the Los Cabos’ vacation experience, offering authentic Baja charm that keeps our guests returning year after year.” “We congratulate the properties around the world recognized as the best hotels, which receive our highest honor – Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Desirée Fish, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. “Travelers can consider these award winners when picking the perfect hotel for their needs – for any budget or trip type – to help inspire their travels in 2019.” Set on the most privileged location on the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa presents a singular vacation experience accented by breathtaking views of golden sand beaches, azure waters of the Pacific Ocean and the areas impressive desert landscape. The 246-suite luxury resorts offer guests six suite categories to choose from, all boasting deluxe amenities including full kitchens, murphy beds, private terraces, sitting areas and more. Guests also have access to numerous amenities including: the Sea Spa, with treatments in seaside cabanas; an expansive, first-class fitness center; an impressive treehouse-inspired Kid’s Club with endless activities; and numerous dining venues with the award-winning La Roca Restaurant, Don Luis Restaurant, Sushi Lounge, Sports Bar, and others.   For more information about Grand Solmar Land’s End and to make a reservation, visit www.grandsolmarresort.com.  About Solmar Hotels & ResortsSince 1973, Solmar Hotels & Resorts has been welcoming guests to its collection of seven all-suite resorts located in Baja California’s most desired beach destinations. Within the award-winning portfolio is Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort, Golf & Spa, Grand Solmar the Residences at Rancho San Lucas, Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, The Ridge at Playa Grande, Solmar Resort and Quinta del Sol by Solmar. Offering the quintessential, authentic Baja Mexico experience, Solmar Hotels & Resorts prides itself on providing high caliber service standards and warm hospitality.  For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, Instagram @SolmarResorts and Facebook page. About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With 702 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering 8 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 490 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.last_img read more

Antwerp Profiting from Rotterdam Congestion?

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, September 08, 2014 zoom Belgium’s Antwerp port seems to be profiting the most from the ongoing congestion issues in the port of Rotterdam that is still taking its toll.Namely, in order to be able to meet their schedules shipping companies are switching their port calls from Rotterdam to nearby ports, Antwerp being among the top choices.German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has switched several vessel calls from Rotterdam to Antwerp amid congestion.The latest to join the switch is  Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).OOCL said on Friday that due to the congestion situation at Rotterdam,  three sailings on the Asia-Europe Loop 4 service where the port of calls to Rotterdam will be shifted to Antwerp on a temporary basis:•Basle Express 009W/009E – ATD Ningbo on 23 August  /  ETA Antwerp on 1 October•Hamburg Express 011W/011E – ATD Ningbo on 1 September  /  ETA Antwerp on 8 October NYK Hermes 006W/006E – ETD Ningbo on 7 September  /  ETA Antwerp on 14 OctoberThe service adjustments above are in addition to those announced on last month.OOCL said that the current port rotation of Loop 4 is Ningbo / Shanghai / Yantian / Singapore / Le Havre / Southampton / Hamburg / Rotterdam / Jeddah / Singapore / Yantian / Ningbo.The congestion which troubled the Rotterdam container sector during the past few months seems to be decreasing, the Port Rotterdam Authority said last week.Inland shipping operators reported that increasingly more ships are being handled on schedule.Sector organisation CBRB said that the handling of inland shipping by ECT’s Delta Terminal on the Maasvlakte has improved greatly over the past one-and-a-half weeks, but that waiting times are still not what they should be.last_img read more

