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Formula E gets plenty right while at times being as wrong as F1 ever was

first_imgReuse this content Since you’re here… Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Twitter As with Formula One, ordinary fans wanting to know why Jean-Éric Vergne and André Lotterer had been demoted and why António Félix da Costa was standing on the top stepof the podium soon found themselves lost in a fog of technicalities. In this case it was eventually announced that Vergne and Lotterer – both entered by the same team – had infringed the rule concerning the amount of braking energy that can be harvested by the regeneration system and fed back into the power unit.If there is anything Formula E doesn’t need, here it was. Not much has harmed modern Formula One more than the gigantic furball of rules leading to the imposition of penalties for everything from engine and gearbox changes to driving over the painted lines that mark the boundaries of many of today’s circuits. In the live transmission, even the commentators on BT Sport and the BBC (free to air via the red button) seemed at a loss to explain the incident that ended up defining the result. The fifth season of Formula E roared into life in Saudi Arabia at the weekend. Well, that’s not quite true. It whirred into life. Or hissed. Or whined. Or however you might describe the sound of an electric motor powering a single-seater racing car. But certainly not roared.For some fans of motor racing, that alone is enough to remove it from the list of their priorities. The roar has to be part of the deal, whether it’s the scream of a 12-cylinder Matra engine from the 1970s – the absolute gold standard of car noise, guaranteed to pierce any form of ear defence – or the rather more decorous sound of the hybrid power units employed in today’s Formula One. And as long as petrol is still being extracted from the earth’s finite resources, the sound of internal combustion will be in some sort of demand.But that technology is 150 years old now, give or take, and is in rapid retreat. Formula E is an attempt to recreate single-seater racing for the modern world in a way that satisfies the appetite of those who enjoy the spectacle of artificially propelled vehicles competing with each other on enclosed circuits, an entertainment as old as chariot racing.If Formula E wants to convince us that it is different from the obsolete world of Formula One, however, it has a funny way of showing it. The new season kicked off with a race on the outskirts of Riyadh – evoking the memory of Bernie Ecclestone’s habit of awarding races to any regime, no matter how repressive, waving a humongous cheque – and ended with the two cars that seemed on the brink of finishing first and second being called into the pits for drive-through penalties that knocked them down to second and fifth. Facebook Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. … 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. 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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. Pinterest Motor sport Formula E António Félix D da Costa (centre), Jean-Éric Vergne and Jérôme d’Ambrosio make up the the podium in Riyadh. Photograph: Getty Images Share via Email comment Share on LinkedIn There are good things about Formula E. All the races in the 11-venue series are held on street circuits, as many as possible in “world cities” like Paris, Berlin, Rome and New York (well Brooklyn, actually, but with the Manhattan skyline visible across the East river). Some circuits, such as Marrakech, Santiago and Sanya, on the shore of the South China Sea, are new to international single-seater racing, which is welcome. But the short tracks are bordered by high-safety fencing covered with sponsors’ logos; this makes everywhere look the same, give or take a few overhanging palm trees, although it has the benefit of making the cars – slow by F1 standards – appear quicker than they really are. And no spectators are visible, which diminishes the sense of theatre.The duration of each race is 45 minutes plus one lap, or less than half that of a grand prix, and the whole meeting – including practice and qualifying sessions – is packed into a single day. While reducing the inconvenience to residents of the host cities, this takes motor racing further away from the more relaxed era when the Formula One circus pitched its tents for the best part of a week.On the technical side, the absence of complicated tyre regulations is a fine way of differentiating itself from Formula One, which has bad tyres and worse rules. Formula E cars race on one standard all-weather tyre – although perhaps not as all-weather as it should be, since last weekend’s practice sessions were cancelled because of an unexpected rainstorm in the desert.The new second-generation cars have more attractive bodywork and more powerful batteries, meaning that the drivers no longer have to switch cars in mid-race. But to the naked eye they are still differentiated only by their colour schemes: genuine technical variety will never be a feature of this formula, although that does not seem to be deterring the major manufacturers, including Audi, Jaguar, Nissan and BMW, whose investment – albeit tiny compared with F1 budgets – shows which way they think the winds of history are blowing.The Fan Boost feature, which allows watchers to give their favourite drivers an extra burst of power via online voting, is a computer-game gimmick that will always alienate purists. New for this season is the Attack Mode, another extra temporary power-surge activated by swerving off the regular racing line on a specified section of track. Like F1’s DRS, it would seem unnecessary in a series that has got its competitive balance right.All this being said, the actual racing on the Al-Diriyah circuit wasn’t bad. Maybe Formula E will help the advance of useful technology, as grand prix racing once did. At least it’s better than the other 21st century alternative, which is watching a bunch of kids playing on eSports simulators, competing for “championships” that exist outside any kind of reality. Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Some of the best shoes of 2015 are still available

