When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 19:37 IST Ramakant Achrekar has coach the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Ajit Agarkar among others (India Today Archive Photo)Sachin Tendulkar is known as the greatest batsman to have played cricket today but there was a time when not many knew about his magical talent. Back in the 1980s, it was Achrekar who trained Tendulkar and ensured the young boy played enough matches in Mumbai.After school, Tendulkar would get on Achrekar’s scooter and the pair would travel across Mumbai to play as many matches as possible.A hard taskmaster, Achrekar identified Sachin Tendulkar’s genius with the bat and gave India its most celebrated sporting star in history.The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense. pic.twitter.com/mK0nQODo6bBCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019Tendulkar debuted in 1989 and was one of several young talented batsmen to emerge from Mumbai. Twenty four years later, Tendulkar left behind all his Mumbai teammates and finished with 100 international hundreds and 34357 international runs.But Achrekar, who obviously knew what Sachin Tendulkar could do with the bat, had said way back in 1993 that he was far more talented than Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre.Here is an excerpt from an India Today magazine article published in March 1993 where Achrekar talks about Sachin’s talent and expected him to go for his strokes:As India piled up its mountain of runs at Bombay, a banner suddenly sprang from the stands. “Shardashram versus England”, it announced simply.To the beleaguered visitors, this might have been as arcane as the mysteries of oriental spin, but the local audience took up the chant immediately.advertisementShardashram Vidyapeeth, the little high school in Bombay that has produced Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Praveen Amre was having the better of the exchanges. But where was the coach to which these colts were linked?While all eyes scanned the stadium in bewilderment, Ramakant Achrekar was tugging at his golf cap, muttering to himself and shaking his head at the venue of the Harris Shield semi-finals for Bombay schools.Both the teams trained by him, including Shardashram, had expectedly reached the final. The problem was that some of the boys were not playing their ‘natural game’.He saw Kambli’s century and Tendulkar’s 78 on television and summoned them to the ground early next morning. Didn’t Kambli know where his off-stump was, the coach wanted to know.For the full article, click hereAlso Read | Achrekar sir was strict but also caring and loving: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar dies in MumbaiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Tags :Follow Ramakant AchrekarFollow Ramakant Achrekar deadFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Pravin AmreFollow Ajit Agarkar When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78Ramakant Achrekar dies: The venerable Ramakant Achrekar died aged 86 in Mumbai. He had once summoned Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar after they had got out after scoring a century and 78 respectivelyadvertisementlast_img read more

Triyards Earns More. Increases Orderbook

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Triyards Holdings Limited has seen its net profit increase by 10% to USD 5.3 million for the quarter ended February 29, 2016, compared to the USD 4.9 million recorded in same period a year earlier.For the six-month period, the company saw a decrease of 9% in its net profit, which fell from USD 12.9 million recorded at the end of February 2015 to USD 11.8 million in the corresponding period of 2016.Triyards experienced a 15% higher revenue of USD 70.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, which was mainly attributed to work done on four liftboats, two multi-purpose support vessels and three chemical tankers, as well as the construction of aluminium crew boats and wind farm vessels by the company’s subsidiary Strategic Marine Group.“We are confident that our versatile capabilities will enable us to stay resilient in this difficult operating environment. Our focus remains on delivering on our orderbook and executing on our successful diversification strategy,” Triyards’ Chief Executive Officer, Chan Eng Yew, said.Separately, the company said that it clinched USD 17.8 million worth of new orders, thereby strengthening its foothold in the renewable energy sector. Out of the four new vessel deals, three are wind farm support vessels, while the fourth vessel will be built for the river cruise industry.Equipped with either the Quad Volvo IPS or Quad WaterJet propulsion engines, each wind farm vessel will be able to reach a speed of at least 25 knots and carry up to 24 passengers. These aluminium craft will also be fitted with deck cranes with lifting capacities of up to 10 tonnes.The 65-metre cruise vessel, which will be built for the European cruise operator Compagnie Fluviale du Mekong by CroisiEurope, will be deployed on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia.last_img read more

Teacher uses award money to fund school development

first_imgKolkata: In a rare gesture, Hyder Ali Biswas, a teacher of Dhubulia Deshbandhu High School, has donated Rs 1 lakh for the development of the institution. Biswas got the Siksha Ratna award worth Rs 25,000. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had handed over the award to the recipients of the award at a function, which was held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on September 5.Biswas added another Rs 75,000 to the money, which he had received from the state government and handed over a total of Rs 1 lakh to the governing body of the school. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe gesture has created great enthusiasm among the teachers and students of the school. Hailing from a lower-middle class family at Nakashipara in Nadia, Biswas joined the school as an assistant teacher in 1987. For over the past three decades he has been teaching in the school. “I have been teaching students for the past three generations. I lead a very simple life and my wants are limited. So I thought that I should donate little money for the development of the school. The students are like my children and they are the real treasure of my life,” he said. The students said Biswas is a popular teacher and is loved and respected by all in the district. Biswas said: “It is good if the teachers of other schools donate money for the development of the students.”last_img read more

