Stars Honoured At 2018 O2 Silver Clef Awards

first_imgThe O2 Silver Clef Awards earlier this month brought music industry greats together to celebrate the power of music and to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins – to ensure they can continue providing music therapy to vulnerable children and adults across the UK.Video: O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018Presenter Edith Bowman, hosted the star-studded 43rd O2 Silver Clef Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, with blue carpet arrivals coverage presented by Nordoff Robbins supporter, Peter Andre.Two legendary giants of music, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant were honoured for their contribution to music at the awards – Roger Waters was presented with the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award, while Robert Plant won the Integro Outstanding Award. Welsh rockers Stereophonics picked up the American Express Icon Award, while multi-platinum recording artist Ellie Goulding was awarded the Liz Hobbs Best Female Award and British singer, songwriter and musician George Ezra took home the AEG Presents Best Male Award.Ellie Goulding said: “From a very early age, music was everything to me, the ultimate companion and often a way for me to express myself. The way Nordoff Robbins uses the power of music to bring everyone together is extraordinary. It creates this personal language so people can express themselves. I’m honoured to receive this award, thank you.”George Ezra said: “I am honoured to be receiving the AEG Presents Best Male award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards! Music is such a universal power for good and I’ve heard so much about the great work that Nordoff Robbins do – it’s an honour to support a charity who are dedicated to helping so many people through music.”Irish rock band The Script were presented with the Raymond Weil International Award, classical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe received the PPL Classical Award, and Rudimental were awarded the Bose Innovation Award. R&B artist Jorja Smith collected the Amazon Music Best Newcomer Award. The Sky Best Group Award was awarded to alternative pop band Bastille.The Script said: “We are honoured to receive the Raymond Weil International award at this year’s O2 Silver Clefs. We saw first-hand at a recent visit to Nordoff Robbins, the power of music therapy and we know from personal experiences how music can heal. So, to be supporting this charity through this event feels very special to us.”Jorja Smith said: “Thank you so much. This means a lot. After I went to the Nordoff Robbins Music centre, I realised how important music really is. It removes a barrier and enables us to communicate with people in a different way. A huge thank you for this award.”Fans have also been voting for their favourite artist in the Ticketmaster Best Live Act category with Harry Styles taking home the award which is sponsored by Ticketmaster and Live Nation.Ticketmaster said: “As the largest live entertainment company in the world, we see the profound effect that music has on people every single day. We’re hugely proud to be involved with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, supporting the incredible work that they do for thousands of people every single year.”The O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018 raised a staggering £705,000 at the 2018 awards. Earlier this year, it was announced that Nordoff Robbins are set to benefit from a dedicated three-year charity partnership deal with long-term supporters, O2.Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship, O2, commented; “O2 is incredibly proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins, now our fifteenth year as partner of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. As passionate live music fans, we love celebrating the work of the world’s most talented artists who grace the stages at The O2 and our O2 Academy venues nationwide. But we’re even bigger fans of the work Nordoff Robbins do delivering thousands of music therapy sessions every year in care homes, hospitals, schools and their own growing list of day centres around the UK. I’ve visited these Nordoff Robbins centres, and seen for myself just what an important part music, and the charity, play in people’s lives. Not just for those receiving the therapy, but their families too.”Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan said: “The O2 Silver Clef Awards are one of the reasons why Nordoff Robbins is able to continue delivering life-changing music therapy to so many people facing some of the biggest challenges who desperately need our help. For 43 years this event has celebrated the best names in music, whilst raising over £10.5 million for our charity to date. We are forever grateful for the tremendous support it receives year on year.”last_img read more

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Morocco: Six Libyans, several women arrested over prostitution charges

first_imgRabat- According to the Moroccan daily Al Akbar in its edition of Monday December 30th, Tangier’s police, in northern Morocco, arrested this weekend six Libyan nationals along with several Moroccan alleged sex workers. The arrest took place in a furnished apartment in the center of the city after police officers were informed about the existence of an apartment devoted to prostitution. According to the same source, the police raided the apartment and found the suspects in an “immoral position”. The operations, which took place in coordination with the Public Prosecutor’s office, led to the arrest of six Libyans and a number of Moroccan alleged prostitutes. Prostitution is illegal in Morocco and is punishable by prison time for all parties involved.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Abdellatif Hammouchi Appointed Director of Morocco’s National Security Body

Rabat – King Mohammed VI appointed on Friday in Casablanca Abdellatif Hammouchi new Director of Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security.Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan Internal Intelligence apparatus (DGST), has been appointed the new Director of the General Directorate for National Security (GDNS).Hammouchi has been appointed during a Council of Ministers chaired by King Mohammed VI at the Royal Palace in Casablanca on Friday. Also an adviser to King Mohammed VI on terrorism-related affairs, Hammouchi will replace current director of the General Directorate for National Security (DGSN), Bouchaib Rmail.This is the first in Morocco’s history that the head of the intelligence apparatus is appointed to head the DGSN.Last February, French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, announced that Abdellatif Hammouchi would receive the French Legion d’Honneur in recognition of his efforts in fighting crime, drug trafficking, as well as terrorism. read more

