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Supreme Court wraps up hearing on passing directions for BCCI reforms

first_imgA marathon session of over a dozen hearings on implementation of Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI came to an end on Thursday in the Supreme Court, which took the cricket board to task over issues like fund utilisation and avoiding of performance audits.QUESTIONS FUND ALLOCATIONThe apex court made critical remarks on the issue of fund allocation and utilisation after it was told that office-bearers of Goa Cricket Association, which in the last five years had received Rs 141 crore from BCCI, were recently arrested on charges of misappropriation.Amicus curiae and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam not only briefed a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla about the arrest of the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Goa Cricket Association, but also spoke about the affairs of other boards like Saurashtra Cricket Association and Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).ANURAG THAKUR UNDER SCANNERWhile he was making the submissions, senior advocate Nalini Chidambram, appearing for Cricket Association of Bihar whose secretary Aditya Verma has approached the apex court, trained the guns on the newly-appointed BCCI president Anurag Thakur, claiming he was facing three criminal cases and has been elected to head the cash-rich sports body.Subramanian supported her submissions saying that the Lodha committee had said if any person is chargesheeted, it is a serious issue and he should be kept away from the affairs of the sports body.He said the affairs of cricket of Saurashtra Cricket Association was such that not only its members, but people associated with it like drivers, servants and children were the members of the association.advertisementDDCA MESSSubramaniam also touched upon the messy affairs of DDCA, saying a postal address from Shakur Basti in North West Delhi showed it was a 48 square meterarea, but it had 14 members of the association.”How many members can live in 48 square metres? But from one such address, there are 14 members in the DDCA,” he said adding that even sham bills were created for payments and contractors not paid for work done at Ferozshah Kotla stadium.Subramaniam further said that the state of affairs in Ferozshah Kotla stadium here was such that seats for children or the disabled were not available.This was referred to in the report of Justice Mukul Mudgal who was appointed by Delhi High Court as an observer to look after the affairs during India-South Africa test match and IPL matches.The bench then asked senior advocate KK Venugopal, who appeared for BCCI, as to why no utilisation certificates were sought from the state cricket associations who were allocated funds.”Now since May 10, you have been seeking utilisation certificates but what happened before that? Why were you sleeping all these years? Why were utilisation certifications not sought? You were disbursing funds without the utilisation certificates,” the bench said adding that there should be some mechanism for monitoring and allocation of funds.Venugopal said BCCI was trying to implement the Lodha panel recommendations one by one and those associations and action has been taken against those office bearers who were found to be indulging in irregularities.”We have taken appropriate actions against Goa, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern states and funds have been stopped,” Venugopal said.To this, the bench asked “is stopping of funds an appropriate action? Why would the players and game suffer due to the actions of some? If you stop the funds, the game will not flourish,” the bench, while reserving the orders on the matter the hearing of which stretched from the month of March.”You must ask your auditors to go into the aspects of utilisation of funds by each state association. Take instructions and inform whether they have been asked to conduct performance audit. Some amounts must have been spent and some amounts must have been misappropriated,” the bench observed.Shortly thereafter, Venugopal said an affidavit would be filed on the issue of performance audit and added that auditors have been tasked to do performance audit since 2015.BCCI has been averse to some of the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha led-panel and has objected to suggestions like one state-one vote, age and tenure cap on office-bearers and CAG nominee on its board.last_img read more