first_imgWhile shoes from huge brands like the Yeezy Boost 350s and UNC Jordan 1s are long since sold out, many of the best shoes are still waiting to be purchased, depending on your size. If you missed out on a new pair of kicks for the holidays, this is your chance to lace up something fresh for the new year.Beast Mode x GreatsAs if Greats’ black and gold collaboration with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wasn’t appealing enough, these chukkas are built with an NFC/Bluetooth LE enabled chip with unique information about your pair in the corresponding app. It’s a great way to connect with other sneaker collectors, as well as verify what you have is the real deal.Adidas XenoThese didn’t sit around long the first time the impressive Xeno material hit Adidas sneakers, but the line has only grown since the beginning of December, and now includes basketball sneakers, clothing, and even colored patterns. The material is matted and shimmery to the naked eye, but a photo of the shoes shows off an explosion of color. You have to see it to believe it.Woolrich Lane BootNot everyone is looking for colorful sneakers or Seahawks-related garb, however, and for the more understated among us there’s Woolrich. The Lane boots are seriously high quality, with a suede upper by prestigious UK tannery Charles F. Stead, and a sturdy vibram outsole that’s ready for anything from hiking to bar crawling. They’re also supremely comfortable, and will quickly become a favorite in any lineup.Converse Chuck 2There’s nothing more classic than a pair of Chucks, but what were cutting edge materials in 1917 are no longer considered as comfortable. In response, Converse released the Chuck Taylor All Star II. The redesigned pair sports the same look, but boasts a slew of under-the-hood improvements. From the canvas quality to the insole support, everything has been tailored for comfort, without touching the All Star’s classic style. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters last_img read more

Brew the Perfect Cup of Chai With the Push of a Button

first_img The best Keurig coffee makers of 2019 Ember’s new smart mugs will keep your drinks warmer for longer this winter Brew the perfect cup of chai with the push of a button, thanks to the Chime Close The best coffee makers of 2019 Editors’ Recommendations center_img The PicoBrew MultiBrew makes beer, coffee, tea, kombucha, and much more The best Nespresso machines for 2019 Making the perfect cup of coffee seems like a pretty attainable goal these days. After all, an endless supply of smart coffee makers already exists to help feed your caffeine habit. But if you’d rather kick it with something a bit more spicy and a bit less bitter in the morning (or afternoon or evening), what you really need isn’t a coffee maker — it’s a chai machine. And luckily, the folks over at Y Studios have your fix.Meet the Chime Chai Maker, an automated chai machine that purports to deliver the perfect cup of chai every time. Because as it turns out, dunking a tea bag and adding some milk and sugar just doesn’t cut it.As Y Studios notes, the art of making chai is also quite the science, involving boiling water, boiling milk, and “adding the right proportions of chai and masala at specific temperature and sequence.” Although you could do all of this by hand, the advances of the 21st century have made it such that it’s not necessary to do so. Instead, the Chime Chai Maker makes authentic chai just a push of a button away.The Chime purports to dispense a cup of fresh tea in less than three minutes, and depends upon three columns to dispense the correct proportions of ingredients at specific times. There’s a control console, a water reservoir, and a brewing chamber with a removable carafe that all work together to make you your preferred beverage. The brewing chamber is encased in glass so you can actually watch as your tea is being brewed. And seeing as the machine depends upon tea pods (much like a Keurig), it’s certainly satisfying to see what is actually contained in those little packets.For the record, the ingredients are black Assam or Darjeeling tea infused with cardamom, ginger, and masala. The pods find their way into  the tea brewing chamber to steep, and milk simmers in the carafe below. Once the tea is brewed, it’s released into the milk, and then dispensed into your waiting cup.All the ingredients within the tea pods, also known as Chime Caps, are compostable, which makes them less environmentally unfriendly than some other similar pods. And of course, you can adjust your Chime to brew chai with your own preferred ratios of milk to tea, cup size, brew strength, and temperature, all via a  companion app. Perhaps best of all, the Chime purports to be self-cleaning so that you can have your chai and drink it, too. The Chime is currently available for pre-order beginning at $199.last_img read more

Précautions à prendre en vue de pluies abondantes et des ondes de

first_imgLe Bureau de gestion des urgences avise les Néo-Écossais qui habitent le long du détroit de Northumberland et dans les autres régions côtières du nord que des ondes de tempêtes pourraient se produire dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi (5 et 6 octobre). Environnement Canada souligne que le niveau de la mer sera plus élevé que d’habitude en raison des ondes de tempête et des vagues déferlantes mercredi en soirée, particulièrement dans les régions côtières du nord au Cap-Breton et sur la côte est du comté d’Antigonish. La pluie qui tombe déjà sur le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, aujourd’hui 4 octobre, augmentera pendant la nuit. Des accumulations de 50 à 100 millimètres sont prévues au cours des deux prochains jours. Presque toute la Nouvelle-Écosse sera touchée par ce système, qui entraînera également des vents du nord avec des rafales de 100 km/h le long du détroit de Northumberland et au Cap-Breton. Ross Landry, ministre de la Justice et ministre responsable du BGU, encourage les gens qui habitent dans ces régions à prendre les précautions nécessaires pour se protéger et pour protéger leurs biens. « Si vous habitez sur ces côtes et que vous avez déjà fait l’expérience d’ondes de tempête et d’inondations, il serait prudent de fixer solidement tout objet qui pourrait être emporté et de vous préparer en vue d’inondations possibles. » Des renseignements détaillés sur les préparations en cas d’ondes de tempête, d’intempéries et d’autres situations d’urgence se trouvent au www.gov.ns.ca/emo (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Artists Honoured at Creative Nova Scotian Awards Gala

