Stolen newborn baby girl recovered

first_imgA three-day-old newborn girl stolen by a woman from the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Berhampur on Saturday was rescued by the police in the early hours of Sunday.A 20-year-old married woman, who had taken away the baby, was taken into custody for interrogation by personnel of the Baidyanathpur police station in Berhampur. The city police had formed two special teams to track down the stolen newborn. The baby was rescued from the house of a cousin of the accused at Kanisi on the outskirts of Berhampur. The rescued baby was immediately handed over to her parents.Speaking to newsmen, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Berhampur, Santanu Dash said the accused was from Narayanpur village under the Buguda police station limits of Ganjam district. She got married three years ago at a young age and a few weeks back her newborn child died after birth. “This seems to have led to extreme mental tension of the woman that led her to commit this crime,” said the ASP. But investigation and interrogation is on to ascertain the reason behind the theft of the newborn girl from the hospital, he added. FIR filedTheft of this newborn had created tension at the medical college and hospital on Saturday. Apart from parents of the stolen child, local Congress leaders had also filed an FIR at the Baidyanathpur police station about the incident.According to police sources, a woman named Gurubari Nahak had come to the hospital on Saturday with her one-day-old baby for vaccination. The accused had developed friendship with Ms. Nahak and promised to hold the baby while Ms. Nahak went to the counter to collect the outdoor ticket. When Ms. Nahak returned with the outdoor ticket, the accused had vanished from the spot.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola Defends Bernardo Silva Over Alleged Racist Tweet on Teammate Benjamin Mendy

first_imgManchester City coach Pep Guardiola has defended Bernardo Silva after the Portuguese midfielder was accused of racism.The player posted a photo on Twitter believed to be City teammate Benjamin Mendy as a child, with the caption: “Guess who?” and an image of the mascot for Spanish chocolate brand Conguitos. The image posted was criticized for its racist connotations. Bernardo, who has been heavily criticized on social media, later deleted the tweet and posted another saying: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days … You guys…”Mendy replied to the tweet with a series of laughing emojis and clapping hands, with the caption: “1-0 for you will see.””I don’t know what is going to happen but they should put the focus on other issues. Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I have ever met in my life,” Guardiola told reporters Tuesday following his side’s 3-0 win over Preston in the English League Cup.”He speaks four or five languages — that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is — and one of his best friends is Mendy. He is like a brother for him. The image for the two is not about the colour of the skin.”If they want to do that, to ask Bernardo, we’d be open to talk, but first to do that you want to know exactly which person are you talking about.”If something happens it would be a mistake because Bernardo is an exceptional person.”‘Vital to challenge’Should the English Football Association decide to take action, Bernardo could face a fine or a ban.In July, the governing body increased its punishment for discriminatory behaviour to a minimum six-game ban for first-time offenders.Kick It Out, which tackles racism and discrimination in English football, has called on the FA to take action.”We are extremely disappointed to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva, which has since been deleted,” it said in a statement.”Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter,’ and we’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.”The FA have been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education — which is vital to challenge offensive behaviour such as this.”According to Kick It Out, reports of discrimination rose by 32% in 2018/19 compared to the previous season. Racism remains the most common form of discrimination and has risen “alarmingly,” Kick It Out says, with reports increasing by 43%. Benjamin MendyBernardo Silvafootballmanchester city First Published: September 26, 2019, 12:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Pre-2020 climate actions needed to curb emissions: Javadekar

first_imgBerlin, Jul 4 (PTI) India today underlined the need for countries to take pre-2020 climate actions to curb emissions and sought cooperation among countries in finance and technology sectors to tackle climate change.”Cooperation is the key for taking (climate) actions. Every country is at a different stage of development. We need cooperation. We have the will to act,” said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.Javadekar said that India has already started the process of ratification of Paris Climate agreement and even during the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, both emphasised that the process should be completed at the earliest.”But we do not have the wherewithal to do it, not only in terms of finances, but particularly in terms of technology. When we talk of technology, Germany is most reliable name in many fields and therefore, there is finance, technology and mutual cooperation and walking the talk,” Javadekar said at a joint press conference with German Minister Barbara Hendricks at the Seventh St Petersburg Dialogue in Berlin.Since 2010, the annual dialogue has provided the opportunity for countries to engage in an informal exchange of experiences on international climate policy.Javadekar said that on October 5 last year, Modi and German Chancellor Angela Markel issued a joint statement which is the “basis” of India-Germany partnership programme.In a statement during the joint press briefing with Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Modi had said that he admired Merkels leadership in combating climate change and both the countries had agreed on an India-Germany Climate and Renewable Alliance with a long term vision and a comprehensive agenda of combating climate change.advertisementModi had also said that he placed great value on Germanys assistance of over one billion Euros for Indias Green Energy Corridor and a new assistance package of over a billion Euros for solar projects in India.”What we have achieved in New York, we signed it (agreement). Now we have to implement it. So pre-2020 actions are also important and will also be discussed here in St Petersburg,” Javadekar said adding that he was hopeful of the the outcome at this dialogue. PTI TDS KUN AKJ KUNlast_img read more

