2017 Porsche Panamera sedan debuts with a bang

first_imgPorsche celebrated the world premiere of the new 2017 Panamera in Berlin accompanied by a spectacular display of lights, music and choreography. Over 300 international media representatives – as well as guests from business, sports and the entertainment industry – were able to view the second generation of the sports sedan for the first time.ALSO READ:Porsche CEO expects Panamera sedan sales to boost demandThe new 2017 Porsche Panamera, which has been redeveloped from the ground up, combines two contrasting characteristics better than ever before: it offers both the performance of a sports car and the comfort of a luxury sedan.”We have tapped into the segment of luxury sport sedans with the Panamera. Since it launched in 2009, over 150,000 units of the Panamera have been sold. The new model represents a completely redeveloped automobile – with new engines, a new design and new technologies”, said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.ALSO READ:Porsche brings the petrol-powered Macan to India The Panamera will launch with two engines: a 550 hp Panamera Turbo and a 440 hp Panamera 4S. Both models will be equipped with all-wheel drive as standard. Moreover, to provide an even larger spread between supple ride comfort and agile handling, the Panamera now offers features such as the new three-chamber air suspension, rear axle steering and the new electronic 4D Chassis Control chassis management system.In the new Panamera, Porsche is also introducing a future-oriented display and control concept. The new Porsche Advanced Cockpit with its smartphone-like user interfaces and configurable LED screens impresses with its intuitive functionality.advertisementALSO READ:The new Porsche 911 Carrera is here and this is what it looks like Furthermore, the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM 4.1) offers an entirely new range of connectivity by its intelligent digital functions and online services.In the new Panamera, Porsche Connect is being introduced in all models. It extends existing vehicle functions by adding digital services and apps such as those used to control certain vehicle functions remotely by smartphone – and others to make more efficient use of the driver’s time on the go.last_img read more

Antetokounmpo Scores 33 Points, Middleton 27 as Bucks Beat the Hawks

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Khris Middleton had 27 and the Bucks cruised to the victory against Atlanta Hawks (117 – 106).Antetokounmpo also had 11 rebounds and five assists. He went 14 for 21 from the field, scoring from all over the floor while helping Milwaukee to its third win in its last four games.Dennis Schroder finished with 21 points and Taurean Prince had 17 for Atlanta, which has lost six straight. The Hawks have no inside experience or size this season after letting Paul Millsap and Al Horford leave as free agents and trading Dwight Howard to Charlotte. They were outrebounded by 12 and never led.CLEVELAND (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 34 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 32 as the New York Knicks handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their fourth loss in five games, 114-95 on Sunday night.Cleveland, which was blown out by Orlando and lost to Brooklyn during this stretch, fell below .500 despite cutting a 19-point deficit to six in the fourth quarter.LeBron James downplayed the Cavaliers’ problems following Saturday night’s 123-101 loss in New Orleans, but the issues continued for the defending Eastern Conference champions.New York, after winning its first game Friday over the Nets, led 89-71 late in the third quarter. Cleveland cut it to 94-88 on James’ drive, forcing New York to call a timeout with 8:21 left.Courtney Lee scored on a drive and hit a 3-pointer, helping the Knicks make it 103-88. New York took its largest lead, 114-93, in the final minute.PISTONS 115, WARRIORS 107OAKLAND, California (AP) — Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Reggie Jackson had 22 and the Pistons handed the defending NBA champion Warriors their second home loss of the season.Tobias Harris hit a 3-pointer for Detroit with 1:27 remaining that all but sealed it after Kevin Durant fueled a late Warriors rally.The Warriors lost only twice total at Oracle Arena in both their 2015 championship year and again in the 73-win season that followed, and then just five times at home on the way to another title this year.Klay Thompson scored 29 for Golden State and became the 11th player in franchise history to eclipse 9,000 career points. Durant wound up with 28 points. PACERS 97, SPURS 94INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo made a 3-pointer with about 10 seconds left, lifting Indiana to a rare win against San Antonio.Oladipo finished with 23 points and five assists, and Domantas Sabonis set career highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds.It was the third win for the Pacers in their last 20 games against the Spurs.LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker again. The Spurs have dropped two in a row.HORNETS 120, MAGIC 113CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Kemba Walker had 34 points and 10 assists, and Charlotte snapped Orlando’s three-game win streak.Walker was 15 of 25 from the field.Dwight Howard had a season-high 22 points against his former team, eight of those coming off alley-oop dunks — two on assists from Walker and two from Jeremy Lamb. Lamb had 20 points, marking his sixth straight game with at least 15 points while filling in for the injured Nic Batum.Jonathan Simmons led the Magic with 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Evan Fournier added 23 points, and Terrence Ross and Aaron Gordon each had 17.WIZARDS 110, KINGS 83SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — John Wall scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter and finished with nine assists, helping the Wizards to the road win.Bradley Beal added 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting for Washington after being fined $50,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for his role in a fight with Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors on Friday.The lopsided victory kept the Wizards out of the record books. Washington’s first five games were decided by five points or fewer; no team had ever opened the season with six.The Kings shot 27.9 percent in the first half and trailed by double digits for the final 43 minutes.Brian Bogdanovic scored 15 points for Sacramento.NUGGETS 124, KNICKS 111NEW YORK (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 26 points, Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Denver earned its second straight victory.Wilson Chandler added 18 points for the Nuggets, and Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 15.Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and Joe Harris tied his season high with 16 points for the Nets, who have lost two straight.Denver went on a 22-4 run to begin the third quarter.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Crown Attorney Appointed in Yarmouth

