Belgium 1st Team to Qualify for Euro 2020 After Thrashing San Marino, Russia on Brink of Qualification

first_imgBelgium became the first team to qualify for the 2020 European Championship finals as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino in Brussels on Thursday, while the Netherlands needed a late comeback to beat Northern Ireland.Lukaku took his record Belgium international tally past 50 goals as Roberto Martinez’s Group I leaders opened up an unassailable 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus with three games remaining. The world-number-one ranked side booked their spot at next year’s tournament, which will be played at 12 venues across Europe, after seven straight qualifying wins.Russia appear set to take the second automatic slot from the group, after a 4-0 win over Scotland moved them eight points ahead of Cyprus.Belgium will be one of the favourites as they look to lift a first major international title when the Euros get underway on June 12.”In my eyes, nine countries have the talent to win the Euro,” said coach Martinez. “What will make the difference is how you face adversity. It’s necessary to sacrifice yourself for your teammates.”🇧🇪 Belgium qualify for #EURO2020 & equal their record win on the same night 👏👏👏#EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) October 10, 2019 Their victory at the King Badouin Stadium matched their record winning margin of nine goals, having previously beaten Zambia and Gibraltar 9-0 in 1994 and 2017 respectively and hammered San Marino 10-1 in 2001.”Nine-nil is a good result but we would have loved to have scored one more and broken that all-time record,” said Inter Milan striker Lukaku.The first breakthrough arrived when Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans fed Lukaku, who fired home his landmark goal in the 28th minute.The floodgates then opened, as Nacer Chadli slotted into the corner from the edge of the area three minutes later, and visiting defender Cristian Brolli scored a comical own goal 10 minutes before the interval.Lukaku wasted little time in making it 51 Belgium goals, before Toby Alderweireld and Tielemans made it six before half-time.Substitute Christian Benteke drilled in number seven with 11 minutes remaining, 18-year-old Yari Verschaeren scored his first international goal from the penalty spot, and Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne completed the rout in the 90th minute.DUTCH BREAK NORTHERN IRISH HEARTSMemphis Depay’s late brace rescued the Netherlands a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland which sent Ronald Koeman’s men top of Group C.The Oranje, bidding to reach a first major finals since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, are level on points with both Germany and Northern Ireland, who have played a game more, but lead on head-to-head record.Michael O’Neill’s visitors were dreaming of a first-ever away win over the Dutch when substitute Josh Magennis headed them in front with a quarter-hour to play.But Depay levelled in the 80th minute, and Luuk de Jong bundled the ball home at the back post in the first minute of injury time to deny Northern Ireland a crucial point before Depay grabbed his second.”We are devastated with the nature of the defeat,” O’Neill told Sky Sports. “We have to win our two remaining games, they are very difficult, Netherlands home and Germany away.”Russia sent Scotland tumbling to a fourth straight qualifying defeat which leaves the Nations League playoffs next March as the Scots’ only possible route to Euro 2020.🇷🇺 Russia will qualify on Sunday if they draw against Cyprus…#EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) October 10, 2019 Artem Dzyuba’s excellent double and goals from Magomed Ozdoev and Aleksandr Golovin mean Russia will qualify with a draw in Cyprus on Sunday.CROATIA CLOSE ON QUALIFICATIONCroatia took control of Group E by beating Hungary 3-0 in Split, while Slovakia jumped into second despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by Wales.Luka Modric’s fifth-minute strike and two goals for Bruno Petkovic sent last year’s World Cup runners-up Croatia four points clear of third-placed Hungary.Slovakia fell behind in the first half when former lifeguard Kieffer Moore scored on his international competitive debut for Wales, but secured a draw thanks to Juraj Kucka’s brilliant 53rd-minute volley.Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick, taking his tally this season to 18 goals for club and country, as Poland won 3-0 at Latvia to strengthen their position at the top of Group G.They sit three points clear of closest challengers Austria, who saw off Israel 3-1. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. belgiumcroatiaEuro 2020 Qualifiersnetherlands First Published: October 11, 2019, 7:38 AM ISTlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil hits back at teammate Jerome Boateng over Germany criticism

first_imgGermany’s star playmaker Mesut Ozil has hit back at teammate Jerome Boateng after the defender criticised their side’s attack in the goalless draw with Poland in the European football championship.The Joachim Loew-coached side currently sits at the top of Group C and faces Northern Ireland in their final group game. But after their stalemate with Poland, Boateng was less than happy.”We did not win any one-on-one duels in attack. There was not a lot of movement – it just wasn’t enough,”Boateng was quoted as saying by”We have to take shots. It’s all good until we reach the final third, but we can’t get past the opponents, are not dangerous. We need to improve that,  otherwise we won’t get far,” the Bayern Munich defender added.Ozil played the full 90 minutes against Poland but Germany struggled to create many clear-cut chances in the contest.Following an impressive campaign with Arsenal where Ozil managed a English Premier League (EPL) high of 19 assists, he earned starts in both of Germany’s Euro 2016 games so far.And the playmaker has defended his fellow forwards and took a dig at Boateng’s assessment and gave a sarcastic reply to the defender’s analysis.”That’s his opinion. He certainly knows how to play attacking football,” Arsenal midfielder said on Sunday.This is not the first time Ozil has had a difference of opinion with a teammate.At the end of the 2015-16 season, the 27-year-old was accused of taking a dig at Arsenal teammate Olivier Giroud following the French striker’s drought in the second half of the campaign.advertisementOzil liked an image on Instagram which slammed Giroud for ruining the midfielder’s chances of breaking Thierry Henry’s assists record.Giroud then included Ozil in his assessment of Arenal’s failure to win the EPL title.last_img read more