100 Days of Modi 20

first_imgModi 2.0 has completed a contentious 100 days in office. The Narendra Modi government’s first tenure seems meek in comparison to these 3.5 months. There were several misses and a few hits that defined the majoritarian government at the Centre. The government set out its primary agenda for the remainder of its tenure – nationalism and social engineering would assume centre-stage, which comes at variance with the Modi 1.0’s ‘Vikas’ (development) agenda. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe most important statements were made in Parliament with the government boldly scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and following it up with near-complete shutdown of the newly anointed Union Territory. Of the 100 days of the Modi government, Jammu and Kashmir remained silenced for 34 days! With clamping down on press freedom and communications, it is difficult to sift through rumour, propaganda, and the ground reality in the valley. What’s more worrying, however, is the aftermath of the abrogation and forced silence. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe other major policy change was the passing of the triple talaq bill in Parliament. The Opposition fumbled while BJP sailed through even the Rajya Sabha. Now instant triple talaq can land the accused in jail for three years. Most audacious though were the amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. With the latest amendment, the government has strengthened its authority to brand any individual a “terrorist” if the government “believes” so. These sweeping powers can be grossly misused and can allow overreach by the executive. The amendments still remain fuzzy on details. Who decides who’s a terrorist? Even if these amendments are being affected by keeping national security in mind, it also smacks of totalitarianism where divergent views and criticism of the administration, may cost an individual dearly. These laws can be weapons to further silence voices of dissent in the country, destroying the many pillars of democracy that we value. With decibels rising on a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and construction of concentration camp-like detention centres, it’s quite plain to see that the days of antagonistic social decisions are not behind us. Alas! What suffers most is the economy. The slowdown may be part cyclical and part structural as opined by Dr Manmohan Singh, India’s former Prime Minister and respected economist. However, the government is yet to divulge any plans of course correction. They remain mum on simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and reduction of tax compliances. With the slowdown unlikely to bid adieu in a couple of quarters, the pressure should be on the government more than ever to implement structural changes. The first step, however, would be to accept that there is indeed a problem. Till now, we are witnessing senior ministers in complete denial and to make matters worse, putting their foot in the mouth. One claimed millennials’ favouring app-cabs over purchasing cars. Reports and statistics have since then punctured her wishful theory. Another confused Newton for Einstein but worse than his faux pas was the smoothening of the economic crisis by suggesting that people should not worry about GDP maths. It’s this gliding over a crisis that worries me. Now for the welcome decisions in the 100 days…though Nitin Gadkari remains the lone wolf on this, I welcome the changes to the Motor Vehicles Act. Deeply dismaying, therefore, that various state governments including Gujarat are pushing for lowering of fines instead of accepting the change that could make Indian roads safer, quieter, and saner. Indians want to buck the hefty penalties but don’t want to follow the traffic rules. The ban on single-use plastic is an excellent step too though its implementation coming at the cost of the employment-generating plastic industry needs a proper think. News reports suggest that around 7 million homes received LPG connections in the first quarter of this fiscal which was positive; though 92 per cent won’t end up using it as primary fuel due to cost of refilling. I wish there were more reasons to rejoice in the 100 days of Modi 2.0. Unfortunately, there aren’t many. But as the Prime Minister said, “Picture abhi baaki hain”, and we hope that the feature film turns out to be much better than the trailer and hopefully, goes easy on our anxious nerves. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Toronto imam warns of fake news after photo used in antiMuslim article

first_imgMONTREAL – A Toronto-area imam is warning of the dangers of what he calls “fake news” after his photo was used in an article that was widely circulated online.Ibrahim Hindy said on Sunday that his picture was used to accompany a story that said a Texas mosque turned away hundreds of non-Muslim victims who were seeking shelter during hurricane Harvey.The story claims a group of flood refugees kicked down the door to the mosque outside Houston and confronted its imam, whose name is given as “Aswat Turads.”Hindy took to Twitter to point out that he is not the imam in question — who he said he believes is fictional — and has never been to Texas.His response drew a flood of support and has been retweeted over 170,000 times.“Honestly I just thought it was so bizarre,” the Mississauga-based imam told The Canadian Press in a series of Facebook messages. “Why would they choose my picture? And the story made no sense to me.”“Later on I began to think about how these stories using my actual image could actually be dangerous and felt I should call it out.”Hindy, who is currently in Saudi Arabia for the hajj, or pilgrimage to the Islamic holy city of Mecca, says he is consulting a lawyer on legal avenues to “try to stop and shut down hate.”One of the websites carrying the article did not immediately respond to an email about Hindy’s concerns.However, the same site’s “About me” section described it as “a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth.”“Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality,” reads the message on the site, which calls itself “America’s last line of defense.”The origins of the article are unclear.Hindy says he decided to speak out because he wants to confront those who use false stories to divide people and to prey on their fears.He’s encouraging people to instead focus on the real and positive stories in their communities, including those of the many mosques that have helped out during the hurricane.Several news outlets, including the Associated Press, have reported on Houston-area mosques that offered to be temporary shelters for the Harvey evacuees.“These are beautiful stories that can help build the social fabric of society,” Hindy wrote. “If we do more of that, there wouldn’t be a market for these fake articles.”last_img read more