first_imgJosie McKinney has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Yarmouth office of the Public Prosecution Service. The appointment was announced today, Jan. 6, by Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “I am pleased to have Ms. McKinney join our team,” said Mr. Herschorn. “Her prosecutorial experience and enthusiasm will be very beneficial to the Public Prosecution Service.” A native of Harvey, N.B., Ms. McKinney graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2004 with a bachelor of philosophy in interdisciplinary leadership studies and graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2006. She articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Public Prosecution Service. In 2007, Ms. McKinney was appointed a staff lawyer at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic where she practiced criminal and administrative law. While at Dalhousie, Ms. McKinney was a law student caseworker at Dalhousie Legal Aid providing legal representation, under the supervision of lawyers, to low-income families on matters of criminal law, family law and tenant rights. She also tutored law students in the areas of criminal law and evidence. Ms. McKinney was one of four law students to represent Dalhousie law school at the Gale Cup Moot Competition in 2005-06.last_img read more

Met dept issues red alert in three Kerala districts

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: As heavy rains pounded several parts of Kerala, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued a Red Alert in Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts on August 8. “These districts are likely to get extremely heavy rainfall of over 240 mm in 24 hours and may experience landslides,” an IMD release said. A woman died in Malappuram District when a tree uprooted and fell over her house, the District Management Authority said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Many places in Malappuram District are under water with some villages being isolated. Heavy crop damage was also reported from various parts of the district. The Makkootam ghat road in Kannur was also damaged in the heavy rains. “The traffic on the Makkootam ghat road has been diverted and the vehicles will have to take the Manathavadi road,” a revenue official said. Palakkad District also received heavy rains. The IMD also declared an Orange alert in various districts from August 6 to 9, includingin Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kasargod, Alapuzha, Idukki, Ernakkulam, Kannur and Thrissur districts.last_img read more

Delhi govt to digitise process of exam data tabulation relief for 60k

first_imgNew Delhi: Around 60,000 teachers at Delhi government schools will be relieved of the tedious work of result tabulation and their focus now will be more on checking answer scripts as the whole process is going to be digitised.On an average each subject teacher of the Delhi government has been spending about 50 hours and class teachers around 310 hours every year for exams-related work at the cost of their teaching and family time, according to officials of the Directorate of Education (DoE). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe work includes checking answer scripts of students by the subject teacher, recording the marks on the reward list, cross-checking by another teacher, collation of all subject marks by class teachers, recording the marks in teacher’s diary and in master record sheet, transferring the data on an online module followed by preparation of individual report cards. “This amount of time is consumed because most of the work is done manually. But not anymore,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister. He added that after introducing online leave and no-objection certificate facilities for teachers, the government is going to digitise the process of recording the exam data as well. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsLast month, Sisodia had asked his team to understand the exam process by talking to teachers and get their inputs on how it can be simplified, so that they do not have to spend a large amount of time on result tabulation. The findings were presented to him on Saturday. He directed the officials of the Directorate of Education to digitise the entire process so that all steps after the evaluation of answer scripts till the generation of report card can be done on the computer tablet. “The usage of computer tablet will remove the manual recording of data in multiple sheets. This will substantially reduce the time of subject and class teachers which they can now give to their students and family,” a senior DoE official said. Sisodia also directed that platforms be created and orders be issued for its usage immediately to ensure most features could be implemented from the mid-term exam this year. Early this year, all teachers of Delhi government schools regular as well as guest have procured a tablet of their choice, using the fund of Rs 15,000 provided to each one of them by the government. Apart from them, teachers are also given an additional allowance of Rs 200 per month for data pack. They are using this tablet to record attendance and store study material for their lesson planning and classroom teaching.last_img read more