November 25, 2019 0

Champions League: Bayern crush PSV to return to winning ways

first_imgBayern Munich crushed Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 4-1 in Champions League Group D on Wednesday to bounce back after three games without a win in all competitions and take a big step towards the last 16.What had started as a walk in the park with Bayern riding roughshod over the Dutch with goals from Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich turned into a nervous affair after PSV pulled a goal back through Luciano Narsingh before halftime.The German champions, however, second in the group on six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid who have nine, kept their cool and Robert Lewandowski headed in the third goal on the hour. (Ozil nets hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Ludogorets 6-0) Arjen Robben made sure of the three points and ended Bayern’s run of three matches without a win, converting an 84th-minute header against his former team to stretch his side’s Champions League record to 14 successive home wins.Eindhoven are on one point, along with Russia’s Rostov.”We played very good from the start. We had high intensity, it was perfect,” Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters.”We had some problems towards the end of the first half and early in the second half. Sometimes I need to tell players what goes wrong and they are smart and very professional.”The hosts made their intentions clear early on, after talk of a mini-crisis surfaced following two draws in the league and defeat by Atletico, with Mueller firing narrowly wide in the third minute.He did it better in the 13th, however, slotting home on the rebound.advertisementThe hosts, with captain Philipp Lahm making his 100th Champions League appearance for the club, hit the woodwork through Robben as they dominated the first half with Eindhoven’s defence dazed. (Messi hits treble as Barcelona sink Guardiola’s Man City)Phillip Cocu’s men, unbeaten in their previous 21 away games in all competitions, struggled to get past the halfway line.Kimmich doubled Bayern’s lead in the 21st with a close-range header to take his goal tally to three in three Champions League games this season.The Dutch side struck against the run of play with their first shot on goal as Narsingh’s effort four minutes before halftime went in off the post.The improving Dutch came closer to an equaliser with Gaston Pereiro but just as PSV were gaining momentum Lewandowski nodded in on the hour to settle the home team’s nerves.Robben headed in the fourth goal from an outstanding Thiago Alcantara cross to complete Bayern’s victory.”We did not play badly. We had the chances to get a good result,” Cocu said.”We were under pressure early on but we came back. Early in the second half we did it well but now it is very difficult for us.”last_img read more

November 21, 2019 0

Computer Science Student is 2013 Rhodes Scholar

first_imgTwenty-two year old University of the West Indies (UWI) student, Vincent Taylor, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship award. The Munroe College alumnus, who is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Computer Science at UWI, was chosen from a field of 11 outstanding candidates, comprising six females and five males. Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, in announcing the award at King’s House on Thursday (November 15), said the selection of this year’s recipient was “a difficult process”. “This is one of the hardest ones we’ve had. The most difficult one in a number of years and the reason for that is because we have so many brilliant candidates this year,” he stated. The Governor-General also announced that because of the high quality of the candidates, at the recommendation of the selection committee, one other candidate, Dr. Katherine Innis, will go to Barbados to compete for the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship. Dr. Innis, who is a medical intern at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, recently graduated from the UWI with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree. Sir Patrick congratulated all 11 candidates on their achievements and wished them well as they continue their “pursuit of academic excellence in your various disciplines”. Meanwhile, in an interview with JIS News, Mr. Taylor said he was “extremely elated” in winning the scholarship, but also humbled by the confidence the committee has placed in him. He also thanked his family and his teachers for “being a source of constant support”. “I would also like to say to the other candidates, who were unsuccessful today to keep trying, because this is my second time around and I hit the jackpot,” he stated. Mr. Taylor, who lost out to Dr. David Walcott in 2010, said he was happy he never gave up hope of winning the highly acclaimed award. “I was shortlisted two years ago and certainly, I’ve done a lot of work since then, which would make me a much better candidate this year,” he remarked. The Santa Cruz Preparatory graduate holds a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science and Electronics from the UWI, and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Computer Science, specialising in research on wireless sensor network security. He will go on to the Oxford University in the United Kingdomwhere he intends to pursue further studies in the field. “I will be doing more research into network security, because I think it is important that we secure our networks, as technology is becoming pervasive across the world. We need to have our networks secured so that our transactions are safe and our personal information is safe,” he stated. Secretary of the Jamaica Rhodes Selection Committee, Peter Goldson, said the committee members were “very impressed” with the calibre of candidates this year. “It does say something encouraging about the University of the West Indies and our educational system when there are so many brilliant young men and women, who have done so well. It really is very encouraging,” he remarked. The Rhodes Scholarships are presented from the Rhodes Trust, which was established by British diamond magnate and imperial statesman, Cecil John Rhodes.last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Global LNG Fleet Passes 400 Vessel Mark