Jencarlos Canela Rocks St Jude Angels And Stars Gala

first_imgOn May 17 in Miami, more than 550 guests celebrated the progress of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, an event co–founded by Daisy Fuentes.Singer/songwriter Jencarlos CanelaSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases, recognized South Florida Chef Adrianne Calvo with the FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Lifetime Dedication Award presented by The Mosteiro Family Foundation. For the past five years, the Cuban–American author, entrepreneur, television personality and Miami–based chef has prepared traditional Cuban meals for patient families who are away from home during the holiday season.“It is touching to be recognized by an organization with a global mission that treats children battling cancer and other deadly diseases from all 50 states and around the world,” said Calvo. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is truly a hospital without walls, freely sharing its research with doctors and scientists everywhere to improve diagnoses and treatments and save children all across the globe.”During the gala, guests enjoyed fine dining, a silent auction and live performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Willy Chirino and singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela.Among the noted celebrity award presenters were television and radio personalities Pamela Silva Conde, Ana Maria Canseco, Raul Gonzalez, Jon Secada, Charytin Goyco, and more. Also in attendance at the star–studded event, which celebrates diversity, were well–known Latin celebrities including: Rashel Diaz, Mariela Encarnacion, Sissi Fleitas, Candela Ferro, Khotan Fernández, Claudia Molina, Maripily Rivera, Karent Sierra, Erik Valdez, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, James Tahhan, Gabriel Valenzuela, Jason Canela, Liz Vega, Alina Mayo Azze, David Chocarro, Guillermo Benitez, among others.“The continued support of the Hispanic community and this amazing group of celebrity friends and faithful supporters during the past 12 years is inspiring,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “It is thanks to friends and partners like these that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is able to freely share the breakthroughs we make with doctors in Latin America and around the world so that we can find cures save children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.”This year’s gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, The Gutierrez Family, The Mosteiro Family Foundation, Raul Gonzalez, Carnival, Visa, Nuage Designs, Yokota Foundation, Univision, Venezuela al Día, International Dermatology, Hola America, Fortune Realty, YEZZ, British Telecom, Wellmax Medical Centers, Ernst & Young, Café Domino, American Tower Corporation, Leon Medical Centers, DDB Latina, Westin Fort Lauderdale Hotels, Byblos Group, Andreas and Kalkidan Kaiafas, FPL, OnmiComMediaGroup, Ketel One Vodka, Nassab A. Ahmadieh Graphic Design & Photography, Ocean Drive Magazine, Selecta Magazine, Amor 107.5 FM, Mix 98.3 FM, Radio Mambí 710 AM, Univision America 1140 AM, and The Dream Team Agency.last_img read more

Province asking residents to be careful camping this long weekend

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is asking residents to be cautious this long weekend when enjoying the outdoors.Campfire bans remain in place for all of B.C. except for here in the B.C. Peace, in the Fort Nelson Forest District and in the “Fog Zone” on the west coast of Vancouver Island.The 2018 fire season is far from over. While temperatures have dropped, various levels of rainfall are occurring, and the smoke has cleared throughout most of the province, the risk of wildfires remains high. Currently, 518 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 53 fires that are highly visible or pose a potential threat to public safety. Everyone is urged to use extreme caution with any outdoor activity to ensure no human-caused wildfires are added to an already challenging workload. Human-caused fires are entirely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring wildfires.From April 1 to Aug. 30, 2018, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 2,015 wildfires throughout the province, with 444 of those fires caused by people. Over 1.25 million hectares have been burned in the province to date, surpassing last year’s record of 1.21 million hectares burned. This means 2018 experienced the highest number of hectares burned in the province’s history.Information about current open burning prohibitions, including campfire bans, is available on the BC Wildfire Service website: http://gov.bc.ca/wildfirebanslast_img read more

UN calls for strengthening international security force in Afghanistan

13 October 2010The Security Council today extended the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year, calling on Governments to increase its current strength of 120,000 troops to counter growing terrorism by the Taliban and Al-Qaida. In a unanimously adopted resolution, similar to last year’s call when the force numbered barely half its current strength at 67,700, the 15-member body recognized “the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements.”It voiced strong concern at “the increased violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, other illegal armed groups and criminals, including those involved in the narcotics trade, and the increasingly strong links between terrorism activities and illicit drugs.”At the same time it urged ISAF, led by General David Petraeus of the United States which supplies some 80,000 troops, and other partners to speed up training of self-sufficient, accountable and ethnically-balanced national Afghan security forces to ensure security and the rule of law throughout the country.Recognizing the interconnected nature of the challenges facing Afghanistan and stressing the need for progress on security, governance, human rights, rule of law and development as well as the cross-cutting issues of counter-narcotics, anti-corruption and accountability, the resolution called for further Government efforts to fight corruption, promote transparency and increase its accountability.It expressed serious concern at the increased high number of civilian casualties, particularly among women and children, the large majority of them caused by Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups, and urged ISAF and other international forces to continue to undertake enhanced efforts to prevent civilian casualties.It also voiced strong concern at recruitment and use of children by Taliban forces in Afghanistan as well the killing and maiming of children.While noting advances in security sector reform, the Council called for further progress by the Government in ending impunity and strengthening judicial institutions, including reconstruction and reform of the prison sector, the rule of law and respect for human rights including for women and girls, and in particular women’s rights under the Constitution to fully participate in the political, economic and social spheres of Afghan life. read more