first_img writer-director Stephanie Clattenburg, Halifax visual artist Anne MacMillan, Halifax performance artist anna sprague, Musquodoboit Harbour dancer, choreographer and dance educator Sara Coffin, Halifax composer and flutist Derek Charke, Wolfville Two winners received the $5,000 Emerging Artist Award which recognizes artists in the early-stages of their creative careers: A celebration of excellence in Nova Scotian artistic achievements was held today Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Olympic Hall in Halifax. The artistic theme for the 2018 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala was Flow, which explored the concept of water as a metaphor for artists and their creations. The $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, the largest annual award to any work of art in Nova Scotia, went to Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story created by Christian Barry, Ben Caplan and Hannah Moscovitch. “I applaud Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council for organizing this amazing event honouring our outstanding Nova Scotian artists,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The talented work shown makes our province a centre of excellence in the flourishing creative industry.” Award winning Francophone songwriter Ronald Bourgeois of Halifax, was awarded the $25,000 Portia White Prize. Mr. Bourgeois received $18,000 and the remaining $7,000 was awarded to his chosen protégé, la Société Saint-Pierre of Chéticamp, a historical society with a mandate to promote and preserve the Acadian culture and language. The town of Shelburne won the $10,000 Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award for integrating arts and culture into their community life. Distinguished Mi’kmaw poet and activist Rebecca Thomas of Halifax, received the $5,000 Indigenous Artist Recognition Award for using her work as a powerful tool to share the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. Visual artist Claude Chaloux of Belliveau Cove, Digby Co. took home the $5000 Prix Grand-Pré whose work reflects Acadian cultural values. “I am so grateful to all of the artists, creative workers and cultural producers who are participating this year, and also to Arts Nova Scotia, our provincial arts funder and our producing partner Zed Events,” said Eryn Foster, artistic director for the gala. “This gala not only celebrates those Nova Scotians who are being awarded for their exceptional artistic achievements, but it also provides an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of the province’s vibrant, resilient and diverse community of creative minds and artistic visionaries.” Three winners received the $5,000 Established Artist Recognition Award which recognizes professional mid-career artists: More information about the awards and award recipients is available at http://www.artsns.ca/creative-ns-gala/creative-ns-awards-gala-2018 .last_img read more

After spat BBC spy show gets access to ancient Greek temple

first_imgATHENS, Greece – A panel of archaeologists has granted a British television crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for a TV adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre’s “The Little Drummer Girl” — reversing a decision last week following strong government criticism.The Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday granted access to the 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on April 12 after the production company said it would limit the number of hours needed.The miniseries being produced for the BBC and the U.S.-based cable network AMC is due to be released next year.Greece’s government has launched a new campaign to attract film productions as part of a wider strategy to lure investors back after eight years of a crippling financial crisis.last_img

Renowned Canadian pianist coming this May to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A renowned Canadian pianist will be coming to play in the Peace Region this May.Piano Six – New Generation artist, Angela Park, will be making a stop in Fort St. John as part of a spring tour.Park will be making a stop in Fort St. John on May 13 and 14 playing four school concerts at Margaret Ma Murray, Robert Ogilvie, Duncan Cran, and at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Prior to the Fort St. John Concert, Daniel Wnukowski, will be playing in Fort Nelson on May 9 & 10 at the Phoenix Theatre.Originally founded in 1994, Piano Six creates live classical music events featuring six of Canada’s finest musical talent, bringing concerts to remote and rural parts of the country.For more information on the concerts, you can visit Pianosix.com.last_img

Besos de Arena a recent Spanish novel exposes slavery in Polisarios

first_imgCasablanca – Reyes Monfrte, Spanish writer and journalist, has recently released a novel based on real events depicting slavery and appalling living conditions of the Saharawis living in Tindouf camps.The 414-pages novel notably depicts the suffering endured by dark skinned girls in Tindouf’s Polisario camps, where practices of slavery are still ongoing.“BESOS de ARENA” tells the story of a young Saharwi woman who was subjected to slavery practices as a little girl. Her “masters” in Tindouf camps changed her origin name from Noah to Laia, just as they tragically altered her innocent childhood. The writer recalls the bad memories of Laia when she had to spend numerous nights in the open air tied with a rope for the simple reason that she couldn’t finish her daily chores.Laia’s early life reflects a story of a girl whose rights to childhood are cruelly violated, the simplest of which is the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child, as stated by the international Convention on the rights of the child.The main character’s testimonies went so far as to mirror the miserable living conditions of thousands of Saharawis inside what can be described as one of the largest open-air prisons in the world.Yet, the work is not the first of its kind. Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw filmed a controversial documentary in the Tindouf camps, exposing slave trade and depicting scenes of little girls offered for sale and subsequently tortured.Human Rights Watch showed at the time concerns over the facts revealed through the film.“In 2007 two Australian documentary filmmakers who had been filming in the camps stated that they had found evidence that dark-skinned refugees in the camps were victims of ongoing, traditional practices of slavery,” said the human rights watchdog.“These inhuman practices have been criticized by international NGOs,” the author of  “Besos de Arena”  told Argentina’s Telam  press agency.She went on to explain that in the past people indulged “in trafficking in exchange for camels or settling a debt, but now many women are subjected to  this tradition without asking anything in return.” Reyes Monforte added that “women are also bartered for goods.”Slavery is still a common practice in the camps, condemned by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.HRW  highlighted that  “Black-skinned Sahrawis constitute a small minority of the population in the camps. Some members of that minority are “owned” by “white” persons or families.”Polisario denied its responsibility over the practice, but the reality is in sharp contrast with the Front’s allegations, given the fact that a “slave” woman cannot marry without the consent of her “owner.” According to HRW, a religious  judge or “qadi” will decline to perform the marriage in case a “master”  doesn’t approve of it.Slavery practices will continue to take place in the camps run by Polisario, just as human conscience will go on condemning unjust inhuman practices around the world, including Tindouf.last_img read more