Postsecondary groups call for beefedup mental health services for students

first_imgTORONTO – A coalition of Ontario student groups, colleges and universities wants the province to significantly boost services for young people struggling with mental health issues as they pursue post-secondary education, with what’s being described as a collaborative “whole community” approach.The group is also calling for a mandatory curriculum that would teach children and teens psychological resiliency, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.In a report released Thursday entitled “In It Together: Taking Action on Student Mental Health,” four organizations representing Ontario’s 45 colleges and universities and more than 220,000 students say providing mental health support is one of the most pressing challenges on campuses today.But the report by the College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities says it’s a challenge that post-secondary institutions can’t meet on their own.“We’re not — and can’t be, I don’t think — primary care providers, but we’re seeing students who clearly have those kinds of needs and we really think that needs to be addressed with the whole mental health community,” said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario, which represents 24 public institutions across the province.Both colleges and universities do provide mental health services for students, said Franklin, but increasing demand and a huge gap in government funding means post-secondary institutions can’t always meet the needs of those suffering from a range of psychological issues — from anxiety and depression to more serious illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.A recent assessment by the financial advisory firm Deloitte Canada shows Ontario’s colleges are spending about $165 million more for on-campus mental health services than they receive from the province, with the bulk of that money coming from operating budgets, she said.While Ontario’s 21 universities have not done a similar assessment, that funding gap is likely much higher as full-time enrolment is almost double that of the colleges.“That can’t continue,” said Franklin. “So we are asking the government to come to the table, in part to say what’s the magnitude of this challenge we’re all facing together and how do we start funding it appropriately so our students know they can rely on the supports they need when they need them.“We think there is really a need to look at what supports are out there in the community, so that colleges and universities can rely on the network of community mental health providers, so that when they recommend that a student see somebody, there’s actually somebody to see and they’re not facing a big wait time to see them.”Other recommendations in the report include:—Updating Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to recognize post-secondary students as a distinct group, based on research showing that 75 per cent of mental health disorders first appear among those 18 to 24.—Creating close working relationships between post-secondary institutions and local health-care and community agencies to develop and implement a plan to help students with mental health concerns.—Free mental health care for students, on and off campus, through increased services not currently funded by OHIP.—Implementing “resiliency” teaching programs that begin in kindergarten to better prepare students for post-secondary education.Curriculum-based psychological preparation is essential, suggests the report, citing last year’s National College Health Assessment survey of college and university students, which found that 46 per cent of students said they felt so depressed, it was difficult to function; 65 per cent reported overwhelming anxiety; and 14 per cent said they had seriously considered suicide.Such feelings are all too familiar to Ariana Chasse, a second-year fine arts student at St. Lawrence College in her hometown of Brockville, Ont., who found herself struggling with the overwhelming pressures of school, involvement in student government and family obligations.For years, she had alternated between depression and what she thought of as mania, a psychological see-saw that fit the profile of bipolar disorder, which she believed she suffered like her mother.“I started getting really depressed again,” Chasse, 24, said Wednesday. “I was showing up to school wearing the same outfit several days in a row.“I started talking like I wasn’t going to be around much longer, which was really scary,” she said, acknowledging that she was likely suicidal.But because Chasse was vice-president of the college’s student council, she felt she couldn’t seek out on-campus services, given the stigma around mental illness.“I ended up talking mostly to peers,” including one who urged her to see her family doctor, who referred her to a community therapist.“Now that I have been connected with somebody in the community, they have been doing a phenomenal job,” Chasse said, adding that a psychiatrist she was subsequently referred to told her she was not bipolar, but dealing with anxiety and borderline personality disorder — both of which she is addressing through weekly sessions with her therapist.Still, she is on a waiting list for group therapy, which she says may not come through for several months to a year.“I’d really like to see a better system put in place for peer-to-peer support because there are only so many so counsellors and they’re the Number 1 resource,” she said.“But until you can get to them, who do you talk to in the meantime?” Chasse asked, adding that she has seen a number of her fellow students with mental health issues “fall through the cracks.”OUSA president Andrew Clubine, a recent University of Waterloo graduate, said increasing reports of mental health issues and the difficulty for many students to access services is what prompted his organization to come together with the other three groups to seek collaborative solutions with the Ontario government and the province’s mental health system.“We’re hoping it will kick-start a conversation that has been welling up over the last few years,” he said from Waterloo, Ont.“How can we find the most effective and efficient ways of making sure students can receive the support they need? Answering that is going to require breaking down some of the silos we’ve created with on-campus and off-campus service provision.”-Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Coronation Street Stars Attend Charity Ball