BlackBerry Ltd expects a US500million tax refund within a year

TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. expects to receive a US$500-million tax rebate within the next year, according to a recent report filed with regulators.[np_storybar title=”Rogers won’t stock BlackBerry’s new Z30 phone when it’s released later this month” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/03/blackberry-ltd-rogers-wont-stock-new-z30-phone-when-its-released-later-this-month/”%5D BlackBerry says its latest smartphone will arrive in Canadian stores later this month, but it won’t have the support of one of the country’s largest carriers — Rogers.Rogers’ decision not to stock the Z30 touchscreen model, which will become available in Canada on Oct. 15, comes as a surprise since the Toronto-based wireless and cable company was an early adopter of BlackBerry products.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker expects to receive the money by the end of next August, when the second quarter of the company’s 2015 financial year ends.The documents were not clear on whether the bulk of the tax refund would come from Canada, where the global smartphone company is based, or another jurisdiction.It’s common for companies with big losses to seek and receive tax refunds.Last week, BlackBerry booked a US$965-million loss for the second quarter of its 2014 financial year, mostly due to a writedown of inventory.More details on BlackBerry’s financial situation have come to light since it made a regulatory filing earlier this week.Among other things, the documents indicate BlackBerry expects to book US$400-million in charges from a variety of factors before the end of May 2014.Those expenses will cover costs associated with the previously announced layoffs of 4,500 employees, the reworking of its smartphone lineup and other changes to its manufacturing, sales and marketing operations, it said.Earlier this year, BlackBerry said it would likely book $100-million in charges through its 2014 financial year, which ends on March 1.But the company’s financial results have weakened, amid poor sales of its BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen phones, and the company is restructuring and looking for a buyer.On Friday morning, BlackBerry shares rose a penny to $7.98 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

New UN rights report paints bleak picture in eastern DR Congo

Between January 2017 and October 2018, the deteriorating security situation in the province of North Kivu, which borders Uganda and Rwanda, coincided with an alarming number of human rights violations and abuses, said the report, jointly prepared by the UN human rights office (OHCHR), and the peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO).The rising number, and evolving nature, of violence by armed groups against the security forces and among themselves in order to control territory or natural resources, has been a significant factor contributing to the bleak picture, the report added. Women have been the worst affected, suffering kidnappings and horrific sexual violence, perpetrated by both the country’s armed forces., the FARDC as well as armed groups.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said sexual violence was being used in a “systematic” and “brutal” way by certain armed groups to punish and intimidate whole communities.“All efforts should be deployed to protect civilians – in particular the most vulnerable – and prevent such atrocities,” she underscored.All efforts should be deployed to protect civilians – in particular the most vulnerable – and prevent such atrocities — UN rights chief Michelle BacheletThe report also documents “massive” civilian displacement due to violence, as well as alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law.Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRC and the head of MONUSCO, underscored the need for credible investigations and the need to end impunity.“Without credible investigations to determine responsibility for every crime, and without judicial sanctions against the authors of these violations – no matter who has committed them – impunity will continue to prevail,” she said.“This will in turn continue to feed the seemingly never-ending cycle of conflict and misery in North Kivu, with civilians caught between the armed groups on the one hand and the security forces – who are supposed to protect them – on the other.”The report also noted that armed group activity also affected the emergency response to the deadly Ebola epidemic in the Lubero region, where the violence triggered displacements both from and to Ebola-affected villages, most likely contributing to the spread of the disease.It also stated that the situation of high insecurity and of continuing rights violations could undermine the political rights of the population with elections scheduled this weekend. read more

