The first phase of panchayat election in Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday recorded a 74.1% voter turnout, with the Kashmir Valley clocking 62.1%, a quantum jump from the civic election percentage of 35.1 just 30 days ago.According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra, the border district of Kupwara in the Valley witnessed the highest polling at 71.9%, while Ganderbal in central Kashmir registered the lowest 11.9%.“At least 5,585 candidates were in the fray for 420 sarpanch and 1,845 panch seats in Phase I,” Mr. Kabra said.Unlike the civic body polls, the panchayat elections are being contested on a non-party basis, opening a window for both regional parties — the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party — to have proxy candidates.But the National Conference’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani reiterated that his party “will stay way from the panchayat polls, too, but contest Assembly polls”.No violenceThe police said there were no reports of any militant violence or protests during the polling in Kashmir.In Srinagar, where one block was up for polls, 21.8% of the electorate cast their ballot.According to the State Election Commission (SEC), 85 sarpanchs and 1,676 panchs have already been elected unopposed in Phase I.The areas close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla and Kupwara showed more enthusiasm for voting. In Uri of Baramulla, Roshi Begum (100), wife of Mohammad Gazi, came out to vote with her family.
Puneri Paltan had to share the spoils in their previous encounter after their match against Tamil Thalaivas finished in a tie. The Maharashtra-based outfit looked on course for a win but allowed Tamil Thalaivas a way back into the contest in the closing stages.Coach Anup Kumar made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the result at the post-match press conference and you can rest assured that his players will be vying to make amends against Bengaluru Bulls. That said, there were plenty of positives to take from the tie but perhaps none more so than the performance of Surjeet Singh.The Puneri Paltan skipper returned to form in style with seven tackle points and he’ll be hoping to put in a similar display against Bengaluru Bulls. With defenders like Hadi Tajik and Girish Ernak also in their ranks, it’s fair to assume that Bengaluru Bulls’ raiders will be tested.As far as Puneri Paltan’s offence is concerned, Pankaj Mohite has been the team’s leading raid points scorer (38). He along with Nitin Tomar and Manjeet will have to shoulder most of the responsibility in attack.Raids that rained points in Week 4 of #VIVOProKabaddi Season 7!Which one was your favourite?Tell us in the replies and stay tuned to Star Sports and Hotstar for all the action! #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/Yjzsv2nUWO— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 20, 2019 After returning to winning ways in their last match, Bengaluru Bulls will be looking to keep that winning feeling intact at the expense of Puneri Paltan. Pawan ‘Hi-Flyer’ Sehrawat will once again be the reigning champions’ biggest threat.He is the league’s leading raid points scorer (98) at the moment and is likely to become the first player to breach the 100 points barrier this season against Puneri Paltan. He scored a Super 10 in his side’s last outing and keeping him as well as skipper Rohit Kumar quiet will be crucial to Puneri Paltan’s hopes of a victory.Bengaluru Bulls’ defence has also shown that they are capable of holding their own against top-quality raiders this season. Even though Mahender Singh is their leading tackle points scorer, their defence isn’t by any means reliant on any individual, such is the depth of the squad in that department.Amit Sheoran, Ankit, Saurabh Nandal and Vijay Kumar showed how good they can be against Ajay ‘Iceman’ Thakur as well as Rahul ‘Showman’ Chaudhari in Bengaluru Bulls’ last game and they’ll be hoping to have a similar sort of impact against Puneri Paltan.