first_imgRoyal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is celebrating after surpassing its fundraising targets at Saturday night’s glittering Discovery Ball.Over 300 people attended the event at Manchester’s Hilton hotel, which was sponsored by ANS Group, helping to raise an incredible £130,940 the night.Guests – including Coronation Street actors Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine – were treated to live music performances from Simply Red front man Mick Hucknall and Guy Garvey and Craig Potter from Elbow, as well as a stand-up act from renowned comedian Dave Spikey. The event was hosted by legendary broadcasting husband and wife team, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.Key 103 DJ Mike Toolan and BBC Sports’ Hugh Ferris hosted the evening’s auction with the star lot, a Hubelot wrist watch donated by Sir Alex Ferguson from his own personal collection, raising a staggering £12,000 alone.The Discovery Ball was raising money to help fund the expansion of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s world-class Children’s Clinical Research Facility (CCRF).Established in 2009, the CCRF was the first dedicated children’s research centre in the UK and is now one of only four in the country. Working with researchers, children and families, the CCRF carries out all types of clinical research, with a specific focus on the testing of new medicines for life-threatening and life-limiting diseases.Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “The Discovery Ball was an even greater success than we hoped it would be and, once again, we are indebted to our supporters for their generosity. We are absolutely delighted with our fundraising total and sincerely thank all of our acts who performed on the night for kindly donating their time to support this most worthwhile of fundraising initiatives.”Manchester-based Infrastructure and Managed Services specialists ANS were the event’s headline sponsor. Passionate about engaging their staff in their varied CSR programme, which includes fundraising, environmental initiatives and voluntary work as well as sponsorship, ANS also fosters young talent through their Cloud Academy – a yearlong IT apprenticeship programme that offers both structured training and real hands-on experience.A long-time supporter of the hospital Scott Fletcher, CEO of ANS, said: “As predicted, the Discovery Ball was a fantastic event and it was heart-warming to see the support coming in from the community. There was a lot of hard work behind the scenes and so we were thrilled to see everything coming together perfectly. It was great to see the fundraising target exceeded, but more than that it was important to get the cause in the forefront of everyone’s minds and draw attention to the hospital and the outstanding work they do in and for our community.”Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.The charity has three main areas of work: to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.For more information about Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk.last_img read more

Duran Duran And Kasabian To Be Honored At Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver

first_imgDuran Duran and Kasabian will join the award winners at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Lunch on 3 July.Duran Duran will be awarded the highly coveted Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award.On receiving their Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award, Duran Duran said, “It’s truly an honour to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to help so many people. As musicians, we believe deeply in the power of music and all that Nordoff Robbins music therapy does on a daily basis. A couple of weeks ago we finished our 14th studio album – which will be released in September. After 35 years of making music together we are as inspired today as we were when we first started out. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to do what we wanted to do with our lives. Thanks so much for choosing us as the winner of the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award.”Kasabian will be awarded Royal Albert Hall Best Band at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. On their award Kasabian said, “We’ve admired Nordoff Robbins’ work for some years now and are honoured to be receiving the Royal Albert Hall Best Band Award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch. As musicians, it means a lot to us to be recognised by a charity which does such great work using music to help people.”They will be joining James Bay, who will win Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer, Jake Bugg, AEG Live Best Male, Rita Ora, Vevo Best Female, Mark Ronson, American Express Innovation Award, Primal Scream, Investec Icon Award, Iron Maiden, O2 Silver Clef Award and Il Divo who will be awarded the PPL Classical Award.In the 40 year history of the O2 Silver Clef Lunch, there have been a total of 163 award winners. Some of the biggest names in the music industry have been honoured including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, The Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams and many many more.O2 have been proud sponsors of the O2 Silver Clef Awards for 12 consecutive years and O2’s Nuala Donnelly says, “O2 is incredibly proud to be associated with Nordoff Robbins and to be working with them on their 40th Anniversary. After 12 years of working together on the O2 Silver Clef Awards our admiration for their work continues to grow and we look forward to helping them raise more much needed funds.”Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “The Royal Albert Hall has been a passionate supporter of Nordoff Robbins and the exceptional work they do to change lives for the better for many years. We believe music is a vital element in the lives of young people and adults alike, and are exceptionally proud of our continued support of this inspirational charity. We are looking forward to working more closely with Nordoff Robbins over the coming year as part of the Hall’s extensive Education & Outreach programme. We are thrilled that Kasabian have won this year’s Royal Albert Hall Best Band Award. I was lucky enough to see them perform at the Hall and their three shows here have been truly amazing, showing what an explosive, exciting and unique group they are.”Mark Williamson, head of artist services for Spotify, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to support Nordoff Robbins and the wonderful and inspiring music therapy it provides to those who need it most. We give our warmest congratulations to Duran Duran for their Spotify Lifetime Achievement award, in very well-deserved recognition of their huge and consistent contribution to the music industry.” Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

France Islamic Declaration of Faith Lands a Moroccan in Prison

Rabat – An appeal hearing is set to begin Monday to review the case of a Moroccan librarian who was arrested in the French city of Lille last month for publicly condoning an act of terrorism.The French-Moroccan man, 59,  was sentenced to one year in prison after the police allegedly found a small flag in his bookshop bearing the Islamic declaration of faith, or Shahada: There is no god but God, and Mohammed is the mssenger of God.For non-Mulslims, the flag might bring to mind pictures of terrorist organization the Islamic State or other extremist groups, but the Shahada is a common affirmation of faith among Muslims. For this `act of terrorism´, the bookshop owner has been under arrest for nearly a month now and his shop remains closed until further notice.When asked by the judge if the flag found in the entrance of his bookshop was that of Daesh,the Arabic acronym of so-called Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, or Al Qaeda, the man replied that the flag does not belong to neither one or the other. He said that they are the flags of all Muslims.´These people have taken them saying it’s ours,´ he said. It’s not theirs. They belong to one billion Muslims. Unfortunately, we cannot do anything against them. Suicide attacks are not allowed in Islam. It is forbidden to kill innocent Muslims.´The Moroccan librarian was arrested on January 15th in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that claimed the lives of many cartoonists and police officers.Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the terrorist attacks.Last month, an eight-year-old French boy, Ahmed, from the southern French city of Nice was reportedly questioned by police on Wednesday after he allegedly made comments in school supporting the Parisian terrorists who attacked satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.According to media reports, when asked by other students if he was “Charlie”, the boy allegedly replied “I am with the terrorists”.The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) said that more than 50 anti-Muslim incidents were reported across France in less than a week after the terrorist attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Four suspects wanted in Oakville bong store robbery