How Britains sonic warriors fooled German army into thinking DDay forces were

The two 250lb loudspeakers are visible on the right-hand-side of the jeep.Credit:Drew Gardner/National Archive, Kew The two 250lb loudspeakers are visible on the right-hand-side of the jeep. During the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, Col Barlow’s sonic warfare vehicles were mounted on landing craft in the Pas de Calais area, 80 miles away from the real D-Day landing sites. They played recordings on 35-mm sound film and contributed to the delay of vital German reserves being sent to the Normandy beaches.Early tests involving a rather primitive ‘lash up’ of speakers fixed to chairs proved the concept, after which equipment was sourced from the US.  The finished audio equipment, code named ‘Poplin’, consisted of two three-foot cube speakers, weighing 250 lbs each, and an amplifier mounted on a White Scout car which played the sounds of battle from a reel to reel tape player. The US army brought out a later version – ‘Blossom’ – which converted sound signals into electrical impulses to be carried on thin steel wire. A 30-minute recording could be generated from a mile and a half of the wire.  Some of the White scout cars were adorned with paintings of Walt Disney characters as Col Barlow shared distant descendants with the American film producer from D’Isigny in France, and shared the name. The Poplin Sonic warfare unit mounted on the White scout car undergoing immersion tests, prior to the D-Day landings, believed to be in Ballantrae, Scotland.Credit:Drew Gardner Colonel Cecil Disney Barlow OBE.Credit:Drew Gardner Part of a top secret training document which depicts the deployment of the weapon system, from a file at the National records Office, Kew. The Poplin Sonic warfare unit mounted on the White scout car undergoing immersion tests, prior to the D-Day landings, believed to be in Ballantrae, Scotland. Although tragically killed aged 39 on July 26, 1944, in the breakout from the Normandy beachhead, Col Barlow was noted for inventing ‘’an entirely new form of warfare which may well play an important part in future campaigns”.   The citation for his OBE continues: “His own immediate military advancement may well have been prejudiced by the time he has devoted to this special subject but he has never permitted personal considerations to stand in the way of bringing his organisation to fruition.”Colonel Barlow is buried in Ranville war cemetery in Normandy. Britain’s ‘sonic warriors’ helped deceive the German army into thinking the D-Day landings would take place 80 miles away, previously unseen documents have revealed.Specially trained and equipped units played tapes of army activity, including tanks, trucks and even gunfire to fool the Germans into thinking they were facing a bigger force in a different location.Lord Mountbatten, head of Special Operations and responsible for new technical inventions, said sonic deception should be used to replicate a “feint landing to be carried out at some distance from the actual landing”.Previously unseen files at the National Archives at Kew had been covered by the 100-year secrecy rule and were originally meant to remain sealed until 2044.However, the Telegraph has obtained exclusive access to the files – stamped ‘MOST SECRET’ – and can reveal one of D-Day’s most extraordinary stories. Colonel Cecil Disney Barlow OBE. The invention was so closely guarded that Col Barlow’s own family had no idea of his secret wartime role.Penelope Marland, his daughter, told the Telegraph: “I know that he was involved in something very secret but I was three when he died…and none of the relations told us anything.””It was his idea to make recordings to make it sound as if there was a big army about to attack, not in Normandy but pretending it was in Calais.” The idea of using sounds of war as a deception strategy was the brainchild of Colonel Cecil Disney Barlow of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Having taken his idea to the War office in 1941 Col Barlow was tasked with developing his Light Scout Car units at a remote Scottish base on the Ayrshire coast at Ballantrae.The remote location was perfect to record the sounds of British Army Sherman and Churchill tanks, as well as other weapons and equipment, whilst not drawing attention from the locals. The tapes had to be made at night so as not to record unnecessary noises such as barking dogs.To this day local people have little idea of the work that was carried out at the Light Scout Car field park, as the area was known. Part of a top secret training document which depicts the deployment of the weapon system, from a file at the National records Office, Kew.Credit:Drew Gardner 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. read more

Nearly six per cent admit to drink driving men more likely to

first_imgNEARLY SIX PER CENT of people polled by the AA have admitted to having driven whilst drunk with men more likely than women to drink and drive.A new survey of over 16,300 people by AA Motor Insurance has found that more than 11 per cent of drivers say it’s common to see drunk drivers on the road.AA spokesperson Arwen Foley described this is a “shocking statistic” which is too high.The majority of those polled (nearly 52 per cent) said it is rare to see drunk drivers on the roads while 17.4 per cent said they never see it.Of those surveyed 7.3 per cent of men admitted to drink driving compared to just  3.8 per cent of women.Foley said that with the days getting colder and wetter people may be more inclined to use their cars to get around, including to go drinking.She said: “Getting closer to the festive season there is going to be more occasions for staying out drinking.“Worsening weather will make it difficult for drivers in general but driving under the influence of alcohol in these conditions is just crazy.”AA is advising people to take taxis in groups to reduce costs or else have a designated driver.Read: 127 arrests for suspicion of drink driving in the last weekThe Comeback Kid: car crash survivor spreads word about drink drivinglast_img read more