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Getting more oil to market in Canada requires more pipelines, NEB says

OTTAWA — The National Energy Board says Canada’s existing export pipelines are running at maximum efficiency and the only way to realistically get more oil to market on pipelines is to build more of them.The board is responding today to questions posed last fall by Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who wanted to know if there was any way to improve the efficiency of pipelines while Canada struggles to expand or get new ones built.Put simply, the board says, the amount of oil Canada is producing has increased while the number of pipelines to carry it has not.The report says moving more oil by rail is also not a “perfect substitute” because doing so is more expensive and complex.It also tells Sohi that while there is room to streamline the system used by oil producers to get access to pipeline space, doing so would only reallocate existing capacity, rather than create more.Sohi’s request to the board came last fall as Canadian oil prices plunged thanks to temporary refinery closures in the midwest, creating a price differential with the U.S. of $50 per barrel.That price gap has since closed to less than $10 a barrel after refineries came back online and the Alberta government imposed a mandatory drop in production.The Canadian Press read more

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UN unit calls for followup on justice in rampant assassinations of journalists

The Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will request UN Member States to assume responsibility for monitoring investigations into all killings condemned by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).As a result of its meeting in Paris from 26 to 28 March, the IPDC, which was created by UNESCO in 1980 to promote free expression in developing countries, also decided to ask all States to inform UNESCO of actions taken in each case, and of the status of judicial inquires.Over the past two years, the Director-General of UNESCO has publicly condemned the killings of 121 journalists – 68 in 2006 and 53 in 2007.The decision adopted by all 39 IPDC Council members requests the Director-General of UNESCO to provide updated information on the responses received from Member States in which assassinations of journalists have occurred, and to make this report widely available. In its 28 years of operation, the IPDC has raised some $ 93 million dollars for more than 1,100 projects in 139 developing countries and countries in transition, UNESCO said. 4 April 2008With only 6.7 per cent of journalists’ murders leading to convictions, an arm of the United Nations agency mandated to protect freedom of the press is calling on Governments to report on investigations into attacks on media personnel, which have surged in recent years. read more

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East Asias economy could suffer if seas are not protected says UN

19 February 2010East Asia’s economically viable coastal habitats and ecosystems are under threat from pollution, alien invasive species and other factors which could impact the region’s poverty levels unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report. East Asia’s economically viable coastal habitats and ecosystems are under threat from pollution, alien invasive species and other factors which could impact the region’s poverty levels unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report.“With nearly three quarters of the region’s population depending directly or indirectly on coastal areas, and with 80 per cent of the region’s GDP linked to the coastal natural resources, the time must be right for factoring the marine environment into the centre of economic planning,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.The East Asian Seas State of the Marine Environment report said economically important coastal habitats and ecosystems are under pressure as 40 per cent of coral reefs and half of all mangroves have already been lost. Coral reefs generate an estimated $112.5 billion and mangroves $5.1 billion annually.The East Asian Seas – which includes the region between China, the Republic of Korea and Australia – have some of the world’s highest concentrations of shipping and fishing vessel activity. They account for 50 per cent of global fisheries production and 80 per cent of global aquaculture production. “These ocean ecosystems are a critical lifeline for the region’s economies and people. You can say that the health of these oceans and their ecosystems is very much tied to the economic health of these countries and well-being of their citizens,” said Chou Loke Ming, author of the report produced by UNEP’s Coordinating Body of the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA).Mr. Ming noted that the East Asian Seas account for 30 per cent of the world’s seas under national jurisdiction and called on the governments in the region – which also include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam – to have a major role in maintaining effective stewardship of the marine environment. The report recommended a more systematic and integrated approach to managing coastal and oceanic issues, including improved data collection and management, and economic incentives to encourage private sector involvement in environmental protection efforts.“Such actions can support better decision-making, national assessments of coastal and ocean resources and conditions, [and] enhanced public private partnerships” the report stated. read more

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Most Paraguayan children suffer parental or family abuse UN reports

15 September 2010Six out of 10 Paraguayan children and adolescents suffer physical violence and other maltreatment within their homes, including beatings, kicks, burns and semi-asphyxiation, according to a new United Nations study. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study, released yesterday, found that corporal punishment and verbal humiliation are considered culturally acceptable forms of education and it called on the Government to introduce policies that promote the denunciation and punishment of such activities.More than 800 children between the ages of 10 and 18 in at least 50 public and private schools throughout the country were included in the study. Of these, 35 per cent reported suffering severe physical punishments, 13 per cent experienced light violence and 13 per cent endured psychological violence, according to UNICEF child protection official Andrea Sid.“The serious maltreatment consisted of blows with objects, kicks, burns and some type of asphyxiation,” she said. The high incidence of abuse by parents and others within the family is a wake-up call for the authorities, UNICEF stressed. read more