Women’s World T20: India to open title challenge against New Zealand

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur is all set to lead the Indian team for a maiden title at the Women’s World T20 in the Carribean Islands as they prepare for a tough opener against the New Zealand on Friday.This is the first time that the Women’s World T20 is being held as a standalone event after being organised alongside the men’s event in all the past editions.In the five attempts, India have been unable to break the title deadlock at the World T20 and their best result has been semi-final appearances in 2009 and 2010.Captain Harmanpreet and recently-appointing coach Ramesh Powar have insisted that this team has learnt from the final loss in the Women’s World Cup in 2017 and is ready for a better battle of nerves. In fact, this squad has six World Cup debutants, something they believes brings a certain kind of fearlessness in the team.India do not have a very competitive track record in the shortest format of the game in comparison to the ODIs where their final appearance in the World Cup in England turned out to be a path-breaking moment.Despite the weaknesses of the past, India have shown good form recently in the lead-up to the World T20. India defeated Sri Lanka in their home and also blanked out Australia A at home.Congratulations to India A Women’s team for clinching the series 3-0 against Australia A Women #IndAvAusA Women (@BCCIWomen) October 26, 2018Moroever, in the warm-up matches to the World T20, India have even brought up wins against reigning champions West Indies and England.advertisementOpener Smriti Mandhana, on whom India will be relying heavily in the Caribbean, said the Asia Cup T20 final loss to Bangladesh in June was a timely wake-up call.”After the setback in the Asia Cup, everyone went back and worked hard. You can see everyone is up to the mark where you need to be at the international standard,” said Mandhana, who is also the vice-captain.”The Sri Lanka series has been really good. For me personally, I didn’t get really good scores, but one match, Harmanpreet and I didn’t score a single run and we got 170. That was brilliant.Also read – Ramesh Powar’s aggressive approach and inputs are a boost for India, says Mandhana”The bowlers too have improved massively in last three months, they are clear with their plans. And fielding wise, we are 10 per cent better than in the last World Cup,” added Mandhana, who will open alongside veteran Mithali Raj.While Mandhana’s performance will be crucial at the top, teenager Jemimah Rodriguez, Tanya Bhatia and Harmanpreet will make up the middle order.The spin department, led by leggie Poonam Yadav, is India’s strength while the pace department lacks experience after the retirement of veteran Jhulan Goswami.India have failed to go past the group stage in the previous three editions and they will have to play well consistently to advance to the knock-outs.After the opener against New Zealand, India will face Pakistan on November 11, Ireland on November 15 and three-time champions Australia on November 17.Coach Powar, a former India off-spinner, has high expectations from his team.”They know that if we grow as individuals, the team grows, the Indian women’s cricket grows, and people will start noticing the game in India and around the world,” Powar told the ICC’s official website.”When you enter such tournaments, you have to break records, get noticed as an individual and team also, so I’m looking forward to that,” he added.India squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Taniya Bhatia (WK), Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Anuja Patil, Mithali Raj, Arundathi Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav.New Zealand squad: Amy Satterthwaite (C), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (WK), Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Harriet Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

How sleep and jet-lag influences success in the travel-crazy NBA

first_imgEven with schedule tweaks, NBA teams will spend more time at cruising altitude than teams in any other professional league. The fatigue of playing 82 games a year, or more, is tough. The jet lag from travelling to 41 road games may be equally difficult.“You grow up knowing about the 82-game schedule in the NBA,” says Golden State Warriors point guard Quinn Cook. “But it’s totally different when you experience the difficulty of that schedule yourself.”The NBA travel schedule, with travel across four timezones, is as difficult as it comes. NFL teams routinely travel as far, but only play once a week. MLB teams play more often, but spend four to five days in each city, making for fewer miles travelled. NBA teams play, on average, slightly over three games a week over a 26-week regular season. And they go far, with most teams travelling well over 40,000 miles over the regular season. Share on LinkedIn Sleep Read more All that travel could be having an effect on results too. Solidified by LeBron’s move west, the Western Conference has much of the NBA’s best talent, with 14 of the league’s best players. And although the Western Conference is on the wrong side of another imbalance, miles travelled – the Trailblazers, Clippers, Lakers, Warriors and Timberwolves are top-five in miles travelled in the 2018-19 season – there is new research that indicates Western Conference teams might have an edge when travelling.As if a shallower talent pool wasn’t enough, Eastern Conference teams travelling westward had more difficulty winning, especially when games were later in the evening. Those NBA teams traveling eastward had a winning percentage of 45.4% compared with 36.2% for teams traveling westward.But how much does that have to do with a talent differential, and how much is down to the direction of travel?“It’s true that east to west travel has a greater effect on performance,” says Bill Burgos, a performance consultant and former head strength and conditioning coach for the Orlando Magic, “but it all depends when a team leaves the east coast to play west coast teams along with what time the games are played.”A disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm, the 24-hour internal clock that tells us when to sleep and wakeup, may be at the root of the problem. This scrambling of the body clock is multiplied with the number of time zones travelled. Meaning that, for the Knicks, an away game in Los Angeles would be more difficult to win than one in Milwaukee. It’s just one more home court advantage for West Coast teams, hosting sleepy teams from the East.Performance, from a circadian rhythm standpoint, is optimized in late afternoon or early evening. When playing in the evening, teams that travel from the west to east – like the Warriors games in New York this week – play at a time closer to the peak performance, while teams travelling west play at a time normally reserved for sleep. Share via Email Topics Facebook NBA brawls are infantile but they’re not necessarily pointless Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Now playing in Italy, almost exclusively against teams in the same time zone, former 76er and Warrior James Michael McAdoo remembers the tough travel schedule in the NBA. “The travel can mess with you, whichever direction you are travelling,” says McAdoo. “You get in super late at night, but you’re wide awake at two in the morning because your body is used to a different time zone.”So, recovery from what happens off the court is as important as recovery from what happens on the court. Some teams have used colored lights – blue in the morning, red in the evening – to help athletes more quickly restore a normal circadian rhythm. Of course, as Burgos emphasizes, lights can be effective, but it’s tough to get players to use them. That’s why he recommends the low-tech solution to jet lag, proper hydration and the good old power nap.McAdoo is a fan of napping: “I’m not a guy who likes to sleep in, even if I got in late, so usually I take an NBA nap – a two- to three-hour nap – in the middle of the day.”For Cook, establishing a travel routine, something he’s learned from the veteran players on the Warriors, has been a big part of adjusting to the schedule. Basketball Share on WhatsApp Of course, not every road game stress is related to the circadian clock. Some team’s cities, notably Miami, Los Angeles, New York, derive a ‘home court advantage’ from their weather and nightlife. Travel to those cities can cause a sudden outbreak of ‘flu-like’ symptoms. For McAdoo, playing in the Bay Area was tough to beat, something he really appreciated during the Philadelphia winter. “After playing in Philadelphia and the East Coast, we would get out to LA, and it would be great just to be warm and see the sun. The team understood that, and they would try to get us there early.”Of course, many may have difficulty pitying players that travel first-class in chartered planes, jet-setting to exciting cities. Nevertheless, if you’re rooting for your favorite NBA team to win on the road, you better hope that those perks keep their circadian rhythms running as smoothly as a Swiss watch. Other research points to the general negative influence of air travel on health and recovery, for every NBA team. According to this research, when travelling on a plane, breathing air from a pressurized cabin, the amount of oxygen stored in the blood drops to a level that might alarm a family physician during a checkup. That, in combination with the inactivity of prolonged sitting, can lead to stiff muscles and joints, impeding recovery. Not so great when trying to get ready for the next game.But it’s not just performance that suffers when jet lagged. Other studies have found an increase in injuries with more travel. While back to back games were surprisingly not associated with more injuries in the NBA, playing games away from home was. Perhaps indicating that disruption of the body’s internal clock, not solely fatigue, might be a risk factor.So, if any league is trying to optimize health, playing games during natural peaks in internal alertness – late afternoon or evening – may protect players from fatigue-related injury.And, as Cook knows, recovery from travel can take time. “The most difficult trip is the one back from the East Coast, it usually takes me two to three days to get adjusted.”center_img Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, whose will travel more than 3,500 miles to play road games in Orlando, Miami and Indiana. Photograph: John Raoux/AP US sports Share on Facebook A letter to NBA rookies: beware sharks, hazing and your own arrogance Kareem Abdul-Jabbar … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features NBA Twitter Read more Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovation

first_img India Today Web Desk AntiguaFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 21:03 IST West Indies vs England: Alzarri Joseph walked out to bat and stitched a 9-run stand with Darren Bravo on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlzarri Joseph was welcomed to the batting crease with a standing ovation from the North Sound crowdAlzarri Joseph had lost his mother to illness ahead of the third day’s play vs EnglandJoseph had picked up 2 wickets in the first innings as England were bowled out for 187West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph displayed tremendous courage and determination as he walked out to bat hours after his mother, Sharon’s demise on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against England at North Sound, Antigua on Saturday.Joseph had lost his mother, who was suffering from a prolonged illness, ahead of the third day’s play but West Indies team manager confirmed that the U-19 World Cup-winning fast bowler would continue playing the Test for West Indies. Notably, players from both the West Indies and England were seen wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.When Alzarri Joseph walked out to bat at No. 9 after the dismissal of Kemar Roach during the first session, the North Sound crowd gave him a standing ovation.Notably, Alzarri Joseph had left the team on a tour last year to be with his then ailing mother, according to ESPNCricinfo.A special ovation for Alzarri Joseph as he comes out to bat. #bbccricket #WIvENG Match Special (@bbctms) February 2, 2019″Our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph’s mother, Sharon Joseph, passed away earlier today. Please join us as we express our heartfelt condolences to Alzarri and his family during this very difficult time,” a statement from West Indies Cricket read.Pace great Ian Bishop spent time with Alzarri Joseph before the start of the day’s play and offered his condolences to the Antiguan fast bowler.#WIvENG Ian Bishop offers his condolences to Antiguan fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, on the passing of his Mom, Sharon Joseph. Cricket (@windiescricket) February 2, 2019″It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Sharon Joseph, the mother of our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, has passed away,” West Indies’ team manager, Rawl Lewis was quoted as saying by the report.”We know that this will be a very sad and difficult time for Alzarri and his family. But we hope that it brings him comfort to know that his grief is shared by us all – his team-mates and support staff of the Windies team – and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family.”Joseph had picked up two wickets in the first innings of the Test as England were bowled out for 187. In the first Test, he had picked up three wickets across two innings as the West Indies thrashed England by 381 runs after bowling the visitors out for 77 in the first innings.West Indies were 291 for 8 at drinks break in the first session of Day 3 with Darren Bravo batting on 42 (198 balls) but Alzarri Joseph fell for 7 to Ben Stokes shortly after the resumption of play. The hosts will be hoping to extend the lead over England and push towards taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Also Read | India will do well in the fifth ODI against New Zealand: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alzarri JosephFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow Alzarri Joseph motherFollow Kemar RoachFollow darren bravoFollow West Indies cricket Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationWest Indies vs England, 2nd Test: Alzarri Joseph had lost his mother, Sharon due to prolonged illness hours before the start of the third day’s play at North Sound, Antigua on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Get Ready, Because Buffalo Trace is Releasing the Antique Collection 2018

first_imgIt’s that time of the year, whiskey lovers: The 10th annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back! Once again, five limited-edition whiskeys of different proofs and ages (three bourbons and two ryes) will be available to those who are lucky enough to find them. The collection, which features George T. Stagg, William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, and Sazerac 18 year Old, can be found in limited quantities starting late September or early October. Suggested retail price is $99 each, though don’t be surprised if you find these going for more in stores (and especially for more on the secondary market).The biggest change in the Antique Collection this year comes from Eagle Rare, which has had its proof bumped up to 101. Check out what else you can expect from all five releases below.(Want to find a spirit you can get your hands on instead of fighting the masses? Check out the winners of this year’s The Manual Spirit Awards.)George T. StaggComing in at 124.9 proof, this year’s George T. Stagg contains bourbon from barrels filled back in the spring of 2003. In total, 284 barrels were used to create this release (a decrease from last year), which tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco. The barrels were stored in various places in the C, H, I, K, P, and Q warehouses. A favorite of bourbon drinkers, last year’s Stagg nabbed a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.William Larue WellerA 125.7 proof wheated bourbon that is uncut and unfiltered, the 2018 edition hopes to follow in the steps of its predecessors by winning awards such as the Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and “Bourbon of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017. Distilled in 2006, you’ll get dried fruit, fig, and caramelized vanilla. The barrels for this release were stored in Warehouses C, I, K, L, M, and Q.Thomas H. Handy Sazerac RyeThis big rye is uncut, unfiltered, and comes in at 128.8 proof. Distilled in 2012 and aged in warehouses I and L, you’ll find allspice, teaberry, and clove in the flavor profile. This release, too, hopes to follow in the previous releases’ steps by also taking home “Best Rye Whiskey with no age statement” from Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.Eagle Rare 17 Year OldAs mentioned earlier, the biggest change in the collection comes in this bottle. Formerly 90 proof, the 2018 Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Release hearkens back to the brand’s roots (it launched in 1974) by being bottled at 101 proof. This change, according to the brand, will be permanent from 2018 forward. Distilled in 2000, the barrels were aged in Warehouse C on the first, second, and fifth floors. The flavor profile consists of toasted oak, coffee, spearmint, and butterscotch.Sazerac Rye 18 Year OldThis straight rye whiskey was made with whiskey barrels that were filled in the spring of 1998. You will find dark chocolate and cinnamon flavors on the palate. Last year’s Antique Collection Sazerac was named “Best Rye Whiskey Aged 11 Years and Over” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018. The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy last_img read more