Halton police are looking for three men and one woman who forced their way inside an Oakville smoke shop as the employee was trying to leave.It happened at the Medusa 420 Bong store around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.A struggle ensued between the employee and the three men, and the employee was sprayed with dog repellent. He also suffered minor cuts in the struggle was treated on scene by paramedics.The thieves took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the store. One male suspect was described as black with a slim build. He was wearing a puffy vest, blue jeans, a lighter coloured hoodie, dark bandana and gloves. Another male suspect was wearing a dark jacket, a balaclava, dark pants and black gloves. The last male suspect was wearing a 2-toned jacket with a hoodie, dark pants, gloves and a bandana. The female suspect has a heavier build and was wearing pants, a zipped up hooded sweatshirt. a balaclava and black gloves.Anyone with information related to this robbery can contact Halton police. read more

Security Council expects full Israeli cooperation with UN factfinding mission

The President of the Council, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, said that the 15-member body “fully supported the Secretary-General’s efforts” to implement last week’s resolution 1405, which welcomed the Secretary-General’s Jenin initiative. “They expect its expeditious implementation and full cooperation of Israel with the Secretary-General and with the fact-finding team,” Ambassador Lavrov said in a press statement released on Tuesday evening following closed-door consultations. Through the statement, Council members also voiced “serious concern” for the safety of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. “They emphasized that there must be no harm to him or others in the compound,” said Ambassador Lavrov. “The siege must be lifted and Chairman Arafat must have full freedom of movement to fully carry out his functions.” read more

New Security Council resolution directs aim at all terrorists

In adopting resolution 1566, the Council set up a working group to consider recommendations on measures to be imposed against “individuals, groups or entities involved in or associated with terrorist activities” not already identified by its Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions committee.Some approaches to be studied include “more effective procedures considered to be appropriate for bringing them to justice through prosecution or extradition,” freezing financial assets, travel restrictions and arms embargoes.The text calls on countries to prevent and punish “criminal acts, including against civilians, committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, or taking of hostages, with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public or in a group of persons or particular persons, intimidate a population or compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing any act.”Such acts “are under no circumstances justifiable by considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or other similar nature,” according to the Council.The resolution also asks the working group to consider the possibility of establishing an international compensation fund for victims of terrorist acts and their families, which might be financed through voluntary contributions garnered in part from assets seized from terrorist organizations, their members and sponsors.Ambassador Andrey I. Denisov of the Russian Federation – which sponsored the resolution along with China, France, Germany, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States – stressed there was a need to improve the legal and other operational instruments to combat terrorism and terrorist organizations that are expert at changing their tactics depending on the situation.”We are convinced that the resolution further strengthens the essential coordinating role of the United Nations in the international campaign against the terrorist threat,” he said. Video of Council meeting [1hr] read more

Creativity and innovation take time says teaching award winner Simmons

Assistant professor Nicola Simmons frequently asks herself a question often asked of students: Who cares, and what does it matter?Simmons, from the Faculty of Education, won the Distinguished Teaching Award earlier this year and delivered a keynote address at the 12th annual Centre for Pedagogical Innovation Tribute to Teaching event Thursday, Dec. 8.An educator who focuses on post-secondary teaching and learning, Simmons’s address — Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as the Third Side of the Coin: Connecting Teaching and Research — was highlighted and driven by her exploration of what scholarship is and how it is applied in academic settings in conjunction with teaching and learning.She also looked at how the various spheres of SoTL – micro, meso, macro, mega – impact and drive research forward.“What’s the culture in your department that would allow you to use language as you move forward,” asked Simmons. “Context matters a lot; thinking about what happens through the stages matter a lot; thinking about how you can connect it beyond the institution matters.”Simmons confessed that she asks herself that question of who cares and what does it matter?“In some ways it’s easier to think of our teaching and research as separate and that they should stay that way, but that’s not necessarily true,” she said. “Creativity and innovation have become such keywords, but they take time and we don’t get to the deepest and best places in our work when we’re always in a hurry. We need to think about how we can integrate our work to help it feel less fragmented.”Simmons believes the scholarship of teaching and learning can be the connective glue that brings the two sides of teaching and research together, contributing to a culture that values these beliefs and progressing our students as we communicate its benefits.In addition to Simmons’ address, Robert McGray, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education was the recipient of the Brock University Award for Excellence in Teaching for Early Career Faculty.Nicholas Vesprini, an instructor in Biological Sciences, was the recipient of the Don Ursino Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Large Classes.Andrea Bishop, sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education, was the recipient of the Clarke Thomson Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching. read more