Ill retire when I stop scoring goals Keane ready to rewrite record

first_imgI’ve certainly got no intentions at all at this moment in time. As I said before, as long as I have that hunger and desire, there’s no reason for me not to continue. I’ll retire when I stop scoring goals.I still have that hunger to put the green jersey on and I still have that same appetite as I had when I was 18 years of age. He adds: “It’s a big occasion for myself but more so I think for my family. They’re the ones who have been talking about it all the time and are very, very excited about it whereas for me, the most important thing is playing the game tomorrow and getting a result for the team.”Trap goes with Hoolahan for Faroes qualifier but Dunne misses out (©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)Becoming his country’s most-capped international was a distant dream when he pulled on the shirt — “about 10 times too big for me” — for his debut against the Czech Republic back in March 1998.Fifteen years on the significance of tomorrow’s cap is definitely in his thoughts but, with three vital points on the line, Keane says he hasn’t had the opportunity to savour it.I never thought for one second that I’d be sitting here saying I have the most caps for my country. It’s something in 10 years’ time that I’ll look back on and be very, very proud of.But when you’re still part of the squad and still training and looking forward to the game, it’s something that you don’t really think about too much because you’re focusing on the game so much.center_img ROBBIE KEANE HAS no intention of slowing down as he prepares to write his latest chapter in Irish football history.With his son Robert as the team mascot, Keane will overtake Shay Given as the country’s most-capped player when he leads Ireland out in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.The game, his 126th, will be another milestone in the career of Ireland’s most prolific marksman who proved he hasn’t lost his golden touch when he scored his 55th and 56th goals against Georgia last weekend.That brace moved him level with Argentinian legend Gabriel Batistuta in the all-time international scorers table.His rightful place among Ireland’s greats has long been secure and at 32, Keane has nothing left to prove. He’s as hungry as ever though and as he waved off thoughts of retirement today, he said he hopes to keep playing at the top level for another ‘five or six years’.“I’ll continue playing as long as I keep that hunger and desire to still want to win and still want to score goals,” he said.“I think people forget that I’m 32 years of age. It’s not like I’m 34 or 36. People are talking about [David] Forde being in the squad as a newcomer, he’s 33 years of age; I’m a year older than Wes Hoolahan and he’s a newcomer; John O’Shea is the same age as me.last_img read more

Greek exam open

first_imgThe Sydney Examination Centre has announced that the application process for the Examination for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek May 2013 has begun. Those interested can contact the Office in Sydney at hellenicedu.sydney@yahoo.com.au for more information, the application forms and to send their completed applications. The Certificate of Attainment in Greek is the only state and officially recognised certificate that certifies the knowledge of Greek as a second/foreign language at 6 levels, from A1 for children 8-12 years old to C2 for adults. Sydney Examination Centre has been organising this examination successfully the last few years and the number of candidates increases steadily every year. It is important to support this certificate as it offers a valid and professional recognition of one’s knowledge of the Greek Language, as well as empowers the teaching of Modern Greek in Australia by maintaining the connection with Greece. Applications close March 22. The Greek Education Office at the Greek Consulate in Sydney is open for information and applications on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and you can contact them on (02) 92833800. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Great Tall Tailor Always Comes to Little Boys That Suck Their Thumbs