Wasps’ Nizaam Carr makes the difference in epic battle with Leicester

first_imgShare on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Topics Exeter’s Don Armand and Matt Kvesic shine in six-try rout of Bath A murky, wintry evening in Coventry but this was a performance to give Wasps supporters a warm feeling as they left the stadium on Saturday night after an epic contest.Kearnan Myall, the Wasps lock in his distinctive orange scrum cap, battered his way over for the winning try in the last move of the match.Wasps had recovered from going 10 points down in the early stages and it was rough justice on the Tigers, beaten last week by Worcester in the shock of the Premiership season so far.Wasps leapfrog over opposition they have now beaten five times in succession and the victory was in no small measure to the efforts of their No8 and the man of the match Nizaam Carr, who recently became the first Muslim to play for the Springboks. Carr is here for three months and Wasps will hope he can stay longer.Wasps were without their captain, Joe Launchbury, and Tigers were missing Jonny May, both nursing injuries from England’s meeting with Samoa last Saturday. Leicester still had four other England men in their starting lineup, though, and one of them made an early impression. After George Ford had landed an early penalty, the fly-half gained the Tigers an edge with a clever kick to the corner and from a lineout soon afterwards Mike Fitzgerald drove forwards and Tom Youngs crashed over for the first try. The Observer … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Emailcenter_img Wasps match reports Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Leicester Premiership Support The Guardian Leicester were in the driving seat but in this fixture the marketing men nowadays call the M69 derby, it was not all one-way traffic. James Gaskell, the Wasps lock, made a decisive break, Dan Robson made another and the scrum-half gave the pass to Carr who motored over near the posts.Carr looks a useful addition to a pack hit by injuries and he joined another flowing move that ended with the home pack muscling their way forwards and Robson snatching a smart try.Life got not better for Leicester when Ellis Genge, another of last week’s England contingent, had to leave the field just before the break with an arm injury. After the interval Juan de Jongh escaped 10 minutes in the sin-bin when the centre nudged the ball forwards to halt a Leicester move and Wasps escaped three points when Ford’s penalty attempt struck the woodwork.Their relief did not last for long and after a period of sustained pressure the Leicester wing Jonah Holmes, once a Wasp, squeezed home for a well-taken try in the corner. Ford could not add the conversion but the Tigers were back to within two points of the home side.Holmes, making a first start for the Tigers, soon struck again when he intercepted a Willie le Roux pass inside the Leicester half and raced 60m to score his second try. The lead then changed hands again as Wasps moved the ball wide and Daly scored a wonderful try before Ford levelled the scores with a penalty. It was a match neither team deserved to lose.Wasps: Le Roux; Wade (Bassett 74), De Jongh (Lovobalavu 64), Gopperth, Daly; Cipriani, Robson (Simpson 70); McIntyre (Harris 74), Johnson (capt; Charles 76), Cooper-Woolley (Moore 66), Gaskell, Myall, Haskell, Young (Willis 60), CarrTries Carr, Robson, Daly, Myall Cons Gopperth 3 Pens Daly, GopperthLeicester: Veainu; Thompstone, Tait, Owen (Smith 33), Holmes; G Ford, B Youngs; Genge (Mulipola 39), T Youngs (capt; Thacker 57), Cole, Fitzgerald (Wells 70), Kitchener, Mapapalangi (Williams 70), Evans, KalamafoniTries T Youngs, Holmes 2 Cons G Ford 2 Pen FordReferee: Thomas Foley. Ricoh Arena 22,148.Match rating 8/10. Rugby union Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Brett McMurphy Has A Message For Everyone Who Is Tired Of Alabama vs. Clemson