UK weather Cold still weather leads to high pollution levels across swathe

first_imgSwathes of the UK are suffering from very high or high levels of air pollution in the still, cold weather.Northern Ireland, London, the South East and Eastern regions are experiencing very high levels of pollutants known as particulate matter, or PMs, which come from sources such as traffic emissions, in particular diesel engines.With the pollutants failing to disperse in the still, settled conditions, all other regions of England except for the North East are suffering from high levels of air pollution. Early morning fog at Godalming railway station in Surrey A number of trains were cancelled, and there was a “severely reduced” service at Wimbledon during the morning peak.Talks will resume later between Southern and the Aslef union over a separate dispute about driver-only trains.Road users are also being warned of difficult driving conditions after freezing temperatures overnight. South Wales is also experiencing high levels of pollution, the latest data from the Environment Department’s (Defra) UK Air website show.Defra warns that many places across the UK, except Scotland, will see moderate or locally high air pollution levels during Monday as the weather conditions of high pressure and light winds continue.But some very high levels are also expected, mainly across south east England and also for some urban areas in Northern Ireland, and central and eastern England.With the high pressure and still conditions continuing, air pollution is also expected to be a problem across much of the UK on Tuesday.Freezing fog causes disruptionMeanwhile, dense fog has causing travel disruption across southern England, with thousands of air passengers having to endure cancellations and delays.Travellers were advised to check their flight’s status before leaving home after around 100 flights were cancelled at Heathrow, while there were further cancellations at London City Airport. A message on the London City Airport website said foggy conditions were leading to cancellations and delays.A Stansted Airport spokeswoman said there had not been any cancellations, but advised passengers to check with their airlines for the latest information and allow enough time to get to the airport.Mr Wilson said temperatures will struggle to top 0°C (32°F) in the worst affected areas on Monday, where fog is likely to persist.Elsewhere, highs of between 3°C (37°F) and 5°C (41°F) are expected. Morning from foggy Westminster pic.twitter.com/2JefiugU2F— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) January 23, 2017 A yellow warning of fog is in place until 10.30am, but freezing temperatures and low winds could see it persist into the afternoon, Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said.”Heathrow is currently on 100 metres’ visibility, which is very dense fog, Gatwick is on 100 metres, London City Airport is on 100 metres and Stansted is on 100 metres,” he said.”It looks like it will generally improve through the last part of the morning and into the afternoon, but one or two spots will hang on to fog for much of the rest of today.” The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for London, south-east England and parts of south-west England over dense fog that is likely to hit the morning rush hour.Heathrow Airport warned passengers to check their flight details before they leave home as visibility at the hub was reduced to 100 metres. Early morning fog at Godalming railway station in SurreyCredit:Carey Tompsett/PA Wirecenter_img Some stunning #sunset pics to follow. Thanks to @HeathrowAirport and @NATS for helping us earlier pic.twitter.com/JUogDmpayb— NPAS London (@NPASLondon) January 22, 2017 A frosty sunrise over Primrose Hill in London It’s definitely a three jumpers in the field kind of day at @HomeOfCricket today ❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/iO7EgoCnC8— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) January 23, 2017 A frosty sunrise over Primrose Hill in London on SundayCredit:PRESS ASSOCIATION Northolt sees -6.2CTemperatures dipped to their lowest in Katesbridge, Northern Ireland, where minus 6.9°C (20°F) was recorded.In England a low of minus 6.2°C (21°F) was recorded in Northolt, around 10 miles from Heathrow.Around 100 out of 1,300 flights were cancelled as reduced visibility affected the tight take-off and landing schedule at Heathrow.A spokesman for the airport said: “Foggy weather across the South East has reduced visibility at Heathrow.”As a result, some passengers may experience disruption to their journeys today.”Passengers should check their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport.”Heathrow’s top priority is the safety of passengers and we apologise to those whose travel has been affected.”UK weather: Monday 23 January Southern Rail misery continuesMeanwhile, hundreds of thousands of rail passengers suffered a fresh bout of travel misery on Monday because of a strike and a broken rail.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Southern Railway were said to be solidly supporting a 24-hour walkout in a long-running dispute over the role of conductors.Southern was planning to run 70 per cent of its trains and return to a normal service on Tuesday.South West Trains passengers were hit by disruption because of a broken rail at Wimbledon. 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Over 20 Irish estates in need of major regeneration