Morocco Protests for Inadequate Medical Facilities Following Womans Death

By Bryn MillerRabat – On Tuesday, protesters in Tamassint gathered in front of the Imrabten Group’s headquarters to demand better medical facilities and infrastructure. The protests were sparked by the death of a local woman last week after an ambulance failed to transport her to the hospital.In Tamassint, a town in the Imrabten region of the northern al-Hoceima province, the government-run Imrabten Group works alongside local medical facilities to supply ambulances and medical care. Protesters say that Idriss Berhouta called the Imrabten Group to request an ambulance to take his wife to the Mohamed V Hospital in al-Hoceima. They hold that Imrabten denied the woman, who was from a low socio-economic class, access to an ambulance; she died shortly after. Imrabten president Noureddine Wlad Omar’s narrative differs. The president said he received a request to transport someone’s sister to the hospital and told them to directly contact the Tamassint medical group. After some confusion, the president says the man “responded confirming that he had gotten an ambulance himself.” He noted that, according to the framework cooperation agreement between his group and Tamassint, Imrabten is only supposed to supply the driver, gas, and spare parts for the ambulance. Wlad Omar, a member of the PAM (Party of Authenticity and Modernity), also claimed that his political opponents were manipulating the narrative to damage PAM’s prospects in the upcoming election season.Photo courtesy Anwal PressOn Tuesday, the Temporary Committee to Follow up on Local Affairs in Temassint organized a protest. The Anwal Press reported that police attempted to stop the demonstration from occurring, but residents took to the streets regardless to demand that Would-Omar be held accountable for the death of the woman. They also denounced the poor medical facilities, infrastructure, and general governmental neglect of the region.Abdellatif Algelbzori, the al-Hoceima Secretary Regional of PAM, announced before the protests began that Imrabten would open a full investigation regarding Wlad Omar’s involvement in the woman’s death.These protests are the latest manifestations of decades-old resentment and neglect in northern Morocco. After Moroccan independence, the Rif people of the North rose up in 1958. The government cracked down harshly, sending 20,000 troops led by the future King Hassan II to suppress the rebellion. Approximately 10,000 tribesmen were killed. The King harbored animosity towards the region throughout his rule and excluded Rif from development initiatives. Although King Mohamed VI has increased spending  in the region to improve infrastructure and quality of life, much work still remains to provide the people of Rif with adequate infrastructure and medical facilities.Photos courtesy: Anwal Press read more

Iowabased testing company outsourcing jobs to Colorado firm

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa City-based testing company ACT intends to outsource more than 100 jobs to a Colorado company.ACT says 115 full-time positions and 40 temporary positions will be eliminated locally. The transition of the work to Startek will begin Aug. 1 and be finished in November. Startek is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.ACT says Startek can provide “a level of service that is no longer possible for a nonspecialized company” such as ACT.ACT also says employees who do not find other positions with the company will receive severance packages.The Associated Press read more

Fitch Ratings downgrades Bombardier one notch to BB with stable outlook

MONTREAL – Fitch Ratings has downgraded Bombardier’s default and long-term ratings one notch to BB with a stable outlook after the Montreal-based plane and train manufacturer reported weaker-than-anticipated results and negative free cash flow in the third quarter.The results announced last week were impacted by a slow recovery in regional aircraft and business jet markets and challenges at Bombardier Transportation.Heavy usage of cash is being driven by high capital spending for several aircraft development programs, notably the CSeries and Learjet 85.Fitch said it anticipates that free cash flow could end up positive for the full year in 2013, but will start negative as capital spending in the aerospace division more than offsets cash generated by the railway segment.Capital expenditures at Bombardier Aerospace could near US$2 billion in 2012 and 2013 after totalling US$1.3 billion last year.Bombardier’s leverage increased with US$500 million of new debt issued in the first quarter and weaker results in 2012.“Credit metrics may not improve significantly until the regional aircraft and business jet markets recover and Bombardier Aerospace gets beyond its peak program expenditures,” Fitch said Monday.Fitch said demand for regional aircraft reflects a lack of confidence by major airlines, concerns about turmoil in Europe, high fuel prices and airline industry capacity. Demand for large business jets, where Bombardier is a global leader, is stronger than light jets, but remains below peak levels.Bombardier announced last week a six month delay in the first flight of the CSeries to June, and a corresponding delay to the delivery of the airplane’s smaller model. The larger CS300’s delivery schedule is unchanged.Transportation is taking a US$150 million charge in the fourth quarter as it lays offs 1,2000 workers around the world, including 350 affected by the closure of a plant in Germany.Last week, Moody’s Investors Service affirmed several of Bombardier’s ratings, but changed its outlook to negative from stable and lowered its speculative grade liquidity rating, citing similar concerns as Fitch.“The outlook change and lowering of Bombardier’s liquidity rating is driven by the company’s higher than expected cash consumption in 2012 and our view that the company’s negative cash flow trends will persist through 2013”, stated vice-president Darren Kirk.He said the outlook is negative because Bombardier has consumed more cash than Moody’s expected in the past couple of years.“A continuation of this trend would lead to a downgrade given that Bombardier’s leverage is very high for the rating,” Moody’s added.He said the rating could also be downgraded if the CSeries is further delayed or leverage isn’t reduced over 12 to 18 months.Bombardier’s shares closed at C$3.37, down six cents or 1.75 per cent, in Monday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2012 5:49 pm MDT Fitch Ratings downgrades Bombardier one notch to BB with stable outlook read more