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff has been around for five years, and in four of them, Alabama has taken on Clemson in one of the games. Three times, they’ve played in the national title contest against one another.The general public – along with the rest of the teams in college football – is getting tired of the matchup.Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN and currently with Stadium, has a clear and simple message for those hating on the situation college football finds itself in.He says that if you’re sick of this matchup – beat one of them. Makes sense.Alabama & Clemson are combined 106-4 last 4 years when not playing each other. If you’re sick of Bama & Clemson in @CFBPlayoff title game, then beat them— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2018Of course, that isn’t really up to the fans. It’s on the other programs in college football to find a way to stop this cycle.As for the game itself, tickets are a bit cheaper this year. The field also could be an issue, given the location.This year’s title game will take place on Monday night.last_img read more

Strategies for Child Development and Protection

first_img According to Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, support for children zero to three years will be given “focus”, with the Early Childhood Rationalisation Programme continuing. The Government will be implementing a number of strategies for child development and protection during fiscal year 2018/2019. Story Highlights Meanwhile, he pointed out that funds will be provided from the e-Learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools, from the early-childhood to secondary levels. The Government will be implementing a number of strategies for child development and protection during fiscal year 2018/2019.Included in the package are improvements to early-childhood educational facilities; additional investments for technology in schools; updating of the Child Care and Protection Act; and broadcast regulations to safeguard children and vulnerable groups.According to Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, support for children zero to three years will be given “focus”, with the Early Childhood Rationalisation Programme continuing.The Governor-General, who was delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House today, Thursday (February 15), said legislative priorities will include modernisation of the legislation governing broadcast and content regulation, to address a raft of issues.Meanwhile, he pointed out that funds will be provided from the e-Learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools, from the early-childhood to secondary levels.The Governor-General said five new schools are to be constructed, with the first two in the parish of Manchester, adding that last year, the Government exerted much effort to convert basic schools into infant schools and infant departments.A total of 20 infant schools and infant departments were established, with $30 million allocated to reactivate early-childhood intervention programmes.The Governor-General said a review of the Children (Adoption of) Act is also set for completion during the legislative year.last_img read more

New Contracts for SeaBird’s Vessels

first_imgzoom SeaBird Exploration Plc (SeaBird) said that the company has secured three contracts with a combined estimated duration of 40 days and a value of approximately USD 5 million.The first contract is for the seismic vessel Harrier Explorer which has been awarded a two-month extension to the current contract in the North Sea. The vessel will operate under the extended contract until the second half of May 2014. The value of the extension is estimated at USD 4 million.The Aquila Explorer has been awarded a contract for a survey off the North West shelf of Australia. In addition, the vessel has been contracted for two surveys in New Zealand.SeaBird, March 14, 2014last_img

Amazons growing pains in Seattle offer lessons to new hosts

first_imgSEATTLE — As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world’s hottest online retailer.The communities will be subject to outsized influence from a company used to getting what it wants and unfazed by blame, fairly or not, for widespread changes all around.Just look to the Pacific Northwest, where both Amazon and Seattle have transformed dramatically together and sometimes at odds over the past 24 years, prompting resentment among a certain crowd of “mossback” natives.Amazon’s workforce in the city has grown from 5,000 to 45,000 employees since 2010, while its physical footprint in the downtown core has expanded from 1 million to 8 million square feet today.Sally Ho, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fascinating GymnastLike Spiders Discovered in Moroccan Desert

Casablanca- A fascinating new species of spider, the Cebrennus rechenbergi, which move by performing flic-flac jumps (2m/sec), was recently discovered in the Moroccan desert.Recently discovered in Morocco’s southeastern desert, this spider is as agile as a gymnast.  “Like a gymnast,” writes the New York Times, “it runs for a short time, then stretches out its front legs, spinning into the air and returning to touch the ground with its hind legs.”According to the website Sci-News, the newly discovered spider has been named after the German botanical expert Dr. Ingo Rechenberg from the Technical University in Berlin. Rechenberg collected live specimens of Cebrennus rechenbergi during an expedition in Morocco. However, the “Moroccan flic-flac spider” has been chosen as a common name for the unique species.“Like a gymnast, it propels itself off the ground, followed by a series of rapid flic-flac movements of its legs,” Sci-News quotes Dr. Peter Jäger from the Senckenberg Research Institute.More fascinating is the Cebrennus rechenbergi’s tube-like, sandydwelling—surely one of the wonders of insect architecture.“I picked it up by hand — I wasn’t scared,” Dr. Rechenberg told the NY Times.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Arizona utility finally comes clean about political spending