first_imgTHE NOT-FOR-PROFIT responsible for the much-praised revamp of a Longford street last week has identified 22 estates in the country that are in need of “major regeneration”.Advocating for more public-non-profit partnerships, Clúid Housing Association says it – and other groups similar to it – can help leverage additional income from private loan finance as local authorities find it increasingly difficult to fund major renewal projects.The list of 22 estates in need of urgent work includes seven sites in Dublin, four in Limerick, four in Cork, three in Waterford and one each in Kerry, Sligo and Louth.According to Clúíd, all 22 have been affected by government cutbacks though projects being scaled back or delayed altogether. Capital spending on the provision of social housing in Ireland was cut by a devastating 72 per cent between 2008 and 2012 – from €1.38 billion to €390 million.(During the Celtic Tiger years, social housing was provided through Public Private Partnerships where developers were given land in exchange for the necessary properties).“Many of the estates have similar problems to what was seen in St Michael’s in Longford,” Clúid’s Head of Policy, Simon Brooke, told TheJournal.ie. Those issues included a build up of litter, anti-social behaviour, derelict and boarded up buildings and unsafe surroundings.“For many, it is because local authorities – for a range of reasons – did not carry out repairs to keep the properties to a high standard. In some cases, the buildings were erected during an era of lower standards and there was not enough money so they were left to deteriorate. That causes a spiral of decline that is difficult to reverse.”Although there are similar problems across all the estates, there are issues unique to each development.For St Michael’s, the litter problem was major. One of the first tasks Clúid completed was spending €46,000 on a number of large skips to get rid of the rubbish that had built up to levels that reached the second floor of some houses.The impact of that decision was more than just creating a clean estate.“It was a concrete demonstration that we meant business,” said Brooke. “We were not just full of high-faluting ideas and posh architects.”It is this type of expertise that sets the idea of a non-profit housing association apart, according to the head of policy.“It takes a long time – St Michael’s was started in 2006. So it is crucial to ensure that the tenants and residents are with you. If you lose their trust, you’re done for. You have to try and make sure they are on board through consultation. Consult, consult, consult.”St Michael’s was revamped at a cost of €6 million and Clúid is committed to sustaining the area.“There are two parts to ensuring the areas don’t slip again,” he explained. “The first bit is easy – the bricks and mortar. Once we have renovated the buildings – installed affordable heating systems, insulation and double glazing – it is our job to make sure they do not fall into disrepair. We will carry out necessary works with money we have in the bank but that shouldn’t be for years to come.”Essentially, Clúid is the landlord for about 3,800 properties and has responsibility for their upkeep. The properties have provided housing to low-income families, older people, people with disabilities and Traveller families.However, the second solution for sustainability mentioned by Brooke relies on the residents of an area.“We can make the houses but not the homes,” he continued. “When an area has been improved through, the way people live there changes dramatically. There comes a pride in living in the street or the estate. They become less tolerant of anti-social behaviour and litter so they play their part to make sure it doesn’t happen.”There are just two large-scale, not-for-profit housing associations in Ireland – Clúid and Respond. There are a few hundred smaller ones who own about 5o homes each.Of the 22 projects, two or three could realistically be undertaken at one time by an association if there is the political will to do so.Last week, Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the government sees the role of the not-for-profit association as being very important in the years ahead.“Housing associations have developed considerable expertise in both renovation of housing, and community development,” she said. “The public-nonprofit partnership approach is a model to be considered for future regeneration, particularly as some housing associations are in a position to access additional private finance.”The estates identified for regeneration include:O’Devaney Gardens, DublinDolphin House, DublinSt Teresa’s Gardens, DublinSt Michael’s Estate, DublinDominick Street, DublinCharlmount Street, DublinCroke Villas, DublinSt Mary’s Mansions, DublinMoyross, LimerickSouthill, LimerickBallinacurra Weston, LimerickSt Mary’s Park, LimerickKnocknaheeny, CorkHolyhill, CorkKilmore Avenue, CorkParts of Gurranbraher and Fairhill, CorkMitchel’s Crescent, TraleeCranmore, SligoCox’s Demesne, DundalkArdmore, WaterfordLarchville, WaterfordLisduggan, Waterford‘Irredeemable neighbourhood’ now an example of regenerationBallymun photo exhibit honours proud community of ‘Ballymunners’“Living City” designations to be extended to Cork, Dublin, Galway and Kilkennylast_img read more

PopCap announces Zombie Mode new details for PvZ Garden Warfare

first_imgThere’s been more than a few questions regarding the new Plants vs. Zombies game for the Xbox One, but maybe one of the biggest is whether or not we’ll be able to play as the zombies in this new 3D version of the epic struggle between foliage and undead. Today at Gamescom, PopCap gave us all a look at the new Zombie Mode and Boss Mode for PvZ: Garden Warfare.The new PvZ will likely take some getting used to, as you’re going from playing a top-down strategy defense game to a hands-on shooter style game with hints of strategy and defense. If EA proved anything with the launch of PvZ 2 for iOS, it’s that there’s no shortage of fans for this franchise. What we saw at E3 for this new Xbox One title was impressive enough, but the new Zombie Mode and Boss Mode make sure this title will have enough content to be considered a fully featured console title.Zombie Mode looks exactly as it sounds. You take the position of the many different characters within the zombie horde to take on the many different kinds of plants that are available in this new game. Each of the zombie characters offers weapons and abilities that are specifically designed to take on the many different characters you face on the other side of the yard.PopCap is also taking advantage of SmartGlass on the Xbox One with a Boss Mode. This game mode is a step above the single yard combat seen in the mobile game, allowing you to act as a general controlling many different forces. This new mode allows you to play with controller or touch, so you can reach in and direct combat on a larger scale. As Doctor Zomboss, you also have the ability to heal units in combat by offering them tasty brains, as well as the ability to drop bombs from above and take out dense plant groups that are causing problems.It’s exciting to see PopCap take what was initially such a simple and fun game on the PC, move to mobile with great success, and now head to the console with an all-new take on this same franchise. It’ll be very interesting to see how well this game plays when it launches. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY EngineerZombieEngineerZombieSoldierZombieAbilitiesPVZSmartGlassDoctor Zomboss SmartglasssuicidezombieSoldierZombieAllStarZombieSmartGlass PVZ modelast_img read more