“Some of the recommendations, I feel is too much. Lets “Some of the recommendations, I feel is too much. Lets not take anything away from the BCCI. They have looked after this game for 60-80 years. I think one has to be more calm and easy and see what is best for the game. I dont believe in hire and fire,” Kapil said. While talking about the tenure and cooling off period, Gavaskar said like cricket, a blend of youth and experience is required in an administrative set up. “We have seen, that over a period of time in Indian cricket there have been 3-4 senior players and 1-2 junior players inducted into the team. I think the recommendations from what I read in the papers, where you must also have situations where you want people who have been there for a long time. Kapil Dev has retired. I have retired from the game. That is something the administrators need to look at. If I am not having a designation and I am still going, it is not the way to do it,” Gavaskar argued. The legendary opener also said that the tenure restrictions do not serve any purpose since it may deprive the deserving administrators progress. “What is the pinnacle in an administrators career? It is becoming the President. You dont just become the President in three years. You are the President because you serve some terms as Vice-President. Once you come to that level, you become President. Once you have done that, you dont come back as the representative of your association as how are the new ideas going to come? How are contemporary ideas going to come? Once you do that, we should say thank you very much. Let us now have somebody else representing my association. That is the kind of thing that will help. “Also if you look at the current Board and their recent history, there is constant change at the top level, President and Secretary have changed and their fixed term. I think state associations should be given time and they can also see how the system works at the BCCI.” Kapil commented that the selectors should have a “minimum of a five-year term”, considering that India is a vast country. “Three years is too quick. Things are happening and before you know whether you should do it or not, the time is over. Running such a big organisation is not a small thing. May be 30 years back it was different. Back then we didnt have coaches and management. Now you have professional people to help. Today, the Board has changed. “From Doordasrhan, today the Board has its own production. We should feel proud about that. What does the constitution say of the Board? It says improve the game in India. We need to take that effort. We should not forget the people who have run this game for so many years. We should respect them, but at the same time, change is required and there is no harm,” he said. PTI AT SSC SSCadvertisement
India all-rounder Hardik Panaya, it seems, is leaving no stone unturned to keep himself in the perfect shape for his maiden World Cup appearance. Hardik is part of India’s 15-member squad for World Cup 2019, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Hardik is likely to be India’s first-choice all-rounder in England and Wales, considering his exploits for the senior national team in the recent past. Hardik was in fine form Mumbai Indians as well, contributing both with the bat and the ball in the team’s title-winning campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Showcasing his eagerness shine at the biggest cricketing tournament of the year, Hardik Pandya took to social media on Sunday to share a video of himself working out hard at the gym.”No rest days when the World Cup is around the corner,” Hardik wrote as the caption.No rest days when the World Cup is around the corner pic.twitter.com/SJgrAgYeUEhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 19, 2019Hardik has been pumped up about India’s World Cup campaign as the big-hitting all-rounder spoke about his title aspirations right after lifting the IPL 2019 trophy with Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad.After shining with 402 runs from 16 matches at a staggering strike rate of 191.42 in the IPL, Hardik Pandya had said: “I played well this season, but now time to move on. I want to lift that World Cup trophy as well.”Hardik’s World Cup participation was thrown into doubt when he was handed a suspension over his controversial comments on a popular television show in January. The Baroda all-rounder had missed India’s limited-overs tour of Australia before his suspension was provisionally lifted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.advertisementNonetheless, Hardik has been batting with a lot of maturity and determination ever since his return from the suspension.Hardik’s ability to chip in with a few overs will be crucial as India are relying on their bowling firepower to restrict oppositions on what is expected to be batsman-friendly wickets in the United Kingdom.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumAlso See:
ESPN’s College GameDay will be making its first-ever stop at Louisville next Saturday.Well, Lee Corso made have spilled the beans a bit early, but either way – ESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Louisville next Saturday. The Cardinals, who have never hosted GameDay on their campus, take on ACC juggernaut Florida State in one of the most interesting games of the day.GameDay, so far, has been to Lambeau Field ahead of the LSU vs. Wisconsin showdown and Bristol ahead of tonight’s Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech matchup.Here’s the official hype video for the event, per ESPN.Get ready, Louisville. See you for Week 3. pic.twitter.com/jdDAguWAyD— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 11, 2016Louisville has gotten off to an incredible start in 2016, as Lamar Jackson & Co. have lit up the scoreboard against opponents Charlotte and Syracuse. The Seminoles, as you’d imagine, will pose a different level of challenge, however.College GameDay starts at 9 a.m. ET. We’ll be tuned in.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Almost every season the Alabama Crimson Tide send multiple players to the NFL Draft, which includes several first-round selections each year. Well, Terrell Lewis is ready to boost his draft stock in 2019 before making the journey to the league.The junior linebacker would’ve been an important piece to Nick Saban’s defense this year, but an unfortunate ACL tear in the summer ended his regular season. Even though Lewis has tons of potential, his value could definitely benefit from another year at Alabama.Lewis is surprisingly back on the practice field, but his official status for the Cotton Bowl is still unclear. He’s been increasing his workload ever since the SEC Championship.Regardless of whether he plays this season or not for the Crimson Tide, the star linebacker will return for the 2019 season.Terrell Lewis just said he’ll be back for the 2019 season pic.twitter.com/VBX4Bs4qgq— Kyle Henderson (@Rivals_Kyle) December 27, 2018There is certainly some risk in skipping the NFL for another season of college football. Nonetheless, Alabama has sent many linebackers to the next level, and Lewis might be the next one up.As for the Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma and Alabama will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium.The game will be televised on ESPN.Will the Sooners upset the Crimson Tide on Saturday night?