Mawazine 2019 Nahda Stage to Host Biggest Oriental Names in Music

Rabat – Mawazine’s Nahda stage is dedicated solely to Arabic music annually, with artists from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates performing this year.Opening weekend full of starsKicking off Mawazine’s opening festival this year on Friday, June 21, is Marrakech native Mohamed Reda, a singer representing the new generation of Moroccan music. The singer has 2 studio albums under his belt and has performed dozens of shows both in Morocco and abroad. Following his performance is Lebanese singer Carole Samaha. This multi-talented artist has released 6 studio albums since beginning her career over 20 years ago and has received a plethora of awards for her work, including the “World Music Award” for best performer from the Middle East. The following night, Saturday, June 22, will see young Casablanca native Yousra Saouf. The singer rose to fame in the Arab world at just 20 after her participating in the second season of “Arab Idol.” Her studio career launched following her appearance with her single Bghitou Yahlali, followed by other successful titles such as Habibi Mokhtalif and Ma Hibak.Taking over the stage next is Lebanese singer Assi El Hallani, commonly referred to as the “Knight of Arab music.” El Helani’s musical career started after winning Studio Al Fan, a TV program for young artists, at the age of 17. The prolific artist has since released over 25 albums.On Sunday, June 23, the evening will begin with a performance from Egyptian duo Oka Wi Ortega, composed of Mohamed Salah and Ahmed Metwali. The duo’s mix of Egyptian folk music with modern hip hop has gained them a large social media following.That same night, the audience will be treated to a performance from Lebanese “Queen of the Stage” Myriam Fares. The singer has made her name by combining different styles, mixing modern influences with traditional Arabic music.A week of multicultural performancesOn Monday, June 24, Palestine will be represented by Mohammed Assaf. The singer made his name by winning “Arab Idol” in 2013 and has since released four successful albums and been appointed the Ambassador of Culture and Arts in Palestine.Warming up the crowd for him that night is Egyptian singer Saad El Soghayar, nicknamed the “the prince of chaabi” for his perfect fusion of oriental pop influences with traditional Egyptian styles.On Tuesday, June 25, Lebanese singer Elissa will take the Nahda stage. Elissa is considered one of the best Arab singers in the world, having sold more than 45 million albums to date. Elissa won Middle East’s Best Singer Award at the World Music Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2010.Just before she takes the stage, the audience will be treated to a performance from singer-songwriter Hamid Hadri, a Chefchaouen native. Hadri began his career as an actor before winning first place at the Star Academy Maghreb in 2007 and kicking off a successful music career.On Wednesday, June 26, one of Jordan’s most famous singers, Diana Karazon, will kick off the night. Karazon rose to fame after winning the first season of SuperStar in 2003 and has held the spotlight ever since. She combines Egyptian, Lebanese, Khaliji and Jordanian dialects in her music.After Karazon, Lebanese singer Walid Toufic is up next. Toufic has been in the public eye since his high-profile acting performances beginning in 1973. His musical career is just as prolific, with a repertoire of over 600 songs. Another Lebanese singer will take the stage on Thursday, June 27, with a performance from singer Ramy Ayach. The pop star rose to fame in 1997 after winning the first prize in the talent show competition “Studio Al Fan.” Since then, he has become an icon of Arab pop music with many hit singles such as Albi Mal and Majnoun.Opening for Ayach that night is Moroccan star Hasna Zalagh, who released her debut album in 2009 and has since made a name for herself with her strong voice. Closing the festival with a bangMawazine’s closing weekend at the Nahda stage will begin on Friday, June 28,  with a performance from Egyptian composer and singer Abu. Known for his outstanding writing, the Egyptian’s 2017 single “3 daqat” has a whopping 459 million views on YouTube. Following his performance is Lebanese star Najwa Karam. Nicknamed “The Sun of Arabic Song,” Najwa Karam is one of the most popular artists in the Middle East, having sold over 60 million records worldwide.The festival’s final night will begin with a performance from Casablanca native Zinab Oussama. The young pop star began her career in 2012 by winning the first prize in the singing competition of the Egyptian Opera House. She also participated in X-Factor (2013) and the 9th season of Arab Star Academy. The young star then went on to release numerous singles and video clips.Mawazine will finish with a bang at the Nahda stage with Emirati star Hussain Al Jassmi taking the stage. In 2008, he received the Golden Murex Award for Best Arab Singer and was nominated three times at the World Music Awards. He is widely considered to be a pioneering voice  of Emirati music, whose reach and appeal he is also believed to have widened across the Arab world. read more

UN mission helps train Sierra Leonean election officials

The three-day training focused on polling and counting procedures for the 11 August elections, which are widely regarded as a watershed in democratic development for a country that is still recovering from an 11-year long civil war. The training covered areas such as sorting and counting of ballot papers, confirmation of serial numbers on ballot boxes, and reconciliation of the votes cast and the number of registered voters, according to a press release issued by UNIOSIL. Now that they have been trained, the 49 district election officers will be responsible for the training of constituency election monitors, polling centre managers, identification officers and presiding officers at various polling stations nationwide. A total of 37,000 polling staff are being prepared to ensure a credible election day. UNIOSIL, the first integrated UN office established to support a peace-consolidation process, was established following the completion of peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone that ended on 31 December 2005. 24 July 2007The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) and the National Electoral Commission have finished training nearly 50 district officers, ahead of next month’s presidential and parliamentary polls in the once war-torn West African nation. read more