UDC Accepting Bids for Third City Consultants

first_img The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is still accepting bids from qualified entities to provide consulting services under phase one of its Third City project. Ms. Pinnock advised that phase one also includes a pre-horizon scanning and fore-sighting study, which will also determine the location and criteria for site selection, noting that there are “a number of criteria” that will be used to come up with a list of possible options. Deputy General Manager, Heather Pinnock, says the phase entails the development of a multi-criteria suitability model to determine the best location for establishing Jamaica’s Third City, in keeping with a mandate from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in 2016. The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is still accepting bids from qualified entities to provide consulting services under phase one of its Third City project.Deputy General Manager, Heather Pinnock, says the phase entails the development of a multi-criteria suitability model to determine the best location for establishing Jamaica’s Third City, in keeping with a mandate from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in 2016.She was speaking at the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew’s weekly meeting at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston on January 18, where she represented General Manager, Dr. Damion Graham.Ms. Pinnock advised that phase one also includes a pre-horizon scanning and fore-sighting study, which will also determine the location and criteria for site selection, noting that there are “a number of criteria” that will be used to come up with a list of possible options.She pointed out that work under phase one will assist in determining whether the new city will be developed on unused lands (referred to as a Greenfield) and if there is adequate acreage to accommodate it; whether the development will be on land around an existing town, or if that locale will be upgraded to a city.“We know that a lot of people think that there is a location (that has been identified)… but that has not yet been decided. We are using a formal process to determine the best possible location,” the Deputy General Manager said.Meanwhile, Ms. Pinnock said the UDC, recognising that the new city will require “something to be happening there” that serves as the “pull” that attracts investments and other benefits, has been consulting with several key stakeholders.These include the Special Economic Zone Authority and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO).Ms. Pinnock said the consultations with the Authority are exploring the type of activities that can be leveraged as the basis for attracting investments and additional developments.Additionally, she pointed out that discussions with JAMPRO are focusing on the National Investment Policy and the resources that can be brought to bear on the new city’s development.“So, we are looking very comprehensively at where best it can be located and how we can apply whatever principles we develop to wherever the location is and whatever we find to be the ideal pull for that city,” Ms. Pinnock added.Persons needing more information can visit the agency’s website at: Story Highlightslast_img read more