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster This article contains spoilers for “Thin Ice,” episode three of Doctor Who season 10.Doctor Who writers have all of space and time at their fingertips. But the long-running sci-fi series does occasionally visit real-life historical events—including the Thames Frost Fairs of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.Between 1600 and 1814 (the year the Doctor and Bill visit medieval London), it wasn’t uncommon for the River Thames to freeze over for a couple of months at a time.In the face of famine and death, enterprising locals launched the Thames Frost Fairs; seven major festivals were held over those 200 years—one even featured a parading elephant.But it wasn’t just Regency Londoners skating on thin ice in Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who.The honeymoon is over for Bill, who, after watching the Doctor save his sonic screwdriver from the grip of a young street urchin being swallowed into the ice, realizes traveling with the Time Lord isn’t all rainbows and lollipops.Unnerved by watching the scene—and the Doctor’s reaction to it—the new companion confronts her mentor about his 2,000 years of sin: How many people has the Doctor seen die? How many people has he killed?Like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, we may never know.Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts (via BBC)By the end of the hour, Bill begins to see things the Time Lord way, coming round to the Doctor’s philosophy that if he doesn’t “move on” after a death, more people will die.Perhaps it was that off-the-cuff inspirational speech he gave to baddie Lord Sutcliffe (Nicholas Burns)—the cold-blooded heir with a “pet monster that turns people into fuel,” as Bill put it—that changed her mind.Doctor: “I preferred it when you were alien.”Sutcliffe: “When I was…”Doctor: “Well, that would explain the lack of humanity. What makes you so sure your life is worth more than those people out there on the ice? Is it the money? The accident of birth that puts you inside the big, fancy house?”Sutcliffe: “I help move this country forward. I move this Empire forward.”Doctor: “Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. An unimportant life. A life without privilege. The boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is your value. That’s what defines an age. That’s what defines a species.”Undeterred by the time-traveling alien’s moving speech, Sutcliffe waves his white privilege like a flag—some things never change—and orders the advancement of his plan for world domination.The Doctor and Bill face off against Lord Sutcliffe (via BBC)As showrunner Steven Moffat promised, season 10 of Doctor Who is a continuous buffet of details for newcomers. This episode places the spotlight on the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver: a lock-picking, laser-pointing, sound-wave-amplifying, matter-scanning, glass-shattering flashlight/microphone/lighter, which also happens to tighten and loosen screws.It’s that very multi-purpose tool that ultimately save the day and set free a lonely fish—at Bill’s command.Still finding her TARDIS legs, Miss Potts is a quick learner with an even quicker temper. Ready for a thrill, but always curious to know who, what, where, why, and when, the inquisitive companion finally feels right. She is utterly human, modern, and most importantly, relatable; she asks the questions I want to know, says the things I want to say, and goes on the adventures I want to take.There’s something fishy in Regency London (via BBC)But while Bill keeps him busy in the present, at least one of the Doctor’s hearts is stuck in the past.As the Time Lord reveals (while eating some nauseating local delicacy), this is not his first Thames Frost Fair. Savvy Whovians may have connected the dots, recalling the Doctor’s off-screen holiday with wife River Song, who he took “ice skating on the River Thames in 1814,” prior to the events of 2011 episode “A Good Man Goes to War.”Could River’s return be the second mind-blowing surprise the retiring producer has in store for his final season? (The first, obviously, is John Simm’s Master being detained in that mysterious underground vault.)Missed episode two of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “Smile,” as well as our review of Class episode “Nightvisiting.”Also, check out the BBC’s list of six historical events attended by the Doctor and his companions (a la Forrest Gump):Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, AD 79 (Tenth Doctor & Donna Noble, “The Fires of Pompeii”)Signing the Magna Carta, 1215 (Fifth Doctor & Tegan Jovanka/Vislor Turlough,”The King’s Demons”)Great Fire of London, 1666 (Fifth Doctor & Adric/Nyssa/Tegan, “The Visitation”)The Blitz, 1940-41 (Ninth Doctor & Rose Tyler, “The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances”)Moon landing, 1969 (Eleventh Doctor & Amy/Rory, “Day of the Moon”)London Olympics opening ceremony, 2012 (Tenth Doctor & Rose Tyler, “Fear Her”) Stay on targetlast_img read more

Juventus to use Pjanic as bait in Pogba deal

first_imgJuventus are willing to offer Miralem Pjanic to Manchester United in order to re-sign Paul Pogba, according to Sports Mole.The Bianconeri are reportedly still desperate to bring Pogba back to the club and will offer the Bosnia international midfielder as a make weight in the deal.Pogba has had a new lease of life at Old Trafford since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager of the Red Devils, who have won each of their five games since Jose Mourinho was sacked last month.The Frenchman’s long-term future at United is far from being settled, however, with both Barcelona and Juventus being touted as potential destinations for the 25-year-old next summer.The World Cup winner won four Serie A titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016 and recently called Turin his home.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Reports in Italy suggests that the Italian champions are still keen on a deal to bring Pogba back to the Allianz Stadium, as they look to continue their dominance in the Serie A while trying to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time in more than 20 years.Pjanic, who has 114 appearances to his name for Juventus since joining Massimiliano Allegri’s side from Roma in 2016, is contracted to the Old Lady until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.last_img read more