Senators owner Melnyk gets early nod on plan to develop Ottawas LeBreton

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk reacts following the National Capital Commission approving the results from the an evaluation committee regarding the Lebreton Flats redevelopment in Ottawa on Thursday, April 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Senators owner Melnyk gets early nod on plan to develop Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2016 1:46 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The NHL’s Ottawa Senators are one step closer to getting a new arena in their home city.In a decision franchise owner Eugene Melnyk says ranks higher than his original purchase of the team, the National Capital Commission has accepted a recommendation to negotiate with Melnyk’s RendezVous LeBreton group to develop a large tract of land in Ottawa’s downtown core.“I think it’s a huge deal,” Melnyk said shortly after the NCC board of directors accepted the recommendation of a committee set up to study two rival bids for the development.“It’s certainly the largest thing I’ve ever been involved in.”Melnyk’s proposal beat a bid by rival Devcore Canderel DLS Group to develop the 21.6-hectare site just west of downtown.The decision marks the start of negotiations toward a final agreement. If those talks fail, the NCC will start talks with Devcore, the Crown agency said.Both proposals included a new arena, library and significant residential, commercial and retail space.But Devcore’s plan also proposed a number of attractions including an aquarium, a planetarium and museums.RendezVous LeBreton was centred on the arena to bring the Senators to the downtown, away from their current location in the west Ottawa suburb of Kanata, along with a heritage aqueduct and a number of parks and open spaces. It also proposed a new city library be built outside the development area.Melnyk said the project will forever change the Ottawa cityscape, and ensures a solid future for the Senators in Ottawa.“I know that we’re going to deliver everything we said we would do,” he pledged.“I think it’s going to change the landscape of this city, for sure, and it’s going to be a huge, huge win all around.”At one point during the bidding process, Melnyk had said he would not move his NHL team into an arena that he didn’t own, a statement that called into question the financial viability of his rival’s proposed development.But NCC chief executive Mark Kristmanson told a news conference Thursday that he never felt like the commission had a gun to its head to accept Melnyk’s plan.“The evaluation committee, I can say, didn’t really consider the hockey politics at all,” said Kristmanson.“We were looking at city building, how these plans unfold over the decades and have the best chance of creating this great, new neighbourhood.”If negotiations with Melnyk’s group are successful, a final agreement would still require approval of the federal cabinet.The commission is a federal agency which administers government lands in the capital area.The land in question, known as LeBreton flats, was expropriated and cleared in the 1960s, but then lay fallow for decades amid wrangles over how it should be developed.@tpedwell on Twitter read more

Clear understanding in ongoing talks between Greek Cypriot Turkish Cypriot sides –

In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he held a “positive, results-oriented meeting” last night with the heads of the delegation, including Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.“A clear understanding emerged of the essential elements of a package that might lead to a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus,” the spokesperson said, adding that the talks are continuing today at the political level. “The Secretary-General remains fully engaged in these efforts to deliver a comprehensive settlement to the people of Cyprus,” said the spokesperson.Also attending the UN backed Conference, which began on 28 June in the Swiss town of Crans-Montana, are the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – and a European Union representative, as an observer.Cyprus has been divided since 1974. The negotiations have come down to six main areas, which include new territorial boundaries, power-sharing and the economy. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball wants revenge against Nebraska