PHOENIX — Facing what it saw as a threat to its monopoly from a surging rooftop solar industry, Arizona’s largest utility secretly funneled millions of dollars to back favoured candidates for the state commission regulating it.Arizona Public Service Co. recently acknowledged it gave money to groups that spent $3.2 million in the 2014 Arizona Corporation Commission races. The disclosure in filings with the commission came after the utility refused for the past four years to confirm or deny its participation in the election despite broad suspicion that it did.The spending raises questions about whether a regulated monopoly such as APS should be allowed to contribute money to political causes that could adversely affect customers, and whether it should be permitted to keep such spending secret.“They are still taking ratepayer money and using it against the ratepayers to jack up their rates,” said Tom Ryan, an attorney in metro Phoenix who has been a critic of some commission members.The 2014 move by APS and its owner, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., was a break from a decades-long practice by the state’s utilities of not meddling in political races involving their regulators. The utility spent on elections again in 2016 and 2018 but publicly disclosed it.The shift led to years of negative press, along with an FBI investigation that continues to this day.Pinnacle West and APS CEO Don Brandt was involved in deflecting news reports as the company funneled a combined $12.8 million to 15 political groups in 2014, including the $3.2 million that was spent in commission races.The utility finally disclosed the spending late last month after a Democrat who took office in January joined with other commissioners to demand records.It also provided details of $4.1 million in spending to influence its regulators’ 2016 election and nearly $40 million to defeat a citizens’ initiative last year that would have required that it get much more of its power from solar and other renewable sources. APS previously acknowledged those contributions.“That was a policy issue with direct impact on our customers and our business and on Arizona,” Jenna Rowell, the utility’s director of external relations, said of the 2018 spending. “So we got involved in that early, we were up front about that. In addition to all of the required disclosures, we talked frequently and openly about why we were getting involved against that effort.”Brandt was getting updates from executives overseeing the company’s political efforts in the 2014 and 2016 elections, according to documents provided to the commission.Company officials haven’t made Brandt available for interviews. Rowell pointed to a 2014 letter from the company’s then-chief operating officer when asked why it dumped its long-held policy of not engaging in political races for its regulators.“As you undoubtedly are aware, the political landscape is changing,” now-retired COO Mark Schiavoni wrote to two commission candidates who inquired about the utility’s 2014 political spending. “Because of the tactics a number of organizations are employing to misrepresent important regulatory issues, we may need to respond in the future to set the record straight on issues of importance to Arizona, our customers and our company.”One group that received funding from the utility also spent $704,000 in the 2014 secretary of state’s race, including giving $437,000 to support Republican candidate Justin Pierce, the son of then-outgoing Commissioner Gary Pierce.The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office launched an investigation tied to the spending, and Pinnacle West was forced to confirm in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has received grand jury subpoenas for information “pertaining to the 2014 statewide election races in Arizona for Secretary of State and for positions on the ACC (Arizona Corporation Commission).”The FBI confirmed to The Associated Press that its investigation into political spending in certain 2014 statewide races remains ongoing, though it declined to provide details. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to say whether a grand jury was still examining the 2014 spending.Neither APS nor the FBI has disclosed which possible violations of law are being investigated.Pinnacle West insists no ratepayer money was spent on its political efforts, but former Commissioner Bill Mundell said the claim was disingenuous, given that the company gets nearly all its money from utility customers.The 2014 effort came as APS was faced with a growing rooftop solar industry and consumers’ embrace of solar panels that could cut their power use — and the utility’s profits. APS wanted commissioners to lower the amount it had to pay for power rooftop solar customers sent back to its utility grid. The commission ultimately did lower that payout for future solar installations.Vernon Parker, who lost his 2014 commission race, said he drew APS’ ire by going to a pro-solar gathering where he gathered campaign petition signatures.“The bizarre thing is that I would have been fair,” Parker said. “Any issue that would have been raised, I would have asked, ‘What does this mean to our ratepayers?’”Commissioner Andy Tobin, who was backed by the utility in his 2016 race even though he said he discouraged it, said APS should have been up front about its 2014 spending and explained its belief that the solar industry posed a threat to its business.“That’s what they should have done, and I don’t know why they didn’t,” Tobin said.___Follow Jacques Billeaud at twitter.com/jacquesbilleaud.Bob Christie And Jacques Billeaud, The Associated Press read more