Community Safety Order Issued

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has upheld another Department of Justice Community Safety Order application. The order comes as the Public Safety Investigation Section reached an important milestone this week. Since it was formed in April 2007, 500 complaints have been investigated by the section. The complaints have brought 101 voluntary evictions where investigators issued a warning-to-vacate notice and the resident chose to leave rather than go to court, and five successful community safety orders, primarily for drug related offences. The latest order came after an investigation by the department’s Public Safety Investigation Section, with Halifax Regional Police, for drug-related activities at 2441 Creighton St., Halifax. The order had the residents evicted and, in this case, rescinded the property lease permanently. “Due to the dedication of our Public Safety Investigation Section’s investigators, we’ve seen great success in creating safer communities in this province,” said Roger Merrick, director of Public Safety Investigations. “Reaching this significant milestone is proof that Nova Scotians have a vested interest in the safety of their neighbourhoods.” “The Safer Communities and Neigbourhoods Act has been a tremendous asset in dealing with drug, alcohol and prostitution related issues,” said Chief Frank Beazley, Halifax Regional Police. “The closure of the property, in this case where illegal drug activity was taking place, is the result of the hard work and partnership between the Provincial Public Safety Investigation Section and Halifax Regional Police.” The Creighton Street Community Safety Order was issued under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. The act improves community safety by targetting and, if necessary, shutting down residential and commercial buildings and land that are regularly used for illegal activities. The act is meant to provide citizens with an effective tool to take back neighbourhoods that are adversely affected by criminal activity, such as illegal use, and trafficking, of drugs, sale of alcohol, prostitution and related offences and illegal gaming. People who want to make a complaint under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act can call 1-877-357-2337.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC, Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions today announced that Academy® and Golden Globe® award-winning actress Anna Paquin (True Blood, Roots, Margaret, Alias Grace) will star in BELLEVUE, a new 8 x one-hour drama series premiering on CBC in winter 2017. Actors Allen Leech (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, Rome) and Shawn Doyle (House of Cards, Big Love, Fargo) will star alongside Paquin in the series. Created by exciting new voice Jane Maggs and veteran producer/director Adrienne Mitchell, BELLEVUE is commissioned by CBC and produced by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys, Tut) and Back Alley Film Productions (Durham County, Bomb Girls). Filming begins September 19 in and around Montreal.Thrilling and eerie, BELLEVUE is a mystery set in a small blue-collar town with a lot of ‘good people’ who ‘live right’ and take it upon themselves to make sure the neighbours do too. Driving the series is Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin), a cop whose intense and brazen personality has always been at odds with her hometown. When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also confronted by a mysterious person from her past with disturbing answers and a terrifying need to get inside her head. Leech will star as Annie’s on again, off again ex, Eddie, while Doyle will take on the role of Annie’s superior, Police Chief Peter Welland.“Bellevue is a bold addition to CBC’s drama slate,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC Television. “This series is a prime example of the distinct, premium storytelling we strive to deliver our audiences, anchored by extraordinary talent both behind and on the screen.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Award-winning actress Anna Paquin is best known for her seven-season starring role as Sookie Stackhouse in the hit series True Blood. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Paquin began acting at the age of 11 with her breakout role in The Piano, which earned her an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second youngest winner in Oscar history. She has since had a successful career, boasting high profile roles in the X-Men film franchise, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, The Squid and The Whale;25th Hour; Finding Forester; Almost Famous; Amistad; Buffalo Soldiers; A Walk on the Moon; Fly Away Home; Jane Eyre; The Romantics; Margaret; Straight A’s; and HISTORY’s remake of Roots. Paquin also stars in the upcoming CBC and Netflix mini-series Alias Grace. Paquin is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, WME and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.Allen Leech is an Irish stage, television and film actor best known for his role as chauffeur-turned-son-in-law Tom Branson on the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning historical drama Downton Abbey. Leech is a three-time SAG award winner and has appeared in television series The Tudors and Rome. He also starred in The Imitation Game opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, which was nominated for 5 Golden Globes and 8 Academy Awards. Leech can next be seen in Jonathan Mostow’s The Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington.Canadian actor Shawn Doyle was born and raised in Wabush, Newfoundland. He has won two ACTRA awards for his performance in The Eleventh Hour and The Disappeared; a Gemini award for Eight Days to Live; and a Canadian Screen Award forJohn A: Birth of a Country. Other TV credits include the series Lost, CSI, Hannibal, Lie to Me, End Game, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, 24, Desperate Housewives, Reign and Big Love. Doyle can currently be seen in the CBC drama series This Life; the Syfy series The Expanse; and the upcoming Netflix series Frontier.“Anna Paquin is the perfect actress to bring this brilliant and complex detective to life,” says Executive Producer Michael Prupas, president of Muse Entertainment. “Anna, Allen Leech and Shawn Doyle are internationally recognized actors whose strong talents will draw audiences from across the globe into the rich world of Bellevue.”“We are so excited by Anna’s passion and enthusiasm for the series and know that she’ll bring her signature artistry to this deliciously fraught and driven character,” said Executive Producers Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley Film Productions.Commissioned by CBC, Bellevue is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. The series was created by Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell, with Maggs serving as senior writer, executive producer and co-showrunner with Mitchell, who is pilot director and executive producer. Executive producers are Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas, Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue) and Jesse Prupas. Muse Distribution International is handling the series’ international distribution.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. About Muse Entertainment Enterprises Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse Entertainment has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 international award nominations. Currently, Muse is producing The Kennedys: After Camelot, the 4-hour follow up to the award winning miniseries The Kennedys; the 2nd season of The Art of More series for Sony Pictures for whom it also produced two seasons of the sci-fi series Helix; as well as the France/Canada coproduced, animated, children’s series Helen’s Place. Muse is also producing multiple mystery movies for Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries Channel as well as the documentary series Collision Course for Reelz Channel. Muse recently produced the 6-hour event television series Tut for Spike Channel, about the life of the famous pharaoh Tutankhamen. The company’s recent productions include four seasons of the supernatural seriesBeing Human, the dramedy series Signed, Sealed, Delivered, the wartime dramatic series Bomb Girls, the dramatic series Pillars of the Earth, Ben Hur, Durham County, and several TV movies for Disney and Hallmark channels. Muse Entertainment maintains production and development operations in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. For more information, please visit About Back Alley Film Productions Back Alley Film Productions Ltd, founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, has been producing entertaining and provocative film and television in Canada for over 20 years. The company’s most recent project was WWII drama Bomb Girls starring Meg Tilly, which won Outstanding Drama at the 2013 Gracie Awards and 9 Canadian Screen Awards over the series’ run. Back Alley’s other series include the critically acclaimed crime series Durham County, billed by the New York Times as “entirely addictive,” and recently named “Top Canadian Series of All Time,” by TV-Eh. Mitchell and Lundman are recipients of the Production Award for Excellence from Women in Film & Television. Back Alley has offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information visit Twitterlast_img read more

Hundreds in Rabat Protest Land Expropriation Marginalization Overgrazing

Rabat – Hundreds of Moroccans from different cities rallied on Sunday near the Parliament in Rabat to condemn the “marginalization” of the people of Essaouira and Souss-Massa region and protest the lack of measures against overgrazing and wild boar damaging their lands.MWNOrganized by Akal Coordination defending people’s rights to land and wealth, the protest is the second of its kind after one last November in Casablanca, as demonstrators stated that their calls “fell on deaf ears.”MWNThe march saw a strong presence of Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) people from the Souss and the Rif region, who are calling on the government to return their “usurped lands” and conduct “a fair distribution of wealth.” The people expressed concern over the repeated attacks of wild boars on their property, complaining that the animals destroy agriculture and plants such as argan trees in the Sous valley of southwestern Morocco.MWNThe demonstration also addressed the issue of law 113.13 related to the management of nomadic pastoralism. The law requires shepherds to obtain permits to find pastures for their livestock to graze on a set of conditions. “We declare our categorical refusal to pasture law 113.13 and call for a radical solution to policies that promote land expropriation, marginalization, and exclusion of indigenous people,” read the banners held by protesters.MWNProtesters condemned acts of overgrazing on lands they inherited from their “forefathers.” They called on the government to abolish the law permitting nomadic pastoralism, expressing frustration at the authorities’ inaction and previous “false promises” to find solutions to their problems.Read Also: Hundreds Rally in Casablanca to Protest Pro-Israeli Enrico Macias ConcertThe march comes a few days after the government approved three bills related to the administrative management of the property of tribal communities and “hereditary lands.”The total of the land areas is estimated at 15 million hectares distributed among 4,563 ethnic groups in the country.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Discovery of mad cow disease case in Canada shows surveillance working –

Calling it “good news” and urging all countries to continue their checks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow in Canada proved that active surveillance and diagnosis programmes are working.“The identification of a single case of BSE is not a cause for panic,” Andrew Speedy of the FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division said of BSE, also known as mad cow disease, which is deadly for humans when transmitted through eating contaminated meat.“It is good news that odd single cases of BSE are being picked up by inspection. There has been no sign of an escalation of numbers in any of the countries that have identified isolated cases. Rather, it demonstrates that active surveillance is picking up the one-in-a-million case,” Mr. Speedy added.“All countries should continue to check for the disease and apply precautionary measures, even where BSE has never been found.”Only a few cases had been found in new countries, and the trend in European countries which were most affected is certainly downwards as a result of government programmes to find and destroy the disease, Mr. Speedy said.But, he added, “Even countries which have not found any cases of BSE should now consider adopting more stringent measures.”Keeping the dangerous material out of the food chain and not amplifying the risk through feeding it back to animals are the principle factors to ensure against the survival of BSE in a country. “Stricter rules and attention to detail are called for to be absolutely sure that meat is safe,” Mr. Speedy stressed. read more