first_imgzoom Global Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) carrier fleet surpassed the 400 vessel mark for the first time mid-April, according to Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).In its market review (week 19, 2014) IMDO said that the LNG carrier fleet has experienced a remarkable growth path since the first commercial cargo of LNG was delivered from Algeria to the UK almost 50 years ago, in October 1964.Thirty-four years passed before the LNG fleet reached 100 vessels and passed the 200 vessel mark as recently as 2006, but as demand for natural gas soared, fleet growth accelerated exponentially, reaching 300 vessels by December 2008.Due to the global financial crisis, the orderbook shrank dramatically and it taking until now to reach the 400 vessel landmark. Fleet growth is hastening however, with 120 LNG carriers currently on order and the 500th vessel due for delivery late – 2016.The reviving LNG fleet growth is being driven by strong Asian demand and the seven LNG liquefaction plants under construction in Australia are targeting the rising requirements of the region.China received 260 cargoes in 2013, from 206 in 2012, while there were 82 deliveries to the South East Asia quartet of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. imdo, May 15, 2014last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Trelleborg to Showcase Products at Subsea Asia 2014

first_imgzoom Trelleborg’s offshore operation will present its extended range of subsea applications, including its recently re-branded portfolio of thermal insulation materials, at Subsea Asia 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Located on stand 1701, the company will showcase its advancements in buoyancy, bend restrictors and stiffeners, as well as its flowline protection solution, Uraduct®.However, taking center stage will be Trelleborg’s portfolio of thermal insulation solutions, Vikotherm™; specifically its high performance R2 and S1 materials.Thermal insulation sales manager, Adrian Wood, will also deliver a presentation on Wednesday, June 11 at 14:15, entitled, “Thermal insulation as part of the flow assurance sub-segment”.Mr. Wood said: “Subsea environments are becoming harsher and exploration is going deeper, resulting in a real need for higher performance solutions which are guaranteed to perform under these extremes. Our Vikotherm™ portfolio more than caters to these environments, delving to depths as low as 3,000+m / 9,843+ft. and temperatures as low as -49°C / -56°F and as high as +115°C / +311°F. As such, our customers are reassured that oil and gas can continue to flow through the pipe as required.”Vikotherm R2 consists of a three-layer coating system which provides total protection against corrosion and hydrogen induced stress cracking (HISC).Similarly, its seawater, impact and creep resistance means that it offers excellent thermal insulation properties. The material is suitable for jumpers and spool pieces, tie in spools, manifolds, subsea trees, risers and flowlines, joints, insulation covers and many more applications.In addition, the Vikotherm S1 is based on non-syntactic silicone technology. This material is ideal for risers and flow lines, subsea trees, manifolds, terminations and more.The S1 cures at room temperature without exposure to air, making it resistant to cracking and shrinking. In addition, the absence of glass microspheres means it provides superior joint strength, increased thermal conductivity, long-term flexibility and increased hydrolytic stability.As it’s not restricted by geometry or thickness limitations, the S1 can meet a broad range of application specifications.June 9, 2014last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

CMA CGM Enhances Moroccan North EuropeTurkey Links

first_imgzoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM has upgraded its Moroccan coverage by deploying six services linking the country with Russia, Europe and the Middle East and enhanced its FEMEX service between North Europe and Turkey by adding new ports of call.The six services, DUNKRUS, AGAX, CISS, AGAPOV, NADOR MED EXPRESS and EPIC2, feature ten weekly calls in Moroccan ports.The first three services, offered by CMA CGM and its subsidiary OPDR, will link Morocco with Northern Europe and Russia.With the remaining three services, the group said it will directly connect Morocco to France, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The company said it introduced the services “to meet the increased demand” due to the beginning of the export season in Morocco.Separately, CMA CGM said it will consolidate its FEMEX service jointly with Danish shipping company Seago, Maersk Group’s subsidiary, as well as with German-based Hamburg Süd. The new service will be operated by five 6,500 TEUs vessels: 2 by CMA CGM, 2 by Seago and 1 by Hamburg Süd.“The first southbound phase for this new service will be performed by “CMA CGM Rabelais” which will reach Rotterdam on December 2,” CMA CGM said.According to CMA CGM, new ports of Felixstowe, Valencia and Piraeus will be added to the service’s former existing rotation.The current calls at Casablanca and Constanta are transferred on new dedicated short sea services, the company said.The revised FEMEX rotation will be as follows: Felixstowe (United Kingdom), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremerhaven (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Marsaxlokk (Malta), Piraeus (Greece), Gebze, Ambarli, Gemlik, Aliaga (Turkey), Marsaxlokk, Valencia (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco), Felixstowe.last_img read more