Feds deny leases for Minnesota mine company to press ahead

MINNEAPOLIS – Two longstanding mineral rights leases that are critical for a proposed large underground copper-nickel mine upstream from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota will not be renewed, two federal agencies announced Thursday, but the company said it will press forward.The decision by the Interior and Agriculture departments strikes a serious blow to the proposed $2.8 billion Twin Metals project near Ely, about 250 miles north of Minneapolis. The agencies also announced other steps to protect the Boundary Waters watershed from future mining projects.However, the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump potentially could reverse the decision. Trump’s nominee for interior secretary, Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, has advocated for increased mining on federal lands.In a statement, the agencies cited “broad concerns from thousands of public comments and input about potential impacts of mining on the wilderness area’s watershed, fish and wildlife, and the nearly $45 million recreation economy.”Twin Metals Minnesota, which sued the federal government in September to force renewal of its leases, said it will continue pursuing its legal options. The lawsuit remains pending. The company issued a statement saying that if the decision stands, it “will have a devastating impact on the future economy of the Iron Range and all of Northeast Minnesota, eliminating the promise of thousands of good-paying jobs and billions of dollars in investment in the region.”But environmental groups that had fought the project for years welcomed the announcement.Becky Rom, national chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, said she believes the project is dead, and that it would be legally difficult for the Trump administration to undo the decision, but vowed that opponents will keep up the fight.“We’re going to continue to make our case to policymakers and the American public to raise awareness of this issue,” she said. “By no means is our work done.”But Frank Ongaro, executive director of the trade group Mining Minnesota, called the decision “a perfect example of why Democrats lost rural America.” It will chase investment away from the U.S. and make the country more dependent on foreign governments for metals, he said. He expressed hope that the Trump administration will revisit the decision.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agencies plan to take a two-year “time out” to conduct a careful environmental analysis and engage the public on whether future mining should be authorized on any federal land adjacent to the Boundary Waters. His agency runs the Forest Service, which manages the wilderness area and nearby federal lands where Twin Metals wants to mine.Interior Secretary Sally Jewell noted that the Boundary Waters is the most visited federally designated wilderness area in the U.S., with 150,000 visitors annually. Her department runs the Bureau of Land Management, which controls the leases.If the “time out” goes forward under the new administration, no new mineral exploration or development applications would be accepted for lands within the Boundary Waters watershed while the agencies conduct an environmental analysis to determine if the lands should be withdrawn for 20 years. A permanent withdrawal would require congressional approval.The leases were first issued in 1966 and last renewed in 2004. They would have allowed the company to mine copper, nickel and platinum-palladium-gold group metals southeast of Ely. Environmentalists objected because the metals are bound up in sulfide-bearing minerals that can leach sulfuric acid and other pollutants when exposed to air and water. The agencies said acid mine drainage would pose a significant risk to the Boundary Waters.But Twin Metals, which is owned by the Chilean mining group Antofagasta, said it can mine without damaging the wilderness while creating generations of badly needed jobs in an economically struggling region of the state.Thursday’s decision does not affect a copper-nickel mining project several miles to the southwest called PolyMet, which sits in a different watershed that eventually flows into Lake Superior. PolyMet, which is partly owned by Swiss commodities giant Glencore, is further along in the process. It has successfully completed its environmental review and is now applying for the necessary permits. The groups that oppose Twin Metals have also fought PolyMet. by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2016 9:47 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds deny leases for Minnesota mine; company to press ahead read more

Egypt UN chief and Security Council condemn attack on Sinai mosque

“The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt and wishes a swift recovery to those who have been injured,” his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said in a statement. “The Secretary-General calls for those responsible for today’s horrific attack to be swiftly brought to justice,” he added.In a statement issued to the press by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, which holds the presidency of the Security Council for November, the 15-member body also strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly terrorist attack” which reportedly left at least 235 people dead and over 100 injured. Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these “reprehensible acts of terrorism” to justice. read more