UN refugee agency finishes interviewing Sudanese held in Egypt

Staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have finished interviewing the remaining Sudanese detainees who have been held by Egyptian authorities since a Cairo demonstration turned fatally violent in late December, an agency spokesman announced today.Marie-Hélène Verney told reporters in Geneva that over the past several days, 25 legal specialists conducted in-depth status determination interviews – averaging about three hours each – with all of the detainees.“UNHCR last night advised the Egyptian government that 14 of the detainees were found to be persons of concern who should be released immediately,” she said. “We also advised that another 34 recent arrivals should be given five days to appeal UNHCR’s findings, if they wish to do so.”The others were deemed ineligible for international refugee protection under UNHCR’s mandate, but she said the agency reiterated its earlier recommendation, citing humanitarian grounds, that none of the detained Sudanese be deported now given “the unstable and evolving situation in Sudan, family separation, ongoing displacement, and the hardship already suffered by all the detained Sudanese following the recent tragic events in Cairo,” said Ms. Verney.“We hope the remaining detainees will be released,” she said.The agency is also stressing to the Egyptian Government that any of the detainees under criminal investigation should enjoy due process under the law.The Sudanese have been detained since a tragic confrontation in which several people died in Cairo’s Mustapha Mahmoud Square on 30 December following a three month sit-in by some 2,000 people close to the UNHCR office.Most of demonstrators were released from detention within a few days. In early January, UNHCR had asked the Government for a period of at least one month to do proper legal assessments of all the remaining 627 detainees still being held at that time. UNHCR was initially given three days, followed by a week, and then another extension of one week, which ended yesterday.UNHCR’s legal teams worked day and night to assure proper assessments of all the Sudanese remaining in detention. Between 7 and 20 January, as a result of recommendations made by UNHCR’s Cairo office, more than 440 Sudanese were released.In the meantime UNHCR Cairo has continued to deal with the backlog which had arisen over the past three months. “Over the past days hundreds of people, mostly Sudanese, approached our office in Cairo to renew cards, get registered or present other requests,” Ms. Verney said. The agency’s Cairo offices normally provide basic assistance and care to over 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly Sudanese but also Somalis, Eritreans and Ethiopians. read more

UN agencies release updated guidelines for countries on pesticide legislation and labelling

Some 30 years to the day after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory frameworks governing the management of pesticides are kept up to date.“Despite the very significant progress achieved since the original promulgation of the Code, many national frameworks for managing pesticides are in need of upgrades to face today’s challenges,” said Ren Wang, FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Safety, in a press release.According to the agency, much more is now known about the long-term health and environmental effects of pesticides, new international agreements have been put in place and it is broadly recognised that poor pesticide management can have negative effects on trade in agricultural produce. Pesticide legislation formulated in the 80s and 90s needs a health check-up to ensure that countries are effectively protecting people and the environment, Mr. Wang warned. Globally, the use of pesticides has continued to grow over the past three decades, he further noted. Industry data suggest that the size of the global pesticide market has doubled over the past 15 years and currently exceeds $50 billion in annual sales.To help address these challenges, FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) have now released a pair of updated guidelines on pesticide legislation and labelling that take into account new developments and concerns.The revised guidelines explain in detail the elements of a sound national pesticide legal framework, which the UN agencies say serve as a reference point for governments that are reviewing or updating existing pesticide legislation or drafting it from scratch.Meanwhile, an overhauled set of Guidelines is targeted to pesticide regulatory authorities – primarily in developing countries and countries with economies in transition – which are creating or revising national pesticide labelling requirements. A critical element in protecting human health and avoiding negative environmental impacts, pesticide labels explain how to use products correctly and legally, describe potential hazards and precautionary measures, and give instructions on responding to poisonings or spills, the UN agencies highlighted.“FAO encourages all countries to take these guidelines into consideration when reviewing their current pesticide legislation and labelling regimes, with an aim to better protect human health and the environment and to make agriculture more sustainable,” Mr. Wang said.“The 1985 International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides helped bring much needed order to a ‘Wild West situation,’ in which many countries did not yet have legislation for the control of pesticides, and health- and environmental problems stemming from their misuse were rampant,” he continued. “Those who paid the steepest price were millions of poor farmers lacking access to information, training, and proper means of protection.”The Code – renamed the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management and updated several times, most recently in 2013 – along with a series of supporting FAO guidelines, policy work, and field programs has provided an international reference framework on the control of pesticides for governments and the private sector alike.FAO highlighted that today, nearly all countries have pesticide legislation in place and products generally are better labelled, adding that the most acutely toxic pesticides have been removed from the market in many countries, and alternative approaches to the use of chemicals in agriculture – such as Integrated Pest Management, which emphasizes natural methods to control and prevent pests and diseases – are increasingly becoming mainstream.Yet despite this important progress, the agency said much remains to be done. FAO will be prioritizing support to countries to strengthen their capacity to enforce pesticide legislation and promote integrated pest management to reduce reliance on pesticides.The agency will also provide guidance to governments to help them review their national list of authorized pesticides in order to identify highly hazardous pesticides that require special attention, for instance because the manner in which they are commonly used in the country may pose elevated risks to health or the environment. read more

Iraq Fostering reconciliation should complement military victories against ISIL Security Council told