Actress Rebel Wilson ordered to return most of €28 million defamation damages

first_imgActress Rebel Wilson ordered to return most of €2.8 million defamation damages It had previously been the largest defamation win in Australian legal history. http://jrnl.ie/4094106 Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 7:11 AM Jun 27th 2018, 7:11 AM 23 Comments Short URL Wilson arriving to court in Melbourne. Image: Luis Ascui AAP/PA Imagescenter_img Wilson arriving to court in Melbourne. Image: Luis Ascui AAP/PA Images 77,170 Views HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS REBEL Wilson was ordered to return almost Aus$4.2 million (€2.6 million) with interest to an Australian publisher today after a defamation payout was slashed on appeal.The Pitch Perfect star was awarded Aus$4.5 million (€2.85 million) in damages against Bauer Media last September over articles claiming she lied about her age and background to further her career.It was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history and Bauer appealed, arguing the size of the settlement set a dangerous precedent and there were errors of law in the judgement.The Victorian Court of Appeal agreed and cut the payout to just Aus$600,000 (€380,000) earlier this month in a decision the actress called “absolutely flippant”.Bauer had already handed over the money and the Court of Appeal today ordered Wilson to repay nearly Aus$4.2 million, including costs and more than Aus$60,000 (€38,000) in interest.The star did not dispute that the money needed to be returned, but argued the interest should be charged at the prevailing Reserve Bank cash rate of 1.5%, rather than the 2% sought by Bauer.The appeal court disagreed and ordered interest be paid at the higher rate.Wilson vowed after the initial judgement to give any payout to charity and the Australian film industry. It is not clear whether she has already done so.She had claimed a series of articles in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar and damaged her reputation.The Sydney-born actress told the trial she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 following the stories.But the Court of Appeal said there was no basis for her to receive financial damages for the potential loss of roles.It found that the previous judge had relied on evidence from Wilson and two Hollywood agents to draw the conclusion that she had lost job opportunities.© – AFP, 2018 By AFP Share74 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Teen cyclist struck by SUV in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An SUV struck a bicyclist in Pembroke Pines, temporarily closing the southbound lanes of University Drive.7Skyforce HD hovered over the scene of University Drive, near Pines Boulevard, where a white SUV could be seen, Tuesday afternoon.According to officials, the cyclist is a 17-year-old male, who has since been transported to a nearby hospital in a condition that is not yet known, around 3:30 p.m.The driver remained on scene.Police could be seen taking pictures of the SUV.The southbound lanes have since be reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

STATE REP RACE Mark Kratman Holds Successful Campaign Rally Ready To Fight

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) recently held his campaign kick-off rally at the Tewksbury Country Club.The event, emceed by Tewksbury School Committee member Keith Sullivan, saw Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and neighboring State Representative Dave Nangle (D-Lowell) endorse Kratman.“The reason Mark will be the best State Representative, bar none, is because Mark is Tewksbury. Mark goes to EVERYTHING in Tewksbury. Mark is at every single event for the Knights [of Columbus]. For the Lions. For the Sons of Italy. For the Elks. For the Patriotic Committee. He’s so invested in this town and cares so much about this town,” said L’Italien. “And because he works for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, he understands how to get things done. He understands how things are funded… He will be a great State Representative. It was a no-brainer to endorse Mark. He’ll get the work done and take care of all of you… He’ll be ready on Day #1.”“I have mixed feelings — I want Mark  to be State Rep, but I don’t want him to leave Mass Highway,” joked Nangle. “You call Mark — day or night, weekends — he’s there with an answer. He’s there to help… He’s a genuine guy… Mark will fit in and do a great job. Mark knows he has some shoes to fill. Without any doubt, he’s the man to fill them.”Tewksbury’s former State Senator Barry Finegold, who is running for his old seat, was also in attendance.“Mark Kratman is always there to lend a helping hand when he can,” said Sullivan. “He’s normally the first one to show up and quite often the last one to leave. He cares deeply about people and he cares about his community. That’s why he’ll be the best choice for State Representative in the 19th District. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll show the same level of dedication and commitment to the residents of Wilmington just as he’s done here in Tewksbury.”“Because of his vast experience, Mark is used to working with a very diverse group of people and he can get things done. That experience will be an asset to everyone [in the district] when he’s elected to represent the 19th District,” continued Sullivan. “Mark really gets out in the community to listen and hear what the issues really are.  He’s honest and sincere, very level-headed, and deliberate in his thought process… He’ll always do what’s in the best interest of his constituents.”Kratman then addressed the crowd for approximately 10 minutes, focusing his remarks on economic development and efforts to curb the opioid epidemic.“Economic development and infrastructure need to happen hand-in-hand… You can’t keep building without infrastructure improvements,” said Kratman, who has served as a legislative liaison for Mass Highway for the past 20 years. He touted some of the infrastructure structure projects he successfully fought for as Selectman over the past four years, including a multi-year process to repave Route 38 and upcoming intersection improvements at the dangerous Salem Road/South Street intersection.“We need to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. That’s who should be paying for efforts [to help those suffering from addiction]… We need to get people help and we need to hold those selling the drugs accountable,” said Kratman. “We send a lot of tax dollars to the State House, but not enough is coming back to Tewksbury and Wilmington,” added Kratman. “I’ll talk to anybody up there — whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat. The Speaker, Governor and Lt. Governor all know me by name… We need someone who is going to be a fighter. Someone who is going to argue for Tewksbury and Wilmington.”Kratman noted he would oppose any funding cuts to Tewksbury State Hospital, the town’s largest employer. He also touted several recent endorsements, including the Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman pledged to take care of the first responders who take care of you.“If you call me, I’ll pick up the phone. You won’t have to call twice. I’ll be responsive,” stressed Kratman. “I’ll go up to fight for what you want. Talk to me. Tell me what your needs are. I’ll go up and make sure it happens.”An estimated 200 supporters attended the rally, held on Thursday, June 28.Below are a few photos from the rally, courtesy of the Kratman campaign:Some of the large crowd at Mark Kratman’s campaign rally at the Tewksbury Country Club.Mark Kratman with former Tewksbury Selectmen Scott Wilson and Doug SearsState Representative David Nangle (D-Lowell) endorsing Mark Kratman.Mark Kratman with his wife Denise and daughters Nora and Burke. (Mark’s son Mark was on duty at the police station.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Teamsters Local Union 25 Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect David Robertson Issues Statement On Mark Kratman’s Voting HistoryIn “Government”last_img read more