A total of $159 million has been allocated to the Community Based Landslide Risk Management Project in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities in Jamaica and provide an evidence based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean. This will be done through the: identification and implementation of community based landslide risk reduction measures for four communities; development of a toolkit and short television programme on Mosaic methodology and its application; enhanced community capacity in disaster preparedness and mitigation; and conducting disaster risk management, hazard mapping and vulnerability assessments. Anticipated targets for 2013/2014 include: finalising the toolkit adaptable to Jamaica; engage ‘Design and Supervision Engineers’ for the construction of drainage structures in the four communities; and to conduct workshops. Physical achievements up to March 2013 include: the first draft of the regional toolkit was revised; the Jamaican toolkit was revised to include community selection, engagement, mapping and training; and four communities have been selected and the schematic drainage plan/micro mitigation has been drafted. The project is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Government of Jamaica. It is being implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and is expected to be completed by April 2014.
Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips and a four-member team will travel to the United States (US) on July 7, to meet with financial institutions and rating agencies in New York and Washington.Members of the delegation will hold meetings in Washington with critical stakeholders and the US Treasury to update them on the progress being made under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, and to see how the entities can help support Jamaica in a tangible way.This was stated by Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at a Jamaica House press briefing on June 26.Meanwhile, the delegation will travel to New York, to meet with agents of the capital markets to update them on developments in the Government’s economic reform programmes and growth agenda.“The meetings will include representatives from investment banks, pension funds, insurance companies and rating agencies,” the Minister pointed out.Other members of the team are: Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Senior Director in the Ministry of Finance, Pamella McLaren; and Special Advisor to the Minister, Helene McIntosh.Cabinet has approved the official travel, which will cost $2.3 million, inclusive of air fare, accommodation and per diem. The delegation returns on July 17.Contact: Alphea Saunders
VANCOUVER – The 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia set records as the most destructive in the province’s recorded history. Here is a look at the season by the numbers:12,164 square kilometres: Area burned, equivalent to more than a third of Vancouver Island. The worst level of destruction since 1958 when 8,560 square kilometres burned.$562.7 million: Estimated cost of fire suppression. The previous record was $382 million in 2009.45,000: Approximate number of people displaced at the peak of the fires.65,000: Total number of people displaced over the entire wildfire season. The previous record was in 2003 when about 45,000 people were forced from their homes.70 days: Duration of the state of emergency that was declared on July 7. The last time wildfires prompted the province to announce a state of emergency was in 2003, which lasted 43 days.1,351: Total number of wildfires.176: Number of fires that started over a single 48-hour period on July 7 and 8.4,700: Approximate number of personnel deployed at the height of the wildfires, including firefighters and support staff. The tally encompasses the more than 1,200 personnel from outside the province or Canada and the more than 2,000 contractors who helped out.300: Approximate number of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who assisted.236: Aircraft deployed, including planes and helicopters.Zero: People who died in the fires.Source: BC Wildfire Service
FORT MCMURRAY – It was May 8, 2016, and the Fort McMurray wildfire was in full blaze.Municipal and provincial leaders had gathered to discuss a response when Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation walked in wanting to know how their plans would affect Indigenous communities.“All these heads started looking at each other and they had no answers for me,” he recalls. “It was clearly evident they had no plans for emergency procedures for First Nations in the surrounding area.”That’s also the main conclusion of a lengthy report by 11 Indigenous communities in and around Fort McMurray. It was funded by the Red Cross and is the result of two years of surveys, meetings and focus groups.