“The rebuilding of infrastructure, restoration of essential services, rule of law, schools and employment are ever more important to restore confidence in the Government,” the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, told the Council. “Returns of IDPs [internally displaced people] holds the key to rebuilding Iraq’s solid societal fabric. It is part of the reconciliation and healing,” he added, noting that in general, the pace of returns in the previously liberated despite the Government’s and international community’s efforts is rather slow.Making special mention of the operation against ISIL in Mosul, Mr. Kubiš said that the efforts of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the Peshmerga, the Popular Mobilization Forces and allied tribal and local volunteers are making steady progress in liberating the city, while trying to avoid excessive risks to the civilian populations. “This liberation operation marks the beginning of the end of the so-called ‘Da’esh caliphate’ in Iraq,” he underscored.He also called on local leaders to ensure that the grievances of the past are addressed and a way is found to live together “after ISIL in justice and equality for all.” “Reconciliation at both community and national level is the way to make military victories against ISIL sustainable, to make Iraq truly peaceful and united,” he highlighted. In his briefing, Mr. Kubiš also informed the Council of credible reports of the group forcing tens of thousands of civilians, including women and children to relocate inside the city, effectively using them as human shields, as well as the killing civilians who refuse to comply with their instructions or those who previously belonged to the ISF, including 232 civilians who were reportedly shot dead on 26 October. He added that as of yesterday, some 35,000 people have been displaced due to the fighting in Mosul, and Iraqi authorities have been providing them transport to emergency sites, where some 20,000 are presently being housed, while many others, he said, have found shelter in host communities. The UN envoy further reported that humanitarian agencies continue their preparations for mass displacement as well as for the upcoming winter. Mr. Kubiš, also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), noted that the Mission had referred a few sporadic reports, mostly of individuals committing “ad hoc acts of revenge” against captured ISIL fighters to the Iraqi Government for investigation and appropriate action. “The Government must continue its efforts to prevent such incidents from occurring and to investigate and punish any such incidents should they occur,” he reiterated. Further in his briefing, the UN official also called on the Governments of Iraq and Turkey to “tone down” their rhetoric and accelerate bilateral efforts to find a mutually acceptable resolution to the presence of Turkish troops. He also informed the Council of the activities of the UN in Iraq, including UNAMI’s technical advice to Iraq on a number of laws, including one related to prevention of sexual and gender-based as well as the work of UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN entities.Also, speaking on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals, as well as Kuwaiti property, including the National Archives, he said the Government of Iraq was injecting much-needed energy and momentum into bolstering efforts to find missing persons. Ján Kubiš, Special Representative the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

The Legend Of Tom Izzo Grows

Last Tuesday, I crunched some numbers on which NCAA men’s tournament coaches exceeded expectations the most since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985, based on their teams’ seeds at the start of the tournament. Perhaps not surprisingly, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo ruled all, with his Spartans winning 14.6 more games than would be expected based on the way they were seeded. And after Izzo won two more games over the weekend to secure the Spartans’ seventh Final Four bid under his watch, we thought we’d update the numbers1With a slight tweak to the SRS adjustment that forces the sum of each tournament’s field-wide expected wins to equal 63. to reflect the latest results.Izzo is still No. 1 of course, with 16.2 wins above expectation now (after adding in his two wins over the weekend, plus Michigan State’s expected future wins according to the FiveThirtyEight tournament predictions), while the coach he beat in the East Regional final, Rick Pitino, ranks second since ’85.Two of Izzo’s fellow Final Four coaches also rank among the top 10. John Calipari of Kentucky (whom the Spartans could face for the national championship in a week) places third. And Mike Krzyzewski, whose Duke Blue Devils will play Michigan State on Saturday, ranks 10th. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan may seem like the odd man out, but Ryan’s teams have still exceeded expectations — though only by 2.7 wins over his career, which ranks 31st since 1985. read more

Ohio State womens basketball draws Minnesota in conference tournament

The Ohio State women’s basketball team was given the ninth seed in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday after beating No. 5 seed Michigan at home earlier that afternoon, 66-55. The Buckeyes (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) outshot the Wolverines (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), making 54 percent of their shots compared to Michigan’s 50 percent. OSU, however, made 11 of 15 free throws, while Michigan only made 5 of 6, allowing the Buckeyes to hold on to the lead they had grabbed with 8:32 left in the first half. After the game, redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes said the win was an ideal note to head into the conference tournament. “We needed the confidence-booster going into the Big Ten tournament, so this is great,” she said in a press release. OSU is scheduled to take on No. 8 seed Minnesota (18-12, 7-9 Big Ten) in the first round of the tournament Thursday. The Gophers hold a 2-0 record against the Buckeyes this season. They first beat OSU in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 10, dropping the Buckeyes to a 0-3 Big Ten record for the first time since 2001. On Feb. 21, the Gophers came to Columbus and beat OSU, 57-56, thanks to a last-second jumper from Minnesota sophomore guard Rachel Banham. OSU coach Jim Foster said after Sunday’s game against the Wolverines that his team had taken the Minnesota loss to heart and improved as a result of it. “You lose a game like the Minnesota game and some folks are going to use the ‘woe is me’ approach and I think this group did just the opposite of that,” he said in a press release. “They came out and were resilient.” The Buckeyes have won four tournament titles, three of which came from consecutive tournaments from 2009-2011. OSU heads into its contest against the Gophers with several Buckeyes who earned Big Ten honors this past week. Freshman guard Ameryst Alston earned her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the week of March 4, while senior guard Tayler Hill was named First Team All-Big Ten for the second season in a row. Hill was also named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team for the third consecutive season, along with Stokes, who made the list for the second year in a row. Redshirt sophomore Amy Scullion received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for OSU. OSU is set to take on Minnesota at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The winner of that game is scheduled to face No. 1 seed Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. read more