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Harrow Sri Lankan Tamils want Harrow Mayor to resign

It said: “Most Tamil residents in Harrow escaped the war and came to the UK as refugees, and they still carry the scars of that war which killed many of their kith and kin in their former home country.“We believe Ms Marikar’s judgement on this matter was very poor and her actions were offensive to the Tamil community she represents in Harrow.“It was extremely upsetting to learn that Ms Marikar, who represents a large number of Tamils in Harrow and claims to have a detailed knowledge of Sri Lanka, chose to publish photographs with these senior military officials.” She posted pictures of her meetings – in which she is wearing the mayoral chain – on social media alongside messages praising the soldiers for their service. Campaigners have called on the Mayor of Harrow to resign after she was pictured with senior military figures during a visit to Sri Lanka, This is local London reported.Cllr Kareema Marikar visited the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Mahesh Senanayake, and Brigadier Priyanka Fernando during a trip last year. They were particularly disappointed given that Brig. Fernando was found guilty of violating the Public Order Act when he made a throat cutting gesture at protestors – many of whom were Tamil – outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.A petition with 49 signatures was handed to Harrow Council calling on Cllr Marikar to step down from her role. But members of the Tamil community in Harrow are upset at this representation, given the army officials’ involvement in the Sri Lankan civil war. The Sri Lankan Civil War, which stemmed from ambitions by the ‘Tamil Tigers’ to form an independent state, ravaged the country for more than 25 years – finally ending in 2009. Cllr Marikar, who was elected as mayor in May, hails from Sri Lanka herself. She has lived in Harrow for 28 years and has served as a councillor since 2010.The mayor’s office has been contacted for comment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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AltaGas halts Douglas Channel project in latest blow to BCs LNG ambitions

AltaGas halts Douglas Channel project in latest blow to B.C.’s LNG ambitions CALGARY – AltaGas Ltd. said Thursday it has stopped work on the Douglas Channel liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia, delivering the latest setback for the province’s LNG ambitions.During a conference call to discuss its financial results, AltaGas CEO David Cornhill said the consortium behind the project failed to secure sales contracts for LNG exports.“Without a meaningful offtake agreement, the consortium can no longer continue the development of the project,” said Cornhill.The LNG industry has been hampered by low natural gas prices and an oversupplied market in recent months.Still, Cornhill said AltaGas has made significant progress on developing the Douglas Channel project, including securing permits, adding that it could restart work in the future.“We will continue to work with the Haisla (First Nation) and support them in every way possible to realize our joint dream of seeing LNG development on the Douglas Channel,” said Cornhill.AltaGas, along with its global partners Idemitsu Kosan Co., EDF Trading Ltd. and Exmar NV, had been aiming for the project near Kitimat, B.C., to begin exporting LNG in 2018.The project had recently been held up over a 25 per cent excise duty being charged on its floating LNG facility.AltaGas said that had been resolved and no duty would be charged, but with the unfavourable markets they couldn’t proceed with the project.The company also confirmed that the Triton LNG project it was also developing in B.C. with Idemitsu has been delayed. It was expecting to begin production in 2019.“It’s certainly on the back burner,” said AltaGas president David Harris on the conference call. “We’ll just see how the markets develop here in the coming years and if they bounce back appropriately.”In early February, Royal Dutch Shell said it was postponing an investment decision on its proposed LNG terminal in Kitimat until the end of the year.LNG prices in Asia have taken a hit in recent months as they’re largely tied to crude oil prices, which have dropped by around 30 per cent since November 2015.The Douglas Channel project is one of the smallest of the more than 20 proposed LNG projects in Canada with the potential to export about 2.4 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, compared with 33 billion cubic metres for Shell’s LNG Canada project. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Pharma Bro wont stop talking except to jury in trial