“You had this breakdown in understanding,” said Tim Clark, the consultant who wrote the report.READ MORE: Report reveals shortcomings when dealing with Fort McMurray wildfireThe Fort McMurray wildfire became one of Canada’s worst natural disasters.More than 88,000 residents fled their homes and more than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed. The estimated cost was pegged at about $10 billion and nearly 6,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta were scorched.There were no deaths directly caused by the fire, but the report suggests that wasn’t because things went smoothly.Nobody knew who was in charge, it says. Between municipalities, the province and Ottawa, responsibility for Indigenous communities was up in the air.There were few relationships and less trust between government and First Nations groups, says the report. Indigenous leaders weren’t included in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre.“You had Fort McMurray First Nation, just east of Fort McMurray, and they didn’t even know there was an emergency operations centre,” Clark said. “(The municipality) did not reach out to First Nations because it assumed they were being dealt with by the federal government.”Most residents from the nearby hamlet of Janvier left for safety in Lac La Biche, 175 kilometres away. But when a few Janvier kids acted up, everyone, including elders, was rousted and moved again — some back to Janvier, which was still under threat.Re-entry after the fire was similarly tone-deaf, the report says.Registration centres were held in schools, institutions many Indigenous people are reluctant to enter.“The moment you opened up the Friendship Centre re-entry centre, it was immediately filled with people,” said Clark. “There were a lot of people who weren’t going to those (schools).”There was also initial doubt about whether residents would be allowed to rebuild in the Waterways neighbourhood — one of the oldest parts of Fort McMurray and settled by Indigenous people generations ago.“The municipality understood it in financial terms,” Clark said. “The Indigenous people understood it in more of a cultural, historical perspective.”Governments also failed to consider the circumstances of Indigenous communities, he said. Many houses damaged in the fire started off in bad shape. Fewer Indigenous homeowners were insured.READ MORE: Mental issues from Fort McMurray fire linger but human contact helps: studyAbout one-quarter of Indigenous people in the survey lost their homes — a far higher percentage than in Fort McMurray as a whole. About one-third of those who lost homes had no insurance.It wasn’t until March 2017 — months into the recovery effort — that Indigenous representatives joined a recovery task force. Clark also found First Nations and the provincial agency managing federal relief funds worked poorly together. Metis communities weren’t eligible at all.Clark writes that the Willow Lake Métis spent more than $100,000 supporting members during the wildfire. The Fort McMurray Métis spent their reserves to the point where they could not get a bank loan.The survey found that 70 per cent of respondents would prefer disaster management services from Indigenous groups if there were a similar disaster.And there will be a next time, said Clark.“There are still a lot of areas in northeast Alberta that are at high risk for disaster events.“We can’t just say we had a big wildfire so it won’t happen again. We need to start repairing these relationships now.”Adams said it can’t happen soon enough.“What happens now? What’s the plan for us? If the (municipality) doesn’t have a plan for us, who does? Aren’t we all supposed to be working together?”— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on Twitter
Rabat – American Airlines will launch a new seasonal air route, linking Philadelphia with Casablanca. The flight will be the first of its kind for the US carrier in Africa. The flight route will also make the American Airlines the only US carrier operating a direct flight to Casablanca. According to Air Journal, American Airlines will launch the seasonal flight on June 4, 2020.The flight linking Philadelphia with Casablanca will serve passengers with three flights a week on a Boeing 757, until September 8. “Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service to Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning.He also expressed the company’s determination to work with Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc.“We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join the Oneworld alliance in January,” Raja added.In 2018, RAM announced its decision to join the Oneworld alliance.RAM’s membership is expected to take effect in mid-2020, announced Oneworld Wednesday, December 5, in a statement.“Its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will join as a Oneworld affiliate member at the same time.”The vice president said that the alliance will “create even more connections in Africa to cities like Marrakech, Lagos, and Accra.”American Airlines, according to Air Journal, will open four other air routes, including Dallas-Tel Aviv, and Chicago-Karkow flights.The airline offers 6,8000 flights a day to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries.Launched in February 1999, Oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways.
Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena are in remand prison after being arrested over the Central Band treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo Fort Magistrate today refused to grant bail to Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun Palisena.The Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered that Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena be further remanded till March 2.
Many Mennonites came into the county to help with cleanup. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) The Lions Club set up optional tolls along the roads to collect money from anyone that was able to donate to the cleanup efforts. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) WATERFORD — Forty years ago on Aug. 7 multiple tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario.The biggest began near Woodstock and plowed south-east on a trajectory that took it through Kelvin, Vanessa and Waterford. Schools, churches, homes and businesses in Oxford, Brant, and Norfolk counties were damaged or worse.“We all remember where we were that day, a tornado tore our town away,” Waterford resident Tom Swiech sings in his song A Tornado, which was written about the event.Betty Black, of 36 Main Street North in Waterford, remembers exactly where she was when disaster struck.Black sped north across the CN bridge and into her driveway as the tornado arrived in the north end of town.Black hustled her family into the house and slammed the door behind her as trees and large limbs came crashing to the ground. The tornado was so strong that it blew entire trees onto the bridge she had just driven over.“I’m glad we weren’t on the road,” Black said Tuesday. “Because we could’ve been. We crossed the bridge, pulled into the driveway and ran into the house. I’ve always thought how glad I was that I wasn’t on that bridge when the storm hit.”The Black family was luckier than most. Not only did they cross the bridge under the wire, they suffered minor damage compared to their neighbours.Many homes in the north end of Waterford suffered serious damage. In many cases, roofs and rafters were torn away. Many of the large trees in this part of town were damaged or uprooted.The Thompson-Mott Funeral Home is a long-serving institution in this part of town.The rear of the old mansion took a hit that required an expensive repair and remodeling. Peter Thompson was home with his family watching TV when the storm blew through. Tuesday, Thompson said it happened so fast there was no time to react.“It was quite an event – something we’d never seen before,” Thompson said. “If you live down south in the United States, you expect it. But until then you didn’t expect it in Waterford.”The funeral home was out of commission for a time but Thompson is proud that he turned no families away. Thompson stayed in business and continued serving the community because Waterford churches provided alternative venues, as needed, for visitations, services and the like.To mark the 40th anniversary of the event, the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum has mounted an exhibit called “Tornado of ’79.”The museum is playing Swiech’s song for the duration and is showing photos to convey the human stories behind the disaster. WHAM’s curator James Christison and assistant curator Catherine Caughell have heard stories as local residents shared their photos.“It’s been interesting,” Christison said. “People coming into the museum remember what they were doing and where they were.”One resident was in a Waterford bank watching the window blowing in and out as cars were lifted and carried down the road. Another recalled playing baseball in Simcoe when the sky turned a yellowish-grey.While the tornado tore the community apart, it also brought people closer together. “The response from people that weren’t affected to help the people that were was almost instantaneous. The help that came from outside, people driving from surrounding communities, from Woodstock to Waterford, was really fast,” said Caughell. The former City of Nanticoke declared a state of emergency and help began pouring in immediately. The Waterford Lions set up optional tolls on Main Street asking people to give whatever they could to those in need. Caughell said no one went homeless that night because people unaffected offered whatever they could to those who were. One Waterford resident told Caughell she was married shortly before the tornado hit. Her neighbour’s house was hit and the wedding gift that they were still holding onto — a set of glasses — survived when parts of the house did not. The damage from the tornadoes was estimated at over $100 million. This does not included damaged crops and injured livestock. There were two deaths outside Norfolk and another 150 hospitalized with injuries. More information regarding the WHAM exhibit is available on the museum’s firstname.lastname@example.org Ontario Premier Bill Davis, centre, travelled to Waterford to look at the damage done from a devastating tornado that hit the community on August 7, 1979. Simcoe Reformer photo/Norfolk County Archives