Charities win Supreme Court challenge to sixfigure award made to daughter who

first_imgAttempts at reconciliation failed, and when 70-year-old Mrs Jackson died in 2004 her will made no provision for her daughter.Martin Oliver, partner at Wright Hassall solicitors, who represented Mrs Ilott, said in a statement: “Heather is naturally very disappointed with the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment.”She is a hard-working mother who brought a claim to seek reasonable financial provision from her mother’s estate under legislation which has been around for over 80 years.”The Court of Appeal’s award comprised the £143,000 to enable Mrs Ilott to purchase her home, the reasonable costs of the purchase, and payments up to a maximum of £20,000 structured in a way that would allow her to preserve her state benefits.In his judgment Lord Hughes said that the original decision had been correct because the District Judge had  already taken into account the impact on Mrs Ilott’s benefits. The decision had been overturned because Court of Appeal judges incorrectly said that the cash award could reduce her entitlement to these. Lawyers said the decision would make it more difficult for children to claim against a parent’s will.Scott Taylor, of law firm Barlow Robbins, said: “This judgment has potentially helped to stem the floodgates for claims by adult children who feel disappointed with the level of provision made for them in a will and has confirmed that only adult children who can demonstrate particularly straitened financial circumstances are likely to succeed.” The Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals argued that the appeal judges “fell into error” when deciding to increase the maintenance payout.The previous judgment said that donations left to charities should be seen as a “windfall” and and that they would have to demonstrate their need for the money outweighed the needs of disinherited family members. Mrs Ilott, from Great Munden, Hertfordshire, made an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for “reasonable financial provision” from her mother’s estate.The Act confers the right on a child of a deceased parent to apply for an order if a will does not make reasonable provision for their maintenance.It is the first time an appeal under the 1975 Act has reached the Supreme Court.The law is normally used to benefit children or dependent relatives. This case is unusual because Mrs Ilott was an adult and financially independent from her mother when she made the claim.A panel of seven Supreme Court justices, headed by president Lord Neuberger, restored the order made by a district judge in 2007 that the sum should be £50,000.In the judgment Lord Hughes said that not enough weight had been given to Mrs Jackson’s wishes and that the good works the charities would do with the money added weight to their claim. A six-figure award to a woman who was left out of her estranged mother’s will has been overturned by the Supreme Court after three charities appealed the decision. Melita Jackson left the majority of her £486,000 estate to three animal charities, but her estranged adult daughter Heather Ilott made a claim against the estate, arguing that her mother had not made provision for her. An original settlement of £50,000 made by a district judge was appealed by Mrs Ilott, who said it was not generous enough. The Court of Appeal ruled that Mrs Ilott  should be awarded £160,000, including £143,000 to buy her housing association home. This has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, which restored the original award.The judgment means that adult children are less likely to be able to make a successful claim against parents’ estates if they are disinherited. Mrs Ilott has no pension and lives on state benefits. She has five children and lived in a “modest” way, working as a bookkeeper for her actor husband who had “intermittent” work, the judgment said.But it added that significant weight should be given to the wishes set down in a person’s will and that family relationships do not automatically override the needs of charities who would use the money to do good works. He said: “Charities depend heavily on testamentary bequests for their work, which is by definition of public benefit and in many cases will be for demonstrably humanitarian purposes. The property in Hertfordshire which Mrs Ilott was awarded money from her mother’s estate to buyCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals “More fundamentally, these charities were the chosen beneficiaries of the deceased. They did not have to justify a claim on the basis of need under the 1975 Act, as Mrs Ilott necessarily had to do.”The judges also said that children would be entitled to more if they had had a close relationship with the parent and therefore a greater expectation of receiving something in a will. The judges also said that the law around wills should be clarified to avoid similar cases arising in future. In a separate judgment Lady Hale said: “I have written this judgment only to demonstrate what, in my view, is the unsatisfactory state of the present law, giving as it does no guidance as to the factors to be taken into account in deciding whether an adult child is deserving or undeserving of reasonable maintenance.”I regret that the Law Commission did not reconsider the fundamental principles underlying such claims when last they dealt with this topic in 2011.”Only child Mrs Ilott was rejected by her mother at the age of 17 after she left home without her knowledge or agreement in 1978, to live with her boyfriend Nicholas Ilott, who she later married. GV of the home in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, of Heather Ilott, whose mother Melita Jackson cut her from her will for eloping with her boyfriend when she was just 17 A spokesman for the charities said: “We are pleased that the Supreme Court has given welcome reassurance that – save in limited and specific circumstances – the wishes recorded in a person’s will must be respected.”Blue Cross, RSPCA and RSPB and the charitable sector as a whole rely on generous gifts left in wills, without which much of their valuable work could not be done.”This judgment will allow us to continue to honour the wishes of individuals who choose to remember charities in their will.” 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.last_img read more

FLSmidth in EPC contract for MAK coppermoly concentrator in Mongolia

first_imgFLSmidth has received orders worth approximately $43 million from the Mongolian company, Mongolyn Alt (MAK) Group, to supply engineering, procurement and site construction services for the Tsagaan Suvarga copper-molybdenum concentrator project. This greenfield plant, with a capacity of 40,000 t/d of ore, will be located in the central part of the proven Oyu Tolgoi south Gobi porphyry copper belt in southeast Mongolia. FLSmidth is currently supplying all the main process technology for the project under a separate, previously-awarded contract announced in 2011.MAK is the third largest company in Mongolia with diverse business activities, including coal and gold mining operations. This will be the Group’s first copper concentrator. In February 2012, FLSmidth was awarded an order from MAK for supply of a greenfield cement plant. “We are very happy to receive this third major order from MAK for their Tsagaan Suvarga copper-molybdenum concentrator project. It confirms our strategy of working closer with our customers, providing the support and services they need as a key to developing long-term partnerships,” President of the FLS Mineral Processing Division Peter Flanagan comments.last_img read more

MICROMINE Geobank 2017 released to market

first_imgMICROMINE has announced that Geobank 2017 is now available for download. “Geobank 2017 delivers improved usability, functionality and performance to our users, with a variety of benefits relevant to both exploration and mining operations.”The company says Geobank 2017 is packed with a number of new and enhanced features which include:New and improved Sample Tracker that brings a new user interface as well as batch loading, lab-QAQC resolution, file format detection, improved interactivity and many more changes.Excel lab files can now be imported by Sample Tracker.Various usability enhancements including adding new rows between existing in data views and alternating colours for rows in configuration manager.Numerous quality improvements with the most significant changes being fixes to graphic report display, issues with exported files, and response speed and performance improvements.Addition of built-in tabs to add and edit metadata for Sample Tracker and general lookups.Licensing enhancements including Crypkey licence transfer and network licence improvement.Graphic report logarithmic scales now have versatile display options and alignment or objects in the designed is significantly more intuitive.Web based help is now available.Support for Micromine 2016 .dat file format.last_img read more

Hawks Pimp Homes With Plastic Bags

first_imgIn the human world, a home full of plastic bags is generally considered a put off. In fact, A&E has largely built its primetime lineup around such people. Black kites, on the other hand, covet the stuff.In fact, according to a new study, the big Eurasian raptors use plastic and other manmade materials as status symbols of sorts. The birds prefer white plastic, used as a warning against other birds that might attempt to take over their next. According to the geek-cetera journal, the birds who most used plastic were also the best fighters and produced the most offspring.Before plastic came along, the birds used paper and cloth. Before that, it was most likely brightly colored feathers from other birds.last_img