‘Pharma Bro’ won’t stop talking, except to jury in trial by Tom Hays, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 8:37 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli has kept up his trademark trolling on social media during his securities fraud trial — calling the case “bogus” — but the jury won’t hear him defend himself in court.The government’s last witness testified on Tuesday, a day after a lawyer for the former biotech CEO told the court that his client had chosen not to take the witness stand. Closing arguments are set for Thursday, with deliberations expected to begin as early as Friday.Shkreli, 34, is best known for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 per cent and targeting his critics with online rants so nasty that they got him kicked off Twitter for harassment. He was arrested in 2015 on unrelated federal charges accusing him of lying to investors in a pair of failed hedge funds.Although not part of the case, the price-gouging scandal has hung over the trial and burdened Shkreli with a likability deficit that made it even more of a longshot that he would testify. But that hasn’t stopped him from using the internet to vent after spending long days sitting at the defence table.In one of a flurry of recent Facebook posts, he wrote: “This was a bogus case from day one.”He also has taken aim at news coverage of the trial, a la President Donald Trump, writing, “More trash from the NYTimes. Is there an intelligent writer-editor pair at this company? Who would read this ‘news’?”Even prosecutors aren’t off-limits: Earlier this month, he taunted them as “the cowardly government,” while he griped about their trial tactics. “This is not North Korea,” he wrote.Although they won’t hear from him in court and are under orders to avoid anything about him in the cyber realm, jurors in recent days have gotten a taste of Shkreli’s disdain for investors and mercurial demeanour.Government evidence introduced on Tuesday included emails in which Shkreli snapped at a lawyer charged separately with conspiring with him in a scheme to hide hedge fund client losses and pay them back, against their wishes, with stock in a new drug company called Retrophin.“I am really starting to think you are inept,” Shkreli told the lawyer in one email. When the lawyer asked for guidance on how to divvy up shares, he replied, “Take from anyone. I don’t care. Do the math.”In other testimony, a former business partner described how Shkreli sent his wife a threatening letter.“Your husband has stolen $1.6 million from me,” it read. “I hope to see you and your four children homeless. I will do whatever I can to assure this.”The defence has countered by trying to draw attention to the fact that the investors who claim they were victims of fraud ultimately made big profits once the drug company went public.Retrophin CEO Stephen Aselage testified that even though he had misgivings about Shkreli, he considered him a “brilliant intellect” and a “visionary.”Some managers at the drug company “described him as the Pied Piper,” he said. “He tells a story, sings a song and everyone wants to follow him.” read more

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Having no friends could be as deadly as smoking Harvard University finds

first_img“Social connectedness displays a significant association with fibrinogen.“If there is indeed an independent causal relationship between social isolation and fibrinogen and, subsequently, heart disease and stroke, then policies and interventions that improve social connectedness may have health effects even beyond the well-known benefits of improved economic conditions.” A man suffers a heart attack Having no friends could be as deadly as smoking, researchers at Harvard University have suggested, after discovering a link between loneliness and the levels of a blood-clotting protein which can cause heart attacks and stroke.Social isolation is known to activate the ‘fight or flight’ stress signal which increases levels of protein fibrinogen in anticipation of injury and blood loss.But too much fibrinogen is bad for health, raising blood pressure and causing the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries.Harvard researchers compared levels of the blood-clotting protein with the numbers of friends and family in a person’s social network and found a striking correlation. As the number of social connections fell, the level of fibrinogen rose. 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 protein fibrinogen helps blood to clot but can lead to heart attacks and strokes if too much is produced Credit:Alamy  People with just five people in their social network had 20 per cent higher levels fibrinogen than those with 25. Having 10-12 fewer friends had the same impact on levels as taking up smoking.It is thought that social isolation leaves people feeling threatened and vulnerable which triggers an ongoing ‘fight or flight’ response which can be lethal in the long term.“Measurement of the whole social network can provide information about an individual’s cardiac risk that is not necessarily apparent to the individual herself,” said lead author Dr David Kim of Harvard Medical School. A woman smoking Previously loneliness has been linked to a compromised immune system, high blood pressure, and ultimately, premature death.A recent study by the University of York found that lonely people are around 30 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke or heart disease, two of the leading causes of death in Britain. But the reasons have remained unclear. Some researchers thought it was simply that there were fewer people to notice when a person was ill or encourage them to take care of their health.Dr Nicole Valtorta who led the University of York research said: “These findings are consistent with a growing body of research indicating that social relationships are important for health.“Our recent review, based on self-reports of social relationships, found that individuals who felt lonely or who were socially isolated had on average a 30 per cent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke. “It may be that some of the effect observed by the authors of the article is a result of people’s social relationships being affected by poor health. To build on this study, future studies are needed to investigate whether interventions that tackle social isolation have an effect on health.” Having fewer friends appeared to have a similar impact on fibrinogen levels as smokingCredit:incamerastock / Alamy  But although loneliness is often viewed as a problem for older people, a recent study by the Mental Health Foundation found that 18- to 34-year-olds were likely to feel lonely more often than over-55s.Dr Mike Knapton, the associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “BHF-funded research has already identified that social isolation can have a negative impact on your heart health.“Using a new measure of social connectedness, this study identifies an association between how connected we are to our family and friends and our levels of a blood clotting protein, called fibrinogen, which can increase your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.”We can’t conclude from this research that social isolation directly causes heart problems. But the possibility that social factors can affect a protein in our blood, like fibrinogen, is an interesting prospect for further research in this area.”The research was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B biological sciences journal. In January, the Local Government Association said loneliness should be treated as a ‘major health issue’, while charity Age UK claim the issue “blights the lives” of over a million older people.last_img read more