With the first half of the season in the tank, finishing strong in the Big Ten will be the focus as the No. 20 Ohio State women’s volleyball team tries to shift into second gear. The Buckeyes own a 15-7 overall record and a 6-4 record in the conference play. Despite sitting fourth in the Big Ten standings, coach Geoff Carlston said his team still has a lot of work to do this season. “I think the good thing is we will all admit that we have some areas of improvement, and I think our defense has really picked it up and it’s just a lot of little things now,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes have had some impressive wins this season, mainly on the road. Early in the season, OSU upset then-No. 10 Dayton, then-No. 21 Illinois and won a pivotal Big Ten matchup against Michigan State. “We had some big-time road wins and more big wins in general,” said junior libero Julianne Mandolfo. Mandolfo said she understands the team needs to stay focused and continue to work hard to finish the way they want to through the second half of its season. “We just need to keep doing the same things that we’re doing, but just add a little bit more to each game,” Mandolfo said. “Some of the losses were two-point differences, so if we just clean up a couple of points in those losses (they) can become wins in the second half.” The team’s most recent losses included then-No. 17 Purdue and then-No. 1 Penn State. Senior outside hitter Mari Hole said one of the biggest things the team needs to work on is mental toughness. “Looking at the last few games, we still lack some mental strength,” Hole said. “We need to be better at finishing games. We’re good at it, but we’re not great at it.” Carlston said he continues to push his players to be tougher and smarter. “Making those plays at 24 all in the Big Ten on the road requires serving a little tougher, changing the offense … just offensive tweaks and defensive tweaks,” Carlston said. “You got to come into the second round of the Big Ten ready to adapt and ready to be fluid because everyone kind of knows each other a little bit more.” What might set the good teams apart from great ones are the type of plays they make from the 18th point to the 25th point in a game. It’s an area Mandolfo said she sees as an issue. “We’ve actually learned that throughout the whole game, we’ve kept one-on-one with every single team in the Big Ten,” Mandolfo said. “The games we have slipped up and lost, we’ve noticed that at 18 (points), we’ve done some mental errors.” Oftentimes, the halfway mark for any team marks a time for players and coaches to look back and reflect upon their performances to measure where they are. “I still know that there is still a lot that we can work on, but to be honest, I still don’t think we hit our max effort, so that’s always good,” Mandolfo said. Carlston said he is eager for the second half of the season to begin. “I’m excited where our team is,” Carlston said. “We got some good mojo, team chemistry is strong, and the team is feeling good about themselves. So I’m excited to get into the last half.” Hole said she is enjoying every second of her final season as a Buckeye and looks forward to the second act of what has been a fast-paced season. “I’m just starting to get really excited about the whole thing,” Hole said. “Just taking one game at a time, I am just enjoying it. And the fact that I’m a senior, it’s fun.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the No. 4 Cornhuskers Friday, and then travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to battle the Hawkeyes on Saturday. The Buckeyes lost 3-1 to Nebraska in Columbus on Sept. 22 and they are looking to avenge that loss. “Nebraska came to our place and beat us, so we’re looking forward to revenge, obviously,” Mandolfo said. “Since I’m from there, all my family is going to be there. So it’s just going to be even more motivation to get a win there.” On the road, the Buckeyes have totaled a 7-1 mark compared to their 4-4 record at home. “I think for whatever reason, this group has been strong on the road, so I don’t think we mind being on the road at all,” Carlston said. “If you’re going to beat Nebraska at home, beat Iowa at home, you got to play well for two hours.” Hole felt similarly. “Nebraska is a good team, and it’s going to be a battle,” Hole said. “We are definitely the underdogs, but I think that is in our favor.” Carlston said his team will be ready. “There’s something about this group that they’re not afraid to go on the road and battle,” he said. read more

Englands unexpected World Cup progression behind recordhigh alcohol poisoning cases NHS says

England’s unexpected progression to the football World Cup semi final led to a record-high number of people going to hospital with alcohol poisoning, according to NHS England.More than 700 people showed up at hospital due to overindulgence on July 7 – the day England beat Sweden in the quarter-final to reach the last four for the first time since Italia 90.This compares to the average 386 attendances displaying symptoms of alcohol poisoning that doctors might expect to be dealing with on a regular Saturday.An NHS England spokesman said it would appear from the figures, based on data from hospital episode statistics, that the sharp spike in alcohol-related hospital attendances may be linked to the Three Lions win.Fridays and Sundays are also worst days of the week for alcohol poisoning cases, with hospitals dealing with an average of 302 and 388 cases respectively.The figures come as the health service gears up for what is usually one of the busiest times of the year for alcohol-related incidents as revellers prepare to celebrate the new year.The festive period often sees a jump in the number of people needing emergency health care after excessive drinking – and the problem got worse last year, according to NHS England.It said there were between 208 and 235 people who ended up in hospital with alcohol poisoning on Fridays in 2016 compared with 293 to 465 last year.More than 10 percent of all admissions at accident and emergency departments in the UK are related to drunkenness in some way, with Friday and Saturday nights sometimes having seven in 10 patients going to A&E because of drink, NHS England said.Attendances due to alcohol poisoning are defined as any those which have an A&E diagnosis of “poisoning (including overdose) other, including alcohol”.A spokesman said it may be assumed, given the date of England’s World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden this summer, that the vast majority of attendances on July 7 were alcohol-related poisonings. Dr Clifford Mann, NHS England clinical lead for accident and emergency, said: “As a doctor who works in emergency care, I’ve seen first-hand how drunk and sometimes aggressive people can put extra stress and pressure on paramedics, nurses and other hospital staff trying to do their job.”As we prepare to see in the new year, I would urge everyone to have a great time but not to overdo it – the NHS is not the National Hangover Service.”NHS England said the cost of helping people with avoidable alcohol-related illness to the NHS is £2.7billion each year.Patients admitted to hospital for excess drinking are monitored until the alcohol has left the system, taking up the time and energy of NHS doctors and nurses.NHS England announced funding this month for so-called “drunk tanks”.It is a service run jointly with local authorities and voluntary groups which gives people who are drunk a place to sober up and stay safe, without the need for a hospital admission.A study reviewing the services available to help people who are drunk, without going to hospital, is to report next year. 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