Zeid says he will listen to all communities in Sri Lanka

He said that he will be having talks with the highest officials in the Government and also representatives of all communities. He will also have talks with families of the war victims and local civil society members. (Colombo Gazette) “I am delighted to be in Sri Lanka. I have been looking forward to coming,” Zeid told reporters in a brief statement as he began meetings in Colombo. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says he will be having talks with representatives of all communities in Sri Lanka and will listen to what they have to say.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein arrived in Sri Lanka today and was met by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the airport and later he had talks with the Minister at the Foreign Ministry. “I will be listening to everything they have to say and look forward to very constructive discussions in the days to come,” he said.The High Commissioner will visit Jaffna and Trincomalee tomorrow and on Monday where he will meet with the Governors and Chief Ministers of the Northern and Eastern Provinces respectively. read more

Dawn Sturgess funeral No pallbearers for Novichok victim as safety measures protect

Dawn Sturgess He added: “I will be praying that the Jesus who calmed the storm 2,000 years ago is able to bring some sort of peace and perspective today as well.”I will be hoping that that peace won’t just be for the family but for the city and that we will be able to return to a sense of normality. Hopefully businesses will grow in confidence and be rejuvenated and we will be able to get back to how we were.”The family chose James Blunt’s Beautiful Dawn as an introduction, which the Rev Bromiley described as “hugely important”. The Rev Bromiley described Ms Sturgess as a “compassionate person”, adding she “would do as much as she could for everyone, sometimes even to her own detriment”.Her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, who was found unconscious alongside her after coming into contact with the agent, was due to attend the service but not speak. Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess’s coffin was already in place when mourners arrived at her funeral and had no pallbearers, as a number of safety measures were put in place to protect the public.The mother of three, who died after being poisoned earlier this month, was due to be cremated after a service in Salisbury on Monday afternoon.Public Health England has been liaising with the funeral directors to prevent possible contamination, the vicar taking the service, the Rev Philip Bromiley, told The Telegraph.”It is part and parcel of the advice to make sure everyone attending is as safe as possible,” he said. “I have every confidence that Public Health England and the crematorium know what they are doing.”I am assuming it [the coffin] will be transported in somehow,” he added, but said he did not know whether special protective clothing would be worn by those carrying it in. The address was set to be given by Rev Philip and Ms Sturgess’ sister, Stephanie, will give a eulogy on behalf of the family. “She was a spiritual person; she wouldn’t pass the cathedral without lighting a candle a saying a prayer. So it is appropriate we do this in a Christian context.”Asked if he had any concerns for public safety at the funeral or in the wider area, the Rev Philip said: “Perhaps I am naive but I realy do trust that the police and the security services know exactly what they are doing.”The family have been incredibly impressed with all the professional agencies that have been involved.”Health chiefs: ‘Risk to public remains low’A Public Health England spokesman declined to comment on arrangements for the funeral, saying it was a private occasion.”Our advice remains the same. The risk to the public remains low,” he said.Victim sprayed poison ‘she thought was perfume’Ms Sturgess died aged 44 on July 8 after she and her partner Charlie Rowley both fell ill after coming into contact with Novichok at the end of June.Mr Rowley, 45, said the deadly nerve agent took just 15 minutes to poison Ms Sturgess after she sprayed the “oily” substance on to her wrists believing it was perfume he had given her as a gift. Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the nerve agent thought to have been discarded by Russian suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal Credit:AFP/Getty Images Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were victims of the second nerve agent incident in four months following the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury in March. The hearse carrying the coffin of Dawn Sturgess arrives at Salisbury Crematorium on Monday afternoon The hearse carrying the coffin of Dawn Sturgess arrives at Salisbury Crematorium on Monday afternoonCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph  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. He added: “I think the family are really keen to celebrate Dawn and to remember that she was such a friendly, kind and compassionate person who would do as much as she could for everyone, sometimes even to her own detriment. “The basic service has been inspired by Dawn’s daughter who attends one of our church schools,” the Rev Bromiley added. “Her favourite song and hymn is Shalom Shalom May Peace Be With You.”That word Shalom means peace and that peace has sort of permeated through the whole service really.”We will be using as a reading of Jesus calming the storm from Mark’s gospel and thinking about Jesus bringing peace and calm to a rather chaotic situation here.”Video: Victim’s boyfriend speaks of moment she was posioned read more

Heres What Happened Today St Patricks Day

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: St. Patrick’s Day St Patrick’s Day festivities, Enda going nowhere and Merkel meets Trump. St. Patrick’s Day festivities took place across the country.The rest of the world joined in as well.Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to put a definite timeline on his departure.It came after he won plaudits in the international media for how he spoke to Donald Trump about immigration.Searchers found a section of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on an isolated rock about 10km from shore.The victim of a fatal stabbing in Dublin was named as father of three Mark Richardson.The requiem mass for Captain Dara Fitzpatrick will take place tomorrow morning.Maureen Haughey, the wife of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, died aged 91.WORLD The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by French President Francois Hollande in Paris. Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire#ENTENTE CORDIALE: Prince William and his wife Catherine made an official visit to Paris.#GERMANY CALLING: Donald Trump hosted Angela Merkel at the White House and repeated his baseless claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped by Barack Obama.#SKIRMISHES: Israeli warplanes bombed targets in Syria prompting retaliatory missiles launches from Syrian forces.PARTING SHOT Source: An Garda SíochánaGardaí in Tallaght reunited a lost husky with his owners after he went missing. The nicknamed him ‘Paddy the Puppy’, for the day that’s in it like. By Rónán Duffy Friday 17 Mar 2017, 8:40 PM http://jrnl.ie/3293982 Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Performers in the St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin city. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 19,527 Views Mar 17th 2017, 8:40 PM 11 Comments Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