Secretary-General António Guterres is greeted by Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at the conference. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard VIDEO: Addressing reporters during a meeting break, Secretary-General António Guterres underscores that the conference was seeking “a solid and sustainable solution,” not “a quick fix” for the Republic of Cyprus. Credit: UN News “We are not looking for a quick fix. We are looking for a solid and sustainable solution,” he said, noting that the conference will continue for “the amount of time necessary.” He stressed that the role of the United Nations is to support the parties so that they can come to the necessary agreement.At the end of today’s discussions, the UN commended Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci for the remarkable progress made over the past 20 months in the Cyprus talks and for their dedicated work that had made it possible to Conference, which, for the first time, had brought all together to discuss the chapter of security and guarantees, the sixth and last chapter of the negotiations.The world body said that the participants recognized that this is the time to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion. “This is a historic opportunity that should not be missed, said the UN adding that the participants therefore committed to supporting the process towards a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.Noting that those common objectives will require concerted efforts by all concerned over the course of the next days, they decided to continue the Conference, in line with established precedent, with the following steps: Establish a working group at the level of deputies. This group will commence its work on 18 January. Its task will be to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them;In parallel, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus; and that The Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions. Secretary-General António Guterres (right) with Nicos Anastasiades (centre right) and Mustafa Akinci (left). Also pictured is Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. UN Photo/Violaine Martin AUDIO: Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Secretary-General António Guterres says that “enormous progress” had been made on all of the contentious subjects that divide Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Credit: UN News Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) briefs journalists during a recess between meetings held during a United Nations-supported conference on Cyprus. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) at the opening of the conference flanked by Jeffrey Feltman (left) Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Espen Barth Eide UN Special Adviser on Cyprus. Also pictured are Mustafa Akinci (2nd left) and Nicos Anastasiades (2nd right). UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Speaking at a press conference during a recess, the UN chief said “it is my hope that there will be a breakthrough” that the people of Cyprus deserve and the world needs. “We are facing so many situations of disasters. We badly need a symbol of hope. I strongly believe Cyprus can be the symbol of hope at the beginning of 2017,” he added. The conference brought together not only the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, but also the so-called guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom for the first time. Mr. Guterres paid tribute to the statesmanship displayed by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for about 20 months of negotiations toward a united Cyprus. The Secretary-General described the opening session of today’s talks as “extremely constructive,” adding that during lunchtime, the participants had open debate and brainstorming, in which “it was possible to identify, not only the very important progress that was made in the negotiations, as taken in the last few days on the first five chapters, but also to identify the complexity of the problems related to security and guarantees that need to be addressed and resolved.” In that lunch, he continued, “it was possible to clearly come to the conclusion that we need to find instruments, instruments that allow for the implementation of the settlement that would be achieved in a way that guarantees simultaneously the response to the security concerns of the Turkish Cypriot community and the security concerns of the Greek Cypriot community.” Mr. Guterres said the goal is neither a calendar nor a vanity fair, but to get the necessary results.VideoAudioPhotos ‹ ›