WBD business proprietor customers robbed carjacked by armed trio

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3 Japanese nationals robbed while sightseeing in GuyanaAugust 11, 2016In “Crime”Armed duo carjack West Bank Demerara man at gunpointDecember 11, 2017In “Crime”Naamryck business couple robbed by bandits pretending to be customersJune 27, 2018In “Crime” Police are now hunting three suspects who reportedly carried out a daring robbery on a West Bank Demerara (WBD) business as well as its customers, before hijacking one of their cars on Monday evening.According to Police ‘D’ Commander Leslie James, the incident occurred at around 20:45hrs at a business identified as Simone’s Variety Store in Lust-en-Rust, West Bank Demerara.INews was informed that the three men, armed with a shotgun among other weapons, entered the store and pounced on the owner- who identified herself as Simone Banwari to this online publication.The bandits reportedly robbed the woman of a pair of gold earrings she was wearing – valued at approximately $17,000- a quantity of phone cards and $50,000 in cash.A male customer who was inside the store at the time was also relieved of $17,000 while another told police that the car she was driving- which belonged to her spouse, was hijacked after the perpetrators demanded that she turn over the keys.The armed men reportedly fled the scene in the white motor vehicle, PPP 8667.Presently, police are said to be reviewing CCTV footage to identify the individuals. read more

Madigan They showed a week is a long time in rugby

first_imgMadigan addresses the media following Leinster’s loss last night. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer.Madigan insists that Leinster were “confident” that they would find a late score to help them steal the win, right up until Jamie Heaslip’s spill allowed Jamie Elliot to race clear. The pointless benefit of hindsight suggests that Leinster should have gone to the corner with their 73rd minute penalty, rather than kick for goal, but Madigan says he stands by the decision to take the points.“Yeah, we weighed it up. There was still, I think, six minutes left. We did weigh it up, but I think Northampton were tiring and we felt there was definitely more time to get down into their half, and hopefully force a penalty and have a crack to win the game.It’s one of those decision that you make at the time and you’ve just got to stick with it.”Leinster’s quarter-final fate is still very much in their own hands, and the chances of a home draw remain favourable, as long as last night’s performance level is not repeated. Madigan is confident that he and his teammates can get the job done, although the failure to pick up a losing bonus point at home might prove costly.“It could be, but I think we’re still in control of the group. At the end of the day, you want to finish as first seed to take on the eighth seed [in the quarter-finals] and we’ve probably dropped down a place or two. The challenge is now that we’ve just got to go away to Castres, beat them and then beat the Ospreys at home.“We should still be in the top four seeds and hopefully get a quarter-final. We’ve just got to focus on that.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >O’Connor: ‘We were inaccurate off the back of their commitment’‘Kieran Marmion was on a hospital drip 48 hours ago’ – Pat Lam THE TURNAROUND FOR Northampton Saints was nothing short of complete.Having been bullied at Franklin’s Gardens a week before, Jim Mallinder’s men were the ones dominating physically at the Aviva Stadium in their 19-8 win over Leinster last night. After comprehensively losing the breakdown battle in the first leg of the double-header, the Premiership side were well on top in that area in Dublin.Leinster out-half Ian Madigan says the utter transformation on the Saints’ part was not unexpected, and points out how stifling their efforts in the ruck area were for the home team.I think they showed a week is a long time in rugby. They did very well at the breakdown; they deprived us of quick ball and slowed us down. On a lot of occasions they got penalties at the breakdown. It’s not secret that when we’re at our best, we get quick ball off our rucks and we can beat teams in the wide channels.“Unfortunately, we didn’t get that and fair play to Northampton for depriving us of that.”Leinster’s approach was in stark contrast to the previous week too, with attacking accuracy replaced by a lack of cohesion in possession yesterday evening. While Matt O’Connor would have encouraged his players to take confidence from the 40-7 victory a week ago, Madigan refutes the notion that Leinster went beyond that point.“No, I certainly don’t think we were complacent. We knew Northampton were a very good side. Going over there last week, we actually expected a much tighter game and we didn’t get ahead of ourselves. We knew they were going to come back here and there would be a big backlash.“They certainly provided that, but I wouldn’t say it was down to our complacency.”last_img read more