October 23, 2019 0

Jane Fonda To Be Honored At Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center is proud to announce that two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner will be honored at the Center’s 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on November 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Fonda will receive the award from the incomparable Lily Tomlin, her co-star in the hit show Grace and Frankie. Nyswaner’s award will be presented by Frances McDormand.Additional participants and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the nation’s premier LGBT charity events, the Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards will bring together more than 1,200 LGBT people and their allies to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, while celebrating inspirational honorees who exemplify courage, compassion, and a relentless tenacity for creating positive change in the world. The evening also features an extensive silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.“This honor means a lot to me. The work that the Center does for the LGBT community, its children, and extended families is profound and essential,” said Fonda, who will soon appear in director Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.Fonda became a friend and ally to the LGBT community at a time when celebrities advocating for LGBT rights was almost unthinkable. She campaigned with Harvey Milk against California’s anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative, fought Anita Bryant – the notorious activist who demonized LGBT with a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida – and has been a lifelong supporter of the LGBT community and champion for human rights.“Since long before I worked with Jane, I was in awe of her energy, activism, and generosity,” said Tomlin. “Three decades later, I am still in awe of her and feel truly privileged to bestow this well-deserved honor. She has earned this over and over and over in her lifetime.”Nyswaner is an openly gay writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, activist and pioneer in LGBT-related films. He’s the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia, the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS, and is the winner of a Peabody Award for his film Soldier’s Girl, which tells the true-life story of transgender heroine Calpernia Addams. More recently he wrote Freeheld—starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page—the groundbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to win her lesbian partner’s pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is also the co-creator of the Nyswaner/Salzman Film Archive, the fourth largest LGBT film archive in the United States.Please visit for additional information including details on how to purchase tickets.Sponsors of the Center’s Anniversary Vanguard Awards include Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Platinum Sponsors: AT&T DirecTV and The Palette Fund; Gold Sponsors: Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Nordstrom, Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Motors, U.S. Bank, Van Fletcher & Skip Paul, Southern California Gas Company, Barry McCabe, PacFed, Greg Fullmer/Danny Hawkins/Douglas Dyakon, Curt Shepard & Alan Hergott, and Lionsgate; Silver Sponsors: The Huntington, Ralphs/Food4Less, Union Bank, Target, Out@WB, The David Bohnett Foundation, Johnson Controls, The Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza, LabCorp, Rose Greene, Nihon Kohden, UTA Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.; In-Kind Sponsors: & The Advocate, LA Pride, Stoli, Pasquini Coffee, and Lesbian News; and Official Wine Sponsor: Kobler Estate Winerylast_img read more

October 16, 2019 0

Lea Michele ties knot with fiance

first_imgLos Angeles: Glee alum Lea Michele has tied the knot with her fiance Zandy Reich. The 32-year-old actor and the 36-year-old president of AYR clothing company, had announced their engagement in April last year. They had been dating for about two years. According to People, the couple got married in a romantic ceremony in Northern California. “We are so excited to be married and grateful to be surrounded by our friends and family,” the couple told the outlet. “And most of all, we’re so happy to spend the rest of our lives together,” they further added. The wedding was attended by family members and friends, including Michele’s Glee co-stars Darren Criss and Becca Tobin, along with Scream Queens actor Emma Roberts.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 0