After a tough weekend away that saw the Buckeyes lose all three contests to No. 12 Michigan, the Ohio State softball team (23-14, 3-6) looks to continue a two-game win streak from playing against Ohio University this week with a three-game series against Penn State beginning Friday. OSU needs a series win against the Nittany Lions if it wants to continue to stay in the race for the Big Ten conference championship as conference play nears the halfway point. “Our major goal is to place in the top (of the conference),” said sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico. “We just gotta still keep fighting it out, after the Michigan series I think our team is still focused on what we gotta do, get our program to the top again and keep attacking teams.” OSU’s process of righting the ship after the Michigan defeats began the following Tuesday when OSU dominated a double header in Athens, Ohio, against the Ohio Bobcats. Winning 4-2 and 6-1, the day was highlighted by DiDomenico’s masterful 17-strikeout effort in the second victory. “(17 strikeouts) was insane,” said first-year coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “(DiDomenico) has that in her, and she had a little bit of a ‘spitfire’ attitude on Tuesday and I really think that she is an emotional player, and when she gets her emotions targeted toward something she really wants, it’s going to happen. I was thrilled for her.” In preparation for Penn State, the Buckeyes have been focusing on the little things in practice all week. Schoenly emphasized her desire to have the team “outwork” their opponents, and OSU spent a good portion of Thursday’s practice focusing on conditioning. Schoenly also said she has stressed the importance of hitting in practice as well, especially adjusting to the pitching styles of the Penn State pitchers early in the game instead of waiting until the third at-bat. This season has been junior first baseman Leesa Gresham’s breakout year as she has helped bolster the Buckeyes’ offense. After playing sparingly as a freshman and sophomore, Gresham has busted out this year, leading the team in home runs (9), RBIs (34) and doubles (11), and third on the team in batting average (.348). She credited her improvement to the new coaching staff, led by Schoenly. “I haven’t really changed my work ethic from the first two years,” Gresham said. “But I think the big difference is having coaches that actually care and really push you to be the best. They have faith in all of us, which is something we were missing for a while. I think with coaches that have confidence in you, it makes it a lot easier to play, and less stressful.” OSU and Penn State are scheduled to begin the weekend tilt Friday at Buckeye Field in Columbus at 6 p.m.
“I thought to myself some time ago, ‘Who’s Cheryl Tweedy?’ I suddenly realised I knew the Cheryl bit but missed out on the Tweedy,” he said at a charity event earlier this year.For administrative purposes, the singer has reverted to her original name of Tweedy, but her reluctance to use it publicly is understandable. It was under that name that she was found guilty of assault in 2003 for punching a nightclub lavatory attendant in the face.At the time she was a newly minted pop star, chosen by viewers to be part of the manufactured television talent show group Girls Aloud. There was perhaps a time when a conviction for battering a stranger could sully a star’s reputation, but in the world of modern celebrity, it was merely a blip. Tweedy reportedly turned down the chance to become Cheryl Payne, fearing that her third marriage would go the way of her other two.Bear was born in March 2017, soon followed by rumours that all was not well in the relationship. Asked what his partner was called, Payne explained: “Her name is officially Cheryl Tweedy now, but to be honest it doesn’t really bother me. We have a kid together. There’s a lot more in our life.”As a sign of true devotion, Payne had a rose tattoo on his hand to match the one covering Cheryl’s bottom. When you are Cheryl Tweedy née Fernandez-Versini née Cole née Tweedy, perhaps a surname is more trouble than it’s worth.Or perhaps observers are not quite sure what to call the former X Factor judge and Girls Aloud singer, who has announced her split from the former X Factor contestant and One Direction singer, Liam Payne.Both the BBC and the Press Association solemnly reported that “Cheryl” and Payne were going their separate ways after a two-year relationship, elevating her to the ranks of stars who are known by just one name: Madonna, Cher, Prince, Pele, Liberace. Via her Twitter account, where she bills herself by first name only as @cherylofficial, came a statement in language familiar to connoisseurs of the celebrity break-up. “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.” Bear is the couple’s one-year-old son.The statement was coordinated with a front page tabloid story in which sources close to the couple said the separation was a “mutual, loving decision” made with “no animosity” whatsoever. Cheryl and Ashley Cole advertising the National Lottery in 2006 Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe She moved on to her first marriage, becoming Cheryl Cole in 2006 when she married the Chelsea footballer, Ashley Cole. He proposed during a camel ride in Dubai. The couple received £1 million for selling the picture rights to a celebrity magazine, became the faces of the National Lottery, and the bride had “Mrs C” tattooed on her neck.They divorced in 2009 but she hung on to the name until 2014, when she married the French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after a whirlwind romance. She announced the marriage by posting a picture of her wedding ring on Instagram. It lasted two years. 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 question of what to call the twice-divorced star has even troubled the Prince of Wales, when he was told of her work supporting the Prince’s Trust. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the red carpet in 2016, displaying her ‘Mrs C’ tattoo Credit:Mike Marsland/WireImage The idea of adopting a single moniker took shape during the marriage, when she realised that her latest name was proving problematic. “It’s just ‘Cheryl’ because everyone seems to be having a hard time saying it,” she said.In 2016, she began a relationship with Payne, having first met him in 2008 when she was 25 and he was a 14-year-old hopeful auditioning for The X Factor. Cheryl with her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, in happier times in 2015Credit:Marc Piasecki/GC Images