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Western Australia sees growing momentum for new generation of iron ore miners

first_imgEngineering company Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has been appointed to undertake the crucial engineering pre-feasibility study on building two berths in the inner harbour at Port Hedland, Western Australia. The port berths, which are being developed by the North West Iron Ore Alliance (NWIOA), are integral to the evolution of the next tier of iron ore miners, providing a practical and cost-effective way for them to export their product. SKM will undertake the study in conjunction with management consultants Evans & Peck and will form the heart of the engineering pre-feasibility study, which is due to be completed in early December.  Construction of the port is due to be finished in 2013.SKM will examine a range of design options, infrastructure alternatives and locations. The port will comprise two berths at South West Creek in Port Hedland’s inner harbour with a combined annual capacity of 50 Mt. The NWIOA currently comprises four member companies – Atlas Iron, Brockman Resources, BC Iron, and FerrAus. Their combined planned production could generate up to A$200 million a year in State Government royalties, which could help fund vital services such as hospital beds and classrooms. This diversification in the Pilbara iron ore industry will also create thousands of jobs.NWIOA chief executive Dr Justin Walawski said the start of the prefeasibility study was a key milestone in the development of WA’s next band of iron ore producers. The cost and availability of ship-loading facilities had always been a major hurdle for smaller iron ore miners, which now had a feasible solution as a result of joining forces.Walawski said that with the port project now well on track, the onus was on the owners of railway lines in the Pilbara to provide third-party haulage on their networks. “The award of this engineering contract highlights the rapid progress being made by the NWIOA in its bid to ensure WA’s next tier of iron ore miners has access to the infrastructure which will be crucial to the industry’s diversity and success. It is time for the iron ore majors to co-operate with the emerging iron ore producers because it is in the best interests of the State to maximise utilisation of the existing rail networks on a fair, transparent and commercial basis.“The next tier of iron ore miners stand to deliver vast amounts of revenue and thousands of jobs. This is a compelling reason to ensure rail infrastructure is made available to third party proponents in accordance with the obligations under the State Agreements.”Walawski said the Barnett Government had shown strong support for the NWIOA port development, as had the Port Hedland Port Authority, and now the project’s standing had been further enhanced with the appointment of a globally-respected engineering firm in SKM. SKM has worked on several major Pilbara iron ore projects, ranging from the study phase to construction. These projects include export facilities at Port Hedland, Cape Lambert and Dampier. Evans & Peck has a long track record of providing studies and development support to port authorities and governments around Australia.The appointment of SKM and Evans & Peck to conduct the engineering pre-feasibility study follows the recent appointment of the ANZ as the NWIOA’s financial advisor.In another coup, NWIOA has recruited former Federal Liberal MP Ian Campbell as chair. Campbell, who was a senior minister in the Howard Government, will lead the Alliance as it begins this crucial prefeasibility study. He Campbell has extensive experience in the development of major resource projects and related infrastructure. As a Minister in the Department of Transport he was responsible for the multi-billion-dollar AusLink Infrastructure Fund and as Environment Minister he led the approvals process for Fortescue Metals Group’s Cloud Break iron ore project, the expansion of the Burrup LNG plant and the first stage of the Gorgon LNG project. His other political posts have included Minister for Human Services, a Member of Cabinet’s Expenditure Review Committee, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and Manager of Government Business in the Senate.Campbell is a non-executive director of ship builder Austal and software provider ASG Group and is Chairman of the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation.Campbell has maintained an extensive network of state, national and overseas contacts spanning the political and financial spheres as well as specialists in a wide range of fields. His network will prove invaluable to the Alliance as it seeks to negotiate with rail infrastructure providers, political leaders, bureaucrats, prospective financial backers and special interest groups in the lead up to construction of the port.Campbell said he was delighted to be playing a leading role in a project which is vital to not only the iron ore industry, but also to the national interest. “The Alliance is at the centre of the next tier of Pilbara iron miners and I plan to use my experience and contacts to help ensure its members secure the support and infrastructure they need to take full advantage of the vast opportunities they have. These companies are already playing a crucial role in diversifying the Pilbara iron ore industry, a factor which will become even more vital to Australia if BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto complete their proposed iron ore merger. By ensuring that the port, rail and other services are in place, the Alliance can increase the speed and ease with which the member companies can start exporting iron ore, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions of dollars of royalties in the process.”last_img read more

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Body of 19yearold recovered from Carlow river

first_imgTHE BODY OF a man has been recovered in Carlow following an overnight search for a 19-year-old who was reported to have fallen into a river last night.Gardaí confirmed that a body was taken from the River Barrow near the Milford Bridge at around 10.30am today.The Garda Sub-Aqua Unit, the Coastguard, and local search and rescue teams had been involved in the search.Carlow GAA paid tribute to the man who had played hurling for the county’s under-21 team.In a statement, it described the man as a “warrior on the pitch, a rock in defence and gave 100 per cent on the pitch every time”.“A kind soul well liked throughout Carlow especially in hurling, he was a great hurler and footballer, a gentleman and an even greater friend and we are heartbroken”.last_img read more