I wanted a new challenge – Iniesta

first_imgAndres Iniesta insists that he was enticed into coming to Japan by the prospect of a new challenge and revealed that he had turned down several offers because of the “interesting” project that Vissel Kobe haveThe Spanish playmaker recently ended his 22-year association with Barcelona and completed his move to the Japanese top-flight side this week.Iniesta, who will reportedly earn about €25m a year in Japan, confirmed that he had received a lot of interest but chose to join Kobe because of the project and the confidence they had shown in him.“It’s a very important day for me, a challenge in my career,” said the 34-year-old, according to Marca.“I trust in this project, Japan is a wonderful country, and I come to play and work with my teammates.“I received several offers from other clubs, but I decided on Vissel Kobe because the project they presented to me was very interesting.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“They showed confidence in me and I have a lot of respect for Japanese football.”Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani,  who is also the founder and CEO of Barcelona’s principal shirt sponsor Rakuten, believes that Iniesta will have a positive impact on the next generation of young players at the club.“His values and ability to influence globally will be an inspiration for the club, for the whole league and Japanese society,” he noted.“The methodology of La Masia and Iniesta himself will be applied to the academy of young footballers here, and we will collaborate in this regard with FC Barcelona.”The former Barcelona captain will be presented at the stadium of his new club in western Japan on Saturday, before returning to the Spanish national squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Cayman Mckeeva Bush Ran Up 33k Debt – Trial Begins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cayman islands, mckeeva bush Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(Cayman News Service):As the former premier’s slot machine gambling appeared to intensify in the early months of 2010, the crown said McKeeva Bush ran up a debt of over $33,000 withdrawing cash on his Cayman Islands Government credit card to play in casinos in the US and the Bahamas. During a week’s trip to Vegas in February, Bush was gambling hard and withdrew over $12,000 cash on the card and just a few weeks later on a short official trip to the Bahamas and Miami he touched the card for more than $17,000, the court heard Tuesday as Bush’s trial continued. These amounts were on top of an existing and mounting cash debt already on the card. At that time, the crown said, Bush hadn’t made any payments back to government since December 2009 leaving the public purse to carry the debt burden.During the second day of the leader of the opposition’s trial for corruption and misconduct offences the jury heard that Bush’s efforts to get cash intensified, in 2010 as did his hours at the slots as well as his lossesCounsel representing the crown, Duncan Penny QC, told the jury that while Bush paid back some of the $33,000 several weeks after his gambling trips there was a sum of more than $10,000 outstanding which remained that way for more than two and a half years. It was not until the premier learned that his credit card statements were being investigated by police that he paid back the remaining debt, Penny told the court, as he began to wrap up his opening statement describing the crown’s case relating to the abuse of Bush’s government corporate credit card.Penny detailed the major withdrawals during two trips in 2010 where Bush’s use of his government card across the casinos grew as he accessed much larger amounts including his single largest cash withdrawal on the corporate card in Florida in March when he cashed $4000 on the casino floor.Having lost over $57,000 in Vegas, during a week-long personal trip which he had combined with a brief official appearance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he also gambled, Bush lost a further $45,000 in Florida a month later. He also was said to have lost an unknown amount in the Bahamas, where he was drawing money from various casinos. All of this was adding to his own personal credit card debts as well as the mounting personal bill on his CIG card.Describing the acceleration in the credit card debt, as he completed the summary of the crown’s case, Penny explained that Bush had begun to use the cashier system on the casino floors and sign for the credit card cash advances rather than use the ATMs. The lawyer said this was because Bush was able to access more cash that way than via the teller machines which limited his daily cash amounts.“The defendant became wise to the fact that the credit card was limited at the ATM to just $1000 per day,” he said, explaining that Bush began using the cashier services where he could sign for cash. Having started the previous July taking $500 here and $100 there on the government card Bush was now making withdrawals in the $1000s.The lawyers said that the money Bush was “so keen to get his hands on was going back into the hungry machines” as he added to his loses.Following the loss of more than a quarter of a million dollars since July 09 of his own money as well as that he had borrowed from the public purse, the court heard that Bush appeared to be in no hurry to pay back what he owed when he returned from the March trip.On his return from the Bahamas and Florida, having taken well over $17,000 in cash on the casino floors or from ATMs during the four day trip, which was for tourism related business, he made no immediate payments when he was sent the reconciliation memo as usual in the immediate wake of the official travel. Despite knowing, the crown’s attorney claimed, that the money he had taken on that card was not for any legitimate business purpose, Bush made no effort to make prompt payment to return the public money.However, some six weeks later he made the first of three random payments.The first was for CI$9,000 on 1 April then three weeks later a second cheque was written for US$13,000 and shortly after one for a CI$1000. A further trip after that in which he drew just $1000 in cash from a Florida Casino while playing the slots, according to the loyalty card, left an estimated debt of just over CI$10,000 which remained that way for about two and a half years.Despite efforts being made by some civil servants to press Bush to reconcile his credit card either with receipts or a written explanation or to pay back outstanding personal sums there was no money forthcoming from the premier until the matter was under investigation by the police.In early November 2012, the police issued a production order to the deputy governor for the premier’s credit card statements which were handed over to the investigating officers. Bush appears to have heard about the investigation into his cards and called Franz Manderson, the deputy governor, to ask him if his statements had been given to the police, which the top civil servant confirmed was correct. It was then that Bush said he had not known about the outstanding balance and made another payment of some $9000 to the government coffers.As he summarized the crown’s case against him Penny told the jury that Bush had breached his duty as a premier when he abused the card and allowed the public purse to carry a growing debt burden which was down to the then premier’s risky and addictive gambling habit. He said Bush began treating the government card like his own personal card as soon as it was given to him and his using the card for gambling was an affront to his high office.He said Bush had shown a disregard for the public trust when he used that card in casinos to get cash for gambling and then made no effort to pay it back before government began to carry the debt. “He allowed government to carry the burden to the tune of $10,000 for two and a half years and only paid it back when he was aware of the investigation,” the lawyer said.Penny closed his opening statement to the jury at around 11-30am on Tuesday morning.Bush has persistently denied the allegations against him, which include 11 counts of breach of trust and misconduct in public office, all of which relate to cash withdrawals at casinos made on a government credit card during his first year in office after he was re-elected in 2009 as the country’s leader. Bush has described the charges as a political witch-hunt to discredit him and the Cayman Islands by the FCO.The case continues in Grand Court One on Wednesday at 10am with the crown’s first witness, the financial secretary Kenneth Jefferson. Recommended for you Minister Presents Budget Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miamilast_img read more