Wales forwards coach McBryde to replace Fogarty at Leinster after World Cup

first_img Apr 29th 2019, 11:28 AM By Gavan Casey McBryde oversees a scrum during a Welsh warm-up. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Share Tweet Email Wales forwards coach McBryde to replace Fogarty at Leinster after World Cup The 37-cap former Wales international says he is excited to work with the ‘world-renowned’ eastern province. Short URL 19,912 Views WALES FORWARDS COACH Robin McBryde will join Leinster as an assistant coach after the Rugby World Cup.Former Welsh international McBryde has been involved with his country’s international set-up for 13 years, and moonlit as Wales’ head coach during tours to North America and Japan in 2009 and 2013 respectively while Warren Gatland and Rob Howley were on Lions duty.McBryde will replace John Fogarty in the eastern province’s coaching staff after it was confirmed today that scrum coach Fogarty is to take up a role with the IRFU from July onwards.Leinster head Coach Leo Cullen said of the former Scarlets hooker’s appointment: “Robin McBryde is a coach and person I have admired for a long time as he went about his business with the Welsh national team, contributing to an unprecedented era of success during his 13-year involvement. He will bring a wealth of experience to Leinster after working so closely with and against many of the leading forwards in the game.“We are delighted that Robin has agreed to join our coaching team after this year’s World Cup, and I am really excited about getting the opportunity to work closely with him. He is a proud and knowledgeable rugby man and I am sure all Leinster supporters will join me in giving him a warm welcome when he arrives.”Speaking this morning, McBryde himself said: “I am delighted to be joining Leinster. They are one of the standout teams in Europe, with a strong identity and a proud history, and I am really looking forward to starting with them later this year.“I see it as a great opportunity to join a very experienced and exciting coaching team and to help continue Leinster’s great successes. They are a world-renowned team with passionate supporters and I am looking forward to working with the squad and the coaches.“I’m hugely proud of my time with Wales, and it has been an honour to coach my country. I have never taken it for granted and it has been a hugely rewarding experience to have been part of the coaching team under Warren Gatland and the success we have had over the years.“I am thrilled to have secured my future with Leinster post-RWC, and it now allows me to focus all my energy on the task at hand with Wales.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 22 Comments center_img McBryde oversees a scrum during a Welsh warm-up. Monday 29 Apr 2019, 11:28 AM Subscribe https://the42.ie/4610765 Fogarty to leave Leinster and take up IRFU role from end of the season Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Irish Water warns about further bad smells in Dublin following delay in

first_img Short URL Aug 28th 2019, 1:15 PM Share11 Tweet Email1 8,907 Views Image: Dublin City Shots 15 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4785525 By Stephen McDermott An overflow at Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Liffey last month Image: Dublin City Shotscenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article These works are essential maintenance works on one of the odour control units at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, and involve replacing carbon odour control media to ensure any odours generated in that area of the plant are effectively treated. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 1:15 PM Irish Water warns about further bad smells in Dublin following delay in repair works at treatment plant It’s the third such warning issued by the utility in the last two months. All other odour conrol units are operating effectively at present. There may be intermittent odours while these works are carried out.It is the third such notice that Irish Water has issued in the last two months.In July, the utility advised of a risk of smells as cleaning works at the plant were carried out to deal with odour issues and to reduce the risk of odours from other debris over the summer.The plant has also been the subject of scrutiny following a number of storm water overflows and discharges.A number of brown plumes have been spotted in the Liffey estuary near the plant this year, while earlier this year, TheJournal.ie also revealed how billions of litres of untreated wastewater have overflowed from the plant since 2015. IRISH WATER HAS issued a further warning about potential smells from the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant following a delay in maintenance works at the facility. The utility first advised the public about bad odours last week, when it announced that works to replace carbon odour control media at the plant would take around five days.Those works are being carried out to reduce the risk of smells from the plant, but Irish Water has issued a further odour notice today and said the works will now be completed on 30 August.In a statement, the utility apologised for any smells that occurred while the works were carried out, saying: An overflow at Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Liffey last monthlast_img read more

Morning Press Luyster trial cost Portland commute 179th interchange 105 years of

first_imgWhat’s the latest on the coming heat wave? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:Luyster murder trial cost Clark County $374,594Brent Luyster’s triple-murder case captured the public’s interest from across the nation and was arguably one of Clark County’s most notorious in recent years. It was also one of the most expensive.Luyster’s case was the county’s second-most expensive in the last decade, according to public records obtained and analyzed by The Columbian.Less than $1,000 separated Luyster’s total defense costs from the costliest case, a 2011 case in which Dennis Wolter was convicted of aggravated murder. And Luyster’s defense cost taxpayers more than three times Darrin Sanford’s 2009 aggravated murder case.Clark County Indigent Defense spent $374,594 on Luyster, compared with $375,439 on Wolter and $111,571 on Sanford, according to Indigent Defense Manager Ann Christian. And that doesn’t count the costs of the initial investigation and prosecuting the case, which are virtually impossible to calculate.Read the full story: Luyster murder trial cost Clark County $374,594last_img read more