Meet Mr Brock John Zoccoli named Distinguished Alumnus

John Zoccoli has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by Brock’s Alumni Association. He’ll receive his award during Homecoming, which happens Sept. 19-22.Alumnus John Zoccoli loves Brock.This fall, the University will show the feeling is mutual when it presents Zoccoli with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award on Sept. 21 at Homecoming in front of a crowd of alumni, family and friends. The award, the most prestigious presented by the Alumni Association, is presented annually to a graduate for their professional achievements, community service and prominence, and is seen as an inspiration to Brock students.“(I’m) so thankful. I’m humbled, I’m honoured,” said Zoccoli, who graduated in 1986 with his honours bachelor of administration degree. “I’m trying to find the right words. To have a longstanding relationship with the University, and now this, is so humbling. There are times I wonder if I deserve it.”A rundown of Zoccoli’s involvement with Brock since graduating – particularly since 2002 when he joined the family business of operating nine Niagara Tim Hortons outlets – reads like a love letter to the University.He has been a guest speaker in classes at the Goodman School of Business, given a convocation address to Faculty of Business graduates and served as honorary president for the Business Students’ Association, which hosts academic competitions and conferences.Zoccoli also co-chaired his co-op accounting class’s 25th anniversary reunion committee and helped establish an endowment fund for future students. He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council, has been inducted as chapter honouree of Brock’s Beta Gamma Sigma International Honours Society and regularly supports many of the charity golf tournaments the University hosts.In 2008, he was awarded the Brock University Faculty of Business Distinguished Graduate award.He has also been involved with several community organizations, including the Niagara Foundation for Family and Children’s Services, the United Way, Niagara District Chartered Accountants Association and St. Catharines Jaycees.“Whenever the University needs support, John is the first one to offer his help,” said Don Cyr, Goodman School of Business Dean. “He has financially supported numerous Brock initiatives… but his support doesn’t end with monetary gifts, which over the years has been substantial. John has been a valuable member of the Dean’s Advisory Council (and he’s) always the first to sign up for a committee or offer support where needed.”Ask Zoccoli, though, and he’s the one who feels indebted to Brock.As a student in one of the first classes of Brock’s accounting co-op program, Zoccoli, who grew up in Niagara, recalled the program quickly garnered a reputation that other institutes work decades to achieve. He knew shortly after he started attending the University that he made the right decision.“I have nothing but wonderful things to say about it and how well it prepared me for my Chartered Accountant exams,” he said. (Zoccoli went on to score the highest mark in Niagara on the exam that earned him his Chartered Accountant designation).Even nearly 30 years after graduating, there aren’t two weeks that go by that he isn’t involved with something happening on the Brock campus, be it with the Goodman School or attending a performance or sporting event with his family. His wife Michelle calls him Mr. Brock.It’s a moniker he’ll happily continue to have as eldest son Adam is about to start his second year at Brock in health sciences, and his other son, Andrew, plans to study marketing at Brock (“sadly, not accounting,” Zoccoli noted). Daughter Janyn, in Grade 10, is showing signs of following in her father’s number-crunching footsteps.“I’m just normal old John who, 10 years from now, is still going to be singing the praises of Brock University. I really can’t believe it. It makes me feel warm inside that Brock thinks so highly of me.”Register for tickets to the Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon read more

Darren Sharpers Rape Charges Extend to New Orleans

Could it be that Darren Sharper, the charismatic former NFL safety, was a serial rapist? As bizarre as that might seem, law enforcement officials around the country are painting an ugly picture of the former Pro Bowl player.NBC News reported that Sharper turned himself in to police late Thursday night in Los Angeles, after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the day in New Orleans.An acquaintance of Sharper’s, Erik Nunez, also is facing two charges of aggravated rape in the incident, which police in Louisiana said occurred at an apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Nunez was booked on two counts of rape Friday morning in New Orleans.Earlier this month, Sharper was charged with seven felonies in Los Angeles related to cases in which he is accused of drugging and raping two women he met at nightclubs. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona.If convicted in California, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper, 38, and Nunez, 26, would face life imprisonment.Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and a second with the New Orleans Saints. He retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL, and is an analyst for NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely without pay. read more