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Rugby fan dies after collapsing at Murrayfield

first_imgA RUGBY SUPPORTER died on Saturday after falling ill at Murrayfield during the Six Nations match between Scotland and England, authorities said.The 60-year-old man was watching the Calcutta Cup game in Edinburgh with friends when he collapsed around 15 minutes into the match. He was treated by paramedics and taken from the Murrayfield stadium to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but died a short time later.“Inquiries are still ongoing but it is believed there are no suspicious circumstances,” Police Scotland said in a statement.Scottish Rugby Union president Donald MacLeod said: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the death of a supporter who attended today’s Calcutta Cup match.“We extend our deepest sympathy to the gentleman’s family and friends and we are standing by to support in any way we can.”England got their Six Nations campaign back on track with a crushing 20-0 win. The 132nd edition of international rugby union’s oldest fixture saw Scotland rendered pointless by England for the first time since 1978.© AFP, 2014Six Nations: Chariot rolling again after ugly win over dire ScotlandScott Williams leaves Lansdowne Road with shoulder in a sling after BOD tacklelast_img read more

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7Year Old Boy Wins Then Loses a Harrier Jet on eBay

first_imgThe Harrier jet – most often used by the British Air force and the US Marines – isn’t too much to look at, but it’s one of the few aircraft in military service that are capable of traditional takeoffs and landings but can also angle their jet engines to take off and land vertically in small spaces. And one unnamed 7-year old London boy surfing eBay for what could probably be the coolest possible way to get to school in the morning decided that it had to be his. Upon seeing the eBay auction for the Harrier Jump Jet, which proudly served in and still bears the markings of the British Royal Air Force, the boy hit “Buy it Now” and subsequently put himself and his father in debt for over $113,000 USD (the Buy it Now price was £69,999.) Once his father found out what the boy had done, he immediately contacted Jet Aviation Limited, the company charged with selling the surplus Harrier, to let them know there had been a mistake. Sadly, the 7-year-old boy will have to go without his jet-fueled ride to elementary school, but the folks at Jet Aviation Limited were more than appreciative of all of the additional attention the news brought to their listing. The company subsequently re-listed the jet to dozens of bids, and since the new listing is gone now, we can only hope the Harrier has sold and is on its way to a good home. [via MyFox Chicago]last_img read more

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Shawn Mendes On New SelfTitled LP SZA Eminem Harry Potter

first_img Facebook Shawn Mendes Talks New Album, Harry Potter & More shawn-mendes-new-self-titled-lp-sza-eminem-harry-potter Twitter You’re also going on tour so you’re going to have a busy 2019. On days off between your tour dates, what are you going to do with your free time?I have no idea. It depends on where I am. If I’m in Texas I’ll probably go and get some awesome barbecue. If I’m in Oregon I’ll probably go for a hike, but it depends on exactly where I am. What I will say is that all those days I’m just going to eat lots of food, because the food when you’re traveling is so fun because there’s different food in every place.You’ve mentioned in the past that you would love to collaborate with Eminem. So what does that scenario look like? What kind of song would you write?Eminem is one of the greatest artists of all time, in my opinion. That would be awesome. I got to see him perform a couple times live and he was just breathtaking in person and some of the new stuff that he’s released has completely just resonated with me in an awesome way. Maybe something like the new Ed Sheeran song that he’s done but that would be a dream.So, Harry Potter: If you could teach at Hogwarts, which subject would you choose to teach and why?I’d probably teach Defense Against The Dark Arts just because that’s the coolest teacher and also I think it’d just be fun. I love Harry Potter. Email Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Shawn Mendes On New Self-Titled LP, SZA, Eminem & Harry Potter The Canadian singer/songwriter shares the inspiration behind his latest LP, what he plans to do on days off while touring and what a collaboration with his rap idol might look likeRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 25, 2018 – 12:37 pm It’s a big day for Shawn Mendes. On May 25, he dropped his latest self-titled studio album, which sees the Canadian singer/songwriter bust out of his well-established mold and incorporate rock, R&B and other genres into a fresh sound that has evolved organically since his start as a Vine star. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 6, 2018 – 8:09 am Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA News Earlier this year you performed with SZA at the Recording Academy’s Elton John special. What was it like sharing the stage with SZA?So amazing. I got to see her the other night. We just got along so well and we were both so nervous. In soundcheck we were fine; rehearsals we were fine. All the sudden you step onstage in front of Elton John and you’re like, “Oh my god, my heart is beating out of my chest.” It was so cool to experience something like that with her because I’m a new artist and so is she, and it was just really, really fun. And she’s just a sweetheart and super-talented. I don’t have enough words to explain how many good things there are about her. Mendes cut his teeth playing the guitar thanks to YouTube and when he started posting six-second snippets of popular song covers on the since-defunct micro-video social media platform Vine in 2013, he quickly gained the attention of a dedicated fanbase and a manager.By 2014 he was signed to a major label and he released his debut full-length album, Handwritten, in 2015, which featured the No. 4 hit single “Stitches.” He followed this successful start with 2016’s Illuminate, spawning three Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hits: “Mercy,” “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and “Treat You Better.”His latest self-titled LP features 14 new tracks spanning a variety of genres, allowing Mendes to show off his versatile chops. From the anxiety-driven single “In My Blood” to his latest single “Nervous,” he has connected with audiences on a whole new level this time around, an experience he will share with fans while on tour in 2019.We recently caught up with the 19-year-old Mendes to talk about the inspiration behind his new album, what tracks he feels most connected to, great food on tour, some musical collaborations, and more.Congratulations on your new album. It sounds amazing and I am sure people are going to be excited to hear it. In terms of the inspiration behind the album, what can you share about the making of the album? For me, it was just about exploring myself musically and not just sticking to one genre, and allowing myself to create the music that my heart really wanted to make and understanding that it’s not about the genre but it’s about the person and the cohesiveness within the stories I was telling and with my voice. That I’m really proud of. I’m proud of the fact that you can listen to the top of this album and hear a big rock anthem, and then halfway through you’re in some kind of crazy slow R&B jam and then, at the very end, you’re in the singer/songwriter world that everybody knows me [for].Is there a particular track off the album that’s really speaking to you at the moment, that you’re really connected to?That’s very hard. I think “Where Were You In The Morning?” is just an awesome song, and “Why” is an incredible song to me, it just pulls some amazing emotions. “Like To Be You,” “Nervous,” all those songs are just so special to me. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 25, 2018 – 12:19 pm Shawn Mendes On His Latest Self-Titled Albumlast_img read more