30 of group income protection claims due to mental health issues

30 of group income protection claims due to mental health issues

first_imgMental health issues accounted for 30% of group income protection claims in 2015, according to Legal and General.The insurance provider’s claims information, which has been released to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May), also found that early intervention and funding for appropriate treatment helped 80% of mental health absence notifications in 2015, so that employees could return to work before a claim was made. This included the provision of 6,491 psychological treatment sessions.Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and psychological disorders have been the main reason behind group income protection claims to Legal and General for the last 17 years.Martin Noone (pictured), managing director at Legal and General Workplace Health and Protection, said: “Mental health issues are becoming increasingly commonplace in the UK and it is a topic that needs to be discussed much more often, making this week’s awareness campaign a vital part of encouraging people to discuss such issues openly.”last_img read more

State Agency Strives to Enhance Military Value of Ellsworth AFB

State Agency Strives to Enhance Military Value of Ellsworth AFB

first_imgSince it was created in 2009, the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority has reduced encroachment surrounding Ellsworth Air Force Base, worked to increase the size of a training range used by the installation and initiated several projects to improve the quality of life for Ellsworth personnel and their families.By focusing on the military value of Ellsworth and improving the quality of life for military families, the state agency is trying to ensure the base is not closed in a future BRAC round. Many of the agency’s efforts have addressed shortcomings that resulted in DOD recommending Ellsworth for closure in 2005.“We’re on the offensive,” Glen Kane, the authority’s managing director, told the Rapid City Journal. “The checklist basically gave us a playbook to work from,” Kane said in reference to scoring documents from the last round of base closures.Working with the Air Force to more than triple the area of the 28,000-acre Powder River Training Complex — which is located over portions of the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming — was huge, said Executive Director Scott Landguth.Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who also has been a strong advocate for Ellsworth, praised the agency’s efforts.“It has taken a forward-thinking approach to serving the base and surrounding community by supporting the expanded Powder River Training Complex, funding a close air support training site and promoting compatible development around the base,” Thune said.To promote compatible development around the base, the agency worked with the Air Force and neighboring communities on a joint land use study.  The authority also has been purchasing land from willing sellers in the installation’s accident potential zone to reduce encroachment.In 2014, the agency built a wastewater treatment plant to serve the base and the city of Box Elder, allowing the Air Force to forgo the need to overhaul its existing system.To provide a convenient location for military families to live, the authority acquired a 230-acre parcel of land that will be developed for single-family and multi-family units, as well as commercial space. About 24 homes have been built to date, according to the story.Col. Bradley Cochran, vice commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, said the agency has been “incredibly helpful in the continued success of the 28th Bomb Wing.”“They have been valuable partners as we overhauled our wastewater treatment processes, established an enhanced use lease agreement, which enables us to more fully utilize base resources, and have aided in the expansion of our local airspace, among other ventures. We look forward to working with them in the future on similar projects,” Cochran said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

OBITUARY Mary Constance Connie Phillips 98

OBITUARY Mary Constance Connie Phillips 98

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mary Constance “Connie” Phillips, of Goffstown, NH and long time Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 9, 2018 and is now in glory with her Savior, Jesus Christ.The only daughter of George Jones and Amy Usher Whitten, she was born on October 10, 1919 in Portland ME where she spent her childhood.She married Wallace K. Phillips in 1939 and together they raised 10 children on Ballardvale Street in Wilmington, MA. A born again believer, Connie placed her faith and trust in Jesus Christ as her Savior in 1971. She attended Andover Bible Chapel and hosted Bible studies regularly in her home. Connie’s commitment to her family was unconditional, and her generosity and graciousness was evident to all who knew her.While raising her family, Connie participated in civic activities, volunteered at the local Teen Canteen, and served on the state Republican Committee. At the young age of 80, Connie decided to make many of her dreams realities. She refined her artistic abilities and displayed talent in her pencil drawings and paintings. As a history enthusiast, she traveled to Europe and Hawaii, experiencing many of the places she had long read about. Connie was an avid reader and writer her entire life; she penned many memoirs and poems and is a published poet in the National Library of Poetry.Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace K. Phillips; her sons, Kenneth Phillips, Brian Phillips, and Barry Phillips; and her daughter, Sharon Fox. Connie is survived by sons Gregory Phillips and wife, Barbara; Gary Phillips and wife, Linda; Stephen Phillips and wife, Kathleen; Matthew Phillips and wife, Cheryl; daughters, Pamela Marino, and husband, Gene; Nancy Lichtenwalner and husband, Phillip; daughter-in-laws, Diane Phillips, and Alice MacDonald; and son-in-law, John Fox.Connie was the proud grandmother of 26 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.Visiting hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Thursday, May 17th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The memorial service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Church in North Reading, MA on Friday, May 18th at 5:00PM with refreshments to follow. There will be a private burial preceding the memorial service for family and those that were closest to her.Mary Constance “Connie” Phillips(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Mary R. (Causi) Marinello, 94In “Obituaries”last_img read more