Morocco MCCE to Organize National Meeting on Public Policy

Casablanca- In collaboration with the regional board of the Moroccan Journalists Union in Benslimane, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), supported by the United Nation Democracy Fund (UNDEF), is organizing a national meeting on public policy in Bouznika (40 kilometres from Casablanca) from 9 to 11 May 2014.The event aims to engage youth and civil society in a constructive public policy dialogue with local decision makers and community leaders.Taking part in this event are the Governor of Benslimane, Ministers and MPs representing different political parties, as well as local authorities. This national workshop is organized within the framework of a regional project (Engaging Civil Society and Youth in Public Policies in North Africa), which targets three North African countries: Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The central objective of this project is to build and foster public policy analysis and advocacy competencies among civil society organisations, NGOs, and youth groups in the three countries.Based on the remarkably successful Project Citizen program, the goal of the project is to train NGOs and youth to enable them to be considerably more involved in debates on community issues, to analyse and evaluate existing public policies, and eventually suggest solutions and alternative approaches in order to enlist authorities to adopt them.Implemented by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education and its partners in Tunisia and Libya, the project seeks—in the context of the aftermath of the Arab Spring—to enable civil society organizations and youth groups to participate actively in the public policy processes in their countries.Presided by Mr. Elarbi Imad, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education is an independent NGO founded in 2004. Its mission is “to train and educate younger generations to become responsible, effective and active citizens committed to democratic principles.” read more

October 12, 2019 0

Cristiano Ronaldo Sends a Hope Message to Children in Syria

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Portuguese footballer and the star of Real Madrid team, Cristiano Ronaldo, tweeted a message of hope for the children of Syria on Thursday.Ronaldo is known for his philanthropic efforts, which led him to be named the most charitable sports star in the world in 2015. “We know that you have been suffering a lot,” the soccer player said in the short clip. “I am a very famous player but you are the true heroes. Don’t lose your hope: the world is with you. We care about you, I am with you.”A message of hope to the children affected by the conflict in Syria. @SavetheChildren— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 23, 2016Children all over Syria have been exposed to airstrikes, barrel bombs and chemical weapons attacks according to the handful of medical professionals still working in war-torn areas.This week’s developments put President Bashar Al Assad in control of the contested city of Aleppo. Syria’s most populous city had been split east-west between rebels and government forces for months before Russian airstrikes and Iranian support helped Assad’s forces secure their dominance in the area.UNICEF estimated in March that one of every three Syrian children – 3.7 million in total – has grown up knowing only war crisis conditions as the civil war reaches five years in length.Edited by  Zainab Calcuttawala read more

October 12, 2019 0

Mongolia issues call at UN for strategy to ensure global energy security

24 September 2008A comprehensive, global strategy is needed to ensure all countries have energy security, Mongolia’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly tonight, voicing concern about the impact of recent oil price hikes and the need to develop greener sources of energy. Addressing the Assembly’s annual general debate, Sanjaa Bayar said it was critical to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels such as coal given the impact they have on the environment.“Ensuring energy security is a challenge that requires a comprehensive solution both nationally and internationally,” he said. “No country in the world is endowed with or has developed all possible energy sources. So each country has a vested interest in energy cooperation and has something to contribute to it.”Mr. Bayar praised the efforts of some UN Member States and international organizations to research, develop, deploy and transfer innovative energy technologies, particularly those from renewable or low-carbon sources.By contrast, “the use of inefficient coal-burning technology causes air pollution, impacting negatively on the population’s health and the environment.”The Prime Minister added that the development of clean coal technology is a priority for Mongolia, where coal is a major source of energy for electricity and heating. read more

October 12, 2019 0

Trumps America First agenda includes funding for Sri Lanka

Trump, on Tuesday requested $37.6 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said the budget request reflects the President’s “America First” agenda that prioritizes the well-being of Americans, bolsters U.S. national security, secures our borders, and advances U.S. economic interests. Most of the funding (USD 2.8 million) would towards peace and security including combating weapons of mass destruction, and stabilisation operations and security sector reform. US President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda includes funding for Sri Lanka in 2018, US State Department documents said.However Trump has proposed a massive budgetary cut in US financial assistance to Sri Lanka which has come down from USD 42.5 million in 2016 to a mere USD 3.3 million in 2018. “The budget is responsive to the realities of the world in the 21st century, and ensures that the State Department and USAID can quickly adapt to an ever-changing international environment. Activities and programs supported in this budget will support our effort to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations and combat illegal migration and trafficking. This budget will also support our efforts to combat corruption and address threats to good governance, which helps level the playing field for American workers and businesses,” Tillerson said.Tillerson said the FY 2018 budget supports the President’s commitment to make the US Government leaner and more accountable to the American taxpayer, while maximizing our diplomatic and engagement efforts, including with our international partners.He said as the US takes forward the President’s foreign policy priorities, the budget will also help lay the foundation for a new era of global stability and American prosperity. (Colombo Gazette) Military training and education accounts for another half a million USD, according to reports. read more