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Open drainage pose threat to pedestrians

first_imgKukatpally: The locals of KPHP Colony in Kukatpally have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to the open drainage and manholes. It has been more than two months that the locals have been facing the issue.K Srinivas, a resident of the area said, “The open drainage has become a serious cause of concern for locals of this area. There is an unpleasant smell that is caused by the open drainage.” M Sita, a commuter said, “There have been many incidents of animals and dry plastic thrown into the open drainage. Especially it is even more difficult in monsoon season for the motorists and commuters to travel on overflowing sewage water. It has turned into a slippery stretch.”last_img read more

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Infosys net up 58 in first quarter investors to be rewarded

first_imgInfosysReutersGlobal software major Infosys on Friday reported Rs 3,613 crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2018-19, registering a 3.7 percent annual growth from Rs 3,483 crore in the same period year ago. Sequentially, however, net profit declined 2.1 percent from Rs 3,690 crore a quarter ago.”Consolidated revenue for the quarter (Q1) under review grew 12 percent annually to Rs 19,128 crore from Rs 17,078 crore in the like period a year ago and 5.8 percent sequentially from Rs 18,083 crore quarter ago,” said the city-based IT major in a regulatory filing on the BSE.Digital revenues contributed $803 million, accounting for 28.4 percent of the total income from operations, with 8 percent sequential growth and 25.6 percent annual growth in constant currency.Here is what Infosys Chief Executive Salil Parekh said:The strong revenue and margin performance in the quarter shows our dual emphasis on agile digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven core services are resonating with our clients.”Operating margin at 23.7 percent is in line with the guidance given at the beginning of the quarter in April.The company clarified that profit decreased Rs 270 crore for the quarter following re-measurement of its assets for sale, including consideration of progress in negotiations on offers from prospective buyers for its US-based Panaya software subsidiary.”A reduction of Rs 270 crore has been recorded in the fair value of Panaya for disposal,” pointed out a statement. A general view shows workers at a cafeteria inside a building at the Infosys campus at the Electronic City area in Bangalore. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoWith 8 percent sequential growth in agile digital business and increase in large deal wins to over $1 billion, Parikh said the company was seeing good traction in the market. “Large deal wins have crossed $1billion, with financial services accounting for 40 percent of them,” said the outsourcing firm in the statement.The number of $100-million clients increased by four to 24 during the quarter. “Our emphasis on deepening client relationships resulted in strong client metrics, including an increase in $100-million+ clients to 24,” said Chief Operating Officer U.B. Pravin Rao.The company has retained the 6-8 percent annual revenue guidance it gave in April for the fiscal (FY 2019), with the operating margin guidance at 22-24 percent. Utilization (excluding trainees) touched an all-time high of 85.7 percent during the quarter.”We had broad-based financial performance on multiple fronts, including return on investment crossing 25 percent, free cash flow up 32 percent quarterly and operating margins at the upper quartile of the guidance”, said Chief Financial Officer M.D. Ranganath. The Infosys stock as of 14 July 2018 9:22 AMIBTThe Board has recommended the issue of 1 bonus share for every equity share held to celebrate the 25th year of the company’s public listing in India and further increase liquidity of its shares,” said the statement.The company has also decided to give a stock dividend of one American Depository Share (ADS) for every ADS held to mark the occasion.This is the eighth time Infosys rewarded its investors, including promoters, co-founders, institutional and retail investors, worldwide, with the first being on August 19, 1997, and the last one on June 15, 2015. The company, however, gave 3:1 bonus share on July 2, 2004, while it has been 1:1 on six times in 2015, 2014, 2006, 1999 (twice) and 1997.The company’s blue-chip scrip of Rs 5 face value gained Rs 14.50 at the end of Friday’s trading on the BSE to close at Rs 1,309.10 per share as against Thursday’s closing rate of Rs 1,294.50 and opening price of Rs 1,310. The scrip also touched a high of Rs 1,331.15 and a low of Rs 1,300.15 during the intra-day trading sessions.last_img read more