Full Show Transmitting Wind Energy And Writer Junot Diaz April 3 2018

first_img X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A Houston-based renewable energy company is trying to revive a $2.3 billion project to transmit wind power across the Midwest. We learn about the project, a case involving it before the Missouri Supreme Court, and the potential impact on other Houston-based energy projects.Also this hour: State health officials are looking into the potential that hepatitis and HIV were transmitted at some Coastal Health and Wellness Clinics in Galveston County. More than 9,000 people may have been exposed between March 2015 and February 2018, although there’s no evidence disease transmission did in fact occur. We learn more about standards for sanitation at health clinics in general and how they work to stay up to date on such policies.Then, from the recent teacher protests and walkouts, to students protesting gun violence, to the host of protests that took to the streets in the past year, public demonstrations are becoming a more and more prominent part of our culture in the United States. But how effective are they at actually changing public policy? A local expert helps us understand how to evaluate a protest’s effectiveness.Plus: Local vascular surgeon Dr. Lori Choi talks about I’ll Have What She’s Having, a group of area chefs, restaurateurs, and physicians working to use food as an effective motivator for women’s health causes.And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about writing the children’s book he wishes he had while growing up.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:11 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Fahion hacks for a quick new look

first_imgYour clothes portray your style and your fashion choices. They radiate your confidence and make you feel good. Some people dress eccentrically to stand out in a crowd. Fashion is an art and art is always versatile which not only relates to the dress you are wearing but everything that integrates into your outfit. In order to succeed, fashion brands have no choice but to be creative. But don’t worry; we always have a solution and you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to become a style expert. It’s time to upgrade your cupboard with chic styling ideas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeck-tie for watch strapGot some old-ties dead in your cupboard from high school times? Time for some watch makeover! This is something really comfortable, colorful and economical at the same time. Just cut off the old and worn-out strap from your watch and replace it with a colorful neck-tie you have. Simply roll the tie on your wrist 1-2 times and tie a small knot to have the comfortable look. You can also add some beads and chain locks at the ends. Besides that, it’s easily washable, unlike leather straps. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFishnets and ripped jeansThe ‘ripped jeans’ trend has completely flooded the planet. It is so common to see people pairing these up with t-shirts or crop tops. But there’s always something different that can be done. You can wear fishnet stockings under your ripped jeans to have a completely different and attractive look. All it takes is the right amount of inspiration to work them into your existing wardrobe. Let them peek out from under your jeans, or show a few inches of fishnet just above your pants’ waistband. Scarf for sandal strapsSummer is the ultimate season for sandals, but don’t just settle for plain flip flops. With a little creativity, you can make cute ‘scarf sandals’ out of your old flats. All you need is a cheap pair of flip flops, a colorful scarf, and scissors. Cut the scarf in two and start wrapping half of it on the strap of your slippers and tie a little knot at the end. You can wrap the remaining length of the scarf around your ankle to create a sandal look. You can use small hooks, beads or simple knots to hold the ends together. If you ever get bored, you can just change up the scarf and give your sandals a whole new look.Sock bootsAll you need to make your own ‘sock boot’ is a pair of pointy-toed pumps, thin knit socks, and a piece of sandpaper. Simply roll the sock over the heel of your pumps, cut a hole at the heel and slide it through the sock and stick sandpaper (or non-slip grips) at the bottom of the sole to avoid any skidding. This will also save the lives of so many innocent animals killed to make those expensive leather boots. Another thing you can do is to wear a similar color stockings under a tying-sandal to get the perfect boot look for summers. The fitting of these boots are much more attractive than the regular boots, less warm and don’t restrict movement.Go ahead and apply these fashion hacks to have your own unique look this summer.last_img read more