October 8, 2019 0

Stocks jump breaking a fiveday losing streak after US reports more hiring

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is up sharply after the U.S. government reported a big increase in hiring last month.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 155 points, or 1 per cent, to 15,978 as of noon Eastern time Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 17 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,802. The Nasdaq composite rose 30 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 4,063.It was the first increase for the market this week. The gains were broad; three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.Industrial stocks and others that stand to benefit the most from an economic recovery rose sharply. Intel, Boeing and General Electric led the Dow higher.Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, the fourth straight month of solid growth. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 9:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks jump, breaking a five-day losing streak, after US reports more hiring gains last month read more

October 4, 2019 0

Obscure word propels Londoner to victory in world Scrabble championships

first_imgHe is ranked second in the world and works in real estate in London.He said: “This means a lot to me, I went into the third game with a huge mental advantage having won both previous games, so I knew I just had to keep focused and if the tiles went in my favour I could clinch it.” Scrabble championships  David Eldar (right) played Harshan Lamabadusuriya Credit:Andy Paradise / Mattel/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Australian born wordsmith, who now lives in London, claimed victory at the Old Museum, Nottingham Conference Centre, on Sunday, after competing against players from more than 26 countries and across three rounds of the MSI World Championships.As well as the title, Mr Eldar, who has been playing the board game for 14 years, took home £7,000 in prize money.  David Eldar (right) and Harshan Lamabadusuriya during the final of the World Scrabble Championship A new world Scrabble champion has been crowned thanks to his knowledge of classroom furniture.David Eldar, 27, beat his opponent Harshan Lamabadusurilya 3-0 in a best of five final – placing the word “carrels”, a cubicle desk, to score 74 points. David Eldar in the finals of the World Scrabble Championships  Credit:Andy Paradise / Mattel/PA David Eldar in the finals of the World Scrabble Championships Credit:Andy Paradise / Mattel /PA The runner up, who is ranked 16th in the world and has been playing Scrabble for two decades, will take home £3,000.Some of the words the pair managed to produce during the final included Obvs, slang for obvious, scoring 10 and Asinicos, meaning stupid fellows, scoring 64.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 0

Worlds finest oil paintings suffering from destructive art acne scientists discover

Hundreds of the world’s most precious oil paintings are suffering from a destructive “art acne” disease, experts have warned.Masterpieces including seminal works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh are being damaged by chemical reactions manifesting in pin-sized dots which eventually crust and flake off.More than 30 teams of researchers across the world are now scrambling to find a solution to the scurge, which is believed to be the fault of so-called metal soaps that result from a negative reaction between metal ions and fatty acids commonly used as binder in paints.On Saturday, an international gathering of scientists in Washington DC heard that as many as seven in 10 oil paintings could be at risk.One-off suspicions of a phenomenon known as art acne are documented as far back as 1978.However, it has taken recent studies to accurately characterise the nature of the metal soaps, which present as translucent white pustulations, and to establish how widespread the problem is.Famous paintings affected include Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Goya’s Portrait of Don Andrés del Peral and Van Gogh’s Falling Leaves, according to Professor Marc Walton, from Northwestern University. Vincent Van Gogh's Falling Leaves Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The project will begin by analysing acne on the surface of the works of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, whose paintings are badly affected.For years, scholars assumed the pin-sized blisters were a result of sand kicked up from the New Mexico desert in which she worked.However, it was the realisation, as the works begun to flake, that a chemical reaction was involved which helped alert experts to the scale of the acne problem across the world. “Art acne is a significant and pressing problem that can affect any oil-based painting,” he said. “Around 70 per cent of works show signs of the condition, with bubbles, pitting or a ghost-like film forming over the paint. “This distorts the true image and prevents viewers seeing it as the artist intended.”Professor Walton’s team believe that the free fatty acids within the paint’s binding media are reacting with lead and zinc pigments. This creates metal soaps, which push to the surface of the painting and eventually crust or even rupture.He said movement and transportation of paintings may be an exacerbating factor. “For now, galleries need to make sure they are taking proper care of the work when displaying it, transporting it or storing it.“That may include using air conditioning or dehumidifiers.”The team from Northwest University have now been charged with building a smart phone-operated system to help experts understand the precise conditions that lead to the protrusions on the surface of oil paintings. Microscopic images of Van Gogh’s ‘Falling Autumn Leaves’. Components released in ageing oil paint convert pigments into metal soaps Microscopic images of Van Gogh's 'Falling Autumn Leaves'. Components released in ageing oil paint convert pigments into metal soaps Vincent Van Gogh’s Falling LeavesCredit:Heritage Images/Hulton Fine Art Collection Among O’Keeffe’s famous works that have been particularly badly damaged are Pedernal and Ritz Tower.”After we understand what sort of environmental conditions they have been in, what sort of relative humidity, what sort of temperatures, whether they have been in direct sunlight, then we can prescribe a particular environment with particular conditions that will allow the art work to survive over a very long period of time,” said Professor Walton.“If we don’t do something now, this work will cease to exist in years to come.“We have already lost a lot.” The latest research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington DC. read more