Threatening graffiti messages prompt increased police presence at Rancho Bernardo High School

first_img Dan Plante February 26, 2018 Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — About 20 threatening graffiti messages claiming there would be a school shooting Monday were found spray-painted around Rancho Bernardo High School’s campus Monday morning, prompting a large-scale police presence and an investigation, an officer said.In photographs posted on social media, the graffiti made an apparent reference to the deadly shooting on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and threatened a shooting would happen at noon Monday on the campus at 13010 Paseo Lucido in Rancho Bernardo.A photograph posted to Facebook showed one spray-painted message that read: “2/26 12:00 school shooting `Florida was NOTHING!!”’Other messages also made references to Florida and threatened the shooting would happen at noon Monday. One was accompanied by a Swastika, others by profanity.“Murder blood chaos,” read one of the messages. “The innocent will die,” read another of the scrawls.All of the messages appeared to be written in black spray paint on walls across the campus, including some messages painted over a large mural of a nature scene.Police were notified of the messages around 6:30 a.m. Monday and officers were still on campus more than two hours later investigating the threats, San Diego police Officer Billy Hernandez said. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was a credible threat to the school.The graffiti was just the latest in a series of threats or perceived threats at San Diego-area schools since the shooting in Florida that killed 17 people, though the previous threats appeared to be unfounded. Those incidents included apparent threats at San Marcos High School last Tuesday, and on Wednesday, at Vista High School, Madison High School, Innovation Middle School, and Creative, Performing and Media Arts Middle School.Later in the week, there was a perceived gun scare at Ramona High School and unsubstantiated threats at San Diego High School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and STEAM Academy at La Presa, a middle school in the Spring Valley area.All of the threats involved social media postings or messages scrawled on campus, and all appeared to be hoaxes or in at least one case, a misunderstanding. On Thursday, however, San Diego police arrested a Torrey Pines High School freshman for allegedly claiming — verbally and in writing — that he planned to commit acts of violence at the Del Mar Heights Road campus.Officers searched the boy’s home, seizing electronic devices but finding no weapons, SDPD public-affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said. The suspect’s name was withheld because he is a minor, and details on the nature of his alleged threatening statements were not made public. Posted: February 26, 2018center_img Threatening graffiti messages prompt increased police presence at Rancho Bernardo High School Updated: 10:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Rare Unicorns of US Paper Money Could Fetch Millions in Auction

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on target Three extremely rare U.S. currency notes from the 19th century are expected to fetch up to a combined $8 million in an auction next week.The notes — some of the rarest in existence — are all part of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money listed with auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries.One of the paper bills, the 1891 $1000 Silver Certificate is known by currency aficionados as the “Marcy Note” due to the portrait of William L. Marcy, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It is the only example of the design type in private hands and is one of just two known to exist.  The other example is forever held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Just 8,000 examples of this note were issued.The 1891 $1000 “Marcy Note” once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for a paper bill when it was sold in 2013 for $2.6 million. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)This Marcy Note once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for an example of paper money when it was sold by private treaty in 2013 for $2.6 million. The opening bid for this auction is $1.2 million, and it’s expected to fetch up to $3 million.The auction also features the only privately held 1869 $1000 “Rainbow” note. It is only one of two known to exist; the other known note resides in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.A portrait of DeWitt Clinton is featured at center, while to the left is Columbus in His Study, depicting the explorer seated at his desk with a globe nearby on the floor. To the right is a large, pink spiked Treasury Seal. Series of 1869 notes were issued from October 19, 1869 until July 25, 1874, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. There were 74,400 examples of the $1000 note printed.The 1869 $1000 ‘Rainbow’ note is one of just two known to exist,. The other is forever held in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)This “Rainbow” note was last sold publicly in a 1946 auction where it fetched a then-impressive sum of $1,200 (when annual average income was around $2,600). It’s known as one of “the ultimate rarities in American numismatics.” The opening bid for this note is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.An 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note is also up for auction — and it’s the only example of its type available to collectors. The note features the allegorical figure Justice at left, holding balance scales in her left hand and an upward pointing sword in her right. The portrait of President John Quincy Adams is in an oval frame at right.This 1869 $500 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note is the only example of its type available to collectors. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)Just 89,360 examples of the 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note were printed, and today only three are known to exist, said Stack’s Bowers Galleries. One lives  in the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution, and the second note is permanently impounded in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The opening bid is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.More on Geek.com:Rare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in AuctionSealed Copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for NES Fetches $100,000 in Auction4.5-Billion-Year-Old, Heart-Shaped Meteorite Up for Auctionlast_img read more