Leagold Mining Corp has completed the Bermejal underground drill program at Los Filos mine in Mexico. The program totalled 56,191 m in 111 holes. Highlights of 10 new holes include 7.0 g/t over 16.0 m, 11.0 g/t over 8.6 m and 8.4 g/t over 10.6 m (all capped grades and true widths). These results follow 86 holes previously reported. The remaining 15 holes are in the process of being sampled and assayed. Leagold CEO Neil Woodyer stated: “The large-scale drill program commenced in April and has been completed on schedule. The program delineated several new areas of high-grade mineralization and has greatly increased the Measured and Indicated resources, based on data available as of August 31, 2017. A further update of the Bermejal Underground mineral resource estimate is in progress and is expected before year end. In addition, the Bermejal Underground ramp development has advanced 175 m to date and is on track to reach the test mining area in Q2 of next year. “Operations continue to benefit from improvements made earlier this year. The agglomerator and new overland conveyor will come on line in early 2018. With mine production of 173,551 oz of gold up to November 30, we remain well positioned to achieve our full year production guidance of 185,000 to 200,000 oz.” The Bermejal underground drill program included 62 drill holes in the high-grade Central zone, 38 holes in the East zone, and 11 holes in the West zone. All holes intersected mineralization, and a total of 210 intervals of more than 3 g/t gold over a minimum of 3 m true width have been reported to date. The multiple intercepts are due to development of oxide skarn mineralization along the intrusive contact, and also at the upper and lower contacts of a shallowly dipping sill that created the opportunity for the high-grade and wide zone of “sub-sill” mineralization.The Bermejal underground deposit is at the northern end of a large intrusive body which has a total circumference of at least 15 km, providing extensive additional areas for further exploration. The Bermejal underground mineralization extends approximately 1,600 m along strike of the intrusive contact and has a vertical depth extent of over 800 m. The Bermejal underground ramp has advanced 175 m and the portal has been completed with steel arches and a concrete floor. Although this is an exploration ramp, the development is fully dimensioned for production and permits for production are in place.
THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive is to be asked to appear before the Public Accounts Committee next week in the wake of controversy about top-up payments for some voluntary hospital CEOs.The committee agreed this morning that there was an “urgency” to bring officials from the HSE and potentially the CEOs and chairman of the voluntary hospitals before them.It follows the revelation that that one-in-four of the 43 State funded hospitals and health agencies are breaching official pay caps in the case of some senior executives, with some receiving top-ups payments to their salary.TDs agreed to arrange for the HSE to appear before the Dáil committee next Tuesday or Wednesday.Labour TD Gerald Nash said that the “general public are appalled” at the details that have emerged in recent days and said it is “appropriate that we hold special meetings in relation to this issue”.Shane Ross said that there was an “urgency about it” that required immediate action.Committee chairman John McGuinness raised concerns that the HSE internal audit report on the issue was only presented to the committee when the HSE appeared before it earlier this month about the medical cards issue.“[The] report was given to clerk and it was then too late for us to mention it or to flag it [at the last meeting],” McGuinness said.The Committee also agreed to write to the Department of Public Expenditure of Reform to see if similar payments are being made in other government departments or State agencies.McGuinness said there is a “need to raise it will all government departments to see what their understanding is of these payments”.In a statement issued after today’s meeting, Nash said: “It is clear to me that some have been engaged in a game of cat and mouse with the relevant government department.“This is not on and shows that the ‘because I’m worth it’ culture is still alive and well in some areas.”Read: Government ‘attempting to weed out’ top-up payments to health executives – KennyRead: HSE will report on hospital executive pay breaches ‘in a couple of days’