September 25, 2019 0

Eircoms broadband customers revenue and earnings fall in year to end of

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF Eircom broadband customers fell in the year to end of June but at a slower pace than in the previous year.The company now has 451,000 retail broadband customers, a one per cent decrease on its customer base since 30 June 2012. This compares to a five per cent fall reported in last year’s results.In its full year results this morning, the company has reported revenue of €1.4 billion, down 8 per cent on the previous year, while earnings (before interest, taxes and depreciation) were down 12 per cent to €487 million.Eircom reduced its operating costs to €612 million for the year – a 6 per cent improvement.In the mobile market, Eircoms says that customer numbers fell by two per cent in the quarter to 1,059,000 through to the end of June this year.However, there were 83,000 net additions in the post-pay segment during the year to the end of June 2013, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 67,000 post-pay customers.Mobile revenues continued to decline by 5 per cent for the year but mobile earnings (before interest, taxes and depreciation) grew to €17 million, almost double the previous year.Speaking about today’s results Eircom group’s chief executive, Herb Hribar, said that “significant challenges” remain for the company.But he pledged that the number of homes and businesses with fibre-powered broadband would pass 600,000 by the end of the year.“Early next year customers will be able to access speeds of up to 100Mb per second,” he said.“Following the launch of our 4G service this week, almost 30% of the population already has access to superfast mobile data speeds which we believe will peak between 20-25Mb per second.”Watch: Meteor to roll out its 4G service today, but just how fast is it?Read: A third of Irish people ‘do not understand technology’last_img read more

September 22, 2019 0

Vic Alhadeffs Greek roots

first_imgThe “Hellenic” connection that existed at the highest level of the Community Relations Commission of NSW, continues, with the recent appointment of the new Chair.The previously chairman, Stepan Kerkyasharian, of Armenian descent , was born in Cyprus . His successor, Vic Alhadeff, is the son of the Jewish community of Greece who were born on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese.Mr Alhadeff reported extensively on his “Rhodian” roots, during his address at the official opening of The 32nd Greek Festival of Sydney. Speaking in front of a crowd in their thousands he stressed “the deep personal connection I will always feel to the Greek community and to the Greek people”.He narrated publically his family’s story with the following words:“My parents were born in Rhodes. Their world came crashing down at the start of WWII when a raft of anti-Jewish decrees were passed which said that Jews were no longer no longer to attend school, own businesses or marry other people.“My father knew it was time to leave. So he set sail for Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. Hoping to bring his parents, his sister and his fiancee Becky.“It wasn’t to be. German forces arrived on Rhodes and the 2000 Jews were sent to Auschwitz , the largest of the Nazi death camps. My father’s parents, my grandparents, were murdered there. His sisters survived.“But what of his fiancee, Becky?“She too deported to Auschwitz . That was the last my father heard of her. He wrote letter after letter to her. All were returned unopened. He was told she had been killed; she was told that he had been killed.“Some years ago my father was on holiday in Cape Town- and overheard his fiancee’s name. Becky. The same person to whom he had been engaged 50 years earlier.“She had survived- and was now a grandmother in her 70’s living in Belgium. And my father was now a grandfather in his 80’s”, he concluded his narration.Apart from this personal story, Mr Vic Alhadeff mentioned incidents in Greece during the Nazi occupation where municipal authorities and the Greek-Orthodox Church, despite the pressures, did not give in and saved thousands of Jews.“There were principled people who had the courage to speak against evil when so few did”, Mr Alhadeff said.Articulating the objectives of the CRC, Mr Alhadeff said the “Commission is about intercultural relations. It is about respect for the fact that we are Greek Australians, Vietnamese Australians, African Australians, Australians of 170 cultures. It is about the fact that Australia is a multicultural nation, and that our diversity is our strength, and the peace within that diversity is our greatest strength”, Mr Alhadef said.The new Chair of CRC of NSW is a member of the Jewish Board of Deputies and is a former editor of “The Australian Jewish News” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