Dominicans freak out over Obamas gay ambassador pick

first_imgIf confirmed, Brewster will be the first openly gay ambassador to the country, a prospect that is not going over well with some segments of this conservative Christian country of 9 million people. Local reports indicate that church leaders are pressuring the government to reject Brewster’s nomination and calling on the faithful to dress in black on Monday in solidarity against him.Praise Christian Church Pastor Sauford Medrano is quoted in Diario Libre as saying that Brewster could cause “the U.S. promotion of gender beliefs in the country.” That supposedly violates a general education law in the country that “all the Dominican education system is based on Christian principles.”The report was flagged by FP reader and Dominican expat Will Williams, an architect in New York City. He said he witnessed the animosity toward the ambassador in a visit last weekend. “I could confirm myself that the opposition has been even worse from what have been reflected in the news,” he said. “As a Dominican, I feel ashamed this is happening in my country. … The evangelical church is convoking the general public to reject this ambassador. … [It’s] asking the public to show a black band, black banner or ribbon on cars or dress showing rejection.”In a statement to FP, Monica Trasandes, director of Spanish Language Media at GLAAD, defended the president’s pick. “We stand with LGBT advocates in the Dominican Republic, who are calling on leaders to quit categorizing their country’s population as homophobic,” she said. “We hope that James Brewster will help educate those still adversely affected by homophobia and applaud the work of LGBT advocates in the Dominican Republic.”When news of opposition to Brewster first began, the Dominican Embassy in Washington told FP that the country supports the president’s pick. “The Dominican Republic is a democracy with a vibrant media and a wide diversity of opinions on every conceivable topic,” the statement read. “However, it is the position of the Government of the Dominican Republic that a person´s sexual preference is strictly a personal matter and it looks forward to working constructively with Mr. Brewster in his official capacity once his nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate.”In June, the AP spoke with Catholic and evangelical church leaders who opposed the nomination. “If he arrives, he’ll suffer and will be forced to leave,” Vicar Pablo Cedano, told the AP. He said the pick showed “a lack of respect, of consideration, that they send us that kind of person as ambassador.” Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, said the appointment was offensive. “It’s an insult to good Dominican customs,” he said.Brewster was a fundraiser for Obama and currently works at the Chicago consulting firm SB&K.© 2013, Foreign Policy Facebook Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. — Opposition to U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to the Dominican Republic reached a fever pitch this week as religious organizers stage a “Lunes Negro” or Black Monday protest against James “Wally” Brewster. No related posts.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals trimmed their preseason roster from 90 players down to 75 Friday, and three Arizona collegiate products were among those who didn’t make the cut.Arizona State safety Eddie Elder joins University of Arizona wide receiver Gino Crump and linebacker Paul Vassallo as the local casualties.Elder, who went undrafted in April, made five tackles during the Cardinals’ four preseason games. Crump, who had 65 receptions for 610 yards and two touchdowns last year for the Wildcats, signed with the Cardinals on May 30 after being let go by the Buffalo Bills when rookie minicamp ended in April. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Despite opening some eyes during training camp and OTA’s, Crump was unable to replicate similar success on the field during games this preseason.Vassallo had 70 tackles in 2011 for the Wildcats and signed with the Cardinals on April 28. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

Mazatlán Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgMazatlán, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe coastal city of Mazatlán sets the vibrant stage for renowned musical performances during its seventh annual Day of Music. This unique celebration takes place Saturday, June 12, beginning at 7pm and continuing well into the night amid warm, Pacific Ocean breezes and twinkling stars.More than 200 nationally acclaimed and popular regional artists will converge for this year’s Day of Music, performing live on five outdoor stages located throughout historic Old Mazatlán. Strolling along the colonial town’s charming streets, music lovers can enjoy entertainment of all types, with sounds that range from classical, jazz and percussion to modern rock, pop, mariachi and more.Presented by the Historic District of Mazatlán with the support of various local and state entities, Day of Music spotlights the destination’s rich culture and celebrated visual and performing arts.“We are proud to unite the many diverse musical styles of Mazatlán in one Day of Music celebration,” says Jose Luis Franco, Director of Culture in Mazatlán. “Surrounded by the colorful sights and sounds of Old Mazatlán, visitors to this premier event can experience the authentic rhythm of our beautiful city in a whole new way.”Day of Music features a continuous schedule of musical performances on five different stages. Highlights by nationally recognized artists and popular local bands include the following lineups:-The Machado Stage (Heriberto Frias street) will feature performances by Psappha; the Guillermo Sarabia Choir; Culiacan Bras; Mexico City favorite, Faralae: and the lively world rhythms of Radiad. -The Rock and Trends Stage (Ninos Heroes and Mariano Escobedo streets) will open the evening at sunset with the rock-fueled sounds of two Mazatlán bands, Coma Campus and The Insane. Mexico City-based band Hello Seahorse will take the stage next, featuring the “trip-happy-pop” style that has garnered national attention, before Selector closes the evening’s festivities. -Banda and Tropical Stage (Olas Altas Drive) will host the Assembly of Percussions; Mambo Café Band from Venezuela; and La Mazatleca Band. -Stage of Memory (Venustiano Carranza Street) features the swinging sounds of golden oldies from Los Sharks, as well as trio and mariachi music. Zarzuela will close the evening. -Fusion Stage (Venus Street) Mazatlán introduces the musical sounds of Suncai Gitano, Flores Negras and Viaje Demo, concluding the evening with San Francisco group Ken & Lori with special guests.www.gomazatlan.comlast_img read more

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