Prince Charles to make star turn on Gardeners World asking viewers to

The gardens at Highgrove Earlier this year, the Royal Horticultural Society and Defra called on holidaymakers to stop bringing plants back from their foreign holidays, warning it could bring pests and diseases to their gardens.Speaking on a topic close to his heart, the Prince has previously appeared on Countryfile and Gardeners’ Question Time, as well as guest editing Country Life magazine.Last year, he wrote of his personal battles to save the trees: “I have always been mortified by the loss of mature elm trees from almost every part of the countryside I knew and loved as a child, so I had high hopes for an American variety that appeared to be resistant to the disease. Gardeners' World favourite Monty Don The Prince Of Wales at Sandringham Flower ShowCredit:Getty The Prince has spent nearly 40 years transforming the gardens at Highgrove from overgrown and neglected land.He will tell Gardeners’ World viewers about the steps he is taking within the Duchy of Cornwall, which covers 53,000 hectares of land across 23 British counties to avoid the spread of plant diseases and pests.He will also talk about his first-hand experience of diseases such as Dutch Elm Disease, Ash Dieback and Phytophthora Ramorum from his management of the estate.The Prince is understood to have been particularly inspired by a visit to the border force at Heathrow earlier this year, where he learned more about how experts are preventing plant-borne diseases being brought into the country. The gardens at HighgroveCredit:Getty Prince Charles shares a love of trees with his mother, the QueenCredit:BBC The Prince Of Wales at Sandringham Flower Show The programme edit, including the section of the Prince’s discussion to be broadcast, has not yet been finalised.In the show’s introduction, Frost will say: “Back in February I was invited to a meeting at Highgrove with members from across the horticultural industry to discuss the problem of pests and diseases and what could be done about them.”One of the outcomes was Action Oak – a campaign launched at the Chelsea Flower show to help protect our iconic oak.”It is made up of charities, environmental organisations and land owners who are using their combined knowledge to safeguard the beautiful trees.”Today the Prince has invited me back to Highgrove to explain why we as gardeners also need to do our bit.” Prince Charles shares a love of trees with his mother, the Queen Gardeners’ World favourite Monty Don “I planted an avenue of them at Highgrove and then watched, miserably, as many of them succumbed just like the native variety.”Lamenting the devastation caused by Dutch Elm Disease, he added: “The wider problem is that a great many more pests and diseases are now seriously threatening the health of all our native trees, yet public awareness of this situation seems to be frighteningly low.”The episode of Gardeners’ World will air on BBC Two at 8pm on July 18. 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 Prince of Wales is to make a star appearance on Gardeners’ World, imploring British garden lovers to “do their bit” to save native trees.The Prince, a long-term advocate of the natural world, will invite viewers into his gardens at Highgrove to investigate the twin blight of pests and diseases on the UK’s landscape.Telling viewers about his own love of gardening, and how he was introduced to his lifelong passion as a boy, he will echo the advice of experts in asking viewers to take measures to protect their own plots.Imploring them to ensure they get their plants from a reputable place, he is expected to ask amateur gardeners not to bring plants back from their own foreign holidays, to prevent introducing new disease.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Prince, a keen gardener, will be interviewed at Highgrove by presenter Adam Frost for an special episode focusing on trees. read more

PICS Cars stranded after icy conditions on the Sally Gap vandalised

first_imgA NUMBER OF vehicles that had to be abandoned on the the Sally Gap due to snow and ice over the weekend have been vandalised.Two cars were found on Monday with their windows smashed, seats ripped and batteries removed.Over 100 people were rescued from the mountainous areas in Wicklow, especially around the Sally Gap, over the weekend and 20 cars had to be abandoned as the road conditions were too dangerous to drive.Brendan Beirne from the Glen of Imaal of Mountain Rescue Team initially found the cars vandalised on Monday and said there could have been more cars damaged further up the mountain, but conditions were still too dangerous at that point to venture that far up. He says cars being vandalised on the Sally Gap is “a regular occurrence”.Here are what the stranded cars looked like:last_img read more

Teens rise early for robotics challenge giving disc golf a fling

first_imgFor about 700 robot enthusiasts, Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. unveiling was a little bit like Christmas morning … with a dose of dread.The session at Evergreen High School was part of unwrapping an annual robotics challenge. It started when this year’s competition was revealed in an international simulcast.“I’ve been waiting for this since last season ended,” said Josh Pigman, a member of the Evergreen school district’s “Green Wrenches” team.“I love building stuff,” Pigman said as more than 20 teammates brainstormed after the kickoff.The robotics program is a way to put what he’s been learning toward a hands-on project, he said.But an hour or so earlier, as details of the challenge were being revealed, the Mountain View junior started to think: “This will be insane.”A three-word phrase started going through Pigman’s mind: “Don’t throw Frisbees! Don’t throw Frisbees! Don’t throw Frisbees!”And this year’s challenge, of course, is a ‘bot-based version of disc golf. The teams will have six weeks to design and build their robots before the March 8-9 regional competition in Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.“This is a lot more difficult than last year,” when the challenge was a version of robot basketball, said Austin Lutz, a junior at Union High.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir richest candidate in Delhi elections 10 times richer than boxer

first_imgGautam Gambhir is the richest candidate contesting in DelhiIANSCricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir is officially the richest candidate contesting the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The 37-year-old BJP leader declared assets worth Rs 147 crore while filing his nominations for East Delhi constituency on Tuesday.Gambhir had joined BJP last month in the presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He will be contesting against Aam Aadmi Party’s Atishi Marlena and Arvinder Singh Lovely from Congress.Gambhir’s Income Tax Return reveals that he earned Rs 12.40 crore in 2017-2018 while his wife Natasha declared her income from 2017-2018 as Rs 6.15 lakh. He owns five cars and a two-wheeler.The next richest candidate in Delhi is Congress’s Mahabal Mishra who will be standing from West Delhi. He declared his assets at Rs 45 crore. According to Hindustan Times, his assets increased by an additional Rs 12 crore since the 2014 general elections.The third richest is boxer Vijender Singh contesting for Congress from South Delhi. His assets are worth Rs 12.14 crore. He was recently inducted into the party. Singh came into the limelight after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The total assets of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who filed her nomination from North-east Delhi, is Rs 4.92 crore. She declared her taxable income in 2017-2018 at Rs 15 crore. Other candidates include Congress’s Rajesh Lilothia with an income of Rs 26.34 lakh and MLA Ramesh Bidhuri with assets worth to Rs 18 crore.last_img read more