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EC getting instructions from PMO alleges BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday alleged that various instructions are being given to the election commission regularly ‘from the Prime Minister’s Office’ to implement the government agenda.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also questioned the neutrality of three election commissioners.”Election commissioners M Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahdat Hossain have been playing important roles in holding the upcoming election, but there is a hearsay that they’re working in favour of the ruling party,” he said.The BNP leader also alleged that prime minister’s adviser HT Imam regularly discuss various issues with the three commissioners.Of the three, he said, the senior most one was given the main charge for implementing the government’s agenda.”HT imam gives his all directives through the Commissioner. Various instructions are being sent from the prime minister’s office to the chief election commissioner through messengers, and it has been confirmed from the CEC’s office,” Rizvi claimed.He alleged that a cell has been set up at the PMO to control the returning officers.”The nominations of the BNP candidates and Awami League’s rebel independent ones were scrapped during scrutiny on 2 December as per the suggestion of the cell.”The BNP leader alleged that there was a strong instruction from the cell about the ruling party’s rebel candidates.”The election commission during the appeal hearing is also following the same direction regarding the independent candidates.”He said they came to know that former election commissioner Mobarak Hossain has been made the legal adviser to the ruling party’s election steering cell.Besides, the BNP leader said, 12 police officials have been given the charge to help the ruling party rig votes in different regions.Rizvi said they have also got information that the National Security Intelligence (NSI) officials have been asked to prepare a list of the election observers.”The agency has already formed an alliance titled ‘Election Working Forum’ with 20 organisations registered with the election commission.”He said a list of 20,000 local election observers under the alliance has been made and they will be there at polling stations to work in favour of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League.last_img read more

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SportsBetting Venture Action Network Raises 175 Million From ExUFC Owners Chernin Group

first_img Popular on Variety All bets are on for the Action Network, the sports-wagering content and analytics roll-up formed by Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group. The company closed $17.5 million in Series B funding led by Fertitta Capital, the investment firm of former UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.The Chernin Group, which created the Action Network in October 2017 and furnished seed capital, also re-invested in the company. With the new funding, Chernin Group remains the largest shareholder in Action Network but is not the majority owner.Also participating in the Action Network’s funding round were the Chicago Cubs, owned by the Ricketts family; David Blitzer of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils; esports investor BitKraft Esports Ventures; 6721 Capital, founded by sports marketing exec Casey Wasserman and Code Advisors; and SoFi CEO Anthony Noto (formerly Twitter’s COO). The Action Network’s backers see huge potential growth for the sports-wagering content biz, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that had banned sports gambling nationwide. Sports betting is now legal in eight states and more than a dozen other states are considering legislation to legalize it.The company provides sports-gambling news, how-to articles, and analysis, as well as real-time odds and the ability to track bets via its website and app.“We see an incredible opportunity as we focus on securing the necessary approvals in regulated U.S. sports betting jurisdictions as well as those around the world,” Action Network CEO Patrick Keane said in a statement. The company last fall hired Keane, who was formerly CBS Interactive’s chief marketing officer and CEO of Associated Content, as well as a former board member of Bleacher Report. He was an original seed-stage investor in the Action Network.With the funding round, Mike Kerns, president of Chernin Digital, was named the chairman of Action Network. Nakisa Bidarian, CEO of Fertitta Capital, is joining as a director.“We are thrilled to welcome Fertitta Capital, and this exceptional group of sports, media and technology investors into the fold, as we build the next phase of the Action Network,” Kerns said in announcing the funding. He said the investment “will help us expand our audience reach and depth of product offerings for years to come.”The Action Network launched in January 2018, after Chernin Group merged three companies it had acquired: Mark Cuban-backed FantasyLabs, Sports Insights, and SportsAction.In addition to Keane, the company’s hires include Darren Rovell, former ESPN sports business writer; Rob Perez (aka “WorldWideWob”), former host of co-branded ESPN/Cycle Media production “Buckets”; and Jason Sobel, formerly a writer with ESPN and Golf Channel.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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