Gaivo WRENZ des enceintes portables Design pour votre Iphone

first_imgGaivo WRENZ : des enceintes portables Design pour votre IphoneEn forme d’oiseau, cette enceinte de la société Gaivo vous permettra de brancher votre iPhone dessus et d’écouter le chant des rossignols…De la taille d’une main, le haut-parleur WRENZ livre un son assez puissant et suffisant, qui ne nécessitera pas d’ajout avec un autre woofer (haut-parleur). Puissant de 2 watts, avec une bande passante entre 180 Hz et 20 kHZ et un bruit de 85dB, le WRENZ affiche un design chromé sur le dessus, plutôt sobre, et possède une connectique jack 3.5mm. Vous aurez également la possibilité de le relié en série avec d’autres WRENZ (au delà de 2, on pourrait tout de même s’interroger sur l’intérêt de cette pratique).Un peu cher peut-être, le WRENZ se vend à 79 dollars (une soixantaine d’euros), pour avoir un oiseau qui joue votre playlist…Le 16 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0

BahamasAir begins evacuating residents from Inagua ahead of Hurricane Irma

first_img Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Related Items:#evacuation, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, bahamasair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 6th, 2017 – Nassau – At present, emergency evacuation flights via the Bahamasair are being carried out to transport residents from Inagua to Nassau, after Prime Minister Minnis made the emergency order last night.Both Minnis and opposition leader Phillip Brave Davis visited the Lynden Pindling International Airport to greet residents as they arrived, describing the current Hurricane Irma preparations as “beyond politics”. Minnis then comforted residents by saying, “always remember we are one family. We are together. We will fight this storm together and we will have you back as soon as possible but while you are here, you are brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and you will be treated according.”Davis also added, “When it comes down to safety, when it comes down to natural disaster, we should all be one.”Managing Director of Bahamasair, Tracy Cooper also confirmed that the airline will continue to assist the government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) with evacuations from Islands in the Southern Bahamas ahead of Hurricane Irma. Flights from Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island are also expected to come in.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Recommended for youlast_img read more

September 17, 2019 0

Rooney proud of DC United progress after MLS playoff exit

first_imgWayne Rooney praised DC United’s progress this season after losing their MLS play-off tie to Columbus Crew on penaltiesThe former England captain arrived at Washington in June with DC the bottom place side of the MLS Eastern Conference.However, in just the space of four months, DC fought their way into a playoff spot with a fourth-place finish.But DC’s staggering progress came to an end on Friday morning when they were knocked out on penalties to Columbus at Audi Field following a 2-2 draw.Rooney himself missed the first spot-kick as Columbus emerged 3-2 victors to reach the Conference semi-finals.“It’s disappointing to lose on penalties but as a team we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved in the last few months,” said Rooney, according to BBC.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“Really we had no right to make the playoffs. To do that we have brought belief back to the fans, the team and we have to build on that.”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC this season.A rough end to a great season for Wayne Rooney.Rooney has his penalty saved and was eliminated from the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 2, 2018last_img read more

September 17, 2019 0