Bring all parties to next elections civil society members ask EC

first_imgMembers of civil society speak at a dialogue organised by the election commission at EC secretariat in the capital on Monday. Photo: Sazid HossainMembers of civil society on Monday asked the election commission to earn public confidence and take necessary measures to bring all political parties to the general elections slated for early 2019.Speaking at a dialogue organised by the election commission at its secretariat in Agargaon of the capital, the civil society members further said the commission should ensure scope of deploying military troops during the elections.They also asked the commission to restore the provision of no-vote as an option to show no confidence in candidates in the ballot papers.The commission sat for the dialogue with some members of the civil society around 11:00am and the proposals were tabled there.Speaking to newsmen, Centre for Policy Dialogue distinguished fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya said they touched on a number of important issues, including deployment of the army and reorganising the election system.He said the main crisis of the election commission is that it lacks people’s confidence. “It must be apparent that the EC can play a strong and independent role.”He underscored the need for ensuring participation of all political parties. Debapriya said the civil society members did not accept the EC’s claim that it has nothing to do to ensure a level playing field before the election schedule is announced.“It [EC] has many things to do [in this regard] and we’ve put forth a set of recommendations in this connection, including enacting new laws apart from bringing necessary changes to the existing electoral laws.”He said there was “extensive consensus” on some issues. They are: 1) restoration of no-vote provision; 2) keeping scope of military troops deployment; 3) no use of religion in electioneering; and 4) strong monitoring the use of money and financing the electioneering.When his attention was drawn to the debate over poll-time government, Debapriya said the issue came up for discussion repeatedly in the dialogue and they said that the poll-time government should not be able to carry out any duties other than playing a role of a caretaker government no matter whatever the political framework of it would be.Professor Asif Nazrul of Dhaka University said, “Why can’t the army be deployed during the election when they can be used to build filling stations or roads? We have to ensure a congenial environment so that nobody feels scared to come to the polling station. The candidates and the polling agents have to feel safe.”He added that there should be the provision to cast ‘no’ votes. “It’s a practice all over the world. We should also ensure that no one gets elected uncontested.”He insisted that all members of the civil society there broadly emphasised that the elections should be participated by all parties concerned.“All of the participants said all the political parties must be brought to the elections and there was no disagreement over that,” Asif Nazrul said.Dwelling on the election uncontested, Asif Nazrul said, “All have agreed, even if tacitly, that there should be no more scope for the election of people’s representatives uncontested in Bangladesh.”Dhaka University teacher Tasnim Arifa Siddiqui said the election commission must work on reflecting people’s views,. “The EC may face obstacles while upholding people’s views. The people will like it if it works to protect the people’s voting rights,” she added.The EC had invited 59 noted citizens to take part in the dialogue, but 30 attended the session and some of those who did not turn up at the dialogue informed the commission about their inability to join.last_img read more

Harvey Relief Experts Offer Advice On Choosing Wisely Where To Donate

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:04 Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty ImagesVolunteers sort through donated clothing at a shelter in the George R. Brown Convention Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 28 in Houston.If you’re trying to figure out what charity to give to after Hurricane Harvey, Daniel Borochoff of Charity Watch, a website that rates charities on how reputable and generous they are, has a rule of thumb.“It’s important not to give on the basis of celebrity connection,” Borochoff says.He also says if you plan on giving, it’s best to give to long-term recovery efforts like rebuilding, job training and counseling.“We don’t just accept what the charity reports, we actually do a deep dive [analysis] to figure out how your money is really being spent,” he says.They do that by analyzing charities’ tax forms and audited financial statements.Leah Napoliello, with the Better Business Bureau in Houston, she says there are some red flags to be aware of when choosing where to donate.“You want to be cautious of anyone using high-pressure tactics to get you to donate, so they may say you have to give right one the spot,” she says. “Maybe they call you or approach you and request a cash donation right on the spot.”Napoliello says the Better Business Bureau requires charities to spend at least 65 percent on their programs. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more