San Diego lifeguards issue shark advisory along 25 miles of La Jolla

first_imgSan Diego lifeguards issue shark advisory along 2.5 miles of La Jolla coastline Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:45 PM Posted: May 28, 2019center_img May 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego lifeguards issued a shark advisory along 2 1/2 miles of coastline in La Jolla Tuesday afternoon after multiple reports of a possible shark feeding near the shore.Lifeguards issued the advisory shortly after 1 p.m. for the north side of Scripps Pier north to Bathtub Rock after several witnesses reported what they believed to be a shark about five feet in length.While a five-foot shark is not considered a significant threat, the number of witnesses and the feeding behavior prompted the advisory, according to a statement from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.“We either have two separate sightings in the same general vicinity (one shark and one sea lion), or the witnesses all saw a sea lion feeding on a fish but perceived it as a shark,” according to Monica Munoz, an SDFD spokeswoman. “We are acting out of an abundance of caution.”Lifeguards were advising people at the beach to stay out of the water. A helicopter was dispatched as a precaution, according to SDFD. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

SEC also looking into Nissan and Carlos Ghosn report says

first_img 25 Photos 0 Enlarge ImageGhosn could spend the next decade in jail if he’s found guilty. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images When Carlos Ghosn and Nissan, the company he formerly helmed, came under investigation by Japanese authorities, there was a chance that some of the allegations could lead to investigations in other parts of the world. Now, it seems, US authorities are investigating the former chairman.The US Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into Carlos Ghosn’s pay disclosures while he was the chairman of Nissan, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. Nissan gave Roadshow largely the same statement that it gave the WSJ, saying it “received an inquiry” from the SEC and is “cooperating fully.” The automaker declined to comment further.According to the sources cited in the WSJ report, the SEC investigation is apparently at an early stage, only collecting information at this point. That leaves the door open for a larger investigation if the information doesn’t add up. In the first statement he gave following his arrest, Ghosn insisted that he was innocent of the charges laid out by Tokyo prosecutors.Ghosn was arrested in Japan in November, when he was still chairman of Nissan, over allegations of financial malfeasance — specifically, the allegation that he underreported tens of millions of dollars in compensation. Nissan also conducted an internal investigation into the matter. Eventually, Ghosn was removed as chairman of Nissan, in addition to losing his positions as CEO of Renault and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. In his prime, Ghosn helped forge the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a deep global partnership that would eventually grow to include Mitsubishi and become one of the largest automakers in the world. He got his start with Michelin, rising from a plant manager to CEO by the age of 36. Ghosn could face up to a decade in prison if convicted, and under Japanese law, Nissan may have to pay millions of dollars in penalties, too.Update, 4:15 p.m. Eastern: Added manufacturer comment. Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Nissan Preview • 2019 Nissan Altima: More compelling than ever The Nissan Altimate AWD concept is a proper snow bunny 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Industry Post a comment Share your voice More about 2019 Nissan Altima Nissan Review • 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better techlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly April 21 2015

first_imgLawmakers Still Searching For Elusive Budgetary CompromiseAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIt is Day 92 of the legislative session, and lawmakers still have not reached a compromise on the state’s budget. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us from a very quiet Capitol. The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over ChaosAnne Hillman & Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThis week on APRN we’re exploring the Blind Spot – how youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse. One option is residential treatment, such as what’s offered through the ARCH program in Eagle River. ARCH stands for Adolescent Residential Center for Help. Download Audio Investigators: Suspect Tampered With Slain Troopers’ Guns The Associated PressAlaska State Trooper investigators say the father of the man suspected of shooting two officers removed the slain officers’ handguns from their holsters and cocked them to make it appear as if his son had acted to save his life. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn. Town Hall Meetings Tackle Alaska’s Food Security Issues Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerThe Alaska Food Policy Council is wrapping up more than a year of food system research across the state. As part of the survey, the council held a series of town hall meetings from Nome to Juneau to find out how these diverse communities felt about food in their areas. Cultivating Native Values, NYO Tournament Continues Growing Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe 45th Annual Native Youth Olympics wrapped up in Anchorage this weekend. More than 500 athletes from the furthest corners of the state were joined for the first time in decades by a foreign delegation, a team from the Yukon Territory in Canada. Raven Landing Gets Financing to Expand, Meet Growing Need for Senior HousingTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksRaven Landing Senior housing facility in Fairbanks will begin work soon on an expansion project. The Retirement Community of Fairbanks has secured a loan to help finance a $7.4 million 35-unit addition to the facility off Airport Way. The expansion is aimed at meeting a growing need for senior housing in the Interior. Snaring Death Of Denali Wolf Prompts Push For Protection Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThere’s a renewed push for greater protection of declining Denali National Park wolves.  The effort follows news that a Park wolf was discovered dead last month from a snare injury.last_img read more